Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women

Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women

Ngā mihi o te Tau Hou, hari Matariki! Thank you Māori Women’s Development Inc. for Te Matahoko!

As the Tumu Whakarae mo te Manatū Wāhine, I cannot think of a better way to celebrate my new position, than with a Māori new year mihi, to all wāhine Māori who have joined their businesses to this online platform. Manatū Wāhine looks forward to continue a partnership of success and innovation with you all.

Mauri ora, nā, Kellie.


Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women is committed to achieving the Ministry’s vision that Aotearoa New Zealand is a great place to be a woman or girl, wāhine Māori succeed as Māori, and gender is not a barrier to wellbeing.

In 2019 the Ministry partnered with Te Puni Kōkiri to release Ngā Wāhine kaipakihi: He Tirohanga – Māori women in business: Insights. Building on its commitment to wāhine in business it has now partnered with Māori Women’s Development Inc to support the online Marketplace MWDI Te Matahoko.

MWDI Te Matahoko was designed by wāhine (women) for wāhine and is a safe and supportive platform to showcase wāhine owned businesses to Aotearoa New Zealand, the Asia-Pacific and the rest of the world.

This marketplace aims to support economic empowerment for wāhine and will enable wāhine to engage and form relationships, and potential trade opportunities with other wāhine and Indigenous women here and around the world.

The work supporting the ventures of Mana Wāhine and sharing success stories with international indigenous communities is part of the Manatū Wāhine hosting work in the APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy working group, and my role as Chair. For more information about APEC 2021, New Zealand’s host year, and APEC’s work for women’s economic empowerment, please visit

Kellie Coombes
Secretary for Women and Chief Executive, Te Tumu Whakarae, Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women
Renee Graham
Chair APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy working group

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