‘He putitputi, he taonga, he rangatira’
The factors influencing young Maori women to achieve success.
This presentation is based on my Masters in Social Work research which explores Maori youth development and young Maori women who have the potential and determination to be future leaders in Maori communities. It will discuss the diverse roles that young Maori women maintain within whanau, hapu and iwi, motivating factors that assist them to achieve success, the notion of leadership/rangatiratanga for young Maori women, the importance of positive role models and the role of whanau. This presentation will acknowledge the increasing number of young Maori women who are successful in their fields and discusses a framework of positive youth development for young Maori women who have the qualities and characteristics to be leaders amongst their peers.
Gail Bosmann-Watene (BSW, PG CertHealSc) Tuhoe Assistant Lecturer School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Massey University