- On June 26, the second reading of Te Ture Whenua Māori (Succession, Dispute Resolution, and Related Matters) Amendment Bill was completed in Parliament. The purpose of this Bill is to simplify Māori Land Court processes including the process for Māori land succession. Refer to Pānui edition 24/2019 for background on this bill.
- On Tuesday the second reading of the Ngāti Hinerangi Claims Settlement Bill was completed in Parliament. This Bill provides for financial redress of $8.1 million, the return of 14 sites of cultural significance, a cultural revitalisation fund, and five commercial properties. http://www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/ngati-hinerangi/
- On Tuesday the first reading of the Oranga Tamariki (Youth Justice Demerit Points) Amendment Bill was completed in Parliament and referred to the Social Services and Community Committee. The purpose of this Bill is to introduce a demerit points system to identify youth at risk of habitual offending, and ensure interventions are put in place to modify behavio We advise in 2018, 64% of all children and young people with charges finalised in court were tamariki/ rangatahi Māori (ref E13/2019). http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/member/2020/0229/latest/LMS323852.html
- On Wednesday the third reading of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Bill was completed. This Bill allows for the transfer of the institute’s assets and liabilities to the entity, Te Puia NZMACI Limited Partnership.
- Judge Stephen Clark has been appointed as a District Court Judge. Judge Clark is currently a Judge of the Māori land Court.
- Te Rūnanga o Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa has been awarded $864,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund to support education, training, and employment programmes in the Rangitīkei area.
- Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa is leading a pest control project co-funded by the Department of Conservation and the Provincial Growth Fund. The project is focussed on eradicating possums over a 4,700 ha area between the Whakatāne River, Ōhope beach and the Ōhiwa harbour. The project investment is $5.6 million over five-years.
- The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust will receive up to $14 million from the Provincial Growth Fund for a visitor centre and other improvements at the historic Parihaka settlement.
- Four Māori and Pasifika events have been named successful recipients of the Creative and Cultural Events Incubator fund. Each recipient event will receive up to $100,000 each. The four successful events are the inaugural funding round are:
- Kia Mau Festival, Wellington;
- Māoriland Film Festival, Otaki;
- Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival, Gisborne; and
- Te Matatini, Auckland 2021.
- On Tuesday the New Plymouth District Council voted in favour (12-2) to bypass community consultation and establish a Māori ward in time for the 2022 Council elections. By way of background, the Local Government Act allows for the establishment of Māori wards (seats for Māori representation) if agreed by local authorities. However, if councils do agree to establish a Māori ward, then there is a possible second step. Namely if 5% or more of voters request it, a binding public vote must be held to determine whether Māori wards should still go ahead. This is what occurred in New Plymouth in 2014, when the Council narrowly voted in favour of establishing a Māori ward, which resulted in intense internal conflict and a resignation, and was followed by a public vote in 2015 which scuttled the notion (with 86% of voters rejecting the idea).