Saturday, December 21, 2019

Breaking Views Update: Week of 15.08.19

Saturday December 21, 2019

Calls for councillor's resignation after 'racist' joke at Wanganui meeting
"Repo has an unfortunate connotation doesn't it," Vinsen said. "Repo means repossession. I don't know if I'd like to live in that street."

Race relations commissioner Meng Foon said the joke was in bad taste.

"It's terribly disappointing that the councillor is mocking a name. Obviously it's not right to say it incorrectly in the first place and more particularly when it has been said incorrectly and mocking the meaning of the name from Māori to English.

"I think the councillor will need rehabilitation and it will be good for the Wanganui District Council or their Māori adviser to actually coach that particular councillor and other councillors of the correct pronunciation of the name."....
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Public works used to undermine King Country self-government
The Waitangi Tribunal says more Māori land was taken for public works in the King Country than in any other part of New Zealand once the area was opened up for Pākeha settlement.

In the fourth part of its report on Te Rohe Pōtae claims, the tribunal says the excessive taking of land was one of a number of significant breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi that undermined the mana and autonomy of iwi and hapuÌ„.

It followed a period of rapid alienation of Maori land after Ngāti Maniapoto allowed the main trunk railway line to run across its territory, which was detailed earlier parts of the report......
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Treaty settlement group made 'secret deal', refused to hold elections and did not disclose accounts

A Napier treaty group made a 'secret deal' with the Crown, failed to disclose accounts to hapū, did not hold elections as required, and took out a large loan without informing members.

Despite been alerted to concerns by hapū, the Crown signed a deed of settlement with the group in 2016.

Now the Waitangi Tribunal has found the Crown breached treaty principles and has recommended a raft of measures it should take to address the failures, as well as ways it should prevent similar failures in future......
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Mauao base track accessible for everyone
A strengthened relationship with iwi and tireless work from contractors is being hailed as the reason for the quick re-opening of the Mauao base track.

The track was officially reopened this morning with a blessing from local kaumatua.

Tauranga Mayor Tenby Powell says the partnership with iwi is important to take the city forward.

“This has happened because of the relationship with iwi, with the Mauao Trust Board, that we started pre-inauguration and it came from there.

“The partnership that we’re now developing is going to be very important to take the city forward, exemplified by what we’ve been able to achieve here on reopening the Mauao track so quickly.”.....
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Aotea Station: Design features of City Rail Link’s new transport hub unveiled
When it is completed the City Rail Link's underground Aotea Station will be the busiest train station in the country and a new video shows it won't be lacking in innovative design and art features either.

While inside the station itself there will be seven skylights to represent the seven stars of the Matariki constellation. And the internal station walls and acoustic panels in the station will be modelled on Maori woven patterns.

According to Auckland Council the key concept designs for the Aotea and Karangahape underground stations and the re-designed Mt Eden station were based on the traditional narratives of Auckland iwi......
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National Council of Women appoints first Māori President
Lisa believes that Māori leadership in mainstream spaces like NCWNZ is becoming more apparent. “The challenge is in indigenising the space and supporting the membership to grow and recognise themselves in a Tiriti o Waitangi based society.”.....
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We can no longer afford to be complacent about tourism growth

Can kaitiakitanga save the planet?

Why a pardon for 20th-century Māori leader Rua Kēnana doesn't go far enough

How Māori principles shaped the City Rail Link's award-winning design

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Friday December 20, 2019

Iwi gaining back authority across the country, one disaster at a timeRemember when, not very long ago, we could easily ignore Māori perspectives and practices? We can't any more.

It's becoming very difficult to exclude the use of tikanga Māori and te reo Māori at any event or in everyday life in Aotearoa. It's being used more every day, everywhere, by everyone, incrementally changing our Kiwi way of life.

It's becoming our new normal whether we like it or not.

Tikanga is being used inside Parliament, the entire public service, educational institutions, media organisations, private companies, and even gangs use it.

Our highest court is considering its use.......
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Road to Zero strategy leak: improved roads, more cameras, lower speeds
Iwi would also be consulted on how outcomes for Māori could be improved......
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Rua Kenana pardon ready for royal assent
That’s where they are returning to prepare for a hui on Saturday with the Māori king and Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy.

"She will give the royal assent to the Rua Kenana Pardon Bill, passing it into legislation and taking the first step to restoring the mana, character, reputation of Rua, of the Iharaira faith and of the many descendants," he says......
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Govt paying lip service to Maori in Climate Commission - Maori Climate Commissioner
The appointment of the new Climate Commission fails to represent Māori or take the importance of their views and perspective on climate change into account says Māori Climate Commissioner Donna Awatere Huata.

Commissioner Awatere Huata says the level of consultation with Māori on the climate crisis has to-date been woefully inadequate.

"We cannot let this pattern play out here in New Zealand. Māori not only have been proven to be more likely to feel the effects of climate change, we also have an enormous role to play in finding the best possible solutions for Aotearoa.".....
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Racism within the NZ Police must be addressed
The New Zealand Maori Council is calling on the Government to establish an Inquiry into Institutional racism in the New Zealand Police. Council’s Executive Director Matthew Tukaki has said “for too long our people within the force and outside in the community have been unfairly targeted and treated as second class citizens and this must end. In no way is racism in the ranks of Police against Maori officers and staff and of those people against Maori acceptable”.....
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Orakei buoyed by tribunal Hauraki slam
Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei believes the findings of the Waitangi Tribunal in the Hauraki settlement overlapping claims inquiry will help it in its own High Court action against the neighbouring iwi.

The Marutūāhu settlement redress includes central Auckland properties which Ōrakei says are within its heartland and show the crown has failed to recognise its rights as mana whenua.

Mr Blair says Auckland Council also needs to heed the tribunal’s report and change its iwi engagement processes......
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Petition to make English official language of NZ
Howick local Gayleen Mackereth has started a petition to make English one of the three official languages of New Zealand.

Most people are probably under the impression that English is an official language of this county, however it was removed in 1987, when Te Reo Maori became an official language.

English has remained a de-facto official language since then. It is accepted as such within legalese......
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NZGB announces decisions on 681 place names
The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) has notified 681 place names, including 650 in New Zealand’s area of interest in Antarctica.

* Otorohanga District will become Ōtorohanga District on 17 January 2020. This follows a request from Ngāti Maniapoto iwi as part of its Treaty settlement negotiations. The district name is now spelled correctly with a macron. The name means stretched out/extended.

* Opotiki District will become Ōpōtiki District on 17 January 2020 as the result of a proposal from Opotiki District Council. The Council was keen to align the district’s name with its practice of using Ōpōtiki in its promotional material. It also recognises the importance of its partnerships with mana whenua and promotes te reo Māori and tikanga. The district name will align with the town name, Ōpōtiki, which is already official. Ōpōtiki relates to the arrival of the tipuna Tarawa who released his pet tanahanaha (fish) into a spring. The spring became known as ‘Ōpōtiki-Mai-Tawhiti’ meaning ‘the pets from afar’.

A further 29 place names in Southland Region are also official as part of the NZGB’s fast-track process to convert unofficial existing names to official. These names are recorded in Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu’s online Kā Huru Manu cultural heritage atlas and most are in long term use on authoritative maps.....
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Protestors take a stand over sale of New Plymouth landmark
Protesters gathered outside the entrance to New Plymouth's most visible pā site, saying they were taking a stand against the "injustice" of the land being sold.

Maungaroa, or Windy Point, is partly owned by New Plymouth District Council, but the other 1.8 hectare section has just be sold by telecoms giant Chorus to an undisclosed buyer, despite calls for the land to be bought by the council or gifted back to the community.

Chorus has not revealed who the new owner is and declined to comment on Thursday's protest......
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Housing repairs reignites community spirit within Ngāti Parewahawaha
Nestled around Parewahawaha Marae in Bulls is a community living in safe, warm and dry homes that were dreamed of 50 years ago when the marae was opened.

Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing Network invested $1.851m over three years to repair 17 whare including kaumātua flats, whānau homes, and four home papakāinga.....
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Waitangi Tribunal finds Crown breaches in report on Te Rohe Potae claims
The Crown’s significant breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi undermined the mana and autonomy of the iwi and hapu of Te Rohe Potae (King Country) over the management of the district, the Waitangi Tribunal has found.

The Tribunal today released five chapters comprising part IV of Te Mana Whatu Ahuru: Report on Te Rohe Potae Claims. This follows the release of parts I and II in September 2018, and part III in June 2019. The report addresses 277 claims concerning Crown actions in Te Rohe Potae after the Treaty was signed on 6 February 1840......
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Mātauranga and Science
This issue also shows how much science has to learn from mātauranga and kaupapa Māori approaches.

To turn the tide on anti-science sentiment we need to reframe our science as ‘here to serve’, and ‘here to listen’. Science in Aotearoa NZ, and indeed the world, has much to learn from Māori ways of doing, as well as ways of knowing, to bridge these divides.......
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iwi "track ambassadors" 

Thursday December 19, 2019

Tiki Guarana Energy drink offensive, Māori cultural adviser saysA drinks company has been accused of "ignorance" over its "offensive" branding of an energy drink, Tiki Guarana Energy.

Māori cultural adviser Karaitiana Taiuru said there were a number of issues with the way the drink was being marketed.

Tiki were fertility deities, and therefore tapu, he said. For a tiki to be used on a beverage which was noa, or common, was offensive to Maori, and the marketing stating that tiki were good luck charms showed cultural ignorance.....
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Matakana Island joins medical cannabis industry
The whānau on one of New Zealand’s most intriguing islands have just received a licence to grow medicinal cannabis.

Grown outside in the Matakana Island sunshine, Mahana Island Therapies will be one of the only legal and naturally grown cannabis products of its kind in the world.

Jason Murray and Aimee Armstrong, at the helm of Mahana Island Therapies are determined to develop a unique business model largely centred on tikanga Māori values.

Using age-old concepts of Rongoā (traditional Māori medicine), they intend to grow and manufacture a range of premium healing products to improve the health and quality of life of New Zealanders suffering from chronic illness and pain......
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Southern Cross has appointed a Maori advisory body - in a first for the health insurance sector
The Maori Advisory Governance Group will work alongside health insurers.

Chaired by Precious Clark, the eight-member body includes iwi leaders and community and health sector representatives.

Clark says it's a pioneering step in giving Maori more confidence in their health care.....
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Speed barrier to fair settlement for Aotea
A member of Ngāti Rēhua says Great Barrier Iwi are keen to sit down with Hauraki on the marae to resolve disputes about what interests they may have on the island.

Kelly Klink says Ngāti Rēhua and Ngāti Wai ki Aotea are heartened by a Waitangi Tribunal finding that the crown failed to follow a proper overlapping claims process in its rush to conclude a settlement with Pare Hauraki.

The Iwi would welcome a tikanga-based process after hears of conflict that has undermined support for their own settlement......
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Maori caucus influence shows through
The co-chair of Labour's Māori caucus says the agreement on 5G spectrum and the appointment of more Māori to district health boards shows the influence the party's 13 Māori MPs are able to exert on Government.

Willie Jackson says often it's a matter of chipping away at issues, but Labour has shown itself willing to explore what partnership can look like.

In the case of DHBs, 43 of 72 appointments were Māori.....
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Being Kiwi: 'Racism exists, but it is not welcome here'

Racism is real in Aotearoa.

Championing the past: How the battle to get NZ history taught in all schools was won and what it means

Wednesday December 18, 2019

New strategy for resolving historical claimsThe Crown has adopted a new strategy for resolving historical claims arising from abuse in state care that better reflects its principled response to the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry, State Services Minister Chris Hipkins and Attorney-General David Parker said today.

The review of the historical claims resolutions approach was directed by Cabinet as part of its commitment in April 2019 to six principles guiding the Crown’s response to the Abuse in Care Inquiry. These are: manaakitanga, openness, transparency, learning, being joined up and meeting our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The new Crown Resolution Strategy updates the current approach in several ways, including:

* Being more transparent about what claimants can expect from the Crown

* Giving claimants the right to involve whānau, hapu, iwi and community in the resolution process

* Following settlement of a claim, being explicit that new or additional material information that a claimant becomes aware of can then be considered by the Crown

* When claimants choose to litigate in court, the Crown will concede any factual matters that it doesn’t dispute

* Explicit inclusion in the Crown Resolution Strategy of the six principles guiding the Crown’s response to the Abuse in Care Inquiry....
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Wanganui iwi calls for resignation of councillor who made 'racially motivated' comments over street name
Wanganui iwi and hapū representatives are calling for the resignation of local councillor Rob Vinsen after they claim he made "racially motivated" comments at a council meeting.

Vinsen made the statements at a December 10 meeting which decided the name of a newly developed housing subdivision in the Springvale area.

When presented with the submissions from local iwi, Vinsen said, "Well aside from the fact that 're-po' has an unfortunate connotation doesn't it?

"Re-po means short for repossession and I don't know whether I would like to live in that street."

Mair called the comments "extremely belittling and mocking" and said fellow councillors laughed at the statement, which added further distress.

A formal complaint has also been made to the Human Rights Commission against the Wanganui District Council for its inaction after Vinsen's comments, Mair said......
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Spectrum talks move on to treaty footing
A Māori spectrum claimant says a deal struck to allow the auction of 5G spectrum is the first time the crown has approached the issue from a Treaty of Waitangi basis.

Successive Governments rejected the findings of the Waitangi Tribunal and the courts.

"Over the past couple of years there has been a sea change in the atmosphere. The crown and this minister Kris Faafoi have indicated a willingness to work harder on it.

Mr `Walker says the allocation means Maori will not just be passengers in someone else's waka as 5G services are developed......
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Brash: No justification for race-based spectrum give-away
There is not the slightest justification for allocating any resource which is the common property of all New Zealanders on the basis of race, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today.

“This Government seems hell-bent on building a state where Maori have different and preferential rights and privileges. In South Africa, we called it apartheid,” Dr Brash said.

“Why is the Government proposing to allocate any part of the 5G spectrum on racial grounds?” he said.....
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The problem with cutting archives access
A widely-praised move by the Government to teach New Zealanders more about their history has been followed by a decision to cut public access to the national archives.


Chief archivist Richard Foy’s recent move to limit reading room hours to just four a day from March at Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga seems completely incongruous with the Government’s intentions.

This will have a major impact upon researchers and scholars, particularly those coming to Wellington from elsewhere to consult the nation’s archives.....
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Newstalk ZB host Andrew Dickens' comment 'how Māori are you?' deemed offensive, but acceptable
When Newstalk ZB radio host Andrew Dickens asked a caller, "How Māori are you?" he was offensive and patronising, but did not breach broadcasting standards, the authority has found.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) said in its decision this week that the question was likely to offend some listeners and represented an outdated attitude toward Māori.

"While we find the questions belittling and patronising we do not consider that Mr Dickens' questioning contained the high level of condemnation required to find a breach of this standard," the BSA announced.

"Therefore any restriction on NZME's right to freedom of expression on this occasion would be unjustified.".....
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Ownership of 11 Mission Street will be transferred to the Otamataha Trust, subject to a lease to the Elms Foundation.
The Tauranga City Council voted in favour of transferring the ownership at today’s council meeting.

The property at 11 Mission Street is located within the original Otamataha Pā site.

The title to the land will be gifted to the Otamataha Trust and a lease granted to the Elms Foundation allowing them to develop the area.

The councillors who voted for the decision are Heidi Hughes, Kelvin Clout, Steve Morris, Jako Abrie, Larry Baldock, Tina Salisbury and Mayor Tenby Powell.

Votes against the decision came from, Bill Grainger, John Robson and Andrew Hollis with Dawn Kiddie abstaining from the vote.....
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Tribunal find Hauraki settlement process flawed
The Waitangi Tribunal has found the Crown acted inconsistently with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi by failing to undertake a sufficient overlapping claims process concerning redress offered to Hauraki iwi as part of their proposed Treaty settlement.

For Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui and Ngātiwai, whose interests overlap with Hauraki, the consequences have been profound.

The Tribunal says the Crown’s actions created fresh grievances, fractured relationships and further delayed the settlement process.
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Using 'Aotearoa' and 'New Zealand' together 'as it should be' - Jacinda Ardern
Using 'Aotearoa' and 'New Zealand' together is "as it should be", the Prime Minister says - despite a parliamentary committee earlier this year deciding not to make it official.

"It's common usage... Māori is an official language and 'Aotearoa' is commonly used alongside 'New Zealand', and I think that's as it should be," Jacinda Ardern, wearing a korowai, told reporters on Tuesday.

Since Tuia 250 has been a catalyst for recognising Māori culture, Ardern was asked if the Government is considering making 'Aotearoa' an official part of New Zealand's name.

"Regardless of whether or not it's placed formally, I think it's naturally taken its place as it should."....
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Tuia 250 Voyage ends but Tuia - Our Future is Unstoppable

COP 25: Māori leader calls out global climate change summit for treating indigenous peoples like 'tokens'

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Tuesday December 17, 2019

Spark's 5G roadblock cleared after Government strikes deal with MāoriMāori will get a slice of 5G spectrum as part of a Government decision to pave the way for the speedier deployment of the new generation of mobile technology.

Communications Minister Kris Faafoi said 210 megahertz of "unused" radio spectrum in the 3.5GHz band that is currently best supported by 5G smartphone makers would be made available to mobile network operators and Māori by the middle of next year.

Telcos will be able to bid for 160MHz of the "early release" spectrum, with 50MHz set aside for Māori.

Successive governments have so far chosen not to formally recognise a Treaty of Waitangi claim by Māori to radio spectrum.....
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Creating a digital future for Maori
The New Zealand Maori Councils Executive Director, Matthew Tukaki, has called the announcement of Communications Minister, Kris Faafoi, of the Crown and Maori’s agreement on one of the oldest Kaupapa Claims, Spectrum, a great result for Maori.

“The spectrum claim is one of the oldest outstanding kaupapa claims that has previously come before the Waitangi Tribunal and of course multiple Governments over the past few decades.

History of Spectrum and the New Zealand Maori Council
In June 1990, claim Wai 150 was lodged by Sir Graham Latimer on behalf of the New Zealand Maori Council......
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Board ponders future of Oneroa-a-Tohe (Ninety Mile Beach)
The care and safety of all users and visitors to the beach, acknowledging tangata whenua and protecting the environment are some of the public concerns that will eventually help shape a formal management plan for Te Oneroa-a-Tohe/Ninety Mile Beach.

Established through Treaty of Waitangi settlement legislation, the eight-member Te Oneroa-a-Tohe Board has an even split of iwi and local government members and has been tasked with developing a management plan for the iconic beach.

Te Oneroa-a-Tohe/Ninety Mile Beach has massive cultural, historical and spiritual significance - not just to the five local iwi who make up Te Hiku o Te Ika - but to the wider community (Maori and non-Maori alike) New Zealand-wide......
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Unrepentant councillor irks Mikaere
A Tauranga elder has called on Tauranga City Council to stand down a councillor with a record of statements opposing the Treaty of Waitangi.

During the election campaign social media comments from Andrew Hollis surfaced including that the Treaty of Waitangi was past its use-by-date and a joke, and that there was an iwi gravy train.

Buddy Mikaere says since being elected councillor Hollis has not apologised for those comments nor indicated he has changed his position.

He says that puts him in conflict with the Local Government Act and the oath he took to serve.....
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More progress in delivering te reo Māori in schools
600 new te reo advocates are being sought following the success of a programme that supports the Government’s plan to integrate te reo Māori into education, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

Registrations for Te Ahu o te Reo Māori 2020 are now open, with courses starting from February onwards.

“We know educational success is higher for tamariki who learn in or through te reo Māori. That’s why our Government is committed to every child having te reo Māori in their learning by 2025,” Kelvin Davis said.....
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Te Ahu o te Reo Māori ki Te Taiuru - He Ata Rawea
Te Ahu o te Reo Māori represents the Government’s commitment to strengthen and grow and education workforce that can integrate te reo Māori into the learning of all ākonga and students in Aotearoa by 2025......
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Taupo Council strengthens relationships with local Iwi partners
Council is strengthening its relationships with local Iwi partners through the inclusion of Maori representatives on five council committees this triennium.

The decision follows discussions with the district’s Iwi partners on how to co-design an appropriate and genuine approach to involving Maori in local decision-making, after council opted not to include Maori wards.

While that dialogue is continuing, the decision to include Maori representation on council committees was an important step said Taupo district mayor, David Trewavas.

"I’m proud to further our partnerships and create genuine opportunities for council and Iwi to work more closely together for the benefit of our community........
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Northland's top 30 high-risk drivers focus of police operation
Northland's 30 most high-risk drivers will get a little bit more police attention as part of a new approach to help repeat traffic offenders.

Northland road policing team leader Senior Sergeant Steve Dickson said the officers came from various sections within the police and would include iwi liaison officers.

Statistics show 65 per cent of Maori offenders have a driving offence as part of their initial jail sentence and about 5 per cent of jail sentences are for driving without a licence......
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Ngāti Awa paid $9 million for White Island Tours, now it's worth 'close to zero'
Ngāti Awa paid $9 million to buy White Island Tours in 2017 in a bid to expand its asset base, and develop employment for Iwi members.

That investment now looks to be severely impaired as there is doubt tourist trips to Whakaari/White Island will ever happen again following an eruption on the volcano which is now confirmed to have killed 14 people.

Business valuations expert Bruce Sheppard estimates the value of the tour company's exclusive licence to land vessels on the island to be zero, and the tour company's total value to to be around the value of its assets......
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Tauranga courthouse revamp: Government announces $100m investment

A new "courthouse of the future" will be built in Tauranga with a $100 million price tag, Justice Minister Andrew Little said this morning.

The courthouse will be designed in partnership with iwi, the local community, the judiciary, the legal profession, court staff and other court users......
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Ngāi Tahu launches new business directory for whānau
Ngāi Tahu has launched Te Aka Haumi o Tahu, a new business directory created by whānau, for whānau.

The vision for Te Aka Haumi o Tahu is to connect, engage and give back by keeping money flowing within the iwi.

“Services and trades listed in the directory are increasing all the time. By using a whānau-owned business it means the dollar will keep bouncing within the iwi economy.”......
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Maori voice to help shape tertiary education
Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced the members of Te Taumata Aronui, a group to work with Government on tertiary education policy from a Māori community and employer perspective.

“Te Taumata Aronui is an opportunity for Māori and the Crown to work more closely on changes to the tertiary education system,” Chris Hipkins said.

“We have heard that Māori want to be involved in the Crown’s work to re-design our education system so it works better for Māori…..
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Māori TV changes migrants’ views on Māori
It would not be surprising if some new migrants have fairly negative ideas about Māori. Mainstream media do not help much in the way Māori stories are often framed, nor do the racist attitudes expressed in the everyday language of some Pākehā.

In contrast, Māori Television represents indigenous history, culture, contemporary issues and concerns from a Māori point of view. If new migrants do adopt negative attitudes towards Māori they can potentially be turned around after engaging with a Māori voice on Māori Television.

Research conducted with a group of Chinese, Indian, Eastern European and a Western European group of relatively new migrants showed that their experience of Māori Television has the potential to change their attitudes......
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Applications now open for $10,000 scholarship
Applications are now open for the Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship, a $10,000 grant for students of Māori descent, offered by the Kawharu Foundation in partnership with Auckland Museum.

The purpose of the scholarship is to support and encourage Māori research and leadership, particularly in the field of cultural heritage......
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Time to invest in a justice system that reflects our values
The final report of the Justice Advisory Group sets out a bold vision for breaking down the current punitive and complicated maze entrapping far too many people - but will the Government follow up with the money and commitment needed for true change, asks Tania Sawicki Mead......
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Primary Sector Council's starry-eyed vision
The Primary Sector Council (PSC) has unveiled its vision for the future of New Zealand’s primary industries.

It centres on the Māori concept of Taiao, which emphasises respect for, and harmony with, the natural world.

Jager explained that council member Miriana Stephens, of the Māori-owned agribusiness Wakatu Incorporation, had introduced the council to the concept of Taiao, which describes a deep relationship of respect and reciprocity with the natural world.

“We propose that Taiao can be a distinctive guiding star for our agriculture food and fibre sector and therefore it sits right at the heart of our vision,” he said.

“It will involve government, industry and Māori working together to deliver meaningful change.”....
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PM Jacinda Ardern: Cabinet's Ihumātao and public media merger decisions pushed to 2020
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has wrapped up the last Cabinet meeting of the year with her Ministers and has revealed the Government's response to two major issues won't be announced until next year.

Speaking to her post-Cabinet press conference this afternoon, Ardern said ministers were making "some positive progress" around the issue of the land at Ihumātao.

But Cabinet is not in a position to make any announcements on that front yet, Ardern said.

"As soon as we're in a position to make announcements, we will – but that's not today."

As this was the last Cabinet meeting of the year, the decision has been pushed out until 2020.....
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Maori leaders tackle blind spot in government’s approach to alcohol harm - Hapai Te Hauora
This week a collective of mana whenua, Maori health providers, advocates and community take their concerns about alcohol harm inequities to a symposium held at Middlemore Hospital.

The Maori Symposium on Waipiro is supported by a collaboration between Kokiri ki Tamaki Makaurau Trust, Raukura Hauora o Tainui, Counties Manukau DHB, Hapai Te Hauora and the National Hauora Coalition.

"The purpose of the symposium is to bring Maori voice on alcohol related harm to the fore; to put Maori in a position we have not occupied in the decades of debating alcohol-related harm - and that’s a position of leadership" says Dr. Sarah Herbert, spokesperson from the collective for Maori Leadership on Alcohol.....
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Moko kauae becoming a 'rite of passage' for increasing numbers of Māori women

Tuia 250 voyage nears end as waka arrive in Māhia for festival

Sunday December 15, 2019

Carved pou restored after they were vandalised, chainsawed downA Far North iwi has restored two carved pou which were vandalised and cut down by a chainsaw.

They mark the rāhui area banning all fishing and seafood gathering along more than a kilometre of the coastline and one nautical mile out to sea.

Members of the kaitiaki committee will set up camps near the pou during the summer.

Piripi said this would allow the iwi to share their cultural information.

"It creates a presence on the beach that people can see and hear and feel and appreciate - our status as Tangata Whenua will be recognised more and respected more."....
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Building closer partnerships with Māori
Building closer partnerships with Māori – principles

Cabinet approved Partnership Principles for agencies to use in forming partnerships with Māori. These principles will support future focused partnerships that respond to the needs/interests of Māori communities as well as the Crown......
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Māori Injustice Issues Will Have More Visibility
A prominent Māori leader, Lady Tureiti Moxon believes Māori injustice issues will be seen much more now thanks to Pūhara Mana Tangata, a first-time Māori panel appointed by the Ombudsman.

Moxon, an advisor on the panel wants more Māori to connect with the Ombudsman process on issues that matter given its independence and impartiality to investigate complaints against 4,000 public sector agencies....
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