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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.

Appointments 

  • 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

 

E1A 24 January 2014 Māori news stories 21 December to 24 January 2014

 

This paper provides a summary of key Māori interest news items from 21 December to 24 January 2014. Analytical assessments of policy matters will be provided in regular Pānui briefs.

Appointments, honours and nominations

* 2014 New Year’s Honours’ list recipients for Service to Māori were:

Knights Companion (KNZM);

o Dr Noble Thomson Curtis

Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)

o Hekenukumai Busby

o Marjorie Joe

Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)

o Kathleen Jehly

o Amoroa Luke

Queens Service Medal (QSM)

o Kingiareta Biddle

o Reverend Judith Cooper1

* Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, (The Māori Language Commission / Te Taura Whiri) has established a new Māori Language Research Centre, He Puna Whakarauroa. The current Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri, Glenis Philip-Barbara, will become the establishment Chief Executive of the Centre. Pita Paraone has been appointed Acting Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri.

* Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi and Dr Lance O’Sullivan have been nominated for the 2014 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year award (amongst others). The winner will be announced on 26 February.

* On Tuesday the Prime Minister, John Key, confirmed that the National Party has an ongoing interest in maintaining a relationship agreement with the Māori Party (and others), after the 2014 election (should the National Party be returned to govern). Mr Key also delivered a ‘state of the nation’ speech on Thursday, although we note this did not discuss any issues specific to Māori. However he, and other leaders of the main political parties are arriving at Ratana Pā today to commemorate the birth of Tahupōtiki Rātana. We will be reviewing speech materials from these celebrations and will provide a summary assessment of any relevant policy matters in Pānui edition 2/2014.

* The Speaker of the House, David Carter, has requested a review of pōwhiri protocols at parliament, particularly in relation to establishing appropriate seating arrangements for female dignities. He has indicated a preference to modernise arrangements within parliament, to ensure acceptability to a diversified parliament, whilst appropriately upholding iwi protocols.

* In December, Norwegian company Statoil was granted an oil exploration permit for the Reinga-Northland Basin. Te Rarawa Iwi Chair, Haami Piripi, has indicated that although Te Rarawa does not support the exploration activities, he is formally requesting that the Government establish an iwi-led oil-exploration monitoring programme. This request will be made at upcoming iwi leaders-to-Crown Waitangi meetings.

* On 24 December the Waitangi Tribunal ruled on the application for an urgent hearing for WAI 2417. This claim, filed by the New Zealand Māori Council, relates to processes adopted by the Crown for the reform of the Māori Community Development Act 1962. (This is the establishment Act for the Māori Council and the Māori Wardens.) The Tribunal ruled in favour of the claimants (the New Zealand Māori Council), and has indicated that an urgency hearing should be held in March this year. Pānui 36/2013 outlines the three initial aspects of the claim (two of which were determined to meet the threshold for urgency).2 The Tribunal ruling from Judge Fox is 18-pages but is summarised in the following paragraph:

“We consider that there are grounds for urgency as this is an exceptional case because of the unique nature of this claim, the history of the legislation and its recognition of the right of Māori to self-government, the unique nature of the Council system and the inextricable link and development of the Māori Wardens under the agency of Māori communities and the District Councils.”

 

* In late December Mana Ahuriri (a collective of hapū in Napier) signed an Agreement in Principle with the Crown. The agreement includes financial and commercial redress of $19.5 million.3

* On 23 December, the Waitangi Tribunal released a Mangatū Remedies Report.4 The Tribunal agreed all applicants had well-founded claims, but declined to make binding recommendations to return forestry lands; as any such rulings could not be assured to be fair and equitable between claimant groups, and/or proportionate to the nature of the Treaty breaches.

Treaty matters: from E43 week ending 7 December 2012

Ngāti Pāoa sign Tāmaki Collective Deed of Settlement

Last Saturday Ngāti Pāoa became the eleventh iwi to sign the Tāmaki Collective Deed of Settlement in Auckland.  In September ten iwi initially signed the deed (refer pānui E32/2012 for details on this settlement).

Ngāti Toa signs Deed of Settlement

Today Ngāti Toa signed a Deed of Settlement with the Crown.  The total value of the settlement is circa $75 million (comprised of redress of $70 million, plus interest, plus capacity building payments.)  The settlement also includes the right to purchase a number of Crown properties in the Wellington region, including the Wellington Police Station.  Cultural redress includes the vesting of Kapiti and Taputeranga islands with the iwi, and the subsequent return of these to the Crown (although the iwi will retain ownership of a small proportion of Kapiti Island).  Te Rauparaha will also be recognised in the settlement legislation as the composer of Ka Mate, Ka Mate.

Select Committee Report on the Ngāti Manuhiri Claims Settlement Bill: E26 from week ending 3 August 2012

Last week the Māori Affairs Select Committee released its report-back on the Ngāti Manuhiri Claims Settlement Bill. A key feature of this proposed settlement is the vesting of Te Hauturu-o-Toi (Little Barrier Island) for seven days with Ngāti Manuhiri, before the island is gifted back to the people of New Zealand.3 Some members of Ngāti Wai have objected to this aspect of the settlement.

Given these objections, the Committee recommends an amendment to the bill allowing for the possibility of other iwi becoming involved in the co-governance of Te Hauturu-o-Toi, under future Treaty settlements (i.e. Ngāti Wai and/or Ngāti Rehua). In our assessment, this appears to be a sensible option, and we note that Ngāti Manuhiri has now accepted this position, and has/will agree an amendment to its original Deed of Settlement with the Crown.

 

3 Note 1.2 hectares would remain in the ownership of the Ngāti Manuhiri post-settlement governance entity.

Māori news stories for the week ending 24 February 2012

  • Pat Bolstad, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa passed away on Tuesday. Mrs Bolstad worked within the Kohanga Reo and Te Ataarangi moments in the Wairarapa.
  • Vanessa Eparaima, has been elected as chairperson of the Raukawa Settlement Trust.
  • A delegation of 20 Māori, including academics, scientists, community leaders, artists and business people will visit India from 27 February to 11 March 2012. The delegation aims to enhance business, cultural and educational relations between India and Māori.
  • On Tuesday the Kaihanga Collective was launched. This group comprises of former Māori trade training participants in Christchurch. The collective intends to work together to broker contracts; and to provide mentoring and advocacy services for current Māori apprentices in the Christchurch region.
  • On Tuesday Nga Maia – Māori Midwives Collective new national office was official opened in Hastings. Nga Maia was relocated out of Christchurch following the earthquakes last year.
  • Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa / Tamaki Nui a Rua have commenced a series of nine hui seeking a mandate to commence treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown.
  • The trial of the ‘Urewera Four’ continued this week.

Ministerial Inquiry panel members and the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the inquiry into the operation of fishing vessels, including foreign charter vessels (FCV), in New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) waters

  This week the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Phil Heatley and Minister of Labour, Kate Wilkinson announced the Ministerial Inquiry panel members and the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the inquiry into the operation of fishing vessels, including foreign charter vessels (FCV), in New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) waters.

Ngāti Manawa take action against Central North Island iwi

Ngāti Manawa has lodged a High Court application, taking action against Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa and Central North Island Iwi Holdings Limited (CNIIHL) Board for failing to allocate 176,000 hectares of the Kaingaroa forest as part of the Treaty of Waitangi  Central North Island (CNI) iwi treaty settlement.  

The court proceedings will seek to have the CNI Deed cancelled under the Contractual Mistakes Act 1977, declared void pursuant to the common law and/or seek damages pursuant to the Contractual Remedies Act.  AlsoNgāti Manawa  will seek to have the land subject to the claims of Ngāti Manawa and the income derived from thatland held in trust pending resolution of the mana whenua of the lands.

The dealine for allocation was July 1, 2011

Ngāti Rēhua-Ngāti Wai ki Aotea Agreement in Principle

 

 Ngāti Rēhua-Ngāti Wai ki Aotea (Ngāti Rēhua) and the Crown have signed an Agreement in Principle to settle all outstanding historical Treaty of Waitangi claims.

 Ngāti Rēhua is a hapū of Ngāti Wai based on Aotea/Great Barrier Island with historical grievances relating to old land claims, early Crown purchases, pre-emption waiver purchases and prejudice arising from the operation and impact of native land laws.

The Agreement in Principle outlines a broad settlement package which includes historical, cultural, financial and commercial redress to settle the historical Treaty claims of Ngāti Rēhua. The agreement, signed on behalf of the Crown by Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples, includes financial redress of $4.6 million and a cultural redress that includes the transfer of part of Hirakimatā / Mt Hobson and Ōkiwi Recreation Reserve on Great Barrier Island, and the transfer and gift back of the Mokohinau Islands Scenic and Nature Reserve. Sites of significance within Rakitū Island Scenic Reserve will also be vested, subject to conditions including the protection of public access and the protection of conservation values.

 Ngāti Rēhua-Ngāti Wai ki Aotea (Ngāti Rēhua) and the Crown have signed an Agreement in Principle to settle all outstanding historical Treaty of Waitangi claims.  Ngāti Rēhua is a hapū of Ngāti Wai based on Aotea/Great Barrier Island with historical grievances relating to old land claims, early Crown purchases, pre-emption waiver purchases and prejudice arising from the operation and impact of native land laws.

 

The Agreement in Principle outlines a broad settlement package which includes historical, cultural, financial and commercial redress to settle the historical Treaty claims of Ngāti Rēhua. The agreement, signed on behalf of the Crown by Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples, includes financial redress of $4.6 million and a cultural redress that includes the transfer of part of Hirakimatā / Mt Hobson and Ōkiwi Recreation Reserve on Great Barrier Island, and the transfer and gift back of the Mokohinau Islands Scenic and Nature Reserve. Sites of significance within Rakitū Island Scenic Reserve will also be vested, subject to conditions including the protection of public access and the protection of conservation values.

Ngāti Rangiwewehi and Tapuika sign agreements in principle with Crown

Today at Parliament, Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson signed agreements in principle with representatives from Ngāti Rangiwewehi and Tapuika.

The agreements include financial redress of $6 million, a Crown apology for the grievances and the vesting of recreational and scenic reserves to each iwi.

The agreement includes agreed historical accounts and Crown acknowledgement of land and waterways significant to Ngāti Rangiwewehi and Tapuika.

No customary title before general election

Over the weekend Minister of Treaty Negiotitions: Chris Findlayson announced that no customary title will be awarded under the new Marine and Coastal Area Act before this year’s election.

Te Rarawa and Ngāti Pahauwera have already expressed their interest to the Government in negotiating customary title under the Marine and Coastal (Takutai Moana) Areas  Act which was passed in March..

Ngāti Manuhiri sign Deed of Settlement

Deed of Settlement signed with Ngāti Manuhiri

On Saturday May 21,2011  a Deed of Settlement for all historical Treaty claims was signed between Ngāti Manuhiri, and the Crown  at Omaha Marae in Pakiri.

The claims of Ngāti Manuhiri relate to the loss of land and the actions of the Crown, covering the eastern coastline from Whangaparoa/Orewa to Mangawhai, including Hauturu/Little Barrier Island.

 Ngāti Manuhiri has around 1200 members. The settlement includes commercial and financial redress worth $9 million, as well as the return of six culturally significant sites including 1.2 hectares of land on Little Barrier Island.

Little Barrier Island is of high cultural significance for Ngāti Manuhiri and was a permanent home for whānau until 1896 when the Crown passed legislation to compulsorily acquire the Island. It then forcibly evicted the residents. The island’s status as a nature reserve will continue.