Whina Cooper of Te Rarawa addresses the Māori land march in September 1975 in Hamilton. She spent many years working for her iwi, and for Māori. While perhaps best known for her role in leading the land march, she was the first president of the Māori Women's Welfare League. When she stepped down as president in 1957 the annual conference gave her the title Te Whāea-o-te-motu, meaning Mother of the Nation.
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