El­bows, equal rights and suf­fer­ing anx­i­ety

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Maisy Bent­ley is a woman on a mis­sion and we find out what mo­ti­vates her.

As a stu­dent at Aotea Col­lege, she started ‘‘Girl Boss’’ a group to em­power young women and is a pas­sion­ate sup­porter and ad­vo­cate for equal rights. The Kapi-Mana News sat down with Bent­ley to ask the not-so­hard ques­tions and find out what makes her tick. As it turned out, she can do the im­pos­si­ble ...

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A JOB/STUDY?

Cur­rently in my first year study­ing and I vol­un­teer for UN youth and do a bit of public speak­ing.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB/STUDY?

The best part of public speak­ing is hear­ing peo­ple af­ter­wards or get­ting feed­back from peo­ple who were in­spired or mo­ti­vated by what you said.

WHAT’S THE WORST?

Not get­ting stu­dent fares on public trans­port!

WHAT WOULD PEO­PLE BE SUR­PRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

Most peo­ple are re­ally sur­prised to know I suf­fer from anx­i­ety. They don’t un­der­stand how I can speak in front of hun­dreds of peo­ple or net­work with strangers but anx­i­ety or any other men­tal ill­ness doesn’t stop you from do­ing th­ese things.

HOW DO YOU RE­LAX?

Chuck some mu­sic on, brew a cup of tea, grab a pen or pen­cil and just draw what­ever comes to mind.

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU IN THE WEEK­ENDS?

Most likely spend­ing time with my fam­ily.

IF YOU COULD IN­VITE THREE PEO­PLE TO DIN­NER - LIV­ING OR DEAD - WHO WOULD THEY BE?

Hil­lary Clin­ton, Melinda Gates and He­len Clark. All very suc­cess­ful women in dif­fer­ent ar­eas com­monly dom­i­nated by men. I would love to hear about the chal­lenges they faced and how they over came them to get where they are.

FAVOURITE PLACE IN PORIRUA?

On a clear day the view from the Spin­naker Drive sum­mit look out on the Whitby Walk­way can’t be beaten! (But on a rainy day Kmart is the place to be).

IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SU­PER POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE?

To be able to ma­nip­u­late time, to have more hours in a day or make cer­tain things come sooner.

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