Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mole News Archive

 Taranaki hapu heads to High Court over land claims
A South Taranaki hapu has headed to court in a bid to have its land rights and mana retained.

The Araukuku hapu, which falls within the domains of Ngaruahine and Ngati Ruanui iwi, lodged an application with the High Court at Wellington on Friday, after it was denied an urgent hearing about its claims by the Waitangi Tribunal last week. The hapu is seeking a High Court review of the decision.

The latest move is part of a long-running and complicated quest by the hapu to have its concerns addressed.

In 1995, Araukuku filed a Waitangi Tribunal claim in relation to land confiscated from it by the Crown in 1865. This includes the land block where the Stratford Power Station is located.

Despite its claim, known as Wai 552, being partially settled following Ngati Ruanui's treaty settlement in 2003, the hapu is now concerned about how Ngaruahine's settlement deal will impact on them once it is passed into legislation. The $67.5 million deal was formally signed in August last year....
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Building gets council life line
A submission by Nga Ruahine asked Council to make a stronger recognition of a partnership with iwi in the long term plan and to commit to working with iwi to help inform policy and project development. Councillors agreed on the importance of growing relationships with iwi and instructed staff to begin work on a variety of consultations and representation conversations with all four local iwi....
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Calls for tāngata whenua symbols in flag
A Māori artist is pushing for the National flag to display more symbols representing tāngata whenua.

His call comes as the government asks for submissions on a new flag design, and already there has been more than 130 submissions.

Paul Moon, who works in its Māori Studies Department, said some people would be happy to see even one Māori element used, while others worry that the meaning behind symbols, such as koru, will be lost.

However the Ngāi Tahu leader Sir Tipene O'Regan said he was not too fussed about changing the flag.

"It's a second order issue, the primary issue is that we consider and think about our constitution and what we are as a structure rather than these esoterical symbols like flags."....
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Maori land eyed for BOP growth agenda
Maori forestry land and aquaculture space have been indentified as being key to further economic growth in the Bay of Plenty.

A regional growth study put together by the Ministries of Business, Innovation and Employment and Primary Industries in partnership with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council was released in Tauranga yesterday by Ministers Steven Joyce, Nathan Guy and Te Ururoa Flavell....
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North's problems need new approach
Education and a cross-section approach is needed to improve Northlanders' lives, say the region's leaders.

The comments come after the Mixed Fortunes report released by the Salvation Army which showed Northland ranked the poorest across education, employment, crime, youth achievement, abuse and neglect.

The Northern Advocate asked local MPs, mayors, a Salvation Army worker and iwi and hapu representatives what solutions they had for these social problems.

Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai said these were problems that couldn't be solved overnight. "There's no silver bullet. I think it's a multi-pronged approach," she said.

"For example, we've been working hard on truancy with the Ministry of Education and police - these partnerships are important."

Far North Mayor John Carter agreed and said partnerships with local iwi and within local government were a key part of solving the issues. "The issue is we have government departments and non-governmental organisations working in silos, so we are not getting the co-ordination or outcomes we could be getting.

Northland is actually awash with Government money, but it's not hitting home base."

Both Sonny Tau, the leader of Tuhoronuku -the group given mandate to negotiate settlements, and Pita Tipene, leader of the group who oppose Tuhoronuku -Te Kotahitanga, said there needed to be some responsibility upheld by the Government....
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13 May 2015

TRC and iwi forging ahead with Maori representation
While New Plymouth is voting on the establishment of Maori wards the regional council and iwi of Taranaki are forging ahead with their own representation arrangement.

As part of their treaty settlements Te Atiawa, Taranaki and Ngaruahine negotiated provisions ensuring iwi representatives had a place on Taranaki Regional Council standing committees.

Three individuals will be appointed to the policy and planning committee and three to the consents and regulatory committee, Te Korowai o Ngaruahine Trust general manager Cassandra Crowley said.

While the representation arrangement has been talked about since the middle of last year it took a step closer on Monday when the Ngaruahine Claims Settlement Bill went before Cabinet for consideration.

It could take months for Cabinet to enact the legislation but once that process was complete it would allow the TRC to make the appointments.

"We're one step closer. It will be within a year," Crowley said.....
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Maori in regions disadvantaged - report
A Salvation Army report released today reveals that Māori who live in regional areas such as Northland and Gisborne are getting what it described as a 'bad deal'.

The report by the Salvation Army looked at the state of life in regional Aotearoa and found they were the most disadvantaged parts of the country.

It showed the divide between the regions was growing, with the South Island faring well, but those in the North Island, apart from Auckland and Wellington, deprived socially and economically....
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For Whanau Ora to work we just need to believe
Whanau Ora must not be assessed based on reports of Te Puni Kokiri incompetence. Nor should the approach be assessed based on Crown incompetence in establishing ineffective infrastructure and processes to direct Whanau Ora implementation.

One hundred and seventy-five years of Crown mismanagement of Maori wellbeing will not be turned around in four years, it will take decades or generations to break some cycles that have been imbedded in the lives of our whanau and in the thinking of the Crown. This is a direct consequence of the Crown seeking to manage according to what it has imported from its own experience with Western models and theories.....
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Gate Pa first to open Maori immersion preschool
A new early childhood centre - the first of its kind in Tauranga - has opened at Gate Pa School with classes starting next Monday.

Principal Richard Inder said establishing Te Puna Reo o Pukehinahina came from an idea, about 18 months ago, when the school was exploring how it could cater more for its Maori pupils, whose parents wanted them to learn te reo in an early childhood setting.

There are two ways to do that - a kohanga or a puna reo.

A puna reo is funded and supported by the Ministry of Education. A kohanga reo is chartered through Te Kohanga Reo National Trust.

What is a puna reo?
Puna Reo provides an education and care environment in Maori language and culture settings.....
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12 May 2015

Computers at Home initiative benefit Māori whānau
"Computers at Home" in Papakura is the first free computing course for Māori families of its kind and on top of being equipped with the skills needed to work a computer, students also get their own computer to take home upon graduation.

Computer tutor Tania Manuera explains, "They provide free 20 hours of training and after the training each parents walk away with a computer to take home and that's theirs to keep forever plus they get subsidised internet on top of that to help them with on-going learning for themselves and their whānau at home."

It's the only programme of its kind in Papakura but eventually Manuera hopes it will be introduced across the country....
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Is the EPA up to dealing with Maori?
A Taranaki tribe is accusing the Environmental Protection Authority of failing to meet and talk to the region's iwi.

The claim is made in feedback to a proposal by Shell Todd Oil Services to continue pumping oil from the Maui field....
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Water claims delay 'like foreshore and seabed'
A Treaty lawyer says the Crown's approach to recognising Māori water rights is no better than its handling of foreshore and seabed claims.

Calls for tangata whenua interests in water to be acknowledged in law are at a standstill.

Claimants want the Waitangi Tribunal to push ahead with the second stage of its inquiry into fresh water and geothermal resources but the Crown is attempting to delay the case, arguing it is still developing policy on water and is working with iwi and hapū.

Lawyer Janet Mason, who acts for Te Rarawa and Ngāti Rangitihi, said the implications ran deep.

"From the claimants' point of view, it's actually the Crown's actions and conduct which is wasting a lot of taxpayer resource.

"They continue to stall these discussions. They continue to fail to recognise that there is a legitimate interest there. And we liken this to what they have done with Foreshore and Seabed [Act]," she said.

"It's been 10-odd years since that Ngāti Apa Court of Appeal decision and the resources that the Crown has spent in two lots of legislation and the ongoing cost to the claimants and to the legal aid system by the Crown just refusing to acknowledge that there are proprietary rights, is just putting everyone in an impossible situation."

The highly controversial 2004 Foreshore and Seabed law was replaced with the Marine and Coastal Area Act.

Under that legislation, whānau, hapū and iwi can seek recognition and protection of beaches and waterlines in their rohe.

The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Christopher Finlayson, is due to make his first decision on those claims in the next month or so...
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Maori wards not an option before 2019
The question of whether or not Rotorua Lakes Council should have Maori wards has resurfaced in recent days. One local group is now suggesting it as an alternative to the council’s current Te Arawa Partnership Model proposal which the council has been publicly consulting on over the last two months. The council is expected to make a decision on that proposal at a meeting on 26 May.

However Rotorua Lakes Council debated the issue of Maori wards in November last year and resolved not to introduce Maori wards for the 2016 and 2019 elections.....
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Wakatu Incorporation fight to go to the Supreme Court
Wakatu Incorporation's determined fight over Crown land settlement in Nelson and Motueka is to go to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court, in a judgment released on Friday, has granted leave for Wakatu, its kaumatua director Rore Pat Stafford and Te Kahui Trust trustees to appeal an Appeal Court judgment made last December.  

The Appeal Court had dismissed Wakatu's appeal of a High Court decision with the judges saying the claim unnecessarily strained settled legal principles when alternative remedies existed through the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process.
The applicants argued that when the Crown granted land to the New Zealand Company for its settlement in the Nelson region, it inherited the company's promise to set aside one tenth as reserves for Maori.....
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10 May 2015

From the NZCPR archives (By Michael Coote)
Ending racial discrimination in local government
At the local government level, this dogma mirrors the pernicious misconception prevailing in central government circles that a literal partnership exists between the Crown as sovereign power and sundry Maori tribes which supervenes on normal democratic processes and overturns equality of all New Zealanders before the law.

With creation of the Auckland supercity in 2010, the ruse to impose and normalise Treaty partnership at the local government level was effected by way of the first Key National government legislating into existence the Independent Maori Statutory Board (IMSB) as the Trojan horse.

Notoriously, IMSB members exercise unelected race-based voting rights on Auckland Council committees.

Former Act Party leader Rodney Hide was the Minister of Local Government charged with steering through Auckland supercity legislation and opposed formation of the IMSB.

His stand was defeated by a nefarious pro-IMSB deal cooked up between National and the Maori Party, but Act has earned a worthy legacy of opposing racial privilege.

As the IMSB was voted into being by Parliament, so it can be abolished by Parliament.

Aucklanders with party votes to cast at the general election could well take notice of political parties that supported the IMSB’s disestablishment.

The Local Government Commission has been promoting IMSB lookalikes around the country, especially up in the Far North and in Hawkes Bay, a campaign unpopular with many residents of those regions.

Rotorua is riven by the incumbent council’s determination to ram through an undemocratic Treaty partnership governing structure with Maori tribes.

Wherever you look around the country, you’ll find misguided official attempts underway to racialize local government that large numbers of party vote-wielding ratepayers and residents oppose and want to stop.

The general election issue is there for the taking, needing reform of local government laws that support race-based privilege, and is an uncommon example of how local politics can coalesce with national politics.

Muriel Newman of the New Zealand Centre for Political Research has recently pointed out in an article “Undermining Representative Democracy” that at one stage even National had the gumption try and rid New Zealand of racism in local government.

“In 2006, an attempt was made to abolish race-based representation in local government by Bay of Plenty MP Tony Ryall through a private member’s bill, Local Electoral (Repeal of Race-Based Representation) Amendment Bill,” she writes.

“The Bill would have repealed the changes made by the Labour Government in 2001 – the Bay of Plenty Regional Council (Maori Constituency Empowering) Bill which created three Maori wards against the wishes of the local community, and the Local Electoral Act which contained provisions to introduce Maori seats in any local government area.”

“In his speech to Parliament on his Bill, MP Tony Ryall stated, ‘The National Party view, which we enunciated in our election policy at the last election, is that race-based representation is no longer needed in New Zealand, either at a parliamentary level or a local government level. We believe that it is divisive.’”

Mrs Newman notes that although the Bill was defeated, “National, New Zealand First, and the Independent MP Gordon Copeland voted for it.”

The centre right could again work together to promote a Ryall-style bill ending racial discrimination in local government law and this time doesn’t  need Parliamentary voting support from the Maori Party as the spoiler.

Together, National, Act, the Conservatives and New Zealand First could do it and should be held to account by voters to achieve this reform soon after the next election.
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July 6, 2014

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9 May 2015

Otago key partner in Māori Centre of Research Excellence
University of Otago researchers are set to make key contributions to Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE), which has been selected to receive a further five years’ funding from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).

Our vision is for Māori leading New Zealand into the future".
Our research realises Māori aspirations for positive engagement in national life, enhances our excellence in Indigenous scholarship and provides solutions to major challenges facing humanity in local and global settings.....
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Nga Potiki keen to pick up state houses
Iwi in Tauranga Moana are keen to hear the detail on the Government’s plans to sell the city's 1250 state houses.

The Minister for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, says Tauranga and Invercargill have been chosen to pilot the sell down because they have a stable demand for social housing and active community housing providers.

Victoria Kingi from Nga Potiki Trust says buying state houses was discussed as part of the iwi’s settlement negotiations.

She says the trust is keen to buy the 149 houses in its rohe around Papamoa, or to work with other providers to pick up the whole package.

But she says the price and the terms need to be right.....
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8 May 2015

Hapū calls for answers over waahi tapu bid
A Motiti Island sub-tribe has accused Heritage New Zealand of incompetence because it hasn't dealt with an application the hapū says it submitted more than a year ago.

Ngāi Te Hapū said it had lodged a bid with the trust requesting waahi tapu (sacred site) status for Astrolabe Reef, where the container ship Rena ran aground in 2011.

A spokesperson for Ngāi Te Hapū, Buddy Mikaere, said he was sick and tired of waiting.

He said its application had been with Heritage New Zealand for over a year.

Mr Mikaere said the agency had mucked around with its bid over that time and done nothing with it.

He said the agency had apologised to the hapū over the delays and said staff were too busy or that it did not have the resources to deal with the sub-tribe's request....
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Māori MPs urged to stand strong for Whānau Ora
Iwi chairs in the Whānau Ora Partnership Group have expressed their immense disappointment regarding the criticism some Māori MP's have expressed regarding on the development of Whānau Ora.

Chair of the Whānau Ora Partnership Group, Sonny Tau says “we have been meeting with iwi chairs from throughout Aotearoa at Whangaehu Marae, to discuss the pressing issues impacting on whānau, hapu and iwi”

“We are dismayed that some Māori politicians would buy into the beat-up by politically motivated tirades which do nothing but bring this kaupapa into disrepute. We need our people to continue to have faith in their own answers; to be proud of the gains that have already been made in enabling our whānau to be self-managing.".....
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Uenuku prepares for land claim negotiations
A Whanganui tribe is galvanising its members to strengthen its negotiating position with the Crown.

Ngāti Uenuku, which is based in Raetihi and around the middle reaches of the Whanganui River, is running a campaign to get as many members as possible onto its tribal database.

In February last year, it established itself as an iwi entity and then formed the Uenuku Charitable Trust.

It's now one of the four large natural groups within the rohe seeking to negotiate Treaty of Waitangi land claims with the Crown.

The tribe's beneficiary registrar, Kahurangi Simon, said it was using different ways to reach out to its members.....
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Should the Māori fisheries body be canned?
MPs have heard iwi don't want the Māori fisheries body to be abolished.

Their views are at odds with an independent report suggesting it should go.

It has been a while since the Government started shifting some of the fishing quota to Māori - 25 years, in fact.

Ngāi Tahu elder, Sir Tipene O'Regan, once described it as one of the greatest single asset transfers in New Zealand history.

By 1992 the Government honoured its obligations to Māori through the Māori Fisheries Settlement - dubbed the Sealord Deal - which led to Māori receiving quota and cash.

Now, there's a proposal to wind up the body safeguarding that allocation on behalf of tribes - Te Ohu Kaimoana.

Those recommendations are in a scheduled review done by barrister Tim Castle who said iwi have matured and are capable of being in control of the quota they own.....
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Iwi dismisses fears of imported labour
A Far North iwi leader is dismissing fears the Chinese company expanding a luxury resort on the Karikari Peninsula will import Chinese labour to build it.

Ngati Kahu chief executive Anahera Herbert said Shanghai CRED had told the runanga it planned to employ New Zealanders, and that the holiday park would cater for tourists on a budget.

"I'm confident they'll do what they told us they'll do, and they haven't broken their promises to us yet," she said.

She said a Ngati Kahu delegation would travel to China next week to cement the friendly relationship as guests of the company for a cultural exchange, which would become an annual event.

"When they came here, we moved to manaaki (look after) and mentor them to show them how we work, and how they can work with us, and now this is their way of reciprocating, to show how they work in their own land," Mrs Herbert said.

"And there's the aspect of us looking for opportunities by which whanau and hapu can benefit more from what is, really, a new partnership with our new manuhiri (guests)."

The Ngati Kahu delegation to Shanghai will include Mrs Herbert; Ngati Kahu chair Dr Margaret Mutu; four kaumatua and kuia; four young people; and several others who would pay their own way...
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7 May 2015

Piripi puts out welcome mat for Chinese in north
A far north iwi leader is welcoming an influx of Chinese investment into the region.

Hunan Dakang Pasture Farming has announced it is buying seven dairy farms south of Kaikohe from Merv and Cara Pinny for just over $42 million.

The deal has been criticised by former Far North mayor Wayne Brown, who says the Government should encourage Chinese and other investors to invest in added value processing rather than land.
But Haami Piripi from Te Runanga o Te Rarawa says Chinese are a culturally aware people who are happy to engage with Maori businesses.

"These lands were lost to us a century ago through deceit and shonky land deals and it's really how the country was lost to us. But what these people offer is an opportunity for us to develop services around them that will complement their investment," he says.

Mr Piripi says a big difference between the new wave of Chinese investment and the early colonists is they are bringing their own capital rather than ripping it from Maori resources...
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Auditor-general questions $40 million administration spend on Whanau Ora
It is one of the Government's flagship programmes and cost $137 million in its first four years - but the country's top spending watchdog admits it is difficult to work out what Whanau Ora has achieved.

Auditor General Lyn Provost also found that $40 million of the money for the scheme - which is earmarked for vulnerable families and children - was swallowed up in administration.

And after an audit of its first four years, Provost admitted: "It was not easy to describe what it is or what it has achieved."

The driving force behind Whanau Ora was former Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia.

But National threw its weight behind the scheme, which is seen as a model for the delivery of some other services.

The Government has been forced on the defensive, however, by revelations about a lack of checks on money handed out under the scheme, including $20,000 used by Dunedin gang members to buy cannabis...
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Māori freehold land rates remission and postponement policy (Auckland Council)
The Māori freehold land rates remission and postponement policy was adopted by the Governing Body in June 2013 alongside the Annual Plan 2013/2014.

There are no changes proposed for this policy in the current Long-term Plan 2015-2025 (LTP).

The purpose of this policy is to set out the council’s approach to the remission and postponement of rates on Māori freehold land (MFL). The key features of the policy are set out below.....
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Tribunal publishes final Rena report
The Tribunal said two Bay of Plenty claims, by Motiti Rohe Moana Trust, the Ngai Te Hapu Incorporated Society and the Mataatua District Maori Council, concerning the removal of the wreck from Astrolabe Reef were well-founded.

The latest report looked at the Crown's conduct in entering into an agreement in October 2012 obliging it to support the ship's owners' resource consent application to leave sections of the vessels where they were.

The Tribunal said the obligations placed the Rena's owners in a special position in the consent process that could significantly affect tangata whenua interest in the reef.

The inquiry concluded the Crown signed the deed without sufficient knowledge of the rights of Maori and without consulting affected tangata whenua.

It said the Crown damaged its Treaty of Waitangi partnership with the claimants - although it averted primary prejudice by partially opting to oppose the owners' consent bid in August 2014.....
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Maori education provider at risk of closure
A kaupapa Maori charitable trust in Dunedin that provides tertiary training to rakatahi could close, and staff could lose their jobs.

The education provider offers programmes such as small business management, money management, computing and hospitality.

Te Arai te Uru Kokiri Centre said recent changes to Tertiary Education Commission funding policies had contributed to its operations becoming unsustainable.

It has confirmed that, after 30 years, it is going to have to make cutbacks....
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Iwi 'ready' for control of fishing assets
Iwi are now ready to take full control of Aotearoa Fisheries and its $543 million of fishery assets, MPs have been told.

The 2015 independent review of the Maori Fisheries Settlement by Wellington barrister Tim Castle recommends that Te Ohu Kaimoana, which oversees Aotearoa Fisheries, be wound down with power returned to iwi groups for management....
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6 May 2015

Auditor-General Backs NZ First Over Airy Fairy Whanau Ora
New Zealand First has long said Whanau Ora is a serious waste of hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money, says New Zealand First.

“Now, the first time it has come under serious official scrutiny by the Auditor-General, it has fallen seriously short,” says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“This was supposedly a flagship policy for Maori, but it has let them down woefully. For example, a third of total spending has been wasted on administration. Meanwhile, scandal after wasteful scandal occurred despite initial government denials.

“For Finance Minister Bill English to excuse these disgraces as teething problems is itself alarming.

“There were always glaring monitoring gaps on where the millions were going, and there was no real data on participation.

“When struggling families needed help in all areas, they got some airy fairy scheme dreamed up by the race-based Maori Party.

“It is not racist to point out that both Maori and the taxpayer are being ripped off,” says Mr Peters.....
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Votes rolling in for Maori ward referendum
The idea of a Maori ward seat has "hit a nerve" with the public, who are returning their referendum votes at rapid speed.

Eleven days after voting officially opened for the binding referendum on the issue, 29.77 per cent of votes have already been returned.

At the same stage during voting for New Plymouth's by-election earlier this year, only 14.5 per cent of votes had been sent back in.

New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd, who has been ardently behind a Maori ward seat, said he believed double the percentage of votes had been returned for the binding referendum because it was an emotive topic.

The 56,257 registered voters in the New Plymouth district have until noon on May 15 to get their votes in for the Maori ward referendum.....
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New rates model 'game changer'
The Far North District Council is hailing a new rates model as a game changer and says it will slash the tens of millions of dollars owed by Māori.

It has been charging around twice the amount for rates on multiple-owned Māori land, compared to land owned by individuals and said the new structure created a level playing field.

Figures obtained by Te Manu Korihi show Māori in the Far North owe nearly $30 million which amounts to two thirds of the district council's total rates arrears.

The new model writes off previous rates debt and recalculates rates, so that a block of land owned by many people is rated in the same way as single owners of a block of land.

The Far North District Council mayor said the current system did not work, with landowners of unproductive land accumulating massive debt....
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5 May 2015

Auckland Council Misleading Public to Downplay Taniwha Tax
The Taxpayers’ Union is inviting Auckland Council officials to read the Union’s briefing paper on the Council’s Cultural Impact Assessment ‘Taniwha Tax’ before continuing to mislead the public. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:

“Departing Chief Planner, Roger Blakeley, is being very sneaky by claiming that only 30 resource consents have required full Cultural Impact Assessments. He knows very well that the real issue is the thousands of applicants who the Council has forced to consult with sometimes 16 iwi groups just to confirm a Cultural Impact Assessment is not required.”

“Dr Blakeley has confirmed that it is up to the iwi, and not the Council, whether a full assessment is required, including for spiritual matters. What confidence can the public have in this process when the Council can’t tell us how it will deal with complaints on iwi charging, conflicts of interest, long delays and conflicting reports?”....
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Lawyers warn council could face judicial review
The Rotorua Lakes Council could face a judicial review of its actions, according to legal advice obtained by opponents of the controversial Te Arawa Partnership Proposal.

On Thursday the council released its own legal opinion, produced by Hamilton-based law firm Tompkins Wake, which stated the proposal was "lawful and compliant".

However, members of the Rotorua Pro Democracy Society sought their own legal advice from law firm Russell McVeagh, which they provided to council chief executive Geoff Williams on April 20. That advice concludes there is "a real issue" with the legality of the partnership model, which could lead to a successful judicial review of the council's actions.

Society members say they warned Mr Williams of this and are asking the council to seek a third independent legal opinion.

Society secretary Reynold Macpherson said members decided to release their legal opinion to the Rotorua Daily Post after the council released the Tompkins Wake opinion.....
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Māori tribes take on Norwegian oil giant
A small Māori delegation from the Far North is confronting Norway's biggest oil company head on.

A roopu representing Te Hiku o Te Ika tribes is travelling to the head office of Statoil to demonstrate the widespread opposition to its oil exploration programme in Te Reinga Basin.

Far North tribal representatives leave tomorrow and will be meeting with the indigenous Saami Parliament of Norway to seek their support in demanding a future free of deep sea oil drilling.

The leader of the delegation, Mike Smith, said Far North Māori had a very clear message.....
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Māori Caucus call on iwi leaders support
Labour’s Māori caucus has sent an open letter to iwi leaders around the country seeking their support for meat workers currently in employment negotiations with Talleys.

“We are aware that when Talleys locked out workers for a period of 89 days in the previous round of industrial disputes, it was the pressure and influence of iwi leaders who were able to convince them that a better solution could be found, says Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta......
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4 May 2015

From the NZCPR archives (By Michael Coote)
Treaty train rocks on to radio waves
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the Maori water rights issue that is fouling the National minority government’s mixed ownership model (MOM) partial selloff of state-owned hydroelectric power generators worse than didymo, think again.

More serious problems are quietly emerging, despite the apparent truce that has descended since the hooey hui the government jacked up to pretend it was consulting Maori over MOM-related sweetheart deals.

Swarm intelligence-driven Maori tribal claims to enjoy privatised ownership of natural resources or rights thereto have gone viral.

The water rights spat over legalised corruption demanded by Maori tribes wanting payoffs for use of rivers running through their patch of turf has leaked across to radio spectra now that it has become apparent that prime time for applying tribal standover tactics is when the government needs to meet self-imposed deadlines.

The “digital dividend” 4G-700MHz band radio spectrum is coming up for auction to mobile phone companies by the government’s deadline of first quarter 2013.

Heartened by the water rights brouhaha, advocates of the Maori airwaves grab like Nga Kaiwhakapumau i Te Reoare are up in arms and convening a national hui to further their Waitangi Tribunal claim to own the radio spectra apparently commercially exploited by their technologically precocious neolithic ancestors prior to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

These Maori supremacist militants have a precedent in that the complaisant Waitangi Tribunal ruled in 1999 that Maori had ownership rights to the 3G radio spectrum.

The then Labour government rightly rejected the proposition that Maori tribes owned radio spectra as a taonga, but blundered into the feckless stupidity of appeasement by granting Te Huarahi Tika Trust $5 million to buy a piece of 3G spectrum at 5% discount.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, especially when precedents, no matter how small, are eagerly seized on for further exploitation by Maori tribes and their legal attack dogs such as current Treaty of Waitangi negotiations minister Christopher Finlayson has previously been and will no doubt become yet again upon eventually leaving Parliament.

A good payoff precedent, properly parleyed, is worth millions if not billions to idle Maori tribal ticket clippers.

The current National minority government has become mesmerised by the thought that Maori are owed a slice of 4G and so has gutlessly followed its Labour predecessor down the appeasement path.

We are blandly informed that the 3G radio spectrum payola to Maori interests has beneficially brought us the third mobile operator 2degrees.

So where are the Maori tribal mobile telephony technology entrepreneurs, or do we rather have a revival of the 19th century rent seeking practice of charging access fees to European tourists who wished to visit the pink and white terraces?

Passively charging a fee simply as a rental return due the local Maori tribe adds absolutely nothing of any value, let alone the slightest productivity enhancement, to our economy.

The grim object lesson of the 3G spectrum concession being leveraged up into 4G should be looked at closely by those concerned to project what will happen to MOM privatisations when Maori can pull the same kind of acquisitive stunt over water as they have over radio bands.

An extraordinary aspect of the Maori water rights looting in train under a National government in thrall to its Treaty negotiations minister is the way in which prime minister John Key could have what he now notoriously calls a “brain fade” concerning what has happened under his leadership.

Mr Key denies that Maori can own water, but concedes that they can own water rights.

He has conspicuously failed to explain to the New Zealand public, perhaps due to brain fading, that under his government and the close supervision of his Treaty negotiations minister, Treaty claim settlement laws have been bulk-voted through Parliament that have destroyed the ability of the Crown to preserve water rights in public ownership.

Mr Key might have overlooked what the Government Communications Security Bureau was doing in illegally spying on Kim Dotcom, but he cannot have the same excuse for not remembering what his own government has done to publicly-owned water rights.

For example, amidst much mystico-poetic mumbo jumbo verbiage of no discernible legal meaning, clause 23 of the preamble to the Nga Wai o Maniapoto (Waipa River) Act 2012 baldly states that the “Maniapoto [tribe] do not accept they have ever relinquished their authority or rights over the Waipa River, or its tributaries.”

There you have it, enacted in Parliament under Messrs Key and Finlayson, who are apparently too brain faded to explain what these words mean to the general public or potential investors in Mighty River Power.

This from the National Party, which espouses the core value that there should be “equal citizenship and equal opportunity”.
November 24, 2012

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3 May 2015

From the files of Alf Grumble
Airport at Napier is in for a name change – there has been a quiet change of share ownership too
Mike Butler, a feller who contributes to the Breaking Views blog, alerted Alf to some fascinating goings-on an hour or so up the road from the bubbling electorate of Eketahuna North.

It seems there are moves afoot – if it is not a fait accompli – to change the name of Hawke’s Bay Airport.

This is not necessarily a popular move. According to Mike Butler, Hawke’s Bay residents are hostile about this development.

The airport will be known as the Ahuriri Airport Hawke’s Bay, he says, to satisfy a request from treaty settlement claimants Mana Ahuriri.

But hey.

That’s what obeisance to the Treaty of Waitangi is all about.

If indigenous persons ask for a name change, it is considered very impolite – and racist, too – not to comply.

Mind you, those of us who are not indigenous might smart at the consequences.

Mike Butler observes:

The name-change (the latest in a series that includes Whanganui, Te Wai Pounamu, Te Ika a Maui, Aoraki Mount Cook and Taranaki Mount Egmont) prompted comments on the Hawke’s Bay Today newspaper website like “why change the name? If it aint broke, don’t fix it” and “Again, NZ panders to a minority group of radicals.

Twenty six of the 28 texts on the subject in Saturday’s paper vehemently opposed the move as did six substantial letters to the editor over the preceding days.

In one of those letters, Hastings councillor Simon Nixon described discussions with Mana Ahuriri as informal and “amounted to an ambush with insufficient warning given to consider the ramifications”.

He said he remembered claimants putting the case for including Ahuriri in the airport’s name but could not recall the meeting the presentation was tagged on to or whether there was a vote.

Cr Nixon, it seems, has put considerable effort into pushing to upgrade the airport to handle international flights.

He has drawn attention to some of the implications of making a change.

He wrote

…“most airports have aligned their names and IATA codes with city names. Mangere was changed to Auckland (AKL) . . . Adding the word Ahuriri to Hawke’s Bay Airport will be confusing and costly”.

The good councillor obviously needs a lesson or two in the servile art of buckling to the demands of indigenous persons.

We are supposed to put cultural sensitivity ahead of mundane matters like money.

For that reason his health may be seriously compromised, should he be taken to his local hospital with a stroke, heart attack, or whatever, but his cultural care will be in good hands.

One thing that puzzled Alf was why the airport bosses should buckle to the request of the Mana Ahuriri leaders, besides being culturally sensitive citizens with a high regard for the Treaty.

Mike Butler (who probably wondered the same thing) has come up with the answer.

It’s because Mana Ahuriri now own half the bloody shares.

Today Butler has posted this explanation for what is happening.

Questions raised by Mana Ahuriri’s bid to get their name included in that of the Hawke’s Bay Airport led to the revelation that the government had quietly offered that group a 50 percent shareholding of the airport.

Mana Ahuriri signed an agreement in principle on December 19, 2013, that includes financial redress of $19.5-million. The Hawke’s Bay Airport posted a net worth of $16.6-million and annual revenue of $4.01-million in its 2014 annual report. (1)

A 50 percent shareholding presumably would be worth $8.3-million on current valuation with an annual 50 percent share of profit in a near-enough-to risk-free investment in which Mana Ahuriri would not have to do anything other than pocket the cash.

Well, bugger me, Alf muttered to himself.

When did Chris tell the public about this?

He was thinking, of course, about the role obviously played by Chris Finlayson, our splendid Minister of Treaty Beneficence.

Chris is fond of banging out media statements to trumpet his latest settlement.

He did it (for example) here and here.

Alf can’t find a similar Mana Ahuriri announcement, but this may well be a consequence of his own shortcomings in the googling department.

He did find a reference to an offer of shares in the airport company but no mention that this would result in the new shareholders changing the airport’s name.

Oh – and let’s pick up on this fascinating point raised by Mike Butler:

Claimant Heitia Hiha told the Hawke’s Bay Today last year that Maori engaging European settlers and the Crown in settlement of their land in the mid-19th century believed they were entering agreements of shared development, and implied that the area where the airport is located was “taken away”. (2)

But that area was part of Te Whanganui a Orotu lagoon that became land during the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake.

Neither was the area “taken away”. Three hundred Maori signed the deed that transferred the 107,242ha Ahuriri block to the colonial government for £1500 in 1851.

Now that we have made this settlement do we get back the 1500 quid?
April 2nd, 2015

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2 May 2015

Elder warns of calls for action against water plant
The Maori trustees of Northland's Poroti Springs are warning they can't guarantee the safety or security of a water-bottling plant to be built there.

Auckland company Zodiac Holdings has the right to take water from aquifers above the springs for 35 years and is looking for investors to build a factory.

But the trustees' chair, Taipari Munro, said local hapu were angry their opposition to the proposal had been ignored, and there have been growing calls for protest and occupation.

He said local hapu were prepared to take direct action as they had no faith in assurances a water-bottling plant would not reduce the flow to the springs or pollute them.....
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Maori-made food from Palmy to Dubai
An iwi-owned company has landed a new deal to supply Dubai with emergency food pouches.

The wealthy Arab emirate is buying relief packs from New Zealand to dispatch to countries hit by disasters.

The food packs look like microwaveable rice pouches you might buy at the supermarket, and they are made at the Prepared Foods factory in Palmerston North, a division of Aotearoa Fisheries.

This is a big deal for the company, with emergency rations making up five percent of the business.....
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1 May 2015

Water hearing time to be decided
The Waitangi Tribunal has called a judicial conference to sort out when a second round of hearings will be held into Māori rights to freshwater and geothermal resources.

The Crown wants to wait until next February saying it is still developing policy on water and is working with iwi and hapū.

But the Māori Council and other claimants are fighting any delay.

The Tribunal has called a hui between both parties for 2 June.

Chief Judge Wilson Isaac, the presiding officer, will hear arguments from lawyers on whether the inquiry should be put off or held some time from October....
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Wellington restaurant puts Te Reo on the menu
One of Wellington's newest restaurants is serving its diners Te Reo Māori- as an extra language on its menu.

The restaurant, Whitebait, approached Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) to translate the names of its dishes into Te Reo.

Whitebait co-director Louise Hoather, who is Pākehā, said that besides the Wharewaka she did not know of any other mainstream restaurant that would even consider using Māori language on the menu.

She said they wanted to acknowledge Te Reo as part of their kaupapa on kai.

"It's critically important because it reflects part of what we think is important to New Zealand in a celebration of our philosophy towards food in our restaurant," said Ms Hoather.....
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Te Arawa partnership proposal “lawful and compliant”
New legal opinion confirms council Te Arawa partnership proposal “lawful and compliant”

A new legal opinion received this week by Rotorua Lakes Council has confirmed there are no legal barriers to implementing the Te Arawa Partnership Model proposal, if the council resolves to do so.

The legal advice comes as Rotorua Lakes Council starts five days of hearings for residents who have made submissions on the proposal, following a seven week period of public consultation.

Local government legal experts, Tompkins Wake Lawyers, confirm that the Te Arawa Partnership Model is “lawful and compliant” with the council’s obligations under legislation.....
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Rangatira descendants get places on Waitangi board
The Maori Affairs select committee has recommended a change to the Waitangi National Trust to allow representatives of four key Maori families to sit on the board.

It agreed with a submission from Arapeta Hamilton that it was unfair the four families had just one representative, while three Pakeha families whose ancestors were part of treaty history have a member each.

As a consequence, the amendment bill allows requires representation from the families of Hone Heke, Maihi Kawiti, Tamati Waka Nene, and Pomare.

Board members will be limited to three three-year terms.......
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Iwi keen to see financial benefits return to community
A South Taranaki iwi wants financial returns linked to gas exploration off its coast to be given back to their community, in return for consent to keep running the Maui gasfield.

Crowley said although the economic benefits of the Maui field have been well documented, the environmental risks associated with the operation were located within the iwi's rohe. 

Crowley also raised concern about the lack of insight into te ao Maori, or the Maori worldview, demonstrated in the application and wanted STOS management and staff to undertake cultural training.....
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New Zealand Indigenous People's Rights Need More Improvement
New Zealand’s representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues said although Aotearoa is often thought as a leader in recognizing the rights of indigenous people, it was always not the case. Valmaine Toki, of Nga Puhi, Ngati Wai and Ngati Rehua descent, is the first representative of Aotearoa and the in the UN forum on indigenous rights.

There is always interest at the UN forum about New Zealand’s MMP electoral system and dedicated Maori seats. “They see that as a way forward and a model for other jurisdictions to aspire to, but in Aotearoa-New Zealand, we think we are doing such a great job in terms of recognizing indigenous rights,” said Toki.

She cited Nicaragua as an example of how autonomous zones were returned to the indigenous people. Toki said that in Aotearoa-New Zealand, the scenario would be unlikely, reports Radio NZ.

She acknowledged that the Waitangi Tribunal was often seen as an innovative system. However, Toki said only a fraction of what was “alienated” from the Maori is actually returned. She realised indigenous rights in New Zealand need “more work.”....
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30 April 2015

Majority Wellington Māori oppose supercity
Most of Wellington region's grassroots Māori oppose the plan for a supercity that would see them lose their voice on local councils.

Like much of the general community, they are against the model, however iwi leaders say there are benefits to dealing with one authority for the greater Wellington region.

 Chairperson of the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust Neville Baker said the kōrero that he had heard on the ground differed from what iwi leaders were saying at the top.

Mr Baker of Te Ātiawa said while a supercity may work for Ngāti Whātua in Auckland, it did not mean it would work for Wellington, Te Whanganui-ā-Tara.

Mr Baker said Māori rights must be enshrined in the model, and the iwi trust needed to take a cautious approach.

"The important thing is to be able to ensure that those customary rights, those treaty rights, those areas of the settlement that have been agreed to are enduring and, you know, change is taking place all the time so you don't necessarily have to commit to something because of the wider view that's held".....
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Settlement process 'insufficent' on social services
The government has been told the Treaty settlement process is not well suited to exploring opportunities for Maori groups to be more involved in commissioning social services.

The commission's report said enabling greater rangatiratanga within social services meant the Crown would have to step back from 'deciding for' and 'doing for' Maori.

But the commission also noted that if the Crown were to step back too far it would risk breaching the Treaty of Waitangi because the Crown would not be treating tangata whenua in the same way as others....
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Dubai and Maori fisheries agreement first of its kind
A new agreement between Dubai and a Maori fisheries company is being described as a world-first.

The Dubai Government's Awqaf and Minors’ Affairs Foundation has signed a memorandum of understanding with Aotearoa Fisheries and its Prepared Foods division.

It is the first non-Islamic agreement of its kind signed by the Government of Dubai.

The foundation has selected the company to produce Halal ready-to-eat meals, because it as 100 percent Maori-owned.....
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29 April 2015

Auckland Maori budget due soon.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown says he is doing what he can to meet the Auckland Maori Statutory Board’s wish list for the city’s budget.

Mr Brown will unveil his thinking on the budget on Thursday and the council will debate it next year.

There is also pressure coming from Maori for the council to take a lead in economic development and jobs, to help iwi in their development of settlement assets, and to support initiatives aimed at improving education.

"The Independent Maori Statutory board have made it quite clear to us that they are looking for something like $190m of deliverable's over 10 years. We're working towards an outcome for Maori that will be satisfactory and will sit in beside outcomes for everyone in Tamaki Makaurau in terms of how we make this city go forward" says Mayor Len Brown.....
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Hauraki iwi tribe hopes for treaty settlement
A tribe that is part of the Hauraki iwi collective is hopeful the group can reach a treaty settlement this year, after nearly six years of negotiations.

The Waitangi Tribunal recently released a report requested by one of the iwi collective, Ngati Rahiri Tumutumu.

The collective claimed that offering a thousand hectares in both Mount Te Aroha and Moehau to the tribal collective was unfair but the tribunal ruled the Crown was not unfair.

A Ngati Maru negotiator, Paul Majurey, said the report was appropriate and he was eager to see the collective move forward.....
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Whenua Kura initiative impresses minister
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is praising a Ngai Tahu initiative aimed at increasing and upskilling the number of Maori working on farms.

Whenua Kura, which is a joint venture between Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu and Lincoln University, has won funding from the South Island Whanau Ora commissioning agency Te Putahitanga.

It has stepped up from a certificate level course to one offering a diploma in agriculture, a level 4 certificate in agriculture and a diploma in agricultural business.

Mr Flavell says he can see Whanau Ora principles in action...
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'Ponytail-puller' shouldn't change flag, says elder
A Northland Maori elder and army veteran says the Prime Minister has no mandate to change the flag so many people fought and died under.

81-year-old Jim Te Tuhi, whose father fought in the First World War, referred to John Key as "that pony-tail puller" in an Anzac Day speech he made in Hokianga.

He said the Prime Minister's harrassment of a waitress was unacceptable -- and so is his flag proposal.

Mr Tuhi said that for a man of Mr Key's position and mana, it was stupid to repeatedly pull the woman's hair, and he should grow up.

He said Mr Key should ask people first if they mind having a new flag, before parading alternatives before them....
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27 April 2015

From the archives of Alf Grumble
Maori chalk up another milestone in their journey towards 50:50 governance arrangements
Alf hesitates to say he told you so, but the pace of craven Pakeha buckling to Maori pressure for more political power has quickened.

Two developments this week show what is happening.

First, Maori have been given another 50:50 partnership deal.

Second, they have been given a race-based seat on the Nelson City Council. They did it in a hurry without bothering to consult their citzens.

The 50:50 deal was struck by one of five of the northern-most tribes, which is close to resolving its Treaty claim after initialling a deed of settlement at Parliament on Thursday.

Stuff recently foreshadowed what would happen –

The Government is poised to complete a Treaty settlement with four Far North iwi worth almost $100 million which includes the co-management of 90 Mile Beach.

The claim by Ngati Kuri, Te Aupouri, Ngai Takoto and Te Rarawa was filed 24 years ago by the late Matiu Rata.

Known as Wai 45, it was upheld by the Waitangi Tribunal in 1997 and the tribes have been negotiating with the Crown since then.

The negotiations originally involved a fifth iwi, Ngati Kahu, but they pulled out of talks in May. They are involved in a spat over which tribe owns, or should own, which bit of land.

Under the settlement, as Danya Levy reported for Stuff

the Crown would hand over the management for 90 Mile Beach for it to be co-governed by the iwi and local councils.

Under the agreement Ngati Kuri, Te Aupouri and Ngai Takoto will receive $21.04 million each and Te Rarawa will receive $33.84 million.

Radio NZ report this week reported Te Aupouri had finalised its proposed package and will now seek agreement from its people to ratify it.

Under the agreement the Government acknowledges the tribes role as kaitiaki, or guardians, of Te Oneroa-a-Tohe – or Ninety Mile Beach.

It means the iwi and the Crown will co-manage the stretch of coast, while guaranteeing to keep public access.

Revenue which the Crown now collects from tourist buses which use the land will go to a joint Crown-tribal body.

This body will spend the money on projects to regenerate flora and fauna.

The deal will also include an apology and the return of seven farms and a forestry block.

Meanwhile Maori were being given a special deal to further empower them in the top of the South Island.

Te Tai Tonga MP Rahui Katene was chuffed – as well she might be. She praised the “foresight and the responsible approach” to the Treaty of Waitangi relationship demonstrated by the Nelson City Council in its decision to create a Maori ward in time for the next local body elections in 2013.

She said that as a Nelson girl, it made her proud that the council had taken steps to honour the treaty relationship and to improve Maori participation and engagement in local decision making.

At least she conceded Maori already had participation and engagement in local decision-making, something that is shamelessly overlooked by Maori staking their claims to greater political power elsewhere.

But there is something awfully smelly about what has happened in Nelson, because –

The council fast-tracked the decision on Thursday, driven by a November 30 deadline if it hoped to have a Maori ward established in time for the 2013 elections, if amalgamation does not go ahead.

And what do the locals think of the idea?

A Nelson Mail online poll asked web readers whether they agreed with the council’s decision.

The answer was an overwhelming no from 73 per cent of those who responded.

Obviously these citizens are ill-served by their representatives, because –

The councillors were unanimous in their support for a Maori ward, despite concerns about the “surprise element” of the recommendation, filed as a late notice to Thursday’s policy, planning and governance meeting.

Alf is disappointed in Councillor Paul Matheson, who abstained from voting because of the process.

The bugger should have put his vote where his instincts lay and voted against.

The councillors deserve to be thrown out at the next electionl because –

Councillors were wary of the likely backlash, despite there being no legal requirement to consult with the public.

But the absence of an obligation to consult does not mean the public should have been ignored.

The buggers on the council can now ignomninously claim to have paved the way for Nelson city to become the only unitary authority in the country to have a Maori ward. It is the third council in New Zealand and the first in the South Island to establish one.

As is obvious from the Nelson Mail’s report, Maori interests thus become separated from community interests.

Maori wards give separate representation to Maori and are based on Maori electoral population rather than geographic communities.

At the last census (2006), there were 3615 Maori in Nelson city out of a total population of 43,000.

Hmm. About 8 per cent, although we can dilute that percentage to the extent that many of the 3615 Maori will be part-Maori.

Only people on the Maori electoral roll can vote in a Maori ward, but it doesn’t matter how much Maori – or non-Maori – blood you might have pumping through your veins.

There’s just a hint of the real objective -a 50:50 governance arrangement – in what the Maori Party’s MP said.

Ms Katene said Environment Waikato and Nelson city stood out as two institutions in local government prepared to embark on structural change to enable greater power sharing with Maori.

Keep an eye out for the next bunch of non-Maori to buckle and further debase our democracy.
November 5th, 2011

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26 April 2015

Call to repeal "racist" law
As New Plymouth begins to vote on the controversial inclusion of a Maori Ward, the chair of a nationwide Maori organisation believes the need for a referendum is racist.

By law, only when a council decides to add a Maori ward, can a referendum be held to decide if it's established.

The Chair of the Maori Committee of Elected Members in Local Government, Bonita Bigham, says it's a law that needs to be scrapped.

"I support Mayor Judd in his cause for the repeal of this legislation which allows this to be the only question around ward development to go to public referendum. Dare I say it I think it's a racist law."

Bonita Bigham says it will be upsetting if New Plymouth votes against the establishment of the seat.  
Voting closes on May 15.

Call for all affected residents to be consulted over gold mining proposal
Questions are being raised as to why only central North Island Maori are being consulted about a plan to look for gold and silver that could cause environmental damage to waterways.

China-based Tianbao Mining Corporation has applied to the New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals for an exploration permit over 4526.28 hectares of land, between Horohoro and Atiamuri, south of Rotorua.

The work programme would consist of geological mapping, geophysical, geochemical sampling and drilling.

The Government agency has a statutory responsibility to consult with iwi and hapu whose rohe includes the permit area or who may be directly affected by a permit, but at this stage no one else is to be consulted.

Twenty three Maori groups were contacted about Tianbao Mining's plan....
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Charter school buys waka for $100,000
Te Taitokerau Tārai Waka have sold their traditional-waka at the price of $100,000.

The traditional waka known as a waka-tēte built by tohunga-tārai waka Hekenukumai Busby was auctioned to raise funds for the school of traditional navigation at Aurere in Doubtless Bay.

Hekenukumai Busby says, "It's gonna help us get our Whare Wānanga completed which will help continue teaching our students to learn more about celestial navigation."

Whangarei charter school Te Kāpehu Whetū Principal Dr Nathan Mathews says the waka was bought by its sponsor He Puna Mārama Trust and will be used as part of the school’s hauora programme.

“It’ll help towards traditional navigation and mātauranga Māori” says Dr Mathews....
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Stand-off over 'racist' artwork
A Maori artist was asked to leave a Wellington art gallery after a tense conversation over a print she believed was racist.

Beri, 30, said she went into the privately-owned gallery with her baby and partner on Wednesday morning, interested in the "indigenous art" that was signposted on its display window.
Artist Taryn Beri said will never go back to ORA Gallery again after a dispute over an art work.

Instead, she found a large print of a Maori woman cartoonised with sharp teeth to look like a cannibal. 

The art "disturbed" her, she said. 

Perplexed about the sign indicating Maori artwork on the window, Beri said she turned to a gallery assistant and asked if it was an indigenous art space, to which the assistant replied it wasn't.....
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24 April 2015

Partnership between hapu and Whangarei council spurs debate
The question of whether Maori should be appointed to Whangarei District Council standing committees or elected by their own hapu spurred a debate that touched on tokenism and democracy.

A move to ensure decision-making was more inclusive of Maori also ironically rattled some councillors because they had not been "included in the process".

Some suggested the Strategic Alliance policy approved at yesterday's council meeting, which sees hapu representatives co-opted on to standing committees and invited on to other forums, was undemocratic.

Others said it had come "like a bolt out of the blue".....
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Reo lessons for Green contenders
Confidence from Metiria Turei in the ability of her next co-leader to embrace treaty and Maori issues.

Three sitting MPs, Kevin Hague, Gareth Hughes and James Shaw, and Auckland lawyer Vernon Tava, are vying for the role of the Greens' male co-leaders.

Ms Turei says Mr Hague in particular had a lot of the Pakeha treaty awareness work of the 1980s and 90s.

"So he has a very good perspective of it from that point of view. Both he and Gareth and James to a certain extent have been working on their reo as well. All of them have been really clear about their commitment to our treaty policy and to our charter. They've all made a commitment and they all have enough experience to deal with the Maori world when they need to" she says.

The Green Party charter includes recognition of the Maori version of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the legitimate treaty and the right of Maori as tangata whenua having a different status to others in Aotearoa.....
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Iwi go back to Hutt Valley DHB seeking health say
Representatives of Maori health providers have again felt the need to confront Hutt Valley District Health Board members on improving iwi input.

Well over 100 marae, health and community representatives packed out the DHB's December meeting, with proposed cuts to funding to Maori health groups drawing claims of unfairness and institutional racism.

Board chair Virginia Hope pledged at the time to respond to the Maori groups about how the board would address their concerns.....
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23 April 2015

Maori ward vote 'case of tyranny of majority': Former Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres
A decision on Maori wards could end as a case of the tyranny of majority, former Race Relations Commissioner Joris De Bres says.

Feelings of rejection were strong among the crowd of about 50 people who attended the referendum forum at the New Plymouth District Council Chamber on Tuesday.

And Grant Knuckey said the vote would be a slap in the face of Maori, as it had already been decided.

"What happens here will reflect what happens nationally. We want to be respected and we demand to be respected but there is really no point in talking about the Maori wards as I know the vote already goes against us," he said.
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DOC 'red tape' delaying concession application
Mountain man Ian McAlpine says red tape is still delaying him from doing the thing he loves – guiding on Mt Taranaki.

"On February 27, more than two months after the concession was terminated, I gave my new guiding application concession to the DOC office in New Plymouth," he said in a letter to the editor.

"This was sent to Hamilton and in a letter dated March 16 they told me the concession was sent back to the Taranaki office to be sent to local iwi for consultation, giving them a month to reply."

McAlpine said he'd since received another letter stating the decision date had been pushed out again to June 8......
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First in leave Maori dry
One of the advisors to the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group says the current review of fresh water management may have to claw back some property rights that have slipped away.

There has been a sharp reaction to some of the group's proposals around tradeable property rights, with Prime Minister John Key saying no one can own water.

Lawyer Willie Te Aho says in fact resource consents under the 1991 Resource Management Act have turned out to be the nearest things to property rights going to whoever was quick enough to apply for them first.

"Now our people are still going through the process of treaty settlement, we weren’t the first in line. I’ve been part of treaty settlements where we got the land back in Manutuke in Gisborne on behalf of Rongowhakaata, only to find we don’t have access to the water. That is held by the leaseholder. These are all the issues we have got to reconcile through this rights and interests debate," he says.....
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The Maunga Authority agreed to stop cars driving to the summit of Maungawhau
Maunga Authority Chair Paul Majurey explains the important decision for this ancestral mountain reflects the serious consideration given to the initiative and says “there was an unanimous agreement at the Maunga Authority hui last night that a motor vehicle-free summit is the right outcome for the iconic taonga of Maungawhau / Mt Eden.”

Mr Majurey explains that in making their decision, the Maunga Authority placed emphasis on the spiritual and cultural significance of the summit to Mana Whenua and the community aspirations reflected in the long-standing public programme that led to the 2007 Maungawhau/Mt Eden Management Plan.....
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Iwi partnership to purchase Crown land
The Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust (TST) and six other Tūwharetoa entities have partnered together to purchase 8,500 hectares of Crown land in the Hautu-Rangipo region of the central North Island.

The iwi partnership includes two major Tūwharetoa forestry trusts, Tūwharetoa farm trusts, and a collective hapū entity.
TST Chairman, Dylan Tahau, said the deal has significant strategic and commercial benefits for the iwi partners but most importantly the purchase sees the return of Tūwharetoa whenua.

“There are several important wāhi tapu (sacred areas) on the land, and two of our rivers, the Waiotaka and Tongariro, run through it also.

“Purchasing this property and agreeing a lease-back is a major benefit for Tūwharetoa, and will support our economic, social and cultural development,” said Mr Tahau.

TST through its Tūwharetoa Property Investment Limited Partnership has also purchased the land under nine schools in Taupō, other Corrections property, and the Taupō Courthouse through the deferred settlement process. These purchases make the iwi one of the largest landowners in the Taupō township....
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22 April 2015

Residents, tour operators hope cars stay on Mt Eden
Driving to the top of Mt Eden to see the views of Auckland city could soon to be a thing of the past.

The body that now administers Auckland's volcanic cones is meeting to decide whether or not vehicles will be banned from using the roads to reach the summit.

For 3 News to broadcast from the top of the Mt Eden, we would have had to give the Maunga Authority four weeks' notice so it could consult 21 iwi members. But this restriction is just beginning, with early indications the public will be the next to be affected....
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Almost 1900 submissions received on proposed Te Arawa partnership model
Almost 1900 submission have been received by the Rotorua Lakes Council regarding the proposed new Te Arawa partnership model.

According to the Council this is the most submissions it has ever received for a single issue.

Late last year Te Arawa proposed a model to council as a means of providing iwi with input into council decision making.

The Council voted 10-3 to support Te Arawa’s proposed model in principle, subject to a special consultative procedure, to allow the community to provide feedback.

Submissions regarding the proposal were received by the Council over the last 6 weeks.

736 were received online. Four petitions were also received, one against the proposal with 1370 signatures; one with 250 signatures asking for Council to consider a proposed “Democratic Governance Model” which was submitted; and two in support of the proposal with 33 and 27 signatures respectively.....
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Iwi to have input on marina development
In the early 1980s, Ngati Hine leader Sir James Henare opposed any Opua Marina development without consultation or recognition of tangata whenua.

Now, 26 years since his passing, Ngati Hine have signed an agreement they hope will honour his message.

Last Friday, Ngati Hine and council-owned Far North Holdings signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would hopefully create a dialogue Sir James had yearned for.

"The purpose of the MoU is to allow Far North Holdings [FNH] and Te Runanga o Ngati Hine to work closely together on matters of mutual endeavour such as the water quality of the river, economic development opportunities and more," said Ngati Hine's Pita Tipene.....
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Boost for Maori leadership in agriculture
A South Island iwi-led agricultural training programme is expanding and offering higher level qualifications as it seeks to boost Māori leadership.

Whenua Kura is a tribal-led training partnership between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Te Tapuae o Rehua, Ngāi Tahu Farming and Lincoln University.

It started last year as a one-year certificate in agriculture providing both classroom learning and on-farm experience at the Ngāi Tahu farms.

This year it has been broadened to include a diploma in agriculture, a level 4 certificate in agriculture and a diploma in agricultural business.....
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Water controversy arises just as local plan is set to be notified
With Gisborne District Council’s freshwater plan about to be publicly notified, there are concerns the Government may have thrown something of a hospital pass to local bodies on the issue of the role of iwi in water management.

Coincidentally, Gisborne District Council was told last week that the district’s freshwater plan is scheduled to be publicly notified at the end of June after a final sign-off at the council’s June meeting. Initially the plan has focused on the Waipaoa and Te Arai river catchments as well as the Makauri and Matokitoki deep aquifers. The Gisborne council has already instructed staff to look at co-management options as the focus moves towards the Waiapu catchment.

An awful lot of work went into reaching a consensus from all the stakeholders, including Maori, on the local plan. It would be a pity if that was threatened or disrupted by a national controversy.....
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21 April 2015

"Taniwha Tax” culturally wrong and easily solved
As developers and property owners face thousands of dollars in fees for Maori "cultural impact assessments" on thousands of sites across Auckland, a Maori academic says there is a simple solution to the situation

“There is a simple solution to these cultural impact assessments, and it lies in traditional Maori culture.” Says Mr Rankin. “There are karakia and rituals used to lift the tapu off entire regions, and I propose to do this soon. After this time, no cultural impact assessments will be needed because culturally, there will no longer be any tapu on any site in Auckland”....
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No pro-Maori line on water rights
But are iwi seeking ownership? The short answer is no. The long answer is kind of. In 2012 the Maori Council took the Government to the Waitangi Tribunal and the Supreme Court. It was concerned that the Government’s asset sales programme would prevent claimants from obtaining redress over fresh water rights.

The Waitangi Tribunal saw it that way too. The Supreme Court didn’t. But an important finding emerged from the Tribunal. It said there is no Maori equivalent to the common law concept of ownership, but there is enough evidence to satisfy the ownership argument.

Which is to say that iwi could make a claim for ownership, although the actual claim is for the recognition of their mana over fresh water resources. This is not an ownership debate but – to use the closest common law equivalent – a debate over rights......
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Māori Party letter to the Australian Prime Minister
As New Zealand’s only indigenous political party formed in response to discriminatory actions of a previous government, the Māori Party shares the pain of Australia’s First Peoples who face losing their connection to their ancestral land and the destruction of their communities as a result of government actions. The right of indigenous people to live on their traditional land and to live as a community is not a lifestyle choice, it is an integral part of our identity.....
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20 April 2015

'Fierce determination' from iwi to have input over water rights
The co-leader of the Maori Party has this morning told Q+A that iwi leaders have a "fierce determination" to continue discussions around water rights which is matched by government ministers.

Te Ururoa Flavell said the continuing discussions were based around long-term sustainability of New Zealand's water, and the role iwi could play in having input after being "left out for far too long".

"We're talking about setting up a regime that allows generations into the future to drink it, swim in it and actually get some kai from it," he said.

"I think fair-minded New Zealanders will understand the approach that is being taken by iwi."....
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Support for new airport name urged
The Napier City and Hastings District Councils will be asked to formally support a controversial proposal to rename the region's airport Ahuriri Airport Hawke's Bay.

The name change has been requested by Treaty of Waitangi claimant group Mana Ahuriri Incorporated and has been supported by Hawke's Bay Airport's board of directors.

But the airport company's chairman, Tony Porter, said yesterday the board believed the renaming was an issue that needed to be decided by the company's three shareholders - the Napier and Hastings councils, which hold 26 and 24 per cent stakes in the company respectively, and the Crown, which owns the other 50 per cent.

When the Hawke's Bay Airport directors next meet, on April 28, Mr Porter said he would table a motion that the board ask the shareholders to formally signal their support for the name change....
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19 April 2015

East Cape marae look at healthier options for feeding guests
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched Healthy Families East Cape at Te Poho o Rawiri Marae in Gisborne.

It’s the first community of 10 today to have the new government initiative which encourages people to live healthier lives by making good food choices and being active. $2.7 million is being invested into Healthy Families East Cape over four years.

Te Whare Hauora o Te Aitanga a-Hauiti will be the leader provider for Healthy Families,

Government funding of $40 million over four years will be invested in the project, with time hopefully a reduction in smoking, alcohol consumption, and smaller waistlines will be seen....
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Students set tone for revival
Forty young Wairarapa students helped lay the foundations at the inaugural Wairarapa Kapa Haka Academy for a revival in secondary school Maori arts performance in the region.

"We want to encourage kapa haka at a secondary school level and this year we've opened up the Wairarapa REAP contest to the colleges.

"We hope that just as the competition has given our primary schools a reason to incorporate kapa haka into their curriculum, our colleges will do the same.".....
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18 April 2015

New database for traditional Māori kai
A new national database is being set up to help the public learn about and grow traditional Māori kai.

The Tūpuna Kai Project has received about $90,000 from the Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund with the aim of reconnecting the country with the benefits of traditional food.

The database will have information on the whakapapa and cultivation of traditional kai such as vegetables, berries and birds.....
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Fund for indigenous art collaboration
Creative New Zealand is inviting Maori artists to apply for a $60,000 fund to support collaborations with other indigenous artists.

Senior manager Cath Cardiff says projects in any art form could be supported by the International Indigenous Artform Exchange Fund.

In 2014, the first year it was available, it supported three projects.

Tai Tokerau Maori Collective led by clay artist Colleen Ulrich worked with Aboriginal artists of Central Queensland.

Tawata Productions collaborated with Canada’s Native Earth Performing Arts indigenous theatre company on the WAKA CIIMAN project at the Weesageechak Festival in Toronto.....
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Peters' help welcome in Treaty row - minister
Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson says the impasse over Ngapuhi's settlement is largely personality-driven and if NZ First leader Winston Peters can help resolve it his help will be welcome.

Mr Peters went to Waitangi Tribunal hearings in Hokianga yesterday, a visit Te Kotahitanga co-chairman Rudy Taylor described as "a first step in uniting Ngapuhi hapu".

It followed Mr Taylor's invitation to the new Northland MP to help Ngapuhi resolve the impasse over its mandate to negotiate a settlement.

The Crown has recognised Tuhoronuku as the negotiators but that is disputed by the Kotahitanga grouping led by Mr Taylor.

That grouping contains 12 hapu, including Ngati Hine.

Mr Finlayson said if Mr Peters believed he could help, he would be happy to talk to him soon.....
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Brash water bomb unhelpful
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox says some people own water and they’re not Maori.

Prime Minister John Key has leapt into negotiations with iwi leaders over water management by declaring no one owns water, and he won’t do a national water settlement.

His predecessor as National’s leader, Don Brash, has backed him up, saying the party could lose the regions if it gives Maori preferential access in fresh-water reform.

Ms Fox says those sorts of comments are divisive and unhelpful.

She says in most rural areas water is already fully allocated in a way that is akin to ownership.

"Certain sectors of our rural communities have had a monopoly over the water. Anyone who comes into that space who is a new farmer will find themselves without any rights to any water allocatioon, and if they think there is no ownerhip, they are completely wrong, and we need to address that and even out the playing field, and that is what our iwi are trying to do," she says......
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Water rights deal possible under Labour
Labour leader Andrew Little is unimpressed with the way John Key is conducting treaty negotiations by press conference.

The Prime Minister used his post-cabinet press conference this week to decry an Iwi Leaders Group proposal to resolve water claims through mechanisms such as tradable water rights.

He says no one owns water, and he won’t accept a national settlement, although there could be specific local deals with regional councils about specific bodies of water.

Mr Little says the fact Maori have rights to natural resources is clear from the Treaty of Waitangi, and it is possible to negotiate a settlement tat can win widespread acceptance.

"In the same way that we successfully negotiated ways for Maori and Pakeha to have co-governance over for example the Waikato River and Lake Waikaremoana, maybe we have to find a way for Maori rights under the treaty in relation to water are also observed and respected, but understanding there is a political issue around whether people want to pay for water or whether we should have tradeable water rights," he says....
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Iwi involvement boosts school achievement
A University of Canterbury researcher says high level commitments to improving Maori educational outcomes aren’t matched by the proper resources going into the sector.

Melanie Riwai-Couch received her PhD today for her work on how schools and iwi can work together to better support Maori students.

The mother of five is the principal at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Whanau Tahi, and says her family and her work meant she was conducting the research as an insider with all the insights that offers.

Looking at schools and kura in both the North and South Islands, she says it’s important to involve schools, parents, iwi and the Education Ministry in what’s called a community of practice.

"People are able to come together and get a better understanding of what success means to each of those parties and while there will be independent work that schools, iwi, ministry carry out, it was about identifying where the commonalities were and where those common points of interest were and how they could be supported by the community as a whole,"Dr Riwai-Couch says.

She says when iwi and schools work together to make decisions about what is taught at school, Maori students are more likely to achieve better school marks as well as be more connected with their cultural identity.....
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17 April 2015

Water decisions 'catastrophic' for Māori
A lawyer representing Māori in water rights cases says much of the blame for the controversy over freshwater rights rest squarely on the shoulders of local government.

Felix Geiringer said decisions by local authorities over water allocations have been terrible for New Zealand, but catastrophic for Maori.

Iwi leaders and the Government have agreed on a deadline to resolve freshwater rights by Waitangi Day 2016.

He said local government had to shoulder much of the blame for not sharing the resource fairly and had mismanaged freshwater, causing widespread pollution and environmental damage.

"Regional councils have really been the problem: what happened in the 1960s is that all of the decisions over water use were taken away from whoever had them, who were typically the people who were sitting next to the rivers, and they were given over to regional councils, precursors of our current councils.

"It developed the situation we have now under the Resource Management Act.

Mr Geiringer rejected concerns by Federated Farmers that settling Māori grievances around water would create new ones and said they should be reassured rather than threatened.

"What will happen is that that water will be used by whoever is able to make best use of it, and if Federated Farmers are able to make best use of it they'll continue to use it, but they might not use it for free anymore.".....
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Iwi join with DHB to build whanau centre at hospital
A new partnership with Ngati Hine Health Trust providing improved services for Maori will go hand in hand with a major upgrade of the Bay of Islands Hospital at Kawakawa.

Northland District Health Board (NDHB) and Bay of Islands iwi Ngati Hine are working together to develop a Whanau Ora Centre at the hospital.....
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Te Arawa proposal: More than 1000 submissions made
More than 1000 submissions have so far been received on Rotorua Lakes Council's proposed Te Arawa Partnership Model.

This Friday at 4pm is the deadline for public submissions to be lodged with the council.

The council has already received more than 1000 submissions, one of the highest responses for consultation on any council proposal in recent years.

The proposal, which has been out for public consultation over the last seven weeks, was approved in principle by a 10-3 vote of councillors at a full council meeting last December.

The proposed Te Arawa Partnership Model is the council's response to local government legislation requiring councils to facilitate Maori participation in council decision-making processes.

It also supports a commitment to build a new partnership with iwi that was part of the Rotorua 2030 shared vision developed with the Rotorua community after the 2013 council elections......
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16 April 2015

Freshwater next big fight
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says John Key has made it clear his Government was never serious about talking with Maori about water.

The Freshwater Iwi Leadership Group’s consultations with iwi on its proposals have been torpedoed by the Prime Minister’s assertion that no one owns water and he’s not willing to have a national water settlement.

Ms Turei says the Government’s rhetoric is a cover for its belief that commercial interests should always get first rights of access to water.

By not having a debate on the environmental and cultural issues they are protecting those users.

"After the foreshore and seabed everybody knew freshwater was going to be the next big fight. It was going to be really hard to get government to understand what Maori were talking about. The only word you can use in English is ownership. Really it's about who has control who has decision making power, what are the priorities for the use of water and who puts those priorities in place" says Metiria Turei.....
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Northern hapū express firm control over water rights
Te Mahurehure will take care of their own water.  It’s a statement from the people at a hearing of Waitangi Tribunal in Waima in reply to the continued debate between government and iwi leaders over the issue of water rights. 

This week also provides an opportunity for cross-examination of historical evidence, alleging Crown actions that dishonoured Māori leaders of this district and being dismissive of any Māori perspective.

Mr Hohepa says, “We're now saying that the stones that sunk below the water representing Māori perspective have started to rise and the cork floating on the water representing the Pākehā perspective continues to float.  But the two must talk to know which is right and that will happen through a full understanding of Te Tiriti.”

Only in time will we understand who owns the water....
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Charter schools vary approach to Maori
Inquiries by Te Manu Korihi into some partnership schools reveal a diverse approach to Maori education.

The investigation follows a Bay of Plenty Maori language advocate, Pat Spellman, calling for Te Reo to be compulsory in all charter schools.

But that vision is not being shared in the classrooms.

Te Kura Maori o Waatea splits its curriculum between Maori and English.

It's a different story at two other charter schools, South and West Auckland Middle Schools, where Maori is only compulsory for the second term of Year 9.

The schools are Christian-based with about 15 children per class, and academic advisor Alwyn Poole said they taught basic Maori in their curriculum.

Over the harbour bridge at North Shore's Vanguard Military School, Maori is an optional subject for seniors.

Vanguard teaches years 11 to 13, and the head of Maori, Eddie Hudson, said they offered Maori to all three year groups.

Officially, the approach to Maori education in charter schools is flexible, with the Ministry of Education only stipulating that the schools have to measure akonga attendance and achievement through school rolls and NCEA-type standards.....
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Govt oil permit policy 'foolhardy'
The Government's oil and gas exploration permit policy is ludicrous and reckless, a leading environmental lawyer says.

Dayle Takitimu, a lawyer for Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, has been at the forefront of efforts to prevent exploration in the iwi's East Coast rohe and has advocated for other iwi on environmental issues.

She is critical of the Government's permit policy.

Mr Bridges said in a statement that he did not accept Ms Takitimu's comments and the Government had built a "world-class regulatory framework" to ensure any oil and gas development was done in an environmentally responsible and safe way.

"Dayle Takitimu should also bear in mind the oil and gas industry is an important part of the New Zealand economy - it has been operating for over 45 years, and brings in over $700 million per year in royalties and taxes, which is invested back in our communities to pay for essential infrastructure like schools, hospitals and roads.".....
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$1.9m to grow Maori science and innovation
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell today announced the third annual investment in the Vision Mātauranga Science Fund, which was established to grow skills and capacity in science and innovation and support outcomes that benefit Māori and New Zealand.

"A total of $1.9 million will be invested in 17 new programmes over the next two years," Mr Joyce says. "This is in addition to the $2.4 million invested in 2013 and $1.8 million in 2014.....
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15 April 2015

Taniwha tax’ to get airing
Auckland’s so-called “taniwha tax’ is the topic of a discussion forum being held in Auckland this Wednesday.

It is being held by the Auckland Property Investors’ Association, Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance, Democracy Action and New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

It features a briefing paper about Auckland Council’s new Mana Whenua rules – requiring anyone seeking resource or building consents to seek reports from iwi about what Auckland Council staff call “metaphysical” heritage.

“The report will reveal to the public what some of New Zealand’s best known corporations have been saying behind closed doors, and what their PR departments may not want you to know,” is the teaser for the forum.

NZ Taxpayers' Union executive director Jordan Williams says the problem is not about consultation but about the assessments that may be required. He says they cost householders about $4000 each and more for corporations.

“Auckland Council says few are being required. The trouble is, they tell applicants they must go and ask iwi if they are required.

“They not only cost money but can also take weeks and months for the reports to be completed.

“We’ve gone through many of the submissions to the council’s long-term plan which highlight the issues.

“Even the Archaeological Association says they are not necessary to protect heritage.

“It’s all based around make-believe. You could substitute the word taniwha with Easter bunny.”

The forum will be held on level 9 of the Crombie Lockwood tower at 191 Queen St at 10.30am tomorrow (Wednesday 15th).

NZ Mainstream media can do better - Human Rights Commission
“The media play an influential role in how we understand or misunderstand each other and it’s a role that’s grown with the internet as well as our rapidly changing demographic,” said Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.

Dame Susan says the overwhelming majority of news items were acceptable but we can do a lot better.

“We found fewer positive stories about Maori issues and conversely more negative stories written about Maori issues. It shows how inured many of us have become to negative mainstream portrayals of Maori New Zealanders and their human rights,” said Dame Susan.

“We encourage fairness, balance and excellence in reporting on all communities.”....
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Can anyone lay claim to fresh water?
Maori leaders are vying for effective ownership of a share of the resource.

The Government has said it won't hand over rights to Maori forever, but it may permit regional councils to do local deals with iwi.

This of course has sent New Zealand farming community into frenzy - Federated Farmers' water spokesperson Ian Mackenzie this morning joined Paul Henry to discuss the issue.....
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Māori pass rate shocks universities
Vice-chancellors say they are shocked by a big drop in the number of Māori who are making it into university.

After entrance standards were raised last year, the tāngata whenua pass rate plunged by about 20 percent from 2013 to 2014.

Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara - is worried by Qualifications Authority figures which show that in 2013, 70 percent of Year 13 students nationally gained UE, but that percentage fell to 40 percent for Māori in 2014......
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Iwi on standby to stop road
Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio has come out against plans for a Haast to Hollyford road, a proposal that has been around for decades.

The rūnanga said it had sought feedback on the plan from its 3000 members; some were for but most were against.

Its tūmuaki, or general manager, Susan Wallace, said building a road to boost tourism would come at a cost.

She said her people were not convinced that the proposed benefits would outweigh the fact that the area was too special to open up.....
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Tribunal backs Crown action over ancestral mountains
A Waitangi Tribunal report has told Hauraki tribes they should fix internal troubles over their rights to ancestral mountains, because it is not the Crown's role.

The recommendation follows an accusation from Ngāti Rāhiri Tumutumu that the Crown dealt unfairly with conflict within the tribal collective.

The iwi claimed that offering 1000 hectares in both Mt Te Aroha and Moehau to the tribal collective was unfair.

Ngāti Rāhiri Tumutumu wanted part or all of Mt Te Aroha to be placed in its care because it said it held the mana whenua over the maunga.....
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Key scotches national water settlement, spruiks irrigation
April 14 (BusinessDesk) - Prime Minister John Key has reiterated a National-led government will not negotiate a national Treaty of Waitangi settlement over Maori claims to freshwater and will not grant claims from some Maori leaders that Maori have ownership rights to freshwater.

"There won't be a national settlement under us and there won't be change of ownership under us," Key told his weekly post-Cabinet media conference yesterday. His comments came after weekend media reports that the freshwater arm of the influential Iwi Leaders Group had commissioned a report from a Wellington economic consultancy, Sapere, that recommended a national settlement and the establishment of tradable water rights.

"There are some Maori leaders who believe that actually they own the water, iwi leaders who believe they own water and should have dedicated national allocation rights, and what I’m saying is that’s actually not the government’s position," Key said....
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NZ First Opposes Special Privileges Over Water Rights
“One thing New Zealanders have learnt about the Key Government is the need for constant vigilance - in this case, against a toxic cocktail of blind ideology and naivety,” says Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“National Ministers Bill English and Nick Smith have been holding negotiations behind closed doors with the powerful Iwi Leaders Group to carve up fresh water resources.

“These discussions were forced on the Government once the Prime Minister, against the majority view, began privatising power companies whose only real asset is New Zealand’s water. Maori quickly demanded that if private interests could own our water why couldn’t they?”

Mr Peters says that like the Foreshore and Seabed, this is one more issue that arrogant National Ministers have blundered into.

“We say New Zealand’s fresh water resources are the birthright of all New Zealanders. We strongly oppose National’s deceptive, divisive, ideological and now race based policy in relation to New Zealand’s fresh water resources......
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14 April 2015

Iwi leaders' water claim "nothing but corporate greed"
Iwi leaders’ water claim “nothing but corporate greed” says Ngapuhi academic David Rankin

As iwi leaders from around the country meet to discuss claiming commercial rights to all the country’s lakes, rivers, reservoirs, dams and any other fresh water, Ngapuhi academic David Rankin has questioned their motives.
Mr Rankin, who is currently undertaking a PhD on traditional property rights, points out that prior to the arrival of Europeans in New Zealand, Maori never owned water. And even after Europeans arrived, Maori never owned water. He says that there is no cultural basis or historical precedent for the claim. Neither is water Treaty right according to him “Water is not mentioned in the Treaty once. ‘Taonga’ are mentioned, but these are not property rights. A ‘taonga’ traditionally was something that could be acquired at the point of a spear. Try doing that with water”, he says.

Mr Rankin believes that the attempts by iwi leaders to grab hold of water rights is just a case of opportunism. He sees a pattern emerging where if Maori leaders thump their fists long enough about a resource, they will acquire it. He points to the foreshore and seabed, Auckland’s mountains, some national parks, mining rights, forestry rights, and radio frequencies as examples.

“Tribal trusts boards are not about Maori, they use the iwi names as a front for their commercial ventures. The average Maori receives as much benefit from them as the average European: none,” says Mr Rankin. “As proof of this, even though iwi now measure their wealth in the billions of dollars, Maori are poorer now than at any other time in living memory”.

Brash warns National could face provincial revolt over water
Former National Party leader Don Brash says the party could hand NZ First a powerful election campaign if it gives Maori preferential access in fresh-water reform.

New details of the Crown's negotiations with the Iwi Leaders Group over fresh-water reform, emerged on Sunday, with signs the Government is moving towards  "catchment by catchment" negotiated at a regional -government level, that could grant iwi preferential access.

Brash said the Crown appeared to be trying to stop the issue becoming a national one by passing responsibility to regional government, but he believed there was growing anger among the public at preferential deals for Maori.....
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Iwis bid for permanent water rights
Maori leaders are vying for effective ownership of a share of New Zealand's fresh waterways.

Iwi leaders have called for an end to the 35-year water consent renewal process in favour of permanent rights for existing consent holders – some of which are iwi – which can be traded away.

The Government has said it won't hand over rights to Maori forever, but it may permit regional councils to do local deals with iwi.

"In terms of ownership of water, the Government's position is very clear – no one owns water," Prime Minister John Key said on TV3's Paul Henry programme this morning.

"So what you're really arguing now is, do they have any use rights of water? And the answer is yeah, they may do."

But the possibility that councils may give iwi permanent rights over certain waterways is worrying Federated Farmers.

He (Federated Farmers spokesperson Ian Mackenzie) says the iwis' are also arguing for Maori rights to be in perpetuity, but not others.

Federated Farmers isn't opposed to Maori being allocated water per se, says Mr Mackenzie, just what effect it might have on existing water rights.

Mr Key says the waterways affected are "very limited", but former National Party leader Don Brash says giving councils the right to decide could backfire on the Government......
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Anger at changes to springs consent
The Maori owners of Poroti Springs are angry local authorities approved variations to a resource consent at the site without consulting them.

In August last year Northland Regional Council (NRC) and Whangarei District Council (WDC) gave Zodiac Holdings Ltd approval to expand the earthworks for a commercial water bottling plant across the road from the springs.

Local hapu have fought for many years to stop the granting of permits for water from the aquifer, including through the Environment Court. Mr Ruka said it should be automatic for them to be consulted or at least notified of any processes affecting the site.

But Northland District Council monitoring manager Colin Dall said the council ticked off WDC's application for a variation on a non-notifiable basis because both councils were satisfied the effects of the earthworks would be minimal. Despite it being non-notifiable, the council told seven hapu groups about the application, Mr Dall said.....
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First Pacific Whanau Ora service launched in Northland
Health, social services and education provider The Fono has launched the first Northland Pacific Whanau Ora Service at the Kaikohe Memorial Hall on Friday. Whanau Ora is an inclusive approach to providing services and opportunities to families, and the service is the first of its kind specifically for Pacific families residing in Northland. In attendance were Maori Party Co-leader and Member of Parilament Hon. Marama Fox, members of the local Pacific community and the Te Hau Ora o Kaikohe Charitable Trust.

The Fono provides affordable services including medical, dental, pharmacy, health promotion, social services, education and Whanau Ora. Bringing a Pacific Whanau Ora service to the Northland town of Kaikohe will raise the profile of Pacific people far more than locals realise, says Falesiu Fotu, The Fono’s Northland Whanau Ora Navigator.

“There are more Pacific people here than you may realise. There are a lot of mixed Maori and Pacific families and there are a lot of Pacific people living here who would like the opportunity to be part of a Pacific organisation,” says Falesiu Fotu, who worked for Te Hau Ora o Kaikohe and will remain based at their offices...
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13 April 2015

Maori in freshwater bid
MAORI LEADERS have mounted a bid for effective ownership of a share of the country's freshwater. This would allow them, and other with water rights, to onsell it to those who need water for irrigation, hydropower and other commercial uses.

The Government is adamant it will not hand over rights in perpetuity to Maori — but it may compromise by allowing regional councils to do local deals with Maori.

Farmers are worried that there will not be enough water to go around If significant quantities of freshwater are set aside for Maori.

The Crown has acknowledged Maori interests and rights in freshwater but their extent and nature is at issue.

English insisted freshwater claims would not spark a foreshore and seabed-style controversy like the one that engulfed the Clark Government.

A spokesman for the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group would say only that the group ‘‘ continues to engage with the Crown on Iwi freshwater rights and interests.’’.......
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Iwi leaders share water plans
The Freshwater Iwi Leadership Group is holding regional consultation hui on its negotiations with the crown over Maori interests in water.

The government is using the consultation as an excuse to defer a promised Waitangi Tribunal investigation into water issues until at least 2016.

Iwi advisor Willie Te Aho says the starting point for the iwi leaders is the tribunal’s finding that Maori rights over water at 1840 were akin to ownership.

He says they are unhappy the National Policy Statement of Freshwater Management talks of the minimum standard for water being wadeable.

"It’s not enough for our kids to be able to wade in the water. We want them to be able to put their heads underneath the water. We want them the be able to drink the water. The other aspect is ensuring there is enough water left not only for the sustenance of the water itself but for the life within the water, whether it be our tuna, our inanga, all the life in that water that is part of the ecosystem," Mr Te Aho says....
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Port risking future of harbour jewel
Like thousands of Aucklanders, Ngati Whatua Orakei have been disappointed by the way Ports of Auckland has vowed to push ahead with its planned Bledisloe Wharf extensions, despite strong public opposition.

The Waitemata is a taonga tuku iho - a sacred treasure for Ngati Whatua Orakei and for all Aucklanders. It's a place of cultural and social importance. It's the gateway to our city, a treasure that needs care, for now and for our generations who follow.

Ngati Whatua Orakei has real concerns about the wider impact of the company's current direction. To us it seems short-sighted.

Previously, Ngati Whatua Orakei called for a 100-year plan for the Auckland port. We still think that is a good timeframe for consideration. It's important we look at the bigger picture before making decisions that could be difficult to unwind.....
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12 April 2015

From the archives of Rod Vaughan (NBR)
Why other Kiwis must stop fawning to the shrill cries of Maori
A New Zealand academic of Maori, Irish and French descent believes the pendulum has swung too far in redressing Maori grievances.

Dr Brian McDonnell, a senior lecturer in film studies at Massey University, says New Zealand’s “polite middle ground has become too fawning and the government too accommodating to the shrill cries of extremists”.

He told NBR ONLINE: “Maori people have certainly been marginalised in the past and there are specific wrongs to be righted, but it’s time to draw back to the centre.

“In an effort to be nice you can be seen as a soft touch, so who can blame Maori groups for asking for the stars when the government and the Auckland Council seem ready to grant power and funds while ignoring democratic processes.

“It has been the move to enshrine the Treaty of Waitangi in a written or more formalised constitution that I feel should be the 'bridge too far' for well-meaning, reasonable, moderate people, both Maori and Pakeha, to say 'enough'.

“I would certainly place myself among their number and for me it is not Maori bashing to say so.

“I am part-Maori and I want success for all Maori people, but I think dependence on a Treaty-burdened constitution will not help Maori, as its advocates claim.”

Dr McDonnell believes such a constitution will trap Maori in a “suffocating self-definition as in need of special pleading and a special status”.

“True equality comes with being treated as responsible adults who shoulder responsibilities as well as crying out for rights.

One standard of citizenship
“We must have one standard of citizenship for all and the over-arching identity in the progressive New Zealand state must be unified citizenship, not class divisions based on 1840 groupings.

“If a Maori and Pakeha marry and have children, why call the children Maori and not Pakeha?” he asks.

“I can whakapapa back to my Tuhoe forebears and am proud of that, but a huge part of my make-up is Irish, those first 'sufferers' of British colonising zeal.

“Children of mixed parentage should not increase the census count of one ethnicity at the expense of the others.

“I experience consternation when academic speakers at conferences parade their iwi affiliations but are mute on the subject of their European ancestry.

“Just because a Waldorf salad calls itself an apple doesn’t mean it actually is an apple!”

Exasperated and amused
Dr McDonnell says that working in a university has by turns “exasperated and amused me as one witnesses:
  1. The opening of anything bigger than a broom cupboard ceremonialised with a Maori blessing at dawn.
  1. The imposition of grace before meals with staff bent forward silently, hands clasped while someone prays, all this in a supposedly secular institution.”
“I enjoy the haka done well and have performed it myself while playing rugby overseas but, like Valerie Adams, I’m haka’d out.

“It's over exposed and overdone as with Maori welcomes, even to people who’ve been to the place often before.

“And I tire of the self-indulgent, meandering rants of self-aggrandising old men from any ethnic group, especially when few present know what they are talking about.”

Dr McDonnell says he bases his ideas on a strong wish for New Zealand to progress and prosper in the future “and to look forward, not back, to be united in what will be a trying world environment and for people to have equal opportunities to succeed and prosper”.

He believes personal advancement should be the result of merit and not the consequence of gender, ethnicity or socio-economic status.

“Constitutionally, we cannot have two types of citizenship, two groups of citizens depending on your ethnic group – one made up of people like myself who whakapapa back to iwi and hapu and those who don’t.

“The order in which your ancestors arrived as migrants, settlers to this country cannot give you a constitutional status that is different from anyone else.

“To embed this in some permanent way is intolerable. People who are born here belong to the land equally.

“We are at a risky time in our nationhood and are like a boat being rowed by people looking fixedly towards the past.

“We need someone looking ahead to steer us where we need to go, not onto the rocks or off-course.”
January 17, 2013

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11 April 2015

Settlement may involve airport
A claimant group that could be offered a half-share in Hawke's Bay Airport is unlikely to want to on-sell its stake in the business, a Treaty of Waitangi settlement expert says.

Mana Ahuriri Incorporated has been offered "right of first refusal" for the government's 50 per cent shareholding in Hawke's Bay Airport Limited as part of its ongoing $20 million-plus Treaty of Waitangi claim settlement negotiations with the Crown.

"Although this might be a precedent in terms of that type of public infrastructure, it doesn't surprise me and it doesn't seem extraordinary to me in any way," he said....
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Call for more Maori archaeology students
There's anecdotal evidence of tangata whenua ditching their archaeology courses for Māori studies.

And with 85 percent of archaeological sites believed to be Māori, the trend is causing some alarm in the sector.

A professor of archaeology at Otago University, Richard Walter, said it was critical for for tangata whenua to be involved.

He said there was an increasing threat on archaeological heritage - mostly coastal zones because of climate change and rising developments projects.

"Most Māori communities have a knowledge of what they might call significant sites [or] wāhi tapu, places of figure in their cultural history and stories [and] traditions.

"But those sites are only a very very small fraction of the sites that are actually present on the landscape. In order for us to really be able to make sure that these sites continue into the future, it's really important that Māori communities are aware of the full range of sites that are out there.".....
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Owners consider legal action over springs
Maori trustees are considering legal action against two councils who have given planning consent for a bottling plant at Poroti Springs near Whangarei.

Auckland developer Zodiac Holdings has resource consent to take water from the aquifer that feeds Poroti Springs for export to Asia.

Whangarei District Council said there was no need to notify Zodiac's application publicly - or consult the Whatitiri Trustees - because it was simply a variation of the original land use consent.....
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Pathways to further education
Ngati Hine and NorthTec have committed to provide education pathways for Ngati Hine iwi members after an educational partnership between the two was made official.

Representatives from NorthTec and Ngati Hine recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoE), Te Kimihinga, to formalise their already existing partnership.

"For Northland to thrive, Ngati Hine needs to thrive. If Ngati Hine does not thrive, then Northland will not thrive.

"One thing we're really looking into is te reo Maori courses, and it's mainly looking at the quality of te reo Maori. ...
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Wairarapa iwi favour super city
A Wairarapa iwi authority supports the creation of a super city council for the Wellington region - a position at odds with the views of the region's local mayors.

The Local Government Commission proposes to merge all nine councils from Wellington to Kāpiti Coast and Wairarapa.

Chair of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, P.J. Devonshire, said his rūnanga supports the move so long as the iwi voice is not diminished.....
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10 April 2015

Crown twists Maori concepts say academics
The Crown has adopted Māori concepts to fit its own agenda, Māori researchers say.

At a recent hui in Ōtaki academics, lawyers and researchers came together to discuss the meaning and usage of two important words for tāngata whenua: Mātauranga and Rangatiratanga.

One of the criticisms made was the way in which Western society uses and appropriates the terms 'tino rangatiratanga' and 'mātauranga'.

"The Crown definition is a definition that suits Crown ideas about sovereignty so they turn rangatiratanga into a subset of Crown sovereignty. I think it's deliberate and it has the unfortunate effect of muddying the waters for Māori ourselves. So that's one of the reasons why we have to remind ourselves we're the ones who must continue to define it and say what it means."

Dayle Takitimu, an indigenous rights and environmental lawyer, said the Crown had its own agenda in defining tino rangatiranga.

"The Crown has interpreted to fit within their constitutional matrix which has Parliament as sovereign and supreme and everything else subordinate to that and therefore rangatiratanga can't possibly in that mindset mean sovereignty or self-determination because that would be seen by the Crown and others to be a challenge upon their authority, and so I think they've had a vested interest in redefining it and reading it down and trying to convince us of the same.....
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Taranaki joins $35m training scheme
A boost to an initiative designed to get more Maori and Pasifika into the trades will benefit Taranaki students.
Employment Minister Steven Joyce has announced the expansion of the Maori and Pasifika Trades Training initiative.

As a result, Taranaki Futures, along with two Bay of Plenty providers, have joined 12 others who will co-ordinate and deliver trades training in their area.

Taranaki Futures chairman Graham Wells said it provided real benefits to the region, especially as the population aged.

"The focus on Maori and Pasifika learners is important as Maori and Pasifika populations are younger, so will represent a greater proportion of the workforce in future years," he said....
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$150k budget for iwi liaison
The potential for business partnerships with local iwi is behind the Wanganui District Council's plan to increase its iwi liaison budget.

The prospect of multimillion-dollar Treaty settlements being reached with three iwi has seen the council budget $150,000 for cultural advice each year over the next 10 years in its draft 10-year plan.

That figure represents an increase of $124,000 per year on previous years.....
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Crown's Maori oilman joins private firm
The government's first Maori oil envoy has jumped ship and joined a private oil company.

Pieri Munro is now representing Mont D'or Petroleum.

The former police superintendent was appointed iwi relationships manager in 2011, and travelled the country in an attempt to get tribes on side with the Crown's plans for firms to search for fossil fuels....
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9 April 2015

Maori call for totara protection in Takaka
Māori in Golden Bay are calling for more protection of ancient indigenous trees in the rohe to stop them from being felled without consultation.

An environmental group has been demanding action by the Tasman District Council to stop 100-year old totara being felled in the Takaka Valley to make way for dairy farming and irrigation systems.

Now, the umbrella entity for the three Māori Trusts in Golden Bay who act as kaitiaki (guardians) for the rohe: Ngāti Tama, Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Rārua, have raised concerns about the felling.

Manawhenua ki Mohua's kaumatua, John Ward-Holmes, said manawhenua only hear on the grapevine once totara trees are felled.

"It's very sad, but if a farmer is not going to be fined, or there's no regulations in place to ensure that they're not cut down, the farmer is going to do whatever they want."

Mr Ward-Holmes said manawhenua would prefer the 100-year old trees to stay put if possible, but if they can't be kept, they would like the opportunity to use the wood for customary purposes.......
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Call for heads to roll at More FM
A call has gone out for heads to roll at More FM as a result of the radio station’s latest photoshop joke that has gone viral and that belittled some of the most respected performers in New Zealand’s kapa haka circle.

“They are a bunch of thieving, silly and stupid people who need to get their heads inspected, perhaps even drug tested,” said Willie Te Aho of Aotearoa Kapa Haka Ltd which manages copyright issues over images taken of performances at Te Matatini - Aotearoa’s prestigious Maori performing arts festival.

“More FM never asked for permission to use our images. Then they have a cheek to steal them then chop a few heads off, skewer and bend them.

“I’m disgusted with how More FM deginerated kapa haka and the mana of performers from Te Whanau A Apanui.....
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Rangitaane iwi calls wants sewage ponds lined
An iwi group has laid down a $2 million challenge to Palmerston North City Council to take more responsibility for looking after the environment.

Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Inc, a group mandated to speak for Rangitaane, is insisting the council put synthetic liners in the Ashhurst sewage ponds which are used to hold wastewater before it is pumped to the Totara Rd treatment plant.

The council stopped discharging Ashhurst's wastewater to the Manawatu River in June last year after a $4.6 million pipeline project to connect to the city's sewer mains
Water and waste services manager Rob Green said council staff thought there was an agreement with Tanenuiarangi to monitor the ponds for three years to find out whether there was any seepage that showed lining was necessary.

It was "a little bit of a bombshell" to find its stance now was that it would resist a new consent being granted to allow the council to continue discharging to the ponds unless it undertook to do the lining anyway, Green said.......
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Kauri in way of bridge upgrade
The so-called Darby and Joan Bridge in the Waipoua kauri forest is on the list of 10 one-way bridges to be upgraded - an announcement National made during the Northland by-election.

Te Roroa Treaty settlement negotiator Gary Hooker said no one from National asked what iwi thought.

He said if they had, they would have discovered the bridge was flanked by two iconic kauri.

"The only way it could be done, as far as I can see, is for one or both of the trees to be moved, which in itself could be quite an undertaking," Mr Hooker said.

"There's no way we would agree to that."

The government is obliged to consult the iwi about anything affecting the Waipoua kauri forest, under the Te Roroa agreement......
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8 April 2015

Taranaki tribes eye ancestral mountain
Now that a Taranaki tribe has settled its Treaty claim including receiving a Crown apology, it says it will meet with its neighbours to discuss a collective claim over Mount Taranaki.

Chair of Ngāruahine, Dr Will Edwards, said it brings the eight Taranaki tribes closer to making a collective claim over Mount Taranaki.

Lead Treaty negotiator Daisy Noble presented a gift, a portrait of Te Rere o Kapuni, or Dawson Falls to the Minister of Treaty Negotiations, Chris Finlayson, which symbolises the tribe's desire to claim back their ancestral mountain.....
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Te Reo plan 'overlooks' urban Maori
Urban tangata whenua are being overlooked in the Government's plans for a new agency to lead the kaitiakitanga of Te Reo, the Māori Language Commission says.

It also says dialects are not being given enough attention, in the drive to put the guardianship of the language under a mostly iwi-led group called Te Matawai.

The opinions are contained in a Māori Affairs Select Committee review of the Māori Language Commission.

The Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has refused to comment on the Commission's views, or explain how the proposed strategy would be inclusive of urban Māori....
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Call for national day to remember all NZ Land Wars
As the country takes a break over the Easter holiday, a few Māori MPs are turning their thoughts to support another national holiday in remembrance of the NZ Land Wars.

A petition has been established calling for all land wars to be commemorated with a national day and the signatures have almost reached the level needed to present it to Parliament....
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Govt announces expansion of Māori and Pasifika Trades Training
Today the Government announced the expansion of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training initiative.  Three new consortia have joined the 12 providers who are already with the programme.

Last year, 12 groups were chosen to provide training in the Hawke's Bay, East Coast, Auckland, Northland, Canterbury, Rotorua, Waikato and Wellington.

Now, three more groups have been added to give trades training to Taranaki and the Bay of Plenty.

Ultimately, the initiative aims to support young Māori and Pasifika people and assist them in gaining qualifications, apprenticeships and employment in trades......
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Maori Spectrum Trust brings on heavy hitters
As part of the establishment of the Te Huarahi Tika, the Crown provided preferential rights to radio frequency spectrum with a $5 million cash contribution. Subsequently, the Hautaki Trust was formed as the entity which used the funds to secure international investment of over $350M for the establishment of our third mobile network, 2 Degrees Mobile. As well as its own shares in the Company, Hautaki holds in trust shares held by both the Tūaropaki Trust and Wairarapa Moana Inc......
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7 April 2015

Taupo sites form part of settlement
A range of reserves, historic places, cultural sites and scenic spots around the Taupo district will be transferred to Ngati Tuwharetoa when a settlement between the iwi and the Crown goes ahead.

Those include sites at Huka Falls, the Taupo Landing Reserve in Ferry Rd, the Tongariro National Trout Centre, Craters of the Moon, Tokaanu Thermal Recreation Reserve and the Taupo Courthouse Historic Reserve.

The settlement includes free and full public access to all but part of one site at Five Mile Bay Recreation Reserve, and existing third party interests will be maintained.

The agreement in principle also proposes renaming some of the features in the Ngati Tuwharetoa rohe, subject to agreement of both parties and the New Zealand Geographic Board.

That would include renaming Mission Bay to Otaiatoa, Bulli Point to Te Poporo, and Cherry Island to Motutahae.....
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Input wanted on electoral system
Public input is being sought as an independent panel works to overhaul the Dunedin City Council's electoral system.
The panel, headed by Associate Prof Janine Hayward, a political studies lecturer, has called for public input on the future size and shape of the system.

That could include whether the city had the right number of councillors, wards and community boards, the need for guaranteed Maori representation and the system used to elect each......
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Rural dole can build traditional communities
An economic historian is calling for the benefit system to become more flexible to allow people to function within traditional subsistence economies.

Keith Rankin from Unitec was responding to a challenge from Mana leader Hone Harawira that the Abbott Government’s removal of support from remote Australian Aboriginal communities was similar to Work and Income’s policy of not paying benefits to Maori who return to their home rural villages.....
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Forgotten iwi step closer to deal
A Hawke's Bay iwi divorced from its land since a dodgy Crown purchase and the Omarunui and Petane massacres of 1866 hopes a Treaty settlement signed on Thursday will bring some closure to grief and suffering dating back more than a century and a half.

Originally based in the Te Haroto and Tarawera - now midway on the Napier-Taupo highway - Ngati Hineuru signed a Deed of Settlement with the Crown in an emotional ceremony at the Beehive in Wellington on Thursday.

All that remains is an act of Parliament for the completion of the deal which, in land, assets, cash and cultural redress, is valued at more than $25 million.....
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Te Arawa seeks new partnership model
Rotorua Pro-Democracy says they acknowledge Te Arawa as mana whenua but the current proposal to give Te Arawa Standing Committee the right to vote for non-elected members to sit on important boards within the Rotorua Council is not right.

However, the Chair of the Te Arawa Standing Committee, Arapeta Tahana says what they are trying to achieve relates back to the Treaty of Waitangi and hopes Rotorua Pro-Democracy can sit down with his group.

Mr Tahana says, “They should approach us so we can sit as one and understand what they really don't like about the proposal. The reason behind this, is so all people who live here in the Rotorua region are joined as one.”  

Submissions on the Te Arawa Partnership proposal closes on the 17th of this month.....
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Northland councils accused of racism
A Northland hapu is criticising local councils for failing to tell them about plans for a water-bottling plant that could pollute their waters.

Auckland developer Zodiac Holdings has long-standing approval to take water from aquifers that feed Poroti Springs, west of Whangarei.

Last year, the company gained consent from the Whangarei District Council to double the size of its planned factory.

The local hapu, who are the legal owners of the springs, said the Northland Regional Council also just approved earthworks and stormwater discharges from the plant that could pollute the Springs.....
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6 April 2015

From the NZCPR archives By Dr Muriel Newman
Crime – it’s about demography not race
The Maori Party is claiming that New Zealand’s justice, police, courts and corrections processes systematically discriminate against Maori. Co-leader Pita Sharples says that he has based his stance on a series of top-level reports. But it is clear that he is ignoring overwhelming evidence that show his claims of prejudice to be not only blatant electioneering, but blatant racism as well!

Last week’s release of Police crime statistics show that in the year to June 30, recorded offences across the country have fallen by 25,636 to 416,324, a drop of 5.8 percent. The number of recorded murders fell by almost 50 percent, from 65 last year to 34 – the lowest level since fiscal year reporting began in 1986. With recorded crimes presently at 947 per 10,000 head of population, down from the peak of 1,325 per 10,000 in 1993, there is no doubt that overall crime rates have been trending downwards for some years.

This same downwards trend is evident in the Ministry of Justice’s Justice Sector Forecast 2011-2021, which has just been released. It shows a continuing fall in all justice-related areas. This includes the rate of imprisonment which is expected to fall by 6.2 percent over the next decade, reducing the prison population from the current 8,708 to 8,165. This will lower the incarceration rate per 100,000 people from 198 in June 2011 to 170 by June 2021 – a fall of 16 percent over the decade.1

In addition to the improvements in policing and rehabilitation practices that have been made over the years – as well as advancements in personal and property security – the fall in crime can be largely attributed to demographics.

The most crime prone group in any population is young people aged from 15 to 24 years old. That means that the number of young people in this age group is a key determinant of crime. The more of these young people there are, as a percentage of the population as a whole, the higher the crime rate. Put simply – the fewer the number of 15 to 24 year olds in our population, the lower the crime rate.

Following World War II, the rise of the Baby Boomer generation dramatically increased the number of young people in this crime-prone age group. As this Baby Boomer cohort has aged, so the number of young people in the 15 to 24 year old age group has reduced – and with it crime.

According to Census data, in 1971, young people in the 15 to 24 age group made up 17.3 percent of the general population, but by 2006, the number had fallen to 14.4 percent – a 20 percent decrease. However, the proportion of Maori in that 15 to 24 age group, which was 8.5 percent in 1971, had more than doubled to 19.2 percent in 2006. That obviously means that Maori will feature much more often in crime statistics than they used to. This does not in any way suggest Maori are being discriminated against by our policing and justice systems as Pita Sharples would have us believe.

But while demography explains some of the disparity, it clearly doesn’t tell the whole story.

According to Statistics New Zealand, a key determinant in the way official information involving Maori is reported was altered in the mid-seventies when government definitions were changed from being based on ancestry and blood quantum (someone had to be half-caste or more to be classified as Maori) to being based on ethnic affiliation and self-identification.

In his seminal work, Maori Socio-Economic Disparity, Simon Chapple, a Senior Research Analyst with the Department of Labour used census data to explain the implications of this change: “In the 1996 census there were 273,693 New Zealanders who identified ethnically as Maori and Maori only. In addition to this, there were 250,338 New Zealanders who identified as members of another ethnic group, usually Pakeha/European, and also as Maori. Currently Statistics New Zealand’s official policy is to arbitrarily classify mixed ethnicity individuals who have Maori as one of their ethnic groups as Maori and not as the other group or groups to which they also belong. This sole plus mixed group is the Maori ethnic group as officially measured. In addition the 1996 census reveals another 56,343 New Zealanders with Maori ancestry but who do not identify ethnically as Maori. Adding these ancestry-but-not ethnicity people gives around 580,374 Maori in 1996.”2

He suggested that a more accurate reflection of the real situation could be obtained by retaining half of those classified as Maori as part of the Maori ethnic group, with the rest allocated to a non-Maori groups using their other primary stated ethnicity.

The bottom-line impact of all of this is that official statistics relating to Maori massively overstate their numbers. Given the high rates of intermarriage that have always been a major feature of New Zealand’s population mix, the notion that Maori are a distinct and growing population is not based on reality, since the number of ‘true’ Maori under the old blood quantum definition is in serious decline. Instead it has become a political construct aimed at fulfilling elite tribal ambitions for power and resources.

Clearly, under the current classification, where almost one in five of the young people in the high risk 15 to 24 year old age group are classified as Maori, it is inevitable that a large proportion of the young people who are arrested and imprisoned are going to be Maori. If the classification was changed to better reflect the true situation – as was suggested by Simon Chapple – the number of Maori falling foul of the law would drop sharply.

But there is another story here, and that is the huge influence that family has on crime. New Zealand’s Chief Youth Court Judge Andrew Beecroft has described the majority of the serious youth offenders that he deals with in his court as boys who have had no contact with their father; 80 percent do not go to school and have chronic drug and alcohol addictions; most have psychological or psychiatric issues; 50 percent – up to 90 percent in some courts – are Maori; and all of them have been seriously abused as a child. He explains, “14, 15, and 16 year-old boys seek out role models like ‘heat seeking missiles’. It’s either the leader of the Mongrel Mob or it’s a sports coach or it’s a Dad. But an overwhelming majority of the boys who I see in the Youth Court have lost all contact with their father”.

In light of these comments the statistics on birth rates paints a rather bleak picture for the future. In 1971, Statistics New Zealand data shows 31 percent of Maori children were born to unmarried mothers, compared to 11 percent for non-Maori. However, by the end of June 2011, a massive 79 percent of Maori children were born to unmarried mothers – compared to 35 percent for non-Maori.

This collapse of marriage signals a tragic start for many Maori children. While the causes of crime are complex, in reality it is a story of family. Children growing up in strong families with a mother and father who provide for them and are fully committed to helping them achieve their potential in life, are unlikely to become involved in crime. On the other hand, children growing up in unmarried families – especially where their mother is dependent on welfare – where there is no father to protect them, where violence and abuse are commonplace, and where there is no role model of a breadwinner who works for a living, are disadvantaged from the day they are born. They are far more likely to eventually find themselves on the path to criminal offending.

In light of the reality of what is going on it’s surely time for Maoridom to turn its back on grievance as the path to power and privilege and instead concentrate on doing what others do – help to grow strong and caring families that cherish their children and place a strong focus on education as the path to the future.

Pita Sharples does not address these issues of demography, statistics and family in his call for reform. Instead he prefers to slur the Police and the criminal justice system with accusations of racism. He says he wants to remove the so-called bias against Maori by adopting the ideas of Moana Jackson, “restructuring the Justice system upon the basis of the Treaty of Waitangi and the foundation of partnership”. He also wants to indoctrinate the whole of the public service “to cover every ministry and department across the whole of government” with his race-based ‘cultural competency’ propaganda.

This week’s NZCPR Guest Commentator, Garth McVicar, is the founder of the Sensible Sentencing Trust, a voluntary organisation that has changed the crime and punishment landscape in New Zealand over recent years by tirelessly campaigning for victims’ rights and tougher penalties for violent crime. Garth is appalled at the Maori Party’s claims of racism and in his article Tough policies reduce crime explains:

For Pita Sharples to suggest that the Police have an ‘ethnic bias’ or pick on Maori is an insult to Police and every law-abiding New Zealander – no matter what race. Most Maori – like most other people do NOT commit crime – to suggest the Police are to blame for the high level of Maori offending is typical of the tactics used by opponents to discredit any threats to their agenda. So what is Pita Sharples’ agenda? The answer can only be that they do not want criminals caught.”

Claims of racism against the Police and the justice system are politicking of the worst kind. This slur is being used by the Maori Party as a political ploy to justify their attempt to take control, not only of the criminal justice system, but the whole of the public service as well. Not all at once, of course, but incrementally: a cultural competency programme here (to ensure that all public servants embrace the ‘Maori World View’), and a claim of Treaty partnership rights there – to give Maori privileges that other New Zealanders don’t have.

It is all, of course, a self-serving agenda. Dr Sharples believes that the ultimate solution is to have a Maori Justice system – one land, two peoples, two laws. Everything the Maori Party and other Maori activists do is designed to advance Maori privilege and power. The self-serving manipulation of crime statistics and the orchestration of the notion of racial prejudice when there is none, is just another example.
October 9, 2011
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5 April 2015

From the files of Alf Grumble
If you are indigenous (and special) you get to sit on a board – others have a scant say through panels

Spare a thought for Feroz Ali, a bloke who has become sadly disillusioned.

He has resigned as chairman of the Auckland Council Ethnic People’s Advisory Panel after just 11 months on the job, saying the panel is a “token” body.

Feroz Ali said the panel had no real status and he was unhappy about what it was costing ratepayers.

This cost happens to be bugger all, compared with the cost of accommodating the demands of indigenous persons to exercise power without having to bother with the irksome business of getting elected. The council said the budget for running the ethnic board was between $70,000 and $85,000 a year.

The NZ Herald today records Ali’s disappointment:

As chair, I found that the panel is only there for token consultation and frankly a waste of ratepayers’ money,” he said in an email to panel members after tendering his resignation on Wednesday.

He had “serious concerns about the governance in Auckland Council”.

Mr Ali said yesterday he had attended five meetings since being appointed, but felt uneasy about getting $500 for each meeting he chaired. Other members received $200 for each meeting they attended.

For what’s happening, if you look at some of the decisions coming around the council now, I think it’s morally irresponsible for me to collect $500 to chair a meeting and to make very subjective views,” Mr Ali said.

There are about half a dozen panels that has been created, costing ratepayers about half a million dollars, that money could be put to better use.”

Alf strongly suggests Ali have a chat with others sitting on these panels and advisory boards and persuades them to follow his splendid example......
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March 21st, 2015

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4 April 2015

Māori Standing Committee concerned Wairoa iwi have no say in local survey
A telephone-based survey seeking views on the proposed amalgamation of Hawke’s Bay authorities has generated concern from the Māori Standing Committee of the Wairoa District Council.

The Committee believes the independent survey breaches the Treaty of Waitangi by denying Wairoa iwi the ability to participate and the concerns raised have been forwarded to the Local Government Commission (LGC).....
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Iwi's water dispute with council ongoing
Ngāti Kahungunu says its litigation of its regional council is not a good example of what a partnership should look like.

The tribe took Hawke's Bay Regional Council to the Environment Court over fears officials would allow contaminants to run into the Heretaunga and Ruataniwhā aquifers.

The iwi won the case, meaning the council can not abandon its responsibility to maintain water quality.

The chair of the tribe Ngahiwi Tomoana said he was disappointed the iwi had to end up in court when they would prefer to sit at the decision-making table with local authorities......
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NZ slipping in human rights issues - report
A new report warns New Zealand's poor handling of human rights issues and Parliament's failure to act is harming the country's reputation.

Co-author and former Parliament Speaker, Margaret Wilson, said the report highlighted serious faults in areas such as child poverty, gender equality, systematic disadvantage of Maori and disabled people's rights.
She said there needed to be more focus on how the country implements recommendations made by the United Nations.

The report, which has made 13 recommendations, has also suggested a more proactive role for the Maori Affairs Select Committee in helping to close inequality gaps....
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2 April 2015

Iwi hails water win over council
Iwi authority Ngati Kahungunu is celebrating an Environment Court decision it says is a victory over Hawke's Bay Regional Council's attempts to reduce water-quality standard provisions for the region's aquifers.

In a decision on Friday, the Environment Court sided with Ngati Kahungunu, saying its bid to retain the objectives was in keeping with the provisions of the Resource Management Act.

"To not aspire and attempt to at least maintain the quality of water abdicates the functions of a regional council," Judge Craig Thompson and commissioners Kevin Prime and Anne Leijnen said in their judgment.

Ngati Kahungunu chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana said the decision was pleasing after the iwi had spent more than $100,000 and months preparing the challenge.....
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Ngāti Hineuru to sign settlement worth nearly $50mil
Located in the Te Haroto region on the Napier-Taupo Road, Ngāti Hineuru is looking forward to meeting with the Crown tomorrow.

This also means that after more than 170 years, that Ngāti Hineuru will be officially recognised as an iwi.

The settlement is worth approximately $50 million.

Ngāti Hineuru negotiated a $25 million quantum, and a $2 million cultural fund as well as $15,000 to erect pouwhenua in their district.

The iwi will also receive a portion of the Esk Forest.  Hineuru will receive a further sum of $16 million for the redress in the Central North Island Agreement.

“For a small iwi of only 1500 registered members, this is a very large settlement.  Per capita, we understand that the value of our settlement is one of the highest,” says Tuhuiao Kahukiwa, Chair of Ngati Hineuru Iwi Incorporated.....
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Iwi offered airport share
The claimant group that lobbied for the region's airport to be renamed Ahuriri Airport Hawke's Bay could become a half-owner of the facility through its treaty settlement.

Mana Ahuriri Incorporated has been offered "right of first refusal" for the government's 50 per cent shareholding in Hawke's Bay Airport Limited as part of its ongoing $20 million-plus Treaty of Waitangi claim settlement negotiations with the Crown.

Asked if the group was interested in taking up the airport share offer, Mana Ahuriri deputy chairman Piri Prentice said yesterday it was too early to say because negotiations were continuing.

If Mana Ahuriri were to pick up the Crown's half of the airport - worth several million dollars - it would become a joint owner with Napier City Council and Hastings District Council which have 26 per cent and 24 per cent stakes respectively......
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1 April 2015

Ngati Toa sets Te Reo goals
The lower North Island tribe, Ngāti Toa, wants all of its members to be speaking or learning Te Reo Maori in four years' time.

And, in about 25 years, it aims for the language to be used in at least half of all tribal homes.

The iwi has developed a strategy to help people learn Te Reo at home and integrate it into their daily lives.

Ngati Toa chair Taku Parai said the plan would lead to members being more culturally active and bring them closer to the tribe......
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Fish & Game Welcomes Landmark Water Quality Win
Fish & Game is describing the Environment Court decision on Hawke’s Bay water quality as a “landmark” which will have an impact nationwide.

The Hawke’s Bay iwi Ngati Kahungunu took the case to the Environment Court to challenge the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s proposal to change the way it manages water quality in its regional plan.

Ngati Kahungunu argued that the regional council could not allow groundwater quality to be further degraded and that the council must also recognise and provide for Maori culture and traditions with taonga such as water.

Ms Jordan said the decision is important for all Maori.

“The court has told the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council that it must not only protect water from further degradation, but actually improve its quality if it is to meet its obligation to Maori.”....
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31 March 2015

Govt accused of denying Maori of rights
The former MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira, is accusing the Government here of similar tactics to the Australian Government, which is proposing to shut down remote Aboriginal communities

Mana Party leader Hone Harawira, who lost his Te Tai Tokerau seat in the last general election, said the Australian Government's proposal was 'blatant racism', which denied indigenous people there the right to live on their customary land.

He said New Zealanders should be making a strong statement about the fact this country's government operated a similar denial of service to remote communities by cutting off the unemployment benefit to Maori who wanted to return home.

He said they were unable to go back to certain communities without having their benefit removed.

Mr Harawira said that was a different way of handling it, but had exactly the same effect of denying Maori the right to live where they lived in their own country.....
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Northland result: Maori Party wants to leverage its new power
The Maori Party says homelessness in the regions is an issue, and is vowing to use its new power in the House to tackle it.

The support of the party is more critical to the government from today, with National's majority in the House reduced in the wake of Winston Peters winning the Northland seat off National's Mark Osborne yesterday....
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30 March 2015

Iwi identify 36 cultural assessment sites
The Auckland Council says only 36 bids to carry out work on sites of cultural value have been identified by local iwi, which need further scrutiny, something that's surprised the authority.

That is out of a total of 300 applications in the past year to March.

The involvement of the 19 local iwi is through the council's rule book, the Proposed Unitary Plan, which required the tribes to play a part in the cultural impact assessments.

The council's chief planning officer Roger Blakeley said the process provided an assurance that it was doing what was needed......
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Partnership debate continues
The debate over the controversial Te Arawa Partnership Model continues, with the Rotorua Pro Democracy Society hosting its own information and debate sessions.

About 50 people attended the first Rotorua Pro Democracy Society information session last night at the Ngongotaha Hall, with about 40 people attending the tenth and final Rotorua Lakes Council information session on the proposed partnership at Lynmore School earlier that evening.

The council meeting was led by Strategy and Partnerships group manager Jean-Paul Gaston.

Rotorua Pro Democracy Society co-founder Reynold Macpherson emphasised the group was not anti-Te Arawa or anti-Maori.

"We are not anti-Te Arawa and we are not anti-Maori but we are pro democracy.

"Te Arawa Maori and Maoridom broadly have not been consulted. This is an agreement by a small group of people."

The society has a 14-member committee, which includes district councillors Mike McVicar, Rob Kent and Glenys Sereancke, who introduced themselves to the group.

Committee member Blanche Kingdon said, "I am afraid to say I am one quarter Te Arawa but I am definitely pro democracy."

Mr Macpherson told the group the society had plans to march to the submitter hearings in purple colours.

"We will march at the hearings in a mass, a colourful mass, and our t-shirts will be chosen because it's the colour of power in ancient Rome. Purple is also the colour of Rongopai, the Christian peace that came to New Zealand with the missionaries.".......
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Submissions pour in on Te Arawa proposal
More than 450 submissions have been received by the Rotorua Lakes Council regarding its controversial Te Arawa Partnership Proposal.

As of yesterday the council's Strategy and Partnerships group manager Jean-Paul Gaston said a total of 467 submissions had been sent to the council.

He said a complete analysis of the submissions had not yet been done, but of the 420 submissions registered, exactly 50 per cent of submitters had answered "yes" to the first question, "Do you support in principle the intention to effectively partner with Te Arawa", with 50 per cent saying "no".

The submission period ends on April 17 with hearings for those who want to be heard in person to support their submission being heard on April 22 and 23....
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29 March 2015

From the archives of NZCPR By Fiona Mackenzie
What’s really going on in our schools?
If history has anything to teach us, it’s that we should never take anything for granted. We need to be vigilant in protecting what’s good about our society.

New Zealand has so much to be proud of. We have led the world by ensuring equality of all citizens before the law, introducing universal male and female sufferage, and we’ve largely had great and integrated race relations. So when the Ministry of Education starts demanding that schools give people of one ethnic descent superior rights to all others, the hackles ought to be rising.

We were forewarned when the Maori Party’s Pita Sharples (Associate Minister of Education in the National-lead Government) began talking about “cultural education”. Little did we realise he intended systematic brainwashing of our young people in schools.

The Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Update entitled “Treaty of Waitangi Principle” encapsulates this process. This edict was sent out last year after an Education Review Office report (2011) claimed that many schools were finding this “Principle” difficult to implement. Now their difficulty may be because this “Principle” is indefinable, let alone impractical, goes against the grain and all New Zealanders’ customary rights in our multi-cultural democracy – but that hurdle hasn’t stopped our radical bureaucracy.

Our schools are being told:

- The Treaty affords Maori a dual set of rights.

- Schools must consult with the local Maori community about the school’s direction.

- Te reo Maori should be promoted in school management (i.e. in day-to-day staff communication and admin), as well as teaching and learning.

- All pupils need to learn Maori, gain knowledge and experience of important Maori concepts and customs, and understand and celebrate the place of Maori as tangata whenua.

- Schools will learn to share power, control, and decision-making while validating the unique position of Maori and recognizing the contribution Maori make to education.

And the Update provides useful examples of how other model schools successfully carry out their indoctrination.

Why We’re Concerned
The Ministry’s Update is very disturbing because it goes way beyond the teaching of Maori content. It is a blatant attempt to change and control the behaviour of schools, teachers and students, to promote the “Maori world view” and to elevate “Maori” to a superior status not afforded anyone else.

 Race-based Discrimination
Equality before the law and democracy (along with property rights) have long proven to be the foundations of strong and prosperous economies. Yet here at home and certainly in this Ministry, these tenets are being aggressively and persistently undermined.

Increasingly we see that anyone with a teaspoon of Maori blood are being given greater rights than any other member of the population (with no corresponding emphasis on their responsibilities). Meanwhile other New Zealanders are required to pay tax to fund the double-dipping, dictatorial control or free ride of Maori advisory boards, consultants, politicians, activists, guardians, and the recipients of numerous race-based grants and subsidies.

Control by Consultation
Consultation with iwi is increasingly becoming a noose around our necks. It adds significant costs, delays and complexity to any process, on anyone’s land, often to no reasonable or democratic purpose.  It is also a misnomer in that we are obliged to meet any iwi demands.

Traditionally, schools have worked closely with their communities but to suggest they need to “share power, control, and decision-making while validating the unique position of Maori” is discriminatory, onerous and asking for trouble.  Think of John Key’s “sweet, little old lady”, Titiwhai Harawira and her family’s history of bullying behavior at Waitangi and elsewhere. They are just one example of what we can expect should a school and its entire community be made subservient to forces within the local marae.

Effective Communication
Learning the Maori language is a nice, cultural activity but it isn’t going to help New Zealanders get ahead. The purpose of language is to effectively communicate with as many people as possible. Being competent in te reo Maori may help get you a job with an iwi corporation and seems to be becoming a prerequisite for work as a government employee, but it certainly won’t help much anywhere else in the world.

English is considered the international language of business. Along with other high-growth languages such as Mandarin and Spanish, it’s what people choose to speak if they want a career and opportunities in an increasingly competitive world. Just as Gaelic is of cultural rather than commercial value, so is te reo Maori.

Our Future Depends on Quality Education
Education should be all about preparing children; giving them the skills to progress independently through life as adults capable of critical thought, earning a living, caring for families and contributing to society and the economy.

Will Maori-directed and dominated schooling adequately prepare our children for the future?  Competency in English, Mandarin, maths, the sciences or woodwork could be mighty useful……. but Maori?

Don’t get me wrong. All learning can be beneficial – but not at the expense of the truth, day-to-day realities and subjects necessary to living a self-supporting and rewarding life. Maori language and culture are an inherent and enjoyable part of our homeland but away from select parts of New Zealand, it is simply not in demand.  So should it be given this compulsory status, above everything and everyone else – above community, scientific and commercial realities in 2013?

Indoctrination an Unscrupulous Tool
We are certainly not alone in being subjected to those wanting to take control of our thoughts and opinions. Dictatorial political and religious movements have strived to control the masses for centuries, accounting for many a “third world country”.

But do laid-back (and oh so tolerant) Kiwis have the will to resist this mind control? Some school children are stifling yawns and moaning about the force-feeding of all things Maori.  Some students are complaining that academic rigour and open debate are casualties in Maori Studies’ departments. Some hardworking young people are seeing those claiming any Maori ancestry at all getting preferential treatment (i.e. funding, reserved places, lower course entry criteria and generous leeway over meeting term requirements) in tertiary institutes and are feeling resentful.

But will they, alone, have the will or the power to restore some balance to our education and political system? Or will they be like the rest of us – simply comply for the sake of not rocking the boat?

It takes a lot to stir we Kiwis up and we generally want to please or appease. With the pressure to earn a living, raise a family and pay more and more taxes, most do not even realise that we are well on our way down a very slippery slope. The constitutional reform being driven by the Maori Party will entrench an ever-expanding apartheid system and commit those without Maori blood to a permanent, second-class citizen status.

Time to Speak Out
For all the sake of New Zealanders, it is time to end this crusade for Maori domination. We need to face reality and go forward as one united country. While we should definitely celebrate our many cultures, it is vital to the health of our nation that we operate equally under the same rights and obligations. If we persist in trying to revert to 1840 tribalism, re-write history and make economic slaves of those with no Maori ancestry, our problems will only magnify and our futures will become very bleak.

Reference: The New Zealand Curriculum Update: The New Zealand Curriculum Treaty of Waitangi Principle”   “…/NZC-update-16.pdf
February 18, 2013

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28 March 2015

Auckland Council sticks by iwi approval rule for consents
Auckland Council is sticking with a new rule requiring owners to seek iwi approval for work on their land.

The council has confirmed its support for the "cultural impact assessments" in the proposed Unitary Plan, or new planning rulebook for the city.

Lee Short, spokesman for Democracy Action, an organisation set up to oppose the rules, said: "The cost of cultural impact assessments is imposed by Mana Whenua, the decisions are made by Council and property owners are left to pick up the bill."

"The 3,600 designated sites of value to Mana Whenua have, to date, not been verified by the Council."

"The council appears completely unwilling to verify if these sites of value to Mana Whenua even exist. The designation of these sites as being of value simply has no basis in fact. Many sites have been disturbed, destroyed or no longer exist."....
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Threat 'impacts all indigenous peoples
A Maori researcher says the threat of shutting down remote Aboriginal communities impinges on the rights of all indigenous people around the world.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced his government could not afford to keep funding indigenous communities that were too far away from amenities, such as schools or hospitals.

Director of Te Kotahi Research Institute at Waikato University Leonie Pihama called on people to speak out.

She wanted tangata whenua there to do all they could to help Aboriginal people because they're were living on their homelands.

Supporting their struggle meant Maori and supporting the global indigenous people's struggle, she said.....
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Whenua in need of restoration
Ngati Whatua o Orakei and Auckland Museum are enlisting scientists and community members to conduct a bio blitz.

Entomologist Ruud Kleinpaste says the aim of the 22-hour event is to identify and record all the species living in Pourewa Reserve and Kepa Block.

The land on the side of the valley running inland from the Orakei Basin was returned to the hapu as part of its historic treaty settlement.......
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27 March 2015

DHB continues to increase Maori staff
Maori representation of the Hawke's Bay District Health Board's (DHB) workforce continues to increase as it works towards a more "culturally competent workforce".

At the end of January, 12 per cent of the workforce described themselves as Maori, up from 11 per cent for January 2014, a report states. The DHB, Hawke's Bay's largest employer, aims to help increase its engagement with Maori through a more representative workforce - Maori comprise 25 per cent of the region's population - as well as staff training.

We continue to promote the recruitment of Maori to all hiring managers and utilise our Maori networks to promote roles to Maori," the report said.

All staff have training courses available such as Engaging Effectively with Maori and on the Treaty of Waitangi.

Ms McKenna said about 27 per cent of Hawke's Bay nursing graduates were Maori but many went into other health sectors or left the region......
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Canterbury DHB 2015 Maori and Pacific Scholarships
To be eligible for a Canterbury DHB Māori and Pacific Scholarship you must:
  • be a student enrolled at a Christchurch tertiary institution. Year 3 medical students intending to come to Christchurch for Years 4 and 5 will be considered
  • be studying a health-related, NZQA accredited course, of at least 12 weeks duration; and/or
  • have whakapapa and cultural links with Māori communities
  • have genealogical and cultural links with Pacific communities...
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Wellington's new national War Memorial Park opens
Wellingtonians can now access the new National War Memorial Park after its Maori Blessing this morning.

Pukeahu Park is the biggest project in the Government's First World War centenary commemorations.

Around 220 iwi representatives from around the country attended the dawn blessing this morning, with groups moving around different parts of the park to bless it.....
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Māori and Pacific University students unite against racism
Over 40 Maori and Pacific University of Auckland students were interviewed regarding the everyday colonialism and racism they face while at university.

"You're only here because you're Māori and Pacific and you qualified for the Tertiary Admission scheme" - an alternative admission scheme for applicants of Māori and Pacific ancestry into tertiary programmes.

These are just some of the racist remarks lecturer David Mayeda says Māori and Pacific students face while being here at the University of Auckland.

"Learning to cope with every day racism in kind of modern forms of colonialism was something that helped them succeed in higher education," says Mayeda.

Te Rarawa and Ngāti Kahu descendant Chloe Manga who is in her final year of studying a Bachelors in Law and Arts says she joined the "I, Too Am Auckland" campaign because it is important to address what she says is personal and institutional racism at the University of Auckland.

"It's more about raising awareness about racism here at the University for Māori and Pacific students and also talking to non-Māori and Pacific about what they can do to benefit our people and for our future," says Manga.....
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Maori representation omissions spark complaint
A flyer circulated by the Local Government Commission prompted a further complaint to the Auditor General today, this time alleging misrepresentation of the nature and role of the Maori Board and the Regional Planning Committee on the proposed Hawke’s Bay Council.

Napier ratepayer Sarah Taylor, who lodged the complaint, said a full-page diagram depicting the future composition of the amalgamated council on the flyer titled "Hawke’s Bay Councils - proposed changes" completely ignores the iwi appointed representatives on the Maori Board and Regional Planning Committee.

"Any reader of the document scrutinising the full page diagram would easily be led to believe that recommendations for special representation of iwi interests within the amalgamated council structure had been shelved", Ms Taylor said.

Moreover, placing the Maori Board and a Regional Planning Committee under the heading "elected representatives" is a material misrepresentation because members of these panels are appointees and were not elected, she said....
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26 March 2015

Council consultation ignoring urbans
Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare is questioning how councils and government agencies are engaging with urban Maori.

He says constituents have come to him to express their disappointment with the way Auckland Council has managed consultation on its 10-year plan.

"A lot of people talk about how the council and other agencies are really good at engaging with iwi, but my question on that is what about the fastest growing iwi in the country which is urban Maori? We just don't seem to be able to fins a voice in this iwi-ccentric agenda being pushed not only by regional councils or local bodies but also in central government and that’s a big concern," Mr Henare says.
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Airport name change date to be set
The timing of Hawke's Bay Airport's name-change to Ahuriri Airport Hawke's Bay could coincide with the completion of a $5 million terminal upgrade late next year.

But the airport company said yesterday its board was keeping an open mind on exactly when the name would change.

The decision to add Ahuriri to the airport's name followed a request from local treaty claimant group Mana Ahuriri Incorporated and was supported by company's shareholders the Crown, Napier City Council and Hastings District Council.....
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Two new Māori Language Commissioners have been appointed
Two new board members to Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, the Māori Language Commission, have been confirmed by the Māori Development Minister, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell.

“Ms Poutu is an outstanding example of the new generation of Māori language speakers who have grown up immersed in Māori culture and language.

The two new board members will join Chair Mr Ērima Hēnare, Dr Kātarina Edmonds and Te Awanuiārangi Black on the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori board...
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25 March 2015

Should political parties consider strategic deals in Māori seats?
Should political parties consider strategic deals in Māori seats?  It's a manoeuvre which is usually seen in general seats, including the Epsom deal between National and Act, but is rarely seen in Māori electorates.

As the Northland by-election nears closer, it's no secret Labour is all but backing Winston Peters.  But how well does that sort of strategy go down with Māori voters and what would it look like in Māori electorates?

Willow-Jean Prime is still out garnering votes, despite the Labour Party backing Winston Peters.

She says, “In the past that type of strategy has been heavily criticised but perhaps the political playing field is changing.”.....
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Far North votes down Maori wards
Far North electors have voted against establishing Maori wards for the 2016 and 2019 Far North District Council elections.

The council resolved last year to poll electors on whether dedicated seats for Maori should be provided at the council table. Voting documents were sent to 38,946 electors on the General and Maori Parliamentary electoral rolls in February, just over 35 per cent of them being returned. A strong majority, 68 per cent (9315 votes) were opposed, with 31.5 per cent (4309) in favour.

"We made a decision as a council to be guided by the community on this issue. The result does not diminish our commitment to improving our relationships with Maori, or involving them in our decision-making processes."

The Council would now seek feedback from Maori about other non-electoral representation options.

"There are a number of options available, including the establishment of a Maori standing committee, representation on standing committees of council through to advisory board appointments. We will fully explore whichever options are preferable to Maori," Mr Carter added.

The council would also continue to korero with Maori about non-electoral engagement options such as developing strategic partnership agreements with iwi and hap, communicating more effectively with Te Kahu o Taonui (Tai Tokerau iwi chairs) and promoting more collaboration between the Northland Councils' Chief Executive Officers' Forum and the Iwi Chief Executives' Consortium......
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Iwi 'bypassed' on Maori ward vote
Locals have rejected the option, with two thirds of respondents saying no to dedicated seats.

Post-settlement group Te Runanga Nui o Te Aupōuri said there was poor promotion of the poll and few Māori knew about the ballot.

Its secretary, Peter-Lucas Jones, said the council failed to take advantage of the tribal networks to spread the word about the poll.

"They've kind of bypassed iwi with this process that gives initiated and completed," said Mr Jones.

"In hindsight, I believe that this could've been communicated more clearly through working with iwi around opportunity to tribes and how to raise awareness of voting".....
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Māori growers a strong voice in kiwifruit industry referendum
A record number of Māori growers participated in the grower referendum for the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project (KISP) and Te Awanui Huka Pak is praising their efforts.

In a press release today, Te Awanui Huka Pak Chair, Neil Te Kani said, “Māori are a key driving force in the kiwifruit industry, and the KISP process was about ensuring that this industry creates wealth for Māori both now and for future generations.”

He says that, "With over 90% support for all recommendations, the kiwifruit industry is in a strong position to deliver a strong economic growth platform for Māori."

As a result of the KISP process, the grower representative body, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI), will establish a dedicated seat for Māori representation.

Te Kani affirms that Māori are an integral part of this industry and deserve a seat at the table.  He says, "We have a responsibility as kaitiaki to ensure our future generations inherit a vibrant and successful industry.  I am proud of the way Māori have made the most of this opportunity to have their voices heard."....
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New name for Otonga Road School
A Rotorua primary school has celebrated its Maori heritage with the announcement of a new name.

Otonga Road School will now be jointly known as Te Kura o Tihiotonga, with its new sign officially unveiled on Friday.

The school's kaumatua, Dr Ken Kennedy, joined principal Linda Woon for a special assembly to mark the occasion.

After a haka led by pupils, Dr Kennedy spoke about the history of the school site, which sits on the intersection of four blocks of Maori land in Springfield......
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24 March 2015

From the NZCPR archives By Dr Muriel Newman
Wai 262 empowers Maori elite
Saturday’s release of the Waitangi Tribunal’s long-awaited report on the Wai 262 indigenous flora and fauna claim is packed full of recommendations designed to empower the Maori elite.1 While the Tribunal is careful to avoid suggesting that Maori should have ownership rights to native plants and animals – something that would evoke a strong public backlash – they have proposed a series of wide-ranging and powerful rights that taken together effectively result in ownership by the back door!

The Tribunal has based their recommendations on the premise that Maori and the Crown are in partnership with shared decision-making responsibilities to promote Maori interests above those of other New Zealanders. Accordingly, their proposals are designed to create new co-governance arrangements for Maori.

The Tribunal would like to see:
  • A new Maori Cultural Board to control the commercial uses of intellectual property such as the haka, carvings, tattoos, songs, and so on, with an official register to ensure proper control.
  • A new Maori Advisory Commission to control Patents and Plant Variety Rights, with the power of veto over applications.
  • Maori having joint authority with the Crown over the bioprospecting of native species for commercial application on all Department of Conservation lands.
  • A new Maori Conservation Authority established that has equal status to the New Zealand Conservation Authority for dealing with all conservation matters.
With regard to existing laws and policies, the Tribunal has recommended that:
  • All decisions made by Maori under the Maori consultation processes of the Resource Management Act should be compulsory.
  • The Wildlife Act should be jointly administered by Maori and the Crown.
  • The role of the Maori Language Commission should be expanded to require, amongst other things, all public sector agencies to prepare Maori language plans.
  • Health system funding to be made available for traditional healing services. (I wonder whether that would include the practice of mokutu or exorcism, which was responsible for the agonising death of Janet Moses in 2002)
  • The role of Maori consultation in the negotiation of international treaties be expanded and strengthened.
In effect, the Waitangi Tribunal is pushing for many of the rights found in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – a treaty that the Prime Minister assured New Zealanders was simply aspirational. While the government may not immediately adopt the Tribunal’s recommendations as a whole, as is often the case, such proposals will probably become the agenda and be quietly implemented over time.

When will this race-based lust for power and control stop, you might well ask? It won’t – at least not unless there are major changes. As long as there are special Maori seats in Parliament with governing parties willing to offer those MPs powerful coalition partnerships, it won’t stop. Not only will it not stop, but the demands are gaining momentum to the point where non-Maori New Zealanders are beginning to realise they are being increasingly marginalised by the cunning strategies of a greedy tribal elite, that now has its hands on the levers of power and its fingers in the public purse...............
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July 3, 2011
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23 March 2015

From the files of Alf Grumble
Well bugger me – now I’m a judge I find I have the confidence to declare that I’m a Maori too”
A curious thing happens to lawyers – apparently – as they progress up the pecking order to become judges.

They discover they are indigenous persons – or become confident about declaring they are indigenous persons.

Alf learned of this phenomenon while listening to some members of the Maori legal profession questioning why the Government’s data on the number of judges who identify as tāngata whenua is out-of-date.

It should be a matter of no concern, in a land with one rule for all, if a judge can identify as tangata whenua, or as Chinese, or as Hottentot… or as anything.

The law is the law is the law and a judge is a judge is a judge.

If we passed the appropriate exams and followed the right career path, we could all be judges. And we should be colour-blind judges.

Trouble is, indigenous persons in this country are obsessed with counting how many of them are involved in any form of activity, which includes the number of indigenous persons engaged in the judging caper.

They found justice officials weren’t as obsessed the indigenous persons are and don’t keep tabs – at least, not too closely – on the ethnic makeup of the judiciary.

Officials first told Radio New Zealand there were 28 judges of Māori descent, but later conceded the tally was wrong.

Radio New Zealand originally reported there were no tāngata whenua judges in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Environment Court or Employment Court.

In emails, officials then explained there was one in the Court of Appeal – Justice Cooper.

In addition, after more emails and stories, Te Manu Korihi was told to change its figures as there were in fact five High Court judges who identified as being Māori rather than three.

There are approximately 243 judges in Aotearoa and the new figures show 31 of those are of Māori descent.

Well, now we know.

So what?

For most of us, so nothing.

But Radio NZ’s hacks were able to winkle out some indigenous persons whose perturbation is extreme.

Māori lawyer Tai Ahu said it reflected badly and the Government needed to be more vigilant.

He is urging it to adopt a new way of establishing the number of Māori judges.

It demonstrates a lack of monitoring so there needs to be systems in place that monitor the number of Māori judges.

It sends a signal that it’s not a particularly important issue for the Ministry of Justice and for the judiciary and I think it’s wrong to think of it in those terms.”

So – he thinks it’s wrong.

But if indeed the lack of monitoring sends a signal that it’s not a particular important issue for officials – then the officials have got at least this matter right in their priorities.

Tai Ahu hadn’t finished, of course.

He said it was vital to know exactly how many there were as an increased understanding of tikanga, or Māori culture and tradition, is becoming a necessity in addressing issues that arise in the courtroom.

There does need to be increased monitoring and vigilance around not just recording numbers.

Definitely if there are issues in relation to the numbers and if the numbers are not being accurately counted then there are bound to be issues in relation to whether Māori judges are bringing critical Māori thinking to the bench, which is at the end of the day what we’re after.

If there’s no system in place to monitor even the number of judges who associate with being Māori then there’s some deep issues here.”

So we will have to hire more monitors and we can be camned sure Tai Ahu and his ilk will then be demanding more indigenous persons be given jobs in the monitoring department.

But the story gets more fascinating.

Let’s bring in Māmari Stephens, a senior lecturer in the School of Law at the Victoria University of Wellington. She said personal information should be updated every two years because some judges only start to recognise and become confident to identify as Māori as their career progresses.

At this level, if we don’t even know how many judges we have that are Māori, there’s a fairly good bit of evidence there that we’re not actually developing the sense that being a Māori judge is a normal thing or a legal career even is a normal thing.

What is shows is a lack of systemization of the gathering of that information. I wonder if they’ve ever been asked that question [of how many Māori judges there are] because of the fact that they’ve had to go back and change the information they’ve provided suggests that they may not have been asked this too many times before.”

Alf is bound to say he finds it difficult to translate the quoted passage into simple English.

But he thinks this woman is saying we should be encouraging a system in which a judge with a bit of Maori blood pumping proudly through his or her veins can stick his or hand up and declare: “I am a Maori judge.”

If it is not obvious that a judge is a Maori judge, Alf wonders what the big deal is.

If a judge has to declare he or she is a Maori judge, he is disquieted.

Does this mean all the other judges should declare themselves non-Maori judges?

Or should ethnicity be specifically declared for all to see?

Another issue: if Alf were to appear before a judge (this is improbable and the question is only being raised for hypothetical purposes) could he reject the judge who says he is a Maori judge and insist on the case being heard before an English/Scottish/Danish judge?

Hmm. Damned good idea.

Pressing the argument further, Alf should be able to insist on the case being heard before a judge with the same mix of English/Scottish/Danish blood as is pumping through his veins.

And if the right judge can’t be found – obviously, the case should be thrown out.

Yep. Our indigenous persons are on to something.
March 18th, 2015

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22 March 2015
Can some lizards derail a new house?
This is a tale of a breath-taking rip-off.

It's about a decent hard-working guy merely trying to build a house.

He is being gouged financially as part of the planning and consent process.

Remember this bloke is just trying to get a resource consent to build his home.

He doesn't have it yet. And then it got even more farcical.

Under local planning rules and the Resource Management Act he must consult with local iwi groups.

They must be notified of his plan to cut down some of the native bush.

All six interested iwi groups have to be contacted.

Some of these iwi groups live hundreds of kilometres away from the building site, but have historical connections to the area.

Three of these groups have so far asked for initial site visits.

These don't come cheap either. One of the iwi is charging $240 an hour, plus travel costs (and excluding GST).

This iwi goes on to say should a proper cultural impact assessment be needed they will provide the details of the costs involved.

Another iwi group say they see the trees as "taonga in need of protection from climate change, disease and ongoing development and they generally oppose the removal or felling of native trees".

They also want an initial site visit to assess whether a wider cultural assessment is needed - but the kaitiaki (guardian) can't do it till April.....
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Should Te Reo be compulsory in schools?
Te reo Maori should be compulsory in New Zealand schools, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says.

Being bi-lingual would be "a real added advantage" to young Kiwis, she said, and would help race relations....
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Archaeologists discover pā site
Preparations to start work on the Waikato Expressway has provided an opportunity to uncover a past.

A team of archaeologists have found evidence of burrow and storage pits as part of a large pā site believed to be dated back to the 15th Century. 

For these archaeologists, it's like a gold mine.

Hohepa Barton says, “This use to be a garden.  These were three other pā sites that connect to this garden, Te Uapata, Te Pā o Mahuta Te Pā o Tahou and also Tara Heke.”

Archaeologists and Waikato Tainui have started collecting and preserving items from New Zealand's buried past, in preparation for work to start on the $458 million Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway....
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21 March 2015

Feed the Kids Bill fails to gain Government support
Parliament has debated the Feed the Kids Bill, however, it won't pass the first reading as it’s failed to gain support from the Government.

Around 60 children at Windley School are fed breakfast every morning, and the principal says it's a similar number for children without lunch.

Rhys McKinley says, “There's breakfast on every morning at 7.30 - 8.30 and children just turn up.  Some parents turn up and have a kai with their whanau and so it makes it more of a family atmosphere and no pressure on them to be embarrassed for having no breakfast in the morning.” ......
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Ministers meet with Taranaki Māori to discuss important issues
A ministerial delegation including Prime Minister John Key is being held in Taranaki over the next few days meeting with local whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori organisations. 

The events are part of the 2014 Relationship Accord, Te Tatau ki te Paerangi, between the Māori Party and National.

The agreement creates more engagement by key ministers with Māori, regionally.

Those on this particular visit includes Prime Minister John Key, Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson and the Māori Party Co-leaders Marama Fox and Māori Development Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell. 

This engagement events allow the Prime Minister the opportunity to share at a local level progress being achieved for Māori across priority policy areas. Eight Taranaki iwi will meet with the ministerial group tonight to discuss the important issues in their region.

A closed meeting will also be held today between the Crown and local iwi at Parihaka Pā to discuss ways in which the historic village can be acknowledged and supported in the future. Once discussions have formed an agreement, details will be made public.....
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Iwi fears mining will pollute waterways
A Hauraki iwi, Ngāti Tamaterā, fears its tribal waterways could become polluted because of mining work by a company running tests at Karangahake, south of Paeroa.

Members of the iwi have rallied alongside a small group called Protect Karangahake, with both opposing New Talisman Gold Mines' operation.

They protested outside the Waikato Regional Council.

The group of about 15 people sang before its chair, Duncan Shearer, presented the council with water from the Waitawheta River, in what looked like a cup and corked jug made from clay.

He said they were there because of water.
He told members of council, including the chair, Paula Southgate, that the water he held was clean enough to drink, and is consumed by people of Paeroa.

"I want to make sure it stays like this for future generations."

After the proceedings, 26-year old Rebecca Brownlee, who is a Ngāti Tamaterā descendant, had some strong words for the council.

"I just want to say, use your common sense. I mean, you've already raped this country enough.....
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Parihaka redress on the table
Parihaka people hope yesterday’s visit from Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson will kick start progress towards acknowledging the crown’s past actions against it.

The village on the western slopes of Mt Taranaki was sacked in 1881 by armed constabulary trying to end a campaign of passive resistance to land confiscations.

Ruakere Hond says Parihaka falls outside the government’s treaty settlement process because it is not an iwi or hapu.....
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20 March 2015

Mixed views among iwi on selling quota
Seven Te Tai Tokerau iwi have asked to be allowed to trade their fisheries' assets on the open market.

The unnamed northern tribes made the trading suggestion in a submission on the way Māori fisheries could be governed in the future.

They argue the quota could be bought and sold in the same way as are other treaty assets.

Waikato-Tainui, however, has a different view, arguing the quota needs to be kept in Māori hands.

And the third largest iwi by population - Ngāti Kahungunu - does not want tribal-owned quota to be sold to non-Māori......
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$15,397 unpaid rates write-off
More than $15,000 of rates arrears is expected to be written off as unrecoverable by the Clutha District Council at its corporate services committee meeting today.

Chief executive officer Steve Hill said the approach was common for councils across New Zealand and the amount of money was ''minor in the scheme of things'' for the district.

The council would need to take action against each owner individually and with up to 200 owners per parcel of land, it would cost more to collect arrears than what was owed.

The corporate services committee decided total rates arrears of $11,481.50 on 21 blocks of Maori-owned land should be written off in 2011.
The total outstanding rates for 22 blocks of multiple-owner Maori land to June 30, 2013, was $14,436.47, the total outstanding to June 30, 2014, was $15,397.64.....
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Messy data on Maori judges
The Māori legal profession is questioning why the Government's data on the number of judges who identify as tāngata whenua is out-of-date.

Officials first told Radio New Zealand there were 28 judges of Māori descent, but later conceded the tally was wrong.

There are approximately 243 judges in Aotearoa and the new figures show 31 of those are of Māori descent.

Māori lawyer Tai Ahu said it reflected badly and the Government needed to be more vigilant.
"It demonstrates a lack of monitoring so there needs to be systems in place that monitor the number of Māori judges.

He said it was vital to know exactly how many there were as an increased understanding of tikanga, or Māori culture and tradition, is becoming a necessity in addressing issues that arise in the courtroom....
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19 March 2015

Far North votes against Maori seats
Far North voters have voted more than two to one against the introduction of Maori wards.

Mayor John Carter called the poll over the opposition of iwi, who expected today's result.

Just over 35 percent of electors voted, with 9315 votes against the introduction of Maori wards and just 4309 for the proposition.

The result means the issue can't be brought up for another two elections.....
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Iwi select Hokitika as site for apologies
The Government is set to say sorry to South Taranaki-based iwi Ngaruahine in a South Island town close to its historical heart.

As part of its Treaty settlement deal, the Crown agreed to deliver its official apology to the iwi at a venue of their choice.

Ngaruahine's lead negotiator Daisy Noble said it was decided the most appropriate place for that to happen was in Hokitika....
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Close to one million spent on Māori commercial fisheries structure review
Close to a million dollars was the total cost for a report reviewing the Māori commercial fisheries structure.

A figure which has been criticised by a number of people, as well as the main recommendation to get rid of Te Ohu Kaimoana.

The MP for Te Tai Tonga says Te Ohu Kaimoana has landed the big one.

Rino Tirikatene says, “$600,000 for five months work, 135 page pretty half-baked report is unjustified.”....
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New resource for teaching maths in Te Reo
A new resource for teaching maths at primary school has a particular focus on teaching the subject in te reo Maori.

The book 'Mathematics and statistics in the middle years: Evidence and practice' has been published by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research and edited by Robin Averill, a Senior Lecturer in Victoria University of Wellington's School of Education.

Dr Averill said the book was a joint project between researchers and teachers that gave teachers access to a wealth of academic research.

She said each chapter gave practical advice on how to achieve the Ministry of Education's Maori teaching standards.....
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Age, education puts Maori behind in self-employment
A report has found Maori were half as likely to be self-employed as the total population.

Analysis of 2013 census data by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment found just 10 percent of Maori were self-employed, compared to 19.8 percent of non-Maori.

This could be because Maori are relatively younger, with lower qualification levels than other New Zealanders.

More than 21,000 Maori ran their own business, of which two thirds were sole traders and 6800 were employers.

The total self-employed for all ethnic groups was 365,000, including almost 130,000 employers.

Over 60 percent of self-employed Maori work in the service sector, a quarter are in the goods-producing sector and 11 percent in the primary sector.....
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17 March 2015

Historic Auckland building sits on spring
The Catholic church says its plans to restore an historic central Auckland building are in doubt because the site has been classed as significant to local Maori.

The church's Auckland Diocese owns Newman Hall, a 150-year-old listed building in Waterloo Quadrant near the High Court.

The Diocese aims to develop the land behind it, thus funding conservation of the grand old house.

But the property is also home to a fresh water spring that was essential to life at two local pa and their surrounding gardens.

Called Wai Ariki, or chiefly waters, the spring has been listed as a Site of Significance to Mana Whenua under the incoming unitary plan, and the church says it now does not know what it can do with the site.

Mana whenua scheduling, requiring property owners to seek iwi approval for work on their land, has been controversial..... 
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Trust, youth, benefit from land values
The asset base of one of the country's biggest Maori businesses is up $3 million, from rising land valuations and a new farm purchase.

Tauhara North No 2 Trust, listed fifth on the Deloitte top nine Maori business entities, declared assets of $317.8 million for the year to June 30, 2014, up on 2013's $314.5 million.

Trust chief executive Aroha Campbell and chief executive of Ringa Matau (the trust's commercial subsidiary) Kevin McLoughlin, said land values had risen and a 900ha sheep and beef farm has been bought at Te Whaiti in the latest period.....
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Donna Awatere-Huata's involvement in Maori fisheries report may 'unnerve' industry
Convicted fraudster Donna Awatere-Huata was on the committee which agreed to pay a barrister $600,000 for a six-month review of the Maori fisheries body.

Fairfax last week revealed Wellington barrister Tim Castle received almost two-thirds of the $915,000 review of Maori fisheries' commercial structures.

Castle was selected by 11 members of a panel of representatives.

Awatere-Huata is a former ACT MP, jailed in 2009 for two years and nine months for fraud after taking more than $80,000 from a government-funded trust for under-privileged children. 

After eight months of her sentence she was released on home detention.

She was paid $4000 to represent unnamed "Maori organisations" on the panel.

The news will further trouble iwi and fishing industry representatives who meet Monday to discuss Castle's contentious report......
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First Nations Visit To Swap Ideas With Iwi
If anyone wants to see what Tino Rangitira could look like Paul Stanley urges a visit to the First Nations Listuguj clan.

Stanley (Tainui/Mataatua) is chief executive of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government in Quebec, Canada where he has management responsibility for the police force, emergency services, river and forest rangers, road maintenance, water supply and waste water, education, health, welfare, as well as for a range of businesses run on behalf of the Listuguj people.

He points out that many of the services that would come under central or local government control in New Zealand are the responsibility of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government.

“Our advantage in Canada is we control the integration of health, schools, policing and social services ourselves.”.....
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Newspaper inspired by Te Arawa success
A Māori newspaper editor says she was so inspired by the success of a Te Arawa newspaper she decided to launch a local Whanganui version.

Te Putake Whanganui Region Māori News published its first edition in January and is a joint venture with the Wanganui Chronicle.

Co-editor Kiritahi Firmin said her team felt it was important to keep Whanganui iwi informed, especially after signing its Treaty settlement, Te Ruruku Whakatupua, with the Crown last year......
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16 March 2015

Remissions & Postponement of Rates on Maori Freehold Land

Section 102 (4) of the Local Government Act 2002 states that a local authority must adopt a policy on the postponement of rates on Māori freehold land.

Section 102 (3) of the Local Government Act 2002 states that a policy adopted may be prepared and adopted as part of the long-term Council community plan.

Section 87 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 allows a local authority to postpone all or part of the rates on a rating unit if the local authority has adopted a postponement policy, the rate payer has applied in writing for a postponement and the local authority is satisfied that the conditions and criteria in the policy are met.

The Council may provide 100% rates remission of any rates except targeted rates on Māori freehold land to all ratepayers who meet the objectives, conditions and criteria of this policy. This remission of rates on Māori freehold land policy is prepared pursuant to Sections 102 (4) (f), 108 and schedule 11 of the Local Government Act 2002......

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Innovative new youth court for Tauranga
A new youth court for Tauranga will place a stronger focus on addressing offending by young Māori says Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams.

Ms Adams today spoke at the opening of the Rangatahi Court at Hairini Marae in Tauranga.
The Rangatahi Courts, a judiciary-led initiative, were established in 2008 to provide a better rehabilitative response to Māori young offenders by encouraging strong cultural links and involving communities in the youth justice process. The Tauranga court is the thirteenth to open.

“For many young people, appearing in court can be a foreign experience. Because of that fundamental disconnect, it is all too easy for some of them to dismiss the process,” says Ms Adams.

“The Rangatahi Court does things differently by placing young offenders in a setting where they can take ownership of their offending, with the support of whānau, kuia and kaumātua. It’s an environment that helps them reconnect with their culture.”.....
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From the files of Alf Grumble
No shite – the world’s biggest Maori cultural event is being held now, but in which country?

Nope. Alf was not wrong when his ears pricked up this morning at some babbling from Radio NZ.

He has revisited the news item and it confirmed that the buggers who write the stuff for Te Manu Korihi News just love to portray the country’s indigenous persons as achievers of the the biggest, the brightest  and the best.

Not only in this country. They are big globally.

And so the listening audience was told this morning:

The stage is set; the kapa haka crowds have booked out accommodation, and Hagley Park in Christchurch is the venue for the biggest Maori cultural event in the world – Te Matatini – which begins today with a massive powhiri just before midday.
The biggest Maori cultural event in the world?

No shite!

Now – stand up anyone who thought the biggest Maori cultural event in the world might have been held in – well, let’s say Bosnia, or Syria, or maybe  China.
March 4th, 2015
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14 March 2015
Māori politicians show support for Aboriginal communities
Māori politicians are weighing into the debate and controversy over a proposed plan to close more than 100 of Western Australia's remote Indigenous communities.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott publicly supported the plan and late last year Aboriginal elders lead a protest outside of state parliament against the move.

According to Australia's ABC News, Tony Abbott believes that if people choose to live in areas where there are no schools or jobs, there is a limit to what they can expect the state to provide.

"What we can't do is endlessly subsidise lifestyle choices if those lifestyle choices are not conducive to the kind of full participation in Australian society that everyone should have," Abbott says......
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Ngā Whenua Rāhui celebrates 25 years
"Ngā Whenua Rāhui exists to protect the natural integrity of Maori land and to preserve Matauranga Maori, so that the values, stories and history associated with our natural taonga are not lost to the world."- Sir Tumu Te Heuheu, the foundation chair of this Fund....
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13 March 2015

Few votes on Maori Far North council wards
Less than a third of Far North residents have so far voted on whether to create Maori council wards for the district.

The council has put the idea to a binding poll which closes next Tuesday.

Dedicated Maori seats have become a hot topic for councils, most recently splitting New Plymouth district and being rejected by the public in Nelson.

Yet after two weeks of the Far North District Council referendum, only 30 percent of eligible voters have sent in their ballots.....
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Hawke's Bay hapū concerned over granting of water consents
With two water bottling plants in the Hawke's Bay area recently being granted water consent to draw millions of litres of water a year that is destined for the overseas market, it has local iwi and hapū concerned over the numberof water consents being granted to draw from the areas main aquifer.

This site is owned by One Pure International, and is being turned into a 24 hour a day water bottling plant, that will fill around 30,000 bottles of water an hour, with consent granted to draw just over 400,000 cubic metres of water from the Heretaunga aquifer.

Iain Maxwell of the Hawke's Bay Regional Council says "There's no indication at the moment that the takes that in the area where these water bottling plants that suggests there are concerns."......
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Iwi regain Aupouri forest
Part of Northland’s Aupouri forest in New Zealand has been returned to local iwi by the Crown after leasing the land for almost half a century. Source: Radio New Zealand

The Crown leased the land for 99 years in 1966 but that was later negotiated down to the end of the first forest crop.

The Parengarenga Incorporation manages the $42 million worth of assets for 3000 Far North iwi members and works mainly in farming and forestry.

The return of the almost 750-hectares of land to Parengarenga will allow the business to replant and continue forestry development in the area......
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Wave wall about to take shape
“We are working with local iwi to find a suitable motif to put on the front of the panels that symbolises the three iwi and Mauao's association with Te Awanui,” says Tony.....
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Kura lack teaching technology
A Victoria University lecturer says schools are missing out on digital resources to help boost the use of Te Reo.

Tabitha McKenzie said when it came to technology, kura lag behind.

Every fortnight, Ms. McKenzie holds a lesson for teachers of Natone Park School where Te Reo is spoken regularly. Her job is to increase their Te Reo and work to develop the use of Māori in the classroom.

But her lessons don't have your traditional lines on the blackboard approach, with each teacher issued an iPad.

"So we've moved away from the traditional method of just being face to face and are moving towards using a blended approach so using mobile devices."

"I try to use apps as well as videos or podcasts. So in that way when they aren't with me in the off weeks, they are still able to have access to the material and to the learning, so it's going to that idea of language on the go: anywhere, anytime."......
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Police, health, courts most trusted by Māori
Māori in general trust the police and health system more than other institutions, Statistics New Zealand said today.

New research from Te Kupenga 2013, a survey of Māori well-being, showed police and health are the top-rated institutions by Māori, closely followed by the courts and education. The ‘system of government’ and media institutions are rated lowest......
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Maori fisheries body review cost almost $1 million
A review of the Maori fisheries body cost almost $1 million – with two thirds of that paid to one barrister for six months' work.

The report recommends Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Maori Fisheries Trust) be scrapped and assets transferred to iwi.

Wellington lawyer Tim Castle charged $600,000 for his 135-page report. There was just over $37,000 in disbursements. The total bill for the review was $915,000, with $278,000 going towards fees and expenses for the trust's committee of representatives, production and distribution of the report and a meeting....
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12 March 2015
Wellington Police Maori Advisory Board | Iwi Representative
Wellington Police Maori Advisory Board | Iwi Representative – Seeking Registrations of Interest

We are seeking registrations of interest for an iwi representative to sit on the Wellington Policy Maori Advisory Board. This group is made up of 6 Wellington regional members consisting of iwi and wider Maori community representation.

The board meet quarterly, invited to attend special meetings on as needed basis.

Should you have the capacity to represent Ngati Toa in this position please send your CV reference.........
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Craftily chipping away at democracy
What is even scarier is this ever-growing push to have unelected people making decisions that should really be made by those we have voted on to council.

Those councillors should listen to all groups before making a decision, but that decision should only be made by elected members.

In Tauranga, we have a constant push for a Maori ward.

That is unacceptable to most voters because it takes us out of the equation. I certainly believe in one person, one vote, and all votes being equal.

Because the idea of a Maori ward is so unpopular among most voters, some clever clogs seem to be switching the angle of attack to completely take it.........
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Maori and Indigenous Researcher Directory launched
Māori Development Minister Hon Te Ururoa Flavell is proud to have launched Te Hononga Pūkenga - the Māori and Indigenous Researcher Directory today in Wellington.

"This online and interactive directory is a milestone in Māori scholarship. It gives Māori, public and private interests the opportunity to connect easily with some of the nation’s leading indigenous experts," says Mr Flavell.

The new directory has been initiated by Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga - New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence.

To date, Ngā Pae has over 500 Māori doctorates working with whānau, hapū, iwi, Māori and indigenous communities around the country and internationally.

It has supported a diverse range of research projects crossing areas such as architecture and design, biology, biotechnology, business, economics, education, environment, health, law and media.....
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11 March 2015

Māori Development Minister supports call for Te Matatini funding boost
The Māori Development Minister supports the call for consideration of more Government funding for Te Matatini.

Te Ururoa Flavell told Native Affairs, he will continue to attempt to influence other Government Ministers to increase the support and funding provided to the world’s largest Māori Performing Arts Festival.

Recent figures released by Māori Television show that over 1 million viewers tuned in to watch the online and television broadcast of the event this year. Thousands more also attend the biennial event.

Native Affairs investigated the amount of funding provided to Te Matatini by the Government in comparison to funding received by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Royal New Zealand Ballet.

The Ministry of Culture and Heritage provides Te Matatini with $1.2 million dollars a year. The Royal New Zealand Ballet receives close to $4.4 million a year and The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra receives $13.4 million a year.....
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Maori approach to Maori health issues required - researcher
Māori approaches to Māori health issues are required to improve the health of the Māori population which is a national priority, a University of Canterbury researcher says.

Health sciences lecturer Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll says there are nationwide concerns about Māori health and it comes as no surprise that Māori are at the top of the statistics for poor health.

She says the current state of Māori health is a product of inequities fostered in the settlement and colonisation of Aotearoa New Zealand, perpetuated in prevailing social structures. Statistics New Zealand figures for 2010 to 2012 show that Māori could expect to live seven years less than non- Māori.....
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Te Arawa plan damages local democracy
With the council's 8-5 dismissal of our attempts to remove bias and predetermination from the consultation documents, the Rotorua Pro-Democracy Society urges all citizens to make a submission. Each of us must decide to defend or dump democracy.

The Te Arawa Partnership Plan, Option 2, is not democratic. The proposed Te Arawa Board will recommend unelected nominees to be appointed to committees of council. These nominees will sit alongside elected councillors with the same voting rights. Together, these nominees and Te Arawa-affiliated councillors will have disproportionate power......
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Race unity crucial for young New Zealanders
The Human Rights Commission is urging young Northland people from all cultures to take part in or attend the upcoming Race Unity Speech Competitions taking place at the end of March.

“Our changing face is younger and more ethnically diverse than ever before. Positive race relations shouldn’t be things our young people read about in class: they must live it every day,” said Dame Susan.

“We live in one of the most peaceful nations on earth but can’t afford to take this for granted: it’s something we’re all responsible for.”

Statistics indicate that 14.2 per cent of people in Northland were born overseas, with England the most common birthplace. After English, te reo Maori is Northland’s next most common language which is spoken by 28.5 per cent of Maori people.....
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10 March 2015

From the archives - By Fiona Mackenzie
Monkey Business in the Town Hall
Strict Maori powhiri protocol was imposed on Auckland Council’s inauguration last Tuesday (29th Oct). Women councillors were directed into the back row behind all their male colleagues, then to the end of the line-up for the hongi. One councillor said she was “shoved” into the back, while another explained that the women simply followed each other. It’s hard to imagine these strong, assertive women willingly being so meek and submissive – especially as their ranks contain at least one ex-MP, two ex-mayors and a deputy mayor.  Wherever the truth lies, the appearance of discrimination and rudeness towards our democratically-elected councillors (and, by inference, all women) was shocking.

Whoever was responsible is obviously unaware that: 1) sexual discrimination is illegal in New Zealand workplaces and government, and 2) in politics, one must be seen to be doing the right thing.

Over and above that, this was a local government event, on public land, in a western democracy, representing Aucklanders of every ethnicity and gender. So why was Maori protocol even an issue?

The Town Hall is not a marae and it is not iwi-owned. Even if it had been Maori property, the councillors were not visitors to Auckland; nor were they first time visitors to the Town Hall who needed to be welcomed; nor did the women need protection (unless the organisers were worried that Len might continue to display poor judgment). So the use of Maori protocol made no sense culturally anyway.

To make matters worse, this sexist and undemocratic treatment had been dished out in council events before. Consequently, it had been purposefully discussed and agreed beforehand that the women councillors would not be discriminated against in the seating arrangement this time – although only because the swearing in ceremony would be preceded by a mihi whakatau (a message of welcome) and not a full powhiri!

Then, to add insult to injury, the speeches in English were translated simultaneously into sign, while those in Maori were not translated into English or sign, making the Maori content meaningless to the majority. And the powhiri went on for 40 minutes, which was way too long for the occasion. Many guests, including some councillors’ young children or grandchildren, were bored and disappointed.

The Council’s cultural sycophants enjoy western standards of living, status and great salaries, yet they are insisting on imposing inappropriate rituals and third world bullying tactics on our representatives. What’s more, I bet ratepayers cough up great sums for this privilege.

Western values, as they have evolved through time, are the reason New Zealand and many countries have prospered while others remain impoverished. It is unbelievable that any of us now allow our inclusive principles to be subverted, all for the sake of kowtowing to a bunch of bullies lurking behind a "cultural" façade. It’s time for this farcical nonsense to stop.
November 3, 2013

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9 March 2015

Billionaire backs out of access agreement
New Zealand's richest man has reneged on guaranteed public access across his land to one of the country's most beautiful beaches.

To get approval to buy his $50 million farm in Northland's Helena Bay, Russian mogul Alexander Abramov promised to provide a legal right of way to the Walking Access Commission.

The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) allowed the billionaire steel magnate to buy his 215-hectare farm, north of Whangarei in January 2009 - on condition he provide public walking access over his land in partnership with the WAC. But instead, he has granted the right of way to local iwi Ngatiwai.

The troubled Mokau Marae, about 5km from the estate, will in practice manage access to most of the route. One large section of the track will be only for the Mokau hapu and "special guests".....
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Tribunal ponders 'unfair' Crown methods
An urgent hearing into processes the Crown used in the establishment of Tuhoronuku and the Ngapuhi Treaty of Waitangi settlement led to a busload of Ngapuhi hapu members travelling from Kawakawa to Wellington.

The Waitangi Tribunal hearing, held on Wednesday and Thursday, comes after a series of conferences and hearings were held looking into the Ngapuhi settlement. At a two-day Waitangi Tribunal judicial conference in June last year, submissions were made as part of an application for an urgent hearing by key groups opposing Tuhoronuku, the group whose mandate to negotiate Ngapuhi settlements was recognised last year by the Crown.....
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Iwi plans Rotorua Lakefront casino
A proposed casino/hotel comprising between 150 and 200 beds sited on Rotorua’s Lakefront has been described a game changer for the city.

And it appears the Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust, valued at $180 million, is close finalising the deal, television news programme Te Karere has reported.

If approved, if could bring in some $500 million annually.

The trust, which owns the bustling central mall east of the core of the CBD, has confirmed it is looking into a 5-Star hotel/casino.....
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Proposal to abolish Te Ohu Kaimoana
A proposal's in place to abolish the fisheries body - Te Ohu Kaimoana.

It's one of a number of plans from a review of how the Māori quota is managed.

Iwi are no small player in the fishing industry; the tribal-owned company Aotearoa Fisheries owns half of the consumer brand Sealord.

The review - by the Wellington barrister, Tim Castle - was always on the cards; the timing of the evaluation is locked into fisheries legislation.

He said the single most significant finding and recommendation he makes is that Te Ohu Kaimoana should now be wound-up.

The nature and funding of any new body would have to be decided by iwi.

Other suggestions include giving iwi greater control of Aotearoa Fisheries, and that its board directors are appointed by tribes.

Iwi have been calling for more clout over the firm....
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8 March 2015

From the files of Alf Grumble
Little’s your man if you fancy further dividing the nation by giving Maori more law-making powers

Something in the air at Waitangi has addled Andrew Little’s brain.

Or perhaps he has been infected with the cravenness bug that afflicts the Mayor of New Plymouth.

Whatever got the better of him, he has declared himself in favour of giving Maori greater self-governance, possibly including the ability to make some of their own laws.

Little declared his readiness to take this further step towards creating a Maori New Zealand and the other New Zealand  yesterday, apparently influenced by a Waitangi Tribunal finding last year that Northland Maori did not cede their sovereignty when signing the Treaty.

This posturing would have won him lots of brownie points among Maori elders at Waitangi.

They had criticised The Boss when he stated the obvious – obvious, at least, except to people without a normal cluster of brain cells or to some indigenous persons who lust for greater governing powers to show they are “special” in this country.

Mr Key said allowing some iwi the ability to make their own law would be “divisive” and he did not support the suggestion.

But Little declared his inclination to divisive governance arrangements by going along with the Waitangi Tribunal report which found Maori should be able to make their own laws on matters affecting them.

While that would be “highly problematic” he said it should be looked at.

Mr Little acknowledged it could concern some New Zealanders. “The fear is always that these things turn into a ‘they are getting special privilege’ or ‘they are getting a control we would never be able to have’. We have to be sensitive to that, but we’ve also got to understand for iwi now and those who have had their settlements and developed their own economic base, there are some things we might want to say they can be responsible for that is consistent with historical obligations.”

He said it was time to look at what would happen after the settlements were completed.

He said some Native American tribes had law-making powers over their territories in the United States where recognised tribes were exempt from some laws – including taxation – and could create their own laws in many areas. Mr Little said allowing separate law-making was “highly problematic”.

But we shouldn’t be so dismissive of any claim by iwi over what they do. We do have to function as a nation-state and we don’t want to compromise that. But let’s have a look at it.”

But here’s the thing.

If he is to agree that Maori should be able to make their own laws on matters affecting them, how will he respond when Chinese citizens say they should be able to make their own laws on matters affecting them? Or Indians? Or Indians? Or – dammit – Scots, Irish, Welsh and Poms?

The absurdity is plain.

But Little wasn’t finished with tearing up the treaty arrangement between Maori and the Crown.

Mr Little also pinned his flag to the republican tent yesterday, saying New Zealand should move to sever the apron strings with the monarchy before Australia.

It is not plain to Alf that we should move to sever the apron strings with the monarch, full stop.

It is much more bewildering why we should want to beat the Aussies to declare a republic.

Mr Little said he supported changing the flag but it was mere “window dressing” and should be done as part of wider constitutional change – change which also included ditching the Queen as the head of state.

If we want to assert our independence, changing the flag won’t do it. Changing our head of state will.”

As the Herald reminds us, New Zealand will vote on whether to change the flag in a referendum next year. A second referendum will be held on the new flag if the vote is for change.

Frankly, Alf thinks The Boss has gone much too far simply by wanting to shake the Union Jack out of our flag and replace it with with some cheap form of Kiwiana.

But at least he draws the line there and says changing the flag is his limit as far as a nudge toward republicanism goes.

Key describes himself as “the biggest constitutional monarchist you’ll meet”.

Alf is content to him on this point, but he regards the claim as nonsense, because The Grumbles beat him hands down in the claim to the title of biggest constitutional monarchist you’ll meet.
February 7th, 2015

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7 March 2015

Pukana and Pakeha for first time
Maori Television’s award winning children’s show Pukana intends to slip in some English language in a bid to widen its audience.

Co-producer Alecia Haua says Pukana now has the freedom to weave in a small amount of English naturally and subtly into the Monday programme.

She says it will allow the show to grow its audience base and hopefully excite enough of its non-fluent audience into taking the next step into learning Te Reo...
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NZTE Powers up Māori Business Team
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is increasing its support for Māori businesses wanting to grow internationally, with two new appointments to its Māori business team.

Dale Stephens and Tina Wehipeihana-Wilson have both been appointed customer managers.

NZTE Director of Māori Business Liz Te Amo says that NZTE is focused on unlocking the power of the Māori export economy by working with more Māori companies, collectives and leaders to create more successful international companies....
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Discharge site on island could give Maori access
A controversial decision to use Matakarapa Island as the discharge site for Foxton's wastewater could have a silver lining for Maori opposed to the plan.

Horowhenua District Council voted 7-4 on Wednesday night to endorse the island as the discharge site after five hours of discussion.

The move is opposed by Ngati Whakatere, and other Horowhenua and Manawatu iwi, as they have several urupa on the island.

The iwi are opposed to it being used for the discharge of Foxton's treated waste because of concerns graves will be sprayed. At present they are unable to access the sites to maintain these graves because they are on private land...
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Rangitāiki River document now published and released
Prepared by the Rangitāiki River Forum - a partnership between iwi and local councils - the document will guide future management of the Rangitāiki River catchment through the vision, desired outcomes and objectives for the river and its land....
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Criticism over pass rate drop
Education leaders are unhappy with the big drop in the number of Maori and Pasifika students getting University Entrance (UE).

Only a third of last year's Maori and Pasifika Year 13 students got the qualification, down from half the previous year.

COMET Education Trust chief executive Susan Warren said poor UE results would worsen the under-representation of Maori and Pasifika students at universities.

"We've already got not enough Maori and Pasifika kids coming through to university. This is going to make that worse......
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6 March 2015

Lawyers round on Tribunal funding
A group of lawyers says the Crown shouldn't be in charge of funding the Waitangi Tribunal.

The Human Rights Lawyers Association complained of what it called a power imbalance between the Crown and Māori groups.

The lawyers said there was an inherent tension because the Crown must contribute funds to Māori in order to prosecute claims against the Crown.

They said the Crown should take a hands-off approach to paying for the Tribunal's operations.

In a feedback document to the Ministry of Justice, the association said the Waitangi Tribunal and Crown law were under considerable pressure to cut costs.

It claimed the system worked to the detriment of whānau, hapū and iwi, who have suffered prejudice through past actions of the Crown, which now funds their attempts to remove that prejudice.....
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Maori Party calls for racism inquiry
Following the quashing of Teina Pora's convictions, the Maori Party is pushing for an inquiry into the justice system over what it calls institutional racism.

The party has joined the discussion, with co-leader Marama Fox saying Mr Pora's case was another example of how convoluted, expensive and difficult it was to have injustices like this rectified.

She said an inquiry would find out why Maori were treated differently in the justice system.

Ms Fox said they suffered from institutional racism, and that in fact nobody wanted to hear those words; that every time someone did hear those words, they would start jumping up and down.

She said they would rather call it structural discrimination, which she called institutional racism in itself...
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Iwi-owned fishery reports profit
A business owned by the King Country iwi Ngati Maniapoto has made yet another profit, making almost three-quarters of a million dollars last year.

Te Kupenga o Maniapoto holds and manages the tribe's settlement fish quota and draws its income from Aotearoa Fisheries.

The company has recorded a surplus every year since it started seven years ago....
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Sorting out land $40m question
Solving access issues to Rangitikei's land-locked land is seen as having an economic spin-off for the region.

Such land, much of it Maori-owned, is surrounded by other properties and not able to be accessed by road and therefore difficult to use productively.

Mr Watson met Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson last month to discuss the process.

About 20 per cent of Rangitikei's total area was land-locked and full use of it could generate up to $40 million in GDP, Mr Watson said.

"The absence of free and formal access to these lands has presented the Maori owners with an insurmountable challenge in terms of their ability to utilise their whenua for traditional proposes and to unlock the inherent development potential that exists in these properties," he wrote to the minister.

Maori had asked for council help, and it wanted to work with them and other land-owners to do so.

Much of the land is in the north of the district.

"It's very much going to be a long-term process ... There's a very, very complex Maori land court process," Mr Watson said......
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Aotearoa Fisheries launches $30m fleet renewal
New Zealand's biggest Maori-owned fisheries company has announced a $30 million fleet renewal programme.

Aotearoa Fisheries announced today it had signed a deal with Nelson boat builder Aimex to build a state of the art fishing boat that will improve productivity and reduce environmental impact.

Aotearoa Fisheries does not own a fleet but contracts fishing companies to catch its quota.

It will help those companies purchase new "technologically advanced" boats with transitional funding, long-term access to quota and secure financing, chief executive Carl Carrington said....
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Forestry leases returned to Maori owners
Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew joined Maori owners and the community in Northland today to celebrate the surrender of a 740 hectare forestry lease.

The ceremony included the felling of the final trees to mark the end of what was originally a 99 year Crown lease. The trees are to be replanted by the landowner, Parengarenga A Incorporation.

The initial Crown lease had a term of 99 years from July 1966. In 1999 a variation to the lease was negotiated between the Crown and the Incorporation with the lifetime of the lease reduced to the end of the first crop.......
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5 March 2015

Action needed on Maori representation
Labour MP Adrian Rurawhe would like to see cross party support among Maori MPs for changes to the way councils deal with Maori representation.

Under the law, if councils opt for Maori wards, the decision can be overturned if opponents petition for a referendum on the issue - the only aspect of local government reorganisation where such a referendum is binding.

Both New Plymouth and the Far North councils are running polls on on Maori wards, which are widely expected to be lost.

Mr Rurawhe says Maori representation should be standard in local government, but it won’t happen without changing the rules....
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Smoking ban on volcanic cones
The Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makaurau Authority has voted to make Auckland’s volcanic cones alcohol and smoke-free.

Chair Paul Majurey says the sight of cigarette butts and discarded bottles and cans is not conducive to the living connection communities have with these important places.

He says the decision has the unanimous support of mana whenua, Auckland Council and the Crown co-governance parties who lead the Maunga Authority....
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Centre to be school's Maori heart
Motueka High School has raised $468,000 toward building a new cultural education centre that will be the heart of the school's efforts to raise Maori student achievement.

In May, the school will learn if the Lottery community facilities committee will fund the balance of the $1.1 million centre.

The school has 80 students in the whanau class, a Maori form class that includes about half of the school's 140 Maori students as well as a few European New Zealanders and some international students. They meet in the whanau class at the beginning and end of the day and when they do, they occupy a standard classroom: 44 square metres of classroom painted orange and built 60 years ago.

The concept of a Maori cultural centre has been part of the school's strategic vision for the past decade but only gathered momentum with the appointment of its new head of Maori language in late 2013.

He said the school would continue to hold significant events, such as the whanau class prizegiving and teacher development days, at Te Awhina.....
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Waatea kura puts culture and identity to fore
South Auckland’s newest kura hourua-partnership school was opened this morning by Education Minister Hekia Parata.

Manukau Urban Maori Authority’s Te Kura Maori o Waatea in Mangere is enrolling tamariki aged 5 to 8.
Ms Parata praised MUMA for taking up the opportunity that National's coalition with ACT made possible, and doing it in the context of culture, language and identity.

MUMA chief executive Willie Jackson says the authority wants to inspire aspiration and educational achievement in the community.

He says the kura meets the needs of some South Auckland whanau eager to see their tamariki thrive and prosper in a supportive holistic environment that incorporates Maori pedagogy and proven teaching methods....
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4 March 2015

Iwi leader says no to white supremacist vote
A Taranaki Maori leader wants the New Plymouth District Council to challenge the need to hold a referendum on whether it can create a Maori ward.

Grant Knuckey says the referendum, which was triggered by a petition opposing the Maori seat plan, could turn the city into the centre of white supremacy in the South Pacific.

He says having proper Maori representation on council is about ensuring Maori interests get a fair hearing, not about giving any special privileges.

" In the last 150 years it hasn't been very pleasant being Maori with a brown face, certainly in this community because we've lost a heap of stuff from the confiscations....
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Maori support picked for flag change
" When Maori were asked which flag did they want to represent them, the blue ensign, our current New Zealand flag was put up as an option. And I think somewhere between 80-90 per cent of Maori said 'no', they didn't feel that represented Maori interests. So in terms of gauging where Maori are at, I'm picking that some of that sentiment may spill into this process in this debate. And I wouldn't be at all surprised if Maori actually wanted change " he says.

Malcolm Mulholland says anyone including Maori is free to make suggestions on a flag design, with the panel choosing four to put to a first referendum.

The winner of that vote will then be matched up against the current flag in a second and binding referendum.....
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Council poll could bar far north Maori ward
The Far North District Council has sent out postal voting forms on whether it should introduce Maori wards.

Iwi have opposed the poll, saying if the council was serious about having Maori at the table it should not have to get permission from the wider public.

Mayor John Carter says the council doesn’t have a view on Maori wards but it’s a decision that needs to be made by the community rather than the council...
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Special privileges for Maori replace doing the right thing
Howie Tamati, sole Maori councillor on the New Plymouth District Council, sees the granting of Maori wards on local councils as a step in the right direction, telling Radio New Zealand it is "not the right answer but a start". He is wrong, very wrong.

New Zealand is a democracy and democratic rights of the individual should be sacrosanct.

In no way is such a course an acceptable substitute. Democracy in our country is something we should never, ever sacrifice in the name of meeting some other objective...
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3 March 2015

Treaty settlement 'landlocks' bach
Bach owner Jim Harre and his family have been coming to their west Auckland holiday spot for more than 40 years.

Others came before them; the property at Te Henga (Bethells Beach) has been there since 1934.

But according to Mr Harre, planned Treaty of Waitangi Settlement legislation would mean the building would become 'landlocked'.

Te Kawerau a Maki is returning to the area and reclaiming some land, some of it shouldering the bach.

Of course, the iwi occupied the land long before people built seaside baches with spectacular views. But raiding northern Maori forces ran the tribe out of its rohe (area) and forced descendants into exile in Waikato. Colonials then swooped in and bought swathes of ancestral land.

Jim Harre says what is contentious here is not what the tribe is getting back, but instead the Crown's provision of access to his bach, as arranged through the Treaty negotiations.

"I support the settlement. I'm personally delighted that Te Kawerau a Maki are formally returning to Te Henga and will continue to be the tangata whenua in this area," he says.

"The first time we became aware of this settlement was August 2014, six months after the Crown has signed the settlement".....
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Wastewater discharge site 'short-sighted'
The preferred location for future discharge of Foxton's wastewater is a short-sighted and insensitive choice, critics say.

Staff at Horowhenua District Council have named Matakarapa Island, which lies inside the Manawatu River Loop, as the best option for disposing of the town's treated sewage.

One of those present told the Manawatu Standard two-thirds of those in the public gallery had opposed Matakarapa Island as the discharge site during consultation.

It has historical importance to iwi in Horowhenua and is home to both a former pa and several burial sites.

Ngati Whakatere spokesman Troy O'Carroll said the site was especially important to iwi, as many Maori are buried there.

"We've got people, who are alive, who have siblings in there."
A marae was once at the site too, he said....
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Police coming to a kura near you
The police are planning to dispatch fluent Maori speaking officers to Kohanga Reo, Kura Kaupapa and secondary schools in south Auckland.

Inspector Nga-Wati Chaplow said officers want to get closer to Maori at an early age.

"By the use of Te Reo we are starting to touch our Maori youth at the very earliest point in their lives. The presence in itself, which we've never had, is going to make a difference".....
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Submissions show discontent at claim process
Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis, who was seconded onto the committee for consideration of the bill, says the majority of submissions are in favour.

" People are in favour of the Bill moving forward but they aren't happy with the process, they're not happy with the length of time it's taken, they're not happy that they're only getting a fraction of what the settlement should be. But they're prepared to accept it in a sake of progress and moving forward for our people up here " he says...
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Marae pay price of poor insurance check
A Maori financial broker says some insurance assessors are listing Marae as public halls, which drives up the cost of cover for pa.

Chief executive Tina Wilson said Marae sometimes had to pay more because insurance assessors did not understand what tangata whenua value.

She said they did not understand what Marae want and need, and sometimes classed them as a public hall.

Ms Wilson said there need to be more Maori working in the industry.....
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2 March 2015

Poll call looms for Maori ward
Tauranga Maori are checking the numbers to decide whether a poll is necessary in relation to a Maori ward seat on Tauranga City Council.

City councillors voted unanimously against the measure in November last year.

However, the council decision can be challenged if five percent of the roll demand a poll.

The petition must be finalised and submitted by February 28, Tauranga Moana Tangata Whenua Collective chairperson Puhirake Ihaka told the Tanga Whenua/Tauranga City Council Committee.....
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New Plymouth to spend $80k on poll
New Plymouth is to spend about $80,000 to conduct a poll over whether Maori should have an automatic right to a council seat.

The district council this week validated a petition calling for a binding citizens-initiated referendum on the establishment of a Maori ward and a ballot will be held in May.

Last year, the council voted 7-to-6 to establish a Maori ward at the local government elections in 2016.

A resident, Hugh Johnson, then organised a petition to force a referendum on the issue.

Mr Johnson says the issue is too important to leave to councillors alone.

"I believe we are one country and I believe in democracy. I believe there are changes to go on in local government in this sort of nature that people should have a say. Hence this referendum."

The Mayor, Andrew Judd, said he would respect the result of the referendum but would continue to seek improved engagement with Maori regardless of its outcome.
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Ballot forms posted on question of dedicated Maori wards
Far North residents have until March 17 to have their say on whether the council should bring in dedicated Maori wards.

Voting forms in the postal ballot have been sent to all Far North electors and arrived in most letterboxes this week.

Last year, the council decided to hold a binding poll about setting up dedicated Maori seats at the council table for the 2016 and 2019 local elections.

If a majority of votes are in favour of Maori wards, the council will determine the number of general and Maori wards - as well as the number of councillors for each - when it conducts a representation review later this year.

Mayor John Carter said the council was committed to working more closely with Maori but it did not have a view on dedicated Maori wards.....
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1 March 2015

Letters to the Editor - Newspapers

Whangarei Leader 17/2/15
Your report on Treaty teacher Moea Armstrong (Leader, February 3 P7) misleads the public to believe what she and others are teaching on the Treaty is the truth.

No! They are rewriting history to support their political view and agenda.

As your report stated: Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson says there is no question the Crown has sovereignty in New Zealand.

That is why we have the Union Jack flag flying at the [Waitangi Day] ceremony, the Royal Navy being the honour guard and the Governor-General representing our Sovereign Queen.

If the public read the book Twisting the Treaty, that is in our public library, they would be made aware of the true history of the Treaty and its meaning.

The chiefs who signed it and met again in 1860 at Kohimaramara agreed the Queen was the Sovereign of New Zealand.

I think these rewriters of history and false teachers of Treaty meanings are pulling the wool over the public’s eyes...not opening them.

Wanganui Chronicle 14/2/15
It appears that preserving the Maori language is flavour of the mouth. Despite offering three obviously unacceptable submissions to the editor on this subject, I have decided to have one last go. If this fails, I may have to give Susan Devoy a call — mind you, she is busy trying to avoid the duties of her office over a pakeha coach of a Maori basketball team causing that team to be refused entry into the National Maori Basketball Tournament. Apparently Ms Devoy needs a formal complaint before she can act or even comment

The Chronicle of February 6 sort of sums it up... First, the cartoon of Gareth Morgan (leader of the NZ branch of the KKK —Kiwi Kat Killers) shows his idiocy, although his calls for compulsory force feeding of te reo in schools is not mentioned.

Then the "Another View' column succinctly addresses biculturalism The only problem is that while the majority of the population want to achieve this, a small vocal radical mob of part-Maori want a dominant position and special treatment. Turn over the page and Lynette Archer is pushing the "bilingual barrow" in the parenting column. To show her proficiency in te reo she manages to insert the occasional Maori word but her comment that "in NZ we are fortunate to be able to speak and understand two languages" is not only patronising, it is also total rubbish unless referring to a minute portion of the population. Again, her hypothesis that bilinguals are more creative thinkers and posses sharper brain functions in older age beggars belief.

So, the creators of the seven wonders of the world, the historic masters of art and sculpture, mathematics, medicine and philosophy were all bilingual youngsters? I think not.

As for teaching te reo at an early age in schools, I have it on good authority that there are very few te reo fluent qualified teachers available to utilise the material previously provided to schools at great cost. I can see no practical reason for forcing te reo on the general public. It has no place in global economics and the chances of three NZ citizens, a Samoan, a Pakistani and a Chinaman standing on the footpath on Queen Street in Auckland having a conversation in te reo are as remote as me catching a great white shark in Virginia Lake on a fly rod.

Northern Advocate 11/2/15
Reading Minister of Education Hekia Parata’s opinion piece (Northern Advocate 9/2/15) has made me despair for the future of children of Maori descent. They, their parents and their fellow Kiwis are constantly being manipulated by propaganda designed to make them useful pawns in the machinations of power hungry politicians and activists.

I agree that, years ago, children weren’t able to speak te reo at school. But Ms Parata fails to mention that this was because Maori elders wanted them to have the best possible future opportunities. Kamatuas knew then that being able to communicate well, with as many people as possible, would make life easier and more prosperous for Maori. That perspective is still valid today.

These same elders were the ones wanting punishments for children caught speaking Maori, as verified on the website:

Ms Parata also fails to explain that, historically, most students were subjected to teachers slapping and hitting them (with a ruler, belt or cane) for minor demeanours. Physical punishment at school was standard practice and was certainly not focussed on any ethnicity – ask anyone over 55!

And finally, the treaty has achieved everything such a document would have been intended to achieve in 1840. New Zealand led the world in delivering legal equality, independent of race, gender or religious orientation. Unfortunately there is no document on earth that can make people value their own education and health, or take up the opportunities available to them.

Ms Parata fails New Zealand and all children of Maori descent by her efforts to keep them confined in “a Maori World”.

NZ Herald 10/2/15
Iwi businesses are forming a significant and growing part of the economy. But I will withhold my congratulations until iwi corporations such as Ngai Tahu and Tainui find a sense of civic responsibility and start paying their fair share of taxes on their commercial activities.

Iwi-owned corporations are excused paying income tax because they are registered as charities, yet very little of their profits is distributed for charitable purposes.

When tax privileges such as these exist, the revenue burden must fall on others. Consequently, their businesses are being subsidised by the taxpayer. Being income tax exempt they also gain a considerable advantage when competing against other businesses.

A review of the tax treatment of iwi owned business operations that are registered as charities is urgently needed.

Dominion Post 7/2/15
Helen Clark's Labour Government embedded policies such as sustainability and social justice into our school curriculums. But it was over the Treaty of Waitangi the most blatant political manipulation is seen.

The Treaty is now interwoven in all subject areas at all curriculum levels. But as if that is not enough, the Maori Party announced last year that as part of their coalition deal with National a stronger Maori focus would be brought into the curriculum through the spending of $1.6 million over three years to strengthen the teaching of Maori "history" in both primary and secondary schools.

The official promotion of what amounts to Maori supremacy in schools, sends a signal to students and families that the only culture that matters in New Zealand is Maori. This rejects the curriculum's Cultural Diversity principle stating "The curriculum reflects New Zealand's cultural diversity and values the histories and traditions of all its people."

The symptoms of a failing education system are already starting to show: We have lower than expected international test scores, school leaven without basic literacy and numeracy skills, increasing numbers of tertiary dropouts, excessive political indoctrination. If this concerns you raise your voice.

NZ Herald 6/2/15
It is pleasing to see the Herald editorialising about issues around the Treaty of Waitangi but I think your analysis is flawed. I believe the reason the majority of New Zealanders with Maori ancestry either never supported racebased parties or are moving back to mainstream parties is that, like the rest of us, they recognise that the end result of any “bicultural” or “partnership” accommodation in government will be the imposition of tikanga defined by a small minority of separatist zealots.

Put simply, the biculturalism you speak of is, in reality, a euphemism for separatism.
C L,

Wanganui Chronicle 5/2/15
Waitangi Day is a sad day, as it reminds us that the tribes/iwi of New Zealand are dead in the water, locked into a feuding dog-eat-dog past. It's time we stopped the intertribal warfare (that includes Ngati Pakeha as well as all the smaller iwi) before we end up like Afghanistan or tribal parts of Africa and the Middle East.

The name Wanganui has a life of its own, independent of any language. It's a west coast New Zealand city populated by people from all over the world. Wanganui is a "Kiwi" word and one all the peoples of Wanganui, New Zealand and the world can be proud of. It has lost any links it had to the Polynesian languages.

One suspects Maori has done the same, shown by the need to establish a Maori Language Commission, one of whose roles is to invent "new" Maori words. To add insult to injury, we pay millions of dollars a year to invent and support the Maori language — Maori Language Commission/ Te Taura Whiri i to Reo Maori receives $3.204 million in baseline funding annually when fewer than 25 per cent of Maori homes have access to a Maori speaker ( p28). Money better spent on supporting/ intervening with poor families and those that maim and injure their own offspring of whatever race but Kiwis all).

Think how many jobs for Kiwis could be created instead of new words almost nobody uses. New Zealand itself is an anglicised Dutch name for a place discovered by Polynesians (and others) and colonised by the British.

The Treaty of 1840 was, among other things, an attempt by the British to stop the tribes/iwi killing each other (read a history of the 1820-30 musket wars). Any problems with the Treaty should be taken up by the people of New Zealand with the Queen and people of Britain, as we are an independent nation (Statute of Westminster adopted by the people of New Zealand on September 25, 1947). If we want a national day to celebrate our birth as a nation, this is the day we should celebrate.

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28 FEBRUARY 2015

 Christian camp fails to block wāhi tapu status
A campground north of Wellington has lost its fight to stop land being declared wāhi tapu.

Waikanae Christian Holiday Park - which is known as El Rancho - had argued against the Māori Heritage Council's decision to designate some of its whenua as sacred to Māori.

But the Court of Appeal has sided with Heritage Council and the High Court, which earlier blocked a bid for a judicial review.

The campground argued against on a number of issues, including unsuccessfully asserting that the heritage body did not consider the adverse effects of the registration of the wāhi tapu site on the value of the land.

But the Court of Appeal said the legislation did not require or suggest that economic effects on landowners need to be considered....
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Kayak business hit by rahui on pond
A two-week ban on using the Pandora pond has shut down Pandora Kayaks.
The rahui, issued by Napier claims settlement entity Mana Ahuriri after discussion among kaumatua, said there should be no swimming, waka ama training or similar water sports for the next two weeks, and no gathering of seafood for three months.

It is a traditional Maori mark of respect for the man found dead in the water on Tuesday, and for the area where he was found....
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Council approves Te Arawa proposal for consultation
The public consultation period for the Rotorua Lakes Council's controversial Te Arawa Partnership Proposal is set to begin.

In an extraordinary meeting of the council yesterday, Rotorua Lakes councillors voted 9-4 in favour of approving the proposal for public consultation.

An extension of the consultation period from March 27 to April 17, as well as an increase to 10 public information sessions, were among the key changes made to the original proposal process.....
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Language loss due to colonisation - Iwi leader
A Māori language leader in the Far North says Professor Timoti Karetu's comments blaming iwi for the loss of Te Reo is unreasonable, and it would be unfair to blame the victims of colonisation.

But, Te Rārawa Chief, Haami Piripi, said there were historic and legitimate reasons why some iwi were struggling to keep their language alive.

"That's more like blaming the victim, you can't blame the victim for the circumstances we find ourselves in" Mr Piripi said...
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Te Arawa to draft cultural values on water
The central North Island iwi collective of Te Arawa is talking about developing a list of cultural values to help explain why water is important to the tribes, which it hopes to share with other iwi.

Te Arawa members have met twice already to discuss values, as part of a project to identify what those are.

Tribal leader Sir Toby Curtis said he planned to deliver the information to the Iwi Chairs Forum to take back to their iwi, before passing it on to the Government.

He said the Crown saw water as a commodity to be sold on, while Maori saw the water as a commodity to pass on to future generations.....
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Natural that te Tairawhiti leads the way with bilingual signage
The introduction of bilingual signage on emergency service vehicles in the Tairawhiti region is a first for the country and something we can be proud of.

It is also the sort of thing we should expect more of, and want more of . . . as the only district with half its population Maori, and the highest proportion of Maori able to speak te reo — a third, along with plenty of non-Maori.

In launching the initiative, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori (the Maori Language Commission) spokesman Wayne Ngata said government departments and agencies were being asked to support the revitalisation of the language, “and bilingual services and signage is a critical part of that support”. He acknowledged Gisborne District Council’s commitment to this, as well as the local emergency services — which will roll out the bilingual signage over coming months.

Naturally, not everyone supports this kaupapa. Someone who commented on the story online, but opted for it not to be published in the paper, said: “Too much Maori!” “Maori is a second language, it shouldn’t be on emergency vehicles,” they wrote. “Every New Zealander speaks English . . . if you don’t then you can identify the vehicles by their colours/patterns.”

Mike Loftus responded: “Thank you for confirming that ignorance is alive and well in Gisborne. Maori is an official language of Aotearoa and was indeed the only language here for hundreds of years. Te reo Maori is something special to the people of this country regardless of their being Maori or Pakeha. It’s something we should be proud of. It’s usage does far more to bring all New Zealanders together than divisive remarks will ever accomplish.”

Many children in this district are being educated bilingually, and benefiting from this across all their learning. They will also pick up other languages more easily.

The district’s children in general are also fortunate to be introduced to te reo at our early childhood centres, kindies and primary schools.

Over time, the acceptance and celebration of the beautiful first language of Aotearoa will grow.
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27 FEBRUARY 2015

Ngāi Tahu academic is appointed to panel on new NZ flag
Hana O’Reagan has been appointed by the Government to a panel charged with engaging the public on a possible new flag for New Zealand.

The academic and te reo Māori advocate is one of a few notable Māori to have been chosen for the panel of 12 New Zealanders nominated by a cross-party group of MPs.

The Ngāi Tahu descendant said today that she is honoured to be appointed, and is pleased that indigenous representatives will be included in the discussion......
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Te Arawa entity wants to develop new leaders
The fear that valuable knowledge will be lost when the present generation of Kaumatua die is prompting a confederation of tribes to develop new leaders.

"There are some within Te Ao Māori [Māoridom] who on any Marae would be able to hold their own. But flicking into Te Ao Pākehā [modern world] some would struggle. Similarly those who are in Te Ao Pākeha, who are business leaders may not necessarily have the skills to cope in Te Ao Māori. The object of the exercise is to bridge that gap," he said.

Te Arawa leader Sir Toby Curtis supported the programme but stressed that Te Reo was important because it helped give a leader credibility and enabled them to see the world differently.

"If we don't convince our young people that they need the Reo to help them in their development in a Māori economy, [then] they're only helping pakeha [to] become pākehā orientated in the economy....
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Support Needed for Maori Education Relationships
New Zealand First is demanding more than talk from the Ministry of Education on building relationships between schools and whānau.

“The Auditor-General’s report on Māori education released yesterday confirms that Boards of Trustees need more support from the Ministry to build relationships between schools and whanau,” says New Zealand First Spokesperson for Māori Affairs Pita Paraone.

“The Ministry has declared the future success of Māori education relies on schools and whānau working together....
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Academic places loss of language at feet of iwi
A former Maori Language Commissioner is blaming some iwi for the loss of the Maori language.

Professor Karetu said in Te Reo that the school system was not to blame for the Maori language dying out, but with some individual iwi.

"Instead what I'm saying is, and it follows what you said Nanaia.... there is still a place for iwi (in the Māori language strategy) but they can't do it by themselves, right? because, and I've said this before, it is iwi that have caused the language to be lost, it isn't the schools, it is because (some) iwi aren't speaking the language"...
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26 FEBRUARY 2015

Te Matawai not rangatiratanga
Waihoroi Shortland from Ngati Hine says a national language hui last week head real concerns about former Maori affairs minister Pita Sharples’ plan for a new body, Te Matawai, to oversee the Maori language commission, Maori broadcast funding agency, Maori television and other language-related initiatives.

He says creating a new bureaucracy to oversee other bureaucracies doesn’t seem a wise use of resources.

Te Matawai needs to be seen as a government strategy, rather than the expression of rangatiratanga Dr Sharples claimed it would be.

" Is this thing called Matawai doing the job we might want it to do. If it is a job about championing Maori rights and we are putting Maori people into it, then it ought to be the tool that we use to bang the government over the head with. It shouldn't be the other way around, that it ends up being the tool the government uses through it's strategy, through it's laws to bang our heads " he says.....
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Charter schools part of Maori development
She says Maori have seized on the charter school model as a way of addressing what they see as problems in the mainstream system.

" Our people have got to a point where they are tired of being dictated to in the education sector and they want to do it themselves. Some of them are ready to do it and some need to think long and hard about why they want to do it. But I think you are seeing it across the board in Maori development. We are ready to do these things ourselves and we are tired of being told how to be Maori and how to be Maori in the education sector " she says.....
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Hawke's Bay Regional Council work to build stronger tie's with local iwi.
A recommendation is being put to Wednesday’s Hawke’s Bay Regional Council meeting asking for a working group to be set up to help review how the Council is doing with its relationships with iwi and incorporating Tangata Whenua views into its work.

Members of the Council’s Maori & Regional Planning Committees are asking for the review to determine how HBRC can best incorporate Tangata Whenua values and support the Regional Planning Committee...
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NZQA defends Maori exams
The Qualifications Authority is defending criticism from a kura body over how two Maori language exams are credited.

Nga Kura a Iwi o Aotearoa, which oversees 25 tribal schools, said Te Reo Maori and the total immersion paper, Te Reo Rangatira, were worth 12 credits each, and was unfair to students sitting the Reo Rangatira exam.

He said the Maori exam assessed a students' ability to learn it as an additional language, and in this context there was a need for the instructions in the examination to be in English.....
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Indigenous food sales fall short
A Crown-run indigenous food brand has missed its takings target, earning four times less than it wanted.

The Storehouse turned in $83,549 - well below an annual budgeted forecast of $417,481.

The business is operated by the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, which also trades as Te Puia, the large visitor attraction in Rotorua....
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How well does the education system support Māori?
The Auditor General says some schools believe they have better relationships with whānau than whānau think they do.

It suggested higher decile schools and those with low proportions of Māori students might have to work more on their relationship with Māori whanau.

It said Maori needed to know who the people behind the school gate were.

The Auditor-General said teachers should not be surprised to learn that small things, such as regularly meeting whānau at the school gate, could affect the quality of relationships....
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Northland touring route to get Maori makeover
The Northland Twin Coast Discovery route will undergo a Maori makeover as part of a regional strategy to boost the economy.

The $1.5 million proposal to modernise the touring route will focus on a Pou trail and information hubs throughout Northland to form a more authentic Tai Tokerau experience for visitors.

George Riley from Northland regional council's economic development division, said it was an opportunity for Maori to overlay the Twin Coast Discovery route with their own stories.....
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$60,000 for Maori development up for grabs
$60,000 is up for grabs on the Kāpiti Coast for projects that develop Māori economic activity.

The fund is available yearly to assist local whānau, hapū, iwi, mātāwaka (Maori from outside the area) and Māori businesses in getting off the ground.....
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Ngati Maniapoto contemplate court action
Calls have gone out for King Country Maori to have their say on a plan to take the government to the High Court but tribal heads are staying tight lipped.

Rongo Wetere, the former head and founder of Maori tertiary institution Te Wananga o Aotearoa, planned to take over the Ngati Maniapoto treaty claim and pursue a settlement in the courts estimated to be worth billions.

Last week, a leaked email from Wetere's son Willie Wetere said previous settlements, like the Waikato-Tainui and the Ngai Tahu settlements, were a fraction of the actual value lost to Maori.

"We believe that's unfair and given the Crown ignores Waitangi Tribunal recommendations, that the High Court is where we should commence settlement negotiations," the email said.

Maniapoto losses could dwarf them and their losses "will be in the tens of billions of dollars"...
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Connecting to the environment for better health outcomes
“Exploring Māori health from our own indigenous knowledge base, rather than as a reaction to prevailing Māori health crises is what we call a ‘kaupapa Māori approach’ for Māori health outcomes” says Leonie Matoe, Managing Director for Toi Tangata, an Auckland based Māori health provider providing advocacy and coordination for kaupapa Māori based approaches across the public health nutrition and physical activity sector....

Three Toi Tangata Innovation Awards worth $1,000 each will also be given to providers who demonstrate awesome nutrition and physical activities that enable whānau to flourish.

Toi Tangata will also be giving a Tauira Presentation Award worth $500 to a tertiary student who is conducting research or projects in nutrition and physical activity....
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Lincoln steps up Maori support
Lincoln University has appointed a new Maori and Pacific support coordinator as it targets increasing numbers of Maori students.

Under its new Whenua strategy, Lincoln is offering its Diploma of Agriculture course within the Whenua Kura intitiative, a Ngai Tahu-led partnership which seeks to grow Maori leadership in agriculture.

It has also created a new position of Professor in Maori and Indigenous Development as it positions itself alongside the growing Maori economy...
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Maori Responsiveness Manager Welcomed in Powhiri
The community of Counties Manukau today welcomed Inspector Nga-Wati Chaplow as Counties Manukau Police Maori Responsiveness Manager in a powhiri at Te Puea Marae, Mangere Bridge.

The newly created role is one of 12 throughout the country (one per Police District) and Inspector Chaplow will have responsibility for the Counties Manukau Police Maori, Pacific and Ethnic Services Group (MPES).....
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25 FEBRUARY 2015

Tangata Whenua views considered
A recommendation is being put to Wednesday’s Hawke’s Bay Regional Council meeting asking for a working group to be set up to help review how the Council is doing with its relationships with iwi and incorporating Tangata Whenua views into its work.

Members of the Council’s Maori & Regional Planning Committees are asking for the review to determine how HBRC can best incorporate Tangata Whenua values and support the Regional Planning Committee.

The Regional Planning Committee was established in April 2011 as Treaty of Waitangi redress for Tangata Whenua groups. It oversees the review and development of the regional planning documents for the Hawke’s Bay region as required by the Resource Management Act 1991. It comprises equal membership of Regional Councillors and Treaty Claimant Group representatives.....
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Waka patu ahi on its way with lights flashing
Emergency services in Turanganui-a-Kiwa today unveiled the country's first bilingual emergency service vehicles.

Wayne Ngata from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori says the aim is to increase the visibility of te reo Maori in streets and in communities.

He says Gisborne District Council, St John Ambulance Services and the New Zealand Fire Service are setting an example for other councils and government agencies to follow.

Dr Ngata says the area's waka turoro or ambulances and waka patu ahi or fire appliances serve a population where one in 10 are Mazori language speakers.

Te Taura Whiri believes bilingual signage is important as it acknowledges the status of te reo Maori as an official language of New Zealand.

As well as painting its waka turoro, St John Ambulance Services is keen to develop strategies for using te reo Maori through their organisation......
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'Make charter schools teach Te Reo'
A Te Reo campaigner says every new charter school should be forced to teach Māori language lessons.

Bay of Plenty broadcaster Pat Spellman is an ardent proponent of Te Reo and recently called for Tauranga to become a bilingual city.

The iwi radio presenter said it should be compulsory for all public schools students to learn the language.
And he said he would take that a step further by making a prerequisite for charter schools to include Te Reo Māori as a core subject.

Mr Spellman said if the language was in the education system, then New Zealand children would grow up and accept Te Reo and Te Ao Maori (the Maori world) as a way of life fro everyone, and not just Māori people......
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Support for Computers in Homes programme welcomed
The Māori Party is pleased to see the Government will continue to fund Computers in Homes this year which was initiated by the Māori Party in 2009.

The Government recently announced it will set aside $3.04 million in the coming financial year to support another 1500 low income families through the Computers in Homes programme.

“This programme creates multiple benefits for the whole whānau; you have whānau learning new skills together, becoming digitally literate and more connected to the world,” says Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox....
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Public poll confirmed on Maori electoral ward for New Plymouth
A poll will be held to determine whether a Maori electoral ward is established in New Plymouth District.

The binding poll has been confirmed following independent validation of a petition that was created after the Council’s September 2014 resolution to create a Maori ward.

Registered electors across the district will receive voting papers from 24 April, with the poll closing at midday on 15 May. The result will be announced later that day and will be binding for six years from the next local government elections in October 2016.....
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23 FEBRUARY 2015

Maunga authority tells bowlers to leave
The council has been only been willing to roll over the club's lease on a month-by-month basis since the end of 2013, until last month when the new Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makaurau Authority asked for the lease to be terminated.

The authority now co-governs Otahuhu along with 13 other maunga returned to local iwi and hapu through the Treaty of Waitangi settlements process......
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Kapiti steps up Relations with mana whenua
The mayor of Kāpiti says his council intends to appoint an iwi commissioner by the middle of next year.

The commissioner will sit on the hearings panel for the local authority's proposed district plan, which included many issues related to the protection of the natural environment.

Mayor Ross Church said a tribal representative would play a crucial role.

He said the person would bring in a Maori perspective that was crucial to submissions surrounding natural vegetation and sustainability.......
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Hill harvest to go ahead
A TREE harvest on Titirangi will go ahead after two local iwi withdrew their objections to proposed harvesting of a 8.7ha area on Kaiti Hill.

However, it is still not known how the trees will be harvested.

A resource consent application lodged by Gisborne District Council to harvest mature radiata pine trees on the north-eastern slope of Titirangi Reserve was last week opposed in a written submission from two iwi.

The joint submission from kaumatua of Ngati Oneone and Te Aitanga a Mahaki opposed large-scale ground operations because of a “significant” area of burial grounds and suggested a helicopter harvest be included in the plan.

It also said the council’s geotechnical survey was insufficient for an area susceptible to landslides.

However, the council’s building and resource consents manager Ian Petty yesterday confirmed a resource consent hearing scheduled for Friday had been cancelled, following the withdrawal of the submission on Wednesday.
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22 FEBRUARY 2015

From the NZCPR archives
Apartheid New Zealand
Jobs and higher incomes are the reasons usually given for increasing numbers of New Zealanders crossing the ditch to settle in Australia. A net 40,000 moved there in the year to the end of August. While greener pastures are undoubtedly a key factor, it is highly likely that racial issues are also causing the flight of Kiwis. Weary of a political environment that encourages an aggressive mixed-race minority to make unreasonable demands against taxpayers, fed-up Kiwis have had enough!

That was certainly the case for the one in six Maori who lived in Australia in 2008. They openly admitted that a key reason for their relocation was to escape tribalism. In a study carried out by Te Puni Kokiri, many Maori expressed an overwhelming sense of relief of being “free of Maori culture”, of being able to “get away from the rigid beliefs of our elders”, of getting away from “tikanga Maori” and “whanau pressures”.  In other words, they wanted to live their lives free from the fetters of tribalism and identity politics.1

The issue of race has now become a defining line down through society. This is in spite of the blurring of racial boundaries that has been taking place since first settlement as each generation of New Zealanders increasingly marry and have children across racial and ethnic lines. It has created a ludicrous situation where a growing proportion of the sovereignty movement leaders are now more non-Maori than Maori.

The blending of races also makes a mockery of official attempts at racial profiling. Government agencies continue to classify New Zealanders along ethnic lines in order to justify a divisive bicultural political correctness that locks in special treatment based on race, instead of need – even though such categorisations are increasingly meaningless. It is time the politicians, bureaucrats, academics, and other fellow travellers of the Maori independence movement realised that the country has moved on. We are not two separate races with two different cultures coexisting in isolation, but a blend of races and traditions, making up our own unique New Zealand identity and culture. Biculturalism is more imaginary than real and the sooner it is officially abandoned the sooner New Zealand can put such division behind us and go forward.

The problem is that race has become a powerful political force and money-making proposition. Back in the seventies, when the consequence of widespread intermarriage was recognised – namely in an on-going decline in the number of people who could be categorised as Maori – a change in the official classification was demanded. The result was the 1974 Maori Affairs Amendment Act, which replaced racial classification based on biology and blood quantum, whereby someone had to have 50 percent or more of Maori blood to be categorised as “Maori”, with one based on self-identification and ethnic affiliation – having a Maori descendent. These changes amounted to a political construct designed to guarantee an on-going rise in the number of people categorised as Maori, thus fulfilling the ambitions of tribal leaders for power and resources.

Over the years, the inclusion of ethnic privilege into government policy has led to a rapid increase in the rights of Maori over other citizens resulting in an exponential growth of race-based initiatives including:
  • Maori-only schools and education scholarships,
  • Maori-only housing projects,
  • Maori-only health prioritisation and initiatives,
  • Whanau Ora and other Maori-only welfare initiatives,
  • Maori-only prisoner programmes,
  • Maori-only positions on government agencies,
  • Maori-only consultation rights under the Resource Management Act,
  • Maori-only co-management of parks, rivers, lakes, and the coastline,
  • Maori-only tax rates – 17.5 percent tax for iwi corporations instead of the 28 percent corporate tax rate, with tax-free status for those that can convince authorities that their business is based around a marae, Maori-only seats on local councils,
  • Maori-only seats on local councils,
  • Maori-only local government Statutory Boards,
  • Maori-only local government liaison committees,
  • Maori seats in Parliament.
In 2000, Simon Chapple, then a Senior Research Analyst with the Department of Labour, used data from the 1996 census to examine the impact that these new definitions were having on the number of people officially categorised as Maori. He found that instead of the 273,693 New Zealanders who indicated they were Maori-only being the recognised total, Statistics New Zealand’s policy of adding everyone who included Maori as one of their ethnic groups into the final count, meant that the official tally was 580,374! In other words, the change in methodology effectively doubled the “official” number of Maori. Simon Chapple recommended that the Maori ethnic group should be restricted to those who identify as Maori-only, with everyone else allocated to their other major ethnic group – but that suggestion was ignored.2

These changes were first introduced into our Census forms in 1986 through the use of ethnicity questions. With Statistics New Zealand defining ethnicity as “cultural identity based around commonly held values and beliefs”, calls were made for one of the options to include New Zealander in recognition of our unique New Zealand culture. It was based on the observation that in their census forms, Australians are asked if they are Australian, Canadians are asked if they are Canadian, and in Britain, they are asked if they are British. In New Zealand, however, there was no question asking if we were a New Zealander.

The rejection of this request has led to on-going protest action. For the last two decades, New Zealanders have fought against identity politics by choosing the “Other” ethnic group on their census form and writing “New Zealander”. In 1986, 20,313 people did this, and in 1991, 20,800. By 1996, the number had jumped to 58,614. By 2001, it rose further to 85,300, and by 2006, the number of people calling themselves a “New Zealander”, had soared to 429,429! With the census due on the 5th of March 2013, and officials refusing to change the form on the basis that their “research and testing… were not conclusive enough to warrant changing the question”, it is highly likely that the number of people who will reject ethnic labelling to call themselves a New Zealander will exceed the 1 million mark. Maybe this will be conclusive enough to force a change.

The deepening racial divide is not driven by ordinary Kiwis. It is driven by the mixed race elite who run wealthy tribal corporations and the Maori Party who represents them in Parliament, along with Treaty activists who hold influential positions within academia and the public service. Many seek personal privilege by claiming that a non-existent partnership with the Crown was promised by the Treaty of Waitangi. All of this is arrant nonsense, as Sir Bob Jones indicated in a recent Herald article:

“So, the comical Ngaruawahia ex-truck driver who can’t speak Maori and struggles with English but calls himself King of Maoridom despite his realm ending at his letterbox has declared Maori own the rain. That’s excellent news. I assume His Majesty will accept liability for inflicting millions of dollars of flood damage annually through Maori rain supply mismanagement. He can ponder that when sitting on the only throne he’ll ever occupy, namely in his lavatory.”3

Sir Bob says, “Let’s cut to the quick… what these parasites seek is for hard-struggling Kiwi workers to give them money without them having to work for it. It’s that simple. They’re a disgrace, not only to Maori but to the human race.”

He concludes, “Every Maori I know is angered by this rain, wind and everything else ownership claim, rightly seeing it as deceitful and divisive. It wouldn’t surprise me if this attitude is typical of Maoridom across the land. The ball’s in the Government’s court to make it clear that the gravy train has reached the station and is off to the museum. It should also kill off the unnecessary Waitangi Tribunal whose predictable, absurd decisions are causing so much disharmony.”

This week’s NZCPR Guest Commentator, David Round, a Treaty and constitutional law expert at the University of Canterbury, looks into this spurious claim for water in his article No-one owns the water, concluding that there is no legal basis for it and that the Witangi Tribunal had no authority to hear it:

“The law is clear. Since 1840 the English common law of water applied here, and by that there was no private (including Maori) ownership of water. Then the 1967 Water and Soil Conservation Act vested the sole right to use natural water in the Crown. Everyone, Maori included, who wanted to use water other than in ways allowed by the Act or a proper Plan, had to obtain a ‘water right’. The same arrangement is continued by the 1991 Resource Management Act.

“The ‘water permits’, as they are now called, which power companies hold were issued under these statutes. This means, then, that the Waitangi Tribunal has never had the jurisdiction to hear this water claim. Its doing so was legally improper. This is because in 2006 the Tribunal’s jurisdiction was limited; it now has no jurisdiction to hear any ‘historical’ Treaty claim, complaining of events before 2008. But the power companies’ water permits were granted before 2008, under statutes also made before 2008.

“The Tribunal is careless of the law, then. Numerous claims also reveal its bias and partiality to claimants. It cannot be taken seriously as a source of reliable history or policy. Nowadays anyway, it is little more than a grandly-named Maori lobby group.”

It is absurd that the Waitangi Tribunal heard a claim over which it has no jurisdiction. It’s ‘recommendations’, which we know have no legal standing, should be regarded as simple nullities. That unfortunately is the character of the Tribunal which is why this racial institution should be abolished.

Abolishing the Waitangi Tribunal is a key demand of the Declaration of Equality campaign for equal rights. If you haven’t supported it we urge you to do so now – and to encourage your family and friends to do the same. This battle for equal rights will not be won unless New Zealanders take a stand.

So where is all of this heading? The bicultural agenda is now deeply embedded in the country’s major institutions – our schools and hospitals, universities and training colleges, social agencies and the public service. These days the key driving force is the Maori Party – along with the help of their National Party coalition partner.  

I will finish with a glimpse of what could be in store if National fails to come to its senses. These following demands are taken directly from the Maori Party’s 2011 election manifesto. It is likely that some may become law – even if they are not part of their confidence and supply agreement. No fanfare to alarm the public of course, for that’s how radical change is made – under the radar of pubic opinion.

Top of their agenda is a bicultural constitution based on the Treaty as supreme law.

“We will encourage active involvement and participation in the Constitutional Review we advanced in the 2008-2011 Parliament. We will monitor outcomes from the Constitutional Review to ensure it gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

“Treaty studies will be taught in all schools, from Year 7 on, starting in 2014. We want schools to teach local iwi history; civic and heritage studies.

“All policy provided to Cabinet and all bills tabled in the House must be able to demonstrate the impact of the policy on whānau and the Treaty partnership.

“An Annual Report to Parliament on progress on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to facilitate the right of Māori to preserve, evolve and transform their ways of life. We will introduce a requirement for Government departments and Crown entities to report annually on outcomes for Māori.

“By the 2014 election, all Māori to be automatically entered on to the Māori roll at the age of 18 with the option to transfer to the General Roll. We will also extend the provision in the Census to identify tribally to the electoral roll, where tribal affiliation is also stated.

“The Māori seats will stay until such time Māori freely choose, via a mana whenua referendum, otherwise.”
  1. Paul Hamer, One in Six? The Rapid Growth of the Māori Population in Australia
  2. Simon Chapple, Maori socio-economic disparity
  3. Sir Bob Jones, Blatant try-on shows it’s time to derail Treaty gravy train

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21 FEBRUARY 2015

Popular Auckland beach set to close for 'private family event'
A popular Auckland beach area is set to be closed for a "private family event" this weekend, raising questions about the rules and regulations surrounding public beaches.

Ngati Whatua Orakei has put a public notice in local newspaper East and Bays Courier saying Okahu Bay beach on Tamaki Drive will be closed to the public from 6am to 4pm this Saturday.

The notice says a "private family event" is taking place.

It is not yet known if the closure relates to the entire beach or the grass reserve separating the beach from the road.

The bay is usually packed on weekends during the summer months, while a grass reserve directly across the road is often used for community events and corporate promotions.....
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Who owns Motukawaiti Island?
Who owns Motukawaiti Island? That's one of the big question the Te Tai Tokerau MP is asking the government after it was sold to an international investor over five years ago.  To this day details of the sale are unclear. 

“Ngāti Kura have waited five years with baited breath, so they may die before knowing the truth. I'm focussed on assisting Ngāti Kura in the return of the island,” says Davis.

“At this stage, I think the government needs to look seriously to return the island to us through our treaty claims,” says Samuels.

The hope is that we shall soon know who the legal owner of Motukawaiti is.
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RESEARCH – Geothermal Minerals Laws Clarified
His report looks at the issue from different aspects, including commercial, property rights and Treaty of Waitangi claims, which Professor Barton says are unlikely to have an adverse legal effect on geothermal mineral operations.

“One of the Interesting things about geothermal fluids is that there is already a high level of Māori involvement in successful commercial ventures,” Professor Barton says.....
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'Wide support' for name change
Two Whanganui leaders say there is strong evidence from the community that more people are embracing the correct Maori spelling of the river city's name by adding an 'h'.

Wanganui District Council has received 1,939 public submissions on the spelling of the river city's name - but is not revealing what the public's preference is......
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Treaty claim success through courts 'unlikely'
Using the courts to get Treaty money from the Crown has been attempted before and can help put claimants in a stronger position to negotiate at a political level, a law professor says.

The former head of Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Rongo Wetere, wants to become Ngati Maniapoto's lead negotiator and take its claim to the High Court.

While it would be an unusual move, Professor David Williams of the University of Auckland, said there was a precedent for using court litigation to leverage a better form of redress.....
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20 FEBRUARY 2015

Kaumatua will keep pushing for Maori ward on New Plymouth council
A Te Atiawa kaumatua is determined to keep pushing for a Maori ward on the New Plymouth council, despite a pending referendum on the matter.

Last week, organiser Hugh Johnson delivered a petition to mayor Andrew Judd, signed by 4248 people who wanted to see last September's council vote in support of a Maori ward tested via referendum. Each signature on the petition needs to be checked and if everything is in order, a date will be set for the vote.

Legislation allows for a binding referendum on Maori wards if a petition with at least 5 per cent of the electorate is collected. But Grant Knuckey, of Puketapu hapu, said he, along with a group of others, were looking into options to make sure the Maori ward seat became a reality, including getting legal advice.

"We're not going to go away. We're sick of this. We've had 150 years of living in this country where our views are not taken into account," he said.
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Māori protocol
The following sites will help you prepare for a visit to the marae, and to also understand Māori customs in general. SCIS no: 1700723 ....
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Weather in Te Reo sparks language debate
A social media conversation surrounding the use of Māori on TV and radio has snowballed and sparked a new language debate

Pat Spellman from Iwi radio said if he could make one change it would be to have a greater emphasis placed on Te Reo Māori in kura - compulsory language lessons in schools.....
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Iwi questions FOMA on Maori land
“The Federation of Maori Authorities will only help little underperforming Maori land blocks if there is money in it for them."

This is the criticism from Willie Te Aho of the Iwi Leaders Group after announcements by the Minister of Maori Development yesterday appointing a new Ture Whenua Maori Ministerial Advisory Board to lead Maori land law reforms.

Traci Houpapa, the FOMA chair, is a member of the new board as are two other FOMA members on the seven-member board.

Mr Te Aho is concerned that FOMA has been given too much influence......
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Forecast for redneck weather
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox is supporting the efforts of TV3 weather presenter Kanoa Lloyd to add more reo Maori to her broadcasts.

Ms Lloyd revealed on Twitter that some viewers took offence at her use of kupu Maori or place names like Aotearoa or Te Waipounamu.

Ms Fox says making Maori language ordinary and every day seems to rub some people up the wrong way.

"It is the redneck portion of our society who have held on to 100 years of legislation that said Maori language was a waste of time and should not be taught in our schools. In fact when they debated it in the House of the day they said it was not conducive to human thought. Now that kind of thinking has been ingrained into the psyche of this country and it seems we have a hangover from that legislation which was only outlawed in 1969," she says....
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Maunga authority needs time
The chair of Auckland Independent Maori Statutory Board says the body looking after the city’s volcanic cones needs to be given time to find its feet.

The Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makaurau Authority held public consultations yesterday on its draft operational plan, which sets out what it expects from Auckland Council in terms of management of the cones.

The authority is made up of mana whenua, council and local board representatives, and it has already raised comment with its intention to ban cars from the summit of Maungawhau-Mt Eden.....
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19 FEBRUARY 2015

 3 News defends use of Te Reo
3 News is shrugging off criticism for its weather presenter's regular use of Te Reo Māori.

Kanoa Lloyd started working for the channel five months ago, and was surprised by the backlash to her using the language.

"It's been a new thing to me, people writing to me to request I don't refer to New Zealand as Aotearoa, and to be honest I was a bit surprised by it.

"I thought I had a bit of a thick skin but I've never really encountered people who take offence to Maori being used," she said.

Ms Lloyd has taken to Twitter to talk about the resistance to Te Reo, saying it was a weird part of her job to get weekly complaints about her using Māori words in the weather report.

She said there seemed to be a range of issues among some viewers....
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Māori Economic Development Grants Fund
A total of $60,000 is available for projects that align to the Māori Economic Development Strategy.

The fund aims to assist whānau, hapū, iwi, mātāwaka and Māori business in Kāpiti with costs associated with the ongoing development of Māori economic activity, in particular activity associated with:
  • Manaakitangata – leveraging the potential of rangatahi and building whānau capacity
  • Kaitiakitanga – Whatungarongaro te tangata toi tu te whenua (working with the whenua)
  • Kotahitanga - supporting whānau to achieve economic wellbeing through capacity, collaboration, innovation and Māori business.....
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Tūhoe take trip to Wellington to strengthen relationship with Police
Tūhoe and the Police are strengthening their relationship with a face to face meeting in Wellington.  The two groups have come together to assist some of the children affected by the 2007 Raids in Ruatoki.

It's all fun and games today for these Ruatoki youngsters.  But seven years ago, the last time some of these children were up close and personal with Police, it wasn't like that at all.

Moko Hillman says, “It was difficult time for us all back then.  But now we can come here and meet them, under a banner of goodwill to work better together."

Police commissioner, Mike Bush says, “It’s really important for Police staff to understand the impact of their actions.  When we get it wrong we have to learn from it.”.....
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Innovation Key to $3.1 Million Multi Project Funding
The South Island’s Whānau Ora commissioning body is about to announce $3.1 million in funding directed toward locally driven initiatives designed to support Maori innovation and achievement in the region.

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is excited about the high calibre of proposals that were put forward for funding and is currently working with 10 applicants through the final stages of the process.

Te Pūtahitanga Chair Norman Dewes says the current proposals are focused on a range of enterprises from assisting individuals with mental health difficulties to finding employment solutions, to programmes that help whanau in the earliest and later stages of life.

Mr Dewes says this new approach is innovative because it aims to create transformation for whanau.

“The issues for Maori have largely been around lack of opportunities because Maori have generally been locked into an environment that focusses on issues and needs.”

Te Pūtahitanga aims to transform this thinking by working with whanau, hapu, Iwi government and non-government sector to generate opportunities for Maori to reach their full potential......
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18 FEBRUARY 2015

Tourists to pay to visit Hamurana Springs
Tourists will now have to pay to visit Hamurana Springs, but its Ngāti Rangiwewehi owners say there will be no charge for the general public.

Thousands of people have visited this place over the years and now it has been given back to local Māori to manage.

Te Oha Hancock says, “This is no longer Pākehā land, it's ours. We need to look after it, just like the land and water looks after us.”

Last year, the Crown returned Hamurana Springs to Ngāti Rangiwewehi.
The site of an iwi stronghold, the historically significant site was managed by the Department of Conservation.  But with its return, local Māori have decided to charge tour buses....
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Marae and reo priorities in Auckland plan
Labour Maori MPs from the super city have been looking at the needs of Maori in the greater Auckland area.

Manurewa MP Lousia Wall, Tamaki Makaurau's Peeni Henare and Te Tai Tokerau representative Kelvin Davis met yesterday with the Auckland Maori Statutory Board.

Ms Wall says the the board has been talking to mana whenua and other groups about what they want to see in the Auckland Council's Ten Year Plan.

"The priorities they have highlighted are thigns we would support around marae development so ensuring that our cultural centres are adequately supported so that our whanau have places to congregate and obviously practice kapa haka and our culture," she says.

Also a priority was ensuring all young Maori in Tamaki Makaurau had opportunties to learn and engage in te reo Maori....
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Ngāti Awa fight against Council plans to build near urupā
A battle is brewing in the Bay of Plenty between local iwi Ngāti Awa and the Whakatāne District Council over proposed developments to build a retirement village near the tribe's cultural significant cemetery, Ōpihi Whanaunga Kore.

Ōpihi Whanaunga Kore is a tranquil piece of land situated in the harbour of Whakatāne.  It's the final resting place for local iwi of Ngāti Awa.  But now it's become a subject of conflict due to the local council's plans to develop it.

Enid Ratahi-Pryor from Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa says, “This isn't the white community, this isn't the Whakatāne urupā, this isn't the Whakatāne District Council cemetery, this is a Māori urupā where we practise our traditions. We practise our beliefs in a very different way.”....
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Iwi seeking ban on ash scattering in reserves
Local iwi want the Christchurch City Council to stop allowing people to scatter or bury human ashes in parks and reserves but councillors are hesitant to ban the practice.

The council has been in a quandary over the issue since Mahaanui Kurataiao Ltd (MKT), a company that acts on behalf of the six runanga within Christchurch, raised concerns in a submission on the draft 2014 Parks and Reserves bylaw.

The draft bylaw included a provision for ashes to be interred or scattered in parks and reserves on the condition that written approval was first obtained from the council.

MKT warned the council if it went down that path Ngai Tahu whanau would be alienated from those places as they would be bound by the same protocols that applied in designated cemeteries.....
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Waitangi Tribunal hear claims made by tribes of Whangarei
Mana whenua are still not being consulted about major mining in their tribal homelands.  This was the crux of presentations before the Waitangi Tribunal on the morning of day one of a hearing of the claims made by the tribes of Whangarei. 

The effects of gold and silver mining on Ngāti Hau lands goes back to the late 1800s and hence it’s been a considerable wait for Ngāti Hau to have their views on the matter heard by a tribunal.

Te Raa Nehua from Ngāti Hau says, “Government say they're not required to consult with tangata whenua on the approval of mining licences and that's just so wrong.  The signatures on Te Tiriti weren't even dry and they started doing wrong.”...
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Maori Health Promotion Advisor (Auckland based)
The communities we serve are changing and our business strategy recognises the need for our organisation to continuously improve and remain relevant.  An important part of our new operational model, the creation of two regional Health Promotion Advisor Maori positions will add a new dimension to how we deliver services to our Maori clients and whanau. 

These positions are an exciting opportunity to provide support, resources and information to the Maori community, enabling communities and individuals to develop strategies to improve health in key areas.  In this position, you will be responsible for planning, implementing, managing and evaluating health promotion programmes in accordance with the Treaty of Waitangi, Ottawa Charter and the Jakarta Declaration....
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New Zealand Maori offered unique copyright for UN art works
A group of Maori craftspeople have gained a unique agreement from the United Nations to retain copyright of a major art installation at UN Headquarters in New York, Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell said Monday.

The group of 43 woven panels -- or tukutuku -- were installed on permanent display next to the entry of the General Assembly Hall last week, Flavell said in a statement.

"These tukutuku are a stunning representation of our culture and our country. More than 1 million people every year will get to see these taonga (treasures)," said Flavell.

"Appropriately, the legal agreement reached between the UN and New Zealand is a significant departure from usual UN policy and is in keeping with the spirit of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples," he said.

"This landmark agreement allows for the gifting of the panels to the UN, whilst also recognizing the intellectual property rights of the weavers, their families and communities."

Traditionally, once a gift was accepted, the UN normally retained all the intellectual property rights, he said.....
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17 FEBRUARY 2015

Iwi object to harvest of pine trees on Kaiti Hill
Local iwi are objecting to Gisborne District Council’s plans to harvest trees on Titirangi because of the location of burial grounds and the threat of land slips on Kaiti Hill.

“The submission is primarily concerned with potential impact of the harvesting on wahi tapu sites and the species that will be used to replant and their potential survival.”

A joint submission from kaumatua of both Ngati Oneone and Te Aitanga a Mahaki said the discovery of a “significant” area of burial grounds in 1990 meant they opposed large-scale ground operations and suggested a helicopter harvest be included in the plan.

“The known wahi tapu is multiple — 23 urupa or burial grounds are known to exist on the maunga. It is accepted that we do not know the exact site of the 23 urupa, hence the accompanying boundary....
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Tamaki Makaurau Bowlers Tops at Aotearoa National Maori Bowls Tournament
The Aotearoa National Maori Bowls Tournament was held in Gisborne over the Waitangi Day long weekend. Attracting teams from across the country, the games were played under sunny skies on excellent greens.

This continues to be the major event for Maori Bowls and will be held next year in Wellington, and then Auckland in 2017....
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Hundreds have a say on 'h' in Whanganui
The Wanganui District Council says hundreds of people outside the rohe made submissions about their preference for the spelling of the district's name.

In December, councillors voted 10-4 in favour of applying to the Geographic Board for an official name change.

The board must consult with the public and the council also voted to run a public consultation process to ensure everyone has the opportunity to provide their views on whether Whanganui should be spelt with an 'H'.

Deputy mayor Hamish McDouall said because the Whanganui diaspora lived far and wide, it was decided to allow for online submissions which he said was very popular.
He said some councillors recognised that there are some Whanganui people who live away from the district who would not otherwise have a chance to have their say.

Mr McDouall said the council has received 1500 written submissions, plus "hundreds" of responses to the online survey.....
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Treaty a two-way bridge to understanding
Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis says John Key’s fearmongering about Andrew Little’s call for a discussion of Maori sovereignty is pandering to a fear of the unknown.

The prime minister described the as separatist the Labour leader’s comment at Waitangi that the future role of iwi needed to be reconsidered in light of a Waitangi Tribunal finding tribes did not give up the right to look after their own affairs when their rangatira signed the treaty.
Mr Davis says the role of parliament as the main law making body is not going to change, but there is room for a discussion around the edges.

He’s reminded of the past comments of Northland priest Charlie Shortland that the Treaty of Waitangi is like a bridge between the Maori bank of a river and the Pakeha bank.

It has always been Maori who have to cross the bridge.

"How often have Pakeha crossed the bridge in the other direction and come on to our side of the river and lived amongst us and learned our language.....
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15 FEBRUARY 2015

From the files of Bryce Edwards

Treaty politics versus class politics - How the Treaty settlement process has delivered bugger-all for most Maori
Maori in New Zealand are disproportionate poor and stuck in low-paid jobs. Added to this situation of inequality, Maori are often hit the hardest during times of economic recession and government restructuring. Yet despite the transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars of assets to Maori tribal organisations over the last few decades, this reality of inequality between Maori and non-Maori continues unabated. And also, despite the failures of Treaty settlements to improve the material position of the majority of Maori, advocates of Treaty politics and identity politics would have us believe that the solution for Maori ills still lies in the continued empowering of iwi-tribal Maori organisations.
That is, they continue to push the notion that through the transfer of further assets and capital to iwi from the state, as well as through transferring state responsibilities in areas such as health and education to Maori organisations, Maori general social and economic position will be 'further' positively transformed. In this guest blog post, John Moore argues that this Treaty politics solution just hasn't worked. [Read more below]

 Maori gains and losses
 Certainly a minority of Maori, mostly with power positions in iwi, have made significant material gains through Treaty settlements, and are now fully-fledged members of New Zealand's political and economic elite. However, most Maori have gained bugger-all as a result of the Treaty settlement process and general policies of Maori social development. In fact, a huge proportion of Maori have actually seen their economic conditions decline.

Added to this increase in Maori poverty and general economic hardship, for the first time we are also now witnessing a significant growth in material disparity between an elite of Maori and the rest. That is to say, what Treaty politics has delivered in most cases is a situation where the Maori rich are getting richer, and the majority of Maori continue to be stuck at the bottom of New Zealand's socio-economic ladder

Iwi elite ascendency
 New Zealand now has a new Maori elite that wields significant economic and political power. This elite has gained its current position through the advocacy of Treaty and identity politics in conjunction with a coalition of white liberals, who came out of the new social movements of the 1960s and 70s, alongside Maori advocates of tino rangatiratanga/self-determination. Yet despite the belief that the Treaty settlements would lead to a general improvement of the social and economic position of all Maori, as the once leftwing advocates of Maori tino rangatiratanga had hoped for, only a small elite of Maori have benefited. So who is this new elite?.........
Continue reading John Moore's perceptive article HERE

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14 FEBRUARY 2015

Mountain no place for mountain biking
Off-road biking has been banned on Mt Victoria in Devonport.

Auckland Council's new Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makaurau Authority is charged with protecting the city's volcanic cones and took action after reports of damage to a cemetery.

Chairman Paul Majurey said signs have been placed on top of the popular sightseeing spot.
Mountain-biking must take place on paved roads, not through sacred places, Majurey said. 

He said the activity has caused significant damage to Auckland's treasured mountains.

Mountain-biker Lyndsey Shanahan said it's "pretty sad" the ban has been put in place and claims riders cause no more damage than walkers.

"Why don't they ban everybody from using the tracks?" .......
See full article HERE

Auckland Council eases port reclamation stance
Auckland Council has relaxed its stance on plans by its port company to reclaim part of the Waitemata Harbour.

However the detail of the vote taken behind closed doors last night remains confidential.

The port wants to reclaim a further 135 metres of Waitemata Harbour to give it longer berths and more handling space at the Bledisloe wharf.....

Wharf extensions granted
Prior to that debate, the port company surprised its council owner and local iwi by getting approval to extend two wharves 100 metres into the harbour.

Ports of Auckland will begin extending Bledisloe Wharf in April, with the city's mayor admitting he had no idea the controversial move was likely.

The two 30-metre wide wharf extensions are effectively the side boundaries of the area which the port hopes eventually to reclaim.

It does not yet have permission to reclaim, but confirmed it has resource consents to extend two wharves in the Bledisloe area.

Ngati Whatua's commercial arm says it is seeking legal advice over whether the consents are valid.....

Opposition to Queen Elizabeth Square sale
The council also faces opposition to another contentious development.

The board representing Maori in Auckland is questioning the legality of the imminent sale by the council of a prime piece of downtown land.

The Independent Maori Statutory Board says Queen Elizabeth Square near the waterfront might not be the council's to sell.

The chair of the Maori board, David Taipari, has asked the council to detail the history of the reclaimed site, which was transferred to the council from the former harbour board.

"If this land was acquired from maori interests via the Public Works Act or other legislation, I challenge whether the council has the authority to sell this land, and should make sure it's offered back to its original owners," said Mr Taipari.....
See full article HERE

Special plaques to mark Treaty signing
Education Minister Hekia Parata says all new schools and early childhood centres opening this year are being offered special plaques to acknowledge the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

“The commemorative plaques are just one of several initiatives developed to help schools to mark a milestone in New Zealand's history.

“Many new schools are also taking up the Ministry's offer to provide bilingual signage in their schools, often developed in partnership with the local iwi."

Ms Parata says the Maori Histories Project underway in schools is also due for release later in the year. The project details best practice examples of teaching New Zealand history including the Treaty of Waitangi...
See full article HERE

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13 FEBRUARY 2015

Iwi looks to advance Lakes plan
Te Arawa's proposal to set up an independent board on the council was made public late last year and it was decided the proposal would go out for full public consultation.

The council is to meet on Tuesday to discuss a draft "statement of proposal" and to decide on the consultation process and timeframe.

The proposal could see the establishment of an iwi board outside of the council structure to replace the former Te Arawa Standing Committee (TASC).

Te Arawa would appoint or elect a board of up to 14 people with two representatives - with voting rights - to sit on the council's Operations and Monitoring Committee and on its Strategy, Policy and Finance Committee, with one on the Chief Executive Performance Committee and another representative on Resource Management Act hearings panels.

Some councillors and members of the public have criticised it as "undemocratic".....
See full article HERE

What's the plan for Te Reo?
Groups have queued up to highlight what they see as gaps in a proposed law to change the governance of Te Reo Maori.

There are plans to create an iwi-led body called Te Matawai to be put in charge on the development of the language.

MPs went on to press Professor Meyerhoff for her personal view on whether Te Reo should be compulsory in schools.

"I would have no problem with that. It seems to me that if it's an official language of the realm and this is the only place in the world where it is spoken, that it's not actually asking too much."....
See full article HERE

Decision eases Maori land rates issue
The Maori Land Court has given the green light to an application to form an ahu whenua trust to govern a block of land near Kaitaia which could become a template for resolving Far North District Council problems with collecting rates on land in multiple Maori ownership.

The court heard council discussions with the owners had led to rates arrears of about $168,000 on 11 titles in the Okahu - which the owners call "Ngakahu" - block being remitted and rates owing being reduced from about $29,000 to under $8000 a year. ....
See full article HERE

Petition to spark Maori ward referendum
New Plymouth is destined for a referendum over a controversial move to introduce a designated seat for Maori at next year's local body elections.

The city's former Greypower president, Hugh Johnson, today gave the mayor a petition with more than 4000 signatures calling for a poll on the Maori ward initiative.

He needed 2700 signatures, or 5 per cent of eligible voters, to spark a binding referendum.

Mayor Andrew Judd received the petition backed by about 50 supporters.

He said it was now up to the people of the wider district to have their say.....
See full article HERE

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12 FEBRUARY 2015

Memo to Little: Iwi Already Pay No Tax
The Taxpayers' Union is querying Labour Party leader Andrew Little's comments at Waitangi that New Zealand should consider allowing Maori to make their own laws, including tax laws, in reference to rules applicable to Native American tribal lands. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers' Union says:

"Like many New Zealanders, Mr Little may be surprised to learn that iwi do not currently pay income tax, even on profits of their commercial investments."

"New Zealand is quite unique in the Commonwealth in allowing a type of group defined by blood to qualify as 'charitable' and therefore not pay income or company tax."....
See full article HERE

Sovereignty expressed in settlements
Manurewa MP Louisa Wall says Labour leader Andrew Little's call for a discussion on Maori sovereigty shows why he is a leader for the future.
Prime Minister John Key has dismissed Mr Little's comments at Waitangi as advocating separatism.
Mr Little said for iwi to make their own laws would be problematic.
But there are some things iwi could do that are consistent with Waitangi Tribunal findings that Maori were guaranteed a level of self governance....
See full article HERE

Summer work gets underway on Ohakune mountain road
“All contractors working on the OMR must adhere to DoC and iwi protocols regarding the movement of materials and the cleaning of machinery prior to work commencing,” he said.....
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2015 NZ Maori Golf Scholarships
For the second year running NZ Maori Golf Association in partnership with NZ Golf Inc. are offering Rangatahi Golf Scholarships.

The partnership aims to work together for the collective good of the sport and to achieve a whole of golf approach. Together the parties will provide a scholarships for up and coming rangatahi who are in the early stages of developing their golfing talent.

The scholarships will be available for rangatahi aged 16 to 19 as at 1 January 2015....
See full article HERE

New Plymouth mayor goes in to bat for Māori wards
Sparks of separatism have been raised over establishing Māori wards on councils, but New Plymouth’s mayor, Andrew Judd, says the division is happening at the Crown's end.

“I challenged the Crown on that because it's only the creation of a Māori ward that goes to a binding poll by the community, any other ward that we create doesn't.”

Mr Judd is expecting a petition in opposition to the Māori wards, forcing a poll binding on the community for the next six years. He says it’s a process that was put in place by the Crown.

“That is divisive, and two systems for the same terms ward within the council area - that has to change.”....
See full article HERE

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11 FEBRUARY 2015

Spat over Maori sovereignty versus separatism
Greater sovereignty for Maori or a dangerous path towards separatism?

That is the latest political spat between the Prime Minister and the Labour leader, following comments made by Andrew Little at Waitangi.

At the end of last year the Waitangi Tribunal found Maori leaders did not cede sovereignty when they signed the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Tribunal said rangatira agreed to share power with the British Crown, but did not give up the right to make and enforce laws in their lands.

In response, Mr Key said that was a divisive way of looking at things.

"The Crown's view is that sovereignty was ceded in 1840 but ceded to a modern New Zealand that was built for all New Zealanders."

He said he would not support any form of self-rule for Maori.....
See full article HERE

Iwi water policy pandering
The New Zealand Maori Council wants the wider public brought into the debate over water policy.
The council is critical of the secrecy which marks the interactions between the Government and the Iwi Leaders Group on the issue.

Co-chair Sir Taihakurei Durie says the allocation and use of water is something that affects all New Zealanders.

" What we see with the government is not a policy at all but rather a pandering to economic interests. No one would deny that economic interests are important, we all depend upon economic growth for our own survival. But it is a case of making sure the development is right " he says.

Sir Taihakurei says while the Government is keen to talk with the major tribes, the way it is going about it threatens to upset the historical balance between tribes that has been maintained since 1840.....

Greater sovereignty for Maori or a dangerous path towards separatism?
See full article HERE

Iwi plan million-hectare forest planting
Proposal in exchange for Government’s championing of Maori interests in international climate change deal.

Iwi leaders have drawn up an ambitious proposal to plant a million hectares of forest in exchange for Government's agreement to step up efforts to combat climate change.

The draft proposal was included in a booklet obtained by the Herald, which shows what members of the Iwi Chairs Forum raised with Prime Minister John Key at Waitangi last weekend.

The booklet contains the reports of various working groups within the 65-person forum on issues ranging from education to freshwater rights and mining.

It refers to a major proposal for a Crown-iwi partnership on climate change.

The forum's climate change working group said iwi would commit to planting a million hectares of forest over 10 years on Maori-owned, marginal land in Northland, the Central North Island and East Cape, potentially creating up to 50,000 jobs.

In exchange, iwi leaders wanted the Government to champion the interests of Maori in any international deal made at climate change talks in Paris this year......
See full article HERE

Little sovereignty call shows Labour courage
Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis says Andrew Little’s support for a discussion on Maori sovereignty will be positive for the party and the country.

Mr Little has come under fire for his call for serious consideration of the implications of a Waitangi Tribunal finding that northern Maori did not sign away their sovereignty when they signed the treaty.

The Labour leader suggested that while the suggestion Maori should be able to make their own laws on matters affecting them it would be highly problematic, it should be looked at in the context of how post-settlement iwi manage their affairs....
See full article HERE

Key: Little's Waitangi comments push 'separatism'
Prime Minister John Key says Andrew Little's comments at Waitangi on Maori sovereignty were advancing "separatism."

"I reckon he would be leading New Zealand completely down the wrong path," Mr Key said at his post cabinet press conference today.

Mr Little told reporters the Waitangi Tribunal finding that Nga Puhi did not cede sovereignty should not be dismissed and that models of indigenous self-governance and law-making around the world should be explored.

"In 1840 when we singed the treaty, it strikes me we signed it for modern New Zealand, and that was a New Zealand where we co-habitated and ran the country together. It wasn't about separatism. It was actually about community and Andrew Little is basically suggesting that we had down a path of separatism."
He said he could not see New Zealanders supporting that.

"I cant see how it would help what is a vibrant growing multi-cultural New Zealand to succeed."

Mr Key said statutory co-governance arrangements between the Crown and iwi - such as for the Waikato River and Te Urewera National Party - were quite different from what Mr Little was suggesting "which is the independent state of Northland or something else."....
See full article HERE

Fund for iwi freshwater improvement projects opens
Applications for a new Government fund aimed at helping iwi to improve the quality of their local freshwater bodies are now open, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell announced today.

“The Te Mana o te Wai Fund recognises the special relationship that iwi have with their local waterways. This contestable funding will help iwi to work together with the wider community to improve and restore the quality of freshwater in their regions,” Dr Smith says.

The Te Mana o te Wai Fund was announced as part of Budget 2014 in partnership with the Māori Party, and provides $5 million over two years. It will support restoration initiatives such as riparian planting, projects to reduce nitrate levels, and community-run water restoration efforts for local waterways.

Proposed projects for the fund are required to support partnership and collaboration, and grants will be for a minimum of $200,000 to help guarantee that the successful projects will produce significant outcomes.....
See full article HERE

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10 FEBRUARY 2015

Key slammed for not consulting Maori on flag change
The push to change the flag could spark a Treaty claim with some Maori unhappy about a lack of consultation.

Ngapuhi elder Patu Hohepa says John Key's speech at Waitangi on Friday was the first engagement with Maori on the flag referendum.

Dr Hohepa warns concerns could be raised at the Waitangi Tribunal.

Patu Hohepa says many in Maoridom would like to see a return to the United Tribes flag which was New Zealand's first flag, in 1834.....
See full article HERE

Nats' Waitangi promise: We'll talk to Maori about climate change
The Government has said it will work with Maori on the two big climate change/carbon pricing decisions it faces this year – the post-2020 emissions reduction target and the review of the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Last year, iwi leaders meeting at Waitangi told Prime Minister John Key that they would mount a $600 million Waitangi Tribunal claim if the Government didn’t take action to boost carbon prices to at least $15 a tonne....
See full article HERE

Council holding crown to account
The New Zealand Maori Council says it will hold the Government to the undertakings it made to the Supreme Court over Maori water rights.

The Government used Waitangi commemorations to announce it would formalise its work with the Iwi Leaders Group on fresh water policy, including case studies, new local clean-up initiatives and policy improvements.

Environment Minister Nick Smith said the Government’s policy is that nobody owns the water, and the work programme is about developing a better way for iwi to be involved in freshwater planning, allocation, pollution control, storage, and clean-up.

Maori Council co-chair Maanu Paul says that’s not what the Crown told the Supreme Court when it was fighting the council-led challenge on water rights.....
See full article HERE

Iwi wants more clout over fishing body
Ngati Kahungunu wants to assert greater influence over a pan-iwi-owned fisheries company.

More clout is being called for after the tribe revealed its shares in Aotearoa Fisheries were devalued by $6 million.

The cut was due to what Ngati Kahungunu described as 'spectacular non-performance' of the firm and its 50 percent-owned subsidiary, Sealord Group.

The iwi said in terms of share value, it was back to where it was five years ago......
 See full article HERE

Maori say sought on long term plan
Maori in Tamaki Makaurau are being asked for their input on Auckland’s Long Term Plan, the budget up to 2025.

Ackland Council’s Maori strategy manager, Johnnie Freeland, says for those who don’t want to put pen to paper there will be a series of ‘have your say’ events over the next two months.

He says as well as the 19 mana whenua iwi, the council wants to hear from Maori from all the other iwi who make the city the world’s largest Maori city.

Mr Freeland says the mayor has set three priorities.

"Maori signature events, and we had some over the weerkend wiith the celebrations of Waitangi Day; Marae development, so we have over 50 marae across Tamaki Makaurau so how do we address the needs of our marae in becoming key centres for our communities; and another topical area is around housing so how do we enable papakainga development across Tamaki Makaurau," he says.....
See full article HERE

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Explore Maori self-governance: Little
The possibility of Maori having self-rule is an issue that should be explored, Labour leader Andrew Little says.

As about 400 people attended a dawn service on Friday for the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Mr Little said Prime Minister John Key shouldn't dismiss the Waitangi Tribunal finding that Maori didn't cede sovereignty to the Crown.

"If there are commitments made, historical commitments about preserving a level of self-governance then lets explore that - see how that can happen," he told One News.

New Zealand could still remain one country.

"There are models around the world where indigenous peoples have a level of authority over some issues and some territories that they control," Mr Little said.

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says a discussion about constitution is not about Maori taking over the country or having more rights.

"It is about the ability for iwi to have a say about their affairs," he told the broadcaster.

Mr Key says he doesn't think there is room for Maori to have self-rule or self-governance in some areas of the country.....
See full article HERE

Deadline set for freshwater deal
Iwi leaders and the Government have agreed on a deadline to sort out Maori interests in freshwater by Waitangi Day 2016.

Later in the day, at the annual iwi leaders' forum, the Government and more than 40 iwi leaders announced they aimed to resolve Maori freshwater rights by 2016.

Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group head Ta Mark Solomon said it was an ambitious plan but he was adamant it would work.

Sir Mark said the forum would not negotiate water rights on behalf of iwi but would set a framework for dealing with the Government on the kaupapa.

Mr Key said the Government maintained its position that no one owned the water.

But he said Maori did have some genuine rights and interests in water - and they needed to be defined.....
See full article HERE

PM putting self interest over sovereignty - Little
Labour Party leader Andrew Little says the Prime Minister is too worried about his own political career to allow an honest debate about Maori sovereignty.

At Waitangi yesterday Mr Key dismissed a Waitangi Tribunal claim that Maori leaders did not cede sovereignty when they signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.

The tribunal, which released the finding in November as part of its inquiry into treaty claims in Northland said rangatira agreed to share power with the British Crown, but did not give up the right to make and enforce laws in their lands.

Mr Key said it was a divisive way of looking at things.

"The Crown's view is that sovereignty was ceded in 1840 but ceded to a modern New Zealand that was built for all New Zealanders."

He said he would not support any form of self-rule for Maori.

However, Mr Little said Mr Key was showing a lack of leadership in shutting down the debate.

He said it was natural for politicians to be worried about a potential backlash from voters, but the role of a leader was to face up to difficult issues......
See full article HERE

Treaty perceptions subject of talk
People tend to view the Treaty of Waitangi as a legal document, but its original intent was political control and colonisation, senior lecturer Dr Lachy Paterson said in a talk in Dunedin yesterday.

Entitled ''Changing Perceptions of the Treaty, 1840-2040'', the talk was given at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and was well attended.

Dr Paterson, of the University of Otago's Te Tumu School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, said the interpretation of the Treaty was now filtered by legal arguments and processes, which created winners and losers, and rights and wrongs.

Originally, the document was about exerting political control over Maori, which became more explicit after the chaos and acrimony of the 1860s land wars.

He rejected the view the earlier intent of the Crown was anything other than domination and control, albeit with humanitarian intent from some who represented the Crown.
An important juncture was Chief Justice Sir James Prendergast declaring the Treaty a ''simple nullity'' in 1877 during a land case, setting the tone of the courts for many decades to come, he said.....
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Northland elder says New Zealand should return to its original flag
However, Northland elder Patu Hohepa says the country already has an appropriate flag, the first flag of New Zealand.

The NZ flag was in full flight at the Waitangi grounds, but the Prime Minister says, "The changing of the flag is a really important symbol of a modern new New Zealand that reflects a country that is now multicultural off that bi-cultural foundation."

However, Māori history expert Patu Hohepa says two tribes signed the Treaty of Waitangi and they already had a flag, the NZ Declaration of Independence.
Mr Hohepa says, 'If the Prime Minister and those in parliament look closely at the history of that flag, they will see that is the flag for us, Māori and Pākehā.".....
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Lack of Maori input ‘disappointing’
Tauranga City Council's Draft Public Arts Policy is already starting to rankle some locals in the first week of its public consultation.

Moana FM announcer Pat Spellman is “extremely disappointed” by the draft policy and is asking council: why it did not seek direct consultation with local iwi or the Tangata Whenua Collective?

The draft policy, which was put out for consultation on Monday, aims to encourage public art which enhances the environment plus contributes to the character and identity of Tauranga.

“It seems to me there is a blatant disregard for any real partnership with council in terms of Te Ao Maori (The Maori World),” says Pat.

“I'm not sure why there is this disregard and it's a question that could be applied to a many things this city council has done in the past and continues to do.....
See full article HERE

Mayoral candidates value ties with iwi
The desire for a stronger relationship with Rangitaane was a common theme at the final mayoral candidates' debate before the votes are tallied.

Candidates were asked to set out how the Treaty of Waitangi would work at the council under their leadership.

Yesterday's event at The Globe Theatre formed part of Palmerston North's Waitangi Day events.

All candidates except Martin Egan attended.....
See what the candidates said HERE

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* Water rights dispute boils over at Waitangi
The Government is in a new fight with Maori over water. The country’s powerful tribal chiefs claim they are close to a deal with the Government that could see them make money off water.

John Key opened his Waitangi Day celebrations with a kiss for Titewhai Harawira and a peaceful walk onto Te Tii Marae.

But behind closed doors, political tension run high as there is another standoff between the Government and Maori over water.

The commercially savvy iwi leaders’ forum claims there should be a resolution that would give Maori some control over freshwater within a year.

“We believe we have rights and interests to water,” says Ngai Tahu leader Mark Solomon.

Mr Key says in terms of water “we’ve said no one owns it”.....
See full article HERE

PM makes pitch to Maori on flag chance
The Prime Minister has made a belated pitch to Maori to support his flag referendum.

John Key first revealed plans to change the flag ahead of Waitangi Day last year, setting the wheels in motion for a two-step referendum.

Today he's urging Maori to get involved.

"If we choose a new flag, it will serve us in times of celebration and remembrance, like Waitangi Day," he said....
See full article HERE

Unfinished business for Taranaki iwi
Some see a Treaty settlement as the end of a process.

For others its only just the beginning.

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and for some iwi in Taranaki settlement outcomes have provided an opportunity to start over.

Six iwi have settled with the Crown so far and Taranaki is expected to sign off its deal by the end of the year. Ngati Maru, the region's smallest iwi, hopes to seek mandate from its members to begin the negotiation process shortly after runanga elections are completed next week.

Ngati Maru's court appointed trustee Holden Hohaia said his iwi had not been disadvantaged by being last around the negotiating table.

"We should be at no rush of settling our claim at the risk of selling ourselves short," he said.....
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Concerns Over Water and River Ownership
An outdoor recreation umbrella group is calling for government to take a strong stand against a Maori demand at Waitangi for ownership of water. Andi Cockroft, co-chairman of the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) said water was a public resource and not for ownership by any one ethnic group.

He viewed with alarm a Ngai Tahu statement that a major reason was for “economic development” by Maori business should ownership be granted.

“We live in an egalitarian society where no one group whether it be based on affluence or ethnic ancestry, shall have special privileges of ownership,” he said.

Mr Cockroft said he realised that governments had granted Maori business special privileges as regards sea fishing.....
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Prospects appear even brighter for Maori economic renaissance
Three trail-blazing iwi now have assets valued at $2.7 billion but in the next few years, 30 to 40 will emerge with that financial firepower, one expert says.

Selwyn Hayes runs EY Tahi, a Maori-focused advisory service and he has big expectations for the Maori economy, now estimated to be worth about $40 billion. That could grow to more than $100 billion in the next few years, he estimates.......
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Iwi kids' school progress shown
Education Minister Hekia Parata has released figures for the first time showing iwi by iwi how Maori children do in early childhood education, primary school and NCEA.

They were presented as an education achievement profile of each iwi, from early childhood to school leavers, not in a comparative sense. But with 37 iwi in the data, comparisons can be made...
See full article HERE

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Team denied entry into basketball tournament because coach isn't Maori
A basketball coach says it is unfair his team of girls were barred from this week's National Maori Basketball Tournament because he is not Maori.

Andrew McKay coached a Ngati Whakaue team which won the under-15 division at last year's tournament in Rotorua.

But his application in October to enter the same team in the under-17 grade for this week's competition, which starts today, was initially declined by the organisers because he was non-Maori....
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Funding boost needed to keep reo growing
New Zealand First is backing a call by primary school teachers for proper funding to te reo Maori in schools.

Maori affairs spokesperson Pita Paraone says the curriculum clearly states all students have the option to acquire knowledge of te reo Maori me ona tikanga.

He says money that should have gone into the area has instead been diverted into National Standards....
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Irrigation projects to benefit for Maori?
The Prime Minister says any Maori water rights would be focused on economic development and conservation rights.

 John Key is travelling to Kerikeri to discuss the issue with the Iwi Leaders Forum.

The Forum wants that settled by Waitangi Day next year, but Mr Key says it's more likely to be a consultation document finalised in two years.

"A number of sort-of bottom lines if you like from our point of view, which is no one owns water, there wouldn't be a national settlement when it comes to water.

"We think there are some rights and interests, but we need to determine what those are catchment by catchment."

Meanwhile, a Waitangi leader has slammed the government’s closed-door discussions with one Maori group over water rights.

Maori irrigation projects could be in line for a hand-up under the government’s new considerations of water rights....
See full article HERE

Teachers to be schooled in te reo
A mainstream Rotorua school is ensuring all its teachers can speak te reo Maori in an effort to better reflect its community.

Owhata School teachers will be taking te reo Maori classes this year as part of their development as educators.

According to its 2014 Education Review Office report, 90 per cent of Owhata School pupils identify as Maori, compared to eight per cent European and two per cent Cook Island Maori.

Principal Bob Stiles said all staff were on board with the initiative......
See full article HERE

Iwi freshwater resolution by Waitangi 2016
Iwi and the Crown support the resolution of iwi and hapu rights and interests in freshwater by Waitangi 2016.
After many years of uncertainty and legal challenges in the Waitangi Tribunal and Supreme Court, iwi and the Crown have agreed on a work plan to address over allocation and iwi and hapu rights and interests in freshwater.

The work plan was agreed by Cabinet last Monday and approved by more than 40 iwi chairs in attendance at the Iwi Chairs Forum held in Kerikeri yesterday. The Iwi Chairs Forum will be outlining their support for the work plan to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers this afternoon.

The Freshwater Iwi Leaders’ Group believes that with the right engagement the issue of iwi rights and interests in fresh water could be resolved by this time next year....
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Council raising the flag for treaty
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull sees no issues with flying the flag of Maori sovereignty from the council's Civic Centre to mark Waitangi Day tomorrow.

The flying of the flag will come as events are held around the South, including Ngai Tahu's Treaty Festival in Bluff, to mark 175 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Mr Cull said yesterday the Tino Rangatiratanga flag, which has caused controversy in the past when flown in other parts of New Zealand, had been flown from the Civic Centre dating back to before he was mayor.

He was not concerned other councils spoken to in the Otago region were not flying the flag.

''Somebody's got to be first,'' Mr Cull said.

The flag was flown after a request from sections of the local Maori community and was about recognising the two sides of the Treaty partnership.....
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Apply now for Maori health scheme
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says applications are now being taken for the Maori Health Development Scheme 2015/16.

Each year the scheme is allocated $8.89 million, which is spread over two programme areas – Maori health and disability provider development and Hauora Maori Scholarships.

Jonathan says: “This is an important scheme which works to increase the capacity and capability of Maori health and disability providers.”

Maori health and disability providers have used the funding to improve infrastructure, achieve service integration, improve the quality of services and develop workforce skills.....
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New charter kura 'one-stop-shop for whanau'
The Manukau Urban Maori Authority says students at its newly-opened school will benefit from being on a marae, with access to Whanau Ora, kaumatua services and Te Reo Maori lessons.

Te Kura Maori o Waatea welcomed it first batch of akonga (students) to the bilingual school in Mangere on Monday.

Authority chief executive Willie Jackson said Nga Whare Waatea Marae was a one-stop-shop for the whanau of pupils.....
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Compulsory Te Reo 'a complete waste of valuable teaching time' - Brash
Dr Brash began by saying he agreed with some of Dr Morgan's ideas, like being opposed to separate Maori electorates and quotas for Maori in education.

But he called making Te Reo compulsory in schools "a complete waste of valuable teaching time" given so many can't read and write English well enough. He suggested it would be more useful to learn Mandarin or Spanish.

Dr Brash says in principle no one can object to the Crown compensating people for past wrongs. "I like the Treaty" he said, which he believes is very simple.

But he says it doesn't guarantee Te Reo in schools, or give Maori a veto over Resource Management Act decisions or prudential rights over natural resources......
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Maori money vital for Northland economy
The government says a strong Maori contribution is required for the economic development potential of Northland to be realised.

Taking advantage of the number of politicians and iwi leaders in north for Waitangi event, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy yesterday released the Northland Regional Growth Study.

It shows the Northland region has significant untapped economic potential and its industries could grow substantially thanks to its resource-based advantages.....
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Govt cowardice over water rights
And when the discussion goes there government officials and Ministers immediately remind us that since water is a natural resource, creating mechanisms that produce a price for water is likely to trigger a treaty claim because under Article 2 tangata whenua have an interest in freshwater resources.

It is my opinion, that it is actually the treaty claim that is deterring government from introducing adequate environmental protection mechanisms for freshwater, rather than government primarily just not being interested in environmental values or being sceptical of the ability of pricing mechanisms to allocate the rights to pollute.....
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Lack of Maori Law Society consultation on judges
The Māori Law Society says it is only consulted on an ad hoc basis when it comes to providing suitable tāngata whenua as candidates to be judges.

Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa (the Māori Law Society) co-president Rachel Mullins said there was an evolving body of what is referred to as 'Māori law' in relation to Treaty Settlements and environmental issues.

"That requires a deeper understanding of the Māori dimension and a sound grasp of tikanga and Te Reo and Māori judges that bring those skills to the bench are invaluable.....
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Hauraki iwi makes Kawau Island treaty claim
An historic reserve in Sunny Bay, on Kawau Island, is one of three areas in Mahurangi which may transfer to an Hauraki iwi under their Waitangi Treaty settlement.

The Office of Treaty Settlements has confirmed that the Crown and Marutuahu have signed an agreement that includes the three sites as part of cultural redress. The other sites are an area of the Motuora Recreation Reserve and the Mahurangi Scenic Reserve.

Long-time island resident Ray Weaver said he would be surprised if Marutuahu was successful in their claim.

“They aren’t the first iwi to make a claim,” he said. “Ngati Manuhiri, who settled their claim a few years ago, tried but the Tribunal did not recognise their claim. The fact that the island was privately sold by Ngati Manuhiri to James Forbes Beattie, in January 1840 – just weeks prior to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi – is significant. It remained in one title until Andrew Joseph Farmer bought it in 1904 and began subdividing.

“If my memory serves me right, Ngati Manuhiri challenged the Tribunal’s decision in the courts and lost.”

Mr Weaver said however, the difference between the two claims could be that the Crown opposed the Ngati Manuhiri claim but it appeared it was supporting the Marutuahu claim. He said if the claim was successful, he would be concerned for other public land on the island.....
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Governor General encouraged to be a strong representative for Māori
The Governor General, Sir Jerry Mateparae has been urged to support and acknowledge that Māori never ceded sovereignty when signing the Treaty of Waitangi.

Kaumatua of Te Tii Marae, Kingi Taurua spoke to the Governor General this morning in the whare saying Sir Jerry Mateparae held a very important role for Māori and urged him to remain a strong representative and be a 'father' for his people in his role.....
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Iwi lobby for state houses ahead of sale
Leading Maori tribes are lobbying to get first bidding rights for state houses when they start going up for sale this year.

Iwi chairs attending their annual pre-Waitangi forum at Kerikeri will discuss the issue today and put their case to Prime Minister John Key and Housing Minister Nick Smith when they attend the forum tomorrow.

Sonny Tau, who chairs the country's biggest iwi, Ngapuhi, said he was seeking a formal right of first refusal for about 1200 state houses from Whangarei to Mahurangi north of Auckland as part of the iwi's negotiations for a Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

Two other big iwi, Tainui and Ngai Tahu, won first rights of refusal for state housing in the 1990s and Tainui leader Tukoroirangi Morgan has said his tribe wants to exercise that right to buy state houses in South Auckland and the Waikato.

Other groups, such as the Far North iwi Te Rarawa, do not have formal first refusal rights but said they expected the Crown to talk to them first.......
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Warning on quake-prone marae
Maori are being told they need to wake up to the issue of earthquake-prone marae.

Dr Regan Potangaroa, associate professor of architecture at Unitec Institute of Technology, has described the situation as a 'big runaway train hurtling towards them'.

He said incoming government laws to make buildings more robust would hurt Maori economically and strike at their cultural heart.....
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Iwi wants social housing clarity
One of Aotearoa's largest tribes wants more clarity from the Government so it can move forward with a project to buy state houses in its region.

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou has been in talks with the Government to buy the 600 state houses in its tribal region.

Chief executive Teepa Wawatai said the government wanted to create more opportunities for iwi to take up social housing responsibility.

However he said the intentions for the transfer of state houses has not yet been made clear and there also needed to be greater clarity about the policy for housing in areas other than Auckland.....
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Maori claims in Bay 'echo of apartheid'
An outspoken scientist has likened Hawke's Bay foreshore and seabed claims to "an echo of apartheid South Africa" in front of a Napier audience.

Council of Outdoor Recreation of New Zealand secretary Hugh Barr last night spoke to about 100 people at the Napier Sailing Club in Ahuriri, saying at the public meeting that marine and coastal area claims in the Bay were a threat to public access.

Three claims were "currently in secret negotiation with [Attorney-General of New Zealand] Chris Finlayson" for areas of Bay coastline, Dr Barr said.

The Marine and Coastal Area Act had allowed for 40 claims for privatisation of areas of foreshore and seabed for tribal interests throughout New Zealand.

He said the claims would create "two classes of citizens, the privileged coastal chiefs and the rest of us, including people of Maori descent who don't belong to that tribe - second-class citizens".

"This is an echo of apartheid South Africa."
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Council told to honour Maori identity
The Tauranga City Council is not working hard enough to promote the area's Maori identity, a local campaigner says.

Pat Spellman, who wants both Te Reo and English signage in Tauranga, said the council was not showing any genuine commitment.

He said the council needed to start incorporating Maori culture into the city's identity.....
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Gareth Morgan targets 'Brash-think' in Orewa speech
Gareth Morgan is heading to Orewa to confront what he calls the "ignorance of Brash-think".

He says there was a hotbed of ignorance which needed to be confronted because of the need for an ongoing relationship with Maori after all Treaty of Waitangi settlements are finished.

Dr Brash, meanwhile, stands by the speech, which targeted what he called the Treaty "grievance industry" and rejected Dr Morgan's interpretation.

He said the Treaty was a "crucially important document" at the time it was signed but it contained no suggestion of an ongoing partnership.

The final settlements needed to be finished and the original agreements rebalanced to meet current levels, Dr Brash said, but then "that should be the end of the matter".

"There is no suggestion in the document as an ordinary person reads it that this is an ongoing 'partnership'......
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Maori flag for Rotorua Civic Centre on Waitangi Day
Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) will again fly both the New Zealand flag and the Flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand at the council Civic Centre on Waitangi Day this week.

A decision on a flag for use on Waitangi Day in Rotorua in future years has been left with Te Pukenga Koeke o Te Arawa, the group of Te Arawa kaumatua which advises the council on cultural matters.

Council Strategy and Partnerships group manager, Jean-Paul Gaston, said the choice of a permanent Te Arawa flag to acknowledge the partnership with local Maori was a decision for Te Arawa....
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Paul Moon: A post-Treaty era likely to bear lasting fruits
But just before the Treaty-haters begin to celebrate, the post-Treaty era may also usher in more assertive forms of Maori sovereignty. Some of the groundwork for this has already been laid, and co-management of Crown assets by hapu and iwi, coupled with these groups exercising greater autonomy in the areas of health, justice, and education are the likely fruits of this development.
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Water fresh issue for Waitangi debate
Maori rights to fresh water is firmly on the agenda this week at Waitangi for both the New Zealand Maori Council and the Iwi Leaders Group.

The council will hold an open forum at Te Tii Marae on Thursday to discuss its water policy proposal, Maori representation, Maori wardens and te reo Maori policy.

Co-chair Maanu Paul says the council wants to report back to te iwi Maori about what it has achieved over the past year and what is coming in the year ahead.

Up the road in Kerikeri, iwi leaders will talk among themselves about their attempts to influence the government’s freshwater allocation policy.....
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'Leave our lands and seas alone'
Protests against Statoil's seismic oil exploration off western Northland and the "dubious" way the government had "bulldozed" the granting of deep sea oil exploration permits continue this week with a hikoi to Waitangi, timed to coincide with the arrival of government politicians there on Thursday.....
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Māori Party wants benefit rates increase
The Māori Party are pushing for an increase in benefit rates, particularly for the most vulnerable such as parents with children.

Marama Fox says the Government is slow when it comes to increasing the benefit.  According to statistics from 2009-2014, a couple with children had their benefit increase by $31 per week.

For a sole parent with children, a $26 increase.

However, if you look at superannuation, a single pensioner received a rise of $56 per week...
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Maori immersion classroom opens
The hopes of a Whangarei school have been fulfilled with the opening of a new full Maori immersion classroom.

Yesterday morning a powhiri was held at Hikurangi School to welcome everyone back, but the first day was particularly special as it also marked the opening of their new classroom - Nga Whetu ko Hikohiko o Hikurangi - The Shining Stars of Hikurangi, a total Maori immersion classroom.

Principal Bruce Crawford said the opening of the class was a long time coming.

"I've always wanted it because I think te reo should be as common as English," he said. "We have 200 students at our school and a 63 per cent Maori roll.".....
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Maori school now set to cater for year 9 students
South Taranaki school is opening a new chapter as it admits its first set of high school students this week.
Hawera's Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ngati Ruanui held a powhiri yesterday to welcome six year 9 students.
Previously a year 1 to 8 school, the Ministry of Education has granted it the ability to educate secondary school classes from year 9 to 13. ....
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Thanks ma'am but time's up
He says the next step happens when Governor General Sir Gerry Mataparae attends Wednesday's treaty signing commemoration at Mangungu on the Hokianga Harbour.

"There will be a letter given to the Governor General to take to the Queen to thank her and the royal family from the time of Victoria for being our protector, leading us from a state of infancy to adulthood, we are now adults and could she now please tell the government and the rest of the world we are now ready to take over for ourselves," he says.

Patu Hohepa says the message to other iwi and the rest of New Zealand coming from the hui is that Te Tiriti describes an ongoing relationship that will not disappear when historical treaty claims are settled......
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Petition with 4000 names slams Maori ward bid
A petition against Maori wards with more than 4000 signatures will be delivered to mayor Andrew Judd in two weeks and set in motion a referendum on the issue.

In September the New Plymouth District Council voted in favour of developing a ward to ensure Maori had a voice on the council.
The decision was condemned by many and prompted Hugh Johnson to start a petition against the move.

Current legislation allows for a binding referendum on Maori wards if a petition with at least 5 per cent of the electorate is collected.

However, that is not the case with decisions on other wards where the local government commissioner has the final say.

Five per cent of the New Plymouth electorate equates to 2749 signatures, and Johnson said he would be handing in "4000 plus" signatures to Judd on February 12......
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Water rights, Te Reo Maori strategy and Maori representation
Water rights, Te Reo Maori strategy and Maori representation being discussed at Waitangi on 5 February

“New Zealand Maori Council will be discussing our key policy initiatives in an open forum at Waitangi on Thursday 5 February.” says NZMC Co-Chair Maanu Paul. “This is part of our reporting back to te iwi Maori on what Council has achieved in the past year and where we believe we will be heading in the coming year.” says Mr Paul.

“Council has arranged panel discussions on Maori representation, Maori Wardens, our Water policy proposal and our Te Reo Maori policy and are looking forward to sharing our discussions with others at Te Tii on 5 February.” says Maanu Paul. “Council will also be participating in the Taurangatira Tent discussions at Te Tii Marae”. Council policies on water, representation, Te Reo Maori, Maori Wardens and other matters can be found on .......
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Few Maori judges in NZ's legal system
There are only 28 judges who define themselves as Māori working in New Zealand's legal system.

Te Manu Korihi has obtained the information from the Ministry of Justice and the Crown Law office, under an Official Information Act request.

Statistics New Zealand figures show Māori are over-represented in the number of people going through the court system, including Māori aged 10 to 16 still accounting for more than half of young people charged....
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University of Waikato Conference - Maori Engagement in NZ's Extractive Industry: Innovative Legal Solutions
The aim of this symposium is to explore how recent developments in international law and State/Extractive Industry practice may improve Māori engagement with the Extractive Industry through: robust consultation and impact assessment processes; benefit sharing agreements with Extractive Industry; partnership agreements with Extractive Industry; and iwi-led projects.

The symposium will bring together experts in international law and indigenous rights, and domestic legal issues, and representatives of the Extractive Industry as well as a broad cross-section of Māori communities who have experience with Extractive Industry. ....
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Pressure group mounts: 3 councillors on board
Three current and four former Rotorua district councillors have joined the new Rotorua Pro-Democracy Society with more than 50 people attending its inaugural meeting.

The meeting on Thursday was invitation only and was used to set the group up as an incorporated society.

Founding members Mike McVicker and Reynold Macpherson told the Rotorua Daily Post they were now in a position to raise funds and attract new members to the cause.

They said the society was set up to challenge a proposal to have unelected iwi members sit, and have voting rights, on Rotorua Lakes Council committees.

They say that proposal is "totally undemocratic".

"Now we can get serious about attracting more members and with at least 100 expressions of interest we don't think this will be too difficult," Mr Macpherson said.

"We're off to a flying start."

Mr McVicker said the society had attracted a diverse range of Rotorua residents.

"We are not just targeting Europeans, but everyone who is interested in defending our democratic rights," he said......
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Waitangi Day disturbances expected after appointment
Even before Waitangi Day commemorations start a judge has signalled trouble ahead after he approved the appointment of one of the country's most disruptive women and her partner.

Despite baring her buttocks at elders at Te Tii Waitangi Marae and unproven claims of drug use, Hinewhare Harawira and Waireti Paora, have won places on its trust.

Rejecting a bid to stop them, Maori Land Court Judge David Ambler warned of deep antipathy on the marae.

Harawira, sister of defeated MP Hone Harawira, is mother of three men sent to prison two years ago for assaulting a 12-year-old. She is the daughter of activist Titewhai.

The plight of the nation's founding marae and its guardian Ngati Rahiri iwi is revealed in a tortuous 36-page judgment....
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Maori doctor backs call for stomach stapling
A Maori doctor is backing a demand for more stomach stapling operations, after a New Zealand weight loss surgeon called on more government money to combat the problem.

The latest Ministry of Health figures show that one in five Maori children and almost half of Maori adults are classed as obese - disproportionately higher than other parts of the population.

George Laking of Te Whakatohea said demand exceeded availability and more funding was needed......
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Te Tiriti o Waitangi here's some of the history

Ahead of Waitangi Day this year, 'The Weekend Sun' (Tauranga) published this opinion piece from Chris Lee. -Written by Bruce Moon, it offers his take on the Treaty of Waitangi - a much-debated part of our history. There are far too many fantasies floating around in the New Zealand air today, based mostly on false interpretations of the Treaty of Waitangi and the pretence that supposed modern meanings of words were what they mean't in 1840.

The essence of the Treaty is that by this document in the Ngapuhi dialect, the chiefs ceded sovereignty to the Queen completely and forever.

In return, all Maoris, including the many slaves of other Maoris, became British subjects with their full rights and privileges - a magnificent gift.

Claims today that the chiefs never ceded , sovereignty to the Queen show contempt for the truth.

It was accepted at Waitangi by numerous English-speaking chiefs that the word "kawanatanga" used for "sovereignty" in the Treaty meant exactly that. Claims to the contrary today are based on the false idea that translation is the same as derivation. It is not.

Hobson's brief was "to treat with the aborigines of New Zealand in the recognition of Her Majesty's sovereign 'authority over the whole or any part of those islands which they may be willing to place under Her Majesty's dominion" but only with "the free intelligent consent of the natives".

Without it, he would have sailed away and who knows what the outcome would have been?

The written record of events at Waitangi on February 6, 1840 is totally clear. The chiefs ceded sovereignty completely and forever to the Queen and knew that they were doing so. This was confirmed fully by the chiefs' own words at the Kohimarama Conference in 1860 and corroborated by missionary Samuel Warren, who worked subsequently amongst the northern.tribes for 15 years. It was confirmed yet again by outstanding Maori scholar, Sir Apirana Ngata in 1920.

By Article third of the Treaty, all Maoris - "tangata Maori, katoa o Nu Tirani" - received full citizen's rights and this included the many slaves of other Maoris, most being held in abject conditions and often the victims of cannibal feasts. Descendants of those slaves today should be singing the praises of the British for their liberation but we never hear a word. Many chiefs dishonoured the Treaty of Waitangi by being very slow to release their slaves, often taking years.

It is Article second of the Treaty which perhaps has been most twisted in recent times by racists and revisionists. Yet in essence this article is redundant since all it does is guarantee the right of citizens to own private property - land, dwellings and chattels - and British subjects have these rights anyway. Looking more closely at it, some things stand out..First, the guarantee is made to all the people of New Zealand - "tangata katoa o Nu Tirani" - in clear distinction to Article third which applied only to Maoris - and "all" means "all".

The vital point to note before we even look at the meanings of words such as "rangatiratanga" and "taonga" is that rights of ownership were guaranteed to all - equality of rights is a fundamental aspect of the Treaty in which we should all .rejoice, not make spurious claims based on ancestry or sometimes a very small part of it. Since, in pre-Treaty days, Maori property was only what could be held by force of arms and then only by few people except chiefs, for Maori citizens to own property in their own right, with assurances of permanence and inheritance, was a considerable boon.

Nevertheless, "tino rangatiratanga" propaganda continues unabated with the flagrantly false idea that it applies only to those with some Maori blood.

The words were hardly ever used by anybody for decades after 1840, Parkinson noting "a single late and remarkable exception" being "tino rangatira" as one title amongst many by which Queen Victoria was addressed in a petition by some Rotorua Maori residents. As Parkinson has also said: "Kawharu's mistranslation of `tino rangatiratanga' as 'the unqualified exercise of 'chieftainship' is not merely erroneous but preposterous".

Two things are certain: Article first of the Treaty stating that the chiefs ceded sovereignty, neither Hobson nor anybody else would have, imagined that it was contradicted a few lines later in Article second, so whatever the meaning of "tino rangatiratanga", it was nothing like "sovereignty". "Full possession" is the only meaning which makes sense in context.

So Maori "aspirations for tino rangatiratanga" which Gareth Morgan says will never be over, are all modern day-dreaming about fantasies of the past with no existence except in their imagination.

Even more abused than this is the meaning of "taonga". In 1820, Hongi Hika asserted that it meant "property procured by the spear".

When 13 Ngapuhi chiefs wrote to King William in 1831, they stated that their only possessions were "timber, flax, pork and potatoes" and the word used for "possessions" was "taonga".

With the range of European material goods such as iron cooking pots, steel knives and so on becoming available to the tribes, it was natural that the meaning of "taonga" be extended to include them but it still only meant "property" in William Williams' 1844 dictionary, i.e. after the Treaty was signed.

Given that some 10 years later its meaning was again extended to include "treasure" it is as equally preposterous as misuse of the meaning of "tino rangatiratanga" to claim that that was its meaning in 1840.
Yet, ignoring the genuine meaning of Article second today, the claims are rampant that only people with Maori ancestry are somehow entitled to natural water, the electromagnetic spectrum, special treatment by health authorities, and indeed special fishing quotas (which are not even mentioned in the Treaty).

More and more are compliant government departments, local bodies educational. institutes and hospital boards kowtowing before this onslaught, the rights of most New Zealanders being swamped in a sea of political correctness.

It is high time that all New Zealanders of whatever ethnic origin or mixed race put the Treaty back in 1840 where it belongs as one step in our progress towards nationhood, and moved forward in harmony as equals in a democratic state with no racist privileges of any kind for anybody.

'The Weekend Sun' (Tauranga) 23 January 2015
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31 JANUARY 2015

PM urged to apologise to Ngāpuhi and ensure new flag has Māori influence
The MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Kelvin Davis, says John Key needs to apologise to Ngāpuhi when he attends Waitangi next week over his criticism of the Waitangi Tribunal report, which claims that Ngāpuhi did not cede sovereignty by signing the Treaty of Waitangi.
Last year, Key dismissed the idea that a new flag should have Māori input.  He's sticking to his guns.

He says, "In the end there will be a range of views put forward.  New Zealanders will get to choose the alternative they want.”

Davis says, “If there aren't any Māori elements in the flag, then it is hardly a fair representation of this country holistically.  It's merely representative of a small portion of the population.”..........
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Settlements 'go some way to righting wrongs
An expert on the Treaty of Waitangi says Maori culture was ignored in the past, but the historical settlements have gone some way towards righting the disastrous effects of New Zealand's history.

Head of Research at Te Papa Tongarewa Dame Claudia Orange believes building Maori community strength through the process helped mitigate the effects of tangata whenua alienation from their lands.

Dame Claudia said 2015 was a significant year because it had been 20 years since the Treaty settlement process was established, but there was still work to be done.

She said legislation in the past destroyed any acknowledgement of Maori in relation to their land, having authority over it and the rights to develop their own ways of doing things....
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Maori Party says iwi should have right of refusal
The Maori Party wants iwi to get the first right of refusal for all state houses the Government plans to sell.

"If the Government are going to go ahead and do that then we think iwi should have first right of refusal, many iwi have already settled if those houses and the land they are on had been included in a redress package Maori could have been moving in this space already.

Trust deputy chair Ngarimu Blair said it wanted to expand the sub-tribe's role in housing and said the call for first right of refusal for the sale of state homes, would have been perfect.....
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Fund Maori language teaching - NZ First
The Government is failing New Zealand children by not supporting the teaching of Māori in schools.

"The 2009 New Zealand Curriculum states clearly: ‘All students have the option to acquire knowledge of te reo Maori me ona tikanga,’" says New Zealand First Spokesperson for Māori Affairs Pita Paraone.

"This is not an argument about making te reo compulsory in schools. This is about saying we want the learning of te reo to be funded as per the curriculum.

"This is not, as the Minister would have us believe, going to lead to the oppression of the language, but actively promote greater understanding of both the Māori language and the Māori culture, and deliver the rounded education we expect from New Zealand schools," says Mr Paraone......
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Sovereignty hui underway in Northland
Nearly 200 people have gathered at Northland's Otiria marae for a two-day seminar and debate on Maori sovereignty.

Speakers include historian Paul Moon, and economist and philanthropist Gareth Morgan.

Mr Morgan is urging Pakeha New Zealanders to address the recent findings of the Waitangi Tribunal, that Maori did not cede sovereignty when they signed the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Ngati Hine organisers of the hui said the Crown had implied the Tribunal's findings were not relevant to the present day governance.

But they said the country would not move forward until the real implications of Te Tiriti, and the earlier New Zealand Declaration of Independence by Ngapuhi chiefs, were acknowledged and acted on......
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Non-Maori urged to connect with Maori
There are too many schisms between Māori and non-Māori according to a Presbyterian Church leader, who's urging non-Māori to work harder to form positive relationships with tāngata whenua.

Reverend Norton said everyone had a responsibility to address the injustices done to Māori.

"The Treaty needs to become a living document for all New Zealanders and that is where we see the Treaty as a gift to the nation whereby it can help us live together in a relationship of manaakitanga... those are the things we need to live out the spirit of The Treaty," he said.

He believed too many blocks had been put up between Māori and non-Māori......
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Iwi plans major Waitangi Day to celebrate 175 Years
Celebrate the 175th anniversary of Waitangi Day with Ngāti Kahungunu at the Hawke’s Bay Sports Park.

"We invite the whole community to come along and join us" said iwi chairman Ngāhiwi Tomoana. "The day is about family, community and nationhood".

To celebrate 175 years of PARTNERSHIP, six community and industry leaders will take one minute each to share one big idea they will take into their work place to mark the occasion......
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30 JANUARY 2015

Academic says rates for multiple landowners unfair
An academic says multiple owners of unproductive Māori land should not have to pay their rates while wealthy non-Māori are given rates holidays by councils.

Margaret Mutu, who is a Māori studies professor at the University of Auckland, believes tāngata whenua are justified in not paying their rates when such a double-standard exists.

However Northland Regional Councillor and chair of the Te Tai Tokerau Maori advisory committee, Dover Samuels, dismissed her criticisms.

"I'm not surprised at that response from an academic who has very little practical knowledge about local government. She lives in an ivory tower and doesn't understand what local authorities are trying to do hand-in-hand with Māori multiple landowners and bringing it into production.

"Councils have a policy of deferring rates and setting them aside, but it makes no difference what race the person is and rates are deferred for those who really need it."..
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Ngati Whatua keen to expand housing
Auckland hapu Ngati Whatua o Orakei has welcomed the Government’s plans for state housing and want to be part of the action.

Prime Minister John Key has announced state houses will be sold to community providers, whose will also be able to qualify for income-related rental subsidies

Mr Davis says the hapu wants to broaden its sights and understand how best to provide affordable housing options for its people, and for the wider community....
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Housing WOF could be price of support
The Maori Party wants a warrant of fitness for social housing to be part of the overhaul of social housing policy.

But she says a Maori Party-driven pilot last year found 90 percent of Housing New Zealand homes would fail a warrant of fitness.

She says the houses should be brought up to that standard before they are sold, and that standard maintained.

"By way of retaining accountability with the government to provide social housing of a good standard and a good quality for the most vulnerable families in our community, most of which will be Maori and Pasifika whanau, then we think a warrant of fitness on all social housing should be a minimum requirement, mandatory for all social housing at least. We think it also should be mandatory for all rental properties," Ms Fox says....
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Housing a liabilty for iwi
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says iwi should be wary of any attempt to push them into becoming social housing providers.

Prime Minister John Key yesterday unveiled his plans to create non-state providers of social housing by selling state houses cheap to agencies like the Salvation Army.

This would be backed up by extending rental subsidies now only available to state house tenants.
Mr Peters says it can be difficult to be a landlord to your own people, especially in times of high unemployment....
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29 JANUARY 2015

Treaty pundits put on the spot
They’ve put their views on the Treaty of Waitangi out in the public, and now the people who see themselves as guardians of the treaty have asked them to come and defend those views.

Te Kotahitanga o nga Hapu o Ngapuhi is holding a hui at Otiria Marae in Moerewa this Friday and Saturday at which authors Gareth Morgan and Paul Moon will speak, along with Annette Sykes, Valmai Toki, Moana Jackson and Tukoroirangi Morgan.

Co-chair Pita Tipene says the debate about what Te Tiriti o Waitangi means in 2015 and beyond is a response to the Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that the treaty was about Maori sharing power and authority with the crown rather than ceding sovereignty.

He says Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson’s off-handed dismissal of the finding as having no effect won’t shut off the debate.....
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Call for coastal claimants to get a hustle on
Almost 40 applications have been made to the Crown and High Court under the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011 (MACA Act).

However, not all applications have been recognised, and there are also concerns over the costs to applicants and the threshold they must meet.

A total of 38 applications have been made under the MACA Act. 12 with the High Court, 26 with the Crown.

It's expected that a claim over the Titi Islands, near Rakiura, will be the first to be tested in the High Court at the end of this year.

Mahuta and Flavell have concerns over the costs which may be incurred by the applicants.  

Mahuta says, “If the courts find there is legitimate reason for these applications to be taken, then perhaps the Crown should look at covering some of the costs incurred by applicants who go directly to the High Court.”

The Crown says it's currently in discussions with three groups and in the second half of the year, it expects the collection of evidence to start.

However, of the 26 applications, 10 have been dismissed. Nanaia Mahuta says perhaps that confirms the fear that the threshold is too high.

In April next year, the period for applications to be received will close. 
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Oral history to be used as evidence
A group of landowners against a wastewater plant planned for their land hope their oral history can be used as evidence in an appeal to stop the plant.

Some of their evidence would come from oral history which she said proved the land was to be used for a whanau homestead.
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Ten new coastal rights for tribesA comment by a Mahia bach owner that tribes that win customary marine title over an area of foreshore and seabed get significant rights prompted a closer look at the Marine and Coastal Area Act. John McLean, who chaired a meeting of 120 bach owners and claimants at Mahia on January 2 found 10 rights that lucky claimant tribes can benefit from that everyone else does not have.

A further a public meeting with take place at the Napier Sailing Club at 7pm on Monday, February 2, where Dr Hugh Barr, of the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of New Zealand, will explain how the Act has opened up the entire coastal area to claim by tribal groups.

Those special new rights are:...
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Fears Mass in Te Reo Maori may die out
Christchurch Bishop Barry Jones is concerned that the celebration of Mass in Te Reo Maori is slowly dying.

“We have a shortage of priests who can celebrate the Mass in Maori. From the very beginning, the Catholic Church here in New Zealand has had a Maori dimension. And we must not lose it,” the very least, learn the sign of the cross, the greeting and the dismissal in Maori.....
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28 JANUARY 2015

Crown turns down 10 foreshore applicants
Ten applicants have fallen at the first hurdle in their attempts to gain customary marine title to stretches of coastline.

The Crown has turned down their bids for rights to be recognised.

Under the Marine and Coastal Area Act, whanau, hapu and iwi can seek recognition and protection of long-standing customary interests.

On behalf of his family, Greg McDonald made an application for title to half a kilometre of foreshore and seabed in front of Pakiri Beach, north east of Auckland.

But his request did not make the cut....
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Auckland Council asks iwi for input
Auckland's Mayor Len Brown says the council has asked iwi around the region to provide a list of what is critical to sustain the survival of their marae.....
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Debate continues on te reo Māori being compulsory in schools
The debate around whether the Māori language should be compulsory in schools across the country has reignited.

Pākehā businessman Gareth Morgan, is the latest to back the idea in his new book about the Treaty of Waitangi, while the NZEI is calling for greater support from the government.

Pita Paraone has laid down a challenge to ministers Hekia Parata and Te Ururoa Flavell.

The New Zealand First MP and former Chief Executive of the Māori Language Commission says having the Māori language compulsory in schools is in their hands.

“The nation feared the Māori flag on top of the Auckland harbour bridge firstly and secondly on top of government buildings. At this stage, it's not an important issue,” says Flavell.

“If they want the world to change, the language to be taken up, it needs to start at primary and intermediate,” says Paraone,
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Arawa leader eyes economic power
A Te Arawa leader says the iwi needs to be thinking abut how it can use all its wealth to better its people, rather than just treaty settlement assets.

Sir Toby Curtis chairs the Te Arawa Lakes Trust, which incorporates the former Te Arawa Maori Trust Board.
Last year it made a profit of almost $400,000 after its farms were converted to dairy production, and its total assets rose from $27.7 to $28.2 million.

He says a Te Puni Kokiri study estimated the current tribal asset base as worth between $6 and $8 billion, out of a total of Maori assets of around $40 billion.

"Already we are making a significant impact as a people. We need to continue that. (The Maori economy) is something in the region of $40 billion. We need to get that up to $100b, and we can. If we have that then money does not become a problem to us. Money becomes our servant to work for our betterment," Sir Toby says....
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27 JANUARY 2015
Local added to Maori advisory board
The appointment of Dannevirke's James Kendrick to the board of the St John Maori advisory group is awesome, the organisation's HR manager Tom Dodd of Auckland says.

Mr Kendrick is one of seven voluntary and paid St John staff from around New Zealand appointed to the group who will give advice on initiatives to improve Maori health outcomes, training and education for St John staff and the integration of tikanga Maori throughout St John, Mr Dodd told the Dannevirke News.

Mr Dodd said it's hoped the new advisory group will bring simple and practical ideas to Maori communities, with some initiatives being localised as the organisation realises one size doesn't fit all.

"All those on the group bring a huge background of wealth of knowledge to their roles and we looked for people who understood Maori health issues and protocols," he said.

Among the Maori health outcomes already identified by St John is the aim to have defibrillators on all marae with people trained in their use....
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Christchurch school to teach on pa model
A special character Maori school opening this term in Christchurch will show that it takes a village to raise a child.

Te Pa o Rakaihautu, a state-designated character school, will offer education founded on tikanga and Te Reo Maori in a pa-based environment encouraging families to participate.

Located during term one at the old Richmond School site for year 1 to 10 pupils, the school will then move to Linwood Intermediate for at least two years growing to year 13.

"It's a little bit different to school as we knew it. It's a learning village. It's probably more akin to how it would have worked in the pa pre-European times."

"It's reconnecting with our place, our people, and our own stories."

The school would use modern technology to raise national standards and NCEA achievement of its Maori pupils.....
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Iwi leaders engage on policy
The Iwi Leaders Forum is getting ready to meet ministers in Kerikeri next week to discuss the government’s legislative programme for the year ahead.

The consultation has become a regular part of the annual hui leading up to Waitangi Day commemorations.

Forum technical working group member Willie Te Aho says smaller teams are meeting officials beforehand to discuss agenda items including housing and freshwater policy.

He says it’s part of a strategy of engagement rather than trying to take the crown on in the courts....
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NZEI calls for reo resources
Primary teachers’ union NZEI Te Riu Roa wants the Government to put more resources into teaching te reo Maori.

New president Louise Green says all New Zealand children should have the opportunity to learn te reo.

She says while it’s a core part of the curriculum, the available resources aren’t up to the demand from both Maori and Pakeha children and their families.

Ms Green says what is needed is a much stronger committment by Government to resource and support teachers and kaiako to improve the education system's ability to meet demand.....
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PM's no show saddens Maori King
A senior member of the Rātana Church says the Maori King, Tuheitia Paki, would have been very disappointed that the Prime Minister did not attend the church's annual celebrations at the weekend.

Andre Meihana, an Apotoro Wairua (spiritual apostle) for the church, said the King usually visits Rātana Pā for the event on Saturday, but went on Friday this year so he could meet with the Prime Minister.

Mr Meihana said King Tuheitia arrived early for the pōwhiri, before the Government, to show John Key how united Māori are as a whole, including the bond between the Rātana Church and the King.

He said King Tuheitia, who is very unwell, left his sickbed to meet with Mr Key, but the Prime Minister only let the church know the day before the celebrations began that he was not going to attend....
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Four students receive pharmacy scholarships (18/1/14)
Four Māori pharmacy students have been awarded Hiwinui Heke pharmacy scholarships – two each from the Auckland and Otago Schools of Pharmacy.

The awards are jointly presented by PHARMAC and Nga Kaitiaki o te Puna Rongoa o Aotearoa (Māori Pharmacists Association or MPA). They are aimed at Māori students enrolled at pharmacy schools and committed to studying pharmacy.

PHARMAC developed the scholarships with the MPA as a way to encourage more Māori students to complete their pharmacy studies.

The scholarships are named after Hiwinui Heke (Te Arawa), who was one of the first Māori to graduate from a New Zealand pharmacy school in 1955.

PHARMAC and the Māori Pharmacists Association (MPA) have formalised their relationship with a Memorandum of Agreement, that will underpin their relationship for the coming years......
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26 JANUARY 2015

From the files of Alf Grumble

 Want to see why Delahunty got a 2/10 mark from Trans Tasman? Just look at her Treaty thinking

Alf hadn’t noticed a recent opinion piece by Gareth Morgan,  the bloke with a dislike of moggies but – hurrah – a great urge to preserve our democracy.

Morgan was contributing to the debate over Maori representation on local councils.

More particularly, he was taking issue with New Plymouth’s (very temporary) Mayor, Andrew Judd, who had embroiled himself in a debate over whether his council should have a Maori ward and was calling for all councils to have Maori provide half of their councils.

According to Morgan:

 This, he believes, would better “reflect” the Treaty of Waitangi. Demonstrating if nothing else, just how dynamic interpretations of the Treaty have become, the Judd model seriously undermines democracy in New Zealand.

Maori have aspirations, and achieving those should as far as possible be supported by other New Zealanders. These aspirations include having more say over their own lives, and eradication of socio-economic disadvantage.

But is the best way to achieve those aspirations to grant Maori unique political power over matters that affect everyone? That is a question all New Zealanders need to wake up to and discuss.

Damned right.

Morgan goes on :

To accommodate degradation of democracy is risky in the extreme. It also contravenes Article Three of the Treaty, which in 21st-century terms holds that we are equal citizens – one person, one vote. More worryingly, political theory and experience points out that granting unique political power to any group is a quick path to a divided nation.

Is there anyone out there seriously in favour of this?

Well, yes.

They include Greenie Catherine Delahunty, who says:.......
Continue reading Alf Grumble's entertaining blog HERE 
 December 16th, 2014

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25 JANUARY 2015

 Maori sovereignty on agenda for Otiria hui
The issue of Ngapuhi sovereignty, after a landmark Waitangi Tribunal decision, will be under the spotlight at the marae near Moerewa with some high-profile New Zealanders leading the debate.

Mr Tipene said the ruling meant that the way the country had been governed might need to be looked at and changed to give more autonomy to hapu. However, the Government has said nothing will change.

A large gathering is expected at Otiria on Friday and Saturday when a strong line-up of keynote speakers will start a robust discussion and debate around He Whakaputanga (Declaration of Independence 1835) and the Treaty of Waitangi.

The keynote speakers will include Professor of History at AUT University Dr Paul Moon, economist and philanthropist Gareth Morgan, lawyer Annette Sykes, lecturer in law at the University of Auckland Valmaine Toki, former MP and Tainui leader Tuku Morgan and lawyer Moana Jackson.

Te Kotahitanga has called the hui.

Dr Moon, a leading commentator on the treaty, maintains there is an erroneous belief that the Treaty of Waitangi is the foundation for New Zealand's system of government......
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Treaty about rules of engagement
Economist Gareth Morgan believes the country needs to give serious consideration to what the Treaty of Waitangi relationship will look like once historical claims are settled.

Mr Morgan spoke at Ratana Pa yesterday on some of the ideas in his new book on the treaty, Are We There Yet?

He says too many Pakeha think the current settlement process will be the beginning and end of any discussion about the treaty.

"As any Maori person will tell you, or any reasonable person really who has read the treaty, it’s not about the breaches, the subsequent grievances and the subsequent settlements, it’s about the rules of engagement of how these two societies coexist together, share this land, and have a mutual respect and care," Mr Morgan says....
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Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei leader reflects on Auckland history
Hawke says, "We're always going to the Crown to say look we've been denied to live on our land for a hundred and something years and you want to charge us the rate that's going now because of Paratai Drive and Mission Bay."

Hawke has lived in Auckland for more than 75 years, he's chaired the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust board and has clear views about where to from here for the iwi.

"What I'd like to establish is a real good honohono with all those other groups, those 14 other groups and that we can improve the status of those Māori or tangata whenua here in Tāmaki Makaurau so that we have our own systems to be able to develop these things through councils. Assist rather than going to them and begging," says Hawke...
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Tuwharetoa on track to buy crown properties
The Tuwharetoa Settlement Trust is teaming up with other entities within the iwi to buy Crown properties available under its deferred settlement process.

The trust’s ability to pick up the properties was compromised by its first set of trustees, who lost $9 millions of the tribe’s forestry settlement through poor investments and gave away another $11 million of its capital in grants.

Chair Dylan Tehau says new trustees have almost completed the restructure of the trust finances, and it now has equity of $17.7 million and is running profitably and with lower costs.

Its commercial subsidiary Tuwharetoa Limited raised $7.5 million in capital and set up a limited liability partnership with Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board, Lake Taupo Forest Trust and Te Pae o Waimihia to buy commercial redress properties including nine schools and the Taupo courthouse, making it one of the largest land owners in the Taupo Township.

It also bought 11 forest enclaves in and around Lake Taupo and Lake Rotoaira Forests, which were on sold to the respective forest trusts.

Mr Tahau says it is now trying to pull together other trusts to help it buy 8500 hectares of Department of Corrections land and forest, valued at more than $50 million.
Article HERE

Time right to work for true partnership
Politicians visiting Ratana Marae yesterday got a strong message from speaker Uruea Abraham who broke protocol by speaking in English and saying it was "obvious that many of you are sitting here without being able to understand the eloquence and beauty of the Maori language".

Mr Abraham said Maori had had 175 years of understanding the English language and that the Treaty of Waitangi settlements equated to just "one cent in the dollar.

"Don't play with the Treaty of Waitangi and treat it like a game of ping pong" he urged visiting politicians. It was time for government to work towards a future of true partnership with Maori.....
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24 JANUARY 2015

Treaty settlements not 'genuine partnership' – Greens
Many Treaty of Waitangi settlements aren't "as good as they need to be" the Green Party says, and it wants a review of the settlement process.

In her speech this morning at Ratana, near Whanganui, Greens co-leader Metiria Turei said the Crown has used its power to "force through" many of the deals so far.

"Our people have had to accept them due to political constraints and the pressures of poverty and time." 

Ms Turei says her party has no faith the current settlement process "is a reflection of a genuine partnership".

"Indeed, this divisive process has the potential to create new breaches of Te Tiriti (the treaty). They cannot be full and final when new grievances are being created with each one."

The Government dictates terms of negotiations from start to finish, she said.

"It is this dominant view that sees next to no land returned to tangata whenua, and only small amounts of financial redress."

The Greens want a comprehensive review of the treaty settlement process "that sets out to put the power back in the hands of hapū and iwi, and that honours the generations of work that  Māori have put into holding the Crown to account for its breaches".....
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Kohanga Reo's doors open to deregistered charities
The Kohanga Reo National Trust says their doors are open to some Kohanga Reo which have been de-registered for not filing their returns on time.

Charities Services is in the process of deregistering those who have not sent in an annual return for at least two years.

Some 2000 charities were warned last year that if they did not get up to date, they would be de-registered, losing their tax breaks, and the right to call themselves charities.

Four independent Kohanga Reo - separate to the National Trust - have since been de-registered.

The Kohanga Reo National Trust's spokesperson, Derek Fox, said more than 450 kohanga, which is the majority, come under the trust......
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Pharmac dishes rongoa advice at Ratana
Government drug buying agency Pharmac, Quitline and the Maori Pharmacists Association Nga Kaitiaki o te Puna Rongoa are at Ratana Pa today and tomorrow dispensing advice on the medications people are using.

Maori responsiveness manager Angela Cathro from Ngati Raukawa says Pharmac’s job is not just to ensure the right medicines are available for New Zealanders at the right price, but also that people know how to use their medication effectively.

"We’ve teamed up with the Maori Pharmacists Association because we acknoweldge they are experts when it comes to Maori and medications and we want to provide a space where Maori feel comfortable to come in and talk to Maori pharmacists about their medications," she says....
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Opportunity to learn te reo Maori critical for success
All New Zealand children should have the opportunity to learn te reo Maori, NZEI Te Riu Roa says.

NZEI Te Riu Roa President Louise Green says the New Zealanders of the future will need to be more bi-cultural and multi-cultural, not less.

"Schools and ECE services want to support the right of all Kiwi kids to access our country's cultural heritage and the ability to be competent and comfortable in a bi-cultural environment.

"It's a core part of our curriculum already but we could do much better.. The issue is not about making language learning compulsory or not. It is about the urgent need to meet today's demand - many children and their families, both Pakeha and Maori, cannot access the level of teaching and learning of, or in, te reo that they want now...
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23 JANUARY 2015

Water - Should it be managed nationally or regionally?
Despite it not being a major focus, both groups say the issue of financial revenue must also be discussed.

“They are profiting from the sale of water use amongst themselves. What we are saying is we need to sit down and discuss that side of the issue to do with water as well,” says Sir Curtis.

“We would expect income to come in from that commission, a proportion to go to Māori people because of their customary association with the rivers so that they are able to engage their own people,” says Sir Durie.....
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Iwi leader: Tuwharetoa will bounce back

Haami Piripi - from Te Rarawa Runanga in the Far North - said there would always be problems for an iwi which had a strong community focus rather than being driven by purely profit.

He said all iwi have a need for increased financial support to understand and utilise financial advice and the government should have a role.

"It's no use just handing us redress payments and assets and just walking away from the relationship."...
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Students lacking politcal awareness
A member of a Maori lobby group says younger Maori seem to have little appetite for protest.

Te Ao Pritchard is a member of Te Ata Tino Toa, which successfully lobbied for the Maori flag to be flown from the Auckland Harbour Bridge and other institutions.

She says when she speaks to today’s students, they show little interest in taking action to support change.

Her generation of activists learned from previous groups like Nga Tamatoa and Te Kawariki.....
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Māori Conservation Foundation Course
Eleven men and women of Ngāti Pāhauwera descent are celebrating after recently graduating from the Māori Conservation Foundation Course.

Following the Ngāti Pāhauwera Treaty Settlement, DOC committed to enhancing our relationship with Ngāti Pāhauwera. We worked with Ngāti Pāhauwera and The Ministry of Social Development to create an eight-week pilot programme— the Māori Conservation Foundation Course.

The pilot was designed to give Ngāti Pāhauwera descendants the means to develop a sustainable future for themselves and their land.

The students spent their time undertaking a mix of classroom and practical learning, with lots of opportunities to connect with the land....
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22 JANUARY 2015

 Roopu encouraged to fly Maori flag
Councils, government agencies, schools and other organisations are being encouraged to fly the Maori flag this Waitangi Day.

Te Ao Pritchard from Te Ata Tino Toa says the battle to have the flag flown on the Auckand Harbour Bridge has been won,
but other roopu seem slow to take up what is an official symbol...
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Bad calls cut treaty payout cash from $66m to $16m but Tuwharetoa Settlement Trust founders escape court action
Buying out bad loans and other poor investment decisions helped slash an iwi group's Treaty of Waitangi settlement from $66 million to $16 million, an inquiry has found.

But the trust group in charge of the remaining money says it will not take its founding trustees to court to recover the money because of the cost and "ongoing damage to the reputation of the trust and the iwi"......
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Kohanga teachers learn of kingitanga
Kohanga reo teachers from around the Waikato are at a hui at Waahi Pa this week learning about the Kingitanga.

The workshop is being run by Te Kahui Rangatahi, a youth group dedicated to fostering interest in the Kingitanga among younger generations.

The hui was about empowering whanau to share and educate tamariki and whanau about the movement and tikanga Maori.....
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Shipley to talk on treaty gift
Former prime minister Dame Jenny Shipley and Anglican Bishop Kito Pikaahu will share the floor at Te Herenga Waka Marae in Wellington on Sunday for the 12th annual Waitangi Rua Rautau lectures.

The lectures were started in 2001 by the New Zealand Maori Council as an annual acknowledgement of improvement in ethnic relations and progress on the Treaty of Waitangi, with the aim of setting goals as to what the country should be like in 2040, the 200th anniversary of the treaty.

Dame Jenny Shipley describes her lecture as reflections, observations and projections by an informed and committed Pakeha New Zealander on the purpose and relevance of Waitangi Day commemorations, the gift the Treaty offers and its future relevance as we continue to develop our identity as New Zealanders....
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Science looks to traditional Maori techniques
Plant and Food Research is focussing on recruiting Māori students to help fulfil a growing need for specialist skills in horticulture and food science.

It is also working with Māori communities around the country to get rangatahi interested in the industry.

The centre offers scholarships to Maori for its summer student programme....
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21 JANUARY 2015

Fresh assault on Resource Management Act
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is expecting water issues and the Resource Management Act to be major issues for the year ahead.

Mr Flavell says part of the debate will be water allocation and the nature of Maori rights in water.

"The Iwi Leaders Forum and their technical team have certainly got the ear of the ministers for Finance, Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister for Environment and myself. My role is to support iwi with regard to their claims, I have no qualms about that, but it remains to be seen how far that discussion goes," he says....
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Land and language top priorities for Flavell
Minister of Maori Development Te Ururoa Flavell's two top priorities this year are Te Reo Rangatira and Maori land.

The Ture Whenua Maori Act was currently being reviewed, while public feedback on the Maori language bill, which was called for by the Maori Affairs Committee, closed at the beginning of last month.

This year, his eye was firmly locked on improvements for tangata whenua.

He said in terms of Maori development he wanted to look to the future.

Mr Flavell said it was important to complete the review of the Ture Whenua Act to allow tangata whenua to use their land they had and turn them into economic asset instead of a burden.

He said he hoped the Reo Maori review and the Maori language entity, Te Matawai, would be finished by the end of the year.

Mr Flavell said improving Whanau Ora was also a priority, so agencies were working together rather than in isolation.
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Moves to reassure public over water rights
The Māori Council has moved to reassure people that while tāngata whenua would have rights to water under a new proposal, they would not prevail over the interests of the general public.

"We are very keen to affirm that all people have rights and acknowledge that Māori people do have a 'senior right' - to use a term that is sometimes used in the United States, but it must not prevail over the general public good.

"We can make provisions that do acknowledge the Māori interest while ensuring that water is available for the future generations of all people....
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Why my Pakeha child goes to Kohanga Reo
So, here is why.

My nearly 2-year-old daughter, Fern, may be Pakeha, but she is from Aotearoa, New Zealand. She can learn Pakeha culture and the English language from her parents and family, but I also want her to learn Maori customs and culture. We live in a bicultural (if not multicultural) society and I want her to be equally familiar and comfortable interacting with Pakeha and Maori, in English or Te Reo.

I only moved to Hamilton from overseas two years ago. Before that, I was shockingly ignorant about New Zealand's history, and when I learned about this country's past 250-plus years, I felt sadness about the historical relationship between Maori and white colonisers.

Even today, I often feel I am living in a divided society. I have witnessed the full spectrum from outright racism to unintended discrimination and embedded prejudices from both sides, and I wish it wasn't like this.

Not growing up here, I have been told I just don't understand the relationship between Pakeha and Maori, and maybe I never will. But I know that I don't want my daughter to grow up with stereotypes and prejudices about people from different races....

.Then she'll grow up and fight institutional and systemic injustice and prejudices. Yep, that's definitely how it plays out in my mind.

Because we are all people. Not all the same, but definitely all equal.....
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Indigenous voice critical in oil protest
A Greenpeace campaigner against deep sea oil drilling says Maori opposition will be an important factor in whether Norway’s Statoil will continue its exploration programme off the Northland coast.....

But what they are very vulnerable to is opposition from indigenous peoples. Indigenous peoples around the world have led campaigns, very successful campaigns against the exploitation of their natural resources and the associated pollution that comes with that " he says.
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20 JANUARY 2015

Rough water for year ahead
The Iwi Leaders Group and the New Zealand Maori Council could be coming to a joint position on water.

It’s a hot topic this year, as the Government tries to develop a new policy for water allocation.

It has tried to exclude the Maori Council from the discussions, despite the council leading action in the courts and the Waitangi Tribunal over the partial privatisaiton of state power generators.

It could upset the Government’s plans if the iwi leaders pick up the Maori Council position, which includes usage charges for commercial users and the prospect of rent being paid to some Maori resource owners.

The two groups will be discussing the issue this week as they prepare for the Waitangi hui, where Government ministers are booked to meet with the Iwi Leaders Forum.....
See full article HERE

Interesting Stats
  • Life expectancy for Maori men is 72.8 years while it is 80.2 years for Pakeha males. It is 76.5 for Maori woman and 83.7 for Pakeha women
  • Prevalence of smoking within Maori are 39.7% while it is only 18.6% amongst Pakeha
  • Obesity is 76.3% amongst Maori and 60.8% amongst Pakeha.
  • Suicides per 100 000 are 23.9% for Maori men and 8.8% for Maori women and 15.4% for Pakeha men and 5.7% for Pakeha women.
  • Infant mortality per 1000 births are 7% for maori and 5.5% for Pakeha
  • Participation in early childhood is 90.9% for Maori and 98% for Pakeha
  • 60.9% of Maori leaving school have NCEA while 82.1% of Pakeha school leavers have it.
  • Only 9.1% of Maori have a University degree, 18.6% of Pakeha do,
  • Unemployment in 2012 soared amongst Maori (14.8%) while it only marginally increased for Pakeha to 5.5%
  • In 2013 Maori media weekly income was $767 while it was $863 for Pakeha.
  • The proportion of Maori who are on income tested benefits is 20% while only 6.2% for Pakeha.
  • Household over crowding impacts 2.7% of Pakeha households but impacts 11% of Maori households.
  • 86% of Pakeha households have internet access, only 68% of Maori households have it.
    See full article HERE
Have your say: Embargoed sites
Further to Kevan Marks' letter entitled Many Questions (Advocate 14/01/2015) regarding destruction of evidence of pre-Maori occupancy of NZ:

It is unsurprising that authorities are not being advised of new discoveries until fully documented photographs and carbon dating of artifacts have been established.

Why? Because the immediate "official" response is to bulldoze the site, impose a 75 year embargo on the region, or advise local iwi who rapidly declare the area sacred to prevent further investigation.

There are more than 100 such embargoed sites in NZ. Yes, Kevan, what don't they want us to know?

I have just viewed one website with photographs of an immense earthen pyramid, stone walls extending for miles, and religious cairns in Northland. Artifacts on this site have been carbon-dated at around 5000 years old.

The location was not disclosed - probably because the "discoverers" were led to the site by a bulldozer driver who was occupied in demolishing other structures in nearby areas.

Millions of dollars are at stake arising from Maori claims that they are the indigenous people of NZ, thus any evidence that casts doubts upon NZ being uninhabited when their ancestors arrived is a serious threat to their money tree - and also raises the ugly question of mass extermination of an earlier people.

Ngapuhi chieftain David Rankin (a direct descendant of Hone Heke) states unequivocally that when his ancestors arrived, there were people on the shore to greet them - and puts it even plainer by saying "Maori are not the indigenous people of Aotearoa."

Are our governments, "historians" and part-Maori spokespersons collaborating to conceal damning evidence?

Kiwis should rise above their apathy and insist upon a Royal Commission of Enquiry into our true history so that we can all determine fact over fiction.
Source HERE

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19 JANUARY 2015

 From the NZCPR archives
The case for ‘co-governance’ between the government and iwi is justified according to cultural recognition and social justice beliefs. However that is to make a fundamental error, one that ignores the dangers of including ethnicity into the political arrangements of a democratic nation.

‘Ethnicity’ refers to ‘race’ – that is, the concept that a socio-cultural group is defined in terms of its genetic ancestry. This doesn’t of course mean that ethnicity/ race is a scientific term. We are in fact 99.9% the same with the remaining 0.1% being differences between individuals not between groups. But some groups like to define themselves in terms of their genetic ancestry as do New Zealand’s retribalists.
Some have no choice in the matter as the descendants of assimilated German Jews discovered to their tragic misfortune in the 1930s.

Interestingly, ‘ethnicity’ has nudged race aside only recently. By the beginning of the 1970s almost no one used the term ‘ethnicity’. By the end of the decade almost everyone did. If our Race Relations Office had been established even one year later than it was, it would have the ethnicity title. But changing a word doesn’t change the concept signified by that word. Ethnicity still means race; still means a genetic criteria for membership.

Earlier this year the Herald and the NZCPR published a piece I had written about the incompatibility of tribalism and democracy. Recently I discovered that the Nigerian Observor, in referring to my article, had used my conclusion – that there is a fundamental incompatibility between the two sociopolitical systems – to say this: “There is urgent need for robust public discussion, review and referendum—if needed—on the democratic and political systems in Africa with focus on the re-introduction of parliamentarism. We need to move forward.”

What is fascinating is that progressive discussion in Africa is advocating moving towards parliamentarianism while in New Zealand we, or a significant number of the politically influential, are seemingly unaware of the jewel that we have in our own parliamentary system, one established as early as 1852 and developed progressively since then. In that innocence, they are unaware of the threat to that system.

From the 1980s, the rather benign idea of recognising Maori culture in the wider society became a political biculturalism that has enabled a small but extremely influential group of retribalists to capture the moral high ground of social justice advocacy – but in their own interests.

(It shouldn’t be forgotten that the numbers of Maori in poverty has actually grown during the bicultural decades.).....
See full article by Associate Professor Elizabeth Rata HERE
17 November 2013

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18 JANUARY 2015

No more cake stalls for He Toa Takitimu
The head of one of the largest Ngati Kahungunu settlement groups says it wants to become a major investor in the Hawkes Bay economy.

He Toa Takitimu, representing the hapu of Heretaunga-Tamatea, is in line to receive a settlement of more than $100 million.

In a recent briefing, chair David Tipene-Leach told Hastings District councillors it would be one of the largest settlements so far.

"For so long our marae have been dependent on sausage sizzles and cake stalls and that is no longer going to be the way that things work," he said.

The deal will include some crown land, including the vesting and gift back of a reserve at Cape Kidnappers, known to Maori as Mataupo Maui, the fish hook of Maui.

The iwi wants to talk with the Geographic Board about renaming Clive and Hastings as Waipureku and Heretaunga respectively........
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Tribe's ban on kaimoana to continue
A rahui barring fishing or collecting seafood along the Doubtless Bay coast has been extended by a month because a diver missing at Cable Bay has yet to be found.

Rangi Tapu, 25, of Auckland, went missing while diving for kina about 50m offshore last Thursday. As of yesterday he had not been found, despite extensive searches by police, family members, Far North Land Search and Rescue, Coastguard and firefighters. Members of the Police National Dive Squad also conducted a grid search of the sea floor on Friday.

The official search ended on Friday night but the family's beachside vigil is continuing.

A rahui placed on the coast between Mangonui and Taipa by Ngati Kahu kaumatua on Friday has now been extended a month.

Anahera Herbert-Graves, chief executive of Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngati Kahu, asked the public to abide by tikanga by not catching fish or taking seafood from the area.

Ngati Kahu tikanga called for a two-week rahui if a body was found in the first week after a drowning; if the body had not been found after a week, a month-long rahui was imposed....
See full article HERE

Locals want to put a stop to littering on Uretiti Beach
"They really have no idea, which is sad.  What is the priority here is the need to induct them into the practices of Māori world in relation to the land, the sea and collecting seafood," says Paki.

Patuharakeke had already filed an application to manage the traditional seafood resources in their territory and remain focussed on the realisation of their rights under the Treaty of Waitangi to have authority over their resources.

Paki says, "Patuharakeke are the stewards of the place.  This has been passed down us by our ancestors, the need to care for the land, sea and coastline.".....
See Full article HERE

Dawn of a New Era for the Bible in Teo Reo Maori
Anglican Bishop Kito Pikaahu, Bishop of Te Tai Tokerau (Northland-Auckland), says Bible Society's new Gospel of Luke in Māori is exciting because it presents the Good News of Jesus Christ in a fresh way.

More than 60 years after the current Māori Bible was published, Bible Society New Zealand (BSNZ) has just published not one, but two brand new sample translations of Te Rongopai a Ruka, the Gospel of Luke in Māori.

Bible Society is so keen to bring the Bible to a new generation of Māori speakers the publication has a blank feedback column for reader's notes. The idea is to stimulate wider discussion within the Māori community on which translation style is more suited to today’s Māori speakers.....

Stephen Pattemore, BSNZ Translations Director commented, "now 200 years after that first reading from Luke’s Gospel, it is still an important and urgent task that all New Zealanders should hear and understand the 'good tidings of great joy.' As society changes, language changes with it, and the language of our grandchildren is not the same as the language of our grandfathers."
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17 JANUARY 2015

Government agree to create water strategy
The issue of water is back on the agenda after the Government agreed to creating a water strategy.

Iwi leaders are taking this matter of significant importance to Māori nationwide for discussion before entering into talks with the Crown at Waitangi this year.....

Tau says, “They'll have to come round in the end because their own law is telling them they are wrong. If they fail to address that under their law, then they'll have to step aside and let māori run this country.”

Te Aho says, “The whole matter is being held up due to the Crown not meeting its obligations to covenants that were tabled in the Supreme Court. If it fails to do so, then the door will open to us again to determine our rights and authority over this resource.”....
See full article HERE

Kohanga reo ready to open Palmerston North
A long-awaited kohanga reo will be opening in Highbury this month - the next step in the Palmerston North suburb's efforts to foster families' education opportunities.

The community has been granted a licence by the Ministry of Education to open its new Maori language immersion early childhood centre with $100,000 of government funding.

The hapu trust offices in the Highbury Shopping Centre near Tui Reserve have been transformed into the kohanga and the budget was likely to hit $500,000.

The centre has received the nod from Te Runanga Nui o Nga Kura Kaupapa Maori, the governing body of New Zealand's kura kaupapa, to be a chartered, or independent, facility offering free education.

The playcentre's 20 spots are already filled and a waiting list is in place....
See full article HERE

Waikato Maori science students shine
Seventeen Maori science and engineering students at the University of Waikato had their studies boosted by scholarships totaling $174,000.
The awards, ranging from $250 to 20,000, came from the university, private trusts, iwi, and leading New Zealand companies.

The biggest putea went to Master of Science student Te Puea Dempsey, who picked up two scholarships totaling $30,000, including a Rena Research Scholarship.

Another $20,000 Rena Research Scholarship went to Caleb Sweeney.

MSc student Kate Mauriohooho received two scholarships totalling $17,000, and Blaise Forrester-Gauntlet was awarded $17,700 from four scholarships.....
See full article HERE

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16 JANUARY 2015

Online Survey
The Mole urges all Kiwis to take part in the Wanganui District Council online survey below, it only takes a few seconds, then please pass it on to your contacts, link below.
That controversial Wanganui  "H" is still a hot topic.

Nearly 100 submissions on the Wanganui district's spelling have been received in the first few days of consultation.

Last month Wanganui District Council voted to ask the New Zealand Geographic Board to change the name of the district from Wanganui to Whanganui. The council's consultation process opened this week, with 68 online and 15 written submissions already having been received by yesterday.

The Geographic Board will undertake public consultation this year but, as part of last month's vote, the council decided to run its own public consultation process.

The council will collate the submissions and send them to the Geographic Board without comment.

The proposal for adding the "H" to the name of the district is separate to previous proposals for the Whanganui National Park, Whanganui River and the optional Whanganui or Wanganui for the urban part of our district.

Mayor Annette Main hoped people would take the opportunity to have their say.

"We thought it was a wise thing to do and I'd really like people to let us know what they think about it."

Those who fill in a council survey or make a submission can still make a submission through the Geographic Board's consultation process.

People can make a submission online through the council's website or by written submission by collecting a copy of the survey from the council building on Guyton St, the Davis Central City Library or the Gonville Cafe Library.

Fill in the online survey HERE

The survey and submissions close at 5pm on Friday, February 13th, 2015

Monolingual kiwis a risk to the economy
Harvey says young people overseas are learning two and more languages: "Why are we short-changing New Zealand young people? Ideally, New Zealand students should be leaving secondary school with high level achievement in Maori, English and one other language. In as many cases as possible, one of these languages should be a students' home language." ....
See full article HERE

Maniapoto gear up for claim talks
The group which coordinated the 183 Ngati Maniapoto claims in the Te Rohe Potae hearings wants the mandate to negotiate a settlement.

According to the application filed with the Office of Treaty Settlements, the Ngati Maniapoto Large Natural Grouping Mandate Body will be known as Te Kawau Maro for the negotiations.

Waitangi Tribunal hearings in the claim area finished in December, and there will be one last hearing in Wellington next month.

The Manipoto claims cover about 200 hapu and more than 57 marae from the King Country or Te Rohe Potae and the south Waikato region.

Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Tuwharetoa, tribes from Whanganui, Ngati Hikairo and other tribes affiliated to Tainui waka also had claims within Te Rohe Potae which need to be negotiated separately.

It is proposed Te Kawau Maro will include not more than 16 members, two each from the Maniapoto Maori Trust Board, Te Kaumatua Kaunihera o Maniapoto and the six claim regions.

A postal and internet ballot will be required before the mandate is confirmed.

Submissions on the draft mandate strategy need to be in to the OTS by February 8.

In 1886 the Te Rohe Potae covered 1,636,000 acres.

The Waitangi Trubunal heard about what Maniapoto call the Ohaki Tapu or sacred oath, consisting of agreements with the Crown recognising the full autonomy of the Rohe Potae chiefs over their lands.....
See full article HERE

More than $174K for Māori science and engineering students
In 2014, more than $174,000 in scholarships was awarded to Māori Science and Engineering students from the University of Waikato.

The awards, which ranged from $250 to $20,000, gave 17 students a financial boost towards their undergraduate, masters or PhD studies.

The scholarships came from a variety of supporters, including Waikato University, private trusts, iwi and leading New Zealand companies. ....
See full article HERE

Scholarship up to $3k for Maori
Northland's Maori tertiary students with a passion for their language and culture can now apply for a Sir Apirana Ngata Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship, funded by the Maori Soldiers Trust, distributes between $500 and $3000 per recipient to support students on their academic journey.

Established by the Maori Soldiers Trust Act 1957, the scholarship was set up to promote and support higher education amongst Maori.

Five Northlanders have been awarded the scholarship in previous years with one Whangarei woman receiving $2000......
See full article HERE

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15 JANUARY 2015

Coastal claim stuns Mahia bach owners
Mahia bach owners were stunned yesterday to find out that a claim for customary marine title to the foreshore and seabed around Mahia Peninsula could exclude those who are not members of the Rongomaiwahine group with fines of up to $5000 for those who go there without permission.

Around 120 bach owners and claimants crammed the Mokotahi Hall 187km north of Napier at 4pm yesterday to hear Hugh Barr of the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of New Zealand explain how the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011 opened up the entire coastal area to claim by tribal groups......

Mr Barr told the sometimes-rowdy meeting that from 1840 to 2011 New Zealand’s foreshore and seabed was owned by the Crown on behalf of all New Zealanders as a public common, available to everyone.

This all changed in 2011 when Prime Minister John Key gave away public ownership of the coastal area to buy the parliamentary support of the Maori Party by passing the Marine and Coastal Area Act, Mr Barr said.
Disregarding 174 years of settled law, the Act allows a coastal tribe to gain customary marine title if they can show that they have exclusively occupied and used the foreshore and seabed since 1840.

Customary marine title gives the right of veto, the ability to charge fees for use of current and new slipways, wharves, aquaculture areas, marinas, and exclusive mining rights to iron-sand and minerals in the area...

Four other coastal claims are in progress.

The biggest claim is by Ngati Porou for about 200km of the coast north of Gisborne, Ngati Pahauwera wants 30km either side of the mouth of the Mohaka River between Wairoa and Napier, while There are two separate claims for the Coromandel coast....
See full article HERE

 Iwi closer to customary rights first
Ngati Pahauwera could be the first iwi to secure customary rights over a marine area if its evidence is accepted by Attorney General and Minister of Treaty Negotiations Chris Finlayson.

Declaring his fascination and love of history, Mr Priestley said his non-binding report and recommendations were likely to be the first of many for the region’s coastline, and every one would be different.

Crown Office Treaty Settlements team manger Harley Spence said he was working with other groups following in Pahauwera’s footsteps and acknowledged the significance of the conversations shared on Friday.

In the lead-up to Friday’s historic handover of evidence, Ngati Pahauwera lawyer Roimata Smail said it was the only group to have had a hearing under the original Foreshore and Seabed Act in 2008.

That was followed by its joint Treaty of Waitangi settlement and foreshore and seabed negotiations.

Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations at the time, Sir Michael Cullen, suggested they completed the Treaty settlements first and put the foreshore and seabed negotiations on hold while the Government reviewed the act.....

The law guarantees full and free public access to all beaches bar 6500km under existing riparian titles, almost one-third of the country’s coastline.....
See full article HERE
Tainui look ahead to 2050
Rāhui Papa says, “relationships were strengthened last year, whether it was with politicians, Government, or Iwi, these relationships have been grounded and will blossom in the year ahead.”....

Goals for year 2015 include,Tainui Group Holding reaching a billion dollars, looking further into claims for shores of the West Coast, while being active about what we can do to take better care of the river.....
See full article HERE

Candidates campaign against Maori wards
A Maori ward seat may be dividing the community, but it is uniting political hopefuls.

Chris Manukonga is the second candidate for New Plymouth's by-election to say he will actively campaign against Maori wards.

Manukonga, who officially put his name forward for the by-election on Monday, has echoed fellow candidate Mary Barnard and said he too is against a Maori ward seat.

"People should get elected on their merits," Manukonga said.

"Maori do want a partnership and I am supportive of that, but I won't support a ward seat that people get by default because no one else can contest it."

Both Manukonga and Barnard are Maori and have said when the New Plymouth District Council voted in favour of a Maori ward seat, it created division in the community.......
See full article HERE

New approach to recover $4m in unpaid rates
The Northland Regional Council is a looking at a two-pronged approach to rating to help recover almost $4 million in unpaid rates, with almost two-thirds owed on Maori-owned land.

The council's Te Tai Tokerau Maori advisory committee chairman, Dover Samuels, says the problem of unpaid rates on Maori land has languished in the "too hard" basket for too long.

The regional council is owed more than $4 million of unpaid rates and penalties in the Far North District alone, as of June 30 this year, and Mr Samuels said roughly two-thirds of that related to Maori land.

"That's a lot of money by anyone's account, especially if you consider our council's entire rates demand in the Far North for the current financial year is just over $7 million.".....
See full article HERE

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24 DECEMBER 2014

Decision to transfer ownership of Okaro lake bed to Te Arawa
Exactly 10 years after ownership of 13 of the district’s lake beds was signed over to Te Arawa, the Rotorua Lakes Council has resolved to transfer ownership of the Okaro lake bed to Te Arawa Lakes Trust.

The Crown and Te Arawa settled claims over the Te Arawa/Rotorua Lakes on 18 December 2004 with a deed of settlement transferring ownership of 13 lake beds to the Te Arawa Lakes Trust. Lake Okaro, at Waimangu, was excluded from the deed because it was vested in and administered by the council as a reserve at the time of settlement.

However, the Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations wrote to the council at the time, asking that negotiations be entered into with Te Arawa over future ownership of Lake Okaro. Council resolved in 2012 to support the transfer of the lake bed to Te Arawa.

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick said last night’s decision was momentous and the 10th anniversary of the Te Arawa settlement was an appropriate time to bring the unresolved matter to a close.

“This has been unfinished business for Te Arawa and the decision will also strengthen Council’s existing partnership with Te Arawa Lakes Trust in respect of lakes management,” she said.......
See full article HERE

* Mighty River welcomes land ruling
The High Court has ruled that Mighty River Power, now partly privatised, does not have to consider Maori claims to the 166 hectares of land it wants to sell.

The company set aside two lots that were protected by memorials under the State Owned Enterprises Act for possible return to Maori.

But the court has ruled that Mighty River Power does not have to protect Maori interests or Treaty claims over the remaining lots because they were bought after the act was passed.....
See full article HERE

* It's about respect as group becomes Sport Whanganui
At the organisation's annual meeting last Friday, the board of what had been known as Sport Wanganui voted unanimously to add the "H" to its name.

Effective from December 12, the sporting organisation that serves the Wanganui, Rangitikei and Ruapehu regions in all matters sport will be known as Sport Whanganui.....
See full article HERE

* Leaders back 'H' in district
A second vote has been taken ... and the controversial "H" in Wanganui spelling is another leap closer.

District councillors voted 10 to three yesterday to ask the New Zealand Geographic Board to change the name of the district to Whanganui, in order to meet Tupoho's request to change the council's name to Whanganui District Council.

The motion was lost 7-6 on December 2, after which iwi leader Ken Mair suggested Maori might withdraw from their partnerships with council.

The matter was brought back to an extraordinary meeting yesterday by Councillor Helen Craig....
See full article HERE

* Māori veterans in plea for wider honours
A lawyer representing Māori military veterans in their quest for compensation says the Government should acknowledge all Māori who fought in battles, not just those fighting on behalf of the Crown.

Gerald Sharrock has asked the Waitangi Tribunal to look at the issue of Māori who engaged in military activities opposing the Government, such as during the New Zealand Wars, being remembered through memorials.

Mr Sharrock said as part of the reconciliation process it needed to be acknowledged that those wars were civil wars, which grew out of disagreements over who held sovereign authority.

"As such we should not consider anyone to be a rebel, but we consider them all equally, respectfully to be supporting their own views of the constitution at the time," he said......
See full article HERE

* Mighty River signs secret Lake Taupo deal with Maori Trust
Mighty River Power and the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board have signed an agreement over water in Lake Taupo, a deal whose terms the electricity generator says are secret.

The agreement is for a period of 52 years and provides an "enduring set of arrangements" in relation to the operation of the lake.

Mighty River chief executive Fraser Whineray said the commercial deal was confidential but did not impose any new restrictions on how his company could use water from the lake for its Waikato River hydro system.

"We're not disclosing the key commercial terms (but) an operating easement will be registered in on the Lake Taupo title."

He said the length of the agreement extended well beyond the current resource consent which expires in 2041.....
See full article HERE

* Background to the NZMC Water Policy Framework
- Proposal in brief
The New Zealand Māori Council proposes that national water policy protects three classes of water interests: the natural environment interest, the general public interest and the Māori interest. A commission is proposed to allocate water rights and to provide for each interest from a levy on commercial water usage.....

- The basis for the Māori interest
The Māori interest derives from the systematic and extensive use of water bodies prior to the Treaty of Waitangi.

Whether on land or in water, Māori interests derived from access to and the use of natural resources. The access was generally secured through an association with a hapū holding political authority over a district.
The water body was in turn intersected by layers of individual or whānau use rights. The same applied to the inland seas and foreshore. These were all resources which were treated in the same way as land with different persons having specified uses of parts at given times and for varying purposes.

Since the primary source of food for Māori was fish and water fowl, use rights for fishing and other purposes were as intensively distributed within water bodies as they were on land. This applies throughout the Pacific.

The protection due to such rights, on colonisation, is acknowledged in the Treaty of Waitangi, the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the common law.

Māori ownership existed in the authority to access water bodies, to use them, to enhance their use through weirs and other contraptions, and as a tribe, to control access from outside......
See full article HERE

* Fishing parks upset settlement
Maori fishing interests are shaping up for a clash with the government over proposed non-commercial fishing parks in the Hauraki Gulf and Marlborough Sounds.

Hauraki Gulf snapper is shaping up to be a big issue for Maori fishing interests in the year ahead.

In a commentary to its annual report, the Maori Fisheries Settlement Trust Te Ohu Kaimoana described the work of the cross-sector Snapper 1 Working Group, which is trying to develop a management plan for North Cape to East Cape including the Gulf.

Chief executive Peter Douglas says Te Ohu’s interests straddle Maori customary fishing rights - both commercial and non-commercial (including communal and individual rights) as well as kaitiaki responsibilities.......
See full article HERE

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23 DECEMBER 2014

* Treaty settlements no substitute for welfare
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says treaty settlements aren’t the answer for Maori social ills.

He says while people are concerned infighting within Ngapuhi is slowing the path towards settlement, some of the expectations around what settlements can do is unrealistic.

The experience of Tainui and Ngai Tahu, which settled almost 20 years ago, is funds are used to build up iwi corporations that can survive over the long term.

Some money has been distributed to marae and for education, but the settlements would have made little direct impact on the welfare of ordinary Maori......
See full article HERE

* Hapu may fight Mighty River
A Northland hapu is considering an appeal after a failed court bid to stop the sale of land owned by Mighty River Power.

The High Court has ruled that Mighty River, which is now partly privatised, does not have to consider Maori claims to 166 hectares of land that it is selling near Marsden Point.

The company had set aside two lots protected by memorials under the State-Owned Enterprises Act for possible return to Maori.

But the court ruled that Mighty River does not have to protect Maori interests or Treaty claims over the remaining lots, because they were bought after the Act was passed......
See full article HERE

* Iwi seek say in Maraenui redevelopment
Hawkes Bay iwi have signed a memorandum of understanding with Housing New Zealand, the Napier City Council and construction companies over the so called revitalisation of Maraenui.

Housing NZ’s plan to demolish 96 units in the suburb which includes a large Maori population sparked community outrage and have led to discussions about how the overall wellbeing of the community will be affected.

The first stage of the revised project would be led by Roopu a Iwi Trust, Housing NZ and the council, and would focus on informing the local community about the plan and seeking feedback......
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* 2.4 million in Mā Te Reo funding set to be distributed
2.4 million dollars in Mā Te Reo funding is set to be distributed by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori to 85 successful applicants.

Te Taura Whiri I te Reo Māori  released the announcement this morning that the annual funding distributed to community, whānau. Hapū, Iwi and other groups about to be dispersed was for the 2014/2015 funding round.....
See full article HERE

* Unmarked Grovetown graves to be identified
A hidden history of unmarked graves resting in a culturally significant burial ground in Marlborough will soon be revealed.

A number of Ngati Rarua, Rangitane and Ngati Toarangatira rangatira [chiefs] lie at Maori Island urupa in Grovetown.

Three Top of the South iwi have been awarded nearly $10,000 by the Marlborough District Council to identify and record locations of unmarked graves.

Ngati Toarangatira Manawhenua ki te Tau Ihu Trust was given the grant as part of $41,733 in heritage funding handed out.....
See full article HERE

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22 DECEMBER 2014

* LGNZ supports call for landowners to pay up
Local Government New Zealand is backing a demand by Northland Regional councillor and former MP Dover Samuels that Māori landowners pay their rates.

Local Government New Zealand president Lawrence Yule says he does not buy into the argument that culture is an excuse either, and supports Mr Samuels call for those landowners to pay their rates.

Mr Yule agrees with Dover Samuels that the growing debt means other ratepayers have to subsidise them, to the detriment of local authorities. He believes the amount owed by multiple Māori landowners to the Northland Regional Council has a significant impact.

But Māori academic Margaret Mutu says councils owe Māori - rather than the other way around.

Ms Mutu says the issue has been through the Māori Land Court over the decades and it has been proven that there is no moral or legal reason under the Treaty of Waitangi why Māori should do so......
See full article HERE

* Maori servicemen grievances to be heard
A Waitangi Tribunal judicial conference to set the boundaries for claims made by Maori military veterans begins today.

The Military Veterans Kaupapa Inquiry will discuss with claimants and the Crown how the hearing should best be conducted.

The tribunal has identified 28 claims which raise grievances about how Maori servicemen have been treated....
See full article HERE

* About-face on 'H' by councillor
The "H" is back on the table and will be subject to more debate when the Wanganui District Council meets at 2pm this Friday.

Councillor Helen Craig has submitted a notice of motion which has been added to the agenda.

The council is holding an extraordinary meeting that day to adopt its asset-management plan. Now Cr Craig's notice of motion will coat-tail on that agenda.

Mrs Craig's motion asks the council to request the NZ Geographic Board changes the name of the district from Wanganui to Whanganui. She said it would put into effect an earlier request from local iwi to change the name of the council to Whanganui District Council.

On December 2 the council discussed a similar request but the vote was lost 7-6.....
See full article HERE

* Maori input with FNDC pondered
A Maori standing committee is being considered as an alternative to dedicated seats as the Far North District Council considers how to better engage with Maori.

However, Deputy Mayor Tania McInnes was at pains to point out during last Thursday's council meeting to discuss the issue that the proposal was a starting point for discussion only.
The next step was to discuss ideas for iwi representation with Maori.
Mayor John Carter said he did not want a repeat of last month's situation when the council thought it was doing the right thing by organising a non-binding poll in February to gauge public support for dedicated Maori seats.

Iwi leaders poured cold water on that idea, despite Maori seats being part of a proposal for a Far North unitary authority developed by former Mayor Wayne Brown and iwi leaders such as Rangitane Marsden.

Following news of the poll Mr Marsden said the idea that the council needed to seek the permission of the Far North as a whole before allowing Maori representation was "insulting".....
See full article HERE

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21 DECEMBER 2014

* Tuhoe lake stake not double dipping
Tuhoe negotiator Tamati Kruger says the full and final settlement of Tuhoe claims to Te Urewera won't stop the iwi asserting its rights to compensation for use of Lake Waikaremoana.

In its fifth and last report on Te Urewera Claims released yesterday, the Waitangi Tribunal found major treaty breaches in the way the crown took control of the lake away from its owners, who belong to hapu of Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Ruapani and Tuhoe.

Mr Kruger says the lake was left out of the settlement because it was privately owned.

He says despite the fact Maori refused to sell, the crown behaved as if it owned the lake, building hydroelectric power stations, opening the area up for tourism, and dropping lake levels without consultation or compensation......
See full article HERE

* New water regime needed before progress
Ngati Kahungunu leader Ngahiwi Tomoana says a system needs to be put in place that recognises Maori interests in water before more irrigation schemes are done.

The giant Ruataniwha scheme to irrigate the central Hawkes Bay has hit a major obstacle with the High Court ordering the rules over pollution levels be rewritten, because they were based on submissions made by the scheme’s promoters after hearings had finished.

Mr Tomoana says Ngati Kahungunu Inc opposed the scheme because it wants the Tukituki River catchment restored to health, but it also supports economic development.

He says iwi leaders are meeting Government ministers monthly to develop a statutory framework for defining Maori rights and interests......
See full article HERE

* Valuation key to Maori land rates
A Far North iwi leader says valuation is the key to deciding what rates councils should be charging for Maori land.

The Far North council is tackling a backlog of unpaid rates, much of it on land with multiple Maori owners who do not live on the whenua.

Haami Piripi, of Te Rarawa, said Northland councils had seized valuable land from Maori over the years, including choice coastal spots, by charging them rates they could not afford, and Ngati Kahu had asked the Waitangi Tribunal to inquire into those losses.

He said Maori land should not be valued and rated in the same way as ordinary freehold land, if it was never going to be put on the market.....
See full article HERE

* Council botch-up 'exposes racist law'
An embarrassing council botch-up has exposed a racist New Zealand law, councillor Howie Tamati says.

This week the New Plymouth District Council was forced to officially rescind its decision to hold legally binding citizen initiated referendums, after the idea was proven impossible under law.

But Tamati said it was racist that Maori wards were one of only three issues on which binding citizen initiated referendums were allowed.

The Department of Internal Affairs said they were not possible except for organisational restructuring, electoral systems and Maori wards......

Despite the council voting in favour of a Maori ward seat, next year the district will face a binding referendum on the issue, after former Grey Power New Plymouth president Hugh Johnson succeeded in getting 5 per cent of voters to sign a petition.

Earlier this year Judd wrote to Local Government Minister Paula Bennett asking for the law that allowed a binding poll on Maori wards to be changed because it was unfair.

Bennett later said there were no plans to make changes, but government officials were working on advice about Maori participation in local government and that would be considered next year.....
See full article HERE

* All should be entitled to compo: RSA
The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association is backing a move by Māori military veterans seeking compensation, but says everyone who served should be entitled.

Lawyers representing Māori military veterans laid out their claims before the Waitangi Tribunal on Wednesday.

Many of the grievances stem from treatment experienced during World War II and the Vietnam War.

RSA national president BJ Clark says when it comes to the Vietnam War, people who served in the New Zealand forces were treated equally and should receive equal compensation..........

"My personal opinion is that all veterans should receive the same compensation. If they need medical support, their whānau need medical support - be they Pākehā or Māori, I think that they are certainly entitled to that and should be given it.

"My difficulty is ... is that I haven't seen that there is a different effect on the Māori or Pākehā."....
See full article HERE

* Ngai Tahu launches farming diploma
Ngai Tahu has launched a new Maori Farming Diploma which it hopes will produce the country's future leaders in agriculture.

Whenua Kura is a partnership between Te Tapuae o Rehua, Ngai Tahu Farming and Lincoln University.

The diploma course is the first of its kind where students will study in a Maori environment and learn how to apply critical Ngai Tahu values such kaitiakitanga (guardianship), manaakitanga (hospitality) and rangatiratanga (self-determination) to land use......

Mr Hakiwai says the course is open to all people who have a Maori whakapapa and although students will learn in a Ngai Tahu environment, it isn't tribally exclusive......
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* Iwi wants to buy back ancestral mountain
A Far North iwi plans to buy back its ancestral maunga, Whakakoro.

It was the home of Ngapuhi tupuna Ueoneone and the ancestral mountain of Te Rarawa and hapu Ngati Haua.

Every Ngapuhi descendant can whakapapa (trace back) to the sacred maunga of Whakakoro, near Whangape and north of Hokianga.

In 1992, Ngati Haua members occupied the land in protest of it being privately sold for $700,000 and the disputes have continued.

Whakakoro was unable to be part of Te Rarawa's Treaty claim, as the maunga is privately owned, but with settlement funds it will buy the land back for its people.....
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20 DECEMBER 2014

* Ngati Porou maps coastline for claims
Tairāwhiti tribe Ngāti Porou is applying for customary marine title for a "reasonable" stretch of the coastline in its territory, as it seeks to protect its beaches, it says.

Matanuku Mahuika says applications will reflect the tribe's past and present use of the foreshore.

Ngāti Porou has been busy gathering information about its members' traditional use of their coastline.

It is putting that history to the Government, which will decide if the tribe's property rights on the East Coast are recognised under the Marine and Coastal Area Act.

The lawyer acting for the tribe, Matanuku Mahuika, said: "It will be a reasonable part of that coastline for the simple reason that that's a very isolated piece of coastline, and it's always been an isolated piece of coastline".

Mr Mahuika said while it was not bidding for rights to all of their coastline, its applications will reflect the tribe's past and present use of the foreshore...

"The number of applications the Crown has received from iwi, hapu or whanau under the Marine and Coastal Area Act has increased steadily since April 2011. At September 2014 there had been 37.....

The deadline for customary rights' applications - either to the Government or the High Court - close at the beginning of April 2017 .....
See full article HERE
* Threat to democracy: Group
Two district councillors and a Rotorua academic have set up a new organisation - the Rotorua Pro-Democracy Society - to protect the democratic rights of all citizens.

Councillors Rob Kent and Mike McVicker have joined forces with Reynold Macpherson to form an incorporated society as a direct result of what they believe to be unilateral decision-making by Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick regarding the Te Arawa partnership plan.....
See full article HERE

* Te Arawa partnership proposal to go out for public consultation
A decision by Rotorua Lakes Council to support in principle an iwi partnership model that would include two Te Arawa representatives on its key standing committees, is both an historic commitment to a genuine partnership with iwi, and a pragmatic acknowledgment that the wider community should have a say, says Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick.

Today's council meeting voted to support, in principle, a Te Arawa proposal that would see the establishment of an iwi board sitting outside of the council structure to replace the council's former Te Arawa Standing Committee.

Councillors voted 10 votes to three to go ahead with the public consultation process.

The new Te Arawa board would appoint two representatives, with voting rights, to sit on the council's Operations and Monitoring Committee and on its Strategy, Policy and Finance Committee, one member on the Chief Executive Performance Committee and a representative on RMA hearings panels.

However, the council decided to make their support subject to a special consultative process next year.
See full article HERE

* Tuhoe report: Crown made multiple Treaty breaches
The findings, which were released today, deal with Treaty claims in respect of Lake Waikaremoana lodged by Tuhoe, Ngati Ruapani, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngai Tamaterangi and others.

In a four-page letter to Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell, tribunal presiding officer Patrick Savage said the tribunal had found seven Treaty breaches arising from the Crown-Maori contest over Lake Waikaremoana, resulting in prejudice to Maori.

Savage said Lake Waikaremoana was a taonga [treasure] of immense importance to Maori who had exercised full authority over it at the time of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.

"Today, they are still its owners and its kaitiaki [guardian], but their authority is a pale shadow of what it once was," he said.

Included in the tribunal's findings were the Crown failed to provide for legal recognition of Maori people's relationship with their taonga; the Crown breached the Treaty when it permanently lowered the lake without consulting the kaitiaki or compensating them; and the Crown failed to give effect to the Treaty principles of partnership in its management of the lake during its lease to the Crown for the national park.

"As a result, they [kaitiaki] have been unable to prevent such prejudicial effects as the pumping of untreated or partially treated sewage into their taonga," Savage said.......
See full article HERE

* Crown's misuse of lake could prove costly
Iwi say a Waitangi Tribunal report paves the way for compensation for decades of Crown misuse of Lake Waikaremoana.

The findings are in the fifth Waitangi Tribunal report on Te Urewera, released this morning.

Iwi say a Waitangi Tribunal report paves the way for compensation for decades of Crown mis-use of Lake Waikaremoana.

Claims were lodged by Tuhoe, Ngati Ruapani, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngai Tamaterangi, and other collectives and people.

The report found the Crown breached the Treaty of Waitangi by refusing to pay for use of the lake to generate hydro-electric power...
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19 DECEMBER 2014

A Principled Man
 I was very honoured to be asked to speak in New Plymouth earlier this week by the Mayor of the city Andrew Judd. I was part of a debate team that argued for the introduction of Maori seats on councils and was opposed on the other side by a team led by Winston Peters.

Mayor Judd has been advocating for the introduction of Maori seats on his council and he has caused uproar in his city because of his stance. Sadly he has been subject to a lot of abuse and criticism.....
See Willie Jackson's full article HERE

* Māori Party co-leader says Iwi should have final say on exploration in their rohe
Co-leader of the Māori Party, Marama Fox says while some Iwi may disagree and not want to pursue or work with mining companies in their rohe, other Iwi may feel differently.

Marama Fox told Te Kāea, “The Māori Party is of the view that the discussion, the debate, the final decision must go back to the local iwi of that particular region. If you are asking if the Māori Party agrees with the legislation, we don't agree with any legislation that would damage the land or sea just for exploration purposes, but there are areas of the country, some groups and iwi who are open to this type of activity in their own regions as they are the guardians of their own areas.”

This follows the Government’s decision to open up almost 48,000 km² for oil and gas exploration....
See full article HERE

* Te Rohe Pōtae inquiries focus on tikanga
There are over 170 claims inquiries into the Te Rohe Pōtae district this week which makes it one of NZ's largest inquires. The Crown says in its closing submissions "the attempts to generalise elements of 'Tikanga' as a 'Taonga' are not useful."

Evidence given by Rangianiwaniwa Pehikino states that 'Tikanga' is the core of the Te Rohe Pōtae's identity and that the Crown should not have attacked it.

The Crown says attempts to make parts of 'Tikanga' as 'Taonga', potentially risks and undermines the importance of what 'Taonga' is considered under the Treaty of Waitangi.

According to the Crown, it's been difficult defining the meaning of tikanga......
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18 DECEMBER 2014

* Grey Power turns white power in council backlash 
 A fight back against Maori voices on councils is gathering pace.

Local Government Minister Paula Bennett says she is satisfied with the current process for allowing individual councils to set the level of Maori representation.
But a bid by the New Plymouth District Council to create a Maori ward is likely to face a referendum triggered by a petition, so it likely to fail....
See full article HERE

* Iwi present final submissions in Te Rohe Pōtae inquiry
The Waitangi Tribunal's Te Rohe Pōtae (King Country) district inquiry has taken place this week at the Waitomo Cultural and Arts Centre in Te Kūiti and runs until tomorrow, Friday December 12.

Judge David Ambler is conducting the inquiry and the Tribunal Panel consists of Professor Hirini Moko Mead, Professor Pou Temara, Dr Aroha Harris and Mr John Baird......
See full article HERE

* Independent chair appointed for PDP hearings panel An independent chairperson is to head the Hearings Panel which will eventually make decisions on matters raised in submissions to the Proposed District Plan (PDP) for the Kāpiti District, accompanied by another independent commissioner.

Former Kāpiti Borough Councillor Alistair Aburn will be the independent chair and Wellington urban planner David McMahon the independent commissioner. Both are very experienced hearing commissioners.

Council today also decided to take the option of appointing an iwi commissioner to sit alongside two elected members (councillors) on the five-person panel rather than having elected members in all three remaining positions.

Mayor Ross Church said the decision to appoint an iwi commissioner reflects the fact that the PDP covers issues of great significance to iwi - in particular protection of waahi tapu and of natural values. It is therefore desirable that the panel include a commissioner with proven expertise in matters of interest to iwi......
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* Explosion of kina upsets biodiversity

An increase in the number of kina sucking the life out of the seabed is causing growing concern among Northland marine environmentalists.

Conservationist Wade Doak said the destruction of the coastal biodiversity is so severe iwi should consider the implications under the terms of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Also called sea eggs and sea urchins, an over abundance of kina in places causes what marine biologists call barrens - areas stripped of other seabed life.......
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17 DECEMBER 2014

* Inquiry told of Treaty breaches
Key to the claims was a series of agreements with the Crown known as the Ohaaki Tapu, or sacred pact. The Ohaaki Tapu was formulated between 1882 and 1885 and claimants argued it constituted Crown recognition of Maori leaders' full autonomy over the King Country.

Under the pact, Maori had the ability to make laws and manage their own land and resources - but the inquiry has heard it was broken by the settler government. A significant part of the pact was a petition signed by Maori in 1883 and given to the Native Minister. But lead Crown counsel Geoff Melvin denied the Crown was party to it.

"The Crown does not regard the petition to be an agreement between it and Rohe Potae Maori to which it was bound," said Melvin.

He said evidence given by claimants during the inquiry gave varying accounts of the meaning of the petition and its significance to the pact. While some claimants said the petition was the pact itself, others argued it was an agreement only between Maori.

"The evidence does not support the conclusion that the Crown agreed the petition would govern future Crown actions with respect of Rohe Potae Maori," he said......
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* Ngāti Porou and Contact Energy collaborate to pay Marae power bills
Imagine if your Marae didn't have to pay a single cent towards its power bill ever again? Well that's exactly what the future could hold for 50 marae of Ngāti Porou, through a joint initiative, a first of its kind, with the iwi and Contact Energy called Nāti Power.

The marae is the central hub, the hive of activity, a place that can sometimes play host to thousands of manuhiri each year, but it can sometimes come at a cost.

Tina Porou of Contact Energy says, “They’re struggling to cover their basic costs every month, every year, and this is a way that they know that whānau who live away can contribute.”

The average power bill of a Marae in Ngāti Porou is around $2000 per year, so with each person that signs up to Nāti Power, $50 from their powerbill will go towards the power costs of their marae.......
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* Youth paint Tainui history on Hamilton Police Station
The traditions of Waikato have been painted onto the Hamilton Police Station by the youth of Tainui.

The police hope the mural will help create a safe and comfortable environment within the Waikato-Tainui region.

Youth, police station, graffiti. These are words you would hear that have negative impacts on communities. Te Kāhui Rangatahi want to change that relationship with the police.

Kirimaku Kihi from Te Kāhui Rangatahi says, “It's about voicing our concerns, having a strong relationship with the police will enhance the betterment of the environment.”

The room being decorated is that of the Iwi liaison manager, the next phase is to explore ideas on how to include the Kingitanga movement into the building.....
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16 DECEMBER 2014

* Would you pay to go on Ninety Mile Beach? User charges on the cards
The idea of free unlimited fun in the sun on one of Northland's most popular beaches could soon be a thing of the past.

Local Maori are considering introducing a number of changes including user pay fees along Ninety Mile Beach.

Far North Iwi, Te Rarawa, will soon have shared governance of the coastline following an estimated $70 million dollar settlement deal with the Crown.......
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* Maori represented in supercity plan
Maori representation has been factored into a proposal recommending that local government in the Wellington region, Wairarapa and Kapiti Coast merge into the equivalent of a supercity council.

The Local Government Commission today proposed that the nine councils in the rohe are brought together.

As part of the two-volume draft, it recommends a governing body of 21 councillors be elected by people in eight newly defined wards covering the southern North Island from Kapiti to Wairarapa.

The proposal also explores Maori participation, including that the new Greater Wellington Council must have a Maori board at least until the 2019 triennial election. It would comprise of the mayor, two councillors and iwi representatives, who would be appointed by iwi organisations....
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* Solution 'must be found' to unpaid Northland rates
The chair of the Te Tai Tokerau Maori Advisory Committee is to advocate an ambitious plan to try to resolve a controversial and increasingly costly problem that has plagued successive Northland councils for years.

Dover Samuels says for many years the issue of unpaid rates on Maori land has languished in the ‘too-hard’ basket due to the politics, costs and practicalities of trying to collect from its often multiple owners.

While the law allowed for some unpaid rates and penalties to be written off after six years, in the meantime those ‘debts’ effectively languished on a council’s books incurring GST and other costs.

In the Northland Regional Council’s case it was owed more than $4 million of unpaid rates and penalties from ratepayers in just the Far North District alone as of 30 June this year, of which Councillor Samuels says roughly two-thirds related to Maori land.......
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15 DECEMBER 2014

* 'We just want one seat' - Willie Jackson
However, Peters, who was the final speaker of the night, challenged this and said Maori could win a seat on a council on their own merits if they tried hard enough.

"If we go down this pathway I know what the future is going to be and it is sad," Peters said. 

"If you open up this Pandora's Box you will never close it."

He said focusing on Maori healthcare, education and employment were more important than "giving" a seat to someone. 

"How does it feel to be there because someone gave you the seat," he said. 

He said if you wanted to be the best in the field, whether that be in rugby or politics, you had to stand and win against the best.......
See full article HERE

* Te Arawa model on agenda
The Te Arawa Partnership model is back on the council's agenda, with some councillors fearing it could be pushed through next week.

A report on the proposal is set to be discussed at the year's final Rotorua Lakes Council meeting next Thursday from 4pm.

Under the model a new Te Arawa board, independent of council and Te Arawa entities, will take over from the Te Arawa Standing Committee, which has been stood down. Board members could be allowed to sit on council committees, be part of Resource Management Act decisions and establish their own sub-committees. A series of hui have been held with iwi during the past two months with the final one on Sunday.

Councillor Mike McVicker said there would be objections if the issue was pushed through. He said he believed there should be public consultation.

"Anything other than an open democratic route is wrong, when you start tinkering with democracy that's a major no-no," Mr McVicker said......
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* MPs' new prayer rejected
Parliament's Speaker David Carter today announced that the traditional prayer he uses to open daily sittings of Parliament will remain as is, with its Christian references.

THE PRESENT PRAYER (with religious references highlighted)
Almighty God,
Humbly acknowledging our need for Thy guidance in all things, and laying aside all private and personal interests, we beseech Thee to grant that we may conduct the affairs of this House and of our country to the glory of Thy holy name, the maintenance of true religion and justice, the honour of the Queen, and the public welfare, peace, and tranquillity of New Zealand, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

E te Atua Kaha Rawa
(Translation: Almighty God)
Ka whakamanawa taua hunga katoa kua riro atu i mua i a tatau - moe mai okioki
(We honour those who have gone before us - rest, slumber on)
We recognise the mana whenua, Te Ati Aawa, the kaitiaki of this region, Te Upoko-o-Te-Ika-a-Maui.
We acknowledge the need for guidance and lay aside all private and personal interests so that we may conduct the affairs of this House for the maintenance of justice, the honour of the Queen and the public welfare, peace, and tranquility of New Zealand.
Amine (Amen).
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14 DECEMBER 2014

* Petition papers pinched and torn
Petition sheets opposing Maori wards have been ripped up in front of volunteers while other sheets have been stolen, the petition organiser claims.

Former Grey Power New Plymouth president Hugh Johnson has been collecting signatures since September to force a referendum on New Plymouth's Maori ward.

He has told the Taranaki Daily News one sheet of signatures was ripped up in front of a volunteer.

"And today I was out in Oakura and the business said somebody came in and took two full sheets away," Johnson said.
 "That's theft. There were 24 signatures on there." 

Johnson said he was unimpressed with the situation. 

"If you want a war we will give you a war," he said.

The group needs just 2749 signatures by March 2 next year to force a district-wide "yes or no" binding referendum on the ward.

Johnson has previously said they were planning to have 3500 signatures delivered to council before Christmas, and the extra 751 signatures were to cover potential mistakes and double ups.
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* Maori wardens should be controlled by Maori - Waitangi Tribunal
The Government was wrong in allowing the Ministry of Maori Development to control Maori wardens, a Waitangi Tribunal report out today has found.

The Maori Council had authority over wardens in the past, but was superceded in recent years by the ministry. In a submission to the the tribunal, the council claimed it has authority, under the Maori Community Development Act 1962, over the leadership, funding and training of wardens.

Today's report "largely upheld" that claim, saying that through the act the Crown acknowledged Maori autonomy and self-government should be protected. The report says Maori Wardens are an "integral component of this system of Maori self-government".

The tribunal found that since early 2011 the Maori Wardens Project, inconsistent with the Treaty of Waitangi, has been run without Maori oversight. It also found that funding decisions have been made without any Maori input or oversight.

"We have found that the Crown has allowed systemic failure in the appointment and reappointment of Maori wardens for many years, and has even accepted unlawful nominations rather than carry out its Treaty obligation," the report reads......
See full article HERE 

* Maori Party welcomes Waitangi Tribunal report
Maori Party Co-leader, Marama Fox, has welcomed the Waitangi Tribunal's latest report as a positive attempt at applying the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People to a contemporary issue [WAI 2417; Whaia te mana motuhake; in pursuit of Mana Motuhake].

"The Maori Party appreciates the efforts made by the Waitangi Tribunal to be guided by Treaty principles as well as the Declaration articles, in looking at the workings of the Maori Community Development Act and the administration of the Maori Warden's Project. We believe such an approach can only enhance the constitutional conversations we must have as Maori and the Crown"......
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13 DECEMBER 2014

 * Government can't touch Maori Act - Waitangi Tribunal
Any reform to an act which recognises Maori self-government should be led by Maori and not the Government otherwise it breaches their rights, the Waitangi Tribunal has found.

The tribunal today released its report into the way the Crown reviewed the Maori Community Development Act 1962 and its administration of the Maori wardens project.

The 1962 act gives statutory recognition and powers to Maori institutions for self-government.

In July 2009 the minister of Maori affairs began a review of the act and the Maori wardens project funded by the Ministry of Maori Development.

In September 2013 the New Zealand Maori Council and several district Maori councils challenged the Government's right to conduct the review.

They said any review of the act should be led by Maori, and anything less than that was a breach of the Treaty Waitangi.......
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* Tribunal urges review of Maori wardens
The Waitangi Tribunal has taken the Crown to task over the lack of Maori oversight of Maori wardens.

The tribunal said that since 2011 there had been no Maori community oversight of Te Puni Kokiri's Maori Wardens Project, which had tried to provide resources and training for wardens.

The tribunal, in a report released today, largely upheld a claim by the New Zealand Maori Council (NZMC), which alleged the Crown through Te Puni Kokiri had acted in a manner inconsistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi in reviewing the Maori Community Development Act 1962 and the role of the wardens.
The 1962 law embodied a compact that gave statutory recognition and powers to institutions set up by the Maori people for their own self-government, the tribunal said.

Maori wardens were an integral operational component of the system of Maori self-government, but the way the wardens were administered was dated and changes were needed. "Secondly, we have found that the Crown has allowed systemic failure in the appointment and reappointment of Maori wardens for many years, and has even accepted unlawful nominations rather than carry out its Treaty obligation, which is to review and repair the system in partnership with the NZMC." ......
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12 DECEMBER 2014

* Call for one body to represent all Maori
The recommendation is made in a critical report on the Crown's involvement in the management of the Maori Wardens.

After backing a Maori Council claim, the Waitangi Tribunal said it had been struck by the change in Maori representation.

The council is the only nationwide Maori organisation recognised by law, but the Tribunal says its work intersects with that of other institutions, such as the Maori Women's Welfare League, the Iwi Chairs Forum, and urban authorities.

The tribunal said a conversation was needed between all of the institutions over setting up one national Maori organisation.

Council co-chair Sir Eddie Taihakurei Durie agreed there needed to be a stronger united voice......
See full article HERE

*ATM with te reo launched
Banks have climbed into tailored packages for Maori and now a local credit union has taken the next step with the first Maori language ATM.

BNZ and Westpac both have Maori cadetship programmes and now, Aotearoa Credit Union, in a joint venture with Te Kohao Health, will install the te reo Maori money dispenser at the opening of a concept branch in Hamilton.

The opening, at Kirikiriroa Marae in Hamilton next Monday, will see debit cards and other items branded with the credit union and health service logos.

Te Kohao Health managing director Tureiti Moxon said it was an exciting time to provide financial services to more than 100 staff and 8000 clients throughout the Waikato region.

"We always wanted to have our own bank and now it is happening," said Moxon......
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* Mallard baulks at MPs' new prayer
Assistant Speaker Trevor Mallard is objecting to the proposed new prayer for Parliament, saying while it removes religious elements from the English version, it deceptively puts them into the Maori version.

It also appeared to confer rights of Parliament's sovereignty on the local iwi, Te Atiawa.

Speaker David Carter appears to have consulted only MPs and perhaps a handful of others about changing the prayer. He won't discuss it before making the decision next week.

The prayer is said daily at the start of Parliament and has long been criticised because it is non-secular and has references to Christianity.

Mr Mallard said he was not criticising Mr Carter, but added: "The whole thing smells of consulting one or two people."

All the religion in the new prayer would be in the Maori part so the vast majority of listeners would not be aware they are listening to a prayer.

"In a way it is almost dishonest.".......
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11 DECEMBER 2014

* Maunga fee could fund restoring Maungawhau
Commercial operators may soon have to pay to take people up Auckland’s maunga could soon face a fee.

The new post-settlement body overseeing the volcanic cones, Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makaurau Authority, is starting to make decisions about their future management.

Cars will be banned from the summit of Maungawhau-Mt Eden from next April......
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* Iwi Chairs' Forum call for Governement to invest in Māori land
In New Zealand, there's around 1.5 million hectares of Māori land, 300,000 hectares of that is under full production, but 1.2 million is currently under performing.

The Iwi Chairs' Forum is calling on ministers to plant a financial seed.

Willie Te Aho says. “We're seeking $3 billion, that's in line with the report by MPI which says a $3 billion investment is necessary to bring the land up to full production.”

It’s clear there's differing views at present around financials.

However, according to a report by MPI last year, if a $3 billion investment was made into those lands, that would see an $8 billion output and almost 4000 jobs. 

The Iwi Chairs' Forum wants $1 billion from the Government to kick-start that productivity.

“The Government should certainly be investing money to support Māori development of its lands.  What's good for Māori is good for New Zealand,” says Kelvin Davis.....
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* CTU Runanga calls on iwi to ditch ANZ
Maori trade union representatives are calling on iwi to ditch ANZ until they settle their current industrial dispute.

The bank has failed to respect the workers that made it the most profitable bank in the country, according to CTU Vice President Maori Syd Keepa.

"This foreign-owned bank’s profit of $1.7 billion is a 20% increase on last year. New Zealanders will see little benefit from this - profits will be sent offshore to satisfy the bank’s shareholders," said Syd Keepa.

"But the bank still wants more, and at bargaining they’ve been trying to attack workers’ security of hours to bolster these profits."

"Workers have indicated that they are willing to concede some ground on this, but they need to be compensated fairly for that. That is what collective bargaining is all about - give and take."

"Those iwi that have business with ANZ are allowing the bank to get away with its unfair bargaining practices. We are calling upon iwi to signal to the bank their intention to shift their money until they compensate their workers for the sacrifices they are making."
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* Catholic leader supports biligual prayer
A Maori leader in the Catholic Church supports the idea of a biligual prayer to be recited in Parliament, but holds some reservations about the idea of not using the current karakia.

Speaker of the House David Carter asked MPs whether they would like to adopt a new prayer, which would see references to "true religion" and "Jesus Christ our Lord" removed.

A decision will be made next week on whether to change the prayer used in Parliament since 1962.

Danny Karatea-Goddard is the vicar to Maori Catholics in the Palmerston North Diocese and believes there is some merit in a biligual karakia, saying it reflects the Government's commitment to biculturalism and the Treaty of Waitangi......
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10 DECEMBER 2014

* Maori voice an obligation
Maori Party MP Marama Fox says creating Maori seats on councils is a way to restore some rangatiratanga to Maori.

In response to questions from the new MP, Local Government Minister Paula Bennett has said she has no plans to make changes to the current settings where councils decide every six years on whether to have separate Maori representation.

Mrs Fox says that system isn’t working.

She says the Waitangi Tribunal finding in the Te Paparahi o Te Raki report that rangatira who signed the Treaty of Waitangi had no intention of giving up their sovereignty highlights the need for change.

"We need to look at better representation in councils and I know the debate goes 'people should get there on their merits' but actually there is a moral obligation in this country to represent the voice of Maori, given the way in which that voice has been stripped away from Maori over the last 175 years," Mrs Fox says.

Meanwhile, the Local Government Commission has factored Maori representation into its plan for a Greater Wellington that would merge nine councils up to Kapiti and Masterton.

It’s proposing a Maori Board and a Natural Resources Management Committee, which would have a joint membership of council and iwi representatives and advise council on environmental and resource management issues, regional planning, and treaty settlement matters.
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* Waitangi claim on Hato Petera land
In its report on Hato Petera College the Education Review Office said: “A Treaty of Waitangi claim against the Catholic Diocese from old boys of the school, relating to the historical Deed of Trust for the property surrounding the school, is affecting school and Diocese relationships at present.”
The claim centres on the land where the kura (school) is sited, which was granted to the Catholic Church by Governor George Grey in 1849.

A spokesperson for a group asking for an inquiry, Frank Rawiri, said: “We are at a crisis point with the future of the school.”

“If the Wai 1385 claim is not settled the way we would like to settle it, we may as well say good-bye to Hato Petera.”

“We want to get the land back that has been lost or at least some of it. This remains possible because some of the land is still owned by the Crown.”

Rawiri was a member a trustee of Te Whanau 0 Hato Petera Trust from 1995 until he resigned this year.......
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* Maori health providers review by DHB 'racist'
A planned review of Maori health providers has been called racist and sparked calls for autonomy....

"We are all responsible for Maori health, we don't think we are doing well enough across the board and this has been troubling us," she said.

Hope said that talk over re-establishment of a Maori Partnership Board had taken a long time because the board wanted a model that would "get real traction".

Maraea Ropata, from Waiwhetu Marae, said the Maori Partnership Board had been tried in the past and had not worked. 

She said it was time Maori providers went a separate way to look after iwi, and used funding from government in the way they thought best for their people.

To cheers from the gathered crowd, recommendations calling for a stop to the review and the establishment of a Maori Partnership board in the Hutt Valley by December 31 were tabled......
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* Crown breached Treaty in Rena debate - Tribunal
The Waitangi Tribunal has ruled that two Bay claims concerning the removal of the MV Rena wreck from Otaiti (Astrolabe) Reef were well-founded, in a report released today.

The Tribunal concluded that the Crown signed the deed without having sufficient knowledge of Maori interests in the reef and without having consulted affected Maori, despite it having been both practical and important for the Crown to have done so.

The Crown's conduct, the Tribunal found, breached the Treaty principle of partnership and mutual benefit.....
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* Iwi stage peaceful protest on Whanganui awa
500 iwi members are staging a peaceful protest on the Whanganui awa, urging council to make river conservation a priority.

Iwi say the objective of the protest is to uplift the mana of their ancestral river by creating public awareness of the health of their waterway.

This project has emerged from the application for consent which will allow the Whanganui District Council to sell the iwi's most precious taonga for the use and mis-use for commercial purpose.....
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* Marsden's sermon a "publicity stunt" says iwi leader
“What Marsden did was a great publicity stunt, and it fooled all the Pakeha who bought his version of events”, says Mr Rankin. “However, it has been handed down to us from our ancestors that Te Pahi preached to his people several times before he was killed by Pakeha in 1810.”

Mr. Rankin says the issue can be resolved by historians and the Anglican Church correcting their records and apologising for the cultural offence they have been causing to Maori for the last 200 years.....bold the last bit?
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* Iwi pull the plug
Tears and a clear message of relationships damaged greeted a vote by Wanganui District Council that quashed a bid to change the spelling of the Wanganui district.

While the "H" can be used in the spelling of the Wanganui urban area, a motion to have that extended district-wide was lost 7-6.

As soon as the vote was made, local Maori made it clear to councillors that formal relationships between iwi and council would be reviewed.

And it was a decision that had some councillors and mayor Annette Main visibly upset.

Iwi representative Ken Mair told the meeting the decision would have "major implications" on dealings with the council.

Iwi have cancelled a scheduled meeting between council and the Tupoho working party set for today but, more worryingly, Mr Mair said iwi would reconsider all its working relationships with council.

Prime among these are the recently signed deal to operate the port as a joint venture and a similar partnership at the resource recovery centre.

"If you cannot respect our name, then you need to understand our response to this decision," he said......
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* Grant becomes first Māori Responsive Manager in Waikato
Police advisor Wayne Panapa says the appointment will mean a Māori presence at the table.

Tukoroirangi Morgan says, “Māori need to support and work with Frank.  By working together, we can ease the pressures for Māori.”

There have been Māori liaisons in New Zealand Police for some years, but the Commissioner has identified a need for Māori to be able to make decisions for Māori.

“In the past, Māori had to communicate with Police in English, but now they have the capability to communicate their needs in Māori,” says Panapa.
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* Maori Representation In New Zealand Local Councils May Go Up
Maori representation in New Zealand's local and district councils has become a big debating point in political circles. The leadership of Maoris has seized the initiative taken by the Plymouth mayor for giving more representation to Maoris in the local councils. Now the community wants the government to take the initiative forward.

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox raised the issue openly and questioned the minister of local government to come out with the initiatives that seek to increase the indigenous representation on councils, reported Scoop. Nz News. The credit for the Maori upsurge is with New Plymouth District Council Mayor Andrew Judd, who also called upon the government to change the laws to allow for 50-50 representation between Maori and non-Maori sections on local authorities, to reflect the partnership enshrined in Treaty of Waitangi partnership......
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* Maori seat poll valid
The response from iwi leaders has been cool, but the Far North District Council's plan to gauge the entire community's attitude towards the addition of Maori-only seats to the council table is a valid one.

The mood amongst iwi has hardened over recent days, perhaps thanks to the Waitangi Tribunal's finding that Ngapuhi signatories to the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 did not cede sovereignty to the Crown. This clearly has some believing that iwi have gained greater political status, a view expressed today by Ngati Kuri Iwi Trust Board chairman Harry Burkhardt, who claims that the council is tied to the high-level partnership between iwi and the Crown.....
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* What next for Te Urewera?
A decision to stop row boat hire at Lake Waikareiti has left many wondering what is next for the Lake Waikaremoana/ Te Urewera area.

The hire of row boats for use on Lake Waikareiti in Te Urewera has been stopped following a Department of Conservation review of a recent search and rescue operation involving the boats.

This follows a decision in October to halt hunting at Lake Waikaremoana.

In July, the Urewera area went under the control of a new legal entity following a Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the Tuhoe tribe.

It is now governed by a board of Ngai Tuhoe and Crown appointees.

Board chairman Tamati Kruger said in October all current hunting permits were on hold and no new ones would be approved while it considered changes to how permission was given.
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* Council using Maori calendar as guide
The Auckland Council is planning to plant its trees based on the Maori calendar.

The Society of Maori Astronomy Research and Traditions is collating data and evidence to create accurate maramataka, or calendars, for different areas.

A researcher and adviser to the council, Rereata Makiha, said the aim is to help whanau, hapu and iwi and councils choose the right days to plant, go fishing and hold hui...
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* Iwi leaders give money for Rena fight
The Iwi Chairs Forum has donated $2000 to a Motiti Island hapu which is fighting to have the wreck of the Rena removed from their reef.

The owners of the container ship, which crashed into the Otaiti reef (also known as Astrolabe reef) off Tauranga three years ago, have applied for resource consent to leave it where it is.

The case for and against the removal of the wreck is expected to be heard by the Environment Court next year.

Ngapuhi leader and Iwi Chairs Forum spokesperson Sonny Tau said the group wanted to help the hapu get legal advice before the court hearing.......
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* Iwi members appointed to Whānau Ora group
Six iwi representatives have been appointed to the Whānau Ora Partnership, Group Finance Minister Bill English and Minister for Whānau Ora Te Ururoa Flavell say.

"These iwi representatives are well-placed to contribute to the work of the group," says Mr English.

The representatives, nominated by the Iwi Chairs Forum, are Raniera (Sonny) Tau, Naida Glavish, Rāhui Papa, Sir Mark Solomon, Dr Hope Tūpara, and Richard Steedman.

"We are delighted with the depth, wisdom, and iwi connections that these appointees bring," says Mr Flavell.

The Whānau Ora Partnership Group is a forum of ministerial and iwi representatives. The group determines the Whanau Ora outcomes that Commissioning Agencies need to achieve and identifies opportunities that the Crown and iwi can contribute to, that support the aims and aspirations of whānau, hapū and iwi, in relation to Whānau Ora......
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* Mayor's Treaty Interpretation "Dangerous"
Responding to the Fairfax article that New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd wants the law to be changed to make all local councils have 50% Maori representation, Democracy Action founder, Lee Short, says:

“The Mayor’s interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi, that Maori should comprise 50% of all representatives is dangerous for New Zealand and all people who call this country home.”

“If 50% of all representatives are required to be Maori, then based on Mr Judd’s interpretation of the Treaty, surely it must follow that he wants the remainder to be made up exclusively of descendants of the other signatory, namely the British Crown.”

“New Zealand prides itself as a nation where merit, dedication and hard work allows people to reach their potential – not someone’s ancestry.”

“Mr Judd is seeking is a very dangerous path for New Zealand. Race-based representation leads to mistrust and damages democracy in the most fundamental way. Dividing New Zealanders according to race fosters a “them versus us” attitude, creating ill-will and disharmony.”
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* Maori wards plan going to public ballot
Far North voters will have a chance early next year to decide whether the district should have Maori wards in future council elections.

The non-binding postal ballot will take place in February and March and seek a simple yes or no response. Holding the poll will cost about $65,000.

If a majority backs the idea of designated Maori seats at the council table, they could be introduced in time for the 2016 local government elections.

By law the Far North District Council has to carry out a review of its electoral boundaries and representation system later next year. If the yes vote wins, the number of Maori wards and seats could be decided as part of that review.

Mayor John Carter said neither he nor the council had a position on dedicated Maori seats, so they wanted some direction from the community.

If the proposal was rejected the council would have to look at other ways to meet its commitment to better engage with Maori, who made up close to half of the Far North’s population.

Other options included setting up advisory boards or appointing Maori to standing committees, but the council wanted to canvas the electoral option first......
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* Plan for vehicle ban on Auckland's volcano summits
The days of driving to the summit of Auckland's volcanic cones are coming to an end, starting with a ban on all vehicles up Mt Eden.

This could be followed by a ban covering the summits of other volcanoes with road access - One Tree Hill, Mt Wellington, Mt Albert, Mt Roskill and Mt Victoria.

A new authority to manage 14 volcanic cones yesterday approved in principle extending a 2011 ban on buses driving to the summit of Mt Eden/Maungawhau to all vehicles.

A detailed report on how and when to implement the vehicle ban will be presented to the Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makaurau Authority in April for a final decision......
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* Senior Policy Advisor (12 month fixed-term contract)
The Independent Maori Statutory Board’s purpose is to assist the Auckland Council by promoting issues of significance for Mana Whenua and Matawaka of Tamaki Makaurau and to ensure that the Auckland Council is meeting its statutory treaty obligations.

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• Developing and implementing strategies to support and promote cultural, economic, environmental and social issues of significance.

• To support the Independent Maori Statutory Board to engage meaningfully with the Council on policy issues.
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* Maori seat referendum sought
The controversial issue of establishing a separate Maori seat on the Tauranga City Council could end up being put to the public vote.

Tauranga’s Tangata Whenua Collective of Maori iwi and hapu has agreed to take the initiative after the council recently voted against establishing a Maori ward for the 2016 election.

The collective has decided to take up the public’s right to demand a poll on the issue by obtaining support from 5 per cent of the city’s electors. If the collective succeeds in getting the signatures of 4237 enrolled city voters then the council will have to run a referendum on the issue, costing $170,000........

Tauranga City Council member Gail McIntosh said the collective had made a bad decision. “I think it is a backward step. That’s my take on it.”

Even if the collective reached the 5 per cent threshold needed for a referendum, the answer would come back overwhelmingly ‘no’, she said. Cr McIntosh said the public did not want a Maori ward.
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* Little standing up for treaty deal
Labour's new leader says the Crown is only now learning how to stick with the deal it made when it signed the Treaty of Waitangi.

Andrew Little says he's looking forward to reading the Waitangi Tribunal report on stage one of Te Paparahi o Te Raki claims, which found that northern rangatira did not consider they were signing away their authority when they signed the treaty in 1840.

Prime Minister John Key and the Treaty Negotiations Minister have said the report changes nothing and the crown still has sovereignty.

But Mr Little told Radio Waatea host Willie Jackson he's keen to consider the implications for New Zealand's constitutional arrangments.....
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* Foreshore Act political misjudgment
New Labour Party leader Andrew Little says the party will never again get as offside with Maori voters as it did with the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

Speaking with Radio Waatea host Willie Jackson, he sought to distance himself from Labour's response a decade ago to a court finding that Ngati Apa could pursue a claim through the courts to customary ownership of part of the coast.
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* Mason Clinic to build new Maori unit
New Zealand's largest forensic mental health unit has been given the go-ahead to build a new kaupapa Maori driven unit.

In July this year, the Auckland clinic put a proposal forward to the Waitemata District Health Board to expand its Tane Whakapiripiri unit because of its success in rehabilitating patients.

The Tane Whakapiripiri unit opened in 2006 and combines a kaupapa Maori approach with its clinical services.

People at the 106-bed Mason Clinic have been referred from mental health services, prisons and the courts. More than half of the patients are Maori.
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* $1b asset base still too low: expert
The top investment manager for Tainui says its $1 billion asset base needs to be 10 times larger to make a meaningful difference to its people.

At an investment conference in Wellington yesterday, Tainui Group Holdings chief investment officer Craig Stephen said having a clear and robust strategy was the key to invest for today's and future generations.

Waikato-Tainui has 66,000 members.

The tribe holds $1.1 billion in assets, mainly in property, but Mr Stephen said too many of its people do badly in education, hold low-wage jobs and suffer high unemployment.

He said while Tainui was investing to lift the prospects of its members, its asset base was still too low.
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30 NOVEMBER 2014

* Indigenous Experts arrive in Auckland
With ten world renowned keynote speakers, as well as more than 150 other presenters from throughout New Zealand and around the world, the conference will address themes which are central to the realisation of indigenous development. These national and international experts will share their knowledge, experiences and insights into how indigenous communities can and do optimise their economic wellbeing, enhance their distinctiveness and ensure that their families are healthy and thriving.

Conference attendees from more than 100 different tribal nations once again bring their collective voice to NPM's biennial conference and demonstrate the ever increasing focus of indigenous peoples on educational and economic security, as well as on the survival and growth of their languages and customs, and the application of their unique traditional knowledge systems into a modern day framework......
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* Little backs council Maori seat push
Labour leader Andrew Little is backing the creation of a Maori seat on the New Plymouth District Council.

The council voted narrowly for a Maori ward at the next election, and it's now waiting to see if a petition against the plan can get enough signatures to force a referendum.

Mr Little, who stood for New Plymouth at the election, says mayor Andrew Judd has taken a courageous stand, and he has backed him publicly and privately....
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29 NOVEMBER 2014

* Challenging low Māori representation in local government
Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox has questioned the Minister of Local Government about what initiatives are underway to increase tangata whenua (indigenous) representation on local and district councils.

“The questions were prompted by the courageous challenge set down by the New Plymouth District Council Mayor Andrew Judd for the government to consider changing the law to allow for 50-50 representation between Māori and non-Māori on local authorities to reflect the Treaty of Waitangi partnership.

Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says the current legal provisions for creating Māori representation in local government are inadequate and difficult to secure.

The Māori Party has consistently argued for stronger mechanisms to achieve Māori representation as the absolute minimum in terms of meeting Treaty of Waitangi obligations.

Mr Judd’s call for 50-50 representation in local government came on the back of the recent Waitangi Tribunal report that recognised Māori and the Crown signed the agreement as equals.
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* Tūhoe hunters must also adhere to suspension in Te Urewera
Last month Tūhoe and the Crown decided to suspend pig hunting, deer hunting and possum killing in Te Urewera, but one Te Urewera guardian Maui Te Pou believes there are some from home who are ignorant to the cause of hunting in Te Urewera.

The newly formed board believes even though you carry a hunting license, you must wait until they have completed a new law entering Te Urewera.

“The new licencing will be drawn out at the end of this year with a new policy for Tūhoe and others.  If this doesn't work, then there's a problem but I know this is the way forward to oversee the well-being of Tūhoe and its hapū,” says Kruger.

They are assessing the pros and cons for this new licencing for Te Urewera and a bright future for Tūhoe's descendants.....
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* Apanui keen to take over consents
East Coast iwi Te Whanau a Apanui wants to become the consenting authority for water and land use in its rohe.

"People put up resource consents to seek rights to do certain things, they have to go to the council and Apanui are saying that actually they can be the council, they can be the consenting authority. There’s room in the Resource Management Act under section 33 to delegate those powers of consenting authority or water allocation board to another body and we’re suggesting that the best body for Apanui is Apanui." Mr Te Aho says,
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28 NOVEMBER 2014

* First District Court hearing at marae
The first District Court hearing at a Northland marae is being described as progressive and significant.

Catherine Murupaenga-Ikenn, who gave evidence in support of Mr Tepania, said the haukainga (local people) asked to have the hearing at the marae and the judge agreed.

She said courts are usually alien places that remind Maori of historic injustices and believed it was the best setting to help move the case to a fairer result......
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* Reserve Bank values Te Reo
Te Reo Maori is to feature more prominently on new banknotes.

The Reserve Bank has unveiled a more vibrant design and has added the words Te Putea Matua which means Reserve Bank on the front and Aotearoa on the back of each note.

Although Maori words are printed on the current banknotes, they are only used to name native birds such as the Hoiho for the Yellow Eyed Penguin featured on the $5 note.

Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Geoff Bascand says the bank worked with Te Puni Kokiri and the Maori Language Commission on what Maori words to use to acknowledge Te Reo as one of New Zealand's official languages.

He says it was a real opportunity to upgrade the banknotes to make Te Reo Maori more prominent....
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* New plan offers rock-solid protection
The pakohe cultural stone distinct to Marlborough and Nelson is to be protected and managed under a plan agreed with the Marlborough District Council.

Pakohe is the Maori name for the stone argillite found only on D'Urville Island, along the Whangamoa mineral belt, and in the upper reaches of the Maitai, Wairoa, and Motueka rivers.

The plan will protect pakohe archaeological sites. Ngati Kuia must be told when pakohe is found on Department of Conservation (DOC) or council-owned or administered land. This includes mining, roading, or forestry works.
The iwi will be consulted by the Ministry of Economic Development and DOC when applications for mining licences and access agreements are received for areas that are likely to contain pakohe.

Ngati Kuia were acknowledged in the Te Tau Ihu Treaty settlement legislation as guardians of pakohe.

Their deed of settlement expressed the sense of responsibility and obligation Ngati Kuia had towards the taonga [treasure] and its cultural, spiritual, and traditional values.....
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27 NOVEMBER 2014
* Collaboration for ex-prisoner wellbeing
Auckland-based prisoner rehabilitation service PARS has teamed up with Maori provider Turuki Health Care collaborate on services for those at risk.

Executive director Tui Ah Loo says they will develop a health and wellness service, focusing primarily on Maori and Pasifika clients who have recently been released from prison.

Turuki chief executive Te Puea Winiata says both organisations are committed to a kaupapa Maori and whanau-centred approach, which means the venture is more likely to succeed than earlier pilots which lacked Maori GPs and culturally appropriate settings.....
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* Court rejects anti-waste water plant claim
A legal bid to stop a waste water plant being built on ancestral land has failed.

The Maori Land Court has upheld a decision for the lease of whenua in the Matata area to Whakatane District Council.

Landowner Wikitoria Falwasser argued that she would be separated from her land; claimed a lack of owner consulation, and said the proposal was offensive to landowners and three local marae.

In seeking an interim injunction, Ms Falwasser alsosaid the whenua should be used for papakainga.

The land is governed by Trustees of Matata Parish Lot, who denied the allegations against them, and contended the three marae will benefit from the plant, because they can be hooked up to sewerage services for free.......
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* Freshwater, mining on forum's agenda
Iwi chairs from throught New Zealand are discussing issues relating to freshwater, mining and housing at their annual meeting which began in Tauranga today.

More than 50 Maori leaders and advisers are attending the forum hosted by three Tauranga Moana iwi - Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui and Ngati Pukenga.

The forum started with a tour of a Maori kiwifruit coolstore and a reception.

Tomorrow there would be presentations by Ngati Tuwharetoa chief Taa Tumu Te Heuheu on freshwater and Te Rarawa chief Haami Piripi on the oil and the mining industry........
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26 NOVEMBER 2014

 * $2.2m awarded to promising Maori health researchers
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has today announced more than $2.2 million in funding for Maori health researchers as part of its career development awards programme – up from $1.5 million last year.

“Maori health research graduates are in great demand across a number of sectors. We’re pleased to be able to support this talented
pool of researchers as they seek to address the health needs and aspirations of Maori.”....
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* Maori land rates rethink
A new Far North District Council philosophy for dealing with rates on land in multiple Maori ownership is ironing out the district's $28 million accumulated unpaid rates debt and improving opportunities for getting undeveloped Maori land into production.

The mayor described the new policy of discussing rates with Maori instead of adding to the $28 million of uncollectable "Monopoly money" accumulating on the council books as "significant in the history of our nation"......
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25 NOVEMBER 2014

* Mayor wants half council to be Māori
New Plymouth's mayor is calling on the Government to change the law so that half of all councillors are Māori.

Andrew Judd believes local government should reflect the Treaty of Waitangi, there should be more Māori representation and tāngata whenua should have an equal voice.

"We haven't gone any further ahead at a local government level with our commitment and our relationship with iwi. Ideally for me it would be 50-50 at the table."

The New Plymouth District Council recently voted for the creation of a Māori seat, but the proposal was met with resistance, and councillor John McLeod resigned in protest when it was narrowly accepted by 7 votes to 6.

Mr Judd says despite anger over that decision, only positive things will come of it and believes people need to get past their fear of building an equal partnership with Māori. He is calling on the Government to legislate so that Māori have permanent representation at a council level.......
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* Turei, Peters in Maori ward debate
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei will join Winston Peters in a debate about New Plymouth's Maori ward.

The line-up of guest speakers also includes Susan Guthrie, Willie Jackson, Hugh Johnson, and Margaret Smith.

Each speaker will get 15 minutes to speak and people can submit questions to the panel on the night, or by emailing them to

The forum will be held at the New Plymouth District Council chambers on Monday, December 8. Doors open at 6.30pm, speakers start at 7pm.

The event is free, but seats are limited. It will also be streamed online at
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24 NOVEMBER 2014

 * Ruling offers Maori 'new opportunities'
The chair of Te Runanga o Te Rarawa says a Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori did not sign away sovereignty in the Treaty opens new doors for Maori development.

The tribunal has upheld claims of Ngapuhi and other northern iwi that chiefs did not hand over their power and authority to the British in signing Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840.

The decision comes four years after the tribunal heard the issue, and says the chiefs thought that they were signing to become equals with Pakeha, not ceding sovereignty.

Haami Piripi, of Te Rarawa, said the ruling lets Maori express themselves as an independent nation and that meant they could access new networks and expand into areas including trade and the banking sector......
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* Willie Jackson forces re-election for Maori statutory board seat
Maori political campaigner & broadcaster Willie Jackson has forced a new vote for one of the 2 mataawaka seats on the Independent Maori Statutory Board, which represents Maori on Auckland Council committees.

Mataawaka are Maori living in Auckland who don’t have a mana whenua affiliation there.
John Tamihere, chief executive of the Waipareira Trust, & Tony Kake, chief executive of the Papakura marae, were elected to the 2 matawaaka seats on the 9-member board in August 2013, defeating 6 other candidates, including Mr Jackson. The other 7 seats are contested by mana whenua, and it’s mana whenua who are appointed to the selection body.

Mr Jackson alleged the mataawaka election was carried out illegally and, in a judgment released yesterday on his application for judicial review, High Court judge Ailsa Duffy agreed......
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23 NOVEMBER 2014

* Mayor defends vote against Māori ward
A collective of iwi and hapū have criticised a decision by the Tauranga City Council to vote against the creation of a Māori ward in the 2016 election.

The council rejected the idea, voting 9 - 0 against. Mayor Stuart Crosby has defended the move, saying the North Island city is not yet ready to accept separate Māori representation.

The Māori Collective, which represents 16 iwi and hapū including Te Arawa, said Mr Crosby had blinkers on and the council's decision was motivated by fear and a lack of understanding.

Deputy chair Matire Duncan believed the vote should not have taken place and more education is needed to understand Māori and their world view.....
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* Tribe 'napping' over customary rights
The leader of a Ngai Tahu runaka - or runanga - says the South Island iwi has been "caught napping" over the law that replaced the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

Michael Skerrett, of the Waihopai tribal authority in Southland, says a bad precedent is being set by a whanau seeking customary marine title for two of the Titi - or Muttonbird - Islands.

Under the Marine and Coastal Area Act, Denis Tipene has applied to the High Court for rights to Tamaitemioka and Pohowaitai islands.

However, Mr Skerrett said there needed to be a collective approach to the customary title applications which should be addressed by the overarching governing council, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu.

Mr Skerrett said it was a big issue that had sprung up on the tribe and the authority was concerned about what the result might be. He said since the application was lodged with the High Court, the tribe has started talking about it.......
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22 NOVEMBER 2014

* University signs agreement with marae
A Hutt Valley marae has vowed to continue helping provide information to medical students at the University of Otago and will formalise the relationship.

The university will sign a Memorandum of Agreement with Kōkiri Marae and the Tū Kotahi Maori Asthma Trust endorsing their 30-year partnership.

Ms Robson said an example of this was following research into access of dental care for Maori adults. The marae found a problem in its community following the research and set up payment plans with local dentists for Maori.......
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* Decisions released on Proposed Rotorua District Plan
Partnership with iwi – by recognising iwi’s potential for contributing significantly to economic development and cultural values, by including a specific iwi chapter aimed at enabling iwi aspirations for development and cultural heritage protection.......
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21 NOVEMBER 2014

* The modern renaissance of Maori is moving into a new era
It began with Te Kohanga Reo in the 1980s acting as a vanguard for capturing other spaces. Maori entities, iwi runanga and urban organisations were founded across multiple sectors.

Renaissance is not linear but cyclical, with ups, downs, plateaus in each cycle.

The Maori renaissance is moving into its next cycle, one that not only captures spaces but reconsolidates existing spaces.

Capturing new spaces remains crucial. Initiatives such as Whanau Ora, the Auckland Independent Maori Statutory Board and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Maori Economic Unit are recent examples.

And with iwi settlements fortifying the economic space, this will entrench the renaissance further....
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* Sovereignty finding sparks strong response
Mr Finlayson said the finding does not change the fact the Crown has sovereignty in New Zealand.

He said the Government would consider what is part one of the report into Te Paprarahi o Te Raki or Northland claims as it would any other tribunal report, but it is focused on the future and on developing and maintaining the Crown-Maori relationship as a Treaty partner.

Mr Davis says the Mr Finlayson may be trying to allay redneck fears, but he should not rush to dismiss Maori perspectives.

Green Party treaty spokesperson Catherine Delahunty says the Government needs to engage meaningfully with the finding and discuss with the tribunal its implications for the Crown.

She says the finding is positive for New Zealand and opens the door for more positive engagement on Te Tiriti and a sounder basis for redress.......
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20 NOVEMBER 2014

* Māori radio legal action in the air
A Crown media funder is preparing for legal action from Māori radio stations not funded by the Government.

Te Māngai Pāho has told ministers that there are a number of significant iwi groups that still do not have a pūtea.

The funder said it had requests to finance another four broadcasters. The Crown currently funds 21 stations.

It warned the Government that if it could not provide funding, it was conceivable one or more of the iwi aligned to the stations could use the judicial process to secure money.....
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* Cultural concerns may change ashes bylaw
A draft bylaw that would allow human ashes to be scattered or buried in Christchurch's parks and reserves may be changed after objections from local iwi.

The Christchurch City Council's draft 2014 Parks and Reserves Bylaw was going to include a provision for ashes to be interred if written approval was sought from the council but it is now being reconsidered because it could be culturally offensive.

Mahaanui Kurataiao Ltd (MKT), a company that acts on behalf of the six runanga within Christchurch city, has told the council that if it enables the scattering of ashes in public places, it will alienate Ngai Tahu whanau from those public parks and reserve spaces.

It has cautioned that even if the scattering of ashes occurs on a limited or restricted basis Ngai Tahu whanau will be indefinitely bound in those parks and reserves by the same kawa (protocols) that apply in designated urupa (cemetery). That means they will be unable to eat, laugh, run or play in those areas.

MKT has asked the council to amend the bylaw to prohibit the burial or scattering of ashes of any deceased person or animal in any public park or reserve......
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19 NOVEMBER 2014

* Iwi pulls out of project
Ngai Tahu has withdrawn from a project worth tens of millions to build two student hostels in Dunedin, but says it remains keen on investing elsewhere in the city.

Ngai Tahu development manager Gordon Craig, who worked on the project, said its withdrawal did not mean it was no longer interested in investing in Dunedin.

 ''We are still very keen on Dunedin. We still own the police station down there and we are still looking for opportunities.''
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* Block offers opened for consultation
Almost 30% of the Government's latest round for oil and gas exploration block offers is acreage in the southern Great South Basin and Canterbury Basins areas.

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges yesterday threw open to consultation with iwi and local councils the Block Offer 2015, which is to encourage oil and gas explorers to place tenders to acquire exploration permits around New Zealand.

Mr Bridges said opening the offer was the first step in the process and he encouraged iwi and local authorities to take part in consultation, which runs until February 9.

''Their feedback ensures that any areas of sensitivity are carefully considered before the 2015 tender round is finalised,'' Mr Bridges said.
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18 NOVEMBER 2014

* Tauranga council says 'no' to Maori ward
Tauranga City Council has today unanimously opposed the establishment of a separate Maori seat onto the council.

Mayor Stuart Crobsy recommended that no Maori ward be established for the 2016 election.

Mr Crosby said a Maori ward at this time would damage the relationship between Maori and non-Maori in Tauranga.

The council heard strong views from public speakers prior to the debate representing both sides of the argument for Maori to have a ward.

Councillor Catherine Stewart said people should be voted into the council on their own merits.

Councillor Gail McIntosh said "we have to govern on what is best for all of the community".

She said "we don't like the flavour of what is being said in letters to the editor".

"Let's stick to one person, one vote, no matter who they are."
See full article HERE 
See a further article (Maori Vote Knockback) HERE

* Polytech pays $3.7m back to government
Taranaki's Witt polytech has paid $3.7 million back into government coffers and faces retraining 400 students following a six month investigation into two Maori performing arts courses.

The investigations found that reporting, attendance record keeping and management controls for both courses were poor and there was a lack of evidence that assessment practices met the standards required by NZQA.
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17 NOVEMBER 2014

* Maori over-represented in abuse stats

An independent inquiry has found child abuse and family violence amongst Maori is costing the country up to $3.4 billion.

Sir Owen Glenn’s report looks at the amount paid for treating victims, loss of workplace activity and by government agencies this year.

The project commissioned by the Glenn Inquiry said tangata whenua are over-represented in statistics on child abuse and violence between intimate partners.

It said while Maori made up only 15 percent of the population, half of those who use Women’s Refuge services are Maori, and over half of the number of family violence offenders.

So far in 2014, the cost of abuse amongst Maori is between $1.8 billion and $3.4 billion.
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* Treaty meets gospel
A leading Maori historian says the churches have an ongoing responsibility to the Treaty of Waitangi.

Manuka Henare presented his thoughts to a recent church hui at Manukau Institute of Technology on the treaty and theology.

He says it was a chance to review the greater understanding historians now have of the early contacts between Maori and missionaries and the thinking behind the korero at Waitangi on February 6, 1840 from rangatira like Hone Heke, Waka Nene and Patuone.

" They referred to the treaty as 'He Kawenata Hou' The New Covenant. And this is the difficult concept that has come to the fore and it's at this point that the christian church has had this obligation to be custodians as it were, kaitiaki, of the wairua of the Treaty of Waitangi
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16 NOVEMBER 2014

 TPK urges Maori development agenda
Te Puni Kokiri is urging new minister Te Ururoa Flavell to present a Maori development agenda at next year's Waitangi Day commemorations.

The government organisation released its briefing to the Minister for Maori Development today.

Te Puni Kokiri says Waitangi Day 2015 marks 175 years since the signing of the Treaty and a key time to continue to progress Maori development.

It says Mr Flavell should include in the agenda a way to improve social welfare policy Whanau Ora by better engaging with whanau rather than individuals alone, and to build on progress made.
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* Unwittingly enrolled in polytech
A 78-year-old woman was enrolled in a Maori performing arts course without her knowledge and awarded a qualification.

This week the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and NZQA released damning findings into the Level 4 and Level 6 course at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (Witt), proving they had been poorly run, students had graduated without completing the work and tutors were not trained for their jobs.

The polytech has been forced to pay back $3.7 million of government funding and up to 400 students have had their qualifications scrapped.

The embarrassing blunders continued today with New Plymouth's Hinga Harris, 78, saying she had received an email from Witt which told her she would keep her qualification because she had completed all of her course work.

"But I never enrolled in this Maori course," she said. 

"I wasn't anywhere near Witt between 2009 and 2013."
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A further related article HERE

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15 NOVEMBER 2014

 * Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling

The Waitangi Tribunal's finding that Maori chiefs who signed the Treaty of Waitangi did not cede sovereignty does not change the fact the Crown has sovereignty in New Zealand, Treaty Negotations Minister Chris Finlayson says.

The tribunal today released its report on stage one of its inquiry into Te Paparahi o te Raki (the great land of the north) treaty claims.

"Though Britain went into the Treaty negotiation intending to acquire sovereignty, and therefore the power to make and enforce law over both Maori and Pakeha, it did not explain this to the rangatira (chiefs)," the tribunal said.

Rather, Britain's representative William Hobson and his agents explained the treaty as granting Britain "the power to control British subjects and thereby to protect Maori", while rangatira were told that they would retain their "tino rangatiratanga", their independence and full chiefly authority.

"The rangatira who signed te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) in February 1840 did not cede their sovereignty to Britain," the tribunal said.

"That is, they did not cede authority to make and enforce law over their people or their territories."
See full article HERE

Further related articles
Expert: Treaty ruling 'distorts NZ history' HERE

Tribunal's sovereignty decision a big day for Ngapuhi, says MP HERE

Maori did not give up sovereignty: Waitangi Tribunal HERE

* Ngāti Kahungunu halt consent to increase extraction of water from aquifer
Ngāti Kahungunu are halting a consent that would see almost a million litres of water being drawn from the Heretaunga aquifer and sent overseas in the form of bottled water.

Hapū on behalf of the iwi this morning lodged a moratorium with the Hawke's Bay Regional Council saying increased water extraction from the aquifer could be to the region's detriment.
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14 NOVEMBER 2014

* Spiritual value of beach recognised
A far north iwi leader says tourism operators need to get alongside tangata whenua so they can get the best out of Te Oneroa a Tohe-Ninety Mile Beach.

Settlement legislation now before parliament returns control of the beach to the various iwi along its length.

"For the first time in New Zealand history legislation will recognise Te Ara Wairua, somethng which people can't see or hear but is recognised in law and it's great for us, it is recognising our cultural values and our spiritual uniqueness, ..... See full article HERE

* Winston Peters to debate Maori wards
In September the New Zealand First leader said New Plymouth District Council's proposal for Maori wards was ''separatist''.

Since his headline hitting stance the council has passed the proposal and next month Peters will be in town to back his opinion up.

He will go face to face with former politician Willie Jackson at a forum about Maori wards.

Judd said the issue of Maori wards had now grown bigger than the question of representation around the New Plymouth District Council table.

''This is an issue for the whole of New Zealand,'' he said.

''I've had mayors from around New Zealand contact me because they are going through the same discussion.''

The Maori wards forum and debate will be held at the New Plymouth District Council chambers on Monday December 8 at 7pm. It is open to the public and will be streamed online.
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13 NOVEMBER 2014
* Anti-ward petition seen as divisive
Those pushing for a referendum on the Maori ward in New Plymouth are being challenged to withdraw their petition before it tears the community apart.

Never afraid of controversy, Te Atiawa's Grant Knuckey challenged the focus of the hui early and said it was about getting Grey Power to withdraw their petition to force a binding referendum on the ward decision.
If they did not Te Atiawa would begin actively opposing it and he did not want his children having to choose which side they were on.

"We will muscle up this time because we are serious about getting a voice," he said.
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* Maori councillors called for
Tauranga City Councillors are being asked to include a Maori seat in the 2016 city council elections.

The Tangata Whenua Collective says council representation will strengthen the Maori voice and demonstrate true partnership.

“This engagement will provide the strongest leadership model in the country alongside the appointment of Maori seats to Bay of Plenty Regional Council,” says the collective's statement to the committee, presented by Matire Duncan.

“We will gather such a momentum that we (BOP) will be recognised as the national leaders in local government and be highly profiled amongst our colleagues throughout the country.
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* Hapu to fight Mighty River land selloff
The lawyer representing Maori living south of Whangarei Harbour says the hapu will fight hard in court to stop the Crown from striking out its application preventing Mighty River Power selling off its land.

She said the land used to belong to Patuharakeke hapu until it was sold into private hands and then acquired by the Government under the Public Works Act.

Ms Kapua said the Crown's argument is that Mighty River Power is not part of the Crown, but a separate entity, and any Treaty obligations cannot be linked to land owned by a state-owned enterprise.
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12 NOVEMBER 2014

* State houses on the chopping block
The Government was still working through the details, but in some areas local iwi would have first right of refusal on the homes, Ms Bennett said.

The Government was still working through the details, but in some areas local iwi would have first right of refusal on the homes, Ms Bennett said.

"We have an obligation to go to iwi first in many cases, so, you know, there is a requirement for us to go out there and consult with them.
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* Iwi sets its sights on state houses
Two bids to buy East Coast area stock could cost up to $300m

No values have been put on the two bids, but based on the average value of Gisborne houses in September of $232,250, the Ngati Porou bid could be worth up to $140 million and the overall deal up to $300 million.
See full article HERE

* $1.4 billion Maori economy important for Waikato
The report identifies Maori assets in the Waikato worth $6.2 billion and notes the Maori contribution to regional gross domestic product was worth $1.4 billion or 8 per cent of the total in 2012, with potential for growth in both figures identified.

Of the $6.2 billion in Waikato Maori assets, 28 per cent were in agriculture, fishing and forestry, 23 per cent in property and business services, and 15 per cent in manufacturing. Maori businesses had 54 per cent of the Maori asset base, while some $2.8 billion worth – or 46 per cent - were collectively owned assets held by authorities such as trusts, incorporations and Treaty of Waitangi settlement entities.
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11 NOVEMBER 2014

* Maori Representation Consultation 2015
The Far North District Council has resolved to hold a poll of electors to determine whether Council establishes Maori wards for its next
two triennial elections.

Council has also resolved that the poll will be held on Tuesday 17 March 2015, by postal vote.

The outcome of the poll will be binding on the Far North District Council for its 2016 and 2019 triennial elections.
Full details HERE 

* $3b investment needed for growth
Willie Te Aho along with Ngapuhi chair Sonny Tau were part of a post-election briefing this week for Finance Minister Bill English, which covered issues such as freshwater reform, proposed changes to Maori land law and iwi economic development.

He says the Ministry of Primary Industries has estimated that bringing Maori land into full production could unlock up to $8 billion a year in extra revenue, as well as create 3600 jobs.

"That’s going to require $3 billion of investment and so what we’re looking at is enhancing Te Tumu Paeroa or the Maori Trustee so that they can take on that role, secondly not only secure government funding
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* Senior Policy Advisor, Independent Māori Statutory Board (fixed term until Jan 2016) Established on 1 November 2010, the Independent Māori Statutory Board's vision is to advance the interests of Māori in Tamaki Makaurau. To do this, the Board's role is to assist Auckland Council with fulfilling its Tiriti o Waitangi responsibilities, and to promote issues of significance for Māori.
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10 NOVEMBER 2014

* Maori name for MacKays Crossing

MacKays Crossing will include a Maori title in its name in a proposal sparked by a local park group.

It is the latest instalment in a long-running battle over the spelling of the crossing's name.

Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park have proposed that MacKays Crossing become Mackays Crossing, with a small k.

Deputy chair John Porter, who fought for the change for a decade, said the proposal was accepted this year, but as a dual name - Te Ramaroa/Mackays Crossing.
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* New bike park for Woodhill, but fees to rise
A new mountain bike park is in the pipeline at Woodhill Forest after iwi took over ownership, but cyclists also face an increase in fees. 

Riders must pay entry levy contribution to iwi
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* Marsden grant for Maori law study
A Wellington researcher's been granted hundreds of thousands of dollars to study Maori law and its role within, and alongside, the current legal system.

Dr Carwyn Jones, from Victoria University in Wellington, has been given $300,000 from the Marsden Fund to explore Maori legal traditions.
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* Iwi want Crown to acknowledge sovereignty
Ngati Maniapoto never ceded sovereignty over its ancestral lands. Elton Smallman reports. A King Country iwi is refusing to rest until the Crown honours a century-old agreement that iwi representatives say acknowledged their sovereignty over the area. 
See full article HERE

* Sewage plant plan respects iwi wishes
A controversial sewage treatment plant will be replaced under a $30 million scheme aimed at improving the quality of water in Akaroa harbour. Takapuneke holds historical, cultural and spiritual significance for Ngai Tahu because it was where a bloody massacre of up to 200 pa inhabitants took place in 1830. The iwi has always viewed having a wastewater treatment plant located there as offensive.
See full article HERE

* Maori Party's new co-leader: Headstrong Marama Fox reveals her cuss word
She has chosen a members' bill topic and will follow in co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell's steps by trying, yet again, to have the Treaty of Waitangi recognised in the Parliamentary oath. She at least wants those issue debated. She wants a flag that shows the bicultural nature of the country. And she means bicultural rather than multicultural which she describes as "a distribution of power."
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* Iwi beach plan spurs Govt 'fear not' pledge

Soothing words on tourism buses as tribes talk of restricting Ninety Mile Beach access. The Government says all existing public access rights will be preserved, though the iwi has expressed interest in limiting heavy vehicles on Ninety Mile Beach. The iwi can choose whether it restricts public access to the Aupouri Forest.
See full article HERE and a further article HERE

* Applications open for new $2m Māori Innovation Fund Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund was announced in the 2014 Budget and provides $2 million per annum to Māori collectives over four years.
“It will enable Māori collectives to get new businesses up and running and help existing businesses become more productive.
See full article HERE

* Maori housing provider planned
A Maori housing advocacy group is planning to set up its own housing provider in Auckland.
See full article HERE

* Rogernomics still felt in prison muster
Justice reform advocate Kim Workman says the Rogernomics reforms of the 1980s was a major contributor to the persistently high number of Maori in the criminal justice system.
See full article HERE

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