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Māori news stories for the week ending 14 February 2014

Māori news stories for the week ending 14 February 2014

  • Te Pūmanawa o te Waiora, a partnership school in Whangaruru (Northland) opened on Monday. This is a bilingual (English/Māori) secondary school which offers learning opportunities through farming and outdoor education mediums.  (Pānui 32/2013 outlines policy matters relating to partnership schools.)
  • This week District Court Judge David Ruth lifted name suppression on two people convicted of defrauding Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in 2008-09.  They are Margaret Wood and Ian Wood.  The fraud occurred while Mrs Wood worked for the wānanga in curriculum development.  Both received a sentence of 12-months home detention.  One of the reasons given for lifting name suppression was that Mrs Wood has become a ‘life coach’, and judge Ruth considered it important that potential clients could be made aware of the conviction.
  • On Tuesday, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce, announced that legislation will be amended to reduce the size of university and wānanga councils from 12 to 20 members, to 8 to 12 members.  All councils will be required to have at least one member who is Māori, to “assist the goal of boosting the achievement of Māori”.  Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi generally support the changes, while Te Wānanga o Raukawa indicated there was no problem with their current council size.  Aside from efficiency objectives, the reforms also focus on increasing the competency levels, with proposed legislation requiring that appointments have existing governance capabilities.
  • Massey University: Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health (Albany campus) are currently seeking 225 Māori women living in Auckland to participate in an international study into whether women with different body fat profiles, have different risk levels for chronic disease.  For more information email: explore@massey.ac.nz


[1] Investigating plain package of tobacco products is a specific item agreed to within the relationship accord between the National and Māori parities.

[2] Ministry of Health research.

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