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Salient Māori News Items for the week to 29 July 2016 (edition 26/2016)

Salient Māori News Items for the week to 29 July 2016 (edition 26/2016)


  • Te Puea Marae has advised that it will be concluding its respite housing initiative shortly. Marae Chairperson, Hurimoana Dennis, has indicated 60 whānau have been placed in accommodation, including 83 tamariki.  They will continue to work with fourteen whānau who are still staying at the marae.
  • On Monday the Minister for Education, Hekia Parata, announced that thirty ‘Kupe Scholarships’ have been awarded to Māori and Pasifika people seeking to become teachers. The scholarships cover course fees, some living costs and  provide for mentoring.  The list of successful recipients is available here:


  • The Rotorua Lakes Council has won a Local Government New Zealand Awards judges’ choice award for its partnership work with Te Arawa.
  • This week the Waitangi Tribunal has been hearing claims alleging the Department of Corrections had under-served Māori inmates and failed to uphold the Treaty of Waitangi. (We will advise further at the Tribunal reporting stage.)
  • Nuki Takao and Waihoroi Shortland have both been appointed to Te Mātāwai (by their respective iwi cluster groupings).
  • Chief Executive of Te Māngai Pāho, John Bishara, has announced his resignation, in order to take up a new role with the Lake Taupō Forest Trust.

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