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Breaking Views Update: Week of 10.11.19

Saturday November 16, 2019

Iwi recalls hanging of Hamiora Pere 
Aitanga a Māhaki and Ngāti Kahungunu hapū Ngāi Tahu Matawhaiti are gathering at Iwitea north of Wairoa tomorrow to remember Hamiora Pere, who was hanged in Wellington exactly 150 years ago for treason.

Pere was one of five Māori men captured after the siege of Ngātapa who were convicted of murder and treason.

Willie Te Aho, a descendant of Pera’s sister, says the government made an example of him, even though there doubts were raised whether he was a willing member of Te Kooti’s forces or had taken part in any murders.

“They wanted to send the fear of god into people that their long arm would still reach them. Clearly we’ve heard the stories of Rua Kenana but this is a step further in that they, like Mokomoko, executed an innocent man and it was just to make an example out of him,” Mr Te Aho says.

The whānau will discuss whether it should seek some justice and pardon for Hamiora Pere as part of the Te Aitanga a Māhaki historical claim......
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Hobson's Pledge weighs in to tree battle
The chair of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority says it’s unfortunate outside groups like Hobson’s Pledge are trying to piggyback on local protests over the removal of trees on Ōwairaka-Mount Albert.

Paul Majurey is rejecting claims the removal of 345 trees, more than 200 of them identified as pest species in the Regional Plan amounted to a massacre of vegetation and birds.

He says the resource consent included full ecological assessments, and the plan to revegetate the city’s volcanic cones has the support of the Tree Council and Forest and Bird.

Attempts to argue the case with neighbours on environmental grounds are not helped by Hobson’s Pledge calling on its supporters to join the protest blockade......
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Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill
Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi)

In order to recognise and respect the Crown’s responsibility to take appropriate account of the Treaty of Waitangi, and with a view to achieving better and more equitable mental health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori,—

(a) section 8(2) requires the Minister to have regard to the need for members of the board to collectively have knowledge, understanding, and experience of—

(i) te ao Māori (Māori world view), tikanga Māori (Māori protocol and culture), and whānau-centred approaches to wellbeing; and

(ii) the cultural, economic, educational, spiritual, societal, and other factors that affect people’s mental health and wellbeing; and....
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Don't vilify minorities to make your political point – Meng Foon

Auckland councillor slams 'culturally ignorant' protest over Mt Albert/Ōwairaka trees

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Friday November 15, 2019

Majority votes to retain iwi representatives
Iwi representatives will remain on the Otago Regional Council policy committee, despite a determined bid by some councillors to alter how it consults Maori.

Two Ngai Tahu representatives joined the council's policy committee, in paid positions with voting rights, in June last year.

Yesterday, the new council elected in October ratified its committee structure for 2019-22, including revisiting the make-up of its strategy and planning committee.

Councillors Michael Laws, Kevin Malcolm, Hilary Calvert and Gary Kelliher all opposed having iwi representatives on the committee.......
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Rua Kēnana descendants support proposed changes to pardon bill
Descendants of Rua Kēnana are backing proposed changes to the pardon bill that would make the Crown take greater responsibility for the unlawful conviction of their ancestor.

The Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill, which recognises and apologises for the pain the wrongful conviction of Tūhoe prophet Rua Kēnana has caused, unanimously passed its first reading in September......
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Armed Response Teams: change in remit worries Māori leaders
Māori leaders are alarmed that armed police squads set up to tackle serious crime will also deal with low-level offending.

They say it was overkill that armed officers in Hamilton at the weekend stopped a car being sought for dishonesty offences and arrested a man for breaching conditions.

A bystander was so disturbed to see police officers - at least one wearing a glock pistol - arresting a man on a suburban road at the weekend that she filmed it.

Police said their actions were appropriate because there was a warrant for the man's arrest, and he had previously had guns on him.....
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Ex-cop Huri Dennis lodges human rights complaint after IPCA serious misconduct finding

Huri Dennis has come out swinging against the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA).

The former National Māori Strategic Advisor says he was just trying to be a good Māori cop.

Dennis says he would use and promote the use of customary Māori principles and a variety of alternative resolution police strategies to deal with the issue.

The IPCA was highly critical about how Dennis handled his conflicts of interest. Dennis says it's difficult for Māori officers to navigate between the law and tikanga, or customary lore......
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Tikanga flexible enough for assisted dying
Labour MP Willie Jackson says today’s third reading of the End of Life Choice Bill will be one of the toughest votes of his political career.

“There’s no one tikanga on this and I’ve talked with some of the foremost experts who absolutely refute the view that our tikanga is not to euthanise or take one’s life, totally refute some of our traditionalists who have come out and said euthanasia is a breach of tikanga. Tikanga evolves, tikanga changes, Maori are open to change,” he says.....
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New chairperson appointed for Commission into abuse in state care
Judge Coral Shaw has today been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions.

Ms Shaw, who has extensive experience as a Judge of the District and Employment Courts, as well as of the United Nations Dispute Tribunal, has worked with victims of family violence and in prisoner rehabilitation, and has conducted organisational reviews.

She also brings an understanding of Te Ao Māori and has significant experience of working within Māori kawa and tikanga......
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Rāhui on Te Kuiti stream after teenager's death
A rāhui has been placed on a stream near Te Kuiti after a teenager girl's body was found in a partially submerged vehicle.

Iwi have asked that no-one swims or eels in the water until the rāhui is lifted.

When a rāhui is in place, that area is considered tapu (sacred) until it is lifted by iwi.....
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Principals happy Tomorrow's Schools reformed, not replaced
President Whetu Cormick says the focus seems to be on support and advisory services for teachers and principals, rather that wholesale changes to school governance.

He says the report makes an effort to address inequities in Maori success rates.

“Kura kaupapa Maori and kohanga reo have been awesome and has brought about beautiful success for those young people who have been there but they’re only a small proportion of our people, our kids who are in kura, most of our young people are in English medium schools, typically being taught by Pakeha teachers and Pakeha principals so we have to do something different in those schools,” Mr Cormick says......
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Ngāpuhi frustrated at Oranga Tamariki speed
The chief executive of the country’s largest iwi says the latest review of Oranga Tamariki confirms systemic failure within the child protection agency.

If we’re going to have a true partnership we actually need to meet with the right people to make a decision to make a change,” Ms Toki says.

Ngapuhi wants Oranga Tamariki support to develop an iwi-led early intervention and prevention programme involving whanau, hapu and marae.....
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Don't judge Captain James Cook by today's standards

Police Māori strategy a re-turning of the tide

Rediscovering Aotearoa: Hauora/Health

Whale tooth a sign of gratitude - 250 years later

Te Pokohiwi o Kupe: Revisiting past voyages at the Millennium Public Art Gallery

Teaching of Te Reo could help repopulate outer Cook Islands

Remembrance tree and glittery baubles raise funds for Hospice South Canterbury

Thursday November 14, 2019

Rangitāne invited to join Palmerston North council committeesPalmerston North's newly elected city council will appoint iwi representatives to several key committees, in what some councillors have described as a milestone moment.

There will be one joint Rangitāne o Manawatū committee, yet to be formally named, which will be initially responsible for the management of Te Motu o Poutoa (Anzac Park).

Setting up the committee puts into effect an agreement, or kawenata, already signed to jointly manage the reserve and with potential to extend the mandate to other reserves.

In addition, Rangitāne will be asked to nominate a representative with full voting rights to the new environmental sustainability committee, and the community development and economic development committees.....
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Resource management reform options released
The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.

“The Issues and Options paper looks at what changes are needed to fix the system to ensure we have liveable urban and rural areas, that Māori have an effective role in the resource management system,.....
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Maori conviction rate exposes drug law flaws
The Drug Foundation says where you live plays a big part in whether people are prosecuted for drug offences and whether they are offered treatment as an alternative.

The foundation has published its latest state of the nation report, showing 44 percent of convictions for drug offences are Màori......
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Maori Council offside with attack on Vatican
New Zealand First MP Shane Jones says the Màori Council’s executive director is attention seeking with an attack on the Catholic Church.

Mr Jones says Mr Tukaki has overstepped the mark.

"I know many Màori who are incredibly proud of their Catholic whakapapa. It's blended as part of identity. The New Zealand Màori Council needs to focus on the pockets of dysfunctionalism that are blighting the lives of some of our people and stop grandstanding and don't utter another word attacking one of the established churches of New Zealand," he says.....
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Te reo Coca-Cola labels 'exploit Māori' says NZ Dental Association
In a statement prepared with Māori public health body Hāpai te Hauora and Te Ao Mārama – The Māori Dental Association, NZDA sugary drinks spokesperson Rob Beaglehole said calls to action such as "'Share a Coke with Whānau' and 'Share a Coke with Kuia" were "a subversive insidious way to connect with people who suffer a disproportionate amount of dental disease and harm from a public health perspective."

There were "shades of the tobacco industry," he said, with Coca-Cola targeting an already vulnerable group.....
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Juliette Lewis slammed for cultural appropriation after pictured wearing piupiu
"Why is she wearing a piupiu?" asked one Instagram user. "Juliette Lewis is not wahine Māori and should absolutely not be 'playing dress ups' with a garment sacred to my culture."

Another responded to Lewis: "It would be nice and respectful if you didn't 'play dress up' in a piupiu, which is a traditional Māori garment that is special to us." ....
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Marsden researchers listen to voice of harbours
An Auckland University researcher has won a Marsden Fund grant to look at how flaxroots Màori exercise kaitiakitanga of their harbours.

Environmental anthropologist Dr Marama Muru-Lanning, the director of the Sir James Henare Research Centre, has previously studied the relationship Màori have with rivers.

Because of her team’s family and professional connections, the three-year study will look at the Kāwhia, Manukau and Whangārei harbours......
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Union Kaumātua calls for Iwi involvement in Go Bus dispute
FIRST Union Kaumātua Syd Keepa is calling on Ngāi Tahu and Tainui, co-owners of Go Bus, to intervene in an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions that saw bus drivers beginning a full strike in South Auckland this morning, FIRST Union said today.

"Ngāi Tahu and Tainui need to be aware that as the owners of Go Bus, they are making their own iwi members worse off by allowing this anti-worker behaviour from the managers they employ," said Syd Keepa, FIRST Union Kaumātua.....
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Environment Minister David Parker wants to move firework sales to Matariki time
A senior Government minister says he would like to see a change to the law which would allow the sale of private fireworks for Matariki celebrations.

But Environment Minister David Parker said this was his personal stance, not the position of the Government.

Speaking in the House this afternoon, Parker said it makes more sense for New Zealand to allow firework sales in June to coincide with the Māori New Year's celebrations......
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Te Ātiawa say Nelson's Bell Island treatment plant a 'toilet' in iwi's kitchen
The Bell Island sewerage plant is "like a toilet in the kitchen", a Te Tauihu iwi says.

Darren Horne of Te Ātiawa presented to the resource consent hearing panel for the Bell Island wastewater treatment plant, opposing the 35-year duration of the consents applied for.

The Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit (NRSBU) applied in 2017 for five resource consents crucial for the operation of the plant.

Horne said Te Ātiawa had been for the most part left out of the consultation process, and the NRSBU had dealt primarily with an organisation that represented the other seven iwi of the rohe (region)......
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Radio DJ Rino Wilkinson becomes Hauraki's first Māori councillor

Opinion: Who really owns Ōwairaka?

Wednesday November 13, 2019

Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners“With these reforms we are taking further steps to give practical effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and we will hold the system to account to deliver more and better for Māori,” Kelvin Davis said.

Schools will:
Be asked to ensure that their plans, policies and local curriculum reflect local tikanga, mātauranga Māori and te ao Māori; and focus on achieving equitable outcomes for Māori students.

Be asked to take reasonable steps to provide instruction in tikanga Māori and te reo Māori to all learners.

The Ministry of Education will:
Develop advice about how to strengthen Māori and iwi engagement in school governance, as a priority by June 2020.

Develop a Māori Medium Network Plan for the next decade to strengthen the Māori medium pathway and an education workforce strategy to ensure teacher supply for the Māori medium pathway........
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NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes direction of school system reforms
President Lynda Stuart said it was great to see that the Treaty of Waitangi and the rights of the child were underpinning the changes.
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The report said the Treaty of Waitangi and the rights of children must be at the heart of the system, and decision-making should be as localised as possible.....
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Waikato District Council approves Māngai Māori representation
Waikato District Council has approved Māngai Māori representation on three council committees.

Māngai Māori (voice of Māori) representatives will have voting and speaking rights on the Policy and Regulatory Committee, Strategy and Finance and Infrastructure Committees.

This comes after the previous council gave 'in principle' support for the representatives in July 2019.

All councillors voted for the representation, apart from Eureka ward councillor Rob McGuire......
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Police use of force report: Taser used on three 15-year-olds in 2018, Māori disproportionately affected
Per capita, Māori were 7.6 times more likely than Pākehā to be on the receiving end of police force, which included OC (pepper) spray, empty hand tactics, Taser and firearms.

This rate had increased from 7 in 2014.

During offender proceedings, force was used against Māori 33 per cent more often than Pākehā. This was a drop from 40 per cent in 2017, but an increase from 24 per cent in 2014.

Māori accounted for more than half of all such events in 2018 - more than all other ethnicities combined. Pacific peoples were also over-represented......
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Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is building future leaders
Auckland hapū, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, has appointed two aspiring future leaders as part of its Future Directors’ succession and governance programme.

Faiz Salim and Otene Hopa have been welcomed to the board of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa, the commercial arm of the hapū, in the third intake of their Future Director programme......
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Cultural grievances over changes at the Southland Mortuary
Some southern Māori are upset at the closure of the Southland Mortuary saying it interferes with their traditional grieving process.

The Southern District Health Board Iwi Governance Group called a hui at Murihiku Marae on Tuesday to discuss the mortuary, which stopped performing post-mortems there since February 1.

Post-mortem examinations are now handled in Dunedin and this is causing problems for Māori to perform traditional Tangihanga customs.....
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Calls for electoral law change after Galatea-Murupara Ward recount
Whakatāne District Council is seeking a meeting with Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta to discuss what it says are flaws in the local electoral legislation.

These flaws were exposed in the process that had to be followed for the tie and recount in last month's Galatea-Murupara Ward election, according to a written statement from the council.

This saw candidate Hinerangi Goodman declared the winner by ballot, inaugurated to the council, then declared unsuccessful following a recount.

"As far as my people were concerned, once the pōwhiri and swearing-in ceremony was done, the deal was sealed. To take it away again goes against tikanga and it also tramples on the mana and the mauri people had placed in me to be their representative," Goodman told the Post......
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Six hours of NCEA exams a day 'really quite stressful'
Māori teachers and parents are calling for the qualifications authority to change the NCEA timetable to stop disadvantaging te reo Māori students.

Many of them are sitting in an exam room for six hours today, with the level two English exam scheduled on the same day as the Level two te reo Māori exam.

Khylee Quince is concerned about how exhausted and stressed out her rangatahi will be when he returns home from school.....
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Mayors 'ashamed' of region's health statistics and want a say in the appointment of DHB chair
"We are ashamed that a quarter of our tamariki aged 0–4 live in a household receiving a main benefit, and 40 per cent of Māori tamariki (aged 0–4) live in a home receiving a benefit. One in three Māori school leavers in Hawke's Bay do not have an NCEA Level 2 qualification or equivalent. Twenty two per cent of young Māori are not in employment, education or training," they wrote.

"More than 25 per cent of adults in our region are drinking alcohol at harmful levels. The use of cannabis in Hawke's Bay remains significantly higher than the rest of New Zealand and synthetic substances are a serious concern for many people," they wrote.

"Suicides in Hawke's Bay have reached its highest rate, up 31 per cent in the year to June 30 – sadly well above the national trend of an increase of 2.5 per cent.".....
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Changes to Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities
Challenge host BRANZ, and all the Challenge Parties are pleased to announce changes to the governance group of Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities: Ko Ngā wā Kāinga hei whakamāhorahora.

The Challenge has at its heart a commitment to a Te Tiriti O Waitangi partnership approach. This has been further enhanced at the governance level through a new co-chair arrangement. Graeme Nahkies and Gena Moses-Te Kani (Ngāti Kuia te Iwi, Kurahaupo te Waka), governance group members since 2016, have been appointed as new Challenge co-chairs........
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Te Puia | NZ Māori Arts and Crafts Institute play key role
Meanwhile, a 1.5m taiaha carved by pouako whakairo rākau (wood carving tutor) Tommy Herbert was selected as the official gift to China. During Sunday’s closing ceremony Minister Kelvin Davis presented the taiaha to China’s Minister of Culture and Tourism Luo Shugang, who visited Te Puia earlier this year.

According to Māori tikanga, the taiaha is the most prized weapon and is only given to those held in the highest regard.

Carved from rātā, a native wood, the designs within the taiaha reflect the strong connection between the Aotearoa and China with the waha, or mouth, symbolising the importance of conversations and dialogue, and the significant impact of cultural diplomacy....
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Suicide rates for Māori men have doubled since 2016
Dr Keri Lawson Te Aho of Otago University who specialises in suicide says colonisation dating back to the 1700's has been a major contributor to suicide rates among Māori. This comes as the latest Ministry of Health figures show that suicide within Māori men has doubled those of non-Māori men since 2016.

Dr Lawson Te Aho believes the way forward for our Māori men is to confront the past.

Dr Te Aho says, "There’s a form of sub-clinical depression happening with our Māori men and its due to circumstances that are largely outside their control such as unemployment, being pōhara. All those bigger kaupapa that stem from our history of colonisation."....
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Eye care boost for Waikato kaumatua and tamariki
Waikato Tainui has signed agreements with OPSM and Triton Hearing to provide access to eye and hearing care for its kaumatua.

Heritage and identity general manager Paki Rawiri says the iwi has 11,000 registered members 60 and over.

As its kaumatua grants are mostly spent on glasses, hearing aids and medical costs, it looked to harness its buying power by seeing what the market could offer.......
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Chris Hipkins says an extra member on a school board, won't change outcomes for Maori students
As reforms are unveiled to the Tomorrow's Schools system, the Education Minister says persistent inequality is unacceptable.
But a proposal's been shelved for a mana whenua representative on every board .

Hipkins says schools need to honour the Treaty of Waitangi, and engage with communities - and don't want that to be tokenistic......
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Being Pākehā: the Ben Fagan experience

Kapa haka competitions worth up to $20 million to take centre stage in Nelson

Tuia 250: The effects of Captain James Cook's arrival on tangata whenua

Tuesday November 12, 2019

Protesters block removal of 350 trees at Ōwairaka/Mt AlbertMt Albert locals say they'll block the removal of hundreds of trees off an inner-city maunga.

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority, which manages the city's 14 tūpuna maunga (ancestral mountains), plans to remove 345 exotic trees from Mt Albert as part of a long-term native restoration project.

Set to take place between November 11 and mid-December, the citywide project aims to reconnect native ecological networks within and between the 14 maunga and the wide landscape, while improving the sight line.

But protesters plan to block the entrance to Ōwairaka from 6am onwards today, stopping construction crews from accessing the area......
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Rape Crisis renamed; OCASA to work with all genders
For the first time in its four-decade history, Dunedin's Rape Crisis centre will work with sexual abuse victims of all genders.

The shift is part of a major overhaul of the organisation, which also includes changing its name to the Otepoti Collective Against Sexual Abuse (OCASA).

The move has been met with cautious optimism by the head of a New Zealand male survivors group, who said the more support organisations could work together, the better.

OCASA development co-ordinator Angelo Libeau said the historically women-only organisation had changed its constitution to work with people of all genders....
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Te Reo Maori app connects Corrections staff with language and culture
The Department of Corrections (Ara Poutama Aotearoa) is encouraging more of its staff to learn te Reo Māori through a handy mobile application.

The app, called Tihi-o-Mana no, was co-developed by Corrections and digital developer Kiwa Digital, and gives Corrections staff access to information which will help increase their te Reo literacy. This includes basics such as pronunciation, greetings, learning their pepeha, formally opening and closing meetings, understanding tikanga and other foundation level skills.

The app also has the words to Corrections’ waiata, and the geographic locations of iwi and hapu, among other things.....
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Tomorrow's Schools Review backdown must be comprehensive
“Election to the Board of Trustees should continue to be done on individual merit. It would be disruptive and counterproductive for schools to have a mana whenua representative forced on them when school communities can already elect people to bring a te ao Māori perspective if they wish.....
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Land used for Defence facility gifted back to iwi
Land used by the New Zealand Defence Force to provide valuable support to ships during the Second World War has been vested back to Ngāti Rangi, a central North Island iwi.

The move to gift back the land at Irirangi, 77 hectares of land five kilometres south of Waiouru, is part of the NZDF’s Treaty of Waitangi Settlement commitments, under the Ngati Rangi Claims Settlement Act 2019, and within seven days Ngāti Rangi will gift the land back to the NZDF as a gift to the people of New Zealand.....
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New Zealand history: what stories should we be telling?

'Exotics aren't evil': Protesters gather to stop removal of trees on Ōwairaka/Mt Albert

Monday November 11, 2019

Māori Council wants Pope to apologise for colonisation of New ZealandThe Māori Council has told the Pope to issue an apology to Māori for the colonisation of New Zealand.

Executive director Matthew Tukaki has written to Pope Francis, calling for "an accounting of the trauma" the Vatican has caused and a repudiation of the doctrine of discovery.

The doctrine of discovery provided the legal and political justification for European monarchs to conquer and claim lands inhabited by indigenous peoples. It was supported by a number of papal bulls (Catholic laws) issued by the Vatican in the 15th and 16th centuries.......
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Mongrel Mob break-off chapter meets with Māori leaders to discuss becoming 'acceptable'
A break-off chapter of the Mongrel Mob yesterday met with Māori leaders to discuss how they can become more "acceptable".

The Hamilton chapter insists they've kicked drugs and crime and want to be "productive" members of society......
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Ka Hikitia is a programme for Maori students that focuses on the following areas:
* The Treaty of Waitangi - ensuring Maori enjoy and achieve educational success as Maori.

* Maori potential approach - every Maori has the potential to make a valuable social, cultural and economic contribution to their whanau, their community and New Zealand as a whole.

* Ako - the two way teaching process. The educator and student learn from each other.

* Identity, language and culture count - Maori students are more likely to achieve when they see themselves and their experiences and knowledge reflected in teaching and learning.

* Productive partnerships - everybody contributes to achieve the goals. Parents should be involved in conversations about their child and their learning.....
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Artists depict another view of Cook's arrival

Te Waka Huia sets Ihumātao Road Block Gala underway

Moving ceremony at Waitangi

Sunday November 10, 2019

'Shut it down' - a call to close Oranga Tamariki"Shut it down." That is the message for Oranga Tamariki from a prominent Māori leader.

The chair of the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, says Oranga Tamiriki has a toxic culture and has been riding rough-shod over families - taking babies without any consideration for the devastating, intergenerational impacts.

But Ms Raukawa-Tait says the practice of removing children should be shut down.

"I would prefer that we didn't have a state department anywhere near, particularly tamariki Māori. We have to accept, Māori have to accept that we will own our own issues, we will provide the solutions, we will look to the people who are in the communities right now and I'm talking very much about the Māori service providers – Whānau Ora navigators and others who are in the community.".....
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Employment process’ underway at Oranga Tamariki following release of Hastings review.
Had a social worker made and kept adequate notes there would likely never have been an attempt to uplift a baby from Hawke's Bay Hospital. There may never have been so much confusion and anger.

And the Oranga Tamariki staff sent into collect the child would not be the faces of a decision they had nothing to do with.

The Practice Review into the uplift case, released on Thursday, covers a list of failings, but had it not been for the social worker's inadequate record keeping none of those failings might have come to light. At least not now.
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Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa celebrates its first knight, Sir Kim Workman
More than 200 people gathered at Pāpāwai Marae in Greytown today as Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa celebrated the first person from their iwi to be knighted.

"There's an acknowledgement that if you stick to tikanga Māori and you stick to your whakapapa you will be honoured from all sides," he said.

"I think essentially it means we have to redefine the relationship between the Crown and Māori, and we have to give Māori much more authority over their own lives."
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14: Modern New Zealand

First contact 250 years on – Tuia flotilla arrives at Waitangi

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