Tech sector for minorities and adorable pug photos by Alix Klingenberg

It is not news that we have a severe shortage of women and non-binary in engineering. One of the obvious reasons why younglings don’t get into this field as enthusiastically is the lack of wahine role models. Alix is one of those wonderful few. She is currently a software developer at Auror, an Auckland-based crime-fighting startup. She runs workshops with Ally Skills NZ and is helping out with the .NET Auckland meetup. Recently, along with Lauren Peate, Alix has been working on Multitudes, a software that measures the team’s dynamics to provide specific tips about behavioural shifts for enabling more effective and inclusive culture. It is with pleasure that I share Alix’s amazing and very honest interview on Kia Ora! 

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Elina Ashimbayeva
On building strong tech communities by Pauli Sosa

I know Pauli as a lovely co-founder of MUV talks, a not-for-profit series of events that present 7 speakers talking about a particular theme. Their events are wonderfully organised and create an atmosphere of support. Most of the speakers are non-males and the topics range from milestone celebration to start-ups to change makers. Their mission resonates closely with ours on Kia Ora; hence, I am so excited to talk about Pauli’s journey on here! 

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Elina Ashimbayeva
Art, social media & raising your voice by Eli Torkington

I met Eli Torkington at a conference in 2017 when they were only 15 years old. Two years on, I am a massive fan of theirs on social media to the point that I showed so many of their Insta stories to my partner, that he started following their makeup page too #fans. Eli is young, outspoken and creative. They speak up about mental health, use of social media, body positivity, gender perception, and all that goodness! I am absolutely stoked to share their story on Kia Ora! 

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Elina Ashimbayeva
Empowering with love by Kaity Gould

I’ve met Kaity a couple of months ago at a workshop on social movements. We only exchanged a couple of stories but she struck me as an incredibly compassionate human. Kaity told me how she recently quit her nursing job and is looking to go full time with Empower The Powerful, programme that provides support and care for people who have experienced sexual trauma. I feel very honoured to share Kaity’s story and the light that she brings into this world. 

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Elina Ashimbayeva
Disrupting the tech stereotype by Ruth James

If you work in tech, you know Ruth James. Ruth is a Tech Outreach and Engage Coordinator at Xero with a previous title of Happiness Engineer (those tech titles, right? 😋) I know her as kind and generous and caring and always there to help. She is across most tech events and initiatives around diversity, education and inclusion and it is my pleasure to have her on Kia Ora!

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Elina Ashimbayeva
Storytelling with a mission by Brough Johnson

You know sometimes you meet people who radiate kindness and care and you just want to listen to them? That’s Brough.  A few years ago Brough founded Narrative Muse, an online platform that matches book and movie lovers with perfect-for-them recommendations of stories by and about women and non-binary folk. Her mission resonates so closely with ours so it is a pleasure of mine to be sharing Brough’s story on Kia Ora!

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Elina Ashimbayeva
How can WE uplift communities by Wyndi Tagi

I first heard Wyndi’s story at the WE Summit 2019. What excited me so much about the event her team hosted was that it looked deeper than just the dollar signs of business. The second the Managing Director of Xero stepped on stage and started talking about mental health and values, I knew I was in the right place.

Then after hearing Wyndi share her own story, I knew I was sitting in the room with a true New Zealand leader. 

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Steven Male
Creating a powerful wahine movement - Miria Flavell's story

You might know Miria from social media as a makeup artist, kick ass mum, and a founder of a sportswear line - Hine, aimed at beautiful bodies of all shapes and sizes, made and marketed with so much love and empowerment (I am a big fan as you can see). If you follow her on social or ever witness her speak, you will know how raw, honest, and genuine Miria is which is why it is such a pleasure to have her on Kia Ora!

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Elina Ashimbayeva
Putting people and their experiences first with Amelia Diggle

Human Interface Jewellery is a gem of a company in New Zealand tech landscape. It combines user experience design and 3D printing to produce wonderful jewellery as a way of self-expression for people in tech space. Behind it is Amelia Diggle. I first met her at a Women in Tech community event a couple of years ago where she did a giveaway of one of her creations. She is incredibly enthusiastic and passionate. Here we are going to share Amelia’s own inspirational story.

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Elina Ashimbayeva
Getting a clear head with Angela Lim

I was in my second year Biomedical sciences degree when I met Angela at a university workshop. After graduating with her Bachelors in Science, she got into Medicine. Since then, I have been so impressed watching all the wonderful things Angela has been involved in.  Recently, she has co-founded Clearhead, a mental well-being software platform. It is an honour to have her on Kia Ora!

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Elina Ashimbayeva
Everything you need to fall in love with Statistics by Liza Bolton

I met Liza at the R-Ladies meetup in Auckland, New Zealand where she was giving a talk on colour palettes. If you ever meet Liza, you will see that it is absolutely impossible to not get a massive positive energy recharge after talking to her. Liza is currently doing her PhD in Statistics, running a consultancy called The Data Embassy, speaking at events, teaching, mentoring. It would be my absolute pleasure to learn more about Liza and share her wonderful story.

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Elina Ashimbayeva
On helping others to fly higher by Eve Gordon

Two years ago I overheard people at work talking about taking aerial circus classes, which I always wanted to try. I did my first class at The Dust Palace school and was so inspired by the community and the spirit that two years on, I am still dangling in the air attempting to look graceful. Behind this wonderful circus community is Eve Gordon and her partner Mike Edward. I am so honoured to interview Eve and hear about her journey. 

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Elina Ashimbayeva
The Friendly Wolves of New Zealand Investment

When you hear of investing the majority of us just envisage Leonardo DiCaprio screaming his way around an office with a bunch of raucous ex-jocks swearing at potential clients down phones and raking in millions per day. In reality, investment is a much more calm and controlled reality but its still a foreign world to almost everyone in New Zealand who hasn’t been brought up with an extensive financial background.

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Pic's Peanut Butter - Our top pick

As a poor and impoverished student, my bi-weekly supermarket shops consist of on-special yoghurt and bulk boxes of Weetbix. However, everyone on a budget has that one thing we allow ourselves to 'splash out' on. For a lot of us, it's those avocado on toast brunches that are preventing us from buying our first house, but for the rest of us, it's a good old jar of Pic's Peanut Butter. 

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