Friday, December 24, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 19.12.21

Friday December 24, 2021 

Court clarifies Kahungunu coastal rights

The High Court has further clarified what can be expected from the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act it its latest finding regarding the northern coast of Hawke’s Bay.

When the Act was introduced to replace the Marine and Foreshore Act, the then National Government indicted it was likely to mean customary title would only be recognised over about 3 percent of the coastline.

In four decisions so far the court has gone well beyond that, with the latest judgment covering parts of the coast from just south of Wairoa to a point 11 kilometres south of the entrance to Napier Harbour......
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More on the above here > Four groups successful in claim for customary marine title in Hawke's Bay

Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi have placed a seven-day rāhui at Moutohorā(Whale Island) following the death of a man who had been diving.
In a post on the official Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa Facebook page chairman Joe Harawira says the rāhui would begin today and run through until next week Thursday, December 30.

A rāhui, or ban, is a cultural practice that restricts the access to, or use of, an area and its resources. In this case, access to Moutohorā Island and its resources has been restricted for seven days.....
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Five New Appointments For Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Board And Māori Heritage Council
HNZPT is an autonomous Crown Entity leading work relating to the care, integrity and protection of national and historical heritage in New Zealand. The Māori Heritage Council assists HNZPT in developing and reflecting a bicultural view in the exercise of its powers and functions. Council members advocate the interests of Pouhere Taonga in relation to Māori heritage at any public or Māori forum.....
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You know what's really 'undesirable'? Racial profiling

Thursday December 23, 2021

Government breached treaty principles in Covid-19 response, Waitangi Tribunal finds

The Government breached Te Tiriti o Waitangi for “political convenience” in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Waitangi Tribunal has found.

On Tuesday, the Tribunal released Haumaru: the Covid-19 Priority Report, finding the Government’s Covid-19 response had breached Treaty principals such as active protection, equity, partnership and tino rangatiratanga.

The report followed a week-long urgent inquiry into the Government’s handling of the response, where about 40 claimants – which included Māori health professionals, data experts, iwi, hapū, and health providers – presented evidence of the Crown’s failures.

The Tribunal recommended the Crown urgently provide further funding, resourcing, data, and other support to assist Māori providers and communities with localised responses......
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More than a dozen tourism operators are affected by a rāhui discouraging visitors to the Whirinaki forest park to protect unvaccinated locals
A tourism operator estimates the last minute rāhui imposed on the Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tane Conservation Park will cost him about $3500 in the first week.

Gary Aldridge’s lodge and Jailhouse Shuttles business in Minginui is one of 15 active concessionaires asked by to stop taking customers into the park until the end of January because of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whare concerns about the area’s low vaccination rate......
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Kōura haul boosts Moana dividend
Restrictions on Australian lobster going on to China helped pan-Māori seafood company Moana to a $27 million after-tax profit for the 2021 financial year. up 33 per cent in 2020.

Chief executive Steve Tarrant says is its kōura earnings were $6.4 million ahead of plan, while its ika finfish division finished at 98 per cent of plan despite labour shortages and volatile markets.

Operating earnings before tax and interest were upon plan by 35 per cent and up 70 per cent on the previous year, which was badly affected by the Covid lockdowns.

Sealord, which is 50 per cent owned by iwi, reported a $31.7 million after tax profit, $5.1 million higher than plan and 8 per cent ahead of last year.

Moana will pay dividends of $10.8 million to its iwi shareholders.......
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Details from Waitangi Tribunal report on goverment's Covid-19 response
In its 144-page report, the tribunal found the government breached Te Tiriti o Waitangi for "political convenience" in its pandemic response.

"As at 13 December 2021, although Māori comprised 15.6 percent of the population, Māori comprised over 50 percent of the Delta cases, 38.6 percent of Delta hospitalisations, and 45 percent of associated deaths," panel chair Judge Damian Stone wrote in his letter to ministers which accompanied the report.

"The statistics speak for themselves."

The tribunal heard from Māori health providers who spoke of being sidelined, ignored and underfunded......
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The amazing Treaty of Waitangi – Bob Jones

Te Pāti Māori’s 2022 focus: building te Tiriti-centred NZ 

Tuesday December 21, 2021 

Member's bill to increase accessibility to Māori electoral roll faces uphill battle 
Te Pāti Māori co-leader Rawiri Waititi is advocating for changes to New Zealand’s “archaic” electoral rules so Māori voters have more freedom to choose which electoral roll they want to be on.

The Electoral (Right to Switch Rolls Freely) Amendment Bill would give Māori voters the right to switch between the Māori and the general electoral rolls at any time, instead of the current system that only gives Māori a choice during a four-month window every five or six years.

Waititi labelled New Zealand electoral laws “archaic” after submitting the bill last Wednesday......
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Pou whenua to reestablish 'cultural footprint' of Ngāti Waewae/Ngāi Tahu
A pou whenua reflecting the unique relationship between Ngāti Waewae/Ngāi Tahu and their whenua will be placed on Paparoa Track on the West Coast next year, the Ministry of Conservation says.

“The pou whenua is a significant step on the journey of reestablishing the cultural footprint and mana of Ngāti Waewae/Ngāi Tahu within the Paparoa maunga,” Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae chairman Francois Tumahai says.....
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Partnership announced for new Taupō civic centre
Taupō District Council and Te Whare Hono o Tūwharetoa Limited Partnership have announced they are working together on a new civic administration building in the Taupō town centre.

Te Whare Hono o Tūwharetoa Limited Partnership is a body representing various Ngāti Tūwharetoa trusts and companies.

Both it and the council are hailing the building project as symbolic of their shared aspiration to seek a closer and enduring partnership, as well as create a taonga of significance to the Taupō District......
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Dalton confident three seat plan will prevail
An Auckland councillor is confident a proposal to add three Māori seats to the council will get widespread support.

“So we will proceed. I am confident the feedback will say we should have as many Māori seats as possible and the model from the Royal Commission is three and anyone else that can get elected through the normal election process,” Ms Dalton says......
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Rāhui on visitor access to Whirinaki Conservation Park to protect locals from Covid-19 was vetoed by Conservation Minister Kiri Allan
Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says she explicitly told officials the department should not support a rāhui designed to stop visitors entering the Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tane Conservation Park.

The rāhui was imposed at short notice by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whare to protect the health of the people in the isolated settlements of Minginui, Te Whaiti and Ngaputahi where Covid-19 vaccination rates are among the lowest in the country.

It was announced on Friday on the Department of Conservation (DOC) website and in a post on the rūnanga’s Facebook page which also included the DOC logo......
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Northland checkpoint advocate Hone Harawira lashes out at NZ Police
Activist and former Māori Party MP Hone Harawira has lashed out at New Zealand Police over the handling of Northland Covid-19 checkpoints, characterising law enforcement's decision to vet volunteers as "racist to the core".

Police have characterised co-operation with the volunteers as positive and "extremely helpful". Speaking to NewstalkZB today, Tai Tokerau Border Control regional co-ordinator Reuben Taipari seemed to agree, describing the endeavour over the past week as successful.

But in a blistering statement released to media Monday afternoon, Harawira focussed on what he said was a decision by police to "blindspot" the Northland volunteers at the last minute......
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DHB staff had 'significant reservations' about brochure
Bay DHB staff had "significant reservations" about a Covid-19 vaccination pamphlet which some felt implied Māori were the virus - but it was approved after the agency which made the images said iwi had endorsed it.

The pamphlet was labelled "despicable" by Ngāi Te Rangi chief executive Paora Stanley and "completely inappropriate" by Waiariki MP and Te Paati Māori co-leader Rawiri Waititi at the time......
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Name row threatens Mangonui bridge build
A Mangonui kaumatua wants a new cultural impact report into a bridge project – or he’s threatening to seek an injunction.

He says the name Papakawau is wrong and should be Tokatoka.

If the project goes ahead without interruption the Papakawau bridge is due to be completed by April 2022.....
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