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Empathy and values drive decision making Empathy and values drive decision making

For Maria Thackwell, owner of Maria Thackwell Mortgages, the lockdown period provided an opportunity to reaffirm the human-centric values such as empathy and relatability which are at the core of her business operation. “At times like this you really need to show your values as a business owner, while also remembering that it is important to show your human side too. “Being in such a high-pressure industry as finance you need to understand the huge ...
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Waimakariri Public Facilities Reopen at Alert Level 1 Waimakariri Public Facilities Reopen at Alert Level 1

The move to Alert Level 1 announced yesterday means it's a return to business as usual for Waimakariri District Council. Many of our services are already operating as they were before lockdown. Facilities that weren't will be returning to their normal opening hours over the coming days, but we will be keeping online bookings where they are now in place. Contact tracing, sanitisation stations and higher levels of cleaning will remain at Council buildings. Full details on ...

Frosty start gives way to freezing finish Frosty start gives way to freezing finish

Football was the first of the big winter codes to get underway this weekend.  The Waimak United competition junior grades kicked off on a beautiful but frosty winters morning, and it was obvious they were all excited to get their seasons started. In the Canterbury United Youth Development Leagues, the Waimak 15th grade had a 0-3 loss to Selwyn. The 14th grade overan their opponents, Halswell, 9-1, and the 13th grade had a 3-0 win ...
The Worry Chart

Take a break from worry Take a break from worry

Worrying is normal and can even help us to solve challenges. However, too much worry can become a problem.  Unfortunately, worries usually only show us the very worst possible outcomes.  Focusing on these alone gets us stuck in a negative space, leading to further worry and a sense of helplessness.   We can’t stop worry altogether, but we can learn how to effectively work through our worried thoughts when they show up. Learning how to explore worries from different perspectives helps us discover other explanations or solutions we may have overlooked. This helps us feel more confident and positive, allowing us ...

Limited wanderlust in North Canterbury Limited wanderlust in North Canterbury

When people in the dairy industry refer to “Gypsy Day”, they aren’t talking about people of Romany descent. They are referring to the minority ethnic group’s migrant nature, and applying it to the dairy industry. Because the Queen’s Birthday long weekend was anything but a chance to kick back for many of the country’s dairy farmers and truck drivers. It was the industry’s annual Moving Day – nicknamed Gypsy Day. Officially, between May 31 and June 1 is when ...

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