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He Mauri Ohooho: Māori Land Utilisation Action Plan Update

Welcome to the first He Mauri Ohooho: Māori land Utilisation Action Plan update

Relationships with key networks and agencies are being developed to assist in the implementation of the Action Plan and overall strategy including Māori youth initiatives. Initial implementation phase is currently underway.

Support from Priority One, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development) have enabled the work to get underway with Te Horipo Karaitiana’s role in enabling projects and Te Puritanga Jefferies of GHA as overall Programme Manager. As the lead government agency, Te Puni Kōkiri have supported with crucial project level funding.

Youth Projects

The Taiohi Discovery Tour was delivered in March with great success. Held in partnership with co-investors Tai Wānanga and DairyNZ, the tour was coordinated by project lead, Ngaria Rolleston. The programme included support from Miraka Ltd, Newnham Innovation Park, Plus Group, University of Waikato, Tūhono Whenua Horticulture Ltd and FOMA. One of the highlights for the participants was hearing from emerging leaders Tangaroa Walker and Hikitapua Ellis. The objective of the discovery programme was to deliver a highly engaging, two day event that provided secondary students with an all-encompassing look into the world of New Zealand’s Primary Industries - ‘from paddock to market’.

A youth forum is scheduled to be held late June in Tauranga Moana, in conjunction with FOMA and others. The forum is open to rangatahi between the ages of 18-30 and aims to achieve the following:

• Involve young leaders from all over Tauranga-Moana in resolving the most pressing economic and social problems of the moment;
• To establish an inter-iwi and intergenerational dialogue; and
• To build business partnerships and friendships.

He Mauri Ohooho will be approaching entities who have a significant presence in the market and who do considerable work for/with Māori or youth, to support the forum wherever possible. If you are interested in supporting the event or being more involved in the process, email Te Horipo Karaitiana

Cluster Projects

Both the dairy and horticulture cluster projects have been initiated with the majority of potential participants meeting with the project leads. The cluster projects aim to promote greater collaboration and shared learnings, in order to achieve greater land productivity and people capacity and capability.

With each project, He Mauri Ohooho has partnered with an industry organisation; Dairy NZ on the dairy cluster and Tūhono Whenua Horticulture with the horticulture cluster. The dairy cluster is led by Dr William MacMillan and is currently being implemented in the Whakatōhea/ Opōtiki region. Hinga Marsh leads the horticulture cluster, which is being developed in Te Puke. The team is on course to confirm both clusters by the end of June and implement project plans for further development of each cluster.

Any questions regarding He Mauri Ohooho email Te Puritanga Jefferies

To learn more about the Māori Land Utilisation Action Plan, please click here

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

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