Saturday, December 18, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 12.12.21

Saturday December 18, 2021 

UK ruling 'insulting to Māori and our culture', says trust
A group of New Zealand honey producers working to trademark the term mānuka honey say they are considering their options, after the United Kingdom rejected their application.

With funding help from the government, it is working to trademark the word mānuka in international markets, so that only honey from New Zealand can be called mānuka.

Trust chair Pita Tipene said this was an indigenous rights issue and was out of step with existing indigenous intellectual property frameworks......
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Abuse redress long process
Commissioner Eivers says a large proportion of those abused in care were Māori, so it makes sense that a Māori group will be established to design and lead the redress programme......
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Graham Adams: The philosopher stoned for his defence of science

Tim Dower: One year on from Ihumātao... what have we learned? 

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Friday December 17, 2021 

Auckland Council pursuing three Māori seats, but not until 2025 
Auckland Council is making moves to have three Māori seats at the 2025 local body elections.

The council is looking to adopt a model for two Māori seats and one seat appointed by Mana Whenua, which was recommended by the Royal Commission on Auckland governance but rejected by the former National government when setting up the Super City......
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Police and iwi unite for Te Pae Oranga launch
The new iwi community panel – the 20th in Aotearoa – is a partnership between Manawatū Police and Te Tihi O Ruahine Whānau Ora Alliance Charitable Trust.

Te Pae Oranga is an approach that holds offenders accountable without going to court, while also helping them address problems they’re facing.........
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New era of hapū ownership at Awaroa (Five Mile Bay), Taupō
The legal vehicle receiving the settlement, on behalf of the six hapū, is Te Kotahitanga o Ngāti Tūwharetoa who are in the process of facilitating transfer to the hapū collective.

The land will retain the recreation reserve or scenic reserve status (administered by the Department of Conservation) but in time will be transferred to fee simple title to hapū......
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Three papakainga projects underway in Ngaruawahia - Te Puni Kokiri
All three projects have been approved under Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga, a joint initiative between Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry for Housing and Urban Development, that will increase the Māori housing supply across the motu.

Mary Roberts Kotahi Roberts Trust received $464,079 for infrastructure and capital build costs to develop one large whare, equivalent to two one-bedroom and one two-bedroom homes.

Taawhia Te Ao Papakāinga Trust received $1,348,996 for stage two of its papakāinga. Funding will support infrastructure and building costs for three new affordable rental homes and infrastructure for two existing whare.

Pareaute Epaapara Ahu Whenua Trust received $1,208,725 to support infrastructure and building costs to develop four kaumatua rental whare. The whānau have ensured additional infrastructure will also support stage two of their papakāinga in the future......
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Further Māori housing projects underway
This year saw the Government’s largest ever investment in Māori housing says Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing), Peeni Henare and Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson.

On top of previous investments made this year, an additional 24 Māori housing projects have been approved which will build over 140 new houses under Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga fund. This will also see the allocation of $15 million to support 242 whānau-owned homes to be repaired.......
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Shane Jones, former coalition government minister, to run for parliament in 2023
He's renowned for his straight-talking and matter-of-factness, now a former Far North MP has announced he will run at the next election and in turn 'seek to bring balance back' to the political sphere.

He said he had grave concerns about any type of power creep, be it bureaucratic, iwi or political.

"Underlying this ideology is the idea that iwi should be given the power of veto over the rest of society. That's political madness and a recipe for economic misery."

Any law that encouraged or led to this behaviour, Jones said, needed to be rewritten......
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New Te Reo Māori Announcements Adds To Growing Bilingual Transport Network
Train passengers will now be able to hear announcements on the PA system in te reo Māori at all train platforms across Tāmaki Makaurau.

The new announcements are the latest addition to Auckland Transport’s (AT) growing bilingual transport network. They join te reo Māori audio announcements at ferry terminals and bilingual signage being installed at new and upgraded AT facilities such as Puhinui Train Station.

Mayor Phil Goff says, “Auckland Transport’s decision reflects the status of te reo Māori as an official language of New Zealand and acknowledges the unique identity and history that Māori has for our city and country.”......
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Ngāti Ranginui history turned into school curriculum
Ngāti Ranginui is preparing a Te Ao Māori localised education curriculum for schools in Tauranga, called Te Tai Whanake ki Tauranga Moana.

It comes from the desire of iwi, hapu, and whānau to have the next generation in schools grow in their own identity as Ngāti Ranginui.

Ōtūmoetai Intermediate kaiako Takiri Reweti has had to correct history writers, books and content about Tauranga.

“They say it was a fight, we the locals say it was murder. The good thing about this resource soon to come out is history can be corrected.”......
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Abuse redress must restore mana
The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care says those who have suffered need to have their mana restored and enhanced.

Commissioner Anaru Erueti says during the period covered by the inquiry Māori were three times more likely to appear before the Children’s Court than non-Māori and were more often sent to the hardest residences and borstals........
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Thursday December 16, 2021 

Regional council's representation model under fire from Māori 
A regional council’s decision to only have one Māori seat at the table is being appealed, with one critic saying the vote was made by a group of “old, white men”.

Emily Bailey’s scathing submission appealing the final representation proposal of Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) is blunt in what she considers the shortcomings related to its majority decision to keep councillor numbers at 11 for the 2022 election......
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Australian comedian Vince Sorrenti's Amore 2GB radio singalong sparks Maori row
Australian comedian Vince Sorrenti has been slammed for singing an 'outdated and unacceptable' song about Maori live on the radio

To the tune of the 1953 Dean Martin hit, Mr Sorrenti sang: 'When you're hit by a thug, in a tough Kiwi pub, that's a Maori.'

Now fuming Maori have told the Sydney stand-up comedian to bring his act into the 21st century after the gag was branded outdated and unacceptable......
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Iwi checkpoints mask creeping state of power
That has the backing of iwi, but former New Zealand First MP Shane Jones believes it’s a case of state overreach.

He says new legislation allowing police to deputise Māori or Pacific wardens or iwi to help out doesn’t hide the fact they impinge on people’s liberties.

“It can be regarded as an extension of involving Māori in the exercise of authority by the state but I say to you we as citizens should always be vigilant against any fresh power, any extension that is offered by politicians to the state because the polticians come and go but the bureacracy and the state just trundles on,” Mr Jones says......
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Police have ‘no legal authority' for checkpoints
POLICE say there will be no checkpoints to stop and monitor traffic flow at the Tairawhiti borders because they do not have the lawful authority to set them up.

Area police commander Inspector Sam Aberahama this morning said checkpoints would not be established at the region's borders.

“It's illegal,” he said. “We (police) currently don't have the legal authority to put in place any Covid-related checkpoints......
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Māori co-governance talks fall victim to Covid-19
The Government’s consultation with Māori on a draft United Nations Declaration Plan hit a roadblock this year and has been pushed out by months. It moves the whole timeline closer to the 2023 election and could make Māori co-governance an election issue, writes political editor Jo Moir.

Feedback from Māori on how best to meet United Nations responsibilities around indigenous peoples' rights was set to go to Cabinet this month but the report has now been delayed until March......
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New Waikato scholarship 'encourages more Maori and Pacific students into academia'
The University of Waikato has launched a new doctoral scholarship for Maori and Pacific students aimed at increasing the number of Maori and Pacific academics across the University.

The new University of Waikato Academic Pathway Doctoral Scholarship provides students of Maori or Pacific descent up to $35,000 per year for each year of their doctoral study. It is also unique in that it allows recipients to study at universities outside of Waikato, with the intent that they return to an academic role......
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Iwi sign on to deal to help build 900 new homes in Porirua
A new funding deal is aiming at nearly 900 new homes for Porirua - the size of an entire suburb.

It's the first initiative for the Government's Infrastructure Acceleration Fund and has been signed between Kāinga Ora, Porirua City Council and Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira.......
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Wednesday December 15, 2021 

Tribunal upset at Whakatōhea gag 
The Waitangi Tribunal says the crown is not playing fair in blocking it from making recommendations on Whakatōhea’s historic claims.

The tribunal today released a priority report on the Whakatōhea Settlement Process, which allows it to keep looking into the claims even after the Ōpōtiki-based iwi reaches a settlement.

The tribunal says the crown’s decision to offer a parallel process after a close second vote on the mandate was fair and reasonable, but excluding the possibility of recommendations wasn’t and could undermine a settlement.......
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Majority of New Zealanders say no to restricting movement until 90 percent of Māori are vaccinated
The majority of New Zealanders are against the idea of restricting travel until 90 percent of Māori aged 12 or older have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

A nationwide Horizon Research survey found 59 percent of adults don't agree with restricting movement, while 32 percent agree and 9 percent are unsure.

The figures are similar for Māori, with 33 percent agreeing with restricting movement, 54 percent disagree and 13 percent don't know......
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Checkpoints request - Gisborne
Rau Tipu Rau Ora, Tairāwhiti's regional leaders, have written to the Director General of Health requesting a public health order to enable checkpoints at Tairāwhiti borders.

It comes less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told media at yesterday's post-Cabinet press conference she did not expect Gisbone iwi to request border checkpoints.

Gisborne Mayor and Rau Tipu Rau Ora co-chair Rehette Stoltz said the letter requests police-led checkpoints be set up at strategic locations on state highways 2 and 35 — assisted by local iwi/hapū......
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University of Auckland to host mātauranga Māori symposium in 2022
The university at a centre of a debate about the relationship between mātauranga Māori and science will host a symposium on the subject early next year in an attempt to restore dignity to the discussions......
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Gore District Council and iwi sign off on 'future-focused' Charter of Understanding
The signing of the Charter took place at the Hokonui Rūnanga before iwi and councillors this afternoon.

It provided a framework for them to work together on activities and opportunities that enhanced their shared aspirations and the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.......
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New Zealand's march toward condominium-style co-governance – Karl du Fresne 

Monday December 13, 2021 

Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta announces indigenous peoples trade arrangement 
A new initiative to "strengthen economic empowerment" for indigenous peoples has been announced by Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Trade Minister Damien O'Connor.

"Aotearoa New Zealand remains committed to inclusive trade and economic growth for all, including indigenous peoples," Mahuta said in a statement on Friday.

"The Indigenous Peoples Economic and Trade Cooperation Arrangement (IPETCA) is a first of its kind plurilateral arrangement that will enable economies and indigenous peoples to work effectively together."....
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Historic aquifer agreement: MoU signed between Te Aitanga ā Hauiti and Gisborne District Council
An agreement which will see the Uawa region have constant monitoring of its aquifers has been likened to the Treaty of Waitangi.

The memorandum of understanding was signed between Te Aitanga ā Hauiti and the Gisborne District Council to cement a partnership overseeing testing and measuring the quality and quantity of underground water in the Ūawa Hikuwai Catchment — the Tolaga Bay Flats......
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No Māori Crown prosecutors in Christchurch, Gisborne, Wanganui
Many of the private law firms with warrants to prosecute serious crimes for the Crown are failing to reflect the diversity of the regions they serve - despite that being a condition of their lucrative contracts with Crown Law.

While all the Crown prosecution firms RNZ spoke to were incorporating te reo Māori and tikanga in their work - some said there could be a conflict between Treaty obligations and equality before the law.......
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Ministry for Culture and Heritage staff report 'lack of confidence with kaupapa Māori
The Ministry for Culture and Heritage is grappling with a lack of Māori language and culture capabilities, according to internal surveys.

The ministry told RNZ it was implementing changes, including creating three new adviser jobs on its Māori capability and engagement team, Te Pae Huarewa, that were "critical" for advancing its needs.

It had developed Tiriti principles to guide staff, and a spreadsheet that summarised iwi commitments.......
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Company accused of anti-Māori publishing promoting books at schools
In a statement, Tross Publishing told one news all the accusations against it were false.

“Tross Publishing's books are based on historical facts without any revisionist or other agenda and are heavily referenced. We resent your continuing attacks on our right of free speech,” it said......
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TV1 News wants books it doesn’t like banned – John Robinson

The Mātauranga Māori – Science Debate

A Tapestry of Lies

Three Waters Update – December 2021 – Bruce Smith

Moana Jackson: Covid and the pandemic of colonisation 

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