Saturday, May 29, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 23.05.21

Saturday May 29, 2021 

Maori component in law degree studies welcomed

A move to make tikanga Maori part of training for a law degree has been welcomed by the University of Otago’s Faculty of Law.

But Otago’s acting dean of law said it was too early to know what the coming change could mean for the school or its students.

The New Zealand Council of Legal Education decided this month that te ao Maori concepts, particularly tikanga Maori, should be taught in each of the core law subjects at bachelor-level law programmes at New Zealand universities.....
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Tauranga crowd jeers at speaker addressing them in Te Reo Māori
A woman greeting a Tauranga crowd in Te Reo Māori was told to "speak English" and jeered as she tried to continue.

Kim Williams was addressing about 300 people at the launch of the Tauranga Ratepayers Alliance at Mount Maunganui. She told the Bay of Plenty Times she had spoken mostly in English and only about "six words" in Te Reo Māori when the crowd began to yell at her.

They shouted they "didn't want to hear that" and that Williams should "get off the stage"......
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Place Naming Proposals And Recent Decisions
The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa made 1,454 official decisions at its April hui on place names in the Tasman and Marlborough regions, as well as 18 for undersea feature names around New Zealand.

The Board is also inviting public submissions on 10 proposals for the following place names and undersea feature names across and around New Zealand:.....
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New official name for proposed for inner-city area in Wellington, honouring Māori history and return of Kākā to the city
A new official name honouring the recovery of capital’s boisterous native parrot has been proposed for a large chunk of inner-city Wellington.

Paekākā has been nominated as a name for the area covering the Botanic Garden precinct, Anderson Park, and Bolton Street Memorial Park. The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa are taking submissions on the proposal, before becoming official.

This area covers part of what is currently considered central Wellington, the suburb of Kelburn and, arguably, Thorndon.

The name was proposed by Wellington City Council in recognition of the area’s Māori history, and the recovery of kākā in the city.

Mana whenua Taranaki Whānui gifted the name to the council......
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Greater Wellington Commits To Supplier Diversity With Te Upoko O Te Ika A Māui
Greater Wellington councillors and Chief Executive Greg Campbell have signed Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui Commitment, a region-wide agreement to use procurement as a tool for building social and economic prosperity.

Co-signed by Wellington City Council, Upper Hutt City Council, Porirua City Council, Hutt City Council, and Kāpiti Coast District Council, the Commitment will see councils setting targets and spending more among Māori, Pasifika and social enterprises.....
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Kaikōura council votes against Māori ward for next elections
The Kaikōura District Council has bucked the national trend and voted against creating a Māori ward.

The decision follows criticism by the council and Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura of recent “rushed” law changes enabling wards and removing what was effectively a public right of veto.

But at an extraordinary meeting last week, the Kaikōura council unanimously agreed not to go ahead with the change.....
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Funding boost for Māori Media
The Government has an aspirational goal of one million te reo speakers by 2040, Māori broadcasting will play a significant part in helping us to achieve our goal, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today.

When we see Māori content and when we hear te reo Māori on our multimedia platforms whānau across the country are encouraged to use our language more every day.

That’s why this Government has invested $42 million over the next 4 years, to build a sustainable Māori media sector that will continue to develop innovative local Māori media content in collaboration with independent producers, Māori Television and iwi radio stations......
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Groundhog day for government strategies focused on Māori 

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Friday May 28, 2021 

Govt reveals replacement for Provincial Growth Fund 
“Over this Parliamentary term the RSPF has three goals. It will work in local partnerships to enable economic and business development, accelerate Māori economic aspirations, and support sector transformation. Each region will help decide its own priorities.

“Central government will partner with local government, iwi, businesses, community organisations and other agencies to identify priorities and co-funding opportunities.
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Manurewa next for Te Hurihanganui
The Education Ministry is at Manurewa Marae this morning to launch the rollout of the Te Hurihanganui professional development programme into the area’s schools.

Roimata Minhinnick from Ngāti Te Ata, who will be participating as a mana whenua partner, says it makes sense to implement the programme in an area with a large Māori population.

He says there have been incremental improvements in the treatment of things Māori in the school system, but what is needed is a transformational shift, especially in areas like local history and the use of te reo Māori......
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Sir Mason Durie appoints Māori Health Authority steering group board
An interim governing board for the new Māori Health Authority will be confirmed by September in what Health Minister Andrew Little says will represent "true partnership".

Some of Aotearoa's most experienced iwi leaders, tikanga and health experts have been assembled as part of a Steering Group to work with Māori across the country to decide the make-up of the interim board, chosen by group chairman Tā Mason Durie......
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Auckland councilor wants ward law change
An Auckland councilor believes the majority of his colleagues would support Māori wards for the supercity - but it would require a change of legislation first.

By last Friday’s deadline, more than 30 councils around the country decided they would have Māori seated at the table after the next election.

Alf Filipaina says Auckland would have gone down that track, but for its unique legislation which sets a maximum of 20 seats around the council table.....
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Maori view would benefit Antarctic management
A University of Otago academic it’s time to view the future of Antarctica through an indigenous Māori lens.

She says global conceptions of Antarctica are dominated by colonial narratives, while an Indigenous Māori framework, focussing on relational thinking and connectedness, humans and non-human kin, and drawing on concepts of both reciprocity and responsibility, offers transformational insight into true collective management and conservation.......
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Buller District Council unanimously approves voting rights for Māori
In a historic move, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae will now have voting rights on all Buller District Council committees.

One representative from Ngāti Waewae will vote on decisions made at the council’s four committees from July 1. The seat will be shared by iwi representatives Francois Tumahai and Ned Tauwhare.

Tauwhare said he was delighted with the move to give iwi voting rights, which was passed unanimously by Buller councillors on Wednesday.....
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Mayors and rangatahi school each other on civics and culture
A programme where mayors mentor rangatahi to become leaders is helping bridge the gap between local democracy and Māori culture.

The Tuia programme is a long-term intergenerational approach to develop the leadership capacity of young Māori in communities throughout New Zealand.

Set up by the Mayors Taskforce For Jobs (MTFJ) in the late 2000s, the programme involves local mayors selecting up to two rangatahi from their district to mentor on a one-to-one basis, to encourage and enhance leadership skills......
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John Robinson: Proposed New Zealand history curriculum - a critical appraisal

From the Beehive: Budget 2021 has laid foundations for a strong post-Covid New Zealand 

Thursday May 27, 2021 

Maori museum display changes in pipeline 
Otago Museum Maori curator Gerard O’Regan is excited that planning for a new tangata whenua gallery coincides with wider rethinking about South Island Maori museum displays.

The two biggest museums in the South Island, the Canterbury Museum and the Otago Museum, were planning to bring on stream some big changes, including in their Maori displays......
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Māori landowners in Far North worry over council 'land grab'
Ngāti Hau iwi say they are concerned about Northland councils’ project to identify significant natural areas (SNA), saying it is yet another plan to control Māori-owned land in the Far North.

Last year the Far North District Council and the other Northland councils worked on a project to map and identify (SNA) within each district.

Mapping identifies approximately 42 per cent of the Far North district contains these potentially sensitive environments. This is an increase from 30 per cent when it was last mapped in the 1990s......
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Pakeha perilous in Packer lexicon
Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa Packer is picking the word Pākehā to eventually fade away.

She's praising the way incoming Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro talked of tangata tiriti.

Ms Ngarewa Packer says the term acknowledges the ongoing covenant represented by Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and tangata tiriti are standing beside tangata whenua on issues like Māori wards and fighting racism......
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Carbon price revival boosts Maori economy
Climate Change Minister James Shaw says the work he is doing to restore the effectiveness of the emissions transfer scheme is starting to benefit Māori landowners.

He says the decision by the John Key National Government to allow carbon emitters to buy cheap and in some fake carbon units - the so called hot air scandal - crashed the price of units to around $2 and knocked $300 million off the Māori economy.

"Today the price of carbon is about $36, $37, so in comparatively what is a fairly short period of time it's gone from $2, it was $17 when I got into Government four years ago, now it's $36, $37, so you can see that trajectory is on a reasonably steep upward trend and that's got to be good for Māori landowners," he says......
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Government invests to grow Māori Medium Education
Funding in this year’s Māori Budget package to build and expand schools delivering Māori Medium Education will ensure more ākonga can access quality classrooms and learning facilities, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today.

“This funding will allow more Māori ākonga to learn in Te Reo Māori - and not just learn in immersion but learn in safe, dry, comfortable classrooms which will lead to better learning outcomes,” Kelvin Davis said.

Māori Ministers visited the future site of Te Pūtahi Māori o Manurewa today, to celebrate a more than $91 million investment, made up of $77 million in new capital and $14 million in associated operating funding, for Māori Medium School Property, announced by the Government last week.....
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Solar panel test for Maori energy needs
The first 15 initiatives totalling $2.8 million have been identified from a $14 million, four year fund for renewable energy projects for Māori housing.

Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says the projects will provide insights and data on how to best deploy renewable energy technologies to both combat energy hardship and increase renewables generation.....
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Learning how Māori ancestors got around the world by waka hourua

I don’t care what Judith Collins says 

Wednesday May 26, 2021 

New government programme to support Māori women in prison 
Women in prison will receive support to help break the cycle of reoffending under a new $10 million Government initiative.

Wāhine Māori Pathways was launched by Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis at Christchurch Women's Prison on Tuesday.

The programme has been designed in partnership with Māori to build better outcomes for women in Christchurch Women's Prison, and puts the focus on the wellbeing of whānau.

The initiative will be available to women at the prison who are serving sentences and orders in the community, with priority for those who identify as Māori or have a connection though their children or whānau.......
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Ensuring Māori perspectives are integrated in our emergency management system
The appointment of a new Ministerial Advisory Committee, established by the Minister for Emergency Management Kiri Allan, recognises the vital role iwi have in responding to disasters and will help shape changes to New Zealand’s emergency management system, the Acting Minister Kris Faafoi says.

“Māori are disproportionally impacted by natural disasters and emergencies. However, we also recognise that iwi bring a great deal of capability in relation to emergency management and their contributions have been essential – before, during and after emergencies......
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School's new name Te Kura o Wairau honours culture and history
A new name has given a multicultural Palmerston North school a better sense of belonging.

What was Somerset Crescent School is now called Te Kura o Wairau, a name which better recognises the different cultures at the school and the history of the area.

It was previously called Highbury School, but changed its name to Somerset Crescent in the early 2000s.

The school unveiled its new school sign, a tomokanga entranceway and a wānanga classroom space, for Māori learning, at a dawn blessing on Tuesday......
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Top judge rules taonga may be worn in courts
Te Tumu Whakawā Chief Justice Helen Winkelmann says lawyers and other officials may wear culturally significant decorative taonga instead of ties in all courts – as long as they button up their shirts.

This applies to all judicial officers, court staff, stakeholders and all others who perform official roles in business attire in all courts in Aotearoa......
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New General Manager Māori Health and Director Iwi Relationships Welcomed
On Friday 14 May, Northland DHB welcomed our new General Manager Māori Health, Dr Moana Tane and Director Iwi Relationships, Peter Thomas at Te Puna o Te Matauranga marae on NorthTec's Raumanga campus.......
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Māori seats a step to 50-50 power share, says former Taranaki mayor
Seats for Māori on all Taranaki councils is just a first step to full power-sharing, says the former New Plymouth mayor who pushed for Māori wards.

“I’m now asking you to truly step up and actually mandate true partnership around every council – actually around every community public entity. Fifty-fifty, there is no other way the partnership can work. Fifty-fifty. Until we get there, until you mandate true partnership with Māori, nothing will truly change.”

“It’s very little to do with a Māori ward seat. This is about challenging the Pākehā system that was created to maintain control over Māori. This is about racism: Pākehā racism towards Māori.”......
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Great examples of Maori farming 

Tuesday May 25, 2021 

Gisborne District Court next in line for Te Ao Mārama model 
The Chief District Court Judge, Judge Heemi Taumaunu, along with the Principal Family Court Judge, Judge Jacquelyn Moran and the Principal Youth Court Judge, Judge John Walker have announced the Gisborne District Court will implement the Te Ao Mārama model, designed in partnership with iwi and community engagement.

The Te Ao Mārama kaupapa for the District Court was first announced in November 2020 during the annual Norris Ward McKinnon lecture. It is inspired by the concept “mai te pō ki te ao mārama” meaning “the transition from night to the enlightened world.” Implemented with support of the Ministry of Justice, it will use a solution focused judging approach in mainstream courts and will draw on best practice used in the District Court’s specialist courts.

The model, which will involve working closely with iwi, community and government, represents a response to longstanding calls for transformative change to the justice system and will reflect the needs of a modern-day Aotearoa New Zealand where everyone can seek justice and feel they are heard and understood.

It is intended to be rolled out to all District Court locations in stages, starting with Hamilton and Gisborne this year……
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Māori ward decision 'not guaranteed' and legislation still needed, says ex-New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd
The decision by the four Taranaki councils to approve Māori wards is not the end of the process, a former mayor who lost his political career for championing the cause has warned.

“Don’t think that by any stretch of the imagination that by having established a Māori ward seat it means we have arrived at our destination,” said Andrew Judd. “It’s actually only part of the journey.

“Not to put a damper on this, but we need perspective. This decision can still be overturned every six years. It’s part of representation reviews, so it’s not guaranteed.”…..
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Māori high school students gain entry to top world universities
Five winning students have walked away with scholarships worth up to $20,000 each to work towards their desired universities.

Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship was founded in 2017 to encourage young Māori representation on the global stage, to push social equity initiatives and for Māori students to make a lasting impact on the global community.

It includes personalised mentoring and education services to help students get accepted into their dream course at their dream university – be it Computer Science at Stanford, Medicine at Cambridge or Business at Yale…….
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Andrew Little: Govt gauging possible impacts of landmark property right
The Government is assessing the ramifications of a landmark High Court ruling, on the customary rights of iwi.

Te Whakatōhea has won a three-decade legal battle to carry out customary practices on the foreshore between Whakatāne and Ōpōtiki.

The High Court has granted a new property right called "customary marine title".

Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little told Mike Hosking it could affect how the area is used but is not likely to affect ordinary people.

"It doesn't stop anybody who goes to the beach, do their fishing and all the rest of the recreational stuff we do. But it does give iwi the rights to be consulted over conservation plans, RMA applications - those sorts of things," he says......
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Moriori fear their history will be left out of new school curriculum
The Hokotehi Moriori Trust said the draft Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum mentioned Moriori only once.

Ministry of Education has said the curriculum was a high-level document that was not intended to provide the detail of what schools would teach.

However, the trust's cultural and science projects coordinator Susan Thorpe said it was a serious omission especially as the Crown had acknowledged the school system had spread misinformation that Moriori were still battling......
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Ngāi Tahu launches nightly news service
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has launched the first iwi-owned broadcasting service to showcase South Island stories.

Tahu News will air one news story online each weeknight, starting on Monday night – as well as on Facebook – on issues that matter to the iwi and the takiwā (area).

The news service was supported by funding from Te Māngai Pāho.....
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Video inciting violence against Māori pulled from YouTube as hate speech
A video posted on social media of a masked man inciting violence against Māori has been taken down for violating YouTube’s hate speech policy.

Police confirmed they were aware of the video, posted on YouTube on Sunday, and said it had been passed on to intelligence staff for assessment.....
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BOPDHB launch Treaty position statement
An important milestone in the journey towards health equity for Maori and the fight against racism is how the launch of a joint Bay of Plenty District Health Board and BOP Maori Health Runanga Position Statement is being seen.

The Position Statement on Tiriti o Waitangi, Equity and Racism has been developed over the past nine months and was launched on Wednesday, May 19, at Whakatane Hospital.....
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John Robinson: New Zealand apartheid

Clive Bibby: Be careful what you wish for!

Bruce Moon: Twisting the treaty - yet another version

Captured by Māori

Caution is the superfood of institutional racism 

Monday May 24, 2021

'Unbuildable' Māori land needs more than just council plan changes

Māori land in wider Christchurch is “fragmented, irregular, and leaves little or no buildable area”, with some sites less than 14 metres wide.

Christchurch City Council has proposed changes to the Papakainga/Kāinga Nohoanga zone legislation – all within Banks Peninsula – to “better facilitate Ngāi Tahu whānau use and development of Māori land”.

If approved, hapū (tribal members) from Ōnuku (near Akaroa), Koukourārata (Port Levy), Wairewa (Little River), and Ngāti Wheke (Rāpaki) could be able to build on previously unusable land……
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