Friday, February 28, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 23.02.20

Friday February 28, 2020

Bias In Policing Shows Urgent Need For Justice Transformation In NZ, New Research Finds
New research from justice advocacy group JustSpeak released today shows that structural bias in policing continues to disproportionately harm Māori and demonstrates the urgent need for transformative change across our justice system.

“Government must fund programs that divert young people away from being needlessly sucked through the justice system into prison. Te Pae Oranga iwi justice panels should be expanded across Aotearoa, with more funding for the community services that panels refer people to."

“More funding for diversion schemes in partnership with iwi is also crucial, in particular for driver education and licencing, because low level driving offences force young people into the justice system.......
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Te Atiawa develops environmental management plan
Taranaki's biggest iwi has developed a set of guideliness regarding managing environmental issues in their rohe.

Te Atiawa, whose tribal area encompasses Spotswood in New Plymouth north to Onaero and south to Midhirst, presented its environmental management plan - Tai Whenua, Tai Tangata, Tai Ao - to the Department of Conservation and local authorities on Tuesday.

The document sets out the views and expectations of Te Atiawa regarding the handling of environmental or resource management issues within its tribal area.....
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Far North campground lease extension angers local iwi
Far North District Council's lease extension for Houhora Heads motor camp has angered local iwi Ngai Takoto, who opposed the move from the outset.

Te Runanga o Ngai Takoto acting chief executive Wallace Rivers said from Kaitaia he was disappointed council had voted to extend the site's lease.

Rivers said the lease extension only served to further muddy the waters about ownership of the land on which the motor camp was built.

Rivers said Ngai Takoto had sought return of the Houhora Heads motor camp in its Waitangi Tribunal treaty claim. Its claim settled in 2010. The campground land was not part of the settlement due to it being owned by FNDC.

He said this did not however stop Ngai Takoto still wanting the land returned, seeing the place as important and wanting to be part of its management.....
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Rotorua Lakes councillors divided over increased funding for Te Tatau o Te Arawa,
A "junket" to Ashburton and increased funding for an iwi partnership group saw a verbal to-and-fro at a Rotorua Lakes Council meeting on Thursday.

It began as councillor Reynold Macpherson was critical of a proposal to increase annual funding for Te Tatau o te Arawa from $250,000 to $372,500.

Council manahautū Māori (Māori manager) Gina Rangi recommended the $122,500 increase in funding, which she said would be used to employ a fixed-term project manager to support engagement and complete the Te Arawa Vision project.....
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'Fundamentally racist' - Māori more likely to go to court than Pākehā - report

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Thursday February 27, 2020

Maori Council To Take Government On – Water Claim“Let me be clear, Maori have a guardianship, ownership and protection role when it comes to the nations freshwater ways

IN all reality that work needs to start now, we need to set much more ambitious targets and it must be led on partnership with Maori.

“Next week the New Zealand Maori Council will be establishing a national taskforce on water – if it is one thing, we have learnt from the recommendations of the Waitangi Tribunal Report is its taken too long to get to this stage. The taskforce will be the first stage of what I expect to become a joint working group between Maori and the Crown and will also look at the strongest case for a high court test. IN terms of the latter we are well advanced in that case assessment I expect to be making announcements soon. And everything will be on the table from the High Court test case right through to RMA reform, a much more detailed plan of Maori engagement, allocation rights, ownership and more.”....
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Emphasis on Te Tiriti, equity and support for Māori in new law
The passing of the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill on 19 February 2020 has formalised the process of creating a strong, unified, sustainable vocational education and training system with greater emphasis on reflecting Te Tiriti o Waitangi, promoting equity and supporting tauira Māori.

The Bill states the NZIST will be responsive to the needs of all regions of New Zealand and will hold inclusivity and equity as core principles.

“This is a positive step for the promotion of equity for Māori, but this is just a first step. I would like to see Te Tiriti o Waitangi interwoven throughout not only policy, but degrees and certificates. We need to make sure Te Tiriti and te reo Māori are not taught in isolation from other subjects. I think we know where we are headed with Te Ao Māori - we have kōhanga, kura, wharekura, and wānanga, but we currently often see our reo and Te Ao Māori outside of these spaces taught and practiced in isolation”.......
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$10.6m state loan for Māori agribusiness
The Provincial Growth Fund is loaning $10.6 million to develop Māori land for horticulture.

The money will be used to develop a water storage facility in the remote eastern Bay of Plenty community of Raukokere, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today......
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Remedy to ban on prisoner voting still breaches human rights, Justice Ministry says
The Government rejected Justice Ministry advice to allow all prisoners to vote, even though it would best uphold human rights and fulfill Treaty of Waitangi obligations.

Instead Justice Minister Andrew Little opted to withhold voting rights from prisoners sentenced to at least three years in prison, which was the law before a 2010 change that applied a blanket voting ban to all prisoners.

The Ministry of Justice said that Little's option would be better than the status quo, but would still be inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act (BORA) and international human rights treaties that New Zealand has signed.

It would also still lead to a disproportionate affect on Māori, and therefore breach Treaty of Waitangi obligations.......
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Lake Ōkaro vested to Te Arawa Lakes Trust after more than 100 years
The bed of Lake Ōkaro has today been vested to Te Arawa Lakes Trust - a role they have not held for more than 100 years.

The decision was made in December 2014, eight years after ownership of 13 of the district's lakebeds was signed over to Te Arawa.

The Crown and Te Arawa settled claims over the Te Arawa/Rotorua lakes on December 18, 2006 with a deed of settlement transferring ownership of 13 lake beds to the Te Arawa Lakes Trust.

Lake Ōkaro, at Waimangu, was excluded from the deed because it was vested in and administered by the council as a reserve at the time of settlement......
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Fernworth Primary School Celebrates New Name & Logo
Fernworth Primary School is celebrating the new decade with a new vision and a new Māori name. After an official launch on Thursday evening (February 20th).

Principal Alison Cook said the school will move into 2020 with the values of whakapono – having self-belief and confidence, and manaakitanga – being respectful and caring for each other.

“We are excited to have a Māori name, kindly gifted to us by the Waihopai Rūnanga: Te Kura o Whare Pā,” she said.

A new school logo is also unveiled, incorporating a fern, which honours the past, and a whale’s tail, linking to Murihiku. The new Māori name is named after the original area where the school is based, Whare Pā......
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Te Papa O Ngā Manu Porotakataka signage mistake fix to cost $7000
An incorrect word in a sign will cost Tauranga ratepayers about $7000.

Tauranga City Council is remaking the sign for Mount Maunganui urban park Te Papa O Ngā Manu Porotakataka after a "minor error" where a space was incorrectly added to the word "whakaingoatia"......
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Ngāti Whātua 'angered' by Auckland Transport plans to shift SkyCity bus terminal to hapū land
An Auckland hapū says it is "angered" by Auckland Transport's plans to shift the regional bus terminal from SkyCity to hapū land at Quay Park.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa chief executive Andrew Crocker said they were informed of the plans in January, only to later find out Auckland Transport (AT) had been asked to consider new locations three years ago.....
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Maori need early cancer screening
Bowel Cancer NZ says the Government is turning its back on the 360 patients a year who get bowel cancer in their 50s and are diagnosed far too late.

It has launched its Forgotten 360 campaign to push for bowel cancer screening for all New Zealanders over 50 by 2025.

It wants screening for Māori over that age to start immediately, because Māori have a higher clinical incidence of developing bowel cancer early.......
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Nursing degree to embrace Maori world view
Manukau Institute of Technology is offering a Bachelor of Māori nursing qualification in a bid to attract more Māori to health careers.

She says the point of difference for the course will be the way it embraces the Māori world view.

"What we really wanted to do with the Bachelor of Nursing Māori is have that tikanga and have that manaakitanga for the students that come in that actually can embrace te ao Māori so when they go into the community, when they go into the DHBs, they have that understanding of how to apply tikanga to the whānau and the people they are serving," Associate Professor Rowe says......
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Jackson pushes back on done nothing slur
Willie Jackson says despite the message of gloom coming from the Māori Party and National, more Māori are employed than ever, with Māori unemployment down to about 8 percent.

Labour has appointed Māori judges and has put Māori on district health boards, and its Māori MPs are in the thick of cleaning up problems created by the previous coalition such as the Ihumātao occupation......
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Heritage New Zealand bestows highest level of recognition on disputed Ihumātao land
The disputed land at Ihumātao has been granted the highest level of heritage recognition, but the largely symbolic decision will not bring the conflict to an end.

Heritage New Zealand will tomorrow announce that it has extended the borders of the Ōtuataua Stonefields reserve in Māngere to include the controversial whenua.

The new area will also have its status increased from category 2 to category 1 - the highest listing available.....
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Ihumātao was long meant to be public land 

Wednesday February 26, 2020

Hunger striker - 'I don’t think they wanted a dead Māori in their jail'An inmate's 25-day hunger strike ended unexpectedly in his release from prison after he tried to become "a martyr".

Francis Shaw stopped eating at Rimutaka Prison in Upper Hutt in January and last Tuesday declared he would also cease taking liquids.

Shaw's hunger strike was a protest over Māori sovereignty, he told Te Ao. He wants a Māori parliament established - a cause he said he was willing to die for.

He believed he was released because he was seen as a threat inside prison....
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A quarter of Māori and Pasifika kids living in 'material hardship' - child poverty stats
The first report looking at child poverty statistics in New Zealand showed a slight decline from the previous year, with hardship rates showing no change.

Almost one in four (23.3 per cent) Māori children were living in homes that experienced material hardship. For Pacific children the rate rose to 28.6 per cent – this sat at 9.8 per cent for European children.

Pacific children had the highest rate of 14.3 per cent living in severe material hardship, 11.5 per cent for Māori – compared to 4.3 per cent for European children......
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Ruatoria hosts te reo Maori fly in
Ruatoria Aero Club is hosting the world’s first te reo Maori fly in.

It will waive landing fees for pilots who report into the tower in te reo Maori as they land on March 21......
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Path to justice review simplified
A member of the establishment advisory group for the new Criminal Cases Review Commission says it should be far easier for Māori to use than the current system.

Professor Tracey McIntosh says up to now people who felt they had suffered a miscarriage of justice could ask the Governor-General to exercise the royal prerogative of mercy.....
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Iwi reps pull pin on West Coast Conservation Board
The West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board has cancelled its scheduled meeting at short notice – for the first time in memory – after a walkout by Ngāi Tahu representatives.

The board was due to hold its bi-monthly meeting at Fox Glacier on Wednesday.

Tumahai said he and the Ngāi Tahu reps were increasingly uncomfortable in board meetings, and felt the board was setting the Conservation Act above Treaty of Waitangi principles.

"It started last year when the chair didn't see the need to start meetings with a karakia, and then they weren't comfortable having meetings on the marae.

"We have told the minister Ngāi Tahu are pulling out of the board until a few things are sorted out, and asked her to put board meetings on hold till it's resolved."....
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Waitemata Local Board gets dressing-down from Ngāti Whātua historian over tree removal plan
The plan to get rid of some 200 pine trees has already proven hugely controversial among a group of Western Springs locals, but had up until this morning been a predominantly Pākehā protest.

But Ngāti Whātua historian and tikanga expert Joe Pihema said the local board had derailed its relationship with the iwi by failing to consult.

"My mana whenua has been diminished by a voting process which says, 'You get a vote, you get a vote, you get a vote'. But Ngāti Whātua, who are the mana whenua ... we are always blocked," he said......
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New iwi appointees named on Taranaki Regional Council standing committees
Three new iwi representatives are among six people appointed onto Taranaki Regional Council standing committees.

Newcomers Bonita Bigham​, Louise Tester and Peter Moeahu​ will take their places as first-time appointees on the policy and planning committee.

The appointments are required to be made by TRC under the Settlements Acts for Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki iwi.

All six have full voting rights and play an active role on the committees, which make recommendations to full council.......
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The Detail: Setting aside the Moriori myth

What Pākehā call climate activism is survival for indigenous people

Tuesday February 25, 2020

Ngāti Paoa hapū takes a stand against the CrownMembers of a Kauahi hapū of Ngāti Paoa are protesting against the Crown, calling for a change in the iwi's ratification processes relating to the Ngāti Paoa Deed of Settlement.

Members say the current process is not allowing all Kauahi hapū members to vote, and since the hapū is the tuakana line of Ngāti Paoa they deserve more of a say......
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Crown treatment of mental health patient Ziporah Huirama a 'savage injustice'
Now the 27-year-old's death is one of at least three by young Māori whose mothers have made a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal for the losses they say are directly linked to colonisation.

Tasilofa Huirama, Jane Stevens and Suzy Taylor want change to the way Māori are treated for mental health and hope their claims will force the need for alternative care in "safe" places such as on marae, into the spotlight.
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Young Kiwis Getting Great Career Opportunities
Opportunities to build great careers in New Zealand’s thriving service sectors have been given a boost thanks to a ServiceIQ initiative that has just been funded by government, says ServiceIQ Chief Executive Andrew McSweeney.

“At its core is manaakitanga. It’s about caring for others in that large part of life that is work and the workplace. We’ll be creating occasions where schools, iwi and employers can meet, connect and engage in meaningful and worthwhile experiences......
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Iwi welcomes unveiling of Hokioi sculpture at Karamea
It was a special day in Karamea on Saturday as locals and iwi came together to unveil a life-sized bronze Hokioi sculpture, a project which has been almost two years in the making.

“This has been a wonderful project to be involved in and we look forward to progressing a number of other initiatives that are underway jointly with Ngāti Waewae and other agencies in the Buller region.”.....
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Monday February 24, 2020

'Excellent' source tells Simon Bridges Crown is purchasing Ihumātao from Fletcher BuildingSimon Bridges says he has it on "excellent authority" that the Government has struck a deal on Ihumātao and that it will be announced next week.

But Bridges told Newshub he understands Auckland Council is no longer involved and that he's been told the Government is buying the contested land from Fletcher Building to put into a mana whenua trust for heritage purposes.

The National leader said he strongly opposes the Crown purchasing Ihumātao, writing on Twitter: "This is wrong, rewarding illegal protestors, wasting taxpayer money & reopening full & final treaty settlements."....
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Most benefit sanctions applied to Māori, figures show
A Māori law expert says halving the benefit of a parent with an outstanding warrant is unfairly punishing children, and "morally outrageous".

New figures released to RNZ show 437 sanctions were applied against people with children in 2018, with over 80 percent of those sanctions applied against Māori.

The sanction reduces the income of a beneficiary with children by half if they don't get the warrant cleared within 10 days of being told by the Ministry of Social Development, which is after the warrant has remained outstanding for 28 days.

"Cutting the income of whānau with children by 50 percent for reasons unrelated to those children and tamariki is absolutely morally outrageous," Auckland University of Technology associate professor of law Khylee Quince said......
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Iwi to supply water to Northland towns in wake of ongoing drought
A deal is now on the table for iwi to supply water to Kaitaia, drawing nearly 3000 cubic metres and putting in the pipes a job that would normally take two-three months.

Mayor, John Carter says the community will be immensely grateful.

“I just want to say how grateful I am and I'm sure the community will be to Te rarawa and Ngai Takoto stepping up - I Just can't give them enough credit.”

Two million dollars has been allocated from the Provincial Growth Fund to set up the temporary water supplies, Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced this week......
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What really happened in the Sir Bob Jones v Renae Maihi defamation case?


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