Saturday, September 26, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 20.09.20

Saturday September 26, 2020 

Peters says no to 'dangerous settlement' of Ihumātao

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has used a speech at Orewa to call protesters objecting to a housing development at Ihumātao "malcontents who got so much unjustified publicity, sticking mainly in the throat of traditional Māori".

He says his party said no to Labour "three times" during the search for a solution to the situation at Ihumātao, and refused a request from its coalition partner to invoke the "agree to disagree" clause.

Peters says Labour will do a deal over Ihumātao if elected - and that deal would cause a "domino effect".

"If you don't want a new wave of claims on previously settled Treaty [of Waitangi] claims, it's in your hands... If the Crown weakens its resolve after the election you just watch the flood of action on previously settled Treaty claims.......
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Housing waitlist jumps by 74 percent in Far North
Whānau are being forced to stay up to a year in emergency housing because there's nowhere for them to go, a housing charity in the Far North has said.

The social housing waitlist has ballooned in the region, jumping by 74 percent in the last year to 823 people......
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Waikato University staff lead project on racial oppression
Researchers at the University of Waikato are leading a new project that will investigate racial oppression and inequality in Aotearoa and the world.

The research will examine costs or impacts of racism at an individual and community level, how these inequities are created - and perpetuated - and what responses the government and other institutions can use to challenge racism.

The $10m grant from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is for the length of the five-year project......
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Maori wards debate set to draw a crowd
The Tauranga City Council this year agreed to establish a Maori ward for the 2022 local government elections. The decision was welcomed by local iwi but decried by some – one of them being serving councillor Andrew Hollis, who voted against the move.

‘The Great Debate’ will see a prominent speaker for each side of the Maori-seats-in-local-government argument face-off at the Greerton RSA at 6pm on October 4.

Interestingly, both are called Andrew, and neither of them is Maori.....
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Massey secures grant to support Māori into STEM
Massey University’s Pūhoro STEM Academy has received an investment of $975,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to support rangatahi Māori to enter study and careers in the science, technology, engineering and maths sectors.

Director Naomi Manu says it is one of the largest grants they have ever received........
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Path to macrons in council's te reo names about to get easier
A Waikato council is hoping for an easy way to adopt the correct Māori orthographic conventions for the word Waipā.

Waipā District Council had wanted to use a macron above the letter “a” in Waipā, to be culturally and legally correct.

Waipā Mayor Jim Mylchreest sought support from councils to lobby the Government for a simplified process to add macrons to council names......
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Most Kiwis support a public holiday during Matariki – 1 NEWS poll
Of those polled, 69% were in support of making Matariki a public holiday from 2022, 23% were opposed and 8% either did not know or refused to answer.

The groups of people who were more likely than average to support making Matariki a public holiday were women aged between 18-54, Green and Labour supporters, Asian New Zealanders and men aged between 18-34 and Māori.

The groups of people who were more likely than average to not support making Matariki a public holiday were ACT and National supporters, people aged 70 and older and New Zealand Europeans.....
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Tribunal rebuffs Crown over Hastings uplift, video
Crown lawyers have failed in a bid to stop the Waitangi Tribunal considering details of the Hastings baby uplift case - and to block the Newsroom video that thrust it into national consciousness being placed on the official record.

The tribunal is holding an urgent hearing into Oranga Tamariki's removal of Māori children from their families. This is the fifth official inquiry following Newsroom's publication in June 2019 of the video of social workers backed by police officers in an abortive attempt to remove a week-old boy from his mother's arms in Hawke's Bay Hospital......
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Waikato Uni racism claims 'incorrect', sparked by spending probe - report
But the report found that while the institution is structurally discriminatory against Māori due to its western university tradition, claims made by the academics about the organisation and its vice chancellor in a protected disclosure were “incorrect, inaccurate, or a matter of perception or opinion”.

The report acknowledged that there is structural, systemic and casual discrimination at the university, and gave the recommendations that this should be improved.

“The structures and systems must be redesigned to give authentic voice and practice to Te Tiriti o Waitangi The treaty of Waitangi, its principles of partnership, participation and protection......
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No Māori seat for GWRC in 2022
There will be no specific Māori constituency seat at Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) table after the board chose to retain the status quo for the 2022 elections.

Councillors voted in favour of retaining its current structure at a meeting in the capital on Thursday 24 September.

During the debate, it was noted four of the region's six iwi authorities had formally advised GWRC that they do not wish to have a Māori constituency established for 2022......
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A Cultural Takeover – by Dr Muriel Newman.

Te Reo Risks

Why it appears Kiwis won't stand for Māori wards

Finding racism is easy, tackling it takes more effort 

Friday September 25, 2020

Leaders' debate absent of Māori issues, Ardern and Collins forced to explain 
Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins have been forced to front-up and explain why not a single mention of Māori interests, issues or rights was made during the leaders debate last night.

National's Judith Collins said it was the facilitators job to decide which subjects would be discussed.

When asked what she could offer the Māori vote, she said her party's focus was on jobs. 

Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern agreed that during debates, leaders often only spoke to the subject matter that was brought before them.

But she said she would be happy to talk more about Labour's efforts to improve Māori outcomes in future debates.

New Zealand Politics Lecturer, Dr Lara Greaves, said she hoped the next debate would cover a range of important topics which were missed last night.

"It would be really cool if someone actually just even mentioned Māori as treaty partners because in that debate we had no mention of Māori or Māori policy, or anything along those lines," she said......
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Kapiti residents band together in effort to save airport
“The Crown should have to answer for that, in every step of the way. The Crown has the responsibility for the situation we find ourselves in,” Puketapu Hapū representative Takiri Coterrill said.

The iwi has a claim going through the Waitangi Tribunal and 1 NEWS understands if the land is returned, there are plans for a marae and a college to be added alongside the airport.....
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Anti-Māori representation dominates discussions at New Plymouth New Conservative event
Māori representation dominated a New Conservative meeting in New Plymouth, with speakers arguing against the idea and circulating petitions to stop such a move in the district.

Guest speaker Casey Costello, of Hobson’s Pledge, told an audience of about 30 that she wanted unity, and everyone to have their say, but didn’t believe Māori representation in central and local government was the way to do that.

“We want what’s best for all New Zealanders.”........
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Neighbours see red over Maori flag
A new kura kaupapa in Kaitaia is under pressure from its landlord to take down its flag.

Kaiako Wikatana Popata says Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tūtūtarakihi opened at the Wireless Road property two weeks ago, but now the landlord claims neighbours want the tino rangatiratanga flag down.......
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Onus on councils to fight for Maori voice
A top of the South Island Māori leader says Māori representation on the region’s local bodies falls well short of what is needed.

Nelson City Council yesterday voted against establishing a Māori ward because of likely public opposition.

But they are still not at the local government table, and he has told the region’s mayors it is their responsibility to address that......
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Traditional Māori medicine helps kauri health, long-term monitoring shows
Trees impacted by kauri dieback disease are showing signs of recovery thanks to traditional Māori medicine.

Rongoā Māori practitioner Tohe Ashby has been using mātauranga Māori (traditional knowledge) on Northland kauri for 18 months.

Monthly monitoring shows the treated trees have less leakage on their trunks and improved bark growth – positive signs for the kauri tree, one of the most endangered plants on the planet......
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NorthTec to run unique Māori Enterprise course in Northland
NorthTec is introducing a unique new business programme in Māori Enterprise, following significant consultation with hapū, iwi and Te Tai Tokerau communities.

Murupaenga-Ikenn said the Māori Enterprise major is being introduced at a time when the value of indigenous peoples' traditional knowledge is receiving wide recognition.

"Normalising a more 'Māori' business mindset among students will help amplify the already considerable pioneering efforts of whānau, hapū, iwi and businesses in Te Tai Tokerau and beyond.".....
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Maori population increasing 3.4 percent a year
Statistics NZ’s latest estimate is New Zealand’s resident population reached 5,084,300 at 30 June 2020.

The latest estimate of the Māori population was June 2019, when it was 833,500, after being recalculated to correct an under-count in the 2013 census.

The Māori rate of resident population increase was 3.4 percent a year for the five years to 2018, compared to 0.8 percent for Pākehā and 7.3 percent a year for the Asian population, which is 2018 stood at about 770,000 people........
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Wednesday September 23, 2020

Nelson Māori Ward unworkable under 'discriminatory' legislation, say councillors
Nelson is unlikely to have a Māori ward for the 2022 election, with the council citing “discriminatory laws” as a reason not to initiate the move. 

At a Nelson City Council meeting on Tuesday, councillors approved a recommendation to not introduce a Māori ward. However, they also supported seeking an amendment to current legislation “to ensure the legal requirements to establish a Māori ward are the same as a general ward”.

The recommendation included a clause for Mayor Rachel Reese to write to Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Department of Internal Affairs chief executive Paul James, asking for a change to the 2001 Local Electoral Act. 

Under the current rules, any decision to set up a Māori ward can trigger a public ballot if it is demanded by at least five per cent of electors.....
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Push to use Levin's Māori name stalled two years on
A push to use Levin’s Māori name Taitoko seems stalled and the councillor who backed the move says she’s surprised at the negative reaction to the idea.

Kaye-Simmons said the push to use Taitoko would need to be fronted by iwi and the community.

“There is no reason why we can’t have two signs on the road, and use macrons.”......
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Civil Defence learns to embrace Maori
COVID-19 has caused a rethink in Civil Defence that puts Māori and other minority communities in the spotlight.

Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare says when he picked up the portfolio last year there was a strong relationship with Ngāi Tahu in the South Island because of past earthquake and flood responses, but only ad hoc arrangements with Māori groups in the North Island......
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Minor parties push for tangata whenua freshwater ownership
Some of the minor parties have united to break the stalemate over who owns freshwater, which they all agree is tangata whenua.

It's the political hot potato that neither Labour nor National want to touch, with both major parties taking the position that no-one owns water.

But The Opportunities Party (TOP) and Māori Party formed a united front on the issue at a TOP-led event in Wellington on Tuesday night, where they discussed Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations and freshwater rights......
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Hauraki's first Māori councillor on hard work and the importance of karakia 

Tuesday September 22, 2020

Stratford council to start conversations with iwi after delaying Māori representation decision
A Taranaki mayor says his council will soon start conversations with iwi after elected members voted to delay the decision over having Māori representation around the table. 

At the Stratford District Council’s latest policy and services committee meeting, councillors made the unanimous call to hold off before voting on Māori representation.

“You can do it now or choose not to do it now,” Volzke said. “The decision was not to do it now....... 
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Nelson Māori Ward not recommended to council due to expected public opposition
The anticipation of a public backlash has resulted in the Nelson City Council being advised against setting up a Māori Ward for the upcoming 2022 and 2025 local government elections.

The report stated while Māori representation (mainly through externally appointed committee members) was fully supported, the establishment of Māori Wards was not supported by iwi.

According to the report, iwi did not wish to repeat the experience of 2011, where there was strong opposition to setting up a Māori Ward from public forum speakers, media commentary and voting in the poll.

Instead, iwi recommended council increase Māori participation in the decision-making process through other mechanisms......
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Protectors of Ihumātao receive supreme award at Matariki Awards
The group at the centre of the fight for Ihumātao has won big at the 2020 Matariki Awards.

S.O.U.L (Save Our Unique Landscape)- Te Hapori o te Ihu o Mataaho received the Supreme Award from a range of finalists that who have each made a contribution to New Zealand.

Other recipients included Sir Tipene O’Regan and Lady Tureiti Moxon......
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Ngāi Tahu on a journey to become more visible on its whenua
Ngāi Tahu is re-claiming its identity and reo in Ōtautahi after the Canterbury earthquakes.

"There's an opportunity now with rebuilds of buildings or new builds to actually put our stories in the building on the outside of the building and to retell and re indigenise the landscape," said Te Aika......
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Recognising inherently cultural nature of maths key to improved Māori and Pāsifika outcomes
What happens when you introduce Māori and Pāsifika peoples’ rich history of mathematics into the curriculum? (Subscriber Content only)
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Aotearoa: What’s in a name?

Racial privilege at Otago University

There is no shame in not being able to speak te reo Māori

Sunday September 20, 2020

Auckland Museum translates online war records into te reo Māori
An online military database has been translated into te reo to honour Māori servicemen and women. 

Auckland War Memorial Museum has introduced the changes to the user interfaces of its online cenotaph and collections in time for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week

The initiative was funded by a $15,000 grant from InternetNZ, a lobby group that aims to support digital inclusion..... 
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PGF makes Māori history more accessible
One of the most significant battle sites of the 1860s Land Wars will receive $2.96 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to improve the site and help tell the New Zealand story to visitors, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced.

Nanaia Mahuta said the site, at Rangiriri Pā in northern Waikato, played an important role in shaping New Zealand’s history.

“Rangiriri Pā is where the battle which sparked the Waikato land war was waged and is considered the bloodiest combat during that conflict, costing both Māori and Pākehā dearly......
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Tauranga Firm To Continue Te Reo Billboard For The Year
The boutique PR agency, Whare PR, has decided to use its high-profile billboard to promote te reo Māori all year around, not just this week.

Bridgette Tapsell, CEO of Whare PR, says their electronic billboard is situated above the bag collection carousel at Tauranga airport......
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Government backing Māori landowners
The Government will provide up to $1.69 million through the One Billion Trees programme to Māori landowners to make their whenua more productive through the planting of forests, both native and exotic, and improve economic and environmental outcomes, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced.

“Around 1.5 million ha of land in New Zealand is in Māori ownership but large tracts are returning little direct commercial value to Māori landowners, nor much in the way of positive climate, soil, water or biodiversity outcomes,” Shane Jones said.....
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Death, mana and Peter Ellis: lawyer Natalie Coates
It will be the first time in Aotearoa that a conviction is appealed by a dead person.

Ellis' lawyer Natalie Coates spoke to Saturday Morning about the case and the cultural significance of the precedent.

She used an argument based on tikanga - that both Māori and Pākehā have mana in death and if the appeal was successful, this would affect his mana and that of his whānau.

Tikanga (Māori customary practice) is increasingly recognised in legislation and by the courts as important, but Ellis' appeal is being seen as a landmark case. So how and why should tikanga be woven into our legal system?.....
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Bob Edlin: Maori party reports a pandemic of racism

A word of caution about bilingualism

Ōtautahi – the story behind Christchurch's informal te reo name

Ruapekapeka Māori pā gets upgrade so more can learn full story of its history

Karley Hemopo asks if Māori Language Week reached its use-by-date

A new family violence programme to disrupt male privilege and uplift the mana of women

Justice Joe Williams on te reo Māori, and synthesising Aotearoa law

Jack Tame: Should we change New Zealand's name? 

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