Saturday, June 20, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 14.06.20

Saturday June 20, 2020

Cancer Control Agency Receives Māori Name

The national Cancer Control Agency, established in December last year, has been gifted a new Māori name.

The name Te Aho o te Kahu is being gifted to the Cancer Control Agency by Dame Naida Glavish and Matua Gary Thompson from Hei Āhuru Mōwai, Māori Cancer Leadership Aotearoa. The new name was formally gifted to the Cancer Control Agency today at a ceremony at Parliament hosted by the Minister of Health.

Cancer Control Agency CE, Professor Diana Sarfati says, “The gifting and receiving of the name is symbolic of the Cancer Control Agency’s commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to equity. It is also a signal of the Agency’s commitment to uniting all stakeholders along the cancer continuum.”

The formal gifting of the name has oati (pledges) attached to it to ensure the name, its mauri and mana are always respected......
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Peters cool on Māori health authority
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the health system needs urgent reform, but he’s pouring cold water on a proposal for a Māori health authority.

Mr Peters says any changes coming out of the Health and Disability Services Review led by Heather Simpson must be bipartisan, based on principles and capable of surviving a change of government because it is the best system.

He agrees with its recommendation to halve the number of district health boards, but not to create a new bureaucracy based around Māori.

He says people are using poor Māori health statistics to advocate separatism........
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Te Atiawa housing development in Waitara included under fast-track Bill
An iwi-led Waitara housing project has been included as part of the Government's fast-tracked infrastructure plan.

On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced 11 infrastructure projects to be fast-tracked under a new temporary law.

One is the Papakāinga Network Development - or delivery of Papakāinga (homes on ancestral Māori land) - across six sites in Kaitaia, Pt Chevalier, Raglan, Waitara, the Chatham Islands and Christchurch, with the added bonus of helping retain and expand the existing workforce......
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Redcliffs School rejoins its community
We will be opening under our new name, Te Raekura Redcliffs School. Our name translates literally to ‘The Red Cliffs”, and reflects the red, glowing headlands that were an important feature for Ngāi Tahu when returning from sea. The name, along with many others we are already using across the school, was gifted to the school by Mātauraka Mahaanui, an organisation established to include Māori and Ngāi Tahu content in Christchurch’s rebuilt schools after the earthquakes.......
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Dangerous Agendas – Dr Muriel Newman

Tokoroa carvings praised as statues debate heats up 

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Friday June 19, 2020

Māori control better for health system - Hāpai head
Māori public health advocacy organisation Hāpai Te Hauora says putting Māori in charge of the health dollar would be good for the whole country.

"Would the Government be prepared to give all the pūtea to Māori and allow us to make the decisions for everybody in Aotearoa.

That would be true authority, if we control the pūtea, all of it, we decide how the hospitals spend their money, we decide how the whole health workforce was going to be engaged. Because I think we would do it well," she says.......
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Police Commissioner acknowledges 'appalling' criminal justice outcomes for Māori in NZ
Andrew Coster spoke to a church congregation at St Peters in Wellington during a vigil for the death of US man George Floyd, and racial injustice around the world.

During his speech, Mr Coster addressed the Black Lives Matter protests. He said the protests had “rightly triggered an outcry in the United States and across the globe".

Mr Coster said while he believes New Zealand’s style of policing is different in many ways to international police forces, "we have to acknowledge that the criminal justice outcomes for Māori in particular are appalling.".....
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Mental health and addiction services 'moving backwards when it comes to Māori' - commissioner
Mental health and addiction services have got worse for Māori since work began to overhaul the system nearly two years ago and serious gaps remain for young mums and those in forensic units, according to a new report from the mental health commissioner, Kevin Allan.

"We're moving backwards when it comes to Māori."

"All services need to work for Māori and be culturally safe. Strengthening Māori participation and leadership in the design and delivery of services is essential - both for improving outcomes and meeting obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.".....
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Iwi walks away from Taranaki Crossing project
A Taranaki iwi says it has walked away from the Taranaki Crossing project in Egmont National Park after being forced to use the Official Information Act to find out where millions of taxpayers money is being spent.

Kaiarataki of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui, Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, said the iwi waited several months and had to appeal directly at ministerial level before 122 pages of heavily-redacted documents were released to it - and she said it was still none the wiser about how the money is being used.

The Taranaki Crossing - formerly known as the Pouakai Crossing - has been promoted as an alternative to the overcrowded Tongariro Crossing for about six years......
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Iwi Checkpoint Leaders Seeking Confidence In Border Controls
Three iwi leaders who helped coordinate iwi checkpoints in Taranaki, Te Tai Tokerau and Te Whānau-a-Apanui are calling on the Government to front up and provide confidence in their border control systems.

The concerns are being raised in light of news that there have been multiple breaches of quarantine and border control regulations, including two COVID-19 positive travellers being allowed to travel the length of the North Island.....
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Te Puke High School's new Māori Student Leadership Council
Te Puke High School has created its first Māori Student Leadership Council.

The council members will serve as positive role models for both Māori and non-Māori students as they demonstrate manaakitanga, rangatiratanga, mana, whanaungatanga and aroha, says deputy principal Polly Thin-Rabb, who has been a major driving force behind the creation of the council.

"I actually had this idea before I came to the school," she says. "I worked with a group of students in Wellington when I was a facilitator and did a similar thing, but I wasn't working in the school, I was working with the teachers and the students.

"When I came to Te Puke High School I thought it would be really great to have a group of Māori students who were driving change within the school.".......
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Māori health authority could undermine Whānau Ora
National’s associate health spokesperson is warning if a Māori health authority was set up in line with the recommendation from the Health and Disability Services Review, it would be at the cost of Whānau Ora.

Shane Reti says while the report’s focus on equity in health outcomes is positive, he wants to see more detail on the proposed authority.

He says as well as replacing the Health Ministry’s Māori health directorate, it is also likely to take over the health aspects of Whānau Ora.....
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West Coast Conservation Board to resume meetings after rift with Ngāi Tahu
The West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board will hold its first formal meeting this year after a months-long stand-off with Poutini Ngāi Tahu.

But it has not met since December, when Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae chair Francois Tumahai, who holds a community seat on the board, accused it of disregarding mana whenua and setting conservation goals above the Treaty.

Dr Morfett was singled out for criticism last year by Tumahai, for allegedly not being keen to start meetings with karakia, or holding a board meeting at the marae.

The Ngāi Tahu members were angry the government had turned down a hydro power station planned for the Waitaha River and supported by iwi.

But the code also says members must give effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, be briefed about mana whenua, and knowledgeable about Treaty settlements that have implications for public conservation land.

Ngāi Tahu has numerous tourism concessions from DOC in the South Island.

The board chairman said he had been working on his reo Māori since the rift happened and now attended a weekly class in Hokitika......
See full article HERE

The Moriori myth has enabled racism against Māori in Aotearoa for generations

Documentary and booklet highlighting attack on Rangiaowhia in 1864 launches

Chris Lynch: Manufactured outrage over statues serves no one

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Thursday June 18, 2020

Simpson Report - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
“This report endorses the views of the Waitangi Tribunal, it recognises the inequity suffered by Māori yet also shows the capacity of Māori Health Providers.”
“Now we call on the Government to take a further leap of faith by supporting Māori determining what works for Māori and demonstrate this in a meaningful way,” Lady Tureiti says.

A stand alone, fully funded Māori Health Authority is not a new concept to be placed before the Government for consideration and enactment.

Lady Tureiti supports a kaupapa Māori agency that is owned, governed and managed by Māori, for Māori, with Māori. A culturally aligned Mātauranga Māori framework based on a Te Ao Māori view.......
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Hopes fast-tracked housing project will 'streamline Māori housing'
Houghton is "excited" the bill will mean they can get those whānau into warm, affordable homes at least two years earlier.

He was confident the fast-tracked Resource Management Act (RMA) process would not be detrimental to iwi and their land interests.

"It doesn't divert the ownership or the integrity of any process whatsoever, in fact if anything, it enhances and protects Māori land and process [and] does that in a way that isn't currently possible," he said......
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Marton's James Cook statue covered up by Rangitīkei District Council
The Captain Cook statue in the main street of Marton has been covered up as the country debates the place of colonial-era memorials in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Rangitīkei District Council said it was "aware of the recent sensitivities around historic statues, like the Captain Cook statue in Marton".

"Today the decision was made to conceal this statue to allow time for a formal decision to be made about its future," it said.

The statue on the corner of Broadway and Lower High Sts had been covered in plywood.

"We ask you to please respect this decision," the council said.....
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PGF pushes iwi to centre of regional growth
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says the Provincial Growth Fund has been a chance to shepherd Māori leadership into the centre of economic thinking.

Mr Jones says the advantage for the new generation of iwi leaders is it shows respect for the legitimacy of the Māori perspective and recognises Māori resources include not only land but heritage and identity......
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Peters calls taihoa on statue purge
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is calling taihoa on pulling down colonial monuments.

Mr Peters says whether the statue is of Captain Cook or Te Rauparaha, they were men of their times.

"Our job is to understand history and be very much aware of it so we can learn from it but the idea you can wake up one day and have a new conscience which says 'nobody else understands the world like I do so I'm going to go down and tear the world down and tear institutions down' is so darn wrong and we've got to stand against it. It's the kind of behaviour you may see offshore but it doesn't belong in this country," he says.

Winston Peters says Māori have mixed heritage they should not disown, and they should also remember there were slaves in the pre-European Māori world.......
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Iwi Management Plans – Whakatane District Council
An Iwi Management (or Environmental) Plan is a document developed and approved by an iwi authority. These plans describe resource management issues of importance to them as tangata whenua.

The plans may also contain information relating to specific cultural values, historical accounts, descriptions of areas of interest and consultation/engagement protocols for resource consents and/or plan changes......
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Claimant unhappy with Māori media overhaul
A stuff up is how New Zealand Māori Council executive director Matt Tukaki is describing the development of proposals to reshape Māori radio and television.

Mr Tukaki says as a party to the original language, broadcasting and spectrum claims, the Māori Council wants to be sure any change meets the objectives set by claimants.

.... content developers, filmmakers, documentary makers, Māori journalists, to sit down like never before and work out what's in it for all of us, what does a model look like, instead of waiting for a report to be handed down by the crown," Mr Tukaki says.....
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Call to rename Greymouth
Calls to rename Greymouth are back in the news, this time because of worldwide unrest over historic figures with a dark past.

Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae chairman Francois Tumahai, who holds an iwi seat on the Grey District Council, said he was more than happy to have a discussion on changing the town's name.

"It's up to the community what they want to do in terms of a change. It's Mawhera to us. If the community wants to keep calling it that (Greymouth), it's fine. We are more than happy to have the conversation."....
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Vandalism of Sir George Grey statue 'misdirected anger', historian says

Remember all our forefathers: Protect monuments to Captain John Hamilton and Te Rauparaha – By John Robinson

Should New Zealand be officially renamed Aotearoa? 

Wednesday June 17, 2020

Complaints about Māori exhibit not addressed for four years
The Canterbury Museum waited four years before it addressed complaints about its dioramas depicting Māori moa hunters.
The exhibit, the only representation of Māori in the museum, includes three dioramas with one showing a man sketching on a wall with a rock, a woman hunched over cooking and a child drinking from a container.

So it's not the voice of the indigenous people, it is not a Ngāi Tahu voice, it is not an iwi Māori voice that speaks out of those dioramas."

The exhibit was widely "detested because they portray early Māori as Neanderthals who lived in caves and had very little technology"........
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'They represent racism' - MP Willie Jackson says conversation needed over statues
Employment Minister Willie Jackson says a conversation is needed around pulling down statues.

"The statues represent all the worst things in terms of colonisation. They represent the oppression of our people. They represent racism, and our story is not being told," Mr Jackson said last night.

"We want iwi and councils to talk about this.

"We want the full history to be told, not just celebrating colonisers who created mayhem and havoc amongst our people.....
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Minister won't bow to treaty group refusing to hold elections
A Napier treaty group and the Minister for Treaty Negotiations are going toe to toe over a requirement that the claimant community gets to vote for who is on the trust representing them.

Mana Ahuriri Trust, a post settlement governance entity representing seven Napier hapu, told the Māori Affairs Select Committee on Monday that it was unacceptable for the Crown and the Minister to demand the Trust hold fresh elections, and it wanted its settlement bill passed as soon as possible.......
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The Māori Health Authority plan that divided health review panel

“I don’t feel very good about it,” says claimant Lady Tureiti Moxon.

She says Māori cannot exercise their mana motuhake (authority) or tino rangatiratanga (self-determination) if they’re being led by the government.

“We would prefer to be the designers of our destiny,” says Lady Moxon.....
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Maori health Authority needs bigger budget, more teeth
The South Island Whānau Ora commissioning agency says the Government needs to be more ambitious if it wants to alter the trajectory of Māori health inequities.

This included an indigenous commissioning framework, such as that used for allocation of whanau ora resources.

She says the review acknowledges that a system which doesn’t reflect matauranga Māori or enhance rangatiratanga will not be effective and improve health and wellbeing for Māori......
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No-shows costing West Coast DHB $400k a year
Patients who do not show up for medical appointments are costing the West Coast District Health Board more than $400,000 a year.

And the DHB is worried that a disproportionate number of those patients are Maori.

Chairman Rick Barker has vowed to make a difference to the health of tangata whenua on the Coast.....
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Māori Party Have Serious Concerns With Proposed RMA Reform Bill

The Māori Party are raising serious concerns about the new COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-Track Consenting Bill) announced by the Government today.

“While the Māori Party acknowledges we must lift our economic opportunities we caution that progress should not compromise the environment or our rights as Te Tiriti partners,” said Māori Party Co-leader and Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Debbie Ngarewa-Packer.

“We are concerned that the fast-tracking significantly reduces the opportunity for hapū, iwi and our wider communities to have a say in the process. The State of the Environment Report highlighted the consequences of climate change and the environmental degradation and that the rights of hapū and iwi as partners to Te Tiriti should have utmost priority......
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Major Health System Reform Welcomed By Taxpayers’ Union
“We’re less keen on the proposal for a separate Māori Health Authority to increase ‘kaupapa Maori services’. If this means greater emphasis on pseudo-medicinal practices like astrology-style ‘maramataka’ or prayer, then it’s taxpayer money down the drain. And any targeting of health funds on the basis of race, rather than medical need, should be rejected by fair-minded New Zealanders.”.....
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PGF to upgrade Maori farmlands
Tapuaetahi Incorporation in the Bay of Islands says $858,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund will transform its farming operations to make them profitable for the first time in 50 years.

On the dry, coastal lands of Purerua Peninsula, the farms totalling 620ha struggle to make a return for the Maori owners because of the size of paddocks and unimproved pastures.....
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Autonomy the solution to Māori health - Janice Kuka
Janice Kuka, managing director of Bay of Plenty Māori health provider Nga Mataapuna Oranga, told Checkpoint the proposed changes "never quite reached the mark."

She wants to see a a standalone Māori authority that commissions on behalf of Māori services, "for them, designed by them."

"We believe that if you want true equity and a better Treaty of Waitangi relationship, which in turn improves Māori health, it needs to be standalone......
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New Zealand needs to 'push reset button' on controversial place names - Māori Council boss Matthew Tukaki
Tukaki believes now is the time to act and bring in more Māori place names.

The small South Island town of Cromwell was under the microscope on Tuesday night.

After asking a number of Cromwell locals whether they supported a name change for their town, the general consensus was no.......
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Rankin - Turangawaewae Marae `must come down'

The truth is not set in stone

Tuesday June 16, 2020

Christchurch City Council works with iwi on future of colonial memorials
Christchurch City Council says it is working with Ngāi Tahu to ensure a balanced celebration of New Zealand's history is depicted throughout the city.
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Ngāi Tūāhuriri Upoko Dr Te Maire Tau this afternoon issued a rare joint statement in response to questions about the future of statutes in the city, including of Queen Victoria and Captain James Cook.

"Treaty of Waitangi is the founding document of our nation and it is important that our public statues and monuments reflect the history of mana whenua and the colonial settlement in this region," the statement said......
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Sir George Grey statue in Auckland vandalised, smeared with red paint
A monument to former prime minister Sir George Grey in central Auckland has been covered with blood-red paint.

The statue commemorating the 11th prime minister and two-time governor stands in Auckland's Albert Park, in the heart of the city.

As well as the red paint smeared across the statue's face, chest and hands, it appears there was text written across the monument, which has since been removed......
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Urupā maintenance policy pleases long-time campaigner
A proposed New Plymouth District Council policy to maintain urupā has pleased a long-time campaigner for Māori burial grounds.

Peter Moeahu, a Te Ātiawa kaumatua, has made several presentations over the last couple of years calling on the New Plymouth District Council to maintain urupā in the same way it maintains district cemeteries.

Last week, the Manaaki Urupā Grant policy came before the council's Strategy and Operations Committee.

It sets aside $50,000 a year for the use of maintaining urupā, with an application process in place......
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Highly Regarded Māori Advocate Joins UNICEF NZ
Ms Hudson has of wealth of experience in local government, Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Māori business development, health promotion, education, as well as sports and recreation that make her an ideal advocate for Indigenous peoples participation in international development.

Ms Hudson is of Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Rarua and Ngāti Pikiao descent.

“I have long admired UNICEF New Zealand’s commitment to children,” she says. “It takes courage and innovative thinking to address the disparities and inequalities faced by many New Zealand families. I am excited to join UNICEF NZ and use my knowledge and passion to make a lasting impact for our whanau.”........
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern passes fate of colonial statues to councils
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has declined to weigh in on the fate of colonial statues around the country, saying it's a matter for local councils.

Talking to media outlets on Monday, Ardern acknowledged change was needed and there was work to be done about racism, but stopped short of saying what she thought should happen to increasingly controversial monuments.

She said there had been debate about the fate of statutes since Tuia 250 Voyage commemorations last year.

“I personally have been of the view that we have been remiss and not always telling our full history,” Ardern told RNZ.

“If we think we are going to resolve the gaps in the telling of our history simply by distilling it down to that one part of the debate, I don't think any New Zealander will believe that."

Under her leadership, Kiwi children would finally learn New Zealand history in schools, she said.

The Government's view was change didn't occur until there was greater representation of Māori and a seat, which Ardern said was happening through mechanisms such as iwi panels......
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Health official praises work of iwi checkpoints
The Health Ministry’s Māori deputy director general believes iwi COVID-19 checkpoints are being given a negative rap they don’t deserve.

New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball has put a bill into the ballot which would force the police to act wherever someone set up an illegal roadblock.

John Whaanga says he’s keen to get a more formal assessment done of the checkpoints, which were mainly in Te Whānau a Apanui, Tairāwhiti and Te Taitokerau.

He says they weren’t just about policing......
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Crown not fit parent for Māori pēpi
Māori health worker Lady Tureiti Moxon says has praised the action of Te Whānau o Waipareira social workers and community members in stopping uplift of two pēpi .

Last Friday the social workers and west Auckland community members blockaded the entrance to Waitākere Hospital to stop Oranga Tamariki enforcing uplift order.

"It's got to stop. We can't carry on like this and we've got to support families to look after their own babies and stop thinking the crown is a better parent," she says......
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Rongoā Māori put to use at mainstream hospital
The unveiling ceremony for a rongoā Māori garden took place this morning outside the Ko Awatea building at Middlemore hospital.

The garden itself consists of kawakawa, kopikopi and manuka plants that, tikanga adviser Mahaki Albert (Waikato Tainui) says is not for just for show.

"It's absolutely going to be for practical use.

"The kopikopi is used for crashes, bites and providing an extra layer of protection," Albert says.......
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Delays in Napier's Ahuriri hapu settlement claim costing millions
The value of the Napier's Ahuriri Hapu Claims Settlement is being diminished by millions of dollars because of delays in signing it off, a parliamentary select committee hearing was told in Napier on Monday.

Some of the details were revealed at the hearing of the Maori Affairs Select Committee, being held after 42 submissions were received in the call for public input after the first reading of the claims bill in Parliament on March 12......
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Tairawhiti forestry projects boosted by One Billion Trees funding
One Billion Trees funding of more than $1.5 million for six projects will bring employment and help kick-start the Tairawhiti economy following the Covid-19 lockdown, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says.

One Billion Trees grants of more than $89,300 have been provided to Abushman Contracts Ltd, a Maori-owned forestry silviculture business which has developed the Paiaka Forestry Introductory Programme......
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Oranga Tamariki social workers' te ao Māori knowledge questioned
There are concerns that universities are churning out social workers who have not been taught the skills to work well with Māori.

Judge Becroft found that Māori mothers experienced unprofessional social work practice which he said was disappointing and causing harm.

Oranga Tamariki said its social workers worked hard in challenging and complex environments and were trained to understand colonisation and their Treaty of Waitangi responsibilities.

However, Massey University lecturer in social work Dr Paule Ruwhiu said university programmes lacked cultural capacity training.

"There were one or two papers specialising in Māori content but it wasn't scaffolded throughout the degrees," she said.......
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Police Commissioner will apologise to Māori over armed response trial if asked
New Police Commissioner Andy Coster says he is "happy to mend whatever bridges need to be mended" when asked if he would apologise to Māori over the Armed Response Team trial (ART).

"I believe we've done the right thing in being very clear that this thing's not coming out any further. If Māori communities believe an apology is due, I am happy to mend whatever bridges need to be mended. "......
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New Zealand's offensive place names and the case to have them changed
Thousands of New Zealand places have been renamed over the past decade - many deemed offensive - and experts say that number could grow as the country improves its understanding of history.

Offensive names changed recently range from N***** Stream in the South Island in 2016, to the restoring of the "H" to Whanganui the year before.

On Friday debate resumed over the naming of Hamilton, with iwi Waikato-Tainui renewing its call to restore the original Māori name Kirikiriroa.

Over the past several years, Gisborne undertook a process to have Poverty Bay ultimately given the dual Māori and English name, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa/Poverty Bay.

Foon said it made a lot of sense that names would change as the values of those in power did too.

Foon pointed to how many schools rebuilt in Christchurch after the earthquakes had been given Māori names, and how new roads often included Māori signage and pou.

"I think it is a timely debate for our communities to have, and I think councils and the Government should facilitate conversations."

Decisions to change place names rest with the New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB), while street names are for local authorities.......
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Fight For Justice In Nelson Continues Against The Crown
The Māori land owners of the Nelson Tenths’ Estate, led by kaumātua Rore Stafford, have lost their case in the Court of Appeal, to prevent the Crown from selling land held by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) in Nelson.

The land was part of the original Nelson Tenths’ Estate established in 1845, which the Crown held as trustee on behalf of its Māori owners. In 2017 the Māori land owners, who are beneficiaries of the Trust, won a long legal battle against the Crown in the Supreme Court........
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A guide for Pākehā who don't want to help with our racism problem

Racism, monuments and ethical remembering 

Sunday June 14, 2020

News:Wellington should follow Hamilton's example and remove statues, street names, local says
Wellington City Council should read the mood of the nation and start removing statues and street names that glorify colonisers, a local says.

But councillors say there needs to be a clear call from the community before action is taken.

Rangatahi Māori Safari Hynes said New Zealand's capital city needs to follow Hamilton's example and address the myriad memorials and monuments to colonisation spread across the city......
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Controversy over NZ colonial statues long-standing
The push to remove colonial monuments and statues is gathering momentum in New Zealand, but it did not start with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Mayor Paula Southgate said many locals shared Maipi's view that the statue was culturally offensive.

"We can't ignore what is happening all over the world and nor should we," she said.

But controversy over colonial statues in New Zealand predates the Black Lives Matter movement.....
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Captain James Cook statue defaced in Gisborne
A Captain James Cook statue in Gisborne has been defaced.

Images posted on social media show that graffiti has been sprayed across the monument, which sits alongside the Tūranganui River in Waikanae Park.

The graffiti said "Black Lives Matter and so do Maori" and "Take this racist headstone of my people down before I do". Swastikas were also sprayed on the statue.....
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Health Minister David Clark admits institutional racism in health system
"But we are, as a Government, absolutely committed to making sure that we improve things into the future. I am seeing that change happening. I've appointed four Māori chairs - we didn't have any in our health system before, at all, in our DHBs...

Asked if he thought Māori should be prioritised on hospital waiting lists, Dr Clark said bigger differences could be made in prevention, screening and primary care.

"Those are tweaks at the end of the system and they have to be supported by clinical judgement. I'm not convinced that that's where the big gains are to be made."....
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3.8 per cent rates rise proposed by Hamilton City Council
Hamilton City Council will go to ratepayers with a proposal for a 3.8 per cent rates rise.

Among the other decisions made on Friday are:

* Spending $75,000 extra for existing partnerships with Maori and the development of a Maori strategy.....
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Plans to embed Arena's stories in its makeover revealed
The Māori art of weaving a cloak or kākahu has provided inspiration for the design of Palmerston North's Central Energy Trust Arena redevelopment.

The city council has released a series of images showing how the site's culture and history will be bound into the elements of the makeover.

Work started as soon as Covid-19 restrictions eased on the $17 million construction including a new entrance plaza, foot bridge into the stadium, speedway pits and embankment......
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Bye Hamilton, hello Kirikiriroa? City mulls name change after statue's removal
The statue's removal is only one part of a longer-term conversation the iwi is having with the council - they have been working together for more than a year on a review of culturally sensitive names and sites.

The removal of the statue of the city's namesake begs the obvious question of whether the city should be renamed.

"We certainly favour Kirikiriroa over Hamilton," Schaafhausen said. "Kirikiriroa was acquired as a result of the New Zealand Settlements Act passed in 1863, and that resulted in just over 1.2 million hectares of our land being confiscated.

"The name Hamilton does really confront us as the stark reminder of the raupatu - the confiscations.".....
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Jacob Jonker. said...

Evidently, both Wellington and Hamilton should have their names changed.

Ray S said...

Re-writing history, again.