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TKM Update - Here's what's been happening in January!

Hey team, its Chris here. We're moving to a monthly update so that the comms remain on target and we keep our promise of not spamming. I hope you enjoy - and if not, do email me with feedback at

If we had to describe January in one word, it'd be wild.

Wild weather, wild opportunities for growth and getting in some wild rolling. For those of you who've been affected by the recent storm and resulting flooding, we truly hope you're doing OK. I see that Taskforce Kiwi have been pulling out all the stops to help. If you need any support or a friendly ear, do leverage us by calling 0800 938 474. Kia kaha!

Adding another quiver to our bow - financial literacy

I'm pleased to say that the one thing our members are not short of, is feedback! Our last catch up with the team at Te Heke Mai indicated that there was a strong need for financial literacy. This can range from the basics of how to manage money through budgets, all the way through to life-changing decisions to buying a home, preparing for your children's future and managing/reducing debt.

I'm pleased to say that we've been able to secure Westpac bank to provide this service. We're still in the initial stages of this and will announce shortly when all details are confirmed, however this is some of the things we're looking at providing:

  • Quarterly online classes as an open invite

  • Content for one off face to face workshops (pick and mix topics for facilitators to choose from depending on the group and type of audience)

  • Content for 30-45 minute online classes

  • Content for 45-60 minute face to face classes *TBC

  • A Money Skills 6 week course.

  • Money Skills level 1 (Money Makes Cents) – Target audience is those new to money management

  • Money Skills level 2 (Money Skills) – For people who are okay with money management and looking at other money skills

  • Money Skills level 3 (Mastering Your Money) – Target audience will be those who have home lending, have high Kiwisaver balance and looking at more options around money growth

An update on the martial arts side of things...

We've an extensive network of clubs who are working alongside Tango Kilo Mike to bring valuable skills and exercise to our members. Like with all popular sports, new clubs are sprouting, and we'd like to take a moment to let you know those who are new to working with us:

  • ZR Team who are based in Ellerslie, led by Professor Gledson Cigano

  • Grappling Lab who are based in Howick, led by Professor Hasan Chahoud

  • Auckland Martial Arts Academy, based in New Market, led by Professors Laurence Pene, Jahred Dell and James McCombe

If you're a club owner or instructor and want to partner with us, please do let us know by emailing

In addition, Jesse Puata, one of our strategic advisors has recently received his black belt from the legend Clark Gracie. He's been in the game longer than most, and its really evident when you roll with him. From all of us, to you, and all of your coaches and students, congratulations and well done!!

...and a moment on growth

Sometimes its worthwhile taking a moment to recognise the growth that people undertake, some of which may not be that visible.

TKM Trustees Chris and Naomi were able to work a time out with Cole from A Soldiers Five podcast to talk about why they do what they do, how they do it, and what the plans are for the future.

Behind the scenes in order to be able to do this, Chris has been working through the diagnosis of depression and PTSD from over a quarter of a century ago. Leveraging a theraputic technique called EMDR.

Chris describes it as a way of short circuiting the brains' memories and attachments to senses from the past, arent triggered in the present. The process looks very similar to hypnotists with the swinging watch, but the statistics speak for themselves. Chris has recently been discharged noting radical changes in behaviour - both from the trauma and memories, through to managing day-to-day life.

In addition, work continues to provide New Zealand and New Zealanders with an event where people can come experience their own personal growth (whether or not they are diagnosed, or feel there is a problem). Its shape is forming up to look like a 1-2 week camp where group exercises will be of focus. The exercises will cover a variety of topics, based on Te whare tapa wha, and may even include a spot of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! Stay tuned...

And thats it for this month. Stay strong, stay safe, and we'll be in touch with another update, next month.

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