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Mauri Ora

September 17, 2018

How to online date – safely! I’ve worked for a long time in our local sexual assault service, as a medical forensic examiner. Over the last few years especially, I’ve heard countless stories from patients who have experienced sexual harm as a result of an online dating experience that went wrong. I’m not trying to […]

August 20, 2018

Guest Post by the Sustainability Trust At Sustainability Trust, we’ve been helping people create warm and healthy homes around the Wellington region for the last 14 years, and are well aware of the challenges students face finding affordable places to rent that are warm and healthy. We’ve heard some common themes: power imbalance between landlord […]

August 6, 2018

Mental Health – Two words with a complicated meaning Mental health is a real buzz phrase these days. There’s a government enquiry looking at trying to fix a supposedly broken system; NZUSA have released the Kei te pai? Students’ Mental Health report, which paints a concerning picture of high rates of mental illness among students […]

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 […]

May 21, 2018

Healthy Tech Habits Workshop We live in an age in which we’ve never been so connected to one another – smartphones and social media enable us to keep in touch with family and friends worldwide. Yet for some reason, loneliness and anxiety are on the rise. According to recent research in Australia, more than 50% […]

May 7, 2018

Get your flu shot now. Influenza, or “the flu”, can make you very sick, leaving you unable to get out of bed, or care for yourself or others. Symptoms include sore throat, body aches, high fever, shivering, headaches which can be severe, as well as potential complications such as pneumonia.  Symptoms usually last at least […]

April 16, 2018

As young people we get a message to “be more resilient”. The reality is that it difficult to bounce back when your assignment grades aren’t what you expected, you are not eating or sleeping well, when you have multiple commitments. When the pressure is on it is common to ignore how we are feeling in […]

March 26, 2018

The six week dip : is it real and what to do about it Every year, I hear students saying that this year things will be different, that they are feeling hopeful and positive, that they will keep up with their workload, and  attend every class. I see them a month later, looking stressed and […]