Saturday, October 12, 2019

Breaking Views Update: Week of 6.10.19

Saturday October 12, 2019

Iwi shock at uni job cut plans
Plans to cut academic jobs from the Department of Marine Science are "disconcerting" and a shock to iwi members who regularly collaborate with scientists, a Puketeraki marae elder says.

Emeritus Prof Khyla Russell, of Karitane, sits on the Ngai Tahu Research Consultation Committee and is on the runanga for the coastal East Otago Taiapure fishery, established by the local hapu.

She questioned whether the university was keeping to its memorandum of understanding with Ngai Tahu.

A university spokeswoman said the university had an obligation to consult with the iwi at governance level, which "does not extend to operational matters"......
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Roskruge seeks Māori meaning for social capital
Massey University lecturer Matt Roskruge has been awarded a 2019 Rutherford Discovery Fellowship to research what social capital means within a Māori world view and how this is relevant to other populations.

The fellowship is worth $800,000 over five years.
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World Mental Health Day a reminder of the importance of mental health work
Minister Henare will be speaking today at the Auckland University of Technology’s annual World Mental Health Day event on the importance of including Māori in this work.

“The Ministry of Health has recently completed a series of hui Māori-ā-mōtu to ensure our people are involved in the development of kaupapa Māori lead and delivered mental health and addiction services,” Peeni Henare said.

“Māori and rangitahi continue to be over represented in mental health and addiction statistics. Not just in suicide, but in all aspects of the mental health and addiction system.

“For too long Māori have not been appropriately supported when it comes to mental health. We need to make sure we are providing services that are based on a partnership approach and pays respect to cultural identity......
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Friday October 11, 2019

Hopes that Crown settlement will dispel Moriori mythsMoriori leaders reaching a settlement with the Crown say they hope it gets rid of the myths colonisation has caused to their people.

The Moriori people of Rēkohu, or the Chatham Islands, have initialled their Deed of Settlement after three years of negotiations.

The redress includes a Crown apology, agreed historical account and cultural and commercial redress of $18 million for historical breaches of the Treaty.

Chief negotiator, Maui Horomona (Solomon), described it as a historic day for his iwi but especially for the mokopu, or next generation.

He said he hoped this settlement will get rid of the stigma many Moriori face......
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Wintec partnership will support more Māori and Pasifika
Wintec has signed a partnership agreement with iwi, community and industry partners to create more opportunity for Māori and Pasifika people wanting to pursue a career in trades.

The agreement with Waikato-Tainui, K’aute Pasifika, OneStaff and BCITO will ensure Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) will continue to be offered from the Waikato......
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Tame Iti celebrity part of international phenomenon
Tūhoe activist Tame Iti is being hailed as a cultural phenomenon in the latest issue of International Journal of Cultural Studies.

That includes Ngā Tamatoa in the 1970s, the protests against the South African rugby tour during the apartheid era, the so-called fiscal envelope, the theatrical enactment of the 1860 scorched-earth policy on the confiscation line in Tāneatua in 2005, and the Urewera terror raids of 2007 that resulted in him serving time in prison for arms charges.

They say he has functioned as a mobilizing media figure for both Māori and Pākehā New Zealanders to engage with the colonial past and present.

He is also part of an international trend in which some indigenous activists have gained celebrity status.

The research was funded by the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand.......
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Proposal to favour ‘indigenous’ procurement is wrong
Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Buried in MBIE’s briefing to Phil Twyford [para. 27] as incoming Minister for Economic Development is perhaps Cabinet’s maddest idea yet: ‘indigenous procurement’ policies that ‘seek to actively increase government contracting to indigenous firms’.”

“When the Government decides who to hire, its sole consideration should be value for taxpayers. It should not use procurement as a way to do favours for particular groups.”

“Iwi authorities like Ngāi Tahu and Tainui are not little guys in need of a handout. Māori authorities already enjoy a special discounted corporate tax rate. This policy will inflate prices for taxpayers, and punish Kiwi businesses trying to compete fairly for government contracts.....
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Te reo Maori names approved for Papakura parks
Papakura Local Board has approved a list of parks and open spaces to be sent for consideration for the gift of a te reo Māori name.

The board is one of 14 that support Te Kete Rukuruku, a programme working with mana whenua to ensure names reflect Māori history by adding names to public places.

Neighbouring Franklin, where there are 364 parks but only 27 with a Māori name, has also approved a list.....
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Council programme to improve marae conditions
Auckland Council’s $60m programme to improve the condition of 32 marae across the region will bring benefits to Franklin and Papakura.

Six of the marae named for support are within the Franklin Local Board area, Ngā Hau E Wha O Pukekohe, Umupuia and Ngati Kohua in the Clevedon subdivision, Reretewhioi and Tahuna in Waiuku, and Whatapaka at Te Hihi.

Neighbouring Papakura Marae has also been named in the Marae Infrastructure Programme, which will target four marae each year over a decade as part of a plan to support them as safe and healthy spaces for whānau.

The programme will focus on repair, maintenance and upgrade works to marae facilities, which include wharenui, wharekai and wharepaku.....
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Sacred Māori sites put brakes on alternative route north of New Plymouth
A roading plan once touted as a way to provide a safe alternative to a dangerous New Plymouth intersection has been shelved because it would plough through sacred Māori sites.

For years the New Plymouth District Council and New Zealand Transport Agency have been exploring options to develop a road running parallel to State Highway 3 between Waiwhakaiho and Bell Block, but work is at a standstill.....
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Iwi plan $30 million development at site of old Masterton Hospital
Taxpayers will soon be picking up the tab to demolish the once bustling hub of health care in Wairarapa, but a new life beckons once the rubble is swept away.

The restored land was being offered to Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua Settlement Trust, which has plans to completely refurbish Masterton Medical health centre and build an aged care facility.

The former Masterton Hospital site is currently part of the Treaty Settlements Landbank, which LINZ manages.

Properties come into the Landbank when a government department decides it no longer needs them and there is the possibility that they could be used as either cultural or commercial redress in a Treaty settlement.....
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Make English an official language of New Zealand!

3: Early Encounters - guns, missionaries and trade change Aotearoa

Thursday October 10, 2019

New research to get a better night’s sleep for tamarikiA new strategic research project with the aim of improving sleep for pepi and their whanau has been awarded $1.7 million over three years by A Better Start National Science Challenge. As well as improving sleep, this project also aims to reduce excessive weight gain in young tamariki (0-2 years), and to improve wellbeing among tamariki and their caregivers.

The Moemoea project will look to traditional knowledge in Māori and Pasifika communities around centeredness, or connection, to create a pou (pillar) for whanau to use to improve outcomes for their tamariki / mokopuna, based around the potential of sleep to improve wellbeing.

The research team will develop a sleep tool-kit that is engaging, useful and easy to use, and specifically tailored for Māori and Pasifika families. It will support communication and connectedness between children and caregivers and incorporate relevant cultural values and traditions.......
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Maori needs in PSA Budget surplus wish list
Addressing the needs of Māori is a major part of the picture

"So there needs to be change that does that as well and we've got the review of the health and disability system under way, which we hope will address some of that, the Welfare Expert Advisory Group was very much aware of the place of Maori in terms of employment and those on benefits. The needs of Maori absolutely have to be front and centre," Mr Barclay says......
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Māori missing out on ACC services, tribunal told
The second phase of the Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry has kicked off in Wellington.

The hearings will involve 2575 claimants sharing their views on the inequities faced by Māori in the mental health and addiction, aging and disability sectors.

It follows the release of the Hauora Report in July, which found the Crown has acted inconsistently with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi in the health sector, including its failure to ensure equal Māori representation on District Health Boards.......
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Hokianga landowner at odds with Māori community over plans to build house on tapu land
A small Māori community in Hokianga is blocking a man from putting another house on his property, saying the area near the Wairere Boulders is tapu.

The landowner has council permission to add a house, but it was granted before an archaeological discovery on the site.

Māori who live in the Wairere Boulders community say the land is a burial ground and shouldn't be disturbed......
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Ship represents systemic issues protesters claim
When the boats entered the inner harbour protesters started walking along Oneroa walkway yelling at the boats to “turn around, you’re not welcome here.”

Once the Endeavour berthed the protesters gathered at Watties Wharf where they held a series of korero about the impacts of colonialism.

While Sharon Campbell spoke, a man in the crowd tried to grab the microphone out of her hand and said this was “bullsh*t” and brought up the Moriori.

She responded by calling the man a “white supremacist terrorist.”.....
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Eight years on the remnants of Rena wreckage remain
It's been eight years since the Rena Wreck hit the coastal shores of Tauranga Moana but Mōtītī island locals are still dealing with the impact of the disaster.

Earlier this year, Associate Minister for Transport, Julie Anne Genter proposed the installation of an insurance requirement for offshore oil and gas operators of up to $1.2 billion so communities like Tauranga and taxpayers are not left with the cleanup bill.

In her proposal, the Minister outlined , "if a disaster was to occur it could have significant environmental, financial and cultural impacts and cost tens or even hundreds of millions to clean-up,"

A proposal eight yesr too late for the Tauranga iwi who fought for the removal of wreckage from their reef......
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Incoming Wellington City Council to be schooled on Treaty of Waitangi
Wellington's deputy mayor wants the incoming council schooled on race relations.

This is after Jill Day accused councillor Simon Woolf of being racist over his reaction to the gift of a te reo Māori name for the city's Botanic Garden.

Day has since requested training around Te Tiriti o Waitangi to be included in the new council's induction programme......
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Kotahi Rau Pukapuka aims for reo magic
A new trust wants to produce 100 books in te reo Māori within 10 years, with work already underway on translations of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Kōtahi Rau Pukapuka was launched last night at the university of Auckland by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Prime Minister Ardern says having such resources will be critical to achieving the Government's goal of having a million New Zealanders conversational in te reo Maori by 2040.

"Because when we speak the language to each other as a matter of course, when we have books available as a matter of course, when we have children learning in story books but also in comics and Harry Potter and beyond, that is when it will be truly embedded and entrenched and that is as it should be," Ms Ardern says.

Kōtahi Rau Pukapuka is the brainchild of broadcaster Miriama Kamo and her husband Michael Dreaver, and the books will be published in partnership with Auckland University Press......
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Raniera Tau Resigns as Chairman of Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi O Ngāpuhi
Due to allegations circulating about Mr Rāniera Tau, Te Rūnanga-ā-iwi ō Ngāpuhi has accepted his resignation today, which is effective immediately.

Chief Executive Officer, Lorraine Toki and Deputy Chair, Mere Mangu, advise that “At this time we have not been notified by Mr Tau, his lawyers or Police of any charges, therefore staff of the TRIAON Group will continue with daily business responsibilities as usual”.

Lorraine Toki reiterated, “Any pending investigations into allegations lay solely with the police and is official business which we are not a part of, therefore we have no further comment to make at this time.”....
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New library offers 5000 books from city’s Aotearoa collection
Wellingtonians have today gained a second central city library service, this time with a focus on Aotearoa, with the opening of a new cooperative space in the National Library.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says: “It’s a pleasure to add this welcoming new space to our CBD library network. Wellingtonians now have access to over 5000 items in our Aotearoa and Māori collection in one location.

Items can be borrowed or browsed, and include topics such as Māori and Māori local history, NZ fiction, biography, books in te reo, art and architecture, natural history, general history and social comment......
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The writing of history: RNZ sets the record straight by listening to modern-day iwi and discounting Cook’s journals

Wednesday October 9, 2019

Lessons to be learnt from Māori business valuesIn his address to the Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA) annual conference in Nelson last month, Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr praised Māori businesses for their sustainable and innovative approach.

He said:“The economic practices of your tīpuna are well known to have been, and continue to be, long-term and inter-generational. Your investments aim to be values-based in the interests of your mokopuna and their mokopuna.”

With increasing public awareness of climate change, and desire to consume in more ethical ways, this comment is both relevant and timely. In Aotearoa New Zealand we have a unique cultural landscape, and the practices of Māori businesses are beginning to be recognised. Māori have been integrating circular thinking to their business culture for years, and there is much to be learnt – whether you are a business owner, or passionate about sustainability in your organisation......
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Extinction Rebellion attacks colonial icons
Protest group Extinction Rebellion, which yesterday closed down Wellington streets to protest the continued licensing of oil and gas exploration, today moved its focus to parliament grounds with an attack on a statue of former premier Richard Seddon.

It says King Dick played a major role in the colonisation and exploitation of Māori land.

The group also targets a plaque also targeted a plaque for Captain James Cook, saying he was a perpetrator of atrocities and murderer of Māori people.

Tiaho Ngā Morehu from Ngāi Tahu says “colonisation in Aotearoa stemmed from capitalism and industrialisation in Europe, and the continued exploitation of people, land, and resources in Aotearoa and globally has caused the current social, climate, and ecological emergency.....
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Second stage of nation’s largest Waitangi claim
The second phase of the nation’s largest Waitangi Tribunal claim gets under way and the New Zealand Maori Council has cautioned the Crown that Maori must play a significant leadership role in how the hearings get under way. Called Wai 2575 Health Claim, phase two will look at mental health and addictions, aging and disabilities. Matthew Tukaki, Executive Director of the New Zealand Maori Council, who will be present at the hearings in Wellington today, has said that the first focus must be around mental health and suicide prevention as there is no current evidence that the announcements made by the Government in the last few weeks will bear fruit:....
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Judge to hold the key to protected information for reviews into wrongful convictions
An independent body to review miscarriages of justice looks set to be able to consider privileged or confidential information such as lawyer-client communications - as long as a judge gives the green light.

Other changes recommended by the committee included:

• At least one commission member to have knowledge and understanding of both te ao Māori and tikanga Māori (Māori culture and custom).

• Ensuring the commission's procedures are consistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi......
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Tuesday October 8, 2019

New exhibition challenges the legacy of James Cook
Hundreds gathered to open an exhibition in Tūranganui a Kiwa - challenging and responding to the Cook commemorations.

Tuia 250 in Gisborne kicked off over the weekend with thousands attending the pohiri for dignitaries and waka hourua that arrived from here and Tahiti.

Along with Tuia 250, a number of iwi and community led events have been planned - challenging and responding to the kaupapa.....
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Extinction Rebellion Aotearoa launch decolonisation action
Today in Wellington, Extinction Rebellion Aotearoa stormed parliament grounds and desecrated the statue of ‘King Dick’ (Richard Seddon), drawing attention to his major role in the colonisation and exploitation of Mãori land. Well known Nga Puhi and Muaupoko activist Josie Butler, ‘dildo thrower’, staunchly let off a flare on parliamentary grounds - symbolising the class war’flare’ perpetuated by colonisation. The group also targeted the plaque of Captain James Cook, expressing their continued discontent at the government’s commemoration of a perpetrator of atrocities and murderer of Maori people. The action was also in support of a nationwide coordination to counter the mainstream narrative of the heavily state-funded Tuia250 event.

As recorded in his own memoirs and according to tangata whenua across the nation, Cook circumnavigated Aotearoa intentionally killing, raping, and deliberately infecting local Maori with disease. The Endeavour replica, currently sailing around Aotearoa, is only a bitter reminder of colonialism that continues to oppress Maori today.....
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Endeavour was a military invasion
“Māori were a free people prior to the arrival of colonisation. They have never ceded their sovereignty to anyone. Their story as the indigenous people of Aotearoa is not part of a dual story of shared heritage – theirs is the story; pākehā invaders and later arrivals are an add on to that central story.”

“Imperialism is very much still with us today. The governments of Europe and the resulting settler colonial states, including New Zealand, are built on the stolen land and resources of indigenous people. These imperialist invasions have never stopped: from Afghanistan to Aotearoa, from New Caledonia to New York, from the Philippines to Peru, the devastation of imperialism continues to be imposed upon billions of people every day.”

“The Kia Mau campaign presents a challenge for us to consider: what do we need to do in order that we can ethically remember the past?”

“First and foremost we have to face up to the fact that Captain James Cook should not be our society’s hero, but rather should be regarded as a invader who committed atrocities.”.....
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'I don't see James Cook as relevant to me' - Tuia 250 protest organiser
Māori have suffered "tremendously", says Tuia 250 protest organiser Marise Lant, as Captain Cook's Endeavour headed into Tūranganui-a-Kiwa (Poverty Bay).

"I don't see James Cook as relevant to me," Ms Lant said. "He has brought a history with him that Māoridom and my people consider to be offensive in many areas. It may not be the case for non-Māori, but it is the case for us that consider that history, as not a part of ours. If it is, it doesn't bring with it a positive energy."

"The reality of it is that when James Cook arrived in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, he came under the banner of the British Government. With that came a set of rules, regulations and other organisation's systems that we are not, and were not accustomed to."....
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Scholars to study traditional health system in India
A multi-disciplinary team of senior scholars, practitioners and members of the community will undertake a six-week indigenous health and entrepreneurship scholarship programme in India, supported by the Prime Ministers Scholarships for Asia.8 October 2019

Rongoā Māori scholars to study traditional health system in India

A multi-disciplinary team of senior scholars, practitioners and members of the community will undertake a six-week indigenous health and entrepreneurship scholarship programme in India, supported by the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia.......
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DHB partnership aspires to improve Māori health
A partnership with 18 Bay of Plenty iwi aims to transform the health system for Māori.

The Māori Health Rūnanga of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board will launch Te Toi Ahorangi 2030 Toi Ora Strategy on October 9.

The health strategy affirms the BOP DHB’s Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership with the 18 iwi in the Bay of Plenty with the goal to realise their collective aspirations for Toi Ora......
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'Speaking to New Zealand'

Engaging with difficult histories

NZ anniversary: New Zealand divided over Cook's landing

Endeavour arrives at Tūranganui-a-Kiwa as part of Tuia 250

Monday October 7, 2019

Gisborne iwi on British 'collisions': 'They started swimming away but Cook started shooting'Gisborne iwi are setting the record straight on Captain James Cook, describing their ancestors' first experience of the British as collisions not encounters.

It's these historic inaccuracies that the iwi have been bringing to the fore over the last few days, and will continue to do so over the coming week.

Mr Waipara said people need to recognise that New Zealand began with the arrival of Polynesian navigators in 1350, not 1769.

One of the groups said they would like an apology from the Royal Society of London.

A group has been invited by the British High Commissioner to travel to London in November......
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Prime minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand must face its past

The Negotiators: Tales from the front line of the Waitangi Tribunal

It's 250 years and counting for something

Tuia 250: Captain Cook, hero or villain?

1: Prehistoric New Zealand

Sunday October 6, 2019

Recommendations for other means of Māori representation on Waipā councilWaipā district councillors voted against Māori wards in 2017, but council staff have come up with some new ideas by which Māori representation could be approved.

There's a chance the policy might not get passed, though, with elections just around the corner.

It will be up to whichever members are elected into the new council to decide whether or not to go ahead with the proposal or not. This week's vote was just a recommendation by the current council.

It voted unanimously to suggest the extent of Māori representation be broadened to include members on the Service Delivery Committee, and the Financial & Corporate Committee, and also form a Māori Board.

That would give iwi a chance to express their perspectives on key decisions made by council.

Councillor Susan O'Regan spoke in particularly strong support of iwi having a stronger voice ingrained in committees.

"We're moving away from old lingo referring to relationships with mana whenua and iwi, to actual partnership," she said.....
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Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow kicks off
Children, parents and whānau will be able to explore stories about Aotearoa New Zealand in an interactive roadshow that will visit communities from October to December, supporting the Tuia 250 voyage.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern accompanied by the Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis and local MP Kiri Allan opened the roadshow today in Tūranga-nui-a-kiwa (Gisborne) as part of the Tuia 250 commemoration events.

The roadshow aims to encourage conversations about our dual heritage and shared future.....
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The truth about Captain Cook and Maori: it’s not what Michael King told you

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