Saturday, September 25, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 19.09.21

Saturday September 25, 2021 

Ruapehu councillor's Three Waters motion criticised as dumb and divisive

"I look at the Treaty and Article 2 says they've got tino rangatanga over the assets that they own, but I can't see how Māori own a reticulated water supply the council owns. I can't find anything in the Waitangi Tribunal and even the principles of the Treaty don't talk about co-governance.

"Case law doesnt talk about co-governance. It's not even in the Labour Party manifesto, but it is in a Cabinet paper.

"I just want to understand how such a small group of people can have such a massive influence over something which I think is going to backfire.".......
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Police and iwi initiative in Northland aims to help and educate
Police have been helping Northland iwi to deliver food packages during Covid-19 restrictions, they say.

Far North area commander Inspector Riki Whiu said police started working with far north Iwi in Te Hiku on the concept of Nga Pou Kōrero, a combined Iwi and Police-led education and help campaign, which had been expanded to a district reassurance support initiative......
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At its Council meeting this week, the Council approved a Memorandum of Agreement to form the Greater Christchurch Urban Growth Partnership between national and local government and iwi.
The greater Christchurch agreement will be between the Christchurch City, Selwyn and Wamakariri councils, along with Environment Canterbury and Ngai Tahu, in partnership with government.

Its aims will be for the parties to work together to address growth issues to help improve housing affordability, choice and location, along with improving access to employment and education, assist in emissions reduction and climate change resilience and avoid unnecessary urban sprawl......
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Te Reo Maori brutally suppressed at native schools? - K R Bolton

Maui: The Father Of Daylight Saving 

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Friday September 24, 2021 

Te Araroa community call for end to barge plan as new designs released
Hinerupe Marae trustee Kararaina Ngatai-Melbourne said whānau did not just oppose the building of the facility in their rohe but also wanted to see an end to the proposal as resolved at a Te Whānau a Hinerupe hui in July.

The new proposed site was in hāpu Te Whānau a Hinerupe waters, as defined by the Ngā Rohe Moana o Ngā Hāpu o Ngāti Porou, and as the gift from her older sister Te Aopare, she said.

"The working party is represented largely by people who do not live here. Our two local whānau that are on there are representing us, not the barge [facility]."......
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Health NZ and Māori Health Authority: Government announces new team
The team leading the establishment of the new Health New Zealand and Māori Health Authority has been announced.

The Māori Health Authority will work alongside Health NZ, commissioning for primary, community and kaupapa Māori services.

Sharon Shea and Tipa Mahuta will co chair the Māori Health Authority and Shea will also sit on the Health NZ board.

"The new Māori Health Authority will be a gamechanger for our people. It will grow kaupapa Māori services and give Māori a strong voice in a new system focused on improving the disproportionate health outcomes that have long affected our whanau......
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Invercargill City Council mana whenua representatives set to be appointed
Invercargill City Council’s first mana whenua-appointed roles have been filled, with nominees to take part in an historic first committee meeting of the Infrastructural Committee on 5 October, 2021.

Pania Coote of Te Rananga o Awarua and Evelyn Cook of Waihapai Ranaka will be appointed members of the Performance, Policy and Partnerships and Infrastructural Services Committees following Council’s resolution to establish two seats on its Committees, one each for Te Runanga o Awarua and Waihapai Ranaka, in July.

Ranaka were invited to name their representatives, who would have full voting and speaking rights at the Committee meetings and who would also be able to attend and speak at all Council meetings, but without voting rights......
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Aotearoa name change happening naturally
The Prime Minister says there are no plans to adopt Aotearoa as the official name for New Zealand – but it may be happening anyway.

“Increasingly I see that occurring all of the time. I think there is a natural change in usage, that people are picking up and using and I would encourage that. at the same time I don’t have any official plans to change the name but I do like the fact it is increasingly happening regardless,” she says......
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Māori-led group prepares to occupy Mt Richmond / Ōtāhuhu to save hundreds of exotic trees
A Māori-led Māngere-Ōtāhuhu community group is preparing to occupy Mt Richmond / Ōtāhuhu after learning that Auckland Council has recently issued a non-notified resource consent to allow Tūpuna Maunga Authority to fell hundreds of exotic trees there.

Local resident Shirley Waru (Te Rarawa o Ngāpui / Te Uri o Tai) lives nearby and has been growing increasingly concerned about the Authority’s plans to rid Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland’s volcanic cones of around 2500 non-native trees.

Ms Waru, who leads the Respect Mt Richmond / Ōtāhuhu group, does not know exactly when the Authority plans to take Mt Richmond’s trees down but says she and other locals will occupy the maunga if and when the chainsaws come out......
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RNZ pushes back against concerns it's moving in on commercial territory
Chief executive Paul Thompson also suggested to MPs that RNZ’s charter could be updated to include a duty to offer material to other media and to reference te Tiriti.

The lack of mention of te Tiriti (the Treaty of Waitangi), seemed like “a bit of gap” in its existing charter, which was updated, five years ago, Thompson said.

There was “quite an exciting opportunity” to make sure that Aoteroa’s foundation document was “anchored at the heart of our mandate”, he said.

Questioned on what impact a reference to te Tiriti would have on its audiences, Mather said an example might be that if there was a particular story that had a Māori focus, “rather than a primarily Eurocentric team debating the editorial merits of it, they would – under the principle of participation – invite Māori journalists to contribute”......
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The Aotearoa debate: It's time for a name change 

Thursday September 23, 2021 

Iwi and Police stronger together 
Police and iwi have co-designed the checkpoints, south and north of Tāmaki-Makaurau, working to each other’s strengths, and demonstrating the success of genuine Treaty partnerships.

This has happened due to the combined efforts of Police and iwi working together to put the community at the heart of local policing.

"I am very proud of the distance we have travelled together in partnership,.....
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Commission Will Provide System Oversight Of New Mental Wellbeing Long-term Pathway
The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission welcomes today’s release of Kia Manawanui Aotearoa, the government’s long-term pathway to mental wellbeing, by Minister of Health, Hon Andrew Little.

Hayden Wano says the Commission has been calling for a clear implementation plan for the direction set by He Ara Oranga and wants to see five critical areas prioritised:

- upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi and improving outcomes for Māori, including community-led design of kaupapa Māori services that are by Māori, for Māori.....
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Ruapehu council holds workshop to help decide on karakia at meetings
Ruapehu District councillors are to hold a workshop on karakia to help decide whether to open meetings with karakia or any other form of prayer or acknowledgement.

The council is to take up an offer from Waimarino iwi leader Che Wilson to run the workshop after a councillor walked out in May in protest at the use of a 12-second karakia to open a meeting.

Councillor Elijah Pue had been opening hui for several months with Wilson's karakia Tēnei Te Pō, following an invitation to do so from Mayor Don Cameron.......
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South Island whānau use up $1.8m of Covid response fund in four weeks
Although Puna received $1.8 million in funding from the $23 million funding boost for Whanau Ora that Minister Peeni Henare announced earlier this month, it has not been enough, Leahy says.

“We used $1 million for our 56 Whānau Ora partners, and 117 navigators that are funded out of that $1 million, so it was really important to get material resources to those whanau.......
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Wednesday September 22, 2021 

Further $36 million funding for Māori health providers' Covid-19 response announced 
The government has announced an extra $36 million to help Māori health providers give ongoing support to their communities during the Covid-19 response.

Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare says the money is on top of $23m in funding for Whānau Ora in relation to the coronavirus, announced earlier this month.

How it will be spent

* $17m for providers t adapt their services to support the Covid-19 response, while maintaining their other essential health services

* $14m to help whānau access health services, medications, and hygiene products and provide greater reach of vaccination, testing, and other health services to hard-to-reach areas

* $3m to ensure whānau have access to mental health and wellbeing services

* $2m to ensure providers have sufficient funding to manage the long tail of the response

Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson said another $2m from the earlier Whānau Ora funding would be reprioritised for Māori health providers working directly with Te Puni Kōkiri......
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Iwi signs up with South Taranaki council for better relationship
An iwi and council in South Taranaki have set out a mix of Māori and Pākehā values to guide their future relationship.

South Taranaki District Councillors last night approved a letter of intent to be signed by the Mayor and Te Kāhui o Rauru, the governance entity of Ngā Rauru Kītahi iwi.

The agreement calls for the parties to consider principles of mauri (wellbeing), mana (prestige, status), whakapapa (relationships, connections), and kaitiakitanga (guardianship) in their dealings together......
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Gathering thoughts on water a struggle
Referring to a co-governance role envisaged for iwi, Cr Lee Vandervis could not see what piped water systems had to do with traditional Maori knowledge.

He was also battling to see how the reforms could generate promised efficiency gains at the same time as thousands of jobs across New Zealand.

Cr O’Malley, a supporter of iwi involvement, was nonetheless left wondering about the nature of the proposed role for iwi.......
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Reserve Bank invokes the heron to explain thinking on interest rates
While central banks were often described as being ‘hawkish’ or ‘dovish’, it was the kōtuku (white heron) that provided “a more fitting metaphor” for their monetary policies, he said.

“The saying ‘he kōtuku rerenga tahi’ loosely translates to ‘a white heron's flight is seen but once’. It expresses an idea that ‘once ready, open your wings and commit to flight’”, he said.

But herons were also known for taking “considered steps” as they assessed the environment around them – the source of the saying ‘tapuwae kōtuku’, Hawkesby said.....
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Gore High School to go through major redevelopment acknowledging tangata whenua
A major transformation is in the works for Gore High School’s infrastructure and its teaching policies, with plans to incorporate mātauranga Māori (Māori holistic worldview).

Starting in 2023, Gore High School along with other schools in Aotearoa will also be implementing teaching through a Māori holistic world view.

“It’s part of new NCEA requirements, it's called mātauranga Māori. It’s also Aotearoa New Zealand histories.

Coleman-Clarke also spoke about the Rūnanga consulting the school on how Māori deem education to be within Māori eyes.......
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Tuesday September 21, 2021 

Police say incorporating te reo Māori helps fight crime, seek total immersion recruits 
In Aotearoa, the police are adopting te reo Māori as more than just a nod to diversity.

They've found it useful as a crime fighting tool and say students from Kura Kaupapa total immersion schools could be crucial to the future of the force.

Also important is building capacity. Police still want more Māori to join them, but Gemmell is focussed more on those who have been schooled in total immersion, saying they are the future officers needed now.......
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Dropping childhood immunisation rates leave children vulnerable, new research says
Immunisation levels are the lowest they have been in decades, according to new research, and experts are calling for an overhaul of the system.

Dr Sinclair said the way to fix this issue is to change the system.

"It needs to be responsive to the needs of the people. The ideal system would take the immunisations to Māori......
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John Tamihere: What's in a name for today's proud citizen's of Aotearoa
In 2021 Aotearoa, Māori and other Kiwis have a right to determine the way in which they see themselves.

That's why the Māori Party have raised a petition to formally change our name to our name.

We are legally entitled to assert the name Aotearoa.

So in 2021 Aotearoa, Māori and other Kiwis have a right to determine the way in which they see themselves in a new global village and will define themselves as citizens from Aotearoa.......
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90 percent of High Court, Court of Appeal judges Pākehā
More than 90 percent of High Court judges are Pāhekā, new figures obtained by RNZ show.

Just two out of the 46 judges are Māori and none identify as Pasifika.

The figures from Crown Law also show that 59 percent of High Court judges are men.

The Court of Appeal is also dominated by white men, with nine out of the 10 judges identifying as Pākehā. Just two are female......
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Te Arawhiti & Māori Development
We’re committed to improving the intergenerational wellbeing of whānau by working in closer collaboration with Māori. There’s plenty more to do, but we’re making good on the promise of partnership, enshrined in te Tiriti, and working to end disparities between Māori and non-Māori.

Here are a few ways Labour is supporting Māori aspirations:......
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Co-governance approach enables hapū input into environmental decisions
An iwi member of Horizons Regional Council's co-governed climate committee says she is excited by the partnership between tangata whenua and local government to plan a regional response to climate change.

The Climate Action Joint Committee is made up of seven tangata whenua members, seven territorial authority members, and the mayor of each of the region's city and district councils......
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Data shows reo speakers more employable
She says there was a 235 percent increase in listings mentioning te reo, and in Nelson it was a whopping 800 percent – from three jobs advertised to 27.

She says it’s a sign employers are starting to understand tiriti responsibilities.

“I think it’s also a growing value to work with iwi. People are realising iwi are really important stakeholders to work with and that requires a level of cultural competency.....
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Easier travel around Tāmaki Makaurau with new bus stop names
Later this year audio announcements will be introduced across buses with announcements in te reo Māori and English, as well as other helpful information for customers such as transfer messages and special events updates......
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Chamber supports Government’s progressive procurement policy
Several weeks ago the Gisborne Tairawhiti Chamber of Commerce was asked to advocate against the Government’s Progressive Procurement Policy. We confess, it was something that we knew little about, so we chose to get ourselves educated. Thanks to the local Te Puni Kokiri office for taking the time to meet with us.

For those of you who aren’t aware; the purpose of this policy is to encourage businesses that have at least 50 percent Maori ownership to register with a view to ensuring that 5 percent of government contracts are awarded to Maori-registered businesses.

Let’s put some context around those figures:....
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Māori rep may gain voting rights on South Wairarapa District Council committees
South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] is investigating options for giving the chair of the Māori Standing Committee [MSC] voting rights on council committees.

This was discussed at last week’s full council meeting when councillors approved the MSC's new terms of reference.

Councillor Alistair Plimmer believed the council was “limiting the impact and influence” the MSC could have on council committees and believed the MSC chair should be given voting rights......
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Southland Aquaculture Group welcomes call for seaweed body
A sector body to help guide necessary legislative changes, a strategic plan from the government, and a governance framework that incorporates Māori and mātauranga are needed to develop the industry that was worth US$14 billion globally in 2019, the report says......
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A wonderful difficulty 

Monday September 20, 2021 

Time for the city to go bilingual? - Gisborne

The council has supported staff to take reo classes, has an increasingly popular waiata group and has just launched an educational online resource for staff called Te Matapihi.

In August last year, the council committed to an anti-racism strategy following a deputation from East Coast human and indigenous rights advocate Tina Ngata.

In the past 12 months, the council set up a Te Kahui Patu Kaikiri (anti racism group) and has been progressing multiple pieces of work in this space, Thatcher Swann says.

This include an independent audit of the council's policy documents to advise the council on future Treaty of Waitangi work.

The council is also working with the Department of Internal Affairs on a pilot project looking at engagement and partnership with iwi......
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Low rates of Māori granted name suppression a systemic issue - Māori lawyer Khylee Quince
It was revealed this week that Pākehā are granted name suppression three times as often as Māori. However, the Dean of the Law School at AUT Khylee Quince says there are a number of factors that contribute to the large disparity.

Quince (Te Roroa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou) points to the fact that Māori are less likely to have a private lawyer and believes Māori are less likely to apply for name suppression because of the high bar required to have name suppression granted. But that does not mean there is not a problem.

“That highlights a much bigger systemic problem which is the broader access to justice issue," said Quince......
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Facial recognition systems tests fail to record accuracy for Māori
Tests of the main facial recognition (FR) system used to produce passports did not record how accurate it is on Māori.

The Department of Internal Affairs ran tests four years ago on 400,000 people's passport photos to decide which system to buy.

It has been widely reported for at least five years that facial recognition can have a higher misidentification rate with minorities, and lead to unsafe prosecutions......
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Renewed call for Crown apology over canings for speaking te reo at school
A former Labour government Māori Affairs Minister, Dover Samuels, is renewing calls for Māori to receive an official apology from the Crown, for the generation who were beaten for speaking te reo in school.

He said he and other students were caned when he attended the Waiharara Native School at Matauri Bay in Northland in the 1940s, when they spoke te reo Māori.....
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Land taken by government officials won't be returned to Taihape school - minister
The Ombudsman recently told the Education Ministry to apologise for wrongly taking the 13ha farm off the community which set it up in the first place.

Minister Andrew Little said that was a matter for the ministry.

"As Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations my opinion is that the land has a history that is longer than just the transaction between the school and the community......
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Petition To Eradicate ‘Aotearoa’ From Official Use
Lobby group Hobson’s Pledge is pushing for the name “Aotearoa” to be removed from official use until a binding referendum is held to decide whether or not to proceed with changing the name of New Zealand.

Hobson’s Pledge spokespersons Casey Costello and Don Brash launched a petition on Friday calling on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to publicly affirm that the official name of our nation is New Zealand, not Aotearoa New Zealand, or Aotearoa......
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Stark differences in mandatory te reo Māori plans from government departments and agencies

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Finally! A Councillor speaking up about this insidious taking over of rate payers infrastructure.
Why should 16% of NZ population ,almost all of whom have European genes, be given the rights of all water in NZ ?
Does that mean that 75% of NZers can pop along to local Marae and take over their ownership?
What on earth is wrong with Councils which cant/wont see how divisive this Three Waters'plan' is!
Perhaps it is the big money pot that is being offered !?
That only proves GREED not wisdom!
Get a grip Councilors and stop this before its too late!