Saturday, December 7, 2019

Breaking Views Update: Week of 1.12.19

Saturday December 7, 2019

Why all New Zealanders should speak Māori and how to get them to, according to young people
The Government is backing several youth-led strategies to get more Kiwis speaking te reo Māori.

Nine projects will each get up to $10,000 from Crown entity Te Māngai Paho to get them off the ground.

The initiative is part of the Government's ambitious 2040 Māori language strategy which aims to have at least 85 per cent of New Zealanders valuing te reo Māori as part of the country's national identity.

Other goals included for 15,000 Māori aged 15 and over to be using te reo Māori as much as English and one million or more Kiwis being confident to talk about basic topics in te reo Māori.

The 2018 Census showed 185,000 people could hold a conversation in Māori.......
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Te Reo Maori version of The Jesus Film
On Christmas day, 2019 at 1pm Shine TV will broadcast the Te Reo Maori version of The Jesus Film.

Jesus, also known as The Jesus Film is a 1979 film, that depicts the life of Jesus Christ, shot on location in Israel, it follows the Gospel of Luke as closely as possible. Jesus, now digitally remastered, has been described as the most-watched motion picture of all time and is the most translated film of all time. In addition to Te Reo it has also been translated into Samoan and Tongan, which Shine TV will also broadcast during the Christmas period.....
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Feint praised for commitment to justice
One of the country’s leading experts on Māori legal issues and the Treaty of Waitangi has been appointed a Queens Counsel.

Karen Feint practices as a barrister at Thorndon Chambers in Wellington, where she specialises in civil litigation, public and constitutional law, and Māori legal issues.

She is the author of a number of publications on Māori jurisprudence......
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New beachside retirement village planned near Whakatāne

When the council reviewed its district plan, the development of the subdivision at 77 Bunyan Road was opposed by several Maori groups and individuals.

The Opihi block is located adjacent to the ancient urupa, Opihi Whanaungakore.

The resource consent notes that there are no known archaeological sites within the block, and none were found during the fieldwork.

Despite this, due to the proximity of the urupa, an archaeologist has recommended the developers apply to Heritage New Zealand for an authority to destroy or modify an unrecorded archaeological site......
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Dawn of a new era at the Faculty of Engineering
A faculty-led haka and the unveiling of a pou whenua at the dawn blessing of Te Herenga Mātai Pūkaha – the Faculty of Engineering – will demonstrate just how far the Faculty has come since the 1970s.

Me Hoki Whakamuri Kia Anga Whakamua was developed by staff from the Faculty in partnership with Tāpeta Wehi, co-founder of Te Wehi Haka and leader of the Haka Experience. He says it has been a privilege and honour to share this beautiful taonga (treasure) with the Faculty of Engineering and shows that as New Zealanders we are slowly but surely moving forward together......
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Marae-based kura miss out on upgrade funds
The president of the Principals Federation is questioning how some kura Māori have slipped though a crack in the Government's $400 million hand out of maintenance money for schools.

The Education Ministry says the school investment package can only be used to upgrade crown-owned land and buildings, so it’s not available for schools in leased facilities.

Whetu Cormack says while the federation welcomes the package, he feels for those private and integrated schools who will miss out.

He says it’s an equity issue that some kura aren’t included.

“Many of our schools, our English-medium schools, are sitting on iwi land that was gifted to the crown and now we have a situation here where marae-based kura are being left out. It doesn’t seem fair at all and it does seem inequitable,” Mr Cormick says.....
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New Pou for Ngāti Kahu
The dawn chorus surrounding Ikatiritiri was met with the resounding hum of ancient karakia as a carved pou depicting centuries of Ngāti Kahu history was unveiled with the completion of the new two-laned bridge at Taipā.

This monument commemorates Māmaru, the sea-faring vessel in which Kupe, that great Polynesian explorer and navigator used to voyage from Hawaiiki, crossing the Pacific Ocean and discovering Aotearoa. It also pays homage to the dedication of soldiers during the world war who fought with the 28th Māori Battalion.

Kupe made numerous voyages around Aotearoa including the Chatham Islands. On his return to Hawaiki, Mamaru was taken over by Te Parata and Tūmoana who came to Aotearoa during the Great Migration, bringing with them the ancestors of the Ngāti Kahu people.....
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Deloitte Top 200: Māori business growth continues (NZ Herald paywall)

Jason Derulo gets 'spiritual' Māori tattoo

One moko is never enough: Double moko on TVNZ's midday news

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Friday December 6, 2019

Referendum system for Māori wards to stayChanges to prevent Māori wards being voted down by referendums are off the table.

Minister of Local Government Nanaia Mahuta earlier signalled she would consider legislation to prevent Māori wards being overturned by referendums, but she now believes such a change is not possible within the coalition.

Asked if opposition from NZ First was preventing such a change Mahuta said: “It’s not something that we’ve absolutely tested but I am clear that right now those [coalition] arrangements wouldn’t allow us to test that as a matter of our relationship at the moment.”.....
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Te Wānanga o Raukawa receives one-off $10m grant
Te Wānanga o Raukawa will receive a one-off $10 million grant to "reset its relationship" with the government, and partially address its Waitangi Tribunal claim.

The Ōtaki-based wānanga argued the government's funding model left it at a disadvantage, and estimated it had lost out on more than $10m it would have received under the old model.

Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said the one-off grant was partially to address those deficits, but also to reset the wānanga and Crown relationship......
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Minister proposes electoral law changes after Whakatāne coin toss incident
The government is looking to change electoral laws so tied local body elections won't be resolved by a coin toss in the first instance.

Whakatāne District Council representatives met with Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta to discuss what happened and explained the "profound hurt caused to the two candidates" and said the election laws did not adequately address Te Ao Māori requirements........
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Hitman whose target 'must be Pākehā' sentenced to nine years in prison
He was prepared to kill a man in exchange for five pounds of cannabis, but there was one condition.

The target must be a Pākehā.....
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Labour Party failing to elect Māori president 'opportunity missed'
The Labour Party is being given a serve for missing the opportunity to elect a Māori president.

Political commentator and trade unionist Morgan Godfery said he didn't think the party realised the opportunity it missed to elect its first Māori president in 50 years.

Tane Phillips told RNZ that he accepted the outcome of the vote, and fully endorsed Ms Szabo.

"And I will work with her tirelessly to win the 2020 election. But I will say this, the New Zealand Labour Party needs to look at the Treaty more and partnership with Tangata Whenua," he said.....
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Iwi urges closure of popular Golden Bay freedom camping site
Ngāti Tama wants a ban on overnight camping at Waitapu Bridge in Golden Bay - a popular spot for freedom campers.

In a submission on the Tasman District Council draft Responsible Camping Strategy, Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust says it is a wāhi tapu (sacred site) and sensitive cultural area for Ngāti Tama.

"It is currently a camping area and must be protected from further degradation and pollution," the submission says. "Ngāti Tama therefore seek to prohibit overnight camping at Waitapu Bridge."......
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Conservation Board agenda irks iwi
Poutini Ngāi Tahu is calling for a shake-up in the composition of the West Coast Conservation Board because of what it says is an over-weighting of conservationists.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae chair Francois Tumahai, one of the two iwi representatives on the board, says over the past year it has strayed into areas that are properly the concern or management or mana whenua.

"You find them delving into areas and actually using Māori terms like mana - this area's losing its mana, the river is losing its mana - they've got no right to use that. Only kaitiaki can do that and that's us........
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Cultural appropriation of Māori traditions is an train in entitlement and privilege - Tina Ngata

Thursday December 5, 2019

Waipiro hui challenge to mainstream outletsA south Auckland Māori warden says Māori must be given a say over whether more liquor outlets are opened in their communities.

"Alcohol is the manifestation of a whole lot of stuff that our people feel - colonisation, the near decimation of our language, the loss of our land, all those sorts of things. Māori in a lot of cases drink to bury the pain. Do mainstream providers know how to deal with that? The answer is no," Mr Ratu says.

He says the answer lies in giving Maori the power to drive their own solutions and control their environment....
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New scholarship for Māori and Pasifika architecture students
The University of Auckland has announced a new scholarship for Māori and Pasifika students in the School of Architecture and Planning. Funded by Jasmax, the scheme will offer one student enrolling in the first year of a Bachelor of Architectural Studies $5000 per annum for up to five years to assist with their studies.

The scholarship was set up to acknowledge the lack of Māori and Pacific Islanders in the architecture discipline and encourage more diversity within the programme......
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Nurturing Young Kaitiaki for Aotearoa’s Waterways
Christchurch-based freshwater initiative, Drinkable Rivers, has teamed up with Villa Maria College to develop a kaitiakitanga programme for the restoration and maintenance of the Avon River/Ōtākaro.

From the beginning, our conversations with Villa Maria staff indicated that they were really eager to raise engaged environmental awareness and to bring the principles of kaitiakitanga into their wider curriculum, and we can’t wait to help them do it.”.....
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More help needed for iwi in kauri die back fight
Greens co-leader Marama Davidson wants to see more support for the efforts of mana whenua groups tackling kauri die back disease.

It highlighted to lead role many hapū and iwi are playing alongside scientists.

"Government needs to step up with funding, recognition for support, things like putting more people as ambassadors at visiting sites, making sure the tracks that need to stay shut are shut, making sure we are monitoring and detecting the pathogen as It moves through our soils and just supporting the work on the ground that needs to happen," Ms Davidson says.....
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Ngāpuhi given opportunity to propose new Treaty negotiation framework
The government has announced it no longer recognises the mandate of Tūhoronuku to negotiate the Ngāpuhi treaty settlement, and has opened the door for hapū to propose a new negotiation framework.

It's back to the drawing board for the country's biggest iwi, which has not been able to reach a settlement with the Crown for a decade.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little said he was now seeking proposals from takiwā (area groups) within the tribe about how more localised claims can be dealt with.....
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Ngāpuhi hapū doubt Crown's new approach to settlement
Many Ngāpuhi hapū are unconvinced the Crown's renewed efforts to get its settlement back on track, and give new groups an opportunity to enter into negotiations, will work.

But Te Uri Taniwha hapū representative, Hinerangi Himiona, said it was extremely frustrating, because that was what hapū had been asking for for years.

"Where's the apology? Where's the acknowledgement of the huge cock-up that was Tūhono and the evolved mandate process?

Te whiu hapū representative, Sam Napia, said he couldn't believe the Treaty Negotiations Minister had now given hapū just four days notice to meet with him about a new way forward.

"The minister need not think that he's Santa Clause coming down the chimney on Christmas Eve with this announcement," he said.

"He has in fact given us four days notice of a hui that he's called at Waitangi. That tells me that the Crown's attitude hasn't changed. They think because they whistle that we, Ngāpuhi rangatira, will come running.

"It's when this Labour-led government starts showing respect for Ngāpuhi hapū rangatiratanga then I'll find some optimism."....
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Significant and Enduring Inequality Needs Urgent Action
The poorest households, which include some 120,000 children, need at least another $112 per week to reach adequate income levels.

Actively involving those most affected by the housing crisis in decision making is another essential step towards equality and inclusion, as is adopting Te Ao Māori principles into policy framework......
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Honorary doctorate for Belich
Historian James Belich is set to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature from Te Herenga Waka at Victoria University of Wellington.

His 1986 book The New Zealand Wars and subsequent television series renewed interest in New Zealand’s colonial history and changed understanding of the Māori role in the conflict.

He later expanded his research to include the history of settler societies and their relations with indigenous peoples, the explosion of European migration around the world, and global history more generally......
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Hui focuses on driving regional Māori economy
A series of community hui on the development of a strong and sustainable Māori economy in the greater Wellington region will conclude in Plimmerton today ahead of next year developing an economic strategy and action plan designed to boost the economic and social well-being of Māori in the region.....
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West Coast iwi join call for review of Conservation Board line-up
West Coast iwi are backing a call by Mayor of Westland, Bruce Smith, to disband the West Coast Conservation Board, because it is stacked with conservationists.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae and Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio together as Poutini Ngāi Tahu are calling on Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage to review the current board line-up......
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Call for statutory Māori seats in local government to increase representation
A Northland Māori leader calling for greater Māori representation in local government will next week put his case to Northland Regional Council's Tai Tokerau Maori Advisory Committee.

Rihari Dargaville (Ngapuhi), Taitokerau District Māori Council chairman will present a submission calling for changes in the way Māori participate in New Zealand's local government elections to the Tai Tokerau Maori Advisory Committee on Thursday 12 December.

The submission will focus on using New Zealand's Māori electoral role as the foundation for both sourcing Māori local government election candidates and the ensuing voting for those candidates - in specific Māori wards.

"It would be voting by Māori, for Māori," Mr Dargaville said.

The Taitokerau District Māori Council and Auckland lawyer Gerald Sharrock are putting a case under urgency before the Waitangi Tribunal calling for statutory Māori seats in local government.

His Northland call is part of a national push, with Mr Dargaville calling for this process in all regions of New Zealand with a Māori population of 15 percent or higher.......
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Henderson-Massey Local Board to push for more funding for Waitangi Day celebrations
Henderson-Massey Local Board is to request an increase in regional funding for the Waitangi@waititi event, one of the largest annual events in West Auckland

Held at Hoani Waititi Marae, the event has grown from approximately 10,000 attendees in 2015 to around 35,000 in 2019 and currently receives $25,000 in regional funding each year. It also receives funding from the three West Auckland boards, with Henderson-Massey contributing $10,000 per year as part of a three-year funding agreement.

Henderson-Massey Local Board member Vanessa Neeson, who tabled the proposal, says that the event is of such significance to residents of Auckland and a showcase of Māori leadership and self-determination, that its level of regional funding should be increased.....
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Whakatane: Rural areas holding highest rate debt
Murupara, Ruatoki and other rural areas are responsible for over 70 percent of Whakatane District Council’s outstanding rates.

Just under half of this debt is due on Maori-owned land.

The council’s total rate debt as at September 30 was $6.95 million – down from $7.26m at the same time last year. Land rate arrears make up the majority of this amount.

Of this, nearly $3m is land rate arrears dating back three years or more, just over $1m dates to two years ago, nearly $2m is from last year and just under a million is from this year.....
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Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei uses commercial homes to fund papakainga
The Iwi has built their first commercial home in Belmont and placed it on the market. Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei plans to build a total of 350 homes.

In 2011 the iwi signed their deed of settlement which included a redress package. That redress package was used to secure surplus New Zealand defense force land on the North Shore.

“We purchased this land in 2012 as part of our settlement. We put down a deposit of $18 million for the land which in total costs $120 million.”.....
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He Waka Eke Noa
He Waka Eke Noa is an intermediary that connects Māori and Pasifika-owned businesses with clients and buyers wanting to purchase goods, services and works. It was established by The Southern Initiative team in Auckland Council in collaboration with City Rail Link Limited, Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry of Pacific Peoples and the Pacific Business Trust.

We identify and register Māori and Pasifika businesses and link them to public sector and private clients and buyers, including through Auckland Council family procurements.

We want to increase the number, capability and scale of Māori and Pasifika enterprises in government and corporate supply chains......
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Made-up Maori

Taranaki mountain name change is positive, say iwi members

Palmerston North Boys' High School's incredible haka for Year 13s

Marlborough’s Living Culture Treasure sparkles 

Wednesday December 4, 2019

Treaty to be at centre of education
Education Minister Chris Hipkins yesterday unveiled his rewrite of the country’s education legislation.

Hipkins is billing the Education and Training Bill as a fundamental rewrite of the 1964 and 1989 Education Acts along with the 1992 Industry training and Apprenticeship Act.

Probably the biggest change in the new Bill will be an increased emphasis on the Treaty of Waitangi in schools. This will be linked to a much greater emphasis on teaching Te Reo.

“These are for schools to ensure that:

* the school gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi by: o working to ensure that its plans, policies, and local curriculum reflect local Tikanga Māori, mātauranga Māori and te ao Māori

* taking all reasonable steps to make instruction available in te reo Māori and Tikanga Māori; and

* achieving equitable outcomes for Māori students.

The new objective relating to Te Tiriti will emphasise the importance of local history and practices and challenge boards to improve the teaching of te reo Māori and Tikanga Māori;

They will also be required to contribute to meeting the Crown’s duty to protect Tino Rangatiratanga rights actively; and make a significant contribution to achieving the Crown’s Strategy for Māori Language Revitalisation.

The Te Tiriti objectives will not come into force until 2021......
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Ngāti Maru treaty settlement progress delayed until early next year
Ngāti Maru is the last of the eight iwi of Taranaki to finalise its Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

It was expected the iwi would sign off on its deed of settlement at a ceremony at Parliament in Wellington this month but this has now been pushed out to either late February or early March next year.....
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Simplicity produces first KiwiSaver document in Te Reo
In a first for the KiwiSaver industry, nonprofit Simplicity has published the country’s first bilingual Product Disclosure Statement (PDS), the key public document for all KiwiSaver funds.

The Te Reo and English language document, which outlines the core principles, structure and investment methods of a KiwiSaver fund, is intended to help more native speakers understand this important savings vehicle.......
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Wanganui's Sarjeant Gallery: Blessing for redevelopment to move forward
Members of Te Runanga o Tūpoho, invited guests and gallery staff met early on Monday November 25 to bless the exterior and interior and signal the path is open for work to begin.

The extension will be named Te Pataka o Sir Archie John Te Atawhai Taiaroa, dedicated to Sir Archie Taiaroa, who was a loved and respected kaumātua and an inspirational leader of the Wanganui people.

Te Aranga design principles have been used in the scoping and concept design phases, enabling Māori values to be integrated into the design process and improved awareness and engagement with mana whenua on this site of cultural significance......
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Taipa bridge offers road to past
Te Rarawa chair Haami Piripi says tauihu or prow and taurapa or stern panels at each end are a reminder of the place of Taipa in Māori history.

“That awa is where the Mamaru waka arrived. We’ve still got the landing spot. We’re still describing the events of the landing, the sighting of a large shark, and the settlement of Parata who was the leader of that waka and his marriage to Kahutianui who was our ancestress in waiting so from them come the Ngāti Kahu iwi,” he says.....
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National Māori language summit for young New Zealanders
The first national Māori language summit for young New Zealanders from across Aotearoa will open on Wednesday in Manukau.

“Like our ancestors, our goals for te reo are inter-generational. To revitalise our country’s first language, we need young New Zealanders to help make it happen,” said Māori Language Commissioner, Professor Rawinia Higgins.

“Our audacious goal is to have 1 million speakers of te reo by 2040. This week is an important step towards that goal.”

The strategy also aims by 2040, to have 85% of New Zealanders, or more, value te reo Māori as a key part of national identity and achieve 150,000 Māori aged 15 and over, using te reo Māori as much as English by 2040......
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High Court reserves ruling on Aupouri aquifer
Justice Paul Davison has reserved his decision on an appeal against consents granted to the Motutangi Waiharara Water Users' Group to take up to more than two million cubic metres of water a year from the Aupouri aquifer.

The appeal, described by the MWWU as vexatious and frivolous, is against consents granted to the group's 17 applicants last year by independent commissioners for the Northland Regional Council, for 600ha of new avocado orchards at Houhora, Motutangi and Waiharara.

Ngati Kuri's Te Taumatua Ngati Kuri Research Unit unsuccessfully challenged the commissioners' decision in the Environment Court, then went to the High Court.

Reece Burgoyne, on behalf of the research unit, told the High Court last week that the appeal relied on issues relating to the Treaty of Waitangi, the State Enterprises Act, and the NRC's regional policy statement, while Houhora man Eric Wagener, assisting Mr Burgoyne, said the Environment Court could not rule on land ownership and had not adequately protected the aquifer.....
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Take Trout Farming Off Agenda Says Trout Federation
Trout farming should not be a part of government’s plan to strengthen the allocation and transfer process in the Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2004 says a trout and rivers advocacy the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA).

He said trout farming which iwi have publicly contemplated, would endanger the public’s recreational fishery which had been estimated at well over a billion dollars per annum......
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No first meeting for Te Huinga Taumatua
New Plymouth council's new iwi committee has got off to a stuttering start, with not enough members turning out for its first formal meeting of the new term.

Te Huinga Taumatua was meant to meet on Tuesday, but with only two iwi representatives a quorum could not be formed.

It is not the first time this has happened - a meeting last term was cancelled due to not enough members.....
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Waitaruke man denies oyster theft charge
A Waitaruke man who was ordered to pay $1500 to a theft-hit oyster farmer denies taking the shellfish, despite a Facebook Live video showing him near the farm, accompanied by a post advertising 'oysters fresh off the farm'.

He also questioned Mr Robertson's ownership of the oysters. The farm was leased, the area was under foreshore and seabed and Treaty claims, and even if Mr Robertson did own the farm he couldn't own the oysters, he said.

"How do you claim title to what Tangaroa gives?" he asked.

Mr Rika said he had been given a raw deal by government agencies, and under the 1835 Declaration of Independence the issue should have been resolved according to tikanga. He invited Mr Robertson to join him in resolving the issue on the marae any time........
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Nelson Archdeacon Harvey Ruru named deputy chair of NZ Maori Council
Nelson Archdeacon Harvey Ruru has been appointed deputy chairman of the New Zealand Māori Council, representing Te Waipounamu or the South Island.

"Because I'm an Anglican priest, I've always been alongside a high-calibre of people. A lot of wairua [spirit] has gone in over the years in trying to maintain that wairua and positivity in all the activities of iwi and Māori on the whole.".........
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Auckland iwi eyes Ports of Auckland property
An Auckland iwi is putting its hand up to buy part of the city's waterfront if Ports of Auckland operations are moved to Northland.

Today Ngāti Whātua Orākei released its plans to develop almost 100 hectares of land including the Ports of Auckland and Quay Park.

The central Auckland hapū is welcoming talk of the port's move - and is looking to form an iwi consortium to buy the land if it comes up for sale.

Ngāti Whātua Orākei is the ahi kā for the Auckland CBD - and in 1996 bought 20 hectares of land at Quay Park for $44 million.

The iwi's worth stands around $1.5 billion - and it's putting its hand up to buy the land and foreshore that Ports of Auckland currently sits on if it ever comes on the market.

Ngāti Whātua Orākei deputy chair Ngarimu Blair said he was excited by the current political environment.

"We use to own that part of the Waitematā and we want to own it again - and our money is as good as anyone else's.

"And we can lead a consortium of that size to reacquire it again."

That consortium, Mr Blair said, could include iwi powerhouses Ngāi Tahu, Waikato Tainui and Tuaropaki......
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Embedding Māori culture and ideals into our own
Like many New Zealand companies, over the last few years more attention has been paid to adequately incorporating Māori words, values and beliefs into the DNA of an organisation.

The Warehouse Group has been making a concerted effort to be more inclusive when it comes to celebrating and acknowledging Aotearoa’s biculturalism. This has in part been done through celebrating events like Matariki and Māori Language Week, and by making Māori cultural integration a key pillar of our diversity and inclusion strategy.....
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Mangai Maori for Hamilton council committees
Hamilton Council has confirmed the committee structure recommended by new mayor Paula Southgate, with māngai Māori sitting on all committees.

Bella Takiari-Brame will sit on the finance and strategic risk committees, while James Whetū is on the strategic growth committee.

Norm Hill will be the voiced for Māori on the infrastructure operations environment committees.

Olly Te Ua and Te Pōra Thompson-Evans will share the load on the community and economic development committees, and all māngai Māori can sit on the hearings and engagement committee if the meetings involve matters relevant to another committee they are a member of.
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Ho Ho Hokitika Christmas sign slammed as 'disgusting mispronunciation'

The Ho Ho Hokitika sign goes up on December 1 each year, but local man Caleb Robinson has posted on social media calling it an "insult".

"Every year I complain about the intentional barstardisation of our towns [sic] name."

Robinson told Newshub Hokitika was a name of "very big significance".

"It's a name that's celebrated in carvings and in the stories that we tell in our houses.".....
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How Charlottesville’s Echoes Forced New Zealand to Confront Its History

Tuesday December 3, 2019

$5m project to begin building NZ's first 'gene bank'Scientists are building New Zealand's first genomic database - with the hope of tackling some of the biggest diseases hurting Kiwis.

A collaboration with iwi, the Genomics Aotearoa Rakeiora programme is also taking aim at major health inequities that still leave Māori and Pacific people worse off.

The leading researchers behind the effort, which just received a Government cash injection of nearly $5m, say it's a first step toward what could become a crucial resource for Kiwi patients in the future......
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'Blatant racism': Cruise ship guests given 'pantomime' Māori pōwhiri at Port of Tauranga
Cruise ship guests have been welcomed to the Port of Tauranga with a "pantomime pōwhiri" slammed as "blatant racism".

Photos - reportedly taken this morning - show guests having photos taken with several non-Māori men in crude skirts with "scribbles" across their faces.

Stanley said there were plenty of local operators who could perform culturally appropriate pōwhiri.

Along with the offence caused to Māori, Stanley said it was a terrible way to greet international guests.

"For the manuhiri to be treated with a pantomime pōwhiri like this beggars belief, and further perpetuates racist myths.

"It is blatant racism and exploitation of Māori culture and of staff by the company........
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Kaikōura mana whenua threaten to occupy land to stop cycleway built on burial sites
Kaikōura mana whenua are threatening to occupy land to stop a walking and cycling path being built on burial sites at Mangamaunu, despite assurances from the rebuild alliance, NCTIR, it is looking for another location.

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura chair Hariata Kahu said they have always opposed the shared user pathway, and they've asked for work to stop.

She said it's been a battle trying to stop the rebuild alliance disturbing their wāhi tapu, which also include old pā sites.....
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Claims give council new sense of purpose
The new chair of the New Zealand Māori Council says the Waitangi Tribunal’s shift from historical claims back to kaupapa or contemporary claims has given the organisation a new sense of focus.

“How does the crown continue to fulfil its obligation to Māori and by what measure with they do that. That is very much on the agenda of the New Zealand Māori Council. So we are deeply involved in the Waitangi Tribunal kaupapa claims beginning now with the health ones and we’ve had some early successes in that and those are going to be the markers of confidence to say ‘oh yes, there is a purpose,’” Mr Mason says.....
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Orakei endorses leadership
Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei has endorsed its current leadership, with chair Marama Royal and deputy Ngarimu Blair topping the poll for the four seats available on rotation.

Revenue from property rentals increased $15 million over the year to $42 million, and the iwi declared an after-tax profit of almost $43 million.

That compares with $80 million last year.

The difference was the gain on revaluation of investment property, which was $32 million this year compared with $79 million last year.

Total equity now stands at $974 million, up $40 million for the year....
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What's happened since the damning Waitangi Tribunal report on Māori health?

Mātauranga Māori 'needed' to help fight the world's biodiversity crisis

Wānangatia te wahakura in Rotorua

Monday December 2, 2019

Mt Egmont name to “finally” be scrapped - Taranaki MaungaThe dual legal name for Mt Egmont, Mt Taranaki will change. Next year, the name Mt Egmont is going to be scrapped and the mountain will retain only its Māori name Taranaki Maunga.

Ngā Iwi o Taranaki (Eight tribes of Taranaki) have reached agreement with the Crown that their tupuna maunga should simply be known as Taranaki Maunga, and not by the dual name of Mt Egmont, Mt Taranaki which has been in official use since 1986.

Ngā Iwi o Taranaki spokesperson Jamie Tuuta says all the names associated with Taranaki Maunga will have Māori names under the new legislation, and the name of the national park will be Te Papakura o Taranaki......
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Popular Waikato sculpture breaches cultural etiquette
A major design oversight has seen the positioning of Tokoroa's famous chainsaw man deemed culturally insensitive.

South Waikato District Council Councillor Arama Ngapo-Lipscombe raised the concern during the council's November meeting.

"The chainsaw man has his chainsaw pointed directly at the head of a pole next to him," she said.

"From a cultural perspective that is not very appropriate."

Councillor Peter Schulte agreed and said the issue needed to be fixed.

"If it is culturally not acceptable for the chainsaw man's chainsaw [to be pointing] into one of the other poles, I think we have a duty to our community to alleviate that," he said......
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Half say ‘no’ to district council Maori ward poll question
More than half of the respondents to this week’s Herald web poll said “no” to the question, “do you think Gisborne District Council should have a Maori ward to increase Maori representation around the council table?”

Among 372 (58 percent) out of 636 respondents who rejected the idea was the reader who said a Maori ward “would be racism”.

While 243 (38 percent) said “yes” to the question, few added comments.....
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Traditional Santa returns to Nelson Santa Parade, as does Hana Kōkō
Clad in his recognisable red garb and sporting a long, white beard, traditional Santa was back with his reindeer in the Nelson Santa Parade on Sunday – so too was the Māori Santa, Hana Kōkō.

The surprise appearance of Hana Kōkō in the 2018 event dressed in a red cloak and holding a spear, sparked nationwide controversy and a racist backlash as many people had been expecting to see a familiar-looking Father Christmas.

This year, in the hands of new organisers Tom Smythe and Claire McLean, of EBTAC Ltd, both Santas were popular participants in the inner-city parade with Rev Tremaine Mikaere stepping into the role of Hana Kōkō.....
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For the month of November 'Breaking Views updates' recorded 92 articles on race relations published in media across the country, with 87 promoting Maori sovereignty and 5 reflecting an equal rights perspective.

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