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News summary 14 December 2018 Edition 44

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.

Treaty Matters

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).

E37 Salient Māori News Items to 26 October 2018

  • 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.


Edition 20, Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 15 June 2018

  • 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.


Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 8 June Edition 19/2018

  • 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)

Organisation Project Partners Funding
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


Māori News Items for the Week to 25 May 2018 edition 17


  • 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.[1] 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).


[1] 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

Salient Māori News Items for the Week Ending 23 March 2018 Edition 9.

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

Panui Edition 5 – Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 23 February 2018

Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 23 February 2018

  • New Zealander of the Year Awards were held last night; two Māori were honoured:
    • Kim Workman (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne), Senior New Zealander of the Year, for public advocacy, policy and research focused on justice sector reforms [E te karanga pāpā, ka nui te mihi ki a koe nā tō whanau]; and
    • Ricky Houghton (Te Paatu, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Whātua) New Zealand Local Hero of the Year for housing relief and support initiatives for communities in the Far North.
  • Whetu Fala and Te Rau Kupenga have been appointed to the Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision Board.
  • Ōnuku Māori Lands Trust (Rotorua) and the Māwhera Incorporation have been announced as the finalists for this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy (which has a dairy sector focus).
  • Māori Party members elected Che Wilson as the party’s new president; and Te Ururoa Flavell and Kapua Smith were elected co-vice presidents. No new party leader has been named as yet.
  • Bill English has resigned as the leader of the National Party, sparking a leadership race. In addition, the National Party has decided to vote on the position of Deputy Leader (currently held by Hon Paula Bennett). Simon Bridges (Ngāti Maniapoto) has announced his candidacy for the position of leader, along with four other contenders. He joins other Mārama Davidson of the Green Party as another Māori MP with leadership aspirations.
  • Applications for the Ministry of Health Hauora Māori Scholarships 2018 are now open. This year 520 scholarships across 11 categories will be awarded. Scholarship applications close 28 March 2018. https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/populations/maori-health/hauora-maori-scholarships-2018/scholarship-categories
  • Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated have launched a low priced funeral package for Iwi members through an agreement with Simplicity Bereavement Services, Hastings. The package is designed to reduce the financial burden of funerals for registered iwi members.

[1] Underlining added.

Awards and Appointments – 05 May 2017 (edition 14/2017)

  • Suzanne Ellison (Ngāi Tahu) has been reappointed as a board member of Creative New Zealand (also known as the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa).
  • The Minister for Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell, has announced winners of the DreamBig Māori social media competition. The winners are Alice Dimond, Arwen Solomon, Hayward Te Huia, Josiah Komene, Alicia Kapa, and Jordana Pointon-Haimona.

Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 21 October 2016 (edition 37/2016)


  • The Minister for Social Development, Anne Tolley, has indicated that Cabinet has agreed to revised policy in regards to state care, raising the age from 17 up to 21, with transition support and advice available up to 25. This will benefit Māori in particular, who are the largest users of state care services.
  • Hekia Parata, Minister for Education, has announced she will not stand for re-election in next year’s general election.
  • The Salvation Army has released a report on the engagement of young people in education, training and employment. We are reviewing the report and will advise further in Pānui 38/2016.
  • The Government has released benefit statistics for the quarter to 30 September 2016. Further details will be provided in Pānui 38/2016.

Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 30 September 2016 (edition 34/2016)


  • Last week Ngāti Ruanui and the lobby group Kiwis Against Seabed Mining presented a petition of 6,000 people to Green Party Member of Parliament, Gareth Hughes. The petition seeks a moratorium on seabed mining, and is a result of Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd advising they have resubmitted an application for a seabed mining consent off the Taranaki coast.

By way of background, Trans-Tasman Resources seeks to mine 50 million tonnes of the seabed per year for twenty years, in order to extract iron ore.  Its 2014 application was declined by the Environmental Protection Authority.  The new application is said to be much the same, except for 40 pages of redacted information which interested parties can only access after signing a confidentiality agreement.  Mr Hughes will now table the petition in Parliament.  Pānui 30/2016 provides details.

  • The Māori Women’s Welfare League held its annual conference in Auckland this week. One agenda item that has been raised in the media is a financial dispute of circa $30,000 between the national executive and the Manurewa branch of the organisation.
  • Last week Parliament voted down – at its first reading – a bill from Green Party Member, Catherine Delahunty, to exempt Māori freehold land from being acquirable by the Crown via the Public Works Act. This followed a petition signed by 4,814 people seeking this law change which was tabled in Parliament earlier this month.  We note the proposed amendment followed the high profile case in which the Land Transport Agency (unsuccessfully) sought the compulsory sale of whenua from Patricia Grace and her whānau, to build the Kapiti Expressway (Pānui 9/2014 refers).
  • The Independent Māori Statutory Board of the Auckland Council has lodged an appeal against the Unitary Plan, as it excludes the list of sites of significance to Māori. Pānui 42/2013 and 27/2016 refers.
  • The National Māori Housing Conference is being held in Tauranga this week.
  • The New Zealand Herald has written an article of ethnic disparities within school qualification achievements.


Māori News for the Week Ending 1 July 2016 (22/2016)


  • Last Thursday Statistics New Zealand released Ngā ara tatauranga Statistical pathways, which is a collection of six posters featuring successful young Māori commencing their professional careers.  The posters emphasise the importance of statistics in work environments, and collectively demonstrate the breadth of professional work opportunities available to Māori youth.


  • Whetu Fala has been appointed to the board of Maori Television.
  • Graham Pryor has been appointed to the board of Radio New Zealand.
  • This week in a Māori Affairs Select Committee meeting Nanaia Mahuta, the Labour Party spokesperson for Whānau Ora, questioned the Minister for Whānau Ora, Te Ururoa Flavell, on why there were no reported outcomes for the initiative.  Minister Flavell responded indicating that Te Puni Kōkiri does in fact provide reports to Ministers.  However such reports have not been made available to the public.  While we note the Labour Party – as the opposition party in Parliament – has a political element to its line of enquiry, we consider this questioning fair, and can see no reason why up-to-date performance monitoring information on Whānau Ora, from Te Puni Kōkiri as the monitoring agency, should not be made available for consideration by Māori – given Māori empowerment is one of the supposed core tenets of the initiative (not Ministerial empowerment).   Giving this matter more prominence is a May 2015 report on Whānau Ora by the Auditor-General, which is largely negative, particularly in regards to administration costs and practices (Pānui 15/2015 refers).  One of the main criticisms by the Auditor-General was that “comprehensive reporting on results achieved had not occurred”. [1]      (Note 2014/15 annual reports from Whānau Ora commissioning agencies are publicly available.)

[1] Minister Flavell has subsequently released a media statement indicating he considers there is sufficient reporting on Whānau Ora.

Māori News for the Week Ending 24 June 2016 (21/2016)


  • This week the Minister for Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell, is leading a Māori business delegation on a six-day culture and trade mission to South Korea and Japan.
  • Jeremy MacLeod has been selected by a cluster of iwi from Te Tairāwhiti to be their representative on Te Mātāwai, the incoming Māori language entity.  (Te Mātāwai will have 13 representatives.  Seven of these will be selected by respective iwi clusters.)
  • Sir Ralph Norris and Sir Mark Solomon have both been acknowledged by ‘Kea’ (Kiwis Abroad) in its 2016 leadership awards.
  • Hone Harawira has indicated that he intends to relaunch his Mana Party at next year’s election and contest for the Te Taitokerau seat, (currently held by Kelvin Davis, Labour Party).
  • Yesterday the Minister for Science and Innovation, Steven Joyce and the Minister for Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell, announced the release of the list of successful recipients for the Te Pūnaha Hihiko – Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund, for 2016.   In total circa $4 million has been allocated across 33 new programmes/projects.  The fund is designed to develop Māori participation in science and innovation, whilst supporting outcomes that benefit New Zealand.  The table that follows outlines the successful initiatives.
Organisation/s (lead in bold) Title Funding & Term
Biological Husbandry Unit Organics Trust t/a The BHU Future Farming Centre

Te Runanga o Koukourarata Incorporated Society, Lincoln University

Maara Kai and food science capacity building with Koukourārata Runanga and Ngāi Tahu $180,000

(24 months)

Cawthron Institute

Tiakina te Taiao

Tuia te here tangata, tuia te here mātauranga: Connecting people and weaving western science and mātauranga Maori to protect our freshwater $99,550

(24 months)

Cawthron Institute

Hikurangi Takiwa Trust

Facilitating Co-management of Freshwater in Tairawhiti $180,000

(24 months)

GNS Science

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, He Oranga Mo Nga Uri Tuku Iho Trust, Ngai Tamanuhiri, Gisborne District Council ,Indonesian National Disaster Management Authority, Universitas Gadjah Mada

Oho Ake Te Tai Rāwhiti – Enhancing Te Tairāwhiti natural hazard awareness and preparedness $100,000

(12 months)

GNS Science

Te Runanga o Makaawhio Incorporated (“Makaawhio”)

Whatungārōngāro te tangata, toitu te whenua – Developing the Earth Science capacity and expertise of Makaawhio $100,000

(24 months)

iPansophy Limited

Wakatu Incorporation, Plus Group Horticulture Limited, Waka Digital Limited

Ma te matau ka ora – Part #2, creating shared value through understanding our land and its potential $180,000

(24 months)

Scion Research

Lake Taupo Forest Management Limited

Clonal Forestry in Māori-owned Plantations $142,883

(24 months)

Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd

Ngatiwai Trust Board

Mana moana o Ngātiwai: A research framework that supports the reinstatement of Ngātiwai’s cultural stewardship over their offshore islands and seascape $180,000

(24 months)

Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd

Maungaharuru-Tangitu Trust

He Kainga Taurikura – A Treasured Environment $100,000

(24 months)

Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou

Identifying land use opportunities to enhance the economic, cultural, and environmental prosperity of Ngāti Porou $100,000

(19 months)

Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd

Te Kopere o te iwi o Hineuru Trust (Te Kopere)

Whakapapa o te Taiao $100,000

(24 months)

Lincoln Agritech Limited

Kai Tahu ki Otago Ltd

Otago Rūnanga responses to changing mahinga kai and regional water policy conditions $180,000

(24 months)

Lincoln Agritech Limited

Mahaanui Kurataiao Limited, Te Taumutu Runanga


Innovation to improve both the mauri and life-supporting capacity of ground water $100,000

(18 months)

Lincoln University

Mangatu Integrated Foods

Improving beef profitability in Mangatu Integrated Foods Hill Country Farms Using Fodder Beet Systems $100,000

(24 months)

Mahaanui Kurataiao Limited

Shareholder Council (representing the six runanga shareholders)  

Kura-Taiao CONNECT Te Waipounamu $100,000

(24 months)

Massey University

Lake Horowhenua Trust, Muaupoko Tribal Authority

Horo Whenua: Measuring the moving land through precision geomorphic analysis of the Punahau/Lake Horowhenua lakebed and surrounding areas $179,738

(24 months)

Massey University

Eastland Community Trust


Connect Tairawhiti


(24 months)

Massey University

Tahuri Whenua Inc. Soc.

Kaore te kumara e korero mo tona ake reka $100,000

(24 months)

Massey University

Nga Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Development Trust – PSGE for Ngati Whatua o Kaipara

Using the internet to empower Ngati Whatua o Kaipara to awa management $100,000

(24 months)

Massey University

Ngati Rangi Trust, OSPRI

Monitoring the environmental effects of 1080 pest control in the Southern Horopito area $100,000

(24 months)

Massey University

Hato Paora College, Te Kura o Kauwhata, Murupara Area School

Māori STEM Engagement $100,000

(24 months)

Maungaharuru-Tangitu Trust

Shore Whariki Research

Realising the potential of Rongoā in MaungaharuruTangitū $177,210

(24 months)

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

Maniapoto Maori Trust Board (MMTB)

Ngā repo o Maniapoto $100,000

(24 months)

PlusGroup Horticulture Limited

Waka Digital Limited, iPansophy Limited, Wakatu Incorporation

Ma te matau ka ora – Part #1, creating shared value through understanding our land and its potential $100,000

(24 months)

Te Ohu Tiaki o Rangitane Te Ika a Maui Trust

Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University

Building skills and research capability for Rangitane North Island around assessing tuna populations and factors influencing tuna recruitment $180,000

(24 months)

Te Runanga o Arowhenua Society Incorporated

Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu ,NIWA – National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Environment Canterbury, University of Otago

Te Umu Kaha te Awa $100,000

(12 months)

Te Runanga o Koukourarata Incorporated Society

Biological Husbandry Unit (BHU),Lincoln University, Koukourarata Development Company, Te Roopu Manukuia (Steering Group led by Koukourarata, with the BHU, Lincoln, Whenua Kura and the Department of Corrections

Koukourārata Wānanga Taiao (Māra Kai Innovation) $100,000

(13 months)

Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu Limited

Cawthron Institute

Algae Potential $100,000

(17 months)

Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi

Te Arawa Lakes Trust

Through a weavers lens $100,000

(24 months)

The Research Trust of Victoria University of Wellington

Ngati Rangi ,Department of Conservation, University of Copenhagen

The Future of Our Taonga Tipu $100,000

(24 months)

Tuhoe Trust Custodian Trustee Company Limited

GNS Science, Victoria University of Wellington

Taniwha ō Te Urewera $100,000

(24 months)

Unitec Institute of Technology

Te Uri O Hau Settlement Trust, Environs Holdings Ltd

Te Uri O Hau kaitiakitanga: Connecting and sharing science and mātauranga o te taiao $16,000

(7 months)

University of Otago

Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

Using mātauranga to inform management strategies for customary finfish fisheries $180,000

(24 months)


General Matters and Māori News for the Week Ending 17 June 2016 (20/2016)


  • Yesterday the Minister for Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell, released Māori me te Ao Hangarau 2015; The Māori ICT Report 2015.   This research report has been produced under the branding of the Government’s Māori economic strategy and Panel, He Kai Kei Aku Ringa.  (Although it reads as if it was prepared by officials for the Panel, rather than by Panelists themselves.)  The report makes the point that there are gaps in Māori uptake of ICT in comparison to others (few Māori working in the sector, lower levels of home internet and broadband, etc).  We will provide a full review in Pānui edition 21/2016 next week.


  • Last week we advised that the Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, was visiting Te Puea Marae to discuss the respite housing support the marae is providing.  This was incorrect – as the Minister later clarified that she was “too busy” to go to the marae itself, but was instead meeting with the marae chairperson, Hurimoana Dennis, at a café.  However, perhaps noting the negative publicly her “too busy” statement caused in the media, and also the visit to the marae by Labour Party Leader Andrew Little, on Monday this week Minister Bennett did manage to adjust her diary and find time to visit the marae itself, where she talked with one person without housing.  As an outcome, some officials will now be located at the marae on occasion, to better assist whānau with housing needs.   After the visit, however, Minister Bennett was then required to call and apologise to Mr Dennis because her office had advised the media that Mr Dennis is a senior police officer who is currently stood down, while being investigated. (Mr Dennis held the role of National Māori Strategic Advisor within the Police.  Last week he disclosed to Minister Bennett that he was being investigated.  The matter being investigated is not public.  Minister Bennett considers the information leakage was inadvertent, although there is some speculation that it was a more deliberate ‘smear’ campaign.)
  • As previously advised, this week the outgoing Mayor of New Plymouth, Andrew Judd, is undertaking a 44-kilometre ‘peace walk’ from New Plymouth to Parihaka, with supporters (starting at circa 300 people).
  • On Wednesday the Minister for Justice, Amy Adams, announced that on the balance of probabilities Teina Pora is innocent of the charges for which he was convicted, and that the Government now accepts that.  She advised that Cabinet has accepted a recommendation from retired High Court Judge Rodney Hansen QC, to provide just over $2.5 million in compensation to Mr Pora, given his wrongful convictions and imprisonment for twenty years.  She also advised that she has written to Mr Pora to acknowledge his innocence and unreservedly apologise to him.

    [By way of background, in 1994 Mr Pora was found guilty of the 1992 rape and murder of Ms Susan Burdett, on the basis of his confessions to the crimes.  However, two years later, in 1996, scientific (DNA) evidence linked Malcolm Rewa to the rape of Ms Burdett.  In 1998 Mr Rewa – who was already a convicted serial rapist – was then found guilty of Ms Burdett’s rape, but not her murder (there was a hung jury on that charge).  Following this, Mr Pora’s case was then reheard, however in 2000 he was again found guilty of the rape and murder of Ms Burdett (i.e. that he was with Mr Rewa).  This conviction ultimately led to the appeal to the Privy Council, which centred on both the reliability of Mr Pora’s confessions – given at age 17 after alleged duress from police officers – and on the fact that another person had already been convicted of the rape.    In 2015 the Privy Council quashed the convictions of Teina Pora.  The Law Lords found that the effects of Pora’s foetal alcohol disorder meant reliance on his confessions gave rise to the risk of a miscarriage of justice.  Mr Pora was released at that time.]

  • Last Thursday the Supreme Court issued its judgements in regards to the March 2014 sale of the Whārere farm by Landcorp to Micro Farms Ltd, against the wishes of Ngāti Whakahemo.  The Supreme Court was unanimous in agreeing with the High Court and Appeal Court that Landcorp – via its board representative Traci Houpapa – did not act in bad faith towards Ngāti Whakahemo.[1]

    However, the Court found (by majority 3-2) that Landcorp’s decision to sell Whārere was susceptible to judicial review, and that the decision of Ministers not to intervene in 2013 to prevent the sale constituted a wrongful exercise of public power – because Ministers relied on incorrect advice from the Office of Treaty Settlements.   Despite that finding, the Court (by majority 3-2) determined not to set aside the Landcorp/Micro sale, as doing so now would inappropriately impact on an innocent third party (Micro).  Given this outcome, a spokesperson for Ngāti Whakahemo, Willie Te Aho, has now indicated the iwi may seek a binding ruling from the Waitangi Tribunal for the resumption of the land.

    [By way of further background, in 2013 Ngāti Whakahemo was interested in purchasing this farm, but at the time the Office of Treaty Settlements considered that all of the iwi’s historic Treaty of Waitangi claims had been extinguished, and therefore advised both Landcorp and shareholding Ministers that the property was not required for Treaty settlement purposes, (effectively allowing the property could be sold on the open market).  The Office of Treaty Settlements now accepts this was erroneous advice.

    Accordingly, Landcorp progressed the tender process to sell the property in late 2013.  At this time another iwi, Ngāti Mākino, begun discussing the possible purchase of Whārere in the course of their Treaty settlement negotiations.  To that end, and because of Ministerial intervention, after the tender closed (with the highest bid being from Micro Farms), Ngāti Mākino was given a circa 10-week window to determine whether they could purchase the property, with a consortium, at the market price.   Ngāti Whakahemo was engaged in these discussions, but not made aware of the final deadline.  Ultimately Ngāti Mākino determined not to pursue the property, and Landcorp thereby resumed the sales process with Micro, which was concluded on 5 March 2014.

    Ngāti Whakahemo, however, was not aware of the sale proceeding until after the fact, and had felt that they were still in negotiations for the property with Landcorp.  Accordingly, they alleged ‘bad faith’ from Landcorp in this regard.  Their various High Court, Appeal Court and Supreme Court claims centred on both the actions of Landcorp, and their view that Landcorp shareholding Ministers had the power to prevent the sale but did not, because of the incorrect advice from the Office of Treaty Settlements.


  • On Wednesday the Health Research Council announced the projects, programmes and emerging researchers it would provide grants to from 2016.  Circa $60 million of funding was allocated, and we estimate circa 20% ($11.8 million) was allocated to research focused specifically on Māori.[2]   Māori focused initiatives are summarised in the table below.

Health Research Council – 2016 Funding Grants

Dr Margaret Dudley

University of Auckland

A Māori approach to the assessment and management of dementia


48 months

Lay summary

  • Dr Lis Ellison-Loschmann

Massey University

Cancer support programmes for Māori whānau


36 months

Lay summary


  • Dr Cameron Lacey

University of Otago, Christchurch

Māori and bipolar disorder


36 months

Lay summary


  • Dr Leonie Pihama

University of Waikato

He oranga ngākau: Māori and trauma informed care


36 months

Lay summary


  • Dr Leonie Pihama

University of Waikato

Honour project Aotearoa


36 months

Lay summary


  • Mr Andrew Waa

University of Otago, Wellington

Te ara auahi kore


48 months

Lay summary


  • Associate Professor Beverley Lawton

University of Otago, Wellington

Whānau manaaki


60 months

Lay summary

Dr Mihi Ratima

Te Pou Tiringa Incorporated

Te Kura Mai I Tawhiti


12 months

Lay summary


  • Dr Anneka Anderson

University of Auckland

Māori experiences of antenatal care in Tāmaki Makarau


30 months

Lay summary


[1] More precisely the Supreme Court found such claims were not sustainable.

[2] Note Māori will, of course, likely benefit from all success research projects.