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Our Why

‘Real Talk’ has been created to establish a sense of belonging for our fellow NZ wāhine. 

We understand how important it is for women to empower and inspire each other.

That’s why we have created the ‘Real Talk’ platform.  Where REAL women are able to share their REAL stories to inspire and empower other wāhine.

‘Real Talk’ will allow women to come together to encourage, support and guide each other, in a safe and comfortable environment.

Your Hosts

Tania Carr

Read about Tania!

Tania, an ICF certified coach that works with entrepreneurial business owners.  She absolutely loves building genuine connections with people, and adding value to their lives.  Tania believes that women in business deserve to be empowered to have it all, whilst maintaining flexibility and balance.

Tania has spent the majority of her career building credibility in executive roles, providing strategies and guidance for a number of reputable multi-million dollar businesses.  Tania is also the Director of The Recruitment Hub, a nationwide recruitment agency that aligns with her coaching offering.

Utilising the platform she has created, she is on a mission to speak her truth, and to encourage and empower other women to share their stories also, to help break the vicious cycle of abuse and to keep our kids safe.

With a young, growing family, it was important to Tania to build a business that would provide that elusive work/life balance.   Mum to Shai, Ryleigh and Kayden, and Nanny to her moko River.

Siobhan Samuel

Read about Siobhan
✨Introducing… SIOBHAN SAMUEL
Co-Founder and event coordinator for the ‘Real Talk’ movement.
Siobhan has an extensive background in customer service and knew she was destined for big things in life.
As a young lady, she traveled overseas living in Italy and Australia but knew Porirua was home, her safe place where she wanted to start her family.
She has a massive passion for sport and fitness and supporting her circle is something that is important to her.
Siobhan is a talented hairdresser and proud owner of her two businesses, The Village Coffee Bar and Runway Studio, a destination with an amazing clientele which the community of Porirua can vouch for. Siobhan loves creating, and will often challenge herself with new ideas to continually stimulate her and support other women in business.
Mother of 4, Nixon 5, Quinn 4, Remmy, 2, Verra 10 months, and an incredibly supportive partner Dudley, she is certainly one busy wāhine.

Our Speakers

Read about Makaia!

A business-minded entrepreneur, Makaia is an astute and influential powerhouse – especially when it comes to women.

Makaia is one of those charismatic people that you can’t help but be drawn to. Her honesty is one of her best assets – and she is unafraid to call it how she see’s it, enabling her to tackle some of the tough issues in a sensitive and insightful way. This extends to sharing her own battles with motivation, fitness and mental health – inspiring her tens of thousands of fans to feel comfortable with their stories too.

She unintentionally started to climb the ranks of social influence in 2012 – fast forward a few years, and her following has swelled to well over 150,000 fans. She became the resident expert for TV3’s The AM Show, regularly appearing on segments relating to lifestyle, health, and social media.

Makaia is happily married to husband Jason, Mum to Gabe and Jana-Lee (and fur baby Phoebe)

Read about Summer!

The radiant Summer Brons is a multi-talented mother of four, enjoying an idyllic seaside life on Tauranga’s golden shores.

Extremely gifted with beauty, make-up, style and design, Summer’s social media journey began as a creative outlet, but after being put on bed rest while pregnant in 2017, social media soon became her sole connection to the outside world.  Summer started to vlog her days, sharing the ups and downs of everyday life, she didn’t realise at the time that her actions would help shape the future face of social media.


In a time where most feeds were highlight reels, Summer went against the grain and instead shared the good with the bad. It struck a major chord with her audience, who quickly flocked to her in droves.  Summer’s refreshing honesty has paved the way for strong and genuine connections with her followers. Openly sharing her story of losing baby Carter at birth, Summer uses her experience to help support others dealing with loss and grief. She’s a beacon of hope, giving voice to the voiceless.

Summer loves to spend time outdoors or down at the beach, laughing and playing with husband Dan, and kids Jai, Cali, Sydney and Reign.

Read about Larrisa!

A visual storyteller, wife and mother. Larissa hosts an online diary where she shares posts on all things motherhood, lifestyle, travel, beauty and fashion. Living country-side in the most beautiful corner of the world, New Zealand. Wifed-up to an incredible soul named Isaac and mother of two handsome little boys, Ryder-Leo & August-Grace.

Larissa’s work in fashion styling and makeup artistry prompted the initial inspiration behind The Leo Style. The blog was born during the pursuit to find artistic inspiration and connect with others who shared similar interests. This platform became so much more than she dreamed possible, it became a love-story, documenting her love for her family while also helping her find love for herself.

Larissa hopes that her posts inspire you to celebrate ‘you’ as she has learnt to celebrate each and every day of her life.

Read about Greer!

A proud Pasifika woman born and bred in Porirua, Wellington.  Wife of Hurricane and All Black TJ Perenara, fur mum of her 3-year-old yellow labrador pup Roni and soon to be human mum of a baby girl.

Greer’s background is in performance. Her credits include representing New Zealand in Barbershop Acapella singing in the United States, starring in New Zealand based television series, being the lead female singer in covers bands and in Wellington’s premier reggae group “Tomorrow People” and she also recently graduated with a Diploma in Singing and a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Performing Arts).

Both Greer and her husband are advocates of equality and representation and they are both strong believers in being able to start conversations around the “hard stuff”. They both most recently presented as headline speakers at 2019’s “Festival For The Future”, a world class event that attracted 1200+ attendees, where they spoke about tackling discrimination, racism and how to create opportunity for inclusion.

Greer hopes that people – especially young women, can find their voice through self-awareness and acceptance and she wants to continue to use her own voice to talk about real-life, human experiences. Her ultimate goal is to work alongside her husband in helping their community and to inspire women to grow into their best selves.

Read about Elise!

A health & fitness entrepreneur who has a rad vision for Functional Fitness and HIIT workouts.  With an unstoppable drive to make NZ the most happiest, active place on the planet! In hope’s to spread her love of fitness and positive energy Elise launched her very own Fitness app & offers her fitness programs all around the world.

This BossMama offers an insight on how to keep fit, strong and live a positive life all whilst raising a family of four with her husband Ray.  Elise has made appearances on Māori Television and recently shared her personal story with New Zealand Womens Day.

Not just known for fitness and health, Elise was the winner of the 2018 Electra Business awards for customer service.  With her energetic, high octane, creative, non-traditional business style she is paving the way for future BossMamas.

At heart, and above it all she is still the girl who embraces being crazy & has a vision to leave her footprint in this world while sharing a message of love and positive vibes.

The Event

We are really excited about our very first Real Talk event!
Come and join us and hear stories from powerful and inspiring women.

Saturday 1st August

6pm – 9pm

The Boatshed

Wellington Waterfront

VIP ticket – $153.50, includes:

  • Event entry

  • Bubbles on arrival

  • Preferred seating

  • Goody bag worth over $100 in value

  • Entry into the draw to win some fantastic prizes on the night

General admissions  – $103.50, includes:

  • Event entry

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