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E11 Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 6 April 2018

E11 Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 6 April 2018

 Periodic Tenancy Reviews of Public Housing Tenants

  • Last Thursday the Minister of Housing, Phil Twyford, announced that periodic tenancy reviews of public housing tenants would be paused (until the end of June), while the Minister considers whether the groups of tenants exempt from the process should be widened. Tenancy reviews determine whether a person or family still require public housing and whether the public house they are in meets their current needs.[1] The pause is likely to have an impact on the 36% Māori public housing tenants, 44% Māori on the public housing register, or Māori awaiting transfer to a more suitable dwelling.
  • The Electoral Commission commenced the Māori Electoral Option campaign this week. The campaign encourages Māori who are registered on the electoral roll to choose the option to be on the Māori roll, or to stay on the General roll (but to make a conscious choice) for the next two General Elections. The number of Māori on the Māori electoral roll determines the number of Māori representative seats in Parliament, so the campaign is an important contribution to that.


  • Te Wānanga o Aotearoa have developed two social media applications Including a 3D tiki filter on Snapchat, and the kirituhi camera effect on Facebook. The apps which have had mixed responses (positive and negative) from tikanga and cultural commentators are targeted at rangatahi/ youth.
  • Last week Saul Roberts was sentenced to eight months home detention and ordered to pay reparations of circa $165,000 for taking a bribe of $45,000 in 2009 – in return for withdrawing a submission from his iwi around a district plan change. Mr Roberts has also admitted taking financial ‘kickbacks’ of $160,000 from his former employment at Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust, a Māori disability provider.
  • Last week MBIE released a report on Public Engagement with Science and Technology. The report provides a summary of findings from a 2017 science and technology survey. Of the 3,300 survey respondents:
  • 42% agreed that Mātauranga Māori has a role in science;
  • 51% agreed that Māori involvement in leadership in science and technology is important in New Zealand; and
  • 48% are interested in learning about how Mātauranga Māori relates to science.



[1] Under the existing criteria public housing tenants are exempt from periodic tenancy reviews are: (i) 75 years and older; (ii) people whose house is modified for their needs such as wheelchair access; (iii) households working with a Children’s Team in the Ministry for Children Oranga Tamariki; and (iv) those with an agreed lifetime tenure with Housing New Zealand.


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