Rock and Water Programme New Zealand

Rock and Water is an evidence-based, scientifically proven programme (latest research published April 2019) used to develop social skills, self-control, self-confidence, emotional awareness, resilience, 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. Physical in nature, the programme uses  games and exercises to develop wellbeing through strong physical and emotional awareness (mindfulness and much more!), mental strength (including practical and effective strategies for developing and maintaining positive mental health, reduction of anxiety) and social competency (communication skills, assertiveness, dealing with bullying/violence, acceptance of others etc).

Rock and Water New Zealand Ltd provide training workshops for educators (teachers, teacher aides, RTLB, Special Education professionals, 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.

The latest comprehensive scientific evaluation of the Rock and Water Programme has been published (April 2019) and found that students (aged 7-14) who had received Rock and Water lessons showed decreases in bullying and being bullied, increases in self-esteem, self-regulation and social interaction, and decreased feelings of depression. The published article is available HERE.

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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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.


A comparison study focusing on children aged 7-14 and carried out by the University of Utrecht (published April 2019) can be found here.

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 develops empowerment for the participants; connects them to their own strength and feelings, beliefs and values. Participants develop self-confidence and understand they always have a choice in any situation – a Rock action or a Water action – and that the outcome will be influenced by their choice. 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/resiliency development programme
  • focus on emotional awareness and mental health
  • to develop a very effective anti-violence / anti-bullying toolkit
  • 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.
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. The whole article can be found HERE

2020 Workshops are being timetabled now. MORE INFO SOON


June 4th to 6th 2020                            Tawa Intermediate, Wellington            REGISTER NOW

June 18th to 20th 2020                        Queenspark School, Christchurch

ROCK & WATER FOR CHILDREN LIVING WITH ASD          DATES (TBC) April 7th & 8th 2020       Wellington    REGISTER NOW


Monday January 27th  Wellington – Tawa Intermediate School

Saturday Feb 29th  Christchurch – venue TBC

Saturday March 14th Hamilton – venue TBC

TWO-DAY ROCK & WATER FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TRAINING           April 15th & 16th    Tawa Intermediate, Wellington    


one boy holding up another student as he leans on him - needs to be strong and focused to do it.
Happy trainees showing their certificates
Two females preparing to find their strength and face a challenge