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Edition 20, Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 15 June 2018

Edition 20, Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 15 June 2018

  • Ezekiel Raui (Te Rarawa) will receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Award on Tuesday 26 June at Buckingham Palace, London. The award recognises Mr Raui’s leadership and programme development in the field of youth mental health and suicide prevention.
  • Kimberly Maxwell (Whakatōhea, Te Whanau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāitai, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) has been awarded a Ministry for Primary Industries Postgraduate Science Scholarship. Ms Maxwell is completing a PhD in Marine Biology at Victoria University of Wellington. The scholarship value is up to $50,000.
  • Rachel Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka) and Melissa Derby (Ngāti Ranginui) have been awarded a Fulbright Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate scholarship. This scholarship will support the recipients to undertake one year of postgraduate study/ research in indigenous development at a United States university.
  • This week the Minister of Forestry, Shane Jones, and his Associate Minister, Meka Whaitiri, launched a new scholarship programme to support Māori and/or female students seeking to enroll in the Bachelor of Forestry Science, or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering, at the University of Canterbury. The scholarships provides $8,000 a year for 4 years, and a paid internship within the forestry sector. Four scholarships will be awarded for the 2019 academic year.


  • Ministers Eugenie Sage and David Clark have granted a water bottling application made under the Overseas Investment Act; which will allow a foreign company to purchase land to expand an existing bottling plant at Otakiri Springs, near Whakatane. The decision is controversial given the Green Party campaigned against such uses of New Zealand water, and because there were some iwi views of concern expressed in the consenting process – but also some iwi views in support.   No associated iwi, however, elected to submit earlier on the consenting applications, although these were notified.


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