Tribunal decision just a first step towards equality

Published: Wed 30 Jan 2019 02:14 PM
Waitangi Tribunal decision just a first step towards equality for Māori women
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) applauds the decision of the Waitangi Tribunal to accept a claim lodged by Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Awhina - the rūnanga of the Public Service Association (PSA) - to address employment inequities suffered by Māori women. NZNO has also had a claim accepted under the Waitangi Tribunal's Mana Wahine Kaupapa inquiry.
However, NZNO Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku says this is really just the beginning of a process that should have been settled years ago.
"We agree with the PSA that for too long there have been well-documented inequities for Māori and for Māori women in particular. This is especially true for health outcomes.
"Nurses see this every day, so we’re not just fighting for equality in pay and employment, but also for equal access to acceptable health services and health outcomes."
Kerri Nuku said it is imperative that the voices of Mā ori women will be heard, but that this was about much more than that; it is mana to wahine.
"This struggle is actually about taking action to restore the well-defined role and rangatiratanga of Māori women, something that has been consistently eroded over time to their detriment.
"So while we’re happy with this decision, we wonder why things have taken so long. We look forward to the Inquiry results and to concerted action to restore the equality and mana of Māori women in Aotearoa."

Next in New Zealand politics

Gordon Campbell on scrapping the capital gains tax
By: Gordon Campbell
Alliance and CRL Cost Announcements
By: City Rail Link
Government wipes debt for HNZ meth testing tenants
By: New Zealand Government
Fears grow for NZ nurse kidnapped in Syria
Courageous rebellion takes off in Aotearoa
By: Extinction Rebellion
'No mandate' for capital gains tax - PM
UPDATE: No capital gains tax while Ardern leader
By: BusinessDesk
Government rules out implementing capital gains tax
By: BusinessDesk
Govt will not implement a Capital Gains Tax
By: New Zealand Government
Govt responds to Tax Working Group report
By: New Zealand Government
Capital Gains Tax back down a win for Kiwis
By: New Zealand National Party
Tax Working Group Report
By: New Zealand First Party
New Zealand needs a Fairer Tax System
By: Green Party
483 days of uncertainty for nothing
By: ACT New Zealand
Old man holds country hostage for 17 months, expects thanks
By: ACT New Zealand
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media