Thursday, August 19, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 15.08.21

Thursday August 19, 2021 

Delivering on Māori housing repairs

Over the last three years, our Māori Housing Network Repair Programme, has delivered critical repairs to 1471 Māori homes throughout Aotearoa New Zealand,” Willie Jackson said.

The Government invested over $3.5 million into the whānau-led community development project and produced:

* 91 repairs completed

* 73 whānau ora plans developed and actioned

* Seven DIY workshops delivered and two follow-up days to review DIY work started over phase one and two of the project.

A by Māori for Māori solution works, Kaingaroa proves it,” Willie Jackson said.

That is why as part of our overall Māori Housing investment of $730 million assigned $140 million over the next four years to the Māori Housing Network, where we will build new Papakainga and undertake critical repairs to more than 700 existing houses, Willie Jackson said.....
See full article HERE

Council funds iwi to help with mahi
Greater Wellington is boosting funding for the six iwi in its region, with Taranaki Whānui the first to sign revised agreements.

The funding is to build the capacity of iwi to partner, co-design and deliver on work programmes alongside the regional council......
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Police, residents disband SH25 roadblock at Manaia
Police and residents appeared to have given up blocking a road on the border of Coromandel Town to help keep out fleeing Aucklanders.

Tensions were high last night after Manaia residents blocked the road when it was announced a Covid-19 positive Devonport man and his wife visited Coromandel Town at the weekend.

A police spokesperson said they were aware "of an unauthorised community checkpoint put in place yesterday evening"......
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Whakatane identifies shape of Maori wards
Whakatāne District Council’s representation review has come up with a model of seven general councillors spread across three wards and three Māori wards with one councillor each.

The proposal will be put out for further consultation until October 6.

Māori ward advocate Toni Boynton says the aim is to ensure an even number of electors for every councillor.

She says the next council will have to deal with some controversial issues around land and water.......
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Two councillors elected from one region-wide Māori constituency. - Northland Regional Council
Our proposal is to keep the total number of councillors the same – nine – made up of:

» Seven councillors elected from seven general constituencies (one from each); and

» Two councillors elected from one region-wide Māori constituency.

Submissions can be made on this initial proposal between Tuesday 10 August and Friday 10 September 2021......
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Wanganui's Pungarehu Marae receives support from tourism venture
The Pungarehu Whenua Project Working Group, which comprises about 15 people including adviser Louise Oskam and permaculture practitioners, aims to restore the land around Pungarehu Marae to its original glory.

The group's planting project will receive $4000 from the Waimarie Operating Trust.....
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Ngāti Koata partner with the Ka Hao i te Ao Programme
With help from a partnership with Shopify’s global indigenous programme, government funding and donations, Te Whare Hukahuka are pleased to offer scholarships totaling $1.3 million dollars to cover the $7500 fee for their three-month E-commerce programme, ‘Ka Hao i te Ao’......
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Debbie Ngarewa-Packer: Wāhine Māori must lead dismantling of colonialist mindset in Aotearoa

Why the Treaty of Waitangi is crucial to our plan to cut greenhouse gas 

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Tuesday August 17, 2021 

Horowhenua council proposes to merge wards, lessen number of councillors 
The council had to review its representation arrangements after voting in May to set up a Maōri ward or wards.

Councillors have decided to seek feedback from the community on a proposal that gets rid of two general roll councillors, adds one Māori ward representative and merges the Miranui and Kere Kere wards.

Tokomaru resident Christine Toms said a reduction in council representatives and the merge of wards would worsen the lack of representation already facing the small communities of Ōpiki and Tokomaru......
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Crown quits steaming golf course
Ngāti Whakaue has aced one of the world’s hottest golf courses.

The crown has transferred the land under Rotorua’s Arikikapakapa golf course to the Pukeroa Ōruawhata Trust, as representative of its original Ngāti Whakaue owners.

Rotorua Golf Club chair Leith Comer says the land will continue to be leased to the club.....
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Event organisers distance themselves from sponsor's 'rant' opposing call for inclusion of Māori speakers
Organisers of a retail event being held in Queenstown have distanced themselves from a sponsor’s comments that minority groups “pushing their own agenda” compromises the content of an event, following a call for more Māori speakers.

Australian events organiser Retail Global has come under fire over a lack of Māori representation on its list of 50 speakers at its Retail Global Aotearoa event, being held in Queenstown from Tuesday to Thursday.......
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Taranaki Whanui sign a new increased funding agreement with Greater Wellington
Taranaki Whanui sign a new increased funding agreement with Greater Wellington, one of six revised agreements with iwi of the region, to build their capacity to partner, co-design and deliver on work programmes alongside Greater Wellington by 2023.

Taranaki Whanui are the first iwi to sign the new increased funding agreement, with other iwi to do the same in coming weeks......
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Secondary schools work with Māori on new approaches to history
As schools across the country prepare for the upcoming New Zealand history curriculum, a partnership between mana whenua and teachers in the Waikato ensures Māori stories from the past are not forgotten.

The partnership aims to address decolonisation in the education system, a task Fairfield College principal Richard Crawford says is not easy.

“This will be achieved through educating our staff in terms of equity issues, for them to really understand the history of our country and especially from our local mana whenua perspective and the telling of those stories.”......
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Rongoā Māori clinic opens its doors in Bay of Islands Hospit
As part of the DHB funded Rongoā Māori pilot services, Bay of Islands Hospital now has a dedicated clinic space for traditional Rongoā healing.

Following feedback from whānau across Te Tai Tokerau, Northland DHB worked together with the Rongoā community to co-design the delivery of Rongoā Maori as an integral health service......
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Iwi stand up to KiwiRail plans to claim land
Manawatū-based iwi Ngāti Kauwhata wants to be an equal partner in decisions about KiwiRail’s proposed rail freight development close to Aorangi Marae.

Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngāti Kauwhata chairman Dennis Emery told the commissioners hearing KiwiRail’s plans to designate 177 hectares for the freight centre there required adequate consultation before plans were approved......
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Calls for more Māori health provider funding and Māori nurses pay parity
The urgency for more funding for Māori health providers, pay parity for Māori nurses and continuing to break down barriers for whānau, hapū and iwi were some of the main messages from this year's Indigenous Nurses Aotearoa conference......
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Police station land will soon be for sale
Attempts to stop the sale of land occupied by the Howick police station in east Auckland appear to have failed.

A Panuku spokeswoman says the organisation is working through preparatory processes to sell the property.

It’s providing iwi and mana whenua partners with early notification of the opportunity “allowing a limited contestable period for initial expressions of interest before being taken to the open market”.....
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Marae hui call for more Māori seats in Ruapehu council proposal

Māori at hui on marae in Raetihi and Taumarunui have called on Ruapehu District Council to increase the number of Māori seats under its representation proposal.

Māori wards advocate Fiona Kahukura Chase said there were calls for half the council seats to be Māori, reflecting the population. According to 2018 Census data, 45.3 percent of people in the Ruapehu District identified themselves as Māori.

"The Māori population in Taumarunui is greater than 50 percent. The Māori population in Raetihi is greater than 50 percent. Where is the equity in that? There's none," Chase said.....
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Work to break down barriers to Māori health, recognised 

Monday August 16, 2021 

New Māori and Western Bay of Plenty council partnership dubbed 'momentous' 
A new partnership between Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Te Arawa Māori has been described as "sacred" and "pretty momentous".

The council met yesterday and unanimously agreed to the Te Arawa ki Tai.....(NZ Herald paywall)
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Polhill Reserve should have Māori name, environmentalists and iwi say
Local mana whenua and a Wellington regeneration group are asking the Wellington City Council to extend the name Waimapihi to a broader area above Aro Valley, encompassing Polhill​ Reserve.

This would better reflect the whakapapa of the area, say Shelby Stoneburner​ of the Polhill Protectors/Ngā Kaimanaaki o Te Waimapihi and Holden Hohaia​ of Te Aro Pā Trust.

Renaming the reserve would recognise the connection between descendants of Taranaki iwi and Ngāti Ruanui who lived at Te Aro Pā and the whenua upon which much of the city now stands, Hohaia said......
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John Bryce was a 'fundamentally awful person' but Kiwis name streets after him 

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