Te Whaainga Wahine Hui – Hauraki Fri 26th, Sat 27th Nov

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Te Whaainga Wahine – Nau mai, haere mai wahine ma ki Matai Whetu no te whenua of Hauraki. Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Whaainga Wahine O Hauraki.

Background

On Weds 27 by Annette Sykes. She gave a no-holes-barred analysis on The Politics of the Brown Table. In true structural analysis style she outed the Iwi Leadership Group, the extent of their relationship with the Crown, and their role in neo-colonising whanau, hapu and iwi. Her korero was articulate and compelling.

Following our goodbyes to the other wahine from Hauraki I went with cousin Whaitiri to her place in Mount Albert. In our reflections we realised that across the motu, wahine have been expressing their concern, disappointment, anger, mistrust and lack of confidence in Iwi Leadership, the Iwi Leadership Group and the direction the Maori Party is taking. We concluded that wahine Maori have been silenced, our views misrepresented and our thinking plagiarized. The idea of a wahine Maori Flaxroots forum was hatched. We sent a text to the other three Hauraki women who were on their way home. We then asked Te Whariki Manawahine O Hauraki if they would organise Te Whaainga Wahine for us. They said yes, even though they have no money to do so and the rest as they say is history. th October 2010, five Hauraki women attended the Bruce Jesson lecture

A bit about Te Whaainga Wahine

Te Whaainga Wahine is a forum for wahine to regroup, reconnect, share information and strategise about collectively influencing the political climate in Aotearoa, including constitutional reform, the Brown Table and the election next year. We have much to discuss. We have plans to devise and political action to co-ordinate. We envisage that Te Whaainga Wahine O Hauraki is the first of many Te Whaainga Wahine to be held throughout the motu.

What To Expect at Te Whaainga Wahine

  • Fri 26 th Nov Powhiri at 6.00pm.

Saturday 27 Nov will be about setting the scene and planning where to from here. Because this hui is in Hauraki, Josie Anderson we will introduce us to key developments in the Hauraki rohe. We will have the opportunity to hear from Dr Karina Walters of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma from Great Turtle Island. She will korero about historical trauma, the creation of lateral violence and the impact on Indigenous Women.

We will also hear korero from:

  • Annette Sykes The Politics of the Brown Table
  • Leonie Pihama Colonisation of Maori Women
  • Mereana Pitman Maori women and leadership
  • Angeline Greensill Foreshore and Seabed Mark 2 and Mining !

Sunday 28thwe will finalise our decisions, confirm the date and place for the nextTe Whaainga Wahine and have kai hakari

Activities Schedule for Te Whaainga Wahine

Fri 26 th Nov 2010:

  • Powhiri @ 6.00pm at Matai Whetu, in Kopu Thames. Followed by kai, whakawhanaungatanga and open session.

Sat 27 th Nov 2010:

  • 7.30am: Parakuihi
  • 9.30am: Mihi whakatau
  • 10.00am: Setting the scene.
  • 1.00pm: Kai
  • 1.45pm: Regroup and breakout sessions/workshops
  • 5.30pm: Kai
  • 7.00pm: Feedback from workshops
  • 8.00pm: Finalise strategies and actions

Sun 28 th Nov 2010

  • 7.00am: Parakuihi
  • 9.00am: Confirm strategies and actions
  • 10.30am: Kai Hakari
  • 12.00pm: Karakia Whakamutunga

For more information contact: Denise Messiter on denisem@hauraki.refuge.co.nz or denise.messiter@xtra.co.nz or phone 0276443359 or 07 8688475

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