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The Lifehack Community: successes, failures and futures

In the last three years Lifehack has directly engaged with over 1500 people in kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) programmes and events. We’ve put lots of time and effort into creating safe spaces for people to connect and learn. Which means that most people leave feeling hopeful, inspired and motivated to work alongside young people to…

Working with our young people: reflections on Oro from Mike Ryan, Director Community Services, Upper Hutt City Council

Working with our young people: reflections on Oro from Mike Ryan, Director Community Services, Upper Hutt City Council

Mike Ryan, Director Community Services at Upper Hutt City Council has written this guest post on Oro, Lifehack’s most recent place-based collaboration based in Upper Hutt. In it Mike shares his reflections on the development and benefits of the programme, as well as how the programme has changed the Council’s approach to working with and for Upper Hutt’s young people…

Oro: Final hui and programme celebration evening

Oro: Final hui and programme celebration evening

Over the past two months the Lifehack team has been running a programme in Upper Hutt called Oro, which focuses on mobilising the local community around a series of local initiatives and igniting localised cross-sector collaboration. This blog post is a wrap up of the final hui and celebration evening held at Expressions Art Centre…

Straight from the horse’s mouth: Youth workers and their lessons on youth engagement

Straight from the horse’s mouth: Youth workers and their lessons on youth engagement

This is a guest post from Paul Thompson and Cat Gooding, who are youth workers at the Upper Hutt Community Youth Trust. During our Upper Hutt programme Oro, those two ran a great session on meaningfully youth engagement – as well as sharing some painful lessons. Big up to those two for being so honest…

Co-designing learning sessions

Earlier this year, Toni and Dayna from Lifehack had been working with a bunch of Lifehack community members to co-design a series of opportunities for people to upskill in a variety of tools that Lifehack has developed in partnership with others (like Ngā Uri Ō, and borrowed (like Five Ways to Wellbeing or Experiments). Lifehack…

Lifehack Weekend – Oro Upper Hutt

Lifehack Weekend – Oro Upper Hutt

On 11 November 2016, around 15 people over the weekend came together to support the Oro whānau in their aspirations to develop existing and build new wellbeing initiatives that are co-designed with young people of Upper Hutt. This weekend event was part of a larger commitment of 26 participants, all of whom are participating in…

Six months on – Youthline and Sovereign

Earlier this year we set off on a project with Sovereign Insurance and Youthline Manukau. The idea was to augment the existing community partnership between the two organisations, while synchronously improving the wellbeing of young people through support services offered to them. For Youthline, it was about utilising the Sovereign team’s demonstrable business acumen for…

Gina Rembe: Designing place-based programmes (Throwback to November 2016)

Late last year Gina wrote a Medium article about her reflections on designing place-based programmes. Over time, both anecdotes and data tell us that our programmes have become more meaningful — whether it’s people realising the size of their own potential and acting on it for more meaningful personal life, or starting evidence-backed ventures that contribute to…

Tahatū Rangi: An area ripe for disruption

Tahatū Rangi: An area ripe for disruption

Hosted by Platform Trust, Tahatū Rangi bought together around one hundred people from the NGO mental health and addictions workforce at Te Papa on the 20 & 21st October. Toni and Dayna from Lifehack went along to check it out.  The key theme of this symposium was collaboration, how we might go about working better…

Oro–Upper Hutt Programme has begun

Our new programme, Oro, kicked off two weekends ago. And what a weekend it was! We were joined by twenty five people, all whom had deep personal or professional connections to Upper Hutt. We couldn’t have done this without support from the Namaste Foundation, CAYAD, ACC, Upper Hutt City Council and the Upper Hutt Community…

Designing Oro–Upper Hutt

Designing Oro–Upper Hutt

Below are some five lessons from working at the intersection—and how we integrated those in our newest programme Oro. Lifehack has been experimenting with different programme shapes and intensities since early in 2014. This has resulted in us running online courses, part-time and full-time programmes. It’s been two-day weekend events or programmes so long people…

Lifehack’s top three reasons for getting back to nature #mhawnz

Lifehack’s top three reasons for getting back to nature #mhawnz

  It’s Mental Health Awareness Week at the moment. The focus this year is connecting with nature and in this post we’ll be telling you our top three reasons to get out in nature and the benefits to your wellbeing. You might have noticed the #mhawnz across social media—and we’d love to hear from you…

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week #mhwnz

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week #mhwnz

Mental Health Awareness Week is marked by 150 countries annually, and this week is Aotearoa’s turn! During this week you’ll see a bunch of social media posts with the #mhawnz and we encourage you to get involved. You can check out what’s happening in your local area here. Connecting with nature can be a super…

Lifehack at Festival For The Future

Lifehack at Festival For The Future

  Photo by Iris Riddle. Iris is the marketing manager at Inspiring Stories and was also on the 2016 Flourishing Fellowship Last weekend, the Lifehack team had the amazing opportunity to attend Festival For The Future. Over 900 people gather at the Aotea Centre in Central Auckland to listen to keynote speakers, attend workshops and…

Reflections on Te Tiriti o Waitangi workshop

Reflections on Te Tiriti o Waitangi workshop The following is a post by Christina Curley, a 2015 Flourishing Fellow on her reflections of attending Te Tiriti o Waitangi workshop. What does it mean to be a bicultural and purpose ­driven organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand? I’ve been thinking recently about this as I’m working through the process of creating organisational cultures for my startups (Upwards and Savvy Up), as growing a baby company from scratch means the chance to “bake in” cultural practices/tikanga. So it was with this frame of reference…