Friday, October 1, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 26.09.21

Friday October 1, 2021 

Taranaki ironsands mining appeal fails at Supreme Court

Trans-Tasman Resources has lost its Supreme Court bid to overturn a decision preventing it from mining millions of tonnes of ironsands off the coast of South Taranaki.

In a unanimous decision released today, the Supreme Court has upheld previous High Court and Court of Appeal decisions quashing the company's consents.

Natalie Coates, legal counsel for Te Kahui O Rauru who appeared for the iwi in both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, said it was a precedent-setting decision.

"This is an exciting day for iwi. The Supreme Court decision is precedent setting and will have implications beyond the specific EEZ Act.

"The Court has given strong and clear direction about the central role that Te Tiriti has in our constitution and in the law that will guide how all Treaty clauses in legislation are interpreted in the future. Tikanga was also affirmed as being part of our law.".....
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Maniapoto Treaty Settlement Ratified
On Monday 27th September, the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations (Minister Little) and Minister for Māori Development (Minister Jackson) advised that the Maniapoto Treaty Settlement ratification results demonstrated sufficient support from our people to enter into settlement with the Crown.

“Our expectation is that the settlement will become legislation within 18 months of the signing of settlement.......
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Kaupapa Māori highlighted in new Fire and Emergency rōpū
Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s new Northland district manager wants to incorporate more te reo Māori and tikanga in the way the organisation works.

The service is also rolling out a Hiwa i te Rangi protocol to recognise Māori as tangata whenua......
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Funding Available For Community-led History Projects
Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho Piki Ake! Kake Ake! New Zealand Oral History Grants have $100,000 available for community-led oral history projects which reflect diverse identities and perspectives relating to the history of Aotearoa and its close relationships with the Pacific. Applications for oral history projects conducted in any language are welcome.

Money for these grants was gifted to Aotearoa from the Australian government in 1990, to honour 150 years of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The grants were first awarded in 1991, and since then, $2.3 million has helped fund 477 oral history projects. These are the only grants in Aotearoa which specifically support oral history projects, and have allowed many communities to record, store and celebrate their history......
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Subjects list confirmed for NCEA
The range of NCEA subjects that will be available for young people will be expanded for Curriculum Levels 2 and 3, and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa Levels 1 to 3, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.

· Te Reo Pākehā, the study of English through an explicit reo Māori and ao Māori lens, will be added to Levels 1, 2, and 3.

· Toi Whakairo, the study of the history, art, and practice of Māori and other indigenous carving has been added to Ngā Toi.

· There will also be continued development of the existing subjects aligned to Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. These subjects, which will be available from Level 1, include Te Reo Rangatira, Pūtaiao, Tikanga-ā-Iwi, Hangarau, Hauora, Toi Puoro, Toi Ataata, Ngā Mahi a te Rēhia and Pāngarau......
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Former rep lays complaint against Waihōpai rūnaka over $400,000 write-off for loans
An official complaint has been made to the Charities Commission after an Invercargill rūnaka​ wrote off more than $400,000 loaned out to a trust bidding for health contracts.

The Department of Internal Affairs, which oversees the Charities Commission, confirmed it had received a complaint about ​Waihōpai Rūnaka Incorporated, while the rūnaka had commissioned an independent investigation......
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New Matariki holiday bill passes first Parliament test
Matariki is one step closer to being recognised as a public holiday.

Labour, Te Paati Māori and Greens supported the bill, while National and Act opposed it......
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Aotearoa’s maternity system found to privilege whiteness 

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Thursday September 30, 2021 

'Outrageous' bylaw excludes whanau from long coast connection, says iwi 
An iwi with an 800-year history with Marlborough's east coast was not considered tangata whenua when the council first proposed plans to ban vehicles from its beaches.

Rangitāne o Wairau wants the Marlborough District Council to scrap the “unlawful” bylaw – which would prevent them from using vehicles, such as quad bikes, to exercise their customary right to fish – and start again.

The rūnanga said in its submission on the bylaw that they had harvested food from the beach’s waters for centuries, dating back to New Zealand’s earliest inhabitants, who moved south from Te Pokohiwi o Kupe/the Wairau Bar.......
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'By Māori, for Māori' the 'bare minimum' expected from Oranga Tamariki review
"By Māori, for Māori" transformation is the bare minimum expected by Te Pāti Māori from a high-level review into Oranga Tamariki being released today.

Oranga Tamariki Minister Kelvin Davis announced the review in January, just days after embattled chief executive Grainne Moss resigned......
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Te Pāti Māori Threatens Hīkoi If Things Don’t Change Drastically
Te Pāti Māori has responded to the recently released report of the Oranga Tamariki Advisory Board; Hipokingia ki te Kahu Aroha, hipokingia ki te katoa.

“A by Māori for Māori, according to Māori approach is the bare minimum. Not a by Māori, for Māori, according to Pākeha approach. For Te Pāti Māori, this means establishing an independent Mokopuna Maori entity with at least $600 million to go directly to Māori” says Mrs Ngarewa-Packer.

“If nothing drastic changes, we will be left with no option but to revolt. We did it when our foreshore and seabed was being stripped from us, and we will do it again if the state continues to steal our babies” says Mr Waititi......
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Whānau Ora's Merepeka Raukawa-Tait wants uplifting of Māori children 'stopped altogether'
"We want to see the uplifting of Maori children stopped altogether," says Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency Chair, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait.

The Māori Party wants the section of the law that allows the legal uplift of children repealed.

"Absolutely, that's the least they could have done after the indignitaries they put on our mokopuna," says Māori Party Debbie Ngarewa-Packer......
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New Funding Announced For Research Into Māori Heart Health
New research with the aim of improving heart health for Māori is among a number of research grants awarded by the Heart Foundation announced today.

Heart Foundation Medical Director Dr Gerry Devlin says improving equity in Māori health is a priority. “We need to invest in more community initiatives across Aotearoa New Zealand, which are designed by Māori for Māori, to make the progress we need to make over the next decade.

The Heart Foundation has awarded $4.1 million of research funding this year......
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PwC Announces New Strategy And The Commitment To Create Over 500 Roles In Aotearoa New Zealand
Increasing ethnic identification at all levels across PwC particularly for Māori and Pacific peoples. This includes meeting our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and creating pathways for Māori as tangata whenua to self identify and represent their iwi and hapu.

Enhancing the cultural confidence of our firm through programmes such as Te Māramatanga which helps our people build a better understanding of te ao Māori (the Māori worldview)......
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Wairua business reason to jump queue
A member of Māori pandemic response group Te Rōpū Whakakaupapā Urutā says Māori should get priority as the borders start to reopen.

Professor Paparangi Reid says Māori are being treated as if they only have rights as citizens under article 3 of the Treaty of Waitangi, but their article two rights should also be recognised, such as the right to cultural practices like kawe mate.....
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Partnership key to a strong Maori housing future - Peeni Henare
Today the Associate Minister of Housing (Maori Housing) Peeni Henare and the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Megan Woods, launched the Government’s Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD) and the new Maihi Ka Ora the National Maori Housing Strategy.

"As the Associate Minister of Housing (Maori Housing), it is a privilege for me to be part of our new National Maori Housing Strategy called ‘Maihi Ka Ora’.

"I say, ‘part of’, because this is a strategy that has come about through a true partnership with Maori. A document that articulates Maori aspirations, the role of the Crown and the outcomes we will work together to achieve......
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Iwi receive Treaty Settlement adjustments
An adjustment payment has been made to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu under the relativity mechanisms in their 1995 and 1997 Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced today.

Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu have received $93,000 and $88,000 respectively to ensure the value of their Treaty settlements maintains their relative size compared with the total value of all Treaty of Waitangi settlements to date......
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'Feeds on racial stereotypes': Review slams Police Ten 7
A report released today has found that the producers of Police Ten 7 and staff at TVNZ that handle the popular show need training in racism, bias and the Treaty of Waitangi.

TVNZ ordered the review after widespread criticism of the show earlier this, with accusations it was "low level chewing gum TV that feeds on racial stereotypes".

TVNZ and producers Screentime have announced that the show will be "reimagined" in the wake of the review......
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Three waters reform process 'not the New Zealand way'
The Government’s proposed three waters reform programme is a “strongly politically-motivated approach” to centralise core functions, says experienced company director John Palmer.

“It is obvious that the solution in broad terms has been designed politically, to satisfy the Government’s intent of centralising core functions, to appeal to Māori interests and pressure from the Māori caucus, and then finding a mechanism to fit that brief,” Palmer said.

“What is a better way of delivering it than having a bureaucracy in Wellington of multiple layers that is both messy and unclear, and effectively delivers control of all of the future of water to mana whenua, and I think that is deliberate, and I think that is wrong.”.....
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Wednesday September 29, 2021 

NZ's first Māori Dean of Law excited to lead law school changes 
The country's first-ever Dean of Law who is Māori has been appointed at AUT

She said she wants to further develop the university's law programme in South Auckland, and lead the university through a nationwide shakeup of legal education that's underway.

"This year the Council of Legal Education - the body tasked with accrediting law degrees - resolved to amend their regulations to require all law schools to teach and assess concepts of tikanga and te reo Māori in all seven core courses......
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Water reforms mean working wth Māori
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says resistance to her Three Waters reform comes from councils unhappy with being told they need a new way of working.

“Councils are struggling to see the benefits of a reform model because it does mean they have to work alongside other councils and Māori to achieve better health and environmental benefits. It’s a whole new way of working, it’s not just upsizing what councils currently do, it’s a whole new way of working, ” she says.......
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Mayors, tangata whenua set up group to develop regional climate action plan
Seven mayors, the regional council chair and seven tangata whenua representatives are setting up a working group to develop a regional climate action plan for Whanganui-Manawatū.

The Joint Committee have agreed to form a working group consisting of committee members, mana whenua and council staff to progress the development of a regional climate action plan.

"Each council will need to work closely with iwi and hapū to identify priorities in their district to ensure key issues facing communities across our region are tackled effectively."....
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Māori Health Authority just part of equity picture
The National Hauora Coalition says the new Māori Health Authority board has a big task ahead of it to secure a true treaty partnership.

Chief executive Simon Royal says detailed policy work and legislative will be needed to ensure the body has enough resources to do its job, and that it can make its influence felt.

“The Māori Health Authority will not be solely responsible for health equity and for the treaty. It will require the Ministry of Health to continue in its policy function to advocate for equity for health outcomes for Māori as well as importantly Health New Zealand which will be a large institution replacing the over district health boards and taking over all those contracting and funding roles,” he says.....
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Revealed: If New Zealanders think we should change our name to Aotearoa
The 1News Colmar Brunton poll asked New Zealanders: "What do you think the country should officially be called?"

It found 58 percent of Kiwis wanted to keep the name 'New Zealand', while 31 percent wanted to see us changed to 'Aotearoa New Zealand'. Just 9 percent wanted 'New Zealand' dropped completely for 'Aotearoa'......
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Bill amended to include need for warrant to enter a marae
Officials will no longer have the power to enter marae without a warrant under the government's Water Services Bill.

The bill plans to impose tighter restrictions on drinking water suppliers which can include marae.

A clause allowing warrantless entry into marae was widely opposed around the country earlier this year, with dozens of submissions from iwi and hapū demanding tino rangatiratanga over their wāhi tapu or sacred spaces.

Following recommendations by a select committee, Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has now amended the bill......
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Māori lever needed on Health NZ decisions
Green MP Elizabeth Kerekere says the new Māori Health Authority needs a veto over Health NZ if it is to ensure the right level of resource goes into Māori health.

Dr Kerekere says it’s important the Māori authority is not treated as an add-on but is able to influence wider spending decisions......
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Frank Newman: Three Waters - reality check

Clive Bibby: Our country - our place New Zealand

Māori will take a century to catch up with Pākehā for life expectancy, new report finds 

Tuesday September 28, 2021 

University of Canterbury now New Zealand's first 'treaty university' 
The University of Canterbury has announced five new professor positions and the introduction of a new treaty partnership office, building on its commitment to strengthen Māori leadership and relationships.

Kā Waimaero (the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre) will be the foundation for the new office of treaty partnership, believed to be the first of its kind among Aotearoa universities to embed mana whenua – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu – into the structure of Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha University of Canterbury.....
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Pūtea critical for Māori Health Authority
Show us the money.

That’s the response of former cabinet minister Sandra Lee to the appointment of members to the Māori Health Authority.

The authority is supposed to define its role and then wrestle with the new entity Health New Zealand for a share of the $20 billion health budget, with the presumption being there will be money freed up by scrapping district health boards......
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New law chance for Maori land owners
New legislation to help owners of Maori freehold land use, develop and live on their whenua has been described as presenting exciting opportunities for Tairawhiti.

Gisborne district councillors, sitting as the finance and performance committee, received an information report on the Local Government (Rating of Whenua Maori) Amendment Act passed by Parliament in April....
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Fears young Māori being targeted by white supremacists making COVID-19 vaccine misinformation
It is feared young Māori in particular are falling for COVID-19 vaccine misinformation - much of which is being created by white supremacists.

Research shows many of the anti-vax memes circulating on the internet have been created by alt-right and white supremacist groups based in the United States. They have gone from 'stop the steal' to 'stop the vaccine'.....
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Tarawera Falls land returned to Ngāti Rangitihi
An eastern Bay of Plenty iwi is welcoming the return of more than 40 hectares of land around the Tarawera Falls into its possession.

The block, located in the forest between the town of Kawerau and the Tarawera Falls, is of immense cultural and historical significance to Ngāti Rangitihi.

Known as Pokohu A3 Block, it had been held by the Te Arawa Lakes Trust while Ngāti Rangitihi completed its Treaty settlement process, but with that done the Māori Land Court has now returned ownership to Ngāti Rangitihi.........
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Three wāhine Māori the first to receive joint doctorate for mahi raranga
They studied and recreated mahi raranga from the past, present and future, starting the 1800s until now.

AUT Professor Tania Ka'ai supervised the kairaranga during their doctorates and said their work showed how mahi raranga is a valid discipline of academic study.

"The work the kairaranga have done demonstrates clearly how raranga is a very valid discipline of academic study.......
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Monday September 27, 2021

New gorge highway project alliance wins diversity award
A $620 million roading project in a culturally significant landscape has been recognised for its partnership between iwi, the Crown and contractors.

The new highway crosses the Ruahine Range through culturally significant landscape.

Dalzell said five iwi had a connection to the area and, although there was a long history of connection between iwi, they had not before sat around a table together.

“This approach has deeply integrated te ao Māori into the design development and construction methodologies in a way that appropriately celebrates this area and its rich cultural heritage.”.....
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All children that go into care should be treated equally
ACT MP Karen Chhour has drafted a private member’s bill which would remove section 7AA from the legislation that governs Oranga Tamariki.

The first term MP told Q+A that “family, iwi or hapū are a great place to start, but that’s not always possible, and I just don’t want it to get to the stage where we are overiding the best interests of our children”.

She argues that removing 7AA would encourage Oranga Tamariki to be “colour blind” and that “all children that go into care should be treated equally”........
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Ngāti Toa looks to trial own digital currency in Porirua
Ngāti Toa iwi is considering trailling its own digital currency in Porirua, hot on the heels of helping fund a similiar programme in the suburb of Cannons Creek.

In June, a group of 50 locals were given 50 Cannon Coin (CAN) to spend on fruit and vegetable at the Hauora Kai Co-Op, use them to trade among themselves or put towards community initiatives they want to see realised, all using a digital wallet on their smartphone.

Helmut Modlik​, chief executive of Ngāti Toa, said he was keen to continue and even expand the initiative.

“The idea of having our own currency means we can have our own economic endeavours,” he said. “I’m really excited about that."......
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Frank Newman: Fact-checking the fact-check

A Dangerous Time for New Zealand – by Dr Muriel Newman.

Threats and abuse hurled at Kiwi business after rebranding with te reo Māori name 

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DeeM said...

I wonder how much the taxpayer would have saved from the $620 million if the road had NOT been "recognised" for its partnership with iwi.
It's turning into a protection racket. "Want a road, bro? How much will you "donate" to our cultural fund? ....Gonna take more than that...Sweet as!...Now you can talk to our cuzzies..."

Ray S said...

"Mokopuna Maori entity with at least $600 million to go directly to Māori” says Mrs Ngarewa-Packer. "
One had some sympathy with the argument for the Maori position, until money was mentioned. Suddenly it became clear.

No doubt that $600 million to be given with no checks, balances or accountability.