Saturday, February 5, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 30.1.22

Saturday February 5, 2022 

Imagining Decolonisation Wānanga in Pōneke

A three-day wānanga planned for Pōneke this month will be the setting for a think-tank, a call to action, workshops and kōrero around decolonisation in Aotearoa, according to Wellington City Council.

The event at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre and Wharewaka Function Centre will bring together academics, students, artists, writers, treaty workers, activists, politicians and change makers to discuss and create steps towards what an equitable future in a decolonised Aotearoa could look like, Council said.

“Kua rewa anō te waka – piki mai inā koia te koronga o te Ngākau kia kakea rā ngā tāpuhipuhitanga o te whakaaro! So many in our community are now the new catalysts of decolonisation simply because our community now better understands and appreciates the complexities of Māori self-determination,” said Wellington City Council’s Tatai Heke Māori, Karepa Wall........
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Ngāpuhi Treaty settlement: Glimpse of what Govt could offer revealed
The Government set up Tupu Tonu with a $150 million investment fund last year so it could begin building a portfolio of assets to eventually offer Ngāpuhi.

Its investments to date include two kiwifruit farms in Maungatapere and Waipapa worth nearly a combined $9 million, along with a $6.6 million commercial property in Kerikeri.

"We're trying to grow the pūtea (money) while the negotiations are progressing, and it means that there will be some options for Ngāpuhi once they're in a position to receive their redress," Tupu Tonu Chief Executive Tania Heyrick said......
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“Hands off our tamariki”: Iwi vaccinators egged as anti-vaxxers force caution in children’s jab rollout
Māori health providers are holding back on Covid-19 vaccinations for children in the face of growing anti-vaxxer protest in the wider Wanganui region.

That is despite the area recording the second-lowest rate in the country of vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 years.

Iwi collective Te Ranga Tupua said one of its mobile vaccination clinics was egged in the Wanganui suburb of Aramoho yesterday and anti-vaxxer activity had been ramping up since children became eligible for vaccination......
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Iwi to place rāhui on Hauraki Gulf to help scallop beds recover
The species are harvested by both commercial and recreational fishers and Fisheries New Zealand is considering several management options, including an end to scallop harvesting entirely from Northland to the Bay of Plenty.

The rāhui would remain in place until the time Tangaroa showed that his children had recovered, MacDonald said.

"When we see the shellfish beds no longer racked up by the machinery of commercial dredges and we see the tipa (scallops) growing and in full maturity, we will know our rāhui has done its job. Then we know it's the time to turn it over to the care and protection of kaitiaki and for all our community groups to look after it.".....
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Councillor keen to have ‘robust discussion’ on fresh water rights
The lack of water rights for iwi and mana whenua has gone on for too long and must be resolved.

* Maori proprietary rights and interests to fresh water......
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David Seymour: The Kiwi identity

Barrie Saunders: Democracy or partnership? A critical issue revisited

Hope of Waitangi Day key to healing 

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Friday February 4, 2022 

One of a kind partnership given $225K boost 
BayTrust is committing almost a quarter of a million dollars to enable a ground-breaking project between local schools and Tauranga Moana iwi to get up-and-running this year.

Web developers are now being appointed and content will soon be created for a new educational portal called Te Tai Whanake ki Tauranga Moana. It is the first project of its kind in New Zealand and will give the region’s three iwi – Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Pūkenga – a comprehensive voice in the classroom and beyond.

Teachers from early childhood through to Year 13 will be able to access learning resources, including foundational Te Reo and tikanga lessons, that are specific to their school’s geographic location and tell stories from their local iwi’s point of view.......
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Health care springing from two sources
An eastern Bay of Plenty medical practice is encouraging the use of both traditional Māori and western medical practices to deliver care.

The practise is guided by the kaupapa of pākehā solutions for pakeha illnesses and Māori solutions for Māori illnesses......
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Scholarship addresses need for more Māori in healthcare
A new scholarship programme designed to increase Māori representation in the health sector is being offered by Massey University.

“Māori nurses have a Te Ao Māori worldview and use this to provide additional guidance to a non-Māori way of doing things.”

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, you must be of Māori descent.....
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John Porter: Anocracy, How Civil Wars Start

What does it mean to be tangata Tiriti?

Rāhui not a tool to be used for political agenda

Luxon finds familiar ground ahead of 2023 election 

Thursday February 3, 2022 

Government to invest $74.8 mn in 5G cell phone tech for Māori 
The government is to make major investments into 5G telecommunications technology for Māori, including the establishment of a Māori Spectrum Authority which will manage a tranche of radio wave licenses to be granted to Iwi in coming years.

Māori lodged the Wai 150 Treaty claim in June 1990 to secure cell phone spectrum that would ultimately create Mobile phone carrier 2Degrees but 5G technology requires a whole new range of spectrum which the government is now releasing.

A document released to Māori Television also suggests the government will commit to 20% of all future spectrum releases to be granted to Māori......
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Mōkai Pātea Treaty of Waitangi negotiations get under way
After six years of trying to find unity among the claimants, the negotiation of the Mōkai Pātea Treaty of Waitangi claim is under way.

The Crown is meeting the four negotiators every two weeks, either.....(NZ Herald paywall)
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DOC looking at need for more Te Urewera funding
Conservation Minister Kiri Allan is promising a forensic examination of the funding available to Tūhoe to maintain Te Urewera and Lake Waikaremoana as one of the Great Walks, after an iwi appeal for more money.

Te Urewera Board Chair Tāmati Kruger said funding needs to be boosted back to “at least” the level it was before the Tūhoe settlement when the area used to be a national park.

Tūhoe receives about $2.5 million a year from the Crown for resources. When it was a national park Kruger said funding to DOC was at least $7 million......
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Housing project hopes to bring iwi back to ancestoral land
A new housing project at Waimahana Marae near Taupō will breathe new life into the central North Island iwi of Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whaoa with an injection of almost $12.5 million to build 27 homes on ancestral land......
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A cultural con – by Dr Muriel Newman.

The train wreck that is government policy-making – Dr Bryce Wilkinson.

Aotearoa name change would highlight place in Pacific 

Wednesday February 2, 2022 

Protest, planes and passion - Raglan airfield stoush gets heated 
A protest group has started a full-time occupation of the airfield at Raglan as emotions threaten to spill over in the seaside town.

For the past three months, Raglan resident Ra Puriri​ and a close-knit group of supporters have occupied the airstrip for about two hours every Sunday.

The group oppose the erection of a 1.2 metre-high post and wire fence around the perimeter of the airstrip which, they say, impedes locals’ access to a nearby beach. Much of the fence, which was erected by council, has been cut, and lengths of wire neatly rolled up.

Waikato mayor Allan Sanson​ said council documents show the Raglan Aerodrome is owned by the council, with three hapu having claims to the land. Prior to the reserve being vested to the council, it was Crown land......
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Luxon looks to build early momentum at National assembly
Businesswoman Traci Houpapa will also lead a discussion about Crown/Māori relations.....
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Māori Economic Development Fund Open To Support Mana Whenua Business
Applications for the 2021/22 Māori Economic Development Fund are now welcomed with $65,000 available in the contestable fund.

The Māori Economic Development Fund was established in 2013 by Kāpiti Coast District Council and Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti to assist Kāpiti whānau, hapū, iwi and mātāwaka develop business or social enterprise. Applications close 18 February 2022......
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Disproportionate number of Māori appearing before Youth Court
The number of young offenders has fallen by more than 60 per cent in the past 10 years, but a disproportionate number of rangatahi Māori are still appearing before the Youth Court, the Principal Youth Court judge says........
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Big Auckland boys' school adds Māori unit
Westlake Boys High School on Auckland's North Shore has established the first bilingual unit for high schools in the area. With more than 2,000 students, it is one of the largest schools in Auckland. But what does the unit mean for Māori at the school?

"It's going to strengthen our culture, it's going to add to our culture. It's an important part of our culture. It's appropriate that we are an authentic bicultural organisation."......
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A story of jubilation (as millions are poured into Maori housing in Reporoa) and of isolation (as the PM abides by Covid rules

Elizabeth Rata: Science or ideology? The NZ university at the crossroads

It’s a surprisingly persistent view, but Māori have not forgotten the land wars

Why te Tiriti should place a limit on the supremacy of parliament

The relevance of te Tiriti o Waitangi in the Covid-19 era 

Monday January 31, 2022 

Moves underway to dispose of old prison site in Taranaki 
Close to a decade after the cell doors slammed shut for the last time, steps are under way to finally dispose of the former New Plymouth prison site, with an offer in the pipeline for Taranaki’s biggest iwi to ponder.

Following its closure, the 3.5 hectare property was land banked for four years, and in 2017 released for Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

The prison site falls within the rohe of Te Ātiawa, who retain the first right of refusal to buy the land......
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Pā Wars: Blasting at quarry blamed for partly destroying ancient village
Just before Christmas, the council served the company with an abatement notice ordering it to stop production blasting at the quarry until it could satisfy council that the vibrations would not cause further damage.

J Swap appealed to the Environment Court, meaning an automatic stay of the notice, enabling operations to continue........
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Government puts $12.3m into building rental homes for iwi in Reparoa
It will see 27 rental homes built in a papakāinga development scheme in the rural community of Reporoa, within the rohe of Ngāti Tahu - Ngāti Whaoa.

Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson said the project will bring whānau back to their tūrangawaewae and reinvigorate the Waimahana Marae........
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Te Urewera and Lake Waikaremoana to reopen next month
The board of Te Urewera shut the protected area in August when the country went into alert level 4 Covid-19 restrictions, to protect vulnerable local communities. The decision also gave time to prepare for the arrival of new variants of the virus, including raising vaccination rates.

Lake Waikaremoana will reopen to visitors on Waitangi Day, and all tracks, huts and campgrounds including the Great Walk, will be open from the 14 February......
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Tangaroa guards Saxton Creek culvert
Tangaroa, the god of the sea, now overlooks the Saxton Creek culvert.

The design, by Nelson artist Isaac Andersen, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Porou, is included in the headwall adjacent to Main Rd Stoke.

Nelson City Council said the design symbolised the taonga species that thrived in the Saxton Creek tidal area.

“The head of Tangaroa is depicted in the shape of a wheke (octopus), and the eight iwi of Te Tauihu are also embodied within the design. The scales on his body represent seabirds and the larger fin scales, the paddle crab. His tail wraps around and fans out with the large scale at the base symbolising the stingray,” Andersen said........
See full article HERE

The challenges of Waitangi Day – Michael Bassett

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