22. JOHN KIRWAN
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Kirwan was the Auckland Blues coach during our last update but since being let go he is working mostly on mental health but also does commentary for SKY TV and helps run a family business importing Italian wines.
Kirwan works with mental health on two fronts. First is his company GROOV which works with workplace mental health.
Sir John Kirwan, or JK as we know him, is a globally recognised mental health advocate, author, entrepreneur, and a rugby legend. He's the co-founder of Groov, a leading workplace wellbeing platform. Groov's mission is to improve the wellbeing of 100 million people and save 100,000 lives. Groov bakes wellbeing into the DNA of a workplace and supports people to feel good and function well.
In 2012, JK was knighted for his services to mental health – an honour he strives to live up to every day. He’s long been at the forefront of public campaigns about mental wellbeing. JK began sharing his personal story of depression at a time when there was a lot of stigma. His vulnerability paves the way for people to talk about their own experiences.
Many people also know JK as a sporting legend. He played 63 test matches for the All Blacks from 1984 to 1994 and was part of the winning 1987 Rugby World Cup team. He also played for the Warriors and had success as a rugby coach, including on the international stage with Italy and Japan.
JK is a family man who likes nothing better than to surf, cook, and make a perfect cup of coffee. He lives in Auckland with his wife, Fiorella. They have three children, now grown and pursuing their dreams throughout the world.
Read more about the purpose driven people helping Groov reach 100 million people through their workplace wellbeing platform. Co-founded by Sir John Kirwan and Adam Clark.
Heres some of what they do.
Welcome to Embed by Groov
The experts at Groov developed Embed to successfully bake a culture of wellbeing into workplaces. Embed is an evidence-based approach that focuses on action and behaviour change.
The tailored programme includes six key elements that target all levels of an organisation. Together they create a blueprint for lasting, sustained change.
Embed empowers everyone to play a role in creating a wellbeing culture that sticks, instead of just relying on the HR lead or wellbeing manager.
Lift your workplace into the new era of wellbeing with Embed.
We help your workplace, leaders and people find their Groov. Groov is a leading workplace wellbeing platform helping you with the challenges you're facing today like talent retention, burnout and psychological safety. Feel good and function well with our evidence-based approach that focuses on actio
The front he works on is the John Kirwan Foundation. Heres what they do.
Mitey is our response to the alarming number of children experiencing mental health issues in New Zealand. One in five will experience mental health issues before they turn 18.
Even those who are otherwise happy, will need skills and knowledge to successfully deal with pressures related to peers, family, relationships, and their place in the world.
At the Foundation we believe that embedding mental health education in both teaching and learning will play a key part in turning our mental health statistics around.
We want to ensure schools have the resources and support they need to equip future generations of New Zealanders with the ability to safeguard and nurture their own mental wellbeing while helping others do the same.
Most will know that Kirwan has been a regular guest on SKY TV as a rugby pundit. A role he has had since 2016.
Sir John Kirwan joins Sky Sports rugby team
08:22, May 11 2016
Sir John Kirwan is the latest former All Black to join SkySport's rugby team.
Beleaguered former Blues coach Sir John Kirwan says he's looking forward to a new challenge as he joins Sky Sport's rugby presentation team.
Working alongside the likes of Jeff Wilson, Justin Marshall and Ian Jones, Sir John will be on the panel for live Super Rugby matches and New Zealand-based Rugby Championship games, as well as the upcoming three-test series between the All Blacks and Wales.
"I've been out of the game for six months now, so I'm looking forward to getting back in and having a bit of a banter with some of the older players," says Sir John. "I'm sort of a generation detached from Marshy and Jeff and that, but I know them pretty well. Kamo's more my era. And Pod Turner
, so there's a few around that are from my era. It'll be good fun."
Sir John Kirwan says he'd love his Sky Sports role to branch out to include the pay TV broadcaster's league coverage.
Following his resignation from the Blues in June last year, Sir John spent time at the Rugby World Cup, during which he was part of the Sky Sport Italy rugby team, with whom he has been working for the last decade.
"Since the Blues, I've been at the World Cup, so I spent the whole of the World Cup over there. I was mainly based in Milan and I'd go across for the odd weekend. I had a really fantastic final. I was with Alessandro Del Piero, who's one of the Italians' biggest soccer players, and he loves rugby, so he did comments with me during the World Cup, which was outstanding.
Sir John Kirwan played 63 times for the All Blacks between 1984 and 1994.
"I'm part of the Sky rugby team in Italy, and I'm still doing a little bit. I've got a Super Rugby TV programme on Italian television every Tuesday night. Sky Sport New Zealand is new, but I've been doing Sky Sport Italy for probably the last 10 years."
Working for the Sky Sport New Zealand rugby team might be new for Sir John, but he's already keen to expand his presenting role into the other oval-ball game – if they'll have him that is.
"I'd love too!" he enthuses, when asked if Sky Sport might ever get him to do a bit of rugby league presenting as well. "The Warriors are my team! I grew up around rugby league, my father was a leaguey and the Mad Butcher's one of my best mates. I played for the Warriors for two years, absolutely loved it, and I'm a very keen Warriors fan, so if they were nice enough to invite me I'd love to. Obviously the Warriors are having a bit of a hard time at the moment, but hopefully they'll bounce back and win a couple and get back into contention for the top eight."
Warriors aside, Sir John says he's obviously still following his other favourite team quite closely too.
"At the end of the day, I'm still a really proud Aucklander, and the Blues are my team. I think they've had a good win away, they got the monkey off their back last week, and I've seen them making good improvements so I think they'll slowly get better – I think Tana's doing a good job."
Former All Blacks says he'd love to expand his presenting role to league as well
Kirwan is also a Westpac ambassador along with Ritchie McCaw, Sophie Pascoe and Willie Apiata.
Learn more about our fantastic Westpac Ambassadors. These people are doing great things in our communities and helping to bring positive change.
And finally we get to the family business called JK14 Wines
I’ve been having a love affair in Italy, and so far it’s lasted 30 years. It’s okay, my wife knows all about it, and she understands. After all, she loves Treviso as much as I do, since she was born there.
Treviso is unbelievable. The region is like a compact sampler of all that is the best of Italy. My first visit, I remember thinking, “This is a far cry from dad’s butchery back in Mangere.”
Climbing the hill near our house, I could look across and see the homes of bright Pinot Grigios, full Merlots, and Proseccos that make Champagne seem dull.
I want to share what I found with my friends and family back here in NZ… and hey, anyone else who wants a taste of something special. I hope you fall in love with Treviso as much as I have.
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