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Art Key Part In Maori Economic Development

19 August 2001 Media Statement

Art Can Be A Key Part In Maori Economic Development

Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia said Maori arts and culture could play a key part in the economic development of Maoridom.

Speaking at the presentation of the Waka Toi Awards in Auckland on Saturday night (18 August), Mr Horomia said it is an exciting time for Maoridom, with a rapidly increasing demand for Maori art in nationally and internationally.

"The unique profile of Maori art is becoming an intrinsic part of New Zealand's identity, and that can be used to retain and promote Maori heritage and also to sustain economic growth."

"But Maori designs and imagery have often been used and abused by others, for commercial purposes and without benefit to Maori. Finding the right balance of using traditional knowledge as the basis for contemporary work is another challenge ahead."

Mr Horomia said there for some time now been a growing call for Maori to develop and manage and own their art enterprises.

"It is important that Maori become increasingly involved at all levels of this exciting industry, just as we must in all industries. I believe a growing knowledge and appreciation of Maori images and design will ultimately help create a better understanding within our society."

The Minister of Maori Affairs paid tribute to the winners of the annual Waka Toi awards.


Taxation of Maori Organisations
Questions and Answers

How many Maori organisations have received the discussion document on Taxation of Maori Organisations?
 1360 Mäori authorities registered on IRD's database.
 60 others including, National Mäori organisations, people who attended previous consultation hui and tax practitioners.
 Copies are also be sent to other Mäori organisations who appear on TPK's database of Mäori organisations.


How can people who have not received the discussion document get a copy?
The discussion document is available at Bennett's Government Bookshops and on the websites of the Policy Advice Division of Inland Revenue at www.taxpolicy.ird.govt.nz and the Treasury at www.treasury.govt.nz. (Please note the correct IRD's website address.)

People can also contact their local Inland Revenue office and speak to a Mäori community officer, or contact their local Te Puni Kokiri office.


Why should I respond?
The proposed changes are likely to affect a broad range of Mäori organisations, including marae, runanga, land trusts, trust boards, incorporations, and iwi and hapü based organisations who seek to be treated as a charity for tax purposes. The proposed reforms are also likely to impact on those people who derive benefits from Mäori organisations.

This is an opportunity for these organisations and their members to have their say in about how Mäori organisations should be taxed in the future.


When do I have to respond by?
Submissions on the discussion document proposals close 19 October 2001


Does my submission have to be in writing or face to face?
Oral submissions will be recorded at the proposed information workshops.
Written submissions can be posted to:

Mäori authority tax review team
Policy Advice Division
Inland Revenue Department
PO Box 2198
Wellington

Or E-mailed to: policy.webmaster@ird.govt.nz
I understand consultation hui will be held, when will they be?

There will be a planned programme of consultation to support the discussion document. This will comprise a series of information workshops around the country to present the proposals and to encourage people to provide feedback.

These workshops will be carried out from 27 August to 15 September 2001 and will be held in 15 regions: Kaitaia, Whangarei, Auckland, Gisborne, Hastings, New Plymouth, Rotorua, Turangi, Whakatane, Hamilton, Wanganui, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, and Invercargill.

The exact times, dates and venues for most of the workshops have been confirmed. Please see attached timetable.

For those people wanting to attend one of these workshops, they should contact their local Inland Revenue Mäori Community officer or Local Te Puni Kokiri office.

Additional workshops may also be organised if there is sufficient community interest.


If I have any questions, how can I get answers?

The first point of contact is the local Inland Revenue Mäori Community Officer. Please see attached list of contacts.

You can also e-mail questions to policy.webmaster@ird.govt.nz


What Maori input was there in the development of the discussion document?

Preliminary discussions on the review's terms of reference were held with key national Mäori organisations including, the Federation of Mäori authorities, the Mäori Trustee, the Mäori Women's Welfare League, and the New Zealand Mäori Council.

In February 2000, a series of focus-group discussions were held with Mäori organisations and tax practitioners to seek feedback on initial policy ideas that the review team had developed. These initial ideas considered the appropriateness of applying company and trust taxation to Mäori authorities, and the options for retaining and simplifying current Mäori authority tax rules. Options for amending the law of charities as it relates to Mäori organisations were also canvassed.

The key view arising from this consultation round was that the tax rules for Mäori authorities should be simple and flexible in order to accommodate the future development needs of Mäori organisations and businesses. It was also believed that the tax rules should be consistent with the Government’s desire to minimise, as far as practicable, the extent to which individuals must interact with the tax system. There was a clear preference for retaining a separate set of rules for Mäori authorities – but in a more efficient and simplified form.

We have also worked with Federation of Mäori authorities and the Mäori Trustee throughout the policy development process.
What will happen after this? If changes are recommended when will they occur?

After the closing date for submissions the review team will analyse feedback and finalise policy proposals for consideration by the Government.

Once the Government has agreed to final policy proposals they will be drafted into a Bill. This Bill is likely to be ready for introduction into Parliament in 2002.

After legislation is introduced, it will have its first reading and be referred to a Select Committee. The Select Committee will call for submissions from the public. This is another opportunity for people to have their say on the proposed changes before they become law.

Changes to the Maori authority tax rules could apply from 2003.
List of Maori Community Officers of Inland Revenue


First name Last name IRD office Location Contact phone numbers
Dale Shelford Auckland North Service Centre Whangarei (09) 430 6030
Luana Poata Auckland North Service Centre Whangarei (09) 430 6028
Ihipera Bethell Auckland South Service Centre Manukau (09) 263 3016
Charlotte Keepa Auckland South Service Centre Manukau (09) 263 3042
Wiremu Panapa Hamilton Service Centre Hamilton (07) 834 7239
Maureen Thornton Hamilton Service Centre Hamilton (07) 834 7238
Leonie Pouaka Tauranga office Tauranga (07) 577 3026
Bonnie Johnston New Plymouth office New Plymouth (06) 759 5026
Amiria Tomoana Rotorua office Rotorua (07) 349 8809
Ian Proctor Gisborne office Gisborne (06) 868 6028
Elaine Wi Wellington Service Centre Wellington (04) 8012641
Tania Faulkner Wellington Service Centre Wellington (04) 8012647
Nikki Love Napier office Napier (06) 834 2359
Charmaine Ratima Palmerston North office Palmerston North/Wanganui (06) 3512026
Mary Jane Heu Christchurch Service Centre Christchurch (03) 363 1792
Daryl Mataiti Christchurch Service Centre Christchurch (03) 363 1648
Dayveen Stephens Nelson office Nelson (03) 546 1146
Kiwhare Mihaka Dunedin Service Centre Dunedin (03) 467 7087
Alistair Wilson Invercargill Office Invercargill (03) 214 7011

TIMETABLE FOR INFORMATION WORKSHOPS

Venue Times Venue Dates
Kaitaia 9.30am - 11.30am
6.00pm - 8.00pm 27 August
Whangarei 9.30am - 11.30am
6.00pm - 8.00pm 28 August
Auckland 12.00pm - 4.00pm
7.30pm - 10.00pm Allenby Park Motor Inn, 477 Great South Road, Manukau City. 29 August
Gisborne 10.00am - 12.00pm
1.00pm - 3.00pm
6.00pm - 8.00pm
Te Puni Kokiri Boardroom
Level 1, Ngä Wai E Rua Building
Cnr Reads Quay & Lowe Street, Gisborne 28 August
Hastings Tax agents hui - 10.30am - 1.30pm
4.00pm - 8.00pm Napier IRD office
Napier Mäori Land Court 27 August
New Plymouth 10.00am - 12.00pm
1.30pm - 3.30pm
5.30pm - 7.30pm New Plymouth hotel,
Corner of Courtenay and Leach Streets, New Plymouth 27 August
Rotorua 1.00pm - 3pm
6.00pm - 8.00pm Te Ao Marama Hall, Ohinemutu 28 August
Turangi 9.30am - 12.00am Tokaanu hotel 29 August
Taupo 10.00am -1.00pm Great lakes centre 6 September
Whakatane 12.00pm - 4.00pm
6.00pm - 9.00pm Takatutahi Mäori Prespertarian church
Cnr Richardson and Boon St
Whakatane 7 September
Hamilton 10 September (to be confirmed)
Christchurch 4 September (to be confirmed)
Invercargill 10.30am - 2.30pm
5.00pm - 8.00pm Murihiku marae, Invercargill 3 September
Wanganui 10.00am - 3.00pm marae 14 September
Nelson Rutherford Hotel - Conference Centre 6 September
Wellington 7 September (to be confirmed)

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