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To all the strong women out there   <3   Submitted by Laura, 13, Wellington City

Kia ora Kōhine, Wahine Toa and Shift Whānau,

It’s newsletter #4, and you know what that means, we have made it to the end of the initial 4 week lockdown!!! First of all, we applaud you (*stop for claps), but we also want to ensure you that we will continue to feel you, hear you and connect with you, as we too feel the same feels, the ups, the downs, the highs and the lows.

This experience has been a roller coaster of a journey and you can read more about our feels as we express them in our very own break up letter (highly recommend this as journalling prompt, t'was rather therapeutic). But, all we can do right now, is to do our best in being present, and allow the space for our emotions to be felt, be compassionate to ourselves, and others and trust that we will be ok!

Enjoy the long weekend and don’t forget to email us or tag @shiftfoundationnz on anything you want to share with us.

xox Shift Teamies

We are stoked to announce that the lucky winner of the third  #lockdownlowdown prize draw this week is....  Jess (16) from Upper Hutt.

Jess says art and making her own board gives her life "because I like doing hands on things that I can see a good outcome out of and I've never built my own board like this before so it was a fun experience for me"

Jess will get to choose a prize of her choice valued at $100! Shout out to Ara Taiohi who are supporting Shift to produce these enewsletter and prizes in the lead up to Youth Week 2020! Can't wait to hear your choice of prize Jess! Congratulations and thanks for sharing your passion!



Youth Week 2020 (9th - 17th May 2020) is fast approaching and we have teamed up with Ara Taiohi who lead Youth Week to celebrate!

This year's theme is all about youth voice! So to honour this we want to share your incredible and diverse talents. From activism to art, baking, poetry, and so much more! Please share what's important to you and what you want others to hear and see!

Send any of your content into and be in with a chance to win. Each week we will be giving away a prize valued up to $100 building up to the special youth week edition of our newsletter where the prize will be worth $250!! 🙌So get sharing, we cant wait to celebrate all your amazing mahi xxxx

Connect with Chloe (@shiftfoundationnz) and Cat (@shift_porirua) who are going LIVE on Instagram at 4PM on Tuesday 28th April to discuss this year's EmpowHER event and answer any questions you may have. 

 "It was so amazing being able to create and be a part of a team, learning from each other about how to design a day especially for young women." 
- Gina, 2018 EmpowHER Committee

If you 15-20, have a passion for improving hauora, planning and want to join Chloe and Cat in co-designing this years epic event then apply! You need to be open to planning both a digital event OR a kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) conference, depending on the COVID-19 situation. If this sounds like you then apply before Monday 4th May


Our very special Upper Hutt Shift Coordinator Shontel is starting LIVE chats on IG called 'Letter to your younger self' which is all about getting insight into women of all ages. The focus of the chats will be "What do you wish someone told your younger self?"
"I think the gems and learnings come from a place of self awareness and self reflection" - Shontel

This is a time to tune in, ask questions, see and hear the heart and thought process of other humans just like you trying to live life to the best that they can. Join Shontel on @Shiftupperhutt Tuesday 28th April at 3pm!
We want to share a #lockdownlowdown entry from Vita (12, Wellington). Giving time and effort to cook for and with family is something we can all appreciate and practice. Vita has absolutely outdone herself with this meal, and we give her a 10/10!

“I suggested to my family that we do a cooking competition each week of the lockdown. Each week, we take turns to make a meal for the whole family, and afterwards we rate the food. Then we get the results back at the end of the week. We started on breakfasts. My Mum won. Next we did lunches. I won!! This week we are doing dinners. Next week we will do dessert. 

 I love to cook in lockdown because I really like planning the meal, I like being creative with what I cook. I love trying new recipes that I’ve never tried before and challenging myself. I’m learning some really cool new skills in the kitchen too”.

"Everything you see in the photos I made myself. I made the bagels from scratch, with a beetroot, peach and goat cheese salad and a homemade raspberry juice. I had a lot of fun making it, and it took me many hours." - Vita
Let us take notice of one another and exercise our empathy muscle. Understanding draws us together.

Whilst we all miss takeout, Rahui is a different journey for each of us. Let’s take notice of one another’s circumstances. People cope in different ways; keeping busy, hiding away in bedrooms, becoming a keyboard warrior, making jokes or COVID memes. Rather than judging the action, let’s notice what might be going on behind the scenes for them that might cause them to respond that way. Let’s whakarongo to their hearts. And consider what they might need.

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)...

Avin (13, Wellington) and Evie (12, Wellington) - Evie said "The message in this art I guess is that someone will always be there for you and they will catch you fall"

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

If you're stuck for entries to send us to WIN, why not write to us or just journal for yourself at home. What you would say to Lockdown Level 4?

As young women IN the world, we want to hear what you would say about your relationship with Lockdown Alert Level 4!

Ask yourself, what has this lockdown taught me? What have I learnt about myself? What have I gained? What was surprising?

We have been thinking about stories from our own childhoods and how these shape our understanding of the world we live in.

Here's a few of our favourite Māori myth and legends. Do you know or remember these? If not, maybe it's time for you to keep learning and give yourself a bit of story time.
This week, we take a look at one of the most important Wahine Atua Maori.  We can learn from the Trilogy of Wahine Toa when Papatūānuku and Ranginui were separated by their children, they looked at it as a “time of inward turning - a time of discovery, a time of power, a time of regenerating energy and a time of change” despite being it being a whakatara.

This time we are in now, is our own whakatara. A big rahui from what we are used to. However there is still a lot to be grateful for. Papatūānuku, just like you, is a wahine toa. We can take from the story the importance of self mohimohi and aroha, as we can learn to use this time in lockdown to regain our own energy and power.

Wahine Atua Maori - Maori Women Gods
Papatuanuku - Mother Earth
Ranginui - Sky Father
Whakatara - challenge
Rahui - change
Mohimohi - care
Aroha - love
Wahine Toa - Strong woman

Learn from Mandy Lynn, master photographer this lockdown in her free photography course!

Mandy is a huge supporter of female empowerment and body compassion, with one of the warmest energies you'll ever encounter! Mandy is another inspiring woman whom we love here at Shift and this free course and challenge looks epic!
What's not to love?

* You can do it on your cellphone, camera or a DSLR.

* For ages 7 - 17.

* You could have your images featured in an exhibition being curated by 11 world-class photographers!

*Future scholarships available.
International Dance Day

Write it in your calendar in a big fat Sharpie because Wednesday 29th April is International Dance Day!

The Shift Teamies are going to be celebrating with a SILENT DISCO at 6PM over Zoom.  Clear the floor, charge your speakers and join us in your living rooms, bedrooms, basements or kitchens and let's have a dance party!!!

Email us for the Zoom link and include your fave dance track for us to add to our Spotify playlist!

The fabulous Jem and Paul from Yoga Rhapsody have taken their magic online. If you enjoy yoga and music then you will LOVE this!

"As we continue to move through a tricky chapter of our lives, this steady moving practice offers you an invitation to celebrate what is right here, right now. We have been gifted this magnificent body that has the capacity ‘to feel’ in so many ways, through so many layers. If you are feeling confined, bound, heavy or drained, please accept this offering from our heart to yours"  x


Next edition out FriYAY 1st May!
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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