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“Research has shown that since 2006, the use of anxiety and anti-depressant medicine for children has increased in Aotearoa by 80%.” 

What is M3? - Kaupapa

M3 is a Mindfulness programme for children using movemnt to tell our beautiful Māori stories. The aim is to whakatau tinana, te hinengaro me te wairua - to calm our bodies, minds and souls.

Why do we do it? - He aha ai?

To create mindful children throughout Aotearoa - calm, happy, focused and more peaceful children everywhere.

M3 is fun, accessible, modern and interactive!
It employs 3 components...

Taha hinengaro/ Taha wairua


Through breath techniques and visualisation, tamariki gain a sense of presence. Each session works with a takeaway theme such as calmness, happiness, peace and gratitude.



We take the strengthening and stretching elements of yoga to teach tamariki connection to body through storytelling.


Māori Stories

The telling of our Māori stories and legends enable tamariki to connect to our rich Aotearoa - based culture. A sense of belonging is instilled.

Creator - Kaiwhakahaere

Jase Te Patu

Iwi – Ngāti Apa and Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

Jase has been teaching in the health and wellness sector for 27 years. He is co-owner of Awhi Yoga and Wellbeing, a teacher trainer, facilitator, keynote speaker and creator of M3-Mindfulness for Children aged 0-10 years. Jase’s students include the All Blacks, the Hurricanes, the Pulse, the NZ School of Dance contemporary students and many more high-performance athletes.

Jase has received many awards for his work particularly in the mental health and wellbeing space. These include the NZ Exercise Industry Awards- Body/Mind Teacher of the year in 2018, the Lifekeeper’s Award for Suicide Prevention, the Regional Local Hero medal as part of the New Zealander of the Year Awards 2018 and the Absolutely Positively Wellington Award 2019.
Jase is passionate about spreading the message of mindfulness and mental wellness. His message can be seen here in his popular kōrero at  Ted X Wellington –

M3 is dedicated to the passing of Jase’s brother, and to his nephew and nieces.

Facilitators - Kaiako

Rinaha Bridge-Comer

Iwi - Ngāti Rangitihi and Ngāi Tahu

Rinaha is a professional dancer who has spent the past five years working and travelling abroad.

Her passion for dance and travel lead her to perform onboard cruise ships and sail around the world. One of her highlights has been working for Princess Cruise Lines as Assistant Company Manager and dancing in their brand new show ‘Fantastic Journey’. She is trained in many different styles of dance and has been lucky enough to travel to over 60 countries.

Rinaha is settling back home in Wellington and loving her new adventures on land. She is studying to be a qualified personal trainer as well as a certified Yoga teacher with Awhi Yoga and wellbeing. With a background in dance teaching and working with children, she is excited and honoured to be a part of the M3 team.

“This inspiring program that Jase has created is so important in each its elements and I cannot wait to share it with all of our tamariki.”

Emily Taylor

Iwi - Ngāti Pākehā

Milly grew up in Auckland as a very active kid; dancing, running and swimming throughout her school life. When she left school she fell in love with vinyasa yoga, especially the physicality and the dance-like aspects of the practice. She started yoga at 16 years and has been teaching yoga since completing her 200hr RYT with Jase in 2017. It was here that she dropped deeper in to the true benefits of yoga, beyond the physical.

Milly lived in Canada for 2 years and taught on the skifields where she also trained as a Vinyasa Yoga for Youth teacher with Ryan Leier in Saskatoon. Milly brings her passion for yoga, her curiosity for Māori culture and a desire to share mindfulness with our kiwi kids  to the M3 teaching team.



Who is M3 for?
ALL children. M3 will be created for 0-10 year old, starting with the ECE sector (PRE) and then a separate programme for Primary School (PRIMARY). All religions, all deciles 1-10. M3 is non religious.

Can we get the M3 Team at our centre, kohanga or school?
Email us at jase@m3mindfulnessforchildren and we can book you  in with one of our Facilitators in Wellington and Auckland.

Are the benefits of M3 tested?
M3 is being researched by the Psychology Department at Victoria University of Wellington (under the supervision of Professor Paul Jose, PHD Psycholgy – Yale University). Findings will be available in 2019.

How do my children appear on an M3 video?
Jase will hand select the tamariki from partcipating LIVE schools throughout Aotearoa.

Can M3 be delivered in Te Reo Māori at Kura?
2 more Facilitators are being trained to deliver M3 at Kohanga and Kura throughout NZ. The videos (PRE and PRIMARY) will also be available early 2019 in Te Reo MāoriM3

Feedback - Urupare

“It was wonderful to see the faces of our tamariki – and teachers! – light up and completely engage with Jase’s pūrākau Māori, Mindfulness and Movement.  A particular highlight was watching our young boys look up to Jase with fascination and admiration, as a tāne Māori. All the teachers  commented they felt better after their session too! Pūrākau Māori and kaupapa Māori contain such wisdom, playfulness and frameworks for behaviour that are beneficial for all age groups, and Jase has weaved them all together beautifully. Jase is a shining example of energised, mindful interaction and movement, and the benefits that come from incorporating these factors into life. I was excited to see our tamariki benefit from the M3 approach, and other parents who attended commented how awesome a session it was. Mauri ora!”


“Unlike other initiatives in an educational context M3 differs to its focus on mindfulness and slowing down rather than cram more in. Adding to its appeal is Jase who is a strong, positive role model for our tamariki… One student in particular said ‘We should do that every day, right after lunch!”


“I noticed an instant change in morale after the first M3 session with Jase… They were calmer, happier, more confident and could discuss how breathing is a tool which can help them in challenging situations.  One particular student who was struggling with depression began using this strategy at home and his mum informed me that it was a great support for him when he was feeling low. Feeling a sense of connection to self, and to others is extremely important.”


“Thank you so much for coming to Remuera Primary on Tuesday. Your visit was inspirational for both the children and the teachers. Helping our Year 6 children learn to take the time to ‘be present’ is beyond useful for them to learn, particularly as many of our Senior children are feeling the effects of taking on too much and putting such huge expectations on themselves at 10/11 years of age.” 

Kate Seales, Teacher, rEMUERA PRIMARY

“M3 – I love how relaxing it is at the end of the day. I love getting to know how some kids and Jase grew up with these amazing legends that help grow you into an amazing person. It’s cool how you sneak the exercises into the session and they lift you up and get the laziness out of you, so you can power through the rest of the day.”

Zoe Ferguson, 9 year old, Crofton Downs School

Elaia said “because I really like it. It makes me feel calm, bright and confident.”
Apolline added it makes me feel “relaxed, confident and aware.” And Celeste really enjoyed it too. As their mother, I know my daughters were always looking forwards to M3 day and it made them happy and resilient.

Mother - Anna, and daughters, Hataitai Primary

Thanks to the financial support of

Jase Te Patu
Wellington 6037