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Māori News Items for the Week to 1 June Edition 18/2018

Māori News Items for the Week to 1 June Edition 18/2018

Appointments and Awards

  • Onuku Māori Lands Trust (Rotorua) has won the Ahuwhenua Trophy (Māori farming) Trophy.
  • Harepaora Ngaheu (Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau ā Apanui) has won the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award.
  • Tahamoana Macpherson has been appointed New Zealand’s new Ambassador to Thailand.
  • Wallace Haumaha has been appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police.
  • The Māori Trustee, Jamie Tuuta, has advised that to his current knowledge none of the farms managed by Te Tumu Paeroa have been infected with mycoplasma bovis. (Te Tumu Paeroa administers circa 100,000 hectares of Māori-title land.)  However another Māori agricultural and business leader, Hilton Collier, has advised he is aware of one Māori-owned farm which presently has official notification not to move stock (which occurs whilst testing for the mycoplasma virus takes place).
  • The Ministry of the Environment has released a new science strategy called, ‘Our Science Strategy Rautaki Pūtaiao: Valued and trusted science: a framework for change’. The idea is to guide the work of the Ministry, to ensure a strong scientific basis is present behind all of its research work and policy advice.  We note the strategy, whilst not Māori-focused, does commence with a positive affirmation of the place of mātauranga Māori within scientific thought (noting that there is current debate on this within the scientific community).  The Ministry’s statement is:

“Our principle is ‘valued mātauranga: incorporating Mātauranga Māori appropriately to ensure te ao Māori perspectives are reflected in our work’. We want to be clear about what successful use of mātauranga mō te taiao at the Ministry looks like, so changes to improve the use of science at the Ministry also improve the use of mātauranga.”


  • Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage, has announced $11.7 million in funding to support an iwi and community plan to eradicate pests from Mount Taranaki. The project is called Taranaki Taku Turanga and is supported by the eight iwi grouping in the region, the NEXT Foundation, and the Department of Conservation.
  • Minister Sage has also announced that consultation is commencing of the Government’s plan to ensure there are no new mines on conservation land. While the discussion document has not quite been released (link failure on beehive website), we note the Minister advises that the Government will “work closely with our Treaty partners throughout the process of defining how the policy will be implemented.”


  • Applications for the 2018 Community Leadership Fund – Hāpori Whakatipu are now open. This fund provides grants to not-for-profit organisations with a national focus, which provide leadership and capability building across the community and social enterprise sectors. Total funding available is $500,000. Applications close on 11 July 2018.


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