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Riki’s advice on getting through the stressful times

Mental Health Awareness Week has come and gone, but we must continue our efforts to care for each other. In this blog Pacific Advisor Riki Welsh talks about the importance of recognising when our mind and body need a recharge.

IMG_3296Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health. We know when our pants start getting a bit tight, and our mood levels are getting sluggish that it is time to start eating better and looking after ourselves physically. But do we equally notice when we can’t sleep at night because of anxiety or stress, or when we start to isolate ourselves from others, or when we just can’t get anything done despite all the effort in the world, that it is time to start looking after ourselves mentally?

Once we do recognise the signs, what do we do? I’m not qualified to give a medical answer, but I think an important first step is to talk. Even if you are healthy, talking about mental health and taking care of yourself, you can sometimes initiate the first step for someone else who needs a prompt.

If you are keen to talk but aren’t sure where to start, UC  has lots of amazing people who are here for you! The counsellors at the Health Centre, the Student Development Team, Māori Development Team, and of course the Pacific Development Team are all here to talk. We aren’t all health experts, but we all understand the challenges of life and how hard things can get sometimes.

Also, don’t forget lecturers want to support you as well! Although it’s not their primary job, I’ve never had a lecturer who didn’t want to support a student who is going through a tough time.

As we head into exam time please remember to make sure you and your friends and family are doing everything you can to look after your wellbeing. Start with the basics of getting good sleep without any technology on, eating three meals a day, exercising, and talking. If you want help with this, I’m keen to spend my lunch walking, talking and eating lol, even as I write this I realise I too need to make sure I’m doing these things.

If you think you might need more help, see the doctors! They also have amazingly effective solutions.

If you remember nothing else, remember that UC cares for you! Please take care of yourself and let us help.

Lecturer promoting te reo on the radio

Esteemed lecturer and coordinator of Te Hōaka Pounamu – Te Hurinui Clarke will be presenting a daily dose of te reo Māori tutorage for the listeners at Te Reo Irirangi o Hokonui ki Hakatere.

The morning breakfast show will be promoting te reo Māori throughout Māori Language Week and will touch upon a variety of interesting topics for how and when to use the language.

Te Hurinui Clarke, who lectures at UC, has an extensive knowledge base of te reo Māori me ōna Tikanga (language customs). He lectures completely in te reo Māori and has specialised knowledge in second language acquisition and mātauranga Māori (Māori epistemology).

Te Hurinui has an infectious sense of humour that makes him a favourite amongst his students within the education department.

Make sure to be listening every morning at 8 am for a great show.

Mauri ora!

– by Teariki Tuiono 

Whakanuia Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2016

E ngā ākonga o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, tēnā koutou katoa.

He kaupapa whakahirahira tō tātou i te wiki nei, arā, ko Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Nā reira, kia kaha tātou ki te whakamahi, ki te kōrero hoki i te reo. Whiua ki te ao, whiua ki te rangi, whiua ki ngā iwi katoa!

Greetings to all UC students,

There is a significant event for us this week, none other than Māori Language Week. Therefore I encourage you all to attempt to use, and speak te reo as much as possible. Let it flow through the world, to the skies and to all people!

This year, UC will celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori over two weeks, from today to 15 Hōngongoi July. The theme is ‘Ākina te Reo’ – behind you all the way, which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is an opportunity to embrace te reo and build your bicultural competence and confidence. A range of activities will be happening across campus over the next two weeks, including during Winterlude. View the full Te Wiki programme here.

How to get involved

Beyond Te Wiki there are many opportunities to further your Māori language and culture knowledge at UC. Start this week and then try to use the words you learn in everyday conversation.

Kia kaha e hoa mā!