Board Announces Appointments

1 November 2019

At the inaugural meeting of the new three-year term on Friday 1 November, the Independent Māori Statutory Board  confirmed the reappointment of Mr David Taipari as Board Chairman and the appointment of Hon. Tau Henare as Deputy Chairman.

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Advancing Māori Interests in Tāmaki Makaurau

14 October 2019

Board Chairman, David Taipari, takes stock of the last three years and reflects on pushing Māori interests to the forefront at Auckland Council where the future direction of New Zealand’s largest and most prosperous region, and home to Aotearoa’s largest and growing urban Māori youth population, is determined.

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Climate emergency vote must support specific actions

12 June 2019

The Independent Māori Statutory Board voted to declare a Climate Emergency for Tāmaki Makaurau at yesterday’s Environment and Community Committee.

Chair David Taipari says the urgent need to address climate change for the benefit of current and future generations aligns strongly with Māori values relating to environmental and inter-generational wellbeing.

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Next steps in the Kāinga Strategic Action Plan: mutual understanding and shared expectations.

27 March 2019

In early March the Board met with Housing and Urban Development Minister, Phil Twyford, and newly appointed Associate Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, to discuss endorsement of the Kāinga Strategic Action Plan (the Plan) and the opportunities it presents.

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Online voting has potential to increase young Māori political participation - Independent Māori Statutory Board

23 May 2018

Online voting has potential to increase young Māori political participation - Independent Māori Statutory Board

The Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB) says trialling online voting for local elections in Tāmaki Makaurau would potentially increase Rangatahi, or Māori youth, participation in local body elections.

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Summit Welcomes Government Commitment to Improving Housing Outcomes for Māori in Auckland

24 April 2018

The Auckland Māori Housing Summit has welcomed the government’s recognition of the impact of Auckland’s housing crisis and government housing policy and decisions on Māori in Auckland. The Summit also heard a clear commitment to improving those increasingly drastic housing outcomes.

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Auckland Māori Housing Summit to Focus on Development Opportunities

16 April 2018

The Auckland Māori Housing Summit is an opportunity for Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau to help shape the future of housing development in Auckland, and to address housing issues in the region with key government Ministers, the Chairman of the Independent Māori Statutory Board, David Taipari says.

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Auckland’s Māori Identity will help make the Cup regatta a winner for Aotearoa

28 June 2017

Nothing speaks “New Zealand Inc.” more strongly than our Māori identity. The return of the America’s Cup to Tāmaki Makaurau is a real opportunity for the region to lift the promotion of its Māori identity. The Challenge is brimming with opportunity for Auckland Council and its Council Controlled Organisations: ATEED, Panuku, and Auckland Transport, to work with Mana Whenua from day one to create an experience that is not only unique, but delivers direct economic benefits to all Aucklanders.

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Council must decide its role for Auckland’s housing solution

5 July 2017

Increasing housing supply is a necessity as everyone knows but Auckland does not need more large and unaffordable houses, supplied by the open market in response to unconstrained stimulus. This, unfortunately, is what the task force recommends in abundance. What’s desperately needed are houses people can afford to buy, priced within reach of ordinary working families.

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What incentive for affordable homes in Auckland’s $300m infrastructure stimulus?

15 July 2017

Is it time for the advocates for affordable housing in Tāmaki Makaurau to finally celebrate? At first glance, the ten-and-a-half thousand new homes for Whenuapai and Redhills promised this week by Mayor Goff looks like a cause for optimism. But does simply opening up more land and making the infrastructure conditions right for development make housing affordable?  Experience tells us that increased housing supply does not equate to more affordable houses being built.

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Council behind pace in unlocking potential of Māori economy

27 November 2017

An independent assessment of Auckland Council’s activities to improve Māori economic, social, cultural and environmental development in Tāmaki Makaurau highlights ongoing and significant missed opportunities, not only for Auckland Māori, but for the region as a whole.

The Board-commissioned assessment by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) finds that over half of the issues raised in a 2014 assessment report remained unresolved. Underspending on budgets and over-reporting on some expenditure remains a feature; and matters relating to setting outcome measures and the variable quality of project management remain unresolved, with high impact on the effectiveness of projects.

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New Auckland Transport CEO well-placed to unlock value of region's Māori identity

18 December 2017

The Independent Maori Statutory Board welcomes Shane Ellison, Ngāi Tahu and Te Āti Awa, as he takes up his new role as Chief Executive of Auckland Transport this week.  His arrival is timely. As new CEO, Mr Ellison is well-placed to bring a fresh approach to the part Auckland Transport can play in acting effectively in the interest of Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau and to realise the benefits that advancing the interests of Māori can bring to the region as a whole.

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