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Hon Dr Pita Sharples

24 July, 2014

Translation of First Reading Speech: Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill

Mr Speaker, I move that the Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill be now read a first time. I nominate the Māori Affairs Committee to consider the bill.

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24 July, 2014

Third Reading: Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Bill Parliament House, Wellington

It is with immense pleasure that I welcome for the last time into this House, the kāhui rangatira of Tāmaki-makau-rau.

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24 July, 2014

Third Reading: Te Urewera-Tūhoe Bill Parliament House, Wellington

I am deeply honoured to welcome to this House, the sons and daughters of Maungapōhatu; the children of Hinepūkohurangi; and the descendants of Tūhoe-Pōtiki. I am honoured because this landmark legislation concludes its passage in the final weeks of my office as Minister of Māori Affairs. What a privilege to be part of such an historic process!

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21 July, 2014

Minister welcomes Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Māori Affairs Minister Hon Dr Pita Sharples today welcomed the start of Māori Language Week, and is encouraging all New Zealanders to get behind our native language.

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3 July, 2014

New Māori Language Strategy confirmed

Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita Sharples, has today released the governments new Māori language strategy, which includes an updated model for Te Mātāwai, a Māori governance entity which will be charged with leading and guiding the Crown’s strategy for te reo Māori.

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20 June, 2014

Appointment to Māori Economic Development Advisory Board

The Government today appointed Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith to the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board.

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9 June, 2014

Māori History in School Curriculum

Associate Minister of Education, Dr Pita Sharples has today launched a new education initiative to support and strengthen the teaching of Māori history in Years 1-13 in schools and kura.

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15 May, 2014

$12m boost over four years for iwi radio stations

Iwi radio will receive an extra $12 million over the next four years to support the operational costs of the 21 stations currently funded by Te Mangai Pāho and to assess the feasibility of expanding the iwi radio network, Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples says.

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15 May, 2014

Support for three Māori economic initiatives

Budget 2014 supports three major initiatives as a result of the Māori Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan He Kai Kei Aku Ringa, Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples says.

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15 May, 2014

Funding for Māori Centre of Research Excellence

A Māori Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) will be funded as part of the Government’s increased investment in research excellence, Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples and Associate Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Tariana Turia say.

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15 May, 2014

Literacy programme to benefit more communities

More communities will benefit from an acclaimed school literacy programme, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Dr Pita Sharples say.

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15 April, 2014

$5m investment in Māori-led science & innovation

Up to $5 million over two years will be invested in developing the science and innovation potential of Māori people, resources, and knowledge, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples announced today.

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10 April, 2014

Ministers welcome hui convened by King Tuheitia

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples have acknowledged the leadership of King Tuheitia and welcomed this weekend’s hui to discuss governance of the Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust.

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19 March, 2014

Te Pataka Ohanga referred to Serious Fraud Office

Education Ministers Hekia Parata and Dr Pita Sharples have referred matters relating to Te Pataka Ohanga, a private company owned by the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board, to the Serious Fraud Office.

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18 March, 2014

Release of independent audit into Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Minister of Education, Dr Pita Sharples have released the independent review of Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust, which shows the Trust’s financial controls are effective.

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20 February, 2014

New Designated Character school for Christchurch announced

Associate Education Minister Hon Dr Pita Sharples today announced the establishment of a new Year 1-13 designated character school for Christchurch. The school, to be known as Te Pā o Rākaihautū, will have a designated character that offers a place-based curriculum for the 21st century founded on tikanga and Te Reo Māori, Te Ao Māori values, culture and history.

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14 February, 2014

Ministers recognise mandate for Ngāpuhi negotiations

All Ngāpuhi members will be entitled to vote in elections for representatives to the independent mandated authority that will negotiate the iwi’s historical Treaty settlement with the Crown, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson and Minister of Māori Affairs Dr Pita Sharples announced today.

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3 February, 2014

Consultation on the proposed Māori Language Strategy

Consultation hui on the proposed new Māori Language Strategy will take place between 10 – 21 February 2014, announced Māori Affairs Minister, Dr. Pita Sharples.

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16 December, 2013

Change of Governance Proposed in Māori Language Strategy

Strengthening the focus on whānau, hapū and iwi, and consolidating Māori leadership, are the key principles underpinning the proposed new Māori Language Strategy which the Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita Sharples, has released today for consultation with Māori language stakeholders.

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11 December, 2013

Mokomoko Bill passes into law

The Minister of Maori Affairs today pays tribute to the descendants of Te Whakatōhea rangatira, Mokomoko, and welcomes the passing of the 3rd reading of the Mokomoko (Restoration of Character, Mana, and Reputation) Bill.

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5 December, 2013

Constitutional Review Panel report released

The Government has received the Constitutional Advisory Panel’s final report which recommends that the conversation about New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements should continue, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples say.

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6 November, 2013

Te Puni Kōkiri set for new direction

Te Puni Kōkiri will have an enhanced strategic and leadership role across government, as part of changes announced by the Minister of Māori Affairs, Dr. Pita Sharples today.

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21 October, 2013

Review into Kōhanga Reo Spending Underway

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Hon Dr Pita Sharples confirmed today that the Independent Review of Public Funding to Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board is underway.

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15 October, 2013

Kōhanga Reo Statement

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Minister Dr Hon Pita Sharples have met with representatives of the Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board tonight to discuss the allegations made against them.

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6 October, 2013

Ngārimu legacy inspires fresh paths to Māori success

The Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board has announced two new education initiatives as part of this year’s 70th anniversary celebrations of one of New Zealand’s greatest war heroes.

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4 September, 2013

No hidden agenda in public consultation on Māori Community Development Act 1962

Māori Affairs Minister, Hon. Dr. Pita Sharples is reassuring people that there is no agenda to get rid of the New Zealand Maori Council, and is urging Māori to have their say on the Māori Community Development Act 1962 which is currently out for public consultation.

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1 September, 2013

Waka Maori surges forward into the future

Māori are now well placed to draw on a proud history of innovation to grow collective assets, Māori Affairs Minister Hon. Dr Pita Sharples said today.

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31 August, 2013

Minister addresses Stanford University Māori Bootcamp

Māori Affairs Minister Hon Dr Pita Sharples urges Māori business leaders to hold steadfast to our traditions as the Maori economy grows.

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20 August, 2013

Young Māori offending down 32 per cent

The Government’s Drivers of Crime programme continues to make excellent progress in reducing offending and supporting victims, a new progress report released today by Justice Minister Judith Collins and Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples shows.

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20 August, 2013

Government consults on Māori Community Development Act 1962

The first comprehensive public consultation on the Māori Community Development Act since it was passed more than 50 years ago will take place throughout September, Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples announced today.

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