Saturday, April 10, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 4.04.21

Saturday April 10, 2021 

Kaumātua research drives $1.4m funding award

Te Arawa Whānau Ora (TAWO) are part of a research partnership that will receive over $1.4m to help support injury prevention and rehabilitation research for the region’s ageing Māori population. The research is funded by the Health Research Council of NZ, ACC and the Ageing Well National Science Challenge.

The research project, Whaioranga te Pa Harakeke – Iwi-driven Injury Prevention & Recovery for Māori, is supported by a collaborative research group from TAWO, and The University of Auckland, and involves staff from Korowai Aroha Health Centre,

AWO Deputy Chairman Eugene Berryman-Kamp says the research will utilise tikanga-based approaches to injury prevention; improve access to ACC and injury care services; and use iwi models of care to improve injury treatment, recovery, and health outcomes for older Māori……
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Māori purpose zones on ancestral whenua to be created
The new combined district plan for the West Coast - now under construction - will recognise the land rights and rangatiratanga of Poutini Ngāi Tahu by creating Māori purpose zones on ancestral whenua.

The Māori purposes zone is defined as an area used mainly to meet Māori cultural and development needs, including residential and commercial activities. The zoning enables Māori to assert tino rangatiratanga (chiefly authority) over the land within it, and where an iwi management plan is in place it takes precedence over any default rules……
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New AUT law dean promises bicultural education for all
Khylee Quince has become the first Māori to head a law school in Aotearoa.

"We're all on the same page. We're all offering a bi-cultural, bilingual and bi-jural legal education so that that all people that come to be lawyers in New Zealand, whether you are Māori, Pākehā or tauiwi, everybody knows we are the first peoples, that our law was the first law, that our reo is the only official language other than sign language of this country," she says……
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Rating change puts Maori landowners in stronger position
Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says writing off rate arrears on Māori land will be good for both Māori landowners and councils.

The amendment also reverses a provision that allowed councils to declare Māori land abandoned and sell it off for rates arrears, and those blocks will go back to being Māori land....
See full article HERE

The end of democracy – by Dr Muriel Newman.

Control the water, subjugate the people – by Fiona Mackenzie

Let's remedy the failings of our colonial past 

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Friday April 9, 2021 

Māori Wards Welcomed By Palmerston North City Council
Palmerston North City Council has resolved to establish a Māori ward(s) for the 2022 and 2025 local government elections. This follows the passing of the Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Act 2021.

Deputy Mayor Aleisha Rutherford says yesterday’s vote is a significant step that honours our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, one that reflects our partnership with tangata whenua and respects the wishes of mana whenua……
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Wellington Mayor Andy Foster accused of seeking 'political cover' after calling for public feedback on iwi voting rights proposal
A representative from each of Wellington's two iwi will be given voting rights on all but one city council committee from July, after councillors voted 8-6 in favour of the proposal on Thursday.

It means a member from the two iwi – Te Āti Awa Taranaki Whānui and Ngāti Toa Rangatira – will be appointed to all committees excluding the chief executive performance review committee and the full council.

Foster said current councillors were democratically elected and answerable to voters, whereas appointed iwi members would not be.....
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Maori world view needed at Hamilton council table
"Some of them think of it as apartheid and separate and undemocratic privileges for Māori. We see it as an opportunity for better decision making by bringing the experience and skills of a Māori world view into decision making that makes for better, robust and more sustainable decisions," Ms Te Aho says.....
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'Just being Māori' means you're more likely to be crime victim - Ministry of Justice study
“We read a lot on the media, and see it on television, about Māori as being the perpetrators of crime. This survey’s really interesting because it looks at Māori as the victims of crime.”

He said the fact Māori were 8 per cent more likely to be the victims of crime was a “statistically significant difference”.

About a third of the difference could be explained by the fact that Māori were younger on average than the rest of the population, he said. “For a range of reasons, young people tend to be more likely the victims of crime.”

Another third of the difference was due to deprivation experienced by Māori, such as difficulty finding quality housing, health inequities, and low income......
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Strengthening Māori Knowledge In Science And Innovation
Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has today announced the 16 projects that will together get $3.9 million through the 2021 round of Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund, further strengthening the Government’s commitment to Māori knowledge in science and innovation.

“Protecting and growing mātauranga is a key factor in preserving the uniqueness of Aotearoa. I am proud to be able to support the continued growth of Māori knowledge and research,” says Megan Woods.....
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Bias against Maori deeply embedded in school structure
Whether the practice is called banding or ability grouping, it is a method of sifting learners for a perceived ability and manageability and comes with systemic bias which means those in the ‘bottom’ group, band, or stream are often Māori and Pacific learners......
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Waikato iwi‘s settlement passed into law
Ngāti Hinerangi, whose rohe includes the Matamata township, the Kaimai Range, and through to Tauranga Moana harbour, will receive more than $8.1 million in financial redress, after its settlement legislation passed its third and final reading in Parliament Tuesday.

The redress includes a $200,000 cultural fund, $20,000 for a marae rebuild and the return of 14 sites of cultural significance.

The settlement provides Crown apology redress, including an agreed historical account, and Crown acknowledgements of its historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi.....
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Submissions close on Whanarua Bay proposal
Bach owners at isolated Whanarua Bay are pleading with the council to give them formal access to their properties before land is transferred to iwi.

One of the parcels of land at the idyllic bay provides the only way for bach owners to access their properties on the shorefront.

To further complicate matters, the land in question is reserve land and is said to be an ancient urupa. Access has never been granted or formalised by the Ōpōtiki council, making the use of that land as a roadway illegal......
See full article HERE

‘Colonisation’ narrative dangerous for NZ 

Thursday April 8, 2021 

Hamilton City Council to reconsider Māori wards for 2022 
After a meeting between Southgate and Waikato-Tainui representatives on Tuesday the council was advised a majority of councillors had formally sought to revoke last week’s decision.

The Notice of Revocation will be addressed as part of the Long-Term Plan Council meeting on April 15.

This will allow for the council to ponder a new motion which considers putting Māori wards in place by the next election, after engaging with the wider community.

Waikato-Tainui said it would engage with councillors so that they are fully informed of Waikato Tainui’s perspective when they are approached to reconsider their position.

“We have agreed to work together to revoke last week’s decision and confirm another vote before the 21 May deadline and take the time in between to have necessary conversations with the community,” Te Arataura Chair Linda Te Aho said……
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Maori landowners want say in CBD revival
Residential development in Greymouth's commercial area could kickstart the revival of the town's down-at-heel CBD, according to experts working on a new district plan for the West Coast.

But it will need detailed consultation with the Mawhera Incorporation, the Maori landowners who own much of the area involved.

Te Tai o Poutini Plan Committee, made up of West Coast councils and iwi, scrutinised the mixed-use zone proposal at its meeting last week.....
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Debbie Ngarewa-Packer Calls On Government To Introduce Targeted Māori Housing Package
Te Pāti Māori Co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is calling on the Government to introduce a targeted Māori housing package in response to figures which show that homeownership is becoming increasingly unattainable for Māori.

“The housing crisis is hitting Māori communities harder than anyone, and yet the Government’s recently announced Housing Package doesn’t include any specific policies targeted at increasing Māori homeownership. This is unacceptable,” said Mrs Ngarewa-Packer……
See full article HERE 

Wednesday April 7, 2021 

Taranaki Regional Council votes to establish Māori ward 
The council heard about 20 oral submissions on the proposal to create a Māori ward in time for the local body elections in 2022 at a public hearing in Stratford today.

Immediately after the hearing, the council reconvened to make its decision.

The vote was nine to two in favour of the Māori ward......
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Hamilton mayor defends Maori seat cop out
Hamilton’s mayor says Māori seats aren’t the only way to ensure better Maori representation in local government.

"One or two seats at the table to get Māori is a tool in the toolbox but there are a whole raft more tools we can use to get Māori participating alongside others at all levels of council activity, so not just voting at the very last moment but shaping the way through," Mayor Southgate says......
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Horowhenua considers introducing Māori ward, asks for feedback
People in Horowhenua are being asked to consider the introduction of a Māori ward.

If a Māori ward was established in Horowhenua there would be one Māori ward councillor, according to Local Electoral Act calculations......
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Funding boost provides counselling services, agricultural training for Māori in rural Otago
It's hoped a number of workshops for Māori in rural parts of south Otago will help get more young people into the shearing industry, as well give them tools to care for their mental health.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirmed on Tuesday it had stepped in to provide Māori health and social service provider Tokomairiro Waiora with almost $54,000…..
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Auckland's Chief Post Office re-opens after four years and $4.4b City Rail Link job
Auckland's former Chief Post Office reopens to the public this afternoon after four years in which two new tunnels were built under the 109-year-old heritage-listed building.

From 1pm, people will again be able to get inside the CPO or Britomart facing the newly refurbished public square, Te Komititanga, which means to mix or to merge in te reo Māori.......
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Whenua Māori Rating Amendment Bill passes third reading
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has welcomed the Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Bill passing its third reading today.

“After nearly 100 years of a system that was not fit for Māori and did not reflect the partnership we have come to expect between Māori and the Crown, I am proud to see this Bill pass through the House today,” said Nanaia Mahuta……
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Ngāti Hinerangi Treaty of Waitangi settlement passes final reading in Parliament
After almost becoming extinct, Waikato iwi Ngāti Hinerangi has had its cultural identity reaffirmed after its Treaty settlement passed into law.

Ngāti Hinerangi, whose rohe includes the Matamata township, the Kaimai Ranges, and through to Tauranga Moana harbour, will receive more $8.1 million in financial redress, after its settlement legislation passed its third and final reading in Parliament today.

The redress includes a $200,000 cultural fund, $20,000 for a marae rebuild and the return of 14 sites of cultural significance.

It will also receive an apology for the 100,000 hectares of land that were confiscated in Tauranga in 1863 and for the invasion of their villages four years later, where government forces destroyed crops and homes, and punished those opposed to the land confiscation…..
See full article HERE

Consentual colonisation – Lindsay Mitchell 

Monday April 5, 2021 

Iwi representatives to have full voting rights on Horizons climate committee 
Iwi representatives will be appointed with full voting rights to a new committee formed by the Wanganui-Manawatu regional council, Horizons.

The committee will focus on mitigation and adaptation to climate change

The approach is a first for Horizons and is the first time iwi representatives will be formally appointed to any Horizons committee and have full voting rights…..
See full article HERE

Wellington City Council considers iwi voting rights and $100k remuneration
Mana whenua representatives could sit on all Wellington City Council (WCC) committees and subcommittees with full voting rights and a remuneration of $111,000 for each iwi by July this year.

A report with details of the move to give mana whenua voting rights on WCC committees was made public this week.

The process is happening alongside consultation on an in-principle decision to establish a Māori ward, now the Government has abolished a law that allows local referendums to veto such decisions........
See full article HERE

Marlborough council sets up sub-committee to decide road names
A new group will be formed to screen road names in Marlborough after councillors criticised developers twice last year for choosing names that were too English.

Councillors first butted heads in March last year after a developer asked to put down English-themed street names, some of which were criticised for reeking of "colonial cringe".

The policy said new road names must be short, could not have the same name as an existing road, and had to be named after a theme, a historical person or event, or be given a traditional Māori name……
See full article HERE

Christchurch's Metro Sports Facility to be known as Parakiore
Local rūnanga have gifted the name Parakiore to Christchurch’s Metro Sports Facility.

Parakiore Recreation and Sports Centre, as it will be officially known…..
See full article HERE

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