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Kia ora Shifterhood!

Hands up who has been enjoying the awesome sunshine we've been having lately! There's nothing better than getting outside on a beautiful Wellington day and getting active with friends and family. We are so lucky there's so many awesome things to do in Wellington. The Shifterhood have been trying all sorts of fun activities over the holidays. Check out these young wāhine above, having the radest time learning to skate!

In other news, we are pumped about the new strategy launched to focus on women and girls in Aotearoa! Read on for an update.

And... if you like riding your bike, you might also be interested in the Bike-a-thon the young women of Girl Up Lower Hutt are organising. Get your buddies together and have some fun, supporting an awesome cause.

This month we have:
  • Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation strategy launch
  • Shift the Trend workshop
  • Just Shift It highlights
  • Shift Case Study
  • Bike-a-thon
  • More than Rubies conference 

Read on for all the latest goss!

Arohanui. The Shift Crew xxx
Women and Girls Launch
Recently our fabulous Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern and our super supportive Sport and Recreation Minister, Grant Robertson launched a new strategy that champions equality for women and girls in sport and active recreation across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The new strategy, launched on the United Nations Day of the Girl, focuses on participation, leadership and visibility... and we see it as a great opportunity to do the following:
  • Codesign opportunities to grow leadership capability of young women, so we have females of all ages contributing to decision making!
  • Codesign and implement MORE quality opportunities for young women to shift their bodies (and their minds) when they want, how they want and where they want!
  • Share stories and showcase young women leading and being physically active – gotta see it to believe it!
  • Talk about and understand that physical activity is just one way to contribute to wellbeing and that we need to take a holistic approach if we are going to meet the needs of women and girls across Aotearoa New Zealand.
While it’s great to see a strategy published on this topic, we also want to acknowledge the awesome work of other organisations contributing to this mahi, especially for young women – HERA and This is ME.

Also, a very special person who has been holding this space for a long time now - Robyn Cockburn, a Trustee of The Shift Foundation, an advocate for women and girls in recreation and the arts, a leader in the sport and recreation sector and a truly inspirational and passionate champion for equality. Thank you for all your hard work, things only change because of people like you who push for change!
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We are running another Shift The Trend workshop on Thursday 8 November!

Shift the Trend workshops provide a deeper look at the 2017 case study undertaken by Shift. This three hour interactive group session will take a 'what & how to' approach, provide Shift tips and tricks, practical examples and design principles we use. We will also allow space for specific Q & A time.

This workshop can be adapted to suit anyone who works in the worlds of young women, physical activity, wellbeing, programme development and more.

If you are interested in this workshop then register below, or contact Chloe for more information.
We had the best time during the October holidays!! Over 220 Shifters came to hang out at 18 different events across the region. The most popular events this time round were ice skating, rock climbing, self defense, pool party, skateboarding and bubble soccer!

A massive Shifty shout out to all our delivery partners for helping us create some awesome events and to all the young women for being brave and trying new things!! You are all amazing.

Keep up to date with all our events on the What's On page on the Shift website, or follow us on facebook!
Rock climbing
Sport NZ has published a case study about how Shift is improving the wellbeing of young women through co-design and empowerment. Take a read here.

Calling all bike riders, young women and families, and people that want to support an amazing cause... we need you to help us ride for 24-hours!

Shift is supporting the young women of Girl Up Lower Hutt to run a 24-hour bike-a-thon event FUNdraiser!

The event is raising funds for Girl Up's SchoolCycle initiative, who help empower girls around the world, by providing bicycles to help them access education and stay in school. All money raised will go towards providing bikes for those in greatest need, spare parts and maintenance training.


Event details:
Saturday 24 November, 9am - Sunday 25 November, 9am
Ignite Sport, Level 1, 7 Britannia St, Petone (above the Petone Library)

This event is supported by The Shift Foundation, Ignite Sport and Hutt City Council.

Sign up here!
More than Rubies is an annual conference for Women in Wellington!  We have teamed up with them this year to reach and empower more younger women.

The theme this year is 'fearless'. The one-day skill-building, goal-setting, challenge-throwing, fear-fighting, boundary-pushing, network -building event will equip you with the tools and skills you need in taking the next steps to your personal and professional development.

Grab your ticket, and one for a special young lady in your life that you want to empower!
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