Massive inequalities of power exist within our region. Many relationships are based on inequality and male domination – these unhealthy gender identities lead to unhealthy, abusive and sometimes violent relationships. We have the highest level of Maori language speakers in the country but education and health systems that still is not providing an environment that is appropriate for many Maori. Children and young people have few opportunities to contribute to family decisions, education institutions and community service activities, let alone regional development decisions.

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