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News Bulletin July 2022

In this issue:

  • Meet Kim, our Sexual Violence Crisis Coordinator
  • Shama's Open Day: an Invitation to Check Out our New Centre
  • Connections! Hui - Informing Te Aorerekura from an Ethnic Perspective
  • Shama Featured at the Launch of the Women's Employment Action Plan
  • Join our Life Skill Classes in Term 3
  • New Classes!
  • Let's Talk
Meet Kim, our Sexual Violence Crisis Coordinator
Hi all, 

I am Kim the National Sexual Violence Crisis Coordinator. I have many responsibilities- in short, they include (1) crisis support work for referred clients (checking up and triaging them externally and/or internally), (2) delivering cultural safety training for crisis workers for mainstream organisations, (3) carrying out cultural or religious focus groups to identify barriers and to see how we can support their community more and (4) ACC Sensitive claims counsellor matching.

A little about me, I am Malaysian Chinese and a Christian; I came to NZ five years ago to study. I just finished my honours in Psychology at Waikato Uni last year. Throughout university, I had many jobs- both paid and volunteer. I’ve had wonderful opportunities like being a co-facilitator for a support group for those with anxiety and depression, the violence prevention co-ordinator, a wellbeing officer during lockdown, being a friend and caring for an elderly lady with cerebral palsy and behavioural intervention for someone who presents with TBI, ADHD, autism and many more. My long-term goal is to be a clinical psychologist (more study, haha). In my free time, I enjoy playing music instruments, board games, videogames, photography, badminton & swimming, doing church things, DIYs and various artsy things. I love coffee so much that I have a coffee review page on Instagram! 

Shama's Open Day - an Invitation to Check Out our New Centre

Connections! Hui - Informing Te Aorerekura from an Ethnic Perspective
On the 29th of June a group of around 60 therapists and community workers joined us to share their perspective on Te Aorerekura (National Strategy to Eliminate Family Volence and Sexual Violence). This was an opportunity to discuss what we need to see from the national strategy in order for our communities to thrive. From these discussions we will collate the responses into a report and provide this to the Ministry for the Minister for Family and Sexual Violence. If you're still interested in adding your voice to this please contact Nikita

To follow what we're doing in this space and read our previous reports around the National Strategy please visit our website
Shama Feaured at the Launch of the Women’s Employment Action Plan
June marked the launch of te Mahere Whai Mahi  Wāhine (Women’s Employment Action Plan). Shama staff and participants from the employment sessions in February joined the launch of the action plan. 

Hon. Jan Tinetti (Minister for Women), Traci Houpapa (Chair or the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women) and Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo (Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission) joined us all in Auckland for the launch of te Mahere Whai Mahi Wāhine. The launch included the stories of Women in industries, including our own Silvana Erenchun Perez. It was so exciting to see that the action plan has been created with our experiences taken into consideration and our voices included in the action plan. 

We’re looking forward to seeing how this employment action plan improves the outcomes for women in employment. 

It's important to recognise that this is a living document. As such, it is still possible to have your voices heard. You can do this by contacting the Ministry for Women,


For Matariki, our wāhine had a wonderful day at Shama's SuperSHEro workshop on the 2nd of July to learn Māori's perspectives of achieving mindfulness and well-being. We practised Māori Whakatau Tinana - Ko te Pito to meditate for our mind and body. We learnt Matariki and sang Matariki 9 star waita. The participants learnt new skills, found mindfulness and to feel connected through Maori traditional practices, including Manu Aute, Kahatu Kupenga, Mahi harakeke and Ti Rakau. People from different ethnicities also shared their traditional festivals and cultural values. By the end of the day, our lovely wāhine had learnt a lot and had a wonderful time.
"I had a great moment sharing with other women, different
culturesand learnt about Matariki :) I loved the time doing Kahatu
Kupengaand massage with a stick."

A huge thank you to our amazing facilitators, Paretio Ruha and Raewyn Hawera. Thank you to all lovely wāhine for coming and being a SuperSHEro. 

Don't miss out on the next Shama's SupeSHEro workshop on the 6th of August with Sister Layla Collier, Nadia Leonova and Shanaaz Isaacs. They will help us unlock health, fitness, self-care and self-confidence with many fun activities.

We provide a safe place for women to feel connected, confident and empowered. 
Click Here to Register

New Classes!

Let's Talk

Do you speak a language other than English? Are you willing to help with the recording of some messages to raise awareness of sexual violence and legal protections in New Zealand?

Shama has a project called Let's Talk which aims at ensuring that anyone who needs access to resources and support can access it in a language they are most comfortable with. We have identified 5 topics that we would like to discuss

We are looking for participants interested in translating a scripted passage into their first/additional language and then recording yourself saying it. 
Contact Nikita For More Info

Are You OK? The New Website with Information on Family Violence

For support and help, contact Are you ok? Including if you need to seek advice on ways to hold a safe discussion if you think someone you know is experiencing family violence. Professional support is there for those that need it when they’re ready.

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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