Health and Wellbeing - Getting Through

We are living through a strange and challenging time.  Whatever our role in the industry, our working day and our personal day is certainly not normal. 

We are very lucky to be part of a fantastic community.  The NZ wine industry has always worked together as a team and along with our family and friends we will get through this.

During this uncertain time everyone will have different challenges, different circumstances and different concerns.  Each day everyone will have different ups and downs at different times.

It’s more important than ever to keep in touch and look after each other’s and our own mental health and well being. 

We’ve pulled together some useful links on where to find help and how to stay healthy and motivated.  This also includes some links on how to keep yourself and those in your bubble entertained through upskilling, exercise and other light-hearted distractions.    

If you feel you need to talk to someone professional, the Ministry of Health have a free to call or text number for a counsellor - 1737

Alternatively if you just want to bounce ideas around, have a general chat and feel connected, feel free to contact Nicky Grandorge, Leadership & Communities Manager, 021780948 or

In a nutshell:

  • It’s OK to feel unsettled and ask for help
  • Remember this is temporary
  • Look after yourself
  • Look after each other
  • Keep in touch
  • Socialise via video calls with family and friends 
  • However, limit the amount of video calls each day - they are beginning to take their toll.  See this article for tips. 
  • Try and stick to some sort of routine and embrace your new one
  • Get fresh air – just remember the 2m rule
  • Keep fit – lots of online classes
  • Don’t overload on the bad news
  • Enjoy quality time with those in your bubble
  • Enjoy quality time on your own
  • Tackle some of the ‘to do list’ – both the long avoided jobs and starting new hobbies
  • Stay safe and keep in touch


Looking after your Mental Health

Mentemia - an app which coaches mental wellbeing with tips from Sir John Kirwan  0800 111 757 text 4202

A guide for leaders on the wellbeing of their team and themselves - very useful resource

Mental Health Foundation  or call 1737

All Right?

SUICIDE CRISIS HELPLINE: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)

Covid-19 Melon - a safe space to talk with others

The Lowdown

Whatsup  0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)

Rural Support  0800 787 254

Lifeline 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)

Youthline  0800 376 633

Kidsline 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)

Skylight Trust  0800 299 100

The Employee Assistance Programme offers support, including counselling, for members and their staff. More information is available in their latest newsletter here

Covid-19 Symptoms

Symptoms of Covid 19 vs Cold & Flu

Coronavirus – A Book for Children  A simple illustrated guide to explain what is happening now

Ministry of Health  Healthline 0800 611 116

Covid Chat with Siouxsie Wiles

NZ Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience – webinars from two doctors chatting about coping mechanisms during the lockdown

Recommended Health & Wellbeing Apps



Getting connected is a great way to see your friends, family and enjoy some live classes during the lockdown period:


Les Mills Free Classes via TVNZ On Demand

Brown Butterbean free workouts 

Real Health & Wellness workouts

Teddy Bear hunt in your neighbourhood

Teddy Bear Hunt


Audible Stories – Amazon made all audiobooks free for kids, plus plenty of ‘literary classics’ for grown-ups

World Book Online - 3,000+ kids e-books for free

The Browser – five recommended articles every day from around the web on every imaginable topic

Travel the world by virtually touring these 12 famous museums

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