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E31 Salient Māori News Summary for the Week Ending 14 September 2018

  • Colleen Neville (Ngāti Maniapoto) and Kauahi Ngapora (Ngāi Tahu, Waikato-Tainui) have been appointed as members of the Tourism New Zealand Board.
  • On Tuesday the second reading of the Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill was completed in Parliament. This bill seeks to reduce domestic violence through introducing cross agency information sharing provisions, increasing access to risk assessments services, and recording family violence offending more accurately within justice sector agencies. Māori whānau experience higher levels of domestic violence than others (Pānui 23/2014 refers).
  • Next week the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little will hold three public hui with members of Ngāpuhi in Australia. The purpose of the hui is to progress Treaty settlement discussions. It is estimated that circa 25,000 Ngāpuhi live in Australia.
Sydney 22 September 12:00 – 2:00pm Te Wairua Tapu Wharekarakia, Redfern, Sydney
Brisbane 22 September 6:30 – 8:30pm Pullman Brisbane Airport Hotel, Brisbane
Perth 23 September 2:30 – 4:30pm Ken Jackman Hall, Darius Wells Library, Kwinana, Perth


  • Associate Professor Leonie Pihama (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Māhanga, Ngā Māhanga a Tairi) has received Endeavour Research Programme funding of circa $2.16 million over 4 years for her study, He Waka Eke Noa: Maori Cultural Frameworks for Violence Prevention and Intervention Research.
  • Dr Farrar Palmer (Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto) has received $250,000 from Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga for her research study which explores mātauranga and tikanga Māori in sporting contexts, Manawa Te Taonga Tuku Iho.
  • On Monday to celebrate Te Wiki Te Reo Māori three newspapers which are published for the Whanganui and South Taranaki communities commenced print with “h” being added to Whanganui. In November 2015 the Local Government Act 2002 was amended to reflect the spelling of the district of Whanganui. The decision recognised that ‘Wanganui’ has no meaning in Te Reo Māori.  It also ensured the district name was consistent with the official names of the river and the town.
  • On Tuesday Te Tumu Paeroa launched Taikura Nuku, a modelling service used to identify the productivity potential of Māori land.
  • On Thursday Trans-Tasman Resources Limited announced they will appeal the High Court decision quashing its consent to mine iron sand offshore from the South Taranaki seabed. Pānui E29/2018 refers.

Salient Māori News Items to 7 September 2018: E30

  • Katrina Bryant and Kiri Parata have respectively been awarded health research grants (from the Health Research Council).  Ms Bryant has been granted $181,000 to develop a ‘Falls prevention exercise programme for Māori’. Ms Parata has been granted $199,000 for her project, ‘Whāia te Manaaki: manaakitanga and hauora for Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai’.
  • Rachael Tuwhanga (Tainui, Waikato-Maniapoto) has been appointed to the Education New Zealand Board
  • In the lead up to Māori Language Week next week a number of articles relating to the use of Te Reo are presenting within the media, including:
    • Simon Bridges stating that Te Reo should not be compulsory within the education sector;
    • Shane Jones stating that Simon Bridges has no mandate to speak on matters relating to Te Reo, and that he should perhaps learn about Māori policy from Nuk Kōrako;
    • Nuk Kōrako stating that it was the National Government that improved Māori language legislation in 2016 and that the present Government needed to get a move on with its work in this area;
    • Nanaia Mahuta welcoming 300-odd (not released) submissions on the proposed Government strategy noting the diversity of views and indicating the strategy was moving along; and amongst those politics,
    • a call for mainstream broadcasters to be required to pronounce Māori words correctly when on air (i.e. making poor articulation of Te Reo a grounds for complaint under New Zealand broadcasting standards).
  • This week the New Zealand Police confirmed they will not pursue a complaint laid by Graham McCready against Meka Whaitiri, a Minister outside of Cabinet. Mr McCready tried to lay an assault complaint following media reports of an altercation occurring between Ms Whaitiri and a staff member. Ms Whaitiri has presently stood down from her ministerial duties while an investigation is being carried out by Ministerial Services.[1]   Ms Whaitiri is the Member of Parliament for Ikaroa Rawhiti.[2]
  • On Tuesday Wallace Te Ahuru pleaded guilty in the Manukau District Court to two charges of ‘Obtaining by deception’ and seven charges of ‘Using forged documents’ in relation to the Waitangi National Trust. The charges follow an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. Mr Te Ahuru defrauded the Trust of circa $1.2 million during the time he was employed as the Trust’s Corporate Services Manager (2012 to 2017). Mr Te Ahuru was remanded in custody and will reappear in the Manukau District Court for sentencing on November 30.
  • This week relieving Deputy Commissioner of Police, Andrew Coster, confirmed that two formal complaints have been received by police over alleged bullying by Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha.  Mr Haumaha has been the subject of the Government Inquiry into the Appointment Process for a Deputy Commissioner of Police. We also note on Wednesday Mareikura Collier, a former police chaplain, commenced a hunger strike in support of Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha.
  • On Wednesday the Māori Party announced the resignation of Marama Fox as the co-leader of the party.
  • Four wāhine Māori projects successfully secured funding to celebrate the 125-year anniversary of the New Zealand suffrage movement. The projects are:
    • Mana Wāhine Whakatāne $10,727 (Whakatāne);
    • Pūrākau Hākui $10,000 (Manawātu);
    • Tino Rangatiratanga Wahine $12,500 (Wellington);
    • Taihoa e hoa: Natives be Woke $8,327 (Otago).

[1] Ms Whaitiri’s portfolios include Minister of Customs, Associate Minister of Agriculture, Associate Minister for Crown Māori Relations, Associate Minister of Forestry and Associate Minister of Local Government

[2] It is reported Ms Whaitiri offered to stand down, and that offer was accepted by the Prime Minister – although in reality it seems reasonable to conclude in these circumstances that Ms Whaitiri was or would have been required to stand down anyway during the investigation period.

Maori news for the week ending 31 August 2018

  • Leith Comer (Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngai Tahu, Ngāti Pahuwera, Te Arawa) and Fiona Cassidy (Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa) have been appointed to the Veterans Advisory Board. Mr Comer will chair the board.
  • Marama Fox, a former Member of Parliament for the Māori Party, had her consultancy company liquidated this week over an unpaid debt, reportedly of circa $30,000 to an ICT company. Associate Judge Ken Johnston of the Wellington High Court made the liquidation order against Marama Fox Consultancy Group Tapui Limited.
  • Applications for the Te Pūtake o te Riri | Wars and Conflicts in New Zealand Fund are now being accepted. Te Pūtake o te Riri is a fund which supports whānau, hapū and iwi to initiate, promote and deliver activities and events that commemorate the New Zealand Land Wars. https://tpk.govt.nz/en/whakamahia/te-putake-o-te-riri-wars-and-conflicts-in-new-zeal
  • Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho – A Māori Cultural and Intellectual Property Issues Conference will be held 16 -18 September in Nelson. For programme details see weblink below.

    https://www.taongatukuiho.com/On Thursday the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins announced that Te Wharekura o Ngāti Rongomai, (Rotorua) will receive $10 million for new buildings.

  • Today the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins announced the cancellation of the integration agreement for Hato Petera College, effective immediately. This decision will come as no surprise to readers.
  • On Tuesday the Associate Minister of Education, Kelvin Davis, announced that a series of over twenty hui are being held across the country to discuss ways to improve Māori education. As these wānanga have commenced the Minister’s release is tardy; but the intent to ensure a wide range of input is received is positive.  We recommend subscribers with an interest in Māori education matters attend; as it is time now for the Government to review its Māori education strategy, Ka Hikitia.  (Note presently the strategy for 2018 onwards contains only three dot-points and is predominately a blank white page.)

    Ministry of Education Māori Education Wānanga



    Date and Time  


    Lower Hutt 4 September 2018

    6:00 – 9:00pm

    Lower Hutt Events Centre, Lower Hutt
    Opotiki 5 September 2018

    10:00am – 2:00pm

    Opotiki College, Opotiki
    Masterton 6 September 2018,


    Copthorne Hotel, Masterton
    New Plymouth 11 September 2018

    2:00 – 4:00pm

    Quality Hotel, New Plymouth
    Te Kuiti 11 September 2018


    Waikato, TBA
    Whangānui 11 September 2018

    6:00 – 9:00pm

    Hawera/ Manawatu- Whangānui, TBA
    Coromandel 12 September 2018

    6:00 – 9:00pm

    Manaia/Coromandel, TBA
    Whangānui 12 September 2018

    2:00 – 4:00pm

    Cooks Gardens, Whangānui
    Whangānui 12 September 2018

    6:00 – 9:00pm

    Cooks Gardens, Whangānui
    Gisborne 13 September 2018

    10:30am – 2:00pm

    Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Gisborne
    Hamilton 13 September 2018


    Waikato, TBA
    Ruatoria 14 September 2018

    10:30am – 2:00pm

    Ngata Memorial College, Ruatora
    Palmerston North 14 September 2018

    2:00pm – 4:00pm

    Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North
    Palmerston North 14 September 2018

    6:00 – 9:00pm

    Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North
    Whangārei 17 September 2018

    12:00 – 4:00pm

    ASB Stadium, Whangārei
    Kaitaia 18 September 2018

    10:00am – 2:00pm

    Te Ahu Centre, Kaitaia, Northland
    Keri Keri 19 September 2018

    10:00am – 2:00pm

    Turners Centre, Keri Keri, Northland
    Auckland 22 September 2018


    Alexandra Park, Auckland
    South Auckland 24 September 2018


    Vodafone Events Centre, South Auckland
    North Auckland 25 September 2018


    North Shore Stadium, North Auckland
    Hastings 27 September 2018

    4:30 – 8:30pm

    Heretaunga Taiwhenua, Hastings
    Southland 9 October 2018


    Southland, TBA
    Chatham Island 10 October 2018


    Chatham Island, TBA



Parliamentary Matters E29 31 August 2018

  • Yesterday Meka Whaitiri, a Minister outside of Cabinet, was stood down from her ministerial duties while an investigation is carried out into a staffing matter. There are media reports of an altercation occurring, allegedly leading to a person being pushed out a door.  The investigation is being undertaken by Ministerial Services.   Ms Whaitiri’s portfolios include Minister of Customs, Associate Minister of Agriculture, Associate Minister for Crown Māori Relations, Associate Minister of Forestry and Associate Minister of Local Government.  Ms Whaitiri is the Member of Parliament for Ikaroa Rawhiti.[1]

[1] It is reported Ms Whaitiri offered to stand down, and that offer was accepted by the Prime Minister – although in reality it seems reasonable to conclude in these circumstances that Ms Whaitiri was or would have been required to stand down anyway during the investigation period.

Salient Māori News Items to 24 August E/28 2018

  • Quentin Hix (Ngāi Tahu), Dr Carwyn Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu), Tracey McIntosh (Ngāi Tūhoe) and Julia Amua Whaipooti (Ngāti Porou) have been appointed to the Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora Justice Advisory Group. The purpose of Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora is:

-to engage the public in a conversation about what they want from the criminal justice system; and

– to canvas a range of ideas on how the criminal justice system can be improved.

  • Chief Judge Isaac (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu), Sir Sidney (Hirini) Moko Mead (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Tūhourangi), Professor Rawinia Higgins (Ngāi Tūhoe) and Dr Grant Phillipson have been reappointed to the Waitangi Tribunal.
  • On Monday Te Ururoa Flavell commenced his role as chief executive of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
  • Last Friday the Associate Minister of Education, Kelvin Davis, announced that Te Wharekura o Ngā Purapura o Te Aroha and Palmerston North Manukura will receive significant funding to expand their facilities. Manukura special character school will receive $20 million for a new permanent building: they currently lease a building on the Massey University Campus. Te Wharekura o Ngā Purapura o Te Aroha will receive $10 million towards building expansion.
  • Last Sunday the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Andrew Little, announced funding support for Ngāpuhi hapū, to hui to assist progress in Treaty settlement discussions. The funding value is reportedly $290,000. This is a useful indicator in that it shows discussions on resolving the settlement disputes are now progressing out to wider iwi members.

E27 Salient Māori News Items to 17 August 2018

  • From today to next Tuesday Koroneihana celebrations will commence at Tūrangawaewae Marae, to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Kīngitanga movement, and the12th anniversary of the coronation of Kīngi Tūheitia. However, unlike past years, media are banned from the event.  This is said to be in relation to the article above, around allegations concerning Te Ururangi Trust, which could be a media distraction from the positivity of the celebrations.
  • On Monday 80 University of Waikato students and staff protested against a proposed restructure which would remove the Māori and Indigenous Studies faculty status and integrate it as part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. A final decision regarding the restructure will be published in early September.
  • On Tuesday Wallace Tamamotu Te Ahuru appeared in the Manukau District Court to face two charges of ‘Obtaining by deception’ and seven charges of ‘Using forged documents’. The charges follow an investigation from the Serious Fraud Office. Mr Te Ahuru is alleged to have defrauded the Waitangi National Trust of circa $1.2 million during the time he was employed as the Trust’s Corporate Services Manager (2012 to 2017). Mr Te Ahuru has been remanded on bail and will reappear in the Manukau District Court on 4 September.
  • This week Te Matapihi hosted a Māori housing finance wānanga. The focus of the wānanga is to identify solutions to increase access to finance when building housing on Māori Land.

E26 Salient Māori News Items to 10 August 2018

  • Pierre Henare (Ngāti Porou), Lisa Chase and Raewyn Tipene have been appointed to the board of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission.
  • Today Tiniraka Victoria Clark (Tainui) was sworn in as a District Court Judge with a jury warrant.
  • On Thursday 40 unionised Māori Television employees held a strike for a 24-hour period. The employees have been dissatisfied with ongoing negotiations for improved pay and conditions of work.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri has partnered with Skylight Trust to deliver a web series on rangatahi suicide prevention. The series of seven videos are personal stories from rangatahi and their stories of resilience as they work through living with depression, anxiety and suicidal feelings. The videos can be viewed on the Te Puni Kōkiri website. https://www.tpk.govt.nz/en/whakamahia/rangatahi-suicide-prevention
  • This week Tukoroirangi Morgan announced his intention to resign from the Waikato River Authority in November pending a replacement appointee from Waikato-Tainui.

Salient Māori News Items for the period ending 27 July 2018

  • Dr Pauline Kingi CMNZ (Ngāti Whāwhākia, Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Maniapoto) has been appointed the lead for the Government Inquiry into the Appointment Process for A Deputy Commissioner of Police.
  • Steven Tipene Wilson (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Ngāti Apakura, Ngāti Tura, Ngāti Te Ngākau) has been appointed deputy chair of the Environmental Protection Agency and Dayle Hunia (Ngāti Awa) has been appointed a Director.
  • Pauline Winter QSO (Te Atiawa Taranaki) and Sir John Clarke CNZM (Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi) have been appointed to the recruitment panel for the roles Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Race Relations Commissioner and Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner. Ms Winter will chair the three-person panel.
  • Rukumoana Schaafhausen (Ngāti Haua) has been appointed a Director of the Crown research entity AgResearch.
  • The Minister for Seniors, Tracey Martin, has released a discussion document and opened consultations for a new positive ageing strategy. The document notes the projected growth of Māori aged 65+ years from 43,000 in 2016 to 118,000 by 2036. Submissions and public consultations close 24 August 2018, and a draft strategy and action plan will be released in early 2019.


  • Applications are now open for the Children and Families Research Fund. The purpose of this fund is to support social policy research evolving from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study. The Ministry of Social Development manage the fund and will award up to $750,000 in total.  Applications close 31 August.


  • Last week the Director General of Health published the Health and Independence 2017 report. This report presents an overview of the health of New Zealanders drawing on a range of sources. In short Māori health continues to be poorer than non – Māori with life expectancy for Māori males born from 2012–2014 being 7.3 years below that of non-Māori males born over the same period. For Māori females in this age group, life expectancy is 6.8 years shorter than non – Māori females.


  • In late June the Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, announced that tertiary level 1 and 2 Te Reo Māori programmes will receive a funding increase of $1,000 per full time equivalent place (EFTS). This means funding will increase from $6,500 to $7,500 per EFTS. Funding changes will take effect in 2019. Quite why Te Reo Māori is funded at $500 less than English as a Second Language was not announced, and is a matter we intend to investigate further in our reviews of tertiary education policy and Government Te Reo Māori strategies.
  • Earlier this month Margaret Dixon was sentenced in the Auckland District Court to 12 months’ home detention and ordered to pay $5,000 in reparation for defrauding the Parengarenga 3G Trust of $935,000. In May Ms Dixon pleaded guilty to three charges of ‘theft by person in special relationship’ under the Crimes Act.
  • Last week Hemo Kerewai Thompson, former finance manager of Raukura Waikato Social Services Trust (RWSS), was sentenced to two years and five months’ imprisonment for 166 charges of ‘theft in a special relationship’. Ms Thompson defrauded RWSS of circa $175,000. The offending took place over a four year period from November 2010 to February 2015. RWSS is currently in liquidation.
  • An inquiry into the appointment of Deputy Commissioner of Police Wallace Haumaha will commence on August 6. The inquiry follows criticism of Mr Haumaha’s appointment from Louise Nicholas, who is an advocate for the rights of women who have been victims of sexual violence. Ms Nicholas believes the appointment was inappropriate as Mr Haumaha had publicly shown support for two former policemen who were accused and convicted of rape in the 1980s. The scope of the inquiry will consider if the process that led to Mr Haumaha’s appointment was adequate.  The inquiry will not consider whether Mr Haumaha is a suitable candidate for the role


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

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

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

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

The successful initiatives are:

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

Appointments and Awards

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

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


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


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


Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 11 May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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




Appointments and Awards

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


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

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

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

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

Māori News edition 14 – 4 May 2018

Ngāti Tamaoho Claims Settlement

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


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

Economic Funding Round Open

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



Māori News items 27 April 2018 Edition 13

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


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

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

 Periodic Tenancy Reviews of Public Housing Tenants

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


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



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