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Māori news stories for the week ending 25 July 2014 (edition 25/2014)

Māori news stories for the week ending 25 July 2014 (edition 25/2014)

  • Conservative Party leader, Colin Craig, has announced that one of their policy platforms will be to remove Māori representative seats from Parliament.  The Party considers the seats a form of injustice segregation.
  • The five employees suspended from the Western Institute of Technology (WITT) in Taranaki, while the polytechnic investigated issues concerning the under-delivery of a Māori performing arts programme, have now all resigned.  They were all former staff members within the Te Wānanga Māori department.  Their departure follows the resignation earlier this month of the former director of Te Wānanga Māori, Tengaruru Wineera.  In our assessment, this situation reads as a major incident for WITT, and it will be challenge for the institute to rebuild (or not) its Māori department.
  • National MP Claudette Hauiti has indicated she will not stand again for parliament after the election.  This has occurred as she has been found to have incorrectly used her parliamentary charge card, for personall items.  She has indicated that she has paid back $1,400 of expenses incurred on the card.
  • The Youth Affairs Minister, Nikki Kaye, has announced applications are now open for 2015 youth development projects.  I.e. projects designed and led by young people aged 12-24, or projects by youth organisations in partnership with young people that develop community participation.  The funding available ranges from $2,000 to $7,000 per project.  Applications close on 11 September 2014, and details can be found here www.myd.govt.nz/funding/youth-fund.html


  • The Honourable Dr Pita Sharples delivered his parliamentary valedictory speech on Thursday.


  • The Honourable Tariana Turia delivered her parliamentary valedictory speech on Thursday.

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