Moana Margaret Herewini

Ngāti Maniapoto

Moana Herewini has worked in the Equal Employment Opportunities Unit of the State Services Commission and currently works for the Manukau City Council.

Moana writes non-fiction articles, reports and policy documents. A few years ago she wrote a column in the ANZASW newsletter as the national Māori representative. She wrote a small research paper on Māori adoptions. She was the Phase manager for the chapter on Māori Women for the Royal Commission on Social Policy in which she and Linda Erihe wrote the health paper. Moana’s role was to coordinate, collate and write parts of the whole chapter for the Commissioners. At the Department of Health, Moana and Lorna Dyall wrote the Māori health policy which was published as the policy document Whai ora te iwi. This became the main national health policy for some time.

Biographical sources

  • Email correspondence from Moana Herewini, 24 May 2004.


  • "Māori Women and Health." Women’s Studies Journal 4.1 (1988): 19-26.
  • Co-authors Linda Erihe and Moana Herewini. This paper was prepared for the Royal Commission on Social Policy. It lists the areas that must be addressed if Māori women’s health is to be improved. The authors discuss the connection between women and the land and note that both can be damaged by abuse. The existing initiatives by Māori women to improve Māori health care are described and although these have been beneficial, the authors note that "there is still much to be done". They list a series of directions which call for a greater recognition of Treaty principles and issues of partnership in discussions between Area Health Boards and the Māori community. The paper concludes that Māori women not only argue against "poor health and poor education" but also are victims of male violence and sexual abuse. They argue that these are areas that need to be strongly addressed by Māori men.
  • Personnel Response: A Practical Approach/Me Penapena āu Kaimahi Māori: Hei Whakatinana. Wellington, N.Z.: Te Kōmihana ō Ngā Tari Kāwanatanga/State Services Commission, 1989.
  • Contributors to the production of this booklet are Moana Herewini, Mary Nixon, Doug Bailey, Andrea Blanchard, the State Services Commission Māori network, and the Human Rights Commission. This book is written in response to the government’s policy paper Te Urupare Rangapu/Partnership Response, which focused in part on increasing the Māori workforce "at all levels of state sector organisations... by breaking down barriers to the advancement of Māori people and by providing appropriate training to enhance their employment prospects." The authors state "[t]his booklet suggests possible strategies and outlines a plan of action to assist organisations to meet these aims... based on equal employment opportunities (EEO) strategies developed and promoted by the EEO Unit of the State Services Commission." The authors outline how specific affirmative action for Māori in the personnel area can be facilitated. They also discuss other strategies, training initiatives, proposed training courses and list the training providers.
  • "Promoting Inclusion in Fieldwork Education: Work in Progress." Social Work Review 11.4 (1999): 54-58.
  • "Tangata Whenua Competency Assessments: A Discussion Paper." Social Work Review 12.4 (2000): 13-16.
  • Presented at the National Hui of Tangata Whenua Takawaenga o Aotearoa, Taumata o Te Ra Marae, Halcombe, Sep 2000.
  • "Local Government Bill 2001: Some Implications for Nga Ewi Māori." Tu Mai: Offering an Indigenous New Zealand Perspective 30 (2002): 31-33.


  • Coney, Sandra. "Behind the News." Broadsheet 112 (1983): 10.
  • Coney discusses Herewini’s attempts to get a Polynesian speaker in the seminar "Women Today - A Stocktaking.
  • Erai, Michelle, Fuli, Everdina, Irwin, Kathie and Wilcox, Lenaire. Māori Women: An Annotated Bibliography. [Wellington, N.Z.]: Michelle Erai, Everdina Fuli, Kathie Irwin and Lenaire Wilcox, 1991. 7.