Saturday, May 16, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 10.05.20

Saturday May 16, 2020

Court split on Nelson land sale
Te Tau Ihu kaumatua Rore Pat Stafford has failed in an appeal against the Accident Compensation Corporation’s sale of a Nelson property.

Mr Stafford, who was a claimant in the Wakatu Claim over the crown’s failure to reserve 15,000 acres of land for the benefit of Nelson’s customary owners, tried to place a caveat on the basis it was crown land which should be held in trust for those owners.

In a split decision, the court of appeal said the ACC can’t be seen as part of the crown when it sells investment property, and it does not have the same duties to iwi as the crown has......
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Extra Whānau Ora money may not meet demand - providers
Whānau Ora providers are sceptical the significant boost in funding announced in the Budget will meet the huge demand from families doing it tough.

The Government has topped up the Whānau Ora budget by $136 million over the next two years, with $53m going to the COVID-19 response, and $73m for the three commissioning agencies........
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How the Budget aims to help Māori specifically
Jackson said his officials told him tens of thousands of Māori businesses have benefited from the wage subsidy, which has now been extended another eight weeks.

"At this stage, we haven't got to absolutely specifying Māori businesses, but we are aware of the thousands who are benefiting from the general spend," he said......
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Friday May 15, 2020

Almost $1 billion invested in protecting Māori in wake of COVID-10 pandemic
The Government's Budget for 2020 has promised to improve outcomes for Māori in response to COVID-19 with close to $1 billion invested in support across multiple sectors.
"We have listened and today [Thursday] have announced the establishment of a $50 million Māori trades training fund, which is part of a wider Māori employment package of more than $200 million."

"We have listened and today [Thursday] have announced the establishment of a $50 million Māori trades training fund, which is part of a wider Māori employment package of more than $200 million."

At the beginning of the alert level 4 the Government granted an extra $19 million to Whānau Ora to provide care packages and support to Māori amid the lockdown.

Now, the Government has announced an extra $136 million so Whānau Ora can continue to deliver support to the families and communities who need it most.

"That is why we have announced an extra $11 million specifically targeted at these groups so they are able to do more for our vulnerable whānau," she said.

Māori language and education will also be boosted with an extra $200 million to fund Te Kohanga Reo. Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said securing te reo is crucial as the country recovers from COVID-19.

"Today's $900 million investment shows our commitment to working together, our commitment to helping out Whānau and our commitment to protecting the future for all Maori.".....
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Co-Chairs to lead Hauraki Gulf Forum
The Hauraki Gulf Forum has become the latest institution to adopt a co-governance leadership model, taking a historic decision to appoint co-chairs: one of whom will be from and confirmed by its tangata whenua members.

The inaugural co-chairs are:

* Nicola MacDonald (Ngāti Rehua, Patuharakeke, Te Whanau Whero and Te Ākitai (hāpu of Ngāti Wai), and Te Rarawa and Taranaki iwi), and

* Pippa Coom (Auckland Councillor, Waitematā and Gulf ward)

“It is really exciting that the Forum agreed to adopt a co-governance leadership model,” says Co-chair Pippa Coom.

“It takes us to the next level and brings us closer to operating in partnership under the Treaty of Waitangi to integrate and respect Te Ao Māori as well as other world views.”....
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Bob Edlin: Race-based Aging Policy

Becoming a doctor during a pandemic

Who the hell do you Maoris think you are?

Thursday May 14, 2020

Remote communities in Far North want checkpoints to remain in level 2
Checkpoints in Te Whānau a Apanui and on the East Coast will end today as the country prepares to move to level 2 - but two remote communities in the Far North want to keep their patrols going.
Ngata said police would continue to do patrols and roam checkpoints, with the eight extra police brought into the region to help with the rāhui to remain.

"For me, it's the closest to the Treaty relationship that I've seen from police in my experience yet, they're taking guidance from the local communities and accepting that we know our communities best and looking at how we can work together."

She wanted to see this power sharing between iwi, hapū and police to continue - which could look like Māori policing their own communities, similar to how Māori Wardens work.....
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Marae raid threat sparks outrage
A provision in the COIVD-19 Public Health Response Bill allowing for warrantless searches of marae is sparking widespread outrage.

Crown Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis said today the Government has removed the reference to marae, but Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says it’s still there in a supplementary order paper put up by Attorney General David Parker........
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Move to acknowledge Māori history in new Lower Hutt street names
Māori forced out of the Hutt Valley during European settlement are on track to be acknowledged in new street names.

Following a Hutt City Council regulatory committee meeting on Tuesday, acting chairman councillor Andy Mitchell was confident a move to name new streets after pā belonging to Ngāti Tama and Ngāti Rangatahi would be accepted.....
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Wednesday May 13, 2020

Family violence funding: Māori NGO warns systemic overhaul needed
She said whānau Māori were sometimes apprehensive about reporting violence to police.
"There are systemic inequities that exist and Māori services have really struggled to make headway generally so it's things right across the system for our people.

"They come to us but they're afraid to go, perhaps, to the police or through a judicial system because of the way they are treated......
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Call for more legal protection of Māori cultural property rights
A law change is urgently needed to prevent non-Māori artists using Māori faces and traditional facial tattoos, says an expert in Māori cultural property rights.

She said non-Māori artists simply needed to ask the Māori they were seeking to depict for permission, or the hapū or iwi whose designs they were wanting to use.

"It is really that simple, it's not complicated."

She said that while the law allowed Māori to contest trademarks if they deemed them offensive, there was no legislation to govern the use of Māori cultural expressions......
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Agreement brings iwi and DoC together
Rongomaiwahine Iwi Trust and the Department of Conservation have agreed to formalise a co-management arrangement for all DoC reserves on Mahia Peninsula.

Working through a co-management plan for Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve is the first step.

The agreement will mean all decisions about management of the reserves will be made jointly between the iwi and DoC.

The initial focus of the partnership will involve the management, vision and direction of the reserve.....
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Tuesday May 12, 2020

PGF funding to improve Māori land
The Provincial Growth Fund is providing more than $1.5 million to two Whenua Māori farming operations in Northland so under-utilised land can be restored to higher productivity and profitability, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says.
“This funding will help recipients increase productivity on their land and return a greater profit to its iwi shareholders. It will get money circulating in their local communities and help Māori achieve greater levels of prosperity.”

The funding announced today comes on top of $6.4 million Northland landowners have already received through the Whenua Māori fund.....
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Māori seek ideas on Aotearoa's future after pandemic
The Iwi Chairs Forum is launching a campaign today encouraging people to share their vision for New Zealand post-Covid-19.

Ngāti Kahu leader Professor Margaret Mutu is leading the campaign and says the pandemic has given the country an opportunity to re-imagine its future.

"Covid-19 has given us the opportunity to pause and reflect on how we would like to be as a nation. We have a special chance to build a country based on our shared values," she said.

"That's about our constitution and constitutions should come out of communities not governments. Why would iwi leaders be interested in community vision? Iwi leaders have always worked with communities in creating future pathways as demonstrated in the 1835 Declaration of Independence and Te Tiriti o Waitangi 1840......
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Council backs Maori rating change
Auckland Council is supporting the Government’s planned changes to rating Māori land.

Its Māori portfolio head, Angela Dalton, says the proposals align with the council’s existing policies, and the changes should simplify rating of Māori land, including allowing the council to write off past arrears.

The law change will mean no rates will be charged on marae or urupa on Māori freehold land, Māori land which is unused and land subject to Ngā Whenua Rahui conservation covenant......
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Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi to end checkpoints
Community-led checkpoints along State Highway 35 initiated by Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi Te Whānau ā Apanui will be lifted on Wednesday with a karakia.

"There have been very few turned away as generally our kaupapa has been widely respected and I'd like to thank the public for their support through this process."

Gage said that the rāhui was part of a "bigger kaupapa" that would continue......
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Monday May 11, 2020

Māori and Pacific patients could be prioritised for electives by greater Auckland and Northland DHBs
Māori and Pacific patients could be prioritised for some elective surgeries and appointments as DHBs look to reshape a health system emerging from lockdown.
One option that's been discussed is bumping Māori and Pacific patients up a priority band in certain instances, the Weekend Herald understands. Another might be making Māori and Pacific ethnicity a factor when working out a priority rating score.

Using ethnicity to help prioritise patients was justified given "terrible" health inequities, Tipene-Leach said. However, factoring in deprivation could make the reforms more palatable to some New Zealanders........
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Far North Māori who set up road checkpoints to stop Covid-19 spread now carrying out patrols with police
Group members ride shotgun with a police officer as they stop cars, carry out random checkpoints and look out for parties.

The Te Tai Tokerau Border Control group hopes the partnership with police will continue as the country slowly returns to normal......
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Radio ‘roadblock’ interview sparks racism complaints
On the Magic Talk radio station on Wednesday, Plunket said he had “multiple communications from people who live in that area who are scared, concerned and confused about the roadblocks”.

“You sound like a bunch of rogues, bullies and highwaymen,” Plunket told Louis Rapihana - the leader of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui’s Covid-19 response - in an 18-minute interview on Wednesday.....
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Should Tai Tokerau face any threat to its safety and wellbeing in the future, we can look on these times as a guide to action.

This Breaking Views Update monitors race relations in the media on a weekly basis. A summary of new material being added is emailed out during the week - to subscribe (or unsubscribe) to the mailout, please use the form at the top of the Breaking Views sidebar. If you would like to send Letters to the Editor in response to any of these articles, most media addresses can be found HERE

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