Māori women leaders call on men to recognise their leadership

He mea nui te wahine māori hei kaiarataki ki ngā tari kāwanatanga, rōpū ā iwi, rōpū tūmataiti hoki, mo te orangatonutanga me te angitū a te Māori na reira me hāngai ngā tāne māori ki taua aronga. Koinei te karanga a ētahi wahine māori rongonui. Kua matapakihia tēnei take ki tētahi hui o ngā kaiarataki wahine māori i Tāmaki Makaurau i te ra nei.

Koinei te karanga o ēnei kaiarataki wahine Māori i whakakotahi atu ki te hui a FOMA a ngā wāhine māori.

Hei tā te Timu whakarae o FOMA a Traci Houpapa, “I think we need more Māori male champions who recognise wāhine toa wāhine Māori as critical to the ongoing success development and prosperity of the Māori economic space. I think the sooner that happens the more of a diverse and strong leadership platform we'll have.”

Koinei te huihuinga tuaono a ngā wāhine māori. E ai ki a Tracey Houpapa ko te aronga matua o tēnei huihuinga, ka taea e ngā wāhine māori te kōrero e pā ana ki te tokoiti o ngā wāhine māori ka tohua ki ngā poari, tari kāwanatanga me ngā rōpū tūmataiti.

“It’s also about our Māori men increasingly recognising the important role that Māori women have in terms of running operating leading our iwi organisations and our Māori authorities.”

Hei tā te māngai mo te whare tahua me te tohu tūranga ki taua whare a Carla Wellington e toru tekau ma iwa ōrau te nui o ngā wāhine kei ngā poari o te whare tahua engari e toru paihēneti noa iho, he wahine māori.

“If this were a hospital drama the nurse would be saying Dr the patients looking really pale we need some wāhine stat,” hei tā Carla Wellington.

“From talking to a lot of women we still have that silent leadership where we have our men as our visible leaders but we've got a network of women behind them that are leading them and guiding them where they need to be,” hei tā Ngaria Rolleston.

“Māori men can support their women most do but also believe that we're an equal to men,” hei tā Heather Skipworth te kaiwhakarite o Iron Māori.

I mea mai te mema mo te kāhui ā iwi a Mark Solomon ki a Te Kaea he nui ake ngā tāne māori ki roto i taua rōpū ki ēra o ngā wāhine māori. Hei tāna anō kāre taua rōpū i te whakahē kia tohua te wahine ki ngā tūranga kaiarataki ā kei te tautoko hoki ia i te wahine kia tū hei kaiārahi.