about us


Gather your friends, sisters, cousins and connect with us to have some fun! Free to attend and open to those who identify as female aged 12 – 18 who live, learn or play in the Tamaki area.

The Phenomenal Young Women group has been created as a response to feedback from locals that there is a need for more support for the young women of Tamaki. Our kaupapa is to create a safe space where young women in the community can connect with each other. We aim to create a sense of belonging by enhancing accessibility to and identification with our shared public spaces, and the people who share them with us. As a group we learn, create and contribute to our local communities to enhance our wellbeing as individuals and a collective. We operate as a “drop-in” space, guests are welcome to come and go as they wish. With continued support PYW will continue to grow and give more local leaders work and training opportunities. 

“We want spaces where we can connect, feel confident to try new things, and most importantly have fun!




We are proud to have the PYW group operating in all 3 locations this year: Tāmaki College, Panmure Community Hall and Riverside Community Hall! This term our programme covers some essential life skills and practices such as cooking, fitness and budgeting. 


For the first time PYW came to Riverside in term four 2020. Leaders Mara and Jas hosted a variety of arts and craft activities every week with Phenomenal Young Women from the Panama community at the Riverside Community Center. 

We are very grateful to Auckland Foundation for their support through The Grassroots Giving Programme for the running of Phenomenal Young Women throughout 2020. 


With the help of a grant from CAYAD (Community Action on Youth and Drugs), we set up two Phenomenal Young Women spaces in our community! The Glen Innes PYW group was led by Tamaki College student Latisha every Tuesday after school. Latisha is a powerful young women who runs these sessions with a focus on empowering the young women who attend. Phenomenal mentor Apiseka hosted the PYW group every Thursday evening at the Panmure Community Hall. She created a safe space where young women felt comfortable enough to be themselves. Scroll down to watch an inspiring short film about these mana wahine created by local legends No Six! 


This year an incredible bunch of Phenomenal Young Women from Eastside dreamed up and hosted a one day event in July. Our event was the perfect way to test and get feedback about some of our ideas to support wellbeing for young women in our community. We asked what ideas would work well and have potential to become an ongoing community activity. Local PYW were given the opportunity to develop leadership skills by getting involved in the planning and delivery of this wonderful event which was all about celebrating the young women of Tamaki.