1965 Dominion Conference of the Māori Women's Welfare League. A delegate presents a remit to the conference. Photograph by Mr Reithmaier
The Māori Women’s Welfare League, or Te Rōpū Wāhine Māori Toko I te Ora, was founded in Wellington on 25 September 1951. The League was formed partly in response to concerns about the lack of political representation of women and it provided a means for women to represent themselves in New Zealand government for the first time. The society aims to enable wahine Māori to promote the spiritual, social, cultural, educational, and economic wellbeing of Māori communities. At its inauguration Dame Whina Cooper was elected the foundation president, and the organisation continues its work today. This photo shows a delegate presenting a remit at the 1965 Dominion Conference.
This photo is from Archives New Zealand's National Publicity Studios collection. The National Publicity Studios was established in 1945, but its beginnings can be traced back to the establishment in 1924 of a Publicity Office - part of the Department of Internal Affairs. The emphasis of this Publicity Office was on films, photographs and booklets.
The purpose of the National Publicity Studios was to provide advice to government departments and state agencies on the provision of photographic, art, and display services and in particular to assist in the production of publicity material aimed at conveying a favourable image of New Zealand.
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