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What I learnt from my time with Lifehack

I have dreamt and thought about Lifehack for the last three and a half years. Since joining the team in early 2014, I have done just about all of the roles and tasks under the sun, from organising events to …

Online Project Kitchens

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Experimenting with online facilitation

Over the past six months, Lifehack has been experimenting with online environment as a way to get ideas off the ground and awhi the work of various members of our community.

In February, Olivia & Kieran …

How can you live and work bi-culturally in Aotearoa New Zealand?


Lifehack Flourishing Fellow, hustler and Glen Innes #GITilliDie mana wahine Christina Leef recently hosted a kōrero around living and working biculturally. A kōrero interspersed with lyrical junctures, the uncovering of assumptions and some brave patai (questions) that sparked some important …

The Lifehack Community: successes, failures and futures

Community blog post Jan 2017

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 …

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, …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Mapping our network

Toni, Dayna and myself took a bit of time last week to map out the Lifehack network and universe.

Collaboration is baked into what we do—but when we put it on paper (or screen) it became even more obvious. Seeing …

Ngā Uri Ō at Design for Social Innovation Symposium 2016

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On the 13th of July Lifehack delivered three 10-minute mini workshops at the Design for Social Innovation Symposium hosted at Massey University to share a tool we’re developing called Ngā Uri Ō. It’s a prototype concept to capture the importance …

Ngā Uri Ō – Descendants of

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The Journey of Ngā Uri Ō

(photos of Ngā Uri Ō at the Sovereign and Youthline workshop March 2016)

Earlier in the year Lifehack gathered in Manukau along with Sovereign and Youthline where we facilitated 1.5 days of looking at …

The Shifterhood is coming back to town

Photo by Natalie Proctor / Simon Jarvis

The Lifehack team has had the delight of following Fran ‘A-MAZING’ McEwen since she first joined us for last year’s Fellowship. Shortly after the Fellowship, Lifehack ran a programme called Te Kōanga, which …

Participant’s Reflection on the Fellowship so far: George Gribbin

A couple of weeks ago we hosted the first hui of this year’s Flourishing Fellowship. We spent five days at Waihōanga Centre for Well-being getting to know each other, ourselves and increasing our understanding of the opportunities and barriers when …

A year and a bit in Lifehack — Simon


A year with Lifehack

Something of a review of time

From where it began


April 2015 feels like a long time ago, especially given how this journey has been so full and emergent. I often look back at how …

Rediscovering roots: Christina Leef on weaving our stories


He uri tēnei ō Te Rarawa

Ko Panguru tōku māunga

Ko Hokianga tōku moana

Ko Waihou tōku awa

Ko Nuku Tawhiti tōku waka

Ko Waipuna tōku marae


He uri anō tenei o kuki Airani

Nō te moutere ō Aitutaki. …

Michael Smith: At the intersection: reflections from three years at the intersection

Michael was a participant on our Lifehack Labs programme in 2014. Below is a story captured about his journey along his own path of wellbeing across the last three years.


Michael had spent most of his life cruising through …

Nick Laurence: Be mindful, make a difference

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In continuing on from introducing one of 2015’s Flourishing Fellows, we’re proud to present Nick Laurence and his journey thus far. Nick joined us in July last year for the Flourishing Fellowship and has since then continued on to launch …

From Tee-Ball to Dancing: How caring about young women’s wellbeing starts with putting them at the center


Fran was a participant in our Flourishing Fellowship in 2015. After completing the Fellowship she went on with her project and team to be a part of Te Kōanga; a programme aiming to accelerate projects from idea to product and …

Tools for enriching wellbeing in self and others


Toni and Gina attended the Youth Collaborative Hui in Christchurch last month. Not only is it a great gathering of researchers and front-line workers in the youth and wellbeing space, but it was also a good opportunity to catch up …

Heading to OuiShare Fest in Paris and other amazing places

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From the 18-20 May 2016, 2000 people will gather in Paris to explore the future of the collaborative economy. OuiShare Fest, now in its fourth year, is hosted by the network with the same name. It’s a distributed, non-profit and …