Saturday, March 5, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 27.2.22

Saturday March 5, 2022 

Law Society introduces panel to conduct legal services independent review

The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa has introduced a three-member panel that will be in charge of conducting an independent review of legal services regulation and representation in the country.

The Independent Review Panel will be composed of Professor Ron Paterson ONZM, Professor Jacinta Ruru MNZM, FRSNZ (Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui) and Jane Meares. The appointments were made based on the review and recommendation of the Independent Steering Group led by Whaimutu Dewes.

“[The review] lets us look at what is needed to ensure fair competition for legal services, to enable innovation in the profession and to strengthen commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.....
See full article HERE

New name gifted for Nelson's Modellers Pond park
Local kaumātua have offered the name Te Pā Harakeke for the new park and recreation area that will take the place of the former Modellers Pond.

The Nelson City Council approached iwi for advice on the new name for the former Modellers Pond, and at a blessing of the site in mid-December council kamātua gifted the new name.....
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Hauraki Gulf Forum vote to update Act
Hauraki Gulf Forum members have voted to adopt an advocacy position to update and strengthen the Marine Park Act.

The key updates the Forum will be seeking are:

* a refresh of the Forum to reflect our commitment to a Treaty partnership and enable us to be a more effective advocacy body.

“We also know that Kiwis overwhelmingly support this. Our recent public poll showed huge support for doing more to protect and restore the Gulf, with massive numbers also in favour of the use of indigenous practices like rāhui.

“I look forward to taking our proposal to Ministers as I am convinced that we will see far greater action and transformational change by raising the status of the Hauraki Gulf for decision-makers and through revitalisation of the Forum under a Treaty partnership model.”.....
See full article HERE

Inquiry into systemic abuse of Maori starts Monday
The Māori public hearing of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse in care starts on Monday and goes for two weeks.

The hearing will focus on the lived experiences of whānau Māori who were abused by state and faith-based institutions......
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Waititi sees colonisation behind Parliament riot
Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi is blaming the presence of many Māori in the parliament protest with colonisation.

He says the disconnection of people from their land, their language and their culture has led to dysfunctional communities.

He says the threats and abuse seen at the protest were not the Māori way of doing things.....
See full article HERE

Politicians hit pause on Hamilton street name debate
Hamilton politicians have hit pause on moves to allow more city streets to be given te reo names.

Proposed changes to the council’s naming policy would see new Hamilton street names, parks and council facilities better celebrate te reo Māori.

Yet public consultation indicates the community is divided on the move, with 54 per cent of submitters favouring the status quo......
See full article HERE 

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Thursday March 3, 2022 

Marlborough council backs iwi collaboration on freshwater management 
The Marlborough District Council has backed an initiative that will involve Te Tauihu iwi in the management of freshwater.

It comes after iwi representatives last month presented a report to Tasman, Nelson and Marlborough District Council’s – calling for a holistic approach to the future of freshwater management.

The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 required councils to manage freshwater under Te Mana o te Wai.

It meant every council must actively involve tangata whenua in decision-making around freshwater management, including identifying long-term visions, and enabling systems such as mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) to water management......
See full article HERE

Treaty claim could halt Tauranga reserve development
Plans to redevelop a Tauranga reserve that houses a golf course and racecourse could be scuppered after a claim was lodged via the Treaty of Waitangi Act.

The claim, made by representatives of Ngāi Tamarāwaho hapū, was lodged at the end of last week in a bid to halt plans to build on the city’s Racecourse Reserve......
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Scholarships granted to enhance a fairer justice system for Māori
Two men have secured scholarships to pursue a post-graduate degree in law at a New Zealand university or at an overseas institution.

It comes following a demand for an increase in Māori to fill positions of influence to improve outcomes and create mana-enhancing strategies for the justice system.....
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Rotorua Lakes Council to pursue Representation Arrangements Bill
As indicated last year, Rotorua Lakes Council is seeking legislative change, by way of Local Bill, to enable preferred representation arrangements to be adopted in Rotorua.

The Bill was submitted to the Parliamentary Counsel Office for review in December and Council has now been given the go-ahead to publish a notice of intent to pursue the Bill.

"I am confident that this is the right way forward and that this Bill aligns with the aspirations of Te Arawa to achieve dedicated Maori Ward seats, while also achieving equal voting opportunity," says Mayor Chadwick.....
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River appeal centres on control of up to $40 million in clean-up funding
An iwi appeal over a big new water take consent for the Waikato River centres on who gets ultimate control of $2 million annually over 20 years in river clean-up funding from Auckland’s Watercare Services.

The authority, which turned 10 last year, is already receiving $7 million a year for 30 years under a settlement between the Crown and five river iwi......
See full article HERE

Govt is chuffed with NZ-UK free trade agreement but Jane Kelsey has spotted some shortcomings (including the Maori chapter) 

Wednesday March 2, 2022 

Councils split on push for Gulf co-governance model 
Waikato councils are divided over a suggested new co-governance model for the Hauraki Gulf, which would see the Hauraki Gulf Forum have fifty-fifty representation between mana whenua and Crown and local government representatives.

The co-governance model is similar to one that prevails for the Waikato River through the Waikato River Authority.

Nicola MacDonald (Ngāti Rehua, Ngāti Wai), the mana whenua co-chair of the forum, was confident of the Government endorsing the co-governance model despite the tight vote......
See full article HERE

Northland to get extra $4.243m for Māori Covid resilience and vaccinations
Five Northland Māori organisations are getting $4.243 million from the Government to help build Covid resilience and continue to support vaccination uptake.

A further 12 proposals totalling $15.7m were approved by Ministers through the Māori Communities Covid 19 Fund (MCCF) for the same reasons.

Te Tai Tokerau recipients of the funds are Te Hiku o Te Ika Iwi Development Trust ($2.388m), BDO Northland Ltd, on behalf of Nga Pai kitea ($1.15m), Te Runanga o Whaingaroa, on behalf of Te Kahu o Taonui ($302K), Te Kupenga Hapū ($265K), and Pawarenga ($138K)......
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Government grants $16.5 million funding for Matariki-related tourism infrastructure
There is $16.5 million of new funding for local communities to build up tourism facilities - with a special focus on Matariki commemorations - up for grabs.

The money is part of a new funding round from the government as the nation prepares for the return of international tourists and increasing numbers of Kiwis returning home, according to Minister of Tourism Stuart Nash......
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Tairāwhiti: Hapū collective making progress with council over land return
Gisborne District Council is one step closer to returning land at Tokomaru Bay to its rightful owner, having issued a letter of intent.

In September, Nga Hapū o Tokomaru Ākau - comprising neighbouring hapū Te Whānau o Te Aotawarirangi and Te Whānau a Ruataupare - presented to council seeking a return of the land which had been taken for harbour purposes around the time of World War I.....
See full article HERE

Westpac completes $400 million sale of its life insurance company
The Australian-owned bank sold Westpac Life to locally-owned Fidelity Life, which was able to afford the deal as a result of a capital injection from Ngāi Tahu Holdings.

The deal sees Ngāi Tahu Holdings become a major shareholder in Fidelity Life, alongside the NZ Super Fund......
See full article HERE 

Tuesday March 1, 2022 

Waikato-based iwi receives $1.27m for horticulture programme 
A Waikato-based iwi has received $1.27 million from the Government to develop a horticulture programme.

Ngāti Hauā Iwi Trust received $1.12m from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Food and Fibre [SFF] fund, a programme that will empower whānau to upskill, diversify their businesses and sustainably generate wealth from their land.

A further $150,000 was granted from the Ministry of Social Development, and the Te Waharoa Investments Limited - the commercial arm of Ngāti Hauā Iwi Trust - is co-investing a further $775,000.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced on February 18 that the three-year Peria Horticultural programme will help Ngāti Hauā Iwi Land Trust and landowners’ businesses to flourish by developing an education hub and trialling high-value crops......
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Iwi take unprecedented stand against 'abusive' protesters who invaded marae
In an unprecedented move, iwi leaders across Aotearoa – including the Kīngitanga and Taranaki Whānui – have condemned those occupying Parliament’s grounds, who they accuse of “flagrant disrespect of tikanga”.

And last week, a group of protesters invaded Pipitea Marae and attempted to “trespass” tangata whenua, who were working with police and Māori Wardens, from their own tūrangawaewe....
See full article HERE

Iwi and Council create initiative championing environmental students - Horowhenua DC
Horowhenua District Council have partnered with Muapoko Tribal Authority to create a unique Te Ao Maori initiative using Three Waters Reform stimulus funding.

The Matauranga Maori Scholarships have been developed to encourage and foster rangatahi of the Horowhenua to study at tertiary level with the requirement that they return home and give back to the Horowhenua.

With the changes that are happening with Three Waters Reforms and the Resource Management Act over the coming years it is vital that we invest in our rangatahi to ensure a positive future for the Horowhenua.

Council has allocated some of the funding from the Three Waters stimulus package specifically to support students at a tertiary level to build capacity within Iwi which will ultimately have long term positive benefits for the district.....
See full article HERE

New Conference Set To Empower Māori Public Servants To Lead Change Towards A Better Future
The conference Poipoia te Manawa Māui will bring together Māori public servants and allies to connect, celebrate, learn and create change.

The event addresses a need for excellence in the public service including the appropriate application of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga, culturally competent staff at all levels, and the use of frameworks including by Māori-for Māori and whānau-centred approaches......
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SIT collaboration strengthens ties with Maori community
Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) has recently signed a formal Collaboration Agreement with Murihiku Regeneration, with the goal of making stronger connections with its Maori community in Southland.

The Collaboration Agreement, signed in January, is the culmination of a series of discussions over the past twelve months between SIT Management, led by Dr Keri Milne-Ihimaera, SIT’s General Manager of Maori Development and Murihiku Regeneration Upoko | leadership, Michael Skerrett......
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Otago Museum Gifted New Te Reo Māori Name
Otago Museum announced today that they have been gifted a new te reo Māori name: Tūhura. Meaning to discover, investigate, and explore; the name has already been in use since 2017 as the name of the Museum’s hugely popular interactive science centre.

The new name was determined by local rūnaka as a replacement for the previous te reo Māori name: ‘Otago Museum: Te Whare Taoka o Otago’......
See full article HERE

Bruce Moon: A vast deception

Sabotage of the Māori economy

More Than Three Words for Water

Minister intrigued by 'go get em' attitude 

Monday February 28, 2022

Turbulent times for Raglan’s ‘beautiful’ airfield as fence divides community

On Monday morning this week, two United Tribes and one Tino Rangatiratanga flag are flying beside Raglan airfield, near a handful of protesters in a campsite with a huddle of caravans and awnings. Washing is drying on a line under a hot sun. On the road immediately outside the gate is a sign prohibiting freedom camping. Protesters have been here intermittently in one form or another since November last year, but their ranks have not exactly swelled over time. Ihumātao, this is not.

They are encamped beside a council fence which has been repeatedly cut and vandalised since being installed just before Christmas. Posts have also been pulled out, and in response Waikato District Council closed the airfield over safety concerns. On the far side, a CCTV camera has been hoisted atop a pole in an attempt to stop vandalism, while council also employed security guards to keep an eye on the place through January, before the airfield was closed early in February.

What was a $31,000 safety fix has got a whole lot more expensive.

About 80 percent of the fence was vandalised, according to the council, and everywhere you look there are rolls of the cut mesh fencing. A row of cones set up by the occupiers now acts as a guide for pedestrians to cross the closed field.......
See full article HERE

Bilingual sign plan to restore indigenous place names
A Bluff pair want to implement bilingual signage across the town in a bid to normalise te reo Maori and recognise its importance in the community.

Tuurama Trust’s cultural activator Jay Coote has been working with Bluff woman Tammi Topi in a project to restore indigenous place names throughout Bluff......
See full article HERE

Comparing measures of Māori overrepresentation in justice and child protection: age standardised excess prison counts, disproportionality ratios, and disparity ratios
Over-representation is when a distinctly identified population group is more likely than other population groups, or the average population, to have a particular condition or be in a particular situation......
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Barry Brill: Coming apart …..

Nothing to Fear – by Dr Muriel Newman.

A New Dark Stage In Our Constitutional History – David Round

Understanding true partnership

'I've pushed myself to break habits' - Don McGlashan 

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