Stuff article – 25 September 2021

Forget the ‘nannies brigade’. The Maori Women’s Welfare League is as vital and necessary today as it was when it was founded 70 years ago. Maxine Jacobs speaks to three generations of wāhine, from the same whānau, committed to continuing the league’s legacy.

At 12 years old, the future was set for Reriti Tau.

“If you’re old enough to have an ATM card you’re old enough to join the league,” her tāua (grandmother) told her.

As a legacy member of Te Rōpū Wāhine Māori Toko i te Ora, the Māori Women’s Welfare League, the now 29-year-old feels the pressure to uphold the voices of wāhine Māori.

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