Wed 01 December 2010
“We must fight for a better role in ensuring the wellbeing of our people!”
A newly formed Maori women’s collective is also calling for better representation of wahine across leadership forums. The Auckland based group “Te Wharepora Hou” also has national and international links.
The group says Maori women have been “shut out” of key decisions by the Government and the Iwi Leadership Group. They say that current cultural and Government processes are being used to “silence wahine” and must stop.
The group notes that many recent Government, political and Treaty processes and decisions have far-reaching consequences. They say these decisions are being driven almost solely by political and financial incentives rather than the needs of whanau, whenua, hapu and future generations.
In its inaugural November hui in Grey Lynn, the historical location of early activist meetings in the 1980s, the group acknowledged Maori women as “one of the most vulnerable groups whose indigenous and human rights are far too often not realised”.
Te Wharepora Hou is a platform for Auckland wahine to plan local action to complement national activities. The group’s focus is on political activism and social justice focusing on immediate issues.
They echo the challenge highlighted just this week by the newly formed national organisation of Maori women, Te Whaainga Wahine.
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