September 06, 2016
Influence part of community journey
One of the nominees for this year’s Women of Influence awards says it’s gratifying to see the number of wahine Maori who made the list.
Awerangi Tamihere, the director of strategy, innovation and design as Waipareira Trust, was nominated in the community and not for profit section.
Others to make the list include Massey University school of art head Huhana Smith, former Waikato Tainui chief executive Parekawhia McLean, Teresa Tepania-Ashton and Katerina Bennett from Maori Women’s Development Inc, AIDS campaigner Marama Pala and Rangitane leader Mavis Mullins.
Ms Tamihere acknowledged her debt to women like the late Mavis Tuoro and Tuini Hakaraia who had a vision for what their west Auckland community should look like.
"I’m only one small step in a journey laid by others and by other mariekura in Waipareira who are living now who continue that so it is more an acknowledgement of the work they have done. I love working at Waipareira and I love the fact I am able to contribute to the dreams of those who have gone before us," she says.
The Women of Influence Awards will be presented at Sky City on October 12.
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