3 ways that bring joy - with Kristina Cavit, MNZM

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About Kristina

Kristina is the Founder & Director of The Kindness Institute. She has spent the past 9 years working with marginalised communities facing stress and trauma in New Zealand and around the world. She has trained with world leading organisations including Jon Kabat-Zinn's Center for Mindfulness through the University Of Massachusetts Medical School, The Holistic Life Centre supported by Harvard and John Hopkins Medical School, and The Institute of The Work of Byron Katie. 

Kristina is also the founder of NPH New Zealand (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos), which cares for vulnerable children and families living in extreme poverty in Latin America. NPH supports almost 4,000 orphaned and abandoned children providing them with quality education, healthcare, nutrition and childcare. Kristina lived at the NPH orphanage in the Dominican Republic for two years and was involved in management, education and development.

In 2018 Kristina was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to youth and community. Kristina has been nominated for Young New Zealander of The Year 2018 & received a Kiwibank Local Hero Award for her work in 2014.

“I was adopted and always knew how lucky I was and always wanted to support other young people. I’ve been so privileged to learn from great teachers who help me in my dream of a world where every young person has the tools and support they deserve to overcome challenges.”

3 ways that bring joy

  1. My meditation practice and the work of Byron Katie
  2. Being in nature
  3. My beautiful dog Chilli that we adopted from the animal shelter this year!


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One thing people can do to contribute to a better, kinder NZ

I think the first step is to learn how to be kinder to yourself. We can’t support others unless we know how to take care of our own minds first. This has a ripple effect and impacts everyone around us. 

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Thank you so much Kristina for your beautiful responses.

To find out more about the work of The Kindness Institute, the Atawhai Programme and NPH New Zealand follow the links below:


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To find out more about The Work of Byron Katie and Jon Kabat-Zinn follow the links below:





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Naomi Craymer