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Have You Seen the Target Zero Documentary Yet? Watch Online

A very special documentary aired on Maori Television on the 15th of June. Target Zero highlights the need for suicide prevention strategies in NZ, Key to Life Charitable Trust‘s grassroots work across NZ, what gets people through and the solutions whanau and youth themselves are enacting in their schools and towns. IMG_0168


Engage Aotearoa would like to congratulate Mike King, Jo Methven, Tai Tupou and the rest of the Key to Life team on  the messages they have brought together in Target Zero. This is an inspiring example of what can come about when genuine people, with genuine passion, collaborate with their communities to fill community needs.

Watch Target Zero online here and share it on social media.

These are the kinds of ideas we need to be spreading.

Video Competition & Teaching Resource

Panui for Media Studies Teachers

The Mental Health Foundation is running a video competition for teenagers.

This is open to all students, but could be the product of a formative exercise for media production standards 2.6 and 3.6, for which a teaching unit plan is provided.

They are looking for a 30 second youth-friendly YouTube video that encourages youth to stop and pause when they hear  words like “nutjob”, “slut”, “schizo”, “mental”, and “homo”, and reflect on language that is stigmatising or discriminatory (especially in relation to mental illnesses).

The objectives are:

  • to provide students with  a useful insight into health marketing
  • to get students to help curtail bullying and to participate in mental health promotion
  • to generate a high-quality, resource we can use in a viral marketing campaign
  • it will be youth friendly and accessible
  • it will help to change people’s attitudes,
  • it well provide tools and skills to challenge inappropriate and demeaning language

What the brief will be for the video:

Work produced by youths has the potential to attract real interest from their peers.


Friday, 4th of April             Thehe unit plan will be sent to interested teachers

Friday, 20th of June          Entries close

Thursday, 17th of July      Awards ceremony

What the students will gain:

This will offer a meaningful learning opportunity based on the opportunity to produce a ‘real world’ product which will be used in a media campaign.

Research has indicated that teenagers care about the discriminatory language that they and their peers use, and would appreciate the opportunity to make clear statements about what is appropriate and what is not.

There will be prizes, and an award ceremony.

Perhaps more significantly, the winning students will achieve internet fame through a viral marketing campaign based on the winning videos; this will involve promotion through social media platforms and celebrity endorsements.

Teaching Resource.

This programme offers a high-quality teaching and summative assessment unit, including a lesson plans and assessment criteria, for media studies achievement standards 2.6 and 3.6 (media production), giving students practice in the skill of video production. This resource will be ready for the beginning of term 2.

If you are interested, please contact ivan@mentalhealth.org.nz, or on 027 2808972.

Rupene Mare’s Story On Waka Huia: Watch Online

74 year old Rupene Mare is a tough man and he has the ‘guns’ to prove it, but he is a long time sufferer of mental illness. In a TV One Waka Huia episode that screened on Sunday the 28th of July he talks intimately about his remarkable life.

Click here to watch the documentary online.

Being Me: Watch the Documentary Online

If you missed the TV One Attitude doco about Chris McMurray on Sunday July 14, you can watch it online here.

Chris McMurray, a talented performance poet and rapper was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder when he was a teenager. Today he uses his art to convey life with a mental illness.

The Attitude documentary is half an hour long and follows Chris as he attempts to learn more about his father and himself.

Real Life Story on TV One this Sunday 14 July at 8:30 am

Chris McMurray is a poet and a rapper. Words are his thing.

At nine he lost his father to a fatal heart attack… and he went down a disruptive path of drug use, after which he was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder.

Now at the age of twenty-two Chris uses his art to express what it’s like living with mental health problems and is looking to the future.

Share his story in the documentary this Sunday the 14th of July at 8:30 am on TV One.

Check out the promo clip here on Youtube.

One Woman Walking Hikoi Reaches Whanganui Monday 22 April 2013


Mental Notes Screening and Big reTHiNK Hikoi Meeting: Glenfield 17 Feb 2013

Meet Annie Chapman and view the Mental Notes documentary on Sunday 17th Feb, Auckland as part of her One Woman Walking: Hikoi for a Big reTHiNK of Mental Healthcare Choices. 

  • WHEN: Sunday 17th February 2013 2pm to 4.30pm (please be there by 1.45pm)
  • WHERE: Connect SR, 215 Wairau Rd Glenfield


  • 2.00pm – Screening of the NZ Documentary “Mental Notes” followed by questions with the filmmaker Jim Marbrook.
  • 3.30pm – Afternoon tea
  • 3.45pm – Annie Chapman – will talk about her hikoi and the insights of her journey so far.

COST: Suggested koha of $5.00.

All funds raised will go to support Annie’s walk. Any extra funds will be donated to the Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ

BOOKINGS: email info@hearingvoices.org.nz or tel Adrienne 027265 0266

Please let do RSVP if you are attending as spaces are limited.


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Help spread the word – invite your friends to the Facebook Event

An Ecology of Mind: Film Screening 26 Feb and Seminar 27 Feb 2013

Nora Bateson is the writer, director and producer of the award-winning documentary An Ecology of Mind, a
portrait of her father Gregory Bateson’s way of thinking. Currently Nora is travelling around the world with the film holding conversations and seminars with international change-makers, ecologists, anthropologists, psychologists, designers, IT people and countless other groups. Utilizing the film as a tool to introduce some of her father’s thinking tools, Nora is engaged in giving her audiences a lens through which to see the world that effects not only the way we see the world, but how we interact with it. In addition to hosting discussions at film festivals from Brazil to Budapest, she is currently writing a book about the practical application of systems thinking and complexity theory in everyday life, entitled, “Small Arcs of Larger Circles”. Nora has been a filmmaker, lecturer, and writer in many capacities and calls herself an interloper as she travels between conversations in different disciplines and with different audiences. She has developed curriculum for schools in Northern California, and produced and directed an award winning multimedia projects on intercultural understanding.

Movie screening : 26 February 6pm – 7.30pm, AUT City Campus, St Paul Street
Seminar: 27 February 9.00am, AUT City Campus, St Paul Street: Lunch is at 1pm and the seminar will finish at 4.00pm

Information and map to the specific lecture theatre will be provided later to registered participants.

To Register

Request a registration form from pd@psychology.org.nz

Return your registration form and pay your registration fee.

Send completed form to:
NZPsS, PO Box 4092, Wellington 6140
or fax to: 04 4734889
or scan and email to: pd@psychology.org.nz


Movie only

  • NZPsS member + AUT Staff $20.00
  • Non Member $40.00 
  • Students $10.00

Movie plus seminar

  • NZPsS member + AUT Staff $140.00
  • Non Member $190.00
  • Students $90.00

Free Concert and Music Docos in Devonport 15 December 2012

Devonstock is happening this Saturday, 15th of December, 3pm-7pm at Windsor Reserve.  With the support of Devonport-Takapuna Local Board and the Devonport Community Coordinator, Devonport’s youth forum, Youthink.Devo, have worked hard to bring to you this free community concert with a great line up of local youth bands.

Included are: Exit 420, Between the Lines, Five Mile Town, Josh Leys and Andy Keys, Petra Bullock and Liam Jaques.  This is a no alcohol event.

Following straight on after Devonstock, The Vic is screening two music documentaries at 7:30pm and 8:45pm respectively:

First up is Guitars from the Leafy Suburbs – a locally made film which “follows several of the Devonport’s finest young bands from their humble beginnings as recorded by studio engineer and mentor Rikki Morris, to their heady live concerts and growing success…”  Read more at: http://www.guitarsfromtheleafysuburbs.com/

The second film is the Rolling Stones documentary, Crossfire Hurricane.  The Vic will screen Crossfire Hurricane again on Saturday 22nd December at 8.30pm. For more info visit: www.rollingstones.com/crossfire-hurricane/

Contact Devonport Peninsula Trust: Making Community Happen 

Ph: 445 9533, Mob: 027 924 3494, Email: dportcomm@xtra.co.nz

Opening Doors to Reduce Seclusion

The Mental Health Foundation has launched Opening Doors, a video examining the use of seclusion and the long-lasting trauma it can cause to both patients and staff. Visit the Mental Health Foundation website for more information.