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Breaking Views Update: Week of 25.04.21

Saturday May 1, 2021 

Māori want a say over protecting New Zealand's waterways

The New Zealand Māori Council, the Federation of Māori Authorities and Kahui Wai, the Māori Freshwater Forum, have finished a series of hui discussing Māori freshwater rights and the act process. The last hui was at the Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre on Thursday.

Lawyer Donna Hall, one of the water negotiators for the council, said the hui was about discussing the “curly areas in the transition” from the old act to the replacement, as well as Māori issues across the country.

She said it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for Māori to be part of the discussion about changes to the act......
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Iwi haven't given enough back to their people, says Māori Economic Development Minister
The Minister for Māori Economic Development Willie Jackson says iwi organisations have been too focused on building up their asset base rather than looking after their people.

Jackson, who was a guest speaker at the event, told the audience that while he supported growth in the Māori economy, the benefits weren’t filtering down to the people who needed help…….
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Marlborough's new aquaculture rules have the 'scent of a Treaty breach', iwi say
Top of the south iwi are demanding new aquaculture rules in Marlborough be withdrawn, with one claiming the consultation process came up so short it had “the scent of a Treaty breach”.

Five of the region’s nine tangata whenua iwi have written to the Marlborough District Council “astonished” they were not “adequately” consulted before the rules were released in November, despite attempts to weigh in. The council says iwi were approached about the rules…….
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Te Pāti Māori Announce Support For Member’s Bill To Strengthen Takatāpui Rights
“Tangata whenua have always acknowledged our diverse gender and sexual identities and celebrated our diversity as whānau. It was colonisation that started criminalising and oppressing people just for being who they are…….
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Crown to step down, Māori to step up: Oranga Tamariki breaches Treaty
The Waitangi Tribunal has called on the Crown to step down after a report found state care provider Oranga Tamariki to be a foundation of structural racism.

The Tribunal now recommends that a Māori Transition Authority be established and is calling on the Crown to support this establishment for Māori to lead the way……
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More on the above here > Jacinda Ardern acknowledges 'failings' in state care as ACT pushes back on Māori-led overhaul

Construction on multimillion-dollar Ōpōtiki harbour infrastructure project starts
The Government was investing more than $112 million in three major infrastructure projects as part of the Ōpōtiki Harbour Development project, Nash said in a statement.

He said the investments were in partnership with iwi, local government and the commercial sector, which were all co-funding or contributing to the developments.

"This funding is significant. It includes $79.4 million for the Ōpōtiki Harbour development, $24.85 million for aquaculture development and a mussel processing factory, and $8.8 million for new marine and industrial infrastructure.......
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Applause as Matamata-Piako council says yes to Māori wards
Applause erupted in council chambers as Matamata-Piako District Council voted to establish a Māori ward for the 2022 and 2025 local government elections.

While some councillors agreed consultation was essential, it was moved by Deputy Mayor Neil Goodger that council would not undertake consultation with the wider community, despite a potentially controversial move.

The 10 to one vote split came after the Government introduced legislation upholding council decisions to create Māori wards and remove the ability of public polls triggered by petitions to overturn such moves......
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Māori wards introduced in Rangitīkei ahead of next year's election
From next year, Rangitīkei will have at least one Māori representative on its council.

The district’s councillors have voted unanimously in favour of establishing a Māori ward at the next local body elections in 2022......
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Reserve Bank, Treasury working to improve Māori access to capital
The Reserve Bank and Treasury are looking into why Māori small and medium businesses have trouble accessing funds to grow, which limits their potential.

Economic consultancy BERL’s Te Ōhanga Māori 2018 report on the Māori economy found access to capital, or the ability to leverage existing assets, was a barrier for Māori.....
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Pōhutukawa seedlings a symbol of reconnection between Ngāti Toa and Ngāti Mahuta
Wellington-based iwi Ngāti Toa is preparing to restore its historic connection to Kāwhia Harbour in the Waikato region today.

Kaumātua from Ngāti Mahuta in Kāwhia are travelling south to Porirua, to present Pōhutukawa seedlings to each of the region's Ngāti Toa marae as a gesture of peace.

Dr Taku Parai of Ngāti Toa says his iwi is ready for the historical reconnection.....
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New Pilot To Unlock Cultural Potential In Communities
Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni today announced Manatū Taonga (Ministry for Culture and Heritage) is now accepting applications from cultural sector organisations to host cultural activators in eight communities around Aotearoa.

Cultural Activators will be hosted in the Far North, Māngere-Otahuhu, Kawerau, Gisborne, Wairoa, South Waikato, Buller, and Invercargill. Two of the roles will focus on Māori and one will focus on Pacific peoples......
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Muriwhenua iwi advance DOC relationship
Far North iwi have signed a new agreement with the Department of Conservation.

Te Rarawa chair Haami Piripi says it builds on agreements already reached in settlement redress, and clarifies the working relationship between tribal kaitiaki and DOC managers.

He says it’s about time the department embraced a Māori world view......
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'Unsanitary, brutal society': Kiwis celebrate anniversary Māori 'discovered' Britain

Tribunal reaction: End ‘horrible addiction to assimilation’

Tribunal to politicians: Watch Newsroom’s video 

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Friday April 30, 2021 

Stratford District Council called out for lagging behind in establishing Māori ward 
Stratford district councillors have been slammed for being the only council in Taranaki that hasn’t voted to establish a Māori ward.

In a heated discussion after Tuesday night’s public meeting to discuss the long-term plan at Stratford’s Whaakahurangi Marae, elected members were heavily criticised for their decision against establishing a Māori ward for the 2022 elections…..
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Māori teachers who fought school over te reo honorifics laud Education Ministry's support
Two Māori educators who fought for the right to use te reo honorifics say their victory is "a win for the whole of Aotearoa".

"To be called matua and whaea, it just normalises it. It's to bring us up on the same level with every other teacher and it just feels right to be called matua because of my whakapapa instead of Mr Mitchell…..
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Māori are trying to save their language from Big Tech
Thanks to a $13 million grant in 2019, the Te Hiku team includes five additional data scientists and five new Māori language experts. It is now developing and refining language tools that not only preserve the language, but restore the integrity of the original sound. Its newest language app, which just reached the demo stage, is intended to help current speakers refine pronunciation and remove some of the influence of English. “We are decolonising the sound of our language,” Jones says. “We want to speak the native sound into the future of our language.”…..
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Housing crisis: Wanganui considers joint initiative with iwi
McDouall said the partnership concept was key.

"I've been talking to iwi groups around housing but we need government money to be able to build 80 to 100 houses - that wouldn't completely quell our housing crisis but it'd knock the top off it, particularly if it's good quality, sunny, sea views, that kind of thing."

McDouall said the council has been talking to hapū and iwi about ways of addressing social need, and supported exploring the idea of setting up a social care entity alongside hapū and iwi…..
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NZ remembers Maori 'discovery' of Britain
Irreverently-minded New Zealanders quietly acknowledged an anniversary this week: Moehanga Day, or the day Maori "discovered" Great Britain.

In a tongue-in-cheek nod to their former colonial power, some Kiwis have began an annual remembrance of the first trip by a Maori to London.

That man was Moehanga of Northland's Ngapuhi tribe, who reached Great Britain in 1806, before New Zealand was founded as a nation within the British Empire in 1840.....
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A Break In The Wave: Giving Effect To The UN Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples In Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

Thursday April 29, 2021 

Te Hunga Rōia Māori O Aotearoa (the Māori Law Society) To Partner With Kiwibank 
Today, representatives of Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa (the Māori Law Soicety) and Kiwibank signed an agreement that will support both organisations to deliver better outcomes for Māori and in turn all communities across Aotearoa.

Both organisations are committed to encouraging whānau, hapū, and iwi initiatives, responding to and engaging with Te Ao Māori. The agreement signed between Te Hunga and Kiwibank will strenghten this work across the legal and finance industries.

Jamie-Lee Tuuta, Tumuaki Wahine of Te Hunga Rōia, sees the partnership as an important way to work with an organisation with shared values. “We can see that Kiwibank are taking steps to demonstrate a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Ao Māori…..
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Māori and Pacific expertise excluded from science policy, report finds
Currently, Te Tiriti and Mātauranga Māori – the knowledge ecosystem underpinned by kaupapa and tikanga Māori - are both are undervalued, under-resourced and the science-policy interface leaves little “obvious” room for Māori participation or leadership, it found……
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Hundreds of teachers not meeting te reo Māori requirements
Hundreds of teachers are not meeting a mandatory requirement to improve their knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori.

The Teaching Council says it is taking a cautious approach to the rule, which school and early childhood teachers must meet in order to renew their practising certificate each year…..
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More on the above here > Council taking more rigorous approach with teachers failing te reo requirement

Council Charts Positive Trajectory With Second CouncilMARK™ Report
LGNZ are praising the latest council to receive their second CouncilMARK™ report, saying that the Far North District Council’s approach to the programme shows the huge benefits that it can drive for councils, communities and ratepayers.

“Some of the report recommendations will be things the council is already working on. The council is managing a wide range of iwi relationships, and the report notes that this is a challenging area, but that the council are working hard to improve iwi engagement.”…..
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Local government reform big chance for Maori voice
A Local Government New Zealand board member says the reform will give Māori a chance to influence how their communities, society and land is managed for the next 100 years.

She says Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has made it clear she is determined to address inequities for Māori within the sector…..
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Iwi to have voting rights on Wellington council committees, with mayor's support
Wellington’s two iwi – Te Āti Awa Taranaki Whānui and Ngāti Toa Rangatira – will have representatives with voting rights on all but one city council committee from July, after a historic vote on Wednesday that will dramatically increase mana whenua representation in the capital.

This comes after Wellington Mayor Andy Foster and councillor Sean Rush both changed their positions at Wednesday’s meeting, enabling the proposal to pass in an 11-3 majority vote.

“This really matters, this is a historic day for this city,” said Councillor Jill Day, who tabled the notice of motion last year that led to Wednesday’s vote. “This is just a small step, but we need to make a start.”…..
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Far North councillor forces extraordinary meeting to reconsider Māori wards
Far North District Council will next week go back to the table on Māori wards as its Te Ao Māori lead forces an extraordinary meeting on the subject.

Moko Tepania (Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa/Te Rarawa) is forcing a special extraordinary council meeting on Monday with a notice of motion to his council that it once again consider Māori wards……
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Kiwi teachers now allowed to use te reo classroom titles

In a statement to 1 NEWS this morning, the ministry's deputy secretary of education system policy Andrea Schöllmann said Māori have a right to use Matua and Whaea.

"The Education & Training Act 2020 requires schools to be good employers, provide a physically and emotionally safe space for students and staff and to give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi," she said.

"We would expect that to meet these obligations schools would embrace Te Reo Māori in the classroom and allow teachers to use Matua and Whaea titles."…..
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Three North Island iwi sign partnership with Crown to reshape education for Māori
Three iwi descended on Waihi Village near Tūrangi today to sign a kawenata with the Ministry of Education to realise iwi aspirations for Māori learners along the Waikato awa.

Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says the broad aim is to put into action a Treaty-based partnership that will enable active Māori participation in the shaping of education policies and programmes…..
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Room for iwi in Fish & Game review
Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall says enabling Māori expression of rangatiratanga is something she wants to see coming out an independent review of Fish & Game.

Some iwi have taken roles in issuing fishing and hunting licences as part of their treaty settlements, something that is otherwise the responsibility of the organisation.

She is seeking advice from the Department of Conservation on other recommendations which would require legislative change…..
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Know your place, university told
The University of Auckland is being told it needs to strengthen its relationship with mana whenua as the first step towards indigenising the institution.

Associate Professor Te Kawehau Hoskins, the university's new pro vice-chancellor Māori, specialises in the implementation of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in educational governance, policy and practice……
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New Zealand Health Group committed to greater equity in Māori representation and outcomes
“We have to accept that the way our system presently delivers for Māori is inadequate. … Iwi and Māori communities are frequently consulted, but often in an advisory rather than decision-making capacity. … We must ensure partnership and effective iwi and Māori leadership at all levels.”

The New Zealand Health Group fully endorses this position, and continues to invest resources into working towards improving access and equity of healthcare for Māori. This continued investment includes appointing Ranei Wineera-Parai to Group Executive Cultural Advisor of New Zealand Health Group in March 2021.

Ranei will be consolidating the Group’s approaches to be an active and engaged Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner and help promote greater cultural confidence between the 30,000 people it supports around the country and the 12,000 health professionals it employs through its subsidiaries…..
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Maori Pathways first step on prison change
Ngāti Kahungunu Incorporated chair Ngahiwi Tomonana says the new Māori Pathways programme at Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison marks a shift from mainstreaming to Māori-streaming.

He says with more than half the population in male prisons being Māori, and 70 percent in women’s prisons, services should reflect the cultural and social needs of inmates and their communities…….
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Police refer Māori Party to Serious Fraud Office over donations
Newshub has learned police have referred the Māori Party to the Serious Fraud Office after it failed to declare hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations on time.

All political donations above $30,000 must be declared to the Electoral Commission within 10 working days, but the Māori Party failed to do so with three large donations made between March and October.

Former Māori Party co-leader John Tamihere donated over $158,000 between March and October last year......
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Mike Hosking: Unlawful Ihumātao deal stunk from the start

Threatening our future – Dr Muriel Newman 

Wednesday April 28, 2021 

Calls for Whangārei township of Kamo to get name change 
Local Māori say the change would restore the town's moniker to its rightful origin and would also help encourage correct pronunciation.

But in Kamo, there is not a lot of support for a change at the local club.

“I think Kamo's been known as Kamo for so many years. I don't see any reason why we should change it,” one man said.

“I don't think it's necessary at all,” one woman added…….
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Iwi buys school’s land
A Maori iwi has made a deal to buy the land occupied by an east Auckland secondary school.

Ngai Tai ki Tamaki has paid $97 million to the Crown to purchase the site Macleans College sits on in Bucklands Beach.

The iwi’s chief executive Tama Potaka says the land is subject to an “option to purchase” agreed to in the Treaty of Waitangi settlement between the Crown and Ngai Tai ki Tamaki…..
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Media merger not the only option
The chair of the group looking at a new public media entity says it’s still not certain whether it needs to involve the merger of Radio New Zealand and TVNZ.

Tracey Martin says the group has been asked to work out what sort of public media is needed to support a functioning democracy, and how it can function across the new platforms.

Tracey Martin says she is talking with the ministerial advisory group looking at potential changes to Māori media, and working towards coming up with a business case and draft charter by August so Minister Kris Faafoi can take it to Cabinet by October……
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Kennedy Point campaigners lose Supreme Court battle to stop Waiheke marina
Danella Roebeck, co-chair of the Ngāti Pāoa Trust Board, said “as tangata whenua of Waiheke, the Trust Board, on behalf of Ngāti Paoa, expresses its strong opposition to the Kennedy Point marina”.

“The courts have once again denied mana whenua the rights guaranteed under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the right to be heard.”

In a statement, Ngā Uri o Ngāti Paoa (descendants of Ngāti Paoa), said the court outcome would not deter them from their occupation.

“As uri of Ngāti Pāoa, we have obligations to be here that lie outside of the processes happening through the courts…….
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Northland private island discount gives fresh hope for hapū ownership
A discount in the sale of a unique Northland private island could open the door for hapū or iwi ownership.

One possible buyer could be Tupu Tonu, a $150m investment fund recently set up by the Crown to buy commercial assets and grow funds for Ngāpuhi’s future settlements.
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Planting new roots at Aotearoa's birthplace
More than 50 leaders of multicultural communities around Aotearoa decided they wanted a better understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi, so they travelled to Waitangi recently to find out more.

"Immigrants who come to New Zealand should celebrate, learn and believe in the Treaty and its meaning. There is a difference between the English and Māori versions."

Multicultural NZ president Pancha Narayanan says the group came to honour the te reo version of the treaty as a constitutional document, "and as a part of that, to plant a tree to symbolise our recognition of the treaty."…..
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A Maori-led fisheries company based in Rotorua has posted an increase in total revenue of $1 million
Te Arawa Fisheries shared their 2020 annual report with members at a recent AGM, highlighting the organisation’s key activities in the past 12 months, as well as its business strategy and financial position.

Despite the impact of Covid-19 on retail operations, the organisation was able to retain all its frontline staff and deliver a net surplus of $591,000, nearly 30 per cent up on the previous year.

Te Arawa Fisheries achieved total revenue of $4.5 million in 2020, up more than 20 per cent on its 2019 revenue……
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Taupō District Council reaffirms establishing Māori wards
Taupō District Council has reaffirmed its decision last year to introduce Māori wards for the 2022 and 2025 local body elections.

It follows a 7-3 council vote in favour of Māori wards in November last year.

Today, Taupō District Council voted 10-2 in favour of Māori wards as a way of enhancing the role of Māori in local government decision-making and ensuring Māori issues were more visible within council thinking and processes……
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Tuesday April 27, 2021 

Don Brash 'strongly opposed' to 'disaster' Māori Health Authority 
Former National and ACT Party leader Don Brash says he's "strongly opposed" to the Māori Health Authority proposed by the Government in the major health restructure announced this week.

Brash said the proposal "leads us down a direction of two different peoples" and "we don't want that kind of division".

"Are Māori health issues important? Of course, they are," he told host Mel Homer. "Are Māori health outcomes worse than the general population? Yes, they certainly are and therefore Māori health should warrant more spending on it - but a separate Māori Health Authority? Absolutely not in my view."…..
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Reti critical of Government's health reform plan
The reform will sees all 20 district health boards abolished and replaced with a new nationwide funding body and a separate Māori health authority.

“You will disappear into whatever region you're amalgamated with – Palmerston North or Wellington,” Reti said.

Although he supported “by-Māori, for-Māori” approaches, a dual system would create problems, such as competition for the scarce resource of Māori health workers, Reti said.

“Two health systems will not work.

“Health New Zealand will compete with the Māori Health Authority.”

Instead, health should be delivered on the basis of need, regardless of location or race.

“There should be one health system with end-to-end care,” he said…….
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More effective use of Maori workforce in health reforms
The chief executive of Te Hau Ora O Nga Puhi says the proposed health reforms offer the chance for Māori health organisations to work alongside mainstream rather than underneath.

She says the authority needs to be well-resourced to work alongside iwi and Māori health organisations…..
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New Christchurch whare to be urban home away from home for Māori
A Christchurch youth organisation is building a $1 million urban whare for Māori disconnected from their community and whānau.

The Te Ora Hou building – Whare Wawata, meaning ‘to aspire’ – needs to raise nearly $500,000 to finish the project. The foundations have already been laid and building is due to start building in a couple of weeks. The project is expected to be completed in September……
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Sunday April 25, 2021 

Ruapehu Māori council will be scrapped to make way for Māori wards 
Ruapehu District Council has called time on a Māori council set up 12 years ago to encourage greater participation in local government decision-making.

The Ruapehu District Māori Council, created by a Ruapehu District Council resolution in 2009, 'no longer fits' and will be replaced by Māori wards.

Ruapehu district councillor Viv Hoeta said replacing the Māori council with Māori wards was a sign of progress for Māori representation in the district……
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Taranaki iwi blocked from claiming land sale discount mistakenly included in Treaty settlement
An effort by a Taranaki iwi to uphold a Treaty settlement blunder that would have allowed it to buy properties from the Crown at 20 per cent less than market price has been rejected by the High Court.

In September, Te Kotahitanga o Te Ātiawa Trust, the post-settlement governance entity for Te Ātiawa, sought to enforce the error, arguing the terms were unambiguous and now “entrenched in statute”.

But the Crown argued that properly interpreted the 20 per cent adjustment in the deed applied to only a single property – the land on which the New Plymouth Courthouse is situated……..
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Oranga Tamariki And Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Join Forces To Support Tamariki
Keeping tamariki with whānau and improving the health and wellbeing of Ngāti Kahungunu whānau, hapū and iwi is the aim of a new official agreement with Oranga Tamariki.

A strategic partnership was signed this afternoon by Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated Chief Executive Ms. Chrissie Hape and Oranga Tamariki Chief Executive Sir Wira Gardiner……
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Tūhoe protestors call for iwi leader to resign over claims of 'bully tactics' against hapu
Tūhoe artist and activist Tame Iti is calling for the resignation of his tribe's chairman with a protest raising concerns over the iwi's leadership after months of growing tension.

Discontent with Tamati Kruger and leadership decisions has seen some hapu - sub-tribes - pull away from the iwi’s governing authority - Te Uru Taumatua.

Kaumatua – tribal elders – are among those protesting as well, saying they feel undermined…..
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Barry Soper: Māori health authority not the right way to get a level playing field

Clive Bibby: Apartheid by another name 

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