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23 Jul 2014

Making it in the music industry

Be unique, be sincere and be proficient, says prominent New Zealand musician Warren Maxwell. That’s the advice he has been giving promising young musicians for 10 years and he will give CPIT Musical Arts students the same advice when he visits on a four-day Songwriter in Residence next week – along with stories and advice from deep inside the New Zealand music scene.

His advice comes from success backed by lots of hard work; his bands - Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy’s Drop and the Little Bushman have defined several decades of New Zealand music.

“I see a lot of bands following trends,” he says. “I did myself when I was younger. But if Trinity Roots, started to sound too much like Bob Marley or JJ Cale, then we would try to put a twist on it, sometimes a Kiwi twist.

“Think outside the square. Why not, for example, put a bass clarinet with a mandolin over dubstep? Be different.”

Maxwell saw the industry open up and change about when he started out some 25 years ago and that was a good thing for people who wanted to make interesting music he says.

“There was that decade in the ‘90s that was interesting. It seemed to be the beginning of the demise of major labels and the evolution of indie records. Since recording began, the major labels have spoon fed us what we listen to, but now the market is open at the push of a button on a laptop. It has enabled us to explore other genres & apply to our own compositions.

“Audiences appreciated it - Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy’s – we don’t have to be formulaic, we can be true to our music and create new genres.” The experiment continues with the reformation of Trinity Roots a few years ago. “We have a new drummer and are writing a new album. It’s an evolution from where we left off.”

It’s one thing to be different, but Maxwell urges aspiring musicians to be really capable to and spend some time studying their instrument or voice (he completed a Bachelor of Music at Massey University). With voice, its more about being sincere & delivering the meaning of the song.

“Be different and be amazing. Be really proficient on your instrument or vocals. Not everyone needs an institute. I did, because I lacked the discipline of practise. The priority is becoming proficient so I strongly recommend study. Being with like-minded people five, six, seven days a week, you exchange albums, you exchange philosophies; there is a lot of benefit to being in that environment for two or three years. And we came out with a bit of paper that gave us more colours for the palette.”

He doesn’t claim that making music will be easy though. “Tertiary study is just the beginning; it’s the 10 years after when you have to hone your craft.”

He also encourages young musicians to go deeper, especially with their lyrics. “If I hear, ‘we’ve got to love each, we have to unite,’ I just switch off. We have to go deeper. That’s what I’m hoping to bring to CPIT, pushing deeper.

“It will be a rigorous bootcamp with philosophy, hands-on-composition. There will be a structure but within that, there will be realistic application. I feel for the students – they will be frazzled,” he promises.
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16 Jun 2014

Behind the scenes

The CPIT team is in London, Europe and Dubai filming a TV commercial with successful graduates working overseas.

Check out these behind the scenes shots and keep your eyes peeled for the ad on TV!

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27 May 2014

Madras St Carpark closure

Due to Secondary School students attending Have a Go Days on Friday 6 June and Friday 13 June 2014, the Madras Street car park will be closed from 6.30am-12.30pm.
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02 May 2014

Google writer plans to inspire others

Having a plan and getting others inspired by that plan is the best way to accomplish big things, according to Dave Holmes, a technical writer for Google Australia.

Holmes recently spoke with a combined audience of students from CPIT’s Graduate Diploma of Information Design (GDID) and industry professionals from the Technical Communicators Association of NZ (TCANZ). Describing a recent redesign of the Google Maps developers’ website, Holmes offered a simple but effective rule for project management: Plan the work, and work the plan. He used Google’s policy of ‘20% time’ – where employees are allowed to spend up to 20% of their work week on their own interests – to develop a project for redesigning the site. The real challenge, Holmes noted, was getting buy-in from the people he needed to get the project off the ground.

David Holmes

Holmes then shared his secret for getting that buy-in – technical writers need to talk to people. "Make your idea part of other people’s projects", Holmes advised, "so everyone you need is as motivated and excited by it as you are." He offered advice on how to work with graphic designers, by inspiring them rather than prescribing specific ideas. With developers and engineers, it helps to be a ‘capital T, little w’ technical writer, who has some basic knowledge of HTML. And with managers, you show that your project has results with customers.

“We were extremely pleased to have Dave come and present to our students again this year,” Cindy Staudt, GDID Programme Leader, said. “His talk last April helped students see that the work can be interesting and exciting – that technical writers get to do “cool things”. It was also a great opportunity to invite our industry partners along. Everyone’s curious about how things are done in a major organization like Google.”

Just as he was able to inspire his Google colleagues, Holmes inspired students and professionals alike by reminding them that technical writing has a lot of variety, which increases every day with demand for online videos, instructional content and infographics. “You provide content that helps people improve themselves,” Holmes said.

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30 Apr 2014

When Gordon Ramsay watches you work

He has a well-earned reputation for colourful tantrums in the kitchen, but CPIT graduate Alex Charlton says TV personality Gordon Ramsay is actually really nice.

Charlton is demi-chef de partie at maze, a London-based Michelin star restaurant owned by Ramsay where she heads up the pastry section and a team of three other chefs. It comes with the territory that people ask what her famous boss is really like?

“He's really nice!” Charlton says. “What I like about him is he takes the time to go around all the staff front and back of house, shakes their hand and asks how they are doing, maybe a bit of banter as well, not just with the senior chefs.”

However, Ramsay in the kitchen can also be a little daunting Charlton admits. “It is pretty nerve wracking though especially if he comes in during service and he watches you plating up.” 

It’s a long way from Black Bettys on Christchurch’s Madras Street to one of London’s most recognised dining establishments and Charlton recognises the help she had along the way.

“The tutors at CPIT are great. So willing to pass on their knowledge and experience of the industry. A lot of the techniques I learnt I am using for sure, especially from pastry! 

Chef who works for Gordon Ramsay

“I would say that I properly started my career working at Fiddlesticks restaurant and bar in Christchurch. I was given a lot of support and learning opportunities by the chefs there and I started producing some really top notch food. So I owe them a huge thanks as I probably wouldn't be in London working for Gordon Ramsay if it wasn't for them! I was working there for a year during my second year of study and before that I was at Black Betty's across the road from CPIT.”

Fiddlesticks Manager Anthony Page said Alex was a stand-out employee who was missed when she left Christchurch. “Alex started with us from the opening of Fiddlesticks. She had come from a busy cafe but wanted to push herself further.

“Ramsay in the kitchen can also be a little daunting Charlton admits…”

“Alex picked up menus very quickly and was always eager to put her own spin on dishes. She had a natural inclination towards pastry and her chocolate writing was the preferred choice by all. 

“She was missed in the kitchen after her move to the UK and the skills we taught her and principles we instilled in her, although at the time she probably couldn't see, these are now benefiting her in the serious kitchens at maze and beyond.”

Looking for a job in London, Charlton came across a position at maze. She makes it sound simple. She applied, was invited in for a trial and they offered her the job a few days later.

“The thing I enjoy most about the job is the rush you get when it's busy and you are all working together as a team to send out some amazing Michelin star food and the guests go away feeling happy and want more!” she said.

“Having maze on my CV will look amazing and it should open a few doors for me especially when I go back to New Zealand. maze is such a well-known restaurant and the Gordon Ramsay name more so, so to have that on my CV, and for a considerable amount of time like six months to one year, it shows that I can handle pressure and stress in a busy environment.” 

This bright and promising career started with a simple love of cooking and a Diploma in Professional Cookery at CPIT. “My Grandma and Mum are great cooks and actually my entire family including extended are pretty handy in the kitchen. Being a chef wasn't my first idea after high school. I went to university for a couple years but now that I'm doing it I can't see myself doing anything else. I love it!” 

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30 Apr 2014

CPIT graduate aims for Gold

In 2010, Scott Martlew had everything going for him; he was a bright student and a successful rugby player.

But a blow to his leg during a rugby match for Shirley Boys’ High School left him fighting for his life. As his body tried to fight off bacteria in his blood, his condition deteriorated. His leg was amputated to save his life.

Four years later, Martlew has turned his tragedy into a success story, becoming a talented para-canoeist. The talented 21-year-old is competing against top able-bodied canoeists and he's well on his way to representing New Zealand in para-canoeing at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

“I had to reteach myself how to paddle again [but] once I got in the boat it was good,” Martlew says.

“It made me realise you’ve only got one life and you’ve just got to do whatever you want to do in the time you’ve got.”

Scott Martlew

His amazing story will be featured in a documentary by Attitude TV on Sunday at 8.30am.

In between training with alongside some of the most successful rowers in the country, Martlew completed studies at CPIT.

“I've completed a two year diploma in Quantity Surveying and still have a few papers to finish off at some stage to get the diploma in Construction Management.”

He is working 20 hours a week at Downer Constructions and will return to CPIT to complete his diploma when training eases up.

“I didn't have time to fit in the extra papers this year but most probably next.”

Here is a short promo of the documentary: http://attitudelive.com/blog/robbie-francis/promo-scotts-comeback-0 . The full Attitude documentary will be on TV ONE at 8.30am on Sunday April 27.

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04 Apr 2014

Top placements for CPIT interns

CPIT fashion students have completed internships at two of New Zealand’s most renowned designers.

Fashion technology and design student Sophie Dinsenbacher, 24, spent one month interning with Karen Walker, while fellow student Olivia Flamank, 28, took her skills to Lonely Hearts.

CPIT’s third year fashion students organise their own work placements as part of the diploma and Dinsenbacher and Flamank were lucky enough to get work with their dream companies.

Dinsenbacher emailed Karen Walker to enquire about an internship. After compliling a portfolio of her work in five days and flying up for an interview, she was delighted to be offered an internship.

“I was really excited as I admire Karen Walker’s work so it was a privilege to intern there.”

Dinsenbacher arrived at the company just as they were preparing their Autumn / Winter collection showing at New York Fashion Week.

Fashion grads


“Everyone was really busy. I did a lot of jobs to help out. I was sewing on buttons, altering patterns, helping with photo shoots and just doing any tasks that needed to be done.”

At Lonely Hearts, Flamank was doing “quite a lot of sewing” in the sampling room.

“I was sewing some sample garments ready for fit check and preparing online store sales for dispatch. It was really hands on.”

Flamank says her experience at Lonely Hearts was great because it showed her how relevant the CPIT diploma is.

“It was great to see that what we are learning at CPIT is practiced in the industry so we will be well prepared for employment on completion.”

“I was capable of all tasks presented to me,” Dinsenbacher agrees. “It also opened my eyes to other opportunities there are in the industry.”

Both Sophie and Olivia are now completing a collection designed as if they were working for the companies they interned for. Designers from Karen Walker and Lonely Hearts have been offering advice on their design work, which will be completed and displayed in July.

“It was really helpful to be criticed on our designs by industry professionals. The feedback we received enabled us to strengthen our collections,” Flamank says.

Both Dinsenbacher and Flamank thouroughly enjoyed their time at their internships and left with a broader perspective of the fashion industry.  

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03 Apr 2014

All girls tech group for CPIT

CPIT’s tech-loving females are banding together to create a place where women studying ICT can support each other.

Second year Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology student Catherine Northcott has founded a group to bring together women studying ICT.

The ‘CPIT Tech Girls’ aim to create a friendly female community to help support, connect, and promote women in ICT both at CPIT and in the wider community.

Northcott, 20, created the group at the beginning of March as a place for female students at CPIT studying computing or taking technology related classes to meet and support each other.

“I’d always been passionate about women in computing and I thought CPIT needed a group for women at CPIT studying technology.”

The Tech Girls group currently has 27 members and Northcott has been doing all she can to promote the group and find others who are keen to join.

“We want anyone who is studying anything to do with ICT or who has an interest in the area to get in touch.”

Tech girl group in meeting

So far, the group has met for social coffees and will soon start up group study sessions.

Group member Jo Beck, 29, says she has found the group to be “a great support network”.

“Girls study differently to guys so it can be great to get together and talk it through. It’s really nice to be able to talk to similar people when we are so outnumbered by men in many of our classes.”

Fellow Tech Girl Cecile Rasmussen, 44, says the group is also about breaking down stereotypes.

“You can be feminine and wear a skirt and study ICT. We want to challenge some of those concepts people have and encourage other women to study in this area. ”

The group has big plans including bringing in inspirational speakers, providing scholarships, hosting educational events and starting a mentoring programme.

“There are a lot of plans and ideas which is very exciting. There'll be a lot of change and growth here in the coming weeks so watch this space,” Northcott says.

“We want to create a legacy for future girls studying at CPIT,” Rasmussen says.

For more information on CPIT Tech Girls email cpittechgirls@gmail.com or visit the Facebook group.

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01 Apr 2014

Sky helps tomorrow's broadcasters with two new scholarships

SKY has launched two new awards to help the broadcasters of tomorrow.

CEO John Fellet presented the first prizes today at CPIT’s New Zealand Broadcasting School (NZBS) in Christchurch.

Local teenager Jasmine Steele, 19, of Christchurch won both the Top First Year Student for 2013 and Outstanding Achievement in Craft.

“Jasmine’s dedication and professionalism is very impressive and we are delighted to present her with the inaugural SKY scholarships. She clearly has a long and successful career in broadcasting ahead of her,” says Fellet.

SKY has an ongoing relationship with the broadcasting school, having provided internships to NZBS students for the past six years.

NZBS student

Jasmine Steele won both of SkyTV's new awards for New Zealand Broadcasting School students, taking home Top First Year Student for 2013 and Outstanding Achievement in Craft.

This year alone, the company has provided six internships across Entertainment, Content, 60 Minutes, SKY Sport, OSB (SKY’s on-site production unit) and SKY News on Prime.

“Our first intern from the NZBS was Tom Fox back in 2008, who went on to become the Associate Channel manager of Prime TV before he left recently for the UK on his OE,” says Fellet.

Steele is studying television production, having joined the course straight from secondary school.

“Jasmine consistently excels in her work,” says the head of the school, Tony Simons.

“She is an exemplary student and an inspiration to others and absolutely deserves these awards. We are very proud of her.”

The new SKY awards are worth $1,000 each and they will continue to work with the school to provide internships.
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27 Mar 2014

Successful fashion graduate shares wisdom

A fashion graduate working for one of the most well-known brands in the United Kingdom recently returned to the place his career started, CPIT, to share his story.

CPIT graduate Reid Galbraith works for UK menswear designer clothing label Ben Sherman in London. On a recent holiday to New Zealand, Galbraith visited CPIT’s budding class of fashion designers to share his wisdom.

Glabraith originally became interested in fashion through his father, who worked at Levi’s factory in Christchurch for over 20 years.

“He brought fabric home and basically taught me how to make jeans,” he says.

“When I finished school I tried to do a science degree but I just wasn’t interested so I quit that. The next 5 or so years I worked in office jobs which I realised bored me because they offered no real challenge.”

He then made the life-changing decision to come to CPIT to study fashion.

“I finally got round to going back to trying do something I really liked. I always wanted to make things, like my Dad, so I decided to come to CPIT. They focused on technical skills and I thought this is what I want to learn.”

Galbraith graduated from CPIT’s fashion design course in 2004.

Fashion graduate talks to fashion design students

CPIT graduate Reid Galbraith shares his story with fashion design students.

“I really loved it. It is still the most rewarding three years I have done, that includes working. If you end up in a 9-5 job you will never has as much freedom as you do when studying.”

After graduating, Galbraith got a “really cool” job working for a surf wear label, before moving on to work for a Wellington based designer and later for Christchurch design label Sakaguchi.

Eventually he moved to London, working as a temp in for a variety of fashion clothing companies before securing his present job of product developer at the world renowned menswear Label “Ben Sherman”, which sells clothing in about 40 counties worldwide.

“The CEO actually described it the other day as one of the most well-known small brands in UK, but if you saw the quantities being produced they’re not huge but everyone seems to know the brand,” Galbraith says.

He has now been working at Ben Sherman for the 2 years.

“I could never go back. Whenever I have a bad day I think back to working in an accounting office or something similar and realise a bad day in this industry is still preferable for me ,” he says.

Fashion Programme Leader, Nicola Chrisp, says CPIT is “very proud” of Galbraith and his achievements.

“He wasn’t straight from school when he started at CPIT. He came knowing what he wanted to learn, he took his studies seriously, gleaning as much information about the fashion industry as he could and he was committed and passionate,” Chrisp says.

“The course has changed since Reid was here. We are forever looking to improve to give students the best learning experience that we can. One of the great things about this course is that our graduates keep in touch. They come back to visit and talk with current students; sharing their Industry experiences”.

Student Blog

Choosing what to study was my blind leap of faith

By Catherine Barker on 11 Aug 2014

When I was in high school planning to start NCEA, it was stressed to me by my teachers that the subject choices I made would affect any potential career I wanted to have. However, at the time I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.

Looking back, although the subjects I took were helpful, no matter what choices I had made wouldn’t have changed where I am now. I've now learnt that there is no particular time that a magic switch goes off in your head and suddenly you know your life's purpose nor should there be. Some people know early on, but for others (like me) it’s all part of the learning process.

Choosing what to study was my blind leap of faith. I hoped that by following my strengths and studying something I was interested in, I’d discover my passion and things would just fall into place.

And I was right.

I’m two thirds of the way through my Bachelor of Applied Management (Sales & Marketing / Event Management) and while sometimes I still spent many hours contemplating where this will take me, every semester brings new challenges and introduces me to opportunities that I had never known existed.

As I start preparing for my final year, I’ve had to consider which of the many opportunities out there I would like to follow so that I can make the most of my time in the industry project.

After some research, consideration of my past work experience, the range of courses I’ve completed and a very supportive mentor I can now confidently see myself one day managing my own business. I hope to provide specialised support to other SME’s or charities, in regards to implementing events as a successful part of their marketing plan.

Pub quiz

Getting Quizzical

By Claire Ellena on 24 Jul 2014

Armed with a semi-intelligent team I took part in the pub quiz last night. It was so much fun with lots of laughs had by all. Let’s just say we were not the best but we had fun doing it. The pizza at Winnie Bagoes is amazing – that Moroccan Lamb, highly recommend it.

What did I learn last night:

·         -Winston Churchill was a bit of a dick

·      -    A Narwal is a legit animal

·        -  I know nothing about history

·        -  And overall my pub quiz skills are a little rusty.

I am contemplating making a pub quiz part of my weekly or fortnightly routine after that, tune the skills a bit. Next big thing to look forward to, Onesie Day next week. Who wouldn’t take the excuse to be comfy all day??

The Return- moshing, makeup and mistakes!

By Claire Ellena on 22 Jul 2014

What a way to kick off The Return! The I Am Giant gig last week was so much fun. For those of you who didn’t go, you definitely missed out. I learnt two important lessons last night, the first being that high heels and a mosh pit do not mix. Thankfully for me (and also quite embarrassingly at the same time) there happened to be a cute guy behind me who caught me as a jump ended with a slide and my face heading for the floor. Not a graceful introduction to someone new that’s for sure.

The second lesson I learnt was that minimal make up at a gig is ideal, especially if you’re planning on dancing! The sweaty hot mess of a dance floor is not the place for layers of make up as it starts sliding off your face…noted for next time.

I had such a fun time and am definitely looking forward to the rest of The Return. Need to get a team together for the pub quiz, that’s my next challenge.

 

 

Claire Ellena, 23, Marketing Advisor

Kapa Haka

Te wiki o te reo Māori 2014

By Ariana Patiole on 21 Jul 2014

E rau rangatira mā, tēnā koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai ki te ao ātaahua, arā, te ao Māori.

Ko tēnei te wiki o te reo Māori, mai i te Rāhina 21 ki te Rātapu 27 o Hōngongoi 2014. Ko te kupu o te wiki te kaupapa o tēnei tau. Ko tēnei te wero, me ako koe ki tētahi kupu hou ia wiki, ia wiki, mō ngā wiki 50. Ko tēnei te wiki tuatahi.

He wāhi pai a CPIT mō te ako i te reo Māori. Kei te pai mēnā kātahi anō koe ka ako ki te reo Māori, ka matatau kē rānei; ānei te whare matauranga mōu.

Kaua e āwangawanga, kaua hoki koe e mataku ki te ako ki tēnei reo. Mā te whakaharatau ka tū koe hei aumangea.

Ka kotahi tātou kia whakanui i tēnei reo waiwaiā. Haere mai ki te ako hoki i tēnei taonga.

Whakarongo ki ngā reo waiata reka. Mātakitaki ki ngā mahi kapahaka ā ngā ākonga o Te Puna Wānaka. Tirohia ngā toi Māori, ngā raranga, ngā tā moko me ētahi atu mea mai i ngā tangata Māori rongonui.

Mauria mai tō menemene me tō manawa aroha ki tēnei wiki o te reo Māori. Kia pai tō haerenga ki te ako i tō tātou taonga rangatira.

He hono āwhina tēnei mō te kupu o te wiki (All 50 kupu: kupu).

Māori language week 2014

Greetings to you all who honour us at this present time. Welcome to the beautiful world of Māoridom.

This is Māori language week from Monday 21st to Sunday 27th of July 2014. The theme is: the word of the week. The challenge is to learn a word each week starting from Monday 21st July for a continual 50 weeks to help you to learn the language.

Here at CPIT you will educate yourselves in the Māori language, whether you are new to this, a beginner or an expert, it does not matter; this will be the house of knowledge where you begin.

Do not be worried or scared when learning this language. With practice you will strengthen your skills and become the champion you are.

We gather as one to celebrate this beautiful language. Come and participate while learning. You will be entertained by the mesmerising melodies and performances of Te Puna Wānaka students. Encounter the Māori arts from distinguished guests who will visit throughout the week.

Bring along your smiles and your warm hearts and embrace your journey in learning this national treasure of New Zealand.

See above link (tēnei) to start your quest in learning a new word each week for 50 weeks.

student BBQ

Building up knowledge

By Jared McCulloch on 14 Jul 2014

One of the great things about CPIT is the relationship the institute has with numerous industries across all courses; and around 50 students studying at the Trades Campus were lucky enough to have a visit from some of the top electrical firms in New Zealand.

The information day was run by Corys Electrical, alongside TransNet and Ecco Pacific, introducing students to some of the leading tools and equipment available in the market today.

This is the first time Corys Electrical has come along to CPIT and they believe it was a great opportunity to talk with students who'll be working for contracting firms in the near future and are looking at purchasing equipment for their trade.

Corys Electrical Area Sales Manager Craig Hall said they introduced students to the new innovative products right now, which they'll soon be using in the workplace.

Craig Hall said their company stock everything from safety equipment and electrical gear right down to coffee and toilet paper, everything 'tradies' need to get the job done.

TransNet brought along their portable trailer, displaying some of the products and gear they provide.

Area Manager for TransNet Jim Tait said it's crucial to interact with future tradespeople, to help support them with knowledge about their services and showcasing their gear.

Ecco Pacific South Island Development Manager Derek Camm displayed a wide range of top quality tools from here in New Zealand and from overseas countries such as Australia and Germany.

Derek Camm said having the relationship with the students and industry firms means they can easily support each other which he believes is vital.

CPIT prides itself to work alongside industries across New Zealand, providing students with the information and learning tools they need - see what I did there - to get the best out of their studies; and to finish up the visit, Corys Electrical provided students lunch with a free sausage sizzle – nice one guys!

Excited for my career

By Rebekah Masterton on 04 Jul 2014

As an up-and-coming nurse, I am excited for what the future holds for my career. After graduating from CPIT, I plan to initially work in New Zealand, hopefully in a hospital setting, to hone clinical skills and gain experience managing and providing quality patient care.

I am passionate about providing care that empowers the patient and whānau alike by encouraging their active participation in planning their care. It is not all about me teaching the patient, but the patient teaching me. I have already experienced through conversations and working with patients a change in my perception of life and thus appreciation of little things like a smile.

It is my hope that one day I may also be able to volunteer aboard Mercy Ships, providing much needed free health care to those in developing countries. Mercy Ships vision epitomises values of love, hope and healing I hold close to my heart.

I plan to utilise my nursing skills in the future to encourage and empower individuals wherever I may work or be. I hope to be a part of greater and better change for the health and lives of people worldwide!

Photo of two students studying in the library.

What I wish I knew before I started study

By Kit Nelson on 26 Jun 2014

Hi folks, I’m Kit, currently a final year student at CPIT in the business school. I’m currently doing 2 papers and my internship project and having a blast – it’s seriously amazing to be out being an intern for Ronald McDonald House South Island. I’m learning heaps and it’s great being able to put what I’ve been learning to use for such an awesome cause.

One of the main things I wished that I knew before I started study is the difference between Universities and Polytechnics. I’ve been to both now and I can say that the difference is night and day. At Uni I was in a lecture hall with 300+ students and honestly I felt that I just couldn’t learn in that sort of environment, while at CPIT I’m routinely in classes of around 30 and we are encouraged to ask questions and work in groups during class to make sure we learn.

CPIT also makes it incredibly easy to get help – there’s the lecturer’s email address, learning services, the library stuff, tutorials, PASS groups the list goes on and on. All you need to do at CPIT to get help is to ask for it and in several cases even if you don’t ask for it, it’ll still find you. 

Another thing I really wished that I knew was just exactly how I learnt, which CPIT helped me with immensely. I’ve since found out that I learn by listening and doing, particularly in a group. Knowing exactly how I learn best means that I can do that when I’m studying, meaning I’ve learnt that saying things aloud to myself or doing practice questions (of which there are no shortage provided) works wonders for me, so much so that I’ve gotten several awards for being top student.

Finally, at CPIT it’s really easy to get to know your classmates and make a few friends since you’re actively encouraged to talk to them during group exercises, and since you’ve broken the ice in that way when you see them in the library it’s not nearly as awkward pulling up a seat and sitting with them to do some study. Having that network of friends who are studying the same things as me is something else that has helped my learning.

Supported Learning students

Flower Workshop

By Tony Kesseler - School of Food and Hospitality on 25 Jun 2014

As part of their training the Hospitality Supported Learning Students visited Aromaunga Flowers in Heathcote Valley and then onto the Tannery on Monday

On Tuesday they prepared posy bowls in preparation for use  as centre pieces when they prepare and cook /serve to family ,friends and staff a morning tea.

The morning tea is their final assessment.

During the course they must care and maintain plants,  this exercise is one small part of this process from the growing to the table.

The picture shows Hannah Proctor with her posy bowl

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Spend your time wisely by upskilling

By Briana Watson & Shu Zhang on 16 Jun 2014

Upskill for your CV

Broadcasting student, Briana Watson, shares some tips for upskilling your CV.

CPIT's not all about just going to lectures and tutorials to get the knowledge needed to complete exams and assignments… if you spend your time wisely up-skilling you will have an extensive CV putting you one step above the rest.

If there's parts of your course you are struggling with don't be afraid to ask for help. Everyone has their weaknesses but all these downfalls can be easily fixed with a bit of time and practice. Make use of CPIT's learning services, they're there for that exact reason and hey it's free help too!

Outside of CPIT, I think it's also really important to get some work experience, offer to come in on the weekend or after class and help out, even work for free. It's these connections you make that will get you a job later on. If they know your name and that you're willing to work hard, even the scholar's of your class won't be able to compete with you.

There are plenty of other ways to up skill that may suit you better but it's important to spend your time wisely to get those grades and make those connections. Trust me you'll see the benefits!!

Visit the Careers Centre

Shu Zhang, Engineering student, talks about his experience with the CPIT Careers Centre.

I really like the Careers Centre, You can find heaps of jobs available either on the noticeboard in front of Careers Centre or on CareerHub. The staff keep you informed on networking events from potential employers and you can get assistance from the staff with editing your CV as well. You will get amazing CV after they review and edit it, you really want your CV look amazing, don't you? 

By keeping in touch with the Careers Centre, you save time on browsing recruitment websites. It's a smart idea to pop into the Careers Centre and talk to the staff. The Centre is located between the Student Finance Office and the computer room in the Rakaia Centre.

Shu Zhang

Spend your time wisely with Student Services

By Shu Zhang on 03 Jun 2014

I'm Shu (Kevin) and I'm currently doing my last year of New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil).  I got a lot of help from student services and I would like to explore some of the services with you.

Learning services

Upstairs in the library, you will see the learning services. Their friendly staff are happy to talk to you about your study and offer advice. When I have difficulty with one of my subjects, I always come to them and ask if they are able to find a peer to help me.

For the peer support, the learning services will contact your tutor and ask if they can possibly get either your classmates who is excellent in this subject or some senior students who have completed this subject to help you out.

Another thing to talk about is the wall filled with a lot of helpful pieces of paper that talk about really useful tips for writing reports and essays and it's all FREE! You are spending your time wisely if you can stay there for 10 minutes and have a look around rather than scratching your head in front of the desk and panicking about your assignment!

Disability Services and Maths Support are also located in the Learning Services Space.

International Office

If you have just come to New Zealand, it's really important for you to go to the international office where we have a number of really nice staff to support during your time staying in Christchurch. We have Chinese, Korean, Arabic and Japanese speaking staff.

By the way, the international office is just by the stairs in Rakaia Centre (not the X block but the A block) beside the CPIT timeline and there is a sign hanging on the ceiling so you will not miss it.

Other Support

There's a lot of support available at CPIT including the Health Centre, Recreation Centre, Māori and Pasifika support, Refugee and Migrant support, and a Student Advocate. All the information is here on Campus Life (mostly under "Support for You"). You can also speak to Diana at the red Welcome Desk in the Rakaia Centre and she will point in the right direction for support.

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Polyculture Week: Māori nd Pasifika Day at Trades

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3rd Sep 2014 12:00pm-1:00pm
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1 hour
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CPIT Trades, Sullivan Ave
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Polyculture Week is CPIT’s annual celebration of cultural diversity by bringing people together to enjoy performances, music and food.

Today we will be highlighting Māori and Pasifika culture with performers and light refreshments.

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0800 24 24 76
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Polyculture Week: Europe and America's Day

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4th Sep 2014 12:00pm-1:00pm
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1 hour
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Rakaia Atrium, Madras Street Campus
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We're concluding Polyculture Week with Europe and America's Day with a performances, a fashion show and food!

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0800 24 24 76
info@cpit.ac.nz

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Polyculture Week Exhibition

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1st Sep 2014 8:00am-5:00pm
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9 hours
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Rakaia Atrium, Madras Street Campus
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Polyculture Week is CPIT’s annual celebration of cultural diversity by bringing people together to enjoy performances, music and food.

As part of Polyculture Week we're hosting an exhibition in the Rakaia Atrium to showcase artifacts from around the world.

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0800 24 24 76
info@cpit.ac.nz

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Polyculture Week: Asia Day at Madras

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3rd Sep 2014 12:00pm-1:00pm
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1 hour
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CPSA, Madras Street Campus
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Join us for Asia Day - we'll have performers and food for you to enjoy!

Polyculture Week is CPIT’s annual celebration of cultural diversity by bringing people together to enjoy performances, music and food.

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info@cpit.ac.nz
0800 24 24 76

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Spring Graduation

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19th Sep 2014 2:00pm
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CBS Arena
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Come and celebrate with your friends and family our Spring Graduation.

Join us at the CBS Arena to celebrate their successes and achievements.

The departments graduating students at the Spring Graduation are:

  • Department of Applied Sciences and Allied Health
  • Department of Humanities including Te Puna Wānaka
  • CPIT Trades
  • Department of Engineering and Architectural Studies
  • Department of Nursing and Human Services
  • Department of Creative Industries including NASDA and New Zealand Broadcasting School
  • School of Food and Hospitality
  • Department of ICT
  • Department of Business

For more information about the graduation ceremony please see Graduation.

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Hitesh Sharma
Hitesh.Sharma@cpit.ac.nz
(03) 940 8542

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Research Month

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4th Aug 2014 8:30am-5:00pm
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8 hours and 30 minutes
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CPIT
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Applying innovation

CPIT's Research Month is a showcase of staff and students' research expertise relevant to industry, community and education.

We've got a lot of research presentations happening throughout the month so make sure you check out Research Month for programme and details!

Research Month is running between 4 - 28 August.

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0800 24 24 76
info@cpit.ac.nz

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ArtBox Exhibition: Ed Lust and Alex Porter - Portals

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22nd Aug 2014 10:00am-4:00pm
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6 hours
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Corner Madras St and St Asaph St.
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ArtBox's exhibition this month is a collaboration of works by Ed Lust and Alex Porter.

Since graduating from Canterbury University School of Fine Arts with Masters in Film, Christchurch based artists Ed Lust and Alex Porter have become something of a working team. In this exhibition titled ‘Portals’, Lust and Porter take a departure from moving image and explore through paint and photographic print respectively, inviting the viewer to engage with abstract scenes within playful, surreal worlds.

Exhibition will run from 14 August - 7 September.

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info@cpit.ac.nz
0800 24 24 76

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ArtBox Exhibition: Ed Lust and Alex Porter - Portals

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21st Aug 2014 10:00am-4:00pm
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6 hours
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Corner Madras St and St Asaph St.
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ArtBox's exhibition this month is a collaboration of works by Ed Lust and Alex Porter.

Since graduating from Canterbury University School of Fine Arts with Masters in Film, Christchurch based artists Ed Lust and Alex Porter have become something of a working team. In this exhibition titled ‘Portals’, Lust and Porter take a departure from moving image and explore through paint and photographic print respectively, inviting the viewer to engage with abstract scenes within playful, surreal worlds.

Exhibition will run from 14 August - 7 September.

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info@cpit.ac.nz
0800 24 24 76

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ArtBox Exhibition: Ed Lust and Alex Porter - Portals

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24th Aug 2014 12:00pm-4:00pm
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4 hours
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Corner Madras St and St Asaph St.
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ArtBox's exhibition this month is a collaboration of works by Ed Lust and Alex Porter.

Since graduating from Canterbury University School of Fine Arts with Masters in Film, Christchurch based artists Ed Lust and Alex Porter have become something of a working team. In this exhibition titled ‘Portals’, Lust and Porter take a departure from moving image and explore through paint and photographic print respectively, inviting the viewer to engage with abstract scenes within playful, surreal worlds.

Exhibition will run from 14 August - 7 September.

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info@cpit.ac.nz
0800 24 24 76

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ArtBox Exhibition: Ed Lust and Alex Porter - Portals

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23rd Aug 2014 12:00pm-4:00pm
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4 hours
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Corner Madras St and St Asaph St.
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ArtBox's exhibition this month is a collaboration of works by Ed Lust and Alex Porter.

Since graduating from Canterbury University School of Fine Arts with Masters in Film, Christchurch based artists Ed Lust and Alex Porter have become something of a working team. In this exhibition titled ‘Portals’, Lust and Porter take a departure from moving image and explore through paint and photographic print respectively, inviting the viewer to engage with abstract scenes within playful, surreal worlds.

Exhibition will run from 14 August - 7 September.

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info@cpit.ac.nz
0800 24 24 76

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ArtBox Exhibition: Ed Lust and Alex Porter - Portals

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19th Aug 2014 10:00am-4:00pm
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6 hours
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Corner Madras St and St Asaph St.
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ArtBox's exhibition this month is a collaboration of works by Ed Lust and Alex Porter.

Since graduating from Canterbury University School of Fine Arts with Masters in Film, Christchurch based artists Ed Lust and Alex Porter have become something of a working team. In this exhibition titled ‘Portals’, Lust and Porter take a departure from moving image and explore through paint and photographic print respectively, inviting the viewer to engage with abstract scenes within playful, surreal worlds.

Exhibition will run from 14 August - 7 September.

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info@cpit.ac.nz
0800 24 24 76

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ArtBox Exhibition: Ed Lust and Alex Porter - Portals

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20th Aug 2014 10:00am-4:00pm
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Corner Madras St and St Asaph St.
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ArtBox's exhibition this month is a collaboration of works by Ed Lust and Alex Porter.

Since graduating from Canterbury University School of Fine Arts with Masters in Film, Christchurch based artists Ed Lust and Alex Porter have become something of a working team. In this exhibition titled ‘Portals’, Lust and Porter take a departure from moving image and explore through paint and photographic print respectively, inviting the viewer to engage with abstract scenes within playful, surreal worlds.

Exhibition will run from 14 August - 7 September.

MORE INFO

info@cpit.ac.nz
0800 24 24 76

Oktoberfest

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3rd Oct 2014 4:00pm - 5th Oct 2014 10:00pm
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Rosebank Estate, 180 Johns Road, Christchurch City
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Oktoberfest

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3rd Oct 2014 4:00pm - 5th Oct 2014 10:00pm
DURATION
2 days and 6 hours
LOCATION
Rosebank Estate, 180 Johns Road, Christchurch City
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  • Oktoberfest entry: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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The Rosebank Oktoberfest is on again this year on 3-5 October 2014. Like in Bavaria, we make up all the rooms with Oktoberfest decorations from Germany creating an atmosphere similar to the big tents in Munich, just on a smaller scale. We have an Oompah band, lots of German music, food and with lots of people in traditional costume, it is a really fun event.

Check website for details.

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01 Sep 2014

Have your say – CPIT Student Experience Survey

Last year’s results

Last year, you told us that you were very happy with your programmes of study and 96 per cent of you would recommend CPIT to others. You also liked your tutors and other CPIT staff.

You were concerned about your workload, in particular the timing of assessments and the feedback you receive.

However, many of you didn’t respond to last year’s survey. Only 14.3 per cent of you took the opportunity to have your say.

We listened

We heard those that responded and as a result CPIT has worked hard to ensure assessments are spread out over the term.

We have also provided workshops for staff about how best to provide assessment feedback to you.

We’ve also reviewed our student surveys to streamline them and make them more relevant to you.  This has involved the purchasing of a new survey tool.  This tool lets us design it for specific groups, gain instant feedback and provide staff and students with reports soon after the survey completion.  We hope you like the new look.

Now it’s your turn

It’s nearing the end of the year which means it’s time for you to have your say on CPIT. If you’re in your first, final year or only year of study you will be receiving an email inviting you to complete the CPIT Student Experience Survey online. 

Not only is it important that you say your bit so we can make the changes you want – there are prizes up for grabs too! We have a $300 Westfield voucher to give away to one lucky student, and many grocery and coffee vouchers. 

It will only take you a few minutes – so watch out for this in your inbox and go ahead and tell us what you think.

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01 Sep 2014

Blood pressure health promotion

On Wednesday 3rd of September 11:00 – 13:00 the CPIT health centre staff will be doing a health promotion on blood pressure and blood sugar levels in the Atrium.

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20 Aug 2014

Car Parking Changes:

The Madras Street car park will be temporarily closed as a result of the Industry Expo and Open Day. From Tuesday August 26th, half of the car park will be closed while the marquee is erected for the event. On Thursday August 28th the entire car park will be closed for the day, before partial parking resumes on Friday August 29th.

We apologise for any inconvenience the reduced number of spaces may cause. There are available paid car parks near the CPIT campus which we suggest you use during this time. Please refer to this website for suggestions for parking: http://www.wilsonparking.co.nz/go/regions/christchurch-cbd

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20 Aug 2014

Performers needed!

Fancy yourself a good dancer? We need performers for Polyculture Week! 

Auditions will be held for guys and gals interested in performing a Punjabi dance (Bhangra) at a Polyculture event on September 2. 

Auditions upstairs in the Rec Centre tomorrow (Thursday August 21st) from 12.10pm.
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19 Aug 2014

Nestlé Toque d’Or competition

CPIT students Tae Murray, Shannon Tuck and Amori Irvia have won silver medals at the prestigious 2014 Nestlé Toque d’Or competition. 

Tae and Shannon battled it out for over three hours against 11 other teams from around the country to create a three course menu which was served to guests by Amori. Awesome stuff guys!
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15 Aug 2014

Japanese Speech Winners

Congrats to CPIT students Tanetoa Webster and Hao MingLee who took our first and third place at the Japanese Study Aotearoa New Zealand speech contest! 

Tanetoa will receive a return air ticket to Japan, and Hao Ming will receive a $50 Prezzy card.

CPIT will hold a celebration in the near future to celebrate the success properly but in the meantime, congrats! 

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06 Aug 2014

Social Justice important for New Zealand

As someone interested in Social Justice and Social Policy in New Zealand we are inviting you to attend Just Action 2014 on Saturday 23rd August in Christchurch.

How do we live justly in our own community?  Be inspired and challened by our guest speaker from the UK and locals who are making a difference.

Learn more and register here: www.salvationarmy.org.nz/our-community/calendar/just-action-our-backyard 

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04 Aug 2014

CPIT needs your help

We want students to comment on and influence our next few years plan (the CPIT Investment Plan).

Please join us for pizza and discussion this Friday 8th August 12.30 – 2.00pm

RSVP to: Sheryl.Breaylay@cpit.ac.nz or Jo.carter@cpit.ac.nz

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31 Jul 2014

Travel survey - prizes

Thanks to everyone who filled out our travel survey. Prizes went to Maksim Kotlyar ($250 Prezzie card), Abby Te Maiharoa ($50 Prezzie card) and Nicholas Maxwell ($50 Prezzie card).

Congratulations! We had a fantastic response rate which will help us to make travelling to campus easier for you. We’ll report on the findings as soon as they become available. 

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30 Jul 2014

Onesie Day

Thursday July 31st is CPIT Onesie Day as part of The Return! 

Wear your Onesie to campus, upload a photo to the CPIT Facebook page and you could be in to win prizes! 

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29 Jul 2014

Winter Warmer!

Time to keep active and stay warm!

Grab a friend, purchase a gym membership before Aug 8th and get a second membership at half price! 

Conditions: Reduced gym membership must be for a membership of equal or lesser value.

The special will finish at close of business Friday Aug 8th.

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29 Jul 2014

Traffic update

Downer has begun repairing sections of the kerb and channel, footpaths and road in every street in the southernsector of the Central City, between St Asaph Street and Moorhouse Ave.

This may include small closures of footpaths, road shoulders and sections of the main carriage way.

Traffic flow and pedestrian access will be maintained. On street parking will be reduced.

Please be alert to changes in the traffic management, follow signage on site and drive to the changed

conditions. 

This work will take six months to complete.
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24 Jul 2014

Security reminder

Just a reminder to be conscious of your security when moving around the campus at night. There has been a recent incident in the neighbourhood, so it is timely to remember to be alert.

If you see anything suspicious please report it to our security guards on 027 540 8076. 

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22 Jul 2014

Health on campus

The Ministry of Health recently got in touch with the TEC to ask all TEOs to be conscious of the increased cases of measles.

Since December 2013 there have been more than 220 confirmed cases of measles in New Zealand, the majority of which have been aged 10-29 years. Since December there have been confirmed cases in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty/Lakes, Taranaki and Hawke's Bay. There are also outbreaks of measles occurring in several countries overseas. So, with students returning to campus after holidays, please be alert to measles symptoms.

                                               

Signs of infection                                           

Prodrome, can include: fever (≥ 38°C, usually the    first sign, lasts 4 - 7 days), cough, coryza, conjunctivitis and Koplik    spots.

Day 3 - 7 of illness: a generalised maculopapular    rash, starting on the head and neck and then spreading to the rest of the    body. This usually develops 14 days after initial exposure, 3 - 7 days after    onset of prodrome.

Incubation period7-18 days from exposure to onset of fever.
InfectivityCases are infectious from 5 days before until 5 days after the rash  appears (10 days total).
Complications Occur in up to 30% of cases and can include: otitis media,  diarrhoea, pneumonia and in severe cases, encephalitis.

Please contact the CPIT Health Centre on 03-940 7566 between 09:00 – 15:30 if you have any questions re the above. After Hours please contact Health Line on 0800 611 116 if any concerns re this.

 

 

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22 Jul 2014

Discounted health care for CPIT students

Enrol at CPIT Health Centre to receive low cost (and sometimes free) health care whilst you are studying at CPIT.

Call 9407566 for more information or call in to pick up an enrolment form.

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21 Jul 2014

The YOGA Return

Students! Free beginners yoga starting this Thursday 24 July!

12 – 12.50pm Recreation Centre studio

Flexibility, fitness and focus!

With Breeze Robertson, I.Y.T.A.

No experience necessary!

Mats provided – just turn up!

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16 Jul 2014

Timetable and room availability information

Following feedback that it would be very useful to have easier access to timetable and room availability information. When logged into a CPIT computer you can check the availability of rooms at CPIT via the Student info link. You can also access this link on the Your Study page.

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15 Jul 2014

Focus group for $30 voucher

We are doing work on Information & Systems and would like to have a student focus group.

The focus group will be on Tuesday 22nd July from 2pm-4pm in L202. Students will be given a $30 voucher as a thank you for participating. 

  • Improving the student experience
  • Aligning the student experience to effective technology and information
  • 2 hour session to walk through opportunities to improve our technology, processes and information across the student journey.

If students are interested in participating, they can email studentevents@cpit.ac.nz to register.

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10 Jul 2014

Traffic update

As early as Monday 14 July, contractors will start work on the replacement of earthquake damaged wastewater pipes on Tuam Street (between Madras and High streets). At this time, they will also continue works on Madras Street (between Tuam and Lichfield streets).

From Monday 14 July, Tuam Street (between High and Madras streets) will be reduced to one way traffic flowing east.

At the same time, Madras Street will return to one lane flowing north until the works are complete.

Pedestrian access will be maintained on one side of the street at all times.

Downer will also be doing some investigative work at night.

They will first be working in the intersection of Moorhouse Avenue and Madras Street. This work will be at night only - between 6pm and 7am.

At the intersection of Moorhouse Avenue and Madras Street there will be lane reductions but flow will be maintained. There will be no pedestrian crossing on the Countdown Mall  corner. Pedestrians will have to use Manchester Street  crossing.

At the intersection of Moorhouse Avenue and Manchester Street there will be no left turn from Moorhouse Avenue into Manchester Street.  There will be no pedestrian crossing on the PaknSave corner. Pedestrians will have to use Colombo Street crossing.


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09 Jul 2014

Scaffolding in Rakaia Centre

Facilities are currently changing some high level light fittings around the stairwell in the Rakaia Centre. The only way to do this is to scaffold, so you may notice some disruption in the area. 

The work will be finished on Friday 11/7.
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08 Jul 2014

Engineering and Architectural building to replace F Block

The CPIT Campus Master Plan is a programme of construction and refurbishment which will support CPIT’s training delivery into the future and contribute to the economic recovery of Christchurch.

The first projects are underway with the Whareora (Science and Wellbeing Facility) and three new buildings at the Trades Campus well underway.

The next project is the new Engineering and Architectural Studies building (K Block), which will replace the current F Block. This has been identified as the best location following extensive strategic planning in the context of the overall programme of extensive new construction and refurbishment work across the campus.

The new building requires access to engineering workshops in E Block and a site where disruption from construction will be minimal. At 6,500sqm, this new facility is the biggest single investment of CPIT’s Campus Master Plan investment and will help to train the architects and engineers who will contribute to the recovery of Christchurch.

F Block has suffered significant earthquake damage and has not been occupied since September 2011. A Detailed Engineering Evaluation (DEE) assessed this building at 25% of the building code. Significant cost was identified in bringing the building to 67% of the code, the level that the CPIT Council requires all CPIT buildings to reach.

The Returned Services Association (RSA) and the Ministry of Education have been consulted and they have no issues with demolition of this building. To recognise the history of this building, memorial brass plaques will be removed and donated to the RSA.

CPIT has also committed to creating a memorial garden for F Block and the location of this will be decided in relation to the overall campus landscaping plan.

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01 Jul 2014

CPIT Trades Campus Renamed

CPIT's Trades Campus, formerly known as TII, has been renamed.

Te Kãkui Manukura ( CPIT's Leadership group) has agreed to officially rename TII as “CPIT Trades”. This was done to incoporate both campuses together working as “One CPIT”.

The new name will be rolled out progressively across CPIT, so from now on you may hear it referred to as CPIT Trades or see new signage or notices with the change.

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27 Jun 2014

System outage July 6

System Outage ALL DAY 6th July 2014, beginning at 8am

The replacement of CPIT’s firewall will result in a number of systems being unavailable. Internal and external access will be compromised to all campuses (including Campus Connect sites), Moodle, Equella, Student email, Techlabs, Cisco Academy, Library systems and databases, Adobe Connect and onsite Wireless Access, plus other miscellaneous systems.

During the outage, significant and crucial testing will be carried out throughout the day which may result in CPIT-hosted systems being intermittently unavailable.

Full services are expected to be restored by 8am, Monday, 7th July 2014.

Another reminder notice will be posted towards the end of next week on the CPIT Campus Life website. Please communicate this to your colleagues and classmates.

If you have any concerns or uncertainty about applications or systems you are intending to use on the 6th July, please contact the ICT Division by emailing ICTServiceDesk@cpit.ac.nz, or call us on (03) 940 8800.

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16 Jun 2014

Take survey and win a $250 gift card

Bike? Bus? Car? Walk? 

How YOU travel to CPIT will help us make decisions about transport as part of the new Campus Master Plan. 

Please, take the 2014 CPIT Travel Survey

YOU could win a $250 voucher (first prize) or two runner up prizes of $50 gift cards.

It takes just 5 – 10 minutes to complete. But the long term effects will be felt for years to come as we try to make your time at CPIT even better - easier, more convenient and healthier. 

Make sure YOUR voice is heard on travel issues. 

Please, take the 2014 CPIT Travel Survey

It’s really important to us. And the results will affect YOU too. 

Thanks,
From Abbley’s traffic engineers and CPIT

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13 Jun 2014

Lifehack looking for candidates

Lifehack is accepting applications for candidates to join their five-week Lifehack Labs programme.

This entrepreneurial pre-accelerator workshop encourages young New Zealanders to make a positive impact on society with business development skills that will create economic growth.

The five-week programme includes a retreat weekend, exploration, research, design and creation of prototypes, and finishes with a final presentation of the developed projects.

Lifehack is originally funded by the Prime Minister’s social media innovations fund and is currently being supported by the Ministry of Social Development, as well as a range of mentors and tutors experienced in design, development and entrepreneurship.

Successful candidates will have their accommodation paid for in Wellington, they will not be charged any fee and any startups that are created through Lifehack Labs will not be charged equity.

 Apply at http://labs.lifehackhq.co  Applications close 29 June 2014.

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12 Jun 2014

Madras St Carpark closure

Please note due to the Have a Go Day on Friday 13 June the Madras Street car park will be closed from 6.00am-12.30pm. Reserved car parks still available to access.

Nicola Maxwell liaison@cpit.ac.nz

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10 Jun 2014

System Outage ALL DAY 15th June 2014, beginning at 8am

The replacement of CPIT’s firewall will result in a number of systems being unavailable. Internal and external access will be compromised to all campuses (including Campus Connect sites), Moodle, Equella, Student email, Techlabs, Cisco Academy, Library systems and databases, Adobe Connect and onsite Wireless Access, plus other miscellaneous systems.

During the outage, significant and crucial testing will be carried out throughout the day which may result in CPIT-hosted systems being intermittently unavailable.

Full services are expected to be restored by 8am, Monday, 16th June 2014.

Another reminder notice will be posted towards the end of next week on the CPIT Campus Life website. Please communicate this to your colleagues and classmates.

If you have any concerns or uncertainty about applications or systems you are intending to use on the 15th June, please contact the ICT Division by emailing ICTServiceDesk@cpit.ac.nz, or call us on (03) 940 8800.

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09 Jun 2014

Candyfloss and redbull!

The Student Volunteer Army will be outside the CPSA on Wednesday June 11 from 12pm til 1pm giving away candyfloss.

Red Bull will be there too giving away cans of Red Bull!

 If raining, this will be held inside the CPSA. 


 

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09 Jun 2014

Selfies in the library!

The CPIT library is running a selfie competition. Take a selfie of yourself and or your friends in the Library between Monday June 9 til Friday June 27 and post it on the Facebook page with the hashtag #libraryselfies. Win one of three very tasty boxes of chocolates! A winner will be drawn every week.

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04 Jun 2014

Madras Street Car park closure

Please note due to the Have a Go Days on Friday 6 and Friday 13 June the Madras Street car park will be closed from 6.00am-12.30pm. Reserved car parks still available to access.

Nicola Maxwell liaison@cpit.ac.nz

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29 May 2014

Chicken Pox: Health Centre message

If you develop any of the symptoms below, please do not attend class and consult a medical professional:

· Fever (temperature), aches and headache often start a day or so before a rash appears.

· Rash. Spots appear in crops. The spots develop into small blisters and are itchy. They can be anywhere on the body and sometimes also in the mouth. Several crops may develop over several days. Some people are covered in spots; others have only a few.

· Cough, sore throat, and feeling sick are common.

The incubation period for chicken pox ( the time it takes from exposure to the virus and development of symptoms) is 10 – 21 days.

Please feel free to contact the Health Centre for any advice/information.

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28 May 2014

Moodle/Equella outage

Due to a software upgrade there will be a brief Moodle/Equella outage on Friday 30th May.

Moodle and Equella will be unavailable for a maximum of 30 mins on Friday between 4pm and 4.30pm.

Apologies for the inconvenience. If this will directly affect you or any of your classes, please contact esupport@cpit.ac.nz

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28 May 2014

Student Employment Survey

Need a job? Got a job? Not worried?
Whether you’re employed or unemployed we want to know your thoughts on Student Employment!
Take this quick 2-3 minute survey and be in to win 1 of 50 $50 Prezzy Cards!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5J9SPP5

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28 May 2014

Win with World Smokefree day!

To celebrate World Smokefree Day on May 31, Smokefree Canterbury are giving smokers who want to quit the chance to win a $250 grocery voucher. 

To enter just go to www.smokefreecanterbury.org.nz  

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27 May 2014

Paid mentoring programme!

Hi my name is Louise, Secondary Tertiary Pathways Advisor. We intend to set up a mentoring programme for 2014 with some Christchurch Secondary Schools and are looking for 2nd to 3rd year CPIT students – you will be paid for your work.

We are looking for students who are:

· Currently enrolled in at least a 2 year full-time programme (or equivalent) at CPIT

· Have an interest in motivating others and in working with a diverse range of people

· Able to set goals and achieve these using straightforward action plans

If you are keen, Contact louise.edmonds@cpit.ac.nz

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26 May 2014

Free Women in Trades lunch!

Free Women in Trades lunch.

Thursday 29th May

12pm in VF110/111 in the Student Services Building

Come along, meet other women in trades, and enjoy some good food.

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26 May 2014

Survey and win!

Go in the draw to win one of two $25 The Warehouse vouchers. Take a 10 minute survey and tell us how you like to listen to your music. Click here: http://radiosurvey.weebly.com/

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20 May 2014

Join NZUSA!

NZUSA has established a series of Learner Advisory Panels. This initiative aims get a forum of students online to comment about their experience with various education issues.

We are looking for students from CPIT to be included in this national initiative.

You can sign up to this initiative through this google doc form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12kFEWFK0FsZ7zXgSBtOeFSVnOwoD4eqRwstzG4CyVsA/viewform

The funding for this project has come from Ako Aotearoa (the National Centre for Teaching Excellence), NZUSA who are providing resources, and Squiz NZ who are proving all the technical support for the online programme.

It is a project being run in conjunction with a variety of government agencies.

NZUSA will be responsible for overall co-ordination of the groups. There will be ten panels of 20 members. NZUSA will be communicating with you mostly online in targeted discussions (most likely four before the end of this year). Through doing this we are aware that you are a busy student and we don’t want to detract from your learning. We want no more than 1-2 hours of your time over the five days the discussion will be open.

While we can’t directly pay you for your work on this panel, we are hoping that you’ll be motivated by wanting to experience the benefits of knowing that you can express your opinion and be influential about education issues in a meaningful constructive forum. This will be appropriately acknowledged.

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16 May 2014

Help us!

We need people for focus groups to help us make future decisions about CPIT! 

If you're available next Tuesday morning or afternoon, or Wednesday from 9am til 10am, and you're aged between 16-18 or 25-30 we want you! 

You will be rewarded for your efforts with food and movie passes. If you're keen email sandy.crane@cpit.ac.nz 
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14 May 2014

Free texture waves!

Models are required for FREE texture waves on Tuesday 20 May from 10am!

Aoraki Polytechnic hairdressing students need clients for their texture waves.

The service will take three hours and students will be supervised.


If you're keen or to make an appointment call Chris McFetrish on 9408603.
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12 May 2014

Found- Westpac card!

Anybody missing a Westpac eftpos card? No name on it. Found outside ICT building this morning. If it belongs to you, please call in to Health Centre to collect.

Susan - 7566
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09 May 2014

Unwanted shoes wanted!

We can find new homes for your unwanted shoes or recycle your retired sneakers.

No matter what state you sneakers are in we will take them and send to the United States to a programme called the NIKE GRIND where they recycle your shoe to build sports fields. Shoe are taking up too much room in our landfills and releasing the chemicals into rivers and poisoning our wild life while they break down.

Bring your shoes on the 12-20th May in the recreation centre and we will take them from you thanks to Rebel Sports Riccarton. 

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09 May 2014

Roadworks delayed

Due to Madras Street high water levels, a de-watering pump is needed to
reduce these levels.

The de-watering pump will move in a northerly direction up Madras Street during the duration of the works. This will delay our planned works for about one to two weeks.

The de-watering pump will be in use 24 hours a day and will produce a low humming noise.

If you have questions please call 0508 718 719 or email Christchurch.comms@macdow.co.nz

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06 May 2014

SYTW with these job listings

Spend your time wisely by looking for a job!

If you're looking for a job to kill some time or to save some money, check out our new job listings page for some ideas!

Read more >

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02 May 2014

Māori and Pasifika Health Promotion Day, 7 May

Come along to our Māori and Pasifika Health Promotion Day on Wednesday, 7 May at 10am – 2pm.

All students and whānau are invited to the Māori and Pasifika Health Promotion Day. Venue is Te Puna Wānaka, Wharenui.

As well as attendance from the following agencies, the Health Centre nurses will be offering BP and Diabetes checks and there will be competitions and healthy food giveaways.

  • Mental Health Foundation
  • Appetite for Life
  • Pacific Trust
  • Aukati KaiPaipa Smoking Cessation
  • Breast Screen South
  • Cate Graze – Personal Trainer
  • Cervical Screening ( will be offering free clinics and booking women for 16 May session at HC)
  • Green Prescription
  • Family Planning
  • Heart Foundation
  • Alcohol and Drug Helpline
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23 Apr 2014

Traffic restrictions

Traffic restrictions: Madras, High and St Asaph streets, Central City - wastewater replacement

What: Replacement of the earthquake damaged wastewater main to support construction of the Anchor Projects and vertical rebuild.

Where: Madras, High and St Asaph streets, Central Business District, Central City.

When: As early as Monday 28 April to mid-July 2014

Traffic impacts-

During Stage one we will work at the intersection of Madras, High and St Asaph streets. Madras Street will be reduced to one lane flowing north and St Asaph Street will be reduced to one lane flowing west. This work will take approximately two weeks. We will then move along High Street, working within the road closure. This work will take approximately two weeks.

During Stage two Madras Street will be reduced to one lane flowing north. This work will take approximately four weeks.

During Stage three Tuam Street will be reduced to one lane flowing east. This work will take approximately three weeks.

Pedestrian access will be maintained on at least one side of the road at all times.

Standard work hours are Monday to Saturday, 7am to 6pm.

There will be increased noise, dust and vibration levels associated with this work.

Call McConnell Dowell on freephone 0508 718 719 between 8:30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, or email us at: christchurch.comms@macdow.co.nz. Emergency calls will be diverted outside these hours. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience while we work in your street.

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16 Apr 2014

Easter Opening Hours

CPIT be closed from the Good Friday, April 18th until Wednesday April 23rd. Campus will be open on April 23rd and 24th from 8am until 5pm. 

For Anzac weekend we CPIT will just be closed on Anzac day (25th April).

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11 Apr 2014

Cheap haircuts and foils!

Aoraki Polytechnic's Hairdressing and Beauty clinics run out of Paxus House and they are offering their services to all CPIT students and staff.

Many services are available but training haircuts are $5, while foils are from $10. Hair ups are from $10.

Phone today for an appointment 0800 426 725
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11 Apr 2014

Reminder- security!

Just a friendly reminder! Please be extra careful with your personal belongings and do not leave them unattended on Campus at any time. If your items are stolen insurance may not pay if you have not taken care and been responsible for your property.
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11 Apr 2014

How do you listen to your music?

How do you listen to your music?

Have you tried iheart or any other internet music sites?

If you’re interested in sharing your views and experiences with iheart, or internet radio in general,

Come along to a fun focus group on Thursday 1st May at 7:30pm. Refreshments will be provided.

To register your interest, send your name and a contact phone number to radiofocusgroups@gmail.com

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08 Apr 2014

Beginners yoga

Want to try yoga? This is a beginners level class of stretching, breathing exercises and relaxation to make you feel better and function better (in a nutshell). 
Tuesdays 5.15 - 6.30, Rec centre studio (upstairs).
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03 Apr 2014

The CPIT Tech Girls

A new group has been formed on Campus for women studying ICT.

The ‘CPIT Tech Girls’ aim to create a friendly female community to help support, connect, and promote women in ICT both at CPIT and in the wider community. 

The group has big plans including bringing in inspirational speakers, providing scholarships, hosting educational events and starting a mentoring programme. 

The group is looking for new members. You don't have to be studying ICT at CPIT to join the group; anyone with a tech interest is welcome.

For more information on CPIT Tech Girls email cpittechgirls@gmail.com or visit the Facebook group

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02 Apr 2014

ICT Interns

We're looking for two ICT interns to join our team for a part time, fixed position until December 2014.

 
We have opportunities for two CPIT students to join the ICT Division for paid work experience of 13 hours per week until December 2014, with time split evenly between the Audio Visual and Service Desk teams.
 
Student applicants must be enrolled in a two (2) or three (3) year programme at CPIT and have completed the equivalent of 1 year full time study towards the qualification.
 

For more information and to apply please visit http://www.cpit.ac.nz/about-us/work-at-cpit. Applications are accepted via the online application system only. Please ensure you attach your CV and Covering letter to this online application form.

 
Applications close Sunday 13th April 2014
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01 Apr 2014

Graduation DVD's available for sale

Graduation ceremony DVDs are available for sale for $19.95 plus GST. When submitting your order, you must provide your name, payment details, delivery address and also whether you wanted morning or afternoon.

Please email davidm@shipleys.co.nz for your copy.

You can also watch both the graduation ceremonies online:

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27 Mar 2014

Free physio!

If you have an ACC related injury, you can have a FREE physiotherapy assessment and treatment via the Health Centre. 

Jeremy, the physio works from the Recreation Centre each Thursday between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

Please contact the Health Centre on 7566 to book an appointment.

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25 Mar 2014

Student Access to MS Office

Microsoft now offers Office 365 ProPlus at no charge to enrolled students. This is incredible news for students as they can now take advantage of all that Office 365 ProPlus has to offer. Go to the IT Help pages for further details - http://campus.cpit.ac.nz/support-for-you/IT-help/office365proplus/

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24 Mar 2014

Edible Book Competition

CPIT students and staff are invited to create 'edible books' - a witty or imaginative interpretation of their favourite book that is edible, or food in the shape of a book. Entries are then displayed, photographed, judged or devoured.

Prizes will be awarded for the best entries in the following categories:

  • People's Choice
  • Best Interpretation of a Book
  • Funniest Entry
  • Most Delectable Entry
  • Most Imaginative Entry 

All entries must be submitted to CPIT Library between 8.30am and 11am on Tuesday 1 April either through registering online or in person on the day 

Register online for the Edible Book competition.

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21 Mar 2014

Graduation update

All tickets and graduation guides are now in the mail so those graduating will receive them shortly.

Due to a record number of people graduating this year, the maximum number of tickets anyone will receive is 5. There will be no extra tickets.

Congrats graduates! 

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20 Mar 2014

Calling all Architectural Designers to be!

Calling all Architectural Designers to be! It is just under two weeks before award winning Japanese Architect Koh Kitayama lands in NZ to begin his series of seminars around the country! One of the most anticipated speakers of the year, Koh is in Christchurch on April 4 at the Transitional Cathedral. Student tickets have been discounted to almost half price at $34.50 each. Visit the ADNZ website to book your seat and for more information http://www.adnz.org.nz/events/feature/30

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18 Mar 2014

Autumn Graduation

CPIT's Autumn Graduation will be held on Friday March 28, 2014 at CBS Arena. This year we have a record number of people graduating and we are still processing tickets and graduation guides. These will be in the mail by Thursday, March 20.
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14 Mar 2014

Nursing & Pre Health Info Sessions

CPIT is holding information sessions on Nursing and Pre-Health. At the Nursing session, students can find out all they need to know about studying nursing at CPIT in Christchurch. The Pre-Health session will help students decide if they need to undertake more study to meet entry requirements for Nursing, Midwifery, Medical Imaging, Human Nutrition, Laboratory Science, Physical Activity & Health Promotion and Sport & Exercise Science.

Nursing Information sessions for 2014:

Tuesday 18 March

Nursing Information Session: 5.30pm - 6.30pm Pre-Health & Science Information Session: 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Venue: N104, CPIT Madras Street Campus, Madras Street, Christchurch

Thursday 19 June (CPIT Open Day)

Nursing Information Session: 4.30pm - 5.30pm Pre-Health & Science Information Session:

3-3.30pm, 4-4.30pm

Venue: N104, CPIT Madras Street Campus, Madras Street, Christchurch

Tuesday 5 August

Nursing Information Session: 5.30pm - 6.30pm Pre-Health & Science Information Session: 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Venue: N104, CPIT Madras Street Campus, Madras Street, Christchurch.

Please pass this information on to anyone interested in Nursing or Pre-Health and Science. To find out more, call 0800 24 24 76 or visit www.cpit.ac.nz

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14 Mar 2014

Become a board rep!

The Academic Board is looking for two student representatives. You will be a full Academic Board member. It’s a voluntary, unpaid role but will look fantastic on your CV and be a great chance to have a say in the way CPIT is run.

The Academic Board advises the CPIT Council on matters relating to courses of study or training, awards and other academics matters. The Board is made of CPIT’s CE, Kay Giles, the Academic Director, the Kaiarahi, Heads of Departments, Academic Staff, the Director of Education & Applied Research, delegates from a range of committees and two Student Representatives.

You will need to attend the Academic Board meetings. They are on Thursdays and are roughly every 5-6 weeks. The next meeting is 10th April. Most of the time, the meetings are 10am-12pm. Occasionally, some meetings will be 9am-12pm. There are about 9 meetings a year. You will also need to read material that’s sent out prior to the meeting.

Email studentevents@cpit.ac.nz if you're interested in being involved!
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12 Mar 2014

Fresh hot from Instagram

Want your Instagram photo showcased on Campus Life? Showoff your photos from in and around campus on Campus Life by adding the hashtag #CPIT on your Instagram photo and it'll show up on our feed.
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10 Mar 2014

Call all choreographers, dancers and actors

The University of Canterbury's Indian Student Association is organising their annual production and they're looking for any student who are keen to be apart of it. So if you are between the ages 16 and 25 then this is for you.

Bryan Aitken a former Associate Artistic Director and original company member of The Court Theatre, Christchurch, Bryan has worked as an actor or director for most of New Zealand’s major Theatre Companies. He has been awarded a QEII Arts Council Major Travel Grant, a Trustbank Arts Excellence Award, and the 1990 Commemorative Medal for his work with youth. If you're keen to be a part of the production and you are a committed person please come along to the cast call this Sunday 9 March at 6pm at kirkwood village - room KF08.

Calling all choreographers, dancers and actors! People who are keen to be a part of backstage crew and production crew are welcome to.

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07 Mar 2014

Welcome month challenge & bungee

There will be a Horizontal Bungee outside the CPSA Building today at lunchtime. Come down and try it out and while you’re there, sign up for the Welcome Month Challenge happening this afternoon.

The Challenge starts at 12:30pm and finishes with free pizza at 3pm. You get a free shirt and can win great prizes, including swimming with the dolphins! 

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06 Mar 2014

Madras St Car park closure

Just a warning- on Friday March 7th the Madras St car park will not be able to be used. Only those with reserved parks will be able to enter. Apologies for the inconvenience.
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04 Mar 2014

Research participants wanted!

ICT is looking for students to be involved in a research group for the design of Office 365 (which is an online software & services suite that CPIT is switching to).

They are looking for two groups of between 6-8 students to come along to a 2 hour session on Friday 14th March. Participants will be given a $30 Westfield voucher.

You do not need to have any particular knowledge or be computer savvy – the idea behind these groups is to make sure the design is useable for everyone.

The sessions on Friday 14th March are: 12pm-2pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm

 Please email studentevents@cpit.ac.nz if you would like to be involved.

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04 Mar 2014

Stop smoking and win!

WERO is a stop smoking competition for teams with a chance to win cash prizes for a chosen charity or community group. Any 10 smokers can form a team. Each competition is run over three months, giving plenty of time for teams to stop smoking.

 

HOW WERO WORKS

- 10 people who smoke form a team and register on www.wero.me
- Each team finds themselves a coach (Kaihautu) to keep them motivated and a stop smoking support worker (Kaiwhakatere) who can offer additional support
- Each team member gives a simple breath or spit test to confirm they are still a current smoker at the start of the competition
- Team members help motivate and encourage each other to stop smoking as early in the competition as possible
- Kaihautu update the smoking status for each team member weekly on the www.wero.me team page
- The Leading teams are tested at the end of competition to confirm how many have stopped smoking and find the winner.

 

HOW TO WIN

The team with the most members not smoking at the end of competition wins! Team members are asked ‘Have you smoked even a puff in the last 24 hours?’ This is based on the last smoking status shown on the team page, and confirmed with a biochemical test.

PRIZES

1st prize: $5,000
$500: Team in front at four weeks
$500: Team in front at eight weeks
$500: Team that used the website the most.
Pregnant Mums prize category
Spot prizes awarded throughout the competition
Prize money can only be awarded to a registered New Zealand charity or community
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03 Mar 2014

Help build a new playground!

Come one, Come all!

West Spreydon Primary School needs a new playground.

Over the past month volunteers (professionals and your average Joe) have been building together a brand spankin' new playground for the West Spreydon school kids.

They have all the tools and equipment, they just need more hands.

If you are free this Saturday March 8 between 8am-3pm come along and help out.

Your help, even for an hour or two, will be greatly appreciated. To sign up come to clubs day on the 5th of March between 12pm and 1pm or email your interest here: cpitsva@gmail.com

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28 Feb 2014

Road Works - March/ April update

19 March 2014: 
Pipelining work is starting today (Wednesday 19 March). See the works notice - Manchester Street south and surrounding streets, Central City, wastewater repair. (PDF: 0.8MB)    

Southward will be one way today from Manchester Street to Madras Street. There will be no on street parking from 19 Southwark Street east and you will not be able to turn into Southwark Street from Madras Street.  

Madras Street will be two lanes, however between Allen Street and Southwark Street there will be no on street parking. There will still be access to the CPIT car parks.  

On Thursday 20 March - work will continue on Madras Street while two lanes of traffic will be maintained there will be no on street parking between the food court and Allen Street.

Work will also be done in Allen Street. Allen Street will remain two way but with no on street parking around the work site. The traffic management in Southwark Street and Allen Street will only be for one day.       
 

14 March 2014:  
During March and April 2014 SCIRT will be repairing the damaged wastewater pipe on Dundas Street (from 17 March) and Fitzgerald Avenue (this will start once the work at Dundas Street work is completed).

Pipelining work is starting in Madras Street and will progress to Manchester Street and adjacent streets.  

See the works notice - Central City - East of Colombo Street, repair of damaged wastewater system (PDF:1MB).   

28 February 2014:
We’d like to let our staff and students know about the upcoming road works on Madras Street and Barbadoes Street (between St Asaph Street and Moorhouse Avenue) beginning 3 March.

Street parking will be limited during the works and traffic lanes may be reduced, narrowed or closed.

The work on Barbadoes Street will affect traffic flow from Monday 3 March. There will be no street parking available on Barbadoes Street.  

On Tuesday 4 March and Friday 7 March work will be completed in Coventry Street. This will affect the street parking directly opposite Williams Street – there will still be access to the car park on Coventry Street.

See Works Notice – Barbadoes Street, Central City – South, wastewater repair (PDF: 0.6MB)

The work on Madras Street begins on Monday 3 March (stage 1) opposite the food court. This will reduce car parks on the sides of the road around the site for approximately two weeks. Access to the CPIT car park will have signage to make the entrance clear. Speed will be reduced to 30km/h.  

Stage 2 work will begin from Monday 17 March and car parking will not be available for another four weeks.

See Works Notice – Madras Street, Central City (PDF: 1MB)

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26 Feb 2014

Tell us your thoughts!

Have your say! CPIT are expanding our student service based on Microsoft’s Office365 and need your input. Tell us what you think of the CPIT online services which you use and how we might enhance your learning experience through Office365. Take the survey here:www.surveymonkey.com/s/cpit-student-survey

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25 Feb 2014

Volunteer with puppies!

Did someone say puppies?!!!!!

Correct. CPIT SVA would love some keen volunteers to help out in the "Paws in the Park" Sunday 16th of March at the Groynes.

Your service will help raise funds and awareness for Project 2nd Chance appeal.

There are all sorts of duties and you can bring a friend to help volunteer with you!- Spaces are limited

Sign up by emailing your interest here: 'cpitsva@gmail.com' 

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24 Feb 2014

Are you ready for graduation?

If you have completed your qualification with us here at CPIT and think you're eligible to graduate, you should have received your graduation pack by now. If this has not arrived, please email your full name, student ID number, the qualification you studied and current postal address to info@cpit.ac.nz.
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20 Feb 2014

Beware of academic fraud

The originality of your work as a student is of paramount importance and it’s with this in mind that we wish to bring to your attention the dubious actions of an overseas company. We’ve been advised that this company is making contact with recently enrolled students to offer what appears to be cheating services (essays written on behalf of students for a fee).

The service offered by this US-based company is academic fraud. We don’t accept work submitted on-behalf and naturally we want to protect you from fraudulent activity which could put your success at risk. If you’re approached by an individual or company offering this kind of service, please report it to CPIT’s academic director Shirley Wilson (shirley.wilson@cpit.ac.nz).

Companies like this prey on students who are struggling with their studies. If you find yourself in this position, please ask for help. We have many services that can support you to achieve your study goals and staff are always willing to help.

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20 Feb 2014

Wastewater Main Repairs

SCIRT will be repairing damaged wastewater mains on Ferry Road between Williams Street and Barbadoes Street as well as on St Asaph Street between Fitzgerald Avenue and Colombo Street.
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18 Feb 2014

Meningococcal disease awareness

 

What it looks like

At the start of the illness, meningococcal disease can look like influenza (flu) or a cold, but it can then become worse very quickly. Sometimes a person can feel unwell and then feel better again before becoming very ill, very quickly. Like influenza, meningococcal symptoms include fever, headache, sleepiness and joint and muscle pains, but there can also be some more specific symptoms, such as a stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, vomiting or a rash consisting of reddish-purple pin-prick spots or bruises. 
How to treat it

Meningococcal disease is very serious and needs urgent medical treatment. Illness may develop slowly over one or two days, or may develop quickly over just a few hours. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms so you can get medical help straight away – whether it’s day or night. It can be treated with antibiotics, but early treatment is critical. Especially because diagnosis can be difficult early in the illness, meningococcal disease can be fatal despite antibiotic treatment.

How to prevent it

Limiting Exposure - Meningococcal disease can be spread from person-to-person through coughing and sneezing. To help stop meningococcal bacteria from spreading, cover your nose or mouth with your arm when you sneeze or cough, and wash and dry your hands after using the toilet and before and after preparing food.
Immunisation - This is the most effective way to avoid catching meningococcal disease. There are a number of meningococcal vaccines currently available which protect against some, but not all, strains of the disease, for up to five years. However, none of them provide long-term protection, or protect against meningococcal B, the strain responsible for around half of meningococcal disease in New Zealand. The MeNZB vaccine offered between 2004 and 2008 provided short term protection against the New Zealand group B meningococcal disease strain, but not other strains that presently pose a threat. 
Most students, even those who have completed the full course of MeNZB vaccines, are therefore not protected against meningococcal disease. Some students and parents will wrongly assume that they or their child are protected because they have completed all of their scheduled immunisations. 
Vaccines that protect against meningococcal disease are not funded as part of the National Immunisation Schedule. However, vaccination is recommended for young people living in shared hostel/boarding accommodation. Students and parents can talk to their GP or practice nurse about whether immunisation to protect against meningococcal disease is right for them. 

Anyone with a severe flu-like illness should see a doctor without delay, whether they have been vaccinated or not. No vaccine can protect against 100% of meningococcal disease, and there are other serious illnesses that begin in a similar way.

The Ministry of Health has detailed information on its webpage about meningococcal disease here: http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/meningococcal-disease
Further information aimed at students is available here:http://www.getimmunised.org.nz 
Contact your local Public Health Unit at CPIT, contact 03 940 7566

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14 Feb 2014

Want to earn while you learn?

CPIT's Marketing Department are looking for two 3rd Year Design students who want to build on their portfolio and gain valuable real-world skills mentored by experienced senior designers.

MARKETING INTERNS (x2)

Paid work experience for 3rd Year Design Students

  • Earn money while gaining amazing work experience
  • Impress future employers with a diverse creative CV portfolio
  • Expand your design skills with the opportunity to work as part of a busy creative studio
  • Gain valuable real-world skills mentored by experienced senior designers

Skills we are looking for . . .

  • Creativity, flair and innovation in design
  • Good technical skills and understating of appropriate design packages
  • Friendly, fun “can and will do” attitude
  • Good time management skills

Skills you will gain . . .

  • Valuable insight into working in a commercial creative design studio environment
  • Valuable skills employers are looking for in a design graduate
  • Practical experience and understanding in designing to the target audience and the creative brief
  • Strong technical skills in working in appropriate design packages
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment to meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to building relationships with internal and external clients.

Two intern positions available

Intern 1

Averaging 2 days per week (equaling up to 13 hours paid work experience per week), totaling 800 hours for the year. Flexibility around hours and days of work dependent upon your timetable, holidays, exams, etc.

As our design intern you will be required to work collaboratively as part of the Creative Brand Team and be required to produce online and offline creative solutions as directed and supported by the Senior Creative Designer or Creative Brand Manager.

Intern 2

Averaging 1 day per week (equaling up to 7.5 hours paid work experience per week) equaling up to, totaling 300 hours for the year. Flexibility around hours and days of work dependent upon your timetable, holidays, exams, etc.

As our design intern you will be required to work collaboratively as part of the Marketing Team, mostly working on creative solutions to support our Student Services activity, designing flyers, posters, web banners, tickets for student events and the student Campus Life website.

HOW TO APPLY

We accept applications via our online application system. For a job description and to apply online please visit http://www.cpit.ac.nz/about-us/work-at-cpit. Please include an example of your student portfolio as an attachment along with your CV and Covering Letter. Any questions should be directed to Human Resources on 03 940 8623 or human.resources@cpit.ac.nz

To apply you must be enrolled as a 3rd year CPIT Design student.

Applications Close Sunday 2nd March 2014

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11 Feb 2014

International Student Orientation

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION

FRIDAY 21st February 2014 at 12.00pm

IMAGITECH THEATRE (A134)

CPIT welcomes international students and provides a comprehensive orientation session to inform you of the specialised support services and facilities that are available to help you reach your academic goal!

· Receive your welcome pack

· Meet the staff and other international students

· Learn about study in New Zealand – how it is different to studying in your home country

· Learn how to maximise your chances of success

· Understand the requirements and your responsibilities when studying on an international student visa

· Know where to go for help

As an international student you MUST attend orientation. If you are unable to attend this session you will need to make an appointment with one of the International Student Advisors. Appointments can be made by emailing:

lyn.crossan@cpit.ac.nz OR denise.hannam@cpit.ac.nz

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10 Feb 2014

Calling all good Samaritans...

Calling all good Samaritans...

On the 21st and the 23rd of February, UC SVA is holding a Colour Run; a run that requires a lot of organising and enthusiastic helpers. You have the option to pay $55 to enter this Christchurch Colour Run 2014 OR volunteer, thus be a part of this awesome event FOR FREE! CPIT is giving students a chance to help the Christchurch community and coincide with UC SVA on this colourful day(s). Follow the link below and purchase your FREE ticket. Don't forget to write "CPIT" beside your name on purchase. There are various stations you can choose to volunteer for either before or on the day. See you all there!!

http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/search/?search=christchurch+color+run 

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04 Feb 2014

Wastewater main repairs

SCIRT will be repairing the damaged wastewater main on Ferry Road between St Asaph Street and Fitzgerald Avenue with work beginning Tuesday 4 February for about 10 days subject to favourable weather and onsite conditions.    

Read the works notice (PDF: 1.4 MB) for more information.   

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31 Jan 2014

Campus Master Plan

Campus Master Plan - Feel the vibrations? Compacting groundwork on the new Whareora – Science and Wellbeing facility site at Madras Street through February may cause ground vibrations. See www.cpit.ac.nz/master-plan.

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31 Jan 2014

Like our Library FB page and win!

'Like' our Facebook page ASAP and the next ten CPIT students or staff will receive either DVD or movie tickets for Alice in Videoland.

www.facebook.com/CPITLibrary

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31 Jan 2014

Student health services

Want to enrol at the Health Centre for your medical care whilst are studying at CPIT? The Health Centre has low cost fees for medical/nursing services with some services no cost at all.

Students can call into the Health Centre any time during opening and complete an enrolment form.

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12 Dec 2013

Campus Christmas closure

The CPIT campus will be closed for Christmas from 3pm on Monday December 23. The campus will re-open from 8.30am on Friday January 3.


Enjoy your holidays everyone!  

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04 Dec 2013

Want to win an iPad Air?

Enter your video submission now on http://woobox.com/98oxyz, share it and get your friends to vote.

The competition works for Instagram, Vine and YouTube. #SpendYourTimeWisely now!

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03 Dec 2013

Free Breakfast!

Our Student Wellbeing Team has done it again! They're offering a free pre-exam breakfast for you at the Rakaia Atrium from 8-9am.

All you have to do is bring your student ID. See you there!

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02 Dec 2013

Campus closure

Both CPIT campuses, Madras Street and Ensors Road and all Campus Connects will be closed this Friday, December 6, between 2.00pm and 5.00pm.

All exams scheduled for the afternoon of Friday December 6 will take place. 

Both childcare facilities at Madras Street will be open. 

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29 Nov 2013

Congratulations ladies!

Two of our New Zealand Broadcasting School students have won this year's Christian Broadcasting Association scholarships.

Congratulations Kaitlin Ruddock and Mei Yeoh for winning the scholarships!

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27 Nov 2013

Get paid to have fun!

We’ll pay you to have fun! CPIT is looking for enthusiastic and confident students to be our 2014 Student Ambassadors.

If you’re interested in applying to be a CPIT Student Ambassador register your details by emailing liaison@cpit.ac.nz.

To see what they get up to check out some of our current student ambassador profiles at www.facebook.com/CPITNZ/notes 

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26 Nov 2013

Win, win win!

We've already had some great entries into our#Spendyourtimewisely video comp. Vote for your favourite here: http://woobox.com/98oxyz. Or, if you think you can do better add your own! Just capture you or your mates doing something hilarious, crazy or amazing and submit it. You could win an iPad air! 

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22 Nov 2013

Free breakfast!

To help you feed your brain and fill your stomach before exams CPIT is running free breakfasts in the atrium.

Come along to the Rakaia Centre from 8am til 9am on Monday November 25, Wednesday November 27, Monday December 2 and Wednesday December 4 to fuel your mind.

Cereal, fruit and yoghurt will be available to students. Bring your student ID.

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21 Nov 2013

Have your say and win!

HAVE YOUR SAY - CPIT STUDENT EXPERIENCE SURVEY

It’s almost the end of the year which means it’s time for you to have your say about CPIT. If you’re in your first or final year, you’re invited to complete the CPIT Student Experience/Programme Satisfaction Survey online through http://pss.cpit.ac.nz/login.php

Not only is it important that we hear from you so we can make changes– there are prizes up for grabs too! We have a $350 Westfield voucher to give away to one lucky student and $50 grocery vouchers too.

It will only take you a few minutes – so go ahead and tell us what you think.

LAST YEAR’S RESULTS

Last year you told us that you were very happy with your programmes of study. 97% of you would recommend CPIT to others. You also liked your tutors and other CPIT staff.

You were concerned about your workload, in particular the timing of assessments and the feedback you receive.

However, many of you didn’t respond to last year’s survey. Only 22.3% of you took the opportunity to have your say.

WE LISTENED

We heard you and CPIT is working to identify where workload issues are happening in each programme.

We are also providing workshops for staff about how best to provide assessment feedback.

And we are reviewing our student surveys to streamline them and make them more relevant to you.

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21 Nov 2013

Classic car exhibition

Students! Come along and see our Classic Car Exhibition Exhibition and BBQ at the Trades Innovation Institute on Friday November 22 from 12-1pm.
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14 Nov 2013

Health Centre Update

The Health Centre doctor will be finishing for Christmas break on Thursday 5 December. If you need a prescription for medication over the holidays, please make sure you either make a request in plenty of time via the Health Centre nurse or book an appointment to see the doctor.    
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13 Nov 2013

Film, Share, Vote

We have just launched the #SpendYourTimeWisely video contest on Facebook. Go and check out CPIT's Facebook page to find out how to enter and the Ts and Cs and be in to win an iPad Air!

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12 Nov 2013

We're here to help!

CPIT Health Centre staff are available for support and counselling for any student affected by the Philippines disaster.

Please contact the Centre on 7566 if you would like to make an appointment to see a counsellor, nurse or doctor. 

You are also very welcome to drop in to the Centre to talk with a nurse, in the first instance.

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29 Oct 2013

Are you 24 or under?

If you're 24 or under don't forget to fill out the 'What's Up: Youth Wellbeing Survey' & be up for the prize draw for an ipad mini! and other great prizes. It should only take about 12 minutes, at www.cera.govt.nz  

The survey asks questions about wellbeing, the effects of the earthquakes, and what you think is important in the recovery. Your responses will be used when CERA makes decisions about the needs of young people - and will also inform decisions about the longer term future of Greater Christchurch. Since you're likely to be future leaders, parents, employers and employees, we think it's really important that you have a say on the recovery now.
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24 Oct 2013

Prizes for this week for the Wellbeing Game teams

Setup a team event, and email proof to Kerstin.dofs@cpit.ac.nz (by Friday 12pm).  We are giving away two $50 baskets of goodies. Your team's name will go in the draw for each event setup.  So the more you do, the greater chance of winning.

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24 Oct 2013

Free ACC Physio sessions

CPIT's Health Centre is offering free ACC physiotherapy sessions starting Thursday 24 October at the Rec Centre between 11.45am - 1pm. 

Please contact the Health Centre on 7566 to book an appointment.

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24 Oct 2013

Student notebook cover competition

This is your chance to design the cover of the 2014 Student Notebook, which will be seen by 10,000 fellow students plus the winner receives a $200 Westfield voucher. You have until 6 Nov – find the templates and brief here:

http://campus.cpit.ac.nz/student-life/student-notebook-cover-competition

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18 Oct 2013

RefleXion needs your help!

The RefleXion team are working hard on their Festival of Transitional Architecture installation, but they need some help!

Workshops today, Saturday and Sunday from 10am at Pallet Pavillion site: help needed to build formworks - sandwiches and drinks provided along with amazing creative environment.

Monday and Tuesday from 9am at Te Puna Wanaka: help needed to paint some super cool 5.5m long cardboard tubes (like Cardboard Cathedral ones) with Maori stories (design will be provided, nothing to be invented).

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17 Oct 2013

Follow up to security alert

As a follow up to the security alert we posted yesterday the Police have advised today that they have made an arrest and an offender faces three charges relating to three separate incidences of indecent behaviour on the Madras Street campus.

It is a timely reminder that, in keeping everyone safe on the campus, we need to all be alert and report any suspicious behaviour to our security staff. 

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16 Oct 2013

Security Alert

We are aware that there have been several incidences recently of indecent exposure on the Madras Street campus. If you see anything suspicious please advise our security staff in the Rakaia Centre or phone 027 540 8076. If you are unfortunate enough to be confronted by one of these people you should immediately call the Police on their emergency phone number 111.

The police are very keen to catch these offenders. Their advice is to put your safety first and walk away but if you are able to note the offender’s facial features, clothing or any other distinguishing features you will be able to help police with their investigation.

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16 Oct 2013

Have your say - CPIT Student Experience Survey

It’s nearing the end of the year which means it’s time for you to have your say about CPIT. If you’re in your first or final year, you’re invited to complete the CPIT Student Experience/Programme Satisfaction Survey online through http://pss.cpit.ac.nz/login.php

Not only is it important that we hear from you so we can make changes– there are prizes up for grabs too! We have a $350 Westfield voucher to give away to one lucky student and $50 grocery vouchers too.

It will only take you a few minutes – so go ahead and tell us what you think.

Last year’s results

Last year you told us that you were very happy with your programmes of study. 97% of you would recommend CPIT to others. You also liked your tutors and other CPIT staff.

You were concerned about your workload, in particular the timing of assessments and the feedback you receive.

However, many of you didn’t respond to last year’s survey. Only 22.3% of you took the opportunity to have your say.

We listened

We heard you and CPIT is working to identify where workload issues are happening in each programme.

We are also providing workshops for staff about how best to provide assessment feedback.

And we are reviewing our student surveys to streamline them and make them more relevant to you.

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10 Oct 2013

StudentCard Deals

· Savings Challenge - "The Savings Challenge is here! Find out how you could WIN up to $1000 in cash by clicking here!"

· 2014 StudentCard - "Get sorted early with your 2014 StudentCard, available now! Click here to register and start saving right through the new year."

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08 Oct 2013

Message from Student Job Search

It's now free to call SJS from your mobile phone on 0800 757 562. 
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07 Oct 2013

Lunchtime walks

Get active! Starting this week - Lunchtime walks every day from 9 October - 1 November for staff and students. Meet in the Atrium at the Welcome Desk at 12.15pm.
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02 Oct 2013

Beginners yoga starting 15 Oct

Want to try yoga but scared you're not flexible/can't do yoga? A new beginners yoga class is starting at the Rec Centre on 15 Oct and will run Tuesday nights 5.15 - 6.30pm.

Take it nice and easy, have a laugh, de-stress, learn some breathing exercises and have a good stretch too. 

Yoga is great for relaxation, flexibility (of course), strength and mental focus. Whatever your motivation, join in and try it out!

See the Santosha Facebook page for more information including fees.

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18 Sep 2013

Tribal system maintenance

We are making improvements to Tribal this Friday 20 September so it won't be available between 7am - 1pm. Make sure you are logged off the Tribal system on Thursday evening.

We will keep you posted when the system is back up and running.

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16 Aug 2013

Enrolments counter at Madras Street Campus - New Hours

From Monday 19 August, the opening hours for the Admissions & Enrolments area at Madras Street will be changing to:

· Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 5.00pm

· Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm

During peak enrolment periods the hours of opening will be extended to 6.00pm Monday through to Thursday.

The Admissions and Enrolments hours at TII will remain unchanged at this stage.

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14 Aug 2013

Change to your student email account

Your student email account is changing from Monday 19 August.

Throughout next week (19– 23 August), the CPIT student email system will be switching over from Live@EDU to a new system: Office 365. You will see a change to your account by the end of Friday 23 August but you may see a change sooner.

IT Help

CPIT looks after your new Office365 email account. If you have any trouble accessing your account, please contact the ICT Service Desk: email ictservicedesk@cpit.ac.nz or phone 03 940 8800.

Questions you might have

Will I be able to access my email account while this is happening?

Yes certainly - this should not cause any disruption to you accessing your email.

Will my email address change?

Your student email address will stay exactly the same: username@student.cpit.ac.nz

How will I access this new email system?

To access your new Office 365 email and calendar system click on the 'Student Email' link on this website.

You could also bookmark this link and log in this way (this link works now and after the upgrade): https://www.outlook.com/student.cpit.ac.nz

Why is the system changing?

This change is happening because Microsoft is switching off the old Live@EDU email service in September. We have to change as a result.

Anything I need to do?

Update internet explorer

If you are still using Internet Explorer 6 or 7 please upgrade to a later version. Office365 is compatible with Internet Explorer version 8 or higher. It is compatible with all other browsers.

Update your security info

To make it easier to reset your Microsoft account password if you forget it during or after the upgrade - it might be worth adding an alternate email address to your current Live@EDU account. For information on how to add an alternate email address, see Microsoft’s ‘Why do I need to add security info?

Anything else I need to know?

You will also have a SkyDrive and Messenger Account

After the upgrade you will also have a SkyDrive account. To access this go to https://skydrive.live.com/ 

This account will have the same username (username@student.cpit.ac.nz) and initial password as the Office365 account. CPIT will have no administration rights over this personal account so we will be unable to reset the password for you.

Please go to https://account.live.com/ResetPassword.aspx to reset the password for your SkyDrive and Messenger account after the upgrade.

Email password no longer synchronised with your CPIT password

At the moment your CPIT password is synchronised with your student email, however, this is no longer available after the Office365 upgrade. The password will initially be the same one you use at CPIT but any changes you make at CPIT after the upgrade will not be passed through to Office365.

New features coming later

In addition to email, Office365 will eventually include some new exciting features such as file sharing, instant messaging, and online meetings. Watch this space for further information as it becomes available.

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24 Jul 2013

Moodle 2 is live

The upgrade to Moodle 2 has been successful. We hope you like the fresh look. You can use Moodle 2 in the same way you always have but with a few nice new features, like having your own home page. 

If you are having any issues please contact the ICT Service Desk. Email ICTServiceDesk@cpit.ac.nz or call 03 940 8800. 

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