How can we focus on what’s best and what’s working well for Māori students in school?

Author: Melinda Webber

  • August 10, 2020
  • 12:33 pm

Associate Professor Melinda Webber has focused her career on telling the good stories that other people ignore. She has shone a light on what’s working well for Māori students – their strengths and what’s helping them succeed. She also shines a light on the pockets of excellent culturally responsive practice she finds in schools. Melinda…

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Real-time Resilience: Staying strong on the frontline with Ruth Robertson

Author: Ruth Robertson

  • May 14, 2020
  • 12:06 pm

Denise spoke recently with Ruth Robertson, business psychologist and organisational and leadership development specialist, about her STRONG resilience model that is attracting interest and support from the health sector and beyond. You can watch the video for a brief overview of the STRONG model works and how you could use it. You can also click here…

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Real-time Resilience: Resilience for Athletes During Lockdown with Rachel McCann

Author: Rachel McCann

  • May 02, 2020
  • 13:41 pm

Denise spoke to New Zealand Blackstick Rachel McCann about how athletes have been coping with lockdown – and why resilience skills are an essential part of any athlete’s toolkit. As a graduate of the Diploma of Positive Psychology, Rachel appreciates the importance of having the tools and skills to overcome setbacks and difficulties.

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Real-time Resilience: The Seesaw of Productivity and Other Lockdown Challenges


  • April 23, 2020
  • 11:36 am

Denise caught up with NZIWR colleague and wellbeing facilitator Adrienne Buckingham and discussed coping strategies during the COVID-19 lockdown. Listen to their discussion on accepting and working with productivity swings, why it’s still important to lower our expectations of ourselves and others, and some tips for working as effectively as you can in these circumstances.…

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Real-time Resilience: School’s Back Online: How to Avoid the Overwhelm

Author: Rowan Taigel & Adrienne Buckingham

  • April 16, 2020
  • 15:32 pm

This week was a start back to online school for students around the country. We know teachers will have been feeling more nervous than students so Adrienne Buckingham talked to Rowan Taigel, experienced educator and wellbeing facilitator with NZIWR and WhatifPLD, about advice for teachers this week. Her focus on high tolerance and low expectations,…

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Real-time Resilience: Sparklers at Home – Supporting Young People and Their Families

Author: Dr Denise Quinlan & Anna Mowat

  • April 16, 2020
  • 15:02 pm

This week, Denise spoke with Anna Mowat, content creator for Sparklers and they discussed strategies for people looking after young children including: Look after yourself – that means lowering the bar – expect less of yourself and others during this time. And forgive your mistakes. Emotions may run high –do what keeps you and your…

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Real-time Resilience: Cut me some slack — Advice for parents of young children

Author: Dr Denise Quinlan & Dr Emma Woodward

  • April 09, 2020
  • 14:51 pm

Dr Denise Quinlan talks with Dr Emma Woodward (NZ Child Psychology Service) about helping parents cope with this strange new normal of the ‘staycation’ that is the Level 4 Alert of the COVID-19 period.   See our blog post:

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Real-time Resilience: Leading teams who are working from home during challenging times

Author: Dr Denise Quinlan & Dr Lucy Hone

  • April 08, 2020
  • 15:26 pm

Any person “conducting a business or undertaking” has a duty to manage the health and safety of workers performing remote or isolated work. At NZIWR we have decades of experience of WFH, much of it while dealing with tough stuff. The result? We have unique insights that are proving useful now. Here are our tips…

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Thriving Learning Communities — With Jillian Coppley

Author: Jillian Coppley

  • April 07, 2020
  • 12:00 pm

How can we build thriving learning communities by focusing on what’s strong and not what’s wrong? Denise talks to Jillian Coppley, about Thriving Learning Communities — a programme that works by helping educators to focus on ‘what’s strong not what’s wrong’ in their students. Listen as Jillian explains how Thriving Learning Communities helps build self-awareness,…

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