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Well-known journalist and women's magazine editor.

Dealing with trauma doesn't mean you can't have a successful life.


Wendyl Nissen is a journalist, writer and broadcaster who has written 12 books. She lives in the Hokianga with her husband, journalist Paul Little, her 90-year-old dad Cedric Nissen, two cows, two dogs, 14 free-ranging chickens and two cats.

Writer Wendyl Nissen is in demand as a speaker on dealing with dementia and new wisdom about old age. Her bestselling book My Mother and Other Secretsi/ talks about her mother's dementia and uncovers many insights into a disease which is becoming all too common in our elder community leaving families to care for their loved ones.

Wendyl deals with this sensitive topic with humour and empathy, and provides a pathway for those who are caring for the elderly

For more than 20 years Wendyl has been sharing her knowledge about how to live a natural life in an authentic way. Her bestselling books Natural Home, Natural Year and Natural Carei/ have all been enthusiastically embraced by people who are trying (and sometimes struggling) to live sustainably and be kind to the planet. Wendyl has many very funny stories about her attempts to do this and also great advice for anyone trying to live a better life.

Wendyl has dealt with much trauma and has negotiated several breakdowns. She became a highly successful magazine editor after losing her daughter Virginia to cot death in 1992 and the subsequent breakdown of her marriage. She managed to turn her life around then and has gone on to live what she considers her best life.

Talking Points

Elderly Care

How not to lose your mind when your loved one has lost theirs
How to care for a person with dementia and give them the best life they can have.
End of life planning - how to make sure you have the dignified death you and your family would want.

Natural Life

How to control the social media in your life
How to make sustainability part of your life.
How to go green in one weekend.
How to live naturally the authentic way.

Motivation and Inspiration

How to burnout and breakdown but still have a successful career.
How to navigate change and make sure you emerge a better person.
Taking control of your stress and learning to flourish again.
Dealing with surge capacity, anxiety and stress.
How to manage being a successful woman in New Zealand.
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