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.

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.

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.

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.”

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 …

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.

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.