- Te Ropu Poa has been appointed as the Interim CEO of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi.
- Pania King has been appointed a member of the Winter Grazing Action Group. The group is tasked with implementing recommendations to improve animal welfare in winter grazing systems.
- On Tuesday, Katherine Tuhakaraina, a former employee of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (TWWoA) pleaded guilty in the Tauranga District Court to one representative charge of ‘Receiving secret reward for procuring contracts’. Ms Tuhakaraina acknowledged receiving approximately $150,000 in kickbacks from Koa Consultants after she had recommended to her employer, TWWoA, that Koa Consultants be awarded a contract. Koa Consultants has been removed from the New Zealand companies register: its former shareholder and director was Tanya Davy.
- On Monday Te Hau Āwhiowhio ō Ōtangarei Trust and Ōtangarei Papakāinga Limited opened a six-unit transitional housing complex in Whāngarei.
- On Monday Nga Pae o te Maramatanga (the Māori-focused Centre of Research Excellence), announced funding for six projects:
- Investigation into the fisheries resources and interests of iwi, hapū and marae within Tauranga Moana and the impacts caused by the grounding of the CV Rena (Associate Professor Paul Kayes, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi)
- Networks of support for Māori mental health: The response and recovery of Tangata Whaiora through Ōtautahi earthquakes (Dr Simon Lambert, Lincoln University, )
- Ka Awatea: An iwi case study of Maori student experiencing success (Professor Angus Macfarlane, University of Canterbury)
- Indigenous agroecology (Dr Marion Johnson, University of Otago)
- Tiakina Te Pā Harakeke: Māori childrearing within a context of whānau ora (Dr Leonie Pihama, University of Waikato)
- Aue Ha! Māori men’s relational health (Mohi Rua and Professor Darrin Hodgetts, University of Waikato)
- Humphrey Wikeepa has been appointed to the board of Network for Learning Limited, a new Crown-owned company.
- Last Wednesday an Iwi Education Authority was established, to ‘improve achievement of tamariki and mokopuna’. Twenty-three kura are reported associated with the initiative.
- A number of Māori providers have been successful in gaining contracts, (or have become preferred bidders), for the supervision and care of young beneficiaries as a part of the welfare reforms. (Refer pānui 2 March E6/2012 for details, i.e. the outsourcing and extension of the former Youth Transition Service). Māori providers includes Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Porou (Gisborne), Te Rūnanga o Turanganui a Kiwa (Gisborne), Tui Ora (Taranaki), Whai Marama (a division of Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa) (Hamilton), Solomon Group (Manurewa), and Ngāti Hine Health Trust (Whangarei).
- On Thursday Urs Signer and Emily Bailey (two members of the ‘Urewera Four’) were sentenced to nine months home detention for a range of firearms charges. Signer and Bailey have indicated that they will appeal their sentences.
Māori news stories for week ending 8 June 2012 and Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2012 – recipients for service to Māori.
Debbie Packer has been appointed to the Local Government Efficiency Taskforce. The Taskforce will focus on efficiency issues of local government consultation, planning and financial reporting practices. A report is due to the Minister of Local Government, David Carter, in October 2012.
Mavis Mullins has been appointed to the Health and Safety Review Taskforce. The Taskforce will undertake a strategic review of the New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety systems. The Taskforce will report to The Minister of Labour, Kate Wilkinson, during the latter months of 2012.
Hemi Rau and Paki Rawiri have been appointed to the board of Tainui Group Holdings, fulfilling representative places of the Waikato Tainui executive, Te Arataura. Mr Rau and Mr Rawiri will replace Rahui Papa and Rukumoana Schaafhausen.
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi has been accused of breaching the Education Act for referring to itself as an ‘Indigenous University’. (The word ‘University’ is a protected term.) The matter is under investigation by the Ministry of Education.
Te Whānau-a-Apanui and Greenpeace are awaiting a High Court decision to quash the oil exploration permit off the east coast of the North Island issued by the Government to the Brazilian energy company Petrobras in 2010. The case was heard in the Wellington High court on Tuesday.
The Intellectual Property Office has declined Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangātira application to trademark four haka phrases – Ka Mate, Upane Kaupane, Whiti Te Ra and Ka Ora.
Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2012 – recipients for service to Māori.
Dames Companion (DNZM)
Mabel June Hinekahukura Mariu, CNZM, QSM, JP, for services to Māori and the community.
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)
Tracey Tania Houpapa, JP, for services to business and Māori.
Vera Whakaaronui Wilson, for services to Māori, music and the community.
The Queen’s Service Medal – (QSM)
Ruahine Albert, JP, for services to Māori and the community;
Yvonne Moana Bidois, for services to Māori;
Takawhiti Te Oraiti Calcott, for services to Māori and education;
Edward Matchitt, of Opotiki, for services to Māori.
Frances Karen Pointon, for services to Māori and the deaf community;
Ariana Simpson, for services to Māori and the community; and
David Tamatea, for services to disability support and Māori.
In last week’s edition within our brief on water policy we incorrectly referred to the Waiapu River, instead of the Waipa, when discussing the Ngā Wai o Maniapoto Act (2012). We apologise for that.
- On Tuesday the jury found the ‘Urewera Four’ guilty of a range of firearms charges, but they failed to reach a verdict as to whether the defendants were members of an organised criminal group. The four defendants have been released on bail and await sentencing on May 24. The Crown must now determine whether a retrial on the main charge should be sought.
- Ngāti Kahungunu iwi have asked Māori farmers to stop sending stock to the AFFCO meat processing plant in Wairoa, in support of the Meat workers Union members (who are in employment ‘lock out’). The iwi is also arranging food parcels for affected whānau.
- On Monday Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills announced the formation of a child poverty advisory group. The group is expected to make recommendations on how to improve opportunities and outcomes for disadvantaged children. Recommendations from the group will be provided to the newly established Ministerial Committee on Poverty. Members of the advisory group are Professor Jonathan Boston (Co-chair), Dr Tracey McIntosh (Co-chair), Dr Airini, Dr Fiona Cram, Professor Mark Henaghan, Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, Phil O’Reilly, Professor Richie Poulton, James Prescott, Major Campbell Roberts, Bob Stephens, Dr Nikki Turner, and Sharon Wilson Davis.
- Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi has developed ‘Te Hāpai Ō’, a two-year mentoring programme for provisionally registered teachers working in Māori medium settings.
- The Waitangi Tribunal hearing pertaining to the Kōhanga Reo claim (WAI 2336) concludes today.