- Shane Heremaia has been appointed Chief Executive of Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board. Mr Heremaia will commence a three-year term in January 2020.
- Dr Wayne Ngata has been appointed to the Tertiary Education Commission Board.
- Dr Nina Scott, Shelly Campbell, and Professor David Tipene-Leach have been appointed to the Cancer Control Agency Advisory Council.
- Te Wānanga o Raukawa will receive a one-off $10 million grant from the Government to partially address its Waitangi Tribunal Whakatupu Mātauranga Claim (WAI 2698). The wānanga claims the former performance based research funding model (PBRF) was disadvantageous to the wānanga as it did not support funding of Māori knowledge and Māori research methodologies.
- On Monday Roberta Little pleaded guilty to eight charges of dishonestly using a document and one charge of theft by a person in a special relationship. Ms Little is the former Principal of Te Kura o Waikaremoana and along with co accused Moana Shuttleworth, (former board of trustee parent representative), were found to have stolen circa $103,000 from the kura between 2015 and 2017. Ms Little was remanded on bail and will be sentenced in the Gisborne District Court in February 2020.
- Mere Mangu has publicly advised that she considers she is now the lawful Chairperson of Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi, following the resignation of Mr Sonny Tau. (Ms Mangu had been deputy and considers the rūnanga’s constitution stipulates the Deputy becomes Chair, if the Chair resigns.) She has indicated she expects to be challenged for the role, and that a review of services is now required.
- Arihia Bennett (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi) has been selected as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. Ms Bennett replaces Ngahiwi Tomoana.
- This week the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation, Megan Woods, announced the development of a multilingual language platform which will enable users to engage with technology in the language of their choice. The language platform will be first launched in Te Reo Māori. The project will receive funding of $13 million over 7 years.
- Our Marine Environment 2019
“The Māori relationship with te moana is based on whakapapa and a long history of people who were astronomers, scientists, ocean navigators, fishers, and regulators. Before colonisation, the Māori economy was based on fishing and a comprehensive trading system. Advanced fishing methods were used – some nets used at Maketu in the Bay of Plenty were up to 1,900 metres long. In addition, the people of Muriwhenua in the Far North identified and named hundreds of fishing grounds within 25 miles offshore, including seasonal descriptions and the species present (Waitangi Tribunal, 1988). As Treaty partners, Māori have a role as kaitiaki of te moana and mātaitai (fish or food obtained from the sea). Kaitiaki are guardians who carry out the act of tiaki and look after, protect, and conserve the resource or taonga; kaitiaki can be a human, animal, or a spiritual being. This role and the close relationships that Māori have with the moana are acknowledged by the Crown and reflected in Treaty settlements and post-settlement agreements.” (Page 9)
Last week the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand released a report on the status of the marine environment. It identifies four issues of concern: (i) our native marine species and habitats are under threat; (ii) our activities on land are polluting our marine environment; (iii) our activities at sea are affecting the marine environment; and (iv) climate change is affecting marine ecosystems, taonga species and us. This report is not specifically Māori-focused but will be of interest to Māori working in this area, with clear scientific data presented, and an exemplar around kuku. It is a sobering report. The report also acknowledges Māori views of the marine environment; as shown in the following text.
- Following Te Rūnanga-Ā-iwi O Ngāpuhi elections Rāniera (Sonny) Tau has retained the roles as Hauāuru Takiwā Trustee elect and chair for Te Rūnanga-Ā-iwi O Ngāpuhi.
- On Monday Pita Paraone (MNZM) died. Mr Paraone was a Member of Parliament (New Zealand First) between 2002 and 2008 and then between 2014 and 2017. E te rangatira, e moe; e moe i te manaakitanga o te wāhi ngaro.
- On Wednesday Tahu Potiki died. Mr Potiki was a former Chief Executive of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. E te rangatira, e moe; e moe i te manaakitanga o te wāhi ngaro.
- Last week Ngai Tūhoe signed a Relationship Agreement with Oranga Tamariki to work together when Ngai Tūhoe children become part of Oranga Tamariki services. We advise Oranga Tamariki have entered working agreements with Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Tahu and Waikato / Tainui.
- This week the National Iwi Chairs Forum was held in Hastings. This coincided with a hui session on indigenous trade, with representatives from Pasifika nations, North and South America, Asia and the Middle East.
- On Thursday Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced that from term 1 of 2020, the Government will fund a trial daily school lunch programme for the students of 30 primary and intermediate schools (including kura). The trial schools will be a mix of rural and urban schools with high levels of disadvantage located across the Bay of Plenty/Waiariki and Hawkes Bay / Tairawhiti regions. As the 2020 year progresses other schools in these areas will be invited to join the trial. The free school lunch programme was announced at the launch of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. We will review the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy next week in Pānui E31/2019.
- This week Stephen Henare was sentenced at the Auckland High Court to five years and two months’ imprisonment on five counts of ‘theft by person in special relationship’ and one count of ‘attempting to pervert the course of justice’. Mr Henare and his sister, Margaret Dixon, while in their roles as trustees, stole circa $1 million from the Parengarenga 3G Trust. In July Mrs Dixon was sentenced to 12 months home dentition and ordered to pay $5,000 in reparations.
|Notice of the Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the year ending 30 June 2019.
The AGM will take place on 27 September 2019 at the Rutherford Hotel in Nelson, , starting 10:00am. Please find the full notice here.
 Rewiti Pomare Kingi Paraone.
Appointments and Awards
- Rangimarie Hunia (Ngāti Whātua) has been appointed Chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana (Māori Fisheries Trust).
- Matanuku Mahuika (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Raukawa) has been appointed to the Callaghan Innovation Board.
- This week Oranga Tamariki published information on the number of tamariki who had experienced some type of harm while in the care of the service. In the quarter January to March 2019, 154 harm incidents were identified and 103 children were found to be harmed – an astounding 76% of these related to Māori tamariki. In short, the number of tamariki Māori with findings of harm while in care is proportionately greater than the number of tamariki Māori in care or custody (59%).
- Last week the deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters, and the Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, announced the Māori Wardens will receive $3.75 million over three years for training and capacity building (ref E18/ 2019).
- This week Māori Television apologised to Donna Hall and Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie for the broadcasting of and publishing of an unfounded story concerning allegations of conflict between Donna Hall, Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie and the New Zealand Māori Council Executive. The broadcast and publication occurred on 3 August 2015
The Federation of Māori Authorities (FoMA) National Conference and Annual General Meeting 2019 will be held in Nelson 27 and 28 September 2019. Go to https://www.fomaevents.org.nz/event1_2 for more information
- Justice Joseph Victor Williams (Ngāti Pūkenga and Te Arawa (Waitaha, Tapuika) has been appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court.
- Jamie Tuuta ((Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama, Te Ati Awa,Taranaki Tuturu) has been appointed Chair of the New Zealand Tourism Board (known as Tourism New Zealand)
- This week Statistics NZ advised that due to Census 2018 information being incomplete, it will not be able to produce data on iwi affiliations (when it finally does release census data). This has caused some anguish from various Māori leaders and commentators, as this data is used in a variety of ways, not least of which is to confirm iwi size for Treaty settlement purposes. In our view, while Statistics NZ obviously cannot undo past poor work, it can and probably should do further surveying in this area so that iwi have a sense of the scale of the issues they are working with. For example, iwi groups developing education plans need to know how many, and where their tamariki are within the schooling system.
- Applications are now open for the annual Te Wai Māori Trust – Wai Ora Fund. The purpose of the fund is to assist Iwi and Māori to promote and advance freshwater fisheries development, research and education. The fund value is $250,000. Applications close 5 June 2018.
- This week Ngahiwi Tomoana (Ngāti Kahungunu) has been re-elected as chairman of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Mr Tomoana has declared that this will be his final term as chairman.
- This week Nuk Korako, a former Chair of the Māori Affairs Select Committee under the last Government, gave his valedictory speech with his retirement from Parliament. Below is a pertinent extract from his kōrero
“I want to turn to our Māori people, because I believe it is time to switch your political allegiance back to yourself, to your own tino rakatirataka. The political tribalism of saying we only vote for the party is not doing us any favours. You must demand on every politician that walks across your marae ātea that they show you the proof of their commitment to working hard for you before you give them your vote, because talk is cheap, whānau. Actions, ringa raupā—the callused hands—those are what spoke loudly to our conservative tīpuna, and it is time to demand politicians show you their calloused hands, their ringa raupā, as evidence of what they have achieved for you.”
Nuk Korako, 1 May 2019
- On Tuesday the Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, announced that the Lemuel Te Urupu Whānau Trust of Raupunga will receive investment funding of $1.2 million to construct five papakāinga houses.
- This week hearings for the Wai 2660 Marine and Coastal Area Act Inquiry were held in Wellington. This Inquiry addresses two main questions:
- To what extent, if at all, are the MACA Act and Crown policy and practice inconsistent with the Treaty in protecting the ability of Māori holders of customary marine and coastal area rights to assert and exercise those rights? And;
- Do the procedural arrangements and resources provided by the Crown under the MACA Act prejudicially affect Māori holders of customary marine and coastal area rights in Treaty terms when they seek recognition of their rights?
- Ngāi Tahu Property, Queenstown Lakes District Council and KiwiBuild have partnered to build a community of 300+ homes in Queenstown. The first homes are expected to be completed in 2022.
- On Thursday the Hastings District Council (HDC) voted ten to four in favour of appointing non-elected members of its Māori Joint Committee to the council’s other standing committees. The appointees will have full voting rights.
- Kristy Maria Roa, (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura), Tumoanakotore-i-Whakairioratia Harrison-Boyd, (Ngati Porou) and Taane-nui-a-Rangi Rotoatara Hubbard (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pahauwera, Tainui, Ngāti Pakapaka, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāi Tūhoe) have been named finalist for the 2019 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award. The winner will be announced on 24 May.
- Te Kōwhatu Tū Moana Trust has entered into an agreement with the New Plymouth District Council, signalling their shared intent to work together within the Waitara community. This precedes the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Act, which comes into effect on Sunday, creating new provisions for the sale of Waitara endowment land. (Pānui 44/2018 refers.)
- On Monday the Secretary to the Treasury, Gabriel Makhlouf, announced The Treasury’s new Te Reo name is now ‘Te Tai Ōhanga’. This reflects the wider focus on wellbeing that Treasury now has.
- This week closing submissions for stage one of the Waitangi Tribunal, ‘Māori Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry’, were presented. This inquiry (WAI 2475) is one of the Tribunal’s major kaupapa inquires, meaning it is considered of national significance and impacts widely on Māori.
- The 2019 Māori Fisheries Conference will take place on Wednesday 27 March, at the Novotel Hotel Auckland International Airport. The conference theme is ‘Te hā o Tangaroa kia ora ai tāua’- the breath of Tangaroa sustains us.
- This week in Parliament Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, expressed her continued confidence in two New Zealand First Cabinet ministers, namely the Minister for Regional Economic Development, Shane Jones, (Te Aupōuri, Ngāi Takoto) and Minister of Defence and Minister for Veteran Affairs, Ron Marks, (Ngāti Kahungunu). Both have been accused by opposition parties of separately misusing their Ministerial warrants in one way or another.
- Last week the Māori Affairs Committee has reported back to Parliament on the Ngāti Rangi Claims Settlement Bill – they recommend it be passed, with some amendments. This week the Bill completed its second Parliamentary reading.
- On Wednesday Green Party Co-leader, Marama Davis, received the Petition from the Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) campaign. The group is against a housing development going ahead at Ihumātao (Mangare), because they consider it is their traditional land that contains historic urupa. Marama Davis has advised she has written to the Prime Minister asking for the development to be halted.
 The data is from the period 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2016. We have used the present tense as it is the most up to-date research in this area, and there is no indication anything as changed.
While the big national policy matter this week is tax reform, in Māori policy the heavy-weight items that landed were the Whānau Ora review and separately the finalised Maihi Karauna (Crown Māori Language Strategy).
The Crown’s long overdue Māori language strategy was finally released on Thursday at Te Matatini by Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden. Our review of this strategy is provided on page 2 (access subscriber only). Using our standard assessment rubric we consider it of marginal quality in that is reads as partially effective in issue and goal identification, but does have some gaps in analytics. Most prominently, this strategy is not about new, deep water navigation: it’s a ‘keep it steady, and stay close to shore’ approach for Te Reo revitalisation. We advise more than that is needed, and note despite the various goal and outcome statements, no new investment to achieve anything different is attached.
The Whānau Ora review was commissioned in May last year. The result is this 100+ page report which essentially reaches the view that, despite there not being enough time yet to be assured of the durability of outcomes, overall Whānau Ora works as it should; and therefore Government ought to gear up to establish more commissioning agencies, and provide more funding to the initiative. Issues around service fit (i.e. dealing with crisis matters rather than being focused on enabling whānau), and deficiencies in State sector support are saliently noted. Our fuller review is provided from page 6 (access subscriber only), with our overall conclusion being that it’s a good report, but still needs policy work to really address the questions that prompted a review in the first place. That is, the report is a positive service performance review, but is not a reflective review of overall service design.
As noted, tax is the main economic issue being discussed this week; with the release of the second and final report of the Government’s Tax Working Group. There is much discussion on the rights and wrongs of capital gains tax by political and media commenters, and this issue has a whole second volume report attached. In the main report, however, there is clear consideration of Māori worldviews, and a considered view on the taxation of Māori land is given. Retaining and improving the current Māori land tax regime – 17.5% on returns – is recommended. Further, resolving Māori rights and interests in freshwater is seen as a prerequisite step for any water tax too. Our review covers these matters, refer to page 9. (access subscriber only)
- On Wednesday Michelle Hippolite (Waikato, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki) announced her resignation as Chief Executive of Te Puni Kōkiri. Ms Hippolite will officially step down in July.
- John Tamihere (Ngāti Porou, Whakatohea, Tainui) has announced he will stand as a candidate for the 2019 Auckland mayoralty elections. Nominations open July 19 and voting runs from 20 September to 12 October.
- Applications for the 2019 Sir Āpirana Ngata Memorial Scholarship are open. The scholarship is managed by Te Tumu Paeroa on behalf of the Māori Soldiers Trust. The scholarships are open to all Māori studying at tertiary level polytechnic, wānanga, university or other tertiary institutions – with preference given to descendants of Māori who served overseas during World War I. Each scholarship is valued between $1,000 – $3,000.
Applications close 1 May 2019.
- Kararaina Cribb has stepped down as the Chief Executive of Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust.
Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill Third Reading Completed
- On Tuesday the third reading of the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill was completed in Parliament. This Bill amends the Misuse of Drugs Act, allowing for the use of cannabis-based products for people with a terminal illness or people in palliative care, and to legalize and regulate medical cannabidiol (CBD) products.
Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill Committee Stage Completed
- On Wednesday the Committee stage for the Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill was completed. The purpose of this bill is to amend the Psychoactive Substances Act 2015 to increase the penalty for selling or supplying psychoactive substances that are not approved products. Critics of this bill believe that increasing penalties will only serve to increase the size of the prison population, and a holistic approach is required if drug use and the associated harm is to be reduced. We advise in 2016 Māori received 42% of all drug convictions, therefore increasing the maximum prison sentence is likely to impact Māori individuals and whānau disproportionally.
- Last Friday the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce published a report entitled Our Schooling Futures: Stronger Together Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini. Pānui will review this report early in 2019.
- On Monday the sixth annual ‘Child Poverty Monitor Technical Report’ was released by Otago University. This work is of interest given the large number of tamariki Māori living in poverty – which we calculate to be circa 90,000, based on Ministry of Social Development research (Pānui 37/2018 refers). Pānui will review this report early in 2019.
Ngā Rohe Moana o Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Porou Bill (No 2) Second Reading Completed
- Last Thursday the second reading of Ngā Rohe Moana o Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Porou Bill (No 2)was completed in Parliament and referred to the Māori Select Committee. This bill gives effect to a deed of agreement between the hapū o Ngāti Porou and the Crown in relation to the legal expression, protection, and recognition of mana of their marine and foreshoreareas.
Ngāti Tūwharetoa Claims Settlement Bill Third Reading Completed
- On Thursday the third reading of the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Claims Settlement Bill was completed. The settlement includes $25 million of commercial redress, and $4 million of cultural redress, including the transfer of 32 sites of significance to the iwi (along with an historic account and Crown apology). A unique feature of this settlement is that there will also be the establishment of the Tongariro Trout Hatchery and Freshwater Ecology Centre Trust, which will be co-managed by Ngāti Tūwharetoa, the Minister of Conservation and the Tongariro National Trout Centre Society. www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/ngati-tuwharetoa/
- On Wednesday Te Puni Kōkiri published a report entitled Section 8I – A report on the progress made in the implementation of recommendations made to the Crown by the Waitangi Tribunal. Pānui will review this report early in 2019.
- Jenny Lee-Morgan (Waikato, Ngāti Mahuta) has been appointed Professor of Māori Research, Unitec Institute of Technology.
- Liz Te Amo (Te Arawa – Waitaha, Tūhourangi, Tapuika, Ngāti Moko) has been appointed Chief Executive of Miro Limited Partnership (a berry company owned by a grouping of Māori land trusts).
- Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Koata) has been appointed to the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council.
- Linda Tuhīwai Smith (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou) has been named the inaugural recipient of the Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga and Royal Society Te Apārangi, Te Puawaitanga Award. The award is an acknowledgement of Ms Tuhiwai Smith’s contribution to Te Ao Māori and to Māori and Indigenous knowledge.
- This week the finalist for the inaugural Primary Industries Good Employer Awards were named. Finalist include:
- Employee Development – Kevin and Kylie Ihaka (Forest Protection Services);
- Safe And Healthy Work Environments – Kevin Ihaka (Forest Protection Services); Michelle Cherrington (Moana New Zealand);
- Māori Agribusiness – Miraka; Zac Te Ahuru (Ruapehu Agricultural Developments Ltd); Aaron Kurei (Te Kaha Gold Spraying Limited).
- Last Wednesday Sir Ngātata Love died, aged 81 years.
- On Thursday, the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced that Ngāpuhi are now ready to vote on the treaty settlement evolved mandate proposal. Details on the voting process will be made available from the following website at 5pm today govt.nz/ngapuhi.
- Ezekiel Raui (Te Rarawa) will receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Award on Tuesday 26 June at Buckingham Palace, London. The award recognises Mr Raui’s leadership and programme development in the field of youth mental health and suicide prevention.
- Kimberly Maxwell (Whakatōhea, Te Whanau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāitai, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) has been awarded a Ministry for Primary Industries Postgraduate Science Scholarship. Ms Maxwell is completing a PhD in Marine Biology at Victoria University of Wellington. The scholarship value is up to $50,000.
- Rachel Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka) and Melissa Derby (Ngāti Ranginui) have been awarded a Fulbright Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate scholarship. This scholarship will support the recipients to undertake one year of postgraduate study/ research in indigenous development at a United States university.
- This week the Minister of Forestry, Shane Jones, and his Associate Minister, Meka Whaitiri, launched a new scholarship programme to support Māori and/or female students seeking to enroll in the Bachelor of Forestry Science, or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering, at the University of Canterbury. The scholarships provides $8,000 a year for 4 years, and a paid internship within the forestry sector. Four scholarships will be awarded for the 2019 academic year.
- Ministers Eugenie Sage and David Clark have granted a water bottling application made under the Overseas Investment Act; which will allow a foreign company to purchase land to expand an existing bottling plant at Otakiri Springs, near Whakatane. The decision is controversial given the Green Party campaigned against such uses of New Zealand water, and because there were some iwi views of concern expressed in the consenting process – but also some iwi views in support. No associated iwi, however, elected to submit earlier on the consenting applications, although these were notified.
- Hemo Kerewai Thompson pleaded guilty to an additional 99 fraud charges last week. Ms Thompson is the former finance manager of Raukura Waikato Social Services Trust (RSST). In March she pleaded guilty to 67 charges of ‘Theft in a Special Relationship’ and one charge of ‘Obtaining by Deception’. From November 2010 to February 2015 Ms Thompson obtained circa $175,000 from RSST disguising the activity as expenditure. The Trust was placed into liquidation in 2016. Ms Thompson has been granted bail and is scheduled for sentencing at the Hamilton District Court on 19 July 2018.
- Last week the Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta announced two new housing collaborations in the Northland region Ōtangarei Papakāinga and He Korowai Trust rent-to-own home ownership model. Ōtangarei Papakāinga Limited will build four community-based transitional homes, a home for a support worker, and central whare in the Whangārei suburb of Ōtangarei. The development aims to support and transition 16 families per year into long-term housing. He Korowai Trust will receive $900,000 towards an affordable rent-to-own home ownership project. The rent-to-own project will assist eight low income families into home ownership.
- Ngāi Te Rangi iwi members are continuing protests over the possible signing of a Deed of Settlement between the Crown and the Hauraki iwi collective settlement. The protest group is of the view that the Hauraki iwi collective has no Treaty rights within the Tauranga area, and should not gain a seat of representation on the Tauranga Moana Governance Group. (The incoming governance group has four seats for Tauranga Moana iwi, one seat for the iwi of Hauraki, and five seats for local government representatives.) The responsible Minister, Andrew Little, has delayed signing the Deed over the last few weeks, to allow iwi-to-iwi discussions to be held.
Appointments and Awards
- The following New Zealand Honours and Queen’s Service awards were conferred to Māori, or people giving services to Māori, on 04 June 2018.
To be a Knights Companion of the said Order:
Mr Hekenukumai Busby, ONZM, MBE, of Kaitaia. For services to Māori.
Mr John Edward Rowles, OBE, of Auckland. For services to entertainment.
To be Officers of the said Order:
Mr Philip Alexander Te-Aorangi Bell, of Auckland. For services to music.
Mrs Christine Barney Arihia Brears, of Taumarunui. For services to Māori and health.
Ms Timua Te Puhi Kai Ariki Brennan, of Rotorua. For services to music and Māori performing arts.
Mr Matutaera Te Nana Clendon, of Auckland. For services to Māori.
Ms Briar Grace-Smith, of Paraparaumu. For services to theatre, film and television.
Mrs Carol Ann Ngawati, of Tauranga. For services to sport, education and Māori.
Mr Desma Kemp Ratima, JP, of Hastings. For services to Māori.
Archdeacon Tikituterangi Raumati, of Urenui. For services to Māori and the community.
To be Members of the said Order:
Ms Ainsley Amohaere Gardiner, of Whakatane. For services to film and television.
Dr Sharon Ellen Barcello Gemmell, JP, of Blenheim. For services to Māori and education.
Ms Gabrielle Ann Huria, of Christchurch. For services to Māori and governance.
Mrs Laura Tui Mariu, of Auckland. For services to rugby league.
Ms Rebecca Elizabeth Mellish, of Featherston. For services to Māori and governance.
Ms Christine Rewa Panapa, of Tuakau. For services to sport and Māori.
Mr Millan Tame Ruka, of Whangarei. For services to conservation.
To be Companions of the said Order:
Mr Leith Pirika Comer, of Rotorua. For services to Māori, the State and local government.
Mr Stewart Bull, of Invercargill. For services to conservation and Māori.
Mr Raymond Kopuraehana Coffin, of Te Kuiti. For services to the Māori Wardens Association.
Mrs Irene Eva Hiriwa Curnow, of Tauranga. For services to Māori and education.
Mr Hatete Joe Manukau, JP, of Katikati. For services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the community.
Mr Richard Henry Shepherd, JP, of Whangarei. For services to Māori and the community.
Te Pūnaha Hihiko, Vision Mātauranga Round 6 Funding (announced 7 June 2018)
|AgResearch Limited||Growth of a banana industry – rapid expansion of commercial Banana growing in Tārawhiti||Tai Pukenga Limited||$93,455|
|Whakamana mā pahekotanga: Empowerment through collaboration||Tawapata South Incorporation (trading as Onenui Station), Paroa Trust||$100,000|
|Transition mapping of Ngāti Porou food and fibre products to novel value chains||Pakihiroa Farms Ltd||$75,000|
|Te Oranganui o Ngāti Pāhauwera – lifting the well-being of Ngāti Pāhauwera through collective land and people development||Ngāti Pāhauwera Development Trust Ltd||$100,000|
|The BHU Future Farming Centre||Maara Kai and food science capacity expansion with Koukourārata, Ōnuku, Rāpaki, & Wairewa Rūnanga and Ngāi Tahu||Te Runanga o Koukourarata, Te Runanga o Onuku, Te Runanga o Rapaki, Te Runanga o Wairewa, Lincoln University, Plant & Food Research||$180,000|
|Bryce-Hare Whānau Trust||KINAKI – Tūhoe Medicinal Food Blends||AgResearch||$100,000|
|CRL Energy Limited||Resin impregnated training and research materials for pounamu industry||Ngati Waewae||$100,000|
|Hokotehi Moriori Trust||Towards Co-development – What does a sustainable Chatham Islands look like?||Te Ara Pūtaiao (Māori collective for the Crown Research Institutes)||$100,000|
|Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited||Mahika kai he pou hereka tākata, haere ake nei, haere ake nei: The validation of a food safety framework for mahinga kai||Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu||$180,000|
|E Rere te Wai e, Pupū Ake te Matauranga e: A Convergence of Maori and Western Water Knowledge Systems||Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu||$100,000|
|Te Wai Tuku Kiri, Te Wai Tuku Hā||Te Pā o Rākaihautū||$100,000|
|‘Tēnei te Tauira ka Whakapiki, Tēnei a Pūhoro Ka Whakakake ki Te Ao Mārama’||Pūhoro STEM Academy||$100,000|
|He Ao Hou, He Ātea Hou – Engaging and Preserving our Histories into the Future||Ngāti Rangithi||$75,000|
|GNS Science||Kaitiakitanga of geothermal ecosystems through joint scientific and Mātauranga-a-iwi approaches||Ngati Tahu-Ngati Whaoa Runanga Trust||$85,700|
|Kaupapa Taiao Trust||Kaupapa Taiao Tai Poutini- Establishing new Matauranga/Science Research||Te Papa||$180,000|
|Mahaanui Kurataiao Limited||He whakatō i ngā kākano o te kaitiakitanga||Te Pā o Rākaihautū||$100,000|
|Massey University||Whenua Tipu – Transformation of Māori Agribusiness and the Fourth Industrial Revolution||Opepe Farm Trust||$100,000|
|A mātauranga Māori code of practice for flood management||Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust||$100,000|
|National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd||Ngā tākapu ruku moana o Ngāti Awa||Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa||$180,000|
|Ngā Taonga Waimātaitai o Murihiku – Co-developing Culturally Appropriate Approaches to Improve Estuarine Mahinga Kai Management||Te Rūnaka o Ōraka-Aparima||$100,000|
|Nga Uri O Te Ngahere Trust||The Torere Integrated Land Management programme||AgResearch, Plant & Food Research, Torere Section 64 Inc, Ngaitai Iwi Authority, Torere Section 14, Torere Section 56, Karearea Farm||$100,000|
|Onuku Runanga Incorporated||Science connections between Ngāi Tarewa (Akaroa) and Opus Consultancy for regional prosperity (Amiria Wharf)||Opus Consulting Ltd||$100,000|
|Rakiura Titi Islands Administering Body / Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu||He tītī huatahi: Utilising tītī by-products and adding value to mahinga kai||Callaghan Innovation||$100,000|
|Scion||Te Arawa Climate Change Strategy: Te Urunga o Kea||Te Arawa Lakes Trust||$98,000|
|Takiwa Limited||Ahuwhenua Tairawhiti – GIS Connections for Māori Land-Innovation||Kahuitara A2E2B3 Inc, Puhunga Trust A12A Trust, PuhungaA9C Trust, Waitakaro Trust, PuhungaA9B3B2B Trust, Waipaoa 1A2, Ngamoe A8C, Kokai A3D2, Waitangi Y2B1; Kaimoho A1 Land Incorporation||$100,000|
|Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi Trust||He taonga te manu, he tohu te manu: Reconnecting Nga i Te Rangi as mana whenua of Motuotau to advance kaitiakitanga||Massey University||$100,000|
|Te Tihi o Ruahine Whanau Ora Alliance Charitable Trust||A Participatory Design Approach to Developing Gamified Tools to Support Whānau Ora using Te Ara Whānau Ora as the pathway – Extending the reach and effectiveness of a proven whanau-centred wellbeing approach||Massey University||$100,000|
|The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited||Advancing culture and husbandry technology for yellowbelly flounder through mātauranga Māori||Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki||$180,000|
|Ngāti Porou Miere – Delivering Science in the East Cape||Ngāti Porou Miere||$180,000|
|Māori Tourism Hononga||New Zealand Maori Tourism-He Toa Takitini||$100,000|
|University of Auckland||He waka hourua ki te ao kei mua – Mātauranga and Science engagement framework||Mahaanui Kurataiao Limited||$100,000|
|Wakatu Incorporation||Reconnecting Whānau to Whenua: Designing the appropriate protection and utilisation of Indigenous Organisms in Te Tau Ihu||Aroha Mead||$100,000|
|Scientific Validation of Traditional Rongoā Knowledge in Te Tau Ihu||Edible Research Ltd||$100,000|
|Whai Maia Charitable Trust 1||Ngāti Whātua Orākei Kahui Rangahau : Connecting Maori with Science Providers||Te Pūnaha Matatini (University of Auckland Centre of Research Excellence), Monash University||$100,000|
- Gina Solomon (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kuri), Dr Charlotte Severne (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāi Tūhoe) and Henare Walker have been appointed to the Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group. The Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group will initially focus on supporting Te Uru Rākau (New Zealand Forestry Service) to deliver the One Billion Trees planting programme.
- Margaret Dixon pleaded guilty earlier this month to three charges of ‘theft by person in special relationship’ under the Crimes Act at the Auckland District Court. Mrs Dixon stole money from the Parengarenga 3G Trust. Her brother, Stephen Henare, is also facing related allegations. Mrs Dixon is scheduled to reappear in the Auckland District Court for sentencing in July.
- Shaun Keenan – former CEO of Ngāti Te Whiti Whenua Topu Trust – pleaded guilty in the New Plymouth District Court to 49 charges related to the theft of circa $630,000 from the Trust. Concerns were raised in 2016 when the Trust failed to produce the financials for an audit. Mr Keenan has also pleaded not guilty to eight other charges.
- Following reviews and comment concerning the downgrading of Vote: Māori Development in this year’s Budget (within Pānui and in the media), the responsible Minister Nanaia Mahuta has responded, indicating that she is attempting to rebuild Te Puni Kōkiri, after ‘years of neglect by the former Government’. She notes in particular a reliance on contractors. However, it is difficult to see how her comments stack up as practical actions – in dollar terms even outside of Cabinet the last Minister – Te Ururoa Flavell – was able to increase the investment in Māori Development. Given that we are unconvinced that a re-growth plan for Te Puni Kōkiri and Vote: Māori Development has been set out in the Budget, or in any other documentation. Rather, with the Office of Treaty Settlements slowly growing, and the new Office Crown/Māori Relations now in place (also located within the Ministry of Justice), it appears Te Puni Kōkiri is being moved increasingly to the fringes of policy relevance, at an even faster pace.
- One media outlet is reporting that Sir Toby Curtis and Maanu Paul have requested the Crown suspend payments to the Te Arawa River Trust (TARIT), given financial concerns. The Chief Executive of the trust, Eugene Berryman-Kamp, however, has indicated matters of concern have been investigated by an external accounting consultancy, and shared with appropriate trustees, but that the information is not available for others to review (such as Mr Curtis and Mr Paul). The matters are understood to relate to investments in New Zealand Premium Whitebait.
[By way of further background, there have been previous calls for the accounts of TARIT to be reviewed, in relation to other matters, and at present the Chair of the Trust, Roger Pikia, is listed as under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. Background information on this matter is provided in Pānui edition 1/2017.]
- In addition to the above matter, Mr Maanu Paul may also be challenging the election process of the New Zealand Māori Council. Mr Paul was the incumbent representative for the Mataatua District Māori Council, but the Council Chair, Sir Taihakurei Durie, says it has held new elections and the position is now held by Nika Rua. However, Mr Paul considers those elections invalid, and maintains that he is the representative. This situation reflects past joshing between Sir Taihakurei and Mr Paul over the chairperson of the organisation. Given their past histories, future legal proceedings on this matter would not be surprising. (Pānui 27/2017 provides further background to these matters.)
- Last weekend voting for the referendum to establish Māori Electorate Wards closed. The proposals were defeated across all five councils where such referendum were held. This will please the lobbying group, Hobson’s Choice, who ran campaigns in each region against the establishment of Māori wards. The vote results were:
- Kaikoura District Council; (80% of those who voted against)
- Manawatu District Council (70% of those who voted against);
- Western Bay of Plenty District Council; (70% of those who voted against);
- Palmerston North City Council (68% of those who voted against); and
- Whakatane District Council; (55% of those who voted against).
- As previously advised, in our assessment the current legislative framework is deficient because it disadvantages Māori by virtue of being a minority population. That is, any vote to not establish a Māori ward will be determined by a majority, which means Māori seeking a Māori ward are entirely reliant on non-Māori support for this. For these elections such support was not forthcoming. Because of this, we agree with the recommendation of the 2013 Constitutional Review Panel, that a consistent and national approach to Māori representation at local government level is required. We have provided this advice for some time, but note it is only now, with a change of Government, that Local Government New Zealand has also decided to advocate for this too. (We note their former President, Lawrence Yule, left his role in order to become a National Party MP, the political party which enacted the current arrangements.)
- On Wednesday the New Zealand Spinal Cord Injury Registry (NZSCIR) published its inaugural annual report for 2016 – 2017. The NZSCIR collects data for traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injuries. The report shows that Māori have a higher incidence of traumatic injuries (28% of all traumatic injuries) than non-traumatic injuries (8%).
- Te Puni Kōkiri and the Department of Internal Affairs have introduced Oranga Marae, a service and fund which replaces the former Lottery Marae Heritage and Facilities Fund (LMHF).
 Traumatic injuries are caused by an abrupt impact to the spine which results in damage to one or more vertebrae, or severing of the spinal cord, non-traumatic injuries are the result of slow internal damage to the spinal cord
Appointments and Awards
- Kingi Kiriona (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Apa) has been appointed to the Māori Television board.
- The Department of Conservation re-opened the nomination process for 45 Conservation Board members. This follows a statement by Minister Eugenie Sage, that the boards need to reflect the diverse communities they service. (I.e. clearly the Minister is seeking greater gender and ethnic diversity on these boards.) Nominations now close on 14 April. See link below.
- Miro Limited Partnership (which is a grouping of Māori land trusts) has entered into a joint venture with Plant and Food Research to breed new high value berry varieties, such as blueberries. The new berries will be grown, harvested, and sold by Miro, with support from BerryCo NZ. To do this Miro landowners plan to develop circa 20 hectares of orchards over the next 12 months, where the berries will be grown in tunnel houses.
- Next month ‘The Moko Foundation’ will send a delegation of 12 rangatahi (youth) to New York to attend a United Nations Indigenous forum, focused on collective rights to lands, territories and resources. Dr Lance O’ Sullivan is the founder of the foundation, and will be a guest speaker at the forum.
- This week the Minister for Crown/Māori Relations, Kelvin Davis, publicly announced a series of public hui will be held to receive input onto the proposed scope of his portfolio. Subscribers will recall last week’s Pānui provided a detailed briefing on this matter, including the proposal to Cabinet to filter all major Crown/Māori interactions through this new office (within the Ministry of Justice). Pānui 8/2018 provides details. The consultation hui schedule is provided below, and interested parties are encouraged to RSVP to:
|Location||Day and Date||Venue|
|Kaitaia||Sat 7 April, 8.30am||Kaitaia College, Redan Rd, Kaitaia|
|Whangarei||Sun 8 April, 11.00am||Terenga Paraoa Marae, 10 Porowini Ave, Morningside, Whangarei|
|Nelson||Sat 14 April, 10.30am||Tahuna Function Centre, 70 Beach Rd, Tahunanui, Nelson|
|Christchurch||Sun 15 April, 11.30am||Ngā hau e wha Marae, 250 Pages Rd, Aranui, Christchurch|
|Gisborne||Sat 21 April, 10.00am||Manutuke Marae, 73A Whakato Rd, Manutuke 4072|
|Hastings||Sun 22 April, 10.00am||Omahu Marae, 1857 State Highway 50, Fernhill, Hastings|
|Thames||Sat 28 April, 3.00pm||Mataiwhetu Marae, 12 Ngati Maru Highway, Kopu|
|Hamilton||Sat 28 April||(time and location to be confirmed)|
|Rotorua||Sun 29 April, 11.00am||Te Papaiouru Marae, Mataiawhea Street, Ohinemutu|
|Whanganui||Fri 4 May, 2.00pm||Whanganui Function Centre, 19 Purnell st, Whanganui|
|New Plymouth||Sat 5 May, 11.00am||Owae Marae (Manukorihi Pa), 16 North Street, Waitara|
|Auckland||Sun 6 May, 10am||Nga Whare Wātea, 31 Calthorp Cl, Favona, Auckland|
|Wellington||Thurs 10 May, 4.30pm||Nau mai room, Te Puni Kōkiri, 143 Lambton Quay|
|Invercargill||Sat 12 May, 9.30am||Murihiku Marae, 408 Tramway Rd, Heidelberg, Invercargill|