Anne Carter (Ngāti Kahungunu) has been appointed as a new member of the Local Government Commission. The Local Government Commission is an independent statutory body established under the Local Government Act 2002. Its main roles are to make decisions about the structure and boundaries of local government and the representation arrangements for local authorities.
Spectrum sale – potential Māori returns This week Vodafone suggested that Māori should receive cash from the sale of ‘fourth-generation’ radio spectrum. This spectrum will become available for reuse and sale once the analogue television network is closed in 2013. Communications Minister, Steven Joyce, has indicated that the auction is expected to raise at least [...]
On Wednesday a deed of settlement was initialled between Rongowhaata and the Crown. The settlement includes ownership of the historic Te Hau ki Turanga meeting house, financial redress of $22 million, plus interest since 2008, the return of several Crown-owned properties in the Gisborne region, and an apology.
On Tuesday the Economic Development Minister David Carter announced Robin Hapi,s appointment to the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Board. Mr Hapi has extensive experience in the fisheries industry and has held the roles of Chairman of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd and Board Chair of Sealord Group since 2007. He was previously CEO of the former Treaty of [...]
Yesterday Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister, Phil Heatley announced that a Ministerial Inquiry into the operation of Foreign Charter Vessels (FCVs) will be held. The terms of reference have yet to be set by Cabinet, however the issue of concern relates to employment conditions experienced by foreign crew, while working in New Zealand waters. The fisheries [...]
On Saturday a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to be signed between the Wairoa District Council, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, trustees of four marae, Mahia Māori Committee and landowners. The MoU states that the council will act to protect the integrity of the Whangawehi River and the council will involve tangata whenua in the design, [...]
Yesterday the third reading debate of the Whanganui Iwi (Whanganui (Kaitoke) Prison and Northern Part of Whanganui Forest) On-account Settlement Bill began in parliament.
Effective from 1 July 2011, legal aid funding which had been available for treaty settlement negotiations will be transferred to the Office of Treaty Settlements for allocation as claimant funding.
This week an extensive Waitangi Tribunal report has been released and we have therefore determined to limit this briefing to fuller coverage of that matter. In recognition of Māori Language week we have also prepared this edition in Te Reo. Treaty Matters WAI 262 report released Last Saturday the Waitangi Tribunal released report WAI262, [...]
Jane Huria (Ngāi Tahu) has been appointed by the Governor General as a member and Deputy Chair to the Electoral Commission. Ms Huria’s appointment is for a term of four years.