Māori Housing Network supports six more papakāinga homes
Crowds gathered in Wairarapa to celebrate a new papakāinga development underway in Wairarapa for the beneficiaries of the Hurunui-o-Rangi Marae, located 10km east of Carterton. The development includes a rebuild of the marae and six new homes that will allow whānau to live on their ancestral land in affordable healthy homes and support their marae. The project will be completed over two years.
KOHAFIT - Change for Change
KOHAFIT – Change for Change is a new health awareness and fitness programme that encourages the achievement of group goals as a whānau rather than individually.
150 Take Up The Mātika Moving the Māori Nation Challenge
150 participants from Āwanui-a-rangi and the Whakatāne Community have launched Hikoi ki te Hauora 2017, a ten week challenge to improve their health and well-being through increased activity and weight loss.
Rewarewa D investigates options for their whenua
The Whenua Māori Fund is supporting another land initiative with Te Puni Kōkiri in Te Taitokerau having just signed an agreement with Rewarewa D. The significance of the event and the signing was not lost on either rōpū.
Whenua Māori Fund
The Whenua Māori Fund is a $12.8 million four year fund.
We are in our second year and so far more than $4.4 million has been allocated to 40 projects across the motu. In the latest funding round over 50 applications were received.
Funded projects to date cover apiculture, forestry, energy, horticulture, agriculture, tourism, and funding feasibility studies to explore and identify development options.
Māori Land Service
To date more than 1,000 Māori land owners, including large incorporations and trusts, have taken part in consultation on the Māori Land Service. To read more about each hui and Māori land owners’ views, click here.
Removing long standing barriers
Many land owners have raised long standing issues about barriers to the use and retention of their land. These were mainly to do with rating, rating valuations, the application of the Public Works Act, landlocked land and paper roads.
Update on the Bill
Three drafts of Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill were publically released. It was the first time that Te Puni Kōkiri has released a draft Bill for consultation.
The Bill was introduced in the House in April last year. It underwent a thorough examination by the Māori Affairs Committee, who spent many days and hours hearing submissions, questioning officials and deliberating.
Ngā Pou o Te Ture Whenua Māori
The proposed new Act is putting stakes in the ground for the future of mokopuna, whānau, hapū and iwi throughout Aotearoa. These pou or fundamental principles are underpinned by a strengthened Treaty of Waitangi clause which reinforces the mana and rangatiratanga of Māori over their whenua, resources and taonga. This is part of the purpose and principles which are in the Bill in Māori. While they are explained in English, the Māori version takes precedence and isn’t affected by the English translation.
Where did this start? The call for reform has been apparent for a number of years – it was identified and signalled in reports by groups such as the Māori Land Investment Group, the Māori Multiple Owned Land Development Committee, the Hui Taumata Review Group, a Federation of Māori Authorities member’s survey and a National Wānanga of Kaumātua.
Shaping Te Ture Whenua Māori
Replacing the most significant piece of legislation regarding Māori land in Aotearoa New Zealand is not something to be taken lightly.
Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 set out a new approach to Māori land under the law. For the first time the focus was on ensuring Māori held on to their land and could use it. The Māori Land Court’s role was to support retention and utilisation of Māori land.
He kupu nā te Minita
Kei aku rangatira, tēnā tātou katoa.
Tēnā hoki tātou i te āhua ki ō tātou mate e hingahinga mai ana i ō tātou marae maha huri i te motu. Ko rātou i kaiwaka ai te rangi, i iwikore ai te tangata kei te pae o mahara rātou katoa. Ko tātou ngā mahuetanga iho hei pikau i ngā mahi i mahia e rātou. Waihoki, ko te tohe nui a te Māori i roto i ngā ngahurutanga tau, ko te tohe mō tō tātou whenua. Kōkiritia tonutia tērā whawhai nui.
Inaugural Whānau, Hapū and Iwi Wellbeing Forum 'Te Ritorito 2017'
Registrations are now closed for Te Ritorito 2017, our inaugural whānau, hapū and iwi wellbeing forum.
New Te Puni Kōkiri Mobile Service to support Māori communities
New mobile service will support and better inform Māori communities about government funding and initiatives aimed at Māori.
Whenua Māori Fund 2017
The Whenua Māori Fund was set up to assist owners and trustees of Māori freehold land to prepare for new opportunities, improve existing operations and utilise unused land. We profile ten initiatives from Te Taitokerau (Far North) to Te Waipounamu (South Island) who received a total of $1.15m covering nearly 48,000 hectares of land. The Fund provides $12.8 million over four years and is part of the wider Te Ture Whenua Māori reform designed to give Māori landowners more say and control over what happens with their whenua.
Dig My Idea - Māori Innovation Challenge
Entries open on February 20 for DIGMYIDEA Māori Innovation Challenge. It is your chance to submit an innovative digital business idea that has the potential to go global.
Siblings to attend 2017 Olympics of performing arts in Hollywood
Irava and Makea Upu are gearing up to perform at the World Championships of Performing Arts in June this year after being selected by the New Zealand audition panel. Scholarships worth a total of $130,000 (US) are awarded at the prestigious event which boasts colourful opening and closing ceremonies similar to the Olympics.
Plant a tree in 2017
The project, called Trees that Count | Te Rahi o Tāne, is funded by the Tindall Foundation and run by the Project Crimson Trust. The Trust has set a target of 4.7 million trees for 2017 (one for every person in Aotearoa) and are encouraging New Zealanders to get involved in a number of ways.
Driver Licencing Programme a Success
Twenty-five year old Jadd Mahia is able to start the year with a full licence thanks to a driving programme he attended run by Eastbay Rural Education, Activities and Programmes (REAP) in Whakatāne.
NCEA go-to page for parents supporting rangatahi through results
In mid-January students were eagerly checking their NCEA results online. As the dust settles, now’s the time for parents, whānau and rangatahi to come together to talk about where to next with study and job options.
Changes proposed to the care and protection of children
A major transformational programme is underway to deliver a new child-centred operating model for vulnerable children and young people. This includes the establishment of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, which will be operational on 1 April 2017. The new Ministry will focus on five core service areas: prevention, intensive intervention, care support, youth justice and transition support.