Friday, September 3, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 29.08.21

Friday September 3, 2021 

Ngāi Tahu selling off Wigram shopping centre The Landing

The iwi-owned company is selling The Landing, which is the central shopping and hospitality strip in Wigram in southwest Christchurch. It has restaurants, food outlets, shops and offices.

Ngāi Tahu Property bought the land for Wigram Skies from the Government for $18.5m in 1996. After the Government closed the Air Force base there, Ngāi Tahu continued to run it as a commercial airfield until subdivision preparations began in 2009.

Ngāi Tahu Property is one of New Zealand’s biggest private property developers and investors, and owns property worth about $600m.....
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Police say checkpoints with iwi can't run due to Delta dangers
Checkpoints run by iwi and police have not happened at alert level 4 this year because of the added dangers of the Delta variant, police say.

Tai Tokerau Border Control, run by volunteers from various Northland iwi, is upset the controversial checkpoints have not been able to run this year......
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Maori export support on free trade wish list
The head of the Federation of Māori Authorities wants to see an indigenous trade clause written into all future free trade agreements.

Traci Houpapa says section 19 of the Taiwan FTA included the first such indigenous trade arrangement, and it has helped foster business and cultural links between Māori and Taiwan’s indigenous tribes.

She says Māori producers are pushing for similar language in the deals being negotiated with the UK and the European Union in the wake of Brexit.

"We're working hard on that to ensure there is a preference for Māori exporters and support for Māori trade.....
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Māori-only clinics to bridge vaccine gap in Taranaki
Māori health providers are starting Covid-19 vaccination clinics specifically for Māori to boost vaccination rates in Taranaki.

Māori in the region have had first vaccine shots at 61 percent of the non-Māori rate, and second shots at 56 percent of the non-Māori rate.

Those aged over 50 are doing best, roughly equalling non-Māori, but 30-49 year-old Māori are at just two-thirds the non-Māori rate, and 12-29 year-olds at just half the non-Māori rate.

Māori Party co-leader and Ngāti Ruanui leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said that has prompted Māori-only sessions......
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Whānau Ora gets multi-million dollar funding boost for Covid-19 response

The Government is giving the three Whānau Ora commissioning agencies an immediate funding boost totalling $8.8 million as they continue their response to the latest Covid-19 outbreak.

Henare said a further $14.216 million will then be distributed “based on need” as the “impact of the current change in alert levels unfolds”.

“Māori have knowledge, capability and resources that Government needs, and are increasingly in a position to uniquely help the Crown meet its responsibilities.”

The Ministry of Social Development is also making a $2 million fund immediately available to partner with iwi responding to critical unmet needs.

In addition, $1 million in funding from the Covid-19 Response and Resilience Fund will also be made available to iwi responding to the outbreak in their communities......
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Ngāi Tahu Holdings reels in larger share of seafood giant Sanford
The South Island iwi launched a lightening foray in the sharemarket to increase its holding from less than 5 percent to nearly 12.6 per cent, paying $5.50 a share, which was 24 per cent above Sanford's closing price on Tuesday.

Ngāi Tahu Holdings is now the single biggest shareholder in the fishing company but said it had no intention at the moment to make a full takeover offer.....
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Aupouri water consents unlock tribal lands
Penetaui Klescovic says Te Aupōuri was one of 22 mainly avocado growers seeking the consents from Northland Regional Council, and it won about 1.2 million cubic metres of the 4.6 million cubic metres a year made available.

He says the iwi has been unable to make the best use of its land, including what was returned under its treaty settlement, because it could not irrigate it.

The consent process has taken four years......
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Two public apologies: Bay of Plenty DHB chief says 'no common themes'
“Our apology to our Pasifika community,” the Facebook post began.

This was the second apology from the DHB in just over a month, both relating to incidents connected to its Covid-19 response and vaccination rollout programme.

The previous apology was to local Māori, iwi and hapū partners, and whānau “for the use of an inappropriate design on Covid-19 marketing collateral”.....
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Speak Te Reo Māori or use New Zealand Sign Language in court
You have the right to speak te reo Māori or use New Zealand Sign Language in court. The court can arrange an interpreter for you and the service is free of charge....
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Māori wards: ‘They've wasted our time'
A Māori wards advocate says Ruapehu District Council's refusal to lift its proposal for Māori ward seats from two to three is "another example" of why Māori turn their back on participation in local government.

Ruapehu District councillors voted down a move by its two Māori councillors to boost the number of proposed Māori ward seats following clear messages from marae hui that Māori want at least three seats for the new Māori ward being introduced next year.....
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RNZ Magna Charter Part 7: Treaty Yes; Radio No
Radio New Zealand wants just two changes to its Charter — insertion of a clause “embedding” the Treaty of Waitangi and removal of its description as a public radio company.

“To fully reflect the responsibilities of the public broadcaster, the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi should be embedded in the Charter of RNZ,” the submission says......
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Govt pours more millions into race-focused responses to Covid-19 and launches a Maori Communications Portal – Point of Order

The cost of failure to deliver on health promises to Māori 

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Thursday September 2, 2021 

Role found for iwi in police checkpoints 
The Minister for Crown Māori Relations says his ministry Te Arawhiti has worked with other agencies to ensure iwi have been consulted on Covid checkpoints.

Kelvin Davis says iwi have a role to play in the placement of checkpoints and additional support and services that may be offered.

“Only police have a right to stop people. Only police have a right to direct people, but there are supporting roles local iwi can play so there has been a lot of work going on there,” he says......
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Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is seeking submissions on its proposed representation arrangements ahead of the 2022 elections.
“The Council has reviewed its arrangements and is proposing to change the current configuration of nine councillors and five constituencies, by adding a further two Māori constituencies. We want to hear from the public now, on whether these and other changes reflect the right approach to the future of decision-making at the Regional Council table.”.....
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Effi Lincoln: Failing the Commonsense Test 

Wednesday September 1, 2021 

Auckland should seize chance to shape Māori seat move 
With the government set to remove the Auckland-specific legislation capping the number of Auckland Council ward seats to the present 20, the main hurdle to Māori seats is gone.

But not the equally thorny question of how many.

If you took the proportion of the Māori population in Auckland in the 2018 census, 11.5 per cent, would be 2.3 seats......
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Public to have their say on two Māori wards for Rangitīkei District Council
A rural council is seeking public feedback on its recommendation to have two Māori wards.

The move would keep the existing number of elected members on the Rangitīkei District Council, but pull representatives from southern and northern seats to create separate Māori wards......
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ACC taking Treaty seriously, opening up to rongoā Māori and technology
The Accident Compensation Corporation has been building up its services to Māori including accepting traditional Māori therapies for rehabilitation.

This means, for example, compensation for rehabilitation such as physiotherapy can also include traditional Māori massage.

The move is an ACC drive to improve Māori health and engage with Māori providers, ACC spokesperson Turei Hamiora Ormsby says......
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Tuesday August 31, 2021 

Ruapehu District Council votes against increasing Māori councillors to three 
Ruapehu District councillors have voted down a move by its two Māori councillors to increase the number of proposed Māori ward seats from two to three.

The motion to increase the number of seats in the council's six-yearly representation proposal was put by councillor Elijah Pue and seconded by councillor Viv Hoeta following a clear message from two marae hui that Māori want at least three seats under the new Māori ward being introduced for next year's local body elections......
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'Reeks of white privilege': Māori Party unleashes on National, ACT for opposing virtual Parliament
Māori Party co-leaders Rawiri Waititi and Debbie Ngarewa-Packer have unleashed on National and ACT for opposing a virtual Parliament, saying it "reeks of white privilege".

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was considering suspending Parliament for another week and instead holding it virtually due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but without consensus from National and ACT, the House will meet with fewer MPs......
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Vaccinate Tāmaki Makaurau and prioritise Māori walk-ins
Te Pāti Māori are advising Māori and Iwi providers to prioritise Māori and Pasifika by allowing them to have the right to walk in on demand to receive their vaccinations in Tāmaki. They are also demanding for a significant increase of vaccines into Tāmaki Makaurau, including the resource to go with it......
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East Coast hapū establish road checkpoint after authorities refuse
Hapū from northern Ngāti Porou have set up a fixed road checkpoint at Te Araroa after authorities refused to do so.

The Matakaoa Covid-19 response group say roaming police checkpoints have not reduced traffic and that their communities have been offered "less protection" during the outbreak of the more infectious Delta variant, than during lockdown in 2020.

A roster of people who will physically distance if not from the same bubble are operating the checkpoint located at the intersection of State Highway 35 and Pohutu Road.....
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See how Maori have fared under colonisation (not too badly) and how Ardern has fared in averting criticism 

Monday August 30, 2021 

It is proposed that Iwi/Māori will have a greater role in the new Three Waters system,
As part of the Reform proposals, Cabinet has agreed to recognise and provide for Iwi/Māori rights and interests in the Reform with a specific focus on service-delivery. It is proposed that Iwi/Māori will have a greater role in the new Three Waters system, including pathways for enhanced participation by whānau and hapū as these services relate to their Treaty rights and interests.

The below summarises they key opportunities for Iwi/Māori in the Reform with detailed information on these in Cabinet paper three [PDF, 2MB].....
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Changes urged to make Super equitable for Māori, Pasifika
Tama Potaka, the head of Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki, told Q+A’s Our Future/Tō tātou anamata special on superannuation that the system is equal, in the sense that “if you make it to 65 you get the pension” but that as it stands, “its producing inequitable outcomes”.

Māori make up more than 15 per cent of New Zealand’s population, but just 5.6 per cent of superannuants are Māori. Even fewer Pasifika receive the pension, at just 2.6 per cent.......
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Plunket takes on its history, and future, to be 'a better Treaty partner'

Catholic appreciation of Maori knowledge and science

A neat trick’: Critics aim to shift Aotearoa debate, but historical fidelity no longer matters 

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Ray S said...

Three Waters, another taxpayer funded rort with financial benefits heading only one way.
It is hard to see why a small group of so called "partners" should have such power and control over assets built, owned and maintained by ratepayers. If we think this going to benefit everyone, think again, there will be only one winner.

Anonymous said...

I find it strange that Maori can form roadblocks to stop the China Virus from getting into their communities but seem unable to form roadblocks to stop methamphetamine from getting in.

I wonder why that is?