Saturday, September 19, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 13.09.20

Saturday September 19, 2020

Iwi stand in solidarity over allegations of institutional racism at Waikato University

Meanwhile, the university announced this week it had secured almost $27 million in funding from the MBIE Endeavour Fund for three projects with a predominantly Māori research focus:

• Tikanga in Technology: Indigenous approaches to transforming data ecosystems: $6m.

• Working to End Racial Oppression: $10m.

• Āmiomio Aotearoa – A circular economy for the wellbeing of New Zealand: $10.9m......
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Fonterra celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is a really important week for Fonterra says Director for Farm Source Richard Allen.

"We opened two new stores this year. One in Waverley / Te Weraroa and also one in Otorohanga and in both those stores we worked with the tangata whenua, with the local iwi to actually make sure that all the words in the store were bilingual ... and also making sure that we're really recognising those regional nuances with the tangata whenua."

Fonterra was "really proud" of its relationship with iwi across New Zealand and was looking to rolling out more bilingual Farm Source retail stores, Allen said.......
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Countdown celebrates Te Reo Māori year-round
Customers may have noticed more te reo Māori during their supermarket shop this week but can rest assured it won’t be disappearing on Rātapu.

Committed to increasing the use of te reo, Countdown has made some changes to the way it communicates with its customers and team for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori including in TV ads and across its online shopping platform, customer communications, and in-store radio.......
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Time coming for Ardern to show her hand

Ngāti Pōrou protest through University of Waikato after racism claims

Big pay gap for Māori and Pasifika at district health boards, new research shows

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Friday September 18, 2020

Hauraki-Waikato candidates quizzed on if Māori flag should always fly on public buildings
Two candidates hoping to represent the electorate of Hauraki-Waikato have been quizzed on whether the Māori flag should be consistently flown on public buildings.

"Often that is the case and has happened during Waitangi Day. Many councils are looking to do that voluntarily," Labour's Nanaia Mahuta responded.

Forbes pushed Mahuta on the question, but the incumbent electorate MP wouldn't commit. She said she supported the mana of hapu and iwi "to fly their flag". 

The Māori Party's Donna Pokere-Phillips was unequivocal when asked.

"Absolutely, and I would celebrate the day that that happens," she said.......
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Maori landowners get PGF help to fence streams
Māori land trusts and conservation groups are set to benefit from an $11 million investment by the Provincial Growth Fund into fencing and waterway projects.

Ngāti Awa Group Holdings in the Bay of Plenty will get $3.4 million

Tiroa E Trust in Waikato gets $900,000

Te Wiwi Nāti Trust, representing marae in Waiapu Valley, will get $2.5 million

Mawhera Incorporation will get $2.8 million.....
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Postcard campaign against New Plymouth councillors who were not in favour of a Māori ward
A flood of postcards could be en route to three of New Plymouth’s elected district council members – but they’re not of the typical variety detailing a loved one’s far-flung holiday.

Instead, the cards, three versions personally addressed to either mayor Neil Holdom, his deputy Richard Jordan, or councillor Murray Chong, are from citizens backing a Māori ward in the district.

Jordan and Chong were not aware of the postcards, and Chong added they were a “waste of paper”.

“What good are they going to be?” he asked.

Chong said he has a third of the 2874 signatures needed to force the binding poll. He has until February to the gather the full amount.....
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$1.4 million fund to upgrade two Ōtaki buildings set to bring in more than 50 jobs
As part of the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, the Māoriland Charitable Trust received $900,000 to upgrade its Māoriland Hub building and Kāpiti Coast District Council received $500,000 to refurbish the Ōtaki Civic Theatre.

The Māoriland Hub building is considered Ōtaki’s largest building and was purchased by the Māoriland Charitable Trust.

The trust was an independent Māori non-profit social enterprise mandated by Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki – the five sub-tribes of Ōtaki......
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Where Weta Workshop went (really) wrong with te reo Māori

Aotearoa/New Zealand's place name debate is a timely one

Passionate teacher can help te reo Maori come alive at a pre-school

Hauraki-Waikato candidates differ on removing controversial place names in New Zealand

Proposal part of history of curtailing Maori opportunity

Is it time to restore all of New Zealand's Māori place names?

Children learning te reo Māori need 'affirming community'

Growing number of Kiwis think Treaty of Waitangi should play greater role in legal system 

Thursday September 17, 2020

Peeni Henare, Marama Davidson, John Tamihere on Māori water ownership
The trio were initially asked how they would address Auckland's water shortage, with Tamihere turning the conversation towards water ownership. 

"I want to go straight to the issue of ownership. Never has our right, our native, customary title been extinguished to water," he said.

"If Māori had control of water, we wouldn't be running out of it. We're the greatest custodians." 

He continued to say that "we [Māori] own it" and he would be the only person out of the trio who would "stand here and say that".

Henare wouldn't explicitly say that Māori own water, instead he said they have "special interests" in it.

"We've made our position quite clear that Māori, without a shadow of a doubt, have special interests in the water. It is a very complicated scenario," he said.

Davidson said the Green Party has been clear that Māori "absolutely" have customary proprietary and kaitiaki rights to water.

"That, in effect, is actually ownership. And if that's a Pākeha way of understanding rights over water then that's what we have to be clear about as well," she said.......
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Revealed: Auckland Council spends $129 million in six years on duplicated iwi consultation, targeted Māori spending
A new briefing paper co-published by the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance and Democracy Action reveals that in just six years, Auckland Council spent at least $129 million on iwi consultation and targeted Māori spending.

In 2018/19 alone, the total spend was $30 million – more than double the $13 million spent in 2013/14.

This spending includes that of the Independent Māori Statutory Board, ‘Ngā Mātārae’, formerly ‘Te Waka Anga Mua ki Uta’, payments made by Auckland Council for consultation, payments made by Auckland Council Controlled Organisations, Long-term Plan allocations, and direct grants to iwi.......
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Govt to change rules so spending creates jobs for Māori, Pasifika and women
Government procurement rules are being changed so that the $42 billion spent each year results in more quality jobs for Māori, Pasifika, people with disabilities and women.

Every year, the government spends that amount procuring goods and services from third-party providers.

Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta said boosting the number of government contracts held by indigenous small-to-medium companies (SMEs) helped increase innovation, built greater economic resilience and created regional opportunities......
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New Zealand's celebrity royal albatross chick gets a lovely new name
A New Zealand toroa​ (royal albatross) that became an internet sensation now has a unique, Māori name.

DOC asked the public for help naming the chick and it is now called Atawhai, which means kindness......
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Defence Staff Boost Will Strengthen Teams Managing Isolation Facilities
Waikato’s three Managed Isolation Facilities will receive a boost of 57 New Zealand Defence Force personnel this week in a move welcomed by local community leaders.

Waikato-Tainui leaders will be joined tomorrow by local mayors in a powhiri for the new Defence staff at a Hamilton city centre marae.

Kiingi Tuheitia has granted his tautoko and support on that basis.....
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$12.5m Project To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Using ‘digital Twin’ Technology
University of Waikato School of Engineering Professor Michael Walmsley will lead a seven-year research programme to reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to $12.5m in funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The new platform’s name, Ahuora, combines two Māori words: ‘ahu’ meaning ‘to fashion’ and ‘ora’ meaning ‘healthy’, to represent sustainable industry; it was gifted by Associate Professor Te Taka Keegan of the University of Waikato.

The programme will incorporate a Māori worldview through research projects which analyse the inherent connections between Māori, resources, energy and kaitiakitanga (stewardship)......
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Māori Party wants Māori immersion schools to get equal funding to mainstream schools
The Māori Party wants Māori immersion schools to receive equal funding to mainstream schools and to give a quarter of the entire education budget to Māori models of care.

In its newly-released education policy, the Māori Party has called for an "overhaul" of the mainstream education system and for equitable funding for kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa and wharekura.......
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Suggested name change to Aotearoa

Te reo Māori in Marlborough? Blink and you'll miss it

Stop colonising the Māori language

Hearing Māori spoken at infancy key to better te reo pronunciation

Oranga Tamariki under scrutiny in Tāmaki Makaurau debate

Te reo Māori connects us to the place we call home

Should Christchurch be renamed Ōtautahi? 

Wednesday September 16, 2020

National and Labour won't commit to compulsory te reo Māori lessons
It might be Māori language week, but the major parties still won't commit to having every child learn te reo Māori. 

The two major party leaders acknowledged Te Wiki o te Reo Māori on Monday, but neither Prime Ministerial prospect will make it compulsory.

Labour is citing a lack of teachers. 

National says it will offer a second language in primary and intermediate schools but it’ll be up to schools to choose the language......
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New Money Lessons In Te Reo Help Māori Students Gain NCEA
Māori secondary students are now on their way to gain credits toward NCEA by learning about money thanks to a new collection of learning materials developed by Te Ara Ahunga Ora, the Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC).

Te whai hua - kia ora is a financial education programme specifically designed for Māori Medium Education, NZQA accredited and available free to all kura.......
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National's education policy: Charter schools, colonial approach to Māori disappoint
Those working in the education sector say the National Party's newly unveiled education policy leaves a lot to be desired.

President of Te Akatea New Zealand Māori Principals' Association Myles Ferris said while there are some good aspects in the policy it doesn't invest in Māori children.

"There's very, very little in it for Māori education that is of Māori, for Māori and by Māori. It looks like a very colonised policy that shows they think they know how to improve education for Māori but there's very little substance."

Ferris said even te reo Māori - one of the country's three official languages - will have to compete for funding under the second languages part of the policy.

He said the education system will continue to fail Māori until a "by Māori for Māori" approach is endorsed and funded by the government......
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Treaty of Waitangi: Ngāti Rangitihi votes in favour of Deed of Settlement
Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust (Te Mana) is a step closer to settling historical claims for breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi by the Crown.

Today the trust announced it had received Crown approval for the results of a vote by iwi members on the Ngāti Rangitihi Deed of Settlement.......
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John Tamihere concedes changing New Zealand to Aotearoa 'might not' happen by 2026 but 'our aspirations to achieve it will never stop'
John Tamihere believes changing New Zealand's name to Aotearoa will be part of a "never-ending" Māori political movement but concedes it might not happen in six years.

The Māori Party announced a policy on Monday saying it would rename New Zealand to Aotearoa by 2026 if elected.

"Now, it might not happen in six years - but the point is that our aspirations to achieve it will never stop - it will be a never-ending part of a Māori political movement.......
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Masterton District Council set to approve 'overdue' name change
The town's Mākoura Rd will boast its correct name if the district council approves the recommended changes at its meeting tomorrow.

The road has carried the Makora Rd name for decades, and the use of Makora, rather than the name used by tangata whenua for the area.

Documents see the error first used as far back as 1862, and the use was adopted by the then borough council.

The highway takes its name from the nearby Mākoura Stream......
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Far North councillor to speak only te reo Māori during meetings for Māori language month
Far North District Council (FNDC) will this month likely become the first council in New Zealand with a councillor participating solely in te reo Māori at a full council meeting.

Moko Tepania (Te Rarawa/Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa) will be speaking only te reo during council meeting deliberations.

"I'm going to challenge myself for Mahuru Māori [Māori language] month," Tepania said......
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Māori Language Week: Tauranga Primary School aims to normalise use of te reo
Every week is Māori Language Week at Tauranga Primary School - the entire school embraces te reo Māori in a bid to normalise the language.

"Our goal is to normalise the use of te reo so it becomes part of our everyday usage, not just by our students and teachers but also our admin staff and visitors......
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No change to voting system for Stratford's next two elections
While all councillors were in agreement on retaining the FPP electoral system over the Single Transferable Voting (STV) system, there was debate whether Māori representation should be reviewed in time for the 2022 election.

"There are multiple ways to ensure Māori have the opportunity to contribute and participate in the decision making process of council. This is what the legislation requires us to do.

Councillors voted in favour of not reviewing Māori representation for the next election, but rather to give it further consideration in preparation for a decision when the next review takes place.....
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Iwi feels betrayed over location of new KiwiRail freight centre
A Manawatū iwi feels it has been betrayed by KiwiRail over the site of Palmerston North’s new rail freight centre.

Ngāti Kauwhata is upset with the site of the new rail yards, which are to be built on the western side of Railway Rd between Palmerston North Airport and Bunnythorpe.

The iwi believes it had agreed for the site to be on the eastern side of Railway Rd by Roberts Line. But KiwiRail says it never agreed with the iwi to have the site on the eastern side........
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Te Wānanga o Raukawa secures $8 million in partial recognition of claim
Te Wānanga o Raukawa will receive $8 million from the government over three years as partial recognition of its Waitangi Tribunal claim.

The Ōtaki-based wānanga argued the government's Performance Based Research Fund, which allocates money to tertiary education providers for research, excluded Māori research.

It estimated it lost out on more than $10m it would have received under the old model, which the government later partially re-paid in a one-off grant.

He said the Crown had agreed that a further one-off contribution of $300,000 would be made toward costs Te Wānanga o Raukawa had incurred in working with the Crown to resolve its claim........
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Bilingual stickers encourage recycling and help promote te reo Māori
The words feature on a set of colourful bilingual stickers that are a key component of RecycleKiwi – a hugely successful community project aimed at schools.

Since CrestClean rolled out RecycleKiwi last year to mark Māori Language Week, thousands of bilingual stickers have been sent to schools around the country. They form part of an educational pack that gives guidance and advice on waste management and recycling......
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Support for Wellington to be called Te Whanganui-a-Tara following Māori Party's language policy announcement

Changing place names: what do we lose, but what do we gain?

Support for Wellington to be called Te Whanganui-a-Tara following Māori Party's language policy announcement

Don't just change your email sign-off: Embracing te ao Māori more than one week a year

Te reo Māori needs its advocates. But so does satire

More non-Maori, fewer Maori learning te reo in recent years at Te Wananga O Aotearoa

Marae of Murihiku: Te Rau Aroha Marae, famous for carvings but renowned for its people

Te Reo celebrated through language and culture every day at He Manu Hou 

Tuesday September 15, 2020

Māori Party wants NZ renamed Aotearoa, all cities to take Māori names by 2026
The policy announced sets out to ensure New Zealand's name is changed to Aotearoa and that all Pākeha place names, cities and towns will be replaced with their original Māori ingoa (name) by 2026. 

The Māori Party's policy for te reo Māori:
• Change New Zealand's name to Aotearoa by 2026.

• Replace all pākeha place names, cities and towns to their orignal Māori ingoa by 2026.

• Invest $50m into the establishment of a Māori Standards Authority; an independent statutory entity whose role will be to audit all public service departments against cultural competency standards, including the monitoring and auditing of lanugae plans.

• Establish Te Marama o te reo Māori.

• Double Te Mātāwai funding ($28m).

• Remunerate primary and secondary schools and kaiako based on their competency of te reo Māori.

• Ensure that te reo Māori and Māori history are core cirriculum subjects up to Year-10 at Secondary Schools.

• Invest $40M for early childhood to secondary school kaiako to develop their reo.

• Require all primary schools to incorpoate te reo Māori into 25% of their curriculum by 2026 and 50% by 2030.

• Invest $20m into the development of te reo Māori resources.

• Require all state funded broadcasters (workforce) across all mediums to have a basic fluency level of te reo Māori.......
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The power of a name - indigenous meaning or old country memories?
In the near future, Mt Taranaki will again be officially known by its pre-European title, Taranaki Maunga.

It will lose forever the name of Egmont, bestowed on it by Captain James Cook in honour of a British earl who never stepped foot in Aotearoa.

The park, which the maunga dominates, will also lose its connection to English aristocracy. Egmont National Park will soon be officially known as Te Papakura o Taranaki......
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Addressing equity for Māori
But I'm solution-based so we need to explore innovative and creative ways to achieve equity without going into too much handwringing and teeth grinding. So here are just a couple of ideas I'd like to raise to test any reaction.

1. Paying for funeral services for kaumātua over the age of 55

2. Investing in kaumātua-oriented housing developments......
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Ngāti Whātua Reinforce Sending A Clear Message To The Crown: Ko Hōhā Katoa – We’re Fed Up.
Ngāti Whātua is calling out the crown and Oranga Tamariki for an outdated well overdue system and hierarchy overhaul, as their legislative obligation to care and support those within their systems continues to fail our kids miserably.

Certainly, Oranga Tamariki needs to acknowledge and respect the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, with a view to improve the outcomes for Māori and whānau who engage with state care. This will enable Māori governance on the delivery of every level of state care service from planning, to delivery, to evaluation and to any future review......
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Auckland Museum And Ngāti Kuri Receive $13.3m Iwi-led Collaborative Research Grant
Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum and Ngāti Kuri have been successful in establishing a joint research programme focused on Rangitāhua / Kermadec Islands. The programme has received $13.3M in research funding from Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment’s Endeavour Fund for a five-year period.......
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Naming rights up for grabs in Hawke's Bay in recognition of pre-European history
Some of Hawke's Bay's most prominent place names could face challenges in the next few years and decades as steps are taken to better recognise pre-European history of the region.

The likelihood is signalled in the launch of the Hastings District Council's Heretaunga Ararau Te Reo Māori Action Plan, which mayor Sandra Hazlehurst says "will help us to celebrate te reo Māori, along with the wider community".

"This plan has an ambitious goal for Hastings to be a te reo Māori city by 2040 and its implementation will be guided by a Memorandum of Understanding with Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated," she said in a prepared statement.......
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Movements To Promote Taitamariki As Kaitiaki In Aotearoa
Community groups and environmental organisations are guiding and equipping rangatahi to be protectors of the environment, with an intention to blend mātauranga Māori and Western science.

Recent findings of a study, led by Dr Tara McAllister, of centre of research excellence Te Pūnaha Matatini, revealed Māori and Pacific scientists are under-represented in New Zealand science......
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Government must walk the talk on commitment to te reo Māori
The Green Party is urging the Government to act on its commitment to te reo Māori, by making it a core subject up to year 10, and including te reo courses in the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships scheme.

“If the Government is serious about its commitment to integrate te reo Māori into schools by 2025, it must make it a core curriculum subject, and properly resource it......
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Voters sought to fill electoral rolls
There has been a surge of young Māori voters coming on to the electoral roll.

She says younger voters are becoming more engaged, with the percentage of voters aged 18 to 29 increasing from 67 percent to 72 percent since the start of July.

Māori account for about one in five eligible young voters.

The entire roll has increased by 77,000 people over the past nine weeks, and now includes 89 percent of the eligible population.......
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Māori Language Week
Invercargill City Council is celebrating Māori Language Week 2020 with handy phrases everyone can use in some of our City’s wonderful locations.

During Te Wiki o te Reo Māori you will see and hear from some of our friendly staff at Queens Park, Splash Palace, the Library, and a stunning appearance from He Waka Tuia......
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Canterbury's Māori place names reveal history, myths and battle stories

Te Reo Māori has role to play in overcoming Covid-19 challenges

New Marlborough principal to lead by example with 'bite-sized' te reo

Anne Salmond: Knowledge is a blessing on your mind

Monday September 14, 2020

Internet service provider Slingshot is recruiting new support staff for Maori Language Week - which begins tomorrow
It's wanting to hire people so customer support can be offered in Te Reo Maori. 

The company has also translated its website and key help articles into Maori this week, as part of a broader drive to incorporate Te Reo into its business.

Slingshot chief executive Taryn Hamilton says Maori is one of three official languages of New Zealand, and it makes sense that customers should be able to speak to help staff in Te Reo if they choose to. 

The fluent Te Reo technical representatives will offer support by phone and email by the end of November......
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'We've been kind to racists for far too long': Khylee Quince

Rue-Jade Morgan's Māori culture carried him out of a childhood surrounded by gangs to a life of helping others

I’m worried distance learning will harm Māori cultural etiquette and understanding

Embracing Māori culture pivotal in creating Central Pulse netball juggernaut

The fourth estate needs to be aware of how it supports inequity

Teacher on spreading a love of te reo Māori

Māori businesses innovating to meet the challenges of Covid

Hopes New Zealanders continue to speak Maori every day - so it becomes normalised in society

The Road Ahead: Tūhoe on colonisation - 'we're all still in it' 

 Sunday September 13, 2020

Why they want to bin the Resource Management Act and how that is a big deal
Māori may get full Treaty recognition under the legislation this time around – something that would have to trigger a hard conversation about who owns freshwater in New Zealand first. 

For example, Māori have to be at the centre of the new resource management system, Salmon says.

“And yet the Crown still has to reach settlement with Māori over who owns water.” ..... 
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Māori Party proposes new independent child agency, says Oranga Tamariki staff 'do not care' about Māori babies
The Māori Party wants to take Māori children out of Oranga Tamariki's care, saying staff "either do not understand or do not care" about Māori.

Instead it's proposing a Mokopuna Māori Entity, "which will be responsible for the care of all mokopuna Māori in Aotearoa".......
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National Library in middle of first major cull of international books
"Libraries continue to grow and we are collecting New Zealand, Pacific and Māori material. That's our core role, and we add to that collection between 80,000-100,000 items a year."

"The biggest gaps in terms of access to online material, is New Zealand Māori and Pacific material - as the National Library, we want to focus on that.".....
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Call for Systemic Change to Legal Education
This week, Māori law academics across six law schools released a report calling for a new vision for how we construct, know and teach law in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This report Inspiring National Indigenous Legal Education for Aotearoa New Zealand’s Bachelor of Laws Degree calls for a legal profession that is trained to work in a bijural, bicultural and bilingual Aotearoa New Zealand legal system.

NPM Co-Director Professor Jacinta Ruru, and lead author of the Report, explains that to truly recognise Māori law as the first laws of this country, systemic structural change is required throughout society, including in how we teach law at Universities......
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A quote that should give us all pause for thought

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