Hosts: Auckland Government Women’s Network Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki 

Venue: Freemans Bay Community Centre

Date: 19 Sept 2022

Attendance: Approx. 100


Cheryle Mikaere, Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki Senior Member
Sarah Leo Anderson, Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki Chair
Luella Linaker, Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki Māori Advisor
Joanna Maskell, Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki Co-chair
Anita Edwards, Te Aka Wāhine o Aotearoa Chair
Carin Sundstedt, Programme Director, Employee-Led Networks


Prue Kapua, past President of the Māori Women’s Welfare League, and Chair of the New Zealand Police Women’s Advisory 
Dr. Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner


It was amazing to meet kanohi ki te kanohi in Tāmaki Makaurau to launch Te Hā o Hineahuone, the Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki Māori and Pacific Strategy Action Plans.

Attendees were taken through the process from information gathering to the next steps for how these insights will inform AGWN's future planning. It was once again wonderful to have the support of the speakers, wāhine toa, Dr. Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo and Prue Kapua.


Key takeaways

  • Should stop calling things "soft skills" but actually name those skills for what they are so they sound more formal and less weak
  • Confirmation of sisterhood
  • Although I am Māori I felt I went away with a much better understanding of the struggle that Pacific women have
  • Push, push, push
  • How big of an impact there is on women with many different intersects
  • Listen, hear, support, and networks



  • Great decorations, great kai, great speakers. I enjoyed the waiata and the fellowship
  • I enjoyed the speakers. Seeing Pacific wares displayed and their talents on display
  • Lovely to see diverse wahine speakers, strong messages from Prue Kapua and Saunoamali'i Dr Karanina Sumeo
  • The hosts were excellent! The event was well run and organised. I loved the energy and the
    collaboration between Māori and Pacific peoples
  • The speakers were really interesting and informative, well done! A highlight for my work is a connection that I made with Te Puni Kōkiri

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