Saturday, July 31, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 24.07.21

Saturday July 31, 2021 

Te Tiriti O Waitangi And Māori Equity Front And Centre In New Te Pūkenga Report

Boosted outcomes for Māori and te whakatinanatanga o Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi in practice) are key outcomes of Te Pae Tawhiti Insights Report released today.

Te Pae Tawhiti is the biggest piece of Te Tiriti o Waitangi self-reflective work to date that has been undertaken in the vocational education sector.......
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Iwi plea to keep jet boats off cultural important West Coast rivers
Poutini Ngāi Tahu are making a plea for rules in the West Coast's new district plan to keep jet boats and jet skis off a handful of rivers considered most important to mana whenua.

The Tai o Poutini Plan Committee has been grappling this week with the job of setting policies to preserve the natural character of the coastal environment, wetlands, lakes and rivers across the region and protect them from the wrong sort of development.......
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Rotorua Kaupapa Māori health, addiction services to provide cultural approach
Kaupapa Māori mental health and addiction services being launched in Rotorua will provide a cultural approach to wellness, according to the Whānau Ora Minister.

Te Arawa Whānau Ora chair Te Ururoa Flavell said the services are grounded in kaupapa Māori principles, Te Reo Māori, skilled in tikanga, Whakapapa recognition and steeped in Mātauranga Māori......
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The schools walking the Treaty talk, on efforts to better recognise Māori language 

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Friday July 30, 2021 

Whakapapa connection critical for Isis children 
Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is backing the Government’s approach to taking back a New Zealand born woman detained by Turkey after spending time with Isis in Syria.

Cabinet had agreed to a “managed return” of 26-year-old Suhayra Aden and her two children.

Ms Ngarewa Packer says the Māori view is the connection of mokopuna to whakapapa is important, no matter how mum and dad have chosen to live......
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Jobs for Nature: Northland projects set for $20m boost
Projects in Northland targeting pest control, kauri protection and ecological restoration have been earmarked for an expansion of the Jobs for Nature programme.

Conservation Minister Kiri Allan announced this morning more than $20 million would be invested to establish 324 jobs over three years across 12 projects in Northland.

The bulk of funding would go to six projects focused on predator and pest control......
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The schools walking the Treaty talk
Māori educators are optimistic that a range of initiatives is converging to create lasting change in the school system.

They have told RNZ they believe a combination of teacher training and requirements that make te reo and tikanga compulsory for teachers and schools could have a powerful effect.

RNZ spoke with principals from four schools to find out how they are responding to the challenge....
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Taupo fees open doors to iwi partnership
The chair of Ngāti Tūwharetoa Trust Board says the iwi is keen to form partnerships with commercial users of Lake Taupō.

The High Court has rules that as the owner of the bed of the lake and its tributaries Tūwharetoa has the right to charge for commercial use.

John Bishara says while some companies like Mercury Energy started paying fees once the lake bed was returned to the iwi in its 2007 settlement, other users resisted.

It's about our ability to get some economic return on behalf of the people of our iwi....

John Bishara says some users could now be changed back rates.....
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Pukekohe parents call for school board removal over lack of Māori representation
Concerned parents of Pukekohe North School (Te Raki o Pukekohe) pupils have met to discuss what they say are issues over the school's board of trustees.

The school has roughly 80 per cent children of Māori heritage.

One mother, Raemon Mātene, has been fighting the board for more recognition of the needs of whānau Māori.....
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$36,000 grant for Milton community whare
A $36,000 grant from the Otago Community Trust will help establish a community facility for whanau in Milton.

The grant has been given to newly established charitable trust Te Whare Puawai o Tokomairaro, to help with the cost of purchasing a building in Spenser St.......
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Nelson Tasman Emergency Management seeks strong partnership with iwi
Iwi will be invited to nominate a representative to attend meetings of the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Group (CDEM).

Group members agreed to the move at a meeting this week.

The Nelson Tasman CDEM group is a partnership between Nelson City and Tasman District councils as well as key agencies including police, Fire and Emergency NZ, St John, Nelson Marlborough District Health Board and the Ministry of Social Development.

CDEM manager of emergency management Joe Kennedy said a partnership with iwi was sought at governance, strategic and operational levels........
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Bruce Moon: Tall Tales vs True History

Indigenous rights: Demand for debate should address racism, white privilege - Debbie Ngarewa-Packer

'#HeyColoniser': Māori Party takes over National's 'Demand the Debate' slogan

Western science isn't keeping you safe from the poo in Porirua

Experts Shaun Hendy and Siouxsie Wiles among those rejecting claim Māori knowledge isn't science as 'scientific racism'

Thursday July 29, 2021 

Burden of history: Hapu putting 'site Crown tried to forget' on educational map 
As part of a series this week, RNZ is looking at efforts to ensure schools and teachers are using reo and tikanga every day. This, coupled with compulsory NZ history, has made iwi and hapū increasingly sought after. Some are worried that it could become a burden.

The hapū finds itself busier and busier as interest grows about what happened at Rangiriri 158 years ago, when the Crown assaulted the Pā in an act designed to eliminate the Kiingitanga and confiscate more than a million hectares of land.

"There is a lot of demand," said Brad Totorewa, the chief executive of Ngāti Naho kaitiaki. "And there is a requirement for schools as agents of the Crown, Treaty partnerships and all that type of carry on, to work with iwi, mana whenua."......
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Principals and teachers back Māori cultural training
Principals and teachers say training teachers to tackle racism and value Māori culture is essential for improving the school system. As part of a series this week, RNZ is looking at efforts to ensure schools and teachers value and use te reo and tikanga Māori every day.

Principals and teachers say some teachers find the lessons confronting......
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National MP Paul Goldsmith questions bid to put Māori knowledge on par with 'Western science' in schools
National MP Paul Goldsmith is questioning a bid to put Māori knowledge on par with 'Western science' in schools, joining a heated debate involving several academics.

It traces back to 2019 when the Government agreed to strengthen NCEA, with a commitment to explicitly reflect and promote mana ōrite mō tē mātauranga Māori, or parity for Māori knowledge, within the main secondary school qualification......
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Hospital upgrade makes space for iwi health service
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says an extension to the Bay of Islands Hospital in Kawakawa will help address inequitable health outcomes for Māori in the north.

The primary health services will be run by Ngāti Hine Health Trust, which will lease part of the new building from the Northland District Health Board.....
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Ngāti Naho whānau combine assets to buy back Rangiriri historical land
A property next to the historical Rangiriri battlefield and last owned by Waikato on the day of the Rangiriri invasion by the Crown November 20, 1863, has been bought by a Ngāti Naho whānau.

“Today is the manifestation of the Waikato adage: 'As land was taken, land must be returned,' Tainui leader Brad Totorewa said. “This very principle is written in the 1995 Waikato-Tainui Deed of Settlement used to seek compensation.”.....
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Spiritual connections inspire artwork on new $1.03m central city jetty
The history of Hamilton’s five hapū is the inspiration behind a colourful new artwork on the Waikato River.

The artwork includes five pou (pillars) featuring sculptures representing ancestral stories from local hapū – Ngāti Māhanga, Ngāti Tamainupō, Ngāti Wairere, Ngāti Korokī Kahukura and Ngāti Hauā.....
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Auckland University professor resigns over letter claiming Māori knowledge isn't science
An University of Auckland professor has stepped down as acting dean of science after backlash to a letter he co-authored claiming Māori knowledge "is not science".

Professor of Psychology Douglas Elliffe emailed the science faculty to say his role in writing the letter meant his leadership had the potential to "increase division" among the university's scientific community.

Elliffe was one of seven professors to sign the letter published in the Listener magazine last week in response to proposed changes to the Māori school curriculum......
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The Column Stuff Wouldn't Publish

'Aotearoa New Zealand': What if it went to a vote?

Scientists rubbish Auckland University professors' letter claiming Māori knowledge is not science

Teachers say learning te reo is making them better at their jobs 

Wednesday July 28, 2021 

Right of iwi to charge commercial operators on Lake Taupō confirmed at High Court
A declaratory judgment from the High Court has finally settled years of contention about the right of iwi to require licences and charge commercial operators on Lake Taupō.

Ngāti Tūwharetoa, declared Justice Gwyn’s decision, had the right to do both.

The central North Island iwi had been confirmed as owner of the lake bed, the space occupied by the water and the airspace above the lake, via the Taupō Deed, by the Government in 1992 and in modifications to the deed in 2007.

Board chairman John Bishara welcomed the ruling.

“The trust board is pleased that the High Court has upheld the property rights of Ngāti Tūwharetoa in our taonga, Taupō moana,” he said......
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Three Ngāi Tahu artists to be given mentors and $15,000 each
A new partnership will give three emerging Ngāi Tahu artists $15,000 each and a mentor to help develop their careers.

Ngāi Tahu will fund the $15,000 grant for one artist a year for three years as part of a partnership with The Arts Foundation that is the first of its kind in New Zealand......
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Researchers receive more than $13m in Health Research Council funding
In total, 13 projects have been given Project Grant funding totalling more than $13 million, while Dr Allamanda Faatoese is one of just five researchers to receive a $1.1 million Pacific Project Grant.

Other researchers to secure funding include Dr Cameron Lacey from the University of Otago’s Christchurch campus, and Professor Stephen Robertson. Dr Lacey has been awarded $1.2 million to improve the physical health of Māori living with psychosis,.....
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$5mill Grant An Iwi First To Drive Better Healthoutcomes For Māori
Whakauae Research Services has received $5 million from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) for a five-year programme to build knowledge on what is needed for better health outcomes for Māori and therefore Aotearoa.

It’s the first time Whakauae, which was established by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hauiti (Iwi o Rangitīkei rohe) in 2005, has applied for HRC’s programme grant. It’s also the first time the programme fund has been awarded to an iwi-owned health research centre.....
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Maori Council looks for Maori place in resource management
The New Zealand Māori Council is calling for Māori to be involved in decision making at every step of the reformed resource management process.

Spokesperson Pita Fraser says while the 30-year-old Resource Management Act failed to deliver on its promise to Māori, the proposed Natural and Built Environments Act is as yet underwhelming......
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Fear factor strong in reo backlash
Green MP Marama Davidson believed bigotry and racism are on the wane - despite some eruptions at the recent farmers’ protests.

Some of the placards on display on utes and tractors included statements opposing the use of te reo Māori and declaring ‘This is New Zealand, not Aotearoa.

Ms Davidson says some people are being confronted by their own fear and ignorance as te reo Māori becomes normalised......
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'Milking Māori': Fonterra's attempt to trademark te reo slammed
An application to trademark 12 te reo Māori words - including awa and kōwhai - for use on Fonterra cheese products has been slammed by National Māori Authority chairman Matthew Tukaki.

"Fonterra need to stick to milking cows instead of milking Māori," Tukaki told the Herald this morning.

New Zealand Milk Brands made the trademark applications on July 13. They cover 11 cheese products and the brand name Kāpiti (previously registered without a macron). If granted, they would give Fonterra exclusive rights to their use on milk and milk products, cheeses, edible oils and fats......
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Racism in schools: Calls for cultural competency in the classroom 

Tuesday July 27, 2021 

Demand The Debate On Our Justice System 
Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins is calling on the Prime Minister to rule out separate justice systems, which is currently being consulted on with some New Zealanders.

“Following revelations that Labour gave $2.75 million to a Mongrel Mob trust and reports of escalating gun crime, the public needs confidence in the justice system,” Ms Collins says.

“The Prime Minister has ruled out a separate Parliament because of public pressure, however has implemented other recommendations from the He Puapua report, including a separate Health Authority and Maori Wards, without the wide-ranging debate these significant changes deserve......
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'Recovering racist' says NZ is raising ignorant Pākehā
"We are the problem" - Those are the words from a self-described "recovering racist" who says New Zealand is raising ignorant Pākehā.

Former New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd told Breakfast his racism was fuelled by fear, but this morning he shared his story to encourage other Kiwis to embrace New Zealand's history.

It comes as Breakfast this morning shared a handful of complaints emailed in daily about the use of te reo Māori on the show, as well as 1 NEWS and Midday, some of which even include remarks about the way some TVNZ presenters look......
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What Is Western Science?
Proposals for NCEA science risk taking our curriculum down a rabbit hole at a time when the Government should be focused on turning around our declining achievement in science, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

“An equally important question is what is meant by the statement, ‘the two world views and bodies of knowledge (mātauranga putaiao and so-called western science) are separate and need to be considered separately. One should not be given greater status than the other – both have authority.’

“Is the Government telling our children that the collective wisdom of all the cultures of the globe, over millennia and up to today, what we might call modern science, should be given no greater authority in the subject of science than the insights and traditions of one culture?.....
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Making law to protect future of our ocean
A future-focused research project co-led by University of Canterbury researcher Associate Professor Elizabeth Macpherson is considering what legal and policy options might exist to protect our oceans for generations to come.

“I would like to see more government power transferred to Māori, iwi and hapū to have more control and authority over how the environment is managed. Also, a lot of the really interesting environmental law protections we are seeing around the world are being driven by young people.”.....
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South Taranaki councillors debate Māori ward changes
South Taranaki district councillors have opted to listen to the community over how Māori wards should be implemented, even though proposed new representation arrangements may not comply with Local Government Commission rules.

The council voted unanimously in 2020 to introduce Māori wards in time for the local body elections in 2022, and met on Monday to decide on the proposals it will send out for formal consultation.

Councillors opted for option two, which would see 12 councillors and a mayor.

This would consist of two Māori ward councillors and 10 general councillors drawn from the wards of Taranaki Coastal (two councillors), Eltham-Kaponga (two councillors), Pātea (two councillors) and Te Hāwera (four councillors).

The council voted six to four to consult on a proposal for option 2, which will be out for consultation between July 29 and September 9......
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Māori-led training firm helps Māori and Pasifika start online businesses
Te Wharehukahuka is a Māori-led social enterprise and the largest indigenous e-commerce training company in the world which has been on a mission to improve the lives of 10 million indigenous people.

One big way they are doing this is through their e-commerce scholarships worth $1.3m in total, dedicated to indigenous whānau.

E-commerce is the selling or buying of goods and products online such online shopping, business transactions, trading, and services.

The scholarships worth up to $7500 each are available through the company's flagship three month e-commerce and digital marketing programme 'Ka Hao i te Ao'.

'Ka Hao i te Ao' has received some government funding and donations.

The 12-week programme guides Māori and Pasifika students from all ages and backgrounds towards kick-starting their own online business.....
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Troubled Waters Ahead – Dr Muriel Newman

Elizabeth Rata: Responding to Andrew Geddis on Treaty Partnerships

Tony Sayers: Be careful where you stick your moko

Roger Childs: New Zealand’s growing apartheid

Rethinking ‘race’ in Aotearoa New Zealand

The subtle dig at Māori in race-based politics and how it's swinging voters' judgement 

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