FOUNDER - JASE TE PATU
Iwi - Ngāti Apa and Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Jase Te Patu is an award winning facilitator with more than 25 years of experience in the health and wellness sector – first in group fitness, then dance and now yoga and meditation.
Before he discovered yoga, Jase was a performer in musicals like the Lion King, Jersey Boys and Miss Saigon – the Australian Tours. He also trained instructors for Les Mills around the globe.
Jase is co-owner of Awhi Yoga and Wellbeing. His students include, the All Blacks, the Hurricanes, the Silver Ferns, the Pulse, the New Zealand School of Dance contemporary students and many more high-performing athletes. Jase is also creator of the Te Reo Yoga cards and founder of M3 Mindfulness for Children. M3 comes in the form of videos and live sessions taught to over 10,000 Primary school and Early Childhood aged children throughout Aotearoa.
Jase has received many awards for his work, particularly in the mental health and wellbeing spaces. These include the NZ Exercise Industry Awards – Body/Mind Instructor of the year 2018, the Lifekeeper’s Award for Suicide prevention, the Regional Local Hero medal - New Zealander of the Year Awards 2018 and the Absolutely Positively Wellington Award, 2019 for services to the community.
Jase is a Champion for Youthline, an Edmund Hillary Fellow and an Ambassador for international active wear brand lululemon. The Mindfulness and mental health sector is the perfect space for Jase to share his wide and varied skillset with children and adults alike. His message can be seen here in his popular 2019 Ted X Wellington kōrero.
TED TALK >>> WATCH
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MEET THE WHĀNAU
Iwi - Ngāti Rangitihi and Ngāi Tahu
Rinaha is a professional dancer who has spent the past five years working and travelling abroad.
Her passion for dance and travel lead her to perform onboard cruise ships and sail around the world. One of her highlights has been working for Princess Cruise Lines as Assistant Company Manager and dancing in their brand new show ‘Fantastic Journey’. She is trained in many different styles of dance and has been lucky enough to travel to over 60 countries.
Rinaha is settling back home in Wellington and loving her new adventures on land. She is studying to be a qualified personal trainer is a certified Yoga teacher with Awhi Yoga and Wellbeing under Jase's mentorship. With a background in dance teaching and working with children, she is excited and honoured to be a part of the M3 team.
“This inspiring programme that Jase has created is so important in all its elements and I cannot wait to share it with our tamariki.”
Iwi - Ngāti Pākehā
Milly grew up in Auckland as a very active kid; dancing, running and swimming throughout her school life. When she left school she fell in love with vinyasa yoga, especially the physicality and the dance-like aspects of the practice. She started yoga at 16 years and has been teaching yoga since completing her 200hr RYT with Jase in 2017. It was here that she dropped deeper into the true benefits of yoga - beyond the physical.
Milly lived in Canada for 2 years and taught on the ski fields where she also trained as a Vinyasa Yoga for Youth teacher with Ryan Leier in Saskatoon. Milly brings her passion for yoga, her curiosity for Māori culture and a desire to share mindfulness with our kiwi kids to the M3 teaching team.