Saturday, September 18, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 12.09.21

Saturday September 18, 2021 

Call for Stratford-wide seats so Māori ward voters get more say

Campaigners for the Māori ward in Stratford District want councillors to create “at large” seats, so Māori roll voters get a fair say in next year’s elections.

In May a strong iwi turnout convinced councillors to support unanimously a Māori ward in 2022, overturning a vote three days earlier.

But voters in Stratford’s Māori ward will get just a single vote for the ward’s one seat.

In contrast urban ward voters will cast six votes for the six urban seats, and rural ward voters will have four votes for their four seats......
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HRC to stop hearing complaints on use of te reo Māori
The Human Rights Commission will no longer consider individual complaints over the use of te reo Māori or the term Pākehā.

It has announced that in future only a standard response will be provided.

Past complaints inaccurately suggested the use of the word Pākehā was derogatory, and that forms and greetings in te reo discriminated against Pākehā.

Te reo Māori is an official language in Aotearoa New Zealand, and all indigenous people also have a fundamental right to self-determination, and the protection of their language, culture and heritage.......
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Worse outcomes for Māori after surgery described as possible breach of the Treaty of Waitangi
Māori are more likely to die following surgery than Pākehā, a new study has found, the researchers saying the results could be seen as a breach of indigenous rights.

"However, these disparities are in breach of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which states that Indigenous peoples have both the right to good health and the 'right to access, without any discrimination, all social and health services'.

"In New Zealand, disparities in outcomes for the Indigenous Māori population can be considered a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document."......
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Polhill Reserve to be renamed in te reo Māori
The Wellington City Council is proposing to extend the Waimapihi Reserve name to the wider Polhill Reserve area to reflect the historical and cultural significance of the area to mana whenua.

The name Waimapihi comes from the stream that once went past Te Aro Pā and its tributaries originate in the wider Polhill Reserve area.

The name change proposal is in line with Council’s Te Tauihu Te Reo Māori Policy, with a vision for a te reo capital city by 2040. The name would also acknowledge and make this history accessible to all those who visit the reserve......
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Council partners with iwi to protect forest, support jobs
A groundbreaking new partnership between Iwi and the Invercargill City Council is set to support job growth, training and address climate change.

Council and Te Tapu o Tane, a collective of the four Papatipu Runanga o Murihiku, have joined forces to develop a native plant nursery and propagation venture at the Council’s current nursery site and adjacent land at Donovan Park......
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Repainting and repair work at Okato primary school as treaty settlement option approaches
Repairs are under way at a once-thriving primary school that has stood empty since 2004 in preparation for it potentially becoming part of a treaty settlement for Taranaki iwi......
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Friday September 17, 2021 

Paraparaumu College cultural centre will have strong Māori focus 
College principal Craig Steed said the cultural centre would be "the home for Te Reo Māori language learning and Māori performing arts".

"Obviously, we have close connections with Whakarongotai Marae so we're not trying to create a marae.

"I know Kāpiti College has got a marae, but this will be an awesome space for Māori learners."......
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Te reo Māori tours return to Waitomo Caves after more than 100 years
But descendants of Huti and Tāne have rekindled the reo tours for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, and they will become a permanent part of the tourist destination’s offering......
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Māori Council calls in police over bank funds
The Māori Council has made a formal complaint to the police about tens of thousands of dollars paid out of its accounts after they were to be frozen at the conclusion of its elections.

The letter says that unauthorised payments were made from the accounts without authority after the end of NZMC elections held in May. The 11-page letter with accompanying documentation was sent to Police Commissioner Andrew Coster and is signed by Professor Gary Hook and John Hooker, co-chairs of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee of the NZ Māori Council......
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Police embrace use of te reo Māori to help others feel more comfortable
The police are helping make people feel more comfortable using te reo during Māori Language Week.

Police across the country have got involved this week by encouraging the use of the language, and some officers have been helping others learn new words......
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Porirua’s new Māori ward to be named Parirua
A Māori ward honouring the original name for the area, and two general wards named for the two arms of our harbour is the plan proposed for Porirua City for future local government elections

Names for the wards – all inspired by our harbour Te Awarua-o-Porirua – have been gifted to Council by our mana whenua, Ngāti Toa Rangatira.

“Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour has two arms, Pāuatahanui and Onepoto, and it is proposed that the two general wards are named in line with these arms – Pāuatahanui General Ward in the north and Onepoto General Ward in the south,” says Mr Marshall.

“The name proposed for the Māori ward is Parirua,....
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New environmental iwi-led charity receives $2.1m Government funding
A new iwi-led environmental charity will receive Government funding to establish native plant nurseries and undertake restoration projects across Southland.

On Thursday, Conservation Minister Kiri Allen announced that Te Tapu o Tāne will receive $2.125 million in Jobs for Nature funding over three years to undertake the projects.

The projects will be overseen by the Papatipu Rūnanga o Murihiku, representing Hokonui, Waihōpai, Awarua, and Ōraka-Aparima rūnangas......
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Excluding non-Māori from te reo will kill it, ex-reo commissioner says in support of Lorde
The result of excluding non-Māori from speaking Te Reo Māori is its death, a former Māori Language Commissioner says.

But in 2021, he’s encouraging Māori to do two things.

"One, stop gatekeeping the reo, and support learners of other ethnicities.

“If we were to be exclusive of our language, in that it's only for us (Māori) what's the end result?”

“Our language will die,” he answered his rhetorical question simply......
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More Maori wonderfulness even re gangsters – Sir Bob Jones

We need a law change to recognise te reo Māori as a curriculum, the same as English

Pākehā granted name suppression three times as often as Māori 

Thursday September 16, 2021 

More te Reo Māori set to be used in lifts around Aotearoa 
Schindler Lifts NZ Managing Director Karen Papps says they saw this as a perfect opportunity for them to support the culture and language of New Zealand, and that this project is only the beginning.

“Ao Tawhiti and Rangimarie have given us permission to use this voice file in other elevators around New Zealand,” she says.

Schindler Lifts NZ have had several requests from businesses and schools around the country to upgrade their lifts too......
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Dual role conserves Mātauranga alongside environment
The partnership between Department of Conservation and Te Tauihu iwi is being strengthened through a new secondment role with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua.

Te Papa Atawhai (DOC) Northern South Island Operations Director Roy Grose says DOC Pou Tairangahau (Strategic Iwi Relations Manager) Barney Thomas will fill the part-time secondment role......
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Weaving te ao Maori into Wellington Free Ambulance
Wellington Free Ambulance has got right into the thick of Māori Language Week celebrations by weaving more te ao Māori [the Māori worldview] into their organisational strategy.

Part of that weaving has included opening the door for employee Yvonne Gemmell to take on a new role that will have her develop and establish the ongoing relationships between WFA and Kaupapa Māori in the greater Wellington and Wairarapa regions......
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Invercargill City Council's mana whenua appointees lined up for October start
The Invercargill City Council’s two new mana whenua appointees are expected to be in place for October meetings.

In July the Invercargill council agreed to allocate both the Waihōpai Rūnaka and Te Rūnanga o Awarua sets on the council's two committees.

The mana whenua representatives will have full voting rights on the performance, policy, and partnerships, and infrastructural services committees, but not so at full council meetings.

It will mean potential voting numbers will jump from 13 to 15 at those committee meetings.....
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Wednesday September 15, 2021 

Petition to rename New Zealand as Aotearoa launched 
A petition to officially rename New Zealand as Aotearoa and restore Māori names to all towns and cities has been launched by Te Pati Māori.

“Tangata whenua are sick to death of our ancestral names being mangled, bastardised, and ignored,” party co-leader Rawiri Waititi said in a statement on Tuesday.

New Zealand would become Aotearoa and all towns and cities renamed as their original te reo Māori names by 2026, according to the petition......
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More on the above here > 'Left-wing radical bull dust': Peters blasts Māori Party petition to change country's name to Aotearoa

Nine new Māori ward councillors likely for Northland
Nine new Māori ward councillors will likely join Northland's local government political lineup next year.

Of the region's proposed 44 local government councillors, 22 percent will come from new designated Māori wards for the first time, under representation reviews currently being considered.

Northland has among New Zealand's highest Māori population. About 50 percent of Far North people identify as Māori, along with 30 percent in Whangārei and 25 percent of Kaipara.

Four new Māori ward councillors will be from Far North District Council (FNDC), two from Whangarei District Council (WDC), one from Kaipara District Council (KDC) and two from Northland Regional Council (NRC).....
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More than $60,000 of funding allocated for two New Plymouth marae renovations
New Plymouth District Council’s iwi committee has agreed to funding of more than $60,000 for upgrades to two marae.

At its meeting on Tuesday, Te Huinga Taumatua approved $55,095.21 to Manukorihi Pā for a replacement roof and four vented skylights with double glazing for the wharenui Te Ikaroa-a-Maui at Owae Marae.

‘’A new roof will ensure the wharenui is safe and warm and more importantly, the taonga such as the whakairo, tukutuku and kowhaiwhai are no longer at risk and can be maintained for future generations and the wider community,’’ a report to the committee said.

Also approved was $9290 to Oakura Pā for the replacement of an external wall and a roof on the wharenui Moana Kauia at Okorotua Marae......
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A few thoughts on that Moana decision – Karl du Fresne

Meet 'the Woke' – they’re neither social revolutionaries nor extremists 

Tuesday September 14, 2021 

Kelvin Davis says Govt not to blame for low Māori vaccination rate, blames ignorance instead 
Kelvin Davis told Newshub Nation on Saturday "almost $25 million" has been invested in Māori-centric vaccination efforts, but "people are staying home" instead.

"That funding has been distributed to Māori organisations along with the message to vaccinate Māori," he told host Orinii Kaipara.

She told him "whānau are not heeding the call", and put it to him Labour's Māori caucus failed "by not creating a communications plan specifically for Māori sooner, so the right message reached whānau all across the country".......
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More on the above here > Minister Kelvin Davis rebuked by Green MP Elizabeth Kere for 'pointing the finger' at Māori over COVID-19 vaccination rates

'Disheartening' lack of trilingual interpreters for Māori deaf
As Aotearoa gets ready to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, those who work with Māori Deaf are “disheartened” by the failure to train more trilingual translators.

Stephanie Awheto is one of the few people in New Zealand who are fluent in all three official languages. She told Q+A that “for any Māori to know who they are, to have a sense of belonging, is really important, and that’s no difference for Māori deaf”......
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Iwi on mission to restore mana to mangled Marlborough place names
Those are among dozens incorrect names Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau Trust general manager Corey Hebberd showed the Marlborough District Council earlier this year in a bid to restore the mana to “misappropriated” place names.

“This is not an exhaustive or complete list,” Hebberd said, because other iwi might know of more. “It might be their tūpuna (ancestor) whose name is up a sign, spelt wrong.”

To ensure place names were not misspelt in the future, the rūnanga suggested a representative be appointed to the council’s new road naming sub-committee – a sub-committee with the power to name or alter the name of roads......
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Rangitīkei District Council general seats could make way for two new Māori seats
Rangitīkei District Council is seeking feedback on its preferred option for the make-up of future councils, which will include Māori wards.

The council is proposing retaining its existing ward structure with nine councillors elected from Northern, Central and Southern wards, and two councillors elected from two new wards – Northern Māori and Southern Māori.

The Northern and Southern general wards would each lose a seat to make way for the new Māori wards, but the number of elected members would remain at 11 plus the mayor. Community boards for Otaihape and Rātana would remain unchanged.......
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Rotorua whānau 'disgusted' by letter sent to kuia over Māori flag
A whānau in Rotorua say they’re disgusted after a letter was anonymously sent to their kuia, berating her for flying the Māori flag on her property.

It read: "Congradulations (sic), you have won the prize for the most disgusting property in Glenholme! Some of us have pride in our area. You need to step up to the mark. Take the flag down.”.......
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NZ Post support Māori Language Week with deliveries of educational board games
NZ Post is supporting Māori Language week by helping with the delivery of Tākaro Maori te reo board games to schools throughout Aotearoa.

In a sponsorship deal with Hamilton-based business Game Kings, NZ Post delivered 2560 of the educational board games through its community programme – which supports initiatives aimed at helping New Zealanders......
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Making Maori Language Week count at NCC
Napier City Council staff are embracing Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week) and in-house reo champions are encouraging others to make it part of their everyday lives, rather than just one week of the year.

Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori runs from today until Sunday 19 September. NCC is also supporting tomorrow’s Maori Language Moment, at 12 noon, which thousands throughout Aotearoa and globally are taking part in. NCC staff are also participating in the month long Mahuru Maori reo challenge, open to all, from beginners to experienced speakers.

The most visible sign of support by all Hawke’s Bay councils are the flags featuring kiwaha, or key Maori phrases such as me mahi tahi (work together) and kia kaha (be strong).

This year there are more than 80 in Napier alone, spread between Prebensen Drive, Marine Parade, Kennedy Road, Gloucester Street and the Pandora indusrial area.....
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Councils shut iwi out of planning process
Local government is locking iwi out of major decisions when it comes to resource consents, despite laws stating Māori must be part of the process.

Ngāti Paoa Trust Board says the marina development at Kennedy Bay, Waiheke Island, has divided the iwi.

The board has now taken a case to the High Court claiming Auckland Council failed to consult it, choosing instead to deal with the iwi group that was set up to manage Ngāti Paoa's treaty settlement assets......
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Welcome to Maori Language Week

Hākarimata and the sleeping baby

Anne Salmond: Te Tiriti and democracy

Economist Brian Easton says former Minister for Treaty Negotiations Chris Finlayson is having a significant impact on Maori development 

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