Drug Policy Symposium

The New Zealand Drug Foundation is holding a parliamentary symposium in July, Through the Maze: Healthy Drug Law. We are bringing together some amazing speakers and thinkers for this symposium.

Wednesday, 5 July, 2017 – Thursday, 6 July, 2017


Banquet Hall, Parliament, Wellington




Sister of Maori King Tuheitia dies aged 63

The Maori Kiingitanga is today mourning the loss of one of its own, the sister of King Tuheitia, Tomairangi Paki.

In a statement released by Turangawaewae Marae, it was confirmed she died peacefully this morning. She was 63.

“Kiingi Tuheitia and the Kiingitanga are deeply saddened to share with you that his older sister Kiritokia ete Tomairangi (known as Tomairangi) Adrianne Gail Paki passed away peacefully this morning.”

The older sister of the Maori King, she was well-known for her love and ongoing work in performing arts, particularly in kapa haka for the Waikato/Tainui region.

Last year that work was honoured when she was given the Life Member award from the Tainui Cultural Trust.

Paki had been a staunch and passionate supporter of kapa haka for more than four decades; continuing the passion held by her and the King’s late mother, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu.

Paki was a tutor for the respected Taniwharau kapa haka group back in the 1980s.

In 1981, the group, which was originally formed to support the Maori Queen, took out the top honours at the then-New Zealand Polynesian Festival; now known as Te Matatini.

Old video footage of that winning performance shows her in her prime: at the front, in the middle, singly loudly and leading the group with pride.

Taniwharau would later go on to travel to Europe to accompany and support the Maori Queen through their kapa haka performances.

Jason Kereopa, among the new generation of Taniwharau members, paid tribute to a woman who was not only royalty among Maori, but royalty within kapa haka.

“She’s a stalwart of the league of kapa haka, especially in Huntly,” he told the Herald.

“We’re only a little place, but we’re rich in kaupapa. Growing up, we had our Taniwharau roopu, they were kaumatua and she led them.

“She was the leader and she took them to the heights of kapa haka back in the day.”

Taniwharau would be dis-established by the late 1980s, but would be revised again by a new generation in the ’90s.

Kereopa said Paki remained close to the group; teaching and offering advice that brought power and finesse to their performances, he said.

“She was strict and straight to the point. Those of us who understand this kind of tutorship; that’s exactly what we wanted.

“She was a beautiful woman and if you had time to sit with her, she would share a lot of her experiences about kapa haka.”

In later years, she suffered the effects of stroke, but that did not stop her from her role in offering advice and what Kereopa described as her “quick-minded wit.”

Paki will be taken to Te Puea Marae in Mangere, South Auckland, later this afternoon.

She will lie in state there before being taken to Waahi Pa, in Huntly, tomorrow; where her tangi will be held.

Despite the sad news, Kereopa said they were expecting a huge celebration for her life in the coming days.

“In the end, there’s mourning and then there’s celebration,” he said.

“We will celebrate her life, and there’ll be a high percentage of kapa haka, celebrating through haka.

“She deserves it.”

NZ Herald

Gender Equality in New Zealand – Making It Happen

The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa NZ invites you to join us to hear about significant Gender Equality Bills currently before Parliament.




Location:  Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA), Hillary Room – 77 Thorndon Quay, Wellington:  ph (04) 472 5759

Time:  12 to 1pm

Date:  Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Member of Parliament, Jan Logie, will discuss her two Member’s Bills – the Domestic Violence-Victims’ Protection Bill and the Equal Pay Amendment Bill – and what she hopes these will achieve for New Zealand women.

Tea and coffee available – bring your own lunch.

Donations to the UN Women projects for Ending Violence against women and girls in the Pacific are welcomed.


RSVP (by 13 April) to info@unwomen.org.nz

Thank you to VSA for offering use of their venue for this event.

Mahia woman tipped for Local Hero of the Year

A passionate Mahia local who dedicates her time to the community is a finalist for the 2017 Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year.

Pauline Tangiora who moved back to Hawke’s Bay in 1980 said the award was for the people of Mahia, Napier, Hastings and Hawke’s Bay.

“I am so grateful for the support everybody has given me and it is not an award just for me but for everyone in the district.”

The annual New Zealander of the Year awards are in their eighth year and work to acknowledge people like Mrs Tangiora who use their passion for New Zealand to make the country a better place.

Mrs Tangiora, a Maori elder from Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, is an active member of many community groups including Maori Women’s Welfare League and Lifeline Telephone Support.

She was a vital part of EIT for more than 30 years, helping youth and their families develop for life and study.

“It is the love of my life supporting these people as there is so much going for them.”

“What’s amazing is their parents then learn to follow in their childrens footsteps when before they never thought they would study. It is fantastic to watch and so rewarding.”

Mrs Tangiora dedicates her time to helping these families and works to help them in all facets of life.

“I try to help youth move on with their lives as they often find it challenging. We look at a range of areas such as family, the environment and health. You can’t just put things in boxes.”

Mrs Tangiora has also been a key contributor at both a local and international level on human rights, spiritual leadership, peace and conflict resolution and indigenous issues.

She was the former president and is the current vice president of Women’s International League for Peace Freedom Aotearoa, a former representative for the World Council for Indigenous Peoples and a committee member of Rigoberta Menchu Tum Nobel Laureate Indigenous Initiative for Peace.

“I have learnt how to deal with everything internationally and nationally. My father always said to me ‘keep your mouth shut and listen’ and that’s the best advice I got, as you never stop learning.”

Mrs Tangiora was acknowledged for her positive influence on the lives of many locals and her ability to give back to the community wherever she could.

Artworks by Chinese and Maori women going on show

An exhibition featuring Chinese and Maori women’s artworks is staged in East Auckland in February.

The Chinese and Maori Women Art Exhibition at the Asia Cultural Centre, in Pakuranga, is organised by the International Women’s Association NZ in conjunction with Nga Wahine Atawhai o Matukutureia Maori Women’s Welfare League, and Te Mahurehure Cultural Marae Society.

As the second Chinese Maori Culture Day initiated by the association, it aims to promote cultural exchange between Chinese and other New Zealanders, especially Maori.

The 100 artworks of paintings, calligraphy, photos, sculptures and handcrafts are collected from association members, other NZ Chinese women, and the two Maori organisations.

“Women are more soft and sensitive, making their artworks distinct from men’s,” association chair Jennifer Liao says.

She believes many exhibitions are dominated by men and this one is a good chance to start conversations about “getting women out of the house”.

“We see this exhibition as a chance to motivate and encourage other women to explore their hobbies and balance their lives,” Liao says.

About 60 per cent of the works are by Chinese artists and the rest by Maori.

The association hopes the inaugural show can trigger more similar events involving different groups.

Association member Joy Chen is excited that her painting will be included in an exhibition for the first time.

“If I can do it, others can also do it,” she says.

“It’s a good opportunity for women to showcase themselves. Through this platform we can build connections among Chinese women, as well as with Maori.”

Auckland firm Pin Cross Cultural Design Solutions is helping with the event.

Its director Kylie Liu, also an association member, says: “Maori and Chinese have a long history of friendship.

“This exhibition offers a great opportunity for many new immigrants to understand and experience the New Zealand culture through art.”

Founded in early 2014, the association had its first appearance at culture day at Ruapotaka Marae, in Glen Innes, last year, in which Chinese and Maori people experienced each other’s dance, food and handcrafts.

The Chinese and Maori Women Art Exhibition displays for a month from February 11 at the Asia Cultural Centre at 308 Ti Rakau Drive, Pakuranga.