Saturday, June 26, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 20.06.21

Saturday June 26, 2021 

Hate speech: govt plans new law, tougher penalties

Hate speech will become a criminal offence and anyone convicted could face harsher punishment, under proposed legislative changes.

The government has this morning released for public consultation its long-awaited plan for the laws governing hate speech.

The plan is part of the government's work to strengthen social cohesion, in response to the Royal Commission of inquiry into the Christchurch terror attack.

Justice Minister Kris Faafoi said abusive or threatening speech that incites can divide communities.

"Building social cohesion, inclusion and valuing diversity can also be a powerful means of countering the actions of those who seek to spread or entrench discrimination and hatred."

Protecting free speech and protecting people from hate speech will require careful consideration and a wide range of input, Faafoi said......
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Love stories and indigenous legends for Waikato park
A proposed $36 million indigenous theme park in Waipā could give the Waikato tourism sector a much needed boost.

The Waikato Culture Park will feature zones modeled after Tainui Māori, Pasifika, Native Hawaiian, Australian Aboriginals and Native Americans as well as a dinosaur village with resident taniwha.....
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Graham Adams: Winston Peters is back… and so is He Puapua 

Hate speech law proposals aim to create a safe and inclusive society – but discrimination is unlikely to be discouraged if it is positive

Te Whare Tapa Whā: The model that's changed the face of Community College 

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Friday June 25, 2021 

Sign of growing pride in Manurewa's Māori identity 
New bilingual signs in a park bearing a name provided by mana whenua are just one of the ways Manurewa Local Board is showing pride in the area’s strong Māori identity and championing te reo Māori.

Earlier this year, the local board adopted names and narratives provided by mana whenua for 57 local parks in its area as part of the council’s cultural identity programme, Te Kete Rukuruku.

Now Te Ākitai Waiohua and the board have marked the installation at what will now be known as Te Pua / Keith Park in Weymouth, of a new entrance sign and an interpretative sign that tells the story in English and te reo Māori of the name provided by the iwi for the park......
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Iwi misinformed by Crown in a project development to revive Hauraki Gulf
But mana whenua iwi Ngātiwai says there has clearly been a "Crown engagement failure", as consultation with iwi did not happen to finalise this decision.

"As iwi mana whenua of Hauraki Gulf, we are offended to wake [Tuesday] morning to television news announcing a new Crown-led strategy; where Te Iwi o Ngātiwai has not been included," Ngātiwai Trust Board chairman Aperahama Kerepeti-Edwards said.

Leaders say that the Crown has a responsibility to engage with all iwi of the whenua of the Hauraki Gulf as part of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000.......
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Te reo Māori construction training programme aims to build connections
A new building and construction programme will deliver courses in te reo Māori for the first time.

The pilot initiative was launched today in Kirikiriroa and aims to connect with Māori students interested in the industry.

It is being led by the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) along with Ngā Taiātea Wharekura and iwi Waikato Tainui.......
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Maorification of smiling zombies – Karl du Fresne

Who's afraid of the 'A' word? 

Thursday June 24, 2021 

Ngāti Rangitihi Claims Settlement Bill passes first reading 
Te Arawa iwi Ngāti Rangitihi is one step closer to a Treaty settlement of more than $11 million.

The Ngāti Rangitihi Claims Settlement Bill passed its first reading in Parliament on Tuesday.

If the bill becomes law, Ngāti Rangitihi will receive $4m in financial redress and $7m in commercial redress, and have 19 sites of cultural significance returned to them......
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Māori and Pacific culture delivered at work in 'snackable bites'
Digital signage company​ is making Māori and Pacific culture and history accessible at work with the Mana Moana programme of “snackable bites”.

Designed with Brown Pages, which provides the content, the programme aimed to raise awareness of Māori and Pacific cultures among hard-to-reach employees who did not necessarily work at desks.

The introduction to Māori and Pacific perspectives included topics such as the Treaty of Waitangi, tikanga Māori and cultural values, Pacific customs and cultural values, and the natural world.......
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Decades of work before Auckland's Hauraki Gulf fully restored, iwi leader says
Leader Paul Majurey, who co-chaired the Sea Change–Tai Timu Tai Pari Ministerial Advisory Committee said it was a “hugely significant step” in what would be a programme of restoration for generations to come.

“[Tuesday’s] measures will deliver improvements over the next 10 years but understand it will be some decades before Tīkapa Moana is fully restored.”

Majurey, of Ngāti Maru, said mana whenua would look closely to ensure new marine protected areas didn’t undermine any Treaty of Waitangi settlements or customary activities......
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Milestone reached for Iwi Affiliation Population Counts
Iwi affiliation data released today provides updated population counts for all iwi and addresses gaps in Māori data originating from the 2018 Census, says Associate Minister of Statistics Meka Whaitiri.

The 2018 iwi estimates are now available on both the Te Whata and the Stats NZ website.....
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Wednesday June 23, 2021 

A separate Māori ACC is unnecessary - PM Jacinda Ardern 
A separate "Māori ACC" is needed to ensure Māori get the help they need, a Māori health advocate says.

"We actually need a Māori ACC, or something along those lines, or it should come under the Māori Health Authority. It's time for Māori to look after their own."

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said ACC Minister Carmel Sepuloni was asking "all the right questions" regarding inequalities within the scheme, but she did not think a separate ACC system for Māori was necessary.......
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National Party quietly shelves review recommendations on leadership changes
The party has also walked back an earlier idea to have a dedicated Māori director under Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership

Other recommendations from the review have been adopted by the board, including acknowledging Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the country’s founding document,......
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New Members Appointed To Waitangi Tribunal
Minister for Māori Development, Hon Willie Jackson, today announced the appointment of three new members to the Waitangi Tribunal and the reappointment of one existing member to the Waitangi Tribunal.

Kevin Prime, Derek Fox and Dr Hana O’Regan have been appointed for three years, joining member Dr Grant Phillipson who has been reappointed for a three-year term........
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Karleen Everitt appointed ANZ Bank's first head of Māori strategy
The first head of Māori strategy, Karleen Everitt, will work closely with the ANZ’s New Zealand leadership teams, head of Māori business, and Māori and Pasifika groups to shape the future Te Ao Māori strategy for the company.

The former chief executive of Manaaki Solutions took up her role at ANZ earlier this week and said she was excited to pave the way forward for Māori communities and their relationship with the bank......
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Fishing Reserves Hijacked By Co-governance Agenda
“The Government’s plan to roll out more fishing reserves will be welcomed by some, but it shouldn’t be used to smuggle in a co-governance agenda,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Revitalising the Gulf is the latest example of the Government’s drive to give power to people based on who their grandparents were through co-governance.

“A fishing reserve is not a cultural construct, it’s just a place where fishing is banned to give fish a chance. There is no need for special Māori knowledge. We can all see that if you stop catching fish in certain areas there will be more of them.

“ACT supports marine reserves, but allowing some Māori to customary take in a fishing reserve makes the policy more about race than fishing.”.....
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More on the above here > Government’s ‘Revitalising the Gulf’ plan a welcome first step

And more here > Ngātiwai ‘gobsmacked’ to be left out of plan to revitalise Hauraki Gulf

Grant for Te Herenga Waka researcher working with Te Ruapekapeka Trust
A $250,000 grant from the Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund will help strengthen links between Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington and Te Ruapekapeka Trust in Northland.

The grant has been awarded to Te Kura Mātai Pūkaha, Pūrorohiko School of Engineering and Computer Science assistant lecturer Kevin Shedlock (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou, Whakatōhea) for his project, ‘Matching Hapū Knowledge with Machine Learning during the Construction of the IT Artefact’.....
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Police offer 'no comment' on West Coast whānau's concerns of racial bias
Police have responded to the concerns of a West Coast whānau that their son was singled out for attention because he was Māori.

Police had no comment on the reported incident, but outlined their efforts to rid the force of race bias.

"Police has previously acknowledged that all humans have unconscious bias, and that as police we need to be conscious to mitigate any effects on individuals," the statement said.

"In the past seven years we have established 12 dedicated Māori responsiveness managers at inspector level rank, to strengthen the work of police iwi liaison officers."....
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Council signs first of its kind lease with Maori group
Cumberland City Council will sign a 20-year lease with Sydney Marae Alliance to build the first of its kind Maori community centre in Australia.

Mayor Steve Christou said it was a testament to multiculturalism of the local community.

“After years of negotiation around this proposal, I welcome an outcome that ties the historic roots of our lands and communities in our city.

The multimillion-dollar proposal will see the construction of a cultural centre, which aims to deliver community programs and events including cultural exchange programs, ANZAC Day, conferences and language and dance classes.
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Concerns over water reforms in Taranaki: iwi are guardians, committee told
Iwi are the guardians of their water, and there are concerns any national amalgamation of water services would be out of step with that responsibility, a New Plymouth District Councillor has said.

Currently councils run the majority of the drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems across New Zealand, but the government is looking at options to tie it all together.

“What I look at is that when it comes to our taonga, our water, we're the kaitiaki – we’re the guardians of our water,” councillor Dinnie Moeahu said.

“We're the guardians of our taonga. And that's how it should be.”....
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Helping the underclass and ourselves at the same time

Open letter: Don Brash to the Prime Minister

Dr Mataroria Lyndon: Our shameful health statistics show colonisation has failed Māori

Iwi leader Ken Mair warns against Māori wards isolation and burnout 

Tuesday June 22, 2021 

Hopefully, Tomorrow Will Deliver A Positive Sea Change For Tīkapa Moana, The Hauraki Gulf 
WWF-New Zealand is thrilled to finally see the Government launch its strategy to revitalize the Gulf – based on Tai Timu Tai Pari/Sea Change - the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan,

Our government and other key stakeholders must work in true partnership with tangata whenua to find effective pathways to ensure we secure a healthy moana.

Ensure Māori, are able to exercise rangatiratanga/self determination and kaitiakitanga/guardianship over their marine resources and develop mechanisms for mātauranga Māori to be used alongside other knowledge in decision making processes....
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Te Tātoru o Wairau: Iwi gift name to school relocation project
A watershed moment occurred at the Omaka Marae in Blenheim on Friday, when the project to relocate and rebuild three local schools was formally renamed Te Tātoru o Wairau.

Ministry of Education head of property delivery Scott Evans said the name gifting was very exciting for the ministry. “It's an opportunity to be able to partnership with the iwi and make sure that we begin this journey where it should be,” he said.....
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Boaties 'not going away' in fight for Delaware Bay boat ramp access
Small boat users looking to maintain recreational access to Delaware Bay are keen to work towards a “fresh start” with council, but insist they are not going away either.

The issue has been a sticking point between the council, small boast users, and Ngāti Tama over the past 20 years, due to the murky legal standing of the site.

The issue also involves local iwi Ngāti Tama who support the ban, with the land in question being the site of a sacred urupa (burial ground)......
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Maori Authority call for overhaul of ACC
The Chair of the National Maori Authority, Matthew Tukaki, wants to see a complete overhaul of ACC after reports emerged this morning of the agency showing biased against Maori, women and Pacific peoples. Tukaki has said ACC has been biased for some time and he himself is dealing with a significant and increasing number of cases being referred to the Authority whereby Maori feel discriminated against.

"The truth is this is not new and has been going for some years and it happens a multitude of ways. One example for Maori in particular is where they are sometimes treated as somehow trying to rort the system - in other words there appears to be this conscious "that Maori bloke is just like all the others" when assessing claims. The other is when diagnosis through medical misadventure comes into play and again what I would call the very conscious bias occurs of pretty much just not believing Maori making a claim" Tukaki said....
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More on the above here > ACC biased against women, Māori and Pasifika - agency's own analysis shows

Māori not being in immigration discussions fully is a 'sad reflection', says Productivity Commission chair
Within the commission’s proposed framework for assessing immigration, they’ve outlined the need to craft a policy that can “better honour the treaty and the mana of Māori”

As commission chair Ganesh Nana told Breakfast, it's a chance to incorporate Te Tiriti o Waitangi into the reform.

“I think this is one of the great opportunities, and indeed it’s a sad reflection that in all of the immigration policies we’ve had since the treaty, Māori have never been in that conversation officially.”.....
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National leader Judith Collins vows to skip Waitangi in 2022 if she's not allowed to speak
National leader Judith Collins has vowed to skip Waitangi commemorations in 2022 if she's not allowed to speak alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

"I want to make this very clear: I will not be attending Waitangi and not be given speaking rights if I am either in the role of Prime Minister or as leader of the Opposition," Collins told Magic Talk on Monday.

"It is simply not acceptable. The moment we are judged solely on our gender is also the moment we give in to that and actually I'm not prepared to so that's my line in the sand. Either do it properly or don't bother.".....
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New Zealand Health Group offer $20,000 Māori Health Leadership Scholarship
The New Zealand Health Group is proud to announce its Hiwa-i-te-rangi Māori Health Leadership Scholarship that worth up to $20,000. The purpose of this scholarship is to enable more Māori to be in decision making leadership roles within the health sector.

This scholarship is open to anyone in Aotearoa who is of Māori descent and a desire to build on their training and qualifications to address Māori equity through leadership......
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Ngāti Toa buys leaky townhouse development from Porirua City Council for $10 million
The View Rd sale will be a weight off the council’s shoulders.

The weather tightness claim was reportedly settled between the council and the body corporate and owners for $10m in May 2019.

Even though the sale to Ngāti Toa, which was due to settle on June 30, would recoup that sum, the council will still need to stump up nearly $2m in fees, including legal fees, invasive testing costs, body corporate fees and $165,000 towards repairs.....
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Monday June 21, 2021 

Council backs iwi in landfill dispute 
Hauraki District Council has pledged to stand alongside local iwi Ngāti Hako should it choose to challenge a covenant registered against the Tirohia landfill property in 2003.

Hauraki Mayor Toby Adams says the Council made its decision to support Ngāti Hako because it recognises the importance of their tupuna Maunga - Rae o Te Papa and has great sympathy for the position the iwi has found itself in.....
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The Crown’s Strategy for Māori Language Revitalisation 2019–2023
The protection and promotion of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori as taonga is key to the success of a New Zealand that embraces its diversity and the partnership created through Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

In 2040 we will commemorate 200 years since the signing of that Treaty. It will be a milestone that can only be truly celebrated if the language and cultures of both treaty partners are alive and flourishing......
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Winston Peters attacks Labour, 'cancel culture', and te reo usage in comeback speech
NZ First leader used his first speech since losing power to attack the Government now operating without him on a laundry list of culture war issues.

But Labour was not alone: Also on Peters’ hit list at his party’s annual general meeting was the media, the Greens, National, the Māori Party, cyclists, “cancel culture,” and the increased usage of te reo in public life – particularly the phrase "Aotearoa”......
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Sunday June 20, 2021 

School sale suspended after hapū claims ownership 
The sale of a former school on the South Taranaki coast has been suspended after a protest from hapū which originally donated the land, and want it returned.

Last Tuesday, descendants of Ngāti Tamāhuroa and Titahi hapū of the Ngaruahine iwi placed a rahui on the Oeo School property, after discovering it was being advertised for sale.

After the school closed in 1988, it was purchased by a hapū member, Bob Manuirirangi, in 1991.

“Our Uncle Bob informed the Education Board that he was only buying the buildings not the land, as the land had a whanau and hapū history and whakapapa and should be returned in good faith back to the resident mana whenua descendants of the NgātiTamāhuroa and Titahi hapū,” Hori Manuirirangi said.....
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Kāhu, nzherald's home of Māori content, takes flight
On Monday, we launch a refreshed Kāhu, simple in design, enhanced by a colour palette reflecting the hawk's natural environment. Kāhu's Instagram account will also be launched as @kahunews.

Our aim is to create a sustainable, authentic platform for Māori storytelling, a process that requires trust and patience......
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Can the Māori Connection to Antarctica Help Safeguard the Continent’s Future?
The team’s proposals include exploring legal personhood for the continent; over the last decade, as part of an effort to protect and preserve, New Zealand has granted legal personhood status to the Whanganui River, Mount Taranaki, and other culturally significant and environmentally threatened natural features within its borders. The designation means that appointed guardians, including local Māori communities, have legal authority to act in the entity’s best interests, including restricting development and other commercial use. Securing the same status for Antarctica, which does not legally belong to any nation, would represent a much bigger challenge.

While a campaign for legal personhood for the continent remains theoretical, Wehi and her colleagues hope their call to reframe how Antarctica is seen by the global community will inform future policies. The Antarctic Treaty first signed in 1959 will likely be reviewed around 2050, and other protections, such as proposed or expanded restrictions on fishing and other activities, continue to be put forth.

The team behind the commentary believes the key to safeguarding Antarctica lies in seeing it through the lens of Indigenous values, such as the Māori concept of kaitiakitanga, a kind of stewardship that “represents one way in which human-human and human-environment relationships and responsibilities are negotiated and regulated,” says coauthor Krushil Watene, philosopher and associate professor at Auckland’s Massey University......
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Back of the Agenda: How the ward system might affect Nelson voters
In all the excitement of the city council’s decision to adopt the Māori Ward system, a slight detail might have been missed – the remaining electorate will also have to have at least one ward established.

More than one elected member has mentioned since the decision that it was possible people hadn't fully realised its reach, so this week’s column is once again looking at what the ward system means for the city......
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Understanding New Zealand’s science sector from a Te Ao Māori perspective
This is an exciting opportunity to explore how New Zealand’s science and technology sector can work better for Māori. This is a very broad theme and can be addressed in different ways and from different disciplinary perspectives.

The research is part of an ongoing study into building New Zealand’s capacity for effective and equitable use of science and technology for social and commercial benefit. This Masters or PhD scholarship of $30,000 per annum plus fees for three years is funded by the Science for Technology and Innovation Challenge and the successful applicant will be supervised by Vision Mātauranga researchers from the Building New Zealand’s Capacity project.......
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Shock walkout at SWDC meeting
Frustrations about the quality of representation available to Maori through local authority structures have spilled over with a member abruptly withdrawing from a council committee after a tense interchange.

South Wairarapa District Council Maori standing committee member Teresa Aporo walked out mid-meeting in Martinborough last week but has not formally resigned.....
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Help us bring Māori ingenuity to the forefront of ACC
We’re now receiving applications for our Māori Customer Advisory Panel, which will help to bring Māori ingenuity to the forefront of ACC.

The panel’s aim is to enhance our suite of service options available for Māori. Through their work, the panel will advise on the strengths of a variety of kaupapa Māori initiatives and ideas.

We need panellists who:.....
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Māori constituencies
At Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council we are proud to have helped pave a way for strengthened Māori representation in local government in Aotearoa. We were the first local government organisation to introduce Māori constituencies in 2004.....
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Māori Futures Symposium aims to harness ancestral wisdom
A Māori Futures Symposium exploring how knowledge from the past can be harnessed to transform the future for Māori is underway at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch this weekend.

The conference which aims to share knowledge and models of Māori social transformation to inspire current generations to create an ambitious road map for the future started Saturday and runs through until Sunday afternoon.

“Across the motu, Māori are pioneering transformative work, using innovative kaupapa Māori methods. We want to celebrate, promote and build our collective understanding of how to build the future, by Māori, for Māori, as Māori," Symposium co-convenor Sacha McMeeking (Ngāi Tahu) said in a statement.......
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