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Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 2 April 2015

Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 2 April 2015

 

  • The Ngāpuhi treaty settlement entity Tuhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (Tuhoronuku IMA) has appointed its first three Treaty settlement negotiators. They are: Alison Thom (Ngāti Horahia, Ngāti Toki), Joe Davis (Ngāti Kopaki) and Hemi Toia (Te Māhurehure).
  • Last Friday the Environment Court ruled in favour of Ngāti Kahungunu in its claim against the Hawkes Bay Regional Council.  The Council was seeking to change its planning objectives relating to obligations to maintain and enhance water quality (particularly regarding aquifers).  The iwi argued in effect this would reduce the obligations of the Council, which the Court agreed with.
  • Last Saturday Winston Peters (NZ First Party) won the Northland by-election by a 4,000 vote majority.  One impact of this change is that the National Government will now need to rely further on its Confidence and Supply partners to progress its legislative programme.  This being the case, from a Māori policy perspective, this by-election result effectively increases the likely influence of the Māori Party within this parliamentary term.
  • On Monday the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council confirmed that Mr Teina Pora should not face a retrial for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett.  Pānui 6/2015 provides details on this matter.
  • On Wednesday the Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley announced that an independent panel has been established to review the Child, Youth and Family Service (CYFS).  The panel members are: Paula Rebstock (Chair), Helen Leahy, Police Commissioner Mike Bush, Duncan Dunlop and Professor Richie Poulton.
  • On 1 April (Wednesday) the HomeStart programme commenced. The HomeStart programme increases the value of Government grants available to people seeking to purchase a first home via their KiwiSaver accounts, Pānui 2/2015 refers.  The new adult minimum wage also came into effect, Pānui 5/2/14 refers.
  • On Monday the Minister of Energy and Resources, Simon Bridges, announced the annual tendering of oil and gas exploration blocks.  Pānui 19/2014 and 41/2013 refer.

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