- The Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Carmel Sepuloni, has announced a new $5.7 million contestable fund to support Māori with projects that safeguard their mātauranga and taonga on marae, from the ongoing threat of COVID-19. She states,
“The Mātauranga Māori Marae Ora Fund offers support for a range of marae-based projects. This includes the development of conservation plans for whare and wharenui arts, the establishment of harvest areas for cultural materials such as pā harakeke and tōtara, and the preservation of taonga such as waka tīwai, korowai and photographs. Funding is also available to assist with the creation of archives, small whare taonga or publications as a way to both preserve and provide access to mātauranga and taonga on marae.”
- Minister Sepuloni, in her role as Minister for Social Development, also announced $2,65 million in funding for three further initiatives under the He Poutama Rangatahi schedule (an initiative to support youth into education or employment). The programmes receiving funding are:
- Bros For Change Charitable Trust; $1.55 million to support 60 rangatahi over three years;
- Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira; $800,000 to support 60 rangatahi over two years; and
- Talent Rise Foundation (NZ); $300,000 to support 45 young people over two years.
- Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei held a protest march this week against the Crown’s approach of offering redress to other iwi from areas in which they consider they have exclusive tangata whenua rights. The High Court hearing on the matter commences this week. (Pānui 19/2015 refers.)
- Earlier in the week Māori Party Member of Parliament, Rawiri Waititi, was order to leave Parliament’s debating chamber after refusing to wear a necktie – but following that the rules got changed, to better accommodate a broader range of culturally appropriate attire.
- On Tuesday The Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill was read a first time and referred to the Māori Affairs Committee, to be reported by 15 February 2021. Pānui 2/2021 refers.