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The Conversation

Video Series

EP1: Adam Sharplin

Adam Sharplin talks about how hunting, training, and spending time with his family contributes to his wellbeing. He also challenges men to feel their feelings, own them, and join in on activities with groups of men. 

EP2: Ian Mason

Ian talks with Sam O'Sullivan about how focusing on his family and chopping wood contribute to his wellbeing. And together we begin to question some of the ways we were taught to think and behave as people in NZ. 

EP3: Leo Murray

Leo Murray talks about how he finds focus through connecting with people, nature, and building community. He believes that true bravery is becoming aware of unhelpful cultural norms, listening to feedback, feeling emotions as they happen and responding consciously, and aligning our behaviour with our values, even if it means becoming vulnerable to being cut down by others!

Leo is well known man in Tauranga for creating events that bring people together. He runs his own sustainability consultancy called Why Waste, which focuses on diverting organic waste from landfills to reduce methane from changing the climate of our planet!

EP4: Matt & Wendy Rayner

Matt and Wendy talk about the changes they made together to improve their wellbeing and strengthen their relationship in response to Matt's breakdown. On the surface Matt comes across as a "laid-back surfer type" who has it all together, but as he points out "people have layers". Matt talks about how anxiety and stress along with an injury in his 30's pushed him over the edge. He described how he found strength through talking to mates and practicing mindfulness meditation. Wendy talks about how Matt's breakdown affected her feelings towards him, but how getting in touch with her own strength allowed her to love Matt for all that he is.

EP5: Cam Ryan

Cameron Ryan talks about how time in the bush, fishing, and open conversations with mates have improved his wellbeing. Cam is doing what he loves - regenerating native bush in Mawhitipana Valley on Waiheke Island - although as a child living in the city he was taught that the bush was a dangerous place. He overcame this fear and the bush became more than just his home and work; for Cam the natural world is a lens he looks through to understand how we can support each other to grow and change in service of future generations.

EP6: Matiu Te Huki

Matiu Te Huki talks about how expressing his culture though the performing arts helped him overcome his shyness, find his purpose, and progress to becoming a leader. He discusses how learning to fully feel his feelings and find support from men, as well as women like his partner, have helped him improve himself. He also offers insight into what it is to be a man, and what he does on a daily basis to nourish his wellbeing.