Saturday, October 3, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 27.09.20

Saturday October 3, 2020

Urupā under pressure from rising costs, lack of space and dislocation

Traditional Maori burial grounds, or urupā, are coming under pressure for space, custodianship and rising fees at municipal cemeteries.

Rawiri Smith of Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa said there were a multitude of issues facing local manawhenua around management of their urupā and he suggested guidance from the Government in the form of national policy statement......
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Palmerston North rebrands as Palmy, with a green and growing twist
The long and cumbersome name of Palmerston North is giving way to the affectionate abbreviation Palmy in the city council’s new logo.

The refreshed image launched on Thursday is rugby green, with an arrow pointing up and the Māori name Papaioea incorporated into the design.....
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Candidate wants to abolish local councils
In a full and frank interview with the Northern Advocate, he talks about Aotearoa re-gaining full sovereignty, all territorial authorities to be abolished, and for meth dealers to be executed.

"But I can honestly tell you that as far as I am concerned, once we regain full sovereignty which is inevitable, all councils will be abolished. So Māori and Pākehā will be sharing equal power and control. This is according to the Te Tiriti o Waitangi......
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A true picture of Māori business activity
A better picture of the contribution Māori businesses make to the economy will be possible with changes to the way information is collected about companies and trading enterprises.

Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced a new option for Māori enterprises who are part of the New Zealand Business Number register at the Companies Office (NZBN).

“For the first time, the NZBN will have the option to record data that identifies a business as a Māori business, alongside details like its trading name and email address and phone number.

“Māori businesses will have a check-box field to complete on the digital NZBN register. To ensure consistency with other agencies, such as Statistics NZ, businesses will be able to self-identify as a Māori business based on a number of factors.......
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Ngāti Kahungunu iwi gets $2m investment to create Māori trade apprenticeships
The Government has given Ngāti Kahungunu $2 million from its newly created Māori Trades and Training fund.

The announcement for K3 Kahungunu Property Development's Takitimu Tuanui apprenticeship programme was made by Minister of Employment Willie Jackson in Hawke's Bay on Friday.

It's the first funding to come from the $50 million fund established as part of the Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund announced in Budget 2020.......
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Labour keeps housing sector moving
Partnering with Māori through MAIHI to support the implementation of the Homelessness Action Plan, and Iwi Māori pathway for progressive home ownership......
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Fundraising to ensure Northland checkpoints can run again if needed
The organisation behind Northland’s controversial coronavirus checkpoints is asking for donations to keep training, so its volunteer teams are ready for an emergency.

Taitokerau Border Control ran the checkpoints in March and April, when New Zealand was at Covid-19 alert level 4 and 3.

Taitokerau Border Control has now set up a Givealittle page so it can “better prepare our teams should any unnecessary events happen”.......
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Tikanga in Technology receives $6m funding
A team of University of Waikato researchers have successfully secured $6m funding over four years in the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Endeavour Fund round.

Associate Professor Māui Hudson, Professor Tahu Kukutai and Associate Professor Te Taka Keegan are leading Tikanga in Technology: Indigenous approaches to transforming data ecosystems.

This programme aims to test Māori approaches to collective privacy, benefit and governance in a digital environment with a view to increase the benefits to Māori and reduce data harms.......
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Dr Rhys Jones: 'We need to provoke discomfort to spark change in Māori health' 

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Friday October 2, 2020

South Canterbury community group unleashes Māori health plan for staff
More than 420 Presbyterian Support South Canterbury staff members will be equipped with cultural competency guidance as part of a new Māori health plan.

The organisation has developed a Māori Health and Wellbeing Plan (Te Ara Tika) for staff, officially launched to about 50 people at the Te Aitarakihi Multicultural Centre, in Washdyke, on Wednesday.

The plan includes three cultural competency workbooks and resources including Te Kete Tuatahi (achieving equity), Te Kete Tuarua (engaging with Māori) and Te Kete Tuatoru (worship)......... 
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Hawke's Bay iwi support legalising cannabis to reduce Māori incarceration
Ngāti Kahungunu supports legalising cannabis and is exploring setting up its own medical marijuana project.

The reason was Māori were over-represented in the justice system for cannabis offences and its legalisation provides business opportunities, Hawke's Bay iwi chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana said.

Ngāti Kahugnunu had partnerships in the growing of hemp for medicinal and nutritional use, and it was now exploring the industrial production of medical cannabis in order to "improve people's health and wellbeing", Tomoana said......
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Te Mahi Oneone – Hua Parakore; A New Māori Soil Sovereignty And Well-being Handbook
In te ao Māori, soil is taonga. It is also whanaunga – it holds ancestral connections and is the root of tūrangawaewae and whakapapa. It is the source of shelter, kai and manaakitanga. But until recently, little information has been readily available about the importance of soil for tangata whenua and their relationships with this vital resource......
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'It's about shifting mindsets' - Vodafone Aotearoa stands firm on Māori name change
Kirstin Te Wao, head of Māori development for Vodafone NZ, told TVNZ1's Te Karere the company is "looking to strengthen our connection to Aotearoa" with the change to its network name.

"With that comes a commitment to Te Ao Māori [the Māori world].

"It's about shifting mindsets and changing mindsets and if individuals are not on board with that, that's their kaupapa [issue].".......
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Te Tiriti Obligations and Housing
So how well is New Zealand meeting its obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi? The short answer – it’s not. Te Tiriti o Waitangi in an international agreement that constitutionally enshrines equality of outcome and opportunity between Māori and non-Māori. Yet in 2020, Māori are still worse off than non-Māori overall across practically every measure. Clearly, the expectations set out in our Treaty agreement are not being met.

The growing disparity between the housing circumstances of Māori and non-Māori has not only economic, but social consequences, and represents serious systemic failure under Article 3 of Te Tiriti. Additionally, the Treaty guarantees rights to self-determination under Article 2......
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Henry Armstrong: All cultures are important in New Zealand - not just one

The structural whiteness of academia

Te reo Māori more than just flavour of the week 

Thursday October 1, 2020

'We are Aotearoa': Vodafone, DDB Group join Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei wero to embrace country's original Māori name
Two of the country's biggest companies will use Aotearoa in their names rather than New Zealand. 

The pair's move follows a push by Tāmaki Makaurau hapū Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to have Aotearoa as this whenua's official name.

With Mahuru Māori coming to an end - where people are encouraged to speak te reo through September - Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei wants to keep momentum rolling, and is vowing to use only Aotearoa from now on. 

It is a challenge to others to embrace this oha, or gift, and already Vodafone and communications firm DDB Group have signed on.......
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Myers Park improvements a step closer
The preliminary design for Mayoral Drive underpass was developed with feedback from Waitematā Local Board, the Myers Park mana whenua working group, accessibility specialists, and Auckland Council staff.

“This new design will more fully and faithfully reflect the history of the area. It will increase the visibility and knowledge of the site's heritage and Māori culture,.....
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IMSB ‘racism’ Label Pathetic
Democracy Action and the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance are hitting back against David Taipari, the Chair of Auckland’s "Independent Māori Statutory Board", who has labelled the groups’ co-published report on the extraordinary spending and duplication of Auckland Council’s spending targeted specifically for the benefit of Maori as “racist and inaccurate”.

“We stand by the figures in our report – they are all sourced from the Council’s own information”

“The only thing Mr Taipari pointed to justify the massive increases in targeted spending on Maori is that he wants even more. This is classic gravy train stuff, and we are glad to be exposing it.”....
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DHB signs up for te reo Maori with Massey
Massey University and the MidCentral District Health Board | Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua have signed a deal that will help address the growing demands of health leaders and managers in the health sector to increase knowledge of te reo Maori.

Te Ha o te Reo - The Essence of the Maori Language is an introductory course developed at Massey’s Te Patahi-a-Toi, School of Maori Knowledge by senior lecturer and Pakenga Reo Maori, Hone Morris to assist Massey staff. Now Massey has offered the DHB this programme for its senior executive team......
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Maori procurement initiative goes national
A south Auckland-based initiative to include Māori and Pasifika firms in Auckland Council’s procurement and supply chains is going national.

Spokesperson Anna-Jane Edwards says over the past year the initiative has created $45 million of contracts for Māori and Pasifika-owned firms.

She says by working on the demand side to give those firms access to large buyers, Amotai will create the change needed for Māori and Pacific economies to thrive......
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Thames grapples with sacred sites below swimming pool and historic building
People visiting or working at a Thames museum cannot consume food or water on site, a restriction that is unique to a building rich in tapu.

But while the same rules don’t apply at a public swimming pool down the road, the local council has already planned to see the land returned to iwi......
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Hearings challenge crown control of takutai moana
Northern hapū and iwi are presenting evidence to the Waitangi Tribunal at Whitiora Marae in Te Tii this week on why the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act isn’t fit for purpose.

The Act, which replaced the Foreshore and Seabed Act, set a deadline for claims for customary interests to coastal space, creating a scramble that has pitted neighbouring hapū against each other......
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Hawke's Bay iwi leader calls for tangi costs to be funded by Government for some Māori
Ngahiwi Tomoana of Ngāti Kahungunu wants funeral costs covered by the Government for all Māori who die after 55, and before they can claim superannuation at 65.

“The straight expenses of the funeral will set back the next generation or the whānau back five to 10 years to pay that off," Tomoana told 1 NEWS.

Hastings funeral director Noel Morris says the cost of a family's account after the funeral is a "shock" for many.

His funeral home offers discounted rates to local iwi members, but some still turn to loans......
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Wednesday September 30, 2020

Māori Party promises to establish Māori Parliament
The Māori Party would set up a separate Māori Parliament among other constitutional changes as outlined in its Mana Motuhake policy. 

Party co-leader John Tamihere announced the policy, which focuses on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, this morning at Waitangi.

The Māori Party would: 

* Establish a Māori Parliament

* Register all Māori to the Māori Electoral Roll, and ensure Māori can switch between the Māori and general roll at any time

* Implement constitutional change in line with the 2016 Matike Mai report, encouraging discussion between Māori leadership groups

* Return conservation land to iwi, including camping grounds

* Establish a Waitangi Parliamentary Commissioner to be jointly appointed by tangata whenua and the Crown

* Entrench the Māori electoral seats

* Reduce party vote threshold to 2.5 percent

* End "full and final" settlements and "large natural groupings", ensuring smaller hapū and iwi can have rights recognised

* Waitangi Tribunal Recommendations to be binding on the Crown

* Insert relativity clauses into all settlements to ensure all iwi have parity with Ngāi Tahu and Tainui

* Remove racist provision that allows for local council decisions to establish Māori wards....
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Relationship Manager
Amotai is an economic initiative targeted at creating opportunity in the supply chain for Māori and Pasifika. Our mission is to increase the number, capability and scale of Māori and Pasifika businesses with clients and buyers wanting to purchase goods, services and works.

We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Relationship Manager based in Auckland. Reporting to the Manukura, you will work closely with Māori and Pasifika businesses to increase their levels of business activity. You will support them to build relationships and connect with one another to drive the development of a prosperous and sustainable Māori and Pasifika business sector in Aotearoa.......
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How a South Auckland playground will be a gateway to an iwi's history
An Auckland iwi whose population and land holdings were decimated during the New Zealand Wars is partnering with Auckland Council's development arm to ensure its stories are being heard – and a new playground plays a starring role.

A new playground for South Auckland will serve as a memorial to the life of a prominent Tāmaki Makaurau chief, but also the tragedy that beset him and his iwi.......
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Work begins on ACC's new home in Waikato
ACC in partnership with Tainui Group Holding (TGH) have today officially started construction of a new home for ACC in Kirikiriroa.

It was kicked off with a karakia service and ceremonial turning of the first sod by Kingi Tuheitia at the site in central Hamilton......
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President of Māori Pharmacists Association appointed to Pharmaceutical Society’s National Executive
At its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 24 September 2020, the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand amended its rules to allow the appointment of the president of Ngā Kaitiaki o Te Puna Rongoā (the Māori Pharmacists’ Association) to its National Executive, in addition to the seven elected members.

The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand is the professional, membership-based association representing over 4,000 pharmacists in New Zealand. The Māori Pharmacists’ Association is a group who represent Māori professionals in the pharmacy sector, guided by Māori principles and values.

Ian McMichael, president of the Society says, “We believe that we can’t look to address equity issues unless we look at our obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and accept Māori in a full partnership role.”.....
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Object to 'Vodafone Aotearoa'? Better not switch to us, says 2degrees
2degrees and Spark have gone into bat for Vodafone NZ after one of its customers complained about the company changing its network carrier identifier to “Vodafone Aotearoa”.

The identifier appears on the home screen of phones to identify what network phone users are connected to.

Vodafone spokeswoman Nicky Preston said it had begun displaying Vodafone Aotearoa after the end of Māori language week this month to demonstrate its ongoing support for te reo.......
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Education Minister announces new mega polytechnic permanent name Te Pūkenga
New Zealand’s mega polytechnic has been given the name Te Pūkenga, to replace its placeholder name- New Zealand Institute of skills and Technology.

Te Pūkenga- meaning the skills - was announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins at an official opening ceremony event on Tuesday at the Wintec Atrium, the site of the national headquarters.......
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Eastern Bay of Plenty police enrol on te Ao Māori programme
Eastern Bay of Plenty police will be diving into a tailored course giving a greater understanding of te reo Māori to work better with whānau, hapū and iwi communities.

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi is welcoming 32 Eastern Bay of Plenty police to its Te Pōkaitahi Reo programme.

Programme co-ordinator Georgina Kerekere said it was great to see the commitment to embracing and learning the indigenous language of Aotearoa......
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Do we need a Maori Party?

NZ politics need to become more engaged with Māori and Pasifika communities

Tuesday September 29, 2020

Provincial Growth Fund: $18.8m for Māori development projects
The government has announced $18.8 million from the Provincial Growth Fund for Māori development projects to create infrastructure and jobs. 

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced the funding for projects bringing more than 300 jobs with Māori firms and assets across the country.

He said further announcements to the benefit of Māori businesses and communities were yet to come...... 
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Short consultation times a barrier for Māori health equity
A report into health equity shows short consultation times with doctors can leave Māori patients feeling disempowered and unable to make decisions about their own care......
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Labour failing tangata whenua as Treaty partners, says Māori Party co-leader
The Labour Party has been is failing Māori as Treaty of Waitangi partners while in Government, says Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer.

“We need to see the Pākehā people within these mainstream parties, within Labour, showing their commitment as Treaty partners. They need to front kaupapa Māori, not just our brothers and sisters.”.......
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Wellington City Mission gets $10 million for redevelopment plans
The building project is called Whakamaru, a name gifted by mana whenua meaning to "shelter, to safeguard, to protect"......
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Te reo Māori comes to Taranaki's Pukeiti Gardens
A school holiday programme at the Pukeiti Rhododendron Gardens has introduced te reo Māori.

The Kids Treehouse Trail has been updated with two activity satchels to encourage non-Māori speaking families to learn the language by remembering the names of flora and fauna in te reo.

Taranaki Regional Council gardens manger Greg Rine said it was a way to help support the revitalisation of te reo Māori in the community.....
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Less trust among Māori in vaccines and GPs, study suggests
A new study has highlighted an ethnic divide over attitudes toward vaccination – something that could prove a big issue when a Covid-19 shot arrives.

The results showed Pakeha people had slightly higher perceptions of GPs and agreement with vaccine safety than Asians – or 74.7 per cent compared with 72.3 per cent.

But there was a much bigger difference with Pacific people (65.8 per cent) and Māori (59.4 per cent).......
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COVID money not reaching urban Māori workforce
Auckland Council and the Independent Māori Statutory Board are concerned the city’s Māori and Pasifika workforce is missing out on a fair share of the government’s COVID-19 recovery funding.

Money has been flowing to the regions in a much greater volume than to the country’s largest centre of Māori population.

She says the mayor has written to the Government pointing out the gap and highlighting the need for more investment in communities in the south and west who were more vulnerable to job loss.......
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Sunday September 27, 2020

Health care providers should consider practices, values and beliefs in whānau Māori care, report says
The report found that while most doctors were aware of the health context for Māori, including colonisation and how it impacted on health outcomes, some described difficulty in addressing this in their practice and the system they worked in.

Doctors who worked in settings with large numbers of Māori patients living in high deprivation were particularly aware of the impacts of colonisation and described an awareness of the deep-seated nature of inequity, its complexity and how that may impact patient choices. 

“Colonisation and systemic racism has had a significant effect on health outcomes, and we need to understand that inequity is deep-seated in our society, it is complex and it can impact on patient engagement in their health care and the choices they make,” Tipene-Leach said.....
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New Fund To Support Māori Boarding Schools
Labour will recognise the important role our Māori boarding schools play in growing our future Māori leaders by committing $20 million to a fund designed to provide them with financial support to continue to house, educate and manaaki rangatahi in their care.

Only four Māori boarding schools remain in Aotearoa; Hukarere College, St Joseph’s Maori Girls’ College and Te Aute College in Hawke’s Bay (Ikaroa-Rāwhiti) and Hato Pāora College in Feilding (Te Tai Hauāuru).

Labour’s Ikaroa-Rāwhiti candidate Meka Whaitiri said these schools carry on a tradition that has grown many great Māori leaders.

“The rangatahi who attend these schools live and breathe tikanga, reo and develop a sense of whanaungatanga that can only be achieved inside these unique institutions.......
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Labour’s Māori Manifesto: Working together in partnership
Together, Māori and Labour have walked a new path in our first term of Government. Based on the articles of the Treaty and the promise of equality, this path has been one of partnership and collaboration.

Our Māori Manifesto builds on the work we’ve undertaken with Māori during our first term in Government. This work includes setting up Te Arawhiti and investing hundreds of millions of dollars in targeted Māori spending, in partnership with Māori......
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Lisa Lawrence - following in the footsteps of greatness

Whānau-centred project aims to reduce chances of harm to children

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