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The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards Ngā Tohu Pou Kōhute o Aotearoa nominations for 2022 are now open, including the University of Canterbury Young New Zealander of the Year Award Te Mātātahi o te Tau!
The University of Canterbury is committed to empowering Young New Zealanders across Aotearoa to make a difference, especially now, as the world continues to face complex challenges connected to the pandemic, climate change and wellbeing. We are proud to celebrate these young leaders and support their success as they affect change in their communities.
Do you know someone contributing towards a bright future for Aotearoa? Take the chance to recognise their hard work and positive impact by nominating them here>
Nominations close August 31.
Find more information about the New Zealander of the Year Awards here>
Last instalment, we talked about Pillar 1: Chill. Now that you have the skills to relax your body and mind, let’s move to pillar 2: Do.
Still taking our cue from Dr Fiona Crichton’s webinar for UC staff, we can see that ‘Do’ is about learning and keeping our brains active and creative. It’s not just about learning in the work context, but also about allowing time for creativity, which is essential for both brain health and wellbeing.
You might like to ask yourself: What did you do for fun when you were young? Writing stories, drawing, making up plays?
In Mentemia, you can discover activities to help kickstart your creativity and learning.
Watch The 6 Pillars: Do to learn more.
Dr Fiona Crichton’s webinar made sense of Mentemia’s value for UC staff. If you missed it, you can watch the video here. Dr Crichton, a research psychologist, explained the research behind the app’s seemingly simple activities and reminders. Each activity is evidence-based and very effective in addressing chronic stress, especially for very busy people. No matter how full your schedule is, you will benefit from even a 2-minute wellbeing activity.
You can download the app from your phone’s app store. Stuck? Don’t stress. Read more here: Mentemia | University of Canterbury
Next time: Pillar 3 – Connect
Share your knowledge and join in the discussion across sectors to find solutions and create action plans for a more equitable and sustainable.
Do you work with the SDGs?
Most of us do! There are 17 SDGs covering not just environmental sustainability (land, seas, etc) but also social sustainability (poverty, gender equality). The SDGs cross into business, politics, science, partnerships, and also the SDG that’s close to the heart of our organisation: Quality education – goal 4.
The SDGs are the UN’s pathway agreed by 171 countries including Aotearoa New Zealand to achieve a more equitable and sustainable world during the decade of action 2020 – 2030.
The SDGs at UC
In line with our Strategic Vision 2020-2030 and our focus on sustainability, UC is co-hosting the national SDG series 2020-2021 with Lincoln University with support from Christchurch City Council and Ara Institute of Canterbury, Thanks to our partners: ChristchurchNZ Tourism New Zealand New Zealand National Commission (UNESCO) Te Pokai Tara | Universities NZ UC Centre for Entrepreneurship and Seeds Podcast. Now after 3 online hui, we are working towards the SDG summit on 2-3 September.
Please attend the summit and help to create meaningful change at UC and in our world.
You may have heard about the upcoming SDG summit at the recent staff forum, in Tū ki te tahi, in academic workshops run by Research & Innovation or in our SDG rankings work. Now is the time to get involved so book your ticket to come along here.
There’s still time to showcase your research project if you plan to attend the summit. Showcases are 10 slides in 10 minutes, open to participants at the summit. Apply here before 13 August to present your SDG-related research.
Help to spread the news – Partnerships (goal 17)
We are all in this together.
Please share our social media posts and encourage your colleagues and stakeholders to attend the summit – we welcome participants from academia/research, community organisations, health, education, political science, science, engineering and beyond!
Find out more and buy tickets here.
The 2020-2021 Summit Series is co-hosted by University of Canterbury and Lincoln University with support from Christchurch City Council and Ara Institute of Canterbury.
Thanks to our partners: ChristchurchNZ Tourism New Zealand New Zealand National Commission (UNESCO) Te Pokai Tara | Universities NZ UC Centre for Entrepreneurship and Seeds Podcast.