A John Paul College staff member says everyone can benefit from the talk she's bringing to Rotorua and hopes breaking down the financial barrier will make it accessible.

The college's learning support co-ordinator, Paulene Walsh, is helping bring resilience specialist Dr Lucy Hone to talk about resilience and wellbeing.

Hone is the director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience and a published author and researcher.

On Queen's Birthday weekend in 2014, her daughter, best friend and best friend's daughter were killed in a car accident.


Walsh first saw Hone speak at a conference in Queenstown and asked her to come to Rotorua.

"I think she's very down to earth and well qualified. Her experience is of great benefit."

Walsh said the talk would only cost a gold coin.

Hone's flights and accommodation are being paid for by the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, Capers and the Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour Group.

Walsh said anxiety and resilience were hot topics in the school community.

"In the community of learning I'm involved in, a big high need area is our kids are suffering from anxiety.

"When [Hone] presents she says anxiety is high but what we do about it is what makes the difference."

Walsh said all were welcome to attend the talk.


"It's for everybody, for young and old. Her story and the way she presents it is for everybody."

The details
- What: Talk about resilience with Dr Lucy Hone
- Where: John Paul College gym
- When: September 18, 7pm
- Cost: Gold coin