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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.

Tāngata Māori in the News (Appointments and Awards of Note) 26 January 2018 (Edition 2/2018)

With all the changes in Government a number of Māori are stepping up into leadership roles to advance policy and iwi work. Here are a few offering their skills:

  • Hinerangi Raumati has been appointed to the Government’s Tax Working Group. She is the current Chair of Parininihi ki Waitotara, and a former Chief Financial Officer for Tainui Group Holdings (see article above for details on this group).
  • Traci Houpapa has been appointed as the Facilitator of the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles. Ms Houpapa is, amongst other roles, Chair of the Federation of Māori Authorities, and Chair of Landcorp (see article above on employment for details about this group.)
  • Marama Royal has been elected Chairperson of Ngāti Whatua Ōrakei. She replaces Phillip Davis.  Mrs Royal was the former Deputy Chair of the Trust.
  • Joe Williams has been appointed to the Court of Appeal. Justice Williams has already served a decade on the High Court bench, and prior to that had been Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court, and Chair of the Waitangi Tribunal.
  • Sir Mason Durie has been appointed to the panel of Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction. Along with from his recognition at last year’s Mātāriki awards for a life time of service and achievement to Māori, Sir Mason originally trained as a clinical psychiatrist.  (See article above.)
  • Dean Rangihuna has also been appointed to the panel of Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction. Mr Rangihuna works in the mental health sector for the Canterbury District Health Board. (See article above.)

Waitangi Day Preparations 26 January 2018 (Edition1/2018)

The next political race meet will be Waitangi Day. Again the Prime Minister has indicated strong pre-event form, by electing to stay in the area for five days – far longer than others before her, and noteworthy given former Prime Minister Mr English elected to attend ceremonies elsewhere last year.   The official pōwhiri has also been moved to the Upper Marae, to avoid the debacles that have occurred at Te Tīi Marae in recent years.  (Ngāpuhi leader Sonny Tau suggested that was not right, but his view was quickly dispatched by Titiwhai Harawira, who indicated that the Iwi Chairs Forum had walked right past Te Tii for their meetings, so there was no problem for State dignitaries to do the same.)   Also speaking arrangements for Prime Minister Arden have been clarified, as a pregnant woman, organisers have determined it is safe and appropriate for her to speak on the porch of the meeting house.  So all seems much more in order than in the last few years – and if alleged ‘financial irregularities’ within the Waitangi National Trust had not been reported to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) a couple of weeks ago by new Acting Chair, Dennis McBreaty – then we would’ve advised a positive forecast ahead.  However the potential SFO probe is a significant matter, and we will advise further once information on that is released.

Rātana Celebrations 26 January 2018 (Edition 1/2018)

On Wednesday, the Māori political year commenced with politicians of all stripes attending Rātana Pā celebrations as per usual, along with iwi and Māori dignitaries. The event is historically the celebration of the birth of the Māori prophet Tahupōtiki Wīremu Rātana, (1873-1939), although as we’ve advised previously the event has grown into a bit of a large political race meet over recent years.  From this political perspective we note:

  • the former Prime-Minister, Bill English – who performed very well last year in the dressage with a 3-minute speech in Te Reo Māori – was well out of favour this year, being publicly rebuked for his recent comments around Te Reo Māori being mainly for Māori to revive (which we will discuss in depth next month); and further in our view his negatively orientated message that the Labour Party is a controlled-obsessed herd breed which threatens Māori rangatiratanga just seemed to lack sufficient lustre and personal authenticity;
  • conversely Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had a simple trot out, easily jumping fences to ensure it was clear that in her view the 1936 partnership between Tahupōtiki Rātana and Michael J Savage was continuous; acknowledging that Government needed to learn about manaakitanga from Māori, and extending policy words further to indicate that the Treaty partnership cannot be said to be achieved until inequalities between Māori and non-Māori are addressed. So a strong performance for this Māori audience, although to be fair given she is less than 100-days into a 1,000 day ride she has had no real impediments to deal with as yet.  This quote sets her agenda for Māori outcomes:[1]

“I’ll tell you it’s my belief we will never have fulfilled our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi or the prophesies of Rātana until we make sure Māori are no longer over-represented in our unemployment statistics, that they are no longer over-represented in our prison population, that they no longer have tamariki living in poverty, and that our rangatahi, particularly those who live in the regions, have every opportunity for a decent job and a decent future.” 

Prime Minister J Ardern, 24 January 2018.  

A bit more about T.W. Rātana and the Rātana Movement

Mr Rātana began his spiritual mission after a vision / experience he had in November 1918, in which the Holy Spirit visited him, and instructed him to focus on faith in God, to achieve spiritual and physical healing.  This occurred in very tough times; whilst the Māori population was suffering severely from the Influenza epidemic, and just before the end of World War One.  (It is this vision that the Church is now celebrating the 100 year anniversary of.)

The Rātana faith healing movement grew overtime, and the Church established their temple at Rātana Pā in 1920.  Although the Rātana Church has always been pro-Māori wellbeing, it was originally against Māori historic religious practices – tōhunga in particular – which was seen as a form of witchcraft which Māori needed to repent from.  (Despite that stance the Rātana Church was rejected by other Christian-centred churches, such as the Anglican Church.)

The Rātana movement also quickly became political, and began a campaign for the legal ratification of the Treaty of Waitangi.   It is reported 30,000 Māori signed the petition, i.e. the majority of Māori adults at that time.  In 1924 Rātana and a group of followers set out for England to meet with King George IV, to discuss matters with him, including land confiscations, and to present their petition.  (He also took a kapa haka group with him to perform and raise money to cover costs.)  But the New Zealand Government blocked any such meeting with the King.  The group also tried, but were unsuccessful in presenting their concerns to the League of Nations in Geneva.  However all was not in vain, as in response to the petition in 1926 the first Commission of Inquiry into the confiscating of Māori land was established (the Sim Commission).

Further notwithstanding his initial treatment by politicians, in 1928 Mr Rātana foresaw that the movement would gain a hold of all four Māori parliamentary seats, and six years later in 1936 an agreement to achieve this was reached with Michael J Savage.  Then in 1943 – fifteen years after that vision/goal was established – the movement did finally gain all Māori Parliament seats; (which of course was the only Māori representation in Parliament, as Māori were prohibited from standing in general seats.)  However Mr T.W Rātana never saw that in the flesh, as he had departed for the spiritual realm in 1939.[2]

[1] By 1,000 days we mean roughly the 3-year election cycle.

[2] There are many references for Rātana information, however for this article we have relied largely on Te Ara – The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, New Zealand History (.Govt.NZ), and Wikipedia.

Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 6 November 2015 (edition 39)

  • On Tuesday Marama Davidson, (Ngāti Porou, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi), was sworn in as a Member of Parliament. Ms Davidson enters Parliament as a Green Party list member, following the resignation of Russel Norman.
  • Adrienne Pierce was reappointed to the Small Business Development Group (SBDG).
  • Dave Hawkey and Paul Bingham have been appointed members of the Ngāi Tahu Tourism Board.
  • This week the Minister for Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell, led a Māori business delegation to China and Hong Kong.  The delegation met with government and commercial leaders and supported four Māori fishing companies represented at the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo in Qingdao, China. The Māori trade representatives were from Aotearoa Fisheries, Ngāti Porou Seafood, Ngāi Tahu Seafood, and Waitangi Seafood.
  • Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-Ngāpuhi has released their Annual Report for the year ending 30 June 2015. The annual accounts show the iwi operating surplus was circa $1 million, and the total net asset base is valued at $51.2 million.

Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 30 October 2015 (edition 38)


  • A Bay of Plenty economic action plan has been released this week.  Our initial review indicates it has a number of areas of salient interest to Māori, and we are therefore reviewing further.


  • Last Wednesday the Crown recognised Ngāti Wai Trust Board as the mandated authority to negotiate the settlement of all Ngāti Wai historical Treaty of Waitangi claims.
  • Last week representatives from the Te Kotahitanga grouping of Ngāpuhi hapū met with Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister, Chris Finlayson, and indicated that for the first time they were offered limited Crown financial support to engage with Tūhoronuku on mandating issues (circa $100,000).  This follows the Waitangi Tribunal report that found that the Crown had, thus far, failed to actively protect Ngāpuhi hapū in ensuring they could exercise their rangatiratanga by fully participating in the Treaty settlement process.  (Pānui 33/2015 provides further details.)   The wider policy question is whether this sets a precedent for other hapū groups dissatisfied with the Crown policy of only working and settling with ‘large natural groupings’.
  • Professor Brendan Hokowhitu has been appointed Dean of The School of Māori and Pacific Development, at the University of Waikato.
  • During November the Māori ICT Development Fund Advisory Group will be holding a series of three workshops to identify potential funding priorities for the $30 million Māori ICT Development Fund.  The fund was established in the 2014 Budget (Pānui 36/2015 refers).  Hui details are below.


Date Time Venue
16 November 10:00am – 2:00pm Brentwood Hotel, Wellington
17 November 10:00am – 2:00pm Sudima Hotel, Christchurch
19 November 10:00am – 2:00pm Te Mānukanuka a Hoturoa, Mangere, Auckland

Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 16 October 2015 (edition 36)

  • Antony Royal, George Reedy, Vanessa Clark, Ian Taylor and Warren Williams have been appointed to a new Māori ICT Development Fund Advisory Group.  Along with three officials, the group will advise on the use of the $30 million fund formally established in Budget 2014.  We have previously advised on the background of this fund – namely it being potentially a form of ex-gratia payment in lieu of further settlement redress in relation to radio spectrum Treaty claims (Pānui 16/2014 refers).  We note there is no clear explanation as to why the fund has not been activated since being first announced in 2013; and that it has not even accrued interest over the last year, since confirmation in Budget 2014.
  • Karen Vercoe has been appointed Chair of Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa Trust.[1]
  • Hinerangi Raumati has been appointed to Auckland Council Investments.
  • In August we advised the Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, had initiated consultation with the board of trustees, proprietor, and school community of Turakina Māori Girls’ College over the future of the school. Significant financial hardship, declining enrolments and on-going governance issues reportedly led to the consultation process.  Despite support for the school arising from the consultation, the Minister has made an interim decision to close the school, from January 2016.  This is reportedly because she considers the financial viability of the school is unsustainable, and the proprietor could not provide her with assurance of sufficient funding to address the issues (such as capital repairs).  She has, however, also initiated a second round of consultation in relation to her interim decision – before she will make her final decision later this year.  This second round of consultation closes on 6 November.
  • The Hato Petera Board has announced that the school’s boarding hostel will close at the end of the year.  The closure is due to the poor condition of the building.
  • Applications are open for two directorships on the Te Ohu Kaimoana board (closes 23 October 2015).  Position descriptions and assessment criteria can be sourced from:


  • On Tuesday the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Jo Goodhew, announced that the Charities Registration Board had confirmed the charitable status of He Korowai Trust and the twelve Habitats for Humanity charities. This means He Korowai Trust can proceed – without tax implications – with selling houses to nine whānau approved for their Whare Ora home ownership programme. (Refer to edition 34/2015 for further details on this matter.)
  • Heritage New Zealand has listed Waitangi Marae as the first wāhi tūpuna to be included on the New Zealand Heritage List. The wāhi tūpuna classification has been established under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 to recognise significant Māori heritage sites, other than wāhi tapu.
  • Ngai Tai Ki Tamaki Tribal Trust is to receive $124,000 from the Tourism Growth Partnership Fund. The funding will be used to develop guided tours on Rangitoto Island and on Motutapu Islands.
  • Kono, an associated business of Wakatū Incorporation, has purchased Yellow Brick Road Ltd, which is a produce exporting company (focused on sustainable and ethical produce distribution).  Rachel Taulelei has been appointed Chief Executive.

[1] This is the post-settlement governance entity for 11 iwi and hapū affiliates from the Central North Island forestry settlement.

Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 25 September 2015 (edition 34)

  •  Jamie Tuuta has been reappointed to the board of Tourism New Zealand.
  • Herewini Te Koha has been appointed Chief Executive of Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou (commencing in October).
  • On Tuesday the Minister for Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell, announced that he has appointed Grant Taylor from Ernst and Young to conduct an audit of the Aupōuri Māori Trust Board.  This follows the Minister’s statement earlier this month that the Trust Board has significant financial issues arising, which require investigation, under the Māori Trust Boards Act 1955.  (The Trust Board lost Ministry of Social Development contracts this month, requiring it to lay off staff and cease operations.)  To address these operational matters, Evan Nathan has now been appointed an Interim Manager.  (Note due to the progress of the Te Aupōri Treaty Settlements, this trust board was already going to be wound-up, and replaced by Te Rūnanga o Te Aupōuri.
  • In response to last week’s Waitangi Tribunal on Ngāpuhi Treaty settlement mandating issues, a working group has now been established by Te Kōtahitanga o Ngā Hapū o Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu (Te Kōtahitanga).  Te Kōtahitangi supported the claim to the Tribunal against the Crown’s process of recognising the mandate of Tūhoronuku, and is accordingly seeking a new representative model.  Pānui 33/2015 provides details on the mandating matter.
  • On Saturday a Ngāti Kahungunu Settlement Entity, He Toa Takatini, is scheduled to sign its Deed of Settlement with the Crown to settle historic Treaty of Waitangi claims in the Heretaunga area.  However one party, the Ngāti Hinemanu me Ngāti Paki Heritage Trust, was this week seeking an urgent Tribunal hearing to prevent the settlement – on the basis that it would prejudicially affect other overlapping claims.  (We advise an eleventh-hour Tribunal hearing on the matter has not occurred.)
  • This week the New Plymouth Environment Court held a hearing between Greymouth Petroleum Ltd and Heritage New Zealand. Greymouth Petroleum are appealing the decision made by Heritage New Zealand in November 2014 to decline Greymouth Petroleum’s precautionary Archaeological Authority application to commence excavations for a proposed gas wellsite in the Waitara Valley.  The application was declined due to reports that Wiremu Kingi Te Rangitake, a significant ancestor of Te Atiawa, was buried in the area.
  • Te Urukeiha Raharuhi has been awarded a University of Waikato Te Kotahi Research Institute Doctoral Scholarship to study the physical well-being of Ngāti Hinekura. The scholarship is worth up to $85,000.

Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 18 September 2015


  • The Crown Forestry Rental Trust has released its accounts to 31 March 2015.  These detail that the Trust had income of circa $12 million for the year, against expenses of $18.4 million – meaning it made a loss of $6.4 million.  (A loss is expected as it is in the concluding phase of its purpose to support settlements.)  However we note grants to groups to settle Treaty claims comprised only $14 million, with the operational costs of the Trust being $4.3 million.  We consider this is relatively high, i.e. operating costs being 23% of all outgoings.  The Trust remains in a very healthy position, with total equity of $93.1 million.  The accounts can be viewed here:


  • The Bay of Plenty Regional council has approved the resource consent applications from the Kawerau A8D Ahu Whenua Trust and the Eastland Group to build a geothermal power-plant on the Kawerau A8D Ahu Whenua Trust land.  During the resource consent process in February, Ngāti Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau raised concerns, that the proposed site included the birthplace of Tūwharetoa, and that there would be a significant loss of vegetation around the Parimahana Scenic Reserve.  Site drilling is set to commence in April 2016.
  • Last Sunday members of Mua-Upoko occupied the former Sailing Club building at Lake Horowhenua.  This has been reported by some media as a protest occupation.  However, the building is located on iwi land, and the occupying group are of the view that the building (and a rowing club building) have become the property of the iwi – based on a Supreme Court ruling in their favour.  (This is why the Sailing Club has abandoned the building.)  However the rowing club continue to use the other building, on the basis that statute legislation allows for free public access to the lake and its domain land – whereas iwi members consider the rowing club members continue to trespass on a waahi tapu site.
  • This week the Waitangi Tribunal has considered whether to grant urgency to a claim against the proposed new Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill.[1]  (Pānui 27/2015 details the main components of this bill.)  Groups opposing, including Judges of the Māori Land Court, are concerned the proposed legislation undermines the property rights of Māori land owners.  However, the Minister for Māori Development released a media statement this week indicating he was pleased with the progress being made on the bill.  The submission from the Judges on the bill can be viewed here:


  • Hone Sadler has been elected the new Chairperson of Tūhorouku, the Treaty settlement entity of Ngāpuhi (see article above).  He won 11 of 21 votes, with the other contender, Sam Napia (who was Acting Chairperson), receiving 10 votes.  The former Chairperson, Sonny Tau, withdrew his nomination just before the ballot.
  • Rotorua Lakes Council has indicated that it intends to stop Tamatea Street being classified as a public road.  This action will allow Ngāti Tamateatutahi to seek a Māori Land Court order for the return of the land.  (The land was appropriated by the Crown last century for roading purposes that never eventuated.)

[1] Note as yet we have not assessed the statements of claim relating to the matter.

Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 11 September 2015 (edition 32)


  • Dr Hauata Palmer, Derek Lardelli and Bill Wilson QC have been appointed as members to the Waitangi Tribunal.
  • Te Taura Whiri – The Māori Language Commission have extended the closing date for Mā Te Reo funding grant applications to Monday 14 September.  These grants are administered by Te Reo Hāpori, the funding arm within Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori.  The grants are provided for initiatives which contribute towards Māori language outcomes.
  • On Wednesday the Chief Executive of Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou, Dean Moana resigned. The resignation was effective immediately. Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou Chief Finance Officer Allan Jensen has been announced as the interim Chief Executive.
  • Mr Sam Napia (acting chairman of Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority) has placed a complaint to Electionz, regarding the actions of Sonny Raniera Tau during the recent Hapū Kaikōrero representative elections for the Tūhoronuku.  Mr Napia has accused Mr Tau of accessing the iwi database to obtain the private information of potential voters. Mr Tau was standing as a representative for Ngāi Tāwake but withdrew his nomination.  Mr Tau is, however, still seeking to be re-elected as Tūhoronuku chairperson.  Voting closes today.
  • Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox has proposed a national hui for people to discuss issues facing the six Māori board schools.  This has arisen in light of the current review of Turakina Māori Girls College, which faces possible closure due to low enrolments and other matters, (Pānui 28/2015 refers).
  • Last week we advised on a report by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner on the Child, Youth, and Family Service (Pānui 31/2015 refers).  We noted following the report’s release the responsible Minister, Anne Tolley, had indicated CYF required restructuring, and some media have speculated that the service could be partially privatised.  In response this week, Chairman of Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāhiwi Tomoana, indicated the iwi was against any such privatisation changes, and the Government would be “taking us back 100 years” if that occurred.  We note Mr Tomoana has been an advisor to the current Government on a number of significant socio-economic think groups, and because of those roles Mr Tomoana is likely to be a position of influence on this matter.