- 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)
|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|