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Mavis Kamota

My name is Mavis Kamota, I was born in Zimbabwe and I am a proud mother of 3 grown up children and 2 beautiful granddaughters. I am a Registered nurse and I moved to New Zealand 12 years ago, to work and provide a decent life for my children.

Why the name "Embracing Diversity #IAmUnique"?
Moving to NZ made me realize the challenges that are faced by the minority ethnic Communities. I told myself, I needed to do something for the young ones so that they are empowered with confidence and be able to handle the challenges they face in school and in social life. It is good to start at a young age, hence the target group is 5-20 years.

This is driven from my nursing professional principle background, to be courteous and treat all people with equal respect and dignity regardless of sex, race or national origin.
My dream is to have all cultures & ethnicities come together and be bound by love.

Founder, Chairperson



Aeronwy Cording

Kia Ora, my name is Aeronwy Cording, mother to Zahara Cording, who is of Pākehā and Zimbabwean descent.
I am a High School Teacher, here in Christchurch, specialising in vocational pathways, life and employment skills. I am passionate about empowerment, advocacy and giving children a strong sense of personal identity.
I am excited about being on the Empowering Diversity #iamunique committee because I see the importance of giving my daughter a link to both of her heritages. To love what makes her African and to celebrate what it means to be both Zimbabwean and a Kiwi. This way, she can be strong in her sense of self and grow to inspire others to love who they are, and the beauty they bring to the world around them.

We desire to bequeath two things to our children; the first one is roots, the other one is wings. — Sudanese proverb

‘he aha te mea nui o te ao? Māku e kī atu, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata’ : What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people



Beaular Jachi

My name is Beaular, 25 years of age, I came to New Zealand at the age of 7 from Zimbabwe, l am now a mother to a beautiful 4 year old Zimbabwean princess.
I am excited to be on the committee because I’m raising an African kiwi child whom I want to embrace every aspect of herself.

I want to see all kids from all diversities to come together and embrace their uniqueness while loving and respecting one another. I believe that we can shape the next generation to be better. Kids need to be able to confront the challenges they experience with confidence, power and love.

Growing up I was always told it takes a village to grow a child and for my daughter I know that Embracing Diversity will contribute to my child’s development in a positive and empowering way.
Children need to embrace their identity and believe that we are different in a unique way.

Youth Leader

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