Nga Pu Waea budget, terms of reference to be set

Exact budget and functions yet to be fully determined

Terms of reference and a budget for Nga Pu Waea and its seven members have yet to be finalised, a spokesman for Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says.

The Maori working group announced last week to help steer the rollout of the government's Rural Broadband Initiative is expected to have its first meeting in mid to late May.

Nga Pu Waea will advise on Maori interests and development opportunities in broadband, and work to ensure that marae, kohanga, kura, wananga, iwi runanga and Maori health and social service providers benefit from the roll-out of broadband into rural areas.

The spokesman says it is proposed that Nga Pu Waea appoint its own chairman as part of discussions with Telecom and Vodafone about the final terms of reference for the group.

Computerworld asked what the process was for selecting members.

“The requisite skill sets for this group were identified and a short list of potential candidates was developed,” the spokesman says. “The Minister of Maori Affairs undertook consultation with the Minister for Communications and Information Technology before confirming the preferred candidates.”

Computerworld further asked what specific experience in ICT the members have.

“Mavis Mullins, Daphne Luke and Antony Royal are members of Te Huahari Tika Trust (the Maori spectrum trust), which has played a significant role in the establishment of 2Degrees over the past decade. Tu Williams is the chair of Te Putaki Paoho (the Maori Television Service electoral college), which has particular responsibilities for the spectrum used by MTS. Richard Orzecki is the deputy chair of the New Zealand Maori Council, one of the claimant organisations concerning Maori interests in spectrum. Haami Piripi and Jeremy Gardiner have leading roles in their respective iwi organisations. Both iwi are interested in Maori development through fibre. Piripi has been involved in the development of the Taitokerau Networks initiative.”

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