Saturday, October 16, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 10.10.21

Saturday October 16, 2021 

Tikanga tops title in Tauranga Harbour rights allocation

A High Court decision on customary marine title to part of Tauranga Harbour has found there is no requirement that applicants held the land according to European concepts of ownership, and what counts under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 is tikanga.

The meaning of exclusive use and occupation must also be assessed with reference to particular tikanga.

Justice Grant Powell found there was unequivocal evidence supporting the grant of customary marine title over Te Tāhuna o Rangataua, an estuary in the southern part of the harbour, to five of the applicants – Ngā Pōtiki, Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Hē, Ngāi Tukairangi and Ngāti Tapū.

Those hapū continue to hold area in accordance with tikanga since historical occupation some 300 years ago and showed the required level of use and occupation through strong whakapapa links, active customary practices and exercising their role as kaitiaki to protect and preserve the area......
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South Taranaki iwi vaccinator says direct Government funding coming soon
A South Taranaki iwi health provider says the Government will soon be funding its vaccination effort, after weeks of running pop-up clinics at its own expense.

Ngāruahine Iwi Health Services was at Rangatapu Marae on Thursday, the fifth in a series of weekly pop-up vaccination clinics at marae across the iwi's rohe......
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Iwi-led housing solutions build homes for the future
The Government is committed to the vision that all whānau have safe, healthy affordable homes with secure tenure, across the Māori continuum. Iwi-led housing developments are key to providing more homes for Māori today and into the future.

“The recently announced MAIHI Ka Ora – the National Māori Housing Strategy puts in place a long-term plan to work in partnership with Māori to deliver on that vision by focusing on our shared priorities. One of those priorities identified is the need to grow and invest in Māori housing supply,” said Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing) Peeni Henare.....
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Friday October 15, 2021 

The Maori economy – obstacles and opportunities. - Westpac 
The Māori economy is almost as old as Aotearoa itself. For centuries before Europeans arrived, Tangata Whenua were building, harvesting, crafting and trading in a way that was in tune with the land.

Nowadays the Māori economy is a key component of New Zealand’s wider economy, but there is still huge potential for growth. We will all benefit immensely if we can work together to remove the barriers to that growth.

Closing the income gap between Māori and non-Māori will result in an additional $2.6billion into Māori households (Tokona te Raki, 2017)......
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More on the above here > Bank leader determined to help rangatahi build businesses

50th anniversary of reo Māori petition to be celebrated
Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson have announced the Government’s plans to commemorate two moments in NZ History.

The presentation of the te reo Māori petition to Parliament on 14 September 1972 and Māori Language Day will both be commemorated.

These two events started the movement to restore te reo Māori as NZ’s first language.......
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First road traffic signs in Te Reo Māori – Taihoa, Haere
Vehicle drivers in the Bay of Plenty between Te Teko and Awakeri witnessed the first use of :"Taihoa" (Wait) and "Haere" (Go) signs used by traffic managers yesterday.

The idea came from a 30-year veteran of traffic management, David Taui of Te Arawa, who wanted te reo Māori to be used in his working environment to let the language grow, and educate the multitudes who would be directed by the traffic signs in te reo Māori......
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Supreme Court embeds tikanga Maori in the law of Aotearoa in iron sand mining consent case. - Chapman Tripp
The Supreme Court’s decision in Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd v Taranaki Whanganui Conservation Board, released on 30 September 2021, is now an authoritative endorsement of the momentum towards greater inclusion of tikanga Māori in the law of Aotearoa.

Two key tikanga findings......
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New Zealand Apartheid is here already – Ian Bradford 

Thursday October 14, 2021 

Government’s Covid-19 response is a breach of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Māori health experts say 
Māori health experts say the Government’s Covid-19 response could constitute a breach of Te Tiriti o Waitangi becuse it breaches the principles of equity and active protection.

While no-one has lodged a Waitangi Tribunal claim so far, there have been discussions among Māori health providers about whether the vaccine roll-out, and move away from the elimination strategy, are consistent with the principles of Te Tiriti......
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Commissioner replaces board at Pukekohe North School after 1000-strong petition
A primary school in the south of Auckland has had its school board dissolved and a commissioner appointed after months of protest from parents.

The petition alleged tamariki had been discriminated against, insulted and no longer felt safe in their own kura.

It also said there was a lack of support from management to raise Māori achievement. Pukekohe North has 280 students, of whom around 80 per cent are Māori.

Dozens of people marched from Ngaa Hau e Whaa Marae to the school in August and presented the petition to Ministry of Education officials......
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Time for age of criminal responsibility to be raised, more 'by Māori, for Māori' initiatives, Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft says
He also appealed for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised, a standalone Youth Court and more "by Māori, for Māori initiatives".

"Given the distressing disproportionality of Māori caught up in the youth justice system, 'By Māori for Māori' approaches to supporting and encouraging new opportunities for rangatahi Māori must be prioritised and pursued.

"It is imperative that these initiatives be innovative, properly resourced, and ensure Māori-led approaches in response to offending behaviour by rangatahi."....
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Central Wellington area officially named Paekākā, recognising Taranaki Whānui and Māori heritage
The central Wellington area covering the Botanic Garden precinct, Anderson Park and Bolton Street Memorial Park has been named to recognise the Taranaki Whānui and Māori heritage in the area.

The new name was proposed by Wellington City Council after mana whenua Taranaki Whānui gifted it to them.

The area will be officially named Paekākā......
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Māori interest in surplus Crown-owned land: October 2021
Land Information New Zealand works with Te Kāhui Whakatau (part of the Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti) to manage surplus Crown properties in the Treaty Settlements Landbank.

A schedule is published frequently with new Crown properties declared surplus. Iwi are invited to register their interest in these properties with the Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti......
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PDF download with properties listed on the above HERE 

Hamilton developers told to listen to mana whenua
Hamilton City Council says it wants to give mana whenua more of a say in naming roads – but it won’t remove some names which have been the subject of past protests.

Planning guidance manager Grant Kettle says historical street names such as von Tempsky, Grey and Bryce are not part of the policy review.

The proposed changes now out for discussion are about getting developers to engage earlier with mana whenua so they can understand the history of the area they are developing, the connection to local Māori history and any culturally significant names.

Developers can provide up to three names for each new road with a minimum of one name included from a pool of names provided by mana whenua.......
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Tuesday October 12, 2021 

‘Cultural competency gaps’: Mahuta responds to iwi co-governance concerns 
Local Government Minister Nanaia Nahuta says some areas of the country are underdeveloped when it comes to recognising ongoing alliance with iwi Maori.

Mahuta said some councils were more inexperienced than others when it came to ongoing affiliation with iwi.

"Some councils are on a very mature pathway in terms of the longevity of the relationship they've got (with iwi) and some are just starting out.

"If we can find ways with central and local government to partner with iwi Maori, that has multiple benefits for a community and region."
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‘Te Reo O Te Repo – Kei Konei Tonu’ Cultural Wetland Handbook Launched
new cultural repo (wetland) handbook is being launched to help give a voice to repo throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

“‘Te Reo o Te Repo – Kei konei tonuau’ continues to advocate the voices of our repo through the voices of our people and provides Māori values, knowledge, and perspectives from across Aotearoa New Zealand, ranging from whānau, marae, hapū, and iwi-led restoration projects and practical demonstrations that illustrate the diversity of our precious wetland ecosystems, to academic research that provide the underpinning of cultural resources and mātauranga Māori based tools and approaches,” says Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research Kairangahau Māori Yvonne Taura......
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New Project Ensures The Benefits Of Indigenous Data Are Shared With Indigenous People
An international project between Waikato and New York-based researchers has received a $750,000 boost to expand tools protecting Indigenous communities’ rights over their own knowledge and data.

They are also working with Ngāti Maru in Taranaki and Te Roroa in Hokianga as part of a Te Puni Kōkiri funded project to recognise iwi rights to mātauranga Māori, (traditional Māori knowledge) and genetic resources through the use of the labels alongside institutions like the MetService, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research and the University of Waikato.....
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Opportunity for joint decision-making and partnership. - Gisborne
Gisborne's representations review was dominated by debate over rural residents when it should had been about what was best for Māori.

That was the view of Te Kahui Patu Kaikiri anti-racism committee representative Tina Ngata when she presented her submissions to Gisborne District Council's extraordinary meeting last week.

Councillors decided by just seven votes to six that the model of a district-wide general ward with eight councillors and a district-wide Māori ward with five councillors go forward for adoption at the council meeting of November 4.......
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Survey puts opposition to Māori ward seats on Napier council at just over half
Just over half of respondents to a survey in Napier do not want Māori seats on the local council.

Napier City Council voted in April against urgent consultation that could have established Māori wards in time for the 2022 council elections. Instead, councillors voted to consult the community on whether they wanted Māori wards in time for the 2025 council elections.

The decision was at odds with those made by neighbours Hastings District Council and the Hawke's Bay Regional Council, which both decided to create Māori wards in 2022, and prompted a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal.......
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Tertiary institutions given 10 years to end minority pass rate disparity
The Tertiary Education Commission has given universities, polytechnics and other tertiary institutions 10 years to end persistent disparities between the pass rates of Māori and Pacific students and those of others.

It's the third time in the past decade the commission has set a deadline for achieving parity.

In 2012 the commission wanted to eradicate disparities in polytechnics by 2015 and in universities by 2018. But that didn't happen. In 2018-19 the commission aimed to achieve parity within five years and fined institutions that failed to improve. But it quietly dropped that deadline and last year introduced the 10-year target......
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Māori Party keen on electoral reform
Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi is welcoming the prospect of changes to the Māori electorate option.

It’s part of a general review of the electoral system, which will also consider changes to the voting age, the term of parliament and funding of political parties.

Justice Minister Kris Faafoi says easing restrictions on when Māori can switch between the Māori and general electoral rolls could happen before the 2023 general election.

Mr Waititi says the current system, in which an option is run after each five-yearly census, means people can be stuck on a roll they don’t want to be for multiple elections.

Rawiri Waititi says given the quality of discussion he sees on the schools’ kapa haka stages, he believes rangatahi are ready to vote at 16....
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Ombudsman enters Mataharehare fray
Ngāti Whātua Rūnanga chair Rangimarie Dame Naida Glavish says her fight over the siting of an Erebus memorial on a Parnell pā site is with Auckland Council and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, not with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

The Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Board has come out in support of the memorial to those who lost their lives in the crash of an Air New Zealand flight over Antarctica in 1979.

Work at Mataharehare next to the Parnell Rose Gardens could start this week despite Ombudsman Peter Boshier announcing he would look into how the decision was made.....
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Māori are left vulnerable, 'shocking 'outbreak statistics say
Health research analyst Dr Rawiri Taonui says it's been alarming to learn that Māori accounted for 5.7 per cent of all cases in the outbreak at the start of September and that in the previous 12 days, Māori accounted for 50 per cent of all new cases.

Māori vaccination rates are growing faster than other ethnicities in the country, mainly due to the "heroic efforts" of Māori health providers, according to Taonui, but there is still a significant gap to close.

“Highest Māori cases, we're not hearing that story in the daily standup briefings and we need the politicians to stop using gangs as a political football and show some unified leadership,” he says.

“We need to see those Māori MPs speaking our language, both English and Te Reo, at the daily briefings and telling the story of why we need to get the vaccinations.”....
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Financial scholarships to promote diversity
An Auckland financial advisory firm is offering scholarships to get more Māori, Pasifka and women into the sector.

The Advice Hub will fund up to 100 people to take an online course with the Open Polytechnic to become licensed financial advisers.......
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Te Tiriti and vaccination rates

Being privileged doesn't have to mean entitled 

Monday October 11, 2021 

Iwi-led border controls back in Northland as region enters alert level 3 
"But when you look at it the reality is that somebody built a prison and every third window's been left open, don't blame the prisoner for escaping."

Harawira said the Crown set up the whole system and they have failed the most unvaccinated, rural Māori population in the country time and time again.

He said if the government had let iwi into its decision-making process and provided information, the problem could have been tackled before it escalated.....
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More on the above here > Iwi checkpoints spring up across Northland

Call for open debate on Ngāi Tahu representation bill
Calls to open the debate on a bill that would entrench Ngāi Tahu representation at the Environment Canterbury council table continue to grow.

Should it be passed, the Bill will empower Te Rūnganga o Ngāi Tahu to appoint up to two members to the Canterbury Regional Council which is known as Environment Canterbury. At the moment, the two representatives “observe” the meetings.

“They’re not Māori wards, which is something different, but non-democratic appointees to the ECan table.’’.....
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Mahuta welcomes report which portends the local authority reforms (and Treaty partnerships) she seems keen to promote

The damage done by Robin Cooke – Don Brash

Labour’s Health System Failure – Dr Muriel Newman

Aotearoa, Nu Tīreni, New Zealand — it's a complicated issue

Assimilation and colonial control 

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Ray S said...

"We need to see those Māori MPs speaking our language, both English and Te Reo, at the daily briefings and telling the story of why we need to get the vaccinations.”....

Why not Mandarin or Tongan as well.

BJB said...

Good on Mr Wilson for standing up to this push by govt to insist on iwi involvement in local council. What benefits, who benefits, when everyone is already able to stand for council and be heard. Like a lot of this push by maori it is dumbing down to the lowest common denominator you only have to look at what is happening in the education sector. If you want to have a say in council business get off your backside and campaign in your community do not expect a free pass based on your race.

Anonymous said...

Well said BJB. We all have the same chances in health and education. Just because some decide to make stupid life choices it does not mean we have to pander to them. Anyone can run for local bodies, school boards and government we don't need to tilt the playing field in favour of one group.