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Founder of The Kindness Institute


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 Center 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.

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. Women's Collective

The biggest impact that Kristina had was on the team as a whole. We now easily play to each other'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
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