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Salient Māori News Items to 20 September 2019

 

  • On Thursday the Te Ture Whenua Māori (Succession, Dispute Resolution, and Related Matters) Amendment Bill was introduced 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.
  • This week the Ministry for Culture and Heritage announced that the replica of Captain Cook’s ship the Endeavour will not visit the Mangonui inlet. The visit was removed from the itinerary following complaints regarding the Ministry’s failure to conduct a proper consultation process with Ngāti Kahu iwi. The replica of the Endeavour is touring ports and docks around New Zealand as part of the national commemoration marking 250 years since Captain Cook’s arrival in Aotearoa.
  • Applications are now open for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Te Pūnaha Hihiko – Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund 2020. The fund is open to people and organisations undertaking or planning research which supports the themes of the Vision Mātauranga Policy:
    • indigenous innovation,
    • taiao (achieving environmental sustainability),
    • hauora/oranga (improving health and social wellbeing) and,
    • mātauranga (exploring indigenous knowledge).
      The fund value is circa $4 million. Proposals close midday 14 November.
  • The Kiingitanga movement has advised mana whenua that they would like the lands at Ihumātao returned, although they consider that it falls outside of Treaty Settlement processes therefore the Government may need to negotiate with Fletchers to achieve that.
  • This week Dave Samuels commenced his appointment as Chief Executive of Te Puni Kōkiri.
  • On Thursday the first reading of the Ngāti Hinerangi Claims Settlement Bill was completed in Parliament. The bill includes a financial redress of $8.1 million, the return of 14 sites of cultural significance, a cultural revitalisation fund, and five commercial properties. https://www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/ngati-hinerangi/

Te Ture Whenua Reforms – Defunct for No 26 January 2018 (Edition 1/2018)

Late last year the Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, withdrew the Te Ture Whenua Bill from the legislative agenda. It was very close to passing under the former Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell, being in the final stage of the Parliamentary Committee of the Whole House.  But the Labour Party had campaigned hard against the Bill, and has now indicated they will progress only more limited amendments to current Māori land law.

With former Minister Te Ururoa Flavell out of Parliament, it was left to Chris Finlayson, to accuse the Government of throwing away an opportunity to support Māori development. In return the Government accused National / the Māori Party of wasting circa $5 million on the exercise that had (in their view) specious gains for Māori.

This area of policy is detailed, so we will write more on Māori land reforms once the new Government clarifies what it will and won’t progress – in particular the proposed Māori Land Service. However the headline is that nothing is going to happen fast given the removal from the Parliamentary agenda.