SPECIAL REPORTS

  • Celebrating Matariki

    SPECIAL REPORT: Celebrating Matariki

    "The importance of celebrating Matariki as a country, for tamariki Māori, cannot be understated. When your culture is seen and valued by the wider populace, it is uplifting and fills our tamariki with a sense of pride."

    Myles Ferris

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  • Building Resilience Post Pandemic

    SPECIAL REPORT: Building Resilience Post Pandemic

    “Resilience is the capacity to face, overcome, be strengthened and transformed by adversity. Never before, have parents needed the skills, the knowledge and the strategies to build resilience in their children as much as they do now."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • The Conflict in Ukraine

    SPECIAL REPORT: The Conflict in Ukraine

    “The evidence show us that having a supportive discussion about a stressful event can actually decrease a young person’s distress. Answering their questions honestly will help them process any difficult emotions that may arise."

    Dr Emma Woodward

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  • Respectful Language

    SPECIAL REPORT: Respectful Language

    “If you swear at someone, or about someone, you are actually committing an act of verbal violence. You transgress the usual rules of social interaction, impinging upon someone's self-image and their sense of dignity."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Managing Overwhelm

    SPECIAL REPORT: Managing Overwhelm

    “As human beings, our brains haven’t evolved fast enough to adapt to the digital world that we now live in. This means that the overload of messages that we receive through ever-present media platforms often results in stress, anxiety, and overwhelm."

    Dr Emma Woodward

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: The Wellbeing Barometer

    “Even if your family has not experienced as many lockdowns as some areas, the social, economic and psychological impacts over the coming months are uncertain. For many young people, it means that acquiring the skills for future independence remain in the balance."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Instilling Hope In Uncertain Times

    “Parents can help instil hope by encouraging their kids to see life as it is. Human beings, particularly young ones, hate uncertainty and often their natural response is to exhibit varying degrees of fear and anxiety."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Eating Disorders

    “Since the pandemic, the number of young people presenting with eating disorders has increased significantly, with demand for services in New Zealand more than doubling since 2020. Essentially, eating disorders are serious mental health problems."

    Dr Emma Woodward

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: COVID Fatigue & Youth Mental Health

    “I’m seeing more depression and anxiety in all age groups, but in adolescents it seems to be on steroids. When they look into the future now, they’re looking at one that wasn’t what they envisioned before."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Celebrating Mother’s Day

    “Mothers are the glue that connects and nourishes all of humanity. Recognising her unique role and supporting the contributions she makes to the family will go a long way towards making family life a little more harmonious."

    Dr Emma Woodward

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: A Conversation on Consent

    “Consent is an agreement between people to engage in sexual activity. It means freely choosing to say yes to sexual activity without being pressured into it through guilt, threats or peer influence. It’s always got to be clearly communicated - there should be no ambiguity or doubt."

    Dr Emma Woodward

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Transition to High School

    “All the transitions are important, but the transition to high school is unique due to the cognitive and emotional changes students are undergoing during this stage of their development. Starting high school can feel exciting and challenging, sometimes both at the same time!"

    Dr Emma Woodward

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  • Having to Alcohol Discussion

    SPECIAL REPORT: Having the Alcohol Discussion

    “A formula in dealing with adolescents is force equals resistance. Sometimes it just isn’t possible to stop them doing whatever it is they want to do. Regardless of everything, all you want is for them to come home safe, so start the conversation today!"

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Celebrating Father’s Day

    “Children who spend more time with their fathers during adolescence, usually have better social skills and a higher self-worth than those who do not. Fathers need to get in there and be involved, even if they get pushed away. Being persistent and present is important."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Riding the Corona Coaster

    “The Coronavirus has turned our lives upside down and asked us all to navigate a ton of uncertainty about what happens next. These changes are confronting, creating a perfect storm for a rise in anxiety, depression and substance abuse problems amongst young people."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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