Saturday, March 13, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 7.03.21

Saturday March 13, 2021 

Māori-led approach to dealing with crime and preventing reoffending, Te Pae Oranga, launched in Taranaki

A new Māori-led approach to dealing with crime and preventing reoffending has been launched in Taranaki.

Te Pae Oranga Iwi Community Panels are a partnership between police and Māori around the country, and the new panel in Taranaki is the 16th in New Zealand.

The initiative is open to low-level offenders, holding them accountable while giving support to address the issues in their lives that led to their offending......
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Maori scholars top of the world
Academy chair Professor Charlotte Macdonald says the newly-elected Fellows have made amazing contributions to knowledge in their fields and across disciplinary boundaries......
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Opihi Whanaungakore battle: Occupation possible after subdivision granted consent
Development of wahi tapu land on Whakatāne's coast could be stalled by iwi occupation after commissioners consented to a 240-section housing subdivision and retirement village next to an ancient urupa.

Kaitiaki of the Opihi Whanaungakore urupa, Rapata Kopae, said urupa trustees were considering how to stop the development including court action, a public information campaign or occupation of the land.

Ancient traditions were still upheld at the urupa including bodies being ferried across the river to the site and gravediggers being naked in accordance with ancient rites.

Kopae said rangatahi of multiple tribes were seriously considering occupation but were waiting to see how things played out first......
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Have your say on Northland Regional Council's new 10-year plan
Chair Smart says the council plans to more actively involve tangata whenua in freshwater management, through ‘Te Mana o te Wai’ - a Maori concept underpinning the Government’s freshwater reforms that prioritises the health and wellbeing of water.

Finally, Chair Smart says making decisions in partnership with Maori is vital to the council’s work as part of honouring its Treaty of Waitangi obligations.

Projects the council wants to undertake to help lead Northland’s growth include enabling tangata whenua to participate more fully in decision making, through Mana Whakahono a Rohe agreements and encouraging Maori representation and leadership in council.....
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Doctors Back A Fully Empowered Māori Health Authority
The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and the New Zealand Medical Association are making clear their support for the establishment of a Māori Health Authority with full commissioning rights, as a new pathway to deliver health equity for Māori.

The NZMA and ASMS believe health must no longer remain a one-size-fits-all model, and now is the time to have a ‘for Māori-by-Māori’ holistic approach encompassing mātauranga Māori and rongoā (healing and medicines)......
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Maori-Muslim links stronger two years on
"What came to light is there are several Māori whānau who are members of the Muslim faith. They've been able to extend out to our marae, to our various community groups and extend those links so it's definitely a two way relationship and we are all the richer for it," Mr Tirikatene says......
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NZEI Te Riu Roa Votes To Oppose Streaming
The leadership of the country’s largest education union have voted today to formally oppose streaming in schools.
“We know streaming is an outdated practice. Decades of evidence have shown that for our tamariki, and for Māori and Pasifika children especially, streaming has long had negative impacts on their educational achievement and their participation at school.

“Landmark research last year showed yet again that streaming stands in the way of what tamariki Māori need to achieve well: they need to feel culturally safe, and academically challenged. The Minister himself has agreed that streaming is ‘incompatible and inconsistent’ with achieving equitable outcomes for Māori students.......
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Roger Childs: History ideas to confound and indoctrinate our youngsters

Henry Armstrong: Racism in the New Zealand Health system.

Complaint about Stuff's use of 'Kia ora, Aotearoa' thrown out by Media Council 

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Friday March 12, 2021 

Auckland iwi joins DOC in restoring Motutapu Island 
Auckland iwi Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki have joined Te Papa Atawhai (the Department of Conservation) and Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to restore the mauri and life force of Motutapu Island.

The trio are set to team up in their reforestation kaupapa for Te Motutapu a Taikehu (Motutapu Island) under the New Zealand government's and MPI lead, One Billion Trees programme.

After winning a Supreme Court case in 2018, Ngāi Tai, who are the mana whenua of Motutapu, were able to re-apply for exclusive rights to conduct commercial operations on Rangitoto and Motutapu.

The Ngāi Tai Trust argued in court that, as Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki has mana whenua of the island, it has the right and responsibility to exercise manaakitanga and kaitiakitanga in its traditional rohe.......
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Wellington City Council agrees in principle to establish Māori ward
Wellington City Council has agreed in principle to establish a Māori ward in time for the 2022 election.

Councillors voted 12-3 on Thursday to establish the ward at the next local government election, subject to discussions with Māori and mana whenua......
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Modern science and traditional Māori knowledge can work together
He says Māori knowledge systems and modern science need to have an equal footing to help solve environmental challenges. “The idea of humans not being connected to our environment is a problem that underpins a lot of the climate issues we are facing now.

“Returning to indigenous ways of thinking that emphasise how people are connected with nature can lead to some innovative solutions.”....
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Maori head south for university
The University of Otago is expecting more than 2400 tauira Māori on campus this year.

It’s reporting an 8.4 percent increase in its Māori enrolments, compared with a 5.4 percent overall increase.

He says having more than 2000 Māori students is making a noticeable impact on the feel of the campus..........
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KiwiRail And Te Ātiawa O Te Waka-a-Māui Formalise Partnership Through Kawenata
KiwiRail and Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Trust today recognised the importance of their partnership by signing a Kawenata - a formal relationship agreement.

The Kawenata, which was signed at Waikawa Marae, is the first of its kind to be signed by KiwiRail and marks a step forward in the company’s relationships with local iwi throughout Aotearoa.......
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Issues of interpretation, beliefs 

Thursday March 11, 2021 

Government Invests To Support More Rangatahi Into Employment 
Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni has today underlined the Government’s commitment to preparing rangatahi for employment through further investment into He Poutama Rangatahi.

$2.96m investment into five employment and skills programmes working with 193 at-risk rangatahi and their whanau,” Carmel Sepuloni said.

“He Poutama Rangatahi funding will enable the Employment Pathways Programme and the Manawa Ora Rangatahi Life Skills Programme to provide rangatahi with holistic pre-employment training. This will be underpinned by intensive pastoral care, which will support rangatahi to connect with their cultural identity through iwi, hapū and the wider community.......
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Kaikōura ex-councillor pushes case for Māori ward: 'Natural next step'
Former Kaikōura District councillor Celeste Harnett raised the issue in the public forum at the council's February meeting, in the wake of the recent law change on Māori representation.

"Currently even with a strengthened iwi-partner relationship... council still does not have an elected member who is able to competently represent the Māori perspective and who is fully mandated by a majority of Māori voters," Harnett said......
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Council seeking feedback on establishment of Māori wards
The community will have a chance to have its say on the introduction of Māori wards, following a decision yesterday by Taupō District Council.

“The decision to seek feedback means we have a chance to further engage with our community on its views and take them into consideration as we look forward to the 2022 elections.”

Mr Trewavas said this meant the community would be able to give feedback online or by post from next Friday, March 19, which would be considered by councillors at the April council meeting......
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Teachers say they were not allowed to be addressed as ‘whaea’ or ‘matua’ at Hawke's Bay school
Two teachers previously on placement at a Hawke’s Bay school said they were told they weren’t allowed to be addressed as Whaea or Matua.

New Zealand Principals' Federation national president Perry Rush said principals and teachers had been called Whaea and Matua in “many schools for many years”.

“In general, I will say that I would like to see Aotearoa New Zealand take further steps towards biculturalism at every level of society so that terms like Whaea and Matua eventually raise no objection in schooling,” he said.....
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'We're not pandering to racism anymore' — Experts hail BSA decision on te reo complaints 

Wednesday March 10, 2021 

Viewers unhappy with use of te reo Māori in television, BSA declines complaints 
The number of complaints about the use of te reo Māori on television has spiked in the past year.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) has received 27 complaints regarding the use of te reo Māori in broadcasts - five times as many in the same period as the year before.......
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Māori business sector unrecognised - O'Connor
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says the Māori business sector is unrecognised, underappreciated and its potential is only now just starting to be known.

O’Connor made his comments when announcing this year’s finalists in the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy competition for the top dairy farm at Parliament recently......
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University of Canterbury establishes indigenous centre in partnership with Ngāi Tahu
An indigenous social innovation centre is set to be established at the University of Canterbury in honour of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Ngāi Tahu have partnered with the institution and say an "overarching desire for equity in education, employment, and income for all Māori" is what's behind the bold initiative.......
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Horizons Regional Council puts Māori wards on hold until at least 2025
Māori representation on wider Manawatū’s regional council may not involve Māori constituency, even if the sole Māori councillor is keen to have them in place sooner rather than later.

Horizons Regional Council’s strategy and policy committee voted on Tuesday to have staff investigate what future Māori representation on council may look like in time for the 2025 elections.

Those investigations would involve talking to hapu, iwi and mana whenua about what they wanted Māori representation to be......
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Invercargill City Council to decide on Māori Ward in May
The Invercargill City Council will decide in May if it will create a Māori Ward for its next election in 2022.

Invercargill council staff will prepare a report on the prospect of the Māori Ward for councillors to consider at the May 11 performance, policy, and partnerships committee meeting.

Councillors will decide then if it will create a Māori Ward or not......
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Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer unsurprised at Royal racism allegations
The co-leader of the Māori Party says she's unsurprised at the revelation the Royal Family were worried over what colour Megan Markle's son would be.

"Well it is the Crown," she said.

"I don't know why everyone is so surprised that the Crown is racist.".....
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Police accused of racism over use of tactical pain against Māori offenders
Police have used tactical pain against Māori offenders more than any other ethnic group.

But there are concerns its disproportionate use toward Māori could be racist......
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Controversial Victoria University sign given the go-ahead, despite backlash
A Victoria University of Wellington sign which has drawn ire from the Wellington community has been given council go-ahead.

A university spokesperson said the programme was to install bilingual signage to support its responsibilities under the Treaty of Waitangi.......
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The Detail: What's happening in Māori politics and the fierce debate over Māori wards 

Tuesday March 9, 2021 

Govt challenged over end-use of water and plastic in bottling plant decision 
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa is seeking leave to have its opposition heard by the Court of Appeal – but its bigger focus is changing New Zealand public sentiment. It's not just about how much the aquifer is depleted, elders argue, but about the loss of the mauri (life force) of the water by shipping it across the world.

“He tāonga te wai – water is an inherited treasure," said rūnanga chief executive Leonie Simpson. "Once it has been removed from our rohe our wai will never return. As kaitiaki and mana whenua we have a responsibility to act when decisions impact the natural resources within our rohe.

“We are also concerned about the wider allocation of freshwater rights in Aotearoa. Successive governments have failed to address the very real issue of water rights in New Zealand ... In a country impacted by severe drought and water shortages it is nothing short of negligent to give this resource away."……
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Māori Futures Academy A First For Aotearoa
Ngāi Tahu and the University of Canterbury have today committed to establishing a centre for indigenous social innovation led by Tokona Te Raki Māori Futures Collective.

Arihia Bennett, CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu says the “The Māori Futures Academy is a key strategic initiative that will give meaningful effect to the existing partnership agreement between Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the University of Canterbury.”.....
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Compulsory reo next step for policy push
Education, equity and te reo Māori are high on the agenda of the newest Māori member of Labour’s powerful policy council.

"The announcement of New Zealand history a couple of years ago as a compulsory component of the New Zealand education system, I hope te reo Māori can be the next step because I think it's really important for all New Zealand children have access to te reo Māori as a language. That's a particular area of policy I'm really keen to push," he says......
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Large increase in number and cost of cultural reports for offenders
The number of cultural reports and their cost to taxpayers has sky-rocketed, with mixed views on whether they are a good use of more than $3 million that could have been spent on rehabilitation rather than report writing.

Figures provided under the Official Information Act show the number of cultural reports invoiced to the Ministry of Justice shot up from 346 in 2019 to 1557 in 2020. The cost to the ministry rose from $639,311 in 2019 to $3,299,373 last year......
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New South Canterbury business offers localised Māori programmes
New professional development business, Kia Tika te Ara (Correcting the Pathway) focuses on all things Māori to improve understanding of the language, and culture, in order to build good relationships.

Richie Waa (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Pūkenga) known for his eight years as an alternative education manager in South Canterbury, and wife Naresha, a Māori medium teacher, have recently established the company which offers tailored Māori professional development programmes.......
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Maori: "...gentle, kind and involved fathers" – by Lindsay Mitchell

How to end the race and class inequalities destroying working people’s lives 

Sunday March 7, 2021 

Councillor speaks out against behind-closed-doors move on property 
A Manawatū district councillor has spoken out about a behind-closed-doors move he says could cost ratepayers.

The district council is considering offering a Feilding property it owns to the Crown, likely well below what a private buyer would pay and denying the council a much-needed cash injection.

The South St property, valued well in excess of $2 million, could be obtained by the Crown for its Treaty Settlements Landbank and used in future Treaty of Waitangi settlements......
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Polytech pledge fails to please Unitec staffers
Māori staff at Unitec are set to meet the Race Relations Commissioner over their concerns the Māori voice is being lost in the shake-up of the polytechnic sector.

She says it falls short of even the Treaty of Waitangi requirements in the Education Act, and it fails to address the cultural safety of Māori staff and the institutional racism inherent in the restructure.....
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Partnership with iwi
Environment Southland acknowledges the importance of tikanga Māori and values its relationship with both Ngāi Tahu (through the four Southland papatipu rūnanga) and ngā matawaka (other Māori who are not Ngāi Tahu) living within Murihiku/Southland.

We continue to develop our relationships with rūnanga in Southland through Te Ao Mārama Inc (the Iwi liaison entity representing Southland three rūnanga for resource management and local government issues) and with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the iwi authority......
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Stats NZ trialling new census system to improve Māori engagement
Waahi Paa is one of Waikato Tainui's most important tribal hubs. It will now be the site of a test run for 2023.

The iwi leaders group is working with the Government on a bespoke data platform called Te Whata to break down tribal statistics.

If successful, the trial will be rolled out across Māori communities for the 2023 census.......
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Use our Treaty to create the best for all its signatories

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Marc said...

So that's 15,300 per participant. A bargin (not for taxpayers though)!

Ray S said...

Compulsory anything must see this government fall.

DeeM said...

Oh please, spare me the life-force, mumbo-jumbo and just tell it like it is. This is an excuse to make money through ancient Maori customary practices like "viticulture, eco-tourism and mass food production" - what a joke!!
Our government and our justice system are no longer fit for purpose when they approve deals based on a minority ethnic belief system which bestows rights and privileges not available to everyone else.