March 11, 2019
Mahuta shares Māori story with Chile
Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta heads for Chile this week to promote links with the South American nation's indigenous peoples.
She's a keynote speaker at an indigenous women’s conference in Santiago on Thursday, where she will talk about Māori economic and social development and the leadership role that wāhine have played in addressing indigenous rights and interests in Aotearoa.
She will also meet representatives of Mapuche, Chile's largest indigenous population, and with its Polynesian tangata whenua from Rapa Nui.
Ms Mahuta says indigenous cooperation was flagged as an important area for future bilateral collaboration during Chilean President Pinera’s visit to New Zealand in November.
She will also name a pou whakairo in central Santiago carved by the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute and given to Chile at the time of the visiting Tuku Iho exhibition in 2015.
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