Saturday, January 18, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 12.01.20

Saturday January 18, 2020

Film-maker's legal 'funds running low' ahead of defamation trial with Sir Bob Jones over 'hate speech'
More money is being raised for a Kiwi film-maker's legal fund as she prepares for a courtroom showdown with Sir Bob Jones after calling for his knighthood to be revoked for "hate speech".

The well-known businessman filed defamation proceedings against Renae Maihi in May 2018, after the Toronto-based artist delivered a petition to Parliament demanding Jones lose his title.

The petition, which now has more than 82,000 online signatures, was in response to a controversial column by Jones in the National Business Review in February 2018 proposing Waitangi Day be called Māori "Gratitude Day" instead.

A trial is due to begin next month in the High Court at Wellington....
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Māori missing out on early cancer diagnosis - research
Māori are missing out on early diagnosis for cancers - like breast and colorectal cancer - which means worse survival statistics, according to new research.

The research, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today, found that for other cancers like lung cancer there was not much difference between Māori and non-Māori for survival rates.

One of the authors, Jason Gurney, said the disease was usually at a more advanced stage when it came to diagnosis of Māori for each of the cancers for which there's a national screening programme.....
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Protest could return to Waitangi, with Pania Newton mulling hikoi to Treaty grounds
Protests could rock Waitangi Day commemorations in February, with Pania Newton saying she plans to join a hikoi to the Treaty grounds if the Government fails to find an adequate solution to the stand-off at Ihumātao.

Newton is one of the main occupiers at Ihumātao, and a founder of SOUL (Save Our Unique Landscape), which leads the occupation there.

She said the Government's approach to Ihumātao would determine SOUL and mana whenua's approach to commemorations at Waitangi.....
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KEA Kids News: How New Zealand named a new planet

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Friday January 17, 2020

Maketu Educare's innovative approach to using history to teach pre-schoolersThe project began in 2018, but has flowed through the work of the early childhood education centre throughout 2019.

Through their own study Chrissie and Kelsi came up with an inquiry question: How can tamariki grow their learning through local pakiwaitara [folklore] and then share them in various ways with whānau, community and globally.....
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Ngāpuhi Treaty Settlement hui begin
A series of hui to discuss next steps for Ngāpuhi's Treaty Settlement plan kicks off today.

The hui follow one held with Treaty Minister Andrew Little and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta in Waitangi last month which came after the Ministers announced the Crown had removed recognition of Tuhoronuku's mandate to negotiate Ngapuhi's Treaty claims......
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Hoki Dokey: Burger Fuel's new burger name a 'bastardisation' of te reo, Hawke's Bay advocates say
Two Hawke's Bay te reo Māori advocates say the name of Burger Fuel's new Hoki Dokey burger is "bastardising" the language by promoting the fish's continued mispronunciation in New Zealand...... (NZ Herald paywall)
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Eke Panuku | UC Māori Orientation 2020
UC Māori invite all ākonga Māori and their whanaunga to Eke Panuku. This event is for ākonga Māori and their whanaunga to be welcomed to UC with a mihi whakatau and to connect with other ākonga Māori.

This is a great opportunity to find out about the support on offer at UC.

Whanau are welcome and encouraged to attend.

We guarantee plenty of fun and kai to give you the best start at UC!.....
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'I don't really want our kids in Oranga Tamariki anymore'
A man whose mokopuna was taken by Oranga Tamariki in 2017 says new figures showing the continued disparity of Māori taken into state care is the last straw, and the ministry must go.

Latest figures show the rate of urgent entries into state care for Māori babies has doubled since 2010.

An urgent removal is granted by the Family Court and can occur without any whānau involvement.

Last year, 69 percent of children in state care were also Māori.

Ngarimu said the ministry must go and a new Māori-led agency should take its place......
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Local iwi have performed a karakia where a missing body was found - in the search for the missing kayaker on Lake Ellesmere
Police believe the body to be that of 59-year-old Louis Solofua... who disappeared on Saturday.

Local iwi, Te Taumutu Runanga, have placed a rahui on the area between Greenpark Huts and the Kaitorete Spit......
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Waka Te Hono ki Aotearoa connects Dutch and Māori cultures

Dear Watties and Burger Fuel: Te reo Māori is a taonga - a treasure - not a plaything

Thursday January 16, 2020

Pakeha protest swamps Maori narrativesA Māori filmmaker and storyteller says the stand-off over Ōwairaka-Mount Albert shows the need for Pākehā to come to terms with Māori aspirations.

He told Radio Waatea host Claudette Hauiti the Honour the Maunga protest seems to be like a throwback from the time where Māori concerns did not matter.

“That residual thing I am talking about is racism and bigotry and what the discussion about Ōwairaka is alerting us to as Māori is that we may have brought ourselves up to speed. We are going to have to drag the rest of the population up to speed with us and lot of them are still back in the dark ages where racism was normal,” he says......
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Popular language app Duolingo to add Te Reo Māori course for beginners
According to the 2018 census, the number of people who can speak conversational Te Reo Māori is on the rise, up to four per cent from 3.7 per cent between 2013 and 2018.....
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Māori babies five times more likely to be taken into state care, finds Children's Commissioner report
Newborn Māori babies were five times as likely to be taken into state care as non-Māori babies last year, a new report from the Office of the Children's Commissioner has found.

They're also being uplifted earlier in their lives, according to the report, which found "persistent and intergenerational" inequities in the treatment of Māori babies by the state.

The data shows babies from Māori families are assessed and removed earlier into state care - with an increasing trend toward deciding to uplift even before a baby is born....
See full article HERE

Wednesday January 15, 2020

Dunedin City subject to ‘cultural’ zonesThousands of properties across Dunedin are now covered by new zones of cultural significance to local Maori.

However, the Dunedin City Council says the impact of the change is "relatively benign" for many properties, as long as no threats to the cultural values exist.

The new "wahi tupuna" zones were introduced as part of Dunedin’s second generation district plan (2GP), which set new rules to guide the city’s development.

As a result, wahi tupuna now covered 70 areas across the city, including specific locations such as Blueskin Bay, Otago Harbour, Harbour Cone, Port Chalmers, Quarantine and Goat Islands, Wellers Rock, the area surrounding Mosgiel and a section of Otago coastline stretching from Brighton to Taieri Mouth.

They also covered views, such as Huriawa from Karitane or Mt Watkin from Puketeraki Marae.

Council senior planner Paul Freeland said unlike in Queenstown, the wahi tupuna introduced in Dunedin did not automatically trigger the need for a resource consent and did not constrain permitted activities.

"This is a fundamental difference to the Queenstown approach, where I understand that just the presence of a wahi tupuna results in the need for a resource consent," he said.....
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Māori water rights case aims to stop water bottlers
The Māori Council hopes its High Court case will force the government into a fair process granting Māori customary rights over freshwater so bottling export operations can be shut down.

Mataatua District Māori Council leader Maanu Paul is preparing a case for the High Court to determine whether native title in freshwater exists under New Zealand common law.

A landmark Waitangi Tribunal report in August found Māori have rights over fresh water in New Zealand, and Paul said the Tribunal had recommended the case be taken to the High Court.....
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Māori elders offer support for Ōwairaka / Mt Albert tree protection group
Elders from local iwi have sided with an environmental group pushing to protect hundreds of exotic trees on Mt Albert, in Auckland.

For months, Honour The Maunga, a protest group made up of local residents, has been fighting a decision to fell 345 exotic trees on Ōwairaka / Mt Albert.

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority, a co-governance body comprising local iwi, Auckland Council and the Crown was set to begin felling the trees in November last year in order to make way for native species.....
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Taranaki Whānui ready to open homes in Petone
Taranaki Whānui's latest housing development, Paetutu, is almost complete and ready for handover from developers to iwi. The move will see 56 brand new two and three-bedroom terraced homes in Petone come into iwi hands, with Taranaki uri given the first option to purchase the new homes.

The iwi settlement trust was offered the right of first refusal to purchase the Jackson Street site two years ago. With the Wellington median house price now at a record $560,000, the tribe seized on the opportunity.....
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Wellington artist carries the lessons from her whakapapa into her work

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