Being able to support, encourage and uplift family and community can be an important part of maintaining wellbeing.  The five ways to wellbeing teach us that we can develop protective factors that help support us in tough times.

Here are some ways to keep learning, take notice of, be active with, connect to and give to our whānau.


Wellbeing Induction for our people

We have a robust Induction programme here at Otago Polytechnic.  Staff and Learner Wellbeing is one of our organisations top priorities, therefore ensuring our people understand our culture of wellbeing from the get-go pays dividends for us all.

An induction sets the scene for how an organisation’s culture works and how new staff members
(kaimahi hou) become part of a new environment. Including wellbeing in the induction process helps
new employees to understand the support available to them and sets out how our workplace will
support their mental health and wellbeing at work.

Our Induction programme covers staff hauora in terms of making connections with people who can support plus we have learning opportunities within the programme.

This guide from Working Well provides a guideline on ensuring wellbeing is a focus of induction.

Team building opportunities


If you would like information on how to design an exercise, workshop or learning opportunity specific to your team:
Contact people&


Mental Health Organisational Accreditation


This is a  result of exciting research completed by Suzie Bartlett Principal Lecturer whilst working towards attaining her Doctorate of Professional Practice.  Suzie along with Anne Tacon, Katy Lockwood and Hayley Laughton are working towards a roll out of accreditation criteria by the end of 2021.

Contact to learn more.



Grief and Loss

Losing a loved one is never easy.  Losing a loved one in these restricted times is even more difficult.

These resources have been created by people with lived experience of grief and loss and suicide bereavement. They offer tips on how to manage grief, practical information on how tangihanga and funerals may look during this period and information on where to find support.

Grief and loss resources.

You can also make contact with Steve Downey, Otago Polytechnic Chaplain to arrange a time to talk.

Rainbow Tick

We are proud to be the first ITP (Institute of Technology and Polytechnics) to have been awarded the Rainbow Tick and one of the first organisations in the South Island to gain the certification.

Rainbow Tick certification is granted to organisations that complete a diversity and inclusion certification process.


Hear what having the Rainbow Tick means to our staff.

Financial Planning

Having a good understanding of your current financial situation and your financial needs for the future is a practical thing you can do for your wellbeing.

We have support  and professional development options to assist you to consider your financial plans or prepare for retirement.


Whānau Wellbeing

If the level of wellbeing in your family fluctuates - you are not alone.

You can hear the stories of NZers who have struggled and got through below:

For information on how you can support your whānau to get through visit:

I Am Hope  (Children and young persons mental health)

Access and Choice    (Primary mental health and addiction services attached to GP practices)




Activities while at home

Sparklers at Home is a great little website that provides activities and tools for wellbeing to do at home with your tamariki.


Our furry friends

Whānau may include your fur family. 

Read more here about how OP offers support for dogs on campus.

If you want to see more of our furry friends, take a look at our customised page not found page. Just refresh the page to get a new dog each time.


Try it out

Koda Dogs of OP


Pop -Up Markets


We love to support our learner whānau when they showcase their products in pop up stalls. These include horticulture, fashion, art, household and industry products and food.  Keep a look out on our digital screens for upcoming events.



Taha whānau | Family and social