Saturday, March 19, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 13.3.22

Saturday March 19, 2022 

Iwi water role too much for Peters

New Zealand First leader Winston Peter says giving iwi half the seats on the boards running the country’s water infrastructure will do nothing for ordinary Māori.

He says iwi are making demands in the name of the mass of Māori who are never consulted.

“Whatever they have proposed is not going to advance the cause of ordinary working-class Māori men, women and families, but just the elite. I’ve seen it for a long time. I’ve seen all sorts of demands being made and when it’s all over, Māori housing, Māori education, Māori access to first-world health and first world wages are the things that have been neglected,” Mr Peters says.....
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Concerns raised over NFTs 'degrading Māori culture'
The booming NFT market is fuelling concerns around cultural appropriation of taonga Māori.

"I'm already seeing a number of images of ancestors that are from publications being used and manipulated," said Intellectual Property Cultural Adviser Karaitiana Taiuru.

"There are faces on top of someone else's body [and] moko from the face being added to other peoples' faces. They're inappropriate images and they're degrading Māori culture."......
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Tiriti update for rest homes review
The new Commissioner for Aged Care says there is a massive change in the sector that will benefit Māori.

“The content around meeting our responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi has really focused on improving relationships with Māori but also the deliverables at the bedside around care for Māori

The Health and Disabilities Commission is also looking to appoint a director Māori.......
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John MacDonald: Backs up and necks burning over history curriculum 

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Friday March 18, 2022 

Sport New Zealand launches plan to boost Māori participation and success 
A push to improve Māori participation and success in sport has been unveiled by Sport New Zealand Ihi Aotearoa.

The Te Aho Māori Activation Plan and Te Pākē Māori Outcomes Framework launched on Thursday with a vision to create culturally appropriate pathways in sport for Māori.

The move comes after Covid-19 challenged the sport and active recreation sector, increasing inequities for Māori......
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Police part ways with institute researching systemic bias
Police have split with a research institute leading an investigation into bias against Māori and others.

But now RNZ has learned the institute is no longer on board.

Police did not say why.......
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Aotearoa history curriculum finalised for NZ schools
Students are set to begin learning about how Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories have shaped our lives, Education Minister, Chris Hipkins announced today.

The final curriculum content for Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories and Te Takanga o Te Wā has been released and is now available to all New Zealand schools and kura. It means they can start planning now to teach it from the beginning of next year, the Minister said......
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Tauranga church gifts property to iwi
Curate Church has made the decision to give a significant piece of property to a Tauranga hapū as part of righting historical wrongs.

The land and building at 14 Christopher St currently houses the church’s Manaaki Centre, which is a hub for recovery programmes, community meals, restorative justice and counselling, and social service support.

“We have been led by God to gift a piece of land we own back to the mana whenua,” says Curate senior pastor Joel Milgate......
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Jackson puts career on line for Māori media
Māori Broadcasting Minister Willie Jackson says he’ll quit if the merger of Radio New Zealand and TVNZ doesn’t benefit Māori.

“We want to see our people, hear our people in mainstream and that shouldn’t take anything away from what we do in terms of a Māori sense, in terms of Māori TV and Māori radio.

He says there will be additional support coming through the long-awaited Māori media sector review, which should be seen as the second part of the public media strategy, but he’s waiting for cabinet and budget approval before releasing it.......
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Michael Bassett: The sinister thing about co-governance

NZ history in schools content revealed: Students to learn 'struggle for land', 'origin and meaning of name Aotearoa'

New Aotearoa history curriculum 'great' even if it has taken a 'wee while 

Thursday March 17, 2022 

Māori landowners getting reprieve in supercity 
The council's new annual plan proposal includes changes to the treatment of Māori land. The council has to do that due to the changes in the Te Ure Whenua Act that

* Provide local authorities with the power to write off rates arrears and a statutory remission process for development;

* Make unused Māori land, including land subject to Ngā Whenua Rāhui kawenata, unrateable;

* Provide the option for separate rate accounts for multiple homes on Māori land (giving home owners access to the rates rebate scheme);

* Provide the opportunity for local authorities to treat multiple blocks of Māori land as one block for rating purposes, provided they come from the same original block; and

* Modernise the rating system affecting Māori land, including protecting Māori land arbitrarily reclassified as general land in the late 1960s and early 1970s from 'abandoned land sales', clarifying land trustees' obligations in respect of rates, and updating and clarifying the exemptions that apply to marae and urupā......
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BNZ and University of Auckland support next generation of Maori business leaders
Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) and the University of Auckland have announced a new $50,000 scholarship for the Post Graduate Diploma Business in Maori Development course at the University.

BNZ General Manager of Maori Business, Renata Blair, says, "A key foundation of the Maori economy is making investments that are very long-term, and there’s simply no better long-term investment anyone can make than investing in people.......
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More Māori households to benefit from low-cost clean energy fund
The fund is open to Māori organisations and organisations working on behalf of Māori to fund renewable energy solutions in residential housing.

This fund is one half of the $28 million Māori and Public Housing Renewable Energy Fund. It is part of a suite of government initiatives aimed at reducing energy hardship and creating warmer and more energy-efficient homes......
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Māori custom to assist challenge by worker dismissed for refusing Covid-19 vaccine
A public sector employee dismissed for not getting vaccinated is to challenge his employment case using principles of Māori customs and how they relate to the workplace.

Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa (the Māori Law Society) has been given permission to join the worker's employment proceedings, which challenges an earlier decision of the Employment Relations Authority.....
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Construction Begins On Infrastructure To Reinstate Lake Level Of Kimihia
The lake is a significant natural area of very high importance and value to Waikato-Tainui hapū, particularly Ngāti Naho, Ngāti Mahuta and Ngāti Whāwhākia. A cultural enhancement plan has been developed to identify cultural aspirations for the site, which will inform restoration activities.

This project has been made a reality through a collaborative partnership between the council, Waikato-Tainui, Waahi Whanui, the Department of Conservation and local landowners, and $1.556 million in funding by the Government (as part of its economic response to COVID-19) and Waikato River Authority. Waikato Regional Council received $740,000 from the Ministry for the Environment’s Public Waterways and Ecosystems Restoration Fund as part of Jobs for Nature funding; $640,000 in IRG climate resilience funding Kānoa – Regional Economic Development and Investment Unit; and $176,000 from the Waikato River Authority.......
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Point of Order: Who said Shane Jones was all washed-up? Three Waters (and co-governance) have flushed him back into politicking

Te Whānau o Waipareira: What makes Māori-led initiatives work?

NZ Football admits historical discrimination against Māori players 

Wednesday March 16, 2022 

Māori Health Authority gets $22 million initial funding 
Health Minister Andrew Little has announced $22 million of funding for kaupapa Māori health services through the interim Māori health authority.

The authority is due to start in July after the Government last November announced it would abolish all 20 district health boards (DHBs) and create a single, national health organisation and a Māori health authority.

“This Government is committed to building a new national health system so all New Zealanders can get the healthcare they need no matter who they are or where they live,” he said from Takapūwāhia Marae in Porirua......
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More on the above here > Media Release: Interim Māori Health Authority announces $22m

17 pct of Māori voters planning to switch away from Labour at 2023 election
It's more bad news for the Government, with a decent chunk of its Māori voter base planning to walk away from the Labour Party at the next election.

The Hui, with Horizon Research, has carried out its first poll of the year, finding that while the majority of Māori voters remain loyal to the party, 17 percent have indicated some sort of switch away from Labour.

The poll found that while Labour is still well ahead for Māori voters on 37 percent, that's a significant decline from the 54 percent of respondents who had given their party vote to Labour in 2020........
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More on the above > National MP Shane Reti says Māoridom's love affair with Labour is over

Ngāti Rangitihi Claims Settlement Bill Passes Third Reading
The Ngāti Rangitihi Claims Settlement Bill has passed its third reading at Parliament, the final milestone in their historical Treaty of Waitangi settlement process.

“I want to acknowledge ngā uri o Ngāti Rangitihi and the Crown negotiations teams for working tirelessly during the negotiations process to see this legislation passed,” Andrew Little said......
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Taranaki rāhui sparks council kaimoana probe
Taranaki Regional Council is to investigate the state of kaimoana stocks after multiple hapū banned shellfish gathering.

In early January, the hapū of Ōrimupiko marae placed a rāhui (traditional closure) on taking kaimoana from a 12-kilometre stretch of coast centred on Ōpunake, after a huge influx of gatherers from outside the region.

The rāhui now extends some 40km along the coast from south of Ōpunake to north of Cape Egmont.

The closure is currently in place until 31 July, with hapū further north as far as Ōākura also considering whether to join......
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Tuesday March 15, 2022 

'We all pay': Waitangi Tribunal hears Crown failed to protect Māori from alcohol-related harm 
Alcohol-related harm began for Māori 150 years ago with colonisation and needs to end now, the Waitangi Tribunal has heard.

In a rousing submission to the Tribunal on Monday, lead claimant Raawiri​ (David) Ratuu​ laid bare claims surrounding the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and the harm Māori have suffered since colonisation, when alcohol (waipiro) was introduced.

”The fight against waipiro and disproportionate and unequal harm it has, and continues to have on Māori, is one that has been fought over generations, beginning with our tūpuna in the 1800s and earlier,” Ratuu told Judge Damian​ Stone......
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Climate change threat to Māori economy
A Māori business leader says iwi need to plan for the effect of climate change on their economic assets.

Sir Mark Solomon is a former Ngāi Tahu kaiwhakahaere and current Te Ohu Kaimoana director, as well as chairing the Māori Carbon Foundation and sitting on the boards of the Deep South and the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenges.

From that perspective, he sees rough times ahead for iwi and Māori organisations which are heavily invested in primary industries......
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Have your say on Hākaimangō-Matiatia marine reserve proposal
As part of the application process, a two-month public submissions period opened on 20 January 2022. DOC is encouraging people to share their views on the application by providing written submissions before 20 March 2022.

The applicants, Friends of the Hauraki Gulf Inc., have proposed an area of 2,350 ha be protected as a marine reserve. The proposed reserve spans from Hakaimango Point to Matiatia Bay and extends seaward.

Natasha Ryburn says targeted engagement with tangata whenua including affected iwi, hapū and whānau is underway as part of DOC’s role in the process.

“We are seeking hui with iwi, hapū and whānau to gain a robust understanding of their views to help advise the Minister of Conservation.”.....
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Space opens for Māori in state media merger
Radio New Zealand chair Jim Mather believes a merger between RNZ and TVNZ represents a huge opportunity for Māori.

Dr Mather says the Māori advisory group which was part of the planning process did a good job to promote Māori interests, and the board of the new body will include two members with expertise in te reo, tikanga and mātauranga Māori.

He sees opportunities for more Māori content and to share resources and training with Māori Television and radio.....
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Governing by deceit – by Dr Muriel Newman.

Can “principles of partnership” trump our state sovereignty 

Monday March 14, 2022 

Political parties weigh in on Māori co-governance model for Three Waters 
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta hopes the co-governance model for Three Waters will help "councils and mana whenua work together for the benefit of catchments".

But the National Party is not keen on the idea and neither is ACT, with leader David Seymour describing it as "one of the most backwards steps any country can take".

National Party deputy leader Nicola Willis is not convinced.

"We know that iwi play a role already in existing water decision-making. There are ways of achieving that. But local government have been very concerned to date with the models that the Government has put forward," Willis said.

ACT wants the co-governance model dropped.

"I want all New Zealanders to be born with the same democratic right. That's what people have fought for all through history," Seymour said.

"I think the idea that we are proactively trying to introduce different sets of political rights for people based on ancestry has got to be one of the most backwards steps any country can take."

Te Pāti Māori co-leader Rawiri Waititi has warned Three Waters could become the next foreshore and seabed issue, referring to 2004 when Māori protested against proposed legislation to vest ownership of New Zealand's foreshore and seabed in the Crown......
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Māori Party writes wish list after positive poll
If it gets the chance, there will be a price for Labour and National or Labour to win the party’s support to govern.

“If those parties do not align to a Māori kaupapa, do not align to a Tiriti-centric Aotearoa, do not align to our desire for constitutional transformation, then it makes it much more difficult to find common ground if we are going continue to do things as we have done trying to navigate our way through the current system,” Mr Waititi says......
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TVNZ, RNZ merger a 'watershed' moment for NZ media
Third, the policy places a strong emphasis on the new entity's obligation to support and recognise the "Māori Crown relationship". This is another big change. Indeed, the purpose of the new entity will require it to contribute to a "valued, visible, and flourishing te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori".

This is vital as the new entity, from day one, needs to capture what makes Aotearoa New Zealand unique, including Te Tiriti. The new entity's board will include at least two members with Te Ao Māori and tikanga Māori expertise......
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Imagining an even better deal for Māori – Moana Maniapoto

Dialogue isn’t always the best option 

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RRB said...

Am I missing something here, National and ACT say lots of these claims are objectionable and racist but I haven't heard them say they will repeal.
Does repealing bring out warts?

Terry Morrissey said...

Sorry RRB, but National and ACT haven't the courage to commit to repealing anything. The are very little different to the present cult governing at the moment. They also in the past have been intent on appeasing tribal elite and giving them all they demand.
The only way to get rid of this article from NZCPR is to find a party with the integrity to return to a democracy and get rid of ALL race based legislation, ministries and departments.