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E31 Salient Māori News Summary for the Week Ending 14 September 2018

  • Colleen Neville (Ngāti Maniapoto) and Kauahi Ngapora (Ngāi Tahu, Waikato-Tainui) have been appointed as members of the Tourism New Zealand Board.
  • On Tuesday the second reading of the Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill was completed in Parliament. This bill seeks to reduce domestic violence through introducing cross agency information sharing provisions, increasing access to risk assessments services, and recording family violence offending more accurately within justice sector agencies. Māori whānau experience higher levels of domestic violence than others (Pānui 23/2014 refers).
  • Next week the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little will hold three public hui with members of Ngāpuhi in Australia. The purpose of the hui is to progress Treaty settlement discussions. It is estimated that circa 25,000 Ngāpuhi live in Australia.
Sydney 22 September 12:00 – 2:00pm Te Wairua Tapu Wharekarakia, Redfern, Sydney
Brisbane 22 September 6:30 – 8:30pm Pullman Brisbane Airport Hotel, Brisbane
Perth 23 September 2:30 – 4:30pm Ken Jackman Hall, Darius Wells Library, Kwinana, Perth

https://www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/ngapuhi/

  • Associate Professor Leonie Pihama (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Māhanga, Ngā Māhanga a Tairi) has received Endeavour Research Programme funding of circa $2.16 million over 4 years for her study, He Waka Eke Noa: Maori Cultural Frameworks for Violence Prevention and Intervention Research.
  • Dr Farrar Palmer (Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto) has received $250,000 from Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga for her research study which explores mātauranga and tikanga Māori in sporting contexts, Manawa Te Taonga Tuku Iho.
  • On Monday to celebrate Te Wiki Te Reo Māori three newspapers which are published for the Whanganui and South Taranaki communities commenced print with “h” being added to Whanganui. In November 2015 the Local Government Act 2002 was amended to reflect the spelling of the district of Whanganui. The decision recognised that ‘Wanganui’ has no meaning in Te Reo Māori.  It also ensured the district name was consistent with the official names of the river and the town.
  • On Tuesday Te Tumu Paeroa launched Taikura Nuku, a modelling service used to identify the productivity potential of Māori land.
  • On Thursday Trans-Tasman Resources Limited announced they will appeal the High Court decision quashing its consent to mine iron sand offshore from the South Taranaki seabed. Pānui E29/2018 refers.

Salient Māori News Items to 7 September 2018: E30

  • Katrina Bryant and Kiri Parata have respectively been awarded health research grants (from the Health Research Council).  Ms Bryant has been granted $181,000 to develop a ‘Falls prevention exercise programme for Māori’. Ms Parata has been granted $199,000 for her project, ‘Whāia te Manaaki: manaakitanga and hauora for Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai’.
  • Rachael Tuwhanga (Tainui, Waikato-Maniapoto) has been appointed to the Education New Zealand Board
  • In the lead up to Māori Language Week next week a number of articles relating to the use of Te Reo are presenting within the media, including:
    • Simon Bridges stating that Te Reo should not be compulsory within the education sector;
    • Shane Jones stating that Simon Bridges has no mandate to speak on matters relating to Te Reo, and that he should perhaps learn about Māori policy from Nuk Kōrako;
    • Nuk Kōrako stating that it was the National Government that improved Māori language legislation in 2016 and that the present Government needed to get a move on with its work in this area;
    • Nanaia Mahuta welcoming 300-odd (not released) submissions on the proposed Government strategy noting the diversity of views and indicating the strategy was moving along; and amongst those politics,
    • a call for mainstream broadcasters to be required to pronounce Māori words correctly when on air (i.e. making poor articulation of Te Reo a grounds for complaint under New Zealand broadcasting standards).
  • This week the New Zealand Police confirmed they will not pursue a complaint laid by Graham McCready against Meka Whaitiri, a Minister outside of Cabinet. Mr McCready tried to lay an assault complaint following media reports of an altercation occurring between Ms Whaitiri and a staff member. Ms Whaitiri has presently stood down from her ministerial duties while an investigation is being carried out by Ministerial Services.[1]   Ms Whaitiri is the Member of Parliament for Ikaroa Rawhiti.[2]
  • On Tuesday Wallace Te Ahuru pleaded guilty in the Manukau District Court to two charges of ‘Obtaining by deception’ and seven charges of ‘Using forged documents’ in relation to the Waitangi National Trust. The charges follow an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. Mr Te Ahuru defrauded the Trust of circa $1.2 million during the time he was employed as the Trust’s Corporate Services Manager (2012 to 2017). Mr Te Ahuru was remanded in custody and will reappear in the Manukau District Court for sentencing on November 30.
  • This week relieving Deputy Commissioner of Police, Andrew Coster, confirmed that two formal complaints have been received by police over alleged bullying by Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha.  Mr Haumaha has been the subject of the Government Inquiry into the Appointment Process for a Deputy Commissioner of Police. We also note on Wednesday Mareikura Collier, a former police chaplain, commenced a hunger strike in support of Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha.
  • On Wednesday the Māori Party announced the resignation of Marama Fox as the co-leader of the party.
  • Four wāhine Māori projects successfully secured funding to celebrate the 125-year anniversary of the New Zealand suffrage movement. The projects are:
    • Mana Wāhine Whakatāne $10,727 (Whakatāne);
    • Pūrākau Hākui $10,000 (Manawātu);
    • Tino Rangatiratanga Wahine $12,500 (Wellington);
    • Taihoa e hoa: Natives be Woke $8,327 (Otago).

[1] Ms Whaitiri’s portfolios include Minister of Customs, Associate Minister of Agriculture, Associate Minister for Crown Māori Relations, Associate Minister of Forestry and Associate Minister of Local Government

[2] It is reported Ms Whaitiri offered to stand down, and that offer was accepted by the Prime Minister – although in reality it seems reasonable to conclude in these circumstances that Ms Whaitiri was or would have been required to stand down anyway during the investigation period.

Maori news for the week ending 31 August 2018

  • Leith Comer (Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngai Tahu, Ngāti Pahuwera, Te Arawa) and Fiona Cassidy (Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa) have been appointed to the Veterans Advisory Board. Mr Comer will chair the board.
  • Marama Fox, a former Member of Parliament for the Māori Party, had her consultancy company liquidated this week over an unpaid debt, reportedly of circa $30,000 to an ICT company. Associate Judge Ken Johnston of the Wellington High Court made the liquidation order against Marama Fox Consultancy Group Tapui Limited.
  • Applications for the Te Pūtake o te Riri | Wars and Conflicts in New Zealand Fund are now being accepted. Te Pūtake o te Riri is a fund which supports whānau, hapū and iwi to initiate, promote and deliver activities and events that commemorate the New Zealand Land Wars. https://tpk.govt.nz/en/whakamahia/te-putake-o-te-riri-wars-and-conflicts-in-new-zeal
  • Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho – A Māori Cultural and Intellectual Property Issues Conference will be held 16 -18 September in Nelson. For programme details see weblink below.

    https://www.taongatukuiho.com/On Thursday the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins announced that Te Wharekura o Ngāti Rongomai, (Rotorua) will receive $10 million for new buildings.

  • Today the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins announced the cancellation of the integration agreement for Hato Petera College, effective immediately. This decision will come as no surprise to readers.
  • On Tuesday the Associate Minister of Education, Kelvin Davis, announced that a series of over twenty hui are being held across the country to discuss ways to improve Māori education. As these wānanga have commenced the Minister’s release is tardy; but the intent to ensure a wide range of input is received is positive.  We recommend subscribers with an interest in Māori education matters attend; as it is time now for the Government to review its Māori education strategy, Ka Hikitia.  (Note presently the strategy for 2018 onwards contains only three dot-points and is predominately a blank white page.)

    Ministry of Education Māori Education Wānanga

     

    Location

    Date and Time  

    Venue

    Lower Hutt 4 September 2018

    6:00 – 9:00pm

    Lower Hutt Events Centre, Lower Hutt
    Opotiki 5 September 2018

    10:00am – 2:00pm

    Opotiki College, Opotiki
    Masterton 6 September 2018,

    TBA

    Copthorne Hotel, Masterton
    New Plymouth 11 September 2018

    2:00 – 4:00pm

    Quality Hotel, New Plymouth
    Te Kuiti 11 September 2018

    TBA

    Waikato, TBA
    Whangānui 11 September 2018

    6:00 – 9:00pm

    Hawera/ Manawatu- Whangānui, TBA
    Coromandel 12 September 2018

    6:00 – 9:00pm

    Manaia/Coromandel, TBA
    Whangānui 12 September 2018

    2:00 – 4:00pm

    Cooks Gardens, Whangānui
    Whangānui 12 September 2018

    6:00 – 9:00pm

    Cooks Gardens, Whangānui
    Gisborne 13 September 2018

    10:30am – 2:00pm

    Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Gisborne
    Hamilton 13 September 2018

    TBA

    Waikato, TBA
    Ruatoria 14 September 2018

    10:30am – 2:00pm

    Ngata Memorial College, Ruatora
    Palmerston North 14 September 2018

    2:00pm – 4:00pm

    Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North
    Palmerston North 14 September 2018

    6:00 – 9:00pm

    Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North
    Whangārei 17 September 2018

    12:00 – 4:00pm

    ASB Stadium, Whangārei
    Kaitaia 18 September 2018

    10:00am – 2:00pm

    Te Ahu Centre, Kaitaia, Northland
    Keri Keri 19 September 2018

    10:00am – 2:00pm

    Turners Centre, Keri Keri, Northland
    Auckland 22 September 2018

    TBA

    Alexandra Park, Auckland
    South Auckland 24 September 2018

    TBA

    Vodafone Events Centre, South Auckland
    North Auckland 25 September 2018

    TBA

    North Shore Stadium, North Auckland
    Hastings 27 September 2018

    4:30 – 8:30pm

    Heretaunga Taiwhenua, Hastings
    Southland 9 October 2018

    TBA

    Southland, TBA
    Chatham Island 10 October 2018

    TBA

    Chatham Island, TBA

     

     

Parliamentary Matters E29 31 August 2018

  • Yesterday Meka Whaitiri, a Minister outside of Cabinet, was stood down from her ministerial duties while an investigation is carried out into a staffing matter. There are media reports of an altercation occurring, allegedly leading to a person being pushed out a door.  The investigation is being undertaken by Ministerial Services.   Ms Whaitiri’s portfolios include Minister of Customs, Associate Minister of Agriculture, Associate Minister for Crown Māori Relations, Associate Minister of Forestry and Associate Minister of Local Government.  Ms Whaitiri is the Member of Parliament for Ikaroa Rawhiti.[1]

[1] It is reported Ms Whaitiri offered to stand down, and that offer was accepted by the Prime Minister – although in reality it seems reasonable to conclude in these circumstances that Ms Whaitiri was or would have been required to stand down anyway during the investigation period.

Te Waihora co-governance partnership – E29 31 August 2018

The Department of Conservation has now joined a co-governance partnership with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu for the care of Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere. (Other existing co-governors are Environment Canterbury, Selwyn District Council and the Christchurch City Council.)  The Department administers parcels of land around the lake, and has responsibilities for the care of inanga (whitebait) in the lake.  Te Waihora is presently badly polluted from nutrient run off from surrounding lands.  Subscribers may recall that our Budget reviews show this Department has consistently under-delivered on its Māori-focused initiatives – i.e. exceedingly sluggish with its actions and no clear results to report – so it’s more active involvement here on a matter of particular importance to Ngāi Tahu is a positive development (even if they should have joined long ago). Pānui 19/2018 refers.

Hikurangi Cannabis Ltd – E29 31 August 2018

Hikurangi Cannabis Ltd has been issued a license by the Ministry of Health to grow specific strains of cannabis plants for medicinal purposes. This is a Ruatoria-based company which has community and corporate shareholdings and investment; meaning if this business is successful then a proportion of profits will ultimately be returned to the Hikurangi Huataukina Trust (which supports communities between Waipiro Bay and Rangitukia.[1])   Note the Government presently has legislation before Parliament which proposes amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act, to allow for some uses of medicinal cannabis.  Hikurangi Cannabis will need this amendment to pass into law before they can commence sales (Pānui 2/2018 refers).

[1] Plus other areas on the East Coast.

Salient Māori News Items to 24 August E/28 2018

  • Quentin Hix (Ngāi Tahu), Dr Carwyn Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu), Tracey McIntosh (Ngāi Tūhoe) and Julia Amua Whaipooti (Ngāti Porou) have been appointed to the Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora Justice Advisory Group. The purpose of Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora is:

-to engage the public in a conversation about what they want from the criminal justice system; and

– to canvas a range of ideas on how the criminal justice system can be improved.

  • Chief Judge Isaac (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu), Sir Sidney (Hirini) Moko Mead (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Tūhourangi), Professor Rawinia Higgins (Ngāi Tūhoe) and Dr Grant Phillipson have been reappointed to the Waitangi Tribunal.
  • On Monday Te Ururoa Flavell commenced his role as chief executive of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
  • Last Friday the Associate Minister of Education, Kelvin Davis, announced that Te Wharekura o Ngā Purapura o Te Aroha and Palmerston North Manukura will receive significant funding to expand their facilities. Manukura special character school will receive $20 million for a new permanent building: they currently lease a building on the Massey University Campus. Te Wharekura o Ngā Purapura o Te Aroha will receive $10 million towards building expansion.
  • Last Sunday the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Andrew Little, announced funding support for Ngāpuhi hapū, to hui to assist progress in Treaty settlement discussions. The funding value is reportedly $290,000. This is a useful indicator in that it shows discussions on resolving the settlement disputes are now progressing out to wider iwi members.

E27 Salient Māori News Items to 17 August 2018

  • From today to next Tuesday Koroneihana celebrations will commence at Tūrangawaewae Marae, to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Kīngitanga movement, and the12th anniversary of the coronation of Kīngi Tūheitia. However, unlike past years, media are banned from the event.  This is said to be in relation to the article above, around allegations concerning Te Ururangi Trust, which could be a media distraction from the positivity of the celebrations.
  • On Monday 80 University of Waikato students and staff protested against a proposed restructure which would remove the Māori and Indigenous Studies faculty status and integrate it as part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. A final decision regarding the restructure will be published in early September.
  • On Tuesday Wallace Tamamotu Te Ahuru appeared in the Manukau District Court to face two charges of ‘Obtaining by deception’ and seven charges of ‘Using forged documents’. The charges follow an investigation from the Serious Fraud Office. Mr Te Ahuru is alleged to have defrauded the Waitangi National Trust of circa $1.2 million during the time he was employed as the Trust’s Corporate Services Manager (2012 to 2017). Mr Te Ahuru has been remanded on bail and will reappear in the Manukau District Court on 4 September.
  • This week Te Matapihi hosted a Māori housing finance wānanga. The focus of the wānanga is to identify solutions to increase access to finance when building housing on Māori Land.

E26 Salient Māori News Items to 10 August 2018

  • Pierre Henare (Ngāti Porou), Lisa Chase and Raewyn Tipene have been appointed to the board of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission.
  • Today Tiniraka Victoria Clark (Tainui) was sworn in as a District Court Judge with a jury warrant.
  • On Thursday 40 unionised Māori Television employees held a strike for a 24-hour period. The employees have been dissatisfied with ongoing negotiations for improved pay and conditions of work.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri has partnered with Skylight Trust to deliver a web series on rangatahi suicide prevention. The series of seven videos are personal stories from rangatahi and their stories of resilience as they work through living with depression, anxiety and suicidal feelings. The videos can be viewed on the Te Puni Kōkiri website. https://www.tpk.govt.nz/en/whakamahia/rangatahi-suicide-prevention
  • This week Tukoroirangi Morgan announced his intention to resign from the Waikato River Authority in November pending a replacement appointee from Waikato-Tainui.

Salient Māori News Items to E25 3 August 2018

  • Traci Houpapa ((Waikato Maniapoto, Taranaki, Tūwharetoa) has been appointed to the Treasury Board as a non- executive director.
  • La Verna King (Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Kahungunu) has been appointed to a newly formed Independent panel which will consider the 2014 family justice reforms as they relate to resolving disputes about parenting arrangements or guardianship matters including the effectiveness of out-of-court processes, with a focus on any differential impacts on Māori children. The panel will report to the Minister of Justice with its recommendations no later than May 2019.
    http://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2018-08/FamilyCourtRewriteTORS.pdf
  • Today the Minister for Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta released the draft Māori language strategy Maihi Karauna. Pānui will provide a comprehensive review of Maihi Karauna next week E26 10 August 2018.  Public consultation closes 30 September. https://www.tpk.govt.nz/en/a-matou-kaupapa/maihi-karauna
  • A grouping of Crown Ministers are meeting with the Iwi Leaders Forum today to discuss freshwater rights. The group includes three Labour Party Cabinet Ministers, and James Shaw from the Green Party, but notably not Shane Jones from the New Zealand First Party.  Mr Jones has already publicly indicated New Zealand First will not support an iwi-collective water rights settlement under any conditions (and he personally will not even meet with the iwi leaders as a single grouping, only as individual iwi).  Possibly to appease the situation (or more sceptically to demonstrate efforts of Treaty partnership in advance of any legal action from the collective), Ministers will seek to discuss Māori business and economic development opportunities within the water storage sector.  e. bottling opportunities, irrigation for Māori land, improved supply for marae, and the like.
  • Ngāpuhi Treaty settlement discussions are continuing with the sixth meeting held between the Ministers for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Andrew Little, and two representatives from Te Kōtahitanga (Rudy Taylor and Pita Tipene) and two from Tūhoronuku (Hone Sadler and Sonny Tau.) Wider consultation with iwi members is expected to recommence soon.
  • Dr Pauline Kingi CMNZ has stepped down as leader for the Government Inquiry into the Appointment Process for a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Wally Haumaha. Dr Kingi had previously endorsed the professional competencies of Mr Haumaha on a social media website.
  • Last week general media reported that the Serious Fraud Office searched and removed documents from the Office of the Māori King. The search follows an investigation by the Charities Service into the spending of funds received by the now deregistered Ururangi Trust. Previously, from 2008 the Ururangi Trust received up tp $1.6 million annually from Waikato/Tainui, in order to support the Office of the Māori King.
  • Napier based social enterprise group “LIFT” have been awarded $375,000 to deliver a work readiness programme Poutama Rangatahi Hikina to 75 youth not in education, employment or training (NEET) across Hawke’s Bay.