The Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition 2020

The Ara Wellbeing Action Group is running their annual Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition at City Campus on Wednesday the 26th August. This event is open to both staff and students.


No prior registration is required to enter…you simply bring a batch of your favorite home baked chocolate chip cookies to the Atrium in the Rakaia Centre between 10 and 11 am on the day of the competition. Note: a batch is defined as at least 8 cookies.

Bake a batch of your most tasty chocolate chip cookies

There are two categories: Classic Chocolate Chip (standard recipe no extras added) and Freestyle (must have chocolate chips/chunks but other ingredients are allowed).

Entries will be judged from 11-12 noon after which the will be sold as a fund raising for the St John Ambulance Service. There will be prizes for 1st and 2nd place winners and also for the most “interesting” take on the main theme.

Proceeds go to St Johns Ambulance Service, Christchurch

Why not get your bake on and show off your cookery skills while helping a worthy cause. See you there!!!

Mental Health Awareness Week 9-15 October

Mental Health Awareness Week 9–15 October 2017

World Mental Health Day 10 October

Nature is Key

Nature is key

“We’re encouraging Kiwis to stop thinking of nature as something locked away in national parks and forests but as the daisies on the berm, the tree outside the window and the vast, beautiful sky above.”

Research has shown that spending time in nature is great for mental and physical health. Spending time in nature:

  • Makes us happier and more optimistic.
  • Restores us when we’re feeling run-down.
  • reduces stress.
  • Improves concentration.
  • Improves life satisfaction.

On World Mental Health Day (10 October), we’re encouraging employers to lock their staff out of the office for an hour and give them the opportunity to connect with the ordinary nature around their workplace.

Ara is supporting the lockout, so join fellow students abd staff members outside the CPSA building/C block lawn for games, speed meet, activities and food from 11.30am-1.30pm.

Connect with others

  • Take part in the  Photo-a-day Challenge
  • Enjoy Yoga at Cathedral Square from 12.00pm – 1.00pm on 9th October
  • Join in the School of Wellbeing activities. Check out all the information on Campus Life here
















Nutrition and mental health talk – Wednesday 19th, 12-1pm


Julia Rucklidge will be presenting a talk on nutrition and mental health on Wednesday 19th, 12-1, in the Imagitech Theatre which is in the Rakaia Centre, City campus, Christchurch.

Julia J Rucklidge, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally from Toronto, she did her training in neurobiology (McGill) and Clinical Psychology (University of Calgary). Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. For the last 6 years, she has been investigating the role of micronutrients in the expression of mental illness, specifically ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety and more recently, stress and PTSD associated with the Canterbury earthquakes.

Julia has also presented on Ted X if you miss seeing her this Wednesday 19th at lunchtime.

Stress and mindfulness – taking charge

It’s that time of year, when assignment deadlines are looming, exams are uppermost in our minds, and to top it all off winter has arrived and it is sometimes hard to appreciate the beauty of the days when they seem so cold and short.

In the Library we have a variety of resources to help you cope with stress, time management and practice mindfulness. How to deal with StressStress Management and Prevention : Applications to Daily Life Mindfulness,Pocketbook: Little Exercises for a Calmer LifeOverworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. If you prefer to watch a video, has several on managing stress: Managing Stress, Managing Your Time, Overcoming Procrastination, and Improving Your Memory may be good places to start.

You may have noticed the All Right? Wellbeing Campaign – Healthy Christchurch which has been promoted in Christchurch since the earthquake, it’s a social marketing campaign designed to help us think about our mental health and wellbeing. The All Right team have recently launched an app created to give you daily wellbeing mini-missions that will help you feel good – get Appy.

Wanting some time out? How about sitting down and doing some colouring in, here in the Library. Colouring books for adults are a growing trend, and CPIT Student Services have made available an array of colouring in designs and pencils for you to use.  There is a crossover with mindfulness activities where the brain is engaged just enough to stop it whirring, but not so much that the concentration is tiring. So take a break, be mindful, and know that colouring in is good in assisting with relaxation as well as being jolly good fun!

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Mental Health Awareness Week


Be sure to check out the five ways to wellbeing to keep yourself in tip top condition, physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and in spirit.

Whether on your own or in a team play the wellbeing game to grow awareness of your current state of wellbeing and maybe win prizes on the way.

Here’s one of my favourite you tube vids of wellbeing personified at Diana Isaac retirement village here in Christchurch,  where residents show celebration of 80 odd years of happy.

What have you done today to connect, give, take notice, keep learning or be active?