Saturday, May 26, 2018

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Name change for Levin part of consultation
We've been saying Levin's name wrong, and there's talk of a new name for the town.

Levin already has a makeover plan, with Horowhenua councillors saying the town is dated and dowdy and needs to get its mojo back.

Councillor Victoria Kaye-Simmons said it would also be nice to acknowledge the town's traditional name, Taitoko.

Horowhenua District Council made its first prominent use of the name Taitoko in the Transforming Taitoko/Levin consultation document. It has also been used in decorations on a pop-up consultation booth the council installed in a central area of the town.....
See full article HERE

Approval of subdivision street names in Mackenzie District awaiting sign-off from local Iwi
Street names proposed in subdivisions in Twizel and Tekapo will be adopted by the Mackenzie District Council providing they are approved by local Iwi.

The proposed street names went to the council's assets and services committee meeting in Fairlie on Thursday.

As part of the subdivision consent process, developers are given the opportunity to recommend street names within those subdivisions......
See full article HERE

Te reo medical check-ups...for teddy bears
Dunedin's Teddy Bear Hospital, where children can have their toys diagnosed and treated, is back this week - and for the first time consultations are being undertaken in te reo Māori.

The hospital is run by Otago medical students to help them gain experience consulting with children and their toys.

Throughout the week children from kindergartens have brought in toys to receive x-rays, all leading up to the Community Day on Saturday.

During Community Day consultations will be done in te reo Māori with the hope of attracting more Māori children.....
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25  May  2018

Indigenous plants in Hawke's Bay almost extinct
Almost 90 percent of indigenous plants in Hawke's Bay have all but disappeared because of the dire state of biodiversity in the area.

It is a state of affairs which has seen major cultural loss for Māori in the region.

"Māori suffer because they no longer have access to their traditional foods in the rivers- they can't even swim in many of our rivers- so without Māori engagement this process can't be done," says Charles Daugherty, Biodiversity Hawke's Bay Foundation chairman.....
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Threat to marae speech seen in disharmony call
A Maori academic is challenging a Human Rights Commission proposal to penalise disharmonious speech.

In a report to a United Nations committee, the commission suggested the Human Rights Act may need to be amended because it can't be used in cases of hate speech against New Zealand Muslims.

Melissa Derby from the University of Canterbury says this privileges a colonising relision, and the commission isn't seeking similar protection for speech against Maori.

She says the commission isn't defining what constitutes disharmonious speech, which carries risk for Maori....
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24  May  2018

Parihaka and Crown relationship significant for nation
A Parihaka leader says members of the historic community want to forge a continuing relationship with the crown rather than take a one-off settlement.

He says people are concerned about how the new arrangements will work, and they don't see the $9 million payment to upgrade the community's infrastructure to be final.

"The $9 million was about creating the capacity needed by Parihaka to engage with the crown and to continue with its development. It certainly wasn't a one-off payment, full and final, as we've heard associated with the iwi settlements in the past...... 
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McDonalds launches Te Reo Māori menu
Hastings McDonalds is the first in the country to introduce bilingual menus, written in both English and Māori, with plans to roll it out too all McDonalds restaurants in Hawke's Bay.

A selection of iconic menu items have been translated onto a menu card for customers who can choose to use the Māori names when ordering.....
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Bilingual show aimed at South Island-based children
A bilingual show aimed at primary schools explores te reo Māori as a gift using musical and theatrical performances. He Kura Kōrero run by the Court Theatre is being performed at over 40 schools around the South Island. The only aim is to encourage the normalisation of te reo Māori in everyday life......
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23  May  2018

New era in Lake Taupo management
A special ceremony will today celebrate the landmark addition of Taupō Waters to the joint management agreement between Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board and Waikato Regional Council.

The addition will see the parties work closely together over the management of Taupō Waters, which includes Lake Taupō and the tributaries flowing into and out.

Previously the joint management agreement solely addressed the upper Waikato River catchment.

"This milestone is a further step toward realising tino rangatiranga and mana motuhake over our taonga tuku iho," Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board chief executive Topia Rameka said.
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Call to ban pig hunters from regional park, to protect kauri trees
Hunua Ranges Regional Park has been bombed in 1080 poison, is on the enforced kauri dieback watch with conditions on public access, and now there's a call for a rahui on pig hunters, who can carry spores of the disease in their boots.

Recreational pig hunters present the greatest risk to kauri trees in the Hunua Ranges, according to two Auckland iwi.

Ngati Paoa and Ngati Whananuga are calling a rahui - or temporary ban - in a bid to protect the south Auckland regional park from kauri dieback disease.....
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Waitangi Tribunal has turned into a 'mortgage broker looking for new business' - Jones
There's cross-party consensus that the Waitangi Tribunal is flawed but Justice Minister Andrew Little is wary about making changes when so many Treaty settlements are still underway.

NZ First MP Shane Jones and National MP Chris Finlayson, who was previously Treaty Negotiations Minister, have both raised concerns about the Tribunal, which was set up to investigate Māori claims and make recommendations to the Crown.

In Finlayson's case he says sometimes you "just have to do the right thing and blast forth" with changes even if some Māori are opposed.

Jones wants serious changes to the Tribunal's powers and plans for NZ First to use it as a "major campaigning plank" at the 2020 election.

Finlayson said he would fully support Little if he wanted to move ahead and review the Waitangi Tribunal.

"I think it's getting to the stage where it would be timely to have a review of the Tribunal and its operations," he said.

The Tribunal could be another point of tension for the Coalition Government if Labour chooses not to act on the criticisms being laid out by Jones.

The two parties are already on opposing sides over whether Māori should have any interests or rights over freshwater.....
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22  May  2018

Law change sought to protect Parihaka name and story 
A law to protect the Parihaka name along with its story is being sought by descendants of the settlement, which is synonymous with peace.

It follows on from a historically significant apology given by the Crown to Parihaka uri (descendants) in June 2017, at a ceremony of reconciliation known as He Puanga Haeata.

Parihaka, a settlement on the South Taranaki coast, is synonymous with peace and non-violent resistance, teachings promoted by prophets Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakāhi.

However, its history has also been marred by extreme violence, when about 1600 armed constabulary and volunteers invaded the village on November 5, 1881.

The two prophets were arrested, the people of Parihaka evicted from their homes before properties were raided by soldiers, who stole taonga like pounamu. Woman were also raped during the attack.

Committee chairman Rino Tirikatene signalled he was "very hopeful" to be able to progress the issue, which was also echoed by National MP and former Attorney General Chris Finlayson.....
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Maori Tb to be studied
The disproportionately high rate of tuberculosis in New Zealand’s Maori population is partly due to the disease’s correlation with poverty, an Otago researcher says.

University of Otago McAuley Professor of International Health and co-director of the university’s Centre for International Health Philip Hill has received a $250,000 grant from the Health Research Council to study 700 Maori people in the Waikato region, testing for latent Tb.

He hopes his study will include 200 prisoners from the Spring Hill Corrections Facility, and will investigate whether there is a "reservoir" of latent Tb in older Maori. Prof Hill said he had studied the disease overseas but this would be his first study in New Zealand and it was "exciting" to receive the funding.....
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The Maori economy continues to grow
Māori enterprises are making their mark on the economy, growing steadily year on year.

There have been over 200 new Māori businesses since 2013. Last year there were over 1100 Māori enterprises

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment figures estimate Māori enterprise is worth nearly $40 billion, and growing faster than the economy as a whole......
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$7mil to support Māori landowners
Minister for Māori Development Nanaia has revealed a $7mil contingency fund for the Whenua Māori Programme to support Māori landowners, as part of Budget 2018.

The funding will support the design, establishment and on-going delivery of services for owners of Māori freehold land.

“Unlocking the potential from whenua for whānau is a critical part of achieving the government’s vision of a thriving regional Aotearoa,” says Mahuta......
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Iwi says ‘treat us as full partners’
Rongowhakaata want to be treated as full partners with Gisborne District Council, not just stakeholders.

LeRoy Pardoe said what the iwi was seeking was a relationship with the council based on the Treaty principles of participation, protection and partnership.

“In terms of the long-term plan, we are keen to participate, to join the council with developing these initiatives, but as a partner rather than a stakeholder.”...
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21  May  2018

Government says it'll enter into treaty negotiations for the Tongariro National Park
Treaty negotiations for the Tongariro National Park will get under way by July, Andrew Little has confirmed.

The Labour minister for the portfolio told 1 NEWS a settlement was long overdue."It is about putting to rest 178 years of oppression and confiscation and suppression. So this is the stuff that lifts the spirit again," Mr Little said.

The 80,000 hectare national park is the country’s oldest and gets over a million visitors a year.

It takes in the volcanic plateau and includes Mt Tongariro, Ngaruahoe and Ruapehu.

Ngati Tuwharetoa made what's known as a tuku or gift of parts of the mountains in 1887.

But the Waitangi Tribunal's found that that gift amounted to an offer of partnership – with the Crown as joint custodians.

It also found the Crown didn't provide compensation for land which became part of the national park.....
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20  May  2018

Majority against Maori wards.
PROGRESS RESULTS of a binding poll show electors have voted against Māori representation around the Council table in the Western Bay and in Whakatane.

Progress results show electors do not want Māori wards in either of the two districts.

Voter turnout in the WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY was around 40 per cent of eligible electors.

* 78.2 per cent of electors who voted were AGAINST Māori wards

* 21.5 per cent of electors who voted were FOR Māori wards

In the WHAKATANE DISTRICT a total of 5856 electors,

* 56.39 per cent, have voted AGAINST Maori wards,

* with 4504, 43.37 percent, in FAVOUR.

"The Electoral Officer will declare the final result of the poll on monday."

Final results for both districts will be available on Monday May 21, once all valid special votes have been counted. The official public notice of final results will be appear in papers on Wednesday 23 May....
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Palmerston North has voted against creating separate Māori wards
Palmerston North people have spoken and more than two-thirds who voted were in opposition to creating separate Māori wards.

Results from a binding poll came in on Saturday night, with 14,567 voting against wards for the city council and 6530 voting for.

The percentage was 68.87 against and 30.88 per cent for.

The turnout was at 37.21 per cent of eligible voters, and 49 votes were counted as blank and four "informal" votes received.

There are still 117 special votes to be processed.......
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New qualification to groom Māori excellence
A new Māori qualification for secondary students has been announced by Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis. Te Kawa Matakura, which Davis says will groom Māori excellence among Māori youth, will receive $2.8mil.

Davis says this is a pilot programme. 20 students will be selected, 10 male and 10 female, from year 11 and above.

The programme will be open to students from mainstream high schools as well as wharekura.

Davis says this is a starting point, and if successful it will be developed further to cater to more students in the future.

“This is a qualification for students who are excelling in aspects of Te Ao Māori, the NCEA qualification will run parallel with the qualification received through Te Kawa Matakura,” says Davis......
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Council to undertake cultural assessment to understand importance of Te Mata Peak to iwi
A cultural assessment is being undertaken by Hastings District Council in order to gain a "full understanding" of the local iwi's perspective on the controversial Te Mata Peak track.

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said the council, iwi, and Craggy Range Winery, which built the track, were "carefully assessing a number of options to find the best outcome for the eastern face of Te Mata Peak".

"Whatever option we consider we must include cultural awareness, recreational access and environmental protection of this much loved outstanding landscape," she said....
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19  May  2018

New funding to support Māori Wardens
$1 million in Budget ‘18 has been set aside for Māori Wardens to support outcomes for rangatahi Māori that will enhance their education and employment opportunities.

“This fund will allow Māori Wardens in their regions to test innovative approaches to mentor rangatahi and provide them with the ‘soft skills’ needed to succeed in work or further education,” says Minister Mahuta.

“The target for this fund is the 28,400 Māori youth who are not in employment, education or training. Overall, Māori have higher NEET rates than other ethnic groups at 21.3 percent. This is unacceptable......
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New Zealand’s Gisborne Airport to get ‘iconic’ new terminal
Local Maori culture is set to be woven into the design of a new airport terminal on the North Island of New Zealand.

Ngai Tāwhiri, a hapū of Rongowhakaata, are deeply involved in the development of the terminal design. The Ngai Tāwhiri Working Group consists of Stan Pardoe, Waka Taylor, Lisa Taylor, Karl Johnstone, Tiopira Rauna, Johnny Moetara, Thelma Karaitiana and Derek Lardelli......
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18  May  2018

BUDGET 2018 - What's in it for Māori
In today’s budget announcement the government says it wants to bring back manaakitanga by building a strong foundation for Māori, focusing on areas including health, housing and better education for rangatahi.

In this year's budget, a total of $53.7mil has been allocated for Māori-specific initiatives compared to $122mil in 2017 under the National-led Government.

Overall, initiatives benefiting Māori from Budget 2018 can be highlighted in the following categories:.....
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Iwi commercial property interests continue to grow
Maori tribal organisations are likely to grow in wealth as the Crown concludes more treaty settlements - and commercial property players need to consider where they will invest.

Bayleys Tu Whenua director Ward Kamo said iwi assets had grown to more than $8 billion among 70 iwi and they had become key partners for people and businesses wanting to invest.

The amount under iwi control will grow with each settlement - and benefit other tribes who have already settled because of a special relativity clause giving them top ups.

When the South Island's Ngai Tahu settlement of $170 million was agreed, it was on the expectation the total amount for all tribes would be about $1b in 1994 dollars. The envelope was exceeded in 2012.

If settlements went beyond this amount, tribes who had settled would be entitled to maintain a proportionate payout through additional payments.

At the end of 2017 Waikato-Tainui received an extra $190m, and Ngāi Tahu $180m.

These sums pale into comparison with the amount tribes believe they may be entitled to - for example Ngai Tahu negotiators have estimated historical losses of up to $15b.

They are currently in mediation with the Crown over another payment after another recent payment of $18m.

Crown treaty settlement relativity clauses run until 2044 - meaning the value of all iwi assets will grow with each settlement......
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Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little concerned by lack of accountability on Te Arawa River Iwi Trust spending
Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little is questioning why there are no checks and balances on public money given to iwi for specific purposes.

Little is seeking advice on why such funds, even if they are part of a Treaty settlement, are not subject to any oversight.

It comes after Newshub's The Hui programme reported on the case of Roger Pikia, the chairman of Te Arawa River Iwi Trust (Tarit). Pikia is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over his financial activities, some of which involve the use of Tarit money.

Tarit, as part of its 2010 Treaty settlement, is receiving $1 million a year for 20 years through the Ministry for the Environment to care for the Waikato River. Four other Waikato and Waipā river iwi also receive the annual co-management payment.

It is these payments that have prompted Little's concern.

"I can confirm that there are no checks or balances. I have asked for advice on why that is because that doesn't seem right to me," Little told the Herald......
See full article HERE
More on the above here > Iwi leaders call taihoa on river funds 

No freshwater rights for Māori on our watch: NZ First MP Shane Jones
NZ First's Shane Jones says Māori are "sadly mistaken" if they think the Government will hand them over any rights to the country's freshwater supply.

The issue of Māori freshwater rights hit headlines again last year when Labour campaigned on a royalty on the commercial consumption of water, which would include working with iwi to resolve Treaty water claims.

But Regional Economic Minister Shane Jones says the "small group of finger-pointers in the iwi community who want to open up that Pandora's box are sadly mistaken".

"That is never going to happen as long as we're a part of the current government," Jones said.

Environment Minister David Parker, who drafted Labour's water policy ahead of the election, hasn't ruled out the issue being looked at but is not optimistic of resolving it any time soon.

But Jones doesn't agree with Parker's hope for resolution in the future, saying, Māori "fortunes are not going to turn around by feeding these obscure debates as to which fraction of the water resource has to be handed over to Ngai Tahu or other tribes".

"That's just not going to happen."

Jones said iwi were welcome to go to court to attempt to advance the issue but it wouldn't be making any progress under this coalition government.......
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Boost for manuka planting
New forestry agency Te Uru Rakau has entered a partnership with Manuka Farming New Zealand to plant 1.8 million manuka trees across New Zealand this year.

Te Uru Rakau will provide up to $1.8 million to the company to source seedlings, work with landowners to assess land suitability, and provide an overall planting plan.....
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17  May  2018

Decision to sign treaty deal 'disregards Māori democracy'
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little's decision to sign a treaty deal, despite overlapping claims on the land, disregarded Māori law, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust says.

A hīkoi calling for the Crown to recognise tikanga in the treaty process spilled over into threats of war on Parliament's forecourt yesterday as frustrations with cross-claims boiled over.

The hapū, which had already settled its claim, was angry the Crown was now offering other iwi properties which the hapū believed were in its tribal boundaries......
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Council proposes new name for Wellington waterfront
The capital’s increasingly popular waterfront walkway could get a new official name – Ara Moana – following a proposal at a meeting of Wellington City Council’s Regulatory Processes Committee today.

The name, meaning ‘ocean pathway’, was proposed by mana whenua and supported by Mayor Justin Lester as part of a wider discussion around approving a name for a waterfront access lane on Waterloo Quay – which will see the police launch Lady Elizabeth recognised.....
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Iwi in rough water on rights
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says tomorrow’s Budget will include money for water projects - but it won’t advance iwi claims to fresh water.

Mr Jones the previous National Government opened up the water battle by selling half the shares in the state owned power generation companies, but New Zealand First will not accept the tribalisation of water rights......
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16  May  2018

Manawatu Maori wards vote a resounding ‘NO’
Manawatū District Council voters have come out more than three-to-one in opposition to creating separate Māori wards.

Results from a binding poll have come in on Tuesday afternoon, with 7062 voting against, and 2038 in favour.

Some 43 per cent of electors cast a vote, with 18 votes counted as blank and one "informal".

Councillor Andrew Quarrie, who helped drive a petition to take the issue to a poll, said the result was a win for the community......
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Iwi chairman asks winery to remove title from plaque over Te Mata Peak track issues
The chairman of a Hawke's Bay iwi has written a letter to Craggy Range Winery asking for the iwi's title on the winery opening's commemorative plaque be "melted or removed" if the Te Mata Peak track issue continues to be handled by barristers.

The open letter, dated May 14 and sent by Ngāti Kahungunu's Ngahiwi Tomoana to the winery's director, Mary-Jeanne Hutchinson, said things had "gone downhill rapidly" since the pair last spoke.

"The track has not only put a scar on our maunga but has driven a chasm in our community that has brought the worst of racist and class comments to the fore," he said.....
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Maori values spark party revival
The chair of the Maori Party's Tamaki Makaurau branch says there is new spark in the party as it looks for ways to stay relevant outside parliament.

Our people are still hungry to have Maori values, not just like a Maori idea on top of other Pakeha things. We want our values embedded in the nation, not just for Maori but for all New Zealanders,.....
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Outcome measurements needed for Treaty payments with conditions – ACT Leader
Act Leader David Seymour is calling for measurements to be put in place to account for Treaty settlement funding when it is allocated for a specific purpose. He says it is unclear if the $18-million funding provided so far to Te Arawa River Iwi Trust to clean up the Waikato River is being used for the reason it was given.

The Trust's chair, who has been accused of significant impropriety, is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. The Trust is also set to receive a further $12-million over the next twelve years.

Mr Seymour says Treaty Settlements with conditions need to be measured to show money is going where it's supposed to......
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Angry Kaumātua confronts Little: ‘You are taking us to war’
About 600 people marched to Parliament in protest this morning demanding that the Crown recognise Māori tikanga in the treaty settlement process.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little was speaking about the treaty process and the importance of communication when he was challenged by a kaumātua from Tauranga Moana.

The man yelled he would not listen to "bull$h*t".

"I'm not going to stand here and take this $h*t. No, no, no!"

The man yelled at Mr Little: "You are taking us to war."

He then moved closer to the minster and said in te reo Māori: "Na Tauranga Moana tēnei whenua" [this land belongs to Tauranga Moana].....
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15  May  2018

Why not to have Maori Wards
A few days ago, Western Bay District Mayor Garry Webber shared his views about why Western Bay should have a Maori ward.

......The Mayor correctly notes that the law enables ratepayers to demand a poll when a Maori ward is proposed, but not when geographical wards are created or modified.

He implies that this is a bias in the system, and implicitly agrees with Local Government New Zealand in calling for the removal of the right for ratepayers to demand a poll when a Maori ward is proposed.

But he conveniently ignores the fact that creating political systems which are quite explicitly based on race is fundamentally different from redrawing geographical boundaries.

All New Zealanders should strongly reject attempts to create racially-based political systems. Vote NO to the creation of a Maori ward!....
See full article HERE

Iwi want to sort out their own issues
Tauranga iwi Ngai Te Rangi are joining with Auckland iwi Ngati Whatua in a hikoi to Wellington to advocate for a ‘tikanga’ approach to dealing with intertribal grievances.

Ngai Te Rangi chief executive Paora Stanley says tikanga is a sophisticated inquisitorial system based in centuries of use by Maori.

“It is a system that is understood, tested, and based on simple principles of whakapapa and ahi kaa.....
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Māori households saw the highest inflation in the March quarter
Māori households saw the highest inflation in the March quarter and price rises for cigarettes and tobacco had the largest impact on inflation for most household groups, Statistics New Zealand said.

Maori households saw their cost of living rise 1.3 percent compared to the December quarter and Stats NZ said the increase was "driven by higher prices for cigarettes and tobacco, and interest payments."

Overall costs for the lowest-expenditure household group were up 0.8 percent in the March quarter compared with the December quarter, Stats NZ said.....
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14  May  2018

Electoral Commission asking for law change around the Māori Roll
The Electoral Commission is advocating for the Minister of Justice to allow Māori to switch freely between the Māori and General Rolls.

At last year's election year 19,000 people tried to switch between the two, and were frustrated to find out it's only once every five or six years they can do it.

Voter Harikoa George is on the Maori roll, but she wants the option to switch between the two freely.

"They have never done anything dodgy to make me think twice about it, but the second they do, I would like to be able to switch......
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Maori shellfish project wins scholarship
University of Waikato PhD student Vanessa Taikato has been awarded the 2018 Bruce Cronin BayTrust Scholarship to study ways in which Maori moved marine shellfish from location to location.

Worth $5000, the scholarship was established by BayTrust to recognise Bruce Cronin's service to the people of the Bay of Plenty.....
See full article HERE

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