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IN MENTaL HEaLTH
In recent decades, scientists discovered an
uncomfortable truth: What we eat affects
our mental health.
Julia Rucklidge is a professor of
Clinical Psychology in UC’s Psychology
department and the Director of the
Mental Health and Nutrition Research
Group. Her interests in nutrition and
mental illness grew out of research
showing poor outcomes for individuals
with significant psychiatric illness despite
receiving conventional treatments for their
In the last decade, Professor Rucklidge and
her lab have been running clinical trials
investigating the role of broad-spectrum
specifically ADHD, mood disorders,
anxiety and stress. She is passionate about
helping people find alternative treatments
for their psychiatric symptoms and being
a voice for those who have felt let down by
the public healthcare system.
Professor Rucklidge has over 100 peerreviewed
publications, has given invited
talks all over the world on her work on
nutrition and mental health, and her
work is often featured in the media. An
award-winning researcher, she received
the Ballin Award from the New Zealand
Psychological Society, a Braveheart
award for her contribution to making
Christchurch a better place to live, and
was named among the most influential
women in New Zealand Innovation &
Science in the Women of Influence 2018
awards. Her 2014 TEDx talk has been
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Understanding is a key characteristic needed in all aspects of life. Here are six helpful
reminders for better understanding.
1. Bring empathy -- the skill of putting yourself in someone’s shoes - to all of your
2. Listen actively
3. Look past first impressions
4. Recognize that most people are self-centered, not cruel or mean-spirited
5. Pay attention to body language to better understand a person’s mood and intentions
6. Note that people, in general, do what is best for themselves
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My passion is to teach people
simple yoga techniques which they
can then use as tools for their own
mental health support and physical
wellbeing. Originally from the
UK, Helen transplanted to New
Zealand four years ago. She is the
owner of Yoga Live, an online yoga
platform, which enables her clients
to participate in a yoga class from
the comfort of their own home.
Helen’s philosophy is, “In order to
understand ourselves and others
well, it’s important that we calm our
mind down using our bodies. When
we can pause and listen to our
thoughts with movement, we are
able to see life clearly.”
Try these 5 poses and stretches to
bring calm into your mind and
Come to stand with your feet
together or slightly apart. Bring
your hands together in-front of your
chest. Gently lift your toes off the
floor, spread them apart and pop
them back down again. Take some
time to focus on your breath and
how it sounds and feels. Notice the
pressure and warmth of your hands.
Be aware of your feet as you use
your muscles to balance. Stay here
for 1 minute.
Come to all fours and open your
knees wide, bring your big toes
together and gently guide your chest
and head to the floor as you reach
your arms over your head onto the
floor. Relax through your hips and
belly and enjoy taking a few deep
breaths. Stay here for 1 minute.
Come to stand with your feet under
your hips. As you inhale reach your
arms out and up over your head,
at the same time coming up onto
the balls of your feet. Hold the
breath in at the top. On your exhale,
draw your arms towards each
other behind you, squeezing your
shoulder blades together and lower
your arms back to your side whilst
lowering down onto your heels.
Repeat 6 times.
Come onto all fours, with your
hands directly under your shoulders
and knees under your hips. If you
have any issues with your knees, pop
a blanket underneath or curl your
toes under. With an inhale, drop
your belly to the floor whilst lifting
your tailbone up to the ceiling and
gazing forward. As you breathe out,
curve your spine up to the ceiling
and tuck your head into your chest.
Push the floor away with your hands
to open up. Repeat 6 times.
Come to sit with your legs crossed
and a cushion under your bum.
Reach your arms out to the side and
as you inhale reach your arms up
and over your head. As you breathe
out, lower your arms back down to
your sides. Repeat 6 times.
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Dementia is an umbrella term used to
describe a group of symptoms that affect
how a person’s brain works. 60,000 Kiwis
have dementia & that number is expected to
almost triple by 2050.
While Dementia can affect anyone, the
chances of developing dementia increase as a
The most common form of dementia is
Alzheimer’s disease with two out of three
of those diagnosed with dementia having
Symptoms vary between individuals, but
common ones include changes in memory,
thinking, behaviour, personality and
emotions which have an impact on a person’s
Dementia is progressive, with the changes
that affect the brain slowly spreading and
making symptoms worse.
There has been no single cause linked with
the onset of dementia however research
released in 2014 in The World Alzheimer
Report suggests that there are some simple
steps people can take regarding their lifestyle
in order to reduce the risk of dementia in
later life. They recommend that: ‘what is good
for the heart is also good for the brain’ and
that any changes to lifestyle factors can have
an impact, meaning it’s never too late to start
making health improvements.
Maintaining healthy weight, exercising
moderately and regularly and eating a
well- balanced diet will help prevent high
cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes
and obesity in the short term and in the long
term reduce your dementia risk. Being a
nonsmoker and consuming alcohol at safe
levels can also help.
Just 30 minutes a day, five days a week is all
that’s needed to ward off a range of lifestyle
diseases and conditions, and is the minimum
level recommended to reduce dementia risk.
When we think of exercise, we should also
include mental activity as well as physical. By
learning new skills and completing mentally
challenging activities can help keep you alert.
Social contact is one of the benefits of group
exercise. Whether it’s walking with company,
taking a class, or heading to an exercise
facility or gym, getting amongst like-minded
people while getting active is a fantastic way
to keep social and healthy.
If you are worried about someone you love
displaying symptoms of dementia, or if you
are experiencing these symptoms yourself,
then an appointment with your GP is the first
step, as an early diagnosis means treatment
and management can begin. But don’t wait
for the signs, start now by reducing your risks
by getting active and making healthy lifestyle
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National Volunteer Week (June 16-22) celebrates the
collective contribution of the 1.2 million volunteers
who enrich Aotearoa New Zealand. This year’s theme
is “Whiria te tangata – weaving the people together”.
Volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action weave
people and communities together. Volunteering is a
powerful movement. When we volunteer our time,
we send a message about what is important in our
communities. This National Volunteer Week we
celebrate the diversity of volunteers and volunteering,
Mahi Aroha and social action in Aotearoa. We
celebrate everyone who creates connections in
their own communities from the Marae to the
Mosque, from our biggest cities to our most remote
communities. We celebrate everyone who volunteers
in times of crisis, in times of healing and everyone
who makes time and space to walk alongside
others. Around the country volunteering will be
being celebrated – here in Christchurch we will start
the week at an Expo on Sunday 16th June aimed
at our younger volunteers at Turanga Library and
celebrate outstanding contributions by volunteers at a
Volunteer Recognition event on Monday 17th June.
A member organisation is looking
for driving coaches to help with
their programme which supports
adults and young students (aged
25 to 64 years of age) from
refugee and migrant backgrounds
to practice and improve their
driving skills in preparation for
restricted and full licence tests.
Being independently mobile is
hugely important to these people
as they resettle in new Zealand
– to get to work, study and
access other services. this role,
Driving coach, is listed on the
volunteering canterbury database,
the categories of ‘driving’ and
if you have half a day per week
available and are interested
in learning and assisting in
providing advocacy and advice to
beneficiaries, this volunteer role
may be for you. You will assist staff
in dealing with telephone queries,
take messages, and contribute
to the support and wellbeing of
people who are often amongst
the most seriously disadvantaged
members of our community by
helping them find positive solutions
to issues they may be facing. this
role, Advocate, is listed on the
volunteering canterbury database,
the categories of ‘support’ and
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1st July for the start of their second half of
The 2019 winter film season begins with
a double screening of Daisies and Heart
of a Dog, and new members are warmly
welcome. The venue is centrally located at
the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o
Doors open at 6.30pm with a start time
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and chat about the film or catch up with
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inform and inspire film buffs as well as
those on the hunt for alternative films to
mainstream cinema offerings.
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the movies Daisies (left) and Max (above) will feature at the 2019 winter film
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When Showbiz Christchurch wrapped up the
2018 season of Broadway Hitmen, they knew
from audience feedback there was a great
desire to hear more music from composer
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The upcoming concert The Music of Andrew
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Showbiz Christchurch is renowned for
producing shows that could easily be at home
on Broadway or the West End. The Music of
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with the Grand Circle of the Isaac Theatre
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weren’t quick enough to purchase tickets
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Each musical vignette from The Phantom
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the stage with 14 soloists from amongst
Canterbury’s top performers – some wellknown
to Christchurch audiences and some
new talent. There will also be a 30 strong
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theatre dancers, and a children’s chorus
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“Some parts of the show will have 90 people
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lighting designer Grant Robertson of The
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instructions in order to help you complete the particular legal
task you are planning. Sometimes when we do this, we need to
take a little extra time to consider your mental capacity to make
Mental capacity is a client’s capacity to make a decision.
Decision making requires that a client:
• understands the decision they are having to make
• can discuss with us the possible options available to them in a
way that shows they appreciate the risk and or benefit of those
• understands the impact that a decision, or the lack of a decision,
may have on them or their loved ones
• is able to articulate and discuss all of the above with us.
It is important to note that the level of capacity required isn’t the
same in every situation. For example, to make a Will, the legal
test is whether the client knows they are making a Will and the
effect of doing so, whether they understand the extent of the
assets they are dealing with, whether they comprehend the moral
claims which they ought to give effect to, and finally whether
they are free of any disorders of the mind that could distort their
However, when giving instructions to complete Enduring Powers
of Attorney, the test is lower and is satisfied if a client understands
the broad consequences of granting an enduring power of
attorney and can process the relevant information and appreciate
the nature and effect of the power they are giving.
Having these discussions with our clients is difficult. It can be
very confronting, both for our clients and for us. In a worst case
scenario, our clients can be very offended by us questioning their
capacity. This is not our intention. Our intention is to ensure that
the legal outcome our clients have set out to achieve, has the best
possible opportunity to succeed.
We are aware that if there is a likelihood that our client’s decision
might be challenged, one of the first questions that may be raised
is whether our client had the capacity required to make the
decision in the first place.
The best way of mitigating this risk is to
undertake a capacity assessment prior
to completing your legal work with
your health professional. It is best that
the assessment be scheduled as close as
possible to the appointment to complete
the legal work required.
At Harmans we have a specialist seniors
team to help you through the process of
setting up your legal deeds and dealing
with any queries you may have. Contact
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ExERCISE THE MIND
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SUDOkU - MEDIUM
QUICk CROSSWORD SOLUTIONS ON PagE 10
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4 Former name of Iran (6)
8 Hangman’s loop (5)
9 Lone player (7)
10 In name only (7)
1 Doglike (6)
2 Embarrassing mistake (7)
3 Gloss (5)
5 Oval shape (7)
6 Unpleasant smell (5)
11 Card game for gamblers (5)
12 Receiver (9)
17 Inheritors (5)
19 Piffle (7)
21 Credit (7)
22 Snapshot (5)
23 Edible nut (6)
24 Flaw (6)
7 Thespians (6) 9 Potassium nitrate (9)
13 Water tank (7)
14 Immature toad or frog (7)
15 Irrational fear (6)
16 Pious (6)
18 Muslim religion (5)
20 Fruit (5)
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fOUR UC SCIENTISTS
HONOURED ON NZ SPaCE
Alan gilmore and Pamela Kilmartin with 1m telescope.
Sprinkled in star dust, four University of
Canterbury (UC) scientific alumni and staff have
been honoured, featuring among six Kiwis chosen
to appear on new ‘New Zealand Space Pioneers’
Professor Beatrice Tinsley and Sir William
Pickering were, respectively, instrumental in
modern astronomy theory, and in helping to
launch the United States space programme.
Astronomers Alan Gilmore and Pamela Kilmartin
are still actively conducting research. All four
space pioneers are considered leaders in their
aLaN gILMORE & PaMELa
Long-serving staff members of UC Physics and
Astronomy, Gilmore and Kilmartin have been
observers at UC’s Mount John Observatory,
Tekapo, since 1980. Fellows of the Royal
Astronomical Society of New Zealand, they
track Near Earth Objects such as asteroids and
comets which may be a long-term threat to Earth.
Together they have discovered 41 minor planets, a
comet and a nova.
They work with the country’s second-largest
telescope, the one-metre McLellan reflector,
which was built in UC’s workshops and installed
at UC’s Mount John Observatory in 1986.
‘Queen of the Cosmos’ Beatrice Tinsley was one
of the most creative and significant theoreticians
in modern astronomy. She graduated from the
University of Canterbury with an MSc in Physics
with First Class Honours in 1961. She then
completed her PhD on the evolution of galaxies at
the University of Texas in just two years.
After a one-year fellowship at the Lick
Observatory of the University of California
she took up an assistant professorship at Yale
University, before becoming Yale’s first female
Professor of Astronomy in 1978. That year she
was diagnosed with melanoma. She continued to
publish until shortly before her death in 1981. Her
academic career spanned only 14 years, but she
produced 114 scientific papers, had an academic
prize and a visiting professorship in astronomy
named in her honour.
SIR WILLIaM PICkERINg
Sir William Pickering was one of the world’s
leading space scientists; a titan of the US space
programme. He was a senior NASA luminary,
who pioneered the exploration of space.
Born in 1910 in Wellington, he developed an
interest in stars at high school and studied
engineering at UC before moving to the
California Institute of Technology. After finishing
his degree in electrical engineering and unable to
find work in New Zealand, he returned to Caltech
to complete a Master’s degree followed by a PhD
in Physics in 1936.
Made a professor in charge of radio and
electronics, he was also appointed to the Scientific
Advisory Board of the United States Air Force.
During World War 2 he worked in their Jet
Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). By 1954 he was the
lab’s director where his scientific ability and sense
of diplomacy enabled him to work with scientists,
politicians and military officials. He remained
there for 22 years.
He had success with various unmanned
spacecraft, appeared on the cover of Time
magazine twice, and saw his work with Ranger
VII spacecraft confirm the moon is not covered in
dust. He retired from JPL in 1976 and kept close
New Zealand ties. New Zealand awarded him an
honorary knighthood, which would sit among
personal messages from five US presidents. UC
presented him with an honorary doctorate in
2003, before his death in 2004.
aBOUT THE STaMPS
The NZ Post ‘New Zealand Space Pioneers’
stamps celebrate six New Zealand astronomers,
cosmologists, and rocket scientists: Beatrice
Tinsley, Alan Gilmore and Pamela Kilmartin,
Charles Gifford, Albert Jones OBE, and Sir
William Pickering. Together, the stamps form
a rocket-shaped strip. The stamps are sprinkled
with star dust collected from a meteorite found in
SOLUTIONS PUZZLES fROM PagE 8
WINS TOP US aWaRD
A University of Canterbury engineer’s work on
liquefaction-induced land damage following the
Canterbury earthquakes has been awarded a
prestigious international engineering award.
When the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes created
a city-wide outdoor research laboratory, UC
Civil Engineering Professor Misko Cubrinovski
gathered as much information as possible.
His prolific output of technical reports and case
histories has been recognised by the American
Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which is
presenting him with the 2019 Ralph B. Peck Award
for “outstanding contributions to the geotechnical
engineering profession through the publication
of several insightful field case histories”. He is
only the second recipient from outside of North
America to receive the ASCE Peck award in its 21-
Professor Cubrinovski’s career in geotechnical
earthquake engineering began in the 1980s when
he was involved in the seismic design of nuclear
power plants in Europe, with soil liquefaction a
principal concern. He then spent 15 years in Japan,
from 1990, working with pioneering liquefaction
researcher Professor Kenji Ishihara at the
University of Tokyo.
In 2005 Professor Cubrinovski moved to New
Zealand and joined UC, little knowing that
six years later he would be at the centre of an
earthquake event that produced unparalleled
soil liquefaction, which is when a material that is
usually a solid behaves like a liquid.
The ASCE award is the latest international
recognition. Professor Cubrinovski was
part of the teams whose research papers on
liquefaction-induced land damage assessment
in residential Christchurch won the 2016
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
Outstanding Paper Award in San Francisco, the
2016 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Norman Medal (the society’s highest honour for a
technical paper), the 2018 NZGS Geomechanics
Lecture Award, Outstanding Paper Awards from
ASCE and EERI, the Ivan Skinner Award, and
ANZ Joint Societies Award.
Professor Cubrinovski has authored or coauthored
over 300 technical publications and
worked as a geotechnical specialist and advisor on
over 50 significant engineering projects. He is a
faculty of the Rose School, Pavia, Italy and a Fellow
of the University of Tokyo, Japan, as well as a
Principal Investigator at QuakeCoRE | Te Hiranga
Rū: The New Zealand Centre of Earthquake
Resilience, based at UC, leading the flagship
research programme ‘Liquefaction impacts on
land and infrastructure’.
UC Professor Misko Cubrinovski.
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BY ross KiDDie
I have to keep reminding myself, the Suzuki Vitara
has nothing in common with its stablemate, the
Grand Vitara, other than the name.
The most notable reason for this is the Vitara
doesn’t sit on a ladder chassis, it has a monocoque
platform and, in contrast, it has an engine that sits
east-west in the engine bay.
Of course, that makes it a lot softer than the goanywhere
Grand, its four-wheel-drive system will
take you places seriously off-road.
However, the Vitara does have four-wheel-drive
on some variants, but mostly it is a vehicle which is
based around two-wheel-drive (front) mechanicals.
For 2019, the Vitara has just undergone a fairly
healthy facelift, it includes a raft of new equipment,
mostly for safety, but there is also new frontal
treatment and a host of cosmetic upgrades inside.
The Vitara has never been short on safety kit, it
has always had a five-star Australasian New Car
Assessment Program rating, but the new inclusions
keep it well in touch with what buyers expect in a
new car purchase.
The Vitara lands here in five variants, starting
from $27,990 and ending at $38,790. The range is
interesting, buyers have the choice of two fourcylinder
petrol engines, a naturally-aspirated
1.6-litre or a 1.4-litre turbocharged unit. The
1.6 offers the choice of manual or automatic
transmission, the turbo engine is automatic and, as
I’ve mentioned, two and four-wheel-drive options
sit along the way.
The evaluation car was the range-topping All-Grip
turbocharged model, and with two-tone paint adds
Under the bonnet, the 1373cc engine is rated with
strong power outputs for its size. Suzuki claim
outputs of 103kW and 220Nm, both realised low in
the rev band at 5500rpm for power with a long flat
torque curve stretching from 1500rpm to 4000rpm.
That’s the secret to its performance, the engine feels
strong right through the rev band, it is eager and
drives smoothly through a six-speed conventional
Performance is surprisingly swift, the turbo
Vitara will lunge to 100km/h in 9sec. However,
what Suzuki does best is fuel economy relative
to performance. It claims a 6.2-litre per 100km
(46mpg) combined cycle average, which is pretty
tidy when you consider the turbo boost, although it
must be considered, unlike the naturally aspirated
unit, the turbo engine needs 95 to 98 octane.
The Vitara steers keenly into a corner and has
definite directional accuracy. This from a sport
utility vehicle which is firmly aimed at the family
transport market. The suspension is biased towards
the soft side, but there’s just enough firming in the
springs and dampers to arrest body roll in a corner
and absorb rough surface undulations. Bear in
mind, too, there are drive modes which enhance
grip depending on the surface encountered – auto,
snow, sport and diff lock.
The Vitara’s all-round performance is
commendable, the turbo engine adds an element of
fun for the driver; along with the benefits of strong
mid-range boost it is a safe, quick vehicle when
overtakes present themselves.
Mostly, though, the Vitara is there as a comfortable
five-seater for those who like what mid-size SUVs
offer. While rear seat occupants don’t have a huge
amount of leg room, space back there is acceptable,
and the bonus is there’s a healthy 375-litres of cargo
space behind the rear seats. With those folded
forward up to 710-litres can be carried inside.
For 30 years Vitara, in its many forms, has been a
solid seller for Suzuki. If you look at the number
which grace our roads, NZ-new and imports,
suggests it is a force to be reckoned with.
If you don’t need the capability of the Grand, then
the Vitara is still a worthwhile purchase. As much
as I like the fun element the turbo model offers,
I’d be a manual entry-level buyer At $28k it is a
bargain offering, and with all Suzuki models it will
have longevity on its side, the result of the quality
the company builds into all of its models.
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