Far North Maori woman gets UN fellowship
A Far North Maori woman is off to Switzerland after being selected to study under a prestigious United Nations five-month fellowship promoting indigenous human rights.
Catherine Davis, of Ahipara, is one of five people worldwide to be selected for the all-expenses paid United Nations Human Rights Indigenous Fellowship Programme, starting next month.
Ms Davis, 34, who is of Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri and Ngati Kuri descent, will use the extensive United Nations research facilities to carry out projects.
She is expected to teach Maori about indigenous rights on her return.
Ahipara is a small coastal community at the northern end of the country - you can not get much further north. That she has attained a Fellowship of this nature does her great credit and should bring much pride to her whanau and community.
I come from the general area (Mangonui on the east coast to be specific) so I have an appreciation of the path that she has walked.