MEET THE M3 WHĀNAU
FOUNDER - JASE TE PATU
Iwi - Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Ruanui, and Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Jase Te Patu is a TEDx speaker, an Edmund Hillary Fellow and an award winning facilitator of yoga and mindfulness.
He has over 25 years' worth of experience teaching in the wellbeing industry. Jase is co-owner of Awhi Yoga and Wellbeing and Founder of M3 Mindfulness for children. His students include the All Blacks, the Hurricanes, the Pulse, the NZ School of Dance contemporary students, and many more high-performance athletes.
Jase has received various awards for his work particularly in the mental health and wellbeing space. These include the NZ Exercise Industry Awards- Body/Mind Teacher of the year in 2018, the Lifekeepers' Award for Suicide Prevention, the Regional Local Hero medal as part of the New Zealander of the Year Awards 2018 and the Absolutely Positively Wellington Award 2019.
"Yoga, mindfulness and meditation saved my life and M3 is a beautiful way to share these tools and skills with our young ones. If our tamariki and rangatahi can learn strategies from a young age to help them, especially when they are challenged mentally and emotionally, then they will be resourced for life!"
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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.”
Te Reo Māori Trainer
Ko Maunga Pōhatu te maunga
Ko Tauranga te awa
Ko Mātaatua te waka
Ko Tuapou te marae
Ko Tamakaimoana te hapū
Ko Tūhoe te iwi
I grew up in Wainuiomata immersed in Kōhanga reo, Kura Maori and then went on to Hukarere Girls College in Napier. I have a love for performing arts and kapa haka. I have been fortunate enough to perform at a senior level on the national stage at Te Matatini.
I am currently studying a bachelor's in Māori performing arts with a current degree in indigenous arts.
I have spent 6 years working in Kōhanga and Puna Reo also completing my Te Ara Tuarua. I have a passion for working with tamariki mokopuna teaching them our Reo through waiata and pūrakau.
Ko au tenei he whakatīpuranga nō te kōhanga reo, e whai ana i ngā mātauranga ā tānerore, ā hinerehia. Ko au tēnei e kimi huarahi ana kia puāwai ā tātou tamariki mokopuna i roto i te ao Māori.
Nāku iti nei Parehuia Onekawa
Iwi - Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Wae Wae, Ngāti Pākehā
Toa is a freelancing Contemporary/ Hip- Hop dancer from wellington. He graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2017. Since then he has performed both nationally and internationally in both the contemporary and Hip hop industry. Toa has worked with multiple artists and companies in NZ as well as co-creating with Osshcon Masseurs (also an M3 Trainer) and touring internationally their show ‘BLUEPRINT’, which debuted in the 2018 Wellington fringe festival. Toa, pre-Covid, frequently travelled to China and performed as a backup dancer for Taiwanese pop star Jolin Tsai and Canadian-Chinese Singer Kris Wu. Most recently Dancing for Taylor swift.
Currently, Toa is working on various films as a stuntman.
He has an immense passion for all things physical and challenging to both the mind and body. More specifically, the connection between the two and the importance of this. Throughout the past 3 years, he has been experimenting on himself to strengthen that mind-body connection and learning how to guide others through their own journey of that physical, mental exploration.
Toa is currently on a personal journey through his own whakapapa and taha Maori, to further ground himself in his values and morals.
Iwi - Samoa, Ngāti Pākehā
Ooshcon ‘A Decipherer Of Circles’ is an experimental Hip Hop movement artist of mixed Samoan and palagi origin with whakapapa connecting0 him to Vailele and Lalomanu in Samoa. Ooshcon is based in Aotearoa/New Zealand and is an award-winning choreographer, a respected Hip Hop and open-style battler, a sought-out performer with experimental skills in a range of Street Dance styles. Ooshcon is a member within the ‘Temple Of Hip Hop’ who are the ministry, archive, school and society who preserve and develop Hip Hop as an international culture, acknowledged by the United Nations.
Ooshcon intersects Street Style dance skill sets and philosophies, with his devotion and training in the navigation towards a deeper experience and expression of love within men. With the trust and collaboration within these communities, Ooshcon uses these skill sets as a platform to speak into and identify the obstacles that prevent young people and specifically men from deepening their connection with themselves and their surroundings.
Ooshcon is a mentor and facilitator of multiple creative programmes for young people, empowering them to discover a deeper connection to self and each other through the intersection of movement and intentional talanoa.
Iwi – Cook Island Māori: Matavera Village, Samoa: Saluafata and Tuamoa.
Dayna was born and raised in a home full of laughter, love and support. Growing up with 3 brothers meant there was an adventure around every corner and an everlasting feeling of protection. Her family are the pillars in her life that keep her humble and grounded.
Dayna has recently come back home to Upper Hutt, Wellington from an 18-month journey overseas where she spent exploring new cultures, landmarks and food. Outside of mahi you can find Dayna on a rugby field, tools in hand learning home DIY, nose in a non-fiction book or spending quality time whānau and friends.
Standing proudly in her space, she is fuelled with passion and courage to be of service to others. With an understanding of life's ugly and heartbreaking challenges, she is lead by her heart to be apart of the solution.
Blessed with the gift of the gab, she can offer you a promise to build meaningful connections, to always listen with an open heart and her full commitment to this kaupapa.
“I’m grateful and honoured to have this opportunity to work beside our tamariki and teach them tools to support themselves when life gets tough”
Iwi - Te Atiawa, Ngā Rauru, Kītahi, and Hāmoa.
Maddie is a Yoga Teacher, Barre Instructor, and Somatics Embodiment Coach based in Auckland.
Her passion and for working with Rangatahi and the wider community has her as a Youth Mentor for The Kindness Institute and their ATAWHAI program for the last 2 years.
Maddies own experiance of Yoga had her complete her Teacher Training in Wellington with Jase Te Patu and Justine Hamill at the then PowerLiving Studio (now Awhi Yoga) in Wellington as her Facilitators.
In recent years using Yoga and Somatics practises Maddie has helped deepen the awareness of identifying the link between past trauma and the bodies ability to store this.
These potent tools of Yoga, breathwork and mindflness can continue to redirect and reconnect us back to ourselves. We can begin to move, heal and release so we can empower ourselves to be the best version of us.
Maddie is also a māmā to two tamariki Neihana and Āio and is excited and passionate to be part if the M3 whānau. To share these beautiful gifts and important tools to help our future generations.
Iwi - Ngāti Pākehā
David grew up in a small village in Bavaria, Germany and had dreamt about the South-Pacific inspired by books and documentaries from a young age. Shortly after finishing an apprenticeship in engineering, exploring martial arts and other extreme sports he was called to break out of his shell and social conditioning looking for a new life elsewhere. He has found himself in Aotearoa as a traveller in 2014 and returned as an international student enrolled to study Marine Studies and Biological Sciences.
David has lived on a yacht for over two years sailing around the coast of the New Zealand North Island and to Fiji deepening his affinity for adventure and the oceans since. He has joined the non-profit organisation Mockingbird as Environmental Activities Coordinator and Mentor in the beginning of 2019 to work with neurodiverse children and to support their passions. Working with Mockingbird allows him to share his brought skill set with youth that struggle to swim with the often difficult to navigate currents of our modern society while supporting whanau with raising their rangatahi.
While working closely with families that fall through the cracks of the public school system he is aiming to close the loop as a M3 trainer to teach what really is important in a world that changes with exponential speed. Take a breath, stay calm and listen to your gut.