Wahine aim to take on Maori establishment

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A spokesperson for a new Maori women’s organisation says the group intends to challenge the National government’s attacks on the well being of whenua, whanua and hapu.

Denise Messiter says Te Whaainga Wahine was formed at a national hui at Matai Whetu marae near Thameson the weekend.

She says the 60 women who attended felt wahine were still being excluded from national, regional and Maori political forums, and Maori women needed a new voice

Te Whaainga Wahine is a platform where women can come together, identify their concerns, to look at solutions on issues like foreshore and seabed drilling, conversations that John Key and others are having about selling off more of our resources to multinational companies, down to how do we support our whanau on a day to day basis with issues like benefit reform, Ms Messiter says.

Te Whaainga Wahine also has the self-appointed Iwi Leaders Group in its sights.

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