Happy 59th Birthday to the Maori Women's Welfare League!
Happy 59th Birthday to the Maori Women's Welfare
Tariana Turia, Co-leader of the Maori Party, has
congratulated the Maori Women's Welfare League for close on
sixty years of service and leadership across Maori
"I want to acknowledge the fortitude and the
commitment of the League, who have worked so hard to
advocate on behalf of our whanau, particularly on behalf of
wahine Maori. I think about the initiatives they have
pioneered in housing, in employment and training, in
mobilising electoral participation And of course the Maori
Women's Development Inc has been a unique lender to
encourage Maori business innovation and enterprise.
Ropu Wahine Maori Toko i te ora was established from some
ambitious aims. It grew out of the 1945 Maori Social and
Economic Advancement Act and was seen as a key way of
advancing the representation of Maori women at all levels of
"The Maori Party acknowledges this year will be
difficult for the League with the recent passing of their
President Meagan Joe; and we wanted to let them know - as
they gather in Hastings for their annual hui - of our great
support for their
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>