Monthly Archive:: May 2014


UC students strip to their undies for charity

Canterbury University students stripped to their undies and braved a chilly run around campus this week —  all for a good cause. More than 50 students gathered for the Engineers Without Borders undie run, which collected the clothes the students stripped for the Christchurch City Mission. Event co-ordinator Claire

Tony Milne: campaigning for change

New Zealand’s parliament has a rich history of protesters turning into gamekeepers. Some of these protesters-cum-politicians, such as Sue Bradford, protest at full volume. People know who they are. Some are much quieter, and are almost never seen with a banner in hand, but they are vocal

Olympic canoeist finds balance on and off the water

Fifth-year medical student, Ella Nicholas is completing an Orthopedics and Neurology round at Christchurch Hospital — and pursuing a world-class kayaking career. Nicholas placed 18th in her division at the 2012 London Olympics and has her sights set on a medal at the Rio Olympics in two

Alice Cinematheque to open second theatre

Owners of Christchurch’s only central-city cinema, Alice Cinematheque, plan to open a second theatre later this year based at The Tannery in Woolston. Alice’s managing director Jeremy Stewart said the expansion would enable the cinema to offer a bigger selection of movies. The theatre was the first and only cinema

Law students take on EQC

University of Canterbury law students are volunteering their time to help Christchurch residents take court action against the Earthquake Commission (EQC). The group action, led by law firm Anthony Harper, has 147 claimants. The action is seeking a declaratory judgment that EQC is not meeting its obligations

Charities expand into social housing development

A Christchurch social housing development worth nearly $50 million has opened its first units. The eight independent one-bedroom units are the first of 60 units in a programme aimed at housing the city’s most vulnerable, including those with mental health and addiction issues. The housing complex is

Metro review will scrap university bus service

University of Canterbury students will lose their campus bus service under proposed changes to the Metrostar route. Environment Canterbury (ECan) is consulting on its Metro Bus Services Review, which includes a proposal to replace the Metrostar with a new line. The Metrostar starts in New Brighton and

UC journalism students go to air

UC Journalism students will be broadcasting live on RDU over the next fortnight, producing daily news packages for a midday and an updated 1pm bulletin. It’s a big ask for students so soon in the year, but they’re keen, talented and already have some great stories to