Our very first newsletter!

Our very first newsletter!

Nau mai e te MANAWA-hine!
Welcome to our very first MANAWA blog.
Our mission is to empower indigenous wāhine and embrace modern style through beautiful kākahu inspired by our heritage. Join us on this journey of cultural fusion and pride.
By indigenous wāhine, for indigenous wāhine.




14 July 2023

We officially launched Manawa-creative.com!

The MANAWA team have been having a blast sharing clips of our yarns on TikTok, Instagram and Facebook. Never would we ever have thought we’d do recordings of ourselves but realisitically we’ve been practicing for this for almost 20 years! We hope you enjoyed our ‘love story’ as much as we enjoyed creating it.



30 July - 5 August 2023

Te Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani | Cook Islands Language Week 2023

With the theme of ‘Connect me to the traditions and culture of my homeland’ this has allowed George an opportunity to reflect on her visit to Rarotonga and Aitutaki last year and her experience at Te Maeva Nui - the week-long festival celebrating being an independent nation, as well as attending her Strickland family reunion. Our Māmā Shona (pictured) is our connection to Kūki ‘Āirani and keeps the traditions alive simply by sharing her Māmā love and wisdom.


Mental Health

For Manawa, mental well-being is personal.

We recognise we are not experts in this area but we have experienced this first-hand and strive to be empathetic to everyone going through it; we accept that (even for us) this is easier said than done.

Whether you are a public figure or not, your mental well-being ought not be a point of discussion for others to gain publicity or notoriety from. Instead, let’s work on ways we can support each other, ways we can make it easier for our loved ones to reach out and say they’re not ok.



Finally, please allow us to show our gratitude to everyone who has ever signed up to our emails, got a laugh from our reels, given us ‘love’, shared a post, sent us amazing feedback, commented on social media posts, purchased our products, sent us beautiful pictures capturing your beautiful selves in your MANAWA crew necks.




We are so grateful to you all.


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Until then, stay indigenous!


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