Topic: Native Affairs

Native Affairs Summer Series - The Gift

By Native Affairs

With Waitangi Day this week, relationships between Māori and Pākeha are examined.

How far have we come? How far do we have to go?

Our first story tonight is about a Pākeha farmer who wanted to help Māori. In 1962 Edward Holmes from the Wairarapa gave half his farm to be used for the benefit of Wairarapa Māori. 

Since then Edward Holmes' gift has enabled the Māori Education Trust to hand out millions of dollars in scholarships. But now the Trust has sold his gift. 

Local Iwi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa wanted to buy the farm but the Trust sold it to private interests - A move that angered Māori and politicians alike.  Here's  Billie-Jo Hohepa-Ropiha.