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UC community saddened by the passing of two students

31 March 2024

The University of Canterbury is deeply saddened by the passing of two of our students at Pūkaki this weekend.  I wish to share our sincerest condolences with the families and friends of those affected. 


Two of our students were also injured and are currently in a stable condition in Christchurch Hospital.

We will be working directly with Ōtautahi Christchurch’s Malaysian community to ensure they have the support and help they need.

We know this devastating accident will have a profound and ongoing impact on our community, and we encourage students and staff to prioritise their own wellbeing, together with their whānau and friends.  

Our thoughts are with those involved in the emergency service teams, and members of the public, who responded to the scene. 

Ngā mihi,  

Professor Cheryl de la Rey  
Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor


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