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Māori News for the week ending 9 August 2019

Māori News for the week ending 9 August 2019

  • The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released eligibility information for the 2019 He Tupu Ohanga: Commercial Advisor Scheme (CAS). CAS is designed to allow Māori collectives to work with a commercial advisor for up to two years.  Government funding of up to $60,000 per collective is offered, on the proviso there is a further co-funding from the Māori entities of 25% of the total costs.  The advisor will “mentor and support the Māori collective to identify opportunities, develop business cases, and obtain professional advice”. Applications open 19 August and close 30 September. The 2019 Commercial Advisors Scheme Eligibility Criteria
  • The Wellington Tenths Trust has reached an agreement with the New Zealand Police that will see the Trust receive proceeds from the sale of a house purchased with funds fraudulently obtained by Lorraine Skiffington (deceased) and Sir Ngātata Love (deceased). The $1.5 million property was restrained by the Police Commissioner in 2014 as it was deemed to be procured from criminal activity.
  • The Federation of Māori Authorities (FoMA) National Conference and Annual General Meeting 2019 will be held in Nelson 27 and 28 September 2019. Confirmed speakers include Dame Jenny Shipley, Adrian Orr (Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand) and Minister Nanaia Mahuta. Go to https://www.fomaevents.org.nz/event1_2 for more information.
  • Moana Mackey and Dean Te Kanawa have been appointed to the Representation Commission. The Representation Commission is the body that determines the number of electoral districts and sets the boundaries of Ms Mackey and Mr Te Kanawa are the representatives for the Māori electoral boundaries only.  They fulfil that role with other members of the Commission and the Chief Executive of Te Puni Kōkiri.
  • Dame Naida Glavish, Dame Areta Kopu, Dame June Mariu, Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi, Dame Tariana Turia, Lady Tureiti Moxon, Sir Toby Curtis, Sir Mason Durie, Sir Wira Gardiner, Sir Pita Sharples, Sir Robert McLeod and Sir Mark Solomon are the members of the governing group for the Independent Māori Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki.

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