Saturday, December 19, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 13.12.20

Saturday December 19, 2020 

If land is taken, then it must be returned.
“Aotearoa is Māori land. All of it is Māori land, and there are pockets of Māori land that must be protected.” 

That from Qiane Matata-Sipu of Makaurau Marae following the government’s announcement of $30m to resolve the long-simmering dispute of the Ōtuataua stonefields in the south-west of Auckland city.......
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Shelly Bay: Group discontinues High Court bid, 'not ruling out' other options
Iwi subgroup Mau Whenua has discontinued a High Court bid challenging the sale of land at Wellington’s Shelly Bay, but says it is not ruling out other options.

Mau Whenua spokeswoman Kenny-Jean Sidwell confirmed to Stuff the discontinuance of High Court proceedings, which had been filed by the group over the controversial $500 million housing development.

That meant a scheduled hearing for March next year will no longer go ahead.....
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Hapū confident agreements can be reached over protection of Te Matā Peak
Hawke’s Bay hapū are confident all parties will agree on protections for Te Matā Peak, “but it will take time,” Liz Munroe​ said.

In November, Ngāti Kahungunu chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana said consultation had taken place but there had been “a lot of dissension amongst some of the hapū about what they want out of it”......
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Iwi lose fight to stop Bay of Plenty water bottling expansion
Iwi say the High Court’s dismissal of appeals against the expansion of a water bottling plant isn’t just a loss for them, but a loss for all of New Zealand.

In a judgement released on Friday, the High Court dismissed Te Runanga o Ngati Awa’s appeal to stop the expansion of Otakiri Springs, outside of Whakatāne, which would see the plant take 1.1 million cubic litres of water each year largely for export to China......
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The ‘partnership’ myth - the single biggest threat to our democracy 

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Friday December 18, 2020

Ihumātao deal done: Government's $30 million deal to buy the land
Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson says the Government is spending $30 million to resolve the dispute at Ihumātao because the issue risked becoming his "generation's Bastion Point".

The Government is buying the land at Ihumātao from Fletchers for $30 million. Some of it will be used for housing – and the deal could eventually pass it into the ownership of tangata whenua.

Robertson announced the deal today, saying an agreement (He Pūmautanga) had also been signed between the Kīngitanga, the Crown and Auckland Council to decide on the future of the land........ 
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New fund to help bring power bills down for whānau Māori
The $28 million Renewable Energy Fund supports projects that take on the bigger jobs in Māori housing such as installing solar panels and solar water heating. But also the smaller things that can make a real difference for whānau already living in public housing. This might be putting in heat pumps, installing smart plugs, LED lighting or providing energy advice.

Te Puni Kōkiri supports individuals, whānau, hapū, iwi and rōpū with funding, information, advice and practical support to achieve their housing aspirations.......
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Maniapoto To Initial Deed Of Settlement
On Thursday 17th December, the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) will be initialling the Maniapoto Deed of Settlement (DOS) with the Crown, to settle the historical treaty claims of Maniapoto (all inclusive within Te Nehenehenui).

The initialling will be taking place in Parliament Buildings in Wellington, with the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Hon. Andrew Little and other Crown officials.......
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Bachelor of Mātauranga Māori
Aim of the programme is to:

* Revitalise and consolidate mātauranga Māori as a robust academic discipline

* Reflect on the value of engaging with and embedding mātauranga Māori in everyday practices.....
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Rāhui imposed on Coromandel scallop fishery after fears of over fishing
The rāhui was put in place by Ngāti Hei during a ceremony on Thursday.

At this stage the rāhui is a voluntary protection, Davis said, but they may look at applying for an official rāhui in the coming months......
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Tiwai Point: Ngāi Tahu wants Rio Tinto to engage with iwi over closure
Ngāi Tahu are calling on Rio Tinto to engage with iwi over the closure of the aluminium smelter at Tiwai Point.

"This goes to the essence of the principles of kaitiakitanga (guardianship and stewardship), so we wish to engage with you to discuss our mutual obligations to reduce the potential effects of the closure of the Tiwai Smelter, both on our community and our environment......
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Getting a Grasp on Māori Wards in New Plymouth

Now There Will Be More Ihumataos

Prejudice and misconceptions about Māori hurt all New Zealanders

Gisborne Māori wards depend on 5 per cent opposition  

Wednesday December 16, 2020

Safeguarding at-risk mātauranga Māori from the ongoing threat of covid-19
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Carmel Sepuloni, has announced 18 initiatives to support iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori communities to safeguard at-risk mātauranga Māori, and protect indigenous knowledge from the ongoing threat of COVID-19.

These initiatives are being funded through the $20 million Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku programme announced in Budget 2020. Key initiatives include direct funding for national cultural organisations to deliver wānanga and training programmes in partnership with communities, as well as contestable funding for specific projects....... 
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Mission Ready to draw Maori into tech jobs
Auckland Council has teamed up with education provider Mission Ready to encourage more Māori and Pasifika into the tech sector.

Mission Ready director Diana Sharma says just 2 per cent of New Zealand’s technology workers come from those groups.

That has come about not just because of the so-called digital divide, with young Māori having less access to computers and the internet, but because of the existing lack of diversity in the sector.......
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Kaumātua flats get $239k makeover thanks to community
Tradies have been anointed as part of the Ngā Pekanga whānau as they help to achieve the group’s dream of providing papakāinga housing for kaumātua.

A $239,500 cash injection, thanks to grants from Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK), Te Tumu Paeroa (The Māori Trustee) and the Taranaki Electricity Trust (TET), means the three units owned by Ngā Pekanga Catholic Māori Society on Waitara’s Bayly St will get much-needed repairs and renovations.......
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Have Your Say On The Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Bill
The Chairperson of the Māori Affairs Committee has called for submissions on the Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Bill.

The bill seeks to improve processes for transferring and allocating aquaculture settlement assets to iwi. It proposes to do this by amending sections of the Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2004......
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Mike Yardley: PM playing a very dangerous game with Ihumatao  

Tuesday December 15, 2020 

Mongrel Mob Wāhine Toa lodge first ever all-female gang Treaty of Waitangi claim
The first Treaty of Waitangi claim filed by an all-female chapter of a gang has been lodged by the leader of the Mongrel Mob Wāhine Toa. 

"It's about looking at the effects that gangs have had upon women and children, historically and to present day," says leader Paula Ormsby.

The statement of claim was lodged on August 19, and details the ways it says the Crown has failed in its obligation to take proactive steps to protect the claimants. 

Ormsby says the State needs to look at the intergenerational trauma that was created by colonisation, and why gangs even came into existence........
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Still no Ihumātao deal announcement as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern remains tight-lipped
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is staying tight-lipped as to whether Cabinet today agreed to a solution to the long-running Ihumātao land dispute.

But she did reveal that any solution the Government does announce would not undermine the treaty process previously agreed to by those involved.

"We just can't do that; it would be an act of bad faith for all other iwi and treaty partners."......
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Māori horticulture sector grows 300 per cent in 12 years to be worth $220m
Māori horticulture is booming, having grown 300 per cent in the last 12 years and set to continue its trajectory, new research shows.

A new report from economic consultancy Berl, commissioned by Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Primary Industries and Horticulture New Zealand, shows growing Māori ownership in the sector.

The estimated gross output of Māori horticulture in New Zealand is $220 million per year, the report shows.......
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Māori ward opponents criticised over leaflet sent to 30,000 New Plymouth homes
Thousands of blue forms sent out to gather signatures for a referendum on having a Māori ward in New Plymouth district have been described as misleading and manipulative – a charge organisers have rejected.

Thirty thousand double-sided forms – almost one for every household in the district – have been delivered to New Plymouth addresses. The form asks people to sign the petition to hold a binding referendum......
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Ōrākei kaumātua returning to the land, decades after Māori settlement was razed

Māoriland: New Zealand's forgotten name

Maori, moko and the trade in human heads that haunts New Zealand today

Ihumātao: From confiscation to present-day campaign for whenua's return  

Sunday December 13, 2020 

Group starts petition for poll on Māori ward decision in Taupō 
The recent decision by the Taupō District Council to include Māori wards in 2022 is being challenged by a local residents group.

The Taupō Residents Group (TRG) is promoting a petition by Taupō man Mike Butler. It would need 1241 legitimate signatures (5 per cent of the electorate) by February 21 to trigger a district wide referendum on the issue.

While the material the TRG is helping circulate does not claim it wants to countermand the decision, it states: “Without consultation our councillors have voted to change how we, the residents of Taupō, are represented at the Council table. This impinges on democracy.”...... 
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Auckland Council's Southern Initiative offers tech scholarships for Maori and Pacifika
Auckland Council is addressing a disconcerting statistic – that Maori and Pasifika workers make up just two per cent of the NZ tech sector – with a new partnership.

In an effort to boost diversity in one of the world’s fastest growing sectors, Auckland Council’s Southern Initiative is partnering with career development organisation Mission Ready, to offer 31 tech-pathway scholarships early next year.......
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Ngai Tai pushes for Maori housing
Auckland iwi Ngāi Tai is looking for land so it can do more housing developments.

Chair James Brown says it has completed s 120-unit development at Waterview ahead of schedule, it's working on an major project near Middlemore Hospital, and it's down to the last 40 of 93 KiwiBuild houses in Pukekohe.

He says it is committed to providing a Māori solution for Māori housing, and has told its partners the Ministry for Housing and Urban Development and Kainga Ora it wants to see more of the affordable units going to Māori......
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Taranaki Maunga: Settlement looms on horizon, with changes in the wind
The Crown and Ngā Iwi o Taranaki are in the final stages of negotiating a deal to settle claims related to treaty breaches connected to the maunga.

But it’s not about money, it’s about cultural redress and providing a way to uphold the status of Taranaki Maunga as tupuna and recognise the mana, and relationship, iwi have to him.

The deal will see the mountain be given its own legal personality and protections under law, following in the footsteps of the same rights given to Te Urewera in 2014, and Whanganui River three years later......
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Maatakitaki pou mark Musket Wars slaughter
Waikato iwi Ngaati Hikairo this morning unveiled a waharoa and three pou at Maatakitaki marking an 1822 battle that had major and lasting effects on not just Hikairo but on Ngaati Apakura, Maniapoto, Waikato and Ngāpuhi.

Tribal researcher Frank Thorne says the ancient pā on the Waipā River near Pirongia was a critical site for the iwi.

It was there Waikato tribes assembled to take on Ngāpuhi leader Hongi Hika, who came to avenge the slaying of his nephew Te Haranui by Totaua of Ngaati Hikairo.

While the pā was strongly built, it was no match for Hongi’s muskets and there was great slaughter.......
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Section of historic Canterbury land returned to Māori following decades of negotiations
The site, located between State Highway 1 and a railway line in the small community of Ōmihi, once held a pa and cemetery.

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura is celebrating the return of the Ōmihi pa.

“Our grandparents, it's almost a time that they can rest because it's something that's been generations through generations,” Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura chair Hariata Kahu said......
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Te Puna Ora o Mataatua opens Māori health academy in Whakatāne
Dreams of a Māori medical school in Whakatāne will get a big boost when Te Puna Ora o Mataatua officially opens its new Toitū Oranga, Toitū Rongoā Health and Medical Academy.

The health, medical, social, employment provider will launch the academy this week with Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson to officially open the new service.

The academy will provide services to people between 25 and 55 years old who are looking for employment in the health sector.

The academy has been established under the Te Ara Mahi Provincial Growth Fund......
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Higher priority for Maori as Auckland DHB aims to meet Treaty obligations
Martin Johnston talks to Auckland DHB chair Pat Snedden about how the DHB is addressing failures towards its Treaty of Waitangi partner.....(Login required)
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Te reo name gifted to Sport and Community Building at Alex Moore Park
Wellington City Council’s Strategy & Policy Committee has unanimously approved Waiora as the official name for the Sport and Community Building at Alex Moore Park.

The name Waiora, meaning water of life, was selected following engagement with iwi partner Ngāti Toa, and the Alex Moore Park Sport and Community Inc.

Council partnered with Alex Moore Park Sport and Community Inc and agreed to construct a new Sport and Community Hub Facility on the upper field at Alex Moore Park in 2018, with completion due in March 2021.

Māori Partnerships portfolio lead, Councillor Jill Day, says the gifted name is in accordance with Council’s naming policy Te Māpihi Maurea, but also meaningful for the building, and the area as a whole......
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The Big Lie – Dr Muriel Newman

Partnerships – Retired Judge Anthony Willy

Saying sorry to Māori is a good start, but it's not an end in itself

I walk in two worlds - as a Māori and Pākehā business woman

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