A law lecturer says the expansion of Māori Youth Courts could be stalled because of a lack of Māori judges.
Rangatahi Courts started in 2008 and are held on a marae, with Māori protocol in the proceedings.
Of the 10 courts, half are in Auckland and the others are in Hamilton, Taranaki, Whakatane, Gisborne and Rotorua.
The first qualitative government report released last month said the courts have proved successful.
But an assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Victoria University, Tai Ahu, says the lack of Māori judges is getting in the way of the courts expanding to other areas.
He said he would hope the courts would eventually be brought to the South Island.
Attorney-General Chris Finlayson says he understands something needs to be done to encourage Māori lawyers to work towards becoming judges.
Wednesday, 30 January 2013, 6:12 pm
Press Release: New Zealand Government
Pacific students ready to step into the trades
A unique partnership between tertiary education organisations (TEOs) and Pacific churches has seen hundreds of Pacific people trained to help in the Christchurch rebuild, says Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata.
The two groups combined to implement the $6 million Pacific Trades Training Initiative, which is part of the Government’s wider $42 million Skills for Canterbury package to maintain the expanded training pipeline for trades people for the Canterbury rebuild.
On January 30th, the Fellowship of Samoan Ministers Wellington Region hosted an event to celebrate the graduation of 67 local students from the 2012 initiative and welcome students into the 2013 programme.
“The Pacific Trades Training initiative was developed to reach Pacific students who may not normally consider entering into trades such as carpentry, joinery and plumbing. It’s fantastic to see Pacific students succeeding as a result of its introduction,” Mr Joyce says.
The initiative is effectively a scholarship to support Pacific peoples to enter trades training in 2012 and 2013 and provides up to 300 fees-free places in trades training throughout New Zealand.
“I’d like to congratulate and thank our Pacific church ministers who are taking a lead role in tonight’s celebration as they have been critical to the success of the initiative,” Ms Parata says.
“They worked closely with tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to mobilise large numbers of Pacific peoples, to get them involved and raise the profile of trades as a viable career option. They are also, of course, helping greatly through their contribution to restoring Christchurch as a vibrant and liveable city.
“Their on-going support and mentoring of students has also been a key ingredient in the success of the initiative.
“I congratulate all 2012 Pacific Trades Scholarship graduates and wish them the best as they embark on a career in the trades,” says Ms Parata.
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We are proud to announce Manawa Nui, the inaugural Associate Governor Programme based within the Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group. It is their goal to encourage ‘new Ngāi Tahu blood’ onto respective boards by providing Ngāi Tahu Whānui with the opportunity to gain and enhance their commercial governance experience with a view to becoming candidates for future board positions both within Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group and externally.
The Manawa Nui programme is dedicated to developing the governance experience of emerging Ngāi Tahu Governors. They are targeting Ngāi Tahu people who are commercially experienced and who are looking to develop governance capabilities in commercial businesses. A key element of the programme is the creation of an Associate Governor role in each of the major companies in the Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group and this will provide a unique learning opportunity for people looking to develop their broader governance capabilities. As their portfolios grow alongside their influence, it’s vital their future governors are equipped with the necessary commercial skills whilst also adhering and demonstrating the values important to the tribe.
Manawa Nui includes open workshops, governance scholarships, and one Associate Governor position established for the term of one year on each of the Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group Subsidiary Boards and the main Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group Board. Successful candidates will receive individualised development planning, real world board experience and targeted coaching from experienced governors.
Applicants must be of Ngāi Tahu descent, be commercially experienced, and be able to commit to attending all board meetings and fulfill all delegated responsibilities as required.
Good luck and all the best for your application.
Ngā mihi nui,
Chair, Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group
About Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group
Ngāi Tahu has a model of governance which maintains a separation between iwi distribution and its commercial ventures.
The role of Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group is to create wealth for Ngāi Tahu by increasing shareholder’s equity, the pūtea and expanding the commercial asset base. It also provides annual returns to the Ngāi Tahu Charitable Trust to facilitate current social, cultural and environmental initiatives and to grow the business for future generations.
Information for Applicants
- You must be a registered member of Ngāi Tahu.
- You must be able to demonstrate capability and experience in commercial entities.
- You do not need previous governance experience in a commercial entity but you may have governance experience in other areas – community groups, school Board, Trustee etc.
- As part of this process, your personal details will be registered on Ngā Pūkenga our Talent Database. Any personal information collected by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in connection with Ngā Pūkenga will be held for the purpose of linking you with opportunities with us.
- The expression of interest form must be fully completed along with a 500-word statement setting out your reasons for applying for Associate Director and your vision for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, including how the whānau whānui may develop themselves.
- You must be able to commit to the Associate Governor Expectations Agreement covering conduct, attendance, confidentiality and commitment.
- You may be required to present to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu at Hui a Tau and other special General Meetings.
- Please feel encouraged to apply as even if you are unsuccessful first time around, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is building a pool of future Governors and the Programme will have a long life.
- To apply return your completed expression of interest form, CV and statement to Pip Rush, People & Performance Coordinator email@example.com or by mail to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, PO Box 13 046, Armagh, Christchurch 8141, Attention: People & Performance Coordinator.
Applications close Friday 8 February 2013.
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The Equal Employment Opportunities Trust is proud to announce its newly appointed chief executive, Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie.
Chairman of the EEO Trust, Michael Barnett, says the board of trustees welcomes Mrs Cassidy-Mackenzie as the CEO, as she had assisted the Trust through a restructuring process over several months and the Board had been impressed with her passion for issues associated with diversity and gender equity and has offered her the role.
Mr Barnett says “Mrs Cassidy-Mackenzie has extensive experience with the “Not for Profit” sector and membership organisations which will benefit the growth of our Trust.
Mr Barnett says Mrs Cassidy-Mackenzie will continue with the Trust’s focus of assisting all employers to better understand the benefits of adopting EEO / diversity practices as a powerful way to increase business efficiency, competitiveness and profitability.
Two senior Māori business people have been appointed to the boards of Auckland council controlled organisations.
Tiwana Tibble, who recently stepped down as the chief executive of Ngāti Whātua ō Orakei Trust Board, is to be a director of Auckland Council Property.
Diana Puketapu, who is Ngāti Whātua’s chief financial officer, goes on the board of Auckland Council Investments.
David Taipari, the chair of Auckland’s Independent Māori Statutory Board, says the appointments not only recognise their respective skills and expertise but also demonstrate progress towards increasing Māori leadership and participation in local government processes and organisations.
A new unit is to be set up in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to focus on Maori economic development.
The Government released its Maori Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan at Parliament this afternoon.
The plan aims to provides a blueprint for a productive, innovative, and export-orientated Maori economy to support better paying jobs and higher living standards.
Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says the the establishment of a Maori Economic Development Unit will provide a new focus for New Zealand’s economic growth.
Dr Sharples says the Maori economy is gaining strength, and revealing its potential to contribute to the New Zealand economy.
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce Maori Economic Development Unit says Maori make a huge contribution to the New Zealand economy; a contribution that is growing rapidly.
He says the new approach to boosting Maori economic performance will benefit all New Zealanders.
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Ngāti āo Orakei has appointed a property expert and experienced manager to head its investment arm.
Rob Hutchison succeeds Chief Tiwana Tibble, who in his 15 years in the role oversaw the growth in value of the tribe’s assets from $30 million to more than $300 million.
Mr Hutchison is a former valuer – general, former chief executive of North Shore City Council and former chief executive of Viaduct Harbour Holdings.
He has also held roles at Jones Lang Wootton, Colliers Jardine, been chief executive of Landcorp Property in Auckland and chief executive of Valuation New Zealand.
The Government says it is excited to learn about an improvement in the number of Maori students leaving school with higher qualifications.
New figures show the proportion of Maori school leavers who have achieved NCEA Level 1 or above have gone from 61.8% in 2009 to 68.6% last year.
For NCEA Level 2 and above, Maori students’ achievement has gone from 44.3% to over 51%.
Education Minister Hekia Parata says the figures are good news, but the Government still needs to work harder to raise the achievement levels of all students.