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E20 Salient News Items to 14 June 2019

  • The Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust is seeking a mandate to settle their claims, and consultation hui for that are in train for iwi members; and
  • Rangitihi is in the process of setting up its Post-Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE), to look after its settlement when it lands, and iwi consultation hui for this are also scheduled.
  • Applications are open for Te Uru Rākau’s (Forestry New Zealand) Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau scholarships. The scholarships provide $8,000 a year to six Māori or female students enrolling in either a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering at the University of Canterbury. Scholarship recipients also receive a paid internship with Te Uru Rākau or other forestry employers.

https://www.mpi.govt.nz/about-us/our-work/scholarships-and-awards/nga-karahipi-uru-rakau-forestry-scholarships/

  • Presently there are continuing media articles on the financial affairs of the Port Nicholson Settlement Trust. Some current trustees are alleging that past financial mismanagement, including unpaid invoices, gave them little choice in having to on-sell land-based assets to property developers.  However, a past Chief Executive is refuting such claims, indicating the financial situation was dire from an early time period, and that he had actually been addressing the matters to stabilise the Trust.  (We have elected not to provide further details as the financial statements of this Trust are not available to review: however, it is clear there remains bitter division within the iwi, particularly in relation to whether Shelly Bay land ought to have been sold.)
  • As advised last week, Budget 2019/20 contained $42 million of funding to restart an educational programme called Te Kōtahitanga.  We advise that this week the responsible Minister, Kelvin Davis, gave this initiative its own post-Budget announcement.  It will now be known as Te Hurihanganui, and the funds will be used to ‘boost the capability of the education workforce to better support Māori’.  (Pānui 19/2019 refers.)

E17 24 May 2019 News

This week Stephen Henare appeared in the High Court on 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.  Mr Henare’s sister, Margaret Dixon, had already pleaded guilty to stealing with him, with funds taken in 2012-2013 being circa $1.1 million – leaving the Trust with only $150 in its bank account, not enough to manage its forestry operations, thereby causing even more losses.  Mr Henare started the week with a not-guilty plea; but by Thursday had changed his plea to guilty.   He was subsequently convicted by Justice Matthew Muir and will be sentenced later this year.

Summary of Publications and Policy Matters – 15 December 2014 to 23 January 2015 (edition 1/ 2015)

Publications Released

  • 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:[1]

DNZM

To be a Dame Companion of the said Order:

  • The Honourable Tariana Turia, of Whanganui. For services as a Member of Parliament.

CNZM

To be Companions of the said Order:

  • Mr Robin John Cooper, of Auckland. For services to Māori health.

ONZM

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.

MNZM

To be Members of the said Order:

  • Mr Roma Ruruku Hippolite, of Keilor, Australia. For services to Māori and health 

QSM

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.


[1]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.