- Justice Joseph Victor Williams (Ngāti Pūkenga and Te Arawa (Waitaha, Tapuika) has been appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court.
- Jamie Tuuta ((Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama, Te Ati Awa,Taranaki Tuturu) has been appointed Chair of the New Zealand Tourism Board (known as Tourism New Zealand)
- This week Statistics NZ advised that due to Census 2018 information being incomplete, it will not be able to produce data on iwi affiliations (when it finally does release census data). This has caused some anguish from various Māori leaders and commentators, as this data is used in a variety of ways, not least of which is to confirm iwi size for Treaty settlement purposes. In our view, while Statistics NZ obviously cannot undo past poor work, it can and probably should do further surveying in this area so that iwi have a sense of the scale of the issues they are working with. For example, iwi groups developing education plans need to know how many, and where their tamariki are within the schooling system.
- Applications are now open for the annual Te Wai Māori Trust – Wai Ora Fund. The purpose of the fund is to assist Iwi and Māori to promote and advance freshwater fisheries development, research and education. The fund value is $250,000. Applications close 5 June 2018.
- This week Ngahiwi Tomoana (Ngāti Kahungunu) has been re-elected as chairman of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Mr Tomoana has declared that this will be his final term as chairman.
- This week Nuk Korako, a former Chair of the Māori Affairs Select Committee under the last Government, gave his valedictory speech with his retirement from Parliament. Below is a pertinent extract from his kōrero
“I want to turn to our Māori people, because I believe it is time to switch your political allegiance back to yourself, to your own tino rakatirataka. The political tribalism of saying we only vote for the party is not doing us any favours. You must demand on every politician that walks across your marae ātea that they show you the proof of their commitment to working hard for you before you give them your vote, because talk is cheap, whānau. Actions, ringa raupā—the callused hands—those are what spoke loudly to our conservative tīpuna, and it is time to demand politicians show you their calloused hands, their ringa raupā, as evidence of what they have achieved for you.”
Nuk Korako, 1 May 2019