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Mindfulness Group for Children

Does your child struggle with anxiety or stress? Would you like to support them to learn skills to enhance their well-being?

  • The Psychology Centre is offering Pause Breathe Smile (PBS) a group for children (age 8-11 years) who struggle with stress and anxiety and their parents to develop skills of mindfulness.  PBS is an evidence-based program, developed by the Mental Health Foundation, found to improved focus and attention, enhance self-awareness and reduced stress.
  • The group will run from 4 – 5pm, starting Tuesday 6 August for 8 weeks at the Psychology Centre, University of Canterbury and requires both child and parent/caregiver to attend and learn together. The total cost of the program is $160.
  • If you would like more information, email justine.brougham@canterbury.ac.nz
  • To hear kids talking about PBS watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awo8jUxIm0c

For more information about the research and benefits of PBS look at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1707/S00094/pause-breathe-smile-mindfulness-training-will-help.htm

July Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi 2019

Thanks to all those who joined us for our Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi this week. Some 250 staff attended the event.

Please take five minutes to complete our staff survey before 19 July. This will help us to improve these events in the future and ensure they remain relevant, engaging and informative.

Complete the survey here>

If you missed it, a video recording is now available on the Staff Forum intranet page>

UCSA President Sam Brosnahan opened the forum by showcasing the Haere-roa opening on 9 July, followed by a E tū, kia ora academic review progress update from VC Professor Cheryl de la Rey.

Deputy VC Ian Wright ended the forum with a Q&A session, which offered the audience the opportunity to submit and rank questions on the online platform sli.do online.

Special thanks to UC Sustainability who hosted manaakitanga in honour of Plastic-free July.

Find out more on the topics raised:

  • E tū, kia ora, our new academic strategy, is captured here with regular updates.
  • Uni-Voice – an ongoing forum for people prepared to make a difference; for the university, and for other people. Members of the university community are encouraged to get in touch, write blogs and start conversations to inspire change in the workplace. Get in touch>
  • UC Sustainabilitythe UC Sustainability Office is an on-campus hub for individuals and groups interested in how they can create positive change and promote sustainable practices within the University of Canterbury and wider community.
  • Find out more about our climate journey here> 

If any departments/areas would like to host future Staff Forums please email us at events@canterbury.ac.nz and let us know the topic you would like to highlight.

Welcome to Shyanne Poutai our massage therapist

Shyanne Poutai
Kia ora
My name is Shyanne Poutai and I have recently completed my Diploma in Clinical Massage with the New Zealand College of Massage.
I became a massage therapist as I want to provide my clients with knowledge about self care through massage therapy, exercising/strengthening or a holistic approach.
I believe Massage is one of many modalities that can help reduce stress, ease aches and pains. My sessions vary in their approach from a western perspective or maori perspective. I use the concept of te whare tapa wha (the four walls of a Marae) in my practice. Depending on what each client is after I can cater to their needs for health, wellbeing and a balanced approach.
If you would like to book a time please go to this link and come to see me at the University of Canterbury Recreation Centre:
Hours: Monday/ Tuesday 12 – 8, Wednesday 11-1.30, Saturday 10-4
Nga Mihi
– Deep tissue
– Postural analysis
– Sport massage
– Strapping
– Swedish massage
– Relaxation massage
– Pregnancy massage
– Paplative massage
– Reiki practitioner

We need your help to get UC staff 20% off memberships at CCC Pools/Fitness Centres!

  • Do you have a current membership to CCC pools/fitness centres?
  • Do they know you are UC staff?

Once we have 10 UC staff signed up, we all get 20% off our memberships! All you need to do is email Lou Murray (CCC Rec & Sport Membership Administrator) with your CCC membership number so they can flag you as UC staff. There are already 8 of us, so we just need 2 more people to get the discount. If you are considering becoming a member…read on!

With a multi-membership you can use the pools (including the Swimsmart adult lessons), the fitness centres and the group fitness classes at any of the four CCC Recreation & Sport Centres (Jellie Park, Graham Condon, Pioneer and Taiora QEII). You also receive a free personal programme, which includes a tailored plan to meet your goals, and a free follow-up appointment every 12 weeks.

I am also a member of UC RecCentre and LOVE IT, but find it’s great having a CCC membership as well, because I can use their spas/sauna rooms, pools, and saves money when I want to take the kids swimming during the school holidays. It’s a good option in the weekends because I have a CCC centre close to home. They have flexible payment options too.

Lou has already offered to provide staff some free passes, so you can try before you buy. They are exhibiting at The Fitness Expo on Saturday 6 October at Horncastle Arena where they will have giveaways.

Click here for info about membership options and prices.



Feel safe, valued and respected

Everyone in the UC community deserves to feel safe, valued and respected. In this regard, one of UC’s strategic initiatives is to develop a constructive organisational culture where all people working at the University are encouraged to maintain a cooperative and collaborative approach to their working relationships.

It is UC policy for its staff to treat students, members of the public, and other staff members with respect, impartiality, courtesy and sensitivity. This expectation extends to all people working at UC whether paid or unpaid, including contractors, adjunct appointees, Erskine visitors, consultants, guest lecturers, interns and volunteers.

Pink ShirtSometimes working relationships do not go according to plan. Repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards another person that creates a risk to health and safety may be considered to be bullying.

A single incident of unreasonable behaviour is not considered to be bullying by definition, but should not be ignored because it can escalate.  The HR Toolkit provides staff with information about the expected standards of behaviour and about what to do if they feel they have been bullied.

Staff may decide to report their concerns informally or they have the option to make a formal complaint. HR Advisors are available to provide advice on these processes, and the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is available to those who may need support.

Tim Turnbull
HR Manager

26 May is Pink Shirt Day – when we can all stand up against bullying – read more>

Watch short video  on Facebook explaining what workplace bullying is and how to recognise the four main types of workplace bullies.