Latest News

Call for Iwi Leader’s Group to stand down from their vote to ignore Maori unity.

Call for Iwi Leader’s Group to stand down from their vote to ignore Maori unity.


  • Ratings12345

“If ever there was a time to show true humility amongst our so called leaders, to put our individual Iwi objectives aside in the interests of the greater good for all Maori and demonstrate unity to the Crown, now is that time.”

Denise Messiter, spokesperson for Te Whaainga Wahine says support for King Tuheitia’s statement that Maori have always owned the water is widely felt amongst all Maori.

In particular, Messiter believes Maori are very pleased that the national water hui called last week by the King resolved that a framework for the expression of Mana, must be settled before the sale of shares; and before hapu and Iwi enter into negotiations with the Crown.

Messiter says she believes the Iwi Leaders Group who met after the water hui have not only read their people wrong, they are not listening to the unified voice of Maoridom. “The Iwi leaders group should reexamine their own terms of reference and mandate and the myth that they have the backing to engage with the Crown on issues such as whanau ora and freshwater” Messiter said.

Te Whaainga Wahine members, who attended the national hui on water at Turangawaewae, endorsed the hui’s resolutions to stand united on this issue and support the call for equal representation of Maori women on any forum, working party or decision-making body as the only true representation of the Maori population.

“No one said at the hui that it was going to be easy. Our network just simply wants it to be fair and equitable and we will support all efforts made to unite our voice on this issue. Our wahine are the nurturers and carers of water in our communities. Better we sit side-by-side with our tane to develop solutions that honour the integrity of Papatuanuku, our Mother, than to move down the Crown track of carving up and selling our mother as a commodity to the highest bidder.”

Te Whaainga Wahine are urging the Iwi Leaders Group to stand down on their resolution to endorse their own freshwater group to continue to engage with the Crown and to examine their lack of representation of Maori women in their ranks.

Messiter says the Te Whaainga Wahine network supports the sentiment of King Tuheitia’s that we must not let the Crown continue to divide us.

“However should groups such as the Iwi Leader’s Group continue on their own path and ignore the call for unity, then Te Whaainga Wahine supports the New Zealand Maori Council to initiate Court action against the Crown.”

Te Whaainga Wahine is a national network of over 5,000 Maori women, who advocate for social and political justice on issues that impact on whanau, whenua and the wellbeing of Maori communities.

Their next national hui is being held at Waipatu marae in Hastings from the 23rd – 26th October, where wahine Maori leaders will meet to further discuss their support for the resolutions passed at the national water hui.

 

Contacts

Denise Messiter
denise.messiter@xtra.co.nz
phone 0272621844

Irene Kereama?Royal (Te Reo Maori)
ikereamaroyal@gmail.com
021473634

Latest Tweets

  • DigitalMaori11:16pm. Still at work. Yay for long weekend. Up for dawn parade 5.30am. Lest we forget #kiamaumahara http://t.co/OymYiuyOjB about 17 hours ago
  • DigitalMaori@geysercf super super awesome Turangi about a day ago
  • DigitalMaoriOur tamariki totally love #playtopia here in #Rotorua Now...slideeeeeeeee... http://t.co/LaI0Wc19Al about a day ago
  • DigitalMaori@geysercf oh and super awesome Taupo! about a day ago
  • DigitalMaori@geysercf Nga mihi ki a koe ki a koutou. Awesome Rotorua! about a day ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @ecosophnz: 'Hacking for good'- this looks interesting:RT @AklTransport #HACKAKL - First warm up event next Wednesday 30th April http://… about a day ago
  • DigitalMaorianei na whaea Annette http://t.co/gYxQOt47Co about 2 days ago
  • DigitalMaoriaue... @tautokai about 2 days ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @BrianBoruNZ: @DigitalMaori @runningwhio @tautokai @LewSOS Greens in Otepoti are heavily involved in social/envmntal actions together wi… about 2 days ago
  • DigitalMaori@tautokai @runningwhio well if I can be so bold, what new combined actions could you see Greens and Mana working together on? about 2 days ago
  • DigitalMaori@caffeine_addict hahaha that's the one! about 2 days ago
  • DigitalMaori@tautokai @runningwhio we hear that only a combined left can beat National yet see no combined effort. Potentials there. Just need action. about 2 days ago
  • DigitalMaori@caffeine_addict isn't that the guy who voted with middle NZ on foreshore seabed, forgot he was Maori and got booted out? Oh yea, him... about 2 days ago
  • DigitalMaori@tautokai @runningwhio I'm Mana party hard & often hear 'the left' need to work together but usually only see our members doing the yards about 2 days ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @nzmusicmonth: Country Album & Song Finalists Announced http://t.co/v6WEEUmWCJ about 2 days ago
  • DigitalMaori@runningwhio @tautokai @LewSOS agree. We attended loads of rally's demos community actions in 2013 & 2015 and few to no Greens attended about 2 days ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @deltablues_king: Interested to know if @stevenljoyce has a decent comeback to this #epicburn by @TheBubbleBubble ? #nzpol http://t.co/8… about 2 days ago
  • DigitalMaori@runningwhio @tautokai @LewSOS @buzzandhum @MorganGodfery interesting, as most of the Maori issues we followed in 2013 had few Green voices about 2 days ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @reomaori: He kaupapa o te wā: te whakawāteatanga o tērā o tātou i tana tūranga. Ētahi wā, ka tuhia e mātou he kaupapa o te wā ki tō tāt… about 2 days ago
  • DigitalMaori@althecat @winstonpeters @matuashane This is like wrestling, when the fan fave turns into the heel, then redeems himself and returns about 2 days ago