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


Homoeopathy Courses

Teacher: Morris Tuffery BSC (Hons),ND, Rhom

Morris is a qualified Naturopath and Homoeopath with 40 years’ experience in the use of these therapies. He ran a very busy and successful public clinic in New Plymouth for 15 years. In addition to this, he has a real passion for passing on his knowledge in the form of courses and seminars. He has offered these courses to the public over a long period of time, with a very enthusiastic response.

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Usui Reiki Courses

Reiki Master: Jane MacKinnon

Jane MacKinnon is a Reiki Master and Holistic Therapist.  Jane studied most of her modalities in the UK, including Anatomy & Physiology, Massage, Aromatherapy and Reflexology and she has been a Reiki Master for nearly 25 years.  She moved to New Zealand with her husband and daughter in 2002.  Since moving to New Zealand she has added Quantum Touch (Practitioner and Teacher), NLP, EFT and Emotion Code to her tool kit of modalities. This enables her to offer a full range of holistic treatments to her clients.

What is Reiki?

Reiki energy is the vital force which flows through all matter and can be activated for a powerful form of healing.  Reiki acknowledges the oneness of all and does not conflict with any religion or belief system.  All that is required is the willingness to heal and be healed. Reiki is beneficial to both orthodox and complementary therapies. The Reiki Healing System dates back over 2500 years originating in Tibet.  It was rediscovered in 1843 by Dr Mikao Usui, a Japanese Monk.   Usui dedicated his life to practising and teaching what he named Reiki, which is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy (Rei is Universal and Ki is Life Energy).

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Bioptron Light Therapy Course

Facilitators: Sam and Christine Carter

A course helping us to understand how light and colour can assist us in our own healing. We have a proactive approach to wellness options, assisting others to understand that our body has a wisdom that if listened to will keep us all well. Light is being hailed along with sound as the new medicine. Our cells all have light receptors on them that respond to Bioptron and as we are all made up of approximately 70 Trillion cells all conducting various functions for our body to survive, this light can be of assistance to so many health issues. So we encourage people to look at light as a preventative solution that is quick easy and with no side effects. Our talks are fun and we elaborate on why the Immune System is getting such a hard time now in our modern lifestyle therefore impacting on many people with Auto Immune issues.