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May 2024

Dr Fritz Smith, Founder of Zero Balancing, Passes

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Fritz Fredrick Smith MD
May 11th 1929 - May 7th 2024

An Inspirational Man

Fritz lived a full and busy life, sharing his knowledge with hundreds of people all over the world, writing books, teaching and being an inspiration to many.

His passion for the human body led him in many directions of learning to facilitate the creation and continued expansion and evolution of Zero Balancing.

He encouraged many others to help move Zero Balancing forward, and my hope is that this will continue, holding the true essence of his incredible work at it’s core.

I was honoured to have met, worked alongside and be taught by Fritz.

He gave me my Practitioner Transitional Half Moon and my Teacher Transitional Half Moon, both of which I will never forget.

As Zero Balancer’s, we all carry part of Fritz with us - always.

He may have transitioned from the physical yet his passion, his wisdom and his work lives on inside all who practice or receive Zero Balancing.

Thank You Fritz, for being you.

Peter Woodgate
President ZBNZA Inc, Co Chair ZBTF, CZB, CZBF

"I developed Zero Balancing to relieve suffering and make the world a better place”
                                       Fritz Smith MD


AGM - Wednesday 3 July 2024 7:30pm NZT

Nominations are invited for the positions of:

President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer,  and three further board members

Annual subs are due by 20 May 2024 - $120 to Karen Duff email New members are very welcome.

Associate Membership fee is also available:  $65.00 per year which includes voting rights for ZBNZA 


Judith Sullivan Courses a Hit

As expected, the Judith Sullivan ZBX courses did not disappoint. These took place in Christchurch in April with 23 students registered for each course, a record attendance for ZB in NZ, we think.


This included 7 students from the US and two from Australia. So it was great to catch up with our ZB colleagues on a truly international basis. It was also great to be able to catch up with Fritz on zoom at each class as well.

Judith and her able assistant, Helen Le Clair, were great fun, sharing their knowledge freely, and often with great wit. Some of the exercises has us tied up in knots! (see pictures). We are truly grateful to the two of them for making this such a special event and learning opportunity.

This was Judith's last time teaching these two classes, though as she was at pains to point out, she has not retired - she's just going to focus her energy in different directions now.

The ways in which ZB can be applied to the body to 'relieve suffering' are truly inspiring.

And what is the one thing we were advised to do, over and over? 

What can I relax in my body?

Forthcoming ZB Courses

Zero Balancing 1 - January 2025 (dates tba) - Rebekah Harbour will be running this class in the Manawatu. We need more new students coming on board to really grow ZB in New Zealand, so please share this information with all your contacts - anyone that has had ZB are the most likely one's to want to learn more about it.


Freely Moveable Joints - January 2025 (dates tba) - Rebekah will also run this class in the Manawatu. It's a great class to round out your application to ZB to the wider skeleton. And for students, this is one of the advanced courses that count towards certification. Even if you've done it before, it can't hurt to refresh your skills, learn the latest fulcrum's and get some great peer review.

Pregnancy and Post-Partum - Rebekah has recently developed this advanced ZB course and will be running a residential class Hawaii in December this year. See her website for more details.

On-line Offerings

You may not be aware that the Zero Balancing Association in the US offers on-line zoom sessions covering various topics with guest contributors every month. They are called Third Sundays, so are on Monday morning NZ time usually. Or you can watch a recording. There is usually a small charge for these. Check out these, plus the full US calendar of in-person trainings here:

IAHP Listing

Your association has recently begun adding your courses to the International Association of Health Practitioners where each person can have a listing if they so desire, including students. It records their location (city and postcode), contact details, and any certifications. The listing is free, or you can pay to have a more comprehensive listing if desired. It is mainly for ZB, Upledger and Barral students and practitioners.


Go to the home page, click on Find a Practitioner, select your country, and postcode (or first digit of postcode) to see listings in your area. To update your record with courses you have done in the past, merely send photo's of your past course certificates to :


18 May 2024 - Equine Expo - Manfield Stadium, Feilding - Suzy Hawes 027 422 3442 is arranging a ZB stall with Amy de Ruiter. Pop in and see them if you're about!

18-20 October 2024 - Equifest at Fiber Fresh National Equestrian Centre, Taupo - Hilary Stephen is organising a ZB tent at this 3 day event. Contact Hilary for further details - 021 132 5560

If you have any ZB related events in your area that you'd like to share, or need help with, then please feel free to drop us a line.

ZB Swap Days

23 June 2024 - 9:30 to 4pm - at Suzy Hawes, 1707 Taonui Road, Pohangina, Manawatu. All are welcome, from all over NZ, as well as any overseas visitors! Vegetarian lunch, please bring a plate to share. Suzy will let you know if we need more tables. Register your interest with Suzy - 027 422 3442

Karen Duff is happy to run swaps at her place in Christchurch. Please contact her to arrange your swaps there: 0274 518155 - thinking Canterbury swaps will be last Wednesday of every month with exception to December from 9.30am with start time of 10am finished by 12pm

If a member in the upper North Island would like to arrange a swap day please feel free to go ahead and let Rhys know the details for inclusion in this newsletter.

Swaps are a great way to gain experience for students of ZB, in a supportive environment. As well as a chance for all of us to practice and receive this wonderful therapy. If a teacher can join in via Zoom, then these may be upgraded to a Study Day, with swaps. They are also a great way to keep the energy of ZB going. I think we owe that to Fritz's legacy.

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