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Aotearoa Bike Challenge 2020

What is the Aotearoa Bike Challenge?

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a fun, free competition to encourage our UC colleagues to experience first hand joys and benefits of riding a bike. There are lots of fantastic prizes on offer to tempt your team, which will be announced as the Challenge approaches!

How does it work?

You and your workplace team earn points for every kilometre you ride, every day you ride, and for every person you encourage to sign-up (they don’t have to be in your team – they just have to log a ride in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge). The points system has been carefully selected to ensure a fair and exciting competition, and to strongly encourage teams to engage new riders if they want to climb the leaderboard and secure victory.

You’ll compete against other workplace teams of comparable sizes. Ride anywhere, anytime for just 10 minutes to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the top folks in the individual leaderboard categories and some lucky participants will win for certain activities including encouraging other to ride or logging trips. The more often you log rides and encourage others to log their rides, the more likely you are to win a prize!

You’ve got all of February to get out and earn points!

How to take part

Follow these four steps:

  • Register on this website, it’s free. Register here
  • Ride a bike anywhere, anytime for at least 10 minutes during the Challenge (1-29 February)
  • Record your ride on this site and tell your friends and coworkers about the Challenge.
  • Reward yourself and your friends by winning prizes!

If you need help registering, contact me diana.hinterleitner@canterbury.ac.nz or phone 93580

 

The power of Yet

Have you come back with a little (or big) desire to make changes to bring about more wellbeing in your life? Perhaps we can help with that.

First up, i’d like to introduce you to the power of a little word  – yet. Put it at the end of a sentence, and it changes everything.

“I can’t touch my toes…yet”
“I don’t journal…yet”
“I haven’t found an exercise I like…yet”
“I can’t play guitar…yet”
“I don’t speak Italian…yet”

Finding your best wellbeing formula will require a bit of trial and error.   You might find journalling or a self-care routine is enough to put you in your happy place, but you might also find it doesn’t.  Check out these 15 tips to boost your wellbeing  and you might just get some inspiration.

Part of that formula should include some exercise.  Find something joyful, that every time you move you look forward to it, and are perhaps a little sad when it’s over!   This could be outdoors, indoors, at the beach or in the garden.

If you think structured exercise may help (perhaps you love routine, or recognise that your spontaneous nature could do with a little routine to balance you out), then we’d love to see you at the RecCentre.    More than just your standard gym, we offer a big range of activities under one roof, so you can get a taste of what the fitness industry has to offer at a super low price.   Just maybe we ‘ve got something that will excite you!

Right now, we have a 3-month membership special, which runs until 19 January, to help you get started.  If you’re not sure, pop over for a look through, then start with a 2-week trial – it’s free for UC Staff.

Have a happy and healthy 2020!

 

 

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Newsletter – December 2019

The EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) has released their newsletter for December 2019.  Highlights of this edition are:

  • Tips to prepare for the season
  • Remember the reason for the season
  • Check-in on the elderly
  • Reminder that EAP Services is here 24/7 throughout the holiday season

See the full newsletter here>

In addition, the EAP app has recently had an addition to the  ‘My Check-up’ section, on the topic of Self Compassion. It consists of a 12 question survey after which you will be linked to appropriate tips and tools.  A useful reminder at this busy time of year about looking after yourself!

Information on downloading the EAP app here

 

Summer Memberships on Sale at the UC RecCentre – starts Cup Week!

Ah… the sweet hibernation of winter is long gone, along with excuses that it’s too cold, too wet, or too dark to exercise. Then came Spring, and we dusted off our walking shoes and took a few jaunty laps of Hagley Park to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Summer is just around the corner,  and with most of the students away, it’s a quiet time to get to the RecCentre to add to your wellbeing, all just a stone’s throw from your desk.

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about taking some yoga to relieve stress and pain, or zumba classes to dance away your ills? Maybe you’ve finally got yourself ready to ‘hit the gym’ to reap the benefits of adding muscles to your frame?  Whatever your ‘why’, summer is a great time to look for your ideal exercise at the UC RecCentre.

The Rec&Sport team – who run the RecCentre facility – aim to offer a variety of exercise options because we know that one size does not fit all!   Make no mistake, the best way to stick to an exercise plan that adds to your health is to find something that brings you joy!   Reflect on each activity you try and ask yourself if you beared it, or whether you really enjoyed yourself?  Keep trying and learning new things until you find what fits.

To help you explore the buffet of activities we have at the RecCentre, we’ve got a great Summer special for new members.  On top of a roughly 30% saving on the 3mth price, we’re adding on a free BCS (gives you a great baseline health assessment) valued at $20, and a free SteerMe ( a personalised programme to help you reach your goals and be really efficient with your time at the gym) valued at $35.      Head over to our website to read the full offer, terms and conditions. 

Need an exercise buddy?  Great idea!  Anyone can join the RecCentre, they just pay a little more than UC Staff do! This offer commences on Monday 11 November 2019, and finishes on Sunday 8 December 2019.  If you’re still on the fence, why not try a 14-day trial?   It’s free for UC staff, and $25 for everyone else. If you get onto it now, you’ll still have time to grab this great 3mth deal!

See you soon!

NEW Health & Safety Representatives Elected

After the recent call for nominations for Health & Safety Representatives within the Colleges, the Health & Safety team is pleased to announce the successful nominees.

Health and Safety Representatives (H&S Reps) are staff who are nominated by their colleagues to represent their work group in health and safety matters.

H&S reps are often the go to people in the department if you have had any health and safety related question from “how do I report an event/hazard?” to “I’m taking a group of students on a field trip – what do I need to do?” or “I am suffering from discomfort and pain at my workstation – how do I get an ergonomic assessment?”

H&S reps are a skilled team who are committed to supporting their colleagues to ensure we all get to go home safely at the end of the day.

Name Department/Service Unit

 

Alison Loveridge Languages, Social & Political Science (including NCRE)
Karen Murphy Aotahi: Maori & Indigenous Studies
Mesbahuddin Chowdhury Management
Meredith Henderson Economics & Finance
David Round Law
Pan Zheng (Zheng Pan) Accounting & Information Systems
Bronwyn Beukes Teacher Education – Secondary Science
Toni Lawson Centre of Assessment & Monitoring
Veronica O’Toole Educational Studies & Leadership
David Winter Teacher Education
Sarah Cobb, Gaylene Price Education Plus
Garry Cotton Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Tony Doyle Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Julian Phillips Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Catherine Bell Computer Science & Software
Laurie Anderson Physical & Chemical Sciences
Claudia-Nicole Meisrimler Biological
Greg Russell Physical & Chemical Sciences
Rob Thirkettle Physical & Chemical Sciences
Arthur Dredge Security & CCS
Swee Hoon Goh Library – Macmillan Brown
Kathryn Hearsum ITS – CTS
David Cross Capital Works
Dave Lane Library – EPS
Tim O’Sullivan Library – James Hight
John Paterson Facilities Services – Building & Compliance
Hugh Robinson Facilities Services – Grounds
Sue Thompson Library – Collections
Bruce Vincent Facilities Services – Mechanical Services
Peter Bullock UC Print
Lisa Willis AVC Maori
Cassandra Yeo Early Years Care & Education
Zhania Anindya SSAC – (Liaison Auckland & Wellington Office)
Jacqui Tither Student Success – Academic Skills

After the recent call for nominations for Health & Safety Representatives within the Colleges, the Health & Safety team is pleased to announce the successful nominees.

Health and Safety Representatives (H&S Reps) are staff who are nominated by their colleagues to represent their work group in health and safety matters.

H&S reps are often the go to people in the department if you have had any health and safety related question from “how do I report an event/hazard?” to “I’m taking a group of students on a field trip – what do I need to do?” or “I am suffering from discomfort and pain at my workstation – how do I get an ergonomic assessment?”

H&S reps are a skilled team who are committed to supporting their colleagues to ensure we all get to go home safely at the end of the day.

Name Department/Service Unit

 

Alison Loveridge Languages, Social & Political Science (including NCRE)
Karen Murphy Aotahi: Maori & Indigenous Studies
Mesbahuddin Chowdhury Management
Meredith Henderson Economics & Finance
David Round Law
Pan Zheng Accounting & Information Systems
Bronwyn Beukes Teacher Education – Secondary Science
Toni Lawson Centre of Assessment & Monitoring
Veronica O’Toole Educational Studies & Leadership
David Winter Teacher Education
Sarah Cobb, Gaylene Price Education Plus
Garry Cotton Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Tony Doyle Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Julian Phillips Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Catherine Bell Computer Science & Software
Physical & Chemical Sciences Laurie Anderson
Biological Claudia-Nicole Meisrimler
Physical & Chemical Sciences Greg Russell
Physical & Chemical Sciences Rob Thirkettle
Security & CCS Arthur Dredge
Library – Macmillan Brown Swee Hoon Goh
ITS – CTS Kathryn Hearsum
Capital Works David Cross
Library – EPS Dave Lane
Library – James Hight Tim O’Sullivan
Facilities Services – Building & Compliance John Paterson
Facilities Services – Grounds Hugh Robinson
Library – Collections Sue Thompson
Facilities Services – Mechanical Services Bruce Vincent
AVC Maori Lisa Willis
Early Years Care & Education Cassandra Yeo
SSAC – (Liaison Auckland & Wellington Office) Zhania Anindya
Student Success – Academic Skills Jacqui Tither