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Salient Māori News Items for the week to 29 July 2016 (edition 26/2016)


  • Te Puea Marae has advised that it will be concluding its respite housing initiative shortly. Marae Chairperson, Hurimoana Dennis, has indicated 60 whānau have been placed in accommodation, including 83 tamariki.  They will continue to work with fourteen whānau who are still staying at the marae.
  • On Monday the Minister for Education, Hekia Parata, announced that thirty ‘Kupe Scholarships’ have been awarded to Māori and Pasifika people seeking to become teachers. The scholarships cover course fees, some living costs and  provide for mentoring.  The list of successful recipients is available here:


  • The Rotorua Lakes Council has won a Local Government New Zealand Awards judges’ choice award for its partnership work with Te Arawa.
  • This week the Waitangi Tribunal has been hearing claims alleging the Department of Corrections had under-served Māori inmates and failed to uphold the Treaty of Waitangi. (We will advise further at the Tribunal reporting stage.)
  • Nuki Takao and Waihoroi Shortland have both been appointed to Te Mātāwai (by their respective iwi cluster groupings).
  • Chief Executive of Te Māngai Pāho, John Bishara, has announced his resignation, in order to take up a new role with the Lake Taupō Forest Trust.

Māori news stories for the week ending 14 November 2014 (edition 40)

  • The Department of Corrections has announced that new prisoners will have pounamu or manaia removed, and returned to their whānau.   The stated reason is that the items are beings traded amongst prisoners, which has escalated conflicts.  Prisoners currently serving a sentence will not have to surrender their pounamu or manaia.  Māori Party spokesperson, Marama Fox, has indicated the party is concerned, noting no evidence has been provided by the Department for the decision, and accordingly has requested a meeting with the Minister for Corrections, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.  (We advise, if there is an issue of conflicts over trades, then by limiting but not eliminating supply, the Department could potentially be increasing such conflicts, if demand remains high.)
  • Ngāi Tūhoe is preparing to conduct a review of hunting permits issued within Te Urewera, in accordance with its management role over the area.  The iwi has indicated the review is focused on ensuring appropriate permit systems are in place, and better provide for information sharing.  Chairperson, Tamati Kruger, has indicated that previously there had been no monitoring of permits issued.
  • Media outlets are reporting that further job losses may occur at Sealord, and that iwi groups may be disenfranchised with the performance of the company, and seek a more active governance role in the future (as a potential outcome of the review of the Māori Fisheries Act).  Pānui is reviewing these matters, and will seek to provide a further summary brief on the review of this sector as it develops.
  • East Taupō Lands Trust, a Māori charitable trust has entered a honey supply partnership with Comvita.  East Taupō Lands Trust manage over 30,000 hectares of land south-east of Taupō.
  • A Ngāti Kahungunu Marae, Waipatu, is requesting a moratorium on water consent applications for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.  This is in response to a company, Elwood Road Holdings, seeking to increase its water extraction limitations from the Heretauranga aquifer (from 360,000 to 900,000 litres).  The water is sought for a bottled-water exporting company.


Māori news stories for the week ending 3 August 2012

  • Doctor Katarina Edmonds and Doctor Poia Rewi have been appointed to the Board of The Maori Language Commission. They will replace outgoing members, Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi and Ruakere Hond.
  • This week Ngāti Tūwharetoa confirmed that Sir Tumu te Heuheu has withdrawn from his role as chair of the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board. Sir Tumu te Heuheu remains paramount chief of Ngāti Tūwharetoa.
  • On Monday the launch of Indigenous New Zealand was held in Auckland. Indigenous New Zealand is a collective of eighteen Māori food and beverage producers, working together to increase recognition within local and international markets.
  • This week the Māori Affairs Select Committee continued to hear oral submissions for the Inquiry into the Determinants of Wellbeing for Māori Children.
  • On Monday the Office of the Auditor-General announced that they will not hold an investigation into funding aspects of Te Raukura, Te Wharewaka o Poneke. (In April an unnamed party lodged a request with the Office for an investigation, alleging matters of financial impropriety.)
  • On Wednesday the Ministry for Primary Industries opened a special round of funding, Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF), for Māori agri-businesses. The fund will provide $1 million for co-investment into projects that will encourage sustainable resource use in Māori agri-businesses. Applications close on 31 August.
  • This week two Māori writers won awards in the New Zealand Post Book Awards. Chris Winitana (Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāi Tūhoe) won the Māori Language category for his book, Toku Reo, Toku Ohooho: (My Language, My Inspiration). Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai) won the fiction category with her historical novel, Rangatira.
  • This week one case relating to the misuse of Whānau Ora funding at the We Against Violence Trust in Dunedin was heard, with Michael Logan Wong-Tong pleading guilty to conspiracy to sell cannabis. Overall, charges relate to dishonestly offences, with the Police Statement of Facts alleging that public funds were used for the purchasing of illegal drugs. Cases against other people related to this matter are continuing.

Māori news stories for the week ending 4 May 2012

  • The Auckland Independent Māori Statutory Board has commenced a series of six hui to consult on health and wellbeing issues such as Te Reo Māori, housing and co-governance of natural resources.  Feedback from hui will be used to develop the Tāmaki Makaurau – Māori Wellbeing Plan.
  • Ngāti Kahungunu iwi continues to support locked out AFFCO (Wairoa) workers and their whānau through the provision of weekly food parcels and welfare advice.  The AFFCO  (Wairoa) plant is now in its tenth week of industrial action.
  • On Tuesday, Just Speak, the youth arm of Rethinking Crime and Punishment released a preliminary position paper called Māori and the Criminal Justice System: A Youth Perspective.  The position paper is highly supportive of research and recommendations made in Moana Jackson’s 1988 report He Whaipaanga Hou.

Omnibus Briefing – Policy matters arising to 24 February 2012

This omnibus brief outlines emerging issues relating to Māori social, economic and treaty matters to 12 noon, 24 February 2012. Key matters to note are:

 Services to children of Māori prisoners;

 Comparative research on rates of infectious diseases;

 Protest group occupy two Crafar farm properties;

 Ministry of Education – Brief to Incoming Minister;

 Ministry of Health – Brief to Incoming Minister;

 Ministry of Social Development – Brief to Incoming Minister

If you wish to have full access to our weekly briefing papers follow the link to our subscription page: http://panui.co.nz/subscribe/

Youth crime prevention funding

Nine community providers  delivering programmes to reduce Youth Crime will receive funding from the Child Youth and Family  -Fresh Start Innovation Fund.  Yesterday, Minister of Social Development and Employment, Paula Bennett announced that  $730,000 has been allocated to the Fresh Start Innovation Fund which is now in its third funding round. 

A key focus of the Fund is to address the high numbers of young Māori within the youth justice system.