Saturday, April 25, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 19.04.20

Saturday April 25, 2020

Coast councils support legal challenge to SNA and wetland labels on Māori reserves
The West Coast Regional Council may challenge the legality of labelling Māori reserves as wetlands, or significant natural areas.

Councils around the country are being made to identify wetlands and SNAs in their districts, including on private land, in line with the Government's national policy statements on freshwater and indigenous biodiversity.

But council leaders and iwi working on a new district plan to cover the whole coast are asking if Māori reserves could be exempted from the regime.

Te Runanga o Makaawhio chairman Paul Madgwick told the Te Tai Poutini One Plan governance group this week, the Crown should have no authority over the iwi's reserve land at Mahitahi/Bruce Bay.......
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New appointments to Massey University council boosts Māori representation
Massey University has increased Māori representation on its council with the appointment of two new members.

They are Oriana Paewai and Traci Houpapa.

The appointments boost the council's Māori representation to four of the 12 members, alongside Tina Wilson and Michael Ahie, who was also re-elected as chancellor......
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More iwi checkpoints to be set up in Taranaki for alert level 3
Taranaki iwi are worried going into alert level 3 could be devastating for local Māori and say they are going to set up checkpoints around the region.

Iwi leaders say not enough Māori have been tested for Covid-19 and they are taking matters into their own hands.

The call is out to test more Māori for Covid-19 and Taranaki has been flagged as a region that needs to increase its community testing.

Ngāti Ruanui leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said when the alert drops to level 3, local iwi would run checkpoints near Mōkau and at Pātea - the northern and southern gateways to the region......
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Iwi wants Government to intervene in seabed case
Ngāti Ruanui says it’s time for the Government to step in and ban mining on the seabed.

The iwi could be back to court for the fourth time if the Supreme Court allows Trans-Tasman Resources to appeal a Court of Appeal ruling that the Environment Protection Agency made a mistake in granting its consent to dredge up millions of tonnes of iron sand offshore from South Taranaki......
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Harawira says checkpoints need to stay
Former Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira is calling for iwi-run road checkpoints to stay in place even after the level 4 lockdown ends at 11.59pm on Monday.

A number of roadblocks continue to operate around Northland under the mantle of Harawira's Tai Tokerau Border Control. Some, such as the checkpoints in Kaikohe and Waitangi, operate daily while others, including one on the Hokianga ferry, are activated when the risk of illegal travel is highest......
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Nearly 80 percent of Māori military personnel have PTSD symptoms
An alarming number of serving or retired New Zealand military personnel either have at least some symptoms of post traumatic stress, or would likely be diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if they were assessed.

A University of Otago study of 1817 New Zealand military personnel has found one in three have symptoms of post traumatic stress, and one in 10 would likely be diagnosed with PTSD.

The results suggest that the prevalence of clinically significant post traumatic stress is higher among military personnel compared with the general population, where rates are estimated to be 3 percent.

Lead researcher David McBride said of the 256 Māori who took part in the study, 78 percent showed at least some symptoms of post traumatic stress.

"218 Māori had a score less than 45 which means low PTSD, and 38 had high distress, 10 percent having PTSD really, that's the more severe PTSD," he said.

"The problem comes in transition, in leaving the military, and going back into civilian life again where if social support is lacking, things happen really.....
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Friday April 24, 2020

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has no revenue, to cut 300+ jobs
Christchurch-headquartered powerhouse Ngāi Tahu Tourism has announced it will shut with the loss of more than 300 jobs.

Mike Pohio, chief executive of Ngāi Tahu Holdings and Lisa Tumahai, Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, have just issued a joint statement.

The business owns the Shotover Jet near Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Rotorua's Agrodome and Rainbow Springs, the Dark Sky Project in Tekapo, and was establishing the All Black's Experience due to open in Auckland in mid-year in what was the SkyCity Convention Centre.....
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Police refute Simon Bridges, say no gang members at Maketū checkpoint
A man who Simon Bridges claimed was stopped at a coronavirus checkpoint by gang members was in fact turned away by two women for trying to drive his house bus into a small Bay of Plenty town.

"Firstly, this is not a roadblock, traffic is free-flowing in and out of Maketu, we have a coordinated traffic management plan with documents and health and safety procedures."....
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Community roadblocks can no longer operate without a police presence
Community COVID-19 roadblocks must now have a police presence after repeated reports of Kiwis being harassed and illegally detained by the volunteers running them.

There has been a swathe of reports in recent weeks of Kiwis feeling unsafe and being intimidated by the volunteers running the checkpoints, who have been imposing the coronavirus alert level 4 lockdown rules despite having no authority to do so.......
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Thursday April 23, 2020

'An example of self-entitlement': Another group of UK health workers perform 'bizarre' coronavirus haka
Māori cultural experts have blasted a team of radiographers as self-entitled and ignorant after they emerged as the second group of frontline health staff in the UK to have appropriated the haka in a matter of days.

Māori advocate and cultural advisor Karaitiana Taiuru says while the latest haka isn't "blatant mockery" like that seen in the Tavistock video, it's "still bizarre".

"It's an example of self-entitlement that because something is not legally owned in a western sense, that it is free to appropriate," he told Newshub.

Tania Ka'ai, a Māori language educator at the Auckland University of Technology, described the video as "truly disturbing" and said it speaks to a common misunderstanding of the cultural significance behind the haka.

"Haka are not about being simply angry at the world," she explained. "They are a fierce display of a tribe's pride, strength and unity.

"This is an example of the dominant Western culture trivialising an aspect of Māori culture and abusing our language which has struggled to survive since the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840......
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Seabed mining bid goes to Supreme Court
Trans Tasman Resources says it is going to take its bid to mine millions of tonnes of ironsands off the coast of Taranaki to New Zealand's highest court.

This month the Court of Appeal turned down an attempt to overturn an earlier decision quashing its original consents for the seabed mining operation.

The Court also found the Treaty of Waitangi principles were not adhered to.

"The kaitiakitanga relationship between tangata whenua and the marine environment and its resources is a relevant 'existing interest'. That kaitiakitanga relationship includes, but is not limited to, the stewardship and use of natural resources such as kai moana. The cultural and spiritual elements of kaitiakitanga must also be considered."

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui and Te Kaahui o Rauru were among a group including, iwi, environmental and fisheries groups that lodged cross appeals......
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Our Freshwater 2020: Another missed opportunity - Te Wai Maori Trust
The release of the Ministry for the Environment’s and Statistics New Zealand’s ‘Our Freshwater 2020’ report came as a surprise to Iwi and Hapu in Aotearoa, as well as dedicated Maori representative organisations such as Te Wai Maori. "I’m not sure how, you can produce a report named ‘Our Freshwater 2020’ and not consult with Iwi, Hapu and dedicated Maori organisations on its creation." said Chair of Te Wai Maori, Lisa te Heuheu.

The Ministry commented that the report was developed with a panel of independent scientists and matauranga experts - but that wider consultation was not sought after in order to keep the report ‘independent’. "Simply put, in this day in age - that is not good enough. You must consult on the mauri of our wai with Iwi and Hapu, as well as dedicated Trusts such as ourselves. We believe that our knowledge, relationships and current work programmes would have provided beneficial data for both Statistics New Zealand and the Ministry for the Environment." says Lisa Te Heuheu.

These are not new issues. Tangata whenua consider that it is imperative that matauranga, traditional knowledge observed over generations, should be given primary consideration when it comes to understanding the interactions and relationships of people with the natural world......
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Wednesday April 22, 2020

Illegal checkpoints being dealt with, but ones with support OK - minister
Illegal checkpoints set up by "ratbags and renegades" without police support will be taken very seriously, Police Minister Stuart Nash says.

However, Nash was comfortable with checkpoints operating in isolated towns, such as those in Northland, as long as they have support of the local community and police.

Iwi across New Zealand have set up checkpoints at the entrances to vulnerable communities in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus......
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Māori educators to determine their own fate in Level 3
Te Rāngai Reo Māori, a group representing te reo Māori educational institutions and thousands of students, will determine for themselves whether they will reopen their doors or not.

Its position is in contrast to the directives given by the Education Minister Chris Hipkins on Tuesday, who told all schools and early childhood centres they must reopen next Wednesday, if they can do so safely and within public health Level 3 guidelines......
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Whare Māori Portal Aims To Increase Support For Māori Communities
Increasing support for Māori communities is at the centre of a collaborative response between the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse (NZFVC) and Ngā Wai a Te Tūī, Unitec’s Māori and Indigenous Research Centre. The extraordinary circumstances created with the onset of COVID-19 and the government’s response of social isolation has highlighted the importance of providing a dedicated platform for Māori communities to ensure their voices are heard......
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Lockdown response points to way ahead for Maori
Waipareira Trust chief executive John Tamihere says Māori don’t want things to return the way they were before COVID-19.

He says the pandemic has highlighted the inequality Māori face in education, health, jobs and income - and for the good of the whole country, those need to be addressed.

"That has to be rewarded and we have to allow our own capacity and capability to build and it's better to have a Māori employed looking after another Māori than someone who arrived in the country two years ago knocking on your door, checking on a child notification that has been unfairly made against you as a parent - I'm talking about this Oranga Tamariki stuff," Mr Tamihere says.......
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Proposed land swap for Marlborough car park paused
Plans to trade land between iwi and a council at a popular Marlborough beach-side reserve have been put on hold until a new foreshore plan wraps up.

Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui asked to swap deed of settlement land from beneath its 66-year-old rowing club at the Waikawa foreshore for part of a Marlborough District Council carpark......
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Tuesday April 21, 2020

Māori consultation 'window dressing', BOP councillors say
Concern was raised at Friday's extraordinary Bay of Plenty Regional Council meeting that Māori consultation was "window dressing" and "nice words" with no meaningful action.

Māori constituency councillors Matemoana McDonald, Toi Kai Rākau Iti and Te Taru White emphatically told staff more needed to be done to ensure meaningful Māori consultation and participation in council planning.....
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UK nurses' COVID-19 haka slammed as cultural appropriation
Māori cultural advisor Karaitiana Taiuru says the haka is "absolutely offensive and degrading".

"There is no reasonable excuse why any semi-educated person with access to the internet, from anywhere in the world, to not know that mocking another person's culture is offensive," Taiuru says.

"This is blatant cultural abuse that is verging on being racist.

"There appears to be a fixation with many people in the UK with Māori culture and what appears to be an inherited colonial perceived right to appropriate Māori culture with marketing of food and beverages and more so in particular to mocking the Haka.

It is distasteful and disrespectful to the descendants of Ngāti Toa and to all Māori."

He also suggested it could be a breach of the Haka Ka Mate Attribution Act of 2014 which acknowledges the haka's significance as a taonga of Ngāti Toa Rangatira......
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Tūhoe bans hunting and camping for alert level 3 at Te Urewera
Hunting or camping in Te Urewera will not be allowed at Covid-19 alert level 3, Tūhoe says.

The protections currently in place for everyone within Te Urewera at alert level 4 would remain in place at level 3, he said.

This meant Te Urewera huts, campgrounds, boat ramps, walks (including the Waikaremoana Great Walk) and freedom camping areas would also remain closed at levels 3 and 4......
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Call for checkpoint reinforcements
The Māori Party's Ikaroa Rawhiti candidate is calling for the government to consider how it can further support whānau in Ngati Porou who mobilised to protect their communities during the Covid-19 Level 4 lockdown, perhaps by mobilising the Army.

Meanwhile Te Rūnanga ā Iwi ō Ngāpuhi continues to support the principles of the checkpoints established by Te Tai Tokerau Border Control.

By law only road-controlling authorities, such as councils or the NZ Transport Agency, or emergency services can close a public road.......
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Government's Māori Covid-19 response all words, no action - response group
The Ministry of Health's Māori Covid-19 response plan, which has taken almost four weeks to be released, has been criticised for its lack of detail.

However, Māori National Pandemic response group Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā said there was no detail on how an equitable health system would be delivered.

"It provides high-level and aspirational statements and uses language and words that will resonate with Māori but offers no clear and tangible actions to bring to life the aspirations of the plan," Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā member Dr Rhys Jones said......
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Harawira's nonsense shows danger of self appointed guardians

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