Anita Vlasic-Manaia

BASW, MAAT(clinical)
I am currently an Arts Therapist in South Auckland and I’m passionate about using creativity and nature as healing tools. I was a Social Worker in South Auckland working with youth and was inspired  to study Arts Therapy at Whitecliffe School of Arts and Design. I saw a gap and a need for alternative therapies for young people in South Auckland and in particular approaches that incorporated indigenous models of healing. I  resonated with Shiloh’s holistic vision of supporting the community I work and live in with well being, creativity and education.  I am married to Wiremu Manaia and we have 6 children between us and 4 grandchildren.  I was inspired by Dee’s passion for Shiloh’s mission after meeting with her and was invited to come on the board.  


BeYOUtiful is a programme that equips young women aged 9-13 years old to discover their full potential in a fun creative space. It helps young women find confidence within to be their authentic self, and teaches them tools and strategies to help them to be their BeYOUtiful self inside and out. We do a creative art project each week and generate discussions with regards to issues that are important to the young women and emphasis the importance of embracing self-worth, self-care and self-love for themselves while learning to set boundaries and be the best versions of themselves.

4 Week Term 3 Workshops

Date: Wednesdays starting September 2, 2020
Location: Pasadena Intermediate School – 2 Moray Place, Point Chevalier
Time: 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Cost: $120 per young woman. per five weeks


Dads and Lads Fishing Programme

Dads and Lads is an 2-day programme that teaches men and their boys how to fish, using simple and inexpensive methods. Something that is missing in the lives of many boys is quality time spent with a father or father figure.

This programme will encourage the boys and their fathers or male caregivers to spend time learning together and enjoying each other’s company. This programme is specifically designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and get the family, especially the young people outdoors in nature using their physical strength, their newfound knowledge and their ingenuity to catch a fish for the family. It also encourages Dads and Lads to achieve their goals of spending quality time together and with other men & boys in their communities, while being inspired to learn a new sport that is a life skill that can be used throughout their lifetime.

The principle teacher, Bill Hohepa has seen the benefits this programme offers reinforced time and again when Camp Hohepa ‘old boys’, now with families of their own, have contacted him to say it was the best time of their lives and they are teaching their own children the skills he taught them.

Date. September 12 & 13, 2020

Location: Saturday September 12 @ Ardmore Community Hall

Location: Sunday September 13 @ Maraetai Beach

Time: 10am to 4pm

Cost: $100 (ONE DAD. ONE LAD)


Sponsored by:

Youth Tribe Art Connection

Youth Tribe Art Connection is an eight-week after school interactive experience for female and male students ages 14+ with art therapist Anita Vlasic and life coach Dee Petit who lead youth through a series of creative art projects & mindfulness activities based around Maori concepts.

Participants are offered an opportunity to experience and explore the application of Māori concepts utilizing creativity as it relates to individual wellbeing.  It is presented in a non-judgmental supportive environment that focuses on the process, not just the outcome.

Each session will incorporate visual arts, a range of art materials and recycled products. All will be able to participate at a level that is comfortable and suitable for them.  No prior knowledge or experience needed.

 Date & Location -TBA


The ART Collective Project

Artists from diverse cultural backgrounds living in Auckland are working together and collaborating with the Nathan Homestead to teach a wide range of original practices in an open are space that offer opportunities of self-development in one’s individual art practice. As a collective that teaches various modalities of art, we help participants to use different materials to produce artwork that is relevant to them. Even if students don’t think of themselves as creative, we want to create an environment that encourages them to have fun and be playful in their art.

The ART Collective Project offers you the opportunity to uncover and develop your  artistic creative talents for beginners and emerging artists. With assistance from our collective professional artists you will be inspired and gently guided into using the mediums of palette knife painting, watercolour, acrylic, life drawing, wood carving and sewn textile fibre art. As with all creative processes it offers a therapeutic environment to be nourished by.  No experience is necessary, just a desire to create!

Each participant will be encouraged to explore and express the wonderment of ART through wide range of mediums. Through discovery and play one uncovers personal jewels that lay beneath the surface. 

Each artist will teach four weekly art classes per month.

Adults 16+

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our sponsors Lotteries Grant Board, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Manurewa Local Board for sponsoring the Art Collective Project


Starting AUGUST 3 thru AUGUST 27

Tuesdays: 6pm – 9pm – Donald Jessep – Wood Carving

Wednesdays: 11:00am – 2:00 pm – Agnes Ishak – Pallett Knife with Acrylics

Thursdays: 6pm – 9pm pm – Linda Wills- Watercolor Painting

Fridays: 11:00am – 2:00 pm – Nicky Hartley – Human Figure Exploration

Location: Nathan Homestead 70 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland

Cost: $60 per participant. per four week class



Starting AUGUST 31 thru SEPTEMBER 25

Tuesdays: 6pm – 9pmpm -Linda Wills- Watercolor Painting

Wednesdays: 11:00am – 2:00 pm- Dee Petit – Sewn Textile Fibre Art

Thursdays: 6pm – 9pm pm – Agnes Ishak – Pallett Knife with Acrylics

Fridays: 11:00am – 2:00 pm – Nicky Hartley – Human Figure Exploration

Location: Nathan Homestead 70 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland

Cost: $60 per participant. per four week class


Back 2 Basics Programme

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

It is easy to tell people what to do, but to really assist people to change, it is important for everybody to learn the ‘why’ in order to be motivated to do so. This programme aims to teach complex bodily functions in an easy to understand manner, connecting health to specific areas and outcomes. Areas to be addressed are healthy lifestyles and eating habits that enables families to provide a nurturing home environment. It includes healthy social habits, healthy sleeping routines, and teaching simple yet nutrient rich ways of cooking that fits into a busy modern family.

The goal is to provide educational and practical knowledge that is easy to implement. Promoting healthy lifestyles in the home and bringing up healthy children ensures positive happy attitudes that encourages all to actively contribute to our communities.

At the end of the course, the participants will understand the human body and its function, and the connection between physical and mental health. It will enable the participants to apply and integrate the learned knowledge into their daily lives with the practical tools taught during the four weeks.

Shiloh trustees are collaborating with CIDANZ (Cook Island Development Agency NZ) to bring this progamme to their community and it is supported by MPP (Ministry of Pacifica People)

FREE for 12 participants

Date: Mondays June 14, thru July 5, 20214 week programme

Time: 9:00am – 2:30 pm

Location: Strive Mangere East – Southern Cross Campus – 253 Buckland Road, Māngere East

Women’s Support Circle

Women’s Support Circle is a space for women who have experienced family abuse. It is a 12-week programme that allows women of different cultures to sit in circle and safely share their stories and support a healing journey in the process. Our weekly contact will consist of nine on-line two-hour zoom calls and three face to face sessions which allows the women to intermingle and have that physical interaction with the group.

Throughout the program women will be encouraged and coached on life issues that support their well-being and their children’s well-being. When women come together in a safe space, they experience a sense of belonging within a community that enhances their lives and their children’s lives.

Key circle outcomes

-To help rebuild lives, give encouragement, strengthen futures, support and to help challenge childhood messages. Encouraging change in their stories will uncover new pathways for their families.

-For women to believe in themselves and believe that they can make life changing decisions that benefits and enhances their lives.

-Women become more resilient, gain self-belief, have courage to speak up and make a difference in their families and community.

Certified Counsellor and Family Therapist Christine Burch has assisted families in the South Auckland region for the past 12 years. She has worked in the youth justice system as a Family Therapist and recognizes and identifies the need to support women and children with the difficulties they face.

Dee Petit, director of Sassy Red Ltd is a certified life coach, mediation teacher and facilitator of young and mature women’s empowerment workshops. Dee assists women in re-discovering their strengths and confidence to enhance and transform the quality of their personal, family and professional lives.

If you are interested in joining us in circle and share space with women who have experienced abuse and want to make changes in your life, register today.

Christine and Dee contact all registrants to have a private zoom call meeting to discuss the circle outline and their answers to the registration questions.  We are looking for twelve women who want to step up with courage to make changes in their lives. You will need access to the internet.

Date: Wednesday’s starting July 14 thru September 29, 2021

Time: Wednesdays 6:30pm -8:30pm

Location: Nine On-Line Zoom meetings & Three Face to Face meetings

FREE participation for 10 women this term

Sponsored by Auckland Foundation Women’s Fund & NZ Lottery Grants Board


I absolutely loved being part of the Women’s Support Circle. There was a great balance with facilitators Christine Burch and Dee Petit. Dee brings the creative, fun and spiritual aspect to the circle while Christine supported us with her practical sage advice & knowledge. Both women made me feel really welcomed and accepted for the woman I am and there was no segregation between the women in the circle. I always enjoyed the weekly calls that were mainly about self-esteem building activities. They were creative, fun, positive and playful but also challenging us to turn things around in our lives. With plenty of time to share, connect and witness all women in circle, Christine and Dee were empathetic, caring and very supporting overall. I did not want the circle to finish. This support circle is a great start to the road to recovery from difficult relationships. – Anne

The Women’s Support Circle is very heart touching as it is a group of women that come from all parts of New Zealand, from all walks of life and there is no judgment amongst us. The women who run the group, Christine Burch and Dee Petit are so lovely and kind-hearted. Each woman has a chance to speak their truth in the circle. The course offers major support as well as the women participants. I recommend this circle to women who are trying to find a place to belong for its okay to be yourself. In doing the course I suggest to the women not to miss any of the sessions as they roll into the next week, but Christine and Dee do not hold it over you, but they do encourage you to attend each week and be open and honest with them. – Ruth

I have found it very healing and empowering to take part in the Women’s Support Circle. Being able to connect with other women in circle who have been through a similar situation to me and are going on a similar journey to heal has been invaluable. The facilitators Christine and Dee gently encourage us to expand our consciousness and have wonderfully woven some creative play into the learning material to help us connect with our emotions on a different level to the way I normally do. Christine and Dee have put together and delivered an amazing programme – Rebecca

The Women’s Support Circle is very heart touching. It is a group of women who come from all parts of New Zealand, from all walks of life and there is no judgment amongst us. The women who run the I am really enjoying doing the Women’s Support Circle.  I felt I was nearing the end of my healing journey, but this circle has helped me on yet another level.  It is so nice to connect with women who are going through the same/similar experience as you to know that you are not alone.  The circle is incredibly supportive, and I look forward to our meetings each week. I highly recommend this programme it is amazing. – Deb

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