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Looking after your Wellbeing

Following the governments most recent announcement that we are moving into level 2, it is okay if you are feeling a little overwhelmed right now.

During times like these it is important that we look after ourselves and our loved ones. Make sure to check in with your friends and family and please reach out to your manager or HR advisor if you need some extra support.

If you’d like some support, the Employment Assistance Programme (EAP) is available.

Phone: 0800 327 669 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)


We have been here before and we will get through this together.

Kia kaha.

Celebrating Matariki

Matariki signals the Māori New Year and is a time of renewal and celebration, beginning with the rising of the Matariki star cluster. This time is an opportunity to reflect, reset and look forward.

To learn more about Matariki check out the latest Allright campaign here>

The Arts Centre here in Christchurch are currently running some great events to celebrate Matariki. Check them out here>

To learn how to find the Matariki star cluster watch this clip from Te Papa Tongarewa The Museum of  Aotearoa New Zealand here>

The Allright campaign has a great clip on how to make a manu tukutuku for Matariki. Watch it here> 

Tips for your Wellbeing

The last few months have been challenging. And even though we are gradually returning to normal, the level of change we have experienced and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 can be disruptive to our mental and physical wellbeing. Therefore we encourage you to take some time out for you to focus on your wellbeing.

Check out these tips:


Connecting with others is key to maintaining a healthy wellbeing and helps us to feel safe, less stressed and less anxious. There are many ways to connect with others, such as phoning a friend or family member, having a Zoom catch up with an overseas relation, going for a coffee and a chat with a colleague, or having a movie night with the family. We all connect with others in different ways.


Volunteering your time to help out the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and helps to create connections with the people around you.

Why not give volunteering a go? Check out Volunteering Canterbury for some ways that you can help.

For the remainder of 2020, UC will match one day of annual leave used for volunteering in the community with another day of paid special leave (limit one day/annum), also to be used for volunteering activities. Talk to your Head/Manager and complete this application for discretionary leave for the special leave day  (in the “Other” field put in “Volunteering – second day”).

Don’t forget to post photos of you volunteering and tag them with #UCVolunteering.

Come along to the annual UC and Volunteering Canterbury expo for ideas of where you can volunteer your efforts in the community.  The Volunteering Expo is being held on Wednesday 29 July 2020, in the Undercroft (Puaka-James Hight Building) between 11:30am and 2:30pm.

Take Notice

During our busy lives it is important that we take time out to pause, breathe and to take notice of the beauty that we surround ourselves with. Savour moments, be curious and notice the changing of seasons, these are all simple ways that you can take notice every day.

Keep Learning

Embrace new experiences and try something new, you never know what hidden skill or talent that you might possess. Learning new things can help boost your confidence and are a great way to have some fun.

Contemplating studying something new? UC will pay 100% of fees for UC courses that staff would normally only receive 50% payment of fees for (i.e. courses that are not work-related).  For further details, look at the Staff Tertiary Study Assistance process here.

Be Active

Many of us spend a large amount of our working day deskbound. Therefore it is really important for our wellbeing that we take a break each day to be active. Physical exercise is really good for us and is a great way to boost our mood.  Why not check out the Rec Centre here at UC, they offer a variety of options for physical activity.


Kind regards,

Bonnie Tainui, Wellbeing Coordinator, Wellness Services

Karen Grant, Reward & Recognition Consultant, People & Culture

Feeling overwhelmed? EAP can help

The last few months have been challenging and it’s okay if you are feeling a little overwhelmed. After spending a long time in the safety of our bubbles, we are gradually returning to normal. But sometimes even positive change can be disruptive to our wellbeing and feel a little scary..

For some, the thought of coming back to campus may be a relief, for others this may cause anxiety and uncertainty. It’s okay however you’re feeling, we’re all adjusting at our own pace.

If you’d like some support, the Employment Assistance Programme (EAP) is available.

Phone: 0800 327 669 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)



Alternatively you can speak to your manager, Human Resources, or free text 1737 for 24/7 phone support.