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Papaya Stories is a hub of inspiration.

Papaya Stories is an international project founded by Yana Papaya. Papaya Stories are full of inspiration. You ask why? Papaya is a yummy tropical fruit that is not too sweet, sour and bitter. It represents a perfect balance of flavour and taste. Taste in arts, creativity, relationships with people and your lifestyle. Papaya fruit is full of seeds. In our terms, each seed represents the personal story we are sharing. So by sharing our stories, we are planting the seeds of inspiration within you.

Papaya Stories represents an online storytelling project where we feature real-life stories about inspiring people, their life journey and passions, fears and dreams. These people are true to themselves, break stereotypes and follow their dreams.

We also talk about unique and cool events, lifestyle trends, thought-provoking ideas. We run Thinking Out Loud podcasts. We listen, initiative interactions and Big Conversations.

We connect various people through a lens of storytelling and engaging, fun and meaningful events. By organising events we let everyone shine with potential, express themselves freely, improve mental and physical health across communities, share the joy and spread the love. Our events include (but not limited to) Flashmobs & Surprises, Workshops and Talks, Engaging and Interactive Team-building Events including Silent Disco CityWalks.

We are a community of like-minded people. We are based in Auckland, New Zealand, but available for the international gigs, parties, collaborations and partnerships.

We stand for Community. Diversity. Honesty. Self-development. Self-Love. Wellbeing. Creativity.

Yana Papaya

Founder / writer

Yana Papaya

Katherine Brook

Photographer / Illustrator / Photo Editor

Katherine Brook

Maryana Kirakovskaya

Editor

Maryana Kirakovskaya

Vladimir Barabanov

Photographer

Vladimir Barabanov

Rina Patel

Publishing Editor

Rina Patel

Dasha Cherniavskaia

Contributor

Dasha Cherniavskaia

We’re always looking for new stories about amazing people, if you know of anyone and would like to put them forward please do get in contact with us.