Saturday, January 30, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 24.01.21

Saturday January 30, 2021 

Tauranga Māori wards proposal to go to referendum

The proposed introduction of Māori wards at Tauranga City Council will go to a referendum after a petition calling for a community vote met a necessary threshold.

In August last year, councillors voted to introduce wards in the district where nearly 20 percent of the population is Māori.

If 5 percent of electors opposed this, a community wide vote was to be called.

Local electoral officer Warwick Lampp confirmed a petition calling for a vote reached the threshold of 4742 signatures.......
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More on the above here > $220k referendum on Māori wards likely as petition achieves numbers 

Tensions high at Maori ward petition meeting
Speakers included former New Conservative party member Elliot Ikilei, and Hobson’s pledge members Don Brash and Casey Costello.

They argued their views are in favour of equality and Maori bettering themselves.

Some of the remarks were visibly difficult for protesters to hear, with many shaking their heads, and tearing up during the speeches.

In his speech, Ikilei argued that everyone wants equality, and believes the implementation of Maori wards encourages segregation.

He told the crowd judging people based on the colour of their skin is “nothing less than Nazi-style racism.”.....
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Victoria University's new 'Wellington' sign reignites name change stoush
Victoria University has applied for a resource consent to install new signage on top of Rutherford House featuring the word "Wellington".

It said the sign was part of a programme to install bilingual signs throughout its campuses. The sign includes the university's Māori name in the smaller font below the word "Wellington".....
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Former Dunedin principal on panel
The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) launched the review this week, titled Puaotanga: An independent review of primary school staffing, to delve into the issues.

Mr Cormick, of Queenstown, said he was pleased to be involved in the review.

"As a former president of NZPF, I understand the realities and challenges of school leadership, so I bring that perspective.

"I’m also dedicated to Maori education and will be ensuring we bring Maori and Pasifika views and aspirations to the fore.".....
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Māori left in 'precarious position' after resignations at Unitec
Several Māori staff at Auckland's Unitec have resigned over what they say is institutionalised racism at the campus.

Several Māori staff at Auckland's Unitec have resigned over what they say is institutionalised racism at the campus.

The Unitec Māori staff collective - Te Roopu Mataara - say they have been disrespected and staff and students feel culturally unsafe.

About 300 people gathered from the community this morning to stand with Tui Ah Loo who has resigned as the chair of the rūnanga.....
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‘Your mana diminishes every time you turn on the news’ 

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Friday January 29, 2021 

Reserve Bank report tots up $69b of assets in Māori economy 
Māori businesses and non-profit organisations owned almost $69 billion in assets as of 2018, according to a new report on the Māori economy released by the Reserve Bank.

The report, produced by economic consultancy Berl, said the economic interests of Māori were increasingly diverse but opportunities remained for those interests to reach their full potential.

Most of the assets of the Māori economy were in the private sector.

There were almost 10,000 companies owned by Māori which had combined assets of $39b, Berl found......
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Council likely to change its spelling of Wakatipu
The name "Wakatipu" is likely to be updated on signs, buildings and open spaces around the Queenstown area to reflect traditional Māori spelling and pronunciation.

In November, Ngai Tahu elder Sir Tipene O’Regan said it was time to update and correct the historically inaccurate name given by European settlers to the southern lake.

The correct spelling, "Whakatipu", is pronounced in English as if with a "ph" at the start......
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Brace for impact, change is coming
Our expert panel last night discussed a likely design and impact of a fully funded Māori Health Authority with commissioning powers.......(Log in required)
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Our Truth, Tā Mātou Pono: You can't change the past but you can fix the future 

Thursday January 28, 2021 

Oranga Tamariki Minister Kelvin Davis announces new all-Māori board of advisors  
The government has announced a board of high-profile Māori leaders to help “fix” Oranga Tamariki. 

The ministerial advisory board starts its work on February 1, and comprises Dame Naida Glavish, Shannon Pakura, Sir Mark Solomon and is chaired by Matthew Tukaki.

He said the new board would look at three main areas – relationships with families and Māori, professional practice of social workers, and organisational culture.......
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Record number of Māori teaching students at Massey University
It’s hoped a record number of enrolments in Massey University’s Māori Kura Kaupapa teaching programme will help further champion Māori education.

Massey welcomed a group of new undergrad and postgraduate students at Te Pūtahi-a-Toi, the school of Māori knowledge, on Tuesday. This year 74 are enrolled, a record number.

The increase in student numbers is expected to help solve a shortage of Māori teachers in schools, including kura kaupapa Māori schools......
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Covid 19 coronavirus: Police say Northland iwi Covid checkpoints not needed
Inspector Riki Whiu, acting district commander for Northland, said police had been advised of the group's plans to re-establish checkpoints.

''Police respect and recognise the good intentions of the group, however while New Zealand remains in alert level 1 police do not believe there is any requirement for checkpoints at this time. As such our expectation is that Covid checkpoints will not be operating,'' Whiu said.......
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National Party to contest Māori electorate seats
The National Party will now contest the Māori electorate seats, 1 NEWS can reveal.

Previous leaders have ruled out running for the seats, or have called for them to be abolished altogether.

There are currently seven Māori electorate seats, Labour holding six and the Māori Party holds one.

“This is actually a win for Māori. It gives them a voice right across all of the political spectrum.”......
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Hobson Pledge's Don Brash to speak against Tauranga Māori wards
A Tauranga meeting with Hobson's Pledge spokesman Don Brash as one of the headline speakers has been organised in a bid to gather more signatures for a petition against Māori wards.

However, the meeting on.......(NZ Herald paywall)
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New China FTA to benefit Maori exporters
The chair of Māori trade group Te Taumata says the upgrade of the 2008 free trade agreement with China will create opportunities for Māori exporters and businesses.

Mr Insley says the agreement preserves the FTA’s existing safeguards to ensure there are no adverse effects on Māori interests including te reo Māori, traditional knowledge and cultural expressions, mātauranga Māori, indigenous flora and fauna and taonga species......
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John Banks axed from MediaWorks' Magic Talk show over Māori 'stone-age culture' comments
After the original publication of this story, a Mediaworks spokesperson gave an update that Banks would not be on air over the rest of the stint, which would instead be filled by regular nighttime host Leah Panapa.

A caller, identified as Richard, said that Māori were "victims of their own genetic background. They're genetically predisposed to crime, alcohol, and underperformance educationally.".....
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Wednesday January 27, 2021 

Pākehā lack 'cultural competency' to lead Oranga Tamariki, which needs 'by Māori, for Māori' overhaul - Whānau Ora chair 
Pākehā have had their turn trying to look after New Zealand's vulnerable, the chair of Whānau Ora says, and should cede responsibility to Māori following the resignation of embattled Oranga Tamariki CEO Gráinne Moss.

Moss stood down from the role last Friday, following months of intense scrutiny brought on by coverage of uplifts of Māori babies, who are five times more likely to be taken into state care than babies of other ethnicities. 

Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency Chair, says Moss' decision to quit was a fait accompli - and she wants it to be the catalyst for Māori leadership of an organisation in which seven of every 10 children are Māori......
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Ratana members see treaty as unfinished business
A Rātana spokesperson says there is unfinished business with Labour.

"Many of those priorities have been acknowledged over time. Whether Māori is involved in the design of particular Acts of parliament may not be as important as it used to be because with the treaty clauses the Māori voice is there or the treaty voice is there. But one discussion we did have is with the unfinished business which is the place of the Treaty of Waitangi in the written constitution of this country, which we don’t have at the moment," he says......
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New Sports Uniforms For Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Koutu
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Koutu has received a New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) grant of $25,390 to buy new sports uniforms for the school.

“The new sports uniform will help bring kotahitanga to our kura, local community, and our wider Rotorua community. The sports uniforms will provide opportunities for Te Koutu children and their whānau to come together for sports events and continue the important values of the kura, such as being able to use and promote te reo Māori freely and to enhance mātauranga Māori in new environments. Thanks to NZCT’s support, we are looking forward to helping our children pursue their goals of sports participation, fun, and even greater success.

“Sport is also an important vehicle and environment to use and promote te reo Māori.......
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Checkpoints to return, iwi group says
Covid checkpoints will be set up on Northland roads following a positive case of the virus' more contagious South African variant, according to the group behind last year's road blocks.

Rueben Taipari, Tai Tokerau Border Control regional coordinator, said the location and timing of checkpoints had yet to be confirmed.

The group had to act because the government was not doing enough to protect the vulnerable, he said.......
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Ara offers two new scholarships for Maori learners
The Department of Applied Science and Social Practice are offering two new scholarships for Maori learners to study for a Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Technology (GDILT) in 2021.

Ara’s own Framework for Maori Achievement has been designed to provide Ara with a commonly-understood roadmap towards improving the performance of the education system in general for Maori. It calls for the integration of kaupapa and matauranga Maori within all programmes of study at Ara......
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District council to discuss protection for New Plymouth sacred site
New Plymouth District Council is set to step in to protect a former pā site south of the city.

Hapū have asked people not to walk up and over the small hillock where the pā is located, and instead want them to use the beach to go around it.

New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) previously maintained it could not legally prevent people from crossing the headland instead of walking around the beach.

But that tune appears to have changed, with a proposal in front of councillors to protect the site with updated signage and fencing and an alternative walkway......
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Murihiku Marae to get $9 million funding boost for upgrade
The Murihiku Marae in Invercargill will get an upgrade, thanks to a $9 million boost from the Government.

The funding will come out of the $3 billion set aside in the Government’s Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund, Infrastructure Minister Grant Robertson and Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene announced on Tuesday.

The $9m will be used to complete a new wharekai (dining hall), associated infrastructure, replace the administration and services hub, and phased completion of the papakainga housing for kaumatua......
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Māori urged to lead on reinstoration of indigenous scientific names
Support for the restoration of indigenous names to native plants and animals - which were given Latin names by settler European scientists - has been gaining traction, but Māori academics say indigenous people must lead the conversation.

The restoration of indigenous scientific names was first put forward last year by ecologists Dr Shane Wright from Auckland University, and Len Gillman from AUT.

They are calling on Māori to bring forward the original names to keep that traditional knowledge alive, as Gillman said........
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Tuesday January 26, 2021 

Auckland iwi hopes land ruling sets precedent for Māori to have say as kaitiaki 
After a years-long legal battle, an iwi hopes it has helped build a framework for Māori to have some say over land to which they have strong cultural ties. 

The Environment Court in December rejected a bid by a group of farmers and landowners seeking to expand the Rural Urban Boundary and the Future Urban Zone across more than 83 hectares of land on Pūkaki Peninsula, near Auckland International Airport.

But the Environment Court panel closed the door on the appellants after the High Court sent the matter back for clarification, cementing a decision which acknowledged local iwi Te Ākitai Waiohua’s ancestral and cultural ties to the land...... 
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Doctors issue challenge to do more for Māori children
Health workers should not stand by and accept worse health for Māori children and the industry must do more to help, says a doctors' group.

Danny de Lore, the chair of the organisation's Child Health Working Group, said he sees a lot of Māori children hospitalised due to preventable problems, and a tangible 'health gap'.......
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Celebrations at Rātana pā underway
Annual celebrations at Rātana pā are getting underway with a smaller group of attendees, who hope the church's internal issues can be resolved before the next major hui.

The government usually attends, signalling the start of the political year, but the internal issues have seen the 2021 event downsized to church followers and members only......
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NPDC set to formally support Māori ward law change
New Plymouth District Council is set to formally agree a position supporting a law change on Māori wards as meetings get under way for 2021.

Mayor Neil Holdom has already offered his support for the potential law change in a letter from the Taranaki Mayoral Forum of Phil Nixon (South Taranaki), Neil Volzke (Stratford), and David MacLeod (chair, Taranaki Regional Council), for changing the law to stop binding referendums overturning a council decision to establish a Māori ward

Now the New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) is set to make a submission to central Government.....
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Māori contribution to Council decision making policy
This policy will guide elected members and staff on providing appropriate opportunities for Māori to contribute to Council decision making processes.

This policy will provide Māori within the Thames-Coromandel District with an understanding of how Council will manage its obligation to provide opportunities for Māori to contribute to Council decision making processes under the Local Government Act 2002.

This policy was reviewed by Counil in May 2020 and will be reveiwed again before the adoption of the 2024-2034 Long Term Plan.
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New Zealand’s modern cultural cringe – Michael Bassett

Pākehā lack 'cultural competency' to lead Oranga Tamariki, which needs 'by Māori, for Māori' overhaul - Whānau Ora chair  

Sunday January 24, 2021 

Ōpōtiki councillor to complain to Race Relations Commissioner over Grey Power newsletter 
A councillor says he will complain to the Race Relations Commissioner after his use of te reo Māori while saying a karakia at a Grey Power meeting was labelled an "insult".

Ōpōtiki councillor Louis Rapihana said he was angry with comments in a newsletter circulated after the Whakatāne Grey Power meeting he spoke at late last year.

"I will be taking it further … I will be sending a complaint to Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon," he said...... 
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Secondary schools set to include Kapa Haka as part of NCEA curriculum
More than 30 secondary schools and kura kaupapa Māori across the country will be introducing a Māori Performing Arts subject called Te Ao Haka (The World of Haka), available for NCEA at all levels.

It was announced this week at Wellington's Pipitea Marae, and a workshop for participating kaiako/teachers has now taken place over a three-day period......
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Rātana leader urges followers to break away from Labour
The chairman of the Rātana Church executive has called for the return of its own political party, rather than continuing to align with Labour.

The annual celebration of the church's late founder, Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana, is closed to political parties and manuhiri this year, as the church grapples with internal arguments.

It's only the second time the Labour Party won't be at Rātana in the 84-year history of their alliance - however, some Labour MPs with ties to the church will attend.......
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Maori partners critical to housing plan
The Government is counting on Māori and iwi housing providers to fill in some of the gaps in its new public housing plan.

The plan through to 2024 released yesterday is to build another 8000 homes, with the focus on Northland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Napier, Hastings, Palmerston North and Whanganui.

This will include 6000 public housing places and 2,000 transitional housing places.......
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Auckland to keep assets despite Watercare's financial woes - Goff
According to a Cabinet minute released by Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta last month, a shortlist of options has been identified and further consultation with councils and iwi is planned in March.

Councils will still have the ability to opt out of the reforms. Government officials are also looking at options for Crown and iwi/Māori ownership of the new water services providers.......
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Calls for Government to step in as Māori wards issue heats up
As tensions over the establishment of Māori wards on local councils boil over into physical fracas, an academic is calling on central government to step in.

A confrontation over a petition on Māori wards in the Ruapehu District, which resulted in police being called, has highlighted the fraught issue being grappled with by small councils......
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