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E33 Salient Māori News Items to 28 September 2018

  • On Monday the Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Bill was introduced in Parliament. This bill amends the Crown Minerals Act 1991 to give effect to the Government’s announcement made in April that the offshore block offers for oil and gas exploration permits will end, effective immediately. The block offer was an annual tender process established by the former National led Government that allowed for oil and gas companies to bid for permits.
    – The Government will continue to honour the 22 active offshore licences, which have permits to explore approximately 100,000 square kilometres of ocean: the final offshore permit will end in 2030
    – Ending offshore oil exploration is a major policy shift for New Zealand and demonstrates action towards the Government’s commitment for a carbon neutral economy by 2050. This included a target for a long-term transition away from fossil fuels and 100% renewable electricity, by 2035. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_80358/crown-minerals-petroleum-amendment-bill
  • On Thursday the third reading of the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill was completed with  63 votes in favour of the bill and 57 against. The purpose of this bill is to prevent a person from remaining in Parliament if they leave the party for which they stood. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_75706/electoral-integrity-amendment-bill
  • Renata Blair (Ngāti Whātua, Tainui) has been selected as a Crown-appointed trustee to the Eden Park Trust Board. The Board is accountable for the financial and strategic management of Eden Park.
  • Sandra Cook (Ngāi Tahu) and Dr Jane Kitson (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha) have been appointed Guardians of Lakes Manapouri, Monowai and Te Anau. The Guardians’ role is to advise the Minister of Conservation on matters arising from environmental, ecological and social impacts from the power schemes on the three lakes. The Guardians of Lakes Manapouri, Monowai and Te Anau is a statutory body established under the Conservation Act 1987.
  • Robert McGowan, a rongoā Māori expert and promoter of the use of mātauranga Māori in conservation management, has been awarded the Minister of Conservation Loder Cup for outstanding achievements in flora conservation work.
  • Te Ohu Kaimoana group has released its third quarter report for the period 1 April 2018 to 30 June 2018. The report has been published to provide an insight into the work Te Ohu Kaimoana undertakes on behalf of Mandated Iwi Organisations. For the quarter ending 30 June 2018 Te Ohu Kaimoana delivered its services circa $68,000 over budget, however they still expect to distribute a small amount of assets to iwi at end of year.

  • Next Monday voting opens for members of Whakatōhea iwi to choose to continue the current settlement process led by the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust, or alternatively restart the mandating process. Voting ends 26 October. Refer Pānui 13/2018. electionz.com/whakatohea.
  • This week Māori Television staff were advised of a proposed restructure “strategic refresh” which may lead to 19 job losses.
  • This week the Māori Women’s Welfare League National Conference was held in Gisborne.
  • The World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF) will be held 9 to 11 October 2018 in Rotorua. See http://wibf.ca/about-us/ for registration and programme details.

Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 19 June 2015 (edition 21/2015)

  • The submission period for the draft Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill has been extended to Friday 7 August 2015. For further information on the draft bill refer to Pānui edition 18/2015.
  • This week a media outlet reported on a New Zealand Police intervention which refers Māori drivers without a valid licence in the Counties Manukau District to attend training, and gain the correct licence – rather than receive an immediate fine.  If completed successfully no fine is issued.  The purpose of this is to reduce Māori road trauma and offending, in accordance with the Police Turning of the Tide strategy (Pānui 28/2014 refers).   The media outlet suggested this was a race-based policy that benefits only Māori.
  • Ngā Ruahine are considering appealing the Environmental Protection Authority decision to grant a 35-year marine consent to Shell Todd Oil Services to continue running its Maui offshore oil and gas field off the Taranaki coast.
  • Ngāti Ruanui are supporting a petition created by Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) calling for a moratorium on all seabed mining in New Zealand waters, until a more thorough understanding of the risks and impacts are understood.
  • Last week we advised Dr Lance O’Sullivan was appointed Chairman of Te Whānau o Hato Petera Trust.  This is the Trust that oversees the hostel at Hato Petera College.  Subscribers may recall quality concerns are presenting at this college, Pānui 43/2014 refers.  However this week, the appointment has been ruled to be invalid by the incumbent Chair, Tame Te Rangi, on the grounds that a 5-1 vote in favour of Dr O’Sullivan failed as there was an insufficient quorum.  (The board has twelve positions, but six are presently vacant.)  In response, Dr O’Sullivan is said to be seeking a whānau hui this weekend, to have more members elected to the board, allowing for a further attempt at gaining the chairperson’s role.  Mr Te Rangi, however, has indicated that there is a formal process for calling a special general meeting which must be followed.  In addition, Dr O’Sullivan has indicated there have been incidents of serious student bullying within the hostel, and a matter has been referred to the Police for their consideration.
  • Last Friday the University of Otago published an online research report called Oranga Niho me Ngā Tangata Whaiora: Oral health and Māori Mental Health Patients.  The research studied the effect of rehabilitative dental treatment on mental health, oral health, and quality of life; and found positive improvements with improved care.   The report can be view here: http://www.otago.ac.nz/sjwri/otago110932.pdf

Māori News Stories for the Week Ending 20 March 2015


  • On Wednesday the Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment Bill was read for a first time in parliament.  The bill was voted down by the National, Act and United Future parties (61-59) and will therefore not proceed further.  By way of background, this Member’s Bill was initially introduced by Hone Harawira, and then sponsored by Green Party MP Metira Turei, following Mr Harawira’s departure from parliament.  The bill sought to amend the Education Act 1989 to provide for the introduction of state-funded breakfast and lunch programmes in designated schools (Pānui 18/2014 refers).  Also voted down at its first reading was a similar bill, the Education (Food in Schools) Amendment Bill, which was proposed by David Shearer.
  • Yesterday Dame Tariana Turia received an Outstanding Community Services Award, in the 2015 Luther L. Terry Awards for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control.  (By way of background the awards, held triennially, are named in honour of the late United States Surgeon General Luther Terry, who led a landmark 1964 report that conclusively connected tobacco use to lung cancer and other illnesses.)  Dame Tariana received the award in Abu Dhabi.
  • Wakatū Incorporation-owned Aronui Wines has won the trophy for champion Pinot Gris at the Royal Easter Wine Show Awards.
  • On Saturday Ngāti Hine signed the ‘E Tu Whānau’ Charter of Commitment.  E Tu Whānau provides resources to assist whānau, iwi and rangatahi to live without violence.
  • This week the Prime Minister, John Key, is leading a ministerial delegation in Taranaki, with the purpose of meeting with local whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori organisations to discuss issues that are presenting for them.  The hui are part of the Relationship Accord, Te Tatau ki te Paerangi, agreed between the Māori and National parties.
  • The Building and Housing Minister, Nick Smith, has announced that legislation will be introduced to allow 33 hectares of the 123 hectare Riccarton Racecourse reserve land to be converted into a housing development.  The legislation will provide for Ngāti Tahu to be offered the first right of purchase over the land; as provided for within the Treaty settlement between the Crown and Ngāti Tahu.  In effect this proposal will allow Ngāti Tahu to be the developer of the new subdivision.
  • This week voting as to whether the Far North District Council should establish dedicated Māori Wards closed. The results were 9,315 votes against the introduction of Māori wards, and 4,309 for the proposal.
  • The Minister of Māori Affairs, Te Ururoa Flavell, has been criticised by the Chairperson of Te Pou Matakana, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, for retaining funding for Māori social housing within Te Puni Kōkiri.  Te Pou Matakana is the northern Whānau Ora commissioning agency. Mrs Raukawa-Tait is of the view the funding should be directly administered by Te Pou Matakana, as she considers they can perform better than Te Puni Kōkiri in this sector.
  • Yesterday Venture Taranaki released a report on the oil and gas industry.  The report entitled, ‘The Wealth Beneath Our Feet’, claims the industry is valued at $2.79 billion dollars, with over 11,700 people employed in the sector.   Within the report there is a one-page outline of differing Māori perspectives relating to this sector, prepared by Dion Tuuta (refer page 28).  The report can be found here: