Saturday, October 30, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 24.10.21

Saturday October 30, 2021 

ORC debates what sort of ‘-ship’ it's in

The Otago Regional Council and local iwi are not just in a relationship, they are partners, the council says.

That nature of the relationship was affirmed by councillors this week, but only after they became embroiled in a lengthy, "petty" debate over how to describe the council’s alliance with iwi this week.

The council voted to expand membership in its mana to mana forum with Otago’s four local Ngai Tahu runanga to all 12 councillors.

It noted updated terms of reference for the forum. But whether there was rightly a "partnership" between the council and iwi became a point of debate......
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First steps for Pae Oranga Bill
A special Select Committee has been set up to consider the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill, which passed its first reading this week.

The bill replaced the 20 district health boards with a national health service, Health New Zealand with a strong focus on primary health care.

It also creates the new Māori Health Authority......
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Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki nui-ā-Rua sign Deed of Settlement
“The settlement acknowledges the injustices of the Crown’s past acts and omissions that resulted in the alienation of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki nui-ā-Rua from their culture, language and land.”

“The redress package includes financial and commercial redress with a total value of $115-million. It will provide, among other things, the opportunity for the iwi to purchase Crown-owned properties,” Andrew Little said.

A significant part of the redress relates to Wairarapa Moana, adjacent wetlands and conservation land. The bed of Lake Wairarapa and two sites of cultural significance will be jointly vested as a reserve for Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki nui-ā-Rua and Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua, which will be enacted through a separate joint redress bill.

The settlement redress also includes the vesting of 33 cultural redress properties in Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki nui-ā-Rua.......
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Māori and indigenous American academics join forces
Influential Māori academics from Aotearoa New Zealand’s universities are collaborating on research ideas with peers from tribal colleges and indigenous communities in the United States.

Over 150 experts have been exchanging ideas at a series of virtual sessions over the last month, hosted by Education New Zealand, Māori university scholarship body Te Kāhui Amokura and the National Science Foundation in the United States.....
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Horizons councillors choose shape of future council
At their October 27 meeting councillors decided the next council will have 12 general councillors representing Palmerston North city and the Ruapehu, Whanganui, Tararua, Manawatū-Rangitīkei and Horowhenua constituencies, with one councillor representing Raki Māori (Māori North) and one councillor representing Tonga Māori (Māori South).

It's an increase of two councillors on the current 12, but the cost to ratepayers will remain the same......
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"There is no Maori problem until we start making one..." - Michael Bassett

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Friday October 29, 2021 

Iwi raise concerns about cultural impact of Taranaki wind turbine hydrogen project 
South Taranaki iwi have raised concerns about a plan to build a set of giant wind turbines as part of a $70 million green hydrogen project, citing cultural and visual impacts.

Hiringa Energy Limited and Ballance Agri-Nutrients have applied under a fast-tracked consenting process to build four, 206-metre tall wind turbines on Kokiri Rd farmland, about five kilometres northeast of Manaia.

The turbines will be the tallest in New Zealand and the tallest man-made structures in Taranaki, edging out New Plymouth’s power station chimney by 8 metres.......
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Ngāi Tahu blast 'retired politician' Winston Peters for 'ludicrous' criticism of Three Waters reform
Ngāi Tahu has blasted Winston Peters’ “ludicrous” opposition to the Government’s Three Waters reform, saying “it’s just the same predictable, attention-seeking antics from a retired politician”.

Ngāi Tahu have celebrated the Government’s decision to push on with the reforms, saying their involvement in a South Island water entity will ensure water assets “will never be privatised”.

Peters, responding to Ngāi Tahu on Thursday, said he had “struck a nerve” and he alleged the South Island iwi was part of a “covert, secret agenda” to bring about the reforms.

"Apparently, all of this has done been done by Ngāi Tahu to guarantee a future against future privatisation. So where did this threat come from? ... In short, 67 councils were in control, and who said they were going to privatise?” Peters said......
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Waikato-Tainui says iwi voice crucial in three waters reform
Waikato-Tainui leaders have welcomed the Government’s three waters reform, saying it’s vital a Māori voice is heard in the future management of water services.

The announcement that the Government will continue with its reform agenda wasn’t well received by councils, but a Waikato-Tainui leader says there’s a “compelling” case for change.......
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Thursday October 28, 2021 

Police block protesters as hīkoi arrives at Auckland border 
Members of a hīkoi hoping to get to Northland today planned to spend the night camped out on the side of the road after police refused to let them through Auckland's southern border.

That didn't stop members of the self-proclaimed Sovereign Hīkoi of Truth (SHOT) movement from leaving Rotorua at 6pm with the aim of travelling through Auckland and heading north to Te Tii o Waitangi for a powhiri at midday today.

"Through the security of He Wakaputanga and the use of common law, this will be the form of security to move through the land based on tikanga [cultural traditions]......
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More on the above here > Iwi leaders condemn group attempting to breach lockdown borders in 'Hīkoi of Truth'

Invercargill councillors vote to pay mana whenua representatives $34,000
Invercargill City councillors have decided the council’s two mana whenua representatives should each be paid the equal of their own base rate – $34,667.

The pair have full voting rights on two council committees, but not so at full council meetings, and they were not elected onto the council.

The councillors were given three options to consider by council staff: $34,667, $20,000 or $27,000.

The runaka wanted the pair, who are projected to work 10 hours a month, to be paid the same base rate as a councillor, and that’s what the councillors ultimately decided......
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Appointment of new Te Pou Tupua welcomed - David Parker
Environment Minister David Parker and Nga Tangata Tiaki o Whanganui chairperson Sheena Maru have welcomed the appointment of Keria Ponga and Turama Hawira as Te Pou Tupua.

Since 2017, the Whanganui River has been recognised as a living and indivisible whole comprising of all its physical and metaphysical elements from the mountains to the sea, through the Te Awa Tupua Act.

Keria Ponga together with Turama Hawira have been appointed and will together perform the Te Pou Tupua role for the next three years......
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A Govt that imposes Three Waters is a dictatorship – Don Brash 

Wednesday October 27, 2021 

Climate protests kick off as council issues disruption warning for Wellington 
Climate change activism group Extinction Rebellion began four days of protest in the capital with an anti-colonisation rally at Te Papa on Labour Day.

Thirty protestors gathered at the museum’s Treaty of Waitangi exhibit on level four, demanding the English version of the Treaty displayed on large wooden panels be replaced with the direct English translation of the Māori version displayed opposite.

Te Wehi Ratana​, spokesman for Extinction Rebellion and Te Waka Hourua, said Te Tiriti and the Treaty were two different documents.

“The issue is the majority of visitors will not understand the Māori version, and will look at the English version. They will leave thinking the English version is accurately reflecting what the Māori version says......
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Funding To Translate Science Into Real Life Solutions
The Government is investing in ‘Te Tītoki Mataora’ the MedTech Research Translator, to deliver new medical tools - and meet both the demands of a global pandemic and of a growing and aging population.

The Government is investing $8.1 million over three years.

We want to ensure that Te Tītoki Mataora lives up to its name with strong Māori and Pasifika partnerships underpinning new research.....
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Iwi leaders to drive World Expo's first ever Festival of Indigenous and Tribal Ideas
A small delegation from the Whanganui River tribes will support the hosting of a world-first event at Expo 2020 Dubai to aid the resurgence of Indigenous and tribal economies.

Māori leaders have partnered with the New Zealand Government to develop Te Aratini, the first ever Festival of Indigenous and Tribal Ideas at a World Expo, set to run at Expo 2020 Dubai in mid-November......
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Ashburton’s new civic centre and library named ‘for future generations’
Ashburton's new library and civic centre complex have received new names.

The library has been named Te Pātaka o kā Tuhituhi and the civic centre portion of the building will be known as Te Waharoa a Hine Paaka.

The titles, gifted from Arowhenua, were revealed at last week's Ashburton District Council meeting......
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Refusal to give Māori vaccination details Treaty breach, High Court told
Whānau Ora providers have told the High Court the health ministry's refusal to hand over the vaccination information of Māori is inconsistent and a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, which represents providers in the North Island, wants data for all Māori held by the ministry - including phone numbers and addresses - so they can tailor programmes to boost Māori rates......
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Meng Foon: Why we need affirmative action for minority groups 

Monday October 25, 2021 

Traffic light system needs Te Tiriti foundation to succeed, experts warn 
“The wider group, and Māori colleagues in particular, are disappointed and frustrated at the lack of co-design of the TLS.”

They suggested that to be successful, the framework needed to be based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and explicitly state saving Māori lives as a goal.

They wanted visible Māori and Pacific leadership of the system,.....
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Calls to ban All Blacks' haka after NZ-UK trade deal protects ritual
Fresh calls to ban the All Blacks' haka have emerged after a special clause to protect the war dance's cultural tradition was included in last week's New Zealand-United Kingdom free-trade agreement.

The conservative English broadsheet newspaper, the Daily Telegraph has responded with a column calling for it to be axed.

"The haka's link to rugby is nebulous (at best) and is almost certainly borne out of imperialism and colonialism.....
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Towards a truly equitable health system
To meet its Treaty obligations, the Crown must fund a Treaty-compliant health system; one that prioritises equity and empowers tino rangatiratanga of hauora Māori......
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Dividing Our Nation – by Dr Muriel Newman

Stepping Off the Bench Part Two – Tikanga Maori – Anthony Willy.

Dealing with the backsliders – Michael Bassett

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Ray S said...

"They suggested that to be successful, the framework needed to be based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and explicitly state saving Māori lives as a goal."

Explicitly stating "to save all lives" would be more equitable.

Equity seems to be catchword these days.

DeeM said...

What a bloody nerve these woke, maori-obsessed "experts" have. If someone from another ethnic group proposed that the system specifically stated that lives from their group be saved, shouts of racism would echo around NZ.
Double-standards doesn't even begin to cover it. But almost nobody, including the media, speaks up about nonsense like this so it gets accepted by default. This blatant RACISM needs to be called out and rejected.

Ray S said...

Must be something in the water in Invercargill, agreeing to pay $37K each for 10 hours (work) to unelected people as well..
However, the Invercargil councillors probably took a cautious approach for fear of someone playing the race card had they vetoed the proposal.

Will require approx. 22 ratepayers paying average rates, to cover those payments.
Round and round it goes.

Ray S said...

Good to read that Winston has made comments about 3 waters and that everybody agrees with. Love him or hate him, he knows which buttons to bush to get a reaction.
The mere fact that maori tribes decry his comments is proof enough of the secret agenda.