Category Archives: Health and Wellbeing

NZ Music Month at UC Library


UC Library are proud to present two special lunchtime music performances inside the Education Library to celebrate NZ Music Month.

On Tuesday 16 May we are hosting jazz pianist extraordinaire, Darren Pickering.

Darren has taught in schools in London and Cairo as well as performed internationally at jazz festivals in Cyprus and Lebanon. He is a regular performer at jazz festivals throughout NZ, including the upcoming New Zealand Jazz Festival this May where he will play with Oval Office, the Symposium Big Band and in a duo setting with vocalist Kate Taylor.

Darren’s keyboard, piano playing and compositions also feature on numerous studio albums across many genres – the latest albums he plays on include the recent releases by both Shapeshifter and Pacific Heights. We are incredibly lucky to have Darren playing solo piano live in the library ahead of his NZ Jazz Festival performances.

On Monday 22nd May we are hosting singer/songwriter, composer and musician, the multi-talented and very lovely Alice Tanner.

Alice is a professional singer performing around NZ. She performs in many groups, including cover bands, jazz bands, duos, original bands and also solo.

Alice studied at CPIT Jazz School and has a Bachelor of Musical Arts majoring in Jazz Vocals. A classical background in both cello and piano means she is a well-rounded musician with a breadth of knowledge in different styles and genres. Alice will be performing a mixture of covers, originals and jazz standards for her performance in the library.

Both performances are free, so bring your lunch and come along for some live music in the library, this NZ Music Month.

Darren Pickering: Tuesday 16 May, 12.15pm – 12.55pm.
Alice Tanner: Monday 22nd May, 12.15pm – 12.55pm.
Te Puna Ako – Education Library, Dovedale.

Police videos encourage sexual assault victims to come forward

Police hope a series of videos they have developed about reporting sexual assault will help victims to come forward. We’ll be regularly linking to this series throughout 2017.

The videos take a step-by-step look at what happens when a person reports a sexual assault to Police.

“It takes courage to come forward, to tell us what has happened,” says Detective Superintendent Tim Anderson, National Crime Manager.

These videos show what’s actually involved in the reporting process.

There are ten videos in total, six covering the reporting process and four that focus on consent, myths about sexual violence and some of the reasons why people don’t report sexual assaults to Police.


Three ways to exercise for cheap or free

(Only when you can’t go to the RecCentre)

Maybe you don’t like the gym, or the gym is closed (like the RecCentre is closed this weekend for a couple of days), or you are away on holiday.  Here are some cheap and free ways to keep exercising , staying on track for your health and wellness goals.

  1. Seek out free trial passes  or classes

Many gyms offer a free trial pass, either for a day or a week in most cases.  Simply do a google search for free gym trials Christchurch, and see what comes up.  In our quick search we found Les Mills (1 day), Snap Fitness (3 days), Jetts (5 days), Anytime Fitness (7 days) and  F45 (14 days).   If you have a friend who has a CityFitness  Black membership , you can tag along on their free guest access benefit.    Yoga studios, such as Apollo, Flow and Grassroots also offer discounted 2 week trials for first timers (usually in the region of $25-30 for 2 weeks – keep in mind a single class is usually ~$18).

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Do remember that these gyms have full sales teams, so do expect to be added to their database and be called for years to come!   Also, don’t forget that the RecCentre closes for a full 2 weeks at Christmas every year, so you may want to keep the 2 week pass to F45 until later in the year!

  1. Experience the great outdoors


There are some excellent walking tracks and stairs around Canterbury, so get out amongst it!

Check out the Christchurch & Canterbury Website for inspiration!     The sunlight is good for your bones and overall wellness, boosting the happy hormones.

  1. Do a home workout

There are some great online sites and apps that can guide you through safe exercise routines.  Look for accredited/qualified practitioners.  Some that we recommend are:

Yogaholics – 14 day free trial, and then it’s AUD$12.95 per month for unlimited access.  There are a range of yoga styles, teachers and durations to choose from.   It’s relatively new, so not as many options, but enough to see you through!

Yogaglo – 15 day free trial,  and then it’s $18USD per month.  It is more expensive, but you do get over 3500 classes to choose from, and a bigger range of teachers.

Crunch Live – 10 day free trial, and then $9.99USD per month.  85+ workouts at different levels and durations.  Choose from cardio kickbox, BAT style, yoga and dance style classes.

Don’t forget, the RecCentre has reduced hours over the Easter break.  You can find these on our website  or on our Facebook Page.

Happy holidays!

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