‘It’s important to have Māori and female voices at the table’


‘It’s important to have Māori and female voices at the table’

From small town Aotearoa to the United Nations – it’s been a big year for one PSA member from Te Puni Kokiri.

Staff from the Ministry’s policy teams have attended UN indigenous rights forums in Geneva and New York.

Erin Keenan

Erin Keenan

For policy manager Erin Keenan who grew up near Palmerston North it’s been an opportunity to become a “global citizen”.

“It’s a chance to learn from others and help others to learn from us.”

Erin says other countries are keen to hear about New Zealand as we are unique in having Te Tiriti and acknowledging there are areas that need improvement.

CONVEYING MĀORI EXPERIENCE

Erin spoke at the forums and participated in bilateral meetings. She says it was also a great opportunity for professional development.

“Te Puni Kōkiri is keen to make these kinds of experiences accessible to as many people as possible. It’s important to have Māori and female voices at the table.”

Erin, from Te Ātiawa ki Taranaki, says it’s also important to convey the real life experiences of whānau to forums such as the United Nations, and to bring back the ideas that are gained to make a meaningful difference for Māori.

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