Celebrate the wāhine of Tairāwhiti

Well Wāhine is back for its fourth year! 

Whiti Ora have teamed up with local providers to celebrate International Women’s Day and bring ten days of activities focused on wāhine health, movement and wellness. 

Between Friday 8 – Sunday 17 March there are over 30 activities on offer ranging from whānau fitness, yoga, rugby, badminton, surfing, line dancing and so much more. 

Providers will deliver free sessions for women, girls and gender diverse people to connect and be active in a safe, inclusive and fun environment. These events will happen in spaces and venues across Gisborne and stretching up the East Coast.  

“We look forward to this time of year, when we bring together all sorts of wellbeing, fitness activities and seminars” said Whiti Ora Active Communities Advisor Sarah Pocock. 

“The feedback from participants has shown us that it’s all too easy for wāhine to de-prioritise activities that get them moving or connected. As girls, women, mums, and nans, we face many barriers to being active and having fun.” 

“Well Wāhine Week takes the cost, pressure, intimidation out of the equation. Some are pro-actively child-friendly so mums can bring their little ones to be looked after while they get down to the business of improving their own wellbeing. Participants find the all-women environments safe, judgement-free and empowering. And it’s exciting to see providers using this week to try new things and learn about what works for the wāhine of our varied communities.” 

The kaupapa of Well Wāhine is to remove the barriers that women and girls may face when participating in sport, active recreation and play. The ten days is all about trying something new, getting out of your comfort zone, meeting new people and overcoming the prerequisite that you must be good at something to start. 

Click here to learn more about the kaupapa, view the full calendar of events and to register.