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Salient Māori News Items for the Week ending 30 November 2018

  • Ruakere Hond (Taranaki, Te Ātiawa), Prue Kapua (Te Arawa) and Kim Ngarimu (Ngāti Porou) have been appointed as members of the Waitangi Tribunal.
  • Te Paea Paringatai (Waikato and Ngāti Porou) has been appointed a member of the Library and Information Advisory Commission.
  • The Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2018 (National Māori Language Awards 2018) were held last week. The winners were:
    • Iwi Award – Muriwai Jones;
    • Whānau Award – Oti te Nanekoti by Te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga;
    • Rangatahi Award – Māori Television Giphy Channel by Fly;
    • Takitahi Award – Mike Hollings (Ngāti Raukawa and Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi);
    • Mātauranga Kaupapa Māori Education Award – Taringa Punua Pāoho by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa;
    • Mātauranga Whānui Education Award – Mahuru Māori – Fortnite by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa;
    • Kāwanatanga Award – Te Amorangi ki mua, Te Hāpai Ō ki muri by Rotorua Lakes Council
    • Pakihi Award – Te Mātāpuna by Fonterra;
    • Te Mahi Toi, Te Mahi Whakangahau Award – Oti te Nanekoti by Te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga;
    • Ngā Mahi Pāpāho Award – Sky TV, Tiki Towns;
    • Ngā Hapori Māori Award – Dr Te Taku Parai (Ngāti Toa);
    • Aotearoatanga Award – Kōrero Māori by Te Hiku Media;
    • Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Award – Kupu App by Spark & Te Aka Māori Dictionary;
    • Te Tohu Huia te Reo Award – Kupu App by Spark & Te Aka Māori Dictionary;
    • Te Tohu Oranga Angitu Award – Ahorangi Whatarangi Winiata (Ngāti Raukawa);
    • Ngā Tohu Kairangi: Special Commendations:
      • #1miriona – Te Māngai Pāho
      • Hīkoi Reo Māori Whangārei – Te Kura Taitamawāhine o Whangārei
      • Guyon Espiner – Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa
      • Fush Uka – Anton Matthew
      • Te Tauihu – Te Kaunihera o Pōneke.
  • On Saturday 1 December Wakatū Incorporation will hold their annual general meeting in Nelson. A highlight for Wakatū Incorporation this year has been the twenty-year anniversary of Tohu Wines. In 1998, Wakatū Incorporation, in partnership with Rarua Atiawa Iwi Trust and Wi Pere Trust, launched Tohu Wines. Tohu Wines is recognised as He mātāmua taketake – the first Māori-owned and operated wine label in the world. In 2010 Wakatū Incorporation became the sole owners of the brand. At the AGM three board appointments will also be decided.
  • This week the former Minister of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Chris Finlayson, announced his pending retirement from politics, in January 2019. Mr Finlayson oversaw the conclusion of approximately sixty Treaty of Waitangi settlements; and is therefore well known throughout iwi groups in New Zealand.  During his tenure the total dollar quantum of settlements rose from a few hundred million to circa two billion in direct redress.  Although his initial goal of settling all historic claims was not achieved while he was Minister (in particular the settlement with Ngā Puhi reads as the one that got away), Mr Finlayson hastened and streamlined the overall settlement process.  In our view he is without doubt a Parliamentary peer in regards to how much time and effort he placed in resolving outstanding Treaty of Waitangi grievances whilst a Minister of the Crown.
  • Parininihi ki Waitōtara Inc, Te Atiawa Iwi Holdings, and Taranaki Iwi Holding have formed Ngāmotu Hotels Limited Partnership for the purpose of taking ownership of the Novotel New Plymouth. The sale date is set for 1 January 2019, and the price is reportedly $23 million.
  • On Tuesday the Parliamentary Committee stage of the Child Poverty Reduction Bill was completed, and the Bill was divided into two Bills: (i) Child Poverty Reduction Bill; (ii) Children’s Amendment Bill.  This policy area is of importance to Māori, as current Ministry of Social Development research indicates circa 90,000 tamariki Māori live in poorer households / poverty.  The new measures and goals within this proposed legislation will include Māori specific poverty reduction objectives, set in consultation with Māori, based on Treaty principles (Pānui 37/2018 and Pānui 2/2018 refer).
  • On Thursday the second reading of the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill was completed in Parliament. This Bill proposes amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act, allowing for the use of cannabis-based products for people with a terminal illness, and to legalize and regulate medical cannabidiol (CBD) products.  A Government Supplementary Order Paper (i.e. a means to improve some parts of this Bill) has also now been put forward for consideration at the Parliamentary Committee Stage.  We advise that the Ministry of Health has commenced issuing licenses to grow specific strains of cannabis plants for medicinal purposes, and that Māori and community-owned Hikurangi Cannabis Ltd has been awarded a licence to do so.
  • On Wednesday the Minister of Health, Dr David Clark, announced that he had received the report of the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction – He Ara Oranga: report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.  The report will likely be made public before the end of 2018 and the Government’s formal response will be published during March 2019.
  • On Wednesday the Māori Television Board announced that its Chief Executive, Keith Ikin, had resigned and will leave the organisation in early 2019. Mr Ikin (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura, Ngāpuhi, Whanganui) has been with the organisation for 18 months. Deputy Chief Executive Shane Taurima will step into the Acting Chief Executive role until a replacement is appointed.
  • Last week Māori Television announced that its current affairs shows will end production shortly and will be replaced by a single brand in 2019. The current affairs programmes   Kawekōrero, Native Affairs and Rereātea will end in December and the news programme Te Kāea will end in February 2019.
  • Last week the Government released the Early childhood education draft strategic plan 2019-29 “He taonga te tamaiti, Every child a taonga”. Despite the title this document places little emphasis on tamaiti Māori or Māori mediums of learning.


Māori news stories for the week ending 24 August 2012:

  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has appointed Arihia Bennett  (Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Porou) to the role of Chief Executive Officer.
  • This week the Serious Fraud Office has confirmed it will investigate matters relating to the Wellington Tenths Trust, following allegations of unlawful payments and transactions.  Sir Ngātata Love has stood down from his role as Chairman of the Trust, and other related entities, why the matter is being investigated.
  • On Monday a statement from Chen Palmer, (a legal firm), was made on behalf of the Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri, Glenis Phillip-Barbara.  The statement alleged that Ms Phillip-Barbara had been defamed by Māori Television last week. (This was in relation to a news report that allegedly raised questions over the use and reimbursement of public funds.) A public apology was sought, and the statement indicated that ‘further action’ could follow.  In our view, Ms Phillip-Barbara has every right to broach such legal matters, if she has been unfairly defamed, in order to protect her reputation.  Notwithstanding, from another perspective, essentially this situation involves the Chief Executive of one Crown entity threatening legal action against another Crown Entity (very unusually); and both entities are of course within the Māori Affairs portfolio; with Boards that have accountabilities to the Minister of Māori Affairs.   From a public management perspective then, any legal action of this nature would pose some peculiar challenges for the Crown.    
  • The Māori Land Court has appointed Clinton Hemana to be an independent trustee for Tataraakina C Trust in Hawke’s Bay.  In May the Court granted an injunction against the Tataraakina C Trust which prevented the (former) Trustees from appointing an Executive Officer or a Project Manager.  The injunction was sought by another former Trustee, on the grounds that the recruitment and decision-making process had been flawed.  One of the first tasks for Mr Hemana, will be to work out the employment status of the proposed Executive Officer, who is Donna Awatere-Huata.  (Mrs Awatere-Huata is a former member of parliament and has previously been convicted of fraud.)
  • This week two Māori seats were finalised for the Waikato Regional Councils’ 2013 Local Authority elections. 
  • Taranaki iwi have placed a rāhui along the north Taranaki coast, following the drowning of three people off Paritutu rock.
  • The Ministry of Health are seeking nominations for the National Kaitiaki Group.  The role of the National Kaitiaki Group is to consider applications to access Māori womens’ health information held on the National Cervical Screening Register.
  • Koroneihana celebrations at Tūrangawaewae Marae (Ngāruawahia) concluded on Tuesday. 
  • Next week the Te Arawa River Iwi Trust will sign a Joint Management Agreement of the Upper Waikato River with both the Rotorua District Council and the Waikato Regional Council.  The agreement is an outcome from the Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Raukawa, and Te Arawa River Iwi Waikato River Act 2010, and the purpose is to restore the health of the Upper Waikato River.

Māori news stories for the week ending 29 June 2012

  • Sir Eddie Durie and Maanu Paul have been appointed co-chairs of the New Zealand Māori Council.  Sir Graham Latimer becomes the first president of the organisation.  The Council has also indicated that it is the only legislatively-enabled, pan-Māori organisation – and should be a natural choice for Crown-Māori dialogue.  (We presume that this is in response to increased Crown dialogue with the Iwi Chairs Forum.)
  • On Monday William Rātahi Pitman, former National President of the 28 (Māori) Battalion Association passed away, aged 94 years.
  • On Monday Major Hone Hikitia Te Rangi Waititi, company commander of the 28th Māori Battalion passed away, aged 91 years.
  • Greg McManus has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Waitangi National Trust.  Mr McManus will commence his role in August.
  • Rea Wikaira has been appointed to the Health Promotion Agency board.  The Health Promotion Agency will bring together the functions of the Alcohol Liquor Advisory Council, the Health Sponsorship Council, and some health promotion work of the Ministry of Health. The new agency will be established on 1 July.
  • On Thursday the Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust legal challenge against the Ministry of Social Development decision to terminate their Family Start programme commenced in the Auckland High Court.
  • On Wednesday Statistics NZ launched Te Ao Mārama, 2012, an online-publication showing economic, social, cultural, and environmental statistics on Māori.
  • From Sunday Māori Television will introduce a new programming format where Te Reo tuition programmes will broadcast from 10am-3pm.

Māori news stories for the week ending 27 April 2012

  •  Georgina te Heuheu has been appointed to the board of Māori Television, and will become Chair from the 1st of May. We advise some people might consider this somewhat hypocritical, given as a parliamentarian Mrs te Heuheu voted against establishing this television service.
  • Mark Solomon has been appointed to the board of Pure Advantage. Pure Advantage is a group of business leaders focussed on improving New Zealand’s economy, environmental performance, and living standards.
  • The Office of the Auditor-General is to carry out inquiries regarding funding aspects of Te Raukura Te Wharewaka o Poneke. The inquiry follows a request lodged by an unnamed party.
  • The Law Society’s Standards Committee will hold an inquiry into whether Donna Hall had conflicts of interest in regards to her involvement in the 2007 sale and purchasing of land between Landcorp and three Māori trusts.