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Winter Wellness Expo 2019

The Winter Wellness Expo is a free, all ages, alcohol-free event for all UC students.  It is brought to you by UCSA Help (Advocacy & Welfare) team, and will be held on 25 July (Thursday) in Haere-roa, from 10am – 2pm.

There will be stalls offering free second-hand stuff (e.g., clothes, shoes, household items etc.), free brand new beanies, scarves, toothpastes, toothbrushes and dental floss (limited quantity), as well as free hot drinks and cakes.  Other stalls include Tenancy Protection Association, Christchurch Budget Service and Community Energy Action’s curtain bank!

The NZ Police will be there to label phones, laptops etc. with UV markers, and give students tips on how to prevent burglaries.  NZ Fire Service will also be there to give students information on fire safety.

There will also be a sewing/mending station.  So find those pieces of garments that need mending and bring them all down to Haere-roa during Winter Wellness Expo.

Note: Please bring some bags to pack the goodies in.

Also note: If you are wanting your garments mended, please don’t come too late in the day as some can take a little while to repair.

Top tips: winter-proof your flat

If your flat is feeling like the Arctic then check out these clever, low-budget tips to winter-proof your place:

  • Tin foil is your friend. If you have a radiator heater attached to a wall, particularly an external wall, a lot of heat is lost behind the radiator. You can reflect the heat back into the room by sticking tin foil on the wall behind the radiator. If you can’t quite get to the wall, wrap a large bit of cardboard in foil and slide it behind the heater.
  • No fire? Block the chimney. If you have a fireplace that you don’t use it’s really important to close off the chimney as it sucks the heat right outside. This can easily be done by shoving bunches of newspaper up there – but make sure you remove it before lighting a fire!
  • Plastic fantastic. I’ll bet your windows aren’t double glazed. However, you can DIY by covering your windows with a layer of bubble wrap. Just cut it to size, spray the window with a fine mist of water and it should stick. You can also put a blob of blue tack in the corners to make sure.
  • Cover your walls. Minimise energy loss by decorating! Putting things on the walls acts a bit like insulation. The more surface area that’s covered by pictures and mirrors the better.
  • Re-organise your furniture. Make sure there’s nothing blocking the flow of heaters or vents in the house. Try to keep couches and beds away from walls and windows, not only to avoid moisture and mould, but because they retain some heat which you don’t want to lose. Also, think about the positioning of your desk. If it’s against an external wall then you’ll feel the cold much more.

Leave us a comment below if you have any more tips and tricks for a warm home.

Mmmmm Minestrone

Here’s a soupa special recipe for you! Technically its actually more like a stew than a soup, but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to use that great pun! My mum is always cooking this at home, and it’s really satisfying in this colder weather.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic or 1/2 a tsp minced garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 potato
  • 1 small leek (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp dried herbs
  • 2 cans of tomatoes
  • 4 cups of vege stock
  • 1/2 cup cooked pasta (spiral works well)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Can of beans or chickpeas (optional)

Method:

  1. Heat oil, and cook onions, garlic, carrots, celery, dried herbs and leeks (if using), for 15 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes, potato, vege stock and beans or chickpeas. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, until potatoes are cooked.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and season to taste.

Serve with crusty bread if you like! Enjoy!