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Wāhine Who Create (Whangarei)

Wāhine empowering wāhine to explore their potential as creative beings.

Join us for an intimate gathering for Wāhine Māori only in Whangarei this June - we’ll be talking creative arts, creative living and business. Four workshops will be run throughout the day by our amazing kaikōrero with morning tea, afternoon tea and drinks provided. Bring a healthy plate to be shared for lunch or alternatively purchase an "I Don't Want to Bring a Plate" ticket.

And of course, when we say "creative" at Awa Wahine we mean anyone who has ever birthed, grown, shaped, drawn, written, weaved, knitted, spoken, communicated, sung, danced (and everything else) anything that came from inside of them. We fully expect, this probably includes everyone.

Workshop 1 with Moni Barry: How do you capture the essence of an emotion and create an experience through creativity? In this workshop, we begin with a meditation, explore the importance of a daily practice, getting into the flow state and surrounding yourself in a desirable setting for creativity and opening the manawa, the heart.

Workshop 2 with Nga-Atawhainga Creagh: We will explore themes of autonomy and identity in relation to our bodies, our environment, our role as vessels of knowing, and our embodiment of whakapapa as wāhine Māori.

Workshop 3 with Tania Rupapera: Creating your Lifestyle through Leadership Coaching. Inspiring confidence & conscious thinking to design the life you want to live. Collaboration, entrepreneurship and global connectivity to open minds and expand opportunities.

Workshop 4 with Amiria Raumati: A conversation about navigating space that encompasses the arts of healing, rites of passage, the dismantling of a colonial worldview around the whare tangata through the wisdom of the atua wāhine.

Tania Rupapera (Ngāti Kahu, Nga Ruahine) is a business coach, facilitator and speaker with a focus in the area of human-centered cultural, economic, business and lifestyle. Prior to this, she ran award-winning fashion retail business Unity for 15 years. While working in fashion, she mentored start-ups, judged young designer competitions, travelled internationally for fashion shows and was the buyer of high fashion brands including Trelise Cooper, Karen Walker and Vivienne Westwood. Tania is very passionate about her work, coaching and connecting with the intention of opening minds, growing people and their creative businesses.

To find out more about Tania you can check out her website here:

Moni Barry (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kuri) aka @moni_barry is a coach and mentor, meditation teacher and writer. She works with women to help them tap into their highest potential, to slow down and connect deeply with themselves and the world around them so that they can express themselves more freely, live with more purpose and experience more joy in their everyday life.

To find out more about Moni check out her website here:

Amiria Raumati (Tainui, Ngāti te Ata) aka @woven_wisdom_sacred_spaces is a writer, ceremonialist and practitioner of Rongoa Māori with a passion for healing and kaitiakitanga. Her gifts explore multi-dimensional spaces that evoke and translate the many languages of self through reflective and creative processes, while exploring traditional Māori methodologies. Amiria has explored the wisdom of the whare tangata through assisting with healing inter-generational trauma through sound and ceremony, while tracing the rhythms of Hina.

To find out more about Amiria check out her website here:

Nga-Atawhainga Creagh (Tekauimua, Ngāti Horohia and Ngāti Toki) aka @Smiling_Maamaa. Product of a Matawai-an childhood, Nga-Atawhainga Creagh is a blogger and poet and all round badass wahine. She has a BA in English Literature and NZ History, studied how to be a legal executive and is returning to studies this year to do creative writing through NorthTec, blogging through Cloudlearning, and Taaniko through Veranoa Hetet. Oh yeah and raises three beautiful tamariki.

To find out more about Nga-Atawhainga Creagh check out her website here:

Organised by online women's magazine Awa Wahine with the support of Creative New Zealand. Itineraries will be emailed out closer to the date.

If you have any questions about the day or special dietary requirements email

Here’s what some attendees of our last workshop had to say...
"I enjoyed the speakers and learnt so much. I also enjoyed sharing a safe space with strong wahine. It was extremely empowering. Thank you"
"Mihi atu Ataria me tō hoa haere pai to kaupapa, pai te tangata. Miharo te manaakitanga!!"
"Really thankful to have shared this space with all these beautiful women"

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