Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mole News


Wellington Māori with "tenths" arrangement look closely at court judgement
The Wellington Tenths Trust is looking closely at a landmark Supreme Court ruling that the Crown must honour a land deal agreed with Nelson Māori in 1839.

The Wakatū Incorporation, representing the descendants of Nelson Māori, successfully argued that the terms of the land deal, that they should receive a tenth of the land bought by a settler company, was valid. The Supreme Court found the government had acted as trustee in the arrangement and owed fiduciary duties to reserve the land.

A similar "tenths" deal was negotiated with Te Atiawa in Wellington. They too ended up with less than the 10 percent supposed to remain in their ownership.

Morrie Love, chair of the Wellington Tenths Trust, said Te Atiawa received about a third of the land promised, some 36 acres - instead of 110 acres - of the 1100 acres in the deal.

This week's ruling was of "huge interest for us here in Wellington," he said.....
See full article HERE

New Te Mātawai CEO outlines funding for growing te reo
Te Mātāwai will spend ten million dollars on growing the Māori language and the board’s new CEO Te Atarangi Whiu says the first million dollars will go towards research on how they will revitalise te reo Māori.

Whiu says the other nine million dollars will be spread out to communities across the country to help grow the language in every region.
See full article HERE

One in 16 schools has government intervention in three years
One in every 16 New Zealand schools has been the subject of a government intervention in the last three years.

Maori-language immersion and low decile schools were disproportionately represented in intervention figures released by the Ministry of Education under the Official Information Act, with one in nine kura kaupapa and nearly 85 per cent of decile one schools affected......
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Massey University welcomes first ever Maōri Chancellor Michael Ahie
The new Chancellor of Massey University, Michael Ahie (Taranaki, Ngā Ruahine, Ngāti Ruanui) has been welcomed onto the Manawatū campus.

Ahie, who is the university's first ever Māori chancellor, says he has a passion to unleash the potential of the Māori economy and believes Massey University, with its expertise in the agri-food and business sectors, is well placed to empower Māori through education....
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Iwi could try again on Rangitoto judgement
Ngai Tai ki Tamaki Trust is considering appealing a High Court judgment it describes as scoring a try but not being able to take the conversion.

The High Curt found the Department of Conservation made an error in law when it granted concessions to run tours in Rangitoto and Motutapu islands in the Hauraki Gulf, but not in a way that meant the concessions should be cancelled.

Ngai Tai wanted a monopoly for its own tours, because of its mana whenua status.

The court said there is no treaty principle obliging the crown to give priority to the economic welfare of Maori in preference to those of non-Maori.....
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3 March 2017

Details of $9m reconciliation package for Parihaka revealed
A novel $9 million government reconciliation package offered to the people of Parihaka has been widely criticised as being too low.

The Crown offered the multi-million reconciliation package to the Parihaka Papakainga Trust, as a form of recognition for the historical injustices suffered by those living at the site due to the actions of the colonial government, including the 1881 invasion.

The offer differed to a Treaty of Waitangi deal as it was not a negotiated process but followed a unique pathway designed by agreement between the trust and the government.

However, following extensive consultation by the trust with its people, many have said while they support other aspects of the package, the $9m sum was not enough......
See full article HERE

Dame Susan Devoy says Maori children more likely to be taken from their families
Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy believes Kiwi kids who are Maori were more likely to be taken from their families and placed in state homes.

The Human Rights Commissioner and other prominent New Zealanders have called on Prime Minister Bill English to agree to an inquiry into the abuse of children and vulnerable adults held in state institutions over 40 years. They also called on the Government to apologise.

Devoy called the period "Aotearoa's lost generation".
She said those children placed in state care deserved justice, while fellow New Zealanders "deserve to know what went on".

"Today Maori New Zealanders make up more than half of our total prison population, a damning indictment on a system that is many times more likely to arrest a young person if he is Maori. Maori girls and women are even more over-represented." ...
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Bill Sutton: No denying we have a race relations problem
Does New Zealand have a race relations problem? Many New Zealanders would like to say no. But dig a bit deeper and there's no denying it: we have a problem.....
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Tamihere calls on iwi leaders to do more on low Maori home ownership rates
Maori social services provider John Tamihere is calling on iwi leaders to do more to get their people owning their own homes.

Currently 43 per cent of Maori own their own homes, compared with 70 per cent of Pakeha and 33 per cent of Pacific people, according to figures from Statistics New Zealand.

"Because our own leadership is focused elsewhere rather than on their people, we fall to the bottom even further," he said. ....
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2 March 2017

Far North District contemplates name change
Perhaps it's time to change the name of the Far North District Council. It's an idea that's been floated by the deputy mayor of that district Tania McInnes. Today Te Kāea hit the streets up north to gauge public perspective on her idea.

She's the deputy mayor of the largest district in the North Island and she has floated the idea that perhaps the time is nigh to change the name of the council.

Tania McInnes has been working alongside a group known as Te Manawatōpū, to come up with a name that captures the vision for the future of the district.......
See full article HERE

Iwi 'excluded' from input into seabed mining
South Taranaki's Ngā Rauru iwi is feeling excluded from full input into proposed seabed mining offshore from Patea.

Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) is in Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) hearings over its application to mine 50 million tonnes of iron-sand a year over 65 square kilometres of seabed offshore from Patea.

"The risk of catastrophic damage through this underwater version of open cast mining is totally foreign to our concept of kaitiakitanga," Mr Davis said.....
See full article HERE

Microsoft releases maori language software
Microsoft New Zealand launched its reo Māori versions of Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Office at the recent World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WiPCE), held in Hamilton, New Zealand at Waikato University from November 27-December 1. ......
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1 March 2017

Treaty education still vital
A treaty educator says complacency about explaining the Treaty of Waitangi to New Zealanders could undermine treaty settlements.

Veronica Tawhai studied treaty education here and overseas for her doctoral thesis, and found it stressful work with a high burn out rate.

But she says it’s vital work, especially with settlements that envisage new relationships between iwi and crown and public agencies.

Instead institutions assume that settlements mean the government has fixed everything.

She says if people don’t understand the reason for settlements, they can become hostile to Maori aspirations.....
See full article HERE

Workshops revive Maori tradition
Far North Maori weavers and DOC have partnered to educate people on how to pelt kiwi and other birds killed by dogs, cars and possum traps.

The first in a series of manuhuruhuru (pelting) workshops hosted by DOC and led by weavers Tiwai Rawiri and Raewyn Ormsby-Rihari, teach participants how to remove pelt from the carcass, how to clean dry it and weave the feathers into korowai (cloaks).
See full article HERE

Supreme Court on Crown’s obligations to Maori landowners
The Supreme Court has determined that the Crown owed fiduciary duties to the owners of Maori customary land in Nelson, Motueka and Golden Bay. It is the first time that the New Zealand Courts have made such a determination. The decision was made by majority; 4 -­1.
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28 February 2017

From NZCPR archives by Dr Muriel Newman
Extortion by a thousand demands
In a recent editorial on his Newstalk ZB Breakfast Show, Mike Hosking made the point that in spite of paying out billions of dollars in settling claims and giving numerous apologies over a 30 year period, Treaty of Waitangi grievances are showing no sign of ending. He called the Waitangi Tribunal a circus and the whole process a farce, saying that the public are completely sick of it all.

But he also raised another important point. In response to new claims by Ngapuhi that they did not cede sovereignty to the Crown, he said, “This Ngapuhi report… has raised more questions than it’s answered due largely to the fact that when you ask the questions (as we tried to on the programme yesterday) the answers either weren’t forthcoming or if they were you didn’t have a clue what they meant… So they didn’t give authority to the Crown. What does that mean – they run the country? They’re the Government, they can make the rules, they don’t answer to our laws. What’s been the point of all this? What’s been the point of any of this?”1

As Mike found, the elite groups who are pursuing the Maori sovereignty agenda are almost impossible to pin down. They avoid addressing the issues, knowing if they did the public backlash against their power grab would crush any hope they ever had of achieving their goal. So instead, they are playing a long and careful game – extortion by a thousand small demands.

As each month passes, there are new rights, new privileges, new funding, new settlements – all in a relentless incremental transfer of money, power and public resources that goes largely unnoticed by most New Zealanders, who are too busy getting on with their own lives.....
Continue reading Muriel’s article HERE 
December 9, 2012

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26 February 2017

From the NZCPR archives by David Round
The Tears of Papatuanuku
In the Waitangi Tribunal’s interim report on the fresh water claim, a convenient list of twelve points ~ twelve ‘indicia of ownership’ ~ appears on page 38. (Indicia is the plural of the Latin indicium, meaning an indication, a sign, a distinguishing mark. It is nice to know that Latin still has its uses.) The claimants claim that these twelve points establish customary proof of ownership. I list them below, with my comments. As we will see, quite a few of them appeal to nothing more than picturesque myth or superstition, and are of the same calibre as the tears of Papatuanuku argument.

Before we look at them though, just note that the claim being made is indeed one for ‘ownership’, or something so close to it as to be practically indistinguishable. The Tribunal in its report repeated the claimants’ words that ‘the closest English cultural equivalent to express this [1840] Maori customary authority is “ownership”. Maori have little choice but to claim English-style property rights today as the only realistic way to protect their customary rights and relationships with their taonga’. Indeed, Annette Sykes, for the claimants, denied ‘that English-style property rights are offensive to Maori or unknown to Maori’, and the Tribunal decided that ‘Maori had rights and interests in their water bodies for which the closest English equivalent in 1840 was ownership rights’.

This is worth emphasising, because as of this moment the story is being spread about that the Maori claim is not one for ownership ~ that ownership is a very European, legalistic, unpleasant concept unknown to caring Maori in touch with Papa, Rangi and co. Maori don’t want ownership, no! What made us think that? All they want is just a say, a far greater say than they have now as to what happens to water. The obligations imposed upon Maori to care for their taonga simply mean that they have to be in charge! The Brown Man’s burden….But only panicky prejudiced people like some of us could misinterpret the Treaty claim as being one for ‘ownership’.

Several staunch Maori, all with good English names, have told me this. But it is simply not true. It may well be that they have now decided that since an out and out attempt to obtain ‘ownership’ is unlikely to succeed, then greater influence ~ read, ‘control’ ~ will do instead. And indeed, as long as Maori influence is sufficient to control decisions about water, it does not matter much whether the legal classification of ‘ownership’ is officially attached to it or not. Even if Maori do not end up with ‘ownership’, but ‘only’ with much greater influence in decision-making, the result will still be disastrous. But just note that the claim was for something very close to ownership. You will remember that the ‘research’ sought by the Iwi Leaders Group from the ‘research group’ Sapere actually recommended altering our present water law so that in future rights to water could be privately owned in perpetuity. Those new private owners might not all be Maori, but clearly Maori would not be commissioning such ‘research’ if they were unhappy with the concept of ‘ownership’.

And so to the twelve ‘indicia’ listed by the Waitangi Tribunal as ‘establishing customary proof of ownership’:.......
Read David’s full article and the 12 ‘indicia’ HERE 
February 21, 2016

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25 February 2017

Settlement putea transferred but claims unfinished
Taranaki Tuturu, Te Atiawa, and Ngaruahine yesterday received the remainder of their financial and cultural redress, bringing to an end this stage of the treaty settlement process.

Despite the formal part of Te Atiawa’s settlement being completed, members have a sense of unfinished business over the Pekapeka Block in Waitara.

Manukorihi hapu chair, Patsy Bodger, who made a submission to last week’s Maori affairs select committee hearing on the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill, says the bill was drafted by the council with no input from iwi or hapu.

She says it needs to be stopped and a new approach taken that involves transferring all the land to the iwi.....
See full article HERE

Taranaki polytech gets fail grade
Taranaki's largest tertiary education provider has received a fail grade in its latest New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) report card.

After a comprehensive review of the Western Institute of Technology, NZQA said it had lost confidence in the quality of education at the polytech and its internal quality-assurance controls.

NZQA downgraded the institute from a category one provider to category three, making it the lowest rated public tertiary education provider in the county.

A category three provider can be required to partner with another institute to ensure courses are run correctly.

The polytech received $14 million in Tertiary Education Commission funding in 2015. The downgrade could affect its ability to apply for contestable funding.

The latest report found course completion rates had since dropped from 83 percent to 70 percent in 2015. For Māori it dropped from 85 to 57 percent.....
See full article HERE

‘Cursed’ by our name
A call to have the “cursed” name of Poverty Bay completely removed was made by district councillor Meredith Akuhata-Brown during a debate by Gisborne District Council yesterday. She asked that her opposition be recorded to a resolution carried by the council to consult on changing the name of Poverty Bay to a dual name......
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24 February 2017

Golden Bay iwi apply for country's first water conservation order for an aquifer
A Golden Bay iwi wants the Government to step in and protect the aquifer that feeds the country's largest freshwater springs.

Ngati Tama ki Te Waipounamu has applied directly to the Environment Minister Nick Smith for an unprecedented water conservation order for the aquifer that feeds Te Waikoropupu Springs in Golden Bay.

The springs are the largest cold water springs in the Southern Hemisphere and contain some of the clearest waters ever measured on earth.......
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Waiting, with 'baited' breath, for Sounds fishing park
A spokesman for Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy's office said public submissions on both recreational fishing parks in the Marlborough Sounds and Hauraki Gulf had been received and the ministry was working with local iwi on these.

"The Government is committed to the parks and they are definitely going ahead," he said........
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Driving lessons for young Māori offenders
Corrections Minister Louise Upston says the two-year pilot is aimed at Maori offenders aged 17-24 in the community and in prison.

"Maori have a high proportion of convictions for licence offences," she said on Thursday.

That's what the programme has been designed to address.

The programme is costing $606,000.
See full article HERE

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23 February 2017

From the NZCPR BreakingViews archives by Mike Butler
Gunpoint treaty threat and other lies
These little lies fill newspapers in early February every year, along with the turgid prose of academic treaty troughers telling us that we should keep shovelling cash to tribes despite grievances being settled. These lies include:

1. That Ngapuhi never ceded sovereignty, another lie trotted out this year, this time with the backing of a report from the hopelessly conflicted Waitangi Tribunal. Claimant logic is simple: The Waitangi Tribunal said so; the Waitangi Tribunal is official; therefore it must be true.

FACT > But the claim is a bare-faced lie: Article 1 of the treaty says the chiefs cede to the Queen of England for ever the entire Sovereignty of their country. Missionary William Colenso records the debate that shows the chiefs understood what ceding sovereignty meant. Chiefs at Kohimarama 20 years later reaffirmed their commitment to this deal.

2. “The wicked white coloniser” stole 25.2 million hectares of Maori land. This lie was incorporated into a stunt by Nga Tamatoa protesters at the 1971 Waitangi Day event.

FACT > New Zealand has 26.8-million hectares of land. Around 1.2-million hectares were confiscated during the 1860s wars (much of which was returned at the time). There is approximately 1.47 million hectares of Maori land. Everything else, being 24.13-million hectares, was sold.

Chiefs sold the land. They did not lose the land.

3. South Island tribe Ngai Tahu lost 12 billion dollars worth of assets and generously accepted as compensation $170-million.

FACT > A closer look at the facts shows that fewer than 2000 people occupied the 15 million hectare South Island in 1840, so few that the British thought it was uninhabited. Nevertheless, a handful of Ngai Tahu chiefs sold most of the South Island in 10 deals over 20 years from 1844 for a total of ₤14,750.

Between 1868 and 1995, Ngai Tahu had received five settlements of what started out as a single complaint. What is more, Ngai Tahu, like Waikato-Tainui, negotiated a top-up relativity clause, which means their latest settlement just keeps on giving. Moreover, Ngai Tahu had sold much of the South Island before the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, and the treaty commitment to investigate pre-1840 sales enabled chiefs to sell the land all over again while keeping the proceeds of the earlier sales.

4. General Cameron rode into Rangioawhia, near Te Awamutu, on February 24, 1864, rounded up all the Maori, locked them into the church, set fire to it, and anybody that tried to escape was shot, and 144 Maori were burnt to death.

FACT > The truth is that for many years afterwards all the churches in the village were still standing! One wooden church had bullet holes in it from the troops' fire at armed rebels firing from within it. Other rebels were firing from inside a rush whare that caught fire - whether from their own guns or those of the troops is not known.

Figures for the rebels inside vary from five to 12. In any case their bodies were recovered afterwards along with that of Sergeant McHale who had been killed by a bullet and his body dragged inside. Colonel Nixon was also killed when leading his troops.

Total casualties on both sides did not exceed about 20, thus achieving Cameron's objective of minimizing casualties by a surprise attack before dawn. The myth-makers give him no credit for that.

5. That Kereopa Te Rau, who swallowed the eyes of missionary Carl Volkner at Opotiki on March 2, 1865, was totally innocent of his murder.

FACT > Te Rau was found guilty by a properly constituted court of law and hanged the usual penalty for murder in those days. There is ample evidence in the nature of his involvement in this killing. (See Mary Tagg: "The Martyr's Crown"") Nevertheless, in June 2014, Te Rau received a statutory pardon from a craven government.

6. That there was no cannibalism of crew members of the "Harriet" wrecked near Cape Egmont, Taranaki, in 1834. This was declared in video at the falsehood-ridden exhibition by the New Plymouth museum, exhibited in Nelson, 2013…..

FACT > Evidence from eyewitnesses Jackie and Betty Guard, the latter being captured, including the names of most of those slaughtered and eaten is incontrovertible.

The list could go on. …
Read Mike’s full article HERE  
February 8, 2015

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22 February 2017

Success for Taniwha Dragon Summit on day one as $50m in Chinese-Maori deals achieved
The two-day Taniwha Dragon Economic Summit was hailed a success before lunch yesterday, achieving half its goal of $100 million worth of deals between Maori and Chinese companies.

Held at Clubs Hastings, the summit was sold out with 250 people attending, many in comfort thanks to 150 white inflatable couches.

The opening speaker, Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule, said the summit was being held at a time when Treaty of Waitangi settlements were coming on-stream.

Large and small companies from both countries outlined successes and opportunities for growth....
See full article HERE

Mana Party leader Hone Harawira says a vote for him in the September election will be a vote to return the foreshore and seabed to Maori.
"Importantly, I want people to know that a vote for me is to return the foreshore and seabed into Maori hands," Mr Harawira said.
See full article HERE

Name change on table
NEARLY four years after pupils from Kaiti School petitioned for Poverty Bay to be known as Turanganui a Kiwa, local politicians might agree to act, after a new report that suggests the idea be floated publicly.

Responding to a request from Mayor Meng Foon, a council staff report suggested that the council agree to research, consult and apply to the New Zealand Geographic Board to change the name of Poverty Bay to a dual name of Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay.
See full article HERE
A further article on the above  Consultation should include making Tairawhiti ‘official’ too

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21 February 2017

Parihaka solution mooted for Waitara
A completely separate reconciliation process - similar to that being used for Parihaka - has been suggested as a solution for historical grievances at Waitara in Taranaki.

If adopted, the New Plymouth Council-sponsored bill would allow the freeholding of 780 leasehold properties and return some land to Te Ātiawa.

It would also pump $60 million from the potential sale of leases into Waitara via a new entity made up of council and iwi representatives....
See full article HERE

Breaking down the barriers: Policing Northland-style
AN APPROACH to policing where officers leave their uniforms at home and spend their time talking to people instead of laying down the law has been credited with helping to keep Waitangi Day peaceful.

While the police had a big presence, with more than 100 officers on duty over four days of events, it was the 33 non-uniformed iwi liaison officers (ILOs) who defused any trouble before it happened.

"We make no bones of the fact we work for the police but we don't wear a police uniform which is a barrier for a lot of people," said Senior Sergeant Pat Davis, second in charge of the ILO force.

"We want to break down those barriers, so people see us as Maori who happen to be policemen."...
See full article HERE

Mental health research for Maori begins
High rates of poor mental health among Maori has prompted a $59,000 study to address the issue.

A 12-month research project supported by Te Whanau o Waipareira began in January aiming to improve Maori mental health in west Auckland.

Wai Research Pou, Sir Mason Durie, will oversee the the study......
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Mana and Maori Party agreement details electorate deals
In a bid to win back all seven Maori seats, Mana Movement will contest only the Te Tai Tokerau seat at this year's election while Maori Party will not stand in that electorate.

The announcement was made this morning as the two parties signed an agreement in Whangarei.

Peace moves between the two parties have been going on since last July when Maori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan approached Mana's leader Hone Harawira.

The agreement states any and all contravening clauses/rules contained within existing party rules, constitutions or ture will be suspended and replaced with the terms contained within the agreement and will conclude on September 23, the day of the election.....
See full article HERE

Million-dollar price tag on Tauranga land sought by council and Maori
Resistance to a million dollar price tag has held up negotiations to vest ownership of a prime stretch of Tauranga's downtown waterfront with the city council and a Maori trust.....
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Maori place on mainstream broadcasts argued
A member of a group conducting an inquiry into the state of public interest broadcasting and media in New Zealand says she wants to hear Maori voices in the debate.

The inquiry held its first workshop in Wellington yesterday, and it will travel around the country, ending in Auckland in late March....
See full article HERE

Treaty settlement conditional on housing project, says iwi
An Auckland iwi says its Treaty settlement won't go ahead if Parliament does not enact a bill allowing it to build houses on a reserve.

Iwi trust chief executive Hauauru Rawiri told the committee it would transform the reserve, which was neglected and polluted in places.

"This bill is part of our Treaty settlement, the opportunity to buy back our own tribal land and develop and enhance it, if Parliament does not enact this bill then Ngāti Paoa Treaty settlement cannot proceed."...
See full article HERE

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19 February 2017

From the NZCPR archives By Fiona Mackenzie
A Grab for the Hauraki Gulf
Currently, there’s a scheme being executed to gain control of the Hauraki Gulf and its surrounds. It’ll give a few from 26 tribal groups incredible power over a massive and very critical 4,000km² body of water (from near Mangawhai in the North down to Waihi in the south, and beyond Great Barrier Island to the east), along with the significant land catchments bordering the entire eastern coast of Auckland, the extensive Hauraki Plains, the entire Coromandel Peninsula, and the many islands of the Gulf.

Who will be affected by this? Think shipping, the Port of Auckland, aquacultural farms, commercial or recreational fishing, ferries, tourism, leisure, sport, every marina, ramp, buoy or mooring, and landowners – possibly even commercial air space, bridges and roads. And if there’s not enough money coming from these sources to fill the iwi coffers, there are always the defenceless ratepayers of Auckland City to squeeze a bit more from...........
Continue reading Fiona’s alarming article HERE 
July 17, 2016

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18 February 2017

DOC face backlash from Taranaki iwi for backing seabed mining company
Backlash against the Department of Conservation is mounting after they gave the green light to a seabed mining company.

Trans Tasman Resources (TTR) have applied to mine a 66 square kilometre area in South Taranaki of 50 million tonnes of iron-ore laden sand from the seabed per year. Their first application was rejected in 2014.

One of Taranaki's eight iwi - Ngati Ruanui - have said DOC's decision not to submit may have cost the government a fast resolution to ongoing treaty settlements around Mt Taranaki with Ngati Ruanui and other iwi.

"Our chair said at our last meeting after a unanimous call, that we will not go back into settlement with a government that endorses this type of activity."
See full article HERE

Maori owing more than $6.1m of unpaid rates
The Western Bay of Plenty District Council has more than $8.3 million in outstanding rates and Maori landowners owe most of it - with one bill worth $308,000. But the money is unlikely to be recovered and the mayor says it is tied by government legislation that is "dumb" and makes "no sense".

Data showed the council was owed $8.36m from 2013. Maori landowners owed $6.1m while $2.2m related to the current financial year and was mainly due to the result of timing of when people paid their rates.....
See full article HERE

Poor policy shuts out Maori nurses
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has attacked an over-reliance on internationally qualified nurses and called for better use of Maori and Pacific nursing graduates....
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Honey giant has Tinopai buzzing
Everything isn’t sweet right now in Tinopai, with the Northland community split by a dispute over the collection of honey.

Resident Mikaere Miru says the problem happened when honey giant Comvita signed a deal to place hives on a block without checking with neighbouring Maori owners along the peninsula and landowners are objection to their land being bulldozed for tracks and platforms.

When Comvita didn’t show up at a hui to discuss these dealings and explain their actions or apologise, the road was blocked.

"I put it squarely at the feet of Comvita. If they had done their research properly I think the onus is upon them to make sure that when they engage with people, what people say is actually legal, it is true, it is on the land they say that they actually own. And they did none of that and hence the raruraru we have in front of us now".

Mikaere Miru says as well as having proper legal advice, honey firms should also have cultural advisors when they go into areas to make deals around Maori land....
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Maori parties strike electoral deal
The agreement will be signed on Monday in Whangarei by Mr Harawira, Maori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox and president Tukoroirangi Morgan.

The split is seen as a major barrier to any chance of winning all seven Maori seats....
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Czech company backs down after using Maori symbols in pokie game
A Czech Republic company has taken down its Maori themed gambling game after accusations of cultural appropriation.

The game, titled "Maori", was released late in December and featured Maori imagery and a rendition of the haka Ka Mate....
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First Maori Mass in Hamilton cathedral
The occasion was the first ever celebration of a Miha Māori [a Mass in Te Reo Māori] at the cathedral. The main celebrant was Bishop Stephen Lowe and among the concelebrants were Bishop Denis Browne and Hamilton diocesan Vicar for Māori Fr Gerard Paterson.

People not fluent in Te Reo Māori could follow what was being said and sung through English translations shown on a screen.....
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17 February 2017

Maori and Pasifika Trade trainee project manager Kirk Sargent
More than 900 young Maori and Pasifika are being offered a leg up into a career in the booming Auckland trades industry.

Eligible trainees will have their fees paid and get practical support to find a job in their chosen trade.

Applicants must be aged between 16 and 40 and be of Maori or Pasifika heritage.

Project manager Kirk Sargent says as well as having their fees covered and learning basic trade skills, the trainees get practical help with writing their CV, getting their drivers licence and making sure they have basic safety training.

The organisation also works with industry partners to help them find the right employer and offer a $1000 tools grant once they’re in an apprenticeship.....
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Small progress in Maori job rates
The latest Maori in the Labour Market report says the Maori employment rate continued to increase but remained below the national rate through 2016.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says employment rates for Maori increased with their level of education, with more Maori employed than five years ago in skilled occupations, particularly in the professional and technician and trade occupation groups.

The majority of Maori are still employed in semi-skilled and low-skilled occupations.

The participation rate for Maori increased by 1.6 percentage points from five years ago when the first such survey was done, to reach 66.8 per cent.

The Maori unemployment rate declined by 1.8 percentage points since 2011 to reach 11.0 percent in 2016....
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Maori sovereignty claim to police has no place
No one in this country can claim they are immune from the laws of New Zealand on the grounds of Māori sovereignty, says Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Police must come down with the full force of the law on the driver who refused a breath test, backed into a police car, had ‘sovereignty’ number plates, and had five unrestrained children in his car on Kaitaia’s main street, as reported in the Northland Age......
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16 February 2017

Ruapehu District Maori Council provides for united Maori voice
Ruapehu District Māori Council (RDMC) decided to delay the appointed of a Deputy Chairperson at their first meeting of the year last week (Tue 7 Feb) to allow more time for Ngāti Maniapoto and southern Ruapehu Iwi to make decisions on who to appoint as their representatives.

The RDMC was established in 2009 to help encourage greater participation by Iwi Māori in local government decision-making. It is a collective of nine representatives made up of three members from Tuwharetoa, Maniapoto and Iwi in the southern reaches of the District.

"Having all the seats filled will put the RDMC in a lot stronger position when dealing with a wide range of issues that are confronting our whanau and communities," he said.

"Since its inception the RDMC has been involved in a wide range of issues and been able to ensure that Tikanga Māori values and principles are taken into account when these issues are of concern to Māori."

"A current example of this is the township revitalization projects underway across the District where the RDMC has been able to stress the importance of ensuring that projects of this nature acknowledge and recognise the significance of Iwi Māori and their place within the community."....
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Stand-off between Ngai Tahu and Lyttelton Port over dredging plans
Two of the South Island's largest organisations are at odds over a planned dredging operation in Lyttelton Harbour.

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) has applied to expand its shipping channel, allowing larger ships to enter the port.

The channel expansion would cost up to $120 million and was part of the port's $1 billion redevelopment.

Both dumping sites are within the Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal sanctuary and near the peninsula's fisheries, where paua, crayfish, mussels, and flatfish are harvested.

The fisheries, including several marine farms, are used for mahinga kai (food gathering) by Ngai Tahu Seafood and Port Levy-based Te Rununga o Koukourarata.

The iwi had invested heavily in aquaculture on Banks Peninsula and believed the port's plans could degrade the harbour and impact mahinga kai.

Ngai Tahu said the port's application was "fundamentally flawed," and experts it commissioned found "several deficiencies" which meant it could not support the application as it stood.....
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Brash return a tragic last gasp Green's co-leader Metiria Turei says Don Brash's latest Orewa speech sounds like the last gasp of an old many trying to relive his glory days.

In his latest speech delivered on behalf of his Hobson's Pledge movement, Mr Brash said the push for privilege persists and politicians still pander to it, creating positions of power for Maori only.

Ms Turei says there was nothing new in the speech.

"It's all been rejected before. It's been politically rejected. It has been socially rejected. He got nowhere with this stuff. He could not make it work when he had political power and he is now trying to make himself relevant again. I find it really tragic," she says.

Rather than looking backwards like Hobson's Pledge, the country needs to look at how it can make the Treaty of Waitangi real in structures like justice, health and education.....
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Social system evolves through acknowledging past failures
Te Pou Matakana, the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for the North Island, is supporting the call by Iwi leaders, Human Rights and Race Relations Commissioners for a Government inquiry - and apology - for historical abuse and neglect in state institutions. ....
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15 February 2017

Researcher challenges sector on Maori education
A Maori education researcher nominated for a New Zealander of the Year award says improving Maori education results is the responsibility of the whole sector.

"What I guess Te Kotahitanga stopping did was it promoted people to think about 'What can I do? What is my agency?' in this whole question of equity for excellence so that Maori students feel they belong in the education system as learners," Dr Berryman says.

Maori shouldn’t be seen as a problem in the system that need changing, because it is the system that needs to change.....
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New partnership to benefit rangatahi in rural South Island
Youth Minister Nikki Kaye has announced a new partnership between the Government and Kai Tahu that will benefit young people living in rural and isolated areas of the South Island.

“As part of this partnership, around 250 young people will be supported to take part in mentoring and leadership programmes run by Ngai Tahu.

An important aspect of the partnership is that it will reach out to those living in remote areas, where this type of opportunity isn’t normally available,” says Ms Kaye.

The Government and Ngai Tahu Funds will each invest $50,000 to support a range of programmes.....
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Hapū leader calls for input on new Porotī lake
The public must have a say in the future of a farmer's illegal dam and lake near Porotī Springs, say the Māori leaders who own the springs.

Northland Regional Council fined the farmer $500 and told him to apply for resource consent after he dammed a stream on his property near the springs, creating a half-hectare lake.

"For anyone to be able to take water just like that, to impound it - it's not just a dam it's an impoundment of eleven-and-a-half million litres of water - you just can't be allowed to do that."

The farmer was not taking water from it and said it was a conservation project aiming to enhance local wetlands.....
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Councillor asked to apologise for 'racist' te reo post
A New Plymouth district councillor is being asked to apologise for online comments in which he describes te reo Māori as being "kept alive on a respirator".

In a Facebook post discussing compulsory te reo in schools, Murray Chong said $600 million was being spent annually on Māori language initiatives - more than $33,000 for each of the country's 18,000 fluent speakers - and asked if it was time to give the language away for lost.

The original post was private but was shared on Facebook by New Plymouth businessman Dinnie Moeahu, who said it was racist and based on bogus facts. It has since received hundreds of comments and dozens of shares.....
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Call for Maori history in all schools
Maori history should be taught in all New Zealand schools, according to a resolution made by Te Takanga o te Wa, the Maori History Working Party.

The working party stated that Maori history was of equal status and of equal standing within New Zealand mainstream history and accordingly should be taught in all the nation's schools, after its most recent hui in Rotorua last Friday.....
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Northland to scrap Maori committee
Te Taitokerau MP Kelvin Davis says local authorities in the region need to do more to involve Maori in their processes.

The defeat of veteran politician Dover Samuels in last year's local government election means the Northland Regional Council has no Maori members.

Mr Davis says the council is now moving to scrap the committee Mr Samuels created to encourage Maori consultation.

"There's no Maori representation on the Northland Regional Council whatsoever and for me that's a real concern. Maori are kaitiaki of our environment and you would think the regional council would be putting in place ways to gauge the feelings and opinions of Maori throughout Taitokerau," he says.....
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Heritage NZ withdraws charges against Marlborough landowners over heritage dispute
Charges against two Marlborough landowners have been formally withdrawn more than a year after they were accused of disturbing material near the site of a historical massacre.

Heritage New Zealand charged Phillip and Haysley MacDonald in late 2015 after alleging they had carried out work on their land near the Wairau Bar without an archaeological permit.

The MacDonalds were accused of constructing a fenceline and clearing scrub without permission on a site close to a historical settlement, Kowhai Pa, between July and September in 2015.

Peter Radich, who represented the MacDonalds, said they had made a contribution to Heritage New Zealand, but would not confirm if it was the full $15,000......
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Health board seeks to lift Maori numbers
The Whanganui District Health Board is looking at ways to increase its Maori staff numbers.

At the board meeting on February 3, board members and management discussed how they could increase the number of Maori staff which currently sits at 11.2 per cent of the 1093 staff employed by the DHB.

A board member expressed concern that this proportion did not reflect the 26.5 per cent Maori population within the Whanganui region....
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Prison and family violence linked to historic state abuse
Greens Maori spokesperson Marama Davidson says the state has done irreversible damage to many in its care, and a full inquiry and apology is needed.

"The fact that our prisons are full of people who need support and have been victims of all sorts of abuse is absolutely disgraceful, many of whom are Maori. At the the very very least we need an inquiry. I would want to see a full unconditional apology to those people who were in state care as well," says Marama Davidson.....
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Green MP labels a rant from a Maori woman as “Pakeha racism”
A woman in Huntly made a vile rant against some Muslim women who were walking by. One of them recorded it so we could see how vile some people are and how they treat strangers. Catherine Delahunty the Green MP jumps in and concludes that this is an example of Pakeha racism.

The only problem of course is that the women in question appears to be Maori. Would be sensible for a Member of Parliament not to make assumptions before she labels something as Pakeha racism......
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12 February 2017

App helps health professionals learn medical terms in te reo
A new, innovative App developed at the University of Otago, Christchurch will allow health professionals to learn te reo Māori as well as medical terms.

The free app aki Hauora teaches Te Reo terms commonly used in the health environment by involving participants in an interactive game.

The University's Māori /Indigenous Health Institute director Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama says the App was designed as an interactive way for medical students to learn te reo Māori commonly used in clinical settings.......
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Reo roll out could take 15 years
A veteran Maori educationalist has welcomed the Green's plan to make te reo Maori a core subject, but says it could take up to 15 years to achieve.

Pem Bird, who went back to run a kura kaupapa in Murupara after teaching for many years at the Auckland College of Education, says it's right that the country's indigenous language is given equal status to subjects like English and maths.....
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10 February 2017

Crown agencies undermine settlements
A former crown negotiator is accusing government agencies of reneging on an agreement he was part of.

Mr Dreaver, who was sacked by Mr Finlayson as chief negotiator for the Tamaki Makaurau claims, says the settlement he negotiated with Te Kawerau a Maki and Ngati Whatua o Kaipara hinged on the iwi getting an option to jointly purchase surplus Paremoremo prison land.

Within weeks of the commitment coming in to force, Corrections said it didn’t want to sell the land at all.

In another case, the Office of Treaty Settlements pulled the plug on negotiations with Ngati Tamaoho after an agreement in principle was signed.

Since then the value of its settlement package has halved because of land price inflation.....
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Controversial NCEA maths exam: Pass rates higher than last year
"One of the highlights of the provisional results is the significant increase in Maori achievement of NCEA Level 2, which has lifted by 2.9 percentage points to an impressive 73.5 per cent."

Achievement rates among Maori students had risen "significantly" since 2008, Parata said, and the achievement gap was shrinking.....
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Journalism Internship Announced
Radio New Zealand has announced the establishment of a significant new training and development programme to support Te Reo Māori and foster Māori journalism.

The programme will create a paid twelve month position at RNZ for a Māori graduate who is passionate about journalism, with strong te reo knowledge, and able to assist in reflecting and reporting issues of significance to te ao Māori. The graduate will work alongside RNZ news staff researching, reporting, writing and presenting news and current affairs stories......
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Catholic Bishops on bicultural path
The Maori advisor to the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference says Maori have a vital role to play in the church’s future, particularly in reaching out to young people and migrants.

Catholics are the largest denomination in New Zealand with nearly half a million members, almost 70,000 of whom are Maori.

Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard says new migrants have kept the numbers up, and through the church they are getting exposure to things Maori.

He says his new part time role came out of a drive by the Maori Catholic Council to persuade the bishops to renew their commitment to a bicultural agenda......
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Tolley can't ignore Maori voices
Former associate social development minister Dame Tariana Turia says the current minister Anne Tolley must listen to Maori anger over her reform of state care.

A provision which required Child Youth and Family to look to the extended whanau and hapu to place children in care has been dropped from the legislation setting up the replacement Ministry for Vulnerable Children Tamariki Oranga.

Dame Tariana says the result will be children totally disconnected from their whanau and their culture, and ministers needs to listen to what Maori are saying.......
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Maori approach to diabetes treatment studied
The National Hauora Collective has secured $2.3 million for a three year project to assess whether a Whanau Ora approach can improve management and treatment of diabetes among Maori.

Mana Tu was co-designed with whanau, clinicians, health service planners and whanau ora providers to improve the impact of clinical and lifestyle interventions for whanau living with pre-diabetes and people with poorly controlled diabetes.

She says it will deploy skilled and supported kaimanaaki-whanau to work with general practice teams.....
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9 February 2017

From the NZCPR BreakingViews archives By Mike Butler
Palmer's Aotearoa constitution
Palmer wrote that in 1985 he did some research on the outstanding grievances and it did not appear that looking into them would open a can of worms, which many feared. I took the view that the claims may take a decade to deal with, that it would cause some anguish but would be worth it in the end.

Three decades later those claims are still going strong.

There is little evidence that we’re all champing at the bit for a new constitution with a Treaty clause in it, as Palmer appears to believe.

The Constitutional Review that took place in 2013 turned up the data on attitudes that showed.

There is no sense of an urgent or widespread desire for change,” Deputy Prime Minister Bill English said when releasing the official Constitutional Advisory Panel’s final report.

Moreover, 96 percent of the 1222 written submissions to the Independent Constitutional Review’s parallel consultation opposed the inclusion of the Treaty of Waitangi in our constitutional arrangements......
Read Mike’s full article HERE 
September 18, 2016

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8 February 2017

Rāhui in place along the Ōhinemataroa river
Ngāti Hamua of Tūhoe is taking the protection of their traditional hunting grounds along the Ōhinemataroa into its own hands. The tribal group based in Ruatoki has extended a ban on firearms for another three weeks in an effort to protect visiting families.

Firearms use along Ōhinemataroa is banned until 27th of February.

The local subtribe is monitoring the ban which covers the area from Ohinenaenae to Te Pūtere. They are looking at implementing the ban every year, from December to February.

In 2014 Te Urewera and areas within Ōhinemataroa River were returned to Tūhoe. It is no longer a national park but is co-managed by Tūhoe and the Crown. Today Ngāti Hamua are seeing the environmental impact of climate change.

While there has not been a firearms incident in the area since the 1960s, the ban is intended as a safety measure for whānau.....
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Mana-Maori Party pact down to detail
Maori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan and Mana leader Hone Harawira say they are close to agreement on how they will work together for this year’s election.....
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Community shift seen in reo support
Greens Maori development spokesperson Marama Davidson says making te reo Maori a compulsory part of the school curriculum is overdue.

She’s heartened by the support shown by teacher unions, education think tanks and the wider community to the Green plan to.

It’s catching up with what is already happening in those mainstream schools which are adding basic Maori language lessons to the curriculum.....
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7 February 2017

Parata: More Maori students getting best start
"I am frequently asked if te reo Maori should be compulsory for all children. I'm certainly for a bilingual nation, but of all the drivers for successful language acquisition, motivation is essential.

Compulsion is the antithesis of motivation. It has long been the case that every school is required to offer the opportunity to learn te reo, and government funding is available because it is demand-driven.

There is no cap on funding for te reo, a clear sign of this government's commitment to bilingualism. I will take universal availability over compulsion any day....."
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Labour Party membership protest Willie Jackson's selection
A discord is growing among Labour Party members following the selection of broadcaster Willie Jackson for the list in this year's general election.

An open letter is circulating among the membership, calling on councillors to reject Mr Jackson's membership and to vote against him.

"I've had good discussions with Māori caucus members," he said. "Everyone can see Willie has something to bring to Labour that we don't currently have."

But the letter written by opponents says Mr Jackson represents the "past, not the future of Labour."....
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PM pays tribute to Bastion Point occupation and Ngati Whatua leadership during Waitangi Day speech.
Prime Minister Bill English has acknowledged Ngāti Whātua and the occupation of Bastion Point at Waitangi Day commemorations in Auckland.

Mr English said government and iwi relations had improved in the last decade and people now realised that success for iwi was success for everyone.

A 506-day protest against a proposed Crown sale of Bastion Point in 1977-78 became symbolic of Māori tribal land loss.....
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6 February 2017

Willie Jackson confirms Labour Party candidacy
Willie Jackson has been confirmed as a candidate for the Labour Party at this year's general election - but he won't stand in an electorate.

He will be a list-only candidate - and Newshub understands his ranking will be in the single digits.

It's understood Mr Jackson has also been promised the role as Minister for Māori Development if Labour is elected to Government.

Speaking to media at Waitangi, Mr Jackson said he was looking forward to getting back out into the community.....
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Labour MP Kelvin Davis addresses P epidemic at Waitangi
Labour's Kelvin Davis said Maori need to stand up and be leaders on the issues that matter.

The Te Tai Tokerau MP was speaking at the political leaders forum at Te Tii Marae at Waitangi.

He referred to a number of issues, including the high methamphetamine use by Maori.

They were calling for the Government to do more about the P epidemic......
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A further article on the above >  Hikoi to Waitangi: Meth 'not just a gang problem'  

Media ban source of controversy as MPs arrive at Te Tii Marae at Waitangi
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has refused to walk onto Te Tii Marae after he was told media could not accompany him.

There was a stand-off between Mr Peters, a member of Ngāpuhi himself, and Te Tii Marae officials at Waitangi this morning, after the official threatened to call over the police to move the New Zealand First leader away from the marae entrance where he was talking to reporters.

"It's not that I'm the greatest defender of the media, but the fact is this is not just about this marae, it's about Ngāpuhi and about the whole country," said Mr Peters.....
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5 February 2017

NZ's biggest tourist resort planned in Far North
A Chinese real estate company is planning to spend close to $1 billion building a huge tourist resort on Northland's Karikari Peninsula.

If the project goes ahead it will be one of the single biggest investments in New Zealand tourism infrastructure, with former prime minister John Key saying the resort would cost $700-800 million and be the biggest in the country.

Te Runanga-a-iwi o Ngati Kahu chief executive Anahera Herbert-Graves said Shanghai Cred inherited litigation started when Mr Kelly was the owner but had signed an out-of-court settlement satisfying the runanga's requirements.

Terms of the settlement included a 999-year caveat barring any construction on top of burial caves and an undertaking to treat all wastewater onsite.

The treatment plant at Whatuwhiwhi could not cope with current volumes, let alone wastewater from an expanded resort, she said.

The runanga's relationship with Shanghai Cred was "way better" than with Mr Kelly.

"What we're seeing is that they are being very slow and careful, and making sure the local marae in particular is happy," Mrs Herbert-Graves said.

The Advocate understands one of the hold-ups is a cultural impact assessment which has to be signed off by local marae......
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Select media barred from Te Tii Marae
Willie Jackson has described the banning of media with cameras from Te Tii Marae as "absolutely bloody nonsensical".

He hoped that kaumatua Kingi Taurua could "fix it up".

Delays, a protestor and bans on reporters with cameras inside Te Tii Marae surrounded the first formality of the Waitangi weekend.

Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy was delayed from going onto the marae but has since been shown into the whare for a private welcome with her husband, Sir David Gascoigne.

Chief Justice Sian Elias and other judges including Maori Land Court judge Craig Coxhead and High Court judge Joe Williams were also invited to go on.....
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PM and iwi chairs form strong bond
“We’ve got a pretty good relationship it’s constructive, it’s forward looking and it’s responsible, what I mean by that is we have pretty gritty discussions in there. I mean Iwi leaders get up and they tell us what they’re after and they push and shove a bit it’s all done in a spirit of respect and that’s how we make progress," English says......
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Maori leaders have told Prime Minister Bill English that they want rules in place that will ensure at-risk children are placed with whanau or iwi as a first option.
Mr English said there wouldn't be any dramatic changes to the legislation.

"It's possible there will be wording changes to it," he said....
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4 February 2017

Maori rights to freshwater big talking point between iwi and the government at Waitangi
The host of the Iwi Chairs Forum says Prime Minister Bill English is a "safe pair of hands" to deal with.

Harry Burkhardt, chair of Ngati Kuri who hosted the forum in Waitangi on Friday, said English was "a known quantity to iwi" and a long relationship between him and Maori makes engaging with him easier, which was important because "the ability for us to have that conversation is possibly our currency".

Chair of Waikato-Tainui, Rahui Papa, said iwi were discussing possible models of allocation of freshwater and it's hoped a decision would be finalised by Waitangi next year.

"We want the same opportunities for iwi as corporates get now. So bottling companies can take the whole 100 per cent of some of the flows of the tributaries of rivers."

Iwi want enough water to "sustain the flow" and whatever is left can be offered up for allocation, he said......
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Iwi group digs in over salmon farm allotments
An iwi group has accused the government of acting in bad faith over a new salmon farming space in Marlborough.

Iwi was told there was no further space available for salmon farming in the area, and accepted a cash payment in a treaty settlement.

However, the government recently created space for the relocation of six King Salmon farms.

Te Tau Ihu fisheries forum chair Richard Bradley said the government had gone back on its word.

"So we took cash and then found out the government's quite keen on creating some new space, course the iwi in the top of the south are a bit hacked off about [that] because our preference was always for space, not cash.".....
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The Big Read: Iwi build a $6b empire of assests
Six billion dollars. That's the scale of assets controlled by iwi which have signed settlements with the Crown. That figure could double in a decade or so, believes one expert who has studied the scope and management of iwi assets.

Phil Barry, a director of corporate finance and economic consultants TDB Advisory in Wellington, sees a big rise in the Maori economy, to the point where the post-settlement iwi will have assets worth $12b.....
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Rodney readers disagree with compulsory te reo Maori lessons
Nearly 70 per cent of Rodney Times Neighbourly readers disagree with the Green Party suggestion for te reo Maori to be taught in all schools.

In an unscientific poll posted to the Rodney Times Neighbourly page, 69.1 per cent of voters said learning te reo Maori in schools should be optional, not compulsory.

Sue Norwood-Evans from Orewa commented: "Absolutely not, how will learning the Maori language help forward the majority of kids in life unless they're from a Maori family/community or attend an all Maori place of education. Teach them financial skills, manners, respect and the 3 R's, also teach responsibility for when they become drivers on the road. Now that would improve our country and save lives."

Alex Dick from Stanmore Bay said it would be more beneficial for children to learn English properly, before other languages.....
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Iwi-Crown economic relationship strengthened
Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell have announced the establishment of an Iwi-Crown Economic Taumata at Waitangi today.

The Taumata will provide an opportunity for high level discussions between economic Ministers and iwi chairs on issues of economic significance to both parties, and will meet twice a year.

Ngahiwi Tomoana, Chairman for Ngāti Kahungunu iwi says, “This represents a significant step up in Crown-Māori relations. Iwi know their whānau, hapū, marae and communities. Our assets are growing fast, and we need to be at the table partnering with the Crown, to ensure our economic progress drives social progress – in a whanau centred, tikanga based way.” ......
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Maori-themed poki game upsets
Maori public health organisation Hapai Te Hauora has condemned an online slot game that uses Maori cultural icons including waka, stylised bone carvings, pounamu, and the haka Ka Mate.

The website was created by software company Endorphina Ltd based in the Czech Republic.

It claims the game celebrates the cultural heritage of Maori.

Hapai says it is disgusted by the unauthorised use of Maori cultural icons for profit by a foreign company with no links to our indigenous people.
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3 February 2017

Tamariki and freshwater prime focus at Iwi Chairs Forum
Prime Minister Bill English and a delegation of Ministers will attend this year's Iwi Chairs Forum in Waitangi, with the prime focus being the ICF's position on the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Legislation Bill and natural resources, in particular, freshwater.

“One of the big kaupapa we will be discussing in February is freshwater. In particular, we will be embarking on an intensive work programme focused on water allocation. We expect the work programme to be agreed at Waitangi and the results of this work will be presented next year. This work will help inform our iwi and Māori land owners on how we can best protect and sustainably manage water for cultural, economic, environmental and social outcomes for the future generations of all New Zealanders,” says Burkhardt.....
See full article HERE

Open marae for Waitangi Day
There were two parts to the day, a ''very formal'' ceremony which would begin at 10am with a powhiri followed by speeches from Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, waka specialist Hoturoa Kerr, archaeologist Dilys Johns, Ngai Tahu kaumatua Sir Tipene O'Regan and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson QC.
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2 February 2017

Māori Minister wants to see refugee quota increased after Trump ban
Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says New Zealand's refugee quota should be increased after concerns about what is happening overseas. This comes after US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to ban countries that are predominately Muslim from entering America.

Minister Flavell doesn't agree with the ban.

“This is turning their back on immigrants in America. From all that I have seen, read and observed over the years, this is not the American way.”

And his thoughts on the man himself?

“The things he says are prime examples of racist behaviour. So you believe they're racist? I would put them in that category absolutely.”....
See full article HERE

Ratana, Waitangi and making Maori voices heard
OPINION: The attendance of political parties in force at Ratana last week underscores the importance in this year's election of the Maori vote, which now comprises 20 per cent of the electorate.

Maori want more say. Decades of working with Labour have not reversed the issues that blight each new generation. The Maori Party relationship with National may not have delivered all it promised but it is no worse....
See full article HERE

Greens, Labour MPs call for compulsory Maori language in schools
The Greens and some Labour MPs are calling for a national goal of making Māori language compulsory for all children in state schools.

Census counts show that Māori people who can hold a conversation about everyday things in te reo shrank from 25.2 per cent of all Māori in 2001 to 21.3 per cent in 2013.

Post-Primary Teachers Association president Jack Boyle said his union had supported making te reo a "universal subject" for all school students since 2001.

"Being able to learn te reo Māori will benefit every child in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Te reo Māori is part of the fabric of the economic, social and cultural history of all New Zealanders," he said....
See full article HERE
A futher article here on the above > Greens praised for stance on te reo Māori in schools

Does NZ need a Maori cancer control strategy?
Ahead of World Cancer Day this Saturday, a Massey University public health researcher is calling for government policy focus and action to address the expanding cancer crisis among Māori.

"However, a greater focus on improving survival is critical as evidenced by Māori death rates which are more than one and a half times higher than those of non-Māori. Access to screening is a key issue but access also plays a huge role at all stages of the cancer continuum. With lung cancer, for example, despite the higher risk being well-known, Māori tend to experience longer delays between diagnosis and treatment and are less likely to be referred for curative treatment than non-Māori. This is totally unacceptable. We need policy that explicitly addresses these inequalities if we are to make a difference in cancer outcomes for Māori. Timely access to optimum care improves survival and must be a core priority of any Māori cancer control strategy," Dr Ellison-Loschmann says.....
See full article HERE

A costly and controversial land bill facing stiff opposition from Maori
Proposed legislation poised to resolve a long-running land issue has been widely condemned by Maori and come at a significant financial cost to council.

As the second public hearing regarding the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill looms, the future it might have remains unclear.

Since September 2015, New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) has spent $436,000 on legal, survey and valuation costs associated with the bill.
See full article HERE

Guidelines for Cultural Safety, the Treaty of Waitangi and Maori Health in Nursing Education and Practice
See PDF HERE

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1 February 2017

Water and Waitangi: a constitutional matter
Meanwhile the actual Prime Minister, Bill English, gets down to serious business when he and a raft of ministers meet the iwi leaders forum on Friday. High on the agenda is freshwater.

Drawing on article 2 and tino rangatiratanga, iwi/hapu have insisted the Government and councils do not have an absolute right to allocate water, which commercial and farming interests turn into a property right of use and profit.

Iwi/hapu don't ``own'' water as the general law defines ``own''. Nobody does, not even the Government. But iwi/hapu do have legacy and cultural claims because in Maori law lakes, rivers and streams were and are vital to life and integral to their being and identity, which is akin to a form of ownership.

The Treaty is an growing part of that constitution through court judgements, specific legislation, government decisions and evolving practice.

Some want it tidily in a judge-supervised constitution. But messy constitutions evolve more responsively. Mr Finlayson, for example, is doing some ``tidying'': after a Judicature Modernisation Act last year next comes consolidation into one act of the various bits governing Parliament and ``some work'' on the Constitution Act.

So, it might be said, there is water to flow under the constitutional bridge......
See full article HERE

Māori oppose Taranaki sand mining
Māori groups are opposing a second application to mine iron sand off the Taranaki coast because of concerns about environmental damage and breaches of their property rights.

The Sealord treaty settlement had established that Māori had property rights in marine resources and this needed to be taken into account in mining applications, he said.

"With fisheries at least you've got significant resources now vested in tribes.

"This interest has now been recognised through different legislation. This shows this connection to the coastal marine area is ongoing, it's a significant resource to Māori, and the coastal marine area is subject to property rights that are held by Māori.".....
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Salmon farm proposal causes concern among iwi
The chairman of an iwi fisheries forum has lashed out against a plan to relocate up to six salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds, accusing the Government of dealing in bad faith.

The Ministry for Primary Industries wants to relocate five New Zealand King Salmon farms in Pelorus Sound and one salmon farm in Tory Channel, and claims the changes would bring economic and environmental benefits.

Te Tau Ihu customary fisheries forum chairman Richard Bradley said the plan was "not honourable".
See full article HERE

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31 January 2017

New Partnership Combines Maori Heritage with Cooking Skills
New Partnership Combines Maori Heritage with Cooking Skills Nestle Cook for Life – Ka Tuna Ka Ora, has partnered with Mangere Mountain Education Centre (MMEC) with the aim of delivering a unique, interactive daylong workshop to over 750 secondary …New Partnership Combines Maori Heritage with Cooking Skills.

The interactive programme, led by MMEC team members and volunteers,’ educates secondary school students on how heritage crops, derived from the original plants Māori ancestors used 18,000 years ago can be integrated into our lives today.....
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Māori music on trend at Auckland's viaduct
Local tribes are stamping their identity on Auckland city showcasing the Māori culture in every shape and form during the city's annual anniversary.

Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival Mana Whenua Steering Group Chairman Hau Rāwiri says, "Despite the politics between the different iwi, we must come together for the sake all Māoridom, following this comes business and our relationships with each other.".....
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30 January 2017

From the NZCPR archives By Dr Don Brash
Why I disagree with Gareth Morgan
But as explained in his recent Ngapuhi speech, Dr Morgan’s basic position seems to be that –

“.. the Treaty is whatever a reasonable person’s view of the following four taken together leads them to – not any one taken in isolation, but all taken together:

1) Treaty of Waitangi
2) Te Tiriti O Waitangi
3) Principles of the Treaty
4) Post-1975 Consensus on the Treaty.”

And I think that that is nonsense. The so-called principles of the Treaty have often been referred to, frequently in legislation, but have never to my knowledge been fully explained, let alone agreed. And to refer to a “post-1975 consensus on the Treaty” is again a meaningless concept – I know of no such consensus, and the whole reason for the ongoing debate is that there is no consensus about what the Treaty means, or should mean.

In one of his “Herald” articles Dr Morgan talked about Maori having a partnership with the Crown, making us, in his words, “one nation, two peoples”. I also think this is nonsense, Lord Cooke notwithstanding. The idea that Governor Hobson envisaged the British Crown – the representation of the most advanced country in the world at the time – forming a partnership with a disparate group of Maori chiefs who were, at that time, scarcely out of the Stone Age, is ludicrous. Moreover, to speak of New Zealand in 2015 being “two peoples” is equally silly: the overwhelming majority of people who identify as Maori also have some non-Maori ancestors, frequently a non-Maori parent, while “non-Maori” are no longer exclusively European but embrace a very wide range of ethnicities.

So I disagree with Dr Morgan’s starting point, and as a result I disagree with many of his conclusions.

I think making the teaching of te reo compulsory in primary school, as he advocates, would be a complete waste of valuable teaching time for most New Zealand children, many of whom can’t even read and write well in English – which is not just the dominant language of New Zealand but is also the dominant language of the whole world. Being able to read and write in English is of fundamental importance to all New Zealanders, whatever their ancestry. .......
Read Don's full article HERE
February 8, 2015

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29 January 2017

From the NZCPR BreakingViews archives By David Round
Questions of Water Rights and Ownership
No principle of justice, no events of the past, real or spurious, oblige us to privatise public assets and replace white capitalists with brown ones.

But ~ the second thing ~ what the Iwi Leadership Group is demanding is not just an unwarranted share in the existing pie, but the creation of a completely new fully privatised pie, with very far-reaching consequences.

Somehow the great cosmic understanding embedded in those fundamental concepts of aroha and kaitiakitanga and love for everyone and all creation, all of us here on Papatuanuku, which have, for whatever reason, recently become more prominent in our understanding of Maori culture ~ somehow this is slowly transforming itself into the idea that it would be best, then ~ most ‘appropriate’ ~ for the particular traditional kaitiaki to look after everything on everyone’s behalf, because they know how to do it, and they will of course extract appropriate administrative expenses, and the white folk will just sit nervously by hoping that there will be a bit left in the pot by the time they come to be served.

There will have to be more than just Maori private owners of course, to start off with anyway, but there will be plenty of other willing investors from big powerful countries. New Zealand water will be a gift to the world, a prize to be coveted and bought and sold far away from our native hills…but too bad for those of us who just live here…….
Read David’s full alarming article HERE  
April 21, 2015

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28 January 2017

Sea Change proposals affect everyone
As mentioned recently, the so-called collaborative stakeholders' group has recently released their Sea Change report and the Waikato Regional Council, where it involves them, is now looking at implementing its recommendations.

* There is a proposal to extend the size of the Cathedral Cove marine reserve as a "type one Marine Protected Area" or MPA (the highest level of protection recommended it is claimed), but at the same time allow iwi to take a "cultural harvest" from this and other similarly classified reserves.

Three others would be established, the closest to us at the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula.

However, the question must be asked if the Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve under this proposal would actually be a Marine Reserve at all, or simply the best fishing area in the Coromandel Peninsula being taken over by iwi for their own exclusive use.

* There is a proposal to have Type 3 Special Management Area or SMA around the Alderman Islands. SMAs are similar to MPAs except they allow for "carefully managed and targeted sport fishing of several species under a 'small volume, high value' harvest regime".

I believe that an exclusive cultural harvest of all species will also be allowed in this area effectively excluding all non-Maori from taking all ground fish, paua and crayfish etc. and creating similar issues of fairness to the Cathedral Cove situation.

* There is a proposal to declare all of the East Coast a kilometre out from the coast from just north of Waihi to the tip of the Coromandel a Type 4 Ahu moana - mana whenua and community co-management area which will allow for commercial and recreational fishing subject to "the prohibition of fishing or particular harvest methods, or the temporary closure of areas to allow for species or habitat restoration".

This will be determined by an appointed committee with 50 per cent iwi and 50 per cent community membership.

However, that community membership is likely to be determined completely outside of District Council or genuine Community control and likely to be constituted, to some degree, by members sympathetic to iwi who will start with a 50 per cent block vote.

But in my opinion the 'collaborative' approach in this instance failed because on the pakeha side the participants had scant negotiation skills and were taken for a ride by some very astute Maori thinkers.
See full article HERE

Boats, no moor - Okahu Bay
Ngāti Whātua has won the support of Auckland City Council to remove boats from Okahu Bay. The request was granted under the Unitary Plan and within the year, the boats and moors will need to be removed from the area.

Nearly 100 boats between the eastern side of the Okahu Precinct and the marina wall on the other side will need to vacate come September.
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Iwi ranger for gulf island
Efforts to replant Takaparawha-Bastion Point and an iwi ranger for pest-free Moturoa Island in the Hauraki Gulf are among nine community-led conservation projects in the Auckland area to receive funding.

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says more than $291,000 from the DOC Community Fund is going into projects to continue the War on Weeds, protect historic Maori sites, complete kiwi transfers and carry out pest control work.

The biggest grant of $50,000 will go to towards the Moturoa iwi ranger, who will help coordinate weed control programmes, promote iwi-led conservation initiatives and maintain the bio-security of the island.

Another $25,000 is going to the Restoring Mauri: Whenua Rangatira project on New Zealand’s first co-governed public park created under the Orakei Act 1991.

Ms Barry says it’s an example of urban conservation that reflects tikanga Maori.....
See full article HERE 

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27 January 2017

Mongrel Mob president Rex Timu lodges Waitangi Tribunal claim blaming 'racist' health system for P plague
A senior gang leader has lodged a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal arguing "racist" government policy is the reason so many Maori are addicted to P.

Rex Timu is the president of the Hastings chapter of the Mongrel Mob and banned P among his members. He claims the numbers of those using the drug has fallen from 80 to 10 per cent.

No government department, agency or programme has achieved the same success, according to the 50-year-old, who said the nationwide strategy to combat the "P epidemic plaguing Maori communities" was failing.

"This claim is about the racism (which is rife in New Zealand) including institutional and interpersonal racism, that actively prevents the Hastings Mob and Maori from receiving the resources and funding that they need to achieve the type of results that Rex Timu has achieved, on a national scale," the Waitangi Tribunal claim says.

Timu said the Crown had a duty to address the methamphetamine epidemic among Maori, including the Mongrel Mob.

The claim asks the Waitangi Tribunal for a number of recommendations, including a finding that the New Zealand health system is "inherently racist" and seeks a review of the policy decision-making process.......
See full article HERE

$90,000 revamp wanted to give Hawke's Bay Regional Council offices more mana
Hawke's Bay Regional Council's new chairman wants to spend $89,000 of ratepayers' money to revamp its offices to better reflect the "mana" of his position.

"I do want to see it project some mana of the role," Rex Graham said of the proposal, which would include adding Maori carvings and portraits of tribal ancestors to the debating chamber, and creating a "chairman's room" in what is currently a councillors' lounge and meeting room.
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Maori children’s Bible now available in NZ
The Bible Society has launched Tāku Paipera, the only Māori children’s Bible available in New Zealand.

Mr Hakiaha, a kaumatua and on Laidlaw College’s Māori Advisory Council said, “Tāku Paipera is done in a language that belongs to us, it’s a language that reveals our identity and it’s a language that is the heartbeat of our culture.”

“For Māori children, it’s their language put to print, the stories of the Bible from thousands of years are now conveyed in their sacred language. It will help build their self-esteem and pride.

“This Bible will lead to the preservation of Te Reo and the continuity of Te Reo and also the use and continuance of a traditional language to a modern language.”....
See full article HERE

Fox calls for voting booths on marae
The Maori Party wants polling booths on marae for this year’s election.

Co-leader Marama Fox says boosting voter turn-out is a major objective for the year.

A number of ideas have been thrown out, including groups organising a hikoi to the voting booths and putting more booths in places that Maori frequent......
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26 January 2017

Outrage over limited hearing locations for seabed mining decision
"It's a serious insult to not hold hearings on one of Ngati Ruanui or Nga Rauru Kitahi marae or at an absolute minimum, within one of our rohe (territory)," Nga Rauru Kitahi's general manager Anne-Marie Broughton said.

She compared the the decision to "behaviour deployed on Maori in the 1800s when the Native Land Court convened sittings regarding Maori land in distant locations creating barriers of time and cost to owners".

"Consequently, many Maori owners were unable to attend court hearings, resulting in the loss of their lands."

Broughton said it was appalling that this behaviour was continuing in 2017......
See full article HERE

Maori Engagement Manager
He Angit?tanga- The Opportunity
ATEED not only recognises its legal and statutory obligations to M?ori, but also the importance of M?ori to the future prosperity of Auckland and therefore all aspects of ATEED's work. Your commitment to enabling ATEED to achieve M?ori outcomes will be best exemplified through:....
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Up to $4m available as part of Fifth Mātauranga Capability Fund
Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell have today opened a fifth round of the Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund in which up to $4 million is available for successful projects.

“We are seeking proposals that strengthen connections between Māori and the science and innovation system. This fund will continue to foster a greater understanding of how science and technology can contribute to the aspirations of Māori organisations, for the benefit of New Zealand,” says Mr Goldsmith.

The Vision Mātauranga policy aims to unlock the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people. It focuses on four themes:

• indigenous innovation – contributing to economic growth through distinctive science and innovation

• taiao/environment – achieving environmental sustainability through iwi and hapū relationships with land and sea

• hauora/health – improving health and social wellbeing

• mātauranga – exploring indigenous knowledge and science and innovation.

“We know that Māori success is New Zealand’s success.....
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25 January 2017

Ancestral Taranaki land chained off to freedom campers
Fed up with their ancestral lands being trampled and strewn with rubbish, the trustees of a Māori reserve in Taranaki have put a chain across a road at a site popular with freedom campers.

The reserve at the end of Paora Road on State Highway 45 contains sensitive cultural sites and the Puniho Pā Trust and other groups have been trying to restore the area.

After discussions with the South Taranaki District Council last year, the council put up signs warning people not to camp on the reserve, but had told the trust it could not block off vehicle access, Mr Ngawhare said.

That had not worked, so frustrated trust members had now put a chain across the track.....
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Gareth Morgan and Winston Peters trade insults at Ratana Pa Marae
Gareth Morgan and Winston Peters have traded insults at Ratana Pa today over whose political party is best for Maori.

Morgan went further, describing Peters as "nothing more than an Uncle Tom" and saying that he "gets away with this anti-Treaty stuff" because he is Maori.

When Peters took his turn to speak at the pa, he only briefed touched on Morgan's comments.

"Excuse me for laughing, but it's a long time since I have been ravaged by a toothless sheep," he said.....
See video HERE

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24 January 2017

From the NZCPR archives By Alan Duff
Maori under-performance
The quality of debate in this country on Maori issues is poor, cowardly, non-analytical, and none of it serves the Maori people well. Like social welfare, which many of us have warned about for years, every government benefit takes another breath of the recipient’s self-respect away. Until they choke on self-hatred and maim and kill themselves and others.

You see we’re having thrust upon us, rammed down our throats in fact, this “Maori as we were” model (before, it is implied, the Europeans came along and ruined us morally and culturally.) Its advocates are insisting that we think differently – yes, we do, but it shouldn’t be assumed we can’t change, not if the same thinking is holding us back from advancing – we have a different world view, we have greater difficulties adapting to Western culture. So just give us the money and we’ll figure out the solutions to our own problems. When demonstrably we can’t......
Read Alan Duff’s full article HERE  
July 8, 2006

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23 January 2017

Te Arawa elders gate crash Hauraki meeting
The Hauraki Iwi Collective were at the Club conference room in Thames discussing tribal matters when Te Arawa elders turned up unannounced.

Hauraki iwi members' appeared stunned as Te Arawa elders, who traveled from Rotorua, insisted they meet with Hon Rick Barker, Crown Chief Negotiator for the Hauraki Collective redress claim, who had spoken to Hauraki earlier in the day.

More than 200 Te Arawa made the early morning journey from Rotorua to Whitianga to talk with fellow Te Arawa tribes, Ngāti Hei and Ngāti Rereahu about their stance on the Hauraki Collective fee simple claim over Moehau maunga. ......
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Auckland iwi renew peace pact
Two Auckland iwi that have been at loggerheads because of overlapping land claims have renewed their peace pact at Ōrākei marae today.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Ngāti Paoa signed a kawenata, or sacred covenant, this morning where they agreed to work together to define their areas of interest in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).
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Raising a stink: What to do with Akaroa's poo?
With Waitangi Day rolling around again, and the Iwi/Kiwi rhetoric ratcheting up nationally, it is perhaps surprising that more isn't being made of the cultural dimension of the Akaroa pipeline decision.

Discussing the legal outcome over a coffee near his home in Governors Bay, Collins explains that for local iwi, the issue is black and white.

Any kind of disposal of human waste to open water is unacceptable, no matter how highly treated. It is not a pragmatic health issue, but one of spiritual values.

Maori customarily exploited the rich food resources of Banks Peninsula's coastal waters. On Akaroa beach, whata were set to dry tuna and shark. Cockle, pipi and crabs were collected.

This would remove any last nutrients, heavy metals and pathogens safely. "But for iwi, it's all or nothing."

But Collins says you can't deal with Maori concerns by focusing on the practical health questions when what is at stake is a matter of tribal tapu. ......
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Climate change fear for burial sites
Climate change could be affecting sacred Māori burial sites, iwi and a Department of Conservation historic adviser fear.

Erosion within the Waimea Inlet in Nelson has recently revealed human bones.

Local iwi said a human jawbone found recently in the Nelson inlet, followed soon after by the discovery of a legbone in the tidal zone below a sandbank, most likely belonged to a member of one of the many tribes who once inhabited the area.....
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New Maori bishop for the South Island
Leading Anglican Richard Wallace has been ordained as the new Maori bishop for the South Island.

About 400 people visited the tiny Onuku Marae, near Akaroa, on Saturday to see Wallace ordained as Bishop of Waipounamu with spiritual responsibility for Maori Anglicans from Picton to Bluff as well as Rakiura and the Chatham Islands.....
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22 January 2017

Māori party and Kingitanga unite for Ratana
The Māōri Party will walk alongside the Kingitanga at next week's Ratana celebrations. This kind of alignment is something we haven't seen from the Kingitanga, so the question remains what does this mean and what message does it send?

The Māori Party has made their first move at the start of the election year. It's the first time a political party has been invited to walk on with the Kingitanga at the Rātana celebrations.

“We are going on together at the request of Rātana themselves,” says Flavell.

The move comes after King Tuheitia said in his coronation speech last year that he would no longer support Labour.....
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Unique course opens medical students’ eyes to other disciplines
MEDICAL students working in Gisborne and at Wairoa Hospital are learning about other health disciplines and Maori tikanga in a unique training programme.

The IPE was set up by the University of Otago and Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in 2012. The programme also focuses on rural health care, chronic conditions management, and principles of Hauora Maori.....
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21 January 2017

From the NZCPR archives By Mike Butler
Tribes plan for $1b plus water ownership
A $1-billion “capacity building” fund plus tribal ownership of freshwater, of all Crown owned river and lake beds, and the water column, are among proposals the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group is taking around the country for tribal ratification.

Tribal demands for water are detailed in a Powerpoint presentation titled Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group July-August 2015 posted HERE. Ways to achieve these goals this month are under discussion at regional tribal meetings.

The Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group, like its alter ego the Iwi Chairs Forum, is a relatively new association largely of treaty settlement recipients who have become well-paid and highly honoured through privileged access to central government.

Founded in 2007 to lobby senior government Ministers on freshwater, the group includes Tuwharetoa, Ngai Tahu, Whanganui, Te Arawa, Waikato-Tainui, Ngati Porou, Raukawa, and Ngati Kahungunu.

Sir Tumu Te Heuheu of Taupo tribe Tuwharetoa and Sir Mark Solomon of South Island tribe Ngai Tahu front this lobby group.

The Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group is one lobby group that arose from the patchwork quilt that is “Maoridom”. New Zealand Maori Council is a further lobby group. This multi-tiered elected structure that has existed since the 1940s involves Maori wardens on the street and high-level schmoozing in Wellington.

But wait, there are more. The Waitangi Tribunal is a further lobby group that pretends to be an impartial tribunal. Then there is the Maori Party that got 1.3 percent of the party vote in 2014 whose two MPs are able to squeeze benefits from the governing National Party through its confidence and supply agreement.

The game plan in the claim for water is that lobby group 1 (Freshwater Iwi Leaders) work in conjunction with lobby group 2 (Maori Council), citing recommendations from lobby group 3 (Waitangi Tribunal), with representatives from lobby group 4 (Maori Party) gently reminding the government of their risk should they not go along with the current demand.....
Continue reading Mike’s article HERE
November 15, 2015

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20 January 2017

Land wars site touted as golf resort
A Taranaki farmer who is offering an historic property for sale as a potential golf resort is being warned to tread carefully.

Heritage Taranaki chairman Ivan Bruce said the Jury farm was full of sites of archaeological interest.

"The place is also likely to be riddled with rifle pits and Māori fortifications all of which are completely sub-surface.

Mr Bruce said any development would be fraught with difficulties.

Dr Ngawhare said he was open to the idea of development but that the hapū would expect to be consulted.

"For us we are very concerned about retaining the historic nature of these wāhi tapu or these sacred sites, these ancestral sites.

"If Mr Jury chooses to sell that land then whoever buys that land will have to go through the proper resource consents and if they are going to change any of the landscapes especially around those wāhi tapu sites they will be coming to speak to us as well." .....
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Trust accepts reserves then gifts them to nation in marae ceremony
Four Hawke's Bay reserves were gifted to the nation yesterday in a ceremony at Tangoio Marae.

Boundary Stream Scenic Reserve, Bellbird Bush Scenic Reserve, part of Opouahi Scenic Reserve in the Maungaharuru Range and the coastal Whakaari Landing Place Reserve.

Maungaharuru-Tangitu Trust received the Department of Conservation reserves on Saturday on behalf of several hapu. The properties are part of a 2013 Treaty of Waitangi settlement and the hapu have spent the week visiting the sites with which they have cultural, spiritual, traditional and historic associations.....
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NZ ‘relentlessly Pākehā’ newsrooms improving, says researcher
There are still too few Māori in New Zealand’s newsrooms, media researcher Julie Middleton says.

She is investigating how tikanga (culture) Māori is influencing and shaping New Zealand media.

She told Radio New Zealand’s Māori Issues correspondent Mihingarangi Forbes that until 2006, when she left the Herald, the culture in newsrooms and journalism was “relentlessly Pākehā”.

“There have always been very few Māori in mainstream newsrooms and Māori always were seen as ‘the other’,” Middleton says......
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19 January 2017

Taranaki iwi Ngāti Maru begins Crown settlement process
Sir Maui Pomare was the last Crown Minister to be hosted on Te Upoko o Te Whenua marae and the Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson's first interaction with Ngāti Maru today in Taranaki symbolises the initial steps towards a treaty settlement package.

While Ngāti Maru are yet to release details on what their redress might look like, recently three Taranaki iwi; Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki had a financial and commercial redress totalling $224.5m......
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Native Affairs Summer Series - DNA of Māori identity
Do you have to whakapapa Māori to be Māori? The answer seems obvious but, according to one academic, that didn’t stop 4,000 people with no Māori ancestry wanting to identify as Māori last Census. Māori have always had their own ways of keeping track of a person’s identity and that’s not about to change anytime soon. Or is it?....
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18 January 2017

Dame Tariana Turia: We need a better way of dealing with racial issues
In a Government that takes such pride in nationhood as was evidenced by the $26 million campaign to debate the national flag, I thought I'd help ministers and MPs when they return to work with a few good ideas as to how to best examine and promote the importance of the 1867 Māori Representation Act.

1. Announce, on 21 March 2017 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - a comprehensive cross governmental strategy towards addressing personal, cultural and institutional racism.

2. Introduce legislation to establish a requirement for all state sector chief executives to be responsible for monitoring and reporting of progress on cultural competency.

3. Disestablish the Race Relations Commissioner role on the basis that all organs of the state must be accountable for working effectively across all cultures.

4. Commission advice from marae, hapū and iwi about best practice in improving Māori political participation, based on their local level experiences in achieving mandate.

5. Invite all educational institutions to submit proposals for a social media campaign about how to pay tribute to the 1867 Māori Representation Act by suggesting innovative ways to increase Māori political representation across local and national government.
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Marae now accessible on mobile devices via Māori Maps site
Māori Maps, the website portal to the 773 tribal marae of New Zealand, is now easily accessible on phones, tablets and other mobile devices.

The Auckland-based Te Potiki National Trust aims to reconnect young Māori – the ‘potiki’ generation – to their ancestral identities, while helping marae communities to become more visible and self-sustaining.

“Developing a sense of identity is vital to the well-being of young Māori today, and can help with the many challenges they face in urban New Zealand,” Tapsell said.....
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17 January 2017

Ngāti Ngāraranui revive ancient traditions
A serious lack of speakers and callers on the marae has forced a Te Arawa tribe into damage control. More than ninety members of Ngāti Ngāraranui gathered at Waitetī Marae in Rotorua to revive their ancient tradition.

Ngāti Ngāraranui is a tribe striving for cultural excellence.

Karl Leonard says, “Our buildings have recently been restored, we've got quality resources, but without the language and culture they mean nothing....
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New University of Waikato courses to teach Māori instruments
The traditions and performance techniques of taonga pūoro, or traditional Māori musical instruments, will be taught through two courses at the University of Waikato this year

The courses may count towards the Tikanga Māori major or minor within the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Sciences. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music may also take these papers towards the ‘Māori Musical Instruments in Traditional and Contemporary Contexts’ stream.

The courses will be taught in English, with Māori terminology introduced as needed......
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16 January 2017

From the NZCPR BreakingViews archives by Mike Butler
Mana Party wants commissioner to help distribute treaty settlement cash
The capture of settlements by tribal elites resembles the grievance that the Waitangi process is seeking to address, in which 19th century chiefs and landowners sold the tribal patrimony, depriving themselves and their people of an economic base.

The Mana Party concern is over the distribution of benefits. Of wider concern is whether the Waitangi Tribunal process itself is justified or has it all been an expensive mistake that has created a monster generating further grievances.

The Fourth Labour Government opened the can of worms by allowing inquiries back to 1840, and the Fourth National Government rushed into it on a great wave of emotion and sharpened an appetite for land and money.

Most settlements are revisiting land sales. A sale and purchase between willing buyer and willing seller is usually a done deal, no matter how much one party can claim they have been hard done by, therefore most land-sale grievances are unwarranted.

Regarding grievances for the land confiscations related to the sovereignty wars of the 1860s, the Kingites, Pai Maririre Hauhau, and Te Kooti's Whakarau were all warned to take the oath of allegiance or face confiscation. They chose to fight and lost, so that should be the end of the matter. Confiscations by the British caused problems in Ireland and South Africa and they knew it would cause a problem here. The threat of confiscation in New Zealand during the 1860s helped control a situation that may have become uncontrollable.

Land taken from Maori loyal to the government required redress, although land was returned and compensation has been paid over the years. A question to be asked is whether the return of land, compensation paid, and confiscation settlements have addressed the specific grievances of the wrongful confiscation of land from pro-government Maori?

Compensation for loss of autonomy is not on, and has not been recognised, since sovereignty was ceded through the treaty. The loss of autonomy, or “tino rangatiratanga” is based on the Waitangi Tribunal’s interpretation of the treaty that takes “tino rangatiratanga” to mean both “ownership” and “self-government”. This allows the treaty to both cede and retain sovereignty, which is nonsense. In drafting the treaty, British Resident James Busby and Governor William Hobson used “tino rangatiratanga” to convey “ownership”. .....
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August 9, 2011

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15 January 2017

From the NZCPR archives by David Round
Treaty of Waitangi constitution
When I last wrote I imagined the easy steps by which, if we did not rapidly acquire some gumption, we could have a written Treatyist constitution imposed on us without our consent. Let us go further today. Once we had been saddled with such a burden, what would that mean for New Zealand?

Here is a concrete example. In 1997 Geoffrey Palmer put forward a proposed model constitution, which can be found as an appendix in his book Bridled Power: New Zealand Government Under MMP. His constitution’s Treaty section ran thus:

~ The rights of the Maori people under the Treaty of Waitangi are hereby recognised and affirmed.

~ The Treaty of Waitangi shall be considered as always speaking and shall be applied to circumstances as they arise so that effect may be given to its spirit and intent.

~ The Treaty of Waitangi means the Treaty as set out in Maori and English in the Schedule to this Act.

If we were to have the Treaty mentioned in a constitution, it might very well be in some such terms as this. So what would a clause such as this mean in practice?......
Read David Round’s 24 points on what the clause would mean in practice HERE 
December 8, 2012

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14 January 2017

Iwi warn about over lapping settlement process
Three North Island tribes met in Tauranga to discuss the government's approach to settling treaty claims with overlapping interests. Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Ngāti Ranginui believe the Crown's approach is wrong and protocols around Māori customs and land ownership should be included.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei have come to share their experience regarding the government's approach to settling overlapping interests in treaty claims.

“The right thing to do is to let us discuss with other tribes regarding Tauranga. We do not agree for the Crown to facilitate those discussions.”

The iwi here agree the process is flawed and the cross-claims policy is setting up distrust within iwi.

“Without a doubt, this issue has the potential to affect all iwi around the country.”.....
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Political parties to woo Ratana
At least 10,000 people are expected for the Ratana 25th Celebrations this year, Ratana Church secretary Piriwiritua Rurawhe says.

The Ratana Church has been engaging with political parties in recent months. Mr Rurawhe said it had talked to the Labour Party about TW Ratana's 1932 petition to government, which asked for the Treaty of Waitangi to be entrenched in legislation "under the banner of brotherhood"......
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Video slamming incorrect Maori pronunciation viewed thousands of times on Facebook
People failing to pronounce Maori place names correctly "boggles the mind" of one Auckland woman, and presumably the thousands of people who viewed her online video about the issue.

Botha listed commonly mispronounced place names such as Tauranga, Rotorua, Matamata, and Taupo.

A Te Reo speaker would not take an English place name and try to pronounce it with Maori vowels, she said.

"So why are Pakeha allowed to get away with making the Maori vowels into English vowels?

"You should know how to pronounce the place names in this country. It is like the most basic level of respect to say them correctly.".....
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13 January 2017

Parekowhai's sculpted state house on Auckland waterfront puzzles visitors
The wrapping has finally come off New Zealand's most expensive sculpture - but some visitors on Auckland's waterfront are puzzled about what to make of it.

Sculptor Michael Parekowhai's $1.5 million work entitled The Lighthouse, designed to look like a classic Kiwi state house, has been plagued by controversy ever since real estate firm Barfoot and Thompson gave $1 million to build it in March 2013 - the country's biggest monetary gift for a single artwork.

The cost blew out to $1.9 million, including a proposed huge chandelier that would have shone from the house like a lighthouse, but was cut back to $1.5 million after Parekowhai replaced the big light with 10 smaller chandeliers representing the stars of Matariki, which guided early Maori navigators.

Parekowhai, 48, declined to be interviewed but has written that the work signals a "safe harbour" at the end of "diverse history of journeys across water", with the state house style "linking the sculpture to the lives of many different New Zealanders".

"The Lighthouse resonates with the Maori concept of ahi ka, telling us that our home fires have long been burning and the lights are still on." ......
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Maungaharuru Tangitu to gift back four reserves
Today marks 150 years since the Crown's illegal confiscation of almost all hapū lands of Maungaharuru Tangitū in northern Hawke's Bay. As part of its cultural redress, they are set to receive four significant Department of Conservation reserves, which they will then gift back to New Zealand.

The four sites are Boundary Stream Scenic Reserve, Bellbird Bush Scenic Reserve, and the balance of Opouahi Scenic Reserve in the Maungaharuru Range, as well as the coastal Whakaari Landing Place Reserve.

All of the areas have significant cultural and historical significance to the hapū and integral to the mana and identify of the hapū......
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$21m bill to drive Southern Pipeline under Tauranga Harbour
Construction of this section of the Southern Pipeline to the edge of Rangataua Bay stalled last year when trustees from an adjoining Maori land trust locked the orchard access gates, preventing council contractors from accessing the construction corridor along what the council said was an unformed legal [paper] road.

It followed years of opposition from some residents of the largely Maori-owned peninsula to the pipeline being laid through the middle of their lands because of cultural sensitivities surrounding human waste.

Maori trustees challenged the paper road, with one trustee Hayden Henry saying earlier this year it was about Matapihi's cultural relationship to an ancient path which the council said it owned. Trustees from another block took issue with the forced removal of six avocado trees in the path of the pipeline.

A declaratory High Court judgment was sought by the council, resulting in Justice Christian Whata ruling in favour of the council, saying he was satisfied that the strip was intended as a public road.

The sub-marine crossing of Tauranga Harbour was also the least favoured option for Maori who would have preferred the less risky and culturally preferred solution of bridging the pipeline over the harbour.....
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12 January 2017

From the NZCPR BreakingViews archives By Mike Butler
Bolivian constitution a model for NZ?
Bolivia provides the model for the sort of constitution New Zealand should have, according to Maori studies professor Margaret Mutu, who launched the Independent Constitutional Working Group, a response to a review that stems from the National Party’s confidence and supply agreement with the Maori Party.

Mutu, who works at Auckland University and is chairperson of and treaty settlement negotiator for Far North tribe Ngati Kahu, courted controversy last year when she said the immigration of whites threatens Maori due to alleged supremacist attitudes that whites bring with them.

Mutu says that Bolivia shows the way to go in constitutional arrangements because she says the native people are the government. (1) She does not say that the current Bolivian constitution, implemented three years ago, is that country’s 17th constitution since 1826. Neither does she say that Bolivia is a struggling Marxist state that is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America, with a per capita GDP that is about one sixth that of New Zealand.....
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March 11, 2012

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11 January 2017

Prime Minister Bill English won't attend Waitangi events at Te Tii Marae
Prime Minister Bill English will not attend Waitangi events at Te Tii Marae - saying it wasn't acceptable to him that he could attend but not speak.

English will not attend the annual powhiri, and will celebrate Waitangi Day in Auckland.

"After the issues surrounding the previous Prime Minister's attendance at Te Tii Marae last year, my office sought clarification from marae kaumatua that I would be welcomed and able speak about issues of importance to New Zealand, as is tradition.

"However, my office was advised I could attend the powhiri but not speak - conditions which are not acceptable to me.

English said he had accepted an invitation from the 60 iwi who comprise the Iwi Chair's Forum to lead a delegation of ministers to Waitangi on February 3.....
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Summer 2017 likely to be final one for Pulse pool
The Raumanga land occupied by community hub The Pulse could pass back into local ownership if the Government recognises a Maori claim on the land.

Whangarei hapu Te Parawhau is aware the site is entering the disposal process and is in talks with lawyers.

Mira Norris of Te Parawhau said the land is subject to a Treaty of Waitangi Claim and should stay in Crown ownership.

"And as far as we're concerned, any land the Government owns is subject to a Treaty claim.," she said....
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10 January 2017

Wellington city council covers new signs on southern walkway while waiting for ok from local iwi
Wellington residents are being reassured by the city council that bigots are not to blame for the covering up of Te Reo on new signs on the city's Southern Walkway.

The signs that show the way of the walk, which starts at Oriental Bay and follows the ridge line to Houghton Bay, were installed by the council before Christmas.

Walkers with keen eyes spotted the signs had the Maori name of the trail covered carefully in pink tape, and posted on social media, prompting some people to blame racists.

The council was possibly being overcautious in checking with PNBST, but wanted to get it right.

"The people who put [the signs] up didn't see a problem, then there was a discussion because generally speaking we like to involve local iwi in decision making and issues like this.".....
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Local beach subject to racist naming origins
In the wake of the decision to change three South Island place names containing the word n*****, a Hawke's Bay Marae chairman says that Blackhead Beach also has a racist naming origin.

Despite the familiarity many locals have with Hawke's Bay's Blackhead Beach, Rongomaraeroa Marae chairman Ahuriri Houkamau has said that the beach's legitimate name is Te Pariomahu Beach; a far cry from the name commonly used.....
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Iwi and Holiday Park in dispute over land in Perehepi Bay
In the Far North the people of Whatuwhiwhi are questioning the loss of a public reserve under control of the neighbouring holiday park. But Council reports show that it's been an ongoing informal arrangement for many years.....
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Kiwis need casual racism education - Maori Party
The Maori Party says Kiwis need to be more aware of casual racism, saying it is still too common in society.

This comes after Sir Peter Leitch's comment to a woman that Waiheke was a "white man's island", and his public relations spokeswoman calling her "barely coffee-coloured".

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says the country has come a long way but still has a lot of lessons to learn.

"Now's the time to say 'right, we recognise it for what it is', and do something about it into the future, by just thinking carefully about the statements that are made," he says....
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Iwi define national park's boundaries
The boundaries of New Zealand's oldest national park are being marked with pou whenua in what is being described as an historic moment for Maoridom.

The Tongariro National Park in the Central North Island, was given to the people of New Zealand in 1887 by then paramount Ngati Tuwharetoa chief Te Heuheu Tukino IV.

"It was the first world heritage park to be given a dual status, so it is a world heritage and cultural park but we have had no cultural identifier so this is the beginning of the culture that will start happening in the park."

"We know regional areas when we are driving along but we don't know iwi boundaries which is important to Maori because when we go into someone else's area we can be mindful and respectful of their traditions."

"I said it is a small step but the chief said for Maoridom it is a giant step and hopefully now every other iwi in the country will define their boundary. This is an historic moment for Maoridom," he said....
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Navy welcomes first sailor with moko

After 20 years of service, Rawiri Barriball became the first person to get clearance from the Navy to wear a full facial Māori tattoo.

The decision wasn't just his to be made, Mr Barriball had to apply under navy law to gain approval, it was granted last month....
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9 January 2017

English-Maori street signs suggested for Marlborough
Dual-language street signs have been mooted for Marlborough, as the region prepares to review its street-naming process.

Councillor Cynthia Brooks said she would support signs in both te reo Maori and English.

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett said dual-language signs were not something he had considered before, and he would be interested to see how much community buy-in there was.

"It's certainly an idea to put out there. I think it would definitely have some support," he said.

"These things do come at a cost, and that would have to be considered."

Having more Maori street names was something that needed to be discussed.

"Maori is obviously an official language of New Zealand," Shenfield said.....
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Vigilance needed to protect treaty gains
A warning that Maori need to be vigilant to protect the gains of the treaty settlement process.

Dion Tuuta says officials and politicians are coming up with initiatives and high level policy changes which would roll back rights recognised in the fisheries settlement.

He says anyone involved in Treaty of Waitangi settlements needs to remember that governments forget.

"Twenty odd years after signing the Treaty (of Waitangi), governments forgot the promises the treaty contained. If you look at the Kermadecs, the same sort of thing applies. And I think it has the potential to happen too at the iwi level with individual iwi settlements. Maori and iwi need to be vigilant the crown doesn't forget to maintainand honour those obligations," he says.....
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Iwi to fight settlement plan
Ngai Te Rangi plans to fight a Deed of Settlement agreement which it says will allow Hauraki iwi rights to Tauranga Harbour.

In a statement issued yesterday the iwi described the Government initialling a Deed of Settlement with a Hauraki iwi collective this week as "a secret deal" and a "step too far" for Tauranga iwi and hapu, who would be disadvantaged by it.

However, Minister of Treaty Settlements Chris Finlayson last night responded that there was no secret deal.

"We are putting Bill English on notice. This is no way for the Crown to be engaging with iwi.

"That is an aggressive stance by the Minister and we will meet it with aggression, perseverance, and collective action. The next two years will be remembered as a time when the landscape of Treaty settlements changed."....

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Fletcher Residential buys 'sacred' Maori land at Ihumatao in south Auckland
A "sacred Maori site" in south Auckland has been purchased by Fletcher Residential where it plans to build about 480 houses.

The completion of the purchase comes despite months of protest by activist group SOUL (Save Our Unique Landscape) and other members of the Mangere community.

They said the land was unjustly confiscated from mana whenua in 1863.

The exact location of caves and midden have been identified and Fletcher said they will not be building on any of those areas. Additionally, an old farm house and some significant trees will remain untouched.

Fletcher announced that it has set aside 25 per cent of the development land to provide "a buffer zone for the reserve. We believe Auckland can have both history and houses" ....
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National election promise to create recreational fishing-only zones running behind schedule
A new fight may be developing between the Government and iwi over fishing rights, this time in the Marlborough Sounds.

Proposals to reserve parts of the Sounds for recreational fishers has angered Maori based at the top of the South Island, and they are urging the Government to abandon the idea.

It comes after a tense battle between the Government and iwi over a proposed marine sanctuary around the Kermadec Islands, which has now been shelved because of a legal challenge by the Maori Fisheries Trust Te Ohu Kaimoana.

The National-led Government promised during the election campaign to create two recreational fishing parks in the Sounds and the inner Hauraki Gulf.

Iwi have not threatened legal action over the recreational fishing parks, but say the proposals are "fundamentally unacceptable and contradict our expectations of the Fisheries Settlement".
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24 December 2016

Iwi wins 'long and drawn out battle' for island marine rights
Rakiura Māori have won a long battle for the exclusive right to harvest kaimoana from two Foveaux Strait islands.

The High Court has granted customary marine title over two of the islands, off the coast of Stewart Island.

The test required Mr Tipene to prove his hapū had used two small islands in the Foveaux Strait to gather kaimoana since te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed in 1840, said his lawyer Christine Batt.

"It's been a long and drawn out battle to bring it to the judgement.

"I think it may provide encouragement to people who are considering filing these claims."

She said the tiny islands were unique. They were in a remote area and only used by the owners to gather kaimoana and muttonbirding.

"If there was anywhere in New Zealand that a custom marine order should be made, it would be these islands."...
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Positions now open on council advisory panels
Applications are now being sought for new members on five demographic advisory panels. It’s a unique opportunity for passionate and motivated Aucklanders to play a key role in influencing council policies, plans and initiatives.

Eight positions are now available on the Disability Advisory Panel, Seniors Advisory Panel, Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel and Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel. There are also two Māori member positions available on the Rainbow Communities Advisory Panel....
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New charter schools face enrolment challenges
Two new charter schools due to open in 2017 have had mixed fortunes in attracting students.

Te Kopuku High School in Hamilton already has more enrolments than it can take while Te Aratika Academy in Hawke's Bay, so far has one-third of the enrolments it needs.

In recent years other charter schools, which the government calls partnership schools, opened with fewer students than they were aiming for and often with fewer than the government was paying them for.

Te Kopuku was offering an education steeped in Māori culture and language for teens who had not been through the Māori-medium kura kaupapa system

Te Aratika Academy in Hawke's Bay was the other new charter school opening its doors in February.

The school's manager, Casey Tapara, said it had 15 enrolments and five expressions of interest but she was confident it would get to 50 ......
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Maori Party disputes caving to public pressure
The Maori Party disputes claims that it bowed to public pressure with its support of the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill.

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox said it had been in negotiation for more than a year with Environment Minister Nick Smith and saying that it "caved" to public pressure was "ridiculous"....
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Church a Maori thing says bishop elect
While some people reject the church as a tool of colonisation, he says the ancestors made the faith part of their expression in haka and waiata....
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Folks, The Mole is taking a Christmas break and will resume around mid January 2017. Until then may the magic and heavenly gifts of Christmas gladden and fill your hearts with joyful songs, cheerfulness and laughter.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!


 
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23 December 2016

Iwi work with Victoria University to lift Māori academic success
Victoria University has just signed agreements with 12 iwi or other Māori groups as part of its mission to improve the academic success of Māori. The aim of the agreements is to recruit and graduate more Māori students and strengthen engagement between the university and iwi and other Māori communities.

Victoria University has committed $250,000 annually to the programme and is actively seeking more iwi and Māori groups to join the scheme.....
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Te Reo Māori Partnership Extended
Applications have been called for the new ‘Tohu Puiaki – Doctoral Completion Scholarships’ which will offer up to $20,000 each to six people completing doctorates either in English on Māori Language Revitalisation, or, who are writing their thesis in Te Reo Māori on any subject.....
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Council spends $400k developing rejected bill
The New Plymouth District Council has spent more than $400,000 on consultants drawing up a bill aimed at resolving historical land issues at Waitara, which Te Ātiawa has rejected.

Te Ātiawa's post-settlement trust, Te Kotahitanga o Te Ātiawa, initially backed the Waitara Lands Bill but withdrew its support before Māori Affairs Select Committee hearings last month.....
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22 December 2016

Right of First Refusal clause should mean what it says - Green Party
The Green Party is calling on the Government to front up to iwi after learning that, going right back to the Ngāi Tahu settlement in 1997, the Right of First Refusal (RFR) clause in Treaty settlements has actually meant right of first refusal for charities, not iwi.

It’s long been assumed that when a Treaty settlement has been reached with an iwi, sections of Crown land may become subject to a Right of First Refusal (RFR) in favour of that iwi. An RFR is a long-term option for iwi to purchase or lease Crown-owned land, and will generally remain in place for 50 to 170 years (in some cases longer).

As part of their submission on their claims settlement bill, Tauranga-based iwi Ngāti PÅ«kenga asked for the ‘RFR - Disposal for charitable purposes’ provision to be removed. In response, the Greens put this on the agenda of the Māori Affairs Select Committee and learnt that this has been a standard provision in all settlement legislation.

"The Government must front up to iwi and offer to retrospectively remove this outrageous provision from the RFR clause in their settlements," Green Party Māori development spokesperson Marama Davidson said.

"Right of first refusal should be for iwi, as most people have assumed is the case - the fact that it isn’t undermines the mana and durability of all Treaty settlements.

"The bottom line is that iwi should have right of first refusal over land in their settlements. This provision is a breach of faith on the part of the Crown; they’ve stuffed up, and so they have a responsibility to fix it.

"This is a perfect example of why the Greens have always said that Treaty settlements cannot be full and final, as unintended consequences and new situations will arise.

"We don’t want Te Tiriti ‘settled’; we want Te Tiriti truly honoured and implemented at every level," Ms Davidson said....
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Waitangi Tribunal could use 'full' power for first time
The Waitangi Tribunal could use its power to make binding recommendations for the first time.

The Court of Appeal has ordered it to rehear applications for such recommendations on the treaty settlement claims of Far North iwi Ngāti Kahu and the East Coast Mangatu Incorporation.....
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Waikaremoana centre evokes scorched earth history
It features charred cladding on two large panels at either end of the building symbolic of the scorched earth policy against Tuhoe 150 years ago.....
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21 December 2016

Māori constitutional law lies in stories not statutes
Dr Carwyn Jones, a Senior Lecturer in Victoria’s School of Law, has received one of three new Treaty of Waitangi Research Fellowships awarded as part of the University’s commitment to ‘Enriching national culture’, one of its areas of academic distinctiveness.

“To explore the operation of Māori constitutional practice from inside the Māori legal system itself, so as to understand Māori constitutional traditions on their own terms, requires the constitutional scholar or practitioner to look for statements of constitutional law and principle in places other than written constitutional documents, statutes and court reports,” says Dr Jones.

“Māori constitutional law and principles can be found in a range of cultural expressions, including kōrero pūrākau, waiata (songs), whakairo (carvings) and karakia (prayers/chants). These sources reveal, among other things, particular patterns of authority and decision-making (and constraints on constitutional authority).....
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Far North's first kura kaupapa to close for good
The first Māori language immersion school in the Far North is being permanently shut because the Minister of Education says there is no way to resolve its problems.

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Rangiawhia has been closed since 25 July after a commissioner was appointed to oversee it by the ministry.

At a meeting in Taipa today, the school's community was told it would be permanently shut from Friday....
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Public pressure forces RMA flip flop
Labour is pleased that the Māori Party have bowed to public pressure and are now reconsidering their support of National’s shambolic Resource Legislation Amendment (RLA) Bill, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.

“This rethink is welcome news for councils around New Zealand who back their local economies and local decision-making. ....
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Iwi settlement date disputedThe chairman of Tuhoronuku says he can't see Ngapuhi Treaty claims being settled before 2020, despite the Minister of Treaty Negotiations saying he believed it could be settled next year.

The comments come after both Tuhoronuku, the group with the Crown-recognised mandate to negotiate Ngapuhi's Treaty claims, and Te Kotahitanga, which opposes the Crown recognition of that mandate, had separate meetings with Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson in Auckland on Friday.....
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Wairakei teaching their interns
Contact Energy Wairakei have welcomed three new interns as part of their Maori Internship Scheme.

Last week, a total of five interns were at Wairakei Power Station undergoing induction at the start of their eight week placement.

Three of the five interns are placed at Wairakei and will be partnered up with the generation and development team, environment team and also the geothermal resource and development team.

Two others will be in Wellington, focusing on the marketing and wholesale side and there is also one other intern who will be partnered up with Contact Energy's sustainability manager, Kaapua Smith, with the focus being on water and climate changes.......
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20 December 2016

Ngati Rangi wins appeal against Raetihi hydro-electric power scheme consent 
An iwi and a regional council have won an appeal against an Environment Court decision, which mistakenly allowed an energy company to take vast quantities of water from various North Island rivers for a hydro-electric scheme.

The recent High Court ruling now means the Environment Court will have to reconsider the consent it granted New Zealand Energy Ltd for its Raetihi operation....
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Bill English's NZ cabinet unveiled
8. Christopher Finlayson
Attorney-General, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Minister in Charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service, Minister Responsible for the GCSB, Associate Minister for Maori Development....
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Our first sixty days
When I started this job I gave myself 60 days to settle in and to achieve certain objectives and highlight others.

1.Partnership
To embrace the concept of a true working partnership with Tangatu Whenua. We have inherited the Regional planning Committee (RPC) which, albeit doesn't have universal support in Kahungunu, is a good functioning legal platform to work from.

I am also very pleased that despite some opposition we have managed to keep the Maori Committee. The Maori committee gains its mana and mandate from the Taiwhenua which are mandated from the Marae. It is an entirely different kaupapa from the RPC and we need both committees to be fully connected and informed.....
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Maori Party raises concerns over RMA changes which could affect GMO-free rules 
A law change which could let the Government overrule local councils' bans on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are under threat, with a key support partner expressing concerns.

The Maori Party, which has faced criticism for supporting Resource Management Act reforms, has written to Environment Minister Nick Smith with a "please explain" about the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill....
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19 December 2016

National study finds 'staggering' Maori and Pacific problem gambling rates
Maori and Pacific adults are five to eight times more likely to become problem gamblers than other New Zealanders, a new study has found.

The Ministry of Health followed 3000 randomly selected people over a two-year period and recorded how many of them developed clinical gambling problems.

Lead researcher and AUT University Professor Max Abbott said the over-representation of Maori and Pacific problem gamblers was due to their increased exposure to electronic gaming machines and lower standard of living....
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Light punishment for damming of stream 'unacceptable'
The light punishment handed out to a landowner who dammed a stream near Porotī Springs and dug out a wetland is unacceptable, the spring's Māori owners say.

The farmer who created an unlawful lake near the springs, near Whangarei, has been fined $500 and asked to apply for a retrospective resource consent for the lake

All wetlands feed into local streams, and if Porotī Māori chose to dam their wetlands, water flows would be reduced by 75 percent, Mr Ruka said.

The council said the unlawful lake would not affect the hydrology at Porotī, because once it was full it would overflow.

Because the wetland was not indigenous, the lake could gain consent under regional planning rules, the council said.....
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18 December 2016

Fears for urupa delay SH1 slip-clearing work
Work clearing a slip on State Highway 1 north of Kaikōura has been halted due to concerns it may disturb Māori sites.

The slip at Ohau Point is one of many blocking the highway, and have cut off small settlements such as Rakautara and Clarence.

Three helicopters using monsoon buckets were being used to sluice away loose material, but the Ngāti Kuri hapū is concerned the work could dislodge wahi tapu urupa, sacred burial grounds, in the area.

A Transport Agency spokesperson said it was hoped work could resume next week. No artifacts or sites had yet been uncovered, Mr Mutton said. .....
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Call for clarity after $700k school trip to Hawaii
The rules around using public money to fund students' overseas travel need to be clarified, says the principal of the Rotorua school that went on a $700,000 trip to Hawaii.

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Ruamata took all its 139 students, 21 teachers and 73 caregivers on the trip last year.

In an audit report, the Office of the Auditor-General said it was unusual for a school to spend so much on a trip like that.

The report was one of almost 2500 routine audits of schools just released.

It said that those who went to Hawaii contributed just $37,000 to the cost.

They had done such trips before and would do them again, she said.

"We've retraced the footsteps of our ancestors.

"We've been to Rarotonga, we've been to Tahiti, we've been to Rangiātea. Now we can tick off Hawaii and I'm not quite sure where we'll go next."

Dr Dewes, who set up the kura 28 years ago, said the Hawaii trip would provide at least two years' worth of learning.

"We went back to the place that our canoe left from and came to Aotearoa from.

We took caregivers with us because our approach to education is that the whole whānau is involved ... This is one year on, and we're still [studying] the topics."
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Ngapuhi settlement back on track - Finlayson
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson says he believes the Ngāpuhi settlement is back on track after meetings today with opposing factions in the stand-off.

The Ngāpuhi claim has a history of stand-offs, resignations and bust-ups, but the Treaty Minister still believes it can be settled by next year if everyone gets on with it. ...
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Ministry to hold on to school site
Ministry of Education deputy secretary Jerome Sheppard said the ministry would initially "continue to hold" the former Calton Hill School site for "education purposes".

"Once Carisbrook has vacated the site, we will consider which, if any, educational purposes those might be.

"If it is not required for education, it would be disposed of using the process set out under the Public Works Act. This means offering the property to other government agencies, previous owners or iwi (if required by a Treaty of Waitangi settlement) before it can be sold on the open market."....
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17 December 2016

Landmark agreement with Rūnanga signed
The Papatipu Rūnanga and Christchurch City Council Relationship Agreement was signed this afternoon by Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Dr Te Mairie Tau, co-chairs of Te Hononga Council- Papatipu Rūnanga Committee, along with representatives from the six Rūnanga within the city and Peninsula boundaries.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the signing of this agreement is a landmark in the evolution of civic and tribal diplomacy.

“The Agreement establishes a firm basis for us to mutually reinforce our commitment to Ōtautahi Christchurch. The Treaty of Waitangi underpins the relationship between the Crown and Iwi.
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Agreement in Principle signed with Te Ākitai Waiohua
The Crown has signed an agreement in principle with Te Ākitai Waiohua to settle its historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

Te Ākitai Waiohua is an iwi with an area of interest centred around South Auckland and customary interests claims across greater Auckland....
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Maori claims on Motiti Island
An application has been made to the High Court by a Maori group looking to claim customary rights over the area around Motiti Island.

The Motiti Rohe Moana Trust has made the application on behalf of several hapu, although not all hapu named in the application support the bid.

The trust is seeking “the right and responsibility to act as kaitiaki (guardian) of the wahi tapu (sacred places) and taonga tuku iho (ancestral treasures) within the common coastal marine area” of Motiti Island.

They also seek the ability to impose a “rahui”, or ban, “if required for the protection of the site or resource”......
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Residents allege Government breached Treaty of Waitangi
Maori residents near a controversial housing project in Mangere have lodged an urgent claim with the Waitangi Tribunal alleging that the Government has breached the Treaty of Waitangi by allowing the development......
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Moana NZ posts 22% gain in full-year profit on increased Sealord return
Moana New Zealand, the rebranded Aotearoa Fisheries that holds a half stake in Sealord Group, posted a 22% gain in full-year profit allowing the company to increase its dividend for its iwi owners....
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Training will 'change lives'
The Atihau-Whanganui Incorporation's farm training programme is moving up a notch to provide live-in accommodation in 2017.

A large house is being built on Te Pā Station in Oruakukuru Rd near Raetihi, to house the students.

They will learn some te reo (Māori language) and whakapapa (genealogy) and grow their cultural identity - as well as becoming able young shepherds.

"It's based on a marae. All the students are Māori, and the support staff are Māori. We will build a Māori component to the training," Mr Waho said.....
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Motueka High School head prefect wins Maori study grant
With a food magazine and a study grant under her belt, Hinemoana Markham-Nicklin is off to conquer a double degree at Victoria University.

The 18-year-old Motueka High School head prefect was one of three Maori students nationally to win a $5000 study grant from the Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust.

This was the first year Westpac's Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust scholarships were available to Maori school leavers.....
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Central North Island iwi Ngāti Tūwharetoa sign settlement with Crown
Central North Island iwi Ngāti Tūwharetoa has signed a deed of settlement at Parliament today.

The settlement includes a Crown apology, as well as cultural and commercial redress and $25 million.....
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16 December 2016

Time for a breather after Healthy Rivers
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters was in Morrinsville this month; he announced the iwi withdrawal as “breaking news” to the audience.

“The Hauraki tribal rohe covers a land area of up to 750,000ha, which now has a free pass for nutrients, water quality and farming. If you are white, brown or Maori from the wrong iwi, no such privilege exists for you.

“This makes a mockery of one law for all. It is one law for some iwi and another for the rest of us.”.....
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Iwi bless Northland's newest state highway
Iwi have officially blessed Northland’s newest state highway, State Highway 15, which runs along a key freight route for the region.

"Mangakahia Road is culturally and historically significant to iwi, which is why it’s so important to have them involved in work to improve the route for local communities as well."....
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Crown accepts Maniapoto mandate
The crown has accepted the Maniapoto Maori Trust Board’s mandate to negotiate a treaty settlement for the King Country iwi....
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Maori students demand more support from tertiary institutions
Maori tertiary educators and students gathered to discuss, debate and challenge current teaching and learning issues.

The theme for the hui was Te Manu Matauranga: Sharing Successful Maori Teaching Practices and Learning Strategies.....
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15 December 2016

CYF overhaul risks a 'stolen generation' of Maori children
The Maori Party has opposed the latest legislation to overhaul Child Youth and Family as risking creating a "stolen generation" of Maori children.

Legislation that last night passed its first reading will clear the way for the second stage of major state care reforms that will replace CYF with a new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.

The law now prioritises placing a child with a member of their family or wider hapu. If that's not possible, officials must try to place the child with someone of the same tribal, racial or cultural background.....
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A further article on the above HERE  

Maori life expectancy rises by two years, five years less than Europeans
The researchers found life expectancy for both European and Maori has increased in all DHBs from 2006-2013, however Maori are now expected to live just over two years longer, where those of European descent is just one.

The average Maori will now live until 79.4 years in Auckland, compared with 77.1 in 2006, but the average European in Auckland will now live until 84.5, compared with 83.5 in 2006.....
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Youth-driven Te Ha programme awarded $4000
THE 2017 Youth Fund has awarded he Te Ha Trust $4000 for a programme in which young people will lead and develop a series of community events based on first direct contact between Maori and Europeans.

The events are expected to help young people understand their shared history as part of the lead-in to the 2019 sestercentennial event.....
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14 December 2016

Should NZ's Great Walks be privately-run?
A new report from four of New Zealand's tourism leaders moots the possibility of privatising the country's Great Walks.

But Dave Hammond, a tourism consultant and the former chief executive of the Thames-Coromandel District Council, was sceptical.

"I think that's a straw man. New Zealand being what it is, we've got quite a strong historic commitment to free open spaces and also Treaty of Waitangi issues.

"I've been dealing with Cathedral Cove for a while, and that's been a partnership between local government, DOC, local iwi and local community - and those are the types of parties you need to put around issues like this."

Federated Mountain Clubs spokesperson Robin McNeill was also dubious.

"Why not charge access to beaches while you're at it? There's no real difference. In fact, if you were to charge for access to national parks, then you would be charging for access to beaches, because all of Lake Te Anau is in the national park."....
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GPs' grant to drive Ngati Whatua bus
Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua hopes to improve access to health services for rural and isolated Maori communities in its rohe by fitting out a mobile health van with appropriate clinical equipment to carry out health checks at home and at the marae.

The initiative has been funded by a grant from the ProCare Charitable Foundation, which was set up by the ProCare network of more than 180 general practices across greater Auckland to promote health and well-being of disadvantaged communities.....
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Delivering excellent result for iwi
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Limited, the commercial subsidiary of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust, has today released its Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2016 showing:

* A total investment portfolio value of $888.6 million (a 22% increase on FY15).

* Total revenue of $49.3 million.

* Net profit before taxation and revaluation of investment property of $13.2 million (an increase of $10.5 million on FY15).

Since 2013, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Limited has:

* Made cash distributions to the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust and Whai Maia of $15.8 million;

* Increased total assets by 64% from $554 million to $907 million;

* Increased equity by 97% from $315 million to $622 million; and

* Contributed well in excess of $20 million to housing initiatives....
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Waikato-Tainui keen to connect Bennett to Māori heritage
Waikato-Tainui are keen to assist new deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett in understanding more about her Māori heritage. Rahui Papa, Iwi chair of Te Ara Taura, says because she is from Waikato, it's only right for the tribe to assist her.

Waikato-Tainui will take up the responsibility to ensure the new deputy Prime Minister knows her culture.....
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13 December 2016

Concerns after 1080 drop result in rahui extension by Maori trust
Concerns about the impact of the recent 1080 drop on the region's waterways is behind a Maori trust's decision to extend a rahui it declared in August.

The Ngatiawa ki Taranaki Trust originally announced the rahui following the disappearance of Matt Smith. He and a friend were checking on cray pots off Port Taranaki when their boat was hit by a large wave and capsized. While the friend was able to swim to shore and raise the alarm, Smith's body has never been found.

However, on Sunday trust spokesman Robbie Taylor said while the rahui concerning Smith would be lifted on December 23, a concurrent ban related to the 1080 drop would be in place until April next year.

A rahui is based on Maori tikanga and is a customary practice which prohibits access to an area and its resources. It is often put in place when there is a death involved and is performed out of respect for the family.....
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12 December 2016

How millions of dollars of Treaty money is pouring into Waikato River clean-up projects
On a sunny Wednesday morning in November, people trickle into the Otorohanga Club for the Annual General Meeting of the Waikato River Authority (WRA).

It's job is to allocate $250m of Treaty settlement money to clean up the country's longest river.

The 10-member board is seated at the front, headed by one of the most recognisable and polarising figures in Maoridom, former NZ First MP Tukoroirangi Morgan, he of the expensive underpants.

To Morgan's left is his Crown-appointed co-chair John Luxton, a cabinet minister in Jim Bolger's National government.

To his right is Roger Pikia, an iwi appointee whose investments as chairman of the Te Arawa River Iwi Trust are the subject of a forensic audit.

Martin has some awkward questions. She wants to know why fees paid to Morgan, Luxton and Pikia, chair of the authority's investment committee, have jumped ten-fold.

A couple of years ago they were paid between $3762 and $5600 each but the annual report shows that has risen to between $42,500 and $46,000, she says.

And Martin questions why there is no mention in the annual report of Morgan being a director and shareholder of a company, Tainui Development Authority (TDA), which has been awarded a clean-up contract worth more than $1m......
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Record numbers of Maori doctors graduate from med school
A new generation of Maori doctors could be coming to a hospital near you.

The largest number of Māori medical students in New Zealand's history will graduate from the University of Otago on Saturday.

2016 marked the first time at Otago University that Maori representation of medical graduates aligned with the proportion of Maori in New Zealand's population, 15.7 per cent.

That compares with just 6.4 per cent of Maori graduates in 2008, and 7.4per cent three years later....
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11 December 2016

Iwi appeasement upsets others
A legal battle is shaping up over the future direction of the Healthy Rivers plan following Waikato Regional Council’s decision to pull part of the catchment from the plan until iwi issues are dealt with.

Despite the Hauraki region not being included in the Healthy Rivers plan, Hauraki iwi were claiming rohe (ancestral land) running through north Waikato to the river’s mouth near Tuakau, was captured by the plan.

Payne said iwi had lodged legal proceedings earlier this year but it was too late for the council to stop the plan notification process. 

Two questions would be raised by the iwi in consultation with the council.

“The first is, does the plan protect the environment? The proof they have of that is that other iwi support it.

“The second is does it affect iwi development opportunities in their rohe? The opportunities would not be any more than any of the other iwi.....
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Paula Bennett has won the battle for deputy Prime Minister and will team up with Bill English
Bridges said he had more than one third of caucus support but "I can count and one third isn't one half".

"What caucus wanted was a contest and they got that."

"Paula Bennett and I are great mates...the truth is now you've got a very strong Maori woman in the role."....
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10 December 2016

Tikanga missing from treaty settlements
Treaty settlements could represent a new form of colonisation by ignoring Maori tikanga and legal traditions, according to a new book by someone who has been immersed in the process

Victoria University law lecturer Dr Carwyn Jones says New Treaty New Traditions draws on his experience working for the Waitangi Tribunal, the Officie of Treaty Settlements and for his own Wairoa-baed iwi.

He says the process has been shaped by Western legal thought so that Maori communities have to prescribe membership rights, resolve disputes, elect leaders and establish governance bodies in ways Western law can recognise.

"The concern I think in the treaty settlement process is that you have a process where the parameters have already been set by the crown. That it isn't really engaging with Maori lore in any really substantive way, it's really setting a process completely within the crown framework of what they want to do," he says.

Dr Jones says more attention needs to be paid to the objectives of self-determination and reconciliation so that settlements become a new beginning to the Treaty relationship....
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Combined iwi wealth reaches $6 billion
A new report shows Ngāti Whātuā ō Ōrākei and Ngāi Tahu are leading the way in financial performance by iwi.

And post-settlement entities are now valued at around $6 billion.

The annual assessment of eight iwi, carried out by economic analysis firm TDB Advisory, shows Ngāti Whātua ō Ōrākei leading the way with a financial performance that is up by 16 percent.

Hot on its heels is Ngāi Tahu, which is now worth $1.5 billion....
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Mayor and councillors spell out top 10 focus areas for next term
New Plymouth District’s governance team has produced a top 10 list of focus areas Council will take out to the community in the New Year.

Iwi/Māori input. Working with iwi leaders, continue to consider the options for Māori to participate in governance decision-making......
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'Nigger' place names will be no more
Racist location names are being scrapped and replaced with Māori names following a complaint to the New Zealand Geographic Board earlier this year.

Three place names in North Canterbury containing the word ‘nigger’ will be changed to reflect the offence caused by that word....
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Plans for river a step forward: iwi
THE Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust has called a proposal to recognise the unique values of Te Arai River a “significant step forward”.

Te Arai is a sacred river for the iwi, and throughout the hearings process on the proposed regional freshwater plan iwi representatives have called on the council to make it a separate freshwater management unit (FMU).

“Te Arai is a very important area for us,” said Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust’s Jody Wyllie.

Its full name, Te Arai te Uru, relates to a tipua (spiritual guardian) of the same name who guided the arrival of the Takitimu waka from Hawaiki to Aotearoa, along with Ruamano....
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9 December 2016

No respect for Māori custodians, tribunal told
The Māori custodians of Porotī Springs near Whangarei have told the Waitangi Tribunal they've been treated with contempt for years, by local councils and the Environment Court.

The Whatitiri trustees were awarded legal title to the springs as a water supply in 1896, but say their role as owners and guardians of the springs has never been respected.

Their grievances over the springs have featured prominently in the claims over freshwater taken by the New Zealand Māori Council.

But the trustees appeared this week before the tribunal holding the Paparahi o Te Raki inquiry into the claims of Ngāpuhi hapu and others.

The Whatitiri trustees have told the tribunal that although the Porotī claim forms part of the wider Māori claims over freshwater, the Porotī guardians want a settlement that is separate, and deals with the tangata whenua over their longstanding and continuing local grievances.

They said they were willing to share their water with the community and had always done so, but they wanted their authority and mana over the springs - and the surrounding aquifers and waterways - recognised and honoured....
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Unique cultural initiative to test Northland tourism market
This summer Otuihau (Whangarei) Falls will be the location for a pilot Maori tourism venture which has been eight years in the process.

The whanau of Pehiaweri Marae lead by Joby Hopa will bring alive the narrative of 'Waiora', sharing with visitors the history of the whenua (land) and the awa (Hatea River) with a guided tour and evening cultural performance.

Hopa says the falls provide an authentic visitor experience and reflect the true spirit of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and manaakitanga (hospitality).

Hopa says it can be argued Whangarei will never realise its full tourism potential without truly embracing Maori and their unique culture.....
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Second major care reform Bill introduced
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the second stage of major legislative reforms aimed at improving the long-term life outcomes for New Zealand’s most vulnerable children and young people has been introduced into Parliament.

The Bill amends the purposes and principles of the Act to give explicit recognition to key Māori concepts of mana tamaiti / tamariki, whakapapa and whanaungatanga when working with tamariki Māori.

There are specific measures to recognise and reflect a commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, including a requirement for the Ministry to develop strategic partnerships with iwi and Māori organisations, which is already underway......
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8 December 2016

Fishing native species could be restricted to iwi members
Te Arawa is the first iwi to be allowed to set its own fishing bylaws under its Treaty settlement.

And Te Arawa Lakes Trust wants only iwi members catching a number of treasured species including whitebait, kakahi and eels.

"It's a statement really that we want to conserve this species," said Ian Kusabs, a fisheries scientist.

The trust also wants to outlaw the take of the koaro, a native fish species whose population has collapsed across all of the lakes.

Trout is an introduced fish, so will still be fair game.

Fish and Game won't comment yet on the bylaws, which go out to the public early next year...
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Ngāti Hau wants financial backing of Puhipuhi gold mining project pulled
Ngāti Hau kaumātua are leading hapū members and other supporters today in a bid to stop Evolution Mining Ltd’s gold mining exploration programme on Puhipuhi Mountain.

The contingent has arrived at the head office of Citibank in Auckland City which they claim provides financial backing for Evolution Mining Ltd and they plan to ask it to withdraw its monetary support of the project...
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NZ infinitely better for Key - Parata
Education Minister Hekia Parata says outgoing Prime Minister John Key has a great record on Maori development.

She says Mr Key brought the Maori Party into government even though he didn’t need to, he has overseen the highest rate of treaty settlements, and he backed reform of Te Ture Whenua Maori to free up Maori assets for Maori growth.

In education there are more Maori in early childhood education, more doing well at secondary school, and more going to university.

I think he has got a great record to be proud of in terms of Maori participation, Maori development, Maori self determination," Ms Parata says.....
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7 December 2016

Minecraft tutorials now available in Te Reo for ‘Hour of Code’
Microsoft’s annual ‘Hour of Code’ event will have a distinctly Kiwi flavour this year with new Minecraft tutorials on the popular Code.org web site being made available in Te Reo Māori for the first time.

Zoe Timbrell, Founder and General Manager of OMGTech! says, “We want to make sure that we are encouraging Māori participation in digital technology, and to do this it is vital to have quality digital resources in Te Reo Māori.

Anne Taylor, Schools Manager for Microsoft New Zealand, says that Microsoft hopes to support expanding the translation effort though the code.org crowd sourced translation service, so that eventually all the tutorials on Code.org will be available in Te Reo.
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Whanganui river to be recognised as a person
It’s an abstract concept but the Whanganui river will soon have two jointly representative, or Pou tupua – one nominated by the crown and one by the iwi and will be legally recognised as both a physical and spiritual being.

“The river has always been central to our identity because it has its own mauri. Establishing it in law as a legal person supports and validates that.”....
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Auckland iwi to turn part of reserve into 300 houses
An Auckland-based iwi has announced plans to turn part of a reserve into 300 houses after buying the land from the government.

The privately funded development will include about 20 percent social housing and 20 percent affordable housing.

The rest will be sold at the market price.

As part of a treaty settlement, the government would provide a further two hectares of land for a marae.
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6 December 2016

League files claim to halt law changes
The Maori Women's Welfare League has filed a claim in the Waitangi Tribunal challenging the policy changes proposed for the care and protection of children and young persons.

Those groups and individuals present at the Hui Whakatipu called by the National President, Prue Kapua, last Monday unanimously agreed to lodge the claim.

"Essentially the claim is brought on the basis that the policy changes to a safe, stable, loving home without the existing priority of placement within whanau, hapu and iwi is a breach of the rangatiratanga and partnership guarantees under the Treaty of Waitangi," Ms Kapua says.....
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Māori Party acknowledges John Key
The Māori Party will always be grateful to John Key for making a space at the table of his Government for a kaupapa Māori Party.

“It has been under the leadership of John Key that the Māori Party has been able to secure gains for Maori and advance kaupapa Māori over the past eight years,” said Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

“We’re all about whānau in the Māori Party, so we understand and support Mr Key’s call to return to his family and be with them more.”

Both co-leaders were confident that the new Prime Minister would continue the mana-enhancing relationship between the National Party and the Māori Party.

“It’s up to the National Party to decide who will lead them now. The Māori Party will work with anyone to advance kaupapa Māori.”....
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Partial withdrawal of Healthy Rivers Wai Ora notification
Part of the northeast Waikato is to be withdrawn from the currently notified Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 – Waikato and Waipa River Catchments to allow for consultation with Hauraki iwi to occur.

The land area of just over 120,000 hectares to be withdrawn fans out from just north of Morrinsville, northward along the eastern side of Lake Waikare to Tuakau, across to the Hunua Ranges, to the northern regional boundary. The land involved is about 11 per cent of the Waikato and Waipa rivers catchment in total. It has 6135 unique ratepayers (about six per cent of landowners affected by the plan change), including those in small centres like Te Kauwhata.

The area being withdrawn from the plan change for now relates to an area of interest that Hauraki iwi hold in the catchment. The withdrawal comes after Hauraki iwi authorities raised concerns regarding consultation with them during the Healthy Rivers Wai Ora project, which developed the proposed plan change to start achieving the Crown-iwi Vision and Strategy for the Waikato and Waipa rivers.
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Girls' school gets first Maori principal
The new principal of Auckland Girl’s Grammar says running Tangaroa College in Otara will be good preparation for the job.

Ngaire Ashmore from Ngati Maru is the first Maori principal at the high profile school, which has a high percentage of Maori and Pasifika girls on the roll.....
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Maori pressure puts paid to cowboys and indians float
Organisers of Christchurch’s Santa Parade made a last minute call to leave the Native American costumes in their box, but a float with cowboys and horses still joined yesterday’s procession.

Parade chair Anna Jamieson says they had received nasty emails, and made the decision for the safety of the children who would have been dressed in the Ojibwe tribal costumes.

She earlier said the float had been part of the parade for 20 years.

But Dr Leonie Pihama, the director of Waikato University’s Te Kotahi Research Institute, says Native American people have been fighting against such racist and demeaning representation for the past 20 years....
See full article HERE
A further article on the above HERE  

Māori heritage sites added to Unitary Plan
Te Whatu was a waka mooring site at the present-day intersection of Shortland and Queen Streets.

Te Toangaroa is the place a bloody battle was fought at what is now Parnell Rise, and Te Reuroa – a former pā site – is known to Aucklanders today as Albert Park.

Auckland Council’s Heritage Unit and iwi Ngāti Pāoa are delighted that these are among 14 heritage sites newly added to the Unitary Plan under Schedule 12.

They are now afforded recognition and protection as places that Mana Whenua of Tāmaki Makarau regard as culturally and historically significant.

Ngāti Pāoa’s successful additions mean that there are now 75 Sites and Places of Significance to Mana Whenua protected under the schedule.....
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5 December 2016

Māori loan words making English more Kiwi
Waikato University Linguistics researchers are hoping to find out more about Māori words that are integrating with New Zealand English.

It's a pet project for senior linguistics lecturer Dr Andreea Calude who says she's fascinated by "this really young and new variety of English" that tells "an amazing story about the people".

She's recently been granted $300,000 from the government's Marsden Fund which supports research in Aotearoa.

Increasingly Te Reo is being used by government organisations and the media and Dr Calude and her team are interested in why certain Māori loan-words, words that are borrowed from other languages, are catching on and being used in everyday English. 
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4 December 2016

From the NZCPR archives By David Round
A Slippery Slope to Ruin
For some years I taught constitutional law at the University of Canterbury. I was also a debater, in those days when debating was a more popular activity than it is now ~ and it would happen, from time to time, when I appeared to speak in a debate, that the chairman, in introducing me, would tell the audience that I was a remarkable man, because (among other things) I lectured in constitutional law, and this in a country that did not possess a constitution! I would smile politely at this merry jest and pass on to the subject of my discourse.

But now I shall explain. New Zealand may not possess a single grand document like the document ~ actually the collection of documents ~ which the United States has, for example, and which can be pointed to and read as ‘the Constitution’. But of course we have a constitution. Every organised state has one, and simply has to have one. Every incorporated society has one, and has to have one. Every group, incorporated or not, every sports club and trust and residents’ association ~ every organisation has a constitution, and has to have one. That is what ‘organisation’ means. A constitution is simply the collection of rules by which a group is organised~ the way in which it is constituted or made up. That is all.....
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September 18, 2011

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3 December 2016

Maori Party RMA Deal Breaches Its Own Environment Policy
The Maori Party’s deal with National over reforms to resource management breach the party’s own policy to work towards a GE-Free New Zealand, the Soil & Health Association says.
 
“The agreement includes giving the Environment Minister new powers to override councils who want to declare their territories GE-Free through local planning rules,” says Soil & Health Association spokesperson Karen Summerhays.

“But this breaches the Maori Party’s Environment and Energy Efficiency Priorities commitment (attached)to ‘work towards achieving a GE-Free New Zealand’.

“The Maori Party’s own factsheet on its deal (attached) boasts it won greater participation for Maori in resource management through iwi participation agreements – or Mana Whakahono ā Rohe agreements – with ‘no trade-offs’.

“However, the factsheet fails to mention it has traded away the democratic right of local communities to stop the introduction of genetically modified crops in their areas.

“Either the Maori Party is naïve or it is trying to hide the fact that mana whenua, ratepayers and local producers will pay the price for their deal....
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Float featuring in Christchurch Santa Parade called culturally insensitive'
A Native American float will feature in Christchurch's Santa Parade this weekend, despite a complaint about it.

Christchurch residents Michelle and Derek Flores have asked the float be removed from the parade, saying it's culturally insensitive.

In an email to the organisers, she said the float which featured "white NZ-European children and adults dressed as First Nations, Native Americans" was highly inappropriate and culturally insensitive.

"They have no business being in any public parade, let alone a Santa Parade."

She said many people didn't seem to understand how inappropriate it was for white people to dress up in "redface".

"If white Americans or Canadians dressed up as Māori people with brown paint on their faces and in traditional Māori dress and had a float in a Santa parade doing the haka somewhere in North America, that would be incredibly inappropriate, right?"....
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‘Exemplar’ Māori Land Court under siege
The Māori Land Court, hailed as an “exemplar” by the Ministry of Justice chief executive and Secretary, Andrew Bridgman is under siege by the Government through Māori land reforms and a Ministry restructure, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

“The Māori Land Court has served Māori landowners, their whanau and hapu for 150 years, recognising land as taonga tuku iho of special significance to Māori.

“So why is this ‘exemplar’ court now under a two-pronged attack by this Government?

“The highly unpopular Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill, if passed, will achieve little other than the severe reduction in powers of the Māori Land Court.

“This court occupies an important and unique role in our justice system and for many Māori it is considered a true taonga....
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Muaupoko push for social housing
A Horowhenua iwi is upset it is being denied a chance to acquire state houses in its rohe.

The Government was looking at transferring almost 250 Housing New Zealand properties in the region to a community housing provider working with iwi.

Last week it said a deal was off, because the two iwi involved are yet to settle their Treaty of Waitangi claims....
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2 December 2016

CYF restructure may 'breach Treaty'
One of the country's most prominent Māori groups is urging the government to halt its radical restructuring of child welfare services.

The Māori Women's Welfare League says reforms outlined in Cabinet papers appear to weaken the role of whanau, hapū and iwi in ensuring children stayed as close to family as possible.
It is considering lodging an urgent claim with the Waitangi Tribunal in a bid to delay a bill on the restructure of Child Youth and Family.

They may be in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi, she said.

"In taking children out of the whanau, hapū involvement - that would be a breach of the Treaty.....
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New focus on Northland historic sites

Nine significant places in Northland are brought together under the Landmarks Whenua Tohunga banner.

It’s an initiative of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Department of Conservation, Heritage New Zealand and Northland iwi and hapu.

The sites are Cape Brett Rakaumangamanga, Clendon House, Kororipo Heritage Park, Mangungu Mission, Pompallier Mission, Rangihoua Heritage Park, Ruapekapeka Pa, Te Waimate Mission and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds....
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Dates set for Maori Council stoush
Lawyers for New Zealand Maori Council chair Sir Taihakurei Durie want the High Court to strike out an application for judicial review by his former co-chair.

Maanu Paul, who chairs the Maatatua District Maori Council, claims the April meeting where Sir Taihakurei was elected sole chair was unlawful.

He also wants the High Court to rule against the council using Sir Taihakurei’s wife Donna Hall as its solicitor.......
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1 December 2016

Nga Kura push for reo in all schools
Maori immersion schools want Maori language and history to be compulsory throughout all schools.

He says Nga Kura and its kaumatua support group, Te Kahui Reo Taketake, are concerned at the lack of cultural equity in the education system.
Te reo Maori is still not a core subject in the New Zealand curriculum, and it needs to have the same status as English.

Nga Kura wants the resources needed to double the numebr of kura reo Maori and kura a iwi over the next five years.....
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Minister Flavell welcomes Southland plan
Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister for Economic Development Te Ururoa Flavell is welcoming Māori involvement in the Southland Regional Development Strategy Action Plan launched today, which aims to diversify Southland’s economy, grow the population and strengthen local business.

Southland is an area where Māori are already important players in the local economy, Mr Flavell says.
“Māori involvement in the Southland economy is growing and continues to grow. It’s been important for local iwi to be at the governance table and part of the development of both the 2015, Southland Regional Development Strategy and the action plan,” Mr Flavell says.....
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Government farmer Landcorp puts 11,650 hectares of NZ land on the market
Two of the properties are being offered for sale this month with another eight farms from across the country to go before iwi for the first right of refusal.

Six of those sheep, beef and deer farms were in the South Island and three in the North - totalling just over 14,000ha - with Ngai Tahu expected to be the biggest beneficiary of the southern farms......
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Councillors in favour of Rangimarie Arts and Crafts Centre moving into Marfell

There are high hopes for a Maori arts and crafts training centre to become the cultural hub for a New Plymouth community.
The Rangimarie Arts and Crafts Centre, which teaches traditional weaving and bone and wood carving, is looking to relocate to Marfell Park and community groups in the area have offered their full support.

"Rangimarie offers an art centre where the community are able to participate in promoting, preserving and reviving traditional maori arts and crafts within Aotearoa."

Marfell Park was the ideal location for the centre because maori art could work in to create a more supportive and inclusive community spirit, Waru said...
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Mainstream health practitioners turning to indigenous health models
Māori health experts say history has proven traditional Māori knowledge and practices word towards improving health and say it's time to build it into our national healthcare system.....
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'I defy the authority that made my people a slave' - Maori man at Standing Rock
Kereama Te Ua did the powerful haka on Friday in freezing conditions

"I defy the authority that have made my people a slave to the treaty of Waitangi," he wrote.

"I do not believe my ancestors would have signed the treaty had they known that the treaty will one day be turned against us."....
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Te Mākao Bowkett becomes Doctor of Education
Dr Bowkett says, “I think school leadership can’t reside in one sole individual and non-Māori principals have got to show they’re willing to learn about Māori communities and society.”

The research was based on case studies on an urban kaupapa Māori secondary school. Another part of her research looks at a mainstream school based within a strong Māori community.

“I think school leadership can’t reside in one sole individual and non-Māori principals have got to show they’re willing to learn about Māori communities and society.”....
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Māori Party reiterates need for land wars history in schools

The Māori Party reiterated its call for the history of the New Zealand Land Wars to be taught in schools, while supporting Treaty settlements for three iwi from Taranaki in Parliament today.

“I want to hear the stories and see the journals about the history of these iwi in our schools because that’s the only way our nation is going to understand why so many Māori in Taranaki, why so many Māori throughout the country, feel the way they do,” said Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell while speaking on the Treaty settlement bills in the House today.

“I fear that 150 years after the Crown unleashing military warfare on Māori in the Taranaki region, our nation has not learnt much about it, that the majority of non-Māori people in that region, have not learnt much about it, despite that history having unfolded in the very place they call home.....
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30 November 2016

Māori prison population 'major tragedy' - Davis
Kelvin Davis says the fact that our prison population is now close to ten thousand is a national tragedy. The Taitokerau MP says the damning statistics are even more so when over 5,500 of the inmates are Maori.

“The reality of what we're dealing with is generations of the impact of [prison] on our families,” says Ngahau Davis of TMNKR, “Te Mana o Ngapuhi Kowhao Rau is based around the Māori worldview… we work best with our whanau together with the person that's offended, cause half the time actually the victims are their own whanaunga.”
“We've heard the police commissioner say that there is an unconscious bias in the police force,” says Kelvin Davis, “And that needs to end in the police force, in our court system and in our penal system because that’s the reason that the majority of our prison population are Maori.”....
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Māori parties' alliance could push Fox out of Parliament
An alliance between the Māori and Mana Parties could mean the end of Māori Party co-leader and List MP Marama Fox's days in Parliament if she doesn't win her seat. ....
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Residents of Te Koutu celebrate resource consent decision
At least 126 objections were submitted at a two day hearing regarding the proposed hotel earlier this month in Rotorua. The majority of the opposition was from local Te Koutu residents.

Chinese owners Alex Zhaoyang Lu and Xiaobing Yang had purchased the land located on Bennett’s road which was once Māori owned.

The owners then applied for resource consent under the Rotorua Lakes Council to build a four star hotel on the land which was expected to cater up to 208 guests and employ 20 staff.

Natalie Richards who led discussions within the community of Te Koutu regarding the hotel says, they were surprised when they first learned of the plans for a hotel.

She says, "there had been no consultation with Iwi, Māori and Marae of which there are five in and around the site.”...
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29 November 2016 

By Maori, for Maori the only way forward for our kids “The current CYPF service continues to fail our kids, and the government’s proposed changes will make things even worse. The only way forward for our kids, is for Maori – for whanau, hapu, iwi, communities, organisations – to develop and lead the solutions ourselves” said MANA Leader Hone Harawira. “It’s a no-brainer.”

“CYFS continues to stuff up and the government continues to look for blame elsewhere. Instead of working to bring whanau, hapu, and iwi together to make arrangements for tamariki in need, the government wants to cut us off from our kids altogether.”

“And worse than the finger-pointing, blame-game, it’s a move driven by the same ugly racist and assimilationist agenda all over again: get our kids off us and make them no longer Maori.”......
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Sonny Tau back at helm of runanga
After more than a year of paid leave Sonny Tau has returned to his position as chairman of the Ngapuhi runanga despite several calls for him to stand down after hunting kukupa and lying about it.

Raniera (Sonny) Tau had been on leave from his role as chairman of Te Runanga-A-Iwi O Ngapuhi since October 2015 after he was charged with hunting and possessing native wood pigeons.

But that wasn't the only charge the chairman ended up facing. He admitted possessing the birds but said his daughter's partner, Douglas James Sadlier, had shot them. Later, both men admitted concocting that story and were charged with perverting the course of justice......
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28 November 2016 

From the NZCPR archives By Tony Sayers
The Tail Wagging the Dog
For many years as a practising teacher in New Zealand, I watched the gradual but tangible creep of Maori influence upon the NZ education system. ‘And what is wrong with that?’ the Maori educationists and culturally liberated activists, may cry.
‘Nothing at all’, I would reply, ‘so long as the same opportunity is offered to every other ethnic group in the country’. We know that becomes cumbersome and impractical.

Before I get branded as a redneck, (a favourite Maori term for anyone who does not subscribe to their way of thinking), or as anti-Maori; let me openly state that my political position is in favour of equality for all citizens of New Zealand, (sorry, ‘Aotearoa-New Zealand), regardless of their ethnicity. That said, let me get to the nub of the issue......
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26 November 2016

Maori Party to pave way for Harawira's return to Parliament
The Maori Party – Mana Party pact announced yesterday looks set to pave the way for Hone Harawira to return to Parliament.

At the same time the deal may threaten two of Labour’s brightest Maori stars --- Kelvin Davis and Peeni Henare. 

The two parties have not detailed how their relationship will work.
Talking to POLITIK, Morgan said the aim of the two parties was to wrest all of the Maori seats off Labour.

That would involve each standing aside for the other in some seats.

But what’s clear already is that the Maori Party see it as a way of increasing their seats in Parliament.

However what's unique about the Maori- Mana relationship is that it will stop at the doors of Parliament.

"The issue for us is to ensure that we have a permanent voice at the governing table of this country.

In an interview with POLITIK IN September, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English said he believed that Morgan's strategy might work and that the Maori party could win another two seats.

“If they win a couple more seats and we need them, they are going to be a handful,” English said.

“They will be ambitious.”

But that might be a price National was willing to pay if it limited the demands from New Zealand First......
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First Bible for Maori children published
A new children's Bible is aimed at helping tens of thousands of indigenous youngsters in New Zealand read God's Word in their native language.

Taku Paipera is the first children's Bible in the Maori language, and intends to use colourful pages and short sentences to offer a more accessible alternative to adult versions.....
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NZ earthquake: Caritas' precious collaboration with Māoris

Monsignor Gerard Burns, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Wellington and President of Caritas Oceania, spoke with Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni about the aid Caritas Aotearoa is providing and about how it works in collaboration with the indigenous people living in the area.

Caritas Aotearoa has contact with the indigenous Māori community in the isolated region and a good working relationship with them that adds much extra value to what Caritas is able to offer.
He says the Māori’sr main industry is tourism, including a thriving whale watching business and explains that the community uses the profits for health programs, and Caritas Aotearoa has been working with them.

Monsignor Burns explains that one of the particular things Caritas Aotearoa does is establish relationships with local Māori communities “to ensure that it too lives out what we call the Covenant. It’s almost like a religious agreement that was made 150, 170 years ago so that’s why they established this particular working relationship with the indigenous people”.

“Indigenous people are looking to stand on their own two feet and Caritas is looking to work alongside them and walk alongside them” he says.

“When indigenous people identify themselves, they don’t start with themselves as an individual, they start with their ancestors and the lands and mountains and rivers and seas which they have come from. They see themselves very much as an integrated part of the created world and that spirituality is very close to what Pope Francis spoke about in his encyclical 'Laudato Sii'. That means that they have a special particular care for the natural world” he says.....
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25 November 2016 

Mana Party and Māori Party to talk 'unification' The Māori Party and the Mana Party will meet again today to talk about the "unification" of Māori political parties for the 2017 election.

The Māori Party executive will meet Mana Party Leader Hone Harawira, after the two parties put their differences behind them in July.
Mr Harawira said today's meeting was a follow up to a previous meeting where he and Māori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan talked about the "unification" of the Māori parties.

Mr Harawira said he was open to a formal merger or alliance with the Māori Party....
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Recruitment scheme boosts Maori doctors

A fifth of the 215 doctors to graduate from the University of Auckland this month had Maori or Pacific whakapapa.

They included 28 graduates who identified as Maori, 14 as Pacific, and four as Maori and Pacific....
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Landmark partnership formed between Maori and Aboriginal Australians
The National Maori Authority, Nga Ngaru and one of Australia’s oldest and largest Aboriginal service organisations, Babana Aboriginal, have today embarked on a strategic relationship with the signing of a memorandum of understanding that will lead to a joint venture between Maori and Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders. The partnership will be a landmark arrangement that will see both organisations harness the power of indigenous knowledge and intellectual property, enable the cultural and economic connections as well as working with each other to raise the profile of Indigenous urban peoples wherever they may be......
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24 November 2016 

Council wins national Te Reo Maori Award
The South Waikato District Council's commitment to te reo Maori has been officially recognised with a national award.

The council has come away with the Kaunihera a-Rohe (Local Government) award at this year's Nga Tohu Reo Maori Awards (National Te Reo Maori Awards).
The council's chief executive Craig Hobbs said the council was absolutely thrilled with the result and incredibly proud.

The council is set to continue with its te reo work and is hoping to see the use of the language in the district go from strength to strength through more widespread use and promotion.......
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Pou set up to guard Warrington kai moana

A traditional carved Maori marker post has been erected on a beach north of Dunedin in a bid to curb illegal fishing in the area.

The pou is one of four carved by Mr Whittaker and erected on the Otago coastline.
The other three stand at Waikouaiti, Karitane and Purakaunui.....
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23 November 2016

Safety, community calls prompt vehicle bans for more Auckland summits
More of Auckland's volcanic cones, including One Tree Hill, are set to become vehicle free.

The Tupuna Maunga Authority announced on Tuesday five volcanic cones (maunga) will be pedestrian only from 2017.
The top of Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill, Maungarei/Mt Wellington, Owairaka/Mt Albert, Puketapapa/Mt Roskill and Takarunga/Mt Victoria will all become pedestrian and cycle only.

Maunga Authority chairman Paul Majurey said the pedestrian measures will increase public safety and enhance pedestrian access while respecting the cultural values of the maunga......
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Iwi partnership sees upgrade for Te Toke Marae's wharekai

Taupo's Te Toke Marae has officially reopened its wharekai (dining room and kitchen area) following a complete refurbishment and upgrade to its power supply.

Marae spokeswoman Evelyn Forrest said they were grateful to Unison Networks for providing the renovations. She said the renovations would have been far more complex and the marae trustees wouldn't have been able to complete the project to such a high standard, had Unison not offered its support.
"The upgrade to the power supply will enhance the functionality of Te Toke Marae, therefore enabling it to better meet the greater needs of our iwi and community.

Customer relationship manager Danny Gough said Unison was pleased to support the project.

"Ngati Tahu-Ngati Whaoa iwi have been very supportive of the construction of Te Toke substation, which was commissioned last year. With renovations to the marae already planned, it was an obvious way for us to show our gratitude and offer support in return."....
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22 November 2016 

New partnership to connect engineering and Māori business The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Auckland is pleased to announce a partnership with the Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA) to foster closer ties between leading engineering researchers and Māori enterprises.

Deputy Dean of Engineering Professor Margaret Hyland said that the Faculty had much to learn from working with Māori and the knowledge and expertise within the Faculty could also be of significant benefit to FOMA members.
The partnership was a valuable opportunity to work more closely with Māori business and enterprise.

“We have much to learn from the Māori world,.....
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Waikato academics join Waitangi Tribunal

Prominent academics Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Tom Roa have been appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal for a three year term.
Professor Smith is Pro Vice Chancellor Maori at the University of Waikato, and Professor of Education and Maori development.

Dr Roa is a senior lecturer at the university’s school of Maori and Pacific development.

Maori Development Minister for Te Ururoa Flavell says they have the skills necessary to assess the large quantities of historical, traditional and legal evidence that come before the tribunal.

They replace Sir Doug Kidd,who has been on the tribunal since 2004, and Sir Tamati Reedy, who came on in 2010.

Dr Aroha Harris, Basil Morrison, Dr Robyn Anderson and Dr Ann Parsonson were reappointed for another term.....
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Auckland Maori population changing
Tamaki Makarau MP Peeni Henare says the Independent Maori Statutory Board’s new Auckland Report has confirmed the emergence of a growing Maori middle class, and that will affect policy needs.

It found just 15 percent could hold a conversation in Maori, and Maori had the highest rates of 15 to 24-year-olds not in education, employment or training.

But it also identified a median household income across Maori households of just over $80,000, and 80 percent of Maori said they were satisfied with their life.

Mr Henare says the needs and wants of the population are changing.

He says international research shows a growing middle class can lead to a disconnection with culture.....
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20 November 2016 

Iwi withdraws support for Taranaki land deal
Te Ātiawa has withdrawn its support for a bill designed to end one of the longest and most bitter land disputes in New Zealand.

It said the bill was not in the best interests of Te Ātiawa, and iwi members and Waitara hapū members were overwhelmingly against it.
Its preference was to have more land returned, but the council determined what land was available for transfer, it said.

The iwi said there was a still lot of ignorance about what had happened at Waitara.

"It has become clear to the trustees that the history of the Waitara lands and the injustices suffered by the Te Ātiawa people as a result of the loss of their lands is not well understood by local people living on those lands, the two councils or the New Zealand public."...
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Civil defence funding mooted for marae

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox wants to see civil defence funding used to help marae prepare for natural disasters.

Marae have figured prominently in response to this week’s earthquakes and floods,

Ms Fox says the way Takahanga Marae was able to support more than 1000 people caught up in Kaikoura is a tribute to the ability of marae to deal with whatever comes their way......
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19 November 2016
Chinese executives to learn about Māori business style Chinese executives will be sent out on a waka as part of a new course about Māori approaches to leadership and business.
The pathbreaking “Māori /Chinese Culture Management Course – Wayfinding Leadership” promises to equip Chinese executives to engage with Māori businesspeople.
It will cover Māori business styles and values, entrepreneurship and interconnections between Māori and Chinese values. Participants will learn about the “wayfinding” approach to leadership, based on principles of traditional waka ocean navigation.

Currently worth $42.6b, the Māori economy is 60 percent export-focussed and growing at a faster rate than the wider New Zealand economy.

Chen Jing endorsed the programme, saying Māori were significant to China in terms of economic and social development, and in strengthening New Zealand-China relations.... 
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Maori health leader speaks about climate change and the right to health at COP22
World leaders are meeting in Marrakesh to bring to life the promises made to limit climate change in the Paris Agreement. Earlier this week Rhys Jones, a Maori doctor and co-convenor of OraTaiao: The NZ Climate & Health Council, called for climate action that protects human rights, especially indigenous rights, children’s rights and the right to health..... 
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Balancing real tensions of $10bn in assets
It’s becoming an increasingly difficult balancing act for those tasked with managing the $10 billion-plus in assets that form part of the Māori economy in the hands of Iwi and Hapū, Chapman Tripp says.

“The establishment of large, asset-rich Māori corporates from Treaty of Waitangi settlements means the Māori economy is growing rapidly, with recent reports claiming the niche economy is worth over $40 billion – 30% of which is held by Māori collectives and 70% held by Māori employers and self-employed Māori people,” Chapman Tripp’s Hoa Rangapū Whakarae (Chief Executive Partner) – and Kaihautū o Te Waka Ture, the firm’s Māori Legal Group – Nick Wells said......
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18 November 2016 

Geographical indicators bill patronises Maori  
Maori are being given full control over the names of wines and spirits, says New Zealand First.

“This is utter lunacy. It is race-based decision making that could inhibit New Zealand producers’ ability to use their preferred branding,” says Primary Industries Spokesperson Richard Prosser.

“Maori are being handed special rights under new legislation that will allow them to object to proposed names associated with geographical features.

“New Zealand First decided to vote against the Geographical Indicators (Wine and Spirits) Amendment Bill because of this clause which required a newly set up Registrar of Geographical Indicators to consult a Maori advisory committee over wine and spirit labels that might cause offence.

“It is separatist and divisive, it is insultingly patronising and paternalistic to Maori and is a backward step in terms of race relations especially in terms of one law for all in New Zealand...... 
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Goff hasn't studied detail of marketing report he criticised
Auckland's mayor Phil Goff admits he has not had a detailed look at a new investment attraction campaign, which he says a council agency should stop spending money on.

The fledgling campaign hit the headlines in a weekend newspaper report claiming $517,000 had been spent finding a new marketing slogan for the city - "A Place Desired by Many".

The report said 115 staff were involved in the new slogan.

Mr Goff used the "place desired by many" phrase in his maiden speech as mayor. It is a translation of Auckland's Māori name Tamaki Makaurau.....
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Gifted carvings will connect to the mauri of Wairarapa hospital

Wairarapa Hospital will soon be adorned by a set of carvings gifted by the Ministry of Health and the Wairarapa public is warmly invited to participate in the occasion.

Current Chair of the Wairarapa District Health Board, Derek Milne, is delighted to be part of the ceremony that again highlights the partnership between the DHB and local iwi. “We are thrilled to receive this gift from the Ministry and acknowledge the role that Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa had in securing their return. These carvings have a strong connection to the Wairarapa and we are proud to welcome them to our hospital for everyone to enjoy.” .....
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$3.25m in new projects for Ageing Well in Māori and Pacific Peoples
New funding of $3.25 million for four innovative research projects to be undertaken as part of the Ageing Well National Science Challenge (NSC) was announced today by Acting Chair of the Challenge, Dr Di McCarthy CRSNZ CNZM.....
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17 November 2016 

Iwi leaders welcome better deal in RMA amendments The Freshwater Iwi Leaders' Group has welcomed the Mana Whakahono-a-Rohe amendments secured by the Māori Party to the Resource Management Act (RMA) last week, saying they enhanced mechanisms for tangata whenua participation in the management of natural resources.
"We strongly support the changes, which create a new opportunity for iwi and hapū to engage with councils in a more equitable way," deputy chairman Sir Mark Solomon said.
"We believe that resource-sapping Treaty settlements should not be the sole avenue for iwi to obtain meaningful and collaborative relationships with councils, and the proposed changes to the RMA will enable all iwi to develop agreements with the local authorities in their rohe, thereby improving the engagement of local government with tangata whenua."....
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Te Reo in decline among Auckland-based Māori
A new report focused on Māori issues shows those living in Auckland have a declining rate in te reo compared to Māori across Aotearoa. The findings come from the Independent Māori Statutory Board as part of their Māori Plan for Tāmaki Makaurau.

The Independent Māori Statutory Board released a report today providing a snapshot of Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Statistics show that Auckland has the largest Māori population in the world, one in four Māori in Aotearoa lives in Auckland, and 50% of Māori in Auckland are under 25 years of age.

“We've had one hundred and fifty years of disenfranchisement [and] alienation making us be someone else,” says IMSB chairman David Taipari, “so it's a big road back for us all.”....
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16 November 2016

Ministry of Education 'dragging the chain' to approve Kelston Girls as bilingual and full secondary school
A west Auckland secondary school wants to be the first all-girls full secondary and bilingual school in the city of sails, but says the Ministry of Education is "dragging the chain" in processing its application.
Kelston Girls College wants to incorporate Maori and Samoan bilingual units, and extend its roll to accept students from Year 7 to 13, in a bid to boost achievement among Maori and Pasifika girls.
"We think that offering bilingual Maori and bilingual Samoan, together with an intensive literacy programme that will be offered through all subjects, is the way to go," Fox said.
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Maori broadcast funding may need to change
The new head of Te Mangai Paho believes the Maori broadcast funding agency may need to follow changes at its mainstream counterpart and fund different platforms out of a single putea.

Larry Parr says the agency needs to encourage more collaborations aimed at getting better results for te reo Maori.....
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More resources needed for COPD sufferers
Dr Ram is calling for urgent additional resources to be allocated towards Māori, Pacific peoples and those living in lower socio-economic areas. “Hospitalisation rates are highest for Māori, at 3.5 times the non-Māori rate and 2.2 times the rate for death. Pacific people’s hospitalisation rates are 2.8 times higher than those of other New Zealanders. ....
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15 November 2016 

Hearing underway for proposed hotel in Te Koutu
A two-day resource consent hearing into a proposed hotel was held in Rotorua recently where 126 written objections were submitted, the majority are from local residents living in Te Koutu.

Applicants who have applied for resource consent to build a proposed hotel complex in Te Koutu say the complex will cater for over 200 guests and will employ 20 staff.
“It's in the wrong zone and these been no consultation with Iwi with Māori with the Marae of which there are five in and around the site,” says Natalie Richards (Te Arawa).

“I say to all the other communities out there you fight it, because this is why we are here, we are fighting for Te Koutu and we are going to put our stake in the ground our pou in the ground to say no, no hotel in residential zones in Rotorua,” says Aroha Hicks (Te Arawa, Te Aitanga o Mahaki).....
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Maori Party under fire over bill and RMA reforms

LABOUR’S Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri continues to criticise the Maori Party over the Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill and its support for the Government’s Resource Management Act reforms.

“Mr Flavell and co-leader Marama Fox like to claim wins for Maori by bragging about being at the table, but they’re just propping up the National Government that sees increasing inequality and decreasing prosperity for our people.”.....
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Huia feather archway to be installed in The Square
The ground work is underway for Palmerston North's next public sculpture in The Square, which will be erected this week.

The Public Sculpture Trust commissioned Massey University Professor of Maori Visual Arts Bob Jahnke to create the work which is likely to be erected this week.

Jahnke's piece is called Nga Huruhuru Rangatira, which translates as the feathers of the chief.

It will be a 6.4 metre-tall archway of ground stainless steel huia feathers that will frame the view of the Te Peeti Te Awe Awe statue from the Plaza corner of The Square.

He said it was particularly appropriate to have a Maori artist to work with sensitivity to enhance the Maori cultural and historical values of The Square.

It would incorporate motifs found on tribal meeting houses significant to Rangitane, with references to the importance of introduced literacy and Western knowledge.

The work is the second-to-last the trust and Palmerston North City Council have agreed to pay for, with each party contributing $50,000 to each work.....
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Ihumatao, the Parihaka of south Auckland?
Opponents to a massive housing development have taken their next step in "protecting Ihumatao".
Residents of the nearby village and members of the mana whenua-led activist group SOUL are now camping alongside the proposed site for a Special Housing Area.

SOUL is an acronym for the group Save Our Unique Landscape that is opposing development on the property.

SOUL spokesperson, Pania Newton says what happened at Parihaka "relates to what is happening at Ihumatao ... in terms of the proposed development". ....
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14 November 2016 

RMA strengthens kaitiakitanga The Māori Party says gains they will secure around the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill (RLAB) will strengthen kaitiakitanga for iwi and the protection of the environment, while balancing the nation's economic needs.

Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox says there are also other proposed amendments that will enhance the participation of iwi as kaitiaki of natural resources within their rohe.
“Iwi have a role as kaitiaki of our natural resources based on the spiritual and cultural relationship they have always had with the environment,” she says.

“Māori therefore must be given a crucial role in the management of these resources including our rivers, mountains and national parks. It is our responsibility and right to protect, restore and enhance the environment.”

The mechanism proposed to achieve kaitiakitanga in the new Bill is through Mana Whakahono ā Rohe Agreements.

“The principles underpinning mana whakahono agreements will ensure both iwi and councils have a mutually agreed understanding of how iwi will be involved and what is required of iwi and councils,” says Te Ururoa.

“Mana Whakahono a Rohe agreements go beyond anything that currently exists for Māori outside of a Treaty Settlement. This Bill gives iwi a chance to engage like they haven't been able to do before......
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Maori language revitalisation 'no longer a dream'
Maori Language Commission Chair Wayne Ngata says Air New Zealand’s sustained efforts to increase their use of te reo impressed the judges: "Hearing ‘Kia ora’ and ‘Nau mai, haere mai ki Aotearoa’ on board and staff wearing the ‘waha tohu’ showing they can speak Maori are just two of the many ways Air New Zealand is taking te reo to new heights. Air New Zealand’s use of language planning to achieve results is an exemplar for other organisations".

Dr Ngata says an expression of the partnership is the new Maori Language Act 2016, shepherded through Parliament by Hon Te Ururoa Flavell. "The new law for the first time recognises the complementary roles of the Crown and Maori in revitalisation," he says.

"2016 will be seen as a pivotal year in which revitalisation stopped being a dream, and became a plan."....
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Local iwi joins criticism over Auckland's new slogan
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust says it is disappointed Auckland's new $500,000 slogan wasn't created with proper consultation with iwi, who have been using its Maori translation for centuries.....
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13 November 2016 

From the NZCPR archives By Dr Muriel Newman
Will the claims ever end?
Revelations that the Maori Council has lodged a new Waitangi Tribunal claim for the ownership of the country’s fresh water supplies has been greeted with widespread concern. At a time when no new historic Treaty grievances are meant to be able to be lodged, the public are asking whether such claims will ever stop.
The answer of course is “no” – not unless our politicians find the intestinal fortitude to end the sort of blatant opportunism that this demand for water represents. In other words, radical demands for public wealth and resources will keep on coming as long as tribal leaders are allowed to get their way. It is only when the government takes a stand and stops the rorts that things will change and Maori leaders will realise that their future is what they make of it, not what they can fleece off a gullible public.

Even a cursory glance at our history reveals that Maori sovereignty activists have been offered a treasure chest of benefits over the years by politicians eager to avoid conflict. The benefits they have received far outweigh the legitimacy of any claims they might have had, since historic grievances emerging from settler times had been properly dealt with before 1950. In fact, in some cases these claims had been dealt with numerous times even back then. But the settling of claims has not stopped Maori activists from campaigning for more. Nor has it stopped politicians from bending over backwards to give them what they have wanted.

The main reason we are facing such claims goes back to......
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12 November 2016

Māori Party voting record shows true agenda
The Māori Party’s pretence of being an independent voice for Māori is a sham and it’s clear their agenda is a neoliberal one that aligns with their National Government masters, says Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

“While all eyes were on the US Election, the Māori Party cut a deal with National yesterday to pass the massively unpopular Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms.
“National’s little helpers also voted against Labour’s smart plan to abolish Charter schools.

“The Māori Party supports private partnership schools that divert resources away from the vast majority of kids attending public schools and were cooked up as part of a deal between National and ACT.

“This comes after the Māori Party voted with National earlier this year to pave the way for the sale of up to 8000 Housing New Zealand properties, in the middle of a housing crisis disproportionately affecting Māori.

“Meanwhile, Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell is pushing ahead with controversial Māori land reforms, which have been widely slammed by the Waitangi Tribunal, Māori Land Court judges and the vast majority of submitters to select committee.

“Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox like to claim wins for Māori by bragging about being at the table but they’re just propping up the National Government that sees increasing inequality and decreasing prosperity for our people.

“The Māori Party has a confidence and supply agreement with National and yet there doesn’t seem to be much payback. They have a neoliberal agenda concerned with privatisation and empowering a corporate elite......
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New Kumeu school to cater to growing population
The school will be built and maintained under the Ministry of Education's third Public Private Partnership.

It will be big enough to cater to 560 year one to eight students. A satellite of the Arohanui Special school will also be a part of it.

The new school will have the option of joining a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako. Based on the proposed location and likely pathway of students it would be well placed to join the Whiria Te Tangata Community of Learning,” Parata adds.

Whiria Te Tangata Community of Learning consists of eight primary schools and one secondary school with a combined roll of around 3900 students. With the eventual planned roll of 700 students for Kumeu Primary School, this would bring the combined roll of Whiria Te Tangata Community of Learning up to around 4600 learners across ten schools......
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Vicki Letele case proves justice system is racist - Marama Fox
Terminally ill prisoner Vicki Letele's difficulty in getting released has been blamed on a "racist" justice system.

Serving a three-year jail sentence for mortgage fraud with just months to live, Ms Letele was released on Thursday night on compassionate grounds.

Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox says the mother-of-three has been treated unfairly.

"The system is inherently racist, we've known it for a long time. In fact, people don't even like to call it 'institutionalised racism', they call it 'unconscious bias' - but what does that mean, that we were asleep when we were being racist?"

Ms Fox says Ms Letele would not have had to beg to die in peace with her family if she wasn't Māori.....
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City Focus panels find new home
Two carved panels which made up part of the old City Focus have found a new home at Rotorua Airport.

The colourful carvings, which tell the story of Te Arawa waka captain Tamatekapua and his whanau and ancestors, were removed from their former location in the City Focus as part of the refresh of the inner city.

According to the Rotorua Lakes Council website, after consultation with the artists who created them, Manahi Skerrett and Erin Tioke and local iwi, it was decided to relocate them to the airport....
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Fisheries Act changes could undermine settlement

The Maori fisheries settlement trust Te Ohu Kaimoana says proposed changes to the Fisheries Act undercut the Maori rights guaranteed in the settlement.

The Ministry for Primary Industries today released its operational review of the act.

The document suggests the Crown only has a partnership with tangata whenua in relation to the management of customary (non-commercial) fishing, whereas the settlement acknowledged traditional fisheries included commercial aspects.
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11 November 2016 

Did govt use US election as cover for RMA changes?
Opponents of the government's overhaul of resource management law say New Zealanders are about to lose their right to have a say on environmental issues.

The Māori Party has finally agreed to back National's controversial RMA changes - handing it the numbers it needs to pass the legislation.
Environment Minister Nick Smith said with Māori Party support, National now had enough to make its changes to the RMA.

The Māori Party warned this year that it would withdraw its support for proposed changes if Māori were not given more say over how resources were managed.

Co-leader Marama Fox said its negotiations with National had led to more more iwi participation and the minister having less power to override local councils.

Labour Party environment spokesperson David Parker said the RMA changes were horrendous and the government had tried to hide them.

"This is another National government shambles being slipped through under the cover of the United States election," he said.

"Just about everyone is opposed to it - developers, environmental groups, the Law Society - Geoffrey Palmer's described it as a constitutional outrage because it confers so much power on Ministers to override the local will of councils and people," Mr Parker said.

Act Party leader David Seymour was similarly unimpressed with the timing of the announcement and said the Māori Party has just shot Māori in the foot.

"Oh look, I think if this RMA emperor had any clothes they would have announced it any other day, they couldn't have buried this RMA announcement better if they announced it on Christmas Eve."

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei was also suspicious of the announcement's timing and said the Māori Party has taken away the rights of all New Zealanders.

"I think they have given away the rights of New Zealanders across the board, including Māori, to have a say over what happens with their environment.
The bill will be referred back to select committee today, and the government expected it would be passed late this year, or early next.....
See full article HERE

Carbon bill for Kaingaroa Forest owners?
The Maori owners of land under the Southern Hemisphere’s largest plantation forest face a potential carbon liability of nearly NZ$2.5 billion – yet have received credits for just a fraction of the carbon stored in the trees.

The “Treelords deal" iwi say they should be given more carbon credits, and want the rules limiting the use of their lands relaxed. The 2008 settlement of historic Treaty of Waitangi claims, known as the Treelords deal, saw 176,000 hectares of land returned to eight central North Island iwi – Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Manawa, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Whare, Raukawa, Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa and Ngati Rangitihi.....
See full article HERE

Little evidence that charter schools are delivering for Māori
Save Our Schools finds little evidence to support the claim by the Māori Party that charter schools are “delivering for our people”.

Closer scrutiny of the schools’ performance against their contracts suggests that none of the three schools with predominantly Māori students is actually meeting their main targets....
See full article HERE

New Dominion Road School name recognises diversity and te reo
On November 9 the Mt Roskill school had a ceremony to bless new signage bearing the new name 'Dominion Road School He Maunga Teitei'.

The name was gifted to the school after consulting with Taiaha Hawke, a kaumatua and pou taki (cultural adviser) from Auckland's Ngāti Whātua Orākei Trust.....
See full article HERE

Guide to make Maori language more visible
"We must normalise te reo Māori and generating more bilingual signage in public places is one way of achieving that," says Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell said.

"We want to see bilingual signage in all government and local government offices throughout the country, so I’m encouraging leaders within that sector to embrace this guide and start their te reo Māori journey.

"Every day, the public visit their offices so they have the eyes and ears of many on them."

Māori-English Bilingual Signage Guide [hyperlink to guide online] was informed by the experiences of countries, including Ireland, where bilingual signage is also part of language revitalisation to encourage good practice.....
See full article HERE 

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10 November 2016 

Government's RMA reforms set to move ahead after Maori Party compromise Much-delayed plans to reform the Resource Management Act (RMA) are set to move ahead, with the Government reaching a compromise with the Maori Party in exchange for its backing.

Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced that the Maori Party will support the controversial Resource Legislation Amendment Bill, intended to speed up planning and consent laws.
Speaking to media, Smith said an agreement around the details of "iwi participation agreements" - giving Maori greater involvement in the consenting process - to get the numbers needed to pass the legislation.

The Government could also need to consult with the Maori Party on the detailed drafting of the bill when reported back to Parliament to ensure it was consistent with their agreement.

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell said the changes they negotiated with the Government ensured the environment would be protected, while fellow co-leader Marama Fox said other amendments would give iwi greater involvement.

"Iwi have a role as kaitiaki [guardians] of our natural resources based on the spiritual and cultural relationship they have always had with the environment.

"Maori must therefore be given a crucial role in the management of these resources including our rivers, mountains and national parks."

The iwi participation agreements "go beyond anything that currently exists for Maori outside of a Treaty settlement", Flavell said.

The Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group supported the "significant gains" won by the Maori Party, with deputy chairman Mark Solomon saying they would "create a new opportunity for iwi and hapu to engage with councils in a more equitable way".......
See full article HERE
Further articles on the RMA HERE   - HERE   - HERE   -  HERE

Locals complain North Shore marae 'hijacked'
A group of frustrated locals say their community marae has been "hijacked", forcing them to hold tangi in garages and backyards rather on the site.

Awataha Marae on Auckland's North Shore is built on Crown land and is managed by the Awataha Incorporated Society, which allows managers to decide who is allowed to join up.

Beach Haven local Hohepa McLean said that was unfair....
See full article HERE
Maori Party challenges Maori MPs to listen to their 'conscience' and support charter schools
The Maori Party has laid down a challenge to other Maori MPs to join them in opposing a bill to abolish charter schools.

Labour's education spokesman Chris Hipkins introduced a member's bill to scrap charter schools and it's due to have its first reading in the House on Wednesday but there's contention over whether all his colleagues support the bill....
See full article HERE

Call for Maori values to be part of FEPs
AN IWI group is pushing for tangata whenua values to be included in the development of farm environment plans. Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust made the suggestion during a lengthy submission at the water quality hearing on the district’s freshwater plan.
Representative Te Rina Whaanga said the iwi wanted to work with the council to create a resource on tangata whenua values to use in developing farm environment plans, or FEPs. The resource would be general, to give an overview, but farmers would need to consult with appropriate tangata whenua when developing specific plans.....
See full article HERE

Iwi upset at Corrections' ban on gang member volunteering at prison
The Taranaki iwi whose kaumatua has been banned from visiting Whanganui Prison because of his gang connections are looking at taking legal action against the decision......
See full article HERE

Māori workers call for end to exploitation at iwi-owned bus company
The boards of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui must put the brakes on the exploitation of workers at iwi-owned Go Bus, says FIRST Union president Syd Keepa.

“Go Bus is out of control. They’ve been exposed for illegally housing migrant workers in Dunedin and they’ve come under fire after a number of drivers resigned from the job in Auckland,” said Keepa.

The business arms of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui are the majority shareholders in Go Bus.....
See full article HERE

New Redcliffs School site in Christchurch may be on Maori burial ground
The new location of Christchurch's Redcliffs School has a "high" chance of being close to, or on top of a Maori burial ground.

A Ministry of Education feasibility report into Redcliffs Park shows "urupa" (burial grounds) could be located in the immediate vicinity of the park.

The Christchurch City Council-owned site was selected by Education Minister Hekia Parata despite the school community wanting to return to the school's original site on Main Rd......
See full article HERE 

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9 November 2016 

Kahungunu to present evidence about the poor state of our waterways On Monday 7 November, Ngāti Kahungunu will be presenting evidence to the Waitangi Tribunal at Waiwhetu Marae in Lower Hutt, as part of stage 2 into the National Freshwater and Geothermal Resource Inquiry - WAI 2358 claim.

Ngāti Kahungunu along with many other tribes will seek to hold the Crown accountable for:
The poor state of our awa (streams);

The degradation of ngā wai (freshwater) including our outstanding and once pristine muriwaihou (aquifer, groundwater);

The lack of meaningful outcomes and participation in resource decision making for tangata whenua; and

The lack of recognition of iwi and hapū rights and interests....
See full article HERE

SERCO prisoners alledgely punished for haka
Māori inmates have allegedly been punished for performing a haka in a South Auckland prison.

Labour corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis was tipped off by an anonymous email informing him that eight Māori prisoners were removed from 'Self Care' for two months following the performance of a farewell haka to one of their kapa haka leaders who was being released from the Auckland South Corrections Facility.

Davis says prisoners should be encouraged for embracing their culture.

Director of Kohuora Auckland South Corrections Facility Mike Inglis says the allegation is not accurate and that prisoners were removed from Self Care to House Block accommodation for disobeying prisoner rules....
See full article HERE

Māori legend to line wall of Waterview Tunnel
Spectacular concrete panels depicting a Māori legend will welcome drivers when they enter the new northbound Waterview Tunnel.
The huge artworks, which tell the story of lovers Hinemairangi and Tamaireia, who escaped underground,....
See full article HERE

Watch NZH Local Focus: Fresh calls to rename Poverty Bay
It was Captain James Cook who gave Poverty Bay its name in 1769, after finding "no one thing" he wanted and killing nine Maori during his first visit ashore.

But the region already had a name,Turanganui-a-Kiwa. And now, Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon wants to acknowledge that.

"People have a debate in terms of, 'well Poverty Bay was the original name' and I say well, hey that's one name that your ancestors gave but there was an original name from Turanga iwi right here in the Tairawhiti in the Moana-nui-o-kiwa."

Meng Foon is suggesting adding a Maori name, which iwi approve, to Poverty Bay.

But for some, that doesn't go far enough.....
See full article HERE
Cultural snub if land bill hearing not held on marae, says hapu

It would be a slap in the face for the public hearing regarding a controversial land bill not to be held at Te Atiawa's most prominent marae, a hapu spokeswoman has said.

After the deadline closed on November 7, the Maori Affairs Select Committee received 37 submissions regarding the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill.

A public hearing will be held in Taranaki on November 18 but a spokesperson said a venue for this has yet to be confirmed. However, it previously stated options in New Plymouth and Waitara were being considered...
See full article HERE
Te reo Maori posters help with hygiene and tidiness
Innovative posters in te reo Maori have been hailed as helping to drive home hygiene and tidiness messages to pupils at Rotorua's Selwyn School.

The colourful posters struck a chord with principal Peter Barker, who said staff would use them as a teaching aid and they would also be displayed prominently around the school....
See full article HERE 

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8 November 2016 

From the NZCPR archives By Dr Muriel Newman 
Are we one or two?
This week’s NZCPR Guest Commentator is Dr Elizabeth Rata, an Associate Professor of Education at Auckland University, who has spent her career exposing how bicultural policies, aimed at better social justice outcomes for disadvantaged Maori, have subverted democracy and led to the formation of a powerful and wealthy elite within Maoridom. In her article she explains that the notion that there are two separate peoples in New Zealand is a political fabrication that should be rejected:
“To claim that there are two separate ‘peoples’ each with rights to ‘public’ resources under the control of separate political entities is the fundamental flaw in the iwi case. It deserves rebuttal. Despite the insistence on a primordial difference, Maori and non-Maori are not two distinctive peoples with that distinctiveness justifying separate political categories. At present ‘New Zealand’ is the political entity and its public are all the nation’s citizens. This means that citizenship, not tribal membership, is the political category. All New Zealanders belong to this national category. Yet the iwi strategy of a separate people, aligned with the equally effective strategy of ‘partnership’, is powerful politics.”

Dr Rata blames the politicians who foolishly gave political power to what is effectively an elite lobby group of Maori business corporations, for the predicament we are in today. Their unrelenting greed for money and power is now threatening the very future of New Zealand.

So what is the basis of the claim by tribal leaders that they are a separate group that deserve separate powers and rights above those of all other New Zealanders?....
Read Muriel's article HERE  
July 23, 2012 

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6 November 2016 

From the NZCPR Breaking Views archives By Gerry Eckhoff
Maori Claim to Water
The claim by some Maori for ownership of freshwater cannot stand – regardless of any Waitangi tribunal ruling in their favour. Maori especially understand the principle of communal ownership and that nobody owns an un-alienated public resource that is shared “in common”. Even feral pigs or deer on private or public land are not “owned” until the hunter actually bags the animal. Ownership then applies to the resource (pig/deer/water) but not unless or until the point of “capture”.
Water is a prime example of an un-owned, uncontrolled public asset, held “in common” until the point of “capture” whether by a dam, diversion race, water pipe or some other device that denotes possession.

Maori claimants appear to base their claim to all fresh water based on the age old method of establishing a property right – namely – “first possession”. The ancients believed that those things which belong to no one became the property of the first taker. Indeed “first possession” has been widely applied in both common and statute law......

.......The reason why the Maori claimants have no basis to demand ownership of water is that for the first possession rationale to stand they must have first demonstrated possession, continuing use and control. Possession is vital to any claim of ownership. This has simply not occurred……
Read Gerry’s full article HERE 
July 22, 2012 
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5 November 2016
Unwanted Whangaparaoa Peninsula tunnels' part of iwi deal
The land, which is also a native bird sanctuary, is now part of a Waitangi Settlement between the Crown and the Marutuahu Collective.

The Ministry of Justice says negotiations are well advanced, the Crown having offered the NZDF land to the collective as part of a "sale and leaseback" arrangement.
In other words, the armed forces - which now uses Tamaki Leadership Centre for general training and small arms firing - plan to stay put and pay rent to the Marutuahu tribes.

Nobody is saying that - should the deal go ahead - the property, or parts of it, will get carved up as sections for the very rich, as the stunning coastal views might indicate.

Here let me digress to stress I'm no supporter of what I call "The Don Brash Doctrine", which I define as the perpetually sour position some Pakeha take, to the effect that Maori are being given "too much of the cake".

In my view, having suffered great injustices over many years - which has seen them dispossessed of ancestral lands - Maori are entitled to recompense.

So when, as now expected, the tribes eventually take over ownership of the Whangaparaoa land, it would naturally be their right - should the military ever pull out - to do just as they wish with it....
See full article HERE

Māori social systems focus of novel research collaboration
Archaeology and modern network science are combining to investigate the development of Māori social networks over time as part of a new three year $705,000 Marsden-funded project.

The research draws upon the skills of archaeologist Professor Thegn Ladefoged and network scientists Dr Dion O’Neal and Associate Professor Marcus Frean from Te Pūnaha Matataini, a Centre of Research Excellence in complex systems and networks.

Professor Ladefoged from the University of Auckland explains that over centuries relatively autonomous village-based Māori groups have transformed into larger territorial hapū lineages, which later formed even larger iwi associations....
See full article HERE

New Council united in vision
Mayor Cameron said that the new Council was committed to continuing the process of community consultation and working with Iwi.

“With Iwi we want to continue working cooperatively when the opportunity presents itself while developing and enhancing our mutual understanding.”....
See full article HERE

Appointments for Independent Māori Statutory Board
David Taipari was voted Chair and Glenn Wilcox the Deputy of the Independent Māori Statutory Board at the inaugural meeting of its new three-year term yesterday. Mr Taipari has chaired the Board since its inception in 2010......
See full article HERE

Tupoho applications open for Maori athletes
A helping hand for the next generation of promising athletes from Whanganui Iwi is open again with Tupoho Whānau Trust opening nominations for their 2016/2017 sports scholarships.....
See full article HERE 
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4 November 2016
MIT signs pact with Waikato Tainui Manukau Institute of Technology and Waikato Tainui have signed a formal covenant to work together in ways that enhance student opportunities.

MIT kaiarahi Maori Dr Wahineata Smith says today’s ceremony acknowledges the iwi as mana whenua.

About 14 percent of the polytechec’s students are Maori, with those of Waikato-Tainui descent being the second largest group after Ngapuhi.

"The main things we want to get out of this is that formal partnership but also to get some alignment with the visions and strategy that iwi Maori have for their uri and what's on offer at Manukau Institute of Technology," Dr Smith says....
See full article HERE

Iwi welcomed to Council Chamber
Top of the south iwi representatives were welcomed to the Marlborough District Council chamber ahead of the first meeting of the incoming council.

Mayor John Leggett said it was time to forge a new relationship between Council and iwi reflecting a willingness to work together while the iwi representatives spoke of the contribution they could make to Marlborough in this post-settlement era and their wish to build a strong collaborative relationship with the Council....
See full article HERE

Iwi votes debated on marae
A challenge to voting rights for council appointees made for a sad first time hosting a Masterton District Council meeting, according to Kahungunu ki Wairarapa general manager PJ Devonshire.

The debate happened at the first meeting of Masterton District Council, which was held at Te Rangimarie marae in Queen Street, Masterton, on Wednesday.

“It was really significant that the council and the mayor wanted to have the meeting here, but it was really sad that those new councillors showed their true colours,” Mr Devonshire said.

“It was sad to have that done on the marae.”.....
See full article HERE

Hawke's Bay hapū settlement goes ahead
A group of Hawke's Bay hapū signed a treaty settlement at Parliament today, but three of the seven hapū involved have refused to sign. ....
See full article HERE

'Racial discrimination' mars Auckland councillor's swearing-in
A newly-elected Auckland councillor says the refusal to allow his Samoan family into pre-arranged VIP seating to watch his swearing-in was racial discrimination.

The Tuesday evening ceremony was a proud moment for Efeso Collins, who was the first in his family with a university education and was sworn in as one of two representatives in the Manukau Ward in south Auckland.

He was one of those who read his oath in Māori....
See full article HERE 

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3 November 2016 
Six in court over Kaitaia airport occupation Can one be trespassed from their own land? That is the question counsel posed at the Kaitaia District Court today with six members of the Ngati Kahu tribe charged for trespass over their occupation of the Kaitaia airport last year.

Ngati Kahu disputes the Crowns' claim that it has clear title to the Kaitaia airport.
“Our people, our hapu and our elders involved in the occupation are aggrieved that the Crown now doesn't acknowledge that it’s our land,” says Wikatana Popata.

“It was great to hear lawyer Annette (Sykes) supporting an application for Dr Margaret Mutu to be an expert witness for Ngati Kahu on the lands history,” says Harawira.

Counsel says the case is not an average sovereignty case. Instead, it’s a unique one where the Crown has given significant rights to a joint owner without any discreet provisions being made for their clients......
See full article HERE

Māori tech companies explore US market
A group of Māori technology business owners have headed to the US to explore the North American market.

Eight business owners and five investors left on Sunday on a trip supported by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

The trip was focused on Māori-owned technology companies at various stages of operating in the US market....
See full article HERE


People from all over the world in Whangarei for opening of indigenous centre
Feet stomped on gravel and chants echoed during a rousing powhiri to welcome 22 United Nations delegates and indigenous people to Whangarei to mark the opening of the only indigenous centre in the Pacific.

The centre, based in Reyburn House Lane, is one of seven indigenous centres around the world and the only one in the Pacific....
See full article HERE

Auckland to honour Parihaka Day
The event put on by Auckland Peace Action (APA) and the Pacific Panthers (PP), will consist of a whole host of speakers,including Green Party's Marama Davidson.

“The resistance of the people of Parihaka to violent colonialism is the foundation of the modern peace movement. Our conference will be honouring that resistance, and building on it by educating about contemporary peace and justice issues....
See full article HERE

Historian says land wars day should be held in Taranaki, where the wars began

A New Zealand historian has said a new national day commemorating the countries bloody land war history should be held in Taranaki, where it all began.

The day marks the signing of the New Zealand Declaration of Independence in 1835 but Taranaki historian Danny Keenan said May 17, the day in 1860 which he said marked the start of the wars in New Zealand, would be a more appropriate date.....
See full article HERE

Ahuriri settlement signed with $19.5m redress
A deed of settlement has been reached between a Hawke's Bay hapu and the Crown.

The Ahuriri hapu will receive $19.5 million for financial and commercial redress from the Crown, after the settlement was announced by the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson today.....
See full article HERE

Deadline looming for submissions on controversial Waitara land bill
The deadline is looming for people to have their say on a bill designed to settle long-standing issues around tracts of land confiscated off Taranaki Maori more than 150 years ago.

November 7 is the final day for submissions to be lodged to the Maori Affairs Select Committee about the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill.....
See full article HERE 
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2 November 2016 

From the NZCPR archives By Dr Muriel Newman
Two flags, two peoples, a divided nation
It is tragic for New Zealand that John Key’s National Party is so obsessed with pleasing everyone that it appears to be blind to the agenda of radical Maori and naïve in allowing this escalation of racial division under its watch.

 Incredibly the National Party has advanced the Maori sovereignty agenda much more than the socialist Labour Party did. That will prove disastrous for the future of New Zealand and I’m sure will be a huge disappointment to many of those who voted for National at the last election.

At a political level, the actions of the National Party have re-opened the door to the return of Winston Peters – who has consistently argued against racial division and the prevailing partnership myth of the Treaty of Waitangi. It also re-exposes National’s right flank to gains by the ACT Party, should ACT choose to pursue this issue and wrestle away votes that would otherwise go to New Zealand First.

The racism debate needs to be discussed openly and honestly, and without fear or favour. We need to ask which of two paths New Zealand wants to go down. The first is the path of the Maori sovereignty movement that looks to a future shaped by indigenous rights. We know from the experiences of Zimbabwe and South Africa where that path leads.....
Read Dr Muriel Newman’s full article HERE 
December 13, 2009 

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1 November 2016 

Date set to commemorate land wars 
 A national day to commemorate the New Zealand Land Wars has been set.

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell welcomed the October 28 date, set by iwi.

Iwi representatives throughout the country met recently to decide on the date for the nation to remember the 19th century war, following a call from Mr Flavell, who is also Waiariki MP, in June for them to work with the Crown and decide the date.
The first Raa Maumahara National Day of Commemoration will be next year.

"I'm looking forward to the commemoration because it will give our nation the opportunity to learn a part of our history that has been silent for too long," Mr Flavell said.

"Raa Maumahara is a sign of our maturity as a nation that we know our history - good and bad. And I look forward to working with iwi to further support this initiative."....
See full article HERE

Kahotea Marae opposed to Nova gas-fired power plant over Matariki concerns
A marae community is opposing plans to build a gas-fired power station in the King Country because it may hamper their ability to celebrate Matariki - the Maori New Year.

Kahotea Marae and trustee Barney Manaia said in a submission to Otorohanga District Council that the Nova Energy power plant may interfere with their cultural traditions and is unwelcome.

The marae is about 5 kilometres from the Nova site, but when the council assessed the Nova application and put it under limited notification status, the marae was left off the list of adversely affected parties.....
See full article HERE

Tarawera marae a step closer to reality

The life long dream of a Tuhourangi kaumatua to see his iwi return to Tarawera is inching closer to reality as they seek funding for their state-of-the-art marae.

Kaumatua Anaru Rangiheuea revealed plans last year to have a marae built on a ridge overlooking Lake Tarawera and Mt Tarawera.

The contemporary marae, believed to be the first of its kind, will have solar lighting and large glass panels overlooking the lake and mountain at Tarawera......
See full article HERE

Maori protesters march along Kaitaia's main road ahead of trial over airport shutdown
Maori protesters arrested following the occupation of Kaitaia Airport last year are causing major traffic problems as they march along the main road of Kaitaia to the District Court.

They will stand trial over the shutting down of the airport in September 2015.

The accused are being represented by lawyer Annette Sykes. The trial is set down for a week.....
See full article HERE
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31 October 2016
Brothers take compensation battle to Waitangi Tribunal Two brothers badly injured while serving in the army more than two decades ago have taken their battle for compensation to the Waitangi Tribunal.

Damien Nepata told TV3's The Hui the Crown had breached the Treaty of Waitangi by not honouring its duty of care.
"The Crown puts an obligation on you that at any point in time it can ask you to leave New Zealand and put your physical safety in harm's way.

"That's where there's some thinking that the Treaty, in that respect, has been breached, that the Crown [is] not living up to its end of the bargain," he said.....
See full article HERE

Maori pupils’ achievements recognised
The achievements and potential of Maori youth from throughout Otago were recognised at the 16th annual Mana Pounamu Young Achievers Awards in Dunedin on Friday night.

Secondary school pupils and their families from as far afield as Wakatipu filled the University of Otago College of Education auditorium.

The awards are a Kai Tahu initiative to celebrate the academic, social and leadership success of junior and senior high school pupils.

All senior Mana Pounamu recipients were awarded Otago Polytechnic full-fee-payment scholarships....
See full article HERE

Top Māori cop to review Tūhoe woman's case
The country's most senior Māori policeman has stepped in to review the case of a woman who says she was rejected as "too nice, knew too many people and was Tūhoe".
Deputy chief executive Māori, Superintendent Wallace Haumaha, has personally called for a review of Ms Tulloch's case after she raised concerns about the recruitment process.

Superintendent Haumaha told TV3's The Hui programme there had been major progress in Māori relations with police, particularly with Tūhoe, where he held regular leadership meetings at Te Uru Taumatua in Taneatua.....
See full article HERE 
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30 October 2016
Local jobs key for $6m iwi development An innovative, future-focused development overlooking the shores of Lake Rotorua is set to create employment for the region - with a pledge to use locals to build it.

Te Arawa Lakes Trust will build a $6 million, multi-storey, wood-first building on Lake Rd with aspirations for it to become a shared, central hub for iwi organisations.
There will also be significant benefits for Maori and the local economy, Te Arawa Lakes Trust (TALT) chairman, Sir Toby Curtis said.....
See full article HERE

Long road for Horowhenua mayor
"Thank you...to everyone here and voting me in as the new mayor of Horowhenua, to all iwi and hapu, tangata whenua and leaders thank you... you have given me the mandate to involve iwi in the district's success.....
See full article HERE 
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29 October 2016
DOC face backlash from Taranaki iwi for backing seabed mining company Backlash against the Department of Conservation is mounting after they gave the green light to a seabed mining company.

One of Taranaki's eight iwi - Ngati Ruanui - have said DOC's decision not to submit may have cost the government a fast resolution to ongoing treaty settlements around Mt Taranaki with Ngati Ruanui and other iwi.
"There was no engagement, thats the real sadness in all of this, as treaty settlement partners we are supposed to work together," Kaiarataki of Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui, Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said.
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Ōrākei strengthen relationship with new Mayor
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and his councilors were welcomed onto Orākei marae today by local tribe Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei. It's his first visit as Mayor and marae stalwart Taiaha Hawke says it's an opportunity for the tribe to forge a new relationship with the new Mayor.

The iwi have tabled their wish list and hope to see some progress under the new leadership.....
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28 October 2016 

Masterton District Council split on iwi voting rights
​An attempt to strip away voting rights from two iwi representatives on Masterton District Council committees narrowly failed yesterday when the newly elected council met for the first time.

Only the vote of Mayor Lyn Patterson broke a 5-5 deadlock and ensured iwi reps Ra Smith (Kahungunu ki Wairarapa) and Mihirangi Hollings (Rangitane o Wairarapa) would not only be able to speak but to vote on decisions made at two standing committees, to which they were appointed earlier this year.
Although both are entitled to speak at full council meetings the law forbids them from being able to cast a vote.
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Maori MPs want Māori whānau court
Māori MPs from the Māori Party, Labour, and the Greens want to establish a Māori Whānau Court. This follows a call by kaumātua from Te Puea Marae to have the pending court case against their chair Hurimoana Dennis heard on a marae.

Davidson says, “The Green Party has supported establishing restorative justice models on marae and amongst communities for whānau and youth.”

In 2008, the first Rangatahi Court was held on a marae, incorporating te reo Māori and Māori protocol, to reduce reoffending by Māori youth. Marama Fox says she has discussed establishing a Māori Whānau Court with the Minister of Justice Amy Adams.

“The law remains the same, we don't want to change that, but, the way the case is heard will be done under Māori customs. That's what I've discussed with the minister,” says Fox.
The three MPs say they're keen to work with all Māori MPs and the minister to further discuss a strategy for an alternative Māori Whānau Court.....
See full article HERE

Native marine birds and mammals are threatened with extinction - Report
Most of New Zealand’s marine bird species are threatened with or at risk of extinction, including species of albatrosses, penguins, and herons. More than one-quarter of marine mammal species are threatened with extinction, including the New Zealand sea lion and species of dolphins and whales. These animals have important roles in marine ecosystems and are tāonga (treasures) to Māori......
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$2.5b carbon bill hanging over heads of Treelords iwi
THE MAORI owners of land under the Southern Hemisphere’s largest plantation forest face a potential carbon liability of nearly $2.5 billion – yet have received credits for just a fraction of the carbon stored in the trees.

The “Treelords deal" iwi say they should be given more carbon credits, and want the rules limiting the use of their lands relaxed.
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$1.5m grant for Whakatāne Museum
Highlights include two rare items connected to the voyages of James Cook - a Resolution & Adventure Medal and a try pot dating from his second journey to New Zealand in 1773.

There is also a substantial taonga Māori collection, with items from Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Rangitīhī and Te Whakatōhea, and the internationally significant Te Kōhika Collection of prehistoric archaeological material.....
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New leader for Māori and Pasifika at Massey
Massey Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey announced Dr Severne's appointment today, saying he was delighted to welcome an academic and Māori leader of her standing to join the University's senior leadership team
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Dr Severne was born in Ōtautahi (Christchurch)....
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New research shows gaps widening for Māori

Wai-Research today launches two important publications that look into Māori child wellbeing and the widening gaps in Māori Mental Health, as well as announcing Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie as Pou (Patron) of the research unit.....
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Ancestral lands – let them own themselves
New Zealand has led the world in giving the Te Urewera park lands their own legal identity.....
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27 October 2016
Mobil site deal waits approval Tauranga City Council errors have opened the way for Ngai Tamarāwaho hapu to obtain the Mobil gas station site on Chapel Street at no cost.

The council is currently waiting Department of Conservation approval for the sale, according to documents obtained by Mount Maunganui lawyer Rob Paterson under the Freedom of Information Act.
The documents show Ngai Tamarāwaho is offering to take ownership of land and pay for it using the $150,000 a year lease payments made on the Property by Mobil Oil NZ.

The land value is $1.34 million, while improvements are valued at $610,000 giving a capital value $1.95m.

The current lease expires in May 2022, which would see $1.05m paid off by the time the current lease expires. The hapu is offering to pay $1m, and the council is to meet all legal costs.

Hapu spokesman Buddy Mikaere says the offer in response to ‘shabby' treatment of the hapu by the Tauranga City Council

Rob Paterson says the situation is secrecy at its worst, because the public isn't informed and he doubts even elected members have been kept informed.

“Māori interests have presented no evidence of any cultural significance in respect of the site and other than they for some reason felt aggrieved about perceived Dive Crescent and The Strand extension issues no other cogent case for this nonsense is presented.

“The proposal floated by Ngai Tamarāwaho at a discounted price to purchase the site at $1m is a creative Clayton's offer, no cash will be found, and ownership simply “deferred” for six years with council meeting all associated legal costs.

“I cannot believe council would transfer title until payment in full was received. The proposal as it stands is to the complete detriment of TCC Ratepayers – quite unbelievable in fact,” says Rob......
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Case against chairman should be heard on the marae - Kaumātua
Police Inspector and Te Puea Marae Chair Hurimoana Dennis is expected to offer to stand down as Chair at a Marae Trust board meeting tonight. This follows revelations he will soon be charged for allegedly kidnapping a 17-year old, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment.

Marae locals say they remain supportive of the man who fronted their Manaaki Tangata homeless programme. Marae elder Morehu Kara and caretaker Mona Kingi say the pending court case should be settled on the marae.

Mr Dennis has been under investigation since last year for allegedly locking a teenage boy in an Auckland police station cell, in an attempt to end a sexual relationship with an underage girl. Locals say the issue should be dealt with through Māori protocol.

“His actions came about to teach the boy to consider his actions. However, the law may see things differently, but for us from a Māori viewpoint, his actions were to help the boy,” says Kara....
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New sexual violence court should also culturally educate judges - Quince
The sexual violence court pilot starting this December aims to streamline cases, upskill judges and make the process less traumatic for victims.

"You can replicate something from another jurisdiction but there aren't Māori in other jurisdictions, so they're going to have to figure out as they have with the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Court, the Rangatahi Courts, the Homeless Court; most of the clientele. The people that will be coming, offenders and victims will be Māori, it's about our cultural identity, and it’s about our response to marginalisation and inequality."

"One of my concerns is the fact they've talked about the need to have specialist training for judges, but we need to know what the specialist training is. So it should be about dealing with Māori as well as dealing with the specialist nature of sexual violence and how those dynamics work."....
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Tūhoe woman says iwi affiliation stopped police career
A Whakatane woman who failed to get into Police College says she was told it was because she was from Tūhoe and knew too many locals - but police say that wasn't why she was turned down. ....
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Cloak formalises Te Arawa accord
Steve Chadwick has wasted little time in enshrining the Rotorua Lakes Council’s relationship with Te Arawa. A cloak or cape has been ordered by Mrs Chadwick to be worn along with her mayoral chains at “very ceremonial” occasions.
“I have decided today to … commission Te Puia to make a cloak – a small cape – for me to wear that signals the new relationship with Te Arawa [in the spirit of] tatou tatou,” Mrs Chadwick said.

And she also signalled the next three years will be a “revolutionary” term......
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Iwi and Nelson Marlborough Health to strengthen relationship
Nelson Marlborough Health is failing to meet all but one out of 13 targets for Maori health which has led to a resolution to work closer with iwi.

The health board is meeting a breast screening target for Maori women in Nelson Marlborough, but failing to meet the other indicators set for Maori health....
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26 October 2016
Give us forestry monitoring role: iwi A Kaipara man says forestry operations and waste getting into streams during pine harvesting are destroying waterways.

Tinopai resident and Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust member Mikaera Miru has accused the Northland Regional Council of turning a blind eye to the problem of waste harvest material, called slash, and forestry earthworks contaminating and blocking streams.
Mr Miru, also a member of the NRC's Tai Tokerau Maori Advisory Committee, said the council could give iwi organisations a monitoring role.

"I want Te Uri o Hau to take over the environmental responsibility within their rohe because nothing is happening on the part of the NRC, which does have the statutory obligation."...
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Hosking's controversial Maori comments cleared by BSA
Branded as racist by some viewers, Mike Hosking's controversial comments about former New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd did not breach broadcasting standards.
A complaint to the Broadcasting Standard Authority (BSA) came after Hosking commented on Judd's decision not to stand for mayor again because he had been abused following his call for a Maori ward on his council.

"Sad to say – I’d never personally attack [Mr Judd], obviously – but he’s completely out of touch with middle New Zealand. There’s nothing wrong with Maori representation on councils because any Maori who wants to stand for a council is more than welcome to do so," Hosking said in May......
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25 October 2016
Iwi in court over Tāmaki Collective Deed settlement process Ngāti Whātua Orakei and Ngāti Paoa iwi representatives say the treaty settlement process for the Tāmaki Collective Deed has caused a dispute between the two iwi. Concerns over the dispute were heard in Auckland's high court this week.

A property on Grafton Road and another property on Dominion Road in Central Auckland, are being offered to Ngāti Paoa as part of their business redress.
“Original tribal lands should remain sacred and undisturbed to each tribe, but, my land should not be claimed by other tribes, also Ngāti Whātua shouldn't claim land belonging to others, said Joe Pihema.....
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Vulnerable Children's Ministry wants 1000 more foster parents
Last year only 30 per cent of the 3500 foster parents registered with Child, Youth and Family (CYF) were Māori, compared with 60 per cent of the 5000 children in state care.

Her new Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki will eventually have a much wider, more preventive brief than CYF. An expert panel chaired by Dame Paula Rebstock recommended that it should take responsibility for about 230,000 children - a fifth of all children - who currently have contact with CYF at some stage in their first 18 years.

The panel said about 60 per cent of that group would be Māori - about 138,000, or 58 per cent of all Māori children....
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24 October 2016
From the NZCPR archives By Don Brash Why I disagree with Gareth Morgan
.........So in summary, I like the Treaty: it is a very simple document recording the cession of sovereignty by the Maori chiefs who signed it; extending to them in return the full rights of British subjects; and guaranteeing to all New Zealanders the right to own property.

But it does not require us all to learn te reo;
it does not provide for separate Maori electorates or Maori wards;

it does not give Maori a power to veto RMA resource consents;

it does not give Maori any preferential rights over natural resources;

and it certainly provides no basis for an Upper House with half its members being Maori.....
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23 October 2016 
Iwi lead project to improve the mauri of the Manawatu River An iwi-led project to help nurse the Manawatu River and its tributaries back to health has received a $534,000 boost from the taxpayer.

The project would include extensive planting of native species along the river banks, building 50 kilometres of fencing, and installing eight whare or information kiosks along the river.
Horizons chairman Bruce Gordon said the regional council had committed $220,000 over the next two years to the $814,000 project.

Money for the project is also being contributed by the Palmerston North City Council, $10,000, Tararua District Council, $10,000, and Rangitane O Tamaki Nui a Rua, $40,000.

Project executive Hone Morris said the work would strengthen iwi involvement with the river.

Altogether, eight whare would be built at culturally significant sites.....
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Cute toy or racist relic? Shoppers divided on money box for sale in Wellington
* The 1962 Maori Community Development Act has been described as "New Zealand's most racist law" and allows Maori wardens to order bars to stop serving "drunk and quarrelsome" Maori. It also makes it illegal to serve alcohol at a gathering of Maori without a permit, while the wardens can take the car keys of any Maori who "by reason of physical or mental condition...[is] incapable of having and exercising proper control". While there has been talk of repealing the law, it remains on the books.....
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Who named the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki?
The name has caused backlash from the public, industry experts, and even the United Nations - so who's behind the controversial Ministry for Vulnerable Children?

On July 28, 2016 it was reported a new Ministry for Vulnerable Children would take over from the chequered Child, Youth and Family from April 2017. The following month Social Development Minister Anne Tolley confirmed the name: Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.

Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft described it as "cripplingly disappointing" and was one of many who called for a more "aspirational" name.....
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Awarded for services to Maori
THE Reverend Stainton received the QSM for service to Maori, service that includes work with kohanga reo, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kawakawa Mai Tawhiti and Hinemaurea Marae, as well as work as a minister in the Matakaoa community at East Cape....
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22 October 2016 
Maori innovation hub targets modern tech, education Science organisation Callaghan Innovation is targeting Māori businesses at its research premises in Petone

The government-funded agency has been working closely with Māori businesses and today is launching an innovation hub focused on making its services more accessible to Māori.
"We're partnering with iwi to support initiatives to develop programs to get them connected to robotics, digital, coding type of world. Iwi like Ngāi Tāhu are already doing that......
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Tū Te Manawa to connect iwi with the Manawatū River

Tū Te Manawa, a project to enhance iwi and hapū involvement in the Manawatū River and its catchment, are celebrating a $534,000Te Mana o Te Wai grant today at Te Manawa Art, Science, and History Museum today.

Earlier today, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox announced a $534,000 Te Mana o Te Wai grant for the $814,000 Tū Te Manawa project.....
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Regional conversation on water needed

It is perhaps an ironic "tragedy of the commons" that water may be taken for free and sent overseas without any royalty benefit being received locally.

Another significant reality is Article 2 of the Treaty of Waitangi whereby Maori were guaranteed "full exclusive and undisturbed possession" of their lands, estates, forests, fisheries and other properties. The Waitangi Tribunal has ruled (as Mr O'Sullivan's article pointed out, Hawke's Bay Today, October 15) that Maori rights and interests in water are equivalent to ownership.

Translated into the water context, legislation enabling a royalty to be taken could simply preserve all existing property rights in water, thereby enabling the Crown/Iwi debate around that to proceed untrammelled. A proportion of royalties collected for commercial water use could applied to Treaty settlements, and directed to iwi more generally in the longer term.....
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Iwi reserves helicopter access for own operator
Ngai Tahu has locked up helicopter access to its high country stations at the head of Lake Wakatipu.

Iwi-owned companies have cancelled the landing rights of helicopter operators at Elfin Bay, Greenstone and Routeburn Stations in favour of Queenstown-based scenic helicopter business Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters, which Ngai Tahu Tourism bought in August.

A dozen helicopter companies operating from Queenstown, Wanaka and Te Anau received a letter from Ngai Tahu Farming and Ngai Tahu Tourism three weeks ago advising that Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters would have exclusive landing rights to the stations with "immediate effect".....
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Mayor wants name change
THE Mayor will invite iwi to suggest a name to add to the name Poverty Bay.

Meng Foon said at yesterday’s swearing-in ceremony for the 10th Gisborne District Council that he has had a number of letters on the subject.

“It is time to add the original name to Poverty Bay,” he said.....
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Legal system hostile to Māori, academic says
The New Zealand state legal system has for the most part been hostile to Māori, according to Otago University Law Professor Jacinta Ruru.

“This is why the learning of law for Māori students can be hard, and the practice of law for Māori can be tough,” Professor Ruru said in her inaugural professorial lecture, entitled Toitū te Whenua. Toitū te Mana delivered on 12 September....
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Happier council predicted with Maori approach
Wellington’s first Maori deputy mayor is keen to bring a Maori dimension to decision-making.

"The expectation from Wellingtonians is 'we want you guys to be united, we want you guys to thrash this stuff out' and that is why having that Maori approach, if we can put more time as councillors into thrashing out decisions, get better decisions and we will definitely get a happier council," Mr Eagle says......
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RMA reform bill to miss its latest parliamentary deadline
The government's latest attempt to reform the Resource Management Act continues to run into trouble, with the chairman of the select committee conceding today that the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill will miss its third reportback deadline of Nov. 7.

In part, the delay appears related to the fact that Environment Minister Nick Smith is still negotiating with the Maori Party over aspects of the bill, which is struggling to gain sufficient support from government support partners to pass into law.

Prime Minister John Key said on Monday he believed agreements had been reached with the two-MP Maori Party, but Smith confirmed in a text message on Wednesday that "discussions with the Maori Party are progressing and constructive but not yet concluded" and were "some time away".
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Getting rich off property a long-standing Kiwi tradition

Property speculation as a means getting rich quick is a long-standing New Zealand tradition.

The 1870s was when most European settlers arrived here. They arrived to find most available land bought up by the settlers who arrived in the 1850s. The immigrants of the 1870s had usually come to the other side of the world to escape landed wealth and rented hovels.

The demand for land in New Zelaland lead to the Land Wars and massive land confiscations in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi. It also lead to King Dick Seddon and his Liberal party breaking up the great estates in the 1890s. Itis worth bearing in mind that ultimately, the wealth of most land-owners in New Zelaland is stolen from Maori.....
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20 October 2016
Marlborough Mayor John Leggett said he was keen to look at ways iwi could get more involved on the council during his term. Meanwhile, Rangitane development manager Richard Bradley said in the next couple of weeks iwi from around the region would be thinking about how they could interact with council this term.
Iwi representative on the council's assets and services committee Richard Hunter was one of only two iwi representatives on the committees last term, and said iwi needed to step forward to sit on the committees.
However, Bradley said there might be other ways iwi wanted to interact with council.

Hunter was not affiliated to any of the local iwi but was a member of the Maataa Waka trust.

He received a "small fee" of $150 for every meeting he attended, however sitting on the committee meant doing a "hell of a lot of work" outside of the meetings.

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett said he was keen to look at ways iwi could get more involved on the council during his term.

"It's certainly an area that we really need to look at." ....
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Rehab options ignored for more prison space

The chief executive of the National Urban Maori Authority says no good will come out of the government’s investment in more prisons.

He says Corrections is incapable of rehabilitating Maori prisoners, but programmes like Out of Gate, which puts released inmates into temporary accommodation and wraps services around them, prove it can be done....
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19 October 2016 

Iwi opposes gold mine proposal at historic Marlborough mining town
A new gold mine in Marlborough faces backlash from iwi who claim it could damage the environment and their cultural history.

Ngati Kuia has kaitiaki over the Canvastown area where mining company Elect Mining wants to set up a new operation on 120 hectares of land.

Ngati Kuia chairman Waihaere Mason said there were four pa sites in and around the mine site, either side of State Highway 6 in Canvastown, 50 kilometres northwest of Blenheim.

"Taonga associated to those sites could be damaged when unearthed during the mining process," he said.

Ngati Kuia was also concerned about the impact this would have on traditional food gathering areas, including the Te Oranga Tuna Mataitai, the only eel reserve in the Marlborough region.....
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Kiwi suspensions target Maori
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says it’s abhorrent that some schools are finding underhand and unlawful ways to suspend and expel students.

A report by YouthLaw Aotearoa says disproportionate numbers of Maori are caught up in so-called kiwi suspensions, where they are covertly encouraged to withdraw from school.....
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18 October 2016 

Educators tackle negative Maori stereotyping
Stereotyping Maori children negatively has a negative impact on their learning and assumptions about them need to change.

That was the message to Timaru early childhood and primary school teachers at workshops held at the Southern Trust Events Centre in Timaru on Friday.

Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu general manager Hana O'Regan told the more than 100 educators that they could help break down assumptions.

"Maori were one of the fastest [colonised people] to adopt literacy and many Maori were self taught."

Their desire for knowledge was halted when, at the turn of the century, all Maori along with Pakeha women were forbidden to study at university.

Like all colonised people in the world, the legacy from such laws and the subsequent attitudes to them has had consequences for today's generation.....
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National group aims to address inequalities in mental health for Maori
For both Tui Taurua and Delft Klootwyk,​ being connected to their Maori culture was a crucial part of learning to live with mental illness.

Taurua and Klootwyk are part of a national group, Huarahi O Te Kete Pounamu, which aims to improve outcomes for Maori with mental health issues.....
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Kidnapping charge 'an insult to Māori community'
Māori support is being voiced for Te Puea Marae chairman Hurimoana Dennis, who is set to face a charge of kidnapping.

Manukau Urban Māori Authority chief executive Willie Jackson said charging him was an insult to the Māori community.

Waikato Tainui is also understood to be supporting Mr Dennis, who has been in the news this year for helping the homeless in Auckland.....
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Māori education policy criticised in report
The final report from a five-year audit of Māori education says progress is still too slow in improving results for Māori students.

In the report's introduction, the Auditor General Lyn Provost said too many Māori children were leaving school without qualifications.

The report goes on to criticise the implementation of the government's Ka Hikitia policy, aimed at improving results for Māori students.....
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MoU signing for University of Otago and Ngāti Toa
he University of Otago will renew an important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira on Monday this week.

Ngāti Toa Rangatira has always been in the forefront of innovations in whānau ora, primary care and health promotion – developing health and social services that are Māori-led and benefit the whole community. They are well known for their determination and strong track record in improving access to low cost primary health care for residents of Porirua and Wellington.....
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17 October 2016 
From the NZCPR BreakingViews archives By Reuben P Chapple Maori Land
Property rights come about in one of two ways:

1. What in a pre-legal society might be referred to as “Customary Title.” This is not ownership at all, merely a temporary right of use or occupation, lasting only until extinguished by superior force.
 2. Legal ownership. This means the ability to exclude others by the force of law. The underlying requirement is a universally recognised, settled form of civil government that protects property owners against violent dispossession, and provides for ongoing security of tenure, i.e. “time without end in the land.”

Former Auckland University Professor of Maori Studies, Dr Ranginui Walker, has stated: “On the eve of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, there was not one inch of land in New Zealand without its Maori owners.”

Such an assertion, while politically useful, is factually vacuous.

Prior to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in February 1840, there was no such thing as a collective “Maori.” Nor was there any settled form of civil government. The functional social unit of pre-European Maori society was the hapu, or sub-tribe. Each hapu was in a Hobbesian state of nature (“War of every man against every man”) with every other hapu, rendering life “nasty, brutish and short.” .......
Continue reading Reuben’s article HERE
January 10, 2015
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15 October 2016 
Norwegian oil giant pulls out of Northland Norwegian oil giant Statoil has struck out in the Reinga Basin and pulled the pin on exploration, denting the government's resources strategy.

When put up for tender in 2010, the area was described by government agency, GNS Sciences as one of the most prospective frontier basins in New Zealand.

Statoil said strong opposition from some iwi and environmental groups to its programme off Northland's west coast had not played a part in its decision to surrender the permit.

"Some may speculate we are surrendering the permits for various reasons but the only reason is that we see the probability too low to justify continuing our search, " said Statoil New Zealand country manager Brynjulv Klove.....
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Paul Eagle confirmed as Wellington's first Maori deputy mayor

Lester said having Eagle as his right-hand-man was a historic moment for the council and the capital city.

"I am keen to see more Maori in leadership positions at the council, having a stronger influence in decision-making in the future of the capital," he said.
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Trophy a chance for Maori farmers to shine

Every second year, Maori sheep and beef farmers have an opportunity to shine by competing for the high-profile Ahuwhenua Trophy, the BNZ Maori Excellence in Farming Award.

The competition's process is where the magic happens. It offers Maori entrants the opportunity to tell their stories; of their people and their land - stories that are intertwined with the day-to-day and year-to-year business of farming....
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UN experts urge NZ to protect children’s rights from climate change
This week is World Climate Week. In the same United Nations Committee report damning New Zealand’s inaction on child poverty, the committee has also expressed its concern about the harmful impact of climate change on New Zealand children, especially Maori and Pacific children and children living in low-income families.

"Maori and Pacific children have a higher burden of climate-sensitive illnesses and poorer access to health care. Climate policy in New Zealand needs to do a great deal more to protect children. The disproportionately high number of Maori and Pacific families living on low incomes means that the effects of climate change on food security, housing and infrastructure will be more difficult to prepare for and recover from. This will result in serious impacts on children’s health."....
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14 October 2016 
'Special status' iwi seeks direct dialogue on water AT yesterday’s hearing on the draft district freshwater plan iwi trustee Jody Wyllie made a plea for Gisborne District Council to dialogue directly with Rongowhakaata.

Mr Wyllie was speaking with fellow presenters Te Rina Whaanga and Murray Palmer, and said Rongowhakaata’s status as a Treaty partner should be recognised at the hearing.
They were not like other submitters at the hearing, they had special status and were partners with the Government.

He did not see why they had to jump through hoops and line up with LeaderBrand and other submitters. ....
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Suspect accused of shooting police in two-day Kawerau siege challenges court's authority
The man accused of the Onepu police shootings yesterday delivered a fired-up challenge to the court's jurisdiction and a High Court judge's powers to try him.

Warren, who appeared by audio-visual link, told Justice Tim Brewer that he did not recognise his authority, the court's jurisdiction, nor the authority of his court-appointed lawyer Ron Mansfield.

Warren said he had nominated three "native assessors" to represent him and speak on his behalf.

Justice Brewer said unless they were certified practising barristers or solicitors of the High Court he could not allow them to speak for Warren at any court proceedings.

Warren insisted they should be allowed to do so and said if Justice Brewer refused to allow them to speak he would be in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.

"I am bound by the law. I'm not allowed to give them permission," Justice Brewer said.

Warren repeated his legal challenge to the authority of the court, and said he reserved his right to speak te reo.

Warren hit back saying he did not "understand any of that".

"What I do understand is this court has no authority to try me, and any attempt to do so is both unlawful and illegal," he said.....
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King Country iwi take a step towards settlement
The Ngāti Maniapoto treaty settlement is tipped to be as large as those of Waikato and Ngāi Tahu, but whether it gets past first base will depend on the Maniapoto Māori Trust board securing a mandate. ....
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Coherent strategy needed for Maori education

Auditor General Lyn Provost wants all schools to implement the Ka Hikitia strategy to lift Maori educational achievement.

She says some schools are implementing Ka Hikitia’s central concept of Maori succeeding as Maori in ways that make sense to their whanau and their Maori community, and those examples need to be shared more widely....
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Waipareira Trust calls for coalition of Auckland elders
The Waipareira Trust is calling for a collective leadership alliance of Maori elders across Auckland.

It has been a long time vision of Maoridom to reclaim the "traditional leadership" role for their elders, Waipareira Trust's kaumatua Wimutu Te Whiu says......
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13 October 2016 

Iwi focus for freshwater institute
A new freshwater institute bringing together the National Institute for Water and Atmosphere NIWA and the University of Waikato is to have a strong iwi focus.

Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development is a partner in Te Waiora, which will be based at the Hamilton campus.
It will encompass sciences, engineering, management, law, economics policy, matauranga Maori and education.
Mr Joyce says Te Waiora will also identify new insights into Maori traditional rights and responsibilities in relation to water, and enhance public awareness and engagement in freshwater issues.....
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Principals drill into charter school pick
Hawke’s Bay principals are questioning why a partnership school for Maori boys is being set up in Napier without consultation or warning.

Te Aratika Academy is backed by a charitable trust set up by drilling and construction company Te Aratika Drilling.

It’s promising the kura hourua will serve the cultural, academic, physical, social and emotional needs of Maori/Pasifika youth and that it will collaborate with iwi, industry partners and other schools....
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Key rejects Māori seats

The Chair of the Independent Māori Statutory Board says they will continue to push the need for Māori voices at the council table as new blood takes office in Auckland.

David Taipari wants a Māori voice at the council table.

Newly appointed Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff says it's not he who has the key to the Māori seats.

“I can't implement them that's the statutory role of central government and the gentleman over there, Mr Key said he's not interested in that area. He's ruled it out categorically actually, I don't think we will get much change in opinion there.”
Goff says, “I would of course prefer that we have elected representatives of Māoridom on council rather than appointed.” ....
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Auckland kura redevelopment upscaled

An additional $5.9 million will be invested in the redevelopment of Auckland’s Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

“This extra investment will take the total value of the project to over $21 million,” says Ms Parata.

Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae shares a site with Southern Cross Campus in Mangere, a co-ed school for years 1-13 which is also currently undergoing redevelopment, valued at over $23 million....
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Tana puts mana whenua high on mayoral agenda
Porirua's first Maori mayor says while he will be mayor for all the city's people

"I'm a Maori mayor, I recognise the role as kaitiaki as mana whenua that our people have but in this role as mayor I actually represent all people in Porirua, all the different ethncities, diversity of Porirua. I just think that the protocol is that we should start on the right foot and the right foot is having Ngati Toa right there with their aspiration and their dreams going forward with the council," he says.

Mike Tana says what's needed is not just consultation with Maori but partnership...
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12 October 2016

No Māori councillors, no surprise for Taranaki iwi leader
New mayor Neil Holdom agreed the election outcome did not reflect the community as a whole, also noting only two of the 15 elected councillors were women.

He said he hoped to have a process for including Māori in decision-making in place within three months.
"There are plans afoot and I'm confident within the next two to three months we'll be in a position to demonstrate how we are bringing hapū and iwi perspective to the council table.

Liana Poutu said it was the council's responsibility to make the first move.

"We really have to wait and see what the appetite of this council is to establish processes for Māori in this community to participate in decision-making. It's a legislative responsibility and it's really up to this incoming council to make some determinations about that."...
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Freshwater management to benefit from new institute

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has today announced the creation of a new freshwater institute between NIWA and the University of Waikato.

Te Waiora, Joint Institute for Freshwater Management (NIWA and the University of Waikato) will be on the university’s Hamilton campus and involve iwi, national and international partners.

Te Waiora will also identify new insights into Māori traditional rights and responsibilities in relation to water, and enhance public awareness and engagement in freshwater issues. The Institute will have a strong iwi focus, with one of the partners being Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.....
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Wairoa mayor pleased with increased mandate
his year’s Wairoa local body elections included a referendum to decide whether the Wairoa community wanted Maori ward representation in council.

The vote was successful, with 1644 people voting for and 1444 against. The decision will potentially divide the Wairoa district into one or more Maori wards.

The outcome will be binding on the following two local body elections of Wairoa District Council, in 2019 and 2022.....
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11 October 2016 
Royal New Zealand Air Force open their very first marae After almost a decade of hard work and dedication the New Zealand Airforce has officially opened its very first marae, which the Chief of Airforce is calling their own tūrangawaewae at the Ohakea base in Palmerston North.

Douglas Wallace - Kaiwhakahere Marae says, “We had help from our friends in the NZ Army and the Navy, they already had a meeting house, a marae but we didn't, so it's hugely significant because this is our first tūrangawaewae for the Air Force.”
Establishing an Air Force Marae has been one of the major objectives of the Airforce to enhance its mana and enrich its culture. .....
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Poll running alongside the election

There could , however, be significant change at the next election in Wairoa in 2019, with a poll running alongside the election showing strong support for the introduction of a Maori Ward on the council. The vote for the establishment of Maori wards was supported by 1553 votes, with 301 against.....
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Taiwanese indigenous tribes want Maori 'cuzzies' to come 'home' for a holiday
Taiwanese tribal woman Jouan Pan is in New Zealand with a mission - to get her "long lost cuzzies" to visit "home".
Taiwan is believed to be where the cultures and languages of the Austronesian tribes began, and that indigenous people of Taiwan and Maori are genetically connected.

"Our relationship with New Zealand as very special, because we consider Maori as part of our extended family," said Pan, a senior council officer and member of the Amis tribe....
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Ngāti Hine revive history of its rivers
Since time immemorial, the sacred river of Taumarere was a main highway of Māori ancestors and hence an important initiative for the progeny of the ancestress Hineāmaru to travel the "River of Chiefs" and learn its history.

It's been 30 years since Sir James Henare placed a post at Opua to signify the authority of his people to the land and sea in this district. Now the pathway is being set for this generation to carry on his legacy. ....
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New Polytech brand launched
The new name and branding for Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic has been revealed this morning at a special ceremony.

The new tertiary institute will be known as Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology....
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MP Marama Davidson’s Gaza protest an embarrassment to Maori, says kaumatua

Green MP Marama Davidson has been heavily criticised by Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin for her involvement in the illegal Gaza flotilla protest.

Mr Rankin has said that Maori have an affinity with the Jewish people which goes back two centuries: “Our ancestors in the nineteenth century, especially our spiritual leaders, identified with the plight of the Jews and their struggle for an indigenous homeland. By Marama [Davidson] trying to stir up trouble against Israel, she is challenging the indigenous rights of Jews. This is an embarrassment to all Maori.”

Mr Rankin is highly critical of what he calls Davidson’s “pretence” at being a Maori: “she can’t speak the language, she knows next to nothing about the culture, and she acts like someone who is imbalanced.”

“The result of her protest action is a kick in the face for Maori who identify with the indigenous Israelis,” says Mr Rankin. “When she returns to New Zealand, I expect that several Maori will make their views very clear to her.”
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Govt may invest more in Housing First - Bennett
Maori Party leader Marama Fox, whose party has a confidence and supply agreement with National, said Finance Minister Bill English had assured her that he would "seriously consider" any new ideas from the inquiry which the Government had not already implemented.

Asked what would happen if he did not, Fox said: "We sit alongside the Government and we challenge them on these things.
"And if they don't, they'll find themselves wanting at the next election. It's as simple as that.....
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10 October 2016
From the NZCPR Breaking Views archives By David Round The maori sovereignty movement
Here are some of the ideas about Maori sovereignty as expressed by various Maori leaders in Maori Sovereignty, The Maori Perspective (ed. Hineani Elder, Hodder Moa Becket, Auckland 1995). I mention many of these people in the chapter on sovereignty in my 1998 Truth Or Treaty? Do not think that in the years since then the talk has become moderate or reasonable.
It may sometimes now be expressed a little less angrily ~ the ideas are placed before the Waitangi Tribunal now, and are supported by a Maori academic ~ but the policy is still exactly the same. It is just that because now they seem to be making a little headway, there is, for the moment anyway, no need for the aggro. It will still be applied now and then when it looks as though the victim shows any signs of reluctance.

Note several things. This agenda has been around for quite a while. It has been the setting in which all other negotiations so far have been conducted. Other settlements have not been the end of the Maori agenda, but just steps on the way, just softening us up one step at a time. Note that many of the speakers are familiar to us; some are very prominent within Maoridom, and although we may dismiss some others as rabble-rousers, we cannot deny that they do have a following. Note also that some of the real firebrands in this movement ~ Moana Jackson, Annette Sykes, Titewhai Harawira, Tama Iti and Ken Mair are conspicuously absent. Would that have been because their views were even more terrifying? ......
Continue reading David’s article HERE 
June 28, 2010 
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9 October 2016
Look out as Judd bows out It’s Andrew Judd’s last full day on the job as mayor of New Plymouth, and he’s determined to get the last word in.

Mr Judd didn’t stand again because of the backlash over his efforts to have Maori represented on the council.

He says he will remind councillors they voted for the change and then didn’t stand by him when the heat came on.

"Look out because i'll be standing with Maoridom to come back and challenge this council forever around looking at itself, about including Maori and telling our stories in a wider sense of the district and country about what fundamentally my ancestors did, how they did it and the consequences that we still live with today," he says......
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Water moratorium gains iwi support

Ngāti Kahungunu iwi supports putting a moratorium on any future water bottling consents in the Hawke's Bay region, a controversial issue that has already seen billions of litres exported overseas.

But it seems a moratorium may fall on deaf ears after the government already rejected a call from the Greens to put a stop to future water bottling deals earlier this year. ....
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8 October 2016 

Pākehā justice questioned in Love case Several of Sir Ngatata Love's supporters have questioned why his case is being dealt with by the Pākehā court system, rather than by traditional Māori justice.

Grant Knuckey was one of several who commented on the fact Sir Ngatata had been tried in a court, saying Māori should be judging their own people.
"We should be judging our own people ourselves. I'm here to support Ngatata. This is a moment in history for us because we will put him aside all of our other chiefs who have for some reason been incarcerated for doing the same things - protecting our people, providing wealth, and a home for people to live.".....
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Iwi consultation on trade policy refresh continues
Trade Minister Todd McClay today continued engagement with iwi leaders at a Rotorua hui on the refresh of the government's Trade Policy Strategy.

"This is particularly true in the primary sector where Maori own between 10 and 30 per cent of meat and dairy, and around 40 per cent of both forestry and fisheries,” says Mr McClay.

"This is my sixth meeting with representatives of the Iwi Leaders Forum on trade issues this year.

“We have also held numerous hui on specific trade agreements such as TPP," says Mr McClay.....
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7 October 2016 

Maori Party wouldn't say no to New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd joining ranks Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says outgoing New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd would be welcomed as a potential party candidate.

This week Judd revealed to Maori Television's Native Affairs programme he didn't know what his post-mayoral future looked like, but didn't rule out a chance to stand as a Maori Party candidate in the New Plymouth electorate in the 2017 general elections.
Flavell confirmed he had had no formal talks with Judd about his future plans, but said he would be an asset if he did choose to put himself forward.....
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Dunedin iwi-led health centre gets green light – Radio New Zealand
The first iwi-led health centre planned for South Dunedin has won resource consent.

The project called Te Kaika – or the Village – will be a health hub combining low-cost GP, physiotherapy and pharmacy clinics with a Māori health provider and other service agencies at the former Caversham Primary School....
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Meaningful dialogue the key to resolving Kermadec impasse
Given the high public interest in this issue, it's important that our view is understood by New Zealand. Te Ohu Kaimoana applauds and supports sensible marine management and applauds initiatives that protect the seabed and allows for the growth of fish stocks and other biodiversity.

Which is why, in our role as kaitiaki, we (Maori and industry) instigated extensive measures across the whole Kermadec zone – banning bottom-trawl fishing, and had this regulated by the government in 2007. As a result of this action, there are now no material threats from fishing to the seabed biodiversity in the Kermadec region. These are not the actions of people opposed to conservation.....
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6 October 2016 

Andrew Judd joins Māori Party
New Plymouth District Council Mayor Andrew Judd has joined the Māori Party.

“They’ve been a fantastic supporter of me along this whole journey, a real standout politically. Great team and I applaud them. I support them 100 per cent,” says Judd.

Māori Party Co-Leader Te Ururoa Flavell says he hasn’t yet talked formally with Judd but will be focussing on the Māori electorate seats first, before deciding on the list or general seat selections.

Judd calls himself a recovering racist. “We are polite with our racism but racism exists and until New Zealand Pākehā look at themselves we’ll never truly move forward with a partnership model.”.....
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Ngapuhi on road to Treaty claim after reaching agreement over negotiations
It's understood the change of tune from Tuhoronuku, who had previously twice voted against the report's full recommendations, came after Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell intervened at Cabinet and told Finlayson to show good will.

It's understood Flavell, who has removed himself from the Cabinet decision, citing a conflict of interest because of his iwi connections, encouraged the Government to not only give Tuhoronuku time to work through issues but to let them do it on their own terms.

Consequently Tuhoronuku have agreed to move forward with a new structure but are still negotiating with Finlayson how many representatives they have on the new board.

And for that reason the official line from Finlayson remains that he is "communicating directly with Tuhoronuku and has no further comment at this time"....
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Hundreds of jobs at risk in Ministry of Justice restructure
Mr Barclay says the changes will disproportionately affect Māori employees, and it’s not clear Treaty partners have been consulted about changes to the Māori Land Court and Waitangi Tribunal.

"We are particularly concerned at the plans to disestablish many specialist roles in the Māori Land Court, resulting in the loss of hundreds of years of institutional knowledge.

"The changes also seem bizarre given Te Ture Whenua Māori reforms will drastically alter Court structures as well, and landowners have identified institutional knowledge as crucial.
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I want us to challenge the government': Te Mātāwai holds first hui on Te Reo
Taking Māori beyond the marae in the age of Facebook and Twitter is one of the aims of a new umbrella organisation set up to support Māori language. .....
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Disharmony still present between iwi since Rena
Environment BOP Councillor Awanuiarangi Black says there is still disharmony between iwi who were affected by the grounding of the Rena today than there was when it first hit the reef. Today marks five years since the disaster the impact of the oil spill was most significant in NZ history. ....
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5 October 2016 

Descendants of the 200 original owners must be informed before return of school is official. A “DAVID and Goliath” battle with the Crown is not quite over for Waipiro Bay.

The Maori Land Court has ruled descendants of the 200 original owners must be informed before the return of Waipiro Bay School for $1 is official.
For three years, Waipiro Bay Whanau Charitable Trust, with help from Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, has been fighting to have ownership of Waipiro Bay School and its land returned to the people after news spread in early 2013 that following the closure of the school the Ministry of Education would demolish it.

The land was given to the Crown in the early 1900s. The Crown originally said the land was sold but court documents read by Ikaroa-Rawhiti Labour Party MP Meka Whaitiri showed it was given.....
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Excellence in Māori storytelling celebrated
The importance of Māori telling their own stories has been celebrated with Massey University’s expanded Ngā Kupu Ora Awards: Celebrating Māori Books and Journalism.

"As a Minister who is daily besieged by journalists, it’s my observation that we need more people who are proficient in both te reo Māori and journalism; who have some knowledge of the history of this country as context for what they are reporting; who provide balanced and accurate accounts of events; and who are nimble and agile to meet the demands of deadlines across a range of divergent media – print, broadcast, and online," Mr Flavel said.....
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4 October 2016 

Māori Party all hui no-doey on housing
The Māori Party should stop tinkering and start fixing tragic Māori housing statistics in the face of a national housing crisis, says Labour’s Māori Development spokesman Kelvin Davis.

“The Maori Party is touting the success of the Maori Housing Network, which is blowing $18 million a year just talking about houses instead of building them.

“Instead of delivering houses, this money has been spent on 32 ‘capability projects’, 42 workshops and ‘housing facilitation support’ for just 79 whanau. With the money left over, they’ve only been able to build 42 houses.....
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Accusations of racism seek to bury message
Hobson’s Pledge has, in only two days, achieved an astounding level of interest resulting in mainstream media rallying to vilify Don Brash and hiding behind racist taunts to avoid having a real conversation, spokesperson Casey Costello said today.

For the record Casey Costello is very specific on the point that she represents Hobson’s Pledge as a New Zealander with, as she reiterates, a proud Ngapuhi and Anglo-Irish heritage.
“There are important issues that face New Zealand and before more legislation entrenches us into separatism we need to be informed about what is in our future and stop focusing on what occurred in the past” Ms Costello said.....
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Tribal wealth continues to grow whānau wellbeing
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has achieved another strong financial performance with a profit of $168.73m (post distribution) for the year ended 30 June 2016.

Te Rūnanga has received a distribution of $44.2m for the year from its commercial arm for tribal development bringing the total since Settlement to $396m.

Over the past year $11.4m was spent on Oranga (wellbeing) including business and enterprise development and homeownership initiatives, $4.6m on environmental protection and enhancement projects, $3.5m on education and $4.1m on projects to enhance the culture and identity....
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3 October 2016

Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy visits Nelson's Whakatu Marae
New Zealand's newest Governor General has made her first official appearance in Nelson.

Three days after being sworn in as 21st person to hold the role, Dame Patsy Reddy was welcomed on to Whakatu Marae with a forceful powhiri.
She then thanked everyone for her warm reception and expressed a sincere desire to uphold the Treaty of Waitangi.

"I'm looking forward to developing an even warmer relationship with the iwi of this region over the next five years."....
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Maori not accessing mainstream health services: Ngai Tahu

The Southern District Health Board needs to work more closely with Maori health providers if it is serious about closing the health gap between Maori and non Maori, a Ngai Tahu leader says.

Ngai Tahu met with SDHB representatives regularly and the SDHB was trying, but the inequalities were deepening.

Maori were not meeting the mark in access to GP services and had high rates of cardiovascular disease and they died earlier than non Maori.

She believed Maori were lagging behind because DHBs only had to have a Maori health plan written by the Ministry of Health. They were not written from the perspective of what worked and what did not work in terms of decreasing inequality....
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2 October 2016
From the archives of NZCPR BreakingViews by David Round The Insidious Creep to Maori Sovereignty
How did it come about that we are now even prepared to consider such preposterous possibilities? It did not happen overnight, but one step at a time. Ask for one thing ~ the righting of historical injustice, real or alleged, even if previously settled ~ then, if you succeed with that, ask for something more ~ and then more ~ and eventually we find ourselves in the situation we are now in,

where already our government flies the Maori sovereignty flag, recognises special rights in indigenous peoples declared in a United Nations charter, and where, in the words of the Otago Daily Times speaking of foreshore and seabed, it ‘seems a new class of property owner is to be created with superior rights, as well as unlimited opportunities for the courts to create precedent exclusive to one ethnicity. ‘One law for all’ has thus been abandoned on the cusp of indigeneity.’ ....
Continue reading David’s article HERE
June 21, 2010 

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1 October 2016 

Trauma from colonialism mapped The Ngai Tahu Research Centre will share results of a five year research programme on the impact of colonisation on Maori through a series of lectures next week at the University of Canterbury.

He Kokonga Whare is an attempt to document the high rates of trauma Maori people experience and correlated it with a range of health and social problems, from heart disease to imprisonment.
Each of the Roadshow Lectures explores a different topic related to the themes of trauma and healing, including: Maori traditional approaches to trauma; alienation from land; imprisonment; and sexual violence....
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Brash attack on treaty restitution
An academic who has studied so-called Maori privilege says Don Brash’s new lobby group is spouting the same ideas used 175 years ago to justify grabbing Maori land.

The former National Party leader says the party he once led is pandering to separatism, and Hobson’s Pledge will fight Maori seats on councils any special consultation with Maori in laws like the Resource Management Act.

Dr Peter Meihana, a lecturer in Maori history at Massey University, says Dr Brash’s ideas about the Treaty of Waitangi are stuck in a 19th century time warp, when arguments about Maori privilege always preceded some new attempt by settlers to take land.

"Now when the crown is trying to correct the mistakes and its omissions of the past through treaty settlements, people like Brash once again invoke these ideas of Maori privilege to try to circumscribe crown attempts at restitution," he says.....
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Applications open for Iwi Governance Scholarship
The 22-year-old University of Auckland law student applied for the scholarship – which provides one student with a grant of up to $5000 – after hearing about it through Te Rākau Ture Maori Law Students Association last year.

“Chapman Tripp established the scholarship in 2012 to identify and help students with a particular interest in iwi management and governance – an area our firm has a strong presence in,” Nick said.....
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Rereahu prefer own settlement
King Country iwi Ngati Rereahu is pushing for its own settlement, rather than coming under the umbrella of a wider Maniapoto claim.

Glen Katu says the crown has already acknowledged Rereahu in the 2012 settlement of the Maraeroa A and B Block claims, but it is unwilling to extend that to the wider historic claims.
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Further consultation before decision made on Foxton Cenotaph area design

Further consultation between Horowhenua District Council, iwi and other stakeholders including the RSA, businesses and community members will be held over the next few weeks before a decision is made about the relocation of the Foxton Cenotaph and final design of the area.

Iwi spokesman Robert Ketu is pleased that Council has agreed to continue consultation on the location of the Foxton Cenotaph and the design of the area, which has significant ancestral history for Maori and members of the RSA and community......
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30 September 2016
$22m design for New Plymouth airport is councillors' 'plane' favourite However, those who spoke at the meeting agreed the value added by a design which incorporated a cultural narrative and provided a worthy gateway to the region was worth the extra cost.

Internationally-renowned New Zealand sculptor and artist Rangi Kipa was involved in the design process to include the narrative of Puketapu hapu and the importance of the land the airport is built on.
Councillor Howie Tamati said the iconic design would give the building life, depth and spirituality.....
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Waitangi ceremonial plans up for discussion
Where will the Prime Minister be welcomed for Waitangi Day celebrations? It's one of the important questions to be addressed at a meeting at the Te Tii Waitangi Marae this Friday. It follows numerous calls to move the welcoming of dignitaries to the treaty grounds after the Prime Minister was told he was not welcome on the marae this year.

The elder spokesman for Kingi Taurua says, “What I did this year wasn't activism or belittlement but my role is to care for Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the 1835 Declaration as governments have continuously trampled these covenants into the dust so they become lost like the moa.” ....
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Maori Women's Welfare League leader slams 'embedded Pakeha privilege'
"The position that we find ourselves in today is as a result of the dominant Pakeha culture, they embed Pakeha privilege and the Government doesn't care, again reflective in the absence of Government ministers here today," Ms Kapua told the conference in Auckland.... See full article HERE

New Governor General vows to honour treaty relationship

The new Governor-General of New Zealand has vowed to honour the relationship between the Crown and Māori through the Treaty of Waitangi. Dame Patsy Reddy gave the vow in her first address after being sworn in today to the position left vacant by Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Dame Patsy Reddy enters Parliament for the first time as Governor-General. Māori was the first language she spoke. Māori were also at the forefront of her thoughts.
“I will respect and honour the unique relationship between the crown and Māori, enshrined in our founding document, Te Tiriti o Waitangi.”
See full article HERE

Massey racism provokes call for university name change
A racially-charged debate is igniting over research that has revealed "white supremacist" comments made by the prime minister Massey University is named after.

Now, almost a century on, a top academic is calling for the university to consider a name change.

The controversial call comes from Massey lecturer and recent PhD scholar Steve Elers, who was startled to uncover blatantly racist comments made by William Ferguson Massey.....
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Maori Remain Marginalized in New Zealand Society and Government
A recent report showed that white New Zealanders were more likely to be given a warning by police officers for minor crimes than indigenous Maori, who are more likely to be charged. Advocates say the report confirms the bias of the justice system in New Zealand. In an email interview, Margaret Mutu, a professor of Maori studies at the University of Auckland, discusses Maori rights in New Zealand.....
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29 September 2016 

Te Reo Māori on ‘life support’, says Sharples
Former Māori party co-leader Sir Pita Sharples described te reo Māori as being on “life support” at a Human Rights Commission forum this month.

He said he would lead an initiative of revitalising the Māori language and would hope to encourage the Government in supporting the notion, as a fundamental right in the United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
“I am determined this year to lead a charge with the Declaration and with the Treaty of Waitangi and for Government to be meaningfully supportive of the growth of te reo Māori in New Zealand.”

He told the Pacific Media Centre an environment that would support the learning of the language and its use in everyday conversation needs to be established in New Zealand.

Sharples also emphasised that New Zealand media have to be trained in Māori pronunciation in order to foster an environment that encourages and respects te reo....
See full article HERE
http://asiapacificreport.nz/2016/09/27/te-reo-maori-on-life-support-says-sharples/

Separatism by nats looms as election issue
Ms Costello who, with former National Party leader Don Brash, represents a new national campaign named Hobson’s Pledge, launched today, said that successive Governments have taken New Zealand further and further away from the kind of country that most New Zealanders want – one where everybody is equal before the law.

“As each chief signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, Governor Hobson said ‘He iwi tahi tatou. We are now one people.’ He did not talk about partnership, or about principles”, she said.

“He did not say that unelected tribal appointees would have voting rights on local government councils nearly two centuries later.....
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28 September 2016 

Marlborough iwi want more involvement ahead of council elections
An "old school" attitude towards iwi in Marlborough is preventing the region from capitalising on the huge economic opportunities that iwi can bring, a Rangitane member says.

Rangitane communications advisor Keelan Walker said it was disappointing no council candidates had approached Rangitane in the lead-up to the election to get their take on the issues.
"Iwi can contribute in several different areas, not just culturally and historically but economically as well," Walker said.

He said the traditional idea of what Maori could offer the district had changed.

"We do contribute in a big way to the economy of the area," he said.....
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Progress slows on joint replacements, variation across DHBs suggests inequity

After adjusting for age, Maori had the highest rate of procedures – 303 per 100,000, compared with 258 for “other”. This may be because fewer Maori had private surgery, the researchers say.....
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Turia blasts 'racist' children's law
Maori Party co-founder Dame Tariana Turia has blasted the Government for "institutional racism" in its proposed reform of child protection laws.

She said a proposal to abolish a principle requiring child protection staff to consider the effects of decisions on whanau and iwi, as well as on the child's well-being, was "a big step backwards".......
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MP wants inquiry into judicial 'bias' against Maori
Northland Maori are twice as likely to go to jail than Pakeha when convicted of assault, sparking calls from Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis for a Government inquiry into the ``biased'' criminal justice system.

But a leading criminologist says a ``class bias'' rather than prejudice against Maori is behind the figures.....
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Bank drags feet on Maori loan scheme

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is blaming banks for the poor performance of a scheme to allow Maori to build houses on their own land.

Labour's Kelvin Davis says Kainga Whenua is a failure because fewer than five loans a year have been made.....
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Be careful ascribing racism to the fact fewer Maori are let off with a warning
But the headline figures didn't tell the whole story. Far from it, in fact. The IPCA drew on an audit of those given pre charge warnings and that found 51 per cent of non-Maori had no previous convictions but only 26 per cent of Maori enjoyed a clean record.

Among a number of disqualifying factors for pre-charge warnings, a person's form is certainly considered. This was near universally ignored in reporting and commentary around the report, even though the IPCA stated: "The Authority has not come across any evidence that clearly demonstrates differential treatment on the basis of ethnicity."...
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Fishing reserve approved
In 2008 the runanga applied to the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to establish a maitaitai reserve to manage non-commercial fishing in the harbour.

Under the mataitai, recreational fishing could not be banned, but no fishing for customary food gathering purposes could take place without approval from a Tangata Tiaki (a group which can authorise fishing in accordance with tikanga Maori), Ms Matahaere-Atariki said.

Three people had been chosen to be Tangata Tiaki, but they could not be named until they were approved by MPI Minister Nathan Guy.

The mataitai, which transferred management of the fishery from MPI to the runanga, had been welcomed by most recreational fishers, she said....
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27 September 2016

Revealed: What's beneath rising NCEA pass rates
While wealthy Pakeha and Asian students study science and Shakespeare, their poorer Maori and Pasifika peers are more likely to be learning to make coffee or operate a grill.

A Herald investigation has found deep disparities hidden beneath rising high-school pass rates tied to students' socio-economic status and ethnicity.

Data shows that despite record numbers of students gaining the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) last year, at every step Maori, Pasifika and low-decile students are getting a different kind of NCEA to students from more affluent, Pakeha and Asian backgrounds.....
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Talks to turn Tarawera into tourism venture
Plans to turn Mt Tarawera and the surrounding land and lake area into a world-class tourism venture are on the cards with a new partnership being formed between local Maori and government agencies.

Land owners in the area have confirmed to the Rotorua Daily Post they are currently in Treaty of Waitangi negotiations with the Crown and once land is returned, they hope to make better use of the area to return it as a premier tourist destination.

The partnership is a joint venture between Ngati Rangitihi, Tuhourangi, the Department of Conservation, the Rotorua Lakes Council and the Crown.......
See full article HERE

Ngapuhi break-away group would rather no settlement than have the current board negotiate it

Moana Tuwhare, one of those who resigned on the back of Friday's vote, said the conditions Tuhoronuku was asking for would mean things wouldn't change and hapu would continue to have no representation in the process.

Asked if she was concerned Finlayson might take the settlement off the agenda, Tuwhare said "it would be more of a concern if he didn't take it off".

"There's no trust or faith in Tuhoronuku anymore," she said.

"In the week in between the last vote, which was won by Tuhoronuku 11 votes to 10, we've lost three votes. I'm not sure who changed sides," Tuwhare said.

It's understood part of the conditions Tuhoronuku has given to Finlayson include a unified Ngapuhi settlement and representation on the new board for kuia, kaumatua and urban Maori.

Tuwhare said "in politics anything is possible" and she has no idea what decision Finlayson will take to Cabinet.

"It's been eight years and millions and millions of dollars has been put into Tuhoronuku to get to a point where the mandate is even worse than it's ever been.".....
See full article HERE
A further article on the above here > Tuhoronuku agrees to Ngapuhi settlement proposal - with conditions attached

Minister ignores recommendation on Maori partnerships
The Minister appears to have ignored the multiple recommendations to establish strategic partnerships with iwi and Maori organisations by instead privileging organisations like Barnados and Open Home Foundation. Her cabinet papers are underwhelming, indicating "over a long time period", iwi and Maori organisations can "provide input"

"What we needed to see was Puao-te-ata-tū put into policy and practice. Instead the latest announcement just feels like a big step backwards"......
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Mayoral candidates back dedicated Māori seats

Three leading mayoral candidates have backed the idea of dedicated seats for Māori on the Auckland Council, but one of them, Phil Goff, would leave it to the government to decide.

Mr Goff - along with John Palino and Chloe Swarbrick - said he would support Māori seats but, in today's Radio Waatea debate, both Mark Thomas and Vic Crone opposed them....
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Upsurge of abuse on mental health workers at Waikato DHB

Violence against mental health workers by patients and their families is on the rise and nursing staff bear the brunt of it.

There were 162 physical assaults on staff working for the Waikato District Health Board's mental health and addictions service last year, compared with 140 in 2014.

"We deal with a lot of Māori clients, for instance, so it's about asking whether we have the right mix between Māori and non-Māori because often, someone can de-escalate a situation because of a cultural connection that maybe [a non-Māori] could not.

Wright blames a more violent and aggressive society...
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25 September 2016 

A new precedent for hapū settlements?
A spat over treaty settlements has seen insults hurled in Parliament, but points at a wider issue around the role of hapū in settlements.

The issue at the core of the dispute surrounds a settlement with Ngāti Aukiwa, a small hapū of the Whangaroa Harbour in Northland.
The hapū, which has always attempted to run its own claim, has instead been swallowed up by the larger iwi claim, Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa....
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Maori progress thrills outgoing mayor
Outgoing Auckland mayor Len Brown is bullish about the future Maori in the super city.

He says he’s seen great progress not just in the past six years but also in the work being done when he was Manukau’s mayor.

He says while there is still a great deal to do, the foundations have been laid....
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Student fights for Gisborne schools to teach land war history
A Gisborne teenager has pitched a proposal to the Ministry of Education to include the Turanganui-a-Kiwa Land Wars into the region's school curriculums. Sixteen-year-old Tahua Pihema was given the chance to present, after four Gisborne tribes gave up their spaces in support of her cause.

Pihema is challenging the Ministry of Education to include Gisborne's land wars in the region's school curriculum.....
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24 September 2016

Peters defends stance on treaty bills
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox has taken another crack at Winston Peters, accusing him of deliberately wrecking Parliament's plan to pass five treaty settlement bills on Friday.

And as he came under renewed attack on Thursday, the NZ First leader revealed his reasons for forcing the bills to be put to a full vote.
"The Taranaki Iwi Claims Settlement Bill hands power to iwi by giving them six decision-making roles on a local authority without being elected," he said.
"This law will force the Taranaki Regional Council to appoint six iwi members ... this is electoral apartheid."

Mr Peters also has issues with the Ngatikahu Ki Whangaroa Claims Settlement Bill over the way it returns Stony Creek Station to iwi.

"This has to be resolved before any bill is passed, otherwise a court case is inevitable," he said.

Mr Peters says his party has the democratic right to oppose the two bills it doesn't agree with.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is in charge of the bills, and he's just as angry as Ms Fox.

"I expect there's going to be a lot more of this," he said.

"Every time I take a treaty bill to the House between now and the close of parliament some time next year you can expect him to say I'm a bleeding heart liberal who has sold out to Maori.....
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Maori Pa boat ramp access won't be restricted, says council
On Thursday, a council spokesperson said that signs were simply being installed to remind people that the area is ecologically or culturally sensitive. ....
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Protesters pack up after Foxton cenotaph gains a reprieve

A sit-in at a Foxton cenotaph to prevent its removal has been called off this morning after protesters won a reprieve for the landmark.

Yesterday afternoon, Horowhenua District Council chief executive David Clapperton made a promise not to touch the cenotaph until a hui had taken place.

As a result, the small group of protesters were are packing up and heading home this morning.....
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Campaign to protect Māori land from Public Works Act not over
On Wednesday night my Members’ Bill to stop the Public Works Act taking any more Māori land was voted down by the National Government. This is not the end of the campaign to raise awareness that the Public Works Act can still take Māori land.

he First Reading speeches from the Government were generally pretty ghastly, calling My Bill “separatist’ and ‘tokenistic’. But the opportunity now exists to persuade the Māori Affairs Select Committee to look at the issues behind the Bill and the petition and hear the voices of tangata whenua. ...
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Ngapuhi imploding as iwi meet to vote on the future of their treaty settlement
The country's largest iwi is imploding as it meets in Northland to cast a vote on how it will negotiate a treaty settlement with the Crown.

Emails between Ngapuhi iwi members and letter exchanges with Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson reveal resignations, division over who should have power to negotiate claims and an insistence from the Minister that a decision must be made or the offer will be taken off the table.

Finlayson wants the treaty settlements done and dusted by 2020 but Ngapuhi is currently split over a plan to share power in claim negotiations.

While Finlayson says he's waiting to hear back from Ngapuhi before taking a recommendation to Cabinet on Monday, it's understood he's fed up with the handling of the negotiations and considers Tuhoronuku - the board set up to settle claims - a failure.....
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23 September 2016 

Race-Based Appointments Inserted in Taranaki Bill
New Zealand First does not want race-based appointments taking hold in this country, New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters said today.

“New Zealanders should be very concerned about the Taranaki Iwi Claims Settlement Bill – it hands power to iwi by giving them six decision-making roles on a local authority without being elected.
“This law will force the Taranaki Regional Council to appoint six iwi members, three on the Policy and Planning committee, and three on the Regulatory Functions Committee.

“They will not be elected, but nominated by iwi, need not be subject to an iwi vote, and they will be paid for by the ratepayers.

“This is electoral apartheid.

“All this is in Clause 31 of the Bill.

“The clause in part comes from the Local Government Act 2002, but this government has changed a critical word which allows for racial preference without an election.

“Instead of stating a local authority “may” appoint people from the outside, it states that the council “must” appoint members nominated by the iwi. This has been done by stealth.

“The country is being steered by National toward race-based appointments......
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Taxpayers to cover travelling iwi after cancelled signing
Taxpayers will cover costs for hundreds of iwi members who have had to cancel plans to travel to Wellington to witness Treaty settlements.

The signing was put on hold after an objection from New Zealand First.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters was a no show at question time on Wednesday, leaving deputy Ron Mark to cop the flak.

Mr Peters had a phone call and showed up half an hour late - the timing was simply perfect.

"I was waiting for a very important call from overseas," he said.

But what's not perfect timing is Parliament extending its sitting hours to include this Friday, in order to sign off Treaty Settlements totalling almost a quarter of a billion dollars.....
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Acquisition of Māori Land Bill Fails
Catherine Delahunty’s Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill has failed to pass its first reading.

Ayes 73 (National 59, NZ First 12, ACT 1, United Future 1)

Noes 48 (Labour 32, Greens 14, Maori Party 2)
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Northwestern motorway a shining light for iwi artwork
Artistic lighting has been switched on this week across the new Te Atatu Road pedestrian overbridge.

The bridge has been upgraded as part of the Transport Agency’s improvements to the State Highway 16 Interchange.

"This is the first time lighting has been used in this way on the Auckland motorway network," says Brett Gliddon the Transport Agency’s Auckland Highway Manager.

The NZ Transport Agency asked Te Kawerau a Maki iwi designer Reuben Kirkwood to incorporate a cultural perspective into the look of the new interchange.....
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Mana, power, prestige and millions await Ngāpuhi negotiators
As one iwi leader put it, the prize of settling a big Treaty settlement such as Ngāpuhi brings more than just mana - along with it comes power, prestige and millions.

So it's no surprise the politics behind the scenes of the settlement for the country's largest iwi is fierce and fragile.

Mr Finlayson has agreed and given the group a few more days' grace.

Meanwhile, Ngāpuhi is on hold. What transpires over the next week will determine the future direction of the settlement.

If it stays with Tūhoronuku, it will be settled as a single agreement, but if it's settled under the new framework, there could well be several settlements.

Te Kōtahitanga co-chair Pita Tipene, who's also part of the Maranga Mai working group said the settlement would be negotiated as one, but have six different components representing the six sub-regions......
See full article HERE

Māori Party housing plan complete failure

The Māori Party’s housing plan to put more Māori into more homes has been a complete failure with fewer than five loans granted per year, says Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis....
See full article HERE

Bill Offers No Resolution to Long-Running Dispute
Until a long running dispute is resolved, passing the Ngatikahu Ki Whangaroa Claims Settlement Bill is a serious mistake and will end up in a High Court case or back in Parliament, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Ngāti Aukiwa say Stony Creek Station should be returned to their hapū, not the whole iwi as the settlement bill requires.....
See full article HERE
Regional council backs iwi conservation
Iwi projects in Tai Tokerau have been boosted by small grants from Northland Regional Council’s $1.25 million environment fund.

The fund typically covers up to half a project’s cost, with landowners covering the rest through labour, other funding sources, or in kind contributions such as materials.

An iwi-led project to control introduced pest and weeds on the Kowhairoa peninsula in Whangaroa, with the aim of eventually reintroducing kiwi, was given $14,000.

Te Roroa got $10,000 to control wil ginger over about 900 hectares of iwi land next to the Waipoua Forest.....
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22 September 2016

Anger at NZ First after change of heart scuttles big day of Treaty settlement bills
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox has let rip at NZ First after it pulled its support for two Treaty settlements just days before a special sitting of Parliament to pass them into law.
NZ First's opposition means a formal 'party vote' has to be taken rather than a unanimous voice vote, so more MPs are required in Parliament.
NZ First had changed its position on the settlements for Whangaroa or Taranaki because of concerns about a land allocation in Whangaroa's and provision for non-elected representatives in Taranaki's. ...
See full article HERE
A further article on the above here > Fox, Brownlee, Finlayson – Unsightly Trio of Drama Queens

Chris Finlayson meeting Opposition MPs with Ngapuhi influence to get settlement across the line
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is on the verge of stripping authority from the board set up to settle Ngapuhi's treaty claims and is getting Opposition MPs to help him do it.

Finlayson will meet with MPs with influence in Northland, where the country's biggest iwi hails from, on Tuesday night - the meeting will be the second in the last month.

MPs being called to help get Ngapuhi on one page over settlement negotiations, which Finlayson wants done and dusted by 2020, include Labour's Kelvin Davis and Peeni Henare, NZ First MP Pita Paraone, National's Shane Reti and Green MP David Clendon.
See full article HERE

Foxton residents stage sit-in over cenotaph move
A "Parihaka style protest" is taking place in Foxton's CBD to prevent a council plan to move the cenotaph.

It is believed by many locals that the cenotaph lies directly above a urupa (burial ground).

Foxton resident Barba Twomey is protesting to keep her tupuna (ancestors) undisturbed.

Feyen feels that if the philosophy of the Treaty of Waitangi had been applied situations like the protest could be averted.

"The treaty is based on trust and partnership and we need to start implementing that philosophy as soon as possible."...
See full article HERE

Shelly Bay sale 'illegal', iwi trust member says

Members of Port Nicholson Settlement Trust are taking a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal over what they say is the illegal sale of ancestral land at Wellington's Shelly Bay. ....
See full article HERE

Kermadecs negotiations affect govt stability, English admits

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English admits negotiations around the proposed Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary are also about the stability of the government.

Legislation enabling the marine reserve has been delayed, because the Māori Party and Māori fisheries body Te Ohu Kaimoana say it tramples on Treaty rights.

Mr English said it would be a few weeks before arrangements for further discussions were finalised, including who would be holding talks with whom.

"It's a bit of a different negotiation," he said.

"Like we're not negotiating with Te Ohu Kaimoana, we're negotiating with the Māori Party - and as they've indicated, there are confidence and supply issues involved here so it probably makes sense for me to be involved with it.....
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Govt can ensure Māori land is protected for future generations

The Green Party is calling on the Government to support Green MP Catherine Delahunty’s Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill, to protect the small amount of land still in Māori ownership for future generations.

“The Government has a responsibility under Te Tiriti o Waitangi to protect Māori land from alienation for the benefit of future generations, and they can do that by voting for my Bill in the House today,” said Ms Delahunty.....
See full article HERE 

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21 September 2016 

Rahui a possible way out of Kermadec impasse Maori Party Co-Leader Marama Fox said the Government needs to understand the weight of the matter.

Asked if a rahui (self imposed fishing restriction) is a likely area where an agreement can be reached, Fox said "absolutely".
She said iwi do see a sanctuary as important, but don't want to ridden over the top of by the Government without due process.

"In fact, some understanding of Maori conservation and Kaitiakitanga which we already have in place in the Kermadec area, and this new legislation gives no recognition to that."

The Prime Minister's view is there would have been a dispute with iwi over the Kermadec Marine Sanctuary even if it had been consulted on.

He said at the heart of the issue is that Te Ohu Kaimoana doesn't believe in ocean sanctuaries, it believes the right way to manage fisheries is through the quota management system.

"If we had gone and spoken to them, and in hindsight we should have done that, but if we had done that it wouldn't have changed anything - because they still would have said we don't believe in it."..... 
See full article HERE

And here > PM John Key: Kermadec sanctuary will be put on ice if no agreement with Maori Party 

Govt consults iwi over oil and gas exploration offer
The Government has started consulting iwi over proposed oil and gas exploration areas covering more than 500,000 square kilometres.

Energy Minister Simon Bridges says he's consulting iwi over four offshore areas, one offshore/onshore area and two onshore areas.
They cover a total area of 508,691 square kilometres.

Consultation with local authorities will start on October 17.

"Protected areas including National parks, marine reserves and world heritage sites are excluded."....
See full article HERE

Study affirms Māori economic potential on West Coast

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell today welcomed the release of a study outlining opportunities to strengthen and grow the Tai Poutini West Coast economy, where Māori businesses are already key players.....
See full article HERE

Legal aid closures put Māori 'at a disadvantage'
Ms O'Connor - the managing solicitor of Community Law Otago - said the closures would only aggravate a lack of support and guidance for Māori, especially those in rural or isolated communities.
Ms Bold-Wilson said the online process would alienate Māori even more, when they made up 15 percent of the population and yet were 50 percent of people who went through the justice system.

Mr Warren said tāngata whenua valued kanohi ki te kanohi communication and that was being lost.

Access to justice for Māori was of paramount importance and any decisions made by central government that could impact on tāngata whenua was of great concern, Mr Warren said....
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NZ First makes 'bizarre u-turn' on supporting Treaty settlement legislation
Hundreds of iwi members may be left thousands of dollars out of pocket after New Zealand First changed its mind over supporting Treaty settlement legislation.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson says New Zealand First had supported it - but changed their minds today.

He says the behaviour is appalling.

"This bizarre u-turn delays the benefit settlements bring to iwi, communities, regional New Zealand and the country as a whole."...
See full article HERE 

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20 September 2016 

New initiative designed to grow culturally competent workforce
A programme led by a Taranaki health provider is aiming to get its strategic principles off plaques on the wall and into practice.

Tui Ora, a kaupapa Maori health service, has launched its own cultural competency programme for its 300-strong workforce around the region.
Over the course of 18 months, a series of workshops will be held around the concepts of manaakitanga, kotahitanga, whanaungatanga, tino rangatiratanga, wairuatanga and tikanga o Tui Ora. The initiative is also designed to teach the basic concepts of Maori culture, language and customs.

Wano said of Tui Ora's workforce, 55 per cent were Pakeka, 40 per cent Maori and the other 5 per cent were from overseas. The client base was a 50/50 split of Maori and Pakeha......
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Maori Miss Out On Jobs With ‘Brown Table’ Iwi-Owned Company
Ngāi Tahu and Tainui-owned company Go Bus is recruiting driver and trainee drivers from overseas, instead of training and hiring Maori looking for work, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“These two iwi received, decades ago, Treaty of Waitangi settlements of $170 million each. In their demands for settlement both iwi used the numbers and names of individual iwi members, so why are Maori the last ones considered when bus driving jobs are available.

“This is the classic ‘Brown table’ behaviour we warned against. It is sad that with some Maori corporates the colour might have changed but the behaviour remains the same,” Mr Peters said in a speech in Titahi Bay, Porirua, today....
See full article HERE

Maori fishing rights must be at forefront of Kermadec renegotiations - Little
There are no ifs, buts, or maybes from Labour leader Andrew Little when it comes to Maori fishing rights around the Kermadec Islands....
See full article HERE

Justice system classist, not racist – expert
One of New Zealand's top legal minds says New Zealand's legal system isn't so much racist as it is classist.

It just so happens many more Māori and Pacific Islanders fall into lower social and economic classes than Pākehā, says Massey University law professor Chris Gallivan.
"Every justice system in the world suffers from subconscious bias. Racism has a wilful aspect to it… it's not wilfully racist, but in the way it's structured," he told Paul Henry on Monday morning.

"If you've got more money, every aspect of society, if you've got more money you get a better service. The justice system's not immune to that."...
See full article HERE

More than 100 appeal against Unitary Plan
More than 100 legal appeals have been lodged against parts of Auckland's Unitary Plan.

One of the High Court appeals was from the Independent Māori Statutory Board, which has members on Auckland Council Committee.

The board said the Independent Hearings Panel, which drew up the final version of the council's plan, was wrong to reject provisions that provided some protection to sites deemed to have value and significance to Māori....
See full article HERE
  
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19 September 2016 

From the NZCPR Breaking Views archives By David Round  
Meaning of Maori Sovereignty
What might Maori sovereignty mean in practice? We will have to speculate, of course, but we will be assisted in our speculations by glancing at the possibilities raised in a very informative little book, Maori Sovereignty, The Maori Perspective (ed. Hineani Melbourne, Hodder Moa Beckett, Auckland 1995), from which I shall next week offer liberal quotations.

We should not expect to find therein any coherent consistent guide as to the implications of Maori sovereignty; there is a jumble of many different views. All of them, however, point in the same general direction, which is the disintegration of our country.
Those arguing for Maori sovereignty are not just wanting a little more local involvement in the delivery of ‘services’. Some of them might perhaps be satisfied by more genuine local self-government, and we might well hesitate to criticise that in principle. The general idea of ‘subsidiarity’ requires that decisions should as a matter of principle always be made at the lowest level possible in any hierarchy of decision-making, and that is not unreasonable. Subsidiarity might of course even mean decisions not being made by anyone at all, or at least leaving them to be made actually by the concerned individuals and communities themselves.

When we hear people speaking of sovereignty we should listen carefully to what they say, for if they are only talking about a little more local self-determination we might have little cause to worry. Our state was not always as centralised and bureaucratised as it is now, and a good case can be made for some decentralisation and dismantling of expensive and cumbersome bureaucracy.

But most of those wanting ‘sovereignty’ want far more than local self-government. What they want, if their statements are any guide, is nothing less than the dismemberment and destruction of our country as we know it....
Read David’s full article HERE
June 13, 2010 

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18 September 2016 

Maori wards still needed in Tamaki Makaurau
Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare is backing a call from Auckland mayoral candidate Phil Goff for fresh consideration of Maori wards for the city.

With voting papers for local government elections going out today, Mr Henare says it’s important Maori vote so they can try to influence what happens.
In Auckland the Independent Maori Statutory Board is appointed, not elected.

"What we need is a voice in the chamber, and while I appreciate what the IMSB has done because they have voting rights on all the committees, the fact is if the council wants to change something in the chamber, they can do it without either ISMB or wider representation for Maori," Mr Henare says....
See full article HERE

Kaumatua speaks Māori, threatened with arrest
Parliament's Senior Māori Advisor is angry he was threatened with arrest when pulled over by Wellington police because he chose to respond to the officer's questions in te reo Māori. Kura Moeahu says he did nothing wrong and was only exercising his legal right to speak his national language.

This elder says he was treated unfairly by police for speaking Māori and he wants an apology.

“[The officer said] ‘Don't talk like that, I won't have that talk to me', so I continue to respond in Māori and then he said, 'you do that again I'm going to arrest you'."....
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Paparangi Kindergarten teachers live Treaty of Waitangi with kids
Collecting rubbish is helping Paparangi Kindergarten kids live the Treaty of Waitangi because it connects with Article 2 of the treaty, says head teacher Isabel Boyd.

Article 2 refers to protection and possession of land for Maori.

The kindergarten has been teaching through the eyes of Te Reo Maori and Te Tiriti in recent years.

“We’ve tried to make our practise reflective of the Treaty of Waitangi’s 4 articles,” Isabel says.

Other Article 2 activities include maintaining a garden and making bricks out of paper that is given to friends and family as a more environmentally friendly alternative to firewood.

This covers Article 1 of the Treaty involving governance and self-determination......
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17 September 2016 
Top of the South iwi unainamously oppose recreational fishing park in the Marlborough Sounds Iwi across the top of the South Island have unanimously rejected a proposal to create a recreational fishing park in the Marlborough Sounds.
The group of eight Te Tau Ihu iwi have released a paper with recommendations for the government, establishing baseline requirements that would need to be met for them to support the proposal....
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Govt seeks safe harbour over Kermadecs controversy
The Māori Party has now been brought in as a broker at the request of the Prime Minister, which in itself shows National recognises the political risk in letting this spiral out of control.....
See full article HERE
Further article on the above > Māori Party shouldn’t leave partnership over Kermadecs - Turia 

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16 September 2016 

Kermadec dispute: Govt asks for 'no-take' guarantee
Environment Minister Nick Smith says he's willing to consider alternatives to the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill but would have to be satisfied no one could fish the area.

Māori fisheries commission Te Ohu Kaimoana is objecting to the proposed legislation, saying it breaches the 1992 Treaty of Waitangi fisheries settlement.

Mr Smith said if a deal was based on a "no-take" agreement by Te Ohu Kaimoana, that would have to be written into the law.

Its co-leader, Marama Fox, said Te Ohu Kaimoana had already made a commitment not to fish, but not in perpetuity. ......
See full article HERE
A further article here > Kermadec dispute: Maori Party cites 'examples where indigenous groups have fishing rights inside sanctuary areas' 

Police let off non-Maori offenders more often
Police are more likely to let non-Maori offenders off with pre-charge warnings than Maori offenders, a report has found.
The report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) found "a number of issues" with pre-charge warnings policy and practice, including that the system was used "inconsistently and sometimes inappropriately". ....
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Scholarship recipients on a mission to normalise Maōri
Mindful of this month's Mahuru Māori challenge to speak Māori all the time, the young recipients are keen to normalise the language in both Māori-medium and mainstream schools.

Jordan Kaie is keen to one day use his skills to normalise the language in mainstream schools.

“When we are in mainstream schools, the majority of the children there have little knowledge of the language, so, we want the Māori language to be heard everywhere.”.....
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Port Waikato Holiday Park returns to ancestral owners Ngati Karewa and Ngati Tahinga
The holiday park was part of 50 hectares around the Maraetai Creek in Port Waikato sold by 17 Ngati Tahinga chiefs on July 3, 1839 to reverend Robert Maunsell and Benjamin Ashwell for the purpose of establishing a mission station and school for the benefit of the tribe.

The New Zealand Mission Trust Board (Port Waikato Maraetai) Empowering Act 1986 enabled the return of certain lands and monies from the New Zealand Mission Trust Board to the trust.

However, the holiday park still came under the ownership of council and was then privatised in 2002 by the Franklin District Council.....
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Govt approves sale of Auckland land for iwi housing deal
The Government has pounced on 13 hectares of surplus hospital land in South Auckland to steer it towards a housing deal with iwi.

"We will be exploring with Auckland iwi the opportunity to partner with them on the proposal to develop the area for housing," he said. ....
See full article HERE

Senior Policy Analyst
Marine Iwi Rights and Interests

Vacancy 1715
Closing Date: 11.00 pm Thursday 29 September 2016 

This permanent full-time position is located in Wellington in the Inshore Marine Policy team.

Are you keen to develop advice on how iwi and hapū rights and interests can be provided for through the natural resource management system?....
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Call for institutional racism investigation
Former government minister Dame Tariana Turia is calling for an investigation into institutional racism in the public sector.

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy agrees with Dame Tariana, said there was a "plethora of research" on this and both Māori and Pakeha researchers, particularly in health, had been studying the topic for years.

"If you've got predominantly Pakeha, generally all male, sitting around making decisions for the rest of the population which includes Māori and Pacific and our growing ethnic community, then it's really hard to see how they can be making decisions when those voices aren't represented at the table. ....
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Iwi congratulate Council for bold move to support Healthy Rivers
Waikato and Waipa River iwi say they support Waikato Regional Council’s decision today to publicly notify changes to the Regional Plan, which will help restore and protect the health of the Waikato and Waipa Rivers.

Chair of the River Iwi Governors group, Kataraina Hodge, says that while the iwi group has some concerns about specific points in the Plan, overall they are comfortable with the proposed changes......
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15 September 2016 

Kermadec sanctuary is "this Government's foreshore and seabed", iwi say, as battle over massive marine reserve heads to court
A battle between iwi and the Government over the proposed Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary is set for court after attempts to find a compromise failed.
Te Ohu said the breach of iwi fishing rights was so serious that the the Maori Party should now consider severing its ties with the National-led Government.
Chairman Jamie Tuuta said today it was "extremely disappointing" that the two parties had been unable to resolve "major" Treaty differences.

He said iwi had worked hard to find a compromise that allowed the sanctuary to go ahead but did not extinguish Treaty rights....
See full article HERE

Landcorp to sell nine sheep and beef farms spread over 14,000 hectares
Landcorp is about to sell nine of its 140 farms as part of "reconfiguring its portfolio", but the sales are not a sign the state-owned enterprise is under financial stress says chief executive Steven Carden.

Six of the properties are in the South Island and three in the North. They are all sheep, beef and deer farms, and iwi will be offered first right of refusal on the properties

Ngai Tahu stand to be the biggest beneficiary if it indicates an interest in any of the six South Island farms. The iwi already manages 52,000 ha of rural land in Canterbury, the West Coast and Otago.
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IMSB still growing into role

Outgoing Auckland Mayor Len Brown says it could be another couple of terms before the city's Independent Maori Statutory Board reaches its full potential.

Mr Brown says most Maori would concede it's a good alternative to elected Maori seats, which the Government refused to allow.

"It gives us a very consistent and effective seat at the table and is a good way go forward and certainly something to build on. I don't hear a lot of quibbling or whinging among Maori for either the role the board plays of that they should't be there or there should be something different," he says......
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Indigenous Rights Declaration proving useful
It’s nine years today since the passing of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Human Rights Commission Maori manager Hemi Pirihi says the declaration stated existing rights rather than created new ones, but it sets a useful benchmark.

"A lot of people that are putting through claims to the Treaty of Waitangi process are leveraging off the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People. They use it as a tool to help strengthen their arguments. We're seeing it being used in terms of application to policy, changes in the local and regional government, so it's about bringing together that body of knowledge and seeing how we can pull together an implementation plan," Mr Pirihi says.....
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Delegat's sentence about 'race and class'
Race and class played a role in the community service sentence given to a wine magnate's son for assault, says a Māori academic.

Leonie Pihama, director of Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato, said the sentence given to the 19-year-old was reflective of what was wrong with the justice system.

A very wealthy pakeha man had received a community sentence for an offence that would have seen any other person, particularly a Māori or Pacific person, incarcerated.

"It's a reflection of a wider systemic issue," she said....
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14 September 2016 

Iwi pulls out of Kermadec support trip
The government may have lost a key iwi supporter for their proposal to create a marine sanctuary near the Kermadec Islands.

The Crown and Te Ohu Kaimoana have been negotiating since March.

Until yesterday two iwi backed the government's proposal, Te Aupouri and Ngāti Kuri.

However, within hours of Ms Barry's office putting out a press release stating both iwi were going, Te Aupouri pulled out.
Mr Key emphasised there would be no financial compensation and was adamant the government had no intention of backing away from creating a marine sanctuary.

He said iwi believed they should be entitled to fish there, even though they hadn't previously done so.

The proposed deal between the Crown and Te Ohu Kaimoana would see the affected iwi agree voluntarily not to fish within the sanctuary area, and the government to draft the sanctuary legislation so it does not expressly extinguish iwi fishing rights.

RNZ understands the sticking point is the length of time that iwi would voluntarily put aside their fishing rights.

The government wants between 20 and 25 years, but iwi want the time set at five to 10 years followed by a review of the agreement....
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Tau criticism jousting for position
Haami Piripi, who was part of the team that negotiated a settlement for Te Rarawa, says it was inappropriate for Mr Finlayson to say who should be on the other team.
He says the crown has often had to deal with negotiators it doesn’t want.

"It’s jousting on Chris Finlayson’s part but for every joust you can expect one back. There may come a day Chris Finlayson is sitting across the table from Sonny Tau negotiating a very important plank of the Ngapuhi settlement. Those are the times that things like these will count," Mr Piripi says....
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New Zealand education accused of subtle racism and told it needs to 'brown up'
An academic from Auckland University says the eduction system is filled with "subtle racism" and the curriculum needs to "brown up."

Sociology department senior lecturer David Mayeda is also taking on a much criticised TVNZ survey of what it means to be Kiwi which included statements that Maori benefit from "special privilege

Mayeda created two videos in a campaign to tackle the racism he sees.
See full article and videos HERE

Mountain by any other name

Kahungunu ki Wairarapa boss PJ Devonshire says Carterton’s new names for rooms at its events centre “are a good start”.

Mr Devonshire said he enjoyed the history lesson available in naming the auditorium Taratahi and the main meeting room used by the council for its meetings Hurunuiorangi.

Mayor John Booth had said Taratahi was the only name for the district’s mountain, or maunga, when his council voted on the names recently....
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West Coast Māori Health Plan approved
The West Coast health system is doing well in its planning and implementation for Māori health, the Ministry of Health has said in approving the area’s Māori Health Plan.....
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Accusations of racism in health funding
Māori health providers are subjected to more rigourous criteria than DHBs according to Māori health advocates.

Chief executive of Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust John Tamihere said his organisation was more closely scrutinised than DHBs and other health entities.

"There's different rules for different folks in this country and if you're a Māori provider you're never trusted. I have five full-time staff here working on audits from health, welfare, everybody running right across us. I keep a heap of regulators employed here to pore over whether our detail is correct or not. The same does not occur for non-Māori providers."....
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Prof Ruru shedding her 'unease'
Prof Jacinta Ruru yesterday recalled finding the study of law ``both shocking and fascinating''.

Growing up walking the national park trails with her mother and ``scrambling along neighbouring mountain tracks with Dad, who mined for scheelite and hunted possums'', she knew these places were of significance to Ngai Tahu, but the general public saw them only through the ``overlaid English names and the Department of Conservation''.

The Ngai Tahu Claims Settlement Act in 1998 captured her attention, and she wanted to understand why lands ``so obviously important to Maori were locked up in national parks'' with a legal ethos premised ``entirely on mono-cultural Pakeha values for protecting land''.

But completely absent was ``the Maori relationship with these lands''....
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Māori should utilise the UNDRIP - Professor Mutu
Professor Margaret Mutu, Chair of the Monitoring Mechanism, an Independent working group of the National Iwi Chairs Forum says, Māori need to utilise the Declaration of Rights.

From what I've observed, this government will not listen, but, if Māori stand on their rights to say to say this is my land, I have historical accounts, I will speak on behalf of my human rights. The government can't speak for Māori,” said Mutu....
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13 September 2016 

Northland iwi seek govt concessions for beekeeping land Large international honey companies are making a play for Northland's rugged and untouched terrain, offering Maori large financial incentives to beekeep on their land, but iwi leaders want more opportunities for local Maori beekeepers.

"The big honey companies are trying to move in and offer all sorts of opportunities to landowners so that they can tie up that resource," said Mr Robinson.
Te Rarawa iwi is now seeking concessions from the government to give Maori the first go at beekeeping on Crown land.

"It's got the potential to take people of benefits and get them into a meaningful small business of their own," added Mr Robinson.

Investing in a hundred hives can earn a whanau up to $60,000.

"For a 20 to 25+ UMF grade manuka honey, you're almost looking at a dollar a gram.

"For a 500 gram bottle, you’re looking at $500," said Ms Murray....
See full article HERE

A rāhui, or ritual prohibition, is more than a fishing ban - it is about respect
Several weeks ago a call was made to establish a rāhui (ritual prohibition) over the Taranaki coast.
This was in response to the disappearance, and suspected drowning, of a fisherman in rough seas off the coast of Port Taranaki.

Regardless of those who automatically dismissed the idea of the rāhui as an attempt to limit their freedom to fish or collect seafood, the rāhui has many practical applications.

Moreover the rāhui implements tikanga Māori to respect the dead and the whānau (family) who are grieving over their lost son.....
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Māori representation treated with caution
Māori representation has become a virtual no-go area for those vying for public office in New Plymouth.

First-term councillor Richard Handley, who favoured a Māori ward but missed the vote, is one of the frontrunners for the mayoral chains this time around.

His main rival for the top job, deputy mayor Heather Dodunski, voted for a Māori ward, but believes people have now moved on.

Mr Simpson did not support the formation of a Māori ward but said the issue had not gone away.

Chairman of the Taranaki iwi's post settlement, Toka Walden, said it was a worry that candidates were not discussing the issue of Māori representation more openly.....
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Crown perpetuates violence against Maori over Waitara land
The Taranaki Maori Women’s Network is holding a hikoi in the Taranaki township next week to call for the Pekapeka Block to its rightful owners.

A contested sale of the block triggered the First Taranaki War in 1860, but it was not included in the Te Atiawa Settlement because the purchase price would have taken too much of the settlement quantum.

Instead the post settlement governance body struck a deal with the New Plymouth District Council which will give the iwi some council reserves while allowing existing lessees to freehold their sections.

"One of the things i have talked to other around the treaty settlement process, particularly in respect to Waitara, because I have a strong connection to that whenua, is that the crown is acting like a violent partner in a domestic violence relationship, that they are very abusive to our people, they are very abusive in their process and they deny us some fundamental rights to live as Maori on our own land," Dr Pihama says.....
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12 September 2016

From the NZCPR Breaking Views archives By David Round
Claims of Maori Sovereignty Absurd
Last week I offered some arguments as to why any claim to ‘Maori sovereignty’ was absurd. Those arguments had a legal flavour to them; they centred on the actual words of the Treaty and their meaning, and the understandings and intentions of the signatories at the time.

I did add, of course, that the Treaty was not the vehicle or instrument by which British sovereignty was acquired over New Zealand. The generally-accepted day when sovereignty was acquired was, until recently anyway ~ it is not impossible that fashionable cutting-edge revisionists have decided to question it ~ the generally-accepted day was the 21st of May 1840, when British sovereignty was formally proclaimed, and New Zealand became one country instead of a divided land of warring tribes.

The Treaty was no more than a preliminary political proceeding, and in recent years the High Court has dismissed any claim that the Crown might not have sovereignty over part of New Zealand because a particular tribe did not sign the Treaty.

In terms of ceding sovereignty, then, the Treaty is still a legal nullity. It does not matter what precisely it said. As I say, the words of the Treaty, considered last week, in fact meant and must be taken to mean that sovereignty was intended to be ceded. But even if that were not the case, we would have to answer ~ so what?........
Continue reading HERE  
June 7, 2010 
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11 September 2016 
Iwi agree not to fish in Kermadec region if Treaty rights are preservedIwi are seeking a compromise over the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary in which they will agree not to fish in the region if their Treaty rights are preserved.

But the Maori Fisheries Commission, Te Ohu Kaimoana, says that is not an excuse to establish a no-take zone.
The proposed sanctuary is a breach of the landmark Fisheries Settlement, Te Ohu says.

It has taken the Government to court over the matter.

Environment Minister Nick Smith and Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson have been in talks with Te Ohu over several months to find a resolution.....

The negotiations are taking place with some urgency.

The Government wants the issue to be resolved by next week, when Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is set to speak about the sanctuary at a global conference in Washington....
See full article HERE

Tribe footing the bill for Maori Party?
Waikato-Tainui deserve committed representation, yet the President of the Maori Party is muddying the waters by confusing the core business of the tribe with party politics, says Labour’s Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta.

“The only way to fix this growing negative perception is for Tuku Morgan to disclose the honorariums and fees paid for the work he purports to undertake on the tribe’s behalf.

“Someone’s footing the bill and it shouldn’t be the tribe...
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Assets offer opportunities
Beginning with the allocation of fisheries quotas in 1992-93, the Waitangi Tribunal treaty-settlement process has started to redress some of the harm caused by the confiscation of Maori land by the Crown.

Westpac industry economist David Norman said since the 1990s, individual iwi, and sometimes iwi collectives, had entered negotiations with the Crown, seeking cultural and financial redress.

Settlement values (in nominal dollars) total about $1.9 billion, according to the Office of Treaty Settlements.

The figure excluded the $170 million in fishing quotas apportioned before the Waikato-Tainui Raupatu settlement of 1994-95.Some of the largest financial settlements had been with Waikato-Tainui ($170 million), Ngai Tahu ($170 million), Ngai Tuhoe ($169 million), Ngati Porou ($90 million) and Te Ati Awa ($87 million).
In recent years, the scale and regularity of settlements had increased as the Crown aimed to complete the process, he said.

Two-thirds of settlement value was agreed in the five years from 2010 to 2015.

In 2013, Te Puni Kokiri (TPK), or the Ministry of Maori Development, estimated the size of the Maori economy at $42.6 billion, or 6.1% of the New Zealand total.....
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10 September 2016 
Māori politicians support Standing Rock Sioux indigenous rights The Standing Rock Sioux tribes have the support of the United Nations. Here in New Zealand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the issue is a domestic matter for the US authorities.But that hasn't stopped Māori MPs from giving their support to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
New Zealand First MP Pita Paraone isn't turning his back on the Sioux nation of Standing Rock.


“If I didn't support this, then what planet am I on?”

Green Party MP Marama Davidson says, “This is a dirty pipeline. It will be carrying dirty oil. Indigenous tribes for a long time have always made sure to protect the environment and land. So here is our support from all the way here in New Zealand.”

Labour MP Kelvin Davis says, “The government needs to come up with energy sources and economic benefits that agree with the indigenous people. Perhaps there are other ways but their government shouldn't be looking at just one option.”
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Harawira defends Ngapuhi right to choose leader
"Minister Finlayson should drop out of making comments about whether certain people have the right to be leaders. He doesn't have the right to make that choice. He's trying to say that about Sonny Tau but if Sonny Tau puts his hat in the ring and everyone votes for him, then that's a straight kick in the arse for the minister and for anyone else who thinks they have a right to make a decisions about what happens in Ngapuhi," he says.

Mr Harawira says the critical thing in the settlement is to get an acknowledgement that Ngapuhi did not cede its soverignty by signing the Treaty of Waitangi......
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Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary deal on the horizon
The Government is on the verge of striking a deal with Māori over the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary as it negotiates with the Māori Fisheries Trust - Te Ohu Kaimoana.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has now been called in to help broker a deal with Māori out of court.....
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Efforts to Bring Maori Youth Road Toll Down Welcomed
New Zealand Firsts recent announcement on road safety and an investment in youth road safety education in particular is welcomed by Road Safety Education. (2)

While the Rt. Hon Winston Peter’s motivation is to reduce first offences for Maori - 6 are for driving without a license.

“What’s worse than receiving a conviction is that this lack of road safety education often times has fatal consequences” says NZ Road Safety Programme Manager, Maria Lovelock.

Māori have one of the highest rates of road deaths and this is particularly high amongst 16 to 24-year-olds. (1).....
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Iwi wants Karori campus land back
The trust representing iwi in Wellington says it wants to negotiate with Victoria University to see if it can have Karori campus land returned to it, despite the university being keen to sell it.

The university said it had sought permission from the Crown to sell the Karori campus and, if that was granted, the university would then enter into formal discussions with the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust and the many other interested parties.

There were no outstanding treaty settlements that could require the Karori campus land to be retained for treaty settlement purposes, and the land was not subject to right of first refusal under existing treaty settlement legislation, the university said...
See full article HERE

Mayoral candidates acknowledged the SuperCity legislation which requires an Independent Maori Statutory Board but were prepared to limit the unelected members’ powers.
Penny Bright: “I don’t support unelected people having a vote. It’s not democratic.”

Victoria Crone: “The board has been legislated for. But I do not believe they have to have representation on any of the committees.”

Phil Goff: “If a person has a vote they need to be an elected councillor. But part of the challenge is to ensure that we are representing the whole of the community. What was imposed on Auckland with the board was wrong.”

David Hay: “I believe Maori have the right to a seat at the table. But the framework can be improved by legislation. Being represented by a non-voting system is wrong. There should be Maori wards.”

Mark Thomas: “It’s wrong to mix elected members role with non-elected. I’ll have the two Maori representatives on one committee. They don’t need to vote [with the governing body].” ...
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9 September 2016
Mayoral candidates' views on iwi board Maori Party co-leader and Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell said it had always been the party's policy to defend and promote indigenous representation in local, regional, national and international decision-making bodies.

"Our party actively supported the establishment of Te Arawa partnership model and we will continue to support efforts by Te Arawa to ensure they have a voting right and therefore a real say at the table of Rotorua Lakes Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council.


"More and more iwi are realising that they can no longer afford or leave crucial decisions that affect their way of life, in the hands of others. We applaud their pursuit of tino rangatiratanga at a political level in their areas.

"The time for sitting back and watching others make decisions that affect their whanau, marae, hapu, iwi, land, waterways, other natural resources and overall, their future, has ended so it makes our party really proud when we see Maori put their hand up in local body elections," he said.....
See full article HERE

Major milestone reached on Waikato River management
A landmark co-management agreement will see Ngati Tuwharetoa and Waikato Regional Council work closely together to restore and protect the health of the Waikato River.
The Taupo-based iwi and the council have announced today in a statement the finalising of a joint management agreement (JMA) that outlines the detail of the working relationship.

A co-governance committee to oversee implementation of the JMA has been established with equal numbers of council and Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board representatives. ....
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Maori shut out of conservation discussion
The General Manager of the 14-strong Iwi Collective Partnership says indigenous voices are being shut out of a forum that looks set to demand that countries shut off 30 percent of their exclusive economic zones to commercial fishing.

Those iwi own 31 percent of the quota around the Kermadecs, which will be extinguished by the proposed ocean sanctuary.

Mr Samuels says there will be more such confiscations if the IUCN proposal is adopted.
He says Maori fought hard to regain their fishing rights, and it’s disappointing a generation later the crown turns around and takes them away again......
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Addiction among Māori on the rise
Addiction practitioners are calling for more government support as the growing methamphetamine and alcohol epidemics reach unmanageable levels. 120 drug and rehab Māori practitioners met in Rotorua today to identify areas that need an urgent address.

NZ Drug Foundation Māori advisor says, “We need to grow this sector so we can better reposed to those Māori that are in need particular with those that are suffering from issues around methamphetamine and amphetamines but of course the addiction issues goes right across a whole range of other drug types as well.”

Mr. Taurua of the NZ Drug Foundation believes that Māori helping Māori is vital to reducing addiction. Another suggestion was for iwi to take part in creating drug policies....
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Key unconvinced Maori seats will work
PM John Key has rejected Phil Goff's push for Maori seats on the Auckland Council of he's elected as mayor.

Key says, " I think it's probably better to leave it as it is, no situation is absolutely perfect, you certainly need engagement, but on balance the advice we got when we put together the super city legislation is that the statutory boards were more effective."

The Maori Statutory is independent of the Auckland Council. The board ensures the council takes the views of Maori into account when making decisions....
See full article HERE

Land rights potentially stripped under Housing law
Hundreds and thousands of people will be affected by the Housing Legislation Amendment Bill being rushed through parliament. Green Party leader Metiria Turei says those who have rights to lands being taken under the Public Works may not have those rights anymore.

Under the bill, there are no obligations to offer-back land to former owners under the Public Works Act when it comes to the disposal of state housing land.

Green MP Marama Davidson says, "This is a huge impact including for Māori because the government are rushing this bill through so that they don't have to give that land back anymore which is the current status quo."..
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Mana of Maori Land Court judges defended
Manurewa MP Louisa Wall wants to keep the selection of Maori Land Court judges in the hands of the Minister for Maori Development.

The Judicature Modernisation Bill now going through parliament will give the Attorney General the job of choosing judges for all courts.

Ms Wall says that overturns a long standing convention that Maori Land Court judges are appointed on the advice or recommendation of the Maori minister.

"It’s all about the mana of that position and the mana of our land and empowering our Maori land court judges to ensure that the administration of our land upholds the sacredness of whenua to us as Maori," says Louisa Wall......
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Honorary doctorate for King Tuheitia
Waikato University has given King Tuheitia an honorary doctorate as part of its annual Kingitanga Day celebration.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says the doctorate acknowledges King Tuheitia's leadership in the decade since he ascended to the throne.

The seventh Maori monarch has continued the tradition of his forebears, dedicating his life to the service of others and to the continuation of the Kingitanga.....
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Treaty Minister calls for Raniera Tau to step down
Calls from Treaty Negotiations Minister and Attorney General Chris Finlayson for Raniera Tau to step down from his leadership positions in Ngapuhi have come in the same week runanga trustees put out a report saying they do not trust the former chairman and will not support his return to the role.

Mr Finlayson said Raniera (Sonny) Tau should stay away from Ngapuhi's Treaty claim process, saying his time was "over"....
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8 September 2016 

Not One More Acre Catherine Delahunty presents petition on Public Works Act confiscations Green MP Catherine Delahunty has presented a petition with almost 5000 signatures calling on Government to support her Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill, which is due to be debated in Parliament next week.
“The Public Works Act has been used time and time again to alienate Māori from their land, leading to the struggles for Bastion Point, the Raglan golf course and to Patricia Grace’s fight to protect her land from the Kāpiti Expressway, which inspired my Bill,” said Ms Delahunty....
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Manuka name worth the fight
Iwi chairs will meet Trade Minister Todd McClay this week to push the case for protection of the name manuka.

Ngati Kahungunu chair Ngahiwi Tomoana says if the Government had moved in 2011 to protect Maori names, as recommended by Waitangi Tribunal’s WAI 262 fauna and flora report, current problems in the manuka honey business could have been avoided.

"We’ve just got to stand on our tikanga and our whakapapa and ensure those rights stay here with us - the intellectual property, the ingoa, nga kupu, and nga matauranga Maori, ta te Maori e pupuri, we've got to hold onto it ourselves," he says....
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Inaccuracies fail Maori commitment
Child abuse rates are disproportionately higher among colonised indigenous in settler societies and among other peoples who suffered loss of land, culture, language and identity, transportation of populations for work either by slavery or urbanisation, concomitant breakdowns in extended family networks, isolation such as indigenous reservations or government housing projects and on-going racism from dominant groups. .....
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NZ businesses need to overcome bias about Maori – Westpac
A bias that Maori workers are seen as not a 'good fit' remains in New Zealand workplaces and needs to change, Westpac says.

Maori currently make up 15 per cent of the country's population and that was expected to grow to almost 20 per cent by 2038 because the Maori population was far younger than the New Zealand population overall....
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6 September 2016
Statutory board wants action on words Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory Board has welcomed Auckland Council’s adoption of a te reo Maori policy, but says the implementation plan is light on detail.

Deputy chair Glenn Wilcox says the board identified the need for a Maori language Policy in its first Te Tiriti o Waitangi Audit, but it has taken four years to be developed.

The language policy is critical if the council is to deliver on the outcome it promises in the new Auckland Plan, that a Maori identity is Auckland’s point of difference in the world.....
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Marlborough iwi slam 'intolerant' email to gauge candidates' views on council iwi representatives
Council hopefuls across the country have been quizzed on their stance on non-elected iwi representatives having voting powers on councils.

The New Zealand Centre for Political Research, a think-tank started by former Act MP Muriel Newman, emailed the questions out to newsletter subscribers so they could be circulated among local body candidates nationally.

Marlborough iwi have slammed the questions, including if candidates would move to have the positions disestablished, as "intolerant" and "old world thinking".

It is understood most of the respondents in Marlborough were in favour of the status quo, where iwi representatives with voting rights were able to sit on council committees....
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Māori candidates claim local bodies lack cultural diversity
Low Māori representation in local government means that they lack cultural diversity. It’s the perspective of the two Maori women competing for seats on the Whangarei District Council in the upcoming local body elections. ....
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NZ Rally against American $3.8bil pipeline
New Zealand rallies are being held where Racial Equity Aotearoa challenges all New Zealand organisations to join Standing Rock Sioux tribe's battle to stop a $3.8 billion oil pipeline being run under the Missouri River, in America.

Racial Equity Aotearoa’s Ricardo Menendez March says, "It's about getting the leaders of Aotearoa on board and seeing the on-going colonialism in the US, but it's also about acknowledging people in Aotearoa that there is also an on-going struggle against colonial institutions here." ....
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5 September 2016 
From the NZCPR Breaking Views archives By David Round No Validity to Sovereignty Claims
As we all know, the Northland Nga Puhi tribe, whose traditional territory includes the Bay of Islands, are having their day before the Waitangi Tribunal at present. Included in their claim is the argument that when they signed the treaty they never ceded their ‘sovereignty’, and that, presumably, they still retain it.

For a hundred reasons this is an absurd argument, but that is not to say that it will not be solemnly swallowed by the Waitangi Tribunal. As a matter of strict logic ~ not that logic has much to do with these issues ~ the Tribunal would be cutting its own throat to find that Nga Puhi still had ‘sovereignty’.

Even leaving aside the well-known point that the Treaty itself is of no legal validity ~ a point which we should always bear in mind ~ but even leaving that aside, the Tribunal itself is created by the New Zealand Parliament, an institution which by its very existence proclaims the sovereignty of the Queen and the end of any other possible sovereignty.

For the Tribunal to find sovereignty still in Nga Puhi would be to find that the Tribunal itself does not or ought not to exist, because the sovereignty of the Queen and her Parliament, which created it, is of no effect.

No other claim before the Tribunal has ever gone so far as to assert that sovereignty still resides in Maori......
Read David’s full article HERE
May 30, 2010 

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3 September 2016 

Radio Hauraki ready to pronounce name correctly
Pare Hauraki iwi and NZME are now working together to ensure broadcasters at Radio Hauraki pronounce the show's name correctly.

Iwi spokesperson Korohere Ngapo says the incorrect pronunciation of the name Radio Hauraki could soon be a thing of the past.
“Yes, the station's name is Radio Hauraki, but we will not back down from this discussion. I saw a strong desire by management to want to get it right.”

“I told them that it's not just about the name, and for them to understand that we welcome them learning a bit more about our history and culture,” says Ngapo.

A date for NZME staff to learn about Ngā Pare o Hauraki at a workshop has yet to be set.....
See full article HERE

Kohanga Reo looks to future
Kohanga reo staff from around the country have been at the national trust in Wellington this week looking at what they need to do to take the organisation forward.

The movement has been locked in a battle with Education Minister Hekia Parata for three years over its structure and governance that has meant efforts to resolve its Treaty of Waitangi claim have stalled.

She says at it’s heart kohanga must always be about increasing use of te reo Maori....
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Tuhoe leaves lasting impression on Canada's Justice Minister
Bay of Plenty iwi, Tuhoe have left a lasting impression on Canada's first female, indigenous Justice Minister and Attorney General.

Tamati Kruger outlined the tribes journey saying, “There are times when things are trying and difficult”

It's a path the tribe's been carving for the last four years, since settling their Treaty claims, which is why our Attorney General Chris Finlayson was keen to bring his Canadian counterpart, Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, to Tuhoe today.

Chris Finlayson says, “it’s such an important settlement in the life of the country, and because of the innovative approach in the life of Te Urewera, which has actually got a lot of interest overseas.”

Kruger says, “her key question was, how can the law and lore work cohesively? That's what she and her Ministers want to learn from us because we're the first in the world to achieve that.”...
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Iwi agrees to 1080 drops - with conditions
After eight months' consultation Ruapehu iwi Ngāti Rangi has agreed to aerial 1080 operations in its area - with many conditions....
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$700,000 for Rangitīkei Awa clean-up
The Rangitīkei Awa is the latest waterway to get a funding boost from the Government to improve its water quality, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox announced today

Mr Flavell says he is pleased to see the collaborative efforts between iwi, local and central government in making the funding possible.

“This funding will help tāngata whenua realise their aspirations of a healthy environment and enable better utilisation of their awa for all our people. The fund will also help local hapū and iwi to safeguard a beautiful resources for generations to come,” Mr Flavell says...
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2 September 2016

Ngai Tahu history relevant to debate (Opinion)
There can be no traditional Maori cultural values that impact on freehold land now in private Maori ownership because Maori had no tradition of private land ownership before the introduction of the rule of law by the British Crown.

Under Article 3 of the Treaty of Waitangi, Maori gained the rights and privileges of British citizens, including the right to private ownership of land on exactly the same terms as everyone else.

That right comes with an obligation to pay rates and to keep land free of noxious weeds, irrespective of whose ancestors brought the weeds here in the first place.

Failure to meet that obligation is an invitation to any local authority to declare the land abandoned and to treat it accordingly, regardless of the ethnicity of the owner.

Any rates remission concession to individual or multiple landowners on grounds of their being of Maori descent will discriminate against everyone else and so be in breach of Human Rights legislation.

At a time when many have commemorated disruption of a rugby tour 35 years ago, in protest against a regime of race-based entitlement in South Africa, it seems bizarre that the DCC should entertain any proposal for a policy that would introduce race-based entitlement here......
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Auckland Airport awards $100,000 in regional tourism grants
TIME Unlimited’s cultural City to Cape Collection will integrate Northland and Auckland experiences into itineraries under Māori seasonal themes. Co-founder and director Ceillhe Sperath, of Ngapuhi descent, says the award of the grant will assist them to showcase New Zealand’s compelling point of difference.

“Our proposal is to share our unique knowledge of being Māori and enhance the visitor experience with our strong values of kinship, hospitality and mutual exchange of cultural understanding,” says Ms Sperath......
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System keeps Maori out of govt: Flavell
Designated Maori seats are the best way to ensure councils are more representative, says the Maori Development Minister.

"There's only one way of improving Maori representation, [through] the relationship enshrined in the Treaty. Until that manifests in central and local Government, Maori will not be happy."....
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2 comments:

Peter Caulton said...

The treaty should never be adhered to. A treaty is between two sovereign nations. The Maori were never a sovereign nation. They were a bunch of warring tribes. It should not be called a treaty. Also they were not the original inhabitants of the land. Those people are not around anymore. Did they get any special treatment from the Maori? We will never know will we. That issue is well buried. Literally .
Since I have been on the planet the Maori have had a better deal than the European inhabitants of this land. Time for the Maori to stop bitching and do something for themselves. It is not my responsibility to maintain their culture such as it is, that is exclusively their business.Just like the Greek, Chinese,Dutch etc immigrants to NZ maintain theirs if they so wish. Sick of this bullshit. But with the gutless politicians my countrymen keep electing it seems it will continue.

paul scott said...

The fifth National Government has become another rotten, elitist, and arrogant entity which will soon meet its comeuppance. An army can not defeat an idea whose time has come. I refer to the massive world wide emergence of people power rejecting political decay and elitism.
The New Zealand Government has been progressing along a course of separatism and racial privilege apparently in the cynical exercise to remain in power.

But who cares. Many of us, even on the centre right will help wash the blue rinse down the sink at the next elections. Elsewhere I have named those who I think are traitors to democracy.
Again and again as ordinary people take back the power, the elites are left bewildered and angry that we simply are old, stupid, racist, uneducated, simple and so on, and yet, will not follow what we are told o believe. The idiot Press in New Zealand is complicit.
While I was overseas I had to watch powerlessly while that Lieutenant General of equality and equity Don Brash belittled and beleaguered by a smug, idiot Press.

The obscene use of New Zealand's worst ever political agenda disguised as the Resource Management Act has now been enhanced with yet even more Treaty tricks.
I am picking rebellion at the polls next year, a possible vote of 20% for New Zealand First and the retirement of the leader of a now rotten Government early in 2018.