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The Maori Women’s Welfare League has agreed it needs to get more vocal about advocating for Maori women and whanau.

President Prue Kapua says a new open forum at the league’s annual conference in Whangarei went well, with the wahine expressing a strong desire to be involved in issues such as the reform of Child, Youth and Family.

She says for some it meant getting over a fear of looking political, as most political decisions will affect whanau Maori.

"We certainly had more of a say in the CYF panel issue when we did make a fuss and maybe that’s what we have to do, maybe as a roopu we’ve sat a little under the radar and we haven’t made the noise, we’ve kept away from the kind of media. What we have to do is perhaps yell a little louder in government ears," Ms Kapua says.

The hui also said that it opposed the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

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