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Salient Māori News Items for the Week ending 30 November 2018

  • Ruakere Hond (Taranaki, Te Ātiawa), Prue Kapua (Te Arawa) and Kim Ngarimu (Ngāti Porou) have been appointed as members of the Waitangi Tribunal.
  • Te Paea Paringatai (Waikato and Ngāti Porou) has been appointed a member of the Library and Information Advisory Commission.
  • The Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2018 (National Māori Language Awards 2018) were held last week. The winners were:
    • Iwi Award – Muriwai Jones;
    • Whānau Award – Oti te Nanekoti by Te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga;
    • Rangatahi Award – Māori Television Giphy Channel by Fly;
    • Takitahi Award – Mike Hollings (Ngāti Raukawa and Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi);
    • Mātauranga Kaupapa Māori Education Award – Taringa Punua Pāoho by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa;
    • Mātauranga Whānui Education Award – Mahuru Māori – Fortnite by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa;
    • Kāwanatanga Award – Te Amorangi ki mua, Te Hāpai Ō ki muri by Rotorua Lakes Council
    • Pakihi Award – Te Mātāpuna by Fonterra;
    • Te Mahi Toi, Te Mahi Whakangahau Award – Oti te Nanekoti by Te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga;
    • Ngā Mahi Pāpāho Award – Sky TV, Tiki Towns;
    • Ngā Hapori Māori Award – Dr Te Taku Parai (Ngāti Toa);
    • Aotearoatanga Award – Kōrero Māori by Te Hiku Media;
    • Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Award – Kupu App by Spark & Te Aka Māori Dictionary;
    • Te Tohu Huia te Reo Award – Kupu App by Spark & Te Aka Māori Dictionary;
    • Te Tohu Oranga Angitu Award – Ahorangi Whatarangi Winiata (Ngāti Raukawa);
    • Ngā Tohu Kairangi: Special Commendations:
      • #1miriona – Te Māngai Pāho
      • Hīkoi Reo Māori Whangārei – Te Kura Taitamawāhine o Whangārei
      • Guyon Espiner – Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa
      • Fush Uka – Anton Matthew
      • Te Tauihu – Te Kaunihera o Pōneke.
  • On Saturday 1 December Wakatū Incorporation will hold their annual general meeting in Nelson. A highlight for Wakatū Incorporation this year has been the twenty-year anniversary of Tohu Wines. In 1998, Wakatū Incorporation, in partnership with Rarua Atiawa Iwi Trust and Wi Pere Trust, launched Tohu Wines. Tohu Wines is recognised as He mātāmua taketake – the first Māori-owned and operated wine label in the world. In 2010 Wakatū Incorporation became the sole owners of the brand. At the AGM three board appointments will also be decided.
  • This week the former Minister of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Chris Finlayson, announced his pending retirement from politics, in January 2019. Mr Finlayson oversaw the conclusion of approximately sixty Treaty of Waitangi settlements; and is therefore well known throughout iwi groups in New Zealand.  During his tenure the total dollar quantum of settlements rose from a few hundred million to circa two billion in direct redress.  Although his initial goal of settling all historic claims was not achieved while he was Minister (in particular the settlement with Ngā Puhi reads as the one that got away), Mr Finlayson hastened and streamlined the overall settlement process.  In our view he is without doubt a Parliamentary peer in regards to how much time and effort he placed in resolving outstanding Treaty of Waitangi grievances whilst a Minister of the Crown.
  • Parininihi ki Waitōtara Inc, Te Atiawa Iwi Holdings, and Taranaki Iwi Holding have formed Ngāmotu Hotels Limited Partnership for the purpose of taking ownership of the Novotel New Plymouth. The sale date is set for 1 January 2019, and the price is reportedly $23 million.
  • On Tuesday the Parliamentary Committee stage of the Child Poverty Reduction Bill was completed, and the Bill was divided into two Bills: (i) Child Poverty Reduction Bill; (ii) Children’s Amendment Bill.  This policy area is of importance to Māori, as current Ministry of Social Development research indicates circa 90,000 tamariki Māori live in poorer households / poverty.  The new measures and goals within this proposed legislation will include Māori specific poverty reduction objectives, set in consultation with Māori, based on Treaty principles (Pānui 37/2018 and Pānui 2/2018 refer).
  • On Thursday the second reading of the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill was completed in Parliament. This Bill proposes amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act, allowing for the use of cannabis-based products for people with a terminal illness, and to legalize and regulate medical cannabidiol (CBD) products.  A Government Supplementary Order Paper (i.e. a means to improve some parts of this Bill) has also now been put forward for consideration at the Parliamentary Committee Stage.  We advise that the Ministry of Health has commenced issuing licenses to grow specific strains of cannabis plants for medicinal purposes, and that Māori and community-owned Hikurangi Cannabis Ltd has been awarded a licence to do so.
  • On Wednesday the Minister of Health, Dr David Clark, announced that he had received the report of the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction – He Ara Oranga: report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.  The report will likely be made public before the end of 2018 and the Government’s formal response will be published during March 2019.
  • On Wednesday the Māori Television Board announced that its Chief Executive, Keith Ikin, had resigned and will leave the organisation in early 2019. Mr Ikin (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura, Ngāpuhi, Whanganui) has been with the organisation for 18 months. Deputy Chief Executive Shane Taurima will step into the Acting Chief Executive role until a replacement is appointed.
  • Last week Māori Television announced that its current affairs shows will end production shortly and will be replaced by a single brand in 2019. The current affairs programmes   Kawekōrero, Native Affairs and Rereātea will end in December and the news programme Te Kāea will end in February 2019.
  • Last week the Government released the Early childhood education draft strategic plan 2019-29 “He taonga te tamaiti, Every child a taonga”. Despite the title this document places little emphasis on tamaiti Māori or Māori mediums of learning.


Māori news stories for the week ending 31 May 2013

• This week some media outlets reported that the Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust had lost $29 million on low quality investments.  Today, however, the Chairman of the Trust, Rakeipoho Taiaroa responded indicating that figure was inaccurate, and that the Trust expects to make an operating profit for the current financial year.  (We intend to review materials relating to this matter, and will advise further  if required.)

• On Wednesday the Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, announced decisions relating to school closures and mergers in Christchurch.  Amongst those decisions she determined that two Christchurch Kura Kaupapa Māori – which had an interim decision to remain open but for one school to relocate – will now both stay open on their current sites.  The kura are Te Kura Kaupapa Māori, Te Whānau Tahi and Te Kura Whakapumau Te Reo Tūturu Ki Waitaha.   Last September both kura formally rejected the relocation suggestion, lodging a joint complaint over the matter with the Waitangi Tribunal (which was placed on hold in January).

• This week the Marlborough Express and Christchurch Press both ran cartoons on the announcements of the breakfast in schools programme.  One cartoon portrayed images of Māori or Pacific adults participating in the breakfast in schools programme along with children (i.e. freeloading adults); and the other showed a whānau spending their money on alcohol, cigarettes and lotto tickets instead of breakfast for their children.  Both cartoons were drawn by Al Nisbet. On Thursday the Race Relations Commissioner, Dame Susan Devoy, criticised the cartoons.  She found the cartoons to be personally offensive, but not racist.  Despite that, she then called for complaints to be lodged with her on the matter.  In our view the images are clearly derogatory towards Māori and other Pacific peoples.  However it appears, from Dame Susan’s comments, she has already determined that there was no breach of Human Rights legislation.

• This week  several media outlets have reported on Claire Nathan, a Māori woman who was  refused a job as a flight attendant with Air New Zealand because she has a ta moko / traditional tattoo on her forearm.  Ms Nathan has now contacted the Human Rights Commission to determine if Air New Zealand has unlawfully discriminated against her.   Also this week, in a non-related case, the  Human Rights Review Tribunal ruled in favour of the Spit Roast Catering Company and awarded $15,000 in costs against the Director of Human Rights Proceedings – after the Tribunal found the catering company had not discriminated against a Māori employee by asking her to cover a ta moko with clothing whilst working.

• Te Kokoti Moeroa a Tangiharuru are planning a land occupation in protest at the failure to settle iwi land-ownership proportions relating to the Kaingaroa Forest.    Te Kokoti Moeroa a Tangiharuru is associated with Ngāti Manawa.  Pānui E14/2013 provides details on the concerns of this group.

• This week media outlets have reported further on the inability of the Crown Forestry Rental Trust to make funding determinations relating to some Waitangi Tribunal matters.   In particular, claimants involved in the large Te Paparahi o Te Raki (Northland) inquiry are concerned that the next stage of funding for their hearings has not yet been approved.  (This next stage is scheduled for July.)  The Federation of Māori Authorities and the New Zealand Māori Council appointment three of the Trustees, and it appears these two organisations are unable to agree the appropriate means to appoint alternatives, when a conflict of interest presents for a standing Trustee.  This is preventing the Trustees from meeting and making decisions.  Refer Pānui 11/2013 for further details.

Parliamentary matters and Māori news stories for the week ending 9 November 2012

  • On Wednesday the Mount Maunganui Borough Reclamation and Empowering Act Repeal Bill was read a third time. This bill was introduced by Minister Pita Sharples and is supported by Tauranga Moana iwi (refer to E20/2012 for details).
  • On Wednesday the first reading of the Oaths and Declarations (Upholding the Treaty of Waitangi) Amendment Bill was not agreed to.  This private member’s bill (lodged by Te Ururoa Flavell) failed by 69 votes to 52.  This bill was designed to allow those giving legal oaths the right to make an optional plead to uphold the Treaty of Waitangi.  The National, ACT, United Future and New Zealand First parties voted against this; with the Māori, Mana, Labour and Green parties voting for it.  The matter arose after Hone Harawira unsuccessfully sought to plead an oath to the Treaty of Waitangi after being re-elected to parliament.  The matter is now closed. 
  • On Thursday the third reading for the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill was completed.  The bill will pass into law once royal assent is given.  (Refer pānui E11/2012 for details on this matter.)
  • On Thursday a private members’ bill (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment Bill was introduced in parliament.  This bill (lodged by Hone Harawira) provides for the introduction of state-funded breakfast and lunch programmes in all decile 1 and 2 schools and other designated schools.
  • Guy Royal has been appointed a director of KiwiRail.
  • Today the Tai Tokerau aquaculture development group launched the Northland Aquaculture Strategy.  The group, which includes the Te Tai Tokerau Iwi Consortium, are predicting marine farming will employ up to 700 people in the Northland region by 2030.
  • On Thursday a Nelson District Court judge fined fishing company Sealords circa $63,000 and ordered the company to pay reparations of $12,500 for failing to ensure the safety of an employee, under Section Six of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.  Sealords is half-owned by Aotearoa Fisheries.
  • The Māori Women’s Development Incorporation has commenced a series of financial literacy hui across New Zealand. 
  • Last Saturday the Federation of Māori Authorities, Industrial Research Institute and University of Otago launched Hikohiko Te Uira, Māori Enterprise Internship programme.  The programme will provide 10-week placements for Māori university students.
  • The Waitangi Tribunal has declined an application from Te Taou (an iwi located in the Kaipara Harbour region) for an urgent hearing to challenge the Crown’s approach to settlement negotiations with Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara.
  • Te Arawa Group Holdings has purchased the Wai-o-tapu Geothermal Wonderland in Rotorua.

Kōhanga Reo National Trust, Ministry of Education and Te Puni Kōkiri directed to enter mediation

  Last week the Kōhanga Reo National Trust recieved an urgent hearing from the Waitangi Tribunal.    In response to evidence presented  the Tribunal has requested   from the Crown  assurance that any future decisions on policy development or funding of Kōhanga Reo be deferred until the Tribunal has ruled on the matter of urgency.

Ngāti Kahu ask for return of state owned land and forest

Ngāti Kahu is using a precedent-setting decision to ask the Waitangi Tribunal to force the Government to hand back forestry land and other state-owned farms.

Ngāti Kahu wants about 20 per cent of Te Aupouri State Forest, Rangiputa Station, Kohumaru Station, and other state-owned land.

In total the land area represented 5500ha.  The application cites the Supreme Court’s recent “Haronga” decision, in which the court ordered the tribunal to make a decision on returning state forestry land near Gisborne.

Ngāti Kahu originally asked the court to look at the issue in 2007, but it was put on hold so the Crown and iwi could negotiate an outcome.