Saturday, February 22, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 16.02.20

Saturday February 22, 2020

Pou ‘creates a sense of place’
A new pou was unveiled and blessed yesterday at the Motu Bridge.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Te Aitanga a Mahaki yesterday celebrated the unveiling of Hinetapuarau, a seven-metre-tall steel pou installed at the State Highway 2/Te Wera Road intersection just north of Matawai.

The pou whenua was commissioned as part of the $7.6 million Motu Bridge replacement project to replace the single-lane bridge and improve safety.

A new name for the bridge, Te Whitinga o Tamataipunoa, “the crossing of Tamataipunoa”, was also unveiled yesterday,.....
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Jennifer Ward-Lealand named 2020 New Zealander of the Year
Dedication to integrating te reo Māori into everyday life has contributed to Jennifer Ward-Lealand being named the 2020 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

Ward-Lealand, a Māori advocate and actor of 40 years, is the 11th recipient of the award and received it from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday night.

The Kiwibank kaitaha huaki cloak, Pouhine, was presented to Ward-Lealand by the 2019 winner and mental health advocate Mike King.....
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Support swells for petition calling for Lake Rotorua personhood rights
A petition calling for personhood rights for Lake Rotorua has nearly doubled its signatures.

Since Tuesday last week, Renee Kiriona's petition had ballooned from 2150 signatures to 4078 signatures.

Tikanga Māori played a part too, and Kiriona said it was a matter of tapu and noa - in this case, forbidden and purified things.....
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Professions looking for more Maori input
Architects and engineers say the diversity - including getting more Māori on board - is critical to the future of their professions.

Engineering New Zealand, Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects and ACE New Zealand launched its Diversity Agenda two years ago, and more than 165 firms and organisations have now signed on.....
See full article HERE

Reconciliation called to officially recognise 'war crime' at Rangiaowhia

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Friday February 21, 2020

Pilot plan to revive Maori community officers Executive director Matthew Tukaki says initially there will be five operating in Te Taitokerau, Tāmaki Makaurau, Te Tairāwhiti, Mataatua and Te Arawa/Tauranga Moana.

They will focus on suicide, mental health, homelessness, and the uplift of Māori children into the care of the state.

He’s in discussions about co-investment with Corrections, the Ministry of Social Development, Justice, Health, Oranga Tamariki and Education.

Many older Māori will remember how effective community officers could be, before their demise with the closing of the Department of Māori Affairs.....
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Oranga Tamariki had 'prime role' in events leading to Flaxmere beating - Kaumatua
A kaumatua says the whānau of a boy severely injured are distraught and devastated and says Oranga Tamariki need to accept responsibility for their part in the case.

He said there was an urgent need for a Māori framework, a Māori-owned outcome that was resourced in the way that Oranga Tamariki was and to devolve that power to iwi.....
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Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan Decisions Released
“In a single plan we have defined how our natural and physical resources – the air, fresh water and coastal waters, the productive land and the natural ecosystems – will be sustainably managed by the Council in partnership with iwi, the community and central government. A single resource management plan will also make it easier for the community to navigate the RMA,” he said.....
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Government drops NCEA plans for primary and intermediate school children
Latin and Art History would be dropped from level 1 altogether, Māori Performing Arts would be added, and some other subjects would be rolled into other, broader subjects.

The separate subjects Physical Education and Health would become a single subject, and
History and Classical Studies would be replaced by History.....
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As leaders plan to meet about gang problems, iwi say they're crucial to reducing violence
Ngāi Te Rangi chief executive Paora Stanley says local iwi can play a crucial role in reducing gang violence in the Western Bay of Plenty.

He is speaking at a public meeting in Tauranga tonight, where local mayor Tenby Powell and Western Bay of Plenty District Mayor Garry Webber will facilitate a discussion on rising gang violence in the region.

Stanley said it would take a collective approach to tackle the problem, but iwi could play a role to prevent young people from joining gangs in the first place.

"Give our younger people hope, get them employed, show the tenaciousness of our culture and of our reo," he said.....
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Mayoral task force mooted over Wellington's water woes
The notice of motion has been seconded by councillor Jill Day.

"Water is a taonga for Māori and the Council and Wellington Water must comply with Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the delivery and maintenance services for water in our city, this inquiry will ask important questions to ensure this happens. I am asking the CEO to ensure that mana whenua are actively involved in the inquiry," Day said....
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How the management of monetary policy (and other RBNZ activities) are being steeped in Maori mythology

Propaganda:Christchurch-made kid's show Kiri and Lou is taking te reo global

Thursday February 20, 2020

No truce for iwi in water battle A far north iwi leader is rejecting a tag from Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones that he is selling out his people putting court action ahead of practical steps to improve water infrastructure.

Mr Jones was disappointed the Iwi Chairs Forum voted against a proposal to set aside legal action.

Haami Piripi from Te Rarawa says the iwi chairs fear if they put their claims on hold for five years they will never reclaim their position.

"Our contention is we have an ownership issue in water and until the ownership interest had been recognised and catered to by the government, it's very difficult for us to agree to anything the government wants to do with water, particularly when it comes to allocation and distribution. If he wants us to run before we can walk, that’s what we would be doing," he says.....
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Prisoner on hunger strike over Māori sovereignty now refusing liquids
The whānau of a prisoner on hunger strike wanting to raise awareness about the need for Māori self-determination and sovereignty - says he has started refusing liquids.

His brother, Cameron Shaw of Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Toa, says he has stopped eating at Rimutaka Prison in Upper Hutt because he wants to see a Māori parliament and sovereignty over their own systems......
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NZ Golf Open on par with Māori
The Māori Golf Association has formed a 'tikanga-based relationship' with New Zealand Golf for the Open in Queenstown this month.

NZ Golf is keen to make up for the commotion over a cloak that was draped over last year's winner, Zach Murray.

A Māori weaver dubbed it a 'piece of fake fur' and said it was insulting to call it a korowai.

NZ Golf is making up for the blue and will brown itself up in the process.

A pōwhiri will be held prior to the event, for all competitors and officials at the Hills Golf Course owned by Sir Michael Hill. He'll join Ngāi Tahu as mana whenua.

This year's Māori amateur champion, Owen Lloyd has been given automatic entry to play.

US Open winner Michael Campbell is the only Māori professional golfer competing.

The Māori Golf Association has also planned a formal ceremony for the winner, who'll be clad in an authentic korowai called Te Ati ā-toa.

A pounamu pendant made by Ngāi Tahu master carver Fayne Robinson will also be presented......
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East Coast projects take flight with aerodromes for isolated communities
Commercial flights in and out of Ruatoria and Te Araroa are on the horizon, with aerodromes to be developed in both isolated East Coast communities.

Funding from the Provincial Growth Fund's Whenua Maori allocation for the two aerodrome projects was announced earlier this month.

However, one of those projects, which is not on Maori-owned land, will no longer receive funding through the Whenua Maori allocation.

But the Ruatoria aerodrome project still qualified for and would receive a Provincial Growth Fund grant.....
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Tertiarty institutes abandon hongi at welcome ceremonies over coronavirus fears
Some tertiary education providers are opting not to perform hongi during welcoming ceremonies amid coronavirus fears.

Canterbury's Ara Institute will not do a traditional Māori welcome this year, while North Island-based polytechnics WelTec and Whitireia have also dropped the hongi.

An Ara spokesman confirmed the decision was made after some staff expressed concern about catching coronavirus.....
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Māori Crown Relations office criticised by National over Ihumātao dispute
The Office of Māori Crown Relations, Te Arawhiti, has been criticised for its inability to tell MPs which government agency has led efforts to find a resolution to the Ihumātao land dispute.

National Party MP Matt King said it was odd that an agency at the forefront of Māori Crown relations could not tell MPs who the lead agency was.

Te Arawhiti chief executive Lil Anderson said the agency's only involvement in Ihumātao was advising the government about risks to the treaty settlement framework.

"All I can tell you is that the lead agency on Ihumātao is not Te Arawhiti," she said.

She said Te Arawhiti was not aware of a resolution being reached.....
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Worrying number of students missing school due to lack of sanitary products, study finds
The Youth 19 study, conducted by four New Zealand universities, is one of the first of its kind in the world, and found more than 21 per cent of students in New Zealand's poorest schools had missed school due to lack of access to sanitary products.

Māori and Pacific students were most affected, with almost one in 12 missing class once a month or more because they didn't have the products they needed......
See full article HERE

Maihi calls time on easy hate speech
A Māori legal scholar says Renae Maihi’s defamation battle against Sir Bob Jones has a historic significance in the battle against racism.

But the petition Ms Maihi launched, and her courage in fronting up to the court made it clear such statements were unacceptable.

"People like Bob Jones for many years have used their power and their access to the media and so on to malign our people, to attack our people in racist and unfair ways, and our people have never really had a platform to respond, and I think what Renae's brave stance did was offer that platform," he says.

Moana Jackson says Bob Jones has been making disparaging statements about Māori in the media since at least the mid-1970s......
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UN special rapporteur calls on NZ for bold human-rights approach to housing crisis
A visiting United Nations representative has called the country's housing crisis a "significant human rights crisis" and says it is time the right to housing was wrenched from the hands of the private market.

And she said Māori, Pasifika, single parents and those with disabilities were just a few of those groups at the sharp end of the crisis.

That strategy must require more Māori in positions of leadership, she added.....
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Te Ara Wai Journeys on the trail from Rangiaowhia to O-Rākau

Wednesday February 19, 2020

Waitematā DHB moves to grow its Māori workforceWaitematā DHB is thought to be the first district health board in the country to create a role designed specifically to recruit more Māori into its workforce.

Charlene Macrae, who is affiliated with Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Kahu and Ngāti Kahungunu, ki Wairoa, has been appointed to fill the new Māori Workforce Recruitment Consultant position.

She will help develop ways to incorporate kaupapa Māori into the recruitment process for Māori who are considering working for Waitematā DHB.....
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Cultural impact of Wanganui Prison stormwater discharge assessed
The cultural impact of Whanganui Prison discharging its stormwater into Pauri and Wiritoa lakes is being assessed.

The prison is seeking to continue piping the water that runs off its roofs and paved areas into the stream that connects the two lakes and is paying for an independent cultural impact assessment.

It applied to renew the discharge consent before it lapsed in 2013, and the application has been publicly notified. There were submissions from the nearby Tupoho and Ngā Wairiki/Ngāti Apa iwi, and from private individuals......
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Call for more Māori and Pasifika in NZ's tech sector
Māori and Pacific people only make up two percent of the technology sector in New Zealand, according to an IT specialist.

Dan Walker, who works for Microsoft New Zealand, said it was a tragedy that the percentage was so low considering that Māori and Pasifika form 25 percent of the country's population......
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New domestic violence stats show psychological abuse as common as physical
New family violence statistics gathered by the Ministry of Justice show psychological abuse is just as common as physical abuse in New Zealand.

The survey highlights the fact that women who have recently separated from their partners are among the highest risk groups for family violence, and also recognises the disproportionate number of Māori who are victimised, compared with non-Māori.

Māori adults were found to be about twice as likely to experience family violence as European adults - about four per cent of all Māori adults will experience it......
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'79,000 victims, 79,000 too many' says Justice Minister
Māori were more at risk of experiencing offences by family members than Europeans. The overrepresentation of Māori in family violence statistics is driven by complex historical and contemporary factors, including poverty and social marginalisation, the report said.

Chief victims advisor Dr Kim McGregor says the fact that Māori are at huge risk of family violence means that government needs to invest heavily in kaupapa Māori services.....
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New Zealand hosts medical cannabis workshops for industry, aboriginal stakeholders
A session for Maori stakeholders will include information on the various government programs and initiatives available to support their businesses, a ministry spokesperson told Marijuana Business Daily, including funding and helping foster connections and relationships between aboriginal and other organizations.

“The Ministry of Health is committed to supporting equitable access to the economic benefits of the medicinal cannabis industry for Maori as well as supporting New Zealand’s overall trade and economic objectives,” the spokesperson wrote in an email......
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Hapu push for place in Mangatu settlement
A group from Gisborne area iwi Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi has moved on to land on Mangatu Blocks to protest a settlement offer which would give it only a fraction of what it lost.

Member Tawera Tuhuri says the land controlled by one of the country’s largest Māori incorporations was originally the domain of Pera Te Uatuku, but it was claimed by others while he was imprisoned on Rekohu-Chatham Island for his support of Te Kooti.

As well as the land, Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi wants a pardon for Pera Te Uatuku......
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Ngati Porou documentary targeted for schools
The Ministry of Culture and Heritage says a new documentary on the Ngāti Porou treaty settlement will be a valuable resource when New Zealand history is included in the school curriculum from 2022

Manatu Taonga chief executive Bernadette Cavanagh says the ministry wants to make iwi stories about their settlements more accessible to all people and preserved for future generations.

Te Tai includes research articles, multimedia web stories, feature-length documentaries, oral history interviews and a range of education materials in both Māori and English.....
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Principal Advisor Maori - Oranga Tamariki
Your particular focus will be the Waitangi Tribunal urgent inquiry into the Treaty consistency of legislation, policies and practices of tamariki Māori coming into care. You will work across the Ministry and with other agencies to help prepare briefs and material and provide insights to lead Oranga Tamariki engagement with the Inquiry.

Working as trusted partner, you will utilise your extensive networks to help build strong partnerships with iwi and Māori to ensure a quality programme of work.

This is a challenging role and we require someone who is committed to helping us achieve our aspirations to build robust and durable strategies around our commitment to tamariki Māori.

Critical to this this role will be your experience in collating and analysing information to help us gain insights and create engagement and contribute to tikanga and te Ao Māori.

Promoting a collaborative approach, you will provide credible advice and guidance on a range of initiatives in relation in respect of Te Ao Maori and Tel Tiriti o Waitangi.....
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Auditor-general pans state of water management in New Zealand
The report said the relationship between the Crown and Māori enshrined in Te Tiriti o Waitangi was central to water management.

Māori were critically important partners for those public organisations managing water resources, the report said.

The office's sector manager for local government, Kristin Aitken, said there was a commitment between Crown and Māori, but more could be done.

"Through the treaty... Māori should be able to have access to decision making processes and involvement in decisions that effect their day to day lives," she said.....
See full article HERE

Judicial Activism

Kiwi immigrants on picking up their culture, generations on

Tuesday February 18, 2020

Labour could be at risk of losing Māori seats - Māori leadersLabour is not living up to its promises for Māori and could be at risk of losing Māori seats at the upcoming election, two prominent leaders told TVNZ1's Q+A with Jack Tame.

Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, Whānau Ora Commissioning agency chair for the North Island and Sir Mark Soloman, the chair for the South Island, said issues were being raised across the country including with Whānau Ora and Oranga Tamariki.

"We’ve got a number of Māori seats and certainly an increased number of Māori Members of Parliament in this current Government, and they’re conspicuous by their absence," Ms Raukawa-Tait said.

"If it’s water, Ihumātao, Whānau Ora, Oranga Tamariki, where are they? Why aren’t they speaking out?"

Sir Mark said the Government was not delivering......
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Plunket logo acknowledges founding Māori midwives
Plunket is aiming to better cater to whānau Māori under its new branding.

"Many people know the story of Plunket's beginnings in Karitāne and the work of Dr Truby King - but what they don't know is that's not the full story.

"If it wasn't for the work of two Māori midwives and healers, Mere Harper and Ria Tikini, Plunket would not be here today."
See full article HERE

Ngati Porou Share Their Journey Towards Te Tiriti Settlement
Today’s launch of the Ngati Porou treaty settlement documentary is significant for the iwi and for all New Zealanders as we further our understanding of the journey to Te Tiriti o Waitangi settlements, Bernadette Cavanagh CE Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage says.

“New Zealand history will be included in the school curriculum from 2022 and these valuable resources will support this kaupapa.....
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Minister says no to Māori health authority for now
Moxon is part of two Waitangi Tribunal claimant groups who've been meeting with Crown officials since July last year to address Māori health inequities, the underfunding of Māori health organisations and a possible, stand alone Māori health authority.

Is the government saying yes to a Māori health authority?

"Right now, no, that's not what we're saying. We're not committing to a singular Māori health authority. But we are committed to working towards what might it look like, is that what people want for example.".....
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New Caledonians keen to learn from Maori decolonisation
A congressional delegation from NewCaledonia is keen to learn more about the Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Māori entrepreneurship, and the incorporation of Māori values and approaches in public services, such as justice and education......
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Solo mums increasing part of homeless picture
A leading provider of services for the homeless says the opening of a new shelter for homeless women highlights the impact the crisis is having on wahine Māori.

Auckland City Mission’s Te Whare Hīnātore has 15 self-contained units where women will stay for up to three months getting wraparound support while permanent accommodation is found for them......
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He Whakaputanga hui 185 years late
Supporters of He Whakaputanga are calling on descendants of the 52 chiefs who signed the 1835 Declaration of Independence to come together for a hui in March at Waitangi.

Mr Heihei says He Whakaputanga envisaged the British Crown keeping its own people in order, while the tribes would have self-determination or tino rangatiratanga, which he interprets as a divine right, to manage their own resources and people....
See full article HERE

Museum Notebook: Take one minute to learn about Waitangi Day

Sunday February 16, 2020

Ruapehu District Council, Uenuku agree to jointly develop Raetihi community hub
Ruapehu District Council and Uenuku have agreed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on how they will jointly develop the hub, which will include the council's service centre and a head office for Uenuku and related iwi activities.

Ruapehu mayor Don Cameron said the council was excited about the opportunity to work in partnership with Uenuku "on what will be a cornerstone asset for improving community cohesion and the revitalisation of the township".....
See full article HERE

Te Raukura Ki Kāpiti: Parihaka Gifts Name To Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre
Kāpiti’s new performing arts centre with a name steeped in history and inspiration for the performers who will call it home for generations to come - Te Raukura ki Kāpiti......
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Changing times: moving with the Maunga
Mt Victoria and North Head will be removed from references to our Maunga from this Flagstaff onwards.

When the mountains were transferred to the control of the Tupuna Maunga Authority, their names were changed to Takarunga/Mt Victoria and Maungauika/North Head.

Apart from being a mouthful to write and speak, the change seemed something of a half-way house.

We are taking the move away from our links to Britain a step further.....
See full article HERE

Māori Party wants apology for TVNZ logo blunder
The Māori Party wants an apology from TVNZ after the state broadcaster used a "made up" party logo during its news broadcasts on Thursday.

Two incorrect logos were used for a graphic during a story about the results of the latest Colmar Brunton poll, which screened at the top of Thursday's bulletins.

The graphic showed an old logo for the Act Party, but the image it used for the Māori Party was "just something they made up", according to the party's president Che Wilson.....
See full article HERE

Maori Parent Hui
Westlake Girls High School
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