OUR LEADERSHIP

Meet our Board of Trustees

Druis Barrett

CNZM, QSM | Chairperson | Māori Women’s Development Inc

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whatua

Māreikura Druis has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 1999 and was the Māori Women’s Welfare League National President from 1996 – 1999 and has extensive experience in Māori education and health. She has been the Commissioner for Training and Employment and the Gisborne Cervical Screening Cases, was a former Trustee of Te Kōhanga National Trust Board and Te Pātaka Ōhanga and has been a member of many National Government health and social groups. She has held many memberships including the Māori Health Group for the Health Research Council. Māreikura Druis has many commitments including sitting on advisory boards for the Ministry of Social Development, Aotearoa Carers networks and a Trustee of Tuhono Māori Registration Services.F

ORGANISATION AND ROLE
MWWL | Past President/Life Member
Oranga Tamariki | Māori Design Group
Tuhono Māori Registration Services | Trustee
MSD | Kāhui Roopu

Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts

CBE, JP

Māreikura Aroha has served as a Trustee since 1990 and now current chairperson since 2018 and was the Māori Women’s Welfare League National and International President from 1990 – 1993. She is also a trustee of Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust, Mana Waitaha Charitable Trust and Ngāi Tahu Māori Reserve Lands she is a kaiwhakamana of the Christchurch women’s prison, chairperson of Matapōpore, the advisor to Te Waipounamu MWWL Regional Council, Tiamana for Morehu o Te Omeka and is an Awhina o Te Haahi Ratana . In 1993 she was awarded a CBE for her services to Māori and the community.

ORGANISATIONS AND ROLES
MWWL | Past President/Life Member
Te Puawaitanga ki Otautahi | Trustee
Mana Waitaha Charitable Trust | Trustee
Ngāi Tahu Māori Reserve Lands | Trustee
Te Waipounamu MWWL Regional Council | Advisor
Chch Womens Prison | Kaiwhakamanawa
Matapōpore | Chairperson
Morehu o Te Omeka | Tiamana
Te Hāhi Ratana | Awhina

Dame June Mariu

DNZM, CNZM, QSM, JP

Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou

Māreikura, Dame June Mariu has served as a member of the MWDI Board of Trustees since 1990 and was the Māori Women’s Welfare League National President from 1987 – 1990. She has had a long career in education which led to her being a key founder of Te Kotuku Marae offering a second-chance education to the community. She was also involved in delivering the Te Puni Kōkiri He Oranga Whānau programme to support whānau to improve their wellbeing. Dame June has represented Aotearoa in netball and basketball which has laid the foundation for her current role as the National Coordinator for Aotearoa Māori Netball, of the Breast Cancer Foundation and Affinity Housing. In 2012 she was awarded the i nsignia of Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori.

ORGANISATION AND ROLE
MWWL | Past President/Life Member
Te Whānau o Waipereira | Honorarium Member

Dame Areta Koopu

DNZM, CBE

Ngāti Konohi o Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Kahu

Māreikura, Dame Areta has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 1988 and was the Māori Women’s Welfare League National President from 1993 – 1996.
As a social worker, a member of the New Zealand Māori Council, Human Rights Commissioner, a member of the Prime Minister’s Review committee, the Waitangi Tribunal and representative to several Government delegations to the United Nations Dame Areta has also been a representative to the Indigenous Declaration of Human Rights, the Economic and Social Summit and the first Women’s World Conference held in Beijing, China in 1995.
Dame Areta was awarded the i nsignia of a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this years’ Queen’s Birthday honours for services to Māori.

ORGANISATION AND ROLE
MWWL | Past President/Life Member

Kataraina (Kaa) O’Brien

ONZM

Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Maniapoto

Māreikura Kataraina has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2011 and was the Māori Women’s Welfare League National President from 2011 – 2014 and has held all the position in the League from Regional to National.

She has extensive experience in the education sector having been a teacher at various schools and a researcher at Poutama Pounamu Education and Research Centre in Tauranga. During her time as a researcher she was part of the initial introduction of the Kotahitanga Project produced collaboratively with Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. Kataraina (Kaa) is a kaumatua supporter for Te Koti Māori, a Trustee for Te Tuinga Whānau and a wāhine representative on Tekau mā Rua. She was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for her dedication and services to Māori.

ORGANISATION AND ROLE
MWWL | Past President/Life Member
Pahipoto Housing Trust | Trustee
Tuianga Whānau Trust | Trustee

Katerina (Kitty) Bennett

MNZM

Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Konohi, Rongowhakaata

Māreikura Katerina has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2002 and was the Māori Women’s Welfare League National President from 2002 – 2005 and has experience in business and innovation, having worked for MBIE for a significant tenure and maintaining interest in consumer issues and education. Katerina is dedicated to her mahi and roles within Aotearoa Māori Netball, the Awakairangi Hahi Mihingare, the Wellington Branch of Te Roopu Waiata Māori and Te Taura Here ō Ngāti Porou ki Pōneke. In 2016 Kitty was a finalist nominee for the Women of Influence award for recognition of women leadership in New Zealand and was awarded the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her dedication and services to Māori.

ORGANISATION AND ROLE
MWWL | Past President/Life Member
Atamira Kaumatua Advisory Group to Service Delivery | Co-chair
DIA – Wellington Operations Branch
Wellington Regional Māori Chior | Secretary

Prue Kapua

Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa, Ngāti Kahungunu

Māreikura Prue has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2013 and is the current Māori Women’s Welfare League (MWWL) National President. Prue is a lawyer and principal of Tamatekapua Law which specialises in employment, environmental, health, human rights and Treaty claims and largely advises Māori clients. Prue is involved with Tekau mā Rua, Māori Education Trust, Te Putahi Paoho and Chair of the World Health Organisation Compliance Panel on Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. She is also a Legal Services Agency special advisor to the Waitangi Tribunal and the Māori Land Court, a Patron of Pacific Women’s Watch (NZ), and a trustee of the Breast Cancer Foundation and Kāhui Tū Kaha (Affinity Housing).

ORGANISATION AND ROLE
Tekau mā Rua | Member
Māori Education Trust | Trustee
Interim Te Roopu (Ministry of Justice) | Chair
World Health Organisational Compliance Panel | Chair
Waitangi Tribunal | Member
Pacific Women’s Watch (NZ) | Patron
Breast Cancer Foundation | Board Member
Kāhui Tū Kaha (Affinity Housing) | Director
Oranga Tamariki | Design Group

OUR CEO

Meet Teresa Tepania-Ashton MNZM

Teresa Tepania-Ashton

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa

Teresa was the CEO of Te Rūnanga-a-Iwi o Ngāpuhi from 2004 – 2011. Today she is the CEO of Māori Women’s Development Incorporated since 2011.
OUR MWDI WHANAU

Assistant Accountant – Ma Teresa Lacsamana

Business Support & Te Aka Programme – Natalie Smith

Finance Manager – Linda Clay

Office mananger – Tristanne Dunlop

Projects – Tessa Gudeon

Rangatahi – Arahina Ormsby-Matehe