March 2020 Newsletter - Special Edition

Massey@Distance welcomes all Massey students to our association and offers use of our online services to all students across Massey University. Our thoughts are with you all and our aim is to get everyone through this semester, the next, and on into the future.

Love, the Massey@Distance team.

David, Jacqueline, Salla, Jacalyn, Jax, Kelly, Shannon and Taiawhio

Things have changed for everyone and that is going to have an impact on all of us right now. Please take extra steps, beyond the usual, to strengthen those mental health and wellness protective factors (see our M@D Wellness infographic for more details, or download it as a PDF file that you can print)- More tips to come through our M@D Wednesday Wellness promotion.

You may be feeling some anxiety at the moment. That’s ok! We are too and it’s a perfectly reasonable reaction. There are tried and tested techniques that you can use, to give you something practical to do and help you feel a little more in control of your anxiety.

The 5-4-3-2-1 grounding exercise, for example, is utilised worldwide by counsellors and therapists. According to Rochester University, “This five-step exercise can be very helpful during periods of anxiety or panic by helping to ground you in the present when your mind is bouncing around between various anxious thoughts”:

If you are feeling overwhelmed there are plenty of helplines available for you to use. If you are not NZ-based, make sure to look up the helplines for your area and keep them somewhere handy.

Is the Uni going to look after my best interests?

Yes!! Many of you would like closure around dates and directives this semester for a variety of reasons. Massey University has made the following updates:

Online events timetable

To ensure the wellness of Massey students Massey@Distance has a timetable of online weekly events below starting Monday 30th March.

To participate in the following events tap here join us in the M@D Facebook Community group.

For full details on all events please visit

Burst the Bubble - Virtual Lounge

Welcome to Burst the Bubble! A virtual lounge for you guys to connect and break the isolation. You can hang out anytime it's open 24/7.

To login to the virtual lounge:

Meeting ID: 578 516 317 Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android:

Timetable of when lounge is hosted by the M@D team:

Wednesday Wellness

A presentation by M@D committee members Jax Watt and Kelly Hall.

Jax is a certified lifekeeper and holds a BA: Major in Social Anthropology, Minor in Rehabilitation Studies. Currently doing an MA in Social Anthropology.

Kelly holds a BA (psych), PGCert of Rehabilitation, and PGDipArts (psych). Currently MA (psych).

#IsoDecorHouse Competition

Drop an image of your house be it super messy, super tidy or completely or somewhat decorated. The winner will be drawn at random at the end of each week. Prize will be chocolate, coffee, tea and a mini-sparkling wine.

  • Time:Mondays, 12pm
  • Platform: Facebook community group.

  • Movie and Games night

    Are you struggling financially?

    If you are struggling financially as a result of the pandemic you can apply for a grant of up to $750 through Massey University and the Massey University Students Association. Tap here to apply for grant.

    International students

    Are thoughts are with you. We understand many of you have had your wages affected and you are not entitled to benefits in the country you are in. Please refer to the link to the grant listed above.

    The Distance Library book delivery service is now unavailable

    However, the Library has access to a huge number of electronic journal articles, and these are all still available. The Library also has access to a huge number of ebooks, and we are buying extra copies over this period – please make use of these too.

    Library staff are still available to help with finding information, or with any other questions you may have. We are available 8.30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. To visit the library website please tap here.

    Health and counselling

    MU Student health and counselling is still available, but appointments will be by phone, Skype, Zoom or WeChat. We know this service is more important than ever and we encourage you to make use of it.

    Online study resources

    The Massey@Distance website has been designed specifically for MU students studying distance. Our study support section contains University resources specifically for online study at Massey. So all our resources are usable during this online period!

    Thank you!!

    Many thanks to the distance community for their ongoing support with answering questions and dispensing advice. Special thanks to the entire M@D team for putting so much work, thought and care into the wellness initiatives.

    This newsletter is copyright © 2020 by Massey@Distance. All rights reserved. This material is for the exclusive use of Massey University distance students and Massey University permanent staff. Distribution to any party other than Massey University distance students or staff, without prior written permission from M@D, is an offence against New Zealand and international intellectual property law.