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26 May 2015

Metro News goes live on CTV

CPIT's New Zealand Broadcasting School rolls out new technology this week, with production and rehearsals of its annual Metro News programme in full swing.

Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications students from CPIT's broadcast journalism and Television production courses are preparing for the yearly news week, to screen on CTV next week June 1-5, at 7.30pm.

It will be the first time the school puts to air pictures from its new high definition studio cameras, the Sony PMW400s, purchased this year. Metro News will also utilise new TV screens borrowed from Panasonic for the weather segment, doing away with a green screen onto which images were previously superimposed, for a better, more professional delivery, second year TV student and Metro News live studio director, Hamish Manning said

"We want the show to be as close to industry-standard as possible, and bring everyone's work together on the screen in the best way we can."

 

CTV news and current affairs editor Michael Docherty said the Christchurch-based regional TV station was pleased to see the return of Metro News as a training ground for New Zealand's next generation of broadcasting professionals.

"It serves as a great platform, evident with the students who work here at CTV, many of whom can effectively hit the ground running, by broadcasting an array of news styles."

The half-hour news show, run entirely by students, also has new graphics and music, along with a new colour scheme for the Metro News logo. Television New Zealand's TVNZ Live Eye mobile production van will be used for two live crosses during the programme. The set, based around the former TVNZ Seven Sharp news desk, is bigger this year.

Part of the broadcasting course assessment, students will be critiqued by industry professionals, in every aspect of production, from shooting news stories, to editing and on-air.  Journalism student and Metro News co-producer Tania Green said she was already buzzing from the build-up to Metro News.

"It's busy with long days, and it's a really 'real world' experience of how the broadcasting industry is."

Green and journalism student co-producer Isabella Aldridge said as well as sharpening their news gathering skills, they were learning time management, communication, leadership and organisation.

"While we've been encouraged to do work experience in news rooms, this is our first opportunity to do it for ourselves and make mistakes and it's a lot less daunting to do that in this environment," Aldridge said.

Industry veteran and first year TV production tutor Richard Hansen said there would be new emphasis on the delivery of online programme content, as a result of CPIT's new Bachelor of Broadcast Communications degree, which was implemented this year.

"This makes the Metro News website a much more integral part of the programme strategy as a whole. Not only does it allow us to have an On Demand service for the stories and bulletin, it also expands our potential audience way beyond the footprint of the CTV transmission area. It provides a very realistic industry environment for the journalists and television students to work in. We love it!"

Check out the Metro News website www.metronews.co.nz

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25 May 2015

Phillipstown Community Hub

Brand new signage designed by CPIT students was launched Saturday May 23 at the new Phillipstown Community Hub open day, to help the Christchurch eastern suburb overhaul its image.

The Phillipstown Typography Project, undertaken by CPIT Bachelor of Design second year students, involved designing billboards that communicate positive visual messages about Phillipstown. 

This was part of a community initiative to help revitalise one of the city's oldest suburbs into a culturally diverse, safe, child-friendly and attractive place to live, CPIT School of Art and Design Operations Manager Tim Brown said.

"These designs also reflect the identity, aspirations and values of the community and improve perceptions of the neighbourhood. We were more than happy to be of benefit to a community that wouldn't normally have the means to come up with signage and branding ideas," 

The signs also build on the "SafeGrowth" anti-crime concept developed in the United States and implemented by the New Zealand Police in Phillipstown that a visually appealing environment increased the chances of reducing crime and making people feel safer.

  

CPIT design student Becca Gibbs' work has been given prominence at the hub, based at the former Phillipstown School on Nursery Road, which closed last year.

"With the Phillipstown school closure, this presented the opportunity for the project, and I've been grateful to be part of what we call a 'real world' initiative, not just in the commercial aspect of design, but in a project that benefits a whole community." 

The hub was already home to a number of community groups including potters, the Inner Christchurch East free bike maintenance group, ICECycles and Mens Shed, Phillipstown Community Centre Community Development Worker MaryAnn Bell said. 

People were invited to inspect the hub and the proposed CPIT signage at the branding launch, which would be held in conjunction with the Phillipstown Community Hub open day tomorrow.

Bell said the whole hub project had led to a successful collaboration between CPIT, the community and the Phillipstown Neighbourhood Police Team.

Team member Senior Constable McGusty, who initiated SafeGrowth in Phillipstown, said the community-led project was further enhancing the good work that had been done to improve the neighbourhood, and that the police team's work would continue "so that everyone can be safe and feel safe."

It was hoped the CPIT designs would have multiple uses, in other signage and billboards, as logos on newsletters, publications, postcards, banners, websites, T-shirts and community advertising. 

Saturday's Phillipstown Community Hub open day will be held from 11am to 2pm.

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15 May 2015

Fast track to jobs helped by speed interviews

The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, IPENZ, is holding its popular speed interviewing night on Wednesday (May 20).

IPENZ student members undertaking accredited engineering qualifications at CPIT, the Open Polytechnic and the University of Canterbury are invited to attend the free event, which will be held at the University of Canterbury from 5.30 pm to 8.30pm.

 

IPENZ's marketing manager Kavita Kansara said speed interviewing had proven to be a great opportunity for student engineers to practise their interview skills in a safe environment.  She encouraged staff and industry to go along and be 'mock interviewers'.

"Students are interviewed for seven minutes and then given three minutes of feedback. The evening is lots of fun and the students certainly appreciate the advice of the mock interviewers. In some cases, it is the first time a student has ever had an interview."

CPIT engineering graduates Marc Jensen (pictured right in photograph) and David Blackler, who are employed by award-winning Christchurch engineering consultancy TM Consultants, said they could not recommend highly enough using any opportunity to improve or enhance interviewing skills.

"Realistically, in the work place, potential clients or future bosses decide whether they want you in the first minute or two," Jensen said.

"Using skills learnt from high pressure quick-fire meetings really empowers you to make an impact."

Highly-tuned communication skills were vital, Blackler said.

"Having good 'soft skills' and being able to communicate ideas in a time pressured environment is such an important skill for graduates to have, especially in the world of consulting where we spend so much time talking to clients, architects and even other engineers."

IPENZ non-members are also welcome to attend the evening.

Speed Interviewing Night Christchurch  - free event

Date:  Wednesday May 40

Time:  5.30pm – 8.30pm

Venue: University of Canterbury, Lecture Room KG06, Kirkwood Village.  From Clyde Road, turn into Kirkwood Avenue.

Car parking: Available at the Recreation Centre Carpark.

Please register for catering purposes using the following link http://www.ipenz.org.nz/IPENZ/nzecal/eventdetail.cfm?eventid=7839

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11 May 2015

CPIT Students Chalk up radio experience

The tunes will be pumping as New Zealand's only radio station aimed at pre-teens and their parents will launch tomorrow, Thursday May 7th.

The brand new radio station, run by CPIT's second year New Zealand Broadcasting School, is called 'Chalk 96.1FM'. Station Manager Connar Fife says Chalk provides 8-12 year olds with the latest tunes and news.

"It's really exciting for Christchurch to have the only station in New Zealand for young people that is directly targeted to them," Fife says. "We're feeling really good at the moment and excited to get this new station on air tomorrow morning."

Each day the station will start with the breakfast team, called "the morning zoo", from 6am- 9am, before the 9am-3pm which is aimed at parents. From 3pm-6pm the "school's out" afternoon show will run before a night show. Music will be top 40 hits and content will be age appropriate.

 "Chalk is all about fun and energy. We are bringing something different and exciting for the pre-teens that they haven't really had before," Fife says. "We'll be talking about issues like anti-bullying and starting high school to make the content very topical and relatable."

The task for creating Chalk 96.1 began seven months ago, when CPIT students conducted extensive research to find space in the market for a new, commercially viable radio station. The concepts were presented in front of industry experts, who picked the winning station.

CPIT tutor Dr Brendan Reilly says Chalk was chosen because of its ability to provide for an audience that is not directly being catered for in the commercial radio industry.

Creating and running the station is designed to give students real-world experience and show them what it takes to work in the industry. The students had to raise funds to prove the station was financially viable before they could launch Chalk.

The Chalk launch will begin at 6am tomorrow with the first ever morning zoo broadcast. Fife says the first day will be "all about making a connection with the audience". "We want to introduce ourselves and our music and hopefully they will be entertained and keep listening!"

For more information visit http://www.nzbs.co.nz/chalk961/ or www.facebook.com/CHALK961

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30 Apr 2015

Is the popular Paleo Diet a sustainable option for you?

Is the popular Paleo Diet a sustainable option for you? That was one of many questions addressed by CPIT's final year Bachelor of Applied Nutrition students during recent presentations.

The students have been studying misleading and sensational aspects of nutritional information in magazines and newspapers. They recently presented their findings at CPIT.

Senior Lecturer in Sports Science, Health and Wellness Dr Nick Kimber says misleading nutritional messages are common in the media. "People come across these myths or misleading information every day in popular media. We've asked students to explore companies' claims and present back on their findings."

Students Daniel Kahura and Hoani Smith took on the topic of the popular "Paleo Diet". The diet, which was made famous by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Pete Evans and New Zealand bachelor Art Green, encourages people to eat as if they were living in the Paleolithic period.

"It's a growing craze where you are encouraged to eat like a caveman," Kahura says. "You are told to eat a lot of meat, nuts, fish, fresh vegetables and seeds. If it flies, swims, walks or is green you can eat it."

One of the major issues with the diet, Kahura says, is the lack of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates fuel brain function, give you energy and make you happy.  "The Paleo diet tells you to eat very little or no carbohydrates to achieve optimal results. This is not healthy as carbohydrates are an essential part of any diet."

Smith adds there is not enough information available about the Paleolithic period to base a diet around it. "The Paleolithic period goes from 250 million years ago to 10,000 years BC. There were many advances during that time, such as tool making, and archaeologists cannot definitively say what people ate," Smith says. "There's a lot of differing information out there about the Paleo diet so it can be confusing for people."

Kahura and Smith also raised issues whether the diet would be sustainable long term due to the strictness of the diet and because it can be expensive and difficult to only eat organic products, as recommended.

Dr Kimber says some of the key messages in nutritional information were to check labels, read the small print and stay informed about product choices.​

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10 Apr 2015

CPIT partners with Science Alive to bring Celebration of Light Festival to the community

CPIT is hosting a week-long 'Celebration of Light Festival', being run by Science Alive in recognition of the United Nations General Assembly declaring 2015 as the Year of Light and Light Based Technologies. 

CPIT tutor Miranda Satterthwaite is pleased to be partnering with Science Alive for the event. "Science Alive are such a huge part of the Christchurch community and so it's wonderful to be able to support them to put on this event," she says. "It's also great to encourage many young people into science subjects and we're really excited to see them learn more about light."

The event will be held at the CPIT Madras St Campus from April 11 – 17th and will include a "variety of activities for the whole family", says Science Alive representative Rebecca Sandys.  "The aim of the festival is to provide exciting, creative, and educational activities to be enjoyed by families and young adults in the April holiday period."

The Science Alive building on Moorhouse Ave was demolished as a result of the 2011 earthquakes and since then the not-for-profit trust has only been able to operate its programmes on a smaller scale through schools and libraries.

Sandys says the partnership with CPIT marks the return for Science Alive to its roots as providing community events for the whole family. 

"This festival could not have been done without CPIT," Sandys says. "CPIT has been open since 1992 and has always had a focus on family activites; making science fun and interactive for people of all ages. Having the CPIT space means being able to put on the first big event since the earthquakes. It's a great step for us."

One of the main attractions at the Festival will be the Tinker zones and Workshops, where children and families can build light based creations from new and recycled materials.  Older children can bring along their bike, skateboard or scooter to accessorise with different types of LED lighting.

Acclaimed research fellow Dr Graham walker will provide daily Live Science shows, while families can also book sessions to experience the night sky via a planetarium show in the festival's star dome. 

 

CPIT is also providing free "Light it Up" holiday programmes to allow year 11 and 12 students to discover the science of illumination with course. Through demonstrations, experiments and practical activities, the three-day "Light It Up" programme explores how light is used in a wide range of areas including engineering, health and architecture.

For more information on the Celebration of Light visit www.sciencealive.co.nz

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30 Mar 2015

Plaster-boarders pile on praise for new CPIT facilities

Alice McKellow-Hall is among the first 12 plaster-boarding students at CPIT to train in new facilities designed to make trades training more engaging and relevant.

"The new buildings are awesome," McKellow-Hall says. "The workshop is set up so that we can watch videos that show us things like how Gib board is made. Videos are a very handy tool."

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Gone are the days of a one-hour theory session in a classroom. Instead students have frequent
15-minute theory sessions at worktables in the new workshop before diving into the practical application of what they have learnt.

The latest group of plaster-boarding students began their training this semester in a purpose-built workshop that is part of upgrades across the trades campus to improve students' learning experience. The upgrade includes facilities that replicate industry conditions, offer embedded technology, and drive innovative teaching delivery to integrate theory and practice.

And that suits both students and tutors just fine.

"The students love it," plaster-boarding tutor Ricky Hornsby says. "They need the knowledge but they would rather be practising their skills than sitting listening to a lecture. Now we use more technology and it's a much more effective way to teach trades. I've been plaster-boarding for 18 years but I really like the changes too!"

McKellow-Hall is back at CPIT this semester after completing her painting and decorating training last year. "The demand for both trades is ridiculous," she says.

Hornsby confirms that CPIT cannot train enough plaster-boarders to satisfy current industry demand. More and more women, like McKellow-Hall, are taking advantage of the well-paid and often flexible work that plaster-boarding offers. 

The new plaster-boarding facilities were a CPIT Trades team effort. Stools and desks were made on CPIT's CNC machine and assembled by trade's technician staff. He toki ki te Rika (Māori Trades Training) carpentry students built the workshop cubicles, and plaster-boarding students added internal walls and insulation to the north facing wall to protect the building from summer heat.

The government has supported expanding capacity and upgrading facilities at CPIT Trades, announcing $18.9m in funding at the end of 2013. The contribution is funding three new buildings, extensive refurbishment, new technology and professional development training for tutors. Further construction and refurbishment work at the Madras Street campus is being funded by the institute.

Industry support also goes a long way. Winstone recently donated 60 buckets of finishing plaster and 200 sheets of Aqualine Gib board.

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26 Mar 2015

Jed Parsons – leading the way to graduation

Musician Jed Parsons, who will represent students at CPIT's graduation on Friday, says his time on campus was not only a lesson in music but in life.

Also to receive his Bachelor of Musical Arts degree, 22 year-old Parsons, vividly recalls his first few days at CPIT's prestigious Music Arts programme (formerly the Jazz School), fresh from Lincoln High School, and from making the top 15 in the Lion Foundation Mike Chunn national secondary school song writing competition, in 2010.

 

"Actually, the earthquake in 2011 created some opportunities for us.  It taught us to make use of those opportunities. Until the school could organise halls, we had nowhere to go and play, so we jammed at each other's houses, and through those friendships I made, we formed our band House of Mountain, and I went on to start our duo Jed and Hera. So actually while it was a strange time, the quakes were a blessing in disguise in that we got to collaborate."

Parsons and Icelandic-born Hera Hjartardottir are still going strong, recently releasing.

a single/music video 'Issues', which got to number 15 on the New Zealand single charts.

The pair also toured Hjartardottir's homeland in November last year, stopping off in New York City for a few performances.

He has several other projects on the go, including hip hop electro project "Odyssey", as well as launching his own indie-rock solo career. None of this would have been possible without the support of his teachers and tutors at CPIT, Parsons said.

"Probably the best thing about jazz school and a point of difference is being taught by musicians who are out there doing it too. They understand that doing gigs is part of your education." 

His advice to new students would be to treat the music arts programme as a tool, and use those skills to stay active in the music industry while studying, by being part of a band or group.

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26 Mar 2015

CPIT Taking a lead in teaching robotics

CPIT can build them. It has the technology. It can make them better than they were. Better, stronger, faster…

If you're a fan of 1970s TV shows, you'll recognise a few lines borrowed from The Six Million Dollar Man, when astronaut Steve Austin, a man barely alive, was turned into a bionic man.

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CPIT's STEM coordinator Miranda Satterthwaite, who delivers learning and holiday programmes in the science, technology, engineering and maths fields, has added a line to the theme; CPIT has the capability of becoming the South Island's leading institution in teaching robotics and staging competitions.

"It's a really exciting prospect to think that we are not only leaders in developing programmes to bring robotics to kids, but that we could also take a lead in holding national VEX robotics competitions."

VEX Robotics

These are the forerunner to world championship events, the Olympics of robotics. In fact, a Christchurch Boys' High School Year 13 student Alex Towse, who cut his teeth in robotics through CPIT's holiday programmes, has been selected to represent New Zealand in the VEX Robotics World Championships, to be held in the United States in mid-April. A kiwi team has won this event four years in a row.

Kiwibots and VEX IQ

At this weekend's regular robotics scrimmage, where enthusiasts will gather to pit the wit and will of themselves and their bots, The New Zealand Robotics Charitable Trust (known as Kiwibots) national manager Chris Hamling will be talking to Satterthwaite about planning a proposed VEX IQ national championship at the end of this year.

"I would love CPIT to be the lead institution and the work that Miranda is doing is certainly re-enforcing that feeling," he said.

Last year, the robotic enthusiast and passionate advocate of science and technology teamedwithCPIT to bring VEX IQ, an international robotics platform that inspires STEM learning in young students and their teachers through competitions and challenges, in a competition held during October.

About 60 primary and intermediate school students attended the VEX IQ Robotics but twice as many students applied for the programme, which highlighted robotics' popularity as a growing sport in Christchurch. Following its success, Satterthwaite is planning another of these events for October this year.

Ecobots

A former teacher of robotics at Christchurch boys', she has also been responsible for introducing Ecobot, short for Ecological Robot, which are powered by carbon dioxide-producing waste matter from the environment.

A free workshop at CPIT during last year's July school holidays challenged students to build a robot that could tackle dangerous environmental tasks, using their maths, physics and computing skills. An interactive workshop, called the Ecobot Challenge, was for Year 11 and 12 students, where teams pitched their Ecobots against each other. Another event is planned for the July school holidays, and this time would be aimed at year 9-10 students.

"It's all about growing young people to be interested to study engineering," Satterthwaite said.

CPIT taking a lead

It's all grist for CPIT's robotic mill, to play an important role in the multi-billion bionics and robotics industries.

It's also state of affairs that makes CPIT diploma of engineering student Harry Loughnan's eyes light up brighter than the robotic characters C-3PO and R2-D2 from Star Wars.

A tutor in the VEX IQ programme, Loughnan will also travel to the VEX world champs in Louisville Kentucky as a judge, not as a competitor, as he has been in the past. The 20 year-old third year NZDE student was first introduced to VEX robots in 2010, and has been hooked ever since.

"Everything I've done in life, including my interest in robotics, has led me to doing engineering."

He said robotics would play a huge part in engineering in the future, with Australian ports and mines already using robots that could be programmed to act autonomously, for heavy lifting, instead of dump trucks.

THE 2015 STEM CALENDAR

Year 12 Chemistry Competition - May 7 2015.

Year 11 Chemistry Competition - September 17 2015.

The holiday courses on offer in 2015 are:

LIGHT IT UP             Year 11-12  April 13-15, 2015

ECOBOTS                  Year 9-10    July 13-14, 2015

AERODYNAMIX      Year 11-12  July 15-17, 2015

VEX IQ Bootcamp     Year 7-8      October 5-6 2015

AQUA SCIENCE       Year 9-10   October 7-9 2015   

For more detail visit cpit.ac.nz/liaison  Phone 0800 24 24 76

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23 Mar 2015

CPIT students chalk up amazing radio experience

CPIT's broadcasting students are set to launch New Zealand's only radio station aimed at pre-teens and their parents.

The brand new radio station for CPIT's New Zealand Broadcasting School for 2015 will be called 'Chalk 96.1FM'. Station Manager and CPIT student Connar Fife says Chalk will provide 8-12 year olds with the latest tunes and news. All content will be age appropriate, and the Top 40 tracks will be pumping, Fife says.

"Chalk is all about fun and energy. We will be bringing something different and exciting for the pre-teens that they haven't really had before," he says. "We'll also be talking about issues like anti-bullying and going to high school to make the content very topical and relatable."

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Parents will also enjoy the station, with some of the afternoon content targeted towards them.

The task for creating Chalk 96.1 began seven months ago, when CPIT students conducted extensive research to find space in the market for a new, commercially viable radio station.

This culminated in radio pitches in March, where groups of students presented their ideas to representatives from the commercial radio industry and CPIT tutors who picked the best station from three, very different, options.

Industry professionals who attended this year's event included Sarah Gandy, ZM content director, Tim Dyer from NZME, Ryan Rathbone from Mediaworks and Adam Perry, creative director for Mediaworks Canterbury.

Chalk won the recent radio pitches at CPIT, beating out competing radio stations The Blend, a station targeted at providing 20 something females with acoustic tunes, and Atlas, whose listeners would have enjoyed a mix of reggae, dub and indie rock.

CPIT tutor Dr Brendan Reilly says Chalk was chosen because of its unique position as the only radio station targeted at pre-teens and their parents.

"The reasons why Chalk 96.1 was chosen by the radio industry was the ability to provide for an audience that is not directly being catered for in the commercial radio industry," he says. "Chalk will also provide our students with the learning opportunities created in trying to connect with an audience that is outside their comfort zone."

The station will launch on May 4th 2015, replacing last year's winning radio station Jacked FM. "We're really excited to get started and get this into the marketplace," Fife says.

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A Guide to Beating the Winter Blues

By Hannah Dunstan on 14 May 2015

Wash your hands and invest in some hand sanitizer

We all know that germs spread fast, especially in places with lots of people like CPIT. The best way to avoid catching a cold, or worse, the flu, is to wash your hands regularly. If facilities aren't available hand sanitizer is 99% effective against bacteria. At $2 a bottle why wouldn't you use it?

Invest in a flu jab

I know needles are scary for some and everyone's heard that the flu jab could cause the flu, but catching influenza could see you out of action for the whole winter. That little jab in the arm could be worth it. As for the myth that it can cause the flu, it's just that, a myth! It may have you feeling under the weather for a day or two but this is because your body is producing antibodies that could save your life!

Eat the good stuff

It's hard to eat right in winter. Cravings for pies and hot takeaways are at their peak, but by thinking ahead and using weekends to prepare healthy food is the best defence against gaining winter weight! Use your weekends to make a big pot of soup jam-packed full of fresh vegetables. Freeze these in portioned containers and use the microwaves in the CPSA building to heat it up at lunch, YUM! Porridge for breakfast is warming and fills you up until lunchtime, mix it up with berries, stewed fruit or raisins for a delicious, nutritious breakfast! 

Find alternative ways to keep active

Everyone's guilty of curling up in bed and watching a movie instead of exercising in the winter and who can blame us? The thought of going out in the rain or sub-zero temperatures isn't motivating at all! How about joining an indoor sports team with your mates? There's heaps of variety to suit people of all fitness and competitiveness levels so check it out! Don't even want to leave the house? How about getting some friends together for a Zumba/yoga party in the lounge or setting up an indoor circuit training session in the garage?

Turn in

Getting enough sleep is the most important thing to do this season, because any other precautions you take against cold or flu; the right food, supplements, even vaccinations won't offer the same protection if your body's too tired to use them properly. Let's face it, this is the easiest part of winter, getting snuggy in a nice warm house and if it's good for you, all the more reason!

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Local Eats

By Erica Donovan on 30 Mar 2015

Being a student can be tough on the wallet – but then you still want to treat yourself to the odd lunch or dinner. The good news is that Christchurch has many options for cheap eats, in pretty much any cuisine that you fancy. There's loads of new places opening, and plenty of mobile food trucks have opened that are taking their creations city-wide.

If you've got a long day ahead at CPIT, The Pantry is right here at main campus. The café is run by hospitality students and the food made by the bakery and chef students. There are loads of tasty slices, and the hot lunch dishes change daily. Prices range from $2, with most things being around the $4-5 mark.

Another firm favourite with CPIT students is the Madras Street food hall. It's a really easy option if there's a group because there's lots of options to choose from including Indian and Japanese.

Close to CPIT on St Asaph Street is the fun and funky food truck Loco's Tex-Mex Cuisine. They are open from lunch till late, and offer a great range of tacos, burritos and ribs. Prices are around the $8-12 mark, for a really filling meal from fresh ingredients.  

A great way to get out of your comfort zone is to try new places, websites like grab one often have deals to places you may never thought of going to. Another option is the RDU radio app, which has deals that you can scan with your smart phone for great deals. My favourite current deals are the $5 burritos from Bueno and $10 burgers from iconic Christchurch eatery Burgers and Beers.

CALLING ALL STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS

By on 21 Jan 2015

Got what it takes to be the next big thing in business?

Are you the next Jeremy Moon or Sam Morgan? If you're at school or uni and have your own business here's the opportunity to find out if you've got what it takes.

The Entrepreneurs Organisation of New Zealand is providing one outstanding high school or university student entrepreneur with the opportunity to compete for the title of top Global Student Entrepreneur at the 2015 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEAs).

Whether your business is spinning merino wool into clothing or creating an online sales hub or anything in-between, the opportunity is there for the taking.

The GSEA is a premier global competition open to student business owners the world over and is sponsored by each global chapter of the worldwide Entrepreneurs' Organisation.  

The global event is in Washington DC and to be in the running selected Kiwi applicants must present their businesses to a panel of judges here in New Zealand. The winner gets the opportunity to engage with world class entrepreneurs in the US, expand his or her networks by meeting other student entrepreneurs from around the world and receives local and international media exposure.

The global finals competition awards US$20,000 cash, plus donated business products and services, including web services, printing, PR, consulting and more. Entries in the competition are now open and close January 31, 2015.

Previous winner Jonathan Wrait (2011) has since started and sold two businesses and he's now the marketing manager at Wireless Nation – all accomplished by the ripe old age of 24.

2013 winner Andre Schellenberg (20) has continued to grow his gym apparel clothing company FLEXED and launched three new e-commerce ventures, all while continuing to work toward his degree.   

James McGlinn, communications chair for EO Auckland and co-founder and CEO of Eventfinda, knows what it's like to build a business while in school so he's passionate about enabling more students to take their ambitions to the next level.

"My first business was a web hosting company called Entertainz which I started when I was 17," McGlinn says. "I continued to build Entertainz while I studied part-time at the University of Auckland so I know first-hand how busy it can get – I often didn't make it to lectures and I even missed a few exams.

"After seven years though I had earned my B. Com. and a Computer Science degree and I did it while continuing to build Entertainz. It's important to keep motivated and seek the support you need.  That's what the GSEA is all about; finding and enabling our young entrepreneurs to succeed."

If you think you have what it takes to be the next Sam Morgan you need to complete the online application at www.gsea.org.

The judges must consider four major criteria in their selection of the NZ Winner to compete in Washington DC:

  • Application shows student entrepreneur's ability to overcome obstacles;
  • Clarity of business mission and vision;
  • Leadership;
  • Innovation;
  • Presentation.

The NZ Finals are on 12 February 2014 in Auckland and the NZ winner will be sent to compete in the Global Finals in Washington, DC from 15 to 17 April 2015.

About Entrepreneurs Organization NZ:

Entrepreneurs Organization NZ is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. EO NZ was founded in 1998 and is a chapter of the US-based Entrepreneurs Organization, a dynamic global network of more than 10,000 business owners in 48 countries.  There are two chapters in New Zealand – one in Auckland and one in Wellington – with 53 members across the country with an average age of 47, employing more than 2,000 staff and representing industries from accounting through to waste management. Globally, if EO were a country it would be in the top 25 nations ranked by GDP. Membership in one of EO's 144 chapters is by invitation only. Find out more at www.eoauckland.org.

Issued for Entrepreneurs Organisation New Zealand by Pead PR

Contact: Casey Angland, Pead PR | P (09) 918 5584 | M 027 339 2595 | E casey@peadpr.co.nz

Wellbeing

Ways to Wellbeing

By Storm Geldenhuis on 13 Nov 2014

Exams, assignments, test… This can be an overwhelming time of year. The good news is that there are excellent, and easy, strategies you can use to help you manage your wellbeing.

One of these strategies is to use the Five Ways to Wellbeing, supported by the Mental Health Foundation. Including these five actions into your daily life has been proven to improve wellbeing.

Connect

Connect with your friends, whānau, community, and classmates. Some ideas of ways to connect could be to have a coffee with your friend, have a BBQ with your family, or watch a movie with your flatmates.

Give

Giving can include so many things. You could donate old clothes to a charity or support your friend. Even just letting a car into traffic is a way of giving. Everyone has something to offer.

Take Notice

Take a moment to look at the spring flowers or go for a walk in nature. Enjoy the taste of delicious food. Admire the moon. Reflect on your experiences.

Keep Learning

This is an easy one to do at CPIT! You could also learning a new recipe or how to play an instrument. Challenge yourself.

Be Active

Exercise is a brilliant way to make yourself feel great and boost your endorphins. Take breaks from study by going for a walk and refreshing yourself. You could go for a walk or join a sports team. Kick a ball around with some friends or go swimming. Head over to the Recreation Centre and lift some weights. Try a yoga class!

Think about ways that you can include these actions in your life and improve your wellbeing – not only during times of stress but every day.

Injections, blood and life-threatening diseases

By Amy Cullimore on 03 Oct 2014

Many people ask me why I chose nursing for my career, they ask why I want to be around blood, why I want to do shift work and why I wash “old people” all the time. Just to clear it up, this is not what nursing is all about! The easiest way to describe my choice is because nursing is exciting and unpredictable.

The most exciting skill I’ve learnt so far in my nursing training would be giving injections. I will always remember walking into class, being shown a powerpoint on how to give injections then practising it on my classmates! It was quite daunting at the start and I thank my wonderful friends who feared for their lives that day! But seriously, it was really exciting learning in-depth skills that not many other people have the opportunity to experience.

My second week of my surgical placement this year I would say was also really interesting. I cared for a patient who had been diagnosed with a rare life-threatening disease that is estimated to affect one in a million people in the world! It was a huge learning curve for me nursing a surgical patient, let alone one with a rare disease which only one doctor on the ward knew about.

Walking into the ward knowing that everything can change within a split second is what ultimately makes nursing exciting. 

Nursing is unpredictable and rewarding and that is why I want it as a career!

Suffragettes

NZ Women's Suffrage

By Storm Geldenhuis on 19 Sep 2014

The 19th September marks 121 years since women were given the right to vote in New Zealand. We were the first country in the modern world to grant women's suffrage. The vote in 1893 followed two decades of fierce campaigning by women like Kate Sheppard and Mary Ann Müller and organisations like the Women's Christian Temperance Union.

A number of attempts were made to pass bills enabling women to vote. The first attempt was made by Julius Vogel, the 8th premier, in 1887 which came close to passing. A petition, of 31,872 signatures, to grant women's suffrage was presented to parliament in 1893. At the time, this was the largest petition ever collected in Australasia. Support for women's suffrage was strong.

In 1893, a government strategy to stop a women's suffrage bill from passing backfired. Premier Richard Seddon convinced a councillor to change his vote to block the bill. This manipulation, however, angered two previously hostile councillors and inspired them to change their votes in favour of passing the bill. The bill passed 20-18 and was signed into law on the 19th September 1893.

This was an incredible moment in New Zealand, and international, history. Canterbury played an important role with both the leader of the women's movement, Kate Sheppard, and the leader of the parliamentary campaign, Sir John Hall, being Cantabrians.

We can continue this proud tradition by voting in our elections. In the 2011 general election, only 74.21% of the population voted. This was the lowest voter turnout since the 1887 election. However, as of the 17th September, advance voting for the 2014 elections is already over 400,000 votes cast. This compares the overall number of advance votes in 2011 of 334,558. This is an excellent increase in voter participation so let's keep that going.

You can still vote today and tomorrow. If you haven't enrolled, you can still vote. Just take your ID with you to the polling station.

How to deal with study stress

By Ruth Johnson on 10 Sep 2014

There is a point before any test or essay I have to complete where it all gets too much. I start to panic, my brain can’t function and I quite often start to cry. After five years of high school and almost two years at CPIT I know this time well. I have also figured out how best to deal with it.

First things first, take a break. This is often the last thing you think to do, because you are panicking about getting things done. However, unless you relax a little and calm down you aren’t going to get much done very quickly. Eat something, go for a run, watch a little TV; do something you know relaxes you and doesn’t require much brain power.

Once you are relaxed, work out a plan of action. One thing I like to do is work backwards from when the test is or from when the essay is due. Sounds kinda strange, but it works for me. A plan will allow you to see how you can make what seemed like an impossible task an hour ago, possible.

Lastly, try as best you can to not to get too stressed. It’s definitely easier said than done but stress only wastes time and makes you unproductive. Try and be focused but relaxed in study situations and you are sure to see better results.

Make an application that stands out

By Ruth Johnson on 04 Sep 2014

Many programmes at CPIT are competitive to get into; they only take a certain number of people and you won't automatically get in if you meet the entry requirements. The Bachelor of Nursing programme is like this and because they receive so many applications there isn’t an interview. Therefore, you need to really make an impression on the written application and stand out!

One part of the application that is really important to selectors is the personal statement. In this you have to state why you want to be a nurse and personal qualities and personal qualities and life experiences you have that will enhance your application. I found this to be the part of my application that took the longest and really required some thought.

I had to really think about my intentions in applying and what experiences I had already had that could make me a better nurse. In this part I mentioned places in the world I had travelled, sports I played, as well as different organisations I volunteered for. I basically had to sell myself and show what kind of a person was, which is a hard to task to do in just 300 words!

Probably my biggest piece of advice in applying would be to take your time, don’t just rush through with your application. Take the time to really think about what you are going to say in order to make a good impression.

Choosing what to study was my blind leap of faith

By Catherine Barker on 11 Aug 2014

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

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

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

And I was right.

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

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

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

Pub quiz

Getting Quizzical

By Claire Ellena on 24 Jul 2014

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

What did I learn last night:

·         -Winston Churchill was a bit of a dick

·      -    A Narwal is a legit animal

·        -  I know nothing about history

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

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

Swap Shop

START/END
28th May 2015
LOCATION
CPSA, Madras Street campus

Job Search in Action

START/END
8th Sep 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION
Career Centre, Rakaia Centre, Madras Street campus

Ace your interview

START/END
20th Oct 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION
Career Centre, Rakaia Centre, Madras Street campus
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NASDA presents: Attempts on her life

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13th Jun 2015 7:30pm
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N/A
LOCATION
NASDA theatre, E block, Madras Street campus
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$18, or $12 with concession card

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Our third-year NASDA students present Attempts on her life, a play that has no linear plot and is a series of attempts to describe Anne from a variety of people who know her.

Written by Martin Crimp and directed by Stephanie McKellar-Smith.

For more information, visit our CPIT site, or to purchase tickets see Eventbrite.

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NASDA presents: Attempts on her life

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12th Jun 2015 7:30pm
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N/A
LOCATION
NASDA theatre, E block, Madras Street campus
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$18, or $12 with concession card

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Our third-year NASDA students present Attempts on her life, a play that has no linear plot and is a series of attempts to describe Anne from a variety of people who know her.

Written by Martin Crimp and directed by Stephanie McKellar-Smith.

For more information, visit our CPIT site, or to purchase tickets see Eventbrite.

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info@cpit.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

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NASDA presents: Attempts on her life

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11th Jun 2015 7:30pm
DURATION
N/A
LOCATION
NASDA theatre, E block, Madras Street campus
PRICING

$18, or $12 with concession card

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Our third-year NASDA students present Attempts on her life, a play that has no linear plot and is a series of attempts to describe Anne from a variety of people who know her.

Written by Martin Crimp and directed by Stephanie McKellar-Smith.

For more information, visit our CPIT site, or to purchase tickets see Eventbrite.

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info@cpit.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

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NASDA presents: Attempts on her life

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10th Jun 2015 7:30pm
DURATION
N/A
LOCATION
NASDA theatre, E block, Madras Street campus
PRICING

$18, or $12 with concession card

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Our third-year NASDA students present Attempts on her life, a play that has no linear plot and is a series of attempts to describe Anne from a variety of people who know her.

Written by Martin Crimp and directed by Stephanie McKellar-Smith.

For more information, visit our CPIT site, or to purchase tickets see Eventbrite.

MORE INFO

info@cpit.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

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NASDA presents: Attempts on her life

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9th Jun 2015 7:30pm
DURATION
N/A
LOCATION
NASDA theatre, E block, Madras Street campus
PRICING

$18, or $12 with concession card

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Our third-year NASDA students present Attempts on her life, a play that has no linear plot and is a series of attempts to describe Anne from a variety of people who know her.

Written by Martin Crimp and directed by Stephanie McKellar-Smith.

For more information, visit our CPIT site, or to purchase tickets see Eventbrite.

MORE INFO

info@cpit.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

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NASDA presents: Attempts on her life

START/END
8th Jun 2015 7:30pm
DURATION
N/A
LOCATION
NASDA theatre, E block, Madras Street campus
PRICING

$18, or $12 with concession card

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Our third-year NASDA students present Attempts on her life, a play that has no linear plot and is a series of attempts to describe Anne from a variety of people who know her.

Written by Martin Crimp and directed by Stephanie McKellar-Smith.

For more information, visit our CPIT site, or to purchase tickets see Eventbrite.

MORE INFO

info@cpit.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

All Events

NASDA presents: Attempts on her life

START/END
7th Jun 2015 7:30pm
DURATION
N/A
LOCATION
NASDA theatre, E block, Madras Street campus
PRICING

$18, or $12 with concession card

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Our third-year NASDA students present Attempts on her life, a play that has no linear plot and is a series of attempts to describe Anne from a variety of people who know her.

Written by Martin Crimp and directed by Stephanie McKellar-Smith.

For more information, visit our CPIT site, or to purchase tickets see Eventbrite.

MORE INFO

info@cpit.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

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NASDA presents: Attempts on her life

START/END
6th Jun 2015 7:30pm
DURATION
N/A
LOCATION
NASDA theatre, E block, Madras Street campus
PRICING

$18, or $12 with concession card

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Our third-year NASDA students present Attempts on her life, a play that has no linear plot and is a series of attempts to describe Anne from a variety of people who know her.

Written by Martin Crimp and directed by Stephanie McKellar-Smith.

For more information, visit our CPIT site, or to purchase tickets see Eventbrite.

MORE INFO

info@cpit.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

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Swap Shop

START/END
28th May 2015
DURATION
N/A
LOCATION
CPSA, Madras Street campus
PRICING

FREE

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Have you got stuff lying around the house you don't need?

Bring your old stuff to the CPSA and if you see something you like, swap it for one of the other items.

No money required!

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info@cpit.ac.nz

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Samoan language week - workshop

START/END
30th May 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
Te Puna Wanaka, Madras Street campus
PRICING

FREE

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Come join us for Au Fetau, a group of Samoan and non-Samoan parents raising their children in the language and sharing traditional culture and blending it into everyday life.

Join us to celebrate Samoan language week, 12-1 weekdays May 25 to 30.

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info@cpit.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

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Samoan language week - Mea'ai Samoa

START/END
28th May 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
Rakaia Centre Atrium, Madras Street campus
PRICING

FREE

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Come taste some Samoan Cuisine.

Join us to celebrate Samoan language week, 12-1 weekdays May 25 to 30.

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info@cpit.ac.nz

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Samoan language week - Ta'aloga Lape

START/END
27th May 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
Whareora, Madras Street campus
PRICING

FREE

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Come and play some traditional Samoan softball.

Join us to celebrate Samoan language week, 12-1 weekdays May 25 to 30.

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info@cpit.ac.nz

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Navigate your Career Journey

START/END
3rd Nov 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
Career Centre, Rakaia Centre, Madras Street campus
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For participants to learn about the myths and realities of choosing a course, subject, programme and the career decision-making process; identify their relevant skills, interests, and values; identify potential careers to explore and then learn how to research specific job titles through online sources as well as information interviewing.

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info@cpit.ac.nz 

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Ace your interview

START/END
20th Oct 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
Career Centre, Rakaia Centre, Madras Street campus
PRICING


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Learn interviewing basics and develop your interview skills. 

This in-depth workshop provides information on how to prepare for an interview, what employers expect from candidates, and how to handle the most common interview questions. 

Practice time is available.

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info@cpit.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

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Networking 101: building a LinkedIn profile

START/END
22nd Sep 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
Career Centre, Rakaia Centre, Madras Street campus
PRICING


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To learn the basics in an interactive session of how to network by discussing informational interviewing, LinkedIn and how to connect to professional organizations to meet people in your chosen field.

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info@cpit.ac.nz 

0800 24 24 76

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Job Search in Action

START/END
8th Sep 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
Career Centre, Rakaia Centre, Madras Street campus
PRICING


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To find out how employers prefer to recruit and how to use multiple job search methods to be successful in today's employment market.  To put together a job search plan of action.

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info@cpit.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

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Preparation for CPIT’s Industry Expo & other Industry Networking Events

START/END
18th Aug 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
Career Centre, Rakaia Centre, Madras Street campus
PRICING


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To prepare students for CPIT's Industry Expo & other Industry Networking Events to meet potential employers and discover the variety of jobs available. 

Learn some tips on what to do and what not to do when attending any industry event.

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info@cpit.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

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What does your CV say about you?

START/END
11th Aug 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
Career Centre, Rakaia Centre, Madras Street campus
PRICING


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Get the latest information on how to effectively write and format job search documents, such as what information to include, how to create a targeted CV, and how to illustrate "fit" with a position.

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info@cpit.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

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How to create your own experience in industry: for internships, placements & industry projects

START/END
28th Jul 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
Career Centre, Rakaia Centre, Madras Street campus
PRICING


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To provide an overview and search Tips: 

This discussion-based workshop covers topics such as 1/ the benefits of doing an internship, placement, industry project or work experience, 2/ search tips, 3/ informational interviewing, 4/ networking, 5/ how to create your own experience in the industry, etc. 

Q&A time is available.

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info@cpit.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

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Parents as Career Educators

START/END
18th Jun 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
Career Centre, Rakaia Centre, Madras Street campus
PRICING


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Communicating with and supporting your teenager as they make a decision about their career and study options.

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info@cpit.ac.nz

0800 24 24 76

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Navigate your Career Journey

START/END
9th Jun 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
Career Centre, Rakaia Centre, Madras Street campus
PRICING


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Learn about the myths and realities of choosing a course, subject, programme and the career decision-making process; identify relevant skills, interests, and values; identify potential careers to explore and then learn how to research specific job titles through online sources as well as information interviewing.

MORE INFO

info@cpit.ac.nz 

0800 24 24 76

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Nursing Information Session

START/END
4th Aug 2015 5:30pm-6:30pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
N104
PRICING

Free

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CPIT offer students options to study nursing with a Diploma in Enrolled Nursing or a Bachelor of Nursing degree. Come along and find more about what studying at CPIT can offer you.

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Pre Health & Science Information Evening

START/END
4th Aug 2015 6:30pm-7:30pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
N104
PRICING

Free

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Come along to our Information session about Pre Health and Science. This programme is designed for those who want to enter health or applied science programmes but do not hold the necessary theoretical knowledge.

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Network 25

START/END
9th Jun 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION
L203 CPIT Madras campus

Network 25

START/END
9th Jul 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION
L203 CPIT Madras campus

Network 25

START/END
14th Aug 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION
L203 CPIT Madras campus

Network 25

START/END
15th Sep 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION
L203 CPIT Madras campus

Network 25

START/END
15th Oct 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION
L203 CPIT Madras campus

Network 25

START/END
20th Nov 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION
L203 CPIT Madras campus
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Queenstown Winter Festival - 10 days of events

START/END
19th Jun 2015 9:00am-12:00pm
DURATION
3 hours
LOCATION
Queenstown
PRICING


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The Queenstown Winter Festival celebrates the start of winter like only Queenstown can.

On Friday 19th June the opening party and fireworks kick start the celebrations and is followed by ten days of street parties, music, comedy, family fun and madness up the mountain.  With more than 75 events on the programme there is something for all ages and more than half the events on the programme are free.

Queenstown has been celebrating for a long time - way back in 1975 a bunch of locals decided that the start of winter was a great excuse to have a party.  What started as a few lolly scrambles for the kids and mountain races for the adults is now New Zealand's - and perhaps the southern hemisphere's - biggest celebration of winter.  Everyone's invited!!

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Tohoku - Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers - exhibit all of May

START/END
7th May 2015 10:00am-4:00pm
DURATION
6 hours
LOCATION
Artbox Gallery, 270 St Asaph Street, Christchurch
PRICING

FREE

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Tohoku - Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers is an exhibition curated by Kotaro Iizawa, a leading Japanese photographer critic.  this exhibition is composed of the work of nine individual photographers plus one photographers' group.  The past, present and future are shown and this exhibition aims to enhance understanding of the culture, climate and life in the Tohoku region of northern Honshu, Japan.

30 April to 23 May 2015  Tuesday - Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm and Saturday 12 noon to 4.00pm

Presented by Consular Office of Japan in Christchurch, CPIT and the Japan Foundation.

Information : cultural.chc@wl.mofa.go.jp

Telephone (03) 3665680

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Student Council Meeting

START/END
3rd Nov 2015 12:00pm-1:30pm
DURATION
1 hour and 30 minutes
LOCATION
Location to be confirmed
PRICING


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For further details contact Jo Carter 021 955560 or email jo.carter@cpit.ac.nz

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Student Council Meeting

START/END
23rd Sep 2015 12:00pm-1:30pm
DURATION
1 hour and 30 minutes
LOCATION
Location to be confirmed
PRICING


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For further details contact Jo Carter 021 955560 or email  jo.carter@cpit.ac.nz

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Student Council Meeting

START/END
13th Aug 2015 12:00pm-1:30pm
DURATION
1 hour and 30 minutes
LOCATION
Location to be confirmed
PRICING


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For further details contact Jo Carter  021 955560 or email jo.carter@cpit.ac.nz

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Student Council Meeting

START/END
23rd Jun 2015 12:00pm-1:30pm
DURATION
1 hour and 30 minutes
LOCATION
Location to be confirmed
PRICING


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For further details contact Jo Carter 021 955560  or email jo.carter@cpit.ac.nz

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Network 25

START/END
20th Nov 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
L203 CPIT Madras campus
PRICING


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Over 25?  Meet for social, networking, light lunch and guest speakers 

For further details contact Jo Carter 021 955560 or email jo.carter@cpit.ac.nz

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Network 25

START/END
15th Oct 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
L203 CPIT Madras campus
PRICING


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Over 25?  Meet for social, networking, light lunch and guest speakers 

For further details contact Jo Carter 021 955560 or email jo.carter@cpit.ac.nz

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Network 25

START/END
15th Sep 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
L203 CPIT Madras campus
PRICING


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Over 25?   Meet for social, networking, light lunch and guest speakers 

For further details contact Jo Carter 021 955560 or email jo.carter@cpit.ac.nz

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Network 25

START/END
14th Aug 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
L203 CPIT Madras campus
PRICING


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Over 25?  Meet for social, networking, light lunch and guest speakers 

For further details contact Jo Carter 021 955560 or email jo.carter@cpit.ac.nz

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Network 25

START/END
9th Jul 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
L203 CPIT Madras campus
PRICING


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Over 25?  Meet for social, networking, light lunch and guest speakers. 

For further details contact Jo Carter 021 955560  or email jo.carter@cpit.ac.nz

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Network 25

START/END
9th Jun 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
DURATION
1 hour
LOCATION
L203 CPIT Madras campus
PRICING


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Over 25?  Meet for social, networking, light lunch and guest speakers. 

For further details contact Jo Carter 021 955560 or email jo.carter@cpit.ac.nz

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Notices

All Notices
27 May 2015

Carpark closure Friday June 5

Due to Secondary School students attending Have a Go Day on Friday 5 June 2015, the Madras Street car park will be closed from 6.30am-12.15pm.

All Notices
22 May 2015

Kahukura ground works noise

Preparing the ground for a 6550m2 new building can be noisy at times. CPIT's project managers are working closely with Hawkins to minimise disruption while the ground is prepared for the new Kahukura (Engineering and Architectural Studies building) along Moorhouse Avenue.

You may notice trucks coming and going taking away the large pile of dirt on the corner on Barbadoes Street and Moorhouse Avenue from 18 and 30 May.

The period of 23 to 27 May will be a bit noisy, as permanent pile driving work happens along the side of the side near E Block. Hawkins will amend their work schedule where possible and if any classes need to be moved your tutors will let you know well in advance.

Thanks for your understanding - it will be well worth it when we have an awesome new facility.

All Notices
21 May 2015

Be vigilant with your bike

A timely reminder to all students to be vigilant with their bikes while on campus. Bikes should be left in visible places and should always be locked. Ideally bikes should be left in the two lockable bike stands on campus, which are located by the E block entrance and the S block basement. All access cards automatically include the lockable bike areas.

All Notices
19 May 2015

Win a StudentCard!

Win a StudentCard!

Save an average of $250 per year with deals and discounts at over 150 retailers using a StudentCard.

Email helena@studentcard.co.nz with your name and what you need to save money for, to be in the draw to win!

Winners will be notified by email. ^AK

All Notices
14 May 2015

The Clara Immerwahr Prize

*The prize is $1,000.
*
*The prize is awarded for the best essay on the topic: the role of conscience in science and technology development, application, and commercialisation.
*
*All students full or part time currently enrolled at CPIT, Lincoln University, Otago Polytechnic, University of Canterbury or University of Otago are eligible.
*The prize winner will present her or his winning essay to a forum in Christchurch and Dunedin. Travel, accommodation and meal expenses will be paid in addition to the award.
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*All entries must be received by 1 June 2015 at 5pm. Send your essay to madison.walker@teu.ac.nz
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*Essays must not exceed 3,000 words including footnotes and references.
All Notices
11 May 2015

Student parking reminder

Just a reminder to all students to please be respectful when parking around the CPIT Madras St campus and to not park in private car parks.  

An issue has been raised about CPIT students parking in the NG building at 212 Madras St . The parking directly behind the NG building is private and to be used for NG customers and staff only.  CPIT requests students to respect these signs and find parking elsewhere.

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11 May 2015

Orana Tree planting May 23rd

Emily and Kaitlyn are studying a Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education and as part of their third year must complete a sustainable action in their community. On Saturday 23rd of May they’re going to plant native trees (sourced by their own classmate) at Orana Wildlife Park. They’ve also brought in a Lincoln landscape architecture student to design it and want as many other people as possible to help out with the site preparation and planting! They’re hoping to get vans to take over and will car pool. Also trying to organise a free or discounted tour of the Park afterwards…

Would love to see you there too!

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11 May 2015

Smile Free NZ Dental Day

Do you suffer from dental problems but can't seek care due to cost?
Do you have a current Community Service Card?


Here is an opportunity to get one dental problem sorted. The New Zealand Dental Association and the Southern Cross Health Trust are offering a free dental day on Friday 15 May 2015.

Hornby Dental Centre, Bush Dental and Riverside Dental in Christchurch are providing their dental practices for use during this day.

Appointments are limited – so book your place now.

Call 0800 FREE SMILE/0800 373 376

Please Note:
– We are expecting high demand for this service so you must have an appointment.
– Some delays are likely on that day, so please be prepared to wait.

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08 May 2015

Pantry mailing list

Have you seen all the different delicious food at The Pantry at  On Campus?

Find out what's on at The Pantry by joining our mailing list.

Sign up is easy, just send your name to pantry@cpit.ac.nz and you'll start receiving your updates.

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05 May 2015

Free pizza and videos!

Free pizza and videos!

We want to know what you want to watch! Your feedback will help us decide type of video content we make and put on our social and web channels in the future. Plus, we'll give you lunch!

Thursday 7 May 12- 1pm

Text RSVP to Breeze Robertson: 021 270 8545 or breeze.robertson@cpit.ac.nz! Max 20 people so be in quick!

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29 Apr 2015

Security reminder

A reminder to students to be careful with their belongings- particularly laptops and phones. Please do not leave the items unattended.

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21 Apr 2015

Share your opinion and win!

Join our new opinion group to give your view on the things that matter at CPIT...AND automatically be in the chance to win monthly prizes!

We have 5 x $50 vouchers to give away to some of the first 100 people who join and answer a question!

Follow the link below to sign up: https://www.facebook.com/groups/435504093280926/441320826032586/?notif_t=group_activity

Don't worry we won't bombard you with more than one question a week!

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04 Mar 2015

New physio service

Starting Friday 6 March, the Health Centre will be offering a regular physiotherapy service.   Our physiotherapist, Jeremy, from Health and Sport Central,  has worked at CPIT for the past year offering a very limited service from the old Rec Centre but is now working with the rest of the Health Centre team in the new Whareora and will be providing up to three clinics a week.

Jeremy is ACC accredited and will be offering a full range of physiotherapy services. These include acute/chronic injury management, acupuncture ,strapping, (post operative), sport (and work related) injury rehabilitation.   The staff infoweb Health Centre page will be updated soon with the pricing schedule but if you have any queries on costs before then or to book an appointment with Jeremy, please contact the Health Centre on 7566.

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26 Feb 2015

We are looking for volunteers!

CPIT is launching a fruit and veg co-op in March for students and we are looking for student volunteers on Wednesday afternoons to assist distribution on campus from 3-4.30pm at Madras campus and 2-4pm at trades campus.  Also looking for bag packers at St Albans for a couple hours on a Wednesday morning.  

If you are interested, contact Jo Carter, jo.carter@cpit.ac.nz or 021 955 560

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25 Feb 2015

Santosha Beginners Yoga for students! FREE.

Wednesdays 12.10 – 1pm in the Whareora Fitness Studio.

Stress-busting, strength-building, flexibility-enhancing, angst-free yoga!
No experience necessary, just wear comfortable gym clothes!

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19 Feb 2015

Engineering Industry Night

As part of our Engineering Orientation we have set up an exciting industry event, with those in the know coming to share their knowledge.

The event will be held next Tuesday, 24th Feb, from 4:30pm -6pm in the D Block lecture theatre.

Each speaker will have 5 minutes to talk about interesting projects they have worked on throughout their careers and skills they believe are important to be a successful engineer. Don't miss it!

Among those speaking will be HamiltonJet New Zealand, Beca, TMCO, Martin Aircraft and specialist engineering recruitment company The Talent Hive!

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16 Feb 2015

Your CPIT Student Card!

Your CPIT Student Card—what's in it for me?

A form of ID

Getting in and out of CPIT buildings

Printing off your assignments

Taking out library resources

DISCOUNTS!

So here's the good stuff:

CPIT Recreation Centre,  Movies, Orana Park, Willow Bank, Hells Pizza, Buses, Gordon Harris art supplies,  Dentists,  Ski fields… to name just a few.  The list goes on and we can't tell you every place that offers discounts but here are some tips to help you get the best from your card

TOP TIPS

¨ Keep your student ID near your cash card to remind you to use it

¨ At the counter  for everything you buy ask the question 'Do  you do student discount?'  You will be amazed at what places offer it

It's tough being a student and you need to stretch the $$$ so always ask about student discount

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13 Feb 2015

Madras St carpark closure

The Madras Street car park will be closed on Friday 6 March 2015, 7.00am-3.15pm due to Update Day. However, reserve and handicap parks will still be available.

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12 Feb 2015

Whareora Sneak Peek

The brand new Whareora, CPIT's science & well-being facility, is almost open! This new purpose built center provides staff, students and the community with access to high quality sporting facilities, a community health center, studios, labs and learning spaces.

Check out this video to see a sneak peek of the great new facilities ahead of the official opening on March 3rd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vry0h_QO_E

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04 Feb 2015

Gym temporarily closed

We're moving into our great new Whareora facilities next week, which means a brand new gym space! Unfortunately, this means the current gym will be closed while the equipment is moved over from today, February 4, until the opening of the new gym on Monday 16 February.

However, a limited amount of gym equipment will still be available for use in the current Rec Centre gym space from Monday 9 February, until the opening of the Whareora on Monday 16 February.

The Health Centre will also be closed until re-opening on Monday 16 February in the new building. During closure, the out-of-hours nurse answering service will pick up calls to Reception 7566 and triage patients - directing them to either Moorhouse Medical or 24 Hour Surgery.

The CPIT nurses will be on call for urgent/emergency situations on campus only via cellphone on 021 274 7566.

If a patient requires a clinical assessment, nurses will arrange to meet the patient with the required clinical equipment, possibly at the old Health Centre if appropriate.

Our sincere apologies for the disruption but service will return to normal on Monday 16 February.

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29 Jan 2015

Moorhouse Ave Overbridge earthquake repairs

The Moorhouse Avenue Overbridge was damaged in the February 2011 earthquake. Downer, with SCIRT, will be starting repairs to permanently repair the overbridge.

The work is expected to start Monday 16 February 2015 and will take about 20 months to finish (subject to weather conditions).

There will be no on street parking near the bridge, or under the bridge as of 16 February 2015. Access will remain as normal to all businesses. At times, there will be changes to traffic including lane reductions, lane closures, and detours. There will also be speed restrictions in place around the work site - please drive carefully.

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28 Jan 2015

Student Events Team

Student Events Team
Casual, as and when required We are looking for reliable, flexible and motivated CPIT students for paid casual work in our Student Events team.
This role will provide the chance to gain valuable work experience while you are completing your studies. If you have good time management skills, a positive attitude, and you enjoy working in a team then we would love to receive an application from you.

Our student events team contributes to the vibrancy of campus life by staging a variety of events for students. As a member of this team you will use your creativity and great organisational skills to plan and run events like balls, barbecues and gigs.

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. Any questions should be directed to Human Resources on 03 940 8623 or human.resources@cpit.ac.nz.
If you are shortlisted for this position, you may be asked to attend a group selection day on Thursday 12th February 2015.
Applications are open to current CPIT students only.
Applications close Sunday 8th February 2015
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18 Dec 2014

Campus Closure

All CPIT campuses will be closed between December 24th and January 5th for the Christmas holidays.  Have a happy and safe holiday season!

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17 Dec 2014

E Block gets an upgrade

NASDA, Engineering and ESOL students will return in 2015 to improvements in E Block, which has had earthquake repairs and is being connected to the new Whareora (Science and Wellbeing facility).

E Block and the Whareora will be linked with a walkway on the first and second floor and as part of this work E Block is getting an upgrade. Apart from the work to create corridors to the Whareora, there are a few bonuses for NASDA such as new dance floors and a new dressing room area.

E Block is now closed to all staff and students and a small number of classes, including ESOL, have been relocated for now.

We can't wait to see the E Block improvements when classes start back in February. 

U Block (Food and Hospitality) is also getting some improvements, however these are more in the line of earthquake damage repairs. U Block is also closed to all staff and students until February 2015.

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09 Dec 2014

Grab One CPIT deal

Check out this great deal on GrabOne for the CPIT Science and Wellbeing Centre. 

Just $36 for a Pre & Post Assessment of Your Body Composition to Track the Progress of Your Diet & Exercise Regime!

http://www.grabone.co.nz/christchurch/the-zone

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04 Dec 2014

New parking website

The Council has today launched a new parking page on our website, aiming to help people find parks more easily in the Central City, and easily access information on things like paying for parking and paying fines.

www.ccc.govt.nz/parking

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24 Nov 2014

Campus Closure

Both CPIT campuses, Madras Street and Ensors Road and all CPIT Campus Connects will be closed Friday, December 5, between 2.00pm and 5.00pm for a staff function.

Exams scheduled for that afternoon will take place. 

Both childcare facilities at Madras Street will remain open.

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21 Nov 2014

Aviva (formerly Women’s Refuge) fundraiser

Aviva (formerly Women’s Refuge) is committed to supporting families in need all year-round but we know people will need our support more than ever during the holidays.

To coincide with the global Giving Tuesday movement, they are raising funds to support the operation of their free 24 hour family violence support and information line (0800 AVIVA NOW) over the holiday period. This 0800 line is an essential service but one that they received no funding for. By supporting Aviva you will be assisting those reaching out for support to become safe or change their lives for the better and you will be helping more families have a safer Christmas.

 

How can you help?        

Aviva is after new or good quality used goods, or vouchers for services that they can auction off on Trademe. Now might be a great time to have a spring clean and get rid of some unwanted items around your house, and at the same time support a great cause.

 

·         Small items or vouchers can be dropped off at the following locations:

o   Madras Campus: Office L232 (inside the library, second floor)

o   Trades Campus: Women’s Advisor / Careers Centre Office in SSB

o   Directly to Aviva community office at 90 Fitzgerald Ave during office hours.

·         For large items, please email fiona@avivafamilies.org.nz with the attached information sheet and a good quality photo.

 

Auction items must be with dropped off by 3pm on Monday 24th November. Auctions will go live on Tuesday 25th November and close Tuesday 2nd December.

 

For more information on Aviva, visit http://www.avivafamilies.org.nz/

For more information on Giving Tuesday, visit http://www.givingtuesday.org/

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19 Nov 2014

Youth volunteers needed!

We’re looking for volunteers aged 15-24 who are practical or creative, flexible and committed, to help us share positive messages with other young people in Canterbury. You could create our website content – including music, art or films, manage our social media streams, take part in and run your own events, or give public speaking a go. You’ll be using your skills in these areas to creatively share the six wellbeing tips on www.addressthestress.co.nz. We’re currently redeveloping the website, and you can also play a key part in its rebranding.

This is a fun, rewarding opportunity, where you can make a difference, learn new skills and meet great people. You’ll receive full training, as well as ongoing support and mentoring from our Youth Engagement Facilitator.

To find out more please visit www.redcross.org.nz/volunteer and fill out the short application form with your details to apply. Please also email helen.apsey@redcross.co.nz and tell us with why you’re interested in the role – your way of sharing this can be unique and take the form of a short film or letter – and what you feel you can bring to the team. Applications close on 28 November. 

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18 Nov 2014

Greater Christchurch bus network changing

​From Monday the 8th December most bus routes in Greater Christchurch will either be replaced or have new timetables. You can find out how your route is affected and view all the new timetables, maps and 2015 school services by clicking here.
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31 Oct 2014

Creative Festival kicks off

Over the next few weeks, the CPIT Creative Festival will be showcasing the work of students from Creative Industries Architectural Studies and TPW with a series of exhibitions and performances.

You may have noticed the RIPE art and design exhibition is now installed in the Atrium ready for public viewing from 11-20 November. EXIT, with designs from the third year Architectural Studies students has already taken over the CPSA.

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30 Oct 2014

Madras St Campus Re-opened

Welcome back everyone!

It’s back to business today as the Madras St Campus has re-opened and classes have resumed as usual.

Yesterday afternoon the campus was closed due to a gas leak on Moorhouse Avenue. CPIT followed the advice of police and fire services and evacuated the campus to ensure everyone’s safety.

 Thanks to everyone for their co-operation.

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29 Oct 2014

Madras St Campus Closed

The Campus has been closed due to a gas leak on Moorhouse Ave.

It could be up to four hours before the gas leak is fixed so as a precautionary measure we are closing the Madras St Campus for today. 

Please check the website for confirmation that the Madras St Campus will be open tomorrow. 

We are working with the police and fire service and we will keep you updated. 

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29 Oct 2014

EBOLA information for students.

CPIT have sought advice from the Public Health Unit in Christchurch regarding our response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The current Ebola Virus Disease is mainly effecting 3 countries in West Africa – Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Even in affected countries, the disease is not common.

The Ministry of Health is advising people not to travel to African countries affected by Ebola.

The Ministry of Health risk assessment currently indicates that it is extremely unlikely that a case of Ebola would be identified in NZ.

Ebola is not easy to catch – it is not spread through the air and is not as infectious as the flu or measles. You can’t catch Ebola just by sitting next to an infected person – it requires contact with infected body fluids (such as blood, saliva, urine or faeces) through broken skin or mucous membranes (such as the mouth or eyes).

Currently emphasis is being placed on border control and management. Applying the principle “abundance of caution”, the Public Health Unit has suggested that CPIT provide the following advice to staff and students:

Anyone planning to travel to Africa, or having close contact with someone who has recently been in Africa, should make themselves known to the CPIT Health & Safety Manager, David Currie, 9408370, curried@cpit.ac.nz so we can provide appropriate information and keep you updated. 

Any such persons who develop any ill health within 21 days of contact or return to NZ, should immediately isolate themselves and call their General Practitioner, the student health centre or the Ministries Healthline on 0800 611 116.

Further information is available on the Ministry of Health web site. http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/ebola-updates

David Currie

Manager, Health & Safety

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17 Oct 2014

Student Experience Survey results

The results are out for the 2014 Student Experience Survey. We had a huge increase in numbers of students completing the survey this year and some very interesting results. Read the full results here.
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15 Oct 2014

Free Microsoft Office for all students

CPIT has made an agreement with Microsoft to provide Office to every one of our students for free!

This automatically updatable, subscription-based software ensures our students always have the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more for as long as they’re a student here and the programme continues. 

This offer is available to all students at CPIT. To get your complimentary Office, visit Office.com/GetOffice365 and follow the on screen instructions. 
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01 Oct 2014

Student rec centre assistant needed!

The Recreation Centre staff oversee the smooth operation of the recreation Centre including supporting the establishment of clubs and group activities with the Student Wellbeing Team. The staff assist by developing and delivering sporting, recreational and leisure activities and events to directly engage students from across the institution.
We are seeking an organised and energetic person to assist our Recreation Centre Team Leader with the day to day running of the student recreation facilities.
Working up to 15 hours per week this could be the ideal role to fit with your study or other commitments. Qualifications or working towards relevant qualifications and a high level of customer service and administration skill will ensure you are in the running for this role.
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. Any questions should be directed to Human Resources on 03 940 8623 or human.resources@cpit.ac.nz
Applications are open to current CPIT students only.
Applications close Wednesday 15th October 2014
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21 Sep 2014

Free cervical screening is available for the following women:

We provide free cervical screening for the following women:

  • Māori
  • Pasifika
  • Asian
  • All women aged 30 + who have never had a smear
  • All women aged 30 + who haven’t had a smear for at least 5 years

The Health Centre offers cervical screening by professional and caring staff - please telephone 9407566 for an appointment. You are very welcome to bring a support person with you.

If you would like to speak to a nurse for more information, please contact Susan, 9407567
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17 Sep 2014

Drop in nursing services

What : Drop in Nursing Service at Trades each term time  

When : Wed 8.30 am – 4pm and starting Friday 26 September, from 8.30 am  -1.30 pm.

Where : VF123 ( near kitchen)

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11 Sep 2014

Voting? Where to begin...

Still not sure who to vote for?  Check out some of these handy sites to get you started.

On The Fence

Vote Compass

Elections 2014

Remember you can vote all this week and next - Advance Voting at CPIT

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01 Sep 2014

Have your say – CPIT Student Experience Survey

Last year’s results

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

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

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

We listened

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

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

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

Now it’s your turn

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

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

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

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01 Sep 2014

Blood pressure health promotion

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

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20 Aug 2014

Car Parking Changes:

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

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

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20 Aug 2014

Performers needed!

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

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

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

Nestlé Toque d’Or competition

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

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

Japanese Speech Winners

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

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

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

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06 Aug 2014

Social Justice important for New Zealand

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

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

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

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04 Aug 2014

CPIT needs your help

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

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

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

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31 Jul 2014

Travel survey - prizes

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

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

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30 Jul 2014

Onesie Day

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

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

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29 Jul 2014

Winter Warmer!

Time to keep active and stay warm!

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

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

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

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29 Jul 2014

Traffic update

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

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

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

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

conditions. 

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

Security reminder

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

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

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22 Jul 2014

Health on campus

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

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

                                               

Signs of infection                                           

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

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

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

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

 

 

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22 Jul 2014

Discounted health care for CPIT students

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

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

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21 Jul 2014

The YOGA Return

Students! Free beginners yoga starting this Thursday 24 July!

12 – 12.50pm Recreation Centre studio

Flexibility, fitness and focus!

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

No experience necessary!

Mats provided – just turn up!

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16 Jul 2014

Timetable and room availability information

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

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15 Jul 2014

Focus group for $30 voucher

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

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

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

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

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10 Jul 2014

Traffic update

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

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

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

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

Downer will also be doing some investigative work at night.

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

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

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


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09 Jul 2014

Scaffolding in Rakaia Centre

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

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

Engineering and Architectural building to replace F Block

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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01 Jul 2014

CPIT Trades Campus Renamed

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

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

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

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27 Jun 2014

System outage July 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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16 Jun 2014

Take survey and win a $250 gift card

Bike? Bus? Car? Walk? 

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

Please, take the 2014 CPIT Travel Survey

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

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

Make sure YOUR voice is heard on travel issues. 

Please, take the 2014 CPIT Travel Survey

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

Thanks,
From Abbley’s traffic engineers and CPIT

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13 Jun 2014

Lifehack looking for candidates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12 Jun 2014

Madras St Carpark closure

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

Nicola Maxwell liaison@cpit.ac.nz

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10 Jun 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09 Jun 2014

Candyfloss and redbull!

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

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

 If raining, this will be held inside the CPSA. 


 

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09 Jun 2014

Selfies in the library!

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

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04 Jun 2014

Madras Street Car park closure

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

Nicola Maxwell liaison@cpit.ac.nz

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29 May 2014

Chicken Pox: Health Centre message

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

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

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

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

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

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

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28 May 2014

Moodle/Equella outage

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

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

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

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28 May 2014

Student Employment Survey

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

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

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28 May 2014

Win with World Smokefree day!

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

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

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27 May 2014

Paid mentoring programme!

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

We are looking for students who are:

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

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

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

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

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26 May 2014

Free Women in Trades lunch!

Free Women in Trades lunch.

Thursday 29th May

12pm in VF110/111 in the Student Services Building

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

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26 May 2014

Survey and win!

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

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20 May 2014

Join NZUSA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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16 May 2014

Help us!

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

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

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

Free texture waves!

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

Aoraki Polytechnic hairdressing students need clients for their texture waves.

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


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

Found- Westpac card!

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

Susan - 7566
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09 May 2014

Unwanted shoes wanted!

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

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

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

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09 May 2014

Roadworks delayed

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

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

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

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

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06 May 2014

SYTW with these job listings

Spend your time wisely by looking for a job!

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

Read more >

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02 May 2014

Māori and Pasifika Health Promotion Day, 7 May

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

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

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

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

Traffic restrictions

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

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

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

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

Traffic impacts-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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16 Apr 2014

Easter Opening Hours

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

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

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11 Apr 2014

Cheap haircuts and foils!

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

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

Phone today for an appointment 0800 426 725
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11 Apr 2014

Reminder- security!

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

How do you listen to your music?

How do you listen to your music?

Have you tried iheart or any other internet music sites?

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

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

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

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08 Apr 2014

Beginners yoga

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

The CPIT Tech Girls

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

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

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

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

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

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02 Apr 2014

ICT Interns

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

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

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

 
Applications close Sunday 13th April 2014
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01 Apr 2014

Graduation DVD's available for sale

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

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

You can also watch both the graduation ceremonies online:

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27 Mar 2014

Free physio!

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

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

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

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25 Mar 2014

Student Access to MS Office

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

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24 Mar 2014

Edible Book Competition

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

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

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

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

Register online for the Edible Book competition.

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21 Mar 2014

Graduation update

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

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

Congrats graduates! 

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20 Mar 2014

Calling all Architectural Designers to be!

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

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18 Mar 2014

Autumn Graduation

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

Nursing & Pre Health Info Sessions

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

Nursing Information sessions for 2014:

Tuesday 18 March

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

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

Thursday 19 June (CPIT Open Day)

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

3-3.30pm, 4-4.30pm

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

Tuesday 5 August

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

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

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

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14 Mar 2014

Become a board rep!

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

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

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

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

Fresh hot from Instagram

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

Call all choreographers, dancers and actors

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

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

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

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07 Mar 2014

Welcome month challenge & bungee

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

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

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06 Mar 2014

Madras St Car park closure

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

Research participants wanted!

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

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

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

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

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

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04 Mar 2014

Stop smoking and win!

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

 

HOW WERO WORKS

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

 

HOW TO WIN

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

PRIZES

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

Help build a new playground!

Come one, Come all!

West Spreydon Primary School needs a new playground.

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

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

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

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

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28 Feb 2014

Road Works - March/ April update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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26 Feb 2014

Tell us your thoughts!

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

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25 Feb 2014

Volunteer with puppies!

Did someone say puppies?!!!!!

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

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

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

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

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24 Feb 2014

Are you ready for graduation?

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

Beware of academic fraud

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

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

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

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20 Feb 2014

Wastewater Main Repairs

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

Meningococcal disease awareness

 

What it looks like

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

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

How to prevent it

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

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

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

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14 Feb 2014

Want to earn while you learn?

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

MARKETING INTERNS (x2)

Paid work experience for 3rd Year Design Students

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

Skills we are looking for . . .

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

Skills you will gain . . .

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

Two intern positions available

Intern 1

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

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

Intern 2

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

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

HOW TO APPLY

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

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

Applications Close Sunday 2nd March 2014

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11 Feb 2014

International Student Orientation

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION

FRIDAY 21st February 2014 at 12.00pm

IMAGITECH THEATRE (A134)

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

· Receive your welcome pack

· Meet the staff and other international students

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

· Learn how to maximise your chances of success

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

· Know where to go for help

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

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

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10 Feb 2014

Calling all good Samaritans...

Calling all good Samaritans...

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

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

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04 Feb 2014

Wastewater main repairs

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

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

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31 Jan 2014

Campus Master Plan

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

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31 Jan 2014

Like our Library FB page and win!

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

www.facebook.com/CPITLibrary

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31 Jan 2014

Student health services

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

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

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12 Dec 2013

Campus Christmas closure

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


Enjoy your holidays everyone!  

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04 Dec 2013

Want to win an iPad Air?

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

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

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03 Dec 2013

Free Breakfast!

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

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

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02 Dec 2013

Campus closure

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

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

Both childcare facilities at Madras Street will be open. 

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29 Nov 2013

Congratulations ladies!

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

Congratulations Kaitlin Ruddock and Mei Yeoh for winning the scholarships!

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27 Nov 2013

Get paid to have fun!

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

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

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

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26 Nov 2013

Win, win win!

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

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22 Nov 2013

Free breakfast!

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

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

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

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21 Nov 2013

Have your say and win!

HAVE YOUR SAY - CPIT STUDENT EXPERIENCE SURVEY

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

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

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

LAST YEAR’S RESULTS

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

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

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

WE LISTENED

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

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

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

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21 Nov 2013

Classic car exhibition

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

Health Centre Update

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

Film, Share, Vote

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

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12 Nov 2013

We're here to help!

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

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

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

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29 Oct 2013

Are you 24 or under?

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

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

Prizes for this week for the Wellbeing Game teams

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

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24 Oct 2013

Free ACC Physio sessions

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

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

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24 Oct 2013

Student notebook cover competition

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

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

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18 Oct 2013

RefleXion needs your help!

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

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

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

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17 Oct 2013

Follow up to security alert

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

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

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16 Oct 2013

Security Alert

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

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

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16 Oct 2013

Have your say - CPIT Student Experience Survey

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

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

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

Last year’s results

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

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

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

We listened

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

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

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

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10 Oct 2013

StudentCard Deals

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

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

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08 Oct 2013

Message from Student Job Search

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

Lunchtime walks

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

Beginners yoga starting 15 Oct

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

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

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

See the Santosha Facebook page for more information including fees.

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18 Sep 2013

Tribal system maintenance

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

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

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16 Aug 2013

Enrolments counter at Madras Street Campus - New Hours

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

· Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 5.00pm

· Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm

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

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

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14 Aug 2013

Change to your student email account

Your student email account is changing from Monday 19 August.

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

IT Help

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

Questions you might have

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

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

Will my email address change?

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

How will I access this new email system?

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

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

Why is the system changing?

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

Anything I need to do?

Update internet explorer

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

Update your security info

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

Anything else I need to know?

You will also have a SkyDrive and Messenger Account

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

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

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

Email password no longer synchronised with your CPIT password

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

New features coming later

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

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24 Jul 2013

Moodle 2 is live

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

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

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