Mana Wāhine Waitangi Tribunal Claim

In an historic milestone for the PSA, Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina has taken a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal.

Claim Wai 2864 calls on the Crown to address inequities in employment suffered by wāhine Māori.

It was officially registered in January 2019 by the Tribunal, as part of its Mana Wāhine Kaupapa Inquiry.

The claim raises treaty breaches that have relegated generations of wāhine Māori to low paid jobs with vulnerable work conditions.

These include the Crown’s failure to provide education that adequately prepares wāhine Māori for employment, and to eliminate bias and discrimination in the workplace.

The claim was lodged on behalf of the PSA Rūnanga by Georgina Kerr, Llani Harding and Paula Davis (click here to meet the claimants). 



From left: Georgina Kerr, Llani Harding and Paula Davis.


Click here to read our Working Life - September 2019 article on the claim

Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu: Tell Us Your Stories

Te Rūnanga is now calling on wāhine Māori who have experienced employment injustices in their working lives to come forward and tell their stories.

This will help support our claim in the Waitangi Tribunal, along with the research we are undertaking to determine the nature and extent of the inequities experienced by wāhine Māori.

Email us here to find out how you can tell your story, or click on the journal article to read our September 2019 Working Life story on the claim. 

Want to know more about the claim? 

Click here to read the Mana Wahine Claim Documents


PSA Media

Media release: First milestone for Mana Wahine claim at Waitangi Tribunal (29 Jan 2019)

Media release: Positive Signs for PSA Mana Wahine treaty claim welcomed (05 July 2019)

External Coverage

See below for interviews and coverage of the Mana Wāhine claim

Waatea News: PSA hopes high for mana wāhine action (08 July 2019)

RNZ: Govt funding for Treaty inquiry welcome by wāhine Māori (05 July 2019)

RNZ: $6.2m pledged to help Māori women facing racism, discrimination (05 July 2019)

RNZ: Claim of discrimination against wāhine Māori to go ahead (01 February 2019)

Te ao Māori News: Treaty claim to address employment inequities for wāhine Māori (30 January 2019)

Waatea News: Crown failure behind lower wāhine pay (30 January 2019)

Click here to find out more about our Mana Wāhine Waitangi Tribunal claimants, Georgina Kerr, Llani Harding and Paula Davis.


Request for Proposals: Wahine Māori Equity in Employment Research Analysis and Report Writing

Download the request for proposals here, or see below.


Tender Name:

Wahine Māori Equity in Employment Research Analysis and Report Writing

Open Date:

6th April 2020

Close Date:

27th April 2020

Tender Type:

Expression of Interest


Any Location


NZ Public Service Association (


The New Zealand Public Service Association (“PSA”) are New Zealand’s largest union representing more than 75,000 workers in central and local government, state-owned enterprises, health boards and community groups.

PSA have commissioned surveys of union members on their experiences in employment to support the PSA’s Te Rūnanga Mana Wahine Waitangi Tribunal claim, which challenges Treaty breaches that have led to employment inequities for wāhine Māori.

PSA is seeking tenders from researchers who are competent in employment, kaupapa Māori, and equity matters to analyse the survey results and lead the writing up of a report on the findings.

We require an experienced researcher who has the ability to analyse approximately 1,000 survey responses to 22 questions from wahine Māori involving quantitative data supplemented by qualitative responses to create a detailed report on their employment experiences as wahine Māori in the public sector.

The following skills are required to complete this work;

  • Ability to analyse qualitative data.
  • Ability to assess and analyse quantative data.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles.
  • Knowledge of how Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles are maintained in the Public Sector and in particular with respect to employees is preferable.
  • Knowledge of inequities facing women, Māori and in particular wahine Māori in employment is preferable.
  • Knowledge of Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori.
  • Contextual understanding of Te Ao Māori.

Please include examples of three relevant research publications which you have contributed to or attach a copy of unpublished work, an estimated work plan involving key milestones and information on your research fee.

Please contact Marcia Puru ( with any further questions.

We welcome your application.