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Podcasts and videos about the benefits of connecting with nature

The panel with Ali Jones and Claire Matthews (Part 2)

(2016, June 28). Radio New Zealand.

University of Queensland research in conjunction with the Australian Government has found people who spend 30 minutes a week in parks are less likely to have high blood pressure or mental health issues.

How nature is good for our wellbeing  

(2015, August). Radio New Zealand.

What makes us happy? Environmental scientist Lin Roberts and colleagues argue in their new report, The Nature of Wellbeing, that nature is a key factor in our happiness, and that ecosystem services delivered by indigenous biodiversity and natural ecosystems contribute in a wide variety of ways to the wellbeing of New Zealand and New Zealanders.


Fifty: The Movie

(2015). Running Wild & Flashworks Media.

FIFTY – The Movie follows Mal Law’s bold attempt to run 50 mountain marathons over 50 peaks in just 50 days, all around New Zealand, to raise an enormous amount of money for the Mental Health Foundation. The film is every bit as unique and epic as the adventure it traces, but it’s also about so much more than just stunning mountain scenery and awesome trail running. It’s about the "power of purpose" and what is possible when thousands of people get together behind one man to help achieve something utterly remarkable.


Project Wild Thing

(2013). UK: Green Lions.

Filmmaker David Bond is a worried man. His kids' waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors – not like it was back in his day. He decides it's time to get back to nature – literally.


The Wild Network - David Bond 

(2016, January 22). Radio New Zealand.

Concerned about the increasing amount of screen time for children, David made an award-winning film called Project Wild Thing in 2012. The film led to the creation of The Wild Network – a global movement of more than 25,000 people with the goal of getting kids to lead nature-rich lives. Jesse Mulligan talks with David Bond ahead of his visit to Auckland.


Ideas for 17 March 2013: Ecopsychology  

(2014, October). Radio New Zealand.

The idea that the environment has an impact on physical health is indisputable – but what impact is environmental degradation having on mental health? Can psychology offer insights into how to improve the environment? Ideas talks to Thomas Doherty, editor of the Ecopsychology journal; University of Auckland associate professor of psychology Niki Harre; and Victoria University senior lecturer in psychology Taciano Milfont.


Psychology for a Better World

(2012, August). Niki Harre.

Listen to author Niki Harre talk about her book Psychology for a Better World.


Feel better outside at the Green Gym


Mind staff joined the Ecominds-funded Camden Green Gym for one of their regular sessions in Regent's Park to find out how the project helps volunteers to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Mind funded a network of Green Gyms through TCV's Wellbeing Comes Naturally programme. 


Ecotherapy: An introduction

(2013). UK: MIND.

What is ecotherapy? This short film explains how using nature and the outdoors can improve mental wellbeing, particularly for people at risk of developing a mental health problem – or those who need support to manage an existing problem.


Ecotherapy in action

(2013). UK: MIND.

Ecotherapy is all about being active outdoors in nature. These inspirational participants at four Ecominds-supported projects talk about about how ecotherapy helped them to manage their health problems and open new doors.


The Big Picture: A Department of Conservation education programme

(2009, June). Department of Conservation.

Bugman, Ruud Kleinpaste takes to the mountains to explore how human health, wellbeing, and survival depend on the health, wellbeing and survival of the planet's ecosystems. From the mountains, rivers and forests to food and water, everything is connected and everything, from the tiniest of bugs, has a role to play.


Stanford researchers find mental health prescription

(2015, July 7). Stanford.

A Stanford-led study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression.  


Get hooked on nature: Ben Klasky at TEDxRainier

(2014, January 13).

As kids now spend more time with entertainment media, they're getting less and less time outdoors, despite the mental and physical health benefits. Ben Klasky, CEO of IslandWood, a 255-acre outdoor learning centre, proposes a free and natural remedy to the physical problems kids face: the great outdoors.


The health benefits of going outside

(2014, December).

Ecotherapy is emerging as a way to help rebuild our relationships with nature — and improve mental and physical health. James Hamblin visits San Francisco to learn more. 


Me whakawhanaunga 

Maramataka: Mutuwhenua

Monday 8 October

The moon phase today is called Mutuwhenua – it’s the last day of the lunar cycle. We suggest focusing on connecting with your whānau, friends and community in nature.

Focus on connecting with nature to uplift your wairua/spirit and those around you.


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Keep learning

Me ako tonu

Maramataka: Whiro

Tuesday 9 October

The moon phase today is called Whiro, the new moon, the beginning of the new moon cycle. A day where activity was minimal, a day for wananga/learning. This makes Tuesday a great day to Keep Learning.


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Take notice

 Me aro tonu

Maramataka: Tirea

Wednesday 10 October



The new moon is beginning to expand ever so slightly and can just be seen. See nature through a different lens and take some time to Take Notice and be inspired by what’s happening around you.


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Be active

Me kori tonu

Maramataka: Ohoata

Thursday 11 October

Today is a very good day for fishing, eeling and crayfishing, and a good day for planting which means it’s a great day to Be Active! Getting outside and exercising is good for your overall health and wellbeing and strengthens your connection with nature.

Remember to encourage people to be as physically active as their fitness and mobility allow. You don’t have to run a marathon to be active!


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Maramataka: Ouenuku

Friday 12 October

This is the fourth night of the lunar month. Today is a good day to rekindle your connections with nature, re-tell stories with whānau and give back.

Nature provides for us – it gives us everything we need to not only survive but thrive. We, in turn, have a kaitiaki/guardianship role to give back to nature for future generations.

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