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E14 08 May 2020 Salient Māori News Items to 08 May 2020


  • This week Ngāi Tahu announced that the closure of their tourism businesses as a direct result of COVID-19 will lead to the loss of 300 jobs.
  • On Tuesday, Katherine Tuhakaraina, a former employee of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (TWWoA), was sentenced in the Tauranga District Court to nine months home detention for receiving approximately $150,000 in kickbacks. Ms Tuhakaraina received the kickbacks from Koa Consultants after she had recommended to her employer, TWWoA, that Koa Consultants be awarded a contract for services. We advise that Koa Consultants has been removed from the New Zealand companies register: its former shareholder and director was Tanya Davy.
  • On Tuesday the COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) Legislation Bill was introduced and the first reading was completed in Parliament. The bill has been referred to the Epidemic Response Committee and the committee report is to be tabled in Parliament by Tuesday 12 May.  Refer to Pānui summary above for details. http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2020/0244/latest/LMS339370.html
  • Last month Statistics NZ published Census 2018 data on household crowding. On the evening of the Census 431,000 (10.8%) people in New Zealand were living in crowded households. For Māori, household crowding was almost double with 122,650 (20.8%) of Māori living in overcrowded dwellings. https://www.stats.govt.nz/news/almost-1-in-9-people-live-in-a-crowded-house



E34 Salient Māori News Items to 27 September 2019

  • Judge Heemi Taumaunu (Ngāti Pōrou, Ngāi Tahu) has been appointed Chief District Court Judge.
  • Verity Webber (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe) and Kauahi Ngapora (Waikato Tainui, Ngāi Tahu) have been appointed independent members of the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy Advisory Group.
  • Yesterday Te Tumu Paeroa and Te Puni Kōkiri entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly work together to support and fund Māori housing repairs in the Te Tai Tokerau and Te Tai Rāwhiti regions. Te Puni Kōkiri has the regional staffing base to oversee administration, and Te Tumu Paeroa will commit $2 million towards the programme.  This is of course positive for those who will benefit from the work, although our questions (see article above) around making decisions about other people’s money remain.[1]
  • On Thursday the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment released the draft ‘New Zealand’s Research, Science & Innovation Strategy’, Feedback and submissions on the draft are now open, until 10 November 2019. The Ministry will also hold a series of consultation workshops during October.  For further detail refer to links below. https://mbie.wufoo.com/forms/research-science-innovation-strategy/ https://www.mbie.govt.nz/dmsdocument/6935-new-zealands-research-science-and innovation-strategy-draft-for-consultation
  • Ngāi Tahu has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kataoka Corporation/Sankou Foods (of Japan), to turn Undaria/ Wakame seaweed into a high-value product. This partnership will generate jobs in the East Otago region.
  • This week Statistics New Zealand announced that at the next general election the number of electorates will increase from seventy-one to seventy two, to reflect population growth. There will still be seven Māori electorates.  (The Māori electoral population is 473,077, up 12 percent from 2013.)[2].  Note one extra electorate seat means one less party list seat in the next Parliament.
  • This week the Minister of Employment, Willie Jackson, announced that Wairoa Young Achievers Trust (WYAT) will receive funding of $305,000 to support rangatahi into employment and education in Wairoa. The funding is from the He Poutama Rangatahi

[1] Note Te Tumu Paeroa does recieve an annual Crown allocation of circa $11 million however that is for administration purposes, so funds for this initiative will be sourced from the General Fund.

[2] Electoral populations were calculated using data from the electoral rolls (following the Māori Electoral Option 2018), and results from the 2018 Census of Population and Dwellings.

Treaty Settlement Updates 26 January 2018 (Edition 2/2018)

Taranaki Maunga To Have Legal Personality
In late December the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Andrew Little, announced that a Record of Understanding over collective cultural redress for Taranaki Maunga had been reached between the Crown and the eight iwi with direct affiliations and guardianship responsibilities to the Mountain. Taranaki will be recognised in law as a legal personality in his own right; with joint responsibility for guardianship shared between the iwi and the Crown.  This model parallels that used in relation to the Whanganui River and Te Urewera.   It will involve repealing the Mount Egmont Vesting Act, establishing legal personality and the creation of a joint Crown-Iwi governance entity for the area within the National Park.  Funding to administer the governance arrangement has not been announced.   The record of understanding is available here: www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/taranaki-maunga/

Ngāti Maru – Agreement in Principle Reached
Ngāti Maru have signed an Agreement in Principle to settle their historic Treaty of Waitangi claims with the Crown (this is the last of the eight Taranaki iwi to reach this stage in the settlement process, and allows for the agreement above to proceed.) The agreement provides for commercial / financial redress of $30 million, the details are which are still to be finalised. www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/ngati-maru-taranaki/

Tūwharetoa Treaty Settlement – First Reading
On 20 December the first Parliamentary reading of the Tūwharetoa Treaty Settlement Bill occurred. 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.[1] www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/ngati-tuwharetoa/

Te Iwi and Hapū o Wairoa – Second Reading
On 20 December the second Parliamentary reading of the The Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe Wairoa Claims Settlement Bill occurred. This settlement for a cluster of hapū/iwi, under the collective banner of Te Tira Whakaemi o Te Wairoa, totals circa $100 million in commercial and financial redress.

Waikato Tainui and Ngai Tahu relativity clauses further enacted
The Government has confirmed that the latest round of Treaty settlements enacted the relativity clauses within the Waikato Tainui settlement (which must be 17% of all settlements), and the Ngāi Tahu settlement (which must be 16.1% of all settlements). In effect this means, as the total treaty settlements now push pass the $2 billion marker, Waikato / Tainui gained a further $190 million top-up, and Ngāi Tahu gained a further $180 million since settling.  These amounts, being more than the original settlements for both iwi, have gained some negative attention in the mainstream media – but they were actually no surprise, as relativity actually means keeping settlements relative between iwi.  We will comment further on this matter in an extended edition of Treaty settlements scheduled for June.

[1] This settlement is separate to the Crown Forestry Rental Trust settlement which Tūwharetoa is a part of.  It is also separate to arrangements concerning the bed of Lake Taupō.

Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 17 October 2014


  • Chris Finlayson has been reappointed as the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, and Associate Minister of Māori Development.
  • There are three Māori within the Government’s new Cabinet:
    • Paula Bennett (rank 5); Minister of Local Government, Minister for Social Housing, Minister of State Services; Associate Minister of Finance, Associate Minister of Tourism.
    • Simon Bridges, (rank 10); Minister of Energy and Resources, Minister of Transport, Deputy Leader of the House, Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues, Associate Minister of Justice.
    • Hekia Parata, (rank 11); Minister of Education.


    • During October and November Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated will hold a series of ‘Water Rights and Interests Hui’ to consider how to keep coastlines and waterways protected.  The first hui is to be held on 22 October at Te Taiwhenua Heretaunga, Hastings.
    • The J R McKenzie Trust has received the 2014 International Funders for Indigenous Peoples Award for their funding of the programme, Te Kāwai.  Te Kāwai provides financial support for sustainable Māori community development programmes.
    • Glenis Barbara-Phillip has resigned as Chief Executive of the Māori Language Commission.  Ms Barbara-Phillip has a new position as Associate Chief Executive within the Child Youth and Family Services.
      • A ballot for invitations to the 2015 Waitangi Day Bledisloe Reception at Government House in Wellington has opened (closes 31 October).  This ballot will allow for 875 people, and one guest each, to attend Waitangi Day celebrations.  (Next year will be 175-years since the signing of the Treaty, so celebrations are being scaled up.)  A ballot vote can be completed here: https://gg.govt.nz/content/2015-bledisloe-reception-ballot
      • Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has announced that the wānanga and its wholly-owned, Open Wanānga, are to merge.  Up to twenty staff have received notification indicating their positions are effected, and the wānanga has indicated more structure change are likely to follow.
      • Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has released their Annual Report to 30 June 2014, which shows the group’s net operating surplus was circa $83 million and a net profit of $160.50 million. The positive financial results are said to be due to residential property sales, increasing returns from dairy operations, seafood investments, increased earnings in tourism, and growth in other investment areas, including Ryman Healthcare.
      • Hauraki-Waikato Member of Parliament, Nanaia Mahuta, is one of four Labour Party members contesting for the party’s leadership.
      • Outgoing Minister for Whānau Ora, Tariana Turia, has indicated she felt Te Puni Kōkiri was poor in administrating Whānau Ora funding, as the agency was slow to deliver funding to community entities.  Te Puni Kōkiri has responded indicating no funding ‘had been lost’, but funding had been transferred across financial years to ensure full expenditure.

    Māori news stories for the week ending 10 May 2013

    • Traci Houpapa is to be reappointed to the Board of Landcorp Farming Ltd, and will become the Deputy Chair.

    • On Monday Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei announced that the Waka Māori  will be reconstructed at the New Zealand base of the America’s Cup Challenge in San Francisco, for three months in 2013.  Media has also noted that this iwi is considering building housing and a retirement village on a waterfront block it owns near Devonport.

    • Awanui Black, Chair of Te Moana a Toi Leaders Forum, has complained about a proposal from the Department of Conservation to drop 10-80 pellets on Mount Moehau.  The 10-80 pellets are poisonous, and used to eradicate rats and possums.  Mr Black is concerned, however, that the poison will harm the mauri of the mountain, and wildlife and waterways.

    • This week the Crown withdrew charges against Bevan Climo for the alleged theft of tahutahi (snowflake pounamu) from Ngāi Tahu in 2012.  The matter was instead resolved via a Ngāi Tahu tikanga marae resolution process.

    • Te Rau Matatini and Medibank Health Solutions have announced they are offering new ‘tele-nursing’ scholarships to Māori. The $10,000 scholarships are designed to provide Māori nurses with training opportunities to work on telephone health support lines.

    Parliamentary matters and Māori news stories for the week ending 23 November 2012

    Parliamentary matters

    Māori affairs select committee hold oral submissions for two settlement bills

    This week the Māori Affairs Select Committee heard oral submissions for two treaty settlement bills.  Submissions were heard for the Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara Claims Settlement Bill on Tuesday, and for the Waitaha Claims Settlement Bill on Wednesday.

    Māori news stories

    • On Monday Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere, Mark Solomon, released a media statement to clarify Ngāi Tahu iwi views in relation to the New Zealand Māori Council’s High Court action pertaining to water rights.  This was in response to criticism that Ngāi Tahu was dividing Māori by supporting the Government on this matter.  Mr Solomon indicated the Ngāi Tahu affidavit on this matter was to neither ‘support the Crown nor oppose the Maori Council, but to provide illumination to the High Court’.  He notes that:
      • Ngāi Tahu agree Maori have rights and interests in fresh water;
      • all iwi have the right to take legal action if required to assert their mana on this topic;
      • Ngāi Tahu seeks a model of iwi-based ‘participation in water governance and decision-making at a national and regional level’; and
      • Ngāi Tahu believes their own water rights will remain unaffected by the mixed-ownership proposal for power companies. 

    (Pānui will provide further coverage of this policy issue as it proceeds through the High Court, which is scheduled to commence next week.)

    • On Wednesday Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith was awarded the Dame Joan Metge Medal for her contribution in developing the capacity of Māori researchers.
    • Tiwana Tibble has been appointed as a member of the Auckland Council Property Board, and Diana Puketapu has been appointed as a member of the Auckland Council Investments Board.
    • Last week Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi O Ngāpuhi facilitated a hui to discuss Northland Regional Council’s proposal to remove provisions for managing genetically modified organisms from the Council’s policy approach to resource management.
    • This week Blakely Pacific withdrew its appeal seeking to overturn an Environment Court decision that declined the granting of resource consent for a residential development on Matakana Island.  In 2011 Ngā Hapū o te Moutere o Matakana and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi won an Environmental Court appeal against the development plan.
    • Ngāi Tahu iwi and South Island councils have formed ‘Te Roopu Taiao o Ōtākou’.  The grouping has been established to better ensure iwi involvement in resource management issues, and to assist local authorities to fulfil their obligations to iwi.   Councils involved include Otago Regional Council, Dunedin City Council, Clutha District Council, and the Central Otago District Council.

    Māori news stories for the week ending 17 February 2012

    • On Tuesday four hectares of land was gifted back to Ngāti Te Whiti iwi by the Methodist Church and the Grey Institute Trust.  The iwi sold the land to the church during the mid 1800’s.
    • On Monday the High Court trial began for the ‘Urewera Four’.  The ‘Urewera Four’ are some of original eighteen people (predominately Māori) whom were arrested in 2007 on terrorism charges.  The terrorism charges have since been found to be unwarranted, and have been replaced with a range of firearms charges. 
    • The University of Otago is to conduct an oral health study delivered through the Waikato/ Tainui iwi tribal health provider Raukura Hauora, in partnership with Ngāi Tahu.  The study will receive up to $2.4 million from the New Zealand Health Research Council, and it is part of the International Collaboration of Indigenous Oral Health Research.
    • The Cancer Society has developed (with assistance from Māori health providers), Kia ora – E te iwi; a kaupapa Māori cancer education and support programme.
    • The Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, met with iwi representatives this week and confirmed plans to increase the responsiveness of education provision to Māori.
    • Last weekend the Waikato-Tainui parliament, Te Kauhanganui, held elections for its executive board, Te Arataura.  Four new representatives have been elected on to the board.  They are: Hemi Rau (former Chief Executive dismissed in 2009); Tom Roa (former Te Kauhanganui chairman), Tipa Mahuta, and Marae Tukere.  Tukuroirangi Morgan, who has been the chair of Te Arataura since 2006, missed being re-elected by a narrow margin.  Mr Morgan is disputing results, and intends to file legal action.

    Lake Te Waihora to be clean up

       Ngāi Tahu, the Government,  Canterbury regional council and dairy cooperative Fonterra have contributed funds to the clean-up Lake Te Waihora.

    Run-off from surrounding dairy farms and clearance of wetlands has left Lake Te Waihora in Canterbury with the worst water quality of any New Zealand lake.

    The Government has contributed $6 million towards the project, while Canterbury Regional Council has put in $3.5 million and Fonterra $1.3 million.

    Some of the funds will be put towards compensating farmers for land around the lake that will be converted into wetlands. There will also be changes to farming practices.

    It is  expected to take as long as  20 years for Lake Te Waihora to be clean again.

    Māori Trade Training in Christchurch

      Canterbury Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT)  will be offering Māori Trade Training for 200 Māori youth living within Christchurch.   The trade positions have been funded by Te Puni Kōkiri, and it is expected that the 200 Māori students will be placed into trade training positions at CPIT before the end of the year.

     The trade training initiative is a partnership between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Te Tapuae o Rehua, CPIT and the BETA workgroup, with support from Ngāi Tahu Property.

    The BETA workgroup will work closely with trade organisations to determine the skills needed in the post-quake environment.

    Iwi Leaders meet with Committee for Auckland

     Last week Iwi leaders Tukoroirangi Morgan (Tainui) , Naida Glavish (Ngāti Whatua), Mark Solomon (Ngāi Tahu) and Timi Te Heuheu (Tūwharetoa) meet with the Committee for Auckland, an invitation-only group of company executives and high net worth individuals set up to influence the city’s development.

     Iwi Leaders used this opportunity to express they’re keeness to work in partnership with the Committee to develop the new Auckland supercity.