Real Talk Kōrero
We take our audience on a journey, a journey of laughter, a journey of tears, and a journey with absolute passion and purpose.
We create a safe space to speak about what we have experienced in our lives, and that we don’t have to be whakamā, we don’t have to live in silence, we don’t have to hide our secrets anymore. Because when we speak – we heal, when we speak we free ourselves, and when we speak – we provide inspiration and hope for others.
We want our audience to see that it doesn’t matter where you have come from, what you have been through, it is about where you CHOOSE to go.
Suicide and triggers and coping mechanisms
Mental Health awareness
Sexual & physical abuse
Gangs & domestic violence
Drug and alcohol addiction
Death & grief
Career & business aspirations
Meet The Team
We are a whānau run business, on a mission to leave a legacy for the next generation.
Tania, Aroha, Renee, Suz, Ngaio & Celeste are all sisters, and Shaianne is Tania’s eldest daughter.
We are helping to break generational cycles.
We are all survivors of traumatic experiences, so we are passionate about using our platform to change the narrative, especially for our rangatahi. We are helping to shine light on traumatic experiences and normalise discussing these once ‘tabu’ topics.
Through this, we heal and show others who might be going through a similar path right now that they are not alone. Because when we speak, we heal, when we speak, we free ourselves, when we speak, we help others heal.
TANIA, MANAGING DIRECTOR
Ko Tania tōku ingoa.
I am the Director of Real Talk, and the driving force behind our Real Talk kaupapa.
It is important to me to utilise this platform as it is intended – to encourage people to speak their truth, to encourage, to motivate, to inspire and to empower all those we connect with.
If our kōrero can change or save one life, then it’s all worth it.
This is the legacy our whānau is passionate about leaving, it is our purpose.
I have a degree in the school of life, and the school of hard knocks. I spent the majority of my career building credibility in executive roles for reputable multi million dollar businesses.
I’m a certified Coach, I have a number of successful businesses, and I now focus on my strengths as a connector, so Real Talk and The Coaching Hub are totally aligned with my passion.
Tokotoru āku tamariki, ko Shai, ko Ryleigh, rātou ko Kayden.
Kotahi taku mokopuna, ko River tōna ingoa.
I am the eldest sister of all the sisters, and there are heaps of us lol
Love and light, Tania
Aroha, Funding & Relationship Manager
Ko Aroha tōku ingoa.
I am the Funding & Relationship Manager for Real Talk, so I make sure all our services, contractors and sponsors are aligned with our kaupapa.
I am sister number 2 and I am an Immigration specialist, I have a degree in Criminology and Pacific Studies, and I’m the best aunty everrrrr to all my nieces and nephews.
Celeste, Catering Manager
Ko Celeste tōku ingoa.
I am the Catering Manager for Real Talk. I make sure we all have kai me ngā inu at all our events and that all our suppliers and providers are aligned with our kaupapa.
My passion and studies lie within the field of social work and I am also training to become a qualified nail technician.
Tokotoru āku tamariki, Chevy, Billie, rātou ko Te Whetū.
I am sister number 6 (twin to Ngaio)
Renee, merchandise manager
Ko Renee tōku ingoa.
I am the merch manager for Real Talk, so I keep us all looking boujee and I make sure our branding is on point for all our events.
I am sister number 3, a Lash Technician in my spare time and I have a huge love for nature and helping people.
Tokotoru āku tamariki….Che, Lano, rātou ko Nikau.
Suz, Administration Manager
Ko Suz tōku ingoa.
I am the Administration Manager for Real Talk. I keep all the comms flowing smoothly, and am usually the one to answer the email requests.
I am sister number 4. I am a registered nurse, have I tried my hand at cosmetic appearance medicine too, and I’m definitely a fashion enthusiast.
Tokorua āku tamariki, ko Maia rāua ko Tawhiao
Ngaio, Media Manager
Ko Ngaio tōku ingoa.
I am the Media Manager for Real Talk. I make sure all our advertising, interviews and media coverage is coordinated and executed.
I own a Beauty Salon called Sorelle Beauty in Porirua with my niece Shaianne, and I was a teacher in my past life.
I have a very entrepreneurial brain, so I am always coming up with awesome ideas to grow.
Tokorua āku tamariki, ko Kaiwahie rāua ko Apanui.
I am sister number 5 (and twin to Celeste)
Shaianne, Event Manager
Ko Shaianne tōku ingoa.
I am the Event Manager for Real Talk. I make show our events run smoothly on the night, and that everyone is supported to provide the best experience for our audience.
I own a beauty salon with my Aunty Ngaio called Sorelle Beauty in Porirua. I also have a Degree in Business and Finance.
People think I’m sister number 7, and that’s how it feels, but I am actually Tania’s eldest daughter.
Kotahi tāku tama, ko River tāna ingoa.
HUIA, National Event Coordinator
Ko Huia tōku ingoa.
I am the National Event Coordinator for Real Talk. I make sure all the event venues, contractors and sponsors meet our requirements and align with our kaupapa.
I own Atahuia Wedding and Events, and am based in sunny Nelson.
My love language is acts of service so I’m perfectly aligned and passionate about everything I do.
Ko Jacob tōku hoa rangatira.
Tokotoru āku tamariki, ko Grace, ko Armani rātou Ko Lincoln.
Ariana, Rangatahi Coach
Ko Ariana tōku ingoa.
I am one of the Rangatahi Coaches for Real Talk. I make sure EVERYONE is aligned with their purpose. I help coach all the rangatahi speakers, to support them safely on their journey.
I am a qualified PT, I am a certified Life Coach, I can sing, I can dance, and I’m an all round awesome human!
EVE, Rangatahi Coach
Ko Eve tōku ingoa.
I am a Rangatahi Coach for Real Talk. I create safe spaces that allow people to whakamana (uplift) themselves. I help Tania to coach our rangatahi so they are supported on their Real Talk journey. I am the owner of Maea where I weave together my skills as a Life Coach and a Kaimirimiri to support others to become the best version of themselves. I am a mixture of determination, curiosity and aroha with a dash of no B.S. and I love every aspect of what it means to be a human being!
Hunter, Social Media Manager
Ko Hunter tōku ingoa.
I am the Social Media Manager for Real Talk. I make sure our branding is on point, keeping our audience updated with our upcoming events, and showing highlights of our past events.
I was the rangatahi Real Talk speaker for our Real Talk Whakatū event so I have experienced the magic of Real Talk. I am a qualified Real Estate Agent and I have a make up business Hunter Lee Beauty. You’ll find me active on my socials @hunterleekawana