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Wellbeing & Engagement

Stay active & engaged from the comfort and safety of your own bubble

It's important during this time in isolation we stay engaged in life. Here you'll find a selection of links and resources to keep your mind, body and spirit remain active, engaged and connected during this time. We will continue to develop and update information that is tailored to the present crisis and conditions. In addition, you might discover a host of resources that will stimulate, soothe, motivate and support you. We would love for you to share these with us by emailing Selwyn.Insitute@selwynfoundation.org.nz

The Selwyn Institute Articles

Now is a great time to engage with all the fantastic resources online from New Zealand, and around the world. First up, we have some excellent articles from The Selwyn Institute below, keep scrolling and you'll find a variety of links to fun and thought-provoking online resources.

  • Resilience

    In 2019 The Selwyn Institute focused on Resilience in the context of ageing and wellbeing. Little did anyone know that so early in 2020, with the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, that the learnings would be so relevant and useful.

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Online videos, podcasts and interactive websites

Interesting online content

If you're still within your bubble, or you've been unable to connect with your usual communities or activities, this doesn't mean you need to remain disconnected from the outside world.  With perhaps some extra time on your hands keep yourself engaged with these links to find help and solutions; as well as video content, podcasts, fun links, games, healthy living, community spirit, reflections and more.


There are loads of great video websites online to keep you entertained. Websites such as TED Talks which shares short, powerful talks, on a range of topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. You can also search Youtube for your favourite TV channels to find new video content. How about searching for your favourite chefs and see what they're cooking in the kitchen? Or take a trip to a far-off land without leaving your chair. The options are endless! Check out some of the links below.


A podcast is an audio programme, much like talk radio. It's a convenient way to listen to information, which you can access via a website, or a podcasting service. Radio NZ provides a range of podcasts. You can also find a series of 'blast from the past' podcasts such as Lux Radio Theatre! Or tune into Auckland Libraries, Te Papa, or Auckland Art Gallery for a fantastic range of talks. The great thing about podcasts is you can listen while sitting back relaxing, doing activities, or even chores in lock down to make them less tedious!


There seems to be no better time to use the tools and resources on the internet to try out something new. We've provided some links below to online language learning websites, book recommendations, and Astronomy pictures of the day!


Online puzzles and games are a great way to keep your mind active at home. You can even play online with your friends. Check out some of the fun games sites below.

Healthy living

Healthy living is really important when we are out of our usual routines. Stay motivated with doing a small amount of exercise each day. You are allowed to go out for a short walk in your local area, and enjoy the fresh air - it's actually recommended! If you're not up for a walk outside then some of the following links are fantastic for home exercises,and eating healthy.


Stay home, stay neighbourly

'We're going on a bear hunt' - Join your neighbourhood in community spirit!

Put a teddy bear in your window facing the road and as people are out getting fresh air and exercise, they can enjoy the bears around their neighbourhood. Visit the NZ Bear Hunt website or Facebook page to follow along with the fun!

During lockdown The NZ Bear Hunt was prevalent around our local streets. We were encouraged to get out and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air whilst keeping a two-metre distance from others. Are you still enjoying the sight of bears around your neighbourhood?

Online workshops



If you're missing your local church services, you're not alone. During lockdown our Chaplains were streaming their daily reflections online, you can watch their videos below.

At any time nurturing your spiritual being is important.  Use our resources or tune into others to provide motivation, peace and comfort.

How to guides

To keep connected to the people, and world, technology has made an incredible difference.  If you’re reading this then you are well on the way to learning more about some of the easy to us video calling platforms that allow real time, face to face communication from a VERY safe distance. Things like Skype, Facetime, Zoom and WhatsApp. Click on the links below for some ‘How to’ guides below to set up Skype, Facetime, Zoom, and WhatsApp, on your devices.