Saturday, December 4, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 28.11.21

Saturday December 4, 2021 

Māori economy: Report seeks Govt support to boost Auckland Māori businesses

The first-ever stocktake of Auckland’s $12.5 billion Māori economy has triggered a call for more government support to accelerate the growth of Māori-owned businesses.

Te Ōhanga Māori i Tāmaki Makaurau, a report by research house BERL, found the only part of the Māori economy almost matching non-Māori was business owner income.....
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Summer checkpoint plan welcomed by Te Tai Tokerau iwi
Police say they will work with iwi at checkpoints to make sure Aucklanders hoping to take a break in Te Tai Tokerau are double-vaccinated or have proof of a negative Covid-19 test when the border opens in two weeks' time.

The move comes after the Government refused a request from iwi leaders and Northern District Health Boards to allow only fully vaccinated people from Auckland into Northland.....
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HDPA: is anyone else surprised Northland iwi stopping cars is now legal?
Did it take anyone else by surprise to hear the Police Commissioner reveal the Government’s made it legal for iwi up north to stop your car?

Two weeks ago, on November 20 — a Saturday — they inserted a new bit into the Covid-19 Health Response Act granting the power to “close roads and public places and stop vehicles” to members of iwi organisations......
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Friday December 3, 2021 

Holidaymakers won't be barred from Bay of Islands over summer 
Travellers heading north this summer will have access to the Bay of Islands, despite a local iwi group on Tuesday proposing the area should be off-limits to protect people from Covid.

Instead, an operation will be managed by iwi in collaboration with police, south of Whangārei, where holidaymakers will be checked for negative Covid tests and vaccine passports.

“This is consistent with Ministry of Health policy and the traffic light protection framework.”

The operation will begin on 15 December 2021 and extend through to 17 January 2022, in line with Auckland’s own border opening......
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Shane Jones slams plans for iwi roadblocks in Te Tai Tokerau, says he 'won't be listening'
Former NZ First MP Shane Jones has joined the criticism, telling Magic Talk Northlanders need to take responsibility for their low vaccination rates.

"If you don't want to get vaccinated and you get sick, why is it my problem? The rest of us followed the rules, we swallowed our pride, we compromised, we went and got vaccinated so that the economy could flourish, we could travel, we could reunite with our families and if there's a small group who wanna hold out then fine. Paddle your own waka, the rest of us want to get on with life."

Jones said he "won't be listening to any roadblock" and urged police and the Government to put a stop to them......
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Northland iwi Te Roroa and Habitat for Humanity sign agreement to build homes for tribal members
Te Roroa and Habitat for Humanity Northern Region this week signed a Mana Enhancing Agreement, agreeing to work together to provide long term, healthy and affordable housing for Te Roroa tribal members, including whānau in the rohe of Te Roroa.

The Mana Enhancing Agreement sets out the principles by which Te Roroa and Habitat will base their ongoing relationship, creating a strong, balanced, enduring and mutually beneficial working relationship......
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Luxon should listen, not talk, with iwi Māori - Finlayson
National's former treaty negotiations minister Chris Finlayson has confidence new leader Chris Luxon can build a strong relationship with Māori, but warns him not to be waylaid by cliches like 'one law for all'.

He said he himself had developed co-governance arrangements with Māori, and he was positive the new leadership team would embrace them too where appropriate.

"I think that co-governance has had a bad press over the years ... I don't necessarily see it as a problem and I think that one has to be careful not to be waylaid by cliches like 'one law for all' or 'one system for all' because I think we have to be a bit more sophisticated than that.

"I'm sure that Christopher and his team will see the value of co-governance in a range of areas. So I'm actually very positive about that."......
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'Damning' interim report reveals 'fortress mentality', Māori, equity progress slow
The panel also noted concerns around steps to address inequities.

The approach appeared to disadvantage Māori, Pacific people, disabled people and those with rare disorders, it said, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles were "largely unseen in decision-making processes".

While committed to prioritise Māori leadership and uphold the Treaty of Waitangi, in the year to June 2021, just four of Pharmac's 146 staff identified as Māori, or 2 per cent. This proportion had steadily decreased over the past five years......
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Thursday December 2, 2021 

Iwi looking to block holidaymakers from Bay of Islands 
A Bay of Islands iwi has informed authorities of plans to block off the popular Northland tourist destination to visitors this summer.

They said they want to reestablish their border south of Opua down to the Russell Ferry, and Puketona in the north-east, effectively cutting visitors off from Opua, Paihia, Waitangi and Russell.

The move comes after 1News reported iwi further north, on the Karikari Peninsula, forced the closure of the Department of Conservation campground at Maitai Bay for the summer, preventing access to the boat ramp and beaches.....
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Waitangi Tribunal fast-tracks kaupapa inquiry into justice system
A wide scale review of how the justice system has impacted Māori has been brought forward by the Waitangi Tribunal.

The kaupapa inquiry into claims concerning the justice system will be presided over by Judge Carrie Wainwright.

He listed issues that had not been fully settled or heard that would be part of the inquiry.

“A lack of recognition of tikanga Māori as a source of law in the common law regime; discrimination against Māori in the statutory and institutional framework for the administration of justice in colonial and modern times; institutional racism and bias in the policy and practice of justice sector organisations; access to justice, including legal aid ... and claimant funding for progressing Treaty-based claims and rights; discrimination against Māori in policing policy and practice; and prison conditions and the treatment of Māori remand and sentenced prisoners.”....
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Childhood vaccines: Report calls for urgent changes to protect Māori children from 'lethal' diseases
Urgent and widespread changes to New Zealand's childhood immunisation system are needed to protect Māori children from fatal infectious diseases, according to an official report obtained by the Herald.

The report said some Māori whānau faced "racist, discriminating and unfriendly" language and behaviour in the early phases of enrolling their newborn in medical care........
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Councils’ climate change response collective
Three of Southland’s councils have joined forces in submitting on a government discussion paper centred on climate change action.

These included developing a strategy to embed Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) principles in future emissions reduction plans and supporting Maori to create a transition strategy that responds to the particular priorities and needs of the Maori economy and people........
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Iwi will be first in line to buy council land
Iwi are set to be at the front of the queue to buy any property sold by South Taranaki District Council.

The council is reviewing how it buys and sells property, to make sure it supports community outcomes, well-being and other priorities.

Te Korowai o Ngāruahine suggested creating a first right of refusal when a draft policy was put the council’s Iwi Liaison Committee in September.

Other iwi representatives supported the idea and the council has now included it in the proposed policy.......
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Ngāi Tahu partners with crown to preserve past
Tā Tipene O’Regan, the chair of Ngāi Tahu archive governance group Te Pae o Kōrako, says the iwi has accumulated a huge volume of paper and other records since it formed its archive in 1978.

He says the partnership shows the importance of that collection not just to the iwi but to its treaty partner.

“Our name is up there as co-occupants of the building on the notice in front of it and we have formed a deep relationship with them and that has attracted a whole lot of admiration from different parts of the government systems as well as with our own people,” Tā Tipene says.....
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Kaupapa Māori power company sparks up
Aotearoa’s first kaupapa Māori power company is counting on a new deal to make it fully operational.

Nau Mai Rā director Ezra Hirawani says he has managed to secure a supply contract, after two years of fighting against what he calls barriers which keep newcomers out of the industry......
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Chris Hipkins says iwi shouldn't set up roadblocks to stop tourists
....during the 1pm press conference on Wednesday, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said iwi shouldn't set up their own roadblocks.

"The only people who should be putting any roadblocks in place if they are justified by law are the New Zealand Police, so no there should not be any iwi roadblocks being set up," he said.

And he's not the only politician who thinks that. Earlier ACT leader David Seymour hit out at Harawira, saying he doesn't speak for New Zealanders and has "no right to stop our freedom of movement".

"New Zealanders rejected Harawira when he tried to get back into Parliament. He has no mandate, he doesn't speak for New Zealanders, he doesn't even speak for Te Tai Tokerau, he should follow the law like everyone else......
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Public Service 'building capability to engage with Maori'
Public servants are building their capability to engage with Maori and are supported by their agencies to do so, according to data from New Zealand’s inaugural Public Service Census.

Carried out earlier this year, 40,000 public servants responded to Te Taunaki Public Service Census 2021. In the survey, public servants were asked questions on a range of topics, including Maori Crown capability skills.

Public Service Commissioner Peter Hughes said one of the Public Service’s most important roles is to support the Crown in its relationships with Maori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi | the Treaty of Waitangi......
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Clive Bibby: History and the facts 

Tuesday November 30, 2021 

Iwi closing one of Northland’s most pristine holiday spots closed over Covid fears 
One of New Zealand’s most pristine holiday spots in Northland is out of bounds this summer.

Maitai Bay in the Karikari Peninsula will stay closed throughout the busy period, iwi saying the area's low vaccination leaving locals too vulnerable to Covid.

DOC says Maitai Bay is public conservation land with some iwi disputing that, and the issue's before the Waitangi Tribunal.

DOC says they are still negotiating its reopening, in the meantime holiday makers will need to seek out other beaches.......
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Tiriti rights challenge in traffic light shift
The Human Rights Commissioner says the move to the traffic light system for Covid management needs to honour both human rights and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

“We can do it provided we always listen to and empower communities, we never lose sight of the critical values that should be driving our society, values such as manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, responsibility, fairness, inclusivity, community, all those really important values, they’ve got to be front and centre,” Professor Hunt says.

The Waitangi Tribunal will next week hold an urgent hearing into the Government’s Covid response as part of its Health Services Claim.......
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Trial crops planted as part of Māori agribusiness project in eastern Bay of Plenty
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) allocated $700,000 to the Whangaparāoa Māori Lands Trust to explore the potential of their whenua near Tihirau (Cape Runaway) and create jobs.

"The project marked a milestone this month with Plant and Food Research planting small trial plots of kūmara, taewa, edamame beans and peanuts," MPI's director of Māori Agribusiness Robyn Meehan said......
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The fatal flaw - by Dr Muriel Newman.

Official author of All Blacks’ haka was a mass-murderer – Paul Verdon

Ihumātao and just relationships 

Sunday November 28, 2021 

Māori public service numbers rising 
Māori now hold 13.5 percent of leadership roles, up 1.1 percentage points on last year, and Pacific people hold 4.3 percent of leadership roles, up 0.9 percentage points in the last year,.

Public Service Commissioner Peter Hughes says it shows the effect of the Papa Pounamu diversity and inclusion programme started four years ago.

Pākehā still make up two thirds of public servants, but this has decreased from 70.5 percent five years ago.

Māori representation in the workforce at 16.4 percent is high compared with the overall New Zealand working-age population of 14.5 percent......
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Wellington mayor says sorry for second-guessing council boss in Shelly Bay dispute
Wellington mayor Andy Foster has apologised in a closed-door meeting for his role in signing a notice of motion that upset some staff and inflamed tensions with Shelly Bay occupation group Mau Whenua.

The motion, which stopped council staff from moving protestors away from a site with asbestos risk, appeared to publicly undermine Wellington City Council chief executive Barbara McKerrow, and has entrenched an already deep divide within the council over Shelly Bay......
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Whangārei nurse gets $20,000 scholarship to help improve Māori healthcare outcomes
A Whangārei nurse has received one of five $20,000 scholarships to help improve Māori healthcare outcomes.

Coral Waipo, a nurse who works with Māori, is one of five aspiring health sector workers who have been awarded a scholarship by New Zealand Health Group to help complete their study......
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Erebus memorial: Protesters pack up and leave, but vow to keep guard of Auckland park
Protesters camping at the planned Mt Erebus memorial have packed up and left before being evicted - but say they will continue to guard the area.

She said it was disrespectful that Auckland Council and MCH would dare breach the rāhui (ban) placed over the site by kaumātua (elders), especially given Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) came before the Erebus disaster.....
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gregd said...

Iwonder how long its going to be before they start interfering with access to taupo for boaters or requiring extra fees for the pleasure of lake use and the enjoyable trout fishing?

Ray S said...

Iwi closing beaches and access to whole areas.? Is the law going to stop them? probably not. If we roll over and accept the practice as normal, it will happen again and again for no good reason than they can.
The arguement that they do it to protect people in their area is a falsehood. If they were concerned for the safety and welfare of their people, they would get them vaccinated. No, roadblocks are easier.

Come on. wake up New Zealand.

Ray S said...

So Finlayson has finally shown his true colours. He talks about "partnership" and separate systems, health, law etc. No wonder we are still paying top ups to already settled claimants.

Ray S said...

Well its finally happened, Maori now have control of where we go.
The change in the Covid Response act allowing Iwi to establish roadblocks is a travesty. Mark my words, roadblocks will suddenly pop up everywhere. I wonder what was behind the PM allowing this change and as important, why was it not signaled to the public or media.

Like everything else the government does involving Maori, the sheeple roll over and let it happen.
A phrase I learnt from a favorite author is BOHICA. or " bend over, here it comes again".