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MUV Talks: Community Builders


4 March 2020


5:45 pm


GridAKL Lysaght Building



Join us in our next edition of MUV Talks dedicated to Community Builders!

Communities come in all shapes, sizes and interests. Whether connecting people over common interests, personal passions or even just familiar locations, community builders play an important role in creating an inclusive society.

Community is becoming increasingly important as we focus more on partnerships, collaboration, and positive work culture. It is crucial in helping businesses, individuals, whānau and organisations thrive.

Come along to be inspired by seven humans building communities to create more opportunities for connection.

What is MUV Talks?

Is a non-profit series focused on building capability and relationships within communities. What makes it special is that it is driven by the purpose of celebrating and empowering everyday people who are doing incredible things. We focus on sharing stories that may otherwise not be heard.

Each event consists of seven talks for seven minutes, from a diverse set of people with different experiences and points of view, talking about one common theme. Our unique approach to networking helps to create an energetic and friendly environment that guarantees an exceptional experience for our attendees.

Since November 2016 we have had been inspired by more than 100 speakers. You can check out the talks on our Youtube channel:

Introducing our speakers!

Meet Abbey Fouche

I am a mother to four. Camilla is the oldest at 9 years old with a five year age gap between her and the twins. Lara and Soul are the “threenager” twins in the family and Faith is the final piece of the Fouche family puzzle at a gorgeous 18 months old. For everyone wondering my surname is French South African and pronounced “Foo-Shaay”. Being a wife and with our three younger children only 16 months apart, I certainly have my hands full. I am a fierce ambassador for motherhood and all things parenting, and despite my many attempts can’t seem to give up my love for caramel lattes. You’ll find me ordering a “veggie burger” wherever I go and embracing everyone with my big smile and warm personality. The Mums Clique is a project I have envisioned for years. A community that is all about giving back and bringing mothers together. Offering each other support and advice through all aspects of parenting and nurturing new friendships into everlasting ones. The last few years have taught me that I am stronger and more capable than I ever thought possible. Being a mum really is an adventure and there is definitely no instruction manual.

Meet Janelle Baptist

Janelle is currently working as the Careers Advisor for Yoobee Colleges and is the AKL #TDKtuesdays host. She considers herself a bit of a multipotentialite who tends to take the path less traveled (and also enjoys traveling too!). She loves helping others and is passionate about the student design community, which led her to hosting the Auckland chapter of The Design Kids, where she encourages students and grads come together at #TDKtuesdays events to help grow the community and pass on what she’s learnt.

Meet Emma-Jane John

Emma John is a qualified Personal Stylist who is passionate about helping women rediscover their confidence in themselves and their own style.
She helps extraordinary women showcase their individual style and unique personality, by empowering them to feel more confident, knowledgeable and delighted by their wardrobes and less overwhelmed at shopping for themselves.
She teaches you style tips, tricks and tools to achieve your unique look, working within your budget, timeframes and your own wardrobes. Her passion is to help every woman feel more
confident and make it their number one accessory.
Her mission is to help women to feel their best and curate the wardrobe of your dreams, to make getting dressed easier every day, so you can get on with the fun of living.

Meet Frith Walker

Having spent her former life in the theatre business as a stage manager/producer type, Frith is now very proud to be an advocate of the UN ratified New Urban Agenda global standard for urban development, and a New Zealand representative for the international network Placemaking X. As Head of Placemaking at Panuku Development Auckland she works within the Design and Place team on the creation of successful public space networks, supporting the programming and activation of Auckland’s public spaces, and championing the difference a healthy public realm can make in terms of creating liveable cities. Which is just like stage managing, only outside.

Meet Georgia Robertson

Georgia is the CEO of Humanitix NZ, the world’s first not for profit events ticketing platform. Humanitix is closing the education gap for disadvantaged children through tech disruption in the ticketing industry, funding education projects like girls literacy and life skills programs, nutrition in schools and tech equity programs for disadvantaged Maori and Pasifika learners.

Meet Matthew Goldsworthy

Matthew is a 20-year-old social entrepreneur based in Auckland, New Zealand. After developing youth arts initiatives while still at high-school, Matthew founded Youth Arts New Zealand in December 2017 due to the vast disconnect between professional creative pursuits and the quantity/quality of creative opportunities available for young people. YANZ is now a creative social enterprise that has run over 30 projects showcasing and developing young creatives. Matthew also sits on the board of the Play It Strange Trust, advises on various Council arts initiatives, received the 2018 AIMES Emerging Talent award, and is a passionate musician, composer and photographer.

Introducing our epic MC!: Colart Miles

Colart is the Managing Director of and a Co-founder of Agile on the Beach NZ. He is a well-known innovation coach and a specialist in accelerated delivery practices such as Agile, Kanban and Lean.  Colart is pursuing his passion for helping kiwi organizations to speed up innovation and to build a more sophisticated ecosystem.

MUV Talks is made possible thanks to our amazing sponsors! THANK YOU!