Saturday, April 3, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 28.03.21

Saturday April 3, 2021 

Health Minister Andrew Little praises new Māori-led service for at-risk mothers in Wanganui

The service aims to support young wāhine and their pēpi (children) through a mixture of both wānanga and mātauranga (Māori knowledge). The service specifically caters towards mothers who are battling substance abuse with alcohol or drugs, and are poorly connected to health and social service support.

Te Oranganui Mātaiwhetū/chief executive Wheturangi Walsh-Tapiata said the new service was a by-Māori-for-Māori approach, with a large focus on whānau and community.

The pregnancy and parenting service joins five other DHBs with similar services across New Zealand, with the Government putting $7 million towards further expanding the programmes.

Speaking to the new Wanganui service, Little said it was an example of how the benefits of grounded local communities can be used to promote better health outcomes for vulnerable people......
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Marlborough looks at implications of a Māori Ward
Marlborough District Council has started a representation review, which will include the implications of creating a Māori ward.....
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Maori Ward – Kaikoura District Council
The Council is working alongside Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura as Papatipu Rūnanga that hold mana whenua for the Kaikōura takiwā to discuss the options. The Council is also seeking input and views from the wider community in order to be able to make an informed decision by the 21st May deadline.

If you wish to provide any feedback please do so through our online submission form or download this form and email or post to The Chief Executive, Kaikōura District Council, PO Box 6, Kāikoura 7300

Submissions must be received by Council by 18 April 2021.....
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Friday April 2, 2021 

Concern at High Court use of tikanga to overule Waitangi Tribunal 
Some in the Māori legal community have expressed concern at the High Court's use of tikanga to overule the Waitangi Tribunal, and questioned whether it has the expertise to do this.

Sykes was encouraged by the fact the judgment stated tikanga Māori was law.

The decision would likely be appealed. Jones expected it could go all the way to the Supreme Court......
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Waikeria Prison protesters file civil rights claims against Corrections, Attorney-General
The Waikeria Prison protesters have filed civil rights claims against the Corrections chief executive and the Attorney-General over what they say was "inhumane treatment".

Of the 16, 14 who are Māori have also filed claims against the Crown in the Waitangi Tribunal......
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Local Focus: Bilingual tourism campaign launches in Rotorua
Reorua is Rotorua's largest bilingual campaign, as part of the With Us campaign that launched this month, encouraging locals and people around Aotearoa to experience Rotorua.

The digital map has been available for just over a week and is already receiving great feedback. More bilingual resources will be rolled out in the coming months......
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Hamilton City holds off on Maori Wards for now
Hamilton City Council has committed to strengthening Maaori representation and participation, including consideration of Maaori wards, following the adoption of a wider strategy to improve outcomes for Maaori.

Whether Council would introduce Maaori wards for the 2022-25 triennium was debated by Elected Members at an Extraordinary Council meeting today (1 April).

"But I could not, in all conscience, introduce Maaori wards without having consulted with the wider community. I don’t believe that would have achieved the right outcome, either for Maaori or for the city. I am concerned a rushed process would divide our city, not enrich it."...
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Underground rail station in central Hamilton could be resurrected as part of major mall revamp
Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) and Kiwi Property announced the formation of a 50:50 joint venture over Centre Place North to the New Zealand stock exchange on Thursday.

The joint venture will take an initial pre-paid 100-year ground lease, with the underlying whenua (land) remaining in the ownership of Waikato-Tainui, including the land transferred to iwi ownership from beneath the existing car park, which was owned by Kiwi Property.

The deal will extend the partnership between Tainui Group Holdings and Kiwi Property, which dates back to May 2016, when Kiwi Property acquired a 50 per cent share of The Base......
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Thursday April 1, 2021 

Trust gets mandate to negotiate Taihape Inquiry Area claims 
The Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust has been given the mandate to represent northern Rangitīkei iwi in the settlement of their land claims.

This was a source of relief to trust chairman Utiku Potaka, who was grateful for the support of whaānau, hapū and iwi in what the Crown has called the Taihape Inquiry Area.

However, that mandate continued to be opposed by the Ngāti Hinemanu me Ngāti Paki Heritage Trust, chairman Jordan Haines-Winiata said......
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Iwi investments feel heat of tourism shutdown
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has often been criticised for not investing enough in tourism.

Its investments are entirely tied up in property, something it had planned to change last year with millions of dollars’ worth of tourism investments.

But now, a year of pandemic later, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei deputy chair Ngarimu Blair is openly wondering if his iwi will ever want to add tourism to its portfolio.....
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New Funding To Keep Tamariki And Rangatahi Māori Active
Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson today helped launch a new fund to provide direct financial support for tamariki and rangatahi Māori throughout the South Island who are experiencing financial hardship and missing out on physical activity opportunities.

The fund is being disbursed by Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, the South Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, in partnership with Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa. It will assist around 2,500 tamariki and rangatahi Māori through an investment of $850,000 over the next two years.......
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Consultation offer to counter climate white out
Independent Māori climate change commissioner Donna Awatere Huata is offering to collate Māori views for inclusion in the final report of the Climate Change Commission.

"We are all asking for the same thing, for a Te Tiriti partnership. We want to be at the table. We don't want to be talking to wall to wall white bureaucrats who have no capacity to take our thinking and translate it into policy. We actually want to sit at the policy table, and that did not happen," Ms Awatere-Huata says......
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Poutini Ngāi Tahu warn council over mapping of wetlands on Māori land
Poutini Ngāi Tahu has settled its legal action against West Coast Regional Council over the mapping of Māori land as protected wetland.

The iwi has also fired a shot across the council's bows over the significant natural areas (SNAs) process, which it describes as another bid to confiscate land, and warned it not to "repeat its mistakes".....
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Waikato DHB systematically failing Māori and Pasifika - report
Waikato District Health Board has been found to be systematically failing to meet the needs of its Māori and Pacific communities.

The board services the highest population of Māori of any health board - with an estimated 23 percent of the region's 438,300 people identifying as Tangata Whenua. Another 3 percent identified as Pacific peoples.

It said this failure demonstrated an "acceptance that a lack of equity is both inevitable and tolerable".....
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Clive Bibby: “Slip slidin’ away!”  

Wednesday March 31, 2021 

Waitangi Tribunal decision 'inconsistent' with Treaty tikanga 
A Wairarapa iwi’s attempt to claim ownership over $800 million of public assets, including land as far north as Waikato, has been knocked back in a precedent-setting court decision.

In its decision published on Tuesday, the High Court ruled the Waitangi Tribunal was not consistent with the “tikanga of the Treaty” when it proposed awarding land including a hydropower scheme at Mangakino to a Wairarapa iwi.

The High Court upheld judicial review challenges brought by the Crown, Mercury NZ Ltd, and the Raukawa Settlement Trust against a decision that lands be returned to Wairarapa-based Ngāti Kahungunu for historic breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi......
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Government launches initiative to increase Māori and Pasifika midwifery students
Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced the initiative at the Auckland University of Technology campus today.

The ministry has provided $6 million over the next four years for a liaison person at each institution to provide wraparound care, academic support and to actively recruit Māori and Pasifika.
See full article HERE

Inspector looks to Te Pae Oranga to help whānau reach their aspirations
An alternative justice panel with a te ao Māori kaupapa approach is in the works to hit Palmerston North.

Te Pae Oranga Iwi Community Panels are for low-level offenders, holding them accountable while giving support to address the issues in their lives that led to their offending.

The initiative was operating in 16 areas across New Zealand, with police aspiring to expand to 40 sites......
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Rongoā Māori – Northland District Health Board funded pilot services
On a beautiful sunny morning in March, we officially welcomed our Te Hiku ō Te Ika Rongoā Māori practitioners into the fold of Kaitaia Hospital to deliver their traditional Rongoā Māori services. This is one of three recently funded Rongoā Māori pilot programmes across Te Tai Tokerau.

The second pilot will offer these Rongoā services at Rawene Hospital and the third through clinics in Haruru, Motatau, Otangarei and Kaiwaka......
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Decision time nigh for Hamilton City Council to decide whether to introduce Māori wards
Māori wards could finally become a permanent feature of the Hamilton City Council, with the city’s politicians poised to make a ruling on whether to introduce them.

The decision, at an extraordinary council meeting on Thursday, will be one of the most important of the year and the councillors will have much food for thought.

“It is right to remove the barriers to Māori democracy......
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Tuesday March 30, 2021 

Anticipation building for independent Māori health authority 
The creation of a long-awaited independent Māori health authority has picked up pace, with a draft of the agency set to go to Cabinet in the coming weeks.

South Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency's Helen Leahy said an independent Māori health authority would better direct money to where it's needed.

She's delighted such a plan was getting support from the government......
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Grants Support Local Māori Businesses To Grow
“Ten applications were received, and of these, five projects met the criteria and were funded for the current 2020/21 round. All five projects received equal funding. This gesture of manaakitanga (support) by the funding panel is to whakamana (endorse/empower) all the kaupapa equally.

“Māori economic wellbeing builds opportunities for all Māori. It links tangata whenua to the district, and contributes to the wider community,” says Mr Spratt......
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Ministry backs Para Kore expansion
The Environment Ministry is putting $3 million from its Community Environment Fund into a Para Kore marae-based training programme to support whānau, hapū and iwi to reduce waste in their rohe.

She says the programme is delivered from a Māori worldview and helps to ‘de-normalise’ the throwaway, linear, industrialised systems which are harmful to people and Papatūānuku.......
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Medical partnership at Parihaka brings free health services to community
The Whakaihu Taiora clinic offers free medical services every two weeks on a Tuesday morning to Parihaka residents and the wider community from inside a whare at Parihaka Papakāinga.

“This kaupapa removes barriers to accessing health services for our people on the coast and addresses the health inequities for Māori," she said......
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Jobs for Nature to deliver jobs and environmental benefits through new projects
The Government is investing nearly $9 million in four iwi-led projects in the South Island through its Jobs for Nature programme.

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has developed four strategic projects with Papatipu Rananga o Ngai Tahu as part of its biosecurity and biodiversity programme.

"The priorities of the project reflect the holistic iwi approach to the environment and its intersection with people and health......
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Monday March 29, 2021 

 $50 million Māori trades and training fund produces four jobs so far, since June 
The Government has been accused of working at a glacial pace on fixing Māori unemployment as an ongoing $50 million training scheme has created just four new Māori jobs in eight months.

So far, $11.4m has been committed to approved projects with $1.8m paid out.

Written questions from National’s employment spokeswoman, Louise Upston, to Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni revealed four people have been assisted into paid employment since June......
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More on the above here > Govt Not Doing Enough To Get Māori Into Jobs

BNZ pulls TV ad portraying 'common stigma of Māori'
A Bank of New Zealand television ad which portrayed Māori as “poor” and “desperate” was removed by the bank following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority.

The complainant said the ad shows “common stigma of Māori - poor, desperate”.

The Advertising Standards Authority chair noted the complainant’s concerns that the advertisement portrayed Māori in a negative way.

The chair acknowledged BNZ had removed the advertisement after receiving the complaint and confirmed it was not to be used again......
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Rebuild of Oranga Tamariki underway following years of turmoil
After years of turmoil, Oranga Tamariki is having its reputation rebuilt from the ground up, with new chief executive Sir Wiri Gardiner leading the charge.

At the Waitangi Tribunal, Oranga Tamariki admitted institutional racism, while Gardiner said staff lacked knowledge of Māori culture.

A problem, given 60 per cent of children in care are Māori.

"That's what I think is at the root of the criticism about institutional racism," Gardiner said.

He wants cultural competency courses for staff, perhaps even to NZQA standards......
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Massey University 'next level' marae opened in dawn ceremony
More than 500 people gathered before dawn on Saturday for the tā i te kawa (dedication) ceremony held to bless Massey University’s new Wellington marae, Te Whaioranga o Te Whaiao.

Taepa said the work took nearly six years, and estimated that about a third of the time was spent on the design.

“It’s a marae for the future. We want our Māori students and prospective Māori students to know that this is a place where they can learn as Māori,” Durie said.....
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Ngāi Tahu to equip young people to make 'stuff happen'
A Ngāi Tahu organisation is hiring 10 young people to train up as future leaders and problem solvers.

Tokona Te Raki, a social innovation centre in Christchurch, is setting up the Māori Futures Academy in partnership with the University of Canterbury.

So when you think about things like treaty partnership.....
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Legitimacy in retrospect? No thanks

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