Mana Wāhine

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Moko Kauae

The journey to Moko Kauae is one that many wahine Māori have taken as a part of our reclamation of our ancestral ways of being.  This video was produced to share the stories of our wahine and to decolonise some of the thinking that had emerged around moko kauae that did not serve the interests of our wahine. Moko Kauae is a taonga that is a part of who we are as whānau, hapū and iwi, and is a fundamental right for all wahine Māori to carry as a part of our whakapapa relationships and connections that have been had to us from our tūpuna.

World Women 2017 Presentation

Keynote speech:

“He pukenga wai he nohonga tangata, he nohonga tangata he pukenga kōrero”

Where waters converge and pool, people gather;

When people gather, conversation flows.

Whakataukī, proverbial sayings, provide us with ancestral knowledge.  The whakataukī that informs this presentation “He pukenga wai he nohonga tangata, he nohonga tangata he pukenga kōrero”  provides us with insights into how to understand, through an Indigenous lens, the significance and centrality of relationships.   Relationships are central within a Māori worldview. 

Within the past few months we have seen within Turtle Island (America) the rise of the ‘Women’s March on Washington’ and associated actions. It has been a powerful response to this latest chapter of neoliberalist conservatism.  What we have seen with the ‘Women’s March’ is large scale mobilisation of groups calling for inter-sectionality as a basis for unification.  

In such a context it is even more critical that Indigenous Nations continue to collectivise to challenge colonial imperialism in all its forms.  This presentation shares insights into Mana Wahine, Māori women’s analysis and movements within Aotearoa that provide some reflections on how meaningful intersectionality may be a part of creating meaningful and transformative relationships for Indigenous Peoples.


The Pūkauae Exhibition was created as a part of the  30 year celebration of Tū Tama Wahine o Taranaki and was exhibited in both Ngāmotu and Hawera This exhibition organised by Tū Tama Wāhine o Taranaki was about demonstrating and power of mana wāhine through the traditional art form of moko kauae. We spoke to Professor Leonie Pihama, about her involvement in the exhibition and why it was so important to her.

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