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Articles about iwi groups and Māori organisations

E42 Salient Māori News Items to 29 November 2019

  • Lil Anderson (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) has been appointed Chief Executive of the Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti.
  • Last Saturday the Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, announced the Government will introduce an Electoral Amendment Bill which will restore the rights of people imprisoned to remain on the electoral roll and vote in a general election, if they are serving a term of less than three years. (Rights to vote were removed in 2010.)  We advise in the Waitangi Tribunal report – WAI 2870 The Māori Prisoners’ Voting Rights Inquiry (refer E31/ 2019), the Tribunal found:
  • the current legislation is inconsistent with the Treaty of Waitangi;
  • Crown officials failed to ensure adequate consultation with Māori which led to Crown officials offering support and advice to the Law and Order Select Committee which failed to provide sufficient information about the effect the legislation would have on Māori, (breaching Treaty active protection);
  • the Crown failed in its duty of informed decision-making (breaching Treaty active partnership); and
  • changes to the Act reduced the opportunity for Māori to equitably participate in the electoral process and exercise their tino rangatiratanga individually or collectively (breaching Treaty active protection and Treaty equity).

    We also note the High Court found the current law to be inconsistent with the right to vote in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. This decision was later upheld by the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.  This Bill will affect approximately 1,900 imprisoned people of which 950 will be tangata Māori[1].

  • The Health, Quality and Safety Commission published a report entitled Learning from Adverse Events – Adverse Events reported to the Health Quality & Safety Commission 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019. This annual report provides a breakdown of reported adverse events which occurred within the healthcare sector. In the year to 30 June 2019, 916 adverse events were reported to the Commission.  Regarding Māori the report found:

[1] Based on 50% of the imprisoned population being Māori.

  • Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangātira (Ngāti Toa) have signed a Partnership Agreement with Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities [1] and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.  The partnership will see Te Āhura Mōwai – Ngāti Toa community housing provider manage properties and tenancies for circa 900 state owned homes across western Porirua for a 25-year period.
  • This week Kim Symes was sentenced to 10- months home detention, 150 hours community service and $5,000 reparations in the Manukau District Court. Ms Symes was found guilty in September for defrauding her former employer – Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o te Tonga o Hokianga – of circa $250,000

[1] Kāinga Ora was established 1 October 2019 it includes the roles and responsibilities of the KiwiBuild Unit, Housing New Zealand and its development subsidiary HLC)

E41 22 November 2019 Salient Māori News

  • Rachel Taulelei ((Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Koata) has been appointed to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).
  • This week the Minister of Corrections, Kelvin Davis, and the Minister of Forestry, Shane Jones, announced that eleven prisoners from the ‘Release to Work’ programme have secured full time jobs or job offers within the forestry industry. The ‘release to work’ programme is a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, Northland Region Corrections Facility at Ngawha.
  • On Friday 29 November 2019 the Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA) are hosting a Solutions Lab innovation in science co-design hui. The purpose of Solutions Lab is to provide the interface between the customer and the science sector (CRIs and Science system). The hui will be held at the Novotel Auckland Airport.
  • This week the Ministry for Women published a profile report on Māori businesswomen, entitled Ngā Wāhine Kaipakihi: He Tirohanga Māori Women In Business: Insights. The report identified that 3-percent of wāhine Māori are business owners.
  • The first reading of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill was completed in Parliament and referred to the Health Committee. The purpose of this bill is to establish a Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. The Commission will provide independent scrutiny of the Government’s progress in improving New Zealand’s mental health and wellbeing, promote collaboration between entities that contribute to mental health and wellbeing, and develop advice and a framework for the permanent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. We advise that the membership of the Commission must include at least one commissioner who has knowledge, understanding and experience of te ao Māori and tikanga Māori.


Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 18 October 2019

Appointments and Awards

  • Debbie Ngarewa-Packer (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Ruahine, Ngā Rauru) has been selected to stand for the Māori Party in the Te Tai Hauāuru electoral seat, 2020 General Election.
  • Dr Matt Roskruge (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Rārua) Te Au Rangahau has been awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship for research entitled ‘The economics of social capital from a Māori perspective’. The fellowship fund is circa $800,000 over five years.

Parliamentary Matters

  • On Tuesday the first reading of the Te Ture Whenua Māori (Succession, Dispute Resolution, and Related Matters) Amendment Bill was completed in Parliament and referred to the Māori Affairs Select Committee. The purpose of this bill is to simplify Māori Land Court processes including the process for Māori land succession. Submissions close 28 November 2019. Refer to Pānui edition 24/2019 for background on this bill.

General News Items

  • Last Thursday Mr Sonny Tau resigned as the chairman of Te Rūnanga ā iwi o Ngāpuhi which had immediate effect. We advise that Mr Tau was successfully re-elected to the Rūnanga in August. Reasons for the resignation are not given although in the public statement, Chief Executive Lorraine Toki states, “any pending investigations into allegations lay solely with the police and is official business which we are not a part of, therefore we have no further comment to make at this time.” 
  • The ‘Tuia – Encounters 250’ commemoration is now underway, with the replica of the Endeavour now sailing around Aotearoa New Zealand with other vessels (including waka haurua). The Ministry of Culture and Heritage describes Tuia – Encounters 250 as events which “celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand’s Pacific voyaging heritage and acknowledges the first onshore encounters between Māori and Pākehā in 1769–70”.  However, some iwi groups have not welcomed the commemorative activity in their rohe, and there has also been some Māori protest and petition against the commemorations (on the basis that the Endeavour’s first encounters were harmful to Māori.)  We note earlier this month the British High Commissioner, Laura Clarke, met with iwi leaders from the Tūranganui-A-Kiwa region (Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Te Aitanga a-Māhaki, and Ngāti Oneone) to express regret on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the deaths of nine iwi members killed during the first encounters with the crew of the ship Endeavour, captained by Lieutenant James Cook.
  • FOMA Innovation and the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) have entered into a partnership to increase the capacity for FOMA ‘s members in the areas of physical sciences, technologies and engineering,[1] in September.  FOMA Innovation is centred on providing leadership in sciences for the benefit of FOMA members. Key foci include: regenerative food production, tech incubation and acceleration, solutions lab, biosphere and rangatahi support.

Whangaparaoa Māori Lands Trust [2]and EBOP Dairy[3] have joined a Māori Agribusiness Extension (MABx) with the Ministry for Primary Industries.  The purpose of MABx is to provide shared group learning opportunities and explore sustainable system changes for participating collectives.

[1] The Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA) formed FOMA Innovation last month.

[2] (a cluster of ten Māori land organisations)

[3] a cluster of five  Māori dairy farms located between Torere and Whangaparaoa

E34 Salient Māori News Items to 27 September 2019

  • Judge Heemi Taumaunu (Ngāti Pōrou, Ngāi Tahu) has been appointed Chief District Court Judge.
  • Verity Webber (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe) and Kauahi Ngapora (Waikato Tainui, Ngāi Tahu) have been appointed independent members of the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy Advisory Group.
  • Yesterday Te Tumu Paeroa and Te Puni Kōkiri entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly work together to support and fund Māori housing repairs in the Te Tai Tokerau and Te Tai Rāwhiti regions. Te Puni Kōkiri has the regional staffing base to oversee administration, and Te Tumu Paeroa will commit $2 million towards the programme.  This is of course positive for those who will benefit from the work, although our questions (see article above) around making decisions about other people’s money remain.[1]
  • On Thursday the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment released the draft ‘New Zealand’s Research, Science & Innovation Strategy’, Feedback and submissions on the draft are now open, until 10 November 2019. The Ministry will also hold a series of consultation workshops during October.  For further detail refer to links below. https://mbie.wufoo.com/forms/research-science-innovation-strategy/ https://www.mbie.govt.nz/dmsdocument/6935-new-zealands-research-science-and innovation-strategy-draft-for-consultation
  • Ngāi Tahu has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kataoka Corporation/Sankou Foods (of Japan), to turn Undaria/ Wakame seaweed into a high-value product. This partnership will generate jobs in the East Otago region.
  • This week Statistics New Zealand announced that at the next general election the number of electorates will increase from seventy-one to seventy two, to reflect population growth. There will still be seven Māori electorates.  (The Māori electoral population is 473,077, up 12 percent from 2013.)[2].  Note one extra electorate seat means one less party list seat in the next Parliament.
  • This week the Minister of Employment, Willie Jackson, announced that Wairoa Young Achievers Trust (WYAT) will receive funding of $305,000 to support rangatahi into employment and education in Wairoa. The funding is from the He Poutama Rangatahi

[1] Note Te Tumu Paeroa does recieve an annual Crown allocation of circa $11 million however that is for administration purposes, so funds for this initiative will be sourced from the General Fund.

[2] Electoral populations were calculated using data from the electoral rolls (following the Māori Electoral Option 2018), and results from the 2018 Census of Population and Dwellings.

Māori News for the week ending 9 August 2019

  • The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released eligibility information for the 2019 He Tupu Ohanga: Commercial Advisor Scheme (CAS). CAS is designed to allow Māori collectives to work with a commercial advisor for up to two years.  Government funding of up to $60,000 per collective is offered, on the proviso there is a further co-funding from the Māori entities of 25% of the total costs.  The advisor will “mentor and support the Māori collective to identify opportunities, develop business cases, and obtain professional advice”. Applications open 19 August and close 30 September. The 2019 Commercial Advisors Scheme Eligibility Criteria
  • The Wellington Tenths Trust has reached an agreement with the New Zealand Police that will see the Trust receive proceeds from the sale of a house purchased with funds fraudulently obtained by Lorraine Skiffington (deceased) and Sir Ngātata Love (deceased). The $1.5 million property was restrained by the Police Commissioner in 2014 as it was deemed to be procured from criminal activity.
  • The Federation of Māori Authorities (FoMA) National Conference and Annual General Meeting 2019 will be held in Nelson 27 and 28 September 2019. Confirmed speakers include Dame Jenny Shipley, Adrian Orr (Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand) and Minister Nanaia Mahuta. Go to https://www.fomaevents.org.nz/event1_2 for more information.
  • Moana Mackey and Dean Te Kanawa have been appointed to the Representation Commission. The Representation Commission is the body that determines the number of electoral districts and sets the boundaries of Ms Mackey and Mr Te Kanawa are the representatives for the Māori electoral boundaries only.  They fulfil that role with other members of the Commission and the Chief Executive of Te Puni Kōkiri.
  • Dame Naida Glavish, Dame Areta Kopu, Dame June Mariu, Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi, Dame Tariana Turia, Lady Tureiti Moxon, Sir Toby Curtis, Sir Mason Durie, Sir Wira Gardiner, Sir Pita Sharples, Sir Robert McLeod and Sir Mark Solomon are the members of the governing group for the Independent Māori Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki.

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.


  • 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.)

General Appointments and Awards E19 7 June 2019

  • The Media Sector Shift Advisory Panel has been announced. Members are: Graham Pryor (Chair); Quinton Hita, Lynell Huria, Cherie Tirikatene Le Cheminant, and Julian Wilcox.
    These appointments are long overdue, as the review was announced last October, and Te Puni Kōkiri has already completed a stock take of the sector, effectively shaping the questions up for consideration by this panel (Pānui 16/2019 refers).  The review is supposed to ‘explore the most effective and efficient way of funding and producing re reo and tīkanga Māori content, and structuring the Māori media sector, to achieve the best outcomes’.  I.e. operational questions such as how many iwi radio stations should be funded, whether Māori television should receive more direct funding rather than via Te Mangai Pāho, and how can a Māori media production sector be developed or arise from the stocktake.  Given resource limitations for this sector, a number of these issues present as fairly tough operational policy questions for the panel to consider and advise on.  Minister Nanaia Mahuta has advised her Cabinet colleagues that she intends to come back to them later this year with her change proposals.
  • Shane Taurima (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu) has been appointed chief executive of Māori Television.
  • Kristy Maria Roa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura) has won the 2019 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award.
  • Eugene and Pania King of Kiriroa Station (Matawai, north west of Gisborne) have been named the winners of the 2019 Ahuwhenua Trophy for the top Māori sheep and beef farm.

Queen’s Birthday Honours E19 7 June 2019

Queen’s Birthday Honours

The following New Zealand Honours and Queen’s Service awards were conferred to Māori, or people giving services to Māori, on 03 June 2019.


To be Dames Companion of the said Order:

  • Mrs Areta Koopu, CBE. For services to Māori and the community.


To be Companions of the said Order:

  • Ms Roma Balzer, QSO, of Hamilton. For services to family violence prevention.
  • The Reverend John Marsden, QSO, JP, of Auckland. For services to Māori and the community.


To be Officers of the said Order:

  • Dr Candy Cox. For services to health, particularly suicide prevention.
  • Major General Peter Te Aroha Emile Kelly, MNZM (Rtd.). For services to the New Zealand Defence Force.
  • Mr Michael King. For services to mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
  • Mr Cletus Maanu Paul, JP. For services to Māori.


To be Members of the said Order:

  • Dr Fiona Cram. For services to Māori health and education.
  • Mr James Davis. For services to Māori art, the Catholic Church and the community.
  • Mr Tane Davis. For services to conservation.
  • Dr Hinemoa Elder. For services to psychiatry and Māori.
  • Mrs Sarah Hirini. For services to rugby.
  • Ms Rose Morgan. For services to victim support.
  • Ms Pango Mary-Anne Pitman. For services to Māori and family violence prevention.

The Queen’s Service Medal (QSM)

  • Mrs Pare Anderson. For services to Māori language education.
  • Mr Tiwana Aranui. For services to Māori and education.
  • Mr Sydney Tamou Kershaw. For services to Māori performing arts and the community.
  • Mrs Josephine Hinehou Mortensen, JP. For services to Māori and the arts.
  • Mrs Evelyn Nukumai-te-Mangai Ratima. For services to Māori and the community.
  • Ms Christine Puarata Smith. For services to Māori art.
  • Ms Juanita Whitiaera Timutimu. For services to criminal justice programmes and the community.
  • Mrs Martha Mahuri Tipene. For services to Māori.
  • Mrs Ida White. For services to Māori art.

The New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD)

  • Mr Daniel Lawrence Broughton, MNZM. For services to the New Zealand Defence Force.

E16 Salient Maori News Week ending 17 May 2019

  • Reikura Kahi (Waikato, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a-Apanui) has been appointed to Te Mātāwai Board)
  • The Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage, and the Minister of Fisheries, Stuart Nash, announced that the Government will progress with the larger of two proposed options (recommended by the South East Marine Forum) for a South East Marine protected network. The proposed marine area is situated from Timaru in South Canterbury, to Waipapa Point in Southland and covers 1,267 square km.
  • On Wednesday the Otago Regional Council voted in favour of two Ngai Tahu iwi representatives sitting on the council’s policy committee. The Ngai Tahu iwi representatives will have voting rights and will receive renumeration for their role (20% of what others receive); however the iwi positions are only guaranteed for the duration of the current triennium; meaning incoming councillors will be required to re-debate the matter following the elections scheduled for this October.
  • This week Statistics New Zealand released Māori population estimates for the year ending 31 December 2018. As at 31 December 2018 the estimated Māori population was 744,900. This is an increase of 10,600 from the previous year.  The median Māori age is 24.1 years.  The median age for Māori males is 23.1 years and 26.1 years for Māori females.
  • On Thursday Te Puni Kōkiri, Te Māngai Pāho and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) signed a Memorandum of Understanding  and announced a range of rangatahi-focused te reo initiatives which will be rolled out over the year as part of the implementation of Te Maihi Karauna Māori language strategy. The te reo initiatives include online language lessons, rangatahi workshops and a national youth te reo Māori summit

Māori Media Items of Interest week ending 29 March 2019

  • On Tuesday the Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, announced that the Lemuel Te Urupu Whānau Trust of Raupunga will receive investment funding of $1.2 million to construct five papakāinga houses.
  • This week hearings for the Wai 2660 Marine and Coastal Area Act  Inquiry were held in Wellington. This Inquiry addresses two main questions:
    • To what extent, if at all, are the MACA Act and Crown policy and practice inconsistent with the Treaty in protecting the ability of Māori holders of customary marine and coastal area rights to assert and exercise those rights? And;
    • Do the procedural arrangements and resources provided by the Crown under the MACA Act prejudicially affect Māori holders of customary marine and coastal area rights in Treaty terms when they seek recognition of their rights?
  • Ngāi Tahu Property, Queenstown Lakes District Council and KiwiBuild have partnered to build a community of 300+ homes in Queenstown. The first homes are expected to be completed in 2022.
  • On Thursday the Hastings District Council (HDC) voted ten to four in favour of appointing non-elected members of its Māori Joint Committee to the council’s other standing committees. The appointees will have full voting rights.
  • Kristy Maria Roa, (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura), Tumoanakotore-i-Whakairioratia Harrison-Boyd, (Ngati Porou) and Taane-nui-a-Rangi Rotoatara Hubbard (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pahauwera, Tainui, Ngāti Pakapaka, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāi Tūhoe) have been named finalist for the 2019 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award. The winner will be announced on 24 May.

Kia tau te rangimarie ki a tātau.

Kia tau te rangimārie ki a tātau.
Koinei te whakataukī nui a te iwi Iharama ka tīkina nei hei kupu whakamihi ki a rātau kua riro nei i a aituā, ki ō rātau whānau e pani nei, ki a tātau katoa e mōteatea nei ki a rātau, ki a tātau tonu. Kātahi nei te parekura nui, nā te ngākau kino. Ka tangi nei ki a rātau mā, ka tangi hoki ki te nui o te aroha kua puta i ngā rangi nei. E tika ana te kōrero kia utua te kino ki te pai. Kia kaha tātau katoa ki te tautoko i ngā pouwaru, i ngā pani, i ngā rawakore e taimaha nei i te kaha o te pōuri me te ohorere. Kei te roa te huarahi ki mua i a rātau hei ngā wiki, hei ngā marama, hei ngā tau e haere ake nei. Me hīkoi ngātahi tātau i tēnei huarahi. Ko rātau tātau, ko tātau tātau.

Tēnei hoki ka mihi ki ngā pirihimana, ki ngā āpiha waka tūroro, ki ngā tākuta me ngā nēhi e whakapau nei i ō rātau kaha ki te āwhina i a tātau.

Hei whakamutu atu, tēnei hoki ka mihi ki a Ngāi Tahu kua tuwhera nei te kokonga ngākau me te kokonga whare ki ngā whānau e pani nei, kei te tautoko hoki i te hapori whānui; ka mihi anō hoki ki ngā iwi me ngā whakahaere Māori, puta noa i te motu, mō rātau e aroha nei, e tautoko nei I a tātau tonu.

Ko te waiata, ko te whiti tuatahi o E Pari Rā, nā Paraire Tōmoana i tito:

 E pari rā, ngā tai ki te akau

E hotu rā ko taku manawa

Auē, me tangi noa ahau i muri nei

Te iwi ē, he ngākau tangi noa.


Kia tau te rangimarie ki a tātau.

Peace be unto us.

This is a traditional Muslim greeting that we have adopted to acknowledge members of our Muslim community who were killed last week, their grieving families and all of us who mourn our people.

In the wake of this national tragedy, caused by evil, we grieve for the people we have lost, and we recognise the outpouring of love over recent days.  We grieve for all of our Aotearoa Muslim community; which numbers over 45,000, including over 1,000 Māori.   We grieve for Aotearoa.

The dictum holds true that we should respond to evil with love. Let us all support the bereaved, the orphaned and the poor who carry this heavy burden of grief and shock. There is a long path in front of them over the coming weeks, months and years. We should walk together with them along this path. They are us, we are us. Ko tātau tātau.

It is also appropriate to acknowledge the Police, Ambulance Officers, Doctors and Nurses who continue to focus on supporting the people most affected.
We also acknowledge Ngāi Tahu for opening their whare to whānau pani, and for their wider community awhi; and to other iwi and Māori organisations across the motu for their aroha and tautoko at this time.

Peace be unto us.

There are no other parliamentary matters of note this week.  All business was rightly deferred.  On Tuesday when the House of Representatives opened leaders of all political parties formally condemned the attacks, and then Parliament was immediately adjourned for mourning.  Hansard documents record the remarks of our Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden on this matter, which says it all:

“The 15th of March will now be forever a day etched in our collective memories. On a quiet Friday afternoon, a man stormed into a place of peaceful worship and took away the lives of 50 people. That quiet Friday afternoon has become our darkest of days. But for the families, it was more than that. It was the day that the simple act of prayer, of practicing their Muslim faith and religion, led to the loss of their loved ones’ lives. Those loved ones were brothers, daughters, fathers, and children. They were New Zealanders. They are us. And because they are us, we, as a nation, we mourn them.”

Pānui will resume next week.
Kia tau te rangimārie ki a tātau,

Nā, te rōpū Pānui.


Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 8 March 2019

  • The Māori Affairs Select Committee has determined to hold an inquiry into Māori health. The terms of reference are not yet available.  The issue that is somewhat perplexing is why the Committee has chosen to do this now, when the Waitangi Tribunal is already well underway with its own inquiry into the health sector, and services for Māori: namely WAI 2575; the Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry (Pānui37/2018 refers).
  • Eight inaugural forestry scholarships (Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau) have been awarded to allow young Māori and/or females to enrol in a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering. (The rationale being that both Māori and women are under-represented in forestry management.)   The awards were presented by Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, and Forestry Minister, Shane Jones.  Applications are open for further scholarships.
  • Applications have opened for Hauroa Māori Scholarships 2019. The purpose of the scholarships is to increase participation by Māori in the health and disability workforce, and the scholarships provide financial assistance for people to complete study in health studies: information is here. Apply for the 2019 Hauora Māori Scholarships
  • Professor Jarrod Haar (Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Mahuta) has been reappointed to the Marsden Fund Council.
  • Ngāti Hine Forestry Trust, in partnership with Te Uru Rākau (the Government’s tree planting programme), has commenced an initiative of replanting former forestry land in Manuka, for future honey extraction. The tree replacing is being done by trainees who are being taught forestry skills over a sixteen-week programme.

Tāngata Māori in the News (Appointments and Awards of Note) –

  • Traci Houpapa (Tainui) has been appointed a director to the board of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
  • Linda Te Puni (Ngāi Tahu – Waihōpai, Te Ātiawa – Te Whiti, Taranaki) has been appointed as the next New Zealand Ambassador to Chile.
  • Terena Wara (Waikato, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga) has been appointed as a Judge of the Māori Land Court.
  • Damian Stone (Ngāti Kahungunu) has been appointed as a Judge of the Māori Land Court.
  • La-Verne King (Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa and Ngāti Paoa) has been appointed as a District Court Judge in Northland.
  • Keriana Brooking (Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa) has been appointed Deputy-Director General Health System Improvement and Innovation, Ministry of Health.
  • John Whaanga (Ngāti Rākaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine) has been appointed Deputy Director-General Māori Health, Ministry of Health.
  • The following have been appointed to the Māori advisory group for the Government’s joint venture on family violence and sexual violence:
  • Prue Kapua (Ngāti Whakaue,Te Arawa, Ngāti Kahungunu) Chair;
  • Ruahine (Roni) Albert (Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto, Tūwharetoa);
  • Ngaropi Cameron (Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa);
  • Ange Chaney (Ngāti Hine);
  • Paora Crawford Moyle (Ngāti Porou);
  • Te Owai Gemmell (Te Whakatōhea, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngā Ruahinerangi);
  • Roku Mihinui (Te Arawa, Tuhourangi);
  • Susan Ngawati Osborne (Ngāti Hine);
  • Russell Smith (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu); and
  • Sir Mark Solomon (Ngāi Tahu).
  • Dr Hinurewa Poutu (Ngāti Rangi, Te Āti Haunui a Pāpārangi, Ngāti Maniapoto) has been appointed to the Te Mātāwai Board for a three-year term.
  • Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith (Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Aitanga a Hauiti,Kāti Māmoe) has been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori, Massey University.
  • Suzanne Ellison MNZM (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Te Atiawa) has been appointed to the University of Otago Council.
  • Liz Te Amo (Waitaha, Ngāti Moko, Tūhourangi, Tapuika) has been appointed to the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Council.
  • Tiwana Tibble has been appointed to the Te Wānanga o Raukawa Council.
  • Maru Nihoniho (Ngāi Tūahuriri) has been named 31st on the Forbes list of the World’s Top 50 Women in Technology 2018. Ms Nihoniho has been recognised for “Bringing Māori Culture to Video Games”.

More Tāngata Māori (Who Have Done Good Mahi) – 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 2018 (New Years’ Honours).[1]


To be Knight Companions of the said Order: 

Mr (Kim) Robert Kinsela Workman (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne) QSO – for services to prisoner welfare and the justice sector.

Mr Robert Arnold McLeod (Ngāti Porou) for services to business and Māori. 


To be Officers of the said Order:

Mr Rore Stafford (Ngāti Rārua, Kinohaku, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Maniapoto) for services to Māori.

To be Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

Ms Carmel Miringi Fisher – For services to business.

Mr Owen Thomas Mapp (Ngāti Pākehā) – for services to Māori carving and bone art.


To be Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

Ms Laurie Tamati Ngarue Sadler Keung (Laurie Wharemate-Keung) – for services to children.

Mrs Wana Joelle King (Ngāti Porou) – for services to squash.

Mr Peter Stevenson Little (Ngāti Pākehā) – services to Māori land development and administration.

Dr Paula Jane Kiri Morris (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Wai) – for services to literature.

Mr Pouroto Nicholas Hamilton Ngaropo (Te Arawa, Tainui, Takitimu, Ngātokimatawhaoru) JP – for services to Māori and governance.

Professor Barbara Jones (Ngāti Pākehā) – for services to education and sociology research.

Mrs Georgina Salter – for services to netball. Deceased.

Ms Sharon Shea (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Hako) – for services to Māori health and development.

To be Companions of the Queen’s Service Order:

Mr Colin Archibald MacDonald (Ngāti Pākehā) – For services to the State.

QSM The Queen’s Service Medal

Mr James Frederick Simpson – for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the community.

Mrs Eileen Isobel Whaitiri (Ngāti Mutunga) JP – for services to Māori and the community.

Mr Walter James Walsh (Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-A Mahaki) – for services to the community and broadcasting.

[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




E43 7 December 2018: Maori News Items

  • Last Saturday the Otamataha Trust received an apology from the New Zealand Church Missionary Society for historical grievances against Ngāti Tapu and Ngai Tamarāwaho. By way of background, in 2014 The New Zealand Mission Trust Board (Otamataha) Empowering Act was passed. This Act transferred land in Tauranga and some other property from the New Zealand Mission Trust Board to the Otamataha Trust. The New Zealand Mission Trust Board had held parcels of land in trust since 1896, (land which had previously been acquired by the Anglican Church Mission Society from Māori owners in 1838). The beneficiaries of the Otamataha Trust are the hapū of Ngāti Tapu and Ngai Tamarāwaho, and their members (i.e. descendants of the original Māori land owners).
  • On Monday the Court of Appeal in Wellington ruled in favour of the Enterprise Miramar Peninsula Incorporated group and quashed the resource consent granted to the Wellington Company by the Wellington City Council for a major housing and commercial development at Shelly Bay. The Port Nicholson Settlement Trust has been working in partnership with the Wellington Company and part of the development was to be built on the Trust’s land. In August a group of Taranaki Whānui members, called Mau Whenua, protested the proposed development. The group were seeking a public inquiry into deals done between the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust and the Wellington Company.  The group believe the development is not in the best interests of the iwi, and that the trustees may have breached a clause within their trust deed requiring 75% iwi consent for a major transaction.  The Court of Appeal ruling means a new resource consent process is required (and the Court advises the City Council may need to use an independent person for this).  This action will likely please those members of the iwi who are against the development.   We also note the annual accounts for this iwi are not available for public viewing this year.
  • On Tuesday the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Bill was introduced in Parliament. If passed into law this bill will empower Te Rūnganga o Ngāi Tahu (TRoNT) to appoint up to 2 members to the Canterbury Regional Council, after the 2019 local body elections.
  • This week mainstream media has been reporting on the Nelson Christmas Parade (held last Sunday) which had for the first time a non-traditionally dressed Santa. Instead Santa was Māori, without a beard and dressed in a short-sleeved shirt, and red korowai. The Māori Santa also held a large hei matu (fish hook) designed sceptre. Public opinion on the Māori Santa has been mixed.
  • This week the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC) held public consultation regarding a proposal to sell up to 45% of the Port of Napier (currently the port is wholly owned by the Council’s investment company). Local Hawke’s Bay iwi, Ngāti Pahauwera, has noted that given much of the land for the port was taken from Māori under the Napier Harbour Board Act, the iwi seeks access to the shares at a reduced rate from the council.   The regional council (so far) has not expressed interest in negotiating on this matter with Ngāti Pahauwera.
  • Today the report by the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce was published. We will review this report entitled Our Schooling Futures: Stronger Together Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini in our next edition of Pānui E44 14 December 2018.

E41 Salient Māori News Items for the Week ending 23 November 2018

  • Tonight the 15th Ngā Tohu Reo Māori, the National Māori Language Awards, will be held at Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. The awards will be hosted by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, the Māori Language Commission.
  • On Monday the Student Loan Scheme 2018 annual report was tabled in Parliament. As at 30 June 2018:
    • 170,037 people took out a student loan during the 2017/18 year: of these 31,287 (18.4%) were Māori;
    • 7,374 (17.5%) of first-time student loan borrowers were Māori;

Overall students used 67% of borrowings to cover course fees. We advise that Wānanga had the lowest average course fees of $3,645 compared with $7,048, $5,009, $7,696 for Universities, Polytechnics and Private Training Establishments respectively.


  • The Waitangi Tribunal is continuing its inquiry (WAI 2358) into freshwater matters, with a fourth week of hearings set down for next week, starting on Monday (in Wellington). The inquiry is focused on two overarching questions:
    • is the current law in respect of freshwater and freshwater bodies consistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi?
    • is the Crown’s freshwater reform package, including completed reforms, proposed reforms, and reform options, consistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi?

Refer Panui 28/2017 for background information.

  • On Monday the Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, was named on the 2018 BBC list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world. Ms Mahuta was listed as number 53 and was recognised as serving in the New Zealand Parliament for 22 years and for being the first female Parliamentarian to have a moko kauae (women’s facial tattoo).
  • On Tuesday the following recipients for the 2019 HRC Māori Health Research Career Development Awards were announced:

Māori Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Dr Megan Leask, University of Otago (General Fellowship). Reducing the burden of metabolic disease in Māori, $284,600

Māori Health Research PhD Scholarship

  • Sonia Hawkins, University of Auckland. Racial and ethnic bias among registered nurses, $129,000.
  • Marie Jardine, University of Auckland. Deglutition (Swallowing) in advanced age, $75,000.
  • Ngahuia Mita (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Hako), University of Otago. Tairāwhiti waka, Tairāwhiti tangata – Examining Tairāwhiti voyaging philosophies, $141,000.
  • Emerald Muriwai (Ngāti Ira, Ngāi Tamahaua, Whakatohea), University of Auckland. Nga kaiwhakaako, whakapakari tinana me te hauora hinengaro, $107,000.
  • Marnie Reinfelds, University of Auckland. Ka Ora – Exploring the healing potential of birth, $129,000.
  • Matire Ward (Te Rarawa), Victoria University of Wellington. The impact of micro-environment composition on oocyte developmental competency, $114,00.

Māori Health Research Masters Scholarship

  • Nicola Canter-Burgoyne, Massey University. Māori experience of using CPAP treatment for OSA, $26,600.
  • Abigail Johnson, University of Otago. Physiological changes to cerebellar Purkinje neurons in Parkinsonian rats, $30,200.
  • TeWhaawhai Taki, University of Auckland. Te Tino Rangatiratanga o te Mate Ikura Roro, $25,000.

Māori Health Research Development Grant

  • Dr Isaac Warbrick (Ngāti Te Ata, Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi), University of Auckland. Te Maramataka – Improving oranga through environmental mātauranga, $10,000.

Māori Health Research Summer Studentship

  • Manurereau Te Maunga-A-Rongo Allen, University of Otago..Tane Māori access to and perceptions of primary care, $5000.
  • Zaine Akuhata-Huntington (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāi Tuhoe), University of Otago. Māori rangatahi suicide – informant perspectives on determinants and solutions, $5000.
  • Te Aomarama Anderson, Te Puawai Tapu Trust. Rights-based approaches to Māori health: A Kaupapa Māori review, $5000.
  • Ellie Baxter, University of Otago. Qualitative analysis of Māori patients’ primary health care experiences, $5000.
  • Kathryn Hippolite, University of Otago. Exploring Māori health provider workers’ perspectives of medication challenges, $5000.
  • Rebekah Laurence, Te Puawai Tapu Trust. Māori women and abortion: A kaupapa Māori review, $5000.
  • Esther Pinfold (Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto), University of Otago. Pharmacokinetics of Benzathine Penicillin G in children and young people in NZ, $5000.
  • Maia Tapsell (Te Arawa) University of Otago. An environmental scan of indigenous oral health providers, $5000.