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)

Journal Article: Tautoko our mana wahine claim (Working Life - September 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.