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MPs praise MWWL for 54 years of achievement

28 September 2006

MPs praise MWWL for 54 years of achievement

Government MPs have congratulated the Māori Women's Welfare League on 54 years of working to improve the position of Māori women in New Zealand society, as it begins its annual conference at Turangawaewae Marae today.

Māori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia, who will officially open the conference tomorrow (Friday 29), said that thanks to organisations such as the League, Māori were achieving better in education, health and employment.

"We Māori need to build on these gains in order to realise our full potential. Maori women, as always, will be at the forefront of initiatives that will shift us from dependency to development," Parekura Horomia said.

"We wish the League all the best for its conference and are confident it will continue to enhance the position of Māori women and their whanāu."

Women's Affairs and Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel said the League had had a major influence on the growing success of Māori women in business and leadership.

"The emergence of a new generation of Māori women as entrepreneurs and leaders is something the League can take real pride in," Lianne Dalziel said.

"One cannot think about the League without remembering the many wonderful personalities who have led and supported the movement. We particularly remember the late Maori Queen Te Arikinui Dame Atairangikaahu, who passed away recently and was a staunch patron."

Tainui MP Nanaia Mahuta said that the League was originally set up to deal with social problems arising from post-War urbanisation of Māori, and had grown into one which now contributed strongly to the political, social and economic advancement of women and their whanau.

"The League arose out of a desire on the part of Māori women for an organisation that would essentially be theirs, and it has been is a potent force in realising their development aspirations and establishing priorities that advance the cause of Maori in Aotearoa/New Zealand," Nanaia Mahuta said.

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