WELL WAHINE WEEK – The Gisborne Herald

Posted on Mar 09, 2022 1:33 p.m.

Tuesday marked International Women’s Day and the last day of Well Wāhine Week.

Well, Wāhine Week has seen hundreds of women put their well-being first and try new things in very uncertain times. Small, safe events were able to take place when the community needed them most, organizers said.

Kate Rhodes from Well Nutrition led a joint workshop with Amanda Roe from Functional Again.

“It was great to see good wāhine turnout,” Rhodes said.

“They were excited to celebrate their menstrual cycle and eager to learn more about important women’s health issues, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis. You could tell wāhine left the sessions in feeling empowered to protect and enhance their own well-being.

Over the 10 days, Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti, in conjunction with over 30 vendors, hosted nearly 50 free, wāhine-only events, plus a week of free Les Mills classes at the YMCA.

“To all the amazing wāhine in our community who participated, we hope you took something away from Well Wāhine week, whether it was a new friendship, an activity you will continue, or a new appreciation for yourself,” Tracey said. Harkess of Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti.

Well Wāhine Week ended with a closing ceremony where local prizes worth nearly $2,000 were given away.

“We have been delighted to receive support from so many local businesses and organisations,” said Sarah Pocock, Active Communities Advisor at Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti.

“The one-time awards added real excitement to the closing ceremony. We were honored to have the support of Beaufoy, Blitz Surf Shop, Far East Coffee, Functional Again, Gisborne Boardriders Club, Kingpin, Palembang, AM Espresso, Sean and Fiona Shivnan and the YMCA.

As Well Wāhine Week coincides with International Women’s Day, organizers said women want to connect with their well-being throughout the year.

Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti will keep the momentum going with updated events on its website, sportgisborne.org.nz/well-wahine

CATCHING THE WAVES: Among the activities promoted for Well Wahine Week was a gathering for aspiring surfers. They had three opportunities to try surfing at Midway Beach.

Take to the River: Paddlers of all ages had the chance to “try it” at waka ama.

BALL SKILLS: The YMCA was the location for a “balls and brews” session during Well Wahine week.

WE WERE THERE: Some of the ‘incredible wahine’ who took part in the 10 days of activities, trying new things, getting to know each other and making new friends. All photos provided

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