Blog: Coffee and Jam 151

Reuben Rusk pitched MindQuip followed by special guest, Kathryn O’Shea(DIA) speaking on Opportunities for Growth via Ireland.

Another great session at yesterday's Coffee and Jam. Reuben Rusk pitched MindQuip followed by special guest, Kathryn O’Shea. 


Reuben Rusk , who did his Ph.D. in Positive Psychology, spoke about MindQuip. Drawing on the skills of positive psychology, Mindquip aims to provide training for people in on wellbeing. This can be of benefits to individuals but also to organisations who can benefit greatly from ensuring the wellbeing of their staff. The ways you can get involved in MindQuip are:

-Come along to training evenings

-Recommend Mindquip to others who you think may benefit

-Talk to Mindquip about customised training for your organisation

-Offer your own ideas 

More information about MindQuip can be found at:


Kathryn O’Shea, who works for IDA Ireland, spoke about how they help New Zealand businesses set up in Ireland. Many New Zealand businesses choose to set up in Ireland because of the ease of doing business there, their tax laws, the fact that they are an English speaking country, and their track record for being a great place to do business. 

More information about IDA Ireland can be found at:



- Latino Market is on this Saturday (and every last Saturday of each month) at The Commons, 5pm - 9pm. Latin film “Por Que Se Frotan Las Patitas”  (“Scandalous” in English) will be shown under the stars - same location - from 9pm onwards.

- The YMCA have a black-box performance space available for hire to corporations or community organisations. Contact Adam at for more details.

- CHCH Soup will be held at 6pm on Thursday the 25th at The Commons. Brought to you by Gap Filler, in collaboration with the Ministry of Awesome, CHCH Soup is an innovative event where people gather to listen to four awesome ideas being pitched, with the chance to vote for their favourite idea. Hot soup and bread will be available, and your $10 will be put in the pot for the winner to take home. Bring your bowl, blanket and best friend to The Commons for another night of magic where real ideas come to life! More information can be found at:

- Catarina has written up an article about the recent Bold Women event in Christchurch. Her article can be found at:

- Ooooby (Out of our Own Backyards) is a Christchurch business making organic produce more convenient and affordable and delivering it straight to you. You can use this promotional code to get a discount on this awesome service: 4PZVFQ

- Graeme Crombie is a lawyer with experience in helping technology businesses. He has just moved back to Christchurch from Wellington. If you or anyone you know could use his assistance he can be contacted at Lane Neave on ph: 379 3720 / 021 634 849 or

- The Lantern Festival is on this Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of Feb at 5pm at North Hagley Park. 

- PechaKucha Night Christchurch is on next Wednesday 2 Mar 2016, 8.20pm – 10.30pm at the YMCA, 12 Hereford Street. Tickets can be purchased on Eventfinda.

- ‘From Bankrupt to Multi-Millionaire.’ Kenton Worthington will be speaking about his story at the Protocol Restaurant and Bar (formerly Elevate Bar) at 2 Colombo Street  at 7.30pm (doors open at 7.00pm). Please register your interest with Graham Parratt at