Saturday, September 14, 2019

Breaking Views Update: Week of 8.09.19

Saturday September 14, 2019

A hope for the history of Aotearoa
It started with the unveiling of a plaque in Parliament to commemorate the New Zealand Wars. But in front of a crowd of figureheads from iwi across the motu, the Prime Minister announced that New Zealand history will be taught in all schools and kura by 2022.

The voices of six Te Ātiawa women begin to karanga. As the sound adorns and echoes the walls of Parliament, the many faces of iwi from across the motu enter the Grand Hall preparing to make history.

The intention for many was to unveil a commemorative plaque which marks one of the least spoken about conflicts, but ironically the conflict that would most influence the future of our nation – the New Zealand Wars.

Speaker of the House, the Rt Hon Trevor Mallard said, “The wars of the mid-nineteenth century profoundly shaped our nation and its people, perhaps more than any other conflict. The impacts were immense and felt deeply across the country.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, “This Government is committed to a better New Zealand that we can all be proud of and which recognises the value of every New Zealander.”

“I hope that we have given the hope that all our rangatahi are after.”.....
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Nine young leaders win Dame Te Atairangikaahu scholarships
Nine emerging young Māori leaders are this year’s recipients of Waikato Regional Council’s Dame Te Atairangikaahu Scholarships, designed to help promote education of rangatahi (youth) in the region.

The University of Waikato students were presented with their scholarships ranging from $2500 to $500 at a ceremony in Hamilton today....
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Cultural values important to forest stakeholders
Māori and non- Māori value different aspects of plantation forestry, which owners should bear in mind if they want to maximise their social licence to operate, a new study shows.

All survey participants said maintaing sustainable production was most important. But Māori placed greater importance on forest ecosystem resilience, provenance and kaitiakitanga, water quality, and harvesting food and medicines from the forest.

“It is important that cultural views are understood and integrated into future soil health testing schemes to reflect the needs of all stakeholders,” the authors say.....
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Scientists and iwi work together to name a new plant species
The name of the white flowered cress — Cardamine panatohea — was gifted by Ngāti Rangi, who are mana whenua over the portion of Mt Ruapehu where the species was found.

Ngāti Rangi Chairman Che Wilson said that giving a te reo Māori name acknowledged the need to treat the area with great respect......
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Mongrel Mob: New Zealand gang’s threats halt sale of Maori cloak
A Maori chief’s cloak found in the back of a cupboard in Sussex has been withdrawn from sale after the owners were abused online and the auction house was threatened.

The threats apparently came from the Mongrel Mob, a notorious New Zealand gang, who said that they would travel to Britain to “get it back” for the Maori community.......
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South Wairarapa District Council has enjoyed embracing Aotearoa’s native tongue
The Council aims to continue its commitment to strengthening te reo Māori and is making a move to include more te reo Māori in its publications, as well as on signage.

The Pre-Election report has been re-released with te reo Māori headings and it is planned that these will be included in all future key council documents.

Council staff are undertaking Māori language lessons starting next week with SWDC Māori Standing Committee Chair Raihānia Tipoki.....
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Stuff articles in the last week.
New Zealand history can be contentious, and some ideas are just plain wrong

Compulsory New Zealand history is a turning point for our schools and society

Poi E: Waiata Māori didn't stop there

Te reo opens door to a whole culture

The priceless value of te reo Māori

The value of workers with te reo and tikanga skills in NZ workplaces

'Constellation of factors' behind move to make NZ history compulsory in schools

Key aspects in New Zealand history we should all know

Are we doomed to repeat the past? A short history of New Zealand's race relations

More Māori and Pacific health workers should be doctors, nurses and managers - Dr Matire Harwood

Telling our stories took time but worth it

Is New Zealand racist as ...?

Newshub’s articles in the last week.
Huge ad in California newspaper calls on Apple to make Siri speak Māori

How traditional Māori woven bassinets have saved hundreds of lives

Māori Language Week: What early childhood education providers can learn from Kōhanga Reo

How to be passive aggressive at work - in Māori

Māori Language Week: How simple steps are exposing young minds to Te Reo 

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Friday September 13, 2019

Tears and song in Parliament over pardon for Tūhoe leader
Members of Parliament have been left in tears as they heard a bill pardoning and apologising to Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana.

A waiata broke out in the public gallery of the House after politicians unanimously passed the legislation at its first reading on Thursday.

Kēnana was wrongfully arrested when 70 armed police officers invaded Maungapōhatu, in the Bay of Plenty in 1916. His son Toko Rua and Maipi Te Whiu were killed in an exchange of gunfire, and 31 others were taken into custody.

Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta held back tears as she described how the stigma of the conviction continued to affect Kēnana's descendants, community and his Iharaira faith – which went into a period of decline after the arrest.......
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Māori Language Week: How simple steps are exposing young minds to Te Reo
"We don't expect everyone to be fluent overnight but we want to be able to create an environment that supports New Zealanders to connect to the language, use the language, see the language and hear the language where possible," said Victoria University Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Māori Rawinia Higgins.

Environments like Gumboots Daycare in Helensville, where mostly Pakeha preschoolers are being taught by mostly Pakeha teachers in the basics of Te Reo.

"The kids are amazing! They pick it up really fast and are really open to it learning new things. And they love it," teacher Louise Samuels told Newshub.....
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Gift of 'Paekākā' to Wellington Botanic Garden triggers councillor stoush over 'unreasonable' te reo use
The reaction of a city councillor to the gift of the name Paekākā for Wellington's Botanic Garden is a "slap in the face" to Māori, an iwi leader says.

An invitation to attend a ceremony on Friday for the "naming of the Botanic Garden precinct" was criticised by some Wellington city councillors for coming "out of the blue".

In one email Councillor Simon Woolf wrote: "There is a large segment of our community who for one reason or another (and believe it or not, most isn't race related) do not wish to see an unreasonable use of Te Reo seen in places where there may not be significance.....
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Air New Zealand threatened with Māori boycott over attempt to trademark greeting 'Kia Ora'
Air New Zealand's attempts to trademark a logo of a common Māori greeting has sparked anger and threats of a boycott from the Māori community.

Air New Zealand said that it wanted to trademark a logo of the phrase, which is also the name of its inflight magazine.

Matthew Tukaki, a spokesman for the The Māori Council, called the "harebrained" idea "an absolute disgrace" in a video statement posted online.

"I'm prepared to walk into the court and make a point if I need to," he added......
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New te reo Maori policy supports language use - council
This year’s Te Wiki o te Reo Maori marks a special milestone for Hastings District Council with the launch of its new te reo Maori policy this week.

Named Heretaunga Ararau it recognises the importance and significance of the Maori language, and provides a framework to support and revitalise the language through the council’s actions, both within the organisation as well as its dealings with the wider community.

Within the Ngati Kahungunu rohe 26 per cent of the population is Maori, and the policy reflects the council’s desire to become accustomed to te reo Maori, local Maori aspirations, and to form strong relationships and be consistent in its cultural responsiveness to the community.

Within the council organisation itself the aim is to normalise the use of te reo Maori across council activities, publications, and its dealings with the public. Council officers will also be encouraged to participate in te reo Maori learning programmes......
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Teaching our history: Call for public debate
Teachers say they're ready for public debate about what New Zealand history will soon be taught to all children.

The Government on Thursday announced that from 2022 New Zealand history will become part of the national curriculum for primary and secondary schools.

Topics that will be covered are likely to include the arrival of Māori, early colonisation, the Treaty of Waitangi, immigration and later history....

The Government on Thursday said the content for the curriculum would be put together with input from experts, iwi, Pacific communities, teachers, students and parents.......
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Matamata-Piako embrace te reo Māori for Māori language week
Matamata-Piako is taking steps to stop butchering Māori heritage by normalising te reo Māori in Council.

Coinciding with Māori Language Week, Matamata-Piako District Council have adopted a Te Reo Māori Policy, which will see te reo on all Council owned signage and documentation.....
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$1.1M to be invested into Māori-led research to establish two new highly functional natural foods
This investment by the High-Value Nutrition (HVN) National Science Challenge and industry partners will seek to establish two new highly functional natural foods - Karengo (a type of edible seaweed) and Mamaku (tree fern). The HVN Challenge is a mission-led programme of innovative research into the health and wellbeing attributes of New Zealand produced foods for our major export markets.

The Challenge will over the next five years fund a number of projects through a competitive contestable funding process, and has recently approved two innovative projects that will be completed together with Māori businesses partners......
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Thursday September 12, 2019

New Zealand history will be taught in every school by 2022, Government announces
In a statement announcing the education initiative, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said current rules leave too much to chance regarding whether Aotearoa's history is taught.

Ms Ardern says New Zealanders have been saying they want to know more about the country's history and identity.

"It makes sense for the National Curriculum to make 

clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura."

The New Zealand history curriculum is expected to include:

- The Arrival of Māori
- First encounters and early colonial history
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi.
- Colonisation, immigration, the New
Zealand Wars.
- Evolving national identity.
- New Zealand’s role in the Pacific
- Evolution of national identity.....
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'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 asks 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.....
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Air NZ attempts to trademark 'Kia Ora' logo
Air New Zealand is being threatened with a lawsuit of its attempt to trademark a 'Kia Ora' image.

The airline has applied to the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office to trademark the logo, which it uses on its inflight magazine, Kia Ora. It says the application is "simply about protecting the logo".
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Essentials of Being a Director guide released in te reo Māori
The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and Institute of Directors (IoD) have issued Ngā mea waiwai o te tūranga whakataka to recognise the relevance of te reo Māori in New Zealand's economy, the FMA has announced.....
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Bachelor of nursing Maori
Our new Bachelor of Nursing Māori will give you the opportunity to make a positive difference to health, wellbeing and care of our whānau community.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to sit the Nursing Council of New Zealand State Examination and apply for registration as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand.

You’ll be supported to succeed throughout your nursing journey. At the Manukau campus, you will have access to Kaiawhina, a Pasifika support person, a whānau and a Mā Tātou room.....
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Govt Inaction Compels Northern Iwi to Impose Rāhui
Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash will seek a briefing on consultation and engagement with Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē locals who’ve expressed concern over the use of heavy machinery to harvest mussel spat.

Locals say they never intended to cause issues for anyone in the industry but the lack of action from the Fisheries Ministry had forced them to take drastic measures to protect 90 Mile Beach and it's' marine life.......
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Plaque to commemorate NZ Wars unveiled at Parliament
This morning a plaque to commemorate the New Zealand Wars was unveiled in Parliament’s debating chamber.

The plaque was unveiled by the Prime Minister and Speaker of the House as part of a special ceremony involving iwi from around the country, members of Parliament and representatives from key government agencies.....
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Māori excluded from council jobs
An Auckland mayoral candidate says a debate at Manurewa Marae will be a chance to put the hard questions to incumbent Phil Goff about what he has done for Māori in the super city.

John Tamihere says it's hard to see what has been achieved for Māori as ratepayers and as a vibrant part of the city's heritage and future.

He says Māori are almost invisible in the council, making up less than 2 percent of the workforce of Auckland's largest employer......
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Vodafone unveils company Waiata for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
The waiata will be used to welcome new people into the organisation as well as international visitors to Vodafone Aotearoa for the first time.....
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"111 Ambulance Song" translated to Māori
St John's personnel joined students at 'Te Waka Unua School' to celebrate the launch of the waiata, as part of their "Wiki o Te Reo Māori" festivities.

“We are thrilled to be involved with this bilingual version which... aligns with St John’s 'Te Ara Hato Hone' strategy of providing initiatives that work on helping improving Māori health outcomes and engaging with Māori communities," says Manley......
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Smaller prisons, better visiting hours mooted as part of 'whānau-facing' justice system to address Māori incarceration rates
Lead author Sir Kim Workman (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) said the Government must recognise a Māori-informed solution.

"Such a strategy would include the full-bodied incorporation of tikanga Māori and a whānau-centric approach to the management of prisons."

Such traditional Māori forms of justice had long been ignored, and there was denial Māori even had a justice system, Workman said......
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The ongoing racial inequities uncovered in decades of health research
"So Māori had to be really well-behaved, stop smoking and lose weight before they were allowed the medication. Whereas Pākehā were more likely to get the medication and then get the lifestyle advice.

Pitama describes the Waitangi Tribunal's report as a map for creating a system more responsive to Māori. In particular, it lays out ways to reorganise and redistribute resources.

For years, Māori patients have been paying for and accessing healthcare as much or more than non-Māori. But Pitama says it's of little benefit if Māori aren't then receiving the same standard of care as non-Māori.

"The issue isn't a lack of Māori engaging in the health system it's the health system not engaging with Māori. It's because the health system is not set up to respond to Māori. It has set resource and is designed to privilege non-Māori."....
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Kōhanga reo fight to survive as numbers fall by 100 each year
Nearly 40 years since the first kōhanga reo opened its doors in Aotearoa, only half the number of centres remain, and enrolments are declining at an alarming rate.

Kōhanga reo have lost 100 children on average - every year - for the last seven years.

Today there are roughly 8500 tamariki enrolled, and 450 centres.

The government announced a $32 million boost for kōhanga reo in June to help lift staff wages, repair buildings, and improve the national trust's ICT capability.

Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said the declining numbers at kōhanga reo were disappointing.....
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Wednesday September 11, 2019

Million-dollar section gifted to Māori trust by Tauranga City Council despite strong opposition
Tauranga City Council has voted to transfer a million-dollar section to a Māori Trust despite racially-charged submissions against it.

Public consultation on what should be done with the section of land at 11 Mission Street, which sits adjacent to The Elms heritage building, saw 775 submissions on the topic, 58 per cent in opposition.

However, on Tuesday councillors voted 6-5 to transfer ownership to the Otamataha Trust, reinforcing their in-principle decision to do the same thing made in December 2018.

The decision is conditional on the Otamataha Trust arranging a peppercorn rent agreement that The Elms endorses.....
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Tāhunanui gains its meaning in te reo
Nelson's popular Tāhunanui Beach is one of many places to get a small but important correction from the country's place-naming authority, the Geographic Board: a macron or small line above a single vowel to indicate it should be emphasised.

It also gives our beautiful beach's name its true meaning. With the macron, Tāhunanui means "big sandy beach", but without a macron, it meant nothing in Māori. "Tāhunanui" is now joining a list of more than 870 New Zealand place names throughout the country that correctly have a macron to ensure that they are "tika" (correct) in te reo Māori......
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ACC invests $5m in Auckland Transport’s safety programmes
Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and Auckland Transport (AT) have joined forces to improve the safety of Aucklanders as we travel on our roads, trains, buses and ferries.

A week after AT and its partners announced the Vision Zero road safety strategy, ACC has invested $5 million in AT’s safety programmes to improve safety on our transport network and reduce road trauma.

Māori are disproportionately represented in Auckland’s death and serious injuries on the road and part of the $5 million ACC investment will be used within Māori communities.

ACC is interested in AT’s safety programmes like Te Ara Haepapa. Te Ara Haepapa is a unique Māori road safety programme in New Zealand - developed in partnership with marae, kura kaupapa and the community.

Te Ara Haepapa is delivered within a Māori context by Te Reo speaking staff and covers a wide range of high-risk road safety themes - including child restraint use, alcohol, speed and young drivers licensing. In addition, a road safety and active transport programme is currently under development and being delivered in collaboration with nine kura kaupapa in Auckland......
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Tauranga councillor threatens legal action over million dollar land gift to Māori trust
A Tauranga City Councillor is planning to spend $50,000 of his own money to challenge a controversial decision to gift a section of land to a Māori Trust.

"This information showed that The Elms Foundation had a preference," Curach said.

"It's my understanding the issue will come back to council to be reconsidered."

Fellow councillor John Robson said the letter from The Elms Foundation should have been included in the councillor briefing and he was planning to fund a judicial review if the decision is not revisited.

"I will leave $50,000 with my barrister with instructions," he said.

"This is not the first instance of something like this happening. We need to make sure the council machine works properly.".....
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Kia ora pirihimana
“A key for police is to build relationships with the Maori community and the car markings (pirihimana is Maori for police) demonstrate the respect police have for the Maori culture and te reo.”

Police want to encourage people to learn Maori “and to welcome the language into our lives".....
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Ngāti Hine defy signals to stay on Ngāpuhi course
Ngāti Hine is heading out on the road seeking a mandate to negotiate outside the Ngāpuhi settlement process, despite clear signals the government is unwilling to accept a split.

He says while he has great respect for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little, he is constrained by government policy......
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Renamed parks long term language week legacy
Auckland mayor Phil Goff says the city wants to encourage and promote Māori language and culture - and not just for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

For the week its agenda and council papers include bilingual headings, signage in its buildings are bilingual, and Auckland Transport is making bilingual announcements on its trains.

"I also think it's quite important what our local boards and the governing body are doing working with iwi to co-name parks which may have a Pākehā name but have lost the original Māori name for the area, so the co-naming of parks and open spaces is another thing we are trying to do to encourage and respect te reo Māori," Mr Goff says......

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Tuesday September 10, 2019

Māori language a part of 'who we are': Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Māori language is a living, thriving language and "part of who we are as a country".

And she has brushed up on the articles of the Treaty of Waitangi, reciting them today after having struggled to do so at Waitangi this year.

Ardern made her comments about the language during her post-Cabinet press conference today, which marks the start of Māori Language Week.

She stood in front of a hei tiki, the symbol for the week, which was borrowed from the Māori Language Commission.

"But I want to make sure that we're learning not just about te Tiriti, we're not just learning about the right of the Government to govern, the right of iwi to self-manage and govern, and for us all to be treated as equal citizens, as the three articles state, but ... the land wars, that we learn about regional history.....
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Pūkaha launches new cultural immersion tour
Mount Bruce, Masterton: Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre along with local iwi, has developed a new cultural tour for their visitors to enjoy. Te Hikoi o Pūkaha will see local iwi members from Rangitāne o Wairarapa guide visitors through the Pūkaha forest and connect Māori culture with the natural world. Through story-telling visitors will learn about the wildlife and trees inside the forest and hear related Māori myths and legends....

“These tours are incredibly special for all of us. Visitors will get rich stories of Māori whakapapa (genealogy), wairoatunga (spirituality) and whenua (land) alongside Pūkaha history to really connect them spiritually with our site. In turn the tour is also a huge step forward in cementing the long-term relationship that we have with Rangitāne and in telling their stories to future generations.....
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Jacinda Ardern hints teaching New Zealand's Land Wars could be compulsory
The Prime Minister kicked off Māori Language Week with a hint that teaching New Zealand's Land Wars could become compulsory in schools.

But she's still shying away from compulsory Te Reo, pointing to a lack of resources.

However she is signalling an education announcement. Could it be that teaching the Treaty of Waitangi becomes compulsory?.....
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Waiata taking off at Wellington Airport
Beautiful harmonies, melodic symphonies, and goose bump inducing haka will be in the air at Wellington Airport this week.

“To celebrate te wiki o te reo Māori we’ve worked with The National Library to give travellers a cultural treat with some heart-warming live performances,” says Jo Maxwell, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Airport Manager of Brand & Innovation.....
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ASB launches Kete Aronui Maori language app
As one of Aotearoa’s official languages, te reo Maori is commonly used in New Zealand, with words and phrases often seen in sports, community and business sectors.

ASB is embracing this and helping its staff, customers and the public to become more familiar with everyday words and phrases through the launch of its Maori cultural learning app - Kete Aronui.

The interactive app is opened with a video of ASB chief executive Vittoria Shortt giving a mihi and encouraging everyone to learn te reo Maori with her.

Maori culture is a big part of ASB, with te reo Maori classes available to employees, and ASB’s Kapa Haka and Komiti Maori groups having existed for a number of years. A Diversity and Inclusion Council oversees ASB’s employee network groups and drives diversity and inclusion initiatives within the bank.......
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Minister welcomes strong Maori voice at top table of Corrections
The appointment of Topia Rameka as the Deputy Chief Executive - Maori at Ara Poutama Aotearoa is an important step in Corrections’ commitment to working with Maori to tackle the long-term challenge of Maori reoffending and imprisonment, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

"The first action point outlined in Hakai Rangi was to provide strong Maori leadership within the Department. The newly developed role of Deputy Chief Executive - Maori will ensure a dedicated Maori voice at the top table, at all times," Kelvin Davis said.

"I know he will be a strong advocate for Maori both within Corrections and our wider communities, and help bring about the change we need as we continue to make progress implementing Hakai Rangi," Kelvin Davis said.......
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Mackenzie District Council proposes dual name for Tekapo
A dual name for Tekapo will be discussed at Wednesday's Tekapo community board meeting.

Following a workshop on July 18, just a few days after Stuff ran a story on the lake's Māori name, MDC proposed that Takapō / Lake Tekapo be used in all council documentation.

Although there are different stories about how Takapō got its name, it remains a significant part of Māori tradition.....
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Māpua welcomes new addition to its name for Maori Language Week
A Nelson township has celebrated its "new name" and marked the start of of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

Māpua, west of Nelson city, has joined more than 870 Te Reo Māori place names throughout the country to have a macron added to their official name.

"For us as a school it was important for us to recognise the correct spelling of our name of the place that we're from, of Māpua vs Mapua," she said......
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Monday September 9, 2019

Tauranga iwi deal - Former Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy slams 'racist' submissions
The proposed transfer of 11 Mission St to Tauranga iwi is sparking controversy after public submissions on it.

Former Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is disturbed by the comments which she believes show that racism is alive and well in the Bay of Plenty.

"I read some of the submissions and I watched online when there were the verbal submissions around the consultation," Devoy said.

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and can have a differing view about something, but comments like that show there is a real ... I was going to say underbelly of racism in this city but it's actually reared its ugly head.......
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Corporate travel booking service now in Te Reo Māori
Companies will now have the option to book and manage travel expenses in Te Reo Māori.

NZX-listed Serko has launched a Te Reo Māori version of Zeno - its travel and expense management platform - in time for Maori language week which kicks off today.

Darrin Grafton, chief executive and co-founder of Serko, said few corporate tools allowed the ability to switch into Te Reo Māori but by offering it as a choice the company hoped it would encourage more everyday use of the language.

"Te Reo Māori will only become ingrained in everyday usage if it is part of everyday New Zealand. This means it should be embedded as an option in the workplace
tools New Zealanders use every day."....
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Te ao Māori Minecraft world set to inspire Kiwi students
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 9 September 2019 – World-building game Minecraft and classroom version, Minecraft: Education Edition, have inspired millions of children the world over. Now young learners will get to explore the traditional world of Māori in block form, with the brand-new Ngā Motu (The Islands), commissioned for students to experience and build on life in a Māori pā and learn more about Māori language and culture.

“This week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, but if we want our indigenous language to remain a living, and thriving, part of our society it’s crucial that teaching and learning is carried throughout the year. That’s why Microsoft is investing in resources that inspire students to explore te ao Māori while having fun and challenging their imaginations – this is how we create a culture of lifelong learning,” said Anne Taylor, Education Lead for Microsoft New Zealand.....
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Prime Minister endorses kaupapa Māori response to Mental health
The pilot that trialled an innovative bicultural Kaupapa Māori response to Tairāwhiti people in distress is now complete. However, the kaupapa on which the trial was based is here to stay.

This was confirmed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the weekend as part of her budget announcement on securing access to Mental Health Services. She said that the emphasis on whānau and matauranga (knowledge and understanding) has helped many who haven’t found success with mainstream approaches....
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Māori give edge in China promotion
Mr Davis says he's off to China later this year for an event to wrap up the China New Zealand Year of Tourism.

"Māori feature prominently in everything we do there. It's a real drawcard, it's a real strength for us. People come here because of culture, our people, our stories and our landscapes, and so we have to do more and more to promote ourselves and there are massive opportunities for Māori," Mr Davis says.....
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Remembering the battle to get recognition for te reo Māori
To understand what it takes for a protest to turn into a parade, we need to recognise that it has taken many years to get to where we are today. Two years after the 1980 march, our first kōhanga reo opened across the harbour and over the hill in Wainuiomata. A year later, the first Māori language television programme, Te Karere, was broadcast on TVNZ for a few minutes every day.

Te Reo Māori became an official language in 1987: but only after claimants led by language champion Dr Huirangi Waikerepuru lodged a claim in the Waitangi Tribunal that te reo is a taonga the government was obliged to protect under the Treaty of Waitangi.....
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Michael Cullen on treaty negotiations, Ihumātao, and whether we're set for another foreshore-style debate 
Sir Michael Cullen stands out in his job. He's a treaty negotiator for central North Island iwi Ngāti Tūwharetoa. He's also Pākehā, the only one in a team that fluctuates between four and seven.

In 2004, he was part of the Labour government that pushed through the controversial Foreshore and Seabed Act, with titles for areas in question vested in the crown.

But now he's switched sides, advocating for Ngāti Tūwharetoa, a role he's held for ten years.

When the foreshore and seabed debate erupted in the early 2000s, there wasn't much time for breathing. We could be in for a reckoning akin to that over Māori rights to fresh water, Cullen believes......
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