Friday, May 24, 2019

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Ngati Porou is set to gain legal customary title over the East Coast foreshore and seabed.
The Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Bill receives its third and final reading in Parliament this afternoon and is set to become a milestone piece of legislation — the first of its kind.

Representatives of the Crown and many hapu of Ngati Porou will today sign the Whakamana Accord and Relationship Instruments set out in the amended deed and witness the Third Reading of the Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Bill (No.2).

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou chairman Selwyn Parata says the passage of the bill is the culmination of 16 years of negotiation with the Crown, which stemmed from the controversial Foreshore and Seabed Act in 2004.

“Ngati Porou mana over many of its coastal areas has been constant and undisrupted,” he said. “But when we saw the harsh legislation taking shape in 2003 we decided to take matters into our own hands.”

“We have been fortunate to have three outstanding ministers to work with from both sides of the political spectrum.

“Hon Sir Michael Cullen, Hon Chris Finlayson and Hon Andrew Little ensured the Crown stayed the course......
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Tiriti approach part of climate change demands
The group organising tomorrow’s second school strike for climate change action wants Te Tiriti o Waitangi to be part of any solution.

Demands being made include:

* that any change must uphold democratic systems and obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi,

There has to be meaningful consultation, there has to be co-development between Māori and Pākehā, they have to really take into consideration the concepts of kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga and all of that kind of stuff," Ms Handford says......
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Local Focus: 'Captain Cook was a mass murderer'
But indigenous rights activist, Tina Ngata is calling for a boycott.

"I see him as a murderer, a mass murderer," she said. "I see him as a tool of a white supremacist machine of imperial expansionism. And I see him as a white supremacist.

"He was a very cruel man, even by the standard of those times. It was noted that he became excessively cruel, particularly in his later journals, and he is prone to torture and abduction."....
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New Māori look for Auckland Int. Airport
The departures section in the country's largest airport has had a revamp and Dr Johnson Witehira was one of three artists who gave the space a Māori look through design and illustration.

Witehira says that over the past thirty years more organisations have started using Māori designs in their structures.

"I think the airport, just seeing that we are all wanting to connect to te ao Māori, this is an early stage for them, but a really big and important move."

"It was natural from us as the gateway to the country to include Māori design elements throughout the terminal expansion."

Witehira hopes that these designs will take travellers on their own journey through parts of the Māori world, as they wait to take their venture into the outside world......
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Waimakariri proposes official iwi involvement in Civil Defence
Official iwi involvement in Civil Defence emergencies is proposed for the Waimakariri district following the success of a similar model during the Nelson wildfires earlier this year.

The Waimakariri District Council proposed establishing mana whenua as a specific part of its emergency response and recovery structures following a hui at Tuahiwi Marae last week......
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Local iwi concerned over 'irreversible harm' to Whakatāne aquifer after Chinese water bottling plant granted consent
Representatives of Te Rūnanga ō Ngāti Awa are being cross-examined in the Environment Court at Mataatua Marae on the fourth day of hearings.

Te Rūnanga and Sustainable Otakiri are appealing consent for Creswell New Zealand to expand water bottling production at Otakiri Springs......
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Rangatiratanga key to kaupapa funding
The kaupapa Māori funding promised in the $320 million Wellbeing Budget package for tackling sexual and family violence needs to go to Māori organisations, not to propping up government departments.

"A fundamental principle of kaupapa Māori is tino rangatiratanga and mana motuhake and what that means is everything kaupapa Māori providers are doing is about ensuring the building of capacity in our communities to be self-determining in our own healing processes," Dr Pihama says......
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PhD Scholarship - How might Māori evaluation work best in policy-making?
This scholarship is for Māori students with a passion for research and evaluation. Ideally, they would be interested in the role of evaluation in public service, but they may actually have a particular Māori-focused programme in mind that they are keen to evaluate......
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23 May  2019

Māori employed by DHBs must double in the next 15 years – report
The number of Māori employed by DHBs must double in the next 15 years if it's going to meet the needs of the country's most vulnerable people, according to a recent report by health workforce development agency Kia Ora Hauora.

That was the impetus for a student tour of Wellington Hospital's simulation centre, which sought to inspire the next generation of Māori doctors.

About 60 young Māori spent the day there learning how to recognise medical tools and injuries, and keep scared, vulnerable patients calm.....

Kaitiaki: Name of Harbourmaster’s New Boat Revealed
“Kaitiaki” was revealed today as the name chosen for the Harbourmaster’s new boat. The reveal was part of a naming ceremony at Back Beach, with councillors and stakeholders in attendance.

Kaitiaki means guardian or caretaker. The name was selected from over 100 community suggestions by the Otago Regional Council (ORC) and local iwi......

$93m Treaty settlement in limbo
The $93 million, 9000-hectare Treaty of Waitangi Settlement for Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui-a-Rua is in limbo seven months after the settlement trust announced strong iwi support for accepting the deal.

The Waitangi Tribunal granted two resumption hearings in December which have stalled the settlement process and a final decision may not be known until March next year.......

Ngāti Awa leader honoured at Goverment House

An actor and a tohunga have been honoured at Government House in Auckland.

A leader of his people, Pouroto Ngaropo (Ngāti Awa) who has dedicated thirty years of his life to ensure Māori customs and traditions are honoured across the entire Bay of Plenty regional government.

Ngaropo was the only Māori recipient to receive a Queen's Service Medal that day, for his services to Māori and governance.....

Kaupapa recognition good but money better
The director of the only kaupapa Māori service for people who commit sexual violence has welcomed acknowledgement of kaupapa Māori in the Wellbeing Budget, but says the money on offer falls well short of the need.

He says it appears about $7 million will be set aside for kaupapa Māori, and the bulk of the money will continue to go to mainstream services which don’t serve Māori well.

"You’ve got to have a clear understanding of both western practice but more importantly of Māori identity. Evidence tells us identity is one of the biggest parts of reducing recidivism and reoffending," Mr Smith says......

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22 May  2019

Ban on prisoners voting ‘humiliation’ of Māori, Tribunal told
The Waitangi Tribunal has heard the ban on prisoners voting is underpinned by racism and disproportionately impacts on Māori.

An urgent inquiry into the rights of prisoners to vote is underway in Wellington. The former National government banned all prisoners from voting in 2010.

She is calling on the voting ban to be removed and believed that broader action needed to be taken to end the disproportionately aimed against Māori within the criminal justice system.

Lawyer Annette Sykes, who representing three claimants, told the Tribunal the crown had failed to protect the ability of Māori to exercise tino rangatiratanga.......
See full article HERE
More on the above here > Māori solutions needed to reduce prison numbers
And here > Prisoner voting a Treaty right

Scientists look to mātauranga Māori to slow biodiversity decline
A BioHeritage Challenge conference has heard that mātauranga Māori could hold the key to reducing the decline in New Zealand's biodiversity. Scientists and iwi representatives gathered in Wellington to work together to find new ways to protect the country's flora and fauna.

The science sector is taking a leaf from the indigenous knowledge workbook, both groups uniting to preserve biodiversity for future generations.

Ngāti Hine and Ngāpuhi kaumātua Tohe Ashby says, "I don't really agree with some of their views. But we [people] are connected [to the environment] thorough our lineage, because we are the youngest children of Tāne.”

Iwi representatives say indigenous knowledge and genealogy hold answers mainstream science would otherwise not be able to access.......
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Matariki Achieving Excellence in Maori Health
We want to celebrate everything our people do to improve whānau experience, eliminate health inequities for Māori or develop the Māori workforce.......
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Small steps to start kaupapa Māori service
"It’s not about having a Māori arm or a few workers who identify as Māori or whatever. It’s actually about the whole I guess philosophy of the organisation that’s providing the services, the control of the organisation that’s providing the services," Ms Kapua says......
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Ambitious plan to secure Maori jobs in the economy
The New Zealand Maori Council has released its ambitious plan for both the future of the technical and vocational education sector and Maori employment in the 21st century. Matthew Tukaki, Executive Director of Council and Chair of the National Maori Authority has said that its time to take reform seriously but also not to miss the opportunity to empower Maori to move from the low wage growth side of the economy into high yield, high growth sectors such as digital, online and technology focused sectors:.....
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21 May  2019

Violence money best targeted at ground forces
The executive director of the New Zealand Māori Council wants to see more of the Government’s $320 million package to counter family and sexual violence being spent on building up Māori social service organisations.

Matthew Tukaki says Māori are dealing with the consequences of 60 years of state intervention in which something like 70 percent of children placed in care have been Māori .

"They need money to fund wages which are resources on the ground. Funding tens of millions of dollars into an awareness campaign, that will either be driven by MSD or the Heath Promotion Agency......
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Racism underpins the prisoner voting blanket ban
Former retired Probation officer Tom Hemopo and Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere-Huata are due to give evidence this afternoon at the Māori Prisoner’s Voting Inquiry at the Waitangi Trbunal in Wellington.

Mr Hemopo and Mrs Awatere-Huata claim that the blanket prisoner voting ban discriminates against Maori and is a breach of their tino rangatiratanga and right to participate in the Māori Electoral voting process.

Mrs Awatere-Huata says that “Racism operates at many levels in NZ and this piece of legislation has taken away Māori people’s right to vote since the 1850’s. My evidence talks about the racist attitudes of the Crown towards Māori, the history of racism and colonisation, but more importantly what needs to be done to change those attitudes.”....
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Māori fashion designers urged to protect Papatuānuku
Designer Misty Ratima, of Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, is concerned about the impact that fast fashion has on Papatuānuku, the environment.

"Fast fashion has been something that has been running rampant with the environment. The reason for that is because we are asking for fast turnaround of clothing and at a very cheap rate," says Ratima.......
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Shane Jones rubbishes claim colonialism is to blame for family violence
Last year a report by the chief science adviser for the justice sector Ian Lambie said colonialism 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".

"I say to our Maori people - this sort of carry-on, don't go blaming colonialism; don't join the chorus of idiocy I'm seeing on the East Coast where the artists don't want Captain Cook celebrated because they're responsible for family violence on the East Coast. That's pathetic. I hate that soup of excuses."....
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He's British, middle-aged, and is on a mission to strengthen te reo Māori
Having moved to Aotearoa to play rugby, Mark Bradley now has a job at Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori. He's tasked with building a plan to strengthen te reo, a cause he's devoted himself to for more than half his life......
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20 May  2019

'More Māori needed in newsrooms' - Top Māori affairs reporter
The supreme winner of the Māori Affairs reporter award at last night's Voyager Media Awards says more Māori are needed in the media sector to tell our stories. This comes as the Māori media sector is currently under government review.

Miriama Kamo was announced as Māori affairs winner at the Voyager Media Awards, which celebrate some of Aotearoa's top storytellers across digital, television, radio and print.

“We need more Māori in our newsrooms, anecdotally it's around 5-8%, which is obviously well off the mark of our general population. So, it's vital, if you truly want to reflect who we are as a nation, to increase our pool. But, if there is a bar to be met, what I would say is please don't raise it, don't make it hard for us to get over, equally don't patronise us by lowering it, hold the bar for us.".....
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'Not one more baby': Māori leaders call for change at Oranga Tamariki
Oranga Tamariki says the physical and emotional wellbeing of children taken into its care would shock and sadden most New Zealanders.

Most are from backgrounds involving serious factors which can include exposure to family violence, parental drug and alcohol abuse, sexual and physical abuse and chronic neglect.

But some Māori are challenging the approach Oranga Tamariki is taking in the removal of babies from the maternity wards.....
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19 May  2019

Māori input essential for NZ marine conservation - US Professor
Professor Gary Libecap of the University of California says not including indigenous peoples in environmental affairs is a mistake.

"If you really wanted to protect the resource for the long term you really want to involve everybody who knows a lot about it, who has a great stake in it and not including indigenous peoples is an error."

Tuuta says, "We're hopeful that moving forward these sorts of discussions would begin between Treaty partners around how things should move ahead.".....
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Replace the gang call with the ancient call - Ngāti Kahungunu chair
Chair of Ngāti Kahungunu Ngahiwi Tomoana is encouraging a local gang to celebrate their unique Māori identity and learn their traditional language and customs. The call follows a patching ceremony of gang members on Te Mata Peak in Hastings, which Tomoana refers to as a sacred place.

Relinquish the gang call and replace it with the ancient call, says Tomoana......
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$12m to support Māori and Pacific projects to reduce rheumatic fever
New plans to tackle high rates of rheumatic fever among Māori and Pacific people have been announced the Government.

Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa revealed the plan at a pre-budget announcement in south Auckland's Ōtāhuhu on Saturday.

Salesa said the money from the Wellbeing Budget would support Māori and Pacific communities to develop their own community-led initiatives in the fight against the preventable disease.
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18 May  2019

Māori make up more than over 40% of Auckland homeless - report
A full report of the first city-wide census of people living rough in Auckland shows Māori are over-represented among the region's homeless.

Its findings show of the 800 people estimated to have been living without shelter that night, nearly 43 percent of were Māori, with a similar number of Māori living in temporary accommodation.

Māori make up just 11 percent of Auckland's population......
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Māori need to call each other out about child abuse - Māori council executive director
Māori need to step up and get involved in solving New Zealand's horrific child abuse statistics, the head of the Māori council says.

He wants to see change in the system, whanau and the community to ensure fewer children face abuse......
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Whaitua Committee elects Co-chairs for water work
Te Whanganui-a-Tara Whaitua Committee has elected two ‘Co-chairs’ to reflect the Committee’s commitment to taking a partnership approach with Mana Whenua.

Co-chair Kara Puketapu-Dentice describes this as “an important step forward that acknowledges not only the connection Mana Whenua have to their waterways but also the responsibility we have to ensuring the mana and mauri of the waters is upheld and enhanced for future generations”.

Whaitua is the Māori word for space or catchment.....
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Rangatahi reo new ministry focus
Te Puni Kōkiri and the Māori language commission Te Taura Whiri are working together on a reo for rangatahi strategy, including regional workshops and a national youth reo summit.

"So you know how do we make it quick and snazzy how can rangatahi see te reo is of today's time, not just of past time or just on the marae, so looking forward to the work Te Māngai Pāho will invest in to enable us to realise the vision of Kia māhorahora te reo - Māori language that is seen and heard, everywhere, every way, spoken by everyone, every day," Ms Hippolite says.......
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17 May  2019

Auckland Transport and TSI pledge to create job opportunities for Māori and Pasifika
Over 30 jobs will be created for Māori and Pacific people as building on the second largest transport project in Auckland begins.

A partnership between Auckland Transport and The Southern Initiative (TSI) is looking to create equal opportunities for Māori and Pacific businesses and increase employment in low socio-economic groups.

The union will be part of the $1.4b Eastern Busway project, after an agreement was made with the prime contractor for over 30 jobs to be created for South and West Aucklanders, Māori and Pacific people.......
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Gangs, P and state pēpi uplifts a perverse cycle
Ngāti Kahungunu chair Ngahiwi Tomoana says a mass gang initiation ceremony on Te Mata Peak and Oranga Tamariki attempting to snatch a baby from Hawkes Bay Hospital are two sides of the same story.

"Two, three generations later the mokopuna of the original gang leaders are running the current gangs, peddling P to our mothers, our poorest communities, who are then having their babies uplifted. It's a perverse connection to our whakapapa but it's state-led and we're finding an iwi Māori response in this time," Mr Tomoana says.......
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Council's move to have committee members picked by iwi labelled 'worse than racist'
The Otago Regional Council has backed a controversial measure which will allow Ngāi Tahu to hand pick two candidates to sit on the council's policy committee.

But the proposal did not pass without incident, as it sparked a heated and at times fractious debate among councillors.

Councillors expressed surprise in the public's interest and vitriol in the matter, which councillor Michael Deaker explained was simply a "steady progression over the last 20 years of this council building a relationship with Ngāi Tahu".

Mr Laws said the measure did not favour Māori, it favoured only those associated with the rūnanga.

"Eighteen months ago you rejected Māori wards - every single one of you around this table and you said one of the reasons was you can't have racial preference.

"Bang. We are going to have two iwi representatives on the policy committee and they're going to have voting rights and we're going to pay them. There's no logical consistency there.".....
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Overseas-trained teachers get Māori lens on the world
Overseas teachers say workshops held recently outlining Te Reo Māori and tikanga were very valuable to help them build the cultural knowledge and understandings they need to teach successfully in our schools.....
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Māori population bigger and older
Stats New Zealand estimates the total Maori population in New Zealand at the end of December was 744,900.

That’s an increase of 10,600 over the year.

The median age was 24.6 years, also slightly older than 2017.

The total number of males was 363,900, with a median age of 23.1 years, and females totalled 381,000 with a median age of 26.1 years.

The total New Zealand population is set to pass 5 million people in the next few weeks.
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Tourism strategy needs partnerships for success as Conservation and Tourism ministers join hands
At a panel discussion prior to the announcement, Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick and Te Tatau o Te Arawa chairman Te Taru White spoke on their partnership between local government and iwi.

White said although it could be a challenging journey working together, it was a "no brainer" that Te Arawa was involved in creating authentic experiences in the city.....
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Te Tau Ihu nurses embrace Māori input
Nurses from the upper South Island are holding their annual convention in Nelson today, discussing the role of nurses in delivering heath for all.

"Culture is integrated and certainly challenged throughout the whole delivery of this programme today but also you can see there is a realness in the way Māori are seen to be consulted and there is real value in what they add to the delivery of any service change, any programme innovation, so I think this region is doing pretty well." Ms Nuku says......
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16 May  2019

Otago Regional Council to appoint iwi members
Iwi representatives will be appointed to an Otago Regional Council committee despite heated opposition among some councillors.

Councillors voted seven to three today to approach local runaka to appoint two representatives on its policy committee, joining 12 elected councillors.

The decision was supported by Mr Woodhead, Cr Kempton, Cr Doug Brown, Cr Robertson, Cr Lawton, Cr Deaker and Cr Bryan Scott.

It was opposed by crs Laws, Sam Neill and Graeme Bell.....
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Waitangi Tribunal inquiring into Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011
The Waitangi Tribunal is currently inquiring into whether the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011, and associated Crown acts and policy regarding te takutai moana, are inconsistent with the Treaty of Waitangi. >

The Tribunal is considering the extent to which Māori customary rights holders in te takutai moana are protected by the 2011 legislation and Crown policy. The inquiry is part of the Tribunal’s kaupapa inquiry programme which is hearing claims on nationally significant issues which affect Māori across Aotearoa.

This is the latest challenge to the Crown regarding regulation of te takutai moana / the foreshore and seabed.....
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Tribal leader rejects 'sanitised' agenda for UN visit
A tribal leader of Te Whakatohea, an Eastern Bay of Plenty Iwi in a prolonged dispute with the New Zealand government over Treaty recognition and settlement negotiations, has today criticised the handling of the United Nations Secretary-General's visit to Aotearoa which is due to finish this afternoon.

He ought to have been advised to decline any visit to Aotearoa that did not include a discussion with tribal leaders on the matter of the Treaty and our relations with the Crown.

"A visit by Mr Gutteres that does not include an audience with Hapu leaders on the problem of colonial predation and Treaty settlement negotiations appears to be a high-handed collusion of both the United Nations and the Wellington government to omit the authentic voices of the nation......
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Hawke's Bay housing crisis: Iwi has goal to build 500 houses in four years, three times what Govt is planning
A Hawke's Bay iwi is a step closer to fulfilling an IwiBuild plan it believes will help solve a the region's housing crisis, but need one last push from Government to get it over the line.

Ngati Kahungunu Chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana said its plan was to build hundreds of new homes over the next few years, but it needs the resourcing from Government to put it into motion.....
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Education Organisations in Wellington - Maintain and repair Mäori customary nets using Mäori customary methods
There are 5 Education Organisations in Wellington region with consent to assess for the standard Maintain and repair Māori customary nets using Māori customary methods....
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Ngāi Tahu share climate change ideas with UN Sec-Gen
Ngāi Tahu hosted United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his last meeting in Aotearoa before he heads to the Pacific Islands for further UN discussions.

The iwi will put forward what they're doing to combat climate change in the hope that ideas and initiatives may be taken up by the UN.

Ngāi Tahu spent almost an hour addressing one of the most influential leaders in the world. They gave insight into their environmental objectives and protections.

"Our climate change strategy requires our commercial entities to develop climate change action plans," says Lisa...
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Don Brash and Māori Council open to having 'cup of tea' after trading insults
Don Brash and New Zealand Māori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki say they're ready to meet for a cup of tea after hurling barbs at one another.

Tukaki said said the Human Rights Commission had been in touch and had assigned a case officer.

Tukaki said he had no desire to give Hobson's Pledge oxygen but was "more than happy to share a cup of tea" with Brash face-to-face.......
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Maori Council Calls for a National Infrastructure Commission
NZ Maori Council Calls on Parliament to Establish a National Infrastructure Commission – the time is right …

The New Zealand Maori Council has backed the establishment of New Zealand Infrastructure Commission calling the idea long overdue and who’s day has come. Councils Executive Director Matthew Tukaki has said that Infrastructure is the corner stone of a future Maori and New Zealand economy (Tukaki is also Chair of the New Zealand Maori Councils National Taskforce for Access to Industry and the Economy”......
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More room for mātauranga Māori in NCEA revamp
Ensuring equal status for Mātauranga Māori is another important dimension of the proposed changes and fits well with the other proposals for bringing the qualifications up to speed for the 21st century......
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15 May  2019

Appointing iwi representatives an attack on democracy
Democracy Action is very concerned by Otago Regional Council’s move to appoint two Ngāi Tahu representatives to the Council, with full voting rights on the Council’s powerful Policy Committee.

Democracy Action Chairman, Lee Short, says:

“Ngāi Tahu are big business. The potential for conflicts of interest to arise are too great to ignore. To have representatives of a significant commercial entity appointed to serve their own interests is a very serious and unwelcome departure from our democratic and egalitarian principles”.

“Councillors would be acting with no mandate from the citizens of Otago. Such a move must be put to the people to decide whether iwi representation on council is in the best interests of the district.”
See full article HERE
More here > Otago Council should reject voting tribal appointees
And here > Reaction mixed to ORC seats for iwi

Māori deaf community hoping to connect more with their marae, tikanga
Deaf Youth leader Eric Matthews says, "We're hoping for a future where Maōri deaf are able to develop waiata so that hearing Māori are able to learn...the beautiful flowing signs that we use when we waiata, our facial expressions."

Sign language became an official language of New Zealand in 2006. With only about 110 interpreters, Tū Tangata Turi would like to encourage more Māori to take up the challenge.

"The Māori deaf board is looking to engage with the Māori Language Commission to develop ways of Māori deaf and Māori hearing working together in partnership." .....
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Review reveals 'challenges that Māori media organisations face'
A review of the Māori media sector has found they receive significantly lower budgets to produce content compared to other media, but any decisions about its future will not be made until the end of the year.

It received funding from three main sources from 2017 to 2018, including $19 million from Vote Māori Development, $16m from Te Māngai Paho and additional income from advertising.

However, any decisions about the future of the Māori media sector will be announced at the end of the year.......
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Ngāti Porou lawyer, business leader honoured with knighthood
A lawyer, scholar and business leader with a passion for Māori development will be honoured as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit today for services to business and Māori....
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New plan adopted for managing Motueka's parks and reserves
The lowland forest at Brooklyn Recreation Reserve will be extended under the new Motueka Ward Reserve Management Plan, which was adopted last week by the Tasman District Council.

An additional key change was also added: "Council works in partnership with iwi/Māori, community groups, other organisations, neighbours and volunteers to implement the objectives and policies of this plan.".....
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Buy from Māori business conference call
The lack of specific measures to support Māori businesses will be discussed at a conference in Auckland today.

The Southern Initiative has been working with Auckland Council and its council-owned organisations to change their procurement practices to include specific opportunities for Māori and Pacific businesses, and to outline specific social and environmental outcomes in their procurement.......
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Tāmaki Collective explores Oranga Tamariki partnership
Māori iwi and social service providers in Auckland are keen to form a partnership with Oranga Tamariki to give them more visibility of tamariki Māori in care.

The collective will work on monitoring mechanisms and how so set up mātua whāngai-style support so tamariki can be cared for within wider whānau or hapū networks.......
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14 May  2019

Cr Laws condemns iwi-only seats for Otago Regional Council
The proposal of Otago Regional Council (ORC) senior staff to give local iwi two (2) voting and paid seats on the ORC’s powerful policy committee, “is so privileged, and so obviously racist, that it calls into question the fundamental principles of democracy in Otago.”

On this Wednesday, 15 May 2019, the ORC will receive a senior executive management paper that recommends that two positions on the council’s policy committee be reserved exclusively for iwi (read Otakau runanga) representatives; that they be accorded full speaking and voting rights; that they be paid on the same pro rata basis as elected councillors; and that those positions be appointed by the local runanga and sit on the very next ORC policy committee meeting.

“ It’s an extraordinary assault upon democracy. It is a recommendation that embraces all the PC nonsense of our age but misrepresents both logic and law in advancing such racial privilege.”.....
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Maori paying for treaty settlements
In 2018, just $20 million was paid out in Treaty settlements. A new report shows annual tax taken from Maori via their consumption of tobacco, alcohol and gambling was $1.1 billion. If you do the math, last year’s Treaty settlement total was less than 2% of that tax amount.

To conclude, Dr Glover said, “it’s time the excess tobacco tax, that is, the extra amount that Māori disproportionately pay, is distributed to Iwi to reduce smoking prevalence. This should be quite separate from Treaty settlements.”.....
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More on the above here > NZIER confirms Māori being ripped off by Government

Fears tourism providers exploiting Māori culture for profit
New Zealand still has a long way to go to properly value Māori culture and language, tourism operators say.

Cultural tourism has increased dramatically over the past few years with more Māori businesses and experiences offered around the country.

But there are concerns some may be focused more on profits than authenticity......
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Removal of fees and a stronger NCEA
Families of secondary students will no longer have to pay fees for NCEA and NZ Scholarship, in one of a raft of changes announced today to strengthen the qualification and pave the way for more young people to succeed.

“Improving support for students to undertake NCEA through Māori-medium education is long overdue.

“The default choice that many whanau face is to revert to English-medium schooling at secondary level. The Government has already announced more investment to recruit and train teachers fluent in Te reo Māori. And we’ll ensure a greater range of teaching materials is developed so that mātauranga Māori and te ao Māori have parity within the NCEA qualification, and within our schools and kura,” Chris Hipkins said.....
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Captain Cook 250-year commemoration to tell Māori side of history - Minister Kelvin Davis
Commemorations of Captain Cook's arrival in New Zealand are an "opportunity" to acknowledge Māori suffering, Māori-Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis says.

Rather than denigrating Cook's actions, Mr Davis said he wanted to balance European histories by focusing on the Māori side of the story.

"[Cook] did arrive in New Zealand, he did a number of things when he got here that, certainly, Māori have not forgotten and we still feel the pain of and I believe this is an opportunity for our Māori story to be told properly.

"We should just grasp that opportunity ... to make sure people know what happened and we're still suffering the consequences of many of those encounters."......
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Strong public support to remove contentious Te Mata Peak track
Hastings District Council's plans to remove a controversial walking track up Te Mata Peak have gained strong public support.

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said ninety percent of public submissions support completely removing the track.

On 11 June, independent commissioners will hear the council's application for resource consent to remove the track built by Craggy Range winery and to restore the landscape.

Iwi have regarded Te Mata Peak as a sacred mountain for 1000 years and there were pā sites around the mountain, said a cultural report by iwi organisation Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga.......
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Northland father studies connections between education and the Māori lunar calendar
Northland student and father Tamati Rakena is set to further his passion for mātauranga Māori after winning a $24,000 scholarship to study towards a Master of Education degree at the University of Auckland.

Rakena, of Te Rarawa and Ngāti Hine, was one of 14 selected as a recipient of the Kupe Leadership Scholarship.

As part of his studies, Rakena is researching the connection between education and the maramataka, or Māori lunar calendar.

He thinks the maramataka should become a part of the curriculum, in mainstream schools and kura kaupapa Māori.

"Hopefully, I’m able to implement or plant the seed of the importance that the maramataka has had on Māori culture for centuries and the ongoing effects that it could have.".....
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13 May  2019

Financial disputes schemes failing Maori and Pasifika
The government-approved disputes schemes to which people wronged by a bank, insurer, or lender can appeal for help are hearing too few complaints from Māori and Pasifika New Zealanders.

When Dr Carla Houkamau from the University of Auckland evaluated the responses of a small sample of Māori participants in financial capability courses she found some people were deterred from engaging with banks because they saw them as racist.

Some wonder whether there's a cultural aspect to willingness to complain......

New Zealand government announces marine protection plan for coast of South Island
DOC and Fisheries NZ were working with Kāi Tahu, because the iwi was interested in helping manage marine protected areas in the region, she said......
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Plans to keep sculpture that challenges visitors to Waiheke
The bronze sculpture by Waiheke Island artist Chris Bailey, called Te Werowero, was installed at Matiatia ferry terminal as part of the Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition in March.

Dan Harrop, who has lived on Waiheke for six years, saw the sculpture and thought it was too beautiful to only be there for a few weeks.

The sculpture is intended to act as a kaitiaki or guardian for the island, which welcomes visitors and challenges them to respect the island's culture, wāhi tapu, and fragile natural environment, Mr Harrop said.

It will cost $50,000 to keep the sculpture and Auckland Transport has offered to pay half, matching dollar for dollar on the fundraising campaign......
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The Auckland hapū taking control of whānau health
Auckland hapū Ngāti Whatua Orākei is turning to private health insurance to remove the barriers its people face in the public health system.

It comes as the Waitangi Tribunal examines why the public health system is failing Māori.

A year ago Ngāti Whātua Orākei partnered with providers Nib to offer health insurance for all its people. Anahera Rawiri is helping to lead the rollout of the scheme through Whai Rawa - the financial arm of the hapū.

"We tried to take control of our destiny - what I would say is that we're here.....
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