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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

E5 Salient Māori News week ending 28 February 2020


  • Tracey McIntosh has been appointed a member of the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC) Establishment Advisory Group.
  • Ngai Tukairangi Trust (Mt Maunganui), Otama Marere Trust (Tauranga) and Hineora Orchard Te Kaha 15B Ahuwhenua Trust from (Te Kaha) have been named as the inaugural horticultural finalists for the Ahuwhenua Trophy excellence in the Māori agricultural sector. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony 22 May 2020.
  • Ihumātao. Yesterday Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga confirmed the outcome of its review of the Ōtuataua Stonefields (i.e. the Ihumātao lands).  The review revised the lands to a Category 1 listing (was Category 2) and extends the protected area.  This means the area is now recognised as a place of special or outstanding heritage significance on New Zealand’s national list of cultural and historic heritage.  But that does not extinguish pre-existing resource consents issued to Fletcher Building to develop the land.  As yet, no deal has been announced as to how matters might proceed – although the rumour is that the Government will loan/grant circa $45 million to the Auckland Council to purchase the land from the developers; which might then be gifted back to the people of New Zealand.   We will advise further once announcements are made.
  • Today the Minister for Māori Development Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, and the Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt will sign an Indigenous Collaboration Arrangement. The arrangement aims to promote economic, social and cultural advancement between New Zealand and Australia indigenous peoples. 


Salient Māori News Items to 20 September 2019


  • On Thursday the Te Ture Whenua Māori (Succession, Dispute Resolution, and Related Matters) Amendment Bill was introduced in Parliament. The purpose of this bill is to simplify Māori Land Court processes including the process for Māori land succession. Refer to Pānui edition 24/2019 for background on this bill.
  • This week the Ministry for Culture and Heritage announced that the replica of Captain Cook’s ship the Endeavour will not visit the Mangonui inlet. The visit was removed from the itinerary following complaints regarding the Ministry’s failure to conduct a proper consultation process with Ngāti Kahu iwi. The replica of the Endeavour is touring ports and docks around New Zealand as part of the national commemoration marking 250 years since Captain Cook’s arrival in Aotearoa.
  • Applications are now open for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Te Pūnaha Hihiko – Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund 2020. The fund is open to people and organisations undertaking or planning research which supports the themes of the Vision Mātauranga Policy:
    • indigenous innovation,
    • taiao (achieving environmental sustainability),
    • hauora/oranga (improving health and social wellbeing) and,
    • mātauranga (exploring indigenous knowledge).
      The fund value is circa $4 million. Proposals close midday 14 November.
  • The Kiingitanga movement has advised mana whenua that they would like the lands at Ihumātao returned, although they consider that it falls outside of Treaty Settlement processes therefore the Government may need to negotiate with Fletchers to achieve that.
  • This week Dave Samuels commenced his appointment as Chief Executive of Te Puni Kōkiri.
  • On Thursday the first reading of the Ngāti Hinerangi Claims Settlement Bill was completed in Parliament. The bill includes a financial redress of $8.1 million, the return of 14 sites of cultural significance, a cultural revitalisation fund, and five commercial properties. https://www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/ngati-hinerangi/