Sunday, February 17, 2019

Mole News


'Sovereign citizen' defence mooted for alleged baby killer
The man charged with the cold case murder of a 10-month old baby in 2014 may attempt a "sovereign citizen" defence - a claim that as a Māori, Crown law does not apply to him.

That extraordinary revelation was made at the High Court in Rotorua on Friday by the lawyer for Shane Claude Roberts, 59.

Roberts faces one charge, that between November 29 and 30, 2014, he murdered Karlos Stephens, a charge he had earlier pleaded not guilty to.

Defence lawyer Louis Te Kani told the court his client "wishes to run what I believe is a sovereign argument"......
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Government strategy to reduce Māori prison numbers gets wary response
The government is being told to get out of the way and let Māori take charge to keep their own out of court and jail.

RNZ has obtained a copy of the final draft of the Justice System Māori Outcomes Strategy, a joint-approach by police, Corrections and Justice.

The strategy is aimed at reducing the number of Māori in the criminal justice system. It acknowledges the impact of colonisation on Māori and calls for staff to address any biases they have towards Māori. It makes a distinction between whānau and a nuclear family, and focuses on a need to work closely with Māori.....
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Iwi annoyed South Taranaki council won't endorse anti-mining stance
The company hoping to mine iron-sand offshore from Pātea has applied to explore for minerals in a much larger area around its planned seabed mine.

South Taranaki iwi Ngāti Ruanui has been one of the main groups opposing the seabed mining proposal. At South Taranaki District Council's iwi liaison meeting on January 30, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui Trust deputy chairman Ngapari Nui put forward a resolution asking the council to endorse its opposition to this new application.

"Unfortunately, we heard nothing until it was raised on the day at the meeting. This was the reason for not accepting the iwi's recommendation."

That response is offensive, and unsupportive to iwi and to others who oppose the mining, Nui said.....
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16  February  2019

Mermaid Pools near Matapouri in Northland could be closed via rāhui due to environmental damage
One of Northland's most popular tourist spots, the Mermaid Pools near Matapouri, could be temporarily closed by a local hapū over environmental concerns.

The picturesque, turquoise tidal rock pools are enormously popular, drawing in tourists and locals alike.

But hapū Te Whanau ā Rangiwhakaahu is concerned about the degrading environmental, cultural and spiritual wellbeing of the taonga, known as Te Wai o Te Taniwha.

The hapū said in a statement that it intended to place a rāhui over the pools, and the access route over the Rangitapu headland at Matapouri Bay, to restore "the mauri of the taonga"......
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Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre
The Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre is based in Te Piringa, Faculty of Law. The Centre embracse a best-team approach to research, involving collaboration, locally, nationally and internationally. The Centre focuses on research issues concerning Māori and Indigenous Peoples’ governance, rights and responsibilities. It promotes Indigenous worldviews and sound governance and development principles in order to build Indigenous capacity, facilitate Indigenous involvement in governance at all levels, and develop quality outcomes for Māori and Indigenous Peoples.....
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Sallies clear smoke over racism in system
A call by the Salvation Army for targeted programmes addressing Māori disadvantage has been endorsed by Greens' co-leader Marama Davidson.

Ms Davidson says there has been targeted discrimination in areas like health, education and justice, which is why targeted responses are needed.

"Māori smoke marijuana cannabis at the same rate as non-Māori but are twice as likely to be apprehended and punished for it. That is straight up blatant racism within our policing and criminal system," she says......
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Not well, not safe, not fair
The author of the Salvation Army’s state of the nation report says it could take more than a generation to close some of the gaps between Māori and non-Māori

It shows the rate of Māori waiting for social housing is nine-times worse than non-Māori, youth unemployment is twice the general rate, and Māori whānau are three and a half times more likely to need welfare support.

"Every indicator we use shows Māori are massively disadvantaged and some of the indicators are getting worse, some are getting better, but the gaps are so big it will take more than a generation to close even where there is some progress," Mr Johnson says......
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15  February  2019

Kaupapa Māori framework key for justice reform
The head of Restorative Justice NZ says the Government needs to embrace more Māori-led initiatives if it is to get the reform it is wanting in the criminal justice system.

A panel headed by former MP Chester Borrows is looking at reforming the system, and Mike Hinton says it now has a lot of evidence of what works.

Māori initiatives like rangatahi courts and iwi justice panels have also shown their worth, if the right controls are in place.

"When we start adopting Māori initiaitives or kaupapa Māori, they have to be judged within a kaupapa Māori framework. You can't put them into the system as we know it now and judge them against a Pākehā framework and what the powers that we think is right. They must have their own sovereignty over that programme," Mr Hinton says........
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Kairangahau Māori (Māori Research Scientist) - AgResearch
AgResearch is looking for a passionate Kairangahau Māori to provide thought leadership and lead AgResearch's research portfolio towards Māori centred and kaupapa Māori research.

The Kairangahau Māori will be responsible for delivery of high quality Te Ao Māori rangahau and/or science outcomes, across multiple areas of specialisation relevant to Māori stakeholder and pastoral industry priorities.....
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Councillor says some te reo street names 'mean absolutely nothing' to Wellington
Some Māori language street names "mean absolutely nothing" when it comes to Wellington, a city councillor says.

Councillor Andy Foster clashed with a council employee and another councillor over whether the city's te reo policy meant only Māori language names would be used for Wellington's streets, rather than a mix of both English and te reo names.

"We can't make every name a te reo name," Foster said......
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IMSB keen to promote Māori builders
Auckland's Independent Māori Statutory Board wants to see more Māori involvement in fixing the city's housing problems.

Chair David Taipari says housing ministers Phil Twyford and Nanaia Mahuta have supported the plan and there could be opportunities coming through the proposed new Urban Development Agency.

The board wants to see Māori, including iwi and mātāwaka, develop land freed up by treaty settlements........
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Māori view added to Treasury tool kit
Te Puni Kōkiri hopes its contribution to Treasury’s proposed Living Standards Framework will help other government agencies measure the impact of their policies on Māori.

"We would argue that a Māori world view, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, a whānau centered approach haven't been sufficiently applied to those government processes so we are setting a platform that can enable that thinking to be used and applied in a practical way as departments and agencies and Treasury go about their business," Ms Grenell says......
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Wellington joins national day of action to protect Ihumatao
Tomorrow Wellingtonians will join people around Aotearoa to demand Fletcher Construction respects Te Tiriti o Waitangi and stops plans to build at Ihumatao in Auckland. People will protest at Fletchers sites around the country tomorrow, February 15th, in solidarity with mana whenua in Auckland who are calling for the return of this sacred and archaeologically and ecologically unique land.

As Fletcher's seem to be having trouble respecting the treaty, we'll be inviting them to a free Tiriti o Waitangi workshop at their premises in Churton Park!’ said local Ihumatao supporter and SOUL Solidarity Paneke spokesperson, Te Ao Pritchard.

Ihumatao was confiscated under the New Zealand Settlements Act in 1863 as part of the colonial invasion of Waikato that drove mana whenua from their lands......
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14  February  2019

Law lecturer weighs into debate about renaming country
A law lecturer says the symbolism of renaming the country Aotearoa New Zealand could be enhanced by reflecting the Treaty of Waitangi partnership in the constitutional arrangements.

Dr Carwyn Jones specialises in the Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Crown – Iwi Relations.

“Here, the inclusion of Aotearoa in the country’s official name makes an important link to Indigenous language and culture. It would signal that a part of our uniqueness and our nationhood is connected to the way the nation state was founded, the way Indigenous and settler communities agreed to come together in a Treaty partnership while recognising and respecting each other’s authority,” he says.......
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Marae want louder voice in Civil Defence national plan
Many marae step-up and open their doors during emergencies but are only classed as spontaneous volunteers in response efforts despite helping the public in times of need. Sir Mark Solomon says more funding should be available for marae at the coalface.

Politicians back at parliament agree that marae should have a seat at the table.

National’s Port Hills MP Nuk Korako says, "Absolutely. We’ve been through earthquakes, we’ve been through fire and marae are on the front line.”

Community and Voluntary sector Peeni Henare says, “Āe marika- yes”

Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta agrees, "It is time to look at how to do that."

"There needs to be a relationship directly with Civil Defence, they need to have communications and protocols, not just with iwi authorities but at the marae level because it’s the marae that will open up and take in people."

Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi says the government is making improvements to the system, which includes a focus on the way Civil Defence works with marae and iwi......
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Targeted funding needed to fix 'appalling' Māori wellbeing - Salvation Army
Targeted funding is the only way to improve "appalling" Māori wellbeing outcomes, the Salvation Army says.

"These statistics are appalling and compelling at the same time and I just think they need to be addressed and I can't see any other way than being quite specific about programmes directed towards Māori community and whānau Māori."

Change was required in other key areas, such as the Māori prison population. That had been reduced by 5 to 6 percent but was still 20 percent higher than it was five years ago......
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Councillor 'ashamed' to sing Māori version of national anthem fails to attend meeting to apologise
A controversial New Plymouth councillor who said he was "ashamed" to sing the te reo version of the national anthem did not attend a meeting at which he had agreed to make a public apology.

But Murray Chong, who was on his way to Wellington when the New Plymouth District Council held its extraordinary meeting on Tuesday afternoon, said he had already said sorry for his comments.

Chong said he was not happy the mayor had wanted him to make his apology at the meeting where councillors would be able to express their views on his comments, but to which he claimed he would have no right of reply......
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Samuels not waiting 100 years for settlement
Former Labour cabinet minister Dover Samuels doesn’t want to see Ngati Hine’s bid to get its own deal slow the Ngapuhi settlement.

The Ngapuhi kaumatua is upset Tamaki Makaurau MP and minister outside cabinet Peeni Henare is backing the hapu breakaway.

He lodged his own claim 30 years ago, and says he is now looking at lost opportunities for generations to come as ongoing discord hampers progress......
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Standards set for Maori wellbeing
Treasury has published a discussion paper prepared by Te Puni Kokiri giving a Maori perspective on the Living Standards Framework.

TPK chief executive Michelle Hippolite says Maori have their own understanding of intergenerational wellbeing that draws on cultural values, beliefs, social norms and indigenous knowledge.

The paper contends Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Ao Maori and a whanau-centred approach need to drive Maori wellbeing....
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Minister acknowledges iwi support following Nelson fires
Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta says the efforts of everyone involved in battling the Nelson/ Tasman fires must be acknowledged, especially the support provided by Te Puni Kōkiri to local iwi.

The iwi in Te Tau Ihu are: Ngāti Tama, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Koata, Rangitane, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa and Mātāwaka……
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13  February  2019

Providing a Māori perspective on wellbeing
Te Puni Kōkiri, in collaboration with the Treasury, is proud to release a discussion paper that provides a Māori perspective on the Living Standards Framework.

Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Executive Michelle Hippolite believes “a radical shift in the conversation about wellbeing is needed if we are truly to achieve intergenerational wellbeing for Māori and all New Zealanders in the future”.

An Indigenous Approach to the Living Standards Framework is part of a suite of discussion papers published on the Treasury website to stimulate conversations about how to better support intergenerational wellbeing and raise living standards.

“Māori have their own understanding of intergenerational wellbeing that draws on cultural values, beliefs, social norms and indigenous knowledge”, says Mrs Hippolite.......
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Editorial: Waitangi Day is always worth celebrating
Once again we hear calls for dispensing with Waitangi Day from those who regard it as divisive. They are wrong.

Those who want the name of the day changed, including Mike Hosking, who last week suggested Grievance Day, or for some other date in our history to be adopted as our national day, don't know what they're talking about.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Waitangi Day. It is celebrated around the country in all manner of ways, most designed to bring together all New Zealanders of whatever ethnic origin, and never better than at Waitangi itself......
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12  February  2019

Rangitīkei iwi sets up services at old Turakina Maori Girls' College
The former Turakina Māori Girls' College site is be a base for Māori health and training needs.

The school closed in 2016, and Rangitīkei iwi Ngā Wairiki - Ngāti Apa bought the 5.16-hectare campus on Hendersons Line, Marton, in March last year, relocating its administration headquarters and health and social services unit.

Its ambitions have been boosted by $95,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund, with plans to set up training courses, said Iwi spokesperson Kiri Wilson. 

"The main thing is we meet the needs and aspirations of our people......
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Misuse of haka Ka Mate 'tramples' on mana, call for greater protection in New Zealand and overseas
NZ Rugby urged to guide corporate interests in respectful use of Māori cultural property after past abuses.

Māori researchers say the haka Ka Mate needs more protection from "disrespectful" commercial use ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan this year....
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Right to Life: Govt in danger of breaching Treaty of Waitangi
The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern is to be commended for her moving words of love and concern for children expressed in her beautiful prayer at the Waitangi Day commemorations....... " Referring to the principles of the Treaty she said, "Of course, we as a Government are trying to fill those not just in legislation, but in the policies and programmes that we roll out."

Right to Life fully supports the principles of the Treaty and believe that we all have a responsibility to ensure that the Treaty rights of Maori are upheld. Right to Life believes that Article Three provides for the protection of the lives of Maori from conception to natural death. We ask the Prime Minster how can her government claim to uphold the Treaty when her Labour led government has plans to withdraw the protection of the Crown from Maori proclaimed in Article Three of the Treaty.....
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Council appoints new Iwi and Community Partnership Manager
Waikato District Council will soon be building stronger relationships with iwi and the wider community thanks to the appointment of Sam Toka as its new Iwi and Community Partnership Manager.....
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Political Roundup: Fixing Treaty ignorance in politics and schools
This year's Waitangi commemorations will be mostly remembered for two debates – whether the Prime Minister should be able to recite the detail of the Treaty of Waitangi, and whether the teaching of the Treaty and colonial history in New Zealand should be compulsory......
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10  February  2019

Māori history curriculum already available
The New Zealand School Trustees Association supports the teaching of New Zealand history in schools but is bewildered by calls for a curriculum.

Te Takanga o te Wā launched in 2016 presents a Māori history perspective, based on the understanding that Māori history is the complete human history of Aotearoa New Zealand - from the earliest Polynesian navigators to our present-day parliamentary system.

Te Takanga o te Wā was developed by a group of educators led by Te Maru o Ngā Kura a Iwi o Aotearoa in 2016 to guide primary schools through the process of creating an authentic connection to their local landscape (whenua) and people (tāngata) within their school history or social studies curriculum. The group involved in its development includes Sir Pita Sharples, Dame June Mariu, Sir Toby Curtis, Te Ariki Sir Dr Tumu te Heuheu and Professor Paul Moon.

Te Takanga o te Wā is presented in both English (te reo Pākeha) and te reo Māori using five main themes, each of which incorporates a range of concepts such as Belonging, Community, Continuity, Consequences, Identity, Knowledge, Kotahitanga, Mana, Tūpuna, Perspective, and Unity......
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Iwi becoming a growing financial force - report
Iwi are a growing financial force to be reckoned with, according to a new report showcasing some of their success over the past five years.

The Auckland-based Ngāti Whātua Ō ākei and the South Island's Ngāi Tahu stand out in TDB Advisory's Iwi Investment Sector report, with an average annual return on their assets of 15 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

Tainui, the second largest iwi with $1.4 billion worth of property assets, had an average annual return of 7 percent.

TDB director Phil Barry said their success was due to being well run and having long-term strategies......
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Otago Regional Council
We acknowledge the special position of tangata whenua within the region. A 'Memorandum of Understanding and Protocol' is in place between Otago Regional Council and local iwi - Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu and Aukaha.

Otago’s environment holds many values for Aukaha and Ngai Tahu, ranging from the spiritual to the practical. Its place-names are a record of the history, traditions, and customs. Our region’s coast is still a major source of food, livelihood, and recreation for many.....
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Ngāti Hine puts smaller mandate case to Little
Ngāti Hine has told Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little it wants its own settlement separate to Ngāpuhi.

Spokesperson Pita Tipene says the position was put to Mr Little by letter at the end of last year and in a follow up meeting this week at Waitangi......
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Beethoven’s Ode to Joy to be sung in te reo Maori
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is to be part of a unique international project celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday next year, which will include school and youth choirs performing the composer’s famous Ode to Joy in te reo Maori.....
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9  February  2019

The $9 billion iwi empire: Māori groups' assets grow, despite slowdown
The combined wealth of the nation's 75 iwi groups rose by $1.2 billion in the past year to almost $9b, says a new report on iwi holdings.

The TDB Advisory Iwi Investment Report 2018 focuses on the financial performance of eight of the largest iwi, which among them represent about $5.5b of the total asset base.

All the eight iwi groups delivered positive returns for the year, although as the property sector has slowed, so has total growth.
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More support needed to reach 2025 Pacific and Maori nursing targets
The government needs to offer more support for Māori and Pacific student nurses to reach its 2025 goal of having the same proportion of Māori and Pacific nurses in the workforce as there is in the general population, according to Whitireia Head of School Health Carmel Haggerty.

Having Māori and Pacific patients treated by Māori and Pacific nurses is widely accepted as one of the most effective ways to improve Māori and Pacific health outcomes.......
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Encouraging te reo Māori in your centre
At Paraparaumu Playcentre we have a number of simple ways to encourage the use of te reo Māori on session.

Our Bicultural Team teaches us useful phrases such as me hikoi koe kei roto–please walk inside and taihoa–wait, hold on.

The bicultural officers from Paraparaumu and Paekakariki Playcentres are liaising and sharing ideas and approaches to plan our bicultural journeys together. We intend to hold some bicultural events later in the year, such as a pōwhiri at each other’s centres.....
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8  February  2019

Rules for Māori seats reignite questions about Govt-Māori partnership
Bridging the gap between Māori and the Crown was part of the Prime Minister's wider Waitangi message. But with the Māori and general seats not under the same protections in parliament questions about a genuine partnership remain.

Māori and Pākeha are equals outside Te Whare Runanga but it seems to be different story in Parliament.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says "our view has always been that is a decision for Māori and as long as they see the value and importance in those seats then they will remain."

The bill has passed its first reading, and will be debated again in the coming months in parliament......
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Peaceful Waitangi celebrations a sign of progress - Tame Iti
A prominent figure regularly associated with protest believes the shift to peaceful celebrations at Waitangi is a sign of progress between Māori and Pākeha.

Tame Iti (Tūhoe) says great strides have been made since he first joined protests at Te Tii Marae in Waitangi alongside his Tama Toa comrades in 1972.

He says at the time there was a distinct need for fierce confrontations due to the Crown ignoring and belittling the mana of Māori across the country.....
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Governor-General's Waitangi Day Speech
Over the course of eight months, over 500 Māori signed copies of Te Tiriti at various locations around New Zealand.

They had high hopes that articles Two and Three of Te Tiriti, in protecting their rights and their control of their lands, would ensure their sharing in the development of a new nation.

But the actions of the Government, installed by the Crown following on from this historic event, soon dashed those hopes.

Again and again, the Waitangi Tribunal has heard how tangata whenua were systematically deprived of their lands, how the Crown did not act to uphold its commitments in the Treaty and how the government reneged on its promises to build schools and hospitals, or allow adequate reserves for iwi use to be retained from land purchases.

Generations of Māori communities across Aotearoa experienced a steep decline in their economic, cultural, spiritual and physical wellbeing. Over time, Māori adopted various strategies to express their desire for a genuine Tiriti relationship with government, with little result......
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Alarming rates of Māori workplace injuries and fatalities lead to new NZ safety approach
Māori workers in 2016 made up a quarter of WorkSafe NZ’s five key industry sectors of agriculture, construction, forestry, manufacturing and health care.

A higher rate of temporary employment among Māori contributed to the higher rate of injuries and deaths because of typically poorer conditions, less job control, taking on more dangerous work no-one else wanted to do and little or no access to training......
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A new name, a new approach
And an even better realisation of the symbolism of ‘Aotearoa New Zealand’ would be to reflect the Treaty partnership in our constitutional arrangements. We can think of a constitution as essentially being the rules that regulate the power of the state and the operation of government. Constitutions can be written down in a single document or made up of a range of different sources, such as the New Zealand constitution is. Significantly, constitutions give expression, not only to the structures and procedures of government, but also to the values the community thinks should underpin government. Giving expression to the values symbolised by ‘Aotearoa New Zealand’ could be done by developing models for the exercise of public power based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the partnership it established.....
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Political Roundup: NZ's changing race relations
There has been a striking mood of positivity and optimism in the commentary about Waitangi Day, and race relations in general, this year. It's as if we have turned a corner as a nation.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern epitomised this in her prayer yesterday in which she said God "made us of one blood, now make us of one people". Of course, the question is whether the feel-good mood at Waitangi translates into meaningful change for Māori, who remain severely disadvantaged compared to Pākehā in almost every indicator of well-being.....
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Festival organisers apologise for depiction of Native Americans
The organisers of the Wild West Festival in Waimamaku have apologised and vowed to not incorporate any further Native American themes into their festival after this year's promotional material caused offence.

The apology comes after some social media backlash, leading to a letter from the Māori Women's Network, deriding what they saw as disrespectful portrayal of Native Americans.

Mera Penehira from the Māori Women's Network was disappointed by the festival's promotion of the event, which included people in blackface, and dressed up in Native American clothing.....
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7  February  2019

Activist who grabbed John Key is now an advisor on race relations
The man who once manhandled John Key at Waitangi is now an adviser to the Government on Crown Māori relations.

Wikatana Popata, 29, and his older brother John were convicted in 2009 of assaulting Key, who they held responsible for the loss of Māori land and foreshore.

Popata said he was asked by Māori Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis to become part of the advisory group after attending a hui in Kaitaia.

"We as Māori have got to remember that this Crown, they were once the enemy.".....
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Don Brash cuts Waitangi speech as protesters block him out
Former National leader Don Brash cut short his speech at Waitangi today just as his speaking area was taken over by protesters carrying a banner opposing racism.

The banner blocked out the stage, obscuring Brash from a crowd which had heckled him from the moment he opened his mouth.

And then he stopped. The banner came and Brash found himself blocked out by the word "racism", drawn large.

Then Brash sat there while everyone else had their turn.

The words wore different but the message was much the same as the banner.

"No room for racism," they said, one after another.

And Brash listened.......
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Slates with first written te reo Māori get UNESCO heritage recognition
Two slates with the first known examples of written te reo Māori were shown to the Prime Minister yesterday at New Zealand's oldest building, Kemp House in Kerikeri.

A ceremony was held to acknowledge the mana of the taonga and also their inclusion on UNESCO's Memory of the World heritage documentary register.

They date back to the 1830s when part of the house was used as a classroom where missionary, Martha Clarke taught the daughters of rangatira, literacy, numeracy and domestic skills.....
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"Institutionalised racism" claim over Māori burial grounds
The exclusion of Māori burial grounds from legislation covering maintenance and support is "institutionalised racism", a New Plymouth District Council committee has heard.

Peter Moeahu told the first meeting of the council's Te Huinga Taumatua Committee of 2019 that Māori urupa should receive the same protections as other district cemeteries.....
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Sir Geoffrey Palmer calls for a written constitution that includes Treaty of Waitangi
Former prime minister and constitutional expert Sir Geoffrey Palmer is calling for a written constitution for New Zealand that includes the Treaty of Waitangi.

As Maori continue the call to "honour the Treaty", Sir Geoffrey says it's time for action.....
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Waitangi Treaty: Letters shed light on Māori plight for sovereignty
Tomorrow the country marks nearly 180 years since Te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed, but letters from that era show that some issues for Māori remain the same.

The collection of more than 700 letters written by Māori can also be found on Auckland Council's online archive, Kura.

But preserved in folders are some of the original copies.....
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Māori punished with world’s highest rate of tobacco excise
Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Revenue from tobacco excise tax alone outstrips the combined value of Treaty Settlements and Māori Development funding by $120 million a year. This is the inevitable result of charging the highest rate of tobacco excise in the world, when adjusted for income. In short, the Government gives with one hand and takes far more with the other, undermining decades of effort to improve outcomes for Māori.”....
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Treaty Negotiations Minister “the wrong horse” – Ngāpuhi hapū
Ngāpuhi hapū have reaffirmed their concerns with Minister of Treaty Settlements Andrew Little and his ability to settle their claim.

Despite the government making a peaceful official entrance to Waitangi, hapū members say they've had enough of the Minister of Treaty Negotiations.

A source has revealed to Te Kāea that Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is being considered to take over from Andrew Little in the role.

However, in an attempt to speed up the the Ngāpuhi settlement, Te Kāea understands the prime minister has begun discussions to ascertain the viability of removing the ministerial portfolio from Little.....
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Community reflections on Te Tiriti today
Hāpai Te Hauora Chief Operations Manager, Selah Hart, states that "Ignorance like this by the Prime Minister shows that we need to continue to advocate to uphold the Crown’s responsibility as a signatory of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Te Tiriti ensures that Māori by right have equal access to health. Māori rights to health derives from various sources but it is reinforced by Te Tiriti. It is our duty as tāngata whenua to ensure the wellbeing of all people in our lands - Māori and tauiwi."....
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Māori Wardens want more recognition
Māori Wardens are calling for better recognition for the work they do and more assistance from the government.

There are up to 800 wardens throughout the country, and some met Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Waitangi yesterday.

A review is underway on the changing roles of the wardens and how they can be supported.....
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Partnership is the message on Waitangi Day
He says while Waitanga Day is a day to celebrate how far we’ve come it’s also a day to acknowledge what work still needs to be done

“I spoke about partnership which is one of our principals of the treaty and I challenged everybody here asking ‘are we really in a true partnership here, ask yourselves, are we there yet?,” says Tamati.

“Around 179 years ago we signed that treaty yet 90 per cent of the thousands of people gathered here didn’t understand the karakia, the mihi or understand any of the Te Reo Maori spoken, so how far have we really come?”

He also took the opportunity to talk politics, by mentioning that there are no Maori councillors on Tauranga City Council, and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

“We had the Maori Wards korero last year and the community voted against it, so we continue as Maori to try to get representation but the community turns us down, so do we really have that partnership?” he says......
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$6b treaty settlements can't be used to fix Māori social issues, experts say
Stuff invited five Māori leaders at the coalface of Māori issues, who didn't get an invitation to speak at Waitangi, to share their perspectives.

All agree treaty settlements should be used for economic development and not to fix Māori social issues. Instead, Māori need to develop their own solutions in partnership with the Crown.....
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NZ history in the UK
"A friend who taught history in the UK showed me what some 11-year-old students in the UK are being taught about the Treaty of Waitangi," explains a reader. "In less than a page this [highly inaccurate, myth perpetuating, bloody offensive] excerpt from a current history textbook Industry Reform and Empire — Britain 1750 -1900 by A Wilkes."
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Māori, colonial history should be compulsory - National Party leader Simon Bridges
The National Party thinks schools should have a compulsory course that teaches students about Māori and colonial history.

This comes after the History Teachers' Association called for a compulsory New Zealand history curriculum, labelling current teaching and general knowledge of the subject "shameful".

National Party leader Simon Bridges told RNZ's Waitangi Day programme he supports a compulsory programme - as long as what is taught is impartial......
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'Propaganda': Sean Plunket slams 'biased' compulsory Māori history calls
Magic Talk host Sean Plunket warns making colonial history compulsory will turn lessons into "a propaganda exercise for the radicals and the separatists".

The debate over the compulsory teaching of New Zealand's Māori-Crown relationshiphas hit the headlines recently.

But Plunket warns there's "a lot of BS in history" and says it's the version we learn that is important.

"Are you like me, just a little bit worried that if we leave it to the lefty teachers, the version of history we get taught will be a little bit biased, a little bit one-sided," he told listeners on Tuesday.

"I don't want to learn a bunch of propaganda that says the Treaty is a fraud, whities go home, I've been oppressed."....
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Brian Tamaki signals political return: 'There's a new breed of Māori rising up'
Bishop Brian Tamaki has signalled a political return ahead of a Waitangi Day sermon in which he warned change was coming and how he was the "field n*****" who was going to bring it.

Speaking at Ti Tii Marae at Waitangi, Tamaki said the Destiny Church-linked Tu Tangata Man Up programme could have a future in politics.

"I think there's a better way. Who knows what the future holds.".....
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6  February  2019

DOC delays review of national parks after talks with iwi
The Department of Conservation (DOC) has delayed its review of two South Island national parks.

Public feedback on the Aoraki/Mt Cook and Westland Tai national park draft management plans closed on Monday afternoon before hearings were meant to take place.

However, a Supreme Court decision relating to Ngāi Tai has halted the process.

The Auckland iwi argued DOC didn't properly consider the issues relating to the Treaty of Waitangi when granting concessions for commercial activities.

"It is important to understand what the decision means for us and our Treaty Partners before we go any further on the review process for the national park management plans," Ms Long said......
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Ardern defends govt track on Māori prison numbers
The prime minister has defended the government's record on Māori prison numbers as she prepares to return to Waitangi.

As of last September, Māori made up more than half of the prison population, compared with 30 percent of prisoners who are European.

Only about 15 percent of the total population of New Zealand are Māori.

"Unfortunately what we know, is that we have over-representation of Māori in our prisons. Upwards of 50 percent," Ms Ardern said.

She said prison numbers have dropped overall and rehabilitation was working for Māori.

"We've seen about 1000 fewer people in our prisons, and so any work that we do on rehabilitation programmes ultimately does benefit Māori.".....
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First written Te Reo taonga sparks debate over teaching Māori culture
A ceremony celebrating the first two examples of written Te Reo has sparked debate about whether there should be more emphasis placed on teaching Māori culture.

It came hours after Prime Minister Jacinda Arden was stumped when asked to name Article One and Two of the Treaty of Waitangi, despite saying she learnt it in school.

Ms Ardern learnt about the Treaty at school - but speaking to press on Monday, the Prime Minister was asked by a reporter what Article 1 of the Treaty of Waitangi says.

"Article 1? On the spot? Kawanatanga," she replied, when helped out by Willie Jackson and other ministers standing behind her.

Asked what Article 2 says, Ms Ardern said, "Tino Rangatiratanga," which is the name of the name of Article 2, but again she did not provide further insight.

"Look, I know the principles of Waitangi, I know our obligations," she said.

But at Waitangi where the Treaty was signed, just knowing the basic principles isn't enough. Multiple people say knowing our history and language should be compulsory.....
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Growing calls for Treaty of Waitangi to be a compulsory part of school curriculum
As the nation counts down to New Zealand's national day, calls are mounting for the Treaty of Waitangi to be a compulsory part of the school curriculum.

The Post Primary Teachers' Association is calling for the Treaty to be a compulsory part of the curriculum.

Currently it's optional, with schools deciding whether or not to teach it.....
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'Real shame': History teachers call out lack of colonial, Māori education
The Government is rejecting calls for the compulsory teaching of Crown-Māori history in schools.

It's currently up to schools how much colonial history is taught, and as a result some students are missing out.....
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Waitangi: PM's pledge to Maori
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has told a crowd gathered at Waitangi there is still more to do to improve life for Māori.

Bridges singled out Crown Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis for his work in bringing dignity to the event.

His party would work with Māori but they should be in the driving seat.

"I stand here as the first Māori leader of a major political party."
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ANZASW statement for Waitangi Day
‘What we see is that the treaty is a living document- it may be a piece of fading paper- but it is in actually embodied in the everyday relationships between Māori, Pakeha and other peoples in Aotearoa,” she added. Dr Beddoe argues that the principles of the treaty should be honoured through addressing inequalities between Māori and non-Māori that continue to persist.....
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Ngāti Hine wants to formally split off from Ngāpuhi Treaty talks
Ngāti Hine hapū have told the Treaty Negotiations Minister they want to formally split off from the Ngāpuhi talks that have been ongoing for more than a decade.

"That doesn't mean that we've closed off all doors to working with our neighbours on overlapping claims," Mr Tipene said.

But Mr Tipene said "Ngāti Hine is now very, very clear that we will be seeking our own mandate."....
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Elias gave meaning to treaty principles
Justice Minister Andrew Little says retiring Supreme Court Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias has made a huge contribution to the restoring the mana of the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand’s law and unwritten constitution.

When Acts of Parliament refer to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, she hasn't thrown up her hands and said 'we don't know what that means so we will ignore it.' She has said 'we have to find a meaning for that,' and she had done a huge amount to give meaning in the modern day to the place of the treaty in our overall constitution," Mr Little says.....
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5  February  2019

Ardern’s Waitangi sequel a test of relationship
National’s newly-minted Māori-Crown relations spokesman Nick Smith believes the Government faces a similar challenge from Māori as it does overall after a year “typified by a large amount of promise but very little progress”.

“On many of the issues, whether they’ve been treaty settlements or challenging issues like water, there hasn’t been any real progress.

The expectation, which I also heard at Ratana, was, ‘We’ve given you the benefit of the doubt for year one, but for year two the Government’s going to have to start delivering’.”

Matthew Tukaki, chairman of the National Māori Authority, agrees there will be plenty of expectation from Māori for the Government to deliver on its many promises.

As Tukaki says: “Māori are the eternal optimists: we’ve been optimists since the Treaty was signed all those years ago.”....
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces $100m regional employment scheme to focus on Māori, Pasifika people
The Government is ploughing more than $100 million into regional employment, focused on Māori and Pasifika people, in another series of announcements made in the lead-up to Waitangi Day.

The lion's share of the funding, $60m, will go to five of the so-called "surge regions" which require extra help. They are Northland, Bay of Plenty, Tairāwhiti, Hawke's Bay and Manawatū-Whanganui.

"We will be investing in two specific programmes that support Māori and Pasifika – He Poutama Rangatahi [$13.2m] and the expansion of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples' successful Pacific Employment Support Service [$8.8m]," Ardern said.

Today's announcements come on top of $127m announced yesterday by Ardern and her ministers - up to $100m from the PGF for capital funding for Māori landowners to develop their land, and another $27m for the Kaipara region, mainly for transport infrastructure......
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National leader Simon Bridges urges RMA reform over $100m for Māori land ownership
The government is making the same mistake with Māori land ownership as it did with KiwiBuild, National party leader Simon Bridges says.

"The one thing that is required is Te Ture Whenua Māori land reform. That's what's got to happen because the complex legal intricacies of multiple owners mean it's always going to be incredibly difficult to do this unless you get that law reform. It's not a question of the financing."

Mr Bridges said he would not be going along to listen to what Don Brash says at Waitangi but supported his right to say what he wants to say.

"I think it's a good thing that he gets the chance to go up there and say his piece."

When asked what he made of Mr Brash's Orewa speech and the idea that Māori get special privileges Mr Bridges said that in simple terms he entirely agreed things shouldn't be done on the basis of race.

"But we should be doing things on the basis of need ... that means things like whānau ora, like partnership schools, like Te Ture Whenua Māori land reform that disproportionally affect and will benefit Māoridom are right.

"In that regard I think what Don's saying just isn't nuanced enough for the modern world that we live in."

However Mr Bridges said New Zealand should get rid off Māori seats.......
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Regional Digital Hubs to benefit rural marae
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that $21 million will be invested in modern and reliable digital services for regional and rural communities.

Regional Economic Minister Shane Jones says, “Marae are meeting places for whānau, hapū, and iwi, and are central to many rural communities. Improving connectivity will support communities to undertake economic activity and enhance their capability.”

Oromahoe (Te Tai Tokerau), Te Houhanga (Te Tai Tokerau) and Raupunga Te Huki (Heretaunga) will be the first set of marae to receive PGF funding for digital connectivity and Te Puni Kōkiri and the Provincial Development will run a process to select further marae and RDHs......
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Tuhoronuku not right for Ngāpuhi settlement - Little
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little will be meeting with representatives of Ngāpuhi and its hapū to find an alternative to Tuhoronuku while he is at Waitangi this year, he says.

The country's biggest iwi, Ngāpuhi rejected a revised mandate for settlement talks when more than 70 of its hundred-plus hapū gave it the thumbs down in December.

The National government accepted the mandate known as Tuhoronuku, inititated by rūnanga leader Sonny Tau nearly ten years ago.

But Mr Little said the latest vote had made it clear hapū did not want to settle under that banner, or the most recent so-called evolved version.....
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Ka Mate – a commodity to trade or taonga to treasure?
As we approach the ninth Rugby World Cup, hosted by Japan in September-November later this year, Massey University researchers are recommending more protections for the use of haka in marketing, both here and overseas.....
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Aotearoa petition: No longer a ’vicious response’ to te reo
Adding Aotearoa to the country's official name is a good idea but the government has other priorities first, the acting minister for Māori development says.

However, he said the political reality was that the government had other priorities and referendums were expensive.

"We are a country that's getting more mature by the day and our prime minister [Jacinda Ardern] is leading the way on that......
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Brian and Brash told to go back to Tāmaki
Tino rangatiratanga whānau are telling Brian Tāmaki and Don Brash to stay in Auckland this Waitangi Day, says Te Ao Pritchard of Te Ata Tino Toa.

‘Waitangi is our day, a day for Māori to fly the flag. If you’re not here to tautoko us, or debate on our terms, then stay in Auckland.’.......
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Waitangi Day organiser defends decision to invite Don Brash, 'the most racist politician in the country'
He said it is about keeping the Treaty of Waitangi alive.

"It’s not just Māori to be doing this discussion," he said.

"Pākehā need to be involved…understanding why the benefit of the constitution of the Treaty of Waitangi is so important to protect our rights - to protect our rights as individuals as whānau and as citizens of this country.

"This is why we want to engage with Don Brash and understand his perspectives. We are never going to do it if we don’t come together and have this discussion."....
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4  February  2019

Govt to spend $100m on supporting Māori landowners
The government's Provincial Growth Fund will spend $100 million on supporting Māori landowners to make better use of their land.

The announcement was made this morning by the Prime Minister and the Regional Economic Development Minister, Shane Jones, at Kaipara.

They say research shows 80 percent of Māori freehold land is under-utilised and unproductive.

The money is to be spent on projects that are investment-ready.....
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More on the above here > $120m of Provincial Growth Fund announced, $100m fund for Māori landowners

Govt shouldn’t play bank with taxpayer money
The Government’s new $100 million fund for Māori landowners is yet another example of the Bank of Shane Jones risking taxpayer money, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

According to the Prime Minister and Mr Jones, the $100 million fund is needed to help develop Māori land as landowners find it difficult to access capital from banks.

“If banks and other institutions aren’t willing to lend money to these landowners, why should it instead be taken forcibly from taxpayers?

“We’re told the money will increase the productivity of Māori land, but of course other parts of the economy will now be less productive as they are taxed more heavily to pay for it.....
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Auckland Council Event for Māori and Pacific Students
Calling all Māori and Pacific students, Auckland Council would like invite you to a Korero and Kai!

Auckland Council is one of the most diverse organisations in Aotearoa. Right now, we are working on large-scale projects right across our thriving region that are creating the future of our city. To have a great city it's essential Aucklanders have a strong voice in our decisions.

This means that we have a world of opportunities for talented Māori and Pacific students like you.

We will be on campus, so come along to find out how we support Māori and Pacific employees at Council......
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Ngati Manu: Open letter to The Prime Minister
Dear Jacinda,
12 months ago to the day (3 Feb, 2018), you were welcomed onto our marae, and that day you cried with us, as you listened to our story of grief, despair, and hopelessness in the wake of relentless colonisation.

We ask that question now Prime Minister. What progress has been made? From our perspective, the answer is - very little.....
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Hobson's Pledge spokesman Don Brash to speak at Waitangi
Former politician Don Brash has been invited to speak at the lower marae at Waitangi, where he was once pelted with mud by protesters angry at his infamous Orewa speech.

Brash wouldn't be drawn on the detail of his speech or whether he would make any points on Hobson's Pledge, but said it would be "reasonably substantial".

"I understand that they may have a discussion on that issue that I'm sure I'll be invited to comment on, but I'm not quite sure how much I am free to say.".....
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Boycott Don Brash's Speech at Waitangi - Hilda Halkyard-Harawira
Mana Party member Hilda Harawira says people who attend the speaker's forum at Te Tii Marae in Waitangi this week should boycott Don Brash’s speech.

“It’s more appropriate to listen to Māori speakers, non-māori and young people who are committed to māori issues and finding solutions for future generations. Why would we provide a space for someone who is racist?”.....
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3  February  2019

Maori Development Minister marks start of indigenous languages year
The Minister of Maori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, welcomes the beginning of the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages.

The International Year of Indigenous Languages is being launched today in New York, signalling the beginning of a year of celebrations to promote and help protect indigenous languages.

"Te reo Maori is an important element of who we are as New Zealanders and the foundation of Maori culture and identity.

Our culture, language and identity shapes how we perceive and aspire to wellbeing. The time is right to ensure that this uniqueness is reflected in how this government aspires to, and creates change......
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Iwi and medical union in dental dispute
A Wellington iwi has raised concerns about the medical specialist's union wanting to extend their collective agreement to include two dentists along with twenty GPs as Māori health providers for the Toa Rangatira Rūnanga.

Tā Matiu Rei, executive director for Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira, says the move by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) would incur considerable costs for patients because the government only pays for dental care up to the age of 18 years.

Rei says the Toa Rangatira Māori health provider is the first to be targeted by the union with the expectation they're loaded with cash from their Treaty settlement to pay any shortfall.

He says "The last thing we want to do is set a precedent for other Iwi Health Providers to pick up the health tab."

Rei says the settlement fund is for iwi beneficiaries and comes from breaches of article two of the Treaty of Waitangi.

However, tangata whenua have rights as New Zealand citizens under article three of the Treaty and those rights mean the public purse pays for health services via district health boards.
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Jacinda Ardern says she wants to turn the rhetoric about partnership with Maori, into practical change.
A year ago Jacinda Ardern told Māori to hold her to account, and today she gave iwi leaders the chance to do just that.

The Prime Minister met leaders and the Iwi Chairs Forum in the Bay of Plenty today.

The meeting is the bedrock of annual Waitangi Day commemorations and has traditionally taken place behind closed doors.....
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Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust faces $549,000 legal costs claim
A national Māori language trust could have to pay about $549,000 to a former trust member who was unlawfully removed from his position in 2014.

Toni Waho, a former Palmerston North school principal, took the Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust to court after it removed him for allegedly bringing the trust into disrepute.

The judge has decided the board should indemnify Waho for payment of losses and expenses reasonably and properly incurred by him as part of his duties as a trustee.....
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Changes for official powhiri at Waitangi
For the first time, politicians and dignitaries will be given earpieces to hear the translated words of their hosts during the official welcome to Waitangi next week.

The idea was that of Māori Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis, who has also introduced changes to the way the powhiri on February 5 is conducted.....
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2  February  2019

Iwi leaders encouraged by government ahead of Waitangi
Tribal leaders at the Iwi Chairs Forum in Waitangi have welcomed the government's willingness to give Māori a greater say in the way the country is run.

Generally staunch opponent of the Crown, Ngāti Kahu chairwoman Margaret Mutu kept the mood light into the morning.

She said for the first time in her life, she believed the government backed Māori.

The framework is about engaging with the Crown and enabling Māori to determine the way they live their own lives.

She calls it a "true partnership" under Te Tiriti o Waitangi - the te reo Māori version of the treaty.....
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Art Deco Festival to amend programmes after using 'lambscape' of Te Mata Peak that offended local iwi
Napier's Art Deco Festival has now apologised after using a depiction of Te Mata Peak that offended local Māori as a rack of lamb in it’s festival programmes.

The ad by Hastings lamb exporter Ovation depicted the sacred landscape as a piece of meat. Te Mata Peak is a burial ground for tupuna (ancestors)......
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Maori Council and the National Maori Authority hit the road
Maori Council and the National Maori Authority hit the road to Australia to support Iwi and Hapu find their list members

The New Zealand Maori Council and the National Maori Authority will join forces and take their message on the road to Australia for Waitangi celebrations to try and ensure Maori are connected to Iwi, Hapu and Maori Affairs back home......
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Health sector 'inherently racist' to Māori says cancer survivor
A Māori cancer survivor claims the health sector is inherently racist towards Māori patients and is calling for a change in workforce cultural competency to save more lives.

"It's inherently racist, it's designed for a non-Māori audience, it was designed for a non-Māori patient so the big ticket item for us, for me in particular, is workforce cultural competency."

"It's unconscious bias. So it's about when a GP is presented with a Pākeha or a Māori to be considering the inequity by making the Māori patient wait an extra month to be seen, it's as simple as that.".......
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Is 'fat-shaming' racist ?
Research by Dr Isaac Warbrick from the Auckland University of Technology has found many weight loss-centred public healthcare initiatives frame Māori as unproductive.

Nationally almost one in three adults are obese, while among Māori, 47 percent of adults are obese, according to the New Zealand Health Survey 2017/18.

Fat was also a racism issue, he noted.

"Just as sexism-related stigma is compounded by weight anxiety, racism toward Māori is compounded by fat-shaming," Mr Warbrick said.

"Long before we reached the current alarming level of obesity, Māori were stigmatised, like many other colonised peoples, because of the colour of their skin, their beliefs and culture.

The paper examines perceptions of weight and racism towards Māori, New Zealand's policy and practice regarding weight, and proposed indigenous solutions.

"We need indigenous-led solutions informed by indigenous knowledge.".....
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TPK calling for submissions on Maori media sector shift
Te Puni Kokiri is calling for feedback and online submissions for the Maori Media Sector Shift from today.

The Maori Media Sector Shift will explore how radio, television and online te reo and Maori content will be delivered in the future.

Te Puni Kokiri Chief Executive Michelle Hippolite says the online survey will give the opportunity for all stakeholders including the Maori media sector as well as audiences to give feedback.......
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Crown-Iwi partnership – 300 new homes on table for Miramar
A Crown-Iwi partnership is being explored that could form a significant part of the solution to Wellingtons housing woes, with an MoU being signed between mana whenua and the government that is investigating the potential for affordable homes built …
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Iwi leaders tell PM: We don't want our message diluted
The Prime Minister and her delegation stressed to iwi leaders today that the door was always open to them but some leaders warned they didn't want their message to be "diluted" by being lumped in with pan-Māori voices.

One forum member told Ms Ardern that she accepted discussions would take place with pan-Māori groups, but she didn't want their message to be diluted into Māori - "we are iwi".

Following the powhiri Ms Ardern was given a gift of a 40,000-year-old wooden pendant but was quickly instructed that "it's not yours, it's Te Aroha's" meaning it was intended for her baby, Neve.

The Crown engagement at the meeting centred on a number of recommendations the iwi leaders had settled on at their own meeting on Thursday.

The focus was heavily on freshwater, issues with the Census last year and what sort of a gap in Maori data it would create, Whanau Ora and housing.

Ms Ardern addressed the large meeting about the Wellbeing Budget - the first of its kind - in May this year and the symbolism of it.

She said while in Davos at the World Economic Forum she felt like she was sharing a "Māori world view" when she talked about the Budget and the focus it would have on people and their wellbeing.

"It felt like we're only just catching up on what you've been telling us for some time.''....
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Priority pressure as Budget wish list looms
The co-chair of Labour’s Māori caucus says Māori MPs are pushing hard for more funding for Māori in the first well-being Budget.

But there are choices to be made, as it’s going to take years to recover from National’s tight fisted approach to addressing the needs of New Zealand’s growing population.....
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National Iwi Chairs Forum discusses council relations
A collective of iwi leaders have signed a formal agreement that will see greater Māori input in local government decisions on the first day of the National Iwi Chairs Forum in Waitangi.

However, the move has already attracted opposition from others in the region.

Media were not allowed during discussion time due to sensitive discussions around the possibility of Māori creating a formal working relationship with local government in the North.

A possible deal between local leaders and regional council is already attracting opposition.

The collaboration between Te Kahu o Taonui and local government does not have the support of Whangārei hapū, who have contacted Minister of Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, to voice their opposition. It is supported by three of the councils in the North (Northland Regional, Far North, and Kaipara).

However, there is uncertainty around Whangārei.

Tau says, "The mayor [of Whangārei, Sheryl Mai] is very receptive of the collaboration. However, to my knowledge, the problem lies with her councillors."....
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“Give me my History!” - petition
“Give me my History!” - NZ History Teachers’ Association petition calling for the coherent teaching in schools of our shared past

What NZHTA proposes in its petition is not a radical idea; the New Zealand Curriculum (page 8) itself envisions:

…young people who will work to create an Aotearoa New Zealand in which Māori and Pākehā recognise each other as full Treaty partners, and in which all cultures are valued for the contributions they bring.

One of the eight key Principles (page 9) is:

The curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand. All students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Maori me ona tikanga......
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Iwi chairs monitor government performance
Haami Piripi from Te Rārawa says iwi leaders have put a lot of effort in recent years into considering the constitutional status of iwi, and that has given them the basis for a better relationship with government.

He says the crown needs to recognise the partnership with iwi established by the Treaty of Waitangi and the importance of iwi being able to measure the quality of the relationship.....
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1  February  2019

Māori DNA "a taonga"
Māori customary rights doctoral researcher Karaitiana Taiuru is urging Māori to engage with the Law Commission's public consultation on DNA samples being used in investigations.

He says it's even more important for those who have already provided DNA to the police.

The purpose of the consultation is to ensure that the laws governing the use of DNA in criminal investigations are fit for purpose, constitutionally sound and accessible.

The commission began the consultation process to identify tikanga concepts that are relevant to the use of DNA in criminal investigations.

Taiuru has made six key recommendations:

* The law must acknowledge that DNA is a taonga.

* The Law must recognise customary rights of DNA.

* DNA must be stored in a tikanga appropriate and safe manner.

* DNA must be obtained with customary rights considered (where possible).

* Treaty of Waitangi rights must be considered in all aspects of DNA retrieval and storage.

* There must be adequate Māori representation on governance and advisory groups both locally and nationally at all levels of all organisations and government who deal with DNA samples for criminal investigations and privacy.....
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Iwi chairs-mayoral forum agreement
The first multi-lateral agreement of its kind in New Zealand will be signed today between the Tai Tokerau Iwi Chairs Forum and Northland Mayoral Forum. The historic milestone, which demonstrates the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, will give the region's local government and iwi a better understanding of each other's perspectives, provide opportunities for beneficial joint ventures and boost Northland's voice on strategic issues.

It will support collaboration on social, economic, cultural and environmental issues but not replace statutory powers, plans or agreements between the parties. .....
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More on the above here > Northland hapū group says forum signing undermines sovereignty

Te Puni Kōkiri chief executive Michelle Hippolite resigns
Te Puni Kōkiri chief executive Michelle Hippolite has resigned after six years in the job.

Ms Hippolite will officially step aside in July.....
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31  January  2019

First milestone for Mana Wahine claim at Waitangi Tribunal
A claim lodged by Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Awhina - the rūnanga of the Public Service Association - to address employment inequities suffered by Māori women has now been officially registered by the Waitangi Tribunal as claim Wai 2864.

"It’s fantastic the Tribunal will hear our claim. It calls out the Crown for its failure to address injustices that have relegated generations of wāhine Māori to low paid jobs with working conditions that leave them extremely vulnerable," said Georgina Kerr, one of four PSA members who lodged the claim on behalf of Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Awhina.

"This includes the failure of the education system to adequately prepare wāhine Māori for meaningful employment, the failure to eliminate bias and discrimination in the workplace, and the failure to consistently fund services that should be enhancing the lives of Māori wāhine and their whānau.....
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New chair for Conservation Authority
Edward Ellison is the new Chairperson of the New Zealand Conservation Authority, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

Edward is an active member of Otakou Marae and former Deputy Kaiwhakahaere of Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu, with experience in cultural advocacy, Treaty of Waitangi claim negotiations, environmental management, policy development and governance......
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Forest plans chance for iwi to grow assets
Forestry and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones is keen to see iwi asset managers contributing to the Government's billion trees and provincial growth strategies.

The managers are meeting as part of the Iwi Leaders Forum in Waitangi this week......
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Heatwave - Māori Climate Commissioner urges action
The role of the Māori Climate Commissioner:

* Provide independent Māori-focused research and advice that will contribute to Aotearoa meeting its obligations under the 2015 Paris Agreement on greenhouse-gas-emissions;

* Promote the Māori world view as a model to help Aotearoa meet its obligations.

* Support education campaigns and activities that will enable Māori to participate in the economic opportunities presented by Aotearoa’s commitment to the Paris Agreement;

* Campaign for policy settings that will help Aotearoa meet its obligations;

* Promote an indigenous world view that works to transform world views harmful to the earth into practices rooted in indigenous tikanga.....
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Symposium looks at building Māori social economy
Iwi leaders are working together and sharing insights on how to build the Māori economy and create jobs.

"The idea is about networking in order to grow the new Māori economy, as a result of the opportunities we have.....
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Māori carvers head to Antarctica
Two Māori carvers head to Antarctica next week to complete and install a traditional carving at Scott Base, New Zealand’s headquarters on the ice.

The work to be unveiled is one of the first examples of traditional Māori carving taking place on the continent and has been made possible under the Antarctica New Zealand Community Engagement Programme......
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Bubble of Māori docs changing profession

Māori doctors are anticipating changes in the medical profession as Māori assume leadership positions.

"Probably 20 to 25 percent of doctors who are graduating in this country are Māori and that is not going to change. That's going to keep going so as that bubble of Māori doctors come throgh, imagine the change that will happen when one quarter of the medical workforce are Māori," Dr Tipene Leach says.

The hui heard about Māori approaches to patient care that could change the way all doctors work.....
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How Māori university names promote student inclusivity
While searching for your study abroad options in New Zealand, you may notice the use of Māori names listed underneath the institution’s official name.

Take Massey University of New Zealand as an example, whose Māori name is ‘Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa’, or the Victoria University of Wellington, with ‘Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Māui’.

By adding this extra layer underneath, universities demonstrate a sense of unity and togetherness many international students respect.

As New Zealand’s official tourism site states, “Māori are the tangata whenua, the indigenous people, of New Zealand. They came here more than 1000 years ago from their mythical Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki.....
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30  January  2019

Council critics of iwi carbon credit deal labelled ‘racist’
Two Hawke’s Bay Regional Councillors are being accused of racism after raising concerns about a deal the council has done with local iwi, Ngāti Kahugnunu.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s deal to loan 100,000 carbon credits to iwi is being described by councillors Debbie Hewitt and Fenton Wilson as “deeply concerning”.

The loan lacked transparency, was rushed through without proper consultation and gave preferential treatment to iwi over other groups, they said.

The council voted last month to lend the carbon credits to iwi subsidiary Kahutia Limited Partnership. The credits were worth around $2.5 million.

Councillor Debbie Hewitt said she voted against the loan because she found the process and the deal “deeply concerning.”

Key documents detailing the final agreement and legal advice were not given to councillors until 7pm on the night before that meeting, she said.

She also questioned why the iwi was only being charged 2 percent interest when other groups that borrowed money from the council were charged up to 10 percent.....
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More Māori-based justice solutions being considered to reduce reoffending
Māori-based justice solutions are effective and could reduce reoffending rates if expanded to cover more offenders and more serious offending, the head of a justice reform group says.

Chester Borrows chairs the Safe and Effective Justice Programme Advisory Group that will make recommendations to the Government to improve the criminal justice system later this year......
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Vote ban extra blow for Māori
A justice reform advocate says denying prisoners the right to vote is an ongoing breach of their human rights and is a particular attack on Māori.

The disproportional number of Māori on the prison muster makes it a treaty issue, especially as it can affect their behaviour after they are released.....
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Petition launched to add Aotearoa to country's official name
A Kiwi man has launched a petition to add Aotearoa to our country's official name.

If accepted, it would require Parliament to pass legislation requiring a referendum on whether the official name of New Zealand should change to include the Māori name.

"Official documents of national identity, birth and citizenship certificates, passports and money-notes have Aotearoa and New Zealand together as the names of the country," Danny Tahau Jobe's petition states.

"Only 'New Zealand' has official status. Both names together will officially confirm/enhance nationhood and uniqueness in the world.".....
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28  January  2019

Wanganui-born academic Graham Hingangaroa Smith appointed deputy vice-chancellor Maori at Massey University
Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith, of Wanganui, is joining Massey University as deputy vice-chancellor Māori.

Smith, of Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Aitanga a Hauiti and Kāti Māmoe has been acting director of Te Pourewa Arotahi – the institute of post Treaty-settlement futures at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Previously he was the chief executive of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Whakatane for eight years before retiring in 2015.

Massey vice-chancellor professor Jan Thomas said she is delighted to have someone of Smith's academic standing and mana join the university in a senior leadership role.....
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Maori Parents' Information Evening
There will be a meeting with parents of Maori students at the start of the 2019 academic year on Thursday 21 February in the Old Boys' Pavilion.
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27  January  2019

Te Wai Maori Trust Demands Native Eel Protection
Te Wai Māori Trust met with Iwi representatives in Wellington on Wednesday to discuss options for improving the health and wellbeing of tuna (eel) in the face of ongoing habitat degradation and the effects of climate change on this iconic indigenous freshwater species.

“Tuna are a taonga species for Iwi Māori and an iconic species for New Zealand nationally.” Trust Chairman Ken Mair said. “As a country we need to step up our efforts to protect this national taonga.”.....
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UN recommends abortion be decriminalised - Family Planning
Te Whariki Takapou Chief Executive Dr. Alison Green says, "These new UPR recommendations should give further confidence to our MPs as they consider abortion legislation for New Zealand. Abortion is not a crime, it is a human right. For Maori, the right to an abortion also comes from Treaty of Waitangi guarantees for self- determination and equitable health outcomes.".....
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Whangārei gets a street art facelift
Whangārei is buzzing with Street Prints Manaia- an indigenous street art festival that will give walls around the city some artistic flair.

"I wanted to make sure that we incorporated Māori in to the name of the festival and then it had to be significant to the area- and we always have whakatauki that go along with our festivals," says organiser, Jah Smith.......
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Māori Party and TOP in talks ahead of 2020 election
TOP and the Māori Party could be allies in the next election, with talks in place over the possibility of working together.

It comes after Māori Party president Che Wilson told Ratana church leaders there was an aim to collaborate with TOP.

"We are entering into a conversation to see what are the fruits of working together," he said......
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26  January  2019

National's Simon Bridges wants all historic Treaty claims settled by 2024
National leader Simon Bridges has begun his political year with a joke and some aspiration.

That "aspiration" was to settle every historic Treaty claim by 2024 if he gets back into Government - an echo of a similar promise made by John Key that never eventuated.

Bridges was speaking on Thursday afternoon at Rātana in Rangitikei, the first serious event of the political year, and his first as party leader. The year 2024 would be a century since the church's founder first took a petition on Treaty claims to Parliament......
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Rātana: Bridges and Peters speak on actions for Māori
Speaking at Rātana Pā, Winston Peters says the government will keep its promises to Māori, while Simon Bridges said he will support Treaty Negotiations.....
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds pegged for NZ historic landmark
Heritage New Zealand is calling for the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to be selected as the country's first National Historic Landmark.

The National Historic Landmarks programme was set-up under the Heritage New Zealand Pou-here Taonga Act 2014 to better recognise and protect the country's outstanding heritage places.

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds in Northland is where the agreement that New Zealand is built on was signed in 1840......
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Waitangi protest to focus on Hokianga Harbour pollution
A protest march on Waitangi Day will aim to focus council and central government attention on sewage woes afflicting the Hokianga Harbour.

A number of council wastewater treatment plants serving Hokianga towns are well past their use-by dates, which locals say is polluting a historically and spiritually significant harbour.

Godfrey Rudolph, a teacher and Green Party candidate in the 2017 election, said it was a Treaty issue and a human rights issue, hence the Waitangi Day protest......
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25  January  2019

Auckland iwi Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki lays out bikes and beds plans for Motutapu
Auckland iwi Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki has unveiled plans to offer biking tours and accommodation on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

The iwi signed a relationship agreement with the Department of Conservation on Wednesday, which gave them a role as mana whenua in influencing policies, looking after the whenua (land) and taonga species, providing visitor information and protecting waahi tapu (sacred sites).

The agreement was a condition of last year's Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Deed of Settlement, but was delayed while the courts heard challenges by the iwi to ferry and tourism concessions granted by DoC.

Ngāi Tai won those cases, which concluded in the Supreme Court in December, and chair James Brown told Waatea News they were excited to finally be able to exercise manaakitanga and rangatiratanga over the motu.

"We're wanting to partner in the true sense with our DoC agent, a true treaty partnership and an example of that is how we could partner on Motutapu Island."

The iwi also wanted to invest in lodge accommodation on the island, could look at projects like a zipline to the summit of Rangitoto in the future......
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Rangitoto zipline, gondola rides suggested: iwi plan to make island more accessible
Aucklanders may soon be able to zipline from Rangitoto Island's summit.

An influential Auckland iwi leader has put forward commercial plans for zipline and gondola rides on Rangitoto.

The proposal, which is currently being considered, has also won the backing of the powerful Tāmaki Makaurau rangatira.

Brown didn't mince words when responding to the question of whether the new amenities could damage the environment.

"To any person who says 'that's not good for the islands and that's wrecking the environment' - my ancestors didn't wreck Rangitoto or Motutapu or any island. The Crown and its mates did. You would not be able to see these [rides] from the mainland because the [crater] rim is lower than the summit and there's landing points," Brown said of the plans......
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24  January  2019

UN digs in on NZ human rights
Justice Minister Andrew Little could find himself in the hot seat later today as New Zealand faces scrutiny from the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Germany also wants to know what New Zealand plans to do to reduce the socioeconomic differences between the overall society and Māori and Pacific people.

It also wonders what happened to the suggestion by former prime minister and constitutional law expert Sir Geoffrey Palmer for a written constitution.

The council has received submissions from a wide range of New Zealand stakeholders, and it could pick up on some of their suggestions, such as asking about what the Government is doing to tackle the disproportionate number of Māori in prison, and what steps this country is taking to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.......
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'Impacts of colonisation still felt in NZ' - Andrew Little
Justice Minister Andrew Little has laid out a picture of New Zealand's human rights before the United Nations.

He spoke before the council overnight on New Zealand's human rights, beginning with the state of the relationship between Pakeha and Māori.

Little, who is also Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister, said the Treaty had been breached, leaving Māori "strangers in their own land".

"The impacts of colonisation continue to be felt today through entrenched structural racism and poorer outcomes for Māori," Little said in prepared notes.

"If we are to address the seemingly intractable problems facing some Māori, like the disproportionate representation of Māori in state care and our prisons, then we need to work constructively with Māori to find solutions.".....
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Tribes take up kaitiaki role for Maungauika-North Head
The chair of the Tāmaki Makaurau Tūpuna Maunga Authority says the transfer of management responsibility for Maungauika North Head marks an important step for the Tāmaki Makaurau settlement.

Ownership of the Devonport maunga was transferred to the 13 iwi and hapū of Tāmaki in the 2014 collective settlement, but it continued to be managed by the Department of Conservations Te Papa Atawhai......
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Learning local: Kaipara students finally learn about the 'pivotal event' in their history
Schools are being encouraged to develop localised teaching units now that national standards have been abolished. Simon Collins reports in the third of a five-part series.

Almost 200 years after his ancestral tribe was almost wiped out, Savea Saua knew little about his heritage until he studied history at Otamatea High School.

In 1825, about 1000 of Saua's Ngāti Whātua forebears gathered near the Otamatea inlet of the Kaipara Harbour to face an invading force led by the Ngāpuhi chief Hongi Hika in what became known as the Battle of Te-Ika-a-Ranganui.

At first the defenders prevailed, killing several of the smaller invading force of perhaps 300-400 men, and forcing them to retreat.

But then Hongi Hika arrived with guns which he had acquired on a visit to England, giving him a huge advantage. Hundreds of Ngāti Whātua were killed and the historian S Percy Smith wrote in 1910 that the Waimako Stream "is said to have run red with blood"......
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Adoptee seeks justice for displaced tamariki

Wai 2575 claimant, Bev Wiltshire-Reweti is reaching out to other Māori who were taken from their whānau as children under the 1955 Adoption Act.

Wiltshire-Reweti claims Crown policies and practices failed in their care of Māori children and are in breach of the Treaty.

“We were robbed of all our rights and our entitlements, under the legislation, under the adoption acts and the care of the child acts...We lost our whānau, our hapū, our iwi.”

“I want justice for all Māori children that have been displaced from their whānau, hapū and iwi because it doesn't just affect our lives- it affects our children, our mokos, it has a generational impact on them.”....
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New taskforce on Maori access to industry and employment
The New Zealand Maori Council has today launched a new national taskforce that will seek to improve the number of Maori in high skills jobs and professions, increase Maori small business ownership, access to industry and promote more younger Maori to move into a form of higher education. The taskforce will be Chaired by former Head of the world’s oldest, and one of the largest, employment companies Drake International, Matthew Tukaki (Ngai Te Rangi) who is also a member of Council’s National Executive. Tukaki is also the founder of the global entrepreneurs movement known as EntreHub and founder of the online news channel for small business, EHNSB NewsNow......
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23  January  2019

Concerns iwi might block access to reserves labelled 'scaremongering'
The Wanganui Ratepayers Association has been labelled ignorant and scaremongers for saying iwi should not gain ownership of some parks and reserves.

The association is demanding a referendum on whether land in Whanganui be returned to iwi as part of its treaty settlement.

Whanganui iwi are making headway with their treaty settlement in relation to their land claims.

The district council recently threw its support behind some of its early proposals, which include potential co-governance and joint-management of some parks and lakes, and ownership of certain areas like the harbour.

But Wanganui Ratepayer's Association chairman Dave Hill wants the parks and reserves off the table.

"If the government of today wants to make redress, they can do that by giving other government owned land back to iwi or they can make a financial redress," he said.

"But no thank you, not our parks and reserves."......
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Swimming pool sign - a splash of "casual racism"?
Waiariki MP Tamati Coffey has labelled an image on a safety sign at a swimming pool in Auckand as “casual racism”.

He posted a photo of the sign on Facebook last night in a bid to contact the manager.

The sign shows a cartoon image of two children at the pool. One is fair skinned and the other, named Hemi, is brown and wearing a pounamu necklace.

In the image, a speech bubble shows the girl saying, “Hemi stop! Make sure you visit the toilet before you swim!”....
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Unique project gives kindy teachers a direct link to the Māori world
A unique partnership has created an app to help kindergarten teachers in their knowledge of te reo Māori.

At Monday's launch, held at Waitara's Owae Marae, Kindergarten Taranaki's professional manager Mandy Coupe said the aim was to help strengthen staff knowledge and competency within te ao Māori or the Māori world......
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Urupā at risk as seas rise
The Māori climate commissioner says central and local government need to recognise Māori communities will be hit first and hit hardest by climate change

She says the Māori voice is almost absent, yet 80 percent of marae are on the coast or near flood-prone rivers.

Many hapū will also need to move their urupā,......
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Aussie beer event advert 'mocking Māori culture'
A Melbourne bar has been criticised for using an image of a former St Kilda mayor with tā moko drawn on his face to promote a Waitangi Day event.

The image has offended some Māori and members of the New Zealand beer community.

Māori culture advocate Karaitiana Taiuru said it was offensive to have tā moko, which was a deeply personal graphical story of an individual's genealogy and achievements, or any aspect of the head associated with food and beverages - more so when associated with alcohol.

"It is being disrespectful to the person's whole genealogy, or simply mocking Māori culture," Mr Taiuru said......
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How an Australian coach revived the Phoenix by reconnecting it to Māori heritage
Unlike other A-League clubs, who benefit from bigger budgets, the 43-year-old has shaped his side's fortunes by getting things right off the field, using something quite special - traditional Māori rituals and values.

Among those traditions that the side has adopted is the Hongi, which is being used by players and staff before the match.

"It's a symbol of unity between two people, it is meant to breath live into the next person," Rudan explained.

Rudan refers to the ancient Māori story of Ngake and Whātaitai - in which the Phoenix-like spirit of two taniwha try to escape to Wellington habour.

Māori mythology states Ngake created the harbour with hard work and preparation. The other, Whātaitai, failed to prepare and ended up stranded on the hillside.....
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22  January  2019

Human remains washed into the sea at Maketū
Local iwi have placed a rāhui on the eastern side of Ōkurei Point in Maketū after a landslide washed human remains into the sea.

A public notice said the remains, which were possibly pre-European, became dislodged and disinterred and washed into the surrounding ocean, including at Newdicks Beach.

The rāhui (prohibition) includes a ban on collecting kaimoana shellfish or any other seafood until the koiwi a tangata (human remains) have been retrieved and properly reinterred.

The public was asked to avoid the area and respect the rāhui, which would be in place for at least six weeks......
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Historic Feilding courthouse earmarked for disposal
Now, the Government will either sell the building or gift it to an iwi under a Treaty of Waitangi settlement......
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19  January  2019

Rugby: Samoan player Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu accuses All Blacks of 'stealing' Maori culture
Outspoken Samoan rugby player Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has accused the All Blacks of 'stealing' Maori culture in an expletive-laden social media post.

"The All Blacks' whole identity is stolen from Maori culture," he says. "The All Blacks aren't doing an Indian dance, they're not doing an Asian dance - they're doing a Maori haka."

Apia-based lawyer Fuimaono-Sapolu's was responding to claims that Asian and Indian students at Auckland's Alfriston College had questioned why their school held a special Maori-Pacifica awards ceremony.

"Let me explain why - no other race, no other culture has been targeted deliberately by the New Zealand Government like Maori have," he said. "They deliberately, intentionally attempt to exterminate and eradicate Maori culture."...
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AI Conference Designed to Lift Health Outcomes for Maori
A Global Artificial Intelligence Conference starting tomorrow at the Auckland Business School will explore the use of predictive data, robotics and new smart technologies to develop better health and wellbeing outcomes for New Zealanders with a strong focus on Maori.

Provocatively named “Hack Aotearoa” has world leading experts such as Professor Eric Topl (Scripps Institute) and Dr. Leo Celi (MIT/Harvard) in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector, coming to New Zealand to work alongside leading New Zealand data scientists and doctors, to explore the potential for Aotearoa to be a world indigenous leader in the fields of health and medicine by integrating Maori Tikanga with AI Technology......
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Maori Art Tutor/Recreation (Kaihangatoi) Position Description
Purpose of the role :

* To plan, provide and evaluate a recreational service for Whai I te ora within Kaupapa Maori services.

* To provide leadership and instruction in Maori Creative Arts including Mahi Toi and workshop based activities.

* To oversee and co-ordinate activities held in Kaupapa Maori service.....
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18  January  2019

Maungauika/North Head governance transfers to Tupuna Maunga
Legal administration of Maungauika / North Head transfers to the Tapuna Maunga Authority from the Department of Conservation (DoC) this Friday, 18 January 2019.

The transfer is welcomed by the Authority as a completion of the Nga Mana Whenua o Tamaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014 which saw ownership of fourteen Tapuna Maunga, including Maungauika, returned to the 13 iwi / hapu of Tamaki. However, administration of Maungauika remained with DoC as an interim step.

Paul Majurey, Chair of the Tapuna Maunga Authority says the transfer is also an important step in integrating the management of all maunga in Tamaki Makaurau....
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Bid to extend public access to Rangitoto Island baches
Through consultation with tāngata whenua the trust had reduced their concession application from 10 to five years, given current treaty claim issues.

"We have been liasing with them and they are supportive of our work," Andrews said.

"We tell bach stories, that is what we do."

Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust chair James Brown said they were regularly in contact with the trust and supported their plans.

"They are a great group doing good things for all our communities, the 'right way'.

"The restored baches are made immediately available for all Aucklanders to access and rent, which aids and advances Ngāi Tai manaakitanga, or duty of care."

While the islands are administered by DoC, Ngāi Tai has claims there based on historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi both as an iwi and as part of Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau.....
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Andrew Little leads UN Human Rights Review
Justice Minister, Andrew Little, leads a delegation to New Zealand’s third Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 21 January.

The Universal Periodic Review considers New Zealand’s human rights records over the last five years. New Zealand was last reviewed in 2014.

“New Zealand has a proud tradition of global leadership in human rights. The Coalition Government is building on that legacy with child poverty reduction, fixing our broken criminal justice system, settling historical Treaty of Waitangi claims and forming the Crown-Māori Relations portfolio, and lifting the refugee quota to 1,500 by 2020.

The findings of the review are not legally binding, but are sometimes cited as persuasive in the courts and the Waitangi Tribunal.
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$70mil Waikato chicken hatchery to open
American company Cobb-Vantress is building a $70mil plus chicken breeding plant at Whangape, near Huntly in the Waikato.

The chicken factory will supply to 10 percent of the global market.

Local marae clusters Ngā Muka and Waahi Whānui are working with management and welcome the move, which will mean jobs for locals.

Ngā Muka chair Glen Tupuhi says, “Employees, with a focus on Māori have come from Huntly, Te Kauwhata, Meremere, Taupiri and Ngāruawāhia.”

"The plant is eighty percent completed with more recruitment as needed to take place for the post-build and production phase, which is already underway."....
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17  January  2019

Wanganui mayor rubbishes group's call for referendum on iwi negotiations
Wanganui mayor Hamish McDouall has hit back at the Ratepayers' Association's call for a referendum on Treaty negotiations - saying the association does not understand the process.

The Office of Treaty Settlements [OTS] and the Wanganui Land Settlement Negotiation Trust are negotiating the iwi's land claim.

Iwi are negotiating for ownership by return or purchase of land around the airport, a first right of refusal for harbour and city endowment land, as well as a vesting of Pākaitore, also known as Moutoa Gardens.

The trust also wants to discuss co-management with the Wanganui District Council of Pukenamu/Queens Park, Kokohuia Wetlands, Gonville Domain and Horrocks Park Reserve.....
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Graham Hingangaroa Smith to lead Massey Māori effort
Massey University has appointed internationally-renowned Māori academic and educator Graham Hingangaroa Smith as its Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori.

Massey Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas says she is delighted to have someone of Professor Smith’s academic standing and mana join the University in a senior leadership role. “Professor Smith is ideally-placed to lead Massey’s Tiriti o Waitangi-led strategy.”.....
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Māori more likely to face prison after drug conviction
The Drug Foundation’s latest state of the nation has found more than half of those being imprisoned for low level drug offences are Māori.

The report says as many as 50 people have died over the past 18 months from synthetic cannabinoid substances.

Nearly half of those convicted are young people under 30, 80 percent are male, and 41 percent are Māori.
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Māori films more than 'natives running around with bare bums'
The search is on for the next big thing in Māori filmmaking after the New Zealand Film Commission earmarked $2.5 million for feature films in te reo Maori.

To qualify for funding, two of the three members of the creative team - the producer, writer and director - must be Māori......
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16  January  2019

'A tobacco-free Māori nation is important'
Tobacco is four times more available in low-income communities compared to affluent ones, says a Māori health organisation.

Hāpai Te Hauora said increasing the tax on tobacco was good but reducing where it was sold would be more beneficial to Māori.

Ms Blair said their research showed tobacco was four times more available in the most deprived areas compared to elsewhere, which disproportionately impacted Māori communities.

Former politician Tariana Turia agreed and said it was a form of racism.

"A tobacco-free Māori nation is important for Māori sovereignty and Māori development......
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Tertiary enrolment process difficult for some Māori students
Puketapu says although youth are always online, the online component presents challenges and Māori students respond better when someone assists with the process.

"Our kids don’t tend to relate too well when you say 'here's a link, go to the link and read up on it'. Sometimes the language used on the websites is just a bit above them in terms of filling in the forms and enrolling and knowing that when they've filled out that part that they then need to seek out scholarships."....
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15  January  2019

Caution for Pākehā who give their children Māori names
Should Pākehā give their children Māori names? One Māori language expert believes there are instances where it can be appropriate but says caution should be taken.

"I believe that if a Pākehā does that (give their child a Māori name), then it shows that they have affection and respect for the Māori people. But if Pākehā want to give their children Māori names, then they must know the history and the meaning of those names," Said Williams, who has been teaching te reo Māori for decades.

But Williams believes not all give such consideration when it comes to using Māori names.

He was furious at the use of the name of Ngāti Kahungunu ancestor Tutere Moana, to sell cheese.

"They didn't give it thought like the Prime Minister did, to the meaning of the word, the essence of the word, the history of the word, therefore I don't agree with them giving that name to their food, for goodness sake its food! It is disrespectful, he is a scared (sic) ancestor."......
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Taking it to the Streets
It's not often residents get a chance to see inside our two outreach vehicles: Te Waka Pounamu - the Mobile Learning Centre and Te Waka Matauranga - the Mobile Library. So for two days in January, these vehicles will "set up shop" in Te Manawa, the city centre, so that visitors in town can have a look at what they offer and how they can make use of them.

The two vehicles normally travel all around the Rotorua district, providing services to many residents who cannot easily visit Te Aka Mauri....
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Mere Berryman: it's time we did better by Māori students
New Zealand's education system is failing Māori students by continuing to marginalise their culture, says Waikato University professor Mere Berryman, a 2017 New Zealander of the Year finalist.

"The Treaty of Waitangi promised both Māori and non-Māori equal shares of all the benefits that the colonial government was going to provide, yet what we've found that education has provided is a very western perspective that is about one history rather than both our histories."

'[The teachers] ask the Chinese girl about her culture and they try and tell me about mine', Berryman was told by one Māori student.

This one-sided storytelling not only disadvantages Māori New Zealanders, she says.

"Māori have missed out because their histories are not being told authentically, but so too have non-Māori because they haven't learnt about Māori histories [alongside European colonial history]. They've learnt a particular version of those events.".....
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Nelson could use crowdfunding to buy $16m Pepin Island
The mayor of Nelson wants the public to buy back Pepin Island, just as it bought a beach in the Abel Tasman National Park.

The island is on the market for $16 million, and it has also been suggested by a former iwi trust chair, that Ngāti Tama buy it back.

"Pepin Island was originally … was taken over, if you like, forcibly by Ngāti Tama."

He said Ngāti Tama retained its link to the island, up to the point Huria Matenga gained ownership by decree of the Native Land Court.

"Once it got into the hands of Huria Matenga and her husband Hemi, who became the dominant force in that partnership, eventually the island along with a lot of parts of Wakapuaka were sold off."

Mr Mitchell said the island slipped out of iwi hands in about 1880s.

It was turned into a working farm and bought by a German businesswoman in 1996 for $2 million......
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New Plymouth councillor labels Māori version of national anthem a tune he is 'ashamed to sing'
A New Plymouth councillor previously censured for making offensive and divisive comments has posted on Facebook about his "shame" in singing the Māori version of the national anthem.

Under a post made on Steve West's Facebook page, which asked people to "name a song you are ashamed of singing" Murray Chong replied with: "The te reo version of the NZ national anthem".

West, who alerted Stuff to the Facebook exchange, then asked Chong if he was threatened by it.

"Not at all but I only need to sing the original version," Chong replied. When questioned further by West, Chong said it was "because that's the original. If we all have to be made to sing the anthem in 2 languages, then the haka should be sung in 2 languages too."......
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Free mentoring for Maori start-ups
A workshop aimed at developing Maori business in Tairawhiti will be delivered in Gisborne on Wednesday.

The Pakihi - Getting Into Business workshop will be held at Te Wananga o Aotearoa Whirikoka Campus.

Pakihi is an initiative that provides free workshops and mentoring to help grow Maori businesses and enterprise throughout the country......
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13  January  2019

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

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

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

He has conspicuously failed to explain to the New Zealand public, perhaps due to brain fading, that under his government and the close supervision of his Treaty negotiations minister, Treaty claim settlement laws have been bulk-voted through Parliament that have destroyed the ability of the Crown to preserve water rights in public ownership......
See Michael’s full article HERE 
November 24, 2012

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11  January  2019

NZ Police and tikanga Māori - who takes care of rāhui after drownings?
Any death at sea, in Māori terms at least, generally means restricted access to the site.

However, now NZ Police are taking an increased approach to work with iwi to allow customary Māori practise more room in dealing with such issues.

Respected Bay of Islands elder, 84-year-old Hirini Kingi (Ngāti Tautahi, Ngāti Whakaeke) is apart of the Police push to involve tikanga Māori when dealing with death at sea, especially drownings.

"All I can do is be honest with you and say that we need to work with them," says Kingi.

The new initiative is being trialled between NZ Police Maritime Units and iwi across the Bay of Islands region this summer.

It remains yet undecided when this collaborative initiative will be rolled out nationwide.....
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Massey University misses obvious lesson from Brash saga
Massey University will have eagerly turned the page on 2018, but choices loom about the year ahead.

The university's leadership will have to figure out what being a Treaty of Waitangi-led organisation means day to day.

More importantly, there's a badly battered reputation in need of repair. Massey's self-inflicted wounds came from the university forgetting what universities are supposed to be about – robust debate, for example.

Right from the start, Massey made clear the decision to ban Brash was not just about security. Naively, the vice-chancellor took the chance to take pot shots at Brash.....
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Hawkins receives health research scholarship
Te Arawa and Tainui descendant Sonia Hawkins is one of four people to be awarded the Health Research Council scholarship valued at more that $128,000.

The funding will allow her to complete her doctorate which will focus on understanding racial and ethnic bias in the nursing profession......
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10  January  2019

Kāpiti's welcome signs defaced in apparent act of defiance against Māori language
Someone appears to have taken offence to – and then literally taken – the macron on Kāpiti's welcome sign, again.

The tiny line that formed part of the district's welcome signs on State Highway 1 at Paekākāriki and Ōtaki was painted out over the Christmas period.

Macrons are the horizontal lines above some vowels that are used to indicate a longer vowel sound.

The latest attack was the third time in six months the signs have been defaced, a Kāpiti Coast District Council spokeswoman said......
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Waitangi Day preparations well underway
On February 3 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to be welcomed onto Ōtamatea Marae for the first time, the marae urupā is the resting place of former Labour MP Paraire Paikea, and his son Tapihana - a site of significance for Labour's Northland based māori MPs.

"The Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy will present our kaumātua [Hekenukumai Busby] with his knighthood at Waitangi. It's something we are all hugely looking forward to celebrating his large portfolio of works over the many years," says Tipene.

On the 5th of February, there will be more ceremonial welcomes for Ardern, the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy, and Chief Justice Sian Elias. Tipene says māuri stones will also be unveiled for the new 28th Māori Battalion Museum in Waitangi.....
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Pure Canterbury water more valuable than oil, so market it better: Councillor
Christchurch's city council should join forces with local iwi to bottle and sell Canterbury's famed pure aquifer water abroad to help reduce rates and fund projects.

Keown wants to negotiate a partnership with iwi that would see the council and Māori jointly own the water in the city's aquifers.
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9  January  2019

Ngāti Tuwharetoa hapu invests in Rafting NZ tourism business on Tongariro River
A trust affiliated with Ngāti Tūwharetoa says it makes sense to invest in a local river rafting firm, doubling its size.

Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust [LRFT] has entered into a joint venture with Turangi-based business Rafting NZ.

The trust manages 30,000 hectares of commercial pine forest to the south and east of Lake Taupō for 1500 beneficial owners.....
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Fonterra's Kapiti cheese name Tuteremoana insulting to descendants of great chief, advisor says
Fonterra has been accused of appropriating Māori culture by naming a cheese after a Kapiti chief.

Fonterra said the cheese was named after the landmark.

Regardless, putting the name of a place that was named after an ancestor on a food product was particularly insulting to that person and their descendants, he said.

"From a customary point of view it shows that you are going to eat that person," Taiuru said.

He said he knew of at least two families who were direct descendents of Tuteremoana who were insulted by Fonterra's use of their ancestor's name on its cheese.

"There should be some consultation and an apology."....
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8  January  2019

NIWA Scientists to head to Antarctica to research Ross Sea
While there are no Māori scientists on-board for this trip, NIWA and some iwi have been working together on establishing what possible connections Māori have to Antarctica.

Dr Pinkerton says, "We've got quite a large Māori component to the project so we're trying to explore Māori connections and aspirations for the Antarctic.

So we're working with Ngai Tahu and Ngāti Wai with landcare as well as trying to look through the history and the connections that those iwi have within the Antarctic and we hope to open it up to a hui of national significance to get input from all iwi in New Zealand."....
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7  January  2019

'What is the sea telling us?': Māori tribes fearful over whale strandings
Seven decades later, Parata, 75, has now overseen more than 500 strandings and is renowned in New Zealand as the leading Māori whale expert, called on by tribes around the country for cultural guidance as marine strandings become increasingly complex and fatal.

“Man’s greed in the ocean is hurting the whales,” says Parata, a fierce and uncompromising elder of the Ngātiwai tribe of eastern Northland.

Ngātiwai believe the whales beach when they are ready to die and want to return to their families, the Māori people. Then, their human families use the whales’ gift of their bodies for sacred carvings, for traditional medicines, and even for compost.

There are marked tribal differences across New Zealand and while some tribes work to refloat stranded whales, others like Parata’s Ngātiwai stand back and allow the Department of Conservation and volunteer groups to take the lead in rescue efforts.

Then the tribe moves in en masse and holds a karakia (prayer), names each animal and sets to work removing their bones, blubber, eyes and teeth for cultural purposes......
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6  January  2019

New Zealand businesses continue to culturally appropriate Māori culture in their marketing.
Karaitiana Taiuru a PhD candidate at Awanuiarangi and a Māori Trademarks advisor believes that cultural appropriation of Māori has become normalised over multiple generations by New Zealand businesses.

Karaitiana has recently identified a number of businesses who are culturally appropriating Māori culture.

Companies recently identified include:

Kapiti Cheese, a brand owned by Fonterra have named a cheese after a famous Māori ancestor....

Some BP petrol stations offering organic coffee and advertising coffee branded with the Māori deity of fertility – Tiki....

Titoki Whiskey bottle represents the god of fertility Tiki as well....

The Warehouse are showing television adverts with the Māori god of fertility Tiki on shopping bags.....
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Financial mentoring aims to get whānau out of debt
Salvation Army spokesperson Pam Waugh says around 45 per cent of families they help are Māori and over the last 10 years poorer families have been getting “further and further behind” in debt.

According to Waugh, the highest percent of Māori living in extreme poverty are in the far North, Whangarei and Rotorua.

“We have financial mentoring plans. We have social workers. We have counselling and we have life skills groups, says Waugh.

“All of those programs work together to help a family develop new skills or help them with their financial management and financial literacy.”.....
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Pā Wars pulls Naati's home
With nearly half of the Ngāti Porou population living beyond the traditional tribal territory on the East Coast, Ngāti Porou Pā Wars is helping tribal members reconnect back to their marae.

Pā Wars began in 1990 and continues to grow, with over 21 marae being represented at the games in Ruatōria this year bringing more than 1,000 people together......
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5  January  2019

From the NZCPR archives by Michael Coote 
Maori myths & legends: Deconstructing the Maorification of NZ
Maori Language Week has just passed and the all-inclusive, Maoist-tinged slogan used for it was clearly aligned with the fact that submissions close on September 30 concerning Maihi Karauna, billed by Te Puni Kokiri as “the Crown’s Strategy for Maori Language Revitalisation 2018 – 2023”. (See Kia Kaha Te Reo Maori web page HERE.)

Plainly Maori Language Week was a public opinion manipulation campaign orchestrated to elicit the kinds of submissions the government wants to receive. While there is a benign interpretation possible for the catch-all “Maori language is for everyone” theme, Maihi Karauna goes far beyond that. Its evident function is to entrench Maori institutional racism across New Zealand society, using the Trojan horse of Maori language as the means.

Of course, people are free to learn and practice Maori language skills as they see fit – Maori and non-Maori alike. Maori has been an official language of New Zealand since 1987. It is not as if it is some sort of linguistic contraband. A positive aspect of Maori language week was encouragement of people to become more proficient in New Zealand’s original tongue. If people undertake this enterprise voluntarily then good on them. Perhaps not so forefronted was that New Zealand English already contains many Maori words used every day – think names and phrases for places, native flora and fauna, foods, greetings, and what have you. It could be a constructive exercise to count up how many Maori words and phrases one uses and understands speaking and hearing New Zealand English in the space of a week. It is not such a big step to learn more about Maori language based upon its longstanding embeddedness in New Zealand English if so desired.

But that is not what elements – Maori and non-Maori – attempting the radical Maorification of New Zealand society want. They are after Maori hegemony over the rest of the country as close as they can achieve to the status quo prevailing before the Treaty of Waitangi. Nothing less can sate them. Maori language is the means they have found to reach this goal, not least because the Crown has let itself become hogtied into promoting and bankrolling it to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars to date, with much more to come. Government intervention is essential to the Maorificationist enterprise, which is dependent on commandeering the state’s power and wealth to make Maori pre-eminence mandatory in New Zealand. Without government intervention, Maori language usage would settle into an equilibrium state of natural supply and demand, which is not fit for purpose in the Maorificationist context. Instead, Maihi Karauna is advocated as the government’s strategy to impose Maori monoculturalism necessarily underpinned by acceptance of Maori racial supremacism.........
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September 16, 2018

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4  January  2019

From the NZCPR archives by Dr Muriel Newman
Agendas and demands
It appears the movement to revitalise te reo is largely driven by Maori sovereignty activists.

The former co-leader of the Maori Party Marama Fox revealed as much in an interview in the Listener just before the election. She described how the path to Maori control of New Zealand would take 12 election cycles to achieve and hinged on te reo becoming compulsory in schools.

She said it was all ‘plotted out’: “It would take 36 years – 12 election cycles – for a Maori sovereignty party to share government… it’s a radical vision… but if we believe in it, then we need to march towards it.”

According to Marama Fox, their vision of shared Government involves replacing our Westminster model of Parliamentary democracy with a “unique form of governance that would favour Maori customs, principles and values.”

She explained that the thinking of New Zealanders needs to be shifted to achieve this goal, and a “critical step” is to make “the Maori language a core subject in the country’s schools… People look at things differently once they’ve acquired te reo. It’s a world view. The Maori world view is different and that’s expressed in the language. The language unlocks our history and our thinking.”

In other words, the compulsory teaching of the Maori language is a critical step in the Maori sovereignty movement achieving its ultimate objective – control of the country.

Political support is coming from the Green Party – it believes that te reo should be a “universal core subject alongside English and Maths” in all State schools from years 1 to 10.

The crucial importance to the Maori sovereignty movement, of embedding te reo in the next generation, also explains why those who speak out against the compulsory teaching of the Maori language in schools are subjected to such vicious attacks.

In general, when questions are asked about the substantial public resources being used to prop up the Maori language, the most common response is that because it’s our ‘official’ language it cannot be allowed to die. The ‘official’ language argument is also used by advocates to justify their call for compulsion.

But their arguments don’t stack up. Governments give languages ‘official’ status as a symbol of their importance to segments of the population – and as a gesture of respect. This then allows the language to be used in a variety of ‘official’ situations, such as legal proceedings in Courts and Tribunals, so that those who rely on the language are not disadvantaged.

The fact that a language has official status does not mean it has to be learnt and used by everyone – far from it. That’s evident from a cursory examination of New Zealand’s second official language – sign language. While information about sign language is available in most schools, there are no plans for it to be made compulsory.

Ironically the English language is a compulsory subject in schools, but it’s not an ‘official’ language. English has never needed ‘official’ status, because it’s the universal language of commerce and literature and everyday living – a language that’s embraced all around the world.

Not only is the Maori language being forced onto our kids, but it’s also being used by the New Zealand Geographic Board to erase our European history from place names.

In fairness, the responsibility for using Maori names is written into their Act, with Section 6 stating that In order to recognise the Crown’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi, the Geographic Board must collect the original Maori names of geographic features for recording on official maps, and encourage their use.

With the law allowing anyone to call for a place-name change, many iwi are now doing so and their requests are largely being rubber stamped by the ‘independent’ Board that consists of the Surveyor-General as Chairman, a hydrographic specialist, and eight other members – two appointed by the Minister for Land information, two by the Minister of Maori Development, one from Ngai Tahu (which was negotiated as part of their Treaty Settlement), and one each from the New Zealand Geographical Society, the Federated Mountain Clubs, and Local Government New Zealand.

Radio New Zealand is another Government agency with a responsibility for promoting the Maori language that appears to have ramped up its efforts in recent times.

According to its charter Radio NZ is required to remain politically neutral as “an independent broadcaster to serve the public interest”. But it also has a statutory duty to “reflect New Zealand’s cultural identity, including Maori language and culture”.

This has led to the adoption of a Maori strategy, which states, “RNZ has implemented a new, long-term strategy that represents a commitment to creating high-quality Maori content, supporting Te Reo Maori and fostering Maori journalism. While there will still always be Maori-specific broadcast and online content, RNZ’s strategy puts its emphasis on the integration and normalising of te reo across all its platforms.”

Some of their initiatives include ensuring te reo is heard in almost every RNZ news bulletin, training all employees in the Maori language, and enabling Maori staff to take the lead in live programming on national days such as Waitangi Day.....
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February 4, 2018

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2  January  2019

TPK, Māori Wardens & Ture Whenua Act Mahuta’s focus for 2019
Nanaia Mahuta, the first woman to take on the role of Māori Development Minister, reflects on 2018 and talks about priority areas for the new year.

"In the new year, I will meet with the Māori Wardens to really discuss the different areas and changes they want to pursue to push this forward."

But come the new year Te Puni Kōkiri will remain a key focus for the Minister.

As well as the Ture Whenua Māori Act.

The Minister will also be watching very closely the Māori media space with the Māori media sector currently under review.......
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Takanini or Takaanini? Auckland Transport's new sign leaves commuters confused
Auckland Transport (AT) has stirred up a storm in a tea cup after adding an extra letter to the suburb Takanini.

Signage at the Takanini train station in south Auckland now reads 'Takaanini' – leaving some commuters scratching their heads.....
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31  December  2018

Scholarship for Maori mental health studies
An eminent psychiatrist has lent his name to a scholarship which will hopefully help tackle "institutional racism" in the mental health system, a University of Otago Maori leader says.

A master's level scholarship geared specifically towards Maori students interested in mental health and addiction has been announced at the university, and students studying a range of fields - anything from psychiatry to social work - can apply.

Office of Maori Development director Tuari Potiki, who is also national chairman of the NZ Drug Foundation, said the scholarship would be jointly funded by the university and national Maori health provider Te Rau Matatini, who would each contribute $7500.

Since the university would also be waiving the recipient's fees, the scholarship was worth $21,000 in total........
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Mangatu lands claims ‘too oblique’
Do these Treaty claims relate to the land?

Are they “well-founded” claims to the land?

These are key points to consider in determining the fate of Mangatu Crown forest licensed lands in the latest Waitangi Tribunal remedies hearing, say Crown lawyers.

The atrocities of the 1865 invasion of Waerenga a Hika Pa should not be considered by the Tribunal for this case, as was put forward by iwi Te Aitanga a Mahaki, say Crown counsel. Neither should a claim into the forest lands by local iwi Te Whanau a Kai be considered.

The claims made by the iwi do not relate to the Mangatu Crown forest licensed lands, it says.

The Crown’s counsel made these statements during closing submissions in the Mangatu remedies hearing to the Waitangi Tribunal in Wellington......
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A call for change
The call for systemic change was a major topic at a national hui for Maori RTLB (resource teachers learning and behaviour) at Whangara Marae last month.

Leading the conversation was Ngati Porou educationalist Professor Linda Tuhiwai-Smith, who has spent decades working in education and was a keynote speaker at the hui.

“If you put the Treaty of Waitangi into the Education Act (1989), it should be considered,” said Professor Tuhiwai-Smith.

“I see constant watering down of the principles of the Treaty.

“Multi-cultural is an excuse to not acknowledge the Treaty of Waitangi, and not get to grips with what Maori are saying about education.”

She says all of the challenges and barriers for Maori in education boil down to one thing — racism.

“I do think we have a problem of racism in New Zealand. It’s deeply embedded......
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Call to replace royal honours system with something more Kiwi - Order of Tui?
Is an Order of Tui something that could ever fly? Could a Kauri Grand Companion stand the test of time?

Victoria University of Wellington public law expert Dean Knight believes so.

He says the current royal honours system is antiquated, with too much emphasis on sirs and dames, harking back to a monarchical past that was not relevant to the present.

He wants a more Kiwi flavour to the way we recognise good sorts such as changing the titles used to te reo Māori or having orders which reflect distinctly New Zealand symbols.......
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30  December  2018

From the NZCPR archives by Dr Muriel Newman
Return the Coast to Public Ownership
Looking back, New Zealanders were essentially duped by the National Government into believing that the statutory tests in the new law were so onerous that few claims would succeed.

It now appears they were badly misled.

But there is more bad news.

The Attorney General, who most people had thought would oppose the High Court claims in the public interest, recently clarified that this in not his role: “To be clear, the Attorney-General does not consider it is his role to oppose applications in the public interest”.

While he then went on to explain that he will act as an interested party in each claim to ensure that the statutory tests are met, it seems there is no guarantee that the claims will be opposed.

With tens of millions of dollars of taxpayers’ funding filling the legal war chests of claimants, and without a guarantee that our elected Government will defend the public interest in the coast, there is an increasing chance that even spurious claims will succeed.

Furthermore, while the public may have been reassured by the fact that since all of the claims overlap, they would fail the ‘exclusive’ use and occupation test, this too may have been premature. Claimants are being asked to resolve the boundary issues ‘according to tikanga’, so that by the time their claims progress to a hearing, they will no longer overlap.

As a result, claimants are now busy carving up the coast between themselves ahead of advancing their exclusive use arguments. Many tribal groups believe it is only a matter of time before the coast is theirs......
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November 4, 2018

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29  December  2018

Taranaki iwi call Moriori 'conquered and subjugated' in modern-day land battle
Attempts to hand land back to Moriori of the Chatham Islands are opening up old and painful wounds.

The Taranaki iwi which invaded their home in 1835 say it can't happen, because Moriori have been "conquered and subjugated".

Now, Ngāti Mutunga is trying to block a planned transfer of 12,000 hectares of Department of Conservation (DoC) land back to Moriori, saying they have no right to have it exclusively........
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Opinion: Shame on those exploiting Moriori for their anti-Māori bigotry
OPINION: Yesterday, Newshub ran this story. I'd worked for weeks on it with Moriori and with input from iwi trust Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri.

The story was about attempts to hand land back to Moriori of the Chatham Islands and how that was opening up old and painful wounds.

But instead of actually reading the story and trying to understand it, many used it as an excuse to legitimise the wrongs perpetrated by European colonisers by making incorrect and sweeping generalisations totally devoid of fact.......
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Maori health directorate appointed
A new Maori health directorate has been appointed by the Southern District Health Board to try to turn around the region's dismal Maori health statistics.

Gilbert Taurua has been named chief Maori health strategy and improvement officer, alongside two associate officers, Nancy Todd and Peter Ellison.

"I took the challenge up because I thought it was a way I could contribute to the Maori health cause....
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The state of Maori Affairs - the things that kept Maori awake at night
“So we wanted to know what keeps our people up at night and the answers might just shock a lot of non-Maori but will make a lot of sense to Maori.” He said

The top five things that concern Maori are:

1. Mounting debt and financial insecurity (26%)
2. Housing affordability, homelessness (21%)
3. State of rivers and lakes / concern for the land (19%)
4. The number of Maori children in State Care (16%)
5. The number of Maori in prison (9%) & (equal) The rising suicide rate and the mental health system (9%).....
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28  December  2018

Māori Caucus to focus on targeted funds in 2019
Labour's Māori caucus co-chairs Willie Jackson and Meka Whaitiri dispute some critics' opinions that the caucus did not bring enough outcomes for Māori in the new Government's first year.

The pair says 2018 brought many results for Māori, and the caucus aims to build on that momentum.

Next year’s focus will be to secure funding, Jackson says.

"Universal and targeted funding. That is a big area for us to work on, both areas. This year the big one was universal funding but next year it is right for us to focus on Māori programmes, like Whānau Ora and broadcasting."

Jackson says he returned to politics to get more funds, resources and outcomes for Te Ao Māori and that's the key focus of the caucus for the coming years.....
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Minister again fails Māori students
News that the Government has failed to fund a programme that supports Māori students into science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) subjects is extremely disappointing and shows a repeating pattern of de-prioritisation of our Māori students, National’s Māori Education spokesperson Jo Hayes says.

“The failure of the Government to support the popular, successful Pūhoro STEM Academy programme shows how it is continuing to fail Māori students. The Government must prioritise investing in STEM – particularly for our Māori students......
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27  December  2018

Tough calls ahead on 5G mobile roll-out
A boat race, Chinese espionage fears, and a Māori spectrum claim may all play a part in deciding how long New Zealanders have to wait to experience the next generation of mobile technology.
 
Maori claim in play
Complicating matters further, there is an existing Waitangi Tribunal ruling – ignored or danced around by previous governments – upholding a Māori claim to radio spectrum when new property rights are created.

Antony Royal, who has been a key figure in Māori spectrum discussions in the past, says there is no need for Māori to make a separate or fresh claim for 5G spectrum.

But iwi have raised the issue of 5G in discussions with the Government and had received "an indication that the Crown is considering Māori interests", he says.

"There is an expectation there will be a conversation with Māori prior to any auction of rights.".....
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Iwi place rāhui after car plunges into Wanganui River
Iwi spokesperson John Maihi says it’s a sad start to Christmas Day.

“We went down to the bridge this morning and placed the rahui and depending on how the police search goes, it could be lifted Thursday, but we have to wait and see.”.....
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Hundreds of Māori students missing out on education programme
An academic course for Māori high school students is proving so popular there's a waiting list to join. But there is little hope they'll be able to sign up next year because the Ministry of Education won't fund the programme.

"There is bias within the secondary system that pathways Māori students into non-academic futures," says Pūhoro STEM Academy director Naomi Manu.

"But they're more than capable of being on an academic trajectory."

Manu says her STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programme is doing what the government hasn't been able to achieve.

Pūhoro is based on Māori principles....
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Summer Solstice over Aotearoa
This time last year a celestial star compass was built in the tribal area of Ngāti Kahungunu to mark days such as this, and this week they welcomed their first summer solstice at the site.

On the Māori calendar each year during the month of December, the Southern Hemisphere bares witness to the summer solstice.

Piripi Smith or Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Raukawa says, "This is the time when the Antares star rises, the summer star. It's also when the Sun unites with the Goddess of the Summer."......
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An introduction to Te Reo Maori for juniors book 1.
This four-book series is written for any early childhood centre or junior department of a primary school that wishes to incorporate Te Reo Maori into its teaching curriculum. Together, the books build children's Maori abilities from saying single words to using simple sentences and conversations. Each book offers fun language-based activities relating to such topics as He Tangata (people), Te Whanau (family) and Te Whenua (the land).....
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24  December  2018

Community members needed to shape Southland's future
Expressions of interest are now being sought for people interested in contributing to Southland’s future.

Environment Southland and Te Ao Marama (the environmental arm of Ngai Tahu ki Murihiku) are now seeking people to become members of the Regional Forum.

Te Ao Marama Kaupapa taiao manager Dean Whaanga said the Regional Forum needed to reflect the diversity of all our communities in Southland.

"It also needs to have an urban/rural balance, broad geographic representation, and will have a defined role for tangata whenua to reflect the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi," he said.....
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Hui Aligns Healthcare for Māori Across Northern DHBs
Iwi from across the upper North Island have come together in an historic health-sector first, paving the way for a unified approach to the delivery of healthcare to Māori.

Waitematā DHB Chief Advisor Tikanga, Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish, says co-governance within the DHBs will deliver a strategic and holistic approach to health care that puts Māori intelligence and sense-of-whānau at the very centre of patient experience.

“It will have a strong focus on tikanga, which, loosely translated from Māori, means ‘the right way of doing things,’” she says. “This is better known as a whānau–ora approach and it is 100 per cent designed to deliver better outcomes for Māori, ensuring key players across all three DHBs are united in their approach and working to the Articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi).”.....
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The Mole wishes everybody a very Merry Xmas and a wonderful New Year.



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23  December  2018

South Taranaki iwi Ngati Ruanui calls for review in wake of spying revelations
A Taranaki iwi fears its activities opposing a seabed mining project off the South Taranaki coast could have been watched by private investigators.

Māori Party president Che Wilson said the inquiry findings exposed an underlying attitude by Government that activism is terrorism.

"They're effectively treating Māori as a potential terrorist threat, and that's unacceptable within this whenua, our home, Aotearoa," Wilson said in a statement.....
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Ngāti Rangitihi signs agreement in principle with Crown
Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust has today signed an Agreement in Principle (AIP) with the Crown at Rangitihi Marae in Matatā.

"Pivotal to Te Mana's aspirations is establishing a legislative entity charged with restoring the mauri of Tarawera Awa and Te Awa o Te Atua," Comer said.

The agreement also includes $4 million of financial and commercial redress. This is in addition to the $7m of commercial redress the iwi received in the 2008 Central North Island Forests Settlement.....
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“We’re not given a fair go” says poverty advocate
When asked if treatment towards those groups was the same as the treatment towards Pākehā she replied “No I don’t think so. I think they’ve been victimised in some cases, they’re not given a chance.”

Paraha later added. “We should be treated as one, with respect.”

But The Minister of Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni of both Samoan and Tongan descent, says Māori and Pacifica are not being targeted.

Māori and Pacifika have the highest percentage of people accessing MSD per capita, of all of the ethnicities here in New Zealand.....
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Minister applauds appointment of woman Māori judge
The Attorney General this morning announced that La-Verne King whose iwi include Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa and Ngāti Paoa will have jurisdiction in the Family Court.....
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Help more teenagers discover taonga in their backyard, group urges
Maori achievement at NCEA level 2 across the country often sat below 70 per cent, he said.

"However when we take them ... into a kaupapa-based learning environment, where they're learning about Te Ao Māori (the Māori World), connections to Te Ao Māori and to each other, we're able to develop a platform that they absolutely thrive in and achieve NCEA level 2 pass rates upwards of 95 per cent."

Teaching kaupapa Māori on the programmes helped normalise things like respect, kaiako Elkington said......
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22  December  2018

Air New Zealand and Te Matatini sign alliance agreement
Air New Zealand and Te Matatini Society Incorporated have signed a strategic alliance agreement to work closely together to develop and showcase the Te Matatini kapa haka (Māori performing arts) festival as New Zealand’s premium cultural event, promoting Aotearoa New Zealand to the world.

Under the agreement the two organisations will collaborate to promote the festival to new audiences in New Zealand and around the world, as well as enhance the country’s cultural reputation by showcasing the best of Māori performing arts internationally.....
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Iwi leaders want Haumaha back on job
A member of the Police Commissioner’s Iwi Leaders Forum says there should be no impediment to deputy commissioner Wally Haumaha resuming full duties now the Independent Police Complaints Authority has released its report.....

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No iwi discount for Napier Port shares
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council says it will place Hawke’s Bay residents, port employees and iwi at the front of the queue to buy shares in Port of Napier but it won’t offer the discount sought by iwi.

Iwi have said they are keen to buy, but the amount of extra investment needed as well as the history of taking Maori land for port purposes means a discount is warranted......
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Naming project to celebrate Kaipātiki's Māori history
Kaipātiki Local Board is among 11 local boards participating in a regionwide naming project – partnering with mana whenua to add names significant to Māori to parks and community facilities, including libraries, community and leisure centres, in their area.

It has invited mana whenua to provide a Māori name and narrative for 26 local parks in Kaipātiki.

“We are really pleased to be partnering with mana whenua on this project,” says Kaipātiki Local Board Chair John Gillon.....
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Submissions are open on the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Bill
The Chairperson of the Māori Affairs Committee, Rino Tirikatene, is calling for public submissions on the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Bill. The bill seeks to transfer the assets and liabilities of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) to the Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute limited partnership, which is a joint trust of iwi partners.

The bill would fulfill an agreement made in August 2017 between the Crown and trustees to introduce vesting legislation that would provide for the transfer.....
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Tertiary Education Institution Council appointments
Biographies for new appointees

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
Liz Te Amo (Te Arawa - Waitaha, Tahourangi, Tapuika, Ngati Moko) is Chief Executive Officer for Tauranga-based Maori berryfruit company Miro LP. Before that, Liz was responsible for leading the national Crown-Maori economic development strategy and partnership at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Liz’s career in both the public and private sector has focused on developing New Zealand businesses internationally and, specifically, on growing Maori exporters, leadership and economic development. Her governance roles include Te Hono Primary Sector Leaders group, NZ Rugby Commercial Committee, and Waitaha Group Holdings.

Te Wananga o Raukawa
Tiwana TIBBLE is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with experience in Investment Banking and Iwi Development. He has been a high achieving Chief Executive, having grown Ngati Whatua Orakei assets from $50 million to over $600 million in 15 years. Mr Tibble now focuses on a broader range of Maori Land Development opportunities, including Geothermal Power, Forestry, Tourism, Horticulture, Fishing and Farming. His current roles are with Tauhara North No2 Trust, Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust, Ngati Porou Holdings and the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board.

University of Otago
Suzanne ELLISON MNZM (Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Te Atiawa) is an iwi manager and researcher for arts and cultural heritage projects. She is Runaka Manager for Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki, chairs the Ngai Tahu Funds Committee, and her governance experience includes Toi Aotearoa the Arts Council of New Zealand. She was a senior manager with Ngai Tahu Development Corporation for more than 10 years and received her MNZM for services to Maori, the arts and governance....
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21  December  2018

Govt signs off $mil funds for Māori Wardens
The Māori Wardens will be focusing on developing opportunities for rangatahi in education and employment now that the government has signed off the $1mil promised in Budget 2018.

Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Wardens project manager Te Rau Clarke says, "The focus will be on moving rangatahi onto a programme or a pathway that moves them closer to education or employment."

Māori Wardens from across the country will build a programme based on their experiences in the regions. It's part of the wider Pae Aronui programme targeting Māori youth not in employment, education or training.......
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Birth education programme based on Māori practices kicks off in top of the south
Antenatal classes based on kaupapa Māori practices and principles are being offered to pregnant women and their whānau across Nelson and Marlborough.

In a South Island first, the hapu wananga programme draws on traditional Māori childbirth practices, pregnancy, child birth and parenting. It is open to pregnant women and their wider whānau......
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Cancer sufferers once again let down by PHARMAC
“This is why our people turned first to the Maori Affairs Select Committee – they should be the voice of our people in the Parliament and the facts are laid bare for all to see. One in nine women diagnosed with breast cancer are women. Maori are less likely to be able to afford the life saving and life extending medications as it stands and Maori women are at higher risk of death than non-Maori. So; its time for PHARMAC to be hauled in and held accountable.” Tukaki said

“Maori Council will always fight for the interests and well-being of our people” Tukaki said.....
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View of mountain would be blocked by hotel, iwi company says
Tūwharetoa Limited says an eight storey hotel planned for Taupō would block views of Mt Tauhara and change the future use of its own commercial property in the CBD.

But the proposed hotel developer says views of the mountain should not be a factor in determining whether the project could be approved......
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New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute another step closer to iwi ownership
An internationally-famous tourism business in Rotorua is a step closer to iwi ownership after the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Bill had its first reading in Parliament today.

Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta said it was a significant step in the journey towards iwi ownership.

"The journey began 10 years ago between the Crown and Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhourangi and Ngāti Wahiao......
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Kaimai treaty claim journey of rediscovery
A proposed settlement of historic claims has been a journey of rediscovery for Matamata’s Ngāti Hinerangi.

The iwi signed an agreement in principal last Friday for an $8 million settlement covering claims stemming from its support for Tauranga Moana in the Land Wars and the subsequent loss of its lands through confiscation and the activities of the Native Land Court......
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Mount urban space officially named
City Council elected members have voted six to five to adopt an official name for the new urban space, located in the heart of the Mount retail area.

The space will be titled Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka (The Place of the Circling Birds).

The new name was provided by Ngai Tukairangi and Ngati Kuku. Council has been working with local iwi and hapu since 2016 about the concept design of the new open urban space in the Mount, and invited iwi to provide a name for the park.....
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Urgent hearing granted on prisoner voting rights
The Waitangi Tribunal has announced an urgent hearing on Māori prisoners having the right to vote. Current legislation disqualifies sentenced prisoners from participating in general elections.

The claim has been filed by prisoners and includes two applications for an urgent inquiry into the electoral act.

Auckland lawyer Richard Francois, who is representing claimants, says the urgent hearing is good news for sentenced prisoners.......
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Scholarships to increase Maori and Pasifika doctoral scholars
Massey University has awarded 40 scholarships to doctoral students who will start their study next year.

For the first time, the University awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Pasifika Doctoral Scholarship and a further three scholars were presented with Vice-Chancellor’s Māori Doctoral Scholarships.

The four recipients were part of a cohort of 23 scholars who received a Vice-Chancellor Doctoral Scholarship that provides an annual stipend of $30,000, plus fees, for three-years of full-time study, making it the highest value centrally-funded scholarship for doctoral students offered upon enrolment by any New Zealand university.......
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20  December  2018

Tauranga City Council may gift $1m historic Mission St property to trust
A $1 million historic public property near Tauranga's CBD may be gifted to a trust.

Tauranga City Council yesterday agreed in principle to transfer 11 Mission St to the Ōtamataha Trust for no cost, on the understanding the trust would lease the land to the Elms Foundation at a "peppercorn" rent such as $1 a year.

The Ōtamataha Trust, which represents the interests of Ngāi Tamarāwaho and Ngati Tapu, also put in a claim to be gifted the land in recognition of their mana whenua status and ancestral connection, subject to a lease favouring the foundation......
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Funding boost for Whakatohea Maori Trust Board's aquaculture projects
Years of planning has paid off for the Whakatohea Maori Trust Board as it looks to develop its own aquaculture interests in the Eastern Bay.

The board has received 950 thousand dollars from the Government's provincial growth fund......
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Settlement future uncertain as Ngāpuhi say no to evolved mandate
The next step in the Ngāpuhi Treaty settlement process is uncertain after the iwi rejected a new Treaty negotiation plan.

One leader said it is a chance for hapū who voted yes to move forward together; another agreed but said not with the evolved mandate; a kaimahi for Whangārei hapū said it's a chance to pause; and another leader said experienced people needed to come together, engage hapū, and build a new model....
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Coroners Act amended for tikanga Māori values
The Coroners (Access to Body of Dead Person) Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament last night.

“The Bill will ensure tikanga Māori and other ethnic cultural beliefs are considered and respected by our coronial system,” said Justice Minister Andrew Little.

“The Bill strengthens the Coroners Act 2006 focus on cultural considerations. The Bill provides an explicit requirement for coroners to consider cultural considerations when determining who can view, touch, or remain near a tūpāpaku - body of a deceased person......
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19  December  2018

A 'bridge' to better Maori Crown relations launched at Parliament
Maori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Minister Kelvin Davis has welcomed the launch of the Office for Maori Crown Relations - Te Arawhiti at Parliament tonight.

"Tonight was about bringing together people with a range of experiences across the Maori Crown relationship and celebrating the important role Te Arawhiti will play," Kelvin Davis said.

"When the Prime Minister first asked me to lead this portfolio, we knew that we wanted to change how the Government engaged and worked with Maori, and to change how policy is developed.

"We didn’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past by deciding in Wellington what we thought was best for Maori and then presenting Maori with a done deal......
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Mental health, addiction survey shows cultural gaps
New data from those working in mental health and addictions services has found that more needs to be done on cultural appropriateness for Māori tāngata whaiora. The findings have been released in the Ngā Poutama Ōranga Hinengaro report, which was coordinated by the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

The survey also found that the use of te reo Māori in services is low, as is the use of the Māori cultural practices of mihi and whakawhanaungatanga......
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Disability reforms overlook Māori needs
A Māori disability advocate says a new accessibility work programme won’t benefit Māori unless there is proper funding and dedicated advocacy.

"For a lot of Māori it's like: 'Oh no, not again.' Occupational therapists, physios, doctors, there's no process. Unlike with ACC where if you have an accident there is a team of people waiting to assess and assist you, you don't get that with medical disabilities which Māori are predominantly high in numbers of," she says.

Ms Hickey says 84 percent of disabled Māori get no support services at all......
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Māori bilingual teacher
We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and collaborative kaiako who is committed to raising student achievement. We are looking for a kaiako who has culturally responsive practices, who can inspire and engage our tamariki and their whānau, in authentic learning partnerships.....
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Ngāi Tahu backs out of Agria deal, takes direct stake in Wrightson
Ngāi Tahu Capital has taken a direct stake in PGG Wrightson, ending a seven-year relationship with Singapore-domiciled Agria as the foreign investor's grip on the rural services firm remains uncertain.

Ngāi Tahu has taken direct ownership of 27.4 million Wrightson shares, or 3.6 per cent of the company, worth about $14 million at the current 51 cents share price. No consideration was paid, documents lodged with the stock exchange show.....
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Treaty claims could be the straw that breaks the back of capital gains tax
OPINION: As if the Tax Working Group does not have enough to grapple with, it faces a dilemma which arguably goes to the heart of the sovereignty of the tax system.

Does it accept warnings that an introduction of capital gains tax (CGT) could breach the Treaty of Waitangi?

Two large iwi organisations have submitted to the Tax Working Group (TWG) that unless they receive an exemption from CGT , the new tax would breach the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

If the iwi case is strong enough, the path of least resistance for Labour may well be to grant iwi and exemption.....
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French supermarket Auchan slammed for 'haka' advertisement
A French supermarket chain, Auchan, which used the haka to promote its in-store sales, has been slammed for being "offensive", "desperate" and "ignorant".

The video posted on YouTube shows a comedian acting like an aggressive drunk person being asked to leave by an Auchan security guard when a flash mob of people with stripes of war paint arrive and attempt to perform the Māori haka Ka Mate.....
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No voice for Maori – Council calls for "Maori Voices" report
New Zealand Maori Council has called on the Secretariat for the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry to release reports and material related to the voices of Maori. The call comes after it emerged the Secretariat failed to inform stakeholders and the public about the existence of a series of reports that underpinned the recently released Inquiry recommendations. This includes a report related to the Maori voices and submissions.....
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18  December  2018

Environment Canterbury workers to strike Monday
One-hundred-and-fifty Environment Canterbury workers will strike from noon on Monday amid stalled union pay and contract negotiations.

The Public Service Association (PSA) who are representing the 152 workers - about 35 percent of Environment Canterbury (ECan) staff - hoped it would encourage ECan to reconsider adding in a clause recognising Te Tiriti (The Treaty of Waitangi).

Organiser Angela Collier said members wanted a clause in that proved ECan valued people's cultural beliefs.

"We've put forward a clause that recognises Te Tiriti and also recognises the organisation validating and valuing employees cultural beliefs - in particular Māori in relation to Te Tiriti......
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Ngāpuhi and Oranga Tamariki commit to a brighter future
Grainne Moss, Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki says this partnership is vital to New Zealand’s success. “We are all in this together, and if we partner we are stronger. Keeping children with whānau, and providing kaupapa Māori approaches to our work is vital. We’re committed to working differently, and value the leadership of iwi.”

Leaders today signed the Strategic Partnership Agreement, which is based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, recognising a proactive Māori-Crown relationship.....
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More scholarships offered to attract Māori and Pasifika
Lincoln University is continuing its drive to increase Māori and Pasifika representation in tertiary study, by introducing a suite of scholarships in 2019.

The $5000 scholarships are intended to assist those passionate about agriculture, science, tourism, Mātauraka Māori including Mahinga kai, and to support students pathwaying up from other tertiary providers.

Lincoln introduced Māori and Pasifika Accommodation Scholarships at the start of 2018, while Sir Turi Carroll Scholarships for Māori student leaders were initiated in 2013.....
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Census 2018 – Heads should roll, incompetence reigns
The New Zealand Maori Council has poured scorn on Statistics New Zealand for what is turning out to be an embarrassing waste of resources, money and planning when it comes to the 2018 Census.

“When it comes to Maori there is a mountain of building evidence that is telling us that many people in rural, regional and remote communities didn’t even get a visit from anyone on Census night and why is that?

“This is a disgrace because the data runs the risk of telling a story that is neither accurate or true. It gives public servants the ability to paint a picture that because there was no or little response from some of these Maori communities that no one lives there and therefore its perfect excuse to withdraw services.” Tukaki said.....
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Trade and Enterprise appointment supports Māori business
The Board of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) Board is welcoming a new director, who will bring extensive experience in business, and in particular the development of the Māori economy.

Ms Traci Houpapa MNZM has been appointed a member of the NZTE Board for a three-year term by the Minister for Economic Development, Trade and Export Growth, David Parker....
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Government accused of ignoring Waitangi Tribunal reports
A new report is being seen as stronger evidence that the government is ignoring Waitangi Tribunal recommendations.

In the past 40 years, the Crown has only fully-settled the claims raised in 21 tribunal reports out of a total 130 reports that have been completed.

The late Saana Murray of Ngāti Kuri dedicated her whole life to the Wai 262 claim she helped lodge in the Waitangi Tribunal in 1991.

"It is actually quite sad aye ... we have been really marginalised from our land and our relationship from our taonga for a long time," Ms Waitai said.

"We are constantly trying to forge a relationship, in a space where the Crown doesn't actually know how to have a relationship."

For the first time, Te Puni Kōkiri has released a break down of all the tribunal claims back to the first out in 1978.

This shows that of the 130 reports, just 21 have been settled. That means most of the claims in the reports have been addressed through Treaty settlements or policy changes.

A number of others have been partially settled, are in progress or their status is unknown.

Treaty lawyer Annette Sykes said the numbers are telling.

"The Crown has ignored and I believe deliberately ignored the gravamen of some of the issues that they have been confronted with," she said......
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16  December  2018

Auckland iwi Ngāi Tai wins Supreme Court case in stoush over Rangitoto, Motutapu commercial rights
An Auckland iwi has won a Supreme Court case giving it the right to re-apply for exclusive rights to conduct commercial operations on Rangitoto and Motutapu.

Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust has claimed rangatiratanga, exclusive rights, to conduct commercial tours on the Rangitoto and Motutapu motu (islands) in the Hauraki Gulf for at least five years.

The iwi lost challenges in both the High Court and Court of Appeal over the Department of Conservation's issuing of five-year tourism concessions to Fullers and the Motutapu Island Restoration Trust on Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands.

While the islands are administered by DoC, Ngāi Tai has claims there based on historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi both as an iwi and as part of Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau.

Ngāi Tai had argued in granting those concessions DoC did not properly give effect to section 4 of the Conservation Act, which relates to principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Both the High Court and Court of Appeal agreed DoC had made errors, but believed it was still consistent with the Treaty.

In a majority decision released today, the Supreme Court ruled in Ngāi Tai's favour. It said the concessions needed to be reconsidered in a manner that involved a "proper application of s4"......
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Māori still more likely to die of cardiac arrest - report
A St John's report into cardiac arrest outside of hospitals shows Māori continue to have the highest rates of cardiac arrest and the lowest survival rates.

The Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Registry Report for 2017/18 shows Māori have a rate of incidence of 135.5 per 100,000 people.

This compares to European rates of 96.4 per 100,000 people and 104.5 for Pacific people.

Māori have a 24 percent chance of surviving cardiac arrest outside of hospital compared to 31 percent for people of European descent.

In the last year St John New Zealand has treated more than 2000 people for cardiac arrest outside of hospital....
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Reo-speaking Santa hears children's Xmas wishes
Reo Māori-speaking families are taking Christmas into their own hands in the wake of the Māori Santa at the Nelson Christmas parade who was the subject of an online racist tirade. The latest, Christmas calls to a reo-speaking Santa Clause.

For reo-speaking children, the only Santa that exists is Māori Santa. Videos have emerged of families initiating conversations for their children with Santa in te reo, enabling fluent kids to take part in the Christmas tradition of asking for their Christmas wishes.

Te Ataakura Pewhairangi says, “My daughter Tapairu has long been asking to call Santa so that she can ask for Christmas presents and, the thing is, te reo Māori is her first language.”.....
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MSD takes preventative approach to staff safety
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) rolls out new and improved security measures and front of house changes at the Ōtara Work and Income offices today.

Some of the changes to make the feel of the office more comfortable for the clients is having areas for private conversations with clients, comfortable chairs for those who have difficulty with movement, more open office spaces and Māori signage.

It will be three years before these new measures are in place in all the offices across the country......
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Waikato iwi and Crown sign deed of settlement
A Waikato iwi has initialled its Treaty of Waitangi deed of settlement valued at more than $8 million with the Crown.

Ngāti Hinerangi signed the deed today at a ceremony with Crown officials in Hamilton.

The initialled deed of settlement includes financial redress of $8.1m and the return of 14 sites of cultural significance.

This includes part of the Wairere Falls Scenic Reserve near Matamata - a sacred awa to Ngāti Hinerangi - and a cultural revitalisation fund, and five commercial properties.....
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15  December  2018

Ngāti Tūwharetoa passes third reading
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Andrew Little, today welcomed Te Ariki Tā Tumu Te Heuheu and members of Ngāti Tūwharetoa to Parliament to witness the Third Reading of their Treaty Settlement legislation, the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Claims Settlement Bill.

The Settlement provides Crown Apology redress, including an agreed historical account and Crown acknowledgments of its historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Ngāti Tūwharetoa will receive financial and commercial redress of $25 million, and cultural redress, including funds totalling $3.95 million, to support their aspirations for the cultural and environmental revitalisation of Ngāti Tūwharetoa. They will also have 32 sites of cultural significance returned to them.....
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New Zealand lacks comprehensive strategy to counter family violence - new report
Colonisation had had a traumatic affect on Māori, and culturally-appropriate solutions - informed by science - were needed for Māori and Pacific communities.

"Despite the well-reported relative absence of whānau violence before colonisation, Māori are now highly exposed to it. The trauma of colonisation has had an inter-generational effect on Māori, who experience disproportionate rates of family violence, combined with other negative social effects of racism, discrimination and dislocation, alongside strengths and resilience factors that endure."....
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Iwi not to blame for Ngāpuhi settlement delay - Treaty expert
A Treaty expert says iwi are not to blame for lengthy delays in settling Treaty claims.

Former Treaty Negotiations minister Chris Finlayson told RNZ Ngāpuhi leaders were making it impossible for progress to be made on the settlement.

"You've got people who want to run the show as though it's a politburo ... they've had 10 years, they messed me around [and] they had all sorts of promises made to them.

"Sonny Tau has been a great disappointment [and] Hone Sadler ... he's a person that hasn't made much of a contribution so I think some of these guys need to get lost," Mr Finlayson said.

But an expert in the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori law, Dr Carwyn Jones, said it was a Crown-led process which made it difficult for iwi to settle their treaty grievances......
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TOP Wants to work with Māori Party for 2020 election
The Opportunities Party (TOP) and the Māori Party both fell short in last year's general election. However, TOP hopes they can work together for 2020.

The new leader of TOP, Geoff Simmons, hopes by working together with the Māori Party, the party will establish how a 'genuine' Treaty relationship would work.

A major policy TOP hopes will glean Māori votes is focusing on Māori water rights.

“The big thing at the moment is water, recognizing Māori rights over fresh water- that's the real live issue and we're 100% supportive of that”....
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14  December  2018

Hawke's Bay Tourism criticised over lack of Māori tourism growth
Hawke's Bay Tourism has being criticised over the lack of growth for Māori tourism in the region.

At the Hawke's Bay Regional Council's corporate and strategic committee meeting yesterday , committee member Toro Waaka said there needed to be more accountability as to where the funding was going.

Waaka is also a director of New Zealand Māori Tourism, and chair of Hawke's Bay Māori Tourism.

"What strategy have you got to engage with Māori, and what are the key performance indicators that you have to do so, and who are you engaging with?" Toro asked representatives of Hawke's Bay Tourism at the meeting.

He said Māori made up roughly 20 per cent of the Hawke's Bay population, and therefore 20 per cent of the funding should be directed into growing Māori tourism.....
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Harcourts promises not to repeat 'culturally offensive' ad portraying marae for sale
A Harcourts ad has been labelled "culturally offensive" for suggesting an iconic East Coast marae was for sale.

The unaddressed mail ad for Harcourts Real Estate had a colour image of a $500 banknote containing a photo of a Harcourts real estate agent, an image of a Maori meeting house with a "for sale" sign across the front and the words "Reserve Bank of Harcourts".

In a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority a J Staite said they were concerned the pamphlet may be culturally offensive as it showed Porourangi Meeting House, at Waiomatatini Marae with a "for sale" sign across it.....
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Passing of Medicinal Cannabis Bill prompts iwi discussions
The only Māori company with a medicinal cannabis growing licence says the passing of the government's medicinal cannabis bill is a step in the right direction. Hikurangi Enterprises Managing Director Panapa Ehau says New Zealand could be a world leader in the medicinal cannabis space.

"If whānau Māori or whānau that are in this industry are put at the centre of this, which there's a good chance that will happen, it's going to create a whole lot of opportunities both economic and in the well-being space for our people."....
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Te Mata Peak should get legal status as person - iwi
Te Mata Peak should be given the legal status of a person, a Hawke's Bay iwi says.

It is one of several recommendations made to Hastings District Council in a cultural report by iwi organisation Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga.

It was commissioned by the council following the outcry after Craggy Range winery cut a controversial walking track up the eastern slope of the peak last year.....
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Long-running land dispute resolved as Parliament passes Waitara Lands Bill
After 30 years of talks and nearly 160 years of disagreement, a law's been passed to resolve the long dispute over leasehold land at Waitara.

It's the third attempt to settle the case for two hapū - Manukōrihi and Ōtaraua.

They'll get $28 million from property sales on Waitara land over the next two decades, plus $28m more to go to projects co-managed by hapū, iwi and the Taranaki Regional Council.

They'll also get 120 hectares of land, mostly in reserves.

Another $34m will be allocated to Waitara River and environmental projects, co-governed by the council, and hapū and iwi with interests in the river.....
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South Auckland marae to receive $1mil from Māori Housing Fund
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today that the initial investment will support the marae's papakāinga plan.

“It’s the government’s overall priority to improve the wellness of New Zealanders and their families and ensure everyone has a warm, dry home,” says Ardern.

The $1mil will assist with infrastructure and the construction of six kaumātua flats on the marae site.
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Helping businesses lift their te reo Māori capability
Victoria University of Wellington Te Kawa a Māui lecturer Dr Vini Olsen-Reeder is helping financial education firm Banqer lift its Māori language and cultural competency.

“I want to see a bilingual nation in New Zealand, and celebrating te reo Māori promotes this vision,” says Dr Olsen-Reeder. “It’s great to see businesses turning to te reo Māori more and more to create a point of difference for their product.”...
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New warrants for Māori wardens
As well as giving tohu for long service and acknowledging several well-respected wardens who have died in recent years, 27 wardens were given their unique warrant to operate, something that hasn’t happened for several years.

"That just gives the wardens the right to go into areas where our Māori people might be congregating, looking after the kaupapa around the marae or in hotels where our people are drinking and they might get a bit intoxicated so the Māori wardens are there to make sure they don't get into their vehicles, and we have got a van to take them home," Mr Henry says......
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13  December  2018

Colonisation trauma linked to family violence - Report
A new report by the prime minister's chief science adviser says it is possible to prevent and end family violence in New Zealand. The report, titled Every 4 Minutes, acknowledges the link between the trauma of colonisation and prejudice to the high rates of family violence and incarceration among Māori.

Lambie says, "Colonisation has had an inter-generational effect on Māori and Māori are disproportionately affected by family violence combined with other negative social effects of racism, discrimination and dislocation. Programme design and implementation must be in accord with [the] Māori world view."

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says, "I don't think a 'one-size-fits-all' approach will work. It doesn't for children and we need to focus and harness the resources of iwi and Māori organisations and I look forward to that happening."

The Te Rōpū group which will advise ministers directly of the needs of Māori will be announced in the new year......
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Here’s the link to the actual report > HERE
Also see Mihingrangi-Forbes Twitter tweet here > HERE 

Rongoā Māori Research Project Presents Guidelines
These guidelines challenge the research community to have an understanding of Te Ao Māori values and the practice of Rongoā Māori before engaging with future Rongoā study participants. They encourage researchers to address Māori concerns about the exploitation of traditional knowledge which is shared in studies for commercial gain, or the assumption of intellectual property rights beyond those traditionally charged with carrying such knowledge. The CERLS guidelines also draw researchers’ attention to a duty of care to attend to not only their legal health and safety responsibilities, but also to the cultural health and safety aspects of their studies.

It is considered imperative that new models, paradigms and frameworks are found that will allow Rongoā Māori to be treated as the taonga it is, even if not currently fully understood by science, medicine or research and which will ensure that the future generations can feel secure that Rongoā Māori is a taonga that continues to be treasured and protected in the years to come.....
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Talks underway to bring iwi justice panels to Taranaki
A new initiative to keep people from walking through courtroom doors could be on the cards in Taranaki.

Known as Te Pae Oranga, the iwi justice panels are part of a nationwide pilot under the Turning of the Tide strategy which is designed to cut Māori offending rates.

The initiative, which is open to all offenders who fit the criteria, aims to address low level offending and ensure participants don't go to court. It will put in place supports to ensure they stay crime-free.....
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Pre-fab Māori-style house scheme launched: traditional weaving, carving reflected in architecture
An affordable pre-fabricated house scheme has been launched, with places having aspects of Māori exterior and interior design elements.

Craig Wilson of Britomart's TOA Architects in Auckland said that business had joined with Christchurch-headquartered Mike Greer Architectural, Nelson-headquartered cross-laminated timber manufacturing business XLam Building Solutions and others to launch Māori Modular House.......
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Māori health advocates say ASA lacks cultural awareness
The Advertising Standards Authority recently decided not to uphold a complaint from public health collective Healthy Auckland Together (HAT) about advertising junk food to children. The complaint was targeted at a YouTube advertisement for Kinder Surprise.

HAT considered the Kinder Surprise advertisement a breach of The Children and Young People’s Code as it is a chocolate bar for children, advertised by child actors and seen by children.

The response by the ASA complaints board included these comments relating to the advertisement being run adjacent to the video clip of ‘Aotearoa’, a reo Māori pop song performed by Māori artists Stan Walker, Ria Hall, Maisey Rika and Troy Kingi. The song was launched during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori in 2014 and has been viewed 4.6 million times:

"I guess this illustrates what happens when you don’t have enough people with whānau Māori in their lives sitting around the decision-making table," says Janell Dymus-Kurei, General Manager Māori Public Health for Hāpai. "It's an enormously popular song with tamariki Māori - you’d be hard pressed to find a kura kaupapa or kohanga kid who doesn’t know all the words. I guess the complaints board don’t spend enough time with our communities to know that."....
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12  December  2018

Freshwater conference embraces Māori values as it looks to the future
Protecting freshwater is not a question of ownership, but guardianship, an iwi representative says.

Barney Thomas, a Nelson iwi manager for the Department of Conservation, said freshwater was "probably the most important bloody issue in the universe" at a freshwater sciences society convention in Nelson.

Conference convener Cawthron Institute freshwater ecologist Joanne Clapcott, Ngāti Porou, said looking after freshwater was something all New Zealanders had a role in.

Her focuses for the convention were mātauranga Māori, or Māori knowledge and wisdom; and emerging science.

"There is a deepening understanding of the importance of mātauranga Māori, but a real capability and capacity crunch," she said......
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Ex-education minister Nikki Kaye signs up sitting Minister Chris Hipkins to progress bill for teaching languages
The bill is also likely to extend the provision of Māori language teaching in schools as well as foreign languages.

The bill requires the Government to set 10 priority languages - likely to include Mandarin, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Pacific languages and possibly Hindi as well as official languages Te Reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language.

It also requires the Government to resource the provision of those languages in primary and intermediate schools.

She said the bill would also ensure universal access to te reo Māori as a result and more young people learning te reo.

"I think it should be very, very positive for iwi and Māori." ....
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Space for Māori in Tomorrow's Schools revamp
The Principal's Federation is welcoming a focus on the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori achievement in the proposed revamp of the tomorrow's school's framework.

This includes a proposal to set up a hub focused on the needs of kaupapa Māori education
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Iwi gutted council snubs them for homeless contract
A Wellington iwi social service has been left confused and angry after the Wellington City Council declined its funding bid to help the homeless.

Instead the Wellington City Council awarded $476,000 per year to DCM, formerly known as Downtown City Mission, to do the job.....
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11  December  2018

MDC seeks more iwi input
More iwi representation is being sought around the Marlborough District Council table.

The council will hold a hui, or workshop, with Te Tau Ihu iwi from the top of the south in the new year to establish a stronger partnership and encourage more iwi into local government.

It comes as part of the council’s first Te Ao Maori subcommittee, held last month, which aims to achieve greater representation for iwi in the Marlborough region.

The subcommittee had the power to allocate $30,000 a year to projects that improved the council’s access to cultural advice and long-term relationships with Maori.

The immediate focus of the subcommittee was creating a visible Maori presence in the council buildings through artwork and bilingual signage, and increasing access to knowledge and education for council staff.......
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Ngāpuhi hapū reject Treaty of Waitangi proposal
A new proposal for Treaty negotiations has had the thumbs down from a majority of Ngāpuhi hapū.

The iwi's many hapū have been holding endorsement hui for the past three weeks, on a revised mandate.

But on the last day of voting, the 'no' votes have already passed the threshold of 38 - at which the mandate is declared rejected.....
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Tōtaranui suggested as alternate Māori name for Abel Tasman National Park
The country's most popular national park should also have a Māori name, says the author of a new book on the Abel Tasman.

Acclaimed conservationist Philip Simpson has suggested Tōtaranui National Park as an alternate Maori name for the 23,000 hectare park that has one of the country's Great Walks along its spectacular Nelson coastline......
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Tu Te Manawa brings whare to Shannon park
Ngati Whakatere is leading the construction of a new whare taiao, or information kiosk, in Te Maire Park, Shannon.Ngati Whakatere is leading the construction of a new whare taiao, or information kiosk, in Te Maire Park, Shannon.

The whare is one of eight being constructed along the Manawatū River as part of the iwi-led Tu Te Manawa project, which aims to restore the mauri of the Manawatū River and reconnect iwi, hapu and communities with their awa......
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Principals welcome Tomorrow's Schools Report
Cormick also expressed his pleasure at the centrality of the Treaty of Waitangi to all aspects of the report.

‘It is pleasing to see that the Treaty of Waitangi and true partnership with Maori is strongly embedded throughout the report, so rather than seeing Maori as a problem to be fixed, they will be seen as equal participants. Our young Maori people will now be educated in a way that is consistent with their cultural beliefs and practices,’ said Cormick.....
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Maori Council call for culture change in SOE
The New Zealand Maori has today released figures showing only six Maori sit on boards right across the State Owned Enterprise Sector begging the statement from Council’s Executive Director Matthew Tukaki – “No wonder we are not making progress around our social and economic futures we aren’t even sitting at the table!”.....
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10  December  2018

Māori education: 'We certainly have got a lot of work to do'
The Tomorrow School's Review has shown changes are needed to the education system to stop it failing Māori.

The review taskforce is calling for a national Kaupapa Māori education hub committed to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi to be set-up.

And it's estimated Māori educational inequity is costing the economy $2.6 billion a year.

Mr Ferris said the systemic racism within the education system was a key concern for Māori education.

Māori make up 25 percent of the school-aged population.

"When we have students in this country saying in their own words that 'my teacher is racist,' we certainly have got a lot of work to do."

He wants kaupapa Māori schooling to be at the centre of the changes. .....
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9  December  2018

First study of Māori league players discovers health and well-being issues
An alarming number of Māori rugby league players have been found to suffer from early onset osteoarthritis after they retire.

Dr Trevor Clark has two new titanium knees because of his 12-year footy career.

Clark played professionally in England from 1983 to 1995, during which he received an honours and masters degree majoring in exercise physiology and sports psychology.

Five years ago, he started researching whether other Māori players had experienced similar issues he had. He focused on Māori because no one else had and on how many Māori play the game.....
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2018 - the year of quiet revolution
The year will also be remembered as a tipping point for Māori, especially for te reo. The goodwill towards the language seen this year has been unprecedented and suddenly it feels like New Zealand is headed towards bilingualism of a sort. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori​ prompted much more than the usual token effort and other moves, such as Radio New Zealand's emphasis on te reo and Crown Law Office lawyers introducing themselves to the court in Māori, signal a solid future for the language.

The question of how much of Māori culture should be regarded as sacrosanct and non-negotiable has yet to be decided but at least the future of te reo looks more secure......
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8  December  2018

Māori 'contaminated' by a lack of Te Reo
A prominent kaumatua has put the blame for the 'P' scourge squarely on the diminished role of Te Reo among Māori.

"When our kids are taught Te Reo we don't have this," he said.

Curtis said Te Reo provided "cultural oxygen" and that it had been denied to Maori for 178 years.

"We were taught at school a language we never heard at home," he said.

"English language doesn't touch my emotional intelligence. . . for 178 years we have been denied.".....
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Winston Peters slams Māori Santa as 'arrogant'
NZ First leader Winston Peters caught up with Jamie Mackay from The Country today for a wide ranging conversation on the issues currently leading the news.

The pair had an interesting discussion over the allegations against Maggie Barry who is accused of workplace bullying, Jacinda Ardern being named as the 29th most powerful woman in the world and the outrage over Santa Claus being replaced by a Maori man wearing a red korowai (Māori cloak) instead of the traditional outfit......
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Iwi panels using tikanga Māori solutions to help divert low-level offenders from courts
A tikanga Māori solution to keep low-level offenders out of the court system is having a wider impact outside Māori communities.

Police figures show in the year to June 58 per cent of the 1800 people referred to the Te Pae Oranga process did not identify as Māori.

The programme is a partnership originally developed by police and iwi to reduce prosecutions against Māori.

Police Māori, Pacific, and Ethnic Services national manager Michael McLean said the tikanga Māori solution to curb low-level recidivism was proving effective in keeping people of all ethnicities and cultures from entering the justice system......
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National Iwi Chairs Forum Delegation at COP24 UNCCC Katowice, Poland
“It is vital that indigenous peoples voices are heard at these forums and I congratulate the New Zealand government for being responsive to this. I encouraged the Māori & Pasifika youth in Te Ara Whatu to make their presence felt and during a Presidency Dialogue, they made a powerful presentation which drew tears from hardened diplomatic negotiators.”......
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Hundreds swarm Bayfair Shopping Centre for first look at $115m revamp
A blessing was held at 7am, with iwi members leading a crowd of about 40 investors, managers, and team members through prayer down the wide avenues of the new section of mall.

Children from Te Kura o Matapihi performed with song and dance before speeches from dignitaries and those involved in the project......
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7  December  2018

New sculpture for Christchurch's Victoria Square
A new $319,000 taxpayer-funded sculpture paying tribute to the Treaty of Waitangi signatories is likely to be installed in Christchurch's Victoria Square.

Two 4.75 metre-tall upright waka, titled Mana Motuhake, are being gifted to the Christchurch City Council by Crown rebuild company Ōtākaro​, which commissioned the work.

​The artwork, by carver Fayne Robinson, commemorates the significant Treaty signatories and by extension would support the achievements and memory of Queen Victoria, a council report said......
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Brian Tamaki, gang members launch justice protest outside Parliament
Destiny Church's Brian Tamaki descended on Parliament on Thursday to deliver a fiery castigation of New Zealand's prison and justice system.

Surrounded by gang members, Mr Tamaki accused the Government of disproportionately locking up Māori and called for an alternative indigenous justice system.

Mr Tamaki was met by several politicians, including current Justice Minister Andrew Little, former National Justice Minister Judith Collins and ACT Party leader David Seymour.

Mr Tamaki has launched a Waitangi Claim to get Destiny Church's Man Up prison programme funded.

A statement from Mr Tamaki said he had been "prejudicially affected" by the Crown and demanded "fair and equal access to government funding for social programmes" and "access to Māori in prison or other state confinement".......
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$9m reconciliation package for Parihaka announced
A $9 million reconciliation package for people of Parihaka has been finalised at a ceremony in Wellington.

On Thursday Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta met with about 100 members of the coastal Taranaki community and signed an agreement between the Crown and the Parihaka Papakāinga Trust.

Mahuta said the trust, in consultation with the community and Te Puni Kōkiri and Treasury, had produced a development plan for the $9m, which begins with a focus on healing and reconciliation and the development of urgent infrastructure.....
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6  December  2018

Treaty of Waitangi 'not taught enough' and not taught well
Educators are calling for the Treaty of Waitangi to be taught accurately and in-depth in schools.

But a lack of teaching material and underlying resistance is getting in the way.

Professor Angus McFarlane from the University of Canterbury said there were concerns about what people were learning about the country's founding document.

"There is a general consensus that it is not taught enough and when it is taught, it is often fraught with inaccuracies," he said.

"Educators need to become more serious about getting to know the Treaty, about the principles and the articles of the Treaty, and how they can be more binding, than separatist."

"If you are passionate about being a New Zealander, you must be passionate about the Treaty of Waitangi. Because without it, we would not exist.".....
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Nationwide debate on Nelson's Santa parade exposes underlying racism
The problem was a lack of an easily recognisable Santa suit, according to most critics of Nelson's Christmas parade Santa, but days on and the gloves are coming off.

A post on social media, shared almost 2000 times, collects a selection of comments about Hana Kōkō - all of which show that the problem is not with what Nelson's Santa was wearing, but with the colour of his skin......
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Uniting new science and traditional Maori knowledge
A major Marsden Fund project will combine cutting edge science with Matauranga Maori to reveal the secrets of pa across the Waikato.

Waikato University’s Associate Professor Alan Hogg, along with Associate Professor Tom Roa and Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki, are working on the $827,000 project. There are more than 500 pa (fortified settlements) around the Waikato. The region is undergoing rapid development that is threatening pa and their landscapes, so work to identify how, when and why they developed is urgent.

The overall aim is to create a regional history of Waikato wetland pa and gardens for the pre-european transitional period - the time interval between about 1400 AD and 1800 AD.....
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Whānau Ora surplus questions raised at TPK review
Te Puni Kōkiri appeared before the Māori Affairs Select Committee today for its annual review where questions were raised about the allocation of surplus funds under the Whānau Ora scheme.

Money and where it did not go dominated discussions, with answers sought about the $600,000 surplus National’s Jo Hayes says went back to shareholders and not to families.

There were disputes around a $5.2mil underspend and whether funds were adequately allocated from the year’s $37mil budget.

National’s Māori development spokesman Nuk Korako says, "Why have they got an underspend? What that tells me is that strategies and policies are not working because you shouldn't have an underspend."....
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5  December  2018

Ngāpuhi hapū take to the polls for tribe's Treaty settlement
Ngāpuhi hapū made a decision on whether or not to accept the government's evolved mandate over the weekend- some remain worried.

Hapū members are uncertain about processes being followed in some hui ā hapū consultation to settle the Ngāpuhi Treaty claim.

This follows hapū consultation meetings around the region.

The iwi could receive up to $300mil. However, Lyndon says money is not the issue for hapū.......
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Māori groups support call to boost addiction treatment funding
Thirty organisations support an open letter calling on government to double funding for addiction treatment each year starting with next year's budget. NZ's largest Māori health organisation, Hāpai Te Hauora, says there is an urgent need in Māori communities.

Iwi and Māori health providers are among those calling for more funds and new models to stub-out substance addiction......
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New committee will work with communities on waterways
New committee will work with communities towards improving the health of waterways and harbour

A new whaitua committee - Whaitua te Whanganui-a-Tara - has been established by Greater Wellington Regional Council to work with communities in the Hutt Valley and Wellington to develop proposals to improve fresh and marine water quality throughout its valley and harbour catchments.

The Committee combines the expertise of local and regional councillors, iwi and community members drawn from throughout the Hutt and Wainuiomata valleys, the suburbs of Wellington Harbour and the south coast and the Makara and Ohariu stream catchments.....
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Te Arawa Lakes Trust says no to treated wastewater in Lake Rotorua
Te Arawa Lakes Trust is opposing plans to discharge treated wastewater into Lake Rotorua in what is being described as a "surprise" move at a late stage.

It's a blow for Rotorua Lakes Council which has worked on the $37 million wastewater upgrade since 2015.

However, the trust backs local hapū concerns, who say Lake Rotorua is a "taonga not toilet".....
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Is Andrew Little in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi? - Right to Life
In an unprecedented attack on the sanctity of life of the unborn the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern and the Minister of Justice propose that the killing of children before birth should not be a crime.

The Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, at the direction of the Prime Minister proposes to amend the Crimes Act to remove women and their unborn from the protection of the Crimes Act. This Act provides legal protection for women and unborn children against the violence of abortion, it also protects the right to life of the unborn, which has been in the Crimes Act since 1856.

Right to Life believes that the decriminalisation of abortion would be a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi and requests our submission be referred to the Waitangi Tribunal for a decision on this matter.....
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4  December  2018

Ngāi Tukairangi elder of Tauranga moana seeks acknowledgment
Despite the apology given by the Anglican Church of Aotearoa to Tauranga Moana iwi today for land lost in 1867.

Ngāi Tukairangi representatives voiced their disapproval because only two hapū were formally acknowledged.

In 1838, 80 percent of the 1333 acres belonging to Ngāi Tamarawaho and Ngāti Tapu, later known as the CMS Te Papa Block, was transferred to the Church Missionary Society.

The Anglican Church of Aotearoa formally apologised for their role in the loss of 423ha of Māori land to the Crown.

However, during the formal apology some expressed their disappointment that only two sub-tribes within Tauranga Moana were formally acknowledged......
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Santa gets a remake for Nelson's Santa Parade, but not all are happy
Nelson's Santa parade has taken a bi-cultural approach, but it caused confusion among some of Santa's young fans.

The white-bearded, jolly man was replaced in Sunday's parade by a Māori man representing Santa Claus.

The sleigh led by Santa's reindeer was ridden down Trafalgar St with the merry elves, but Santa's traditional suit was ditched for a red korowai (Māori cloak), worn by Robert Herewini......
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Duncan Garner bashes Nelson's Māori Santa
"Māori don't have to own everything."

That's the blistering message from The AM Show host Duncan Garner, who's accusing Nelson of wrecking Santa with its "PC" attempt at being ethnically diverse.

The Nelson Santa Parade on Sunday descended into debacle after Santa and his traditional outfit were discarded for a de-bearded Māori man wearing a short-sleeved shirt and red korowai. It's a decision that's led to bitter divisions and recriminations....
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Apology issued over lack of traditional Santa in Nelson parade
Organisers of a Nelson Christmas parade have apologised after a non-traditional Santa Claus took centre sleigh, confusing onlookers and sparking a backlash.

Yesterday, a Santa Claus donning a red korowai and holding a taiaha featured in the parade festivities sans trademark hat, beard, and suit......
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Report explains why New Zealand's Māori are better off than Australia's Aborigines
New Zealand's Māori have better outcomes than Australia's Aboriginal people because our Government treats its indigenous people better, according to a report.

The Economist states Aboriginal people living in Australia face a decade-wide gap in life expectancy, high rates of incarceration and suicide, and their children are 10 times more likely to be in state care.....
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NZ makes solar power accessible to all
Solar power is now available to all NZers through a monthly online subscription. Climate Change Minister, James Shaw is backing the worlds first virtual solar power plant.

Minister Shaw says, "It knits together all of the houses that have got rooftop solar and batteries, not just so those houses can have power but that they can work as a community to provide power to the grid."

And for every twenty connections, SolarCity is offering free solar panels to marae, kohanga reo and community centres while training and employing rangatahi to carry out installation and maintenance.......
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2  December  2018

Collaboration key to Waikato regional growth
More than 100 Waikato leaders are looking at ways to improve the region's environment, economy and communities.

Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Māori leaders agree collaboration is key in growing the interests of Māori and the region.

Mahuta says the teaching of King Tawhiao - "If there is but one toetoe stem it will break, but if they are together in a bundle they will never break," is a guide to regional success.

“We need to consider how Māori can engage in these discussions to action our needs in order to strengthen all areas of the region of Waikato,” she says.

FOMA Chair Traci Houpapa is laying down the gauntlet at the inaugural Waikato Regional Council gathering for heads in environment, business, councils and iwi to collaborate.

“Māori need to recognise generally that in order for us to succeed and grow our wealth and prosperity we need to partner,” says Houpapa......
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Action urged after song uses karakia
WELLINGTON: The use of a Maori karakia in a Korean pop song has ramped up calls for the Government to protect Maori intellectual property, some saying that cultural appropriation of Maoritanga is getting out of hand.

The video clip has been viewed about seven million times since in the past week, but it is an uneasy watch for Karaitiana Taiuru.

‘‘I was little bit shocked and disappointed, because of the words that were used . . . It is a karakia and to me our karakia was being mocked,’’ he said......
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Anglican Church apologises to Tauranga Moana iwi over land lost 151 years ago
Today, the Anglican Church of Aotearoa will formally apologise to the iwi of Tauranga Moana for its role in that land being lost, and in particular to the hapū of Ngāi Tamarāwaho and Ngāti Tapu.

The apology is a momentous milestone in what has been a long, painful process to have the grievance recognised and acknowledged.

The apology is also, however, the beginning of a new chapter for iwi and the church.

It's one of reconciliation and, eventually, both parties hope, one of restorative justice.

The block of land in question stretches from The Strand to the suburb of Gate Pā.

It encompasses Tauranga's central business district – a modern place of work, hospitality and city governance.

The Te Papa peninsula, however, was once one of the most densely populated Māori settlements in the region......
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1  December  2018

'He was a murderer' - Gisborne iwi demand apology ahead of Captain Cook celebration
Ahead of celebrations to mark Captain Cook's arrival in New Zealand, a Gisborne iwi is demanding an apology for the atrocities he brought upon their people.

The English explorer landed on the shores of Turanganui-a-Kiwa in 1769. But according to Rongowhakaata, what really happened that day has largely been swept under the carpet.

"Our experience wasn't a great experience in the sense that a number of our tipuna were killed during that first encounter. A number of our taonga were stolen [and] taken. That is a story that hasn't been told."

"We're quite keen to engage with the Royal Society, who were Captain Cook's employers at the time to seek some sort of an apology for the behaviour of the crew of the endeavour and that's to put to rest some of the not so great thing that occurred during that encounter.....
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Foreshore Act repeal Finlayson highlight
Former Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson rates the repeal of the Foreshore and Seabed Act as his proudest achievement in parliament.

During his nine years as a minister he concluded more than 60 treaty settlements, and found it the most satisfying part of the job.

He says he came into parliament determined to overturn Labour’s foreshore claims legislation.

"I had been repelled by the appalling aftermath of the Court of Appeal's decision in the Ngāti Apa case and I still marvel that in the 21st century legislation was rammed through the House to deny a significant proportion of people the right of access to justice and the right to investigate their property rights," Mr Finlayson says.....
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Matched funds draw iwi to Victoria University
More scholarships and internships for Māori will be available through a series of partnerships being formed by Victoria University of Wellington.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) Rawinia Higgins says more than 20 relationship agreements will be signed with iwi organisations, representatives of Māori trusts and other organisations at a ceremony at the university's Te Herenga Waka Marae next week.

They will bring to more than 60 the He Herenga Tangata agreements formalised with iwi since 2016 to boost opportunities for Māori students and foster research collaborations.

Professor Rawinia Higgins says the university matches the funding provided by Māori partners dollar-for-dollar, to maximise the study and research opportunities for Māori students.....
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Low Census uptake means iwi information deficit
Gaps in collecting Census data could affect both the make up of the next parliament and the ability of iwi to plan for the needs of their people......
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Iwi seeks bigger local stake in Napier port sale
Ngati Pahauwera is urging Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to offer shares in Napier Port to residents and iwi at a discount in order to secure a local cornerstone holding in the firm.

The iwi’s development trust said it would consider investing up to $5 million in the port, with a two-year restriction on sale, were the shares offered at a discount to the general offer......
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Māori landowners targeted for forest fund
Forestry Minister Shane Jones says supporting Māori to realise the potential of their land is one of the priorities for a new One Billion Trees Fund.

Mr Jones and Primary Industries Minister Damien O’Connor today announced the fund led by Te Uru Rākau: Forestry New Zealand would provide $118 million for simple and accessible grants to landowners and organisations looking to plant trees……
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30  November  2018

Crown has 'failed' to protect fresh water, independent body needed - NZ Māori Council
A Māori water rights claim wants to see the country's rivers and lakes treated as public goods instead of a "free lunch" to commercial interests.

The Waitangi Tribunal is this week hearing the closing submissions into a claim over Māori rights to fresh water, following the government decision in 2012 to put shares in state-owned power companies up for sale.

Ownership of water - whether by Māori, nobody, or everybody - has been the focus of a debate around allocation and management issues....

"The RMA has become a vehicle for providing a free lunch to commercial interests, such as water bottling companies. Many have derived immense financial wealth from their 'free' water. Those who use it for private commercial benefit should pay for it."

An Independent Water Commission would be made up of half Māori representatives, chosen by Māori, and be funded by charging those who used water commercially.

What Māori ownership of fresh water would mean for the general population was still to be determined.

"That is a huge question, but we want the Government to recognise native title to fresh water, and then we can sit down and discuss it......
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Te reo Māori names to be considered for hundreds of Auckland parks
Your local Auckland park could be about to gain a Māori name as local boards consult Māori groups on how to tell the "unique stories of Tāmaki Makaurau".

Brains Park, Dickey Reserve and Eastdale Reserve are just three among 99 places picked by the Whau Local Board in its first group of parks and reserves to go through the review.

The Auckland Council move to add Māori names or even have them replace existing names was initiated by mana whenua - Auckland Māori who have mana and ancestral connections in some part of the region.

Mana whenua groups are being asked to propose Māori names to local boards.....
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Moves underway to set up Māori-owned bank
Could an iwi bank become the next Kiwibank? The Māori Council thinks so and is taking steps to set up a Māori-owned bank.

The Māori Council says Māori are being let down and shut out by the four big Australian-owned banks.

It's calling on iwi to come together and make a Māori-owned bank a reality.....
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Māori entities continue to grow their putea
The Māori asset base continues to grow year on year says Leon Wijohn.

Protecting and growing the putea for future generations is a key ethos in Māori business. The Māori asset base continues to grow year on year as illustrated by this year's Deloitte Top 10 Māori Business Index.....
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Māori to benefit from climate research funds
The Māori Climate Commissioner says Māori should be excited at the number of Māori scientists pitching in to work on climate change solutions.

Donna Awatere Huata has welcomed new funding for crown research institute GNS Science and the Resilience Challenge.

In the latest fund of the Government’s Endeavour Fund GNS got $11.2 million for three new multi-year research projects, on top its two Marsden Fund projects......
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Scholarship awarded to innovative researcher examining mātauranga Māori and environmental science
The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Innovation in Science, administered by Royal Society Te Apārangi, has been awarded to Arna Whaanga (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Rakaipaaka).

Arna is working towards completion of a Masters of Māori Studies at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. Her thesis will examine contemporary kaitaikaitanga in the context of initiatives such as Predator Free Mahia and the Rongomaiwahine Coastal Marine Title application that is currently being processed by the Office of Treaty Settlements.....
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What Māori can teach us about early childhood development
Being surrounded by their own culture is vital for the optimum development of all children, but for many Māori and Pacific children in New Zealand, it has been missing for too long.

Almost four decades ago, Kara Puketapu had the idea to develop Kōhanga Reo (literally: “language nest”) — early childhood centres for Māori children, guided by the Māori philosophy that a child is the sole responsibility of an entire community. Within them, children are enveloped in their language and culture, and provided a safe environment where they are nourished, stimulated, and cared for......
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Spark and Maori Language Commission strengthen ties
Today Spark NZ and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori (The MaoriLanguage Commision) have signed a mahi tahi Memorandum of Understanding to promote and revitalise te reo Maori.

"With meaningful partnerships like this, we truly believe our national treasure - te reo Maori- will continue to be revitalised and show up as an everyday language which resonates throughout New Zealand.

This is not a new thing for te reo Maori. It was New Zealand’s first language of business and trade. Spark and other companies are restoring te reo Maorito its place in the commercial world".....
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Redress options ‘beyond money’
An expert economist for the Crown has encouraged the Waitangi Tribunal to look more at non-financial redress for Maori, in its bid to determine the Mangatu remedies claim.

Six claimant groups have applied to the Waitangi Tribunal for the return of Mangatu Crown forest-licensed land, and compensation for historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi made by the Crown to Maori.

Dr Meade estimated the monetary value of the overall compensation for the Mangatu claim would be $170 million, plus the return of the Crown forest-licensed land.....
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Māori voices needed in mental health reform
A member of the leadership group advising the government on how to respond to the Mental Health and Addiction inquiry says more Māori representation is needed.

Māori submissons to the review panel included calls for treatment options that include Māori cultural practices, including te reo me ōna tikanga.

"To gain those we need access to our own world, to our own communities, and these things are not necessarily available in mainstream services and one might say shouldn't be but there should be ready access to the things we know helps us heal as Māori," Ms Baker says......
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Māori wardens helping in courts
Māori Wardens are now working at the Wellington District Court.

The initiative was introduced by Sue Little, Manager Justice Services, and Noelene Smiler, Operations Manager of Te Korowai o Te Whanganui a Tara Watene Māori, earlier this year to help break down barriers between court users and the court system and to improve responsiveness to Māori......
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29  November  2018

O'Sullivan fumes after Northland deaths
Dr Lance O'Sullivan has unleashed a scathing attack on NZ's health system following an outbreak of the disease meningitis which has killed six people nationwide, three of which occurred in Northland.

O'Sullivan says he is fed up with seeing brown kids dying because of the health system.

Speaking to Te Kāea, O’Sullivan says the Northland outbreak is a symptom of a wider issue- that the health system is "broken for Māori".

"What's happened in Northland is a symptom of a chronic problem, a chronic disease if you like, which is massive under-performance from the health system for Māori. It's just another boil and festering wound that's showing up as to the problem."

On Facebook, O'Sullivan says in his work around New Zealand he had seen the disparities of treatment for Māori and Pacific children who were neglected or misdiagnosed by health professionals and over-represented for diseases such as rheumatic fever.

"Things need to change and so, what are those solutions you might ask? Well, how about a Minister for Māori Health, a Minister for Māori well-being? Put us in charge and we'll do a better job.".....
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Waitangi Tribunal gets new members
The president of the Māori Women's Welfare league is one of three new members added to the Waitangi Tribunal.

The Māori development minister Nanaia Mahuta annouced the appoinment of eight members to the tribunal - who'll each serve a three year term.

Māori Women's Welfare League president Prue Kapua, te reo Māori advocate Ruakere Hond and public servant Kim Ngarimu are the new members.

"They have already contributed so much to Aotearoa New Zealand," Ms Mahuta said.

The Tribunal will benefit greatly from their skills as it embarks upon significant kaupapa in the coming months."

Dr Angela Ballara, Dr Monty Soutar, Ronald Crosby, Tania Simpson and Professor Pou Temara have been reappointed to the Waitangi Tribunal.

"As I consider the people who will hear these claims on behalf of New Zealand, I take very seriously the mix of expertise, mātauranga and perspective they each bring."

The Waitangi Tribunal's members are appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister for Māori Development.
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Tāmaki Iwi welcome new urban housing agency
The poutaki of Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei Marae, Taiaha Hawke, says the new Housing and Urban Development Authority (HUDA) should build Māori communities.

The Auckland-based iwi, alongside Ngāti Paoa, are keen to partner with the Crown's new agency to provide affordable housing for their beneficiaries.

Hawke says they are relishing the new opportunities on the horizon.

“It’s not for the government only to build more housing, let's give all that knowledge to iwi, for iwi to develop their own housing projects to build Māori communities,” he says.....
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Pop Up Project provides a boost to Māori culture in Porirua
A group of community-minded entrepreneurs are using new technology to promote Māori and Pasifika culture by setting up shop in Porirua.

The Arepa Gamers Club are a group of friends and business people united in their desire to provide a safe space for youngsters to play games, while connecting them with positive values and Māori and Pasifika culture.

“We in the process of developing language training courses that use gaming as a tool to help them learn how to speak their language or learn a new language.

“Our end goal is to run gaming events all around the world where you must speak in another language to be able to play....
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Key Maori Businesses recognised as good employers
Forestry Minister Shane Jones has this evening presented the Māori Agribusiness Awards at the Primary Industries Good Employer Awards, which salute the achievements of these and other Maori companies operating in the primary sector.....
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Te Korowai o Wainuiārua one step closer to Treaty Settlement
On Friday the Chair of Uenuku Charitable Trust Aiden Gilbert and the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Hon. Andrew Little signed an Agreement in Principle (AIP) at Parliament.

Included in the Wainuiārua agreement is an acknowledgement and apology from the Crown, cultural redress including a partnership agreement with the Department of Conservation and the vesting back of land within the Erua Forest Conservation area for the iwi to develop a ecosanctuary and tourism venture at Pōkākā.

The Wainiārua core area of interest mainly consists of Crown conservation estate including the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks that are being settled separately.

A number of relationship agreements sit alongside financial redress of $21.7-million and cultural redress of $900,000.

Crown owned properties including 183-hectares of Crown Forestry land at Erua and the former 500-hectare Waikune Prison will be purchased.

National Park and Raetihi Schools and Police Stations along with the Landcorp farm Raurimu Station have been identified for potential transfer and leaseback.

Included in the Wainuiārua agreement is an acknowledgement and apology from the Crown, cultural redress including a partnership agreement with the Department of Conservation and the vesting back of land within the Erua Forest Conservation area for the iwi to develop a ecosanctuary and tourism venture at Pōkākā.

The Wainiārua core area of interest mainly consists of Crown conservation estate including the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks that are being settled separately.

A number of relationship agreements sit alongside financial redress of $21.7-million and cultural redress of $900,000.

Crown owned properties including 183-hectares of Crown Forestry land at Erua and the former 500-hectare Waikune Prison will be purchased.

National Park and Raetihi Schools and Police Stations along with the Landcorp farm Raurimu Station have been identified for potential transfer and leaseback.....
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28  November  2018

Waimarino land grab compensation $21.7m
The Government has agreed in principle to a $21.7 million settlement with Te Korowai o Wainuiarua, which covers upper Whanganui River hapu affliating to Uenuku, Tamakana, and Tamahaki.

Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says the agreement signed on Friday is an important step in the settlement of the their claims.

He says within a short space of time in the late 1800s the hapu lost large tracts of ancestral land to the construction of the main trunk line and subsequent logging of the great Waimarino forests.

The package includes Crown acknowledgments of its Treaty breaches, financial and commercial redress, and the return of sites of cultural significance.
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Council receives Maori language accolade
Rotorua Lakes Council was named a winner at this year’s Maori Language Awards for work delivered by its Te Amorangi ki Mua, Te HÄpai ÅKi Muri Unit.

The event hosted by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori (Maori Language Commission) was held at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington on Friday. (23 November 2018)....
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Future proofing surf breaks in Aotearoa
Surfer and researcher Dr JordanTe Aramoana Waiti says surf breaks in Aotearoa are increasingly at risk due to coastal development activities, and that iwi have a role to play in their protection.

Dr Waiti says it’s about, “Living lightly on our whenua, and within our moana so that it's around for our future generations in the same state that we've been able to experience it.”

He says, “Māori were surfing pre-European arrival, we were surfing on canoes, planks of wood, using kelp as well, and amongst a lot of iwi throughout the motu there's narratives or kōrero that document this.”.....
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Mangatu hearing to hear the final evidence
The Waitangi Tribunal hearing for the Mangatu remedies claim resumes in Gisborne tomorrow.

The next two days will hear the last round of evidence for the claim, before the tribunal deliberates and works towards a reccommendation.

Six iwi claimant groups have applied for the return of Mangatu Crown forest licensed lands, plus compensation.....
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Māori voices needed in kauri strategy
The leader of a new $13 million strategy for tackling kauri die back and myrtle rust says it’s a chance for Māori voices to be heard.

He says traditional practices like rāhui show Māori had a sophisticated understanding of threats to their natural environment and the tools to tackle them.

Our people have known of the sensitivity of these taonga plants for as long as we have been in Aotearoa," Dr Waipara says.....
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27  November  2018

Māori Climate Commissioner pays respects
Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere Huata, has praised the final UN Climate Vulnerable Forum Communique from the leaders of nations most vulnerable to climate change.

"It is essential the voices of Indigenous and First Nation Peoples are not only given space in the climate change challenge, but that they're provided with the resources for leadership in this debate.

Indigenous cultures have centuries of cultural knowledge when it comes to the values of sustainability and living in harmony with the environment that are desperately needed as we pivot from destructive and short sighted consumer capitalism to a far broader and progressive set of economic and social measures."

"Māori in New Zealand have been kept out of the debate on climate change for too long when we require a leadership role, I call on an Indigenous virtual summit to be held in Aoteroa next year to expand this dialogue and build bridges with other first nation whanau to confront the unique crises we face from global warming.".....
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When the NZ Army became an iwi – Comment.
Every few months a disparate group of New Zealanders file into Rongomaraeroa-o-nga-hau e wha, the National Army Marae in Waiouru. They have just made it past the initial hurdle of Army basic training: the gruelling first few days. The group has come to attest - the process of swearing loyalty to the Queen and formally entering the armed services.

Speeches precede the solemn ceremony. High-ranking officers welcome the recruits, and entreat them to consider eachother as comrades. They then explain the significance of what is about to take place. Having attested, they will have a new family: Ngāti Tumatauenga - ‘Tribe of the God of War’.

This is what makes the New Zealand Army, a small force with few major deployments, so unique. It is not a conventional Western military. In 1994 it transformed itself into Ngāti Tumatauenga: an iwi created by, with and for the state.....
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26  November  2018

That's a mouthful': New name proposed for Phoenix carpark reserve in Mount Maunganui
Tauranga City Council wants last-minute public feedback on its new name for the old Phoenix carpark in Mount Maunganui.

Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka is the name proposed for the new urban space being developed on the site of former Maunganui Rd carpark.

It was picked up by council staff in partnership with Ngai Tukairangi and Ngāti Kuku, and approved by the full council subject to consultation.......
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Northland iwi consent to dead sperm whale's stomach being tested
A sperm whale that died after being stranded on a Northland beach will have its insides tested for plastic by the consent of local iwi.

DOC is working with local hapu Ngāti Kahu to determine how the dead whale should be dealt with, however on Saturday morning Ngāti Kahu performed a karakia to acknowledge the death.

"They plan to pull the whale further up the beach to bury it, according to their cultural traditions," Petrove said.

"The hapu would like to examine the whale's stomach contents to see if there is any plastic.

"They have sought assistance with this from Ngāti Wai expert in whale tikanga, Hori Parata, who is travelling to the site from Whangarei today," she said......
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25  November  2018

Te Korowai o Wainuiārua and Crown sign agreement to settle historical Treaty claims
Te Korowai o Wainuiārua and the Crown have today signed an agreement in the settlement of historical Treaty claims for three iwi, including the return of culturally significant sites to Te Korowai o Wainuiārua.

The agreement, involving claims by Uenuku, Tamakana and Tamahaki, also outlines a broad settlement package which includes provisional Crown ackowledgements of Treaty breaches and the financial and commercial redress of $21.7 million.....
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Government seeks input on plans for post-Brexit deal with UK
The government is calling for public submissions on a post-Brexit free trade agreement with the United Kingdom.

New Zealand would seek an agreement that safeguards protections for labour and the environment, and promotes gender equality and indigenous rights.

"We want to reduce costs and barriers for New Zealand businesses operating with the UK," Mr Parker said.

"Our exports to the UK are already worth over $1.5 billion annually, and there is an opportunity to grow the links between our economies even further."

The deal would include protections for the Treaty of Waitangi and maintain the government's right to pass laws in the public interest, he said.....
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Biggest intake of citizens and first time affirmation in Maori
Yesterday, the Queenstown Lakes welcomed 82 new citizens, the largest number in a single ceremony to date in the district, including two women who became the first in the resort to give their affirmation in Maori.

When she received her citizenship letter, the Queenstown Lakes District Council planner noted giving the affirmation in Maori was not an option, so asked if she could.

"I thought it would be cool to do it in Maori ... it felt right doing it in te reo.

"I asked and they said, ‘Yes, absolutely’."Miss Evans, a graphic designer for Colliers, has been here six years and completed the first two years of her te reo Maori study, doing so "to become part of New Zealand"......
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24  November  2018

Politicians and iwi leaders lambast Taxpayers' Union for 'ignorant' koha criticism
Politicians and iwi leaders are criticising the Taxpayers' Union for saying the government shouldn't give koha because it could be used to buy Māori support.

Giving koha is a Māori custom that has stood the test of time. It's a token of appreciation generally given to hosts of a hui or tangi.

These days, a guest might place an envelope with money in it on the marae ātea during the pōwhiri. 

"That in and of itself sets a very dangerous precedent," Taxpayers' Union executive director Jordan Williams said.

"Literally giving cash to a minister, paid for by taxpayers, to hand over, is grossly inappropriate."

When Crown-Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis held 33 hui around the country to consult on the new agency, he gave koha to marae who hosted him, in addition to paying for venue hire and catering.

On average, he spent $2200 per hui in total, he said.....
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Spelling mistakes in Māori words see New Plymouth District Council iwi committee 'fail' new policy Basic spelling mistakes of Māori words have seen a policy guiding how New Plymouth's council will spend millions of dollars sent back to the drawing board.

Spelling mistakes, inaccuracies in the iwi history and a need for more specific statements were among the issues raised.

The errors included the word "waiata" spelled 'waitata', "tokomaru" spelled 'tomomaru' and "kaitake" spelled 'kaikate'.

Councillor John McLeod said the report needed to be in plain English and policy should also extend beyond the current term.

"It's a lot of, for lack of a better word, gobbledegook," he said.....
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Indian teacher passionate about Māori education
An Indian teacher who tutors kids at Edukids early childhood centre is encouraging more teachers to practise Māori education. Judy Mathew has a true passion for te reo Māori.

“The Māori language is the mother tongue of NZ and I live here,” she says.

“I teach te reo to my tamariki through waiata. First of all when I come to the centre I greet everyone in te reo like 'mōrena', 'atamarie' to the children and the whānau.

Te reo Māori is part of the requirements for an early childhood teacher under ECE. At Edukids, they are encouraged to have more Māori education for their multi-cultural students......
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$57mil facility to care for acute mental health patients
Counties Manukau Health opened stage one of the new Tiaho Mai Mental Health Unit at Middlemore Hospital today. Tiaho Mai is a residential unit for supporting people with mental health problems during crises and providing care for people from Ōtāhuhu to Mercer, including Kaiaua and Port Waikato.

The new unit is part of a world-leading 38 bed adult mental health inpatient facility.

Minister of Health David Clarke, who unveiled the new facility today says, "Everyone will be hopeful to see the changes that have been made, the lessons that have been learnt from tangata whaiora and from tangata whenua. The build of this facility incorporates Māori design and has been co-designed by people who have lived experience of mental health needs......
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23  November  2018

Māori Language Week's 'English sucks' ad ruled okay
An advert for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori which featured a man saying "English sucks" didn't breach standards because English doesn't need protection from ridicule, according to a new ruling.

The ASA says it received several complaints about the advert.

The ASA said mocking English was fine, as opposed to Chinese or Māori for example, because "English is the dominant language, it doesn't need protecting and therefore the Complaints Board agreed this level of teasing was acceptable". .....
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Implementing tikanga Māori rehabilitation across all prisons
Minister of Corrections, Kelvin Davis is currently meeting with Northern iwi leaders to find solutions to the Māori prison population problem.

This comes on the back of only five of the countries 18 prisons offer Māori-focussed rehabilitation programmes for inmates, despite Māori over-representation in national incarceration rates.

Not the first of many conversations the Corrections Minister has been privy to - he's been looking for community input on how to improve Māori rehabilitation programmes in prisons.

"Māori rehabilitation programmes will be built upon in jails, however, I want to stop Māori from going to prison in the first place. However [sic] for those already incarcerated, there is an intention to give more kaupapa Māori," says Davis.

It is still unclear at this stage when the implentation of new tikanga Māori initiatives will be rolled out nationwide.....
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Cell tower proposal for sacred Māori mountain in the Hokianga
Māori elders in the are determined to protect a sacred mountain in the Far North, identified as a potential site for a new cell tower.

Utakura in the Hokianga is a site earmarked under "tourism site priorities" for the Government's Mobile Black Spots Fund to increase mobile coverage around the country.

The maunga is home to a taniwha of the same name, Ruka-Tekorakora said, with ancestors also buried on the hill side.
"We are opposed to them using our mountain tops and proliferating them with things which do not belong," he said.

"We are really concerned about them putting a tower on top of our sacred taniwha and bones of our ancestors - it seems a shame......
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A day to commemorate Māori land wars
The 28th of October has been chosen to commemorate the Māori land wars. However, discussions are currently taking place in Te Awamutu on whether the date is correct.

Minister of Māori Development Naniaia Mahuta wants to ensure the date that's been selected is suitable.

Northland representatives say the day marks the signing of the declaration of independence which is significant for the region.

Aperehama Edwards, chairman of Te Putake o te Riri in Northland says, “We do not want the declaration to be set aside. If this is to go forward the memory of what our ancestors signed will be forgotten.”.....
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22  November  2018

Significant Health Research Council grant for Waikato researcher
The Health Research Council has awarded Dr Rawiri Keenan 2019 Career Development Awards.

Dr Keenan is looking at cultural competency and equity in primary care and has the Foxley Fellowship worth $224,727.

The research proposal says cultural competence is a skill and attitude essential to effective communication and therefore effective quality care. This is especially true in primary care/ general practice.

All GP practices and staff in them have obligations for ongoing training and education in the areas of Cultural Competence and Treaty of Waitangi training. Additionally, all practices must have a Māori health plan......
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Language still focus of broadcast policy
Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi says Māori radio and television along with other parts of public broadcasting have been underfunded and left to wither over the past decade.

But in the face of a challenge from Paakiwaha host Claudette Hauiti, he was unwilling to concede the crown has an obligation to fund Māori broadcasting for more than the promotion of Māori language and culture.

Māori Broadcasting Minister Nanaia Mahuta has also asked her Māori Development Ministry to review Māori broadcast needs....
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Budget blowout: Extra $50,000 spent on Māori-Crown relations portfolio development
Newshub can reveal the cost of developing the Māori-Crown Relations portfolio blew out by more than $50,000.

Māori-Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis told Newshub he's disappointed.

"Anything over we're disappointed with. We take every step we can to reduce costs, it's unfortunate it was slightly over."

Mr Davis attended 33 'engagement hui' across the country between March and June 2018 at a cost of $282,591 - $51,380 more than originally budgeted.....
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Examining Tairāwhiti voyaging philosophies
The list of recipients of the Health Research Council of New Zealand's 2019 Career Development Awards has been announced.

Among the successful recipients is Ngāhuia Mita of Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Hako.

"I'm thrilled to have received this award and to be able to support Te Tairāwhiti Voyaging Trust and the wider Te Tairawhiti community," Mita says.

She will receive over $140,000 which will help go towards her research titled Tairāwhiti Waka, Tairāwhiti tangata - Examining Tairāwhiti voyaging philosophies. It will look into the whakapapa of ancient waka Māori in Te Tairāwhiti.....
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Room for Māori apprentices to step up
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Auckland is looking for more than 650 rangatahi who want to join the region's booming trades industry.

The 650 scholarships include not only get free fees but one-on-one support from mentors to help them find the right job.

Applicants need to be aged 16 to 40 and of Māori or Pasifika heritage.....
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