Arizona Leger Says ‘Being Indigenous Is A Huge Superpower’ 

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23 June 2023

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In the second instalment of the seven-part series on significant wāhine toa in women’s sports, Arizona Leger discusses the strength of her heritage, what it means to speak up, and her excitement around the FIFA Women’s Football World Cup 2023. 

The Board Director of Counties Manukau Rugby Football Union reflects on her relationship with Auckland and how it shaped her into the woman she is today. She discusses her heritage, challenging traditional perspectives, and speaking up even when you know it won’t be comfortable.  

“For me when I think of Tāmaki Makaurau, it’s actually places that bring up memories and milestones of my life that have led to where I am today. I went to Epsom Girls Grammar and I was named head girl in my final year. That was the first time I really got to practice what it means to speak up and lead in front of wonderful wahine.” 

Leger says that the Auckland Memorial Museum was an important factor in finding her groove – “It’s where I presented my first TEDx talk, it’s where I had my first ever spoken word poem showcased in an exhibit. I kind of found my confidence in my place within the world.”

Stay tuned to WOMAN to see more interviews with inspiring female leaders over the next six weeks. 

In collaboration with Tātaki Auckland Unlimited.

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