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Māori news stories for the week 27 September 2013

Māori news stories for the week 27 September 2013

• Te Kapa Coates has been appointed to the independent Board of Inquiry to consider the Ruakura Development Plan Change Request.

• Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, Steven Joyce, and his portfolio Associate Minister, Tariana Turia, have announced that tendering is now open for the provision of Māori and Pasifika Trade Training programmes.  This will be of interest to subscribers involved in Māori tertiary education provision.  This is actually the third Ministerial announcement of this policy, refer Pānui edition 15/2013 for further details.

• This week media outlets discussed findings from a study which explored the importance of racial-ethnic identity in the lives of Year 9 students from secondary schools in Auckland.   The study is called, The importance of race and ethnicity: An exploration of New Zealand Pākehā, Māori, Samoan and Chinese adolescent identity.  It found Māori and Samoan students feel happy and connected to their culture, while Pākehā and Chinese teens are proud to be New Zealanders, but did not think their culture is special. The study was published in the New Zealand Journal of Psychology, August 2013.

• Te Ohu Kaimoana and Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd (AFL) have purchased a fish processing factory from Auckland company Anton’s Seafood Ltd.     Te Ohu Kaimoana, Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd along with Sealord Group Ltd, have also purchased Anton Seafood’s Orange Roughy Quota.

• This week it was announced that the Poutama Trust and the Māori Women’s Development Incorporation will enter into a memorandum of understanding to offer some shared services.  The Incorporation typically offers business loans of up to $50,000 to Māori women and their whānau, while the Poutama Trust typically provides smaller grants for professional business development, feasibility research, and growth projects.

• This week the Ngā Manu Kōrero 2013 National Secondary Schools Speech competitions were held in Hamilton.  The 2013 winners were; Matawhaiti Nepe (Te Wharekura o Rakaumanga), Karewa Cribb (Tamatea College), Raniera Black  (Tū Toa Tai Wananga), Sonny Maaka-Ngatai (Hato Paora College), Hinemaia Takurua (Kuranui College), and Te Whare Kotua Davies (Naenae College).

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