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Māori news stories for the week ending 7 December 2012

Māori news stories for the week ending 7 December 2012


• Mana Party leader, Hone Harawira, appeared in Court on Thursday in relation to a charge of failing to remove a vehicle (at a protest concerning state housing removals last month).  He pleaded not guilty.  A hearing is scheduled for March next year.  There was some initial ado with this first hearing, as Mr Harawira addressed the Court only in Te Reo Māori and the Court did not have an interpreter readily available.

• On Monday Michelle Hippolite commenced her role as Chief Executive of Te Puni Kōkiri.

• Michael Doogan has been appointed a temporary judge of the Māori Land Court.  Mr Doogan will commence the two-year appointment in January 2013.

• Dr Deidre Brown, Dr Elana Curtis, Dr Te Oti Rakena, Gillian Reynolds, Tanya Savage, Angie Smith, and Matthew Tarawa have received a Group Research Award from the New Zealand Association for Research in Education, for their research on Māori and Pacific student teaching and learning.

• Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, which is a Centre of Research Excellence, has commissioned four new Māori focused research projects.  The four projects are:

  •  In pursuit of the possible: Indigenous well-being – a study of indigenous hope, meaning and transformation led by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Waikato University,
  • Fostering te pā harakeke: Advancing healthy and prosperous families of mana led by Professor Mason Durie, Massey University;
  • How do we return the mauri to its pre-Rena state? led by Dr Kepa Morgan; and
  • Waka Wairua: Landscape heritage and the creative potential of Māori communities, led by Associate Professor Merata Kawharu, University of Auckland.

• Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga has also released its second issue of the MAI Journal online (Māori research articles).

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