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News Bulletin February 2022

In this issue:

  • Join us for a SuperSHEro workshop!!
  • Sexual Violence Prevention - recruiting groups for new projects
  • Our classes are back
  • We are still looking for participants for our Housing research
  • Ethnic Youth Programme - calling new ethnic kiwis!!
  • Covid-19 update

Updates from our team

Join us for a SuperSHEro Workshop!!
SuperSHEro workshops are back! Do you remember last year we got together to empower ourselves to be more confident? This series of workshops are back with a brand new life coach, Kirandeep Kaur a.k.a. Holistic Living Kiwi. Kicking off with 'Discovering Purpose and Building Unshakeable Habits'

The structure of the first workshop is:
  1. Introduction
  2. Passion vs. Purpose—setting compelling vision
  3. Infinite motivation, focus and energy
  4. Building unshakeable habits to achieve the Purpose of Life  
  5. Discovering our true self
  6. Silence inner critic
  7. Developing your emotional intelligence
The workshop is held at Wintec Gallagher Centre Event Room One on Saturday 5th February from 10.30am to 3pm.

The 2022 workshop dates are:

5 February | 5 March | 2 April | 14 May | 4 June | 2 July | 6 August | 3 September

Remember to add these upcoming events to your calendar!

Register for this FREE event and see you there!
Register for SuperSHEro Workshop

Sexual Violence Prevention - recruiting ethnic groups for new projects

Juanita Rojas, Shama's Sexual Violence Prevention Worker, invites your ethnic community group to participate in this year's intake. Get the skills to prevent sexual harm in your community, and get the support to start a new initiative
Welcome Back - Life Skill Classes Term 1 2022
Welcome back to life skill class participants!

Lifeskills classes are at 8 Liverpool Street, Hamilton Central.

Term 1 begins next week on Tuesday 8th Feb with sewing class at 10am.
English conversation classes on Wednesdays from 16th Feb at 10am
English reading and writing classes on Thursdays from 17th Feb at 10am
Cooking classes on Fridays from 18th Feb at 10am

For more information email

We are still looking for participants for our Research - Enabling Housing for Ethnic Women

Housing is a serious issue in Aotearoa New Zealand. The solutions tend to be market driven in line with many New Zealanders continuing to see house ownership as an investment rather than simply a home. This is at odds with the United Nations special rapporteur whose report on the New Zealand housing situation declared that New Zealand needed to start seeing housing as a human right to which people were entitled – not as a speculative asset. Part of the problem is that the purchasing options in New Zealand’s housing market are geared towards private ownership and capital gains. Internationally there are more diverse housing options. For instance, overseas there are more examples of shared co-housing, cooperative housing and rentals owned by limited or non-profit housing associations. All of these options focus on housing as a right – not as an asset. These options have the potential to suit those who find themselves on an average income but still locked out of home ownership and long term housing options. Many women, and their families, find themselves in this bracket.

Our research seeks to discover the barriers and enablers experienced by women, particularly ethnic women, when trying to secure a home. It then seeks to establish whether collaborative housing options would be an appealing alternative – and which options would be considered the most desirable. This will help focus our attention onto further exploring how to diversify the housing options in the New Zealand market. Overseas there is considerable central and local government support for collective housing, with local government allocating land for collective housing and then running competitions to secure architects for example. New Zealand lacks these kinds of government driven initiatives. We also are looking to talk to those in the housing sector to investigate, among other things, the options for local and central government to take a proactive stance on supporting the growth of collective housing options in New Zealand. Local or central government running a pilot project would be great to see for example. If you are interested in helping us and fit the research participant criteria, please fill in the form contained in the advert. If you would like more information please email I would be happy to provide more details.  We hope to have you on board - it would be great to hear your views!
Respond to the Expression of Interest

Ethnic Youth Programme for new ethnic kiwis

It is always a good time to join our Youth Programme. If you know a young ethnic person (age 12 to 24) who is new to the Waikato, tell them to get in touch with us! We have great events and opportunities to connect, make friends, and contribute in the community.

For more information email

Volunteer with Us

Volunteering is rewarding! When you volunteer with Shama you will meet a diverse range of ethnic women and their families. You will gain work experience, boost your CV and network with ethnic communities in contributing your valuable skills.

We have programmes happening soon and planned major events in the near future. A few examples are:
  • holiday programmes - 26th to 29th April 2022
  • female driving support
  • events and fundraising support - especially for our planned upcoming Fashion Show 20th and 21st May 2022
Express interest in joining our volunteers programme by contacting us!
Express Interest in Volunteering for Shama

Important Information

Life At RED - Covid-19 Protection Framework

  • The Covid-19 Protection Framework Official - Traffic Lights System
  • New Zealand is currently in the RED setting - it is not a lockdown
  • There are resources available to help us stay safe in this setting.
    • Everyone is encouraged to make a plan to be ready - plan
    • Health advice and vaccine information in 27 languages and 4 formats can be shared
  • My Health Record - Create a My Health Account in preparation for digital and physical vaccination records to enable you to go places and travel in future.
  • My Vaccine Pass is the official record of your COVID-19 vaccination status for use in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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

Are you ok? website launched to get support and help, including 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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