Category Archives: Health and Wellbeing

Wear your Pink Shirt – Friday 26 May

Speak up – stand together – stop bullying

Are you ready to celebrate Pink Shirt Day and stand together to take action against bullying?

Tomorrow, Friday 26 May is the day to get your pink shirt on.

Take a photograph and send it to by 12noon on Friday 26 May with a comment on speaking up, standing together and stopping bullying so we can show each other and the world through our UC comms channels our commitment to this great cause.


Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, mobilising their whole school, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt.

Pink Shirt Day is led by the Mental Health Foundation, with support from: The Peace Foundation, RainbowYOUTH, InsideOUT, New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association, Youthline and Family Works.

Everyone has mana – respect for self and others

Written for Pink Shirt Day (26 May) this message from student leader Tessa will help us all throughout 2017 and beyond.

“He mauri tō te tangata, he whakapapa tōna, he mana motuhake.”

Everyone has mana, everyone has a whakapapa (a genealogy), everyone has an identity that makes them no more or no less important than the next.

Moreover, everyone has a level of self respect from which their ability to respect others flows. As a leader and in particular as a member of the 2017 ELDP executive, I have both an inherent responsibility and an opportunity to promote such a level of self respect in the interest of all tāngata. We model respectful behaviour by passing our own level of self worth, of self respect, onto others, treating them as we desire and deserve to be treated. By acknowledging the individuality of our own mana, of our own whakapapa and of our own identity, we are able to form a level of respect which takes into account and further, appreciates the diversity of others. We should always strive to positively value the self worth of tāngata, as to demonstrate that someone has self worth is to treat them with respect.

Nā reira,
He mauri tōu, he whakapapa tōu, he mana motuhake; you have mana, you have a whakapapa, you have an identity that makes you no more or no less important than the next.

Tessa Barrett-Walker – student leader: UC Emerging Leaders Development Programme


Study and wellbeing tips – focus on your goals

Fatima Araujo, a UC Unilife leader, shares her tips for looking after yourself when you are busy with study.

The last  weeks of the term are always intense for students  due to essays and assignments deadlines. Students need to make sure they take care of themselves psychologically and physically.

Here are my tips:

Mental wellbeing tips:

  • Make a plan about your goals for the  year and for your future career because it helps to stay focused  and motivated.
  • Focus on your passion about your goal because it will drive you  to achieve your goal. (e.g. while studying think how you can use what you learned now in your career or even your personal life,  how can you contribute to change your community/country /world).
  • When you don’t feel motivated  go back to your goal and try to see the big picture of your goal and don’t give  up. You always have two choices – 1. to stay and work towards your goal, which does not mean it will be easy and exciting always, but means it will be worthwhile long term, or 2. you can give up and regret that you didn’t work through it.

Physical wellbeing tips:

  • Try  to take study  breaks and go for a walk around your area or local park for at least 30 mins – 1 hour. You can go to the  gym at the UC RecCentre and attend a fitness class, or exercise  with your  friends. This will definitely  help your concentration  and health.
  • If you don’t like the ideas above it’s ok, leave your car at home and bike to University. If you don’t have a bicycle you can borrow  one on campus and you can invite your friends to join you. Here are some great bike services on campus.

The main idea is to keep yourself physically and mentally active and motivated.

Fatima Araujo – Unilife Leader

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