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Episode Six

Dallas Seymour is one of New Zealand rugby sevens longest serving players. He played in the national team from 1988 until 2002. He was an All Black, playing 3 tour matches in Australia in 1992.

In order to succeed at the highest levels of sports, athletes must deal with strong emotions—from anxiety about success or failure and excitement over victory.

We gain insight into the process of gaining authority over one's mental health while being under pressure from the public eye. In this interview, Dallas teaches us how athletes cope with stress and how they manage emotions, thoughts and behaviors in order to be successful.


In this episode we cover.....

  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Transition from sports team to office environment
  • Taha Tinana – Physical Health
  • Being active in the office – boot camps, running, keeps a good clear head. 
  • Whakawhitiwhiti Kōrero – opening up
  • Fears and Trust, opening up as Tāne and not holding it in
  • Whanaungatanga
  • Covid 19 – Challenges, vaccinations, pandemics and our communities.
  • It's all about whānau 
  • What works for him, exercise, good kai, social interaction, connecting with home, foundation of what our tipuna left for us, kete of whare tapa whā. Find your own way, it's all about whānau.


What is Te Kāinga Hauora

Te Kāinga Hauora is a Mental Health video series that explores the metaphor of one's home (Kāinga).

The metaphor of the 'Kainga' is a way to explore the different parts of our mental health.

We all know where we live physically. But during this series of interviews with highly experienced whanau members who live in Te Waipounamu, we will learn where we are living spiritually, (Wairua) mentally (Hinengaro) and in relation to others (Whānau).

The series explores how we build and maintain our kāinga, while dealing with life's ups and downs. Our whanau members have shared their stories of pain and loss, but also the strength and resilience they have found in themselves and others.

It is most important to remember that you are not alone in your pain and suffering, there are many others going through similar challenges. The main purpose of this series is to encourage anyone who is struggling with mental health issues to share with others and recognise the state of your kāinga and do whatever it takes to strengthen yourself.

It takes a lot of strength and courage to open up, but the benefits are incredible. You will find a sense of belonging and community (Whanaungatanga). It is only by sharing our stories with each other that we can begin to understand ourselves better which will improve our Kāinga Hauora.

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