Debbie at Marae

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer: Taking on the world from Pātea

If she chose to, Debbie Ngarewa-Packer could compile a CV that few could match for variety. She could list Poi E for instance, not that she’s old enough (or good enough, she says) to have been one of the pioneer performers. She’s becoming an old hand at court battles in an effort (successful so far) to protect

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Mining company loses appeal to mine ironsands off Taranaki coast

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an attempt by Trans-Tasman Resources to overturn a 2018 High Court decision quashing the original consents. Instead the Court of Appeal has found there were multiple errors of law in the approach of the Environmental Protection Authority’s decision making committee (DMC) when granting the original consents. It said the

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Maori ward inaction decried by Maori Party

The Government’s failure to remove this provision from law proves why we need independent kaupapa Māori voices in Parliament. We need representatives who will fight for kaupapa Māori solutions, every moment of every day. If elected next year, that’s exactly what I will do. Read full article here:

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Local Māori wards decision highlights need for independent Māori voice

MEDIA STATEMENTMāori Party – Te Tai Hauāuru The Government’s failure to act on ending the discriminatory local and regional government Māori wards provision is unacceptable and highlights the need for independent Māori voices in Parliament, Māori Party candidate Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said today. Currently, the establishment of Māori wards in local government can be put to

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Māori party makes move to win back Te Tai Hauāuru seat

The Māori party is looking ahead to next year’s general election after selecting Debbie Ngarewa-Packer to contest the Te Tai Hauāuru seat. Ms Ngarewa-Packer (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Ruahine and Ngā Rauru) is CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui and a former Deputy Mayor of South Taranaki District Council. There is a need for an independent Māori

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South Taranaki youth widen horizons in Silicon Valley

A second delegation of 17 design-thinking digital innovation students will be at Stanford University and in Silicon Valley near San Francisco this month. South Taranaki youth are confronting unprecedented global challenges so it’s important for the Ngāti Ruanui iwi to use its networks to expose them to the kind of learning for a solution-focused culture,

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Oranga Tamariki difficult to partner with – Iwi leaders

Iwi leaders say dealing with Oranga Tamariki is difficult and frustrating and it’s going to take huge improvements before a partnership between them will work. From next month, new legislation will require the Children’s Ministry to work with Māori, but several iwi say the agency overrides them, withholds information and is inflexible. When Ngāti Ruanui

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Iwi need to lead justice reform

A south Taranaki iwi leader says iwi and Māori need to drive the next stage of criminal justice system reform to ensure the outcome addresses Māori needs. Ngāti Ruanui kaiarataki Debbie Ngarewa Packer says the public response to He Waka Roimata, the first report of the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group, shows large sections

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