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Māori News for the Week Ending 1 July 2016 (22/2016)

Māori News for the Week Ending 1 July 2016 (22/2016)


  • Last Thursday Statistics New Zealand released Ngā ara tatauranga Statistical pathways, which is a collection of six posters featuring successful young Māori commencing their professional careers.  The posters emphasise the importance of statistics in work environments, and collectively demonstrate the breadth of professional work opportunities available to Māori youth.


  • Whetu Fala has been appointed to the board of Maori Television.
  • Graham Pryor has been appointed to the board of Radio New Zealand.
  • This week in a Māori Affairs Select Committee meeting Nanaia Mahuta, the Labour Party spokesperson for Whānau Ora, questioned the Minister for Whānau Ora, Te Ururoa Flavell, on why there were no reported outcomes for the initiative.  Minister Flavell responded indicating that Te Puni Kōkiri does in fact provide reports to Ministers.  However such reports have not been made available to the public.  While we note the Labour Party – as the opposition party in Parliament – has a political element to its line of enquiry, we consider this questioning fair, and can see no reason why up-to-date performance monitoring information on Whānau Ora, from Te Puni Kōkiri as the monitoring agency, should not be made available for consideration by Māori – given Māori empowerment is one of the supposed core tenets of the initiative (not Ministerial empowerment).   Giving this matter more prominence is a May 2015 report on Whānau Ora by the Auditor-General, which is largely negative, particularly in regards to administration costs and practices (Pānui 15/2015 refers).  One of the main criticisms by the Auditor-General was that “comprehensive reporting on results achieved had not occurred”. [1]      (Note 2014/15 annual reports from Whānau Ora commissioning agencies are publicly available.)

[1] Minister Flavell has subsequently released a media statement indicating he considers there is sufficient reporting on Whānau Ora.

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