The University of Canterbury currently has opportunities for international students to gain university credits by participating in exciting placements in the city of Christchurch. As part of the Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) program, hosted in the College of Arts, students are able to take part in a wide range of projects across the city. 

CU have a number of US students on the Study Abroad program working in areas including media and communications, sustainability, urban gardens, local government, public health, forestry and water management, urban development, public arts and in the rapidly expanding social entrepreneurial and tech sector.  As Christchurch rebuilds there are many opportunities for students to apply their skills and knowledge, not only in the rebuilding of a city, but in reimagining what a 21st century city could be.

As part of their internationalization of the campus and UC graduates the University is also expanding international internship opportunities for UC students. They have arranged internships across the globe, including Europe, Thailand, China, North America and India. UC is now actively looking for potential partners and organizations to host their students that cover a wide range of disciples at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

For further information contact Dr Stephen Hardman, International and Internship Manager, College of Arts, University of Canterbury –     


After founding QuantConnect in Chile Jared Broad started bouncing back and forth from US-Chile on a business visa while trying to build QuantConnect from a laptop. Late 2015 he migrated to the USA permanently and has setup a office for the company in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The team of 8 engineers are breaking opening the realm of quantitative finance – a highly secretive industry where hedge funds spend billions of dollars on cutting edge technology to trade in the markets.

QuantConnect is seeking to make these tools available to everyone. Their community of 32,000 engineers, scientists and programmers design algorithms to be traded in the Equities, FX, Futures and Options markets, and is attracting interest from the worlds biggest hedge funds. Recently they have launched a white label with OANDA, a leading FX brokerage, to give their 200,000 clients access to algorithmic trading.


Peter Hall who lives in the Reading area of Pennsylvania was one time pianist for John Lockett “Johnny” Devlin, MNZM, who in the early 1960’s was an influential New Zealand-born rock musician, known as “New Zealand’s answer to Elvis Presley” 

When he’s not playing the piano in various clubs in PA Peter is writing musicals and his latest is BLUE SMOKE, which evolved from an article written by Kay Blundell who had interviewed Sandra Parata whose father was a US Marine based in Paekakariki during WW II. A passionate romance between her father, John Williams, and Waikanae lass Charlotte, her mother, became a tragedy for their daughter, Sandra, who was ‘deserted’ by both of them when fate intervened during that time. The couple met every chance they could frequently at The Oyster Bar in Wellington where they went to dance. When John’s orders came through to be shipped out they discovered that she was pregnant. The musical looks at their whirlwind romance and the events that followed.

In later years Sandra maintained contact with the US Marines commemoration organizers in New Zealand and still goes to Old St. Paul’s every year to pay her respects to her father and the other marines who were stationed in New Zealand. In meeting with Sandra it became important for her story and no doubt the story of many others from that time to be told and recorded and it was with her blessing that Peter started out on this musical tribute to her, to Charlotte and John, and indeed to all those who served us during World War II.

NOTE: Peter is keen to do a “Work In Progress” presentation late summer in NYC and needs 6 volunteers who would meet once a week and do the presentation for the NZ community. For more information on Peter’s musical, please contact him at


Originally from Wellington fellow NZer Simon Brandon will saddle up to ride the Pan Mass Challenge in the first week of August. Simon and 6500 fellow cyclists will ride to raise money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). His ride takes him from the border of NY state across Massachusetts, finishing at Provincetown; a total of 300 miles in 3 days

The PMC donates 100 percent of the money raised to Dana-Farber, and since 1980 more than half-billion dollars has been raised for adult and pediatric cancer care and research. In 2016, the PMC gave a record gift of $47 million and was honored as Program of the Year by the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum. In 2017, the PMC aims to raise $48 million to support patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber. If accomplished, this fundraising goal will bring the PMC’s 38-year contribution to Dana-Farber to more than $595 million. 

NOTE: – Simon has made a personal commitment to ride and raise $4,800, a significant goal, and he needs your help to get there! Upon request he will be riding with the names of your loved ones or friends affected by cancer on the back of his riding jersey all the way across the state of Massachusetts. – PMC donations are tax deductible and 100% will go to Dana Farber Cancer Institute. If your company has a corporate match program then please consider doubling the power of your donation! Please donate to the ride by clicking on this link –


Originally from Auckland Margaret and Barry Camac now reside in Atlanta, GA where they have been since 1987. Prior to that they lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba where Barry gained his Master of Architecture and Margaret her Master of Education degrees. Before Atlanta they were in Texas where Barry designed and developed three projects (Tierra Encantada, Laguna del Sol, and Landfall towers) on Padre Island. 

Four beautiful daughters later they moved to Dallas where Barry was involved in construction and Margaret worked with the Dallas Mayoral Office on International Affairs. Three of their daughters are married with Bianca an Emergency Room Pediatrician, Karla an attorney with the Justice Project in WA with Paula and Victoria living in Atlanta. 

Margaret’s grandfather, Augustus Durnett  was a Union soldier and moved to New Zealand after the American Civil War – he is buried in Karori, Wellington. Her research uncovered a book entitled ‘The Doolittles in America ‘– and there she found portraits of her American family. The Doolittle’s (Puritans) had moved to America in the 1640s and as patriot ancestors fought in the American War of Independence,  therefore making NZ family members  eligible to become DAR or SAR members of the American Revolution. Margaret also found Durnett  ancestors buried in the Episcopal Historical Cemetery of Galveston Texas and a Durnett relation gave her a book with photographs of the Durnett boys as cowboys. Two of Augustus Durnett’s sons Allen and Robert Durnett died in France in WW1 fighting with the Wellington and Auckland branches of the NZ Army. During the 100 Year Remembrance Memorials in Belgium, a NZ relative, Sam Appleton with the Armed forces, laid a wreath on their graves.

Margaret and Barry travel to New Zealand as often as time allows and they miss their beloved Piha and hiking in the South Island.