Thursday, January 21, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 17.01.21

Thursday January 21, 2021 

Junior doctors get immersed in Māori culture

Six junior doctors were immersed in Māori culture on Monday at the Arowhenua Marae near Temuka to help inform their practice.

“At Otago University they cover a multicultural part for their exams and this rounds it off as they get to know local iwi and rūnanga.

They (doctors) will get to know iwi and each other in a relaxed atmosphere it’s a good grounding of the culture so they can approach people in the appropriate way.”.... 
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Covid-19: Māori to be prioritised for vaccination
The National Māori Pandemic group has said the protection of Māori will be at the centre of planning for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

Jansen said he expected some Māori under 65 would be included in the priority groups for vaccination.

"We've got evidence to show that Māori will be impacted by the Covid at a younger age so our programme must address that," Jansen said.

"My understanding is that yes, it has been agreed that Māori will be centred in that.".......
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New Māori Performing Arts NCEA subject a step towards equity in education system
New Zealand’s education system has taken a step towards bicultural equality, with the launch of new NCEA standard Te Ao Haka​.

Announced in December last year, the Maori performing arts standard was officially launched at Pipitea Marae in Wellington on Wednesday.

In 2021, 900 students across 30 schools will be given the option to study Te Ao Haka across all three NCEA levels, with plans to roll it out nationally by 2023......
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Iwi protesting Shelly Bay sale serve developer with trespass notice
A group of iwi members and protesters contesting the sale of land at Wellington's Shelly Bay has served a verbal trespass notice to the developer.

A company representative was told he was trespassing when he arrived at the occupation this morning.

Anaru Mepham of Mau Whenua said the developer needed to slow down as there were still legal issues about the sale which needed to be resolved......
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Wednesday January 20, 2021 

Exhibition offers stark interpretation of colonisation 
A new exhibition in New Plymouth looks at the impact of colonisation on Māori.

Subtitled - 'A cautionary tale about human endeavour in Aotearoa New Zealand' - it draws parallels between the land wars, confiscation and environmental and economic problems of the present day.

Graham (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Tainui) completed an artist in residence at the Govett-Brewster gallery in 2019 where he researched ties between Waikato-Tainui and Taranaki, and the effects of the raupatu, or land confiscations, on both....... 
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Dr Kiriana Bird appointed to College of GP’s Board
Dr Kiriana Bird (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Porou) has been appointed to the Board of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners for a three-year term.

Dr Bird will represent Te Akoranga a Māui (the College's Māori representative group) on the Board, ensuring a clear voice for health equity, one of the College’s core strategic objectives, and bringing robust GP and governance experience.

. She has a passion for Māori health and equity and has worked her entire career with Māori in Hawke’s Bay. In her own practice she’s led changes to the way services are provided, strengthened relationships, enhanced the kaupapa Māori approach and built strong, agile teams who are culturally able to support self-determination for Māori......
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Waharoa and pou unveiled at Mātakitaki
A sacred site in Pirongia has been recognised with the unveiling of a carved waharoa (entranceway), mānuka palisade fence and three carved pou (posts) to commemorate the people who lived and died there in 1822.

In May 1822, Mātakitaki Pā witnessed an invasion by Northland iwi under the Ngā Puhi chief Hongi Hika.

The pā, a place of refuge, was overwhelmed by Hongi Hika and his musket-bearing warriors as they laid siege to the fortified settlement.

A reported 1500 people died in the battle and while escaping from the crowded pā.......
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Council’s Māori Economic Development Fund Supports Māori Enterprise
The 2020/21 Māori Economic Development Fund is now open to whānau, hapū, iwi and mātāwaka in Kāpiti to help develop their business or social enterprise.

The grants fund was established in 2013 by the Kāpiti Coast District Council and Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti, providing financial assistance to a range of mana whenua entities such as the Māoriland Film Festival, Ōtaki Manuka Growers Ltd, Kāpiti Island Nature Tours and Toi Matarau Gallery.......
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Vision of a new district court where everyone's words are heard
But wide-reaching changes to how courts operate, recently announced by Chief District Court judge Heemi Taumaunu, are set to change that.

The new vision of a court – called Te Ao Mārama (the world of light) – looks very different to now.

A judge might begin with a karakia and might not sit on a bench, although those decisions will be up to an individual judge.

Taumaunu says calls for change were not new or modern. There had been a sense of hurt deeply felt among Māori, especially over their representation as offenders and victims and imprisonment rates.......
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Monday January 18, 2021 

Shelly Bay occupiers plan to stick it out for five years 
An occupation at Wellington’s Shelly Bay has spread to include a former guard house and gardens above as occupiers pledge to stay on for five years or more if needed. 

Dr Catherine Love, from the group Mau Whenua, said the only thing that would stop the occupation before 2026 was the return of Māori land to Wellington iwi Taranaki Whānui. The five years was not an upper limit, Love said.

Mau Whenua is made up mostly of members from Wellington iwi Taranaki Whānui opposed to an earlier sale of Taranaki Whānui land at Shelly Bay to developer Ian Cassels...... 
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More on the above here Shelly Bay: From a one-man-stand to an army

Councillors back Taupo Māori wards decision as lobby group pushes petition
Taupō has joined the list of districts where a council decision to establish Maori wards has come under fire from lobbyists.

The lobby group Hobsons Pledge, led by former National Party and ACT leader Don Brash, which campaigns against Maori seats, describing it as ‘preferential treatment given to Māori’, is sponsoring flyers in support of a petition to trigger a poll on the decision.

However, councillors in favour of the wards are standing by their original positions and advocating for the public to get informed on the issues......
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Call to return the missing 'wh' to South Island Māori place names
The misspelling of Whakaroa as Akaroa is one of many errors made by early South Island surveyors unable to hear the soft “wh” in Māori place names, says Sir Tipene O’Regan.

Others include Lake Wakatipu, which should be Whakatipu and the Ashburton River/Hakatere, which should be Whakatere.

Akaroa's original name Whakaroa means “long harbour”.......
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Sunday January 17, 2021 

Council apologises after 'appropriating' Māori campaign slogan 
Whakatāne council has apologised to iwi after "appropriating" a slogan used to fight water bottling consents in the district. 

Māori water rights activists said Whakatāne District Council's use of the phrase "he tāonga te wai" when encouraging the community to conserve water was "appropriation" and "insulting".

However, the council said it was just trying to incorporate more te reo Māori into its communications and has since apologised and reached out to those offended to have a kōrero about its future use of te reo....... 
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Hobson's Pledge tactics from Trump playbook
Māori Party MP Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is comparing lobby group Hobson’s Pledge to racist supporters of American president Donald Trump.

The group has been delivering flyers in South Taranaki to whip up opposition to the council’s plans for a Māori ward.

Ms Ngarewa Packer says it’s an attempt to continue white privilege because, like Trump supporters, Hobson’s Pledge members seem threatened by any challenge by any threat to their monocultural view of the world.
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Group plans to build te reo skills
An Oamaru cultural services group wants to build its staff and volunteers’ te reo Maori skills this year not plan on stopping there.

In collaboration with the Oamaru Language School, Waitaki District Libraries plan to deliver new te reo Maori classes for the professional development of library staff and volunteers.......
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Be careful what you wish for . . .by Clive Bibby 

‘We want to see equity 

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