Saturday, June 19, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 13.06.21

Saturday June 19, 2021 

Ngāti Toa Turning Their Home Ownership Dreams Into Reality

Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Chief Executive Officer Helmut Modlik is excited with the purchase of 24 View Road, saying that iwi ownership now offers a viable option for iwi members to enter the property market.

It was agreed at a Porirua City Council meeting on Thursday 17 June, to sell the 24 apartments to Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira.

11 of the 24 apartments have undergone refurbishment and have code of compliance, with the remaining 13 properties requiring remediation works.....
See full article HERE

TVNZ commissions independent review into Police Ten 7 amid racism claims
It's best known for its first-hand view of law enforcement, but TVNZ's Police Ten 7 is now under investigation itself.

TVNZ has commissioned an independent panel to look into how the show portrays Māori and Pasifika, along with other ethnic groups. It also asked for recommendations for future production and promotion of the show.

Auckland councillor Efeso Collins says all the show is doing "is monetising people's poor and vulnerable experiences”......
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Māori wards in Rotorua: a recipe for fairer representation - or further division?
The introduction of Māori wards to Rotorua was an emotional affair for many, for vastly different reasons.

It's a national conversation that has seen some argue they're a way of embedding the Treaty of Waitangi in local government.

For others, they're special treatment for one group.

Local Democracy Reporter Felix Desmarais finds, in Rotorua, they are not just contentious but also complex......
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Divisive wards move disingenuous – Clive Bibby 

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Friday June 18, 2021 

Call for industry to uphold Māori views on sustainable fishing practices 
A Māori fisheries leader says a High Court ruling on tarakihi limits should force a rethink on current practices.

"As Māori, we're always talking about how we care about the sustainability of the fisheries and the sustainability of the moana more broadly. This decision is consistent with our fundamental driver."....
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Flyer doesn’t expose Jacinda Ardern on NZ’s democratic future
A Facebook post includes claims that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern supports 50 per cent Maori rule – and that non-Maori (Pakeha) votes will be devalued in the country.

The suggestion is made in a flyer, an image of which appears in the June 1 post. The image is a screenshot from a Newshub article published the same day with the headline, “Auckland Transport takes action over conspiracy flyer on Auckland bus.”.....
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School stakes values and identity with four new pou
A Motueka primary school's quest to find its values has ended with the unveiling of four pou.

Parklands School tumuaki (principal) Andrea Smith said the pou, celebrated at a dawn blessing on Thursday, were the result of a project started by the previous principal, who “started a journey around finding our school values”.

“Previously you walked in and it was ‘Parklands School’. Now we are also Te Kura o Pakarana. We’re embracing everyone.”.....
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Thursday June 17, 2021 

The formula determining how many Māori ward seats councils will have in 2022 
Taranaki’s four councils overwhelmingly decided to establish Māori wards for the 2022 election, but it’s a complex formula that decides how many candidates can be elected in each.

Under the formula South Taranaki District Council (STDC) will have two Māori seats, while New Plymouth District, which has a larger Māori population, will have just one.

The formula, set out in the Local Electoral Act, takes into account a district or region’s Māori electoral population, the general electoral population and the number of councillors.

It then spits out a number, rounding up if necessary, of how many Māori ward members can be elected......
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Report complaining about use of te reo Maori rejected
Brian Peat, of the Mosgiel Taieri Community Board, referred to ‘‘a young Maori chap’’ talking in te reo for at least 20 minutes without translation into English, but his recollection has been challenged by one of the conference organisers.

Mr Peat has called for all Maori content to be translated......
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Dumping on the Māori world view
A highly controversial dump in the Dome Valley north of Auckland can go ahead, despite huge Māori and Pākehā opposition and a defeat for and dissenting view from the environment panel's chair

The rare frogs will be moved. The endangered long-tailed bats will adapt. Neighbours won't smell, see or hear too much. The disappearance of 14km of stream beds will be managed. State Highway 1 will cope with the extra 760 large truck movements a day.

And local Māori?

They had painstakingly outlined the effects, both spiritual and physical worlds in Te Ao Māori, of a new giant landfill on their lands, streams and the Kaipara Harbour......
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ANZ appoints new head of Te Ao Māori strategy

ANZ Bank New Zealand has appointed Karleen Everitt as Te Kaitohu Rautaki Māori (Head of Te Ao Māori Strategy), a newly-created role to lead the direction of ANZ’s Te Ao Māori strategy.

Ms Everitt will work closely with the New Zealand Leadership Team, wider leadership teams, Head of Māori Business, and Māori and Pasifika Affinity Group to shape the future Te Ao Māori strategy of ANZ......
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Regional approach to fast track takutai moana
"What we've done is worked out roughly 20 parts of the coastline for Aotearoa and we will work with all the claimants in each of the 20 sections of coastline. We will take the next year or so to work out how we are going to work together, what resourcing is needed and how we will get on to process the various claims and that will shorten the time quite considerably to deal with the claims as they have been lodged," he says.

Andrew Little says the process should be able to deal with competing claims and the concerns of non-Māori interests......
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Māori martial art, plaiting and carving could be taught in New Zealand schools
A range of traditional Māori subjects could be taught in New Zealand schools under new NCEA proposals.

Raranga (plaiting) mau rākau (a traditional martial art) and whakairo (carving) are among 13 subjects being considered for students at NCEA levels 2 and 3.......
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Te Tiriti must be central in New Zealand immigration reset - academic
A prominent Māori demographer says the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed shortfalls in Aotearoa's immigration system, and is calling for it to be reformed with the Treaty of Waitangi at its heart.

"It's just such a missed opportunity not to put Te Tiriti and tangata whenua at the heart of a 21st century Aotearoa immigration approach.".....
See full article HERE 

Wednesday June 16, 2021 

Crown and Ngāi Tahu hold first post-settlement hui to discuss partnership 
Ngāi Tahu leaders and kaumātua have met with government ministers to discuss how they can work together for the first time since its Treaty settlement was signed in the mid-1990s.

A cohort of ministers – including Nanaia Mahuta, Megan Woods, Kelvin Davis, and Peeni Henare – were welcomed onto Ngāi Tūāhuriri marae in Tuahiwi, north of Christchurch, for the first post-settlement hui between Crown and Ngāi Tahu to discuss its Te Tiriti partnership.

“Eventually we will get to that partnership aspiration that was once talked about, but now we have the capacity to make real.”.......
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Samuels' solution for SNA mess tikanga reserves
Former Minister Dover Samuels says a new system needs to be developed to protect sensitive areas on Māori land.

He has told Ministers and Far North mayor John Carter there are ways to create reserves under tikanga Māori so they remain under the ownership and control of whānau and hapū.

"The council should resource those people who own those whenua to bring this about so it can lie parallel with the Pākehā concept of reserves but it becomes operative under the tikanga and it is not part of any district or regional plan that can be changed by an application under the Resource Management Act, simple as that," he says.......
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Mana whenua 'absolutely gutted' Dome Valley landfill has received green light
Mana whenua are "absolutely gutted" the controversial Dome Valley landfill was given a conditional green light by Auckland Council yesterday.

Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust’s Terrence Hohneck told Breakfast he did not feel mana whenua had been heard.

"We're absolutely guted as mana whenua ... We totally oppose it. There's been strong opposition ... we're pretty gutted that the council made this decision," he said.....
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Māori wards for King Country? There's a delay
A wrong decision and poor advice have been blamed for Waitomo District Council pushing Māori wards on the council out to the 2025 election.

“I think what happened in August was there was an error in the previous resolution of the previous council, and we corrected an error,” mayor John Robertson said.

“The facts as I understand it is, we cannot introduce Māori wards. We passed the legal deadline for that, but we can, if it’s the will of the iwi and the council, make that change for the 2025 election.”....
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Representation review coincides with Māori Ward decision
Nelsonians are being asked to have their say on how the council will be made up – including how many wards it might have and how many councillors there might be.

On Friday Nelson City Council opened its public consultation on its Shape Nelson page, in the form of an 11-question survey. A hardcopy of the survey is also available at Civic House and in public libraries.

Some questions are centred on the ward system, thanks to the changes that will follow the council’s resolution to adopt the Māori Ward system for its next election.....
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Iwi oppose extension of Tirohia landfill near Paeroa
A Waikato iwi is calling for the Hauraki District council to keep their word and decline an application by Waste Management NZ to expand the Tirohia landfill site which sits on their maunga, Rae o Te Papa.

The Ngāti Hako iwi are frustrated that 21 years after losing a case for a landfill site to be built on their whenua maunga Rae o Te Papa they are having to fight again to prevent the site from being extended, despite a memorandum of understanding (MOU) being agreed upon in 2003......
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Graham Adams: The dangers of putting media on the government’s payroll

Racism alive and well on the West Coast, health study finds 

Tuesday June 15, 2021 

New strategy to settle marine and coastal claims 'within 30 years' 
The government is putting more resources into iwi and hapu customary marine and coastal claims, which the Minister for Treaty Negotiations expects will now all be settled in up to 30 years, instead of a century.

There are currently 387 claims in total, which Minister for Treaty Negotiations Andrew Little said would take a century to work through.

"Under the new strategy, the Crown will engage with all iwi, hapū, and whānau groups across 20 coastal areas to timeframes informed by applicants."

Iwi, hapū and whānau claimants would be better resourced to research and establish their claims, he said......
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School using kaupapa Māori to enhance mana of its students
Narratives, gods and metaphors from the Māori creation story are being used to enhance the emotional literacy and mana of schoolkids.

The school has been using the Te Ara Whakamana programme since the start of the year. Through it, kids are taught about Māori atua, or gods, and use their personality traits to identify how they are feeling, so they can react to and cope in times of stress.

Ethan Withers​, 9, liked learning about the gods – he said he connected most with Tāne and Tangaroa because he cared about the environment.....
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Clive Bibby: Critical race theory - the cancer that never sleeps

Open letter to Synlait dairy company defending you tuber Lee Williams democratic right to critisise the political policies of the Maori Party

Universities must ‘indigenise’ to meet Māori agendas 

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