September 25, 2014
League reaches out to rangatahi
A thousand wahine have gathered in Tauranga for the annual conference of the Maori Women's Welfare League, with everything from international affairs to business development to whanau welfare on the agenda.
Ngaroimata Reid, who describes herself as a third-generation leaguer, says the league's participation in United Nations indigenous forums has brought a new perspective.
She says there are also signs of new shoots in the organisation, with several rangatahi branches showing up in the roll call.
That's been part of a deliberate strategy under president Kaa O'Brien.
"Certainly the mahi being undertaken by our general manager, Awhimai Reynolds, has been around growing the rangatahi space and creating or shifting the league so it becomes more appealing for our young women and men to get involved with the mahi we're doing," Ms Reid says.
Ngaroimata Reid says with Kaa O'Brien ending her three-year term there is keen interest on Saturday's voting for a replacement, with a raft of candidates including Aucklanders Prue Kapua and Anne Candy.
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