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Māori New Stories for the Week Ending 29 August 2014

Māori New Stories for the Week Ending 29 August 2014

  • Last Friday Te Puni Kōkiri held a staff hui outlining its proposed new organisational structure. The Public Service Association (the union for some staff within the agency) indicated that the new structure reduces staff numbers by 80 permanent positions, down to circa 290 staff.[1]  Subscribers may recall in our May Budget Pānui we identified that the Government had reduced funding for Te Puni Kōkiri policy advice by $1.5 million this year, and by a further $1.7 million for next year; and that these reductions were likely to impact on staffing levels (Pānui 16/2014 refers).   The agency is currently working through a staff reassignment / recruitment process, and the new structure is intended to be place by November.
  • King Tuheitia was admitted to hospital on Monday after suffering from diabetes-related ailments.
  • Court proceedings have now been filed by Tania Martin, challenging her removal in 2012 as Chairperson of the Tainui parliament, Te Kauhanganui.    [By way of background, in November 2010, as Chair of Te Kauhanganui, Ms Martin reported that mismanagement and financial impropriety had been occurring at Te Arataura, the executive board of the iwi.   In response to that finding, in December 2010, she was dismissed by King Tūheitia.  Subsequently, however, it was found that there was no legal basis for that action, and she was reinstated in January 2011.   Ms Martin’s findings were strongly refuted by the then Chair of Te Arataura, Tukuorirangi Morgan.   Following this series of events in 2012 King Tūheitia wrote to all marae members of Te Kauhanganui indicating that some officials may need to stand down, to settle internal disputes.  After that letter was dispatched a discussion and a vote was held by Te Kauhangaui. This found that Ms Martin had brought the organisation into disrepute, and accordingly she was removed as Chairperson.
  • Last weekend Ngāti Tūwharetoa cancelled its proposed Special General Meeting to discuss CNI allocations, and potential financial mismanagement by prior trustees of Treaty settlement resources.  Matters are instead to be addressed at the Annual General Meeting on 20 December.  Pānui 27/2014 outlines the issues of concern.
  • Otago Polytechnic has developed a Māori Organisational Leadership major within its Bachelor of Applied Management.
  • The Commissioner of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Whangaroa, Larry Forbes, has issued a draft report on the board of trustee elections held at the school last year.  The elections were determined to be invalid and resulted in the appointment of Mr Forbes.  The situation also resulted in circa 40 student withdrawals from the kura.
  • A series of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa-Tamaki Nui a Rua treaty settlement consultation hui are commencing from this Saturday.  The focus is post-settlement governance.  Hui details are:
  • The Hub, Dannevirke at 2pm on Saturday, 30 August 2014.
  • Whare-waka, Wellington at 2pm on Sunday, 31 August 2014.
  • Ellerslie Race Course (Remuera room), Auckland at 2pm on Saturday, 6 September
  • 2014.
  • Pouakani Marae, Mangakino at 2pm on Sunday, 7 September 2014.
  • Rapaki Marae, Christchurch at 2pm on Saturday, 13 September 2014.
  • Solway Copthorne, Masterton at 2pm on Sunday, 14 September 2014.


[1]Note the agency has vacancies presently; this does not mean 80 people will be made redundant.

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