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Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 18 October 2019

Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 18 October 2019

Appointments and Awards

  • Debbie Ngarewa-Packer (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Ruahine, Ngā Rauru) has been selected to stand for the Māori Party in the Te Tai Hauāuru electoral seat, 2020 General Election.
  • Dr Matt Roskruge (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Rārua) Te Au Rangahau has been awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship for research entitled ‘The economics of social capital from a Māori perspective’. The fellowship fund is circa $800,000 over five years.

Parliamentary Matters

  • On Tuesday the first reading of the Te Ture Whenua Māori (Succession, Dispute Resolution, and Related Matters) Amendment Bill was completed in Parliament and referred to the Māori Affairs Select Committee. The purpose of this bill is to simplify Māori Land Court processes including the process for Māori land succession. Submissions close 28 November 2019. Refer to Pānui edition 24/2019 for background on this bill.

General News Items

  • Last Thursday Mr Sonny Tau resigned as the chairman of Te Rūnanga ā iwi o Ngāpuhi which had immediate effect. We advise that Mr Tau was successfully re-elected to the Rūnanga in August. Reasons for the resignation are not given although in the public statement, Chief Executive Lorraine Toki states, “any pending investigations into allegations lay solely with the police and is official business which we are not a part of, therefore we have no further comment to make at this time.” 
  • The ‘Tuia – Encounters 250’ commemoration is now underway, with the replica of the Endeavour now sailing around Aotearoa New Zealand with other vessels (including waka haurua). The Ministry of Culture and Heritage describes Tuia – Encounters 250 as events which “celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand’s Pacific voyaging heritage and acknowledges the first onshore encounters between Māori and Pākehā in 1769–70”.  However, some iwi groups have not welcomed the commemorative activity in their rohe, and there has also been some Māori protest and petition against the commemorations (on the basis that the Endeavour’s first encounters were harmful to Māori.)  We note earlier this month the British High Commissioner, Laura Clarke, met with iwi leaders from the Tūranganui-A-Kiwa region (Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Te Aitanga a-Māhaki, and Ngāti Oneone) to express regret on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the deaths of nine iwi members killed during the first encounters with the crew of the ship Endeavour, captained by Lieutenant James Cook.
  • FOMA Innovation and the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) have entered into a partnership to increase the capacity for FOMA ‘s members in the areas of physical sciences, technologies and engineering,[1] in September.  FOMA Innovation is centred on providing leadership in sciences for the benefit of FOMA members. Key foci include: regenerative food production, tech incubation and acceleration, solutions lab, biosphere and rangatahi support.

Whangaparaoa Māori Lands Trust [2]and EBOP Dairy[3] have joined a Māori Agribusiness Extension (MABx) with the Ministry for Primary Industries.  The purpose of MABx is to provide shared group learning opportunities and explore sustainable system changes for participating collectives.

[1] The Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA) formed FOMA Innovation last month.

[2] (a cluster of ten Māori land organisations)

[3] a cluster of five  Māori dairy farms located between Torere and Whangaparaoa

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