Hosts: Te Aka Wāhine o Te Waiponamu Southern GWN

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 10 February 2022

Attendance: Approx. 100


Trinity Mennell - Regional Housing Manager Southern, Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora - Ministry of Social Development

Debbie Barrett - Business Process Improvement Manager, Te Kaporeihana Āwhina Hunga Whara - Accident Compensation Corporation

Paula O’Neill - National Operations Manager 2023 Census, Tatauranga Aotearoa – Statistics New Zealand


SGWN had a wonderful turn out of wāhine from around Aotearoa to hear from the panel about their experiences of Te Tiriti as mana wāhine and public servants.

The session highlighted that we're all on this journey together and sharing our experiences can create stronger networks of support.


Key takeaways

  • Remembering the importance and value we have as public servants and the platform we have.
  • That navigating Te Tiriti as wāhine Māori in the public service is a journey, it's consistently a learning opportunity. Also, that we as wāhine Māori need to draw on the past and our tūpuna to battle imposter syndrome.
  • That trying to use te reo is better than not trying at all. Always nervous about my pronunciation!
  • We've come this far by picking up on the work our ancestors/tipuna did, so don't give up!



I loved the event and would love more. Kia ora!

As a Māori wahine in the public sector, I really appreciated this kōrero.

Keep doing what you are doing - it's great and encouraging and always good to have something to look forward to.

The organising behind the scenes and facilitation on the day was really well done.


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