Friday, January 3, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 29.12.19

Friday January 3, 2020

Open to talks on Maori papal apology call
Te Runanga o Te Hahi Katorika ki Aotearoa chair Sr Tui Cadigan, RSM, said she would be open to a thorough discussion on a call by the Māori Council’s executive director for an apology from Pope Francis for acts by some of his predecessors that laid the basis for the colonisation of Aotearoa.

Papal bulls such as Pope Alexander VI’s Inter Caetera, issued in 1493, gave rise to the discovery doctrine, which gave European entities the legal and political justification to colonise lands outside of Europe.

He said this caused “intergenerational trauma” among First Nations people, including Māori.

“A lot of people will blame the state and so they should. A lot of people would blame the Crown and they must. A lot of people will blame their colonial masters and they should. But we should also go right back to the heart of where many of these began and that was with the doctrine of discovery and the Vatican,” he said.....
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The crippling tobacco tax is unfair to Maori and the poor – so what does Tariana Turia think about it now?

Thursday January 2, 2020

Wellington iwi looks to acquire new land at controversial Shelly Bay
A Wellington iwi is aiming to get back into Wellington's Shelly Bay development, where it has already lost millions of dollars.

A Christmas Day newsletter to Taranaki Whanui members shows that Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust (PNBST) is in talks with The Wellington Company to acquire land the development company hopes to get from Wellington City Council at the site, where the controversial $500 million development led by developer Ian Cassels is planned.

"TWC is also looking to assist us to gain a reserve at Shelly Bay. We will be looking to advance these discussions into a concrete proposal in the new year in tandem with TWC and WCC," the newsletter said......
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'It's not a fun park': Local iwi close part of Lake Rotokākahi cycle trail
The Māori guardians of Lake Rotokākahi have taped off the picturesque destination from the public, saying they need to restore and protect the mana of the area.

A cycle trail has drawn an increasing number of visitors to the Bay of Plenty lake, also known as Green Lake - and now mana whenua want it closed.

It's not hard to see why the spot is a drawcard to visitors from both Aotearoa and overseas, but Lake Rotokākahi is sacred to the people of Tūhourangi and Tumatawera.

"It's the last bastion of tribal land we have that's untouched, unspoiled and we want to keep it that way," Rotokākahi Control Board Chair Wally Lee told Newshub.....
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Tug of war over Whanau Ora putea
The head of the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency says Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare is missing in action.

Merepeka Raukawa Tait says Whānau Ora needs to be Māori-focused and tikanga-focused, and government agencies don’t have what it takes.......
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Justice Minister congratulates Hon. Joe Williams
Justice Minister Andrew Little has congratulated The Honourable Justice Joe Williams for receiving a knighthood for services to the state.

“Sir Joe Williams has made an immense contribution to the elevation of Māori voices in the justice system. This honour is well-deserved,” Andrew Little says.

Sir Joe Williams was appointed the first Māori judge of the Supreme Court in 2019.

After graduating with an LLB from Victoria University in 1986, and an LLM (Hons) from the University of British Columbia in 1988, Sir Joe Williams joined Kensington Swan and established the first unit specialising in Maori issues in a major New Zealand law firm.

In 1999 he was appointed Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court; in 2000 he was appointed acting Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal and was permanently appointed to the role in 2004.

“Sir Joe Williams has brought a unique blend of legal intellectual rigour and tikanga Māori to his present role, and so reflects New Zealand in the 21st century......
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Aotearoa is at last finding its voice, helping us heal after a year of tragedy

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