Category Archives: Wellbeing

Did you know UC is an edible campus?

Kia ora UC community, 

My name is Ash Anderson, and I am currently interning with Zin South at UC Sustainability over summer! Zin and I are interning through the UC Arts PACE program.

Zin and I by one of the many wonderful fig trees.

I thought I would share a little about myself. I am a second year student at UC studying a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Classics. I have always been interested in living a more sustainable life so being able to work with likeminded people has been an absolute treat so far!

The main project Zin and I are working on with the incredible team at UC Sustainability is updating the edible campus map! Wait, did you not know UC was an edible campus? Well, neither did I before being introduced to this project. Thanks to the Geospatial Research Institute and their wonderful intern Matthew Conley, we have been able to partner together to create a virtual story map of UC’s food forging locations! This means that everyone can help themselves to various fruits available on campus! Including peaches, berries, apricots, figs, feijoas and much more!

Pears growing on the tree near Cafe 1894
A fig growing on the tree by the Fine Arts building.

The UC Sustainability Office’s goal is to help create and change practices within the university and the wider community to be more sustainable and economical. Food forging is just one of the ways they embody this. Having access to fruit trees encompasses many of the UN’s  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we can’t wait to share more about this in our next blog post. 

Stay tuned on social media for updates around this project, including the launch date of the map!

Until next time,

Ash Anderson. 

This message was brought to you by Ash Anderson written on behalf of the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. For more information on sustainability at UC, see our website.


Emergency benefit for temporary visa holders (1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021)

The New Zealand Government has set up an Emergency Benefit for temporary visa holders who meet a set of eligibility criteria. The support is available from 1 December 2020 through to 28 February 2021. It is not a general entitlement but a final resort arranged for temporary visa holders who can’t return home due to COVID-19 and are without work or other support.

It is possible that some university students who have finished their studies may satisfy the conditions, a full list of which can be found on the WINZ website.

These include providing evidence that:

  • You are making plans to return home as soon as possible, or
  • You can’t get home because of COVID-19.

The website sets out the application process, what you need to show, and how much you can get. You can check it out here.

More information about other financial support options available to students impacted by COVID-19 can be found on UC’s financial assistance page.





How to manage fear of failing

With exam results coming up soon, it’s normal to feel worried or anxious about getting a mark you weren’t expecting. It’s a stressful end to a turbulent year, but remember that everyone experiences setbacks and disappointments in life. It’s how you manage these feelings, and what you decide to do next, that can set you back on the path to success. 

Here are some tips on how to manage your fear of failure, and what you can do next: 

  • Be kind to yourself. Give yourself time to process what happened, and do things you enjoy to distract yourself for a little while. You can talk friends, family or the UC Support Services. You don’t need to be hard on yourself. 
  • Failing is a part of learning and success – if you get knocked back, think about what happened. What could you do differently? You could put together a plan for what you will do next and how you can make a success of what happened.
  • Everyone experiences failure – even the most successful people don’t always make it the first time. What matters most is how you look at what happened. 
  • Failing and defeat are not the same thing – sometimes it is precisely because we failed at something that our success eventually comes. Is failing a barrier or a stepping stone to success? We each get to decide. 

UC Support 

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