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About Gina

Educator, Author, artist, interviewer, illuminator, Inspirer, Igniter, and initiator of Inquiry

I love living life to its fullest, enjoying time with my family, friends and dog, and laughing (a lot). I also love work. For 15 years I was a university lecturer teaching the teachers of the future. I loved aspects of my job but I could no longer ignore the niggling pull of a dream I had. I wanted to create a platform to help people find authenticity, joy and happiness in their work and lives on a global scale. So, I resigned from my academic career to chase these dreams and walk my talk!

Now I'm an internationally acclaimed author and presenter, (Award-winning finalist in the International Book Awards 2019 - Self-help: Motivational category and recipient of the People’s Choice Award at the 4th PDN Global Conference on Tolerance, Happiness, Cosmopolitanism, and Biophilia, Ireland 2018), educator, artist, interviewer, illuminator, inspirer, igniter and initiator of inquiry, bringing people home to themselves through my TV show, book, courses, blog and live events.

I believe a BIG key to joy and happiness is authenticity. When you can BE true to who you are, DO work that works for you and LOVE living your life, happiness is yours for the taking.

Thank you for taking the time to invest in reading this site. I hope you find value in my work and that I have the privilege of working with you someday in someway.

Have a great day, Gina

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BIO: Gina Haines is a New Zealand born and bred educator specialising in authenticity, happiness and work. Gina has over 20 years experience as an educator - 15 of those spent as a Visual Arts and Education lecturer at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She holds a Masters of Visual and Performing Arts degree (CSU), a Bachelor of Education (UC), a Trained Teachers Certificate and a Diploma of Teaching (Commendation) (CCE), a Basic Intensive Week training certificate from The William Glasser Institute, and Nia Technique : White Belt Intensive, The Art of Sensation, and Blue Belt Intensive, The Art of Communication.

As a teacher, Gina is described as enthusiastic, enterprising and highly skilled at her craft. In 2008, she was one of seven University-wide lecturers to receive a prestigious University of Canterbury Teaching Excellence Award. She has also been nominated for the student voted Lecturer of the Year Awards and in 2014 one of the core compulsory courses she co-ordinated and taught into, was student-voted 'Best Course in the Degree'. Her students talk not only about her passion, but also about "feeling valued" in her classes, and of her focus on treating students as individuals - learning who they are, and treating them "mindfully". Student accolades refer to her creativity while colleagues praise her as "an extremely reflective practitioner". Refer: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/academicservices/awards/2008.shtml

Leaving lecturing in December 2014 to chase more of her dreams and to continue to 'walk the talk', Gina now writes, hosts and directs her online TV show, and blog showcasing authenticity, happiness and work. In addition, she works as an educator, author, artist, interviewer and presenter. She loves to initiate inquiry and to illuminate, inspire and ignite through events, blogs and GinaHainesTV. Her book, You-phoria: The Art of Authenticity, was presented on a global stage at the PDN 4th Global Conference on Tolerance, Happiness, Cosmopolitanism, and Biophilia at Mount Monterey Monastery, Waterford, Ireland in June, 2018, where Gina was awarded the People’s Choice Award. You-phoria: The Art of Authenticity was honoured as an award-winning finalist in the Self-Help: Motivational category of the International Book Awards, 2019.

Gina has crafted an international reputation in the fields of teacher-education, happiness, authenticity, self-love and work. She has presented her research nationally and internationally at conferences including the 33rd CARN Action Research Network's International Conference, Athens, Greece (2009), 2nd World Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association, Philadelphia (2011), 32nd International Seminar for Teacher Educators in Paro, Bhutan (2012) and most recently at the 4th PDN Global Conference on Tolerance, Happiness, Cosmopolitanism, and Biophilia, in Ireland (2018), where her work was singled out and recognised for its relevance and relatability. Gina has participated on panel discussions (including the New Zealand Medical Students' Associations Conference 2014), and in numerous presentations both collaboratively and individually. She has several international publications in academic journals including the Action Research JournalStudying Teacher EducationAustralian Journal of Career DevelopmentJournal of the International Society for Teacher Education and the Journal of Social Sciences. Gina also reviews manuscripts for international publications, including the Journal of Happiness Studies.

Prizes and Awards

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Award-Winning Finalist in the International Book Awards 2019 (Self-Help: Motivational category) with You-phoria: The Art of Living Authentically

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People’s Choice Award, 4th PDN Global Conference on Tolerance, Happiness, Cosmopolitanism, and Biophilia, Ireland (2018)

Teaching Award for Excellence, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. (2008)

Pre-service Educators Poster Award, NZ CARN Conference, New Zealand (2009)


 
 

 

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS; Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

·                Haines, G. (2019) Exploring authenticity and happiness in work and life to seek ‘You-phoria: The Art of Authenticity’ and live one’s best life as one’s best self. Currently in review. (Book Chapter).

·                Haines, G. (2018) Exploring authenticity and happiness in work and life to seek ‘You-phoria’. 4th PDN Global Conference on Tolerance, Happiness, Cosmopolitanism, and Biophilia, Ireland (2018). Oral presentation.

·                Haines, G. (2018) You-phoria: The Art of Authenticity: How to live courageously, authentically and seek what your heart desires. New Zealand: GH Global Ltd. (Book).

·                Haines, G. and Klopper, C. (2014) Using documentary film for authentic representation of phenomenological research. Journal of Social Science Studies 2(1): 250-263. http://dx.doi.org/10.5296/jsss.v2i1.6754. (Journal Article)

·                Haines, G. (2013) Exploring authentic happiness in life and work. Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education17(1): 39-47. http://www.scribd.com/doc/141848493/JISTE-17-1-2013-Abstracts. (Journal Article)

·                Haines, G. (2013) Using documentary to explore the interwoven strands of self-concept and happiness through work: Findings and Reflection. Australian Journal of Career Development 22(1): 36-44.http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1038416213481684. (Journal Article)

·                Haines, G. (2012) Authentic Happiness, Self-Knowledge and Work. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: Well-being, Good Life & Education Symposium, 16 Oct 2012. (Oral Presentation)

·                Haines, G. (2012) Exploring authentic happiness at work. Royal University of Bhutan, Paro, Bhutan: 32nd International Seminar for Teacher Educators (ISfTE), 20-25 May 2012. (Conference Contributions - Oral presentation)

·                Haines, G. (2011) Enriching the context of lifelong learning: The challenge of accessing the authentic self by developing self knowledge using strengths-based positive psychology measures through teaching pre-service Art Education. Action Research Journal 9(4): 426-443. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1476750311414738. (Journal Article)

·                Haines, G. (2011) Exploring authentic happiness in the workplace through a weave of positive psychology & phenomenology. Philadelphia, PA, USA: 2nd World Congress International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), 23-26 Jul 2011. (Conference Contributions - Poster presentation)

·                Shepherd, P. and Haines, G. (2011) Interior and Exterior Narratives: Exploring the Ways Reading Forms an Integral Part of Creative Research. University of Canterbury, New Zealand: Symposium: Reading as Research, 22 Nov 2011. (Oral Presentation)

·                Davey, R., Ham, V., Haines, G., McGrath, A., Morrow, D. and Robinson, R. (2011) Privatization, Illumination, and Validation in Identity-Making within a Teacher Educator Research Collective. Studying Teacher Education 7(2): 187-199.http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17425964.2011.591180. (Journal Article)

·                Haines, G. (2011) Project Happiness - The Lived Experience. Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Positive Psychology Association Conference (NZAPP) Inaugural conference, 9-10 Sep 2011. (Conference Contributions - Poster presentation)

·                Haines, G. and Dabner, N. (2010) Exploring self-knowledge within a Visual Arts Course for Primary Teacher Education Students. Christchurch, New Zealand: Ulearn 10, 6-8 Oct 2010. In Proceedings of Ulearn 10 - Research Stream 36-42. (Conference Contributions - Papers in published proceeding)

·                Haines, G. and Dabner, N. (2010) Exploring self-knowledge within a Visual Arts Course for Primary Teacher-Education Students. Christchurch, New Zealand: Ulearn 10, 6-8 Oct 2010. (Conference Contributions - Poster presentation)

·                Dabner, N. and Haines, G. (2010) Exploring the practice: Theory nexus within a Visual Arts course for primary teacher education students. Christchurch, New Zealand: Ulearn 10, 6-8 Oct 2010. In Ulearn 10 Inaugural Research Stream Proceedings 16-21. (Conference Contributions - Papers in published proceeding)

·                Dabner, N. and Haines, G. (2010) Exploring the Practice-Theory Nexus within a Visual Art Education Course for Primary Teacher Education Students. Christchurch, New Zealand: New Zealand Collaboration Action Research Network (NZCARN) Inaugural Research Symposium, 6-8 Oct 2010. (Conference Contributions - Poster presentation)

·                Davey, R., Gilmore, F., Haines, G., McGrath, A., Morrow, D., Robinson, R. and Ham, V. (2010) Professional Learning through Collective Self-Study: Sharing tales from the field. Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, UK: 8th International Conference on Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices (S-STEP), 1-5 Aug 2010. In Navigating the Public and Private: Negotiating the Diverse Landscape of Teacher Education 69-72. (Conference Contributions - Papers in published proceeding)

·                Haines, G. (2010) Project Happiness : The Lived Experience. G. Haines. [Documentary]. (Films/Video)

·                Haines, G. (2009) Celebrating and exploring strength based teaching. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: New Zealand Collaboration Action Research Network (NZCARN) Inaugural Research Symposium, 28-29 May 2009. (Conference Contributions - Oral presentation)

·                Haines, G. (2009) Exploring a 'Cusp': Being on a 'Cusp' is to be at the beginning of something new, moving into a future where the horizon is wide and endless possibilities unfold. Christchurch, New Zealand: Learning Through the Arts, 13-15 Jul 2009. (Conference Contributions - Oral presentation)

·                Haines, G. (2009) Walking the Talk - the challenge of accessing your authenticity in the teaching profession. Athens, Greece: 33rd Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) International Conference, 30 Oct-1 Nov 2009. (Conference Contributions - Oral presentation)