Saturday, October 19, 2019

Breaking Views Update: Week of 13.10.19

Saturday October 19, 2019

Korohi o Te Pepi - Singing of the Babies preschool kapa haka
Pre-schoolers sung with enthusiasm, or not at all, at the delightful Korohi o Te Pepi - Singing of the Babies concert.

Nineteen South Canterbury early childhood centres (ECE) participated at the Caroline Bay Hall on Friday. The junior version of the Flava Festival is designed to encourage Māori culture and language.

Audience members comprised a consistent 200 family members of the performers who completed three or four songs in te reo Māori each, with actions......
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Local Focus: Race Relations Commissioner supports local Māori push for councillor Andrew Hollis to resign over comments
Hollis has been accused of racism after comments on social media supporting burning the Treaty of Waitangi, calling it a joke and saying it is past its use-by date.

"There is a general feeling out and around New Zealand where every generation or so, there's another group that stands up and says our forefathers didn't get a good enough deal through the Treaty," Hollis said.

"And it seems to happen fairly frequently that the full and final settlement isn't full and it isn't final, and it goes on and on and on.".....
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Friday October 18, 2019

This Labour-led Government is failing Māori“There’s been an increase of over 11,000 Māori on the dole since this Government came into office, or almost 25 per cent. That’s equivalent to a town the size of Kaiapoi.

“Forty per cent of dole recipients now are Māori, the highest proportion in over five years.

“It isn’t kind or caring to let Māori languish on welfare. Employers are crying out for workers, so the number of people on benefits shouldn’t be skyrocketing.......
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Ihumātao protesters shut out of goverment talks
Occupiers of the disputed land at Ihumātao have been shut out of talks with the government about finding a resolution, saying they haven't had any direct contact with ministers in more than a month.

"One of the things I do know, or have heard, is that the government has listened to the King's advice and has begun having conversations with Fletchers,

Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta won't respond to RNZ's requests for comment, and neither will MP for Tāmaki Makaurau Peeni Henare.

The Minister of Māori Crown Relations, Kelvin Davis, was keeping tight-lipped too. When asked if he had an update on Ihumātao, he told RNZ to ask the Prime Minister.

"That's not an issue that I'm responsible for, you'll have to ask PMO,"

Fletcher Building also declined to be interviewed, saying in an email there was no update.......
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Face to face Foon’s way
“We need to call out racism, we need to eradicate racism. Hence my “E” plan — Educate, Expose, Empower and Eradicate Racism.”

Mr Foon also wants another statutory holiday in New Zealand.

“I’m keen on a paid day to commemorate the government invasion on iwi taking most of their land, commonly known as the New Zealand wars.

“Iwi and hapu had 100 percent, now they only have 4 percent.

“This will mean we will have two days which are New Zealand-owned — Waitangi Day and the New Zealand Wars.”

Mr Foon also wanted to acknowledge Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about teaching New Zealand history in schools.......
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Treaty Partnership
From the outset, the BBHTC Challenge has been committed to embedding and extending Vision Mātauranga through a partnership approach and model that is a vital and effective means of achieving te tekoteko, te tahuhu me te hoaketanga - our vision, mission, and objective.

Our strategy for the next five years embraces an enhanced focus on embedding mātauranga Māori in the Challenge research programme.....
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Low Māori awareness of government watchdog
The Chief Ombudsman says Māori awareness of his office is unacceptably low.

In his annual report, Peter Boshier says he will make increasing engagement with Māori a key focus for the year ahead.......
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'We will fight you for ever and ever': SkyCity AGM met by unionists with a message
"We will fight you for ever and ever," chanted 31 union protesters in te reo Māori outside SkyCity Entertainment Group's AGM today in Auckland.

Members of SEA Unite sang waiata and chanted their protest message as they held signs saying "over worked and underpaid".......
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Educators gather to grow Maori and Pasifika learner success
More than 70 delegates from across New Zealand attended the nation’s first Māori and Pasifika Tertiary Learning Advisors Hui-Fono (conference) at Wintec recently.

Led by Wintec Māori Learning Advisor and Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors of Aotearoa New Zealand (ATLAANZ) executive member, Tania Oxenham, the conference aimed to further professional development in Māori and Pasifika teaching and learning practises......
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New statistics show Te Reo Māori protects against alcohol harm
Recently the Health Promotion Agency released a report into hazardous drinking in New Zealand. The report shows that Māori who drink alcohol and live in deprived circumstances are less likely to have a harmful relationship with alcohol if they speak te reo Māori......
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Thursday October 17, 2019

New council CEO sets out priorities for the top jobChristchurch City Council's freshly imported CEO has made engaging with Maori culture a personal goal.

Dawn Baxendale left her role as Birmingham City Council CEO in the UK to take up the role previously held by Dr Karleen Edwards.

She told Chris Lynch, on top of her work priorities, she's learning Te Reo and local iwi traditions.

Baxendale says she wants to respect and understand all of New Zealand culture......
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Marlborough council staff embrace te reo Māori lessons
Full conversations might be a stretch, but email sign-offs have definitely changed as council staffers in Marlborough embrace their te reo Māori classes.

The number of te reo speakers at the Marlborough District Council has jumped from a "handful" to more than 50 since the 'no English' language lessons started earlier this year.

"I think when you're learning the language, part of it is you start to learn about te ao Māori, or the Māori world view .......
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500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

“Last year we announced $12.2 million for Te Ahu o te Reo Māori, and this is just part of a package of new initiatives for Māori education. We have also announced new funding for Kōhanga reo, a focus on Māori in our teacher supply package, Te Kawa Matakura to grow future young Māori leaders and Te Hurihanganui to address racism and bias across the system.”......
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Three inaugural distinguished Ruānuku appointed
In a new initiative, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence is celebrating and recognising the careers of three Māori leaders and visionaries, who have a long history of bringing about major social change and impact in Aotearoa New Zealand.

NPM’s 2019 Ruānuku appointments are Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie, Sir Tīpene O’Regan, Emeritus Professor Ngahuia Te Awekotuku......
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New social work framework for Maori youth developed by Massey
Tau Ake Mana, a new practice framework developed from research by Massey University School of Social Work staff, will be launched next week in Palmerston North.

The resource, aimed at those working with vulnerable Maori youth (rangatahi), was developed from the Pathways to Resilience and Youth Transitions research projects, led by Professor Robyn Munford and Professor Jackie Sanders. The studies, funded by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment, focus on the experiences of vulnerable young people in their dealings with support services.....
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Action for healthy waterways: Our proposals, your views
The Government wants to improve the current management of freshwater.

It is proposing new requirements that would:

* strengthen Te Mana o Te Wai as the framework for freshwater management

The official closing date for submissions is Thursday 17 October 2019 at 5pm. However, submissions will be accepted for a further two weeks beyond that date, until 31 October.....
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Māori want results from Auckland Statutory Board
A member of Auckland’s Independent Māori Statutory Board says it’s time to be less polite in pushing for a fair share for Māori.

This term is about delivery instead of acquiescing and abstaining and basically not having the influence I thought we needed to have.....
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Wednesday October 16, 2019

NZ Maori Council launches new program, “Eke Runga”
NZ Maori Council launches new program, “Eke Runga”, to lift Maori from poverty

“If we are truly to solve the challenge of poverty within the Te Ao Maori world we must lift our people from the low wage and low skills growth side of the economy.

At the same time we must continue to ensure our people, no matter where they are, not only are able to save for retirement, they enter their latter years financially secure.

This means Government, business and industry opening the doors and not being afraid to take a punt......
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Independent Māori Statutory Board Appointments
The nine members for the next three year term of the Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB) for Auckland have been appointed by the statutory Selection Body. Their appointments begin on 1 November 2019 and continue to 31 October 2022

Mana Whenua representatives
David Taipari
Liane Ngamane
Glenn Wilcox
Renata Blair
Josie Smith
Karen Wilson
Terrence (Mook) Hohneck

Matāwaka representatives
Tau Henare
Tony Kake....
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Te reo Māori handbook for the law to be launched
The first practical handbook of te reo Māori for legal profession will be officially be launched on 25 October at the Ōrākei Marae in Auckland.

The book, Kia Kākano Rua te Ture: A te reo Māori Handbook for the Law, will equip legal practitioners, law students, government departments, and the judiciary with the tools they need to take a step towards a more equitable justice system, an aspiration of debut authors and te reo Māori advocates Alana Thomas and Corin Merrick.

“Te reo Māori is not just a transfer of words, it is also a transfer of customs and traditions, and in turn the Māori worldview......
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Iwi concerns delay Kaimai Range wind farm
A hearing for a proposed wind farm in the north-western area of the Kaimai Range is now unlikely to take place before the end of the year.

The delay comes after iwi raised concerns about the proposal and are in discussions with Kaimai Windfarm Ltd, Hauraki District Council said in a statement. The company lodged resource consent applications with the council and Waikato Regional Council in July last year.

These negotiations between iwi and the company are to determine what within the proposal should be included in a Maori values assessment, which looks at the relationship of Māori and their culture and traditions with their ancestral lands, water, sites, waahi tapu and other taonga.....
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Pākehā and Māori should acknowledge all of colonisation's consequences

Tuesday October 15, 2019

Maori get seat at trade table The chair of a new body to give Māori input into trade negotiations says it’s vital Māori are at the table given the structure of the Māori economy.

Chris Karamea Insley says Te Taumata, which was appointed by a recent national hui in Rotorua, will work alongside officials from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade on current and future international trade talks.

He says Maori organisations are major exporters in areas like meat, wood and fish, but up to now they have had no input into the rules they have to operate under.
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Wanganui security training programme stays true to Māori warden principles
A new Whanganui-based security training programme based on the principles of being a Māori warden is attracting students from throughout the North Island.

"What we do is we take the skills the wardens have already got but we enhance them."

The training programme stays true to the principles of being a Māori warden but provides further qualifications for graduates to take on a wider range of security jobs.

The five-month course involves training in liquor control, first aid, bag searches and incident management.

Some students travelled to Whanganui from as far as Dargaville, Waihi, Tauranga, and Gisborne to learn......
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Ngāi Tahu responds to vocational education legislation
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu urges the Crown to ensure that the Establishment Board of the newly formed Institute of Skills and Technology meets its Treaty obligations and addresses the statutory role of iwi as Treaty partners in redesigning the education system for the future.

Kaiwhakahaere Lisa Tumahai says Ngāi Tahu must be engaged as Treaty partner in building new programmes that meet Ngāi Tahu aspirations for a world where all rangatahi are inspired by their future, confident in their culture, prosperous in their careers and succeeding as Māori......
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Maori health office open in Ashburton
Christchurch-based Maori health and social service provider He Waka Tapu has opened its new office in Ashburton.

Services were delivered using a kaupapa Maori framework and encompassed physical well-being, spiritual well-being and family well-being.....
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New Chief District Court Judge wants to see more focus on tikanga Māori
He now wants to see similar programmes extended, with more focus placed on tikanga Māori and specialist courts.

"Recognising that tikanga and te reo is part of the two founding cultures of New Zealand Aotearoa, and it has a valuable place in our legal system, and it's had a valuable place in our legal history as well," he said.

Judge Taumaunu, fluent in te reo himself, said an important part about holding a public position such as a judge was being able to pronounce Māori names.

"It goes further than just being able to speak Māori or pronounce Māori, we need to be competent in all of the various cultures of the communities that we serve."......
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National sticks with Māori seat boycott
National’s Māori development spokesperson has failed in her push to be allowed to stand in a Māori seat in next year’s election.

Ms Hayes was keen to stand in Te Tai Hauāuru against incumbent Adrian Rurawhe, which could have siphoned off votes from the Māori Party’s Debbie Ngarewa Packer.

She says National still considers the Māori vote important........
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4: Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Monday October 14, 2019

Polytech offering first health science diploma with a Maori worldviewA Rotorua-based polytechnic is trying to turn around the region‘s poor health outcomes by offering the first health science diploma with a Māori worldview.

These courses are offered in both te reo Māori and bilingually, which the manager of the Toi Ohomai health programme, Maria Ngawati, said was a first for tertiary education.

“As soon as our kids exit whare kura or exit our Kura-a-Iwi they‘re expected to turn their whole worlds around into a te ao Pākehā perspective.......
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New Bay of Plenty regional councillor Toi Iti's water kaitiakitanga focus
Toi Iti, son of activist Tāme Iti, has toppled Tīpene Marr to take the Kōhi Māori constituency seat on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

He said freshwater would be his biggest focus in the role.

"We have to ensure we are kaitiaki in the real sense of the word, not just paying lip service and still using water purely for fiscal benefits. We do not just need to be regulators, we need to be leaders.".....
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Taranaki ready to vote for Māori candidates
A first time New Plymouth District Councilor is crediting a change in community attitudes for his election.

Dinnie Moeahu secured a spot in Saturday's election on a council which has in the past been driven over the issue of Māori representation.
See full article HERE

Tamihere eyes next run
John Tamihere’s bid for the Auckland mayoralty could be just the warm up for a run in next year’s general election.

That’s the hint the former MP dropped after losing by more than two votes to one to incumbent Phil Goff.

He told supporters the National and Labour parties came together to defeat him, but they had awoken a monster.

He says they should watch what happens next year with the organisation he had put together......
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Māori needs on Goff radar for second term
Auckland mayor Phil Goff wants to see the city’s Māori identity come more to the fore in his second term.

He wants to focus on cleaning up the environment, especially the condition of the super city’s three harbours, improve transport and make it more affordable by securing a fare discount for community card holders, and boost housing supply, including partnering with iwi on developments.....
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Tuia 250: the return of the 'death ship'

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