Friday, December 14, 2018

Mole News


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......
See full article HERE
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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