Enter your keyword

Tags: Te Whānau a Apanui

E27 Salient Māori News Items to 21 August 2020

  • On Monday the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced that the General Election will now be held on October 17, 2020.
  • Last week the Minister of Defence, Ron Marks announced that former soldier George Nepata will receive a formal apology from the Government and the New Zealand Defence Force for the New Zealand Defence Force’s failure to provide him with a safe system of work and the 31 years he has struggled with his tetraplegia. Mr Nepata has also been awarded an ex gratia payment (amount undisclosed).
  • Last week a Deed of Settlement was initialed between Ngāti Maru and the Crown (this is the last of the eight Taranaki iwi to reach this stage in the settlement process). The settlement provides for commercial / financial redress of circa $30 million.
  • Ngahiwi Tomoana and Takurua Mutu have been appointed to the Tourism Futures Taskforce. This seven-member taskforce will advise government on what changes can be made to the tourism sector as it looks to rebuild from the impacts of COVID -19.
  • On Wednesday, Roberta Little, the former Principal of Te Kura o Waikaremoana, was sentenced in the Gisborne District Court to nine-months home detention and ordered to pay reparation of $45,000 after pleaded guilty to dishonestly and theft charges. Ms Little, along with Moana Shuttleworth stole circa $103,000 from the kura between 2015 and 2017.[1]
  • Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou, and the Department of Conservation will work together on an employment project called Raukūmara Pae Maunga. This project involves the pest control of 150,000 hectares in and around the Raukūmara Forest and it is expected to create over 40 fulltime and seasonal jobs.

[1] Ms Shuttleworth was a former board of trustee representative who had earlier been convicted of these crimes.

Oil extraction matters: from E43 week ending 7 December 2012

This week the Government indicated that Brazil oil company, Petrobras, was exiting its oil exploration activities in New Zealand, and had returned its permit for that activity.  Petrobras’ permit for oil extraction along the North Island’s East Coast had been strongly opposed by Te Whānau-a-Apanui, and protest action last year resulted in some iwi members being arrested.  The iwi has indicated that it is pleased with this outcome, however, the Government has indicated that it is likely another company will seek to take up the permit.

Māori news stories for the weeks ending 13 and 20 July 2012

  • Timoti Te Heuheu passed away last Thursday.
  • Philip Broughton (Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāi Tahu) has been appointed as a member of the Education New Zealand Board.
  • Dr Selwyn Katene (Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāruahine, Ngāti Tama) has been appointed as the Massey University Assistant Vice-Chancellor – Māori and Pasifika.
  • Enid Ratahi–Pryor (Ngāti Awa) has been appointed to the Housing New Zealand Corporation Board. 
  • On Monday Nelson’s first Kura Kaupapa Māori was opened, (Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tuia Te Matangi).
  • Last weekend an official opening was held for Pipiriki forest, Taranaki.  (Pipiriki is twenty hectares of Māori owned wetland. The area has been fenced and stock-proofed with assistance from the Māori Trustee, Te Puni Kōkiri, and other organisations.)
  • Last Monday the Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce, confirmed that $1 million would be invested into He Toki 2.0, a Canterbury Māori Trade-Training initiative.  He Toki 2.0 will be offered through Te Tapuae o Rēhua with support from Te Puni Kōkiri, which will oversee the initiative, along with the Ministry for Social Development and the Tertiary Education Commission.
  • On Monday the Glenn Family Foundation announced the launch of the ‘Otara Project’.  The project is focused on child and community wellbeing (reducing child abuse and domestic violence), and will receive $8 million from the Foundation.  The Glenn Family Foundation has pledged $80 million to national initiatives of this nature.
  • Te Whānau ā Apanui and Greenpeace are appealing the High Court’s decision not to overturn a permit to drill for oil off the East Cape, which has been issued to Petrobras (a Brazilian oil company).  The Gisborne District Council has also approved, without public notification, a consent for TAG Oil and the Apache Corporation to construct an oil drilling platform on a property north-east of Te Karaka.
  • Enviroschools Taranaki and Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre have signed new agreements to provide agricultural training on Parininihi ki Waitotara Incorporation farms.

Māori news stories for week ending 8 June 2012 and Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2012 – recipients for service to Māori.

 Debbie Packer has been appointed to the Local Government Efficiency Taskforce. The Taskforce will focus on efficiency issues of local government consultation, planning and financial reporting practices. A report is due to the Minister of Local Government, David Carter, in October 2012.

 Mavis Mullins has been appointed to the Health and Safety Review Taskforce. The Taskforce will undertake a strategic review of the New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety systems. The Taskforce will report to The Minister of Labour, Kate Wilkinson, during the latter months of 2012.

 Hemi Rau and Paki Rawiri have been appointed to the board of Tainui Group Holdings, fulfilling representative places of the Waikato Tainui executive, Te Arataura. Mr Rau and Mr Rawiri will replace Rahui Papa and Rukumoana Schaafhausen.

 Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi has been accused of breaching the Education Act for referring to itself as an ‘Indigenous University’. (The word ‘University’ is a protected term.) The matter is under investigation by the Ministry of Education.

 Te Whānau-a-Apanui and Greenpeace are awaiting a High Court decision to quash the oil exploration permit off the east coast of the North Island issued by the Government to the Brazilian energy company Petrobras in 2010. The case was heard in the Wellington High court on Tuesday.

 The Intellectual Property Office has declined Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangātira application to trademark four haka phrases – Ka Mate, Upane Kaupane, Whiti Te Ra and Ka Ora.


Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2012 – recipients for service to Māori.

Dames Companion (DNZM)

 Mabel June Hinekahukura Mariu, CNZM, QSM, JP, for services to Māori and the community.

 Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)

 Tracey Tania Houpapa, JP, for services to business and Māori.

 Vera Whakaaronui Wilson, for services to Māori, music and the community.

 The Queen’s Service Medal – (QSM)

 Ruahine Albert, JP, for services to Māori and the community;

 Yvonne Moana Bidois, for services to Māori;

 Takawhiti Te Oraiti Calcott, for services to Māori and education;

 Edward Matchitt, of Opotiki, for services to Māori.

 Frances Karen Pointon, for services to Māori and the deaf community;

 Ariana Simpson, for services to Māori and the community; and

 David Tamatea, for services to disability support and Māori.


Editorial Correction

In last week’s edition within our brief on water policy we incorrectly referred to the Waiapu River, instead of the Waipa, when discussing the Ngā Wai o Maniapoto Act (2012). We apologise for that.