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September 20, 2020

The Executive Director of the New Zealand Maori Council, Matthew Tukaki, has welcomed the opening of the first round of hearings at the Royal Commission into Abuse of Care in Auckland. Tukaki, who is a member of the Commissions Taumata, has said this important phase ha...

September 17, 2020

Time to further protect Te Reo Māori – lifting investment and putting in place a national strategy

“Living Te Reo Māori 365 days a year may be ambitious but it will lift the rich fabric of New Zealand’s cultural life” Raewyn Harrison, Chair of the New Zealand Māori Coun...

September 14, 2020

Changes for people in emergency housing from 19 October

From 19 October 2020, there's an important change to the costs you need to pay when you're living in emergency housing. We know this will be a big change and we want to support you all we can.

About emergency housin...

September 13, 2020

The Executive Director of the New Zealand Maori Council, Matthew Tukaki, has called the Otago University Medical School and the Universities Medical Associations that they need to “take a long hard look at themselves and the health inequities when it comes to Maori” in...

September 8, 2020

At dawn this morning an Aukati-rāhui was declared by members of Tangata Kaitiaki as a means to save a 100 year old stand of native trees in Avondale, including rare black maire and Kawaka.

Rihari Nahi of Ngāti Whātua Ki Kaipara placed the “korowai” of protection over th...

September 8, 2020

New Zealanders will set a record this Māori Language Week as more than 200,000 people are already signed up to celebrate te reo as part of the country’s first, virtual Māori Language Moment on Monday 14 September at 12pm.

“We weren’t going to let COVID-19 stop us from b...

September 8, 2020

The case for a referendum on New Zealand’s cannabis law was already urgent in 2015 when the supposedly more pressing issue was whether we should change the flag. As I argued at the time, prohibition had failed and was costing society far more than the drug itself....

September 8, 2020

John Tamihere is pleased TVNZ has come to its senses and included the Māori Party into the multi-party political leaders’ debate.

The state owned broadcaster had initially left the Māori Party out of the scheduled September 9 –which has been changed to October 8 – debat...

September 8, 2020

A Labour Party promise to make Matariki a public holiday from 2022 if re-elected has got many in te ao Māori excited, including one man who has dedicated his life to sharing his traditional knowledge about the star cluster.

But advocates for businesses that are alr...

September 8, 2020

A significant bequest by the late Emeritus Professor Peter Holland has paved the way to an exciting new postgraduate scholarship at the University of Canterbury (UC) for Māori and/or Pasifika students in Ecology or Environmental Science. Two scholarships worth $21,000...

September 8, 2020

The Executive Director of the New Zealand Maori Council, Matthew Tukaki, who has also been a long-standing advocate of suicide prevention, has said this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day (10/9/2020) is an opportunity for the nation to push back against stigma for tho...

August 31, 2020

The Executive Director of the New Zealand Maori Council, Matthew Tukaki, has today warned the Government and Opposition parties that they must turn their attention to the economy and be prepared to present a “Building to Recovery” stimulus package. Tukaki who led the w...

The world has changed in a little less than a year with the advent of COVID19. In Aotearoa people have now endured a series of staged lock downs to enable the Government, health authorities and agencies to eliminate the virus and return New Zealand to some form of norm...

August 20, 2020

The Executive Director of the New Zealand Maori Council has said the latest suicide data released by the Chief Coroner is still an indication that the nation has a long way to go. Matthew Tukaki, who is also the former Chair of Suicide Prevention Australia, said that m...

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September 8, 2020

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Maori Film Festival 
New Zealand Film Festival

Sir Apirana Ngata was a man who set the pace of his times and a true Maori leader. He has often been described as the foremost Māori politician to have ever served in Parliament, and is also known for his work in promoting and protecting Māori culture and language. In the 1905 election, Ngata himself stood as the Liberal candidate for the Eastern Maori electorate, challenging the incumbent Wi Pere. He was elected to Parliament.


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