Te Hāpai Ō | UC Live Speaker Series - Te Taha Hinengaro | Mental wellbeing

Presenter: Professor Julia Rucklidge, Clinical Psychology
  • Date: Friday, 3 April 2020 to Friday, 3 April 2020
  • Time: 11:00AM to 12:00PM
  • Location: www.facebook.com/universitycanterbury, University of Canterbury
  • Ticket: Free

New Te Hāpai Ō | UC Live Speaker Series focuses on wellbeing in lockdown


The University of Canterbury aims to support people’s wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown, livestreaming a weekly speaker series, on a different topic each Friday.


Over the next few Fridays, starting 3 April, as part of Te Hāpai Ō | UC Live Speaker Series, UC experts will look at different aspects of wellbeing: mental, spiritual, and family wellbeing. These themes are three of the pou (pillars) from Tā (Sir) Mason Durie’s Māori model of health, Te Whare Tapawhā.


Te Hāpai Ō refers to the important role of those behind the scenes who work hard to ensure the journey ahead goes well for everyone. Taken from the Māori whakataukī (proverb): ‘Ko te amorangi ki mua, ko te hāpai ō ki muri’ | ‘When the right support is given from those in the back, then the work from those at the front will be successful’, Te Hāpai Ō recognises the value of providing information and support to our wider community in order for us to successfully plan and prepare over the coming weeks as we navigate this unique and unsettling time together.


Te Taha Hinengaro | Mental wellbeing

University of Canterbury Clinical Psychology Professor Julia Rucklidge will talk about key mental wellbeing principles followed by a Q&A session focusing on your questions about nutrition and nutrients, managing anxiety and stress, exercise, and maintaining good routines in uncertain times.

Join us on UC’s Facebook page for the live talk: Friday 3 April at 11am.


Te Taha Wairua | Spiritual Wellbeing

The University of Canterbury’s Senior Ecumenical Chaplain, Reverend Spanky Moore, will use Good Friday to introduce the tradition of Contemplative Spirituality, and briefly explore the benefits of making space for a ‘Spiritual Practice’ during this season of lockdown or sheltering.

Join us on UC’s Facebook page for the live talk and Q&A: Friday 10 April at 11am.


Te Taha Whānau | Whānau Wellbeing

University of Canterbury Health Sciences lecturer Tracy Clelland will discuss practical ways of using wellbeing models to enhance family/whānau relationships (including tips for combining working at home and parenting). Tracy will share practical tips based on the five ways to wellbeing, and how to build and maintain positive family relationships during lockdown. You can ask questions and share your experience of what works in your family in the following Q&A session.

Join us on UC’s Facebook page for the live talk Te Taha Whānau | Whānau Wellbeing: Friday 17 April at 11am.


Te Hāpai Ō | UC Live Speaker Series 2020:

Livestreaming on UC’s Facebook page:


  • Prof Julia Rucklidge on Te Taha Hinengaro | Mental Wellbeing, 11am-12pm Friday 3 April
  • Rev Spanky Moore on Te Taha Wairua | Spiritual Wellbeing, 11am-12pm Friday 10 April
  • Tracy Clelland on Te Taha Whānau | Whānau Wellbeing, 11am-12pm Friday 17 April


For further information please contact:

UC Communications team, media@canterbury.ac.nz, Ph: (03) 369 3631 or 027 503 0168

Contact website: www.facebook.com/universitycanterbury

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