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Development West Coast is proud to partner with the West Coast Professional Women's Network for a business breakfast to mark International Women’s Day, on Wednesday 8 March.
Recognising your skills, valuing yourself, making the most of your potential and making connections are important for wellbeing, Whare Manaaki Manager Eli Maiava says. Eli will talk about her own life and initiatives at this business breakfast.
Together with her husband and four children aged between six and 15, Eli moved to the Coast four years ago. Her whakapapa (ancestral affiliation) is to Te Tai o Poutini rohe (West Coast region), although she was born and raised in the Hutt Valley. Her education and career was focused on early childhood education and Ms Maiava has a Masters degree in Education. She has also spent many hours involved in the community and on komitis (committees).
Drawing on her background, she could see a gap in terms of what was available on the West Coast, and created Whare Manaaki as a kaupapa (values) Māori gathering and connecting space, to enable people to look after each other. “We as wahine (women) or mums have the ability to step out and make new things happen. I felt obligated moving back to our whenua (land) to bring the experiences I got elsewhere and put those into uplifting the community.”
Eli is about to begin the fourth Whare Manaaki 10 week ”Women of Worth” programme designed to help every wāhine to know her worth, understand her strengths and have tools and strategies to make positive change for herself and her whānau.
Date: Wednesday, 8 March
Time: 7.30am - 8.30am (7.30am breakfast, 8.00am presentation)
Venue: Left Bank Art Gallery - 1 Tainui Street, Greymouth
Cost: $20 (includes breakfast)