Appointments and Awards
- Dame Cindy Kiro has been named the next Governor-General of New Zealand. Dame Cindy is the first wāhine Māori to hold this office. Dame Cindy will officially commence the role in October.
- Dr Matire Harwood, Parekawhia McLean, Tā Mark Solomon, Rāhui Papa, Kim Ngārimu, Amohaere Houkamau, and Lisa Tumahai have been appointed to the Māori Health Authority Steering Group. The Steering Group will provide advice to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on governance arrangements and initial appointments to an interim Māori Health Authority board.
- Robyn Wallace, Chris Tooley, Kelly Stratford and Shane Grahamhave been appointed to a newly established Ministerial Advisory Committee for Māori Emergency Management.
- Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- Early this month Dr Moana Jackson received the National Iwi Chairs, Te Whare Pukenga award, in recognition for his contributions to whānau, hapū and Iwi.
Parliamentary and Related Matters
- Last week the first reading of the Plant Variety Rights Bill was completed in Parliament, and referred to the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee. This bill outlines the Crown’s Treaty of Waitangi obligations in relation to the plant variety rights regime and New Zealand’s obligations under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPPA). Submissions for this bill close 01 July 2021. For further background on this matter refer Pānui E18/ 2020.
- Last week the Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Claims Settlement Bill was introduced in Parliament. The settlement includes financial and commercial redress valued at $30 million.
Salient Māori News Items to 28 May 2021
- This week the Minister of Corrections, Kelvin Davis, launched a new kaupapa Māori programme for female prisoners, entitled Wāhine Māori Pathways. Wāhine Māori Pathways, which is being run at Christchurch Women’s Prison, is a series of initiatives designed to improve outcomes for the women, their tamariki and whānau.
- The New Zealand Council of Legal Education has resolved that Te Ao Māori concepts be taught in each of the core law subjects within the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Laws with Honours degree at all New Zealand universities.
- Fifteen projects focussed on increasing Māori access to efficient and sustainable energy have been awarded funding from the project for Māori housing fund. A total of $2.8 million of funds have be awarded in this funding round. The successful organisations and projects are outlined below.
|Te Uri o Hau Tangata Development Ltd||Tongiterōria Marae Kaumātua Flats||Solar Energy Installation for homes of kaumātua||Kaipara||$50,000|
|Hāpai Housing Limited Partnership||Hāpai Housing Renewable Energy Project||Installation of solar PV and centralised solar hot water technology to new iwi rental housing development||Glen Innes, Auckland||$150,000|
|Kokohinau Papakāinga Trust||Kokohinau Papākainga Project||Installing solar for seven marae-based homes including homes of kaumātua and disadvantaged whānau||Te Teko, Bay of Plenty||$300,000|
|Tuhua Trust||Mayor Island – Solar Power Project||Installing solar to replace diesel generators for houses||Mayor Island||$100,000|
|Manaaki Energy||Manaaki Energy: Hawke’s Bay Home PV Installs||Installing solar for high-needs housing, identified in collaboration with local iwi||Rotorua and Hawke’s Bay||$400,000|
|Te Arawa Whānau Ora Charitable Trust||Whiti Te Rā: Supporting whānau to be empowered through solar energy||Upgrading housing with solar focusing on homes with kaumātua and whānau with tamariki||Te Arawa||$150,000|
|The Lines Company/Maniapoto Māori Trust Board||Maniapoto Marae Solar Solutions||Installing larger-scale solar generation on a marae||King Country||$150,000|
|Te Kopua Trust||Integrity Solar Te Kopua Solar Farm||Installing a solar system to power households on the papakāinga, marae||Raglan, Waikato||$85,000|
|Tūhoe Charitable Trust||Scoping renewable energy for Tūhoe hapū eco-villages||Feasibility study into the options for development of renewable energy as part of the Tūhoe hapū eco-villages redevelopment programme||Te Urewera||$75,000|
|Te Whanau a Maruhaeremuri Hapu Trust||Tamanui Te Ra Hei Oranga Mo Maru Renewable Energy Project||Installing solar systems for housing on remote papakāinga relying on generators||East Cape||$140,000|
|Parihaka Papakāinga Trust||Hiringa Nō Runga, Hiringa Mō Raro||Installing and testing a community solar and battery storage system distributing energy to whānau homes on the papakāinga||Parihaka||$400,000|
|Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Waingākau Housing Development Ltd||Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Waingākau Renewable Energy Project||Retrofitting solar panels onto existing homes and integrating them into new builds at the Waingākau housing development||Flaxmere||$150,000|
|Waiohiki Community Charitable Trust||Solar Oranga||Retrofitting solar panels onto social housing for the benefit of low-income whānau||Napier||$150,000|
|Reureu Kotahitanga||Kia Whitingia||Installing solar PV generation on marae and some homes||Manawatū||$400,000|
|Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu||Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Shared Equity Housing Programme||Installing solar generation on homes that are tenanted by kaumātua and whānau with tamariki||Ngāi Tahu Tākiwa||$150,000|
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