Panel Discussions

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
— Maya Angeloiu

The Definition of ME: Ko Ahau Anō Tēnei

Thursday 2nd August      5.30pm      Meteor Theatre

This discussion explores the idea of tuning out society's expectations and having the courage to define oneself and one's own self-worth. Forget the number of likes, views, followers or friends you may or may not have and embrace the realness of what makes you distinctly you. The good and the bad. This panel features a group of authentic and honest women who aren't afraid to tell you warts and all how they manage to roll out of bed, even on their bad days, and follow their passions in life. 

 

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Damaris Coulter

                                 Damaris Coulter

Damaris is the epitome of a socially conscious entrepreneur whose whanau is at the epicentre of all that she does. Her popular K’Rd restaurant ‘Cocos Cantina’ that she owns with her sister turns 9 this year and you can be sure the whole community they have lived and breathed even before they opened their doors will turn out in force to help celebrate. 

 She is currently hard at work on her latest project ‘ The Realness’ – a website and ap  for people wanting to find owner operated, independent eateries.  Her aim is to globally  make a dent in inequality and corporate greed by making it easier for people to choose to spend money in small businesses thereby supporting local communities. .

Taryn Kljakovic

                           Taryn Kljakovic

Taryn Kljakovic has worked in the Music industry in Auckland for the past 10 years, while raising her toddler son and running her community project the Women’s Collective with her wife Sasha.

The Women’s Collective was founded in 2015 to create an intentional platform for women to connect and to create an engaging, collaborative space where innovators and thought leaders can share their stories, and where conversations are ignited.

Sonia Gray

                                 Sonia Gray

Sonia has worked for many years as a model both in NZ and internationally and has been the Lotto presenter for almost 12 years. She has also appeared on shows such as Shortland St, Xena, Wheel of Fortune and Flipside and has a degree in Asian Languages and a post-grad diploma in Journalism. She writes regularly for The Spinoff

She has been an ambassador for the Mental Health Foundation for 16 years and is actively involved in Mental Health Awareness Week.

Zeta Mohn

                                     Zeta Mohn

Zeta is the  Programmes Coordinator at Hamilton's YWCA and is passionate about  the organisation's drive to empower women to make positive life choices.

She is also a  photographer, a writer and a student.

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” –Dr Suess

Tickets $15 / $20.00


A Women's Worth : He Mana Nō Te Wahine

Saturday 4th August                5.30pm              Meteor Theatre

Facilitated  by Kerre McIvor and featuring ex and current Waikato Women  Paula Penfold, Fiona Gower, Margaret Evans, Anjum Rahman + TBC we delve into their personal and professional journeys as wahine and the life lessons they've learnt along the way.  An intelligent and entertaining discussion on ways to empower ourselves and each other while providing a platform for collective reflection on addressing challenges and opportunities in supporting the role of all women.

 

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Kerre McIvor

                         Kerre McIvor

                        Kerre McIvor

Multi-talented Kerre McIvor , famous for her razor sharp wit and intellect , is a brilliant MC, presenter, guest speaker and debater.
Never one to shy away from a good healthy discussion she currently is the host of NewstalkZB's Sunday Session .
If that wasn’t enough Kerre has a weekly column in the Herald on Sunday and is a frequent contributor to other magazines and newspapers around the country.

Paula Penfold

                                     Paula Penfold

                                   Paula Penfold

Hamiltonian Paula is an investigative journalist at Stuff, in the team Stuff Circuit.  She says she's been a journalist her entire career because she loves her job - and because she doesn't know how to do anything else.  Her most high profile investigations have been into the miscarriage of justice suffered by Teina Pora; The Valley, which looked at what our soldiers were really doing in Afghanistan; and lately, she's been looking at modern-day slavery on the high seas, on tuna fishing boats. 

Fiona Gower

                                            Fiona Gower

                                           Fiona Gower

Fiona is a 3rd  generation member of Rural Women NZ and is now their National President. She has spent 30 years working in the rural service industry- including shearing teams, woolstores, and rural retail stores, as well as an export potato & onion surveyor. She recently attending the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) at the UN in New York as the voice of rural women and girls in New Zealand. Fiona resides in Port Waikato where she is a stay-at-home Mum and casual farm worker! 

 

Anjum Rahman

                                     Anjum Rahman

                                    Anjum Rahman

Anjum has been living in Hamilton for 46 years and has a Bachelor and Masters in Management Studies from the University of Waikato.  She is a fully qualified chartered accountant and also  serves voluntarily as treasurer and/or board member for a variety of not-for-profit organisations . She is a political and human rights activist, a feminist, and a person who works continuously on social and cultural change with the aim of creating a more socially just and inclusive society.

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Margaret Evans

                                 Margaret Evans

                                Margaret Evans

After careers as an investigative journalist in newspapers, radio and television, and in local government locally and globally, Margaret now continues her grassroots involvement in civil society initiatives and public policy scrutiny. She was Mayor of Hamilton 1989-1998 and awarded the CBE in 1995. A ‘sustainability’ pioneer – integrating resource management and environmental issues alongside economic development and social/cultural concerns – she represented the Asia Pacific region on the global executive of Local Governments for Sustainability (1995-2001). She is a serial traveller.

 

+ More TBC

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Tickets : $30.00 (includes a drink)


Zeitgeist is #TheFutureIsFemale

Tuesday 7th August                5.30pm              Meteor Theatre

Patti, did art get us?’I looked away, not really wanting to think about it. ‘I don’t know, Robert. I don’t know.
Perhaps it did, but no one could regret that. Only a fool would regret being had by art.
— Patti Smith
 

Hold on to your pussy hats: Zeitgeist is back with another selection of great acts from the Waikato and beyond!
The theme for this Zeitgeist is #TheFutureIsFemale, and we’re celebrating the amazing, talented, hilarious, strong wāhine who grace our beautiful region.
Starting with a discussion with well-known, local women about their work and creative process, and then stay for performances and screenings from some of those very same women (as well as a few special guests).

From spoken word to music, from stand-up comedy to film to serious musings on the universe, The Meteor Theatre and the Toi Wāhine are going to prove once and for all that the future is here...and the future is female

Tickets : $15 / $20.00


What I Deserve:  Nei Taku Wāriu

Wednesday 8th August                5.30pm              Meteor Theatre

It’s difficult to see the glass ceiling because it’s made of glass. Virtually invisible.
What we need is for more birds to fly above it and s**t all over it, so we can see it properly.
— Caitlin Moran

A conversation on some of the many obstacles and issues women face in our homes and workplaces today. With health and domestic violence issues so common at home, and inequality, bullying, unconscious bias and lack of diversity at work, we examine what we can do, individually and collectively, to combat these.  This panel is made up of some of Waikato's most passionate and committed wāhine that walk the talk every day, come along to hear their perspectives.

 

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Tickets : $15 / $20.00