Saturday, September 7, 2019

Breaking Views Update: Week of 1.09.19

Saturday September 7, 2019

Disappointed': Race Relations Commissioner on Hobson's Pledge local Govt campaign
The production of an inflammatory pamphlet addressing racial separatism within local government has disappointed the race relations commissioner.

The pamphlet, designed by Hobson's Pledge, would be distributed through New Zealand in the coming days and asked voters to be wary of council candidates.

"Want your rates spent on racial separatism?", the pamphlet asked.

Above the message a picture depicting an multi-ethnic group holding a banner which read, "we are one" was displayed. Behind them, a large wave was arched over and about to break with the word "separatism" on it.

The pamphlet also alleged mayors, councillors and bureaucrats were intent on dividing communities, handing power and money out according to ancestry and ethnicity......
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Interim Health and Disability System Review Falls Short
Two longstanding Waitangi Tribunal claimants say the interim findings of the Health and Disability System Review appear to be saying all the right things about the persistent failings for Māori.

However it doesn’t delve far enough in addressing how structural reform is paramount to achieve practicable health outcomes to address inequities and honour rights under te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi.

A clear pathway in the form of a new Māori Health Authority, funding methodology, compensation and proposed law reform was recommended by the Waitangi Tribunal in the historic Hauora Report back in July.

Recognising the principles and values of Te Tiriti o Waitangi also needed to be voiced much stronger in the interim report co-claimant, Lady Tureiti Moxon Managing Director of Te Kōhao Health and Chair of the National Urban Māori Authority says.

“A mana motuhake or ‘by Māori, for Māori’ solution that we design is a must not only as part of meeting the Crown’s legal obligations to the Treaty - it’s the cornerstone of the new framework necessary that we’ll determine ourselves.”....
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Whangārei parade to kick off Te Wiki o te reo Māori
The beginning of Te Wiki o te reo Māori will be celebrated in Whangārei with a parade organisers hope will bring attention to the week and encourage people to give te reo a go.

Following the success of Whangārei's first ever Māori Language Week parade last year - which earned Whangārei the Reo Town award from Māori Television, and earned organisers a Māori Language Award - Whangārei Girls' High School has once again organised a parade through Whangārei on Monday to celebrate Te Wiki o te reo Māori next week.....
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On Newshub Nation: Simon Shepherd Interviews Environment Minister David Parker
‘Someone needs to speak for the rivers, cos the rivers can’t speak for themselves.’ So you put the health of the river first, human needs second and commercial uses third.

All right, just finally, there’s nothing in this plan to address the issue of Māori water rights; why isn’t there?

Well, there is in respect to water quality, which is where we said we’d start.

We’re talking about ownership, not water quality.

Well, you know, the ownership debate one is difficult, and it doesn’t take you very far. Whether everyone owns water or no one owns water, it’s true that some people have rights and interests in water that others don’t have, including people who currently have water permits and Māori rights and interests. So, we’ve promised that we’re going to move to that next, and we will.......
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Ruakākā community calls for macrons on road signs to stop 'two poos' mistranslation
It's an amusing misinterpretation, but the Northland settlement of Ruakākā is over being the butt of local jokes.

"None of our signage at school had Ruakākā with macrons on the kākā until the beginning of last year, and now everyone throughout the school is using it and all our kids know why it's important," says Ramari Pirihi, a teacher in one of the school's bilingual Te Mahuri classes.

While the area's school kids are clued-up, the correct use of macrons hasn't made it to where most people see it: local road signs.

Most are spelt without the tohutō or macrons on kākā, so Ruakākā Primary pupils have written letters to NZTA and the Whangārei District Council asking for this to change.

For Patuharakeke, the name Ruakākā also tells a story of how much has been lost to colonisation, with large amounts of land confiscated or swindled from mana whenua in the Bream Bay area during the 1840s.....
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Māori language Week should acknowledge state-sanctioned abuse for speaking te reo
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week, which begins on Sunday, is the time of year when some people think te reo Māori is "shoved down their throats".

Although unrelated to Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Don Brash springs to mind with his whining about Guyon Espiner's use of Māori greetings on Radio NZ.

Unfortunately for Tānara (Donald/Don) and others of his ilk, te reo Māori has become much more accepted in "mainstream society", although there's still a long way to go......
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Friday September 6, 2019

Māori leaders call for water rights resolution after government's freshwater planThe government's latest freshwater plans do not go far enough and fails to deal with the pressing issue of Māori water rights, Māori leaders say.

But the new plan does not address water rights, which Mr Mair said showed this government lacked integrity and leadership.

Māori Council director Matthew Tukaki said......"It can only be a great step if we remain resolved to get to a point where we not only enjoy kaitiaki status and guardianship of our waters for a cleaner future for our kids, but we are also involved in the governance and the ownership side as well." 

But Ngāti Porou environmental advocate Tina Ngata said......."The best way to do that is to guarantee a Māori voice that moves beyond consultation and moves into a space of having actual decision making power and for government to share power with Māori."

Rukumoana Schaafhausen said the plan was a step in the right direction but she is disappointed that water rights had been pushed aside again.

Federation of Māori Authorities chair Traci Houpapa....."This is a complex issue. The Crown and Māori need to sit to address ownership and customary rights with regards to freshwater, and we need to do that soon."

Last week, Mataatua kaumātua Maanu Paul said his lawyers would be taking a case to the High Court to determine whether Māori maintain native title over freshwater in Aotearoa......
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Iwi leader honoured with ONZM for services to Māori
Mataatua elder and Māori leader Maanu Paul has played a critical role in the Government's direction on New Zealand's water rights and for more than half a century has contributed to the advancement of Māori.

He was honoured this week for his work by being made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Māori.

Paul was a long-serving member of the New Zealand Māori Council which aimed to accomplish what was set out in the State-Owned Enterprises Bill.

“There we built the foundation where Māori received authority such as, 'Nothing in this act shall be contrary to the Treaty'.”

Paul was a negotiator for the council in the Māori fisheries claim which led to the 1992 Deed of Settlement.

He also provided support for the Wai 262 claim concerning the protection of Māori taonga relating to indigenous flora and fauna.

He says another highlight was, “a trip to London to legitimise our Māori language. The third one was the fish and the most recent one was the water. The saying goes, I am the water and the water is me.”.....
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America's Cup: Team NZ name new boat Te Aihe
Team New Zealand christened their new America's Cup yacht "Te Aihe" – Maori for dolphin – at the official launch in Auckland on Friday.

The sleek 75-foot boat, painted black, red, grey and white, was blessed by Ngati Whatua who have a long association with the yachting syndicate......
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Top Māori academic researcher to join Unitec
Ngā Wai a Te Tūī, Māori and Indigenous Research Centre at Unitec is pleased to announce that Leonie Pihama will join our team as a Professor of Māori Research from 1st October 2019.

“Leonie Pihama has a distinguished reputation as an academic and kaupapa Māori researcher. She brings a wealth of knowledge and skills that will significantly support our work to lead whānau, hapū, iwi, marae and community- driven research projects that make a difference,” Professor Jenny Lee-Morgan, Director of Ngā Wai a Te Tūī said......
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Helping Maori rangatahi to be leaders of tomorrow
Hundreds of Maori leaders and education influencers are at the Maori leaders conference, Te Eketu o te Rangi, which opened at Te Poho o Rawiri Marae yesterday.

Rangatahi (youth) are a target audience for the conference, which aims to “inspire and empower”.

Ex-Gisborne Girls’ High School student Puna Whakaata Maniapoto-Love spoke last night at the conference.

“I believe that it is important to hear the voices of our rangatahi. We are the leaders for tomorrow and contrasting our ideas with kaiako (teachers) and educators can take us to many great places.”.....
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Principal struck off for sleeping naked with student got $500,000 from Ministry
A principal struck off for sleeping naked with a student kept getting contracts from the Ministry of Education for more than two years after officials became aware he was being investigated.

The Ministry of Education has confirmed it found out about the investigation in 2017, but kept giving Fairhall's sole-charge company, Tarapō, contracts until August this year.

The company was contracted six times at a total bill of $500,000 to provide specialist Maori Medium Services from February, 2016.....
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Small North Island town to get new identity, incorporating original Māori name
The small central North Island town of Benneydale has had its name changed to a dual moniker: Maniaiti / Benneydale.

The main trunk railway between Te Awamutu and Taumarunui will now be called Te Ara-o-Tūrongo.....
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Issue of anonymity raised as Media Council upholds complaint
The Media Council has ruled that a published letter to the editor was gratuitously racist.

On June 28 The Gisborne Herald published an article about an online petition started by a group Kia Mau. The petition sought to collect support to stop the Cook replica ship Endeavour from visiting.

The article attracted six online comments, posted immediately below the article, of which five were anonymous.

On June 29 all six comments were published in the Letters to the Editor column of the newspaper.

On the posting it deemed to be racist the council noted the allegation in the first paragraph effectively was that Maori would not have any of the benefits of technology developed over the last 150 years without the arrival of the Endeavour and what followed.

The allegation in the last paragraph was that they were lucky not to be colonised by a worse group.

The statements by “G” go beyond an expression of opinion. The statement is insulting and has the racist overtone of “you would be nothing without colonisation”....
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Thursday September 5, 2019

What’s Māori for Growth Fund? A Te Reo Kiwisaver guideJUNO KiwiSaver Scheme has partnered with Māori language experts to publish a guide to KiwiSaver in te reo Māori.

The guide, Tō Aratohu KiwiSaver, is a te reo translation of JUNO’s existing, award-winning Your Guide to KiwiSaver. JUNO commissioned Reo Whairawa Limited’s team of licensed te reo Māori translators to help reach Māori, many of whom struggle to save for retirement.

The guide aims to help Māori korero about and engage with KiwiSaver and its launch coincides with Te Wiki o te reo Māori (9-15 September). The guide features three phrases newly developed to express investment risk in te reo....
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Māori rights must be at fore in WAI 262 response
Māori Party president Che Wilson is calling on Labour's Māori caucus to demand strong action on the WAI 262 intellectual property claim.

Mr Wilson says Māori want something substantial to come from the exercise, after a long history of their rights being given low priority.

With 13 Māori in the Labour caucus and 32 across all parties, a better outcome is expected this time to protect traditional knowledge and taonga species.....
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Review panel’s findings echo Waitangi Tribunal Hauora report
“The findings of the Health and Disability Sector Review echo what the Waitangi Tribunal found in its Hauora report in July this year.” says Simon Royal, NHC Chief Executive.

“The Waitangi Tribunal saw the persistent inequities for Māori as evidence that the Crown was in breach of Treaty of Waitangi principles when it comes to primary care. In fact the Tribunal noted ‘the primary health care system itself is not calibrated to address Māori Needs’, which is contrary to our rights as citizens”.

“A solution the Tribunal thought was worth exploring was an independent Māori hauora authority – and in its report the Tribunal recommended the claimants and the Crown worked together on a terms of reference for this authority by January 2020. As one of the claimants, I support this wholeheartedly, and see it as a critical step to addressing the humanitarian crisis of Māori health”.....
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New name and brand for Opera House arts and culture complex
Ahead of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House re-opening in February 2020, a name and brand for the overall arts and culture complex is being launched tonight.

The new name for the centre that includes the Opera House, the Municipal Building, the Cushing Foyer and the former Plaza space is “Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre”.....
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New Zealand Rugby challenges sponsors to respect 'Ka Mate' haka
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup later this month, New Zealand Rugby has sent a clear message to its sponsors and partners to treat the haka 'Ka Mate' with respect, and ensure they acknowledge the iwi who created it.

The Haka Ka Mate Attribution Act requires any publication of the haka Ka Mate - for commercial purposes - to acknowledge its composer, the Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha.

The attribution must be clearly visible on the product, unless an agreement is reached with the iwi, but the law doesn't apply overseas.

She said anyone thinking of using 'Ka Mate' should carefully read the legislation, and consult with Ngāti Toa Rangatira, to ensure they upheld the mana of the iwi......
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More Māori midwives needed to handle rising demand
Nga Maia, an organisation for Māori midwives, said there has been no Māori workforce strategy for the last two decades. It said only 9 percent of all midwives were Māori, despite Māori babies making up over 20 percent of those born every year.

In some areas there were few midwives at all - let alone Māori midwives - and those who were practicing had waitlists of up to five months and were having to turn down whānau, it said.....
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Government freshwater plan a 'good first step' - Maori Council
"The truth is we have a very long way to go when it comes to cleaning up our water ways, reform of the Resource Management Act and the interests of Maori both as stewards and owners of freshwater. But what we have here is a start - and it should be clear to all that each of us, Maori and non-Maori, have a role to play - if we do nothing, if we fail to act then our children and grandchildren will hate us for standing by as things got worse." Said Tukaki

"Now, of course, I will be advocating that the Government responds to the Waitangi Tribunal claims around water because there is a lot of work to be done when it comes to a larger work plan for change and both Maori customary and proprietary rights - but start we have and continue we must." Tukaki said.....
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Māori access needs priority in water rules revamp
Regional Econmic Development Minister Shane Jones says the proposals from Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damian O'Connor will focus on water quality and allocation rather than ownership.

He says the coalition agreement with New Zealand First takes the idea of a water tax off the table, but it is backing moves to address over-allocation in some catchments as well as any clean up measures.....
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Fresh Water Plan Lacks Treaty Partnership
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu acknowledges the intent of the announcement today by Minister Parker, “Action on Healthy Waterways” but notes the resources required to deliver the reforms will be significant and the devil is in the detail.

Of greater concern to the iwi is the lack of acknowledgement by the Crown of its Treaty responsibilities.

“Our 1997 Ngāi Tahu Deed of Settlement is a legal contract with the Crown. It confirms our Treaty relationship and tino rangatiratanga. The current national body is not reflective of this partnership and was set up in opposition to direction from Ngāi Tahu. We will only speak directly with the Crown about solutions that work in our takiwa (region)

The Essential Freshwater reform has been released for consultation just one week after the Wai 2358 Stage 2 Report was released by the Waitangi Tribunal. Key findings of the Waitangi Tribunal report included that the Resource Management Act is not Treaty compliant and that there is a need for Māori to have greater participation in management and decision-making of the resource. These findings are not reflected in the document......
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Government inaction means iwi in court again
Ngāti Ruanui says a moratorium on seabed mining is the only way to stop what has become a legal nightmare for its people.

The South Taranaki iwi along with fishing industry and environmental groups will be in the Court of Appeal later this month fighting to stop Trans Tasman Resources mining iron sand off the coast of Pātea.
See full article HERE

Wednesday September 4, 2019

Health and disability system found to lack leadership, is complicated and fragmented
New Zealand's health and disability system lacks leadership "at all levels", is "overly complicated and very fragmented" a report has found.

Led by Heather Simpson, the former chief of staff under former Prime Minister Helen Clark, the review spoke to DHBs, stakeholder organisations, workshops and wānanga.

"Te Tiriti o Waitangi / the Treaty of Waitangi guaranteed Māori their full rights and benefits as citizens, yet more than 80 years after the establishment of our public health system, the health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori are still significantly poorer than for non-Māori New Zealanders," Ms Simpson said.....
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Research explores factors behind hazardous drinking among Māori
The research forms part of an ongoing collaboration between health psychology researchers across Victoria University of Wellington, Brown University in the United States, University of Sydney, and University of Otago. The South Island iwi, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, also made a substantial contribution to guiding and supporting Taylor’s work.

Taylor says researchers suspected that one mechanism leading to higher levels of hazardous drinking could be the stress associated with experiences of discrimination. “So we expected to find a positive association between the experience of racial discrimination and hazardous alcohol use among New Zealand Māori, and in fact perceived experiences of discrimination explained approximately 35 percent of the increased risk of hazardous drinking observed in Māori,” he says.......
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Auckland Transport and Treaty of Waitangi
The Tāmaki-Makaurau Road Safety Governance Group recognises our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We are committed to transforming Māori safety outcomes under Article 2 of the Treaty.

Our Vision Zero takes a Treaty based approach, grounded in Te Ao Māori (Māori world view) to improve safety outcomes for Māori and well-being across the transport network in Auckland......
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Hui to inspire Maori leaders
An “empowering and influencing” conference, Eketu o te Rangi, opens at Te Poho o Rawiri Marae tomorrow.

The conference will have a plethora of Maori leaders and educational speakers.

The conference is in its fourth year. MC Morehu Nikora said it was “run by Tairawhiti, for Tairawhiti”.

“We older ones have a role to play in these younger ones’ lives. It’s about educational leaders.”...
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Ihumātao stance brings award nomination
Ihumātao campaigner Pania Newton has received 11 nominations for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year award.

Nominations close on September 15, after which a judging panel will draw up a shortlist of 10 candidates.....
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Māori tourism and culture takes centre stage in China
Members from Tāmaki Makaura-based kapa haka group Te Wehi Haka – The HAKA Experience will take the stage at the multi-sector trade mission to China, this month.

As part of the China New Zealand Year of Tourism, New Zealand Māori Tourism (NZMT) is supporting ten performing artists to attend a multi-sector trade mission to China that will showcase Māori tourism and culture from 9-11 September.....
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Māori Council ready for wardens' exit
Māori wardens will today hear what progress is being made on their desire for more operational autonomy.

Among the options being considered by Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta are ways to support current roles and train wardens for new roles such as civil defence, truancy prevention, and supporting at-risk tamariki and whānau dealing with agencies such as Oranga Tamariki and the courts.

New Zealand Māori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki says while the council has historically had oversight of wardens, it is backing the call for autonomy.....
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Tuesday September 3, 2019

Calls for equal Māori representation in new cancer agency
A Māori health leader is calling for equal representation within the new cancer agency but wants Māori to decide what that looks like for themselves.

The Ministry of Health has committed to honouring the Treaty, saying it "will work in partnership with tangata whenua and support tangata whenua-led processes, actions and decision-making".

Hei Āhuru Mōwai - Māori Cancer Leadership Aotearoa chairperson Nina Scott said the government's commitment to working in partnership with Māori was promising.

Dr Scott declined to elaborate on what partnership should look like in the new agency, saying that she wanted the wider Māori population to decide.

"I think there needs to be a Māori Treaty partner at every level, especially at the higher top levels, obviously, but at the same time we can't just rely on one person, we also need to have that collective input.".....
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Values built in to Wanganui settlement value
The Whanganui Land Settlement Negotiation Trust has signed an agreement in principle with the Crown that recognises the importance of values to the iwi.

The settlement covers iwi and hapū in the southern reaches of the Whanganui River and Wanganui city.

It includes a $30 million financial redress package and a range of commercial and cultural instruments, including potential vestings of 22 cultural redress properties, statutory acknowledgements over 13 conservation sites, and deeds of recognition over six conservation sites.....
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Hot pools name chosen without input from residents
Questions have been raised over the name given to the hot pools under construction in New Brighton He Puna Taimoana.

In spite of the name receiving mostly positive feedback, some are disappointed about the public not having input into it and that neither New Brighton or Christchurch are included in it.

Te Rūnangao Ngāi Tūāhuririri and Matapopore gifted the name, which translates to “coastal pools” or “seaside pools.”.......
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Meng Foon – Race Relations Commissioner (English transcript)
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Wanganui ready to 'reset' relationship with iwi: Mayor Hamish McDouall
Wanganui District Council will make good on former mayor Michael Laws' promise to return sensitive lands near the airport to iwi, current Mayor Hamish McDouall says.

Laws made the promise in 2010, when the council bought Wanganui's port from River City Port.

At the signing of the agreement in principle on lower Whanganui River land claims at Pūtiki Marae on August 30, McDouall said honouring the promise would be a return to an old value - honesty.

McDouall said European settlers and the generations that followed had not looked after waterways the way iwi would have.

As well as financial and material redress, the agreement in principle asks non-Māori to enter a new era where those Māori values are honoured.

"Our ancestors bought into a relationship where we could work together for the betterment of us all," Simon said.

He envisaged iwi taking part in decisionmaking by some mechanism additional to being elected as councillors - perhaps through a post-settlement governance entity.

The settlement legislation would also set out that "Whanganui" is the only correct spelling for the river, district and town - but Simon said iwi won't be picky about it......
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Māori seen as leaders in water clean up
The Greens are looking for leadership from Māori in the clean up of rivers and lakes.

Co-leader Marama Davidson says that's a conclusion that flows form the Waitangi Tribunal stage 2 report on water claims.

She believes the strongest approach to the conservation and restoration of the country's waterways must involve recognising Māori customary and proprietary rights, as the tribunal has indicated.....
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Māori priority in Northland economic plan
An added emphasis on Māori economic development is a key feature of a refreshed Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan.

Priority areas for investment include digital connectivity, water storage initiatives, and skills and employment......
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Jolly buy boosts Tūwharetoa stake in lake
Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board has teamed up with one of the largest tourism operators on Lake Taupō in a move to bolster its strong commercial and tourism presence on the lake.

Chief executive Topia Rameka says the board wants to have a stronger authentic indigenous offering on Lake Taupō, as well as provide more employment opportunities for Tūwharetoa people......
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Crown should apologise to Māori beaten as children for te reo, says Dover Samuels
Former Labour government minister Dover Samuels is calling on the Crown to apologise to a generation of Māori beaten for speaking te reo at school.

Mr Samuels lodged a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal in 2015 over the cruelty shown to children strapped and whipped for speaking their own language.

But he worries that he and the other children abused in that way are now in their 80s and will be dead before the Tribunal comes back with its findings.

The former Labour politician has appealed to the Minister for Māori Crown Relations Kelvin Davis to take up his call for a formal apology before it's too late.....
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Government responses leave more questions than answers
The Māori Party agrees the recommendations of the Tribunal in respect of water rights, health and intellectual property issues. ”We are watching with interest and implore the government to adequately and appropriately deal with the recommendations,” says Che Wilson, President of the Māori Party. “What is required is action. Rhetoric and empty talk is just that and too often the government is missing in action on Māori issues.”

“The number of Māori MPs in this parliamentary term suggests there should be sufficient numbers to action the Tribunal’s recommendations. A swift and courageous response from government is required now that they have the numbers we never had. We therefore challenge all 32 MPs of Māori descent to use their positions to fight collectively for Māori rights.....
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Monday September 2, 2019

Partnership is the key to better cancer outcomes for Maori
Hei Ähuru Mawai, the Maori Cancer Leadership Board, says achieving equitable cancer care for Maori is an urgent priority. Chair, Dr Nina Scott says that while the new National Cancer Plan is promising, the group believes that accelerated Maori partnership is critical to ensure the plan can be translated into action.
Hei Ähuru Mawai remain committed to ensuring that Maori can work in a true Treaty partnership with other cancer leaders and look forward to working with the new national agency to help guide implementation, monitoring and accountability of the Plan......
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New tool to help iwi support Māori educational pathways
Iwi will now be able to access student information effortlessly thanks to a new tool developed in partnership with iwi education leaders around the country, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

Te Mataaho-ā-Iwi, the Iwi Profiles Dashboard, has been launched on the Education Counts website today and provides iwi with updated data about Māori learners, along with learners who affiliate to their iwi, as soon as it becomes available.....
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NZ On Air and Te Mangai Paho to invest $4m in Maori language content
NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho have teamed up to create a $4m factual co-fund, designed to support high-quality, prime time Māori language content that will appeal to a broad audience.

The funding agencies are seeking innovative factual proposals in 20-30% Te Reo Māori that will engage sizeable audiences in an informative and inclusive way, as well as present a wide range of diverse Māori perspectives......
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Nelson Santa Parade Trust steps down after Māori Santa controversy
A new organiser is being sought for the Nelson Santa parade after organisers quit following the Māori Santa backlash.

Councillor Brian McGurk asked if the Santa Parade Trust's decision to stop operating the Santa Parade was a "fallout from the incidents last year."

Noonan, who is chair of the committee, said councillors could "come to that conclusion".....
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Does Jacinda's 'Child Murder Bill' violate the Treaty? - Right to Life
Right to Life believes that the government’s Abortion Legislation bill violates Article three, "The protection of the Crown" of the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Treaty was signed on 6 February 1840. Article Three of the Treaty provides for Maori the protection of the Crown and the law of England. Protection for Maori was provide by the Offences against the Persons Act 1837, which protected the right to life of every human being from implantation to natural death. Section Six of this Act prohibited the killing of an unborn child in an abortion. Under this Act the right of Maori to be born was upheld and the killing of the unborn child by abortion was prohibited.....
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Talking Point: Ihumātao settlement should stand
Ihumātao represents an opportunity for a number of participants in this debate.

Obviously, it is one for the Government to show that it is capable of acting in the best interests of all New Zealanders by insisting that past Treaty settlements are "full and final!". Perhaps not surprisingly it looks as if it might fluff that chance.

While the Prime Minister attends anniversary celebrations at Ngaruawahia pretending that she can ignore the pressure from the revisionists within her party to get involved, encouraging signals are being sent to the protesters that the cavalry is on its way.

The implications for the nation doesn't bear thinking about if any message is delivered other than one that clearly states. - "the terms and conditions of the original settlement remain. There is no chance of negotiations being reopened."

Unfortunately, this Government is showing all the hallmarks of capitulation, seemingly oblivious to the can of worms it is holding in its hands, prepared to abandon its own responsibilities as kaitiaki in favour of what can only be described as short-term gains with its political base.....
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Sunday September 1, 2019

'We will be living inside the largest sanctuary: land, and ocean'"We want 100 per cent management of over one million square kilometres and Rangitāhua is only one part of that picture. It is all interconnected, how do we get good commercial fishing and aquaculture going on, how do we make sure the ocean in itself is balanced? No-one has said we don't want anyone to fish in the complete, whole area.

"At the end of the day, as iwi ... we actually have a Treaty partnership with the Crown, but then the Crown has devolved those responsibilities to local government ... and to be fair, as an iwi, we sit above them." .....
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An original voice for the Māori renaissance
The Māori Law Society is honouring Justice Joseph Victor Williams (Ngāti Pūkenga, Te Arawa), following his appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand. As the first Māori to attain the position, Justice Williams is a role model for a generation of aspiring Māori lawyers.

“If we think of someone who is strong is fighting for Māori issues in law, who is passionate about Māori culture, who is committed to Māori language, there's no doubt that's him”, says Alana Thomas.

An original voice for the Māori renaissance movement of the '80s, Justice Joe Williams is the voice behind the song “Maranga Ake Ai” by the band 'Aotearoa’.

Justice Williams will be formally acknowledged by the Māori Law Society tonight.....
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Agreement signals exciting new journey ahead
A transformational partnership between the Rangitaiki Lot 28B No 22 Block Ahu Whenua Trust, Te Runanga o Ngati Awa, Ngati Awa Group Holdings Limited and Whakatane District Council has been confirmed following the signing of a Heads of Agreement between the parties on Monday.

Whakatane District Mayor Tony Bonne says this is the most exciting opportunity the district has seen in decades.

“This partnership is a significant step forward, and one which will ensure there are opportunities for Trust beneficiaries, Iwi and the whole district to significantly benefit from,” says Tony, at the signing on Monday August 26.

“I have a looked forward to this kind of partnership with iwi for many years and it’s great to see this come to fruition,” says Tony.....
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Ngāti Toa unhappy about commercial use of haka
Ngāti Toa Rangatira have raised concerns about the use of their ancestral taonga 'Ka Mate' on commercial clothing without their permission. As descendants of Te Rauparaha, who composed the revered haka, they say it is unacceptable.

The Wellington-based iwi are concerned about the continued disregard of their taonga by a minority.....
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PM must show leadership on critical issues
The Prime Minister’s deafening silence on the rights of Māori over freshwater is cementing a trend of indecisiveness on critical issues, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Paula Bennett says.

The Government has failed to confirm their position on freshwater rights after a Waitangi Tribunal report recommended that water could be owned by iwi and hapū.

“The Prime Minister must clarify that the Tribunal has got it wrong and that water is a public resource......
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