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E43 7 December 2018: Maori News Items

  • Last Saturday the Otamataha Trust received an apology from the New Zealand Church Missionary Society for historical grievances against Ngāti Tapu and Ngai Tamarāwaho. By way of background, in 2014 The New Zealand Mission Trust Board (Otamataha) Empowering Act was passed. This Act transferred land in Tauranga and some other property from the New Zealand Mission Trust Board to the Otamataha Trust. The New Zealand Mission Trust Board had held parcels of land in trust since 1896, (land which had previously been acquired by the Anglican Church Mission Society from Māori owners in 1838). The beneficiaries of the Otamataha Trust are the hapū of Ngāti Tapu and Ngai Tamarāwaho, and their members (i.e. descendants of the original Māori land owners).
  • On Monday the Court of Appeal in Wellington ruled in favour of the Enterprise Miramar Peninsula Incorporated group and quashed the resource consent granted to the Wellington Company by the Wellington City Council for a major housing and commercial development at Shelly Bay. The Port Nicholson Settlement Trust has been working in partnership with the Wellington Company and part of the development was to be built on the Trust’s land. In August a group of Taranaki Whānui members, called Mau Whenua, protested the proposed development. The group were seeking a public inquiry into deals done between the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust and the Wellington Company.  The group believe the development is not in the best interests of the iwi, and that the trustees may have breached a clause within their trust deed requiring 75% iwi consent for a major transaction.  The Court of Appeal ruling means a new resource consent process is required (and the Court advises the City Council may need to use an independent person for this).  This action will likely please those members of the iwi who are against the development.   We also note the annual accounts for this iwi are not available for public viewing this year.
  • On Tuesday the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Bill was introduced in Parliament. If passed into law this bill will empower Te Rūnganga o Ngāi Tahu (TRoNT) to appoint up to 2 members to the Canterbury Regional Council, after the 2019 local body elections.
  • This week mainstream media has been reporting on the Nelson Christmas Parade (held last Sunday) which had for the first time a non-traditionally dressed Santa. Instead Santa was Māori, without a beard and dressed in a short-sleeved shirt, and red korowai. The Māori Santa also held a large hei matu (fish hook) designed sceptre. Public opinion on the Māori Santa has been mixed.
  • This week the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC) held public consultation regarding a proposal to sell up to 45% of the Port of Napier (currently the port is wholly owned by the Council’s investment company). Local Hawke’s Bay iwi, Ngāti Pahauwera, has noted that given much of the land for the port was taken from Māori under the Napier Harbour Board Act, the iwi seeks access to the shares at a reduced rate from the council.   The regional council (so far) has not expressed interest in negotiating on this matter with Ngāti Pahauwera.
  • Today the report by the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce was published. We will review this report entitled Our Schooling Futures: Stronger Together Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini in our next edition of Pānui E44 14 December 2018.

Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 2 April 2015


  • The Ngāpuhi treaty settlement entity Tuhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (Tuhoronuku IMA) has appointed its first three Treaty settlement negotiators. They are: Alison Thom (Ngāti Horahia, Ngāti Toki), Joe Davis (Ngāti Kopaki) and Hemi Toia (Te Māhurehure).
  • Last Friday the Environment Court ruled in favour of Ngāti Kahungunu in its claim against the Hawkes Bay Regional Council.  The Council was seeking to change its planning objectives relating to obligations to maintain and enhance water quality (particularly regarding aquifers).  The iwi argued in effect this would reduce the obligations of the Council, which the Court agreed with.
  • Last Saturday Winston Peters (NZ First Party) won the Northland by-election by a 4,000 vote majority.  One impact of this change is that the National Government will now need to rely further on its Confidence and Supply partners to progress its legislative programme.  This being the case, from a Māori policy perspective, this by-election result effectively increases the likely influence of the Māori Party within this parliamentary term.
  • On Monday the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council confirmed that Mr Teina Pora should not face a retrial for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett.  Pānui 6/2015 provides details on this matter.
  • On Wednesday the Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley announced that an independent panel has been established to review the Child, Youth and Family Service (CYFS).  The panel members are: Paula Rebstock (Chair), Helen Leahy, Police Commissioner Mike Bush, Duncan Dunlop and Professor Richie Poulton.
  • On 1 April (Wednesday) the HomeStart programme commenced. The HomeStart programme increases the value of Government grants available to people seeking to purchase a first home via their KiwiSaver accounts, Pānui 2/2015 refers.  The new adult minimum wage also came into effect, Pānui 5/2/14 refers.
  • On Monday the Minister of Energy and Resources, Simon Bridges, announced the annual tendering of oil and gas exploration blocks.  Pānui 19/2014 and 41/2013 refer.