Rina Winifred Moore née Ropiha, graduated MB, ChB in 1949 (reputedly the first Maori woman to do so) #plocomiWahine

Rina Winifred Moore née Ropiha, graduated MB, ChB in 1949 (reputedly the first Maori woman to do so) #plocomiWahine

Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia (daughter of the prominent Te Rarawa chief Re Te Tai, and great grand-daughter of Ngā- kahu-whero), became the first woman to address Te Kotahitanga Parliament when she spoke to her 1893 motion requesting that women be given the vote and be eligible to sit in the Mäori Parliament.

Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia (daughter of the prominent Te Rarawa chief Re Te Tai, and great grand-daughter of Ngā- kahu-whero), became the first woman to address Te Kotahitanga Parliament when she spoke to her 1893 motion requesting that women be given the vote and be eligible to sit in the Mäori Parliament.

Angela Swann-Cronin (40) the first Maori female pilot in the Royal NZ Air Force. Photo Credit: NZ Woman's Weekly.

Angela Swann-Cronin (40) the first Maori female pilot in the Royal NZ Air Force. Photo Credit: NZ Woman's Weekly.

Patricia Rongomaitara Te Miha aka Ramai Te Miha Hayward, New Zealand's first Māori cinematographer.

Patricia Rongomaitara Te Miha aka Ramai Te Miha Hayward, New Zealand's first Māori cinematographer.

Carol Hirschfeld, New Zealand Reporter, Producer and Programmer.

Carol Hirschfeld, New Zealand Reporter, Producer and Programmer.

Dame Katerina Mataira was a leader in the renaissance of te reo Māori, through both her writing and the direction she provided as a founding member of Te Ataarangi.

Dame Katerina Mataira was a leader in the renaissance of te reo Māori, through both her writing and the direction she provided as a founding member of Te Ataarangi.

Heni Te Kiri Karamu aka Jane Foley was a Court interpreter and helped many Maori people negotiate the baffling process of gaining legal titles to their multiple owned land. She passed away in Rotorua at the age of 92. She lived a life of unselfish service to others, and deserves to be remembered.

Heni Te Kiri Karamu aka Jane Foley was a Court interpreter and helped many Maori people negotiate the baffling process of gaining legal titles to their multiple owned land. She passed away in Rotorua at the age of 92. She lived a life of unselfish service to others, and deserves to be remembered.

The late Dame Mira Szászy DBE, CB, QSMJP, BA, DipSocSci, LLD (Vic) was one of the most outstanding Māori women leaders of the 20th century. She was the first Māori woman to graduate with a degree from the University of Auckland.  She was a former President of the Māori Women's Welfare League and made significant contributions in education, broadcasting, social welfare and small business development.

The late Dame Mira Szászy DBE, CB, QSMJP, BA, DipSocSci, LLD (Vic) was one of the most outstanding Māori women leaders of the 20th century. She was the first Māori woman to graduate with a degree from the University of Auckland. She was a former President of the Māori Women's Welfare League and made significant contributions in education, broadcasting, social welfare and small business development.

Whina Cooper, born Hohepine (Josephine) Te Wake (9 December 1895 - 26 March 1994) aka 'Te Whaea o te Motu' (Mother of the Nation). An enduring image, Whina on the 1975 Land March.

Whina Cooper, born Hohepine (Josephine) Te Wake (9 December 1895 - 26 March 1994) aka 'Te Whaea o te Motu' (Mother of the Nation). An enduring image, Whina on the 1975 Land March.

The late Kohine Te Whakarua Ponika (born in Ruatoki, 28 June, 1920) and wrote some of the most popular Maori songs ever written; yet few know that these songs, written over a period of 50 years, were all the work of one composer who could not read a note of music. Over the years, hundreds of kapa haka groups have sung Kohine's songs, they are timeless. She passed away in 1989 and is buried at Tauarau Marae with Koti her husband.

The late Kohine Te Whakarua Ponika (born in Ruatoki, 28 June, 1920) and wrote some of the most popular Maori songs ever written; yet few know that these songs, written over a period of 50 years, were all the work of one composer who could not read a note of music. Over the years, hundreds of kapa haka groups have sung Kohine's songs, they are timeless. She passed away in 1989 and is buried at Tauarau Marae with Koti her husband.

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