July 22, 2020
Te Puia heading into tribal ownership
Whānau from Te Arawa are heading for parliament today to witness the third reading of a bill transferring ownership of Te Puia and the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute to mana whenua.
Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says gaining full control of a significant tourism asset will allow them to grow their skills and capabilities in a unique area of tourism.
She says there was a provision for the shift in this year’s Budget.
"We made a specific contribution to the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute component of Te Puia because of its legacy and continued contribution to Māori arts and crafts in weaving, whakairo, all types of carving in stone and pounamu so I'm excited for them because they have long wanted successive governments to make this step and we’re doing that today," Minister Mahuta says.
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