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News Bulletin March 2021

Updates from the Shama Team

  • Together we are stronger, join the network of ethnic therapist across Aotearoa
  • Meet Carolina, Shama's National Sexual Violence Crisis Coordinator
  • Laughs and inspiration at Shama's International Women's Day Shared Lunch

What's On at Shama

  • SuperSHEro - Build your confidence in this fun and free workshop
  • Holiday Programme coming up in April
  • We need Volunteer Tutor for Monday Support Group!!
  • Becoming the best parent I can be - Cross-cultural Parenting Programme
  • Programme Schedule for Term 1 2021

In the Community - Notices

  • DIA Funding Workshop for Ethnic Communities
  • Here to Help U
  • Manaaki Manuhiri - Support for Temporary Visa Hardship

Updates from the Shama Team

Together we are stronger! Join the network of ethnic therapist across Aotearoa.

Shama has a long-term strategic plan to support Ethnically Diverse therapists regionally and nationally with ongoing connection. We also want to see more ethnic therapists talking about best practice and how to address family and sexual harm.

As part of this, our team has organised the Ethnically Diverse Therapists Connection Hui Facebook Group. Currently, there are 23 members, the group's mission is to keep connecting, keep reaching out, and Keep Encouraging one another. We invite you to join us!

Meet Carolina, Shama's National Sexual Violence Crisis Coordinator

The Shama team would like to extend a warm welcome to Carolina Henriquez, pictured on the left below. Carolina is our very new Wellington-based National Crisis Coordinator for Shama response to sexual violence. She attended our International Women's Day shared lunch and connected with the Shama whanau.

Carolina is Latin American, a fully registered social worker, with experiencse - Registered Social Worker, Refugee Trauma Recovery New Zealand Red Cross, Wellington, Programme Coordinator Ministry of Health Wellington, Programme Coordinator, Multicultural Support Service KiwiClass, Wellington, Programme Coordinator, Social & Community Services, Ministry for Gender Equality, Chile

International Women's Day Shared Lunch

Shama women got together to celebrate International Women's Day on Monday 8th March for a shared lunch. Pictured left, Kamini won the best dress in her beautiful, vibrant and bright purple ethnic outfit. Pictured right, Kesh Naidoo-Rauf, our special guest speaker for the day, spoke about the challenges she faces as working mum, about her roles as city councilor and pharmacist and how We Choose to Challenge.

What's On - Shama Programmes

SuperSHEro - Free Confidence Workshops

We want more ethnic women on decision-making processes and aware of our rights. We know that many migrant and refugee women face lack of work and social support, difficulties in the migration process, a loss of status and identity, while shouldering most of the work at home and childcare.

These factors may trigger lack of self-esteem, empowerment and motivation to give their best as new members of New Zealand society. But we know as well, that these women have incredible abilities to offer to their community. However, the lack of self-esteem often affects their mental well-being and limits their abilities to grow on a personal and professional level. Some causes such as isolation, loneliness, language skills, and migration experiences, have hindered progress for these women to become empowered.
Shama is offering workshops on self-confidence that involve a life-coach delivering a 5 hour session to build skills to unleash your inner SuperSHEro! Each workshop can stand on its own, enabling the participant to learn strategies in gaining confidence.
The sessions are held in simple English, with plenty of interactive visual aids that are easy to understand.

Topics for upcoming workshops:
April 10th – Routine and Structure | May 8th – Maori Spirituality | June 12th – Manifesting / Goal setting | July 10th – Final Session
Lunch is provided (dietary options available.) Please register for the April Workshop on Routine and Structure as soon as possible, any questions contact
Register to be a SuperSHEro!

Multicultural Children's Holiday Programme

Shama Multicultural Children's Holiday Programme registration and enrollments are open to Wednesday 21st April. The programme will run from 27th to 30th April at Melville Primary School. Email us to get information such as enrollment forms and contract.
Enrol for Multicultural Children's Holiday Programme

We need Volunteer Tutor for Monday Support Group!!

We are looking for a warm-hearted, female tutor to support our clients to improve their communication skills. Have fun and make a valuable contribution to our community helping and meeting a diverse range of ethnic women. You will gain a huge sense of satisfaction from using your skills, life experiences and gift of time to benefit others!
Volunteer tutors work with a group of ethnic women who are learning the English language skills necessary for living and working in our community. You should have:
  • Strong desire to improve the English langue skills of students
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences
  • Patience, understanding, flexibility, and an unceasingly positive attitude
  • Outgoing personality. Ability to meet challenge with enthusiasm.
  • Ability to serve as a tutor/conversation partner for 1-3 hours a week for three months
  • Fluency in English
  • A 3 month commitment would be preferred, currently to volunteer on Mondays from 12.30 pm till 2.30 pm at Shama.
Express Interest in Volunteering

Becoming the best parent I can be - Cross-Cultural Parenting Programme

This programme delivers workshops for groups of parents (6-12 people) and also for groups of professionals working with youth and families.  Our community development facilitator, Zola Aroha Rose can come to where groups are located at a time convenient for parents.
We run a variety of short courses including:
  • Cross-Cultural Parenting
  • Positive Discipline Basics for Parents of Children under 12 years
  • Positive Discipline Basics for Parents of Tween and Teens
After completing a basics workshop, we can then offer age and topic specific workshops which include:
  • How to handle allowance and family finance that create money-mindful children and grow family wealth
  • How to run successful family meetings and make a family purpose statement that creates a strong family team
  • How to manage household chores so that children are capable and willing to contribute
  • How to support your children with their school work and homework without stress or struggle
  • How to deal with disobedient, rude, or difficult behaviour
  • How to create rhythms that make bed time, meal time, shopping time routines that flow easier.
We can also customize a workshop based on the needs of the children, parents, or professional group.
These can be done online or in person if within 30 minutes of Hamilton.
Contact Zola for Parenting Programme

Female Parent Support Volunteers

Help us strengthening ethnic women and enriching the wellbeing of their families.

We are seeking volunteers who can provide childcare and companionship in parenting to ethnic women/parents within Hamilton and suburbs on a regular or a casual on-call basis. We expect a particular period of time commitment (at least a 4 month), two hours training may be provided at Shama.

Female Volunteer Drivers

We are looking for volunteers who can provide transport for our clients within Hamilton and suburbs to access essential appointments, for counselling, life skills classes at Shama, medical appointments and other services on a regular or on casual basis. You will need to have your own car that is registered and warranted and NZ full and clean driver licence.
Express Interest in Volunteering

Term One 2021 Programme Schedule

In the Community - Notices

United Nations Event

United Nations and the Human Rights Commission is holding an exciting and much needed discussion and online forum on ensuring full participation of migrant and ethnic women in post-COVID-19 responses and decision-making.

On Tuesday 21st March 11am to 12:30pm a 60 minute panel exchange is followed by 30 minute interactive text dialogue.

The four speakers for the panel are:
  1. Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission
  2. Barbara Bedeschi-Lewando, Director of the Global Goals Institute
  3. Tofilau Bernadette Pereira, National President of Pacifica Inc.
  4. Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré, Representative of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee and the CCNGO/Education2030 coordinating group.

The three SDGs of gender equality (SDG 5), decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), and reduced inequalities (SDG 10) are covered in the Aotearoa New Zealand context.
Register for Event

Safety Workshop

The Settlement Centre is having a fire safety workshop with practical demonstration on Wednesday 24th March at 10.30am. Register via email.
Register for Safety Workshop

Cultural Competency Workshops

Diversity Counselling is having a Cultural Competency workshop about working with interpreters and working with former refugees on Friday 26th March at at Trust Waikato.
Register for Cultural Competency Workshop

Nominate a Waikato Young Woman for Y25!

YWCA is looking for young women who are raising their voices, challenging the status quo, and fighting for a fairer Aotearoa. Young women who are rewriting stories for wāhine toa. Help spotlight their achievements by nominating them before 31st March. In the mean time, check out the story of Ranisha Chand, ethnic feminist.
Nominate a Young Woman Now!

Volunteer Excellence Awards Nominations are Open

Volunteering Waikato’s Volunteer Excellence Awards are a excellent opportunity for the community to recognise the contribution and achievements of outstanding volunteers.

Nominations are now open, and will be closing on 16th April. The awards results will be announced during National Volunteer Week.

Nominate a Volunteer!

DIA Funding Workshop for Ethnic Communities

The Office of Ethnic Communities and Community Operations Hāpai Hapori of The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) Te Tari Taiwhenua will be presenting to you a free funding information workshop for the ethnic communities of Hamilton.

We are aiming to provide information and assistance to the ethnic communities regarding funding opportunities and resources available that could better support and assist with community-based services, social initiatives/activities and projects for ethnic community organisations and groups.

This workshop will cover Lottery Community, Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS), Lottery COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Fund and Ethnic Communities Development Fund.

We will provide a broad range of information including funding criteria and priorities, funding tips, keys to successful applications, decision-making processes and more.  There will be questions and answers components for the attendees to be actively involved in this workshop.

Date and Time: Wednesday 31st March 2021, 6 - 8pm
Venue: River Lounge, Age Concern Hamilton (Celebrating Age Centre)
Address: 30 Victoria Street, Hamilton
Express Interest in Funding Workshop

Here to Help U

If you need wellbeing support, check out the range of help on offer at

Manaaki Manuhiri

New Zealand Red Cross is working with government to support those on a temporary visa experiencing serious hardship due to COVID-19.
Find Out More at Red Cross

Shama Ethnic Women's Trust

At Shama, we understand that moving to a new country can be very stressful. Issues of language and culture and the fact that all around you are strangers add to the stress and one can feel extremely lost! Shama Ethnic Women's Trust is an organisation run by ethnic women for ethnic women. It is a vibrant, sustainable and growing centre, which provides culturally appropriate support, advocacy and programmes to be a source of strength and empowerment for ethnic women.
Email us for more information or call 07 843 3810.

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