International Newsletter #3

Kia ora koutou, welcome to International Newsletter 3!

We have reached the end of the term! Hopefully, the term has gone well so far, and I wish you the best of luck for your exams.

Winter is also well on its way. Checkout this post by the UCSA on tips to keep warm this winter.

Again, please reach out to me at for any feedback, issues, or things you want to see changed here at UC or UCSA.

Newsletter Summary

  1. Rep Update
  2. Exams
  3. ENZ Survey Opportunity
  4. International Food Festival
  5. Canterbury Floods
  6. International Student Highlight! – Pavithran Devananthan
  7. What’s on?
  8. International Student Event Highlight – PGSA Open Mic

Rep Update

I am still working on the items that were mentioned in the last newsletter! If you did not know, you can check out the newsletters on the UCSA Website in the News section


Study Week is almost here and with it comes preparation for exams. It can be a stressful time so checkout the UC Wellbeing Hub for a few tips here.

Also keep an eye out for the UCSA exec who will be doing fruit drops during the week!

ENZ Survey Opportunity

ENZ are working with Kantar to run some focus groups among international students residing in NZ. The topic of the research is how NZ’s border closure has impacted their student experience and also the perceptions that this has created among the next generation of student considerers in their home country.

You will be rewarded for your time, and you can register your interest here. Registrations close Friday 4th June!

International Food Festival

A big shoutout to the CMSA for organizing the International Food Festival! It was a great event to see so many of our International Clubs to turn out to. The event was packed throughout its duration and served up some delicious food. Congrats to UC Balangay for Best Looking Stall and UC Sri Lankan Soc for Best Stall Overall! You can checkout all the clubs involved here:

Canterbury Floods

The recent rains in the Canterbury region have caused major damage and flooding in parts of Canterbury including Christchurch. If you have been affected by this, remember that the UCSA has an Advocacy and Welfare team that may be able to help for things like food or grants.

Additionally, the UC Student Volunteer Army is looking for volunteers to help out during the clean-up. You can download their App to register to help and follow their Facebook and Instagram for updates!

International Student Highlight – Pavithran Devananthan

Our second International Student Highlight is Pav! A 5th Year University Student currently doing his PhD.

My name is Pav and I’m here studying a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. I originally came here from Malaysia in 2016 and did a year at UCIC as my foundation, then did 4 years of Mechanical Engineering at UC. I chose New Zealand as the place to study as it was close enough to home that I could fly back once a year, but also it also has very good scenery. So far, I have no regrets coming here, as I’ve enjoyed the people, the places, and the experiences I’ve gotten along the way. I probably would have never gotten into snow sports and other outdoor activities had I not moved to Christchurch. The friends I have met along the way have been some of the nicest and most amazing people, who shaped me to be the person I am today.

Some advice I can give international students is to join clubs and meet new people around campus. The more people you meet, the broader your experiences will be. The best way to meet these people is to join different clubs. Having a solid group of friends to rely on can also make your transition to New Zealand easier. One last thing that helped me cope with home sickness is to look for shops that serve your local food, food is a massive part of home, for me at least.

What’s On?

UC Spanish – Games Night – 4 June 4:30PM

Want to see more events here? I need your help! Let me know and send them in to

Student Event Highlight – PGSA Open Mic Night

Whilst the PGSA is not strictly an international club, it does great work for our postgraduate community, of which make up a large number of international students. So, I headed along to their Open Mic Night themed about reminding people of home. It was a great event to attend. There were a range of performers, sharing a variety of poems, songs from their childhood, stories and of course some free food. I really enjoyed the event and I commend all the performances in the evening. The PGSA did a great job running this event, and a shoutout to Dutta for being a great MC! I would encourage you to head along to future PGSA events. They also do regular Coffee Mornings on Wednesday’s and Social Fridays. Check them out on their Facebook and Instagram.

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Ngā mihi,

Matt Wong-Kam

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