Māori and Pasifika Women’s Self Defence

Māori and Pasifika Women’s Self Defence

A free, fun supportive workshop for Māori and Pasifika Women (16+) to learn and practice mental, verbal and physical techniques

The teaching is based on research about what works against a bigger, stronger attacker. Rather than a list of do’s and don’ts, this course will give you more options, skills and confidence to assert your boundaries and stay safe in a range of situations relevant to women and gender minorities’ lives, including harassment from strangers in public, people we know and in our relationships. It will also give you more ideas for where to find support and how to support others.

All Māori and Pasifika women and non-binary peoples of all abilities and fitness levels warmly welcome.


Dates Sunday 12 November
Time 9:30am – 4:00pm
Location 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn

Bev Thomas

Bev Thomas is an accredited self-defence teacher, facilitator of 8 years and a national trainer for 2 years for Kia Haumaru Personal Safety Education formerly known as Women’s Self Defence Wahine Toa.  Bev has always had a passion for women’s health and empowerment and working alongside whanau Māori. Bev’s other interests are martial arts, health and fitness and the confidence and discipline this brings. You don’t have to be fit to learn how to protect yourself. You just need an open mind to learning and strategies that are effective.

Bev and her whanau moved to Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) from Turanganui-a-Kiwa (Gisborne) 3 years ago and has mainly taught in schools and the community.

Enrolments are now open