Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Mole News


Te Atiawa makes commercial move by snapping up land under police station, court house
Te Atiawa - Taranaki's biggest iwi and a multi-million dollar entity - now owns the land underneath New Plymouth's police station and court house.

As part of its 2014 Treaty of Waitangi settlement deal, the iwi negotiated a $87 million cash payment along with cultural and commercial redress.

As part of the commercial element of the agreement, it was given a sale and leaseback option regarding the land where the police station and court house are situated.....
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Councils push for local control
Local Government New Zealand is pushing for a shift of power from central to local government.

Mr Cull says localism will give local citizens, iwi/Māori organisations, businesses and community groups a greater say.

The conference is the first since referendums overturned the attempts by five councils to create Māori seats, and other councils opted to not even try to increase Māori representation because of the fear of backlash.....
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Realising Māori potential the focus of new partnership
A shared vision to reduce child poverty rates and social inequity is at the heart of a new funding arrangement between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Peter McKenzie Project (an initiative of the J R McKenzie Trust).

The grant, worth almost $1.4m over five years, is the largest amount ever funded in the history of the J R McKenzie Trust and will be used to help fund a social innovation lab to be based within Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. This is a co-investment arrangement whereby both Ngāi Tahu and the Peter McKenzie Project have committed funds to the initiative in a bid to spearhead change and maximise collective impact.

"Our goal is to achieve equity in education, employment and income for all Māori in our takiwā by 2040. We know these are key drivers of whānau empowerment, security and prosperity, and, in transforming outcomes for tamariki." ....
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16  July  2018

Auckland's Statue of Liberty: Giant statue of Papatūānuku the Earth Mother proposed for Bastion Point
New Zealand's own version of the Statue of Liberty may soon welcome visitors at the entrance to Auckland Harbour.

The structure of Papatūānuku the Earth Mother, proposed by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and part-funded by Auckland Council, would stand 30 to 50 metres tall on the historic headland of Takaparawhau/Bastion Point.

That would make it as big as, if not bigger than, the New York icon, which is 46m.

The iwi has conceived it as Auckland's version of the Statue of Liberty or the 30m Christ the Redeemer above Rio de Janeiro, visible in lights at night from across the city, with stunning views from downtown, the North Shore, and from ships and ferries......
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Achieving improved outcomes for Māori - Te Toa Takitini
The Independent Māori Statutory Board has identified areas, for this 10-year budget, where additional funding should be applied.

These areas focus on:

* improving visibility and support for Māori identity

* relationship agreements with the 19 iwi of Tāmaki Makaurau

* support for Māori economic development

* infrastructure development for sites of cultural significance.

This will bring the total budget for Te Toa Takitini to $146 million over the next 10 years.
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15  July  2018

South Auckland iwi want a say in 10,000 new home build
Local South Auckland tribe Te Ākitai o Waiōhua are keen to have a seat at the table following the government's plan to build 10,000 new homes in Māngere.

“This is just the start to ensure that we are at the table to plan and also discuss how we can work together,” says spokesperson David Wilson-Takaanini.

“We're also looking at specific ways we can work with iwi and other Māori organisations to make sure that whānau Māori get a fair shot at the KiwiBuild homes,” says Housing and Urban Development Minister, Phil Twyford.....
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Iwi group invests $100m on plans to revive local economy
A Hawke's Bay iwi group is investing more than $100 million in commercial developments with plans to reinvigorate the local economy.

The Mana Ahuriri Trust has launched their plans to become one of the largest commercial property and asset owners in the region.....
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First bids for slice of $1b fund
The first regional attempts at grabbing a slice of the government’s $1 billion Provincial Growth Fund are under way.

But one of the applications is for an initiative to prepare secondary school pupils for their next step in life, a programme headed by Tom Hullena on behalf of Masterton District Council.

He said being unprepared for the transition from secondary school into the workforce could increase the risk of long-term workplace failure for young people.

But he wants to strengthen this transition for all pupils, especially young Maori men.

While the finer details are yet to be discussed, he said the idea was to employ about two people to each work with 20 young Maori men – 120 over the three years – who may be at risk of not transitioning smoothly......
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14  July  2018

Bicultural competence at heart of new degree
A new Bachelor of Communication degree at the University of Canterbury is weaving bicultural awareness and activities into each course of study.

The Bachelor degree in the College of Arts launches in 2019 and will offer four majors: Journalism, Communication Strategy in Practice, Political Communication, and Tauwhitinga Māori: Communication Strategy for the Māori World.

Activities incorporated into the degree include visits to Tuahiwi Marae, work-based projects with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and coursework highlighting Māori perspectives on communication, such as indigenous understandings of risk and writing for Māori news media.....
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Maori on list for extra radio content funding
Radio New Zealand and New Zealand on Air have been asked to team up to oversee a new $6 million innovation fund aimed at generating more content for under-served audiences such as Maori and Pacific Peoples, children and regional New Zealand.

Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran yesterday revealed how the $15 million in new funding in the Budget will be carved up....
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Ringatū in good heart as tamariki sing out
Tūnuiārangi Mclean was among the hundreds of who attended the commemoration at Rangiwaho Marae, Muriwai, south of Gisborne this week.

He says the turnout was a coming together of the Māori faiths, with Ratana, Pai Maarire and followers of the teachings of the Parihaka prophets also represented.....
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13  July  2018

Far North sand dunes need protection from vehicles - Te Rarawa
Te Rarawa is taking steps to block motorbikes and offroad vehicles at Ahipara, to protect fragile sand dunes and sites of significance to Te Rarawa.

Te Takiwa o Ahipara spokesman Haami Piripi said conservation reserves returned via the iwi's Treaty settlement would be fenced off, and pouwhenua erected to tell the iwi's stories and connections to the whenua.

"Our colonial history here in the Far North has over time produced a relatively peaceful community, established upon the honour of our respective leaders sharing a nation as partners and expressed through Te Tiriti o Waitangi, signed in 1840 at Te Ahu in Kaitaia," Piripi said.....
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Maori games taught to take back to Timaru classrooms
Timaru teachers enjoyed a day of play as they prepare to take Maori games into the classroom.

Sport Canterbury community sport advisor Lawrence Tau, who travelled from Christchurch to run the SportStart Takaro programme, said the main purpose of the initiative was to erase the stigma attached to being Maori.

Maori youth, “especially disconnected Maori”, could benefit from the games because they allowed the children to explore their culture without feeling pressure to know everything, he said....
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Tai Tokerau language expert calls for exclusive Northern wānanga
Former Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo board member, and staunch Māori language advocate, Quinton Hita (Ngāpuhi) is calling for a new regional-specific Māori language school specifically for Te Tai Tokerau.

It's call for the Tai Tokerau investment collective of Te Mātāwai to fully fund the establishment of a new language school in the north.

"Perhaps we should look at a collaborative approach and set that money aside for Northland Māori language strategies?" he says.....
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Māori Wardens suitable for diversion
New Zealand Māori Council chair Sir Taihākurei Durie wants a greater role for Māori wardens in alternative forms of justice.

Sir Taihākurei says increasing the role of Māori committees and wardens in community development is one of the aims of the new council, which has just finished its triennial elections.

"I would like to actually see the wardens have a direct role in police diversion and those types of schemes that prevent our people being put through the court system.....
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Māori speech bad, white speech good for Brash
Auckland Peace Action says the Free Speech Coalition which is suing Auckland Council for refusing to rent a venue to right wing extremists is full of hypocrites and opportunists.

She says hate speech is not free speech but an industry for the racist right who use it as a recruiting tool and a show of power.

Their hate speech creates the environment where racist speech and violence against Tangata Whenua, migrants and refugees is acceptable and normalised......
See full article HERE
A further article here > Council sued over white speech ban

Tukutuku fund encourages te reo in the kainga
The branch of Māori language organisation Te Mātāwai that represents education, community, broadcasting and urban Māori stakeholders is looking to fund innovative ideas on language revitalisation.

There’s $2 million on offer with the fund open until July 25......
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Nash says new iwi community justice panel not a soft option
The first iwi community justice panel in Waitematā has been launched today with the police minister backing it as an effective way to reduce the rate of reoffending in young Māori.

The panel was created in a partnership between Hoani Waititi trustees and police.

"The trustees of Hoani Waititi Marae in Glen Eden have a long history of leading innovative restorative justice programmes," Nash said.....
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12  July  2018

Patents threaten to misappropriate Māori knowledge
New research has identified 77 ‘families’ of patent applications for inventions that are of potential concern because of how they aim to use plant species connected to traditional Māori knowledge.

Around half of the inventions are in the fields of pharmaceuticals or cosmetics, with the United States filing the most applications, followed by China.

Thirty-three of the families cover some aspect of mānuka, either the plant, honey made from it, or isolates from one of these.....
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Strategic Adviser Maori | Taranaki
The Strategic Adviser works with leaders and staff to support local strategies that focus on accelerating Māori achievement.

The role provides strategic advice and leadership across the Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū region to help the organisation accelerate Māori educational achievement, seeking equity outcomes and the promotion of Māori identity, language and culture and to support the Director of Education to lead engagements with iwi and Māori stakeholders.....
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Councils and iwi come together to support the Kaituna River
A unique collaboration between Bay of Plenty iwi and authorities is examining the impact we are having on local waterways, and working to change it.

A plan of how to help restore and enhance the health of the Kaituna River, produced by a collective with representatives from different groups, has just been released.....
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Māori public health org wants healthier food policies at sports clubs
New Zealand's largest Māori public health organisation is backing new research from the University of Otago to take bold action against the obesity crisis.

They're calling on minister for sport and recreation Grant Robertson and the minster of health Dr David Clark to help sports clubs to implement healthier nutrition policies....
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ITPs look to embrace Māori innovation
For the first time, the National Institutes of Technology and Polytechs (ITPs) annual symposium has implemented a Māori theme, with a specific focus on Māori innovation.

ITPs are preparing for a generation of culturally immersed Māori students coming from full-immersion education.

Te Urikore Biddle (Tuhoe, Kahungunu, Ngāti Awa) from UNITEC, says, “Māori is their first language, Māori philosophy is at the forefront of their thoughts at all times so ITPs and the wider education sector must be ready for that group as they come through.”

“The tribes and groups that are working hard and trying to nurture and develop Māori communities,” says Biddle.

“The key to getting more success and realising the potential of that $15bil is that we collaborate... so an iwi might have land and another iwi might have cash, you combine the resources of all three and then you're in a more powerful position than each of them are individually,” says Grant......
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Labour’s Māori caucus considers Matariki public holiday
A proposal to make Matariki a national holiday is being weighed up by the Labour Party’s Māori caucus – and if the bill gains widespread support within the party it could be introduced as a private member’s bill......
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New Maori Disability Action Plan out now
The Ministry of Health has launched a brand new Maori Disability Action Plan for 2018-2022

The Plan is available in

* Easy Read
* Te Reo Maori.

You can download it now from the Ministry of Health website and the People First NZ Easy Read page.....
See full article HERE

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11  July  2018

Maori seats only guarantee of representation
Labour’s deputy Leader Kelvin Davis says the Māori seats remain a vital way for Māori to be represented in the affairs of the nation, and he’d like to see them entrenched.

Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikātene has a bill requiring a 75 percent majority before any changes could be made to the seats.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has said his party won’t vote for unless it is supported by a referendum that also asks whethee the seats should remain at all.

Mr Peters says MMP has delivered a greater number of Māori MPs, but Mr Davis says only the Māori seat MPs are accountable to Māori voters......
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Tapuhi Kaitiaki takes nurses to next step
The Nurses’ Organisation and government drug buying agency Pharmac have teamed up to create new awards to help Māori nurses advance in the profession.

Tāpuhi Kaitiaki Awards will help nurses undertake further study to become nurse prescribers and nurse practitioners.

Atene Andrews from Pharmac says the awards arose from a survey which aimed to identify what could be holding Māori nurses back.....
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NZQA credits
* Demonstrate knowledge of tikanga Māori in relation to the treatment of an injury – 2 Credits

* Demonstrate knowledge of tikanga Māori in relation to the human anatomy – 2 Credits

* Explain anger management in an oranga context - 4 Credits

* Compare western medicine with rongoā Māori in relation to prevention and treatment – 3 Credits

* Explain impact of tangihanga on tamariki and rangatahi - 4 Credits

* Compare modern and traditional Māori diet and nutrition – 4 Credits
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Maori Outcomes Coordinator – Fixed Term
Date: 09-Jul-2018

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

* Maternity leave cover for 8 months starting September 2018

* Be part of an organisation who is shaping spaces for Aucklander’s to love

* Unique opportunity to play a key support and administration role in Maori engagement

The opportunity
During this 8 month maternity leave cover, you will be providing support to our project teams through centralised facilitation and management of administration processes associated with Māori engagement......
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Compulsory te reo Māori would 'do so much good' for New Zealand, actor says
Te reo Māori should be compulsory in schools if New Zealand wants to progress as a diverse country, a veteran actor says.

While not everyone is good at picking up languages, having te reo Māori in schools "would do this country so much good", according to Rāwiri Paratene.

The actor's been arguing the case for it since marching the steps of Parliament with protest group Ngā Tamatoa in the 1970s, and his mind hasn't changed.....
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Calls for prosecution after damage to Māori archaeological site
An Auckland iwi treaty settlement body is calling for prosecutory action after a previously unknown archaeological site was damaged on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust chairman James Brown has claimed 49 cows died in the summer heat on Boxing Day last year before being buried in a hole that damaged a midden - where early Māori stored food waste.

Department of Conservation Auckland Inner Islands operations manager Keith Gell said Heritage New Zealand had discovered there had been a slight accidental disturbance of a corner of the midden.

"The cows were buried at a location that, according to the map, was free of archaeological sites. That's because no one knew the midden was there because it was hidden underground.

"In digging a hole to bury the dead cows, the farmer was unaware he'd slightly disturbed the corner of a midden."

Meanwhile, Ngāi Tai just had its third and final reading of bill in Parliament over own settlement with Crown that includes exclusive sites on Motutapu Island. ....
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10  July  2018

From the NZCPR archives by Michael Bassett
The Waitangi Industry
Not surprisingly, the industry doesn’t want the Tribunal process ever to end. After 23 years, no decision has yet been made to close off new historical claims.

The major parties dither. Labour wants the party vote of Maori; National isn’t sure they mightn’t need the Maori Party’s support after the coming election.

Both major political parties know that what is happening is wrong, and that ordinary Maori in whose name the claims are made, aren’t getting a cracker out of the money being spent on lawyers, researchers and Tribunal staff.

The spinelessness that we have come to expect of politicians in an MMP environment assists the greedy, when it was the needy we set out to help in 1985......
Read full article HERE 
April 19, 2008

8  July  2018

Normalising Māori langauge within the legal profession
The first ever Māori language workshop for those in the legal profession was held at Hoani Waititi Marae in Auckland. The Māori Law Society say the aim is to develop the understanding of Māori language in legal settings.

Speaking on behalf of The Māori Law Society, Alana Thomas says the aims is “for te reo Māori to be normalised in the courts, to flow within all areas of the legal world, to come naturally from the lips of judges, lawyers, everyone within the legal profession.”

Jeremy Tātere McCleod says the idea for this workshop was to teach the relevant Māori words and sentences related to legal services and proceedings, to enable those within the profession to speak it daily.....
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Questions why kapa haka doesn't gain university entrance
Fresh off the He Pouwhenua, He Puapua secondary schools national kapa haka competition stage, former Māori Medium students and Māori Performing Arts (MPA) leaders are asking why the hours of sacrifice don't count when seeking entrance to university.

“Not everyone wants to be a doctor, not everyone wants to be a lawyer, they just want to do haka and that's just Te Ao Māori, that's what they've grown up with,” said one former student.

“When we were at school we took performing arts as a subject, we got credits in Māori Performing Arts, but those credits weren't cross-credited to gain University Entrance,” said another.

Kapa haka leaders are joining the call for MPA to be recognised as a core curriculum subject.....
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Scouts NZ lists unprofitable Scoutlands campsite for sale
Scouts New Zealand is selling off land in Whanganui as the group scrambles to stay afloat, but local iwi say the land belongs to them.

Scoutlands campsite on Lake Wiritoa is for sale, with Scouts saying it "no longer makes a significant contribution to our youth development programme".

But Ngāti Tupoho members say they have not been consulted, and they are concerned any development of land would breach tangata whenua rights outlined in the Treaty of Waitangi.....
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Māori names given to community boards
Community boards now have Māori names to reflect an increased awareness of the language and culture.

The seven community boards have been given names, which are to be added at the front of the current English ones. They also feature in their agendas.

“Ngāi Tahu relationship team have created the following names that reflects the wants of the rūnanga, and the desire to keep a Māori worldview towards naming each community board,” a city council spokeswoman said.

She said there had been an increase in awareness of te ao Māori (Māori worldview) by community board members and city council staff.....
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Development of New Māori Music standards
Māori Qualifications Services is pleased to advise that three (3) new New Māori Music unit standards were approved for listing on the Directory of Assessment Standards in June 2018.....
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Governor Orr draws on Tāne-mahuta to tell RBNZ's new story
There is a new broom at the head of New Zealand's central bank, and he's planning to shift the mindset of the institution towards better embracing the rich cultural diversity of the country.

Adrian Orr is part Cook Islander and grew up in a largely Māori community in the central North Island, and since he took the helm of the Reserve Bank this year phrases like tikanga Māori and te Reo have begun to feature prominently on its list of priorities.

Orr was the first of New Zealand's central bankers to be welcomed with an official pōwhiri in March fronted by the bank's recently formed waiata group, and at his first press conference announcing the official cash rate in May he greeted journalists in English, Māori and sign language. Under his watch, the bank's Statement of Intent, where it sets out its strategic objectives to the government for the next four years, highlights its intent to embed te Reo and tikanga Māori into the culture of the bank......
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Historical Abuse in State Care Royal Commission
The legacy of people taken into state care who suffered neglect and abuse is a stain on our country’s history. A majority of people who have been in state care are Māori and also Pasifika. While some people received a better education and start in life, regrettably many did not and suffered abuse and neglect.

The Human Rights Commission and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination called for this matter to be the subject of an independent inquiry. The Government has accepted the task by establishing the Royal Commission.....
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7  July  2018

Winston Peters wants 'two-part referendum' on Māori seats
Acting Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is calling for a two-pronged referendum on whether Māori seats should be entrenched, or should go altogether.

Labour MP Rino Tirikatene's member's bill to entrench the seven Māori seats was pulled from the members' ballot in May and will soon have its first reading in Parliament.

New Zealand First campaigned on holding a binding referendum on whether to abolish the seats.....
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Whakatāne iwi appeal water bottling consents
A Whakatāne iwi is asking for the Environment Court to decline a Chinese owned company the consents to 1.1 billion litres of water for bottling.

Last month, the government gave approval for Creswell New Zealand - owned by Chinese company Nongfu Spring Co Limited - to buy land near Whakatāne for a $42.5 million expansion of its current bottling plant.

Resource consents were then granted by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Whakatāne District Council.....
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Birth centre adopts traditional Maori practices
Tauranga families will have more options when it comes to labour following the introduction of a traditional Maori birthing tool at Bethlehem Birthing Centre.

The centre has recently introduced a pounamu pito (umbilical) cord cutter for families to use during labour, which falls in line with traditional Maori birthing practices.

According to Te Ao Maori, there is a strong sense of connection between people and the land they come from – people come from Papatūānuku (earth mother) and when they die they then return to Papatūānuku......
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Final reading of treaty settlement for hapū destroyed by Crown
A Waikato-Tainui hapū which was left landless and had its community destroyed by the Crown had the final reading of its Treaty of Waitangi settlement in Parliament today.

The settlement included $10.3 million of financial compensation and the chance to buy Crown properties.

Ngāti Tamaoho's area of interest extends from the Awhitu Peninsula across Franklin District and the Hunua Ranges and also includes both Waikato wetlands and central Auckland.....
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New Zealanders deserve a referendum on Māori seats
Democracy Action welcomes Winston Peters’ call for a two-pronged referendum on whether Māori seats should be entrenched, or should go altogether.

“NZ First has campaigned for many years on holding a binding referendum on whether to abolish the seats, and we are pleased Mr Peters is taking this opportunity to allow voters to decide,” says the founder of Democracy Action, Lee Short.

“The Māori seats are from a bygone era, and should have been removed when MMP was introduced in 1996, as recommended by the Royal Commission.”.....
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Ngāti Whātua supports application for America's Cup build
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has today filed an application with the Environment Court supporting the notified resource consent of Panuku Development Auckland (Panuku), which will allow for infrastructure to be developed ahead of the America’s Cup.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei had previously opposed a resource consent for extensive modifications on the waterfront, which the iwi said would degrade the mauri (spirit) of the Waitemata.

Trust Deputy Chairman Ngarimu Blair says the iwi is now confident that the development agency understands the importance of the Waitemata Harbour as a taonga.

He says Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is also encouraged by the City’s support to investigate the establishment of a Māori/Polynesian cultural centre somewhere along the Waterfront CBD......
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6  July  2018

Electoral Commission promote Māori roll in te reo Māori
The Electoral Commission is down at the He Pouwhenua, He Puapua Secondary Schools Kapa Haka National Competition promoting the Māori roll and the General roll using te reo Māori.

The commission has called upon their staff who are able to speak te reo Māori to promote both the Māori and General rolls to rangatahi Māori.

Mona-Pauline Mangakāhia says you have to have Māori blood in you in order to be on the Māori roll

“The Māori roll is only for those who are a direct decedent of a Māori ancestor.”....
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Matariki bill heads to Labour Maori Caucus
A proposal to make Matariki a national holiday has gone to Labour’s Maori Caucus.

Labour MP Paul Eagle said if it gets approved there it will then head to Labour’s wider caucus. At that point the proposal could become a bill and eventually law.

Responding to a call from Wellington Mayor Justin Lester to replace Queens’ Birthday with Matariki, Eagle said that he would look at replacing other holidays as well.....
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5  July  2018

Leading Māori educations claim closure of Kura Hourua in breach of Treaty of Waitangi
Leading Māori educators claim closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua is in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi

Sir Toby Curtis and Dame Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi yesterday lodged a Treaty of Waitangi claim alleging that the Crown’s actions in closing Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua will have a disproportionately detrimental effect on Māori.

Sir Toby said the claim was important because the large majority of the 1500 students at the schools that are being shut down are Māori, many of whom have enrolled in these schools to get a fresh start in education and get their lives back on track. Six of the eleven Kura Hourua currently in operation have between 87% and 100% Maori rolls......
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Pioneering te reo metal band say they're 'fighting for everyone who has been ripped off by colonial governments'
“Not a lot of kids have had a father who pretty much knows everything about their genealogy all the way down to our ancestors who landed here thousands of years ago.”.....
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Environmental group taking council and winery to High Court over Te Mata Peak track
An environmental group is going to take Hastings District Council and Craggy Range winery to the High Court to challenge the decision to cut a controversial track up Te Mata Peak.

The track which was built late last year sparked an outcry by the iwi and others, prompting the winery to later say it would remove the track. But in May the winery said it was unable to remove the track and its favoured option was to have it remain.

Some iwi members, including those at Waimarama marae, were unhappy with this decision.

EDS chief executive officer Gary Taylor said proceedings would be filed in the High Court at Napier later this week challenging the decision-making process that led to the track being cut.

Taylor said EDS would argue that the decision to approve the track was unlawful and will seek an order for its removal.

"We are filing these proceedings because it has become clear that we can no longer rely on the earlier assurances of Craggy Range Vineyards that it would remove the track," he said.....
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4  July  2018

Maori posters promote hygiene and tidiness
Vogeltown School pupils are among the first New Plymouth kids to get their hands on a series of novel posters that use humour to promote the use of Te Reo Maori.

But the colourful free posters, designed and produced by commercial cleaning company CrestClean, also contain important health, hygiene, and environmental messages.

Mike said as well as promoting Te Reo, the posters dovetailed with the Vogeltown School’s karikea. “It’s part of our mission statement about caring for the land and that’s about picking up rubbish.”.....
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Awanuiārangi leads largest ever study of the Māori language
The “largest and most sophisticated study ever” of the Māori language will analyse data extracted from the internationally recognised longitudinal study Growing Up In New Zealand.

The study of 7000 children collects detailed information about individuals and their families from before birth and into the children’s adulthood. The children are currently around 8 years old....
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US business called out for selling fake mummified Māori tattooed heads
Dapper Cadaver, a Californian based halloween themed prop design business, had fake mokomokai available to buy online for $110.

Facebook users expressed their shock in finding fake mokomokai were being sold for entertainment purposes.

In a statement, the owners of Dapper Cadaver said they have since decided to stop selling the replicas out of respect for Māori people.....
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3  July  2018

Lower Wanganui land settlement negotiations in full swing
It's an exciting time with negotiation for settlement of lower Wanganui land claims going strongly, lead negotiator Ken Mair says.

The negotiations happen about every two weeks, alternating between Wanganui and Wellington. They are intensive and there is a long way to go before an agreement in principle (AIP) can be signed.

Those on the Wanganui side of the table include Mair, Richard Kingi and various iwi historians and experts. On the other side is chief Crown negotiator Rick Barker.

Wanganui tribes are lucky to have research from the Waitangi Tribunal process to inform their negotiations, Mair said.....
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Vehicle access to be limited at Mt Wellington summit
The summit of Maungarei in Auckland will close to vehicles in the next few weeks.

Construction will soon begin on a number of enhancements, including the build of a new visitor car park and toilet block at the base of the mountain.

The process will take 12 weeks, but after that, the summit will close to all private motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters.

An exception will be made for vehicle access for people who have limited mobility.

Their drivers will need to contact the Auckland Council to obtain an access code.....
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2  July  2018

Kahungunu and Corrections sign kawenata
Ngāti Kahungunu have signed a kawenata (agreement) with the Department of Corrections that would see the iwi play a more pivotal role in reintegrating prisoners back into the community when they leave prison.

"We want to be able to work with the families before even going to prison, as well as when they get out," says Ngahiwi Tomoana, Ngāti Kahungunu Chairman.

"I support all iwi in this, Ngāti Kahungunu is one of the first to sign this agreement with Te Ara Poutama [Corrections], and it makes sense because of inmates in prison are our relations," says Kelvin Davis, Minister of Corrections.....
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Projects to develop te reo Māori money words and resources
Moves are underway to re-establish te reo Māori as a language of wealth and money.

A Victoria University project, backed by the Financial Markets Authority, ASB, the NZ Super Fund and Harbour Asset Management, is compiling a lexicon of 100 key financial terms.

Meanwhile, Banqer is set to launch a te reo Māori version of its online programme, aimed at training a generation of schoolchildren to be good with money.

Banqer's founder Kendall Flutey said the move was prompted by requests from teachers in Kura Kaupapa Māori immersion schools.....
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1  July  2018

From the NZCPR archives by Dr Muriel Newman
Sovereignty Marchs On
....The eligibility for voting on the Maori roll was based on the legal definition of Maori – as having half or more of Maori blood – a definition that remained in place right up until 1974. In that year the Labour Government introduced the Maori Affairs Amendment Act, which changed the definition of Maori to anyone who has Maori ancestry, causing an outraged Allan McCready, the MP for Manawatu, to state in Parliament: It appears now that anyone who rides past a marae on a pushbike can claim to be a Maori!

This change has opened the door to anyone who “feels” Maori being able to claim they have Maori ancestry and gain access, not only to vote on the Maori electoral roll, but also to enjoy an array of other special privileges including sharing in the spoils of the Treaty settlement process.....

......Sadly for New Zealand, the UN Rapporteur has bought into the myth that Maori are victims and that the only solution is Maori self-rule. The reality is that Maori are an amazingly talented race of people. They are great orators, artists, sportsmen, academics and entrepreneurs, with a special warmth and presence that sets them apart. The very best thing that their leaders can do to help them succeed is to get government out of their lives and out of their way so they can flourish in a country that is committed to equality under the law and a future of equal opportunity for all....
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April 8, 2006

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30  June  2018
 
Rotorua's First Bilingual Playground is Now Open
Rotorua’s first bilingual playground heralds the beginning of a number of local te reo Māori zones, which Te Tatau o Te Arawa says will satisfy the appetite for learning the country’s indigenous language.

It was inspired by the rich history of the land it sits on and promotes te reo Māori using signage as well as digital games and stories.

Bilingual signage for other playgrounds and reserves in Rotorua will gradually be implemented as or when improvements or upgrades happen.....
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More pūtea for reo Māori courses
More money is being made available for tertiary foundation programmes including te reo Māori.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says the rate increase of $1000 per full time equivalent place comes into effect next year and applies to a number of Student Achievement Component level 1 and 2 programmes provided by tertiary education organisations.....
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29  June  2018

140 staff at Heritage NZ to learn te reo
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori have joined together to promote and revitalise te reo Māori, whilst celebrating NZ's heritage.

The partnership will see an increase use of te reo Māori across the organisation including commentaries and through signage across the country.

Te Taura Whiri CEO Ngahiwi Apanui says, "The benefits of this MOU firstly, will mean an expansion of the Māori language and the creation of new terminology they can use within their day to day work. Secondly, a new language programme to help staff learn and converse in te reo."

Today HNZPT launched its Pouhere Reo programme which aims to train all 140 of its staff members nationwide in basic and conversational te reo.

Senior Māori Heritage Policy Manager Trevor Himona says, “We've got a goal to embed te reo as part of our organisation so te reo Māori is seen, heard and is visible across each part of our organisation and that we are able to incorporate that into a whole range of our publications."

"It's all about also enabling our staff to increase their capability in te reo to help us work with iwi, hapū, whānau and kaitiaki in regards to wāhi tapu and wāhi tūpuna."

Himona says the Crown agency looks to expand its reo goals to the nation, that will include bilingual signage on all 43 of its nationally significant heritage properties.

HNZPT begin its first Pouhere Reo classes for staff in Wellington on July 10. It will then be rolled out to all staff in Auckland, Kerikeri, Tauranga and Christchurch branches in September and October......
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First Pākehā put in charge of Auckland Māori organisation
Can a Pākehā lead an influential Māori organisation? Wyn Osborne says yes.

He's the first Pākehā to serve as chief executive of the Manukau Urban Māori Authority (MUMA), based at Ngā Whare Waatea Marae in Māngere, south Auckland.

Osborne was selected by the authority's board to take over the position from Willie Jackson, who resigned from the role when he was elected to Parliament in last year's general election......
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Māori desperate for own marae progress with council funding
A long-fought for marae is another step closer for an Auckland community that often feels overlooked.

Beach Haven's Uruamo Maranga Ake Marae project received $142,000 in funding from Auckland Council's Māori Cultural Initiatives Fund this month.

Kaipātiki Local Board chairman John Gillon said: "These facilities, when finished, will offer our whole community the opportunity to experience and learn more about Māori culture and customs."

The estimated cost for the entire new proposed complex is $7 million.

The Auckland Council Māori Cultural Initiatives Fund has funded 28 separate applications from 10 marae groups in the past three years, totaling $3.255 million......
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28  June  2018

Desire to work with Māori survives poll result 
Palmerston North residents told the city council they did not want guaranteed Māori seats at the council table.

But the council is still searching for ideas on other ways to increase Māori representation and involvement in decision making.

Nearly 70 per cent of voters said "no" to the creation of a Māori ward or wards in a binding poll in May.

The council is now asking for views on how to include Māori more in council business as part of its review of representation arrangements for elections in 2019 and 2022.....
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North Island Māori purchase huge 98-hectare kiwifruit portfolio
Three iwi-based companies have bought one of New Zealand's largest privately owned kiwifruit orchard portfolios in Te Puke.

North Island iwi-based companies Te Arawa Group Holdings (Rotorua); Rotoma No 1 Incorporation (Rotorua), and Ngāti Awa Group Holdings (Whakatāne) have bought Matai Pacific's vast kiwifruit portfolio.

The orchards will now be operated by a new Māori-owned joint venture called Matai Pacific Iwi Collective.

The large-scale property deal includes three separate mid to large-sized productive blocks at Te Puke: Te Matai Orchard, Pacific Gold Orchard and Coachman Orchard.

Combined, the three blocks cover nearly 100 canopy hectares and were expected to produce up to 1.3 million trays......
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Council recognises Levin's Māori name Taitoko hoping collaboration will drive transformation of the town
Horowhenua District Council has included the Māori name of the town of Levin in a planning document, a move they and a Māori elder hope will drive a transformation of the small town north of Wellington.

TVNZ1's Seven Sharp reports Levin is the surname of a man who apparently never actually set foot in the town.

"Levin's not a legal name, but Taitoko is," said Marokopa Wiremu-Matakatea, Muaūpoko kaumatua.....
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Changing face of Work and Income launched today
Minister of Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, celebrated the launch of a brand new face to Work and Income, including a newly introduced set of Client Commitments and an online Eligibility Guide.

Carmel Sepuloni said that much needed change was well underway, and that the new look offices were only the start.

“As of today, Work and Incomes Client Commitment will also be on display in every Work and Income office, in English, Māori and in New Zealand Sign Language.
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New era as Marlborough's first kaupapa Māori school opens
"Finally, our tamariki can be educated within a Māori context. This is something we could have only dreamed about when my generation were children," he said.

Funding for the unit was announced in June last year by the Ministry of Education.

Ngāti Kuia chair, Waihaere Mason, said the school played an important role in terms of cultural identity and whakapapa.

"This is about whakapapa. You can't have a culture without a language and you can't have a language without culture......
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A new approach to realising Māori potential
After almost 20 years of delivering successful education and employment pathways for young Māori in Te Waipounamu, Te Tapuae o Rehua (Te Tapuae) is set for change in a bid to drive the systemic change required to create equity in education, employment and income for all Ngāi Tahu and Māori in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā.

Te Tapuae Kaihautū, Dr Eruera Tarena Prendergast says, “New Zealand’s population is rapidly changing and the large numbers of aging Pākehā heading into retirement need to be countered by increasing numbers of young highly trained Māori reaching their full potential if we are to prosper together in the future.”

“Our Te Tapuae partners remain committed to the Treaty partnership and working together.......
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This is my land': Rotorua liquor store worker allegedly punched after third attack
"One of the girls from yesterday came into the store today and attacked our staff. She started yelling at everyone saying, 'They can't arrest me'," Dillon said.

"She then started punching my staff and kicking them and yelling, 'You can't arrest me. I'm Māori, this is my own land'.....
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27  June  2018

Call for iwi organisations and groups to collaborate on freshwater allocation
A second appeal against an increased amount of water being taken from Otākiri Springs is being considered by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa.

Last week, independent commissioners released their decision granting the application by Creswell NZ Limited to increase the amount of water taken by the Otākiri Springs bottling plant to an annual allocation of 1.1 million cubic metres of water.

The Save our Otakiri Water and Environment Group had already announced it would appeal the decision to the Environment Court.

"As Treaty partners, we assert that the Crown recognise our rights and interests in freshwater. These interests include property rights.

"Resolution of these complex issues needs to be by way of robust dialogue and negotiation between Treaty partners."

"Article Two of Te Tiriti o Waitangi guaranteed to hapū and iwi the exclusive undisturbed possession of taonga and resources. This possession is severely undermined by the granting of these consents. The Crown must engage with hapū and iwi to rectify before any territorial or local authorities make decisions on water consents."....
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Report reveals details of iwi payments in connection with negotiations over proposed $200m road
New details about fees being paid to a north Taranaki iwi, including its most controversial member, in connection with negotiations over a $200 million roading project have been revealed.

He explained that NZTA had agreed to pay for legal counsel, environmental advice and for the time Ngāti Tama trustees spent on the project, which was set at $70 an hour.

This included lead negotiator Greg White, who received about $1500 a week. Other trustees got a weekly payment of $400.

Using these figures, over the past 12 months White could have received up to $78,000 and runanga trustees about $20,800.......
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Te Reo Māori to be introduced to Auckland's transport network
Announcements on Auckland trains will now be spoken in Te Reo Māori as well as English.

From tomorrow all welcome and safety messages on Auckland trains will be in both English and te reo.

Auckland Transport is working with other providers so Māori can be used on the city's buses and ferries too......
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26  June  2018

Ngāti Whakaue meet with Education and Workforce Select Committee
Ngāti Whakaue iwi members have asked education representatives to consider how the iwi can be involved in Rotorua's only partnership school if it becomes a designated character school.

"We laid down a challenge to the Government for system change that would enable iwi to participate in education as equal partners," Bennett said.

"Evidence shows that students will do better in schools where their identity, language and culture is acknowledged, embraced, embedded and reflected back to them. And that takes more than just having 'a bit of Māori' in the daily programme.....
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Breast cancer: Health institutions 'still racist' towards Māori
A legal consultant has spoken out about offensive and ignorant comments from hospital staff while she was being treated for breast cancer.

A new report from the University of Waikato shows Māori women get diagnosed too late and are 79 percent more likely to die from it than Pākehā.

Lead researcher Professor Ross Lawrenson said there were several inequalities between Māori, Pasifika and Pākehā women.

The study found Māori women were less likely to get chemotherapy and take the treatment Herceptin......
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Marae set to be built in North Auckland
The Auckland Council has approved around $140,000 to design a new marae in Beach Haven, on Auckland's North Shore.

The Uruamo Maranga Ake Charitable Trust has worked on the concept since 2015.

They say the proposed marae will be a dream come true.

The entire project is expected to cost around $7mil.

When finished, it'll provide a way for the community to learn more about Māori culture and customs.
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Tāmaki trains to tautoko te reo
People travelling on Auckland trains will hear safety announcements made in both English and te reo Māori from tomorrow, following the launch of a new public transport programme.

Auckland Transport Māori Relationships manager Tipa Coplain says the programme is the agency’s contribution to making sure te reo Māori is heard and used.

“The policy of Auckland Council is that you see it, hear it, use it, learn it– and this is our contribution to that,” he told Te Kāea reporter Kawe Roes today before the programme’s official launch.....
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Maori input guaranteed in settling health research priorities
A new group which will help set New Zealand’s health research priorities will have a Māori co-chair.

The 13-member independent Development Group includes leading health researchers, innovators, advisors and health delivery experts.

Group members include Professor Michael Baker, Emeritus Professor Richard Bedford, Rose Kahaki, Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, and others.....
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Maori Go To Court Over Levin Earthworks
Local Maori are challenging unconsented earthworks by Horowhenua District Council at Kowhai Park Recreational Reserve in Levin.

The legal challenge is on the grounds the work extends across waahi tapu and related sites of significance.

In an affidavit to the Environment Court, Vivienne Taueki of MuaUpoko hapu Ngati Tamarangi said the pipeline construction at Queen Street drain should be prohibited until the council has obtained a resource consent and complied with statutes and regulations affecting sites of significance to Maori......
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25  June  2018

Te Maru o Kaituna celebrates new Kaituna River Document
The new Kaituna River Document has been launched and celebrated by Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority today.

Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority Chairman Dean Flavell said that the Kaituna River and its tributaries are considered taonga (treasures) by both iwi and the community and are valued resources for the Bay of Plenty.

"Many people and organisations are investing a significant amount of time, effort and money over the coming 10 years to help care for the land, water and wildlife in the Kaituna catchment and Maketū Estuary.

"This document will guide local government, iwi and the wider community in their work together to protect and preserve the Kaituna River and its tributaries. It represents a culmination of input from the Kaituna community," Mr Flavell said.

The document, Kaituna, he taonga tuku iho - a treasure handed down, is an outcome of the Tapuika Claims Settlement Act 2014.
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Iwi to build predator-free fence from coast-to-coast
​A predator-free fence stretching from coast-to-coast is to be built near the tip of the North Island.

Northland iwi Ngāti Kuri has revealed its plans to build the $1.2 million fence just south of Cape Reinga.

The fence will run from near the Te Paki sand-dunes on the west coast, to near Te Hapua on the east coast, spanning nearly 8.5 kilometres.

Ngāti Kuri trustee Sheridan Waitai said it would help protect an isolated area which was home to many endemic species, including insects and trees.

She said the fence would keep pests like possums, rats, mice and stoats out of the area.

The village of Te Hapua will be inside the fence, which will also have to cross State Highway One......
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24  June  2018

From the BreakingViews archives by Michael Coote
Key leaves lingering racist legacy
Few other politicians have done more to create conditions ripe for the destruction of racial equality

Gone- by- Monday Prime Minister John Key shrewdly picked a retirement date amenable for collecting one of those New Year’s honour knighthoods he personally reinstated.

Mr Key’s timing is opportune for him, not least because of the gathering catastrophe for New Zealand democracy he has engineered but can now slough parliamentary accountability for. 

In 2017 the bitter fruits of the Key government’s wrongheaded Maori policies will become much more apparent. 

Few other politicians in modern history can have done more than Mr Key to create conditions ripe for the destruction of racial equality in this country.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson comes close, but ultimately Mr Key bears the greater responsibility.

The problem goes back to Mr Key’s decision to enlist the racialist Maori Party to help prop up National-led minority governments.

With the Maori Party came its puppet-master the Iwi Chairs Forum, a corporate Maori organisation......
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December 15, 2016

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23  June  2018

Rural Ngāpuhi whānau to receive special delivery
The initiative is part of the Rural Regeneration programme and partnership between the Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi and Te Puni Kōkiri to provide practical help and support to vulnerable Ngāpuhi whānau living in the rural areas of the Hokianga, Horeke, Otaua, Waima and Tautoro.

Established in January 2017, the programme has already helped 20 whānau with homes in need of urgent and essential repairs and created opportunities to help them address immediate health and social needs.

So far more than 200 fruit trees, such as such as orange, lemon, mandarin, feijoa, plum and apple trees, have been distributed with another 200 to be delivered over coming weeks.

Some of the assistance provided to whānau as part of the programme has included:

* Repairing leaking roofs

* Remedying inadequate clean water supply

* Upgrading electrical to be safe & compliant

* Installing sewerage system and flush toilets

* Replacing failed septic tanks

* Installing hot water systems.....
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New life breathed into the Te Hiku o Te Ika
Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, and Minister for Maori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, have today met with senior leadership from Te Hiku o Te Ika Iwi and other Government Ministers to show their renewed commitment to the Te Hiku – Crown Social Accord.

Signed in 2013 by four Iwi of Te Hiku and the then Prime Minister, the Te Hiku – Crown Social Accord was established to improve the social development and wellbeing of whānau, hapū and iwi of Te Hiku o Te Ika.

The Te Hiku Social Accord was negotiated as part of the Te Hiku/Far North Iwi Treaty Settlement legislation; placing iwi at the decision-making table alongside government agencies that invest in social services, education, and justice......
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Heretaunga Tamatea Claims Settlement Bill
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has welcomed and acknowledged rangatira of Heretaunga Tamatea iwi who attended Parliament today to hear the third reading of their Treaty settlement legislation.

“This is an important occasion for the Crown and Heretaunga Tamatea as we see this legislation passed and the Heretaunga Tamatea Treaty settlement concluded. In the 1840s and 50s the Crown acquired land in Heretaunga Tamatea’s rohe using deception and secrecy. These actions contributed directly to the economic and social marginalisation of Heretaunga Tamatea.

“At $100 million in financial and commercial redress and with a further $5 million directed toward the sustainability of Te Aute College, this is the fifth largest Treaty settlement to date. The benefits of the Heretaunga Tamatea settlement will be felt, particularly in Hawke’s Bay, in this generation and in future generations as Heretaunga Tamatea roll out their plans in the near and long term. I understand this includes a grant of $1.1 million each to their 23 marae as part of a cultural revitalisation programme.

“Amongst the redress provided for past breaches of the Treaty is the gift to Heretaunga Tamatea of the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve and the Cape Kidnappers Nature Reserve. Both reserves will be gifted back to the Crown for all New Zealanders. This arrangement acknowledges the importance of these sites to Heretaunga Tamatea and recognises the unique and enduring partnership between Māori and the Crown.

“The Heretaunga Tamatea settlement includes an agreed historical account, a Crown apology and commercial and cultural redress. The passing of this legislation marks the full and final settlement of all historical claims of Heretaunga Tamatea,” says Andrew Little.....
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Free workshops to boost Māori business
Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta says free business workshops launched today are an exciting new tool to boost the Māori economy and accelerate whānau prosperity.

Pakihi, a programme that will deliver 200 free workshops across 25 locations was launched in the Waikato this morning.

“Pakihi is a new series of free workshops and mentoring designed to help Māori businesses move forward, flourish and succeed.
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Kelvin Davis to take new Crown/Māori partnership to Cabinet in July
But in the future Davis hopes to see a partnership between Māori and all the various government agencies, which doesn't require him needing to be the go-between.

A start will be acknowledging the 7000 post-Treaty settlement commitments made by the Crown that nobody has been monitoring.

If that can be achieved Davis says Māori will start to feel like "fully-contributing members of society".

"We just want to be part of New Zealand, but still be Māori."....
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22  June  2018

Calls for equal recognition of rongoā Māori in healthcare
A terminally ill woman is calling for greater access to Māori healing methods saying they've helped to keep her alive for years longer than doctors expected.

But University of Auckland researcher Erena Wikaire, who's doing her PhD on rongoa Māori, says there is demand for it, and the health system needs to be more open.

Mrs Filia has a claim in the Waitangi Tribunal's health inquiry calling for equal recognition of rongoā Māori......
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Birth education programme based on Māori practices is launched in Taranaki
Antenatal classes based on kaupapa Māori practices and principles are being offered to Māori women and their whānau around Taranaki.

Hapū Wānanga is a pilot birth education programme to help pregnant women better understand pregnancy, birth and raising tamariki.

It was developed in the Waikato, where it had improved various child and maternal health outcomes......
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Call for New Zealand's colonial history to be more widely taught in high school
While Ball says compulsion is not the answer, he says finding a way to convince more schools the importance of teaching New Zealand's history is necessary.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins said schools design their own curriculum and there is a lot of content around New Zealand history that can be taught.

"I think we could do better - I haven't seen any evidence that we're exemplary in this regard, but I think that's a question of making sure we provide better resources for schools rather than compulsion.....
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Is an independent body needed to monitor post-Treaty spend?
The government is not responsible for measuring whether conditional Treaty Settlement objectives are being met post-payment. Both government and the National Party say responsibility lies with recipients but Treaty Expert Dr Carwyn Jones is asking whether a separate body is needed to hold them accountable to beneficiaries.

The Government says onus for post-settlement spending is in the hands of recipients.....
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The Manawatū-Wanganui Regional Council has voted to add an 'h' to the spelling of its name.
The council, known as Horizons Regional Council, adopted the change as part of its long-term plan which was approved today.

Its application to the Geographic Board to change the region's name will also include adding a macron above the 'u' in Manawatū.....
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Te reo Māori wins out in naming of street in British-themed Wellington suburb
A Wellington suburb known for its distinctly Churchillian street names has broken with almost 70 years of tradition in favour of te reo Māori.

On Wednesday, Wellington City Council voted in favour of naming a new Crofton Downs street after native New Zealand bird the pihipihi (silvereye).

The decision, which received unanimous council support, delighted members of the Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents' Association who first suggested using Māori flora and fauna names....
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Top ERO reports for Hawke's Bay Kindergartens
The ERO report identified that the kindergarten was "highly inclusive and culturally responsive practice was well embedded".

"Te Ao Maori is woven naturally throughout the programme. The language, culture
and identity of Maori children are cherished. With their whanau, children successfully lead tikanga Maori," it said.....
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Heart of Wellington now Te Ngākau Civic Square
Wellington's civic heart will have a te reo name, gifted by iwi.

Civic Square, wedged between Wellington City Council headquarters, Wellington public library, the City Gallery and waterfront, will now be named Te Ngākau.

The decision, voted unanimously by council on Thursday morning, means the square's full name will be Te Ngākau Civic Square......
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21  June  2018

New $300k fund launched to celebrate suffrage in NZ
People working on projects based on women’s equality are being urged to apply for funding to celebrate 125 years since New Zealand women won the right to vote.

Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter launched the $300,000 contestable fund today.

"Women's history matters and it is important that Aotearoa New Zealand celebrates our unique milestone as the first country where women fought for and won the right for all women to vote," she says.

“A particular focus will be on Māori and Pacific women," says Genter.....
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Te Henga marae will be 'the heart' of Te Kawerau ā Maki
An Auckland iwi is celebrating the council's decision to transfer land in Te Henga so a marae can be built.

Auckland Council's finance and performance committee voted on Tuesday to give Te Kawerau ā Maki the land at 240a Bethells Rd, Te Henga, to build a marae and papakāinga housing.

Iwi chief executive Edward Ashby said it had been a long time coming and the iwi was very pleased with the decision.....
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Maui Tikitiki-a-Taranga - a special place at Parliament
There’s no doubt that you are approaching a special place as you near Maui Tikitiki-a-Taranga, the Maori Affairs select committee room.

The impressive carved entrance draws you towards the room. The carvings show the legends and stories of Wellington Region tangata whenua, Te Ati Awa, and of Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington Harbour).

The room is centrally located at Parliament. This prominent location reflects the room’s mana as the place where the Maori Affairs Select Committee discusses and deliberates on issues, law, and policy.....
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Maori and Pasifika principals face racism at work – survey
While Mr Ferris agreed there should be programmes informing school employees of appropriate communication, he believes the solution will come from education on Maori culture.

“Every teacher effectively looks after 98 percent of the children in this country. If every teacher took it upon themselves to teach cultural responsiveness, sensitivity, cultural growth and sustainability around te reo Maori, around Maori. Within that generation we could effectively be free of this.”

This education, according to Mr Ferris, would allow New Zealanders of all races to understand “the true nature of Maori”.

Nevertheless, Mr Ferris wants to see New Zealand teach its children how to speak te reo Maori, which he explained will help educate everyone on Maori culture and allow non-Maori to take pride in their country’s heritage.

“What I’d like to see is a country where every person spoke te reo Maori.

“I absolutely believe Maori and non-Maori can get along a whole lot better if that happened.”....
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20  June  2018

Law firm pledges to speak te reo Māori to clients
A Wellington law firm has set an ambitious goal to have all its staff members able to speak te reo Māori to its clients.

Kahui Legal is the first law firm and private organisation in the country to sign up for a 'Reo Plan' with the Māori Language Commission.

It's making a pledge to strengthen Māori pronunciation and support staff to take lessons outside of work.

When you walk into the firm, the receptionists greet you with "kia ora" and, if you're lucky, you will hear the staff practising waiata.

The lawyers also send out weekly Māori whakataukī or proverbs - but associate Matewai Tukapua said they wanted to take their reo even further.
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Waitangi museum to honour the Māori Battalion
A major new museum is to be built on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in honour of the 28th Māori Battalion.

Details, including the cost and design, have yet to be finalised, but finance is already committed from the government's Provincial Growth Fund. It is scheduled to open on Waitangi Day 2020.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said the museum was part of the coalition agreement between New Zealand First and Labour.....
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19  June  2018

Koha and apartheid discussed at MP meeting
In regards to Maori, Todd says the impacts of history must be dealt with today.

“Our history is cloaked in the Treaty of Waitangi not being upheld across the country. It has caused material hardship for people over generations, for those who had their land confiscated.

“It is not good for the country to have these outstanding claims, and New Zealand in 2018 has to have Maori and Pakeha both at the table.”......
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Thames-Coromandel mayor seeks iwi partnership to fix housing shortage
The Mayor of Thames-Coromandel says their town is facing a housing shortage that needs to be addressed immediately. Sandra Goudie says she's reached out to local iwi to partner with them to build affordable housing.

Goudie means business about helping her town she says has a housing crisis.
“We're desperate for the housing,” she said.

“We've got a housing shortage just like everybody else. Rental shortage, just like everybody else. So we need to get something cracking as soon as we can.”

This council land next to the local Pārāwai Primary School has been offered to Ngāti Maru in a partnership proposal to build much-needed homes.......
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Tamati Coffey called out over Chinese-owned water bottling company given Government go-ahead to expand
"Minister [Kelvin] Davis is now working through the issues around iwi water rights. No decisions have yet been made and I will be keeping all local iwi updated on this process.....
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Compass Health celebrates Matariki with Māori Health strategy launch and rebrand
Matariki celebrations this week signal the launch of our Māori Health strategy. As part of that strategy, Compass Health is also adopting a Māori identity to accompany the Compass Health name.

From Friday 15th June, Compass Health will be known as Tū Ora Compass Health.

For staff this might mean improving Tikanga in the workplace, learning waiata and basic te reo to ensure pronunciation is correct. Cultural training opportunities are now available to all staff with additional support to network practices in this area.....
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Almost $19 million awarded to Otago researchers
Meanwhile, Senior Lecturer at the Māori Indigenous Health Institute at the University of Otago, Christchurch, Dr Cameron Lacey, will investigate pathways to first episode psychosis and outcomes in Māori.

Dr Lacey says there is some evidence for Māori having increased prevalence and worse outcomes following diagnosis of a psychotic disorder. However, little is known about the factors contributing to these inequities or strategies to reduce them. He receives $618,336 for the two-year project.....
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18  June  2018

From the NZCPR archives by David Round
The Enemy of Nationhood
....Tribalism is the enemy of nationhood. The flying of a Maori sovereignty flag on our national day may be looked upon as a meaningless gesture by those for whom nothing is sacred, and who see our own flag only as a meaningless bit of cloth. They ‘know the price of everything and the value of nothing’.

But Maori sovereignty enthusiasts do not see it as an empty gesture, and neither should anyone else. It is an insult to those who serve and love our nation’s flag, for no other flag can be as good, and Maori sovereignty and division is the enemy of the one new Zealand nation of our very own flag. There may be arguments as to what ‘exactly’ Maori sovereignty means. One radical will claim it is one thing, another another. But this at least is perfectly clear ~ that it means that those who fly it do not want to be part of the same nation the rest of us are in. They will continue to want the funding of course. But for the rest, they consider those outside the tribe to be ~ what were Hone Harawira’s words again? ~ just people to be used, exploited and at the same time hated. We have to be grateful to Hone ~ which is more than he is to us, of course, for the manifold blessings of European civilisation ~ in that at least he reminds us of what we are up against. He is the true voice of the Maori party. No other voice is possible.

Dr Brash was absolutely right when he made his wonderful Orewa speech, and Phil Goff was absolutely right when he recently similarly warned of the dangers of racial division. It is a depressing indication of the madness now an unquestioned part of our national life that those calling for racial equality and respect for the rights of all, including the foreshore and seabed as our common heritage, are automatically condemned as racist. New Zealand is indeed a deeply racist country. But the racism lies in a race-based political party, racially-selected Parliamentary seats and members, a special racial electoral roll, race based sports teams, schools and units within schools, television stations, government departments, trusts and financial assistance galore, legal recognition of racial privilege, treaty indoctrination on every conceivable occasion. Universities now have special Maori graduations. No public ceremony in our secular country is complete without Maori elders and karakia. Every new appointee in the public service is welcomed with a powhiri…..None of this is diminishing. It is growing. We are not working towards becoming one nation. We are walking in completely the opposite direction.

And not only is this racial distinction growing, it is absolutely.....

Read David’s full article HERE  
December 12, 2009 

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17  June  2018

From the NZCPR archives by Dr Muriel Newman
Crime – it’s about demography not race
.....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......
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October 9, 2011

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16  June  2018

Academics claim Pākehā bicultural interactions with Māori are destructive
Academics claim while Pākehā bicultural interactions with Māori can be seen to strengthen the culture, it's instead potentially destroying and destructive. Melissa Derby of Ngāti Ranginui and Professor of history Paul Moon spent years observing practices carried out on marae that feed into interactions between Māori and Pākehā.

The result is a research paper called Playing Cultures that looks at Pākehā roles in bicultural interactions with Māori. The pair took a particular interest in the power dynamics between the two cultures.

Speaking to Kawekōrero, Dirby says, "One of the conclusions that we drew is that, we as Māori are at a very risky time culturally now, our culture is being appropriated left, right, and centre by Pākehā and it's doing a lot of damage and potentially destroying our culture."....
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Environmental groups, Ngāti Kurī push for Kermadec sanctuary
Environmental groups and Ngāti Kurī met Parliamentarians today in the hopes to spur new support for the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill.

World Wildlife Fund, Pew and Forest and Bird representatives gathered early Tuesday morning on Parliament lawns to campaign for the protection of New Zealand ocean.

Protesters awaited MPs in the rain till the afternoon to gift 120 vials of lapel pins containing special drops of ocean water collected from the Kermadec Islands.

They were meet with strong support from Labour, National and Green Party Members. But a no-show from NZ First who previously opposed the sanctuary’s 100% fishing ban.....
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NZ govt seeks to close pay gap for Māori, Pasifika
New Zealand's Minister for Women says she's seeking to close the pay gap for Pasifika and Māori women.

Julie Anne Genter was speaking at a meeting of parliament's Social Services and Community Committee.

Ms Genter said the lowest paid women, and the most vulnerable and discriminated-against women, need to be prioritised.

She questioned the value of closing the pay gap for Pakeha women while not closing it for Māori and Pasifika women.....
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Māori and Pasifika principals report discrimination
A survey of primary school leaders has found that a significant sample of Māori and Pasifika participants have experienced discrimination at work on the basis of their ethnicity.

The Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey found that 27% reported that their ethnicity had been a source of relationship tension during the past 12 months, and 25.8% reported discrimination at work on the basis of their ethnicity. This compares with 8.5-8.9% of non-Māori leaders experiencing tension or discrimination due to their ethnicity.....
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15  June  2018

Governance of 90 Mile Beach in limbo due to 'embarrassing' tribal stoush
Four Far North iwi are at loggerheads with one another over the territorial rights of 90 Mile Beach

The famous coastline was handed back to Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kuri and Ngāi Takoto as part of the Waitangi Settlement deal to co-govern with local government in 2015.

Three years on and with the exception of setting up governance board - iwi and local government haven't been able to make progress.

Far North District Councillor and Deputy Board Chair Mate Radich, tried to pass a motion to stop the meetings until the iwi sort out their problems.

"It's a complete shambles, it's the four iwi involved they just don't trust each other they just don't like each other and they just don't like either iwi telling them what to do," he said.

The crown gave each iwi $137,500 for Māori translation signage and regeneration activities. The governance board was given $400,000.

Consultants had been brought in and failed leaving the board with a $28,000 bill. Other funds have been spent on transporting board members to what is being described as "useless meetings".

"What worries me is we are gonna keep on going having these meetings and that money is going to be eroded all for nothing," says Mr Radich.....
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Te Tauihu policy first step towards Wellington becoming te reo Māori capital
Wellington's Civic Square is set to become the heart of the te reo Māori capital.

Wellington City Council will launch its te reo policy – Te Tauihu – on Thursday, with the goal of becoming a te reo Māori city by 2040.

In honour of the move, iwi have gifted the name Te Ngākau (the heart) for the civic area.

The policy will see bilingual welcome signs created for the city, as well as dual names for the Town Belt and Botanic Gardens.

There were no plans to make all street names bilingual, but some needed to be corrected and te reo would take preference for all new names.

The policy aims to make te reo a core part of Wellington's identity by ensuring it is widely seen, heard and spoken in the capital......
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Ōpōtiki vote to officially correct spelling from Opotiki
The Ōpōtiki District Council have voted to officially correct the spelling of their district, after the Land Information database holds the name Opotiki, without macrons.....
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14  June  2018

Cultural factors key to health of older Māori
New research from Massey University and the University of Auckland suggests more focus in the health sector is needed to foster culturally appropriate food practices for older Māori that may lead to less hospitalisations and lower mortality rates.

New Zealanders aged over 80 years are the fastest growing population group and are predicted to increase six-fold by 2050.

Māori comprise 14 per cent of the total population – two per cent of those are aged over 80 years and the age group is increasing faster than the non-Māori octogenarian population.

Dr Wham says further work is needed to raise awareness among primary health professionals and foster partnerships with local Māori community organisations.

“Interventions to improve the nutrition status of older Māori need to be based on a holistic Māori worldview. Indeed, the importance of language and culture and being able to access traditional foods are associated with lower nutrition risk in older Māori. A multifaceted approach, including education of the health workforce, may be needed to ensure culturally appropriate food practices are met.”.....
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New forestry scholarship launched
A new forestry scholarship has been launched at National Fieldays today by Forestry Ministers Shane Jones and Meka Whaitiri.

The new scholarship aims to grow the capability of the forestry sector and increase the number of women and Māori in the industry.

“The new scholarship – Ngā Karapihi Uru Rākau – provides $8,000 a year to Māori and female students enrolling in either a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering at the University of Canterbury,” Shane Jones said......
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13  June  2018

Landowner rejects wāhi taonga claim as Maori lore was 'contrary to the bible'
A farmer opposed to having his land classed as wāhi taonga has told a court that claims made by Maori were "suspect and false in entirety" and contrary to the bible, which he said was "divinely inspired" and "incontestably true".

Hawke's Bay farmer Peter Raikes made his comments in the Environment Court during an appeal by a Hawke's Bay iwi group opposing the proposed district plan of Hastings District Council.
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New wheels for Kōhanga Reo
Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust has announced 13 kōhanga reo are set to receive brand new vans.

In 2017, former Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell secured $5mil in funding specifically for kōhanga reo.

This is the first year that funding has come into play.

The brand new 12-seater vans come equipped with a three-year petrol allowance and insurance - each package is worth almost $74,000.....
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Purau residents and Rapaki Runaga at odds over reserve
Gifting a former Maori burial ground to local runanga is an ill-considered act of privatisation, says the Purau Residents Association.

There have been ongoing discussions about returning ownership and management of Purau Maori Reserve over the past century and in December last year the local hapu Ngati Wheke asked the city council to explore the option.

But association spokesman Thomas Kulpe questioned whether gifting the land was the right step.

While it was understandable the runanga would seek ownership, he said, it was only because the city council had “done nothing” to recognise and protect the area from inappropriate use such as eating, drinking and playing games.

The whole of the Purau area had history which was not just “private to Maori” but a common, shared history, he argued.

“To rob ‘Peter’ (of a public reserve) and hand it to Maori just because Ngai Tahu has a lot of political influence is not right,” said Mr Kulpe.....
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12  June  2018

From the NZCPR archives by Frank Newman
The beaches are becoming battlegrolund
...The use of rahui becomes more of an issue in the context of the 580 claims by iwi/hapu regarding the ownership of the marine and coastal area. Of these, 380 claims have been referred to the Minister of Treaty Negotiations who will decide whether customary rights exist.

The Minister is likely to ask for public submissions on each of the claims that are accepted for consideration, although the Minister alone will decide and there is no appeal process. The other 200 claims have been referred to the High Court. In those cases, those who file a Notice of Appearance as an interested party (and pay $110 per claim) can be involved in the court process and have the right of appeal.

The claims cover the entire New Zealand coastline and the seabed extending out 12 nautical miles from the coast to the edge of the Territorial Sea. In most cases there are multiple competing claims for the same area. In essence, the claims are for ownership and absolute and uninterrupted rights to extract the resources (shellfish, fish, minerals, etc), impose levies, restrict access, and so on.

The applicants appear to be claiming ownership on the grounds that they have occupied the area in accordance with tikanga since before 1840, and they have used and occupied the area from 1840 to the present day without substantial interruption. The statutory test of “exclusive” use and occupation is likely to be a critical point of legal debate in this current round of claims.

Unfortunately court rulings on the matter of aboriginal title have been contradictory and political interference has added to the confusion. The end result is the current legal gravy train where a multitude of lawyers are extracting eye-watering fees, funded by taxpayers.

All of this works against those who wish to have a say in the process. It is very difficult to find the detail of the claims, and a layperson would find it impossible. To find the claims one must first obtain the case (CIV) reference number from your local council (and in our case our local council was not able to provide all of the CIVs) and then contact the High Court and ask for the claim details.

Something that could be very easily posted on a website by the local council or the High Court, isn’t.

This issue is important. If you think access to beaches and harbours will remain freely available as they are now, then think again. It will be at the whim of the Maori owners whether there is a rahui in place and you too will be confronted by an individual saying, “Clear off…You can’t swim here, you can’t fish here, you can’t play on the beach, so get out of here”......
Read Frank Newman’s full NZCPR guest commentary HERE
January 22,2018

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11  June  2018

Māori broadcasters unite for future of industry
The Māori media sector is banding together to ensure Māori content and language keeps pace with changes in the industry.

Set-up by Te Māngai Pāho, new industry group Te Pae Tawhiti aims to be in the same space as consumers given technology is at their fingertips.

It's a collective approach and new direction for the survival of Māori media.

"We know our youth consume and search everything on iPads, mobile devices and computers so this is the space being targeted," says Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta......
See full article HERE

More Māori are studying to be doctors
The University of Otago has never seen so many Māori students studying to be doctors, new research from the New Zealand Medical Journal shows.

Māori students studying a professional health science programme between 2010 and 2016 rose from 138 to 309. For Pacific students, numbers increased from 57 to 126......
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9  June  2018

Egmont not part of Taranaki personality
Taranaki iwi are keen to see the name Egmont disappear.

Lead negotiator Jasmie Tuuta says the name change for the mountain and Egmont National Park is part of discussions with the crown.

Since 1986 the New Zealand Geographic Board has officially maintained Mt Taranaki and Mt Egmont as interchangeable names for the maunga.

The eight iwi are also keen to see the mountain become a legal personality with the same protections as a citizen, similar to the status given to the Whanganui River in 2017.

Mr Tuuta says as well as negotisating with the crown, Nga Iwi o Taranaki negotiators are talking with Taranaki whanau, hapu and iwi about what sort of joint management structures they want to see that reflects a whole of mountain strategy regarding all activity on Mt Taranaki.
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Maori growing bananas on research
Commercial banana growing in Tairawhiti, validating a food safety framework for Ngai Tahu’s mahinga kai food gathering areas and a climate change strategy for Te Arawa are among the 34 projects funded in the latest round of the Te Punaha Hihiko: Vision Matauranga Capability Fund.

The fund administered by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment spends up to $4 million a year on projects that bring together Maori with research organisations.

Projects must advance indigenous innovation, help with environmental sustainability, improve health or social wellbeing or otherwise explore indigenous knowledge.

Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says the contribution Maori make to the research, science and innovation sectors is distinctive and essential to the growth of New Zealand....
See full article HERE
Further information on the above here > Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund proposals approved for funding are listed below:

Iwi close to agreement on cash and compo package connected to $200m roading project
A Taranaki iwi is close to securing agreement regarding a cash and compensation package related to a $200 million roading proposal which cuts through a swathe of its ancestral land.

The deal, as it currently stands, includes a land swap involving a 120 hectare section, a cash payment, environmental mitigation measures and a commitment to training, work or business opportunities for Ngāti Tama which might arise from the roading project.

The need for direct consultation with Ngāti Tama arises from the fact a section of its land, known as Parininihi, is affected by the New Zealand Transport Agency's (NZTA) proposed 5.2 kilometre bypass at Mt Messenger, work which includes a bridge and tunnel.

The whenua (land) was vested to the iwi following its 2003 Treaty of Waitangi deal......
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New Māori branding for NZ Fire and Emergency services
Fire and emergency services attended over 75,000 call-outs within the last two years, which has lead them to search for more recruits.

Māori adviser to the Fire and Emergency services, Piki Thomas says, “There is only a small percentage of women and Māori within the service which is why we are extending the invitation to our families to get involved with the fire and emergency services.”

The Rotorua division of Fire and Emergency NZ has just rebranded a truck and signs with the Māori language to celebrate Rotorua being the first bilingual town in New Zealand- with the hope of attracting more Māori into the industry.....
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No more liquor shops and bars in south Auckland, Māori wardens say
Māori wardens are putting up a fight against more liquor stores and bars opening in south Auckland.

Warden David Rātu has gone so far as to lodge a claim to include a Treaty of Waitangi clause into the country's liquor laws.

"Enough is enough," the warden from Turehou Māori Wardens Ki Ōtara Trust says.....
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8  June  2018

Government engages Māori on environmental issues
She told about 20 iwi members that the forum, the first of its kind, would provide an opportunity for the government to both engage directly with tangata whenua on issues such as freshwater management, climate change and oil and gas exploration.

Mahuta said the issue of freshwater and water quality was also an important conversation to be had with iwi.

She is in discussion with other ministers about Māori rights and interests in freshwater and how the government engages with Māori on water-related issues.

Mahuta, who is also the minister for Māori development and local government, said the government would not be able to achieve any of its environmental policies without building a strong and enduring relationship with Māori.

"It is a good example of how this government wants to work with Māori moving from the negotiating table to a true partnership."....
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Forestry projects get Government boost
Northland forestry projects which will create jobs and sustainable developments have been given a helping hand by the Government.

Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) and the Ngāti Hine Forestry Trust have signed a joint venture agreement to plant and manage around 3,600 hectares of pine trees on the trust's land. Up to 465 hectares of mānuka will also be planted, which would provide work experience for young people......
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Māori wards campaign wraps up until next time
The coalition formed to promote Māori wards for the Palmerston North City Council and Manawatū District Council is disbanding after decisive poll results preventing Māori seats from being created.

Kia Kotahi Mai has settled its final bills, and will donate just over $1000 left over to former New Plymouth mayor and Māori wards campaigner Andrew Judd.....
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Sir Bob Jones files defamation action against petition creator
Sir Bob Jones has filed defamation proceedings against the woman who started a petition calling for his knighthood to be revoked after he penned a controversial column earlier this year.

He filed defamation papers against Renae Maihi in Wellington on Wednesday, according to NZME.

Sir Bob threatened legal action shortly after the petition surfaced online.....
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Wellington Mayor supports Matariki replacing Queen's Birthday holiday
Wellington's Mayor is throwing his weight behind calls for Matariki to become a public holiday.

Mayor Justin Lester suggests the Māori New Year could replace the Queen's Birthday holiday, which was not meaningful for many who saw it as just a day off.

Last year Wellington City Council cancelled its 2018 Guy Fawkes Sky Show, moving the fireworks display to Matariki on July 7......
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Horowhenua Council’s Secret Payout
The Horowhenua Council’s Chief Executive confidentially agreed to provide nearly a million dollars to Te Runanga o Raukawa provided it did not object to a wastewater scheme.

Chief executive David Clapperton made the confidential agreement to provide at least $880,500 to Te Runanga o Raukawa on the proviso the Runanga withdraw its objection to council’s resource consent application to make discharges from the Foxton Waste Water Treatment Plant to Matakarapa Island.

A leaked copy of the September 2017 draft agreement states that Te Runanga o Raukawa (TRoR), “will withdraw their submissions to Horizons [regional council and] the Environment Court in respect of proceedings within 5 working days of TRoR signing this agreement.”....
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7  June  2018

NZ minister says future budgets may offer more for Pasifika and Maori
New Zealand's Finance Minister has told a gathering of Pasifika and Maori business people they can expect more assistance in future budgets.

On Tuesday, Grant Robertson attended a post-Budget brunch with members of Wellington's Maori and Pasifika business networks.

Mr Robertson told them that his first budget, released last month, was about rebuilding critical public services.

He said the government's Families Package would assist those most in need and that would include a large proportion of Maori and Pasifika communities.

However he said more assistance would follow over the next few years.....
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Neither Levin nor Taitoko officially recognised as names for this town
Levin or Taitoko? Debate surfaced last week over what to call the Horowhenua town.

It turns out, the Government does not officially recognise either name.

For the past 130 years, Levin has been widely regarded as the town's name, but it appears no-one ever got around to assigning it.

According to the New Zealand Geographic Board - the government body for place names - Levin was not the town's official name and neither was Taitoko.

Board secretary Wendy Shaw said there was historical reference to the name Taitoko but more research would be required to confirm it as the original Māori name.

Because Levin was not an official name, other names such as Taitoko could be used, Shaw said.......
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6  June  2018

Possible name change ahead for mountain's new legal personality, national park
A new way to refer to Taranaki's most notable landmark and its national park could be on the cards.

Mt Taranaki is currently the subject of Treaty of Waitangi negotiations between all eight iwi of the region and the Crown.

Last December the parties signed Te Anga Pūtakerongo or the Record of Understanding, which is helping guide the talks.

Part of that agreement will see the mountain become a legal personality, a process which gives it the same protections as a citizen. Similar rights were given to the Whanganui River in 2017.

Jamie Tuuta, lead negotiator of Ngā Iwi o Taranaki (the formal name of the eight member group) said talks with the Crown towards a deed of collective redress were continuing and a decision had yet to be made regarding any name for the mountain's legal personality or any change in moniker for the Egmont National Park.

"But we can confirm it is part of our discussions with the Crown," he said in a written statement.....
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A culturally-responsive lens
Maori mythological figures whose characteristics reflect human behaviours have been integrated as part of Cobham School’s raft of programmes with outstanding results.

Enhancement in which atua are arranged on a spectrum. Each atua has a dual nature. Maui’s characteristics include daring and cleverness but he can also be mischievous, a trickster. Ruamoko, the god of earthquakes and volcanoes, is “grumbly” but he does not like injustices while Tumatauenga, the god of war is a destructor but also a strategist and analyst......
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5  June  2018

From the NZCPR archives by Paul Moon
Cannibalism too unpalatable for some
I recall a fellow academic approaching me when I started writing the book, and warning me that I was putting my career in jeopardy by tackling this subject. At first, I dismissed the caution, but when others began making similar comments, I came around to the view that I would be risking my integrity as an historian by being bullied into silence.

Then the attacks came, and in several forms. I am sure many of the people who have complained about the book have yet to read it, but this has not stopped them rushing to judgement and making all sorts of shrill accusations about its contents.

First, there were the emails and often anonymous phone messages, accusing me of all sorts of sins for having researched and written about Maori cannibalism. This was followed by the Rawiri Taonui, a lecturer from Canterbury University , suggesting that I was “demonising” Maori, and that my book was a “return to Victorian values”. In the process, he ignored the vast amount scholarship and research that went to make the book, and instead descended to name-calling by way of a response to my arguments. It was all sound and fury signifying very little.

Then Human Rights Commission dipped its toe into this acrid pool and considered the merits of a letter of complaint made about the book. The Commission’s response was to suggest I enter into mediation. Like Kafka’s Josef K., I found myself being considered increasingly guilty, even though I do not know what precisely I am meant to be guilty of. In this instance, I politely refused the offer.

And here is where the book-burners come in........
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4  June  2018

From the NZCPR archives by Dr Muriel Newman
Agendas and demands
Over the years Waitangi Day has changed from being a celebration of the birth of our nation, when two peoples were united as one, to becoming a grievance day for tribal activists pursuing their Maori sovereignty agenda.

Their demands include everything from the ownership of fresh water, to a new Treaty-based constitution. They want the Maori seats in Parliament to be entrenched, and Maori seats in local government to be guaranteed. They are calling for co-governance rights across all Government agencies – including reserved Maori seats on the new Teaching Council. And they want more taxpayers’ funding for programmes leading to self determination.

For some, their ultimate goal is Maori ownership of New Zealand – as expressed by Tuhoe leader Tamati Krugar in a speech just before Christmas, when he said, “In the distant future there may no longer be Europeans living in Aotearoa, because Europeans live in Europe. That, maybe, in a long distance, the only people you find in Aotearoa are tangata whenua…”

While such talk is fanciful, we shouldn’t forget that thanks to the actions of naive and spineless politicians, who have appeased discontent instead of challenging it, many of the extremist ambitions of iwi leaders are now coming to fruition. Not so long ago goals like the ownership and control of New Zealand’s coastline would have regarded as being so far-fetched as to be laughable – as laughable as the comments above by Mr Krugar. But with our coastline standing on the verge of falling into tribal hands, it is certainly no laughing matter now.

The reality is that the pathway to iwi goals is travelled in small incremental steps rather than giant strides. One such step is........
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3  June  2018

Council reaches Aquatic Centre management decision
Elected members have today voted to progress outsourcing management of the Rotorua Aquatic Centre, with some conditions.

Councillors voted 8 - 3 in favour of outsourcing management of the facility with the following conditions:

- that an exit provision at Council’s discretion to cancel its contract; and
- include stronger engagement with community groups, sports clubs, stakeholders, iwi and a stronger bicultural approach to management....
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Playground celebrates Maori stories
Rotorua Lakes Council and its partner Te Tatau o Te Arawa are turning the playground in Rotorua’s Government Gardens into a bilingual Maori language zone.

Park goers will be encouraged to use te reo Maori, and bilingual signage and interactive games will be peppered across the space.....
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Farmers are the ‘new Maori’
Farmers are the ‘new Maori’, says Mananui Ramsden, the cultural land management advisor for the Selwyn Te Waihora zone in the Environment Canterbury region.

He said ECan defines mahinga kai as “what sustains and nourishes the human body – clean water, clean kai, clean air, sufficient shelter, access to and being able to gather kai as our ancestors did, in a sustainable way for future generations”.

Mahinga kai is about education and development, he said.

“It’s about a reciprocal relationship. It’s not about Ngai Tahu wanting to come in and stamp their authority on your land, take a percentage of your income or anything like that. It’s about food, it’s about mana, it’s about us a people. We’re here to help each other, not to be divisive.”
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Kahungunu Craggy Range deal costs $1.5mil
"Craggy Range were going to buy the whole lot anyway and they were going to do what they wanted and we would've been spectators, so the whole cost of it was up to $2 million dollars, between $1.5 and $2 million. I came in and said 'we want to take hold of this and we want to be part of the settlement rather than part of the spectatorship' so now we are, we have a hand in it and can control it," says Tomoana.....
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Te Arawa River Trust awaits results of SFO investigation
The Te Arawa River Iwi Trust is responsible for restoring the upper Waikato River.

As part of its 2010 Treaty settlement, the trust receives $1million a year for 20 years through the Ministry for the Environment, to care for the Waikato River.....
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1  June  2018

Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki and council collaborate to preserve river
Hapū based in Wellington are launching a new video campaign which looks at sustainable water quality through mahinga kai. Ngā Hapū of Ōtaki have partnered with the Wellington City Council to deliver the initiative.

The video will feature ancient mahinga kai practices as well as ancient and modern methods of testing water quality.

It's part of a wider initiative by the council to ensure mana whenua values are invested within resource management plans.

Grace says, "We've met together, we've worked together, we've planned together now we actually have to learn how to do stuff together and that's about taking the values they've put into our plan and saying how can we express our Treaty Partnership through our activities?"

"When we think about the Resource Management Act we think about the relationship of Māori with their culture, their traditions, etcetera. How do we make that happen? Because that's about real people doing things in real places. No more words. Action."....
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Agreement signed on Te Mata peak track
Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi and Craggy Range have this morning signed an agreement to work together to build an alternative track up Te Mata peak for the community to enjoy.

After months of controversy over the zig-zag track that was built by Craggy Range in December last year, the two parties said they were looking forward to working together to develop the land.

Ngāti Kahungunu chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana, Craggy Range winery director Mary-Jeanne Hutchinson and Craggy Range chief executive Michael Wilding this morning announced the two parties had jointly bought 28ha on the eastern face of the peak off the Drabble family that included the current walking track.

Wilding said the current track would be closed and in conjunction with mana whenua a cultural impact study would be conducted to identify sites of significance that would guide where an alternative track would be built......
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Half way point for Māori Electoral Option
The 2018 Māori Electoral Option opened on 3 April and closes on 2 August and is when voters of Māori descent can choose to be on the Māori roll or the general roll.

“We’ve reached the half way point in the Māori Electoral Option and it’s a good reminder to Māori voters to stop and check if they have thought about which roll they want to be on,” says Mandy Bohté, National Manager of Enrolment and Community Engagement for the Electoral Commission.

More than 16,000 people have either changed roll types or enrolled for the first time since the start of the Māori Electoral Option. There has been a net gain on the general roll of 3,352 and a net decrease of 1,426 on the Māori roll......
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31  May  2018

Three-month submission period for Poverty Bay naming issue
The New Zealand Geographic Board Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa has opened consultation to alter the name of Poverty Bay, a name given to Cook and the Endeavour’s first place of landfall in 1769.

The proposal to alter Poverty Bay to a dual name was put forward by Gisborne District Council and seeks to place the traditional Maori name alongside the existing English name on all official maps, charts and other official documents, says NZGB Secretary Wendy Shaw.

“The board will publicly consult on the proposal for three months starting late May and people can make submissions during that time frame.”....
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Crucial that 'Māori are central' to health review
A senior lecturer in Māori Health at the University of Auckland, Rhys Jones, said Māori voices must be included to address inequities in health services.

"It's really important that Māori are central within those conversations," he said.

"Māori communities actually have the solutions to a lot of our problems that they can provide meaningful input," Dr Jones said.

Dr Jones said healthcare providers, including DHBs, must be held accountable if they fail to deliver good healthcare to Māori.....
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Submission calls for urupa to be maintained by council
Iwi are calling on the New Plymouth District Council to maintain their urupa, or cemeteries, just as they maintain district cemeteries.

Peter Moeahu presented to the council's Long Term Plan hearings on Tuesday, asking for maintenance of Māori urupa to be included in council's blueprint and long term planning.....
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New Deputy Commissioner of Police
Long-serving Police Assistant Commissioner Wally Haumaha has been appointed to a new role as Deputy Commissioner.

“The Deputy Commissioner of Police is a statutory appointment, made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister,” says Police Minister Stuart Nash.

Wally Haumaha is currently Deputy Chief Executive Maori, at Assistant Commissioner rank. The Deputy Chief Executive Maori position leads the Maori, Pacific and Ethnic services communities group. He first joined New Zealand Police in 1984.....
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More awareness needed in fight against kauri dieback in Bay of Plenty
Gavin Smith works as kaitiaki manutataki - iwi engagement ranger for the Department of Conservation in Tauranga. Smith has been leading the fight against kauri dieback in the Kaimai Range, helping protect the region from the arrival of the invasive disease.

In Maori mythology, the strongest child of Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatūānuku (the Earth mother); Tāne mahuta (the god of the forests and creator of the forest creatures) pushed his parents apart to bring light to the land and allow his children to flourish. Tane's legs were the giant trunks of kauri.....
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NZ psychologists 'very cold, robotic' toward Māori
A Waikato psychologist says Māori face active resistance to their very presence in the psychology profession.

Psychologist Michelle Levy said the profession did not train students to address Māori needs, and Māori patients were missing out the understanding they needed.

She has taken this to the Waitangi Tribunal. It has accepted the claim and will decide if it becomes part of the Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry.....
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Prisoners plant mānuka on Māori land
100ha of Māori land in Hawke's Bay that was destroyed in a fire last year is getting a new lease on life with around 65,000 mānuka trees set to be planted on it with the aim of entering the mānuka honey market.

A group of Hawke's Bay Regional Prison inmates have been caring for 15,000 mānuka seedlings.

"It's helped them with unit standards. There has been plant propagation, health and safety and also a bit of irrigation, that sort of thing...it's also given them the opportunity to get in there and use their hands," says Dave Collier, horticulture instructor at the prison......
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Maori Ward polls: 'Discriminatory' or a 'democratic process' - a look at both sides of the argument
The way Maori Wards are created on local councils have been called "discriminatory" against Maori, as it contains an extra step other wards are free of which critics says perpetuates already low Maori representation in local government.

However, others say the addition of a public poll is imperative and other measures should instead be taken to boost Maori representation......
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29  May  2018

Māori Wardens seek operational autonomy
The dialogue will continue between government, the Māori Council and Māori Wardens to determine whether or not Māori Wardens will be granted operational autonomy. Negotiations about the issue had been delayed by the change of government.

Māori Wardens are reinforcing their calls for independence.

Ōtāhūhū Māori Warden Co-ordinator Thomas Henry told Te Kāea, "What the Māori Wardens are really hoping for is their own autonomy."

Durie says, "Māori are capable of managing law and order themselves and managing their own systems and that's what we are still trying to achieve."....
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Iwi says unfair land deal locks them into forestry
A Nelson-based iwi says it has to keep growing pine forests in the Maitai Valley near Nelson, even though it wants some of the land for other things.

Ngāti Koata said a recent decision by the Nelson City Council to cut some of its forestry operations has highlighted a long-standing concern among iwi about being locked into onerous land deals.

The iwi - one of eight iwi in Te Tau Ihu (top of the South Island), said it had to keep planting and harvesting pine trees, or pay millions of dollars in lost carbon credits.....
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Time to ditch the post-colonial diet
But where the issues have arisen is in the quality of food being shared. Increasingly ‘kai’ consists of a post-colonial rich diet of processed food and beverage and that is taking a huge toll on the health status of these communities. Obesity has become the new normal and it’s now surfacing at very young ages.....
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Kohanga reo claim back on the table
A Treaty of Waitangi claim lodged by the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust in 2011 is back on the negotiations table, and the trust is hoping for a beneficial outcome.

Mr Hook said the Treaty claim, Wai 2336, was one of the big issues the trust was currently dealing with.

“This claim was put on hold, but now with the new Labour Government, it’s back on the table again.

In 2011 the trust filed a claim under urgency to the Waitangi Tribunal after the then National government slammed the kohanga reo movement in a report titled Early Childhood Education Taskforce Report.

The trust said that the taskforce had not consulted with them, that the report had seriously damaged their reputation, and that the report, and government policy based on it, would cause irreparable harm to the kohanga reo movement.

The claimants also raised wide-ranging allegations of Treaty breach concerning the Crown’s treatment of kohanga reo over the past two decades.

In particular, they said, the Crown had “effectively assimilated” the kohanga reo movement into its early childhood education regime under the Ministry of Education.

They said the Crown stifled its role in saving and promoting the Maori language, which led to a decline in the number of Maori children participating in kohanga reo.

The Waitangi Tribunal found in favour of the trust.....
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Maori blessing marks construction benchmark at suburban apartment development
A Maori dawn powhiri and sacred rock burial have benchmarked the latest construction phase at one of Auckland’s newest high-end apartment complexes. The official early morning function featured elders from Ngati Whatua Orakei – led by Taiaha Hawke.

Ngati Whatua Orakei elder Taiaha Hawke buried a sacred stone at the base of the excavation works to acknowledge that the deepest point of the construction had been reached, and that the five-storey apartment block would now only progress skyward.....
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27  May  2018

Port, iwi agree on dredging
Ngai Tahu has won concessions from Lyttelton Port Company through mediation over a resource consent for a big dredging programme due to begin soon.

The port company will also make payments to local Ngai Tahu hapu to enhance access to mahinga kai, and undertake research and development.

An initial payment of $50,000 must be paid within one month, followed by 24 annual payments of $25,000.

One of the significant concessions from the mediation was the reduction from a 35-year resource consent to 25 years.

Stricter environmental controls include requiring the port company to provide a programme of its proposed dredging one month in advance to Ngai Tahu, and to liaison groups including mussel farm owners Ngai Tahu and Sanford, and Environment Canterbury......
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'Please speak in a language 99% of us understand': Racist remarks derail maunga meeting
Racist comments derailed a public meeting called to discuss access to a popular Auckland maunga, Devonport's Mt Victoria, on Thursday.

The meeting was organised by a group of Devonport residents upset at the Tūpuna Maunga ō Tāmaki Makaurau Authority over its decision to close vehicular access to Takarunga (Mt Victoria) in March, in particular, because of a lack of community consultation.

But some members of the community didn't agree with Majurey's reasoning and things got off to a bad start on Thursday night when a member of the public demanded the mihi be spoken in English.

The traditional Māori welcome, which had been listed as a protocol for the meeting, was interrupted by the member who felt speaking in the official language was "disrespectful".

"Please speak in a language 99 per cent of us here understand," said the person who introduced himself as Simon Clark.

"If I stood here and spoke Cantonese, Mandarin or Eskimo, would anybody stay?"

Hauraki resident Laura Martin said the mihi ended up switching to English half-way through as a result of the bickering, which she said up to 50 people were involved in.......
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26  May  2018

Name change for Levin part of consultation
We've been saying Levin's name wrong, and there's talk of a new name for the town.

Levin already has a makeover plan, with Horowhenua councillors saying the town is dated and dowdy and needs to get its mojo back.

Councillor Victoria Kaye-Simmons said it would also be nice to acknowledge the town's traditional name, Taitoko.

Horowhenua District Council made its first prominent use of the name Taitoko in the Transforming Taitoko/Levin consultation document. It has also been used in decorations on a pop-up consultation booth the council installed in a central area of the town.....
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Approval of subdivision street names in Mackenzie District awaiting sign-off from local Iwi
Street names proposed in subdivisions in Twizel and Tekapo will be adopted by the Mackenzie District Council providing they are approved by local Iwi.

The proposed street names went to the council's assets and services committee meeting in Fairlie on Thursday.

As part of the subdivision consent process, developers are given the opportunity to recommend street names within those subdivisions......
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Te reo medical check-ups...for teddy bears
Dunedin's Teddy Bear Hospital, where children can have their toys diagnosed and treated, is back this week - and for the first time consultations are being undertaken in te reo Māori.

The hospital is run by Otago medical students to help them gain experience consulting with children and their toys.

Throughout the week children from kindergartens have brought in toys to receive x-rays, all leading up to the Community Day on Saturday.

During Community Day consultations will be done in te reo Māori with the hope of attracting more Māori children.....
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25  May  2018

Indigenous plants in Hawke's Bay almost extinct
Almost 90 percent of indigenous plants in Hawke's Bay have all but disappeared because of the dire state of biodiversity in the area.

It is a state of affairs which has seen major cultural loss for Māori in the region.

"Māori suffer because they no longer have access to their traditional foods in the rivers- they can't even swim in many of our rivers- so without Māori engagement this process can't be done," says Charles Daugherty, Biodiversity Hawke's Bay Foundation chairman.....
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Threat to marae speech seen in disharmony call
A Maori academic is challenging a Human Rights Commission proposal to penalise disharmonious speech.

In a report to a United Nations committee, the commission suggested the Human Rights Act may need to be amended because it can't be used in cases of hate speech against New Zealand Muslims.

Melissa Derby from the University of Canterbury says this privileges a colonising relision, and the commission isn't seeking similar protection for speech against Maori.

She says the commission isn't defining what constitutes disharmonious speech, which carries risk for Maori....
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24  May  2018

Parihaka and Crown relationship significant for nation
A Parihaka leader says members of the historic community want to forge a continuing relationship with the crown rather than take a one-off settlement.

He says people are concerned about how the new arrangements will work, and they don't see the $9 million payment to upgrade the community's infrastructure to be final.

"The $9 million was about creating the capacity needed by Parihaka to engage with the crown and to continue with its development. It certainly wasn't a one-off payment, full and final, as we've heard associated with the iwi settlements in the past...... 
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McDonalds launches Te Reo Māori menu
Hastings McDonalds is the first in the country to introduce bilingual menus, written in both English and Māori, with plans to roll it out too all McDonalds restaurants in Hawke's Bay.

A selection of iconic menu items have been translated onto a menu card for customers who can choose to use the Māori names when ordering.....
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Bilingual show aimed at South Island-based children
A bilingual show aimed at primary schools explores te reo Māori as a gift using musical and theatrical performances. He Kura Kōrero run by the Court Theatre is being performed at over 40 schools around the South Island. The only aim is to encourage the normalisation of te reo Māori in everyday life......
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23  May  2018

New era in Lake Taupo management
A special ceremony will today celebrate the landmark addition of Taupō Waters to the joint management agreement between Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board and Waikato Regional Council.

The addition will see the parties work closely together over the management of Taupō Waters, which includes Lake Taupō and the tributaries flowing into and out.

Previously the joint management agreement solely addressed the upper Waikato River catchment.

"This milestone is a further step toward realising tino rangatiranga and mana motuhake over our taonga tuku iho," Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board chief executive Topia Rameka said.
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Call to ban pig hunters from regional park, to protect kauri trees
Hunua Ranges Regional Park has been bombed in 1080 poison, is on the enforced kauri dieback watch with conditions on public access, and now there's a call for a rahui on pig hunters, who can carry spores of the disease in their boots.

Recreational pig hunters present the greatest risk to kauri trees in the Hunua Ranges, according to two Auckland iwi.

Ngati Paoa and Ngati Whananuga are calling a rahui - or temporary ban - in a bid to protect the south Auckland regional park from kauri dieback disease.....
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Waitangi Tribunal has turned into a 'mortgage broker looking for new business' - Jones
There's cross-party consensus that the Waitangi Tribunal is flawed but Justice Minister Andrew Little is wary about making changes when so many Treaty settlements are still underway.

NZ First MP Shane Jones and National MP Chris Finlayson, who was previously Treaty Negotiations Minister, have both raised concerns about the Tribunal, which was set up to investigate Māori claims and make recommendations to the Crown.

In Finlayson's case he says sometimes you "just have to do the right thing and blast forth" with changes even if some Māori are opposed.

Jones wants serious changes to the Tribunal's powers and plans for NZ First to use it as a "major campaigning plank" at the 2020 election.

Finlayson said he would fully support Little if he wanted to move ahead and review the Waitangi Tribunal.

"I think it's getting to the stage where it would be timely to have a review of the Tribunal and its operations," he said.

The Tribunal could be another point of tension for the Coalition Government if Labour chooses not to act on the criticisms being laid out by Jones.

The two parties are already on opposing sides over whether Māori should have any interests or rights over freshwater.....
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22  May  2018

Law change sought to protect Parihaka name and story 
A law to protect the Parihaka name along with its story is being sought by descendants of the settlement, which is synonymous with peace.

It follows on from a historically significant apology given by the Crown to Parihaka uri (descendants) in June 2017, at a ceremony of reconciliation known as He Puanga Haeata.

Parihaka, a settlement on the South Taranaki coast, is synonymous with peace and non-violent resistance, teachings promoted by prophets Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakāhi.

However, its history has also been marred by extreme violence, when about 1600 armed constabulary and volunteers invaded the village on November 5, 1881.

The two prophets were arrested, the people of Parihaka evicted from their homes before properties were raided by soldiers, who stole taonga like pounamu. Woman were also raped during the attack.

Committee chairman Rino Tirikatene signalled he was "very hopeful" to be able to progress the issue, which was also echoed by National MP and former Attorney General Chris Finlayson.....
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Maori Tb to be studied
The disproportionately high rate of tuberculosis in New Zealand’s Maori population is partly due to the disease’s correlation with poverty, an Otago researcher says.

University of Otago McAuley Professor of International Health and co-director of the university’s Centre for International Health Philip Hill has received a $250,000 grant from the Health Research Council to study 700 Maori people in the Waikato region, testing for latent Tb.

He hopes his study will include 200 prisoners from the Spring Hill Corrections Facility, and will investigate whether there is a "reservoir" of latent Tb in older Maori. Prof Hill said he had studied the disease overseas but this would be his first study in New Zealand and it was "exciting" to receive the funding.....
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The Maori economy continues to grow
Māori enterprises are making their mark on the economy, growing steadily year on year.

There have been over 200 new Māori businesses since 2013. Last year there were over 1100 Māori enterprises

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment figures estimate Māori enterprise is worth nearly $40 billion, and growing faster than the economy as a whole......
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$7mil to support Māori landowners
Minister for Māori Development Nanaia has revealed a $7mil contingency fund for the Whenua Māori Programme to support Māori landowners, as part of Budget 2018.

The funding will support the design, establishment and on-going delivery of services for owners of Māori freehold land.

“Unlocking the potential from whenua for whānau is a critical part of achieving the government’s vision of a thriving regional Aotearoa,” says Mahuta......
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Iwi says ‘treat us as full partners’
Rongowhakaata want to be treated as full partners with Gisborne District Council, not just stakeholders.

LeRoy Pardoe said what the iwi was seeking was a relationship with the council based on the Treaty principles of participation, protection and partnership.

“In terms of the long-term plan, we are keen to participate, to join the council with developing these initiatives, but as a partner rather than a stakeholder.”...
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21  May  2018

Government says it'll enter into treaty negotiations for the Tongariro National Park
Treaty negotiations for the Tongariro National Park will get under way by July, Andrew Little has confirmed.

The Labour minister for the portfolio told 1 NEWS a settlement was long overdue."It is about putting to rest 178 years of oppression and confiscation and suppression. So this is the stuff that lifts the spirit again," Mr Little said.

The 80,000 hectare national park is the country’s oldest and gets over a million visitors a year.

It takes in the volcanic plateau and includes Mt Tongariro, Ngaruahoe and Ruapehu.

Ngati Tuwharetoa made what's known as a tuku or gift of parts of the mountains in 1887.

But the Waitangi Tribunal's found that that gift amounted to an offer of partnership – with the Crown as joint custodians.

It also found the Crown didn't provide compensation for land which became part of the national park.....
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20  May  2018

Majority against Maori wards.
PROGRESS RESULTS of a binding poll show electors have voted against Māori representation around the Council table in the Western Bay and in Whakatane.

Progress results show electors do not want Māori wards in either of the two districts.

Voter turnout in the WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY was around 40 per cent of eligible electors.

* 78.2 per cent of electors who voted were AGAINST Māori wards

* 21.5 per cent of electors who voted were FOR Māori wards

In the WHAKATANE DISTRICT a total of 5856 electors,

* 56.39 per cent, have voted AGAINST Maori wards,

* with 4504, 43.37 percent, in FAVOUR.

"The Electoral Officer will declare the final result of the poll on monday."

Final results for both districts will be available on Monday May 21, once all valid special votes have been counted. The official public notice of final results will be appear in papers on Wednesday 23 May....
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Palmerston North has voted against creating separate Māori wards
Palmerston North people have spoken and more than two-thirds who voted were in opposition to creating separate Māori wards.

Results from a binding poll came in on Saturday night, with 14,567 voting against wards for the city council and 6530 voting for.

The percentage was 68.87 against and 30.88 per cent for.

The turnout was at 37.21 per cent of eligible voters, and 49 votes were counted as blank and four "informal" votes received.

There are still 117 special votes to be processed.......
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New qualification to groom Māori excellence
A new Māori qualification for secondary students has been announced by Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis. Te Kawa Matakura, which Davis says will groom Māori excellence among Māori youth, will receive $2.8mil.

Davis says this is a pilot programme. 20 students will be selected, 10 male and 10 female, from year 11 and above.

The programme will be open to students from mainstream high schools as well as wharekura.

Davis says this is a starting point, and if successful it will be developed further to cater to more students in the future.

“This is a qualification for students who are excelling in aspects of Te Ao Māori, the NCEA qualification will run parallel with the qualification received through Te Kawa Matakura,” says Davis......
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Council to undertake cultural assessment to understand importance of Te Mata Peak to iwi
A cultural assessment is being undertaken by Hastings District Council in order to gain a "full understanding" of the local iwi's perspective on the controversial Te Mata Peak track.

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said the council, iwi, and Craggy Range Winery, which built the track, were "carefully assessing a number of options to find the best outcome for the eastern face of Te Mata Peak".

"Whatever option we consider we must include cultural awareness, recreational access and environmental protection of this much loved outstanding landscape," she said....
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19  May  2018

New funding to support Māori Wardens
$1 million in Budget ‘18 has been set aside for Māori Wardens to support outcomes for rangatahi Māori that will enhance their education and employment opportunities.

“This fund will allow Māori Wardens in their regions to test innovative approaches to mentor rangatahi and provide them with the ‘soft skills’ needed to succeed in work or further education,” says Minister Mahuta.

“The target for this fund is the 28,400 Māori youth who are not in employment, education or training. Overall, Māori have higher NEET rates than other ethnic groups at 21.3 percent. This is unacceptable......
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New Zealand’s Gisborne Airport to get ‘iconic’ new terminal
Local Maori culture is set to be woven into the design of a new airport terminal on the North Island of New Zealand.

Ngai Tāwhiri, a hapū of Rongowhakaata, are deeply involved in the development of the terminal design. The Ngai Tāwhiri Working Group consists of Stan Pardoe, Waka Taylor, Lisa Taylor, Karl Johnstone, Tiopira Rauna, Johnny Moetara, Thelma Karaitiana and Derek Lardelli......
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18  May  2018

BUDGET 2018 - What's in it for Māori
In today’s budget announcement the government says it wants to bring back manaakitanga by building a strong foundation for Māori, focusing on areas including health, housing and better education for rangatahi.

In this year's budget, a total of $53.7mil has been allocated for Māori-specific initiatives compared to $122mil in 2017 under the National-led Government.

Overall, initiatives benefiting Māori from Budget 2018 can be highlighted in the following categories:.....
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Iwi commercial property interests continue to grow
Maori tribal organisations are likely to grow in wealth as the Crown concludes more treaty settlements - and commercial property players need to consider where they will invest.

Bayleys Tu Whenua director Ward Kamo said iwi assets had grown to more than $8 billion among 70 iwi and they had become key partners for people and businesses wanting to invest.

The amount under iwi control will grow with each settlement - and benefit other tribes who have already settled because of a special relativity clause giving them top ups.

When the South Island's Ngai Tahu settlement of $170 million was agreed, it was on the expectation the total amount for all tribes would be about $1b in 1994 dollars. The envelope was exceeded in 2012.

If settlements went beyond this amount, tribes who had settled would be entitled to maintain a proportionate payout through additional payments.

At the end of 2017 Waikato-Tainui received an extra $190m, and Ngāi Tahu $180m.

These sums pale into comparison with the amount tribes believe they may be entitled to - for example Ngai Tahu negotiators have estimated historical losses of up to $15b.

They are currently in mediation with the Crown over another payment after another recent payment of $18m.

Crown treaty settlement relativity clauses run until 2044 - meaning the value of all iwi assets will grow with each settlement......
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Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little concerned by lack of accountability on Te Arawa River Iwi Trust spending
Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little is questioning why there are no checks and balances on public money given to iwi for specific purposes.

Little is seeking advice on why such funds, even if they are part of a Treaty settlement, are not subject to any oversight.

It comes after Newshub's The Hui programme reported on the case of Roger Pikia, the chairman of Te Arawa River Iwi Trust (Tarit). Pikia is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over his financial activities, some of which involve the use of Tarit money.

Tarit, as part of its 2010 Treaty settlement, is receiving $1 million a year for 20 years through the Ministry for the Environment to care for the Waikato River. Four other Waikato and Waipā river iwi also receive the annual co-management payment.

It is these payments that have prompted Little's concern.

"I can confirm that there are no checks or balances. I have asked for advice on why that is because that doesn't seem right to me," Little told the Herald......
See full article HERE
More on the above here > Iwi leaders call taihoa on river funds 

No freshwater rights for Māori on our watch: NZ First MP Shane Jones
NZ First's Shane Jones says Māori are "sadly mistaken" if they think the Government will hand them over any rights to the country's freshwater supply.

The issue of Māori freshwater rights hit headlines again last year when Labour campaigned on a royalty on the commercial consumption of water, which would include working with iwi to resolve Treaty water claims.

But Regional Economic Minister Shane Jones says the "small group of finger-pointers in the iwi community who want to open up that Pandora's box are sadly mistaken".

"That is never going to happen as long as we're a part of the current government," Jones said.

Environment Minister David Parker, who drafted Labour's water policy ahead of the election, hasn't ruled out the issue being looked at but is not optimistic of resolving it any time soon.

But Jones doesn't agree with Parker's hope for resolution in the future, saying, Māori "fortunes are not going to turn around by feeding these obscure debates as to which fraction of the water resource has to be handed over to Ngai Tahu or other tribes".

"That's just not going to happen."

Jones said iwi were welcome to go to court to attempt to advance the issue but it wouldn't be making any progress under this coalition government.......
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Boost for manuka planting
New forestry agency Te Uru Rakau has entered a partnership with Manuka Farming New Zealand to plant 1.8 million manuka trees across New Zealand this year.

Te Uru Rakau will provide up to $1.8 million to the company to source seedlings, work with landowners to assess land suitability, and provide an overall planting plan.....
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17  May  2018

Decision to sign treaty deal 'disregards Māori democracy'
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little's decision to sign a treaty deal, despite overlapping claims on the land, disregarded Māori law, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust says.

A hīkoi calling for the Crown to recognise tikanga in the treaty process spilled over into threats of war on Parliament's forecourt yesterday as frustrations with cross-claims boiled over.

The hapū, which had already settled its claim, was angry the Crown was now offering other iwi properties which the hapū believed were in its tribal boundaries......
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Council proposes new name for Wellington waterfront
The capital’s increasingly popular waterfront walkway could get a new official name – Ara Moana – following a proposal at a meeting of Wellington City Council’s Regulatory Processes Committee today.

The name, meaning ‘ocean pathway’, was proposed by mana whenua and supported by Mayor Justin Lester as part of a wider discussion around approving a name for a waterfront access lane on Waterloo Quay – which will see the police launch Lady Elizabeth recognised.....
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Iwi in rough water on rights
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says tomorrow’s Budget will include money for water projects - but it won’t advance iwi claims to fresh water.

Mr Jones the previous National Government opened up the water battle by selling half the shares in the state owned power generation companies, but New Zealand First will not accept the tribalisation of water rights......
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16  May  2018

Manawatu Maori wards vote a resounding ‘NO’
Manawatū District Council voters have come out more than three-to-one in opposition to creating separate Māori wards.

Results from a binding poll have come in on Tuesday afternoon, with 7062 voting against, and 2038 in favour.

Some 43 per cent of electors cast a vote, with 18 votes counted as blank and one "informal".

Councillor Andrew Quarrie, who helped drive a petition to take the issue to a poll, said the result was a win for the community......
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Iwi chairman asks winery to remove title from plaque over Te Mata Peak track issues
The chairman of a Hawke's Bay iwi has written a letter to Craggy Range Winery asking for the iwi's title on the winery opening's commemorative plaque be "melted or removed" if the Te Mata Peak track issue continues to be handled by barristers.

The open letter, dated May 14 and sent by Ngāti Kahungunu's Ngahiwi Tomoana to the winery's director, Mary-Jeanne Hutchinson, said things had "gone downhill rapidly" since the pair last spoke.

"The track has not only put a scar on our maunga but has driven a chasm in our community that has brought the worst of racist and class comments to the fore," he said.....
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Maori values spark party revival
The chair of the Maori Party's Tamaki Makaurau branch says there is new spark in the party as it looks for ways to stay relevant outside parliament.

Our people are still hungry to have Maori values, not just like a Maori idea on top of other Pakeha things. We want our values embedded in the nation, not just for Maori but for all New Zealanders,.....
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Outcome measurements needed for Treaty payments with conditions – ACT Leader
Act Leader David Seymour is calling for measurements to be put in place to account for Treaty settlement funding when it is allocated for a specific purpose. He says it is unclear if the $18-million funding provided so far to Te Arawa River Iwi Trust to clean up the Waikato River is being used for the reason it was given.

The Trust's chair, who has been accused of significant impropriety, is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. The Trust is also set to receive a further $12-million over the next twelve years.

Mr Seymour says Treaty Settlements with conditions need to be measured to show money is going where it's supposed to......
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Angry Kaumātua confronts Little: ‘You are taking us to war’
About 600 people marched to Parliament in protest this morning demanding that the Crown recognise Māori tikanga in the treaty settlement process.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little was speaking about the treaty process and the importance of communication when he was challenged by a kaumātua from Tauranga Moana.

The man yelled he would not listen to "bull$h*t".

"I'm not going to stand here and take this $h*t. No, no, no!"

The man yelled at Mr Little: "You are taking us to war."

He then moved closer to the minster and said in te reo Māori: "Na Tauranga Moana tēnei whenua" [this land belongs to Tauranga Moana].....
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15  May  2018

Why not to have Maori Wards
A few days ago, Western Bay District Mayor Garry Webber shared his views about why Western Bay should have a Maori ward.

......The Mayor correctly notes that the law enables ratepayers to demand a poll when a Maori ward is proposed, but not when geographical wards are created or modified.

He implies that this is a bias in the system, and implicitly agrees with Local Government New Zealand in calling for the removal of the right for ratepayers to demand a poll when a Maori ward is proposed.

But he conveniently ignores the fact that creating political systems which are quite explicitly based on race is fundamentally different from redrawing geographical boundaries.

All New Zealanders should strongly reject attempts to create racially-based political systems. Vote NO to the creation of a Maori ward!....
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Iwi want to sort out their own issues
Tauranga iwi Ngai Te Rangi are joining with Auckland iwi Ngati Whatua in a hikoi to Wellington to advocate for a ‘tikanga’ approach to dealing with intertribal grievances.

Ngai Te Rangi chief executive Paora Stanley says tikanga is a sophisticated inquisitorial system based in centuries of use by Maori.

“It is a system that is understood, tested, and based on simple principles of whakapapa and ahi kaa.....
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Māori households saw the highest inflation in the March quarter
Māori households saw the highest inflation in the March quarter and price rises for cigarettes and tobacco had the largest impact on inflation for most household groups, Statistics New Zealand said.

Maori households saw their cost of living rise 1.3 percent compared to the December quarter and Stats NZ said the increase was "driven by higher prices for cigarettes and tobacco, and interest payments."

Overall costs for the lowest-expenditure household group were up 0.8 percent in the March quarter compared with the December quarter, Stats NZ said.....
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14  May  2018

Electoral Commission asking for law change around the Māori Roll
The Electoral Commission is advocating for the Minister of Justice to allow Māori to switch freely between the Māori and General Rolls.

At last year's election year 19,000 people tried to switch between the two, and were frustrated to find out it's only once every five or six years they can do it.

Voter Harikoa George is on the Maori roll, but she wants the option to switch between the two freely.

"They have never done anything dodgy to make me think twice about it, but the second they do, I would like to be able to switch......
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Maori shellfish project wins scholarship
University of Waikato PhD student Vanessa Taikato has been awarded the 2018 Bruce Cronin BayTrust Scholarship to study ways in which Maori moved marine shellfish from location to location.

Worth $5000, the scholarship was established by BayTrust to recognise Bruce Cronin's service to the people of the Bay of Plenty.....
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