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Ngati Kahungunu Hostings National IwI chairs Forum
"Ngati Kahungunu Hosting national Iwi chairs Forum"
Ngati Kahungunu is hosting the National iwi chairs forum from Monday 26th to Wednesday the 28th of August, here in Heretaunga.
80 iwi converge at Clubs Hastings for 3 days from Monday the 26th to Wednesday the 28th of August For the National iwi chairs forum (NICF). The 80 IwI will comprise of their Chairs, CEO's economic Directors, & a host of other support staff.
The NICF was established at a request by Dame Te Atairangikaahu to Ta Mark Solomon at the time to explore synergies amongst the Tribes for greater culture, social, ecumenic & political opportunities. That was 2005 so 14 years later we are Hosting the 55th gathering.
The first day will be dedicated to economic opportunities and will be opened by Minister Mahuta with the theme being on global indigenous Tribal Trading. Other Speakers include the Ambassador from the United Arab Emirates & Indonesia, a 1st Nation Contingent from the USA & Canada & the Minister for the Pacific, Hon Aupito William Sio Supported by other Pacific Island Business interests.
Housing & Hemp are two other topics that will be studied in depth for investment potential. we will also hear from Mark Ngata from ICP - a collective of 21 Iwi that combine their fish quota leveraging greater benefits for the Tribes involved.
The second & third days are focused on four Pou or Pillars:
Pou Taiao looks at issues such as freshwater issues including quality, quantity and property rights. Climate change would also provide much oxygen and discourse as does flora & fauna. This is led by Herewini Parata From Ngati Porou, supported by Rukumoana Schaafhausen From Tainui & Lisa Tumahai from Ngai Tahu.
Pou Tikanga is focused on Constitutional reforms in this country with more adherence to Te Tiriti O Waitangi rather then its Principles. The undrip also gets a lot of airing. Professor Margaret Mutu from Ngāti Kahu leads this issue with support from Bill Te Huia Hamilton of Nga Rauru.
Pou Tangata addresses social issues including Whānau Ora, Oranga Tamariki, Health, Education, Data collection and is led by Dame Naida Glavish of Ngati Whatua with Paihia Turia from Ngāti Apa and Rahui Papa from Koroki Kahukura.
Pou Tahua is led by Sonny Tau of Nga Puhi & myself and as stated earlier we are running kaupapa of global Tribal Trade as a pull through Whānau housing as a push up.
These issues will be discussed & debated with relevant Ministers on the third day and so far we have had positive attendance from Minister Mahuta, Minister Sio, Minister Martin, Minister Davis & Minister Little. The Prime Minister & deputy Prime Minister have also been invited.
As this is only the second time that Kahungunu will host this National Forum, We are looking forward to having Nga iwi o the Motu here in Heretaunga. We invite Whanau & Hapu members to attend & observe.