Saturday, December 11, 2021

Breaking Views Update: Week of 5.12.21

Saturday December 11, 2021 

Co-governance flows for Avon River

Ngāi Tūāhuriri, the community and Christchurch City Council will co-govern the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor (ŌARC), Council announced this week.

“‘A co-governance approach will ensure that the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor is developed for the common benefit, use and enjoyment of Ngāi Tūāhuriri, the people of Christchurch and the wider community.’’

At a meeting yesterday, the Council confirmed the co-governance entity would comprise equal representation by Ngāi Tūāhuriri and the Council. Some of the Council’s representatives on the new entity, however, will be appointees drawn from local communities.

“The Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor is of immense cultural significance and value to Ngai Tūāhuriri......
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Māori beneficiaries facing higher weekly debt repayments to MSD
Women and Māori beneficiaries are having to pay back their debt to the Ministry of Social Development at a higher rate than their male and Pākehā counterparts.

Māori on average also owe more to MSD than Pākehā.

Advocates and political parties say it reeks of discrimination and racism, and they want a debt amnesty for all beneficiaries.

More than half a million New Zealanders are in debt to MSD at an average of $3400, but for Māori that average is almost $1000 more......
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Three Waters Entities Bill delayed to allow feedback from working group
In a statement, Mahuta said draft legislation had now been prepared and would be made public, giving the working group until 28 February to report back and recommend any changes.

The bill would be introduced to Parliament shortly after.......
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Work under way to prioritise Māori children in paediatric vaccine roll-out, Waitangi Tribunal hears
Prioritising Māori children for paediatric vaccinations is one of four new strategies the Crown has agreed to work on to improve its Covid-19 response for Māori, it was revealed on Friday as the urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing drew to a close.......
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Mike Hosking: What's the Waitangi Tribunal's Covid inquiry going to achieve?

The Truth about the Treaty ‘Partnership’ – Reuben Peter Chapple

The PM pops up in a summit for “democracy” – but we wonder if she grasps her dilemma when she also favours “partnership” – Point of Order

Derek Mackie: Jacinda advises on the fragility of democracy

Keeping Out The Virus Of Racism. 

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Friday December 10, 2021 

Controversial Three Waters Reforms delayed until next year 
The Government has delayed the next stage of its controversial Three Waters reforms until next year.

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta wants to amalgamate the water services of 67 councils into four regional water entitles - the proposal is controversial because it is compulsory, effectively forcing those councils to part from their water pipes and reservoirs.

When Mahuta announced the plan in October, the legislation creating the new entities was set to be introduced to Parliament by the end of the year, but in the Government was forced to concede on Thursday it would be delayed......
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Te Pāti Māori not ruling out working with Christopher Luxon's National
Te Pāti Māori has left the door open to work with the National Party and its new leader Christopher Luxon.

It's previously explicitly ruled out working with National under former leaders Judith Collins and Todd Muller.

"Truth be known, I would be more focused on what it is that we need to make sure that anyone that works with us, shares the same values and vision.

"Whether it's Labour, ACT, Green or National ... they would have to concede that a tiriti-based government is the way forward. That's really the only answer," Ngarewa-Packer said.

Te Pāti Māori needs evidence politicians are "mature enough to move towards a tiriti centric Aotearoa," Waititi said.

Te Pāti Māori president Che Wilson has previously said it would be a "big deal" for the party to work with National again.

"The perception and reputation by aligning with National affected us."

"It kicked us out and so it would have to be a pretty impressive package for us to consider it,'' he said.....
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Govt lead iwi to believe they would be helped by police at Northland checkpoints
Police Association president Chris Cahill told Magic Talk because the government passed law amendments under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill, there was confusion.

“That gave iwi a clear impression that they were going to be engaged in checkpoints with police.”

Cahill says that left police having to meet an expectation from iwi.

“But it doesn’t change the fact that it’s still not a good use of police resources,” he told Magic Talk......
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Plunket staff to learn more Māori mātauranga under new partnership
Whānau Āwhina Plunket staff will learn more about te ao Māori and ways to engage with Māori whānau under a new partnership.

It comes after Plunket, the largest Well Child services provider, was found to be failing Māori, Pasifika, and disabled children with outdated practices that were not culturally inclusive.

In a Te Tiriti partnership with Tūpuna Parenting, Plunket staff will participate in informative wānanga which are immersed in Māori mātauranga and te ao Māori perspectives and approaches to parenting........
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Opotiki campgrounds getting behind an iwi request by closing for the summer
District Council and Te Whanau-a-Apanui are jointly asking would-be holidaymakers to stay away.

The iwi says it's to stop Covid spreading into tribal territories with many vulnerable Maori.....
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A celebration of a partnership signed today - Gisborne District Council
The MoU cements a partnership between the parties in ongoing work to test and measure the quality and quantity of underground water in the Uawa Hikuwai Catchment (the Tolaga Bay Flats). It is called the Uawa Scientific Bore Drilling Project and started on July 1 2020.

"It has helped develop and strengthen the relationship with Te Aitanga a Hauiti Mana Kaitieki, a collective of representatives from each of the seven Marae of Te Aitanga a Hauiti, and Council."......
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Clive Bibby: Ethnicity and leadership

Another maori power grab: this time local government – Michael Bassett

Decline and fall of New Zealand – James Allan  

Thursday December 9, 2021 

Victoria University allocates $45 million to build carbon gobbling marae 
Te Herenga Waka (Victoria University of Wellington) plans on an ambitious upgrade to their marae. The upgrades will make Te Herenga Waka Marae meet the most rigorous environmental standards in the world.

Construction will begin in April 2022 and the University council will contribute up to $45 million.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Rawinia Higgins explains the logic behind the $45 million investment.

“…the Living Pā is an investment in our people—Māori and non-Māori, students, staff, and our wider external communities......
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Kaipara District Council Appoints Iwi Relations Team
Iwi Liaison Manager Jack Rudolph and Māori Advisor Missy Hokai joined the Council on 1 November, to strengthen a Te Ao Māori capability and viewpoint across the organisation.

His new role aims to “provide strategic advice and guidance to Council on issues of significance to Māori”.

Missy says her role is to “support internal relationships and build Te Ao Māori capability across the business”.......
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Council praised for hapū partnership in New Plymouth city plan
It also sets out that “te reo Māori is visible in bilingual signage and dual naming of public spaces, road names, public buildings and key new developments.”.....
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Māori medical student survey
We are a Māori-led research team recruiting Māori medical students to do a survey on their experiences of racism, discrimination, bullying and harassment.

This survey will ask about your experiences of racism, discrimination, bullying and harassment.

The online survey should not take more than 30 minutes to complete. All participants are offered a $40 voucher in acknowledgement of your time and you can enter a draw to win a prize pack worth $300.....
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The role of Te Mana o Te Wai in water services entities 

Wednesday December 8, 2021 

Kaupapa Māori for all in med school push 
The new dean of Otago University School of Medicine’s Christchurch campus intends to instil a greater sense of kaupapa Māori in the institution.

“Our goal of our medical school is actually to produce, not just increase the Māori health workforce, but actually, every graduate that we send out into the workforce should be competent in hauora Māori,” Professor Pitama says.....
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Targeted effort needed to reduce hardship for Māori, Pacific and disabled children - Children's commissioner
Māori, Pacific and disabled children are bearing a much greater burden from hardship, according to the latest Child Poverty Monitor report.

While targets to reduce child poverty were mostly on track at a national level, and for Pākehā children, Children's Commissioner Frances Eivers said structural barriers like racism and ableism meant some groups were in danger of being left behind.

"On all main measures we track, Māori, Pacific and disabled children are bearing a much greater burden from poverty and hardship," Eivers said.
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Regional Parks to receive Māori names and share history
Six of Auckland’s regional parks will receive Māori names that showcase and celebrate the stories of the region’s rich Māori history.

Auckland Council is asking mana whenua to provide Māori names and narratives for Ambury, Glenfern, Long Bay, Ōmana, Shakespear and Wenderholm regional parks, after the Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee agreed for them to be part of the Te Kete Rukuruku programme.

Five parks will have a Māori name added to the existing English name, to create a dual Māori/English name. Ōmana Regional Park, where the current name is an abbreviated version of an historical pā site, will have its full and appropriate name confirmed and restored through the programme......
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Street names at Christchurch subdivision changed to reflect heritage
Four streets in a planned Halswell subdivision will bear Māori names following concerns the names originally proposed did not reflect local heritage.

The 10.1ha Mataī Springs subdivision at 68 Quaifes Rd is now set to contain Kākā Pl, Toetoe St, Horopito St and Kēkēwai Pl.

These names will replace Rush Close, Wineberry St, Springhead St and Yellow Wood Pl, which were originally proposed by developer Fletcher Living.....
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Māori health agency wins second case for sharing Covid-19 vaccination data
A Māori health co-ordinating agency says its second victory in its case for Māori Covid-19 vaccination data is “bittersweet”.

The Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency went back to the High Court in Wellington again asking for data identifying unvaccinated Māori in the North Island, so they can be offered Covid-19 vaccinations......
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Northland iwi says roadblocks show importance of partnership between government, iwi
Northland iwi say setting up roadblocks in partnership with police is crucial to help protect Māori communities in preparation of the Auckland borders reopening.

The Public Health Act - with amendments that were passed under urgency - states that a nominated representative of an iwi organisation can run checkpoints only with police or constable supervision.....
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Backlash against Northland's iwi-led checkpoints is racist, says Kelvin Davis
Backlash against iwi-led checkpoints, set up for travellers heading to Northland when Delta-ridden Auckland opens up next week, is racist, Māori Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis says.​

Davis said he didn’t like to see the move “characterised as thugs working with the police and people calling it ‘nuts’”

“If it was the business community, or Rotarians, or a group of farmers helping the police, they would be lauded by the community. But because it’s Māori it’s characterised as lawlessness, and I really reject that.”.....
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Govt should've worked with Māori 'from start' of pandemic
Māori should have been involved in the Government's Covid-19 response from the beginning, to front foot the spread of misinformation and protect whānau across the country, says one Māori health leader.......
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Report highlights 'lack of option' for Māori in aged residential care
The experiences of older Māori in aged residential care are at the centre of a new report aiming to improve access to quality care for kaumātua and their whānau.

Dr Joanna Hikaka, one of the Auckland University research authors, said kaumātua were underrepresented in aged residential care (ARC) due to a lack of cultural safety.

They need to see, hear, and feel the presence of Māori cultural values and practices to thrive in ARC, Dr Hikaka said......
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Treaty settlement legislation for Hawke's Bay hapū passes final reading
The third and final reading of the deed of settlement recognising seven hapū of Ahuriri (Napier/Hawke's Bay) has passed in Parliament today.

The Mana Ahuriri Trust which represents the hapū will receive $19.5 million to recognise their historical claims and interest accumulated since 2013 will also be paid.

An additional cultural redress of $500,000 for natural resources and $15,000 of funding for pouwhenua and the gifting of three properties will be included.......
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The sorry state of New Zealand – Paul Mulvaney  

Tuesday December 7, 2021 

Need for Māori values in baby nutrition guidelines - study 
New research has found there is a need for Māori values and life experiences to be incorporated into national nutritional guidelines for pēpi during their formative years.

She is now advocating for changes to national guidelines that reflect responsive feeding and resources that have more culturally relevant infant nutrition information and support.

She says it is important that we prioritise the health of our pēpi as they are the future.

"They are the continuation of our whakapapa and really important, under the rights of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the United Nations declaration of the rights of indigenous people, our pēpi is prioritised and given the support and that there is information to prioritise their health as well.".......
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Māori, Pasifika child poverty rates higher than Pākehā
Targets to reduce poverty are mostly on track for Pākehā children, but the gaps between them, and Māori, Pasifika and disabled children are “stark”, says the new Children’s Commissioner......
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A special Waitangi Tribunal hearing into the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has begun.
Claimants from across New Zealand will share their evidence this week detailing the circumstances that they say have disproportionately exposed Māori to Covid-19 and explore any changes that could improve equity in the Government’s pandemic response.

Up to 40 claimants will give evidence across the course of the hearing, beginning with Te Kaunihera Māori o Aotearoa – the New Zealand Māori Council......
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Waikato Regional Council chairman faces backlash over 'offensive' Māori comments
A Waikato politician who claimed the country’s future development could be jeopardised by Māori is being called on to formally apologise.

While discussing the Government’s three waters reform, Rimmington said the changes will result in Māori controlling water in Waikato and others being at their “beck and call”.

Such an arrangement could “jeopardise the future development of our great country,” he said......
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Delta has become a Māori pandemic, Waitangi Tribunal hearing told
“Delta has very quickly become a Māori pandemic,” National Hauora Coalition chief executive Simon Royal told a special hearing of the Waitangi Tribunal into the Government’s Covid-19 response which began on Monday.

“It cannot be consistent with Te Tiriti for the Crown to adopt policies that are considered to provide New Zealand with a reasonable level of protection, but which leave Māori exposed to a greater level of harm.”.....
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Monday December 6, 2021 

The Crown buys privately-owned waterfront property claimed by Northland iwi 
Yesterday, Minister of Treaty Settlements Andrew Little and Crown-Maori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis turned up at that property to confirm the land had been bought by the Crown and was on track to being returned to the iwi.

It appears a new signal New Zealand is experiencing a seismic shift in resolution of land disputes. Where once the focus was Crown land and not private, the goalposts have been shifted.

"There is a long journey to go yet," Little told Ngati Kahu during the speeches which followed a powerful and passionate powhiri.

As Popata indicated during speeches. "There's another 10,000 to 20,000 hectares that still needs to come back. Once we go home and get energised, we might just sit ourselves somewhere else.".....
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Police commissioner bullied by iwi
“Police Commissioner Andrew Coster has confirmed that Police have given into demands of iwi rather than upholding the law,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“In an interview with media yesterday, the man in charge of our Police said ‘it’s better to maintain legal checkpoints than have iwi groups operate their own illegal checkpoints instead.’

“What the Police Commissioner should have said is: ‘The Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of movement. The New Zealand Police will uphold this right, we retain all options for ensuring that is so. If you’re thinking of creating illegal checkpoints, you may find your summer is more indoors that you planned.’......
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Luxon: Te Tiriti about partnership, not co-governance
Christopher Luxon says he interprets tino rangatiratanga within Te Tiriti as partnership, not co-governance, and says New Zealand should be governed under one system.

He said targeted support should be needs-based, rather than based on ethnicity......
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Code Red for Health – by Dr Muriel Newman.

Legal Opinion: Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill – Gary Judd QC

Rangatiratanga and immigration

This is going to hurt

A survivor’s account of the torching of Rangiaowhia

Entangled with the land 

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1 comment:

Doug Longmire said...

Maori are human beings. Human nutritional needs.
Not "special people"