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K-Pop Dance Workshop for MHAW


New Zealanders are getting a taste of K-Pop dance (Korean pop music) this Mental Health Awareness Week.

The Consulate of the Republic of Korea is running a series of free K-Pop dance workshops to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week and Auckland’s annual Korea Festival.

The dance classes will be led by internationally acclaimed choreographer Rina Chae and 12 Auckland schools will be selected to take part in a total of 24 classes.

An additional three sessions are open to the public during Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 October), which falls during the October school holidays.

Korean Consul General Baekwan Hong says supporting Mental Health Awareness Week shows the Consulate’s commitment to raising awareness of mental health and mental illness in New Zealand.

Hong hopes the workshops will be an opportunity to introduce K-Pop to more New Zealanders and encourage them to make new friends, keep active and ultimately stay healthy – physically and mentally.

He feels the workshops align with the Mental Health Foundation’s Five Ways to Wellbeing (Keep Learning, Give, Be Active, Take Notice and Connect) – five simple actions proven to boost wellbeing.

The workshops are open to the public, but spots are limited for each class so please register your interest. To enrol, email your name, contact details, and a number of people who wish to attend to re.reconnectnz@gmail.com.

What: K-Pop Dance Workshop by Rina Chae for the Mental Health Awareness Week 2018
When: Monday 8 October, Wednesday 10 October and Friday 12 October
(11 am – 12 pm, a set of three sessions for free)
Where: Ellen Melville Centre, 1 Freyberg Place, Auckland
Who: 80 people per class. To enrol, write to re.reconnectnz@gmail.com
(Name, Contacts, Number of people who wish to attend the classes)

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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