Kua whakaingoatia a Traci Houpapa (Waikato Taranaki) o FOMA ki te rārangi kotahi rau wāhine whai mana o BBC. Ka uru atu a ia ki te taha i te kaiwaiata rongonui a Alicia Keys rāua ko te toa orimipia a Simone Biles.
He Māreikura i te ao pākihi, nōnakuanei ka whakamihia ia ki te rārangi Māreikura o te ao.
Hei tā Houpapa, “People like us do the work that we do because we're passionate about our people and we want to effect positive change and never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be recognised in such a magnificent way.”
Mō te hia tau a Traci e mahitahi ana me ngā iwi, me ngā umanga Māori hei kaitohutohu pakihi, waihoki he kaitohutohu i te kāwanatanga mō te mahi wahine. Heoi hei tā Houpapa o āna tutukinga katoa ko tōna mahi hei tumuaki o FOMA i te taha o ngā wahine Māori te tino.
E ai ki a Houpapa, “When I was growing up I had the benefit of spending time in the presence of great nannies, koroua and kuia and I suppose my greatest achievement is being able to realise their dreams to take on roles of leadership and then to make space for other Māori women to come through”
I tēnei tau ka haere ngātahi a Houpapa ki te taha o te ope o John Key mō te huinga pakihi ki Īnia, e manako ana a Houpapa ka nui ake ngā mahi a kāwanatanga hou hei akiaki i ngā wāhine ki roto i te ao Pākihi.
Hei tā Houpapa, “We need to facilitate change in terms of policy, legislation, not only in terms of government but also in terms of the private sector. If 50% of our population in NZ are women then it makes good sense and is a no brainer for us to engage one of our best assets in this country.”
Ā, he kupu āki anō tā te Māreikura nei ki a ngāi wāhine.
“I think it's simply taking every possible opportunity that you can- even if you feel like you may not be as well-equipped or as prepared or ready to take on the roles- to trust that other people have confidence in you otherwise they wouldn't have offered it to you in the first place.”