Rock and Water Program New Zealand

Rock and Water is an evidence-based, scientifically proven programme 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 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 Ed 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 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).

Rock and Water New Zealand double koru logo

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.

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
2019: We are eagerly waiting for the findings from new scientific research into the Rock and Water for Primary Schools programme to be published. This research involved over 600 students across 16 schools…and the results are very exciting!! Publication due April 2019.

2019 Workshops

The 2019 workshop calendar is now being developed and registrations are open. More information is available HERE. Further dates will be added soon. Please contact us if you would like a workshop in your area or a Closed (in-house) workshop for your organisation.


Accreditation Training   April 15th – 17th 2019   –  Waimea College, Nelson     REGISTER NOW

Rock & Water for Children and Adults Living with ASD         NEW DATES October 1st & 2nd 2019       Wellington    REGISTER NOW

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