Saturday, July 17, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 11.07.21

Saturday July 17, 2021 

Three waters reform funding: Bay of Plenty leaders want assurances Māori at the table
Bay of Plenty leaders have cautiously welcomed a $2.5 billion Government package for Three Waters reform, but some want assurances Māori are included in decision-making.

One mana whenua representative says "the devil is in the detail".

Te Arawa Lakes Trust chief executive Karen Vercoe said the announcement looked good at face value but there was still little detail on how the reforms would be implemented locally and particularly how it would be done in partnership with iwi......
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Māori Council's Matthew Tukaki asks Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi to cancel 'racist' YouTuber Lee Williams' residency
Māori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki has written to Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi asking him to cancel controversial YouTuber Lee Williams' residency.

Tukaki, who also chairs the National Māori Authority, wrote to Faafoi after receiving a message from Williams over social media, which Tukaki described as "abhorrent".

Williams, a British-born Canterbury man who runs a YouTube channel that publishes far-right content, was let go in June from dairy company Synlait over allegations of white supremacist statements, following a campaign pushing for him to be fired......
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Kaipara will get extra councillor from representation review
A new Māori ward for Kaipara will bring an extra councillor to the table for its local district council.

Kaipara District Council (KDC) has eight councillors and a mayor. However, this will increase to nine from October next year after KDC recently voted to bring in a new Māori ward called Te Moananui o Kaipara, triggering a representation review.

The increase also comes as Kaipara's southeastern population rises across Mangawhai, Kaiwaka and Oneriri Peninsula.....
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Westlake Boys High School amends uniform policy so students may show tā moko and taonga Māori
Westlake Boys High School has amended its uniform policy, allowing students to wear tā moko and taonga Māori.

The high decile school on Auckland’s North Shore had a review of its uniform policy after two senior students, from Ngāpuhi, Te Aupōuri and Te Rarawa in the Far North, were said to be “deeply hurt” by a request to hide their tā moko......
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Redevelopment of Wellington university marae aims to be most sustainable educational building
Kelburn Parade is currently home to a building site with a difference. Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University is redeveloping its marae precinct, and is attempting to create Aotearoa’s most sustainable educational facility.

Deputy vice-chancellor (Māori), Rawinia Higgins (Ngāi Tūhoe), said the precinct, being called the Living Pā, was developed as a living lab for Māori studies.

“It was about carving out some space for Māori in the university to feel connected to that place.”.....
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Three Massey academics awarded HRC funding to further research
Māori infant and maternal health, supporting vocational rehabilitation and developing a strangulation screening tool for first responders are three areas of research that have been recognised in the latest round of the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) Research Activation Grants.

The grants provide support to enable established or prospective researchers and/or research providers wanting to improve patient care and healthcare systems in New Zealand.

Dr Felicity Ware, Associate Professor Clare Harvey and Dr Andrea Donaldson have all received a grant valued up to $30,000 to support their research over the coming year......
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Māori Pathways at Northland Region Corrections Facility launched
A key part of the Hōkai Rangi strategy, Māori Pathways looks to achieve long-term change and involves a number of agencies and iwi, hapū and Māori service providers working together, said Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis......
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Unity or division? - by Dr Muriel Newman.

Apartheid in New Zealand – Ross Meurant

National's Demand the Debate campaign is divisive 'dog-whistling'

The Conversation: From Parihaka to He Puapua - it's time Pākehā New Zealanders faced their personal connections to the past 

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Friday July 16, 2021 

The Māori Purposes Bill 2021 
A Māori Purposes Bill is an omnibus bill that amends one or more Acts relating to Māori Affairs or deals with authorisations, transfers, and validations in respect of Māori land and property.

1 Providing Māori entities with greater autonomy and greater decision making

2 Addressing previous technical issues within Legislation related to Māori Affairs

3 Reducing administrative compliance....
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Significant Funding Injection To Boost Māori Journalism
Around 40% of the first funding round for Public Interest Journalism has gone to projects benefitting Māori journalism.

The first funding round of $9.6m has just been awarded by NZ On Air, and $3.5m from the first round will go to projects with a Māori journalism impact (with a further $1.6m already committed for a second year in one large-scale project.).....
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Waititi is championing a treaty-based system of government – and we shouldn’t be surprised that democracy is not the objective – Point of Order

Bob Edlin: Local government leaders can show Waititi how to dispose of democracy and adopt a treaty-based system of representation

The contentious He Puapua plan explained

Settling the debate: Old-time politicians grasping at gender and race for relevance 

Thursday July 15, 2021 

Time to engage iwi obligations: Mayor 
It is time to heal the wounds and for the Invercargill City Council to face its obligations with iwi, Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt says.

At a meeting of the performance, policy and partnership committee yesterday, after heated debate councillors approved the establishment of mana whenua roles in council committees.

The decision, which still needs to be confirmed in the next full council meeting, meant each runanga — Waihopai Runaka and Te Runanga o Awarua — would have its own representative with voting rights on the council’s performance, policy and partnerships committee and infrastructural services committee......
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Rotorua Lakes Council representation review: How could it affect Māori wards?
An upcoming representation review could change the look of Rotorua Lakes Council and determine how many Māori wards the city has.

In May this year, Rotorua Lakes Council resolved to establish a Māori ward, or wards, which would come into effect from next year's election.

The representation review will not change that decision, however, it will determine the number of elected members at the table, which will impact how many Māori seats are in that ward or wards.......
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No Māori ward for Ashburton District
The prospect of a Māori ward in Ashburton appears unlikely.

The Ashburton District Council has effectively ruled out consideration on the matter with not even a discussion with local runanga taking place.

The district's meagre Māori population, which comprised less than 5 per cent of the general population, ultimately was the yardstick for whether the move was necessary.....
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Collins: 'Demand the debate' campaign isn't about replicating Brash iwi/Kiwi era
Judith Collins says National’s new “demand the debate” billboard campaign isn’t just about Treaty issues, despite what an email to wealthy donors from the party’s former leader Don Brash says.

On Sunday, National unveiled its “demand the debate” billboards, with Collins arguing Kiwis were "being left out of important decisions by the Labour Government".

The billboards focus on a number of subjects, including what National is calling the Government’s “ute tax” and its cancellation of major infrastructure projects. Also included are a number of issues relating to Māori: Māori wards, the Māori Health Authority and the leaked independent report He Puapua......
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Don't be a coloniser, prof tells reo learners
A leading bicultural educator says Pākehā need to learn humility if they want to learn te reo Māori.

"Pākehā, with our ancestry, we're very good at colonising, we're very good at taking things on with enthusiasm and doing them to the exclusion of others. Part of the whole process is learning humility, learning to listen and just be present and to learn rather than diving up the front with your hand up and starting to tell other people what's right and wrong and how to do it," she says......
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Northland mayors given wake up call from iwi
Tai Tokerau iwi leaders have told Northland’s mayors they need to work better among themselves and with Māori to deal with the challenges facing them.

A hui in Kaikohe last week between the mayors and iwi noted reforms led by central government will change the local government landscape in Te Tai Tokerau.....
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Treaty claim sparked by Napier decision on Maori wards
A claim has been lodged with the Waitangi Tribunal accusing the Napier City Council of failing to take reasonable steps to introduce Maori Wards and thus obstructing Maori representation.

The claim was lodged this week - and served on the Crown - by a group of five on behalf of Napier area iwi representative body Te Taiwhenua o Te Whanganui a Orotu.....
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Māori increasingly over-represented in road-crash deaths and injury
Māori are over-represented in death and serious injuries as a result of road crashes and a new report from the Transport Agency suggests the rate is increasing.

From 2013 to 2017 the average rate of death or serious injury 100,000 population for all Māori men was 87 - much higher than the average rate of 61.5 for all men.

For all Māori women the rate was 40.5 which was much higher than the average rate of 29 for all women.

The report, He Pūrongo Whakahaumaru Hurahi Mō Ngā Iwi Māori, found tamariki Māori were more likely to be killed or seriously injured in crashes than non Māori children and that inappropriate child restraints were a factor in this......
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Hauraki Gulf hikoi embraces other struggles
An advocate for protection of the Hauraki Gulf says she wants to build a national network to ensure Māori views of marine protection are given the status they deserve.

She says Saturday’s Hikoi mo te Moana in Auckland will include people involved in other occupations and protest actions around the country where the marine environment is under threat of development......
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Christchurch's 'anchor point' for Māori culture reopens after year-long refurbishment
Te Puna Wānaka has been a hub for Māori, Pacific and indigenous studies in the South Island for 25 years, and has now reopened following an extensive renovation.

Te Puna Wānaka has been a hub for Māori, Pacific and indigenous studies in the South Island for 25 years, and has now reopened following an extensive renovation......
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New Zealanders feel 'shut down', accused of being racist or 'Karen' when they say something - Judith Collins

Stratford councillors swamped with written pleas in lead-up to Māori ward decision

Weather forecaster Philip Duncan expresses 'disappointment' in New Zealanders triggered by his use of 'Aotearoa'  

Wednesday July 14, 2021 

A sneak peek at the new NCEA subject - Te Ao haka 
Te Ao haka is a brand new NCEA subject being piloted across 34 secondary schools, with plans to roll it out nationally by 2023.

“If we can nurture them, that can be their ticket to wherever they want to go in the world,” Te Maioha said.

“It’s just about growing their self-determination and their self-expression, be it Māori or not,” she said......
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NPDC considering $570k pathway around problematic Taranaki pā site
A long-running dispute over access to a popular Taranaki surf break could be nearing an end – with New Plymouth District Council considering putting half a million dollars towards a solution.

The Weld Rd Reserve in Oakura includes a hillock with a pā site that is sacred to iwi but inconvenient to surfers.....
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National can demand debate, but Labour can debate their demand
Hence National’s Demand the Debate campaign, an extension of its efforts thus far to persuade the nation that the 2019 He Puapua report is a sinister agenda for Māori separatism and that however much the Government may insist it is not policy, National’s case is that much of it is influencing policy.

The public can judge for itself whether it was truly blindsided by the announcements on Māori wards and the distinct Māori health authority set up in health sector reforms......
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ICC to discuss runaka representation on committees
Invercargill city councillors will today discuss the establishment of mana whenua roles in council committees.

A report by legal counsel Michael Morris recommended Waihopai Runaka and Te Runanga o Awarua to each have one representative with voting rights on the performance, policy and partnerships committee and infrastructural services committee.

Waihopai Runaka have mana whenua status for, broadly speaking, the Invercargill city area and Te Runanga o Awarua the Awarua area, including Bluff.....
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Māori & Pasifika E-commerce Scholarships Worth $1.3million Are Being Offered Up To Improve Disposable Household Income
Social Enterprise Te Whare Hukahuka is on a mission to grow disposable household income through offering e-commerce scholarships amounting a total of $1.3million to Māori and Pasifika.

For the second year running, Te Whare Hukahuka will roll out its flagship three-month e-commerce and digital marketing programme ‘Ka Hao i te Ao’. The online programme is part of the company’s mission statement, to improve the lives of 10 million indigenous people......
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Well Child Tamariki Ora programme redesign to better meet needs of Māori children
Well Child Tamariki Ora will be redesigned to better meet the needs of Māori children after a review found the Ministry of Health was inconsistently meeting its obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall announced the findings of the review in Porirua, north of Wellington, at the Ora Toa Community Health Unit on Tuesday. The national programme gives vital health and development checks through Plunket and other non-governmental agencies to babies and children from six weeks to the age of five......
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Whānau Āwhina Plunket – Levelling The Playing Field
A pivotal event took place during June 2021, paving the way forward for Whānau Āwhina Plunket to play its part in levelling the playing field for all pēpi and tamariki in Aotearoa.

The health care playing field has never been level – neither in access, opportunity, or equity. The past 180 years has seen the impact of colonisation take a sobering toll on pēpi Māori and on their life outcomes. As an organisation that sees around 85 per cent of all new-born babies in Aotearoa, and more than 50 per cent of all new-born Māori pēpi, Whānau Āwhina Plunket has recognised that it has an obligation to work differently to help improve Māori health outcomes.....
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Consultation on changes to Māori ward and Māori constituency processes
Public consultation is now open on proposed changes for aligning the processes for Māori wards and constituencies with general wards and constituencies. Consultation closes on 27 August 2021.

Councils make decisions about Māori wards and general wards in two different ways depending on what type of ward they are considering. Having two different processes can be confusing. We want to know how the separate processes can be brought closer together to make it easier for councils to make decisions about how communities are represented, and so everyone understands how the system works.

We have identified six key differences between the Māori wards and general wards process that we are consulting on:....
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Iwi-led vaccination clinic opening in Masterton
Wairarapa’s iwi-led vaccination clinic, which was officially named on Friday, is soon to open for business. The centre, at 197 Chapel Street in Masterton, joins the other dedicated vaccination centres available for public appointments.

Mike Kawana, a respected leader of the Ngāti Hamua hapū, performed karakia and named the clinic Tekau mā iwa. The literal meaning is nineteen......
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Taitokerau Iwi Leaders And Northland Mayors Meet To Reset And Strengthen Relationship
Due to the uneven response and increased anxiety regards the Northern Councils (Far North, Whangarei, Northern Regional) approach to Māori Wards, Significant Natural Areas and the latest rounds of consultation on the Three Waters reform, Te Kahu ō Taonui requested Mayors to meet kānohi ki te kānohi on July 6th in Kaikohe which revealed the urgent need for improved communication and co-ordination among Councils especially relating to contentious issues relating to whenua, wai and community.

Attendees noted that significant changes being led out by Central Government will materially change the local government landscape in Te Tai Tokerau and it is vital there is both mana whenua and local/regional voice as these developments unfold.......
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Kawerau votes to not establish Māori wards
Kawerau District Council will not be establishing Māori wards at the next elections.

Many councils have voted to establish Māori wards, including Whakatāne District Council, after the Minister of Local Government Nanaia Mahuta removed the right for voters to overturn councils' decisiond earlier this year.

At the extraordinary council meeting yesterday, councillor Aaron Rangihika said he believed the council had broad representation already including people of Māori, Pacifica, and European descent on the council.......
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Environment destroyed in favour of European economy, says iwi
Emery argued not only was native land destroyed for the profit of farmers, but that same destruction of food, medical and construction resources forced Māori to be reliant on the European economy.......
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Tuesday July 13, 2021 

Wahine Maori favoured for government boards 
Twenty two percent of members of public sector boards and committees are now Māori, up from 21 percent last year.

Wāhine Māori hold 12.2 percent of public sector board roles.

The Minister for Women, Jan Tinetti, says public sector boards are now made up of 50.9 percent women, up from 45.7 percent in 2017.

She says more diverse boards make better quality decisions.

Now the Government has met its target of 50 percent women, she says she will be working with Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, and Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities, Priyanca Radhakrishnan to increase ethnic diversity across boards.
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World-leading App To Train Teachers In Te Reo Māori
Bay of Plenty teachers now have access to a world-leading Te Reo Māori app, through a Ministry of Education initiative aimed at strengthening New Zealand’s education workforce in Te Reo.

Reo Ora is a fully automated Te Reo Māori app developed by one of New Zealand’s leading linguistics and Māori language experts, Dr. Rāpata Wiri (Te Arawa, Ngāti Ruapani) and built by Rotorua-based Salt + Tonic......
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‘Empty seat’ since 2019
Aotearoa's first and last Indigenous Rights Commissioner wants the role reinstated.

Former commissioner Karen Johansen (Rongowhakaata) advocated for the human rights of tangata whenua between 2008 and 2017.

But after serving the maximum two terms, she was not replaced.....
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Kura show way to beat truancy
Schools being culturally responsive and competent could be the key to addressing absenteeism by Māori students.

Mr Cormack says a suggestion parents should be fined if their children don’t attend school ignores the role of the education system in suppressing Māori culture.....
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Monday July 12, 2021 

Auckland Māori don't want youth caught in criminal system 
A new dawn for the way police engages with Māori youth - that was the pitch at a hui in Orakei, Tāmaki Makaurau this morning for the launch of Te Pae Oranga.

Police deputy commissioner for iwi and communities Wally Haumaha said it was a significant day for Ngāti Whātua.

“We only need to look at the significant reports written over the years by the esteemed people like Dr Moana Jackson and Dr Gabrielle Maxwell and many other people who have written reports about the "injustice" system and criminal justice and the way that Māori has been treated over many years," Haumaha said........
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Judith Collins launches National campaign demanding Government policy debate, He Puapua first target
"The He Puapua report contains recommendations for fundamental changes to our legal, constitutional, and democratic governance arrangements. Changes like separate health and justice systems, separate RMA rules, and separate electoral arrangements. These proposals must be taken to an election so all Kiwis can have their say.

"While they claim publicly it's not their policy, the Labour Government has already started to implement large parts of He Puapua like Māori Wards and a Māori Health Authority, without the wide-ranging public debate that these changes deserve," Collins said......
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Claim lodged over minimum wage for kohanga reo teachers
The largest education trade union New Zealand Educational Institute – Te Riu Roa is hosting a four-day wānanga in Orakei with their members to solve this problem for kaiako who get less than $20 per hour. NZEI Maori strategic advisor (takawaenga) Shirley Hakaraia whose helping to facilitate this hui says, “Long gone are the days kaiako get crumbs.”

"We’ve launched a claim to pursue pay equity for kohanga reo which is backed by their employers of the Kohanga Reo National Trust."....
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Funding our own indoctrination – Karl du Fresne

The turning tide of public opinion – Dr Muriel Newman

Mat Mullany: How do we teach the complexity of our past?

'We need to get over ourselves': Wellington City councillor Sean Rush still hopes for unity around council table

'Same old colonial approach' - Iwi leader on collective plans 

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