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Kristina
Cavit

Founder of The Kindness Institute

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Kristina Cavit has spent almost a decade working with marginalised communities facing stress and trauma in New Zealand and around the world.

After Kristina experienced Mindfulness as profoundly effective in overcoming challenges in her own life and the lives of others, she founded The Kindness Institute, a not-for-profit organisation hellbent on creating a world where everyone has the tools to manage stress and live meaningful lives. Kristina and her team deliver life changing Mindfulness based programs for individuals, schools, youth justice and youth who've been kicked out of school. 100% of Rangatahi in her core program report a reduction in stress.

She has trained with world leading organisations including Jon Kabat-Zinn's Centre for Mindfulness through the University Of Massachusetts Medical School, The Holistic Life Foundation, supported by Harvard and John Hopkins Medical School, and The Institute of The Work of Byron Katie.

Kristina founded NPH New Zealand, which supports almost 4,000 orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America. She lived at the NPH orphanage in the Dominican Republic for two years in management, education and development.

Kristina is also the co-founder of FAT YOGA NZ which is a body positive community, fighting to change negative perceptions of the body.

She was nominated for Young New Zealander of the Year, became a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2018 and received a Local Hero Award.

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Diversity and Inclusion

Kristina has spent the last 11 years supporting marginalised communities dealing with trauma and extreme adversity.

Kristina is the founder of The Kindness Institute, a not-for-profit organisation hellbent on creating a world where everyone has the tools to manage stress and live meaningful lives. She supports thousands of young people and their whanau to learn the skills to deal with life's challenges.

Kristina is the founder of three successful organisations which are all grounded in diversity, whanaungatanga and hauora (health). She is passionate about building people up from the grassroots level to create a more diverse, safe and empowering workplace culture.

The Kindness Institute is grounded in hauora Maori and creates employment opportunities and workplace mentoring for their rangatahi (youth) community. Kristina is passionate about empowering youth, wahine, Maori, Pasifika and marginalised communities to have the support they deserve to thrive in the workplace.

In this presentation, Kristina will share her story and support you to understand how Maori health model Te Whare tapa wha can support growth. She will talk alongside one of her amazing young people from The Kindness Institute who will share the rangatahi (youth) perspective on how to support rangatahi and wahine Maori to thrive in your organisation.

Empowering Women

Kristina has spent the last 11 years supporting women & girls facing extreme adversity. She has worked with women in prison, teen parents, victims of sex trafficking, abandoned children and refugee women. Kristina has seen the brutal reality of violence against women & girls and has dedicated her life to empowering women & girls.

Kristina is the founder of The Kindness Institute, a not-for-profit organisation hellbent on creating a world where everyone has the tools to manage stress and live meaningful lives. She supports thousands of young people and their whanau to learn the skills to deal with life's challenges.

Kristina is the co-founder of FAT YOGA NZ which is a body positive community, fighting to change negative perceptions of the body. Kristina developed a successful girls empowerment project in Latin America and is the founder of NPH New Zealand which supports thousands of children to reach their full potential in Latin America.
Kristina is passionate about supporting all wahine to find body peace and to develop fierce self efficacy. Her inspirational talk shares her story supporting girls & women over the past decade, and how we can all role model female empowerment - no matter your gender.

At 30 years old, Kristina was one of the youngest women to become a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to youth and community in 2018. She received a Women's Fund Champion of Change award, was a finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year, received a Local Hero Award in 2014, and became a University of Auckland's 40 under 40.

Empowering teams in a post COVID world (productivity and connectedness)

Research shows that the resilience & success of your organisation starts with personal resilience. Kristina empowers teams to achieve resilience, connection & to regain motivation in a post covid world.

Her inspirational presentation includes;
¢ Understanding burnout, what causes it & the science behind it
¢ The most effective evidence based ways to deal with burnout & stress overdrive
¢ How to get your groove back & find your inspiration
¢ 4 A's: ask, affirm, assess, act
¢ How to focus on the possibilities - developing a what-can-I-do attitude�
¢ Mindfulness & resilience as a driving force of success
¢ How to develop courageous leadership
Feedback
The biggest impact that Kristina had was on the team as a whole. We now easily play to eachother's strengths and offer support where we know our colleagues may struggle. This has created a safe, supportive work environment where we all feel heard and considered. Nga Rangatahi Toa

Kristina is a true storyteller with magical powers. She wove how she has arrived at this place of kindness with richness and authenticity; she grounded the audience with her wisdom. The magical experience was the guided meditation; the audience was claimed in under 2 minutes to a place of tranquility and serenity. What an experience!

AIA

Kristina was AMAZING. She has the most calming presence about her. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed listening to her speak, and would love to work with her again.

AIA

Kristina spoke at our 'Upgrade Your Wellbeing' event... Her approach was so warm, engaging, educational and authentic. Kristina's work is far-reaching in its effect and our event was no exception. Simply put, she changed my life as well as many others in the room that night.

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