1. WHITI / TO BE FIT
Sustainability cannot be achieved without recognising movement is good for you. To be whiti is to choose a balanced lifestyle by making an effort to schedule active recreation to offset an inactive lifestyle. For Example, Unipol’s facilities on campus include courts, functional training zones, weight/cardio, stretching, games, and table tennis. This caters to members’ needs and requirements while also introducing them to new ways of keeping active.
2. RĒHIA / TO ENJOY
Engaging in any form of play – including competitive, recreational, individual, team, games, cultural and sporting – develops lasting relationships and new social skills in a unique Otago setting. For example, Unipol’s Inter-College Competition Tauwhāinga Kāreti (for our students in residential accommodation) supports this by endorsing whakawhānaukataka (creating connections and a sense of belonging/community).
3. MANA TAURITE / TO BE FAIR
Having an environment where all students are recognised on an equal playing field, so equal status is given regardless of differences. Unipol specialises in never turning anyone away – play it as we see it in a conscious effort to overcome the barriers of participation. For example, Unipol enables this by not only offering its facility to students but by also offering discounted rates to staff, and a whanau and youth pass for wider community access.
4. KAITIAKITANGA / TO GUARD
Being the guardians of recreation. Placing the mahi (work) upstream by protecting, caring for, and restoring valuable recreational areas. For example, Unipol supports this value by maintaining the popular Trotters Gorge Hut and having it as part of Unipol’s outdoor rental service that enables staff and students to explore, protect and enjoy our local natural environment.
5. WHANAUNGATANGA / TO BELONG
Recreation has very powerful kinship ingredients. Relationships strengthen in less formal and fun environments. Bringing flatmates to group fitness classes increases their sense of belonging and reduces heating costs. Social interactions can be promoted by getting the flatting whānau (family) to hit the dance floor.
6. PAKIPAKI / TO CELEBRATE
To celebrate and encourage others is central to recreation. This drives energy towards recognition and teamwork. For example, Unipol champions this by hosting the annual Inter-College Competition, College Colours Gala Award Dinner. It celebrates the creative, active, and cultural events and competitions which about 2,100 students can do during their first year at our University. [Evidence Link]