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Panui edition 5/ 23 February 2018 – Parliamentary Items of Note

Parliamentary Items of Note

  • On Wednesday the Minister for Education, Chris Hipkins, announced an overhaul of the education system, commencing with a three-year work plan for change. One of the ten main components is a continuous focus on raising Māori learner achievements.  The associated Cabinet paper indicates:
    • “there has been significant growth in early learning participation, particularly for Māori, Pasifika and children from lower socio-economic communities. However, participation rates don’t automatically equate to regular attendance, progress or achievement, nor do they take into account the quality of learning opportunities available to children;
    • In English medium schooling, Māori and Pasifika children have poorer educational outcomes than their peers. Research has confirmed that teacher unconscious bias and low expectations are significant issues in New Zealand for Māori and Pasifika children and young people, and that this has an ongoing negative impact.
    • In Māori medium schooling, Māori children and young people are experiencing educational success as Māori. However this pathway requires strengthening to address significant teacher workforce limitations, retention and capacity issues.”[1]

(We intend to provide a focused review of Māori education in the coming months, and will further draw upon this policy work for that.)

  • Last week the Child Poverty Reduction Bill was read for a first time in Parliament, refer to the article above for details.
  • This week the Families Commission Act Repeal Bill was read for a first time and referred onto the Social Services and Community Select Committee. This bill, if enacted, will disestablish the Commission (operating as Superu), with its functions mainly shifting to the Ministry of Social Development.  Subscribers may recall that over the last few years this Commission has delved into whānau wellbeing research, and last year ultimately concluded its work with the enlightening (sic) statement that:

“supporting and strengthening whānau wellbeing requires a multifaceted approach that includes social and human resource potential factors, as well as economic factors.”

(We described this work as well-meaning but odd-ball stuff; hence we are not completely surprised to see the beginnings of the end for this agency, refer Pānui 12/2017 for the research details).


Salient Māori News Items for the week to 29 July 2016 (edition 26/2016)


  • Te Puea Marae has advised that it will be concluding its respite housing initiative shortly. Marae Chairperson, Hurimoana Dennis, has indicated 60 whānau have been placed in accommodation, including 83 tamariki.  They will continue to work with fourteen whānau who are still staying at the marae.
  • On Monday the Minister for Education, Hekia Parata, announced that thirty ‘Kupe Scholarships’ have been awarded to Māori and Pasifika people seeking to become teachers. The scholarships cover course fees, some living costs and  provide for mentoring.  The list of successful recipients is available here:


  • The Rotorua Lakes Council has won a Local Government New Zealand Awards judges’ choice award for its partnership work with Te Arawa.
  • This week the Waitangi Tribunal has been hearing claims alleging the Department of Corrections had under-served Māori inmates and failed to uphold the Treaty of Waitangi. (We will advise further at the Tribunal reporting stage.)
  • Nuki Takao and Waihoroi Shortland have both been appointed to Te Mātāwai (by their respective iwi cluster groupings).
  • Chief Executive of Te Māngai Pāho, John Bishara, has announced his resignation, in order to take up a new role with the Lake Taupō Forest Trust.

Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 19 June 2015 (edition 21/2015)

  • The submission period for the draft Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill has been extended to Friday 7 August 2015. For further information on the draft bill refer to Pānui edition 18/2015.
  • This week a media outlet reported on a New Zealand Police intervention which refers Māori drivers without a valid licence in the Counties Manukau District to attend training, and gain the correct licence – rather than receive an immediate fine.  If completed successfully no fine is issued.  The purpose of this is to reduce Māori road trauma and offending, in accordance with the Police Turning of the Tide strategy (Pānui 28/2014 refers).   The media outlet suggested this was a race-based policy that benefits only Māori.
  • Ngā Ruahine are considering appealing the Environmental Protection Authority decision to grant a 35-year marine consent to Shell Todd Oil Services to continue running its Maui offshore oil and gas field off the Taranaki coast.
  • Ngāti Ruanui are supporting a petition created by Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) calling for a moratorium on all seabed mining in New Zealand waters, until a more thorough understanding of the risks and impacts are understood.
  • Last week we advised Dr Lance O’Sullivan was appointed Chairman of Te Whānau o Hato Petera Trust.  This is the Trust that oversees the hostel at Hato Petera College.  Subscribers may recall quality concerns are presenting at this college, Pānui 43/2014 refers.  However this week, the appointment has been ruled to be invalid by the incumbent Chair, Tame Te Rangi, on the grounds that a 5-1 vote in favour of Dr O’Sullivan failed as there was an insufficient quorum.  (The board has twelve positions, but six are presently vacant.)  In response, Dr O’Sullivan is said to be seeking a whānau hui this weekend, to have more members elected to the board, allowing for a further attempt at gaining the chairperson’s role.  Mr Te Rangi, however, has indicated that there is a formal process for calling a special general meeting which must be followed.  In addition, Dr O’Sullivan has indicated there have been incidents of serious student bullying within the hostel, and a matter has been referred to the Police for their consideration.
  • Last Friday the University of Otago published an online research report called Oranga Niho me Ngā Tangata Whaiora: Oral health and Māori Mental Health Patients.  The research studied the effect of rehabilitative dental treatment on mental health, oral health, and quality of life; and found positive improvements with improved care.   The report can be view here: http://www.otago.ac.nz/sjwri/otago110932.pdf

Māori News Stories for the Weeks Ending 15 May and 22 May 2015

Social Matters

Valuation of the Benefit System

Last Thursday the Minister of Social Development, Anne Tolley, released a summary of key findings from the report Valuation of the Benefit System for Working Age Adults: as at 30 June 2014. The report was prepared by Taylor Fry (a consultancy firm) and was published on the Ministry of Social Development website in February. 

The report outlines the lifetime costs of approximately 570,000 working-age Work and Income New Zealand clients who received income support for the year ending 30 June 2014.  The total estimated cost (liability) of benefit payments and related expenses for clients who received income support until they reach retirement age is $69 billion.  Key Māori findings of note are:

  • 38 percent of Work and Income New Zealand clients aged 18 to 24 years are Māori;
  • intergenerational benefit receipt was highest amongst Māori; with 87 percent of Māori clients aged 18 to 24 years having at least one parent receiving a benefit. The rate was 65 percent for non-Māori;[1]
  • 54 percent of Māori clients aged 18 to 24 years are clients with intensive family benefit history. A client with intensive family benefit history is described as a client whose parent was intensively in the benefit system during the years the client was aged 13 to 17 years.
  • Māori are disproportionately at risk of longer benefit reliance compared with non-Māori. The report identifies a correlation between intergenerational benefit receipt and longer benefit terms;
  • The concentration of Māori beneficiaries is highest in Northland, East Cost and Bay of Plenty regions;
  • Māori living in Auckland or Northland will receive on average $40,000 more in benefits than other ethnic groups in these regions.Despite these marked disparities between Māori and non-Māori, the study does not propose any solutions or recommendations for change.  We also advise, Minister Tolley’s press release on this matter failed to identify any issues presenting in relation to Māori – like her Ministry she remains silent on ethnic differences in this area.  That is, within the welfare sector there is still no formal acknowledgement of the need to consider and address Māori welfare dependency as a unique policy matter.The report can be viewed here:


Census – Education and Training Data Released

Last Tuesday Statistics New Zealand published, 2013 Census – Education and Training Data.  The publication provides information on education, training engagement, and formal qualifications attained for people aged 15 years and over, derived from census data.

Overall the proportion of people with formal qualifications increased to 79 percent in 2013; up from 75 percent in 2006. For Māori 67 percent held a formal qualification in 2013; up from 60 percent in 2006. Noteworthy is the increase of Māori with bachelor degrees – increasing to 7.5 percent (27,057 people) in 2013, from 5.5 percent (17,907 people) in 2006.   Other findings of note were:

  • 30 percent of Māori aged 15-years and older have no formal qualifications;
  • the highest qualification for 41 percent of Māori (147,900) was a level 1–3 tertiary certificate; and
  • 48 percent of Māori aged 15 to 19 years were enrolled in school or tertiary study (circa 35,000 people).

The publication can be viewed here: http://www.stats.govt.nz/Census/2013-census/profile-and-summary-reports/qstats-education-training.aspx


Māori Life Expectancy

Earlier this month Statistics NZ published, The New Zealand Period Life Tables: 2012–14.   Findings show that the difference between Māori and non-Māori life expectancy at birth has reduced to 7.1 years (it was previously 7.3 years).  Male Māori life expectancy at birth is now 73 years, compared with 79.5 years for all males.  Māori female life expectancy is 77.1 years, compared with to 83.2 years for all females.

Quarterly Labour Market Scorecard – March 2015

Last Thursday the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment released a Labour Market Scorecard for the quarter ending 31 March 2015. The scorecard is a one-page summary on labour market statistics and indicators. The key Māori statistics and indicators for the March 2015 quarter are:

  • 63.3 percent of Māori 18 year-old school levers in 2013 attained NCEA level 2 or higher;
  • 29.6 percent of Māori school levers in 2013 did not attain NCEA level 1;
  • the Māori unemployment rate is 12.6 percent; and
  • the Māori Labour force participation is 66.5 percent.Pānui has already advised on these matters as the data was released,referto Pānui 15/2015 for details.


    Economic Matters

    FoMA Members – Agricultural Production Tables as at 30 June 2014

    Last Monday Statistics New Zealand published agricultural production tables from a survey of farms owned by members of the Federation of Māori Authorities (FoMA), as at 30 June 2014.

    Key findings show the average size of a FoMA member farm is circa 2,260 hectares – approximately nine times larger than the average New Zealand farm size.  Federation members own and manage 266,400ha of farm and forestry; which represents 1.9% of New Zealand’s total farm and forestry production land.[2]  Federation members also own 0.9% of deer; 1.9% of sheep; 1.9% of beef cattle, and 0.6% of dairy stock in New Zealand.

    Pukeroa Oruawhata Group Receives Tourism Funding

    On Wednesday the Minister of Tourism, John Key, announced the Pukeroa Oruawhata Group and its business partner, World Spa Ltd, will receive $350,000 from the Tourism Growth Partnership fund.  The funding will be invested in the first stage of a proposed large scale health and well-being complex on the Rotorua lakefront.

    Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Study Published

    Last Tuesday a Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Study was published on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website. The report was prepared by MartinJenkins (a consultancy firm) and commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

    The report is the third in a series of regional growth studies, which have the purpose of “identifying the sectors and commercial opportunities in each region that have the potential to sustainably grow incomes, jobs and investment”.   We are reviewing this document to determine relevance for Māori, and will advise further.

    The report can be viewed here: http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/regions-cities/research/regional-growth-studies/toi-moana-bay-of-plenty-regional-growth-study-opportunities


    Ngāi Tahu Tourism Wins Trade Award

    Ngāi Tahu Tourism has won the Auckland International Airport Award for Excellence in Tourism at the HSBC China Business Awards.


    Te Tatau Pounamu – Māori Representation and Participation Conference

The New Zealand Māori Council will be hosting a one day Māori Representation and Participation Conference, 31 May 2015 in Palmerston North.  The conference is entitled Te Tatau Pounamu to register or view the full conference programme athttp://www.maoricouncil.com/2015/05/12/te-tatau-pounamu-conference-programme-and-registration/



Treaty Matters

Araukuku Hapū – Urgent Hearing with the Waitangi Tribunal Declined

This month Araukuku, a South Taranaki hapū lodged an application with the Wellington High Court seeking a review of a Waitangi Tribunal decision not to grant an urgent hearing into its claim (Wai 552) to have the hapū removed from Ngāruahine Deed of Settlement.  The Deed of Settlement was signed in August 2014, but the Tribunal application was only lodged in February 2015 (with Tribunal decision being released on 7 May).


The Crown purchase Battle of Ōrākau site

The Crown has purchased a 9.7 hectare property at Ōrākau near Kihikihi. The property was the site of the 1864 Battle of Ōrākau. The land will be placed in the Office of Treaty Settlements Landbank and maintained by the Crown while consultation with iwi, the Heritage Society and Waipa Council continue on its future governance and management.



Dame Tariana Turia has been appointed to the Superu Board – Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit.


[1]Note, this is inclusive of beneficiaries aged 24 years.

[2]Federation members also own 0.9% of deer; 1.9% of sheep; 1.9% of beef cattle, and 0.6% of dairy stock in New Zealand.


Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 17 April 2015

Treaty Settlements

  • Ngāti Hineuru and the Crown signed a Deed of Settlement on 2 April 2015. The settlement includes $25 million financial and commercial redress, along with cultural redress and a Crown acknowledgement and apology.


  • Sir Harawira Gardiner, Riria Te Kanawa and George Reedy have been appointed to the board of Te Huarahi Tika Trust.  Steve Murray has been appointed as a director to Hautaki Ltd (the commercial subsidiary of Te Huarahi Tika Trust).
  • Rachael Tūwhangai has been appointed to board of the Manukau Institute of Technology.
  • Last Tuesday the Minister for Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell, and the Minister of Science and Innovation, Steven Joyce announced three new consortium groups who have been selected to deliver Māori and Pasifika trade training. The new provider consortiums are; Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Ngā Pōtiki ā Tamapāhore; Taranaki Futures Trust; and Te Pū Wānanga o Anamata.
  • On Monday the Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, announced that $244 million will be allocated in the 2015/16 Budget to fund four new schools, and three new kura kaupapa Māori.  The kura kaupapa will be built in Whakatāne, Gisborne and Hastings.
  • On Wednesday the Minister for Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell, and the Minister of Science and Innovation, Steven Joyce, announced the thirteen organisations that will receive Vision Mātauranga Science Funding this year.  In total $1.9 million was allocated across seventeen distinct projects.  The successful organisations and proposals are outlined below
Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited Flounder Enhancement in the Marlborough Sounds $180,000
Institute for Plant and Food Research Te Awanui Huka Pak Innovation $180,000
Institute for Plant and Food Research China consumer insights, a Pathway to Premium for Māori food brands $100,000
NorthTec Scoping the development by Pehiaweri Marae hub & NorthTec of a Tikanga Maori focused digital literacy $180,000
KMAHE Digital Media Platform for Livestreaming, Broadcasting, and Content Management $180,000
AgResearch Te Kakenga Ngātahi i te Ara Poutama $100,000
Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Te Kura Whenua – building an understanding of earth science for informed decision making $100,000
Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Kā Rongo te Hā o Rūaumoko – Understanding the impacts of air pollution $99,900
Landcare Research Strengthening relationships between CRIs of the Te Ara Putaiao (TAP) partnership, Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and Māori landowners, development of a new methodology for risks and potential rewards of land use $100,000
Cawthron Institute Kia Mahitahi – working together to improve water quality and river well-being $100,000
Lincoln University Establishing a National Māori Biosecurity Network $100,000
University of Canterbury O Kahukura, O Marokura: Integrating kaitiaki, science and education $99,900
Te Whāriki Manawāhine o Hauraki, Te Poipoia Tūkino o Hauraki IT applications for the diffusion of mātauranga Māori social norms that are known to reduce the impacts of whānau violence $23,000
New Zealand Forest Research Institute Mātauranga Whakarewarewa – developing tamariki science knowledge for the future $66,000
University of Waikato Te Waka a Tama-rereti: Networking Māori Expertise in Genomics, Informatics and Technology $99,000
Massey University Tūpuna kai – Reconnecting New Zealand Māori with the benefits of traditional food $92,000
Groundtruth Limited Integrating mātauranga and science for land management that provides economic growth and supports biodiversity $95,000


Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 27 March 2015 (edition 9/2015)


  • Last Thursday the Members’ Bill of Meka Whaitiri was drawn from the ballot in parliament, and is now lodged on the Parliamentary Order Paper.[1] The bill is the Environmental Protection Authority (Protection of Environment) Amendment Bill.  Ms Whaitiri proposes to insert a new objective in the Environment Protection Authority Act 2011 to ensure the Authority must, “aim to protect, maintain and enhance New Zealand’s environment”.  In her view, this extended definition of purpose is required to ensure the Authority always puts environmental considerations ahead of other matters.  National Party Minister for the Environment, Nick Smith, however, considers that adding such words is superfluous, given the Authority’s sole purpose is to consider environmental matters.  He has indicated the Government will therefore vote against the bill.

    We have previously advised on provisions within this legislation area, particularly in relation to Māori and iwi concerns and submissions (Pānui 7/2012 refers).  Our assessment has been that this legislation underserves Māori.  In part this is because the Māori Advisory Committee established within the Act has a weak legislative mandate as it is unable to make binding recommendations on any party.  The Committee provides case-by-case considerations upon request, is advisory only, and is effectively toothless.  Accordingly from a Māori policy perspective there is scope to improve the legislative framework to better reflect Māori needs and aspirations.  It is then surprising that Ms Whaitiri, who is the parliamentarian representing Ika Rāwhiti constituents – i.e. she represents Māori only – appears to have excluded matters which impact on Māori from her sole legislative proposal.


  • Hinurewa Poutu and Dr Ruka Broughton have been appointed to the board of the Māori Language Commission / Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.
  • Last week Te Puni Kōkiri launched Te Whakahura a Kupe, a web-based socio demographic database tool which disaggregates census data via iwi and rohe.  The database includes 98 iwi, and data sets available include various health, education, employment and housing information collected from both the 2006 and 2013 censuses.  (I.e. how many people of a particular iwi have employment, own their home, have tertiary qualifications, etc).  In our view this is a particularly useful tool for researchers and policy advisors, it can be viewed here:


  • On Wednesday Miraka received the inaugural ‘He Kai Kei Aku Ringa – Māori Excellence in Export’ award at the 2015 New Zealand International Business Awards.
  • This week the Annual General Meeting of Te Ohu Kaimoana was held.  Reports of the financial returns of both Aotearoa Fisheries and Sealord have arisen from this meeting, but are not yet publicly available. (We will review when published.)
  • On Thursday three finalist for the 2015 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award for sheep and beef were announced.  The finalist are Mangaroa Station (located north-west of Wairoa) Paua Station (located north of Kaitaia) and Maranga Station (located south-west of Gisborne).  The winner will be named at the Awards dinner on May 29 in Whanganui.
  • Today Ngāruahine will receive an apology from the Crown for illegally incarcerating iwi members in the South Island during the 1880s.
  • On 30-31 March Te Wānanga o Raukawa and the Māori Unit within the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (Te Wāhanga) will co-hosting a forum on rangatiratanga; entitled ‘Kei Tua o te Pae’.  Details can be found here:


  • This week legal action between a grouping of former board members of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whāngaroa and the Ministry of Education has been withdrawn.  (The legal challenge arose from the removal of the school board in 2013).  By way of background, in June 2014 the Secretary of Education and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Education, Peter Hughes, dissolved the Board, and replaced it with a commissioner.  This action followed significant student / whanau exit from the school; concerns about an inappropriate relationship between a former principal (Louisa Mutu) and a student; and concerns that board elections were not held in accordance with Education Act (allegedly no formal advertisements, only school newsletter information and letters).

    The former board members objected to the need for a commissioner, indicating that they had address the conduct of the former principal appropriately, and had advertised elections in a means suitable their community.  They also objected to the commissioner appointed, Mr Larry Forbes.  Accordingly they had originally been seeking a High Court injunction against the interventions.  However in December 2014 Hōhepa Campbell took over the commissioner role and new board elections were facilitated this year.  Election results are now pending.  (Pānui 21/2014 refers.)

[1] By way of background, Members’ Bills are proposed changes to legislation lodged by individual members of parliament.  Members are allowed to lodge one bill each of their own design (i.e. it is not required to be a ‘party policy’ bill).  If the bill is drawn in the parliamentary ballot then it is placed on the Order Paper (i.e. parliamentary agenda), and will receive at least a first reading in parliament, and be voted on at that point.

Māori news stories for the week ending 20 February 2015 (edition 4/2015)


  • This week the Māori Affairs Select Committee heard oral submissions in relation to the Māori Language (Te Reo Māori).  A number of speakers expressed a level of concern with the structural proposal within the Bill, to create a new Māori language entity called Te Mātāwai.  For example, Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie, for the New Zealand Māori Council, suggested “form follows function” and that the Bill was not clear on the actual Māori language strategy.  Written submissions are not yet available for perusal.  (Pānui 25/2014 provides a review of this Bill and outlines the structural proposals being made.)
  • This week Te Wānanga o Aotearoa advised that phase two of its current restructuring is to be implemented (phase one brought its Open Wananga subsidy company back into the wānanga).  Phase two is focused on the regional network of campuses.  The wānanga intends to consolidate its existing six ‘territories’ into three ‘districts / takiwā’.
    In the new structure Tamaki Makaurau and Northland will become one takiwā called Te Ihu.  The second takiwā is Te Waenga, which will include sites from the Waikato region, Waiariki, Bay of Plenty and Poverty Bay.  The third takiwā, Te Kei, include sites from Hawkes Bay, Manuwatu, Taranaki, Wanganui, Wairarapa, Wellington and the South Island.  Some redundancies are expected after employment consultation processes conclude.
  • The New Zealand Māori Council has released a series of brochures on its history and services, including a proposed freshwater policy framework.  We are presently giving these documents further consideration.  The brochures can be found here:


  • Tau Henare has been appointed as a Treaty Negotiator to facilitate discussions between the Crown, Te Whānau-a-Apanui and Te Whakatōhea.  Mr Henare also received media attention this week in relation to a charge of breaching a name suppression order in 2011.  Mr Henare pleaded guilty, apologised for wasting police and court time, and was fined $1,200.
  • In December the Wanganui District Council voted in favour of applying to the New Zealand Geographic Board to change the spelling of Wanganui to Whanganui.  In addition, the Council also determined to consult further on this matter, and invited submissions (including online form submissions).  Circa 2,000 submissions have been made, which the Council will provide to the Board for its consideration.
  • On Tuesday a group of children affected by the 2007 Police raids in Ruatoki travelled to Wellington as guests of the New Zealand Police. The purpose of the hikoi was to help restore relationships between Tūhoe and the Police.  (Pānui 17/2013 refers.)

Māori news stories for the week ending 14 February 2014

  • Te Pūmanawa o te Waiora, a partnership school in Whangaruru (Northland) opened on Monday. This is a bilingual (English/Māori) secondary school which offers learning opportunities through farming and outdoor education mediums.  (Pānui 32/2013 outlines policy matters relating to partnership schools.)
  • This week District Court Judge David Ruth lifted name suppression on two people convicted of defrauding Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in 2008-09.  They are Margaret Wood and Ian Wood.  The fraud occurred while Mrs Wood worked for the wānanga in curriculum development.  Both received a sentence of 12-months home detention.  One of the reasons given for lifting name suppression was that Mrs Wood has become a ‘life coach’, and judge Ruth considered it important that potential clients could be made aware of the conviction.
  • On Tuesday, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce, announced that legislation will be amended to reduce the size of university and wānanga councils from 12 to 20 members, to 8 to 12 members.  All councils will be required to have at least one member who is Māori, to “assist the goal of boosting the achievement of Māori”.  Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi generally support the changes, while Te Wānanga o Raukawa indicated there was no problem with their current council size.  Aside from efficiency objectives, the reforms also focus on increasing the competency levels, with proposed legislation requiring that appointments have existing governance capabilities.
  • Massey University: Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health (Albany campus) are currently seeking 225 Māori women living in Auckland to participate in an international study into whether women with different body fat profiles, have different risk levels for chronic disease.  For more information email: explore@massey.ac.nz

[1] Investigating plain package of tobacco products is a specific item agreed to within the relationship accord between the National and Māori parities.

[2] Ministry of Health research.

Māori news stories for the week 27 September 2013

• Te Kapa Coates has been appointed to the independent Board of Inquiry to consider the Ruakura Development Plan Change Request.

• Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, Steven Joyce, and his portfolio Associate Minister, Tariana Turia, have announced that tendering is now open for the provision of Māori and Pasifika Trade Training programmes.  This will be of interest to subscribers involved in Māori tertiary education provision.  This is actually the third Ministerial announcement of this policy, refer Pānui edition 15/2013 for further details.

• This week media outlets discussed findings from a study which explored the importance of racial-ethnic identity in the lives of Year 9 students from secondary schools in Auckland.   The study is called, The importance of race and ethnicity: An exploration of New Zealand Pākehā, Māori, Samoan and Chinese adolescent identity.  It found Māori and Samoan students feel happy and connected to their culture, while Pākehā and Chinese teens are proud to be New Zealanders, but did not think their culture is special. The study was published in the New Zealand Journal of Psychology, August 2013.

• Te Ohu Kaimoana and Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd (AFL) have purchased a fish processing factory from Auckland company Anton’s Seafood Ltd.     Te Ohu Kaimoana, Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd along with Sealord Group Ltd, have also purchased Anton Seafood’s Orange Roughy Quota.

• This week it was announced that the Poutama Trust and the Māori Women’s Development Incorporation will enter into a memorandum of understanding to offer some shared services.  The Incorporation typically offers business loans of up to $50,000 to Māori women and their whānau, while the Poutama Trust typically provides smaller grants for professional business development, feasibility research, and growth projects.

• This week the Ngā Manu Kōrero 2013 National Secondary Schools Speech competitions were held in Hamilton.  The 2013 winners were; Matawhaiti Nepe (Te Wharekura o Rakaumanga), Karewa Cribb (Tamatea College), Raniera Black  (Tū Toa Tai Wananga), Sonny Maaka-Ngatai (Hato Paora College), Hinemaia Takurua (Kuranui College), and Te Whare Kotua Davies (Naenae College).

Māori-interest news stories: 14 December 2012 to 18 January 2013

• This week oil Company TAG Oil announced that their partner, Apache New Zealand, are pulling out of the first phase of a joint oil exploration area located on the North Island’s East Coast (TAG will continue alone). This announcement follows Brazilian Oil Company Petrobras decision to exit its oil exploration activities in New Zealand and return their oil permit in December.

• Last week Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust announced an extension to its scholarship programmes, and is now offering 50 Māori tertiary education scholarships for 2013.  (The Trust was established as a part of the Māori fisheries settlement.)  The scholarships are for $10,000 each.  (Application details are on their website.)

• A Māori language strategy focused on increasing the use of Te Reo across the Wairoa District was launched in December.  Several groups and organisations were involved in the strategy’s development, namely Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungunu o te Wairoa, Te Kura Motuhake o Te Ataarangi, and the Human Rights Commission

• Tupoho Whānau Trust, Whanganui, has agreed to the Whanganui District Council building a recycling facility on Māori-owned land.  The facility will employ up to 40 people.

• In December National Party MP Tau Henare withdrew his candidacy bid to become Speaker of the House. • Māori Party co-leader Tariana Turia announced she will retire from politics and not stand in the 2014 General Election.  Her co-leader, Dr Sharples, has indicated he has no plans to retire at present.

Appointments and Honours awarded

• Mike Sang has been appointed Chief Executive of Ngāi Tahu Group Holdings.

• Miriama Evans, Dr Rawinia Higgins, Hon Paul Swain and Nick Davidson have all been appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal.  Each appointee will serve a three year term from 1 January 2013.


2013 New Year’s Honours’ list recipients for Service to Māori were:

Knights Companion (KNZM);

  •  Mark Solomon Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)

  • Hohi Kaa
  • Professor Linda Tuhiwai Te Rina Smith

Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)

  •  Henare Tau

Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)

  • Dr David Taylor

Queens Service Medal (QSM)

  • Gregory Makutu
  • Senior Constable John Tangaere
  • Patrick Thompson

Māori news stories for the week ending 7 December 2012


• Mana Party leader, Hone Harawira, appeared in Court on Thursday in relation to a charge of failing to remove a vehicle (at a protest concerning state housing removals last month).  He pleaded not guilty.  A hearing is scheduled for March next year.  There was some initial ado with this first hearing, as Mr Harawira addressed the Court only in Te Reo Māori and the Court did not have an interpreter readily available.

• On Monday Michelle Hippolite commenced her role as Chief Executive of Te Puni Kōkiri.

• Michael Doogan has been appointed a temporary judge of the Māori Land Court.  Mr Doogan will commence the two-year appointment in January 2013.

• Dr Deidre Brown, Dr Elana Curtis, Dr Te Oti Rakena, Gillian Reynolds, Tanya Savage, Angie Smith, and Matthew Tarawa have received a Group Research Award from the New Zealand Association for Research in Education, for their research on Māori and Pacific student teaching and learning.

• Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, which is a Centre of Research Excellence, has commissioned four new Māori focused research projects.  The four projects are:

  •  In pursuit of the possible: Indigenous well-being – a study of indigenous hope, meaning and transformation led by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Waikato University,
  • Fostering te pā harakeke: Advancing healthy and prosperous families of mana led by Professor Mason Durie, Massey University;
  • How do we return the mauri to its pre-Rena state? led by Dr Kepa Morgan; and
  • Waka Wairua: Landscape heritage and the creative potential of Māori communities, led by Associate Professor Merata Kawharu, University of Auckland.

• Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga has also released its second issue of the MAI Journal online (Māori research articles).

Parliamentary matters from E36 week ending 19 October 2012

  • On Monday the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill was introduced in Parliament.  The Bill implements the Government’s decisions on the prohibition of foreign charter vessels, following allegations of mistreatment and underpayment of foreign crews (refer to pānui E17/2012 for details).
  • On Wednesday the Mount Maunganui Borough Reclamation and Empowering Act Repeal Bill was read for a second time (refer to pānui E20/2012 for details.)
  • On Wednesday the Finance and Expenditure Committee tabled their interim report on the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill. The committee recommends (by majority) that the Bill be passed, with some amendments.  This Bill effects Māori forestry interests in particular, (refer to pānui E11/2012 for details on this policy matter).
  • On Thursday the Education Amendment Bill was read for the first time and referred to the Education and Science Committee.  This Bill sets out the legal framework for partnership schools / kura hourua.  Submissions have not been called for, and a report is due by 18 April 2013 (refer to pānui E26/2012 for details).

Māori news stories for the week ending 7 September 2012

  • Sir Ralph Norris has been appointed to the University of Auckland Council.
  • Professor Des Gorman has been appointed to the board of the Accident and Compensation Commission (ACC).
  • Rangi Wills has been appointed to the board of the Fire Service Commission.
  • The Health Research Council of New Zealand has signed a trilateral letter of intent to improve research capacity in Indigenous peoples’ health.  This has been entered into with the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
  • This week Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa (the Māori Law Society) hosted an international indigenous lawyers conference in Hamilton.
  • Last month the Education Review Office released a report on Hato Petera College.  Although written somewhat in coded language, the report identifies significant performance issues.  These include governance, financial management, curriculum and assessment, quality of teaching, and student achievement concerns.   (The list of issues is provided on page 8 of the report.)


Māori news stories for the week ending 31 August 2012

  • Tina Ngatai has been appointed General Manager of Ngāti Whakaue Tribal Lands Incorporated. 
  • On Monday an application for bail for Tame Iti and Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara (two of the Urewera four) was declined in the Court of Appeal, Wellington.  The men were seeking bail while they wait to have an appeal hearing against their convictions for their involvement in military style camps in Te Urewera National Park in 2007.
  • On Monday Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust commenced its claim against the Ministry of Social Development in the Auckland High Court.  Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust are challenging the Ministry’s decision to end a Family Start contract, valued at circa $1.4 million.
  • On Wednesday the University of Otago hosted, Hui Poutama Research Symposium – Māori research symposium.
  • This week Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust hosted, Ngā Whetū Hei Whai: Charting Pathways for Māori Industry Futures Conference.
  • This week the annual Māori Medical Practitioners’ Association conference is being held at Ahipara.
  • This week the Minister for Social Development, Paula Bennett, announced that some beneficiary jobseekers will be required to take a pre-employment drug test from July 2013.  Jobseekers will be sanctioned if they refuse or fail a drug test.  Sanctions have three degrees of severity; (first) a warning, (second) loss of 50% of benefit payment, (third) loss of full benefit.  Given Māori comprise 32% of beneficiaries, it is possible this policy will affect greater proportions of Māori than others. 
  • Iwi delegates attending the Pacific Island Forum (in Rarotonga) have expressed an interest in joining the forum’s Polynesian Leaders’ sub-group.
  • On Wednesday the Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, Steven Joyce, and the Education Minister, Hekia Parata, released action plans on the Better Public Service targets relating to boosting skills and employment.   The information presented is largely a reiteration of existing planning in these areas.  There is some Māori-focused content, but it is not significant.  We are presently reviewing these materials, along with the recently released Māori Strategy of the New Zealand Qualification Authority.  

Māori news stories for the week ending 10 August 2012

  • This week the Treaty Tribes Coalition and the Māori Fisheries Trust held the seventh National Māori Fisheries Conference in Auckland.  The conference focussed on fisheries trading in the present economic climate, and on sector regulatory changes. (Notable regulatory changes include the pending prohibition on the use of foreign-chartered vessels; refer to pānui E17/2012 for details.)
  • On Wednesday the Court of Appeal dismissed the legal challenge from the ‘Independent Purchaser Group’ (a consortium led by Sir Michael Fay), to prevent the sale of the sixteen former Crafar dairy farms to Shanghai Pengxin.  Māori interests (from Ngāti Rereahu and Tūwharetoa) involved in the challenge have ruled out any further legal action.
  • Last Wednesday Te Uri o Hau and the Northland Regional Council signed a memorandum of understanding.  The memorandum confirms a role for Te Uri o Hau in environmental, economic and social matters within the purview of the Council.
  • Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga  have commissioned researchers from the University of Canterbury to study and identify the qualities which make high achieving Te Arawa students successful learners.  The study, Ka Awatea, will be completed in 2014.
  • The Human Rights Commission is consulting on the meaning of ‘rangatiratanga’, in the context of modern Aotearoa / New Zealand.   Further information is available on their website.
  • On Wednesday a financial recovery plan was announced for Rata Te Āwhina Trust.  The Trust is a Whānau Ora provider, which was  placed under the control of a change manager in July, after an independent report identified issues of mismanagement.