Rongo o te Wā 2020 

Rongo o te Wā

We are pleased to offer you a priority early-bird invite to the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC) Rongo o te Wā, taking place on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 August in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Rongo o te Wā gives Careers Advisors the chance to learn more about how UC’s unique, world-class education experience gives graduates the edge.

Rongo o te Wā is free to attend, including accommodation and food. Travel reimbursements are available for one attendee per school located outside of Ōtautahi Christchurch.

The Programme

We have an exciting two-day programme planned for this year’s event, and you can book to attend either one or both days.

Because of limited opportunities to hold Rongo o te Wā, we’ve joined the event with our on-campus Open Day | Rā Tōmene on day two (27 August). Joining it with Open Day | Rā Tōmene means you will be able to design your visit to UC yourself by attending information sessions, departmental tours and accommodation tours that are relevant to you and your students.

Day One: Wednesday 26 August 

Day one is a specific day just for Careers Advisors and will cover:

  • Lunch in the inner city 
  • Keynote presentation from Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey
  • Sessions on
    • Empowering Students for the future of Work 
    • UC experience from the student perspective
    • Support @ UC - Pastoral Care
    • Transitioning to UC 
  • Welcome Dinner 
Day One Programme
10.00am Airport collection and transfer to UC
10.30am Registration and welcome morning tea 
10.50am Welcome and overview of the day
11.00am Keynote presentation | Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey 
11.30am Empowering students for the future of work 
12.00pm The UC Experience - straight from a student 
12.30pm Bus to the City Centre
12.45pm Lunch at Riverside Markets
1.30pm Walk to UC Arts Centre
2.00pm Support @ UC - Pastoral Care 
2.30pm Transitioning to UC - how we can work together to ensure students succeed at UC from day one
3.00pm  Walk to Crowne Plaza Hotel and Check-In 
  Free time 
5.15pm Walk to dinner venue
5.30pm Welcome dinner
8.00pm Return to Crowne Plaza Hotel

Please note these times and specific locations are subject to change.

Day Two: Thursday 27 August 

Rā Tōmene | Open Day 

  • Ensure your visit to UC is relevant to you and you experience all that UC offers by attending Rā Tōmene | Open Day. You’ll be able to attend information sessions and department tours of your choice
  • You’ll be able to tour any accommodation options that are relevant to your students throughout the day.
Day Two Programme
8.00am Transport from Crowne Plaza Hotel to campus
8.15am Transport from Airport to campus for Day Two arrivals
8.30am Registration opens, tea and coffee served
8.50am Welcome 
9.00am Experience all that Rā Tōmene | Open Day has to offer by attending information sessions and tours of your choice
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Experience all that Rā Tōmene | Open Day has to offer by attending information sessions and tours of your choice
4.00pm Buses depart to the Airport

Please note these times and specific locations are subject to change.

Travel, accommodation and parking

We are pleased to offer one travel reimbursement per school for those travelling to this event from outside Christchurch.

This travel contribution is to the value of $200 for flights, or to the value of $60 toward petrol.

Please book your own flights. Reimbursements for distance travel will be paid to the attendees’ school following the event.

Parking vouchers will be mailed to attendees driving to UC in the weeks prior to the event. 

Accommodation on the night of Wednesday 26 August for attendees travelling from outside Christchurch will be at the Distinction Christchurch Hotel. This booking, including breakfast, will be provided and organised by UC.


Due to the increasing popularity of this event, places for 2020 are limited. Please respond to your invitation as soon as possible to register your place.

Information on Update Day Auckland event can be found by clicking here.

Information on Update Day Wellington event can be found by clicking here. 

Info Evening 2019

2019 session slides

Click here to see the 2019 Update Day session slides