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The Collaborative Trust Update: April 2020

Wednesday, April 22, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, youth, Training, Community Groups, research, young people

Meet the team at The Collaborative

2020 started in a really positive way for us as we had the chance to expand our team.  We were lucky enough to bring on a new Research and Evaluation Manager (to replace Ria who has stayed on as Director) and a new Training Manager (to replace Tammy who is embracing motherhood to the max). Janet and Annie have a wealth of research and training experience between them and we are so excited to have them on board. While it is difficult to meet them in person right now, please don't hesitate to contact either of them to introduce yourself or discuss your research/evaluation or training needs or ideas.

Janet Spittlehouse (PhD) is The Collaborative Trust's new Research and Evaluation Manager - overseeing all research and evaluation operations of the Trust. Janet has 17 years' experience, mainly as a quantitative researcher, in both the UK and New Zealand. She also has experience in qualitative research. Janet gained her PhD from the University of Otago in 2017 and she continues her research there with the Christchurch Health and Development Study. Janet’s research interests are mental health, wellbeing, sexual minority health and well-being, hoarding disorder, depression and personality.
Contact Janet If you have any research or evaluation queries (janet[at]

Annie Horton (PhD) has recently taken on the role of Training Manager. Annie began her career teaching Psychology, Sociology and History to high school students in California.  She and her partner relocated to New Zealand in 2007 at which point she began studying how high school students understand and experience wellbeing.  Annie completed her PhD in 2013 and has worked as a consultant and research assistant supporting departments seeking to improve their pedagogy and teaching practice strategies to support student learning and wellbeing. Annie is looking forward to supporting and delivering strengths-based holistic workshops and seminars that align with the kaupapa of The Collaborative Trust.
Contact Annie if you have any queries about our Training programme (annie[at]

Training Update

We hope that you are all managing to stay safe and well in your bubbles during this rahui. Like others, we have had to make the decision to cancel our scheduled face to face Community Workshops during the level 3 and 4 period. While we acknowledge that it may be some time before we are able to run workshops again in this format, we can assure you that Annie and her Training Team are busy designing some amazing new courses that will be presented in dynamic new virtual formats over the coming weeks and months.

Keep an eye out so you don't miss out on these new developments on either:

We are also still really happy to offer any of our existing workshops for you or any of your team using online training options. These will only be run by request. The topics that we can offer for this training include:

  • Gender Diversity;
  • Understanding Self Harm and Suicide; and
  • Managing Angry and Anxious Behaviour.

We can tailor-make a training session to suit your organisations needs.
Complete a Training Request Form in the first instance or contact our Training Manager Annie Horton (annie[at] with the Subject line: Monthly Update A Inhouse training request).

Research Update

In our current world, with all of us spending so much time online, it is incredibly timely that two pieces of research we have been involved with over the last year or so are both in the spotlight at the moment.

Growing Up with Porn: Insights from Young New Zealanders

The first of these is a qualitative research project we undertook in partnership with Te Mana Whakaatua - The Classification Office on young people's perceptions of pornography.

The report was launched this week and contains some really important whaakaro from young people about pornography. As researchers we were honoured to have the privilege of listening to the voices of over 50 incredible young people in this project. We cannot thank them enough for sharing their amazing ideas, knowledge and wisdom to help us ensure that the ongoing conversation about young people's use of pornography is informed by the ideas of young people themselves. It has been amazing to work with the team from the Classification Office on this project, and we mihi to the ongoing mahi they are doing in this area.

This report is just one of three pieces of work the Classification Office has been working on to develop a clearer understanding of young people's use of pornography in Aotearoa.

Keeping up with the times: New safeguards for free-to-air television

You may recall that last year our research team - led by Dr Louise Tapper and Sharon Gardner - undertook a literature review about the impacts on children and young people of exposure to nudity on television. We did this work for the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) who have used this and other work they have undertaken to inform the development of new safeguards for free-to-air television.

Below is more information from the BSA about these safeguards. Don't hesitate to contact the BSA if you need to know more.

It is great through these two projects to see the power of research in action and to know that our work is helping to inform policy and practice.

From the BSA:

You may soon spot a few changes to classification labels and programme information on your free-to-air TV screens. How and when we watch television has evolved and the Broadcasting Standards Authority and broadcasters are acting to keep up with the times. The key changes from 1st May 2020 are:
  • The decades-old G, PGR and AO labels on free-to-air (FTA) television are retiring and will be replaced by the more detailed G, PG, M, 16 and 18 labels.
  • Programmes classified G and PG can be played at any time – so read the programme synopsis and check the programme is suitable for your child. 
  • The new M classification can play from 7.30pm any day, and between 9am and 3pm on weekdays (but not during the weekends and school or public holidays).
  • The 8.30pm watershed will remain, with no shows rated 16 and over allowed before then. Programmes rated 18 and over can only be aired after 9.30pm.
  • when these changes take effect, broadcasters will give more on-air warnings for certain programmes, telling you what to expect before and during the broadcasts.
    They will also use advisory symbols indicating the type of content you might see: L – Coarse Language, S – Sexual Material, C – Content may offend, V – Violence.
The BSA and broadcasters encourage parents and caregivers to use television parental locks, which are available on free-to-air TV, to help manage what children can and cannot watch.
This shift comes after extensive community research and public consultation by the BSA.

Get more information on the changes to TV programme classification labels.

Research Reflection: Pain and the Brain

By Dr Sue Bagshaw

This paper was a fascinating one for me as it brought together many of my thoughts around our perception of pain both physical and emotional, and the development of the way we learn how to think between birth and adulthood.

There are all sorts of pain, some sensations of pain are sometimes perceived as pleasure, but usually pain is a warning of danger. It seems to me, sensory input requires a cognitive explanation, which is very much driven by context and past experience. This “explanation” to ourselves might be conscious or subconscious.

Read more of Dr Sue Bagshaw's reflection on pain and the brain.

Been There: Young People's Stories of Struggle and Hope

This book is a collection of stories from 25 New Zealand young people, who have written about a crisis or struggle and what has given them the hope to endure and to pull through. The remarkable openness of their writing means that you will feel anger at the way some young people are treated and admiration for their honesty and courage. You will find their stories sobering, insightful, sensitive and very moving.

"Been There" is available for purchase online - $20 per copy (including GST and postage within New Zealand). Please note: any orders placed will be sent once we enter Level 3.

All profits from the sale of the book going to the Christchurch Youth Hub.

Be sure to keep up to date with 'What's On' via the Collaborative website.

Contact The Collaborative Trust for more information (info[at]

The Collaborative Trust
PO Box 2986
Christchurch 8041

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