Saturday, October 24, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 18.10.20

Saturday October 24, 2020 

Treaty claim over poor conditions for Māori women in shearing industry

Māori women in shearing sheds have suffered dangerous, loud, unhygienic and stressful conditions for generations, a Waitangi Tribunal claim contends.

Masterton woman Manu Te Whata has lodged a claim over the “Crown’s failure to meet its obligations with regard to keeping wāhine Māori safe in the shearing industry”.

It also said support workers in the industry were often underpaid, under stress and there was a heavy drinking and drug culture......
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Fletcher Building slammed for flawed Māori design on truck
Businesses that want to tap into Māori culture are being told to consult with iwi advisers first.

This comes after Firth Concrete, a Fletcher Building company, commissioned a Māori and Pasifika design for one of its concrete trucks.

They're calling it a "tā moko", and saying that it is about the companies journey to tikanga Māori.

"Moko is only applied when it is on living tissue, a body, so therefore it becomes null and void when it's put onto a flat surface or in this case, a truck.".....
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Andrew Little to prioritise Ngāpuhi if retained as Treaty Negotiations Minister
Labour's Andrew Little wants to give the Treaty Negotiations portfolio another crack, saying his priority will be to reach a settlement with the country's largest iwi, Ngāpuhi, if he's retained as minister.

It's something he and his predecessors have failed to do in over a decade, and whānau warn the Crown will keep getting nowhere unless something new is brought to the table......
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Public to get say on local government setup
At its meeting last month the council decided not to establish a Maori ward, but did decide to establish an advisory group to assist in developing options.

The group is likely to consist of a political science academic, a representative of Aukaha and Te Ao Marama, and a lawyer.

Two representatives of the public from Wakatipu, Arrowtown and Wanaka are being sought......
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Meng Foon drives proposal for Māori-run prisons
The Race Relations Commissioner is pushing for prisons to be run by iwi and is looking specifically at Mangaroa Prison in Hawke's Bay.

Meng Foon said the idea was a "conversation that is being promoted by [him]", and he has been reaching out to iwi, speaking with stakeholders, and was lining up a meeting with Corrections to discuss the idea.

He said the way prisons were run was not effective for Māori and there needed to be a paradigm shift towards community-based solutions away from government-led ones.....
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Gisborne Council Seeks Community Views On Māori Wards
Council is seeking further community feedback on whether it should introduce Māori Wards for Tairāwhiti in time for the 2022 local election.

Parliament developed the option of Māori Wards as a way to improve the role of Māori in local government processes.

Similar to the Māori Parliamentary seats, Māori Wards establish areas where only those on the Māori electoral roll vote for the candidates.

Council will then hold an extraordinary meeting on 23 November to consider Māori Wards......
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Te Ao Māori values govern 'world-first' Tahito investment fund
"Māori ethics put people and the environment first because both are fundamental to living and thriving."

That's the starting point for new wealth management firm Tahito, which co-founder Temuera Hall says is guided by Te.... (NZ Herald paywall)
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Dialling up Aotearoa
Putting "Aotearoa" on three million phones around the country wasn't an empty gimmick. The change is one of many steps Vodafone has taken over the years to incorporate te ao Māori or Māori world view, according to Vodafone's head of Māori Development, Kirstin Te Wao (Te Arawa, Waikato and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei).

Building cultural capability has strengthened under current chief executive Jason Paris and new owners Infratil and Brookfield. Vodafone has launched a multi-year strategy as a now half-Aotearoa owned business with several initiatives under way.

Among these is a policy to honour the principles of Aotearoa's founding document, Te Tiriti o Waitangi.......
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Why equal health access and outcomes should be a priority for Jacinda Ardern's new government

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Friday October 23, 2020

Last Taranaki iwi to settle treaty claim votes to accept $30m deal
The last Taranaki iwi to settle its Treaty of Waitangi claim has got the support of its people to seal the $30 million deal, which includes the return of significant properties like Te Wera Forest.

Members of Ngāti Maru, which has about 3000 uri (descendants), voted to back the settlement package negotiated on its behalf with the Crown.

The list of the properties being given back to Ngāti Maru includes Te Wera Forest, Tarata and Matau schools and Stratford Police Station, which will be leased back to the Crown....... 
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Nurse deregistered after Facebook posts calling Māori 'lazy' and 'underhanded'
A Taranaki nurse has been deregistered after calling Māori "lazy", "cunning" and "underhanded" in posts on social media.

It also found she had been before the Nursing Council in 2018 after making similar comments about Māori on her Facebook page. She subsequently failed to complete the cultural competence training required of her.

In October 2019 she again made racist comments despite having had her license suspended for her remarks earlier in the year.

The Tribunal censured Hugill and cancelled her registration with the condition she may not reapply for it for two years.

If she did reapply, she had to undertake study relating to cultural competence and the Nursing Council code of conduct and ethics. She would also need to be supervised for a year.

She was also required to pay more than $8000 in costs......
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New Parliament Demonstrates That Māori Seats Should Go
Pro-democracy lobby group Democracy Action believes the record number of Māori MPs in the next Parliament confirms what many have long known, the dedicated Māori seats should go.

Democracy Action spokesperson, Lee Short, said: “We welcome and congratulate the Maori MPs on their success at the election. It is confirmation that Māori candidates can and do win general seats or earn high party list rankings”.......
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Does the new Parliament look like us?
In terms of the current ethnic distribution of the population, the figures are interesting. Māori constitute 16.5 percent of the total population but look likely to make up 20 percent of MPs in the House (it was 23 percent in 2017).

So in terms of representation, the non-Pākehā representatives are edging towards parity with Māori, Pasifika or MELAA meeting or exceeding their proportion of the total population.......
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Posts Tagged ‘West Coast Regional Council’
The West Coast Regional Council and Poutini Ngāi Tahu are embarking on a significant milestone with New Zealand’s first signing of a Mana Whakahono ā Rohe – Iwi Participation Agreement.

Iwi Participation Agreements are tools under the Resource Management Act, designed to assist tangata whenua and local authorities to discuss, agree and record how they will work together, including how tangata whenua will be involved in resource management decisions.

“Mana Whakahono ā Rohe is a blueprint for how Treaty partners can relate to each other in a meaningful way that respects both te ao Māori and the legislative framework of the Council. This is how it should be, and we believe this is the only way for all of us on the West Coast to thrive.”.........
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Duncan Garner: Māori must be given their own child welfare agency - run by Māori, for Māori 

Thursday October 22, 2020

Māori Party's Rawiri Waititi promises 'disruptions' to the 'system'
Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi promises to be an “unapologetic” voice for tangata whenua in Parliament, saying Labour’s Māori Caucus is “subjugated”. 

If he ended up in Parliament, Waititi promised he would make changes in the “system” he says keeps Māori “in second place”.

“That system doesn’t belong to us. So our job is now to go through and start to manipulate that system and make disruptions here and there...... 
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Petitions for and against New Plymouth Māori ward referendum battling for signatures
Public opinion on the establishment of a Māori ward in New Plymouth appears to be a close-run contest, if petitions on either side of the debate are anything to go by.

Forcing a referendum would require signatures from five per cent of electors – about 2874 people – to be handed into council by February 22, 2021.

Councillor Murray Chong, who organised the petition, said he had about 40 per cent of the total needed so far, or about 1149 signatures.

To force a referendum, Chong’s petition must be entirely physical – not online.

“It has to have handwritten signatures with complete full names, as on the electoral roll,” Chong said.....
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Kaupapa Māori not valued at Oranga Tamariki, social workers say
Raewyn Bhana who has been social worker for 33 years, with almost half of those with Oranga Tamariki, agreed there wasn't enough value placed on Māori knowledge.

"Mātauranga Māori is not valued or weighted as a criteria for appointment as a practitioner or for gaining promotions.

"The further you climb within Oranga Tamariki the less value is placed on mātauranga Māori."......
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Wednesday October 21, 2020

Northland councils making history by considering Māori wards together
Northland is making New Zealand local government history as neighbouring councils look at whether to bring in new Māori wards. 

Far North District Council (FNDC), Kaipara District Council (KDC), Whangārei District Council (WDC) and Northland Regional Council (NRC) will all decide within the next month whether to bring in separate Māori wards or constituencies, and how to go ahead with doing so.

NRC will vote today, Kaipara District Council on October 28, Far North District Council on October 29 and WDC on November 3....... 
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Northland Regional Council votes for Māori constituencies: councillor resigns and walks out
Northland Regional Council today voted to bring in new Māori constituencies - in a controversial move that lead to a long-term councillor resigning.

Former Northland Regional Council (NRC) deputy-chair and current councillor John Bain walked out of today's meeting in Whāngarei saying he couldn't support the 'broken democracy' of bringing in Māori constituencies.

Bain, an NRC councillor for 14 years, walked out of the meeting, stunning those present, before councillors including Smart voted seven to one in favour of these constituencies.
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Ngāpuhi protesters prepared to stand in front of bulldozers to stop development on wāhi tapu land
Ngāpuhi protesters occupying private land in the Bay of Islands town of Opua say they're prepared to stand in front of bulldozers to stop a housing development.

A group of 20 people have been occupying the site, which is situated on the headland known to local Māori as Puketiti, since Saturday.

He said the site was a wāhi tapu, or a significant cultural site.

The protest group also want a public reserve at Walls Bay to returned to them.....
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Hawke's Bay Māori criticise controversial regional council plan change
Iwi and hapū in Hawke's Bay fear a new plan to sort out water flowing through the region's rivers will do nothing to address what they say is the abuse, neglect and greed of the region's water management......
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We need new solutions to meet the challenges
What does a vision of such a society look like? It would need to be respectful of what is now a diverse range of New Zealanders. It would need to affirm the special contribution of Maori both constitutionally as recognised in the Treaty, and in shaping our collective values and approach to an uncertain future.....
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Demand Oranga Tamariki step away for Maori
One of the lead claimants into a Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into Oranga Tamariki says the agency shouldn’t be allowed any future role in the protection of Māori children.

She says there can be no partnership between Oranga Tamariki and tangata whenua because of its history of taking Māori babies.

Any solution should take as a starting point that more than 50 percent of babies and tamariki in the care of the agency are Māori.

"That amount of funding should be released to Māori so we can do these things our own way......
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Tamihere ready to hand reins to man in cowboy hat
The Māori Party is preparing to transfer its male co-leader’s position to Waiariki candidate Rawiri Waititi.

Current co-leader John Tamihere says his son in law has won the mandate of the street, and he’s happy to hand over the position......
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Official signing for transfer of monitoring functions - council
A special ceremony has been held in Taupo for the official signing of an agreement to transfer specific water quality monitoring functions to the Tawharetoa Maori Trust Board.

At a meeting in July, Waikato regional councillors voted unanimously in favour of transferring summer bathing beach, regional rivers, rainfall and groundwater quality monitoring within the Lake Taupo catchment to the trust board.

It’s the first iwi authority in Aotearoa New Zealand to have functions transferred to them by a council......
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Newly elected MP Rawiri Waititi brings mataora back to Parliament after 150 years

Tuesday October 20, 2020

New government a chance for 'transformational change' - Māori Council
Transformational policy for the council would include looking into outstanding Waitangi Tribunal claims, problems in Oranga Tamariki and building affordable housing. 

Tukaki also sees it as an opportunity for more Cabinet positions for Māori in the government.

Tukaki was looking to 2023, a Census year and an election year, and will be mounting a case to obtain up to three more seats for Māori as well as addressing issues about the Māori Electoral Option....... 
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Firth Concrete Cements Its Journey To Tikanga Māori
Fletcher Building company Firth is celebrating its journey to Tikanga Māori and Pasifika culture with a bold new concrete truck, about to hit the roads in Auckland.

Firth General Manager Cameron Lee says: “We’ve transformed a concrete truck with a bespoke commissioned Māori and Pasifika tā moko to represent Firth’s story and people, our customer promise and the strength our cultures give us......
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Ihumātao deal on cards for Labour now NZ First out of way, experts say
The pressure is on Labour to deliver its promise of settling the dispute at Ihumātao with "handbrake" NZ First now out of the way and a record number of Māori MPs in its caucus.

And top Labour Māori MP Peeni Henare says it will be on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's agenda once "the election dust settles".

A deal was rumoured to be near before Waitangi Day this year, which would have meant the land, confiscated from Māori in 1863, was returned to mana whenua, many of whom have been fighting a major Fletcher housing development planned for years......
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Over a third of Maori children on welfare before first birthday 

Monday October 19, 2020

Law Society welcomes Māori Law Society and Pacific Lawyers Association to its council
The two groups now have the right to vote on council decisions and for Law Society president

The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa has announced the addition of the New Zealand Māori Law Society | Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa and the Pacific Lawyers Association to its council as permanent members.

In a statement, the Law Society said that its constitution was amended by council members to provide for full membership to both organisations at a meeting in Wellington last week, giving them the right to vote on council decisions and for the office of president of the Law Society...... 
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Māori Party heading back to Parliament after electorate win
The Māori Party looks set to secure a place back in Parliament after three years out in the cold.

With 98.7 percent of the vote counted Rawiri Waititi has this evening was winning the Māori electorate of Waiariki, taking it back for his party from Labour's Tamati Coffey.

Waititi won the seat by a few hundred votes, however, that could change depending on special votes......
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