Saturday, March 28, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 22.03.20

Saturday March 28, 2020

Iwi enforce border protection across country
From the Far North to East Cape and Auckland, iwi have begun to put in place rāhui to protect their territories from infection by visitors or returning locals.

A rāhui is a cultural practice normally put in place with a karakia by tangata whenua, prohibiting access to reserves, parks and waterways as a conservation measure. Most of the latest rāhui appear to have the support of police and wider communities.....

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Friday March 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Tourists turned away at Far North checkpointsAt least three groups of tourists have been banned from entering the Far North after being stopped at one if its locally-manned checkpoints.

Former Tai Tokerau (Northland) MP Hone Harawira said by stopping tourists from entering they were doing their bit to protect locals from the spread of coronavirus.

"Iwi are taking a strong leadership role and we want to model what it looks like when iwi, police, councils and other agencies work in partnership. Our role is supporting this cultural response to Covid-19."

Harawira said.......""The country is moving to a war footing and we aim to ensure Tai Tokerau is ready to defend its territory and its people from Covid-19."....
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Covid-19 coronavirus: One Northland roadblock scrapped, tourists turned back at others
Harawira's supporters setting up at Whakapara were met by police — including the Far North's top cop, Inspector Riki Whiu, and iwi liaison officers — and agreed to relocate to the bottom of Waiomio Hill.

At another checkpoint, on SH1 at Victoria Valley, south of Kaitaia, members of Te Paatu hapū also carried out basic health checks.

Whangaroa iwi say they plan checkpoints from today on SH10 at the top of Kaeo Hill and at Oruaiti School, both on SH10.

Former Kaitaia GP Lance O'Sullivan did not take part in yesterday's checkpoints but is providing health and Covid-19 assessment advice to those involved.

Others, however, were unimpressed, including former Māori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels.

''Nobody can interfere with the lawful movement of other New Zealanders. Sure we care, like everybody else, but this is not a time for grandstanding by the sheriff of Kaitaia.''

Samuels said he had phoned Northland MPs and Police Minister Stuart Nash urging them to take action.

''It's unlawful and they should be arrested,'' he said.......
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Families at Ihumātao staying in one bubble during lockdown
Kaitiaki at Ihumātao have had to turn away families wanting to isolate with them.

About five whānau were on lockdown at Ihumātao, and they would act as one bubble, she said......
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Thursday March 26, 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: Rāhui placed over Taupō's Huka FallsTaupō iwi has placed a rāhui over the Huka Falls Scenic Reserve as a Covid-19 precaution.

Te Kotahitanga o Ngāti Tūwharetoa Trust made the announcement on Facebook last night saying the reserve would closed effective immediately.

The Department of Conservation has implemented the closure on behalf of the trust......
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Brash: No Justification For Tribes ‘closing’ Roads
There is not the slightest justification for tribes asserting that they have closed roads to protect their people against the Covid-19 scare, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today.

“We’re entering exceedingly dangerous territory when some people in the name of Maori are allowed to decide who can travel on state highways, as is happening currently in both Northland and eastern Bay of Plenty,” Dr Brash said.

"All New Zealanders have the right to deny other people the right to enter their private property, but no New Zealanders should have the right to deny access to taxpayer-funded roads or other public property,” he said.

“This nonsense has clearly gone on for far too long. There is only one Government in New Zealand, and it is the responsibility of the Police to ensure that the law of the land is upheld, irrespective of whom the law-breaker is,” he said.

“Bear in mind, soon we will be under the level-four restriction so people should not be out on the streets confronting traffic when we’re all supposed to be in lock-down,” Dr Brash said.......
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Checkpoints way to create unnecessary enemies
Crown Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis and Te Tai Tokerau MP isn’t impressed with efforts by his predecessor to barricade their home town from Covid-19.

Mana Movement leader Hone Harawira says backpackers and tourists are rolling into the Kaitaia Pak'nSave without protective face masks and without self-isolating for 14 days.

He’s organising checkpoints north of Whangarei and Dargaville to quiz travellers and turn back any tourists.

Mr Davis says he’s being alarmist, and the government has matters in hand with its elevation of the threat level.....
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Harawira militias not needed for lockdown enforcement Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says unofficial tribal militia throwing up checkpoints are more likely to hinder than help the Covid-19 response.

Hapū and iwi on the East Coast are organising such road-blocks, and former MP Hone Harawira is trying to arrange checkpoints on roads into the far north.

Mr Peters says the government doesn’t need Mr Harawira to ring-fence Kaitaia

Winston Peters says it’s up to the authorities to make sure essential supplies can get through and enforce the end of no-essential travel.......
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Six hundred schools to get Diary of Anne Frank in te Reo Maori
Six hundred schools across New Zealand will receive a free copy of Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, now Te Rātaka a Tētahi Kōhine, in te Reo Māori.

The book was translated into te Reo in 2019 under the guidance of Anne Frank New Zealand in celebration of Frank's 90th birthday early last year......
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Wednesday March 25, 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: Auckland Council sets up emergency committee and $22.5m fundAuckland Council has set up an emergency committee and a fund of $22.5 million to manage its way through the coronavirus crisis.

Councillors voted unanimously to set up the emergency committee with full decision-making powers. The committee will meet weekly and be chaired by the mayor and, in his absence, the deputy mayor. It will assume the functions and powers of the main committees.

Two members of the Independent Māori Statutory Board are included in the membership of the emergency committee and will maintain their current voting rights......
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Covid-19 coronavirus: What court hearings will continue during New Zealand's pandemic lockdown?
She said proceedings will not take place this week in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Employment Court, Environment Court (with the exception of one proceeding), Māori Land Court, Waitangi Tribunal and Coroners Court.......
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Non-residents trying to get into parts of Northland from tomorrow afternoon will be blocked by iwi
Those trying to get into parts of Northland from tomorrow will be blocked by iwi, and any non-residents or those considered at risk of spreading Covid-19 will be turned away.

The road block will be at Whakapara along State Highway One, north of Whangarei.

It is being led by former Mana Party Leader Hone Harawira and Dr Lance O’Sullivan, who are concerned visitors are putting their communities at risk.

Mr Harawira says he has the backing of Far North police while the Far North District Council says it’s open to the concept.

In a statement yesterday, police said they will work with iwi to protect the community’s most vulnerable, and no one has set out to establish illegal roadblocks.......
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Tuesday March 24, 2020

More iwi consider closing tribal borders amid Covid-19 outbreakMore iwi are planning to close their tribal borders in the fight against Covid-19, despite warnings from police doing so is illegal.

Meanwhile, Far North iwi Ngāti Kahu is also considering closing the borders surrounding some of its isolated hapū along the Karikari peninsula, where state highways will not be disturbed.

Māori communities on the East Coast, led by indigenous activist Tina Ngata, are also planning to set up a checkpoint at Tina Ngata, and Wharekahika.
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Maori economy hit early by virus
The chair of the Federation of Maori Authorities says Māori businesses were some of the first to feel the effect of the economic slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Traci Houpapa has welcomed the $12.1 billion economic support package but says many Māori businesses may need technical advice and support on how they can access what’s on offer......
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New National Deaf Education School Named
Ko Taku Reo was today announced as the name for New Zealand’s new Deaf education school and network of services for Deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Ko Taku Reo merges the Kelston Deaf Education Centre in Auckland and the van Asch Deaf Education Centre in Christchurch into a single school, which will operate from the start of Term 3. It will be headed up by James le Marquand, who has been appointed as the new Executive Principal.....
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Hone Harawira planning to lockdown the Far North
Mana Movement leader and former Māori Party MP Hone Harawira claims he is planning to lockdown New Zealand's Far North in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

On Sunday, the political party shared a rallying call for the implementation of stringent measures to protect Far North residents, the statement appearing on both Harawira's personal Facebook and the Mana Movement's public page.

The Far North District, which spans from North Cape and Cape Reinga to the Bay of Islands and Hokianga, includes the towns of Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Moerewa, Paihia and Russell.

"Nothing is being done to stop them coming into our world without protection, so we will be," the post declares......
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Māori leaders push ahead with plans for roadblocks, checkpoints on tribal boundaries amid coronavirus lockdown
Some Māori leaders are still pushing ahead with plans to create roadblocks and checkpoints on their tribal boundaries in a bid to protect their communities from the spread of coronavirus.

Kaitaia, a gateway to the Far North, will be closed off by the community in response to the pandemic.

Mr Harawira is organising checkpoints in the north targeting tourists, who will be told to turn around back to Auckland.

From Wednesday, Whānau ā Apanui from the eastern Bay of Plenty said they will have a manned border patrol at both ends of its tribal area from Hawai to Potaka.

Meanwhile in Hick’s Bay, a Ngāti Porou community group will also be stopping tourists from entering.

Tāmaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare expressed support for Te Whanau a Apanui and other iwi looking to enforce roadblocks.

In a statement, police said they will work with iwi to protect the community’s most vulnerable, and no one has set out to establish illegal roadblocks......
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Māori leading indigenous tattoo resurgence

Monday March 23, 2020

$56.5m to be spent on Māori coronavirus response packageThe government will spend over $56m on a specific Māori response action plan. The cross-sector announcement comes after growing criticism from the Māori community, iwi leaders and health experts.

Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare said the government's $12.1 billion economic package and $500m health fund includes Māori families, workers and businesses but a separate plan was needed because Māori have specific challenges.

"We know that we need to help our people and provide targeted support to Māori businesses and help our vulnerable Māori communities.
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Community-led restrictions to protect Kaumatua
An open and pragmatic approach is being taken by government and non-government agencies in response to the recent decision by Te Whanau a Apanui to restrict movement through their tribal lands on the East Coast of the North Island. Opotiki District Council will be working alongside iwi leadership to ensure essential services continue in isolated communities but the risk of transmission of COVID-19 into at-risk communities remains as low as possible.

Deputy Police Commissioner, Wally Haumaha, had met with Te Whanau a Apanui and other agencies to work through what this meant for police activities.

"No one has set out to establish illegal roadblocks, this is about community police and Iwi taking the lead to ensure rural communities that don’t have immediate access to support services are well protected.

"We are all coming to this kaupapa from the same place - out of a need to protect the most vulnerable in the community. This is Te Whanau a Apanui taking a strong leadership role and we want to model what it looks like when iwi, police, councils and other agencies work in partnership. Our role is supporting this cultural response to COVID-19," Mr Haumaha said.....
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Sunday March 22, 2020

Coronavirus: Bay of Plenty iwi Te Whānau-ā-Apanui closing borders to outsiders
An eastern Bay of Plenty iwi has announced it will enforce 24-hour manned closure of its borders to all outsiders, in an effort to protect its vulnerable community from Covid-19.

In a post on the Te Whānau-ā-Apanui Facebook page last night, iwi leader Rawiri Waititi announced no one outside of the about 1000 residents would be allowed to enter the territory from midnight March 25 for two months.

Waititi said campers including campervans, tourists, outside fisherman, cyclists and holiday makers would all be barred from passing the territory borders until at least May 25 - when the restrictions would be reassessed.

Teams of five of six community members will man the western territory border at Hawai, and the eastern border at Potaka 24 hours a day......
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Impact of COVID-19 on Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau of concern to Board
The potentially severe impact the Covid 19 virus may have on Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau is of great concern to the Board. We are working closely with Auckland Council to ensure Council is doing all that it must to protect not only Māori directly employed by Council and Council-owned organisations, but all Māori living and working in the region. To this end, and for as long as the situation demands, the Board will continue to monitor Council performance regarding the provision of vital services that Māori in Auckland rely on, including those associated with health, housing, transport and marae-related activities....
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North Island iwi warned against blocking major state highway
Police are warning a North Island iwi against shutting off State Highway 35 to all non-residents in an attempt to prevent COVID-19 from infecting their 200 people.

Te Whānau-ā-Apanui is on lockdown and closing their borders to all non-residents.

Police have issued a statement saying: "We know the community is very concerned about COVID-19, but this is illegal.".....
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From the MTG: Te Kooti turned to Bible after arrest

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