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5 Ways to Wellbeing

The Five Ways were created as a result of the New Economics foundations (NEF) Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing research report.

NEF conducted a review of the most up-to-date evidence and found that building five actions into day-to-day lives s important for the wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and organisations.


The fives actions are:


  1. Connect, me whakawhanaunga
  2. Give, tukua
  3. Take Notice, me aro tonu
  4. Keep Learning, me ako tonu
  5. Be active, me kori tonu

It sounds too simple – right?  But therein lies the beauty of it.  You can introduce any of these evidence based actions into your life, anytime, and you will begin to feel the benefits.

Whakatōkia ngā rautaki māmā nei ki tō kia rongo ai koe o ngā painga.

Read the Five Ways to Wellbeing Best Practice Guide, to get some ideas on how to begin, start small, work at it - and good luck



Tapuae Gym

All Dunedin based staff can improve their fitness, flexibility, and strength by joining our gym - free of charge.

Tap into your inner Arnie or Richard Simmons -you could even be assigned a student personal trainer or attend regular lunch time work – out classes.


Find out more

Tapuae Gym


Flu vaccinations


Available to all staff usually in April annually – free of charge.



The Good Mood Diet

Find out about the link between gut health and mental wellbeing.

Read more






OP offers a range of leave options to help you take care of yourself and your whānau. 

Taking your annual leave is an obvious choice to help you refresh and recharge but there are a number of leave options to be discovered here

Find out more about specific Otago Polytechnic leave opportunities by following these links:



  • Gift days
  • Professional Development Leave
  • Long Service
  • Wellness Day
  • Gifting of Sick Leave

Visit the Staff Benefits page


  • Flexible work hours

Visit Flexible working page



Supporting you following illness or injury

We hope you don’t get sick or hurt yourself but if you do, there are several ways we can support you to come back to work safely.

Support for standing desks- if you have a medical requirement for a standing desk, you can create a service case to Campus Services or Health and Safety Team for assistance.

Create a service case



Bend and stretch!

Visit the Stretch Library with Ash to be guided through stretches that are ideal for helping you to stay comfortable at work.

Stretch now!



Vision care, beauty therapy and health insurance

Eye tests
Our Vision Care Policy provides a subsidy for eye tests, safety glasses and prescription lenses for computer use.

I want to ride my bicycle- I want to ride it  ……  around campus and into town!
Well - lucky for you we have Poly bikes

Discounted Beauty Therapy treatments
Support our learners and receive a reviving treatment at a great price.


Discounted Hairdressing styling  
Support our learners and treat your locks for a great price. 


Health Insurance
Find out about an option to protect yourself and your immediate family against the high cost of unexpected medical expenses with Subsidised Health insurance






If you would like to have the chance to influence how OP supports health and wellbeing, join our

Health and Safety Committee

Taha tinana | Physical