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             Please let us know if you are considering an in-house workshop or would like an Open workshop in your area ASAP.

Kia ora and welcome to Rock and Water NZ

Rock and Water is a scientifically proven, evidence-based programme used to develop social skills, self-control, self-confidence, self-respect and self-realisation for students and adults, using a holistic approach.

Rock and Water New Zealand Ltd provide training workshops for educators (teachers, teacher aides, social workers, police officers youth workers, counselors etc). We specialise in training whole staff (Closed workshops), as well as deliver Rock and Water programmes to schools and organisations. 

We offer free taster sessions to school staff and organisations

- contact us if you would like to organise a presentation at your school or organisation. 

Rock and Water develops empowerment for the participants; connects them to their own strength and feelings, beliefs and values, and allows them to grow into great kids and great men and women, confident in themselves and connected to those around them. The programme develops respect (manaakitanga), caring (whanaungatanga) and solidarity (kotahitanga), using exciting games and exercises to engage, enlighten and empower. 

The Rock and Water programme is delivered in many countries around the world by teachers, youth workers, counsellors, police officers etc. It is used in Primary, Intermediate and Secondary Schools across New Zealand, as well as by local social service providers.

The Rock and Water Programme assists participants to live positively in a multicultural society like New Zealand's. By teaching children from 5 years old upwards to recognise and control emotions, understand body language and develop excellent communication skills, participants develop a strong awareness of themselves and of others, and learn to play, learn and live together. 

Rock and Water is an incredibly flexible programme and is used in a multitude of ways to meet the needs of whole schools and organisations, classes, small groups or individuals.

It can be used as a powerful social skills/relationship development programme, a very effective anti-bullying tool, as a counselling tool, to help all students (including those with ASD and special needs) to reduce anxiety, develop confidence, body- and emotional awareness, and to develop positive, healthy education and work environments. It can be used to further enhance the progress made with PB4L in schools, as Rock and Water can target all students (the 80, 15 and 5) and it creates a real awareness for educators about how they interact and communicate with our young people.


"I attended the rock and Water workshop in Taumaranui recently (June 2015) and LOVED it!Thank you.
The benefits are huge for our communities to be utilising such a simplistic, safe and self-respecting way of communicating, interacting and engaging with each other professionally, personally, positively or whenever negativity/conflict has a place.
Well done on a superb, extra-ordinary programme based on everyday simple and compassionate strategies…
I loved it…
Thank you thank you thank you."



Research by Rutgers WPF and the Trimbos Institute (peer reviewed and published in the international Journal of Sexual Aggression, April 2015) has shown that the psychophysical resilience programme Rock and Water helps to boost self-confidence, curb impulsive behaviour and deter sexually transgressive behaviour in boys.

You can read the full research report HERE

In an outcome study, about 500 boys aged 14 to 17 in nine Dutch vocational schools completed a series of three questionnaires over a six- to seven-month period. The schools were divided into two groups: experimental schools and control schools. Boys in the experimental schools received 14 weekly Rock and Water social competence lessons.

Behavioural outcomes included:

  • Significantly less likely than previously to use verbal manipulation techniques such as insistence, lying, temper outbursts or blackmail to make sexual advances. No such changes were seen in the boys who did not receive the course in their schools.
  • The Rock and Water participants also showed  improvements in terms of self-regulation and self-confidence, meaning they reacted less impulsively and had more faith in their own capabilities.

More details available from the Trimbos Instituut website HERE


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Rock and Water New Zealand Ltd  is proud to work in conjunction with the international Gadaku Institute. We are the sole providers of training for educators wanting to run Rock and Water Programmes in New Zealand.


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"Terrific potential to change young people's lives - school leaders need to be involved in it"

Brendon Henderson
Principal, Tawa Intermediate
December 2013 workshop evaluation

"Fits in perfectly with Glasser and Restorative Justice"

Primary teacher, July 2014

The Office for the Commissioner in New Zealand has produced a report about bullying and anti-violence programmes in New Zealand. Rock and Water is featured in their publication, School Safety (see page 121 of the report).

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