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E40 Salient Māori News Items for the Week ending 16 November 2018

  • On Wednesday the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Phil Twyford, announced that a Māori Housing Unit will be established as part of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. Minister Twyford also announced that Minister Nanaia Mahuta will be appointed as the Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development – Māori Housing.
  • Te Rūnanga ō Ngāi Tahu has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Oranga Tamariki to work together when Ngāi Tahu children become part of Oranga Tamariki services.
  • Last week the Ministry of Health published data tables for registered fetal and infant deaths in 2015. The data showed that in 2015:
    • 6% (17,781) of all live births were Māori babies;
    • 26% (100) of all fetal deaths were Māori;
    • the Māori fetal death rate was 5.6 per 1,000 live Māori births (the lowest fetal death rate amongst recorded ethnic groups);
    • 7% (87) of all infant deaths were Māori; and
    • the Māori infant death rate was 4.9 per 1,000 live Māori births.
  • https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/fetal-and-infant-deaths-2015

  • This week the media released that Ngāti Hine Forestry destroyed $160,000 of pine seedlings which had been funded by the Government’s regional economic development One Billion Trees project. We advise that despite the initial loss on investment further projects between Ngāti Hine Forestry and Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) are ongoing.
  • On Tuesday the declaration of voting results for the Whakatōhea Settlement Process were published. Whakatōhea iwi members were asked to vote on the following three questions:
    • 1. Do you support the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust continuing to negotiate to reach a settlement with the Crown of the historical Treaty claims of Whakatōhea?
    • 2a. Do you wish to see the current Treaty negotiations stopped in order that a mandate process be re-run from the start?
    • 2b. Do you wish to see the current Treaty negotiations stopped in order that the Waitangi Tribunal can carry out an inquiry into the historical grievances of Whakatōhea?
      Overall, 56% of respondents to question 1. voted to continue the current settlement process led by the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust, 81 percent of respondents to question 2a. voted against stopping  current Treaty negotiations in order that a mandate process be re-run from the start, and 72% of respondents to question 2b. voted in favour of stopping current Treaty negotiations in order that the Waitangi Tribunal can carry out an inquiry into the historical grievances of Whakatōhea.  How the Whakatōhea Settlement Process is to progress from this point forward is yet to be determined.

Te Waihora co-governance partnership – E29 31 August 2018

The Department of Conservation has now joined a co-governance partnership with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu for the care of Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere. (Other existing co-governors are Environment Canterbury, Selwyn District Council and the Christchurch City Council.)  The Department administers parcels of land around the lake, and has responsibilities for the care of inanga (whitebait) in the lake.  Te Waihora is presently badly polluted from nutrient run off from surrounding lands.  Subscribers may recall that our Budget reviews show this Department has consistently under-delivered on its Māori-focused initiatives – i.e. exceedingly sluggish with its actions and no clear results to report – so it’s more active involvement here on a matter of particular importance to Ngāi Tahu is a positive development (even if they should have joined long ago). Pānui 19/2018 refers.

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.