Speakers: Prue Kapua and Saunoamaali'i Dr Karanina Sumeo

Host: Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki Auckland GWN

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 8 March, 2021

Attendance: 100+


Theme: Māori and Pasifika wāhine in leadership, achieving an equal future in a COVID 19 world

Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki was honoured to celebrate International Women’s Day with our inspirational speakers who shared their experiences and insights into the continued challenges faced by Māori and Pasifika wāhine.


Key Takeaways:

  • It's important to engage with those who have the lived experience, knowledge and expertise, e.g. the Māori Women's Welfare League.
  • There needs to be better data collected and clear targets set so that organisations are invested in and accountable for gender and ethnic equity.
  • Understanding of Māori and Pasifika cultural perspectives should be taken into account in the recruitment/retainment process not just qualifications or interview performances.
  • Māori and Pasifika wāhine experience misogyny and racism differently and these intersectional issues need to be addressed.
  • Recognising that incorporating diversity and inclusion is not the same as having equality.
  • An added barrier to progression is bullying behaviours and wāhine feel they can’t challenge it as they have too much to lose. They are in a place of limited power.


Attendee feedback:

"As a pākehā, I was really moved by the speakers and their courage and belief."

"I loved the whole presentation."

"A wonderful way to celebrate IWD and to build the foundation of a Māori and Pasifika strategy – great work e hoa ma!"

"I thoroughly enjoyed it, good to have women who are bold to challenge/push the status quo."

"Keep up the great work!"


Prue Kapua, National President at Te Ropu Wahine Māori Toko I Te Ora Māori Women's Welfare League
Saunoamaali'i Karanina Sumeo, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at New Zealand Human Rights Commission
AGWN Deputy Chair Sarah Leo Anderson
AGWN Komiti member Maria Halligan
AGWN Komiti member Joanna Maskell
AGWN IWD event attendee gallery

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