Māori news stories for the week ending 1 August 2014
- Last Friday the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Chris Finlayson, announced that applications are now open for Waitangi Day funding. Next year will be the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty at Waitangi, and funding is available for commemoration events to be held throughout New Zealand. Applications close 19 September, details are available at:
- This week the Minister Responsible for Whānau Ora, Tariana Turia, launched the South Island Whānau Ora commissioning entity, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu. This follows her launching of a North Island Whānau Ora commissioning entity, Te Pou Matakana, in July.
- This week the Government opened expressions of interest for a Māori Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE). The successful Māori CoRE will receive $5 million per year for five years. Professor Sir Mason Durie will chair the selection process. For background on this matter refer to Pānui edition 7/2014.
- This week the Ngāpuhi Treaty settlement entity, Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (Tūhoronuku IMA), has concluded trustee elections, and twenty-two trustees have been announced. The structure includes two kaumātua / kuia, fifteen hapū trustees, four urban representative trustees, and a Te Rūnanga Iwi O Ngāpuhi trustee. The Interim Chairman is Raniera (Sonny) Tau. Ngāti Hine has responded indicating the two hapū representatives selected for them do not have their support, and they are therefore asking those representatives to vacate their positions. For further details on debate regarding the mandate of Tūhoronuku IMA refer to Pānui 10/2014.