- This week Shaun Keenan – former CEO of Ngāti Te Whiti Whenua Topu Trust was sentenced to three years and 8 months imprisonment in the New Plymouth District Court for 46 charges related to the theft of circa $480,000 from the Trust. This theft has impeded a marae-hub development project the Trust had received funds for.
- Paraone Gloyne (Ngāti Raukawa) has been appointed to the Te Māngai Pāho Board.
- Nominations are being called for Te Taumata Aronui – a working group which will be set up to provide Māori community and employer perspectives regarding the tertiary education sector, including the reform of vocational Nominations are to be emailed to: Tertiary.Strategy@education.govt.nz by 6 September 2019.
- On Wednesday Kiingi Tūheitia delivered his annual coronation speech (it is his 13th anniversary in the role). Amongst other items he noted that matters at Ihumātoa needed time to resolve, and that the Government should not be blamed for child protection matters.
“My challenge is to the whānau, hapū, iwi to take care of our tamariki and where the need arises to place them in a safe home. We must avoid blaming the government and instead work on a solution. We have a chance to design a solution on our own.” Kiingi Tūheitia 21 August 2019.