Debating future water policy should integrate its religious and cultural values, instead of framing it as a commodity, argues Pauline Tangiora from the New Zealand Earth Charter Commissioner and Indigenous Grandmother▶
Pauline Tangiora is a Maori elder from the Rongomaiwahine Tribe on the East Coast of the North Island of Aotearoa (New Zealand). She is Earth Charter Commissioner and the former president and currently vice president of Women’s International League for Peace Freedom Aotearoa, former representative for the World Council for Indigenous Peoples, life member of the Maori Women's Welfare League, and was a committee member of Rigoberta Menchu Tum Nobel Laureate Indigenous Initiative for Peace. Pauline Tangiora has represented Aotearoa at many international meetings for peace, the environment, spiritual well-being and indigenous rights. In 2005 she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1000 Women for Peace project. Pauline Tangiora is one of the 50 Council Members of the World Future Council and ambassador of the International Council of Indigenous Grandmothers.