Saturday, October 31, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 25.10.20

Saturday October 31, 2020

Far North District Council rejects Māori seats - will poll public instead

Māori wards for Far North District Council (FNDC) failed to get across the line at its October meeting in Kaikohe yesterday after a move by councillor Kelly Stratford failed.

The council instead decided by a 6:4 majority to ask its community if it wanted Māori wards, by holding a poll with the 2022 local government elections.

The poll's outcome would be binding.

FNDC councillors were bombarded with hundreds of emails from lobby group Hobson's Pledge in the three days leading up to yesterday's Māori wards vote. These were coming in from around New Zealand at a rate of up to one every four minutes......
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Canterbury health board members challenged to take tikanga and Treaty seriously
A Māori and Pacific health leader has challenged the Canterbury District Health Board's commitment to the Treaty, saying he can “count on one hand” how many times members have attended meetings of the board’s iwi partner.......
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Ōtūmoetai Primary School to apologise to hapū for historic 'European only' decision
Ōtūmoetai Primary School principals will today apologise to a local hapū for a historic decision which saw it become a 'European only' school eight decades ago.

The apology will be made at a school assembly today in the presence of two kuia who attended the school at the time of the decision.

In April 1938 Pākehā parents sent a petition to the Ōtūmoetai School Committee asking for all 42 Māori children at the primary school to be moved to Bethlehem Native School......
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Tauranga Maori wards challenged
Battle lines have been drawn over a decision by the Tauranga City Council to establish a Maori Ward for the next local body election.

A group called Concerned Citizens has a petition calling for a binding poll on the issue.

A binding poll is required if requested in writing and signed by at least five per cent of electors.....
See full article HERE

New SH1 overpass in Marlborough named after nearby pā site
A new road overpass in Marlborough has been named after a nearby pā site.

The Ruakanakana Overpass, near Ward, will bypass Tar Barrel tunnel, the oldest tunnel on State Highway 1 between Picton and Christchurch.

KiwiRail chief operating officer capital projects David Gordon said the name Ruakanakana was associated with a pā site beside Lake Elterwater that was occupied by the renowned chief Te Rakaitauheke of the Ngāti Kurī hapū of Ngāi Tahu.

Ruakanakana could be translated as “two-headed lamprey”, which evoked images of a guardian taniwha, Gordon said.......
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Ruapehu Seeks To Introduce Maori Wards
Ruapehu District Council has voted to improve Maori representation on Council by seeking to introduce Maori Wards in time for the 2022 Local Body elections.

The establishment of Maori Wards has the backing of the Ruapehu District Maori Council which has been reviewing the best way to improve Maori participation in Council decision making......
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Maori impact leads to shift in Auckland Council
Auckland Council’s Māori portfolio lead says while elected members are becoming more aware of the impact on Māori of their policies, change is still needed in the organisation.

She says it’s work that needs to be embedded in everything done by the council and its council controlled organisations - and she expects a positive reception.

"Te reo is becoming commonplace in our meetings which is really good and all the questioning too around Māori impact, I am seeing more of that. I think the organisation itself needs to make a cultural shift in their thinking so a way to go.....
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Maori Land Court marks 150 years of change
Today is the anniversary of the founding of the Native Land Court in 1865, which set up a system to individualise Māori land titles and make it easier

But over 155 years it has evolved into an institution that tries to help Māori retain and use their land.....
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Kāpiti Council Delays Vote on Airport After Plea From Local Iwi
Representatives of the Puketapu hapu, traditional owners of land where the airport is sited, asked district councillors at a meeting yesterday to hold off on any formal action over the airfield’s future......
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Friday October 30, 2020

Far North District Council will remain without a Māori ward after deadlock vote
The Far North District Council will not have a Māori ward at the next local body elections after a vote by the council today ended in a deadlock of five votes for and five votes against.

The result of an even split in votes means the status quo remains.

Mayor John Carter, who voted against the motion, says the problem at the moment is there is too much misunderstanding and racism about the move for an informed decision to be made by the council.....
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Ngāi Tahu off to court over West Coast Conservation Board row
The Ngāi Tahu runanga is mounting a legal challenge to the Minister of Conservation's appointment decisions for the West Coast Conservation Board.

The iwi has two members on the board as of right, under the Ngāi Tahu Settlement Act, and Ngāti Waewae chairman Francois Tumahai holds a community seat on the board.

The iwi has been at odds with the board since last year, when member Dr Keith Morfett was elected as chair, defeating Ngāi Tahu chief executive Lisa Tumahai.....
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Panepane Point will be returned Māori
Panepane Point in the Bay of Plenty will be returned to Māori following a unanimous council decision today.

More than 300 people gathered at Baypark for today's Western Bay of Plenty District Council public meeting to decide whether to return Matakana Island's Panepane Pt, also known as Purakau, to local hapu.

After speeches from members of the public and elected members - some of whom had tears in their eyes - the council voted to return the land......
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Ihumātao occupiers wait patiently for government intervention following election
Ihumātao occupiers say they continue to wait in hope for the Labour Party to deliver on its promise for a resolution on the disputed land, after winning the general election.

Co-founder of protest group Save our Unique Landscape (SOUL), Pania Newton, said the group stayed silent during the election process, despite having their cause attacked by National and New Zealand First, out of respect for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her Labour team......
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Māori signage targeted in vandalism attack to be replaced
A te reo Māori sign targeted by racially-motivated vandalism will be replaced, Nelson's mayor says.

During this year’s Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Nelson City Council installed te reo Māori welcome signs on highways leading into Nelson city saying “Haere mai ki Whakatū” (Welcome to Nelson).

Mayor Rachel Reese said the signs were originally intended to be temporary, but the council received “a large number of requests” to make the signs permanent.....
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New name for road to Redwoods in Rotorua
The gateway to the Rotorua Redwoods - Longmile Rd - will be renamed Tītokorangi Drive as part of efforts by the district council and mana whenua to restore the pakiwaitara, or stories, of the area.....
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Research To Investigate Systemic Drivers Of Māori Cannabis And Methamphetamine Use
A Kaupapa Māori analysis of the multiple dimensions of cannabis and methamphetamine use is the focus of a $554,000 postdoctoral fellowship awarded to Māori health researcher Dr Erena Wikaire (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Te Kapotai, Te Hikutu).

“Indigenous knowledge systems provide scientifically sound understandings of health and wellbeing,.....
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Rates debt continues to climb in Whakatāne
Councillor Gerard van Beek noted that the areas with the most debt were also those with the most Māori-owned land. Māori land often has multiple owners and it can be hard to track who is responsible for the rates.

The rates and revenue team will, this financial year, adopt a more focused and strategic approach to the collection of water and land rates debt for general land and Māori land......
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University researcher awarded fellowship to examine Māori experiences of pharmacist services
The project, He tono whakapiki ora: Whānau and Pharmacists’ knowledge exchange, will explore whānau experiences of pharmacists’ services, as well as pharmacist experiences of developing services, to determine whether the pharmacy sector aligns with the principles and practices of Whānau Ora models of care.......
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Nominations now open for Maori Secondary Schoolgirls and Schoolboys teams
New Zealand Cricket is pleased to announce that the NZ Maori Secondary Schools programme will be back in 2021. Both teams will be drawn from a nationwide spread of schools and the players will receive specialist coaching from NZC staff and coaches......
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$40Million lottery fund for iwi, hapu and communities
The Department of Internal Affairs has announced a new fund worth $40 million that has opened as a lottery; it focuses on community and social actions following COVID-19 complications in recent times.

The fund will support actions that ensure iwi, hapū and communities across New Zealand are safe and flourishing following COVID-19.....
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Chihuahua sparks constitutional conversation

How can mātauranga Māori shape our future? 

Thursday October 29, 2020

Kaipara District Council backs new Māori ward
Kaipara District Council has decided to establish a Māori ward at the next local body elections - despite 50 emails objecting to the proposal. 

The controversial ward concept has long been discussed by the council and the Kaipara community.

Other councils around the country have also recently decided to establish Māori wards - but are facing opposition as ratepayers gather signatures to force a binding ratepayer poll on the topic....... 
See full article HERE

Far North Council eyes referendum risk
Far North District Council is this week grappling with whether to establish a Māori ward.

Councillor Moko Tepania says he’s keen on the change, but the council’s decision can be overturned by a referendum sparked by a petition of just 5 percent of residents.

The options are to create a Māori seat and risk a referendum, front foot any challenge by holding a poll either now or at the next election, or do nothing......
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EPA Taking An Active Role In Protecting New Zealand’s Environment
It has continued its work to engage with all New Zealanders, and developed its mātauranga framework, which seeks to weave Māori knowledge and perspectives into decision making......
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Māori roll voters double since 2017
A political commentator says a doubling of Māori voter enrolments since 2017 reflects a resurgent Māori Party.

Māori voter enrolment rose significantly this year, with an extra 59,000 compared to the last election.

He said there was increased numbers on the Māori roll during the ascendancy of the Māori Party in 2005 and 2006. Following that, conflict between the Mana movement and Māori Party led many to vote on the general roll instead.....
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Power transfer from Oranga Tamariki must be radical, Waitangi Tribunal told
Researchers who are also former wards of the state have stressed the key changes needed to ensure any Māori-run alternative to Oranga Tamariki doesn't just turn a "white bureaucracy to a brown bureaucracy".

"Our whakapapa is embedded into the land of this country. It is that whakapapa that is being severed by the actions of the Crown.

"If there is to be a transfer of power, it has to be a transformative one to a process of facilitation that is sourced and built on kaupapa Māori values."......
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System Of Child Protection In NZ Has Failed Maori: NZ Maori Council
The Executive Director of the New Zealand Maori Council has called for wide ranging reform of the child care and protection system in Aotearoa as the final day of evidence is presented to the Waitangi Tribunal hearings into Oranga Tamariki. Matthew Tukaki, Executive Director, has said in order to break the circuit of intergenerational trauma the Government must act.......
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He Whakaputanga lasting declaration of Maori authority 

Wednesday October 28, 2020

High Court sets rules for RMA iwi contests
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has welcomed a High Court judgment over how the Environment Court should weigh competing iwi interests in Resource Management Act consents. 

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust deputy chair Ngarimu Blair says the decision means Auckland Council needs to change the way it consults with mana whenua, so the net is not cast too wide.

He says the next step will be a substantive hearing in the Environment Court where his hapū will present evidence of the strength of its relationship to the consent area........ 
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Ngāi Tahu Treaty Settlement Subject Of New UC Study
He is researching how the iwi shares the proceeds of its 1996 Treaty of Waitangi settlement with tribal members for his PhD in the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the University of Canterbury (UC).

Tikao has just received a Māori Research Grant from UC Business School towards the project. He also works for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu as the Executive Director of Whai Rawa, a superannuation scheme for Ngai Tahu whānau that currently holds over $100 million in funds for about 30,000 members......
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Ngapuhi finds bar in fisheries reform plan
With a new Government meaning changes to the Māori Fisheries Act may now move forward, Ngāpuhi is trying to block one of the reforms it unleashed.

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-Ō-Ngāpuhi and the Ngāpuhi Asset Holding Company Limited have asked Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash for a chance to discuss a proposed amendment that could result in Te Ohu Kaimoana’s cash reserves being shared out among iwi.

There was no movement on the reform under the previous Government because of opposition from New Zealand First which was concerned it would undermine the settlement........
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