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E6 5 March 2021: Salient Māori News

  • Last month the Ministry of Education released its annual report for the year ending 30 June 2020 on the Student Loan scheme.  Regarding Māori the report identified, in 2019 Māori were 22% (73,000) of all Tertiary education learners, and 17.6% of all active borrowers for the same period. Student Loan Scheme Annual Report 2020 | Education Counts
  • This week the Department of Corrections published (online only) data about people imprisoned as at 31 December 2020. It shows 52% of those people are Māori; i.e. 4,451 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_december_2020
  • Traci Houpapa has been appointed to the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge board.
  • Leanne Te Karu has been appointed to the PHARMACIndependent Review Committee.

E25 07 August 2020 Parliamentary matters

The 52nd session of Parliament was concluded on Thursday. So no more new laws or policies will be introduced until after the election on September 19th.  Accordingly, to conclude this Pānui, we’ve chosen to attached an extract from the Valedictory Speech of Paula Bennett; an outgoing member of the National Party, who served fifteen years in Parliament, including some as Deputy Leader of her party.  Mrs Bennett has Tainui whakapapa:

“I have always believed the answers to long-term dependency, child abuse, neglect, and violence are in our communities. There is no programme that a politician or a bureaucrat can design that will solve these complex issues. Our community and Māori organisations, I believe, are best placed with support from the State to assist those that are living hard lives. We have to set targets and accountabilities, bring in Māori, community leaders, beneficiaries, workers, and the business sector, and know it will take some time but we can improve people’s lives. We need to set communities up to succeed.”

(Paula Bennett, 29 July 2020.)

E24 Salient Māori News Items to 31 July 2020


  • This week the New Zealand Police published a report entitled Police Statistics on Homicide Victims in New Zealand 2007 – 2017: Summary of Statistics about Victims of Murder, Manslaughter, and Infanticide. The report showed from 2007 to the end of 2017, 236 Māori were victims of homicide, which was 32% of all victims (737 in total).  Māori males comprised 22% (163) of all victims and 69% of the total number of Māori victims.  These statistics are a sad over-representation, given Māori comprise only 15% of the total population.  https://www.police.govt.nz/sites/default/files/publications/homicide-victims-report-2018.pdf
  • Yesterday the Waitangi Tribunal commenced two days of oral hearings into WAI 2915, which is the urgent inquiry regarding tamariki Māori being placed into State care. As presiding Judge Michael Doogan indicated, the claim is about why there have been consistent disparities of tamariki Māori being removed from their whānau by the State, to what extent legislative improvements have been made, and what further requirements are required of the Crown to uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi.  Amongst other respected claimants, Lady Tureiti Moxon spoke indicating that Treaty partnership requires Oranga Tamariki devolving its powers and funding to Māori entities, based partially on the view (which is consistent across claimants) that the Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki have proven to be not capable of meeting the needs of tamariki Māori.

Also yesterday, Oranga Tamariki released a report entitled ‘Improving outcomes for tamariki Māori, their whānau, hapū and iwi’.[1]  We will review this report in full next week but in our initial considerations, however, it’s hard to believe that the timing of its release was fortuitous or accidental.  Essentially our view is that the timing is a combative ‘talking over top of’ rangatira, such as Lady Moxon.  Quite why Oranga Tamariki has taken such an approach is beyond us: it would seem like this is a week the agency might be best to humbly listen to Māori voices regarding the harm, hurt and whakamā that exists in this area (which is why we have deferred our review of their report).

Unfortunately this battle-hardened approach of Oranga Tamariki continues to present as entrenched, and is consistent with their rude reply to the Office of the Children’s Commissioner last month, and ruder still (no) reply given to the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency (Pānui 21/2020 refers).  In short, while Oranga Tamariki perhaps have one of the most difficult tasks of all Crown agencies, that is not an excuse for misunderstanding the authority and mana of the Waitangi Tribunal and its hearing processes.

  • This week the Minister for Treaty of Watangi Negotiations, Andrew Little, confirmed he would not progress with Treaty Settlement legislation for Mana Ahuriri Trust until the grouping held renewed Trustee elections – which the group has so far refused to do, despite receiving over $300,000 for that purpose.

[The backdrop here is that the Crown had reached a Treaty settlement with Mana Ahuriri, which includes financial redress of circa $19.5 million; and legislation to conclude the matter has already had a first reading in Parliament, and is currently before Select Committee.  However, late last year the Waitangi Tribunal found that the Crown had breached the Treaty in accepting a flawed ratification vote for the Ahuriri Hapū Deed of Settlement, and therefore in relation to the mandate of the post-governance entity – i.e. Mana Ahuriri Trust.  (So despite the problems with ratification the Crown decided wrongly to push ahead anyway.)  To remedy this, the Tribunal recommended the Crown obtain an undertaking from the Mana Ahuriri Trust to hold elections (which are to be independently monitored) for all trustees, before progressing settlement legislation.  Plus, the Crown should pay for it all – hence the provision of a further funds to the Trust for renewed elections.  Minister Little is of the view he obtained an agreement from the Trust for elections, and references an email he received – although of course an email is not the same as a Trust resolution, and the Minister and his officials should know that.  The challenge here then is that the Crown cannot force new elections.]

[1] The report is about how the agency fulfils section 7AA of its legislation, and is thus sometimes referred to as the ‘7AA report’ – essentially it sets out what they do and plan to do for tamariki Māori

E43 Salient Māori News week ending 6 December 2019

  • Shane Heremaia has been appointed Chief Executive of Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board. Mr Heremaia will commence a three-year term in January 2020.
  • Dr Wayne Ngata has been appointed to the Tertiary Education Commission Board.
  • Dr Nina Scott, Shelly Campbell, and Professor David Tipene-Leach have been appointed to the Cancer Control Agency Advisory Council.
  • Te Wānanga o Raukawa will receive a one-off $10 million grant from the Government to partially address its Waitangi Tribunal Whakatupu Mātauranga Claim (WAI 2698). The wānanga claims the former performance based research funding model (PBRF) was disadvantageous to the wānanga as it did not support funding of Māori knowledge and Māori research methodologies.
  • On Monday Roberta Little pleaded guilty to eight charges of dishonestly using a document and one charge of theft by a person in a special relationship. Ms Little is the former Principal of Te Kura o Waikaremoana and along with co accused Moana Shuttleworth, (former board of trustee parent representative), were found to have stolen circa $103,000 from the kura between 2015 and 2017. Ms Little was remanded on bail and will be sentenced in the Gisborne District Court in February 2020.

Salient Maori News E37 25 October 2019



  • Mere Mangu has publicly advised that she considers she is now the lawful Chairperson of Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi, following the resignation of Mr Sonny Tau. (Ms Mangu had been deputy and considers the rūnanga’s constitution stipulates the Deputy becomes Chair, if the Chair resigns.)  She has indicated she expects to be challenged for the role, and that a review of services is now required.
  • Arihia Bennett (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi) has been selected as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. Ms Bennett replaces Ngahiwi Tomoana.
  • This week the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation, Megan Woods, announced the development of a multilingual language platform which will enable users to engage with technology in the language of their choice. The language platform will be first launched in Te Reo Māori. The project will receive funding of $13 million over 7 years.
  • Our Marine Environment 2019

    “The Māori relationship with te moana is based on whakapapa and a long history of people who were astronomers, scientists, ocean navigators, fishers, and regulators. Before colonisation, the Māori economy was based on fishing and a comprehensive trading system.  Advanced fishing methods were used – some nets used at Maketu in the Bay of Plenty were up to 1,900 metres long.  In addition, the people of Muriwhenua in the Far North identified and named hundreds of fishing grounds within 25 miles offshore, including seasonal descriptions and the species present (Waitangi Tribunal, 1988). As Treaty partners, Māori have a role as kaitiaki of te moana and mātaitai (fish or food obtained from the sea). Kaitiaki are guardians who carry out the act of tiaki and look after, protect, and conserve the resource or taonga; kaitiaki can be a human, animal, or a spiritual being. This role and the close relationships that Māori have with the moana are acknowledged by the Crown and reflected in Treaty settlements and post-settlement agreements.”  (Page 9)

    Last week the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand released a report on the status of the marine environment. It identifies four issues of concern: (i) our native marine species and habitats are under threat; (ii) our activities on land are polluting our marine environment; (iii) our activities at sea are affecting the marine environment; and (iv) climate change is affecting marine ecosystems, taonga species and us.  This report is not specifically Māori-focused but will be of interest to Māori working in this area, with clear scientific data presented, and an exemplar around kuku.  It is a sobering report.  The report also acknowledges Māori views of the marine environment; as shown in the following text.

E30 Salient Māori News week ending 30 August 2019

  • Following Te Rūnanga-Ā-iwi O Ngāpuhi elections Rāniera (Sonny) Tau has retained the roles as Hauāuru Takiwā Trustee elect and chair for Te Rūnanga-Ā-iwi O Ngāpuhi.
  • On Monday Pita Paraone (MNZM) died.[1] Mr Paraone was a Member of Parliament (New Zealand First) between 2002 and 2008 and then between 2014 and 2017. E te rangatira, e moe; e moe i te manaakitanga o te wāhi ngaro.
  • On Wednesday Tahu Potiki died. Mr Potiki was a former Chief Executive of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.  E te rangatira, e moe; e moe i te manaakitanga o te wāhi ngaro.
  • Last week Ngai Tūhoe signed a Relationship Agreement with Oranga Tamariki to work together when Ngai Tūhoe children become part of Oranga Tamariki services. We advise Oranga Tamariki have entered working agreements with Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Tahu and Waikato / Tainui.
  • This week the National Iwi Chairs Forum was held in Hastings. This coincided with a hui session on indigenous trade, with representatives from Pasifika nations, North and South America, Asia and the Middle East.
  • On Thursday Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced that from term 1 of 2020, the Government will fund a trial daily school lunch programme for the students of 30 primary and intermediate schools (including kura). The trial schools will be a mix of rural and urban schools with high levels of disadvantage located across the Bay of Plenty/Waiariki and Hawkes Bay / Tairawhiti regions.  As the 2020 year progresses other schools in these areas will be invited to join the trial. The free school lunch programme was announced at the launch of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. We will review the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy next week in Pānui E31/2019.
  • This week Stephen Henare was sentenced at the Auckland High Court to five years and two months’ imprisonment on five counts of ‘theft by person in special relationship’ and one count of ‘attempting to pervert the course of justice’. Mr Henare and his sister, Margaret Dixon, while in their roles as trustees, stole circa $1 million from the Parengarenga 3G Trust. In July Mrs Dixon was sentenced to 12 months home dentition and ordered to pay $5,000 in reparations.
Notice of the Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the year ending 30 June 2019.

The AGM will take place on 27 September 2019 at the Rutherford Hotel in Nelson, , starting 10:00am. Please find the full notice here.




[1] Rewiti Pomare Kingi Paraone.

Salient Māori News week ending 26 July 2019

Appointments and Awards

  • Rangimarie Hunia (Ngāti Whātua) has been appointed Chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana (Māori Fisheries Trust).
  • Matanuku Mahuika (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Raukawa) has been appointed to the Callaghan Innovation Board.

Research Snippets

  • This week Oranga Tamariki published information on the number of tamariki who had experienced some type of harm while in the care of the service. In the quarter January to March 2019, 154 harm incidents were identified and 103 children were found to be harmed – an astounding 76% of these related to Māori tamariki.  In short, the number of tamariki Māori with findings of harm while in care is proportionately greater than the number of tamariki Māori in care or custody (59%).


  • Last week the deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters, and the Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, announced the Māori Wardens will receive $3.75 million over three years for training and capacity building (ref E18/ 2019).
  • This week Māori Television apologised to Donna Hall and Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie for the broadcasting of and publishing of an unfounded story concerning allegations of conflict between Donna Hall, Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie and the New Zealand Māori Council Executive. The broadcast and publication occurred on 3 August 2015

The Federation of Māori Authorities (FoMA) National Conference and Annual General Meeting 2019 will be held in Nelson 27 and 28 September 2019. Go to https://www.fomaevents.org.nz/event1_2 for more information

E14 Salient News Items to 3 May 2019

  • Justice Joseph Victor Williams (Ngāti Pūkenga and Te Arawa (Waitaha, Tapuika) has been appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court.
  • Jamie Tuuta ((Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama, Te Ati Awa,Taranaki Tuturu) has been appointed Chair of the New Zealand Tourism Board (known as Tourism New Zealand)
  • This week Statistics NZ advised that due to Census 2018 information being incomplete, it will not be able to produce data on iwi affiliations (when it finally does release census data). This has caused some anguish from various Māori leaders and commentators, as this data is used in a variety of ways, not least of which is to confirm iwi size for Treaty settlement purposes.  In our view, while Statistics NZ obviously cannot undo past poor work, it can and probably should do further surveying in this area so that iwi have a sense of the scale of the issues they are working with.  For example, iwi groups developing education plans need to know how many, and where their tamariki are within the schooling system.
  • Applications are now open for the annual Te Wai Māori Trust – Wai Ora Fund. The purpose of the fund is to assist Iwi and Māori to promote and advance freshwater fisheries development, research and education. The fund value is $250,000.  Applications close 5 June 2018.


  • This week Ngahiwi Tomoana (Ngāti Kahungunu) has been re-elected as chairman of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Mr Tomoana has declared that this will be his final term as chairman.
  • This week Nuk Korako, a former Chair of the Māori Affairs Select Committee under the last Government, gave his valedictory speech with his retirement from Parliament. Below is a pertinent extract from his kōrero

“I want to turn to our Māori people, because I believe it is time to switch your political allegiance back to yourself, to your own tino rakatirataka. The political tribalism of saying we only vote for the party is not doing us any favours. You must demand on every politician that walks across your marae ātea that they show you the proof of their commitment to working hard for you before you give them your vote, because talk is cheap, whānau. Actions, ringa raupā—the callused hands—those are what spoke loudly to our conservative tīpuna, and it is time to demand politicians show you their calloused hands, their ringa raupā, as evidence of what they have achieved for you.”

Nuk Korako, 1 May 2019


Māori Media Items of Interest week ending 29 March 2019

  • On Tuesday the Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, announced that the Lemuel Te Urupu Whānau Trust of Raupunga will receive investment funding of $1.2 million to construct five papakāinga houses.
  • This week hearings for the Wai 2660 Marine and Coastal Area Act  Inquiry were held in Wellington. This Inquiry addresses two main questions:
    • To what extent, if at all, are the MACA Act and Crown policy and practice inconsistent with the Treaty in protecting the ability of Māori holders of customary marine and coastal area rights to assert and exercise those rights? And;
    • Do the procedural arrangements and resources provided by the Crown under the MACA Act prejudicially affect Māori holders of customary marine and coastal area rights in Treaty terms when they seek recognition of their rights?
  • Ngāi Tahu Property, Queenstown Lakes District Council and KiwiBuild have partnered to build a community of 300+ homes in Queenstown. The first homes are expected to be completed in 2022.
  • On Thursday the Hastings District Council (HDC) voted ten to four in favour of appointing non-elected members of its Māori Joint Committee to the council’s other standing committees. The appointees will have full voting rights.
  • Kristy Maria Roa, (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura), Tumoanakotore-i-Whakairioratia Harrison-Boyd, (Ngati Porou) and Taane-nui-a-Rangi Rotoatara Hubbard (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pahauwera, Tainui, Ngāti Pakapaka, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāi Tūhoe) have been named finalist for the 2019 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award. The winner will be announced on 24 May.

E8 Salient Māori News Items for the week to 15 March 2019

  • Te Kōwhatu Tū Moana Trust has entered into an agreement with the New Plymouth District Council, signalling their shared intent to work together within the Waitara community. This precedes the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Act, which comes into effect on Sunday, creating new provisions for the sale of Waitara endowment land.  (Pānui 44/2018 refers.)
  • On Monday the Secretary to the Treasury, Gabriel Makhlouf, announced The Treasury’s new Te Reo name is now ‘Te Tai Ōhanga’. This reflects the wider focus on wellbeing that Treasury now has.
  • This week closing submissions for stage one of the Waitangi Tribunal, ‘Māori Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry’, were presented.  This inquiry (WAI 2475) is one of the Tribunal’s major kaupapa inquires, meaning it is considered of national significance and impacts widely on Māori.
  • The 2019 Māori Fisheries Conference will take place on Wednesday 27 March, at the Novotel Hotel Auckland International Airport. The conference theme is ‘Te hā o Tangaroa kia ora ai tāua’- the breath of Tangaroa sustains us.

Parliamentary Matters

  • This week in Parliament Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, expressed her continued confidence in two New Zealand First Cabinet ministers, namely the Minister for Regional Economic Development, Shane Jones, (Te Aupōuri, Ngāi Takoto) and Minister of Defence and Minister for Veteran Affairs, Ron Marks, (Ngāti Kahungunu). Both have been accused by opposition parties of separately misusing their Ministerial warrants in one way or another.
  • Last week the Māori Affairs Committee has reported back to Parliament on the Ngāti Rangi Claims Settlement Bill – they recommend it be passed, with some amendments. This week the Bill completed its second Parliamentary reading.
  • On Wednesday Green Party Co-leader, Marama Davis, received the Petition from the Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) campaign. The group is against a housing development going ahead at Ihumātao (Mangare), because they consider it is their traditional land that contains historic urupa.   Marama Davis has advised she has written to the Prime Minister asking for the development to be halted.

[1] The data is from the period 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2016.  We have used the present tense as it is the most up to-date research in this area, and there is no indication anything as changed.

Pānui Summary E5 22 February 2019

While the big national policy matter this week is tax reform, in Māori policy the heavy-weight items that landed were the Whānau Ora review and separately the finalised Maihi Karauna (Crown Māori Language Strategy).

The Crown’s long overdue Māori language strategy was finally released on Thursday at Te Matatini by Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden. Our review of this strategy is provided on page 2 (access subscriber only).  Using our standard assessment rubric we consider it of marginal quality in that is reads as partially effective in issue and goal identification, but does have some gaps in analytics.  Most prominently, this strategy is not about new, deep water navigation: it’s a ‘keep it steady, and stay close to shore’ approach for Te Reo revitalisation.  We advise more than that is needed, and note despite the various goal and outcome statements, no new investment to achieve anything different is attached.

The Whānau Ora review was commissioned in May last year. The result is this 100+ page report which essentially reaches the view that, despite there not being enough time yet to be assured of the durability of outcomes, overall Whānau Ora works as it should; and therefore Government ought to gear up to establish more commissioning agencies, and provide more funding to the initiative.  Issues around service fit (i.e. dealing with crisis matters rather than being focused on enabling whānau), and deficiencies in State sector support are saliently noted. Our fuller review is provided from page 6 (access subscriber only), with our overall conclusion being that it’s a good report, but still needs policy work to really address the questions that prompted a review in the first place.    That is, the report is a positive service performance review, but is not a reflective review of overall service design.

As noted, tax is the main economic issue being discussed this week; with the release of the second and final report of the Government’s Tax Working Group. There is much discussion on the rights and wrongs of capital gains tax by political and media commenters, and this issue has a whole second volume report attached.  In the main report, however, there is clear consideration of Māori worldviews, and a considered view on the taxation of Māori land is given.  Retaining and improving the current Māori land tax regime – 17.5% on returns – is recommended.  Further, resolving Māori rights and interests in freshwater is seen as a prerequisite step for any water tax too.   Our review covers these matters, refer to page 9. (access subscriber only)

Salient Māori News Items for the Week to 1 February 2019

  • On Wednesday Michelle Hippolite (Waikato, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki) announced her resignation as Chief Executive of Te Puni Kōkiri. Ms Hippolite will officially step down in July.
  • John Tamihere (Ngāti Porou, Whakatohea, Tainui) has announced he will stand as a candidate for the 2019 Auckland mayoralty elections. Nominations open July 19 and voting runs from 20 September to 12 October.
  • Applications for the 2019 Sir Āpirana Ngata Memorial Scholarship are open. The scholarship is managed by Te Tumu Paeroa on behalf of the Māori Soldiers Trust. The scholarships are open to all Māori studying at tertiary level polytechnic, wānanga, university or other tertiary institutions – with preference given to descendants of Māori who served overseas during World War I. Each scholarship is valued between $1,000 – $3,000.

Applications close 1 May 2019.


  • Kararaina Cribb has stepped down as the Chief Executive of Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust.

News summary 14 December 2018 Edition 44

Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill Third Reading Completed

  • On Tuesday the third reading of the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill was completed in Parliament. This Bill amends the Misuse of Drugs Act, allowing for the use of cannabis-based products for people with a terminal illness or people in palliative care, and to legalize and regulate medical cannabidiol (CBD) products.

Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill Committee Stage Completed

  • On Wednesday the Committee stage for the Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill was completed. The purpose of this bill is to amend the Psychoactive Substances Act 2015 to increase the penalty for selling or supplying psychoactive substances that are not approved products. Critics of this bill believe that increasing penalties will only serve to increase the size of the prison population, and a holistic approach is required if drug use and the associated harm is to be reduced.  We advise in 2016 Māori received 42% of all drug convictions, therefore increasing the maximum prison sentence is likely to impact Māori individuals and whānau disproportionally.


  • Last Friday the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce published a report entitled Our Schooling Futures: Stronger Together Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini. Pānui will review this report early in 2019.


  • On Monday the sixth annual ‘Child Poverty Monitor Technical Report’ was released by Otago University. This work is of interest given the large number of tamariki Māori living in poverty – which we calculate to be circa 90,000, based on Ministry of Social Development research (Pānui 37/2018 refers).  Pānui will review this report early in 2019.

Treaty Matters

Ngā Rohe Moana o Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Porou Bill (No 2) Second Reading Completed

  • Last Thursday the second reading of Ngā Rohe Moana o Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Porou Bill (No 2)was completed in Parliament and referred to the Māori Select Committee. This bill gives effect to a deed of agreement between the hapū o Ngāti Porou and the Crown in relation to the legal expression, protection, and recognition of mana of their marine and foreshoreareas.

Ngāti Tūwharetoa Claims Settlement Bill Third Reading Completed

  • On Thursday the third reading of the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Claims Settlement Bill was completed. The settlement includes $25 million of commercial redress, and $4 million of cultural redress, including the transfer of 32 sites of significance to the iwi (along with an historic account and Crown apology). A unique feature of this settlement is that there will also be the establishment of the Tongariro Trout Hatchery and Freshwater Ecology Centre Trust, which will be co-managed by Ngāti Tūwharetoa, the Minister of Conservation and the Tongariro National Trout Centre Society. www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/ngati-tuwharetoa/
  • On Wednesday Te Puni Kōkiri published a report entitled Section 8I – A report on the progress made in the implementation of recommendations made to the Crown by the Waitangi Tribunal. Pānui will review this report early in 2019.
  • Jenny Lee-Morgan (Waikato, Ngāti Mahuta) has been appointed Professor of Māori Research, Unitec Institute of Technology.
  • Liz Te Amo (Te Arawa – Waitaha, Tūhourangi, Tapuika, Ngāti Moko) has been appointed Chief Executive of Miro Limited Partnership (a berry company owned by a grouping of Māori land trusts).

E37 Salient Māori News Items to 26 October 2018

  • Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Koata) has been appointed to the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council.
  • Linda Tuhīwai Smith (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou) has been named the inaugural recipient of the Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga and Royal Society Te Apārangi, Te Puawaitanga Award. The award is an acknowledgement of Ms Tuhiwai Smith’s contribution to Te Ao Māori and to Māori and Indigenous knowledge.
  • This week the finalist for the inaugural Primary Industries Good Employer Awards were named. Finalist include:
    • Employee Development – Kevin and Kylie Ihaka (Forest Protection Services);
    • Safe And Healthy Work Environments – Kevin Ihaka (Forest Protection Services); Michelle Cherrington (Moana New Zealand);
    • Māori Agribusiness – Miraka; Zac Te Ahuru (Ruapehu Agricultural Developments Ltd); Aaron Kurei (Te Kaha Gold Spraying Limited).
  • Last Wednesday Sir Ngātata Love died, aged 81 years.
  • On Thursday, the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced that Ngāpuhi are now ready to vote on the treaty settlement evolved mandate proposal. Details on the voting process will be made available from the following website at 5pm today govt.nz/ngapuhi.