Kirsten Matthew is a writer, editor and the owner of Mabel Maguire Ltd, a small but perfectly formed creative agency. Her first foray into volunteer work was while living in New York, with Big Brother, Big Sister USA, and it crystallised her belief that anyone can make a difference in the world with their time, effort and love. Back in New Zealand, she works with The Kindness Institute because she believes every kid in New Zealand deserves love, support, encouragement... and the best tools possible to manage the stresses and hardships life brings.
“Sum” means “heart” and this has guided Sum throughout her life. She is passionate about helping others and volunteering and it’s been through her volunteer work that she’s had the privilege to work with young people – she finds it energising and inspiring hanging out with young people and loves being able to support them to reach their potential. Sum has a background in law, youth development, corporate philanthropy and sustainability and has been a long time volunteer at Youthline and enjoys mentoring young people, currently volunteering with the First Foundation. Sum is currently Community Manager at Westpac.
The kaupapa of the Kindness Institute resonates with Sum – it’s empowering and strengths-based and is helping young people prepare for the ups and downs of life and in an ever changing world.
Kristina is a Coach and Educator, specialising in Mindfulness, Yoga & Stress Reduction. Kristina spent 8 years working around the world with communities dealing with stress & trauma. Kristina's background is in education, leadership, not for profit management, public speaking and fundraising. Kristina 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 & John Hopkins Medical School and The School for The Work of Byron Katie. Kristina believes that everyone deserves the tools to manage stress and transform their own lives, which is why she founded The Kindness Institute!