Thu 16 Mar 2017 10:21PM

Hui #3 Keynote Korero - Pause Breath Smile

NL Nick Laurence Public Seen by 31

Have noticed a lot of energy around the idea of mindfulness/mental health education in schools lately, and think that our community would really love to have Grant/Tash Rix who have been stewarding the Pause Breathe Smile project come and speak to us. This thread is to discuss this possibility, and also an opporunity to suggest other keynotes - although we probably only need one keynote speaker per hui (a la Robin Youngson at Hui #1).


Poll Created Thu 16 Mar 2017 10:24PM

We confirm Grant or Tash Rix as the people to deliver the Keynote Korero for Hui #3 Closed Tue 21 Mar 2017 4:01AM

by Nick Laurence Tue 25 Apr 2017 5:48AM

We have confirmed Grant and Tash to deliver the keynote korero! Have asked them what their needs are - will post in the comments of this thread :).

I have raised this idea on the #huiplanning Slack channel and there was enthusiasm for it, but want to use this Loomio as a chance to discuss this idea further, raise any potential considerations or objections or ideas to make it better.
Agree = Yeah definitely!
Abstain = Happy to go with the group.
Disagree = I would like something changed about the proposal.
Block = I think this would be harmful to our community and I veto it.


Results Option % of points Voters
Agree 100.0% 8 EC CT SO MG LB KM MD RH
Abstain 0.0% 0  
Disagree 0.0% 0  
Block 0.0% 0  

8 of 54 people have voted (14%)


Marlies Dorrestein
Thu 16 Mar 2017 10:45PM

Hi Nick and others, I think Grant and/or Tash Rix will be great for the keynote korero. It seems to me that one speaker is sufficient. What they have to say may then have more impact as well. :smiley:


Sam O'Sullivan
Thu 16 Mar 2017 11:49PM

I keep hearing people talking about mindfulness in schools lately, so Grant and/or Trish would be perfect! Nice one :)


Kate MacIntyre
Fri 17 Mar 2017 8:27AM

Great I reference their work all the time :) got my vote :)


Martin Giles
Fri 17 Mar 2017 9:35PM

Great idea and a very important area to include.


Lana Bright
Sat 18 Mar 2017 1:19AM

Yes that's a great idea!


Caroline Taylor
Mon 20 Mar 2017 9:45PM

I'd love to hear Grant or Tash talk and mindful education is definitely a hot topic! I suggest we ask them to talk as much as possible from the heart as Robin did that at hui 1 and it was such a heart opening experience


Nick Laurence Thu 16 Mar 2017 10:29PM

Context: I emailed Grant a week ago about the idea and then talked with him on the phone (Friday 17th March). He's discussed it with his wife Tash, they're keen on the idea but need to sort out things like childcare considerations. It seems likely that one or both will come and present - either would be very capable of presenting on PBS and their journey with it.


Nick Laurence Thu 16 Mar 2017 10:41PM

Am also keen to have this be of top value to Grant and Tash as well - so if anyone has contacts/suggestions for how we could help them with what they're doing that you could offer either before, during, or after the hui, then this thread would be a good place to discuss them. Next time I talk to Grant I'll ask them what kind of needs Pause Breathe Smile has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future, so we can find ways to meet these.


Sam O'Sullivan Thu 16 Mar 2017 11:51PM

We should totally support them in whatever ways we can. Keen to hear about their needs.


Lana Bright Fri 17 Mar 2017 1:22AM

Great !


Nick Laurence Mon 27 Mar 2017 6:58AM

Tash has come back with a wish list of needs that PBS has for 2017:
1. Most useful for us would be exposure to, and connections with, decision-makers in education, health and central government.
E.g. we would like to get the word out there about Pause, Breathe, Smile and form strategic partnerships at a high level with Principal’s Association, Teacher’s Association, Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour management, Ministry of Education, REAP, other leaders in education or health, e.g. DHBs, Primary Health Organisations, other community education and health providers focussed on tamariki and rangatahi wellbeing. I wonder whether the Ministry for Youth Development, new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Youth Justice Social Workers, Stand for Children etc. might be interested in hearing about PBS?

We have planned to start looking at forming these types of strategic relationships in the second-half of this year, and of course we don’t expect you to organise this kind of representation! I’m just putting some ideas out there. I’m not sure who is part of your community and what connections you have. Just what is appropriate and relevant for your event – we are only one part of the hui.

2. We are in need of funding partners to really make Pause, Breathe, Smile successful and for the benefits of this locally-developed, evidence-based and scientifically informed mindfulness programme to reach kiwi kids. At the moment we have a relationship through the Mental Health Foundation of NZ who are supporting us by doing some fundraising for PBS. We have some funding for teacher training scholarships through this partnership from the Rata Foundation, Trust Waikato and the Joyce Fisher Fund. We are dependent on this generosity at this stage to stay afloat. A large-scale funding opportunity (e.g. NEXT Foundation), or several strategic partnerships, would enable us to upscale Pause, Breathe, Smile and make it really affordable and accessible for all New Zealand school students.

3. The other thing we need is marketing help – in terms of expertise and also the cost of marketing.


Lana Bright Mon 27 Mar 2017 7:07AM

Fantastic…thank you Nick…I am so looking forward to the hui

With love



Nick Laurence Mon 27 Mar 2017 7:19AM

@sam22os Do you know if Simon Crook is planning to come to the hui? Would he be keen and have energy to help them with their marketing do you reckon?


Sam O'Sullivan Tue 28 Mar 2017 5:56AM

Simon is thinking about it. Why don't you message him about the opportunity with Pause Breath Smile? I reckon he will be into it. I'll talk to him this Thursday too.


Caroline Taylor Mon 27 Mar 2017 7:42AM

@nick great asks from Tash and Grant - in addition to their asks - and this may be left field - but I wonder whether it would be useful for Tash and Grant to talk to Akina’s investment advisors - they might be able to help them consider the various funding options and develop an investment strategy. The contacts are Emma Geard emma.geard@akina.org.nz and Dave Allison dave.allison@akina.org.nz. @sarrah did you identify any funding opportunities through Marama Davidson’s session? We could also see if we could set up a meeting with Marama.


Sarrah Jayne Sun 9 Apr 2017 9:07PM

@carolinetaylor I didn't identify any funding opportunities no but what about the Namaste Foundation?


Nick Laurence Wed 12 Apr 2017 6:02AM

Namaste and Akina would both be great for them to talk to I reckon. Who do we know that might know decision makers in govt?


Nick Laurence Tue 18 Apr 2017 6:58AM

Suggested Namaste and Akina Foundations to Grant, which he was really grateful for. He came back with a big thank you, and the following:
"What we need more than anything else is a good marketing person – someone to take care of social media and who has the initiative to see critical time points for when things need advertising, when stories need capturing, and who can meet targets of getting people to our trainings etc. Perhaps there is someone in the MFC community who has those skills?

Another more immediately practical way of supporting MEG is for people to purchase our MEG Online Mindfulness resource: https://mindfulnesseducation.nz/meg-online-mindfulness-course/. It is a comprehensive overview and modern expression of the four foundations of mindfulness (in eight guided sessions), complete with accompanying guided meditations. At $79+GST we are hoping that people will purchase this and treat it either as a stand-alone mindfulness course or as a good accompanying resource to whatever other mindfulness work they are undertaking. The more people we have purchasing this, the better our chances are at becoming a sustainable business and being able to support school teachers to complete PBS training. Check out the link – the course is self-paced and available 24/7 and is purchased online."


Sam O'Sullivan Wed 19 Apr 2017 6:16AM

What's Grant's email? Simon is interested in marketing.


Nick Laurence Wed 19 Apr 2017 8:29AM


Caroline Taylor Tue 18 Apr 2017 8:48AM

@nicklaurence @martingiles1 may know people at Ministry of Education for Grant and Tash to talk to about funding options for Pause, Breathe, Smile.