//062 Tania Pouwhare, community and social innovator

March 30, 2021

Tania Pouwhare (Ngāi Tūhoe) is a manager in local government for Community and Social Innovation, testing radical challenges and opportunities that enhance the mana of our people, particularly those that have been left behind by the economy. 

Her mahi spans both grassroots and systems levels, directly affecting those farthest from resources, power and influence.  

In this episode we talk about her time in the UK and her formative years working for women’s rights organisations. The self-professed feminist shares her views on sexual and reproductive health rights for wāhine and, Tania talks unapologetically about New Zealand’s class system and the paradox facing the Māori economy.

We need to think about distributed leadership. It is pretty predictable who comes through the ranks. We have a job ourselves as Māori to democratize that power and those leadership opportunities.

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