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Feature stories

Feature stories about Te Puni Kōkiri work and initiatives we support.

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  • Te Ture Whenua Māori Update

    • Date: 09 December 2016

    On 25 of November the Māori Affairs Select Committee reported Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill back with changes in areas such as succession, decision-making and the appointment of Judges to the Māori Land Court.

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  • Indigenous rights, responsibilities and resilience

    • Date: 08 December 2016

    Over 200 judges, lawyers, tribal court members, thought leaders and community advocates gathered on the traditional lands of the Acjachemen and Tongva people in California USA for the World Indigenous Law Conference in October this year.

     

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  • Authentic values benefit Māori businesses

    • Date: 08 December 2016

    The contribution of values-based Māori businesses to the New Zealand economy has been recognised in the New Zealand International Business Awards 2016.

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  • Turning research in to changes for whānau

    • Date: 08 December 2016

    The Social Policies, Evaluation and Research Unit (formerly known as the Families Commission) has announced the launch of an annual fund of $750,000 to enable researchers to access the latest high quality data regarding families and children in contemporary Aotearoa.

     

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  • Māori governance training cuts straight to it

    • Date: 08 December 2016

    Two and a half years in to their settlement Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust were ready for some fresh ideas and the new governance training course, developed by Te Puni Kōkiri in partnership with the Institute of Directors (IoD), was a perfect fit.

     

     

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  • T-shirts sales spreading kindness to Kaikōura businesses

    • Date: 08 December 2016

    Over $10,000 has been raised in t-shirt sales to support Kaikōura businesses following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the region on 14 November.

     

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  • A special Xmas gift for the public servant who has everything ….

    • Date: 08 December 2016

    Jock McEwen (b.1915 – d.2010) cannot be called “a man of his time” because during his time paternalistic and assimilationist views were still widely held.

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  • Age means nothing

    • Date: 30 November 2016

    Nineteen Kaumatua from Ōrongomai Marae took on Kaumatua IronMaori through the Matika Fund.

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  • Wairere Village something we all can be proud of

    • Date: 21 September 2016

    An ambitious social housing project celebrated the opening of the first home that will provide affordable housing options for whānau and kaumātua in Hamilton. The completed show home - a two bedroom kaumātua unit - was opened at a ceremony attended by more than 100 people.

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  • Tainui-Whiro descendants open papakāinga in Raglan

    • Date: 21 September 2016

    Three whānau moved into their new homes as part of the completion of stage one of Te Kopua 2B3 papakāinga scheme in Raglan.

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  • Maniapoto papakāinga workshops ends on high note

    • Date: 21 September 2016

    The joint initiative co-funded between Te Puni Kōkiri, Waikato District and Waipā District councils provided three tailored wānanga held over three-months in the Waikato region for whānau trusts.

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  • Never too late to make a change

    • Date: 19 September 2016

    If you had told a 14 year-old Jack Raharuhi that within 10 years he’d be managing a 450 hectare farm with more than 1000 cows and five full-time staff he’d have probably shrugged you off.

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  • First steps to Te Reo Māori journey

    • Date: 19 September 2016

    Rawinia Higgins wants all New Zealanders to embrace Te Reo Māori, and believes the new Māori Language Act provides the structure that will encourage more positive attitudes towards te reo Māori through greater visibility.

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  • A Strategy of inclusion and partnership

    • Date: 19 September 2016

    Ngahiwi Apanui is not one to rest on his laurels. The Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori acknowledges however, that it would be easy to do so given the success of this year’s Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

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  • South Island farm scoops up Ahuwhenua trophy

    • Date: 19 September 2016

    For the first time in its 83 year history, a South Island dairy farm has won the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming award.

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  • Hineprenuer – Building Whānau Wealth

    • Date: 19 September 2016

    Bobbi Morice typifies Hinepreneur capability coaches around the motu who are providing Māori with advice and support and help build their personal, whānau and business wealth.

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  • Karen Vercoe – Stepping Up & Into Opportunity

    • Date: 19 September 2016

    As a child Karen Vercoe was taught that when opportunities present themselves, she should always step up and take them. It’s a philosophy she has continued to pursue and apply – in her international sporting career, working for her iwi and as a successful business owner.

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  • Tairāwhiti-preneur: Bobbi Morice

    • Date: 19 September 2016

    Tairāwhiti business woman and owner-operator of Ruatoria pies, Bobbi Morice, discusses business and her role as Hinepreneur capability coach.

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  • Kāhui Tautoko – A vision fulfilled

    • Date: 19 September 2016

    Meet Mara Andrews, inspiring company Director who leads Kāhui Tautoko, a company with a formidable reputation for the work it does in the space of indigenous development.

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  • Miriana Stephens

    • Date: 19 September 2016

    Miriana Stephens credits her business success to her grandparents who raised her by the motto ‘it’s an honour to serve’. “They had that entrepreneurial spirit,” she said, “so I guess it’s in my DNA.”

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  • Hemi Rolleston: Looking into the unknown

    • Date: 19 September 2016

    Interim Chief Executive at Callaghan Innovation, Hemi Rolleston, discusses the need to support Māori business leaders to pursue innovation and entrepreneurship.

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  • Te Aro Pā – a place to call home

    • Date: 19 September 2016

    As the country comes to the grips with the ongoing housing crisis, Māori landowners are finding their own solutions. The owners and trustees of Te Aro Pā are amongst those leading the way with a build of 14 papakāinga homes at Greta Point in Wellington.

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  • Home repairs have massive impact

    • Date: 19 September 2016

    The transformation and impact has been massive. Our tamariki are really excited. The windows in their rooms and the holes in the floor will be fixed. There’s real excitement.” 

    Such has been the impact of new funding in the north for Māori housing. 

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  • He who stands, lives

    • Date: 19 September 2016

    The new Chair of Matika: Moving the Māori Nation, Trevor Shailer, discusses his vision for wanting to change the lives of whānau to be healthier and more active.

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  • Whānau Ora - Te Kākano o te Totara Leadership Wānanga

    • Date: 31 August 2016

    Te Kākano o te Totara offers the opportunity to support the growth of these emerging leaders through wānanga, networking, coaching, and mentors to pursue whānau transformation.

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  • Home repairs make life easier for Chatham Islands Resident

    • Date: 31 August 2016

    Life is much easier for Chatham Islands woman Joan Hough, now that she has an affordable and reliable power supply and access to water.

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  • Photo: John Stevens (Hone Tipene) - Kōhatu Cookers - Photo courtesy of Fairfax Media NZ - Taranaki Daily News.

    Hāngī Cooker set for success in Australasia

    • Date: 31 August 2016

    Hone Tipene has adapted the traditional earth oven for a modern lifestyle. He now has a successful business with an expected growth of 150%.

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  • Restoring my own mana

    • Date: 25 July 2016

    Matanuku is a man who, with help from an initiative being run by the Manukau Urban Māori Authority in South Auckland, has turned his life around, and has taken steps to restore his own mana on his own terms.

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  • Kapa haka is for everyone

    • Date: 25 July 2016

    Meet the new Executive Director of Te Matatini, Carl Ross, as he talks about his passion for kapa haka and priorities in his new role.

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  • From te reo 'outsider' to te reo ambassador

    • Date: 25 July 2016

    There was a time when Jenny-May Clarkson felt like an “outsider” in her own culture. Yes, she “looked Māori, felt Māori”, but never quite got Māori.

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  • Te Mātāwai

    • Date: 25 July 2016

    Membership of Te Mātāwai – the new organisation established to lead reo Māori revitalisation on behalf of iwi and Māori – is almost finalised and it’s likely it will hold its first meeting in late October 2016.

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  • Thankful for a shot

    • Date: 25 May 2016

    Applying for up to 60 jobs a week with no success was getting her down. It wasn’t until Vanisa completed a single Māori mother’s employment programme offered through Manukau Urban Māori Authority that she was successful in her search.

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  • Whenua Māori Fund Open

    • Date: 29 March 2016

    Maori land owners are keen to explore ways to better utilise their whenua as applications to the new Whenua Maori Fund start coming forward.

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  • Whānau Ora - Pā Ora, Pā Wānanga at Omaka Marae

    • Date: 29 March 2016

    Whānau of Omaka Marae in Blenheim believe in the whakatauki ‘He tangata akona ki te marae, tū ki te ao, tau ana’. If a person is well connected to their marae they will learn all the values and principles needed to participate in the global village with confidence.

     

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  • Te Pātaka a Te Ururoa

    • Date: 29 March 2016

    Easter is our first significant public holiday since Christmas and New Year. It signals the onset of winter, colder days and longer nights.

    When I look back on the year so far, I am feeling pretty good about the mahi Te Puni Kōkiri has achieved with the help of iwi, hapū and whānau.

     

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  • Ranginui e tū iho rā

    • Date: 29 March 2016

    Thousands descended on Ōrākei marae, many more followed the live stream coverage to pay tribute, to honour and to grieve the loss of one of te ao Māori’s most influential academic leaders and advocates – Dr Ranginui Walker.

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  • Mōkai Kāinga: All about community

    • Date: 29 March 2016

    For more than three decades Mōkai Kāinga Trust in Wellington has been ‘giving back’ to the community it serves. We visited Ōwhiro Gardens to discover a little bit more about what happens on the ground.

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  • Ahuwhenua finalists' field days

    • Date: 29 March 2016

    The three Ahuwhenua Trophy finalists - Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited, Tewi Trust and The Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporation have hosted their field days.  Last month the three finalists were announced by the Minister in Parliament .  The winner will be announced Friday, 20 May.

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  • Whāia te iti kahurangi

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    In this edition, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, writes about a new fund to support Māori land owners and looks forward to The Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill being reported back from Parliament.

     

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  • Whānau Ora - Reo Pēpi pukapuka

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    Two Ngāi Tahu hākui from Ōtākou have collaborated to create a series of beautiful children's books with hand drawn images featuring both English and Te Reo Māori.

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  • Whānau Ora supports USO Bike Ride initiative

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    USO riders aim is to cycle the length of New Zealand as a challenge to the Māori and Pacific community to focus on Cancer awareness, regular health checks, and lifestyle management throughout all ages.

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  • Rise Up!

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    Fourteen Māori women will soon make their mark as graduates of the world’s first indigenous international leadership coaching programme.

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  • Tai Tokerau Economic Action Plan launched

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    Te Tai Tokerau Economic Action Plan was launched last month, emphasising that Māori, government and industry working in unison was critical to grow incomes, jobs and investment in Northland.

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  • Ngāpuhi Festival

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    More than 32,000 people crowded out Northland College and Kaikohe to attend the 11th Ngāpuhi Festival last month. 

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  • Honey is like the “It Girl” of the primary industry sector

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    Māori Trustee Jamie Tuuta outlines Te Tumu Paeroa plans to support more Māori into the honey industry.

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  • Hannah Wallace, winner of the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer of the Year 2015.

    Ahuwhenua Trophy finalists announced

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have congratulated this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy competition finalists, celebrating excellence in Māori farming.

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  • Mens second division flight winners

    Kaupapa Māori bowls everyone away

    • Date: 17 February 2016

    Manaakitanga and tautoko were well demonstrated at the 2016 Aotearoa National Māori Bowls Tournament held in Wainuiomata over Waitangi weekend.

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  • Photo credit - John Miller 'Whina Cooper at Parliament, Wellington, during Māori Land March arrival', 13 October 1975, from PHOTO HISTORIES exhibition, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 2009.

    The Journey to Te Ture Whenua Māori

    • Date: 16 February 2016

    The reform of Te Ture Whenua Māori is the most significant to have occurred in the last 40 years. During that time Māori have advocated for greater tino rangatiratanga over their whenua. 

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  • Te Ture Whenua Māori

    • Date: 27 January 2016

    The relationship between Māori, whenua and the law has been a long and complex one. A century and a half ago the creation of the Native Land Court started a period of the greatest upheaval and change Māori ever experienced in their status and relationship with the whenua.

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  • Entries now open for Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards

    • Date: 22 January 2016

    The Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling. Entries are now open until 18 March 2016.

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  • Kōkiri 33 Raumati – on streets 5 February

    • Date: 22 January 2016

    You can read a selection of stories from Kōkiri 33 in this edition of Kōkiritia.

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  • Ngā mihi: Carl Bland (design) and John McDermott (photograph).

    Giving 2016 a Kick Up the Arts

    • Date: 22 January 2016

    The New Zealand Festival is a biennial, three-week arts festival held in Wellington. It is New Zealand’s premier cultural event, showcasing both international and local artists.

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  • A day in the life: of a wahine farmer

    • Date: 22 January 2016

    Hannah Wallace won Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer of the Year 2015, making her the first woman to win the award.

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  • Henare: an enduring gesture of love

    • Date: 19 January 2016

    Featuring a raw, eclectic edge, Henare is taking the jewellery industry by storm. The handmade range is merging nature’s gifts and life’s memories to create one of a kind, limited edition pieces.

     

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  • Students outside Google headquarters.

    Mauao to San Fran

    • Date: 19 January 2016

    Twelve Māori students from Te Wharekura o Mauao have travelled to Silicon Valley, San Francisco on an inspirational journey to encourage their education choices.

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  • Simply awesome

    • Date: 18 January 2016

    Chelsea Bayly, of Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi descent, is a 26-year-old female whose determination has led to a full-time placement in a male-dominated industry.

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  • Hard Work Pays Off

    • Date: 18 January 2016

    Hohaia Brown (Ngāpuhi) turned 20 only last year. He was selected from a pool of 30 applicants to be part of the Te Mana o Whakaaro Māori Cadetship Programme.

     

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