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Appointments and Awards and salient Māori News Items for the Week to 29 June 2018

  • Farah Palmer (Ngāti Mahuta) has been appointed to the Board of Sport New Zealand.
  • Professor Rawinia Higgins (Ngāi Tūhoe) has been appointed Chair of Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori / the Māori Language Commission.
  • Oliver Tapiki-Thorpe (Whakatōhea) has received the New Zealand Youth Award for Inclusion and Diversity.
  • On Wednesday Daniel Michael Bidois (Ngāti Maniapoto) swore his Oath of Allegiance in Parliament. Mr Bidois became the newest National Party Member of Parliament after winning the Northcote By-Election on 9 June.
  • Māori food company Kaitahi was awarded the “Most Innovative Foodservice Product” at the Fine Food New Zealand Innovation Awards.  Kaitahi has developed frozen food products using traditional Māori ingredients.
  • Te Arawa Group Holdings, Rotomā No 1 Incorporation, and Ngāti Awa Group Holdings have formed a business entity partnership called Matai Pacific Iwi Collective. The partnership has purchased three large kiwifruit orchards in the Te Puke region, the orchards are planted in Green and Gold varieties of Kiwifruit.
  • A grouping of 13 Māori businesses (the Hui Māori Collective), will be launching an e-commence portal on Tmall Global in November. (Tmall, a mandarin language site, is part of the Alibaba group and a major international trading site.)   The collective is also working with AsureQuality to develop a quality assurance framework for branding and product authenticity purposes.  Members of the Hui Māori Collective are: Miraka, Kai Ora Honey, Mana Kai Honey, Tai Tokerau Honey, The True Honey Company, Tuku Māori Winemakers Collective (Steve Bird Wines, Te Pā wines, Tiki Wines, Ostler Wines and Kurukuru Wines), Taha Beverages, Kono, and The Modern Māori Quartet.
  • The High Court has ruled in favour of a rent increase for the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland; meaning the leasee, Te Arawa Group holdings, will need to pay the owner, Ngāti Tahi Ngāti Whaoa Rūnanga Trust, increases backdated for three years, and court costs. This ends a three-year rental dispute between the two parties.
  • Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga have signed a ‘Mahi Tahi’ agreement to promote and revitalise Te Reo Māori.
  • On Saturday a launch will be held for He Kupu Tuku Iho, a new Te Reo book authored by Sir Tīmoti Kāretu and Wharehuia Milroy. The book is said to be written for the ‘serious’ Te Reo student.  Auckland University Press are the publishers

Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 22 June E21/2018

  • Tini Clark (Ngāti Tīpa, Ngāti Tahinga, Ngāti Āmaru) has been appointed a District Court Judge with a jury warrant to be based in Manukau. Ms Clark will be sworn in as a Judge on 10 August 2018.
  • Last Friday the Minister of Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, announced that an investigation into the affairs of the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board is to be undertaken. The investigation follows reported allegations relating to governance and management concerns, and in particular the 2017 triennial elections of the Board.  Michael Heron QC has been appointed as the investigator, and will report back to the Minister in August.   The Trust Board comprises twelve trustees elected from the six hapū of Whakatōhea, and there are circa 11,000 iwi members.
  • Today the Minister of Employment, Willie Jackson, announced four initiatives that will receive funding through He Poutama Rangatahi. All four initiatives are based in the Hawke’s Bay region.

The successful initiatives are:

The Hastings District Council – Connector Model programme (improving long term employment opportunities through supporting employers, rangatahi and their whānau) funding $460,000;

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga – Takatū Youth Mentoring (drivers licencing programme) funding $258,000;

Hikoi4Life Trust  – WorkFit programme  (increase existing support to get young people physically and mentally fit for work)  funding $765,000; and

Hikoi4Life Trust – Development Hub (work readiness programme to support  young Māori and Pasifika women into employment) funding $194,000.


  • Law Firm Kahui legal have made a commitment across the organisation to increase staff use of Te Reo Māori as part of their Reo Plan. The plan supports staff to take lessons outside of work. Reo Plan is an initiative developed by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori/ Māori Language Commission to encourage workplaces to increase use of Te Reo Māori.
  • On Tuesday the Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, announced his interim decision to cancel the Hato Petera College integration agreement (there are few students enrolled so the school is not considered sustainable). This means, unless there is convincing evidence otherwise, shortly the Minister will confirm his decision, which will effectively close the school.
  • Earlier this month Sir Robert Jones filed defamation papers against Renae Maihi. Sir Robert Jones claims the language used in that petition was defamatory. In March Ms Maihi presented the petition to Labour MP Kiritapu Allan at Parliament, which asks the Prime Minister to strip Sir Robert Jones of his Knighthood, on the basis of alleged inflammatory comments made about Māori. The petition had 66,000 people in support.  A GiveALittle page has been established to support Ms Maihi’s defence.


  • On Thursday funding applications opened for Suffrage 125 fund. The contestable fund is worth $300,000 and its purpose is to support events and activities to celebrate 125 years of voting for women. Activities recognising Māori women, and women of diverse cultures, will be a focus.


  • The Horizons Regional Council (Manawatū-Wanganui region) has voted to change the spelling of Wanganui to Whanganui in their name, and they will add a macron over the u in Manawatū. The Council have applied to the Geographic Board for the change.
  • Matariki celebrations are now well underway in various locations around Aotearoa, with the Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester, suggesting a public holiday may be required. Matariki is the rising of a cluster of eight bright stars in midwinter (from May this year); and celebrations are often timed with the appearance of the first new moon (mid-June this year).

Māori News Items for the Week to 1 June Edition 18/2018

Appointments and Awards

  • Onuku Māori Lands Trust (Rotorua) has won the Ahuwhenua Trophy (Māori farming) Trophy.
  • Harepaora Ngaheu (Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau ā Apanui) has won the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award.
  • Tahamoana Macpherson has been appointed New Zealand’s new Ambassador to Thailand.
  • Wallace Haumaha has been appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police.
  • The Māori Trustee, Jamie Tuuta, has advised that to his current knowledge none of the farms managed by Te Tumu Paeroa have been infected with mycoplasma bovis. (Te Tumu Paeroa administers circa 100,000 hectares of Māori-title land.)  However another Māori agricultural and business leader, Hilton Collier, has advised he is aware of one Māori-owned farm which presently has official notification not to move stock (which occurs whilst testing for the mycoplasma virus takes place).
  • The Ministry of the Environment has released a new science strategy called, ‘Our Science Strategy Rautaki Pūtaiao: Valued and trusted science: a framework for change’. The idea is to guide the work of the Ministry, to ensure a strong scientific basis is present behind all of its research work and policy advice.  We note the strategy, whilst not Māori-focused, does commence with a positive affirmation of the place of mātauranga Māori within scientific thought (noting that there is current debate on this within the scientific community).  The Ministry’s statement is:

“Our principle is ‘valued mātauranga: incorporating Mātauranga Māori appropriately to ensure te ao Māori perspectives are reflected in our work’. We want to be clear about what successful use of mātauranga mō te taiao at the Ministry looks like, so changes to improve the use of science at the Ministry also improve the use of mātauranga.”


  • Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage, has announced $11.7 million in funding to support an iwi and community plan to eradicate pests from Mount Taranaki. The project is called Taranaki Taku Turanga and is supported by the eight iwi grouping in the region, the NEXT Foundation, and the Department of Conservation.
  • Minister Sage has also announced that consultation is commencing of the Government’s plan to ensure there are no new mines on conservation land. While the discussion document has not quite been released (link failure on beehive website), we note the Minister advises that the Government will “work closely with our Treaty partners throughout the process of defining how the policy will be implemented.”


  • Applications for the 2018 Community Leadership Fund – Hāpori Whakatipu are now open. This fund provides grants to not-for-profit organisations with a national focus, which provide leadership and capability building across the community and social enterprise sectors. Total funding available is $500,000. Applications close on 11 July 2018.


Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 11 May 2018

  • Donna Grant, the former Executive Director of Manaakitanga Aotearoa Trust, appeared in the Rotorua District Court this week on a range of fraud related charges: (‘dishonestly using documents’, ‘obtaining by deception’ ‘creating a forged document’ and ‘using a forged document’).  The charges follow a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation that alleges that Mrs Grant used her position within several organisations to fraudulently obtain funding from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and the Tertiary Education Commission. Mrs Grant pleaded not guilty.

Further background: In 2014 the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the Tertiary Education Commission released a report on complaints relating to educational provision by Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.  The report found a wide range of issues were presenting in numerous programmes areas, however a key matter was significant under-delivery of a tourism programme called ‘Hei Manaaki’. Manaakitanga Aotearoa Trust was subcontracted to deliver Hei Manaaki to the wānanga.   Following the investigation, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi acknowledged significant errors, and repaid $5.9 million in funding to the Government.  In addition, 217 qualifications were cancelled.  In our opinion, these qualifications (awarded and then removed) were most likely to be largely or solely to Māori students.

Note: like all New Zealanders, we emphasise that Mrs Grant retains a presumption of innocence, unless proven guilty; i.e. these are allegations only.

  • Seatbelt non-usage and fatal accidentsLast month a research report commissioned by the AA Research Foundation on seatbelt usage was released.  It found that in fatal accidents in which a seatbelt was not worn, 35% of deaths were Māori.[1]https://www.transport.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Research/Documents/Mackie-Seat-belt-fatality-report-FINAL.pdf [1] The study is called, Vehicle Occupants not wearing a seatbelt – ‘An analysis of fatalities and traffic offences in New Zealand’.  The research relates to the period 2012 to 2015.
  • Māori Science Debate. This week MBIE lead scientists put out a shared media statement on  Māori participation in science.  They did this as since March the Royal Society of New Zealand / Te Apārangi and Otago University have been publicly criticised for matters relating to Māori interests in science.  In broad terms, Te Apārangi has been criticised for using its Māori name and allegedly allowing the influence of the ‘arts / philosophy’ to impact on its other scientific endeavours.  Otago University has been criticised for allegedly requiring consultation with Ngāi Tahu in all research areas.  The complaint seems to be: science is hard facts, and should not yield to ‘cultural or philosophical views’, the Society does not need a Treaty of Waitangi statement, and Māori/iwi should not be in a position to overrule every item of research.  (We note although written by a scientist, there is a bit of emotive language tied in, with phrases like ‘stone age nobodys’.)    The reply is along the lines that there are many types of knowledge and science must be inclusive of all New Zealanders in order to maintain relevance.   This debate will likely be of most interest to academic subscribers: the links are provided below.

“Research, science and innovation should be relevant to all New Zealanders. The context and challenges of all our citizens should be able to inform science, just as they inform other government business. Delivering benefits from science will require collaboration among multiple disciplines, and scientists to work with other perspectives, people and institutions to create change. To aggressively reject genuine societal views will not make science more “real” – it will make science irrelevant.”  MBIE media extract.

  • Professor Margaret Hyland, Chief Scientist, MBIE & Professor of Engineering, University of Auckland
  • Dr Rob Murdoch, Departmental Science Advisor, MBIE & General Manager Research, NIWA
  • Professor Hamish Spencer, Departmental Science Advisor, MBIE & Professor of Zoology, University of Otago




Appointments and Awards

  • Jamie Tuuta (Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama, Te Ati Awa & Taranaki Tuturu has been appointed chair of the Māori Television Board. Peter Jones (Ngāti Kahu, Te Rārawa, Ngāi Takoto & Te Aupōuri) has been appointed deputy chair.
  • Jim Mather (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe) has been appointed chair of the Radio New Zealand Board.
  • Ezekiel Raui (Te Rarawa), Diva-Ataahua Ratu (Ngāti Whatua), and Stevie Davis-Tana (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou, Te Arawa) have been appointed to the Ministry of Youth Development Partnership Fund Board. The Partnership Fund Board will oversee investments in partnership with business and philanthropic sectors, iwi, and other funders to increase the capability and resilience of young people within their communities and whānau.


  • Dr Moana Theodore (Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa) and Dr Jason Gurney (Ngāpuhi) have each been awarded a Māori Health Research Emerging Leader fellowship worth $500,000. The fellowships are for four years and are awarded by the Health Research Council and the Ministry of Health.

Dr Theodore’s research will look at the impact of education on the well-being of tamariki Māori and also the benefits of tertiary study for Māori university students.

Dr Jason Gurney’s research focus is to identify cancers which require the most urgent attention in terms of survival outcomes, and to determine the extent to which survival, quality of life and palliative care factors are modifiable for Māori patients with these cancers.

  • Last week the 2018 University of Auckland Aotearoa Māori Business Leaders Awards were held. The award winners were:
  • Kauahi Ngapora (Ngāi Tahu, Waikato-Tainui) – Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award;
  • Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Koata) – Māori Woman Business Leaders Award;
  • Kendall Flutey (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu) – Young Māori Business Leaders Award;
  • Whaimutu Dewes (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Rangitihi) – Māori Governance Award;
  • Maru Nihoniho (Ngāti Porou, Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāi Tahu) – Māori Entrepreneurial Leaders Award;
  • Iwi Partnership Collective – Outstanding Māori Business Leadership Award (for organisations).

Māori News edition 14 – 4 May 2018

Ngāti Tamaoho Claims Settlement

  • Yesterday the second reading of the Ngāti Tamaoho Claims Settlement Bill was completed in Parliament. The settlement includes a commercial and financial redress of $10.3 million, and a cultural revitalisation fund of $590,000.
  • On Thursday the Electoral (Entrenchment of Māori Seats) Amendment Bill was introduced in Parliament. The purpose of the  Bill is to amend the Electoral Act 1993 so it will embed the provisions of the Act relating to Māori electorates.  As way of background, the provisions relating to the General electorates are currently entrenched in the Act but the provisions relating to the Māori electorates are not.


  • On Tuesday the Electoral Commission released the first progressive results for the Māori Electoral Option 2018. Results to date show the Māori Roll has decreased by 2052 and Māori enrolled on the General roll has increased by 2698. Māori electoral option closes 2 August.

Economic Funding Round Open

  • On Monday the 2018 the He kai kei aku ringa funding round opened. The purpose of the fund is to grow the Māori economy. The fund is worth circa $1 million, there are five broad criteria (but we consider more of less anything related to the Māori economy/ business seems to fit); applications close 28 May 2018.



Māori News items 27 April 2018 Edition 13

  • Te Puni Kōkiri have published a Civil Defence Marae Emergency Preparedness Plan. This resource is designed to help prepare Marae in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.  https://www.tpk.govt.nz/en/a-matou-mohiotanga
  • Last week five two-bedroom, pre-fabricated papakāinga homes were opened at Kōkōhīnau Marae, Te Teko. The $2.7 million development was carried out with funding support from the Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing Network and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
  • Mathew Pooley (Ngāi Tahu, Koukourārata), Cheyenne Wilson (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa) and Harepaora Ngaheu (Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) have been named the 2018 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer finalist. The winner will be announced 25 May.


  • Amber Craig (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne), Robyn Kamira (Te Rarawa) and Michael Taitoko (Ngāti Maniapoto) have been appointed to the Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Advisory Group.
  • Daniel Procter (Ngāti Uepohatu, Ngai Tāmanuhiri, Ngāti Rangiwaho) has been appointed as Deputy Chairperson to the Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board.
  • Miriana Stephens (Ngāti Rārua, Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui), Puawai Wereta (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) and Nadine Tunley(Ngāti Wheke, Ngāti Waewae) have been appointed to the Primary Sector Council.

E11 Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 6 April 2018

 Periodic Tenancy Reviews of Public Housing Tenants

  • Last Thursday the Minister of Housing, Phil Twyford, announced that periodic tenancy reviews of public housing tenants would be paused (until the end of June), while the Minister considers whether the groups of tenants exempt from the process should be widened. Tenancy reviews determine whether a person or family still require public housing and whether the public house they are in meets their current needs.[1] The pause is likely to have an impact on the 36% Māori public housing tenants, 44% Māori on the public housing register, or Māori awaiting transfer to a more suitable dwelling.
  • The Electoral Commission commenced the Māori Electoral Option campaign this week. The campaign encourages Māori who are registered on the electoral roll to choose the option to be on the Māori roll, or to stay on the General roll (but to make a conscious choice) for the next two General Elections. The number of Māori on the Māori electoral roll determines the number of Māori representative seats in Parliament, so the campaign is an important contribution to that.


  • Te Wānanga o Aotearoa have developed two social media applications Including a 3D tiki filter on Snapchat, and the kirituhi camera effect on Facebook. The apps which have had mixed responses (positive and negative) from tikanga and cultural commentators are targeted at rangatahi/ youth.
  • Last week Saul Roberts was sentenced to eight months home detention and ordered to pay reparations of circa $165,000 for taking a bribe of $45,000 in 2009 – in return for withdrawing a submission from his iwi around a district plan change. Mr Roberts has also admitted taking financial ‘kickbacks’ of $160,000 from his former employment at Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust, a Māori disability provider.
  • Last week MBIE released a report on Public Engagement with Science and Technology. The report provides a summary of findings from a 2017 science and technology survey. Of the 3,300 survey respondents:
  • 42% agreed that Mātauranga Māori has a role in science;
  • 51% agreed that Māori involvement in leadership in science and technology is important in New Zealand; and
  • 48% are interested in learning about how Mātauranga Māori relates to science.



[1] Under the existing criteria public housing tenants are exempt from periodic tenancy reviews are: (i) 75 years and older; (ii) people whose house is modified for their needs such as wheelchair access; (iii) households working with a Children’s Team in the Ministry for Children Oranga Tamariki; and (iv) those with an agreed lifetime tenure with Housing New Zealand.


Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 16 March Edition 8/ 2018

  • On Wednesday the sale of plain packaging tobacco products came into force. Plain packaging is a measure introduced under the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Standardised Packaging) Amendment Act. The potential benefit of plain packaging should be disproportionally positive for Māori.  This is because the smoking rate amongst Māori is double that of the overall population, and tobacco consumption is believed to account for a significant portion of the life expectancy differential between Māori and non-Māori.[1]More than 600 Māori are said to die ‘prematurely’ each year from smoking related illnesses.  Former Associate Minister for Health, Tariana Turia, should rightly be acknowledged as a driving force behind this legislative change now coming into effect.
  • [1] Ministry of Health research
  • A petition by Renae Maihi asking the Prime Minister to strip Sir Robert Jones of his Knighthood on the basis of alleged inflammatory comments made about Māori has now reached 66,000 people in support. Ms Maihi and her supporters plan to present the petition to Labour MP Kiritapu Allan at Parliament on Tuesday 27th March 2018.  (Note if a petition is formally received at Parliament by a Member of Parliament, then it can be announced to the House, and sent to a Select Committee for formal reporting on.  Having Ms Allan indicate she will do this means it is likely the matter will go further.)   There is a challenge of course, in removing Knighthoods, as that is not something any New Zealand Government has done before – and at present the Government (like the last one) is taking a long time to respond to a request to rescind the Knighthood bestowed upon Sir Ngatata Love for Services to Māori; (given the High Court has found he committed fraudulent activities against his iwi.)  In this context, Ms Maihi’s petition essentially places perceived offences against Māori on a continuum, and could actually make the current considerations regarding Sir Ngatata more challenging.  The petition can be seen here:


  • Last weekend the inaugural national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars, He Rā Maumahara, was held in the Bay of Islands.
  • Last week an Environment Court hearing between Maungaharuru-Tangitu Trust and the Hastings District Council was held. The hearing was regarding the Hastings District Council’s decision to grant resource consent on costal land considered to be wahi taonga, and is required as direct discussions and mediation on the matter have both failed.
  • The Iwi Chairs’ Forum are holding a climate change summit in Wellington on March 24 and 25.

Edition 6/ 2018 Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 2 March 2018

Tuaropaki Trust has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Obayashi Corporation (a Japanese company) to pilot the use of geothermal power as an energy source to make hydrogen.

The Ministry of Education has today released Iwi Education Profiles. We will review these next week, but note that with the release the Associate Minister of Education, Kelvin Davis, has indicated that he sees room to improve information being supplied to iwi.  (I.e. on the one hand he is positively releasing the data and saying it will be of some use to iwi, and on the other hand stating that it relates to the previous administration and better work can be done in future.)


This week Te Mātāwai opened an online Māori language survey, called He Reo Ora. A focus of He Ora Reo is to better understand current Māori language activities and resources available. The survey closes 6 April: it can be completed here:


Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 9 February 2018 (Edition 3/ 2018)

Today applications open for the Māori digital technology fund, Ka Hao, (formally called the Māori ICT Development Fund). The funding is focused on creating high value employment and business ventures for Māori within the digital (information technology) sector.  Use the link below for application information, and note the three current funding priorities are:

  • Improving digital skills and pathways for Māori in digital technologies;
  • Growing digital technologies businesses; and
  • Enhancing new Māori language and culture initiatives through digital technologies.



  • The Auckland iwi Te Kawerau a Maki and the Auckland Council seem to be at loggerheads over whether a rāhui to protect kauri trees within the Waitakere Ngāhere should be for the whole forest (iwi viewpoint) or particular areas/tracks (council view). The situation was not helped this week with a council economic agency[1] promoting a Waitangi day walk on a track that was clearly prohibited in order to protect the trees.  An apology was issued.
  • The Ministry of Primary Industries is consulting on five proposed bylaws to protect freshwater fish species within 13 Rotorua lakes. If enacted the new regulations would protect tuna, īnanga, kākahi, kōaro, kōura and mōrihana, under the Mahire Whakahaere Fisheries Management Plan.  Proposed protections include closure of kōaro (meaning no further catches), return of accidentally caught fish of all five specifies, restrictions on harvesting, a ban on scuba gear use, and for Te Arawa to have access to fish species for cultural and customary use.   Consultation closes 16 March.



  • A grouping of Māori land trusts in the Bay of Plenty are looking to establish a milk processing plant in Kawerau, in partnership with Imanaka (a Japanese company). The plant will be built on land owned by Putauaki Trust, and supplied with geothermal energy from Ngāti Tūwharetoa Geothermal Assets.  Imanaka will have a one-third shareholding via a subsidiary, Cedenco.
  • Green Party Member of Parliament, Marama Davidson, has confirmed she is seeking election as Party Co-leader.
  • Sir Robert Jones has written an opinion piece for the National Business Review mocking Waitangi Day, and Māori. He calls for Māori to provide a day of gratitude to non-Māori, by washing cars and the like, apparently because he considers there are no ‘full-blooded Māori’.  The item was deliberately inflammatory, and Sir Robert has received the (presumably) desired reaction of disdain and condemnation.  Our only comment regards the National Business Review – why it thought such a column was appropriate for a reputable business magazine is as yet unexplained, although we suspect they will have some explaining to do to the Race Relations Office in the near future, as complaints about the article present.

[Note we will add Sir Robert as a contender for our ūpoko-kumara award, to be announced at Mātāriki.  Other contenders we have identified so far include Sir William Gallagher, Professor Paul Moon, and Dr Don Brash, although for clarity eligibility is not restricted to older white males].[2]

[1] Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).

[2] Note eligibility for this award is open to all, not just older white males.

Maori appointments 02 February 2018 (Edition 2/2018)

  • Pauline Waiti is one of seven people appointed by the Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, to review the NCEA system.
  • Tui Ruwhiu, from the Directors and Editors Guild has been appointed to the Film Industry Working Group. This group will be reviewing worker’s rights in the film production industry (most film production workers are presently considered ‘independent contractors’ not employees, hence the review).
  • Erina Tamepo, from Ngā Aho Whakaari has also been appointed to the Film Industry Working Group.


Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historic Abuse in State Care 02 February 2018 (Edition 2/2018)

Yesterday the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, formally announced that there would be a Royal Commission of Inquiry into historic abuse in State care. This commitment had been part of her (Labour) party’s election manifesto commitments, so the announcement puts that into place.

The Royal Commission will be led by Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand – a former Governor-General. Draft terms of reference have been agreed by Cabinet, but these will only be finalised after consultation.  The draft is not yet released, but the Department of Internal Affairs indicates the inquiry will consider “the nature and extent of abuse that occurred in state care, what its immediate and long term impacts were, the factors (including systemic factors) which may have caused or contributed to it, and lessons to be learned from the past.”  The inquiry will also consider current settings to prevent and respond to any such abuse.  Further, a key focus of the Inquiry is to understand any differential impacts of abuse in state care for Māori and other groups where differential impact is evident…”  This will include considering factors leading to someone being placed in State care.

In our assessment, given the United Nations had already asked New Zealand to investigate these matters, and given the Ministry of Social Development has already settled over 1,600 proven individual claims in this area – and has at least another 1,000 in process, there is no doubt that such an inquiry is warranted. The last (National) Government’s refusal to resolve this matter simply presented as a home goal in the lead up to the election.  We note from the extract above, as with other inquiries being launched, the Government is conscious that the experience for Māori in this area may be different from that for others.  This is useful, given Māori comprise over half of young people in State care; (i.e. circa 3,100 tamariki/rangatahi Māori are in State care, and a further 360 tamariki/rangatahi Māori are in State youth residences.)

Other members of the Commission have yet to be named, but we would expect at least one or two people with a strong understanding of Māori and State care issues to be appointed, and we will advise further as the matter progresses. Many subscribing organisations may wish to consider making submissions to this Inquiry.

State of the Nation and 100 Days Speeches 02 February 2018 (Edition 2/2018)

On Wednesday the Leader of the Opposition, Bill English gave his ‘State of the Nation’ speech, which was followed later by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s ‘100 Day Progress’ speech; i.e. the two key opening political speeches for the year.

Overall Mr English’s speech reads as a lamentation – highlighting what he considered where all the good things his party had achieved, and bemoaning that the Labour-led Government might now risk it all, particularly in the areas of employment relations and economic growth. In that respect it was a classic right wing speech about the risks of a left wing Government.  Nothing new there.

From a Māori policy perspective two points are salient. First, when Mr English talked of their past successes, he left off progressing Treaty settlements.  This is an area where his Government experienced outstanding success, leaving its opposition in shreds, in regards to how many Treaty claims they progressed and settled.  Chris Finlayson’s work in this area will be, in our view, the stuff of legend in the future – given he oversaw perhaps 50 plus settlements, and facilitated the package of settlements to extend above $2 billion, and gained cross-party support for this work.  However, we note Bill English consistently leaves this out of his speeches: it is as if the National Party is not particularly proud of this achievement, or does not think it appeals to its core supporters.

Our second observation is that Mr English only made one mention of Māori, and it was in a negative context, saying that without the proposed Te Ture Whenua Māori reforms, the New Zealand First policy of planting forests on Māori land is unlikely to succeed.  His linkage is not well made, and we note that for generations forests (including Government forests) have been planted on Māori land – i.e. the former reforms are not required for the tree planting scheme to proceed.  Overall if this is a ‘State of the Nation’ speech, then Māori are entirely invisible to this political party at this time.

The Prime Minister’s speech followed later in the day, and focused on explaining what they had sought to put in place within their first 100 days, and why, and also what they intend to pursue next. The key focus areas were employment policies, poverty reduction (discussed below), and setting new socio-economic targets to measure the wellbeing of New Zealand, beyond just GDP. In regards to Māori, Prime Minister Ardern, noted the need for politicians to speak openly on challenging social issues of inequalities, such as the high Māori imprisonment rate.  She also stated that,

“we are a nation that has duties and responsibilities under the Treaty of Waitangi that extends to, and beyond, the negotiating table.  We must be a Government  that builds not just relationships, but partnerships with iwi.”

We advise the Prime Minister made similar (but more articulate) comments last week on the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi, but that was to a largely Māori audience who would appreciate that – this week’s speech was aimed at a broader audience. In our assessment this signalling of approach is positive for Māori/iwi, and combined with having a strong Māori caucus it will be interesting to see what this transpires into.

New Years’ Honours 26 January 2018 (Edition 2/2018)_

 New Years’ Honours

The following New Zealand Order Honours and Queen’s Service awards were conferred to Māori, or people giving services to Māori, on 31 December 2017 (New Years’ Honours).[1]


To be Dame Companions of the said Order:

  • Ms Rangimarie Naida Glavish, ONZM, JP, of Auckland. For services to Māori and the community.
  • The Honourable Georgina Manunui te Heuheu, QSO, of Taupo. For services to the State and Māori.


To be Knight Companions of the said Order:


To be Officers of the said Order:

  • Mr Colin Maungapohatu Bidois, of Tauranga. For services to Māori.
  • Mr Richard Boast, of Wellington. For services to the law and Māori.
  • Mr Frederick John Graham, of Waiuku. For services to Māori art.
  • Archdeacon William Tutepuaki Kaua, JP, of Wellington. For services to Māori, education and the State.
  • Mr Russell Kemp, of Kaiwaka. For services to Māori.  (Mr Kemp passed away on 10 January.)
  • Mr Wetini Swainson Mitai-Ngatai, of Rotorua. For services to Māori performing arts.


To be Members of the said Order:

  •  Ms Suzanne Louise Ellison, of Waikouaiti. For services to Māori, the arts and governance.
  • Ms Donna Matahaere-Atariki, of Dunedin. For services to Māori and health.
  • Ms Maxine Huirangi Grace Moana-Tuwhangai, of Ngaruawahia. For services to governance and Māori.
  • Mr Hare Paniora, of Auckland. For services to Māori and education.
  • Ms Sarah Mihiroa Reo, of Havelock North. For services to Māori and education.
  • Dr David Collins Tipene-Leach, of Napier. For services to Māori and health.
  • Mrs Pania Tyson-Nathan, of Porirua. For services to Māori and business.
  • Dr Haare Mahanga Te Wehinga Williams, JP, of Auckland. For services to Māori, the arts and education.


  • Reverend Matiu Nohokau Eru, of Hastings. For services to Māori and education.
  • Mrs Hinekakaho Averill Manuel-Kohn, of Wairoa. For services to the community and Māori.
  • Ms Teresea Olsen, of Lower Hutt. For services to Māori and health.
  • Reverend Rereamanu Patana Wihapi, of Te Puke. For services to Māori.


[1] Note the following list is of people who received an Honour for Services to Māori.  It is possible / likely there are other Māori we have not identifed who received an Honour in another area.

Treaty Settlement Updates 26 January 2018 (Edition 2/2018)

Taranaki Maunga To Have Legal Personality
In late December the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Andrew Little, announced that a Record of Understanding over collective cultural redress for Taranaki Maunga had been reached between the Crown and the eight iwi with direct affiliations and guardianship responsibilities to the Mountain. Taranaki will be recognised in law as a legal personality in his own right; with joint responsibility for guardianship shared between the iwi and the Crown.  This model parallels that used in relation to the Whanganui River and Te Urewera.   It will involve repealing the Mount Egmont Vesting Act, establishing legal personality and the creation of a joint Crown-Iwi governance entity for the area within the National Park.  Funding to administer the governance arrangement has not been announced.   The record of understanding is available here: www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/taranaki-maunga/

Ngāti Maru – Agreement in Principle Reached
Ngāti Maru have signed an Agreement in Principle to settle their historic Treaty of Waitangi claims with the Crown (this is the last of the eight Taranaki iwi to reach this stage in the settlement process, and allows for the agreement above to proceed.) The agreement provides for commercial / financial redress of $30 million, the details are which are still to be finalised. www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/ngati-maru-taranaki/

Tūwharetoa Treaty Settlement – First Reading
On 20 December the first Parliamentary reading of the Tūwharetoa Treaty Settlement Bill occurred. The settlement includes $25 million of commercial redress, and $4 million of cultural redress, including the transfer of 32 sites of significance to the iwi (along with an historic account and Crown apology). A unique feature of this settlement is that there will also be the establishment of the Tongariro Trout Hatchery and Freshwater Ecology Centre Trust, which will be co-managed by Ngāti Tūwharetoa, the Minister of Conservation and the Tongariro National Trout Centre Society.[1] www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/ngati-tuwharetoa/

Te Iwi and Hapū o Wairoa – Second Reading
On 20 December the second Parliamentary reading of the The Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe Wairoa Claims Settlement Bill occurred. This settlement for a cluster of hapū/iwi, under the collective banner of Te Tira Whakaemi o Te Wairoa, totals circa $100 million in commercial and financial redress.

Waikato Tainui and Ngai Tahu relativity clauses further enacted
The Government has confirmed that the latest round of Treaty settlements enacted the relativity clauses within the Waikato Tainui settlement (which must be 17% of all settlements), and the Ngāi Tahu settlement (which must be 16.1% of all settlements). In effect this means, as the total treaty settlements now push pass the $2 billion marker, Waikato / Tainui gained a further $190 million top-up, and Ngāi Tahu gained a further $180 million since settling.  These amounts, being more than the original settlements for both iwi, have gained some negative attention in the mainstream media – but they were actually no surprise, as relativity actually means keeping settlements relative between iwi.  We will comment further on this matter in an extended edition of Treaty settlements scheduled for June.

[1] This settlement is separate to the Crown Forestry Rental Trust settlement which Tūwharetoa is a part of.  It is also separate to arrangements concerning the bed of Lake Taupō.