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COVID-19 has rapidly changed the way we work, socialise, travel, access healthcare, exercise, shop and live. We know many people are feeling anxious, stressed, worried and scared.

It’s time to work out how we’re going to look after our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of our whānau and community as we get through this – together.

Click here to read more on The Mental Health Foundation website.

Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health is a positive resource that can lead to resilience, allowing us to respond effectively to the challenges we face.  Gaining a better understanding will create more positive outcomes.  For more information click on this link.

Happy Traffic Light Day - 3 Dec 2021

Happy Traffic Light Day - 3 Dec 2021

Happy Traffic Light Day - 3 Dec 2021

Happy Traffic Light day to all – esp our teams in the 09 who’ve been doing it tough!
from team NZC WLG

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Tips to help relieve anxiety

Tips to help relieve anxiety

Tips to help relieve anxiety

For the full article by Karen Nimmo – Wellington Clinical psychologist, click on this stuff.co.nz link.

With the festive season nearing, it looks like a slow run into Christmas with infection rates going up and resilience levels going down.

If you’re struggling right now, you’re normal. Increased anxiety and heightened emotional reactions are common during periods of prolonged stress.

So here are some tips for getting through to Christmas, with some festive spirit in the tank:

1.Create new expectations

Telling yourself to lower your expectations is depressing. Throw out the old expectations and reset the bar to suit the restrictions in your area, your people and your financial situation.

Focus on what you have and can do now. If you keep pining for what you don’t have and can’t do, you’ll be unhappy. And angry.

 2.Don’t act on your feelings

Covid has stirred up lot of negative emotions – especially fear and anger.

Punching a wall, screaming at your kids, being rude in supermarkets and tweeting vitriol are reactions to anger.

Whilst anger and fear are valid feelings –  we don’t have to react impulsively to them. Life is a lot less troubled when we don’t.

3.Focus on the process – not the outcome

If you’ve had the jab, and are sticking to the restrictions, you’ve done – and are doing – what you can control.

You can’t control the actions of others so focus on your own health, routines and people.

Don’t dwell on the slow crawl to the vax target; just take things one day at a time. A good day can follow a bad one.

4. If you can’t be kind, don’t be mean

Kindness is a virtue; we all know that by now. But if being kind is beyond you, seal your lips, go sit by yourself for a while and stay off social media.

Meanness is ugly and hard to recover from.

5.Good things will still happen

Even in tough times, good things still happen. Fun comes from unexpected places.

Even when life’s hard, it’s okay – and mentally healthy – to laugh. Grab every opportunity to do so.

6.Go outside

It’s summer. Everything feels better and brighter when we can get outside. Just don’t forget the sun block. Masks leave tan lines too.

 

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World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. 

The purpose of this day, celebrated on November 13 of each year, is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. 

Kindness is doing what you can, where you are, with what you have

Remember a warm smile is the universal language of kindness

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2021 Christchurch Cup Day

2021 Christchurch Cup Day

2021 Christchurch Cup Day

What a great day and a fantastic way to bring us all together “One Tribe”

Congratulations to this years winners = POST HASTE!

Thank you to all those who dressed up and participated in what was our BEST cup day yet!

Thank you also to all the brand managers and all the helpers on the day for making the Southern Business Hub Cup Day another huge success!

Bring on next year!

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Super Saturday - 16 October 2021

Super Saturday - 16 October 2021

Super Saturday - 16 October 2021

It has never been more urgent to get New Zealand vaccinated

The more of us that are fully vaccinated, the more protection we will have against COVID-19, and the more freedom this gives us. That is why we are encouraging you to support the national day of action on Saturday 16 October — Super Saturday and head to a vaccination centre to be vaccinated.

Super Saturday events are happening all over the country, with extended hours for walk-in and drive-through vaccination clinics, click on this link for more information about Super Saturday and where to find a vaccination centre near you.

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What is Mindfulness?

What is Mindfulness?

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness may have an air of mystery to it but in essence, it is simply awareness. It’s about being fully present in the moment – engaging all your senses in whatever activity you are involved in, be that going for a walk, sitting in the sunshine or washing dishes. 

Mindfulness is a way of accepting the present moment, rather than being preoccupied with worries about things that have already happened in the past, and worries about things that might happen in the future.  

This makes mindfulness a brilliant tool for dealing with worries in a healthy way, rather than over-thinking them or trying to ignore them (we all know what happens when we’re told not to ‘think of a purple hippopotamus’!)  

Mindfulness also helps us to relax, to be grateful and to spark the joy of simply ‘being’. 

This is great for helping ourselves and also to teach children about mindfulness.  Here is a link with more information on how to teach kids mindfulness.

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MHAW - Come Together & Reflect

MHAW - Come Together & Reflect

MHAW - Come Together & Reflect

RĀMERE / FRIDAY

Come together and reflect
Noho tahi, kōrero tahi

Come together with others at school, work, or home, or find a moment on your own to reflect on the week just gone.

Be present and take time to kōrero about the
things you’ve learnt, and the wellbeing tools you’re going to continue with.

What little chats have you had this week? How does connecting with others and talking openly about wellbeing make you feel?

 

Your Challenge

Plan a whānau activity day - create a moment to kōrero about what makes each
person feel good and plan an activity that focuses on each of those things.

It could be getting out in nature for a walk, cooking a favourite meal, or video calling a relative overseas.

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MHAW - Connect Through Kindness

MHAW - Connect Through Kindness

MHAW - Connect Through Kindness

RĀPARE | THURSDAY

Connect through kindness
Takohatia ki tētahi

When we do something nice for someone else, be it a friend, colleague or stranger, not only does it make them feel good, it gives our wellbeing a boost in return.

Whether it’s a big gesture or just a smile, everyone has a little act of kindness to offer. Think about someone who might need some extra support right now, because today is all about giving: our time, our kindness, our aroha, our kōrero, to others.

 

Your Challenge

Send a kind message to someone in your life and let them know you’re thinking
of them.

OR

Visit a friend, neighbour or family member who could do with some company or
tautoko/support. If you’re unable to visit, give them a call.

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MHAW - Have a Korero about Te Whare Tapa Wha

MHAW - Have a Korero about Te Whare Tapa Wha

MHAW - Have a Korero about Te Whare Tapa Wha

RĀAPA | WEDNESDAY

Have a kōrero about Te Whare Tapa Whā
Tōku Whare Tapa Whā

 

Now that we’re halfway through MHAW, why not use this day to explore your wellbeing through Te Whare Tapa Whā and have a kōrero with someone else about what you learn?

Consider the four pou (pillars) and think about the different ways you can boost your wellbeing.

 

Your Challenge

Learn about Te Whare Tapa Whā and its four dimensions of wellbeing. Reflect on which areas you feel are going well for you right now and which ones you need to focus on for your hauora/wellbeing.

Share your thoughts with someone else.

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MHAW - Get Outside in Nature with Someone

MHAW - Get Outside in Nature with Someone

MHAW - Get Outside in Nature with Someone

RĀTU / TUESDAY

Get outside in nature with someone
E puta ki te taiao

It’s often the little things that bring us joy. The singing birds, the grass beneath our feet, the wind on our faces. Kōrero doesn’t have to happen indoors.

Take a moment to get outdoors with someone else and chat about the things that support your wellbeing and appreciate the beauty around you.

You might be surprised by what you notice!

You may need to adapt your approach to suit current Covid-19 level restrictions.

Remember that taking time to kōrero is even more important if we find ourselves at home in our bubbles and that there are lots of ways we can stay connected.

 

Your challenge 

Today we encourage you to embrace nature with someone else.

Go outdoors, snap a photo of some nature that catches your eye and send it to someone to brighten
their day.

 

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MHAW - Reconnect with Someone you Care About

MHAW - Reconnect with Someone you Care About

MHAW - Reconnect with Someone you Care About

RĀHINA / MONDAY

Reconnect with someone you care about
He hononga tangata, he hononga aroha

 

When life gets busy it’s easy to forget to check in with the people in our lives, but we know connection is important for our wellbeing. 

Having a kōrero with others nurtures our relationships and helps us to feel happy, connected and secure.

Over time, these chats help us to understand each other better and ensure we have people we can count on when times are tough.

Whether it’s with whānau, friends, hoamahi/colleagues, iwi, or community, a little chat can go a long way.

 

Your Challenge

Today we encourage you to reconnect with someone you care about. 

Check in with whānau you haven’t spoken to in a while. Have a chat on the phone, send them a text or catch up kanohi ki te kanohi/face to face if you can.

Ask them how they’re going and really listen.

 
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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week (run each year by the Mental Health Foundation) is back next week

This year, Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is all about connecting with the people in our lives and creating space for conversations about mental health and wellbeing.

Whether it’s checking in with a mate, having a kōrero over some kai, or saying hello to a stranger, a little chat can go a long way.

The 2021 theme is
"Take Time to Korero"  Mā Te Kōrero, Ka Ora

Watch out for our daily emails from next Monday on how you can get involved. Each day we will give you a different challenge to help you on your wellbeing journey.

**For more information on how to improve your mental health and wellbeing visit the Mental Health Foundation website https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/

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Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2021

Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2021

Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2021

Te Wiki o te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week has been celebrated in New Zealand since 1975. 

The 2021 theme is - Kia Kaha te Reo Māori - Let's make the Māori language strong. 

There are many ways you can take part in strengthening the reo such as:

  • Download an acitivity book for 5 - 10 year olds
  • Follow ReoMāori on instagram to find simple ways to include Te Reo in your life
  • Listen to and watch Lorde's Te Ao Mārama/Solar Power song - here is the YouTube link
  • Find a Whakatauki (Maori Proverb) you like - Hinemoa Elder's book Aroha is a great way to do this

For more resources and information head to the reomaori website.

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Tongan Language Week

Tongan Language Week

Tongan Language Week

This year’s theme for Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga - Tonga Language Week is Fakakoloa 'o Aotearoa 'aki 'a e Ako Lelei, which means enriching Aotearoa with holistic education.

The theme serves as a conversation starter on the importance of holistic education, diverse forms of learning and how Aotearoa can benefit from it. 

Due to COVID-19 Alert Levels across Aotearoa Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga - Tonga Language Week will be celebrated online.

Some online events and activities will be available and streamed online on the official NZ Tonga Language Week Facebook page

For more information and resources please see the Ministry of Pacific Peoples website.

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NZ - Love Your Smile

Good oral health is vital for your general health and well-being and your quality of life. 

Freightways in NZ have partnered with Lumino The Dentists to offer you and your family $69 new patient exams and x-rays as well as 5% off dental treatments.

Click on this link for a list of practices, conditions and services available.

1/2 Price Eye Exams - NZ

Maintaining perfect eyesight is such an important part of being able to work well and live your life to the full.

That's why we have teamed up with Specsavers Optometrists to give you & your family members half price eye examinations.

Click on this link to register for a voucher to present in store:

 

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