Friday, March 24, 2017

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Maori Party thanks Key for chance
Former Prime Minister John Key bows out from parliament today with a valedictory speech.

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says the former Wall Street money man had been great to work with.

"Now the Maori Party is in the position we are in on the basis of an invitation he thought about some nine years ago. He didn't need us.

He never needed us ... well probably now he does because he's sitting on 61, that's what you need to pass the Budget and we happen to be the backstop for stable government, and he allowed us to vote against them whenever we wanted to and yet still get some gains," he says.....
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Movember money for Maori prostate plan
A new study aims to improving the chances of Maori men diagnosed with prostate cancer of surviving the disease.

The three year Oranga Tu study is being run collaboratively by University of Otago and University of Auckland researchers with communities in Otago and Waikato with funding of more than $500,000 from Movember.

She says that was a chance to raise disparities in treatment and survival rates among Maori men, and look at the whole whanau.....
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Māori Party reach agreement on RLAB
The Māori Party has reached agreement with the Government to support the remaining stages of the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill (RLAB).

The Māori Party is confident that the gains we have advocated for, will ensure that there is a clearer balance around protecting Papatūānuku,” says Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox.

The Māori Party is confident that the changes advocated for in the RMA amendments better balances development and kaitiakitanga.....
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23,000 children with parent in prison
Maori justice advocates are looking for a new approach for dealing with the 23,000 New Zealand children with a parent in prison.

Julia Whaipooti from Just Speak says the inaugural conference in Rotorua this week of the International Coalition for Children of Incarcerated Parents made Maori attendees conscious of the need for a Maori approach to the problem........
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23 March 2017

Call to Value Water for the Taonga it is
World Water Day is celebrated annually on 22 March all around the world. This year Toi Tangata is celebrating World Water Day by urging people to draw on mātauranga Māori to value water as a taonga, recognising that the wellbeing of our water is directly linked to the wellbeing of our people.

Toi Tangata believes that a solution to improving both water quality and whanau health lies in adopting Māori values and views towards the resource.

“Engaging with the whakapapa and mātauranga of wai (water) re-engages and enables people to value their role as effective kaitiaki of wai and consequently, their own wellbeing and that of their whanau.”

“We want Maori approaches to be connected to solutions and that means resourcing and valuing our knowledge of wai. Kaitiakitanga will allow the whakapapa or mauri of wai to continue to have a positive influence on oranga (wellbeing).”
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South Canterbury falls behind national te reo Maori NCEA rate
What Maori is being taught at primary schools may be behind the rate of South Canterbury students studying te reo Māori being significantly below the national rate, it has been claimed.

One per cent of all eligible South Canterbury high school students studied te reo at NCEA level in the last three years, while the national rate was six per cent during the same period.

"In 2015, there were 23,508 more students learning te reo as a separate subject than in 2010 or being taught the curriculum in the Māori language some or all of the time," Le Quesne said.

"Te reo Māori is the most commonly taught language at schools."
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Ngapuhi seeks partnership on Oranga Tamariki
Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi has told parliament's social services committee the Oranga Tamariki (Children, Young, Person and their Families) Bill isn't what Ngapuhi needs or expects.

He says Ngapuhi agrees with Minister Anne Tolley the safety of tamariki is paramount, but as a treaty partner it wants the Crown to work with the iwi as partners for the health and wellbeing of tamariki and whanau...
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Hapu objection halts sale of council land to Plunket
Tauranga City Council has reversed a decision to sell an Otumoetai property after Judea hapu Ngai Tamarawaho said the land's reserve status should remain in place.

The building on the reserve is owned by Plunket, together with another house used by Opeys on the neighbouring property.

Hapu spokesman Buddy Mikaere said in the objection that Ngai Tamarawaho had lost most of its land following the confiscations of the 1860s.

"Any public land that is surplus to Crown or council needs is, therefore, important to us as another potential acquisition towards the restoration of the hapu estate.''....
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Kaupapa Māori can stop institutional racism
Embedding kaupapa Māori across the public sector, for at least one generation, is the only way institutional racism in Aotearoa will be eliminated.

That’s the message from the Māori Party which is using today, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, to reinforce its plan to rid the country of the institutional racism that has burdened generations of Māori....
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Refinery wants deeper channel in Whangarei Harbour for big tankers, but iwi aren't sure
Refining NZ wants to deepen the channel into Whangarei Harbour so tankers can bring in larger shipments of crude oil.

Local hapu, concerned about kai moana beds and other harbour issues, are not sure it's a good idea.....
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22 March 2017

Water export charges considered after public pressure
One of the biggest barriers to charging for the commercial use of water has been the issue of who owns water and whether a commercial price would spark Treaty claims.

But the Maori Council says it would support a charge on the commercial use of water, as long as Maori got a share of the royalties.

"We are saying not who owns water but who has an interest in water. And we are claiming that Maori people do have an interest in the water but we certainly don't say it's an exclusive interest," said Eddie Durie, Maori Council chair.
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Oranga Tamariki Bill doesn’t do enough for our people
Today, the voices of Ngāpuhi tamariki and whānau were heard in the corridors of parliament, as Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi (the Rūnanga) presented their position to the Social Services Select Committee on the Oranga Tamariki Bill (Children, Young, Person and their Families Bill).

Rūnanga CEO Tony Dowling says “as a Treaty Partner we want the Crown to work with us, as partners, as equals, for the health and wellbeing of tamariki and whānau....
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$1.6 mill for new classrooms at New Plymouth Kura Kaupapa
A soil turning ceremony today marked the start of a $1.6 million construction project in New Plymouth at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Pi’ipi’inga Kakano Mai Rangiatea.

The project will include four new classroom blocks which will help the kura accommodate an increase in students as more whānau in the region choose Māori medium education for their children.

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says, “At Te Pi’ipi’inga Kakano Mai Rangiatea the $1.6 million project will deliver four extra classrooms to help meet roll growth."....
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Māori words 'helicoptered' into CYF legislation
Iwi leaders have raised concerns about the risks of using Māori words in legislation without proper context.

Mr Papa told MPs at the select committee considering the legislation that Māori words needed to be clearly defined to avoid confusion.

"So you can say mana tamaiti in a bill but if you don't have the context, then actually, it's just a flash Māori word that's put into a bill."

Ngāpuhi leader Sonny Tau echoed those concerns.

"We want clarity around what they actually mean when they helicopter those kupu into the legislation."

He gave an example as to how definitions could differ.

"People think that a whānau is the nucleus of you, your partner, your husband and your kids, and that's the end of it... well, that may be the whānau nucleus of some people, but it isn't for Māori.......
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Court rules no Māori immersion school for child
A family court has ruled a seven-year-old girl be removed from her full immersion, reo Māori school because her father doesn't speak Māori and feels excluded.

The ruling has been appealed to the High Court by the child's mother, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, but spoke exclusively to Māori Television's Native Affairs.

"I think that if the shoe was on the other foot, if a non-Māori child was taken out of a mainstream school and put into a full immersion kura kaupapa, I think people would be very upset," she told Native Affairs. "I'm representing my daughter. I'm fighting for her and her rights."

The child attended kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa, a total immersion school for a total of six years.

But the father submitted to the family court his daughter was enrolled without his consent and had concerns about her academic progress. He supported his daughter's culture but wanted to be involved in her education......
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21 March 2017

Kawhia harbour needs whole solution
Hauraki Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta says it's important to find solutions for Kawhia that focus on the whole harbour.
Ms Mahuta was at Waipapa Marae in Kawhia today for a hui bringing together Waikato, Maniapoto, Ngati Hikairo and Ngati Maniapoto to discuss issues around claims and how the interests of the various hapu and iwi fit in.

She says parts of the harbour are showing the impacts of land use, erosion and climate change.

She says that's of concern to all with connections to it.

"Kawhia has historically been a food bowl for the waka so the health of the harbour matters and also what happens on land because the tributaries leading into the harbour affect the health of the harbour as well so we just want Kawhia to be a future resource to enable the whanau to get kai and to look after the area.," Ms Mahuta says....
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New cemetery to be named ‘Kaimarama
A new cemetery being built off State Highway 25 in Whitianga will be named ‘Kaimarama Cemetery', subject to iwi approval.

The Mercury Bay Community Board agreed to locals' suggestions to name it ‘Kaimarama' as this was the historic name which iwi and early settlers used for the area surrounding the cemetery site.....
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Scripts too dear for rural Maori
Te Taitokerau MP Kelvin Davis says prescription charges are a real impediment to healthcare.

Medication not being picked up or treatment courses not completed is regularly cited as a factor in poor Maori health outcomes.

Mr Davis says pharmacists in his electorate tell him they are subsidising patients who can't afford their prescriptions.

That means Maori aren't getting the medicines they need to get well.

"Before everyone jumps on their high horse and says they are probably smoking it and drinking it, that's not the case. we are talking about elderly, parents with young children, working people can't afford the medicines to keep them well.....
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19 March 2017

Mayor signs historic iwi relationship agreement
Mayor Phil Goff has joined with the Chair of Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust Russell Kemp and the Chair of the Rodney Local Board Beth Houlbrooke to sign the first formal relationship agreement between mana whenua iwi or hapu and Auckland Council since the unification of Tāmaki Makaurau in 2010.

The rohe of Te Uri o Hau includes Dargaville, Maungaturoto, Mangawhai, Wellsford and the Kaipara Harbour and the relationship agreement follows the Te Uri o Hau Deed of Settlement enacted in 2002.

That Treaty of Waitangi settlement redress recognised the importance of Te Uri o Hau establishing protocols with government departments and third parties.

The Mayor says the ceremony symbolises the determination of the Governing Body, the Rodney Local Board, and Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust to commit to a relationship of trust and understanding.....
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Lack of Pākehā in low-decile schools worries principals
The ongoing concentration of Pākehā students in high-decile schools is bad for society, say educators.

Last year only 24 percent of Pākehā children went to schools in deciles one through five, down from 40 percent in 2000, and very slightly lower than when RNZ first reported on the trend in 2012.....
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18 March 2017

Chinese trumps Te Reo in school language survey
A group representing Māori economic interests is concerned about a poll showing a preference for schoolchildren to learn Chinese.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation survey, released today (PDF, 5.1MB), found eight out of 10 people thought New Zealand students should learn a language other than English, and more than half of those chose Chinese - ahead of te reo Māori.

Fifty-three percent of those who backed another language said Chinese should be taught. Forty-one percent picked te reo Māori, and about 20 percent selected French, Japanese and Spanish.

The Ministry of Education spent $1.5 million supporting the teaching of Asian languages including Chinese in English-medium schools in 2015.

In comparison, it spent $4.2m to support te reo Māori in English-medium schools that year....
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Ngāpuhi landmark officially recognised as wāhi tapu
A significant landmark in the Bay of Islands, held in high regard by Māori, has been officially recognised by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga as a wāhi tapu.

Te Tino a Taiamai is a prominent rock sacred to the hapū of Taiamai of Ngāpuhi. It has now been added to the New Zealand Heritage list.

The Heritage Pouhere Taonga Act defined wāhi tapu as places sacred to Māori in the traditional, spiritual, religious, ritual or mythological sense.....
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Maori farmers on track to be world restaurant
The chair of the Federation of Maori Authorities says Maori need to play a central role in efforts to turn New Zealand into the restaurant of the world.

She says applying Maori culture and principles to the Aotearoa Inc story can help towards the Government’s goal to double exports.Maori have the opportunity to tie their land assets to innovative trade and export strategies.

This is just about bringing it all together, us starting to join all the dots and to provide and offering of our kai of our services of our hospitality," ....
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Innovation in the courts celebrated
Maori and rangatahi courts and new approaches to dealing with Maori land are outlined in a new publication from the Ministry of Justice.

Minister Amy Adams says the online booklet showcases how fresh thinking by talented people is helping to address complex issues in the justice sector.

Also in Northland, Judge Greg Davis has changed the way his courtroom works so proceedings can be conducted in Maori, and the offender and their whanau, hapu and iwi are engaged in the sentencing process, including the development of and participation in a culturally appropriate rehabilitation programme. ....
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17 March 2017

Bill recognises Whanganui River as a living and indivisible entity
Tears were shed at the final reading and passing of a bill in Parliament today that legally recognises the Whanganui River as a living and indivisible entity with its own rights and innate values.

The Te Awa Tupua Bill will give effect to the Deed of Settlement signed in 2014 to establish a new legal framework for the river, Te Pā Auroa nā Te Awa Tupua along with a set of new protocols.

The bill also recognises the inalienable relationship of all river iwi and hapū with Te Awa Tupua and the shared responsibility to work collaboratively for the common purpose of the health and well-being of the river, with the help of government funding....
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Pakeha politicians come round to Maori point of view
Removing the aggravations of big sections of our communities, Māori and pākehā, has removed the roadblock to progress as unified people and we can only hope that with more and more history of co-governance the fears of 'getting one over the other' will dissipate. The fact that there was a huge scrap over the resolution to Motua/Pakaitore, which has been stable and without issue for nearly 20 years, is almost laughable. Similarly the furore over the renaming recognising Taranaki as a legitimate alternative to Egmont is hard to fathom. Nobody in my circles calls the mountain Egmont any longer, and inclusion of an 'h' in Whanganui is fast fading as an issue.

On Waitangi Day the Prime Minister acknowledged, with thanks, those who had protested at Bastion Point. He made the point that although they challenged some and frightened many by threatening the peaceful calm we all believed we lived under; such occupations were the catharsis for a rethink of race relations. Over time these events have led to a far fairer and more harmonious land for us all.

No formal event starts without a mihi or karakia. The National Anthem will forever be sung with the first verse in te reo. Buildings are opened with a blessing. Meetings and conferences are usually closed again with karakia.

Big concessions have not been made to the way we have traditionally done things in comparison to the understanding we have all gained in this cultural dimension, unique to our shores, and adding to the peace we all enjoy. Though a long way to go, we have come too far to stop here.....
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Marae-led initiative to provide affordable housing for whānau
A $1.5 million marae-led social housing development in Christchurch will provide warm, healthy and affordable homes for whānau, Minister for Māori Development and Minister for Whānau Ora Te Ururoa Flavell says.

Mr Flavell applauds the collaboration between Ngā Hau e Whā National Marae, Housing New Zealand, Rata Foundation and the Māori Housing Network led by Te Puni Kōkiri.

“This is the kind of collaboration and partnership the Government encourages – the resources of the Māori Housing Network and Housing New Zealand coupled with the experience and whānau-centred approach of community housing providers,” Mr Flavell says.

The Māori Housing Network was launched in October 2015 and has supported 130 housing proposals that will provide more than $36 million to help whānau live in safe, secure and healthy homes....
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Saltwater Lane is wrong, but Waitai is fine, council decides
Wellington City Councillors have ruled Salt Water Lane is an inappropriate street name so they have changed it to the Maori word for the same thing, Waitai Lane.....
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Tribunal to hear claims of Crown treaty breaches harming Maori health
Maori doctors are to get their day in the Waitangi Tribunal, nine years after lodging a claim of Crown treaty breaches dam­aging to Maori health.

Many health-related Treaty of Waitangi claims will be advanced this year under one overarching Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry.

In 2013, Te ORA told the tribunal of numerous Crown practices detrimental to Mao­ri health. In a letter, it said the Crown acted with insufficient determination to remedy ineq­uitable Maori health outcomes.

Among other things, it point­ed to the Crown failing to: achieve parity of Maori health workers in relation to the Maori population; establish culturally safe therapeutic environments; address substandard housing; and control tobacco, alcohol and gambling......
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Kiingitanga and Corrections join forces
Corrections and the Kiingitanga have signed an accord aimed at working together to improve outcomes for Māori offenders, Corrections Minister Louise Upston has announced.

The accord, signed at a ceremony today by Kiingi Tuheitia and Corrections chief executive Ray Smith, commits the Kiingitanga and Corrections to work together to share information and identify and develop initiatives around the cultural, social, physical and economic health and wellbeing of Māori offenders.......
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Hauraki to be Defence Force landlord
Pare Hauraki Iwi have released plans for a 49-home development on former defence land at Whenuapai west of Auckland.

The Whenuapai Housing Development Partnership, made up of the iwi and Te Tumu Kainga, a charitable trust administered by Te Tumu Paeroa, has purchased a 6.4 hectare site next to other significant residential and commercial developments.

Partnership chair Paul Majurey says it demonstrates the growing role of iwi in the local economy as they develop a commercial asset base in the post-Treaty settlement phase.

The 49 homes will be leased to the New Zealand Defence Force for staff accommodation.

He says there is nice symbolism in having the Defence Force as tenants, as for many years it occupied land taken from iwi all over New Zealand....
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16 March 2017

Mt Taranaki grievances 'the most severe in the country', iwi says as talks begin
Negotiations have begun on a hugely significant and sensitive Treaty claim for Mount Taranaki, which will include discussion about who is the rightful of owner of the landmark.

Nga Iwi o Taranaki, the umbrella organisation for eight Taranaki iwi, signed terms of negotiation with the Crown over Mt Taranaki (also known as Mt Egmont) yesterday.

Chief negotiator Jamie Tuuta said it was a long-awaited opportunity to settle Taranaki iwis' grievances, which he described as the most severe in the country.

The mountain, which is of profound importance to iwi, was confiscated by the Crown along with other peaks in 1865.

The iwi had not yet considered whether it would make any claim relating to the freshwater within the national park, Tuuta said.......
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Inquiry needed for state wards to heal
Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa says an inquiry into historic abuse of children and young people in state care is essential, whether it is done by the Waitangi Tribunal or an independent body set up for the job.

Andrew Erueti from Te Mata Law has asked the Waitangi Tribunal for an urgent inquiry into what happened and whether there was systemic bias that led to disproportionate numbers of Maori children being taken from their whanau and put into institutions.

The Government is resisting calls from Race Relations Commissoner Dame Susan Devoy, the Human Rights Commission and opposition parties for an independent inquiry.

Mr Flavell says time and again he has heard stories from people who were institutionalised about the physical, emotional and spiritual harm done to them......
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Te Ohu Kaimoana fighting from sideline
Te Ohu Kaimoana is working with the Iwi Chairs Forum to fend off a government push to work with the forum on fisheries issues rather than the statutorily recognised fisheries settlement trust.

Chief executive Dion Tuuta says the trust wants to engage with the Government on its proposal for a Kermadec ocean sanctuary, its Future of Fisheries overhaul of regulations, and its plan to create Marine Protected Areas that privilege recreations fishers.

He says Maori have to work together to stand up for the Fisheries Deed of Settlement.....
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Public submissions sought on proposal to change sturcture of Wairarapa councils
The Local Government Commission is calling for public submissions on a proposal to change the structure of councils in the Wairarapa.

The proposed new structure is recommending the introduction of a new Wairarapa District Council which would replace the existing three district councils, South Wairarapa Distrcit Council, Carterton District Council and Masterton District Council.

It would also require a Rural Standing Committee and Māori Standing Committee for its first term to promote effective representation for rural communities and marae, hapū and iwi.....
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Back to the table over controversial 'whanau first' clause, Government to soften stance
The Government is preparing to soften its stance around controversial child protection legislation that would have removed a "whanau first" priority when placing a child in a new home.

But Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says she won't budge on ensuring child safety is the single most important priority.

The move comes after Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft said the Government was "buying a fight" with Maori by not allowing new laws to greater prioritise placement of their abused children with wider whanau, hapu or iwi.
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15 March 2017

Claim for child abuse inquiry lodged with Waitangi Tribunal
A claim calling for an independent inquiry into state welfare abuse that disproportionately affected Māori has been lodged with the Waitangi Tribunal.

It has been filed on behalf of three claimants by Auckland firm Te Mata Law, assisted by Auckland University law school lecturer Andrew Erueti.

Mr Erueti said the claim asked for an independent inquiry to find out why so many Maori children were put in welfare homes where they suffered abuse. 

He wants the claim heard under urgency because the current government response is inadequate, he says, and many victims are now elderly.

The claim is the Crown had failed to provide Māori with an independent means to address abuse of children in state institutions. ....
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14 March 2017

Maori language focus for Southland
Nearly 200 Southland children gathered in Winton for an afternoon of music and dance with the focus on Maori language.

In a programme coordinated by Southern REAP, North Island publishers and performers Sarah, Alan and Sophie Halt, of Te Reo Singalong, were brought to the province for a week-long tour.

Children's performances were also held in Te Anau, Lumsden, Winton, Mataura, Bluff and Gore, with a teacher workshop held in Invercargill during the weekend.

Part of the success of the programme was reaching children at an early age.

Government funding for te reo had been made available to allow the programme to proceed.

Later this month there would also be two Treaty of Waitangi classes focussing on implementing the treaty into the workplace and implementing it into schools, she said.....
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Auckland ratepayers paid 5k for Len Brown's leaving gift
It's emerged Auckland ratepayers bought their departing Mayor a 5000 thousand dollar leaving gift.

A traditional carved tokotoko, used among Maori as a symbol of mana, was given to Len Brown in September last year.

An inquiry by the Taxpayers Union has revealed it was bought for 5000 dollars, plus GST.
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Ngati Tama seek judicial review of council over Te Waikoropupu Springs water sales
A Nelson iwi wants to know why consent to allow a company to bottle water from Te Waikoropupu Springs was extended without consultation.

Ngati Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust is challenging the Tasman District Council in the High Court over its decision to allow Kahurangi Virgin Waters to sell the purest water ever measured in the Southern Hemisphere – and also drill a new bore near the springs.

The case will be heard on Monday in the High Court at Nelson.

The company's original application for consent to take groundwater from Te Waikoropupu Springs for commercial bottling was lodged 13 years ago, although no water has been taken to date.

Ngati Tama ki Te Waipounamu general manager, Frans van Boekhout, said the Ngati Tama Settlement Act 2014 granted the iwi the highest cultural overlay over the springs.

"Basically if anything happens to the springs we should be notified. We were not notified that this extension would be sought, in particular, the drilling of the second bore," he said.

Van Boekhout said the springs were under pressure, not just from increased water allocation, but also from the gold mining in the area and the increased pollution of nitrates from the dairy farm runoff.

"Kahurangi Virgin Waters got together 20 years ago and thought it was a good idea to bottle water from the purest water in the Southern Hemisphere. But things have changed – there is far more pressure on water as a resource than there was back then, and we know far more about the unique characteristics and organisms in the aquifer that keep the water so incredibly clear."

He said the springs were considered wahi tapu (sacred waters) to local Maori, and iwi wanted to ensure they were preserved.......
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PM: King's intervention a sign of Maori politics maturing
Prime Minister Bill English says the Maori king's intervention in the election is a sign of the maturing of Maori politics.

Mr English says the Labour Party has regarded Maori as a captive vote, but it's not where Maori are now.

Bill English says Labour's Maori MPs have had no influence on government for the past nine years, but the Maori Party has given Maori significant influence in decision making.
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12 March 2017

From the NZCPR archives by Dr Muriel Newman
Stand up for New Zealand!
The absurd Treaty of Waitangi claims being made by iwi leaders for the ownership of pubic good resources that are the foundation of life itself are driving New Zealand towards a race relations tipping point.

In spite of the general goodwill of the public towards finally settling all genuine Treaty claims, naïve and self-interested politicians have instead taken the country down the path of appeasement. Appeasement is based on making concessions, but the problem is that over time demands incrementally become more unreasonable.

Last week’s Treaty settlement deal with Tuhoe is a case in point.1 At $170 million, it equals the largest settlements ever made to Ngai Tahu, Tainui, and for commercial fisheries. In addition, while “Cabinet policy has been that conservation land is not readily available for use in Treaty settlements, but small sites of high significance to iwi can be transferred”, in this deal, it is the half a million acre Urewera National Park that will be sacrificed.2 Presently owned by all New Zealanders, once the park is co-governed by Tuhoe, it will lose its National Park status.

As if giving away our National Park is not enough, Tuhoe will also gain “Mana Motuhake” or independence. TV3 described this as a “monumental” change because it opens up the potential establishment of an independent nation state.3 Through this deal, Tuhoe will take over the management and delivery of taxpayer funded social service in what amounts to the privatisation of government agencies in the area. While Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has denied this will lead to a Tuhoe “nation within a nation”, this is clearly a step towards the creation of their own self-governing entity. Tama Iti may have his own private army after all!

The problem for New Zealand – as this Tuhoe case shows – is that appeasement simply encourages further claims. According to a report prepared for former Prime Minister David Lange in 1989 by Richard Hill of the Ministry of Justice – Settlements of Major Maori Claims in the 1940s: a Preliminary Investigation – Walter Nash’s Labour Government made a full and final settlement of £100,000 to Tuhoe in 1958 for “claims relating to the Urewera”.4 One only has to browse the pages of this report to see that all of the work that went into gaining agreement from tribal leaders for their “full and final settlements” in the early part of last century, has effectively been trashed by this generation of iwi corporations who have come back to demand more. Does anyone honestly think that this will not continue on and on into the future – ad nauseam – unless the system is changed?.....
Continue reading Muriel’s concerning article HERE 
September 17, 2012

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11 March 2017

$150k to help grow young Maori leaders
A new $150,000 partnership to help grow future Maori leaders from Northland and Auckland was announced today by Youth Minister Nikki Kaye.

“This investment will support the education organisation and social enterprise Te Whare Hukahuka to deliver their governance programme Ka Eke Poutama,” says Ms Kaye.

“Ka Eke Poutama is about growing the skills of young Maori leaders to prepare them for governance roles on the boards of organisations such as schools, councils, NGOs, iwi and community organisations and businesses.”

The investment announced today will enable 55 young Maori to receive mentoring, develop their leadership skills and learn practical skills about growing an organisation and creating pathways to connect them to governance roles.

“I want more young Maori sitting at board tables so they can help shape decisions that affect schools, businesses and communities,” says Ms Kaye......
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Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to appeal High Court decision
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust says it is disappointed that the High Court has today declined to hear its case seeking to clarify the Crown’s process in negotiating Treaty of Waitangi settlements in Auckland.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei spokesman Ngarimu Blair says the Hapū had hoped Justice Davison would accept the case but was always prepared that, whatever the decision, the matter would likely go to appeal.

“This is the first step in what may be a long and intense process, but we believe it is crucial to clarify the Government’s approach to settling overlapping Treaty claims,” says Mr Blair.....
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Maori welcome for new Kiwis
A Maori welcome is set to become a permanent part of Central Otago District Council citizenship ceremonies, following a well-received debut and at the request of Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan.

He said the welcome had been moving and fitting and he requested it become a permanent part of all citizenship ceremonies. Mrs McKenzie and Mrs Diver said they were pleased to deliver the welcomes, which embraced those joining New Zealand as citizens....
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10 March 2017

Hastings by-election could double as Maori ward referendum
This year's by-election for a new Hastings mayor could be combined with a referendum on Maori wards, says current mayor Lawrence Yule.

"The council might have to conduct a poll on including Maori wards, and we might want to package it all up - we want to make sure we do the most sensible thing."

Mr Barber said if the referendum does go through it will be interesting to see what people's views are.

"Personally I have always said the best way to have a voice is to get out and vote through the democratic process. It is important Maori have a voice but at the end of the day informing them of the issues and encouraging them to exercise their democratic rights is a challenge."

"Although it would be great to have Maori views represented at the table by design," Mr Barber said.....
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Greens introduce Bill to make local wards process fair
The Green Party has today entered a Member’s Bill into the ballot that would make local government representation more equitable by ensuring that the establishment of both Māori and general wards on district and regional councils follows the same legal process....
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Call for memorial on Marlborough track to honour Maori ancestors
A man whose whanau are descended from the original owners of a renowned Marlborough scenic spot is calling for a memorial in their honour.

Philip Sim, who lives in Waikawa Bay outside Picton, would like to see a memorial seat area and a commemorative plaque put in place at the Snout Walkway as a tribute to his grandmother's Te Atiawa forefathers.

He has approached the Marlborough District Council for help to make his plans a reality.....
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Govt agencies work together to support te reo
Government agencies involved in supporting Māori language are working together so they do not duplicate research.

"Myself, Michelle (Hippolite) from Te Puni Kōkiri, Larry Parr from Te Māngai Pāho, Paora Maxwell from Māori TV, we get together on a regular basis to identify where our work programmes overlap and where we can work together and complement each other and research is a big part of it."....
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Forums useful for Maori
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says he’d like to see the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group remain in the Land and Water Forum, despite the departure of a major environmental group.

"From time to time that information and indeed decisions that impact on our people all the time, so I'm all in favour of being at the table and making sure that we listen in and contribute into the korero because too often the opposite occurs and we don't get included and that's where we have problems. Whether it be on the Kermadecs or anything else," says Te Ururoa Flavell. ....
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IMSB loses mana whenua site challenge
Auckland's Independent Maori Statutory Board has failed in its challenge to the deletion of a list of sites of value for mana whenua from the Auckland unitary Plan.

The board asked the High Court to rule that the independent hearings panel's recommendation to delete the schedule was wrong, and the council was wrong to accept it against the advice of officials.

But Justice Ed Wylie says the panel was entitled to reach the conclusions and make the recommendations it did.....
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9 March 2017

Taranaki iwi opposes mining consent
Taranaki descendant Turama Hawira describes the Trans Tasman Resources company (TTR) as “ngārara kutu kutu” or insects infesting the body of Mother Earth.

TTR has made an application to the Environmental Protection Authority to extract and process billions of dollars’ worth of iron-sand from the South Taranaki seabed.

Taranaki descendants of the Ngā Rauru tribe have opposed the application and Turama Hawira of Te Kaahui o Rauru spoke to Kawe Kōrero Reporters about their concerns.

Hawira criticises TTR’s plans to dig up the ocean floor just off the coast of Pātea and says it will ruin the underwater ecosystem and there will be no more fish in those waters.....
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Chinese website warns against buying in Maori or Pacific Island suburbs
A Chinese property website has come under heavy criticism after telling customers to take into account the proportion of Māori or Pacific Islanders in an area before buying.

Hougarden's article headline translates to 'How many Dao Mao are there in your neighborhood'?....
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Vehicle access to Far North lake to end
Local iwi and the Northland Regional Council are working together to protect one of Northland's most precious lakes.

Lake Waiporohita, off Inland Rd on the Karikari Peninsula, is one of 12 lakes in Northland classed as being in an 'outstanding ecological state'.....
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8 March 2017

Govt secures Māori Party's support for RMA changes
The government has secured the Māori Party's agreement to support the Resource Management Act (RMA) legislation through all remaining stages in Parliament.

Dr Smith said it came after detailed consideration of the policy and the inclusion of Māori Party proposals to strengthen iwi consultation.

"The Mana Whakahono ā Rohe/Iwi Participation Agreement provides a better framework for councils to meet their existing obligations to consult with local iwi. Many councils already have these agreements through treaty settlements or good practice.

"The government supports these provisions because we want iwi involved in how natural resources are managed and because formalising the process will help achieve better outcomes with less delays and costs."

Dr Smith said he would be meeting with the Māori Party in the future to ensure they had the details right......
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Health officials and iwi sign landmark partnership agreement
An agreement between health officials and iwi to improve Maori health outcomes has been signed off in a national first.

The partnership between the Central Primary Health Organisation and Te Tihi o Ruahine Whanau Ora Charitable Trust was cemented on Thursday when the two groups signed a memorandum of partnership.

Te Tihi are an alliance of eight iwi, hapu, and Maori organisations who work collectively to deliver whanau-centred services for Maori health....
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7 March 2017

Maori translators on the rise
With more than 100 licenced Maori interpreters certified by the Māori Language Commission, only 60 of them are active in the field. This year 19 students have jumped on board for the first of the three Māori translator's workshops held over the weekend in Rotorua.

It's a profession that has been around since the 1800's. And it continues to hold relevance.

The demand for Māori/English interpreters is high according to Lee Smith which is why these workshops are important.....
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New strategy to improve Maori health outcomes
On 4 March 2017 the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (the College) is launching a refreshed Māori Strategy 2017-2021 ‘He Ihu Waka, He Ihu Whenua, He Ihu Tangata’.

The strategy’s vision is ‘achieving health equity for Māori’. This vision is supported by three goals: to increase the number of Māori GPs; to enable a culturally and clinically competent GP workforce; and to provide advocacy for Māori health equity.

“The College has 152 Māori GPs, so the vast majority of Māori are seen by non-Māori GPs. We have therefore set ourselves a goal of increasing the Māori cultural competency of our GP workforce. This will help ensure consultations including treatment planning are offered in a way that resonates with Māori patients,” she says.

“We also recognise the need to train more Māori GPs and we will be actively working with medical schools to achieve this. By 2021, it is envisioned that 22 percent of the doctors that enter our General Practice Education Programme will be Māori.”...
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Should Māori receive superannuation at a lower age?
The age for superannuation in New Zealand will be going up. The Prime Minister announced the change in the past hour and a half. But the elderly won't be affected in the foreseeable future.

Bill English says, “Cabinet today decided to progressively increase the age of eligibility for New Zealand Super to 67 starting in 20 years’ time.”

Labour supports a call from the Māori Party to have the superannuation age lowered for Māori because their live expectancy is lower the non-Māori.

“If the Government doesn't adjust the superannuation age for Māori then they should invest in health for Māori people and ensure that our life expectancy is on par with non-Māori,” says Henare......
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5 March 2017

Māori name unveiled for the Justices of Peace association
A new Māori name has been unveiled for the Justices of Peace association in Rotorua. Te Arawa are hosting this year's 89th annual conference. One of the key focuses for the association is to make sure JP's are better skilled in their position.

Te Arawa had the honour of unveiling a new Māori name for the association which will be known as Te Kāhui pou whakatau ture o Aotearoa.

Monty Morrison (Te Arawa) says, “Te Kāhui Pou whakatau ture o Aotearoa, that is the name given, yes, it's rather long but we had incorporated all the aspects of the association in it.”....
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Locals asked to have their say on what SH1 in Kapiti should be named
Now the Mackays to Peka Peka expressway has opened, the NZ Transport Agency is asking locals what the old State Highway 1 route should be named.

The Kapiti Coast District Council has asked the community to come up with names for seven different sections of the old main road, or vote on names that have been suggested by local iwi and historians.

Proposed names for the road's seven sections:

Section 1: Hurumutu

Section 2: Hokowhitu

Section 3: Rauoterangi

Section 4: Kākākuru

Section 5: Unaiki

Section 6: Katu

Section 7: Matene Te Whiwhi ....

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High number want Poverty Bay to stay
A WEBPOLL topic that gets a lot of Gisborne people voting is proposed name changes. This week’s Gisborne Herald online poll asked, what are your thoughts on changing the name of Poverty Bay to the dual name Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay?

It received 629 votes with 62 percent (391 votes) from people who said leave it as Poverty Bay. Some commented they felt changing the name was trying to “rewrite history”.

“There is 250 years of history in the name Poverty Bay that should not be ignored,” said one.

This compared to 10 percent who liked a dual name — 6 percent (38 votes) liked Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay, with 4 percent (28 votes) preferring it the other way around, Poverty Bay/Turanganui a Kiwa.

In second place was having the bay renamed Turanganui a Kiwa and dropping Poverty Bay, with 150 people (24 percent) in agreement.....
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4 March 2017

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...

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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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