Saturday, June 27, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 21.06.20

Saturday June 27, 2020

Two Hamilton hotels to take in returning Kiwis

Two Hamilton hotels will house returning Kiwis from next week.

One is the Hamilton central Ibis, a Waikato-Tainui asset, a statement from the iwi said.

This will be one of two tribal hotels being used for managed isolation (for people without symptoms of Covid-19), the statement said.

Another hotel within the tribal boundaries will welcome citizens and permanent residents coming home to Aotearoa: The Distinction Hotel in Te Rapa.

The Kiingitanga is based on manaakitanga [hospitality and support] and has a record of taking care of people while keeping the community safe, executive chair Rukumoana Schaafhausen said......
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Te Arawa wary of Rotorua COVID refuge
Te Arawa is asking health authorities hard questions about the use of Rotorua’s hotels as managed isolation facilities for those returned from overseas.

The iwi had a meeting this week with the mayor, Minister Megan Woods, quarantine operation head Air Commodore Darryn Webb and health officials where it asked for one of its representatives to be put on the group overseeing the operation.

"We want to make sure the processes are there in place to ensure there is not an outbreak of this virus in the community, especially with the fact 50 percent of Rotorua is now Te Arawa and we did not want the old people affected by what is being done," Toby says......
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Northland iwi creates sanctuary to protect kauri from dieback
A kauri sanctuary, to help protect the iconic species from kauri dieback, is being created by Northland iwi with the help of Government funds.

Ngāti Rēhia is creating the sanctuary on ancestral lands at Takou Bay near Kerikeri.

The project has been given a boost with $6.25 million from the One Billion Trees funding, Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced on Friday......
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Whakatāne horticulture project promises dozens of jobs for Māori food producers
A new horticulture project aims to create dozens of jobs for Māori food producers in Whakatāne.

The Government on Friday announced it would be earmarking $2.1 million for the initiative as part of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF).

The money will go to developing an 18.8 hectare blueberry orchard on Māori land, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said......
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Māori tourism to receive $1.25 million PGF funding for redevelopment
“It’s about 50 years since Rewa’s Village was built and it has fallen into disrepair. This funding will enable the trust to upgrade the facilities and displays, create up to seven new jobs, and attract more tourists,” Shane Jones said.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rēhia Charitable Trust will use the funding to upgrade Te Pā Kāinga o Rewa, or Rewa's Village, in Kerikeri. The long-established attraction is a small-scale replica of a 19th-century Māori fishing village which recaptures the atmosphere of a settlement in pre-European times......
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Councillor keen on Waikato partnership
The head of Auckland Council's Māori portfolio wants the council to take up Waikato Tainui's offer of a partnership to respond to the city's dire water needs.

Manurewa-Papakura ward councillor Angela Dalton says she was impressed by yesterday's presentation from tribal leaders to the council on why they saw its request for increased take from the Waikato River as a short term fix that ignored cultural and environmental effects.

"It was a brilliant and mature, friendly presentation. I wish we could have just said 'yes, let's do this,' but it seems it will take some time, so I had a question for the mayor: Where is the leadership in this now the partnership has been asked for? How do we respond and make that happen," Ms Dalton says......
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Tupaia's Endeavour: NZFF doco puts Pacific spin on Cook's landing 

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Friday June 26, 2020

Council Looking To Outsource Key Environmental Functions To Iwi
Democracy Action is criticising the Waikato Regional Council’s proposal to outsource monitoring of the waters in and around Lake Taupō to the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board.
“This environmental work is absolutely a core function of a Regional Council. If the Council believes outsourcing water quality monitoring is the better option, it has an obligation to the community to follow a best practise procurement policy by conducting a fully transparent tender process. It should not gift this contract without contest to a favoured entity.

“People need to let the Waikato Regional Council know through the consultation process that they should stick to performing their key activities, and not look to farm them out in the name of a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership.”......
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Ire over lack of Māori academics in Māori research projects
Māori academics are questioning how a government-funded research body selected five projects that met with its goal of promoting Māori knowledge, yet none of them are led by tangata whenua.

Senior lecturer of Māori Studies at the University of Auckland Daniel Hikuroa was frustrated there appeared to be a lack of Māori researchers in the five Vision Mātauranga projects......
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West Coast Iwi leader calls for consistent rules on freedom camping
A West Coast iwi leader says the region's new combined district plan is a chance for councils to crack down in a more consistent way on problems caused by freedom campers.

Paul Madgwick, the chairman of Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio raised the issue at a meeting of the TeTai Poutini Plan committee this week.

"What we don't want to see is a shantytown effect or the bros rocking up with a couple of campers and next thing they've got a little town up with the washing hanging out right beside the road - that's the last thing we want."....
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Turning The Lens On Māori-language Journalism
What is Māori-language news journalism? It’s not exactly like its mainstream, English-language cousin.

“Newswork in te reo comes with a raft of challenges that mainstream-media journalists don’t face,” Dr Middleton says.

Journalism in te reo Māori is state-funded under the national agenda to revitalise the language. However, one of the conditions of funding is that reporters must produce stories that are each at least 70 per cent in te reo.

This is no small order when just 10.6 per cent of the Māori population, or some 50,000 people, speak te reo well enough to be interviewed in it. A far greater number are learning......
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Waikato-Tainui sign shared equity agreement to build 50 homes for whānau
Waikato-Tainui Iwi has collaborated with Westpac and the New Zealand Housing Foundation to create a shared equity scheme that will help 36 tribal members buy their own home in a new iwi development.

Ngati Wairere has gifted the name Te Kaarearea to the development in honour of its past. The land was the native hunting and nesting site for Kaarearea (native falcon) in pre-colonial times.

This new housing development includes 80 residential properties - a mix of 30 public and the remaining private housing – whereby everyone who is living in this cul de sac is Waikato-Tainui whānau.

“At the moment, we have 36 tribal members who will secure their first homes here,” General Manager for tribal development and wellbeing at Waikato-Tainui, Marae Tukere, says......
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Colonial feel to Māori media plan

Two wrongs don’t end a fight

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Thursday June 25, 2020

Supreme Court back to hear tikanga argument on Peter Ellis appeal
A question about whether convicted sex offender Peter Ellis' reputation survives despite his death moves a step closer to being settled by the Supreme Court.

The issue was raised of whether Ellis' reputation could be said to continue after his death on tikanga Māori grounds. It will be heard in Wellington on Thursday.

Justices Joe Williams and Susan Glazebrook suggested New Zealand didn't need to follow overseas legal precedent and could establish an entirely new rule.

"If we are serious about tikanga, should New Zealand divert from that very anglo approach?

"In a tikanga context … an ancestor has even more reputation to protect. There's more tapu, more mana to protect."

The case was adjourned to allow counsel to prepare submissions addressing the tikanga issue......
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Controversial plans for Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park restarted
The Department of Conservation (DOC) has revived a controversial review of management plans for Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

DOC pressed pause on the process in February last year, at the request of Ngāi Tahu.

It came after a landmark Supreme Court ruling in favour of Auckland's Ngāi Tai hapū, who had argued the Crown breached Treaty of Waitangi principles by granting tourism concessions on the Hauraki Gulf islands of Motutapu and Rangitoto.

The plans set down the guidelines for how the park and its epic landscapes, waterways, protected species and all human activity will be managed for the coming decade.....
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Tuariki Delamere files for urgent hearing into Treaty negotiations
Former New Zealand First MP Tuariki Delamere has joined a fight to stop the Whakatōhea Treaty Settlement - one of the biggest settlements in history - from being finalised.

The group negotiating the $100 million deal, the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Trust, has faced widespread opposition within the Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi in the past.

But the Crown has pushed ahead with the settlement despite the divided iwi, and Tuariki Delamere said that was simply due to "Pākehā Crown arrogance"......
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Māori content lets down health review
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians say that the prioritisation of Hauora Māori in the Health and Disability System report is superficial without a commitment to providing the funding, resourcing, and decision-making authority to support its success......
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Iwi unite against dumping seafloor waste off Great Barrier Island coast
Auckland and Hauraki iwi will join forces this weekend to discuss a company's plans to dump millions of cubic metres of Auckland’s seafloor waste off the coast of Great Barrier Island.

Ngāti Rehua has called the island home for at least 1000 years

“And there isn’t. So I said to them, ‘How are they going to understand mātauranga Māori and how are they going to understand our whakapapa to the moana’ and so they said ‘Oh Kelly, you’re going to have to explain it to them.”.....
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Tamihere threatens Panuku with injunction over Papatoetoe housing project
Māori Party co-leader John Tamihere is threatening Auckland Council development agency Panuku with a High Court injunction if it seeks to get a new developer for a housing project in Papatoetoe’s Tavern Lane.

Panuku wants to partner with a private developer to build a minimum of 60 apartments or terraced houses on a large car park at the back of the Old Papatoetoe town centre. It had previously negotiated with Ngai Tai Waipareira Housing Limited to work on the development.

Tamihere is the chief executive of Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust, which has a 50 per cent stake in the company. But Tamihere announced last year that Ngai Tai Waipareira Housing Limited was taking legal action against Panuku over the development.....
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Taupō iwi banish freedom campers from Five Mile Bay
Local iwi Ngāti Tūwharetoa, unhappy with the number of freedom campers regularly parked at Five Mile Bay, has put a rāhui on the reserve banishing all vehicle access to the area.......(NZ Herald paywall)
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Call to fix mispronounced te reo Māori place names at bus exchange
The mangling of te reo Māori place names by a computerised voiceover system at Christchurch's central bus station is not right, authorities have acknowledged.

Environment Canterbury (ECan), which runs the announcement system in the five-year-old city council owned facility, says it is trying to fix the problem.....
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A major health review remains split on how to reduce persistent inequalities for Māori

Wednesday June 24, 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says deal over Ihumātao is not near
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has denied reports that a deal over Ihumātao is near, saying Cabinet are yet to consider any resolution.
Ardern on Tuesday said Cabinet was not due to consider any deal at Ihumātao as had been speculated, and the Government was "still seeking to reach a conclusion".

Finance Minister Grant Robertson, who has taken charge of the negotiations for the Government, said they were "continuing to make progress", but he would not comment further.....
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Protest trumps Treaty process in possible Ihumatao deal - Hobson’s Pledge Trust
A possible $30 million deal over land at Ihumatao after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern became involved in the dispute shows that protests over-ride negotiated agreements, Hobson’s Pledge spokesperson Casey Costello said today.

"Any deal at Ihumatao involving Government intervention in private property agreements places all ownership and development initiatives at risk," Ms Costello said.

"The reality is that Ihumatao will now serve as a warning to any developer who may consider partnering with Maori to develop land and provide positive outcomes for their iwi", Ms Costello said.

"This sets a precedent that it does not matter with whom negotiations are entered into as the risk will remain that a younger, more organised and externally funded lobby group can be established to override any agreements reached by Maori, developers and private land owners", she said.....
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Ihumātao: Finance Minister Grant Robertson 'certainly hopeful' of resolution before election
The Government is "certainly hopeful" it will have a resolution to the long-running Ihumātao dispute before the election, says Finance Minister Grant Robertson.

But Government Ministers remain tight-lipped around any further details when it comes to the dispute.

Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little said it had been "quite a while" since he had received a briefing on the latest Ihumātao developments.

"My particular issue has been to make sure that whatever we do doesn't create the opportunity to argue that full and final settlement is not full and final settlement," he said, in reference to already agreed upon Treaty settlements.

That will comes as welcome news to National leader Todd Muller, who this morning said reopening Treaty settlement issues would be precedent-setting.

He said no taxpayer money should be spent on Ihumātao......
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Taxpayers' Union Calls On Iwi Authorities To Foot Ihumātao Bill
"It is disgraceful that taxpayers should be made complicit in the appeasement of law breakers. Iwi authorities collectively own more than $9 billion in assets. Why can't they shell out for the land? It would be a drop in the bucket on their balance sheet."......
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Waiheke Community Group Loses Appeal Battle, But Wins War For Māori Cultural Values
And while on the face of it, the High Court dismissal represents a further setback for SKP Inc in its attempt to stop the marina from going ahead at Kennedy Point Bay, the judgment also represents a significant win for environmental groups, iwi and community groups throughout New Zealand. Especially those who are fighting to protect the environment and Māori Cultural values and who feel they are either being excluded or not being heard......
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Maori Education Hui Invite – Kamo Intermediate School
Parents/whanau interested in Maori education are invited to attend an informal Matariki hui on Wednesday 1st July at 5pm. We will start the evening with a performance from our Kapa Haka. Following this performance, we will provide all attendees with an opportunity to share your thoughts and aspirations for future learning and events. We will conclude the night with a hākari (hangi).

We look forward to seeing you there.
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GJ Gardner pulls ad after complaint over mispronunciation of Taranaki
A Taranaki woman's complaint about the way her home region's name was pronounced in a TV ad resulted in the footage being pulled from screens, and an apology from the owner of a national building franchise.

And for one iwi broadcaster, the chain of events highlights how it is no longer acceptable in Aotearoa New Zealand to not make an effort to pronounce Māori words properly.

She also suggested its staff attend a cultural competency course, something she was willing to help with, due to her work experience in the area......
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Buyers jostle for position as hospital land sale approved
The sale of vacant land at Blenheim's Wairau Hospital has been given final sign-off nearly 20 years after the idea was first floated, reigniting interest from several groups eyeing up the block for possible housing projects.

The board was in discussions with Land Information New Zealand and Te Arawhiti, the Office for Māori Crown Relations, Sinclair said. He was unable to confirm if any iwi had first right of refusal, saying it was not the board's responsibility to determine.

Marlborough iwi Rāngitane o Wairau was watching the land disposal process closely........
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Blessing held as 11 Mission St transferred to Ōtamataha Trust ownership
Land at 11 Mission St has been transferred into the ownership of a Māori trust.

The settlement happened on June 18, the former owner of the land Tauranga City Council confirmed.......
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How my colonial smugness evaporated with one explosive revelation 

Tuesday June 23, 2020

Trouble on streets if Māori not given fair share - Tamihere
Māori Party co-leader John Tamihere says it’s time for Māori to demand their fair share of government resources.
He says the policy of having 25 percent of all COVID-19 recovery and other government spending going for Māori outcomes is achievable, because the money has already been voted by parliament,

"Unless we start to assert the mana that Pākehā people have taken for granted since they arrived here and unless we get a fair share of it we're going to have a few problems, and then there will be a rising, because our people are becoming frustrated and there is anger on the street, so what we've got to do is get our people, employment is empowerment," Mr Tamihere says......
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Work ramps up as iwi aspire to be 'top class' property developer
Taranaki's largest iwi has a bold goal - to become the best property developer on the block.

Te Atiawa's commercial programme has at least five subdivision projects on the go.

Following its 2014 Treaty of Waitangi settlement, where it negotiated an $87 million cash settlement, the iwi had the option to purchase, with a deferment available for up to two years, 51 sites within its tribal boundaries as part of the commercial redress element of the deal......
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Karanga puts ring of fire on Owairaka
Wahine have used karanga to hit back at a racist attack on Ōwairaka-Mount Albert.

Yesterday afternoon dozens of women gathered on the mountain to karanga.

Organiser Precious Clark from Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei says the action was to support Ms Hohaia and to stand strongly against violence, aggression and racism.....
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Shane Jones blames DoC, iwi sensitivities for Taranaki Crossing delays
"You are really raising an issue with me that I won't shy away from, mate. I've found the sensitivities, the Māori sensitivities, over a lot of things in Taranaki to be very deep and very time-consuming.

"In other parts of the country, not all, but in other parts of the country they've proved to be a lot more pragmatic. Iwi issues and the time required to deal with them in Taranaki is very deep.".....
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Policies run by Pākehā fail Māori - Māori Party
The Māori Party says policies made and run by Pākehā have always failed Māori and resulted in them being disadvantaged.

He said the only policies for Māori that have worked so far were ones that were self-designed and self-managed.

"There's no management like self-management. The only way we are going to get off the bottom of our own society is to have an assumptive, actual procurement programme......
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Warden law defence for iwi checkpoints
Ikaroa Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri says any questions over the legality of iwi road checks can be resolved by bringing them under Māori councils and wardens.

She says the Māori Community Development Act provides powers for Māori councils to look after the welfare of their communities, including through the activities of wardens.
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Pou symbolises iwi vision to eradicate meth
Methamphetamine use is on the rise. Police statistics show that in 2019 51% of all drug offences were related to meth. It's for this reason that Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei has erected a pou in an effort to eradicate meth from its community.

It's a united stand by the people of Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei to address meth in its community. The pou represents a cloak of aroha to embrace those walking with addiction but also a security mechanism to eradicate meth from the community.......
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Deputy mayor calls for kaumātua to be prosecuted over Captain Hamilton statue
Hamilton's deputy mayor is calling for a kaumātua to be prosecuted for pledging to tear down the Captain Hamilton statue.

Geoff Taylor told Stuff Taitimu Maipi​ needs to be held accountable for threatening the statue before a recent Black Lives Matter protest.

But Maipi has hit back, calling Taylor racist for defending the statue......
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Ihumātao deal could be imminent after Jacinda Ardern becomes personally involved
The deal over the disputed land in South Auckland is expected to cost more than $30 million.

1 NEWS understands the Government is planning to acquire land at Ihumātao under the Housing Act, with the intent it would avoid issues with the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process.

1 NEWS can reveal Jacinda Ardern became involved in some of the negotiations along with some of Labour's Māori caucus.

It is understood Ms Ardern set a deadline of June 30 for a resolution......
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Tainui objects to Auckland Council taking more water from Waikato River
Auckland's latest attempt to fast track more water from the Waikato River has drawn strong objections from Waikato-Tainui.

Schaafhausen said the council's latest move shows a lack of understanding about the importance of the river and Waikato-Tainui's rights under its Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

It was inappropriate to ask Parliament's Environment select committee to circumvent the current laws while the Crown still had not resolved iwi rights and interests in freshwater, she said........
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Prison doors open slower for Māori
Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says while the number of Māori in prison have gone down, their percentage of the prison population has gone up

But he says non-Māori are being released from prison at a slightly faster rate than Māori, which is still an area that still needs work.

"Our strategy has an entire focus on the Māori world view and our Māori pathways we are getting up and running in Hawke's Bay Prison and Ngāwhā Prison, the involvement of whānau and communities in rehabilitation, all of things over time will hopefully start to make a difference in both percentage as well as the numbers of Māori in prison," Mr Davis says.......
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History is messier than we think 

Sunday June 21, 2020

Māori Party launch Whānau First policy, say Covid 19 highlighted 'major racism and inequity'
The Māori Party want a quarter of all Government Covid-19 recovery projects guaranteed to support to Māori, saying the pandemic has highlighted "major racism and inequity" in the country.
"The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted major racism and inequity that impacts on
wellbeing and the ability to feed our whānau," Tamihere said.

This included iwi-led checkpoints to help stop the spread of the virus and inform the population, one of those led by Ngarewa-Packer, of Ngāti Ruanui.

"Māori as tangata whenua demand that our right to equality and equity be applied in all post-Covid recovery programming and funding," she said......
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Schools want to revitalise te reo Māori through education - report
A new report by the Education Review Office (ERO), called Te Tamata Huaroa, has found there is a strong desire in schools to revitalise te reo Māori through education.

The agency spoke with teachers and school leaders in 102 primary and secondary schools.

The majority of schools it spoke to have a positive view of teaching te reo in classrooms and felt an ethical responsibility to the language, some going as far as to include it in their strategic goals.....
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Far North iwi Te Rarawa turns soil on water storage facility
At Ahipara in Northland, the soil has been broken on farmland making way for a $4.1 million water storage project.

The Provincial Growth Fund is providing $3m of financing for the iwi.

The water storage facility will allow iwi to convert 400 hectares of dairy farms into high-value horticulture......
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