A story of inspiration from Otara

09 April 2018

MC Carol Hirschfield with Turning the Tide graduates Caitlynne-marie Bishop Katting and Krystal Montana Wineti

Earlier in March, Krystal Montana Wineti, a young lady who was part of the very first SouthSeas MyStory workshop in September 2017, shared her inspiring story at the exclusive Sky City at the Sugar Club in Auckland as part of celebrating International Women’s Day.

The event was hosted by Sky City with the aim of raising funds for Otara Blue Light, with a focus of delivering a 3rd camp for Maori females who predominantly from the Otara area.

The programme is called Te Huringa o te Tai o Wahine or ‘The turning of the tides’ which focuses on strengthening and empowering young Maori female from Otara through a range of activities and workshops.

Although the programme has a strong Maori female focus, it is not conducive to only Maori participants as there were others like Krystals who are part Maori, part Pacific Islander who are dedicated to empowering and supporting young people.

According to SouthSeas CEO Silao Vaisola-Sefo, Krystal supposedly was one of the speakers to share her story at the MyStory launch in October 2017, however due to unforeseeable family circumstances Kystal was unable to attend.

“Krystal had a difficult time with her family and recently she moved back to Auckland after a short stay in Hamilton,” says Silao.

Krystal’s story wowed the audience with her heart-warming story which is based on what she originally wrote for the MyStory initiative.

“We are thrilled to hear about that. In some ways the MyStory initiative helps shape her thoughts and her thinking around changing endeavours of our young Pasifika women.”

“Krystal has been working with our RYP team prior to her shifting away from Otara and is now engaging with RYP and Blue Light as a leader which is very heartening to hear,” says Silao.

“Krystal contributes significantly in projects where young people are placed at the centre like the MyStory initiative. It allows her to have all the opportunity to write and present her story from a real place and in her own interpretation.”

“It is inspiring to know that she continues to let her voice inspires many young people.”

Krystal acknowledges SouthSeas Healthcare and other organisations that enable young people to tell their stories and build their self-confidence.

In her story, Krystal spoke of growing up in Otara, a grounding place that is not perfect but perfect enough for her to call home.

Dame Patsy Reddy and husband Sir David Gasgoine along with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and other important guests like Dame Trelise Cooper, Sir Graham and Lady Henry,    Minister of NZ Police Hon Stuart Nash, Lady Sarah Fay and many others attended the International Women's Day celebration.

The guests were encouraged to donate time to the cause, instead of money, with donations ranging from work experience to career coaching.

The programme aimed at young Maori and Pasifika women from Otara whose lives may be heading in the wrong direction.

Krystal Wineti won hearts with her confidence, self-determination and resilient while being interviewed by MC Carol Hirschfield.

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