June 13, 2021
Arts, business and hauora part of Kirby legacy
Māori Women’s Welfare League president Prue Kapua says her predecessor Dame Georgina Kirby was a visionary woman whose impact will be felt forever.
Dame Georgina died on Friday and her funeral service was held today in Auckland.
Ms Kapua says as president in the mid-1980s Dame Georgina badgered government ministers to put aside $250,000 from the Mana enterprise loan scheme to form the pūtea for what became the Māori Women’s Development Incorporation.
She brought her artistic flair to the job, designing the league’s logo, writing waiata and commissioning clothes that celebrated her Māori identity.
She also tacked Māori health, coordinating the study that resulted in the Rapuora Report and the decade of health.
"She leaves us with an enormous legacy of an absolutely committed, quite fearless and challenging and assertive woman with a remarkable artistic flair," Ms Kapua says.
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