Ngāi Te Rangi wāhine including Maureen Ririnui, Huhana Rolleston, Angeline Samuels, Simmone Hoete, Riri Ellis, Hannah Jones, Wakata Kingi, Pirihira McMath and Paula Werohia attended the Huihuinga Wāhine Māori Leadership Summit in Auckland on 24 July.
The summit rallied together Māori women in leadership roles across a range of sectors to share and evaluate their leadership experiences. The key note speakers and facilitators challenged the attendees to think about the many roles and responsibilites they have (not just their job title), the skills and attributes they have developed, and how those skills and attributes contribute to their current roles and life goals.
One of the unique and important aspects of the conference was that it provided a forum for upcoming leaders to be inspired and challenged by their ‘tuakana’ and for current leaders to learn and understand how to connect with rangatahi.
Our wāhine very much appreciated gaining an insight to the journeys of each key note speaker; the adversities that were overcome to achieve the successes in their lives and the skills and coping strategies that were learnt along the way. All wahine gained advice to help with the challenges they face in their own lives and professions. The challenge is to put that advice into practice.
If anyone is interested in signing up for Huihuinga Wahine 2016 keep an eye on their facebook page (www.facebook.com/HuihuingaWahine?fref=ts)
The following is a list of wise words pertaining to leadership that were heard on the day: