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Māori news stories for the week ending 14 November 2014 (edition 40)

Māori news stories for the week ending 14 November 2014 (edition 40)

  • The Department of Corrections has announced that new prisoners will have pounamu or manaia removed, and returned to their whānau.   The stated reason is that the items are beings traded amongst prisoners, which has escalated conflicts.  Prisoners currently serving a sentence will not have to surrender their pounamu or manaia.  Māori Party spokesperson, Marama Fox, has indicated the party is concerned, noting no evidence has been provided by the Department for the decision, and accordingly has requested a meeting with the Minister for Corrections, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.  (We advise, if there is an issue of conflicts over trades, then by limiting but not eliminating supply, the Department could potentially be increasing such conflicts, if demand remains high.)
  • Ngāi Tūhoe is preparing to conduct a review of hunting permits issued within Te Urewera, in accordance with its management role over the area.  The iwi has indicated the review is focused on ensuring appropriate permit systems are in place, and better provide for information sharing.  Chairperson, Tamati Kruger, has indicated that previously there had been no monitoring of permits issued.
  • Media outlets are reporting that further job losses may occur at Sealord, and that iwi groups may be disenfranchised with the performance of the company, and seek a more active governance role in the future (as a potential outcome of the review of the Māori Fisheries Act).  Pānui is reviewing these matters, and will seek to provide a further summary brief on the review of this sector as it develops.
  • East Taupō Lands Trust, a Māori charitable trust has entered a honey supply partnership with Comvita.  East Taupō Lands Trust manage over 30,000 hectares of land south-east of Taupō.
  • A Ngāti Kahungunu Marae, Waipatu, is requesting a moratorium on water consent applications for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.  This is in response to a company, Elwood Road Holdings, seeking to increase its water extraction limitations from the Heretauranga aquifer (from 360,000 to 900,000 litres).  The water is sought for a bottled-water exporting company.

 

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