August 13, 2021
Te Hiku Accord starting to show results
Ministers and Far North iwi have given the tick to the progress of the Te Hiku-Crown Social Accord.
The accord signed in 2013 includes an annual taumata rangatira hui.
Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni says there has been real momentum since the establishment of a joint work programme in 2018, including the establishment of the TUPU scheme to support Te Hiku whānau into jobs in the horticulture sector, and $8 million to buy and install water tanks for homes and community facilities.
Te Hiku Iwi Development Trust chief executive Carol Berghan says other positive signs are He Korowai Trust’s innovative housing solutions, the establishment of a digital hub in Kaitaia and the ground-breaking research at Te Hiku Media to protect and advance te reo Māori.
There are also rejuvenation plans underway in Ahipara, Awanui and Kaitaia.
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