Saturday, March 26, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 20.3.22

Saturday March 26, 2022 

Cabinet to consider next steps on Māori self-determination, UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Cabinet will on Monday consider the next steps in developing a plan for Aotearoa to realise its international obligations around Māori self-determination.

Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson will take a paper to Cabinet with recommendations about developing a draft plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

New Zealand signed up to the Declaration in 2010 through then-Māori Affairs Minister and Māori Party co-leader Pita Sharples, under a National-led Government......
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New ACT Party policy branded 'divisive' and 'bigoted' by Māori Party
A new ACT Party policy calling for “a referendum on co-governance” has been branded “divisive”, “bigoted” and “appealing to racists” by the Māori Party.

ACT leader David Seymour has proposed that the next Government should pass legislation “defining the Principles of the Treaty [of Waitangi]” and then hold a referendum on whether it should become law.

Te Pāti Māori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said the policy proposal was deliberately divisive and based on a “really bigoted opinion of tangata whenua”.

“He is trying to appeal to racists,’’ she said......
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Chris Finlayson on ACT's proposed co-governance referendum
Former National MP Chris Finlayson, who negotiated the co-governance model with ACT Party leader Rodney Hide, spoke to Guyon Espiner......
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Plan to overhaul teaching of maths and literacy revealed
Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti and Education Minister Chris Hipkins released the new strategy on Friday, after Cabinet agreed in 2021 to develop the strategies to improve teaching and learning outcomes.

It’s part of a wider programme of work the Education Ministry has been tasked with to improve equity for students in the education system and to ensure it reflects Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This includes updating the New Zealand Curriculum for mainstream schools and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa for kura kaupapa Māori.

Hei Raukura Mō te Mokopuna, a strategy for te reo matatini (the many facets of language) and pāngarau (kaupapa mathematics), is focused on teaching these subjects in a culturally appropriate way that improves outcomes for Māori.

The strategy document states it expects it "to result in increased well being, higher educational outcomes and qualifications, and better job opportunities for mokopuna".

The strategy notes these subjects have previously been documented as having "huge potential for perpetuating colonisation of Māori thought".......
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Cash splash to slash power bills for more Māori and public homes
More households living in Māori and public homes are set to benefit from locally generated, clean power, thanks to a government-funded trial of small-scale renewable energy projects, says Energy and Resources Minister, Megan Woods.

“Around 180 Māori households will be able to access cheap, clean power through solar panels, household batteries and new geothermal energy systems thanks to the second funding round of the Māori Housing Renewable Energy Fund, totalling $2.3 million,” the Minister said........
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Iwi fights plan to shut urupā and marae in 'gated community for the wealthy'
A north Auckland iwi is fighting developers to prevent its urupā from being “shut behind a gated community for the wealthy” and is considering occupation as a last resort.

Ngāti Manuhiri kaumatua Mook Hohneck said his whānau would never allow the urupā where their tupuna were buried to be behind “swipe card access”......
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Taranaki Regional Council told iwi plans don't trump face to face
Using new iwi management plans to help set policy can't replace meeting kanohi-ki-te-kanohi, Taranaki regional councillors have been advised.

The plans are prepared by iwi or hapū, and express rangatiratanga and kaitiakitanga (authority and stewardship) over cultural and natural resources.......
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Kāpiti wānanga eyes international green building certification
A wānanga on the Kāpiti Coast aims to be the second in Aotearoa and the 24th in the world to gain the Living Building certification.

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University announced in December 2021 that it would be re-building its marae under the LBC principles.....
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Māori values, systems and ethics integral in achieving regenerative tourism
Maōri values, systems and ethics must play an integral part if regenerative tourism is to be successfully practised in New Zealand, University of Otago Associate Dean (Māori) Associate Professor Katharina Ruckstuhl says.

If New Zealand wants thriving regenerative tourism practices, those creating policy and plans will need to embrace sets of beliefs and practices that are unfamiliar to them, including Māori cosmologies, she says.......
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Tikanga Māori to be taught in law degree courses
Lore vs Law? It is an argument that has gone on for generations in New Zealand and in indigenous communities around the world. Now lore will be included in core law degree courses all over New Zealand.

In what is a landmark decision, the New Zealand Council of Legal Education last year voted to include concepts of te ao Māori and tikanga in all core law degree courses, and Auckland University is now implementing tikanga Māori into its law curriculum......
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Warts and all history in new curriculum
One of the contributors to the new history curriculum says it may be confronting for some students.

The curriculum was released last week and will be implemented from the start of next year.

Hemi Dale, the principal lecturer at the University of Auckland’s Te Puna Wānanga School of Māori and Indigenous Education, says it will identify aspects of Aotearoa history which aren’t pretty......
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Local Government Commission hears appeals on Rotorua Lakes Council ward structure
The chief executive of Rotorua council's iwi partnership group says the council dropped its final ward structure "out of thin air".

The comment was made by Te Tatau o Te Arawa's Jude Pani at the Local Government Commission's hearing on Rotorua Lakes Council's representation review on Wednesday.

It follows the council's adoption of a ward structure with one Māori ward seat, one general ward seat and eight at-large seats......
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Point of Order: Professors warn of constitutional change by stealth and of the dangers of protecting Maori knowledge against refutation

Mike Hosking: Three Waters Reform looks doomed

Point of Order: Enhancing numeracy skills will enable students to work out taxpayers’ share of compensation offer

History curriculum change welcomed 

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Friday March 25, 2022 

Govt funding to hatch BOP mussel farm 
The Government has announced it will partner with the community to support the country’s aquaculture industry and develop a much-needed mussel spat hatchery in Te Moana-a-Toi Bay of Plenty.

Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi Te Whānau-ā-Apanui will receive investment from the new Regional Strategic Partnership Fund (RSPF) to build a hatchery and research hub near Te Kaha.

Kānoa – Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit will initially invest $500,000 as equity with more funding to be released, up to $6 million, alongside investment from iwi, hapu and other investors.......
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Te Mātāwai asked for road sign input
Māori language revitalisation body Te Mātāwai and NZ Transport Agency Waka Kōtahi are teaming up to make joint decisions on the next set of bilingual traffic signs.

Te Mātāwai co-chair Reikura Kahi, who will sit on the partnership rōpū with fellow board member Mātai Smith, says their focus will be to ensure iwi Māori views are heard and acted on so that iwi and Māori identity is enhanced at the local level.

The bilingual signs will be implemented as new projects are progressed or as older or damaged signs need to be replaced........
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Westpac NZ announces Te Waiu o Aotearoa Trust Scholarship recipients
Te Waiu o Aotearoa Trust, administered by Westpac NZ, has announced the recipients of its 2022 tertiary study scholarships, which aim to promote, develop, and provide for the education and advancement of Māori within the banking and finance industry and general business......
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ACT Party wants referendum on co-governance with Māori
The issue of Māori co-governance is set to be a big talking point at the next election with ACT campaigning for a referendum on the issue.

Revealed exclusively to 1News, party leader David Seymour says it would be a bottom line if forming a Government with National.

"Over the last 40 years a combination of the Waitangi Tribunal, the courts, and successive Labour and National governments have quietly but progressively changed the definition of what the Treaty means," Seymour said.

He believes the Treaty of Waitangi was not a partnership and therefore co-governance arrangements should not be viewed as a necessary extension of that.

"Co-governance is actually exclusive, it creates resentment, and we need to have an open debate about it that is healthy for society."......
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Three Waters: Mana whenua halts work with Dunedin council
The Dunedin City Council's relationship with mana whenua has been plunged into turmoil.

Mana whenua representatives are bitterly disappointed in the council's decision to join more than 30 other councils in opposing key aspects of the Government's Three Waters reforms and have suspended involvement in a partnership with the council.

Rūnanga representatives have said continuing their involvement in the council's Māori participation working party is inappropriate "while the council appears to view the partnership as mere window dressing".......
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Michael J Fox Foundation funds study of Parkinson’s in Māori and Pacific peoples
The Michael J Fox Foundation (MJFF) has given Otago researchers $504,000 to study Parkinson’s disease progression in Māori and Pacific peoples.

Thanks to the MJFF, Otago researchers Professor Leigh Hale and Dr Paulo Henrique Silva Pelicioni, of the Department of Physiotherapy, will undertake this research using culturally-relevant protocol.......
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Thursday March 24, 2022 

Abolish school streaming to improve education for Māori students, says research 
Streaming should be abolished as it “exacerbates the long-term systemic failure” of Māori students, says new research into inequality in schools.

According to Christchurch-based think tank Tokona Te Raki, more than 90 per cent of New Zealand secondary schools operate streaming, which the Ministry of Education (MoE) defines “as grouping students [...] into different classes for some or all subjects based on perceived ability”.

Education minister Chris Hipkins does not support streaming and said the MoE is working “to move away” from the system.

But new research by Tokona Te Raki says it needs to be removed as it disadvantages Māori, increasing “learners’ sense of low self-worth and low self-esteem”........
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Pūtahi Park drawing people together
With little fuss or fanfare, Whangārei’s new park at the Town Basin was named Pūtahi Park at a dawn blessing ceremony conducted by Te Parawhau on Friday 11 March 2022. Now the barriers are down and Pūtahi Park is open for everyone to enjoy.....
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'Save our democracy' protest against 'iwi co-governance' disappointing - MP
“Save our democracy.”

That was the call from about 40 people who gathered outside Rotorua Lakes Council on Tuesday morning to protest against its pursuit of “iwi co-governance”.

However, a Māori academic who observed the demonstration said, in her view, it was motivated by “ignorance and fear”......
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More Rates Remission For Māori Land Under New Greater Wellington Proposals
Consultation has opened on a new Greater Wellington Rates Remissions on Māori Land Policy, which offers wider support to owners of whenua Māori to look after the whenua for current and future generations.

The draft policy supports improving outcomes for mana whenua and Māori, expanding the criteria, and therefore the opportunity, for rates remission on a broader range of Māori land......
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Wednesday March 23, 2022 

Otago student wins $160,000 Māori cancer research award 
An Otago PhD candidate is one of three researchers to win $160,000 at the inaugural Māori Early Career Development in Cancer Research Awards.

Helena Abolins-Thompson, of Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Ngāi Tahu decent, begins her PhD at the University of Otago Wellington campus this year.

Part of the $160,000 scholarship, which will be paid out over three years, was called a Tikanga allowance......
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Māori leader a finalist for NZer of the Year award
Former Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori and current Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury (UC), Tā Tipene O’Regan, has been named as a finalist for the prestigious national accolade, the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award – Te Pou Whakarae o Aotearoa.

Tā Tipene (Ngāi Tahu) is one of the most influential and important tribal members in the modern history of Ngāi Tahu. His significant achievements include being the Chief Negotiator for Te Kerēme – the Ngāi Tahu Claim, which culminated in the Ngāi Tahu Settlement in 1998 – and becoming a key architect of the Treaty of Waitangi Settlements process.....
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Crown not in breach of treaty for rejecting settlement from Mōtītī Island tangata whenua - Tribunal
The Waitangi Tribunal has found the Crown did not breach the Treaty of Waitangi in not allowing an individual settlement for the tangata whenua of Mōtītī Island.

But it did find the review process undertaken by the Crown in 2015 was flawed, and that consultation could have been a lot better.
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Co-governance with iwi of universities & Crown Research Institutes.

Reflect on what 'binds us together', says Foon on Race Relations Day 

Monday March 21, 2022

‘Opportunity for purposeful change’: Gisborne Council undergoes hearing for Māori wards

Gisborne District Council is one step closer to introducing Māori wards at the next election, provided it gets its way with the Local Government Commission.

On Thursday the council underwent a robust hearing before the commission, which is now tasked with making a decision by April 10 on whether the changes will be allowed.

The council has proposed an alteration to its current arrangement of nine city ward councillors and four rural ward councillors to a set-up where there are six city ward councillors, two rural ward councillors and five Māori ward councillors....
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New RMD Marine vessel designed to create jobs for young Māori blessed in Tauranga
A fishing boat designed to help create job opportunities for young Māori in the far north was being blessed in Tauranga today before setting off on its first fishing venture.

The Hikurangi is the latest in the fishing fleet of the Rawlinson whānau business RMD Marine and was refitted in the South Island for this purpose over the past four years.....
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Minister Little visits the Rohe Pōtae
The Whakauae staff were on hand to help welcome Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little, into the rohe pōtae (territory) of Ngāti Hauiti and Mōkai Pātea-nui-tonu.

During his visit, Minister Little was taken on a comprehensive tour of the rohe pōtae by helicopter, not only to get a feel of the geographical expanse of the area (which is comparable in size to the Tainui rohe pōtae) but to view the remote hinterlands where much of the remaining Māori land interests are ‘land locked’ - a situation which essentially renders the iwi landless. It was also a chance to view the substantive area taken for defence purposes which now forms Waiouru Military Camp.

As an iwi owned research centre, we are acutely aware of the contemporary issues that face iwi regarding health, economic, cultural and social disparities which are often a consequence of colonisation, Crown breaches Treaty of Waitangi and the assimilation policies of early governments. The visit by Minister Little represents another step in the pathway towards healing those historic injustices and moving forward as Hauiti into a future abundant with potential.......
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Caleb Anderson: NZ History Curriculum

Rodney Hide: Aotearoa

John Franklin: “We are now One People”

Dr Lawrie Knight: Fact checking Māori health claims that led to the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill

Abuse in Care: Māori expert panel says the time has come for the Crown to step aside

What if we reopened Treaty settlements?

Linda Tuhiwai Smith: Healing our trauma

Jacinda Ardern introduces a new school history curriculum calling on teachers to reflect on their 'white guilt' - as critics say she's DELIBERATELY dividing New Zealanders on race 

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1 comment:

Ray S said...

"Helena Abolins-Thompson, of Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Ngāi Tahu"
To be congratulated, but with the name Helena Abolins - Thompson, there must also be a european connection there somewhere. Why not say so?
Way too much of this sort of rubbish.
Are these people ashamed of their personal family history or only part of it?