Letter to New Zealand Minister for Maori Affairs Pita Sharples

G02, 1 Layton StreetCamperdown Sydney NSW 2050 14 June 2012

Tena koe e te minita Pita Sharples,


Congratulations on the successes gained during the very recent trip to China. It was well noted the relationships that forged during this trip were as a result of this visit as well as successive communication and relationship forging.

As a Maori living in Australia, it is always comforting to know that whanau in Aotearoa are being represented and benefited by government of the time especially by elected Maori members and their respective parties.

Although it would never be in the contemplation of any Maori to deprive our valuable ahi kaa from receiving the benefits gained from such visits as this recent one to China, sharing vital information and contacts with Maori living in Australia would be greatly welcomed. At the opening of Tourism New Zealand’s Giant Rugby Ball in Sydney prior to the Rugby World Cup, I was fortunate to be part of a group to sit with yourself and one of your ministerial associates. It was at this time we discussed the sharing of information from an earlier delegation to China. Unfortunately, the sharing of such information did not eventuate despite our best efforts to make this possible. I would hope that this request be received favourably given the growing population of Maori that decide to reside in Australia on a permanent basis. Maori are not defined by where they live but by lineage and the land they belong to. I look forward to your response. Noho ora mai.

na Brent Reihana Maori Business Network Poihakena