Saturday, July 10, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 4.07.21

Saturday July 10, 2021 

Claimant wants role in agency’s change

Toni Jarvis reckons he should be part of the transformation of Oranga Tamariki. Instead he and other lead claimants in a Waitangi Tribunal urgent inquiry into the agency feel ignored.

From his experience the only thing changed about Oranga Tamariki was its name and the situation for Maori children had become worse, Mr Jarvis said.

"Sixty-eight percent of kids in care are Maori ... In 2017 it was 61%......
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Simon Barnett and James Daniels Afternoons begins next week on Newstalk ZB
Broadcaster, city councillor and iwi leader James Daniels (Ngāi Tahu, Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa and Tainui) joins Simon Barnett to co-host Newstalk ZB Afternoons from 13 July 2021.

Daniels spent nineteen years on the tribal authority Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu and is currently a Christchurch City Councillor......
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The Ngāti Maru Claims Settlement Bill is open for submissions
The Māori Affairs Committee is calling for submissions on the Ngāti Maru Claims Settlement Bill.

The Taranaki iwi is the last in the region to have their Treaty of Waitangi claims settled.

The iwi will receive financial and commercial redress valued at $30 million, including Crown forest valued at $3.65m.

They will also have 16 sites of cultural significance returned to them, and will receive an apology from the Crown for the breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi......
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Invercargill City Council steps closer to mana whenua representation
It has been recommended that Waihōpai Rūnaka and Te Rūnanga o Awarua both be allocated a seat for two Invercargill City Council committees.

In May the council voted against introducing a Māori Ward for the 2022 election. Instead, it directed council staff to work with mana whenua to create appointed mana whenua positions at the council.....
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Taranaki Whānui iwi members occupy land in Wellington, vowing to stop Mt Crawford development
Members of the Taranaki Whānui iwi are set to descend on the site of a planned housing development on Wellington’s Miramar Peninsula, following concerns about the involvement of a key player in the controversial Shelly Bay development.

They began occupying land near the old prison site on Thursday night and are expecting more people to join over the weekend.......
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Place of tragedy restored to bring unity as Rangiriri Pā trench project begins 

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Friday July 9, 2021 

Partnership ‘front and centre’ 
Mana whenua have been brought "front and centre" in a proposed engagement policy for the Otago Regional Council.

Councillors approved a draft significance, engagement and Maori participation policy/He mahi rau rika for public consultation during strategic and planning committee meeting yesterday.

"We aspire to go beyond these statutory responsibilities to ensure meaningful engagement with mana whenua which recognises the principles of partnership of the Treaty [of Waitangi].".....
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Drilling at Miramar's Mt Crawford raises concern among some iwi members
Exploratory drilling is underway on Miramar Peninsula in Wellington, raising concerns among some iwi members they could be in for the Shelly Bay saga all over again.

Some mau whenua members claim they are now being shut out of potential deals over Mt Crawford.

But mau whenua member Shamia Makarini said they consider the whole peninsula as their whenua.......
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Procurement schemes a game changer for Maori economy
A manager with Auckland Council’s Southern Initiative says supplier diversity schemes will be a game-changer for the Māori economy.

The Government’s new Māori and Pasifika procurement scheme, Te Amotai, is coming under fire from Opposition parties who say contracts should go to whoever will do the best job for the best price, regardless of the ethnicity of the company.....
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Report Celebrates 40 Years Of Success For Maori-medium Education
The acknowledgement of Māori-medium successes was deemed as “long overdue” by Kelvin Davis, who applauded the sector’s ability to deliver exceptional outcomes for Māori learners despite facing many challenges over the decades.

While this report celebrates the past, the future of Māori-medium education is also looking bright following a $150 million investment in this year’s Budget, Kelvin Davis said......
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Official opening of Opihi College's new wharenui
A whakatuwheratanga officially opened the new Opihi College (Te Kāreti ō Ōpihi) wharenui.

The new building, Taumatakāhu (perch of the harrier) is named after the nearby stream and was celebrated by kaumatua, dignitaries, and the school community through whakawātea (blessing), kapa haka, cultural stories, waiata, and a pōwhiri (welcome) on Wednesday......
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Rotorua iwi launches affordable home scheme for whānau
Rotorua iwi Ngāti Whakaue is launching an affordable home scheme for whānau on a subdivision it is developing.

He said it is the first step the iwi's taking to utilise its land to help whānau into homes.

A ballot system would operate, with Ngāti Whakaue shareholders and whānau given first preference, Morrison said......
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Independent Māori Education Authority on the cards?
Forty years since the beginning of kohanga reo and just as the government is celebrating the achievements of Kohanga, Kura Kaupapa, Wharekura and kura-a iwi, those driving the kaupapa say an independent Māori Education Authority may be the right next step.

They cited the independent Māori Health Authority being set up, and a Māori transitional service for state care of Māori children on the way as showing the way.

But they also said Māori independence in education seems to be a given.......
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Labour's religious reverence and National's superstitious fear 

Thursday July 8, 2021 

Research dilution claim angers Maori academics 
Māori academics are upset by criticism of changes to research funding to give more weight to Māori and Pasifika research.

"The elevation of funding for Māori research has now been put forward as a recommendation and the view that Māori research dilutes the overall quality of research in New Zealand universities, for us, there is a significant issue with that," he says.

Professor Durie says with Māori researchers are making critical contributions across a range of fields through their unique emphasis on kaupapa Māori, tikanga Māori, te reo and mātauranga as the bedrock of research......
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Ngāti Maru step closer to having Treaty claims settled
The last Taranaki iwi to have their Treaty of Waitangi claims settled is one step closer to achieving this, after the Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Claims Settlement Bill passed its first reading at Parliament yesterday.

The Taranaki iwi will receive financial and commercial redress valued at $30 million, including Crown forest valued at $3.65 million.

They will also have 16 sites of cultural significance returned to them, and will receive an apology from the Crown for the breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The apology will include recognition of the imprisonment and exile of Ngāti Maru people engaged in peaceful protest at Parihaka......
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Another week of Waitangi Tribunal hearings to begin in Feilding
The environmental and economic effect on Māori will be the focus of the next week of the Manawatū ki Porirua Waitangi Tribunal hearings.

The seventh week of the Manawatū ki Porirua Waitangi inquiry, part of the overall Ngāti Raukawa Treaty claim on the historical purchase of thousands of hectares of land from Manawatū to Kāpiti, starts at the Feilding Civic Centre on Monday......
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Māori Housing Minister Peeni Henare brushes off lack of progress on Ihumātao
Māori Housing Minister Peeni Henare is unapologetic that little progress has been made on getting houses built at Ihumātao - whenua the Government purchased eight months ago.

He said he had it on "good authority" from Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson that it will be established "in the very near future", and that an announcement is coming.....
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Lifeguard 'thought she was going to die' during Gore swimming pool attack
The victim, a lifeguard, had tried to gain Tume’s attention to get him to change lanes.

She touched him lightly on the head with a rope, which was accepted practice at the pool.

The man's lawyer Sonya Vidal said Tume had been offended after the lifeguard hit him lightly on the head with a rope to gain his attention, because her actions were culturally offensive to Māori......
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Debbie Ngarewa-Packer: Rangatahi inspire with activism and call for change

Anne Salmond: He Puapua and a forgotten promise 

Wednesday July 7, 2021 

Matariki holiday part of next wave of Maori renaissance 
A member of the expert advisory committee which set dates for the Matariki holiday says it’s triggering a new consciousness among Māori.

He believes it’s part of the second wave of the Māori renaissance.

"We're moving away from just having spaces for Māori, having kura for Māori, having kōhanga for Māori, to actually being practitioners within those spaces, and I think we are growing another generation who are unashamedly Māori but also practice as Māori and I think that's crucial because it is through practice that the tikanga survives," Professor Matamua says......
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Study To Prevent Paracetamol Poisoning In Children
A new Māori-led study will design and evaluate strategies to help caregivers safely administer paracetamol to children to avoid dosing errors that can potentially cause paediatric acute liver failure and even death.

Lead researcher Dr Rawiri McKree Jansen (Ngāti Raukawa-Waikato), a practicing GP and clinical director of the National Hauora Coalition, has received funding from a partnership between the Health Research Council (HRC), Ministry of Health (via Medsafe) and ACC, to address the challenges caregivers can face in accurately dosing paracetamol and other medicines for children based on weight.......
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New scholarship for Maori lawyers
Māori lawyers are being encouraged to deepen their studies of the ture

A pool of $80,000 will be available annually which may be awarded to one scholar or split between two individuals.

Professor Jacinta Ruru, who co-designed the initiative, says it’s a game changer for Māori legal scholarship.

She says the investment comes at a time in law where Māori knowledge and ideas are being more and more heard......
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Reti wants go-slow on UNDRIP
Too far too fast.

That’s how National Party deputy leader Shane Reti sees the Government’s response to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

He says it’s not what National intended when it signed New Zealand up to the Declaration 11 years ago......
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Mātauranga Māori Grants Program Launched To Value Of Half Million
Applications are now open for twenty grants of up to $25000 for iwi, hapū and hāpori Māori projects supporting revitalisation of vulnerable mātauranga Māori, thanks to the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Contestable Grants program, announced today......
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Maramataka: Māori lunar calendar to be taught at Nasa
Nasa is calling on mātauranga Māori experts in hopes to acquire knowledge about the Māori lunar calendar, Maramataka.

Te Kahuratai Painting (Ngāti Manu, Ngāpuhi) is a master's student at the University of Auckland who studies maramataka and has been invited to collaborate with Nasa's Native American advisory committee in hopes to connect indigenous communities to their culture.
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No end in sight for Tūhoe protests as tempers fray at standoff
Tūhoe security guards pushed artist Tame Iti during an intense stand-off over the iwi's leadership by a group of dissatisfied hapu.

Protests within the Tūhoe nation show no sign of letting up. In the last three months, kaumatua have staged at least five protests.

For the first time, tempers began to fray at a protest on Monday.

Two protesters were pushed by security guards outside the Te Uru Taumatua headquarters - including prominent Tūhoe artist Tame Iti.....
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Peter Williams : He Puapua - let's give Willie Jackson some advice! 

Tuesday July 6, 2021 

Climate to ‘disproportionately’ affect Maori 
Maori will be disproportionately affected by climate change, a Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae representative says.

And inequities had positioned Maori as highly vulnerable to economic shocks.

"If this transition is poorly managed ... Maori are likely to be disproportionately impacted."....
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Māori and Pasifika research 'needs its own dedicated funding' - Universities NZ
Universities are nervous about changes that will boost research funding for Māori and Pasifika academics ahead of their Pākehā colleagues.

The government has announced the $315-million-a-year Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) will reward work by Māori researchers at 2.5 times the rate of non-Māori academics, while Pasifika academics' work will be funded at two times the non-Pasifika rate.

It will also give research into Māori knowledge a funding weighting of three times higher than the current rate of 2.5 which applies to the most expensive sciences.....
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Te Reo needs iwi backing after Treaty settlements, says hui
More iwi backing is needed to strengthen te reo in the wake of Treaty of Waitangi settlements, say tribal and language leaders in Taranaki.

About 180 people met at Ōwae marae last week for a symposium on whakarauora o te reo – the revitalisation of Taranaki Māori language.......
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Maori Health Authority opposite of separatism
Health Minister Andrew Little says the new Māori Health Authority will only work if it forms a close partnership with the new national health body, Health NZ.

He's disappointed at Opposition efforts to paint the reform as separatist, when its aim is to imporove and enhance delivery of services......
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New Wards Coming For Porirua In Next Council Election
Porirua City Council recently voted to establish a Māori ward for Porirua City in the 2022 and 2025 local elections, so now needs to look at governance arrangements for the city as a whole.

The goal is to make sure Council provides fair and effective representation for individuals and communities, says Acting Democratic Services Manager Jack Marshall......
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Students step up to become the next generation of 'language warriors'
A new te reo Māori course aimed at growing more “language warriors” was appropriately launched at the start of the Māori New Year.

Those were some of the thoughts shared among the teachers and their 44 students who were the first intake of the new two-year master’s degree for the most advanced Māori language learners in the country......
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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

Bob Edlin: Yes, the Dunedin City Council CEO has the power of censorship, but questions remain around talk of a Treaty Partnership

Elizabeth Rata: Ethno-Nationalism or Democratic-Nationalism - which way ahead for New Zealand? 

Monday July 5, 2021 

ACT calls for Parliament to discard 'redundant and impractical' Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 
ACT leader David Seymour says "Helen Clark got it right" by not signing up to the UN Declaration of Indigenous Peoples in 2007, and is now calling for all parties in Parliament to renounce the declaration.

New Zealand was one of only four countries that did not join the declaration when it was established in 2007, though National later signed up in 2010.

But Seymour says Parliament never voted for New Zealand to join the declaration in the first place and it happened "without full democratic consent".

"John Key got it wrong when his government signed the declaration," Seymour said on Sunday.

"He may have thought it was just symbolism, but it is now creating great division with the He Puapua report demanding it transforms New Zealand's constitutional arrangements with 'declaration compliance' by 2040."....
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He Puapua and co-governance recommendations 'a bridge too far', National's Simon Bridges says on Māori-Crown relations
Bridges, National's Māori-Crown spokesman, told Q+A broadcaster Jack Tame that Jackson's comments National should be supportive given it had signed New Zealand up to the Declaration was a "fig leaf of an excuse".

"Any government has complete discretion on how to implement it," Bridges said.

The party was concerned the Government was heading towards "50/50" arrangements between Māori and the Crown, something that was "inconsistent with a multicultural, modern liberal democracy," he said.....
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Kaitohutohu - Māori Advisor (Kaipara District Council)
Operate with an operational lens, providing internal cultural training to staff whilst working externally to identify viewpoints and issues across the takiwā for Māori with the intent of delivering a long-term plan.

- Promote business commitment in partnering with iwi on matters of importance to Māori.
- Lead and deliver internal Te Ao Māori training programmes.....
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Kaiwhakahaere, Hononga Maori - Iwi Relations Manager (Kaipara District Council)
Provide strategic advice and guidance on issues of significance to Māori. Drive collaborative relationships, representation and response at a regional level.

- Strategic management position.
- Walk alongside mana whenua to gain an understanding of local iwi interests, aims and aspirations.....
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Sunday July 4, 2021 

Model creates a new-look justice 
A new criminal justice model is confirmed for Wairarapa, with a local criminal justice advocate endorsing the move.

The Te Ao Marama Kaupapa, which aims to infuse tikanga and te reo into mainstream court proceedings, will be rolled out to all district courts in stages this year, starting with Hamilton and Gisborne.

It would mean fewer formalities within the courtroom, and increased community involvement......
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New Zealand's first Māori art gallery set to be hugely important for all Kiwis
The importance of the country’s first dedicated Māori art gallery to all new Zealanders cannot be overstated, according to the gallery’s chairwoman.

Ellis and other prominent artists were approached by Whangārei District Council in 2012 to form an advisory group for the gallery.

But the group, which she described as forward-thinking and exciting, soon decided it wanted to take charge of the gallery, rather than just advise......
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'Not in a democracy': Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi outlines his vision for a 'tiriti-centric Aotearoa' where the majority doesn't rule over Māori
But Waititi doesn't think an Upper House for tangata whenua goes far enough. He wants a completely independent Maori Parliament.

"That's absolutely different to having an Upper House," he told Newshub Nation on Saturday, citing the Treaty of Waitangi. "We want to be in total control of our sovereignty… which is tino rangatiratanga."

Asked how that would work, Waititi pointed to the Tuhoe settlement of 2013.

"Look at the Tuhoe settlement - that wasn't co-governance. That was Tuhoe sovereignty. The transfer of assets back to Tuhoe will show how actually this can work. Tuhoe is probably an example of how they have been able to negotiate within the system to come up with their own sovereign solutions to their problems.".....
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Māori view front and centre of draft law to replace RMA
Stronger recognition of Māori environmental views and Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the first draft of the new resource management law is a step in the right direction but won't by itself create the change needed, a Whanganui iwi leader says.

Environment Minister David Parker released a consultation draft this week introducing the proposed Natural and Built Environments Act, which covers land use and environmental regulation to replace the Resource Management Act.

Māori views on the critical relationship between the natural environment, people and wellbeing are front and centre in the draft legislation.

The proposed law also requires decision-makers to "give effect to" the principles of the Treaty, an advancement on the outgoing RMA requirement to "take into account" those principles.....
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We Warned You: Māori Procurement Rules Are Abhorrent
The case of a small business owner being asked to prove her business is 'Māori owned' demonstrates the absurd cost of the Government's Māori procurement rules, says the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union.

Union spokesman Jordan Williams says, "We were the first to raise the alarm over 'indigenous procurement' policies back in 2019, when we found the idea buried deep in a Cabinet paper. Now that the policy has been rammed through without consultation, we're seeing the ugly results.".....
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'Denigrating and demeaning': Māori haka appropriated in Spain for LGBT pride day
A Māori haka appropriated by the Spanish Ministry of Equality to celebrate LGBT pride has been labelled "denigrating and demeaning".

A video posted to YouTube earlier this week shows the Ministry of Equality in Spain celebrating a LGBT day of pride with a version of the Māori haka......
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Govt Should Scrap Ethnicity Based Procurement Process
The Government must cancel its new procurement rules which could see contracts awarded based on ethnicity rather than the best person to do the job, National’s Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay says.

The Government is rolling out a new procurement policy which means up to 5 per cent of government contracts will be awarded to Māori organisations.

“Contracts should be awarded based on who will do the best job for the best price, regardless of the ethnicity of the company,” Mr McClay says.....
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Letters to the Editor — why are so many bigoted, mad, or just plain wrong?

PM’s absence creates vacuum in race row

Mat Mullany: Let's own the complexity of New Zealand's past 

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