Welcome to At Source – a place where natural health and wellbeing is at the forefront of the conversation.

Gain useful insights direct from the source – from doctors, industry experts, wellness advocates and everything in between. This is a place for busy people who want to get to the core of health and wellness with information about the latest health advances and trends.

Health and wellbeing are often personal and subjective to perception – while one might classify mental health at the top of their list, another might say that clean eating and nutrients is what they focus on.

In this series we talk with and learn from inspiring leaders from all walks of life, touching on important topics that will help answer some of the key questions about natural health, wellbeing, fitness and all things direct from the source.

Season 7

October 1, 2023

Davina Rankin – on the real-life experiences of a picture-perfect influencer


Davina is a public figure and influencer who was brought into the spotlight after her appearances on reality TV shows Married at First Sight and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! She has since become a published children’s author with a focus on mindfulness and affirmations and is passionate about holistic wellness. She facilitates and hosts candid conversations on her podcast – Who? Me? – and is a celebrity speaker at events.

Things we chat about:

· The difference between being on reality TV and reality, and the impact it has on relationships and friendships.

· Her experience with postnatal depression.

· Conscious parenting and her children book series.

· Body image, being in the feminine and holistic living.

You can listen to her podcast Who? Me? on all major platforms, and find out more on her involvement with Geelong Women’s Business Club here: https://www.geelongwomensbusinessclub.com/

August 17, 2023

Dr Ros Ben-Moshe – on the theory and practice of laughter as therapy


Dr Ros Ben-Moshe is a positivity, resilience, and laughter-as-therapy academic at La Trobe University in Melbourne. She teaches positive psychology, is a researcher, and has authored two books.

Things we chat about:

· Why we laugh and what happens on a physiological level in our bodies when we do.

· Her books ‘The Laughter Effect’ and ‘Laughing at Cancer’, as well as her firsthand experiences.

· Dr Ben-Moshe’s research about older people living in aged care facilities and laughter yoga.

· The modern collective sense of humour and actionable takeaways for you about laughter.

You can also find out more about the La Trobe professional short course – Laughter, Resilience and Wellbeing – we talk about here: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/courses/short-courses/laughter-resilience-and-wellbeing

August 3, 2023

Tamzyn Adding – on embracing boldness


Tamzyn is a Founder and Company Director of Miss Lolo, an interior design company that injects the joy of colour into homes and commercial spaces in New Zealand, Australia, the US and Canada. With a degree in design and national business awards to her name, she’s an advocate for living boldly and authentically, and ignoring the trends that come and go. It’s an ethos she has always carried with her, from being a celebrity fashion stylist to birthing her company.

Things we chat about:

· Encouraging and embracing boldness

· Owning and expanding your own business

· Tall Poppy Syndrome

· Balancing business, family and self

· Surviving breast cancer

July 28, 2023

Sonia Waters – on the world of sexology and living in our full selves


Sonia is a somatic sexologist and embodiment therapist who stepped away from a corporate career in architecture and construction to help people on their journey to reconnecting with their physical selves. From individual bodywork sessions to workshops and adventures, Sonia is passionate about living in the magic of every day and sharing tools for people to find their gold. She is certified with the Somatic Sex Educators Association of Australasia and currently doing her master’s degree in psychology.

Things we chat about:

· Common reasons people seek her help and social taboos

· Somatic therapy

· Being disconnected from our physical selves

· Journeying from corporate to country life

· The history of sexology, and its power to deepen intimate relationships

· Living authentically, pornography and body image in the digital age

· Little t and big T traumas and their impact on our sensual being

July 13, 2023

Dr Hinemoa Elder – on spiritual wisdom


Dr Hinemoa Elder is a Māori child and adolescent psychiatrist, author, advocate, and former television presenter. Dr Hinemoa is also a researcher on traumatic brain injury for the Auckland University of Technology, and a member of the New Zealand Mental Health Review Tribunal. She is a staunch advocate for Te Reo Māori and continues her learning journey in te reo.  She has most recently written the book Wawata – Moon DreamingDaily Wisdom Guided by Hina, the Māori Moon after the success of Aroha, Māori wisdom for a contented life lived in harmony with the planet, which was named on the Oprah Winfrey Book Club in 2021.

Things we chat about:  

· How Dr Hinemoa came to the world of psychiatry

· Curiosity

· The power of connection to our heritage

· How our sense of self and our authentic identities play a role in mental health

· Working alongside youth

· Experiences of prejudice

· Dr Hinemoa’s books

Season 6

April 14, 2023

Suzy Cato – on being kind to ourselves and communicating with our kids


Suzy Cato is one of New Zealand’s most beloved children’s presenters, with a career spanning radio announcing and television presenting. We’ve come to know and love her through the iconic shows You and Me, and Suzy’s World, and she later starred in Dancing with the Stars and The Masked Singer. These days you’ll catch her on her YouTube channel, Suzy Cato’s Treehut TV, where she continues to educate and inspire tamariki through regular episodes of Suzy’s Book Corner. She also shares Kiwi content with songs and stories on her radio show Suzy & Friends, which you can listen to on a number of different stations around Aotearoa.

Things we chat about:

· Finding moments of stillness

· Remembering to be kind to ourselves

· Reconsidering the concept of failure and teaching this to our children

· Giving children device free time

· Communicating about mental health

· Suzy’s experience with working during lockdown

· Overcoming self-doubt and building resilience

March 24, 2023

Aaron Schultz – on addressing mental health proactively and overcoming stigma


Aaron Schultz founded The Outback Mind in 2019, establishing it as a health promotion charity, The Outback Mind Foundation, in 2022. Having managed male teams across the construction, mining and manufacturing industries, Aaron could see the need for a preventative approach to mental health to help men in regional Australia. Previously suffering from anxiety and burnout in his own life, Aaron became a teacher of yoga, meditation, and anxiety management education.

Things we chat about:

· Aaron’s journey growing The Outback Mind Foundation from regional Queensland to serve larger communities

· His personal ‘aha’ moment and what drives him to help others

· Mental health stigma, particularly for men

· Yoga and meditation as a powerful tool

· Weaknesses in our education and health systems which are reactive instead of proactive

· Lack of support services in regional Australia

· Wellbeing in the workplace

· The role of diet and physical activity in mental health

March 16, 2023

Aaron Taylor – on healing modern problems from the inside out


Aaron Taylor is the co-founder of health and wellness tonic brand No Ugly. Having spent a big part of his career agency-side, Aaron made the decision to co-found and run his own business in 2017. He knows that we all want the most out of every day, which requires us to be on top of our game mentally, physically and emotionally. This belief has driven the formation of No Ugly’s tonics, packed full of vitamins and minerals and nothing ‘ugly’.

Things we chat about:

· The beliefs that created a foundation for No Ugly

· The undervalued power of sleep

· Boosting our diets

· The formulation of No Ugly tonics and the ingredients

· Recycling and the SWAPPA system

· Aaron’s personal experience shifting careers and looking after his health

· No Ugly’s support for bettering mental health in the community

· The role of employers in driving health conversations

· What’s on the horizon for No Ugly

Mar 10, 2023

Matt Golinski – on cooking as stress relief and medicine

Matt Golinski is a professional chef who is joining us from Australia. Having been raised on a tropical fruit farm on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, he developed a strong connection to fresh produce from the land that has influenced his relationship with cooking and food throughout the course of his life. Matt has had a broad and interesting career, having been one of the original team members of the TV show ‘Ready Steady Cook’, executive chef at some of Queensland’s leading restaurants and founding his own catering company among many other achievements.

Things we chat about:

· The struggle to eat well in a modern world of convenience

· Nourishment from good, simple ingredients

· Engaging with cooking as a creative, tactile activity that can deliver stress relief

· Tools to make the kitchen a mindful space

· Prioritising time for cooking and Matt’s views on wholesome foods

· Becoming disconnected from the land and growing accustomed to beautiful produce

· The Slow Food Movement and the importance of establishing a good relationship with food in our children’s lives

· The benefits of eating locally and in season

· Cost-effective ways to eat healthily

Mar 03, 2023

Sheridan Eketone – on parenting in a digital age and keeping our families well


Sheridan Eketone is a Family Coach, Presenter and Facilitator Trainer at the Parenting Place, a New Zealand charity for families. The Parenting Place offers everything from practical resources, events, courses and one-on-one coaching to help parents wherever they are on their journey. Sheridan has four children of her own and takes inspiration from the lessons her tamariki have taught her when it comes to her work.

Things we chat about:

· Attachment theory

· What we can learn from our children

· Navigating screen time

· Safe use of social media

· Discussing some of life’s big topics with our kids including body image and mental health

· Managing your mood and stress as a parent

· Teaching resilience

· Resources and toolboxes for parents


Season 5

October 21, 2022

Rob Campbell – on how to cultivate your creativity

Rob Campbell is Chief Strategy Officer at Colenso BBDO, a creative agency that has worked with iconic local and global brands to produce award-winning work that has the power to create positive change. With Google, Nike and Spotify among the brands Rob has worked alongside; his career path has seen him become a well-known strategist and a champion of creativity and chaos.

Things we chat about:

· ‘Head of Strategy’ is a position Rob has held a few times before. We discuss what his journey has been like directing creative energy professionally

· The power of chaos and whether disruption is necessary in today’s world to capture people’s attention

· His project Dream Small and how this came about

· Some of the barriers the youth of New Zealand are facing today.

· Why Rob thinks creative pathways in tertiary education are undervalued

· The need to do more to support entrepreneurship in our young people

· His views on people in management needing to be comfortable with creativity, outside of the industry

· Whether this such a thing as non-creative people

· Why we are so afraid of failure and how we should educate our youth to form healthy relationships

· What creativity contributes to society and its role in tackling how countries deal with mental health

· Covid’s impact on our understanding of creativity’s power for health and well-being?

· Sometimes the daily demands of life can be draining. Rob also shares his tips on cultivating creativity and making space for it.

October 14, 2022

Grant Schofield – on everything from how to reframe and understand our health to cold water immersion


Grant Schofield is a professor of Public Health at AUT and director of the University’s Human Potential Centre. He has been a Ted X speaker and co-authored the widely-selling book What The Fat, addressing the widespread fear of fats and the overconsumption of carbohydrates. Throughout his career, he has sought to educate the public on challenging their approach to health and provide lifestyle solutions for people to implement that can prevent chronic disease.

Things we chat about:

· His journey into health and wellbeing and his job as a professor of public health.

· How being sedentary impacts our bodies, and can we attempt to fit a week’s worth of movement into the weekend?

· The traction that cold water immersion has gained, and as an advocate of this Grant explains some of the benefits, as well as the physical process occurring within our bodies.

· How can people implement cold water immersion into their daily lives, and how often should aim to do so.

· The concept of exercise as medicine and how it can help us.

· What the Fat Books and their approach to eating. What kinds of fats should we eat, and why we shouldn’t be afraid of them.

· The link between sugar and inflammation and how that relates to insulin resistance and pre-diabetes.

· How we can approach our children’s health and equip them from a younger age to build healthy habit

· How we can make a start on improving our health and some of his top tips around this

October 7, 2022

Hannah Mellsop – on how to run a business and focus on health and well-being


Hannah Mellsop is a founder and director of Real Rad Food and a former Pilates instructor. She makes plant-based healthy treats, and some of our listeners may remember her collaboration with us at NatureBee on the limited-edition power pollen slices! She’s a woman on a mission and has gone from selling her creations at local markets to national supermarkets, and now has her online store. What started as her hobby has turned into an in-demand business, with her goods often selling out within hours.

Things we chat about:

· What got Hannah into experimenting with making healthy treats, and how she translated that into a business

· What Hannah feels is behind Real Rad Food’s success

· What ‘real’ food means to Hannah, and what goes into her decisions around ingredients

· Benefits of raw treats and being health conscious, and her views around this approach to eating becoming more mainstream

· Dealing with hormonal imbalances and how diet can help.

· Intuitive eating

· Listening to our bodies and not ignoring symptoms in the modern age of busy people in a global society

· Practices and routines that maintain Hannah’s mental and physical health while running a business

· Starting the business young and key lessons she has learnt along the way.

September 30, 2022

James Denton – on living the organic and sustainable lifestyle


James Denton is a co-founder of GoodFor – a wholefood refillery chain aiming at our waste problem. With six stores around New Zealand and counting, James is passionate about changing how we think about sustainable shopping and organic foods, making them easily accessible and a simple swap for even your everyday essentials.

Things we chat about:

· James’ desire behind starting GoodFor and his journey into health and well-being.

· How GoodFor has brought sustainability and health to mainstream shopping

· The power of organic food and the importance of health, and if organic is also better for the environment

· James explains the term ‘wholefood.’

· Navigating home compostable packaging

· Changed consumer behaviours around health and the environment after the lockdowns that gave the world pause.

· How James maintains his physical and mental health while running a business

September 23, 2022

Andrea Beaman – on natural living and healing yourself from within Andrea Beaman


Andrea Beaman is a Natural Foods Chef, thyroid expert, holistic health coach, and herbalist dedicated to natural healing and sustainable eating and living. She educates people on how to heal and prevent disease using ancient, time-tested wisdom.

Andrea is recognised as one of the top 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness, received the Award for Excellence in Health Supportive Food Education from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health, and the Health Leadership Award from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Things we chat about:

· Andrea’s journey into health and well-being

· The impact that lifestyle change can have

· How we can feed ourselves at the physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual levels to take control of our lives

· The meaning of spirituality – what this means for Andrea and her views on a higher purpose in life

· Recommendations for being mindful and not filling your silences with noise and social media updates, in an age where it’s difficult to disconnect

· Whether different foods can lead to a more peaceful mind.

Season 4

May 20, 2022

Dr Rosie Bosworth – future foods advisor, communications specialist and entrepreneur


Dr Rosie Bosworth is a future foods advisor, communications specialist and entrepreneur passionate about crafting stories and co-creating progressive, health-driven, scaleable and sustainable communities and food systems fit for a growing world.

She has a PhD in environmental innovation and sustainable technology development, and her passion lies in facilitating mentally healthier communities, mind-consciousness, and neuroscience. Her purpose in life is to help better the lives of others.

Things we talk about:

  • Dr Rosie’s journey with food and her PhD in environmental innovation and sustainable technology development
  • What a typical day in her life as a future food expert looks like
  • Attitudes towards food and meat consumption
  • How social media has impacted our relationship with food
  • New Zealand’s dairy industry and intergenerational farming
  • How social media has impacted our relationship with food
  • How she spends time between New Zealand and Silicon Valley
  • Is food technology and food science causing more harm than good for our health and what will happen to our food chain
  • Her outlook on life and mind consciousness

May 13, 2022

Carolyn Enting – editor of New Zealand’s Good Magazine



Carolyn Enting grew up on a rural two-acre block of native bush on Blue Mountains Rd, Upper Hutt New Zealand. Being surrounded by nature and trees, she described it as a magic place to grow up, hang out, read and dream.

She started her journey in journalism over twenty-seven years ago and is now the Editor of Good Magazine, where she gets to report on and share incredible stories of wellbeing, lifestyle, food, travel, beauty and much more.

Things we talk about:

  • Carolyn’s journey growing up and her passion for journalism
  • Some of her best work stories and experiences on the job
  • Good Magazine and her journey stepping into an editor role
  • We also discuss Carolyn’s passion for food and wellbeing and her outlook on life

May 6, 2022

Annette Faamausili – sleep consultant on how to get a better night’s sleep for you and your family



Annette Faamausili has worked as a sleep consultant for over 20 years.

She has trained and qualified in the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK and set up and ran a specialist Sleep Clinic, having gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise to tackle sleep issues in babies and toddlers.

Her background lies in child development and psychology, nutrition and maternal mental health. Since 2011 she has run her own consultancy Serene Sleep, helping Kiwi families achieve better sleep.

Things we talk about:

  • Annette’s journey and why many people find sleep so challenging
  • What stages of sleep are and what happens to the body and mind at each stage
  • The truth about our dreams
  • How babies sleep differently to children and adults
  • Why sleep is so important and how to improve sleep

April 29, 2022

Steph Dowse – relationship expert on New Zealand’s Married at First Sight chats all things love and relationships


Steph Dowse is a counsellor and therapist with more than 25 years of experience in areas of mental health (psychiatry), trauma, addictions, sexuality, adoption, family therapy, couples counselling, workplace burnout and relationships, critical incident debriefing and adolescent struggles. She is known for her work as a relationship expert on New Zealand’s Married at First Sight and is an avid believer that a person’s ability to live in the present, rather than the past or future, is the key to a harmonious life.

When not at work, she loves hiking in the bush, cooking healthy food and finding new ways to lie on the couch without spilling a cup of tea.


Things we talk about:

  • Relationships and why they are so complicated
  • Some of the most common myths about what a “great” relationship “should” look like
  • Monogamy vs polyamory? Does or can it work in the long-term, or is it a call for help from relationships that have run their course
  • Is there such a thing as “the right people at the wrong time”
  • Navigating the dating world and how to find a “good catch”

Season 3

December 17, 2021

Dr Libby Weaver – nutritional biochemist and a thirteen-times bestselling author breaks down wellbeing


Dr Libby Weaver is a nutritional biochemist and a thirteen-times bestselling author, speaker and founder of the food-based supplement range, Bio Blends. Her mission is to empower and inspire people to take charge of their health and happiness through her books, live events and online courses.

A respected international speaker, Dr Libby’s expertise in nutritional biochemistry has led her to share the stage with Marianne Williamson, Sir Richard Branson, Tony Robbins and Dr Oz, as well as many female thought-leaders. It’s no surprise that when it comes to achieving and maintaining ultimate health and wellbeing, Hollywood stars, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness, describe her as a “one-stop shop in achieving and maintaining ultimate health and wellbeing.”

In this podcast, we chat about:

  • Her journey into health, wellbeing and some of her major achievements
  • Being on a world stage and how to deal with stress and pressure
  • Her outlook on health and the three-pillar approach
  • Her bestselling books and some of the top super foods
  • How to maintain your health goals during the Christmas period

December 10, 2021

Susan Renata – how to be the most authentic version of yourself


Susan started competing in gymnastics when she was five years old. This was her platform to play a multitude of sports and then go on to complete a Post Graduate Degree in Physical Education.

During her studies, she started teaching Aerobics, which led her to Les Mills programs where she launched her international career as a Master Trainer and presenter – using her P.E. Degree to write education for instructors globally.

Being the superwoman she is, alongside her Les Mills career, she also decided to go into the New Zealand Police, where she became a homicide detective.

In this podcast, we chat about:

  • How has her life experiences shaped her thinking and approach to mental health and wellbeing
  • Blending her policing career and Les Mills, the contrast from working in homicide to then going on stage, putting on a smile and setting a world-class example for instructors
  • How to keep a steady mindset when the world around you is falling apart
  • “I am just Susan” and some of the transformations she has done

December 3, 2021

Cherry Farrow – how to create a Successful Mind


Cherry Farrow is the CEO of Successful Minds Institute. Her life philosophy is centred around the principle that every human being has the resources within to thrive in life! She is a motivational Speaker, International bestselling author, Master Trainer of NLP, Stage Hypnotist and Master Coach. Empowering individuals to overcome any presenting problem, personal or professional, huge or tiny, by teaching them how to be Mind Fit!

In this podcast, we chat about:

  • What is being Mind Fit and how do you get rid of the negative chatter and self-limiting beliefs and reshape your thoughts?
  • The power of perspective and the five principles of success
  • Human nature to compare and criticize and can we truly be happy?

November 26, 2021

Nutrition and eating psychology coach Michelle Hall – building a holistic relationship with food, mind, and body

Michelle Hall is a nutrition and eating psychology coach and practices a non-diet, holistic approach to health and wellbeing. She is dedicated to helping her clients reach their ideal body weight, building healthy relationships with food, mind, and body. She believes in blending the science of nutrition with the psychology of eating to create long term sustainable change. She specialises in disordered eating, weight loss resistance, overcoming long term yoyo dieting, body image issues, weight concerns, food & body anxiety, the art of self-acceptance and how to manage cravings.

In this podcast, we chat about:

  • The notion of ‘comfort food’ and how her journey started with Nutella
  • Food in relation to our emotions. How to tell that you are an emotional eater
  • The art of self-acceptance in relation to ideal body weight
  • Intermittent fasting and the Keto diet and how to manage cravings and discover your trigger points

November 19, 2021

Robin Wilson – How wellness and resilience can pave the way at work

Today on the At Source podcast we have Robin Wilson, Wellness Specialist and Resilience Coach.


In the course of her work, Robin noticed a recurring theme amongst many of her clients: most of their wellbeing concerns linked back to the workplace. Inspired to focus on treating the cause, not the symptom, she co-founded Workplace Wellness as a way to create positive change that benefits both employer and employee.

Her passion revolves around helping others implement holistic change in their lives to improve their own wellbeing, and contribute with greater impact to the world around them.

In this podcast, we chat about:

  • Robin’s journey into Workplace Wellness and flexible working in this day and age
  • How employers can create good company culture and make sure their employees feel valued
  • We dive into Resilience@Work – what it is, and why this a powerful approach to measuring, building and tracking resilient workplace cultures
  • How to skilfully manage emotions and how to handle an uncomfortable event/situations.

Season 2

October 8, 2021

Sarah Cumming and Sarah McGuire, Wellness New Zealand – how the power of nature has the ability to heal.


To wrap up season two of At Source Podcast, we speak with the founders of Wellness New Zealand, Sarah Cumming and Sarah McGuire. Wellness New Zealand is a small team of passionate and devoted individuals who aim to create a supportive and nurturing environment for clients to reconnect with themselves, others, and nature on their wellness journey.

Listen on as we hear how both these ladies came together to create a hub for wellness. Some of the topics we cover include:

  • Their journeys into creating Wellness New Zealand – a story worth hearing
  • How nature can heal and rejuvenate
  • Some of the common signs of anxiety, including tangible tips to manage and how to use organic and holistic treatments to help relieve symptoms
  • The practice of Shinrin Yoku. What is it and how can we make this part of our daily lives
  • Detoxification and health trends – Is there any merit to these trends and are they here to stay and make a lasting impact or be replaced by another trend in time.

October 1, 2021

Emma Blake – Using intuition and your inner voice guide the way


Emma Blake is an Intuitive Healer and Spiritual Coach and founder of Mind Body Soul Wellness in Australia. She guides her clients to help them reconnect the Mind, Body and Soul and facilitates a place for self-empowerment, self-worth, and the ability to speak up and use the voice we have all been given.

Through her years of study and self-development, Emma has secured a Master Practitioner of Hypnosis, Master NLP Practitioner & Coach, Master Time Line Therapy® Practitioner. She is a Certified Reiki Practitioner, Mindfulness Facilitator and Wellness Coach.

In this podcast, we chat about:

  • Emma’s journey as an Intuitive Healer and Spiritual Coach;
  • We also talk about how to heal yourself from past trauma – especially in relationships. How can you re-frame your internal dialogue for a better mindset;
  • We talk about endometriosis and small things you can do every day to heal yourself, emotionally and physically

September 24, 2021

Susanna Shelton – Why we should priorities natural health and homeopathy in our every day lives

This episode is part of a two-part special. In the first part, we spoke with Susanna about the history of homeopathy, modern medicine, and her journey into natural health. Part two will cover getting to the heart of home remedies that can help support good gut health and mental wellbeing.



Susanna Shelton has had a long history with homeopathy and natural health. She has worked and lived in five different countries, including the USA, Scotland, England, New Zealand and Australia. Her passion lies in excellence, integrity and infinite curiosity when it comes to natural health.

Her kids refer to her as “Brit” (short for Encyclopaedia Brittanica) because of her ability to cross-reference knowledge. Susanna is a lifelong learner having served as Principal and CEO of the College of Natural Health & Homeopathy in New Zealand for 22 years before having an eight-year ‘sabbatical’ in VIP Tourism in the Bay of Plenty. She is currently back at the CNHH as a co-director, working to continue innovating ways the college can provide education in natural therapy and homeopathy with a commitment to wellness and sustainability

September 10, 2021

Karin Kos – The New Zealand Apiculture industry


Karin is the CEO of Apiculture New Zealand. She has a strong background in business communications going back 20 years, covering various roles, including senior communications and marketing positions for corporate, government, and primary sector organisations.

She brings significant primary sector experience to this role, having worked at Seafood New Zealand as its communications manager, and at the New Zealand Wool Board earlier in her career.

Karin played a strong advocacy role in both these roles, promoting these sectors on behalf of their members.

In this podcast, we chat about:

  • Karin’s wealth of experience working in the corporate, government and primary sectors with a focus on advocacy;
  • The New Zealand apiculture sector and the initiatives that Apiculture New Zealand hosts every year;
  • Feedback from these sectors, from our farmers and how everyday people can give back and support the agricultural and horticultural sectors;
  • Her career highlights and how she keeps a work-life balance and advice for young women about thinking of getting into advocacy.

August 26, 2021

Lance Burdett – The human brain and dealing with high-stress situations


This episode will be a two-part special. In the first part, we will be chatting with Lance about his journey into the New Zealand Police and some of his high-risk missions. Part two will cover how the brain works and some practical things you can do to reduce negative chatter.

After a very successful career in the construction industry, Lance Burdett joined the NZ Police, where he spent 22 years as a top police crisis negotiator. Lance was the National Advisor for all NZ Police Negotiation Teams, qualified as an FBI Negotiator, and attended the Australian Counter-Terrorist Negotiators Course.

With his ability to deal with high-stress situations, Lance has published two bestselling books – ‘Behind The Tape: life on the police frontline’ and ‘The Dark Side of the Brain’. For the past seven years, Lance has been running his company WARN International, specialising in workplace wellness, awareness, resilience & negotiation.

This podcast touches on some important topics regarding mental health and suicide prevention, which could be distressing for some listeners.

Where to find help and support:

Season 1

May 27, 2021

Sergey Brazhnikov – personal journey of becoming the epitome of wellness after hitting rock-bottom

Sergey Brazhnikov, personal training manager at Les Mills New Zealand and an award-winning fitness and wellness educator and nutrition expert who takes a holistic approach. He has a strong passion for providing others with a platform beyond fitness to create a successful life, and chats with Keren about cultural differences in the understanding of wellness – he is originally from Russia – and what underlies his approach to all-round wellbeing.

In this episode, we chat with Sergey Brazhnikov, who shares his personal story about wellness after hitting rock bottom. We also cover:

  • His journey and background into fitness;
  • Being mindful and practising mindfulness and making conscious choices in your everyday life;
  • Top foods people should be incorporating into their diet;
  • How people can keep active at home;
  • Social media’s rise and the false sense of ‘fitness goals’ or ‘body image’.

May 19, 2021

Phil Lester – extraordinary power of nature’s most powerful insect and a vital member of our eco-system, the honeybee

We can’t go further without talking about the power of one of the most vital insects in our ecosystem, the honeybee!

Phil Lester is a Professor in Ecology and Entomology at Victoria University of Wellington. He is the author of The Vulgar Wasp and Health Bee, Sick Bee, and has published more than 140 articles on invasive ants, bees and wasps and other insects. Listen in as he shares his expertise in population and community ecology of social insect species.

In this episode, we chat with Professor Phil Lester, who will give us insights into nature’s most powerful insect. We also cover:

  • Phil’s research which focuses on the population and community ecology of social insect species.
  • The population dynamics of ants, bees and wasps, how species co-exist and co-occur;
  • The influence of invasive species;
  • How pathogens influence the population dynamics of social insects.

May 13, 2021

Rob Haines – The story of a four-generation family business and their journey into health and wellbeing

Rob Haines, co-founder (with wife Lynda Haines) of the New Zealand Health Food Company, which has brought together four generations of the family working in the company for over 30 years to share good health and vitality with people around the world by supplying local hand-picked health products. More recently, son Sam Haines developed Manuka South, a premium brand focusing on high-end luxury products.

In this episode, we chat with Rob Haines about his family’s journey into health and wellbeing. We also cover:

  • The New Zealand natural food DNA;
  • The impact of technology on his industry;
  • The indigenous natural products his company has taken to the world;
  • The shift in trends and consumer demands around health food and ethically and environmental sourced products.

May 6, 2021

Medical microbiology scientist Ben Harris and immunologist Dr Gill Webster – Panel discussion about the source of natural health and wellbeing

Dr Gill Webster has more than 28 years of experience in the biotechnology sector, emphasising early drug development to treat human disorders by developing strategies to harness the immune system. Her expertise in immunology has seen her work as both a founding entrepreneur and private consultant for both domestic and international biotechnology companies and develop an award-winning natural product; currently, she is the founder of Immunostrategy Ltd and Chief Scientist at NatureBee.

Ben Harris is a medical microbiology scientist with 40 years of experience. Harris has a particular focus on infection prevention and control, epidemiology, emerging antibiotic resistance and its relationship to our microbiome and adverse health outcomes. He is leading the NZ Infection Prevention & Control Consultancy, based in Christchurch and Auckland, where he provides New Zealand-wide IPC consultancy services and is also co-founder of Sanipure.

In this episode, we chat about their journey into healthcare and research. We also cover:

  • The importance of immunity and microbiology, particularly in this current environment as we face a global pandemic;
  • Infection prevention and control and risks involved in over-sanitation;
  • Antibiotics – have they saved us or diminished our bodies’ natural fighting power?
  • Herd immunity, travel bubbles and being aware of Dr Google;
  • Ways to support natural health and wellbeing.

April 27, 2021

Gilbert Enoka – Performing under pressure and things that assist

Gilbert Enoka has a long history of success as a mental skills coach with New Zealand’s corporate and sporting elite. He is internationally renowned for his 21-year history with the All Blacks, first as their mental skills coach and now as manager. Gilbert is a sought-after speaker, giving insight into the psychology behind individual and team success in world-level sport and how this can be applied to any walk of life.

In this episode, he chats about performing under pressure and things that can assist. We also cover:

  • His journey into the New Zealand sporting industry;
  • What his work as a mental skills coach entails;
  • Performance under pressure and tips around performing your best when the team is relying on you;
  • Social media and the impact on people’s mental/emotional health;
  • High-performing teams and mental health during a pandemic.