Social Safety Development

Self-Confidence • Self-Awareness • Self-Realisation

He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
 It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

 Rock and Water is an evidence-based, scientifically proven programme used to develop social skills, self-control, self-confidence, self-respect and self-realisation for students and adults, using a holistic approach. It is used in at least 30 countries and has been delivered to an estimated 2 million young people.

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

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Rock and Water develops empowerment for the participants; connects them to their own strength and feelings, beliefs and values.

The programme develops respect (manaakitanga), caring (whanaungatanga) and solidarity (kotahitanga), using exciting games and exercises to engage, enlighten and empower. 

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

  • a powerful social skills/relationship development programme
  • a very effective anti-bullying tool
  • can help all students (including those with ASD, special needs etc)
  • to reduce anxiety
  • to develop positive, healthy education and work environments
  • to further enhance the progress made with programmes such as PB4L in schools (bring your values and expectations alive for your students) 
  • it creates a real awareness for educators about how they interact and communicate with our young people.

Rock and Water is not prescriptive - you adapt it to meet your needs. 

 "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

Further details available from the Trimbos Instituut website HERE

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2017 Workshops

The 2017 workshop calendar is now available and registrations are open. 

More information is available HERE



Rock and Water program
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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