I believe that we all have the potential to be leaders. Some of us want to lead, some of us don't, and some of us shouldn't. Too often when people think of leaders they think of a political leader, a CEO, a chair of a board or even a celebrity. These are people with authority, and some have a high profile, but they are not necessarily leaders.

In my life, I've come across people without authority (a position, a rank or title) who are true leaders. They lead every day from wherever they are. They inspire, influence and have a powerful impact in the endeavour they choose and sometimes without meaning to or realising it. An innocent remark, act of kindness or just being there can ignite a spark within another person.

Kia ora, my name is Awhimai Reynolds and I'm grateful that our paths have crossed. My mission and my purpose is to inspire wāhine to develop their leadership potential, and lead (alongside tāne) in the whānau, hapū, iwi, community or workplace. 

In 2015, I started iWahine NZ to provide a platform for wāhine Māori voices, faces and stories throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Through the use of social media, we promote te mana o te wāhine and connect with wāhine toa.

Why am I so passionate about this kaupapa?

I come from a long line of wāhine toa. All my life I've had strong female role models who have influenced me, including my nannies, my mother, my aunties and my six sisters as well as my koro, my dad, managers, co-workers, teachers, fellow students, and friends.

I want to share what I know with others. I want all people to be inspired to believe in themselves and their abilities especially my whānau. 

I'm a nanny of a beautiful boy whom I adore and mother of two fabulous adult children. I enjoy a great cup of coffee and kōrero with friends, working out and reading. I love watching sports and movies, and listening to music. I'm passionate about business and online / digital marketing. I spend far too much time online. 

My Why

"To inspire wāhine to step into their leadership - at work, in the whānau, hapū, iwi and communities - alongside our tāne so together we can create a better future for our tamariki and mokopuna."


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