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Livestream a RecCentre fitness class right to your living room for FREE!

Too cold? Too rainy? Too meh to make the trip to the gym, but deep down you know you’ll feel better for it? We might just have a solution for you!

Livestreaming UC RecCentre classes to your living room!
  • For a limited time, you’ll be able to livestream a selected range of group fitness classes, and get moving in the comfort of your home.
  • Once the livestream is finished -that’s it! It’s not recorded or saved, so you have to lock it in your diary and commit to your health, none of this ‘I’ll do it later’ (and then not doing it!)
  • All you need is to download the Rec&Sport app, then you can cast to your TV or just use the phone itself and get your exercise fix quick and easy – no battling for a free park on Kirkwood, and no rain or wind in your hair on your skateboard!
  • Head to our website for full instructions on how to use. 
FREE for limited time – how to join in
  • From Sunday 1 August, when you open your app and head to the Book a Class section, you’ll find a range of ‘Livestream’ classes available to book.
  • You’ll need to book into the Livestream class (be sure it’s not the gym based one IRL). That way, you’ll get access when the class starts.
  • This service will be free for a limited time for all of our members – until the end of the mid-term break (Sunday 12 September).
  • All students enjoy free RecCentre membership and app access courtesy of your student levy. You just need to sign up online, then download the app. 
Charges kick in from 13 September
  • To continue to enjoy the service at the end of the free trial period we’ve kept the costs super low. That means even if you head out of Christchurch for the holidays (but within NZ), you can stay connected with us and stay active with your favourite teachers.
  • We’ll email you information about that near the end of the trial, or you can check our website. 
  • You’ll also have access to a huge range of On-demand classes, to play at any time.
  • Currently, these are Technogym Master Trainers, and cover a range of styles.
  • In the future, we plan to record some classes (a bit like our YouTube ones over lockdown, but a bit more jazzy) and upload those as well.

If you’ve got any questions, (and you can’t find the answer on our webpage), just hit up one of our staff at the gym, flick us an email, Facebook message or give us a call.

Looking forward to having you livestream with us!

Ngā mihi
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport

Can you spot an unhealthy relationship? (3 min read)

There is a line in the Netflix show, BoJack Horseman, that I find useful when thinking about relationships, “When you look at someone through rose-coloured glasses, all the red flags just look like flags”. I like this quote because it sums up why it’s so important to be able to identify and name behaviours in relationships that may be unhealthy – or healthy.

Unhealthy Behaviours

In unhealthy relationships, one person has power and control. Sometimes, it’s difficult to know if your relationship is healthy. Here are a few signs that will hopefully help you take off your rose-coloured glasses and spot those red flags.

  • Possessiveness and jealousy.
  • Reading your messages and wanting the passwords to your social media.
  • Isolating you from your friends and family.
  • Threatening harm to you or themselves.
  • Threatening your whānau, friends, pets, or property.
  • Yelling or breaking things when they’re angry.
  • Telling you how to behave.
  • Putting you down and belittling you.
  • Making you feel responsible for their actions or that it’s your job to keep them happy.
  • You think that being with them is better than being on your own. Or you think you can change them.
  • You feel embarrassed when you hang out in public.
  • Your gut is telling you that the relationship is unhealthy.

Healthy Behaviours

A healthy relationship doesn’t mean it’s perfect, and no one is healthy all the time. And they don’t look the same for everyone because people have different needs. Those needs may change over time or depend on the people in the relationship.

However, there are behaviours you should work towards to help your relationship flourish.

  • Open communication. You can be honest without fearing how the other person will respond.
  • The relationship feels balanced, and everyone puts in effort to make it successful.
  • Fun!
  • You have space to be independent outside of the relationship.
  • You take responsibility for your actions.
  • Healthy ways to resolve conflict. Occasional disagreements and arguments are OK. What matters is how you approach that conflict. Honesty and respect are key.
  • The relationship moves at a comfortable pace.
  • You respect each other’s boundaries.
  • You are a team. You work together and support each other.

Storm Gardner
Student Advisor
Atawhai Akonga | Student Care Team

If you need to talk to someone about your relationship:

UC Student Blogger | Best cafe spots on campus

Interested in where the best places are on campus to satisfy your or grab the best food deal? One of our UC Student Bloggers shares their favourite top three spots:  


Cafe 1894

I’ve tried and tested just about all the cafes on the UC campus, and Cafe 1894 (which you can find in the Undercroft) is my top choice. Their bagels are to die-for, and they also have the best gluten-free brownie on campus. No matter if they’re super busy or you get in before the rush, your drinks and food are always prepared super quick! The prices are also good because you can use your V-Plate discount. 


It would be rude not to mention UC’s very own bar with delicious and fresh sushi. You can find Oishii in the Undercroft under the Central Library. They’ve got welcoming inside seating options if you don’t want to sit outside. You can also get your V-Plate discount here too, which makes it more affordable and all sushi gets slashed to half price after 3pm!


Therapy, which you can find in Rehua, is my favourite cafe on campus to meet up for a coffee catch-up as they’ve got excellent seating options – you can sit where there’s a lot of buzz or sit where it’s quite quiet. The staff are lovely and never ask you to move on even when you’ve spent an hour and a half sipping one coffee.


What you think? What’s your favourite spot on campus? Check out the full list of cafes here>

PS Don’t miss out on your V-Plate discount – download the UCGO app to get your barcode, or find out more here>