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Are you a team leader or manager with too much to do and not enough time?

Do you feel isolated, lonely, and like no-one understands you, let alone can help you?

Maybe you don't like confrontation or dealing with difficult people.

Maybe you're the only wahine Māori in your team or organisation and no-one listens to you.

Or maybe you don't have the confidence to speak up in meetings, voice your opinions, present your ideas and offer your contributions. 

Do you need someone to talk to, bounce ideas off, or just need another perspective? 

We have helped a number of wāhine just like you prepare for and take the next step in their career or business.  

We start by helping you discover who you are - what are your values, your beliefs, your talents and strengths, your purpose and passion and what really matters to you. 

We believe that before you can lead others you need to start with you, you need to lead yourself. This is self-leadership. 

We help you to be the leader you say you want to be. You will learn how to step into your personal power, discover your signature leadership style, and position yourself as a wahine of influence and impact.

You will learn how to be heard, how to share your knowledge and expertise without feeling whakamā or whakahīhī, and how to motivate people without resorting to micro-management. 

Research shows that it makes good business sense for more wāhine to occupy leadership roles in organisations with improvements to the bottom line. We make up half of the population, we have the qualifications, the competence and the experience. We have the ambition, we are driven, and we care. 

While both tāne and wāhine are equally capable of great leadership, my research showed that wāhine can be very different in how they operate as leaders, promote their talents, and seek opportunities. One of the findings revealed that wāhine don't take the time to step away and gain clarity about their strengths, focus, or direction. They're too busy working and getting things done. 

The problem is that when they have their heads down, more often than not, they miss what's happening in their environment. When they put off attending networking events because they're "too busy", they don't build the network of support and connections that could help them in their current or future roles. Thus missing out on potential opportunities, expecting their work to speak for itself. This rarely works. 

Established to provide a platform for wāhine Māori looking for inspiration, leadership, connection and support, iWahine NZ is the only wāhine Māori leadership development company providing mentoring, coaching, facilitation and training for wāhine Māori.

We offer a leadership development programme, monthly group mentoring and an annual leadership hui - to help you become the leader you were born to be. One-on-one coaching is by application only with limited places. 

You will be challenged to think about your identity as a leader, consider where you need to focus your development, and then work intentionally to make it happen. Learn more our mahi HERE.

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The meaning of iWahine

What's in a name?

iWahine represents the modern wahine who is firmly and proudly Māori and embraces technology. She acknowledges her past and the great leadership of those that walked before her but she wants to express herself, in her authenticity, in today's and tomorrow's world.

The "i" (pronounced as in "eye") represents her potential to design, develop, and sell (products, services and ideas) as an indigenous wahine using technology. The 'i" stands for inspiration, influence and impact.

From a Māori world view, the "i" (pronounced as "e" in English) acknowledges wāhine as descendants of Hineahuone, the first human created. Isn't it fabulous that the name iWahine brings together the two different cultural perspectives and our divine feminine identity with technology? Thus, representing the evolving and overlapping worlds that we constantly navigate.

Who We Serve

iWahine Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Supporting wahine-owned businesses to grow and achieve real business results. Our goal is to increase the number of successful wahine-owned businesses one business at a time.

iWahine Professionals and Executives

Supporting wahine to develop their careers based on their desires, core values, key strengths and skill set. Our goal is to increase the number of talented wahine in executive positions and on boards.

iWahine Leadership Development

Supporting wahine to enhance their authentic leadership skills in preparation for opportunities to lead in their business, their professional and personal lives.

iWahine Beliefs

We believe more wāhine leaders are needed to step up alongside our tāne and bring balance and harmony to the world. 

The wahine leader of today and tomorrow needs to be prepared to take on challenges, see around corners, build a diverse network of relationships, be comfortable with change and open to learning. And despite all the self-doubts, fears, and limiting beliefs, take control of her destiny - her career, health, relationships and life. 

Your whānau needs you. Our future generation needs you. So step forward and recite the iWahine Creed below every day to set you up with the right mindset to lead with confidence, certainty and compassion. 

  • I am a courageous wahine who takes responsibility for where I'm at and I choose to create, rather than respond to, circumstances. 
  • I am comfortable about going after what I want without having to compromise who I am. 
  • I know that I shine the most when I am my natural self and true to me.
  • I know that what I think and how I feel drives my actions which produce the results in my life. If I want to change my results, I must start by changing my thoughts. 
  • I set healthy and realistic boundaries. I don’t aim to please everyone else. Rather I aim to be the BEST version of ME.
  • I ignore all the naysayers around me who are afraid I will succeed. And I remember, what people think of me is none of my business.
  • I focus on what I want.
  • I am not afraid to use my voice to speak up, speak out, and speak truthfully.
  • I make no apologies for my strength.
  • I take good care of myself because when I do, I give others permission to do the same. 
  • I support and uplift others - always. When I lift up others, they lift me up. 
  • I take action and I am the no-compromise-kind-of-wahine who values my integrity, confidence and self-worth and I don’t change who I am for anybody. 
  • I embrace my personal power, knowing when and how to get the balance right between being assertive and being compassionate.  
  • I am a wahine toa, I have the confidence of a leader and the clarity of a doer.
  • I am a wahine toa, I strive for excellence. I am a role model to many and a champion for all.
  • I am a wahine toa, a wahine of influence and impact that inspires others. 
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