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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”.

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26 Mar 2014

Nathan Fa'avae to address CPIT's biggest graduation

Adventurer Nathan Fa’avae will address CPIT’s biggest graduation yet, with 866 people graduating in person over two ceremonies at CBS Arena this Friday.

As captain, Fa’avae led the New Zealand Adventure Racing Team to victory in the World Championships in 2005 and 2012. This is just one of the reasons for which Fa’avae is known as one of the best all round adventure racers in the world and why CPIT snapped him up as guest speaker for Autumn Graduation.

He has raced in 28 countries in events that typically involve kayaking, mountain biking and running some 500 to 700km over seven days - not for the faint-hearted. Who better to inspire CPIT’s latest graduates as they put their skills to use and start their careers?

Graduation

Also encouraging the attendees will be student representative and nursing graduate Rochelle Pereiro. Like many of the graduands, Pereiro started her studies just before the February 2011 earthquake. In her speech at the graduation ceremonies Pereiro will acknowledge the huge effort CPIT staff made to adjust classes, timetables and locations to get learning back on track as soon as possible.

The 866 graduates will leave the arena with certificates, diplomas and degrees across the range of study areas from engineering technology and trades to science and business. Another 734 are graduating in absentia.

The morning ceremony will see 460 people graduating from 10am and 406 will graduate in the afternoon from 2pm. By comparison, 728 people graduated at the 2013 Autumn Graduation.

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12 Mar 2014

New Student Volunteer Army for CPIT

CPIT has a new army, which is ready and willing to help the community. Nursing student Hannah Williams has created CPIT’s first ever Student Volunteer Army (SVA).

“My friends and I just thought why can’t CPIT have something fun and exciting like the SVA,” she says.

“We knew it was a student lead thing so we knew that we could create the army. So we just decided to do it ourselves.”

Williams’ twin sister runs the University of Canterbury SVA so she had someone to turn to in order to get the group started.

“It’s not a huge competition between us at all. We’re going to work together as tertiary education SVAs and it’s actually great having her advice on everything,” she says.

The CPIT Student Volunteer Army have already leant a hand at the Colour Run, the SPCA Paws in the Park event and helping West Spreydon School build a new playground.

SVA

“It’s been fun and a really great experience,” Williams says.

They have many more projects planned, including helping the quake damaged Redcliffs community.

“We’ve been talking with them about holding a community day for them where we can help in any way we can.”

While the CPIT SVA already has a strong core, Williams says they are always looking for new members.

“We want lots of people. Anyone else that wants to join and be part of the SVA army please do. It’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends.”

Deputy President of the SVA, student Michael Beaumont, will take over from Williams when the SVA is up and running.

For more information and to sign up please email cpitsva@gmail.com

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26 Feb 2014

Dumb Ways to Die animator CPIT graduate

Julian Frost, 34, studied a Bachelor of Design in visual communication at CPIT between 1998 and 2000. After graduating he moved to Australia and began working for Mcann Melbourne advertising agency, where he was tasked with helping design a train safety campaign for Metro.

The Dumb Ways to Die campaign uses black comedy to highlight safety around trains. Characters in the advertisement kill themselves by doing increasingly stupid activities, such as swimming in piranha water, taking off their helmets in outer space and keeping a rattlesnake as a pet.

The video culminates in three characters being killed by trains due to unsafe behaviour.

“The ad agency had come up with the concept and convinced the client of its brilliance. They had some lyrics for the song and were looking for someone to make an animated clip,” Frost says.

“So my friend suggested I meet with the Creative Director and he thought my grim sense of humour might suit the job.”

Frost went to work on directing and animating the video and drawing print illustrations. After being uploaded to Youtube in November 2012, the Dumb Ways to Die video went viral.

It was viewed 2.5 million times within 48 hours and 4.7 million times within 72 hours and, as of February 2014, has had over 72 million total views.

Dumb ways to die animation

It has been over a year since the video was launched but the video is still picking up accolades, including The London Design Museum's Designs of the Year 2014. It has previously won seven Webby Awards including the Best Animation Film & Video and the Integrated Grand Prix at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity.

Frost says it is hard to process the success of the Dumb Ways to Die campaign.

“It is a great privilege to have made something that kids really enjoy and I’ll always be grateful. I just don’t quite understand how it happened.”

In fact, the video has proved so popular that Frost, along with programmer Sam Baird, turned the campaign into a mobile phone application.

In the Dumb Ways to Die game, the player must avoid the dangerous activities engaged in by the various characters featured throughout the campaign.

Players can also pledge to "not do dumb stuff around trains”.

Supermodel Kate Moss has said the game is her favourite mobile phone application and called it “totally addictive”.

Frost says he was “delighted that the train safety message is cutting through in the crucial super-model demographic.”

Frost continues to work in Melbourne, from home.

“[I am] doodling about on whatever projects are on my desk at the time. Today I am drawing bananas.”

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14 Feb 2014

Graduate's art project revitalises city

A CPIT student’s public art project has been so successful that the talented designer has plans to re-create the event this year.

Holly Ross, 28, was completing her Bachelor of Design degree at CPIT last year when she decided to “revitalise the city” with large-scale artworks.

“I just wanted to make something happen to bring some life back into a lot of the buildings around Christchurch,” she says.

Over the next few months Ross organised the project, which she called ‘From the Ground Up’.

Many of the building owners whom she approached to have their walls painted were unsure about the project.

Ross also arranged sponsorship from a wide range of businesses, including City of Ink and Dulux.

From the ground up

“I’m not really a saleswoman so it was at times more difficult to convince them of what we wanted to do. Some were really happy where others were a bit more apprehensive and wanted to know exactly what we would paint,” she says.

From the Ground Up brought together artists from all over New Zealand to transform a number of large-scale walls around Christchurch.

In all, twenty walls were all painted during a week in December by a range of artists, including Ross. CPIT was one of those who chose to have their wall transformed with the bright and bold artworks which included animals, birds, words and faces.

 Ross says the reaction to the art since December had been very positive.

“We’ve had a really great response. People have really enjoyed what we’ve done,” Ross says. “I’m really happy with how it turned out.”

 “Some of the buildings will have to be demolished and one is already being built in front of, but we understand that the art form is generally temporary in nature, as is the state of Christchurch at the moment.

Ross is now working full time as a designer in Christchurch, but hopes to re-create the event this year.

“I think it will be easier this year as we have done it before. We’d like to do more buildings outside the central city so that they will be able to keep the artwork for longer. We’d like the art to stay there as long as possible.” 

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05 Feb 2014

Student project creates wind tunnel

CPIT engineering student Christopher Lowe has blown away his tutors with his final year project.

Lowe, 23, has spent over 600 hours building a functioning wind tunnel and was so enthusiastic about the task that he begged his tutors to let finish the project during the summer holidays.

For the final year of his Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical), Lowe had to complete a 300 hour project. He decided to create a wind tunnel due to his interest in fluids and thermo dynamics.

“It really started in the design stage and then just kept growing from there. It’s been a really amazing practical experience.”

The project turned out to be much bigger than he expected and he put in over 600 hours on the tunnel, including building the fan system, before school year ended.

Lowe asked his tutors for an extension to work on the tunnel, which he has nick-named Lucy. He now has six weeks to complete the project.

“I’m just really keen to finish what I started.”

Wind tunnel

Christopher Lowe works on his project as part of his final year of his Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree.

‎His tutor Graeme Harris says the wind tunnel was a “marvellous piece of work”.

“We had a group of visitors from overseas who couldn’t believe that the tunnel was made by hand. They kept asking me which machine had made the tunnel, and they were blown away when I told them one of our students made it,” he says.

“Chris put in a lot of hard work. It was such a big project. It was really a job for two people.”

Harris says the tunnel will be a useful tool for teaching in a range of areas including engineering, architectural studies and sports science.

If the fan system in Lowe’s tunnel proves successful, the design could be extended to the construction of a larger wind tunnel system.

Once Lowe puts the finishing touches on the tunnel, he will be applying for full-time jobs. However, he would like to stay in touch with CPIT over the wind tunnel’s future.

“It’s been a really awesome experience and something impressive to have on my CV. I just hope if another student takes over the wind tunnel project next year they care about it as much as I have.”
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31 Jan 2014

Chinese exchange a dream come true

CPIT graduate Jane Amornsirinapha hopes an upcoming exchange to China will help her achieve her dream of becoming a professional translator.

Jane, 26, has just completed her Diploma in Chinese Language at CPIT. She already speaks Thai, her mother tongue, English and Japanese, but felt she needed to add another language to her repertoire.

“I love to learn different languages and cultures of our international society. Chinese is now becoming more and more utilized at an international level, just as much as English is, so I decided to learn Chinese at CPIT.” 

She described the CPIT Chinese course as “wonderful.”

“It was very practical and the second half of the year was quite challenging, which I loved. I am impressed at how much we have learnt in this short period of time.”

When one of her tutors informed her of a 10 month scholarship to study in China, she jumped at the opportunity.

“I became instantly interested. I have also been on a Japanese exchange as soon as I finished high school seven years ago and it was amazing,” she says.

Jane

“I will have an awesome opportunity to be in an environment where I need to speak in Mandarin not only on a daily basis, but hourly.”

Jane will spend the next five months studying Shanghai and then a further five months in in Lanzhou City. She will spend another month exploring other parts of China and learn about Chinese history. 

 “I am looking forward to new challenges the most. Being in a country full of Chinese speaking people, I will be able to learn and adapt to their language and culture,” Jane says.

“I find this is the best way to learn and also you become appreciative of others as you will need to depend on others as well as yourself to survive. It is a great way to find oneself and a good way to gain new experiences.” 

After completing her exchange, Jane hopes to pursue her dream of working in the translating business.

“I could be anywhere in the world, yet be able to communicate. I also want to continue to grow my knowledge on China; language is a great way to learn about its speakers and history.”

Student Blog

Ruth Johnson

A whole new vibe

By Ruth Johnson on 09 Apr 2014

Christchurch is definitely on the mend and it seems like there are even more things to do post-earthquake. The city has a whole new vibe and I love it! There are so many cool gap fillers such as art box and the pallet pavilion that are definitely worth checking out.

One of my favourite things to do is to hang out with friends at all the awesome wee cafes around the city. Two of my favourites are Black Betty and C1 and they both are conveniently located within walking distance of CPIT. They both serve AMAZING coffee and are great for when you are struggling in an 8 o'clock lecture. 

Lately I have been absolutely wowed by just how beautiful Christchurch really is and have loved finding new walks where you get to see this. One of my favourites is the boulder bay track. It's a pretty easy walk and the view the whole way is just incredible. My advice is to walk up it, run down it, then jump into the water at Taylor's Mistake at the end. It's a great way to cool off afterwards.

Another great one to have a go at is the Rapaki track. It's a really good walk and really gets the quads pumping. At the top there is a stunning view of the city on one side and heaps of small bays on the other, definitely worth the climb!

Writing

Get Set, Write!

By Sam Bueno on 31 Mar 2014

Are you a writer? Have you always had those ideas in your little head that are waiting to be written down on a paper or let's be serious – on your laptop? CPIT Writers Guild provides you the best chance to catch up with some fellow writers, discuss your plots perhaps come up with a brilliant story in your head!

Also you become a part of the Christchurch Writers Guild which provides a platform to the world's biggest talent group of all time – the Writers!!

Coming direct from the website, "Christchurch Writer's Guild is a community of Christchurch writers – published, self-published and unpublished. We have organised frequent meet-ups where we motivate and support each other, exchange reviews, and promote our books. We keep in contact throughout the month to share news, our writing woes and our successes. We are a collection of people who understand what it is to be a writer."

Writing could be a pain amongst studies and exams and stuff, right? That's why we meet during the break, have a snack while we talk and organise serious writing events that aren't a hindrance to our top priorities!

Still got doubts whether this is your cup of tea? Come along to one of the meetings:

  • Who: Anyone who writes, or wants to write, or who has something to say, or wants to listen in. We talk about opportunities, and come up with ideas of where we can go and what we can do with our writing careers.
  • Where: CPSA Building
  • When: 12:00 – 15:00 every Monday.
  • What to bring: Your writing material (and food).
The venue and time of meetings is flexible depending on the number of members. We can always figure out a time that suits us best!
Salad

Healthy living

By Briana Watson on 18 Mar 2014

It's Physical Wellbeing month at CPIT. Check out the events on Campus Life.

Broadcasting student, Briana Watson, shares her tips on how to balance study with healthy eating and exercise.

A bit of planning goes a long way.

Healthy living can be hard when you're a student ... often all you can afford is pasta and two minute noodles and you're so stressed with assignments and exams that you just have no time for exercise! But there are ways round this...

I've been a member of the CPIT gym for a year now and compared to other gyms it's very reasonable. The gym is great because you can go there regardless of the weather and it's on campus so it's easy to get to for us students.

If you slip it into your routine, even just half an hour there a few times a week, it will be worth it. It's open all day so maybe go before class if you're an early person or, if not, stop by at lunchtime (I mean it only takes 10 minutes to eat lunch) or straight after school can be a great time to work out and let go after a day stuck in lectures... there are options for everyone.

As far as diet goes.. it is easy to grab a pie from the café or cook up some noodles but if you plan in advance you can eat yummy and healthy food and may even find you save money! On a Sunday night, get a whole lot of salad ingredients and make a huge bowl of it and put them in plastic containers for each day of the week... you can always add to this meal but it's a good base. Every morning before class it's easy; lunch is already there made for the day. If you buy veges in bulk it's often not very pricey too.

These are just simple adjustments to your routine but I'm sure by embracing them you'll notice the change in not just how you look but also how you feel, it may even help you ace those dreaded exams...

CPIT Students

BizSoc has launched

By James West on 13 Mar 2014

BizSoc is a student society started by Department of Business students.  We aim to increase networking between current CPIT students, Alumni students, local business', UCSA and other tertiary students throughout New Zealand. Check out the Facebook group.

Networking...?

Networking creates contacts within and without campus, whether you are looking to start a business, find a web-site developer or need a design student to develop a logo then BizSoc is the place to start.  The Department of Business specialises in businessy type stuff… marketing, project management, accounting and many other parts of starting/running a business that may not be a primary focus for non-business students.  BizSoc uses students to produce, run and operate all of our own activities (website courtesy of Department of Computing student Anthony Shea, Logo by ex-student Jake Dale)

Great, now how do I join…?

BizSoc currently has three levels of membership;

  1. Department of Business student = Full member eligibility
  2. Current NZ tertiary student or business person= Associate membership (anyone else)
  3. Alumni student = Alumni membership

If you are lucky enough to find one of our flyers (HINT: look in the library) then you can fill this out, make your deposit and then 'post' the flyer to us by using the "BizSoc Suggestion Box" located on the ground floor of "S" block… just down from S169.  Alternatively, you can purchase your membership directly through EventBrite.

Membership has it's rewards…

Our launch party is being held in the CPSA building on Saturday 15th March, there are general admission door tickets available, but they are not subject to our members discounts. Check out Event Finda to purchase tickets nice and securely.

We have a bunch of ideas for business related workshops, but we need your input to make sure we provide what you want!  Perhaps we could use our suggestion box for that too?

Questions…? Email members@bizsoc.ac.nz (website under construction… c'mon Anthony J )

Enjoy 2014

James West PMP

BizSoc President 2012/13/14

Women in Trades

Equality for Women is Progress for All

By Olivia Creighton on 07 Mar 2014

In 1977, the United Nations proclaimed a day for Women's Rights and International Peace to be observed. This came 2 years after the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day during International Women's Year in 1975. Today, we celebrate International Women's Day every year on the 8th day of March. The theme given to International Women's Day this year in New Zealand is: "Equality for Women is Progress for All".

We have faced many challenges when it comes to achieving gender equality. Worldwide, women face inequality issues in the workforce such as unfair employment opportunities and lower pay rates. On average, women earn 77% of what the average working man makes. Women make up just less than half of the world's population, so why should we be viewed as less than equal?

Gender equality has progressed substantially in New Zealand since the 19th Century Women's Rights Movement. The movement stood for equalities in marriage, education, employment and political voting rights. Because of this movement, we can celebrate the progress made and the many ordinary women that have played extraordinary roles in New Zealand.

On International Women's Day we will celebrate women from all walks of life that have made a change and continue to make changes and inspire women everywhere!

There are many International Women's Day events being held throughout New Zealand this weekend. All information can be sourced on the International Women's Day website www.internationalwomensday.com.

"All that separates, whether of race, class, creed, or sex, is inhuman, and must be overcome"

-Kate Sheppard

Hectors Dolphin

Welcome Month Challenge

By Briana Watson on 04 Mar 2014

How would you like to swim with the Dolphins in Akaroa, spend a day with the lions at Orana Park or even go jet boating on the Waimak river? Because these are the prizes you could win if you were to take part in CPIT's super fun welcome month challenge on the afternoon of Friday 7th (this Friday).

There will be a range of challenges both mental and physical, one of which involves a Horizontal Bungee Fun Run (how cool is that?) The rest of the challenges will be kept a secret till the day.

You can pre-register your team at Clubs Day at the Student Lounge (CPSA) on Wednesday, the BBQ outside the Student Lounge on Thursday or before the event on Friday.

Teams must consist of four people but if you're an individual we will do our best to put you in a team.

Registrations on Friday will be from 12pm at the CPSA before you take off to conquer the challenges at 12.45pm. At 3pm everyone will meet back at the CPSA for pizza and prizes!

So why wouldn't you do it!? It's free to sign up and you even get a free shirt! Plus there will be heaps of spot prizes.

Any questions we'll be happy to answer them if you stop by and see the Student Team at one of our many events this week or email us.

See you there!

Photo by James Shook used under Creative Commons.

Students at BBQ

Being new can be daunting

By Rebekah Masterton on 26 Feb 2014

Nursing student and Student Ambassador, Rebekah Masterton, shares some advice on being new at CPIT.

Being new to any tertiary Institute can be daunting, but at CPIT it is more like becoming a member of a new family.

In your first few classes, icebreaker games will be a focus to get-to-know one another. You are orientated to the CPIT campus and expectations of CPIT and you are outlined.

During my first few weeks at CPIT I vividly remember getting lost finding the classrooms I needed to be in. I was amazed at the generosity of staff and current students to assist me in finding the right class.

It is a real treat during the first few weeks of semester to have student-led activities for 'Welcome Month'. These can include free BBQ lunches, Support Expo, Live Music, Clubs Day and, this semester, Giant Games and Mini Challenge during the first week of March.

These are all great ways to connect further with other CPIT students and with your own classmates.

My words of advice to new students would be: "Get among the atmosphere and enjoy your time as a CPIT student!"

It is a thrill studying at CPIT and I hope you enjoy your time studying here too.

Student Volunteer Army

Student Volunteer Army

By on 10 Feb 2014

Not only does it encourage student idea implementation, an opportunity to give back to our community and your chance to get a snazzy free tee-shirt. But, it's a way our practical skills (which CPIT is renowned for) can be utilised and further adapted in order to fill local community needs, thus, bettering our practice, personal and populace! A solution to a multiplicity of issues or in other words... a win-win!!

Now, the super-duper exciting thing about SVA franchising from UC to CPIT is the endless possible ideas both tertiary educations can come up with. Together! It's a bit cute, I know, but collaborating our contrasting credentials could form super community spirit.

SVA is not only growing in recognition but now growing in size. As of 2014 CPIT students will have the opportunity and ability to benefit the community before graduation. WHHAAAAAT?! Now this is a club I'd want to join!

For more information and to sign up please email cpitsva@gmail.com.

Beach

Christchurch Summer

By Storm Geldenhuis on 20 Dec 2013

Summer is a great time to explore all the wonderful things you can do in Christchurch and Canterbury.

Check out the beautiful parks around the city. Go for a wander through the Botanic Gardens or, if you're looking for somewhere less busy but equally beautiful, check out the Ilam Homestead or Riccarton Bush.

Enjoy our lovely beaches at New Brighton and Sumner or head out on a day trip to Akaroa or Kaikoura. Canterbury is full of amazing summer destinations just a short journey out of Christchurch. Have a look at this list of Top 10 Day Trips from Christchurch for some inspiration. Phil Keoghan, the host of The Amazing Race, has some suggestions about Canterbury's best kept secrets.

If you're looking for something closer to home, the website Neat Places has a wonderful list of things to see and do, places to shop, and where to get tasty food and drink.

Gap Filler takes vacant spaces in Christchurch and turns them into creative and innovative projects. Grab a drink and listen to live music at The Pallet Pavilion or break out your weaving skills at Weave-o-rama.

Have a wonderful summer and Happy Holidays!

Quiz Team

Quiz Tips

By Jared McCulloch on 10 Dec 2013

Looking for a fun way to spend your holiday break while keeping your brain active? How about forming a pub quiz team and testing your general knowledge? Broadcasting student, Jared McCulloch, shares his top tips for quiz teams.

Quiz like Champ

Everyone is smart – bit of a confidence booster there! But unfortunately, some people are only smart in some areas of knowledge. One friend may be a walking ESPN channel or someone may simply know what JT stands for. (JT = Justin Timberlake – didn't want you to get stumped on that one) But, anyone can be involved in a quiz night, so here are some handy tips to make your team a success!

  1. Have a small group of people in your team.
  2. Have people in your team that know a bit of everything. Someone might be better at sport over music and pop culture – although some friends may surprise you!
  3. Move your cellphone off the table… you'll know about it when people stare at you continuously because you have so much food because you won a voucher last time from the quiz… oh, and because your phone was on the table.
  4. Make sure you have someone in your team that can right write correctly.
  5. Don't use your double points if you think all your answers are 100% correct. How do you know? You don't. (Great tip)
  6. Always have a great quiz name and stick with it every time you go. You will be 'those guys' who continue to win.

And finally – have fun. That's what it's all about!

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Nursing information session

START/END
5th Aug 2014 5:30pm-6:30pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
N104, CPIT Madras Street Campus, Madras Street, Christchurch
PRICING

Free

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Learn about nursing as a career, what you'll study at CPIT and the modern facilities we have, pklus find out how to prepare your application.
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Lisa McKay
info@cpit.ac.nz
0800 24 24 76

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Pre Health information session

START/END
5th Aug 2014 6:30pm-7:30pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
N104, CPIT Madras Street campus, Madras Street, Christchurch
PRICING

Free

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Find out about nursing, midwifery, medical imaging, human nutrition, laboratory science, physical activity & health promotion and sport & exercise science. If you're interested in one of these programmes but don't meet the entry requirements, come and learn about our Certificate in Pre Health & Science bridging programme.  
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Elizabeth Schmidt/ Melissa Barber
info@cpit.ac.nz
0800 24 24 76

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NZBS Information Evening

START/END
17th Jul 2014 7:00pm
DURATION
N/A
LOCATION
TV Block, Madras Street Campus
PRICING

Free

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Attending an information evening at the New Zealand Broadcasting School is the best way to prepare a great study application.

The evenings starts with a Question & Answer session with staff and current students, during which you can get detailed information about courses and find out what it’s like to study at New Zealand’s leading broadcasting school. You’ll also be able to get valuable advice on compiling a portfolio so your application to study with us in 2015 is as strong as possible.

The evening concludes with a tour of the film and television recording studios, editing suites, television control rooms, radio station and news rooms.

Get in quick and register for a spot at one of our popular information evenings.

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Wendy Bywater
wendy.bywater@cpit.ac.nz 
03 940 7546

 

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NZBS Information Evening

START/END
30th Jun 2014 7:00pm
DURATION
N/A
LOCATION
TV Block, Madras Street Campus
PRICING

Free

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Attending an information evening at the New Zealand Broadcasting School is the best way to prepare a great study application.

The evenings starts with a Question & Answer session with staff and current students, during which you can get detailed information about courses and find out what it’s like to study at New Zealand’s leading broadcasting school. You’ll also be able to get valuable advice on compiling a portfolio so your application to study with us in 2015 is as strong as possible.

The evening concludes with a tour of the film and television recording studios, editing suites, television control rooms, radio station and news rooms.

Get in quick and register for a spot at one of our popular information evenings.

MORE INFO

Wendy Bywater
wendy.bywater@cpit.ac.nz
03 940 7546

 

WERO CHALLENGE

START/END
1st Mar 2014 8:00am - 1st Jun 2014 8:00am
LOCATION

The Inconvenience Store

START/END
4th Mar 2014 9:30am - 27th Apr 2014 5:30pm
LOCATION
Shop 4, Cathedral Junction, City (between Worcester and Gloucester Streets) CHCH

Zombie: Red Zone Gaming

START/END
17th Apr 2014 10:00am - 3rd May 2014 10:00am
LOCATION
Start at Christchurch Arts Centre

Zombie: Red Zone

START/END
24th Apr 2014 9:00am - 17th May 2014 12:00pm
LOCATION
Secret Location - co-ordinates received after booking

WESPEAK 2014

START/END
21st May 2014 9:00am-2:30pm
LOCATION
Te Puna Wanaka Centre, CPIT 130 Madras Street. CHCH

Careers Expo

START/END
22nd May 2014 10:00am - 24th May 2014 3:00pm
LOCATION
CBS Arena
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OUR LIVING LANDSCAPE -2014 Inaugural Winter Speaker Series

START/END
8th May 2014 7:00pm - 21st Aug 2014 7:00pm
DURATION
105 days
LOCATION
Canterbury Horticultural Society 57 Riccarton Ave, Hagley Park South Christchurch
PRICING

$15 per talk non- members    $10 per talk for students.  

 Or all 4 for $40 non-members, $25 students

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Four highly qualified and experienced speakers will present this series of highly stimulating talks culminating in the MJ Barnett Memorial Lecture.

Profs Dave Kelly and Paula Jameson, Landscape Architect Di Lucas and CHS Honorary Botanist and Ecologist Dr Colin Meurk

All talks will start at 7pm in the PC Browne Room and light refreshments will be served and are FREE to CHS members.   Please log on to http://chcgardens.co.nz/living-landscape-speaker-series/ for more information.

Bird-Plant Mutualisms : 8 May 2014/Dave Kelly

Threats & Opportunities for native plants in Canterbury : 12 June 2014/Colin Meurk

The Natural Dynamics of the Christchurch & Canterbury Landscape : 17 July 2014/Di Lucas

Genetic Modification – Friend or Foe? : 21 August 2014/Paula Jameson

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chsgardens.co.nz

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ArtBox Exhibition: Thomas Reveley - Fable Scraps/Sentence Fragments

START/END
15th Apr 2014 10:00am-4:00pm
DURATION
6 hours
LOCATION
ArtBox, Corner Madras and St Asaph
PRICING

Free

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ArtBox's new exhibition Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments this month is brought to you by Thomas Reveley.

Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments was inspired by his exploration work drawing on familiar objects, simple craft and furniture making, imagined allegory, as well as a sense of stillness through the passage of time.

Thomas Reveley completed his undergraduate degree in 2007 at the University of Canterbury, and returned for the year of 2011, gaining First Class Honours.

During his study, and since graduation, Reveley has participated in several group shows and Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments is his first solo exhibition.

Exhibition runs from 10 April - 4 May.

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ArtBox Exhibition: Thomas Reveley - Fable Scraps/Sentence Fragments

START/END
13th Apr 2014 12:00pm-4:00pm
DURATION
4 hours
LOCATION
ArtBox, Corner Madras and St Asaph
PRICING

Free

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ArtBox's new exhibition Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments this month is brought to you by Thomas Reveley.

Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments was inspired by his exploration work drawing on familiar objects, simple craft and furniture making, imagined allegory, as well as a sense of stillness through the passage of time.

Thomas Reveley completed his undergraduate degree in 2007 at the University of Canterbury, and returned for the year of 2011, gaining First Class Honours.

During his study, and since graduation, Reveley has participated in several group shows and Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments is his first solo exhibition.

Exhibition runs from 10 April - 4 May.

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ArtBox Exhibition: Thomas Reveley - Fable Scraps/Sentence Fragments

START/END
16th Apr 2014 10:00am-4:00pm
DURATION
6 hours
LOCATION
ArtBox, Corner Madras and St Asaph
PRICING

Free

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ArtBox's new exhibition Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments this month is brought to you by Thomas Reveley.

Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments was inspired by his exploration work drawing on familiar objects, simple craft and furniture making, imagined allegory, as well as a sense of stillness through the passage of time.

Thomas Reveley completed his undergraduate degree in 2007 at the University of Canterbury, and returned for the year of 2011, gaining First Class Honours.

During his study, and since graduation, Reveley has participated in several group shows and Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments is his first solo exhibition.

Exhibition runs from 10 April - 4 May.

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ArtBox Exhibition: Thomas Reveley - Fable Scraps/Sentence Fragments

START/END
10th Apr 2014 10:00am-4:00pm
DURATION
6 hours
LOCATION
ArtBox, Corner Madras and St Asaph
PRICING

Free

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ArtBox's new exhibition Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments this month is brought to you by Thomas Reveley.

Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments was inspired by his exploration work drawing on familiar objects, simple craft and furniture making, imagined allegory, as well as a sense of stillness through the passage of time.

Thomas Reveley completed his undergraduate degree in 2007 at the University of Canterbury, and returned for the year of 2011, gaining First Class Honours.

During his study, and since graduation, Reveley has participated in several group shows and Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments is his first solo exhibition.

Exhibition runs from 10 April - 4 May.

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ArtBox Exhibition: Thomas Reveley - Fable Scraps/Sentence Fragments

START/END
12th Apr 2014 12:00pm-4:00pm
DURATION
4 hours
LOCATION
ArtBox, Corner Madras and St Asaph
PRICING

Free

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ArtBox's new exhibition Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments this month is brought to you by Thomas Reveley.

Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments was inspired by his exploration work drawing on familiar objects, simple craft and furniture making, imagined allegory, as well as a sense of stillness through the passage of time.

Thomas Reveley completed his undergraduate degree in 2007 at the University of Canterbury, and returned for the year of 2011, gaining First Class Honours.

During his study, and since graduation, Reveley has participated in several group shows and Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments is his first solo exhibition.

Exhibition runs from 10 April - 4 May.

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ArtBox Exhibition: Thomas Reveley - Fable Scraps/Sentence Fragments

START/END
11th Apr 2014 10:00am-4:00pm
DURATION
6 hours
LOCATION
ArtBox, Corner Madras and St Asaph
PRICING

Free

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ArtBox's new exhibition Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments this month is brought to you by Thomas Reveley.

Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments was inspired by his exploration work drawing on familiar objects, simple craft and furniture making, imagined allegory, as well as a sense of stillness through the passage of time.

Thomas Reveley completed his undergraduate degree in 2007 at the University of Canterbury, and returned for the year of 2011, gaining First Class Honours.

During his study, and since graduation, Reveley has participated in several group shows and Fable Scraps / Sentence Fragments is his first solo exhibition.

Exhibition runs from 10 April - 4 May.

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Zombie: Red Zone Gaming

START/END
17th Apr 2014 10:00am - 3rd May 2014 10:00am
DURATION
16 days
LOCATION
Start at Christchurch Arts Centre
PRICING

$10

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Zombie:Red Zone comes to Christchurch with an additional "expansion pack" - Zombie: Red Zone Gaming taking place from April 17th to May 3rd.

ZOMBIE: RED ZONE GAMING explodes outside the four walls of the performance space, and transforms the CBD into an apocalyptic wasteland. A hidden world awaits to be discovered, offering players insights which will enhance their experience of the live show. Whether they uncover the abandoned control station, the secret laboratory or a rebel hideout - each discovery could be the key to survival.

Taking its cue from first person video games, the Christchurch game will be an audience led experience that combines immersive theatre, live gaming and interactive role play. Participants follow clues and embark on a quest combining video game aesthetics, orienteering and site-specific performance.

* Tickets available only on day of play at Christchurch Arts Centre from 10am

Every day, Thursday 17th April–Saturday 3rd May 2014

MORE INFO

www.bethere.co.nz

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Zombie: Red Zone

START/END
24th Apr 2014 9:00am - 17th May 2014 12:00pm
DURATION
23 days and 3 hours
LOCATION
Secret Location - co-ordinates received after booking
PRICING

$32 / Under 25: $22 (booking fees apply)

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Christchurch, be prepared for an undead invasion as the immersive theatrical experience Zombie: Red Zone, storms into the city from April 24th to May 17th.

Present day. Your city. A global pandemic known as the 'Z' virus has devastated the world, turning everyday people into ravenous hordes of undead. Military outposts and quarantine stations were established in an attempt to control the outbreak but it was futile. The plague spread. The dead rose.

Forget sitting comfortably in your chair with your snack in hand. ZOMBIE: RED ZONE is a play on steroids, performed in a purpose built, site-specific military zone. It exists in a rich and detailed world, one with not only the traditional 'thrills and spills' of the horror genre but with interactive elements that place the audience at the centre of the experience. Forced to make choices that drive the narrative forward, audiences must overcome challenges and grapple with their humanity in a decaying world. ZOMBIE: RED ZONE is immersive theatre with guts.

Brainchild of David Van Horn (Sione's Wedding, Avatar) and former Christchurch local Simon London (My Wedding and Other Secrets, The Hobbit), the show was a smash hit when it launched in Auckland in 2013 (under its original title Apocalypse Z.

MORE INFO

 www.bethere.co.nz

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WESPEAK 2014

START/END
21st May 2014 9:00am-2:30pm
DURATION
5 hours and 30 minutes
LOCATION
Te Puna Wanaka Centre, CPIT 130 Madras Street. CHCH
PRICING

free

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The Christchurch Youth Council and The White Elephant Trust Present:

WESPEAK 2014  at  CPIT in the Te Puna Wanaka Centre

A day filled with inspirational speakers, workshops and action for young people in our city.

MORE INFO

For more information keep an eye on the Facebook page  or chchyouthcouncil.org.nz

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NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA - Dancing in the Dark

START/END
1st Apr 2014 8:30pm - 27th May 2014 11:59pm
DURATION
56 days, 4 hours and 29 minutes
LOCATION
7 Lincoln Lane, Addington, CHCH
PRICING

$5 at the door

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 No Lights No Lycra is an opportunity to shed your inhibitions and really dance like no-one is watching.  Held in a dark Addington venue with a fantastic sound system and an eclectic playlist.  No Lights No Lycra is held fortnightly on a Tuesday.  The rules are simple - no selfies on the dance floor, no cellphones, no talking and no alcohol.  It's an unpretentious place to leg go, shake out the stress of the week and lose yourself in the music.

MORE INFO

see the events Facebook page for more information

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The Inconvenience Store

START/END
4th Mar 2014 9:30am - 27th Apr 2014 5:30pm
DURATION
54 days and 9 hours
LOCATION
Shop 4, Cathedral Junction, City (between Worcester and Gloucester Streets) CHCH
PRICING


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The prominent post-quake art-meets-urban-design initiative, Gap Filler, is continuing its creative pursuit of a sustainable DIY urban rejuvenation culture in Christchurch with a new project, The Inconvenience Store.

Gap Filler's Inconvenience Store is a "9:30-to-5:30" hybrid of a store and an art project or residency, located in a temporarily vacant shop in Cathedral Junction (near New Regent St). Every week someone new will fit-out, stock and operate the store. The only parameters are that it must create a memorable customer experience, speak to the theme of inconvenience, and that at least one item must be purchasable in some form of currency. Proposals received include a two-hour shop - a jewellery and accessory shop where customers must spend two hours of their time to make a purchase; a shop stocking only orange products; a mystery untitled cake shop; a store bartering abstract concepts; and much more.

the Inconvenience Store might fulfil a genuine central city need; raise a critical voice; be absurd, silly, enjoyable; lead to new ideas for the central city; be a 'real' store, or an art project, or a performance piece, or pretty much anything that responds to this terrain. The inconvenience might be in the physical layout of the store; in the products it carries; in the mode of payment; in the checkout procedures or interactions with the customers; or anything else.

After more than three years of rolling out creative projects that have brought life to many of the vacant sites around the city and much international attention to Christchurch, Gap Filler is increasingly interested in bringing an engaged, critical voice to Christchurch, questioning through its projects how the rebuild and recovery is taking place and offering new possibilities. The Inconvenience Store is one such project.

Gap Filler is a post-quake initiative in Christchurch that activates post-quake vacant sites with temporary, creative projects for community benefit. It was started in November, 2010 and has completed more than 40 projects in that time. Gap Filler projects blend art, urban design and architecture and all involve volunteers.

MORE INFO

bethere.co.nz

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CLASSIC MOVIE WEEKENDS

START/END
3rd May 2014 6:00pm - 18th May 2014 2:15pm
DURATION
14 days, 20 hours and 15 minutes
LOCATION
Hoyts, Riccarton
PRICING
Adults$17.50
Students / Film Society / Film Industry Guilds $15.50
Senior Citizens$11.50
Children$12.00
Five Trip Pass
(use individually or get a group together and share with friends)
$72.50
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 From the curators of the New Zealand International Film Festival comes a weekend line-up of classic films made to be seen on the magnificent cinema screen.

NZIFF Autumn Events in Christchurch will screen across three weekends at Hoyts Riccarton in May, starting on Saturday 3 May. Tickets on sale directly from Hoyts Riccarton.

Funny Face 

A charming confection of 50s vogues, this musical casts Audrey Hepburn as a brainy West Village bookshop manager and Fred Astaire as the fashion photographer whose camera (not to mention a trip to Paris and some fabulous Givenchy gowns) might just transform her into a runway star.

Lawrence of Arabia

David Lean's 1962 biopic remains the benchmark in epic action cinema: literate, dynamic and visually stupendous. Dashing performances by Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif defined the two young actors for life.

On The Waterfront 

Marlon Brando mesmerises in the indelible performance that revolutionised big-screen acting 60 years ago and is still heart-breaking today

The Third Man

Ranked first in the British Film Institute's end-of-century survey of British cinema, The Third Man is film noir with rare pedigree: director Carol Reed and actor Orson Welles bring sinister flamboyance to novelist Graham Greene's literate, perfectly structured thriller script.

The Wind Rises 

The great Japanese animator Miyazaki Hayao has announced his retirement and if he sticks to his word, he will have gone out on a sublime note. The Wind Rises is a fictionalised portrait of the brilliant aeronautical engineer Horikoshi Jiro and the two loves of his life: his work, and his ailing wife, Nahoko. 

 

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MORE INFO

hoyts.co.nz        info line 0508 446 987

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CLASSIC MOVIE WEEKENDS FOR AUTUMN

START/END
3rd May 2014 6:00pm - 18th May 2014 2:15pm
DURATION
14 days, 20 hours and 15 minutes
LOCATION
Hoyts Riccarton, Rotherham St, Riccarton, Christchurch 8011.
PRICING

Please note an internet booking fee of $1.15 per ticket applies for online purchases.

Adults$17.50
Students / Film Society / Film Industry Guilds $15.50
Senior Citizens$11.50
Children$12.00
Five Trip Pass
(use individually or get a group together and share with friends)
$72.50
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From the curators of the New Zealand International Film Festival comes a weekend line-up of classic films made to be seen on the magnificent cinema screen.  NZIFF Autumn Events in Christchurch will screen across three weekends at Hoyts Riccarton in May, starting on Saturday 3 May. Tickets on sale directly from Hoyts Riccarton. 

Funny Face 

A charming confection of 50s vogues, this musical casts Audrey Hepburn as a brainy West Village bookshop manager and Fred Astaire as the fashion photographer whose camera (not to mention a trip to Paris and some fabulous Givenchy gowns) might just transform her into a runway star.

Lawrence of Arabia

David Lean's 1962 biopic remains the benchmark in epic action cinema: literate, dynamic and visually stupendous. Dashing performances by Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif defined the two young actors for life.

On The Waterfront 

Marlon Brando mesmerises in the indelible performance that revolutionised big-screen acting 60 years ago and is still heart-breaking today.

The Third Man

Ranked first in the British Film Institute's end-of-century survey of British cinema, The Third Man is film noir with rare pedigree: director Carol Reed and actor Orson Welles bring sinister flamboyance to novelist Graham Greene's literate, perfectly structured thriller script.

The Wind Rises 

The great Japanese animator Miyazaki Hayao has announced his retirement and if he sticks to his word, he will have gone out on a sublime note. The Wind Rises is a fictionalised portrait of the brilliant aeronautical engineer Horikoshi Jiro and the two loves of his life: his work, and his ailing wife, Nahoko.

MORE INFO

hoyts.co.nz         info line : 0508 446 987

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WERO CHALLENGE

START/END
1st Mar 2014 8:00am - 1st Jun 2014 8:00am
DURATION
92 days and 1 hour
PRICING

Free

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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.

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.

The team with the most members not smoking at the end of competition wins!

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 group.

MORE INFO

www.wero.me

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Careers Expo

START/END
22nd May 2014 10:00am - 24th May 2014 3:00pm
DURATION
2 days and 5 hours
LOCATION
CBS Arena
PRICING

Free

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The Careers Expo: Christchurch 2014

Christchurch 22-24 May CBS Arena.

  • Thursday 22 May - 9am-3pm / 5pm-7pm
  • Friday 23 May - 9am-3pm
  • Saturday 24 May - 10am-3pm

ABOUT THE CAREERS EXPO

The Careers Expo comprises the widest range of exhibitors of any career focused Expo in New Zealand, consisting of employers, industry, tertiary providers, training institutes, government departments, and corporate New Zealand.

Targeting school leavers, Generation Y, and skilled workers, the Careers Expo reaches tens of thousands of visitors annually.

Operating on a national level, these free community events present an unequalled opportunity for
companies, industry groups, employers, training organisations and many others to promote and brand their company or industry.

The Careers Expo provides organisations the opportunity to connect directly with tomorrow's
workforce, and provide employment and career information and guidance to prospective employees.

Admission to the Expo is FREE to all visitors and is held in premier venues throughout New Zealand.

'The Information was relevant and all my questions were answered. The exhibitors explained it better than on-line information - good to speak to a person with the knowledge'.
Serena, student, Auckland Girl's Grammar School

- See more at: http://www.careersexpo.org.nz/visitors/
MORE INFO

http://www.careersexpo.org.nz/

Notices

All Notices
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.

All Notices
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).

All Notices
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
All Notices
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.
All Notices
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

All Notices
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).
All Notices
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

All Notices
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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