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Migrant Women Meet: Past Episodes 2021

The Migrant Women Meet show is an opportunity for women from all over the world to join together to share news, advice, laughter, and friendship. Join Michelle and Cheryl on Tuesday at 11am.

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For several years, every Tuesday morning Puke Ariki Library in New Plymouth has hosted the Migrant Women Meeting.  This is an opportunity for women from all over the world to join together to share news, advice, laughter, and friendship.  The group is a celebration of different cultures, languages, and experiences, with the one common denominator being that everyone understands how it feels to be the new kid on the block. 


As we all work to contain this pandemic, and it’s not possible to meet up in real life, Access Radio Taranaki has given us the opportunity to get together over the airwaves.  Hosted by Cheryl Mudawarima and Michelle Bent, the Migrant Women Meet Radio show will come to you live, every Tuesday at 11am.


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Cheryl's Last Show

The Migrant Women Meet show is an opportunity for women from all over the world to join together to share news, advice, laughter, and friendship. Join Michelle and Cheryl on Tuesday at 11am.

Duration: 1:00:44 | Date: 7 December, 2021

With Guest Kiko Matthews

Today's guest is Kiko Matthews. Kiko moved to NZ only a year ago with her Kiwi partner, and since then they have bought a business (and won a Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award), had a baby, and cleaned up heaps of litter from the Taranaki coastline. But there is so much more to this lady than just those achievements. Tune in to find out more.

Duration: 00:59:52 | Date: 23 November, 2021

Carey and the Oxfam Trailwalker

Today we had Cheryl Zooming in from Tauranga, and our guest was Carey Hodgson. Carey is gearing up to walk the Oxfam Trailwalker 50km, and she shares her why, and her experiences from the last one. Fundraising is in full swing, with an upcoming Christmas cake raffle you won’t want to miss!

Duration: 00:56:31 | Date: 16 November, 2021

Garden Festival & Arts Trail

The Taranaki Garden Festival and Arts Trail have come to an end. Michelle shares her favourite gardens and artists, and lets us know which gardens are open year round to visit.

Duration: 1:01:46 | Date: 9 November, 2021

Raffle Draw, Sustainable Taranaki, with Steph, Pretheeva, and Alexandra

Cheryl joins us virtually, from Tauranga, while Steph and Pretheeva are in the studio in real life, to draw the raffle. Alexandra also clocks in to talk about the upcoming Sustainable Taranaki workshops, aimed specifically at the migrant community.

Duration: 00:59:21 | Date: 2 November, 2021

Fundraising, and being a Sustainable Kiwi

Today we talk about a fundraising raffle, the Kiwi Sustainable Way Programme, and how YOU can be a part of this radio show

Duration: 00:59:59 | Date: 26 October, 2021

With Oceane From France

Originally from France, today’s guest Oceane has totally embraced New Zealand life. She describes the experience of walking 50kms for the Oxfam Trailwalker, and how she’s now signed up to walk 100kms next March! Learn how to contribute to this worthy cause – helping Oxfam alleviate poverty in the Pacific. We also discuss some of the amazing things to do during the school holidays.

Duration: 00:59:47 | Date: 12 October, 2021

Services for New Arrivals

Michelle flies solo today and talks about the various services and groups that are available to help you get settled in Taranaki.

Duration: 1:00:00 | Date: 5 October, 2021

Sieni and Marcella

Sieni Richardson is an entrepreneur, author, ART broadcaster, and proud Samoan woman. Marcella Volino is a Health and Wellness Coach, yoga instructor, Counsellor, and now author. Hear their stories, and get excited about Marcella’s intriguing new wellness book, “18 Apples”.

Duration: 00:54:04 | Date: 28 September, 2021

Lilly and Maha

Today we caught up with Lilly from Amaranth Acupuncture, about the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Then Maha joins us to share her very real experience of contracting Covid while in Jordan.

Duration: 1:00:44 | Date: 14 September, 2021

With Virna and Maha

Virna (originally from Venezuala) shares her thoughts on this current lockdown, from the perspective of a migrant, and now business owner. Maha joins us to tell the story of her recent visit to Jordan. 6 weeks of catching up with family turned into over 12 months of being locked down and away from her children in New Zealand.

Duration: 00:56:56 | Date: 7 September, 2021

With Stephanie, Yvonne, and Kath

Today we spoke with Stephanie Gibbons, from Puke Ariki, about the Migrant Women Meetings being an integral part of the community. We also spoke with Yvonne and Kath, residents of Jean Sandel Retirement Village. Both are regulars at the Friday World Class Conversations group, and shared how the group brings joy to the lives of the residents, as well as the migrants who attend.

Duration: 1:01:24 | Date: 31 August, 2021

With Lily and Gloria

Today Cheryl and Michelle were joined by guests Gloria, Lily, and Ming. Cheryl shares the very real ways in which the pandemic has affected her family and friends in Africa, and Gloria explains what her life is like as a rest home caregiver during lockdown. Lily is a highly qualified acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese Herbal Medicine, and she shares some insights into how to take care of your physical and mental health in these Covid times.

Duration: 00:55:44 | Date: 24 August, 2021