Saturday, May 2, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 26.04.20

Saturday May 2, 2020

Massey post for Rangitāne CEO Oriana Paewai
Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua chief executive Oriana Paewai has been appointed to the Massey University Council by the Minister of Education.

She is one of two new members. The other is Traci Houpapa who was named as a vice chancellor nominated member.

The appointments boost the council's Māori representation to four of the 12 members, alongside council member Tina Wilson and chancellor Michael Ahie, who was also re-elected as Massey University chancellor.......
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Auckland’s city centre vision gets a digital platform
The masterplan, which was endorsed by Auckland Council’s Planning Committee in March, sets out a vision for a greener, safer, and better-connected city centre that celebrates our unique Māori identity......
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No plans to stop future Covid-19 breaches at tangi
Police and health agencies have no plans to prevent breaches of level 3 rules at tangi after 100 people turned up to a burial in North Canterbury on Thursday.

About 100 people gathered at Tuahiwi Urupā to pay their respects to popular marae speaker Jimmy Brennan, despite a limit of 10 people under level 3 coronavirus restrictions......
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Checkpoints legal as long as police in picture
Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha says COVID-19 checkpoints are legal as long as they are working alongside local police.

Mr Haumaha says he’s proud of the way district commanders have reacted and how iwi and Māori communities have stepped up in what could be seen as an expression of treaty rights.

"And those treaty rights were put to us around the protection of communities. If we think about some of those principles, working in partnership, that's exactly what the police are doing with their local communities.....
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MPs' questioning of legal iwi checkpoints 'really is racism'
Community checkpoints have garnered support from local councils, police and hundreds of volunteers determined to keep their communities safe - but they remain a polarising topic among some MPs.

A social justice advocate says it is underpinned by racism - and an effort to score cheap political points.

Social justice advocate Julia Whaipooti said it was disappointing some MPs had used the community checkpoints as a ploy to score political points and undermine a successful movement led by Māori.

"What underpins this really is racism," she said......
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Rāhui Put In Place To Protect People, Not Penalise People
The Ngāti Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board has come out in support of Taupō hapū, Ngāti Tūtemohuta, and their efforts to protect their vulnerable people through the placement of a rāhui around their settlement at Waitahanui, on the shores of Lake Taupō.

The rāhui, a temporary restriction on normal activities, was deemed essential by the hāpu at the outset of COVID-19 in New Zealand......
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Māori and Police working together
Police are committed to being responsive to Māori as tangata whenua, recognising the Treaty of Waitangi as New Zealand's founding document.

Police put the Treaty into action in three main ways......

Frontline police staff are trained in Māori culture and protocol. This begins at the Royal New Zealand Police College where recruits are trained in:......

The Commissioner of Police has a group of senior kaumatua and kuia who meet with him regularly to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern. Known as the Commissioner's Māori Focus Forum, the group helps guide policing strategy in regard to Māori and provides advice on issues of the moment. The Māori Focus Forum developed The Turning of the Tide with help from Police. The forum plays a governance role and helps oversee the strategy's implementation.

Current members of the Māori Focus Forum are:.....
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Pushback at last against Harawira’s vigilantes – By Karl du Fresne

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Friday May 1, 2020

Human Rights And Te Tiriti Need To Be Part Of COVID-19 Response
The Human Rights Commission has strongly commended the Government’s response to COVID-19 but says more needs to be done to put human rights and Te Tiriti o Waitangi at the heart of decision and policy making.
Efforts to support Māori were noted in the report, including the Ministry of Health’s Māori Response Action Plan,but the Government was also urged to renew and reinvigorate its commitment to Te Tiriti and to work in partnership with Māori as it devised and implemented strategies in Alert Level 3 and beyond.

“HonouringTiritiand human rights commitments is vital to ensure an effective response to COVID-19 and to prevent the erosion of trust and confidence within Crown-Māori relationships,” Mr Hunt said......
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Auckland University
Mātauranga Māori

We are committed to drawing wisdom from Māori – ancestors, worldviews and perspectives, creativity, and cultural practices – as a foundation for who we are and what we stand for.
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Some iwi-led checkpoints causing tension as they continue through Alert Level 3
The iwi-led checkpoints that are supported by Northland police are causing resentment in some communities as they continue through Alert Level 3.

Police have said checkpoints are illegal, unless they have police support.

One Kerikeri resident, Ben Howell, recently filmed a heated exchange with a police officer after he was pulled over at a checkpoint.

Mr Howell, who asked the officer to keep his two metre distance, questions why he was pulled over.....
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Driver turned back at checkpoint after 600km trip for 'a bit of fishing
A man who had driven almost 600km to go fishing in the Bay of Islands and a sightseeing couple heading to Cape Reinga are among those turned back at an iwi-led checkpoint south of Kawakawa..... (Herald Paywall)
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Beachgoers turned away from Taranaki beach by trust claiming ownership of access road
Beachgoers say they are being aggressively driven off a popular South Taranaki beach.

A Hāwera couple who tried to go for a beach walk on Wednesday morning said they were confronted and abused by a man on a quad bike.

He was revving the bike engine and at one point during the ensuing argument, drove it towards her and she feared being run over, Quaadgras said.

"We are all one region, we are all South Taranaki. He was saying 'you are not one of my people'. I said what do you mean, we are all in this together."....
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If we'd shut down checkpoints there would've been protests – Police Commissioner
Police have taken a policy of "discretion" towards up to 50 checkpoints set up across the country during lockdown, the Police Commissioner today told MPs.

Andrew Coster faced prolonged questioning from National leader Simon Bridges during a Parliamentary committee hearing.

Mr Bridges repeatedly asked if the checkpoints, which have been set up in a number of North Island locations, were illegal and why the police hadn’t shut them down.

Mr Coster said police had had to decide whether to resource that during Level 4 lockdown when they had a number of other requirements put on them.

If they had, they would have faced "tens of protests" which would have taken much more policing to deal with.....
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Māori Party co-leader accuses National of inciting 'racism' over iwi checkpoints
Former police officer turned National MP Mark Mitchell went even further than Bridges, suggesting police are "getting pressure from the Government around these illegal checkpoints".

"Outrageous. That's a disgrace, Mark," Labour MP Ruth Dyson said, after Mitchell requested the names of those within the Government who had advised Coster on the issue.......
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Conservation Board Begins Fence-mending With Iwi
The West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board has made a start on mending the rift between the board and its Maori members.

Chairman Keith Morfett says a workshop with a facilitator last Friday, held by video conference, brought all members together for the first time since December.

DOC called off the last scheduled meeting at the request of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, which had concerns about its stance on manawhenua issues and Treaty principles.......
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Submission Deadline Extended: Ahuriri Hapū Claims Settlement Bill
The Māori Affairs Committee has agreed to extend the submission deadline on the Ahuriri Hapū Claims Settlement Bill.

The original deadline was 1 May 2020 and has now been extended by three weeks until midnight, 22 May 2020.....
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Frustration and acceptance over Waikato River rāhui during Covid-19 level 3
New Zealand's longest river is off limits during Level 3 for spiritual healing, creating mixed reactions from those who've waited weeks to get back on the water.

Fishers, rowers and kayakers aching to get back on the Waikato River after being locked inside are being asked to wait after the kīngitanga placed a rāhui on it in response to Covid-19, prohibiting food gathering and recreational activities. A rāhui was also placed on the Waipā River.

Fish and Game Auckland Waikato fisheries manager Adam Daniel said he received a number of enquiries from confused fishing club members after hearing of the rāhui.

But he said the organisation had constructive conversations with Waikato-Tainui about the rāhui and understood it.

While Fish and Game did not have legal power to enforce a rāhui, the organisation was directing anglers to Waikato-Tainui if they had questions.

Kīngitanga spokesperson Rahui Papa told Stuff the rāhui was about informing people the waterways were a source of spiritual inspiration and needed time to "rejuvenate and regenerate".

It was not designed to be a punishment, rather a process of education......
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Iwi checkpoints might be polite, but that doesn't make them legal

Maori monarch flexes muscle to make waterways off-limits but we may muse on the matter of legality

Thursday April 30, 2020

Auckland couple turned away from beach by iwi
A family working in essential health services who had not visited their local beach at Pakiri for over a month were turned away by iwi blocking access yesterday.
On reaching the beach they were turned away despite noticing others were allowed to drive through.

He said the gatekeepers were "not that friendly" and had no idea what their concerns were.

A police spokesperson told 1 NEWS they are aware of the matter and have met with local iwi today to discuss their concerns regarding community safety during Alert Level 3.

"We are working together to try to come to a solution and resolve the matter, so the public are able to access this beach during this period," the spokesperson said.....
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Police step in after community roadblocks unlawfully close off access to Northland beaches
Police have been forced to take action after a flurry of fresh complaints about unlawful community roadblocks in Northland.

The complaints centre around rural beach access roads in isolated communities in the Far North, where residents have been putting roadblocks in place to stop people from accessing the beach.

The beach access issue is the latest in a litany of problems at community roadblocks in Northland which have caused current and former MPs to call for them to be banned......
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West Coast council reverses wetlands decision
The council says the legal process to label the land also failed to recognise the values and roles of Poutini Ngai Tahu.....
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Mussel farm proposed for Mercury Bay gets go-ahead despite majority opposition
A proposal for a mussel farm in the Coromandel attracted opposition from more than 95 per cent of submitters.

The application was lodged in February last year by Peter Bull, a Coromandel mussel farmer, and Joe Davis (on behalf of Ngāti Hei).
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Cautious restart to schools
Whetu Cormack, the immediate past president of the Principals Federation, says that’s not surprising given the high level of concern still about the potential transmission of COVID-19.

He says given the existing inequities in the education system, there needs to be more work done on the impact of COVID-19 on Māori education......
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Wednesday April 29, 2020

Drivers no longer required to stop
An iwi-led checkpoint at the entrance to Kaikohe is continuing to operate after police said they would protect people's right to travel for legitimate purposes.
However, drivers are no longer being made to stop, and anyone who stops voluntarily is offered a leaflet with Covid-19 advice.

From the start the checkpoint crew had waved through essential traffic, and only stopped anyone who might have been travelling in breach of the level 4 lockdown rules.....
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New Plymouth MP says community checkpoints not necessary
Community checkpoints near Taranaki's borders are neither necessary nor desirable, New Plymouth's MP says.

Eight iwi banded together to set up checkpoints on Tuesday, with the support of police, after New Zealand's coronavirus alert level dropped to Level 3 at 11.59pm on Monday.

Only essential travel between regions is permitted, such as for work or medical reasons.

Young said it was important to remember the Government agencies which have authority to act are Civil Defence, The Ministry of Health and the NZ Police.

"We must respect these national institutions, understanding that our democracy has established them and we New Zealanders cede authority to them through the NZ Parliament."
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Police must tackle unlawful checkpoints
“Despite the relaxed attitude of the Government, Police must start tackling unlawful COVID-19 checkpoints”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Iwi leaders across the country are taking the law into their own hands by setting up ‘community checkpoints’ supposedly to protect people from COVID-19.

“With checkpoints beginning in the Taranaki today, Police must start taking the issue seriously and stop iwi taking the law into their own hands.”.....
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Our Freshwater report ignores Maori interests
The Environment Ministry and Statistics NZ have drawn fire for failing to consult with iwi or Māori organisations about a major policy document on the state of the nation’s freshwater.

Lisa Te Heuheu from Te Wai Māori Trust, a body set up under the Māori Fisheries Act to advocate for Māori on the issue, says that’s not good enough.

Lisa Te Heuheu says there is a lack of accountability by crown agencies who keep making these sorts of blunders, despite the establishment of Te Arawhiti, the Ministry for Crown Māori Relationships......
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Tuesday April 28, 2020

Waitematā DHB staff open to rongoā Māori traditional medicine
About a third of Waitematā DHB staff support Rongoā Māori being made available to patients, a survey has found.
The survey results, published in the New Zealand Medical Association Journal today, found that of the 1181 staff that responded to the survey, 32 percent felt that Rongoā Māori should be available in hospitals.

The survey also found 46 percent were familiar with Rongoā Māori, and 16 percent had used it for themselves or whānau.
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Marae shut down blocks public from shortcuts to parks, upsets some
Orākei locals are peeved that shortcuts to their domain have been blocked by the marae - but iwi say there is good reason for that and the measures are only temporary.

Ōrākei Marae sits above Okahu Bay and incorporates the historic Bastion Pt within Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park.

The park and Ōrākei Domain can usually be accessed from paths that run through the marae land and through some streets around the outskirts including Takitimu St and Kupe Rd.

However in recent weeks those paths have been blocked and locals say they have been told off for walking - or trying to walk through.....
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Māori King places rāhui on Waikato and Waipā Rivers amid COVID-19
The Māori King has placed a rāhui on Waikato and Waipā Rivers to allow the waterways to rejuvenate during "these trying times".

Kingii Māori King Te Arikinui Kiingi Tūheitia announced the rāhui during his weekly speech on Sunday.

The rāhui means that no recreational activity - including swimming and other water sports - can take place on the waterways.

It will stay in effect until lifted by Kiingi Tūheitia.....
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AUT helps Māori and Pasifika students with computers and internet
A tertiary provider has helped Māori and Pasifika students access computer equipment and broadband to learn from home during Covid-19.

Auckland University of Technology conducted a survey which indicated six percent of its students didn't have a laptop, tablet or PC at home they could use for study.....
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Sunday April 26, 2020

Auckland Council gives tick to Maori COVID response
Auckland Council’s Emergency Management Group has set up a Māori-focussed team working alongside iwi, hapū, whānau and marae to identify and bridge the gaps in the delivery of welfare services during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Te Pouwhakarae is based on similar Māori-led responses to situations like Whakaari and Kaikōura.

Councillor Alf Filipaina says the importance of having a Māori-led response was recognised early on and council is already seeing positive outcomes.......
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Checkpoints need to be public health stations
Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha is encouraging iwi who have been operating community checkpoints to work out how they can modify their activities to fit with the increased traffic that will happen under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 restrictions.

The checkpoints have come under fire from Opposition MPs and even from Police Minister Stuart Nash, who says they are illegal.

I think the public health messaging is really important around this. Invulnerable communities there will be increased testing, and with that traffic flow that is going to increase, I'd rather see our people taking a more measured approach, working with health officials, looking at testing people coming into their areas......
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