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Poroporoaki - Te Whe Phillips

MEDIA RELEASE 16 May 2016 The Maori Party joins Ngai Tahu in mourning the loss of Taua Te Whe Phillips who passed away on Friday night, at home with her whanau. The kuia, Te Whe Ariki Piripi (nee Hutana), of Ngai Tahu, Tainui, Maniapoto, had been a loving wife of the late Hoani Piripi and a champion mum of her seven children, an loving Taua and Taua nui to all her mokopuna

LA-Guangzhou-Auckland summit opportunity for Maori economy

MEDIA STATEMENT 16 MAY 2016 MINISTER FOR MAORI DEVELOPMENT / TE MINITA WHANAKETANGA MAORI HON TE URUROA FLAVELL   Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell this morning shared the stage with Mayors from Los Angeles, Guangzhou and Auckland to discuss further developing the cities’ cultural and economic relationships.   Mr Flavell, along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Guangzhou Vice Mayor Wang Dong and Auckland Mayor Len Brown, came together at the Tripartite Economic Summit in Auckland which celebrates the relationships between the three sister cities.   Mr Flavell says the summit is a timely and welcome way to build on the relationships Māori-owned businesses are building in Guangzhou and Los Angeles.   “The Summit’s theme ‘Making Connections’ fits very well with Māori culture,” he says.   “For Māori, relationships are about mana. We are a people whose connections manifest through practices such as hongi where we like to hear your heart, not just slick words.  

Maori Party continues to oppose the TPP

Media Release The Māori Party will oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill that will be introduced in Parliament today. Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says a recent report from the Waitangi Tribunal confirms concerns that the TPP could have a “chilling effect” on the Crown’s ability to meet its Treaty obligations.

Maori Party saves Race Relations and Equal Opportunities Commissioners roles

Media Release The Māori Party has successfully argued for the statutory recognition of the roles of Race Relations Commissioner and Equal Opportunities Commissioner within the Human Rights Commission.  The Human Rights Amendment Bill being considered today before Parliament intended to disband the roles of Race Relations and Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioners. The responsibilities of these two roles were intended to be shared among other Commissioners. The Māori Party urged Justice Minister Amy Adams to continue these roles in the new structure of the Human Rights Commission. 

First reading of Te Ture Whenua Maori

Media Statement Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell welcomed the first reading of Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill in the House today.   Mr Flavell says the Bill aims to recognise and provide for the mana and tino rangatiratanga that Māori have always exercised over their lands, resources and taonga.  “To achieve that purpose will be one of the most important measures that Parliament will consider for Māori in our time,” Mr Flavell says.  The purpose of the Bill is to protect Māori land-owner rights to retain, control, occupy and develop their land as they see fit.

Funding and programmes for whanau-centred services transferred to Whanau Ora

Media Statement The Government is transferring up to $11.38 million in funding and programmes from the Ministry of Social Development to support Whānau Ora. The transfer is part of a review of social service spending which aims to achieve better outcomes for the most vulnerable whānau and families. 

Children’s lives should not be bargained over in Court

Media Statement The Māori Party is concerned children’s lives are not being valued appropriately in the Justice system. Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell said the loss of a child’s life must be taken seriously and that the lives of tamariki should not be bargained over in Court. “Constituents are contacting us concerned about a recent case in Taupō where two adults were given a plea bargain in relation to their responsibility for the death of a three-year-old.” “If the public is to have faith in the Justice system, decisions like this need to be explained.”  Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox said: “The outcome of this case has made many of our constituents feel the Justice system doesn’t care about our mokopuna. This needs to change.” “Too many of our children are vulnerable and we need to know that we have a system in place to protect them.”

Māori Party mourns death of veteran Hingangaroa Smith

Kei te Ika-ā-Whiro, haere atu rā. Ko te karanga tēnei o mate kua tae mai ki a koe. Ka mahue iho nei ko mātou, ka mōteatea nei, ka haku nei, me te aroha i roto i a mātou, mōhou, kua wehe nei. Nō reira, haere, haere, haere atu rā.  

Māori leading the way on Rangitahuahua (Kermadec Sanctuary)

The Māori Party says its support of a Bill that proposes to establish a sanctuary around the Kermadec Islands is not guaranteed.

Māori Party to present petition calling for Māori seats in local government

The Maori Party Co-leader, Te Ururoa Flavell, has accepted a request to present a petition to Parliament, which calls for the establishment of Māori wards on District Councils. 

Poroporoaki: Whai Ngata

Haere rā e hika, haere atu Tanara Whairiri Ngata i te huanui, i te ara kua papatauria e te tapuwae kauika tangata. Hoki atu koe ki ngā mātua tīpuna, ki tōu maunga tapu a Hikurangi e tiaki ana mai ngā raukura kua ngaro atu ki te pō, hoki atu koe ki te awa e rere atu a Te Waiapū. Moe mai rā e te rangatira.

Māori Party commemorate 100 years since the invasion of Maungapōhatu

The Māori Party is marking the centenary of the invasion of Maungapōhatu with a vow to continue calling for public recognition of the New Zealand Land Wars.

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