Green Party Leader welcomes emergence of Wahine Network

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(Source | Waatea News) Greens co-leader Meteria Turei says an organisation to represent the voice of Maori women may help keep parliament’s women MPs on their toes.

Te Whaainga Wahine was formed at a national hui in Thames over the weekend to help women speak out at local, national and iwi level.

Ms Turei says it’s the sort of initiative that is needed in what is a time of massive economic and political change affecting Maori women and their children.

You can’t necessarily say that because a leader or a political person is a woman that thy hold the kaupapa of women or particularly Maori women at the forefront of their mind. As a Maori woman in politics, what I always need is that strong political voice telling me when I do good and telling me when I do bad, Ms Turei says.

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