Priest receives award for work with “blokes”

Peter Roe is a Marist priest and director of Wellintown, a centre for growth and reflection in Wellington.

He is part of a team that will be receiving receiving the “Special Judges” award at the 20th annual New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards.

The award comes in recognition of a workshop designed to raise awareness of health issues facing men and providing positive strategies dealing with them.

One for the blokes, is a two-hour session that creates a comfortable and down to earth space for men to discuss what happens in their bodies and brains when they get a bit ‘bogged down’.

Roe, along with Michael Scott (General Manager Wellington City Council), Trish Knight (Manager, Staff Wellness Victoria University Wellington) and Phil Becker (Senior Manager Wellington City Council), will receive the award on 25 May at the Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland.

More than 600 ‘blokes’ have now attended the workshops.

One for the blokes caught the eye of Neil Sorensen, General Manager of New Zealand Rugby and will soon be offered throughout the organisation.

“The session was without doubt the most important workshop that I’ve attended in years,” said Mr Sorensen.

Describing the session as “brutally honest”, Mr Sorensen says the workshop “strikes at the heart of what it means to be a Kiwi male.”


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