What are the Tohu Kahurangi | Blues Awards?
Since 1913 the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) has recognised students who excel in chosen activities outside the classroom.
Traditionally, Blues were awarded for achieving a high level of sporting and academic standards, and as such are named after the traditional sporting competitions between two original ‘Blues’, Oxford and Cambridge.
In 2017, the UCSA in association with Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha University of Canterbury (UC) developed the event into an all-round awards night celebrating a broader scope of student success. The event now consists of the Sport, Community Engagement and Arts & Culture categories.
Receiving an award at the Tohu Kahurangi | Blues Awards is the highest honour we can present students who have excelled in these areas.
With support from Te Waka Pākākano, the University of Canterbury Blues awards have been renamed, Tohu Kahurangi. In addition to being known as ‘blue’ in reo Māori, this name also recognises the value and importance of one of the most precious forms of pounamu – kahurangi. The UCSA commissioned Morgan Mathews-Hale (Kaitiaki Studios) to design a new logo. Crafted in the shape of a wahaika pounamu, it symbolises the rarity and value of the taonga (award) as well as the importance of each award winners journey to success. The form of the manaia represents kaitiakitanga, guardianship, and acknowledges both the whakapapa of award winners and their responsibility to continue creating positive change for themselves and in their communities.