Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki Auckland Government Women’s Network would like to wish you and your whānau a Meri Kirihimete.

Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki have had a busy 2023 indeed! We welcome the relief of a well-earned break to spend time with family, loved ones and friends. It is also a time for us to create space to focus on ourselves, our wairua and wellbeing. A chance to reset ourselves and our goals for the new year ahead.

An air of change is on the horizon. Our recent annual planning session led us on an inward focus. As a volunteer network, to continue to be the best we can to support our members and wider ELN whanaunga, we need to nourish and support our team. We have drawn on intentions of Te Hā o Hineahuone to appoint our first Auckland Sponsor, and will continue to roll out actions of this programme as a priority to reflect and support the demography of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Another action we’ve drawn on is an internal mentoring programme. This is supported by our long-standing members who will impart their knowledge and expertise to support the sustainability and growth of the network. The inclusion of four new members will ensure fresh ideas, and that we continue to be relevant and responsive to our members. 

  • Holly Glover, Te Puni Kōkiri
  • Natasha Lewis, Health and Disability Commission Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau
  • Sonja Lister,  Auckland Transport
  • Victoria Maitaitonga, MBIE

The age of Covid has taught us that people need a sense of belonging and to feel connected. The Auckland Women's Networks Representatives Group will therefore also be a priority for the team to focus on and re-energise in 2023. 

We look forward to sharing more of our exciting plans in the New Year.

Faiake’sea ma alalum, arohanui me Meri Kirimete and a blessed festive season to you all.

Sarah Leo-Anderson Chair Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki and the Komiti


Natasha Lewis, Jo Hacking, Jo Maskell, Kim Egerton, Sarah Leo-Anderson and Marie Schmidt

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