Saturday, August 8, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 2.08.20

Saturday August 8, 2020

Christchurch's Guy Fawkes display moves to July to celebrate Matariki

Christchurch’s public Guy Fawkes display is being canned after 23 years, in favour of a July celebration to mark Matariki.

The move, which is part of a new-look Christchurch City Council events programme, is being applauded by the Māori community and Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz).

The fireworks spectacular has been held off New Brighton Pier to mark Guy Fawkes since 1997, but council events and arts manager Lucy Blackmore​ said Christchurch residents wanted to celebrate New Zealand’s own unique culture......
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‘Digital divide’ lays education inequality bare
A lack of access to suitable digital devices, internet connectivity and quality learning resources during the eight weeks of lockdown hindered the learning of rangatahi and tamariki and negatively impacted their mental health and resilience.

It is critical that iwi, hapū and whānau are fundamentally involved in developing and driving the solutions needed to address disparities. It is imperative that there is equitable access and opportunities to enable educational success for Māori, and specifically to this report, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.......
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Te Arawhiti sounds warning over Lake Horowhenua water quality exemption
Exempting one of New Zealand's most polluted lakes from freshwater standards could lead to protests, potential breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi settlements and legal action.

The lake bed is the resting place for many iwi members, victims of a massacre by Te Rauparaha of Ngāti Toa and his forces in the 1820s.

Although the Resource Management Act and Te Tiriti o Waitangi required engagement with iwi, there had been no consultation on the exemption as of late-March, Te Arawhiti said......
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Councils should reject maori wards
Pro-democracy lobby group Democracy Action is applauding the South Wairarapa District Council for rejecting the proposal for a Maori ward. The issue is now unlikely to be considered again until the 2025 election cycle.

The organisation's spokesperson, Lee Short says: "Race-based seats have no place in a modern democracy. The only disappointing aspect of the Council's decision is that it appears to have been made for logistical reasons, not to protect the integrity of our democracy."....
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Relativity adjustment for Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu
An adjustment payment has been made to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu under the relativity mechanisms in their 1995 and 1997 Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced today.

The latest payments to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu are $2,700,000 and $2,600,000 respectively to ensure the value of their Treaty settlements maintains their relative size compared with the total value of all Treaty of Waitangi settlements to date......
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Tākina Is Proposed New Name For Convention And Exhibition Centre
Next week Wellington City Councillors will be asked to approve ‘Tākina’ as the name for the Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre currently under construction.

The Council’s Māori Partnerships portfolio leader Councillor Jill Day says the name Tākina was developed in close collaboration with iwi partners representing Taranaki Whānui,

Taranaki Whānui and Kura Moeahu have gifted a karakia to the Council for the building, which will be presented with the name Tākina at the Council’s Strategy and Policy Committee on Tuesday 11 August.

Councillor Day says the Council “feels very privileged to have been gifted this beautiful taonga”.......
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Awwa co-founder Michele Wilson: 'Māori are innovators and it’s time we are recognised for it 

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Friday August 7, 2020

Ngāpuhi hapū to get funding for Treaty of Waitangi claims settlement
Hapū of Ngāpuhi preparing their claims for treaty settlement will soon be able to access upfront funding from the government, the minister of treaty negotiations has said.
He said the Office of Māori-Crown relations would provide upfront funding to hapū for costs they incur in their preparation to settle their claims.

An office of Māori-Crown relations - Te Arawhiti - would also established in the Far North, likely to be based in Kaikohe, and likely to be up and running in the next few weeks.

He said it was important to strengthen the relationship between the Crown and ngā hapū of Ngāpuhi, and "provide that on-going consistent dedicated assitance and support that hapū and their groupings need to form a relationship with the Crown".

Little said he also hoped to run some wānanga in the next few weeks to discuss with ngā hapū o Ngāpuhi what He Whakapukatanga, or the declaration of Māori sovereignty signed by 34 northern chiefs, means in the 21st century.......
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Enhanced process for iwi aquaculture assets
The government is proposing changes to aquaculture legislation to improve the process for allocating and transferring aquaculture assets to iwi.

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has introduced the Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Amendment Bill to Parliament.......
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Heretaunga Takoto Noa Māori Standing Committee
The Heretaunga Takoto Noa Māori Standing Committee has been established by Council to continue the development of strategic and sustainable relationships with Māori.

Council shall meet the intent and spirit of the Council’s obligations set out in the legislation more particularly the obligations of the Local Government Act 2002;

* Towards establishing and maintaining processes that provide opportunities for Māori to contribute to the decision processes of Council.

* Fostering the development of Māori capacity to contribute to these processes.

* The provision of information to assist Māori contribution to Council’s activities......
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More routine than exceptions: Ombudsman rules on Oranga Tamariki baby uplifts
Oranga Tamariki has been removing babies from their parents more by routine than exception, the Chief Ombudsman has ruled.

"Removing newborn pēpi from their parents is one of the strongest uses of state power. New Zealanders must have confidence in how the law is being applied.

He had made 32 recommendations, including improvements to the Ministry's guidance and practice; the use of all tools available in a timely way; establishing effective reporting frameworks and quality assurance; prioritising engagement with whānau, hapū, and iwi; and enhancing cultural competency of staff.....
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Waikato iwi to build its first police station in Cambridge
Tainui Group Holdings is about to add police stations to its portfolio of impressive property and commercial developments.

The commercial arm of the iwi and New Zealand Police have announced a partnership which will start with a proposal to build a new police base in Cambridge.

A significant number of police stations across the Waikato are on land owned by Waikato-Tainui that was returned to the iwi as part of the Raupatu settlement with the Crown in 1995.......
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$11.9m shovel-ready boost for plant
A shovel-ready project to build a new geothermal power plant is expected to increase returns for Trust Tairawhiti while significantly boosting the Maori economy in the Bay of Plenty.

The first stage of a new 25MW geothermal power plant was boosted by the Government announcing $11.9 million in funding towards the Taheke Geothermal Project.

The project is a partnership between The Proprietors of Taheke 8C & Adjoining Blocks Incorporation (15 percent) and Eastland Generation (85 percent), a subsidiary of Gisborne-based Eastland Group — which is 100 percent owned by Trust Tairawhiti.......
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Te Rarawa unveils another pouwhenua
Te Rarawa has unveiled a new pouwhenua at Waimahutahuta, Ahipara, described by Te Rarawa chairman Haami Piripi was a very old location, named by ancestors during the time of Kupe (950 AD).

"Places like these provide the basis for establishing mana on the land and sea, and form part of a network of nomenclature and occupation," he said.

"Pouwhenua ceremonies are becoming increasingly important amongst the roles and responsibilities of kaitiaki, being the posts to which our ancestry and history can be attached. They are expressions of our identity and local understanding based upon centuries of countless deeds of our forebears," Piripi said........
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Brewery apologises for 'Huruhuru' Māori beer name
The co-founder of a Canadian brewery that has been mocked online and accused of cultural appropriation for naming its New Zealand pale ale 'Huruhuru', has apologised to anyone who felt disrespected......
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Funding To Expand Mental Health Support For Pacific Peoples
A $1.5 million boost to grow primary mental health and addiction services for Pacific peoples in Auckland, Hamilton and Canterbury will lead to better outcomes for Pacific communities, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa says.

“Expanding services for Pacific peoples is part of a five-year programme that also includes dedicated funding for Māori and young people.......
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Health plan puts Maori in driving role
The Health Ministry’s senior Maori executive believes a new five year Maori action plan will go a long way to addressing concerns about equity and the crown’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

“Maori are not interested in being the passengers in somebody else’s bus. They want to be able to exercise authority over their own wellbeing. Secondly, we must be much more purposeful in working with Maori......
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Sweet spot sought for honey factory
A collective of East Coast Māori landowners and beekeepers has secured a matching loan of up to $2 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to build a honey processing factory......
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Thursday August 6, 2020

Māori spend not doing the business says Nats
National’s Māori development spokesperson, Jo Hayes, says the Government’s Māori spend is heavy on social spending and light on Māori business.
Labour is going into the election campaign pointing to spending more than $1.5 billion on Māori specific initiatives, including $900 million in Budget 2020.

"It’s just an insult. You missed out Māori economy, Māori business, you mainly gave it for welfare and now you have only given us 15 minutes to talk about it. When we start looking at things like that, National is going to be much better and offer much more for Māori," she says.......
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Unitec infrastructure spend will support iwi builders
The housing development on the 26 hectare site at Mt Albert will be delivered by Marutūāhu, Ngāti Whātua and Waiohua-Tāmaki in partnership with the Crown.

Another $188 million will be invested in seven infrastructure projects across Kāinga Ora developments at Northcote, Roskill, Māngere, and Tāmaki, including wastewater, stormwater and park upgrades.....
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Oranga Tamariki partners with Māori Women's Welfare League
The strategic partnership is the first between Oranga Tamariki and a national Māori organisation.

It already has existing agreements with four iwi, including Ngāi Tahu, Ngāpuhi, Waikato-Tainui and Tūhoe.

The partnerships are designed to place vulnerable Māori children with carers they have a whakapapa connection to......
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Reo Māori expert urges seeking advice over names, brands
A Wellington leather store's Māori name mishap has been described as easily avoidable.

The store has named itself Huruhuru, thinking it was a translation of hair or wool, but it can also translate to pubic hair.

She said they were now also receiving racial abuse and threats and the property office told them to go to the police......
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Resetting New Zealand Tourism through a cultural lens
Fourthly, the Māori tourism sector has been undervalued, underfunded, and never understood by New Zealanders and therefore, does not feature in New Zealand tourism landscape as it should.

The authentic Māori stories that are told at every hui, and every tangi, on every marae are the untapped wealth of our new tourism.

In summary, the new Aotearoa, New Zealand tourism trails from a Māori lens would be to activate Māori history and story-telling,.....
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Wednesday August 5, 2020

Labour celebrates having more Māori in government
Labour MPs have celebrated having more Māori representation than any previous government, with 13 members with Māori whakapapa.
At the Labour Māori seats campaign launch yesterday in Auckland, Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri said having Māori in government has been crucial to getting worthwhile gains for the people.

But the question remains: Are the 13 a real representation of Māori or are they toeing the party line?......
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Little maps path for multiple Ngapuhi talks
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little has met with several separate Ngapuhi clusters as he tries to navigate a path for what’s expected to be the biggest settlement yet.

He says it’s clear now the single-mandate, as was sought by former negotiating body Tuhoronuku, wasn’t going to work for the northern iwi......
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Jones keen to tackle Ngāpuhi settlement
New Zealand First MP Shane Jones says if reelected he would be keen to help bring the Ngāpuhi historic claims settlement to a conclusion.

Mr Jones, whose stand for Northland is likely to be critical for his party’s future in parliament, says if he gets back he will ask his colleagues if he can jointly lead the settlement for the crown.......
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Addendum to Te Hiku Accord is signed
The government has 'reinvigorated' its commitment to Far North iwi with the ministers for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, and Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, along with the chairs of Te Rarawa, NgāiTakoto and Te Aupōuri, signing an addendum to the Te Hiku o Te Ika Iwi-Crown Social Development and Wellbeing Accord.

"This signing demonstrates the reinvigoration and evolution of the Treaty relationship with Te Hiku and our joint commitment to empowering whānau living in Te Hiku o Te Ika to lead a successful future," she said.

Mahuta described the Addendum as an example of a living Treaty relationship with iwi......
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SNA Mapping To Go Ahead Across West Coast
Councils working on one district plan for the whole West Coast have grasped the nettle and given the go-ahead for the mapping of significant natural areas (SNAs) on private land.

But they've agreed to exempt certain Maori land from the process......
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Iwi Partnership’s Go Bus Sale Concludes
The sale of passenger transport company Go Bus from a Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui partnership to Melbourne-based industry operator Kinetic has completed today.

Ngāi Tahu Holdings and Tainui Group Holdings announced their decision to sell Go Bus in March, subject to approval from the Overseas Investment Office. The office’s approval was received in June.......
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Maori Carbon Collective Calls On The Government To Establish A Climate Adaption Fund
“Today I am calling on the Government and Opposition parties to agree to the establishment of a national Maori Climate Change Adaption Fund – this will enable our communities to prepare and adapt to everything from the encroaching increase of king tides right through to planning for either the relocation or adaption of Marae, Hauora and Papakainga infrastructure.” Tukaki said......
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Rahui put on Wanganui River after body pulled out
Iwi had blessed the area near where the body was found.

A rāhui was put on the river from Te Ao Hou marae on Somme Parade to the river mouth, which will last for three days......
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Brown Voices Matter - But Not To TVNZ
The Board of Television New Zealand and its senior management determined last week that the Māori Party would not be able to participate in any of the political debates being broadcast on the state-owned TV channel.

Māori Party Co Leader John Tamihere said: “We note that the TVNZ Board must comply with its shareholder owner direction which is ‘too reflect Māori perspectives.

“This must apply to a general election and the participation of a Māori voice is essential and backed by the contest in Māori seats which have ebbed and flowed since MMP was introduced in 1996......
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Tuesday August 4, 2020

WRC approves water monitoring by iwi
In what it’s terming a “landmark move”, the Waikato Regional Council has approved the transfer of specified water quality monitoring functions for Lake Taupō to the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board.
The transfer is the first of its kind in the country – though the council retains overall responsibility for the monitoring functions.

“Iwi around the country have long-awaited such a transfer of resource management responsibilities,” he said.

“This is an important step forward in resource management for our nation and sends a strong signal that the time has come for more effective engagement between councils and iwi......
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Cancer: Breast reconstruction rates much lower for Maori and Pacifika patients
Māori and Pacifika patients are far less likely to get their breast reconstructed after losing them to cancer than European women, a new study has revealed.

It showed major ethnic inequalities in South Auckland patients who underwent a government-funded post-mastectomy breast reconstruction (PMBR) surgery.......
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Dr Rachel Mackie And Dr Jason Tuhoe To Lead Nationwide Doctor’s Group
Dr Rachel Mackie (Ngati Wai, Ngati Hine, Ngati Whatua) has been named as the new Chair of Te Akoranga a Māui, The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Māori representative group. Tokoroa GP Dr Jason Tuhoe (Hauraki, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Pikiao) has been named deputy chair.

Te Akorangi a Māui is the College’s Māori representative group made up of Māori GPs registrars and Fellows. Drs Mackie and Tuhoe plan to continue the equity focus that the College has and build on that so that tikanga is valued, and incorporated into general practices around Aotearoa New Zealand to create meaningful change and ensure that people can visit their doctor in a way that is culturally safe......
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Review of Tararua District Council's water bylaw underway
For Māori, the spiritual and physical relationship with water is intertwined - both elements are essential for the health of local whānau and hapū. This is also a long-held connection with fresh water.

It is living taonga or "treasure" and Māori have a role kaitiaki for fresh water - for its gaurdianship and protection. It is a way of managing the environment at all levels including responsibilities to maintain resources for generations to come and to conserve and value the freshwater resource.

"Māori have an important perspective and locally we are all wanting to work together on our water issues," Wimsett said.......
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Māori cultural safety sessions to benefit Hutt Valley DHB staff and patients
We want a conversation that adds value for both tangata tiriti (non-Māori) and tangata whenua, and our active partnership to make a rocking country: Aotearoa, says Hutt Valley DHB Pou Tikanga Rawiri Hirini.

The programme’s first module, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, will be an opportunity for staff to learn more about New Zealand from a Māori perspective, through the lens of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi).

Staff will learn about pre- and post-colonial New Zealand history including a breakdown of Te Tiriti articles, themes of racism, and bi-cultural themes for active partnership, Rawiri said.

“It’s also about supporting out staff. We need to be safe in accommodation and navigating new Māori concepts to staff.”.....
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Monday August 3, 2020

Jacinda Ardern launches Labour's campaign to keep Māori seats
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern launched Labour's Māori seat campaign in Auckland today, pleading for supporters not to take anything for granted.
She received a rockstar welcome from her Māori MPs, with list MP Willie Jackson calling her "an angel".

Ardern said Jackson had been one of the more surprising friendships she had formed in Parliament but she valued it......
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Funding to restore significant Māori sites in Far North
The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $8.75 million to restore significant historic sites at Ōhaeawai in the Far North, upgrade marae and fund fencing and riparian planting.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcements following a service at the historic St Michael’s Anglican Church at Ōhaeawai today......
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Māori cultural appropriation, or simply a fish? Restaurateurs in stoush over 'kingi' name
Two of Auckland's hippest restaurateurs have engaged in an online stoush over whether the name of a new restaurant, kingi, is a case of Māori cultural appropriation or merely a shortening for kingfish.

However this week, Hishon responded to some heated comments on Instagram from the founder of Auckland restaurant Coco's Cantina, Damaris Coulter, who accused him of appropriating the Māori word for King – kīngi......
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Maori tourism operators say Covid-19 'like a really long tangi' 

Sunday August 2, 2020

Securing healthy futures for all Māori
The Government has committed to improving Māori health and wellbeing over the next five years.
The Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) today released Whakamaua: Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025 which sets the pathway towards achieving healthy futures for all Māori.

Whakamaua outlines a suite of actions that will help to achieve four high-level outcomes. These are:

* Iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori communities exercising their authority to improve their health and wellbeing.

* Ensuring the health and disability system is fair and sustainable and delivers more equitable outcomes for Māori.

* Addressing racism and discrimination in all its forms.

* Protecting mātauranga Māori throughout the health and disability system......
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Apanui challenges council on whare fee
Te Whānau a Apanui is challenging fees Ōpōtiki District Council is charging for low cost housing on Māori land.

The iwi wants to bring the relocatable units up to Raukokore to provide housing for whānau moving back to work on horticulture and other businesses which will be created through a water storage scheme.

But spokesperson Willie Te Aho says the council wants to charge $5000 a whare.........
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Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi chair appointed to key role on tourism taskforce
Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi chair Ngahiwi Tomoana has been appointed to a key role on a national tourism taskforce table.

The Tourism Futures Taskforce will meet regularly and is expected to deliver draft recommendations to Cabinet in December 2020.

The Tourism Futures Taskforce members were confirmed on Saturday by Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis at an event at Whakarewarewa in Rotorua on Saturday.

Davis said the " main purpose of the independent Tourism Futures Taskforce is to lead the thinking on the future of tourism in New Zealand''.

Joining co-chairs Hon Steve Chadwick and Grant Webster are:
Anna Pollock – founder of Conscious Travel
Ngahiwi Tomoana – Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated
Nick Judd – former Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliance Officer, Air New Zealand
Sue Suckling, Independent Director and Strategy Consultant
Takurua (Tak) Mutu – Co-Owner and Director of MDA Group

"They will advise government on what changes we can make to the tourism system, so that tourism enriches Aotearoa and the wellbeing of New Zealanders," Davis said......
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Labour throws support behind Matariki becoming a public holiday
The Labour Party has thrown its support behind the campaign to make Matariki a public holiday, but not all the country’s major parties are in favour.

MP Nanaia Mahuta, the minister for Māori development and local government, told Stuff the party would need to seek advice regarding an appropriate date before making it official......
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Prime Minister launches urban Marae housing development
The Government through Te Puni Kōkiri has invested $3.4 million, almost half the total cost of building the 14 apartments.

“Papakāinga are normally built in rural areas and it is exciting to support an urban project that will contribute to Auckland’s supply of public housing.”

“The Government is committed to partnering with iwi and Māori housing providers to apply Māori principles and solutions in urban and rural settings.”......
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Māori Party candidate hoping to bring back tomo, a type of arranged marriage
A Māori mum of four is wanting to bring back the once common cultural practice of tomo; a type of arranged marriage

It's a tikanga that has been modernised and Ms Kapa-Kingi says making tomo commonplace again is political.

"This is Māori science applied. That's what I'm doing. That's what I am ready to apply, the science in the most 1840 way that will never go away."
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A question of how much we have changed in 5 years

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A plea for help: President of the Hastings Mongrel Mob's appeal to the Waitangi Tribunal

From tangihanga to maramataka: Using Māori astronomy in mental health 

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