Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mole News


Auckland Transport called on to fast track te reo Maori on buses, ferries and trains
Auckland Transport (AT) is being called on to make its buses, ferries and trains bilingual with te reo Maori signs.

Independent Maori Statutory Board (IMSB) chairman David Taipari said AT should fast track its implementation of te reo Maori signage on public transport and to set a date for it to be fully bilingual.

IMSB, which was formed by Auckland Council in 2010 to promote Maori issues in Auckland, had been advocating for bilingual signage since 2011.

"Bilingual signage is a demonstration of respect in regards to Maori culture," Taipari said.

"This is a missing piece of infrastructure needed to support the growth of Maori tourism and entertainment."

A New Zealand Institute of Economic Research report done for IMSB estimated the international tourism value of a visible Maori identity in Auckland would be more than $600 million per year, he said.......
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Calls for a tax on water - the real issue of water rights
Hapū of Poroti say calls for a tax on water are a diversion from the real issue of water rights. They're in preparations to march in opposition to an application to build a water-bottling factory in their community, while for generations the community says they've been denied any role whatsoever in the management of their own resource.

Across the road at Maungarongo Marae, locals say the recent calls by political parties for a water tax are a diversion from the real issue of water rights.

Lorraine Norris says, "Tax! Let us not forget the real issue and the real issue is the mana of the tangata whenua. It is their resource! They are the ones who should be able to say what happens to the resource.”

Tribal leader Taipari Munroe says, "We continue to maintain that we are the authority over this resource handed down by our ancestors to the current generation. Despite the various water tax policies announced during this election campaign, let's not forget the real issue here.”.....
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Bicultural effort success
A Central Otago group set up to support bicultural practices says it is helping educate the community about Maori culture.

Te Roopu Awhina was formed just over a year ago and was pleased with progress made, its chairman, Stewart Hawkins, said.

The group was instigated after a recognition there was a need for a Maori resource/support group that could advise people and groups on bicultural practices and lobby for change, Mr Hawkins said.......
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Negotiations result in agreement between Crown and Moriori over treaty claim
Last week, Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson announced an agreement in principle had been reached between the two groups after 12 months of "intense negotiations".

Finlayson said when the islands were annexed to New Zealand in 1842, the Crown failed to take appropriate action to stop the treatment of the Moriori, despite its pleas for help.

"The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development," Finlayson said.

He said the Crown also acknowledged it contributed to the myths that the Moriori were "racially inferior and became extinct".

Negotiations towards the deed of settlement between the parties will continue in the coming months......
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National Standards failed experiment
The New Zealand Principals' Federation says the national standards experiment has been going on long enough for schools to know repeated testing isn't the way to lift student achievement.

President Whetu Cormick says the fears the profession voiced when the policy was introduced seven years ago have come to pass,

He says former education minister Hekia Parata championed the policy as a way to bring the bulk of Maori students up to their peers, but that hasn't worked.

What has worked to improve standards are the Maori Achievement Collaboratives which now involve about 160 schools......
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Dev Academy taps Maori spectrum consolation fund
A fund set up as an alternative to giving Maori an allocation of fourth generation mobile telephone spectrum could help 42 Maori into careers in information technology.

Enspiral Dev Academy, which offers fast-track training, says the Ka Hao Maori Digital Technology fund, managed by Te Puni Kokiri and MBIE, will fund the new Maori web development scholarships.

It extends Dev Academy's Te Uru Rangi scholarship programme, which has been running since 2015.

The scholarships will be worth $7000 with applicants paying the remaining $3500 to do the 18 week course.....
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NZ Steel in A$100M profit turnaround, future more secure
The underlying ebit result excludes A$26.2m of revenue from the Taharoa ironsands export business, which was sold during the year to Maori interests for an undisclosed sum.....
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21 August 2017

Labour, Greens and Māori Party 'could change the world' - Marama Fox
With the Labour Party making another surge in the polls this week, the Māori Party is signalling to leaders on the left that they are keen to stay 'at the table' after the election if Labour are in power.

"I know our people lean left and they'd love to see us in a coalition arrangement with Jacinda, Metiria not anymore, but somebody from the Greens and Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell," co-leader Marama Fox told The Hui.

"We could change the world - I think that would be amazing."

"We would work with anybody… we've said it over and over again, if we're honest, if it came down to it, our people choose - we go back to our membership and we say, 'Alright, here we are - what do we do?'"

But with the anger over the foreshore and seabed legislation still bubbling under the surface, Ms Fox says if there is to be any arrangement with Labour in the future they would take a one-eye-open approach......
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Maori Party selects Wendy Biddle despite past financial scrutiny
The Maori Party has chosen as its candidate for Rotorua a woman who was involved in a financial scandal at an iwi radio station.

Wendy Biddle left Raukawa FM in Tokoroa under a cloud, and an investigation later found she'd paid more than $60,000 to her husband but invoices were only provided later.

She also admitted using the electronic banking password of another trustee to authorise payments.....
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How to commemorate the land wars?
It's about the New Zealand land wars, something Ward, 75, admits he knew nothing about.

"My generation is quite ignorant of the wars and if we became more informed of what happened it would help with tolerance and respect. We want ongoing peace and harmony for our mokopuna, our grandchildren."

It got Ward thinking and since then he has been talking to people all over town about having a memorial erected in New Plymouth in time for the commemoration.

But there's not much point in deciding the location or the type of sculpture or symbol without having discussions with iwi, he said, so, on Thursday night Ward put his idea to new Te Huinga Taumatua Committee at its inaugural meeting.....
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Palmerston North school Mana Tamariki seeking way out of financial trouble
A financial recovery plan has been launched for Palmerston North school Mana Tamariki after outspending their income by more than six figures, two years in a row.

The Maori immersion school topped the list of Manawatu regional schools that posted an operating deficit in 2015, with $206,027 more going out than coming in, and saved funds of just $23,348 at the end of the year.

The school's deficit in 2014 was $155,683.The school's 2016 report is currently being audited.

Mana Tamariki caters for children from preschool through to the end of high school. It was started as a kohanga reo in 1989, and a home-schooled kura opened in 1995. In 2010, the school opened a new $3 million building in Grey St that attracted architectural awards.....
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20 August 2017

Celebrations under way for Māori King
Celebrations are under way for the 11th anniversary of the coronation of the Māori King, Kīngi Tuheitia.

Tūrangawaewae Marae in Waikato is expecting thousands of visitors from iwi throughout the country during the four day event.

The Māori King's celebrations began yesterday by honouring the passing of Kīngi Tuheitia's older sister and others who have died in the last year.

Kīngi Tuheitia is the seventh Māori monarch since the Kīngitanga movement started in 1858......
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The Opportunities Party announces Bay advocate Buddy Mikaere as candidate
Buddy Mikaere clearly recalls the lightbulb moment which saw him switch up his community advocacy role into something more formal - list candidate for The Opportunities Party.....
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$6.2m Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa settlement bill passes third readingA Far North iwi's $6.2 million Treaty of Waitangi settlement was brought to an end as it passed its third and final reading in Parliament.

The Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa settlement includes a financial redress of $6.2m, and will give the iwi ownership of 15 cultural sites, including 2275ha of the Stony Creek Station, south of Mangonui....
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Ngati Rangi clears path for other Whanganui iwi The iwi, whose rohe covers the western and southern base of Ruapehu, initialed its deed of settlement yesterday, five months and two days after signing an agreement in principal.

It includes $17 million in financial redress, the $8 million Karioi Forest, some other properties and commercial projects, and the potential to build 50 houses at Waiouru.....
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19 August 2017

Agreements in principle signed
The long overdue agreement with Whakatōhea addresses serious breaches of the Treaty by the Crown including the confiscation of large stretches of Whakatōhea land which forced many iwi members to move to inadequate reserves.”

It also sets out redress of $100 million which includes specific funding for Te Reo revitalisation, Education Endowments and the development of Whakatōhea’s reserves.

The agreement with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua includes total financial and commercial redress of $7.2 million as well as cultural redress valued at $500,000.

“The majority of the Ngāti Whātua historical claims have been settled through settlements with Ōrākei, Kaipara, Te Uri o Hau and Te Roroa,” Mr Finlayson said. “Today’s Agreement in Principle, together with the Kaipara Harbour Framework Agreement signed in 2014, focuses on resolving all outstanding historical claims of the iwi.”...
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$9m redevelopment of Mana College, Porirua
Mr Macindoe says the college has a strong commitment to Maori and Pacifika values, and its motto ‘Akona te mahi pai’, which translates to ‘Learn to Work Well’, was gifted by Ngati Toa.

“I know the college, which has its own Marae complex, will be keen to ensure that its strong cultural identity will be supported by the new facilities.....
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Deed of Settlement signed with Ngāti Hei
The Crown has signed a deed of settlement with Ngāti Hei settling the iwi’s historical Treaty claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

“Ngāti Hei suffered significant land loss as a result of transactions in the 19th century as well as the alienation and degradation of its cultural taonga such as the kauri forests of the Coromandel,” Mr Finlayson said......
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Pressure put on Waikato electorate hopefuls at candidates meeting
Other written questions ranged from what party policies were on capital gains tax, Health and Safety Act, mental health services and the future of the Maori seats.

The candidates' response about the future of Maori seats was of particular interest to the audience.

Labour strongly supported Maori seats, which was met with applause.

But most people agreed with Stevenson, who said it should be up to Maori to decide what happens to the Maori seats.....
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18 August 2017

Govt to apologise for labelling Maniapoto iwi 'rebels'
Southern Waikato iwi Ngāti Maniapoto has signed an agreement in principle with the government to settle Treaty breaches potentially worth $165 million.

In the King Country, the boundary held up and Ngāti Maniapoto provided shelter for their Waikato and Taranaki whananga which led to the iwi being labelled 'rebels" by the Crown.

In the redress, the Crown has indicated it will apologise for the label, something historian Vincent O'Malley said was significant.

The Crown has indicated the financial redress will be around $165 million and it will apologise to Ngāti Maniapoto for Treaty breaches which caused prejudice for the iwi.....
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University Entrance recognises learning in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa subjects
Students can now achieve University Entrance on the Māori medium pathway through the inclusion of subjects and standards from the Māori medium curriculum, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, in the approved subjects list.....
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Agreement in Principle signed with Moriori
The Crown has signed an agreement in principle with Hokotehi Moriori Trust to settle the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Moriori, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.....
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Maori hapu to buy Mobil site in Chapel St
A $3.6 million council-owned harbourside property in Chapel St (Tauranga) leased to Mobil is to be sold to Maori sub-tribe Ngai Tamarawaho.

The council has decided to sell the property on terms to be agreed with the Judea-based hapu. The parameters of the sale agreement were still confidential....
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Government view of Maori stuck in past
The Green's Te Tai Tonga candidate Metiria Turei says government still looks at iwi as if they were dealing with a 19th century people.

"That was a really interesting conversation because any government from this point on is going to have to deal with iwi and hapu who are highly educated, really well resourced, really economically engaged, and furious at the inability for government to take care of their people like it is suppose to - that was part of the treaty deal," Ms Turei says......
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Should Te Reo Maori be made compulsory in New Zealand schools?
Compulsory Te Reo Maori in schools, it's a policy that divides opinion but not at one of New Zealand's premier private schools.

Christ's College in Christchurch, a school almost as old as the Treaty of Waitangi itself, is breaking the mold.

The school with a roll of 95 per cent non-Maori students has taken the bold step and made Te Reo compulsory for year nine students in the hopes of starting a national debate.

Joe Eccelton from Christ's College says the move is to enhance the cultural perspective of students.....
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Credit Union Central apologises for te reo incident
A school principal who filled out a bank withdrawal slip in Māori has been refused service at a bank in the Bay of Plenty township of Whakatāne. Ripeka Lessels has laid a formal complaint but since the incident yesterday, Credit Union Central admits they were wrong and have apologised.

The client, Ripeka Lessels, says, “The matter lies with him not wanting to acknowledge our language. That's what it is.”.....
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17 August 2017

Whetu Cormick – focusing on Māori achievement 
I am pleased about is the way the current administration has shone the spotlight on Māori education. They may have presented us with the wrong solution in that national standards will certainly never assist us in lifting Māori student success rates, but they have challenged us to think hard about how we do improve the learning of our young Māori people.

NZPF, in partnership with Te Akatea, the Māori Principals’ Association focussed their attention on school culture. It was perfectly clear that if our young Māori students were going to succeed they would have to feel comfortable at school. They would have to feel a sense of affiliation – that school was their place and they had a stake in it. School could not feel like a foreign place with foreign beliefs and values. There had to be a cultural match. It was recognised that too many schools were dominated by Pākehā cultural values and beliefs.......
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Fearon Park art acknowledges Maori history
Mt Roskill's Fearon Park has had an injection of Maori culture.

A five piece sculpture installation at the entrance of of the park was funded by Auckland Council's Regional Public Art budget.

The cost of the artwork was $100,000 with an additional $35,000 spent on landscaping.........
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Murupara animal control partnership hailed a success
A partnership agreement which has seen local iwi assume responsibility for animal control in Murupara has been hailed a huge success.

Since Whakatane District Council reached an agreement with Ngati Manawa in January, local animal control officers Ned Howden and Rua Te Pairi have been patrolling the area, with positive results.

"This has proven to be a really positive partnership, and the impact of having these two locals involved is emphasised by the acceptance of the community when people are approached in regard to dogs, abandoned vehicles or even overgrown sections,"Whakatane District Council community regulation manager Graeme Lewer said......
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Research shows impact on young Māori of widening inequalities
Associate Professor Joanna Kidman from Victoria’s Te Kura Māori (School of Education), says her research team found that rising levels of poverty had left Māori youth with fewer resources to prepare for the future.

“Some young people report high levels of anxiety about the years ahead and this affects the long-term decisions they make for themselves and their families. We want all young people to think about the future with resilience and hope but instead we are seeing too many young Māori falling between the cracks.”
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Schoolchildren celebrate Maori culture
More than 800 pupils from 16 area schools performed in the biennial festival to promote Maori language and beliefs which was organised by Resource Teacher of Maori in Otago Services’ Lauana Thomas, Tu Mai Ora’s Suzi Flack and Te Wananga O Aotearoa. Te Runanga o Moeraki representatives Nola Tipa and David Higgins acted as comperes.....
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New Site for Hastings Te Kura Kaupapa Māori
A new site has been purchased for Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Wānanga Whare Tāpere o Takitimu in Hastings, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced today.

“I’m delighted to announce that the Ministry of Education has purchased 90-120 Bennett Road in Waipatu, Hastings, to provide a long-term home for the kura,” says Ms Kaye......
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Water take affects Blue Spring's mauri, say local iwi
Iwi concerns over water being drawn from Putaruru's Blue Spring has put an application to bottle billions of litres for export formally on hold.

Raukawa, a South Waikato iwi, told told the Waikato Regional Council resource use directorate taking water directly from the spring would diminish the "mauri, wairua and mana of Te Puna (The Spring)".

Raukawa also said the tribe would be adversely affected and the relationship Raukawa descendants have with the spring would be eroded.......
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Respect for diversity recognised
Raumati South woman Di Daniels has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Women of Influence Awards in its diversity category.

With a backlog of experience supporting Maori and indigenous people in New Zealand communities, Di is recognised for having gone above and beyond in her services.

Brought to New Zealand from Guernsey, an island off the coast of France, as a five year old, Di attended school on the Kapiti Coast.

There, she developed a strong sense of connection to New Zealand's indigenous culture and history.

"I found it extraordinary that my parents made no attempt to connect with the indigenous people of the land they'd chosen for us to settle in.

"Pakeha New Zealanders don't acknowledge that they walk on brown ground, and lack respect for the mana whenua of where they live."

"There's a huge gap in New Zealanders' understanding of New Zealand history, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Ao Maori.

For 15 years I was part of a network of Waitangi trainers nationwide who worked with community groups, corporates and the public sector to raise awareness and promote understanding.......
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Māori men face greater chance of going to prison
Māori men between the age of 19-25 are two times more likely to be stopped and questioned by police.

They are four times more likely to be apprehended than non-māori, six times more likely to face charges in court and eight-10 times more likely to have an appearance in court end in a conviction leading to a custodial, or community-based sentence.......
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Further progress for historical Treaty claims
The House of Representatives sat through extended sitting hours this morning to pass the Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Claims Settlement Bill through its third reading.

“Today brings Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa’s long journey to settlement to an end,” Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson said.

“The number of Treaty settlement bills progressed this term demonstrates this government’s commitment to the full and final resolution of historical Treaty claims,” Mr Finlayson said. “A total of 14 Treaty settlement bills have been passed this term settling the historical Treaty claims of groups from the Far North, Taranaki, Whanganui and the Wairarapa.”.....
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Current Electoral Law Discriminates Against Māori And Must Go
Former Mayor of New Plymouth, Andrew Judd, and Māori Party candidate for Te Tai Hauāuru, Howie Tamati, are joining forces to ask the Government to get rid of a law which discriminates against Māori.......
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Crown admits failing to stop Māori from 'enslaving' Moriori
The Crown has admitted they failed to stop Māori people from driving the Moriori out of their land, and contributed to the myth that Moriori were "racially inferior and became extinct".

An agreement has been signed in principle with the Hokotehi Moriori Trust to settle the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Moriori, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced on Wednesday.....
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16 August 2017

National Backs Race-Based Water Taxes. Had Enough?
“Instead of environmental improvements, money will fill the coffers of those who make up the Freshwater Iwi Leaders’ Group.

“This is as serious as it gets. The two old parties has National selling out and writing race-based water ownership into law whilst accusing Labour’s proposed water tax of being the trigger to justify it. The two old parties are constructing a nightmare for the New Zealand economy.

“It is hidden in the Tuwharetoa Deed of Settlement that National negotiated and Labour backs. Extracts of which are with this statement and the public need to ask themselves this question: ‘Why did they not tell us of their secret plans?’....
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Labour cannot be trusted to defend and protect Māori rights
The Māori Party condemns Labour’s arrogant proposal to tax commercial water use and says the issue of who owns the country’s water needs to be addressed before there is any talk of imposing a tax on the resource.

“Who owns the water? Labour says everybody, National says nobody, but the Waitangi Tribunal says Māori. It determined in 2012 that Māori had rights equivalent to ownership under the Treaty of Waitangi and that those rights were to be protected by the Treaty,” says Mr Flavell.

“What we say is that any discussion around water issues be it rights, interests, management, ownership, pricing or quality must involve hapū and iwi,” says Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox.

“To deny Māori rights and interests to something that the Tribunal accepted was a taonga would risk a repeat performance of the foreshore and seabed saga and we all know how that ended........
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Bootcamps, prison not the answer for our rangatahi
Plans to impose boot camps and imprison rangatahi who have ‘lost their way’ will not work and will not be supported under the Māori Party’s watch, says Māori Party candidate for Tāmaki Makaurau Shane Taurima.

“We see the National Party’s policy for dealing with wayward children as an attack on Māori and Pasifika children and youth, so we’re absolutely opposed to it.

“Their plans will impact the hardest on Māori and Pasifika rangatahi and whānau, and perpetuates the injustice and abuse our people already and continue to experience, in state care,” says Mr Taurima.......
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2017 Te Reo Māori - Māori Language
Only 3 per cent of New Zealanders, fewer than 130,000, can hold a conversation in te reo Māori. However, more than 300,000 young people are studying te reo Māori at school, and 10,000 are studying it at a tertiary level. Te reo Māori is being revitalised and the language is growing to meet our ever-evolving, modern world
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Four buyers in running for Auckland affordable housing land
A contentious deal over Auckland Council-owned affordable housing land has been widened to include four possible buyers, after a spat over the price.

Auckland mayor Phil Goff said Panuku was now also talking to three iwi groups who were potential buyers.

"I think the four potential buyers came about because the conglomerate of buyers at the beginning decided they each wanted to put separate bids in," said Mr Goff......
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Maniapoto signs Agreement in Principle with Crown
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson said, “Negotiations began earlier this year and reaching today’s milestone demonstrates the commitment and hard work of Maniapoto.

“Work can now begin on developing a detailed deed of settlement," said Finlayson.

The Agreement in Principle includes a Crown acknowledgement and apology for its breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi, financial and commercial redress of $165 million, and the return of sites of cultural significance.

Maniapoto iwi consists of approximately 35,000 descendants whose traditional lands encompass the King Country from Kāwhia Harbour to the Waipingao Stream in the west and are bordered inland by the ranges of the Pureora Forest Park......
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Charging royalties does not assume ownership': Ardern defends water tax
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has taken aim at Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson saying he made criticisms of her party's water policy that he knew were untrue.

Finlayson has warned that Labour's proposal for a tax of about 2c per 1000 litres on commercial waters users could force Treaty of Waitangi settlements to be renegotiated because a royalty asserted ownership, and would inevitably force a counter-assertion that Maori owned the water. Labour was "dicing with death", he said.

"We reject that," Ardern said today. "In fact, I have to say that Chris Finlayson has been a Minister I have held in high regard. He has been well respected for the work he has done on Treaty negotiations.

"I think the fact he has come out now and made this claim when it is patently untrue, when the chairman of the Maori Council [Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie], ex-Waitangi Tribunal, also dismissed it, and evidence from a number of claims where there are explicit clauses that exclude water, says to me he has made a statement that he knows to be untrue. And I think that is disappointing.".....
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Mask slipping on institutional racism
Peace Movement Aotearoa says New Zealand's shortcomings in upholding indigenous rights are about to be laid bare.

"If you look at all the issues around lands, territories and resources, if you look at the institutional racism in the administration of justice in particular, that is one that we focus on, health and education, all the statistics associated with that quite clearly show the treaty relationship is not being followed by any New Zealand government," Ms Hughes says......
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15 August 2017

Treaty warning over Labour's water tax
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is warning that Labour's water taxes could force existing full-and-final Treaty of Waitangi settlements to be opened for renegotiation with iwi.

He said the policy overturned accepted policy of successive Labour and National Governments of the past 25 years that no one owned the water.

Governments applying a tax on water was an assertion of Crown ownership "and then that gives rise to the counter assertion that Maori own water".

"They are dicing with death, quite frankly," he told the Herald.

"It opens a complete Pandora's Box......
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More on the above > Labour Party in 'trap' over proposed water tax rate says Bill English

Health board steps in as trust pulls out of $8m Kawakawa project
A multi-million-dollar project to upgrade Bay of Islands Hospital and build a new health centre in Kawakawa is in disarray after one of two partners in the project pulled out.

However, Northland District Health Board (NDHB) is vowing to continue with the project, saying its $9.9 million hospital rebuild is continuing as planned and it will now also build the adjoining health centre.

The "integrated wellness centre", called Te Hauora o Pukepuke Rau, was to have been built by the Ngati Hine Health Trust at a cost of $8m but the iwi health provider is understood to have pulled out on Friday due to a lack of funds......
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New grant will boost leadership and strategic skills of Maori enterprises
A new $60,000 grant from BayTrust will be used to help upskill the leaders of five Maori enterprises across the Bay of Plenty to ensure their businesses grow and succeed.

The governance training programme will be delivered by Te Whare Hukahuka - a social enterprise which works with iwi organisations, land trusts, and Maori community trusts across New Zealand....
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Maori Party: National's boot camp plan an 'attack on Maori and Pasifika children'
The Maori Party has vowed to oppose National's plan to crack down on youth offending - saying the proposals are "an attack on Maori and Pasifika children".

National's support party issued a press release this afternoon, strongly condemning the election-year policy that was announced yesterday.

Maori Party candidate for Tamaki Makaurau Shane Taurima said the plans wouldn't work and will not be supported under his party's watch.

"We see the National Party's policy for dealing with wayward children as an attack on Maori and Pasifika children and youth ... it perpetuates the injustice and abuse our people already and continue to experience," Taurima said......
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14 August 2017

Winning Waikato lecturer blends computer science with Maori culture
A blend of Maori culture and technology has proved award-winning for a Waikato lecturer.

Waikato University computer science senior lecturer Dr Te Taka Keegan was presented with the 2017 Prime Minister's Supreme Award for Excellence in Tertiary Teaching and a kaupapa Maori Sustained Excellence award. Both were presented at Parliament this week, along with a total of $30,000 in prize money.

Keegan - who has no formal teacher training - remains the only person ever to teach computer science in te reo.

While the course no longer exists, he still teaches using three Maori philosophies: Kia hiki te wairua (lifting the spirits), kia hihiko te kaupapa (incite the passion) and kia hora te aroha (sharing the love)......
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Māori Party says 'we can be the change-makers'
The Māori Party is pitching itself as a potential king-maker in the upcoming election, saying it's open to supporting either National or Labour.

The Māori Party wants to introduce a target of eliminating homelessness by 2020. It also wants to cap the rent for all social housing and force a compulsory warrant of fitness on all rentals.....
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13 August 2017

Rotorua, city of two languages
Popular tourism destination Rotorua hopes to attract even more international interest by becoming officially bilingual.

The idea's proponents hope te reo Māori will become more visible in the city's most popular areas.

"You'll expect to see Māori signage - many of them will be added to, so the 'stop sign' might have 'taihoa' added to it. When you go into a cafe you might see some of the menus actually done in Māori. It just adds significant value to us culturally, socially and economically."

Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick said the cost of implementing the bilingual scheme would probably cost about $1 million.

She said that was a small price to pay for the increase in revenue they expected on top of the city's annual $20m tourism industry.......
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Aquifers likened to a mother's womb
Contamination of aquifers could be prevented if their sacredness within the Maori belief system was respected, a local leader says.

Marei Apatu, Te Kaihautu (chief executive) for Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, one of six Taiwhenua of Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc, said if councils and communities held aquifers in the same regard as the Maori belief system then it could prevent contamination similar to that in Havelock North last year.

Water is a taonga (treasure) and many of our traditional beliefs are based around water, he said.

Rain comes from the tears of Ranginui (sky father) pouring on to Papatuanuku (earth mother) and turning into rivers and streams which are her veins and then out to Te Moananui A Kiwa (the sea)....
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12 August 2017

The fight for Indigenous Peoples’ rights continue
Māori Party co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell say the International day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples helps shine a light on the continuing battle for indigenous peoples’ rights

“You can trace our roots in protest and fighting for indigenous rights from the Foreshore and Seabed through to our more current issues like the Kermadec Sanctuary and the Resource Management Act,” Mr Flavell says.....
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Iwi will appeal ironsand mining off Taranaki coast
Protesters are gearing up to fight a landmark decision which will allow a mining company to dredge 50 million tonnes of ironsand a year from the South Taranaki Bight.

Ngati Ruanui's Debbie Ngarewa-Packer told the crowd gathered to hear the decision at Patea Area School the fight is not over.....
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More on the above > Local iwi oppose $1.1 billion mining project off Taranaki coast 

Catchment group and iwi join forces
The Pourakino Catchment Group and local iwi are putting a game plan in place for increasing plantings and improving water quality in the catchment by working together.

The group hosted a field day at Oraka Aparima Runaka marae recently, talking about the nursery run by the marae and how the two groups would work together to grow and plant trees in the catchment.....
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Breastfeeding among Māori lower than any other group
Breastfeeding rates among Māori mothers are lower than any other group, according to a recent report, with suggestions a need to return to work is to blame.....
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Te reo Maori pin to help make it easier to korero
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is optimistic a newly launched #kōrero pin will make it easier for people to use te reo Maori when they’re out and about.

"Similar pins overseas have been successful in helping revitalise language.

It signals that the wearer has an interest in speaking in te reo Maori, even if they are not yet fluent," says Mr Flavell.

"When you see someone wearing this pin, or tohu, it’s a sign that you can approach them in te reo Maori and ‘give te reo a go’."....
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Jacinda Ardern - Keen to entrench Maori
"We actually think the Maori seas need to be treated he same way we treat all the other laws around elections and that means you should have at least 75 percent of parliament agree what you are going to do with them. That's not the case at the moment so we want to make sure that's firmly entrenched in our law," she says......
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Mana: Tax the rich to free the poor
Mana leader Hone Harawira says New Zealand has allowed the rich to take too much of the country’s wealth, and it’s time to take it back.

The former Te Taitokerau MP has released his policy prescription to take the seat back from Labour’s Kelvin Davis, starting with writing a constitution based on the Declaration of Independence He Whakaputanga and the Treaty of Waitangi.....
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​Up to 87 percent of prisoners unemployed before prison
An Official Information Act response to No Pride in Prisons states that up to 87 percent of New Zealand’s prisoners were unemployed immediately before their imprisonment.

“Prisons ultimately fail to address crime and social harm. Instead, they lock up the poorest and most vulnerable members of the population, the majority of whom are Māori.”.....
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Northland export education strategy launched
The Tai Tokerau Northland International Education Strategy, launched today in Waitangi, will help Northland take advantage of the opportunities provided by export education, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Paul Goldsmith says.

“Many international students value the opportunity to experience tikanga Māori and te reo in an authentic setting. Northland delivers a uniquely New Zealand experience.” ....
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11 August 2017

Next step in encouraging Maori doctors: DHBs where they can flourish
The next stage for helping to grow the Maori health workforce is to make sure DHBs are places they can flourish, the doctor leading the University of Otago’s Maori student support programme says.

Associate dean (Maori) and director of Kohatu, Otago Medical School’s centre for hauora Maori, Joanne Baxter says changing the health workforce is her aim, with a view to tackling health inequity.

Speaking at this year’s RNZCGP conference in Dunedin, Dr Baxter said only two to four per cent of New Zealand’s current registered health professionals are Maori.

Almost a third of all babies born in New Zealand are Maori, she says......
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Mental Health Services Need Māori Partnership to Be Improved
It is their belief through lived experiences Māori will have the solutions to improve mental health services, but if they are not included at the beginning of finding solutions then the opportunities to partner with Māori in a mana enhancing manner will not provide the broader perspectives and authentic involvement of Māori.....
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Māori welcome Labour's freshwater royalties plan
Māori involved in freshwater disputes have welcomed Labour's proposal to charge bottling companies royalties and use the funds to resolve Treaty of Waitangi water claims.

That resolution was expected to involve allocating a share of freshwater royalty revenue to Māori.

"Certainly if royalties are to be paid our hapū would expect that would come to them.".....
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Two Treaty settlement bills passed
The House of Representatives sat through extended sitting hours this morning to pass the Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā (Wairarapa Tamaki nui-ā-Rua) Claims Settlement Bill and the Ngāti Pūkenga Claims Settlement Bill through their third readings.

Both settlements provide acknowledgements, apologies and redress for past breaches of the Treaty......
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Waitangi Tribunal ruling upheld for Whakatōhea claimants
"Ngāi Tama Haua Hapū of Whakatōhea are pleased to advise that Deputy Chief Judge Savage has ruled in favour of the applications granting an Urgent hearing into the Crowns recognition of the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust Board (PSCT) Mandate." says Peter Selwyn in a public statement yesterday.

Attorney General Chris Finlayson (National Party) and Minister of Maori Affairs Te Ururoa Flavell (Maori Party) have shown a lack of good faith towards Ngāi Tama Haua Hapū through this process to date which has also strained relationships inside Whakatōhea as a consequence......
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Wellington Phoenix embrace spirit of the taniwha in new logo
The club's new logo, unveiled in Wellington on Thursday morning, includes the Māori inscription 'E Rere Te Keo' and is a representation of the Phoenix-like spirit of the taniwha.

The central concepts are mana (respect); kaha (strength); whanau and iwi (family and tribe). These central concepts are important as the Phoenix honour the past, acknowledge the present and create their future.

The inclusion of Māori culture is a start to celebrating the diverse cultures associated with the Phoenix, the club said....
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Keegan taking reo down to ones and twos
A Waikato University lecturer acknowledge as one of the country's top educators says he gets the most satisfaction from creating opportunities for te reo Maori to be used in a wide variety of environments.

"Computers don't speak in an inherently spoken language, they speak in ones and zeroes so they can handle languages even with as few resources as Maori but what needs to happen is for people to use their language, our language in all environments - radio, tv, computing, social media environments," he says.....
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10 August 2017

Porirua city gives nothing to racism
Porirua has become the first city to endorse the campaign called 'Give Nothing to Racism' launched in June.

Tana says, “Here in Porirua we had Holy Family School who signed up straight away and part of that kōrero was around children's names not being spoken properly, so it gave me the idea to say look we should be supporting our children and we should be having that conversation.”

Tana says it's the small seemingly harmless acts, comments or jokes that help feed racism and says it isn't welcome in Porirua........
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Students back Te Awanuiārangi push for indigenous-university status
Some Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi students are backing the wānanga's push to be recognised as an indigenous university, despite opposition from mainstream universities.

In a Facebook post, Te Awanuiārangi council member Sir Harawira Gardiner highlighted their push to receive indigenous-university status that will enable them to attract overseas students. The Vice Chancellors of eight universities disagree with the move......
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Massey Debate Puts Te Reo Māori on Election Agenda
New Zealand First was forced to defend its te reo Māori policies on last night’s televised debate ‘Te Reo Anamata’, hosted by Māori Television’s Native Affairs and Massey University, Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa.

Mr Parone denied the recent attack by New Zealand First leader Winston Peters on Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell for speaking te reo in Parliament reflected a lack of commitment to the language.

Green candidate Jack McDonald told the crowd the Greens were the only party bold enough to drive the kaupapa of universal te reo in schools and he said it would be one of the key priorities going into the election and in post-election negotiations as well.

But National MP Jo Hayes said the country was not ready for compulsion.

Mr Flavell said New Zealand needs a range of initiatives that support te reo becoming a natural part of “being of this land and of this place”.

“I was one, who in the past, said everyone learn te reo – if you’re not there, get off the bus and go somewhere else. I’ve actually changed my attitude now. We’ve got to take the whole country with us.”

Labour MP Adrian Rurawhe said while Labour was committed to seeing te reo in schools, care had to be taken with the language around policies.

Mr Paraone also claimed New Zealand First would concentrate on training te reo Māori teachers.....
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UN Declaration implementation gap must be addressed
“Māori, like many other indigenous communities throughout the world, are painfully aware of the major implementation gap between what indigenous rights are protected through the Declaration and their realisation in practice. This must change.”

“The Declaration offers real opportunities for positive change for tangata whenua, and Aotearoa New Zealand. However, almost 10 years on from its adoption, a lack of political will, resources and commitment has meant this is still to be realised......
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Forest managers look to unlock Whakarewarewa, Tokorangi potential
A new management arrangement for Rotorua's much loved Whakarewarewa/Tokorangi forest block is poised to "unlock the potential" of the area.

The current management licence, operated by the Rotorua Lakes Council, is being described as inflexible and doesn't allow scope for new activities and increased commercial returns.

The council is now looking to go into a co-governance arrangement with forest owners CNI Iwi Holdings.

The proposal will be voted on by the Rotorua Lakes Council's Strategy, Policy and Finance Committee tomorrow......
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9 August 2017

Tribal groups gather for iwi leaders' forum at Whakatane's Tutahi Marae
The Iwi Chairs Forum was hosted by Ngati Awa at Te Manuka Tutahi Marae, in Whakatane last week with more than 170 attendees and 49 Iwi present.

In addition to the Iwi chairpersons, a number of government ministers were also at the forum, including Simon Bridges, Te Ururoa Flavell, Anne Tolley, Maggie Barry and Nick Smith.

Key things discussed were; helping implement an inclusive constitution for Aotearoa, freshwater, conservation, health, housing, biosecurity, te reo and Maori history being taught in all schools, Whanau Ora and Maori economic development.......
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Greens keen to extend treaty settlement process
As the process of settling historical treaty settlements comes towards an end, the Green Party wants to open it up again fix what it sees as anomalies and injustices.

It wants to review the process and allow settlements to be revisited where situations have changed or where claimants say they were shut out of original negotiations.

It would also ensure claims can only be settled with the agreement of the original claimants and remove the Crown’s large natural groupings approach to settlements.

Other elements of the package include requiring a 75 percent vote of parliament to remove the Maori seats, opposing any referendum on their future, and changing the law to stop voters using referendums to stop councils creating Maori wards.....
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Māori Party endorses strong relationships with Asian community
Wetex Kang, a former pharmacist and nutritionist, says he first met Tame Iti at the gym.

Kang says to achieve that, Māori and Asian communities need to work together.

Tame Iti says, “They are our guests and we are the indigenous people. People like them don't just come here lightly.”

He says, “Recently, we met up and started a beehive farming venture in my area of Te Mahurehure in Ruatoki.”

“When we sat down together, and we know this is an election year, I said to him, you have a big mouth, a loud voice, it would be better for you to contest a general seat in Auckland.”...
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Poroti Springs hapu not happy about bottling plant consent application
Whangarei hapu are "devastated" by an application to build and operate a water bottling plant at Poroti, saying "our water is being stolen".

Zodiac Holdings Limited, now known by its parent company's name, New Zealand Spring Water, has applied to the Whangarei District Council for resource consent to construct and operate a mineral water bottling plant at 649 Mangakahia Road, which would result in 20 direct jobs.

Millan Ruka, a spokesman for Te Uroiori; Te Parawhau; and Te Mahurehure ki Whatitiri hapu, said the hapu were devastated.

"Essentially our water is being stolen. Now it's finally signed and sealed because they have the consent to take the water and now they have the application to build the plant," he said.....
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Ardern says Maori seats 'important', English coy as poll shows most Kiwis want electorates to stay
Jacinda Ardern says the Maori seats are important, while Bill English is not declaring his hand on the issue after a 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll showed more than half of voters want the seats to stay.

The poll was taken after Winston Peters announced three weeks ago that a referendum on the Maori seats was a bottom line for New Zealand First support after the election.

Asked their view on the Maori seats, 55 per cent of respondents said they should be kept, 13 per cent said they should be abolished as soon as possible, and 23 per cent said they should be abolished some time in the future.....
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Colmar Brunton Poll Results HERE

Kupe Scholarship helps Ngaruawahia student pursue Te Reo Maori dream
A dream to normalise Te Reo Maori is becoming more of a reality for Hinekura Simmonds who has been granted $15,000 to help with her studies.

Introducing the Maori language into everyday activities for young children is a tactic she hopes to implement in the future.

"On a broad societal scale [my aim] is that reo will be normalised and you'll hear it everywhere.

"I think the only way to achieve the goal is to make it compulsory in all centres......
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Enhancing Mātauranga Māori and Global Indigenous Knowledge
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Nurse shortage unhealthy for Maori
The New Zealand Nurse's Organisation says continued disparity in what nurses can earn working in Maori and community health services compared with what they would get from district health boards is affecting recruitment and broader efforts to improve Maori health.....
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Tauranga Iwi Thank Ministers For Their Actions and Suspend Protest Action For The Time Being
Protest action in Tauranga by local iwi will be temporarily suspended following undertakings given by Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson in Parliament last week that he would not sign a deal with the Hauraki Collective until all issues have been worked out.

Ngai Te Rangi Iwi chairman Charlie Tawhiao said that both Minister Finlayson and Minister of Maori Development Te Ururoa Flavell have heard the concerns of Tauranga iwi after initially trying to push through the Hauraki settlement against the wishes of Tauranga iwi and residents.......
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8 August 2017

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Returns to Iwi
Ngāti Rangitihi and Tūhourangi are delighted to confirm the settlement of their joint purchase of Waimangu Volcanic Valley Limited.

In late June, Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi and the Tūhourangi Tribal Authority, supported by Te Puia | New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, made a conditional offer for the business and assets of Waimangu Volcanic Valley Limited. This was conditional on the transfer of existing lease arrangements.

The Department of Conservation has now confirmed those lease arrangements will be transferred to Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi and the Tūhourangi Tribal Authority and remain in place until 2056.....
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Auckland DHBs commit to employing more Maori and Pasifika youth
Waitemata District Health Board has joined with Auckland District Health Board and Counties-Manukau District Health Board to commit to giving Maori and Pasifika youth better work opportunities.

The three DHBs have signed on to take part in Auckland Council's Youth Employment Pledge, an initiative focussed on dropping youth unemployment by working with employers, youth services and schools to create opportunities for young people.

Chair of the three DHBs, Dr Lester Levy, signed onto the pledge last week.

He said the DHBs needed to move with the tide as the communities they serve become more diversified in age, ethnicity and skill and that the commitment would address those living with social disadvantage......
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7 August 2017

Labour rules out Māori seat referendum
The Labour Party is ruling out a referendum on the Māori seats, even if that's a bottom line for a deal with New Zealand First.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has promised a referendum to let voters decide if the seven Māori electorates should remain.

Labour said it will be up to Māori alone to say if the seats are no longer necessary.

The party's new deputy leader, Kelvin Davis, told TV3's The Nation there was no push from within Māoridom to abolish the seats.

"Those seats were foisted upon Māori back in the 1860s just to really control our voting power and we have become quite fond of them to be honest.

"We really don't want them to go.".....
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No Pride in Prisons name change upcoming
Prison abolitionist organisation No Pride in Prisons is preparing to change its name to People Against Prisons Aotearoa after a majority vote at its 2017 annual general meeting.

“People Against Prisons Aotearoa, or PAPA, is a reminder that Papatūānuku underlies the struggle for mana motuhake and the nationwide liberation of Māori in Aotearoa..”
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$1.78m for new youth development partnerships
Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that in 2017/18, the Government will invest a total of $1.78 million into the Partnership Fund that supports youth development opportunities created in collaboration with business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners.....
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Green Party will honour Te Tiriti in Government
The Green Party has today announced a set of commitments to honour and implement Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a new progressive government.....
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More on the above > Honouring Te Tiriti

SOUL is going to Geneva to report on Govt’s racist policy
SOUL, the mana whenua-led campaign working to protect Ihumātao from permanent destruction, is taking its case to the United Nations in Geneva in a bid to be heard by the New Zealand Government.

After highly successful presentations to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the UN in New York in April 2017, SOUL will now appeal to the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) for support to prevent Fletcher Building Limited’s high-priced housing development on confiscated Māori land.......
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6 August 2017

Vesting agreement signed for Māori Arts and Craft Institute
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell along with the Whakarewarewa Joint Trust have signed a vesting agreement that will ultimately transfer ownership of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute from the Crown, to Iwi.

Mr Flavell says it’s an important step to strengthen the Crown’s relationship with Wāhiao Tūhourangi and Ngāti Whakaue in this historical establishment.

“This is a significant step in strengthening the relationship between the Crown and Wāhiao Tūhourangi and Ngāti Whakaue.....
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Biosecurity Award recognises innovative Māori network
A national Māori Biosecurity Network led by researchers at Lincoln University has been recognised in the inaugural New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.

Te Tira Whakamātaki’s founders, Melanie Mark-Shadbolt and Dr Amanda Black from Lincoln University and Dr Nick Waipara from Auckland Council, set up the network to ensure Māori have a voice in New Zealand’s biosecurity system, and to integrate Māori perspectives and solutions into biosecurity research.

“A biosecurity system that can better reflect Māori knowledge, culture and perspectives is what we are ultimately aiming for,” she said.

“By harnessing the contribution, skills and views of Māori, who have the longest memory of our environment and ecosystems, Te Tira Whakamātaki are helping to ensure New Zealand has the best biosecurity system........
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Bayleys launches Tu Whenua division
A new Bayleys Commercial division, Tu Whenua, has been established to connect the Maori business community with new ventures and opportunities in property and business transactions.

The Maori economy is now valued at over $50 billion (iwi themselves at over $8b), providing a significant opportunity not only for Maori, but for New Zealand as a whole.

Kamo says when working with iwi and the Maori business community, there are extra layers of complexity that can be missed if not truly understood.

"One instance is that for iwi undergoing, or who have undergone, treaty settlements - a balanced view on the potential economic returns as well as social, heritage and cultural aspects are required.......
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5 August 2017

Historic day as Te Puia returned to local iwi
An historic process to hand back ownership of Te Puia to local iwi has been signed off today in Rotorua.

During a ceremony held at Rotowhio Marae at Te Puia, the Crown, represented by Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell, signed a vesting agreement that will lead to the iconic Te Puia New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute business being vested into Wahiao Tuhourangi o Whakarewarewa and Ngati Whakaue interests.

Whakarewarewa Joint Trust (WJT) chairman Malcolm Short said the agreement was significant and unique in a number of ways.....
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Billionaire's water request extended to smooth Maori concerns
A luxury lodge's request to irrigate 60,000 litres of water a day from a stream has been extended to ease local iwi's concerns.

A manager of Helena Bay Lodge, owned by Russian billionaire Alexander Abramov​, filed a resource consent with the Northland Regional Council (NRC) on March 23, asking to be granted the right to take water from the Te Mimiha stream to keep the grass at its entrance green in summer.

NRC resource consent manager Stuart Savill, said the lodge had had the council's decision deadline extended indefinitely.

He said they did so because the Ngatiwai iwi's Mokau Marae in the area were still worried about the effect the irrigation could have on the eels and tuna in the stream that some of the community catch to eat.....
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Meka Whaitiri: Leadership shows Labour keep faith with Maori
They are passionate, talented and hard-working MPs who will do a great job of communicating and representing our Labour message, values and vision for Aotearoa New Zealand.

This new leadership team also represents an important recognition of the unique, historic relationship between Māori and the Labour Party.

We currently hold six of the seven Māori seats and - despite the claims of our opponents - our collective Māori voice and perspective in the party is valued.

Now more than ever, Māori need inspiring, visionary political leadership with actual solutions for our people.

We in Labour are committed to making real change for Māori with transformative and aspirational policies - all fully costed and achievable.

Having a Māori deputy leader ensures this ongoing commitment to improving the lives of Maori will remain a priority for our campaign.
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4 August 2017

Small meeting supports Maori council seats
Less than 30 people attended on Wednesday night, less than the turnout at a meeting in Highbury on Tuesday, with several people having attended both.

Speaker Don Esslemont said he opposed special entitlements for any group, and believed his opinions were "widely held".

He said the meetings the council had organised to provide more information about the Maori ward proposal had been designed to be welcoming to people who believed those of Maori ancestry had a special place.

"There are other views, and I have not heard anyone tonight express them.

"Nearly everyone has been at the meetings because they support a separate Maori-based electoral system."

He said the councillors would be "very unwise" to think the meetings represented public opinion.....
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What's next for Mt Crawford as LINZ moves ahead with disposal of prison site?
Changes are on the way for the Miramar Peninsula after the Government confirmed it was another step closer to offloading the Mt Crawford prison site.

"This means we are currently looking at whether we need to offer the land to former owners. If not, the property will be offered to local iwi under their right of first refusal."......
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National Backs Water Royalties for Some
New Zealand First says the National Government is being two-faced over water royalties, with one Waikato iwi set to receive six-figure sums from Chinese-backed NZ Pure Blue.

“New Zealand First repeats the challenge to Raukawa we made at the recent Local Government NZ Conference, and that’s to deny it is being promised money from Chinese-backed NZ Pure Blue,” says the New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“It must be a good amount, six figures we are told, because it’s apparently swayed them over plans to extract up to 6.9 million litres of water a day, 2.5 billion litres every year, from Putaruru’s iconic Blue Springs.....
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Te Reo Maori has come a long way ... but there's still a long way to go
For all of us who are actually driving the reo and believe in it, there's thousands of our people who aren't. The big question right now is there's wonderful things happening but how can we make it even more wonderful for all of New Zealand," says Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi.....
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3 August 2017

Maori encouraged to support Maori council seats
A proposed Maori voting ward to ensure at least one or two Maori are elected to the Palmerston North City Council has been met with support at a public meeting.

Speakers at Tuesday's meeting in Highbury said the process was far from perfect, and it was not the way they would have chosen to ensure Maori took part in council decision making.

But, attendee Whitiora Paterangi was won over by the end of the meeting, and thanked the council for putting the proposal out for discussion.

Representative Chris Whaiapu said the process was not developed or set up by Maori, and was in conflict with Maori values.

"But it is the only process we have to get to the council table.

"And once we are there, we might be able to make a difference for the future."....
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Maori Affairs Select Committee recommend Waitara Land Bill be approved
Waitara residents are one step closer to buying the confiscated Maori land they live on.

On Wednesday, the Maori Affairs Select Committee presented a hugely-delayed report to Parliament in which it recommended the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Land) Bill be passed, but with changes.

New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom has called the findings a historic moment for New Zealand.....
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2 August 2017

Bilingual literacy programme launched in Flaxmere
Six hundred books along with 600 puzzles all written in English and translated into Māori have been given to the school as safety resources.

QR codes help the teachers and children with the correct pronunciation of the Māori langauge (sic),

"It's an important component. Te reo is one of our national languages and there is an increasing interest and need for people to speak the language and this is learning for some adults and children," says the principal Fay Wooster.

The literacy programme is a joint partnership between the local Fire Service and New Zealand Police.

It's a first for the Hawke's Bay region with the hopes of rolling out the literacy programme nationwide......
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Iwi support hapu/marae autonomy and decision making in water take requests.
The Ngatiwai Trust Board has asked the Mokau Marae to work with Helena Bay Lodge who sought a consent to take up to 60,000 litres of water a day from a local stream which passes through the property, to irrigate the Lodge grounds.

The consent application put forward by Helena Bay Lodge was withdrawn in early July so that more studies and monitoring can be done by Mokau Marae. Both parties agree the health of the river is paramount.

Ngatiwai Trust Board Chairman Haydn Edmonds says “This is why we are working with our local marae, that are potentially most affected, the Regional Council and the Helena Bay Lodge to find a satisfactory outcome.”.....
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Maori Party offers olive branch to Jacinda Ardern
The Maori Party has offered an olive branch to Labour's new leader Jacinda Ardern, saying its members want it to work with Labour.

The party currently supports the National-led government, despite its formation as a breakaway of Labour.

"Maori people throughout the country are telling me they want our party to work with Labour if it's in a position to form a government after September 23," party president Tuku Morgan said in a press release.....
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New journal to share Maori knowledge
A new journal that aims to share knowledge created by those working within Whanau Ora provision has been launched by the urban Maori authority Te Whanau O Waipareira.

Co-edited by Professor Meihana Durie, head of Massey University’s Te Patahi-a-Toi, the first issue of Te Kura Nui O Waipareira showcases a range of Maori health and social service approaches and research.

Waipareira CEO John Tamihere said the Journal was born from frustrations that Maori providers and community researchers have felt in regards to the established pathways for publishing and circulating new Maori knowledge......
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1 August 2017

Christchurch police on Maori offenders: 'We need a different approach'
In the past year, Hirone Waretini and his team have had to come to terms with something difficult – failure.

Five years ago, police launched a national strategy, Turning of the Tide. The goal was to turn around the high numbers of Māori who were involved in crime and road crashes, and the high numbers of Māori becoming their victims.

But it hasn't worked. 

As Canterbury Police Māori, Pacific and Ethnic Services district manager, Inspector Waretini has those numbers always on his mind.

At last count, 8 per cent of Christchurch residents were Māori - yet Māori made up about 20 per cent of the people apprehended by police, he said.

More than half of New Zealand's prison population is Māori - 51 per cent.

A six-year national strategy Turning The Tide was launched in 2012, timed to finish in 2018.

It aimed to cut the number of Māori first-time offenders by 10 per cent, cut repeat offenders and repeat victims of crime by 20 per cent, reduce Māori apprehensions, and reduce the number of Maori killed or seriously injured in road crashes by 20 per cent.

But a review of progress on the strategy last year found there had been no change in the

first time offender rates, an increase in repeat offenders, and trust and confidence in police within the Māori community had dipped...... 
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31 July 2017

New initiatives bring iwi and Ministry together
Minister for Children Anne Tolley says the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki is working with iwi to strengthen whānau connections and improve children and whānau participation in decision-making.

“There are a number of initiatives underway to build stronger connections with iwi to ensure children and young people are connected to their whānau and have safe, loving, stable homes,” says Mrs Tolley.

“This collective approach ensures the right people are engaged in decision-making so we can address the needs of Māori tamariki in prevention, early intervention, care support, transition to independence, and youth justice.....
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Labour pledges to get 20,000 Māori into home ownership
The Labour Party says, if elected, it will get more than 20,000 Māori into home ownership with a $20 million boost for support services.

The party also announced other measures, including letting iwi access collective mortgages to build on iwi land.

A special Māori Housing Unit would also be created within the party's proposed Affordable Housing Authority....
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Labour threatens Māori Party with electoral annihilation
Labour's threatening to wipe the Māori Party off the map, but the Māori Party's star candidate is calling it an empty threat.

The Labour Party is launching its Māori electorate campaign and a Māori housing policy at Nga Whare Waatea Marae in south Auckland this morning.

They've enlisted former TV weatherman Tamati Coffey to stand against Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell in Waiariki. It's the party's only electorate seat.....
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29 July 2017

Maori Ward Options
We are reviewing how our Māori community is represented ahead of local government elections in 2019. We want to know what you think about establishing ward/s, for a councillor/s elected by those registered on the Māori electoral roll.

City and district councils around New Zealand are discussing how Māori voice in their communities can best be represented.

The option of having a Māori ward was developed by the New Zealand Parliament as a way to enhance the role and perspective of Māori in local government decision-making.....
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Employers need to evaluate how they employ youth
Jody Hamilton says, "Everyone actually needs to change if we want to get our young Māori into mahi and I mean everyone from employers, Government agencies, service providers, schools, and our young people our rangatahi we all need to make some change."....
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Rotorua step closer to becoming 'bilingual city'
Rotorua has "made history again" after councillors agreed to go ahead with a proposal that could see Rotorua become the first official bilingual city in New Zealand.

Rotorua Lakes Council today voted unanimously to explore outside funding options and proposals for the idea, first introduced by Maori Party co-leader and Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell, and subsequently backed by the council's Te Tatau o Te Arawa Board during the council's Annual Plan process earlier this year.

Councillors gave themselves a round of applause after the motion was passed, with mayor Steve Chadwick called it an "amazing decision". .....
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Most Taranaki high schools have had te reo Maori as a compulsory subject for years
While debate has been raging in Auckland about whether to make te reo Maori compulsory in schools, Taranaki educators have been offering the language for years.

What's more, interest in the subject is booming, principals say.

Earlier this month Auckland Grammar landed itself in controversy when it made the move to introduce mandatory te reo Maori classes to its Year 9 students

Te reo Maori in Taranaki secondary schools:

* New Plymouth Girls' High School - optional at all Year levels

* New Plymouth Boys' High School - all Year 9 students receive 40 hours while other Years can pick up the subject as an elective

* Francis Douglas Memorial College - classes are compulsory for all of students from Years 7 to 9 and optional from Years 10 to 13

* Hawera High School - all Year 9 students take te reo Maori a core subject and optional in following Years

* Inglewood High School - compulsory in Year 9 and optional beyond

* Opunake High School - a core subject for Years 9 and 10 and optional for following Years

* Waitara High School - all Year 9 students receive 32 hours while optional for additional Years

* Sacred Heart Girls' College - compulsory across Years 7 to 9 and optional beyond

* Coastal Taranaki - optional at all Year levels

* Spotswood College - compulsory in Year 9 and optional beyond

* St Mary's Diocesan School - Currently not taught at any level, optional or otherwise

* Stratford High School - Year 9 students receive 40 hours while other Years can pick up the subject as an elective

* Te Wharekura o Te Pihipihinga Kakano Mai I Rangiatea - full immersion
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Gisborne District Council to start review of representation process
GISBORNE district councillors will begin their representation review process at their August meeting in preparation for the 2019 local body election.

Before the elections, councillors have to hold a representation review, consider the establishment of Maori wards and decide whether the election uses the single transferable vote (STV) or the traditional first past the post (FPP) voting system....
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28 July 2017

Nationwide first for Hawke's Bay iwi
Northern Hawke's Bay iwi Ngati Pahauwera is expected to be the first in New Zealand to be granted coastal Customary Marine Title, despite the iwi board's disappointment with a Crown offer that excluded the central focus of the Mohaka River mouth.

But in Hawke's Bay yesterday, Minister of Treaty Settlements Chris Finlayson QC stressed no one loses any rights, saying if people want to launch their boat where they always have done nothing changes - as is the situation with 12,500 cases of "bluewater" rights, where landowners have had long term rights to the water's edge.

Iwi chairman Toro Waaka expects unsatisfied parts of the application will be argued in the High Court, to which the iwi has already applied.

Mr Finlayson expects that while many applications around the country might "not see the light of day," there will be others that follow a similar path, possibly including some of the other 12-13 applications affecting Hawke's Bay coastline.

Applications under the Act closed in April and Mr Finlayson said: "We've now got a whole lot of cases. In my view, there will be a couple of big ones.".....
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Winston Peters takes issue with the use of Te Reo Maori in Parliament
The leader of NZ First was forced to the withdraw and apologise for accusing the Maori Development Minister of "hiding behind the Maori language" when giving answer's in Parliament's bear pit.

Answering question from Labour Minister Kelvin Davis in the House, about homelessness and the sale of state houses, Minister Te Ururoa Flavell delivered his answers in Te Reo - his right under the rules of Parliament.

NZ First leader Winston Peters, who is not fluent in Te Reo, interjected. Although Peters' comments were not clearly picked up on the microphones inside Parliament, he seemed to yell "stop hiding behind the Maori language"....
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Māori digital tech fund recipients to receive $3.6mil
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith have today announced the recipients of the first round for the Ka Hao: Māori Digital Technology Development Fund.

“The first round of funding for Ka Hao will provide a total of $3.6 million for the 20 successful applicants,” says Mr Flavell.

“There are some really exciting initiatives ranging from online te reo tools to environmental monitoring systems which will provide skilled opportunities for whānau.

The fund is a joint programme between Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, with Te Puni Kōkiri as the lead agency. The $30 million fund was established as part of Budget 2014 and was originally known as the Māori ICT Development Fund.....
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27 July 2017

Company taking Blue Springs water mainly overseas-owned
During the three-hour meeting, attended by about 40 people, Hartnett is understood to have said that most of the US$170 million ($228.3m) to be invested in the new venture would go into the bottling plant to be established at the old Carter Holt Harvey site near the Putaruru Hotel.

Iwi were also told 237 jobs would be created from the venture, only 10 of which would be filled outside New Zealand.

The meeting got heated at times as those attending asked Hartnett questions - some which remained unanswered, according to the source.

The company wrote in its water consent application to the Waikato Regional Council that it had consulted with the Raukawa Settlement Trust and had the support of the South Waikato District Council. The council has said a donation will be made to a community trust by the company in return for their support.

The Herald understands iwi are also expected to receive a donation for their support.......
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Winston Peters: 'Your water rights are going out under your nose
Secret meetings are being held in Wellington between iwi and the Government to set up a separate entity that handles water allocation rights, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has claimed.

"Your water rights here are going straight out of control under your nose and you are not being told by the regional council here as to what they have done," he said.

Peters was referring to minutes of a meeting he requested under the Official Information Act (OIA) confirming Prime Minister Bill English, Nick Smith, Simon Bridges, Te Ururoa Flavell and Waikato regional chairman Alan Livingston met with representatives from iwi including Tainui, Raukawa, Te Arawa River Iwi, Ngati Tawharetoa and Maniapoto to discuss the Waikato and Waipa River Review.

Peters said the minutes he had told enough of the picture.

"It tells you this - that there is going to be a new statutory body that you've never heard about which will control the outcome where water is concerned.....
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Maori and DOC to work closer in Ruapehu
The Department of Conservation [DOC] is restructuring its offices in the Central Plateau so it can work closer with local Maori.

A recent Treaty of Waitangi settlement with one of the iwi in the area - Tuwharetoa - would have implications for DOC said regional director for the Central North Island, Allan Munn.

He said offices in Ohakune and Turangi would be strengthened while the Whakapapa office may be smaller and might even be managed by Tuwharetoa. There would only be one manager for the area, instead of two.....
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Debate puts Te Reo Maori onto the election agenda
In the lead up to the General Election, Massey University is hosting a debate on its Wellington campus to explore the policies of New Zealand’s major political parties to ensure the future of te reo Maori and its continued revitalisation.

Te Reo Anamata - the Future of Te Reo debate will be hosted by Te PÅ«tahi-a-Toi, the Massey University School of Maori Art, Knowledge and Education in conjunction with Maori Television’s flagship current affairs programme Native Affairs.

The debate will be hosted by Native Affairs presenter, Oriini Kaipara, and will feature Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell, and the MPs Jo Hayes for the National Party, Adrian Rurawhe for Labour, Jack McDonald for the Greens and Pita Paraone for NZ First.....
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26 July 2017

Tūhoronuku defends spending on overseas travel
The group that has received most of the $6 million given to fund the Ngāpuhi settlement process is defending trips to Sydney and Perth, saying they were worthwhile.

But the co-leader of an opposing group says taxpayers should be disappointed and angry.

Documents released under the Official Information Act show Ngāpuhi has received $6 million from the government since 2009 to help the huge North Island iwi decide who has the right to negotiate with the Crown.

More than $5m ($5,844,823) has gone to Tūhoronuku, which was set up in 2014. Opposing group Te Kotahitanga, which has been working on new negotiating framework Maranga Mai, received just $165,000.

Iwi members have been critical of Tūhoronuku's spending for many years, including on international travel, but Mr Tau said the trips had been worthwhile.

Mr Tau said members of the group had travelled to Sydney and Perth. "The use for us going to Australia is that we've got about 20 or 25 Ngāpuhi [individuals] over there ... we went to Sydney and Perth on three occasions and we had attendances of 40 to 50 every time."

But one person who attended those hui said one meeting attracted just a handful of people, including family members.....
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TOP leader Gareth Morgan draws large crowd in Rotorua
Mr Morgan said his party wanted to put together a New Zealand constitution with the Treaty of Waitangi at its core......
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25 July 2017

Waikato-Tainui tax bill a disgrace
The self-congratulations by Waikato-Tainui for its record profit announcement today is soured by the fact it doesn’t pay company tax on the vast majority of its investments, points out the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. The tribal authority, Te Whakakitenga o Waikato, today announced a net profit of $137.8 million, an increase in tribal wealth by $128 million to $1.07 billion, despite the group paying only twelve thousand dollars of income tax in the previous financial year. The small amount is because most of the tribe’s commercial investments can avoid paying company tax, even if no profits are distributed or spent on the tribe’s charitable activities.

Jordan Williams, the Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union, said “While politicians complain about overseas companies like Google and Facebooknot paying their fair share of tax, everyone is turning a blind eye to these enormous tribal and religious empires which pay almost no tax, despite only a tiny proportion of the profits going back into the communities they are meant to serve. It is a disgrace.”

“Even of those parts of the group which pay tax, most are subject to a lower ‘Maori authority’ rate – something National said they’d get rid when they were in opposition.”.......
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Davis threatens to resign if two charter schools closed down
The Labour Party is opposed to charter schools but would continue to support kura kaupapa and special character schools.

Te Kura Hourua O Whangārei and Te Kāpehu Whetū are both charter schools in Northland.

The MP Kelvin Davis said Māori wanted a measure of autonomy over the education of their children.
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Whangarei Sistema-style music project granted $40,000
Nick Grew says learning an instrument teaches students more than just music.

It also teachers essential skills such as respecting taonga and teamwork.

It is because of this belief the Whangarei Girls' High School (WGHS) head of music applied for, and won, a $40,000 grant from the Ministry of Education's Teacher Led Innovation Fund which will allow him to carry out an 18-month project exploring how to raise Maori achievement through orchestral playing.....
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23 July 2017

From the NZCPR archives by Professor Philip Joseph
The Maori seats in Parliament
My interest was with the royal commission’s supplementary recommendation – to abolish the Maori seats should New Zealand adopt MMP. I examined closely the reasons advanced and could not find fault.

Here are the reasons why I believe the Maori seats lack justification and should be abolished:

(1) the seats are unnecessary to secure effective representation of Maori;

(2) the seats invite “overhang” that skews the proportionality of the House of Representatives;

(3) the seats entrench a form of historical paternalism that removes Maori issues from the mainstream political agenda;

(4) the seats are a form of reverse discrimination fundamentally at odds with Western human rights values; and

(5) justifications derived from the Treaty of Waitangi are flawed......

Read Professor Philip Joseph’s full informative article HERE
Feb 21, 2009

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22 July 2017

Strong opposition to te reo Maori to English name change for Omiha on Waiheke Island
There has been an overwhelmingly strong negative response from the public on a proposed name change from te reo Maori to English for a village on Waiheke Island.

Consultation is currently underway on a suggestion to change the name for Omiha to Rocky Bay. The village overlooks Kuakarau Bay and Omiha Bay on Waiheke Island.

The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) received a proposal from Waiheke resident Nobilangelo Ceramalus to change the name in March 2016. The proposal was accepted for consultation, with submissions being open until September 22.

To date, 135 objections to the change have been received by the NZGB, compared to just five in support. Of the submitters, 52 per cent were from Waiheke Island...,..
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Three concerns for the coming election
The New Zealand Seniors Party have many concerns going into this coming election, below we have outlined 3 of them to comment on.

One of our key concerns coming into this election is the growing racial divide and reverse apartheid that is taking place in New Zealand as a direct result of the race based political policies. It seems that nothing can be done in New Zealand now without Maori involvement, there is even talk of Maori being involved in the Americas cup defence in 4 years’ time. Emirates Team New Zealand represent all New Zealanders so why do Maori want to be involved? NZSP believe we are all New Zealanders no matter what ethnic background we come from and until we can all accept this we cannot move forward as a nation....
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Corrections launches new haka to get more Māori workers
The Department of Corrections has launched a new haka in a push to get more Māori working in prisons.

Forty-six new recruits took up the challenge to perform the haka at their graduation ceremony in Wellington......
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How to Build Relationships with Māori and Pacific Peoples
Businesses and organisations wanting to build relationships and collaborate with Māori and Pacific peoples are being urged to register now for the CulturePRO Masterclass in Auckland next month.

The two-day high-ticket event held at Ōrākei Marae in Auckland provide cultural and social awareness insights when working with Māori and Pacific communities......
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21 July 2017

Ngāpuhi Rūnanga Chair defends $6mil settlement expenditure
Ngāpuhi Rūnanga Chair Sonny Tau today spoke to Te Kāea over the controversial spending of nearly $6mil of government funding to date to facilitate the settlement of Ngāpuhi treaty claims known as Te Paparahi o Te Raki.

Tau says renewed enquiries into funds spent to date to facilitate the Ngapuhi settlement is a political football in an election year.

“Ngāpuhi is the largest of all tribes by far in this country and 10 times bigger than most. So the amount of money being spent to settle with Ngāpuhi is justified.”

Tau says that in the six years to 2013 alone, the Government spent $76mil on the facilitation of tribal claims and settlements.

“The $6mil spent here doesn't even compare to the full cost. Ngāpuhi is in the spotlight and the $6mil spent has made this a political issue in an election year.”

Tau says a further $15mil has been spent to date on historical research in support of Te Paparahi o te Raki claims.....
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Ken Mair: It is time to put the ASPIRATIONS of Tuna first
Te Wai Māori Trust recently hosted the second National Māori Tuna Conference at Wanganui.

We were pleased to bring together over 200 iwi, commercial and customary fishing interests, scientists and policy advisers from central and local government, independent experts and scientists to talk about Tuna (Eel).

For the first time the innate values, or rights, of a natural resource are defined at law via kawa, our indigenous world-view.

The steady undermining of the status of tuna is akin to the undermining of our whakapapa.

....an invigorating debate about the pros and cons of the various legal options that could uphold Te Mana o Ngā Tuna, namely legal protection, legal recognition or legal personality......
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Christchurch national marae housing 'first' in South Island
A $3 million project to build six three-bedroom homes on Christchurch's Nga Hau e Wha National Marae is expected to be finished late November.

The social housing properties, on the marae reservation in Pages Rd, Aranui, are the first of what could ultimately become a 17-home papakainga – a form of housing development that happens on multiple-owned Maori or ancestral land.

Marae Nga Maata Waka housing manager Arana Talbot said the development was believed to be one of the first in the South Island.

"It is unique in that it is on the national marae, the only one in the world which has been declared by statute a place for every New Zealand citizen."....
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Maori seats a constitutional issue.
Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell says entrenching the Maori seats doesn't go far enough in securing their safety.

"It's a constitutional issue they must be retained. We're talking seven seats, for goodness sakes, not as though we're taking over the whole Parliament" he says.....
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20 July 2017

Combined Wairarapa council to go to vote - probably
South Wairarapa Mayor Viv Napier said the commission must believe there was enough support to proceed with a proposal and she wanted to see what the community decided.

The final proposal includes a few changes from the draft which was released in March. The powers and scope of the transition body charged with setting up the new council would be reduced and there would be iwi representation on that board.

The law restricted the commission from making some changes that were asked for by submitters such as changing the number of Wairarapa councillors on the regional council, setting budgets for community boards, establishing Maori wards, ring-fencing finances or guaranteeing area offices in specific locations......
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Educators welcome new te reo in schools
The primary teachers' union has welcomed a new report that outlines a plan for te reo Maori to become a core curriculum subject.

The Maori Language Commission commissioned the New Zealand Council for Educational Research report, which proposes raising the status and increasing the use of te reo by making it a core curriculum subject beginning in Year 1 in 2020 until it is included in all levels up to Year 13 by 2037. NZEI president Lynda Stuart says teachers understand the importance of nurturing te reo for all New Zealanders but often don't feel equipped or confident enough to teach it effectively.....
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Auckland Grammar hires first Māori language teacher
Auckland Grammar, one of New Zealand's leading secondary schools, has hired its first ever teacher of te reo Māori.

The boys' college HAS ALSO MADE TE REO MĀORI A COMPULSORY SUBJECT FOR ALL YEAR NINE STUDENTS.

He believed te reo Māori should be taught at all schools throughout the country. ....
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Speakers at symposium inspiring Maori
Foxton's Te Pa Harakeke o Te Awahou Maori Immersion Early Childhood Centre recently held their bi-annual fundraising symposium with prestigious Maori leaders sharing their stories.

Alongside other speakers, Sir Mark Solomon told his story of becoming a key player in Ngi Tahu's Treaty of Waitangi settlement, and Maori party co-leader Marama Fox spoke about her journey to becoming a politician

"Keynote speakers placed a wide lens on diverse matters relevant to te ao Maori (the Maori world) while local presenters provided a close-up lens on Foxton issues." ....
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Wairoa council embraces te reo
WAIROA District Council formally adopted its te reo Maori policy this week.

Young kura kaupapa student Rongomaiwahine Te Rau o Patuwai’s submission to councillors was the icing on the cake as the council formally adopted its policy, a living document that the community has embraced.

Wairoa District Council is now one of the first local government bodies in New Zealand to approve such a policy, a stepping stone towards becoming the country’s first bilingual community.

The council’s te reo Maori policy is designed to develop and promote the language throughout the organisation......
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Winston Peters dismisses flip-flop and says all Kiwis will vote on whether Maori seats should be abolished
A vote on a referendum to abolish the Maori seats will be for everyone "regardless of race", says Winston Peters.

The NZ First leader has ruled out only those on the Maori roll voting in a referendum on whether to keep the seven Maori seats - a bottom-line policy announced at the weekend.

Peters said he made it "very clear" in his speech to party supporters on Sunday that this is a "vote for everybody who is over 18 years of age, who is entitled to be on the New Zealand electoral roll regardless of race".....
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Post-settlement iwi making strong returns
Post-settlement iwi making strong returns with capacity to increase growth further

An extensive financial analysis of 31 post-settlement iwi/hapū shows all recorded a positive profit on commercial assets in the last reported year, with an average return on assets of 8.2%.

“In unique and challenging circumstances iwi are demonstrating their ability to balance risk and reward to deliver strong commercial outcomes” ANZ Head of Māori Relationships David Harrison said.

By comparison, New Zealand’s 30 largest listed companies had an average return on assets of 7.7% and our five largest listed property trusts an average of 5.6% for the same period.
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New Maori policy adviser position at New Plymouth District Council
A new job has been created at the New Plymouth District Council - a Maori policy adviser that comes with an annual salary of more than $75,000

The position sits in the council's iwi relationships team and will work with the new Te Huinga Taumatua Committee.

The council already has two staff members working in the iwi liaison team, but it would be unfair to add working with the committee to their workload, Brown said......
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19 July 2017

Aorangi trust to receive $3 million for historical grievances
Takapau Central Hawke's Bay, who received a Crown apology more than 150 years on since their homelands were burned to the ground.

The Oruawharo Homestead in Takapau was once home to Aorangi hapū before their papakāinga was burned to the ground in 1864 while out fishing for their families.

The MOU includes $3 million dollars, first right of refusal to 10 different properties in the Central Hawke's Bay area as well as co-management of Whatuma Lake with The Department of Conservation.

"It's not actually a treaty settlement that's been signed today but it's a very important resolution of a long standing grievance that has gone back some time," says Finlayson.....
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Shane Jones denies being at odds with Winston Peters over Maori seats referendum
NZ First's Whangarei candidate, Shane Jones, says he's not at odds with his leader Winston Peters over whether there's a place in Parliament for the Maori seats.

In an interview with The Hui earlier this month, two days after he was announced as a candidate, Jones said the Maori seats would continue as long as Maori people "remain on them and want them to continue".

But Jones says that was taken from NZ First's 2014 manifesto and it was the party, and Peters' position, that has changed.

The decision to hold a referendum on whether to abolish the Maori seats sits comfortably with Jones,

He said the Maori seats have been "discredited" since the Maori Party have had them.

"That's a view that I know isn't accepted by other iwi so I myself have not a slither of doubt or concern about the wisdom of this referendum."....
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Listen to Pita Paraone on the above HERE

Applications open for Māori Innovation Fund scheme
“The Commercial Advisors Scheme is a big part of our plan to help Māori, iwi and collectives to get the most value out of their assets.”

The Commercial Advisors Scheme provides up to $60,000 over 18 months to enable Māori collectives to pair up with a commercial advisor to speed up commercial projects already underway, or to identify development options.....
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18 July 2017

We'll be here every weekend fighting' - Auckland iwi protest development of gun club on sacred mountain
An Auckland iwi is protesting the development of a gun club on top of the sacred maunga Tuhirangi.

The new Auckland Shooting Club in rural Makarau is threatening to disrupt residents and businesses in the area, including a meditation centre.

Ngati Rango gathered at the hill at dawn this morning, claiming they should have been consulted before it was opened.

"If they don’t shut it down we'll be here every weekend fighting it and pushing it. It can’t go ahead," says Te-Arahi Kapea....
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Peter's referendum call would sideline Māori – Fox
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is being accused by the Māori Party of trying to take New Zealand back to the dark ages.

"My strategy is to tell everyone out there that you will not be talking to New Zealand First unless you want a referendum on both those issues - mid-term after this election."

However, Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox said the seats could go only when disparity was removed for Māori in this country.

Mr Peters estimates a referendum on Māori seats and the number of MPs would cost around $27 million. The party also wants referenda on legalising marijuana, legalising euthanasia and repealing the anti-smacking law.....
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'The vast majority of Māori are on the general roll'
Māori electorates have failed to deliver what Māori really need and should be abolished, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says.

"The vast majority of Māori, entitled to be on the Māori roll, are on the general roll."

Māori wanted decent and affordable housing and healthcare system, an accessible education system and first world wages, he said.

"Those four things have been totally detoured in the Waitangi industry and what you might call this new breed of Māori politics where the mass of Māori interests are forgotten."......
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Brighter Future? Beating a game of bullrush
Last year Māori students were suspended at higher rates than any other ethnic group. They were excluded from school at a rate three times higher than Pākehā and expelled nearly four times as often.

In the last nine years under the National-led government, the number of Māori students passing NCEA Level 2 has grown. Nearly 75 percent passed in 2016, compared to 52 percent in 2008.

But there are also nearly 26,000 young Māori, aged 15 to 24, who are not in any kind of education, employment or training - a number that has not significantly changed in a decade....
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Binding referenda on maori seats welcomed
Pro-democracy lobby group, Democracy Action, welcome New Zealand First’s commitment to hold a binding referendum on the retention of Parliament’s Maori Seats, should the Party find itself in a position of power post the general election.

The spokesperson for Democracy Action, Lee Short, says, "The Maori seats are from a bygone era, and should have been removed when MMP was introduced in 1996 - as was recommended by the Royal Commission which led to its introduction."

"New Zealanders’ civil and democratic rights should not be based on race or ethnicity. The National Party’s policy is to abolish the Maori seats, and this policy, to put it to the people, is even better."
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17 July 2017

Protestors close down Wairoa Bridge
A protest march across the Wairoa Bridge has caused traffic delays this morning.

Local Maori are protesting against the signing of a Treaty settlementbetween the government and a collective of Hauraki iwi that would give them special rights in Tauranga.

A press release from the protest group states for many weeks, the Crown has denied a signing date was set, even after internal emails were intercepted indicating the Crown was secretly organising the signing with Hauraki for July 22.

However, on Friday the Crown admitted the signing is planned to take place on July 22, ‘proving the Crown has been lying to the people of Tauranga Moana' about their plans regarding the Treaty deal.

Speaking to a reporter at the scene, Tauranga Police Sergeant Wayne Hunter says the highway will be completely closed until all of the protestors are across.

The NZTA estimates the road will be cleared by 11.30am at the latest......
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NZ First promises referendum on Māori seats, reducing Parliament to 100 seats New Zealand First has announced a new policy at what leader Winston Peters called a "rally" in Auckland on Sunday afternoon.

Mr Peters would hold two binding referendums on the same day. They would be on two issues:

* Whether to retain or abolish Māori seats,

* Whether to maintain or reduce the size of Parliament to 100 MPs.
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Health representation for Māori ‘not good enough’ – Te Rina Moke
A Māori health advocate is accusing the Ministry of Health of breaching its Treaty of Waitangi obligations.

This comes following an AUT study revealed the Ministry disestablished the Te Kete Hauora policy team. It also revoked Maori health plans and reporting from mandatory DHBs, and has scaled back the requirements of DHBs to consult with Maori.....
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15 July 2017

Crown is enabling Hauraki Maori to claim Tauranga
There are generally considered three iwi groups that have long-term control in the Tauranga area, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui and Ngati Pukenga. However, the Crown is now supporting Hauraki's push to take control of that area as well.

With past experience as a guide, Paul Majurey's assertion that the Hauraki Collective extends from Matakana in the north to Matakana Island is an indicator he intends to seek control of Matakana Island in the Tauranga harbour.

The same Hauraki/Crown strategy is being played out in other traditional areas of Ngatiwai in Northland and in Tainui areas.....
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Southland Mayoral Forum approves new organisation to drive regional strategy
The shareholders will be the province's four councils – Gore District Council, Southland District Council, Invercargill City Council and Environment Southland.

They would hold 75 per cent of the shares, with Ngai Tahu, community and business interests holding the remaining 25 per cent.....
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Caution required in all alpine areas of Tongariro Park
All waterways including the lakes on Tongariro and his peaks Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu are sacred to the local Māori tribe. Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro kaumātua Te Ngaehe Wanikau asks visitors to the area to keep their own safety and wellbeing paramount and also to respect the sanctity of the maunga tapu (sacred mountains) by not touching or entering any of the waterways including the alpine lakes. Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro places extreme importance on their guardian role in protecting not only Tongariro and his peaks, but also the safety and wellbeing of visitors to the region.....
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14 July 2017

Whānau Manaaki incorporate Māori worldview into kindergartens
Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens is one of the largest providers in the New Zealand early childhood sector. The annual staff conference was held at Te Papa in Wellington where they invited keynote speakers with a Māori lens to give perspectives on the Māori world view in early childhood education.

Whānau Manaaki is a not-for-profit organisation supporting 85 kindergartens from Wellington to Horowhenua.

Māori Cultural Advisor for Whānau Manaaki, Matiu Te Huki (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne ki Wairarapa) says, “He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua really want to learn the Māori languages and value based systems from the managers to all the staff there is a real desire amongst this family to grow.”

More than 5000 children now attend one of Whānau Manaaki's 85 kindergartens and 20% are Māori.

Te Huki says, “There are 1000 Māori in these kindergartens of this region but we want all the children to learn about Māori things to strengthen aspects of Māoridom in this country.”....
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Winston Peters goes on attack against freedom campers
Peters also launched a new attack on the Green Party after Metiria Turei's comment that NZ First had racist policies and Peters had made racist remarks about Muslims and terrorists.

He said it was not racist to question high immigration levels or policies that created a separate system for Maori and others.

He said the Greens promoted separatist policies, such as Maori ownership of water.

He also took aim at National, accusing it of ''separatism by stealth" by putting up Resource Management Act amendments which require councils to consult with iwi over what role they have, and reaching Treaty settlements which gave iwi a stake in local resources and management.

One of those was the recent Tuwharetoa settlement in the Taupo region.

He said the Government's version of the Seabed and Foreshore Act - the Takutai Moana Act - was also trouble in the waiting, saying hundreds of claims had been made to rights over the coastline.....
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AUT study finds Maori voices being cut from health sector
Maori representation in the health sector appears to be under threat as targeted initiatives are scaled back.

A study revealed the Ministry of Health disestablished their Maori policy team, Te Kete Hauora, last year along with revoking mandatory district health boards' Maori health plans and reporting, and scaling back the requirements of DHBs to consult with Maori.

AUT senior lecturer in Maori health and author of the study Dr Heather Came believed these were examples of the Ministry "quietly downsizing" their checks and balances to ensure Maori representation.

"These were structural mechanisms to help address institutional racism and enable Treaty obligations to be met. They've removed those and are relying on good faith ... I don't want to leave it to chance.......
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A traditional Maori approach to child rearing
Traditional Māori approaches to child rearing are steeped in collective responsibility, rather than conventionally promoted individual approaches.

Associate Professor Leonie Pihama, Dr Naomi Simmonds and Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki at the University of Waikato have been awarded $350,000 funding for A Better Start National Science Challenge in conjunction with Curekids to further investigate the place of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledges) as a practice to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young Māori.

Dr Pihama says to improve outcomes for tamariki Māori, it is critical traditional approaches to Māori health are revived.
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Tai Poutini Māori Tourism plan gets funding boost
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has announced a $70,000 investment in Tai Poutini Māori Tourism.

Mr Flavell says the investment supports the preparation and implementation of the Tai Poutini (West Coast) Māori Tourism Strategy and Action Plan to guide iwi investment in the region.

“The Māori economy, is a significant and an increasingly important contributor to New Zealand’s economy with a recent report estimating it to be $50 billion,” Mr Flavell says.....
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Fonterra Catches The Maori Separatism Bug Says NZ First
New Zealand First is accusing Fonterra of catching the Maori separatist bug by employing Tiaki Hunia as its new general manager: Māori strategy and just over a month after Mr Hunia was announced by Minister Flavell as the supposed head of the Maori Land Service.

“Is Tiaki Hunia the world’s shortest employed public servant?” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“In six weeks, Mr Hunia has gone from the newly appointed head of the Maori Land Service to Fonterra’s newly minted general manager: Māori strategy.

“It proves what chaos it is under Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell, who’d appointed Mr Hunia before his Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill had passed. Yet Mr Hunia has done ‘Māori Development’ of his own and could be joining Fonterra’s $500,000 plus club.

“Why on earth is Fonterra going down this Māori separatist rabbit hole?....
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13 July 2017

Government announces $50 million to support unemployed youth
The Government is investing $50 million in young people who are not in work or training in the regions.

They're targeting the 5280 most at-risk unemployed young people in Hawke's Bay, Northland, the Eastern Bay of Plenty and East Coast.

"There hasn't been a better opportunity in decades to match unemployed young people with real sustainable jobs in our regions," Prime Minister Bill English said.

The scheme will be funded from Budget 2017, with $8 million of the total amount set aside to support young Maori in to work.....
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Incorporating Māori design in development projects
Auckland Council’s Auckland Design Manual (ADM) has launched new Māori design case studies and a video showcasing the design process.

The ADM provides practical guidance for designers and developers and the Māori Design Hub is an an integral part of the manual. The hub explains how the Te Aranga Māori Design Principles can produce locally responsive, culturally grounded design....
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Local Maori challenge Lyttelton consent
Ngai Tahi’s legal representation has demanded Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) commit to a NZ$1m bond to ensure it improves the environment, if consented to deepen its shipping channel from the current low-tide of 12-12.5 metres to about 17-18 metres.

The tribe made the call during a recent hearing before Environment Canterbury on the grounds that traditional harbour food gathering resources were already being impacted by sediment and could likely be further impacted by increased port dredgings....
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Teachers frustrated by new charter schools
Rotorua and Taupo teachers are frustrated to hear that two near charter schools will be opening in their areas, calling it a "political experiment".

Launched by the Government, the two new schools in Rotorua, led by iwi Ngati Whakaue, and Taupo will target Maori students and open at the beginning of 2018.

New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association regional chair Alex Le Long said they are disappointed because new charter schools won't raise the achievement of our children......
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Maori Policy Adviser / Kaitohutohu
The New Plymouth District Council is a local authority organisation that has a new and exciting position for a Māori Policy Adviser / Kaitohutohu to create and contribute to the development, implementation and integration of Council policies to ensure the statutory requirements and obligations in relation to Māori and the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi are met......
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Maori Party proposes $350 million IwiRail
The Māori Party wants to put $350 million into a new rail scheme called IwiRail, which it says will open up the regions to freight and tourism.

Party president Tuku Morgan said the public-private partnership programme could generate thousands of jobs across the regions.

IwiRail would take over leases on existing KiwiRail lines that have been mothballed and work with iwi to build new connections.

Mr Morgan said the party would seek $350 million in post-election coalition negotiations to fund the policy......
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More on the above here > ‘IwiRail’ nothing less than economic sabotage

Fonterra Announces General Manager, Māori Strategy
Fonterra today announced the appointment of Tiaki Hunia to the role of General Manager, Māori Strategy/Pouhere Māori.

As Pouhere Māori, Tiaki will play a vital role in continuing to progress our strategic Māori commitments and strengthen Fonterra’s bicultural capability. He will work across the business, to lead, build and implement our vision of a strong partnership with Māori, growing prosperous, healthy and sustainable communities together......
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12 July 2017

$30m development for new Māori kiwifruit enterprises
This is part of the $30 million investment in the area to convert nearly 90 hectares of semi- and unproductive land into successful grower businesses.

Southern Cross Horticulture in Tauranga won the contracts for plant-supply of the G3 and Hayward kiwifruit vines, and also for orchard construction and establishment.

Brown Brothers Drilling based in Hamilton won the contract to drill the irrigation bores needed for the 10 new orchards.

“Our focus is entirely on establishing high-performing kiwifruit orchards on Māori land for the benefit of owners,” says Blair Waipara, Land Development Manager at Te Tumu Paeroa, “This land is some of the best horticultural land in New Zealand. We’re proud to be working with highly experienced industry players to create a lasting legacy for generations to come”.....
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Maori key to good resource management
The scholarships are a partnership between Nga Pae o te Maramatanga the Maori Centre of Research Excellence and the Cawthorn Foundation.

Te Pitau Whakarei Karahipi are for undergraduate students wanting to further a career in science and are worth $5500.

Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Deputy Director Dr James Atari says Maori hold the key to better resource management of coastal and freshwater through indigenous practises and this is what will be explored with the scholarship recipients.

"We have a knowledge system structure that has been grounded in millenium in this country here and I think that is yet to play a part in the business innovation. I think a lot of answers to our environmental woes lie in our own processes," says Dr James Atari.....
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March shuts down SH2 for message to Crown over iwi claim at Tauranga
Up to 400 people marched proud and tall as they shut down part of State Highway 2 to tell the Crown Tauranga is not up for grabs.

The group, organised by the Mana Moana Campaign, marched from Katikati's Uretara Domain to the town centre yesterday.

The protest comes amid Treaty of Waitangi redress negotiations between the Government and Hauraki iwi, who protesters say have claimed ownership rights in the Tauranga Moana area. However, the Crown disputes the argument.

Mana Moana campaign lead co-ordinator Meremaihi Aloua said the group's biggest message was "we aren't giving up".....
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Two new partnership schools for Maori students in Rotorua and Taupo
Two unusual new charter schools have been approved for Maori students in Rotorua and Taupo

One, in Rotorua, will be what is believed to be the country's first school combining a science and technology focus with a Kaupapa Maori philosophy for 200 children in school years 1 to 10, leaving out only the last three years of high school.

The other, in Taupo, will be a boarding school for 90 mainly Maori boys only in those last three years of high school, Years 11 to 13.....
See full article HERE
More on the above here > New charter schools to fragment and weaken public education

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11 July 2017

Complaint upheld over Northland news story
A Northland paper failed to validate claims by an amateur historian that a pre-European race of people settled New Zealand, the Press Council has ruled.

A complaint against the Northern Advocate has been upheld by the council for failing in its duty to provide fair, accurate and balanced reporting.

Last month Kaipara man Noel Hilliam claimed he'd tested two sets of human bones and found one came from Wales and the other was Mediterranean.

The Press Council said the story touched on sensitive historic and cultural issues and found the paper failed to check with the unnamed experts cited, or any other credible historic or forensic experts, to test whether the claims could be valid.

Local iwi kaumatua Ben Hita, of Te Uri o Hau, said the iwi deserved an apology from the paper.

He suggested the paper could attend a kaumatua meeting and make the apology there.

But Northern Advocate editor Craig Cooper told RNZ it would not discuss an apology for the iwi.....
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Wellington City Council seeks ok from iwi authorities on new bilingual signage for Southern Walkway
The Wellington City Council is waiting for the ok from local iwi before it reveals new bilingual signage on the city’s Southern Walkway. But because the te reo name of area has been covered up, some people are accusing the council of being bigots. ....
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Bay of Islands College on right track – ERO
A glowing ERO report is proof that Bay of Islands College has overcome past divisions and is on the right track, principal John Paitai says.

The report, released on June 30, praised the Kawakawa school's sound governance, strong leadership and the value it placed on students' Maori identity, but especially its efforts to rebuild relationships with the community.

Under previous principal Elgin Edwards, who departed in 2013, those relationships had become toxic, hitting bottom when Mr Edwards trespassed one of the Mid North's most respected kaumatua from the school grounds....
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Looking at Maori wards
Whakatane District Council is looking at introducing Maori wards before the next local government elections in October 2019.

The council's Policy committee is looking at introducing Maori wards as a way of promoting grater Maori involvement in decision making.....
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10 July 2017

Treaty of Waitangi claim targets alcohol harm among Maori
A claim before the Waitangi Tribunal is calling on the Government to raise the price of alcohol in an effort to curb the impact of drinking on the health of Maori.

In his claim, Maori warden David Ratu said the Government had breached the Treaty of Waitangi by not implementing recommendations laid out by the Law Commission in 2010, which included increasing the price of alcohol, raising the drinking age to 20 and restricting alcohol advertising and sponsorship.

Ratu also objected to the Government failing to ensure the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act was consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi......
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Green Party's Metiria Turei 'racist' call riles NZ First's Winston Peters
NZ First leader Winston Peters has bailed up Green co-leader Metiria Turei for calling him "racist", saying such attacks would have consequences.

Speaking on Q+A this morning, Turei said Peters was "on a roll" partly because of "a very racist approach to immigration".

"The worst of his rhetoric is coming out."

In response, Peters issued a statement saying it was the Green Party which had "racially separatist policies" and appeared to warn of consequences for the Green Party in any post-election talks.

"My warning to the Greens is don't call New Zealand First racist - an allegation that is spurious - and think there won't be consequences."

He said the Green Party promoted Maori ownership of water - a policy which was separatist....
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Educators: make all school children learn Maori history
Spokesman Pem Bird, who chairs a group of 29 iwi-run schools Nga Kura a Iwi, heads a working group pushing for Maori history which includes the School Trustees Association, the Principals' Federation and the two teacher unions.

"This is our country New Zealand saying yes we are ready for it, we want Maori history as a core subject, in other words it has the same status as English, maths, science and digital technology," he said.

The other groups are all backing the campaign, which will be launched publicly next month, although not all want to make the change compulsory......
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9 July 2017

The Crown has signed a deed of settlement with Ngati Tuwharetoa, the fifth largest iwi in the country.
Ngati Tuwharetoa receive $25 million and an apology. There are also cultural funds totalling $3.95m and 32 properties of cultural significance to the iwi.

The iwi's area of interest covers most of the Central North Island region and is centred on Lake Taupo and the Central Plateau.

Ngati Tuwharetoa received a share of Crown Forest Land in the Central North Island valued at $203m as part of the 2008 Central North Island Forests Iwi Collective settlement.

Within the next year, the Crown will begin cultural redress negotiations over Tongariro National Park with Ngati Tuwharetoa and other iwi and hapu with interests in the park......
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Injunction lodged against Ngāti Tūwharetoa treaty settlement
Ngāti Tūwharetoa have signed off a Treaty Settlement package which includes compensation of $25million. However, the tribe's Te Matai trust have lodged a high court injunction against the final Deed of Settlement, in a last ditch attempt to stop it from becoming law.

Their Tongariro Maunga claim will be negotiated at a later date.

"The land subject is the Pakaututu block which was lost through wrongful confiscation as the Waitangi deemed it. We are seeking that land to be returned," said Baker.....
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Ngāti Kahungunu oppose law change of protected land
Ngāti Kahungunu will oppose any proposed law changes that would see protected land be used in commercial ventures.

This follows Prime Minister Bill English's comment that the Government would change legislation to allow such projects like the Ruataniwha Dam to go ahead.

"If they want to change the law, then, we should change the government," says Ngahiwi Tomoana, chairman of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc.....
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‘Attacking people’s wellbeing not the way to help them towards healthier lifestyles’
Political lobbying and persuasion have replaced community development in public health, and the holistic Maori view of health is not being taken into account, Massey University associate professor Marewa Glover says.

Marginalising someone is not going to support their mauri (life force), she says. She points to a view espoused by Maori health leader Sir Mason Durie, of the need to assess strategies for whether they will support Maori to flourish or languish, and whether they will improve the social determinants of health.

Writing in the editorial of the New Zealand Medical Journal today, she says this simultaneously accepts the universality of Western perspectives and marginalises Maori ways of knowing, and is a form of institutional racism.

Strengthening Maori health is critical to honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi and addressing health inequities.

Disestablishing Te Kete Hauora – the Maori policy team within the Ministry – appears to have compromised the ability of Ministry of Health to fulfil its treaty obligations.

In the absence of health equity, structural mechanisms are needed to ensure Maori input and treaty obligations are met.

To address health inequities, we need Maori-led solutions and a health bureaucracy
responsive to its treaty obligations.....
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8 July 2017

Maori name sign of exciting times ahead for Rotarians
When it comes to the Taranaki landscape, historical Maori place names versus English versions can be a point of contention for many people in the region.

For the Rotary Club of New Plymouth embracing the new name of the Rotary Club of Ngamotu, Taranaki, is a positive step in the right direction.

The service organisation prides itself on diversity and friendship and hoped the name change would inspire a sense of belonging and attract more Maori members.

A few traditionalists wanted to stick to New Plymouth, but after a series of discussions the decision was unanimous when it got to the vote, Fredrich said.

Members who attended a presentation of the story of Parihaka at a local school were so fascinated by the way the kids reacted to the story and the story itself that it inspired them to embark on a journey of discovery into the Maori heritage of Taranaki.

"For us it was about why don't we go back to our original name for this region, why are we New Plymouth?"​ Fredrich said.....
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Sanction hurting solo mums by reducing benefit for not naming father
Parents who don't legally identify the other parent have $22 deducted every week for each child. A further $6 per family is added if it continues for over 13 weeks.

Figures released exclusively to the Herald show that over 14,000 parents are being hit with almost 18,000 sanctions in New Zealand. This is over $400,000 a week in Social Security Act 1964 Section 70A benefit sanctions.

In Auckland alone this number totals over 5000 parents and almost 7000 sanctions.

Auckland Action Against Poverty spokeswoman Vanessa Cole called the policy sexist and racist. Over 50 per cent of the penalised parents were Maori.....
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7 July 2017

Drug laws hitting Maori hardest: academic
Maori are disproportionately represented in prisons which is affecting their future opportunities, an indigenous studies professor says.

Speaking in a whispered and emotional voice, Professor of Indigenous Studies from the University of Auckland, Tracey McIntosh, told the 2017 Parliamentary Drug Policy Symposium at parliament of her dealings with young Maori who've been incarcerated on drugs charges.

Earlier, the symposium was told Maori need to be part of the reforming of drug laws in New Zealand.

"Drug law reform is necessary and long overdue, but must involve Maori and address our needs," Professor Khylee Quince said.

The Treat of Waitangi needs to be taken into account too, she said....
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Oranga Tamariki to be debated in Parliament
Labour MP for Manurewa Louisa Wall says a recent Canadian court case should signal to the National Government that placement of tamariki Maori must remain with whanau hapu and iwi first.

" Our Maori children have the right to grow up as Maori children and to have access to their language, their culture. We will be holding the minister and the legislation accountable, to ensure that does not happen to our Maori children in the care and protection system," says Labour MP for Manurewa, Louisa Wall....
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Team NZ and Ngāti Whātua's unique relationship
Hundreds of fans gathered at Auckland Airport to welcome home the America's Cup winners. Team New Zealand was also greeted with a traditional welcoming by local iwi Ngāti Whātua who are expected to play a major role in the team's welcome home parade tomorrow.

Paddlers from Tainui will be welcomed here to Ōrākei Marae to prepare alongside Ngāti Whātua for the welcome home parade for Team New Zealand. Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton made it clear to Ngāti Whātua that he wants Māori to be heavily involved in the welcoming ceremony. Dalton and Ngāti Whātua’s Alec Hawke have been friends for nearly 40 years....
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Tūhoe recognised for working relationships with Crown and DOC
The iwi has received the Prime Ministers Award and the award for Crown Māori Relationships in the IPANZ 2017 Excellence Awards for the partnership developed between Te Uru Taumatua and the Department of Conservation regarding Te Urewera.

Working collaboratively, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Tūhoe implemented new Treaty settlement legislation which granted Te Urewera legal personhood.....

Tūhoe recognised for working relationships with Crown and DOC
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Ngāti Tamaoho bill passes first reading in Parliament
Members of Parliament sat through an extended session this morning to pass the bill.

The Bill has been referred to the Māori Affairs Committee.

According to Finlayson, “Today is a significant milestone for Ngāti Tamaoho and I acknowledge all those who have worked on this settlement over many years.

“This Bill acknowledges the past wrongs of the Crown and provides important redress which recognises the spiritual connection between the iwi and their environment.”

Financial and commercial redress of $10.3 million and a cultural revitalisation fund of $590,000 are expected in the settlement.....
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Study shows universal te reo Māori in schools achievable
Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori commissioned the NZCER report, which proposes increasing the use of te reo Māori by making it a core curriculum subject beginning in Year 1 in 2020, until it is included in all levels up to Year 13 by 2037....
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6 July 2017

Rangitikei councillor says Maori ward fight to go on
Soraya Peke-Mason says the fight to make it easier to establish Maori wards on councils will continue despite a bill aimed at achieving that being voted down last week.

The Rangitikei District councillor said she hoped the matter would be discussed by Local Government New Zealand subcommittee Te Maruata at the national conference this month.

At present the establishment - or disestablishment - of Maori wards by councils can be put to a public referendum if 5 per cent of all voters ask.

But the same can't happen with general wards.

The member's bill by Green Party MP Marama Davidson aimed to address the discrepancy but was voted down by Parliament last week at its first reading.

"It's disappointing that Marama Davidson's bill didn't get passed but let me just say it won't go away," Ms Peke-Mason said.

She said the current system was unfair because a Maori ward was easily overturned by the general public through a referendum process"

"It allows people who are not on the Maori roll to seek a referendum and it's a ridiculous percentage."....
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Govt announce funding to grow and support businesses
Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Alfred Ngaro and Minister for Māori Devlopment Te Ururoa Flavell say Government funding will help support the growth of businesses working to make a difference in their communities.

Speaking to an audience of Social Enterprises and policy leads at the Social Enterprise Summit in Parliament today, Ministers announced $1.85 million of government funding to help grow the Social Enterprise sector and research about to begin on how the business model is working in New Zealand.

Minister for Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell co-hosted the event and highlighted how the model is one that will be familiar to Māori.

Ngaro says, “The ingenious approach of social enterprises using standard business practices to support social aspirations and missions was pioneered by our tīpuna.

“Iwi organisations, Māori social service providers, Marae Trusts, and Māori Land Trusts are all independent entities using business infrastructure and commercial strategies to generate income which is then redirected to improve social outcomes for iwi and Māori....
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Initiative brings mass Maori submissions to local board plans
Over 300 submissions from Maori to Auckland Local Board plans have been presented thanks to a tripartite initiative between Iwi groups Tainui, Ngati Whatua ki Orakei and Urban Authority Te Whanau o Wapareira Trust.

Submissions raised concerns ranging from more support for Marae, roading, public transportation and unaffordable housing.....
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New rural rangatahi justice house opens near Rotorua
Te Toa Matataki is a new youth community house near Rotorua has opened its doors. The initiative is a partnership between the Tuakiri Charitable Trust and the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki. ....
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Heavy hitters talk water
In the submission, Mr Paul said Maori had never ceded their authority over water and, as a result, their “customary rights are still extant”.

Lawyer Moana Jackson told the panel, led by Chief Judge Wilson Isaac, that he believed the Crown had breached the Treaty of Waitangi.

He said the proposed reforms to the Resource Management Act were potentially also a breach of the Treaty.

“Te Tiriti does not grant the Crown any authority, neither kawanatanga nor tino rangatanga, over Maori resources and people. Rather … the parties agreed to a relationship: one in which they and Hobson were to be equal – equal while having different roles and different spheres of influence.

“In essence, rangatira retained their authority over their hapu and territories, while Hobson was given authority to control Pakeha.”

Maori activist Titewhai Harawira made her submission as the Tamaki Makaurau District Maori Council chairwoman. She said they did not accept the freshwater management regime was consistent with the Treaty.

“The water belongs to us and we have our own tikanga (laws) to manage it. We would do a lot better job at looking after our [water] than this Crown has done – that’s for sure.”
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Hundreds of hapū protect their rights under the customary marine title
A wave of iwi and hapū applications for the customary marine title is threatening to swamp government and court authorities trying to process them. The deadline for applications under the Marine and Coastal Area Act of 2011 was April 3, leading to a rush of filings from groups seeking to protect their rights.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson says they received approximately 380 applications for Crown engagement under the Marine and Coastal Area Act by the deadline of April 3rd. The majority of these were received in the 48 hours prior to the deadline.....
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Plans under way to pardon Rua Kēnana
Plans are under way to pardon Tuhoe prophet and healer Rua Kēnana, who was imprisoned for resisting arrest after troops stormed his Te Urewera settlement in 1916.....
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New evidence of personal and social benefits of university education for Māori and Pacific Peoples
The study found that Māori and Pacific Island graduates have similar rates of employment, similar incomes, and similar levels of voting to other New Zealand university graduates.....
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5 July 2017

Community group and iwi negotiating rent on Devonport's Mt Victoria
Community facilities on Devonport's Mt Victoria are facing market rents as their leases come up, with Kerr Street Artspace the first off the block.

The Tupuna Maunga Authority is considering five applications for new leases on various Auckland maunga on June 19, 2017.

Kerr Street Artspace owner Depot Artspace has previously paid Auckland Council a peppercorn rent of $1 per year. 

Majurey said the market rate for the lease will be determined by an independent registered valuer.

However, he added the Maunga Authority would consider the contribution Kerr Street Artspace made to the maunga before setting a final rate. ....
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New plan to protect sea lions
A new Threat Management Plan released today will help protect endangered New Zealand sea lions, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry say.

The New Zealand sea lion/rāpoka Threat Management Plan will continue to involve partnership with Ngāi Tahu as a Treaty Partner and stakeholder groups.

New mechanisms to weave mātauranga Māori throughout each workstream will be developed in partnership with whānau, hapū and iwi, something which has been absent from recovery plans in the past.....
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Strengthening end of life care amongst whānau
A new study from the University of Auckland is looking at traditional end-of-life Māori care customs that families draw on to strengthen their end-of-life caregiving activities and support palliative care services. New Zealand's leading palliative care researcher Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell from the university's School of Nursing says this will have benefits for family carers, iwi and the health and palliative care sectors.

Funded the Health Research Council of New Zealand the study will receive $1.2 million dollars and will run for three years. Lead researcher Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell says, “Pae Herenga is a study that will gather information about the things whānau do to support someone at the end of their life.” ...
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Flying the nest - what kohanga taught me - Opinion:
You were taught to assert your Maoritanga absolutely and unapologetically, probably because you didn't even know that regard for other people's thoughts and lack of self-confidence was even a thing yet.

You see, kohanga reo didn't just teach us how to speak Maori - kohanga taught us a way of seeing the world through the vernacular of the Maori language, within which our belief system is underpinned.

I can walk almost anywhere on this land and feel "at home".

I can feel like this because kohanga gave me the tools and information I require to successfully navigate this country in the context of its historical relationships......
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4 July 2017

Waikato Regional Council to Allow Iwi to Trade Water
National’s race-based planning is here with Waikato Regional Council voting to give water allocation and trading rights to Waikato Iwi.

“Everything this National Government said would not happen, is happening,” says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Waikato Regional Council has approved as a high priority policy: “Iwi rights and interests in fresh water agreed with central government are recognised and provided for”. They even define success as being: “when Iwi have adequate access and rights to water”.

“The implications are massive and turns upside down Waikato’s already controversial Variation 6. Those allocated water will see that clawed-back and given to Waikato Iwi who’ll be free to use it as they see fit.

“This includes selling it back to those it was taken from, but of course, with a margin on top. The Sicilian Mafia would be envious of such a protection racket as it is Koha for Consents....
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Shane Jones okay with Māori seats, despite NZ First policy
Former Labour Minister Shane Jones is defying his new party's position on some Māori issues.

Shane Jones will stand for New Zealand First in Whangarei at the upcoming election. The party, led by Winston Peters, strongly opposes race-based policies.

But Mr Jones told Three's The Hui he's in favour of Māori Television and race-based scholarships, and isn't fussed by Māori wards or Māori seats.

"I'm one of the pioneers of Māori language renaissance, so of course I support Māori TV," he said.
"I'm not particularly fussed by Māori wards.".....
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Signs provide a window into Auckland's Maori history
Auckland's Maori history will be more widely understood with 20 signs providing a window into the past being erected throughout the city.

The signs are part of a regional project run by Auckland Transport (AT), iwi and local boards. The signs, which cost nearly $5000 all up, tell stories about local Maori history at each location.

"The signs showcase the history, culture and traditions of mana whenua," an AT spokesperson said.

Mana whenua refers to iwi which have authority over a particular area or piece of land. There are 19 iwi who represent mana whenua in Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland). ....
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Standards rethink needed says principals president.
Principals Federation president Whetu Cormick hopes new Education Minister Nikki Kaye will rethink the Government’s national standards policy.

He says Ms Kaye is using words like partnership and wanting to work with the sector, but he doesn’t believe schools and kura are funded sufficiently to offer the best education, especially for Maori.....
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More jobs for our people means less domestic violence - Che Wilson
Wilson says that iwi shouldn't wait for treaty settlements to address issues concerning the people, one key area of concern for the Ruapehu region being domestic violence as a result of unemployment. "People were getting a hiding in between jobs when the money was running out.".....
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2 July 2017

Second legal action against government emission targets
The Government is facing fresh legal action over alleged inadequate greenhouse emissions targets.

The new case is being brought by the Mataatua District Maori Council over the Government allegedly failing to fulfil Treaty of Waitangi obligations to protect Maori land and property.

A separate case brought by 26-year-old Waikato student Sarah Thomson, which also questioned emissions targets, wrapped up in Wellington's High Court on Wednesday.

"Under the Treaty of Waitangi, the Crown has a duty of active protection towards Maori in regards to their lands and resources. The allegation is that their climate change policies are breaching that obligation." ....
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Experts converge for eel conference
Māori and other eel experts meet in Whanganui this month to talk about how to protect tuna as a taonga and resource.

The second National Tuna Conference is in the Whanganui War Memorial Centre on July 17 and 18. Local speakers include Gerrard Albert, Ken Mair and Ben Potaka.....
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Rethinking Maori Prisons (Opinion)
As we are now over 10 000 NZers in prison and with almost 70% of those in prison being Maori, the idea that we should look at Maori leading our prisons on the face of it seems like a really good idea.

Maori feature heavily in prison stats because society as a whole is racist. Everything since the signing of the Treaty proves that.

Building Maori prisons is not the solution to a racist prison system, making society and the instruments of law and order less racist is.....
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Whanau Ora making an Impact in Marlborough A Te Putāhitanga funded initiative in Marlborough has had confirmation that it will receive $1 million to fund a bilingual school, distinctly guided by kaupapa Maori philosophy.

Kylie Nepia, General Manager at Omaka Marae says “We have long held aspirations for a kaupapa Maori school and we are pleased to be partnering with Renwick School to develop and deliver the curriculum for the school which will be called Te Pa Wananga or the learning village”......
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New name for Showgrounds Hawke's Bay
The rich relationship which shaped much of Hastings' history will be recognised, with the official return of the Tomoana name to Hawke's Bay Showgrounds.

The showgrounds have been home to the Hawke's Bay A&P Society since 1911, however the land's history extends much further back and links the Tomoana and Nelson families, whose actions shaped the future of the fertile area.

This rich history will be acknowledged by the grounds new - or reinstated - title of Showgrounds Hawke's Bay Tomoana.....
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New fire service from today
The start of the new organisation is being marked up and down the country with vary degrees of ceremony. But while they can pull down the old NZFS flag they cannot yet replace it with the new Whakaratonga Iwi flag – because there aren't any, yet.

Whakaratonga Iwi is the new Fire emergency New Zealand motto and is adopted because it reflects the desire of the service to continue to be seen as serving its people.....
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1 July 2017

Māori council member calls for national Māori Water Commission
NZ Māori Council member Maanu Paul is calling for the establishment of a national Māori Freshwater Commission. Maanu Paul made his submission at the National Freshwater & Geothermal Resources Inquiry Waitangi Tribunal hearing taking place at Ohope.

Paul has returned to the Waitangi Tribunal to push his call for a national Māori Water Commission.

"We want the Māori Water Commission to manage the water, establish legislation and costs for the use of the water, as well as cleaning the water," he said.

This is Paul's second submission to strengthen his claim on behalf of all Māori for customary rights to the country's foreshore and seabed. He wants Iwi leader forums and urban authorities to be included on the commission.....
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Push to lift number of young Maori voters
A new programme encouraging more Maori to register and cast their vote has been launched.

Maori Development Minister and Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell, who launched the programme today, said it targeted Maori aged 18-29.

"At the last election, only 55 per cent of Maori in this age group voted," he said....
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Iwi investment in infrastructure mooted
GISBORNE’ City’s Councillors yesterday voted in favour of inviting iwi to invest in the council's infrastructure wastewater upgrade. The idea came from Mayor Meng Foon.
Mr Foon said there were existing legal restrictions, as the Local Government Act did not allow other organisations to invest in council infrastructure such as wastewater and stormwater. But it was an idea worth investigating.....
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Crown found to be complicit in Lake Horowhenua pollution
The Crown's actions contributed to the pollution of Lake Horowhenua and Hōkio Stream, the Waitangi Tribunal has found.

The tribunal has upheld claims by Manawatu iwi Muaūpoko, which focused on their lands and waterways in Horowhenua.

In its report, released today, it found serious breaches of Treaty of Waitangi principles in relation to Crown actions and omissions involving Lake Horowhenua and the Hōkio Stream......
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30 June 2017

Tainui Group Holdings in deal to transform North Island freight flows
The Waikato-Tainui owned Ruakura inland port development has taken a major step forward with the announcement today of a joint venture partnership with a world-class port operator.

“Waikato-Tainui is an inter-generational investor. What we achieve today will reverberate for generations of our mokopuna.

Waikato-Tainui will continue to own the land on which the Ruakura Inland Port is built, and benefit from ground lease payments for its use.

“Ruakura will be transformational for the New Zealand logistical supply chain.
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Ministry of Education announces funding to create kaupapa Maori school in Marlborough
A school with a kaupapa Maori world view as its guiding philosophy will be created in Marlborough after almost a decade without any bilingual options in the region.

Omaka Marare has long held aspirations for a school taught in both te reo Maori and English, now with the help of Renwick School the project is set to become a reality.

Iwi and education leaders have described the move as a significant development that reflects the cultural landscape and need for bilingual education in Marlborough.

The Ministry of Education announced on Tuesday it would provide $1 million in funding to create two classrooms at Omaka Marae, just outside Blenheim, as a satellite of Renwick School.....
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Māori culture makes NZ special - TVNZ CEO
Television New Zealand boss Kevin Kenrick wants his network to ensure Māori culture continues to be a part of its programming.

He spoke to Kawe Kōrero Reporters and says Māori culture “is what makes New Zealand special and different”.

Kenrick says TVNZ is commitmented to its Treaty of Waitangi obligations as a state funded broadcaster.

He says, “If anybody had any concerns the fact that it is enshrined in legislation, in the TVNZ Act, we have a legal obligation to reflect Māori perspectives and that’s something we embrace.”....
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Number of young Māori in court jumps 9 percent - research
The number of young Māori coming before the courts rose 9 percent last year, according to research carried out by a group of high school students.

The work has been completed by St Thomas' in Christchurch as part of an annual project - the National Youth Custody Index - which uses the Official Information Act to compile a snapshot of how well the justice system is doing in dealing with young people.....
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New Pacific political group to back Maori Party
A Pacific political group has aligned itself to the Maori Party ahead of this year's election in New Zealand.

More than 100 people turned up to a launch event in Auckland to witness the signing of their partnership....
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More investment for Maori tourism
A MULTIMILLION-dollar nationwide investment in Maori development and tourism will help fund the creation of a Ngati Porou tourism strategy on the east coast, Te Puni Kokiri (TPK) says.

As the Government’s principal adviser on the Crown’s relationship with Maori, TPK yesterday signed agreements with the Maori Women’s Development Inc (MWDI) and NZ Maori Tourism (NZMT) ahead of plans to invest more than $15 million into both agencies over the next three years.....
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Fight for better Māori representation in local govt to go on 
The Green Party is disappointed that its Member’s Bill to enable better Māori representation in local government was voted down last night, but is vowing to continue its campaign to make it happen.

Marama Davidson’s Bill would have ensured that the establishment of Māori and general wards follow the same legal process. Currently, the establishment of Māori wards in local government can be put to a referendum, whereas general wards can’t be – they are decided by councils alone.......
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Auckland's Maori Identity 'will help make the Cup a win for NZ'
....Think waka on the waterfront as part of a wider maritime experience, stunning Maori digital and installation art in public places, a Maori quarter downtown, bi-lingual signage that brings Auckland in line with many international cities in presenting our bicultural heritage, pou whenua that tells the story of this region. The ideas are endless," David Taipari says......
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29 June 2017

Entrance fee likely for famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing once local iwi settles with Crown
Local iwi, Ngati Tuwharetoa, will sign its Deed of Settlement with the Crown on Saturday next week and part of the deal gives iwi dual-guardianship over the Tongaririo National Park and decision making power.

The park features the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which in 2015 had more than 125,000 visitors. 

Wanikau said although it's a controversial topic, it is likely they will introduce an entrance fee for park users.

"It's not a charge – it's a maintenance fee and at this point in time, the park is in real need of that maintenance," Mr Thomas said.....
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Māori presence amiss at America's Cup celebrations
Ngāti Whātua want more Māori involved in the next America's Cup after Emirates Team New Zealand beat America's Oracle in Bermuda.

Māori presence was amiss at the celebrations in Auckland.

Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei spokesperson Taiaha Hawke told Te Kāea, “One of the reasons is because there is little Māori involvement.”
An issue he hopes to see changed if Auckland welcomes home the next America's Cup.

“Ngāti Whātua hopes to talk more with Emirates Team New Zealand about ways in which they can involve Māori in honour of the hopes and aspirations of Sir Peter Black and Sir Hugh Kawharu to see Māori included in the event,” Hawke adds.....
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Ngāti Whātua oppose East-West highway plan
Auckland iwi have lodged mixed responses to the proposed East-West Link Highway, a New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) project that would create link the South-Western (SH20) and Southern Motorways (SH1). NZTA says it will improve travel times and make for easy more reliable travel, but Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei disagrees.

A new four-lane road would run on the northern side of the Mangere Inlet, connecting SH20 at Onehunga and SH1 at Mt Wellington. It would run on land and on the coastal marine area of the Manukau Harbour, with around 18-hectares of coastline reclaimed to make dry land for the project.

Blair says "that’s a concern for all Auckland iwi because we have asked the Crown to remedy issues around Foreshore and Seabed claims. Those discussions are on-going yet this Crown group wants the foreshore."

Some iwi support the project, others have conditions for approval and another submitted no view.......
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The $50 billion Maori economy poised for growth, diversification
The $50 billion Maori economy can only grow from here as more Treaty of Waitangi settlements mature and more iwi groups get involved in the domestic markets, Chapman Tripp says.

A report from the law firm, called Te Ao Maori, anticipates growth in the Maori economy on the back of what it says has been a tumultuous Treaty settlement process.....
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28 June 2017

Iwi committee given go ahead for New Plymouth District Council
In the lead up to the debate on a new committee giving iwi a voice around the New Plymouth council table councillors were bombarded by "racist" emails from around the country.

The New Plymouth District Council voted to set up the new Te Huinga Taumatua Committee on Monday night and during the debate many councillors mentioned receiving "racist" emails, most coming from places outside the district, such as Whangarei and Nelson.

The committee will generate items for the council to consider and make recommendations on council issues.

It is also able to make decisions on things like road naming and renaming, naming and renaming council administered reserves and determining marae development grant applications greater than $10,000, without having to go through to the full council.

Councillor Gordon Brown said this was going to be one of the decisions the council was measured on.

"The community did not speak against this. This is one tiny step forward."

"The committee can authorise marae grants over $10,000. Does anyone here have superior knowledge on what marae gets what? Can we put the scaremongering aside? Can we turn towards effective partnership with iwi? Don't get spooked by uninformed ignorant people out there."....
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Palmerston North asked to consider Maori ward
Palmerston North could have a Maori ward or wards for the 2019 local body elections.

It is a move Rangitaane Settlement Trust chairwoman Danielle Harris described as "a number of years overdue".

The city council has decided to consult the public on the proposal, despite a last minute bid to consider other ways of improving Maori participation in local decision making.

Cr Karen Naylor wanted to include other ideas in the discussion, such as having a Maori standing committee or form of iwi partnership.

Harris said iwi wanted a ward or wards, and anything else was "a watered–down variation."

"It's a massive change. It's the difference between a voice and a vote, or something else."....
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Serious Fraud Office raids iwi river trust headquarters
The Serious Fraud Office has swooped on the headquarters of a trust tasked with cleaning up the Waikato River, as part of its investigation into the organisation's chairman.

An SFO spokesperson confirmed the agency used a warrant to search the offices of the Te Arawa River Iwi Trist (Tarit) in Rotorua on Thursday. No further comment would be made.

The search was linked to an inquiry into the financial activities of Tarit chairman Roger Pikia.

Tarit has received $10 million of taxpayers' money, with the promise of $20m more over 20 years, to care for its section of the Waikato River.....
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Young Maori receive $20,000 scholarships to help reach global unis 
A Maori teen with dreams of becoming Prime Minister is one of five Maori youth receiving $20,000 scholarships to help them get into prestigious international universities.

Fifteen-year-old Samuel Taylor was down in Wellington this week for the National Party conference, so missed the scholarship ceremony, but told the Herald "it means the absolute world to me".

Taylor, who comes from "a pretty Pakeha immediate family" has recently starting taking an interest in his heritage and learning te reo at school.

He dreams of being the first Maori Prime Minister and to increase Maori representation in government.....
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Hokianga claimant's want the Crown to address poverty
Hokianga claimants have called for the Crown to address poverty as of priority in their move towards a settlement.

It's one of a host of remedies being called for by claimants and counsel in their closing submissions to the Waitangi Tribunal.

Professor Pat Hohepa addressed the tribunal in his closing submission, "We the indigenous people are suffering. We are a third world country illegally occupied. Anywhere else in the world that kind of takeover is treason.".....
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New face chance to put Maori objectives to fore
The chair of Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory Board, David Taipari, is keen to sit down with the new boss of the Auckland Tourism and Economic Development agency to advance Maori interests up the priority list.

"There needs to be a strengthening of Maori and Maori business entrepreneurship and other opportunities, particularly focusing around our rangatahi....
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Hobson's Pledge meeting question time disrupted
Question time at the Rotorua meeting of Don Brash's Hobson's Pledge group tonight turned into a large-scale argument.

The crowd at Hennessy's pub stayed quiet for speeches by Mr Brash and Casey Costello, but turned the opportunity for questions into a chance to have their say on "race-based policies".

The loudest objections from the crowd were to Mr Brash's statements that Maori surrendered their sovereignty by signing the treaty of Waitangi, and did not enter into a partnership.

"There ain't no partnership in the treaty...I'll give you $1000 if you find the word partnership in the treaty."....
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27 June 2017

'Better received, better treated and a better understanding of Māori'
In Voices this week we asked what immigration might look like if Māori were more involved in the process.

It underpins debates about housing, transport and infrastructure - but also race relations. Māori want more say on immigration policies as they flag concerns about access to houses and jobs as well as the place of the Treaty.

Dr Camille Nakhid, who works at AUT, emigrated here from Trinidad and Tobago. She said if Māori were at the forefront of migrants coming into Aotearoa, "we'd be better received, better treated and we would also have a better understanding of Māori."

"Every migrant that we talk to, expresses interest that they want to build a relationship with Tangata Whenua," he said.

Māori still feel dictated to on immigration, and Dr Rata says when they challenge the government's approach the response is often one of ridicule and vilification.....
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Northland's high truancy rate 'not surprising'
Myles Ferris says ensuring whanau are engaged with schools and living in healthy environments are some steps which could tackle Northland's high frequent truant rate.

The Ministry of Education attendance report, released this month, showed Northland had the second highest frequent truant rate (2.6 per cent) with 575 students unjustifiably absent for three days or longer during survey week - June 13 to June 17 - last year.

Of those 575 students, 407, or 70.8 per cent, were Maori.....
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New te reo Māori glossary to provide terms specific to health sectors
A new Māori glossary will provide translations for existing words, and has also created many new words specific to Mental health, addiction and disability sectors.

Te Reo Hāpai- The Language of Enrichment launched as part of Matariki and includes over 200 Māori words, terms and whakataukī.

Renowned mental health expert Sir Mason Durie wrote the foreword for Te Reo Hāpai. He believes it represents an important milestone in mental health development and is a significant advance of te reo Māori in all facets of life in Aotearoa.
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Research looks to ensure preservation of end-of-life tikanga
A study by the University of Auckland looks at discovering and strengthening Māori traditional end-of-life practices to protect them for the future; this will have benefits for whānau carers, iwi and the health and palliative care sectors.

The study, Pae Herenga: An investigation of Māori whānau end-of-life cultural care customs, will be led by Tess Moeke-Maxwell of the University's School of Nursing and the leading Māori palliative care researcher in New Zealand. .....
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25 June 2017

Helena Bay Lodge consent for small stream to water lawns
An exclusive Helena Bay retreat wants to suck 60,000 litres a day from a small stream to water its lawns, and local hapu are offended at being considered "not affected".

Three later objections, deemed informal by the NRC, came from Millan Ruka of Environment River Patrol Aotearoa, Mr Haika and Ngatiwai environment manager Hori Parata.

Major earthworks before and during the development of Helena Bay Lodge had changed the stream's habitat but it remained significant to iwi, the objectors said. 

There is a registered pa site on a mountain overlooking the stream and archaeological studies show the stream was a well-used path to the sea and gardens.

Mr Ruka said iwi values and history would have been explained had the questions been asked.....
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Maori governance course on corporate ladder 
The next cohort of young Maori wanting to step up to governance roles will start their training tomorrow in an innovative programme from Auckland-based consultancy Te Whare Hukahuka.

Director Shay Wright says support for the programme shows young Maori are keen to translate their passion for community into action.
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24 June 2017

New Governance Partnership Between NPDC and Senior Iwi Leaders Created
New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) and iwi leadership have created Te Huinga Taumatua Committee to bring the expertise of iwi leaders to the Council’s decision-making process.

“This is a pleasing step forward and is about iwi leaders having a seat at the governance table,” says Mayor Neil Holdom.

Te Huinga Taumatua Committee will consist of five iwi leaders and five elected Councillors to identify and discuss issues of cultural, economic, environmental and social importance to Maori in the district. Unlike the former Iwi Relationship Subcommittee, Te Huinga Taumatua will generate items for the Council to consider as well as make recommendations on Council issues.

“The committee consists of iwi leaders with strong mana and governance experience. It will focus on issues of importance to Maori and provide strategic guidance to NPDC,” says Cr Gordon Brown.

“It’s a pleasing step forward in our partnership and we’re looking forward to the future of this governance committee,” says Cr Marie Pearce......
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Former Urewera raids protester on regional council committee
Former 'Urewera Four' member, and environmental activist Emily Bailey has been appointed to a Taranaki Regional Council standing committee.

Bailey is one of three iwi appointees, with Mitchell Ritai​ and John Hooker, chosen by an appointments panel made up of Taranaki iwi members, to sit on the policy and planning committee at regional council meetings.

Three other iwi appointees, Fay Mulligan, Keith Holswich​, and Hoani Eriwata​, were selected by the same panel to sit on the council's consents and regulatory committee.

Bailey, along with partner Urs Signer, Tama Iti and Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara​ was arrested in 2007 during the Urewera Raids......
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Scientist adopts Māori concepts to save penguins
A leading penguin expert says seeing the environment through the eyes of Māori is something more conservationists in Aotearoa need to do.

Professor John Cockrem from Massey University is using his newfound knowledge of kaitiakitanga to protect the little blue penguin or kororā.

He said there are distinct differences in how Māori and Pākehā traditionally view the environment.

"I'm not Māori but my understanding is that it arises from the Māori world view of people being descended from Papatūānuku - people are related to animals and to plants and to the earth.

Mr Cockrem has just received a two-year Vision Mātauranga grant and said he would use the fund to install nest boxes and sound systems to help bring kororā back to the Ngāti Toa community.......
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Māori Television and Stuff partner in video deal
Māori Television and Fairfax Media have partnered to showcase the indigenous broadcaster's news video on Stuff from today.

The deal is aimed at reflecting the diverse needs of Stuff's audience, while also meeting the growing demand for online news videos.....
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History lost if Waiheke name changed
The Geographic Board is considering an application to remove a name on Waiheke Island linked to some of its earliest Maori visitors.

It’s the second time the board has considered replacing Omihi with Rocky Bay, with an earlier application from the same person being turned down in 2011 based on long term use of the existing names, a lack of evidence, and a lack of consultation or support for the proposals.

The applicant says the name causes confusion, and mail addressed to Omihi does not reach him....
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Te Ture Whenua – gone by lunchtime?
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has to front up about yesterday’s mysterious withdrawal of Te Ture Whenua Bill from Parliament’s order paper, says Labour’s Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.
“Has he lost his way and has decided to run away from this shambles? He has no mandate from Māori for this legislation and has shunned any intelligent debate.

“The Minister must now tell us what is happening. He has already admitted Māori landowners are confused about this Bill......
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New Kaipara College principal 'thrilled'
The Helensville-based school, in north Auckland, announced its new principal on June 23.
McCracken, of Ngai Te Rangi descent, was a "keen sportsman". He holds a postgraduate diploma in educational leadership and management.

The new principal said he was looking forward to furthering the relationships Kaipara College had with local iwi – Ngati Whatua o Kaipara....
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23 June 2017

Maori prison proposition an oxymoron
How can you run a prison on Maori values when our ancestral tikanga [customs] never used imprisonment as a form of social control? Either the values get watered down or the adherence to any form of tikanga is solely used as a justification to perpetuate the high levels of incarcerated Maori.

The idea of Maori-run prisons as a revolutionary initiative to curb the negative statistics is neither creative nor tika [appropriate].....
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Treaty part of new health research plan
Partnership with Maori and support for the Treaty of Waitangi have been identified as priorities in New Zealand’s first Health Research Strategy launched today.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the strategy should increase the quality and impact of government investment in health research......
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First hui to approve Te Puia ownership handover
The first hui to discuss the Te Puia and New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute vesting process will take place next week.

A vesting agreement has been initialled that will ultimately transfer ownership of Te Puia and New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute from the Crown to iwi.....
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22 June 2017

Victoria academics granted funding to boost Māori innovation
Two Victoria University of Wellington academics have received funding of almost $150,000 from the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to support research projects that are building capability and innovation for Māori.

The funding has been granted through MBIE’s 2017 Te Punaha Hihiko Vision Matauranga Capability Fund, which was established to grow skills and capacity for Māori participation in science and innovation.

Dr Maria Bargh, from Victoria’s School of Māori Studies—Te Kawa a Māui, has received almost $100,000 to continue her research on iwi organisation voting. She is working with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa to build knowledge on its current voter trends, with the hope that this information will help Ngāti Awa and other iwi become more connected.
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The Maori economy is booming – just not for Ngapuhi
Maori entities “have been able to gather some momentum which has been great”, says Flavell, who is Maori Party co-leader. “Of course they hit a few rocks here and there, but generally they are really starting to ramp it up now and I think the country is starting to feel that there is a change in terms of the representation of Maori in the economy.”...
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Durie leadership provided platform for action
Professor Sir Mason Durie was awarded the prestigious tohu for his commitment to making a difference in the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders - and ensuring Maori play a significant part in the future of the country.

His philosophies and and research have influenced a generation of policymakers and politicians across education, health and social sectors.

The 78-year-old says when he started at Massey University in the early 1980s trying to revitalise the provision of health and education, there were only two Maori health providers and fewer than 40 Maori doctors.

There are now almost 100 providers and last year alone 77 Maori graduated as doctors, along with similar increases in pharmacists, psychologists and social workers.....
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21 June 2017

Iwi flex muscle in stoush with Hauraki
Tauranga iwi have warned local authorities in their area they will take direct action if they engage directly with Pare Hauraki.

The iwi took to the water on Saturday to blockade Tauranga Harbour, preventing at least one ship, from entering the port.

They are protesting what they say are government attempts to restructure the tribal make up of the area by introducing Hauraki tribes into Tauranga political structures when they had no history of being involved in the region.......
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Iwi pressure puts paid to Evolution search
Concerted and sustained opposition from tangata whenua and conservationist is being seen as the reason for Evolution Mining give up its seach for gold and silver at Puhipuhi north of Whangarei.

"Their operations people and particularly their investors back in Australia were really upset about the level of tangata whenua and community opposition, so they need to swallow it, they need to be handing in the three exploration permits that they have in Taitokerau," he says.......
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Nats all ‘say’ and no ‘do’ on equal rights
A flyer challenging Prime Minister Bill English’s record on a single standard of citizenship went out to 1.6 million households today.

The flyer that calls on everyone to use their vote in this year’s election “to end National’s race-based policies” was distributed by equal rights group Hobson’s Pledge.

By appeasing continuous tribal demands, National Party leaders are surrendering what’s not theirs to give away, purely to cling onto political power, spokesman Don Brash said.....
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19 June 2017

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei sends support to Tauranga Moana
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust (the Trust) says it supports Tauranga Moana iwi 100% in their stand against the Crown’s proposed Treaty of Waitangi Settlement with the Hauraki Collective.

“It’s deeply concerning that the Government is trying to pull together a deal with Hauraki iwi and not respecting the people who have actually continued to live in the area for centuries.

“Unfortunately, the Crown is taking the same flawed approach in Tāmaki Makaurau, Waikato and North Auckland,” says Mr Blair.

Hauraki iwi have also made claims over parts of Auckland, including in front of Bastion Point and the Central Business District, which is regarded as Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei mana whenua.

“It’s unfortunately that we are seeing iwi like Hauraki taking advantage of the Crown’s approach and overreaching into areas where their interests are not strong.

“We have similar concerns to Tauranga iwi. The Crown needs to understand it can’t continue this approach or more iwi will take a stand,” says Mr Blair.....
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Investor drive key to lifting Maori incomes by 20 per cent
The government has published a guide for overseas investors interested in profiting from the fast-growing Maori economy.

The guide gives overseas investors a guide to important Maori cultural values, as well as the statistics which paint a portrait of the Maori economy, which continues to grow at a rate of 5-6 per cent a year, compared to 2-3 per cent for the economy as a whole.....
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Linz flogs thousands of surplus Crown properties
Land Information NZ is managing the sale of about 368 surplus Crown properties mostly in regional areas.

A further 953 are properties being kept for treaty settlements, with identification of the properties only accessible to iwi.

The total value of properties on the current disposal list is about $86m million, excluding the reserved iwi properties.....
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17 June 2017

Do we need a new Maori uprising? (Opinion)
Maori are 380% more likely to be convicted of a crime and 200% more likely to die from heart disease and suicide. Maori are paid 18% less and 34% leave school without a qualification. Maori die earlier and suffer more. It's not fair

No, it's beyond 'not fair' it is a morally reprehensible obscenity in a country that pretends that it is egalitarian.

I believe that the majority of white New Zealanders live in a constant state of wilful ignorance when it comes to racism in this country. The facts of how racist our system really is are glaring in the statistical outcomes, but still we have the Don Brash's of this country screaming Maori privilege.

I believe we need to be confronted by the racism of our country by a new Maori uprising.

The horror of those statistics of failure on the front cover of MANA magazine won't change of we are wait for white NZ to acknowledge them.

Imagine if one day a month, every month, Maori from across New Zealand went on strike and marched in the main streets demanding a response to the racism of our country.

White NZ won't change unless it is forced to change. The fact it took 136 years to apologise for Parihaka is proof positive of that......
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Maori rugby has played second fiddle for too long
Maori rugby has played second fiddle for too long. Maori players were shut out of tours to South Africa except in 1976 where they were "honorary whites". The belated New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU) apology to Maori in 2010 came only after the South African government apologised first.....
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Haumaha promoted to assistant commissioner
The head of the police Maori, Pacific and ethnic services, Superintendant Wally Haumaha, has been promoted to assistant commissioner status.....
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Government signs up to ambitious Maori economic growth targets
The partnership provides vision for a productive, innovative, export-oriented Maori economy, driven by whanau.

New targets were set at this morning's meeting following a five year refresh of the strategy.

As part of He kai kei aku ringa, Mr Flavell and Mr Bridges announced a $1.5 million package of initiatives to boost Maori enterprise growth....
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Gold miner backtracks on plans to mine next to Te Waikoropupu Springs
A Takaka dairy farmer who wants to mine gold on farmland adjacent to the treasured Te Waikoropupu Springs has shrunk his proposal after local iwi raised concerns.

Matthew Crawford, 28, said he had backtracked on his original application after consulting with iwi Ngati Tama ki Te Waipounamu trust.

He is expected to apply for resource consent soon and his updated consent application has cut out 33 hectares of pasture that adjoins the renowned springs in the Pupu Valley.

Ngati Tama spokeswoman Sarah Sparks said the iwi had a "no mining stance" near the wahi tapu, so it held obvious concerns with any mining occurring in the vicinity of Te Waikoropupu Springs.

"The Tasman District Council should notify all such consents to Ngati Tama as an affected party," she said.....
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Tauranga rejects cultural foothold for Hauraki
Tauranga tribes staged a water-borne protest on the harbour yesterday, and the boats will be out again tomorrow.

The Treaty Negotiations Minister is denying a secret deal with Hauraki is imminent, and the Waitangi Tribunal has already confirmed Hauraki has customary interests in Tauranga Moana.

But Mr Mr Tawhiao says interests are not rights, and the Hauraki rohe stops at Waihi Beach......
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16 June 2017

Ngati Whakaue and supporters hikoi to Rotorua Hospital in protest over axing of Maori service
More than 100 people have marched to Rotorua Hospital on behalf of Ngati Whakaue to protest the axing of the hospital's Maori support service.

Hunga Manaaki was ended on Friday, with a wider community-focused service set to replace it.

Senior students from Rotorua Primary School, which is beside Rotorua Hospital, also took part in the march......
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Maori eye bigger stake in kiwifruit industry
Maori hope to grow their multi-million dollar share in the kiwifruit industry.

Yesterday at the launch of the Maori Kiwifruit Growers Forum chairman Tiaki Hunia said Mori growers aimed to lift their current eight per cent share of Zespri production up to 20 percent.....
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Iwi blocking harbour entrance
Iwi blockades are reported to be in place at the Tauranga Harbour Entrance to stop commercial shipping traffic entering and leaving the Port of Tauranga.

"The protest is not aimed at the Port of Tauranga, but instead aims to assure the Prime Minister and Minister of Treaty Negotiations that Ngai Te Rangi will not accept any Crown deal that gives rights to Tauranga Moana to a Hauraki Collective of iwi and hapu.

"Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is pushing through a secret deal that would give those rights to the Hauraki Collective, in an area where they have not been traditionally located."......
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15 June 2017

Treaty settlement officials spend more than $57,000 of taxpayers' money travelling to Chatham Islands
More than $57,000 of taxpayers' money has been spent on jet-setting Government officials to the Chatham Islands and back for iwi negotiations.

Figures provided by the Taxpayers' Union reveal $44,214 was spent on flights, $10,911 on hotels and $2,025 on rental cars and fees in the period from August 2015 to March 2017.

The Office of Treaty Settlements (OTS) blamed a "lack of high-speed internet connection" in the Chathams for much of the travel, and that neither of the iwi negotiating with OTS had access to video conferencing equipment.

However Taxpayers' Union executive director Jordan Williams says the local council was contacted about the infrastructure and the response was that the internet works "perfectly fine".

"Serious questions need to be asked about why the Office have not elected to use other means to remain connected with those involved in the negotiations on the Chatham Islands......
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Landlocked' Marlborough Airport reliant on NZDF space to grow
Business leaders are adamant Marlborough Airport needs to expand for the region to reach its full potential, but finding the land to grow is proving troublesome.

No land has been sold so far, however the 2014 Treaty settlement for the iwi gave them the ability to buy Defence Force land at Woodbourne as commercial redress.

Rangitane o Wairau chairwoman Wendy Hynes issued a statement on behalf of the three Kurahaupo iwi saying they had an option to purchase Woodbourne and the negotiations were ongoing. ....
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GNS Science-Maori research projects
Researchers at GNS Science have been awarded funding of $480,000 for four new projects in the 2017 round of Te Pūnaha Hihiko-Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund.

This year, $3.9 million was awarded for 32 projects from the fund, which aims to strengthen relationships between Māori and scientists.

The projects run for two years and are aligned with four themes – indigenous innovation, environmental sustainability, health and social wellbeing, and exploring indigenous knowledge.

• Working with Ngāti Hauā Iwi Trust to develop an interactive user portal that collates and presents freshwater scientific, Mātauranga and policy knowledge of the Piako River catchment.

• Working with Whakarewarewa Village Charitable Trust in Rotorua to better understand health effects of hydrogen sulphide.

• Working with Hauraki iwi Ngāti Hako to integrate scientific information and traditional knowledge to better understand and realise the mineral resources in the iwi’s rohe (tribal region).

• Working with Rotorua iwi Ngāti Rangiwewehi to identify ‘kaitiaki’ flow regimes for Awahou Stream near Rotorua.

GNS Science is also participating in two other iwi-led projects that have won funding totalling $143,000. Both projects involve geologist Simon Cox.
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Govt to fund pēpi pods for every family that needs it
The government will spend $2 million on reducing the high number of unexpected deaths in infancy, providing wahakura - baby baskets also known as pēpi pods - and helping pregnant women quit smoking.

Māori babies die from SUDI at twice the rate of non-Māori.

Dr Coleman said the money would go towards a nationwide rollout of the woven flax or plastic pods, which allow babies to safely bed-share with their parents.
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Families in the Far North living without running water now have a communal ablution block to use thanks to the inmates of Ngawha Prison.
"There's a definite desire on the part of many iwi Maori to go back to their home base ... back to the kainga that their grandparents lived on ... but of course it sometimes comes with no facilities," Mr Flavell said.

"The government is attempting to find some assistance to allow them to do that.

"The infrastructural base is going to take some time to get there but at least they have some comfortable-enough services to be able to look after their children and their families."......
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Claims of unethical treatment of Māori staff and students at Northtec
Māori staff and students are leaving Northtec Taitokerau Wānanga over issues of unethical treatment. A formal complaint is currently before the Northtec council with three similar complaints laid with the Ombudsman in the past year.

Kim Ellice is one of three former students from Kaitaia who laid formal complaints with the Ombudsman in the past year.

There are another two formal complaints by staff currently before the Northtec Council regarding the unethical treatment of Māori staff and students. Civil says other students at the Kaikohe campus are wanting to know how to go about laying formal complaints.

Ellice adds, "I know that they have an international support group and they have a tutor solely for that but there's not one for Māori. So where is that considering this is in the Northland. That's my major question, wheres the support for Māori?" ...
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14 June 2017

Government funding cuts sees Auckland Women's Centre forced to make cutbacks
Last year an Auckland women's centre was operating with $100,000 in Government funding. This year it will get none.

In June 2016 the Government cut $30,000 in annual funding to the Grey Lynn Auckland Women's Centre.

The centre, which supports more than 4000 women and their families each year, relies on grants and donations to stay afloat.

he centre had received the funding for the past 14 years but the government told centre manager Leonie Morris it was reallocating the money to Whanau Ora because the women's centre wasn't meeting its outcomes.....
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Respectfully dispersing ashes of the deceased: A long felt cultural need of NZ Hindus
The long felt cultural need of Hindus living in New Zealand of respectfully dispersing ashes of their loved ones in open water received a major boost last week when a submission made to Maori Select Committee in this regard was accepted for further action.....
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Waikato Uni plan to train Maori for GP work is discriminatory
Maori doctors are graduating at a rate greater than ever before. This is quite miraculous. The secondary education system fails to produce a proportionate number of Maori with excellent Level 3 NCEA qualifications in the science subjects required for successful medical study.

The University of Waikato has proposed a third medical school with a focus on producing graduates for provincial New Zealand.

Maori doctors are needed in every speciality. Training Maori doctors only to work in areas where others don't want to work is discrimination.....
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Council knocks back Sydney marae bid
Three groups have been working together for three decades to try to build the marae in Hyland Road Reserve in western Sydney, which they say has strong links to local Māori.

However, the Cumberland Council has refused the marae development on the basis that the site has no specific historical links.....
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Local focus in new Maori language resources
Education Minister Nikki Kaye has promised more localised curriculum resources to support te reo Maori in both Maori medium and English medium kura and schools.

Budget 2017 included $7.6 million over four years for Maori language in curriculum resources, as well as $1.7 million to continue supporting the boards of trustees of Maori medium schools.

She says that’s on top of the $2 million already spent each year on Maori language resources for schools.

While the focus will be on priority areas such as literacy, numeracy, science and digital technology, there will also be materials using local stories about specific places and events, and materials that depict national and regional events such as the Maori Land Wars, the Treaty of Waitangi commemorations, and recognition of Maori leaders.....
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Hapu wants day before tribunal
A Whakatohea claimant says her hapu doesn’t want to talk settlement until all the eastern Bay of Plenty iwi’s claims are heard by the Waitangi tribunal.

Tracey Hillier says Ngai Tamahaua is challenging the appointment of negotiators by the Whakatohea Pre-settlement Trust.

Tracey Hillier says Ngati Tamahaua wants to put some new arguments before the Waitangi Tribunal, including changes over the past 20 years in international recognition of indigenous rights, and the increased importance of hapu to the settlement process as laid out in the Waitangi Tribunal’s Ngapuhi Mandate Report.....
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13 June 2017

Bringing in lawyers in wastewater treatment resource consent hearing angers iwi representative
Bringing in lawyers helped make for a smoother way forward for the Tararua District Council during its resource consent hearings for wastewater treatment plants for Eketahuna and Pahiatua.

But the decision to call in the lawyers didn't go down well with Morry Black who was representing Ngati Kahungunu at the hearings.

"We were trying to find a solution, then the council brings in a lawyer. We don't want to waste time," Mr Black said.

"There should have been engagement with us earlier, but in regards to Pahiatua, they asked Rangitane to do the cultural impact on the river.

"Previously Kahungunu haven't had a relationship with the council, but now we're heading into our Treaty settlement there might be a change of attitude, especially with new mayor Tracey Collis showing the way.".....
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Māori struggling to find land for urupā
The demand for land in Auckland is putting pressure on one of the city's oldest marae, which is desperate to find space to bury its dead.

The urupā, or burial grounds, at Pukaki in South Auckland has reached capacity, and its iwi is worried it will not have space for a potential haul of ancestral remains.....
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New approach accelerates literacy in bilingual children
New research from the University of Auckland has shown that pupils in kura kaupapa Māori-language immersion schools who have English introduced to their lessons gain a better grasp of both languages.

Under her theory, instead of kura kaupapa Māori students having English introduced at secondary school level, it should start when the pupils are aged 11 and 12.

“The introduction of English is better placed when the children are in years 7 and 8,” she says.

“This could stop the current pattern of many parents pulling their children out of kura kaupapa Māori schools at year 8 and sending them to mainstream high schools to start learning in English.”....
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12 June 2017

Authors call for Maori interests to be recognised on immigration
A new book on New Zealand immigration policies claims Maori are suffering disproportionate economic impact.

Fair Borders from the BWB Texts series of books, which includes influential titles like Generation Rent and The Child Poverty Debate, includes a call for Maori voices to be heard in the national immigration debate, which is dominated by business leaders and economists.

Tahu Kukutai and Arama Rata from the National Institute of Demographic Analysis at the University of Waikato also say it is time for the citizenship oath to include a reference to upholding the Treaty of Waitangi.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse indicated there was no intention of incorporating the treaty into the oath, and that Maori enterprises were "beneficiaries of good immigration policies" as they provided access to workers when no locals were available to do the job......
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Māori Party open to offers post-election
Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell told Three's The Hui that if Labour is in a position to form a Government and reached out to the Māori Party after the election, he would seek guidance from the Māori Party's membership.

"We would be going back to our people and saying, 'Here's the invitation, it's arrived… You've told us in the past you want us to be influential, therefore let's make a considered decision.'"

However he also didn't rule out working with the National Party to raise funds for the Māori Party's election war chest, as the Māori Party did last election......
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Māori Lawyer says treaty claim process flawed for Ngāpuhi
Māori lawyer, Te Kani Williams says the process to settle Ngāpuhi's treaty claim is flawed.

"The Crown wants the tribe of Ngāpuhi to unite, however they're one of the biggest tribes, which makes the process wrong, because the wider tribe of Ngāpuhi is so large."

"The regions are saying the Crown needs to come to them and talk directly with them. Don't form one group to speak for everyone." .....
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11 June 2017

Auckland landmarks to be lit up to celebrate Matariki
Landmarks across Auckland will be illuminated in a orange halo from tonight to celebrate Matariki, the cluster of stars that marks the Maori New Year.

The Sky Tower will bathe the city in colours reminiscent of the breaking dawn, and will remain lit up from the launch of the Matariki Festival tonight until the Te Korakora on Federal festival on Thursday June 22.

The eastern sea wall of the Viaduct will transform into a wonderland as it casts a golden glow across the harbour.

For the duration of Matariki, at 6pm and 11pm the sea wall lighting will take on the added effect of stars to echo the Matariki constellation rising in the north east.

A special light show will also illuminate the Auckland Town Hall with images from host iwi artists Star, Aroha and Ra Gossage.

Auckland Museum's building and Auckland Transport's Te Ara I Whiti cycleway will also shine in honour of Matariki's star cluster along with another 14 buildings and landmarks to mark the start of Tāmaki Makaurau's three week mid-winter festival.

More than 100 events will be running across the Auckland region during the Matariki Festival celebrating Māori culture, art, entertainment, and food......
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Tears at decision to end Maori support service at hospital
Ngati Whakaue is unhappy with a decision to axe Rotorua Hospital's Maori support service - which ended today with the loss of five jobs and emotional scenes.

Health board chief executive Ron Dunham said the board was concerned iwi were unhappy but the decision was made with "the very best of intentions" and as part of the DHB's commitment to improving health equity. A wider community-focused service would replace Hunga Manaaki from today. ...
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Greens discuss compulsory reo in schools with NZ Principals Federation
The Green Party have met with the New Zealand Principals Federation regarding their policy to have Te Reo Māori as a core subject in schools.

The party made compulsory reo in schools part of their policy earlier this year and have also met with the Māori Language Commission with many more groups on the agenda....
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10 June 2017

Budget 2017: Supporting Māori language and kura management
Education Minister Nikki Kaye has provided more detail about Budget 2017 funding for Māori language and kura management.

$7.6 million over four years is being invested in Māori language in education curriculum resources, alongside $1.7 million to continue supporting the Boards of Trustees of Māori medium schools.

“It adds significantly to the $2 million already spent each year on Māori language in education curriculum resources.

“Students in Māori medium and English medium kura and schools are set to benefit from the new resources, which will be created to support students both learning te reo Māori as a subject, and studying other subjects in and through te reo......
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Tears as Crown apologises for Parihaka atrocities
The Crown has officially apologised for the atrocities it committed when it sacked the peaceful Taranaki settlement of Parihaka in 1881.

The package includes the apology, a legacy statement and a payment of $9 million, as well as deals for development services from 10 Crown agencies and three local councils.....
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There's going to be a Te Reo Maori version of Moana
Disney is looking for a Maori speaking cast for its Polynesian fairytale Moana, which will be the first Disney film translated into Te Reo.

Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi, who wrote the initial Moana screenplay, has put out a casting call for actors and singers to revoice the film in Te Reo....
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9 June 2017

Hauraki Maori apply for customary rights
At least five iwi, hapu and whanau groups have recently applied for coastal and marine titles and customary rights in the Hauraki area.

Hauraki District Council communications officer Paula Trubshaw says it's possible other groups may have applied without notifying the council.

“The council is keen to stay in the loop on developments, so we have registered an interest by serving notices of appearance on all applications relating to the area,” says Paula

“If granted, a marine title would allow a group to protect wahi tapu, give or decline permission for activities requiring resource consent, and assume ownership of newly found taonga in the area,” says Paula.

“The granting of protected customary rights would ensure legal rights to activities such as gathering kaimoana, launching waka, imposing rahui, the use of resources such as minerals, shingle and peat, and the collection of medicinal and food plants.”....
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Iwi back in court over Auckland land
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is fighting for another chance to stop land in central Auckland from being offered to neighbouring tribe Ngāti Paoa.

But the Court of Appeal has been told the courts have no place deciding what can and cannot be included in Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has offered the land to Ngāti Paoa as part of its settlement.

In March, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust tried to challenge the move and clarify the negotiation process but the High Court declined to hear its case.....
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Sovereignty debate basis for Ngapuhi reset
Mana leader Hone Harawira says the crown's withdrawal from treaty settlement negotiations with Ngapuhi is a chance for the iwi to take stock of who it is, where it is and where it wants to go.

It still leaves the question of what to do about the Waitangi tribunal finding Ngapuhi did not cede sovereignty when it signed the Treaty of Waitangi.

"I think it's beholden on those of us in the north to use that kaupapa to focus on changing the nature of treaty settlements away from being full and final to being a simple settlement for past grievances and laying out a platform for the way the future should be managed within the Ngapuhi homeland as well as putting in processes as to how Ngapuhi will engage with government at a national level," Mr Harawira says.....
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Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari changes visitor access to enclosure
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari has changed the way visitors access the Southern Enclosure due to ongoing and unresolved issues with a nearby block of iwi-owned land.

The Maunga, as Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is often known, attracts 15,000 visitors a year to the community inspired sanctuary. It’s home to many of New Zealand’s endangered species, with more being introduced each year, and has the world’s longest pest-proof fence at 47km, enclosing 3,363 hectares.

Visitors to the Maunga cross from the Visitor Centre into the scenic reserve Southern Enclosure through a small block of land called Maungatautari 4G Section IV, which is owned by the Maungatautari 4G4 Block Trust.

Waipa District Council has a lease and easement agreement with the iwi land owners and Sanctuary Mountain staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors all cross this land to access the Southern Enclosure. Each year, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari staff and volunteers must apply for land owner approval from the 4G4 Trust to cross their land.

Since January this year, the 4G4 Trust declined to approve some 42 key staff members, trustees and volunteers, including the general manager, office staff, and guides. No reason has been given for rejecting key staff; about 40 staff and volunteers do have approval from the Trust.....
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Maori miss out on legal distinction
Maori lawyers are more likely to become judges than Queens counsel under current conditions.

That’s the response of Victoria University law faculty senior lecturer Mamari Stephens to the absence of many Maori in the latest crop of senior lawyers that made it to that level, which did not include any Maori....
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8 June 2017

Auckland Council disputes bilingual elevators a waste of ratepayers' money
A not-for-profit group fed-up with wasteful spending by Auckland Council is asking whether bilingual elevators were a fair expense for ratepayers. The pilot was launched at the council's Albert Street premises in March with a price tag of $6200.

Auckland Council is lifting its Te Reo Māori game with bilingual floor announcements in its headquarter's elevators, but some people are complaining about the price tag.

Auckland Ratepayers Alliance spokesperson Jordan Williams says "the feedback from our 16,000 members since we've gone out with this story has been 'this is a total waste of money.".....
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Treaty Minister says the Pope couldn't reconcile Ngapuhi leadership divide
The Government has backed out of negotiations with Ngāpuhi for the time being, saying not even the Pope could help reconcile the tribe's leadership divide.

It has already spent around four million dollars on a settlement with the Northland iwi - a price tag which will rise further if the tribe accepts the Prime Minister's latest offer to pay for a mediator to sort the current impasse....
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High Court action means Maori must be consulted
The initiation of High Court action by several Maori groups means their views must be sought when Environment Southland receives resource consent applications from the wider public relating to certain marine coastal areas.

Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, Te Whanau o Topi and landowners of the Ruapuke Island Group have applied to the High Court to have protected customary rights and customary marine titles in the Southland coastal marine area recognised under the Marine Coastal Area Act, Environment Southland says.

The High Court applications may take years to be decided on by the courts.

However, until those court decisions are made, the Maori groups will need to be consulted when Environment Southland is considering resource applications which fall into the affected areas identified in the applications, Environment Southland says......
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Maori interest in surplus Crown-owned land: Applications for June 2017
Land Information New Zealand works with the Office of Treaty Settlements to manage surplus Crown properties in the Treaty Settlements Landbank.

A schedule is published frequently with new Crown properties declared surplus. Iwi are invited to register their interest in these properties with the Office of Treaty Settlements.....
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Roadshows to support Māori small businesses
Small Business Minister Jacqui Dean, and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell are looking forward to meeting with Māori businesses when the Small Business Roadshow travel to Kaitaia and Whakatāne later this month.

“The Small Business Roadshow has been traveling around Aotearoa, connecting small businesses with government services,” Ms Dean says......
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7 June 2017

Maori growing part of NZ ag - PM
Prime Minister Bill English says in most regions Maori now have the potential to become the largest long-term investors.

People are starting to realise Maori are not fly-by-night investors, he says. They are in business – farms, commercial buildings, investments -- for the long haul.

He praised the awards, saying that 20 years ago few people would not have known much about Maori farming. But now the prominence of the Ahuwhenua Trophy has generated huge interest in Maori farming among agribusiness people and news media.....
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If sport is life, we're in this together, regardless of race (Opinion)
“Often things depend on how you see the world. Some cured Maori heads were repatriated about a week ago and a cultural spokesperson accused former colonials of being insensitive to the practice.

They doubtlessly were.

But so were Maori tribes to each other. Warriors came home carrying slain enemies' heads in triumph. We ate each other. We're all okay with cannibalism happening in the past. We shouldn't be okay with people trying to rewrite history or be selectively forgetful.

Hongi Hika came down from the north in 1823 and killed scores of my ancestors, feasted on them for many days and returned to Northland with Te Arawa slaves. Why is this never mentioned? It is no reflection on who and what Maori are today. It's the past on which only fools and the permanently embittered dwell.

The obliteration of the national intellectual culture is far more worrying.....
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Challenge to sector to recognise when quality of care adds to disadvantage
Inequitable healthcare is compounding the disparities between the health outcomes of Maori and Pasifika people, and those of New Zealand Europeans

Unmet need is higher for Maori, women and people living in deprived areas, the report says. Surveys show the Maori experience of hospital care is less positive, and Maori, Pasifika and low-income groups are less likely to receive recommended care......
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6 June 2017

Talks between govt and Ngāpuhi break down - iwi
Negotiations between the government and Ngāpuhi appear to have broken down after a meeting between Prime Minister Bill English and iwi leaders.

In a statement, Te Kotahitanga said the government had 'walked away' from the Ngāpuhi treaty settlement process by removing itself.

Its co-chairs, Rudy Taylor and Pita Tipene, said they were deeply disappointed by the decision and Mr English was naive if he believed he could turn his back on New Zealand's largest iwi.

However, Mr Tipene said Te Kotahitanga was grateful for the efforts and goodwill of Treaty Settlement Minister Chris Finlayson and his team.

The spokesperson also said the government offered to fund a mediator for Ngapuhi if they could decide on who that would be and the process to be followed. .....
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4 June 2017

Why New Zealand's Maori got a treaty, and Australia's Indigenous peoples didn't
The 1840 Treaty of Waitangi rests proudly in New Zealand's National Archives Constitution Room, close to the celebrated 1893 petition, which gave women the vote, before Australia (which followed in 1902). In Canberra, there are memorials to Captain Cook, and a copy of the Magna Carta in Parliament House.

Last week's Indigenous constitutional convention, which culminated in the Uluru Statement from Heart, called for a Makarrata commission to supervise a process towards a treaty, or treaties, between the nation and its Indigenous people. In New Zealand, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed at the beginning of British settlement, more than 175 years ago. It recognised Maori ownership of their lands, ensured their rights and is considered a founding document of the nation. How did this striking difference come about?....
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PM Bill English calls in Ngapuhi leaders in bid to break settlement impasse
Prime Minister Bill English has summoned the factions in the Ngapuhi settlement to a meeting on Saturday night in a bid to salvage settlement talks.

English is due to meet with the representatives of the conflicting factions - Tuhoronuku and Te Kotahitanga - at Auckland Airport when he arrives back from Samoa.

The iwi have been on notice since last September that their settlement could be put on hold if they cannot agree on a group to negotiate for them.....
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Peters tells Maori Party to stop tainting policies with race
“Our country needs to be coming closer together, but National’s white-liberal guilt has them kowtowing to the Maori Party’s racist agenda. That is why the electorate needs to send National and the Maori Party a clear message this September, and that message is we are all New Zealanders in the same boat here,” says Mr Peters......
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3 June 2017

Whanau ora agencies a good fit for economic push
The chair of the new Maori Economic Development Advisory Board wants to encourage more collaboration between Maori entities so the limited resources available are used most effectively.

The board, which advises the Ministers for Maori Development and Economic Development, has set ambitious targets, such as raising the Maori median income by 20 percent.

Robin Hapi says that means making sure Maori get the best education, rangatahi are given the support they need, and there are meaningful interventions to allow Maori to develop their assets....
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Powhiri held to welcome CHB council chief executive
"I am committed to leading this organisation and working with elected members, iwi, community and staff to make Central Hawke's Bay thrive."......
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Te Puia ownership to be transferred to Ngati Whakaue, Wahiao Tuhourangi iwi
A vesting agreement has been initialled that will ultimately transfer ownership of Te Puia and New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute from the Crown to iwi.

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell and the Whakarewarewa Joint Trust initialled the agreement at a ceremony at Te Puia today......
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Big force of Maori farming takes spiritual approach to the land and environment
Maori take a spiritual approach to the land and environment, says Mavis Mullins.

If people cared to listen, the land would tell them what it needed, Mullins told about 100 people in an Unleashing the Maui address at a Rural Business Network (RBN) meeting near Palmerston North.

"For us, she has a name, Papatuanuku and that makes it easier to think of her needs."...
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Strengthening the cultural competence of our doctors
Improving cultural competence and creating culturally safe environments for both patients and doctors is the aim of a new joint project between the Medical Council of New Zealand (Council) and Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA), the Māori Medical Practitioners Association.

A national symposium to consider the challenges and opportunities for improvement will be held on 1 June as a first step in the initiative. This is a key element of the Council’s strategic direction to protect the public by supporting doctors to improve their cultural competence, increase partnership with Māori and create greater health equity.....
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Young Māori entrepreneurs get workshop help
“It’s all about rangatahi determining their destiny and succeeding as Māori, and their journey to contribute to Aotearoa’s strong and growing economy.” ....
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Waitangi Tribunal launches Māori health inquiry
The Waitangi Tribunal is to launch an inquiry into health services and health outcomes for Māori.

It said it is working on the scope of the inquiry but 140 claimant groups have already sought to participate in it.

Over the next three months, work will be done to refine the scope, process and eligibility criteria for claims to be heard.

The inquiry will not consider any health-related grievances that have already been heard by the Tribunal or that have already been settled by the Crown.....
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2 June 2017

Govt hiring before Māori land bill passes 'arrogant'
The government been called 'totally arrogant' for hiring a director for its proposed Māori Land Service before contentious legislation creating the agency has even passed.

The Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill proposes establishing the Māori Land Service, which would lead to major changes to the governance and administration of the 27,000 titles of Māori land.

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has said the bill would give Māori landowners greater autonomy, better protection under the law and more support to develop land.

In the Budget last week, the government announced $32 million for the Māori Land Service and its new director, Tiaki Hunia, started in the role this week.

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters said appointing someone for the service when the legislation had not even passed showed the government was being "totally arrogant"......
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Maori education grants 2017
The Māori Education Grant aims to enhance Māori distinctiveness, illuminate creative potential, and support successful educational pathways. Applicants may be:
 • Māori students looking for financial assistance to participate in an educational activity

• Organisations/committees holding events to provide opportunities for Māori students

• Educators of Māori students in either Māori Medium or English Medium settings ...
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Portal helps inform iwi on Crown land options
A free online system makes it easier for iwi to decide whether to invest in Crown properties offered as part of Treaty of Waitangi settlements, says Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell.

“Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has developed the Crown Property Disposals Portal to give iwi access to information about property no longer needed by the government,” says Te Ururoa.

“If a Crown property is offered to an iwi under their Right of First Refusal, they will have more time to carry out research and to decide if they want to buy it.

More than 1200 Crown properties have been added to the Portal database in the past year, including properties set aside for future Treaty settlements. LINZ will continue to develop the Portal so more information is available to iwi who have yet to settle....
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1 June 2017

Budget 2017: $4 million to help equip Māori youth
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says a new $4 million pilot initiative he announced today as part of Budget 2017 will help young Māori obtain essential documents to help set them up for their futures.

“Successful young Māori have a significant impact on the country’s social and economic success and we want to give them all a chance to share in the opportunities that are out there,” says Mr Flavell.

The initiative, Passport to Life – Taiohi Ararau, will assist taiohi aged 15-24 to get all-important credentials for life.....
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Whanau Ora safe for another three years
The three agencies that run Whānau Ora have had their agreements extended for another three years.

"With an extra $10 million for Whānau Ora in budget 2017, commissioning agencies will have a confirmed budget for 2017/18 of $73.5 million, and it takes to $110m the amount of new money allocated over the last three years," Mr Flavell said....
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New Zealand Land Wars commemorations fund panel meets
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is welcoming the inaugural meeting of an advisory panel to oversee a fund to commemorate Ngā Rā Maumahara – New Zealand Land Wars.

The five-member advisory panel met in Wellington on Monday to work on the guidelines for the $4 million fund which will support commemoration events across Aotearoa over the next four years.

The panel is chaired by Sir Wira Gardiner and includes iwi representatives Kāwhia Te Muraahi and Pita Tipene, Te Puni Kōkiri chief executive Michelle Hippolite and Ministry for Culture and Heritage chief executive Paul James....
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31 May 2017

Nearly $29 million spent on Treaty negotiation costs
Treaty settlement negotiations have cost taxpayers nearly $29 million since 2011, with nearly $400,000 of that going to Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.

The figures, obtained under the Official Information Act (OIA), show private lawyers and law firms have been paid more than $8.7m in negotiations work.

Crown negotiator costs equalled $6.1m between 2011 and January 30, 2017.

The figures obtained from the Office of Treaty Settlements (OTS) were broken down into financial years from 2011/2012 until March 2017. ....
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Iwi queries exclusion from $1bn investment offer
Far North mayor John Carter should have consulted Māori before signing the district up to a billion-dollar investment offer by a Chinese company, the leader of a Far North iwi says.

The mayor has signed a memorandum of intent with Tus Holdings, the business arm of a Beijing university, to explore investment opportunities in the Far North.

The Far North District Council narrowly approved the memorandum, by five votes to four.

The company has offered to invest up to $1 billion in the Far North over five years, in projects including geothermal development, tourism and rest-home care.

Te Rarawa chairman Haami Piripi said the first he heard of the deal was from the media, and he was wondering if the mayor had lost his phone number.

Far North deputy mayor Tania McInnes said the region needed investment, but she was also concerned the mayor rushed into signing without consulting councillors and local iwi.

Ms McInnes said now the deal was signed, the council should take a more careful approach and work closely with its Treaty of Waitangi partners in considering Tus Holdings' investment proposals. ....
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Northland hapu to strengthen relationships over Hole in the Rock
Hapu in the Bay of Islands are seeking ‘meaningful discussions’ with local tour operators to better protect Motu Kōkako, also known as the Hole in the Rock or Piercy Island.

Ngāti Kuta and Ngāti Patukeha have made a claim for Customary Marine Title under the Marine and Coastal Area Act with the support of the Motu Kōkako Ahuwhenua Trust.

Spokesperson for the claims, Jamie Hakaraia-Hurikino, spoke to Kawe Kōrero and says his hapu want to be able to have a say in the tourism operations around ‘Hole in the Rock’.....
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Man out to prove Māori not original settlers under investigation
A Kaipara amateur historian is under investigation for taking human remains, in a bid to prove his theory that Māori were not the original settlers.

Mr Hilliam admits having taken human remains from the Poutō foreshore but said they came from hāngī pits, not Māori burial grounds.

That's caught the attention of Heritage New Zealand, which is now investigating.

Senior archaeologist Frank van der Heijgden said it was a criminal offence to damage an archeological site, and carried a potential penalty of $60,000.

Mr Hilliam said he was forced to take the remains, because no one would issue him a permit.

"I got sick and tired of the system and this is why I went ahead. I wanted to know the origin of these people."

An article on Mr Hiliam's theory, published in the Northern Advocate, has been removed from the paper's website. Editor Craig Cooper issued an apology; he admits they didn't check the source and regrets the story had been a catalyst for some people to infer political or racial motives.

Mr Cooper said in his apology that Northlanders - and New Zealanders - should be open to debate about the past, the present and the future. But he said there was a right way to encourage any such debate, and they did it the wrong way.

Mr Hilliam was disappointed in Mr Cooper's apology, and said there was too much political correctness.......
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Further link on the above here > Self-proclaimed historian Noel Hilliam facing $300,000 fine for damaging Māori burial site

Judge orders rethink for Springs bottled water plan extension
A plan to bottle and sell thousands of cubic metres of water from the Te Waikoropupu Springs Reserve in the Tasman has been dealt a legal blow.

The local iwi says the High Court decision ordering the Tasman District Council to reconsider a consent extension to the commercial bottling proposal vindicated their stand to protect the world famous coldwater springs, adjacent to where the water take was proposed.......
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Leading for the greatest good
The Māori economy is now worth close to $40 billion and is growing faster than the national economy, according to recent MBIE figures.

Iwi-controlled post-settlement assets alone are now worth an estimated $6 billion, with that figure predicted to double in a decade or so.

Dr Wolfgramm is co-leading a project that will turn the microscope on Māori leadership and decision-making as it plays out in modern Aotearoa.

Decisions made on the marae, within iwi corporations and Māori-run businesses affect who gets to enjoy the fruits of this burgeoning economy.
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30 May 2017

More funding needed for Whānau
Te Pou Matakana chair Merepeka Raukawa-Tait is pleased more funding has been set aside for Whānau Ora but added extra money is needed to make real generational changes for whānau.

Raukawa-Tait said Te Pou Matakana is already providing innovative Māori-led solutions to uplift whānau and identified Whānau Direct and Collective Impact as two programmes delivering positive outcomes.

Yesterday Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell announced $76 million – an extra $10m over the next four years – has been ear marked for Whānau Ora, from a total 2017-2018 budget pool of $80.5 billion.

Te Puni Kōkiri – the Government Ministry who administers Whānau Ora – receives 0.65% of the total budget across Health, Education, Social and Justice. Whānau Ora receives just 0.16% of that budget.

Merepeka acknowledged Prime Minister Bill English’s continued financial support of Whānau Ora, but said this was a drop in the ocean.....
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Manurewa Marae seeks for more funding
Rangi McLean is calling on the Government for more funding to house the homeless at Manurewa Marae, who have been at the forefront in the past year for assisting families seeking refuge.

McLean isn't surprised with Manurewa not receiving funding in this year's Budget.

Chairman for Manurewa Marae Board, Rangi McLean says, "I've remained in contact with the Ministry, they've asked whether Manurewa is opening its doors again to the homeless, I said, "well the Government need to invest more money from last year's budget so that our services continue."

The Ministry says they spent in excess of $300,000 last year to assist the homeless who took refuge at Manurewa Marae. But McLean says Manurewa Marae needs more financial assistance. The Ministry told Te Kāea that they continue to work with housing providers, including Māori organisations. Their contribution to Manurewa Marae concluded by mutual agreement at the end of a 12-week pilot programme in 2016, and the marae received around $100,000 in MSD funding.....
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Community Police want new recruits to bring 'authentic self'
Community police are looking for diversity in the force. Policewoman Tusha Penny says, when it comes to future recruitment she doesn't want a "cookie cutter" type, but a person who is grounded in their cultural beliefs.

Superintendent District Commander Tusha Penny says across Auckland there is a change in demographics with a need for more Māori, Pasifika in the police force. ....
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Hapu claims it doesn't want to stop Hole in the Rock tourism
Hapu which have made claims on Northland coastline popular for tourism say they do not want to stop operations - they want consultation. .....
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28 May 2017

From the NZCPR files by Dr Muriel Newman
Claims Tsunami Hits Foreshore and Seabed
Over the years, the NZCPR has taken a lead in raising concerns about the race-based demands of the tribal elite as they seek legal privilege at the expense of other New Zealanders.

On many occasions we have found ourselves head to head with the Government of the day – most notably with National over law changes to the foreshore and seabed, and more recently, the Resource Management Act.

In the case of the foreshore and seabed, we opposed National’s repeal of Crown ownership back in 2011, raising concerns that the Marine and Coastal Area Act could open the floodgates to a “land grab” by iwi.

We warned that giving Maori sovereignty over large tracts of New Zealand’s coastline and Territorial Sea would expose the area to exploitation through mining and the uncontrolled taking of wildlife.

We raised concerns about extortion and corruption – through demands for royalties from commercial operators using the coast, and the vetoing of proposed developments … until suitable payments are made.

We worried that demands by iwi for the law to allow the appointment of Wardens and Fisheries Officers to patrol ‘wahi tapu’ areas – imposing fines of up to $5,000 and reporting ‘trespassers’ to the Police – signalled their intention to prohibit public access.

We were accused of scaremongering – with National even gloating about how few claims had been lodged.

Well, all of that has now changed.

The six year window for lodging foreshore and seabed claims closed on April 3rd, with a tsunami of last minute applications pouring in – as many as 550, according to some media.

Hundreds of claimants are opting to go through the High Court – as anyone reading public notices in their local newspaper will testify – while others have chosen the alternative path of direct engagement with the Crown.

While, over the years, tribal leaders have promoted themselves as selfless – great conservationists who only seek control of resources because the government is not doing a good enough job of protecting them for future generations – the claims now lodged show that to be a grand lie. A review of what is being sought reveals the true agenda – the biggest resource grab in the country’s history, and the largest ever exploitation of New Zealand’s conservation estate.

In addition to claims for “the entire foreshore and territorial waters of New Zealand”, there are multiple, overlapping applications, that not only cover the coastline out to the 12 nautical mile territorial limit – including all “islands, reefs, tidal rivers, tributaries, estuaries, springs, wet lands” and the “airspace” above – but also extend to the edge of the “200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone”.

Some of these great ‘conservationists’ are planning on “taking” “dolphins, whales, penguins, and seals”. 

Many intend ‘taking’ “seabirds” – and their eggs.........
Continue reading Muriel’s article HERE
April 30, 2017

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27 May 2017

Applications for six people to represent Maori on Taranaki Regional Council standing committees have open.
Nga Iwi o Taranaki are seeking three individuals to represent Maori on the policy and planning committee and three on the consents and regulatory committee.

As part of their Treaty settlements Te Atiawa, Taranaki and Ngaruahine negotiated for iwi participation in local government decision making through representation on the committees.

The three settlements were finalised in November last year and also included financial and commercial redress totalling $224.5 million and the vesting of cultural sites including Nga Motu / Sugar Loaf Islands.....
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$21m boost for Māori language and culture
Budget 2017 will provide an extra $21 million of operating funding for Māori language initiatives to support the continued revitalisation of te reo and Māori culture, Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says.

$5 million of new funding over the next three years will lift whānau participation in Kōhanga Reo.

More Māori stories are set to be told, with $10 million of funding over four years allocated for programmes and content through broadcasting funding agency Te Māngai Pāho.

In addition, over the next two years $3 million of new funding will support Te Mātāwai to lead language revitalisation on behalf of iwi and Māori, and a further $3 million over two years will be provided to Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori to promote te reo Māori.....
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Budget 2017: Marae to get access to improvement fund
It may be a coat of paint, some much-needed repairs or providing smoke alarms but a $10 million fund to enhance marae is expected to attract plenty of interest across the motu, says Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.....
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More funding needed for Whānau
Yesterday Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell announced $76 million – an extra $10m over the next four years - has been ear marked for Whānau Ora, from a total 2017-2018 budget pool of $80.5 billion.

Te Puni Kōkiri – the Government Ministry who administers Whānau Ora - receives 0.65% of the total budget across Health, Education, Social and Justice. Whānau Ora receives just 0.16% of that budget.

Merepeka acknowledged Prime Minister Bill English’s continued financial support of Whānau Ora, but said this was a drop in the ocean....
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Smoke and mirrors boosts Maori spend
Maori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox say they secured $122 million to support whanau aspirations bringing more than $2 billion to the amount the Maori Party has gained for Maori since it joined the National-led Government.

Mr Peters says there is no sign of that money on the streets of Tokoroa or the roads of Hokianga.
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24 May 2017

Dr Rangi Mātāmua hopes to revive Māori astronomy
Astronomer Te Kōkau Himiona Te Pikikōtuku's account of his people's Matariki tradition has been recorded by his great grandson Dr Rangi Mātāmua in his new book Matariki, The Star of the Year.

“The stories are there. Since Tāne travelled to the heavens to hang the stars. The stars are a tribe of chiefs. Knowledge is the sustenance of chiefs. Therefore the knowledge is there amongst the chiefs suspended in the sky.”

“I want to set up a Māori observatory. The idea is that it will be similar to the traditional observatories while incorporating knowledge from the modern world.”....
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Three tribes put aims for Treaty Settlement before Minister
The treaty settlement aspirations of the central North Island tribes Uenuku, Tamakana and Tamahaki were heard by Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson in Raetihi last week (May 16).

The Minister was accompanied by a team from the Office of Treaty Settlements, who spent two days in the region hosted by Uenuku Charitable Trust.....
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Iwi wants wind farm turbines kept away from cultural sites on river
A Taranaki iwi wants turbines proposed for the region's first multi-million dollar wind farm to be kept at least one kilometre from multiple sites of cultural significance.

Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui is seeking to establish Taranaki's first cultural cautionary zone along the Whenuakura River, which borders the farm site at Waverley where Tararua Wind Power Ltd (formerly Trustpower) wants to put a 48-turbine, $325 million wind farm.

Kaiarataki Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said there were 50 registered sites of significance and many others that had not been registered, along the river......
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No iwi representation on Edgecumbe's flood review panel
The three-piece independent panel responsible for the review into last month’s flood of Edgecumbe will be void of iwi representation. Panel Chair Sir Michael Cullen says this is due to a conflict of interest.

Independent Review Panel chairman Sir Michael Cullen says, “If anybody from the river forum was on the panel they’re immediately conflicted because being a committee of the Bay Of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC), we are actually reviewing the actions of the regional council and the recommendations will be to the council. But nevertheless, I am going to make sure we get very very strong input from iwi.".....
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New Zealand’s first chartered bilingual Māori/English Toastmasters club.
Tōhī Toastmasters at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is celebrating its newfound status as New Zealand’s first chartered bilingual Te Reo Māori/English Toastmasters club.

Established in March 2016, Tōhī aims to empower its members to speak Te Reo with confidence. The majority of them are enrolled in the free Te Reo Māori courses offered at AUT.....
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23 May 2017

Te Akatea NZ Maori Principals' Association
Te Akatea NZ Maori Principals adds their voice to the growing number of educational groups that is calling on the government to provide a significant funding increase for school support staff.

“We want to acknowledge the valuable contribution in particular of our Maori support staff to the ongoing challenge of raising Maori student achievement across Aotearoa......
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$27 million allocated to marae and Māori housing
As a part of the 2017 Budget, it was announced that $27 million will go towards supporting marae and helping more whānau to find affordable housing. ....
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22 May 2017

Govt to Prove Ownership of Foreshore
“Ngati Kahu seem to be always in the news these days, what with their refusal to play ball with government’s rip-off treaty settlement process, and Chris Finlayson trying to blackmail them into getting back into line or have their mandate pulled, but their Marine and Coastal Areas settlement proposal just got a big plug at the MANA AGM” said MANA Leader Hone Harawira.

“Government is running a racist MACA deal where the legislation says government owns the foreshore and seabed and Maori have to prove otherwise, which is straight bulls**t of course.

The foreshore and seabed was always here, and so were Maori, before Pakeha came and before the string of thieving settler governments we had leading up to the current bunch of crooks on the treasury benches” .....
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Raewyn Good Study Award for Māori and Pasifika Social Science Research
Study award of $6,000 for Māori and Pasifika postgraduate student undertaking a Master’s which involves social sciences research......
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Luxury lodge investor earns iwi support
Auckland university academic Margaret Mutu has hailed a partnership between Chinese investors Shanghai Cred and far north iwi Ngati Kahu as a role model for other tourist operators in New Zealand.

Mutu who chairs the Ngati Kahu iwi board says she has been deeply impressed by the attitude of the investors who took over the Carrington Resort from American owners in 2013 and now has plans for a large scale expansion.

Chinese real-estate giant Shanghai Cred bought Peppers Carrington Estate from US banker Paul Kelly for $28.7 million in 2013....
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Google lends a hand to help preserve Maori culture
Tech giant Google is lending a helping hand to East Cape tribe Te Aitanga A Hauiti by lending them some gear usually associated with Street View, so Maori can use data mapping technology as part of a special project.

This past summer the equipment was used by Tai Rawhiti Maori to map trails associated with Tupuna around the East Coast, now the plan is to attach interviews to the imagery and release it on Google's Street View.
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21 May 2017

Te Urewera management plan future of conservation – Kruger
Te Urewera Board has released its draft principles of management for Te Urewera, formerly Te Urewera National Park, which was recognised as a legal entity three years ago. It's key approach is to focus more on the management of people at Te Urewera instead of management of the land.

Te Kawa o Te Urewera management plan acknowledges people need nature but nature doesn't need people.

Te Kawa will apply to all land formerly of Te Urewera National Park and will also extend to Lake Waikaremoana. Public access will not be affected and concessions like permits will be renamed 'Friendship agreements' in recognition of Te Urewera as a being.

Kruger says “I believe this is a good example of where Pākeha and the law acknowledge the value and strength of Māori methods."

The capacity of which Te Urewera would benefit from this year's $76 million injection into DOC tourism infrastructure was yet to be discussed but signage to deter naked tourists taking snaps could be on the agenda......
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M​ichael Coote NBR - 'Will water flow to Maori'
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New $100k scholarship from Crimson Education to evoke the spirit of Kupe in young Maori
A new $100,000 scholarship to support young Maori to get into top global universities can help young people tap into "unimaginable resources" and make "unbelievable connections" a panellist says.

The aim of the scholarship is to evoke the same spirit in young Maori students and support them to bring their learnings back to improve their communities.

He spoke about Maori's "cultural capital", saying Maori had a history of adventuring, navigating and innovating, "and we need that same spirit to be captured, to be celebrated now, in the 21st century".

Wright said anybody who identified as Maori could apply for the scholarship,....
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20 May 2017

Northland historian admits grave-robbing Maori burials
A New Zealand historian has been accused of grave-robbing after admitting to taking Māori skulls from grave sites.

Noel Hilliam told the Northern Advocate he had found skulls that pre-date Māori. He then sent human remains overseas for forensic examination and facial reconstruction.

However Mr Hilliam's research has been condemned as wrong.

"The statement that the young adult woman is from Wales is ludicrous. There is no way to find that information out from the skull size and shape, nor is it possible to tell that a person has blue eyes and blonde hair from skeletal features," University of Otago bio-archaeologist Dr Siân Halcrow told Vice.

Worse, his actions have been condemned as racist and illegal.

"It is the violation of a sacred site. Them raiding urupā and acquiring ancestral heads - they haven't said where from - makes me really concerned," Auckland University senior lecturer Dr Ngarino Gabriel Ellis told Vice....
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Marae programme push to decrease incarceration rates for Māori
The solution to the mass incarceration of Māori is teaching inmates their native language and culture. This from the organisers of a marae based programme on behalf of the Department of Corrections to help curb the high rates of Māori offending....
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Maori hoping for recognition they deserve
Just like the various small ethnic groups in Sabah, the Maori community in New Zealand hopes to make a name for themselves in hopes of getting the recognition that they deserve.

“Fifteen years ago, during a rugby event in New Zealand, a singer sang the national anthem in the Maori language, which caused a huge uproar in the country.

“However, now, you can see that some people in New Zealand are starting to sing the national anthem in the Maori language.

“We are a small population but we are growing, we are getting there, and we have come a long way,” said New Zealand Minister for Maori Development Te Ururoa Flavell.....
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Maori stake in gulf forum resented
Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare is defending the place of mana whenua groups in managing assets like the Hauraki Gulf.

Lobby groups Hobson’s Pledge and Democracy Action are agitating against the Sea Change Marine Spatial Plan, which includes proposals for co-governance of the gulf by mana whenua and crown-appointed representatives......
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Maori population growing faster than Pakeha

Maori will make up 18 percent of New Zealand’s population by 2038, according to Statistics New Zealand’s latest projections.

Maori were about 16 percent of the population at the 2013 Census.

The total population is expected to increase by about 1 million in the next 20 years, with all major ethnic groups growing.

The European or other group will drop from 75 percent to about 66 percent of the New Zealand's total population.....
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19 May 2017

Mt Messenger to Awakino Tunnel SH3 upgrade gains momentum
Transport Minister Simon Bridges is confident cultural and conservation issues will be overcome in time for a spring decision on the preferred roading option for an upgrade at Mt Messenger.

Iwi are concerned the proposal could see State Highway 3 diverted through an area where endangered kokako are to be released, as well as through significant cultural wahi tapu sites.

Bridges said he was confident discussions between the New Zealand Transport Agency and iwi on the preferred option would result in a favourable solution for both sides for work to begin by late 2017.
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New Zealand Post issue commemorative He Tohu stamps
The He Tohu exhibition has been developed in partnership between the Crown and Māori.

The third stamp, Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi, reflects partnership. The colours and style of the stamps echo the He Tohuexhibition.

The young boy and girl are facing the future of Aotearoa New Zealand together in partnership, in the spirit of Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi....
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Te Putahi a Toi guards Maori standards at Massey
The new head of Massey University's Te Putahi a Toi says Maori studies is playing a greater role within the wider university system.

"There's a real drive now to have a greater sense of Maori cultural identity within some of the programmes and some of the papers taught outside Maori studies so I think part of the role for Te Putahi a Toi is to ensure whatever is offered outside of the school is authentic and meaningful, not tokenistic, and that has always been a challenge," Dr Durie says.......
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No problem for Goff on Maori seats
Auckland mayor Phil Goff is welcoming the debate on Maori wards.

"I see no problem with having Maori seats in central government and if there is no problem with having Maori seats in central government then why should there be a problem with having Maori seats in local government as long as you stand by the principle of one person one vote," he says......
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Ngati Whatua wants to buy Ports of Auckland
Ngati Whatua wants to buy the $1.1 billion Ports of Auckland - and is talking of joining other iwi and a financial giant to mount an ambitious approach to Mayor Phil Goff about a deal.

Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust spokesman Ngarimu Blair issued a surprise statement this morning: "Ngati Whatua Orakei has long harboured an ambition to buy back our former land and Waitemata seabed."......
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Court rules Rena wreckage off Tauranga is to stay
The Rena wreckage is set to be abandoned off Tauranga, after it ran aground six years ago.

Four local iwi and hapu appealed an initial Council decision to leave the ship's remains - arguing the ship spoils the reef and its cultural significance.

But a number of other iwi disagreed - arguing moving the wreck would cause more harm than good to the reef's spirit and its surrounding environment.

An abundance of sea life has grown around the Rena's remains, which are up to 36 metres underwater.

The Court found leaving the wreckage is in the best interest of the marine environment....
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Call for more Māori social services funding
Health Minister Johnathan Coleman has confirmed the budget will include new funding for mental health and addiction services as part of its Social Investment Package.

However, the NZ Drug Foundation says unless funding is doubled it won't scratch the surface in terms of the growing need for support, particularly among Māori.

The NZ Drug Foundation CEO Ross Bell says the current government spend of $150mil on drug and alcohol addiction services is not enough.....
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Ceremony reaffirms partnership promoting Māori health
A longstanding partnership promoting Māori health across the Bay of Plenty has been reaffirmed in an official ceremony.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the continuing spirit of the relationship between the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) Board and the Māori Health Rūnanga (representing the Bay’s 18 iwi) was signed yesterday (Wednesday 17 May). The signing ceremony took place at Te Puke’s Hei Marae.....
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18 May 2017

Waikato District Council signs MOU with Ngati Hauaa Iwi Trust
The Waikato District Council has signed an MOU with Ngati Hauaa Iwi Trust as part of a wider goal to recognise tangata whenua and develop and maintain iwi relationships so it can be responsive to the interests of Maaori in its community.

Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson says the MOU is the second one to be signed with local iwi, the first being with Ngaa Uri o Maahanga in 2012. A third MOU with Mai Uenuku ki te Whenua Trust is in the pipeline.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our partnerships with our community partners” says Mayor Sanson......
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Claims Māori are not indigenous is disrespectful – Hone Sadler
Ngāpuhi elder Hone Sadler refutes claims that Māori are not indigenous to New Zealand.

This comes after Northland historian Noel Hilliam claimed findings from a forensic expert at the University of Edingburgh shows people from Wales, the Mediterranean and China were here long before Māori.

These findings are based on reconstructed features of ancient skulls discovered in the Kaipara.....
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Kura kaupapa to get new site
Education Minister Nikki Kaye has announced an estimated $12 million more for the relocation of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Wananga Whare Tapere o Takitimu in Hastings.

The student roll has grown so much that the kura is in desperate need of bigger location.

It's been almost a decade since the school applied to relocate, but by the end of 2019 they should be in their new school.

Speaking in Māori, principal Fleur Wainohu said the current location is too small and it is good to now have a goal to work towards.....
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17 May 2017

Veterans' farm has done its job now return it - iwi
A farm set up to help Māori veterans from World War I has done its job and the land should be given back, a marae in Wairoa says.

But the manager of the multi-million dollar Hereheretau Station said the veterans might have died but the land could still help future generations.

Hereheretau Station was built on Māori land in the early 1950s to support Māori soldiers who had returned home from the World War I.

The income from the sheep and beef farm was used to assist the veterans and to help pay for hui or funerals......
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Taranaki title up for negotiation
The future ownership of Mount Taranaki is on the table as the eight tribes of Taranaki enter settlement talks.

Jamie Tuuta, the chair of the Taranaki Maunga Negotiation Team, says now historic settlements in the region are almost done, the eight iwi have come together on the major collective issue.

He says the people have long been unhappy with the Egmont Vesting Act of 1978 when the mountain was given to the tribes and then handed back to the crown and the nation on the same day.

Te Urewera and Te Awa Tupua Whanganui River settlements, where a new form of legal personality was created, point a way ahead.

"We've had a clear message from our people they do not want the crown to own our ancestors and we are discussing legal personality.......
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Maori culture a circuit breaker for youth homes
The Children’s Commissioner says reorganising youth justice facilities to bring a more Maori focus could be a circuit breaker.

Judge Andrew Becroft’s latest report on state residential facilities is highly critical of the way they are run and questions whether they are fit for purpose today.

"The youth justice residences are really run on a European model wth some cultural add ons and the challenge is we could completely refocus the way we do it, we being a te ao Maori world view, we work with iwi, iwi leaders are involved, and the delivery is through a different cultural lens. I think we've got to that now. I think that might be the circuit breaker," Judge Becroft says.......
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Miraka to send branded milk to Malaysia
Miraka has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its Malaysian distribution partner, Storiiu, that clears the way for the Maori-owned milk processor to start exporting its first own-branded consumer product.....
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16 May 2017

Labour Leader aspires to raise number of Māori MPs
Little says, "After the election, at least one in four Labour MP's will be Māori. We are going to have the largest representation of Māori MP's of any party, ever, in New Zealand politics."

Labour was challenged about the perception that Māori are not valued in the party after no Māori were named in the party's top 15; and after Kelvin Davis' 'Māori only prisons' was not supported publicly by the leader. But for Little, Māori were at the forefront of the party.

Little says, "Through all these policies and in every decision, Māori will be at the table. Māori aspiration sits at the core of Labour's vision for New Zealand."...
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Ngāpuhi descendants call for commercial fishing ban in Hokianga Harbour
Hokianga descendants are calling for a complete ban on commercial fishing in their harbour.

Dion Akuhata, Ngāti Pākau says, "What we want do is we want to close down our Ngāpuhi waters until the fishing industry can prove to us that their methods of fishing are sustainable for future generations."

This is a result of rising concern around the dumping of fish by commercial vessels in Hokianga waters for reasons such as species or size. This practice goes against traditional and sustainable Māori fishing protocols.....
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Bill to change 'racist' electoral law drawn from ballot
A divisive law brought to attention by the attempted creation of a Maori ward in New Plymouth may soon undergo change.

Currently, establishing Maori wards in local government can be put to a referendum while general wards are decided on by council alone, effectively limiting Maori representation.

But on Thursday a Green Party members bill calling for a change to the Local Electoral Act was pulled from the member's ballot which means MPs could now vote to change the law......
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New Zealand’s Maori culture takes centre stage at meetings
New Zealand’s unique Maori culture will be front and centre of the country’s leading business events exhibition, CINZ MEETINGS 2017 in Auckland this month.

“Our culture is New Zealand’s point of difference, and it creates a strong sense of place for people attending business events here. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else.

“It’s not a show, or put on – it’s just what we do. It’s about how we make our manuhiri (visitors) feel. We want them to feel welcome here, to feel at home. They may arrive as strangers, but we want them to leave as whanau (family),” he says.

Before MEETINGS 2017 opens on 30 May, CINZ Maori culture advisor Ngahihi o-te-ra Bidois will bless the exhibition space at ASB Showgrounds, and the stands and food served to guests with traditional karakia (prayers). He will do the same at the event’s conclusion on 1 June,....
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14 May 2017

Human Rights Tribunal rules Fairfax cartoons 'not unlawful'
Provocative cartoons published by Fairfax Media did not breach the Human Rights Act, a tribunal has found.

Labour MP Louisa Wall took the publisher and its papers, The Press and the Marlborough Express, to the Human Rights Tribunal over two cartoons that it published in 2013 about the government's breakfast in schools programme.

Read the full ruling – which includes copies of the cartoons (pp 55-56) here > http://tinyurl.com/l4m8c9j

Ms Wall argued they were insulting and ignorant towards Māori and Pacific peoples.
However, the tribunal ruled that the cartoons were lawful, as they were unlikely to "cause hostility against or bring into contempt" Māori and Pasifika....
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13 May 2017

Māori leaders challenge requirement for continuous occupation
It is almost impossible for Māori to claim their rights to the coast, say some Māori leaders who are taking their concerns to the Waitangi Tribunal.

To get Customary Marine Title, Māori must prove that they have continuously occupied the area since 1840 without substantial interruption.

Ngāpuhi leader Rihari Dargaville said that was not fair on Māori who were driven off their land by the Crown.

"To say that you must prove that you have been on that block continuously is nonsense."

He said he and other Māori leaders were preparing to go to the Waitangi Tribunal to challenge the continuous occupation requirement.

A total of 380 claims were made to the Crown, and the High Court received a further 170 applications. ....
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“We are the Stolen Generation” in New Zealand
A number of claimants have applied to the Waitangi Tribunal for an urgent hearing into Māori children that were placed in state care between the 1950s and 1990s.

“The Crown breached all principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in my view by severing Māori from their whanau, hapu and iwi and therefore we lost all connections to our whakapapa, reo and tikanga and displacing us from our turangawaewae.” ......
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Editorial: Relationships are built on mutual respect
Despite being the tangata whenua of Aotearoa New Zealand, it is revealing of how Maori are regarded within their country that they are still having to defend their culture.

To add insult to injury, Cook recently claimed Maori are not the indigenous people of this country. The fact falsehoods like this are still being uttered, no matter how flippant, is shameful.

It is a historical fact Maori rights have been trampled on and their traditional way of life severely disrupted through the process of colonisation, war and government legislation, which robbed iwi, hapu and whanau of their land.

Such actions were in direct breach of the country's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, and they are acts which have been acknowledged by the Crown, who have since made amends through the settlement process.

The Treaty of Waitangi created a partnership between Maori and Pakeha, but it still seems like tangata whenua are the ones getting the short end of the stick....
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Forestry future for Wairoa iwi
The Maori Affairs committee is in Wairoa today to look at the fine print on one of the country’s largest historic treaty settlements.

He says forestry will be a major activity as the claimants get back two forests they will share with other iwi.
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12 May 2017

MPs to vote on Maori ward change
A Green Party members bill proposing a new process for creating maori wards in local government has been drawn from the ballot

Sponsor Marama Davidson says if passed, it will ensure that the establishment of both Maori and general wards and constituencies on district and regional councils follow the same legal process.

The bill was inspired by the work of former New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd, who unsuccessfully tried to establish a Maori ward in his district and has a petition before Parliament calling for this change....
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Kapa Haka and te reo Māori may help Māori avoid dementia
The study, conducted by the University of Auckland, received $1.8 million in Government funding and has been touted as the world’s first longitudinal study of an indigenous population in advanced age.

The Health, Independence and Caregiving in Advanced Age report is the first study to consider dementia among Māori.

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner says, “Researchers found cultural activities such as kapa haka and speaking te reo may help preserve cognition for older Māori.”.....
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Ngati Kahu runanga mandate suspended, Tuhoronuku lose support
The Crown's decision to suspend its recognition of Ngati Kahu runanga's mandate shows the Treaty Negotiations Minister is willing to make hard decisions, a Ngati Hine leader says.

Chris Finlayson, Minister of Treaty Negotiations, and Te Ururoa Flavell, Minister of Maori Development, have suspended Te Runanga-a-iwi o Ngati Kahu's mandate to negotiate Treaty claims on behalf of the iwi.

Anahera Herbert-Graves, Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngati Kahu chief executive, said Crown recognition of the mandate was not required in the courts or the Waitangi Tribunal.

"Ngati Kahu is not in negotiations with the Crown, and are instead pursuing their legal rights through the courts and the Waitangi Tribunal, as instructed by their hapu and marae [which] rejected the settlement offer made by the Crown, and the tribunal failed to adhere to its legal obligations." .....
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Te Tau Ihu iwi seek customary rights over Marlborough Sounds
The iwi was seeking customary marine title over five common marine and coastal areas that collectively covered an area stretching from Westport on the West Coast to the Clarence River on the East Coast.

"The test in this Act is back to front. The common law we inherited from England and the Treaty of Waitangi signed in 1840 both recognised Maori ownership of lands and waters," she said.

"Iwi should not be forced into the courts to battle for recognition of property interests that have never been relinquished to the New Zealand Crown.

"It would be far better for us as a nation to learn the histories of the foreshore and seabed in our own communities, the hopes and aspirations for that land by the local tangata whena.

"And how we as a nation might move forward in respectfully looking after lands permanently or temporarily under salt water.".......
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11 May 2017

Maori first, English second under Wairoa's new signage policy
Wairoa District Council has put its support behind a Maori-first signage policy as it works towards becoming the country's first bilingual town.

The council voted on Tuesday to implement a "Te Reo Maori policy" that includes gradually replacing its signage with bilingual wording featuring Maori ahead of English.

The policy will be subject to public consultation before it is formally adopted. But the council sees it as a "stepping stone" towards a previous goal – set in 2012 – of Wairoa become a fully bilingual town by 2040.....
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Haka Energy drink company apologises to Māori
In their response to Māori Television today, they said,
"It has come to our attention that some of our marketing materials have offended the Maori and New Zealanders more broadly.

We are a small, family-owned business and it was never our intention to offend anyone.
We wish to extend our humble apology. To address these concerns, Hakaenergy will be undertaking a review of our marketing materials and approach."......
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'The mauri of our natural world has been diminished'
In the 750 years since humans came to Zealand, at least 76 bird species, three frogs, at least three lizards, one freshwater fish, four plants and an unknown number of invertebrate species have vanished.

"The mauri of our natural world has been diminished," the strategy said.

The department said Māori possess a wealth of knowledge that will help in the recovery of species, and integrating Te Ao Māori (the Māori world view) and mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) into the recovery programmes by 2025 was also a goal. .....
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German tourists told they 'must share cigarettes' in Ahipara
Three German tourists were badly frightened but physically unharmed after two men, both known to police as members of the Mongrel Mob, confronted them at Ahipara.

The two men and a woman were told that they were on Maori land, and must pay koha. They were also told that they were required to share their cigarettes, and would need to hire the two men as guides.

The female tourist, who was reduced to tears, sent a text message to a friend who contacted the police in Kaitaia on Monday last week.....
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New Plymouth council denies it reaped up to $140m in income from stolen Maori land
Claims it pocketed up to $140 million in income from stolen Maori land have been refuted by the boss of New Plymouth's council.

Under its analysis, Chenery said the group calculated NPDC had reaped between $95m to $140m in earnings.

But NPDC acting chief executive Alan Bird said the calculations were incorrect.

"The figures from Tamaki Treaty Workers are assumptions and the calculations are based on housing inflation rates as opposed to normal inflation rates," Bird said.

Bird said council staff had been able to search its archives back to World War II.

"The data we have from history is incomplete and old fashioned, with different accounting systems," he said.

Bird said since 2007 about $8.4 million had been collected by council in rents.

He said about $4.4m of this had been spent on administration, lease management, legal fees and infrastructure in Waitara....
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10 May 2017

Maori Affairs Minister backs proposal for bilingual towns
Te reo Māori could soon join te reo Pākehā on traffic signs, ATMs or restaurant menus in several New Zealand towns that are considering going bilingual.

The Māori Party co-leader said the the towns have been presented with guidelines on bilingual signage, but it would be up to them to decide how to become bilingual.

He said the proposal provided huge opportunities to celebrate language.

"Street names, that might be one part of it. Stop, Go, pedestrian crossings. Could be that businesses adopt the whole notion of going bilingual by having all of their signs both in English and Māori, to invoices in Māori, to allowing cheques to being signed in Māori or being printed in both languages, through to signs over the top of ATM machines."......
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Foreshore claims not real problem says English Prime Minister Bill English says he expects very few of the claims for customary ownership of marine and coastal areas will succeed.

More than 500 claims were lodged with the High Court or directly with the government by the deadline at the start of April, spelling out the historical and cultural connections people have to particular stretches of coastline or fisheries.
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Outrage over Canadian 'Haka' energy drink
A group of New Zealanders in Canada is furious that an energy drink is being sold under the name Haka with branding similar to Māori moko design.....
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Labour MP wants prison run on Maori values
Locking up Maori in existing prisons isn't working says Labour leader Andrew Little who has not backed away from a proposal by Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis for Maori approach to corrections.

Mr Davis says Ngawha Prison in Northland would be a good choice for a prison run entirely on Maori values, but not only for Maori offenders.....
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Treaty negotiations Minister suspends runanga mandate
Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has suspended the Crown's recognition of Te Runanga-a-iwi o Ngati Kahu's mandate to pursue settlement of the iwi's treaty claims.

Mr Finlayson said last week that the Crown had last year asked the runanga to address issues raised by Melissa Peters (Te Whanau Moana me te Rorohuri Nga Hapu) and others, by undertaking a process to reconfirm its mandate to negotiate a comprehensive settlement.
See full article HERE
A further article here > Ngati Kahu: It's the iwi that decides

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9 May 2017

Ngāti Whātua says claim concerning Manukau Harbour is not about ownership
Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei has lodged a claim for customary title and protected rights over the Auckland foreshore. Their interests include Kohimarama, and one part of the Manukau Harbour, which one of their leading negotiators says was occupied by their ancestors.

Ngāti Whātua's interest in Manukau Harbour extends from Blockhouse Bay to the Mangere inlet. However they're not looking for ownership.

Pihema says, "At this stage we're not looking at ownership but we're looking for recognition since Ngāti Whatua signing the treaty." 

Pihema says, "What is customary rights to us? It mean that our people are able to return to their ancestral lands, to fish and utilise our natural resources."

Ngāti Whātua doesn't want control in their claim but a more consistent, clearer input into decisions that are taken, that are made around those areas. ....
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Council congratulates Ruapehu Alpine Lifts
Prime Minister English made special mention of the way relationships and history with Ruapehu iwi was being crafted into a progressive and forward-looking view of what the region and the people of the region could achieve.....
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Taranaki Maori make customary rights claim to marine and coastal areas
Taranaki Maori are among those claiming customary rights to parts of the country's coastline. 

More than 150 claims have been made under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act by iwi, hapu and whanau across New Zealand.

Earlier this month iwi leader Maanu Paul made a claim for the customary rights of New Zealand's foreshore and sea beds on behalf of all Maori.

If customary rights are recognised, it will give iwi, hapu and whanau a greater say in terms of the activity which takes place along its coastline or in marine areas located within their rohe.

It also provides tangata whenua with a veto right in terms of certain resource consent applications or conservation activities which are applied for within their tribal boundaries....
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Budget set to boost Māori housing and marae
Māori housing initiatives and marae will receive $27 million over the next three to four years in the Budget.

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell said the money would fund whānau housing projects, affordable homes for Māori, and supporting marae.

It would include $9m over three years to be spent on trialling new approaches to help whānau into their own homes.....
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Maori Party proposal could see Rotorua become a bilingual city
Thirty years on from te reo Maori being made an official language of New Zealand, Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell wants Rotorua recognised as one of the country's first bilingual cities.

Mr Flavell said discussions had been held with Otaki and Rotorua about becoming bilingual, and Wairoa District Council had also expressed interest......
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7 May 2017

From the NZCPR archives by Dr Muriel Newman
One battle ends, a new one begins
In spite of the dedication and hard work of tens of thousands of New Zealanders – and the support of hundreds of thousands – sadly, we have been unable to gather enough signatures to trigger a nation-wide referendum on restoring Crown ownership of the foreshore and seabed. Although petition forms are still flooding in, we estimate that we will end up more than 50,000 short of the base target of 307,000 signatures of enrolled voters. We have advised Parliament accordingly, and as a result, the petition will officially lapse on the closing date of 14 July (2012) . Unfortunately this is the fate of 90 percent of the Citizens Initiated Referenda (CIR) that have been lodged since the legislation was first passed in 1993.

New Zealand is one of only four countries in the world that allow CIR. In the other three countries – Switzerland, the USA and Italy – they are binding on the government. The fact that in New Zealand, CIR are not binding, is the main reason why so many miss their target. “What’s the point” we were often told, when the government simply ignores them – the most recent case being the CIR to repeal the smacking law.....
Continue reading HERE  
July 8, 2012

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6 May 2017

Call for new protocols on sacred sites over nude photo on Taranaki Maunga
Taranaki academic, Dr Ruakere Hond is calling on Māori to outline values and protocols for sacred Māori sites. It follows the recent picture of a glamour model who posted a nude photo of herself at the peak of Mt Taranaki on social media.

Dr Hond says the photo of Jaylene Cook naked on their sacred mountain is an issue for all Māori.

This isn't an issue that Taranaki should discuss and resolve. This is something that all Māori should consider our mountains and sacred places. We need to outline some values and boundaries of what is acceptable and unacceptable.....
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Wairoa leads move to bilingual town
WAIROA District Council is on course to become the first council in New Zealand to implement a te reo Maori policy. The policy is a stepping stone towards becoming the country’s first bilingual town, after the launch of Te Wairoa Reorua 2040 in December, 2012.

Te Wairoa Reorua 2040 is the vision of four organisations, Te Kura Motuhake o Te Ataarangi, Nga Kohanga Reo o te rohe o Te Wairoa, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ngati Kahungunu o Te Wairoa and Te Taiwhenua o Te Wairoa.

They have come together with the Human Rights Commission to work on a strategy to set Wairoa on the path to becoming fully bilingual by 2040.....
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NZ Law Society widens focus on lawyer diversity
The New Zealand Law Society says it is now asking all applicants for a practising certificate to state their ethnicity.NZ Law Society widens focus on lawyer diversity

The New Zealand Law Society says it is now asking all applicants for a practising certificate to state their ethnicity.

Ms Epati says the best information the Law Society holds is from the 2013 Census when 88% of lawyers described themselves as European, 7% as Asian, 6% as Māori and 2% as Pacific Peoples.

“At the same date 77% of all New Zealanders identifies as European, 11% as Māori, 11% as Asian and 5% as Pacific Peoples: a noticeable difference,” she says.....
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Helen Clark: No regrets over Foreshore and Seabed
Former Prime Minister Helen Clark has no regrets over her handling of the Foreshore and Seabed controversy.

Her Labour government ushered in legislation in 2004 which gave ownership of that land to the Crown and stripped the rights of Māori to seek customary title through the courts.

In an interview for RNZ's The 9th Floor, Miss Clark stood by her actions.

She said the right for New Zealanders to be able to walk along the coast was "pretty precious, without somebody saying - get off my land!"

That access would have been threatened, she said, if not for the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

"There were some areas where settlements had returned land where people could no longer go ... Where something is clearly public estate, those issues don't arise."

National later repealed the law as part of a deal with the Māori Party after it came to power in 2009.

It restored the rights of iwi to seek customary rights in court and ruled that no one owned the foreshore and seabed.......
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Iwi withdraws opposition to Taranaki wind farm
A South Taranaki iwi has withdrawn its opposition to a wind farm proposed for coastal land between Waverly and Patea.

Tararua Wind Power wants to build 48 wind turbines, each standing 160 metres tall, on the 980 hectare site.

Ngā Rauru Kītahi Te Pahunga says the company has agreed to a package to mitigate environmental and cultural damage.

It includes input into the restoration of Waipipi Stream and the coastal landscape, protection for migratory birds and the relocation of freshwater fish and plant species.

The iwi will also get permanent access to the Waipipi block which is the site of an historically important village and will act as cultural monitor.....
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5 May 2017

Someone seeing model pose nude on Mt Taranaki would be 'pretty horrified', says DOC
Seeing a Playmate model naked at the top of Mt Taranaki would have been "horrifying", the Department of Conservation says.

Jaylene Cook posed nude near the summit of Mount Taranaki and shared the photo - taken by her photographer boyfriend Josh Shaw - to Instagram. It attracted more than 16,000 likes was picked up by national and international media including the BBC and USA Today.

DOC Partnerships Manager Darryn Ratana has come down on the side of iwi after the picture went around the world. He said DOC would not condone behaviour that was offensive to iwi - and "it's also pretty offensive to the general public." ......
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More than a name: the stories behind Marlborough's rivers and mountains
Tangata whenua have always used them, but it was not until the Te Tau Ihu Treaty of Waitangi settlements of 2014 that many te reo Maori place names in Marlborough were officially recognised. The Marlborough Express is now following suit. Oliver Lewis reports.

On an isolated point of land overlooking the Marlborough Sounds stands Kupe: the mythical tupuna, or ancestor figure, locked in battle with the giant octopus Te Wheke o Muturangi.

The carved wooden pouwhenua at Karaka Point, near Picton, looks out towards features named after the famed explorer and his exploits, names that were officially recognised following Treaty of Waitangi settlements with the eight Te Tau Ihu iwi in 2014......
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Council earned $140m from stolen land - Treaty group
The New Plymouth District Council is being urged to be up front about the millions of dollars it has earned from land stolen from Waitara hapu in the 1860s.......
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Māori life expectancy has increased at twice the rate of non-Māori in last 10 years
The rapid growth was good news, said Waitematā District Health Board chief executive Dale Bramley. "These results show that Māori health status has improved at a faster rate than non-Māori, thereby closing the gap."...
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Iwi chair backs Maori Party run
Ngati Kahungunu leader Ngahiwi Tomoana says he’s chairing Marama Fox’s campaign team because he wants to keep an independent Maori voice in parliament.

"I’ve never seen so much engagement between Maori, Iwi and Crown and cabinet than I have in the last 5 years. I think this is just an evolving model we're just scratching the potential of our country let alone us as Maori as a political economic and social force in this country," he says......
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4 May 2017

Otaki in the running to be New Zealand's first officially bilingual town
Otaki, where the Maori language was almost dead among young people 40 years ago, could become New Zealand's first officially bilingual town.

The town on the Kapiti Coast, north of Wellington, is leading the running to be given bilingual status, in a move being pushed by the Maori Party.

Official status is likely to include bilingual street signs, and the possibility that businesses could have their invoices or signs printed in both languages....
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Legal bill for Maori Board v Auckland Council nearly $300,000
NZ First is warning rate and taxpayers that huge legal bills will be coming their way given National’s racially based changes to the Resource Management Act.

“Lawyers are the only winners from National’s racially divisive RMA changes that will create a separate planning system,” says New Zealand First and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“While Auckland Council’s so-called Independent Maori Statutory Board lost an appeal against Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan, it still left ratepayers nursing a $273,431 legal bill.

“And given Housing NZ was involved taxpayers footed another $19,204 taking the grand total to a staggering $292,635. This racially motivated politically correct poppycock has ripped almost $300,000 out of the pockets of hard working tax and ratepayers and for what?.

“These legal shenanigans all stem from a long list of sites supposedly of significance to Maori. So significant, they reportedly included a rubbish dump, an industrial site and a subdivision......
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Coastline claims 'not about ownership' - Māori
Iwi claims on New Zealand's coastline are about recognising ties to the land - not about ownership, leaders say.

More than 380 claims for customary and protective rights have been made under the Marine and Coastal Area Act but the government says only a handful of them will be successful.

The countdown to making claims for customary title of the coastlines had been in place since the Marine and Coastal Areas Act was made law in 2011.

The deadline closed on 3 April and applications were being submitted right up until the final hour.

Māori could chose to either negotiate their claim with the Crown or file it in court.

The Ministry of Justice has received 381 claims, not including applications made to the High Court.

"This is not about ownership, it is about defining customary area," he said.

"Each tribe has a customary area and while they may overlap they are nevertheless important from an iwi perspective that it maintains and sustains its interest in its customary area."
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Urgent action needed to address Māori depression - NZAC
A study conducted by an Auckland university measured 15,800 participants' non-specific psychological distress. Results showed Māori were 7.5 per cent more likely to have a high-risk score in the survey than pākehā at 4.5 per cent......
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Outrage after naked Playmate scales Mt Taranaki
Playboy playmate Jaylene Cook has scaled Mt Taranaki in a nude photo shoot, but not everyone has taken kindly to the stunt.

The glamour model, who is touring the country with her photographer boyfriend Josh Shaw, posted the photo to Instagram which has attracted more than 8000 likes.

But one Maori academic said the photo was culturally insensitive and disrespected the mountain.

"I also know cousins and relatives who will be quite upset about it. They would consider it as being disrespectful towards the mountain," Maori academic Dennis Ngawhare told Fairfax.....
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3 May 2017

Massive claim made for Maori foreshore and seabed rights
A massive claim for customary rights of New Zealand's foreshore and sea beds has been lodged in the High Court at Rotorua by a local iwi leader.

The application by New Zealand Maori Council co-chairman Maanu Paul - made on behalf of all Maori - wants recognition of customary marine title and protected customary rights over the New Zealand coast and the entire foreshore and territorial waters of New Zealand.

Under the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011 claims had to be filed within six years - applications closed on Sunday. One-hundred-and-fifty claims for ownership, for thousands of kilometres of New Zealand's coastline were filed in high courts around the country.........
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Fletcher, iwi gets nod for Massey East housing project
A proposal for nearly 200 homes in Auckland's Massey has been given the Government's stamp of approval.

The Overseas Investment Office has cleared Fletcher Building and Ngati Whatua Orakei to buy 9.2 hectares of Crown land for the development on Moire Rd, Massey East.

The approval was necessary because only about 27.5 per cent of Fletcher Building's shareholders are New Zealand-based.

Previously owned by the Education Ministry, the land is one of a number of sites identified by a government programme to free up Crown land for more housing....
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$2 million research grant on offer for Maori and Pacific youth mental health
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) are seeking applications for a two million dollar Maori and Pacific youth mental health research.

HRC's Chief Executive Kath McPherson says that Maori and Pacific people in Aotearoa have higher rates of mental health issues.

The funding aims to release innovation that will really work for Maori and Pacific youth and their families.
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Willie Jackson appointed as Labour’s Māori Campaign Director
“The Labour Party welcomes renowned broadcaster and urban Māori leader Willie Jackson to the role of Māori Campaign Director for the 2017 General Election,” said Māori Senior Vice President Tane Phillips.

“Willie was asked to take on the role due to his ability to connect with a demographic of Māori voters who live in urban areas, are typically younger and part of a new generation.”....
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University and Bay iwi partner up
Hawke's Bay iwi are working with University of Otago to learn how to record and protect sites with "crucial cultural and archaeological values". ....
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2 May 2017

Crown signs apology, redress for Ngati Tamaoho
The Crown has signed a deed settling Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngati Tamaoho, an iwi with interests from Waikato to the Auckland suburbs of Remuera and Ellerslie.

Commercial and financial redress totalling $10.3 million includes the transfer of, and opportunity to purchase, specified Crown property.

There is also a cultural revitalisation fund of $590,000.

The iwi is a member of the Tamaki Collective. Its area of interest area spans from the Manukau Harbour to Franklin District, the Hunua Ranges, Awhitu peninsula, the Waikato wetlands, Firth of Thames and north to central Auckland including Remuera and Ellerslie.....
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Plan to give SH1 seven 'unpronounceable' Maori names decried as 'PC gone haywire'
Plans for renaming part of State Highway 1 have been blasted for offering "unpronounceable" Maori words and over-complicating a simple strip of asphalt.

Some have called it "PC gone haywire" while others say it's just part of being a Kiwi.

Kapiti Coast District Council's plan to split the continuous road into seven sections and give it seven Maori names has generated 400 public submissions......

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Sharples calls for Māori-only prisons
Former Māori Affairs Minister Sir Pita Sharples wants Māori-only prisons to be established.

"I started work in prisons in Pareremoremo, it had just opened, and I saw how things Māori had no cognisance taken of them.".....
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29 April 2017

Māori unionists call for iwi-union collaboration
The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) Rūnanga, the body representing 60,000 Māori union members, is marking Workers Memorial Day today with a call for iwi and unions to work together to help end workplace deaths.

“We know from ACC figures that Māori are more likely to be injured on the job than non-Māori.

We know that Māori are more likely to work in high risk industries like forestry and farming too. I reckon unions and iwi should work together to find ways to make sure Māori aren’t getting injured or killed on the job. These are our people.”....
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Tahau takes on new role at Taupo council
Dylan Tahau is set to become a strategic development manager for Taupo District Council, after just as year and a half managing the iwi.....
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NZNO Kaiwhakahaere in New York calls again for a Māori nursing workforce strategy
In New York this morning NZNO Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku addressed the United Nations forum of the United Nations Declaration on the Right of Indigenous People (UNDRIP). Ms Nuku repeated her message that without a Māori nursing workforce strategy, the aim to attract and retain thousands more Māori nurses into nursing would never be realised.

“It is unacceptable that nothing has been done to attract more Māori into nursing in Aotearoa New Zealand since I last addressed the UNDRIP forum two years ago,” Ms Nuku said.....
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Historian appointed for Māori Battalion's D Company
Ministers Hekia Parata and Maggie Barry have announced the new historian for the 28th Māori Battalion's D Company, Harawira Craig Pearless.

"When completed, these documents will mark a significant step towards further preserving the legacy of the 28th Māori Battalion. The histories project will also lead to the production of curriculum resources to be used in early childhood education centres, kōhanga reo, kura and schools," says Parata....
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Fifty-year iwi-Crown lease falls due in July
THE lease of Lake Waikaremoana’s lake bed and foreshore is up for renewal for the first time in 50 years.

The 50-year iwi-Crown lease falls due in July, with the Government holding a right of renewal.

It is believed preliminary discussions ahead of the lease negotiations have taken place between the stakeholders, including Wairoa Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board and Te Uru Taumatua - Ngai Tuhoe....
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Te Ikaroa tells indigenous UN forum oil extraction violation of rights
Hapu and iwi protesting oil exploration along the eastern seaboard of the North Island have taken their case to the United Nations.

Tawera Tahuri from campaign group Te Ikaroa - Defending Our Waters told the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues today that seismic surveying and oil extraction were a violation of indigenous rights.....
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David Seymour: Don't force Kiwi kids to learn Te Reo
ACT Party leader David Seymour says Kiwi kids should be able to choose if they want to learn Te Reo Māori amid debate about whether it should be compulsory in schools.

"It's about time all Kiwi kids have a choice to put their time where their passion and enthusiasm is. The Act Party is opposed to compulsion, we're in favour of choice," he told Three's The Project on Thursday night....
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Time past for reo debate
Tamaki Makaurau Peeni Henare is challenging the new Education Minister Nikki Kaye to deliver on te reo Maori in schools.

She also wants the country to have the debate over compulsory te reo Maori in the curriculum.

Mr Henare says the time for debate is over, with polls showing the country is coming round to the idea.

"We need to see a plan. What does a plan look like that will introduce compulsory te reo Maori in schools?....
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28 April 2017

Lower Hutt councillor takes issue with religious karakia at committee meeting
The inclusion of a heavily religious karakia at a Hutt City Council committee meeting has drawn criticism from a councillor.

Chris Milne has raised a point of order over the religious nature of a closing karakia included in the agenda for Wednesday evening's meeting of the district plan committee.

Committee chairwoman Lisa Bridson added both an opening and closing karakia to the meeting's agenda.

Bridson said she had included both karakia as the council had an obligation to adhere to Treaty of Waitangi principles and work in partnership with Maori.

She said the closing prayer was more religious than she would have preferred, but she chose it on the advice of the council's Maori liaison officer.....
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Te reo should be compulsory at all school levels - Pita Sharples
Former Māori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says te reo Māori should be compulsory in schools - at all levels.

The language is dying and it "would be devastatingly expensive not to do it", he told Duncan Garner on The AM Show on Thursday.

The comments come after incoming Education Minister Nikki Kaye said she expects a "healthy debate" about making te reo Māori compulsory in schools at the coming election.

Now he says te reo should sit "a little bit in front" of other core subjects such as maths and English, and be learned by all students.....
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Treaty Times 30 event at Upper Hutt Library
One hundred and sixteen translators worked together on the translations of the English and Māori versions of the Treaty into 30 languages, including New Zealand Sign Language. This is the result of a project conceived to celebrate the Society's 30th anniversary.

'The translations of the Treaty of Waitangi in the many languages of our country will add significantly to people’s understanding of New Zealand’s founding agreement' said Treaty expert Dame Claudia Orange, a key supporter of the initiative.....
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New funding to aid job opportunities in Waikato
Māori Development Minister Te Uruora Flavell has announced a funding partnership between Te Puni Kōkiri and Waikato-Tainui to support employment opportunities in Waikato.

“Māori unemployment statistics continue to be higher than other population groups. Partnering with Waikato-Tainui to address and arrest this trend is how we make the most of our collective resource.

“This funding will have a direct impact on employment opportunities and outcomes for up to 90 Waikato-Tainui tribal members,” says Mr Flavell.

The $100,000 of pilot funding provided by Te Puni Kōkiri will help extend its reach to other interested iwi and providers. Another $150,000 over two years will support a similar programme in Manukau.....
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27 April 2017

Kaye expects 'healthy debate' over Te Reo in schools
Any extension of teaching Te Reo in schools would depend on whether the resources are available for it, the incoming Education Minister says.

The former Prime Minister, Jim Bolger, has called for the teaching of the Māori language to be compulsory in schools.

Nikki Kaye said there would be a healthy debate on the issue at the coming election.

But Ms Kaye told Morning Report the issue may be whether there were the resources for a considerable expansion in Māori language classes....
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Another article on the above HERE  

Planning needed to service aging Maori
University of Auckland researchers say the number of older Maori needing care on a more than daily basis could increase by more than 200 percent over the next decade.

It’s one of the findings of Te Puawaitanga O Nga Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu, the world’s first longitudinal study of aging in an indigenous population.

She says the rate of change is greatest for Maori, which will present challenges for Maori society......
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Maori miss out on Internet promise
A new study of digital inclusion has found Maori and Pasifika people, along with those on low incomes, sole parents, rural dweller and people with disabilities are least likely to be connected to the internet....
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26 April 2017

Coroner's Act missing cultural dimension
A Maori health worker says changes are urgently needed to allow whanau timely access to tupapaku.

Parliament’s Maori affairs committee is looking at the issue, less than a year after the Coroner’s Act was changed.

Naida Glavish says while there were some positive changes such as the new mortuary service, in other areas additional bureaucratic hurdles were thrown up.

She says the cultural dimension is still overlooked...
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Mikaere sets sights on Mauao future
The newest member of the Mauao Trust says he’s looking forward to the task of balancing the environmental, cultural and economic aspects of the iconic maunga.

"And then we can look the future, how can we do things, or what kind of things should we do to make sure that it is positioned as a spiritual tohu for iwi in this part of the world,.....
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Chartered Accountants ANZ appoints Māori Sector Manager
A key step in organisation’s commitment to lift under representation of Māori in the accounting profession.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand has appointed Kateriina Selwyn as Māori Sector Manager – a first for the country’s largest accounting organisation.

Kateriina’s role will be to foster long-term and meaningful relationships with Iwi (tribes), employers, Chartered Accountants ANZ members and prospective members to increase the number of Māori Chartered Accountants.....
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New Zealand Land Wars need to be taught in schools – Wellington historian
Wellington historian and author Vincent O'Malley believes teaching young Kiwi's about the New Zealand Land Wars should be a high priority in our education curriculum.

Speaking to TVNZ's Breakfast today Mr O'Malley said: "It is appropriate on Anzac Day to commemorate those who have served in foreign wars, but we also need to remember the large number of Maori and Pakeha who lost their lives in wars fought here, and I don't think we do that very well at the moment".

He points out that per capita, more Maori died in the New Zealand land wars than in World War I, and in the 1860's there were more British troops in New Zealand than in Britain itself.......
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Waahi tapu project wins award for New Plymouth District Council
An on-going project to improve knowledge about cultural heritage sites in New Plymouth District has resulted in a national award.

New Plymouth District Council has won the Innovation in Policy and Regulatory Development Category of the The Society for Local Government Managers (SOLGM) Excellence Awards for its work alongside iwi and hapu in identifying the locations and the importance of waahi tapu sites.

"It's often an issue for councils to firstly build a meaningful relationship with tangata whenua and secondly to back it up with a good, reliable system that iwi and hapu can use for recording the sites' histories and helping with their response to resource consent applications."

The review of waahi tapu and archaeological sites, which started in 2007, was necessary for the council to meet its statutory obligations as the location of many sites were not exact. ....
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25 April 2017

Palmerston North contemplates setting up a Maori ward
Palmerston North could have a Maori ward or wards at the next local body elections.

The city council on Monday approved a discussion document that will go out for public consultation in August, resisting a staff suggestion that the topic could be controversial.

The draft discussion document said the subject was "a very controversial issue", but councillors asked for the comment to be removed.

It was a reference to the experience of former New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd, who suffered abuse, including being spat at, over his unsuccessful bid to have a Maori ward set up for the 2016 elections.

The council was unanimous in putting the proposal for Maori wards to the public.....
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Ihumātao uri dissatisfied with Govt and council response
Protect Ihumātao campaigners, Pania Newton and Delwyn Roberts will fly to New York tomorrow to voice their concerns at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Newton says, “We have decided that the disinterest of the Government and Auckland Council in the injustices at Ihumātao mean we must look for support internationally.”

The United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People is an instrument designed to acknowledge and raise the profile of indigenous injustices....
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$2m for Māori and Pacific youth mental health research
The HRC’s first initiative as part of GACD is to partner with the Ministry of Health to provide up to $2 million in research funding to discover better strategies to support Māori and Pacific youth with mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorders....
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23 April 2017

Five councillors join council-iwi leadership body
FIVE Gisborne District Council councillors have joined mayor Meng Foon as establishing members of the Local Leadership Body (LLB), a new “governance forum’’ to operate between the council and iwi.

There was some debate over potential conflict of interest and the role of Ngati Porou. Mr Foon said such issues were not relevant. Councillors were voted or appointed to represent the council.

The LLB was a lawful leadership body with Turanga iwi, he said.

The purpose of the LLB is described as contributing to the sustainable management of natural and physical resources, while recognising the traditional relationship of iwi to their ancestral lands, water, wahi tapu and other taonga......
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Waikato- Tainui reo strategy aiding student achievement
At Hopuhopu, 65 Māori language teachers from Waikato-Tainui are sharpening their skills at the first of two Te Reo Kaapuia language symposiums being held this year. It's the third year the tribe has run Te Reo Kaapuia and some of the teachers say the fruits of the wānanga are being reflected in NCEA achievements. ...
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Lawyers in Treaty of Waitangi Litigation
Te Haa Legal has an opportunity for two new lawyers in Treaty of Waitangi litigation and Maori Land Court work. ....
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Treaty of Waitangi moved to new Wellington home under cover of darkness
They only had to travel a few hundred metres down the road.

But the secretive operation was plotted for years and took place under cover of darkness, with no members of the public allowed to take part in the journey to protect the important documents' security.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) was moved overnight Friday from Archives New Zealand on Wellington's Mulgrave St a few hundred metres up the road to the National Library on Molesworth St.

The three documents, including the Treaty, were moved at 2.45am with so much caution that archivists had to walk slowly alongside the vehicle to ensure there was no vibration.

Chief archivist Marilyn Little said a waiata was sung as a group shepherded the truck between the buildings. Mulgrave St was still dotted with security guards by 8am on Saturday for the operation.

The final cost of the project came in at $7.2 million, nudging it only slightly over the DIA's budget. .......
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22 April 2017

$30 million kiwifruit investment for Bay Maori economy
A $30 million kiwifruit investment has been announced for Bay of Plenty Maori.

The project is believed to be the single largest kiwifruit investment on Maori land. It will involve 10 orchards being set up in several locations in the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne area, including Matakana Island.

Maori trust Te Tumu Paeroa, in partnership with Quayside Holdings, today announced the 18-month plan.

More than 90ha of semi- and unproductive land will be converted into grower businesses with the aiming of improving the long-term benefit of its owners and their community. ....
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Auckland mana whenua takes housing opposition to UN
A Māori interest group is taking its battle over a south Auckland housing development to the United Nations.

Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) was set up due to community concerns about Special Housing Area 62 at Ihumātao.

Fletcher Residential bought the land and is planning to build 480 homes on the 32 hectares near Māngere.

However, local mana whenua claim the area is culturally significant and archaeologists believe it could contain middens, lava caves and Māori burial sites.

The site is located next to the Ōtuataua Stonefields, a category 2 historic place. Carbon dating puts human settlement in the area around 1160 AD.....
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Treaty of Waitangi settlements may not be full and final
I think Jim Bolger might be about to spark a debate. Two debates, actually. One on our economic settings and the other on race relations.

He says neo-liberalism has failed and suggests unions should have a stronger voice. He says TREATY OF WAITANGI SETTLEMENTS MAY NOT BE FULL AND FINAL and that Māori language tuition should be compulsory in primary schools....
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Hastings council rejects Maori wards as concerns raised
A request for more debate on Maori wards for Hastings was rejected yesterday, when the Hastings District Council decided not to introduce a Maori ward at this time.

Mayor Lawrence Yule said the options for further Maori engagement could include considering what other committees could have Maori representation and whether these people could have voting rights.

This could be discussed in further detail when the chief executive came back with a report, he said.....
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The word on the street is Pae Moana
Alfred Peter has been given the boot from a Stanmore Bay street in favour of a name more fitting to it's coastal feel.

Hibiscus Coast Local Board members were asked to approve the name for the new access way to a subdivision at 12 Te Ruru Way, overlooking the Hibiscus Coast Raiders Rugby League Club grounds in Stanmore Bay, at a meeting of the board on Wednesday.

Alfred Way was the original name chosen for 12 Te Ruru Limited's 11-lot subdivision, but was rejected by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), as it was already used in the Auckland area....
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Water allocation right for Maori
The Iwi Chairs Forum is offering to work with the owners of Northland’s Poroti Spring on their water claim.

Forum advisor Willie Te Aho says despite a Native Land Court determination that the hapu owned the spring and the land around it, none of 22,000 cubic metres of water that comes out each day is allocated to them.

Instead it is siphoned off by the Whangarei water supply, an irrigation company and a bottling plant....
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Otaki ideal for bilingual status
The Maori Party is backing a move to declare Otaki a bilingual town.

Co-leader Marama Fox says it’s taking a pointer from some of the efforts to revitalise the Welsh language.

She says Otaki is a shining example because of the way the creation of Te Wananga o Raukawa created a large mass of Maori speakers in the town of 6000 people.

"Fifty percent of all Maori in Otaki speak fluent te reo Maori so the aspiration of becoming a bilingual town is something Otaki can actually realise andm I think that is exciting for the future of Aotearoa, one town that could realise what it is like to be bilingual," Ms Fox says.....
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Wairoa Council could be first to adopt Te Reo Māori Policy
The Wairoa Māori Standing Committee has drafted and developed a Te Reo Māori Policy for its community and if passed, they could be the first local council nationwide with a unique policy for the language.

Wairoa has a population of almost 60 per cent Māori and the council would like to see more of them fluent in the language.....
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21 April 2017

Samuels says boot camp better than whanau for offenders
Former Minister for Maori Affairs Dover Samuels says don't rely on whanau to help Maori prison inmates turn a corner because often home is where they learned to be criminals.

He said the call for greater whanau involvement in inmates' rehabilitation was "culturally correct claptrap"

Mr Samuels said boot camp would do a better job of straightening up Maori early in the offending cycle rather than "spoonfeeding young people who have been disconnected from family values because sometimes their whanau don't have decent values themselves." ......
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Māori medium Educators and Iwi gather in Wellington to celebrate Māori achievement
Māori medium national peak bodies Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust, Te Rūnanganui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori, Ngā Kura ā Iwi, Te Akatea, and iwi representatives have been given a call to action today as Education Minister Hon Hekia Parata launches a strategy to future-proof Māori medium education.

Educators and iwi gathered at a Hui in Wellington for discussions on Te Rāngai Kāhui Ako ā-Iwi, a framework provided to iwi to ensure the future sustainability of Maori-medium education and build on the recent successes of Māori educational achievement.....
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Maori Party feels targeted
She says Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens want to knock National off its perch but they know that's a hard task.

That's why they will go for the support parties.

"If you have a look at the Maori Party with their two votes, people go 'we can destroy them' and that's exactly what (New Zealand First deputy leader) Ron Mark said in the house, we're out to destroy the Maori party, that's our number one goal at the election, Labour are doing the same thing and so I have already heard the rumours flying round and it is going to get rough and it is going to get dirty and I'm not interested in any of it," Ms Fox says.....
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20 April 2017

Kaikoura Anzac ceremony to reflect both Maori and European cultures, as well as horses
This year 13 soldiers on horseback will lead the Kaikoura Anzac Day parade, and two of the riders will be carrying traditional Maori weapons.

The parade will be led by the Mounted Rifles and two local men will carry the taiaha as a reflection of the part both Maori and Pakeha played in the Anzac campaign.....
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A small Northland hapu is hoping they will be able to raise enough to money to buy an island which they consider to be part of their identity. 
Motukaraka, in the Hokianga Harbour, is close to the marae of Ngai Tupoto and for the first time in 50 years it's up for sale.
It has a capital value of $85,000 and the hapu believe they are in with a chance with the help of their GoFundMe campaign.

The island fell out of Maori ownership before the Treaty of Waitangi was signed....
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Karaitiana expertise tapped for Kura Pounamu
Former Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation, Ruma Karaitiana, has been appointed to the board of distance education specialist Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL......
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19 April 2017

Marlborough iwi plan to raise sea guardian in fight to stop salmon farm relocation
Legend has it that a tribal deity has been holed up in the Marlborough Sounds for centuries, protecting seafarers.

And now the spiritual guardian or taniwha known as Kaikaiawaro could be used to try to block the relocation of six salmon farms.

It's understood Ngati Kuia, who are opposed to the salmon farm on the grounds that it is being driven for "short-term profits", will cite the creature as one reason why the development shouldn't go ahead.

Meihana said he believed Ngati Kuia's objections were predicated on the cultural significance of the site, and the iwi's history and association with Pelorus.

Kaikaiawaro is known as the "kaitiaki" of local iwi Ngati Kuia, appearing to give assistance at times of need.

Kaikaiawaro is said to live in a cave at the entrance to the Pelorus Sound, and has helped travellers cross Cook Strait....
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Evidence Maori students suffer from bias
Maori and Pasifika children are unfairly judged by teachers who hold lower expectations of them, a report prepared for Treasury has found.....
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Point England development seen as treaty settlement
Auckland iwi Ngati Paoa says the ability to develop housing on Point England Reserve is a critical part of its treaty settlement.....
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18 April 2017

From the NZCPR archives by Dr Muriel Newman
Maori demand $600m for Te Reo
The demands by the Maori elite are as relentless as a rising tide.

Not content with securing the future ownership of the public’s foreshore and seabed – including invaluable mineral resources which should belong to all New Zealanders not privatised to corporate iwi – Maori leaders are now coming back for more. This time they want $600 million of taxpayers’ money for iwi to pay for something they should arguably be doing for themselves – teaching their children the Maori language.

The amount of funding being demanded is equivalent to the total combined budgets of the entire Vote for Customs, Agriculture and Fisheries, Justice, and Senior Citizens. It comes at a time when the National Party claims to be tightening its belt and cutting back on government spending.

However, the events of the last two years has shown us that the public can no longer have confidence that such an outrageous bid for taxpayers’ money for a new Maori bureaucracy will not go ahead, in spite of assertions by Finance Minister Bill English that there is no money.

We have found – to our cost as a nation – that National’s word cannot be trusted when it comes to policies that bestow privilege on Maori. Since putting their unnecessary coalition agreement with the Maori Party in place, National has become a soft touch for the Maori sovereignty movement. And if our recent experience is anything to go by (namely the Prime Minister reneging on is promise to retain Crown ownership of the foreshore and seabed if there was not widespread support for National’s bill) it is clear that the leader of the National Party now cares more about appeasing the Maori Party than he does about his responsibility to the wider public.

National’s record on racial appeasement is alarming.

In spite of their election pledge of one law for all New Zealanders and the abolition of the Maori seats, National:

* Orchestrated the secret signing of the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – a treaty so radical that even the Labour Party wouldn’t sign it!

* Did lucrative backroom deals with the tribal elite in order to get their unwarranted emissions trading scheme passed into law.

* Has thrown hundreds of millions of dollars into tribal control of the country’s biggest waterway, the Waikato River.

* Signed co-management deals with iwi for National Parks and the conservation estate without consulting with the public over whether this type of deal is acceptable.

* Is signing off increasingly generous Treaty of Waitangi settlement deals that include schools, Police stations and iconic public assets.

* Is currently engaged in discussions with Maoridom over the ownership and ‘guardianship rights’ of New Zealand’s water supplies,

* Has already sacrificed Crown ownership of the foreshore and seabed, and

* Has agreed to a constitutional review which could result in new constitution for New Zealand that entrenches the Maori seats and a biased version of the Treaty of Waitangi.

As written in 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi guaranteed equal rights to all New Zealanders, not special privilege to Maori. Under the Treaty, Maori chiefs ceded their sovereignty to the Crown and accepted British rule. Article I of the Treaty transferred tribal sovereignty to the Queen of England, Article II established private property rights for all New Zealanders, and Article III offered protection from widespread lawlessness by granting all New Zealanders the same rights and duties of citizenship as the people of England.

In spite of this clear statement of equality under the law, Maori activists have worked hard over the years to transform the concept into one of partnership between Maori and the Crown, to create widespread State-enhanced racial privilege. By becoming a soft touch, National is making the situation worse.

While railing against “two standards of citizenship” under the leadership of Bill English, John Key’s National Party is now creating two standards of citizenship by pushing Treaty of Waitangi clauses and Maori Advisory Boards into legislation.....
Continue reading Dr Muriel Newman’s article HERE  
April 26, 2011

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16 April 2017

Prisons must do more to keep Maori out of prisons (Editorial)
Everyone knows that Maori make up half the prison muster but only 15 per cent of the wider population. These facts, repeated over decades, have ceased to astound or even interest us.

That's why the Waitangi Tribunal report on Maori re-offending is so valuable. As the report says, the situation with Maori imprisonment and re-offending rates "appears normal. It is not, and cannot be considered, normal."

But the tribunal concedes that kawanatanga or governorship has its rights in prison, just as Maori rangatiratanga should have. It wants a much more powerful Maori Advisory Board to have a real say in our prisons, for example. But it also concedes that this board can't make binding decisions on the department's chief executive, whose first responsibility is to ensuring public safety.

This should reassure conservatives worried that here as elsewhere, Treaty partnership must mean Maori dominance and power of veto.

A senior Corrections executive told the tribunal that "if we are to succeed overall we must succeed with Maori"
See full article HERE

Maori NCEA up but UE rate slips
Maori are missing out on university in increasing numbers because they aren't passing the minimum qualification.

New data shows that while the mnumber of Maori secondary school students achieving NCEA Level 2 has gone up, the number getting university entrance is going down.

Only 31 percent of Maori and 30 percent of Pasifika students get UE, compared with almost 58 percent of Pakeha and 66 percent of Asian students,...
See full article HERE

Call for government to fund marae providing emergency housing
The Green Party says that marae should be considered for government contracts to provide emergency housing to the homeless.....
See full article HERE

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15 April 2017

Compulsory Te Reo Māori in schools – two academics, two views
Associate Professor Sharon Harvey and Professor of History Paul Moon share their different perspectives on compulsory Māori in schools.

Māori should be compulsory in schools
By Associate Professor Sharon Harvey
Māori should be compulsory in New Zealand schools. New Zealand has an obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi to protect arguably, Māori’s greatest taonga and the only language that is indigenous to New Zealand, te reo Māori......

Compulsory Te Reo Māori: The final nail in the coffin
By Professor Paul Moon
With Te Reo facing the very real prospect of disappearing as a living language, its fate is too serious to be left to the whim of policy opportunists.

Compulsion in schools has never revived an indigenous language anywhere in the world. It is an inherently failed approach to reversing a language in decline......
See full article HERE

Pressure on to up teacher qualifications
"It means that we have to find ways to support young Maori into teaching and we need to see far more of them come in, both in Maori medium and mainstream. Something less than 10 percent of the overall teacher workforce identifies as Maori," Ms Parata says.

She says getting more Maori into teaching will help lift the overall quality of the sector.......
See full article HERE

Final results confirm rising Maori and Pasifika student achievement
"Across the board, achievement is up! In Year 11 NCEA Level 1 is 75.5 percent, up from 62.5 percent in 2008. Year 12 NCEA Level 2 achievement is 78.4 percent, up 2 percentage points on last year and 12 percentage points since 2008. Year 13 NCEA Level 3 achievement is 64.5 per cent, up from 53.4 percent in 2008, and achievement of the University Entrance Award since its strengthening is up 0.6 percent to 49.2 percent.".....
See full article HERE

Call to boost Māori wardens, not police, in Northland
Kaitaia needs more local Māori wardens and Māori Women's Welfare League, not a 24/7 police base, the head of a Northland Trust says......
See full article HERE

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13 April 2017

Native Affairs newsreader Oriini Kaipara identified as 'full-blooded Maori' via DNA test
A DNA test appears to have found a woman with 100 per cent Maori DNA.

An analysis of the DNA of Oriini Kaipara, 33, has shown that - despite her having both Maori and Pakeha ancestry - her genes only contain Maori DNA. That makes her, in her own words, a "full-blooded Maori".

Culturally, people identify as Maori through their whakapapa, while legally a person is defined as Maori if they are of Maori descent, even through one long-distant ancestor.

However the intermingling of different ethnicities in New Zealand over the past 200 years means all Maori people are thought to have some non-Maori ancestry, so would not be expected to have 100 per cent Maori DNA......
See full article HERE

Allow gang affiliate volunteers in prisons - Maori Party
Gang affiliates should to be allowed to work with prisoners because they are able to work closely with the hardest to reach whānau, the Māori Party says.

Last year the government banned any volunteers with gang connections working with inmates after the Corrections Minister at the time, Judith Collins, said it was inappropriate.

Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox said the ban on gang affiliates should be reversed because what Corrections was doing now was not working......
See full article HERE

Waitangi Report on Disproportionate Re-offending
This normalisation of Māori re-offending and imprisonment rates is a growing threat to Māori culture, and has devastating consequences not only for Māori whānau, hapū and iwi, but for the nation as whole.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) is a Centre of Research Excellence hosted at the University of Auckland comprising 21 research partners and conducting research of relevance to Māori communities. Our vision is māori leading new zealand into the future......
See full article HERE

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12 April 2017

Ngai Tahu victory will restrict land disturbance at significant Maori sites
Ngai Tahu has won a High Court victory which will give extra protection to sensitive Maori sites around Christchurch.

The iwi appealed a part of the Christchurch Replacement District Plan, which protects land with sacred, historical or cultural significance to Maori. This includes sites of historical pa, occupation or burial at Banks Peninsula, Te Waihora-Lake Ellesmere, Tuahiwi and Kaiapoi.

The court's decision overturned an exemption in the proposed plan that meant sensitive land less than 60 centimetres deep could be disturbed without consent.....
See full article HERE

Maori offending ruled a treaty breach
A failure to address high Maori reoffending rates means the Crown has breached its Treaty of Waitangi obligations, the Waitangi Tribunal has found.

In a report released today, the tribunal said the gap between Maori and non-Maori reoffending rates was "longstanding and substantial", and contribute to the high number of Maori behind bars.

Maori make-up half of New Zealanders in prison, despite accounting for 15 per cent of the national population.....
See full article HERE

Forum to Discuss Diversity, Bias And New Children's Ministry
As lead keynote speaker at Oranui’s Indigenous Diversity Forum on 5 May at Te Papa, Mr Blank will open the day by explaining why the Ministry for Vulnerable Children makes no sense from a social policy perspective.

“The Ministry is a poorly planned response to New Zealand’s very high rates of child abuse,” he recently told TV3’s The Project. “Over 70% of young people in the Ministry’s youth justice residences are Māori. This is hugely disproportionate and evidence of unconscious bias in the system.”...
See full article HERE

Incentive for Maori to train in in tech industry bootcamp
The Enspiral Dev Academy, which offers an 18-week crash course for people who want to work as web developers, is looking for more Maori candidates.

It has created two diversity scholarships for its next course starting in May, one for Maori and Pasifika applicants and the other to support women and non-binary gender identities.
See full article HERE

New Maori dairy factory for BoP
A new Maori-owned new dairy factory is being planned for the Kawerau region, modelled on the first Maori dairy company Miraka, near Taupo....
See full article HERE

Whanau say cultural needs not met when Maori die
The Maori Affairs Select Committee is currently hearing submissions on its inquiry into how the dead are handled. MPs have heard from some whanau that police and health professions are still failing to cater to tikanga Maori....
See full article HERE

Ngati Tuwharetoa vote to send Treaty of Waitangi settlement offer to Parliament
The people of Ngati Tuwharetoa have voted 'yes' to a settlement on the tribe's historic Treaty of Waitangi claims.

The agreement will be the final settlement of all historical Treaty claims resulting from the behaviour of the Crown in the 19th and 20th centuries, up until September 1992.

It includes compensation of $25million, options to buy Government land, the return of key sites and an apology...
Read what the settlement includes HERE

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11 April 2017

Focus on Māori offending
Police Minister Paula Bennett and Justice Minister Amy Adams have today announced $10 million for initiatives to improve Māori justice outcomes.

“It is well known that Māori are overrepresented at every stage in the criminal justice system. We’re not prepared to accept that continuing,” says Mrs Bennett.

“Tackling this issue is a priority for the justice sector which is why we have set aside $10 million of the Justice Sector Fund for initiatives that will improve outcomes for Māori in the justice system,” says Ms Adams.

The first initiative to be funded is a services hub which aims to prevent offending and reoffending. It will receive $4.73 million to deliver four new whānau-centred justice services, co-designed by the justice sector and Christchurch-based urban Māori organisation Ngā Maata Waka....
See full article HERE

Navy names largest-ever ship
The Navy has announced its largest-ever ship - a 24,000-tonne vessel which will cost nearly half a billion dollars - will be called Aotearoa.

Construction of the ship will start next year, for delivery in January 2020.

The 173-metre long vessel will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries at a projected cost of $493 million.....
See full article HERE

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10 April 2017

Taking steps to brighten city
Visitors to the St Clair Esplanade can experience sand, sea, sky ... and al fresco poetry, thanks to the efforts of local artists.

So far, Arnison and McCammon have decorated the St Clair Playground steps with the Maori words for their colours and painted a poem by Andre Surridge on steps opposite Dunedin Town Hall.

The Dunedin City Council supported the Post project with a grant of $1000, and Resene sponsored the paint, Arnison said.....
See full article HERE

Māori trusts to build unique geothermal milk plant
A group of Māori trusts is spearheading a first-of-its-kind milk processing plant in Kawerau, which will create 30 jobs.

Mr Hunia, who is also the deputy Māori Trustee at Te Tumu Paeroa, said using renewable geothermal energy was a good move.

"The ideal world would be when we are feeding our children and we are feeding the world on milk that has come off our land, our farms, milked by our people, processed through our plant and branded with our name.

"But the benefits of it are benefits for the whole country and the whole industry."

Mr Jones said the Kawerau plant would cost about $33 million and the Māori groups involved so far paying for half of that.

"That is the whole drive behind the project, Māori are involved all the way, in every key aspect of this project.....
See full article HERE

Māori Party warning over RMA changes: ignore iwi at your “own peril”
Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox says this is a new New Zealand where we celebrate our diversity and sit at the table together and make collaborative planning moves in our towns, in our regions, our councils and at our central government. Speaking on Q+A this morning to our political editor Corin Dann,.....
See full article HERE 

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9 April 2017

From the NZCPR archives by Anthony Willy
Waitangi Tribunal hearing on fresh water
What the Tribunal did not do is confront the fact that it had no jurisdiction in law to consider the claims. Having noted at the outset of its considerations that the claims were first made by Mr Graeme Latimer on behalf of The New Zealand Maori Council on the 7thDecember 2012 for the Tribunal to continue with the hearing was clearly in breach of s6AA of the Treaty of Waitangi Act. It provides:

6AA Limitation of Tribunal’s jurisdiction in relation to historical Treaty claims

(1) Despite section 6(1), after 1 September 2008 no Maori may—

(a) submit a claim to the Tribunal that is, or includes, a historical Treaty claim; or


(b) amend a claim already submitted to the Tribunal that is not, or does not include, a historical Treaty claim by including a historical Treaty claim.

(2) However, subsection (1) does not prevent a historical Treaty claim submitted to the Tribunal on or before 1 September 2008 from being amended in any way after 1 September 2008.

(3) The Tribunal does not have jurisdiction (including, but not limited to, the jurisdiction to inquire or further inquire into, or to make any finding or recommendation) in respect of a historical Treaty claim that is—

(a) submitted contrary to subsection (1)(a); or

(b) included in a claim contrary to subsection (1)(b).

(4) To avoid doubt, if a claim is submitted to the Tribunal contrary to subsection (1), it must be treated for all purposes (including, for example, for the purposes of sections 8A(2), 8C(1), 8HB(1), 8HD(1), and 8HJ) as not having been submitted.


This provision is found in the current legislation reprinted as at 23 September 2015 and one would have thought that that is clear beyond doubt that the Tribunal cannot hear any historic Treaty claim brought by “a Maori” after the cut-off date of 1 September 2008.

Clearly a claim that in signing the Treaty Maori people did not surrender their rights to claim ownership or guardianship etc. of fresh water is an “historical “Treaty claim within the meaning of s 2.” If that is not historical within the definition contained in the Act then no claim is and jurisdiction can be assumed by the Tribunal merely because the claim is of recent origin. If that is so then s6AA means nothing.......

Read Anthony’s alarming article HERE 
May 15, 2016

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7 April 2017

Committee digs deep over Maori wards decision
A hearftelt, emotional discussion preceded the Hastings District Council-Maori joint commitee's decision yesterday to recommend that the council not introduce Maori wards for the district at this time.

In the end though it came down to the vote, with the majority of the committee in favour of retaining the status quo, but keen to explore more options to increase Maori involvement in all council business.

The committee's eventual recommendation to not introduce a Maori ward or wards will be considered at the next council meeting.

If the council agrees to this, it would be required to notify the decision and wait to see if five per cent of electors required a poll on the matter before the cut-off date of February 28 next year.
See full article HERE

New Associate Dean Māori appointed to Otago Business School
Ngāi Tahu’s Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl has been appointed as the new Associate Dean Māori in the University of Otago Business School. She takes up her role on 26 April.

“Dr Ruckstuhl is involved with Ngāi Tahu in a governance position on the Board representing her local Karitane-based rūnaka, Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki. She has been involved in developing policy and strategy for the iwi and before joining the University was the Education Manager and a project consultant for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

“I am looking forward to supporting the Division to implement the University’s Māori Strategic Framework and, in particular, working with students to encourage them to use their skills and knowledge to contribute to the Māori and broader economy,” Dr Ruckstuhl said......
See full article HERE

Tuwharetoa votes yes on settlement
Ngati Tuwharetoa beneficiaries have voted to settle the tribe’s historic Treaty of Waitangi claims.

The total settlement, including the iwi's part of the Central North Island Forests Iwi Collective Settlement, is worth about $180 million.

The comprehensive settlement includes the return of 34 culturally significant sites, five commercial sites, a right of first refusal for Crown-owned land taken from the iwi and co-management with the Department of Conservation of lands within the iwi’s boundaries.....
See full article HERE

Maori Party senses good things coming its way
While Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell made noises about talking to Harawira to set his mind at ease, Fox had a much simpler solution: eye for an eye.

She said if Harawira told his voters not to vote for the Maori Party, the Maori Party would tell their voters not to vote for the Mana Party. Na-na-na-na-na.

It was a blunt reminder Harawira might need the Maori Party more than they needed him despite the imbalance in the electorate seat deal.

The Maori Party is a cock-a-hoop at the moment on the back of a One News Colmar Brunton poll putting them at 4 per cent support, up from around 1 per cent.

It would normally be seen as a rogue result - but there had been a lot happening in Maori politics to give it some credence.
See full article HERE

Appeaser Nats' iwi clauses 'put tribes above citizens
The National-Maori government - possibly TODAY - are about to pass a bill that amounts to a major surrender of your country to the tribal elites.

The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill will give every tribe and every sub-tribe the power of veto over every resource consent decision in every council in New Zealand.

If you think red tape is a problem, wait till you see what brown tape’s going to do.

And don’t take our word for it. Read what the Maori Party are telling their own Facebook supporters.

They wrote that "negotiations aren't always about what we can get. Sometimes they are about what we can stop"....
See full article HERE

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6 April 2017

Runanga demands crown prove title
Te Runanga a iwi o Ngati Kahu has responded to the deadline for claiming customary rights to the foreshore and seabed by demanding the crown prove its own title.

A public notice says to have any rights in the Ngati Kahu rohe recognised, the crown needs to give evidence it holds title in accordance with Ngati Kahu tikanga, and it has exclusively used and occupied the area.

Chair Margaret Mutu says the Maori Party-backed Marine and Coastal Areas (Takutai Moana) Act, which set a similar test for Maori claimants, was worse than Labour's Foreshore and Seabed Act.

She says her runanga is not going to be bullied by the crown.....
See full article HERE

$100k iwi youth development partnership
A new $100,000 partnership will see around 120 young people from or affiliated to Waikato-Tainui, Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Kahungunu supported to attend the Turongo me Maahina-a-rangi – Leaders by Design Summit, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

“This is about supporting more young Maori to become tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs,” says Ms Kaye......
See full article HERE

Claim deadline shows takutai moana mirage
The deadline has passed for Maori to put in applications for customary title to marine and coastal areas.

Iwi have been scrambling to get in the paperwork, but Mana leader Hone Harawira doesn’t rate their chances, given the fact only one claim has been concluded so far.

He says the 2011 Takutai Moana Act has proved to be as bad as the Labour Government’s Foreshore and Seabed Act it replaced.

His solution would be to put all the foreshore and seabed into an inalienable Maori title with guarantees of public access......
See full article HERE

Māori recover slower from injury: study
Māori typically take longer to recover from major injuries and are at risk of longer term disability, a new study has found.

The University of Otago study found 19 per cent of Māori were still experiencing a disability two years after an injury.

This is because they may have a lower income or face greater difficulty accessing healthcare services, lead researcher Dr Emma Wyeth said....
See full article HERE

Parties argue over RMA abyss
The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill is back before parliament this afternoon, with a showdown expected over changes made to secure Maori Party support.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the Maori Party price is a separatist parallel government.

He says the bill will allow iwi to become consenting authorities with local councils or in some cases to become consenting authorities in their own right.

Mr Peters says it will do nothing for what Maori really want, like decent housing, health and education systems, and decent jobs and wages......
See full article HERE 

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5 April 2017

Professor Makere Mutu, Chair of Ngati Kahu iwi.
Deadline set for Crown to apply for recognition of any rights and interests it claims to hold in Ngati Kahu rohe moana.

The Crown have until 3 May 2017 to apply to Ngati Kahu for recognition under Ngati Kahu tikanga of any rights or interests it claims in the Ngati Kahu rohe moana.

The hapu of Ngati Kahu hold rangatiratanga and mana whenua over their lands, seas, fisheries and other states in the rohe, as derived from the Gods and declared to the Crown. 

If the Crown wish to challenge the status quo by claiming a contemporary right over customary interest in the rohe moana of Ngati Kahu, you can apply to Ngati Kahu to have an order granted which recognises your right or interest under Ngati Kahu tikanga.....
See full article HERE

Peters warns of 'separatist abyss' in RMA reform
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has appealed to National MPs to step back from a "separatist abyss" as the Resource Management Bill is again debated in parliament.

Last month the government secured the support of the Maori Party to pass the legislation through its remaining stages by offering enhanced iwi participation in the decision-making process.

But Mr Peters says reform should be based on the principle of "one law for all".

"This country is about to go down a racially divisive abyss and the only ones who can do something about it is the National Party caucus," he said on Tuesday.....
See full article HERE

Mongrel Mob turns to the law for help
The leader of the Hastings Mongrel Mob Rex Timu has banned methamphetamine from his chapter.

A decision the gang leader admits was unpopular and caused some backlash amongst his members.

Tonight the 50-year-old tells Native Affairs why he has filed a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal on behalf of his chapter calling the New Zealand Health system racist.

Timu says the Crown has failed to provide the care and rehabilitation that people need to get off P, including the Mongrel Mob.

“There is racial prejudice against us....
See full article HERE

Seven in 10 Bay prisoners Maori
More than 72 per cent of locals imprisoned last year were Maori.

Ministry of Justice figures show that, of the 600 people imprisoned in the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel last year, 434 were Maori, 143 were European and 23 were other ethnicities.

About 55 per cent of people convicted of crimes were Maori - about 2500 of the 4600 total....
See full article HERE

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4 April 2017

Leighton Smith speaks to Dr Muriel Newman
The NZ Centre for Political Research recently published an open letter about the lack of discussion around the new provisions in the Resource Management Act.

The letter's writer, head of NZCPR and Former ACT MP Muriel Newman, joined Leighton Smith to discuss the two sections of the RMA Amendment Bill she has issue with.

"The arrangements that they've inserted into the bill will essentially allow iwi to co-govern local authorities and the agreements that have been put in place between the iwi or hapu and the local authority can't be changed - they'll be there forever.

"There has been no public consultation at all about it and that's really what's so upsetting about it."....
Listen HERE

Leighton Smith speaks to Stephen Franks
Leighton Smith spoke to Stephen Franks, a former ACT MP and lawyer, after he was quoted in a recent open letter by the NZ Centre for Political Research about the lack of discussion around the new provisions in the Resource Management Act....
Listen HERE  

Maori ward for Hastings up for discussion
The Hastings District Council-Maori joint committee will consider the issue of whether or not to create Maori wards at a meeting this week.

Councils are required by legislation to review their representation arrangements, including whether to create Maori wards, every six years.

For the Hastings District Council this review was due again this year and if it decided to install a Maori ward or wards for the 2019 local government election, this decision would have to be in place by November this year.....
See full article HERE

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3 April 2017

Māori Party co-leader accuses the Government of 'know-it-all-ness'
Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox has criticised the Government in the wake of new statistics showing that Māori children in state care has increased by 8.1 percent.

There are now 3,354 tamariki Māori currently in state care.

When asked why the Māori Party's policies and presence in Government hadn't turned these statistics around, Fox answered: 'If I'm really honest, part of our Government suffer from 'know-it-all-ness'." ...
See full article HERE

Canty council and Maori work together to save lake
Christchurch City Council and Wairewa RÅ«nanga have committed to improving the ailing health of Te Roto o Wairewa (Lake Forsyth, Little River) by the signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this afternoon at Wairewa Marae at Little River.

Mayor Dalziel says, "The lake is the life blood of this community and it is important that we work together to find solutions to the environmental hazards we are facing."

RÅ«nanga chair Rei Simon says, "Eeling has been our way of life here. The rahui on eeling has meant that we cannot follow our whanau traditions that we have practised for hundreds of years.

The MoU will apply for the next 35 years. ....
See full article HERE

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2 April 2017

Child advocate Anton Blank slams new 'hugely flawed' Ministry for Vulnerable Children
Child Youth and Family is gone, and in its place is the Ministry for Vulnerable Children.

The new Ministry was launched on Friday afternoon, but will it do anything to reverse our shameful record on child neglect and abuse?

Social policy expert and child advocate Anton Blank told Three's The Project that while the Government has shown strong leadership in dealing with a difficult issue, "the problem is the overall approach is hugely flawed".

OECD statistics show children and teenagers are 50 percent more likely to die of abuse here than in Australia, and Mr Blank says our death toll is due to the market-led restructuring of the New Zealand economy in the 1980s.

"I think that economic restructuring during the 1980s, that really escalated our child abuse rates. Maori rates are the highest in the country. Prior to the 1980s there was not difference in the rates of death between Maori and other children," he says.....
See full article HERE

National caves to iwi power share
No wonder former prime minister John Key quit, albeit the Key era in New Zealand politics has yet to end with the current parliamentary term.

He must have foreseen that in the final year of his administration National would sup deeply from the poisoned chalice of his toxic political bargain with the Maori Party....
Listen to Michael Coote HERE

Questions and Answers: Te Ture Whenua Reform
What is the purpose of the Bill?
The purpose of the bill is to recognise and provide for the mana and tino rangatiratanga that since time immemorial Māori have exercised and continue to exercise over their lands, resources, and taonga in accordance with tikanga Māori and, consistent with the guarantees given to Māori in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, to protect the right of owners of Māori land to retain, control, occupy, and develop their land as a taonga tuku iho for the benefit of present and future generations of owners, their whānau, and their hapū.

The changes to the Bill announced today will clarify Māori land law; put in place additional protection to safeguard the ownership of Māori land; and deal with inequities which remain in current legislation

What are the Ture Whenua Māori reforms?
There are three pou that inform the reforms about Te Ture Whenua Māori, they are:.....
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1 April 2017

Stronger protection for Maori land
Proposed law changes will make it more difficult to acquire Maori land under the Public Works Act.

Mr Flavell can insert new provisions into the bill when it comes up for its committee stage next week.

"The taking of land for public works has had a significant impact on Maori land - in the past, legislation allowed easier acquisition of Maori land with less access to compensation, and Maori land has been reduced to just over five per cent of all land.

"The changes to the Public Works Act 1981 will require authorities to have a strong justification to acquire Maori land, and where possible the amount of land taken should be minimised.".....
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Kaumātua stake hapū claim to Motiti Island
Kaumātua from Motiti Island in Bay of Plenty have been granted an urgent hearing in the Waitangi Tribunal.

The six elderly claimants are arguing that the small island's hapū are tangata whenua, and should get their own treaty settlement.

Earlier this month, the Waitangi Tribunal approved the application for the urgent hearing for next year.....
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King Salmon crown's true partner
South Island iwi say water space the crown wants to offer a multinational fish farming company are sacred to Maori.

He says the Government seems to care more for the interests of a private company than for its treaty partners.....
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Tauranga commemorates 150 yr since attack on Māori villages
In 1867, the Tauranga Bush Campaign’s purpose was to drive out ‘rebellious Māori’ who continued to resist the surveying and confiscation of their lands. It’s approach was to send troops to attack villagers, burn their houses and extensive cultivations, as part of a ‘scorched earth’ policy. The campaign has been renamed ‘Te Weranga’ (the burning) by Tauranga Māori, in recognition of the devastation to home and livelihood suffered by their ancestors. ....
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Govt U-turn on Māori land confiscations a good first step
The Green Party is welcoming the Government’s announcement that it will now further protect Māori land from forced sale under the Public Works Act, following pressure from Māori and the Green Party.

Catherine Delahunty, Green Party spokesperson for Te Tiriti o Waitangi, has campaigned on this issue since 2015, putting the issue on the political agenda and pressuring Te Ururoa Flavell to acknowledge that this needs to be addressed.

“This announcement is a good first step. It will help ensure that the small amounts of land that remain in Māori ownership are protected for future generations,” said Ms Delahunty.....
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31 March 2017

Palmerston North considers Maori wards for smart city
Mayor Grant Smith says in a smart modern city, the make-up of the council must reflect all of the community it serves.

Councils are required every two election cycles to address the question of Maori representation, but if they push ahead and opt to create Maori wards, the decision can become subject to a binding referendum.

That happened in New Plymouth, leading to the rejection of the plan and the departure of mayor Andrew Judd.....
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Wellington Council reaffims commitment to tangata whenua
Wellington City Council held its first ever council meeting at Pipitea Marae yesterday and renewed formal partnerships with local iwi Taranaki Whanui and Ngati Toa Rangatira.

Mayor Justin Lester says the Memoranda provides the framework for strategic relationships between the iwi and the council, enabling iwi to contribute to council decision making....
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Two-thirds of those jailed are Māori
Māori made up almost two-thirds of those sent to prison in the region in 2016 - the highest proportion since records began.

Ministry of Justice figures released last week showed 375 people were imprisoned in the Whanganui and Taranaki court areas in 2016 - 240 of them Māori. That's 64 per cent compared to 124 Europeans, or 33 per cent.

Māori made up 48 per cent of the total sentences handed down, and Europeans 41 per cent.

This is the first time the Māori proportion of annual imprisonment figures has topped 60 per cent, after sitting between 50 per cent and 59 per cent over the past 20 years.

The number of Māori sentenced to prison has outnumbered pakeha every year since 1993, despite Māori only eclipsing the total number of pakeha sentences in the last four years.....
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Winton Implementing the Treaty of Waitangi into your School
A practical taster session designed to pass along knowledge and increase understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

You will learn about:

* Principles and History of the Treaty

* The main focus of this workshop will be on how to weave the Treaty into your everyday interactions in your School.......
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30 March 2017

Iwi and City Council partnering for the future
Today Pipitea Marae was a place full of celebration as Mayor Justin Lester led Wellington City Council in its first ever Council meeting at the marae, and in renewing formal partnerships with local iwi.

"Today we come together to recognise the importance of our Council relationship with local iwi, and to formally re-sign Memoranda of Understanding with Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika and Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Incorporated," says Mayor Justin Lester.

"I believe Wellington City Council has a strong relationship with both iwi groups, and I want to thank them for their continued time and commitment.

The City Council’s Māori Partnerships Portfolio Lead, Councillor Jill Day, says we’re talking about doing things that matter to us all.

"For example, at the Council we want to draw on these partnerships to inform and support Māori economic development....
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Race bias in police violence challenged
Green MP Marama Davidson wants an inquiry into why the police are more likely to use violence against Maori and Pasifika than other people they encounter.

Ms Davidson says it’s part of a pattern that points to systemic discrimination.

"Maori are more likely to be hit by a baton shot with a taser, blasted with pepper spray and now we know attacked by dogs....
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Fisheries settlement ongoing fight
The chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana has told iwi they have to keep fighting to ensure the crown doesn't undermine the Maori fisheries settlement.

Speaking to the Maori Fisheries Conference in Auckland today, Jamie Tuuta says the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill and the government’s Future of Our Fisheries proposals shows Maori and iwi have taken their eye off the ball when it comes to fighting for their rights.

Maori backed the quota management system in 1992 because it offered a right to fish in perpetuity dependent only on meeting sustainability.

That fitted with the Maori idea of kaitiaki, that we have a responsibility to past and future generations....
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Maori Party hopes to take the fight to Labour by recruiting Pacific, Pakeha candidates

The Maori Party has been shoulder tapping some big names as candidates in the Maori seats, but has resorted to advertising for candidates in general seats and on the party list: and they don't have to be Maori.

Morgan was also hoping for some Pakeha candidates and had been talking to former New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd about standing. Judd, who fought for Maori wards in New Plymouth, has not ruled it out and joined the Maori Party more than a year ago.....
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29 March 2017

Eight years on and 'not a hope' of iwi settlement before the election 
There's "not a hope" of the country's largest iwi getting treaty settlement negotiations underway by the election and one Northland MP is blaming "stubborn Ngapuhi pride".

Treaty negotiations originally started back in 2009 but it was 2014 before the Crown recognised a mandate for Tuhoronuku - the board set up to settle claims.

Eight years later and upward of $60 million in lost interest and Ngapuhi - an iwi making up more than 19 per cent of the country's total Maori population - continues to flounder over who should be in charge of negotiations.

Finlayson says you only need to look at the run-down marae and lack of employment opportunities to see settlement is vital.

"It would provide them with a very good economic base in a part of the country that needs jobs and needs opportunities and they're there waiting for people."

Finlayson has blamed some of the negotiation stalling on Ngapuhi leadership.....
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Wellington City Council set to sign MOU to establish 'partnership relationship' with iwi
Iwi will work closely with Wellington City Council on Shelly Bay's development as the two move to create stronger ties under a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed this week.

On Wednesday, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and and council chief executive Kevin Lavery will sign the MOU at a council meeting at Pipitea Marae......
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Ngāpuhi, council challenged to stump up for Kaikohe teens
A Northland Māori leader and senior public servant is challenging Ngāpuhi and the local council to stump up for a youth centre in Kaikohe.

"On Tuesday I'll be meeting with the Ngāpuhi runanga, and I'll also be talking to the local mayor, John Carter.

"And then, should I be successful in garnering some cash out of those people, I'll then be talking to central government."

If there was local support for a youth centre, central government would consider a grant from regional development funds, Mr Dalton said.....
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Family's achievement an inspiration that shatters a generational negative mindset
“All these Government-funded courses teaching Maori culture, Pacific values, higher self-esteem, Tania Webb and her partner could eject in a one-hour presentation telling it like it is. That household budgeting and self-discipline are absolute requirements. That not continuing the cycle creates a virtuous, rewarding new cycle, that not picking up the pitiful, we're victims mantra means do-ies, not huis.

All the conferences in the world on indigenous issues have not put a single one in their own home. (Well, maybe flasher houses for the corpulent elite.) All the handouts, the pandering to the notion that brown people need first and foremost their cultural identity before they need to know how to budget, how to get on the property ladder, achieves nothing.

By all means have a cultural identity.....”
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Council to Consult Community on Maori Representation
The Palmerston North City Council is to ask the community about its views on the possibility of establishing a Maori ward or wards for the 2019 local body elections.

The decision was made at a meeting of the full Council today (Monday).

Councillors have asked for a report from officials on the issue of Maori representation.....
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Sir Mark Solomon approached by major Political Parties to stand as candidate
After stepping down as head of Ngāi Tahu Sir Mark Solomon says he was approached by four parties to stand as a candidate.

“I have been approached in the past by National, Labour and by the Greens and by the Māori Party. The only one this round is the Māori Party,” Solomon told Māori Television’s Native Affairs....
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28 March 2017

Dual landmark names part of Te Atiawa redress
Official name changes to six New Plymouth landmarks are a sign Te Atiawa are reasserting their footprints on the Taranaki landscape, an iwi leader says

The landmarks were granted dual name status as a result of the Te Atiawa Treaty settlement.

The name change means they will formally recognised by both their Maori and English names, the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa announced on Saturday.
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Police set dog on 12-year-old hiding in kindergarten
In general, Maori were 12 times as likely to face a dog as Pakeha.

Maori were also more likely to be hit by a baton, shot with a taser or blasted with pepper spray, the statistics showed. Overall, a person who was Maori was seven times more likely to incur the use of police force than Pakeha. Pacific Islanders were also more likely to encounter force, at a rate of 3-1.......
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Maori Party could strike deal with Labour
The Maori Party's voicing interest in striking a deal with the Labour Party.

Party leader Marama Fox said all her party wanted was to address disparities for Maori.

She told Newstalk ZB's Andrew Dickens if Labour changes the Government in this year's election, the Maori Party would jump sides.

"If they are successful then we will happily work with them," she said.

"It is better to be at the table at the decision-making end, and have as much influence as we're able."....
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Poll shows Maori Party up, but hit for PM
The Maori Party has surged in support in the latest poll - which is the second in which Labour's Jacinda Ardern rated higher as preferred Prime Minister than Andrew Little.

A One News Colmar Brunton poll released tonight also shows a drop in support for Bill English as preferred Prime Minister, and a pick-up in support for the Maori Party, up from 1 to 4 per cent.

National remains steady on 46 per cent, as do Labour (30 per cent) and the Green Party (11 per cent).

New Zealand First drops 3 per cent to 8 per cent support.

On the question of preferred Prime Minister, Bill English is on 26 per cent - a drop of 5 per cent since the previous polling in February, and well below John Key's rating of 36 per cent in November.

Next most popular are Winston Peters and Jacinda Ardern on 9 per cent, with Ardern climbing 5 percentage points since being made Labour's deputy leader in March.

Little is steady on 7 per cent....
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Community board support more bilingual signs in district
A National Community Board member says it's time for Ruapehu to come into the 21st century and start incorporating bilingual signs in the district.

Peter Pehi knows there's going to be a bit of flak over his proposal but he's ready to answer critics against the move.

​"I think the council is seriously falling behind in terms of where everyone else sits in the country....
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27 March 2017

From the NZCPR archives by Dr Muriel Newman
Undermining Representative Democracy
Whichever way you look at it, race-based representation is an anathema to representative democracy. The Maori Party claims race-based rights through a Treaty ‘partnership’, but as Judge Anthony Willy, law lecturer David Round, and others have clearly shown, Treaty partnership rights do not exist in law.[3] They are a fallacy – a political construct invented to persuade politicians and the population at large, that the Treaty confers special sovereign rights that justify iwi being elevated to a position of power above all others.......

The point is that representative democracy is fundamentally compromised whenever power is shared. When half of a council’s power is captured by interests that are not only unelected and unaccountable, but race-based as well, the discriminatory impact on non-Maori raises the fundamental question of whether this form of representative democracy is legitimate at all........
Read Muriel’s full article HERE 
May 11, 2014

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26 March 2017

Winston Reid Foundation aims to build infrastructure for football academies, improve access for Maori players
Prime Minister Bill English still made it out, with representatives of Maori Football NZ and the Wellington Phoenix also in attendance.

English said having a player of Reid's stature behind the idea was terrific.

"It's great to see a guy of that capability and reputation putting time and resources in behind this kind of effort.

"It will activate kids who might not have been interested and it will keep the interest of kids who would drift off, particularly with this focus on Maori football, I hope that succeeds."

Funding for the foundation will come primarily through corporate partners, although English said there is government funding they can apply for......
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Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group welcomes the Maori Party support of changes to the RMA
The Freshwater and Natural Resources Iwi Leaders Groups supports the gains that the Maori Party has achieved to amend the Resource Management Act this week. Selwyn Parata, Chair of the Natural Resources Iwi Leaders group says “The Maori Party has negotiated significant concessions on the Resource Management Act that on balance we believe moves tangata whenua a significant step forwards in ensuring the RMA - arguably the Act with the most significant impact on our lands and waterways, begins to enable reflect giving effect to our role as kaitiaki.”......
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Combining the knowledge and values of our ancestors, with science
Dr Daniel (Dan) Hikuroa is an Earth Systems Scientists who integrate mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and science. He says, “We've shown that Matauranga Māori is the knowledge that is precise and can be accurate and has been rigorously generated. We can then understand that matauranga might take observations of earthquakes back into thousands of years as opposed to hundreds of years.”

Hikuroa says One of the amazing things about the research that the team at GNS has done is that they’ve found new things and its questioned what we formerly believe about how earthquakes behaved and I think where matauraga Māori can offer new insights is by extending the timeline for which we understand and may have made those observations.

He also says that matauranga Māori doesn’t describe earthquakes in terms of magnitude or depth and instead describes them as taniwha that might have come and impacted a river, or destroyed a village for perceived wrong doings. My research has shown that often purakau are explanations for natural phenomenon given in a way which made sense to our people back then.....
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Whānau both help and hinder Māori students - study
A new study has found that what helps Māori students at university also hinders them.

Māori students identified whānau support as the main reason for their success but also said it was their family commitments that made studying more difficult.....
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Ruatorea locals harvest secret hemp crop
The 5000 plants were held in a secluded valley, 45 minutes drive from Ruatorea (on the East Coast). About 30 locals travelled to the secret location this morning. The volunteers ranged from children to elders and EIT horticultural students. They spent an hour harvesting the crop by hand before loading it up on a utility truck.

Business Development Manager, Manu Caddie says, "If we turn it in to licensed products of 3 gram doses with 150 milligrams of CBD oil, it would have a retail value of $5mil based on 5000 plants producing 5 oz each. It has a wholesale price of $3000 per pound of bud." ...
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25 March 2017

Rotorua school implements compulsory Māori language classes
Prime Minister Bill English says he doesn't support compulsory te reo Māori in schools. The PM was in Rotorua today visiting the region including Western Heights Primary School who supports te reo as a compulsory subject.

Principal Brent Griffin says, “Our take on it is it's a must, it's an absolute must it's our responsibility as teachers to upskill ourselves to make that happen.”

All the teachers at this school undertake basic te reo Māori training, which includes Māori customs. Today, they welcomed Prime Minister Bill English to their school. However, he doesn't support compulsory te reo in schools......
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Govt's RMA proposal set to go ahead
The Māori Party has confirmed its support for the Resource Management Act (RMA) legislation, saying it has secured better consultation with iwi.

The government now has enough support to pass the bill.
The Māori Party said it had worked hard to reach an agreement it was satisfied with.

"[We're] confident that the gains we have advocated for will ensure that there is a clearer balance around protecting Papatūānuku," ......
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Keep Te Reo alive
"We are world leaders in language revitalisation. "The next step is for Government to make Te Reo Maori compulsory in primary schools," she said.

According to Statistics New Zealand, 377,073 students were enrolled in New Zealand primary schools in 2016, 72 per cent received no Maori language education, 25 per cent studied Maori as a subject or equivalent and three per cent were involved in Maori language immersion.....
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24 March 2017

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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Further link on the above HERE 

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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5 comments:

Brian said...

A Maori Uprising? So long as our main political parties continue the system of appeasement of Maori demands this will be avoided. The crunch will come later when Maori Iwi feel sufficiently strong enough to demand and force a Maori Government.

It will be developed by a systematic wearing down of any opposition by continuing the process of indoctrination hatred of so-called white colonial oppression so successful now in schools, and in evidence in our younger generation. Followed by further claims of bias against Maori culture, supported by the fact that this country has signed away its non Maori population with the UN Indigenous Rights Act.

Decades hence it will be very interesting to see the clash between Maori culture on the one hand, and ever increasing Muslim Islamic population demands on the other. Unless of course, this country regains some sense and bans Muslim refugees. Which would probably however, only slow down the inevitable outcome.

"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.'
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Brian

Anonymous said...

PART 1
In New Zealand there is a Privileged Elite Group of Families (Political Dynasties). They are the Putin’s of the Pacific
In New Zealand there is a privileged Elite Group of Families (political dynasties) who have, over the past 30 years, and continue to today, transfer the country’s assets and cash handouts into their own pockets. They do this by way of family (tribal) trusts, being paid large salaries to control of these trusts, running low to no tax companies from these trusts and running consulting companies “that the Government has made it an obligation” to advise on country issues.
They identify as Maori as a tool to mobilise the ill-informed to support their money and land grabbing objectives, with the empty promise of enriching their supporters lives.
They use political policies put in place that were designed to elevate the standing of Maori. The last 30 years has shown taxation dispensations, handouts etc. to silence a few noisy dissidents. It is questionable as to where this money goes as there is no need for accountability built into these handouts. This saturation with money has however shown no improvement in the social standing of this portion of the population. There is no accountability over land or financial payments and questionable distribution of wealth. They retain control of the wealth. The benefits that this group promise are not evident.
How many trusts operate business’s that enjoy “low” to “no” taxation status? Are they Church groups, charity groups, family trusts or Maori trusts? If they paid their fair share of tax, as do all businesses in NZ, how could they further benefit the people they represent?

Anonymous said...

Part 2
They are creating a self-appointed, self-serving, unelected layer upper of management in Government and local bodies as well as having written into the law the need for IWI consultation in all decision’s. These overlaying groups oversee control the democratic process by ruling over all other political institutions.
They have been allowed to overlay our democratically elected bodies with separate Maori seats, the requirement for IWI consultation, Maori boards and Maori wards for local bodies. Since when, and why, do 20% of the population have control over the direction of our so called democratic society? Who is benefiting from this marketing of the so called “impoverished” sector of our society?
They are trying to control the policies put in place by our elected representatives and achieve un-elected race based Maori control of local authorities that has no accountability to anyone.
Even now there is a manipulation/control of media that will not allow these issues of super bodies to be discussed/aired. A large proportion of people are still not aware (or refuse to believe) that this level of manipulation exists. They have been brainwashed by the subtlety of time, stealth, and the underestimation that people who claim to be their advocates, are ripping them off. They refuse to ask (or are too scared to) the two important questions 1) “what have we as a people gained from the policies that exist and are proposed” and 2) “show us the proof in your claims”.

Anonymous said...

Part 3
Their ideals are at the expense of the greater majority of Maori. They claim to represent the general Maori population to gain allegiance. This is just an emotive means of attempting to control a portion of the general public. In the long term their only interested in retaining control of people, processes and assets for themselves. There is plenty of evidence to show that this group is also suppressing ethnic rivalry within the ethnic groups to stop claims that would divert monies etc. from the pockets of the privileged.
Just as Putin used the unstable political environment after the democratising of Russia to transfer the ownership of public assets into his and his cronies names making him one of the richest people in the world they use outcries of racism as a tool to motivate the mis-informed to cry foul and support the cause with the false promise of pay-outs. . They create racial boundaries to imply their people are down trodden to support and defer the motive behind their dealings (while they pocket the assets of all New Zealanders including Maori).
Unlike Putin who poisons or shoots any opposition that threatens his position these people use stealth and political bullying as their weapons.
They have been given tax concessions, handouts etc. to silence them but this saturation of money has not reflected in the elevation of their social standing. Even after receiving cash they expect to retain the money (not use it to generate useful services) and expect NZr’s to pay out for more welfare.

Anonymous said...

Part 4
Government employees, doctors, nurses, teachers and academics in universities and museums are forced to introduce cultural Maoridom into their teachings or policies or exclude information that doesn’t conform to the ideals they wish to promote. Those that do are then further brainwashed into believing what they are told to teach. Those that do not are ostracised, discredited, their findings debunked or they are just made redundant and are unable to gain employment in that sector. Their students are then forced to introduce “principles of Maori” into their studies and those that do not, don’t qualify. They have created a climate of fear and repression for those who dare question their motives.
Those people who are not able to be controlled politically in this manner are accused of being racist (regardless of the topic under scrutiny). People of all ethnicities, who have never benefited from the policies in place, are being accused of being racist just for questioning the policies.
What are the benefits of re-writing their own history?
They are also re-writing their own history to further control the people (a typical ploy of invading philosophies). Any books providing evidence that Maori did not arrive on the seven canoes 600 years ago, were not the first in the country, documented oral histories dictated by the elders in the 1800’s etc. are removed from the teaching curricular. Artefacts are hidden from view in museums, buried by bulldozers as being not of interest to Maori or sealed in Government files for 100 years.
They also control the media using the above bullying tactics above to control TV channels, the programing and the biased way information is presented to the public using politically charged documentaries (or information is just excluded from the programming).
It is a mistake to call them Maori as they do not represent Maori.
This is about a small number of privileged elite who have seen an opportunity to line their own pockets with the assets of all New Zealanders. They are using separatism and racism as a tool to spread the impression that Maori are repressed and impoverished. To those occupying the lower socioeconomic groups, the act of blaming the country for their situation makes them despondent and, it removes the desire to make changes in their lifestyle. They even manage to motivate a large number who are successful productive members of NZ society to believe this. Ironically the promotors of this perceived divide are the wealthy elite who are benefiting from the promotion from this lie. People are encouraged to vote along ethnic lines rather than issues that affect them personally. Recent polls (AM Show 8th Aug 2017) show about 50% NZr’s want Maori electorates to be kept. What will this figure be once the misinformed/brainwashed public are allowed to debate the issue and understand the truth?
Our country is regressing by stealth into an authoritarian administration.
How long before they form an authoritarian Government and decide who can be allowed to be a candidate for an election (Hong Kong style elections)? How long before they are officially acknowledged as the super body controlling the democratic process in NZ (Venezuelan Dictatorship)?
We need desperately to remove these dictatorial elite from their self-appointed positions of power and put the power back to the people. We need to recover the true history (and prehistory) of New Zealand and move forward as one proud (and very ethnically diverse) people who respect each other, as individuals and ethnic groups, and are working towards a common goal for all. We want a fair, free, credible democracy.