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Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 26 June 2015 (edition 22/2015)

Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 26 June 2015 (edition 22/2015)

  • Ngāti Ranginui has reached a confidential agreement with the owners of the wreaked container ship, Rena.  The agreement means the iwi will no longer oppose a plan to leave the wreckage on Otaiti (Astrolabe Reef), off the coast of Tauranga.  Ngāti Ranginui has cited health and safety risks, environmental factors and political reasons for the change in their position; and indicated it is ‘time to forgive’.  However one hapū spokesperson has indicated the agreement has occurred without internal iwi consultation, and the decision is therefore not supported.  (Pānui 15/2015 provides further information on the Treaty claim relating to this matter.)
  • Media outlets are reporting that a Waitangi Tribunal claim has been filed alleging the government is breaching the Treaty of Waitangi in its negotiations towards a Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).  It is said claimants include Dr Papaarangi Reid, Moana Jackson, Rikirangi Gage, Angeline Greensill, Hone Harawira and Moana Maniapoto.  However we advise the claim is not publicly available for consideration, and we have been unable to verify this information.
  • The Department of Conservation is investigating Sonny Tau, Chairman of Te Rūnanga A iwi O Ngāpuhi, for allegedly attempting to smuggle dead kereru on a domestic flight.  Kereru are a protected species and hunting the birds is illegal.  Mr Tau has made a public apology over the matter.
  • The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Chris Finlayson, has announced that it is unlikely there will be legal action by iwi in relation to first right of refusal property provisions within Treaty settlements.  The Minister noted good faith discussions with Waikato/Tainui were continuing.  (Pānui 20/2015 refers.)
  • This week John Tamihere received a public apology and out-of-court settlement from his former employer, MediaWorks.In the apology MediaWorks acknowledged that the announcement of Mr Tamihere’s departure from RadioLIVE, and subsequent media coverage led to an incorrect perception that Mr Tamihere’s employment had been terminated as a result of a broadcast on 5 November 2013; in which Mr Tamihere and co-host Willie Jackson interviewed a possible rape victim, and were then criticised for the style of their interview.  This interview related a group of men who sought out women and girls for group sex activities, (Pānui 3/2014 refers).MediaWorks has now clarified that Mr Tamihere’s contract simply came to an end on 31 December 2013, and they chose not to renew it.  Mr Tamihere has accepted the apology.
  • A wānanga focussed on Māori homelessness in Tāmaki Makaurau will be held on 2 – 3 July at Tatāi Hono Marae, Tāmaki Makaurau.  For further details view http://www.tpk.govt.nz/en/mo-te-puni-kokiri/our-stories-and-media/tamaki-makaurau-maori-homelessness-wananga

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