Friday, December 11, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 6.12.20


Friday December 11, 2020 

Prime Minister confident at launch of new Whānau-centred young parents scheme, saying 'they've shown they work'

Ardern, who was joined by Minister of Health Andrew Little and Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall, officially launched the programme at the Tūnohopū Marae in Rotorua on Thursday.

It’s a scheme that was roundly welcomed by representatives of the Te Arawa iwi in attendance, with Te Arawa and Ngati Whakaue kaumatua Monty Morrison describing the scheme as an “important announcement today for all Māoridom”.

Ardern said the scheme was one of three pilots to be backed by a $10 million allocation from the 2019 Budget aimed at providing enhanced support for young parents and their whānau.

Morrison told Stuff the key message of the programme, a by Māori for Māori philosophy, “was for all of Māoridom throughout Aotearoa”........
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Shelly Bay legal fight in doubt after major backer linked to film industry pulls $2m funding
Iwi members fighting to overturn the sale of Shelly Bay land have been dealt a “bitter blow”, after a major funder linked to the film industry pulled $2 million that was bankrolling their legal battle.

In a statement, Mau Whenua – a group stemming from Taranaki Whānui members who did not support selling the land – said on Thursday it was exploring alternative options for raising about $2.2 million to continue the case, but warned they may not be able to continue......
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Grants Of Nearly $300,000 To Help Māori Health And Equity In The Bay Of Plenty
New grants totaling nearly $300,000 will be used to focus on Māori health advancement and improving equity in the Bay of Plenty.

It has been announced that the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) has received three Health Sector Research Collaboration Grants from the Health Research Council (HRC). They will help develop a framework for integrating technology and health; explore the use of technology to promote wellbeing among Māori; and develop skills and expertise in kaupapa Māori research methodology.......
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Te Hunga Rōia Māori Supports Call To Address 'Gross Over-representation Of Māori' In Harshest Detention Conditions
Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa (the Māori Law Society) supports the Human Rights Commission’s call for the New Zealand Government to prioritise work to create a paradigm shift in seclusion and restraint practices in places of detention. A new report released by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission has highlighted the gross over-representation of Māori in seclusion and restraint events in prisons, children and young people’s residences, and health and disability units.......
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Te Reo Māori and Māori media priorities for new Māori Development Minister
Today Willie Jackson was formally welcomed to Te Puni Kokiri, the organisation tasked with helping him in his new portfolio as Māori Development Minister.

Delivering an impassioned speech, he highlighted the need for more support for language learners who aren't fluent. "We've got to get that strategy right. I want a strategy for everyone, not just our ones who e mohio ana ki te kōrero Māori [speak fluently]. We've got to bring them on," he said......
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Bob Edlin: An apology from the Crown but not from the Maori party

Karl du Fresne: Stuff's racist history

Aotearoa or Aotearoa New Zealand: what’s in a name?

Swearing at the Crown – John Tamihere  

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Thursday December 10, 2020 

News:  Government launches $108 million te-reo-in-schools plan, calling for 10,000 staff to upskill 
The Government has launched a $108 million programme aiming to upskill 40,000 teachers and school staff in te reo Māori.

Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said registrations were now open for Te Ahu o te Reo Māori, a programme to normalise the language so it would be used in everyday classroom life.

The Government set aside about $108m in its 2020 Budget to run the programme over four years – aiming to train up about 40,000 staff, beginning in 2021. 

About 10,000, covering primary and secondary school teachers, and non-teaching support staff, would be able to join the programme in each of its four years......
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Wainuiomata students call for colonial street names to be changed to te reo Māori
A Lower Hutt street named after a British colonel who was jailed in England for kidnapping a woman could soon be renamed after a Māori leader, if a group of local rangatahi are successful in a campaign to update street names.

Wainuiomata High School students Tajzhay Pouwhare​, 18, Chelani Gray-Clarke​, 17, Jaden Jacobs​, 17, and Robert Clarke​, 17, have submitted a petition, signed by more than 500 people, to the Hutt City Council requesting that at least half of the streets in the city have te reo Māori names by 2025....
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Land loss and river contamination stand in the way of Māori aspirations, tribunal hears
Surrounded by paintings of their ancestors, Ngāti Pikiahu has told the Waitangi Tribunal how the laziness of local government had eroded the life force of its river and, thus, its people.

A hapū of Ngā Iwi o Te Reureu, Ngāti Pikiahu spoke about how it had lost parts of its Te Reureu area, which borders the Rangitīkei River, north of Halcombe, as part of the Ngāti Raukawa iwi confederations treaty claim.....
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Class action law change could help iwi
The Law Commission Te Aka Matua o te Ture wants public feedback on whether New Zealand should allow American-style class action suits and their associated funding arrangements.

Currently in New Zealand claims which may affect multiple litigants can be brought under the representative actions rule, where a person can represent a group of people in court with similar legal claims.

Commission president Amokura Kawharu says the commission want to develop rules and guidance so people can more effectively group together to fight their grievances.

She says it may help Māori, who face significant financial risk under the current system.....
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Queen's scholarships boost Maori health workforce
Waikato Institute of Technology intends to increase the number of scholarships it has for Māori entering the health workforce.

Wintec's executive director Māori, Hera White, says there will be seven scholarships on offer in 2021 across all its health programmes, paying up to $50,000 a year......
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Valuable land confiscated from Māori by the Crown, tribunal hears
Land taken from Māori by the Crown in Te Reureu, Manawatū, is estimated to be worth between $250million and $770m today.

Tiwana Tibble of Ngati Pikiahu made the valuation at a Waitangi Tribunal hearing at Te Tikanga Marae at Tokorangi, north of Halcombe, on Wednesday, as part of the Ngāti Raukawa iwi confederations treaty claim.......
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‘Abolish racist policy’

'People say summer's early — that would never happen in a Māori worldview'

Dominion Post editor on racist letter: 'We want to be held accountable'

Latest CouncilMARK report digs into regional council operations and culture – BOP Regional Council 

Tuesday December 8, 2020 

Panuku opens door for Maori participation 
The new chair of Panuku Development says the Auckland Council property arm has a major role to play in making the city environment look and feel more Māori.

"We're going to see more and more of that where Panuku is determined to give opportunities for iwi Māori to be a key part of those commercial opportunities so whether it's build and design, Te Aranga design principles, whether it's the commercial opportunities, Panuku has a big role in achieving those Māori outcomes for Tāmaki Makaurau," Mr Majurey says......
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DOC reconsiders concession at centre of Motutapu/Rangitoto Supreme Court case
In 2018 the Supreme Court instructed DOC to reconsider the concession applications at the centre of the case brought by Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki, which argued that DOC had not properly given effect to Treaty principles when granting the concessions.

When processing concession applications to operate on public conservation land DOC must give effect to the Treaty of Waitangi, under section 4 of the Conservation Act......
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Teacher of te reo and tikanga Māori
Working collaboratively with other teachers in our school, you will have the ability to support our staff in understanding of tikanga Māori. You must be committed to raising Māori achievement and restorative practices, and support staff to develop their confidence in using reo in the classroom.......
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DOC admits error in allowing Fullers to operate tours on Hauraki Gulf islands
The Department of Conservation has admitted it was wrong to grant a tourism company permission to operate tours on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf islands without mana whenua consultation.

In 2018, the Supreme Court told DOC to reconsider its decision to allow Fullers’ tours after Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust claimed it should hold the monopoly over tour operations on Rangitoto and Motutapu islands.

The iwi argued it should have rangatiratanga, exclusive rights, to conduct guided tours on the islands for at least five years.

The trust said the iwi had deep historical and spiritual connections to the islands - its ancestral motu – and, on Monday, welcomed DOC’s admission it got it wrong......
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Hapū feels left out of decision-making about its valley and river
A Manawatū hapū feels it has been left out of decision-making about its valley and river for more than a century, a Waitangi Tribunal has heard.

Ngā Iwi o Te Reureu spoke about how it had lost parts of its Te Reureu area, which borders the Rangitīkei River, north of Halcombe, as part of the Ngāti Raukawa iwi confederations treaty claim

The fifth week of the 12-week hearing started at Te Tikanga Marae at Tokorangi, north of Halcombe, on Monday. The case relates to the historical purchase of the Rangitīkei-Manawatū block, about 130,000 hectares of land, between Manawatū and Kāpiti......
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New road names stir debate
An attempt to name three new public roads in east Auckland was delayed when questions were raised over the process taken to reach agreement.

Multiple mana whenua groups were contacted by the council on behalf of the applicant, it says.

It opposes the names proposed by the developer as they have no “historical, cultural or ancestral linkage to the area”......
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Monday December 7, 2020 

Taranaki iwi representatives gain voting rights on civil defence decisions 
Three Taranaki iwi representatives will be invited for the first time to participate in regional civil defence management meetings from 2021 onwards.

The decision, after a long debate at the Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) civil defence emergency management (CDEM) joint committee meeting on Thursday, was heralded as a “forward thinking” move, which would be looked on with interest by the rest of New Zealand.

The three iwi representatives will have voting rights at CDEM co-ordinating executive group meetings, but not at CDEM joint committee meetings, which would require a law change by central government....... 
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Treaty claims: Ngāti Rangitihi receive $11.3 million for historical Treaty of Waitangi claims
An Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi has received a public apology from the Government for Treaty of Waitangi breaches at a settlement deed signing today.

The iwi will receive $11.3 million in returns from the Government as a result of the settlement but also a public apology and acknowledgment of Treaty breaches over the decades......
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Local govt has held fast to colonial roots

How Stuff's apology has resonated with Māori

Māori party leaders aspire to transform Aotearoa for the better in maiden speeches

How Auckland museum is unpacking centuries of colonial legacy and indigenising itself 

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1 comment:

Ray S said...

In the case of Treaty "breaches", would be of considerable interest to publish what the breaches were. It's my money being thrown around and I don't know the reason why. Being told a "breach" warrants payment is not good enough.