Māori

Tīwhanawhana Trust

2001 –

Theme: Māori

Wanting to showcase Māori culture on an international LGBTIQ stage, Elizabeth Kerekere decided to launch a new organisation, Tiwhanawhana, in time for the Gay Games.

Nga Maia Maori Midwives Aotearoa

1993 –

Theme: Māori

Nga Maia Maori Midwives Aotearoa was formed in 1993 by Māori midwives, midwifery tutors and their students, in order to address the inconsistencies in maternity services for Māori in New Zealand. 

Mata Aho Collective

2012 –

Theme: Māori

The art group Mata Aho Collective was established in 2012 by Erena Baker (Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Toa Rangatira), Sarah Hudson (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe), Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi) and Terri Te Tau (Rangitāne rāua ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa).

Te Rōpū Wāhine Māori Toko i te Ora Māori Women's Welfare League

1951 –

Theme: Māori

This essay written by Tania Rei was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993.

The Māori Women's Welfare League (MWWL) was established to draw together Māori women on a national basis, to address their own and their families' needs. 

Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa

1983 –

Theme: Māori

Known as:

  • Aotearoa Moana Nui A Kiwa Weavers
    1983 – 1994
  • Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa
    1994 –

This essay written by Catherine Brown was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Tracey Morgan in 2019.

The kaupapa of this organisation was to nurture, foster and preserve the techniques and the love of weaving with and for our people.

Te Kākano o te Whānau

1986 – mid-1990s?

Theme: Māori

This essay written by Tania Rei was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993.

Te Kākano was a Māori women's organisation which strove to bring about communities which were free of violence and abuse, by working with abuse victims and their families.

Te Kaunihera o Ngā Neehi Māori o Aotearoa National Council of Māori Nurses

1983 –

Theme: Māori

This essay written by Linda Thompson Erihe and Tania Rei was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Hemaima Hughes in 2018.

Te Kaunihera o Ngā Neehi Māori o Aotearoa, the National Council of Māori Nurses, was set up as an incorporated society in 1993.

The Guides of Whakarewarewa

1880s – ?

Theme: Māori

This essay written by Tania Rei and Rea Rangiheuea was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993.

Soon after the first Pākehā – mainly missionaries and traders – arrived in Rotorua in the 1830s, local Māori began to turn the inquisitiveness of the visitors to advantage by showing them the geothermal environment. 

Ngāti Toa Rangatira Women's Hockey Club

1930 –

Theme: Māori

This essay written by Tania Rei and Nicky Birch was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Lisa Bishop in 2018.

Toa, as it became commonly known, was the first hockey club formed in the Porirua area, and competed in the Wellington hockey competitions from the time it was founded in 1930 at Takapūwāhia marae

Te Ropu o te Ora Women's Health League

1937 –

Theme: Māori

This essay written by Raina Meha was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Laurie Morrison in 2018.

As its name shows, it was founded for all women dedicated to improving the health and welfare of Māori people

Māori Women's Institutes

1929 – c.1952

Theme: Māori

This essay written by Marie Tautari was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993.

The Women's Institutes (WI), which began at Rissington, Hawke's Bay, in 1921, focused on home-making, co-operation and citizenship as key elements in family life. This evoked a ready response from Māori women, because such values were already familiar to them. In the WI, Māori women found an organisation whose leaders considered it a duty to ensure that the identity and integrity of Māori culture would be maintained. Members were reminded to pronounce Māori placenames correctly, [1] to be mindful of Māori values, and to share their skills.

Lady Liverpool's and Mrs Pomare’s Maori Soldiers' Fund

1915 – 1921

Theme: Māori

This essay written by Tania Rei was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993.

In 1915, Mīria Woodbine Pōmare and Lady Annette Liverpool, wife of the then Governor-General, together began Lady Liverpool's and Mrs Pomare's Maori Soldiers' Fund to support the soldiers of the Maori Pioneer Contingent, formed in September 1914.

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