May 02, 2022
Māori League delivers grassroots message
The new president of the Māori Women’s Welfare League says the 70 year old organisation has a unique ability to represent the views of Māori around the country.
Dr Hope Tupara was picked to head the organisation at its annual conference in Ōtautahi over the weekend, taking over from Prue Kapua.
She’s a health researcher and a former chair of Te Rūnanga o Tūranganui ā Kiwa and Ngāi Tāmanuhiri Iwi Trust.
Dr Tupara says when ministers get submissions from the league, they need to appreciate they are coming from a grassroots process.
“I just want that message to be heard by ministers because if those letters they receive are not quite with that, they are thinking about, they need to think twice before they write a letter saying they don’t agree, or they don’t respond,” she says
Dr Hope Tupara says ministers can expect an earful from the league conference about what it needs to do to house Māori.