Maori seats decision ‘should be for Maori to say’

National President, Prue Kapua spoke to Radio New Zealand saying Maori seats decision ‘should be for Maori to say’ and institutional racism after her opening address to the 65th National Conference of the Maori Women’s Welfare League in New Plymouth.

This year’s conference has featured speeches from Her Excellency Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM Governor General of New Zealand and Dame Susan Devoy, Race Relations Commissioner.

Esteemed Maori lawyer Moana Jackson spoke to the conference on Thursday about Matike Mai Aotearoa which is a working group about constitutional transformation. Moana Jackson has been described by Dr. Margaret Mutu as a ‘legal philosopher’ and a ‘magnificent mind’.

This afternoon, Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler will speak about ‘The Treaty and the Constitution’. On Saturday, Amiria Reriti will facilitate a panel on ‘Women as Negotiators’. The league has a number of role models in this area who were called to negotiate for their iwi, including Mahia kuia Pauline Tangiora who is set to receive the Bremen International Peace Award

See the full 65th National Conference Aotea 2017 programme. Next year’s conference will be held in Gisborne. Women and girls 12 years and older are welcome to join the league



65th National Conference Aotea 2017

65th National Conference Aotea 2017

Maori Women’s Welfare League 65th National Conference will be hosted by Aotea at TSB Stadium, 1 Rogan Street, Welbourn, New Plymouth from Wednesday 27 September 2017 to Saturday 30 September 2017.

Guest Speakers and Programme
Before then, those attending conference including invited dignitaries can enjoy the talents of keynote speaker Professor Cindy Kiro and guest speakers that include Her Excellency Dam Patsy Reddy GNZM Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Susan Devoy, Moana Jackson, Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler. For more information please download the full programme.

Join the League
With league membership fees as low as $10 each for women, and only $1 each for girls/rangatahi, Maori Women’s Welfare League is very accessible and there are plenty of opportunities for those who choose to join.

Tatau, tatau.

Mahia kuia Pauline Tangiora set to receive the International Bremen Peace Award in Germany

Rongomaiwahine kuia and league Life Member, Pauline Tangiora is no stranger to peace and hard work. The prestigious International Bremen Peace Award will be presented to her by the Schwelle Foundation in Germany, this November. The award recognises her work in New Zealand and overseas.

Connecting to Rongomaiwahine through her famous Mahia whaler great great grandfather John, “Happy Jack” Greening who married her great great grandmother Wikitoria Te Hei, Pauline has served Rongomaiwahine as one of seven negotiators in the Wairoa iwi treaty settlement. Rongomaiwahine is an iwi in it’s own right but were forced to negotiate with other Wairoa iwi. She is also affiliated to Ngati Porou, Te Aitanga a Mahaki and Ngai Tamanuhiri.

As a woman who is deeply connected to her own iwi, she has shared her knowledge with indigenous peoples all over the world, helping Australian Aborigines, indigenous peoples of the South Pacific, and the San people in the South African Kalahari. Her works of peace have included standing with indigenous people in Mexico against the army; campaigning alongside water protectors in Brazil; comforting children in Iraq, victims of chemical warfare.

Pauline is no stranger to hard work in New Zealand too. She has been a Life Member of the Mahia branch in the Tairawhiti region of the Maori Women’s Welfare League since 1986. According to Michael Neilson’s Gisborne Herald article, ‘Pauline was instrumental in getting books for prisoners into prisons’ and ‘has become increasingly concerned about the effects of Maori children who have been in state care.’ She is a mother of 14 children, with 52 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren

For more information about our awesome kuia Pauline Tangiora and the work that has led to this honour, click on the link to read Michael Neilson’s entire article in the Gisborne Herald.

Tatau tatau

CYF restructure may ‘breach Treaty’

National President’s interview with Radio NZ:

One of the country’s most prominent Māori groups is urging the government to halt its radical restructuring of child welfare services.

The Maori Women’s Welfare League says reforms outlined in Cabinet papers appear to weaken the role of whanau, hapū and iwi in ensuring children stayed as close to family as possible.

It is considering lodging an urgent claim with the Waitangi Tribunal in a bid to delay a bill on the restructure of Child Youth and Family.

President Prue Kapua has written to Social Development Minister Anne Tolley, asking her to hold off introducing the legislation until Māori have been properly consulted.

Ms Kapua said the proposed changes were alarming and affected Maori more than any other group because they made up the majority of children in state care.

They may be in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi, she said.

“In taking children out of the whanau, hapū involvement – that would be a breach of the Treaty.

“The issue of consultation is really important here too.”

The government plans to introduce legislation before the end of the year.