On Tuesday Ngāi Tahu Property, Te Tapuae o Rēhua, and Lincoln University signed a Memorandum of Understanding to commence a Whenua Kura initiative. This is an agricultural trade training initiative focussed on supporting more Māori into the agriculture sector. The Department of Conservation Northland Conservancy is hosting Te Ao Pakihi – a series of [...]
On Wednesday the Minister for Primary Industries, David Carter, declared the Psa-V vine disease as a medium-scale biosecurity event. Along with this status announcement, Mr Carter also announced further Government support measures for affected growers. Before the disease struck, the kiwifruit industry was valued at $1.5 billion, with Māori interests being approximately 10% of the [...]
Ngāi Tahu has announced the iwi is entering into a public-private partnership with the Crown to build a blood donor and laboratory centre in Christchurch. This follows a partnership between Ngāi Tahu and the Christchurch City Council to rebuild the Christchurch Civic Building. .
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 [...]
On Wednesday the parliamentary committee stage of the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Bill was completed, and the bill reported back with minor amendments. (Refer to Pānui edition 7/2012 for details on Māori views regarding this matter.) The Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill had its first reading [...]
This week the Treaty Tribes Coalition and the Māori Fisheries Trust held the seventh National Māori Fisheries Conference in Auckland. The conference focussed on fisheries trading in the present economic climate, and on sector regulatory changes. (Notable regulatory changes include the pending prohibition on the use of foreign-chartered vessels; refer to pānui E17/2012 for details.) [...]