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Salient Māori News Items to 11 Pipiri 2021
- National Party Member of Parliament, Paul Goldsmith, made a comment on television that he considered colonisation was, on balance good for Māori. The comment was not well received by most other politicians, with his own party leader, Judith Collins, not directly supporting that view and noted that no people, anywhere, like being colonised. (Mr Goldsmith later tried to rephrase the comment to essentially mean New Zealand is a great place to live now.) Opposition Members of Parliament suggested Mr Goldsmith was politicking, along the lines that ‘Māori should be grateful’ for Aotearoa as it is now.
Queen’s Birthday Honours
The following New Zealand Honours and Queen’s Service awards were conferred to Māori, or people giving services to Māori, on 07 June 2021.
To be Dames Companion of the said Order:
- Mrs Hinewehi Mohi, MNZM, of Havelock North. For services to Māori, music and television.
- Ms Ruia Mereana Morrison, MBE, of Rotorua. For services to tennis.
To be Knights Companion of the said Order:
- Mr Wayne (Buck) Thomas Shelford, MBE, of Auckland. For services to rugby and the community.
To be Companions of the said Order:
- Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane, of Christchurch. For services to education, psychology and Māori.
- Mr Harry Haerengarangi Mikaere, of Coromandel. For services to the aquaculture industry and Māori.
- Mr John Webster Te Kapene Thatcher, of Tauranga. For services to Māori and education.
To be Officers of the said Order:
- Ms Esther Rata Jessop, QSM, of London, United Kingdom. For services to Māori and to New Zealand-United Kingdom relations.
- Ms Takutai Moana Natasha Kemp, of Auckland. For services to street dance and youth.
- Dr Benjamin Frank Pittman, of Hikurangi. For services to Māori and art.
- Ms Gwendoline Tepania-Palmer, of Hamilton. For services to Māori and health.
To be Members of the said Order:
- Mr Adam Ngawati Blair, of Auckland. For services to rugby league and the community.
- Ms Yvette Louise Couch-Lewis, of Christchurch. For services to conservation and Māori.
- Mr Ted Turua Ngataki, of Auckland. For services to Māori and the community.
- Ms Maxine Khrona Shortland, of Kawakawa. For services to netball and governance.
- Ms Gina Solomon, of Kaikoura. For services to conservation and governance.
- Ms Mairehe Louise Marie Tankersley, of Christchurch. For services to prisoners’ welfare and Māori.
- Mr Gabriel Pikiao Edward Te Moana, of Turangi. For services to Māori and governance.
- Ms Karen Vercoe, of Rotorua. For services to governance and sport.
- Ms Tracey Lee Wright-Tawha, of Invercargill. For services to health and Māori.
The Queen’s Service Medal (QSM)
- Mrs Michelle Susan Grant, of Gisborne. For services to victims of sexual violence.
- Mr David Matthews, of Christchurch. For services to people with disabilities.
- The Police have announced members of the independent panel to oversee research on policing in communities, specifically “whether, where and to what extent, bias exists at a system level in Police’s operating environment”. The independent panel members include Sir Kim Workman, Lady Tureiti Moxon, Helen Leahy, Rahui Papa, Khylee Quince, Anne Waapu and Glenn Wilcox. The panel will be supported by a research team from Waikato University including Dr Pounamu Jade Aikman, Hector Kaiwai and Tarsh Edwards.
(We consider the formation of this panel to be a positive step, given there are unanswered questions in an array of Policing areas; for example, why did Police trial armed units in Māori / Pacific communities, why is force such as tasers used more on Māori than on non-Māori in apprehensions, why were predominately Māori youth photographed and profiled without consent, and why do Māori face higher numbers of charges per policing incident event, etc.)
- Harete Hipango will return to Parliament as a National Party List Member, following the resignation of Nick Smith this week. Ms Hipango was formerly a Member of Parliament for Whanganui but lost her seat at the last election.
- Te Pāti Māori (the Māori Party) lodged a complaint with the Independent Police Conduct Authority about a perceived lack of support in addressing a threat towards Māori which was made online (now removed). The Party claimed that, aside from poor communication, the level of response from the Police was too low; with a person being spoken to, but not immediately charged. However yesterday the Police issued a statement indicating that an arrest has now been made and a man is scheduled to appear in Court next week charged with making an objectional publication. We will leave it to subscribers to consider whether online content – like the one that follows which has led to the complaint – ought to be matters for the judiciary to formally address, or whether a Police warning might be sufficient.
[WARNING: the extract that follows includes disturbing content and threats of violence. We have included it here as an example of concerns being raised by the Māori Party about racism. The Māori Party is now seeking the establishment of a taskforce to investigate white supremacism in Aotearoa.]
“These maori elite are going to cause a civil war like none before and they will be slaughtered by the thousands. I research I train, I know how to kill, I know how to shoot, give me 10,000 men, 2 weeks and ill have you a f[.] army that will slaughter the [expletive] like you’ve never seen before. .. The first time you will know something has happened is when you try to leave your house and its locked from the outside and theres flames all around ur house and your gonna die in your house. This will be the first instant maori will realise something terribly wrong going on. 150 marae hit in one night around the country by white brave patriot men.” (Author’s name is not released.)
- Ngāi Tahu advised that they are taking legal action against a recent Government policy announcement to accelerate and amend conservation stewardship processes. (I.e. the means to determine what lands ought to remain as conservation lands, and what land might come out of the estate and be used for other purposes). Ngai Tahu considers they have not been properly involved in processes to date, and the proposed work breaches current laws, their settlement and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Separately Ngāi Tahu has also issued a reply to a National Party media statement to clarify that the iwi is not seeking 50% ownership of water utility assets in their tribal area. Ngāi Tahu is seeking co-governance arrangements and considers that will help ensuring ongoing public ownership.
 Information relayed by Te Pāti Māori, not the New Zealand Police who have not commented on the details of this matter.
Appointments and Awards
- Dame Cindy Kiro has been named the next Governor-General of New Zealand. Dame Cindy is the first wāhine Māori to hold this office. Dame Cindy will officially commence the role in October.
- Dr Matire Harwood, Parekawhia McLean, Tā Mark Solomon, Rāhui Papa, Kim Ngārimu, Amohaere Houkamau, and Lisa Tumahai have been appointed to the Māori Health Authority Steering Group. The Steering Group will provide advice to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on governance arrangements and initial appointments to an interim Māori Health Authority board.
- Robyn Wallace, Chris Tooley, Kelly Stratford and Shane Grahamhave been appointed to a newly established Ministerial Advisory Committee for Māori Emergency Management.
- Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- Early this month Dr Moana Jackson received the National Iwi Chairs, Te Whare Pukenga award, in recognition for his contributions to whānau, hapū and Iwi.
Parliamentary and Related Matters
- Last week the first reading of the Plant Variety Rights Bill was completed in Parliament, and referred to the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee. This bill outlines the Crown’s Treaty of Waitangi obligations in relation to the plant variety rights regime and New Zealand’s obligations under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPPA). Submissions for this bill close 01 July 2021. For further background on this matter refer Pānui E18/ 2020.
- Last week the Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Claims Settlement Bill was introduced in Parliament. The settlement includes financial and commercial redress valued at $30 million.
Salient Māori News Items to 28 May 2021
- This week the Minister of Corrections, Kelvin Davis, launched a new kaupapa Māori programme for female prisoners, entitled Wāhine Māori Pathways. Wāhine Māori Pathways, which is being run at Christchurch Women’s Prison, is a series of initiatives designed to improve outcomes for the women, their tamariki and whānau.
- The New Zealand Council of Legal Education has resolved that Te Ao Māori concepts be taught in each of the core law subjects within the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Laws with Honours degree at all New Zealand universities.
- Fifteen projects focussed on increasing Māori access to efficient and sustainable energy have been awarded funding from the project for Māori housing fund. A total of $2.8 million of funds have be awarded in this funding round. The successful organisations and projects are outlined below.
|Te Uri o Hau Tangata Development Ltd||Tongiterōria Marae Kaumātua Flats||Solar Energy Installation for homes of kaumātua||Kaipara||$50,000|
|Hāpai Housing Limited Partnership||Hāpai Housing Renewable Energy Project||Installation of solar PV and centralised solar hot water technology to new iwi rental housing development||Glen Innes, Auckland||$150,000|
|Kokohinau Papakāinga Trust||Kokohinau Papākainga Project||Installing solar for seven marae-based homes including homes of kaumātua and disadvantaged whānau||Te Teko, Bay of Plenty||$300,000|
|Tuhua Trust||Mayor Island – Solar Power Project||Installing solar to replace diesel generators for houses||Mayor Island||$100,000|
|Manaaki Energy||Manaaki Energy: Hawke’s Bay Home PV Installs||Installing solar for high-needs housing, identified in collaboration with local iwi||Rotorua and Hawke’s Bay||$400,000|
|Te Arawa Whānau Ora Charitable Trust||Whiti Te Rā: Supporting whānau to be empowered through solar energy||Upgrading housing with solar focusing on homes with kaumātua and whānau with tamariki||Te Arawa||$150,000|
|The Lines Company/Maniapoto Māori Trust Board||Maniapoto Marae Solar Solutions||Installing larger-scale solar generation on a marae||King Country||$150,000|
|Te Kopua Trust||Integrity Solar Te Kopua Solar Farm||Installing a solar system to power households on the papakāinga, marae||Raglan, Waikato||$85,000|
|Tūhoe Charitable Trust||Scoping renewable energy for Tūhoe hapū eco-villages||Feasibility study into the options for development of renewable energy as part of the Tūhoe hapū eco-villages redevelopment programme||Te Urewera||$75,000|
|Te Whanau a Maruhaeremuri Hapu Trust||Tamanui Te Ra Hei Oranga Mo Maru Renewable Energy Project||Installing solar systems for housing on remote papakāinga relying on generators||East Cape||$140,000|
|Parihaka Papakāinga Trust||Hiringa Nō Runga, Hiringa Mō Raro||Installing and testing a community solar and battery storage system distributing energy to whānau homes on the papakāinga||Parihaka||$400,000|
|Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Waingākau Housing Development Ltd||Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Waingākau Renewable Energy Project||Retrofitting solar panels onto existing homes and integrating them into new builds at the Waingākau housing development||Flaxmere||$150,000|
|Waiohiki Community Charitable Trust||Solar Oranga||Retrofitting solar panels onto social housing for the benefit of low-income whānau||Napier||$150,000|
|Reureu Kotahitanga||Kia Whitingia||Installing solar PV generation on marae and some homes||Manawatū||$400,000|
|Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu||Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Shared Equity Housing Programme||Installing solar generation on homes that are tenanted by kaumātua and whānau with tamariki||Ngāi Tahu Tākiwa||$150,000|
 The New Zealand Council of Legal Education is an independent statutory body. Their responsibilities include regulatory matters and centre on the Council’s responsibilities for the quality and provision of education and practical legal training in New Zealand.
- The Ministry of Health published More Than Just A Jab: Evaluation Of The Māori Influenza Vaccination Programme As Part Of The COVID-19 Māori Health Response. This report presents the evaluation findings from the 2020 Māori Influenza Vaccination Programme (MIVP). The MIVP was an initiative set up as a direct response to COVID -19, the aim was to increase equity by increasing access to the influenza (flu) vaccine for vulnerable Māori groups who were eligible for free vaccinations i.e., kaumātua aged 65+ years, hapū māmā and Māori with pre-existing health conditions.
Key findings included within the report:
- Influenza vaccination rates for Māori 65+ increased from 45.8% in 2019 to 59% in 2020.
- Disparities in vaccinations rates were identified when comparing rates across different DHB regions.
- Last month, a Strategic Partnership Agreement was signed between Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi and Oranga Tamariki. The aim of the agreement is to keep tamariki with whānau, reduce the amount of tamariki in Oranga tamariki care and to create a shift in Oranga Tamariki practice so it better aligns with Ngāti Kahungunu values.
- This week the Far North District Council voted 7 – 3 in favour of establishing Māori council wards. The Māori wards will be established by the 2022 local government elections.
- Antoine Coffin has been appointed to the Ministerial Review Panel into the Future for Local Government.
- This week the Police referred matters concerning donations to the Māori Party to the Serious Fraud Office. It is alleged the Party failed to declare donations or aggregated donations of over $30,000, which combined totalled over $300,000. The Party has already acknowledged its error.
- This week the Department of Corrections published (online only) data about people imprisoned as of 31 March 2021. It shows 52.7% of those people are Māori, i.e. 4,561 Māori in prison. We advise that no textual or further explanation was provided. https://www.corrections.govt.nz/resources/statistics/quarterly_prison_statistics/prison_stats_march_2021b
- 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.)
Parliamentary and Related Matters
- Last Tuesday the third reading of the Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Bill was completed in Parliament, and passed into law on Monday after receiving Royal Assent. (The final vote was 65 in favour, with 33 against, National and Act being against this law change.) Our full review of this law is provided in Pānui edition 6/2020, but in general terms our assessment was:
- the lack of proper consultation with Māori was poor, showing an ongoing level of paternalism in regard to all thing’s whenua Māori;
- the change not to issue rating invoices to unused Māori land (or deceased owners) is good for local councils, and goodish for Māori. It means councils do not have to pay input tax and wait six years for a refund for monies they are never going to get, and for Māori it means there is no record of unpaid rates on lands that have no income attached (and therefore no means to pay rates);
- removing arbitrary rules on the maximum size of marae blocks, urupā, and culturally set aside lands is good, as is ensuring the 164 marae that happen to be on ‘general title’ can also become exempt from rates (like churches and sports clubs), and be treated like other marae built on Māori land;
- allowing multiple land blocks that function as a single entity (say as a single farm) to be rated as a one is helpful, as it reduces complex accounting for owners; and
- allowing dwellings on Māori land to be rated individually – rather than as a single collective is also good – it means a whānau building on their lands will not necessarily be responsible for the rating charges of any of their relations on the same block, thereby making it more attractive to build on pāpākainga lands.
Last week the first reading of the ‘Social Security (Subsequent Child Policy Removal) Amendment Bill’ was completed in Parliament. The purpose of this Bill is to remove the ‘subsequent child’ policy from the Social Security Act 2018 and Social Security Regulations 2018.
By way of background, under the current law if someone has another child while they are already receiving a main benefit the work obligations do not adjust for that child, and instead remain based on the age of the other children. In effect it means some beneficiaries with one year old children must complete work obligations or have benefit sanctions. The current law is said to disproportionately impact Māori and women.
- On March 20, Ngāti Paoa and the Crown signed a Deed of Settlement. The deed provides for a financial redress of $23.5 million, the return of 12 sites of cultural significance, and the return of cultural and relationship items.
- On March 24, the Ngāti Rangitihi Claims Settlement Bill was introduced in Parliament. This Bill gives effect to the Deed of Settlement between Ngāti Rangitihi and the Crown. The settlement includes a financial and commercial redress of circa $11 million.
- Last Tuesday the third reading of the Ngāti Hinerangi Claims Settlement Bill was completed in Parliament, and will now pass into law. Once enacted this law gives effect to the Deed of Settlement between Ngāti Hinerangi and the Crown, and provides for financial redress of $8.1 million, the return of 14 sites of cultural significance, a cultural revitalisation fund, and five commercial properties.
- On 30 March the Wellington High Court overruled a preliminary determination of the Waitangi Tribunal which favoured allowing Ngāti Kahungunu Ki Wairarapa to obtain a resumption order for lands not within their tribal rohe. Justice Cooke found the Tribunal, if it proceeded, would be in breach of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and was not following tīkanga Māori.
Appointments and Awards
- Last weekend Joe Williams was ceremonially knighted at an investiture ceremony at Manaia Marae, in the Coromandel. Justice Sir Williams is the first (and only) Māori to be appointed to the Supreme Court of New Zealand. (He has also previously been Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court and Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal.)
- The Minister for Broadcasting and Media, Kris Faafoi, has announced a governance group to consider the feasibility of a new public media entity (merging state television and radio entities). Bailey Mackey (Ngāti Porou) has been appointed as one member of the expert group. Mr Mackey has experience in iwi radio, Māori television and independent Māori media production.
- Dr Curtis Walker has been re-elected as a member of the Medical Council of New Zealand.
- Associate Professor Khylee Quince, has been appointed Interim Dean of the School of Law, Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
Salient Māori News Items to 16 April 2021
- Kiri Allan, Minister of Conservation and Minister of Emergency Management, is undertaking a leave of absence as she undergoes treatment for cervical cancer. Kia kaha wahine toa!
- The Government has announced funding of $850,000 over two years to support tamariki and rangatahi Māori in the South Island whose whānau are experiencing financial hardship, to participate in sporting activities. e. funding for shoes, sports teams registration fees, uniforms, etc. The funding (called Te Kīwai) will be jointly managed by Sport New Zealand / Ihi Aotearoa and Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, with the commissioning agency being responsible for fund distribution to whānau.
- Last week the Māori Land Court heard an application from a group of beneficiaries of the Mana Ahuriri Trust concerning the operations of their (Treaty Settlement) Trust. The application is for an independent trustee to be appointed and for an investigation to be undertaken into financial transactions regarding some existing trustees. The allegations are that some trustees hold significant business contracts with which have drained the finances of the trust.
- This week the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) closed Takitimu Seafoods, which is owned by Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated. This was due to the failure to renew operating licences on time; however the paperwork is now completed and Takitimu Seafoods is back in business.
- The ESR Māori Impact Team have published a resource in Te Reo Māori and English entitled He Wai Ora Mahere Mātai i Ngā Waikaukau – Is Our Water Safe for Swimming? The purpose of the resource is to raise awareness about testing the safety levels of water, for drinking or used for gathering kai, and bodies of water used for leisure activities. The resource also includes the protocol required for testing water for the faecal indicator E. coli.
- Last week the Electoral Commission referred matters concerning donations to the Māori Party to the Police. It is alleged the Party failed to declare donations or aggregated donations of over $30,000 made to the Party (which combined totalled over $300,000). The Māori Party president, Che Wilson, has acknowledged the referral and the likelihood the Party has breached electoral law.
- The Government has announced funding of $6 million over four years to retain and attract more Māori and Pasifika to midwifery. The initiative entitled Te Ara ō Hine, will fund a liaison person at each of the five midwifery provider institutes, provide pastoral care, academic support, and targeted recruitment to Māori and Pasifika communities. A discretionary hardship fund for students will also be available.
- Mangatawa Pāpāmoa Blocks Incorporated (Bay of Plenty) have just finished building three more affordable rental homes, plus three more social housing whare. These houses are specifically for sole parent tāne and their tamariki, and bring the total housing for the Incorporation up to 36.
- Pare Kore (Zero Waste) has been granted $3 million from the Ministry for the Environment. The funding will support the delivery of Whakapapa ki a Papatūānuku; which is a marae-based training programme that supports whānau, hapū and iwi to reduce waste.
- Tokomairiro Waiora has received a grant of $54,000 from the Ministry for Primary Industries to support counselling services for rural Māori with addiction and mental health issues in South Otago. Tokomairiro Waiora is a Whānau Ora provider.
- On Thursday, the Ministry of Social Development released the Benefit Fact Sheets for the quarter ending 31 March 2021. There are no significant shifts for Māori – 31% of Māori adults receive one of the main benefits; and we will provide our full review in the next Pānui.
- Last week the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment announced the successful recipients for the Te Pūnaha Hihiko – Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund. Sixteen projects will receive funding, as outlined below.
|Organisation name||Title||Other organisations involved||Funding
|Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited||Advancing equitable wellbeing in rural Aotearoa New Zealand using Te ao Maori in complex Water Management||Environment4Health, Te Kereru Associates, Ngāti Rangi, Te Whanau a Apanui||$249,000
|Kapenga M Trust||Kapenga Tuna Manaaki||National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited||$229,000|
|Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd||Weaving the strands: Mātauranga and palaeoecology at the Ōpihi Taniwha rock art site||Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art Trust||$250,000|
|He Whenua Pungapunga – Exploring the sustainable use of Te Arawa’s natural pumice resources||Tauhara North No. 2 Trust and Zymbl Innovation||$250,000|
|Innovating kaitiaki for indigenous taonga – pupurangi snails
|Muaūpoko Tribal Authority Inc., Genomics Aotearoa, Genomics for Aotearoa New Zealand, Elshire Group Ltd.||$250,000
|Te Aho Tapu Hou – A New Sacred Thread: Taking Muka Fibre to High Value Textiles to Unlock Sustainable Harakeke-Based Māori Enterprise||Rangi Te Kanawa, Region Net Positive Ltd, AgResearch, Aotearoa Back Country Developments Ltd||$249,000|
|National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited||Kia whakamana te hapū hei penapena rawa to rātou moana – Empowering coastal hapū to manage their rohe moana||Ngāti Kere Tangata Kaitiaki representing Ngati Kere hapū for Te Taiapure o Porangahau||$250,000|
|Maaku anoo e hanga i tooku nei whare — Building our own house within a climate change environment||Te Taniwha o Waikato, Swampfrog Environmental & Tree Consultants Ltd||$250,000|
|Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust||Te Kawau Tiripou: Mātauranga Māori through GPS as a tool for Iwi and Hapū governance||Massey University||$250,000|
|Te Reo Irirangi o te Hiku o te Ika||Ko te reo kia tika, ko te reo kia rere: Machine Learning to Support te reo Māori Pronunciation.||Dragonfly Data Science||$250,000|
|Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu Limited||Kā Ara Tīpuna – Growing intergenerational capacity to meet mahika kai aspirations||University of Canterbury, Plant and Food Research Ltd, Keewai Ltd||$250,000|
|The Cawthron Institute Trust Board||Te Kete Raukotahi||Te Arawa Fisheries Group, Te Runanga o te Whānau||$250,000|
|The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited||Te Ao Turoa – Intergenerational Resource Sustainability||Te Aroha Witehira Whanau Trust, Kaingahoa Marae Trust, Te Rawhiti Marae Trust||$249,500|
|Innovations in koi processing for regional economic growth and environmental restoration||Te Riu o Waikato Ltd (TROWL), Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Inc., AM2 & Associates||$185,000|
|The Research Trust of Victoria University of Wellington||Matching Haapu Knowledge with Machine Learning during the Construction of the IT Artefact||Te Ruapekapeka Trust||$250,000|
|Whakatohea Māori Trust Board||Hei Arahi i te Ahurea Matihiko o Whakatōhea – Building Capacity for Digital Curation and Cultural Research||University of Waikato||$250,000|
- One media outlet has run a story which appears to indicate that two Government agencies – the transport agency Waka Kotahi and Heritage New Zealand allegedly colluded to ensure a Taranaki hapū grouping, Poutama, was purposely not properly consulted with on a roading project which affected them. If proved to be true this would suggest legal breaches, and agency conflicts of interest, may exist. Again, we consider this is the type of matter that a strong Te Puni Kōkiri should immediately be alert to and ready to proactively review and, if necessary, remedy.
- The Minister of Social Development and Employment, Carmel Sepuloni has announced four entities are to receive funding, collectively totalling $5.5 million, for increased Māori Trades and Training initiatives. The recipients are Manaia SAFE Forestry School and the ICONIQ Group in Tairāwhiti-East Coast, North Drill Ltd in Northland-Tai Tokerau and Minginui Nursery in the Bay of Plenty.
- Te Puni Kōkiri is investing circa $1 million in Papakāinga developments on Wharekauri (the Chatham Island) to create 5 new homes. (Sounds great, but again, is this core business, or something Whānau Ora was originally scoped out to do?)
- Sir Kim Workman has been appointed Chair of an Independent External Reference Group to support research into how the Police can ensure its services are fair and equitable.
- Earlier this month the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) published the Social Housing Register data sheets for the quarter ending 31 December 2020. The data shows that 11,171 Māori (and their whānau) are in need of a house and qualify for assistance. This is 49% of all those registered, meaning Māori housing needs continue to be dispproportionately higher than others. Housing Register – Ministry of Social Development (msd.govt.nz)
- Surf Lifesaving New Zealand published a report entitled National Beach & Coastal Safety Report 10-Year Overview 2010-2020 & 1-Year Overview 2019-20. The report showed that during the period 2010 to 2020, Pacific Peoples and Māori had the highest fatal drowning rates of 1.31, and 1.13 per 100,000 respectively, compared to the national rate of 0.85 per 100,000 .slsnz-beach-coastal-safety-report-2020_single-pages-for-digital-use.pdf (surflifesaving.org.nz)