Saturday, September 12, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 6.09.20


Saturday September 12, 2020

Hawke's Bay 'flying The Flag' For Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

The five councils of Hawke’s Bay have collaborated to fly bilingual flags to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Māori Language Week.

The bilingual flags, ngā haki reorua, can be seen proudly flying in locations in Wairoa, Napier, Hastings and Central Hawke’s Bay.

A regional collaboration was proposed by the Wairoa District Council’s Pouahurea Māori, Duane Culshaw, who says the new bilingual flags feature 10 different kīwaha, or common phrases, that are easy to use in everyday conversation.......
See full article HERE

Procter & Gamble under fire for misuse of te reo Maori in US
Procter & Gamble is under fire for misusing te reo Māori and exploiting the New Zealand image with its Kiwi Botanicals skincare range.

Its marketing claims the products use New Zealand mānuka honey “harvested by the principle Māoris of the South Island”, without identifying a specific iwi.

It also refers to a Māori “tribe” rather than “iwi”......
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Vote Compass: 56% of Māori voters say welfare services should be easier to access
People were asked, “How difficult should it be to access welfare in New Zealand?”

Thirty-four per cent of those voting in general electorates believed it should be either much less, or somewhat less difficult to access welfare.

However, 56 per cent of those in Māori electorates wanted it to be either much less or somewhat less difficult......
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Predator control to rescue Ngati Mutunga forest
Northern Taranaki iwi Ngati Mutunga has secured a $50,000 grant from the Department of Conservation to help it restore a vulnerable forest.

He says the putea will pay for tracks and more than 150 predator traps, and the project will also draw on community support.......
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Fiordland tourism operators unhappy with Government funding decisions
According to the MBIE website, 305 New Zealand businesses applied for STAPP funding. Of those, 160 were considered ineligible, and overall, 130 businesses received support. This includes urgent investments outside the application round, for AJ Hackett, Discover Waitomo, and Whale Watch Kaikōura.

Eligible applications were given a score based on the criteria, and those that scored high enough were presented to Tourism Recovery Ministers.

“Ministers also opted to fund all Māori Tourism businesses, based on advice from New Zealand Maori Tourism,” the MBIE spokesperson said.......
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Caution urged over 'out of blue' proposal to limit special pathway for Māori, Pasifika at Otago Med School

Give us the 'fruit salad' style of Matariki celebrations, not the McDonald's version - experts

Otago University professor on why Māori and Pasifika students should get priority entry to med school 

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Friday September 11, 2020

Ngāti Kuri in discussions with Government about gifting Kermadec ocean sanctuary back to Aotearoa
An iwi that maintains mana whenua over the failed Kermadec ocean sanctuary say they're in discussions with the Government about gifting it back to New Zealand.

Progress on an ocean sanctuary in the Kermadec Islands was stalled in 2016 when the trust that oversees Māori fishing interests, Te Ohu Kaimoana, challenged the proposal.

Ngāti Kuri chairman Harry Burkhardt told TVNZ1's Breakfast the deal would protect the rights of commercial fishing interests in the area and protect Treaty of Waitangi rights........ 
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Have your say: Ninety Mile Beach plan - Te Oneroa-a-Tohe
The public will have until early next month (subs: Friday 09 October) to provide feedback on a long-awaited draft of a formal management plan for Te Oneroa-a-Tohe/Ninety Mile Beach.

Established through Treaty of Waitangi settlement legislation, the eight-member Te Oneroa-a-Tohe Board has an even split of iwi and local government members and has been tasked with developing a management plan for the iconic beach.

Beach board chair Haami Piripi (Te Rarawa) says the comprehensive, Draft Te Rautaki o Te Oneroa-a-Tohe (Te Oneroa-a-Tohe Beach Management Plan) represents a great deal of work - including substantial previous public input - over the past 18 months.

The draft will be available online at from Monday 14 September, and the feedback period runs until Friday 09 October.......
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No Māori ward for Queenstown Lakes
A decision not to establish a separate Māori ward was unanimously agreed on at last week’s Full Council Meeting of the Queenstown Lakes District Council in Queenstown.

It was also established that there would be no change to the way voters chose elected representatives in local body elections, and the recommendation was to retain the First Past the Post (FPP) electoral system.....
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Māori Wardens to increase patrolling in Wellington amid rise in alcohol-related issues
Māori Wardens in Wellington are ramping up recruitment and increasing patrols in the central city, amid a surge in alcohol-fuelled crime.

There was once 75 wardens in the city but now there are only two, with enforcements coming from Porirua and Hutt Valley when needed.

Since their inception in 1860, Maori Wardens hold special legal powers, working alongside police, to help reduce harm......
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Wellington takes another step in it's te reo journey
Wellington has moved a step closer to realising it’s vision of becoming a te reo Māori capital city by 2040 after city councillors formally endorsed Paekākā as the te reo Māori name for the landscape area including Wellington Botanic Garden, Anderson Park, the top of the Cable Car, and Bolton Street Cemetery......
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The big teal reveal: new colour, branding for Canterbury's bus network
The new colour, and the design that will adorn the sides of the buses, were developed with Matapopore, Ngāi Tahu's charitable trust that provides cultural advice.

The teal represents Christchurch’s strong links to water, while the graphic on the side represents Canterbury's taonga species, natural landscape and the resources shared by early Māori.......
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The bottom line for iwi in treaty settlement negotiations

Foreshore and seabed dispute: A tide that hasn't ebbed

Top Waikato University Māori astronomer Dr Rangi Matamua 'seriously considering' leaving over systemic racism

There's no single day for Matariki - so how do we pick a new holiday date? 

Thursday September 10, 2020

Gisborne Council focus on Maori Wards, housing and population
Next week Council continues its early engagement on the Long Term Plan 2021-31, with an online hui on housing, population growth and Maori Wards. 

Council will also consult on introducing Maori wards in the next local body elections.

"Maori make up nearly 50% of the population in Tairawhiti and for the next local body election we would like to know if we should introduce one or more Maori wards (or seats) on Council," Mayor Stoltz said. 

"Establishing Maori wards would help ensure Maori representation in Council is more reflective of the makeup of our community. New Plymouth and Tauranga councils have both recently voted to establish Maori wards at their next local body elections."......
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Med school threat sign of success envy
A leading Māori academic says moves to limit a Māori and Pacific recruitment scheme at the University of Otago medical school is a sign of success envy by the university mainstream.

Professor Smith says successful programmes will have a strong kaupapa Māori base and Maori staff, and that infrastructure gets pulled apart whenever programmes are killed......
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Māori Entrance Scholarships providing opportunity and support since 2005
The University of Otago has provided financial assistance to Māori students undertaking undergraduate studies for the past 15 years. Established in 2005 to celebrate academic excellence and cultural diversity, Māori Entrance Scholarships are intended to encourage the progression of Māori into tertiary study.......
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Wednesday September 9, 2020

John Tamihere claims victory after TVNZ includes Māori Party, Advance NZ in debate
“They were wrong because this country was settled by consent, not by conquest, and we have a constitutional right as Māori people, to represent our interests under a Māori flag and Māori banner. 

“And they were wrong because they used mainstream polling. Mainstream polling, they do not reflect the Māori influence ... what mainstream polling reflects is Pākehā perspectives, and Pākehā preferences – not Māori.” 

Tamihere said the party had been assisted by Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon and the Human Rights Commission in its complaint with TVNZ’s decision...... 
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University on Maori land - deal with it
One of the academics challenging the University of Waikato over systemic and casual racism says a review of their allegations is an opportunity for long-overdue change.

Waikato has called in Sir Wira Gardiner and Hekia Parata to assess the claims made by staff including professors Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Pou Temara.

"What we want are these institutions to begin to address at quite deep levels what it means to be located on Māori land? What does it mean to be situated in Aotearoa New Zealand with the history we have? What does it mean for what we teach? What does it mean for the way we teach, for our research, for the way mātauranga Māori is incorporated into what we do?" Professor Smith says.........
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What’s the big fuss about Māori seats on councils?
Dr Annie Te One explains why embedding Māori representation in local government shouldn’t be such a big deal.

After the next local elections, Tauranga City Council will join Wairoa District Council and Bay of Plenty and Waikato Regional Councils in being the only local governments with designated Māori wards. Debates over Māori representation in local government, whether about designated Māori seats or voting rights on committees, are ongoing. Many arguments against Māori representation are well known but confusion still exists about the whole topic. Below are some common questions and concerns, answered.......
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Matariki holiday a bribe for Māori voters says National
National’s Māori development Jo Hayes says she’s in favour of a Matariki holiday - but it needs to replace an existing holiday rather than be an additional burden on business.

The Labour Party is promising to bring in the midwinter holiday in 2022, to give time for experts to be consulted on an appropriate date and for businesses to get ready.

Ms Hayes says either Queen’s Birthday or Labour Day could be renamed......
See full article HERE 

Tuesday September 8, 2020

'Ghost village': Government-funded community housing project in limbo as money dispute rages
The project is in limbo as the trust behind it and the developer squabble over a major cost blowout that rises by the day.

The development was commissioned by the Mana Waitaha Charitable Trust (MWCT), the role of which is to help solve the chronic housing hardships endured by members of Ngāi Tūāhuriri, a hapū of Ngāi Tahu.

The idea is that low income kaumātua and families will come back to the site, which is near the Tuahiwi marae, and wrap-around services will eventually be included. 

The project has received $2.3 million from Te Puni Kōkiri, (TPK) the Ministry of Māori Development, as part of its papakāinga community housing scheme. The Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga, which owns the land, contributed $330,000 of its own funds......
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Body entombed at Mt Eden house: Owner reveals grisly details of remains discovery
But Marsden said they had to have the site blessed by local iwi before workers would return to continue construction.

"The police organised a blessing because the workers weren't really keen to get back into it........
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Maori education critical for boomer welfare
The Māori Party is warning institutional racism in the education system is holding the country back.

He says as the baby boomers head into retirement, a third of those entering the workforce are Māori and Pasifika.

"And if those young Māori and Polynesians can't be delivered a half decent education to equip them with the skills and expertise to become productive contributors to the future economy of New Zealand, then the country has a real problem, Those baby boomers won't be able to go and retire," he says.......
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Labour promises to make Matariki a public holiday
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has kicked off her party's election campaign by announcing that if elected, Labour would make Matariki a public holiday.

It would be the first new public holiday in New Zealand in almost 50 years and New Zealand's 12th public holiday of the year.......
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Ngāi Tahu pull out of West Coast Conservation Board - again

Ngāi Tahu representatives have once again pulled out of the West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board, accusing the Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage of an unlawful appointments process.

The Greymouth Star understands Ngāi Tahu are unhappy with Morfett's reappointment and links with Forest and Bird......
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Māori are invited to the dance - but told to leave their culture at the door

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

How kaupapa-Māori education programme 'Bros For Change' is transforming the lives of young men

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