- 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.
Last week Mr Robin Hapi (Ngāti Kahungunu) announced that he will step down as the Chair of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd. Mr Hapi retirement ends 20 years of continous leadership within the fishing industry. Since 1991 Mr Hapi has held the following positions; Chief Executive of Te Ohu Kai Moana (1991-1997), Director – Sealord Groups Ltd (1997), Chief Executive of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd (2004 -2007), Chairman and Director- Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd (2007-2011).
Mr Hapi will continue in his current directorships and positions which include; Director -New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Independent Chair – Business Economics Research Limited (BERL), Commissioner -Tertiary Education Commission, Deputy Chair -Te Wananga o Raukawa, and Adjunct Professor – Massey University, College of Business.