Puāwai Inspiring speakers event July 16th 5-7pm

Celebrating Us: Diversity and inclusion

The Puāwai Activators are events and projects organised by young people in the Puāwai youth leadership programme. The overarching theme for all of the Puāwai Activators is ‘Celebrating Us,’ all about celebrating diversity and intersectionality.

This Activator in the second week of the July school holidays is an inspiring speakers event looking at intersectionality and celebrating our unique identities. 

WHEN: Thursday 16th July 5pm – 7pm

WHERE: Tūranga Library, Activity Room (on the first floor)

WHO: Open to all ages


Come join us for an evening of inspiring speakers and embracing diversity. With a range of speakers representing rainbow, disabilities, people of colour and people of influence; talking about their identity, stereotypes, and ‘celebrating us’. Each speaker will speak for a short time followed by a break with kai provided. Then come back together for a panel discussion answering questions relating to the theme.

We’re thrilled to be amplifying the voices of our inspiring speakers and hope you’ll leave having learnt something new, gained a new understanding of something, or just feeling heartened about ‘celebrating us’.

What is Puāwai?

Puāwai is a nine month experience for approximately 40 rangatahi/young people aged 15-18 that is designed to connect and develop a diverse network of “potential leaders, innovators, disruptors, drivers” in our rangatahi/young people around the region to enable them to contribute to their community

Puāwai focusses on developing real skills, knowledge and networks by participating in a bicultural programme with a focus on diversity and inclusion

Puāwai is part of Leadership Lab and is designed and delivered by a group of facilitators in partnership with the CHCH YMCA. Funding for Puāwai has been provided by the Ministry of Youth Development, Te Putahitanga, Wayne Francis Charitable Trust and the Ben Gough Family Foundation