Saturday, February 1, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 26.01.20

Saturday February 1, 2020

New grapes prompt plans for Ihumātao-style occupation in Marlborough
Rangitāne members in Marlborough are threatening an Ihumātao-style occupation near 'the birthplace of Aotearoa' to protest what they believe are new grapevines planted over an archaeological site.

Rangitāne o Wairau member Keelan Walker claims the new grapes are in a "red zone", set out by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, and he believes owner Montford Corporation does not have permission to disturb the site, known as Kowhai Pā.

Kowhai Pā is a Māori settlement where archaeologists have found evidence of urupā (burials), stone ovens, and tools dating back to 1840. The village site is near Wairau Bar, the earliest known Māori settlement circa 1250AD, known as "New Zealand's most significant archaeological landscape".

Much of Kowhai Pā is owned by grapegrowers Montford Corporation, and any work in the historically significant "red zone" requires Heritage NZ permission......
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Ngāti Porou aims to have no children taken into state care by 2025
Ngāti Porou wants greater resourcing for its social services from the government to stop any more descendants going into state care from 2025.

The East Coast tribe presented a report into its iwi-led model of care to the Children's Commissioner and the Ministry of Social Development.

A spokesperson said the iwi would be presenting a business case to get more resources from the government, to increase its social services.

Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft accepted the report, and called it a "revolution".....
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Iwi to benefit from residential development deal
Wellington iwi Taranaki Whānui is set to benefit from the opening of a new 56-house development in Petone.

The Paetutu site was offered to the iwi under right of refusal in its Treaty settlement before it was sold to The Wellington Company, a residential development organisation.

A deal was struck for a portion of the houses to be offered to iwi first.

The site includes 56 two and three-bedroom terraced homes, 14 of which will be owned by iwi members.....
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Waitangi Day – together for good

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Friday January 31, 2020

Prime Minister unveils striking digital artworkA large-scale digital work by renowned New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana is immersing viewers in a visual spectacle, telling the traditional Māori story of the origins of our world.

Ihi fills two floor-to-ceiling spaces in the Aotea Centre foyer, enthralling viewers with the story of Ranginui and Papatūānuku playing out on 65 square metre digital screens. This makes it one of the largest and most significant works of contemporary Māori art in Aotearoa New Zealand.

“Ihi is not only a fitting centrepiece for our Aotea Arts Quarter, it is also an important addition to our rich Māori arts and cultural landscape.”

“Most importantly, it celebrates Te Ao Māori. As kaitiaki for arts and culture, our role is to nurture and celebrate this heritage.......
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“Pai ana ki te whakakī ano – Feels good to refill”
Para Kore, the kaupapa Māori movement supporting over 400 marae, kura and kōhanga reo and other Māori organisations throughout Aotearoa in their waste minimisation efforts, is partnering with the Ministry for the Environment on the Pai ana ki te whakakī ano – feels good to refill – campaign.

Said Para Kore general manager Jacqui Forbes: “This Pai ana ki te whakakī ano campaign completely aligns with our tikanga. As a Māori organisation, Para Kore is grounded in relationships with and whakapapa to Papatūānuku, Ranginui me ō rāua uri.....
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Culture gap exists in traumatic brain injury assessments for Māori inmates
Māori inmates who suffer from a traumatic brain injury need Māori-specific assessments, or will risk making the same poor decisions that led them to prison in the first place, a neuropsychologist says.

It follows a Canterbury University study which found nearly every inmate at Christchurch Women's Prison who was interviewed had suffered a traumatic brain injury.

"The tools that we assess in order to identify a traumatic brain injury or a neurological problem are all tools that have been developed in country's overseas with a Western world view," she said.

"Often misdiagnosis are the result of these tools that have not been developed within a Māori world view and then we don't have appropriate follow-up or appropriate treatment for that person."

She said more Māori needed to enter the field of neurology, and develop new tools.....
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Maori Council Calls time on the head of the Public Service
The New Zealand Maori Council has told the Prime Minister and Minister for State Services that it no longer has confidence in the Public Services Commissioner, Peter Hughes. Council’s Executive Director has also indicated that the Council is deeply concerned about the recruitment, search and selection process of the next Police Commissioner and warned the Government that it is prepared to act further should it not heed the warnings. Council’s Executive Director, Matthew Tukaki, has said that the lack of engagement with Maori around key appointments, the lack of appointments to State Owned Enterprise boards and Departmental executive roles smacks of the old boy’s network in full swing:

Tukaki has said that the recruitment process for a new Police Commissioner needs to stop and the reset button pushed – he’s also warned the Government that he is not afraid to take them and the public service on through the Waitangi Tribunal......
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Whanau care partnership
The aim of the partnership is to ensure tamariki, who need care, are living safely with carers who have whakapapa connections to them through whānau, hapū or the five iwi of Te Hiku.

Oranga Tamariki is working to establish Whānau Care partnerships with iwi and Māori organisations across the country to better support tamariki Māori.

Waitomo Papakainga Chief Executive, Katie Murray, says their mission is to help whānau discover their tino rangatiratanga.......
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Thursday January 30, 2020

Ihumātao proposal signals need to revisit 'unfair' Treaty settlement process - Māori PartyAny deal reached on Ihumātao should spur an overhaul of the "unfair" Treaty of Waitangi settlement process and open up millions of hectares of confiscated land to negotiation, says the Māori Party president.

This week speculation has re-emerged the Government could lend money to Auckland Council to purchase the land at Ihumātao, highly regarded for its cultural and heritage values.

Māori Party president Che Wilson said he hoped any deal involving the private land owned by Fletcher Building, initially confiscated from Māori in 1863 for refusing to denounce the Kīngitanga, would spur a revisit of the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process.

"The deal we hear is being proposed, is a great deal, because it is being done through the council, and so will not affect previous negotiations there.

"However, this momentum is our chance to overhaul the whole process."....
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Iwi want greater freshwater say
Waikato Tainui iwi say planned changes to the way lakes and rivers are managed under the Resource Management Act don’t reflect their status as co-managers of the Waikato River.

Waikato Tainui told a Parliamentary select committee they have not been consulted on the proposal and the panel make-up undermines the co-management principles that underpin their 2008 Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

“Waikato Tainui must have a co-management role in all planning processes that affect the Waikato River,” chief executive Donna Flavell said.

“The default statutory composition for freshwater hearings panels is inconsistent with the principle of co-management provided for in our 2008 settlement and Te Tiriti.”....
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Free digital tech course NGEN to launch in Whangarei
NGEN Room, a digital hub in Whangārei, received $990,000 of Provincial Growth Fund money to launch NGEN 2020 - a six-month course for rangatahi aged 16 to 24 which will teach skills like coding, software, digital marketing, entrepreneurship and more.

Niha said the programme stands on three pou - passed down from He Puna Marama Trust, the trust which oversees NGEN - Kia Māori, Kia Tu, Kia Mātau.

"To be Māori, to stand up and be a leader and to be knowledgeable. We're wanting to incorporate those core values in to the programme as well.

Traditional Māori waiata and karakia will be incorporated into the course,.....
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Ngāti Rangitihi concerned about plans to expand plant
Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust (Te Mana), on behalf of Ngāti Rangitihi, has expressed concerns about the resource consents granted to Otakiri Springs bottling plant which could allow them to increase their take of groundwater for commercial purposes.

“It is clear that there is mounting resistance from New Zealanders to the current laws which allow large quantities of our freshwater to be sold off to offshore interests,” says Mr Comer.

“Adding to that, is the overarching issue regarding the negligible returns that Māori are receiving from those taking advantage of our Wai Māori,” says Mr Comer......
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Whanau Ora scheme injects $2.2 million into Māori initiatives in Southland in past five years
Māori initiatives in Southland have benefited from $2.2 million through the Whanau Ora scheme in the past five years but a Māori business leader believes the scheme could do better.

Te Putahitanga o te Waiponamu chief executive Helen Leahy said the funding had supported 23 Māori led initiatives since 2015, along with employing 9.5 fulltime navigators who look for further opportunities to address needs in the community.

The government recently announced it had added an extra $3 million into Whanau Ora nationally for a total of $87 million in the financial year.

From the additional $3 million, the South Island would receive $750,000 which would be distributed on a case by case basis, Leahy said.....
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Professor Meihana Durie appointed new DVC Māori
Professor Meihana Durie, has led Te-Pūtahi-ā-Toi for the past two-and-a-half years and is an award-winning Māori public health and education scholar. He also holds a number of leadership roles in tikanga and Te Reo Māori for Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Raukawa Te Au ki Te Tonga.

He takes over the role from Distinguished Professor Hingangaroa Smith, who has become the University’s inaugural Te Toi Ihorei ki Pūrehuroa, a position for Māori scholars of distinction, with a remit to continue the vital work of guiding Massey on its journey to becoming Te Tiriti-led.

“There is abundant potential in Te Ao Māori, which can be further realised by taking Māori participation in all aspects of the University to new levels.
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Why are 56,000 Maori claiming jobseeker benefit when only 27,000 are unemployed?

Wednesday January 29, 2020

Māori Council takes post-quake rebuild concerns to Auditor GeneralThe Kaikōura road and rail rebuild has $80 million worth of construction to go, and the Auditor General has been called on to ensure there has been "proper financial oversight" of the project.

The New Zealand Māori Council wrote to the Auditor General in November, calling for them to investigate the use of Crown funds in the rebuild.

Māori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki believed there had been "construction creep" in the project......
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Transport Agency halts work on Kaikōura coastal path after opposition
The Transport Agency has stopped all work on a walking and cycling path along the Kaikōura coast because it was vehemently opposed by local Māori.

The halt comes after protest group Protect Our Unique Coastline threatened last year to take drastic measures to stop further construction of the path.

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura have also been firm in their opposition to the 6m wide walking and cycling path.

"It's simply because there are so many of our wāhi tapu, our wāhi taonga along this coastline and it was almost going to be impossible for those types of sites that are so significant to us to be avoided," Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura kaihautū Korey Gibson said......
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After Ihumatao, Maori Party calls for Treaty overhaul
The Maori Party says all stolen land should be up for negotiation, even if it's now privately owned.

National and New Zealand First reject the growing talk of re-opening Treaty deals or revisiting the ownership of stolen land.

Marc Daalder delves into the potential fallout of any Ihumatao deal in this election.....(Subscription)
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Wairau ancestors captured in Te Tauihu o te Waka-a-Maui sculpture
The Tauihu is a physical representation of the whakapapa recorded by our ancestors during the 19th century. Our female tupuna, Hinepango, Ruamate, and Hinerewha are all present. Another important tupuna depicted in the Tauihu is Te Heiwi. Like Tūkauāe, she is a unifying figure, bringing together the multitudes of Rangitāne whanau.....
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Finding a new place to stand together
Mātauranga Māori and Pacific knowledge is being incorporated into both course content and the class environment in the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Arts.

“It’s not about replacing one body of knowledge with another,” says Dr Hirini Kaa, the faculty kaiārahi (mentor) who is leading the change with the full support of the dean, Professor Robert Greenberg, and faculty leadership.

“This is a true partnership; the reinsertion of mātauranga Māori alongside a global body of knowledge.”....
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Accept the ‘Tuia Challenge’ this Waitangi Day

Monday January 27, 2020
Point England reserve Treaty deal a 'win-win' for Ngāti Pāoa, Crown
An Auckland iwi displaced from their land for 180 years has called a compromise on the future of Point England reserve a "win-win".

Ngāti Pāoa are forgoing an almost 12ha property development at Point England after locals raised concerns about losing green space in Tāmaki Makaurau back in 2017.

Instead, the iwi will get an extra 2ha for their marae and papa kāinga housing plus the option to purchase Auckland school sites so they will still be able generate income.

The reserve will be in Ngāti Pāoa's name, but co-managed with the Auckland Council.....
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NZ Golf reviews use of Māori cultural components
New Zealand Golf has reviewed its use of tikanga Māori in the NZ Open after a cloak, initially labelled as a korowai, caused a stir last year.

When Australian golfer Zach Murray won last March he posed for photographers wearing what initially appeared to be a korowai, however, it later emerged it was a factory-made faux fur cloak.

Labelling the cloak as a korowai, or Māori cloak, upset many including well-known weaver Veranoa Hetet.

It was important to use the correct term for a Māori cloak so that the real korowai is not belittled or undermined.

Following the controversy, New Zealand Golf said it did not mean to offend anyone and promised to undertake a review of all aspects of the presentation ceremony pertaining to Māori culture and to consult with appropriate iwi leaders and kaumātua.

New Zealand Golf chief executive Dean Murphy confirmed the organisation had completed the review but details would be shared mid next month.

"We have, as promised, undertaken a review of the NZ Open Championship's Māori connection and cultural components," Murphy said......
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Rāhui placed on Wanganui River after swimmer goes missing
A rāhui has been placed on the Wanganui River following a search for a swimmer who went missing earlier this afternoon.

Police, ambulance and a helicopter crew were all involved in the search for the swimmer after they failed to surface.

A rāhui has now been placed on the river between Hipango Park through to the river mouth, according to the Wanganui District Council.....
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