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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