Saturday, February 27, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 21.02.21

Saturday February 27, 2021 

Independence of Māori Health Authority paramount - Lady Tureiti Moxon

A prominent Māori health campaigner wants a commitment in writing that a new Māori Health Authority will be independent, with control over its own budget and power to commission its own services.

Health Minister Andrew Little said what power the authority would hold was still undecided.

"Let's get it so that Māori can actually take control of our own destiny and our own health and look after the things that we think are important in our own regions.....
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Green leader James Shaw, Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick take aim at David Seymour over Māori wards-apartheid comparison
Green Party co-leader James Shaw says Act Party leader David Seymour should apologise over comments comparing new Māori ward legislation to apartheid in South Africa.

Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick has also weighed in on the issue, saying Seymour should "become relevant".....
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Maori wards law change just start of fight
Former New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd says today is a day of celebration - but there is a lot of work still to be done to ensure Māori take their rightful place in local government.

He says there now need to be challenges to individual councils to create Māori wards....
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Bob Edlin: Oh dear – see who was offended when Goldsmith called for Kiwis to be treated equally in electoral arrangements

Peter Bacos: Marion Dufresne at the Bay of Islands 25 March – 12 June 1772

NZ Wars: Stories Of Tainui On Māori Television 

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Friday February 26, 2021 

National's first election promise: Collins vows to overturn 'undemocratic' Māori wards law change 
Judith Collins is vowing to overturn the "undemocratic" law that scraps the ability for Māori wards to be overturned by a local poll, if National wins the election in 2023.

"The way we elect our councils is a fundamental part of our democracy. This legislation takes away the ability of New Zealanders to have a voice in this decision making," Collins said after the law passed.

"National isn't opposed to Māori wards if councils and their communities want them, but it is for communities to make this decision - a right the Government has robbed them of tonight......
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Stratford District Council to include te reo in its new, much-debated logo
It took a Taranaki council hours of debate and workshops to choose the design of its new logo.

But when it came to the wording that will accompany Stratford District Council's new branding, it far less time.

“Te Kaunihera ā Rohe o Whakaahurangi – Stratford District Council" was signed off by the policy and services comittee at their meeting on Tuesday........
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Te Ao Haka
Manutuke School is among schools across New Zealand breaking new educational ground with the introduction of NCEA-recognised Maori performing arts into its curriculum.

More than 30 secondary schools and kura across the country are piloting the new subject — Te Ao Haka — at all NCEA levels.

Around 900 students in English-medium and Maori-medium schools will be studying Te Ao Haka this year.......
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B3 enhances partnership with Māori
As part of its strategic plan, B3 is enhancing its partnership with Māori in all activities following the recent appointment of Alby Marsh as their Māori Research Leader.

Director David Teulon says Alby will be creating the Māori Strategy for B3 and is excited by the opportunity to grow participation by Māori researchers.

“B3 will champion the importance and inclusion of Mātauranga Māori in its research programme in a manner that gives effect to Māori conservation and bio economic aspirations,” says David.....
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Prioritise papakāinga over state houses, iwi leaders tell housing conference
Ngāti Kahungunu iwi chair Ngahiwi Tomoana said it was about reducing the barriers and inequities that Māori faced to achieve their housing aspirations.

He said more support was needed from the government to get more Māori into home ownership and into developing more papakāinga.....
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Fascinating talk from Andy Oakley at the Kapiti Historic Society

Barry Soper: Labour denying democratic rights of ratepayers with Māori ward move 

Thursday February 25, 2021 

Māori wards amendment bill passes final reading in Parliament 
The public can no longer veto a council's decision to introduce Māori wards.

The Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill passed its third and final reading at Parliament this evening.

MPs have been debating the remaining stages of the legislation under urgency since yesterday afternoon.

All stages of the legislation were rushed in order to give local bodies time to prepare ahead of the next election.

National is promising to overturn the Māori Wards bill if elected in 2023.

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins said the legislation is shoddy law making and public submissions were mostly against the changes......
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Māori wards law change: Northland councils may end call for submissions
A Government move to take away the right of a poll on Māori wards could see Whangārei District Council call for submissions on the issue then cancel it a couple of days later.

Imminent changes to the Electoral Act and swift work on the part of groups seeking a poll on Māori wards have left the council in an odd position of having to advertise for submissions, then possibly two days later have to advertise that there can be no submissions.....
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Huge Public Support For Binding Referendum On Maori Wards In Northland
Democracy Northland has delivered the largest ever paper petition to three of Northland's council's proposing to introduce Maori wards.

Former regional councillor and one of the petition organisers, John Bain said, "The response has been huge. It is the largest paper petition ever presented to the councils and sends a loud and clear message to all of the local councils in Northland that the people they represent want to have a say on whether Maori wards are introduced"......
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Strong local interest in Manawatū Tararua highway contracts
Long then introduced former Dannevirke resident Kingi Kiriona, who has taken on the role of Kaiārahi - director iwi and Māori outcomes, who said the project had called him back to town and he was privileged to be part of the team.

"To have a member of the senior management team promoting Māori outcomes and Te Ao Māori is unprecedented. Iwi have never been represented like this before on all levels governance, management and operations."

"We also hope that of those being employed, 30 per cent will be from the iwi partnerships."....
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Newlands Park To Be Renamed Pukehuia Park
Newlands Park will adopt the te reo Māori name Pukehuia Park, following a vote by Wellington City Councillors today.

Mayor Andy Foster says the name was put forward by Ngā Hau e Whā o Paparārangi, kaitiaki of the whare on Ladbrooke Drive, during consultation for Newlands Park redevelopment. The proposal has the full support of mana whenua, Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika.
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National Curriculum set to be more relevant, clearer and inclusive
The national curriculum for schooling will be refreshed over the next five years to ensure it is bicultural, clearer and more relevant for teachers and kaiako.

Each learning area in the New Zealand Curriculum will be refreshed - beginning with Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories in the Social Sciences learning area this year, followed with the content for Mathematics, English and Science learning areas in 2022.

The history curriculum changes come folllowing the strong call from the education community for Aotearoa New Zealand's histories to be taught to all ākonga at all schools and kura.

The new curriculum is expected to include lessons on the arrival of Māori, early colonial history of Aotearoa New Zealand, the Treaty of Waitangi and its history, and immigration to New Zealand........
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Poutini Ngāi Tahu reject mention of other iwi in new district plan
Mayors and chairs working on a new district plan for the West Coast have rejected a suggestion that councils should deal with iwi other than Poutini Ngāi Tahu over historic sites and wahi tapu.

“Let me be crystal clear: tino rangatiratanga (chiefly authority) rests with Poutini Ngāi Tahu, from Kahurangi Point right down to Piopiotahi, Milford Sound, from the mountains to the sea.......
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Petition to establish Māori Health Authority finds government support
A call to action and a call for equity came in the form of 2300-signature petitions calling on the government to accept the recommendations for a Māori Health Authority today.

The recommendation had come from the New Zealand Health and Disability System Review, tasked with a two-year investigation of unfairness in the health system and how to address it, which concluded a Māori Health Authority with commissioning rights would be best.....
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Bob Edlin: Nick Smith’s fairness questions spark call for reopening of submissions on bill

Mike Hosking: Labour's push to protect Māori wards political dishonesty 

Wednesday February 24, 2021 

Northern Hawke's Bay iwi fight for lost rights 
A Northern Hawke's Bay iwi's 30 years of modern-day battles to protect the coastal and marine resources of its areas has unfolded in an air of disbelief in a High Court hearing now in its third week in Napier.

The hearing is based on an application by Mohaka and Raupunga-based Ngati Pahauwera for recognition of customary right under the Marine and Coastal Area Act, and is before Justice Peter Churchman and is being held in the Napier War Memorial Conference Centre. It relates to the area off the coast between Poututu Stream and the Esk River......
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Te Tira Kāpuia back calls for resignation of Unitec board
A group of kaumātua are backing calls made by Māori for the resignation of the board chair of Unitec.

Te Tira Kāpuia, a group of academics and professionals within education, has supported calls for the board to resign which came after Māori staff and students cited institutional racism and neglect at the institution......
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Strong Māori input for Theatre Royal redevelopment
South Canterbury Māori will have strong input into the $23 million Theatre Royal upgrade and heritage facility which is to be built in Timaru's main street.

In outlining the project's design brief recently to the Timaru District Council, lead architect Architectus said it would engage with mana whenua in preliminary project work, concept design, development of the design, and then the final detailed design......
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Horizons apologises over Punakewhitu/Gentle Annie earthworks consultation
Horizons Regional Council has apologised to a Wanganui hapū after a consent was granted to excavate a section of the Punakewhitu/Gentle Annie maunga without consultation.

Work was suspended on the site last week after 120 people gathered to protest the earthworks, taking place to widen a road, which appeared to have taken place with little consultation with local hapū.....
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Taranaki regional council votes to hear public feedback before deciding on Māori constituency
Taranaki Regional councillors have voted to consult with the community before deciding whether to establish a Maori constituency in time for 2022 local body elections.

At a full council meeting on Tuesday, the nine councillors present unanimously supported having Māori representation around the council table but were at odds on how this should be achieved.

After a long discussion on four options, councillors chose to give the public the opportunity to provide feedback on their preferred option of creating a Māori constituency.
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Moriori Claims Settlement Bill Passes First Reading
Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little today welcomed Moriori to Parliament to witness the first reading of the Moriori Claims Settlement Bill.

“This bill is the culmination of years of dedication and hard work from all the parties involved. I am delighted to reach this significant milestone today,” Andrew Little said.

“No settlement package could ever fully compensate Moriori who suffered such a magnitude of loss and prejudice.......
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NZ needs 'by-Māori, for-Māori, to-Māori approach' to prisons, says MP Rawiri Waititi
New Zealand needs a "by-Māori, for-Māori, to-Māori approach to dealing with our whānau in prisons", says the Māori Party's Rawiri Waititi, who has called for a ministerial inquiry into the treatment of inmates.

"What we want to do is fast track the Corrections and the justice facilities to ensure our people are treated humanely," Rawiri said......
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The Failed Ideology of Cultural Marxism – Dr Muriel Newman 

Tuesday February 23, 2021 

Earthworks on ancestral Wanganui maunga suspended after protest 
Earthworks on an ancestral maunga next to the Wanganui River have been suspended temporarily, after local hapū brought the bulldozing to a halt, saying they weren't consulted on the desecration of their wāhi tapu, or sacred site.

Part of the hillside of Punakewhitu, which is known affectionately as Gentle Annie and is privately-owned, was bulldozed to open up the entrance and exit to the property to allow logging trucks to get in and out.

It was set to take 2m off the front face, and another 2m off the side of the maunga but works were halted after iwi and hapū members intervened.......
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Panel to consult with Invercargill ratepayers about best representation at council
A special panel is being set up to decide how Invercargill ratepayers can be best represented at their local council.

It's part of the council's representation review that will consider options around wards, community boards, Māori wards, and the number of councillors who are on the council.....
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Board snubs Māori name for Lower Hutt street in favour of ex-mayor
Harry Martin Lane was named just five days ago but already its future is in doubt, with Lower Hutt mana whenua calling the decision to reject a Māori street name “disrespectful and hurtful”.

However, the decision has immediately come under fire, with mana whenua calling for cultural training for board members that rejected the Māori street name put forward......
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HBRC to vote again on Maori seats
The Government has given councils until May 21 to adopt Maori seats if they wish them to be in place for the October 2022 local body elections.

So, in that context, on Wednesday (Feb 24) the Regional Council again takes up the issue of dedicated Maori seats. Here are the options being considered:......
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New Māori cultural app Te Kupenga launched
A new Māori cultural app launched today called Te Kupenga is being described as an exciting step forward for Hawke’s Bay’s five councils.

Te Kupenga is the result of collaboration between the Māori specialist teams in the councils, and the information will improve understanding of Te Reo Māori and Tikanga, as well as local knowledge about Treaty settlement entities and tangata whenua of Te Matau a Māui.

“The aim of the app is to help staff and councillors be more responsive and proactive in regard to Treaty principles across our business. We want to support our staff to have absolute comfort and confidence in their engagement with tangata whenua,” says Mr Palmer......
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Our Truth, Ta Mātou Pono: New Zealand on a revolutionary pathway, between Māori and the Crown 

Sunday February 21, 2021 

Kaumātua, last man standing in Nelson Supreme Court case, says 'just give us back our land' 
The Crown and a single kaumātua, Rore Stafford, are the final players in a long-running legal fight that decides the future of thousands of hectares of Nelson land. He wants to sit down with the Crown – but the High Court beckons.

In the 1840s, Māori owners of land used to settle Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay sold it to be developed on the agreement 10 per cent was reserved for their benefit. They would also keep customary areas, like urupā (grave sites) and gardens.

“The legal contract at the time, which continues through to now, is that the 10 per cent of the Nelson settlement should have been set aside, plus our customary land, our wāhi tapu, cultivations, etc.”

The Supreme Court findings said the Crown acknowledged it never reserved 4047 hectares (10,000 acres) of rural land - but it was not clear how much more urban and customary land was included as well......
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Council told Maori ward is much needed
Masterton District Council heard a Maori ward was desperately needed in Wairarapa, during a public forum at the latest council meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

“What we want to do is make that even more pronounced and be really unapologetic that Maori must have and deserve a place with you.

“Not on top of you, not under you, but beside you.”

The aim was for Maori to have an equal voice in Wairarapa, he said.
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Blessing for site before work commences on Stratford's pool
The site of Stratford's new multimillion-dollar pool was blessed on Friday by Koro Sandy Parata and representatives from Ngāruahine, Ngāti Maru and Ngāti Ruanui.

Three mauri stones, representing Ngāruahine, Ngāti Maru and Ngāti Ruanui, and a stone from the Patea river representing council, will be placed in the foundations of the building, says Sven.

Council is also working with the three iwi to ensure the final design of the aquatic centre incorporates cultural elements throughout.......
See full article HERE 

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1 comment:

DeeM said...

Finally, National have started to act like a real opposition. Promising to reverse the law change that Labour enacted by stealth and against the tide of public submissions.
Now they need to keep the momentum up and robustly challenge Labour on all their other woke policies....where do I start? Who knows, by 2023 we may have the real option of a centre-right government again.