PM Jacinda Ardern says fulfilling Māori economic aspirations is a major concern for the Labour Government after winning all seven of Māori seats in September's General election. She spoke publicly at the 30th-anniversary national Māori business forum 'FOMA' in Rotorua.
It was a full house at Waitangi today with over 400 people in attendance for Andrew Little's first meeting with Ngapuhi as Minister of Treaty Negotiations. Its follows separate meetings yesterday with the mandated authority Tuhoronuku and Te Kotahitanga o nga hapu o Ngapuhi.
The Electoral Commission has apologised for releasing personal voter details in official documents. The information was mistakenly released following a request to the Commission under the Official Information Act, which sought Māori voter complaints and enquires about their experience at the polling booth.
The Minister for Local Government Nanaia Mahuta says the government will consider legislating Māori seats on councils in the future. This follows the latest resolution by the Whakatāne District Council to establish one or more Māori Wards.
The Green Party is today announcing that its Māori Affairs spokesperson Marama Davidson has been elected as the new Deputy Chair of the Māori Affairs Select Committee.
The Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis says he's committed to integrating te reo Māori into every ECE, primary school and intermediate by the year 2025. This comes after a High Court ruling overturned a Family Court judgment that forced the withdrawal of a Māori child from total immersion education.
Ngāti Kahu is seeking binding recommendations from the Waitangi Tribunal for the return of over 6000 hectares held in State-Owned Enterprises and Crown Forests.
The Russell community is up in arms at the building of a private wharf on customary shellfish beds at Uruti Bay. The Northland Regional Council approved the application for resource consent without notification and construction is well underway.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived in Vietnam overnight and it was straight to work. The Prime Minister says her ministers have already been engaged in intense Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in the past days in Vietnam. It looks as though all are pushing hard for a resolution, whatever the outcome.
Teina Pora will receive a compensation payout with an inflation adjustment. Minister of Justice Andrew Little says he will be awarded almost an extra $1mil plus $45,000 in costs.
New Zealand's Parliament is officially open and with the chaos at the election of the new Speaker of the House yesterday, New Zealand First's Shane Jones says it’s a reminder to the Prime Minister to be wary of the opposition's tactics.