our crew and supporters
For People and Planet
Solving period poverty with heart, humour, and connection,
we are an Aotearoa birthed social enterprise that's sustainable to the womb.
We connect people to their bodies and our land
in a strive for a more equitable, just and sustainable world.
We are period with purpose
Executive Menstruator & Founder
Olie Body is an Edmund Hillary Fellow, Obama Foundation Leader, TEDx Speaker and an award winning storyteller and social entrepreneur. Through giving people the tools to manage menstruation sustainably, she's is at the forefront of a paradigm shift: shaping what it means to inhabit this earth consciously, and with a pair of ovaries.
The intersectionality of womxns health, climate change and capitalism were realised to her in 2014 when she moved to India, distributing reusable cloth pad kits and co-creating menstrual education programmes. She experienced first hand the impact that a lack of access to menstrual products had not only on individuals, but communities and environments as a whole.
Olie founded the social enterprise Wā Collective to connect people with their own bodies and to Papatūānuku (mother earth), using humour, heart and inclusivity.
Wellington Regional Manager
Meg heads project management with a skip in her step, all while completing her degree in Environmental Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.
A background in commerce, retail, sales and customer service, coupled with a knack for problem-solving, a true passion for people and our planet and love for crafting social change. Get in touch with Meg to get things happening.
Janine is Olie's mum. And she's bloody great. She seamlessly coordinates the day to day runnings of Wā Collective from Moutere, Tasman, bringing expertise in graphic design, strategy and events management.
Janine also packs our Wā Cups into their beautiful, biodegradable packaging and sends every one with aroha.
Auckland Regional Manager
Jess leads our Auckland Programmes.
Jess has spent the last 4 years navigating corporate life in New Zealand and Singapore, but after a series of fortunate events took an opportunity to do a year of backpacking.
The idea of finding menstrual products in the desert was daunting and travelling light was a must, so on good advice from her most woke friend she turned to the cup and has never looked back!
Utterly convinced of the sustainable and empowering nature of the product, Jess came back home to Auckland to preach and put her health science background to work.
She quickly found the little social enterprise taking on the world. Jess believes Wā Collective has their priorities straight and has joined the fight to end period poverty in New Zealand.
Manawatū Regional Manager
Suz loved her Wā Cup and our kaupapa (approach) so much she tracked us down and is now part of the crew!
Suz leads outreach education programmes and community support in Palmerston North, with heart and true vibrancy.
A Standing Ovulation to these glorious humans who support our kaupapa (purpose) - helping us to get Wā Cups to our communities who need a hand up.
These queens are doing good mahi (work). Koha ($donation) from each organic period. tee sold, goes towards free Wā Cups for the womxns health collectives we support. #breakthetaboo with this tee.
Made by 17 year old Mahina, on Little Barrier Island NZ, these handmade 100% natural moisturisers are the bees-knees. $5 from every pottle goes toward getting Wā Cups to people in need throughout NZ.
Order from Mahina:
That's some pretty-fly-uteri. Each pair of 'Pretty-Fly-Uteri' earrings sold donates 20% to get Wā Cups to those who need them in Aotearoa. Ready to ovary-act? Yeah you are!
A sustainable ethical NZ label that inspires to make a difference, supporting the ebb and flow of life. 5% of their profits are gifted right here, getting Wā Cups to the people of Aotearoa.