Change is Possible and men in Aotearoa are proving it every day. All across the nation, men are levelling up as partners, fathers, brothers, and mates. From the South Auckland barbers that hold safe space for their clients to be vulnerable to the South Island men who support others to become safer, respectful, and more present partners and fathers. These are the leaders that bravely disrupt harmful narratives in their community and drive positive change. They strive for a better story for themselves, their loved ones, and peers. We call these men changemakers, and they believe that change is possible.
Changemakers know that old ways of being a man won’t open new doors. They use their voice and influence to gently call men in to healing and change journeys and call out traditional and harmful narratives that prevent us from seeking help. They know that there is no quick fix to change or levelling up in our relationships. Changemakers recognise that when time, attention, energy, love, and healing are poured in, powerful things happen. Relationships become more fulfilling and healthier. We get to heal from our old stories and the rigid conditions of the man box. Children are empowered to thrive and grow in safer and more loving homes. All those good things that men want, but that we need to give ourselves and others permission to become.
If change is something that you’re interested in or you want to make a difference in your community — you’ve come to the right place. Consider this your corner of the internet to connect with and learn from other changemakers. To be inspired by their stories and learn new ways to lead meaningful change. To take brave and imperfect steps in your own journey. To learn more about yourself as a leader and man.
Whatever your role, you’re welcome here, and we encourage you to lean in to the journey. You’ll come to learn from men out there doing the mahi that change really is possible and it’s bloody rewarding too.