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Tai Tokerau He Kai Kei Aku Ringa Hui hosted by Minister for Maori Development

Posted on June 14, 2016

The Minister for Maori Development Te Ururoa Flavell and his Northern Regional team recently hosted the Tai Tokerau He Kai Kei Aku Ringa Hui at Kerikeri (May 18, 2016).

The collective impetus for Northland to move forward was reflected in the large number of people in attendance with locals from iwi, hapu and Trusts attending alongside Local and Central Government officials, business public and pupils from Secondary Schools.

The day was opened in accordance with tikanga with Te Runanga o Ngati Rehia conducting the formalities.

Harry Burkhardt Chairman of the Ngati Kuri Trust Board, Director/Owner of Replas - a plastic waste recycling company - and Chairman of the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan Advisory Group, provided the opening address starting with congratulations for what has already been achieved.

He reinforced the requirement for transformative action in the Maori Economic sector and the aspirational space for conversations.

The second presentation was by the Senior Regional Economic Development Official Ben Dalton from the Ministry of Primary Industries. Mr Dalton, a former CEO of Ngapuhi, provided a baseline data set that reaffirmed the dearth of economic achievement by Maori in Northland and leveraged off those figures for the the need to turn all the well-being indicators around.

A secondary message was that the Treaty Settlements process for Ngapuhi will take some time to complete and in the interim the existing wealth of land in hapu and whanau hands is capable of much better returns for the owners. That is the current focus of MPI staff and resourcing.

Other highlights included;

Northland Inc CEO David Wilson attended the Hui along with Maori Economic Development Manager and another former Ngapuhi CEO George Riley.