Jan 25, 2021

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Te Whaainga Wahine Questions the Destiny of Maori Male Politicians

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It is disappointing that blind agreement to Destiny Churchs policies was given by Maori male politicians through their attendance at the Churchs recent conference. They have predetermined their political destiny by doing so.

Denise Messiter, a spokes-person for Te Whaainga Wahine Maori womens network said important questions about how those policies affect members of Maori communities were never raised by Sharples, Henare, Harawira or Jones before accepting an invitation to the conference, which excluded an invitation to Maori women politicians.

The messages they are condoning are that it is acceptable to have intolerance for same-sex relationships and to disregard the place of Maori women in leadership roles. We know that intolerance and hatred of difference incites violence, and in Aotearoa it is Maori women and children who bear the brunt of violence in disproportionate numbers.

Statistics revealed on Maori Television last weekend highlighted that 1 in 3 Maori women are abused and that 7 Maori women are abused for every 1 P?keha woman, says Messiter.

The Destiny Church blatantly forgets that Maori in same sex relationships are a part of Maori communities. They are our mothers, brothers, fathers, our nephews, cousins and our aunties. They have whakapapa and are members of our whanau. The Destiny Church does not have a monopoly in determining who is part of and who belongs to Maori communities.

Maori male politicians attendance at the Destiny Churchs conference and accepting a special blessing from the Churchs leaders lacks analysis and intelligence. If they arent prepared to stand up for all of our communities, all of the time and be proud and genuine about it, then why are they standing to represent Maori at the next election?

It shows that across the board Maori women continue to be denied access and opportunity within the areas that have chosen to measure as ‘important’. As wahine have noted above those are not necessarily the areas that we would determine as most significant and therefore the report is constructed around what colonising systems here determine are worth while.

Having said that we have fundamental Indigenous and Treaty rights to participate in all sectors of society as we chose fit, however there is little indication from the report that indicates that Maori have the opportunity to do so.Te Whaainga Wahine is committed to ensuring that Maori womens voices are heard on issues and decisions that impact on whenua, whanau and hapu wellbeing and is calling for more accountability from those in leadership positions including tribal and Maori leadership.

Media enquiries:

Denise Messiter ph 07 8688475 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 07 8688475 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting07 8688475 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 07 8688475 end_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 0276443359 email [email protected]

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