Saturday, November 14, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 08.11.20

Saturday November 14, 2020 

Northland MP Willow-Jean Prime disappointed in council reaction to Māori wards

Far North District Council's failure to vote for Māori wards has been slammed by a former councillor and now central government politician.

The decisions were particularly important, given Te Tai Tokerau was the birthplace of the nation through Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Māori version of the Treaty of Waitangi).

"We are the caretakers of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.".....
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Iwi places rāhui over Urenui River in the wake of sewage contamination
A rāhui preventing swimming and shellfish gathering has been put in place at the Urenui River in North Taranaki, as investigations into human waste in the stormwater continue.

“The rāhui has been placed over the Urenui Awa from Okoki Pa (Te Rangi Hiroa/Sir Peter Buck Memorial) to the river mouth to take effect from Saturday 12th November 2020," Ngāti Mutunga, the kaitiaki (caretakers) of the area, said in an emailed statement.

The rāhui includes a ban on gathering of any shellfish from the awa (river), the taking of fish and also swimming and recreation in or on the waters of the awa......
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Crown used bribery, forgery and legal chicanery to take Māori land, tribunal hears
A Rangitīkei-Manawatū iwi says the Government used bribery, forgery and legal chicanery to take its land piece by piece over 140 years.

The Ngāti Raukawa Iwi Confederation has finished presenting submissions to the Waitangi Tribunal at the Parewahawaha Marae in Bulls, in a hearing examining the sale of more than 12 hectares of land......
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Te Reo Maori Should Be Compulsory In The Education System – New Zealand Maori Council
The New Zealand Maori Council has called on the Government to go much further when it comes to today’s announcement around Te Reo Maori in the education system. Raewyn Harrison, Chair of the Councils National Taskforce on Education also reminded the Government that the New Zealand Maori Council has been a fierce advocate of Te Reo Maori for more than a half century:.....
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Government wants all education providers to use te reo Māori every day
The government wants all education providers, from kindergartens to universities, to use te reo Māori every day - but has stopped short of making the language compulsory.

The first ever Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities said schools, early learning centres, and tertiary institutions should meaningfully include Māori language and tikanga in their everyday life......
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Celebrating a Te Reo Māori title for Aotearoa’s nurse practitioners
Nursing leaders gathered this month at Te Herenga Waka marae to bless the title, Mātanga Tapuhi, which was gifted by the Māori Language Commission.......
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Friday November 13, 2020

Unanimous South Taranaki District Council vote for Māori wards is welcomed
The co-leader of the Māori party has welcomed a unanimous South Taranaki District Council decision this week to introduce Māori wards, and pledged to work with Parliament to overturn the rule that could see them tossed out.

As well as the vote for Māori wards, STDC also agreed to lobby the Government to change the law that allows decisions about Māori representation to be overturned by a citizen-initiated referendum, which happened in New Plymouth in 2014....... 
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Raft of changes announced by chief judge for nation's district courts
A shake-up of the nation’s district courts will include more tikanga Māori and use of plain language, in changes announced by the chief district court judge.

Judge Heemi Taumaunu said the new model, Te Ao Mārama, would start at Hamilton District Court next year, and was expected to roll out across all district courts.

“This includes adopting plain language and culture and processes that incorporate tikanga and te ao Māori.”.....
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Gisborne council votes to install two controversial Endeavour replicas
One replica will live in Tolaga Bay, and the other will go to the Tairāwhiti Museum, if it agrees to take it.

The council received more than a thousand submissions on the question, and heated opposition from almost all local iwi.......
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Call to put an 'h' into Wakatipu
Ngai Tahu elder Sir Tipene O'Regan says it is time we put an "h" in "Wakatipu".

"Whakatipu" is the undisputed Maori spelling.

"Wakatipu" has been employed since early European days and pops up, well, just about everywhere in the Queenstown Lakes district.....
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Māori social service providers want more funding for Whānau Ora
Māori social service providers are pushing for ministries like Corrections to start putting money into Whānau Ora to improve outcomes for Māori, but government officials say this is already happening.....
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No plans for DCC Maori ward, mayor says
Establishing a Maori ward will not be considered as part of the Dunedin City Council’s representation review.

Dunedin Mayor Aaron Hawkins does not plan to lead the charge to create one......
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Māori Wards Campaigner To Speak In Whangarei
Former New Plymouth Mayor and Māori wards law change campaigner Andrew Judd will speak at two public meetings in Whangarei later this month.

He has been invited to Northland by a local education group to raise awareness about several recent local council decisions to enact the wards......
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Shelly Bay development opponents considering Ihumatao-style occupation following council vote to sell, lease land
Members of a Wellington iwi have warned city councillors that a controversial housing development will be the capital's Ihumatao.

The Shelly Bay development is one step closer to becoming reality after the council voted on Wednesday to sell and lease land for the project.

But opponents are vowing to fight on, with iwi saying they're devastated and are considering occupying the land.......
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Bilingual traffic signs: Waiariki MP Rawiri Waititi says rules are 'absolutely' racist
Waiariki MP Rawiri Waititi has supported calls for a review of New Zealand's traffic signs, saying the rules are "absolutely" racist.

He said Māori Party policy went further than just traffic signs, with a view to return place names to their original te reo Māori names.

"There's got to be a commitment by this government to start moving towards a better Aotearoa, and a better Aotearoa sees the value in its indigenous language and … its indigenous peoples.".....
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Thursday November 12, 2020

Iwi prepared to dispute location of new KiwiRail freight yard
Manawatū iwi Ngāti Kauwhata is prepared to go to court to fight KiwiRail over the site of Palmerston North's new rail freight centre. 

Ngāti Kauwhata isn’t happy with the site of the new rail yard, which is to be built on the western side of Railway Rd between Palmerston North Airport and Bunnythorpe.

The iwi believes it had agreed for the site to be on the eastern side of Railway Rd by Roberts Line, but KiwiRail disputes this....... 
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Beachfront home and new te reo name for rare skink
A 1.3 hectare coastal property on the West Coast, north of Hokitika, has been purchased to secure the future of the endangered Chesterfield skink.

These threatened lizards have also been given the te reo name ‘Kapitia skink’ by local iwi. The name references the local area and a nearby stream......
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New MP does the colonial walk
New Māori Party list MP Debbie Ngarewa says her parliamentary accommodation includes a daily walk of infamy.

"Every morning we go in and I pass Governor Grey, Seddon, Wakefield, interesting gentlemen who were part of the near annihilation, rape and pillaging of our people in Aotearoa, especially the ones who were taken down from Parihaka to Dunedin, so it is a really interesting space, really ririki," she says......
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The complicated saga of Shelly Bay, explained

Righting wrongs

Wednesday November 11, 2020

Electoral processes for review
The best ways of partnering with Maori and whether councillors should be elected from separate areas will be part of a Dunedin City Council review next year. 

As well as consideration of whether there should be a specific ward for Maori representation and whether the council should stick with electing each councillor from votes throughout the city, and community boards will be debated.

Debate about Maori wards has sometimes resulted in acrimony. 

Maori representation is treated differently under the law than other representation matters but Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has said changing this is a priority.....
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Auckland gallery under fire for displaying Nazi symbols alongside Māori flags
An exhibition which saw swastikas hung alongside Māori flags has prompted calls for accountability from the art gallery directors.

The show featured hundreds of flags, including the tino rangatiratanga flag and Ngāi Tūhoe’s flag, banners proclaiming “It’s okay to be white” and “White pride world wide”, as well as several with swastikas......
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Otautahi hub an urban marae for youth
The head of a new center for rangatahi transitioning out from state care says it is based on kaupapa Māori principles for its activity.

Resource consent has been approved for Te Hurihanga o Rangatahi in central Christchurch.

"Wiremu Gray who is on our board thinks of it as an urban marae for youth. We will acknowledge Te Tiriti and we hope by doing that we will include all cultures. It's true, the old adage that if you do things the Māori way, you do it right," she says.......
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Marsden Fund Supports World Leading Research
“The engagement with mātauranga Māori has been recognised across discipline areas,” notes Professor Bilkey. Some examples include investigating how Māori food realities, values and principles (kaupapa) can shape discussions about what we eat, how we obtain it, and how we value it; finding out why Māori make their electoral roll choice and exploring Māori views on whether they see Māori electorates as a means of asserting Māori sovereignty or as a legacy of colonial rule; and developing a theory of anti-racism based on both kaupapa Māori theory and Western paradigms to address racism and Māori health inequities in New Zealand’s health system......
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Covid-19 contributes to Ngāi Tahu Holdings $25.7m loss
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu’s annual report for the financial year ended 30 June said the group’s equity had decreased by $90.7m to $1.52b, and its deficit had increased $64.6m to $103.5m from last year,

“We now have a greater focus on how we can target other funding at both the rūnanga and iwi levels, including collaborating with the Crown to achieve whānau outcomes.......
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Tuesday November 10, 2020

Iwi takes battle against Whakatāne petrol station plans to court

Ngāti Awa iwi is opposing plans for a petrol station near Whakatāne, four months after battling two resource consents in the Rotorua High Court.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa and Lysaght Developments have each sought a judicial review of Whakatāne District Council's decision in April to grant consent for an unmanned Mobil petrol station opposite The Hub.

The Ngāti Awa case centres around ownership of a private roadway, while Lysaght Developments' opposition relates to a condition of the consent that prevents a right-hand turn into the site from the state highway....... 
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Iwi place rāhui over ‘degraded’ water in Mimi River in Taranaki
The listening to of renewal consents for a Taranaki remediation web site has been pushed again to February 2021.

A rāhui has been positioned over the Mimitangiatua Awa (Mimi River) in north Taranaki by the iwi of the realm.

Ngāti Mutunga introduced on Friday that the rāhui – a brief ritual prohibition – was positioned due the cultural well being and mauri of the water within the awa turning into degraded.

“Water has religious qualities of mauri and wairua,” Ngati Mutunga stated in a press release.......
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More than 1 in 6 Māori people speak Te reo Māori
More than 1 in 6 Māori adults said they could speak Te reo Māori, and a nearly a third said they could understand the language at least fairly well, Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa said today.

Just under half of Māori people had some Te reo Māori speaking ability.

The proportion of those who could speak the language fairly well, well, or very well, varied by age group. Māori people aged 15–24 years and those aged 55 years and over appeared to be among the most likely to speak Te reo Māori at least fairly well......
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New design resource celebrates best practice Māori design in Tāmaki Makaurau
Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland Council) has launched a refreshed Māori Design Hub to help Māori communities and agencies, private and public developers and design educators bring Māori design thinking to the shaping of the built environments of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Te Pokapū Whakatairanga Tikanga Māori (The Māori Design Hub) is a speciality area within the Auckland Design Manual, a resource that celebrates and advocates for good design practice in Tāmaki Makaurau.....
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Council to revisit Māori representation, three years early
South Taranaki iwi have asked the South Taranaki District Council to consider introducing Māori representation in time for the next local body elections in 2022.

The STDC will meet on Wednesday to decide if it will review Māori representation, three years earlier than required.......
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‘A touch of racism’: - Council, mana whenua take on transport agency over bilingual signs
Rules around bilingual road signage have been described as having "a touch of racism" by a Rotorua iwi representative.

Te Tatau o Te Arawa representative Rawiri Waru is calling for a rule review to allow te reo Māori to have the same standing as English on road signs......
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Over $1.35 million funding for Northland whenua Māori
The government will invest just over $1.35 million on two initiatives that will raise the economic returns from whenua Māori in Northland and create jobs.

Kaianuku Whenua Māori Organic Co-operative will receive a $513,000.00 grant, plus a $312,000.00 loan to establish an underutilised land block as a prototype of a productive and sustainable organic farm in Northland. Additionally, an organic growers cooperative will be established to market the fruit and vegetables produced for the domestic market......
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Māori businessman gives $5000 scholarships to students
A Māori businessman who faced tough times during the Covid-19 lockdown has funded a $5000 scholarship to help students from his former Melville High School in Hamilton get into tertiary education.

MacFie wants to support 100 Māori rangatahi over the next ten years. "It feels like one of the most significant things I'll ever do in my life," MacFie says......
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Hapū tells of losing land to Crown deception
The Waitangi Tribunal has been welcomed to a Bulls Marae to hear the Ngāti Raukawa iwi confederations treaty claim.

The confederation’s claim involves 320,000 acres of land across Manawatū, Horowhenua, Rangitīkei and the Kāpiti Coast......
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Strongly worded letter from Prince Philip slamming New Zealand for treating Maori like 'museum pieces and domestic pets' is found 66 years after royal tour
The Duke of Edinburgh claims the Maori were regarded by New Zealanders as 'somewhere between museum pieces and domestic pets'.

He also suggests the country was 'overgoverned' and there was 'not much room for initiative'.....
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We want a vote on maori wards
Help trigger votes on Maori wards proposals

We need volunteers in Northland, Whangarei, Kaipara, Ruapehu, Tauranga, and New Plymouth to collect signatures.

Northland residents may collect for two councils being the Northland Regional Council and the district council of the area they live in with the exception of the Far North District Council.......
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