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Apply to enrol at UC for 2021 – Open now

Great news!
You can now select your first year courses and submit your application to enrol at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | the University of Canterbury (UC) for 2021.

Just go online to log-in or create your myUC account.
You can save as you go and see your progress – each section needs to be 100% complete before you can submit your application.

Getting your application in as soon as possible will be one less thing for you to stress about in the lead up to exams – so act now! You should aim to complete your application by 14 December 2020, but applications for some programmes like Fine Arts, Music and Teaching are due sooner, so check the limited entry info here.

To get started on your application, head to our website and click ‘Enrol now with MyUC’ to take the next step on your UC journey.

University of Auckland – Summer Start Programme

Is Summer Start for me?

Summer Start is a six week programme giving eligible* school leavers the opportunity to gain credits towards their degree and start their University journey early.

If you’re a Year 13 student planning to study at university in Semester One 2021, you can get a head start on your studies and start experiencing life at the University of Auckland.

Summer Start begins in January 2021 and will give you the academic skills and knowledge you need to help you succeed and transition into University life.

Our Summer Start programme offers:

  • Enrolment in one credit course to help give students a head start in their university studies.
  • Access to Summer Start leaders who will provide academic, social and pastoral support throughout the programme.
  • Additional tutoring and study skill sessions to enable you to kick-start your University journey.
  • Orientation to both the University and Auckland city.
  • Accommodation options for students from outside of Auckland.
  • Future leadership opportunities for students in the Summer Start programme.
  • Study, tutorial and hangout spaces.
  • Fun activities such as sports and quizzes to introduce you to University life.

*The Summer Start programme is free for New Zealand school leaver students who meet the eligibility requirements of the New Zealand government’s Fees Free tertiary education initiative. There is a tuition cost and other charges for the credit-course within Summer Start but the charges will be paid through Fees Free if students are eligible.

To find out more and register click here

Watch the UC Student Halls of Residence Webinars

Recordings of the recent UC student accommodation webinars are now online to view.

Find out more about:

  • Bishop Julius Hall
  • College House
  • Kirkwood Avenue Hall
  • Rochester and Rutherford Hall
  • Tupuānuku
  • University Hall

Watch them here>

Don’t forget to complete your application by 24 September 2020.

AUT Parents’ Information Evening webinar recording

At the end of June, we held our Parents’ Information Evening. It’s usually a face-to-face event to provide an opportunity for parents to find out first-hand what university is about. This year has brought about changes in how we do things so, for the first time, we ran this as an online event.

We have a recorded version of the Parents’ Information Evening webinar available for those who couldn’t join us on the night, or for anyone who would like to re-visit the information. Click to watch the webinar recording

AUT on-campus experience

We wanted to make sure future students have all the information they need to make the right decision about university. A big part of this is experiencing campus life, so we’ve created a suite of offerings where future students can explore our world-class facilities and meet our friendly staff in-person. These guided tours are over a range of times in the following weeks to help suit a variety of schedules.

Click here to find out more and book your place.

Update on release dates for accommodation and scholarship offers from the University of Otago

Both accommodation and scholarship offers for the University of Otago will be released on the afternoon of 2 October. This will ensure you have ample time to consider all your options before the acceptance date of 21 October. The accommodation office and Ask Otago will be open over the weekend for any student enquiries or questions about their offers.


For contact details of the accommodation office click here

For Ask Otago click here

Victoria University – changes to entry requirements

As we are heading into exam time, we understand students are getting anxious about achieving University Entrance.  We recognise that students have faced significant challenges in their study this year and we want to ensure that they are not unfairly disadvantaged in being able to pursue university study.

Victoria University of Wellington has removed guaranteed entry score requirements for students wanting to study at the University in 2021 and all the adjusted UE requirements are now listed on the admission section of our website.

We will have pathway options available for students who miss out on achieving University Entrance from Year 13 in 2020, depending on their level of achievement. The option of applying for Discretionary Entrance may also be suitable for some students.

We encourage all students to submit their enrolment application by 10 December. All students who are completing their exams, should apply under the admission type for their relevant qualification. We will contact students should they need to change their admission application.

Farmers and growers call for help with labour shortages

Farmers and growers say if agriculture is going to drag the country’s economy back into shape, they will need help to fix labour shortages.

The threat of worker shortages is hanging over Hawke’s Bay fruit growers. 

While urban centres went into a strict lockdown in April and May – contributing to a 12.2 percent tumble in gross domestic product – agriculture, forestry and fishing saw only a marginal drop of 2.2 percent.

The pandemic has done little to disrupt business on Damien Roper’s south Taranaki farm, home to 420 dairy cows.

He said even in the throes of the level four lockdown, his classification as an essential worker made it almost business as usual.

“Our milk still got picked up, which was fantastic. And any electrical problems with chillers or vats or anything to do with the farm was on the priority list for electricians to look at, so we could still carry on our business pretty much 90 percent as normal,” he said.

Westpac senior rural economist Nathan Penny thought the primary industry sector was escaping recession relatively unscathed, in part due to essential worker classifications, and also due to stable overseas demand for food.

“Locally and offshore, the world keeps on eating and our food exports in particular have proved resilient,” he said.

He said the 2.2 percent fall couldn’t even be blamed entirely on Covid-19.

“It is a little bit hard to dissect that number. But if you do talk to many people in the regions, most would argue the drought had a larger impact on our output for the quarter,” he said.

General manager of Yummy Apples Paul Paynter said the figures highlighted agriculture as the “shining light” for keeping the country’s economy going.

But as harvesting season approaches he worried a lot of fruit might not make it to supermarket shelves, because the border remains closed to the seasonal workers who’d usually pick it.

In the Hawke’s Bay where he lives, there were about 11,000 jobs to fill.

“We’ve been tight for labour for years. And we certainly use all the local labour – that’s a given, so the challenge is getting other people in here. But for every 10 percent you leave behind, it’s $70 million in export earnings. So you can’t afford to leave anything behind – we’ve need to earn every dollar we can in this world,” he said.

The threat of worker shortages is also hanging over farms in Western Southland, where Federated Farmers dairy chairman Hadleigh Germann lives.

“We’re coming into the time of year where winter crops are established and new grass is established and any surplus pasture is harvested. The guys that carry out that kind of work do rely on seasonal staff, typically from the UK. They haven’t been able to get staff in, so they’re really going to be under the pump,” he said.

For his own 550-cow dairy farm, he was waiting to see the effects of the pandemic on the price he gets paid for milk.

Dairy co-operative Fonterra will confirm the season’s final price when its announces its full-year results on Friday morning.

The company last year reported a $605m loss, largely due to asset writedowns of $826m.

Agricultural economist Peter Fraser told Morning Report he would be very surprised if Fonterra wasn’t back in profit.


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