Manaaki Kōtiro is a not for profit girls skateboard school, that is supported by the Manaaki Motu Team. It is focused on uplifting the wairua (spirit) of the next generation of Mana Wāhine.
Manaaki Kōtiro provides a safe space for kōhine and wāhine (girls and young women) - particularly those in higher deprivation communities – to enjoy non-competitive physical activity that nurtures their wellbeing.
Manaaki Motu donates 10% of all sales, hosts fundraising events and applies for community funding grants to make this mahi possible. All of the coaching programmes are provided FREE to the kōtiro, so cost is never a barrier to participation. Most delivery is taking place in partnership with schools or straight to their kāinga (like our roopu below).
We support girls and young women to break down any limiting beliefs they may have about being physically active, and our sessions incorporate our values of manaakitanga and whakawhanaungatanga to foster confidence, motivation, connection to self, others, and taiao, and to ultimately encourage a lifelong love of moving and being active. And if your skateboard can accompany you on this journey, that is a bonus for us.
Gina Reed (Ngapuhi) founded Manaaki Kōtiro after identifying a need for additional resources to support Māori kōhine and wāhine to get active in a way that has a whanau and fun approach.
In Zone Māori Girls Hostel
See our mahi with these wonderful young wāhine who are boarders at In Zone and attend Epsom Girls Grammer.