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Maryana is a firm believer in the power of storytelling. She aims to help young people own, craft and share their stories. Her vision is a Waikato full of young people discovering their potential for greatness. While completing her Bachelor of Arts studies in Auckland, Sydney, and Hamilton, Maryana has worked with youth from a wide range of experiences and backgrounds.
A creative to the core, Maryana currently juggles her work for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment with coordinating youth programmes and writing poetry. Her poems can be found on Instagram, in Mayhem and Poetry New Zealand Yearbook. Most recently she represented the Waikato in New Zealand's National Poetry Slam.