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Salient Māori News Items for the Week Ending 23 March 2018 Edition 9.

Salient Māori News Items for the Week Ending 23 March 2018 Edition 9.

Appointments and Awards

  • Kingi Kiriona (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Apa) has been appointed to the Māori Television board.
  • The Department of Conservation re-opened the nomination process for 45 Conservation Board members. This follows a statement by Minister Eugenie Sage, that the boards need to reflect the diverse communities they service.  (I.e. clearly the Minister is seeking greater gender and ethnic diversity on these boards.)   Nominations now close on 14 April.  See link below.


  • Miro Limited Partnership (which is a grouping of Māori land trusts) has entered into a joint venture with Plant and Food Research to breed new high value berry varieties, such as blueberries. The new berries will be grown, harvested, and sold by Miro, with support from BerryCo NZ.  To do this Miro landowners plan to develop circa 20 hectares of orchards over the next 12 months, where the berries will be grown in tunnel houses.
  • Next month ‘The Moko Foundation’ will send a delegation of 12 rangatahi (youth) to New York to attend a United Nations Indigenous forum, focused on collective rights to lands, territories and resources. Dr Lance O’ Sullivan is the founder of the foundation, and will be a guest speaker at the forum.
  • This week the Minister for Crown/Māori Relations, Kelvin Davis, publicly announced a series of public hui will be held to receive input onto the proposed scope of his portfolio. Subscribers will recall last week’s Pānui provided a detailed briefing on this matter, including the proposal to Cabinet to filter all major Crown/Māori interactions through this new office (within the Ministry of Justice).  Pānui 8/2018 provides details.  The consultation hui schedule is provided below, and interested parties are encouraged to RSVP to:


Location Day and Date Venue
Kaitaia Sat 7 April, 8.30am Kaitaia College, Redan Rd, Kaitaia
Whangarei Sun 8 April, 11.00am Terenga Paraoa Marae, 10 Porowini Ave, Morningside, Whangarei
Nelson Sat 14 April, 10.30am Tahuna Function Centre, 70 Beach Rd, Tahunanui, Nelson
Christchurch Sun 15 April, 11.30am Ngā hau e wha Marae, 250 Pages Rd, Aranui, Christchurch
Gisborne Sat 21 April, 10.00am Manutuke Marae, 73A Whakato Rd, Manutuke 4072
Hastings Sun 22 April, 10.00am Omahu Marae, 1857 State Highway 50, Fernhill, Hastings
Thames Sat 28 April, 3.00pm Mataiwhetu Marae, 12 Ngati Maru Highway, Kopu
Hamilton Sat 28 April (time and location to be confirmed)
Rotorua Sun 29 April, 11.00am Te Papaiouru Marae, Mataiawhea Street, Ohinemutu
Whanganui Fri 4 May, 2.00pm Whanganui Function Centre, 19 Purnell st, Whanganui
New Plymouth Sat 5 May, 11.00am Owae Marae (Manukorihi Pa), 16 North Street, Waitara
Auckland Sun 6 May, 10am Nga Whare Wātea, 31 Calthorp Cl, Favona, Auckland
Wellington Thurs 10 May, 4.30pm Nau mai room, Te Puni Kōkiri, 143 Lambton Quay
Invercargill Sat 12 May, 9.30am Murihiku Marae, 408 Tramway Rd, Heidelberg, Invercargill

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