Wellbeing webinars

Wellbeing webinars

Webinars that focus on the wellbeing and hauora of ākonga, kaiako and whānau.

These webinars were recorded over lockdown, but have ongoing resonance. All webinars have captions available in both English, and te reo Māori.

Diverse perspectives of hauora and wellbeing

This webinar explores collective thinking and understanding about transitioning back to school with a focus on diverse perspectives of hauora and wellbeing.

The hour-long webinar includes panellists from the classroom, student voice and academics.

Chaired by Associate Professor Melinda Webber.


  • Professor McNaughton
  • Educator Raiha Johnson
  • Educator Jason Swann
  • Student Maya Edmunds

Supporting students with learning support needs

This webinar is for whānau supporting children and young people with disabilities, high health needs, learning and behaviour difficulties to return to early learning services and schools.

Chaired by Dr David Wales, National Director, Learning Support SE&S


  • Mark Potter, Principal, Berhampore Primary School
  • Frian Wadia, parent
  • Roseanne Gibson, RTLB Cluster Manager
  • Sonja MacFarlane, Practice Adviser Māori (Pouhikiahurea)
  • Michelle Wood, Psychologist, Ministry of Education

Transitioning back to early learning services

This hour-long webinar brings together academic, kaiako and whānau voices from the early learning sector. It explores transitioning back to early learning services with a focus on wellbeing and hauora.

Among the topics discussed, panellists will share their knowledge about helping children to recognise, express and regulate emotions, ways to build on experiences from home during lockdown, and what we should pay particular attention to as infants and toddlers transition back to services. 

Chaired by Nathan Mikaere-Wallis, Neuroscience educator.


  • Leanne Clayton, Kaitiaki, Mana Tamariki kōhanga reo
  • Karen MacKay, Curriculum Manager BestStart (Palmerston North)
  • Dr Maria Cooper, Senior Lecturer, The University of Auckland
  • Kris Halliday: Teacher, Leeds St BestStart, Wellington
  • Justine O'Hara-Gregan, Professional Teaching Fellow, University of Auckland

Kindness for kaiako | Teacher wellbeing

This webinar is focused on wellbeing for principals and kaiako and explores different dimensions of wellbeing in the context of schools and learning services. 

As well as discussing conceptual frameworks participants discuss mindfulness, physical health, self-efficacy and connectedness, models such as Te Whare Tapa Whā and how they might be used in practice to support improved hauora and resilience for everyone.

Chaired by Jack Boyle, PPTA President.


  • Sarah Maindonald, Teacher and Guidance Counsellor, Mairehau School
  • Myles Ferris, Tumuaki of Te Kura o Otangarei and Maori Principals Association president

More perspectives about hauora and wellbeing

The Ministry’s Chief Scientific Advisor Stuart McNaughton hosts a second webinar where he and panellists continue to explore perspectives of hauora and wellbeing.

Panellist from schools, including the head girl of Aorere College, Aigaagalefili Fepulea’I Tapua’I, shares how it is going for them, give examples of effective practise and how they have sustained new ways of learning in their context. 


  • Damon Salesa, Associate Professor of Pacific Studies and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Pacific)
  • Fili Fepulea'i-Tapua'i , Head girl of Aorere college
  • Latai Charlton-Fa'apoi, Teacher at Target Road School
  • Rula Talahma, Senior Adviser Migrant and Refugee Support at Ministry of Education