Episode 1: Matt & Sarah Brown
Here is Matt & Sarah Brown, from Christchurch, New Zealand. Matt is a world-ranked barber and hair-artist. His barbershop has become a space for men to talk about their life without being judged. He has created this space by being vulnerable himself and sharing his own stories. His mantra to change the world: "Seek to understand, not to be understood."
Episode 2: Caine Tauwhare
Caine shares with us the practice of whakairo, or traditional Māori wood carving. He was taught whakairo from a young age, which he now shares with others through mentoring and teaching. Caine communicates his wisdom about how whakairo expresses a deep connection to ancestors & land.
Episode 3: Richard Hurt-long | Kevin & Raewyn Crozier
In this episode, Richard, Kevin, and Raewyn (Kev's partner) share their experiences of the Christchurch earthquake. Firefighters Kev & Richard go into detail about their trauma from responding to the CTV building. They courageously talk about their huge losses as a result of the earthquake, dealing with tragedies in the community, as well as some contrasting and humorous false alarms. They both emphasise how important the support of their fellow firefighters has been and how important those close relationships are to them. They speak about their own well being practices of finding somewhere to wind down, and "let your hair loose."
Episode 4: Doug Avery
Doug is a well-known farmer from Seddon who has experienced his fair share of hard times farming in the drought striken Marlborough region of the South Island. Having persevered through droughts, earthquakes, and more, after losing all hope and coming out stronger on the other side, Doug tells us what tools he's created for his own resilience and a better outcome.
Episode 5: Sam don Barber
Sam don Barber is traveling Aotearoa in his van trading haircuts for services to raise awareness of masculinity, communication, and men's mental health. This is a thought provoking conversation that will lead you to question your very conditioning. “The Sam’s" discuss their experiences of exploring men’s mental health in Aotearoa and take the conversation about gender to a new level for Tough Talk.
Episode 6: Harlem Ratapu
Harlem is a spear fisherman, bee keeper, and amateur film maker who is setting a good example for our young ones. He talks about how aggression in relationships was the norm for him while growing up, which led to challenges in his relationships as an adult. Therapy helped him accept what was going on for him. The natural world taught him how to let go. He discusses how he manages anger and is now a role model for others to live more fulfilled lives.