Māori Women’s Welfare League awards Kuia Mate Carr

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Matekitawhiti Carr, Friday, was honoured for 65 years of community involvement.

Carr, 95, better known as “Aunty Mate” or “Nan”, received recognition of her 35 years service to kōhanga reo and her 65 years’ involvement with Te Rōpū Wāhine Māori Toko I te Ora (Māori Women’s Welfare League).

Tiahuia Abraham QSO, the league’s Aotea branch president, spoke of Carr’s dedication to the development of kōhanga reo, her imitable sense of style, fashion sense and strong leadership.

“In those days when a kuia called, you didn’t say no,” she smiled.

“Her leadership gave us the courage to get out there and do the work for the education of our mokopuna and tamariki.”

“She’s a strong Māori woman role model, uncompromising in her cultural values, also a strong family person as well as a strong person in the Catholic faith.

“She’s our Dame Whina of South Taranaki”, said Kaumatua John Hooker.

The award was made by women who worked alongside Carr.

The ceremony with singing, karakia and laughter, was attended by 20 whanau and friends.


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