Saturday, February 15, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 9.02.20

Saturday February 15, 2020

Moriori Treaty Settlement to be signed: 'It's been a long wait'
More than a 100 years since Moriori were slaughtered, enslaved and falsely classified as extinct, a true account of their story is about to be entrenched in the law.

Moriori descendants and representatives of the Crown will meet in Rēkohu, or the Chatham Islands, today for the signing of the Moriori Treaty Settlement.

The settlement redress includes an agreed historical account, a Crown apology, and $18 million.......
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Kaitiakitanga: Te Ao Māori o Te Pūtea Matua - Guardianship: The Māori World View of the Reserve Bank
Building its understanding of Te Ao Māori will result in the Reserve Bank better serving Aotearoa New Zealand, said Assistant Governor, Christian Hawkesby.

In addition to embedding Te Reo and Māori tikanga into its culture, Mr Hawkesby said the Bank had borrowed the story of Tāne Mahuta, with the approval of Northern hapu Te Roroa, to tell its own tale.

“In the same way that Tāne Mahuta is part of the forest and guardian – kaitiaki – of the forest, the Reserve Bank is guardian – kaitiaki – of the financial ecosystem. Our kaupapa is to maintain the highest trust in our organisation to ensure that Tāne will not wilt and lose mana.”.....
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Kiwi dies on Tongariro Crossing
A rāhui has been put in place after a Kiwi man died halfway up the stairs of the Tongariro Crossing.

A rāhui has been put in place by Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro and Ngati Tūwharetoa, which sets a temporary prohibition around the rāhui area and limits access for that period in order to acknowledge the death.....
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Deep listening needed for tikanga cases
The organiser of a symposium on tikanga and the law says it’s an area where lawyers have to listen to their clients.

The speakers including academics, iwi claimants, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Supreme Court Justice Sir Joe Williams had insights about how that could be done, as well as warnings about letting Pākeha judges impose rigid definitions of Māori concepts.

"Everybody agreed what it came down to was whakapapa and whanaungatanga and it is incumbent on the lawyers acting for these iwi clients that disputes are resolved in an appropriate way and listening to their clients about how to do that," Ms Dewes says.......
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Over $1 Million To Help Tairāwhiti Youth Into Employment
Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today that Tairāwhiti rangatahi will benefit from an investment made by the Government’s He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) scheme.

The funding will go to the Tautua Village, Kauneke programme and the Matapuna Supported Employment Programme which will fund 120 rangatahi over two years......
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Turia bitter at Labour treatment of signature policy
Māori Party co-founder Dame Tariana Turia is accusing Labour of being dishonourable towards Māori.

She says despite Labour having 13 Māori in its caucus, the consensus among Māori is it is not delivering.

She called for the sacking of Oranga Tamariki head Grainne (gronya) Moss over the uplift of Māori babies because if it had been a Māori organisation getting things wrong on that scale, it would have been shut down......
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Friday February 14, 2020

Kaupapa Māori approach for homelessnessKaupapa Māori will underpin the Government’s new plan to deal with homelessness announced by the Prime Minister in Auckland this morning.

“Māori are massively overrepresented among people experiencing homelessness, so, to achieve different outcomes for Māori, we have to do things very differently,” says the Minister of Māori Development and Associate Minister of Housing Nanaia Mahuta.

“Kaupapa Māori approaches are grounded in a Māori worldview; one in which Māori values, tikanga Māori and te reo Māori anchor all action. They will be values-based and involve holistic wrap-around services......
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New shelter Te Whare Hīnātore, opens for homeless women
The Auckland City Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and the Ministry of Social Development, opened the apartment in Auckland's CBD.

Women and those identifying as women can stay at the shelter for up to twelve weeks with support of a bed, food, shower and laundry facilities.

Following this they will receive a further twelve weeks of support to aid them into permanent accomodation.

A trauma-informed kaupapa Māori approach will be the focus of Te Whare Hīnātore to respond to needs of the participants.......
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Action plan tackles motel housing
Other aspects of the plan include $20m to work with Māori to prevent homelessness and to expand housing supply that delivered by Māori;...
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Budget 2020 will be delivered on 14 May
Finance Minister Grant Robertson said priorities would include transitioning to a low emissions and sustainable economy, preparing for workforce changes, improving Māori and Pacific incomes and opportunities, a focus on child wellbeing, and on mental health.

He said the 'wellbeing approach' would be used again to prioritise spending bids from ministers.
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Rotorua: 'It's huge for us' - joy as parcel of land looks to be returned to Māori at former gateway to Pink and White Terraces
On the western shores of Lake Tarawera, Tūhourangi Tribal Authority ancestors would welcome some of the Rotorua region's earliest tourists, taking them to Te Otukapuarangi - the Pink and White Terraces.

Now, a small parcel of land near that departure spot is on track to be returned to their descendants.

Clapping, hugging and hongi met the unanimous decision at a Rotorua Lakes Council strategy, policy and finance committee on Thursday.

Speaking with the Rotorua Daily Post outside of the meeting, Tūhourangi Tribal Authority chairman Alan Skipwith said the decision, the first step in a long process, was "huge" for his rōpū (group).....
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Justice Ministry to assess suitability of woman writing cultural reports
The Justice Ministry is assessing the quality of cultural reports written by a woman who does not recognise New Zealand laws.

Michelle Reti-Kaukau's permission to enter prisons is also under review by Corrections following a Stuff article last week that revealed she was running her own "court" in Hawke's Bay.

Reti-Kaukau doesn't recognise New Zealand laws and claims to have the authority to sentence people......
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Waikato-Tainui and ACC announce $50m building in Hamilton's CBD
Iwi-owned company Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) has announced plans to develop a $50 million complex in Hamilton's CBD.

The four-storey building would become a new hub for ACC's staff, consolidating 650 Hamilton staff from across the city.

The complex, due to be completed by the end of 2022, will be built on a section of settlement land on the corner of Collingwood and Tristam streets.....
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Funding for Māori Television 'inadequate', board chair says

Thursday February 13, 2020

Tikanga Māori Increasingly Prevalent In New Zealand Law“New Zealand is in a period of transformative recognition of tikanga Māori in the law, now more prevalent in legislation and increasingly being recognised by the courts as an integral part of decision-making,” an observation made by leading New Zealand law firm, Chapman Tripp.

This trend is only set to continue, with tikanga values such as kaitiakitanga (responsibility), whanaungatanga (relationships), manaakitanga (supporting people), taonga tuku iho mō ngā uri whakatipu (guardianship of resources for future generations) and tino rangatiratanga (self-determination) being woven into our constitutional framework.....
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Amokura Kawharu appointed first Māori president of Law Commission
Kawharu (Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Whatua) became a member of the Auckland Law School academic staff in 2005 after working for several years in private commercial law practice in Auckland and in Sydney.

Justice Minister Andrew Little said Kawharu would bring some great attributes to the role.

"Amokura Kawharu has the ability to lead an innovative and forward-looking approach to the law reform process, and brings extensive networks throughout Māoridom and academic circles that can assist in how the Commission addresses its responsibilities regarding te ao Māori," he said.....
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First Rangitāne appointee sworn in at council committee
The Palmerston North City Council and Rangitāne have entered a new era of joint decision making.

The first meeting of the council's environmental sustainability committee on Wednesday welcomed Rangitāne's appointment Chris Whaiapu to the council table.

He was the first of three Māori to be appointed to sit alongside councillors at committee meetings.

Danielle Harris will join the community development committee and Ruma Karaitiana will sit on the economic development committee.

They will have voting rights at committee meetings, but not at formal council meetings.....
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Iwi radio demand greater urgency for survival after action on RNZ Concert
Iwi radio and other marginalised groups say they want the same level of urgency around their own survival.

Bernie O'Donnell, a member of the board which governs the country's 21 iwi radio stations, said Māori radio had been under threat for years, but saving it had never been a priority for the government.....
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Petition launched to give Lake Rotorua same rights as a person
Lake Rotorua may be the next body of water given the same rights as a person, in a renewed bid to prevent treated wastewater from ending up in the lake.

Renee Kiriona, of Ngāti Uenukukōpako, has launched a petition calling on Te Arawa Lakes Trust to "do everything it can" to stop a Rotorua Lakes Council plan to upgrade the Rotorua wastewater treatment plant.....
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Whānau inclusion key to improving Māori health says new WBOP PHO board co-chair

The struggle to define and defeat racism in New Zealand

Wednesday February 12, 2020

He Whakaputanga added to negotiation agendaTreaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says he will need to cast his net wider than Ngapuhi to determine the contemporary significance of He Whakaputanga.

Acknowledgement of the 1835 Declaration of Independence by a group of mainly northern chiefs have been a touchstone in the debate over how Ngapuhi historic claims should be settled.

Mr Little surprised some in his speech at Waitangi by raising the issue.

He says the Waitangi Tribunal raised in its stage one Te Paparahi o Te Raki Report, but the crown can’t come out and say what it means on its own.

"It is very important to Ngapuhi and to other northern tribes too but that doesn't stop a broader conversation happening with other iwi and eventually the Iwi chairs may wish to be involved in it. I know one of the pou the Iwi Chairs have is constitutional issues and not only the treaty but He Whakaputanga falls under that," Minister Little says......
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Building cultural capability survey
Our Ministry launched Te Haerenga - our Māori Strategy in 2017. Te Haerenga signals progression and a journey. It’s our roadmap for achieving our priorities of building capability to engage and partner with Māori and honouring our responsibilities to Māori under our new Ministry strategy.

There are five key focus areas within Te Haerenga, one of which is organisational capability. This describes our optimum state in terms of how the Ministry will operate as:

Our people work proficiently across te ao Māori and te ao hurihuri, continually improving our cultural capability through increased use and knowledge of te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, and the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

We acknowledge and respect the perspectives and attributes that Māori employees bring to our organisation. The Ministry will be an employer of choice for Māori pursuing careers and advancement in the public service......
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Govt's approach to amending RMA breaches Treaty - Ngāi Tahu
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu wants to co-design reforms to the Resource Management Act (RMA), and says the government's current approach to amending the law is a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Co-chair of Ngāi Tahu's Freshwater governance group, Dr Te Maire Tau, told the Environment Select Committee on Monday it was pre-emptive of the government to introduce the Resource Management Amendment Bill without engaging with Ngāi Tahu first.....
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Kai Manaaki Nahi - Registered Nurse
The Mason Approach has a number of core values which include providing respectful, safe and involving services, delivering recovery and strengths focused care that is culturally appropriate, evidence and values based. Within our Te Aka Unit we combine kaupapa Māori with our core values to enrich and strengthen the care of our tangata whai i te ora

We continue to develop our services to support tikanga Māori within our facility and are looking to recruit a Kai Manaaki Nahi / Registered Nurse.

We are looking for someone who has a strong commitment to or learning of Kaupapa Māori. A commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.....
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The Dangers of Tribalism

 Tuesday February 11, 2020

Māori cultural & language expert joins AUT Business School
Associate Professor Ella Henry (Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa, Ngāti Kuri, Te Rārawa), an academic renowned for her research into and advocacy of Māori culture, language and leadership, has taken up a new role at AUT’s Business School.

As the inaugural Director of Māori Advancement, Associate Professor Henry will guide the understanding and implementation of biculturalism in the Business School’s curriculum, research and engagement and partnerships. She will work alongside Associate Professor Khylee Quince, who holds a similar role in AUT’s Law School.

“I see this role as a chance to enhance opportunities for Māori academic and professional staff. I’m looking forward to getting to know the Māori community here and to explore their aspirations for support and development.”.....
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Pressure on for water solution
A leading member of the Iwi Chairs Forum says a proposal to set aside court action of Maori rights and interests in water in exchange for investment in water storage schemes is worthy of consideration.

“Obviously the stuff we were been doing for the last seven years around water is not taking us anywhere so we have to find another model by which we can make progress and if it means we have to put aside the threat of litigation, which is the only tool Māori have got, we keep going back to court, we keep going to the tribunal, we are so far apart in our perspectives there is a better chance of Jesus arriving than finding a solution,” he says.
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RMA reform too rushed for Ngai Tahu
Ngāi Tahu has told parliament's environment select committee it needs to talk to the South Island iwi before pushing ahead with reform of the Resource Management Act.

Ngāi Tahu freshwater governance group co-chair Te Maire Tau says its takiwā includes 62 per cent of Aotearoa’s surface water resources and 81 per cent of total groundwater volume.

He says Ngāi Tahu retained rangatiratanga over the freshwaters of its takiwā and its treaty settlement committed the crown to a new age of co-operation with the iwi.....
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Maori Council to establish a national taskforce on racism
“So, what do we do from here? Firstly, the New Zealand Maori Council will be convening a National Taskforce to rid New Zealand of racism by 2040. That means working together as a nation to stomp it out through better education and resources, from the sharing of stories and building a better system of race relations. The inaugural Chair will be respected Jurist, Sir Eddie Durie – Sir Eddie has vast experience and is well known within the Te Ao Maori world and amongst other ethnic groups. The group will be open to other cultures and I expect it to have a diverse background – let’s not leave people of color behind on this journey. Also, the first meeting of the inaugural group will be held in May in Rotorua.” Tukaki said....
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What’s really at stake in book-culling decision
Yet in its decision to deaccession more than 600,000 “overseas” books, our National Library seems to have done us a disservice. “Shortsighted,” Helen Clark said of the cull. All New Zealanders should care deeply about the Library’s decision, because it strikes to the heart of how insular or open we are as a nation.

The Library is culling books from its “Overseas published collections” to “make room for New Zealand, Māori and Pacific stories”. The books being “rehomed” or destroyed (whichever it is, the effect is the same for National Library users) encompass philosophy, religion, arts, science, languages and a great deal more.....
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Jacinda Ardern says Labour will 'campaign hard' for Māori seats
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is determined for her party not to give up any of the Māori seats despite the Māori Party expressing a desire to work as allies.

But Ardern made it clear that Labour's strategy would remain the same this election.

"We have consistently run in the Māori seats against the Māori Party, that is not new, and what will remain absolutely the same is that we will campaign hard for a strong Labour vote," she said.....
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Random ambush not good for treaty relationship
Crown-Māori Relationships Minister Kelvin Davis wants the Iwi Chairs Forum to step up and engage constructively with the Government.

Mr Davis says it highlighted the need to set shared priorities well in advance of each meeting.

"So that each time we turn up to the Iwi Chairs Forum, we're not just getting random stuff thrown at us, but together we are saying 'this is what we have achieved since the last hui, now our next set of goals before the next quarterly hui, this is what they are,' and we can actually see progress in a number of the issues that we have been talking about together......
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Clive Bibby: Negotiations over water rights at Waitangi

The Detail: Te reo Māori revival

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Monday February 10, 2020

Election 2020: Māori Party wary of partnering with NationalNational Party leader Simon Bridges has talked about a resurgent Māori Party as a potential ally, but it may not have a willing partner, with the Māori Party President Che Wilson indicating a strong preference for Labour.

"We're clear that our people align more to Labour and so we are open to having a conversation with Labour.

"If we ever do talk to National it will have to be a big deal for us to move that way again,'' Wilson said......
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Jacinda Ardern: Building an Aotearoa we can all be proud of
There have been some major changes since I took my first steps onto the Waitangi Treaty Grounds as Prime Minister back in 2018.

Māori unemployment is at some of the lowest levels in 10 years, and 30 percent more Māori, are now in apprenticeship under this Government – many training fees-free for the first two years.

We’ve significantly increased the minimum wage, extended paid parental leave, extended free GP visits to children aged up to 14 years, increased funding so parents at almost all decile 1-7 schools don’t have to pay for donations, and increased funding to Whanau Ora.

The last two years, we've worked hard to lift the representation of Māori at the seats where decisions are made. For the first time, the number of Māori Chairs and Deputies reflects the Māori proportion of our population.

We’re also working to integrate te reo Māori into our schools – over 500 teachers and support workers have already graduated from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori. We’re making sure that New Zealand history is taught at every school and kura in the country by 2023. It is a right, not a privilege, for every child to know the history of the land they call home.

We also announced a national body of kaupapa waka hourua experts, supporting rangatahi to learn about Māori and Pacific voyaging traditions – building off the success of last year’s national commemoration Tuia 250 and the legacy of Sir Hekenukumai Busby.

We’ve introduced Te Kawa Matakura, a new educational programme designed by Māori, for Māori, which will grow future Māori leaders by supporting 17-25 year olds proficient in te reo Māori to learn an advanced level of mātauranga Māori.....
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RNZ TVNZ Merge may not be in Maori interest
The New Zealand Maori Council has said any broadcasting reforms to TVNZ and RNZ must also ensure the sustainability of Maori / Iwi broadcasting. The Council’s Executive Director, Matthew Tukaki, has warned the Government that there has been a lack of investment in Maori / Iwi Broadcasting that has held the sector back, put a ceiling on jobs growth and the development of high skilled and high wage growth roles as well as lacking growth across new forms of media.

“The historical Te Reo Maori Claim that the Council was heavily involved in that led to the recognition of Te Reo Maori as an official language of New Zealand in the late eighties was the first step in not just growing and protecting our language it was also wrapped up in the radio spectrum claim – about the mediums we could use to project Te Reo Maori, share our stories and news, communicate to a broader audience and so on.” Tukaki said....
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Everything is not ka pai
Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) has been shown to inform and enrich various areas of university research in New Zealand, from unlocking the benefits of mānuka honey, to building resilience against natural hazards and potentially finding a solution to the kauri dieback crisis.

In its comprehensive Wai262 report, the Waitangi Tribunal stipulated that kaitiaki (guardians or custodians) have the right to be acknowledged as the source of mātauranga Māori where appropriate and to have their commercial interests in such mātauranga recognised and protected.

The Government is changing New Zealand’s intellectual property law to partly address the misappropriation of mātauranga Māori in the IP regime. Amendments to the patents system focusing on a “disclosure of origin” requirement as well as to the copyright, plant variety rights and geographical indications legislation are all on the Government’s agenda.....
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Auckland school swaps out bell for Māori anthem Poi E
A primary school has ditched the traditional bell in favour of a classic te reo Māori waiata, in celebration of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Pupils of Titirangi Primary School in West Auckland may not have been around when Patea Māori Club released Poi E in 1984, but are now learning about the song by hearing it for 25 seconds, seven times a day.....
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Ceremony marks return of Pukaha
After more than 100 years of not owning 942 hectares of traditional iwi land at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre, Rangitane o Wairarapa is holding a ceremony tomorrow to mark the return of it to them by the government.

Rangitane worked towards its Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the Crown for almost 30 years and settled on August 6, 2016.

The agreement included $32.5 million and is the second-largest treaty settlement ever in terms of the geographic area covered.....
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Tense commemorations in Waitangi set the stage for hotly contested election
Andrew Little won plaudits for his speech at the Tuesday powhiri, which was entirely in te reo Māori. It was directed primarily at Ngāpuhi​, the iwi with whom the crown has been locked in negotiations over a settlement for ten years.

The Ngāpuhi settlement has been almost impossible to achieve, and any ground broken in a massive win. Little focused his speech on He Whakaputanga, the 1835 Declaration of Independence signed by a number of Ngāpuhi chiefs, which proclaimed them sovereign over New Zealand.

Ngāpuhi have used this to argue that sovereignty was not ceded by the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi.

Little touched on these arguments in his speech.

"There is another agreement we cannot ignore. It is very important to Māori of the north. It is He Whakaputanga.

"Neither He Whakaputanga nor Te Tiriti stand on their own. We have talked much about Te Tiriti. We must talk about He Whakaputanga.....
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New programme to boost knowledge of reo speakers
Seventeen to 25-year-olds proficient in te reo Maori who show a strong desire to learn mātauranga Māori can benefit from a new extension programme launched yesterday at Waitangi by Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis.

Mr Davis says having graduates with an in-depth level of mātauranga Māori, a high level of te reo Māori and strong leadership skills are going to benefit their marae, iwi, communities, and their own future opportunities.....
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