- Glenis Philip-Barbara has been appointed Assistant (Māori) Commissioner for Children.
- Trevor Simpson has been appointed Chief Māori Advisor for Pharmac.
- Last Friday the Minister of Health, Chris Hipkins, announced the winners of the annual Minister of Health Volunteer Awards. The winning recipients included;
- Patricia (Patu) Sigley – winner Māori Health Volunteer Award;
- Patricia (Patu) Sigley – overall winner of the 2020 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards;
- Piki Thomas – runner up Māori Health Volunteer Award.
- Last Friday, a Memorandum of Understanding to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana was signed between Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Te Roroa, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua, Te Uri o Hau (collectively known as Kaipara Uri), Northland Regional Council, Auckland Council and the Crown.
- On Wednesday Te Rangihiroa Whakaruru was sentenced in the Auckland District Court to 12-months home detention, a further six months of post release conditions, 300 hours of community service, and ordered to pay $115,000 in reparations. In December Mr Whakaruru pleaded guilty to five charges of ‘Obtaining by deception’ under the Crimes Act and one charge of ‘Supplying false or misleading information’ under the Serious Fraud Office Act. The six charges against Mr Whakaruru related to his role as principal private secretary to Kiingi Tūheitia, the Māori King, and misuse of iwi funds.
- Earlier this month the Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, and the Minister for Small Business, Stuart Nash, announced that businesses registered with a Company Register – New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) will soon have an option for businesses to self-identify and be recorded as a Māori business.
- In late September the Government opened the onshore petroleum block offer tender for 2020 (i.e. a tender for oil exploration rights in Taranaki). We advise that permit holders are now explicitly required to engage with iwi on an ongoing basis, with specific early engagement requirements in relation to activities to be undertaken within 200 metres of areas of significance to iwi. We further advise the proposed release area does not include any land listed in Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act (including national parks, nature reserves, and wildlife sanctuaries) or World Heritage sites. The closing date for submissions is 18 December 2020.
- A Ngāti Kahungunu company, K3 Development Limited Partnership, has been awarded investment funding of circa $2 million from the Māori Trades and Training Fund. The funding will support up to 50 Māori trade apprentices in the construction of 50 houses across the Ngāti Kahungunu rohe.
- Sapphire Consultants Ltd (Wellington) will receive $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment to assist up to 45 Māori jobseekers over two years into paid training initiatives. Participants will be placed in construction, heavy trades, security, contact centres and administration.
- Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has been awarded circa $900,000 of funding from the Provincial Growth Fund to establish a trades training work-readiness programme for up to 100 people impacted by COVID-19 and rangatahi not in employment, education or training. The programme is targeting whānau in the King Country who have been directly impacted by the loss of the local tourism economy.
- Last Friday the Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, and the Minister for Regional Development, Shane Jones announced that circa 350 Marae will receive $96.5 million of Provincial Growth Funds for repairs and restoration projects. The Ministers say the projects will generate up to 3,100 jobs. For a full list of marae go to https://www.growregions.govt.nz/about-us/funded-project-announcements/.
|Bay of Plenty||$29,615,000||77||648|
|Te Tau Ihu||$760,000||4||38|
|Wairarapa / Kapiti||$3,190,000||10||90|