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Maia Mariner

Founder & Chair of Lazy Sneakers
New Zealand

Maia Mariner (Ngai Tai, Ngati Koata and Samoan) is the founder (and chair) of LazySneakers. She was 12 when she came up with the idea for Lazy Sneakers, a non-profit project which provides rangatahi, tamariki and families with good quality reusable sneakers so they can play, participate and reach their potential. The driver behind this project is material hardship, sadly this is a growing issue which creates barriers to partaking in sports and can get in the way of social cohesion. Since 2018, this sneaker bank has given away over 10,000 pairs of sneakers, has a partnership with PUMA and several collaborative arrangements with corporates and community groups across Aotearoa. LazySneakers has extended also in Victoria, Australia.

For her project, Maia has received recognition from HM the Queen with the Commonwealth Points of Light Award (2021), picked up the 2019 Emerging Leader GirlBoss Award, Wellington Airport Regional Community Award (2019) and a Local Inspiring Stories Impact Awards (2021). She has also been selected as one of the inaugural YWCA Y25 (2020), NUKU100 (#53 Wahine Toa) and participated in several leadership opportunities like an Outward Bound experience funded by their generous sponsors.

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Sessions

  • Visibility and Voice
    Visibility and Voice
    Inspiring Insights | He Wawata - "Ka Mua, Ka Muri – We Walk Backwards Into the Future A Perspective from a Young Māori & Pasifika Woman"
    Maia Mariner, the youngest speaker in IWG history, will reflect on the past to help inform and create the future she wants for young women.

    Through the lens of the whakatauki (māori proverb) - Ka Mua, Ka Muri, we walk backwards into the future - Maia will use this proverb to guide her insights on the importance of building resilience, strength and holding onto hope.

    Maia Mariner is proudly supported by PUMA

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    Hybrid session
    10:05am - 11:00am
    Visibility and Voice

    Through the lens of the whakatauki (māori proverb) - Ka Mua, Ka Muri, we walk backwards into the future - Maia will use this proverb to guide her insights on the importance of building resilience, strength and holding onto hope.

    Maia Mariner is proudly supported by PUMA

    2019_PUMA_Logo_Cat_with-Registration_Black_LOW-RES.png
    visibility & voice

    Through the lens of the whakatauki (māori proverb) - Ka Mua, Ka Muri, we walk backwards into the future - Maia will use this proverb to guide her insights on the importance of building resilience, strength and holding onto hope.

    Maia Mariner is proudly supported by PUMA

    2019_PUMA_Logo_Cat_with-Registration_Black_LOW-RES.png

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