- On 15 December 2014, the Waitangi Tribunal released in pre-publication form the fifth part of its report on Te Urewera claims.
- On 19 December 2014 the Ministry of Primary Industries released two research reports on Māori agri-business activities. We will provide reviews of this work in Pānui edition 2/2015 (next week).
- On 16 January the Ministry of Social Development released updated benefit information. We will provide reviews of this work in Pānui edition 2/2015 (next week).Policy Announcements
- The Tertiary Education Commission has selected Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga (NPM) as the only applicant to go forward to the next stage of the Maori CoRE funding round for 2016-2020. Bids led by Massey and Waikato did not go forward.
- The Tertiary Education Commission has engaged the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) to develop a draft strategy to progress Māori adult literacy and numeracyConsultation will commence in February.Appointments
- On 23 December the Minister of Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell, announced the permanent appointment of Michael Doogan to the Māori Land Court.
- On 22 December the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister, Gerry Brownlee, announced membership of the new Canterbury Advisory Board on Transition (to shift powers from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority to other entities). Amongst others the Advisory Board includes Sir Mark Solomon, representing Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and Maggy Tai Rakena, representing the not-for-profit sector.New Year Honours
On 1 January 2015 The Queen appointed a number of Māori to The New Zealand Order of Merit, including:
To be a Dame Companion of the said Order:
- The Honourable Tariana Turia, of Whanganui. For services as a Member of Parliament.
To be Companions of the said Order:
- Mr Robin John Cooper, of Auckland. For services to Māori health.
To be Officers of the said Order:
- Dr Monty Glyn Soutar, of Gisborne. For services to Māori and historical research.
- Mr Kukupa Tirikatene, of Auckland. For services to Māori and education.
- Mrs Colleen Elizabeth Urlich, JP, of Dargaville. For services to Māori art.
To be Members of the said Order:
- Mr Roma Ruruku Hippolite, of Keilor, Australia. For services to Māori and health
Queen’s Service Medal Awards
- Ms Aroha Dawn Geraldine Campbell, of Rotorua. For services to Māori.
- Mr Teariki Derrick Mei, of Wairoa. For services to Māori.
- Ms Hoana Pearson, of Auckland. For services to Māori and education.
Note it is possible there are other Māori who were appointed the New Zealand Order of Merit that we have not been able to identify by their recongition area.