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Monday, June 13, 2011

Pastor Hannah pushing for MWWL top job

The wife of Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki says she's pushing on with her bid to become the president of the Maori Women's Welfare League, despite opposition from long term members.

Hannah Tamaki was nominated for the role by three Auckland branches set up by Destiny members, and joins a field of eight women vying for the three year role at the league's national conference in August.

She says she joined the organisation about three years ago.

“I am very passionate about Maori women or all women and I have worked with women and families for over 30 years so for me this is just another step of offering the services and capabilities I have and learning from other people too so that’s why I'm doing it,” Mrs Tamaki says.

She says Destiny Church has more women than men members.


But a senior league member says the Maori Women's Welfare League is fighting off a Destiny take-over.

Denise Ewe, (Maori PRON) a former Auckland president, says Destiny has three large Auckland branches and had been actively recruiting its members around the country to join the 60-year-old organisation.

She says a meeting to hear from the Auckland candidates for the league presidency this month was marked by a mass walk-out of Destiny members when a kuia reminded them of the league's kaupapa.

“The league's constitution says quite specifically that you must be non-sectarian so the league comes first, your religious beliefs comes second, whereas with Destiny branches, they put Destiny first, Maori Women’s Welfare League second, but they do have a huge membership,” Mrs Ewe says.

The Maori Women's Welfare League is consulted with on major policy decisions and appointments relating to Maori, and it also has the only Maori-owned lender, the Maori Women's Development Incorporation.


Ngai Tahu is again assessing what it can do to help Maori and other residents on Christchurch in the wake of today's magnitude 6 aftershock.

Acting chief executive Mike Sang says the temporary headquarters at Wigram came through the shocks well, and there was no obvious damage or injuries.

Staff were sent home early to look after their families, but will reconvene tomorrow.

“Our systems and processes are obviously there if required. We’re hoping it’s not that bad. There’s so much uncertainty when you have these quakes. We’ll see overnight and work with the wider relief effort really,” Mr Sang says.

The quakes raise doubts about whether Ngai Tahu will want to ever move back in to its central city headquarters.


The chief executive of Ngati Whatua's business arm says the Auckland iwi got out-spent in its bid to build Auckland's new convention centre.

The Government has decided to partner with Sky City Casino, whose bid was dependent on a law change allowing it to extend its licence and instal more pokie machines.

Tiwana Tibble says Ngati Whatua put its best foot forward with its plan to develop its land near the railway station, but the Government clearly wants the option at lowest cost to itself.

He says while the other tenderers were after government subsidies because convention centres are financially unsustainable Sky City can count on making money from increased gambling.


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