National Conference 2017

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e kore nei e mimiti

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. The theme ‘Blue Sapphire’ is sure to inspire those attending the formal gala dinner on Friday night.

Thank you to our sponsors, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Te Puni Kokiri, Craigs Investment Partners, Te Tahuhu o te Matauranga (Ministry of Education), Maori Women’s Development Inc, Parininihi ki Waitotara, and Anks Trust.

Guest speakers and programme
Those attending the conference can enjoy the talents of keynote speaker Professor Cindy Kiro and guest speakers that include Her Excellency Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Susan Devoy, Moana Jackson, Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.  There is also a workshop on Women as Negotiators. For more information, see the programme.

Nga Pu Korero o Apopo
Nga Pu Korero o Apopo was held at New Plymouth Boys High School on Tuesday 26 September. Many rangatahi (both female and male) from the regions gather in honouring Te Reo Maori me oona tikanga by competing in Nga Pu Korero o Apopo.   Regional speech competitions are held prior to this. Winners of those competitions compete at the national final. Some of last year’s competitors can be seen here.

Arts and Crafts
The annual conference features an arts and crafts competition. Winners are announced at conference.

There are also a range of stalls with information and goods. National Office stall is selling league merchandise and Kia Kaha clothing.

Join the league
The league social workers are working with vulnerable families in New Zealand. Joining a branch helps the work of the league. With league annual membership fees as low as $10 each for women, and only $1 each for girls, Maori Women’s Welfare League is very accessible.

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in some great work helping people in your own community and beyond. A South Island branch fundraise and buy baby blankets for newborns whose families need the help. If you are interested in joining please fill in this form.

Take care of our children. Take care of what they hear, take care of what they see, take care of what they feel. For how the children grow, so will be the shape of Aotearoa.
Na Dame Whina Cooper

Tatau tatau.