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E23 Salient Māori News Items to 24 July 2020

Parliamentary Matters

  • 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

News

  • 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).

E21 Salient Māori News Items to 26 June 2020

  • On Thursday the Tertiary Education Commission announced the appointments to six workforce ‘interim Establishment Boards’ (iEB). The main role of each iEB is to establish Workforce Development Councils for six industry areas.[1] Once established these Councils will take over the role of Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) in overseeing workforce training and qualifications in the vocation and trades areas. We advise the following tangata Māori have been appointed to the iEBs.
    • John Chapman has been appointed to the Workforce Development – interim Establishment Board for Construction & Infrastructure.
    • Renata Hakiwai has been appointed to the Workforce Development – interim Establishment Board for Manufacturing, Engineering & Logistics.
    • Turi Ngatai, Wini Geddes and Hinerangi Edwards has been appointed to the Workforce Development – interim Establishment Board for Primary Industries.
    • Hinurewa te Hau and Karl Wixon have been appointed to the Workforce Development – interim Establishment Board for Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology.
    • Jean Te Huia has been appointed to the Workforce Development – interim Establishment Board for Health, Community & Social Services.

[1] These industry areas are: Construction & Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Engineering & Logistics, Primary Industries, Health, Community & Social Services, Service Industries and, Health, Community & Social Services.

  • The Government has announced it will provide $1.25 million from the Provincial Growth Fund for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rēhia Charitable Trust to upgrade Te Pā Kāinga o Rewa, or Rewa’s Village, in Kerikeri.
  • Last week a Waitangi Tribunal claim was lodged against the Crown proceeding with the Treaty of Waitangi settlement for Whakatōhea, (by iwi members opposed to the current process.)

(By way of background, the mandate of Whakatōhea Pre-settlement Claims Trust to settle historic claims of the iwi was tested via urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing claims in 2017.  The Tribunal’s primary finding was that the Crown prioritised its objective of concluding Treaty settlements over a process that was fair to Whakatōhea. The Tribunal found the decision to recognise the Pre-settlement Trust mandate was therefore not fair, reasonable, or made in good faith, and breaches the Treaty principle of partnership.  To resolve this, in October 2018 Whakatōhea iwi members were asked to vote on the following: 1) continuing with the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claim Trust as their treaty settlement entity? 2a) stop current Treaty negotiations in order that a mandate process be re-run from the start?  and 2b) stop current Treaty negotiations in order that the Waitangi Tribunal can carry out an inquiry into the historical grievances of Whakatōhea?  The results that came out in November 2018 show a small majority (56%) of iwi members voted to continue negotiations with the Crown via the existing entity, but conversely a large majority (73%) voted to also stop negotiations until the Waitangi Tribunal can carry out an inquiry.

Against that backdrop the Crown has tentatively carried on negotiations, but the new claim is again focused on whether the mandate is strong enough – with claimants saying the 56% in favour is not enough, and is out of step with other settlement approaches.  Overall this settlement has a potential fiscal value of circa $100 million, but has experienced long negotiation delays.)

  • Last week the Ministry of Justice published Adults Convicted and Sentenced – Data Notes and Trends for 2019. For the year ending December 2019 44% (circa 25,000) of convicted adults were Māori. See Pānui 13/2020 for further information on this matter.

E20 Salient Māori News Items to 19 June 2020

Appointments

  • Julia Steenson has been appointed to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-Based Institutions.

Parliamentary Matters

  • On Tuesday, the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill was introduced and the first reading completed in Parliament. The Bill has now been referred to the Environment Committee, with submissions closing on Sunday 21 June, and the Committee is due to report back by 29 June. The purpose of this Bill is to support New Zealand’s economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. If passed into law it will allow for a fast track resource consenting processes for pre-designated infrastructure and development projects. (It will also enable work on specific existing infrastructure projects to occur without further resource consent.)  We advise that six papakāinga projects and two large Māori led housing developments have been included on the fast track schedule. These projects are:
    • The Unitec Residential Development – a large scale housing development in Auckland, led by the Ropū Marutūāhu, Ngāti Whātua and Waiohua-Tāmaki;
    • Te Pā Tāhuna Residential Development – a large scale housing development in Queenstown, led by Ngāi Tahu;
    • Papakāinga Development—Kaitaia;
    • Papakāinga Development—Point Chevalier, Auckland;
    • Papakāinga Development—Whaingaroa, Raglan;
    • Papakāinga Development—Waitara, Taranaki;
    • Papakāinga Development—Chatham Islands; and
    • Papakāinga Development—Christchurch.
  • Statistics New Zealand has released data tables on Māori based on the 2018 Census relating to Māori qualification obtainments. As there is no proper research report we are considering this data and will advise further next week.
  • Last week the Office of the Children’s Commissioner published, ‘Te Kuku O Te Manawa’[1] – which is a report setting out concerns in how Oranga Tamariki manages child uplifts (for pēpi aged 0 to 3 months).  We will review this report in next week’s edition, E21/2020.[2]
  • This week the Minister of Employment, Willie Jackson, announced that funding for the ‘Mana in Mahi’ programme will be increased to circa $30 million (up from $11 million 2019/20 Budget). Mana in Mahi is an apprenticeship programme targeting youth who have received a benefit for six months or longer. The programme seeks to promote apprenticeships, in lieu of these youth being in receipt of welfare.  The new funding will be utilised to expand the initiative out to people of all ages, and to increase employer subsidies. (Via the programme employers receive wage subsidies, with the employer then being required to top-up that amount to at least the minimum wage.)  There is also supplementary funding for the provision of pastoral care.  The programme is not Māori specific, but given its focus a high Māori uptake is expected.
  • Protect Pukeiāhua, a group led by members of Ngāti Tamainupō and Ngāruawāhia residents has been protesting for the protection of seven “rua” (Māori food pits) located on land which was a historic pā site; Puke-i-Aahua pā in Ngāruwāhia. The land is now owned by the Perry Group and flagged for housing development. Today Protect Pukeiāhua will present an online petition to the Waikato District Council seeking urgent Government and Waikato District Council intervention to buy the land from the developers: the petition received over 3,600 signatories.

[Note there is further background to this matter, including that it is possible Heritage New Zealand may not have notified Ngāti Tamainupō as early as required, and due to COVID-19 restrictions the hapū had delays seeking an appeal.  The developer has, however, agreed to momentarily suspend the work.]

https://our.actionstation.org.nz/petitions/protectpukeiahua

[1] Full title: Te Kuku O Te Manawa – Ka puta te riri, ka momori te ngākau, ka heke ngā roimata mo tōku pēpi – A review of what needs to change to enable pēpi Māori aged 0-3 months to remain in the care of their whānau in situations where Oranga Tamariki-Ministry for Children is notified of care and protection concerns.

[2] We note there is also an agency comment on this review report so are analysing both articles.

E19 Salient Māori News Items to 12 June 2020

– Last week the Ministry of Education published a report entitled Reading Recovery Evaluation. As the title suggests, this report is based on an evaluation of the Reading Recovery programme (conducted in April to July 2019). The Reading Recovery programme is an optional service purchased by schools, it is intensive and delivered one-to-one to identified low literacy learners in year Among other items the evaluation found:

– On Wednesday, the Minister of Tourism, Kelvin Davis, announced that Whale Watch Kaikōura will receive up to $1.5 million from the Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme, as part of the COVID-19 tourism sector recovery plan. Whale Watch Kaikoura is owned and operated by Ngāi Kuri.

-Today by request of Waikato – Tainui iwi the Hamilton City Council removed the statue of Captain John Hamilton from Hamilton’s Civic Square.  Captain Hamilton led the invasion by colonial troops against Māori during the Waikato lands wars, he died at Pukehinahina in 1864.

E18 Salient Māori News Week ending 5 June 2020

Queen’s Birthday Honours

The following New Zealand Honours and Queen’s Service awards were conferred to Māori, or people giving services to Māori, on 01 June 2020.

DNZM

To be Dames Companion of the said Order:

KNZM

To be Knights Companion of the said Order:

CNZM

To be Companions of the said Order:

ONZM

To be Officers of the said Order:

MNZM

To be Members of the said Order:

The Queen’s Service Medal (QSM)

Other News

  • Kingi Snelgar and Tracey McIntosh have been appointed Commissioners to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Mr Snelgar has been appointed for a five-year term and Ms McIntosh will serve for a three-year term.
  • Sir Jerry Mateparae has been appointed the chair of the Healthier Lives – He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge.
  • Dr Tanira Kingi has been appointed a member of the Landcorp / Pāmu board.
  • On Wednesday, the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction, Jacinda Ardern, and the Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, announced from October the Ministry of Education will commence fully funding sanitary products for girls in schools. The products will initially be available in 15 low-decile schools across the Waikato region and in 2021 the programme will be expanded to all state and state-integrated schools, on an opt-in basis. The purpose of this initiative is to reduce school absenteeism of young women who stay at home during their periods due to not having access to sanitary products.
  • The Ministry for Women have opened applications for a COVID-19 response fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide some financial relief for organisations (impacted by COVID-19) which support women and girls. Applications close on Monday 15 June. More information on the fund can be found at the link below.
    https://women.govt.nz/news/covid-19-and-women/covid-19-community-fund
  • Next week Te Whānau o Waipareira will commence trialling three mobile container health clinics in West Auckland.

E17 Salient Māori News week ending 29 May 2020

  • Māui Hudson and Te Rau Kupenga have been appointed to Statistics New Zealand’s (Statistics NZ) new Governance Advisory Board. By way of further background, this advisory board has just been established, and Mr Kupenga and Mr Hudson are two of its six members.  As the Ministerial press release states, the role of the board is to assist with strategy and direction; and “sometimes to challenge Stats NZ’s CEO and Executive Leadership Team”.[1] The establishment of an external board like this for Statistics NZ is, in our assessment, highly desirable and is something we have suggested in the past.  This is due to the poor performance of Statistics NZ in servicing the needs of Māori in recent years, including but not limited to, inadequate Census work.  Having two proven Māori leaders in this area positioned to provide the Department with guidance and steerage is likely to be a step towards remedying this issue.  This work matters because gathering and correctly interpreting Māori statistics is a critical first action in the delivery of quality Māori policy advice across government.  For example, Statistics NZ’s lack of work on Māori businesses over the last four years now means the Government is somewhat blinded as it seeks to develop bespoke solutions for Māori businesses, such as Māori tourist operators, in its response to COVID-19 economic impacts.  That is, the necessary baseline data just was not gathered by the Department (but it could have been).  To date Statistics NZ has expressed only a diminutive understanding of the impacts on its failings on Māori wellbeing, so its likely Mr Kupenga and Mr Hudson, with the other advisors, will have some challenges ahead.

Research Snippets

  • Yesterday the Ministry for Women released the 2019 Gender Stocktake of State Sector Boards and Committees report. This provides an annual account of the number of women on state sector boards and committees.  (The Government has previously set a target of at least 50% female representation on these groupings by 2021.)   We advise the goal is nearly achieved, with 49% of these positions now being held by women (as at 31 December 2019).  We note wāhine Māori hold 10.8% of these roles. https://women.govt.nz/sites/public_files/Gender%20Maori%20and%20Ethnicity%20Stocktake%202019.pdf
  • This week the third reading of the Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill was completed in Parliament. When passed into law (after Royal Assent) this change will make it illegal for people to smoke in motor vehicles carrying children. For offenders, the Police will have the ability to issue a $50 infringement fee, or to issue warnings, and refer people to stop smoking support services.  We advise 31% of adult Māori smoke compared to 13% of the total adult population.  There is no data on the number of Māori adults who smoke in vehicles with children, but this law change has been supported by Hāpai Te Hauora (a Māori public health coalition).
  • On Thursday the second reading of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill was completed in Parliament. The purpose of this bill is to establish a Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. The Commission will provide independent scrutiny of the Government’s progress in improving New Zealand’s mental health and wellbeing, promote collaboration between entities that contribute to mental health and wellbeing, and develop advice and a framework for the permanent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. We advise that the bill proposes that membership of the Commission must include at least one commissioner who has knowledge, understanding and experience of te ao Māori and tikanga Māori. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_93099/mental-health-and-wellbeing-commission-bill
  • The Iwi Collective Partnership, (comprising of 17 iwi who work together to manage their fishing quota) have reportedly been bulk buying fish products at discounted prices from Sealord and Moana New Zealand (companies with wider Māori interests),[2] in order to distribute kaimoana to whānau within their respective areas.    This is part of their COVID-19 response to support families in need.  We believe the General Manager of the Collective Partnership, Maru Samuels, is correct in stating that this appears to be the first time the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Settlement has resulted in fish being directly supplied to Māori whānau.[3]
  • The Chief Executive of the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust, Kim Skelton, has resigned. Media reports are that the reasons given are said to be due a ‘toxic culture’ and inappropriate power balances.  (The information being referred to, however, is not in the public arena and therefore cannot be verified.)  We also note financial reports are also not available on line, and there have been past disputes on land sales and purchases (Pānui 20/2019 provides details).
  • Last week part-one of a five-part series focused on the Waikato-Tainui Treaty process was launched on Te Tai Treaty Settlement website. Part-two will be published 5 June.   https://raupatu.com/category/the-signing/

 

[1] Media release from James Shaw, Minister for Statistics.

[2] Sealord has 50% Māori ownership. Moana NZ (formally Aoteaora Fisheries) is owned by a wide range of iwi.

[3] Normally benefits of the settlement are distributed as financial dividends to iwi.

E16 Salient Māori News to 22 May 2020

  • Poia Rewi has been appointed Tumu Whakarae for Te Mātāwai. Mr Rewi will commence this role on 1 July.
  • Last Tuesday, the Covid-19 Public Health Response Bill was introduced in Parliament and on Wednesday the third reading was completed under urgency and is now law. The purpose of this Bill is to create legislation which provides a framework for responding to COVID-19 over the next two years. Amongst other items, it allows a police constable (or health enforcement officer) to enter a marae, without a warrant, if they have reasonable grounds to believe associated COVID-19 protection rules might be being broken.  The constable/enforcement officer must then prepare a written report, and the relevant marae committee is to receive a copy.
  • Last Friday the COVID-19 Response (Requirements For Entities—Modifications and Exemptions) Act became law. Refer to Pānui E14/2020 for details on this Bill – which contains provisions for many Māori entities to carry on their work without face-to-face meetings and the like in the short-term, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • COVID-19 Update. Last week the State of Emergency was lifted and Zealand returned to COVID-19 Alert Level 2. This week New Zealand has continued to experience low new case numbers, alongside an increase in the number of recovered cases (1,504 COVID-19 cases in total, with 96.6% recovered). For Māori, the infection rate remains low – with no new Māori cases reported for the second consecutive week, so the total number of Māori cases remains at 126, which is 8% of all cases.
  • Last week the Court of Appeal heard Stephen Henare’s appeal against his jail sentence of five years and two months. In 2019 Mr Henare pleaded guilty to five charges of stealing from Parengarenga 3G (the charges were ‘theft by person in special relationship’, as he was a trustee). He was also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.  Parengarenga 3G Trust manages a 512ha forestry block of Māori land in Te Taitokerau, but during 2012 and 2013 Mr Henare, with his sister Margaret Dixon, stole circa $1.1 million – leaving the Trust with only $150 in its bank account. The Court has reserved its decision.
  • Tapuaetahi Incorporation and Okaroro Incorporation have been named successful recipients of Provincial Growth funding.  Tapuaetahi Incorporation will receive $858,000 for remedial work and improvements on the trust’s 620ha land blocks and Okaroro Incorporation will receive $658,000 for infrastructure upgrades across its 1,496ha remote stock land.

E14 08 May 2020 Salient Māori News Items to 08 May 2020

 

  • This week Ngāi Tahu announced that the closure of their tourism businesses as a direct result of COVID-19 will lead to the loss of 300 jobs.
  • On Tuesday, Katherine Tuhakaraina, a former employee of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (TWWoA), was sentenced in the Tauranga District Court to nine months home detention for receiving approximately $150,000 in kickbacks. Ms Tuhakaraina received the kickbacks from Koa Consultants after she had recommended to her employer, TWWoA, that Koa Consultants be awarded a contract for services. We advise that Koa Consultants has been removed from the New Zealand companies register: its former shareholder and director was Tanya Davy.
  • On Tuesday the COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) Legislation Bill was introduced and the first reading was completed in Parliament. The bill has been referred to the Epidemic Response Committee and the committee report is to be tabled in Parliament by Tuesday 12 May.  Refer to Pānui summary above for details. http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2020/0244/latest/LMS339370.html
  • Last month Statistics NZ published Census 2018 data on household crowding. On the evening of the Census 431,000 (10.8%) people in New Zealand were living in crowded households. For Māori, household crowding was almost double with 122,650 (20.8%) of Māori living in overcrowded dwellings. https://www.stats.govt.nz/news/almost-1-in-9-people-live-in-a-crowded-house

 

 

E8 20 March 2020: Appointments

  • Susy Frankel has been appointed a member of the Waitangi Tribunal.
  • Paul Hamer has been appointed a member of the Waitangi Tribunal.
  • The following have been appointed to the subsidiary boards of the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology (NZIST). The newly established boards will come into effect on 1 April. 
    • Ripeka Evans, Ngaroma Tahana, and Leith Comer have been appointed to the Toi Ohomai board. Ms Evans has been named deputy chair.
    • Melanie Taite-Pitama has been appointed to the ARA board. Ms Taite-Pitama has been named deputy chair.
    • Hilton Collier and Chrissie Hape have been appointed to the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) board. Mr Collier has been named chair and Ms Hape deputy chair.
    • Steven Renata has been appointed to the boards of Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) and Unitec Institute of Technology (Unitec).
    • Patrick Smith has been appointed to the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) board.
    • Ripeka Evans, Nicole Anderson, Erena Kara, and Bronwyn Yates have been appointed to the NorthTec board. Ms Evans has been named chair.
    • Megan Potiki and Karen Coutts have been appointed to the Otago Polytechnic board. Ms Potiki has been named deputy chair.
    • Aimee Kaio and Darren Rewi have been appointed to the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) board.
    • Kara Edwards has been appointed to the Tai Poutini Polytechnic board.
    • Niwa Nuri and Raewyn Mahara have been appointed to the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) board. Mr Nuri has been named chair.
    • Beverly Gibson and Colleen Tuuta have been appointed to the Western Institute of Technology (WITT) board. Ms Gibson has been named deputy chair.
    • Verne Atmore, Katarina Hina, and Lorraine Stephenson have been appointed to the UCOL board.
    • Kura Moeahu and Rainei Wineera-Parai have been appointed to the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) and Whitireia Community College board.

E9 Covid-19 News Summary for the week ending 27 March 2020

Purpose

  • This is a news edition of Pānui, which provides a summary of recent media items of note relating to Covid-19 of high relevance to Māori communities.

Specific Māori-targeted funding to prevent Covid-19 spread

  • On Sunday Ministers Davis, Mahuta, Henare and Jackson announced a package of support for Māori communities and businesses to prevent Covid-19. Financial elements are[1]:
    • $10 million for community outreach from Vote: Māori Development;
    • $30 million via Whānau Ora Māori health services, including funding workforce needs, advice for whānau, in-home support for kaumatua (such as food parcels), a tele-health service, a Māori-led vaccination programme against influenza;
    • $1 million for needs assessments of Māori businesses (via a partnership between the Federation of Māori Businesses and New Zealand Māori Tourism);
    • $0.5 million re-prioritised within Te Arawhiti to work with iwi on their local responsiveness plans.
  • We note most of the funds being discussed above appear to be existing resources now tagged for covid-19 Māori community responses – i.e. further Whānau Ora funds were already in scope but Minister Henare has redirected it to a specific usage in preventing the spread of the virus. We also note this $40+ million is tiny in the light of a nation-wide $12 billion support package, and these Ministers rightly point out that Māori have equal access to those general funds – such as wage subsidies where needed.   But it’s not the time to quibble over such matters – the point is the Government is aware Māori require specific Covid-19 support services and is endeavouring to fund such services.

Iwi Assessment / Checkpoints Established

  • Some Māori community groups in the Far North and separately the iwi Te Whānau a Apanui on the East Coast (North Island) have established ‘checkpoints’ to assist in limiting unnecessary travel in their areas. The idea being to restrict the movement of tourists but not essential supplies.  Some media are describing these as roadblocks, but the function is as an assessment point.  Police staff have been stationed at the assessment points as well and there are no reports of any difficulties.  (Note also the assessment points in the Far North are fully supported by the region’s Mayor, John Carter).

Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā – National Māori Pandemic Group

  • A new grouping of Māori medical and health experts has been established to provide advice and information to Māori communities and iwi. There are thirty experts listed within the group.   In terms of Māori health; this grouping is (in our terms) the real deal – i.e. preeminent Māori leaders.
  • The website is https://www.uruta.maori.nz/. Go to that website for personal and group advice and support – for example what to do in the event of a Tangi, advice on caring for tamariki, information for kaumatua, etc.  We are particularly pleased to see this website established given our concerns last week that many hauora providers had not yet geared up to provide information to their communities.  This is a useful and positive development for Māori.

Parliamentary Matters

  • On Wednesday a state of Civil Emergency was declared, and the Prime Minister issued an Epidemic Notice under provisions of the Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006. The current session of Parliament was also closed. In effect these changes gives the Government Executive (Cabinet Ministers) extensive powers to overrule items of legislation, as required, in order to best manage and mitigate the pandemic, in accordance with the Health Act 1956.  (Note a special Parliamentary Committee has also been established to keep the Executive in check during this time.)  Using these powers New Zealand is now at Covid-19 Level 4 Risk.  This means the Prime Minister now requires that:

“Everyone should stay at home.  This is the best thing we can all do to stop the spread of Covid-19.  This will save lives.”

  • Details on who can leave home and in what circumstances, and all other information on Covid-19 is provided here: https://covid19.govt.nz  We encourage you all to follow the Government’s advice as it is entirely possible for New Zealand to suffocate this virus and extinguish it from Aotearoa.

Pānui – Service Disruption

  • With Parliament closed it is likely there will be no further Māori policy developments during the shutdown period – which is to be at least four weeks. e. no Treaty settlements will be progressed, Māori land law reform is halted, etc.  Because of that Pānui is not likely to be able to continue for some weeks.  We will continue to monitor the situation and will resume our service as soon as it is useful and feasible to do so.  We thank you in advance for your tolerance at this time.
  • Last, we wish you all well during this period of uncertainty. Stay safe and let’s unite against covid-19.  He waka eke noa.

Nā, Will Workman.

[1] More specifically, Kelvin Davis is the Minister for Māori/Crown Relations, Nanaia Mahuta is the Minister for Māori Development, Peeni Henare is the Minister is Whānau Ora and Willie Jackson is the Assoicate Minister for Employment (focused on Māori).

E6 Salient Māori News week ending 06 March 2020

  • Te Ropu Poa has been appointed as the Interim CEO of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi.
  • Pania King has been appointed a member of the Winter Grazing Action Group. The group is tasked with implementing recommendations to improve animal welfare in winter grazing systems.
  • On Tuesday, Katherine Tuhakaraina, a former employee of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (TWWoA) pleaded guilty in the Tauranga District Court to one representative charge of ‘Receiving secret reward for procuring contracts’. Ms Tuhakaraina acknowledged receiving approximately $150,000 in kickbacks from Koa Consultants after she had recommended to her employer, TWWoA, that Koa Consultants be awarded a contract.   Koa Consultants has been removed from the New Zealand companies register: its former shareholder and director was Tanya Davy.
  • On Monday Te Hau Āwhiowhio ō Ōtangarei Trust and Ōtangarei Papakāinga Limited opened a six-unit transitional housing complex in Whāngarei.

E5 Salient Māori News week ending 28 February 2020

 

  • Tracey McIntosh has been appointed a member of the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC) Establishment Advisory Group.
  • Ngai Tukairangi Trust (Mt Maunganui), Otama Marere Trust (Tauranga) and Hineora Orchard Te Kaha 15B Ahuwhenua Trust from (Te Kaha) have been named as the inaugural horticultural finalists for the Ahuwhenua Trophy excellence in the Māori agricultural sector. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony 22 May 2020.
  • Ihumātao. Yesterday Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga confirmed the outcome of its review of the Ōtuataua Stonefields (i.e. the Ihumātao lands).  The review revised the lands to a Category 1 listing (was Category 2) and extends the protected area.  This means the area is now recognised as a place of special or outstanding heritage significance on New Zealand’s national list of cultural and historic heritage.  But that does not extinguish pre-existing resource consents issued to Fletcher Building to develop the land.  As yet, no deal has been announced as to how matters might proceed – although the rumour is that the Government will loan/grant circa $45 million to the Auckland Council to purchase the land from the developers; which might then be gifted back to the people of New Zealand.   We will advise further once announcements are made.
  • Today the Minister for Māori Development Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, and the Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt will sign an Indigenous Collaboration Arrangement. The arrangement aims to promote economic, social and cultural advancement between New Zealand and Australia indigenous peoples. 

     

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  • Shane Heremaia has been appointed Chief Executive of Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board. Mr Heremaia will commence a three-year term in January 2020.
  • Dr Wayne Ngata has been appointed to the Tertiary Education Commission Board.
  • Dr Nina Scott, Shelly Campbell, and Professor David Tipene-Leach have been appointed to the Cancer Control Agency Advisory Council.
  • Te Wānanga o Raukawa will receive a one-off $10 million grant from the Government to partially address its Waitangi Tribunal Whakatupu Mātauranga Claim (WAI 2698). The wānanga claims the former performance based research funding model (PBRF) was disadvantageous to the wānanga as it did not support funding of Māori knowledge and Māori research methodologies.
  • On Monday Roberta Little pleaded guilty to eight charges of dishonestly using a document and one charge of theft by a person in a special relationship. Ms Little is the former Principal of Te Kura o Waikaremoana and along with co accused Moana Shuttleworth, (former board of trustee parent representative), were found to have stolen circa $103,000 from the kura between 2015 and 2017. Ms Little was remanded on bail and will be sentenced in the Gisborne District Court in February 2020.

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  • Lil Anderson (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) has been appointed Chief Executive of the Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti.
  • Last Saturday the Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, announced the Government will introduce an Electoral Amendment Bill which will restore the rights of people imprisoned to remain on the electoral roll and vote in a general election, if they are serving a term of less than three years. (Rights to vote were removed in 2010.)  We advise in the Waitangi Tribunal report – WAI 2870 The Māori Prisoners’ Voting Rights Inquiry (refer E31/ 2019), the Tribunal found:
  • the current legislation is inconsistent with the Treaty of Waitangi;
  • Crown officials failed to ensure adequate consultation with Māori which led to Crown officials offering support and advice to the Law and Order Select Committee which failed to provide sufficient information about the effect the legislation would have on Māori, (breaching Treaty active protection);
  • the Crown failed in its duty of informed decision-making (breaching Treaty active partnership); and
  • changes to the Act reduced the opportunity for Māori to equitably participate in the electoral process and exercise their tino rangatiratanga individually or collectively (breaching Treaty active protection and Treaty equity).

    We also note the High Court found the current law to be inconsistent with the right to vote in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. This decision was later upheld by the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.  This Bill will affect approximately 1,900 imprisoned people of which 950 will be tangata Māori[1].

  • The Health, Quality and Safety Commission published a report entitled Learning from Adverse Events – Adverse Events reported to the Health Quality & Safety Commission 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019. This annual report provides a breakdown of reported adverse events which occurred within the healthcare sector. In the year to 30 June 2019, 916 adverse events were reported to the Commission.  Regarding Māori the report found:

[1] Based on 50% of the imprisoned population being Māori.

  • Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangātira (Ngāti Toa) have signed a Partnership Agreement with Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities [1] and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.  The partnership will see Te Āhura Mōwai – Ngāti Toa community housing provider manage properties and tenancies for circa 900 state owned homes across western Porirua for a 25-year period.
  • This week Kim Symes was sentenced to 10- months home detention, 150 hours community service and $5,000 reparations in the Manukau District Court. Ms Symes was found guilty in September for defrauding her former employer – Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o te Tonga o Hokianga – of circa $250,000

[1] Kāinga Ora was established 1 October 2019 it includes the roles and responsibilities of the KiwiBuild Unit, Housing New Zealand and its development subsidiary HLC)

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  • Rachel Taulelei ((Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Koata) has been appointed to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).
  • This week the Minister of Corrections, Kelvin Davis, and the Minister of Forestry, Shane Jones, announced that eleven prisoners from the ‘Release to Work’ programme have secured full time jobs or job offers within the forestry industry. The ‘release to work’ programme is a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, Northland Region Corrections Facility at Ngawha.
  • On Friday 29 November 2019 the Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA) are hosting a Solutions Lab innovation in science co-design hui. The purpose of Solutions Lab is to provide the interface between the customer and the science sector (CRIs and Science system). The hui will be held at the Novotel Auckland Airport.
  • This week the Ministry for Women published a profile report on Māori businesswomen, entitled Ngā Wāhine Kaipakihi: He Tirohanga Māori Women In Business: Insights. The report identified that 3-percent of wāhine Māori are business owners.
    https://women.govt.nz/sites/public_files/4218_MFW_Maori%20Women%27s%20Report_final2%20for%20web_0.pdf
  • The first reading of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill was completed in Parliament and referred to the Health Committee. The purpose of this bill is to establish a Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. The Commission will provide independent scrutiny of the Government’s progress in improving New Zealand’s mental health and wellbeing, promote collaboration between entities that contribute to mental health and wellbeing, and develop advice and a framework for the permanent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. We advise that the membership of the Commission must include at least one commissioner who has knowledge, understanding and experience of te ao Māori and tikanga Māori.

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_93099/mental-health-and-wellbeing-commission-bill