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  • A focus on the future

    • Date: 19 December 2012

    Considering the rules that govern our country is an opportunity the people of Aotearoa New Zealand shouldn’t miss. During the next six months whānau, work colleagues, community networks and iwi are invited to share their ideas about the constitution of Aotearoa. Taking an active part in the conversation could shape the future for generations to come.

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  • 28th Māori Battalion

    • Date: 07 December 2012

    Kia maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou.

    When the 28th Māori Battalion banner was marched out of Pipitea on 1 December 2012 it marked the end of the National Association of the mighty Battalion.

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  • College Students Win Big at National and International Business Competitions

    • Date: 05 December 2012

    Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Executive Michelle Hippolite today congratulated the outstanding young entrepreneurs who won the Te Puni Kōkiri Award for Excellence in Māori Business as well as the Supreme Award at the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme’s national awards in Wellington last night.

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  • Treaty Settlement Secondment Programme

    • Date: 04 December 2012

    The Treaty Settlement Secondment Programme (also the iwi secondment programme) commenced in late 2009 to allow for the secondment of public servants to work with iwi and contribute to the Government aim of settling all historic Treaty claims by 2014.

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  • New Te Puni Kōkiri CE Michelle Hippolite welcomed

    • Date: 30 November 2012

    New Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Executive Michelle Hippolite was welcomed to her tari today. Around 300 manuhiri and staff packed out the Nau Mai room for the pōwhiri. The whānau whanui from Te Papa Tongarewa accompanied Michelle, as well as her Waikato, Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki iwi.

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  • Ngaitai Mandate Strategy

    • Date: 23 November 2012

    Ngaitai Iwi Authority is seeking a mandate to represent Ngaitai (Bay of Plenty) in negotiations with the Crown for the settlement of all Ngaitai historical Treaty claims. Ngaitai Iwi Authority’s mandate strategy sets out the process to seek a mandate from Ngaitai.

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  • Ngāti Hinerangi Mandate Strategy

    • Date: 20 November 2012

    Ngāti Hinerangi Iwi Trust is seeking a mandate to represent Ngāti Hinerangi in negotiations with the Crown for the settlement of all Ngāti Hinerangi historical Treaty claims.

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  • WIIE Fund media report and queries about Whānau Ora Performance Reporting

    • Date: 15 November 2012

    An evaluation of the Whānau Integration, Innovation and Engagement Fund (the WIIE Fund) administered by Te Puni Kōkiri was carried out earlier this year. The WIIE Fund is part of the broader Whānau Ora work Te Puni Kōkiri leads, while the WIIE Fund evaluation is part of an a broader series of reviews and evaluations Te Puni Kōkiri carries out on a planned basis.

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  • Community Research Launches Whānau Ora Research Website

    • Date: 14 November 2012

    Whānau Ora research, toolkits, resources and researchers as well as whānau success stories will be showcased to a worldwide audience thanks to a new online initiative.

    The Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector Research Centre – known as Community Research – will launch the Whānau Ora research website at its third annual seminar to be held in Wellington this month (November).

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  • Minister congratulates Waka Māori for International Achievement Award

    • Date: 14 November 2012

    Media Statement from Minister of Maori Affairs Hon Dr Pita Sharples

    The Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Dr. Pita Sharples has today congratulated Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei, and Structurflex Limited for winning a 2012 Industrial Fabrics Association International award of excellence for the design of Waka Māori. The award was announced at the association’s international expo held this week in Boston, Massachusetts.

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  • Innovation, exports and people key to Māori business

    • Date: 05 November 2012

    Innovation, exports and people are key to the future and the history of the Māori economy Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples told participants at this weekend’s Federation of Māori Authorities’ AGM in Taupō.


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  • Final chapter of Mokomoko restoration opens

    • Date: 25 October 2012

    Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples told Parliament today that he looked forward to the Mokomoko (Restoration of Character, Mana, and Reputation) Bill being passed so Te whānau a Mokomoko can move on to the next stage of their journey without the shame and stigma they have carried for so long.

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  • Foreign-owned fishing vessels in New Zealand waters

    • Date: 25 October 2012

    Following is an update on a range of measures to improve safety, labour and fishing practices on foreign-owned commercial fishing vessels operating in New Zealand waters, implementing Government decisions made in March and May 2012.

     

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  • Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Executive says every child, whānau and future is precious

    • Date: 16 October 2012

    The Government has announced a new kaupapa which ensures key agencies and professionals who work with children are better connected so that vulnerable tamariki can get the help they need - and at the right time.

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  • Government announces new proposals to respond to children at risk

    • Date: 11 October 2012

    The Government has announced a new kaupapa which ensures key agencies and professionals who work with children are better connected so that vulnerable tamariki can get the help they need - and at the right time.

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  • Minister of Māori Affairs’ Water Hui Summary Now Available

    • Date: 04 October 2012

    On Monday 6 August 2012, Minister of Māori Affairs Hon Dr Pita Sharples hosted a hui to discuss Māori rights and interests in water.

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  • Te Puni Kōkiri in national earthquake drill

    • Date: 26 September 2012

    Te Puni Kōkiri staff were among the 1.3 million people across New Zealand who participated in New Zealand ShakeOut, the country's largest ever earthquake drill at 9.26am today.

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  • Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples welcomes Michelle Hippolite and thanks Leith Comer

    • Date: 25 September 2012

    Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples welcomes the appointment of Michelle Hippolite as the new Chief Executive of Te Puni Kokiri, and thanks the departing CE Leith Comer for his ‘active service’ over the past 12 years.

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  • Ngāti Ōrākei Claims Settlement Bill – 2ND Reading by Hon Pita R Sharples

    • Date: 20 September 2012

    Ka timu te tai, ka pari te tai ki Takaparawhau, e tū whakahī ana. Ōrākei! Tūkuna rā tō karanga kia areare mai ngā taringa, kia hiki i te wairua. Ōrākei! He tohu maumahara ki ngā whawhai o ō koutou nā kuia koroua i tū pakari ai mō te iwi. Ka kore e warewaretia. 

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  • Ngāti Manuhiri Claims Settlement Bill – 2nd Reading by Hon Pita R Sharples

    • Date: 20 September 2012

    From the shores of Whangaparaoa in the south to the cliffs of Paepae o Tū in the north.

    From the western tides of Kōritotī, Ōtakamaitū, through the currents of Te Awa o Hōteo, flowing on to Kīkītangiao, Hauhanganui to the Pā of Te Ārai o Tāhuhu.

    The children of Manuhiri, the people of Moekaraka Waka –Nau Mai. Haere Mai.

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  • Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara Claims Settlement Bill – 1st Reading Speech by Hon Pita R Sharples

    • Date: 20 September 2012

    From the sands of Papakanui and Muriwai in the west to the waters of upper Waitematā in the east.
    To the sons and daughters of Haranui, Reweti, Kakanui, Araparera and Puatahi marae.
    The descendents of Ngāti Whātua, Te Taoū, Ngāti Rongo, Ngāti Hine.
    Nau mai, haere mai.

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  • Evaluation of the investment by Te Puni Kōkiri in the Māori Wardens Project 2007 - 2010

    • Date: 18 September 2012

    In 2011 Te Puni Kōkiri commissioned an evaluation on: how well the Te Puni Kōkiri investment strengthened the capacity and capability of Māori Wardens; and how well Te Puni Kōkiri implemented the investment. This is the full report of the evaluation findings.

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  • Speech by Hon Pita R Sharples - Signing of Deed of Settlement with Ngā Mana Whenua O Tamaki Mākaurau

    • Date: 12 September 2012

    It was a year ago tomorrow when the eyes of the world turned to the Waitematā and Tāmaki Makaurau.

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  • Get Ready! Get Thru! Be part of New Zealand’s largest ever earthquake drill

    • Date: 07 September 2012

    At 9.26am on Wednesday 26 September, Te Puni Kōkiri will take part in the New Zealand ShakeOut.

    An anticipated one million people will participate in New Zealand’s largest ever earthquake drill. Communities around the motu will practice the “Drop, Cover and Hold” – the right action to take in an earthquake.

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  • Sustainable Farming Fund, special round for Māori agribusiness now open

    • Date: 23 August 2012

    The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has opened two funding rounds this month to promote sustainable resource use in the primary industries.

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  • Eastern Bay of Plenty Nominations Open for Whānau Ora Regional Group

    • Date: 20 August 2012

    Te Moana ā Toi (Bay of Plenty) Regional Leadership Group (RLG) for Whānau Ora is calling for nominations to appoint a new community member.

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  • Auckland Members Appointed to Whānau Ora Regional Group

    • Date: 16 August 2012

    A total of six community leaders in health and social services as well as whānau and community development have been appointed to the Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) Regional Leadership Group (RLG) for Whānau Ora.

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  • Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund

    • Date: 14 August 2012

    The Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund supports events that commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and promote nation and community building. The fund aims to encourage a wider mix of communities to take part in Waitangi Day events.

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  • Arohatia te Reo! Cherish the language!

    • Date: 24 July 2012

    Resident kuia at Te Puni Kōkiri, Nanny Goose popped in to see Chief Executive Leith Comer and personally deliver his Arohatia te reo booklet and stickers.

    Nanny Goose says there are more wonderful resources and clips on Te Taura Whiri’s Kōrero Mai website, www.korero.maori.nz “He rawe ēnei rauemi. E aku Mokopuna, make sure you check them out ok! ”.

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  • CHANGE OF VENUE – NGĀTI MUTUNGA O WHAREKAURI INFORMATION HUI

    • Date: 19 July 2012

    An information hui for Ngātu Mutunga o Wharekauri scheduled for Sunday 22 July will now be held at:

    Domestic Terminal Conference Centre
    1st Floor Domestic Terminal
    Auckland Airport

    The hui will commence at 12 noon as previously advertised.

    For further information about the information hui, please contact mandatesubs@tpk.govt.nz

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  • Olympic Cultural Event

    • Date: 20 June 2012

    The day after last year’s Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony the editor of the Telegraph Newspaper in London wrote:

    “How the coordinator of London’s 2012 Olympics must envy New Zealand’s cultural coherence … the haka is one of the grand sights of world sport and at the heart of the whole opening ceremony.”

     

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  • Winner of the Inaugural Ahuwhenua Young Māori Trainee/Cadet of the Year Award

    • Date: 19 June 2012

    Tangaroa Walker has won the inaugural Ahuwhenua Young Māori Trainee/Cadet of the Year Award. Tangaroa, 22, is a Farm Manager for Toa Farms, Kennington, Southland.

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  • From the Minister of Māori Affairs: Business delegation presents gift for New Zealand House in Shanghai

    • Date: 13 June 2012

    An innovative plan to showcase New Zealand to Chinese consumers will see Māori culture and products playing a central role.

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  • Kapenga M Trust wins 2012 Ahuwhenua Trophy for Māori Excellence in Dairy farming

    • Date: 08 June 2012

    A commitment to maintaining land and resources for future generations was a strong theme at this evening’s final of the prestigious 2012 Ahuwhenua Trophy – Bank of New Zealand Maori Excellence in Farming competition which was won by the Kapenga M Trust from Rotorua.

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  • From the Minister of Māori Affairs: Business delegation meets with Chinese Forest Group

    • Date: 08 June 2012

    New Zealand’s Minister of Māori Affairs, Dr Pita Sharples, and members of his business delegation, met with senior executives from the China Forest Group and discussed future proposals in Beijing this week. China Forest Group executives proposed exploring a programme that would see the next generation of Māori leaders in the forestry sector head out to China to gain experience working in some of China’s largest State Owned Enterprises and companies.

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  • From the Minister of Māori Affairs: Māori fisheries companies strengthen Chinese presence

    • Date: 08 June 2012

    Representatives from three New Zealand fishing companies are meeting with their newly appointed employees and agents in Shanghai and Guangzhou this week. The businesses are part of the trade mission to China headed by Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples.

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  • Muaūpoko - Notification of Draft Mandate Strategy for Treaty Settlement Negotiations

    • Date: 07 June 2012

    Information hui will be held by the Muaūpoko Tribal Authority to inform Muaūpoko members of the mandate process and the Treaty settlement process.

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  • Kiwa Media Group join business delegation to China

    • Date: 31 May 2012

    Cutting edge media company Kiwa Media Group will be represented in a business delegation to China this month that will be led by Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples.

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  • From the Minister of Māori Affairs: CNI Iwi Holdings join business delegation to China

    • Date: 31 May 2012

    Central North Island (CNI) iwi forest owners will be represented in a business delegation to China this month, led by Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples.

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  • Wakatu Incorporation joins business delegation to China

    • Date: 31 May 2012

    Wakatu Incorporation will be represented in a business delegation to China this month that will be led by Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples.

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  • Atihau Whanganui joins business delegation to China

    • Date: 31 May 2012

    Successful farming business Atihau Whanganui Incorporation will be represented in a business delegation to China that will be led by Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples.

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  • Kaihoe prepare for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

    • Date: 31 May 2012

    A crew of 14 kaihoe (paddlers) from around the country are about to travel to London to take part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on 3 June 2012.

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  • Whale Watch Kaikoura joins business delegation to China

    • Date: 31 May 2012

    Iconic tourism company Whale Watch Kaikoura will be represented in a business delegation to China this month that will be led by Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples.

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  • From the Minister of Māori Affairs: Sharples to lead business delegation to China

    • Date: 30 May 2012

    Successful businesses representing New Zealand’s $37-billion-plus Māori economy will join a trade delegation, led by Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples, that leaves for China and Hong Kong this weekend.

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  • From the Minister of Māori Affairs: Sharples to lead business delegation to China

    • Date: 30 May 2012

    Successful businesses representing New Zealand’s $37-billion-plus Māori economy will join a trade delegation, led by Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples, that leaves for China and Hong Kong this weekend.

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  • From the Minister of Māori Affairs: CNI Iwi Holdings join business delegation to China

    • Date: 30 May 2012

    “CNI Iwi Holdings Ltd is the trustee company that holds and manages 176,000 hectares of forest lands on behalf of eight tribes: Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Whare, Ngāti Raukawa and Te Arawa,” said Dr Sharples.

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  • Ministerial Inquiry into Foreign Charter Vessels

    • Date: 24 May 2012

    Ministerial Inquiry into Foreign Charter Vessels fishing in New Zealand waters has concluded.

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  • From the Minister of Māori Affairs: Cadetships to grow skilled workforce

    • Date: 23 May 2012

    Electricity Supply Industry Training Organisation Cadetships are leading examples of private-public sector partnership in action, says Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples.

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  • Media release: Māori participation in the electricity supply industry gets a boost

    • Date: 23 May 2012

    A new cadetship initiative between the Electricity Supply Industry Training Organisation (ESITO) and Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development) will see 50 more Māori start full-time workplace training in the electricity supply industry by the end of October this year.

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  • Science, Innovation and Technology to power the Taniwha Economy

    • Date: 21 May 2012

    New Zealand’s economic future will be determined by our ability to connect businesses with science, innovation and technology, says Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples.

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  • Read copies of the presentations from Talking Trade: the Hong Kong Dragon and the New Zealand Taniwha

    • Date: 21 May 2012

    Described by economists as a “sleeping giant”, New Zealand’s Māori Taniwha economy is “wide awake and hungry for business” said Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples. At the start of May 2012, the Hong Kong Trade and Business Roadshow toured the country, with Te Puni Kōkiri hosting hui targeting Māori businesses.

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  • Auckland nominations sought for Whānau Ora regional group

    • Date: 14 May 2012

    The Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) Regional Leadership Group (RLG) for Whānau Ora is calling for nominations to appoint two community members.

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  • Local farm contender for national Māori farming award

    • Date: 10 May 2012

    Te Puni Kōkiri Te Arawa Regional Director Wally Tangohau was amongst the supporters and judges visiting the Waewaetutuki 10 dairy unit in the final judging round of the 2012 Ahuwhenua Trophy – BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award Dairy.

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  • Budget 2012: Environmental programme benefits schools

    • Date: 10 May 2012

    Budget 2012 will provide $7.6 million over the next four years for an education programme that gives schools and children a hands-on approach to looking after the environment, Environment Minister Amy Adams and Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples announced today.

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  • Kaitoko Whānau to support Tāmaki community

    • Date: 03 May 2012

    Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples has opened a small office in Glen Innes to help tenants involved in the Tamaki Transformation Programme.

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  • Talking Trade: the Hong Kong Dragon and the New Zealand Taniwha

    • Date: 03 May 2012

    Described by economists as a “sleeping giant”, New Zealand’s Māori Taniwha economy is “wide awake and hungry for business” says Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples. This week the Hong Kong Trade and Business Roadshow is touring the country, with Te Puni Kōkiri hosting hui targeting Māori businesses.

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  • Te Puni Kokiri to be refocused and strengthened

    • Date: 02 May 2012

    Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples has announced the membership and terms of reference for a working group to refocus and strengthen Te Puni Kokiri.

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  • Treaty settlements process: restorative justice in action

    • Date: 02 May 2012

    The Treaty of Waitangi settlements process is restorative justice in action says Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples.

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  • Minister of Māori Affairs Dr Pita Sharples Launch of Just Speak Report

    • Date: 02 May 2012
  • Local farm contender for national Māori farming award

    • Date: 27 April 2012

    Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Executive Leith Comer was among visitors to the Kapenga M dairy unit near Rotorua today for the first of three field days on properties of finalists in the 2012 Ahuwhenua Trophy – BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award Dairy.

     

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  • Bay of Plenty regional council commitment to Māori participation applauded

    • Date: 27 April 2012

    The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s commitment to improving Māori participation in decision making has been demonstrated by their hosting of the innovative Te Tōanga Mai o Te Rā conference says Te Puni Kōkiri regional director, Rachel Jones.

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  • Wairoa Representative Appointed to Whānau Ora Regional Group

    • Date: 13 April 2012

    Hine Flood has been appointed to Te Tairāwhiti (East Coast) Regional Leadership Group (RLG) for Whānau Ora as the local representative for the Wairoa community.

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  • Two Hui in Auckland on 29 March 2012

    • Date: 23 March 2012

    The Māori Economic Development Panel (MEDP) is holding their second engagement Hui from 10am at the Conference Centre, 585 Great South Road, Penrose. The first Hui which was held in Wellington last week was a great success with about 100 participants from business people, representatives of iwi and Māori organisations, academics, economists and whānau.

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  • Opening Doors to China – Introducing the NZ Inc China Strategy.

    • Date: 22 March 2012

    Following the successful launch of the NZ Inc China Strategy on 3 Feb, key officials and private sector representatives will hold a series of regional seminars to explain what the NZ Inc China Strategy means for business and other key NZ Inc China stakeholders. The seminar will include panel discussion and Q&A.

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  • Media release: Ministry committed to supporting the Māori contribution to NZ Inc

    • Date: 16 February 2012

    Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Executive Leith Comer says his Ministry remains committed to supporting the Māori contribution to NZ Inc. whenever and wherever it can.

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  • Minister of Māori Affairs speech: Māori Contribution to NZ Inc

    • Date: 16 February 2012

    I want to talk this afternoon about what it means to be a New Zealander, and what is our place on the world stage.

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  • Have your Say for our Tamariki

    • Date: 13 February 2012

    Time is running out to have your say on the Government’s discussion document about child abuse and neglect – submissions close at the end of February.

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  • New Zealand Inc China Strategy

    • Date: 03 February 2012

    On 3 February 2012 the New Zealand Inc China Strategy was launched by the Prime Minister at The Cloud in Auckland. Te Puni Kōkiri participated in the development of the Strategy.

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