Whakatū Wāhine – Women Here and Now

Nominations are now closed for Whakatū Wāhine – Women Here and Now. 

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2018 is the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Aotearoa New Zealand. To mark this moment, Petone Settlers Museum Te Whare Whakāro o Pito-One is launching Whakatū Wahine – Women Here and Now, a project to celebrate women who are making a real difference to lives in the Hutt Valley.

About the project

Whakatū Wāhine will showcase women’s leadership in the Hutt Valley through the stories of five inspiring leaders. The five women will feature in an exhibition at Petone Settlers Museum in the second half of 2018, and in a series of online video interviews as well as events for the community.



Further information

If you have any questions about Whakatū Wāhine or making a nomination, please contact:

Arawhetu Berdinner
Community Curator, Petone Settlers Museum
04 5706699

Selection panel

We are grateful to the following community leaders who will form our assessment panel to review nominations and select our five participants:

Ripeka Evans (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Porou)
President, Ruahine branch (Eastbourne and Lower Hutt) of the Māori Women’s Welfare League Te Ropu Wāhine Māori Toko i te Ora, and Strategic Leadership Agent

Karen (Kaz) Yung
Petone Community Board, Hutt City Council

Amber Walters (Kūki ‘Āirani)
Development Adviser, Hutt Minoh House Friendship Trust, and Manager, Victoria International Leadership Programme (VILP)

Barbara Scott
Petone Historical Society, and Student Recruitment Adviser, Massey University

Tui Lewis (Ngāti Manu, Ngāitai, Ngāti Kahungngunu  Ki Heretaunga Tamatea)
Hutt City Councillor, Harbour Ward