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Maori news stories for the week ending E13 19 April 2013

 

  • On Tuesday Ngāi Tahu Property, Te Tapuae o Rēhua, and Lincoln University signed a Memorandum of Understanding to commence a Whenua Kura initiative.  This is an agricultural trade training initiative focussed on supporting more Māori into the agriculture sector.
  • The Department of Conservation Northland Conservancy is hosting Te Ao Pakihi – a series of two hui focussed on supporting Māori to establish their own business.   The first hui will be held in Kerikeri on 20 April and the second in Whangarei on 27 April.


[1] Figures from the Annual Report to the year ending 30 June 2012.

Māori news stories for the week ending 5 April 2013

• This week media reports have indicated that one of the trustees of the Crown Forestry Rental Trust, Sir Edward Durie, is seeking a court ruling to clarify the appointment process relating to alternatives when conflict of interests present.  By way of background, this Trust, which provides funding to Treaty of Waitangi claimant groups, has six trustees.  Three are appointed by the Crown, and three are appointed jointly by the New Zealand Māori Council and the Federation of Māori Authorities.  The Trust Deed indicates that where a trustee has a conflict of interest, an alternative may be appointed in their place.  The matter for clarification is centred on the process of making alternative appointments.  Presently Sir Edward has acknowledged conflicts of interest presenting – presumably relating to his wife Donna Hall being engaged by some claimant groups – and therefore has indicated that Mr John Tamihere is his approved alternative.  However it is unclear whether Sir Edward (who is also Co-Chair of the New Zealand Māori Council) can simply select Mr Tamihere, or whether the Federation of Māori Authorities and the New Zealand Māori Council must jointly select an alternative from a pre-defined list of candidates.  (Mr Tamihere is not presently an agreed alternative.)  The legal action has resulted in delays in the Trust’s funding to claimant groups, while the matter is resolved.  This in turn has required Chairwoman, Angela Foulkes, to apologise to claimants involved in the current Te Paparahi o Te Raki Regional Inquiry (Northland), which is presently facing funding uncertainties from the Trust.

• Christopher Mace (Ngāti Porou, Te-Whānau-ā-Apānui) has been appointed to the board of the Tertiary Education Commission.

• On Tuesday representatives from Ngāti Hurunga Te Rangi, Ngāti te Roro-o-te-Rangi and Ngāti Uenukukōpako rejected the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) preferred route for a new through-road from Rotorua’s eastern suburbs to the city’s southern exit.  Iwi representatives say the proposed route, which is between Te Ngae Road and the edge of Lake Rotorua, will destroy waahi tapu sites, and cut through papakainga.

• On Wednesday the Associate Minister of Health, Tariana Turia, announced that the Ministry of Health will provide funding for a University of Auckland study into advanced ageing. The study follows more than 900 elderly New Zealanders (aged 80 years+) to find out what helps them live longer.   With over 40% of the cohorts being Māori the study will be the first of its kind to provide information on the health of elderly Māori. The study will receive $1.8 million from the Ministry of Health over three years.

• Last week Chilean Economy, Development and Tourism Minister Pablo Longueira visited New Zealand to carry out discussions on education, Māori economic development and tourism.

• Last week Te Uranga B2 Incorporation-Upoko B2, Te Awahohonu Forest Trust, and Te Hape B Trust were named as the three finalists of the 2013 Ahuwhenua Trophy Māori Excellence in Farming Award – Sheep and Beef.  The winner will be announced at an Awards Dinner on 7 June.

• Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) are calling for expressions of interest for their 2013 research funding.   Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga will consider support for projects which meet the following three research priorities:   Optimising Māori Economic Performance – harnessing the contribution of Māori people to New Zealand’s economic development through increased and positive participation in the general economy; Fostering Te Pā Harakeke – understanding, achieving and maintaining healthy and prosperous families of mana and the lessons this may hold for New Zealand families overall; and Enhancing Māori Distinctiveness – understanding and yielding the distinctive contribution that Māori people make and may yet make to New Zealand society, culture and economy.   Successful projects will receive up to $300,000 for two years. Expression of interests close on 30 April.

• On Wednesday CCS Disability Action held the first of three hui aimed at increasing Māori utilisation of their services. • Ngāi Tahu has launched Manawa Nui, a governance training programme aimed at developing future directors for the iwi commercial businesses.

• This week Palmerston North City Councillor, Bruce Wilson, suggested at a community wellness meeting that Maori women be sterilised to stop them smoking in front of their children.  The comment, which was made in relation to discussions on the council’s smoke-free policy. has drawn criticism from fellow councillors and Māori health advocates.  Mr Wilson has since retracted his comment.

• The Māori Party has written to the Minister of Justice Judith Collins in support of Mr Teina Pora, requesting that the  murder case of Susan Burdett be reopened.  In 1994 Mr Pora was convicted and imprisoned for Ms Burdett’s rape and murder; and in 2000 he was reconvicted following a retrial.

Māori news stories for the week ending 22 March 2013

 

• This week the second stage of the Waitangi Tribunal Te Paparahi o Te Raki Regional Inquiry commenced at Waitangi (refer to Pānui edition 9/2013 for details.)  Kaumātua, Kingi Taurua, commenced by proposing that the Crown should consider buying back private land to use to settle these claims.

• The Federation of Māori Authorities has indicated they expect it to take two further summers for their members to fully recover from the North Island drought.  Chief Executive, Te Horipo Karaitiana, notes some of their farming members have diverse agri-sector interests, such as forestry, which will also assist in sustaining their businesses.

• The Māori Women’s Welfare League are considering applying to become a Whanau Ora provider.  This follows the League’s appointment last month of a new General Manager, Awhimai Reynolds.

Māori news stories for the week ending 15 March 2013

  • The Chief Executive of Parininihi ki Waitotara Incorporation [PKW], has indicated that the Taranaki-based farming entity is reducing profit forecasts down by $1.5 million, due to the current drought.  A profit of $2.6 million is still predicted this financial year.  Parininihi ki Waitotara is the largest Māori-owned dairy farm, but also has interests in other commercial sectors.
  • St Stephens ‘Old Boys’ and supporters are holding a hui to discuss potential re-opening of the school.  The hui will be held in Auckland on 6 April 2013.
  • This week the Lawyers and Coveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal stuck off John Rangitauira from the roll of barristers and solicitors, for bring the profession into disrepute. In 2011 Mr Rangitauira was found guilty of obtaining by deception circa $800,000 in funds from, and bank loans to, Te Houoterangi Trust.   Mr Rangitauira was then dispossessed of the money he illegally received through an e-mail scan.  At the time of Mr Rangitauira offending he was the chairman, trustee, and solicitor to the trust.
  • The Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board is requesting new legislation to protect its role be enacted before the end of this calendar year.  This is in response to their Waitangi Tribunal claim. (Pānui edition 36/2012 provides details on this).  In our assessment, although changes in how Crown agencies such as the Ministry of Education and Te Puni Kōkiri work with the National Trust could be useful legislative amendments, overall why a private organisation would want to come under the direct legislative purview is unclear.  (That is, there could be some risk of increased Government oversight, as has occurred in tertiary education when the three iwi wānanga became Crown entities in the 1990s.)  We will advise further once more information on the proposed legislation is made available.

Māori-interest news stories for the week ending 8 March 2013

  • Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi and Tahu Potiki have been appointed to the Independent Partnership Schools Authorisation Board.  The role of the Board is to evaluate applications for Partnership Schools and to make recommendations to the Minister of Education as to which applications should be considered for contract negotiations.
  • On Tuesday the Minister of Conservation granted the Port of Tauranga consent to widen and deepen its shipping channel.  In 2012 Ngāti Ruahine lost a High Court appeal against this (having previously lost in the Environment Court).
  • Last week six Ngāi Tahu rūnanga published Mahaanui Iwi Management Plan.   The plan provides a statement of Ngai Tahu objectives, issues and policies for natural resource and environmental management – for the Ngā Pākihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha and Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū areas.  The plan is a companion document to the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement (RPS), the Land and Water Regional Plan (LWRP).
  • Hapū affiliated to Te Arawa will meet next week to further discuss establishing a tribal parliament. Te Arawa hope to create a structure which will improve coordination between its various entities.
  • The Far North District Council has apologised to Ngāti Kahu, Te Aupouri, Ngāi Takoto and Te Rarawa for giving consent to close a stretch of Te Oneroa-a-Tohe (90 Mile Beach) for the filming of a television programme (Top Gear), without consulting with each of them.  (The Council had consulted only with Ngati Kuri, who did not object.)
  • This week the Ministry of Education put in place a limited Statutory Manager at Turakina Māori Girls College. The Statutory Manager will assist with governance issues.
  • On Wednesday former Lincoln High School Assistant Principal, Douglas Haora Martin, was named as the teacher charged in January with making secret up-skirt videos of teenage girls.

Māori news stories for the week ending 1 March 2013

• On Sunday Ralph Hotere ONZ (acclaimed artist) passed away, aged 81 years.

• Sir Michael Cullen has been appointed as an independent advisor to assist in implementing recommendations of the Waitangi Tribunal’s report on the Kōhanga Reo Claim (Wai 2336: Matua Rautia).  The appointment of an independent advisor was a recommendation of the Tribunal.  Pānui edition 36/2012 provides details on this matter.

• Debbie Birch (Deputy Māori Trustee) has been appointed to the Irrigation Company Establishment Board.  The Company will act as a bridging investor for regional water infrastructure development, with $80 million to be set aside in the Budget 2013.

• Dame Anne Salmond has been awarded the title Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2013, for her services to Māori and Pacific studies.

•  Jim Morunga has been awarded the title Kiwibank Local Hero of the Year 2013, for his advocacy of guide dogs in Māori and Pacific communities, and for his community leadership in the area of Māori suicide prevention.

• On Monday Labour MP, Nanaia Mahuta, was demoted from eighth to eleventh on the Labour Party List.  Ms Mahuta lost her role as Spokesperson for Education, but gained the roles of Spokesperson for Māori Development, for Youth Affairs, and for Māori Education.  There are presently no Māori within the Labour Party’s top ten (front bench) candidates.  However it is possible Shane Jones will join the lead team, depending on the final outcomes of an Auditor-General report on his ministerial conduct in 2008.  (Pānui edition 5/2013 provides details on this matter.)

• This week members of the Māori Spectrum Coalition have made media statements expressing their dismay that the Government declined their request to allocate to Māori radio spectrum from the 700MHz band.  (Pānui edition 6/2013 provides details on this matter.) • Last Friday TU MAI magazine announced it would cease publishing.  The first print publication of TU MAI was launched in 1999 and in 2010 TU MAI became an online magazine.

• On Tuesday the Constitutional Advisory Panel launched a ‘six-month public consultation stage’.  This will include opportunities for people to engage with the panel through face-to face meetings.  (But as yet no hui dates have been announced.)

Maori News stories for the week ending 22 February 2013

 

  • Sir Mark Solomon has been appointed a director of Te Ohu Kaimoana.
  • Dr Aroha Harris has been appointed to the Archives Council Te Rua Wānanga.  (This Council has a statutory role to provide the Minister of Internal Affairs with advice on archives and record keeping issues.)
  • On Monday the Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, announced that a previous proposal to amalgamate two Christchurch-based kura kuapapa would not proceed.  Instead it has been proposed that one of the kura relocate to the northern suburbs of Christchurch.  The two kura kuapapa are Te Whānau Tahi and Whakapūmau i Te Reo Tūturu ki Waitaha.  Interested parties have until 28 March to submit feedback.
  • This week the Rena owners, and insurers, indicated that they would apply for resource consent to leave the remaining sections of the ship on the Astrolabe reef (one metre below the low tide mark).  Tauranga Moana o Toi iwi forum, however, is against this action and will oppose the application; to ensure the mauri of the sea can be fully restored.
  • On Wednesday the 40th Te Matatini National Kapa Haka competition commenced in Rotorua.
  • On Monday the Parole Board granted Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara (one of the Uruwera four) parole, from 4 March. This follows last week’s parole hearing for Tama Iti, who was also granted parole, which commences from 27 February.  Both men, along with Urs Signer and Emily Bailey, were convicted on firearms charges in 2012.  Refer to Pānui edition 4 March 2011 for details on this matter.

Māori news stories for the week ending 15 February 2013: E5/2013

 

  • Whaimutu Dewes has been appointed a director (non-executive) to The Treasury Board (a governance board that supports The Treasury’s leadership team).
  • Tamati Nicholas, from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ruamata, has been awarded a Top Subject Scholarship for Te Reo Māori.
  • Te Korou Whangataua Roberts, from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi, has been awarded a Top Subject Scholarship for Te Reo Rangatira.
  • On Wednesday the Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, put out a press release on provisional NCEA results for 2012. She notes that provisional figures show that Māori students are over-represented in the grouping leaving school before achieving NCEA level 2. We have reviewed the NZQA website and note that the results she is referring to are not yet publicly available. We will provide an assessment once the information is released by the agency.
  • On Thursday a website was launched showing case studies of thirty Māori studying or working in primary knowledge or intensive growth industries. The purpose of the site is to provide employment aspiration and information to Māori youth. The site is http://www.maorifuturemakers.com/
  •  The Electoral Commission will commence the Māori Electoral Option campaign on 25 March. The campaign encourages Māori who are registered on the electoral roll to choose the option to be on the Māori roll, or to stay on the General roll (but to make a conscious choice). The number of Māori on the Māori electoral roll determines the number of Māori representative seats in parliament, so the campaign is an important contribution to that.
  • The Federation of Family Budgeting Services has reported a 41% increase of Māori clients using their services during 2012 compared with previous years. Māori now make up 43% of their total client base.
  •  Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ironman New Zealand will hold talks regarding charges for the use of Lake Taupō by Ironman New Zealand. Ngāti Tūwharetoa are the owners of Taupō lakebed, but not the water within it. Lake Taupō District mayor, Rick Copper, has indicated any charges by the iwi could have ‘devastating effects’ on the districts’ economy. There is insufficient public information to assess this matter more fully – although at the outset it appears the mayor has excluded the financial wellbeing of Ngāti Tūwharetoa from his analysis of the local economy.

(We also advise that the Ironman is a commercial activity, and the iwi charges levies for other commercial events which utilise their assets relating to the lake.)

  • Kajavala Forestry Limited (KFL); a Kawarau-based Māori owned and operated company has increased their wood exports to China, following the withdrawal of a competing American company. The company employs circa 50 staff / contractors.
  • The Office of the Auditor-General has released a draft report for private consultation on the ministerial decisions of Shane Jones concerning the approval of an immigration visa for a Mr Yan in 2008. Note the draft is not available for public consideration, and the Office has indicated that the finalised public report will not be available for a number of weeks. However the Labour Party have already suggested the report is likely to exonerate Mr Jones. We will advise on the report once it is released.

 

[By way of background, in May 2012 Shane Jones was stood down from Labour’s front bench and from all of his portfolio responsibilities. This was because party leader, David Shearer, asked the Auditor-General to investigate Mr Jones’ ministerial conduct in relation to the approval of an immigration visa in 2008. The Visa was approved by Mr Jones – against the advice of officials – for a Mr Yan. It was reported that officials advised that Mr Yan, who gave large financial donations to the Labour Party, may have stolen the identity of another man, Mr Liu, and that he was wanted by the Chinese government (and Interpol) for embezzlement. In 2012 Mr Yan, in New Zealand, was trialled and found not guilty of immigration fraud.]

Māori news stories for the week ending 8 Feb 2013

• On Tuesday the Te Hiku Forum signed a Social Development Accord with the Crown. The Accord commits the Crown and ten government agencies to work with Te Hiku to improve social outcomes for the iwi, hapū and whānau in the Far North region.  This is a result of settlement negotiations between various iwi within the Forum.  (Refer to the article on Ngāti Kahu above for details on this forum and settlement negotiations.)

• This week the chairman of Tainui Group Holdings, Sir Henry van der Heyden, expressed his view to Tainui, that their parliament (Te Kauhanganui) and their tribal executive arm (Te Arataura) should both be disestablished, and replaced with another governance approach.  This is in response to on-going tensions within and between the entities.  Pānui edition 42/2012 provides further background on these matters.

• Last week a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the New Zealand Māori Tourism, the Federation of Māori Authorities, the Māori Trustee, and Poutama Trust.  The memorandum is a commitment by the four organisations to co-operate to increase tourism and exports.

• This week the University of Auckland released findings from a New Zealand Attitudes and Values study.  The Longitudinal study, which began in 2009, found there no evidence to suggest that the term Pākehā is pejorative, or reflective of a negative attitude toward New Zealanders of European descent.   Findings from the study indicated that the choice by Māori to use the term Pākehā is linked to how strongly people identify as Māori.

• Charles Royal has been appointed to the National Science Challenge (funding) Panel.

• On Wednesday, Kaitāia doctor, Lance O’Sullivan, was awarded the 2012 Television New Zealand, Marae Investigates, ‘Māori of the Year’ award.

E3 Māori news stories for the week ending 1 February 2013

• Next week Ngāti Rangi Trust commences a series of mandating hui for Treaty settlement processes with the Crown.

• Julian Wilcox has been appointed as the Head of News and Current Affairs at Māori Television.

• Eugene Henare has been elected chair of the Lake Horowhenua Trust.

• Last weekend an office building belonging to Matauri X Incorporation, Matauri Bay, was burned down in a suspected arson attack.  (This relates to Māori land being sold to pay debts relating to a failed water bottling company.)

• Te Ata Tino Toa – a group which previously campaigned to fly the Māori flag on the Auckland Harbour Bridge – has written to the Minister of Education, request that the Māori flag fly at all schools.   Te Ata Tino Toa believes flying the Māori flag in schools will promote Māori language and culture, and help schools engage with Māori.

• During 2013 Whanganui-based Te Atihau Trust will fund the insulation of sixty Te Atihau Trust beneficiaries’ homes.

• Ngāti Kahungunu iwi are holding hui to review the Ngāti Kahungunu 2006 Te Reo Strategy.

General matters Appointments and Honours and Māori news stories for the week ending 25 January 2013

General matters Appointments and Honours

• Robin Hapi has been appointed to the board of Callaghan Innovation – the new Government ‘Advanced Technology Institute’ (ATI).

• Last week we advised 2013 New Year’s Honours’ list recipients for ‘Service to Māori’.   The Honours’ list also contained some other Māori for services in differing areas.  We have identified the following people:

  • Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) o Turoa Royal, for services to education.
  • Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) o Peter Broughton (aka Rāwiri Paratene), for services to film, television and theatre.
  • Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) o Lisa Carrington; for services to kayaking

Māori news stories for the week ending 25 January 2013

• Last weekend a blessing ceremony was held at Scott Base, Antarctica, for a two-metre pou erected at the Base.  The carved pou was gifted from Ngāi Tahu.

• The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) in collaboration with the Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori, Victoria University, are hosting a series of three web-based seminars on Māori mental health and Māori suicide, viewed from an indigenous perspective.  The first seminar will be held on 29 January.  [Note, as we advised last year, Māori have the highest suicide rates in New Zealand, 16 per 100,000 (which is circa 100 people each year).  The Māori youth suicide rate is 35 per 100,000.  It is figures such as these that highlight the importance of improving services to people, especially young Māori, who are vulnerable to self-harm.]

• This week the National Urban Maori Authority (NUMA) Chairperson, Willie Jackson, signalled NUMA’s interest in operating a national Maori radio station service.  Presently there are radio frequencies set aside for a national Māori radio service which have never been used, as Māori radio stations are regional.  Mr Jackson’s view is that a national service will complement, not compete against, regional Māori radio stations.

• John Cocks, from the University of Waikato, has developed a Māori Macron Restoration Service.  This (free) software package automatically adds macrons to Māori text.  It is available on http://www.greenstone.org/macron-restoration-service/jsp/servlet/DirectInput

• This week Tauranga Moana iwi expressed their concern about elevated levels of contaminates been found close to the wreck of the Rena.  The Rena grounded on Astrolabe reef in October 2011.

• Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa iwi have placed a rāhui on part of the Wairarapa coast line following the disappearance of a recreational fisherman.    The rāhui will remain until mid-February.

Māori-interest news stories: 14 December 2012 to 18 January 2013

• This week oil Company TAG Oil announced that their partner, Apache New Zealand, are pulling out of the first phase of a joint oil exploration area located on the North Island’s East Coast (TAG will continue alone). This announcement follows Brazilian Oil Company Petrobras decision to exit its oil exploration activities in New Zealand and return their oil permit in December.

• Last week Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust announced an extension to its scholarship programmes, and is now offering 50 Māori tertiary education scholarships for 2013.  (The Trust was established as a part of the Māori fisheries settlement.)  The scholarships are for $10,000 each.  (Application details are on their website.)

• A Māori language strategy focused on increasing the use of Te Reo across the Wairoa District was launched in December.  Several groups and organisations were involved in the strategy’s development, namely Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungunu o te Wairoa, Te Kura Motuhake o Te Ataarangi, and the Human Rights Commission

• Tupoho Whānau Trust, Whanganui, has agreed to the Whanganui District Council building a recycling facility on Māori-owned land.  The facility will employ up to 40 people.

• In December National Party MP Tau Henare withdrew his candidacy bid to become Speaker of the House. • Māori Party co-leader Tariana Turia announced she will retire from politics and not stand in the 2014 General Election.  Her co-leader, Dr Sharples, has indicated he has no plans to retire at present.

Appointments and Honours awarded

• Mike Sang has been appointed Chief Executive of Ngāi Tahu Group Holdings.

• Miriama Evans, Dr Rawinia Higgins, Hon Paul Swain and Nick Davidson have all been appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal.  Each appointee will serve a three year term from 1 January 2013.

 

2013 New Year’s Honours’ list recipients for Service to Māori were:

Knights Companion (KNZM);

  •  Mark Solomon Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)

  • Hohi Kaa
  • Professor Linda Tuhiwai Te Rina Smith

Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)

  •  Henare Tau

Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)

  • Dr David Taylor

Queens Service Medal (QSM)

  • Gregory Makutu
  • Senior Constable John Tangaere
  • Patrick Thompson

Māori news stories for the week ending 7 December 2012

 

• Mana Party leader, Hone Harawira, appeared in Court on Thursday in relation to a charge of failing to remove a vehicle (at a protest concerning state housing removals last month).  He pleaded not guilty.  A hearing is scheduled for March next year.  There was some initial ado with this first hearing, as Mr Harawira addressed the Court only in Te Reo Māori and the Court did not have an interpreter readily available.

• On Monday Michelle Hippolite commenced her role as Chief Executive of Te Puni Kōkiri.

• Michael Doogan has been appointed a temporary judge of the Māori Land Court.  Mr Doogan will commence the two-year appointment in January 2013.

• Dr Deidre Brown, Dr Elana Curtis, Dr Te Oti Rakena, Gillian Reynolds, Tanya Savage, Angie Smith, and Matthew Tarawa have received a Group Research Award from the New Zealand Association for Research in Education, for their research on Māori and Pacific student teaching and learning.

• Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, which is a Centre of Research Excellence, has commissioned four new Māori focused research projects.  The four projects are:

  •  In pursuit of the possible: Indigenous well-being – a study of indigenous hope, meaning and transformation led by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Waikato University,
  • Fostering te pā harakeke: Advancing healthy and prosperous families of mana led by Professor Mason Durie, Massey University;
  • How do we return the mauri to its pre-Rena state? led by Dr Kepa Morgan; and
  • Waka Wairua: Landscape heritage and the creative potential of Māori communities, led by Associate Professor Merata Kawharu, University of Auckland.

• Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga has also released its second issue of the MAI Journal online (Māori research articles).

Parliamentary matters: from E43 week ending 7 December 2012

Cold Creek Rural Water Supply Bill

This week the Cold Creek Rural Water Supply Bill was read for a second time in parliament.  This bill provides for a private water scheme to be established in South Taranaki, for a group of entities (mainly farms) drawing water from ‘Cold Creek’.  The bill is controversial as it places the ownership of the water scheme – including capital plant presently in Council ownership – into the ownership of a separate private company.  (The company shareholders are users of the scheme.)  Iwi groups in the area, including Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāruahine, and the Taranaki Iwi Trust oppose this proposal.  Their concerns include that the scheme has the effect of privatising water rights, fails to acknowledge the mauri of the water source, and that there are not adequate provisions for iwi involvement in the governance and management of waterways and water.

Statutes Amendment Bill (No 3)

On Thursday the third reading for the Statutes Amendment Bill was completed.  The bill allows for the gazetting of ‘Whanganui’ as an ‘alternative official geographic name’ for Wanganui.

Treaty matters: from E43 week ending 7 December 2012

Ngāti Pāoa sign Tāmaki Collective Deed of Settlement

Last Saturday Ngāti Pāoa became the eleventh iwi to sign the Tāmaki Collective Deed of Settlement in Auckland.  In September ten iwi initially signed the deed (refer pānui E32/2012 for details on this settlement).

Ngāti Toa signs Deed of Settlement

Today Ngāti Toa signed a Deed of Settlement with the Crown.  The total value of the settlement is circa $75 million (comprised of redress of $70 million, plus interest, plus capacity building payments.)  The settlement also includes the right to purchase a number of Crown properties in the Wellington region, including the Wellington Police Station.  Cultural redress includes the vesting of Kapiti and Taputeranga islands with the iwi, and the subsequent return of these to the Crown (although the iwi will retain ownership of a small proportion of Kapiti Island).  Te Rauparaha will also be recognised in the settlement legislation as the composer of Ka Mate, Ka Mate.