“Ko te puawaitanga o nga moemoea, me whakamahi.”
Dreams become reality, when we take action.

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Te Puea Herangi CBE
First Patroness

The Maori Women’s Welfare League – Te Ropu Wahine Maori Toko i te Ora – was the first national Maori organization to be formed, it was also the first to provide Maori women with a forum in which their concerns could be aired, brought to a wider national audience and placed before the policy-makers of the day.

IKAROA Area Representatives

1951 – 1953 Mrs L Jacobs
1954 – 1963 Mrs L Jacobs
1964 – 1967 Mrs L Jacobs
1968 – 1970 Mrs W Bennett
1971 – 1972 Mrs J Webber
1973 – 1975 Mrs E Otene
1976 – 1977 Miss I Te Uira
1977 – 1980 Mrs K Kereama
1981 – 1983 Mrs T Ratahi
1984 – 1985 Mrs R Hurst
1986 – 1991 Miss E Te Ou-Konui
1992 – 1994 Mrs L Robins
1995 – 2002 Mrs E Mathews
2003 – 2005 Miss P Ruha                                                                                  2006 – 2008 Miss M Joe
2009 – 2011 Mrs F Panapa                                                                              2012 – 2015 Ms M Wehipeihana

Current Area Representative: Ms Ronda Pahau

 

Past Patrons

Current Patron: Makau Ariki Atawhai Paki

Past National Presidents

  • Dame Whina Cooper, ONZ, DBE, JP, President 1951-1957        (founding president)

  • Miria Logan, MBE President 1957-1960

  • Maata Hirini, MBE ME Foundation President 1960-1963

  • Ruiha Sage, JP President 1964-1968

  • Miria Karauria, MBE President 1968-1971

  • Hine Potaka, OBE Dominion President 1971-1973

  • Dame Miraka Szaszy DBE, JP President 1973-1977

  • Dr Erihapeti Murchie-Rehu CNZM, QSO, JP, President 1977-1980

  • Violet Pou, CBE, President 1980-1983

  • Maraea Te Kawa. QSM, JP President 1983

  • Dame Georgina Kirby. DBE, QSO, JP President 1983-1987; MWDI Trustee

  • Dame June Mariu DNZM, CNZM, QSM, JP, President 1987-1990; MWDI Trustee, National Co-ordinator AMNOHL

  • Aroha Reriti-Crofts, CBE, JP, President 1990-1993; MWDI Trustee

  • Areta Koopu CBE President 1993-1996; Chair MWDI

  • Druis Barrett CNZM President 1996-1999; MWDI Trustee

  • Jacqui Te Kani CNZM President 1999-2002; Later General Manager for The Maori Women’s Welfare League (died in office in 2012) MWDI Trustee

  • Kitty Bennett MNZM President 2002 – 2005; MWDI Trustee, Chair AMNOHL

  • Linda Grennell President 2005 – 2008; MWDI Trustee

  • Meagan Joe President 2008 – 2011 (died in office).  MWDI Trustee

  • Kataraina O’Brien ONZM President 2011 – 2014; MWDI Trustee

Current National President: Ms Prue Kapua