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E1 29 January 2021: Māori news


  • Last Saturday, Māori Academic, Dr Mānuka Henare, passed away aged 78 years. We acknowledge Dr Henare for his professionalism and guidance.  E te rangatira, e moe, e moe i roto i te manaakitanga katoa.
  • The Serious Fraud Office has brought fraud charges against Roger Pikia, Mr Pikia has been charged with ‘Obtaining by deception’; ‘Corrupt acceptance of gift by an agent’; ‘Receiving a secret reward for procuring a contract’; ‘Perverting the course of justice’; and ‘Conspiracy to commit an offence’. The charges are in relation to his former role as chairman of Te Arawa River Iwi Trust (TARIT) and its investment company THL Limited (THL). Mr Pikia has indicated he will be defending the charges; and we remind us all that under the Bill of Rights Act people are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
  • On December 16, the interim report on the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry was published. The report entitled Tāwharautia: Pūrongo o te Wā summarises the Inquiry’s work to date.  We are considering this item for further review.
  • Most Government agencies have now released their ‘BIMs’ – briefings to incoming Ministers. We are reviewing key items pertinent to Māori policy and intent to subscribers on these matters over the coming weeks.
  • This year’s annual Rātana Church celebrations (held 22 – 25 January) was open to church members only and did not accommodate political party leaders as it had in previous years. Internal issues have been cited as the reason for the closed celebration. The event celebrates the birthday of the Māori prophet and Rātana Church founder, Tahupōtiki Wīremu Rātana, (1873-1939).
  • This week MediaWorks terminated its contract with John Banks as a talk back radio host, after Mr Banks appeared to agree and support a caller who stated that Māori were “stone age people with a stone age culture” and “genetically predisposed to crime, alcohol addiction and educational underperformance.” As a talk back host Mr Banks was expected to shutdown racist tripe but did the opposite.  He has not apologised for his inaction but has stated he is not racist.  (Mr Banks is a former Auckland Mayor and former National Party Cabinet Minister.)
  • In December the Minister for Social Development and Employment, Carmel Sepuloni, announced the successful organisations which have been awarded He Poutama Rangatahi funding. The purpose of He Poutama Rangatahi is to increase long-term employment opportunities for Māori and Pacific rangatahi. Statistics NZ data indicates there are circa 28,000 Māori aged 15 to 24 years not in any education, training or employment (Pānui 37/2020 refers.)  The total funding awarded is circa $4 million. The successful organisations are listed on the following page.
    Organisation Location Programme Brief Funding
    Te Ara Rangatahi Charitable Trust Franklin, Waikato 12-month programme includes intensive pastoral care with a strong focus on building participants’ cultural identity and connections. The programme will support 60 rangatahi  onto employment pathways in  the trade industries, particularly scaffolding. $639,000
    Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Trust Hastings/ Hawke’s Bay Extension of two years for Learners 2 Earners – Takatū Youth Mentoring Programme.  A programme which supports 53 Hastings rangatahi into further education or employment. The programme also provides intensive support for 180 rangatahi, helping them gain driver licences with passenger, forklift, heavy trade, wheels, and tracks and rollers endorsements. $390,000
    The Limery Napier/ Hawke’s Bay 20 rangatahi will receive on the job training in the citrus and horticultural sector. In addtion the programme will provide general employment skills and pastoral support. $200,000
    Aotearoa Social Enterprise Trust Tairāwhiti Two year extension of the ASET Poutama Rangatahi pre-employment training programme. The programme will assist 60 young people in Kaiti. $850,000
    Nga Hau E Wha Maara Kai Charitable Trust Taumarunui Hands on employment readiness and entrepreneurial skills programme for 40 participants.  The programme is a

    tikanga-based education in maara kai (vegetable growing and community gardening) and Te Haemata (native nursery and commercial practices). Participants also receive pastoral care and practical learning in areas such as beekeeping, riparian planting, horticulture, sustainability practices and managing community projects.

    Muaūpoko Tribal Authority Horowhenua Tō Ake Ara Tātou will enable 48 young people in the Horowhenua region to discover their potential, build confidence and access the support and tools needed to succeed. Participants receive pastoral care and experience in volunteer work, cultural activities, environmental stewardship, caring for kaumātua or other whanau, and pre-employment training such as budgeting and drivers’ licensing. $765,000
    Kāpiti Coast District Council Ōtaki/ Kāpati Coast Extension of Te Hunga Rangatahi, an existing in-school programme targeting 70 Ōtaki rangatahi who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), and who are most at risk of long-term unemployment. The council will sub-contract Work Ready Kāpiti to provide skills training and work experience, and Te Puna Oranga o Ōtaki to provide pastoral support services. $995,000

E37 Salient Māori News Items to 06 November 2020

Appointments and Awards

  • On Monday Dr Cherryl Waerea-i-Te-Rangi Smith received the Health Research Council’s Te Tohu Rapuora Medal for outstanding Māori health leadership, excellence, and contribution.
  • On Tuesday Annie Aranui, Dr Nicholas Jones and Keti Tipene received the New Zealand Public Service Medal. The New Zealand Public Service Medal is awarded to public servants who have given meritorious service.
  • On Tuesday Sally Araipu, Canon Pania Houkamau-Ngaheu, and Bella Perahurihuri Tarawhiti received a Public Service Commissioner’s Commendation for Frontline Excellence.
  • This week mainstream media reported that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had now laid charges against two people in regards to funding belonging to Te Arawa River Iwi (refer Pānui 18/ 2016).
  • This week Ngāi Tahu lodged a statement of claim in the Christchurch High Court seeking recognition of its rangatiratanga over the freshwater in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā. This is, in their view, a means to address the ongoing degradation of awa (rivers) and moana (lakes) caused by environmental mismanagement.
  • Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-Ō-Ngāpuhi will hold their 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, 14 November 2020, from 10:00am, at Ōtātara Marae, Waima.
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Ngāi Tahu Charitable Trust respectively, will hold their 2020 Annual General Meetings (AGM) on Saturday, 21 November 2020, from 2:00pm, at Te Whare o Te Waipounamu, Addington, Christchurch.
  • Last week Statistics New Zealand published data sets from the Census 2018 on housing quality, income, and access to telecommunications for people living with a disability. Key findings relevant to Māori living with a disability were:
    • 13% live within a dwelling which is always damp compared to 6% for all people living with a disability;
    • 3% have no access to telecommunications systems compared to 1.7% for all people living with a disability; and
    • 55% earn less than $20,000 per year compared to 49% for all people living with a disability.
  • https://www.stats.govt.nz/reports/measuring-inequality-for-disabled-new-zealanders-2018

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.