Our volunteer team
Jen is a lawyer specialising in Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi issues and a passionate advocate for children and young people's’ rights. She chairs the board of YouthLaw Aotearoa Inc. and sits on the management committee of Child Poverty Action Group. She is also a long-practising yogi and completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2017. She works with The Kindness Institute because she believes in making Mindfulness and Yoga accessible to everyone, especially our rangatahi.
Robyn is a digital content creator, film nerd & mama. She has worked in social media for the past 6 years and is stoked to be able to help tell the story of an organisation working with young people to cultivate the tools they need to navigate stress, build resilience and realise their epicness.
Lauren McLay is an actress based in Auckland. She's an experienced administrator and amazing at making sure things run smoothly! Her passion is to see youth reach their potential. Lauren found the Mindfulness 4 week course at The Kindness Institute personally transformational. "To be able to help in any capacity for TKI is nothing but rewarding," she says.
Nikki is a corporate lawyer, mother, yoga teacher and author. She has practised yoga and meditation for over 20 years and has seen from personal experience the transformative effects of these practices. Nikki believes that self-love is so critical to living well and that living mindfully can help us to love ourselves more fully. Nikki feels privileged to be able to combine her professional skills and her love of yoga and young people by working with The Kindness Institute.
Julia is a mum and teacher who shares the dream of seeing mental skills training available to all rangatahi. Before stepping into education, Julia worked as a Qualitative Research Specialist and she uses these skills to support our Research and Evaluation programme of Atawhai. She believes that the mahi of The Kindness Institute is so important and she is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it.
I arrived in NZ eight years ago and fell in love. After supporting people with mental ill health and homelessness issues in the UK, I wanted to continue this mahi in NZ. Atawhai is an incredible safe space that I am proud to support. You’ll find me driving the rangatahi around Auckland with google maps support!
Kate’s our digital whizz and helps us to keep the website in ship shape. She gets anxious about people being anxious so joined the Kindness Institute so that she could use her digital skills to help people learn more about managing stress and anxiety.
Chelsea has significant experience in office management & organisational support. Her previous charity work has had a strong focus on youth development and personal enablement as these are extremely close to her heart.
With added years of experience in music events and personal management, she brings a unique ability to relate to people from any age or background. She is passionate about Te Reo Māori, holistic healing, alternative music and helping people become better at helping themselves.
Therese is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher and dreams of bringing Yoga into the lives of many more people who would normally not have access to the practice. Therese teaches our 5-11 year olds. During the day, Therese works as a project and events manager, so was the perfect person to help organise all our behind-the-scenes-logistics for ATAWHAI. From organising sponsors, liaising with our team, and helping to plan all the requirements, Therese made sure it happened.
Having taught yoga for over 10 years, Deb has witnessed first hand the changes Yoga and Mindfulness can make to lives, and volunteers because she thinks its important to make them available to people who would not feel comfortable or be able to afford studio classes. Deb left her corporate IT role to teach Yoga full-time in 2017 and started volunteering with us in operations support and in teaching yoga at Wiri Womens Prison.
Alecia is an accountant that specialises in working with the creative industries. She is also a mother of two young children and a long practising yogi. She has personally seen the incredible effects of mindfulness and yoga with her own little ones, and believes strongly that all rangatahi should be introduced to these practises so they can manage the daily challenges of life and to give them the tools to navigate tough times in the best possible way. Alecia is thrilled to be able to support The Kindness Institute in their essential work, by providing advice and guidance on all matters financial.