Hosts: Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki Auckland GWN

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 8 March 2022

Attendance: Approx. 120


Prue Kapua (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Kahungunu) - National President, Te Rōpū Wāhine Māori Toko I Te Ora Māori Womens Welfare League

Aiolupotea Sina Aiolupotea-Aiono - Chief Advisor Pacific, Oranga Tamariki


Always a key date in our calendars, it was wonderful to celebrate IWD and this year's theme #BreakTheBias with our network and two amazing speakers.

Our speakers focused on Māori and Pacific women’s leadership, and how valuable this can be to the public service. It was a reminder to continue to hold agencies accountable to ensure all women are supported and can thrive.


Key takeaways

  • Leaders should be involved directly with cultural competency strategies, liaising and building relationships with the community and driving cultural change within agencies and institutions.
  • All of us play a role in our agencies to help increase awareness of equality and ensure bias doesn’t hinder career advancement.
  • Opportunities whisper, they don't shout - you gotta hustle! 
  • Elevating tāne Māori to senior leadership positions doesn't meet the needs of wāhine Māori.
  • Cultural competency tools are key for enduring relationships.
  • Talk to the people, don't decide for them.



Thoroughly enjoyed hearing about your leadership journeys Prue and Sina, and mihi atu to Sarah Cheryle for your leadership, kia kaha, kia māia, kia mana wāhine nui.

Thank you for a wonderful session with amazing speakers -truly inspirational!!

Loving the messages from our wāhine toa. And the stories about the choir.. my cup is being filled today.

Ngā mihi maioha!

Kia ora Prue. Fa'afetei Sina - really enjoyed your presentations. Thanks, Sarah, Cheryle, Mary, Joanna and AGWN team - a wonderful session.

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