HE PITOPITO KŌRERO / THIS WEEK'S NEWS

Tony Dowling welcomed as new Rūnanga CEO

Supporters gathered on Friday 4 November at Kohewhata Marae to welcome Tony Dowling the new Rūnanga Chief Executive. Tony's unique combination of skills, acumen, experience and charisma impressed a panel of independent directors, trustees, kaumātua and kuia through a rigorous recruitment process that attracted a high calibre of applications. Tony looks forward to meeting marae, hapū and takiwā over the coming months.

 


Ngāpuhi Mātauranga Advisory Group established

The advisory group membership consists of Brian Joyce, Iti Joyce, Dr Melinda Webber, Phoebe Davis, Moana Timoko, Freda Mokaraka and Doreen Bailey. The project is being managed by Rūnanga General Manager, Erena Kara. The first phase is to engage with Ngāpuhi in a number of ways to get their views on mātauranga, and educational achievement for our tamariki. This will be done through wānanga, email surveys, face-to-face surveys and other platforms. The first 'Think Tank' hui was held in September and attended by 50 people, mainly educationalists. There will be more hui for whānau over the coming weeks.


Marsden funds boost Māori scholars

Māori scholars and scholarship has been given a boost from the latest $62 million round of Marsden research funding.

The $10,000 scholarship is made available to a full-time student of Māori descent with an interest in cultural heritage. This year's recipient, Lizzy Myers (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kura) is currently completing a PhD in Marine Ecology and Statistics at Massey University, Albany.


Ngāti Rehia balk at crown double dealing

Bay of Islands hapū Ngāti Rehia has challenged the crown to start working with mandated Ngāpuhi negotiating body Tūhoronuku.


He was a leader held in high esteem for his great empathy for his people. Last weekend there was yet another challenge for the Peeni Wynyard Memorial Shield amongst the marae in the Ngāti Hine province, this time it was between the marae of Matawaia and Motatau.


Mahanga whānau against cell tower in their Northland community

The Mahanga whānau of Pataua, Northland are upset at work being carried out by the Vodafone and Northpower companies to establish a cell tower in their community. Whānau say the underground power cables currently being laid are infringing on their family cemetery.


He Tohu, an exciting new permanent exhibition featuring three of the documents that have shaped our nation, opens in Term 2 2017 at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington.

One hundred kaumātua proved last Friday that age is nothing but a number as they took part in this year's Kaumātua Iron Māori at Pandora Pond in Napier, a triathlon event designed to encourage all fitness levels to get out there and get active.


Rheumatic fever a direct result of housing crisis

Despite a Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme that has been running for five years, figures released today show the number of children with rheumatic fever in the Auckland and Waitematā regions have stayed at the same level.

Landowners, farm-foresters, Māori trusts, land management agencies, environmental groups, timber industry stakeholders and potential users of totara timber are being urged to register for a new database being set up by the Northland Totara Working Group.


Who's the wealthiest of them all?

European New Zealanders are financially better off than their Māori, Asian and Pacific counterparts across most age groups, according to Statistics New Zealand.


A small school with big dreams grew a study of the abundant green lipped mussels at Mitimiti into an annual festival celebrating life on the remote north Hokianga west coast.


Manuka - and more

Funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the first day of the two-day Manuka and More conference held last week in Ruatoria, began with presentations by scientists, academics and beekeepers.


A group of frustrated locals say their community marae has been "hijacked", forcing them to hold tangi in garages and backyards rather than on the site.


Old school Māori ways of kumara planting shared at Manawatu school

A Massey University horticultural lecturer has taught local teachers how to take cuttings and plant kumara.


Spectacular concrete panels depicting a Māori legend will welcome drivers when they enter the new northbound Waterview Tunnel.


'In our view, everyone owns the water'

A Māori water rights claim aims to protect and conserve water for all New Zealanders, the lead claimant has told a Waitangi Tribunal hearing.

Archaeology and modern network science are combining to investigate the development of Māori social networks over time as part of a new three year $705,000 Marsden-funded project.


Parihaka Day necessary for race relations

With a day now set for commemoration of the Land Wars, the Greens say a separate national Parihaka Day is still needed.

An Iwi group is pushing for tangata whenua values to be included in the development of farm environment plans. Rongowhaata Iwi Trust made the suggestion during a lengthy submission at the water quality hearing on the Gisborne district's freshwater plan.

 

HE HUINGA / EVENTS

Iwi Leaders Group Regional Meeting

@Monday, 14 November 2016, Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi, 10am.  The hui will provide an update on Freshwater, Marine Protected Areas and Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill.

 

HE PĀNUI / IMPORTANT NOTICES

2017 Ngāpuhi Education Scholarships

We're now accepting applications for 2017 Ngāpuhi (Tertiary) Education Scholarships. Download an application form and submit your application by Friday 31 March 2017.


Contact us on 0800 NGAPUHI (0800 6427844) or email registrations@ngapuhi.org