"Kia ora, my name is Keryn Pivac-Kernan. I am of Te Rarawa & Ngai Takoto iwi married to my husband from Ngati Kahungungu & Ngai Tahu iwi, we have three sons aged 11, 8 and 5. We live in Dunedin, he runs a building company and I run Pickapark.co.nz Limited, a website and app set to launch in two weeks. I recently sold my last developed app called My Property Pal which helped first home buyers better prepare themselves for open homes. I develop property software with 8 products currently in development. You can learn more about Pickapark on Facebook here and also on Instagram here. I just wanted to say thank you for providing an amazing online resource and platform. I have been following iWahine for a while now and I always love the inspiration that graces my Facebook newsfeed from your page. To have that energising wairua constantly reminding why I do what I do is an absolute blessing!"

Keryn Pivac-Kernan
App Developer

"I was inspired by you and want to be like you - helping other Maori women to uncover, acknowledge and walk in their authentic being and contribution to the world."

Sophronia Smith
Kairangahau

"Kia ora Awhimai, After attending the summit and meeting all of those wonderful wahine, hearing those inspirational speakers and working with you has honestly made a difference. I came away from the summit feeling inspired and motivated, Yes I have reviewed and rewritten all my notes into brightly coloured mind maps I can keep on hand to reflect on. I still have to complete some of the exercises you gave us. Now I just got to tell myself kia kaha and believe and have confidence in the knowledge and skills I do have. "

Summit Attendant #1

"Awhimai I truly enjoyed meeting you and appreciate the time and support you gave me at the summit and have given me now. I did not mean to give you my whole life history but that is how comfortable and supported I felt having met you, so thank you very much. Oh and before I sign off, love your website and felt a sense of pride seeing our photo up there and knowing I was a part of that awesome summit. "

Summit Attendant #2

"Last year I had the privilege of meeting and working with Awhimai Reynolds. In the time I have known Awhimai she has impressed me with her commitment to her work, her passion to improve the wellbeing of all, especially of women, and her integrity which is apparent in all aspects of her work. Awhimai has an impressive background in management at local and national levels. She is an insightful and principled leader with drive and courage to promote change where needed. Awhimai is very aware of issues relating to Maori and is committed to finding solutions. She has served on various advisory panels and boards, providing a Maori perspective. While her main focus has often been in Maori development Awhimai is comfortable with and able to work very effectively with all the cultures of New Zealand. Awhimai is part of our Gender Justice network both as an individual and as a leader in the Maori Women’s Welfare League. We value her participation and are delighted that she has agreed to be part of the Pacific Women’s Watch (NZ) panel at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in March 2015. Awhimai is a pleasure to work with; she is hard working, passionate about her work, has a great sense of humour and fun and is a good friend. I am delighted and honoured to provide this reference for Awhimai."

Christine King
Pacific Women’s Watch (NZ) President

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