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.

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

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

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.  DHB Sector Māngai Allan Franks became a claimant in 202021.

A survey of PSA wāhine Māori members was conducted in 2019 to gather evidence for the claim. This revealed disturbing levels of bias, racism and discrimination in the workplace and has led to the launch of a Mana Wahine campaign to call it out.

A series of tūāpapa hearings began in 2021 to set the pou or foundations for the Mana Wahine Kaupapa Inquiry.

Want to know more about the claim? 

Click here to read the Mana Wahine Claim Documents


Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the workplace: Issues reported by wāhine Māori in the PSA

Click on the report below to download as a word document:

Report 1: Results Reporting (Word doc)

Report 2: Nga kupu o nga wāhine Māori (Word doc)

Report 3: The Inquiry & Barriers (Word doc)


Mana Wahine claim - Research report presentation to December sector hui

Click here to download a PDF copy of the presentation.

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Read on to find out motr about our original Mana Wāhine Waitangi Tribunal claimants, Georgina Kerr, Llani Harding and Paula Davis.


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

Georgina Kerr

Over 50 years I have observed a range of inequities and injustices suffered by wāhine Māori in the workforce. This has left our wāhine chronically disadvantaged over generations. My knowledge and experience as a worker and unionist places me in a good position to be a claimant and to highlight and address the breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

Llani Harding

Ko toku mahi tuatahi, he māmā, he teina, he mokopuna, he tamahine nō ngā wāhine toa.

This is why I chose to be a claimant for the Mana Wāhine Inquiry.

I represent my daughter, my mother, my aunties, my cousins and my nannies who helped raise me into the wahine I am today.

I represent their struggles, their success and their hopes and dreams for the future. 

Paula Davis

As a PSA delegate for several years, I have been fighting to close the gender pay gap for government workers. It still shocks me how wāhine Māori have been disrespected over the years. The ongoing effects of this are apparent in the negative statistics we see for Māori in education, in health, in home ownership, and everything else.

That’s why I’m proud to be claimant for our case at the Waitangi Tribunal, so we as union members can tell our stories, and start to make things right.

 Claim Lawyer - Tania Te Whenua


Tania Te Whenua (Tūhoe, Whakatōhea) is a mother of four children and principal of Te Whenua Law and Consulting, assisting organisations to realise a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to engage confidently with Māori culture, clients and key stakeholders.

Tania has specialist legal expertise in Waitangi Tribunal and Māori Commercial law and is acting legal counsel to the Public Service Association and the Council of Trade Unions representing their joint position on inequities facing Māori women in employment within the current Waitangi Tribunal Mana Wāhine Kaupapa Inquiry.