Meet The Claimants
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.
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.
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.