2 Dec 2010

New Maori women's organisation hailed

6:56 am on 2 December 2010

Green's co-leader Metiria Turei says a new organisation to represent the voice of Maori women may help keep Parliament's women MPs on their toes.

Te Whaainga Wahine was formed at a national hui in Thames at the weekend to help women speak out at local, national and iwi level.

Ms Turei told Waatea News it's the sort of initiative that is needed in a time of massive economic and political change affecting Maori women and their children.

Prime Minister John Key says he has noticed a shortage of women in the Iwi Leaders Group. He said the new group could make a valuable contribution to politics.