Story: Women’s health

Women's Health League

Women's Health League

The Women’s Health League was founded by district nurse Ruby Cameron with the support of Te Arawa elders in the Rotorua district in 1937. The league’s focus was the health of Māori women and children, and it worked through marae-based women’s committees. By the late 1940s it had spread beyond the central North Island, and its work on housing, marae support, ambulance staffing, alcohol use was having a positive effect on Māori health. This photograph, taken in 1937 at Tūnohopū marae in Ōhinemutu, shows the first conference of the league.

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Reference: The unfolding years, 1937–1987: Women’s Health League. Rotorua: Women's Health League, 1988.

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Megan Cook, 'Women’s health - Women’s health activism, 1840 to 1940s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 May 2024)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011