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E2 Salient Māori News Items to 05 February 2021

E2 Salient Māori News Items to 05 February 2021

 

  • There have been a number of media reports this week regarding allegations of institutional racism at Unitec / Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka. Tui Ah Loo, who was the Chair of the institute’s independent Māori rūnanga, has resigned in protest (she had also been a long-time staff member, and her whānau has had significant involvement with the institute. One allegation noted in the media is that there are now no Māori involved in the management of the organisation, and another is that Māori viewpoints are not being genuinely heard.  These claims follow separate allegations of racism at Waikato University last year, and debate on the Otago University ‘Mirror on Society’ policy (Pānui 34/2020 refers).[1]
  • This week the National Party has indicated that it will work towards standing candidates in the Māori electorate seats again. This was perhaps a message party leader, Judith Collins, was considering reiterating at Waitangi, however due to logistical confusions (not a ban on woman leaders speaking) the opportunity for her to present the idea more fully did not arise.
  • As noted earlier Matariki is to become a public holiday. To figure out when each year, and to provide wider guidance, the Government has established a Matariki Advisory Group.   Members are Professor Rangiānehu Mātāmua (chair), Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, Rereata Makiha, Victoria Campbell, Dr Pauline Harris, Dr Ruakere Hond and Jack Thatcher.
  • Shadrach Rolleston has been appointed as one of four commissioners to lead the Tauranga City Council.

[1] Note: the primary producer of Pānui, Will Workman, has a potential conflict of interest in regards to this matter.  Because of that any analysis of this situation undertaken by Pānui will be undertaken by a separate analyst/writer.

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