Saturday, March 27, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 21.03.21

Saturday March 27, 2021 

Northland teaching student earns $22,000 Kupe scholarship

Now, a Kupe Scholarship worth more than $22,000 is helping the Tai Tokerau teaching student fulfil her ultimate goals - to bring te ao Māori into the mainstream curriculum and to find ways to best support kids from low socio-economic groups.

"There are a lot of Māori students in mainstream schools who miss out on beautiful aspects of their culture, so I try to integrate te ao Māori into the curriculum wherever I go. In my practicum classes, I've also had kids from all around the world, so I'm always working to make sure my classroom is culturally responsive and inclusive."....
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800 Northland students from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa graduating next week
More than 800 students will graduate in subjects such as te reo Māori, tikanga, art, business, social services, rongoā Māori, elder care, and adult and tertiary teaching......
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Government plans warrantless marae entries via water safety bill
Forget the pōwhiri: Officials will be able to enter marae without a warrant if a new water safety bill is passed, even though no marae water supply has ever caused an outbreak of illness.

To most Māori, it is unthinkable that any visitor would ever enter a marae without being welcomed on with a pōwhiri or whakatau. They are essential for upholding the value of manaakitanga (care and hospitality) and ensuring cultural safety.....
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Transport in Tamaki an equity issue
The chair of Auckland's Independant Māori Statutory Board says a lack of affordable public transport in many parts of the super city is having a negative effect on Māori.

Mr David Taipari says the board also raised with the Minister social procurement and the visibility of te reo Māori on public transport......
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Friday March 26, 2021 

Māori wards challenged: Māori ward for Whangārei District Council given green light 
After a nail-bitingly close Whangārei District Council meeting this morning, councillors voted to establish a Māori ward.

That came after a strong debate, with the affirmative camp finally gaining the upper hand in an 8-5 split, with one councillor absent.

The Whangārei District Council had received a petition, which would have triggered a poll but it is unlikely to be held, thanks to Mahuta's changes to what she described as "fundamentally unfair" petition rules......
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Iwi may act to prevent overfishing
Overfishing by recreational boaties visiting Jackson Bay is driving local iwi to consider imposing customary law restrictions including more mataitai (fishing reserves) and potentially a rahui (prohibition order) to protect the dwindling resource.

Te Runanga o Makaawhio holds rangatiratanga over the area as manawhenua, recognised by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Ngai Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998.

Ngati Mahaki was leading discussions with other local community leaders, the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Department of Conservation to identify solutions based on tikanga (customary law), she said.

Several mataitai proposed in the past had been abandoned over concerns from local commercial fishermen, but with changes in legislation now allowing commercial fishing to occur in mataitai, the iwi would revisit the earlier proposals, Mrs Rasmussen said......
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Maori need putea for housing plans to work
A Tauranga housing advocate says the Government needs to ring fence for Māori some of the money it allocates for housing programmes.

She welcomed this week’s announcement of more support for first home buyers, but says the Government undermines programmes by not thinking about what Māori need to participate......
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Action coming on Maori housing
Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson says more action is coming on Māori housing.

The Government’s housing package this week has been criticised for ignoring the plight of the homeless or of Māori, the majority of whom don’t have enough income to take advantage of the support offered,

Mr Jackson says the announcement was about first home buyers and extending the bright-line test to discourage property speculation, but work is continuing on opportunities for Māori......
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Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Bill - Third Reading Speech
The Bill removes a loophole which allows Māori land that was arbitrarily reclassified as general land in the late 1960s from being sold by local authority abandoned land or rating sales.

While the number of such sales is small, they continue to this day and it is not acceptable in this era for that practice to continue.

The Bill provides each local authority chief executive the power to write off rates that in his or her opinion cannot reasonably be recovered......
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Thursday March 25, 2021 

Horizons Regional Council changes stance on Māori wards, may have them by 2022 
Māori seats on wider Manawatū’s regional council may become a reality sooner than expected, but will rely on Māori making their voices heard quickly.

Horizons Regional Council voted on Tuesday to investigate having Māori wards in time for the 2022 election.

The council’s strategy and policy committee, made up of all council members, voted on March 9 to look into the wards before making a decision prior to the 2025 elections.

But Horowhenua-based councillor Sam Ferguson’s​ motion to get the ball rolling faster narrowly passed 7-5 on Tuesday......
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Maori seat bid for Hawke's Bay Regional Council
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is the latest to start consultations on establishing Maori constituencies in time for the 2022 elections.

An online consultation campaign will run until April 22, followed by public hearings of submissions on May 3 and 4, before the council makes a decision at its meeting on May 19.

If it votes to establish Māori seats, a representation review would determine whether there would be one or two Māori constituencies are needed......
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Hundreds sign petition to rename Hamilton streets named after 'assholes' who fought Māori
About 1600 people have signed a petition calling for Hamilton street names honouring "individuals who have committed violent crimes of theft and murder" to be changed.

But very few of them appear to have responded to a recent call from the Hamilton City Council for ideas on how it can enhance its relationship with Māori.

The petition, started this week on, calls for the renaming of four specific streets - Bryce St in the central city, and Hamilton East's Grey St, Von Tempsky St and Cameron Rd.

"All New Zealanders residing in Kirikiriroa/Hamilton City are affected by the problem of living on streets named after individuals who have committed violent crimes of theft and murder," it reads.......
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Iwi seeks temporary closure of Coromandel coast
People are being invited to have their say on the proposed temporary closure of the eastern Coromandel coast to the harvest of scallops.

Ngati Hei Trust has requested a temporary closure to the eastern Coromandel scallop fishery.

The request is for a two-year closure, says a statement on the Ministry of Primary Industries website.

Ngati Hei believe the closure will recognise and provide for the customary management practices of tangata whenua in the exercise of their non-commercial fishing rights.....
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Mōkai Pātea trust takes steps towards Tiriti settlement
Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Climes Trust's mandate was recognised by the Crown this week after extensive mahi and acceptance from the majority of the whānau in its rohe, region.

Mōkai Pātea was one of the last areas of Aotearoa-New Zealand in which Māori land was alienated by the Crown and Pākehā settlers, the Trust's statement said.

“This included Tiriti breaches that occurred when well-developed Māori sheep farms and kāinga were lost in the 1890s, most infamously when Winiata Te Whaaro was arrested and his whānau evicted from Pokopoko, and when the Waiouru Military Training Area was being set up in the 20th Century.”....
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Auckland marae caring for city's homeless taking Crown to Waitangi Tribunal for its failures to house Māori.
Te Puea Marae is leading the claim as it asks for reparations from the Crown for its past failures, and a commitment to do more for its future generations.

The claim before the tribunal is being supported by a number of community groups nationwide working with Māori.....
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Wednesday March 24, 2021 

'To me, they stole it off my mother' — Ngātiwai occupy land they want returned 
A land occupation is underway in Northland, protesting the way organisations have blocked access to Māori land.

The original lands of Ngāi Tāhuhu, Te Waiariki and Ngāti Korora are now being occupied by their descendants.

The surrounding lands are being developed for housing and governmental purposes, and the Department of Conservation has acquired some of the land for a roadway to a private subdivision.

Parata says further developments must be postponed until his people have settled their treaty settlements with the Crown......
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Survey reveals 93 pct of Māori impacted by racism on daily basis
The majority of Māori say racism impacts them daily, and nearly all say racism is a problem for their families.

The findings are from the report Whakatika: A Survey of Māori Experiences of Racism, which was released on Monday by Te Atawhai o Te Ao - Independent Māori Institute for Environment and Health.

Over 2000 Māori across New Zealand were surveyed between February 2019 and February 2020. Respondents were asked about the types and frequency of racism they experience and the impact this has emotionally, as well as on their wellbeing and health......
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'No human face, patience and empathy' for Māori homelessness, Tribunal hears
The government needs to apologise for failing to ensure Māori have adequate housing, and ignoring the problem for so long, the Waitangi Tribunal has been told.

The hearing into how the Crown has perpetuated Māori homelessness is underway at Te Puea marae in Mangere, which has opened its doors to hundreds of homeless whānau over the last five years, and brought the original claim to the Waitangi Tribunal.......
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Waimarino Shears' bilingual billboards put te reo Māori in frame
There are hopes the use of te reo Māori in shearing competitions will become much more commonplace.

At the weekend, the small central North Island town of Raetihi hosted the Waimarino Shears and as part of making it a show with a difference, launched a Te Reo Māori strategy.

Edmonds said at the event they had three large bilingual billboards with 60 words to help competitors and attendees......
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Kāinga Ora Borrowing Ability Should Be Increased, While Ensuring Te Tiriti O Waitangi Based, Community-focused Approach
The new homes enabled through additional borrowing capacity for Kāinga Ora announced by Government today must have a Te Tiriti o Waitangi lens, having Māori take the lead in developing homes.

“This additional building capacity for Kāinga Ora must have a strong focus on ensuring the Māori housing sector is able to thrive.....
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Hamilton City Council Harvested Submissions From School Children
Hamilton City Council staff members have been visiting classrooms and harvesting submissions from children on the Council’s Māori partnership strategy, the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union can reveal.

“The council has confirmed these school visits to media previously, but until now it wasn’t clear that the Council’s goal is to harvest submissions from school children.”

“In fact, this propaganda campaign had a marked effect on total submissions. A Council meeting agenda reveals that 20% of submissions on the strategy came from children below the age of 16, and a further 7% from 16-19 year-olds. The vast majority of submissions supported all aspects of the council’s strategy.”......
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Tuesday March 23, 2021 

Police Ten 7 show 'feeds racial stereotypes' - Auckland councillor 
An Auckland councillor is calling on TVNZ to scrap the reality show Police Ten 7 over what he says are racist stereotypes.

"I think it's high time that a chewing gum show like Police Ten 7 was spat out of the New Zealand TV vernacular, because there's absolutely no need for it any more."

Recently, accusations of racial profiling have been levelled at the police after RNZ revealed a series of rangatahi who had done nothing wrong were photographed by officers.........
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Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon says Ten 7 reflects 'racist' police
Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon has added his voice to calls to end Police Ten 7, saying that the show reflects racist policing in New Zealand.

Speaking to Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking, Foon said the show did "target more brown people than white people so therefore it is racist"......
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Te Ao Maori and the Americas cup
As Aotearoa moves further into the 21st Century the partnership principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi continue to shape our pathway forward. Both treaty partners draw on the strengths of the other to make Aotearoa a stronger, happier more diverse country.

The inspiration derived from Te Ao Māori by our America’s Cup Team cannot be underestimated and it had many aspects......
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From landless iwi to housing developer Paoa fate
Outgoing chief executive Haydn Solomon says Saturday’s deed signing at Wharekawa Marae in Kaiaua was a statement of reconciliation with the crown, with other iwi, and with the tribe itself, which was fractured by the 10-year settlement process.

He says after being rendered almost landless, the tribe is now coming into a substantial estate, which will include the Waiheke farm handed over in a previous settlement, and 10 cultural reserves including Point England Reserve.....
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Far North Council and hapu to work on Taipa wastewater solution
Far North District Council will work with Ngati Kahu hapu and community representatives to find the best upgrade option for Taipa wastewater treatment plant, the Environment Court has confirmed.

Under the agreement, affirmed earlier this month by Environment Judge J A Smith, the Council will partner with Te Rananga-a-Iwi o Ngati Kahu, Te Mana o te Wai Hapu Integration Roopu Charitable Trust, and Clean Waters to the Sea Tokarau Moana Charitable Trust to find the most practical option for upgrading the wastewater treatment plant (which serves Manganui, Coopers Beach, Cable Bay and Taipa and disposing of treated wastewater......
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Most Māori experience racism every day - new research
New research released today shows that 93 percent of Māori in Aotearoa experience racism every day, and even more - 96 percent - say racism is a problem for their whānau.

Legal definitions of racism and discrimination fall short of describing the breadth, depth and true cost of racism to Māori, the research finds. That cost includes impact on both physical and mental health.......
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'Ignorant' Polish developers of Skyline Express board game sorry for Māori character
A group of Polish board game developers have apologised after the imagery and name suggestions for a proposed Māori character prompted outrage online.

Thistroy Games shared a post on their Facebook page promoting their board game Skyline Express, featuring an animated Māori character with face tattoos seemingly attempting to mimic tā moko......
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Hui to put Māori in driving seat to protect mānuka honey marketing
A group working to protect mānuka honey in the global marketplace is holding a series of hui with Māori around the country.

The meetings, which got under way in Northland last week, are being held by Mānuka Charitable Trust. The trust's operating arm - Te Pitau - has funding from the government's Provincial Growth Fund to take legal action to stop Australian beekeepers marketing their products as mānuka honey.

Te Pitau chair Victor Goldsmith said mānuka was a Māori word which had important cultural significance and Māori needed to be in the driving seat of efforts to protect it......
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Taihape College farm cannot be released by government - Treaty Negotiations Minister
There is no way a Taihape farm - which locals contest should never have been declared surplus land and put in the landbank for Treaty settlement - can be released, the Treaty Negotiations Minister says.

There have been calls for local iwi to clear the way and ask the Crown to release the land, but the Office of Treaty Settlements said this was not possible in this case as negotiations had not taken place.....
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Sunday March 21, 2021 

Iwi tells Treaty settlement story using online resource 
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei have launched a new online resource about their Treaty settlement, on the anniversary of their tūpuna signing Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

"It's particularly important coming into this new era as New Zealand braces to teach New Zealand history in school and this is another tool to aid in that process," Allan said.

It is part of a wider digital storytelling programme, Te Tai, a collaboration between the Māori Language Commission and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage aiming to increase the understanding of Treaty settlements and their impact.

This is the fifth iwi story that has been funded by the Ministry, Allan said.....
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Ngāti Pāoa, Crown, sign off on Treaty settlement including $23.5 million financial redress
Auckland and Hauraki iwi Ngāti Pāoa has signed its Treaty settlement with the Crown, in a deal including a $23.5 million financial settlement.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little said no settlement could fully compensate the iwi, which has a rohe (territory) stretching from Te Aroha to Warkworth, including Waiheke Island.

Iwi members were killed during the Crown invasion of Waikato in 1863. Ngāti Pāoa had interests in the vast swathes of land confiscated by the Crown in the following years......
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Kura students racially taunted for speaking te reo Māori and performing haka at council meeting
Year 12 students from a Ōtaki kura say they were subjected to racial taunts at a Kāpiti Coast District Council meeting, while a teacher and student were allegedly hit by a chair by members of the public gallery.

Students from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito were invited to attend the council meeting on February 25 to support Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai iwi who were gifting a Māori name for the new Kāpiti Island gateway centre, Te Uruhi.......
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Grant Robertson says more collaboration with Maori is needed for Auckland's development
Robertson says working with local iwi is key to the region's growth.

He says Auckland is very blessed by the work that Ngati Whatua are doing for the region......
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