Kidpower New Zealand

Cornelia Baumgartner, Kidpower New Zealand Founder and Program Director

Kidpower New Zealand was established in 1993 by Martial Artists Cornelia Baumgartner and Martin Hartman. We have collaborated with the NZ Police and Ministry of Justice to developed specific programmes for young children, and young adults with Special Needs. Our centre is fully qualified to provide all Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower services to children (ages 4-12), teenagers and adults of all abilities.

“Imagine helping children; Feel STRONG enough to stand alone, SMART enough to know when they need help, and BRAVE enough to ask for help when they need it.”

~ Frith Daniels, Kidpower New Zealand Instructor

Accomplishments (2017)

  • directly taught over 5630 people of all ages and all walks of life.
  • taught over 300 workshops
  • held over 40 public workshops conducted in all programs: kids, teens, adults, seniors
  • worked with over 100 different groups
  • Of the adults we reached, 65% were female and 35% male, a 4% increase in male participants.
  • development of Fullpower Healthy Relationships for younger age groups, and both deaf and blind users. This includes more stories and pictures in response to requests from user groups and Faamalosi Aiga, a Pasifika safety programme with whole-community engagement, bi-lingual fun activities, songs, role-plays, visuals and other resources.


  • We secured a contract with ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) with the New Zealand Government, providing the secondary school “Mates & Dates” program. We are working with schools in the Tasman region and have secured the contract for the same in the Waitakere and North Shore/Rodney districts to provide teens with knowledge and skills around sexual and dating violence prevention.
  • We continue to promote our expertise in Primary Prevention of Violence in a variety of national and international networks; The Expert Reference Group for the Ministerial Sexual Violence Prevention Group, TOAH NNEST (Te Ohaakii a Hine – National Network for Ending Sexual Violence Together), Kidpower International Senior Program Leader Council
  • Workplace Safety: The NZ Trust places strong emphasis on safety and support of staff. With our risk management systems in place, our high to safety record is maintained.

“The partnership between Kidpower and our school is like ‘a match made in heaven’. The program continues to provide students, staff and parents with a common language and strategies around student empowerment through safety.”

~ Auckland, New Zealand School Principal

High school students with developmental disabilities from our Fullpower Healthy Relationships Programmme in New Zealand are serving as ambassadors to teach other students how to stay safe.

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