May 02, 2022
New Hope for Māori Women’s Welfare League
There’s a new leadership team at the Māori Women’s Welfare League.
Health researcher Dr Hope Tupara was declared the new president at the league’s long-delayed conference in Otautahi at the weekend.
Dr Tupara was the league’s Ikaroa region president and also a former chair of Te Rūnanga o Tūranganui ā Kiwa and Ngāi Tāmanuhiri Iwi Trust.
The deputy president is educationalist Hiria Hape, a former head of the school of Māori development at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and former senior cultural advisor at Te Puni Kōkiri.
The election was held two years ago but the ballots were held under seal for two years until the conference could be held, with Prue Kapua remaining in the role through the Covid pandemic.