- Last Thursday it was announced that Tania Simpson (Tainui, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāpuhi) has been appointed to the board of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
- Last Friday the Government appointed Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith to its Māori Economic Development Advisory Board.
- On Wednesday the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Chris Finlayson, announced eight members have been appointed to the Māori Heritage Council. By way of background, in May new legislation was introduced that disestablished the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, and replaced it with the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. The new Act contains provision for a Māori Heritage Council to advise the board of the new entity. (This is in addition to Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga having three board members with expert knowledge of te ao Māori.)
Functions of the Māori Heritage Council include; (i) ensuring the protection of heritage places and areas meet the needs of Māori; (ii) assisting Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga to develop bicultural perspectives; (iii) assisting whānau, hapū and iwi in the preservation and management of their heritage resources; (iv) advising on recommendations relating to archaeological sites relevant to Māori; (v) making decisions about the registration/entries on the heritage list / rārangi kōrero of wāhi tapu, wāhi tapu areas, wāhi tupuna; and (vi) advocating for the interests of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga in aspects of its work that relates to Māori. The incoming Council members are: