Saturday, November 23, 2019

Breaking Views Update: Week of 17.11.19

Saturday November 23, 2019

Treaty gives Māori the right to profit off cannabis - Willie Jackson
Labour MP Willie Jackson doesn't want recreational cannabis legalised, but if it is, says Māori have a right to share in the profits under the Treaty of Waitangi.

"Māori have a treaty right, an indigenous right, right across the spectrum in terms of New Zealand society. It's built in what's called Article 2... What it says is taonga needs to be protected, anything in terms of a resource. Where it's derived from in terms of the ground, all resources have to be treated equitably right across the spectrum... I'm not into legalising marijuana, but anything the Crown benefits off, Māori must get a share of too."

"Where does it come from? It comes from the ground, it comes from the Earth. In the treaty, Article 2 rights, tino rangatiratanga rights, resources have to be treated equitably. If the Government's making something out of it, Māori have to make something out of it. We'd like to be part of it... that goes right across the spectrum in terms of water, airwaves, fisheries, whatever.".....
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Microsoft adds te reo Māori to translator app, joining over 60 international languages
Te reo Māori proponents are hailing a new translator app they say will bring the country's native language into the 21st century.

Microsoft today announced te reo Māori has been added to its Translator application, enabling instant translations of text from more than 60 languages into Māori, and vice versa.

The global tech giant has been working with New Zealand language experts on including te reo Māori in their platforms and software for more than 14 years, and the app is its latest development......
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Maori speak out on drug law discrimination
A Māori legal scholar says Māori will be some of the biggest winners if the country votes to legalise cannabis for recreational use, because drug laws are a major source of discrimination.

Auckland University of Technology law lecturer Khylee Quince is one of 50 prominent Māori who have signed a call to action that regulating cannabis should be about achieving equity and justice.

That means ensuring that regulations are designed with and by Māori.......
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Knowledge after Cook probed at Waiharakeke hui

Waiharakeke/ Blenheim will host a conference early next month exploring how knowledge changed after Captain James Cook’s Pacific voyages and his interactions with indigenous peoples.

"Being colonised was not only an experience of having the whenua and sovereignty stripped away. It was an experience of colonial populations and colonial authorities asserting their believed superiority of their language and their knowledge systems," he says.....
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Northland Regional Council increases Māori input
A new climate change working party and increased Māori and independent representation are among key changes to the Northland Regional Council's freshly-agreed governance structure for the next three years.

"Effectively, that means there will be equal numbers of Māori members and councillors on our working parties, providing a more effective opportunity for Māori to participate in council decision-making processes. In line with standard local government practice, as overall council chairperson I'll be an additional, ex-officio member of all council committees and working parties.".....
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Corrections to call prisoners 'men in our care' and refer to them by their first names, sources say
Corrections has begun calling prisoners "men in our care" in a move slammed by staff, according to well-placed sources.

Some officers are also being asked to address prisoners by their first names instead of their surnames, as was previously standard practice.

The raft of new terms also includes the te reo word paihere in lieu of prisoners, which in its noun form translates to "bundle"......
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Māori Affairs Committee recommends Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill
The Māori Affairs Committee has reported on the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana / Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill and recommends that it be passed without amendment.

The Committee considered 60 submissions and heard oral evidence from six submitters. The submitters were overwhelmingly in support of the bill.

The Waitangi Tribunal concluded in its 2012 Te Urewera inquiry that the police used excessive force against the Maungapōhatu community. Te Tiriti o Waitangi was breached because the Crown did not act in a reasonable manner towards the community in its actions to arrest Rua. The arrest was also unlawful because it took place on a Sunday, a day when arrest warrants were not allowed to be issued.....
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Maori scholars honoured
Through his expansive publication, University of Waikato Professor Brendan Hokowhitu from Ngāti Pūkenga has created the sub-fields of Indigenous Masculinities, and Indigenous Sport and Physical Education, as well as leading the Kaumātua Mana Motuhake project which is part of the Ageing Well National Science Challenge.

Another of the 19 new fellows and honorary fellows is Victoria University of Wellington Professor Rewi Newnham of Ngāpuhi, whose research on pollen records has global significance in understanding environmental and climate change and the contemporary effects of pollen on human health.....
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Ngāi Tahu's investments into honey business questioned at at Hui-ā-Iwi 2019
About 1000 Ngāi Tahu members were welcomed during a powhiri in Invercargill on Friday as the Iwi hosts its biennial hui in the city.

At the forum, Ngāi Tahu's investments into the honey business was questioned.

Ngāi Tahu Holding's owned Oha Honey LP reported a net deficit of $62.4 million this year.

Overall Ngāi Tahu Holding recorded a $37.5 million net profit for the year, which was below expectations as it had recorded $153.7 net profit the previous year.

The only other business to record a deficit was Ngāi Tahu Farming, which recorded a net deficit of $10.3 million......
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Powerful forces threaten our future

Rediscovery of 19th drawings deepens understanding

New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum

A ‘by Maori for Maori approach’

On every issue important to Māori this government is failing

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Friday November 22, 2019

Doing what's right - Prince Charles opens up at WaitangiPrince Charles has spoken of the work put into Treaty of Waitangi settlements to fix mistakes made during "painful periods" in New Zealand's past.

"As long as I have known this country I have been struck by the commitment of her people to what is right, even when it is not easy," he told the crowd.

"New Zealand has faced up to the most painful periods of her past in a way that offers an example to the rest of the world.

"She has done so with courage, compassion and tolerance, qualities which, it seems to me, define the New Zealand character and were displayed so conspicuously following the recent atrocity in Christchurch.

"The Treaty settlements do not, and cannot, right all the wrongs of the past. They can only go so far in easing the pain that has been felt by so many people.".......
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New children's books present fresh approach to NZ history
In a fresh approach to aspects of Aotearoa history, two new children’s books launched this week, Māui’s Taonga Tales and its te reo Māori companion He Paki Taonga i a Māui, present vividly illustrated and lively stories associated with some of taonga held at Aotearoa New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa....
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Charles' Waitangi visit highlights Kāwanatanga as partner
"Prince Charles’ visit to Waitangi today, the first by a Royal in a quarter-century, highlights Moana Jackson’s view that it is kāwanatanga that is the Treaty partner," said Lewis Holden, campaign chair of New Zealand Republic.

In 1994, Moana Jackson observed "Precedent is established that the effective party to the Treaty is actually kāwanatanga or government. So whether that government takes the form of a constitutional monarchy or a republic is irrelevant. They are still bound by the terms of the agreement signed in 1840.".....
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Troy Baisden appointed scientists’ president
He added that the NZAS “focus on supporting early-career scientists intersects with our focus on diversity issues in science. There are widespread concerns that Māori and Pasifika are underrepresented, undermining the role of science in addressing equity and Treaty of Waitangi issues.”.....
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Northland Maori Commissioning Collective emerges
Ngati Hine Health Trust held its Stakeholder Meeting with a full house at Tau Henare Marae in Pipiwai earlier this week.

“We want to be solution focused, practical to outworking the aspirations of Maori which have already been expressed in reports like Pu Ao Te Atatu from the 1980s; the needs are the same since then. A by Maori, for Maori, with Maori approach is needed. That is what the Taitimu Taipari Collective is”, said Geoff Milner, CEO of Ngati Hine Health Trust......
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Royal links past and future in Waitangi
Pita Tipene says Ngāpuhi has always held the royal family in high regard because the Treaty of Waitangi was signed on behalf of Queen Victoria.

“The angst has been directed at the government, not at the royal family, and I can give an example in September 1939 Ngāpuhi declared war on Germany before New Zealand did because that’s how the rangatira of 1939 saw the relationship with the royal family then.....
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Drug Foundation wants treaty in cannabis law
The Drug Foundation wants Māori to be involved in the drafting of the laws that will be required if New Zealand votes for legalisation of recreational cannabis at next year’s referendum.

Chair Tuari Pōtiki says Māori know from experience that legislation designed without them hasn’t necessarily worked......
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Tuia 250: Commemoration for Cook visit to Tōtaranui, Queen Charlotte Sound

More stories to be told as Tuia 250 Voyage arrives

Rediscovering Aotearoa

Haere mai: Marlborough welcomes Tuia 250 fleet to Cook's favourite stopover

Thursday November 21, 2019

Ihumātao: Govt told not to ‘alienate mana whenua’ from talksThe Māori King has weighed in and is urging caution to the government to not further alienate mana whenua at Ihumātao.

Kiingitanga spokesperson Rahui Papa said he was surprised to hear the council might buy the land.

"We don't want any further step to alienate the mana whenua from the whenua ... and doing these things through council process has the potential to do that.

"It will be owned by the council and that's not what the mana whenua were asking for," he said......
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Royal Waitangi visit viewed as 'circuit-breaking' moment in treaty relations between Crown and Māori
The head of New Zealand's Māori Council believes Prince Charles' ascension to the British throne could spark breakthroughs in indigenous health and rights.

"We could have a different style of relationship, directly with the Monarch, than Māori have had, with monarchs going back to Queen Victoria, and I think that could be a good thing.".......
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Crown called on to favour Māori for cannabis production if NZ votes yes to legalisation
More than 50 Māori health leaders are calling on the Crown to ensure regulations for cannabis legislation favours Māori who want to participate and operate in the market, if New Zealand votes yes next year.

In a statement released today, leaders from organisations including the Drug Foundation and Hāpai Te Hauora say the changes will only be transformational for Māori health, justice and economic outcomes if the regulations reflect a kaupapa Māori approach.

“We expect cannabis regulations to be designed with and by Māori, under a Te Tiriti o Waitangi framework, and to promote the rights and interests of whānau, hapū and iwi,” said Mr Potiki......
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Maori caucus seeking election momentum
The head of Labour’s Māori caucus says the Māori MPs are looking for some wins in the next couple of months to give them momentum for election year.

Willie Jackson has again been confirmed to coordinate the party’s campaign for the Māori seats.

He says at the last election they prevailed despite media infatuation with the Māori Party and a lingering perception Labour had betrayed Māori in its response to the foreshore and seabed.......
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Sleepyhead signs agreement with Waikato-Tainui
Sleepyhead have signed an agreement with Waikato-Tainui to work together on the company's billion dollar manufacturing and housing project in Ohinewai.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Sleepyhead (The Comfort Group and Ambury Properties) as well as representatives of different arms of Waikato-Tainui: including Ngā Muka Development, Waahi Whaanui Trust, Te Riu o Waikato and Waikato-Tainui executive.......
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'Talk to us': Kanoa Lloyd's emotional message to Grant Robertson following latest Ihumātao bombshell

Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities

Tuia 250: Dual name map of Tōtaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound tells a story

The Detail: What's behind the battle for Ōwairaka/Mt Albert's trees

Wednesday November 20, 2019

Ihumātao: Crown considers loan for Auckland Council to buy landDiscussions are under way for Auckland Council to buy the disputed Ihumātao land in a bid to break the three-year deadlock.

Sources have told RNZ the Crown is considering loaning money to the council so it can purchase the land from Fletcher Residential, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fletcher Building.

Fletcher is seeking $40 million for the property - more than double the $19m it paid in 2014.

RNZ understands the government is keen to get the controversial land dispute wrapped up by the new year to avoid it overshadowing the annual pilgrimage to Rātana and Waitangi.

Some commentators had speculated that Waikato-Tainui might purchase the land, but that prospect ground to a halt.....
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Ihumātao payment will open Pandora’s Box
A $40 million payment from the Crown to purchase Ihumātao will open up full and final treaty settlements, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says.

“Iwi lawyers will be writing their statements of claim for the court as we speak and protestors will be looking for their next site.

“This is an appalling use of taxpayers’ money and the Government needs to rule it out.....
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Te Reo Maori
Te reo Māori and tikanga Māori are intertwined, and so learning te reo Māori gives students access to te ao Māori (the Māori world) and to Māori world views. The insights and experiences that students gain as they learn the language will enrich and broaden their understandings of the uniqueness and complexity of te ao Māori.....
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New housing part of support for Kaumātua
The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.

“Our kaumātua take on a number of different roles including caring for younger and older generations, they are especially there to look after our mokopuna and tamariki while adults are at work,” Minister Mahuta says.

“In 2034 it is estimated there will be 178,000 New Zealanders over the age of 85. Of those, over 109,000 will be Māori and that presents us with a great challenge in the face of nine years of neglect in Māori housing.”

Te Puni Kōkiri have been working alongside a number of local providers around the country to ensure kaumātua are looked after and are living in warm, safe and affordable housing.....
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Too few Maori on NZX boards
The composition of New Zealand's boardrooms remain overwhelmingly white and male.

However, photos, biographies and names indicate that the boards of the top 100 NZX companies remain overwhelmingly Pākehā.

Researcher Cat MacLennan says the fact Māori, Asian and Pasifika people are almost completely underrepresented on NZX’s top 100 boards is an indictment.....
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OIA Reforms mean more attention to cultural values
“I’m also pleased that another change the Green Party called for will also be made to ensure better recognition of Māori cultural values in OIO decision-making, including to better protect culturally sensitive sites

“We are glad to have constructively worked with Minister Parker to improve what guides decisions on how precious land and water are used by overseas interests.”.....
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PSA welcomes new era for New Zealand’s public service
The Public Service Association supports a Bill introduced by the government yesterday that aims to replace the State Sector Act 1988 with a new Public Service Act.

We welcome the clarification the bill provides about the role of the public service in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi.....
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Pakeha maunga protest sign of future tension
A Māori lawyer says a predominantly Pākeha protest against the clearance of pest trees on an Auckland volcano may be a sign of things to come as mana whenua assert their guardianship of their assets.

Mr Snelgar says while many of the protesters may be well-meaning, framing the issue as a fight for trees and birds overlooks the battle by iwi to restore both the maunga and their mana.

When you have Māori ownership and control over things like natural resources, there is going to be Pakeha resistance,” Mr Snelgar says......
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Kotahitanga on offer with run for Labour top job
The chair of the Labour Party’s Kaunihera Māori says making Tane Phillips the party president would be a way to emphasise the importance of Māori to Labour’s future.

Rudy Taylor says delegates to the party conference in Whanganui in a fortnight need to consider not just his experience as Māori vice-president and his role in winning back Māori seats for Labour but the historical value Māori have brought to the party......
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New agreement between WITT and Taranaki DHB gives locally trained nurses priority for employment
More Māori graduates were especially needed to improve Māori health care, she said.....
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Telling ancient stories with a modern twist

Ngāti Rongomai a breeding ground for success

Marae stay kicks off new junior doctors' time at Timaru Hospital

Tuesday November 19, 2019

South Auckland residents in strife over Māori housing building projectResidents in the South Auckland suburb of Ōtara say they're deeply concerned after being left in the dark about a Māori Mental Health and Addictions housing complex being built near a number of schools.

The building project by the Mahitahi Kainga Trust has been three years in the making and includes a community Manaaki building as well as a housing facility for vulnerable Māori.

Despite council advice to consult with the community during the process, residents say they only found out about the building project three months ago when construction began.....
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Revealed: Scepticism of police Turning of the Tide after previous major Māori strategy fails to meet targets
Police have failed to meet five out of seven of their own targets to cut Māori re-offending - a low success rate which has raised doubts over their new strategy to do better.

Police launched the Turning of the Tide strategy in 2012 and set goals to slash stubbornly.....(NZ Herald paywall)
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Te Tiriti key to transformation for departing Green
Outgoing Green MP Gareth Hughes says better acknowledgement of the Treaty of Waitangi is the way to transform New Zealand for the better.

The Treaty of Waitangi and empowering iwi an hapu is a crucial part of the transformation New Zealand needs.

“I think if we really respected the treaty and gave more decision making powers to Maori, we would think more long term, we would protect the environment, we wouldn’t let people go cold or hungry on the streets, and actually we as a country have a lot to learn from te ao Maori,” Mr Hughes says.......
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Ngapuhi Runanga declares $2m surplus
Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi has declared a $2.1 million surplus for the year to June 30.

That’s up $150,000 on the 2018 financial year and brings its net assets to $59,97 million.

Most of the income and assets relate to management of the northern iwi’s fisheries settlement, but it also now owns a Paper Plus franchise and a petrol station in Kaikohe.

It also has heath and social services arms which receive government contracts.......
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Iwi positions retained despite opposition
The new Otago Regional Council has voted 8-4 to stick with the previous council’s decision to appoint iwi representatives to its strategy and planning committee.

Two Ngāi Tahu representatives joined the council's policy committee in June last year.

Councillor and former MP Michael Laws said the council was required to consult with Māori, not iwi, and that was not the same thing......
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Pūkaha plans new $4 million educational facility
Mount Bruce, Masterton: Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre is embarking on a new and significant development, the Pūkaha Environment and Ecology Programme: Te Wānanga Taiao.

The new and expanded Pūkaha Environment and Ecology Programme will deliver:
the Pūkaha Environment and Ecology Wānanga - the home to applied learning and training that incorporates mātauranga Māori principles,

Silverwood Architects have completed the concept plans and Rangitāne carvers are prepared and ready to start on five key ‘Pou’ that will be integral to the wānanga facility. These will welcome all manuhiri and represent the significant Atua (gods) of the forest ‘Te Tapere Nui ō Whātonga’ (The Great Domain of Whātonga)......
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Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei welcomes Environment Court decision
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has welcomed the findings of the Environment Court in a decision released last Thursday. The decision relates to Panuku development works in Westhaven Marina and Queens Wharf.

Mr Blair says the Council and other authorities should take note of the ruling.

“The Court’s decision provides a much-needed challenge to Auckland Council’s current approach to iwi engagement which is “one size fits all” and does not reflect the relative cultural or historical importance of areas to different iwi or hapū.

“We encourage Auckland Council to take this onboard”.

Importantly, the Court noted that Councils “must face up to the complexity of issues in all facets of resource consenting, whether of a Maori cultural nature or otherwise” (para 90).

The Court will now be proceeding with a substantive hearing in which Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei will demonstrate the strength of their relationship in the Westhaven Marina and Queens Wharf area......
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Southest Asian tourism entrepreneurs learning from Māori-owned businesses

History on repeat - how compulsory teaching in NZ might work

Emergency callouts drop after te reo Māori safety programme introduced

Change Electoral Act precluding communities having Māori wards - Mayor

Monday November 18, 2019

Authorities say Mt Albert tree felling will go ahead despite protests
The Tūpuna Maunga Authority says despite protests, planned felling of hundreds of trees at Auckland's Mount Albert will go ahead.

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority was given guardianship of Mount Albert and 13 other Auckland volcanoes five years ago and now wants to regenerate them with native trees.

It said 345 exotics, including olive and monkey apple trees, would be felled over the next month.

However. a group of Auckland residents occupying Mount Albert say they won't be moved.

The stand-off between protestors and the Māori authority is entering its second week with no resolution in sight.....
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Tikanga Standards Review
Māori Qualifications Services is pleased to advise that the new versions of the following Tikanga unit standards have been listed and are available on the Directory of Assessment Standards.

The Tikanga unit standards were reviewed as part of their maintenance cycle. The standards have been reviewed and amended to ensure that they are relevant and fit for purpose, and that their outcomes are achievable, coherent, and consistent with valid assessment practices.....
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Latter Day Saints celebrate 130 years of the Book of Mormon in Te Reo
Mormons from across the country gathered in Hawke's Bay to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Book of Mormon being translated and distributed in te reo Māori.

The church held a hui tau , (which translates as annual meeting), which is understood to...... (NZ Herald Paywall)
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Hotel industry having a change of heart as businesses become more sustainable

Mispronouncing Te Reo 'like physical blow' to Māori - language teacher

Sunday November 17, 2019

Peter Ellis appeal derailed by legal curveball on possible tikanga Māori approach
Courts in commonwealth countries have traditionally considered that someone's interest in an appeal ends when they die, as it will not affect them either way.

But Justices Joe Williams and Susan Glazebrook threw a curveball into the arguments from both sides when they suggested that New Zealand didn't need to follow decisions set in any other country, and could establish an entirely new rule based on tikanga Māori.

"There's nothing to say that the appellant's case dies when they do … This is a very western idea that on demise you have nothing to protect," Williams said.

"If we are serious about tikanga, should New Zealand divert from that very anglo approach?"

"In a tikanga context … an ancestor has even more reputation to protect. There's more tapu, more mana to protect.".....
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Access to Northland kauri icon Tāne Mahuta could be restricted to paid tours
Access to iconic kauri Tāne Mahuta could be restricted to paid tour groups only, in an effort to control kauri dieback.

Tangata whenua Te Roroa was talking with the Department of Conservation about a new programme for Waipoua Forest in Northland, where the approximately 2000-year-old tree is.

Te Roroa now wants to introduce a new visitor programme, Rakau Rangitira, where guided tours would be held on boardwalks above the ground, Tane said.

"The concept is having no more individual access to the tree, it would be guided only."

Tane said there would be a charge for such tours, although the cost was still being decided.....
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Climate committee part of regional council's proposed new set-up
Greater Wellington Regional Council is planning to set up a new committee dedicated to tackling climate change.

Ponter said climate change would be a key priority for the new council, along with developing stronger iwi partnerships and better utilising natural resources.....
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Chef to the stars Wylie Dean says he was turned down for Kauri Cliffs job because of tattoos
Top chef Wylie Dean is calling out a five-star luxury Northland venue which he claims turned down his job application because of his tattoos.

While it is within employers' rights to discriminate against tattoos, it is unlawful when they are of cultural or religious significance, according to the Human Rights Commission......
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Wahi Tupuna mapping process criticised as 'arbitrary'
The maps show sites of significance to Maori and are set to become part of the Queenstown Lakes district plan, now being reviewed.

Public submissions close on Monday.

Once the policy is adopted, property owners in areas marked on the map will need to consult Ngai Tahu before carrying out developments.

Owners of Lake Hawea Station Geoff and Justine Ross told the meeting they were aware of, and respectful of the ancient Maori trail running through their 6600ha property.

However, Mr Ross said they were concerned at the broad expanse of land regarded as Wahi Tupuna.

"Pretty much all of the station is a blanket map ... yet areas of cultural significance are quite specific and quite small.....
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Exploring te reo in a broader context

How NZ’s colonial government misused laws to crush non-violent dissent at Parihaka

Maniaiti/Benneydale sign vandalism 'telling' of a larger issue within New Zealand

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