- Traci Houpapa ((Waikato Maniapoto, Taranaki, Tūwharetoa) has been appointed to the Treasury Board as a non- executive director.
- La Verna King (Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Kahungunu) has been appointed to a newly formed Independent panel which will consider the 2014 family justice reforms as they relate to resolving disputes about parenting arrangements or guardianship matters including the effectiveness of out-of-court processes, with a focus on any differential impacts on Māori children. The panel will report to the Minister of Justice with its recommendations no later than May 2019.
- Today the Minister for Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta released the draft Māori language strategy Maihi Karauna. Pānui will provide a comprehensive review of Maihi Karauna next week E26 10 August 2018. Public consultation closes 30 September. https://www.tpk.govt.nz/en/a-matou-kaupapa/maihi-karauna
- A grouping of Crown Ministers are meeting with the Iwi Leaders Forum today to discuss freshwater rights. The group includes three Labour Party Cabinet Ministers, and James Shaw from the Green Party, but notably not Shane Jones from the New Zealand First Party. Mr Jones has already publicly indicated New Zealand First will not support an iwi-collective water rights settlement under any conditions (and he personally will not even meet with the iwi leaders as a single grouping, only as individual iwi). Possibly to appease the situation (or more sceptically to demonstrate efforts of Treaty partnership in advance of any legal action from the collective), Ministers will seek to discuss Māori business and economic development opportunities within the water storage sector. e. bottling opportunities, irrigation for Māori land, improved supply for marae, and the like.
- Ngāpuhi Treaty settlement discussions are continuing with the sixth meeting held between the Ministers for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Andrew Little, and two representatives from Te Kōtahitanga (Rudy Taylor and Pita Tipene) and two from Tūhoronuku (Hone Sadler and Sonny Tau.) Wider consultation with iwi members is expected to recommence soon.
- Dr Pauline Kingi CMNZ has stepped down as leader for the Government Inquiry into the Appointment Process for a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Wally Haumaha. Dr Kingi had previously endorsed the professional competencies of Mr Haumaha on a social media website.
- Last week general media reported that the Serious Fraud Office searched and removed documents from the Office of the Māori King. The search follows an investigation by the Charities Service into the spending of funds received by the now deregistered Ururangi Trust. Previously, from 2008 the Ururangi Trust received up tp $1.6 million annually from Waikato/Tainui, in order to support the Office of the Māori King.
- Napier based social enterprise group “LIFT” have been awarded $375,000 to deliver a work readiness programme Poutama Rangatahi Hikina to 75 youth not in education, employment or training (NEET) across Hawke’s Bay.