Friday, March 5, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 28.02.21

Friday March 5, 2021 

Peeni Henare confident Māori, Pasifika will be targeted in Covid vaccine rollout

Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare is confident Māori and Pasifika communities most in need of the Covid-19 vaccine will be targeted in the vaccine rollout, even if South Auckland isn't prioritised.

“I can tell you that Māori and Pasifika are throughout the entire phases of the vaccine rollout programme,” Henare said.

The vaccine sequencing plan was laden with Treaty of Waitangi principles to ensure Māori were where they needed to be in the plan, Henare said.

“I can also tell you that the vaccine sequencing and plan is within it, embedded Tiriti o Waitangi principles, which actually push, in particular the Māori cohort into the space where it needs to for the vaccine rollout,” he said.......
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Te Marae o Hine: Pou return to watch over Palmerston North
Erected on the side of the Palmerston North City Council facing Te Marae o Hine/The Square, three pou were welcomed back, and two for the first time, to the heart of the city on Wednesday afternoon.

In 2017 three Māori figures, that had guarded the outside wall of Palmerston North's City Council chamber since 1990, were taken down to be given new life.....
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NZME pulls racism article and bans Bassett
An article published in the Northland Age newspaper on Tuesday and on the New Zealand Herald website has been withdrawn after it was condemned as racist - and publisher NZME says it won't publish Dr Michael Bassett's work on its platforms.

The Northland Age's article - headlined ‘Racism on a grand scale’ and printed under the banner “New Zealand as we know it” - bemoaned what he called a “bizarre craze” of embracing Māori culture……
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Maori on councils doesn't mean Maori perspective
Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson says just having a Māori in an elected position doesn’t mean they can advocate for Māori.

Māori elected to general wards on councils have no mandate to speak for Māori.......
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Kaipara to consider Maori ward
Kaipara District Council has begun a review of local electoral boundaries, including considering a Māori ward.

A law change means that decision will no longer carrying the risk of being overturned though a referendum, at great cost to ratepayers......
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An assumed right of veto?

The generational trauma stemming from war in the Waikato 

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Thursday March 4, 2021 

Call to fly Maori flag at Otago Polytechnic 
Otago Polytechnic Students’ Association president Ezra Tamati is campaigning for the Dunedin institute of skills and technology to permanently fly the Maori flag outside its Forth St campus.

The polytechnic board’s Maori advisory committee, Komiti Kawanataka, is to consider his request tomorrow.

If accepted by the advisory committee, Mr Tamati said he was confident the proposal would go ahead......
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'It's a start' - first steps made to establishing Māori Wards in Matamata-Piako
Matamata-Piako looks set to press ahead with Māori wards for the 2022 election but an iwi forum representative says there’s plenty of work to do both before then and by whoever might eventually fill the spot.

On Tuesday, Te Manawhenua Forum mo Matamata-Piako asked the district council to forge ahead with the plan for a Māori seat on the full council.

The forum’s chairwoman, Te Ao Marama Maaka from Ngāti Hāua, said it was a clear mandate from the iwi......
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Protesters occupy site, but Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei supports Erebus memorial
Protesters are occupying the pā site of Mataharehare in the Auckland suburb of Parnell, despite the city being at Covid-19 alert level 3 restrictions.

Occupants have set up tents and erected signage to show their opposition to a proposed Erebus crash memorial at Sir Dove-Myer Robinson Park.

They are being led by Māori community leader Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish, who says the site is culturally significant and has nothing to do with the Erebus disaster.......
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Wednesday March 3, 2021 

Vodafone CEO Jason Paris' three-word takedown of customer who complains about use of te reo Māori 
Vodafone chief executive Jason Paris has delivered a laconic farewell to a customer who complained about the company's use of te reo Māori in its communications.

The customer, a woman named Catherine Beuning, wrote to the Herald to draw attention to what she referred to as the "flippant reply" from Vodafone boss.

"I'd like to point out that we live in New Zealand, NOT Aotearoa, and will remain so until there's a referendum to change that name," Beuning says......
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Iwi takes 'major stake' in retirement village
In a major investment move, Porirua-based iwi Ngâti Toa Rangatira (Ngâti Toa) has taken a majority stake in the Whitby Lakes Retirement Village.

The multi-million dollar transaction sees Ngâti Toa take a two-thirds shareholding in Aegis Retirement Living Limited, the newly-created entity owning the retirement village in the Porirua suburb of Whitby.

The remaining one-third will be held by the original developer of the village, Sandy Foster.....
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Free app for learning Moriori released to help revive endangered native language
An app providing an introduction to ta rē Moriori - the native language of the Moriori people - has been released in a bid to revive the endangered language.

The Ta Rē Moriori Language App was released on Tuesday by the Hokotehi Moriori Trust, an organisation representing the indigenous people of New Zealand's Chatham Islands (Rēkohu), located off the east coast of the South Island.......
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Revived interest in kaupapa-driven Maori Council
There has been a surge of interest in the New Zealand Maori Council’s triennial elections.

Executive director Matthew Tukaki says more than 100 Māori committees have already voted in elections that will continue until mid-March, and committees that have been in recess have stormed back with big meetings and an influx of younger members.....
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Te reo reflects Paerata Rise's Methodist history
Ten new public roads and a private road in the Paerata Rise subdivision will all carry Māori names connected with the Methodist Church and Bible.

All of the names were suggested by Te Taha Māori - the Māori side of the Methodist Church, with mana whenua from Ngāti Tamaoho, Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua and Te Ākitai Waiohuai also consulted......
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The corruption of democracy – Dr Muriel Newman

A step too far bi-cultural partnership

The man bringing council and iwi together with meaningful talk and careful listening 

Tuesday March 2, 2021 

Calls for Far North Council to revisit Māori seats decision 
The change clearly showed the Government's intention to encourage more Māori wards.

But Far North Mayor John Carter has refused to be drawn on this challenge. He said his council had made no decision on whether or not it would vote for Māori seats after the legislation change.

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has extended the deadline for councils to make decisions on whether to have Māori wards until May 21. Three of the nine councils that voted to do so before the previous February 21 deadline are from Northland......
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Democratic Process Ignored Again
This amendment means that one race only (Maori) now have the ability to double dip by choosing to stand in a general ward or in a Maori ward with only Maori voters. This gives additional privilege to Maori over every other race.

The actions of government have defined racism in New Zealand to mean that if Maori do not have privilege beyond other races, then they are being discriminated against. For New Zealand to be a team of five million, all team members must be treated equally.

New Conservative believes that the government is there to first serve the people and that the people should all be treated equally......
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Building tikanga Māori in our Council
In this newly created position, Karepa is tasked with improving the Council’s capability to build strong and enduring relationships with mana whenua and Māori, along with a talented team of advisors. However, he also sees his role as instilling knowledge into staff, so everyone feels confident incorporating tikanga Māori in their work.......
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Wainuiomata mayoral street name to be replaced after just 12 days
Harry Martin Lane’s​ tenure as a street in the Wainuiomata shopping precinct was shorter than its namesake’s time as mayor.

Just over a fortnight after the street was named after the suburb’s only mayor, which formerly had its own council, the Wainuiomata Community Board has overturned its choice in favour of Te Ara Raukura​ to acknowledge the area’s mana whenua......
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Earthworks at Pukeiāhua cancelled. What's next for Ngāti Tamainupō?
Excavations of ancient food pits will stop at Pukeiāhua pā after Waikato District Council ordered the cancellation of resource consents to Perjuli Developments.

And local hapū Ngāti Tamanuipō has welcomed the decision to bring commercial development to a halt after spending more than 250 days trying to protect the last remnants of the 300-year old food pits of cultural significance to the Ngāruawāhia region......
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Our Truth, Tā Mātou Pono: Great South Road a highway to hell and the big bank that helped pay for the war 

Monday March 1, 2021 

Māori leader opposes Erebus memorial, iwi to gather, karakia, meeting tomorrow 
Māori Heritage Council member Dame Rangimārie Naida Glavish (Ngāti Whātua) and several kaumātua oppose the memorial in Parnell's Dove-Myer Robinson Park near the former Mataharehare Pā site.

Glavish said communication with local Māori had been unclear, work posed threats to a 180-year-old pōhutukawa, views would be blocked and the park had no association with the tragedy.

"I question the validity of the information given to Ōrākei marae for approval," she said referring to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Manatū Taonga saying Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei expressed support for the project in 2018.....
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Final Taranaki iwi completes its Treaty of Waitangi settlement
The last of the eight iwi in Taranaki has signed its deed of settlement with the Crown, receiving an apology, land of cultural significance and $30 million.

Ngāti Maru signed its deed of settlement in a scaled-down event on Saturday settling its historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced......
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Oranga Tamariki and Rotorua iwi appoint specialist Māori role
Oranga Tamariki has appointed its sixth and final specialist Māori role for the Bay of Plenty, which will begin next week.

The specialist Māori role began as a pilot and was now being rolled out nationally.

Malu said a Maori-centred approach for Oranga Tamariki, moving away from a more Western approach, was the way they believed was the future of the agency.......
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South Auckland marae rallying for changes to drivers licence process
He’s wanting a marae or Whānau Ora organisations to become a one-stop-shop for would-be drivers as they’ve got close connections to some who may slide towards a life of fines.

The AA and VTNZ currently deliver licensing tests on behalf of Waka Kotahi (NZTA) who say it’s arrangements aren’t flexible.

However, Waka Kotahi said it’s looking to further support marae based and other community licensing programmes.....
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Gerry Eckhoff: Local Government Reform 

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1 comment:

Ray S said...

Erebus memorial protesters, come on NZ Police, we are at level 3 and gatherings are verboten. Do your sworn duty.