Whenua Māori Summit

Free webinar series for Māori whenua owners

Our Māori Land Court colleagues are helping deliver webinars to Māori landowners focused on connection to the land, future uses and possibilities, and the advice support that’s available to owners.

The court’s Pae Manawa (Principal Liaison Officer) for the Aotea region Hayden Potaka is part of a Whanganui-based multi-agency team that’s delivering four fortnightly webinars to landowners who own blocks of land up to 20 hectares. He says the first webinar aired in mid-September and focused on people’s connection to their land, and their connections to agencies and each other.

“We’d originally planned for an all-day kanohi ki te kanohi seminar, but lockdown landed on that day, so we set up the webinars instead and they’re working really well.

“Our Puna Hapai (Cultural Advisor) Pirihira Cribb is facilitating the discussions with her great storytelling abilities,” Hayden says.

The second seminar will broadcast today featuring the court’s Judge Harvey and Te Puni Kōkiri’s Regional Director Te Tai Hauauru Jessica Smith. Hayden says around 100 landowners have registered.

“It’s about opportunities for using the land, and Judge Harvey will update people on recent changes to the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act, which are about making things easier for landowners. We’re also sharing how different landowners are participating in primary sectors. One of the speakers we’ve lined up for the series is a strawberry  farmer, who’s sharing how they’ve increased their on-land production,” Hayden says.

The team are also collecting valuable information from attending landowners about their experiences and aspirations for their land.

As well as Te Puni Kōkiri and the Māori Land Court, the team includes the Ministry for Primary Industries, business group Whanganui & Partners, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Whanganui’s Māori Business Network Te Manu Atatū.

You can watch a recording of the first seminar online here(external link)

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