Kiwa – a self-compassion chatbot

Are you a young Pasifika person aged 16-20 and interested in learning about a new way to improve your mental wellbeing?


Noa’ia, Mauri, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Tālofa, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī, Talofa lava, Tēnā koutou katoa and warm Pacific greetings to you all!

We’ve designed a self-compassion chatbot called Kiwa and you’re invited to try it out for 10 days.

Who can take part?

We are looking for young Pasifika people aged 16-20 to take part in this study. You will need to have access to a smartphone, tablet or computer and you will also need to download an app called HABITs Messenger from your App Store.

What will happen in the study?
  • To take part in this study, you’ll need to answer some questions online at the start and after 10 days, and to download HABITs Messenger onto your device.
  • When you complete the baseline (first) questions, you’ll be asked to answer questions about yourself and consent to this study. Then, you’ll be asked fill out some questions about self-compassion, wellbeing and identity. This should take 10-15 mins.
  • When you complete these questionnaires, you will be directed to a link that will connect you to our chatbot.
  • Once a day, the chatbot will send you helpful messages and different self-compassion
    activities. These activities are brief and you can revisit them as many times as you want.
  • During the 10 days, usage information will be sent to us. For example, how often you use the
  • After the 10 days, we’ll send you a link to fill out some more questions. This helps us know
    if anything has changed for you and gives you a chance to tell us what you thought about the
  • If you would like, at the end of 10 days, you can enter a prize draw to win one of six $50 gift vouchers after you’ve given feedback on the chatbot.
How can I find out more or ask questions?

You can download more information here (insert pdf link to google drive)

If you have any questions, you can contact us.

Kalolaine Finaulahi (Masters Student)

Dr. Sarah Hopkins (Supervisor)

If you’re interested in participating, click below to get started.

  • Insert link to qualtrics here