Saturday, June 13, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 7.06.20

Saturday June 13, 2020

Hamilton City Council to remove controversial statue

Hamilton City Council is going to remove a colonial statue from its centre seen as global protests against racism and colonisation grow.

The move comes after a formal request from iwi Waikato-Tainui on Thursday, amid a growing international drive to remove statues which are seen to represent cultural disharmony and oppression.

The bronze statue of Captain John Fane Charles Hamilton was originally gifted to Hamilton City by the Gallagher Group in 2013......
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'No way' Oranga Tamariki allowed to take babies from hospital - Waitematā DHB
A Māori trust and a senior health board member claim they have stopped Oranga Tamariki taking children into state care at Waitakere Hospital this morning.

Glavish said Oranga Tamariki should work with Māori social services before removing babies from their parents.

"If Oranga Tamariki developed a better relationship with the Māori services, and Māori organisations on what they intend to do in terms of an uplift of a Māori mokopuna then it wouldn't have the problems that it is having but of course it is acting in what it calls it's own legal right and to hell with everyone else," she said....
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More on the above here > Human barricade at Waitākere Hospital stops Oranga Tamariki baby uplifts

New housing better fit for Māori needs
Tāmaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare says the state housing being built today is more in line with the needs of modern Māori whānau.

we're not just building homes, we're building communities and I think that particular example in Onehunga is a fantastic one," Mr Henare says......
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Waikato-Tainui renew call to rename Hamilton original Māori name Kirikiriroa following statue removal
Hamilton must act to "purge itself of blatant reminders of a colonial invasion" say Waikato-Tainui, as the iwi renews its call for the city to adopt the original name Kirikiriroa.

At the request of the iwi, Hamilton City Council this morning removed from Civic Square the statue of Captain John Fane Charles Hamilton, who killed Māori in the Waikato land war and never set foot in the city that takes his name.

"Waikato-Tainui had been active in identifying street names and other landmarks that were particularly offensive to our people."

This included a call to begin the process removing Hamilton entirely as the name of the city and adopting Kirikiriroa, the original Māori name, which means "long stretch of gravel" and is a reference to an area on the west bank of the Waikato River.....
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Hamilton statue removal 'start of' New Zealand's journey
The man who sparked the removal of a statue representing "colonial invasions" says it is only the start of a journey for New Zealand to address its racist history.

Rahui-Pōkeka/Huntly kaumatua Taitimu Maipi, of Waikato Tainui, had said he was personally going to remove the statue of British Captain John Fane Charles Hamilton, who killed Māori in the Waikato land wars and never set foot in the city which takes his name.

He even suggested the Mongrel Mob could be involved in the action, which had been due to take place tomorrow.

Hamilton City Council responded rapidly and, after also receiving a blunt message from Waikato-Tainui chief executive Donna Flavell, removed the statue this morning, citing safety and community concerns over its offensiveness.

Today, the iwi welcomed the removal of the statue and reiterated its call to have the city renamed, urging the city to "purge itself of these blatant reminders of a colonial invasion that breached every article of the Treaty of Waitangi".

Maipi also wants Huntly, where he was born, to adopt its Māori name, Rahui-Pōkeka, which referred to the bountiful eels in the area and how they were shared among hapū......
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Māori Party's call for inquiry into offensive street names, statues backed by Taranaki mayors
Taranaki's mayors are supporting calls for an inquiry into the identification and removal of objectionable colonial monuments and statues located around the country.
A push for the removal of memorials to controversial historical figures is gaining traction around New Zealand, after successful movements overseas, and is being championed by the Māori Party.

New Plymouth mayor Neil Holdom said the council had an open mind and would keep an eye on the request for an inquiry.

Startford mayor Neil Volzke said the most well known statue in the district was Colonel William Malone who had been honoured as a WWI war hero, although he acknowledged he took part in the raid on Parihaka.

However, Volzke said he didn't think removing some statues or monuments would rewrite history.

South Taranaki mayor Phil Nixon said he could appreciate the Maori Party’s call for an inquiry.

"If an inquiry results in all of us having a better understanding of our history, that’s a good thing."....
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Calls to rethink name 'Picton' as history emerges of 'cruel' slave-owner
The man who Picton was named after has surfaced in a national debate on the glorification of colonial figures prompted by Black Lives Matter protests around the world.

Sir Thomas Picton was a 19th century war hero celebrated for his part in the Napoleonic Wars, but later denounced for his treatment of slaves and the authorisation of torture while Governor of Trinidad.

Marlborough Sounds ward councillor David Oddie said he thought Picton was ready for a name change.

"I think the logical progression here would be to give Picton a dual name ... and if there is then a public will for the name to be known as Waitohi, that would just surface.".......
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Māori Party dividing NZ by whipping up racial tensions
I think we’ve had a good insight into how the Māori Party is planning to spend the next 99 days through to the election.

And that is to whip up racial tensions.

In the space of just 24 hours yesterday, they made political play out of the colonial statues, calling for an inquiry but then saying it should only include Pakeha statues and only consider Maori grievances, excluding any other ethnicity with gripes and any controversial Maori figures.

And then, new co leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer topped it off by calling new National Party leader Todd Muller a racist......
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Ngāi Tahu, Christchurch council commit to colonial monuments discussion
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.

"It is entirely appropriate that the statue of Queen Victoria in Victoria Square is now flanked by two upright waka carved by Ngāi Tahu master carver Fayne Robinson.

"It is an expression of our partnership that we now have Ngāi Tahu Treaty signatories sitting alongside Queen Victoria.

"We do need to have a discussion on colonial monuments and icons but it needs to occur within the context of the relationship that exists between iwi and Crown.''.....
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More on the above here > Christchurch statues staying put despite low regard from local iwi

Two monuments to 'sexual predators and colonisers' could be scrapped in Wellington
Two monuments dedicated to a pair of colonial brothers are coming under fire in the debate over statues of controversial historical figures.

A bronze bust of Edward Wakefield stands at the northern peak of Mt Victoria, an oft-forgotten centennial memorial, exposed to the elements and whipped by harsh harbour winds.

At the same time, they are remembered as colonisers, who scammed local Māori of their land. They were also both arrested for kidnapping 15-year-old heiress Ellen Turner and forcing her to marry Edward.

"These men were sexual predators and colonisers," councillor Tamatha Paul said.

Councillor Jill Day said she was looking into what it would take to get the statues removed, and had a "strong suspicion" the majority of council would agree......
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Hapū challenges Waikato District Council to protect heritage site
A glimmer of hope is on the horizon for the hapū trying to protect a significant heritage site from being destroyed for residential development in Ngāruawāhia.

Huirama said research showed the gardens were close to Pukeiāhua Pā, and would have helped sustain people of the settlement more than 300 years ago.

Protesters have been outside the development site on Great South Road, owned by the Perry Group, for more than 30 days trying to raise awareness of the problem.

Huirama said the hapu had met three times with the Perry Group. It's understood work on the development had been put on hold......
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Proposed single Māori news service alarms journalists
A long-awaited and overdue official report on the future of Māori media has raised fears among journalists a ‘one-stop-shop’ for Māori news may reduce the range of reporting in order to save money. But the idea is not new, says Mediawatch - and neither is the concern about it......
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More on the above here > Plan to turn Māori TV into 'authoritative clearing house' for Māori news runs into flak

Make better door knobs: What statues of old victors mean to me 

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Friday June 12, 2020

Subdivision's 'royal' road name divides Marlborough council
Half pushed to approve the developer's preferred name choice, Monarch Lane, but the remainder thought the backup choice, Kanuka Close, was more culturally appropriate. Deputy Mayor Nadine Taylor, who chaired the committee, cast the deciding vote.
A similar incident happened in March, when the mayor had to cast a deciding vote on names proposed for Blenheim's Rose Manor, after some councillors argued the names were "colonial cringe".....
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Land hunt as court backs Māori pact
Nelson’s Wakatū Incorporation is looking for land held by crown and local government agencies which can be returned to it.

Chair Paul Morgan says it’s part of a work plan arising from a 2017 Supreme Court ruling that the crown was bound by the original purchase agreement to reserve 10 percent of the land for the original owners.....
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Further Funding For Completion Of Hundertwasser Art Centre
The Provincial Growth Fund will invest an additional $4.5 million in the Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery in Whangarei, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced.

The Wairau Maori Art Gallery will become the national home to the best examples of contemporary Māori art.
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Tribunal releases part V of report into Te Rohe Pōtae claims
Crown breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi have led to long-term and ongoing poor health and well-being outcomes for many Māori in Te Rohe Pōtae (King Country), the Waitangi Tribunal has found......
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Leighton Smith podcast 67
Muriel Newman, who spent 10 years as an MP for Act and now runs NZCPR - The New Zealand Centre for Political Research. We discuss the notion that democracy is under threat......
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Armed response to Māori children 'absolutely appalling'
The controversial teams were officially scrapped this week, but data shows the armed units were called out to several incidents involving children during the six-month trial.

Armed officers dealt with six incidents involving a total of eight 12-year-olds - seven of whom were Māori. The other 12-year-old's ethnicity was reported "unknown".

Almost all of the incidents took place in Hamilton, where Lady Tureiti Moxon runs Te Kōhao Health.

None of the 12-year-olds had firearms, but three of them were listed as having a weapon, only identified as cutting, stabbing or striking.....
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Canterbury Museum apologises for longstanding, 'offensive' exhibit depicting early Māori life
Canterbury Museum’s 30-year-old exhibition depicting early Māori life in Aotearoa is set to be scrapped, with experts criticising the display as historically inaccurate and offensive.....
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Monuments to ghosts of grisly past

New Zealand's controversial statues and the calls to bring them down

Calls for colonial statues to go start to pick up in New Zealand 

Thursday June 11, 2020

Call for councils to stop charging rates on all Māori land
Proposed legislation to give councils the power to write off rate arrears on Māori land does not go far enough, an independent Māori board in Auckland says.
The Māori Affairs Select Committee heard those comments among submissions to the Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Bill today.

If passed, the bill would give councils the power to wipe rate arrears on Māori land, allow rates relief for Māori land that was under development, and remove any rates arrears on Māori land set aside for conservation purposes (Ngā Whenua Rāhui kawenata).

The Independent Māori Statutory Board, which advocates for Māori at Auckland Council, has called for the bill to go a step further and stop charging rates on all Māori land......
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Māori account for more than half of arrests by Armed Response Teams in trial
Māori made up more than 50 percent of arrests and uses of force by members of the now-scrapped Armed Response Teams (ARTs), police data shows.

Of the 1651 offence or weapon incidents where a person's ethnicity was known, 51 percent were Māori, 36 percent Pākehā, 10 percent Pacific, less than 3 percent Asian and less than 1 percent Middle Eastern, Latin American or African.

There were 49 uses of force towards people; of which 53 percent were used against Māori people, 41 percent against Pākehā, and 4 percent against Pasifika.....
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'Bunch of baboons': Māori Council boss Matthew Tukaki fires up at MPs over iwi checkpoints
Māori Council boss Matthew Tukaki has fired up at MPs over the legality of iwi checkpoints during the COVID-19 lockdown, describing them as "a bunch of baboons".

Tukaki, executive director of the Māori Council, appeared before the Finance and Expenditure Committee on Wednesday, where he slammed MPs for "politicking" over whether or not the iwi checkpoints were legal.

"I'd remind everybody on this committee that we did it because of what happened in 1918," Tukaki said, a reference to the Spanish Flu that claimed at least 2160 Māori lives.....
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Te reo evidence not in Aotea dumping plan
A member of an iwi challenging the dumping of dredging waste from the Auckland Harbour near to Great Barrier says Auckland Council continues to put impediments in the way of Māori.

The council is also unable to translate its technical reports and evidence into Māori.

However, it is prepared to hear her evidence in te reo, and a translator is being arranged for the session.....
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Ōwairaka/Mt Albert tree war heads to High Court as Auckland citizens take on Tūpuna Maunga Authority
An Auckland couple have taken the Tūpuna Maunga Authority (TMA) to the High Court over its plans to topple hundreds of exotic trees atop a city maunga.

Auckland residents Averil Rosemary Norman and Warwick Bruce Norman alleged the TMA's decision was made without proper planning or consultation, during a judicial review in the High Court at Auckland this week.

But the TMA, which is behind the plans to remove 345 non-native trees at Ōwairaka/Mt Albert as part of a native restoration programme, says that criticism is unfounded and ignores principles of the Treaty of Waitangi......
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Heritage laws need to account for Māori views on wāhi tapu - academic
Heritage laws need to change to stop the repeated destruction of wāhi tapu and Māori archeological sites, an academic says.

Victoria University Māori studies associate professor Peter Adds said some elements of the bill governing wāhi tapu could be stronger, and Heritage New Zealand did not have the resources to enforce it.

"I don't think they get sufficient funding from the Crown to do that work properly, primarily because of the costs of defending any decisions not to allow authorities and individuals to destroy archeological sites when they apply to do so......
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Tairāwhiti iwi tells Gisborne council to consult it before agreeing to Captain Cook ship replica
The Tairāwhiti iwi is calling on Gisborne District Council to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its partnership with iwi, following a decision by the council to erect two replicas of Captain James Cook's ship, Endeavour, without public or iwi consultation.

Captain Cook and his crew landed in Gisborne in 1769 and, after a confrontation with local Maori, the crew fatally shot several people.......
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Whale Watch gets deep dive into toursim cash
Whale Watch Kaikōura is to receive COVID recovery support from the Government.

During a visit to the region today with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis said the Māori-owned business could draw up to $1.5 million from the Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme.....
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Māori Party Calls For Inquiry Into Colonial Monuments, Statues And Names
Māori Party Co-leader and Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is calling on the Government to establish an inquiry that is focused on identifying and getting rid of racist monuments, statues and names from our colonial era.

“I am calling on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her government to work alongside hapū and iwi Māori and other communities of colour in Aotearoa to undertake a comprehensive inquiry into colonial monuments and statues, place names, and street names......
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A generation of Māori disrupted by the fallout of COVID-19
In recessions of the past, the unskilled and low paid were most vulnerable to job loss and community disruption. Further, without doubt, Māori have been disproportionately represented in such groups. Some suggest the current focus on essential and social sector work may mitigate this impact, due to the concentration of Māori in such work.

Prior to the pandemic, rangatahi were not being inspired to follow traditional pathways......
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Treaty of Waitangi was not acknowledged in COVID Response
The COVID Response Select Committee met today via zoom addressing some of the issues that come about when Aotearoa went into lockdown. One of the main concerns according to Prue Kapua - President of The Māori Women's Welfare League was that "There is no recognition or acknowledgement of Te Tiriti o Waitangi." especially when it comes to Māori determining what happens on their own marae.......
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A reorientation for Maori media is in the offing in response (has the govt only just noticed?) to big changes in the industry

George Floyd protests: New Zealand's controversial statues and the calls to bring them down

Wednesday June 10, 2020

Taihape iwi seek to withdraw from Treaty negotiation trust
Taihape-based Ngāti Hinemanu me Ngāti Paki Heritage Trust (NHNPHT) is petitioning to remove its Treaty of Waitangi claims from those being handled by the Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust.
The mandate was first advertised in December 2017 and, during voting in mid-2019, 80 per cent favoured of the Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust (MPWCT) deed of mandate.

Crown body Te Arawhiti then asked for another round of submissions, and changes were made to the deed......
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PGF expands Sugarloaf Wharf in Thames-Coromandel - Peters
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters announced today a $19.95 million investment from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) that will expand Sugarloaf Wharf and increase mussel farming capacity by almost 20,000 tonnes, bringing additional jobs to the region.

"The aquaculture sector in Thames-Coromandel contributes $70 million to the district’s GDP and is responsible for 350 jobs," said Mr Peters.

"But the sector has long been significantly constrained by a lack of capacity at Sugarloaf Wharf, which handles 90% of the North Island’s mussel production."

"The new wharf, Te Ariki Tahi Sugarloaf, will accommodate up to 42,000 tonnes of mussels a year, to meet increased demand from recently granted consents that have extended mussel farming space in the Hauraki Gulf by 775 hectares," said Mr Peters.

"Iwi hold consents for 40% of available water space in the Gulf, with all mussels being unloaded at Sugarloaf Wharf. The PGF’s investment will provide greater economic returns for these holdings.......
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Focus on the future for Maori Media
Changing audience demands and fast evolving technology in the world of Māori media means the sector need to reorient the way it works, says Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta.

“The last two years engaging the sector in a conversation about the future has been full of opportunity and challenge. We have got to a point where many of the ideas and proposals from a media advisory group have been brought together as a package to now engage more thoroughly across the Māori Media Sector......
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Holistic employment scheme for at risk Tauranga and Western Bay young people launched
Employment Minister Willie Jackson has announced funding for a new initiative to help up to 60 at-risk young people in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty gain jobs.

They will receive intensive training and extended pastoral support, thanks to a $407,400 investment grant for the Bay of Plenty Youth Development Trust's 'Imagine, Believe, Achieve (Moemoea, Kimihia, Taea)' employment training programme.

Jackson made the announcement at the Tauranga Moana Maori Trust Board office in Tauranga today.

Principles of Tikanga and te Reo Māori are woven into this 18-month programme wrap-around, whānau-centred approach to pre-employment training........
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Top Maori representative walks away from council
Raihania Tipoki was the chairman of the South Wairarapa District Council’s Maori standing committee – he’s now resigned over what he said was a long-running dispute about the place of the group within the council.

Tipoki said that some of the councillors were upset by the standing committee’s private meetings, and that this demonstrated to him that the SWDC “wanted to exert control over us, or didn’t trust us”.

In his resignation letter, Tipoki stated that he felt worn “from continually attempting to illustrate the importance of not only the Maori perspective but also our values, philosophies, and passion”.

Tipoki, said South Wairarapa Maori needed a greater degree of autonomy, and have “outgrown council”.......
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PGF Boosts Waikato Infrastructure
The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing in the Waikato region with a $16.8 million boost to complete the Ruakura Spine Road project, creating 200 construction jobs, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters announced today.

“The partnership with Tainui Group Holdings and Hamilton City Council will receive the grant to design and construct Stage 1 of a major arterial road within the eastern suburbs of the Waikato District,” said Mr Peters......
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Ruakura Port project closer to reality with more than $30m in funding
The Ruakura Port development north of Hamilton has recieved more than $30 million from the Provincial Growth Fund and the commercial arm of iwi powerhouse Waikato-Tainui.

Ruakura Port is a joint venture between Tainui Group Holdings and Port of Tauranga estimated to bring up to 12,000 jobs to the region on completion in 2061.

Tainui Group Holdings has matched the government's $16.8m contribution, which was announced today, to build roads that will link the port to Waikato expressway.

Hamilton City Council will also contribute $5m......
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Legal advice back's council's decision against ipads for iwi reps
Taranaki Regional Council has used legal advice to reaffirm its stance not to provide tablet computers to non-elected standing committee iwi representatives.

The response saw one iwi representative leave the meeting before it was over.

TRC had earlier turned down a request in February by incoming iwi representative Peter Moeahu​ to provide ipads under the Resource Management Act to promote and protect Maori cultural and spiritual values, and partnership principles in the Treaty of Waitangi......
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Waitangi Tribunal reveals next chapter to major King Country inquiry
The Crown has failed to protect King Country Māori against the severe and lasting impacts of settlement, the Waitangi Tribunal says.

It has released part five of its report Te Mana Whatu Ahuru: Report on Te Rohe Pōtae Claims, which addresses 277 claims concerning Crown actions.

The district extends from Whāingaroa Harbour to northern Taranaki, and inland to the Waikato River and Taumarunui.

This chapter addresses claims concerning Te Rohe Pōtae Māori health and well-being from 1886 to the present, covering subjects such as education, employment te reo Māori and racial discrimination......
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Police ending Armed Response Teams after trial - COMMISSIONER
Police Commissioner Andrew Coster has today announced that Armed Response Teams will not be part of the New Zealand policing model in the future.

Andrew Coster said the decision to scrap the teams was based on preliminary findings from the trial evaluation - which is yet to be completed - feedback from the public, and consultation with community forum groups.....

There had been widespread opposition to the trials, including a Waitangi Tribunal claim being filed by justice advocates arguing the Crown breached Te Tiriti o Waitangi by failing to work in partnership with, consult, or even inform Māori about the trial.

Māori associate professor of law Khylee Quince said the new Police Commissioner had clearly "read the room" in deciding to scrap ARTs......
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Māori and Pacific dread armed police patrols

Tuesday June 9, 2020

NPDC to consult community on Māori wards
Six years ago New Plymouth residents rejected a Māori ward and the mayor who championed it.
Now the issue is to be revisited in a public consultation.

Four options will be set out, and although no dates have been confirmed, a report on the findings must be ready for council to decide on by November 23.....
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Māori mothers describe child welfare system as dangerous and brutal in new report
Māori mothers of newborns involved with Oranga Tamariki say the child welfare system is dangerous, brutal and racist.

Their experiences have been detailed in a report from the Children's Commissioner, which was released today.

Judge Andrew Becroft is calling for fundamental change at the Children's Ministry, saying the system is racist and is being let down by some poor social work.....
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Full report here > The Children’s Commissioner is undertaking a review of Oranga Tamariki

Strengthening Māori Business
The purpose of Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa is to increase Māori business capability and awareness and improve Māori business engagement in these regions. Each year's programmes are developed to facilitate business engagement for Māori business students. Each programme has a key focus area which has included; primary industry, Indigenous development, sports, branding, and cultural tourism......
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Buy Local Is Good, Buy Māori Is Better
Te Hiku communities are being encouraged to go one better in the local economic recovery effort than to buy local. And that’s to buy Māori.....
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Protests Push Separatist Narrative
Protests in New Zealand last weekend at the killing in the United States of a black man by police show “a rising tide of resentment, principally from young Maori conditioned into believing they are victims of white supremacy”.

Such issues fit the narrative of Maori separatists, whose agenda has inexplicably been embedded within the state sector and our educational institutions, she wrote.

“As a result, while every adverse statistic is now blamed on colonial oppression and institutional racism, the real reasons for Maori deprivation, namely poor education, single parenthood, and intergenerational welfare dependency, rarely ever get a mention,” Newman wrote.....
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Hapū, residents weigh legal action over Opua development
Hapū and locals of a small Bay of Islands town have vowed to fight a plan to build 17 houses on land they want protected for a public park.

Hapū and locals of a small Bay of Islands town have vowed to fight a plan to build 17 houses on land they want protected for a public park.

The commerical arm of the Far North council got consent for a housing development in November last year and in March sold the three hectare site at Opua to a private owner.

Joining him in the battle to stop the development, was Te Kapotai hapū Māori Committee chair Peter Clark.

"I would like to see the acknowledgement that the whenua be given back to its rightful owners who are wanting to work in a local partnership with all the local community to build it into a park, for the common use of the community - not to be sold off to some developers to make it ugly and make money from it.".....
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Charges laid over vineyard on Wairau Bar archaeological site
Two people have been charged in relation to a vineyard built at Wairau Bar, an archaeological site, in Blenheim.

The charges were filed in the Blenheim District Court last week, on 3 June, by Heritage New Zealand following its investigation late last year into whether a vineyard at Wairau Bar modified or destroyed archaeological sites........
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Marae landings in Kaipara Wharf plan
Landing places are being developed at three Kaipara harbourside marae as part of a $5 million Provincial Growth Fund project to improve the harbour’s water transport network.

Kaipara District Council has earmarked $400,000 to work with the Māori communities at Arapaoa near Tinopai, Ōruawharo south-west of Kaiwaka and Ōtamatea at Batley.

Beach landings are characteristic of Abel Tasman National Park tourism......
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Baby uplifts: Mother discovered her newborn would be taken while she was in labour

Emotional Jenny-May Clarkson on the pain of her father not giving his kids Māori names due to racism

Monday June 8, 2020
More DHBs consider prioritising Māori and Pacific patients for elective surgeries
Half the country's district health boards could consider or have committed to prioritising Māori and Pacific patients for some elective surgeries, the Weekend Herald can reveal.

Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs - covering the Wellington region - recently confirmed Māori and Pacific patients would be prioritised for surgeries.

Eight others are considering or have left the door open to similar changes, permanently or while surgery backlogs are cleared after Covid restrictions. They are: Northland, Nelson Marlborough, Taranaki, Wairarapa, Southern, Bay of Plenty, MidCentral and Auckland.

No decisions have been made and how any prioritisation would work is being fine-tuned and will likely differ between DHBs and the surgery needed.

Counties Manukau, Waitematā, Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti boards - didn't directly answer when asked if they are or might consider such changes, or said it was too early to comment.....
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Spanish brand under fire for 'offensive' Māori clothing line
A Spanish fashion brand’s "Māori" collection has come under fire for cultural appropriation.

In photos on Kimoa’s website that have now been removed, two models pose in t-shirts with their faces painted in an approximation of tā moko.

“[It] is equivalent to the whole blackface debacle,” Māori cultural advisor Karaitiana Taiuru said.

“Nothing in the images or website tells me it’s Māori, all I see is two people mocking Māori culture with face paint.”.....
See full article HERE

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