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E12 Salient Māori News Items for week to 23 April 2021

E12 Salient Māori News Items for week to 23 April 2021

 

  • George Reedy has been appointed as the incoming Chief Executive Officer for Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou.
  • The Controller and Auditor-General, John Ryan, has released his findings regarding the Government’s purchase of land at Te Puke Tāpapatanga a Hape (i.e. Ihumātao).  He was asked to investigate matters by both ACT Party leader, David Seymour, and National Party MP, Nicola Willis.  Mr Ryan finds that the purchase occurred without proper authority in place, and that therefore the payment made is unlawful – until validated by Parliament.  He notes the upcoming processes that will now occur to address the concern.  In our assessment, not at great look for the Government – and they will need to explain themselves in Parliament – but given they control the majority of the House it is also a relatively easy matter to fix and ensure the budgeting/appropriation statement is clear.
  • On Tuesday Statistics New Zealand published revised life expectancy data tables.  Based on the period 2017 to 2019, the median Māori life expectancy at birth is now estimated at 73.4 years for Māori males, and 77.1 years for Māori females.  This is an increase in estimated Māori male life expectancy by five months, and an increase for Māori females by one month, above previous 2015 data.   We advise there is still a significant disparity with non-Māori life expectancy estimates.  For non-Māori males, life expectancy is now 80.9 years, and for non-Māori females it is 84.4 years.  (I.e. a seven year disparity remains between Māori and non-Māori for both genders.)

National and subnational period life tables: 2017–2019

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