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Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 3 July 2015

Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 3 July 2015


  • Sir Wira Gardiner has been appointed the Chairperson to the Local Government Commission.
  • Michael Pohio has been appointed a director of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).
  • Dr Wayne Ngata has been appointed Chair of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission).
  • Professor Rawinia Higgins and Charisma Rangipunga have been appointed as commissioners to Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission). The appointment is for three years
  • Ron Mark has been elected Deputy Leader of the New Zealand First Party.
  • Dayle Hunia has been appointed to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Board.

Māori News for the week ending 3 July 2015

  • Sonny Tau has been stood down as Chairperson of Tūhoronoku, following a recent investigation into his alleged illegal possession of dead kereru. Mr Sam Napia will become the Acting Chairperson.
  • On Wednesday Ngāti Tūwharetoa finalised the purchase of circa 8,500 hectares of property in the central North Island from the Department of Corrections.  The purchase includes the site of the Tongariro-Rangipo Corrections Facility and Hautu Prison Farm.  The Department of Corrections will continue to own prison buildings and will lease-back the prison facility land from the iwi. The right to purchase this land was provided for in the Central North Island Treaty Settlement.  The price of the land is circa $20 million, excluding forestry on the land which was also purchased (the forestry price is undisclosed).
  • On Thursday the Minister of Social Development, Ann Tolley, announced the successful organisations to receive funding from the Capability Investment Resource 2014/2015. Māori focussed organisations are:
      • Ngā Ngaru Rautahi O Aotearoa Incorporated;
      • Te Aratū Trust;
      • Te Hau Ora o Kaikohe Charitable Trust;
      • Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi Incorporated;
      • Te Ora Hou Whanganui Incorporated;
      • Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou Trustee Ltd;
      • Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Charitable Trust;
      • Tūpoho – Iwi and Community Social Services Trust; and
      • Waikato-Tainui Te Kahanganui Inc
  • On Tuesday the Ministry of Health published (online) data tables on Mortality for 2012.  The table provides information on the underlying causes of all deaths and includes additional information such as age, gender and ethnicity.  Key Māori mortality statistics for 2012 are:
      • 10% of all deaths in New Zealand were Māori. In whole numbers 3,064 Māori died;
      • 35.8% of all deaths among 0 to 5 year olds were Māori. In whole numbers 139 tamariki Māori died;
      • 84.5% of deaths among Māori were attributed to some form of cancer.  In whole numbers circa 2,590 Māori died of a cancer related disease; and
      • 119 Māori died due to suicide.  Of these one was aged between 5 to 9 years, and 7 were aged between 10 and 14 years.
    • Data tables can be sourced at: http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/mortality-2012-online-tables

  • On Tuesday Statistics New Zealand released a fact sheet on people aged 65+ years living in New Zealand. The information which has been sourced from the 2013 Census data shows, on Census evening there were 607,000 people aged 65+ years living in New Zealand. Māori represented 5. 6% (circa 34,000) of people in this age group.The factsheet can be sourced at: http://www.stats.govt.nz/Census/2013-census/profile-and-summary-reports/qstats-65-plus-infographic.aspx  

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