Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower New Zealand has been in operation since 1993 from the Top of the South.
Centre Co-Founders and Senior Instructors Cornelia Baumgartner and Martin Hartman received extensive training in California and continue to receive ongoing support from the international organisation with curriculum development, instructor training, permission to adapt and use copyrighted materials for pilot programmes, and organisational management. Cornelia and Martin are deeply committed to bringing the best training available on this planet to all New Zealanders. They are members of the Senior Programme Leader Council, which advises the international organisation on programme changes, quality control, and other issues. They both have a great depth of experience in teaching and hold 4th and 5th degree Black Belts in Aikido.
Cornelia has served as the Center Director and Co-Director since 1993. She has led the development and implementation of national pilot programmes including the Confident Kids programme with the NZ National Police's Youth Education Services; the Healthy Relationships interactive CD's and online programmes for people with intellectual disabilities; and the Teenpower Violence Prevention Relationship Safety Project. In 2010, Fiona Bryan took on the position of Centre Co-Director. Fiona acts as the administrative director for the Trust while Cornelia focuses on being the programme director.
More than 49,000 people have practiced safety skills with the New Zealand Centre since 1993 and hundreds of thousands more have benefited from our trainings for educators, social service agency staff, law enforcement officials, and parents and from our educational resources. Many schools, colleges, the Institute of Technology, outdoor pursuit centers, clubs and community groups etc. contract regularly with the Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower Trust. Our instructors travel to bring services to all parts of New Zealand.
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We are committed to having this be an honest community in which people feel not just entitled, but obligated to speak up about what is and is not working for them, especially if there is anything they don't feel good about or that causes them confusion or concern.
We must see our work and organisation at all levels as being in a constant state of evolution. We are always going to be looking for ways to make things better because systems, which are set in stone, become stagnant.
We will do our best to have clear agreements and standards and to uphold them. We will do our best to be fair and respectful to people involved at all levels of our organisation - staff, volunteers, students, board, donors, etc.
We are a supportive community in which partners are encouraged to do what works well in their lives to help build our programmes while taking good care of themselves. We want to support people in not feeling guilty about what they can't or don't want to do.
We celebrate each step of the journey and appreciate every contribution.
We will use our time and the time of the people who work with us or who we help as efficiently and effectively as possible.
We will do our best to ensure the physical and emotional safety of our people at all levels of our organisation including past, present, and possible students, staff, and supporters.
We will treat personal information that is related to us in the context of this work as confidential. Exceptions may arise if keeping silent could jeopardise someone's physical and/or emotional safety.
We will identify and act on problems as soon as possible and anticipate and plan for new challenges.
We welcome people of any age, culture, religion, race, gender, political belief, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or emotional disability, or income who share our vision and goals and can join us in upholding these principles.
We will not let discomfort or fear stop us do the right thing.
"Kidpower provides the best training in the world for teaching prevention of bullying, abuse, and violence, stranger awareness, and positive relationship skills. Most people who want to train as Kidpower instructors have to go to California for the international training programme. Here in New Zealand, we are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to people so that they can learn to teach under the auspices of our center. People from all walks of life are welcome to apply."
Cornelia"My dream was to be able to teach life-changing skills in just a short time - and Kidpower is making it possible to live my dream!"
For more information contact NZ Programme Director, Cornelia, on 0800 543 769
Kidpower NZ Trust is inviting people who care about keeping kids safe to apply to their NZ instructor training programme. Under the auspices of the international organisation, the Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower New Zealand Trust will be conducting Instructor Training for local certification to teach under the New Zealand Centre.
Anyone outside of New Zealand who is interested can learn about the international programme.
Call us to discuss the training, what is involved and how we can work together. We are happy to answer any questions you have. You will then receive an information package to guide you through the process.
Watch these US instructor candidates talk about what brought them to Instructor Training in 2013.
Links to pages or services that are related to Kidpower, or that provide specialised support.
Alternatively, if you would like help finding a service that Kidpower doesn't provide, contact us and we will do our best to refer you.
If you are in danger or a crime is being committed, call 111 immediately.
(Citizens Advice Bureau)
Call free on 0800 FOR CAB (0800 367 222)
Call free on 0800 KIDSLINE (0800 543 754) any time
KidsLine is New Zealand’s only 24-hour helpline for New Zealand children (five to 18 years). KidsLine is part of the LifeLine family of services. Children and young people can ring any hour of the day on an 0800 number and talk to a trained counsellor about anything that might be worrying them. These counsellors are caring, understanding adults who will listen. Children can also talk on weekdays between 4-9pm to a Kidsline Buddy. KidsLine Buddies are specially trained year 12 and 13 students.
Parentline deals with children who have been sexually, physically or emotionally abused or who are at risk of abuse. Parentline acts as a child advocacy service.
This is a website for teenagers supporting friends who have had an unwanted sexual experience.
Call free on 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723)
Digital Safety - NetSafe is the Government Approved Agency responsible for providing advice and support to people affected by harmful digital communications under the Harmful Digital Communications Act that came into effect in 2015.
Call free on 0800 VICTIM (0800 842846) or 04 474 8862
Victim Support provides 24-hour emotional support, personal advocacy and information to all people affected by crime and trauma throughout New Zealand.
DSAC is a professional organisation of doctors and nurses from many disciplines. Their main focus is training and supporting health professionals in sexual abuse care.
Call free on 111 any time
See the New Zealand Police website for a list of local police contact details, or for information about dialling 111. See information about YES (Youth Education Service), a child abuse prevention programme for schools.
What if I’m worried about a child?
When abuse has occurred:
Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention:
Call free on 0800 376 633
A free telephone counselling service for young people.
Call free on 0800 LIFELINE (0800 5433 5463) any time
A confidential and non-judgemental telephone counselling service operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Call free on 0800 WHATSUP (0800 942 8787)
What’s Up is a free, national telephone counselling service for New Zealanders aged five to 18 years. The service operates seven days a week from noon to midnight. Paid, trained and closely supervised professional counsellors answer the telephones and email chat. What’s Up aims to provide early help to children and teach them skills that will help prevent the development of major problems later in their lives. What’s Up is provided by The Kid’s Help Foundation Trust in association with Barnardos New Zealand.
If your problems are getting you down, messing you up or just plain muddling with your brain, talk to Aunty Dee. She's here to help you figure out your problems.
Call free on 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459)
Information for kids, teenagers, parents,and adults.
The professional organisation for counsellors in New Zealand. NZAC offers ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation)-approved counsellors and, if the correct procedures are followed, costs are met by ACC. You can check whether a counsellor is a member of NZAC by asking the individual counsellor to show you their certificate, by emailing email@example.com or by phoning 64 7 834 0220. Remember, if your child has been the victim of abuse, they should only see an approved counsellor who has experience in this area. Check with ACC for approved counsellors. See more Here.
Call free on 0800 568 856
Email firstname.lastname@example.orgWe listen! Our helpline provides free, confidential and anonymous support assisting parents, caregivers, family and whanau with practical advice whether routine or complex. All calls are answered by trained volunteers. You can call us between 9am to 11pm, 7 days a week.
Aunty Dee is a free online tool for anyone who needs some help working through a problem or problems. It doesn’t matter what the problem is, you can use Aunty Dee to help you work it through.
"Police have maintained an ongoing relationship with Kidpower NZ. Kidpower demonstrated to Police their total suitability and capability for primary prevention work."
New Zealand Police
"As a psychologist who has many years experience in working with adult survivors of sexual abuse, I fully endorse the FULLPOWER courses. The changes that can be brought about for clients are remarkable. "
R. Musters, Registered Psychologist
"In my work as a counselor and psychotherapist, I have referred clients to Fullpower. As a result of only one programme, most have demonstrated obvious signs of healing past trauma and stepping into new confidence about their boundaries and self-esteem. This is a course I wish every person in New Zealand could participate in. "
Tasman Counseling Centre
I believe Kidpower / Teenpower to be one of the most beneficial interventions available to young people
"I have worked in residential settings with young people 'at risk', with female survivors of abuse & for the last seven years as a counselor with children and teenagers. I believe Kid/Teenpower to be one of the most beneficial interventions available to young people. "
Counselor, Salisbury School
"Some time has elapsed since Kidpower and it is in hindsight that the benefits of the course are evident. My own children talk about and use the Kidpower language in their everyday lives. Kidpower was informative yet led in a very friendly and casual way. The presenter were great to work with, incredibly patient and very willing to work in with the needs and requirements of the school and our children. "
Parent from Tasman School
She came home walking ten feet tall!
"My daughter had a one hour Kidpower lesson at school. She came home walking ten feet tall! It was very obvious had gained both skill and confidence. She sang all evening. "
"I feel more at ease knowing that my daughter has some good skills to use if she feels uncomfortable or threatened. Kidpower is a fun way to learn about a serious topic. "
"Many staff members have reported feeling more confident as a result of the FULLPOWER training. The service was delivered professionally at all stages and especially adapted to fit in with our system. I believe this flexibility is a result of the excellent skill and philosophical base from which FULLPOWER operates. "
Director of Salisbury School
This has to be the most brilliant course ever!
" This has to be the most brilliant course ever! Extremely valuable as I have been in several uncomfortable situations, now I feel I could handle them confidently. Excellent life skills for dangerous situations. Emphasis on preventing and de-escalating aggressive/violent situations. A great team building exercise. Very professionally handled. Highly recommend to all staff. "
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Staff Development Unit
"As a participant and observer I would fully recommend Teenpower to anyone. The tutors had excellent control over a challenging group and a very good manner in relating to young people. The students particularly enjoyed the hands on approach. "
Whenua Iti Outdoor Pursuits Centre
Even the teachers were empowered when they took part
"Feedback from staff from discussion: Even the teachers were empowered when they took part. It was great to see the changes in the shy kids! Catered for a variety of intelligence and learning styles. I hope these examples express the huge vote of support [for] Kidpower and the way it was presented. "
Principal, Lower Moutere School
"Teenpower has been engaged to present a major part of our Year 12 Leadership and Lifeskills Programme. We consider the awareness and skills that are central to Teenpower an essential aspect of our young women's education. Students become acutely aware of their safety and self-worth and their potential to protect and defend themselves without becoming aggressive. We recommend Teenpower to other colleges. "
Nelson College for Girls
Kidpower has a wonderful way of making kids aware of hidden dangers without escalating their fears
"There is nothing else like Kidpower anywhere in Nelson. As an empowerment facilitator if was very important to me that my daughter had these skills and it took me 4 years to find the right programme. Kidpower has a wonderful way of making kids aware of hidden dangers without escalating their fears. "
Success Without Stress
"In my role as a group educator I provide confidence building courses and bully busting workshops and find the training provided by Kidpower/Teenpower is paramount. "
Should be compulsory
" Best course ever - should be compulsory. "
" We all felt Teenpower was first class and it was of real use to be involved. "
Job Track Coordinator
Thank you, Mum, for taking us to that lesson.
"Thank you. My whole life, no one ever showed me how to do that. " (8 year old)
"Was serious but also heaps of fun. "
"I reckon it was so fun and every kid should get taught how to be safe "
"I thought Kidpower was wicked. It made me feel safer and stronger. "
"Thank you, Mum, for taking us to that lesson. "
Confidence, laughs, yelling, fun.
"Good, fun and cool. "
"The course was terrific, it gave me an opportunity to discover my strengths. It gives me more confidence in myself and I feel much more safer. "
"I think more teenagers should learn this. "
"I enjoyed it and learned that being small don't matter. "
"Really good and you learn heaps. Everyone's really supportive. "
"Confidence, laughs, yelling, fun. "
I feel I have choices now that I didn't have before
"I attended Fullpower and really enjoyed it. It was actually fantastic! I went along feeling quite nervous but by the end of the night it is amazing how much more confident I was feeling. I think the best part of the course is the fact that you can practice on someone and you know exactly how it feels being attacked and also how it feels to fight back. "
"I feel I have choices now that I didn't have before, a freedom to go places, a knowing of the strength that is in me. I am truly grateful. "
"Despite having trouble walking I now know that I can do lots to deal with an attack. "
"Attending the course enabled me to leave a violent relationship - I found the courage to walk out! "
"A very important part of your work with us was the creation of a feeling of safety. Your teamwork quickly built up trust and confidence in those present. "
"You said it comes back to you in a real situation and I didn't believe you, but it did come back!!! And I was really calm. I didn't freak out. It really gave me confidence."
Over two million people have been trained with Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower since 1989 and there are hundreds of success stories to prove how effective this programme really is.
Many people report how they were able to take charge of a situation, and that 'nothing happened'. These are great success stories for us, as it's one of our ultimate goals that students are able to assess and defuse a potentially dangerous situation early!
About one year after doing a Kidpower course a 10 year old girl was playing at a playground with younger children. A group of notorious bullies came to the playground.
The girl considered leaving but was worried for the younger children on the playground. She stood up and said "Stop, go away!". The leader of the boys replied "Stop does not mean much to ME!" and advanced. She told me on the phone "You know how hard we hit Martin in the suit? I just gave him kind of a tap onto the nose and when he saw that I had power they just went away".
managed to avoid a number of bad situations... just by walking away with a cheerful assertive manner.
One of our 12 year old students showed his friends how he could get calm and centered when someone was insulting him instead of reacting aggressively.
He told us that he and his friends had managed to avoid a number of bad situations where someone was looking for trouble just by walking away with a cheerful assertive manner.
"Well, uhm, my memory is kind of foggy, because it all happened so fast. I was walking along beside the river and there were 3 lights there. I wasn't really thinking about anything.
This person came in front of me, but I did not take notice. He grabbed me kind of from the side and pulled me down. I was in shock. I managed a good knee into his groin and he let go of me and I just ran like mad."
"I got followed while driving home at night, with my 1 1/2 year old. I ran out of the car into my house, locked the door and grabbed 'the biggest weapon' in my home - the telephone.
While I dialled 111 I stood looking out the door, right at that car with a load of people in it, with the headlights on. When they saw me with the phone, they took off. The police reported that that car was stolen..."
The course taught me that I am a powerful woman and I learnt how to use that power to protect myself. What an investment!!
"Here's the story from my travels - I pass it on to you with pleasure, knowing it will inspire someone else - as your course inspired me!
In Ireland, I missed a bus and accepted a car ride back to my hostel. It was the friendly ride that turned sour.
After some chatting the man in his 30's asked me what I thought of sex and did I want it. Instead of getting scared I kept my power. I told him my views on sex and I said I wasn't happy about being asked.
I remembered Martin telling us how an out-of-control anger could make a perpetrator more aggressive. So I kept my power at all times. I was angry but firm and clear.
The man reacted like a little boy. He was ashamed, apologized and drove me 20 miles out of his way to my hostel. Only when I got back to my room did I start shaking. I never missed a bus again!
The course taught me that I am a powerful woman and I learnt how to use that power to protect myself. What an investment!!"
"I did a KIDPOWER course 4 years ago at my primary school. When I saw the teachers again at College I could not remember them but it all came back to me, the words and the moves, when we started doing just a few moves and roleplays.
My body remembered it!"
It stopped a nasty situation from potentially getting much nastier
"Two friends and I came back from the movies to a locked car park. While opening the gate, I became aware of two drunk, foreign sailors.
They came closer and wanted to talk to us. This was not that bad until 6 other drunk sailors came around the corner and started to behave threateningly. I told the other two to get into the car, so they were out of the way. They did not know what to do and would just have stood around helpless. Also, if something happened they could drive away and get help.
I told the sailors to leave adopting the Fullpower stance [stance with flat hand in front, to signal 'stop there'). One of them got more aggressive and came really close, with his pale blue eyes, acting really maniac. I stood my ground repeating "Turn around and go away!" several times just like in the course. Finally the other sailors seemed to get worried, grabbed their mate and pulled him away. I'm glad I did the training and what we practiced worked - It stopped a nasty situation from potentially getting much nastier."
I was really calm. I did not freak out. It really gave me confidence.
"One [drunk man] grabbed me tight around both arms from behind. I kind of elbowed him, but not as hard as in the course, and told him to go away- in less polite words than in the course. He backed off."
"You know, you said that it comes back to you in a real situation and I did not really believe you, but it did come back!!! And I was really calm. I did not freak out. It really gave me confidence."
"I'm observing the Kidpower responses coming out almost daily from the children... even in play... "back up and check up" they say as they play, or "Emma you know what you should do if you don't know someone" sorts of conversation."
"I found it very useful to see what Kidpower is all about and to be able to recommend your services will be great. Zonia as you know was quiet but she is very thoughtful and her mum reported that she really used a much more assertive voice in just playing with her younger sister later in the day. That helped a sibling situation that often ends in an overwhelmed explosion turn into a profitable two hour play session that was quite harmonious."
memories of Kidpower came flooding back to me
"As soon as I started the Fullpower course I found that memories of Kidpower came flooding back to me. As we were practising being attacked from behind, all I wanted to do was elbow the attacker in the stomach - what I had learnt in Kidpower - I had remembered it after seven years!?
It was great to know I could remember something taught to me so long ago and shows how effective and beneficial Kidpower is. Not to mention how awesome Fullpower was.
I now have a confidence and power that I know I can use without fail in any sticky situation."
"... These people came up, a man and a woman. The man chased my little sister, calling "Come here little girl, I want you, I won't hurt you". I yelled at him "Stop that, leave her alone, go away!" the way I learned it in Kidpower and called to my sister to go faster and she did get away."
From the mother of these two girls:
"Not only did Kidpower help in the situation itself, it became also apparent that the older girl, who had done Kidpower, felt fine afterwards. But the incident had a detrimental impact on the younger sibling."
A Kidpower course helped Karen reclaim a feeling of her own power and her safety.
"I was at a camp. At about 1 o'clock at night I got up because I could not sleep, having a very bad headache. I saw light in the kitchen and found the cook still sitting there. We talked for a while. Then he started to get physical. I said 'Stop this. Let go. I want to go.' When he did not let go I said it again very loud and strong and added 'or else you'll be sorry". He let go and I returned to my tent to my friend.
What I found best was that I did not have to get aggressive!"
Marissa is 11 years old. She played netball at Saxton Field. Because of a misunderstanding she was left behind on her own and it soon got dark. "I felt pretty upset!" she said. "But I knocked on a door that had the lights on and asked the old lady to call home. When she asked me in, I stayed outside, on the drive. Mum came right away to pick me up."
Marissa knew what to do and HOW to do it safely - just as she practised it in Kidpower.
"I was in a bookstore and happened to catch the eye of a man as he and a woman passed by. The man came over to me and asked, "Do you have a problem with what I'm saying to my wife?" To which I replied, "I've no idea what you were saying to your wife." He then both loudly and angrily began to verbally abuse me with MUCH swearing involved!
I was in a shop full of people but felt very alone. I told him loudly, clearly and firmly to, "GO AWAY", four times. A neon light went on in my head saying, "Mary, GO AWAY!"
Then I walked away. He then left. I was quite shaken and still very much alone in this well populated store. I went for help. The shop supervisor was truly supportive and called the police. They did not turn up though. I eventually saw the man go to his car and was able to give the police his license plate number."
My own children talk about and use the Kidpower language in their everyday lives.
"Some time has elapsed since [the Kidpower course] ... and the real benefits of the course are evident. My own children talk about and use the Kidpower language in their everyday lives. When their friends visit it is not uncommon to hear them "play-acting" with phrases like "back up & check up", or "keep a safe distance". They are now reminding us of the safety rules, somewhat like the "put your seatbelt on" messages."
(03) 543 2669
0800 KIDPOWER (0800 543 769)
(03) 543 2659
George Harvey Road
RD1 Upper Moutere 7173
027 477 6868
0800 KIDPOWER (0800 543 769)
National Executive Director
"I like it that the skills we teach can be used in everyday life situations and not just skills for potentially dangerous situations."
Co-Founder of the Trust and Senior Instructor
"I thoroughly enjoy making a positive, real, lasting difference to so many people."
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Auckland Area Manager & Programme Co-ordinator
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"Kidpower even teaches adults to speak up and say what they want and don’t want. Other people can’t guess so speaking up is a great power."
"The skills you learn remain with you for ever. It's amazing how the body remembers the skills. You may not need them this year - but should you need them, they will be there."