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
"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."