Category Archives: Health and Wellbeing

Te Hāpai Ō | UC Live Speaker Series

UC aims to support your wellbeing during the COVID-19 lockdown – join the weekly speaker series via Facebook livestream, focusing on a different topic each Friday. The next one starts today at 11am on UC Facebook> 

Te Hāpai Ō | UC Live Speaker Series 2020 – Livestreaming on UC’s Facebook page

  • Prof Julia Rucklidge on Te Taha Hinengaro | Mental Wellbeing, 11am-12pm Friday 3 April
  • Rev Spanky Moore on Te Taha Wairua | Spiritual Wellbeing, 11am-12pm Friday 10 April
  • Tracy Clelland on Te Taha Whānau | Whānau Wellbeing, 11am-12pm Friday 17 April

Over the next few Fridays, starting 3 April, as part of Te Hāpai Ō | UC Live Speaker Series, UC experts will look at different aspects of wellbeing: mental, spiritual, and family wellbeing. These themes are three of the pou (pillars) from Tā (Sir) Mason Durie’s Māori model of health, Te Whare Tapawhā.

Te Hāpai Ō refers to the important role of those behind the scenes who work hard to ensure the journey ahead goes well for everyone. Taken from the Māori whakataukī (proverb): ‘Ko te amorangi ki mua, ko te hāpai ō ki muri’ | ‘When the right support is given from those in the back, then the work from those at the front will be successful’, Te Hāpai Ō recognises the value of providing information and support to our wider community in order for us to successfully plan and prepare over the coming weeks as we navigate this unique and unsettling time together.

Te Taha Hinengaro | Mental wellbeing

University of Canterbury Clinical Psychology Professor Julia Rucklidge will talk about key mental wellbeing principles followed by a Q&A session focusing on your questions about nutrition and nutrients, managing anxiety and stress, exercise, and maintaining good routines in uncertain times.

Join us on UC’s Facebook page for the live talk: Friday 3 April at 11am.

Te Taha Wairua | Spiritual Wellbeing

The University of Canterbury’s Senior Ecumenical Chaplain, Reverend Spanky Moore, will use Good Friday to introduce the tradition of Contemplative Spirituality, and briefly explore the benefits of making space for a ‘Spiritual Practice’ during this season of lockdown or sheltering.

Join us on UC’s Facebook page for the live talk and Q&A: Friday 10 April at 11am.

Te Taha Whānau | Whānau Wellbeing

University of Canterbury Health Sciences lecturer Tracy Clelland will discuss practical ways of using wellbeing models to enhance family/whānau relationships (including tips for combining working at home and parenting). Tracy will share practical tips based on the five ways to wellbeing, and how to build and maintain positive family relationships during lockdown. You can ask questions and share your experience of what works in your family in the following Q&A session.

Join us on UC’s Facebook page for the live talk Te Taha Whānau | Whānau Wellbeing: Friday 17 April at 11am.

Being Mindful: practical guides

Being mindful is important to your wellbeing as it enables you to be present in the moment, helps you to minimize stress and to appreciate life. It’s a particularly useful skill at times like this, when we’re looking in new places to find joy.

Other benefits of practising mindfulness include:

  • Improved sleep
  • Lowers stress levels
  • Improves attention
  • Manages chronic pain
  • Increases self-compassion
  • Decreased symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Improved general health.

Looking to try mindfulness? Here are some great resources for you to try.




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UC Health – Wellbeing tips

During times of uncertainty in particular, it’s important to look after yourself and your wellbeing. Dr Victoria Price and Dr Jane Scott from the UC Health Centre share their practical and simple tips to help you look after you.

They focus on three areas of wellbeing including, mind, body and connection, providing you with examples of how you can experience Mauri Ora / flourishing wellness through staying well, staying safe, and staying connected.

Many thanks to Dr Price & Dr Scott who took valuable time out to film just before the lockdown!

Stay tuned on Insider’s Guide blog for more wellbeing tips and resources.

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