Friday, August 28, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 23.08.20

Friday August 28, 2020

Matakana Island proposal: Panepane Point plan prompts encouraging level of interest

The proposal to return part of Matakana Island to Māori has already prompted an encouraging level of interest from people keen to have their say.

On July 28, Western Bay of Plenty District Council voted to consult on a proposal to return Panepane Point, also known as Purakau, to five Ngai te Rangi hapū. Like Mauao, the land will remain open to public access.

Submissions close at midday on Monday. All feedback on the proposal remains confidential until then......
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Iwi aquaculture: Waiariki hui to discuss areas for expansion
Iwi leaders from across the Waiariki region are meeting today to find out how to make the most of their combined fisheries assets for whānau and the rest of the world.

The report says under historical Treaty of Waitangi settlements, the Crown is obliged to help iwi access to up to 10,000ha of aquaculture space in the Waiariki area.

It was commissioned by Ngā Iwi I te Rohe o Te Waiariki, as part of their "due diligence" in accessing the space......
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Ngāti Rangitihi iwi support treaty settlement
Ngāti Rangitihi iwi members have voted overwhelmingly in support of the Deed of Settlement to settle historical claims for breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust chairman Leith Comer says he is extremely pleased with the results and the way in which iwi members have recognised the importance of taking part in the four-week ratification process.

“After more than a decade, to be able to reach this critical milestone, is truly a special moment for all the descendants of Ngāti Rangitihi........
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Cultural skills needed for contact tracing
A Māori representative on the COVID-19 Surveillance and Testing Strategy Group is keen to see more Māori and Pasifika people in contract tracing positions.

Dr Rawiri Jansen, a south Auckland GP and co-leader of Māori pandemic response group Te Rōpu Whakakaupapa Uruta, says there are now a good number of Māori and Pasifika on the front line doing testing or greeting people at the door.

The next step is taking some of them off swabbing and put them in the call centre.......
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Changes to teaching needed to integrate Māori law into legal system
Systemic change in the legal studies curriculum at our universities would be an important step towards integrating Māori law into Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal system, research released this week says

Co-author and Otago Faculty of Law Professor Jacinta Ruru says the report outlines the value of recognising Māori law, founded on tikanga Māori, as a legitimate and continuing influence on the rights, obligations, rules and policy of the country’s legal system.

The report says while the country’s six law schools are increasingly cultivating a culturally sensitive approach to teaching Māori legal issues and supporting Māori law students, few are implementing the structural change needed for a “deliberate bijural, bilingual, bicultural approach”........
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Whānau benefiting from marae-based maternity care
Leith Porter-Samuels empowers pregnant Māori women and their whānau with childbirth and early-parenting skills using a unique kaupapa Māori model.

“And here at the whare is where we learn as Māori.”........
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Covid-19: The ‘choices’ Māori and Pasifika don’t have

Police use of force report: Māori seven times more likely than Pākehā to be on receiving end

Ministry of Health ToW and Social Policy (rotate wheel top right)

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Thursday August 27, 2020

Councillors to vote on giving iwi voting rights on Wellington City Council
Iwi members will have voting rights on Wellington City Council within a year if a proposal to include them in decision-making is approved by councillors on Wednesday.
Councillors Jill Day and Tamatha Paul have proposed that one member from each of Wellington’s two iwi – Te Āti Awa Taranaki Whānui and Ngāti Toa Rangatira – is appointed to the council’s committees from July.

The mana whenua representatives would be elected by their iwi, be paid, and have full voting rights on all committees except the full council.....
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Councillor turns back on waiata ahead of vote on iwi seats
Wellington City councillor Sean Rush has turned his back on a waiata during a heated council meeting on Wednesday over establishing iwi seats.

Rush took the action as eight councillors sung a short waiata after a move from councillor Jill Day to request a vote on establishing iwi seats on council committees......
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How the spectre of legal action loomed over an aborted plan to extend the Campbell Island marine sanctuary
The Government was threatened with court action to stop it extending a marine sanctuary around Campbell Island/Moutere Ihupuku, the most southerly of New Zealand's outlying islands.

Stuff revealed in June that the Government rejected advice to expand the sanctuary following pressure from the commercial fishing industry and Ngāi Tahu.

Now, documents released under the Official Information Act show how Ngāi Tahu reversed its initial support for the extension. Its representative, Sir Tipene O'Regan wrote the Government suggesting it should should consider the risk of “potentially challenging litigation” over any extension.......
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Kiwi Life

John Tamihere romanticising Maori crime

More checkpoint 'nonsense' deplored

Wednesday August 26, 2020

Tauranga City Council vote to establish Māori ward
Tauranga City Council has voted to establish a Māori ward in the city resulting in rapturous applause and an impromptu haka by those in attendance.
Independent Chairwoman of Te Rangapu Mana Whenua o Tauranga Moana, Matire Duncan, says establishing a Māori Ward will "strengthen Māori voice".

She says not having a Māori ward is "not in the spirit" of partnership as outlined by the Treaty of Waitangi........
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Hōkai Rangi 2019 - 2024
The Department of Corrections’ Māori name, Ara Poutama Aotearoa, was gifted to us after extensive consultation with Māori communities and iwi.

Hōkai Rangi represents a new strategic direction for Ara Poutama Aotearoa: one that builds on the good things that are already happening, learns from doing, and, most importantly, innovates to find new and alternative ways of doing things to achieve better outcomes with Māori and their whānau. This strategy will underpin transformative and intergenerational change for those in our care and their whānau......
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Defaced hoardings show power of moko
A Māori Party candidate says attacks on her election signs show how strong Māori women are seen as a threat to the established order.

She says it shows some people are intimated by wahine toa.

"I guess it's really interesting what is being perceived as a women's role in speaking out and I guess as wahine speaking out and calling out racism and calling for change and I guess threatening that particular type of individual who for a long time has probably been running Aotearoa," she says......
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Government invests $1.4m to plant native trees on Māori land near Waimarama
A government investment of $1.4m to plant 136,000 native seedlings on Māori land in Hawke's Bay is set to create 20 new jobs for the region.

The funding forms part of a $7.5m injection into four environmental projects across New Zealand, announced by Forestry Minister Shane Jones on Tuesday......
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National Hauora Coalition is committed to ensuring our health system meets it's Treaty obligations
As a Treaty partner, Māori should be at the table when decisions are made that affect us and affect Aotearoa. Māori continue to be at high risk from Covid-19 and its impacts, which makes this an even more pressing need. We request that the Government listen to Māori, honour the mana of Māori and demonstrate partnership in all of its Covid-19 decision-making going forward. There is an immediate opportunity for the Government to showcase this by ensuring that there is appropriate Māori representation in the border review and providing assurance that their advice will not be disregarded by the review leads......
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Tuesday August 25, 2020

Former Māori prison chief calls for change

In 1989, Kim Workman was the first Māori to be appointed operational head of New Zealand prisons but, today, the prison reformist believes the institutions should be abolished.

Workman, who affiliates to Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, says that under English rule the number of incarcerated Māori climbed steadily over the 20th century. He claims this was a result of socio-economic factors and systemic bias.

“What we want to see is a Maori-led, tikanga Māori process which is based on Māori thinking and, while it might be available for Pākehā it’s focused on Māori and Māori beliefs.”......
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Council inspectors unwelcome in Te Whanau a Apanui
Te Whānau ā Apanui is threatening to trespass Opotiki District Council staff from its land......
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New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine
Te Hiringa Hauora acknowledges the special relationship between iwi Māori and the Crown under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and is committed to recognise and respect the articles of Te Tiriti. Te Hiringa Hauora encourages and supports staff to learn and enjoy te reo, waiata and increase knowledge of te ao Māori......
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Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei distributes $1.5 million to 3000 people
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is distributing more than $1.5 million among its members, despite the impacts of Covid-19.

Three thousand members of the hapū, one of four sub-tribes that comprise the Ngāti Whātua iwi in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), have signed up for the annual distribution.

The three-year-old fund, Toi Tupu, was launched to provide a financial backstop for members and also to increase the level of financial knowledge, said Anahera Rawiri, spokesperson for the hapū’s commercial arm which funds the distribution.......
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New $68 million funding scheme open for grassroots youth sports projects
Where Kiwisport only focused on organised sport, Tū Manawa will also fund play and active recreation. It also has a distinct assessment process for Kaupapa Māori organisations.....
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Toy library funding to go towards te reo, sign language learning
The Taranaki Toy Library has received more than $2000 to go towards more te reo Māori and Sign Language education.
Gayle Palliser from the Taranaki Toy Library said in a statement the toys will also give them the opportunity to learn about Māori culture, and develop a sense of pride that comes with living in this culturally rich country.......
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Backlash over Māori Television's interview with Don Brash

Bicultural social work degree offers chance to make a difference

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