Category Archives: Wellbeing

Mental Health Awareness Week Update

Mental Health Awareness week is starting on Monday the 21st through to Sunday the 27th September.

There have been a few changes made to the line up since our last blog post.

The Wellbeing Expo is now being held on Wednesday the 23rd September instead of Monday the 21st of September. This is due to New Zealand remaining at Level 2. The Wellbeing Expo will only go ahead if we move to Level 1 following the governments announcement on Monday 21st September.

Lunchtime seminars will continue to go ahead in Level 2 as planned. Please note there will no longer be a lunchtime seminar on Wednesday the 23rd.

For more information about the upcoming events for MHAW click here.

Two new UC Māori language resources for kaimahi

To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori this year, in addition to attending one of our Māori Language Week events or activities , Te Waka Pākākano are launching two new rauemi reo (Māori language resources) designed to support you with using and valuing te reo in your everyday mahi.

The UC Te Reo Māori Style Guide, available as both a downloadable and printable PDF and an easy to use webpage, is now available on the UC Style Guide website. The Reo Māori Style has been developed by the UC Ohu Reo and is a helpful handbook for UC staff on how to ensure the use of te reo Māori across all our UC publications, social media and marketing is accurate and consistent.  Look out for the tohu (icon) that symbolises te reo Māori which has a waha (mouth) and ārero (tongue).

The second rauemi reo, available on Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori AKO | LEARN site, is a Karakia booklet.  The Karakia booklet includes a selection of karakia for kaimahi (staff) of UC to support them with beginning and closing hui, and to indicate appreciation for kai (food).  Useful sound files to help you with pronunciation are also included and you can also print or save a copy as a downloadable PDF.

Nā reira, e ngā manu kōrihi, e ngā manu korokī o tō tātou whare wānanga nei!
Kia hāro tō tātou reo Māori anō nei he kāhu ki runga i ngā mānia o Waitaha!
Tēnā, tukua kia rere ki te ao!

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness week (MHAW) is coming up on 21 – 27 September. This year’s theme is focused on “Reimagining Wellbeing Together, He Tirohanga Anamata”.

This annual campaign is all about raising awareness and reducing the stigma that exists around Mental Health. To learn more about MHAW click here.

To celebrate MHAW at UC, we are hosting a range of events in support of Wellbeing.

Wellbeing Expo (will only proceed in alert level 1 or below)

When: Monday 21 September, 12 – 2pm
Where: Haere-roa

Featuring a variety of wellbeing services and stalls, bbq, live music and care packs (for first 100 attendees). And a prize draw (be at the expo to enter!)

Prizes include: Massage vouchers (from the Rec Centre), $100 UBS voucher (donated by TEU), 2 tickets to Mount John Observatory (tour and dinner), Himalayan salt lamp, plus loads more!

Lunchtime Seminars

When: Tuesday 22 – Friday 25 September, 12 – 1pm
Where: Undercroft Room 101


Tues: Professor Neville Blampied – Importance of sleep for Wellbeing

Weds: UCSA Clubs Lads without Labels and UC Women’s Wellbeing

Thurs: Professor Katharina Naswall, Wellbeing – Supporting your own and others.

Fri: Professional Julia Rucklidge – Practical suggestions for improving your mental health under stress.

Take a Mate for Coffee

When: Wednesday 23 September

Turn up with your mate and get 2 hot drinks for the price of one!

Participating cafes: Nuts and Bolts ǀ Engineering Core, Foundry ǀ Haere-roa, The Collective ǀ Dovedale, Ancestral ǀ Ernest Rutherford, Therapy ǀ Rehua.

We encourage you to take some time out to attend these events, as taking care of wellbeing is important to sustaining a healthy work life balance.

We look forward to seeing you all there,
Mental Health Awareness Working Group

Dr Bike is back

Dr Bike is back for Term Four!

Bring your bike down to C Block Lawn every Thursday afternoon until the end of term and get your bike serviced…. for free!

Dr Bike is a free cycle fix-it clinic available to both UC staff and students. This service provides basic cycle maintenance such as tuning brakes, oiling chains and puncture repairs.

You’ll find Tom and Sam on C Block Lawn every Thursday from 1pm – 2.30pm. Come past and say hi, and get your bike ready for summer riding with us!

If you’re interested in seeing how Dr Bike fits into the bigger picture about planning for cyclists at UC, you might like to look at the UC Cycle Plan 2014-2022.

Keep an eye out for these two on Thursdays!

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