The Human Rights Commission has congratulated the Maori Women’s Welfare League as they open their 2015 national conference in Whangarei.
“The Maori Women’s Welfare League’s enduring legacy lives on in wahine Maori across Aotearoa who continue to serve our people and above all our mokopuna,” said Indigenous Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen.
“Sixty-four years ago the Maori Women’s Welfare League was advocating for Maori families and a generation later: the league continues to advocate for Maori families."
Last month the League urged Government to work with their members to support Child Youth and Family in their work. Of the approximate 5000 New Zealand youngsters in state care around 60 per cent are Maori children.
"We support the Maori Women's Welfare League's call to ensure Maori women are central to any policy solution for at risk mokopuna Maori," said Ms Johansen.
Indigenous Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen and EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue at the Maori Women’s Welfare League National Conference