Real Women Raw Stories is an information evening where people can come and listen to inspiring and relatable people. They will obtain information and skills that can assist themselves or someone close to them. 

These topics are confronting and people may be too scared to ask for guidance. The number of people living and dealing with hardship is growing.   

  • The 2017/18 NZ Health Survey found that: One in six New Zealand adults had been diagnosed with a common mental disorder at some time in their lives.

  • On average, 14 women, 7 men and 8 children are killed by a member of their family every year. Although Police attend a family violence situation every 6 minutes, they estimate that only around 20% of incidents are reported.

There are many people out there that have lived through these situations and their stories have the power to help other people heal and improve their lives.

The topics we will cover are:  

  •         Fitness: How this habit can improve your mental health 

  •         Trauma: How this can shape your mental and physical health 

  •         Domestic violence: It is more common than you realize

  •         Resilience: How can we promote it in ourselves and others?​​


LISA FONG, Move it Mama

Fitness: How this habit can improve your mental health 

Lisa is the Founder of Move it Mama, and the winner of the 2019 Her Own Boss award.
She is the mother of four little boys, and a wife to husband Dan. She is a teacher by
trade, but now Move it Mama is her full time business.



Trauma: How this can shape your mental and physical health

If I had to describe myself in one word, in this moment right now, it would be 'fighter' because right now every single day and all the things I do, involve fighting. I've fought some battles for most of my life but since May 19th 2016, when the staff at Auckland Hospital literally, broke my bladder, I've been fighting for even more. 

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'SHARON', Aviva Families

Domestic violence: It is more common than you realize


Aviva is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. We provide specialist services to support people to live a life free from family and sexual violence, and overcome their enduring harms.

JULIA ZARIREH, Senior Clinical Pyschologist

Resilience: How can we promote it in ourselves and others?

 Julie Zarifeh is a clinical psychologist with professional and personal experience of the need for resilience in our lives. She will share her extensive knowledge on the topic, combining academic insights with personal experiences gleaned from living through the Christchurch earthquakes and navigating personal tragedy. 




Holly works  as a television reporter for TV3’s Newshub based in Christchurch.  With  ten years of experience in the industry she has covered some of the most  defining news events in New Zealand’s history including the Christchurch  Earthquakes and most recently the Mosque Attacks.