Hello, nice to meet you, we're:

Jo van der Walle


Jo is a dynamic professional driven by a profound passion for well-being, self-leadership, and continuous development.

As a certified coach with expertise in various development tools, including DISC and the Emotional Culture Deck, Jo brings a unique blend of knowledge and practical insights to the realm of workplace culture.

Embarking on her entrepreneurial journey in 2014, Jo founded Rise and Shine Group, drawing upon her rich background in Learning and Development (L&D) and Human Resources (HR). Since then, she has become a respected figure in the industry, collaborating with some of New Zealand's leading organisations.

Jo has played a pivotal role in fostering positive, thriving workplace cultures.

Jo resides in the picturesque haven of Muriwai, accompanied by a partner and two vibrant daughters. Their days are infused with the thrill of exhilarating rides at Woodhill and forging unforgettable memories. Beyond the thrill-seeking adventures, Jo is an integral part of a close-knit, supportive community. At home, the excitement continues as they cultivate an array of fresh vegetables and fruits, transforming their space into a vibrant, sustainable oasis.

Education + Credentials 

- Diploma in Sport and Recreation (Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology and Exercise Principles)

- Accredited ' Map Your Emotional Culture Workshop' via Elephants and Riders

- Accredited DISC, Motivators, Emotional Intelligence Practitioner

- Accredited Facilitator of Franklin Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

- Accredited Facilitator of Leadership: Great Teams, Great Leaders, Great Results Workshop

- 'The Science of Happiness', via Berkley University, Ed X

- Unit Standard 7108 Deliver On-Job Training to Adults Level 4

- Train the Trainer            - MH101

- Inclusiveness in Action Worksho

Kristy von Minden


With a Bachelor of Communications, before she moved into the wellness world, Kristy spent 15 years in corporate communications, working with some of New Zealand’s most successful brands and managing a large team. With her extensive corporate background and management experience, Kristy intimately understands the stressors and pressures of the modern workplace, both from a management and from an employee perspective.

Kristy is a champion of positive change for workplace culture and employee care and believes there needs to be a fundamental shift in the way we work, live and look after ourselves. "Our brains are our most precious resource today and so we need to ensure wellness is our top priority above all else," she says.

Her mission is to motivate people to take care of their minds daily, just like we brush our teeth.

Education + Credentials 

- Bachelor of Communications Degree - Auckland University of Technology


- Accredited Ovio Mindfulness Teacher

- Accredited Ovio Mindfulness Kids Coach

- Currently studying ' The Fundamentals of Neuroscience via Harvards University, Ed-X

- Certified in 'The Science of Happiness', via Berkeley University, Ed-X

What people are saying about our workshops ...



"Jo brings to life wellness theory with personable stories and humour, engaging her audience as they learn. There was a noticeable shift of energy in the room as participants actively and excitedly participated in the exercises. Their newly-harnessed motivation was palpable. Jo has a real talent for creating immediate and positive change"

Renee Huggett

Change Manager, Pacific Steel

"The workshop was on the mark! Our business is currently in the midst of a transition... we needed to ensure we were equipping our managers with tools to deal with the possible reactions to change and supporting them to be resilient enough to guide our teams."

Liz Fernyhough

workshop participant

"Training at a good pace and with a positive manner that encouraged inclusivity."

Workshop Participant

"I now understand how to focus on what I can influence, the connection between our thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and how I can take steps to achieve what I need instead of sitting there feeling overwhelmed, stressed and worried."

Alison Twaddle

Programme Manager, Workbase

"Jo’s presentation was spot on! I was amazed by how she was able to work out exactly what we needed to work on and provide an appropriate solution so quickly. She has a delightful manner that is refreshingly open. There was a balance of input and output, and the key points were clearly put across."

Workshop Participant

"Overall a very informative workshop that presented a lot of new ideas and concepts that I had no previously considered."



"I loved being able to hear how the team was really feeling and what they are going through.

 The emotional culture deck really supported these discussions and allowed everyone to speak openly and honestly. Please come back soon"

Tahnee Luca

workshop participant

"The information was delivered in a clear way that was relevant to everyone. I got a lot out of it."

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