The Greatest people.
Those who came before us AND THOSE WHO WILL COME AFTER US tHANK YOU
Our Team of
nayzel Sushil aka nayz vs wild
founder & creative director
of Labasa Fiji Descent, raised in south auckland
I really struggled in school. I was that kid in primary school, you know the one. The kid that had such a difficult time keeping my mouth shut, so much so that I grew up on a first name basis with ”Margaret the receptionist” at the principals office. The class clown. No one ever really saw the demons I was battling with. I’m not sure if I even saw them myself.
I was that kid in high school. The one that couldn’t quite keep up with my peers. I spent most of my high school days hiding in the bathroom, to escape reading out loud in class, with tears falling down my face, because I couldn’t understand, why I just couldn’t do it. Why was this so hard for me?
When I was 15 years old I found out I suffered from dyslexia. For those of you who don’t know, dyslexia is a learning disorder characterised by difficulty reading. Dyslexia occurs in children with normal vision and intelligence. I felt like there was something wrong with me, like I was broken in some way.
Six months into university I dropped out. I was the kid that believed because I was different I was deficient. I really believed that I was the stupid, crazy and lazy kid. Many people, teachers and friends said I wasn’t good enough and that I wasn’t going to make it. Some people even said I was going to end up in jail just because of where I am from. “The Southside”… But you know what? I beat those odds.
I transcended past those low expectations. I learned the most valuable lesson that life had to teach me. These labels and stereotypes, do not define you. Your worth is not dictated by the few that do not understand your struggle.
I am also the creative director at Feature NZ, a content creation agency from South Auckland. Feature NZ is a South Auckland based creative firm. We also run The Loft NZ and Be A Wolf South Auckland which are two initiatives we’ve launched to address some systemic challenges in communities.
Be a wolf is a movement to unlock the untapped potential people have. It is also to nurture their confidence to influence change and lead boldly with whatever they wish to accomplish in life. Our current focus is to inspire the youth of South Auckland, to go beyond what the stereotypes expect from them. To chase their goals and ambitions and find purpose in life.
So many kids that felt different and stupid and mediocre. And I know I’m in this world to change that. My projects, my company, my legacy, it’s not about making the biggest profit, or earning the most money. It’s about the lives I’ve impacted, and the good will that I’ve shared. It’s about creating a better society for our tomorrow.
My successes, from dancing on stage with Chris Brown, making it on the national news spreading love during a difficult lockdown in New Zealand, and inspiring people daily with my tip of the day videos, it would not have been possible if I did not have the support from my community. I am fortunate to have had this support, and I want to continue to build this community for our future change makers and leaders.
This movement, it’s not just mine. It’s our movement, and I am so humbled that I have been given this opportunity to give back, and create a society that I can be proud of. To look back and see the positive change I’ve created in “The Southside”. Because I promise you, it doesn’t end there. This movement is just a beginning, and we won’t be stopped. Keep going and be you always.
Love NAYZ VS WILD
Yo whanau! Humble beginnings from Flatbush, to Otara and now Manurewa. Family are OG South Auckland born and raised and I’m here to offer any type of motivation, perspective and help for everyone going through life. Cook Islander and NZ Maori proud residing in Aus chasing big goals, Im proving that being known as a South Aucklander has a responsibility attached to it. We are responsible for breaking prejudices, judgement and perception in everything we do. Talk is cheap so let’s do something now.
Ko Te uri tenā noo tāwāhi Fiji me India
Kia ora and Ni Sa Bula, my purpose is to turn awesome ideas into reality. I create start-ups to address challenges in our communities. I’ve spent the last 7 years working in chronic disease prevention and helping to grow the social enterprise sector in Aotearoa.
Hey guys, I’m Ayla – Mother of Dragons to my three handsome little boys. I am currently a busy stay at home mum, hobby cake maker and now working alongside Nayzel and the crew to bring a positive change to the great place we call South Auckland. I believe each and every one of us has the potential to unlock something great within ourselves, and inspire others to do the same. We are here to destroy the stereotypes and plant the seeds for our children to live their dreams fearlessly with pride and confidence.
Born in Otahuhu, raised in Mangere, I’ve seen the struggles of the people. I’ve also seen the gold potential in people. My purpose is to share the good news to people about who they’ve been created to be. Over the last 8 years, I’ve been on a journey to support people to grow spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically.
Hey everyone, I’m June! I was inspired to jump on board with Nayzel, and the team as I truly believe in the message and awareness he is spreading to break the negative stigma of South Auckland. As a young mother I want my son to be able to grow up, and be proud of where he comes from and confident in his own skin enough to know that his dreams can be a reality. With this movement we can create that environment for not just him but for all of the children of South Auckland.
jesse te wehi mcgowan
Kia Ora, the names Jesse but you guys can call me Jess. I’m a Maori, Irish European kid that was born and Raised in South Auckland, grew up in a household that revolved around drugs and alcohol almost my whole life. Left home because I wanted to make something of myself, now I’m a qualified plumber. I’m just here to help, inspire and show the kids of SA that no matter where or how you were bought up, you can stop the stereotype and become whatever you want to become. Always here, much love be a wolf
LEAD Graphic designer
I’m Tegan, the founder of Hachiandtegs. I’ve pretty much been creating my whole life (the list could go on). I quickly grew an immense passion for creating one-of-a-kind pieces for not just my family, but families like yours to enjoy in the background of everyday life. The inspiration for the “be a wolf logo came from love”
Designer & lead production
Malo Guys, Originally from South Auckland but grew up in my home land of Samoa. Have traveled a lot over the past few years but now back in South Auckland and linked up with Nayzel and his team to help reach the goals and dreams of the movement that has been created. There are so many great talented young kids and youth in South Auckland people just have to believe it because we all coming to show what South Auckland can and will be. “Challenges in our lives are just stepping stones to a better you”.