Category Archives: Wellbeing

New financial support at UC: Pōhā Iti bursary

UC understands that being a student can be financially challenging, and that the COVID-19 pandemic has made this even harder. However, domestic and international PhD students who are currently experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19 may be eligible for a newly created bursary named Pōhā Iti.

A pōhā is a kelp bag that was traditionally used (and is still used today) for preserving meat and birds such as tītī (muttonbird) for extended periods of time. Just as a pōhā can hold several birds at once, but we only take them out one bird at a time as we need sustenance, this financial support provides an opportunity for ākonga (students) to receive incremental payments over time in order to help sustain them in their studies.

The monetary value of the bursary is $3,000 split across three payments of $1,000 each, and there are currently 100 available for students who meet the eligibility criteria. To apply, applicants must:

  • Be a currently enrolled student
  • Be a part time or full time domestic student (Undergrad, Postgrad, PhD) or an international doctoral student studying towards a PhD or equivalent
  • Be currently in New Zealand
  • Demonstrate that you require assistance as a result of COVID-19

For more information about Pōhā Iti and other financial support options available at UC, please visit the financial assistance webpage. The online application form for Pōhā Iti can be found here.

Wellbeing tips for the holidays

Exams are over and it is time to enjoy a well-deserved break!

During the holidays it is important to continue to look after you and your wellbeing.

Here are some tips on staying well during the holidays…

  • Prioritise me time
  • Connect with others
  • Be mindful about what you eat and your alcohol consumption
  • Enjoy those sleep ins
  • Be active and do something that you love
  • Stick to your budget as best as possible
  • Most importantly have fun!

Tips for getting a good night’s sleep during exam time

Getting a good night’s sleep will help your mind stay focused during your exams and will help you to feel more energised throughout the day. Sleep is more than just a time for your body and mind to rest. Sleep can help reduce stress and improve your memory, sleep also helps the body repair itself as well as making you more alert and energised for the day.

Here are some tips and tricks for helping you get the right amount of zzzz’s: 

• Allow for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best.
• Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends
• Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature
• Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones, from the bedroom
• Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime
• Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.
• Meditation or reading before bed can also help to calm the mind ready for sleep.

Check out this clip for a 10 minute meditation exercise to help with sleep.