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2019 Heretaunga Women's Centre Forum

2019 Heretaunga Women's Centre Forum

The Heretaunga Women’s Centre is very excited with this years forum called Same Same Different Different! Exploring personal experiences of diversity and inclusivity. There is an amazing group of women speakers speaking and running workshops.

This event is open to women only.

We are thrilled to announce that their keynote guest speaker for the annual women’s Forum on Friday 13th September will be Georgina Beyer. The high-profile transgender Politician will speak to the women of Hastings in this year’s forum called ‘Same Same but Different Different’. The forum is about exploring what it takes to be inclusive in 2019. Beyer spoke last year at the prestigious Oxford union, and in recent years has dueled with end-stage renal failure and fought back with a kidney transplant will talk about her amazing and very diverse life.

Also confirmed excitingly is Mereana Pitman. Wairoa-born Pitman was recently made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Maori and family violence prevention and has been a prominent campaigner and activist on Maori issues for 25 years.

Making sure the youth voice is heard – Sophie Handford who is 18 and the youth coordinator for the School Strike 4 Climate organization as well as being a youth MP, for the Hon Kris Faafoi, will also speak.

Tabby Besley is the founder and Managing Director of InsideOUT. She has been volunteering and working in rainbow communities since she was 15 and in 2015 Tabby’s work was recognised internationally, as she became the first and only New Zealander to receive a Queen’s Young Leader Award.

Sam Ede says she’s a normal person living life but in a slightly different way. In 2005 Sam’s like was turned upside down when she was paralysed following a horse riding accident. She had to learn to live again and find a whole new direction in her life. Sam competed representing NZ in hand-cycling. Sam has worked in the disability field and is always trying to find ‘ life hacks’ and accessibility for those with disability.

Ngaira Harker is the Nurse Director for Maori Health at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. Ngaira was raised in Napier Maraenui and has always had a passion for growing a Maori health workforce and has focused her energies to do this within education.

Carole Gordon is a Social Scientist specialising in social and political gerontology, her most recent research and consultancy work includes spatial planning, transport, economic transformation and increasing longevity for aging populations . Carole regularly organises successful Ageing Symposiums on the ‘Silver Economy’ and on ‘Successful Aging’.

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Friday 13 September, 4:30pm to 10:00pm


Restrictions: R13

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St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
300 Market St South, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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