NOW MORE THAN EVER…
You need the support of other Māori women to step into your creativity.
You must find ways to reinforce your knowing that life can have much, much more depth.
The world needs your creativity and inspiration.
It doesn’t matter if you think of yourself as a Māori artist, writer, weaver or a businesswoman or māmā…you’re here to reinforce a new revolution on the planet — one where you’re happy, creative and fully alive.
Introducing Wāhine Who Create, an intimate gathering of like-minded wāhine Māori and their whānau only in Whanganui. Our four kaikōrero have curated an experience to add to your kete of knowledge and empower your creative potential.
Workshop 1 with Mere Keating: Mere will be sharing her mātauranga as a weaver based around the concept of kete and across ideas such as whakapapa, change in ourselves and in our communities, the creative birthing process and the plait or umbilical cord connecting us as wāhine to our creative projects.
Workshop 2 with Jessica Kahukura: Jessica will be sharing her puoro journey and how she accesses creativity daily as a tool to maintain her mental well being. The workshop will include interaction with tumutumu kohatu, pakuru rakau or percussion stones and wood, which participants will be able to take home with them.
Workshop 3 with Kiri McGuire: Kiri's workshop will connect wāhine with mindfulness and breathing techniques to alleviate stress and anxiety through the use of taonga puoro instruments. Participants will make their own Pūtangitangi taonga puoro piece from clay to take away with them.
Workshop 4 with Hera Sharman: Hera's session will include a gentle yoga practice where we will explore breathing techniques and movements to help ground us after a day of being immersed in new mātauranga. Through her practice, we will clear the hinengaro and reconnect into our ngākau as we ready ourselves to take our new learnings into the world. Then a short meditation focused on planting the seeds of our new ideas, will bring an end to the day.
Mere Keating (Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi, Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Apa) aka @merekeating is a weaver, wife and mother of three daughters + eight mokopuna. Born in Whanganui in 1949, Mere has had a life long passion for fabrics, textiles and all things visual. Her māmā Betty was a creative dressmaker and true to her lineage, Mere has designed and made clothing since she was eight.
Jessica Kahukura (Tainui, Ngāti te Ata) aka @jessicakahukura.
"He mokopuna ahau o Koro Ruapehu, Te Awa Tupua me Tangaroa hoki, Ko Jessica Kahukura ahau. Ko Te Atihaunui a papa rangi, Ngarauru, Ngati Kahungungu me Tuwharetoa nga iwi. Tihei Mauri Ora.
I am a mother and new (too young!) Naana to an amazing whanau. Bipolar affective disorder has been a part of my life for 13 years. Creativity is used daily to maintain my mental well being. I have always been passionate about creating Art in Every Form Possible and practice at least one form of Art daily. I am a student at UCOL studying Art with a focus on Visual Arts. I have a love of taonga puoro; listening, learning, practice and sharing, especially with children. I have found personal growth from these gifts from our past.
Tena koutou katoa"
Kiri McGuire (Ngati Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine) aka @taiaoprints is a taonga puoro musician and maker with a background in mental health nursing. She also has her own business (Taiao Prints) selling custom prints and designs inspired by te ao Māori.
Hera Sharman (Ngāpuhi, Tapuika) aka @hera_sharman is a trained yoga practitioner and meditation teacher. In 2018, she completed her yoga teacher training in Bali, which was a truly humbling and peaceful experience that she can't wait to share with other wāhine. Outside of taking guest yoga classes at local business Tickle My Feet, Hera is also a kaiako at a local kura in Whanganui.
Some of the feedback from our past events:
"Mihi atu Ataria me to hoa haere pai to kaupapa, pai te tangata. Miharo te manaakitanga!! Loved the theme of challenge and questioning that I took away. Feel empowered to publish in alterantive forums and enjoy the doings of Awa Wahine. Mauri ora! - Wāhine Who Write attendee
"I enjoyed the speakers and learnt so much. I also enjoyed sharing a safe space with strong wāhine. It was extremely empowering. Thank you" - Wāhine Who Write attendee.
Organised by online women's magazine Awa Wahine with the support of local wahine Rebecca Broughton. Itineraries will be emailed out closer to the date.
Weekly or part-payment of tickets are available - just send an email to email@example.com.
If enough tickets are sold, a small number of scholarship (free) tickets will be made available for single māmās and māmās with three or more children. Please subscribe and/or follow the event on Facebook for updates.
If you have any questions about the day or special dietary requirements email firstname.lastname@example.org.