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"Nothing can dim the light that shines from within" - Maya Angelou
Congratulations to Evie, 12 (Wellington City)
 This weeks winner of $100 prize of your choice!

Kia ora Shifters,

You may have noticed the streets are now busier, our local businesses are dusting off their food cabinets and that unfamiliar sound of construction fills the air which was once silenced by Level 4.

You'll come across some exciting news in this edition, as we are passionate about supporting local. You'll read about one of our partners - Kickstart Youth, an Upper Hutt youth organisation serving their community in more ways than one, and also find out how you can win Aotearoa owned active wear!

It’s incredible how each day and each week develops and changes, how power and freedom slowly returns to our hands. But whilst this is happening, it’s even more amazing to take a moment to reflect, and take notice of the changes that may have happened within your own life, such as your way of thinking, your values, priorities and expectations.

Thanks to our impressive collective effort as a nation we continue to progress and reach positive milestones. But as we also know in reflection we gain strength, so don’t forget to stop and take pride in how far we’ve come, and have faith in how far we can go!

Don’t forget to email us or tag @shiftfoundationnz on anything you want to share with us and remember YOU HAVE TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT!!!
xox Shift Teamies 💫


“I AM ENOUGH” - say this out loud three times, own it, connect in to how you feel and tell yourself this everyday.

We appreciate the external positives that lockdown has showered us with. The extra few minutes in the morning to stretch instead of rushing for the bus, spending more time in the kitchen, outdoors and connecting with your precious bubble are new and precious actions thanks to this rāhui.

This time has also taught us more
about ourselves, and that we are capable, stronger and more able than we think. As young women we sometimes doubt ourselves, we self sabotage and feel the pressure to put others before ourselves. In the Shifterhood Tea series (Thursdays 4pm via Zoom) we have been able to get in touch with ourselves, really taking time to connect and appreciate our mind, body and soul.

Self Talk is a large part of self-love. It can be a tricky journey, but we revel in the benefits and confidence we get from being able to acknowledge the inner dialogue and filter out the voices that don't nourish us. Pull in the voices that do because YOU ARE ENOUGH!

Thanks Mycke, 18 (Lower Hutt) for sharing this beautiful artwork with us. She said she felt compelled to draw it during the above exercise <3

Rangatahi voice matters and the  Youth Pulse Check online survey will provide a way for you to inform the actions the government takes to support YOU over the coming months. It's anonymous and only takes a couple of minutes to complete.

The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) have worked collaboratively with young people, youth organisations and the Health Promotion Agency, to help develop this survey to increase young people's involvement in government decision-making.

Take a moment and give your thoughts to help lead policies, programs and initiatives that are more representative and more widely supported of community needs.

To all you level 3’ers who are one week deep into satisfying your long withheld cravings of non-homemade goods... Listen up! Whilst we 100% endorse the DIY approach there are only so many deflated sourdoughs, overcooked poached eggs and plunger coffees us girls can take!

Our Upper Hutt partner organisation Kickstart Youth have their very own Kickstart Coffee which not only helps support the community but also the much welcomed work experience that working at the cart offers! 

If you live locally, GO and #supportlocal and by all means be safe, be patient and have compassion. Plus there are lots of other cool humans doing great stuff for local businesses. Check out SOS Business or Pep Talk Podcast

Let us take notice of one another and exercise our empathy muscles.
Understanding draws us together. 
Here’s an example of how some rangatahi have taken notice, exercised their empathy muscle and made a difference. 

“Pre Covid, Drea was fundraising to go to Germany on a school trip. Sadly this has been cancelled. Today Drea instead decided to donate her hard earned funds to our Urban Kai Farms project in Naenae. Her donation will cover the winter planting for our entire agrihood there of five Kianga Ora families who have turned their backyards into urban farms.” - The Common Unity Project Aotearoa.
What an inspiring human. But you don’t need thousands of dollars to make a difference, not even one cent. There are stories of many rangatahi who help their whānau navigate technology so they can stay connected, others who take care of younger siblings, help with their homework, or reach out to friends. You might be one of these wonderful humans. From our ship in this storm to yours, you inspire us,  and we thank you for making the world a better place to be right now. 
Thank you to Jenny, 15 (Wellington City)
for sharing this amazing piece of writing with us <3
I want to sit alone in a windy field of dry grass just as much as I desperately crave company 
but I dont want to sit outside because it's cold outside 
and I hate the cold as much as I hate being alone
but together they seem as a ways to escape
when I'm together I want warmth 
I want 
things from people
when I'm alone and cold I wrap my blanket tighter and tighter and escape into sleep for as long as I can so that even sun can't pry me from the safety of my embroidered cage
the sun cant pry me
but my mother does
and the safety no longer seems like the comfort it once was
I see it as it is now, me wallowing in sorrow and music and the darkness of the early morning stuck in the quicksand of routine and fatigue, letting the pressure of the sand give me the comfort and release of loneliness that I craved
but the sand is cold, and dark
and it never changes.
I go out on a walk with my mother
she takes me up a hill, promising a good view
It was cold.
And I couldn't feel my hands.
But it was windy
My nose ran while I slogged 
up a hill, my mother far ahead
I reached mid way but that was the peak for me 
the view was great, as promised
and as I headed back down the hill
my music made my footsteps bounce just a bit more than they would if I was alone
but I wasn't alone
I had the wind
and with the setting sun in my hands, I ran
for the first time in weeks
and when I stopped, there was so much space between where I had started
my legs hurt, they were cold and tingly as I danced towards the sky, higher and higher, reveling in the privacy of a quiet street, legs no longer tingling as blood burst through my veins, showering the sky in pink and red and warmth
the heat pushes me farther, faster, as music swells and so do I
I feel bigger than the world
I am the wind, I am the clouds, I am the ground beneath my flying feet
I feel infinite
I walk now
there are people
who curve away from me, and I curve away from them
I feel small again, but in a good way, and the last bits of sun reflect off the big puddle in the driveway to my house that never really dries
There's a bird.
I take a photo to capture the moment
and I feel full again

This week, we shine our spotlight on a very inspiring wahine toa , Miria Flavell. Miria grew up with Te Reo Māori as her first language. She lives and breathes Te Ao Māori. Studying and mastering the art of make up, Miria transitioned into being her own boss lady by starting HINE COLLECTION! Miria noticed there was a gap in the fitness clothing industry as common and accessible brands neglected different sizes and shapes.

Take a listen to hear about Miria's journey, her strength and how she believed in herself and her work in her podcast. Alternatively, listen to an interview by The Plant Based Maori to uncover more and continue to be inspired. 

HINE COLLECTION is an Aotearoa New Zealand owned clothing brand that launched in 2018. We love and admire their mahi as they aim to represent all women but also to motivate as many women as possible to feel confident in their own skin.

HINE COLLECTION aligns with our kaupapa here at Shift. We love that they empower all women to reveal in their inner confidence through clothing, so that you can then feel confident to Shift. So that's why this week we are supporting local, and have a special GIVEAWAY for 2 x $50 HINE Vouchers. Open for all young women 12 - 20 from NOW until Friday 8th May!!!


You don’t have to wait any longer.... the THIRD full length Convo Co episode “Role Models” is here!!

The fabulous Gina interviews Kāi Tahu writer, musician & academic Ruby Solly. This kōrero covers everything from role models and identity, to representation and what it means to mentor! Grab your headphones and get settle in! 


As you will have seen, advice was released last week in relation to physical activity guidelines for Alert Level 3. This reinforces that the new alert level offers greater opportunity for YOU to stay physically active, but within strict guidelines. Check out the full infographic below.

Remember you can win a $50 HINE Collection Voucher by telling us how you love to be active on any of the Shift Instagram accounts!



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



Next edition out FriYAY 8th 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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