Saturday, August 22, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 16.08.20

Saturday August 22, 2020

Māori framework sets ground rules for council

Auckland Council has adopted an Outcomes for Māori Framework, five years after a treaty audit recommended such a framework be an urgent priority.

Councillor Angela Dalton, who heads the Māori portfolio, says the CCO Review spelled out again how the council was not delivering for Māori.

"This framework must be embedded within our CCOS. It must be embedded within the job descriptions of our chief executives......
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Iwi say they will reopen Northland checkpoints near Kawakawa
An iwi-led checkpoint in the Far North will be in place today due to concerns from the community that too many vehicles have been travelling into the region.

Only essential service workers or travellers with exemption paperwork signed by the Ministry of Health are permitted to travel through the 13 checkpoints on the Auckland border.

The latest police figures show that 5 percent of the 105,963 vehicles stopped at the border checkpoints were turned around.

Te Tai Tokerau border control spokesperson Hone Harawira said that meant too many vehicles were getting into the north, and his team have reinstated a checkpoint on Waiomio Road, south of Kawakawa.......
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Police warn against Waiōmio roadblock
The organiser of checkpoints in Te Taitokerau says police have warned they will be arrested if they re-establish one in level 2 conditions.

Reuben Taipari says his group had intended to set up a checkpoint at Waiōmio today to monitor traffic into the mid north, but it was now looking at its options.

But the Minister of Civil Defence is pouring cold water on plans to re-establish iwi health checkpoints in Te Taitokerau......
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Marae part of teacher training shift
A new marae is included in plans to shift the University of Auckland’s education and social work faculty to the city campus.

The Government is giving the university shovel ready funding for the project, which will enable the faculty to move from the former Auckland Training College site in Epsom in 2024.......
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Prosperity For Māori A Key Goal Of New Māori Regional Economic Development Strategy
A regional Māori strategy designed to contribute to a more prosperous whenua, wai and whānau environment for the wider Wellington region has just been launched.

Titled Te Matarau a Māui: Collaborative Pathways to Prosperous Māori Futures, the strategy recognises that only Māori can determine what their ‘prosperous Māori futures’ should look like and this strategy is designed to begin the process of giving voice to Māori as they co-create, co-design and co-implement the strategy pathways - and the actions that follow.

Over time Māori culture will be seen, heard and felt across the region, with connected Māori communities capable of determining their futures based on economic success.
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Government And Police Need To Move Against Illegal Roadblocks
Pro-democracy lobby group Democracy Action urges the Government and Police to shut down the illegal roadblocks making an unwelcome return to our highways, stopping New Zealanders going about their lawful business.

Democracy Action spokesperson, Lee Short says: “Roadblocks or checkpoints run by anyone apart from Police, Defence personnel or authorised health officials are illegal. The Independent Police Conduct Authority confirmed this during the first wave of blockades. The Police should have cracked down then. Instead, they provided sunshades and traffic management advice to the roadblock organisers.”.....
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Bay of Plenty Coastline Claims

Setting an anti-racist example

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Friday August 21, 2020

Police expect iwi-led checkpoints to be called off
Police have potentially stymied iwi plans to run checkpoints in Northland to help stop the spread of Covid-19 from virus-hit Auckland.

But on Thursday police Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha said the checkpoints were not condoned in areas that are at alert level 2.

Police’s “expectation” was that the checkpoints will not be operating, he said.

At alert level 2, travel is allowed, although non-essential travel is limited and there are restrictions on entering or travelling through Auckland.

Northland MP Matt King said the checkpoints were unjustified and repeated concerns they are illegal.

“I just think it’s such a dangerous precedent,” King said..........
See full article HERE

Children's Commissioner seeks Maori deputy
The New Zealand Maori Council is welcoming a decision by the Commissioner for Children to take on a Maori assistant commissioner.

Applications for the one-year role close next Tuesday, and Commissioner Andrew Becroft says he intends it to be a genuine partnership.......
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New funding available to help restore freshwater
Last week the Ministry for the Environment opened two new funding rounds of the Freshwater Improvement Fund (FIF), as part of the Jobs for Nature programme.

An additional $30 million, through the targeted Te Mana o Te Wai fund, will also be available to iwi and Māori with priority given to Māori landowners, hapū, whānau and marae groups. Te Mana o Te Wai is expected to open to applicants later this year. .......
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Community park and playground completed in new Hamilton subdivision
Te Inuwai Park in the south-west of Hamilton is the first of many community facilities planned for the new development.

The playground includes native plants, fruit trees and community garden planter boxes for locals to use.

A pou and interpretive signage to tell the area’s story will be installed in the next few months.

Parks and recreation manager Maria Barrie said the name Te Inuwai Park was a nod to the area’s past and was recommended by Te Hā o te whenua o Kirikiriroa, an iwi group representing local mana whenua.......
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Government Upgraded: Democracy 2.0 In Aotearoa?

Labour should take leaf from Democratic handbook

Thursday August 20, 2020

Auckland's colonial-era statues could be removed after vandalism, protests
A review of colonial-era monuments is underway to determine whether they should be removed, given their link to racial inequality in New Zealand’s past.
The move comes after three monuments were vandalised in June, including a statue of former prime minister Sir George Grey in Albert Park which lost its finger and nose.

Auckland Council will engage with local iwi before deciding on whether to keep the statues later in the year.....
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What is Islam’s appeal to Māori?
Islam is set to become the largest religion in the world in the next four decades and is one of the fastest-growing religions in Aotearoa New Zealand - particularly among Māori. Dr Ayca Arkilic is exploring Islam’s growing appeal and the socio-political implications of conversion.

Among Māori, there is a particular interest in the religion, with the Qur’an translated into Te Reo Māori in 2008 and Māori Muslims organising halal hāngī and ‘Matariki at the Mosque’ events. Plans have even been made to build a mosque-marae hybrid in Christchurch that brings together Islam and Te Ao Māori.

Islam is an emerging force here and the question is how do the unique socio-political context, decoloniality and groups such as Māori affect the religion? As important are the insights such research can provide into how we continue to improve integration of an important and growing minority group.......
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Police plan for iwi checkpoints
Police Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha says contingency plans are being put in place in case an increase in COVID-19 alert levels leads to returned demands for community checkpoints.

He says a lot has been learned since the March lockdown.

"We’re far more strategic in how we're managing that partnership with our people and we've had lots of discussions right around the country with all of our iwi leaders. I'm at the moment putting together a framework for how we will work with iwi and community groups to manage the issue of community checkpoints, should that arise," Mr Haumaha says.......
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Iwi take charge of checkpoint
Representatives of Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua have taken charge of the police checkpoint at Te Hana, and have raised Maori and United Tribes flags.

The iwi met with police at the Te Ao Marama cultural centre last week to establish the terms of a shared checkpoint at the Mangawhai Road intersection.
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Iwi-led checkpoints return to Northland amid fear of virus spread
Controversial iwi-led checkpoints will return to Northland as fears grow that the number of Aucklanders heading north is putting the region at risk of coronavirus.

Tai Tokerau Border Control, with the support of Northland iwi chairs Te Kahu o Taonui, will start its checkpoints on Friday at Waiomio, on State Highway 1 north of Whangārei.

Other checkpoints around the north might follow, he said......

Police have been informed but are restricted from supporting the checkpoint unless the area is at alert level 3, Harawira said......
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Te Whānau-ā-Apanui closes borders to non-essential travellers
Bay of Plenty iwi Te Whānau-ā-Apanui is urging non-essential travellers to avoid coming into their its territory.

For now, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui will be closed to all non-residents, including travellers, campers and visitors.

“The Te Whānau-ā-Apanui Covid-19 Iwi Response Unit is not ruling out the establishment of checkpoints and community safety zones and says it is prepared to do so if and when required but are trusting New Zealanders to do the right thing and stay put and not enter into the iwi area for anything other than to pass through.”......
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Owners won't change Auckland restaurant's controversial name, Kingi
Owners of new Auckland restaurant Kingi are determined to keep the downtown eatery’s controversial name when it opens on October 1.

Tom Hishon and Josh Helm, who also run popular Ponsonby cafes Orphans​ Kitchen and Daily Bread, have been criticised for choosing the name Kingi by some Māori cultural experts who say it “spits in the face” of Māori history.

But others say the word Kingi has no significance in te ao Māori and to claim otherwise is “insulting”......
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From FPP to STV
As part of the same elections decisions policy paper before them, councillors also voted to engage with the public on the introduction of a Maori ward or wards during the long-term planning consultation in September.

If Maori wards are established, and assuming the 13 councillors remain, there would be five councillors from one Maori ward or more and eight councillors from one or more general wards.

Iwi chief executives have been discussing Maori representation with council chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann.

A representations review will be required only if Maori ward(s) are adopted.....
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Hamilton City Council welcomes new Mangai Māori - their first since its inception
Hamilton City Council held a powhiri to welcome new Mangai Māori Hemi Rau and to farewell outgoing Mangai Māori Bella Takiari-Brame last week.

Hamilton City Council has appointed Mr Rau as a Mangai Māori representative on its Finance and Strategic Risk and Assurance committees.

Mangai Māori, which means 'The voice of Māori', were added to the council's governance structure in 2018 to represent iwi (Waikato-Tainui) and maatawaka (other Maaori who live in Hamilton).

Nominated by Waikato-Tainui and Mana Whenua, Mr Rau joins four fellow Māori representatives who sit on the other council committees.......
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Māori nurses and PHARMAC – a shared commitment to improving Māori health and wellbeing
Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO) and its relationship with Te Pātaka Whaioranga (PHARMAC)

An organisation that stands strong to its values of mātauranga Māori and te ao Māori perspectives is Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa, which sits inside Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO)......
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Massey lecturer wants Māori roll specialists at voting booths
Massey University lecturer Veronica Tawhai is calling for Māori roll specialists at voting booths during the election to ensure mistakes are not made and votes disqualified. Tawhai says she received many complaints about the Māori roll from throughout New Zealand after the last election......
See full article HERE

Māori high school students unfairly streamed in low-ability classes, report finds 

Wednesday August 19, 2020

Urban growth partnership formally established in Western Bay of Plenty
An urban growth partnership between central government and local councils, tangata whenua and community leaders across the Western Bay of Plenty has been announced today.
The Crown will join the existing SmartGrowth partnership between Tauranga City, Western Bay of Plenty District and Bay of Plenty Regional councils, tangata whenua and community organisations.

Minister for Urban Development Phil Twyford said Cabinet recognised the importance of Government working side by side with councils and tangata whenua.......
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Kaupapa Maori approach sought to health and safety
Workers in high-risk sectors like forestry, farming and construction could have fewer injuries if they adopt a kaupapa Māori framework for health and safety.

That’s the proposition being explored in a new research partnership between Whakatane’s Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and the Accident Compensation Corporation.......
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Iwi checkpoints might be back
Hone Harawira was alarmed by last week's Auckland police Covid-19 checkpoint figures of 50,000 vehicles stopped on the borders of the greater Auckland region and fewer than 700 turned back, as having no valid reason to leave the area.

"To the Tai Tokerau Border Control crews - stay ready. If we go we'll go fast and hard. And to everyone else, if you see tourists, campers, boaties, or anyone in your area who shouldn't be there, let the iwi know, let the police know, or let us know (0800 TOKERAU) and we'll get someone round to check. If they've sneaked in, we'll help them sneak right back out again.".......
See full article HERE

Māori Health Unit
The Māori Health Unit was created to support whānau, the community, and the health workforce to improve outcomes across Māori health, including equitable access to services and supports that are appropriate to the needs of whānau.......
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Maori Land Court report finds thousands of iwi members excluded from Shelly Bay voting
Thousands of Taranaki Whānui members were deprived of their voting rights during crucial votes on the sale of Shelly Bay land, a court-ordered report has found. This raises further questions about the legitimacy of the 2017 and 2019 sale of iwi land to property developer Ian Cassels........
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Tuesday August 18, 2020

Foreshore rights put to test
The first major courtroom test of the Marine and Coastal Area Act starts today in Rotorua, where the High Court will hear claims and cross-claims for the eastern Bay of Plenty.

The application for recognition of customary marine title was made by the late Claude Edwards, Adriana Edwards and others on behalf of Te Whakatōhea.

More than a dozen other groups have also presented claims in the area, including various Whakatōhea hapū clusters and neighbours Te Whānau ā Apanui, Upokorehe and Ngāti Awa......
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Ngāti Kahungunu 'fish for South Auckland, small business support and PPE'

Ngāti Kahungunu iwi are well-stocked and prepared to cater for kuia, kaumātua, Pacific Islanders and ethnic communities if a second wave of Covid-19 hits Hawke's Bay says chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana.......(NZ Herald paywall)
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Taranaki's largest iwi, Te Atiawa, embarks on ambitious property development plan
Taranaki's largest iwi, Te Atiawa, is pushing ahead with plans to become the pre-eminent property developer in its rohe.

The iwi is selling 14 sections at a development in the desirable New Plymouth suburb of Fitzroy, with six initially reserved for its members.

It's the first of a series of a developments it hopes will re-establish its footprint within its territory......
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Call for Crown to return Kapiti Coast Airport land
It is now time for the Crown to return Kāpiti Coast Airport land to descendants of the original owners, a person with strong links to the land strongly believes.

With Kāpiti Coast Airport owners looking at all options for the land's future, Takiri Cotterill, from Paraparaumu, has stepped forward highlighting a long-running grievance.......
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Ngati Maru set to vote on Treaty of Waitangi settlement
Te Runanga o Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Trust is a step closer to finalising its Treaty of Waitangi settlement claim with the Government.

Trustees of Ngāti Maru and the Minister of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little initialed the Deed of Settlement this week......
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Anaru Kaiwai - Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Huarahi Māori
"I want to use my skillset to help Māori tamariki reach their goals in the modern world, while maintaining those values and teachings of our ancestors.".....
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Sunday August 16, 2020

Iwi band together for Covid-19 response, checkpoints to continue
Auckland iwi Ngāti Whātua will continue Covid-19 checkpoints in northern Tāmaki alongside police, and say they will likely carry on the work even when alert levels drop.
The iwi has eight “fit, healthy and young” volunteers at the five checkpoints to stop the virus spreading north to te tai Tokerau, although several others have offered to stand in if needed.

It’s part of a cross-sector response to stop Covid in its tracks, with social providers from Waikato-Tainui also helping provide aid, Te Ha Oranga General Manager Boyd Broughton said......
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Auckland police stop 40,000 vehicles at checkpoints, no arrests
Māori wardens have also been helping police at those checkpoints......
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Māori Party raises level 4 alarm
The Māori Party wants to be included in a cabinet of national unity to manage the COVID-19 crisis.

It’s one of four demands it made today in response to the community outbreak in Auckland.

Co-leader John Tamihere says it also wants the election moved to 2021, the borders to be closed for 14 days, even for New Zealanders returning home, and for te ao Māori to move immediately into Level 4 conditions.

That would mean ceasing work outside the home for non-essential workers and reimposing checkpoints at tribal boundaries.......
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Pacific and Māori 'predominant ethnicities' affected in current outbreak - Dr Bloomfield
The current community outbreak is predominantly affecting Pacific and Māori people, Dr Ashley Bloomfield confirmed at this afternoon's briefing from Wellington.

"I know that as of yesterday around 50 per cent of cases identified as Pacific and around 30 per cent as Māori, so yes these are the predominant ethnicities in this particular outbreak," Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said.

He was responding to a reporter's question whether more Pacific or Māori people had been affected in this cluster......
See full article HERE

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