Kōkiri – Takurua - Winter 2013

Issue 29

June 2013

The historic Taniwha and Dragon pōwhiri and festival held at Auckland's Ōrākei Marae marked a relationship thousands of years in the making. This and another story on the PM's trade delegation to China feature in Kōkiri 29. We also pay tribute to the Hon Parekura Horomia.

Haere ki ōu Tīpuna

  • Hon Parekura Horomia

    Tribute to Hon Parekura Tureia Horomia MP- 9 November 1950 – 29 April 2013

    We pay tribute in this issue of Kōkiri to the former Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Parekura Horomia. His loss was deeply mourned and his passing united many who went to Hauiti Marae to pay their respects and celebrate his life. It was an amazing tangi: iwi Māori from around the motu, politicians from across the political spectrum, colleagues, friends and whānau came in their thousands. They shared many wonderful, touching and often hilarious stories of Parekura. He was the Minister of Māori Affairs for nearly three full terms. We talked with a number of people who worked closely with him during that time and shared their memories and insights about the man who was the Minister and of his impact and influence on improving the quality of life for Māori.

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  • TPK CEO Michelle Hippolite

    From the Chief Executive - Michelle Hippolite

    As we anticipate the rise of Matariki; we know that change is coming. In times past the sighting of Matariki was greeted with expressions of remembrance for those who had passed on since its last appearance. But the rise of the Seven Sisters also signaled the potential bounty that was to come.

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  • moma

    From the desk of the Minister of Māori Affairs

    As this edition of Kōkiri goes to print, the Māori world and indeed the nation has been mourning the loss of one of our most humble heroes. Hon Parekura Horomia, who was Minister of Māori Affairs between the years 2000 and 2008, will be remembered for his wonderful spirit, his humility, and his aroha for our communities and our whānau.

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  • entreprenuer

    Māori Enterprenuers are already forging strong business links aross China

    Miraka Limited, a Māori owned milk processing company, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Shanghai Pengxin in April. The deal signals Shanghai Pengxin’s intent to secure supply of milk from their New Zealand farms for processing at Miraka Limited’s planned UHT plant once it has been completed.

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  • Hemi Hema

    Māori Deaf Gather

    Last year on Queen’s Birthday weekend, Hamilton man Hemi Hema was honoured for his tireless work advocating for opportunities for Māori Deaf.

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  • PM's delegation to china

    Prime Minister's delegation celebrates and cements relationship with China

    New Zealand Inc sent our largest, most senior business and cultural delegation to China in April. Led by Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key, the mission marked forty-years of diplomatic relations and five years since the China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement.

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  • tangata

    Te Puni Kōkiri commended for new research

    Speaking at the recent launch, Mr Derek Gill, Principal Economist for NZIER, and a Senior Associate at Victoria University’s Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, commended Te Puni Kōkiri for undertaking real research.

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  • He Toki ki te Rika graduates

    Cadetships supporting Māori into meaningful employment

    Te Puni Kōkiri cadetships aren’t just successfully supporting Māori into jobs: they’re keeping them there.

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  • Māori future makes website launch

    ‘Create Your Own Future – if we can, so can you!’

    When launching a new interactive website aimed at inspiring Māori to achieve higher levels of success in education, skills training and enterprise, the Minister of Māori Affairs also praised the role of whānau in developing the site.

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  • monitor

    Māori Achievers: Sharing sucess to breed success

    Funded and supported by Te Puni Kōkiri, the Māori Future Makers website is a practical, simple and engaging tool to support students and whānau to make more informed decisions about education, training and careers.

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Ngā Rohe

  • ria

    Tāmaki Makaurau: Everything is kapai – Celebrating Māori Musical Legacy

    With the promise of being a must-see highlight of the Auckland Arts Festival 2013, Everything is Ka Pai – an epic, one-off concert of classic Māori anthems had a lot to live up to. It was a challenge Tama Waipara, Auckland Festival Programmer (Māori and Pacific) was confident of taking.

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  • farm

    Te Moana ā Toi: Trust not resting on Ahuwhenua laurels

    When the rentor of a small Māori owned farm near Te Puke opted out ten years early from their lease, the owners didn’t have to think too hard about what to do.

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  • tamariki with teacher

    Te Tairāwhiti: Kaitiaki – A new genre of e-learning

    Te Tairāwhiti students have been enthusiastic participants in the trial of a locally created, innovative new mobile app that rewards NCEA credits - Kaitiaki.

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  • tangata

    Te Arawa: Te Arawa joins forces for primary sector productivity

    The income generated from forestry land for Te Arawa owners is conservatively estimated at more than $6 million. But most of that is from leasehold arrangements, and not from the forests’ revenue.


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  • waka

    Takitimu IronMāori: Iron Futures

    Wanting your whānau to start exercising and eat healthy isn’t unusual: setting up the world’s first Māori endurance event to make sure it happens is.

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  • powhiri

    Te Tai Hauāuru: Whānau events

    The warm summer months proved the perfect backdrop to a series of great events celebrating iwi, hapū and whānau pride in the Whanganui rohe.

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  • mirimiri

    Te Whanganui ā Tara: Te Pūmanawa o Te Iwi: Health, Healing and Companionship

    Each week Wai Taylor drives from Wellington city over the hill to Wainuiomata and sets up a mirimiri station in Pukeatua the whare tīpuna at Wainuiomata Marae.

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  • hongi

    Te Waipounamu: Dancing salmon home

    Dancing Salmon Home – an American documentary with a unique Kiwi connection will have its New Zealand debut this month.

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  • marakai

    Te Taitokerau: Māra Kai – growing communities in Te Taitokerau

    The Māra Kai initiative in Te Taitokerau continues to nurture relationships and grow respect amongst participants for the diverse ways the kaupapa helps whānau to stand taller.

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  • historic maori photo

    Waikato: Waikato commemorates 150th anniversary

    On 12 July 1863 Lieutenant-General Cameron’s forces crossed the Mangatāwhiri Stream to invade Waikato River and the Raupatu began.

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Pānui Whainga

  • Punga

    Future Directions

    Since the beginning of this year, Chief Executive Michelle Hippolite has been leading her staff from around the motu through a strategic development process to sharpen up the future direction of Te Puni Kōkiri. Final decisions on the Reviews of Te Puni Kōkiri and Whānau Ora are pending. But the strategy-making process has seen a consolidation of the Ministry’s vision and new statements on its role, purpose and function. These set a base for further refinement later in the year.

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Whānau Ora

  • Hon Tariana Turia

    Youth Mental Health Project

    A pilot utilising a Whānau Ora approach to youth mental health and wellbeing is targeting Māori and Pasifika families in south Auckland and Hastings.

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  • Kōrero Mai e te Whānau

    Inspirational insights of whānau who have completed a Whānau Ora plan for the future are showcased in a research report to be published in June.

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  • Champions of Transformation

    Tangible evidence of transformational change for providers and the impact on whānau are highlighted in the latest Whānau Ora research and reporting results.

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  • collectives

    Provider Collectives

    TE TAI TOKERAU (Northland)

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  • kapa

    Rise and shine

    Tama Hata uses sport and music to enhance his work running a Hamilton youth mentoring service.

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  • Pauline KIngi

    The Outlook for Someday

    The Outlook for Someday is an annual film challenge and a national series of free sustainability film-making workshops managed by the Connected Media Charitable Trust. The film challenge is for anyone up to the age of 24 to make a short sustainability-related film with any camera and any length up to 5 minutes.

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  • kenny

    Indigenous Fashion a 'Big Ticket'

    When Ata Te Kanawa started talking about ‘indigenous fashion’ five years ago she was met with a lot of blank stares and a lukewarm response. But Ata’s ambition was not deterred by people who didn’t ‘get it’. With creative collaborator Rex Turnbull, the pair founded The Indigenous Māori Fashion Apparel Board (IMFAB) a non-profit organization with the view to advancing the quality status of Māori fashion design and to raise its artistic and professional standards.

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  • kiri

    Kiri Nathan: Fashion

    Kiri Nathan says anyone starting a small business with zero budget in the middle of a recession is going to find it tough.

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  • local kids

    Local kids, global citizens

    Created on the principle that 21st century learners need 21st century education; Manaiakalani is an education programme that offers students full digital services combined with new teaching methods and technology to improve student engagement and achievement.

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  • design

    Design enabling Māori identity

    When Auckland designer Carin Wilson (Ngāti Awa) walks from Karangahape Road, down Queen Street, to the area of reclaimed land before you hit the harbour, he pays homage to the Māori history of the area.

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  • boost

    Lucrative Markets for Māori Kai Collective

    When Adrian and Lania Pohio brought 120 beehives deep in the King Country it was in response to a fledgling passion for beekeeping.

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  • passion

    Passion in the kitchen

    Know the names Rex Morgan, Charles Royal and Peter Gordon? It’s likely in a few years time you’ll be adding Rob Urquhart (Ngāti Hine/Te Uri a Hau) to that list of top Māori chefs.

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  • connection

    Making the Connection

    When Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Business Facilitation Services Commercial Development Manager Jamie Te Hiwi first met Jeff Sinnott, winemaker and co-owner of Ostler Vineyards he asked Jeff, “what do you need to help your business along?”

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  • Pauline KIngi

    Māori Expats – Untapped Resource Potential

    Te Puni Kōkiri and Kea New Zealand are working together to create opportunities to connect Māori businesses to the large international network of New Zealanders based outside of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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  • kapa haka

    The Business of Kapa Haka

    Looking for new opportunities and growing the grass roots of kapa haka are core to the business of Te Matatini.

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  • dragon

    Taniwha Dragon

    The historic Taniwha & Dragon pōwhiri and festival held at Auckland’s Ōrākei Marae in April marked a relationship thousands of years in the making.

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  • training maori wardens

    Training Changes for Māori Wardens

    A revised approach to training which also introduces a new induction programme will be rolled out nationally for all Māori Wardens in July 2013.

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  • Peggy Hughes

    Warden stalwart still on duty

    She’s proudly worn the Māori Warden uniform for 40 years, clocked up thousands of hours of community service and driven three of her own cars into the ground: Peggy Hughes has seen it all. Even catching up with her for an interview wasn’t easy because she’s still putting in more hours than most fulltime, paid workers. She tells Kōkiri she’s not easing up. Not yet anyway.

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  • digital

    Māori TV gets ready for Digital Switchover

    The late Honourable Parekura Horomia oversaw the creation of Māori Television back in March 2004: March 2013 saw the first reading of the Māori Television Service Amendment Bill that will enable the broadcaster to switch from Analogue to Digital systems.

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  • tangata

    Changes to Empower Landowners

    Proposals to change the way Māori land is administered will contribute to building a more productive and competitive economy as part of the Government’s Business Growth Agenda, Associate Minister of Māori Affairs Hon Christopher Finlayson says.

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  • Reg Profitt and Mererina Murray

    Māori planners keen on resources management

    Eight years ago, when Hamilton planner Reginald Proffit (Ngāti Porou) turned up to his first New Zealand Planners Institute (NZPI) conference, there was one other Māori in the room.

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  • NZ delegation to UN committee on elimination of racial discrimination

    Race relations in Aotearoa New Zealand – successes and challenges

    Earlier this year, Te Puni Kōkiri played a key role in New Zealand’s presentation to the United Nations’ Committee tasked with combating racial discrimination.

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