Saturday, December 14, 2019

Breaking Views Update: Week of 8.12.19

Saturday December 14, 2019

Call for social work to be 'decolonised'
A Massey University researcher is calling for social work education in Aotearoa New Zealand to be decolonised. Social work lecturer Dr Paulè Ruwhiu, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou, has just completed her PhD research into the process of decolonisation and the experiences of Māori social workers and Māori social work students.

Dr Ruwhiu says current programmes focus on western models, with Māori content as a curriculum add-on. “I’ve got no problems teaching the western models, but I do have a problem when I can’t see my own culture in the courses delivered, particularly when social workers will go out to communities where the service users are mainly Māori and Pasifika.”

She would like to see decolonisation topics, such as historical discourses, racism, privilege and cultural dominance, feature in degree courses so students can be aware of their own cultural positioning and how it affects the way they work with clients. She would also like to encourage Māori models of practice, Māori principles and experiential learning through noho marae.

“What I found is that we are too busy talking about the impacts of colonisation, which creates a deficit focus for Māori as the oppressed, with an emphasis on how Māori can work with Pākehā, not the other way around.”

She says Pākehā also need to face themselves and work through what their obligations and responsibilities are in Aotearoa New Zealand under te Tiriti o Waitangi......
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Iwi to receive largest ever cash dividend from Moana New Zealand

The largest Iwi-owned kaimoana and kai ora company, Moana New Zealand, has today reported a net profit after tax of $22.8 million for the year ended 30 September 2019. Finishing the year at 109% of plan, this is 7% up on last year’s profit of $21.4 million.

Moana New Zealand has also declared their largest cash dividend yet of $11.3 million, in accordance with the Company’s dividend policy and as set out in the Maori Fisheries Act. Its 58 Iwi shareholders will receive their respective share of the dividend today. This brings the total dividends to its shareholders since Moana New Zealand’s inception in 2004, to $106.4 million.

Moana New Zealand continues to work with Iwi and industry groups to foster stronger partnerships and to ensure our fisheries are being managed with a long-term, sustainable view in mind.......
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Whakaari/White Island boat tours generate $4.5m a year for iwi
Before this week's tragedy at Whakaari/White Island, the Buttle family and Ngāti Awa were hardly household names.

However, as some of the main players in the disaster at Whakaari/White Island, they now have a public profile that extends to mentions on the BBC and the New York Times.

By 1929, the sulphur venture had crumbled and the island was put up for tender. George Buttle had the winning bid. He told the press he liked the idea of owning a volcano. He died in 1961 aged 76, passing on the island to his son John.

John, who died in 2006, told the New Zealand Geographic magazine he shared his father's enthusiasm for the island and took an active part in nature surveys. It was not then a money-making venture. He asked only for a $10 donation for charity from each visitor.
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Ngāti Awa Rāhui
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa and Te Tapatoru a Toi Joint Management Committee request people to respect a rāhui (temporary ritual prohibition) placed over the tribe’s customary coastal boundaries as a result of the eruption at Whakaari / White Island.

The rāhui encompasses the Whakatāne, Ōhope and Ōhiwa coastlines, and Rurima, Moutohora and Te Puia ō Whakaari islands

The application of rāhui in this instance is very much a sign of respect to those who lost their lives, and to their families;

“It is a very Māori – and in this case a very Ngāti Awa – way of expressing respect, sympathy and aroha in harrowing times such as these”

Neighbouring iwi, including Te Whakatōhea and Te Whānau a Apanui, have also placed rāhui over their customary coastal areas. This effectively represents a customary prohibition on all maritime activities for the whole of the Eastern Bay of Plenty coast. Mr Merito says he hopes the mana of the rāhui - and the iwi who have placed them - will be respected......
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Blenheim's new gateway will have the 'wow' factor as it welcomes visitors to town
An award winning carver making a monument for a new overpass in Blenheim is "honoured" it will be the gateway to the town.

The 150-year-old Ōpaoa Bridge - nicknamed the banana bridge - will be replaced with a new overpass, featuring a landscape filled with native plants, a central courtyard with paved whariki (welcome mat) cycle racks, boulders and most importantly, a 7-metre tall Pou Whenua......
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Ngāi Tahu Holdings appoints Chief Executive
Ngāi Tahu Holdings board member and former Tainui Group Holdings Chief Executive Mike Pohio (Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Pikiao) has been appointed Chief Executive of Ngāi Tahu Holdings.

Ngāi Tahu Holdings chair Mark Tume made the announcement today (13 December 2019). Pohio will stand down as a Ngāi Tahu Holdings board member and start in the chief executive role on 6 January 2020......
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Government urged to cede power to Māori - justice advocates
The government is being urged to cede power to Māori so they can find their own solutions to improve the criminal justice system.

Two reports were published yesterday, one by the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group and the other by the Chief Victims Advisor.

Both recommend changes to the system, with an emphasis on 'by Maori for Maori' solutions.

The Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora - Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group is calling for the whole government approach to change.

In its final report out yesterday, it stresses the need to transform the justice system.

Group member Julia Whaipooti said a big part of that was transferring power and resources to Māori to create their own solutions, which Māori had been wanting for decades.......
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Iwi at Poroti Springs disappointed at water take consent renewal
A decision to grant a replacement resource consent for groundwater take to provide for horticultural irrigation has angered local hapu in Poroti.

NRC said the water take was unlikely to result in any adverse effects on groundwater users beyond a 500 metre radius.

The nearest neighbouring bore is about 550 meters away and there has been no recorded issues with this take by other bore users, it said.

Poroti Springs are of significant cultural value to local hapu, known as the Whatitiri Resource Management Unit, but NRC said Kohatu's water take was in an area of the aquifer that was outside the contributing groundwater zone for the spring and the Waipoa stream.....
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NZ First praised for rejecting Māori seat entrenchment
The spokesperson for Democracy Action, Lee Short, says, “The Māori seats are from a bygone era, and should have been removed when MMP was introduced in 1996 – as was recommended by the Royal Commission which led to its introduction.”

“New Zealanders’ civil and democratic rights should not be based on race or ethnicity.”.....
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Hospital initiative gives family place in care team
Mahi Tahi - Better Together was introduced at Palmerston North Hospital’s Ward 26 late 2018 as a pilot designed to offer a people-centred, whanau-inclusive approach that acknowledges the important role loved ones play in a person’s healthcare journey.

Whānau or friends are able to become a Kaimanaaki (Partner in Care), which enables them to play a prominent role in the care of their loved one while they are in hospital.

Kaimanaaki partner with hospital staff and undertake any tasks they wish to help with, including dressing, assisting with eating, providing company and helping their loved one go for walks. They can visit at any time and stay overnight if required.

Ms Dewar said Mahi Tahi was one aspect of putting the theme of partnership into action, which was a key aspect of the DHB’s strategy.

“For Pae Ora Paiaka Whaiora it has provided the opportunity to embrace Māori values of manaaki, aroha and whānau into the hospital as values that resonate with many families and loved ones, not just Māori,” he said......
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John Clark: Tuia 250 - time travelling about the replica Endeavour

Tuia250 has created 'an unstoppable shift' - Shipley

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Friday December 13, 2019

White Island eruption: Local iwi Ngāti Awa to play key role in recovery operationDetails about the Whakaari/White Island recovery process have been released by police, with Ngāti Awa front and centre of the operation.

The recovery of the eight unaccounted for will commence once police have the go-ahead from GNS that it is safe enough to go on the island.

In Whakatāne today, Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha said while police will make a decision regarding the timing of recovery efforts, Ngāti Awa will lead the process itself.

"Ngāti Awa are front and centre of this operation so for the uplifting of the deceased, once that decision is made, Ngāti Awa will be going across to Whakaari/White Island on HMNZS Wellington."

A tohunga (expert) from Ngāti Awa, as well as a support person, will carry out the karakia, blessings and the upliftings of the tūpāpaku (deceased) in the most appropriate way, he said......
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Tribunal finds Crown used relationship breakdown to rush Ngāti Maniapoto settlement
A Waitangi Tribunal report has found the Crown "took advantage" of the relationship breakdown between two different Ngāti Maniapoto mandated groups in order to meet its own goal of getting iwi settlements over the line faster.

The Maniaptoto Mandate Inquiry, heard under urgency in November last year, investigated the Crown's actions during the mandating process with Ngāti Maniapoto, which saw the original mandated group Te Kawa Mārō replaced by Maniapoto Māori Trust board in 2016.
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National will improve Māori health outcomesNational will seek to address Māori health inequities by relentlessly focussing on early detection, prevention and setting targets, National’s Associate Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

“Our overall strategy takes a needs based approach and Māori currently have poorer outcomes and lower average life expectancy than non-Māori across most health metrics. Our Health Discussion Document looks at ways to address this through targeted interventions which advance and promote Māori health......
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Maori incomes priority for Budget 2020
Lifting Māori and Pacific incomes, skills and opportunities will be one of five priorities for Budget 2020.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson says next year’s Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy.....
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Chief Ombudsman announces advisory group of rangatira
Chief Ombudsman, Peter Boshier, announced today the establishment of a panel of Māori advisers made up of prominent experts and rangatahi leaders.

Peter Boshier says this external advisory panel is a first of its kind for his Office."

I am delighted that my office has taken this step and that our first external advisory group called Pūhara Mana Tangata, has been formed by representatives of tangata whenua for tangata whenua."

"Pūhara Mana Tangata conveys our role as a watchtower ensuring fairness for all, particularly Māori.

"The Chief Ombudsman acknowledges the partnership between Māori and the Crown established by the Treaty of Waitangi, and recognises it to be a critical factor in carrying out his work as the independent watchdog for Parliament overseeing and reporting on the actions of New Zealand crown agencies......
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Scholarships for Māori students
A Scholarship to recognise and reward exceptional students, who have excellent academic records and demonstrated leadership potential and who are enrolling full-time in the first year of an undergraduate degree. $20,000 comprising a guaranteed funded place in University of Auckland catered accommodation and two lump sum payments....
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Three artists to transform Hamilton's 'Wintec Wall' into country's biggest mural
With themes of guardianship, whakapapa, and unity, Te Whētū Collective's concept incorporates the river, three tui, and a female portrait depicting Matariki as the mother of the hill and master of the Māori lunar calendar and cultivation.

"We wanted to tell the story of this particular hill and use the mural to acknowledge the historical wahi pa (local site), explain why it was valued and important for surrounding tribes, and make a commentary on how we can use these learnings for our future.".....
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Hastings to get 200 new houses in next two years, Government announces
The Government has announced it will build 200 new houses in Hastings in the next 18 months.

"We've worked closely with the Hasting District Council, iwi and community to come up with this package," Woods said.

She acknowledged Hastings District Council mayor Sandra Hazlehurst, and the Chair of Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngahiwi Tomoana, for their collaboration with central government on their work.

"The new houses will be a mix of public housing from Kāinga Ora, Community Housing Providers, and papakāinga affordable housing on Māori land.....
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Māori place names for areas in Fiordland, Southern Alps
Sixteen place names in Fiordland have been officially given dual reo and English names.

The New Zealand Geographic Board announced the changes today following public consultation between May and August this year.

It's secretary Wendy Shaw said it was proposed by a tourism operator in the area, who wanted to be able to share the Māori history with tourists.

She said the board, and local iwi Ngāi Tahu were "very excited" about restoring the Māori names.

She said that there was only objection to one of the dual names, Tamatea / Dusky Sound, which came from Whangaparoa College students, but the names was signed off by the Minister Eugenie Sage.

"It was quite surprising that people weren't concerned, and I think maybe it demonstrates a bit of a consciousness by New Zealanders to accept some of these original Māori place names that are coming through that have been known in oral history, and are certainly recorded in Ngāi Tahu history."......
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Hamilton’s newest sports park in the Rototuna village will be called Korikori Park
‘Korikori’ means ‘wriggle’. This refers to the wriggling of the tuna (eels) of this area, which was previously a lake, swamp and wetlands.

Korikori also refers to the way people play and move over the space.

A bronze sculpture by artist Matt Gauldie commemorating Dame Hilda Ross was approved today, pending sign off from Council staff.

Council staff will consult with iwi, hapu and other key stakeholders about the exact location of the proposed sculpture before a date for installation is announced.
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Using te reo Māori in correspondence
Once you know the relevant Māori titles, names, greetings and farewells it is relatively simple to format your letters, memos or emails using te reo Māori......
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We should reinstate every Māori place name

Thursday December 12, 2019

Bill to protect Māori seats fails in ParliamentA bill making it harder to remove the Māori seats from Parliament has been voted down by MPs, with New Zealand First opposing the change.

Electoral (Entrenchment of Māori Seats) Amendment Bill, in the name of Labour Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene, would have meant the seats would have been entrenched in electoral law, requiring 75 per cent of MPs to vote to get rid of them in the future.

Other parts of the Electoral Act are subject to a 75 per cent majority before they can be changed, including terms of Parliament and the part providing for the general seats......
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Owairaka protest group settles in as legal action filed
A leader of Honour the Maunga says her group is settling in to Owairaka-Mount Albert for the long term.

It’s now a month since the group barricaded the entrance to the mountain to prevent contractors removing 345 pest trees.

Anna Radford welcomed news an application has been filed by private individuals for judicial review of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority’s decision........
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Tane Maori access to and perceptions of primary care
This study will be investigating the perceptions of Māori key informants regarding engagement and access to primary health care services by Tane Māori. The aims of this study is to identify some of the barriers and enablers regarding this topic as Tane Māori have some of the worst rates of chronic health conditions in New Zealand. It will also consider any recommendations to improve access and engagement with primary health care services by Tāne Māori.

Approved Budgett $5,000.00....
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Maniapoto Mandate Inquiry Report released
The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) is pleased the Waitangi Tribunal’s report has agreed that the Crown was correct to recognise it as the appropriate body to hold the settlement mandate for Maniapoto.

Nine WAI claimants took Urgency to the Waitangi Tribunal, resulting in Urgency Hearings being held in July earlier this year. Since then, a number of those Wai Claimants withdrew their application and are working with MMTB (the mandated Iwi authority) to progress negotiations with the Crown.......
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Māori have highest rate of mental illness and addiction - new research
New research into mental health and addiction services has found Māori have the highest prevalence of mental illness and addiction of any group.

The prevalence of mental illness and addiction is nearly 1 in 3 for Māori and 1 in 4 for Pacific people, compared to 1 in 5 for the total population.....
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Māori Television signs MOU with Indigenous Taiwanese
Māori Television has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Taiwan Indigenous Television today that will enable resource and content sharing between the two indigenous media organisations.

“We are pleased to announce this strategic cooperation with Taiwan Indigenous Television that supports our shared goals of promoting indigenous language and culture, extending our audience reach and engagement and creating high-quality content,” said Shane Taurima, Tāhūhū Rangapū of Māori Television.

“Our job is to tell great Māori stories that elevate Māori voices and perspectives. By doing this we promote te reo Māori and tikanga Māori and our unique world indigenous view.”.....
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Charities Act limits Maori activities
Māori have told a review of the Charities Act they want the Act to incorporate te ao Māori principles and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Submitters described the charities framework as a good fit for Maori, but a third also found the definition of charitable purpose limits the activities of iwi organisations to benefit their people.......
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New Zealand should become Aotearoa by public will, not media stealth

Wednesday December 11, 2019

Uncertainty remains after Northland hui over Treaty settlementQuestions and concerns about the future of the Ngāpuhi treaty settlement remain, following a hui between Far North hapū and ministers in the weekend.

More than 300 hundred people gathered in Waitangi to discuss the government's latest proposal, which includes collective redress for matters concerning Ngāpuhi as a whole, and area-specific cultural redress.

Takiwā or area-groups have been given three months to propose a cultural redress model, and hapū have been given six months to come up with a Ngāpuhi-wide redress model.

An initial quantum figure has been set at $100 million, and the Crown has made it clear it will only make one quantum offer......
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Treaty settlement helps pay for iwi's avocado orchard
Far North iwi Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Takoto has started planting its new 20-hectare avocado orchard in Kaitaia, using assets it received through its Treaty settlement.

The iwi has spent four years planning the Rākau Ora project alongside its partner, the Ministry for Primary Industries, and other businesses in the horticulture sector.....
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Wanganui Forest and Bird make hearty donation to Ngati Uenuku
A new iwi-led eco sanctuary project has gained the support from Whanganui's Forest & Bird branch with a hearty donation of $5000........
See full article HERE  (NZ Herald paywall)

Research projects share $1.7 million in funding
Te whakapūmautia te mana: Enhancing mana through kaitiakitanga
Funding: $197,662 over 2 years

Mana Ūkaipō: Enhancing Māori engagement through pedagogies of connection and belonging
Funding: $135,440 over 1 year....
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Youth, Māori and single people most at risk of being victims of repeat crime - report
The Justice Ministry has just released its latest report from the Crime and Victim Survey looking at this group, called the "highly victimised" cohort, which reveals they are most likely to be young, Māori and single.

The survey drills down into the four percent of people who suffer four or more crimes against them a year, mainly violent.

More than a quarter of them are Māori.......
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More on the above - Māori Highly Victimised by Crime, Survey Finds

Iwi leader calls for an end to Whakaari tours
Iwi leader Pouroto Ngaropo calls for the end of tours to Whakaari-White Island. He says the signs were there and needed to be respected.

Rāhui in place -
Before dawn broke this morning, Mr Ngaropo conducted traditional karakia placing a rāhui on Whakaari and its surrounding waters at this time.

He has advised that food (from the sea) should not be collected from the waters until the rāhui is lifted......
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Tuesday December 10, 2019

$500,000 for recreational hub in NelsonNelson city has received an almost $500,000 government grant for a new recreation hub in the Maitai Valley.

It was to be developed in stages following completion of a recreation management strategy by land owner Ngati Koata.

The chief executive of the iwi's commercial arm, Koata Ltd, said recreational activities were important to the city's economy, attractiveness and health.

Hemi Toia said it was also important to ensure that the planned hub was suitably located to ensure that the land owners' rights were respected and acknowledged.....
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Hobson’s Pledge want all NZers treated equally at law
Hobson's Pledge leader Don Brash - Racists are people who want a different treatment for people based on their ehtnicity or ancestry and we do not want that ! I want all NZers treated equally at law
Listen to interview HERE

Rob Rattenbury: Te reo Māori needs nurturing (NZ Herald paywall)

Monday December 9, 2019

NZ First death knell for Tirikatene Bill Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene is accusing New Zealand First and National of pandering to anti-treaty rights group Hobson’s Pledge in their opposition to his Bill seeking to entrench the Māori seats.

The Bill, which would require any changes to the seats to require the same 75 percent of votes as other constitutional changes, is considered dead after New Zealand First confirmed on Wednesday it will vote against it.

Mr Tirikatene says despite the Bill’s expected demise at the next member’s day the issue of Māori seats being treated differently to general seats won’t go away, and he expects similar Bills to go before future parliaments......
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Lakes DHB farewells chairman Deryck Shaw, welcomes new appointees
He said iwi partnerships were fundamental and the DHB was not doing as well as it needed to in terms of Māori Health.

However he added that the new health strategy rolled out this year, Te Manawa Rahi represented a strengthening of the DHB's long-held commitment to health equity.....
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Can Pākehā pēpeha? Thousands learning te reo but concerns over 'recolonising' the language

David Slack: Give nothing to racism, including cartoons

Sunday December 8, 2019

Sir Michael Cullen to lead Bay of Plenty DHBHealth Minister Dr David Clark has appointed Sir Michael Cullen as the new chair of the Bay of Plenty DHB.

Dr Clark has today announced four Board appointments to each DHB, as well as naming the chairs and their deputies.

In the Bay of Plenty, Sir Michael Cullen (chair), Sharon Shea (deputy chair), Leonie Simson and Arihia Tuoro were appointed to join the members elected in the local body elections in October.

Leonie Simpson is currently Manahautu of Te Runanga o Ngati Awa. Prior to this she worked at the Runanga and helped developed the tribe's 'Ngati Awa Te Toki' plan.

Arihia Tuoro is a Project Manager for Whakatohea Pre Settlement Claims Trust. Her previous roles include Trustee of Te Puna Ora o Mataatua Healthcare Service Provider, Elected Councillor of Opotiki District Council, Chair of the Audit and Risk Opotiki District Council and Elected Trustee of the Whakatohea Maori Trust Board.

"For the first time, the number of Maori chairs and deputies reflects the proportion of our Maori population," says David. "This is crucial to improving health outcomes for New Zealand's Maori communities."......
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Iwi concerned about potential land grab
West Coast iwi claim the Crown is planning to inflict the biggest land grab on South Islanders since the colonial purchases.

They said the proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity could have up to 35% of private land — including Maori reserve land —reclassified by councils as significant natural areas (SNA) and removed from private control.....
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Online resource journeys through hidden history of Waipā
An interactive website has been launched featuring the history and largely-untold stories of the Waipā district in Waikato.

Te Ara Wai Journeys is a self-guided tour of New Zealand Land Wars battle sites, landscapes and early settlements around the district.

The website was launched on Friday by the Waipā District Council.

Its iwi relations advisor Shane Te Ruki said it had been three years in the planning.......
See full article HERE

The Dark Age of Politiclal Intrusion

Taking a non-violent approach to protest

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