Ko Parekawhia McLean tētehi o ngā wāhine kotahi rau kua kōwhiria hei kaitono i te tuawhā o ngā hui ā-tau, Ngā Tohu Wāhine Whai Mana o Westpac. E whakamānawahia ana te tumu whakarae o mua o Waikato-Tainui mō āna mahi whakahaere i ngā kaupapa me ngā rawa kotahi pīriona tara neke atu te wāriu a te iwi.
Neke atu i te rima tau a Parekawhia McLean e urungi ana i ngā mahi whakahaere a Waikato-Tainui mō ngōna uri ono tekau mā waru mano neke atu.
"It's always an honour to be recognised and acknowledged by those people that you work alongside, but secondly, more importantly for me the awards themselves about celebrating leadership for women across many sectors across the motu."
I whakawhiwhia a Waikato-Tainui ki te huamoni whitu tekau mā waru ira ono miriona tāra i tēnei tau. Ahakoa tēnei, i hiahia tonu a Parekawhia te haere ki mahi kē.
“It's always an honour to be recognised and acknowledged by those people that you work alongside, but secondly, more importantly for me the awards themselves about celebrating leadership for women across many sectors across the motu.”
E rua tekau mā tahi tau ki muri i waitohu ai a Waikato-Tainui tā rātou whakataunga raupatu whenua. I reira ngōna matua, i a ia e whai ana i tana paetohu i Te Whare Wānanga o Wisconsin.
“My mother wrote a beautiful letter to me while I was living in the States and she described the day, and also was very clear as to why her and dad supported the settlement. It was all about a better future for myself, my brothers and sisters and their mokopuna.”
Ko te hokinga o ngā taitara whenua mō te Pātūwatawata o Rangiriri ki te iwi, i te koroneihana tuangahuru o Kiingi Tuheitia tētehi o ngāna mahi nui.
“I was really moved by that, because I think of our "I riro whenua atu, me hoki whenua mai." First time that had ever happened across the motu. The implementation of our river settlement. Again the settlement happened in 2010 and over the last five and a half years under I guess my stewardship, management we've had to execute that. I'd like to see Māori women occupy leadership roles, across sectors. I'd like to see the first Māori woman Prime Minister.”
Ka tū te tuku tohu ki te pourewa o Sky i Tāmaki Makaurau.