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“All you really need is a pair of shoes”

Sir Ashley Bloomfield said he’s been running in some capacity for his entire life, having run a few marathons and as well as having a group of friends he goes on Saturday morning runs with whenever possible. “That fellowship kind of aspect of it, spending time with friends and in terms of both physical and mental wellbeing, to me you couldn’t tick many more boxes than that.”

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Sir Ashley Bloomfield: Life after Covid

Sir Ashley is an ambassador for Pause Breathe Smile – a mind health programme delivered in primary and intermediate schools – and his involvement in Round the Bays is also in support of increasing access and participation for children to participate through the Run and Become programme.

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Mindfulness key for Sir Ashley Bloomfield in Round the Bays

The former Director-General of Health – who is now a population health professor at the University of Auckland – joins about 10,000 people in the Southern Cross Round the Bays in Wellington tomorrow. This year, he has a strong focus on mindfulness.

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Whaiwāhi Mauri Tau by Pause Breathe Smile

Whaiwāhi Mauri Tau – Pause Breathe Smile is being offered to kura nationwide following a two year pilot at Te Kura Māori o Porirua.  Te Karere visits to find out how it’s going.

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Take a breath

Modern life is speeding up and so is our breathing. In a deep dive into the wellness industry, The Post investigates why schools, dentists and workplaces want us to be more aware of the basics of breath.

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Sir Ashley Bloomfield’s top tips for mental health in kids

Bloomfield had also started to use mindfulness on an everyday basis and said it was an essential ‘skill for life’.

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Sir Ashley backs mindfulness progamme for children

The former Director General of Health, Ashley Bloomfield, has joined the programme as an ambassador, and will travel the country speaking to school children about the benefits for all ages of breathing techniques and mindfulness. He speaks with Kathryn, along with programme founder Grant Rix.

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Groundbreaking Programme is Making a Real Difference

“Children are coming back from playtime more ‘present’,” Yvette says. “They’ve learned that it’s normal to have worries, but now they know how to identify their concerns and have strategies they can use to deal with them.”

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Meet the Couple Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom

For nearly 10 years, Natasha Rix, 46, and her husband Grant, 44, have been the leaders behind Pause Breathe Smile. They first met in 2001, on a 10-day mindfulness retreat that shaped their whole lives. “We spent our twenties intensively practising, studying and travelling to learn from some of the best mindfulness teachers in the world including training as teachers ourselves,” says Natasha.

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Pause Breathe Smile Improving Children’s Wellbeing

Children at a Horowhenua school are building resilience and learning how to deal with their emotions through a charity programme.

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Tūpuna Inspire Tamariki

Rāwiri is a kaiako and ngā toi facilitator and began working with the two small rural schools in term 1. A dramaturgy process with teachers saw them drawing and sharing pictures to shift the story from literal to abstract and metaphoric, thus opening different ways to tell the story.

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The Breeze Interview on Pause Breathe Smile

Grant Rix talks to the The Breeze about Pause Breathe Smile.

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Increasing Wellbeing and Reducing Stress for Kiwi Youth

The good news is that in an initiative delivered by the Pause Breathe Smile (PBS) Trust, supported and fully funded by Southern Cross Group, teachers are being trained to teach mindfulness practices in Aotearoa New Zealand schools and kura, with results already looking overwhelmingly positive and pointing towards continuing positive outcomes in future.

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Dominic Bowden is a Big Fan of Pause Breathe Smile

Dominic Bowden speaks to experts from around the world, local legends and our own Grant Rix, to help people feel good and ultimately lead healthier and happier lives. See full show 22/10/22 one hour into the show.

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PBS Director Grant Rix Interviewed on Radio NZ

A home-grown programme teaching mindfulness to tens of thousands of school children around the country is bringing more calm and less anxiety to the classroom, according to an independent evaluation.

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Boys will be Boys Mindful

How can we help mindfulness resonate with young boys, especially if they’re bored, resistant, or suspicious of their feelings?
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Taradale Primary School Teachers Learn Mindfulness to Help Kids Cope as Covid Bears Down

It has joined more than 230 schools across the country, embracing the mindfulness-based wellbeing programme, Pause, Breathe, Smile.

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Teaching Mindfulness to Our Tamariki

Pause Breath Smile is a special programme which teaches the basic mindfulness and gratitude teachings with children aged 5 – 12 years of age. Grant Rix co-founder of Pause Breath Smile shares the background of the kaupapa, its progress and goals.

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Providing Tools to Deal with Life’s Ups and Downs

SELF-awareness, mindfulness resilience, relief form stress and healthy minds are growing in Tairawhiti. Those newly-found attributes are the notable changes that have taken place with Kaiti School students – and others around the country – taking part in the Pause Breathe Smile (PBS) mind health programme.

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Health, Wellbeing, Above All Else

Central to the New Zealand Curriculum is the aim of developing young Kiwis who are “confident… positive in their own identity… resilient… and able to relate well to others.”

Creating foundations for lifelong wellbeing within schools can take many forms and can provide priceless ripple effect throughout the school, its community and the lifetimes of its students and staff. What could be more valuable?

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Pause Breathe Smile: Teaching Tamariki the Power of Mindfulness

Teaching students mindfulness is even more crucial in such unpredictable times. A programme teaching mindfulness in primary and intermediate schools across the country is giving young New Zealanders the skills to navigate everyday life. Emily Writes talks to the people running the Pause Breathe Smile programme.

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Integrating Mindfulness into Learning

Mindfulness practices are emerging as one of many strategies schools and kura can use to support learner wellbeing. The Ministry of Education’s Education Gazette looks at the Pause Breathe Smile mindfulness programme that has recently been scaled up, allowing more schools access.

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Last year was my best year teaching and I know it was no coincidence that we were launching into the Pause, Breathe, Smile programme...

Teacher, Kaiti School, Gisborne

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Introducing Whaiwāhi Mauri Tau, by Pause Breathe Smile

Pause Breathe Smile is a mind health programme for children and is being delivered to over 140,000 children across Aotearoa. This year, for the very first time, it will be offered to kura and Māori medium schools in Te Reo Māori. This programme is called Whaiwāhi Mauri Tau.
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Pause Breathe Smile: The Musical

Without a doubt, one of the most exciting, inspiring, toe-tapping, fun things a Pause Breathe Smile school has ever done is make mindfulness into a musical!   And not just any musical—one performed by the entire school community, with stars, back-up dancers, hundreds of costumes, ten distinct scenes, a live 6-piece band, a thousand people in the audience, all in the beautiful Regent Theatre on the Octagon in Dunedin. 
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Sir Ashley Bloomfield officially joins with Southern Cross to promote good mental health and wellbeing for our tamariki

One of the questions Sir Ashley Bloomfield is often asked is ‘how did you cope with all the pressure you were under as the public face of the Covid response for Aotearoa?’ And it’s one he’s happy to answer as an example for how others can set themselves up for success in dealing with stressful situations.
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Thankful for My Hands and Feet by Janel Atlas

I have a confession. You know the little mindfulness practice titled “Thankful for My Hands and Feet”? It appears in the Pause Breathe Smile programme curriculum in Lesson 2; it guides children to think of their hands and their feet and all the things those parts of their bodies help them to do.
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Pause Breathe Smile has now reached over 100 thousand Kiwi Kids!

I am very pleased to announce that Pause Breathe Smile has now reached over 100 thousand Kiwi Kids! It’s a massive milestone. That’s about 1 in 5 tamariki aged 5 to 12 equipped with mind health skills. It’s exciting and incredible to have made it possible for so many young New Zealanders to learn mindfulness for free.
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It’s a Wrap on Whakawhiti Kōrero!

It was a brilliant year for having smart, kind, and generous mindfulness teachers along on our six Whakawhiti Kōrero Sessions on Zoom!
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Pause Breathe Smile trainings for Kura Kauapapa Māori and Māori Immersion Settings

Pause Breathe Smile has always been deeply rooted in Aotearoa’s bicultural identity, but this year we’ve taken some big steps toward ensuring that it is fully accessible for kaiako and ākonga who teach and learn in Māori immersion settings.
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Creating Positive Change for Tamariki

Parents say they are worried about their children’s mental health. There is a mind health programme available free to all junior schools.
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Whole School Approach

Pause Breathe Smile is a mind health programme designed to equip children aged five to 12 with tools to manage the ups and downs of life and set them up for a healthy future
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Breathing with Fatigue: The Impacts of Covid on New Zealand Teachers and how mindfulness can help

Ask any teacher about wellbeing over the last few years and chances are, they’ll quickly describe the many challenges their learners face: disrupted routines, anxiety about Covid, decreased social interactions, and negative impacts on learning outcomes.
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Mindfulness and Teacher Wellbeing

Teaching is a complex and demanding job involving many unique pressures and challenges. Although there are, no doubt, many rewarding and inspiring features associated with teaching, such demands and pressures also have the potential to cause significant stress.
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Working with Pause Breathe Smile – A teacher’s perspective

Rebecca Lock works with the Horowhenua Kāhui Ako as an across schoolteacher. She has been delivering the Pause Breathe Smile wellbeing programme since 2019 and did an inquiry into the impact on the students that same year. We’ve asked Rebecca to share her thoughts on the training and delivery of this programme to help inform others.
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Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is one of the core practices of Pause Breathe Smile. When we eat mindfully, we bring all of our noticing to this everyday activity, intentionally paying attention to the many moment-to-moment sensations, thoughts, and emotions that are part of the eating experience.
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Gratitude Practice

Gratitude practice is a core component of the Pause Breathe Smile programme. Practising gratitude regularly helps us to more frequently notice and feel appreciative of the everyday things in life, including things that we may take for granted, such as the sunshine, a morning coffee, or our health.
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Mindful Movements

Mindful movements are a core component of Pause Breathe Smile. Practising mindful movements simply means bringing our full, whole-hearted attention to the body as we move. The practice of “being where our feet are” creates an anchor for the wandering mind, providing the opportunity to rein in scattered attention and settle more easefully into the present, where the body is always located.
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