Last Sunday the Tainui parliament, Te Kauhanganui, voted to remove their Chairwoman, Tania Martin. We also advise that the Deputy Chair, Bill Takerei has reportedly resigned. Ms Martin was removed both as Chairwoman, and as a member of the organisation. The reason was that she was found to have brought the organisation into dispute (vote [...]
On Saturday the Māori Battalion Association will hold their final hui (a remembrance service) in Wellington and dissolve the Association. On Wednesday Statistics NZ published the first edition of ‘Te Waharoa’, which is a catalogue of official Māori social and cultural statistics. On Thursday the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill passed its third reading. [...]
Parliamentary matters Māori affairs select committee hold oral submissions for two settlement bills This week the Māori Affairs Select Committee heard oral submissions for two treaty settlement bills. Submissions were heard for the Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara Claims Settlement Bill on Tuesday, and for the Waitaha Claims Settlement Bill on Wednesday. Māori news stories On [...]
On Monday the Court of Appeal dismissed the Urewera Four’s appeal against their convictions and sentences for a range of firearms charges. (For details on this matter refer to pānui 4 March 2011.) The Federation of Māori Authorities is holding their annual general meeting and conference from the 2 – 4 November, in Taupō. This [...]
The Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill had its second reading on Thursday. This bill effects Māori forestry interests in particular, (refer to pānui E11/2012 for details on this policy matter). On Wednesday the Mokomoko (Restoration of Character, Mana, and Reputation) Bill was read for a first time in Parliament, and [...]
This week the National War Memorial Park (Pukeahu) Empowering Bill was read for a second and third time. (For further details on this matter, and the concerns of Wellington Tenths Trust, refer to Pānui E32/2012.). The Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill was read for the first time and referred to the Commerce Committee [...]
On Tuesday the Marine Legislation Bill had its first reading in Parliament. The Bill provides for the transfer of waste management functions from Maritime New Zealand to the Environmental Protection Authority. Amongst other items, it also substantially increases the amount of compensation payable for marine incidents – such as the Rena grounding.
On Tuesday Jacqui Te Kani (CNZM) passed away. Jacqui Te Kani was a past president of the Māori Women’s Welfare League, and held the position of General Manager. Enid Ratahi-Pryor has been appointed Chief Executive of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa. On Monday Norse Skog Tasman, a Kawerau-based newsprint pulp mill, announced they will be [...]