Saturday, October 10, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 04.10.20

Saturday October 10, 2020

Government spends last of PGF - $100m for nationwide marae upgrades
The Government has made its last Provincial Growth Fund announcement, earmarking $100 million to be spent on hundreds of marae across the county.

The announcement means the vast majority of the $3 billion fund has now been allocated.

But the "once in a lifetime" $100m Government spend has come under attack by National, which says it is outrageous the money is being allocated so close to the election.......
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Kiwibank Opens New Corporate Premises In Auckland
Kiwibank with local iwi Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, has officially opened its new Auckland corporate premises, Te Kupenga at 155 Fanshawe Street, in the Wynyard Quarter this morning (Friday 9 October).

Kiwibank CEO Steve Jurkovich said the name Te Kupenga, which means the fishing net, pays homage to the historical significance of the whenua, where the new building sits, as a bustling fishing hub and place of trade......
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Research Excellence Supported With $373m In Long Term Funding
Ten university research programmes have been chosen to share $373.5 million in long term funding as Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs), the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has announced.

"One notable area for this round was the significant involvement of Māori in all the shortlisted proposals,.....

"The other new CoRE - Healthy Hearts for Aotearoa New Zealand - Manaaki Mānawa - aims to work in partnership with iwi, hāpu, whanau and aiga to create a vibrant world-class centre for research into heart and respiratory diseases to improve outcomes, particularly for Māori and Pacific peoples who are the groups most affected by these diseases in New Zealand," says Tim Fowler.....
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Fact check: Has NZ spent more on Corrections in two years than on all Treaty of Waitangi settlements?
• AAP FactCheck Investigation: Is two years of Vote Corrections funding more than the total amount spent on all Treaty of Waitangi settlements?

"Two years of Corrections' vote is more than all the money paid out in all treaty settlements."

John Tamihere, Māori Party co-leader, October 3, 2020.

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At paving the way for a safer future of Maori on our roads
As part of Auckland Transports (ATs) commitment to road safety, AT – in partnership with Mori community groups – delivers driver licence workshops.

Auckland Transport’s Road Safety programme Te Ara Haepapa (To pave the future of Māori on our roads) work together with hapori Māori to create change within their communities.......
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Taranaki Civil Defence apologise for 'Mt Egmont' video post
A Government agency has issued an apology for sharing “appalling” material in which Mt Taranaki was referred to as Mt Egmont.

In the video Mt Taranaki is referred to as Mt Egmont and the pronunciation of Māori kupu was poor, Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, of south Taranaki iwi Ngāti Ruanui and Māori co-party leader, said.

Following an agreement between Ngā Iwi o Taranaki and the Crown, as a result of Treaty of Waitangi negotiations related to the mountain, the dual legal name for Mt Egmont, Mt Taranaki would soon be changed to retain only its Māori name - Taranaki Maunga.

While the change had not yet taken effect, Ngarewa-Packer said for tangata whenua the use of Mt Egmont was offensive........
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A fair go for Māori

Three Kiwis share their te reo learning journeys 

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Friday October 9, 2020

Māori representation on Wellington council a step closer
Māori are one step closer to enshrined voting rights on Wellington City Council committees, but not before one councillor stuck his oar in again.

Councillors voted on Thursday to send staff away to compile a report on getting mana whenua representation on council committees. That report is due back on December 3......

Fleur Fitzsimons, who voted for the report, praised Day’s “gracious, brave and dignified” leadership on the issue. 

“We are still dealing with the damaging consequences of colonisation,” she said.

“Having mana whenua at the table is not going to be a silver bullet but it’s a start.”.....
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New voice for children
The Children's Commissioner has shaken up his office by appointing the country’s first Assistant Māori Commissioner for Children.

Judge Andrew Becroft says the move is about sharing power as expected under the Treaty of Waitangi......
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What happened when Tony went back to class - Wintec
"We’re learning a lot of cultural stuff, like the Treaty of Waitangi and how this impacts on business and this is important - I want to know more.".....
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Can Colonialism be Reversed? The UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Provides Some Answers
The Waitangi Tribunal, which was established in 1975 to hear alleged breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi, is a forum for thinking about these questions. In a tribunal report concerning Māori culture and identity, Justice Joe Williams, subsequently the first Māori appointed to the Supreme Court of New Zealand, argued:

Fundamentally, there is a need for a mindset shift away from the pervasive assumption that the Crown is Pākehā [non-Māori], English-speaking, and distinct from Māori rather than representative of them. Increasingly, in the 21st century, the Crown is also Māori. If the nation is to move forward, this reality must be grasped.

From this perspective, the Crown is an inclusive and unifying institution. It is neither the Pākehā political community, nor the dominant party in a bi-cultural treaty partnership........
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Pharmac boosts Maori voice
Drug buying agency Pharmac has created a senior Māori leadership role to demonstrate its commitment to ensuring equitable health outcomes for Māori.

Trevor Simpson from Tūhoe and Ngāti Awa was picked for the role after eight years overseeing Māori strategy for the Health Promotion Forum, including heading its workforce development.

He has also worked in crown land administration, treaty settlements, Māori social work and special youth projects.......
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Greens put Maori lens on policy prescriptions
Greens co-leader James Shaw says the party is attempting to measure its policies against how they will affect Māori.

The party has identified six priorities for the election, including housing, transport, income support, energy, protecting the oceans, and climate change.

"In every single one of those policy packages there is a significant focus on honouring Te Tiriti and making sure the solutions we propose advance Māori interests specifically," he says.......
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Thursday October 8, 2020

Mother-of-seven becomes first Assistant Māori Children's Commissioner
Protecting the right of tamariki Māori to live in a world free of racism in all its forms is a key ambition outlined by the country’s first assistant Māori commissioner for children. 

Mother-of-seven, including three whāngai children, Glenis Philip-Barbara has been appointed to the newly-created position by children’s commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft in an announcement on Wednesday.

“I think in terms of an advocacy organisation for New Zealand’s 1.1 million children, we need to have a Māori world view, a Māori perspective, a Māori knowledge base embedded in the governance of the Office, and that would benefit all New Zealand’s children, but particularly the 300,000 or so Māori,” Becroft said...... 
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Māori Party promise $100m for legal aid service, want overhaul of 'racist' justice system
The Māori Party has today promised a $100 million investment for the establishment of a Māori legal aid service and the complete overhaul of what they call New Zealand's "racist" justice system.

The Māori Legal Aid Service/Māori Legal Defence Service - which comes as part of the party's criminal justice policy - would help protect Māori from the Crown, Māori Party spokesperson Donna Pokere-Phillips said today in a statement.

"Māori are used to maintain a Pākehā economy which is based on criminalising them," she said.....
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Land on old Wellington prison site 'too sacred' for housing - Mau Whenua
Prime Wellington land earmarked for a substantial development is being described by some iwi as too sacred for housing.

But some members of Taranaki Whānui do not believe the land should be used for housing.

"The whenua - that land up there - Mt Crawford, is to our thinking sacred land," said the chair of Mau Whenua, Hirini Jenkins-Mepham......
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Push on to remove roadblocks to developing housing on Māori land
There are over 600 acres of Māori owned land fit for development in the Matamata-Piako district, but nothing is being done with it, according to an iwi representative.

Papakāinga – a village, cluster of homes or communal Māori land – have seemingly slipped into second gear in the district, Ngāti Paoa representative Gary Thompson said.

The rules need to change to allow Māori to have the ability to build on their land again, he said......
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'Government investment in Ruakura Superhub welcomed'
Kirikiriroa-Hamilton, NZ. Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) and Hamilton City Council (HCC) have warmly welcomed the Government’s $40 million investment in a range of ‘shovel ready’ projects to help fast-track development of the ‘Ruakura Superhub’, comprising the Ruakura inland port and surrounding logistics and industrial precinct.

The investment through Crown Infrastructure Partners will take the form of a $20 million grant to be applied to public assets, roading and infrastructure and the balance by way of a concessionary loan. It was announced today by Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Maaori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta.......
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Kaikōura highway set to become destination for culturally significant artwork
The culturally significant artworks including pouwhenua and tekoteko (carved pillars), vapour-blasted murals, laser-cut corten steel and information panels are now going up at formal safe-stopping areas between Okiwi Bay and Oaro

“Every piece of art is there for a reason, and the reason is whakapapa and connection – that is what turns it from a mural or a carving into an art piece, it creates a life force and gives mana and meaning. This is what makes our coastline unique........
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Bluff tourism plan shines light on Māori heritage
Kaupapa Māori takes centre stage in a new proposed tourism strategy for Bluff.

Speaking to a crowd gathered at the Te Rau Aroha Marae on Wednesday, Te Runaka O Awarua Kaiwhakahaere Dean Whaanga said the idea was to place a big pou whenua at the top of Motupōhue, emphasising the cultural significance of the landmark,......
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Refusal to lower bowel screening age for Māori labelled 'institutional racism'
Performing just one extra colonoscopy per week at each district health board would offer equitable bowel screening for Māori, an expert says.

“The bowel screening program age range is deliberately designed to fail to detect bowel cancer for a large proportion of Māori and is perfectly poised to perpetuate bowel cancer inequities for Māori.”

She labelled the Ministry of Health’s refusal to lower the age limit for Māori as “systemic and institutional racism”.......
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Wednesday October 7, 2020

Election 2020: what's the plan? party policies (Maori issues) at a glance
"Tikanga" approach to historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, more time on mandate concerns.

One million New Zealanders speaking te reo Māori by 2040, and every child having te reo in their learning by 2025.

Cutting the number of Māori in prison from 52 per cent to 16 per cent, starting with a 10 per cent reduction by 2024. 

Continue talks with all parties at Ihumātao.

Continue strategic partnerships with iwi and other Māori organisations on Oranga Tamariki.

Settle all historical Treaty of Waitangi claims by 2029.

Ensure every child years 1-8 learns a second language, and make te reo Māori a "national priority language".

Require DHBs to report annually on a Māori health strategy.

National would not get involved in the dispute at Ihumātao.

No strong position on Oranga Tamariki.

On the Treaty settlement process the party supports settling historical grievances, but looks forward to the "post-treaty settlement period where Maori and all New Zealanders can move forward".

On te reo Māori the party would provide better support for teachers including scholarships and ensuring academic and professional value was assigned to any Te Kōhanga Reo qualification.

On health the party would see the Ministry of Health take over from DHBs, and a specific unit address Māori inequities established within it.

On justice inequities, the party believes all Government departments should be required to publically report on how their actions are addressing the inequities for Māori.

On Oranga Tamariki, supports solutions "by Māori, for Māori, with Māori", including devolving resourcing and responsibilities to iwi, Māori organisations, and NGOs.

Review Treaty settlement process, recognise Te Tiriti as the legitimate version, replace the "full and final" model.

Te reo Māori as core curriculum subject through to Year 10.

Fund primary health through Māori organisations, overseen by a new Māori health agency.

"Te Tiriti justice" at Ihumātao, with any resolution centring mana whenua.

Resource and support kaupapa Māori organisations to care for children.

Disagreed with the Government becoming involved with Ihumātao saying it should respect property rights, which it believes the Treaty settlement focus should be more focused on.

On health inequity it would create a stand-alone Mental Health and Addiction agency, allowing NGOs or community organisations to be able to set up services with a focus on Māori health.

On te reo Māori, the party saw no differentiation between school subjects and learning te reo should be by choice.

Abolish Māori seats.

On Oranga Tamariki, the party said it was more important for children to be physically safe than culturally safe.

Establish a Māori Parliament.

Register all Māori to the Māori Electoral Roll and ensure Māori can switch between the Māori and general roll.

Return conservation land to iwi, including camping grounds.

Establish a Waitangi Parliamentary Commissioner.

Entrench the Māori electoral seats.

Reduce the party vote threshold to 2.5 per cent.

Make Waitangi Tribunal recommendations binding.

Return the "stolen" land at Ihumātao to mana whenua.

Guarantee a quarter of Government funding over the next two years to support Māori.

Te reo as core subject to Year 10, restore all Māori place names, including Aotearoa.

Transfer Māori health funds into Whānau Ora.

Ensure no Māori babies are taken into state care, diverting $600m from Oranga Tamariki to a Māori-led agency.
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Goldsmith’s Commitment On Charitable Tax Exemption Welcomed
“While he’s at it, Paul Goldsmith should also investigate the special tax status of iwi-owned enterprises, which face a lower corporate tax rate and therefore are able to squeeze out competitors.”......
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National would keep Maori Seats
Collins said National would keep the Māori seats, despite them being "relics of the past", and likely stand candidates in them next election. She was opposed to Māori wards on councils........
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Relief at $20 million fund for Māori boarding schools
The announcement of a new $20 million fund for Māori boarding schools is music to the ears of Hato Pāora College’s principal.

Labour has pledged the money to improve and upgrade four schools, including the Catholic boys’ school near Feilding, which has about 120 students from years 9 to 13.

As well as Hato Pāora, three Hawke’s Bay schools, Hukarere Girls’ College, St Joseph’s Māori Girls’ College and Te Aute College, would be eligible for money from the fund.......
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Discussion over iwi boundaries ahead of new Treaty settlement
Discussions are being had over a Waikato iwi's interest in an area of land already in the rohe of a Taranaki iwi.

The Crown are working through a Treaty of Waitangi settlement with Ngāti Maniapoto, which says its rohe (area) extends from the Kawhia Harbour in the Waikato to the Wai Pingao Stream in Taranaki.......
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Maori data use in $6m probe
Researchers at the University of Waikato are looking for ways Māori can benefit from their digital data.

Māui Hudson, Tahu Kukutai and Te Taka Keegan have received $6m over four years from the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Endeavour Fund for the Tikanga in Technology project.

They will look at how tikanga Māori and mātauranga Māori inform the construction of digital identities and create a better understanding of relational responsibilities to data......
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New Te Arawa lakes fishing bylaws - permits needed for taonga species
The start of the trout fishing season marked a new era for Te Arawa lakes management.

New bylaws - 10 years in the making - are now in place to better protect taonga species.....
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Te reo the focus of $3m research programme to create Q&A system
Developing a first-of-its kind conversational Quotation and Answer (Q&A) system for te reo is the focus of a 2020 Catalyst Strategic – New Zealand Singapore Data Science Research Programme.

The programme, Natural Language Processing for Q&A in Indigenous/Vernacular Languages, is one of four successful projects that has received NZD$3million from the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment’s Catalyst: Strategic Fund.......
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Taihoa, e hoa

Kiingitanga works with Waikato University to tackle systemic racism 

Monday October 5, 2020

Māori Party promises $19m cash injection for kapa haka competition Te Matatini
The Māori Party has promised to invest $29 million into kapa haka - with $19 million to go towards the world's largest kapa haka competition Te Matatini - amid concerns around "funding inequalities" in the arts sector.

The Māori Party has promised to inject $19 million - up from $1.9 million - into Te Matatini as part of its newly-announced Toi Māori policy. A further $10 million will be invested into community, Hapū and Iwi development of kapa haka...... 
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Four iwi representatives have been appointed to formal Committees of Waipā District Council.
Te Kanohi will bring a Māori world view to each Committee and will be a voice for mana whenua interests across the district. Representatives will have voting rights on their respective Committees, in accordance with the delegations of that Committee......
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Te reo Māori could launch on Rosetta Stone thanks to work of Auckland school, but it needs funding
An Auckland teacher has a plan to advance te reo Māori teaching “by 20 years” by getting it on one of the world’s leading language learning platforms.

Poole plans to approach the Ministry of Education for funding once stakeholders are on board. The programme will cost about $1 million for each of the four levels, plus $100,000 in annual maintenance.......
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Auckland firm generates $45 million for Māori and Pasifika-owned businesses
An Auckland company helping indigenous businesses get local government contracts has generated $45 million and over 300 jobs for local Māori and Pasifika-owned construction and trades in the last year.

Businesses need to be at least 50 percent owned by a Māori or Pacific person to be able to work with Amotai......
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Anna Fifield: Leading the DomPost
She starts her new position tomorrow, and said Dominion Post readers can expect to hear from younger voices, Māori and Pasifika with different perspectives under her leadership.......
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Bruce Moon: Democracy in peril 

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