Maryana Garcia

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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. Maryana also happens to be Seed Waikato’s resident published poet. In this interview, we asked this Waikato rooted creative where she gets her energy.

Who inspires you?

My parents, and my sisters. I’ve been blessed to grow up in a powerhouse environment of integrity, creativity, and openness. We’re a tribe that looks for and appreciates the beauty in the world. We like to revel in our different ways of chasing it.

Where is your favourite place in the Waikato?

Hmm, that’s gotta be Raglan. Good coffee, mouth watering ice cream, sun (most of the time), water (always), breathtaking scenery, and a whole network of creative laid-back types - what more could you ask for?

What do you spend your time on?

I like the fun and challenge of keeping a few balls up in the air. At the moment I juggle Seed Waikato creativities (creative + activities) with my professional work for the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment. I am also a youth activities coordinator for Rimbrook Study Centre. Always, I am a poet, and like to carry a little notebook around with me to scribble on. Occasionally, I post my scribbles on Instagram as @ripagepoet. I’ve been lucky enough to be published in Mayhem and Poetry New Zealand, which has encouraged me to see my writing as something I am actively developing and enjoying.

What is the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

This changes regularly, but the most current benchmark was being MC for Seed Waikato’s June event.

What colour crayon would you be?

A nice vintage sepia probably. It reminds me of ink, parchment, and old photos. I guess I’m really an old soul.

What inspired you to join Seed Waikato?

Way back in 2017, I met Gemma. That’s the short story. The longer version is that I was looking for ways to grow as a writer and as a person. Gemma, and Samaria Mason came along and introduced me to blogging. The rest, as they say, is history.

What does Seed Waikato mean to you?

Seed Waikato is an uplifting network of genuinely cool people that’s changed my life. I still can’t believe that I’m here and super privileged to be able to work with every one on the team. That’s a shout out to you, whaanau!

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