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News and Emerging Matters Briefing – to 30 March 2012

News and Emerging Matters Briefing – to 30 March 2012

This paper provides a summary of emerging matter of interest relating to Māori policy development, for the week 30 March 2012. 

General matters

  • On Tuesday, the first reading of the Social Security (Youth Support and Work Focus) Amendment Bill was held in parliament.  The Bill has been referred to the Social Services Committee, and a report back is due by 31 May 2012.  We note the Māori Party voted in favour of this legislation, although the Party has previously expressed some concerns about these reforms.
  • On Wednesday the Waitangi Tribunal granted the New Zealand Māori Council an urgent hearing for a claim regarding the water rights of eleven hapū.
  • Last Thursday the first reading of the South Taranaki District Council (Cold Creek Rural Water Supply) Bill was held.  The proposal has been opposed by four South Taranaki iwi; Nga Ruahinerangi, Ngāti Ruanui, Nga Rauru and Taranaki Iwi Trust.   
  • This week Ngāti Ruahine lodged an appeal against the Tauranga Environment Court decision to grant the Port of Tauranga consent to dredge the Tauranga Harbour. 
  • Oraka-Aparima Runaka Incorporated has declared a Rāhui on fishing from the Waimatuku River mouth through to Ernest Island at the south of Mason Bay, Stewart Island.  The Rāhui recognises the recent loss of eight lives in the Foveaux Strait.  The Rāhui is from 23 March to 21 April.
  • This week a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Aotearoa Fisheries and Massey University.  The memorandum will assist the parties to increase research and professional training opportunities for Māori within the fishing sector.
  • The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment confirmed this week that an inquiry would be held into fracking. 
  • On Thursday the second Tuia Te Ako Māori tertiary education hui was held at Pipitea Marae, Wellington.
  • This week a proposed car rally from Ohakune to Mount Ruapehu has been cancelled following protests from local iwi Ngāti Rangi.
  • This week the National Māori Housing Conference was held in Paihia, Bay of Islands.
  • Reverend Hone Kaa died this week.

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