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July 23, 2018

An estimated 1.2% of youth identify with a gender that is different from the sex assigned to them at birth. A further 2.5% are unsure of their gender identity. That equates to around 3,800 people aged 10-24 in Wellington. Being gender diverse is not an “illness”, an orientation, or a choice, but this community has […]

June 5, 2018

Managing exam pressure Exam time is looming — and with it can come an enormous amount of stress and pressure. The right amount of stress can be a good thing, prompting us to do the preparation and work we need to in order to succeed. Too much, however, can have a detrimental effect on our […]

March 12, 2018

Vaccines – your BEST method of protection! Whether you are living in Halls or flatting with friends, young people sharing accommodation are at greater risk of infection. Bugs you might encounter range from mild common ones such as cough and cold viruses, to more serious ones such as flu, pneumonia or meningitis. The good news […]

February 26, 2018

Firstly, on behalf of the friendly, supportive team at Mauri Ora, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Victoria (or welcome back, if you are a returning student)! The name Mauri Ora comes from the Maori term for wellbeing, and encompasses a holistic view of health – mental, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual. We […]

June 6, 2017

Over the years that Mauri Ora has been providing health and counselling services for students, the demographic of the VUW population has changed and grown. I feel proud walking around our campuses, seeing diversity all round me — young and old, every race, gender, able and less able, all represented here. However, I am also […]

March 13, 2017

The Gardasil vaccine protects against infection with HPV, the human papilloma virus. HPV is one of the most common viruses in the world, and is transmitted by close sexual contact. A staggering 80% of New Zealanders are thought to be infected at some point in their lives, and it is most prevalent among young people […]