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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

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.

E40 Salient Māori News Items for the Week ending 16 November 2018

  • On Wednesday the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Phil Twyford, announced that a Māori Housing Unit will be established as part of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. Minister Twyford also announced that Minister Nanaia Mahuta will be appointed as the Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development – Māori Housing.
  • Te Rūnanga ō Ngāi Tahu has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Oranga Tamariki to work together when Ngāi Tahu children become part of Oranga Tamariki services.
  • Last week the Ministry of Health published data tables for registered fetal and infant deaths in 2015. The data showed that in 2015:
    • 6% (17,781) of all live births were Māori babies;
    • 26% (100) of all fetal deaths were Māori;
    • the Māori fetal death rate was 5.6 per 1,000 live Māori births (the lowest fetal death rate amongst recorded ethnic groups);
    • 7% (87) of all infant deaths were Māori; and
    • the Māori infant death rate was 4.9 per 1,000 live Māori births.
  • https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/fetal-and-infant-deaths-2015

  • This week the media released that Ngāti Hine Forestry destroyed $160,000 of pine seedlings which had been funded by the Government’s regional economic development One Billion Trees project. We advise that despite the initial loss on investment further projects between Ngāti Hine Forestry and Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) are ongoing.
  • On Tuesday the declaration of voting results for the Whakatōhea Settlement Process were published. Whakatōhea iwi members were asked to vote on the following three questions:
    • 1. Do you support the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust continuing to negotiate to reach a settlement with the Crown of the historical Treaty claims of Whakatōhea?
    • 2a. Do you wish to see the current Treaty negotiations stopped in order that a mandate process be re-run from the start?
    • 2b. Do you wish to see the current Treaty negotiations stopped in order that the Waitangi Tribunal can carry out an inquiry into the historical grievances of Whakatōhea?
      Overall, 56% of respondents to question 1. voted to continue the current settlement process led by the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust, 81 percent of respondents to question 2a. voted against stopping  current Treaty negotiations in order that a mandate process be re-run from the start, and 72% of respondents to question 2b. voted in favour of stopping current Treaty negotiations in order that the Waitangi Tribunal can carry out an inquiry into the historical grievances of Whakatōhea.  How the Whakatōhea Settlement Process is to progress from this point forward is yet to be determined.

Salient Māori News Items for the Week ending 9 November 2018

  • This week the Rātana Movement celebrated its centenary at Rātana Pa. The Rātana movement was founded by Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana on November 8 1918.
  • The fourth round of consultation hui on the proposal to evolve the Ngāpuhi mandate and negotiations structure commence this evening. In total twenty hui will be held including four across Australia. See appendix one for hui details.
  • This week the Marsden Fund awards for 2018 were announced. In total 85 research projects were successful of these the following 13 projects had a Māori focus:
o   Dr RS Phillipps Past Māori social organisation and movement in the North Island, New Zealand
o   Dr CM Greenhalgh Hapū: Women and Pregnancy in Twentieth-century New Zealand
o   Dr AG Harris Whanau Ora With, Against, and Beyond the State
o   Dr KA Paringatai E kore au e ngaro! The enduring legacy of whakapapa
o   Associate Professor AC Wanhalla Te Hau Kāinga: Histories and Legacies of the Māori Home Front, 1939-45
o   Professor M Kawharu A question of identity: how connected are Maori youth to ancestral marae, and does it matter?
o   Dr JW Tuaupiki Te Kāpaukura a Kupe: The Ocean in the Sky – Māori Navigation Knowledge
o   Associate Professor AG Hogg When and why did all the pā arrive? A multidisciplinary investigation into the spatial-temporal role of pā in the development of Māori culture
o   Dr WW Waitoki The embrace of our ancestors: reimagining and recontextualising mātauranga Māori in psychology.
o   Dr NA Hessell Sensitive Negotiations: Indigenous Diplomacy and British Romantic Poetry
o   Dr CI Schipper Navigating a Sea of Bias in the Study of Volcanic Gas Emissions: He Waka Eke Noa
o   Associate Professor J Kidman He Taonga te Wareware?: Remembering and Forgetting Difficult Histories in Aotearoa/ New Zealand
o   Professor JM Cumming Understanding the ‘black box’ of evaluation culture and practice in New Zealand.


Appendix One:
Ngāpuhi Mandate and Negotiations Structure Hui

Region Date and Time Location
Whangārei 9 November, 5.30 – 7.30pm Whangārei Terenga Parāoa Marae, Morningside, Whangarei
Mangakāhia 10 November, 8.30 – 11am Maungarongo Marae,  Porotī, Northland
Hokianga 10 November, 1.30 – 3.30pm Pākanae Marae, Ōpononi, Northland
Kaikohe 10 November, 5 -7pm Kaikohe & District Memorial RSA, Kaikohe
Whangaroa 11 November, 8.30 -10.30am Whangaroa College, Kaeo
Te Pēwhairangi 11 November, 12 to 2pm Waitangi Copthorne, Waitangi, Bay of Islands.
Tāmaki ki te Tonga 11 November, 6 – 8pm Holiday Inn Auckland Airport, Mangere, Auckland.
Hamilton 12 November, 11am – 1pm Distinction Hamilton Hotel &

Conference Centre, Hamilton.

Tāmaki ki raro 12 November, 5.30 – 7.30pm Alexandra Park, Greenlane, Auckland.
Dunedin 12 November, 6 -8pm Te Huka Mātauraka Māori Centre,

University of Otago, Dunedin.

Wellington 13 November, 8.30 – 10.30am Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, Wellington.
Whanganui 13 November, 5.30pm -7.30pm Whanganui Function Centre, The Racecourse, Whanganui.
Invercargill 13 November, 5.30 -7.30pm Corinthian Convention Centre, Invercargill
Christchurch 14 November, 5.30 – 7.30pm Crowne Plaza, 764 Colombo Street, Christchurch
Napier 15 November, 11am – 1pm Napier War Memorial and Conference Centre, Napier
Rotorua 15 November, 5.30 – 7.30pm Novotel Rotorua Lakeside, Rotorua.
Tūranga (Gisborne) 15 November, 5.30 – 7.30pm Emerald Hotel, Gisborne.
Perth 17 November, 3 -5pm Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre, Ken Jackman Hall, Chisham Avenue & Robbos Place, Kwinana Town Centre, Western Australia
Brisbane 18 November, 10:30am -1pm Wynnum Manly Leagues Club, 92 Wondall Rd, Manly Queensland.
Melbourne 18 November, 12 -2pm Dandenong Workers Social Club, 52-70 Wedge Street, Dandenong, Victoria.
Sydney 18 November, 7 -9pm Te Wairua Tapu Whare Karakia, 587 Elizabeth Street, Redfern, New South Wales.


Edition 38, Salient Māori News Items to 2 November 2018

  • Stacey Morrison (Ngāi Tahu, Te Arawa) has been appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Group on Public Media.
  • Martin Enright (Ngāti Pākehā) has been awarded a 2019 Winston Churchill Fellowship. Mr Enright will study targeted procurement policies in organisations in Canada and the United States of America to inform and support Māori economic empowerment in Tāmaki Makaurau and Aotearoa.
  • On Monday Te Whakatōhea Mussels celebrated the expansion of their mussel farm operations by holding a launch for their newest vessel, named Kukutai. The new vessel will help grow Te Whakatōhea Mussels’ existing annual harvest from 1,500 tonnes to up to 6,000 tonnes. The company is also awaiting consent to build an Opōtiki based processing factory. When the factory opens it will create employment opportunities for residents.
  • The Kawerau Putauaki Trust Industrial Development will receive $2 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to develop roading and other infrastructure required to support the regions’ primary industries.
  • This week the Overseas Investment Office approved Chinese company Guangxi Fenglin Wood Industry Group’s application to lease 33 hectares of land and build a wood particle board factory in Kawerau. The land is owned by Putauaki Trust. The factory will create employment for up to 100.
  • Ohia Bentham (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Ranginui, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Rārua) has been appointed the Māori Party Vice President (tāne).
  • Ngāi Tahu Property will enter a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Queenstown Lakes District Council to explore development options in the Queenstown CBD.
  • This week the Ministry of Education published an Early Childhood Education Attendance report for 2017. The report showed that overall, 65.5% of children aged 0 to 4 years in New Zealand attended an early childhood education service. For tamariki Māori, 17% attended a Kōhanga reo, 58% attended a teacher lead education and care service, 15% attended kindergarten and 7% attended home-based services.


  • This week applications for the 2019 Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund opened. Up to $4 million in funding is available for people and organisations undertaking or planning research which supports the four themes of the Vision Mātauranga Policy:
    • indigenous innovation;
    • taiao (achieving environmental sustainability);
    • hauora/oranga (improving health and social wellbeing); and
    • mātauranga (exploring indigenous knowledge).

Applications close 12 noon, 19 February 2019.


  • This week Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) – New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence announced nine research projects of investment: