Saturday, September 5, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 30.08.20

Saturday September 5, 2020

Independent review to investigate claims of racism at University of Waikato
The University of Waikato is commissioning an independent review following claims from prominent academics alleging casual and structural racism at the institution - despite it earlier rejecting the allegations.

The allegations included Māori expertise being ignored, tokenism, lower pay for Māori staff and no meaningful commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.

However, after a meeting on Tuesday 1 September and on the recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori, the Council of the University of Waikato unanimously agreed on the independent review. 

It will be led by Sir Wira Gardiner and former minister of education and former National MP, Hekia Parata......

The independent review will also look into its obligations to the Treaty of Waitangi.......
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No credit in racist education system
A Māori education consultant says the latest COVID-19 lockdown has brought inequities in the school system into sharp focus.

"Our Ministry of Education and in particular our Minister need to be thinking more flexibly about how our young people in high school get their credits. It just really raised the inequities in our system and let's say the racism that exists in Aotearoa for people of colour, Māori and Pasifika," Mr Cormick says......
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Jamie-Lee Tuuta and Dr Carwyn Jones appointed co-presidents of the Māori Law Society
Jamie-Lee Tuuta and Dr Carwyn Jones have been appointed co-presidents of the executive at Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, the Māori Law Society.......
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Council retains FPP voting system, no Māori ward
There will be no change in the short-term to the way voters choose elected representatives in the local body elections and nor will a separate Māori ward be established in this district.

The Local Electoral Act sets out the process for determining the number of members to be elected to councils and community boards, selected from general and Māori wards. In the Queenstown Lakes District that is currently 10 elected to council (plus a mayor) and four to community board.

This calculation is population based and, Jane said, the size of the Māori electoral roll in this district does not yet qualify for a Māori ward, but clearly the position could change with future population increases.......
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Tikanga course for former criminals gets almost $1m in Government funding
A Tikanga Māori Rehabilitation programme for former criminals based in Rotorua is set to get a nearly $1 million funding boost.

It was part of a Provincial Growth Fund announcement today to reduce the damage methamphetamine use is causing in regional New Zealand.

"Today, I am announcing $6.7m will go to nine programmes around the country to address the terrible toll meth is taking on people in the regions, their families and whānau, and communities," Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said.

Tikanga Aroro Charitable Trust will receive $976,000 to run Puwhakamua, which provides a Tikanga Māori Rehabilitation programme for people who have either previously been imprisoned or are deemed to be at high risk of offending......
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Yes, you can win IPONZ approval for your branding but it’s back to the drawing board if some Māori mount an offensive against you

Racism within New Zealand health system - 'It's killing our people'

Cannabis referendum: Would legalisation change the 'race-based' targeting of Māori? 

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Friday September 4, 2020

Academics demand racism within University of Waikato be dealt with 
Allegations of casual and structural racism within the University of Waikato have been met with resounding silence from the university's leaders, Professor of Indigenous Education Linda Tuhiwai Smith says. 

She is one of six academics who have written a 13-page letter to the Ministry of Education alerting it of their concerns, and demanding that racism within the university be dealt with.

The allegations include Māori expertise being ignored, tokenism, lower pay for Māori staff and no meaningful commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi...... 
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A saucy rebrand brings te reo Māori to Kiwi fridges and dinner tables
A Canterbury restaurateur has launched his own te reo Māori-branded tomato sauce after boycotting another for “bastardising” the language.

Fush owner Anton Matthews has teamed up with Barkers to produce Kīnaki Tomato after removing Watties from his Christchurch restaurant because the company poked fun at Māori place names in an advertising campaign.

Matthews, who has become well-known for championing the country’s indigenous language, is proud to have te reo Māori on sauces displayed on his tables.......
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Māori voices help shape legal evolution
Along with fellow academics he is also looking at how legal education can change to reflect the fact all lawyers will need to engage with tikanga Māori and work in te ao Māori to some extent.......
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Funding promised for Māori sport
Ikaroa-Rāwhiti candidate Heather TeAu-Skipworth says the Māori Party will invest millions of dollars in Māori sport if it is in a position to do so after next month's election.

It would establish and fund a national Māori sporting body, targeting Māori sporting codes and sports with high Māori participation;

"We want them to stay in their homeland and represent their country as tangata whenua of this country under the banner of Aotearoa Māori........
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Resource Management: Partnership with Iwi Governance
Recent developments in Taupō have shown how governance functions might be shared between the Crown and Māori governance entities under the provisions of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). Section 33 of the RMA provides that a local authority may transfer one or more of its RMA functions to other public authorities, including iwi authorities, and it is under this section that the Waikato Regional Council and Ngāti Tūwharetoa are working together.

This recognises and formalises the longstanding role of Ngāti Tūwharetoa as the kaitiaki of the whenua and waters of Lake Taupō. Further, this relationship sets a precedent for the ways that Crown entities can share stewardship of the land with Māori governance bodies and in continuing discussions as to what indigenous governance can look like.......
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The value of Tikanga Māori in the workplace
"We want to educate and support our members as they expand their knowledge of tikanga, kawa (protocols and customs) and [Māori] cultural values," says Whitcombe.

Workplace diversity is an important component, but so too is understanding tikanga - the principles and protocols of how Māori do business......
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Why we must decolonise mental health 

Thursday September 3, 2020

Partnership with hapū recognised with major Bay of Plenty project name change
One of the Bay of Plenty's most significant infrastructure projects has been renamed.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and the hapū treaty partners have formally renamed the two State Highway 2 New Zealand Upgrade Programme projects to Takitimu North Link.

Waka Kotahi general manager transport services Brett Gliddon said the renaming of the Tauranga Northern Link and Ōmokoroa to Te Puna projects was a significant step to acknowledge the area's cultural heritage and connect all who have mana whenua along the corridor.

"This name change represents a strengthening of our hapū relationship. Understanding the history of the land our state highways travel through is a significant part of any project and by working closely with our hapū partners we are recognising this......
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Taranaki DHB offering to give people a seat at the table
Taranaki District Health Board is giving people a chance to have a seat at the table and learn about health governance.

The programme runs for 12 months and successful candidates are eligible for $250 per meeting.

Crowley said one of the positions was to be filled by someone Māori and the other to be filled by someone Pasifika or someone with a disability.......
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Supreme Court allows Peter Ellis appeal to continue

The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by Peter Ellis against charges of sexual offending to continue after his death.

His counsel, Natalie Coates, argued in the Supreme Court in June that both Māori and Pākehā have mana in death and if the appellant was successful, this would have an impact on his mana and that of his whānau.
The Supreme Court is not providing the reasons for granting the continuation until Ellis's appeal is heard.

She said tikanga Māori was a "thread" of law that should be drawn upon by the courts where relevant.

She was "optimistic" that when the Supreme Court's reasons for the decision were finally released, those the tikanga arguments would be part of the basis for granting the appeal.......
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Police facial recognition discrimination against Māori a matter of time - expert
It is only a matter of time before a Māori person is wrongfully arrested because of a false match on facial recognition software, a Māori technology expert says.

Taiuru said police should have consulted with iwi and Māori technology experts before deciding to proceed with the upgrade.......
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Cracks in KCDC iwi consultation processes have become a chasm

Newstalk ZB's Marcus Lush's brilliant takedown of caller over Māori albatross names

Meng Foon: 'My prayer is NZers will see each other as humans' - Racist stereotypes on the rise in the age of Covid-19

Wednesday September 2, 2020

CHB District Council adopts Māori Engagement Strategy
Central Hawke's Bay District Council last week adopted its first Māori Engagement Strategy - Tūhono mai Tūhono atū.
The strategy was adopted at Central Hawke's Bay District Council's Strategy and Wellbeing Committee Meeting last week, and provides a framework for council and tangata whenua aspirations for Māori cultural development, with a particularly strong focus on recognising how culture connects and strengthens communities, instils a sense of pride and identity and improves individual and community health and wellbeing.

"Māori cultural development is a priority area for Central Hawke's Bay District Council - Te Kaunihera ā-rohe o Tamatea," says Kelly Annand, deputy mayor and chairwoman of the Strategy and Wellbeing Committee.......
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Vegetables more important than iwi values
Muaūpoko Tribal Authority says a decision to exempt Punahau/ Lake Horowhenua from national limits for nitrate toxicity and cyanobacteria flies in the face of a Waitangi Tribunal report affirming the iwi’s ownership and kaitiakitanga of the awa.

The lake and the other watercourses in the Muaūpoko rohe around Levin were exempted because of the importance of the market gardens in the area supplying vegetables to Wellington.......
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Road to Ruapekapeka a lesson in history
The site of the last battle of the Northern War and a world-beating example of Māori engineering will be made more accessible with a $8 million investment from the Provincial Growth Fund.

Much of the money will go into upgrading the roads south of the Bay of Islands which lead to Ruapekapeka or the Bat’s Nest......
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Northland charity thief Toddy Shepherd released on parole
A Kaitaia woman who stole more than $100,000 from a national disability support charity has been granted parole.

Sentencing Judge Deidre Orchard rejected Shepherd's claims the offending was motivated by tikanga Māori and a desire to care for others, saying she was motivated by "nothing more complicated than greed''.......
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Quota limits raise Māori med school challenge
The University of Otago is considering a limit on the number of students who can come in on its Māori and Pasifika admission schemes.

University of Auckland senior lecturer Dr Rhys Jones says such schemes recognise New Zealand's education system systematically privileges Pākehā, which creates a problem when a diverse workforce is needed to serve the wider community.

He says the alternative could be a kaupapa Māori medical school.

"I think that's a big ask and it's potentially creating another layer we may not actually need but it's something I think we need to keep considering and keep thinking about how we do this in a much more sovereign way than being part of a Pākehā dominated institution," Dr Jones says........
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Benefits flow from Waingake revegetation partnership project - council
Last Thursday Council, Maraetaha Inc and Ngati Manuhiri conducted a blessing and tree planting ceremony at Waingake, marking the formal symbolic start of work at a major revegetation and restoration project.

Council’s iwi partners supported the ceremony in large numbers, and kaikorero Parekura Brown of Ngai Tamanuhiri led the karakia whaka mauri, blessing the site before planting began.

"We placed mauri stones and recited karakia at last week’s event, which symbolically cemented our commitment, relationships and aroha in this kaupapa," said Jody Toroa of Ngati Manuhiri.

"We’ve worked together with Te Kaunihera (Council) to get this far, and this bodes extremely well for a new partnership between Ngati Manuhiri and Council.".....
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Kaumātua repeatedly criticises Taranaki regional councillors at meeting over previous decision on Māori seat
Regional councillors sat in silence as a kaumātua repeatedly criticised them for deciding not to consider a Māori seat for at least three years.

Moeahu, a Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) iwi representative, brought up the issue of Māori and iwi inclusion on more than half of the agenda items.

Moeahu raised his voice on many occasions, expressing he was “disappointed” the majority of the councillors had voted last month against moving towards establishing a Māori seat.........
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Two inquiries find unfair treatment and healthcare for Māori: This is how we fix it

John Tamihere hits back after Don Brash said he wants Māori Party to 'die'

Tuesday September 1, 2020

Wellington councillor publicly apologises for turning his back on waiata
Wellington City Councillor Sean Rush is seeking Te Tiriti o Waitangi training and has publicly apologised after turning his back on a waiata.
Rush has previously apologised to his colleagues for the incident, saying he meant no disrespect and didn't actually realise they were singing a waiata.

It happened at a full council meeting on Wednesday when a number of his colleagues stood to sing a waiata in support of an amendment to give mana whenua voting rights and remuneration on council committees......
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Research finds Māori Youth under-qualified and under-paid: 'We have to keep kids at school' - Kelvin Davis
The study He Awa Ara Rau tracked 76 thousand young Māori between 15 and 25 years of age. It found that rather than improving their future earnings, low level courses are leaving Māori students in debt and with poor economic outcomes.

"We've got to look at why they actually end up there in the first place and there are systemic things. It's not just the education system we need to look - at it's the social system.".....
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Canterbury's Greenpark Huts residents vow to fight after iwi tells them to demolish homes and move
The community is rallying to see what they can do to stop it.

"We'll fight it, we're going to fight it," Mullally says.

"Whether we'll achieve anything I don't know but we're not going to lay down and let them walk all over us.".......
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Celebrations to Honour Māori Graduates 2020
The Office of the Deputy-Vice Chancellor Māori, Massey University warmly invites you to attend the Hui Whakahōnore Pōtaetanga Ākonga Māori 2020, Celebrations to Honour Māori Graduates 2020.

As you will be aware, due to COVID-19 we were unable to honour our graduates in our usual way in April and May but thankfully we are once again able to continue the tradition of our Māori celebrations now.......
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Māori and Pasifika voices to be front and centre in international climate change talks
Māori and Pasifika voices will be at the heart of major international climate change negotiations next year after the United Kingdom promised to ensure the “moral authority” of indigenous people is heard.

“We’re very focused on engaging with Māori business and understanding where we can find benefits in terms of the free trade agreement for both the UK and New Zealand, particularly thinking about the Māori economy and Māori small and medium-size enterprises,” British High Commissioner Laura Clarke told Stuff on a recent visit to Christchurch......
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East Cape whānau develop affordable housing solution
New relocatable cabins will help move Raukokore whānau into kāinga and connect them to their ancestral whenua, says Associate Minister of Housing (Māori), Nanaia Mahuta.

Hei Kāinga mo Maru is complemented by $17.3 million funding received through the Provincial Growth Fund for economic growth and employment opportunities in the area, enabling more whānau to move back to Raukokore and warm, safe homes.....
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Don Brash 'dead keen' for Māori Party to 'die'

It's time for a Māori ward in New Plymouth

'Ngāti Toa will take its land back and bring its people home', iwi CEO says 

Sunday August 30, 2020

Ngāi Tahu orders removal of historic lakeside baches near Christchurch
Landowner Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has told the owners of 32 baches and homes it will not renew their land leases when they expire on June 30, 2024.
All buildings and belongings will need to be removed, at the expense of the hut owners, with no compensation offered by the iwi.

The first huts were erected in the early 1900s and Ngāi Tahu gained ownership of the land in 1998 as part of its Treaty of Waitangi settlement......
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Māori academics allege structural racism within Waikato University, seek to lay Treaty claim
A group of Māori academics are on the brink of laying a Treaty claim against Waikato University after alleging a series of breaches they say is caused by structural racism in the institution.

Six academics, who have sought the protection of a whistleblowers Act (the Protected Disclosures Act), penned a 13-page letter to the Ministry of Education alerting them of the issues.

The letter alleged “structural and ‘casual racism’” within the university.

Other allegations also included lower pay for Māori staff, the constructive dismissal of talent across the university and no indigenous advancement plan.

The university refuted all allegations.......
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Corporate funding could unleash Maori schools
A UNICEF New Zealand executive believes iwi could work with large businesses to improve Māori education outcomes.

She says the government has failed Māori by underfunding education, housing and health, and it may be time for them to look elsewhere for help......
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Waikato River Authority Welcomes Auckland’s Commitment To The River
The Waikato River Authority says it will welcome the signing of an agreement which helps Auckland through its water crisis by accessing additional water from the Waikato River.

The agreement, known as He Paiheretanga o Ngaa Wai o Waikato, has restated Auckland’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of the river. Auckland City Council and Watercare have also said they will be establishing a river restoration trust which will include representation iwi and the Waikato River Authority.......
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Political agenda endangers lives

An endless cycle of despair

Tipping the scale with Māori seats is only patronising and divisive 

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