Saturday, October 17, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 11.10.20

Saturday October 17, 2020 

More recognition for West Coast tangata whenua

The rights and needs of tangata whenua on the West Coast are set to gain formal and much fuller recognition in the region's new district plan.

Councils and iwi are working on a single planning document - Te Tai o Poutini (One Plan) - to combine and update the district plans for Buller, Grey and Westland councils.

Another RMA option is co-management by the iwi and councils, and the third possibility was a transfer of power to the iwi. That would require each district council to transfer its RMA functions for the land to the relevant hapu entity......
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River Funding Also Aims To Boost Post-Covid Recovery
A total of $6.2 million has been allocated to 38 projects.

Iwi Co-Chair, Roger Pikia, says the funding round has also been notable for the impressive number of iwi projects successfully funded. “We’ve seen the number of applications from iwi grow over recent years and the number of applicants partnering with iwi has also increased. That trend has continued this year with 16 iwi led projects receiving $3.2 million he says. Mr Pikia says there has also been strong alignment with the Authority’s funding strategy with a priority for wetland restoration.......
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Shoreline Management Plans (SMP) meetings underway
Mayor Sandra Goudie welcomed the co-governance relationship with iwi and the guidance for this long-term project......
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Maori and the one 1840 treaty

Thursday October 15, 2020

Financial help for small Māori-owned business extended
Financial help for Covid-hit Māori-owned small and medium businesses has been extended until the end of the year. 

The $10 million Māori Trustee Top-Up Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme, established in June, has paid almost $1 million to 120 Māori-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to cover core operating costs and deal with the impact of Covid-19.

Because many Māori SMEs had multiple owners, the failure of those businesses had a disproportionately negative impact on whānau, said Māori Trustee Dr Charlotte Severne...... 
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Oceans Policy Needed To Protect $7 Billion Environment - Law Professor
“In New Zealand the development of an oceans policy must involve Māori in a way that is meaningful such as through co-governance. An oceans policy provides an opportunity to incorporate Tikanga Maori and Matauranga Maori into oceans governance in New Zealand.”......
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What Election 2020 means for The Treaty/Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Ngāpuhi and Ihumātao
As many historical Treaty claims came to a close, both Mutu and Jones said they hoped to see any new government start a discussion around developing a constitutional framework with Te Tiriti at its core that recognised tino rangatiratanga, or Māori sovereignty.

Mutu had raised such a discussion in her Matike Mai report, produced in 2016 with Dr Moana Jackson based on hundreds of hui across the motu, which outlined a vision for constitutional transformation in Aotearoa......
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The danger of losing Māori representation
If the current rate of Māori transferring to the general roll continues, by 2024 there will be fewer Māori on the Māori electoral roll than on the general roll, according to research by Associate Professor Maria Bargh.

“For many years, councils have had a particular demographic of people that dominate them, and their understanding of New Zealand history and what their Treaty commitments might involve is not what a true Treaty partnership is. We saw this attitude in the Wellington City Council when it was suggested tangata whenua needed more voting rights, and a councillor turned his back and looked out the window.”

As part of her involvement in the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, for which Te Kawa a Māui has received $2.95 million in funding, Associate Professor Bargh is leading research into how governance and policy needs to change for better environmental outcomes, and to support better Treaty partnerships.......
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New survey shows local political aspirants increasingly younger, female and Māori
Māori elected members increased to 13.5% in 2019, from just 5% in 2007. Māori members are also more likely to be younger and female than non-Māori members.

“The research shows that more young Māori are standing up to be heard, particularly wahine, and that is great to see,” continued Mr Crosby......
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Shaw Park protest questions Waikato-Tainui settlement
"The whenua was supposed to have been dealt with in the Waikato-Tainui Deed of Settlement. Those of us don't accept that as a legitimate framework for mana whenua, those of us who didn't sign that deed of settlement. That's why we are down there," she says......
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Tip fight leaches into harbour clean up hui
Mr Goff was at Waihaua Marae in Tinopai on Friday for the signing of a memorandum of understanding bringing together local and central government and iwi.

Councils and iwi will jointly oversees the clean-up effort, which is funded with a $100 million contribution from government COVID-19 relief funds and matching contributions from councils......
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Tuesday October 13, 2020

Taking the pulse of Māori business Wakatū Incorporation
She said within te ao Māori, the long-term view was something that would benefit all of New Zealand, and for that reason a major long-term priority was constitutional reform to put the Treaty of Waitangi “at the heart” of New Zealand’s governance.

“We’re looking out 500 years in terms of our planning, so ensuring our constitution is robust and reflects all of our values is key to unlocking out country’s potential,” she said. 
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'Of course they weren't adequate': Winston Peters on Treaty settlements
Peters said any settlement with the land protectors would destabalise the treaty settlement process but admitted that full and final settlements which average just 3 percent of an iwi's loss had not been sufficient.

"I'm not saying the settlements were adequate, I'm not saying any of those things at all - Of course they weren't adequate in that context.".......
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Strong Support Among Māori For Green/Labour Government
Across all seven Māori electorates, on average, 43.7% of voters want a Green/Labour Government. This represents an overall lead on who Māori wish to be the Government partner to Labour.

Green Party Co-leader and Māori Development spokesperson Marama Davidson said today:

“This term in Government, the Green Party has proven itself to be a responsible and reliable Government partner. The Green Party wants an Aotearoa that upholds self-determination of iwi and hapū, and where the harm of colonisation is acknowledged and put right......
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Candidate arrested in bird park protest
Māori Party Hauraki-Waikato candidate Donna Pokere-Phillips has been arrested at a protest to stop survey work for a planned road through a Hamilton bird sanctuary.

The 7 hectare sanctuary at Tamahere created by Murray and Margaret Shaw stands in the way of a road to service the new Peacocke development, which will add 8000 houses to the area.

Hamilton City Council says the road alignment was decided by independent commissioners after public consultation and won't change.

Ms Pokere-Phillips says the proposed road threatens a pā site, Nukuhau.......
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Review shows need for Maori university
Former Awanuiārangi chief executive Gary Raumati Hook says the Gardiner-Parata report on Waikato University, while clearing the university of charges of racism, showed something was amiss not just at Waikato but elsewhere.

Former Māori Trustee Neville Baker says he and Professor Hook are seeking a meeting with the Tertiary Education Commission to push for a full university, rather than current wānanga which are treated by the university system as polytechnics........
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Unsung iwi releases new waiata, plans Nelson Lakes marae project
Nepia said Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō had suffered from colonisation and had been marginalised to a degree it was largely without language, and was landless.

"Ngāti Apa more so than others, in fact in our settlement deed that we have with the Crown, part of the apology from Government acknowledges the role they played in making us... almost wiped off the face of the earth.".....
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Pressure on for law change to introduce Māori wards to councils

'Remarkable improvement' in race relations in Southland, commissioner says

Non-Māori learn te reo for personal, professional and moral reasons 

Sunday October 11, 2020

Māori fishing industry calling on next Government for increased financial support
The Māori fishing industry is calling on the Government for increased financial support, even as the partly iwi-owned Sealord made a $32 million profit last year.

The industry wants a new vessel to replace the charter ships crewed by foreign workers, with plans for it to be crewed with more Kiwis.

Samuels said the potential new ship would create around "200-plus new jobs, good jobs, solid jobs" for Māori...... 
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Matauranga Maori rated at doctoral level
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi says highlighting Māori knowledge is an important goal of honorary doctorates.

This year the Whakatāne-based Māori tertiary body has granted Honorary Doctorates of Philosophy in Māori Development to long-serving St Joseph’s Māori Girls College principal Dame Georgina Kingi, Supreme Court Justice Sir Joe Williams and Ngāti Awa tribal leader and historian Te Kei Wilson Merito......
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Canterbury Museum reveals dramatic $195m revamp designs
Wright said controversial dioramas depicting pre-European settlement in New Zealand would be removed as part of the revamp and would be “very unlikely’’ to return.

The dioramas have been branded “offensive’’ by some Ngāi Tahu members for their representation of early Māori settlers......
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University of Auckland apologises for spelling 'Māori' wrong on graduate's degree
The 'a' in Māori - which is supposed to have a macron - had been replaced with a hash.

Twitter users took guesses at what went wrong

"Possibly a genuine attempt to actually use macrons correctly that went horribly wrong. But yeah, embarrassing," one user said.....
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One in three Kiwis support officially changing country's name to Aotearoa
New figures from a 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll show one in three eligible voters would support the change, but there are still 61 per cent of Kiwis who don't, while the rest don't know.....
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