Te Ropu Wahine Maori Toko I Te Ora is a National Organisation formed in 1951. It has endured due to its members, who remain the foundation of the whole League movement. (Link to Ko wai tātou? For more information about History of the league)
We warmly welcome new members to the league. There are different types of membership, which have been explained below. To become a member, you must join a branch. New members must be proposed and seconded by two financial members of the branch and once the annual subscription has been paid, are deemed fully elected members’ of that branch. Subscription fees can vary from branch to branch.
Membership consists of Foundation members, Senior members, Life members, Rangatahi members, Honorary members and Overseas members.
Below are the classifications of membership
Foundation members are the founding members of Te Ropu Wahine Maori Toko i te Ora in 1951. Foundation members are not required to pay a subscription fee.
Life Membership is conferred upon any League member who has given 15 years’ service as a Senior member to the League. A Life member should be nominated by her Branch and the recommendations together with the member’s citation must be sent to the Regional Area Representative who will submit it to the National Executive Committee for approval. Life Membership is automatically conferred on all National Presidents on expiry of their term of office in recognition of their service to the League.
Life members are entitled to all the privileges of Senior members, but the Branch conferring the honour are responsible for that member’s annual subscription, except in the case of Past National Presidents, who are not be liable for further annual subscriptions.
Senior membership is open to all women who comply with the conditions of membership and upon payment of the senior membership subscription fee.
Rangatahi membership is open to all girls and young women from the age of 10 to 18 years who may join a Senior Branch or form Rangatahi Branches upon payment of the subscription fee. Rangatahi members of a Branch can conduct meetings under the same principles as a parent Branch. Rangatahi Branches shall be responsible to a parent Branch.
Honorary membership may be conferred by a branch, Regional Council or National Council upon any person, male or female, who actively supports the Kaupapa of the League and is interested in and supportive of the objects of the League. An honorary member shall not hold office or be eligible to vote at Branch, Regional or National level.
Overseas membership may be conferred by any Branch upon any woman resident outside Aotearoa/New Zealand.