LookUp 2019

Connect, me whakawhanaunga

Look Up is a conference all about well-being. It’s for youth and organised with youth. It’s a space to explore and learn about ways to wellbeing. Look Up 2019’s theme is Connect, me whakawhanaunga. We have a couple of incredible speakers booked, who we know will share some inspiring and real stories. The line-up of workshops offers opportunities to explore connection of many types. You will be able to choose which workshops appeal most to you. The day will be an opportunity for sharing and learning from each other, and of course, a chance to build new connections across Tāmaki-makau-rau. There will also be plenty of food and prizes!

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Guest speakers

Taaniko Nordstrom

Taaniko first dreamed up Soldiers Rd Portraits in 2011. Soldiers Rd Portraits is about helping people connect with their cultural identity and whakapapa through portraiture. Taaniko finds the key to the work she does is whakawhanaungatanga. Taaniko says she appreciates the opportunity to speak at Look Up 2019; “Ngā Mihi for the chance to connect with our people and share stories of who we are and who we should be aiming to be!”

Vanessa Crofskey

The Chinese Community

wouldn’t know the word for depression

if it ran down the lines of our family tree like a cancer.

If before our heads hit the ground

it was night sweats sweet pillow talk,

the hardship of our ancestors.

An excerpt from writer and artist Vanessa Crofskey’s poem ‘I Don’t Know the Word for Depression in Mandarin’. Vanessa will speak to how connecting to others is key to coping and recovery.


The Mental Wealth Project

Everyone has mental health. Learn how to look after your mental health to create ‘Mental Wealth’ in this workshop from Le Va. Make yourself rich in mental wealth so you can spend it on taking care of yourself and others.


Get access to the e-learning module I Am in this workshop from Le Va.

      1. Discover your cultural values.
      2. Find out the benefits of Walking in many worlds.
      3. Learn to problem solve when cultures collide.
      4. Put your cultural values into action.

How to run a kick-ass campaign

Zoe Palmer was horrified to hear that a specialist service that helps Nelson youth in times of crisis was being merged into the adult service. So she did something about it. Find out how Zoe went about running a kick-ass campaign and come away with the knowledge to go about taking action on something that matters to you.

Mana Movement

More details to come.

Making kahoa

More details to come.


Join us on Thursday 15 August!

LookUp is a free conference. But we need you to register. Then we know we’ll have plenty of kai!

Many thanks to the supporters of LookUp