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Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 8 June Edition 19/2018

Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 8 June Edition 19/2018

  • Hemo Kerewai Thompson pleaded guilty to an additional 99 fraud charges last week. Ms Thompson is the former finance manager of Raukura Waikato Social Services Trust (RSST). In March she pleaded guilty to 67 charges of ‘Theft in a Special Relationship’ and one charge of ‘Obtaining by Deception’.  From November 2010 to February 2015 Ms Thompson obtained circa $175,000 from RSST disguising the activity as expenditure. The Trust was placed into liquidation in 2016. Ms Thompson has been granted bail and is scheduled for sentencing at the Hamilton District Court on 19 July 2018.
  • Last week the Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta announced two new housing collaborations in the Northland region Ōtangarei Papakāinga and He Korowai Trust rent-to-own home ownership model. Ōtangarei Papakāinga Limited will build four community-based transitional homes, a home for a support worker, and central whare in the Whangārei suburb of Ōtangarei. The development aims to support and transition 16 families per year into long-term housing.  He Korowai Trust will receive $900,000 towards an affordable rent-to-own home ownership project. The rent-to-own project will assist eight low income families into home ownership.
  • Ngāi Te Rangi iwi members are continuing protests over the possible signing of a Deed of Settlement between the Crown and the Hauraki iwi collective settlement. The protest group is of the view that the Hauraki iwi collective has no Treaty rights within the Tauranga area, and should not gain a seat of representation on the Tauranga Moana Governance Group.  (The incoming governance group has four seats for Tauranga Moana iwi, one seat for the iwi of Hauraki, and five seats for local government representatives.) The responsible Minister, Andrew Little, has delayed signing the Deed over the last few weeks, to allow iwi-to-iwi discussions to be held.

Appointments and Awards

  • The following New Zealand Honours and Queen’s Service awards were conferred to Māori, or people giving services to Māori, on 04 June 2018.


To be a Knights Companion of the said Order:

Mr Hekenukumai Busby, ONZM, MBE, of Kaitaia. For services to Māori.

Mr John Edward Rowles, OBE, of Auckland. For services to entertainment.


To be Officers of the said Order:

Mr Philip Alexander Te-Aorangi Bell, of Auckland. For services to music.

Mrs Christine Barney Arihia Brears, of Taumarunui. For services to Māori and health.

Ms Timua Te Puhi Kai Ariki Brennan, of Rotorua. For services to music and Māori performing arts.

Mr Matutaera Te Nana Clendon, of Auckland. For services to Māori.

Ms Briar Grace-Smith, of Paraparaumu. For services to theatre, film and television.

Mrs Carol Ann Ngawati, of Tauranga. For services to sport, education and Māori.

Mr Desma Kemp Ratima, JP, of Hastings. For services to Māori.

Archdeacon Tikituterangi Raumati, of Urenui. For services to Māori and the community.


To be Members of the said Order:

Ms Ainsley Amohaere Gardiner, of Whakatane. For services to film and television.

Dr Sharon Ellen Barcello Gemmell, JP, of Blenheim. For services to Māori and education.

Ms Gabrielle Ann Huria, of Christchurch. For services to Māori and governance.

Mrs Laura Tui Mariu, of Auckland. For services to rugby league.

Ms Rebecca Elizabeth Mellish, of Featherston. For services to Māori and governance.

Ms Christine Rewa Panapa, of Tuakau. For services to sport and Māori.

Mr Millan Tame Ruka, of Whangarei. For services to conservation.

To be Companions of the said Order:

Mr Leith Pirika Comer, of Rotorua. For services to Māori, the State and local government.


Mr Stewart Bull, of Invercargill. For services to conservation and Māori.

Mr Raymond Kopuraehana Coffin, of Te Kuiti. For services to the Māori Wardens Association.

Mrs Irene Eva Hiriwa Curnow, of Tauranga. For services to Māori and education.

Mr Hatete Joe Manukau, JP, of Katikati. For services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the community.

Mr Richard Henry Shepherd, JP, of Whangarei. For services to Māori and the community.

 Te Pūnaha Hihiko, Vision Mātauranga Round 6 Funding (announced 7 June 2018)

Organisation Project Partners Funding
AgResearch Limited Growth of a banana industry – rapid expansion of commercial Banana growing in Tārawhiti Tai Pukenga Limited $93,455
Whakamana mā pahekotanga: Empowerment through collaboration Tawapata South Incorporation (trading as Onenui Station), Paroa Trust $100,000
Transition mapping of Ngāti Porou food and fibre products to novel value chains Pakihiroa Farms Ltd $75,000
Te Oranganui o Ngāti Pāhauwera – lifting the well-being of Ngāti Pāhauwera through collective land and people development Ngāti Pāhauwera Development Trust Ltd $100,000
The BHU Future Farming Centre Maara Kai and food science capacity expansion with Koukourārata, Ōnuku, Rāpaki, & Wairewa Rūnanga and Ngāi Tahu Te Runanga o Koukourarata, Te Runanga o Onuku, Te Runanga o Rapaki, Te Runanga o Wairewa, Lincoln University, Plant & Food Research $180,000
Bryce-Hare Whānau Trust KINAKI – Tūhoe Medicinal Food Blends AgResearch $100,000
CRL Energy Limited Resin impregnated training and research materials for pounamu industry Ngati Waewae $100,000
Hokotehi Moriori Trust Towards Co-development – What does a sustainable Chatham Islands look like? Te Ara Pūtaiao (Māori collective for the Crown Research Institutes) $100,000
Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited Mahika kai he pou hereka tākata, haere ake nei, haere ake nei: The validation of a food safety framework for mahinga kai Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu $180,000
E Rere te Wai e, Pupū Ake te Matauranga e: A Convergence of Maori and Western Water Knowledge Systems Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu $100,000
Te Wai Tuku Kiri, Te Wai Tuku Hā Te Pā o Rākaihautū $100,000
‘Tēnei te Tauira ka Whakapiki, Tēnei a Pūhoro Ka Whakakake ki Te Ao Mārama’ Pūhoro STEM Academy $100,000
He Ao Hou, He Ātea Hou –  Engaging and Preserving our Histories into the Future Ngāti Rangithi $75,000
GNS Science Kaitiakitanga of geothermal ecosystems through joint scientific and Mātauranga-a-iwi approaches Ngati Tahu-Ngati Whaoa Runanga Trust $85,700
Kaupapa Taiao Trust Kaupapa Taiao Tai Poutini- Establishing new Matauranga/Science Research Te Papa $180,000
Mahaanui Kurataiao Limited He whakatō i ngā kākano o te kaitiakitanga Te Pā o Rākaihautū $100,000
Massey University Whenua Tipu – Transformation of Māori Agribusiness and the Fourth Industrial Revolution Opepe Farm Trust $100,000
A mātauranga Māori code of practice for flood management Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust $100,000
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd Ngā tākapu ruku moana o Ngāti Awa Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa $180,000
Ngā Taonga Waimātaitai o Murihiku – Co-developing Culturally Appropriate Approaches to Improve Estuarine Mahinga Kai Management Te Rūnaka o Ōraka-Aparima $100,000
Nga Uri O Te Ngahere Trust The Torere Integrated Land Management programme AgResearch, Plant & Food Research, Torere Section 64 Inc, Ngaitai Iwi Authority, Torere Section 14, Torere Section 56, Karearea Farm $100,000
Onuku Runanga Incorporated Science connections between Ngāi Tarewa (Akaroa) and Opus Consultancy for regional prosperity (Amiria Wharf) Opus Consulting Ltd $100,000
Rakiura Titi Islands Administering Body / Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu He tītī huatahi: Utilising tītī by-products and adding value to mahinga kai Callaghan Innovation $100,000
Scion Te Arawa Climate Change Strategy: Te Urunga o Kea Te Arawa Lakes Trust $98,000
Takiwa Limited Ahuwhenua Tairawhiti – GIS Connections for Māori Land-Innovation Kahuitara A2E2B3 Inc, Puhunga Trust A12A Trust, PuhungaA9C Trust, Waitakaro Trust, PuhungaA9B3B2B Trust, Waipaoa 1A2, Ngamoe A8C, Kokai A3D2, Waitangi Y2B1; Kaimoho A1 Land Incorporation $100,000
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi Trust He taonga te manu, he tohu te manu: Reconnecting Nga i Te Rangi as mana whenua of Motuotau to advance kaitiakitanga Massey University $100,000
Te Tihi o Ruahine Whanau Ora Alliance Charitable Trust A Participatory Design Approach to Developing Gamified Tools to Support Whānau Ora using Te Ara Whānau Ora as the pathway – Extending the reach and effectiveness of a proven whanau-centred wellbeing approach Massey University $100,000
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited Advancing culture and husbandry technology for yellowbelly flounder through mātauranga Māori Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki $180,000
Ngāti Porou Miere – Delivering Science in the East Cape Ngāti Porou Miere $180,000
Māori Tourism Hononga New Zealand Maori Tourism-He Toa Takitini $100,000
University of Auckland  He waka hourua ki te ao kei mua – Mātauranga and Science engagement framework Mahaanui Kurataiao Limited $100,000
Wakatu Incorporation Reconnecting Whānau to Whenua: Designing the appropriate protection and utilisation of Indigenous Organisms in Te Tau Ihu Aroha Mead $100,000
Scientific Validation of Traditional Rongoā Knowledge in Te Tau Ihu Edible Research Ltd $100,000
Whai Maia Charitable Trust 1 Ngāti Whātua Orākei Kahui Rangahau : Connecting Maori with Science Providers Te Pūnaha Matatini (University of Auckland Centre of Research Excellence), Monash University $100,000


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