Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Maori Council and the National Maori Authority hit the road

Maori Council and the National Maori Authority hit the road to Australia to support Iwi and Hapu find their list members

The New Zealand Maori Council and the National Maori Authority will join forces and take their message on the road to Australia for Waitangi celebrations to try and ensure Maori are connected to Iwi, Hapu and Maori Affairs back home. Maori Council Executive Director and Chair of the National Maori Authority, Matthew Tukaki, has said that Iwi find it increasingly difficult to stay connected to members living in Australia, communicate with them, keep them informed and also understand their own needs.

“There are more than 170,000 Maori estimated to be living in Australia at the moment. Some of them have been there a short time and some for several generations but what we do know is that increasingly more of our people need to remain connected with Aotearoa. We are seeing, for example, an increase in the number of Iwi travelling to Australia when it comes to Treaty settlements and negotiations and also the difficulty of collected data of where Iwi members might be residing. We are seeing an increase in the number of Maori who are being deported back to New Zealand with hundreds waiting for deportation and we are also seeing intergenerational creep around major social issues with our people.” Says Matthew Tukaki, Chair of the National Maori Authority and Executive Director of the New Zealand Maori Council.

“Another big challenge will be ensuring that as many of our people, no matter where they are, have a voice when it comes to the forthcoming Royal Commission into Child Abuse. We all know the estimates – that about 70% of those in State or Institutional care were Maori – and many of them now reside in Australia. So, its important that they know they can tell their stories and not be afraid to do so.” Tukaki said



“One of the other things we can and should do is look at ways and means of harnessing the “Maori Diaspora” – can we increase the number of Maori small business and Iwi business being able to export directly through networks that other Maori in Australia might have. What can we do to harness the potential to build jobs back home in New Zealand while at the same time strengthen the very ties that bind us.” He said

“One of the things that we will be doing is establishing a database at the National Maori Authority where people will be able to register their details that can then be shared with Iwi who then have a potential direct line to increase communications and updates. The other thing that we are exploring is having a look at ensuring if someone is not aware of their own whakapapa then how might they be able to access those resources.” Tukaki said

New Zealand Maori Council will also be presented at Waitangi this year supporting programs from health and wellbeing to suicide prevention. Waitangi Day celebrations begin early in Australia where large Maori population bases exist such as Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Gordon Campbell: On Being Australia's Pacific Go-Fers

Inevitably, there was an aspect of ‘what might have been’ about the weekend’s meeting in Canberra between PM Jacinda Ardern and her Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison. If not for the surprise election result, Ardern would almost certainly ... More>>

 

RNZ: Trades Hall Bombing Case Re-Opened, Evidence Released

The cold case has been reopened and the police have recently revealed more details about the bomb's components - including that it was wrapped in a 1977 edition of The Evening Post. More>>

Safety: Govt Targets Fewer Deaths On The Road

“Most roads deaths and serious injuries are preventable and too many New Zealanders have lost their lives or been seriously injured in crashes that could have been prevented by road safety upgrades,” said Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Rise Delay: Teachers Unions Plan Legal Action Against Novopay

Both of the teachers unions - NZEI and the PPTA - have confirmed they will be taking legal action against Novopay. More>>

ALSO:

Emission Statement: 'Consensus Reached' On Agriculture

Today the Government launched a consultation document, informed by the work of the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC), on how to bring agriculture into the emissions trading scheme, a key part of the Government’s plan to tackle climate change and reduce New Zealand’s emissions. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What’s Wrong With Wellington

For many Wellingtonians, it hasn’t been the normal hardships – the workings of central government and the lousy weather – that have recently pushed their tolerance into the red zone. It has been the inability of local government to maintain even the basics. More>>

ALSO:

$1m Compensation Paid: First Gun Ban Event In Christchurch

The Police Minister says the first ever firearms collection event in Christchurch over the weekend was a huge success. But Stuart Nash had concerns about whether the participation reflected the number of weapons in the region. More>>

ALSO:

The Kids: Youth Parliament 2019 Event Kicks Off

120 Youth MPs and 20 Youth Press Gallery members have gathered in Wellington to attend the two-day Youth Parliament event ... More>>

ALSO:

Friends Like These: Foreign Minister To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. today for talks with senior members of the US Administration, and to attend the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aussie Banks’ Latest Fee Hike Excuse

When the Reserve Bank sought feedback on its plans to require the country’s major banks to raise their capital reserves then you might have expected the banks to whine and complain. And so they have. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels