Saturday, April 24, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 18.04.21

Saturday April 24, 2021 

Kelvin Davis launches new Māori Pathways prisoner rehabilitation scheme

The Government is hoping "a for Māori, by Māori approach" will reduce reoffending and the over-representation of tangata whenua in prison.

Māori make up about 15 per cent of the general population but more than 50 per cent of the prison population in New Zealand.

"This is a system change and a culture change for our prisons – and that change starts today," Davis said……
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Rotorua Airport’s $5.3m revamp acknowledged
Business Hub and collaboration with mana whenua to incorporate te reo Māori in the fabric of the overall redevelopment.

“It was incredibly important to us to have full bilingual signage incorporated into the redesign and we are committed to continuing to work with mana whenua on this kaupapa.”

“It is always a privilege to be gifted the opportunity to promote, revitalise and perpetuate te reo Māori,” Anaha states……
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Collins's prescription leaves Maori separated
Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi says the National Party’s prescription for Māori health is an early death.

National’s leader Judith Collins has described the proposed Māori Health Authority as separatist, and said a future National Government would scrap the reforms and go back to district health boards.

Mr Waititi says it’s the current system which is separatist, because it consistently delivers poorer outcomes for Māori……
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All councillors now sit on Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Māori committee
For the first time, all Bay of Plenty Regional councillors now sit on its Komiti Māori committee.

Kohi Māori constituency councillor Toi Kai Rakau Iti said it was the first step in a longer journey the council must walk.

Before a vote earlier this month, only seven of the 14 regional councillors sat on the committee.

Now all are required to attend.

"All of council has a responsibility to engage and partner with Māori," Iti said......
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Division, half-facts won’t help us face our many challenges 

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Friday April 23, 2021 

Annual event aims to strengthen Māori women leaders 
Aimed to network, learn, support, gain a renewed sense of commitment and rejoice in one another's achievements, the annual Huihuinga Wāhine Māori Leadership Summit opens today.

Convened annually by Foma (the Federation of Māori Authorities), the hui is a forum for the country's leading and emerging wāhine Māori to come together to strengthen Māori economic outcomes.

"They embody the qualities of mana motuhake and tino rangatiratanga. They speak from their hearts and mind on issues and experiences relevant to all Māori women."…..
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Maori ward ‘must be effective, meaningful’
It is not about only ticking a box — establishing a Maori ward in the Invercargill City Council needs to be effective and meaningful, a Waihopai Runuka kaumatua says.

‘‘One seat is not really enough. There are two marae in the Invercargill area, Awarua and Waihopai . . . We need at least two positions, just for a start, and it should be tangata whenua positions.’’

However, he highlighted the importance to council in fulfilling the constitutional obligations of the Treaty of Waitangi……..
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Hastings City Council to consult members of the public on Māori wards
The mahi begins for Hastings District Council as it unanimously decided to consult members of the public on whether to introduce Māori wards in the 2022 elections……
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Napier City Council decides on the future of Māori representation
Napier City Council today discussed what future Māori representation on Council may look like in relation to the implementation of Māori ward(s) for Napier. Council unanimously agreed to begin engagement immediately, with formal consultation taking place in September and a council decision made by November 2021 regarding the implementation Māori wards for the 2025 local body election…...
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John Tamihere calls for new policy to tackle racism in health sector
Waipareira Trust chief executive John Tamihere is calling for a Māori descent population policy to tackle racism as part of the new Māori Health Authority.

The authority will have the power to commission health services, monitor the state of Māori health and develop policy.

Tamihere, who is also a former Labour cabinet minister and former Māori Party co-leader, says, “If the funding follows a Māori descent population policy, we won’t fight over anything because it comes as it should on a per capita basis, which is every Māori is equal, every Māori counts......
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Māori Health Authority must include holistic wellbeing - Ngāi Tahu health provider
A Southern iwi health provider wants the new Māori Health Authority to fund services that encompass all of hauora, not just GP visits.

The government will be canvassing views of Māori medical experts, iwi and providers across the country in the coming months about what services the Māori authority should fund, how much money it will have, and who will be represented on the Iwi-Māori partnership boards, which will operate on a local level……
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Little seeks big partnership in health reform
Health Minister Andrew Little says the new Māori Health Authority will be a true treaty partnership.

Mr Little says the Government has given itself until July next year to get the structures in place, and Māori needs to determine what the Māori Health Authority will look like, and who will be on it.

The decisions the Māori Health Authority makes will be independent of the crown……..
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The darkening clouds of totalitarianism – by Dr Muriel Newman

Can the state pull the lone wolf terrorist’s teeth? - by Chris Trotter

Clive Bibby: Nothing surprises me anymore

Self-determination at the heart of new Māori Health Authority 

Thursday April 22, 2021 

DHBs scrapped and new Māori Health Authority announced 
"The system must work in true partnership with Māori... Māori still suffer, on average, worse health than others."

There will also be a new Māori Health Authority, sitting alongside that, to both set policies for Māori health and to decide and fund those who will deliver services.

The new Māori Health Authority will "have the power to directly commission health services for Māori".

"We can start giving true effect to tino rangatiratanga and our obligations under Te Tiriti O Waitangi."......
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More on the above here > Major health sector shake-up: What this means for Māori

And more on the above here > Judith Collins 'absolutely' against separate health authority for Māori

Call for more Māori, Pasifika businesses to be awarded government contracts
The government needs to change its procurement strategy and award bigger contracts to Māori and Pasifika businesses, a company that helps these companies obtain work through the public sector has said.

Five percent of all government contracts are awarded to businesses with at least 50 percent Māori and/or Pasifika ownership.

The Productivity Commission has recommended the government grow the capability of these businesses so they can make more money from the procurement strategy......
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'No military payloads': Rocket Lab accused of breaking promise to Māhia locals
Rocket Lab has been celebrated for its Kiwi ingenuity but it seems to have burned off support among Māhia locals.

They are angry at the use of military payloads and accuse the company of breaking its promise.

Billboards have gone up around the tiny settlement saying: "No military payloads. Haere Atu (go away) Rocket Lab".

Watchdog group Rocket Lab Monitor organiser Sonya Smith of Ngāti Rakaipaaka hapū said the lack of transparency was worrying......
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Ōtorohanga District Council votes for Māori ward
Ōtorohanga District Council has voted in favour of establishing a Māori ward.

Seven councillors voted for the establishment of a Māori ward on Tuesday, and one councillor, Rodney Dow, voted against it…….
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Hastings pushes closer to getting Māori wards, unanimous tautoko from committee
The Hastings District Council will hold an urgent meeting on Thursday to start the public consultation needed if it is to have Māori ward representatives after next year's local elections.

The meeting follows a council Māori Standing Committee meeting which on Wednesday afternoon gave the issue the big tautoko - a committee comprising councillors and co-opted Māori representatives voting unanimously to recommend the council start the process.

A decision otherwise would have left the council unable to invoke Māori wards until at least 2025…….
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Ihumatao glitch cleared up
Maori Development Minister Willie Jackson says the unlawful funding for the purchase of land at Ihumatao was a minor technical glitch which has already been fixed up.

"And that's because the briefing paper which (the ministry) sought minsters' approval to the purchase was missing two imprest supply recommendations that would formally authorise payment and it has all been rectified and it was sort of outside the scope for four weeks and then it was fixed," he says.

Meanwhile, Maori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa Packer says the Government created a problem for itself by trying to resolve the Ihumatao stand-off outside the treaty settlement framework.

She says it would have been easier to admit it was stolen land……
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Tim Dower on Ihumatao: Shout loud enough, for long enough and you'll get your way 

Wednesday April 21, 2021 

'Clear' inequity for Māori in health care – report 
In a first of its kind, the Health Quality and Safety Commission has examined whether Māori who were hospitalised for a life-threatening trauma - such as a car accident or fall - received equitable care and had the same survival rates as non-Māori.

The review, conducted by the commission's Perioperative Mortality Review Committee found "inequity was clear" for Māori youth aged 15 to 18 years.

They were over three times more likely to die in the 30 days following major trauma than non-Māori in the same age group……
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Māori Cancer Hui
Come and kōrero with us to design Kaupapa Māori cancer solutions and have your say!….
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Unlocking The Potential Of Māori Frontier Firms
The Government asked the Commission to take a particular look at Māori firms. The inquiry found that Māori frontier firms have many of the characteristics needed to innovate, grow and support improved wellbeing.

Many Māori firms are already involved in exporting. Māori values such as kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga, alongside mātauranga Māori…..
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Ngai Tahu consulted on marine reserve plan
The Fisheries and Conservation Ministers are at Ōtākou Marae today to consult with Ngāi Tahu on a proposed marine protected area network for the south east of Te Waipounamu.

"The key way forward is to work in partnership, co-management with the iwi and mana whenua to ensure these so these arrangements can endure. Being able to work with them prior to putting these measures into place is a key part of that," he says…….
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Auditor-General rules the $29.9m the Government used to buy Ihumātao was unlawfully spent
The Auditor-General has ruled the $29.9m the Government used to buy the land at Ihumātao was unlawfully spent.

The money from the Land For Housing Programme was incurred without proper legal appropriation in Parliament, Auditor-General John Ryan ruled……
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National Party will meet in June for special conference on constitutional changes
One of the big changes that will be put to members is whether the party’s constitution needs to be amended to include explicit reference to the Treaty of Waitangi.

The biggest, and possibly most controversial change is what to do with the Treaty of Waitangi, in particular whether and how it should be inserted into National’s constitution……
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Why Māori are to be hit hardest by climate change, and what two east coast iwi are doing about it 

Tuesday April 20, 2021 

Proud To Be Māori 
Te Whānau o Waipareira has launched a powerful campaign this morning; unapologetically celebrating Māori identity with a message of resilience and hope.

The campaign fearlessly calls for Māori to be proud of their identity, whakapapa and tikanga, while acknowledging the challenges faced by being Urban Māori.

Within a landscape of systemic racism and oppression,……
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Māori Standing Committee To Make Recommendation To Council On Māori Wards This Week (Hastings DC)
Mrs Evans said that, should the decision be to introduce Māori wards, Council would then have to undertake a representation review to decide the overall number of Councillors, number of wards and ward boundaries including Māori wards. “This representation review is subject to formal community consultation process with the initial proposals publicly notified by 8 September 2021, followed by formal consultation and the hearing of submissions in late October.”…...
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Trust buys back disputed land
Pūkahakaha East 5B Ahuwhenua Trust bought the 57-hectare Porotangi block by private tender, more than 60 years after it was lost to the whanau in an inheritance dispute.

The trust last week went to the Māori Land Court to gain full control of its neighbouring lands, freeing up millions of dollars in accumulated rentals.

Ms Klink says she’d like to see a law changing giving Māori a right of first refusal when former Māori land comes up for sale……
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Iwi Community Panel Reoffending Rate An Abject Failure At 75%
Police Minister Poto Williams has once again stated that the Iwi Community Panels are a success because the 'referrals resulted in a 22.5 percent reduction in harm caused by reoffending'; what she is failing to mention is that almost 75 percent of people who go through these panels go on to commit further crime, says Darroch Ball co-leader of Sensible Sentencing Trust.

“An almost 75 percent reoffending rate in any system is an abject failure and by attempting to hide behind some ‘bottom of the barrel’ statistic like ‘reoffending harm’ is disingenuous at best.”

“That’s three-quarters of all offenders that go through this system go straight back out onto the street and commit more crime.”…..
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First it was fighting for land, now it's fighting for language 

Monday April 19, 2021 

'More work to be done' just ahead of Māori Health Authority announcement - Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare 
Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare says new details on how the Māori Health Authority will work, due out this Wednesday, will give tangata whenua a "sense of optimism".

Henare, who has responsibility for Māori health, said either way Māori will get a health system by and for them.

"The challenge is as we get into the details about what does that look like, and what they're able to do - we're confident that come Wednesday, when the announcement is made, our people will continue to have a sense of optimism, but know that there's some more work to be done," he told Newshub Nation on Saturday morning……
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Major new inner-city build planned for Hamilton
Stark Property has released the first concept images of Tūāpapa – a major three-staged development planned for the corner of Ward and Tristram streets.

Tūāpapa takes its name from the Māori word for foundation or terrace, and will sit opposite another Stark Property development, the nearly-complete Tristram Precinct.

Developer Matt Stark​ said the name Tūāpapa is inspired by the site’s location at the base of a once-fertile hill, and also the build’s aspiration to enrich the life of the city......
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Name reflects multicultural school
The Te Pakihi o Maru principal was over the moon to be leading the school, formerly known as Oamaru North School, a week after the name change.

Te Pakihi o Maru had a rich history, and she was incredibly proud to be given the name by Te Runanga O Moeraki upoko David Higgins and chairman Justin Tipa.

“For anyone that has concerns about the emergence of Maori language … it’s really about our bicultural foundation for our multicultural society.”.....
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