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E8 Salient Māori News Items for the week to 15 March 2019

E8 Salient Māori News Items for the week to 15 March 2019

  • Te Kōwhatu Tū Moana Trust has entered into an agreement with the New Plymouth District Council, signalling their shared intent to work together within the Waitara community. This precedes the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Act, which comes into effect on Sunday, creating new provisions for the sale of Waitara endowment land.  (Pānui 44/2018 refers.)
  • On Monday the Secretary to the Treasury, Gabriel Makhlouf, announced The Treasury’s new Te Reo name is now ‘Te Tai Ōhanga’. This reflects the wider focus on wellbeing that Treasury now has.
  • This week closing submissions for stage one of the Waitangi Tribunal, ‘Māori Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry’, were presented.  This inquiry (WAI 2475) is one of the Tribunal’s major kaupapa inquires, meaning it is considered of national significance and impacts widely on Māori.
  • The 2019 Māori Fisheries Conference will take place on Wednesday 27 March, at the Novotel Hotel Auckland International Airport. The conference theme is ‘Te hā o Tangaroa kia ora ai tāua’- the breath of Tangaroa sustains us.

https://www.teohu.conference.maori.nz/
Parliamentary Matters

  • This week in Parliament Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, expressed her continued confidence in two New Zealand First Cabinet ministers, namely the Minister for Regional Economic Development, Shane Jones, (Te Aupōuri, Ngāi Takoto) and Minister of Defence and Minister for Veteran Affairs, Ron Marks, (Ngāti Kahungunu). Both have been accused by opposition parties of separately misusing their Ministerial warrants in one way or another.
  • Last week the Māori Affairs Committee has reported back to Parliament on the Ngāti Rangi Claims Settlement Bill – they recommend it be passed, with some amendments. This week the Bill completed its second Parliamentary reading.
  • On Wednesday Green Party Co-leader, Marama Davis, received the Petition from the Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) campaign. The group is against a housing development going ahead at Ihumātao (Mangare), because they consider it is their traditional land that contains historic urupa.   Marama Davis has advised she has written to the Prime Minister asking for the development to be halted.

[1] The data is from the period 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2016.  We have used the present tense as it is the most up to-date research in this area, and there is no indication anything as changed.

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