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Papaya Stories is a hub of inspiration.

Your Joy is Our Mission! 

We are an Auckland-based creative studio built on the power of storytelling that delivers projects for the social good, connection and wellness. We create real-life stories that inspire, organise unique events and activations that bring joy, run creative & personal development workshops that improve wellbeing and mental health.

How do we overcome the horrifying suicides statistic and face and treat the depression? How do we build stronger, healthier and happier communities? How do we inspire people to get real and show their true colours? How do we achieve that sense of joy in our everyday lives? How do we communicate the true meaning behind self-love & self-acceptance? How do we live to the fullest when environmental issues are taking over?

These are the questions we ask ourselves all the time. At Papaya Stories we believe that everyone has the potential to live a meaningful, happy and fulfilled life. Our stories and events celebrate diverse people and help them to get authentic. We create places, activations where people feel safe to express themselves, experience a sense of joy, freedom and self-acceptance.

We work with governmental agencies, businesses, communities and individuals that support our vision and keen to facilitate a positive change within the community. We are based in Auckland, New Zealand, but available for national and international collaborations, partnerships and projects.

If you feel aligned with  our mission and keen to work with us on a project big or small or just want to throw an incredible party and celebrate Flamingoes, make sure to get in touch with us via email papayastories@gmail.com

Papaya Stories is founded by Yana Kirakovskaya (aka Yana Papaya), Mental Health Advocate, Arts Practitioner, Community Activator and Speaker. Scroll down to learn more about Papaya Stories team.

Check out the interviews, stories about Papaya Stories on our Media page.

 

Yana Kirakovskaya

Founder / Writer / Creative Director / Public Speaker

Yana Kirakovskaya

Katherine Brook

Photographer / Illustrator / Photo Editor

Katherine Brook

Maryana Kirakovskaya

Editor

Maryana Kirakovskaya

Vladimir Barabanov

Photographer

Vladimir Barabanov

Rina Patel

Publishing Editor

Rina Patel

Tatsiana Paliakova

Dancer, Choreographer, Events Assistant

Tatsiana Paliakova

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.

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