NZDF Wellbeing Month July 2024

He taonga te hauora – Wellbeing is our most precious thing

This July we invite you to bring a focus to the taonga – treasure – that is your health and wellbeing.

Each week we'll be exploring an aspect of wellbeing from the Te Whare Tapa Whā model of health. It represents a person’s hauora (health) across four areas of life – all of which are connected, like the walls of a wharenui (meeting house). Each wall is dependent on the others standing strong to maintain hauora.

Achieving a sense of connection and balance between the physical, social, mental and spiritual aspects of life is essential to cultivating holistic wellbeing. When all these are in balance, we thrive – individually and collectively.

Wellbeing Month 2024

Tā/Sir Mason Durie noted that his purpose in developing Te Whare Tapa Whā "was to encourage people to develop wellbeing not just fixing up a health problem, but becoming well in themselves."

Hear more from Tā Mason Durie in this short video:

Overview of Te Whare Tapa Whā - Ministry of Health NZ

Calendar of Events

Check out the schedule below, and keep an eye on your Camp or Base newsletter and digital noticeboards for additional locally run events.

Got questions for our presenters? Put your questions to them directly at in person events and during livestream webinars. If you can't attend the live events, email your questions to Integrated.Wellness@nzdf.mil.nz. Your question will be provided anonymously to the presenter during Q&A.

Register for webinars even if you can't tune into the livestream. If you are registered, you'll receive a link to the recording and any resources provided by the presenter.

And don't forget to bookmark this page. Recordings of all webinars will be available here from August...

Week one: Taha Tinana – Physical Wellbeing (1-7 July)

MON 1 JULY

1200-1300

Sleep: Your Silent Superpower

How can we sleep smarter?

Join MAJ David Edgar in person or online

Click here to register for the webinar

Click here to register for the Woodbourne event at the GT Theatrette 

THURS 4 JULY

1200-1300

Performance Supplements for Military Personnel – do we need them?

What are the pros and cons of taking supplements?

Join MAJ Jacques Rousseau in person or online

Click here to register for the webinar

Click here to register for the Trentham event at the Messines Theatrette

ALL WEEK

Taha Tinana – Physical Wellbeing Challenges

Get involved with this week’s challenges for improving your hauora tinana/physical wellbeing

See below for this week's challenges

 

Week two: Taha Whānau – Family and Social Wellbeing (8-14 July)

WED 10 JULY

0800-1600

Inter gym 8 Hour Fitness Challenge

Come along and get involved in a “Race of the Regions”. 

Each Camp and Base will have 3 treadmills, 3 bikes and 8 hours to cover as much distance as possible!

Gymnasiums at all Camps and Bases

 

THURS 11 JULY

1200-1300

Building Blocks for Healthy Relationships

Tips on improving communications with colleagues, friends and whānau, and navigating extended time apart from loved ones, from our panel of NZDF wellbeing providers (Chaplain, Defence Community Facilitator, Op Respect, SAPRA  and Social Worker). 

Click here to register for the webinar

 

ALL WEEK

Taha Whānau – Family and Social Wellbeing Challenges

Get involved with this week’s challenges for improving your hauora whānau/social wellbeing

See below for this week's challenges

 

Week three: Taha Hinengaro – Mental Wellbeing (15-21 July)

WED 17 JULY

1200-1300

Workload and Burnout

Back by popular demand, WGCDR Carolyn Pezaro presents on the topic of workload and burnout. In person at Defence House or online.

Click here to register for the webinar

Click here to register for the Defence House event

WED 17 JULY

1400-1500

The Power of Mindset

Learn empowering mindset tools from Chief Mental Health Officer LTCOL Steve Kearney. In person at Defence House or online.

Click here to register for the webinar

Click here to register for the Defence House event

LAUNCHING THIS WEEK

Let’s Talk About the Science and Practice of Resilience

Dr Lucy Hone’s top tips on resilience through life’s challenges

Click here for the on demand recording, available from 15 July

ALL WEEK

Taha Hinengaro – Mental and Emotional Wellbeing Challenges

Get involved with this week’s challenges for improving your hauora hinengaro/mental wellbeing

 

See below for this week's challenges

 

Week four: Taha Wairua - Spiritual Wellbeing (22-28 July)

LAUNCHING THIS WEEK

Engari Ka Mau Tonu te Wairua – Exploring Wairua

Dr Hinemoa Elder and panel of NZDF members discuss the importance of wairua for wellbeing, and what wairua means to them

Click here for on demand recording, available from 22 July

ALL WEEK

Taha Wairua – Spiritual Wellbeing Challenges

Get involved with this week’s challenges for improving your hauora wairua/spiritual wellbeing

See below for this week's challenges

 

Dr Lucy Hone's presentation on the Science and Practice of Resilience

On demand viewing of Dr Lucy Hone's presentation will be available from 15 July.

Dr Hinemoa Elder and NZDF panel discuss wairua – "Engari Ka Mau Tonu te Wairua"

On demand viewing of Dr Hinemoa Elder's discussion of wairua with NZDF panelists will be available from 22 July.