Saturday, October 9, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 3.10.21

Saturday October 9, 2021 

Local government review: Interim report sets out problems facing sector

An independent review has found a swathe of issues in the sector including not enough funding and capacity, poor cohesion and collaboration, low diversity, mistrust between local and central government, and high demands on iwi and Māori without wellbeing outcomes.

Sustainability and relationships were at the core of the issues and local government also needed to strengthen iwi and Māori partnerships under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.......
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Māori Governance Appointments Made In Partnership
Appointments to Te Pūkenga inaugural Māori Advisory Committee (Komiti Māori) have been made in partnership with Mātauranga Iwi Leaders Group, National Iwi Chairs Forum.

“Through our partnership with Mātauranga Iwi Leaders Group, we’re recognising and enabling Māori to exercise tino rangatiratanga – agency and authority – over Māori education. We welcome this opportunity to bring experts to the table to challenge and push us to do better for ākonga Māori.”......
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Judge Frances Eivers new Children’s Commissioner
Frances Eivers from Ngāti Maniapoto and Waikato has been appointed the new Children’s Commissioner.

The Manukau District Court judge will take up the role on November 1 on the retirement of Commissioner Andrew Becroft.

She was born in Kawerau and grew up in Te Teko, and has the ability, and credibility, to walk in two worlds: te ao Māori and te ao Pākehā......
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Three Waters: Minister Nanaia Mahuta defends Māori involvement after councillors criticise 'asset grab'
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta is stressing the importance of mana whenua involvement in Three Waters after a pair of southern councillors took shots at partnership with Māori.

In the South, Invercargill deputy mayor Nobby Clark wrote an opinion piece for a widely read local blog where he decried mana whenua being given half of the voting rights in the proposed entity.

By his calculations, Ngāi Tahu could "veto" the wishes of councils and "95.2 per cent of the population in the South Island".

Dunedin city councillor Lee Vandervis labelled the reform an "asset grab" and warned of Māori gaining "control" of water assets.......
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Northland iwi: The Māori language must have mana in courts
A collective of Northland iwi wants a judicial review on the use of te reo Māori in the court system.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāpuhi, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rēhia, Ngāti Wai Trust Board and Te Reo o Ngāti Hine Trust lodged a statement of claim in the Auckland High Court today, naming the Minister of Justice, the Secretary for Justice and the Attorney General as respondents.

The iwi maintain the Crown has failed to protect and promote te reo Māori as guaranteed by the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori Language Act 2016.

They’ve applied to the High Court to investigate their claim......
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Friday October 8, 2021 

Māori land-burning practices triggered a major rise in carbon emissions 700 years ago 
While analysing ice core samples taken from James Ross Island in Antarctica, scientists from the British Antarctic Survey noticed something unexpected – the levels of black carbon, or soot, began to increase dramatically about 700 years ago.

To pinpoint the source of the black carbon, the team used atmospheric model simulations of the movements of its around the Southern Hemisphere. They found that the most likely candidates for the point of origin were Patagonia, Tasmania, and New Zealand.

To narrow this down further, they then checked the charcoal records of each of the three regions and found that there was a major increase in fire activity in New Zealand around the year 1300 – the estimated arrival date of the Māori people.......
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A 'breath of new life' for healthcare in Murihiku
An agreement has been signed, a name has been gifted, employment negotiations are underway, and Invercargill may get its much-needed new iwi-led general practice by the end of the year.

Te Hau o Te Ora (The Breath of New Life) is a 50/50 partnership between Awarua Rūnaka, Hokonui Runanga and the WellSouth primary health network and will offer a Mōari model of primary care

This means the service will look at their patients, their homes and their whānau to achieve wellbeing, rather than treating the symptoms they present with......
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New Mental Health And Addictions Counselling Course To Develop The Kaupapa Māori Mental Health Workforce
A new postgraduate programme at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (Awanuiārangi) aims to equip students with the key kaupapa Māori skills required to effectively work within mental health and addictions.

“It is designed to give practitioners an extensive knowledge and practice of modern mental health and addiction therapies, while at the same time integrating tikanga and ahuatanga Māori into their practice, and ultimately, enabling practitioners to create their own kaupapa practice frameworks.”

Mr Warbrick says he’s looking forward to seeing students develop their own unique kaupapa Māori models of practice that align with the needs of their communities.......
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Waitangi Tribunal process 'healing' for Māori 

Thursday October 7, 2021 

New role to push Māori in public service 
The new statutory deputy public service commissioner says as the first Māori appointed to the role she is looking forward to helping government agencies improve the way they serve Māori.

Heather Baggott has connections to Ngāti Maniapoto and Te Ātiawa.

She’s keen to see more Māori in the public service and moving into senior leadership......
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New Māori Vice President Role For PPTA Te Wehengarua
The secondary teachers’ union, PPTA Te Wehengarua, has created a new role of Māori vice president on its national executive.

The historic decision – the role is believed to be the first of its kind for teacher unions in Aotearoa New Zealand – was made by delegates at PPTA’s annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday (5 October). The AGM was held on Zoom and replaced PPTA’s annual conference due to COVID-19 restrictions......
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Settlement relativity critical say Turanga iwi
“While the Crown may argue that they have settled the Ngai Tāmanuhiri and Rongowhakaata historical Treaty claims, our assertion is that under the terms of our original engagement with the Crown, to settle all three Turanga iwi as a large natural grouping, a full and final settlement cannot be completed until the Crown has presented a full and final settlement offer, that maintains ‘relativity amongst our iwi,” Ms Hill said.

“There is much work to be done moving forward,” said Moera Brown.

“We acknowledge the ongoing work of the people of Te Aitanga ā Māhaki, Ngāriki/Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi and Te Whanau ā Kai.

“As we move forward, Rongowhakaata will be focused firmly on our future — one that supports the return of vitality to our community, enhances our unique cultural identity and abundance, and strengthens our relationships with each other. To do this, we need to share the benefits of a just and fair settlement that retains the ‘relativity that we, Tūranga Iwi, and the Crown signed up to.”.....
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Maanu Paul Ngāti Awa
Natural and Built Environments Bill and the Three Waters Legislation two very controversial Bills. These are up for consultation and for Iwi there should be no public discussion until the Crown settles ownership of water with Māori......
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John Tamihere threatens court over Māori vaccination data
Former Labour minister John Tamihere has threatened to take the Ministry of Health to court if its refuses to hand over Māori Covid vaccination data, saying the ministry is sabotaging attempts to lift rates.

Tamihere sent a lawyer’s letter to the ministry giving them a deadline of 6pm tonight to agree to deliver the data, or face legal proceedings......
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Feedback Sought On Definition Of A Māori Business
New Zealanders are being asked for their views on the definition of a Māori business, Stats NZ said today.

Public consultation on the draft definition will begin on Wednesday, 6 October, and end at 5pm on Friday, 5 November 2021.

The draft definition has been developed in partnership with representatives from Māori business organisations, government agencies, academia, and the Māori business community......
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Open ocean aquaculture new frontier for iwi
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries says iwi have a chance to be at the forefront of open ocean aquaculture.

“It’s really important Māori are participating, we’re not just spectators, we want to be involved in that, and that’s what the Aquaculture Settlement does. We as government with iwi Māori, we look forward, we project future growth, and then 20 percent of that projected growth is secured for iwi in each region around the motu,” Mr Tirikatene says.....
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Wednesday October 6, 2021 

Electoral law review to follow transparency, Māori Roll changes 
The government is launching a sweeping review of the country's electoral laws including voting age, the three-year term, party funding and the "coat-tailing" rule.

However, the review would not consider changes to Māori seats,

Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi announced some targeted rule changes - such as transparency of political donations, and changes to the Māori roll - would be brought in ahead of the 2023 election......
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No clear steer from Nelson public on representation review
Overall there was a muted response, with the Nelson City Council receiving only 20 submissions from the public.

In August, seven proposals were put before council for consideration – with options ranging from one to four wards (with all options also including an additional Māori ward).....
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Farm paid for historic battle
The Waitangi Tribunal has ordered the crown to hand over to Te Aitanga ā Mahaki, Ngā Uri o Tamanui and Te Whānau ā Kai an 8600-acre block taken in 1961 for erosion control and an adjoining sister block.

The crown has 90 days from September 30 to either negotiate an alternate settlement or seek a judicial review of the tribunal’s recommendation......
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Ngāi Tahu to run marine farms after Treaty settlement
Ngāi Tahu will be able to undertake marine farming in Murihiku in the South Island after an aquaculture agreement was signed today between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Te Ohu Kaimoana, and the Government.

The agreement delivers on the Crown's settlement obligations. Ngāi Tahu has been advocating for its rights in the marine aquaculture sector since the 1992 fisheries settlement. Since 2004, the Government has been settling Māori commercial aquaculture claims and providing iwi with 20 per cent of a region's consented aquaculture space.

As a result of the agreement, a 16.6ha area of aquaculture space off the northern coast of Rakiura/Stewart Island will be transferred to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to use for aquaculture. The iwi will still need to apply for resource consent for any marine farming activity......
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'First of its kind' council policy gives mana whenua first right of refusal on land sales
Tauranga City Council has announced what it describes as a “first policy of its kind” that will see a right of first refusal granted to mana whenua for any future council land sales.

On Tuesday the council adopted the Property Acquisition and Disposals Policy 2021, which means mana whenua get the first chance to buy any land council is getting rid of, at its assessed market value.

“It’s the first policy of its kind in Aotearoa New Zealand, and worth celebrating.” said Tauranga City Council Commission chair Anne Tolley......
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Southern DHB acknowledges te Tiriti o Waitangi breach
Māori living in Southland and Otago are more than twice as likely to die of a preventable health condition than Pākehā.

While this data is from 2016, and may have improved slightly in the 2017/2018 reporting period, the Southern District Health Board has called it “unjust, unfair and in breach of te Tiriti o Waitangi”.

“It’s nothing other than a reflection of the DHB’s failure, until recently, to prioritise [Māori health],” Potiki said.....
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Graham Adams: The government is stumbling towards disaster over Three Waters

New Māori housing strategy is a game changer 

Tuesday October 5, 2021 

Rāhui breach risks triggering another ‘Bastion Point’ 
Last week a contractor from construction firm Naylor Love, engaged by the Ministry Culture and Heritage removed the Rāhui signage and replaced it with a notice of imminent works to build the National Memorial for the Erebus Disaster.

The Crown choosing to transgress a Rāhui and break tikanga is the final straw.

“At what stage does the Crown accept that a Rāhui is tapu? A rāhui is about life, it is about whenua, it is about moana, kaitiakitanga, the mana of Atuatanga,” said Dame Naida Glavish,

“At what stage will the Crown honour lore?” she said.......
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Ngāti Toa Secures A Deal To Ensure High Quality, Healthy And Affordable Homes At Kenepuru Landing
On Thursday 30 September 2021, Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira signed an agreement with Carrus Kenepuru Limited to take over the remaining stages of the Kenepuru Landing development, placing the iwi in end-to-end control of the construction of the new Porirua suburb......
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New Professorial Appointments To Grow Māori Philosophy And Indigenous Research Capabilities
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (Awanuiārangi) is thrilled to announce three new inaugural professorial appointments: Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith CNZM has been appointed to the inaugural position of Distinguished Professor - Rangahau and Mātauranga Capability at the Wānanga; Sir William Te Rangiua "Pou" Temara, KNZM to the position of Professor of Māori Philosophy; and Dr Alison Green to the position of Professor in the School of Indigenous Graduate Studies.......
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Ngai Tahu Holdings financial result for 2020/21

Ngai Tahu Holdings has released its financial results for the year ended 30 June 2021, announcing a $240m profit for the year.

Ngai Tahu Holdings Chair Mark Tume says a focus on improving operating performance included working more efficiently and cohesively. Increases in the value of investments, particularly from the property portfolio also supported the strong result.......
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Māori ward advocates plan hīkoi protest against Ruapehu District Council
Māori advocates will march against Ruapehu District Council in Taumarunui in protest at what they describe as the minimising of Māori representation, participation and "an undertone" of institutional racism.

Māori ward advocate Fiona Kahukura Chase said Māori have been fully engaged with Ruapehu District Council for two years to try to achieve equitable representation arrangements, but claims Māori continue to be marginalised......
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Monday October 4, 2021 

ACC to invest $44.9 million for sexual violence prevention, including $11.7 million for Kaupapa Māori 
ACC will invest nearly $45 million into a new sexual violence prevention system over the next four years, including $11.7 million for Kaupapa Māori.

The new Te-Tiriti-informed primary prevention system announced today will aim to address underlying causes of sexual violence, work to change attitudes and behaviours and will consider both tauiwi and kaupapa Māori perspectives.

“While many effects are common for all people, Māori experience sexual violence in culturally distinct ways. This requires solutions that are led by Māori, with Māori and for Māori.”......
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Māori Summer Internships 2021-22
Do you have tauira Māori looking to grow their skills and career pathways in Māori informed and mātauranga Māori led research?.....
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Huge journalism jobs boost from public purse
Stuff gets just under $3m to hire 20 journalists for community news and its Māori initiative Pou Tiaki.

NZME - owner of the New Zealand Herald - gets about the same Te Pātiti - for 15 jobs reporting on justice and the courts which will end up in 11 publications.

Māori Television gets more than $1.5m for seven journalists......
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Healthy water. Healthy people.
Taumata Arowai became a new Crown entity in March 2021. It is set to become the dedicated water services regulator for Aotearoa when the Water Services Bill passes, expected to be in the second half of 2021.

The Ministry of Health is the current drinking water regulator. Taumata Arowai will become fully operational when it takes over from the Ministry of Health following the commencement of the Water Services Act, expected to be in the second half of 2021.....
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Trust in Labour Falling – Dr Muriel Newman.

Three waters: ideological Government indulging sectional political constituency – Gary Judd QC. 

Sunday October 3, 2021 

Waitangi Tribunal makes interim recommendation to return Mangatu Crown forest licensed land to Maori ownership 
The Waitangi Tribunal has today released the Mangatu Remedies Report in pre-publication format. In the report, the Waitangi Tribunal makes an interim recommendation that the Crown return to Maori ownership those parts of the Mangatu Crown forest land which lie in the north of the Turanganui a Kiwa (Gisborne) district, together with monetary compensation.

In 2018 the Mangatu Remedies Inquiry heard applications for such a recommendation from claimant groups: Te Aitanga a Mahaki and the Mangatu Incorporation, Nga Uri o Tamanui, and Te Whanau a Kai. Another group, Te Rangiwhakataetaea-Wi Haronga-Ngati Matepu, participated in the Inquiry as an interested party. The purpose of the Remedies Inquiry was to determine whether the Tribunal should exercise its powers, under section 8HB of the Treaty of Waitangi Act, to recommend the return of the Mangatu Crown forest land to Maori ownership......
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Let’s not rush name change: Ellison
A Ngai Tahu leader has called for a rethink on a movement to change New Zealand’s official name to Aotearoa, saying it risks overlooking the South Island.

Otakou marae kaumatua Edward Ellison said while he agreed with the Maori Party’s initiative in principle, it would be ‘‘a rash move to rush forward in a change of that substance and nature’’.

At the core of his reservations is the history of the name Aotearoa, which many people did not realise originally referred solely to the North Island.....
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Hokianga hapū form new group to engage with others over Treaty claims
Hapū from the Hokianga have formed a new group to collaborate with other Ngāpuhi hapū to progress the iwi's stalled Treaty of Waitangi claim.

He Wakaputanga o Nga Hapuu Rangatira o Hokianga has been formed with a view to engage with other hapū within Ngāpuhi and to collaborate with the wider communities, Māori organisations, non-government and government agencies respectfully......
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Te Pāti Māori petition Jacinda Ardern to ban seabed mining in Aotearoa
Te Pāti Māori Co-leaders Debbie Ngarewa-Packer and Rawiri Waititi have today launched a petition calling on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to ban seabed mining in Aotearoa.

The petition follows on from Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, the culmination of a seven year legal campaign led by and Ngarewa-Packer and her Ngāti Ruanui iwi.

“The Supreme Court has finally settled the legal issues. Now the Government must step up, follow the precedent of the courts and give clarity by banning this destruction of our oceans,” said Debbie Ngarewa-Packer.......
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No real changes to the radical draft New Zealand ‘histories’ curriculum

'Whānau have not forgotten': Māori landowners fight racist legacy

Can a 'rotten system' be repaired?

Graham Bell stands by Police Ten 7, new research say show isn't representative

New horizons for award-winning 'Imagining Decolonisation' authors

Applying law to marae highlights the difficulty of viewing one culture through the lens of another

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Terry Morrissey said...

Life in Paradise after the imposition of 3 Waters, He Puapua,Maori Health Board, laundering Proceeds of Crime through the mongrel mob and the rest of the PMs reforms.

Ōtorohanga homicide: Witness describes gang members in 'shocking' attack with axe
An eye witness has described the "shocking" attack of a man by two patched gang members with an axe on the main street of a Waikato town as families looked on.
A man in his 30s died following the attack shortly after 6pm on Saturday in Ōtorohanga and police have launched a homicide investigation.
The witness said he was driving down Maniapoto St and pulled over as he noticed a fight unfolding outside the Mobil service station.
AD"It was these two gang members and they were attacking this [man] with an axe. They hit him on the head and it just dropped him cold and they just took off. Pretty shocking really."

Ray S said...

Hard for many, including me, that we are still paying for supposed wrongdoing nearly 200 years ago. And every time a settlement is paid, other tribes who have settled get a top up.

One doesn't get a 200 year prison sentence for any crime, if one did, it would be like entire families go to prison sequentially every 50 or so years.

While we continue to terrified of the race card being played, the rort will continue.

Ray S said...

"Taumata Arowai became a new Crown entity in March 2021. It is set to become the dedicated water services regulator for Aotearoa when the Water Services Bill passes, expected to be in the second half of 2021."

Does this mean the 3 waters fiasco will become law, irrespective of where councils and citizens stand on the matter.
Stinks to high heaven of dictatorship at the highest level.

Ray S said...

"The Waitangi Tribunal has ordered the crown to hand over to Te Aitanga ā Mahaki, Ngā Uri o Tamanui and Te Whānau ā Kai an 8600-"

Whats this all about? Since when has the tribunal had power to order the government to do anything. The tribunal was set up to make recommendations to government about Maori issues.

If this "ordering" government to do `something is the new norm, then why do we pay megabucks to keep the government we have. Who, by what we are seeing from them at present, have no interest to preserve democracy as it should be.

DeeM said...

And here's me thinking that Maori were living in harmony with their environment. In fact they were practicing slash-and burn agriculture and decimating the bush that they are kaitiaka to.
Not to mention all the poor flightless birds that couldn't fly away and were roasted. Very disappointing!!
In fact, as is the way with primitive cultures, the environment does tend to come off second best and the number of species hunted to extinction is much higher than with modern, more advanced civilisations. Only the low levels of population, due to the trials of life, limit the damage.