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Kia mataara | Think First – winter wellness

Winter can be tough. It’s cold, the days are short, and it can be hard to motivate yourself to stay active–sometimes you just want to eat some comfort food, curl up on the sofa and switch Netflix on. However you’re feeling, here’s five ways to help get yourself through the winter staying healthy and well:

Wear a face mask
Keep wearing a face mask when out and about. They’ve been clearly shown to reduce the spread of the viruses and is a simple way to keep yourself and others safe. 

Stay home if you’re sick
If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, or have any respiratory symptoms, the best thing to do is stay at home. Going to that party this weekend might be tempting, but you could pass the virus to your friends and whānau. Stay home, and make sure you and your mates are well enough to enjoy what winter has to offer.

Get your shots – and not just for Covid-19
Get your MMR, Covid-19 and flu vaccinations. 

  • check out the Covid-19 and MMT vaccination clinic on campus here
  • check out the flu vaccination clinic on campus here> 

Eat your veggies
It seems obvious, but eating healthily, staying active and getting enough sleep really does helps. It will help you feel good about yourself, have more energy and stay well. Try bulk cooking hearty meals, like soups and stews, and buying seasonal veggies. Read more>

We know that grocery shopping isn’t cheap at the moment. Try planning your meals in advance, sticking to your shopping list and keeping an eye on the specials to make your money go further. Check out more tips here

Covid-19 support
With Covid-19 cases increasing in NZ, there is support for you here if you are sick or need to isolate as a Household Contact. Whether you need study-related or financial support, or simply need some help to get groceries, a friendly staff member at UC will follow-up to get you the support you need. Please let us know by completing this form so we can support you. 

Kia mataara | Think First – Be Light and Bright on your Bike!

Cycling can be a great way to travel all year round (…fuel prices anyone?)

However, with reduced daylight hours and cold or wet weather, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure that you and your bike are prepared for riding this winter season.

Check out our safety tips and stay light, bright and on your bike this winter!


Credit: @cyclista_zine

Bike lights & reflectors

  • Put white front lights and red rear lights on your bike at night and in low light conditions.
  • Wear something bright or colourful – avoid wearing dark clothing, even during the day.
  • Reflective strips on clothing or a bright backpack cover will improve your visibility.

Ride to the conditions

  • Wet weather makes surfaces slippery and always be mindful of ice on the roads
  • Beware of road markings, manhole covers and leaves – try to avoid braking or turning sharply as you cross them
  • Ride slower in wet conditions to keep control, and watch your following distances
  • Maintain a good road position so you can be seen by other road users
  • Pump the brakes gently when going down hills to avoid skidding
  • Mudguards, gloves and a good (and brightly coloured) rain jacket will be your best friends!

Look after your bike (and it’ll look after you!)

  • Check your tyres. Make sure there is good rubber for traction in the wet and there are no cuts or glass in them.
  • Check your brakes work well as they can wear down quicker in wet and dirty conditions.
  • Store your bike under cover.
  • Does your bike need some winter TLC to get it road ready? Bring it along to Dr Bike, our free weekly bike service or check out the RAD Bikes drop in sessions in town.

When you arrive

  • If you love it, lock it! Bike theft is on the rise in Ōtautahi. We recommend using a good quality D Lock to deter potential thieves. Check out the video below and see how different bike locks stack up!
  • Go a step further to protect your bike and register with the world’s largest community-powered bike recovery service, Garage 529. Upon registering, your bike will be included in a secure nationwide database, which makes it easy to report a stolen bike and for Police to return your bike to you if it’s found.

Keen to ride more, or all over it already? You can learn more about the facilities and services available for UC cyclists here.

Happy riding fam! Love, your UC Sustainability Office (follow us for more sustainable student tips on @ucsustain!)

Kia mataara | Think First – staying safe on campus

Welcome to Semester 2! There’s lots of people back on campus, so here’s a wee checklist to keep yourself safe when you’re out and about.  

Keep an eye on your surroundings
It’s easy to put your head down and quickly check your phone while you’re on the move, so make sure to check where you’re going, or who might be coming towards you. Watch out for crowds in between lectures and look up when you’re crossing roads. 

Save UC Security’s number in your phone – 0800 823 637
The Security team is on campus 24/7, and they’re the people to contact if you:

  • want to report suspicious behaviour
  • want to report a hazard
  • are lost and aren’t sure exactly where you are on campus
  • have an accident or near miss
  • are injured or have a medical emergency.

 Call Security on Te Ara Pourewa o Ngāi Tahu | UC Help Point Towers
Have you spotted the Help Towers on campus? There are 13 in total, and you can use them to quickly call Security – push the black button for information and the red button in an emergency.

Keep your emergency contact details up-to-date
Take a minute to log into myUC and check if the person you’ve listed as your emergency contact is still correct.


Pop along to our Think First Winter Giveaway – Weds 20 July We’ve got some winter wellness goodies to give away, so drop by our stall in the Undercroft from 10am-1pm on Wednesday 20 July. We’ll have ice scrappers, healthy kai and heaps more. See you there!