Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi

  1. Maoridom at the moment is in a state of disarray. We’re so busy squabbling with each other that the collective contribution and the collective strength is dissipated because we’re too busy, in silo fashion, getting into this ‘how do we get more money. RadioNZ
  2. People say, ‘oh you’re a leader’, I think, ‘no’. It has never occured to me that I’m leading, but I can understand how it’s seen. I would rather stick it the other way – I’ve been led by the feedback I’ve got. So, if I’m seen to be leading, I’m leading according to a mandate, not necessarily to what I think – and I am not a strong thinker, naturally.  In a leadership role there are times when you have to make some hard decisions, I don’t shirk them, but I don’t see that as taking away from other people their potential. (2003) Diamond Paul. A Fire in your belly. Māori Leaders Speak.
  3. I ave never wanted to be he anchor for people. I have always wanted to be the person that can enable them. (2003) Diamond Paul. A Fire in your belly. Māori Leaders Speak.
  4. I get a bit hoha with this business of giving one whakapapa link priority over another when we have got so many. (2003) Diamond Paul. A Fire in your belly. Māori Leaders Speak.