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Kia ora amazing Shifties!

We hope your first week back schooling is going well and you are adjusting to a different way of doing things. It has been an absolute JOY for us to see snippets of what you have all been getting up to! Whether it has been virtually connecting one-on-one to your local Shift Coordinator, joining us online to talk self-care, or all of #lockdownlowdown entries that you have sent in for this newsletter!

We know life hasn’t gotten any simpler just because you’re in rāhui (lockdown)... which is why it’s even more of a taonga (treasure) for us to be connecting right now. YOU light up our lives! 

We hope this week’s newsletter, and all these amazing submissions, brighten your day as much as they do ours <3

Keep sending us sneak peaks of what you are up to - crafts, workouts, videos, songs, new skills, writing… even school work! Remember, you can win prizes every week! 

As always, stay safe and stay strong. Be kind. You are saving lives!

Kia kaha, your Shiftie crew xoxo

We are stoked to announce that the lucky winner of this week's  #lockdownlowdown prize draw is....  Avin (13) from Wellington.

Thank you Avin for sending in your artwork, it brings peace and happiness to all of us at this time <3

Avin will get to choose a prize of her choice valued at $100, but here's a few suggestions we've received and some of our own ideas:

  • A polaroid camera....
  • Headphones...
  • Audible subscription...
  • Gym classes...
  • Board or card games...
  • Clothing / shoes...
  • Book voucher... or a voucher of your choice!
  • Whatever YOU want!


This is the theme for Youth Week 2020 (9th - 17th May 2020) - a special week every year that celebrates the awesomeness that is young people in Aotearoa New Zealand!

To support this year's theme we would love to hear from young women and showcase your incredible and diverse talents. Whether it's activism through written word, art, baking, poetry, design, photography... whatever. Please share what's important to you and what you want others to hear and see!

Massive shout out to Ara Taiohi who lead Youth Week every year and have kindly supported our weekly prize draw. Shhhhh.... don't say anything BUT every entry from Lockdown Lowdown #1 up to our Youth Week edition (15th May) will go in the draw to win the biggest prize yet!

Wanna win?!

  1. Tag @shiftfoundationnz on social media and #lockdownlowdown if you post a photo/video of something you want to share 

  2. Email us with the subject "lockdown lowdown" to

EmpowHER IS BACK FOR 2020!

Are you aged 15-20? Do you want to help co-design this years epic event? Well, if you are passionate about improving hauora, planning and leading events, inspiring others and making change then we need YOU! 

You need to be open to planning both a digital online event OR a kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) conference, depending on the COVID-19 situation. If this sounds like your kinda thing, then apply now to help us bring this unique event to life!

Applications close Monday 4th May. More deets in the link below!


Have you been listening to our very own Shift podcast, The Conversation Collective? Got any questions about what you have heard so far? Because the Convo Co team are going live to answer all your podcast questions! Join us every Friday to chat about wellbeing and what it's like making a podcast.

You can connect with us on insta live @shiftfoundationnz and @the_conversation_collective.

This Friday we're live at 2pm. See you then! 
Re-capping from Thursday's Shifterhood Tea Series we were guided to ask ourselves 'what are the blockers to self love?' We explored the relationship between self love and self worth and acknowledged the inner voice. Over zoom we connected once again, in our safe space, sharing, opening up, and embracing our wellbeing within our Shifterhood.

Thank you Jade Barclay for giving us your time, your knowledge and sharing your passion with the Shifterhood. Thank you for reminding us that we all need to GIVE ourselves the time to practice self love, because WE ARE WORTHY of it! 

Key takeaways
  1. I AM ENOUGH - say it, write it, feel it, and believe it ALWAYS! Repeat it three times and see how you feel.
  2. Schedule time for self love - Just like any other daily activity it should be practiced because you deserve it.
  3. Your external world is a reflection of your internal world - 'Your vibe will attract your tribe'

No suprises here that our Shifties had an eggcellent Easter weekend and giggled their way through some special Easter Eggcercises before they indulged in some well deserved choccies. Watch us werk for our eggs! 
Take a look at the #fitspo team that we are, we hope this eggcites you! (or at least gives you a good laugh!!)

We are surrounded by the most talented young women! Here's some more incredible content submitted by young women from across the Wellington Region. Massive thank you to (left to right)...

Tulip (13, Wellington), Evie (12, Wellington), Abi (11, Wellington) and Yagya (17, Upper Hutt).

We are always inspired by the amount of talent and creativity bubbling away inside you all.

All these entries will be included in our BIG Youth Week prize draw. Thank you again for sharing your gifts with our readers!

This week Kata shares some beautiful tikanga with us, and asks each of us to consider "what is a taonga (treasure) for you at the present moment?"

Usually a taonga to Māori is a pounamu, which we treasure and carry with us all the time, but really anything is a taonga! Let's take a closer look at the word "taonga" to understand it's deeper meaning. 

Taonga is made up of three syllables: 
TA - this means to cause or create, to make something happen! 
O - meaning fullness. Being completely and entirely full up, to the point of overflowing! 
NGA - this is a breath, an exhalation. Think of the type of exhale that you release when you feel totally at peace... 

Putting that together we see that "taonga" is a treasure that causes us to be overflowing with a feeling of peace and respite... Wow! What an incredible way to think about the things that you truly treasure and practice gratitude for them. 

So, what is your taonga at this time?
This week we would like acknowledge and mihi to Dickie Humphries from Tū Moana for his presentation as part of the Youth Work Virtual Summit. He inspired this week's te reo learning. 


You might know Jessica Smith from our own podcast The Conversation Collective! Well, Jess just can't get enough of being a podcaster and recently started her own!! It's called Looking up with Jess...

This week Jess released her first episode (And she tagged us @shiftfoundationnz +  #lockdownlowdown to make sure we didn't miss out... thanks for sharing for the newsletter Jess!)

This episode is all about climate change as Jess interviews the amazing Sophie Handford. Make sure you give this a listen - so awesome to hear two local young women talking about changing the world for the better! LOVE IT. You can follow Jess on her insta
@jessssica.smith to find out more. 


Applications are open for The New Horizons for Women's Awards. These are for women who are studying, undertaking research or innovative projects in Aotearoa New Zealand.

There are three types of awards on offer:

- Second-chance Education for women returning to study at foundation certificate, diploma or degree levels;
- Awards for women or groups undertaking research that will be of benefit to women and girls in New Zealand;

- Awards for study or projects with a specific purpose. There is quite a range – have a look to see if any suit the programme of study or innovation that you are pursuing.
Applications close 7pm on 30th April 2020
Thank you Ronia for this epic design for the #LockdownLowdown. Love you mahi!

Shift Lower Hutt has teamed up with @journeystaita to continue the weekly Wellbeing Walkies!

Join them on IG LIVE Thursday at 3pm and get your daily dose of connectedness, laughs and physical activity.


We're going live on the gram from @shiftfoundationnz and @shift_wairarapa on Saturday @ 2pm for an easy and fun workout session! No experience or equipment needed, just some positivity, wellbeing and laughter, from our homes to yours! See y'all there!


Next edition out FriYAY 24th April!
Don't forget, in the spirit of this year's Youth Week theme -
 “E korero ana mātou. E whakarongo ana koutou?
We’re speaking. Are you listening?”

- share your content and be in to WIN!
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