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Wāhine Kākano to inspire young women leaders
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Media Release: Wāhine Kākano to inspire young women leaders


Nearly 600 young women will descend upon Auckland and Rotorua next month to take part in New Zealand’s premier young women’s festival, Wāhine Kākano.

Wāhine Kākano will see young women between the ages of 16 - 22 years empowered and inspired through thought-provoking and relatable conversations on the issues many will face after school and university.

The one-day event includes warts-and-all conversations with a range of speakers including Jess Quinn, Meg Annear, Golriz Ghahraman, Grace Palmer, Miriama Kamo, Alison Mau, Adrienne Whitewood and Cian White, who will share their own experiences of the challenges they faced and how they overcame them.

Festival organiser Lizzie Marvelly says Wāhine Kākano will be a fun and engaging way to equip young women with skills and confidence as they take on careers, gap years or further study.

“One of the main questions young women struggle with is ‘What am I going to do with my life?’ We’re hoping to shed some light on that question by sharing the experiences of other women who are navigating through life’s uncertainty, expectations, and pressures.”

“Our fantastic line-up of speakers will be covering a huge range of topics including innovation, the future of work, sustainability, relationships, adulting, authenticity, diversity, and inclusion.”

“This event truly has something for everyone and we’re incredibly excited to be playing a part in preparing these strong, smart and capable young women to take on the challenges of the future,” says Marvelly.

“Wāhine Kakano will help build a community of strong, aspirational and independent women who will back each other, challenge current norms, support innovation, grow ideas and sow the seeds of hope for the next generation,” says Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo.

Following last year’s success in Auckland, organisers are excited to be taking Wāhine Kākano to Rotorua.

“We want young women right across Aotearoa to be able to freely express themselves, share ideas, engage in challenging conversations and be part of a growing community of confident and strong women. That’s what Wāhine Kākano is about,” says Marvelly.

The festival will be held at Auckland University of Technology’s City Campus on Monday 24th June and at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology’s Mokoia Campus in Rotorua on Saturday 22nd June.

Wāhine Kākano is supported by the Human Rights Commission, Māori Women’s Welfare League, National Council of Women and is proudly sponsored by Countdown, Ngāti Whakaue, The Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, Toi-Ohomai, AUT, Spark, Ports of Auckland, Simpson Grierson, and Rotorua Lakes Council among others.




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