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Supporting ethnic women, their families and communities

News Bulletin February 2021

Information and Update from the Shama Team

  • Welcome to our new team members
  • Meet our social worker Courtney
  • Culturally Arranged Marriage FAQ from Immigration New Zealand

What's On at Shama

  • Let's Talk - Keeping Children Safe from Sexual Harm
  • SuperSHEro - Free Confidence Workshops
  • Job Seeking Workshop
  • Programme Schedule for Term 1 2021
  • Cross-cultural Parenting Programme
  • Volunteer Female Computer Mentor, Parent Support and Driver

In the Community - Notices

  • Happy Chinese New Year!
  • HAIP 30th Anniversary
  • Community Day
  • Converse at Agora
  • Launched - Disability Arts Festival
  • Meet our Race Relations Commissioner
  • Hamilton Children's Day
  • Free Funding Information Workshop
  • Our Diversity is Our Strength
  • Photography Workshop for Youths
  • EarthDiverse Classes
  • Here to Help U
  • Manaaki Manuhiri - Support for Temporary Visa Hardship

Update from the Shama Team

Welcome to Our New Team Members

We would like to give warm welcomes to Courtney Sheriff, Jenifer Alfred, Suldery Millan and Erika Smit!

Meet Our Social Worker Courtney

Name: Courtney Sheriff
Role At Shama: Social Worker
Highlight so far about her life: A highlight of my life was getting to see my favourite band Queen play in Auckland on my 23rd birthday!
Something she has always wanted to try: Rock and roll dancing. 
Something people don't know about her: I grew up in Shanghai and then Hamburg so was a well travelled child!
If she could have a superpower: It would be super strength!!!
Her favourite Quote: "He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata! What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people!"

Culturally Arranged Marriage FAQ from Immigration NZ

We would like to share a link to Frequently Asked Questions around culturally arranged marriages (CAM) provided by Immigration New Zealand.

What's On - Shama Programmes

Let's Talk - Keeping Children Safe from Sexual Harm

We cordially invite ethnic parents to come to a FREE 2 hour prevention workshop called Let's Talk: Keeping Children Safe from Sexual Harm. The workshop will be delivered in 5 languages for specific ethnic groups.

Where: Trust Waikato, 4 Little London Lane, Hamilton
When: 24th - Syrian, 25th Feb - Congolese, 26th, 1st, and 2nd Mar 9-3 pm 

Lunch is provided, Express interest to attend to or call 07 843 3810.
Express Interest to Attend

SuperSHEro - Free Confidence Workshops

Women in our communities continue to miss out on decision-making and remain unaware of our rights, while shouldering most of the work at home and childcare. Migrant and refugee women also face intensely unique stressors:
  • lack of work and social support,
  • difficulties in the migration process,
  • loss of status and identity
These factors trigger the lack of self-esteem, empowerment and motivation to give their best as new members of New Zealand society. We have met these women with 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, migration stories and/or cultural backgrounds, have hindered progress for these women to become empowered.
Shama is offering 11 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 will be held in simple English, with plenty of interactive visual aids that are easy to understand since language can pose as a barrier to effective communication for some ethnic women.


2021 Workshops
February 13th – Mindset | March 6th – Find your Strength | April 10th – Routine and Structure | May 8th – Maori Spirituality | June 12th – Manifesting / Goal setting | July 10th – Final Session
We will provide individually packed lunches (dietary options available.) Please register for the 13 Feb on Mindset as soon as possible, any questions contact

Job Seeking Workshop

There will be a job seeking workshop at Shama at 10am to 12 pm on 25 February. Register for attendance!

Term One 2021 Programme Schedule

Shama Programme in Term 1 2021 started on 2nd February 2021.

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

Help Support Ethnic Women and Their Families in the Community

Female Volunteer Computer Mentor

Seeking a volunteer with a good understanding of computer and computer related technology, web browsers and navigation, email, word processors, social media, online resource and job search navigation and more. Join Us!
  • Able to be available from 10 am till 1 pm on Thursdays during school terms
  • Utilize your professional skills and hobby interests while helping strengthen  ethnic women
  • Meet new friends, create new networks, and explore the programs and classes offered at Shama.
  • Get valuable skills and experience for your resume.

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

In the Community - Notices

Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Ox on 13th February 1pm to 3pm. Join Waikato Museum on the first day of Chinese New Year 2021 for an afternoon of festive arts and children’s activities.

Event Information

HAIP 30th Anniversary

HAIP's 30th Anniversary is being celebrated 4pm to 8pm at 66 Tennyson Road. Come for family photos, fun activities, kai and entertainment.

Community Day

The Settlement Centre Waikato had a Community Day from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Friday the 29th January 2021. It was an awesome morning for families, including a photo opportunity with fire engines, police cars for the kids, face painting, sausage sizzle.

Converse at Agora

Converse at Agora would like to inform people in our community about what it is they actually do with their core values and purpose. They are trying to reach people who haven't heard of their work before but would benefit from it. Please let Jordan know there are any questions.
Ask about Converse at Agora

Launched Disability Arts Festival in Hamilton

The Hamilton Disability Arts Festival Trust is excited to announce that the next Launched Festival will be held on Thursday, July 8th 2021, at the Southwell School Performing Arts Centre. Launched has developed over the past 13 years to become a Film, Talent and Arts Festival steered by the people themselves in the Disability Community. The Festival has expanded to become a place to showcase and celebrate the many and rich talents within the disability community. The emphasis is on sharing and enjoying the talent.

There will be a morning VARIETY CONCERT, an evening VARIETY CONCERT, a WEARABLE ARTS SHOW and a STATIC ART EXHIBITION at Southwell School's Performing Arts Centre.

Join to be part of the fun celebrating the talents that are found in our Disabled community.
Join Launched Disability Arts Festival

Meet Our Race Relations Commissioner - Meng Foon

The Good Collective's next networking event is to meet Meng Foon, our new Race Relations Commissioner. Share in his journey and goals of true "diversity" for Aotearoa.
  • fluent in Māori and 3 other languages
  • an avid sports fan
  • passionately and actively philanthropic
  • a singer/song writer
Register for Networking Event

Hamiltn Children's Day

Hamilton Children's Day is on at Saturday 6 March, 10am to 2pm, Waikato Museum, Garden Place and Central Library. Enjoy live entertainment, interactive stalls, competitions and prizes.

Free Funding Information Workshop

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 Organisational Grants Scheme (COGS),  Lottery COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Fundand 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: Thursday 18 February 2021, 6-8pm
Venue: River Lounge, Age Concern Hamilton (Celebrating Age Centre)
Address: 30 Victoria Street, Hamilton
Express Interest to Attend

Our Diversity is Our Strength - Free Zoom Workshop

Enhancing the capacity and capability of our organisations and people within them by supporting organisations to build teams strong in diversity is the  intention of this Free Workshop. This will be presented by experts in Teams, Migrant Community, Gender and Sexuality and Conflict in Communication.

Register for Workshop

Photography Workshop for Youths

Check out two Click Happy photography workshops in February at Central and Chartwell Libraries aimed at creative youths with Mandi Lynn. This is a fantastic opportunity for youth to learn some photography skills and maybe take on some more challenges. The program has a wellness base.
More information for Youth Photography Workshops

EarthDiverse Classes

EarthDiverse offers education programmes on cultural, religious, and linguistic diversity, public talks and seminars, and Professional Development workshops.
Visit EarthDiverse Website

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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