In 2018 Aotearoa celebrated 125 years of suffrage, of women winning the right to vote. One wahine who played an integral part of that history making moment was Meri Te Tai Mangakahia.
Designer and weaver Kiri Nathan has spent the past 9 years building a fashion brand from competition-winning garments at Style Pasifika to a high-end label dressing some of the world’s most influential people; including Beyonce, Barack and Michelle Obama and, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Veeshayne Patuwai (nee Armstrong) is most recognised from her days in radio as a DJ for the urban Māori station Mai Fm. In the 90s, she moved to the big smoke of Auckland from small town Moerewa, quickly making her mark in the industry by becoming the first Māori female to ever win Best New Broadcaster at the Mobil Radio Awards. While she is known for her radio and acting career, it is her mahi supporting kōhine Māori that sits closest to her heart.