Saturday, August 24, 2019

Breaking Views Update: Week of 18.08.19

Saturday August 24, 2019

Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft supports separate childcare system for Māori
Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft isn't ruling out a separate childcare system for Māori outside of Oranga Tamariki.

"There's a common cry for ownership by Māori and delivery of services by Māori for Māori. I think the time has come, as a nation, for us to seriously consider that."

When pressed on what that system would look like, Becroft said he could picture working alongside a Māori Children's Commissioner.

"Oh, on that point, it may well be that there is a Commissioner for New Zealand Children, Commissioner for Māori Children; maybe the same for children in care.....
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Te Reo Maori lessons for health staff
Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) staff and their whānau have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori on-site thanks to a new initiative to grow the use and quality of te reo me ōnā tikanga within the DHB and its communities.

The joint initiative between BOPDHB, Te Rūnanga Hauora Māori o Te Moana ā Toi and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi was officially launched at Whakatāne Hospital earlier this week.

That is to say, “The Māori language is the life force of Māori power and authority.” “This is part of our new Te Toi Ahorangi 2030 Toi Ora Strategy, setting a clear direction based on our ancestral knowledge and wisdom.”.....
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Pou tikanga/Cultural Advisor
We are an organisation who deeply values our cultural diversity. ‘Te Ōhākī’ (The Salvation Army’s Māori Ministry Strategic Plan) aims to unlock greater involvement of Māori in our mission. It focuses on supporting our tangata whenua to live out their Christian faith as Māori, developing Māori leadership (kia rarangatia te tira), creating a welcoming and inclusive culture for Māori with a focus on whakawhanaungatanga, and addressing injustice. We want Māori-led initiatives that address and alleviate social and economic causes of inequality and assist Māori to achieve their aspirations.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:

* Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both English and Te Reo;

* Deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of Māori;

* Well-developed relationships with key people from local iwi.

* Astute observation skills to distinguish genuine need of those utilising social services;

* Advanced understanding of Te Reo Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi is essential;....
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Applications approach $13 million for latest funding round
Applications for the funding round closed yesterday with 62 requests for funding, amounting to $12,882,926. The funding round is also notable for the strong showing in iwi and marae applications.

“With up to $6 million earmarked for distribution by the Authority in this funding round, it is clearly going to be a challenging exercise to decide which projects will go forward.

“In the lead-up to this funding round the Authority has been pro-active in liaising with iwi groups on potential projects, so it is encouraging to see that approximately a third of the applications, by both number and value, are from iwi connected organisations. Clearly there is an increasing level of capacity and capability from iwi in this area,” says Mr Pikia......
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Ihumātao: 'Why would we pay the thief for our own land?'

Māori at Ihumātao say the land should be gifted back, and iwi should not have to buy back what was once stolen from them.

"If the land was confiscated, it shouldn't be - why should it be bought back, it should be given back to the people, given back to the rightful owners - I think that's what we are all here for."

The land at Ihumātao was taken "by proclamation" in 1863 because the iwi would not swear allegiance to the Queen.....
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Tainui saves the Government from a seabed and foreshore moment
OPINION: It sets a bloody dangerous precedent, doesn't it?

Set up a protest, force the owner off his property. No, it's not Zimbabwe, it's New Zealand. Have we not learnt a thing?

Don't like a land deal or building project? Don't fret, grab a couple of foul-mouthed racists called Harawira, show your ignorance, then plant your backsides where your mouth is: near the gutter, but firmly in the middle of a development going nowhere.

Mugabe would be proud.
I'm frankly surprised we haven't had more of this, because the best land is usually private land and it's off the table for Treaty settlements. A sore point, yes, but one that has been accepted for 30 years, until now.

This is a private land issue, with the Treaty and all our questionable and torrid history in neon lights behind it.

This was about relitigating a confiscation. Problem is the land has been in private ownership for decades. Fletchers bought it legitimately, no question.

Make no mistake, this is an attack on private property and must be seen as such. It could happen at your place......
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Friday August 23, 2019

New tobacco research programme to target Māori smoking rates
A new tobacco research programme has been launched that aims to eliminate disparities in smoking rates between Māori and non-Māori.

Whakahā o Te Pā Harakeke, representing members of the Māori tobacco prevention group Hāpai Te Hauora, has received a $4.9 million

grant from the Health Research Council.....
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Waikato University offers new health degree
Waikato University is making a foray into the health sector, unveiling plans to offer a Bachelor of Health degree from 2020.

In August, the Waitangi Tribunal released its stage one report from the Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry which found serious failings by the Crown to fix Māori health inequities.

Petrie, acting dean of the Te Hautaki Waiora Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance, said the new degree is unique in that it calls on the expertise of 10 schools from across the university. Understandings of health and wellbeing will be drawn from Te Ao Māori.

We need to think about health from a social, mental, emotional and spiritual perspective.".....
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Year-long Parliament ban slapped on singing Ihumātao protestors, three Youth MPs
A group of Ihumātao protestors, including Youth MPs, have been banned for a year from Parliament for singing Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi in the debating chamber.

The singing began during the second reading of the school donations bill, which would scrap the need for donations for students from decile 1-7 schools from 2020.

"Order! Order! Order! Order! I'm warning the people in the gallery to stop now," Speaker Trevor Mallard said.

The group of about a dozen singing continued from the public gallery seating area.

"All individuals in the gallery will face a one-year ban from the buildings."....
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Oranga Tamariki signs agreement with North Island iwi Tūhoe
Oranga Tamariki has signed an agreement with North Island iwi Tūhoe aimed at seeing fewer children end up in state care.

It's the fourth such arrangement between the Ministry for Children and iwi in the past year, following similar partnerships with Waikato-Tainui, Ngāi Tahu and Ngāpuhi.

The single-page document also sees the Ministry commit to informing the iwi when Tūhoe children come to its attention and keeping the iwi informed about matters related to whānau.....
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Ihumātao: Protest leader Pania Newton questions reports Tainui is set to buy land
On Friday morning, Newshub reported that the protest at Ihumātao in south Auckland could soon be over with Tainui set to purchase it.

Speaking to Stuff, Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) leader Newton said she had not been made aware of any deal.

Newton had heard nothing of Tainui buying the land and it was not part of discussions.

She said whanau were in talks with Tainui but the land being purchased by it had not been communicated nor agreed.

"This is a Crown issue, not a treaty issue," Newton said.

"Māori shouldn't solve Crown issues. The Crown has to take responsibility," she said.....
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'There is no deal' - Waikato-Tainui leader
Some media reported today the iwi was set to purchase the land from Fletcher Building, but iwi leaders have dismissed the claim as speculation.

But iwi leader Rahui Papa said no such decision had been made."There is no deal. There is no resolution at this stage and all of the media speculation is unfounded," he said......
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Ihumātao: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she will visit protest site
Speaking to media on Friday, Ardern said she had never ruled out visiting the land, and she would do so eventually.

She said she "absolutely" wanted to see the land.....
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Human rights approach can help in resolving Ihumātao dispute
Applying New Zealand’s international human rights commitments, particularly those in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, can help in resolving the situation at Ihumātao, Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt says.

“Our hope is that our report may assist these negotiations, and broader discussions around the country about Ihumātao, by examining the relevance of New Zealand’s human rights commitments under the Declaration and Te Tiriti o Waitangi to the dispute.

“There are a number of human rights commitments implicit in Te Tiriti which are enlarged on in the Declaration,” Mr Hunt says.

“The Declaration also aligns with the Māori worldview including the inter-relationship between people and the natural world, and kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of these natural resources.”

The Government has endorsed the Declaration and by doing so has made a commitment to uphold the rights contained in it, Mr Hunt says.....
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Northland cell tower, land occupation on hold - for now
Work has been halted on a cellphone tower on a Far North hilltop some hapū say is sacred — but they're not ruling out an Ihumātao-style land occupation to make sure it can't go ahead.

Group members then called the RCG but got a curt response with the manager saying hapū had already been consulted and they needed to sort the issue out among themselves.

With the more diplomatic options exhausted all that was left to the group was a ''full scale occupation'' of the maunga and its base, Rapana said.

Later on Monday the RCG called a halt to work on the cell site.

''We appreciate that the hapū have differing views ... We have ceased work on the site as we respect the need for the hapū to address the matter internally,'' she said.....
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First woman mayor, first Maori deputy.
Gisborne has its first woman mayor and first Maori deputy mayor after yesterday’s handover of the mayoral robes from Meng Foon to his deputy, Rehette Stoltz.

After swearing her affirmation to fulfil the office of mayor, Mrs Stoltz appointed Mr Wharehinga as deputy mayor.

The council is required by law to have a deputy mayor to ensure the responsibilities of the mayor are performed if the mayor is absent......
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Maori screen organisation says broadcast merger talk must include Maori
The Māori screen industry is actively monitoring discussions on the future of public broadcasting. It has been suggested that Radio New Zealand and TV One will be merged to become a public broadcaster. There is also talk that Māori Television may be included in the merger.

Māori screen organisation Ngā Aho Whakaari says any discussion and decisions must include Māori as true Treaty partners.

"Māori media practitioners must have a place at the table", says Hineani Melbourne, Ngā Aho Whakaari chair. "Māori Television was set up because Māori aspirations for our language and culture were not met, and are still not met, by mainstream media, including Radio NZ and TVNZ.

"Māori Television was hard fought for. If there are discussions about including Māori Television in a public media service, we must have a real say.

"In any discussion about reorganisation, Māori must be equal partners at the Board table. Not just one token Māori on the Board, but real and equal representation."....
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Thursday August 22, 2019

Ōtorohanga receives tohutō after unanimous council vote
It took less that two minutes for councillors to change their district's name to Ōtorohanga, adding tohutō (macron) after a year long push from the local Iwi.

Members of Ngāti Maniapoto applauded the unanimous vote on Monday that signified a change not only in name but in attitude towards Māori and the taonga that is te reo.

The Council changed the name of the district - an hour south of Hamilton - after the issue was raised by the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board in August, last year.....
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Rotorua farmers dodge bullet
The Environment Court’s interim decision to uphold Plan Change 10 rules for nitrogen allocation in Rotorua Lakes District has been welcomed by farmers as a win for common sense and rural communities.

The 70-plus farmers in the catchment have been fighting what they see as an about turn by Rotorua Lakes District Council after it opted to support and fund iwi efforts to re-allocate nitrogen discharges earlier agreed on among land owners, environmentalists and councils.

After a decade of discussion the change appeared to be in doubt if the ruling went in favour of forest-owning iwi, the council and forestry companies.

It would have enabled nitrogen allocations for 1500ha of iwi-owned forest to be increased sixfold at the expense of farmers.....
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"Ultimate Display of Greed" - Beach Ownership & Spat Collection
Beach ownership is a continued legal issue for iwi and the government. The ownership of Te Oneroa ā Tohe, Ninety Mile Beach was awarded to Te Aupōuri and Te Rārawa in 1957 but government opposition efforts saw the Māori beach ownership decision overturned in 1958.

As a result of the recent Treaty Settlements in Te Hiku o Te Ika a Ninety Mile Beach Governance Board was established because the New Zealand legal framework does allow for the Beach to be returned to the traditional owners. Mr Piripi, Chairman of Te Ruranga who is also the co-chair of the Te One Roa ā Tohe Beach Governance Board said the board needed to step-up.....
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New Zealand history should be compulsory teaching - Youth MPs
Youth MPs say improving knowledge of New Zealand's cultural history can be achieved by making the subject compulsory in schools.

Three recommendations for action the government could make were:

Compulsory teaching of accurate domestic New Zealand history for Years 9 and 10

Better protection of sites of Māori cultural significance

An increase in funding for promotion of existing resources that increase awareness of New Zealand's cultural history....
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Iwi protest “racist” water policy
Gisborne iwi say they have had enough of the region’s “racist” approach to freshwater management.

Willie Te Aho, lead negotiator for Te Aitanga a Mahaki Treaty of Waitangi claims, said....“Today it is a racist council that does not enable legal access to freshwater for our Maori land unless we pay up to $46,000 per hectare. We have high value Maori land with no legal access to freshwater which flows past and under our Maori lands. The Gisborne District Council did not think of us, tangata whenua, when allocating our freshwater.

“When you deliberately ignore the rights of a race, you are racist. The Gisborne District Council freshwater allocation system is racist. The Gisborne District Council is racist.....
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Ihumātao 'isn't a Treaty issue' - protest leader Pania Newton
Ihumātao protest leader Pania Newton says a "unique process" will be required to return the land to its rightful owners, as it "isn't a Treaty issue".

Newton says a new process is now needed for land that can't or won't be returned under existing Treaty mechanisms.

"This is not a Treaty issue. This is a cultural heritage/landscape issue. Just like other precedents and flashpoints across our national political landscape at this time - for example, we have the issues around Oranga Tamariki and Māori land rights - shows there's a broader systemic failure on behalf of the Government to uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi and indigenous rights here in Aotearoa.".....
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Ihumātao hīkoi should be to Tainui, not Jacinda Ardern's office - former Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson
Former Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson says Thursday's Ihumātao hīkoi to the Prime Minister's office is heading in the wrong direction.

Instead, they should be marching south to meet Tainui, who could step in with a "win-win for everyone" should they wish.

Dr Finlayson, having looked through property deeds, cast doubt on whether the land was actually confiscated in 1863 as the protesters claim.

"But it was still confiscated - that seems to be the case - although there's some debate about by whom and when."

Asked why the protesters hadn't asked Tainui to flex its financial muscle, Dr Finlayson said it's because the "kneejerk reaction" is always "go to the Crown".....
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Ihumātao: London street artists show solidarity with protesters
London-based street artists have shown support for the controversial Ihumātao protest.

Protest Stencil placed hand-made posters around London Transport bus stops and other advertising spaces on August 19.

Mackenzie Valgre, from Protest Stencil, said the campaign was intended to demonstrate solidarity with those occupying the land.

"We [in London] are in the heart of the former British empire, and so we also want to emphasise the legacy of colonialism in ongoing dispossession," Valgre said......
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Word limits for Māori translations on candidate profiles labelled 'institutional racism'
Election rules state profile statements in English and Māori must both only be 150 words long.

This failed to take into account that te reo had a word count approximately 30 percent longer when translated from English, Mr Crow said.

"To me that felt like there were some clear blind spots or possibly some institutional racism around the translation of te reo from English."....
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Māori group fighting to reclaim land in Sydney gifted by Aboriginal king 200 years ago
A group of Māori in Australia is fighting for a piece of Sydney they claim was gifted to them by local Aboriginal people over 200 years ago.

The Rangihou people took the Parramatta City Council to court in a bid to reclaim the land that covers 112 acres in the heart of the Australian city.

"We are here to reclaim Rangihou land," Lady Crown told Australia's Nine News.

"We want acknowledgement and recognition, we want the history books corrected and compensation for damages of the land."....
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Wednesday August 21, 2019

Principals pay settled with extra for Māori medium 
Primary and intermediate school principals have accepted a new offer from the Education Ministry that entrenches pay parity with secondary principals.

Principals Federation president Whetu Cormick says.... the settlement negotiated by NZEI Te Riu Roa includes a healthy pay jolt for principals at some of the smaller schools, and kaiako Māori in immersion classrooms also got extra allowances.

"Because we know that if you work in a Māori medium setting or a kura kaupapa, you work even harder than teachers in an English medium classroom. in terms of resources, we don't have the resources in Māori medium that English medium does......
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Māori pay up slightly
Hourly wages and salaries for Māori and Asians increased by 4.3 percent over the year ending June 2019, compared with 3.3 percent for Pākehā, according to the latest Stats NZ figures.....
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Ngati Whatua Orakei set to benefit from new health care initiative
Thousands of Ngati Whatua Orakei hapu members are set to benefit from a new health care initiative designed to improve their access to prescription medication.

Ngati Whatua Orakei provide health insurance to over 3,000 of its members, which will now include having their prescription medicines delivered to their door, free of the delivery charge

In addition to the free delivery of their prescription medicines, a team of pharmacists will help monitor the patient's medicine adherence and then phone to offer professional care and advice if they identify any issues that the patient might be having in taking their medicines correctly.

Prescriptions will be written by the prescribing GP or nurse and sent directly to the pharmacy for dispensing.....
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Māori families 'feel as if they don't rate', hui on Oranga Tamariki inquiry hears
The chairperson of Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, said all was not well with whānau and they had been sharing stories with her about more than the uplifting of their tamariki.

The outgoing chief executive of the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, John Tamihere, said the time when Māori were treated as second-class citizens had to stop.

"This is an independent inquiry, run for our people by our people to our people," Mr Tamihere said.

Dame Tariana said the time had come for Māori to stand up to what she said was outrageous behaviour by the state.

"I'm not telling you to rise up but I think we have to stop lying down and allowing others to trample all over us. The state only acts in the interest of the state.

"If you can march for the foreshore and seabed then surely you can march for our future."....
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Researcher says banning smoking in cars discriminatory to Māori
On Wednesday, the Health Select Committee will hear submissions on the Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carry Children) Amendment Bill.

The Bill proposes banning smoking in vehicles carrying anyone under the age of 18 years old in an attempt to protect children from the harm associated with secondhand smoke. Vehicles parked on the road being used as a dwelling would be exempt from the ban.

However, tobacco control researcher Dr Marewa Glover, who intends to submit to the committee, believes the Bill is "discriminatory" and "will negatively impact the poor and Māori the most".

Dr Glover said Māori mothers are at the greatest risk of being fined under the legislation due to their disproportionately high smoking rate. She says 37 percent of Māori women smoke compared to only 12 percent of Pakeha women or 3 percent of Asian women.

"Māori are also over-represented among the most vulnerable families who have not been effectively reached by mainstream anti-smoking campaigns," she said in a statement on Wednesday morning.

"The inequity that exists between Māori and Pākehā is in part created and is maintained by discriminatory laws and Government policies – this is one of those laws."....
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Māori King challenges his people to take care of 'our tamariki', not blame Government if they're taken into care
The Māori King has challenged his people to protect their children and not blame the Government if they intervene to provide a safe haven.

"I also believe in the absolute right of the child to be protected and where necessary taken out of harms way.

"We must avoid blaming the Government, instead we need to work on a solution, we have a chance to design the solution on our own," he said.....
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Hapū ready to occupy mountain to stop cell phone tower construction
Hapū in Northland are willing to occupy a mountain in Hokianga, and be arrested if necessary, in order to stop the construction of a cell phone tower.

The tower is set to be built on Whakarongorua maunga in the Utakura Valley as part of the government's work on extending mobile coverage in rural areas around the country.

But some hapū members, like Mori Rapana, said the mountain designated for the tower was sacred and steeped in history.

Mr Rapana said what was happening on his maunga was similar to other indigenous land dispute in New Zealand and abroad.

"This is our Mauna kea, this is our Ihumātao, and we've been contacted by members at Ihumātao who are lending their support."......
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There's a long way to travel towards a better prison system for Māori
OPINION: If Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis will be remembered for anything, it will be his courage, in launching Hōkai Rangi, a long-term strategy that aims to reduce Māori imprisonment by 10 per cent over the next five years.

It heralds a new era for Corrections; one of significant change, for prisoners, whānau, staff and management. Treating prisoners with respect, increased whānau access to prisoners, a shift from punishment to meeting basic needs, and more support for prisoners in the community – all within a a Māori world view.

Hōkai Rangi is the result of a comprehensive consultation process. Its success, however, will rely on two basic things: the development of a "best practice" Crown-Māori relationship, and the commitment of Corrections staff to radical organisational change......
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Tertiary institutes look to tech firms to end ethnic disparity
The Tertiary Education Commission believes universities and polytechnics could eradicate decades-old disparities for Māori and Pasifika students in just a few years by copying big firms like Amazon.

It is encouraging tertiary institutions to analyse their student enrolment and performance data to spot people at risk of failing and provide support before they drop out.

The commission last year set a five-year goal of eliminating disparities in student pass rates by 2022 and this year it imposed financial penalties on eight institutions with poor results.

It has launched a project to help institutions improve their support for struggling students and has highlighted the experience of Georgia State University in the US, which completely eliminated ethnic disparities in just nine years.....
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Tamihere, the former cabinet minister and current chief executive of the Waipareira Trust out west, was at Ngaruawahia yesterday for the Maori King's coronation anniversary celebrations and says he was 'privy' to talks on the vexed question of the occupation of land at Ihumātao. "There's an elegant solution, if we want it" he said, citing the arrangement which sees Auckland's volcanic cones, the Maunga, in joint Māori-city co-management. But central government, not Auckland Council or ratepayers would have to buy the land off developer Fletchers.....
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Ihumātao Te Riri Pākehā | The White Man’s Anger
This column is part one of three on Ihumātao. This part traces the historical injustices behind Ihumātao. Part two outlines the legal progress and rising opposition against the Fletchers Residential development, the contradiction between justice for Māori and preserving Māori as an artefact, and how the Crown has divided mana whenua. Part three examines the political implications of Ihumātao......
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Ihumātao | He Raupatu Tuarua | A Second Confiscation
This column investigates how the proposed Fletcher Residential development at Ihumātao, the National government’s Special Housing Area policy and the preoccupation of the Auckland Council, the courts and statutory bodies on preserving Māori culture as an icon of the past rather than restoring the living relationship between Māori and their whenua constitutes a second confiscation.....
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Tuesday August 20, 2019

Kelvin Davis admits parts of prison system ‘extremely racist’
Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has admitted parts of the prison system are “extremely racist” and says that’s why the Government is asking Māori to work with it to get this right.

Mr Davis has tonight defended his ambitious new strategy to reduce the high numbers of Māori in prison to be in line with the number from the general population. If the strategy called Hōkai Rangi is successful, Māori will no longer make up 52 per cent of inmates, but just 16 per cent. 

The Hōkai Rangi strategy will include a big focus on prisoner whānau with more family visits and phone calls. And Māori prisoners will spend more time in Māori units.....
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Iwi leader praises new Māori prison plan but says wider problem of racism needs to be fixed
A Taranaki iwi leader believes a new approach to help Māori prisoners is a positive step but says until New Zealand admitted it had an underlying problem with racism little will change overall.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui kaiarataki Debbie Ngarewa-Packer has backed Hōkai Rangi,

Hōkai Rangi focuses on prioritising the wellbeing of Māori prisoners and their whānau.

She said Māori and iwi needed to be part of the decision-making process and share the role in terms of finding solutions.

"That's what the partnership of the Treaty (of Waitangi) is all about."

It was also necessary for the country to accept the role racism and the legacy of colonisation have played in the way Māori have been treated, she said.....
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Racism is alive and well in NZ
The New Zealand Maori Council has called on the nation to address all forms of racism and not to shy away from an honest conversation about where it’s taking hold. The call comes after the Nelson Club decided to keep a member after his comments became public about Muslims and people of color having a lower IQ than white people. The Nelson Club is a closed men’s only exclusive group that excludes women and has now made itself a “secret society”.

We are already dealing with a Mayoral candidate in the Western Bay of Plenty who claims she’s not racist on the one hand but proceeds to tell us naughty Maori’s off on the other hand by saying we’d basically wreck the joint if we got our land back.” Tukaki said......
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Able voice for disabled in health board election
Disabled advocate Huhana Hickey is mounting what she calls a poor person's campaign for a seat in Counties District Health Board.

The extent of poor Māori health is visible in South Auckland, but it could be improved by putting more resources into Māori primary health services.....
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Second National Māori Hui Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki
The second national hui in the Māori-led Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki concluded yesterday ahead of schedule after a capacity audience formally ratified the terms of reference that determines the scope and purpose of the independent investigation into both historical and contemporary child uplifts by the Ministry for Children.

“The time has come for change and a solution that is for Māori, by Māori, with Māori given the escalating disquiet in this country by our people. Oranga Tamariki received another $1.2 billion this year, up $238 million from last year – despite failing 14 reviews. The State is signaling through that choice that it can do better and values its own answers over ours – well that is not the truth. It cannot and should not manage Māori, we manage ourselves and determine our own solutions.”....
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Marae experience for international students
Some of Southland’s international students now know the true meaning of manaakitanga.

On Saturday 17 August, 26 international students were hosted on Murihiku Marae for the opportunity to learn more about Te Ao Maori (the Maori world)......
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Monday August 19, 2019

Government launches new strategy to break 'devastating' cycle of Māori reoffending
The Government announced a new strategy today intended to break the cycle of Māori reoffending and imprisonment.

The announcement comes after this year’s Wellbeing Budget announcement in May, during which the Government allocated $98 million to change the way the Department of Corrections operates in regards to Māori reoffending and imprisonment.

Incorporating a Te Ao Māori worldview and greater connectedness with whānau are key elements of Hōkai Rangi.

"Right now, we are prioritising the delivery of a deputy chief executive – Māori, a new role to ensure a dedicated Māori voice at the top table.

"We are actively partnering with iwi. Wherever there is a prison, my expectation is there will be a strong partnership with mana whenua......
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New Corrections Māori strategy: Prison should not traumatise inmates more than loss of liberty
He said Hōkai Rangi, which was designed alongside Māori, would focus on turning around prisoners' lives with the help of whānau and iwi, and not traumatising them beyond the loss of liberty.

Planned initiatives include:

• A partnership between Kiingitanga and Housing NZ for housing and support services for 24 Māori women on release.

• A whānau-centred approach to help gang members, with a focus on preventing family violence

• A kaupapa Māori facility at Northland Prison, and Whānau Ora navigators at that prison and at Hawke's Bay Prison

• Special treatment units for Māori men, women and youth at risk of high reoffending

• A 100-bed mental health facility at Waikeria Prison with a Māori model of care

The Government wants to reduce the prison population by 30 per cent by 2033, and Davis said it would be reasonable to expect Hōkai Rangi to reduce the muster by 10 per cent by 2024.

"The biggest change is the idea we are now going to treat the person and not just their crime."....
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NZTE And Wanganui Iwi Partner for Expo 2020 Dubai
The indigenous environmental ethos of kaitiakitanga will be the underlying theme of New Zealand’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, inspired by the world-first legal status accorded to the Whanganui River.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and Whanganui Iwi, via its governance entity Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui, have signed a memorandum that acknowledges the mana (status) and integrity of Te Awa Tupua, ahead of the development of the New Zealand pavilion experience in Dubai....
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Senior Ranger, Treaty Partner Relationships, Operations Group, New Plymouth
New Plymouth/Ngāmotu District Office is seeking a highly motivated individual to build leadership and capability within iwi conservation by assisting with the development of and leading the Treaty Partners Strategy

Te Papa Atawhai is offering an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and skilled individual to be at the leading edge of iwi partnership and conservation leadership in Taranaki.

The main purpose of the role will be assisting in the development of a Treaty Partners Strategy and leading its implementation....
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Wellington City Council seeking new chief executive
The job requires vision, commercial astuteness, people leadership, political awareness, financial oversight, iwi partnership development...
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Unearthing the history of Ihumātao, where the land tells stories
The sudden appearance of Ihumātao in national headlines over the past few weeks has taken many by surprise. Until recently, Ihumātao was a place that seemed off the beaten track.

Here, some of the oldest stories about New Zealand's biggest city have been built into the landscape and have evolved over time in ways that are difficult to understand, but worth the effort. These histories tell a long and little-known story of Tāmaki Makaurau, one that is important to tell if we are to understand and reckon with this city's past....
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Sunday August 18, 2019 

Time for leadership on Ihumātao
After three weeks of inaction, a hikoi to the Prime Minister’s electorate office this week by the Ihumātao protestors is an opportunity for the Prime Minister to finally show some leadership, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says.

“Jacinda Ardern needs to undo the damage she did when she halted construction of much needed houses at Ihumātao. When the hikoi reaches her office on Thursday, she should tell them that leaving Ihumātao was the right thing to do and they should keep walking.

“The Prime Minister should clearly tell the protestors when they reach her office not to go back.....
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Northland trust empowers young Māori by following the Māori Battalion
He Puna Marama Trust has received $990,000 Provincial Growth Funding over two years to set up a Whangārei digital hub, delivering IT programmes to Māori 16 to 25-year-olds.

The trust opened bilingual kura, He Kāpehu Whetū - Navigating Māori Futures, in 2014 to better support Māori boys and girls in education.

It now teaches 150 primary students and 110 secondary students.....
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