Saturday, March 12, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 6.3.22

Saturday March 12, 2022 

'Serious and confronting' allegations of systemic racism upheld at Otago University

Systemic racism, discrimination and bullying at the University of Otago will be addressed by senior leaders as a matter of urgency months after staff and students walked out on their school to maintain their mana.

In an email to staff on Thursday, vice-chancellor David Murdoch​ said previous attempts to address racism across the institution have been unsatisfactory and at times, ignored.

“This will change and this change will start now.”....
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Te Pāti Māori will only work with parties 'focused on treaty-centric Aotearoa
Politicians agree there's a lot of water to run under the bridge before next year's election, but the potential kingmaker based on new poll results says it will only work with those who "are focused on treaty-centric Aotearoa".

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, Te Pāti Māori co-leader, told AM on Friday that the party wasn't focused on whether it was "left or right", but being "Te Triti-centric". That means being "unapologetically Māori".......
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Delivering on our commitment to Maori housing - Peeni Henare
Today the Associate Minister of Housing (Maori Housing) Peeni Henare released the Implementation Plan for the National Maori Housing Strategy - Maihi Ka Ora.

Minister for Maori Development, Willie Jackson said, "We know the work we do in housing repairs has a major impact on the whanau and the communities it delivers too. But we need to do more. This Implementation Plan, coupled with the Governments $730 million commitment to Maori Housing paves a clear pathway forward for all of us. A pathway that does more for and with iwi, hapu and whanau."

"The Implementation Plan is grounded in a strong Maori Crown partnership - this reflects our commitment to doing things differently, to admitting that the Crown does not always have all the answers and that sometimes those answer sit with the people. This Implementation Plan acknowledges the Crown’s role in supporting Maori to take a by Maori for Maori approach - because this is how we getting better housing outcomes for our whanau", Willie Jackson said.......
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Support for new winter festivals in lower South Island Te Waipounamu
Two new winter festivals in the lower South Island are getting government backing through an annual fund that supports start-up events to become internationally significant.

Minister Stuart Nash says government support for the events will lift the profile of Māori arts and culture associated with Matariki, or the Māori New Year in Te Waipounamu, South Island.

“It will receive seed funding of $100,000, linked to further work on a governance structure and development of the event itself. Matariki Mackenzie is also potentially eligible for further funding of up to $100,000 per year for two further years.

“Feast Matariki will receive initial development funding of $75,000 and may also be eligible for further funding of up to $100,000 per year for two further years. Event organisers have a vision to develop the event into a nationwide celebration of food around Matariki........
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Uni teachers get cultural competency guide
Ngā Hau e Whā o Tāwhirimātea: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning for the Tertiary Sector, is published by Canterbury University Press as a free digital edition, with a book to follow.

The tertiary guide provides suggestions for tertiary educators to try in the classroom, based on four values of manaakitanga – an ethic of care, whanaungatanga – relationships, kotahitanga – unity and rangatiratanga – student agency and leadership.......
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Revealed: The cost of pursuing Rotorua’s Māori ward local bill
On Friday, the council confirmed to Local Democracy Reporting the cost to ratepayers to date was $46,554.30, made up entirely of legal fees......
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Friday March 11, 2022 

Is the Crown failing Māori on alcohol? Waitangi Tribunal to hear claim 
The Waitangi Tribunal will be asked to consider whether the Crown is failing Māori on alcohol, as part of the evidence into WAI 2624 being heard next week.

Lead claimant Rāwiri Ratū (Ngāti te Ata Waiohua, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto) says successive governments have avoided responsibility to protect Māori from the harmful effects of waipiro (alcohol), despite a 2010 Law Commission report finding alcohol contributes to the broad health and social issues affecting Māori......
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Ahipara hapū to contest marine boundaries in the High Court
Hapū in Ahipara will contest the government's authority over marine boundaries in the High Court after a hui on the issue was held in the Far North, where unanimous support from local iwi was received.

The hapu wants to challenge marine boundaries set as a result of the Takutai Moana Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011. The boundaries of the hapū currently stretch from Ngāpae in the North to the Ahipara area in the South.

Taipari says the hapū wants authority over its waters.

"The authority, not the ownership, but the authority, kaitiakitanga, belongs to the hapū of Ahipara, and the Ahipara hapūa rethe custodians."......
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National leader Christopher Luxon defends 'high calibre Māori' comment after criticism
"Some really awesome high-calibre Māori reached out to me over summer. What's been interesting is it's since the leadership change, the reset and since we're focused on the right things, which is the people of New Zealand, not the National Party," Luxon told the outlet.

The phrasing has attracted some criticism online with several people questioning which Māori are considered high or low calibre and who decides.

"What the f**k is 'high calibre' Maori? Are you saying the rest are low calibre?" one person asked.......
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Mana whenua reps join council committees
Environment Southland welcomed four mana whenua representatives yesterday to join two of its council committees.

The council made a decision three years ago to establish opportunities for formal appointments to two standing committees, to strengthen relationships with the local iwi, Ngai Tahu......
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Claims Māori will own NZ's water infrastructure dismissed
The Three Waters working group has dismissed claims that Māori will own the country’s water infrastructure under the reforms.

Tuku Morgan, a member of the working group and Waikato Tainui descendant, said it was time they set the record-straight.

“It’s absolute nonsense. We have always said, that we’re not interested in owning the water assets. What we’re interested in is the proprietor rights over water, and that is a discussion to be had with the Crown, not with councils.”......
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Māori co-governance call in Three Waters tweak
Iwi and council representatives are recommending changes to the Three Waters reforms that will embed Māori in the governance of the proposed new entities to manage drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services.

The Three Waters Working Group on Representation, Governance and Accountability, which has been meeting weekly since early November, also endorsed the principle of Te Mana o te Wai being at the heart of the reforms

Iwi representative Tukuroirangi Morgan says issues of ownership of water were put aside for another time.....
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Iwi steps in to make licences cheaper for tribal members
Waikato-Tainui has joined with AA through the partnership “Kia haere tū” to encourage iwi members to get their licence

The initiative on average generates 500 applications each year and tribal connection lead for the iwi, Te Marae Tapara, said it was about the iwi responding to the needs of their people.

General licence costs can be between $90-$109 per person, depending on which licence the person is sitting.

But the iwi, in an effort to make licences more accessible for their whānau, have subsidised the cost by up to 50 per cent, pulling from their own funding......
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‘Flocks of kererū and kākā’: Iwi wins $1.92m for ‘inland island’ eco-sanctuary
Flocks of kererū, kākā and tītī could make a comeback in the central North Island if a tribe's vision for a 2700ha 'inland island' sanctuary moves ahead.

The Uenuku iwi plan for an eco-sanctuary for native plants and animals on the central plateau is a step closer after gaining $1.92 million funding for conservation work.

Conservation Minister Kiri Allan announced the support from the government's Mahi mō te Taiao/Jobs for Nature programme on Thursday......
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Winners of new Māori cancer research awards aim to reduce inequities in healthcare
Three researchers committed to maximising Māori health gains are each getting a $160,000 boost to their research efforts as the first recipients of new cancer research scholarships......
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Public broadcast shake up could boost Māori voice
A senior Māori journalist says the creation of a new public media entity should create opportunities for more te reo Māori and Māori journalism.

“Looking at how little we’ve got in Māori broadcasting in some areas I would like to think that investment would flow through to Māori viewpoints, Māori journalists, Māori kaupapa, upskilling non-Māori in the Māori world so we can have the best, most balanced, treaty-understanding coverage of issues, in New Zealand, that’s what I would hope” Dr Middleton says......
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Three Waters legal challenge underway

Prime Minister In On The Three Waters He Puapua Deception – NZ First Party

No place for democracy in Ngāi Tahu grab for political power

Loss of whenua continues to have effects on health and wellbeing for many Māori

For us and our children 

Wednesday March 9, 2022 

Universities call for independent national research council 
Aotearoa New Zealand’s eight universities are calling for the Government to establish an independent national research council to set national research priorities and provide strategic oversight of the country’s research, science and innovation (RSI) system.

“The council would give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, including by being responsible for prioritising mātauranga Māori, the careers of Māori researchers and research that advances the wellbeing of Māori communities. It would include a dedicated fully funded capability operated by Māori for Māori communities.”........
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Waikato councils remain concerned at Hauraki Gulf co-governance proposal
Moves to give mana whenua more say over the Hauraki Gulf’s management have raised questions from some Waikato councils.

However, one’s asking “What’s everyone scared of?” as a 50-50 co-governance model is proposed.

Forum members last week voted 11-7 for an advocacy paper which calls for co-governance to be 50-50 between mana whenua, and Crown and local government representatives.....
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Napier landmark named after city sewage outflow reverts to original te reo name
A prominent Napier land feature named after a sewage outflow has officially reverted to its original te reo name – which has a far more salubrious genesis – but how, when and whether the local council chooses to update its signage remains to be seen.

The proposed name change in 2015 came about after local Waitangi Tribunal claimant group Mana Ahuriri suggested the feature’s name be changed to Te Karaka.......
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Customisation of mainstream psychology would benefit Māori
A leading clinical psychologist believes more Māori psychologists are needed - as well as a specialised mātauranga Māori based training programme for them.

She believes there should be a Māori-led tertiary establishment that teaches a new mātauranga Māori form of psychology.......
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$7.8 million project for Wanganui River restoration
Wanganui Iwi are to lead a $7.86 million project to protect to help restore the Wanganui River and its tributaries.

The funding was announced by Minister of Conservation Kiritapu Allan on March 7. It's part.......(NZ Herald paywall)
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Bruce Moon: And the History-Twisters win again!

Māori values giving Māori businesses an edge 

Tuesday March 8, 2022 

Calls for Sleepyhead boycott after director shares 'racist' email 
There are calls for a boycott of Sleepyhead beds after a rant against “tribal rule” and government policies “prioritising Māori” was apparently shared from the email account of its director, Craig Turner.

It includes a lengthy open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in which the author rails against laws being enacted as part of an “agenda for tribal control” and giving “disproportionate power and unimaginable authority” to the “Māori elite”.

It also claims Ardern has no mandate for changes to the health system which would create a “centralised apartheid bureaucracy prioritising Maori over those with more serious medical needs”.......
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Christopher Luxon says National will stand candidates in Maori Electorate seats
The National Party will stand candidates in Maori seats in the election next year for the first time in nearly two decades.

National Party leader Christopher Luxon confirmed the decision on Newshub Nation on Saturday saying it was something the party was working through.

Luxon's commitment to standing candidates in Maori seats is an almost total reversal of the party's previous view.

In 2008 National said its plan was to eventually get rid of the Maori seats......
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Anti-vaccine mandate protesters disparage iwi, laugh at haka after standoff at Auckland beach
A group of anti-mandate protesters have been caught on camera disparaging an Auckland iwi and laughing at a haka after being moved on from Ōrākei's Ōkahu Bay beach.

In footage uploaded to Facebook, the protesters are seen arguing with an Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust official who asks them to relocate elsewhere on Saturday evening......
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He Puapua: National still troubled by 'separatist' document
National MP and former deputy leader Dr Shane Reti says there are still some troubling aspects in the controversial report He Puapua that National needs to think over in coming months.

But Reti told Te Ao Tapatahi today that the National caucus is very exploratory at the moment on “issues like co-governance, what is a good position to be in that meets most of the needs, wants and aspirations of most people most of the time.”

Meanwhile, National will stand candidates in the Māori electorate seats, yet in the past it had said its plan was to eventually abolish Māori seats, so what precipitated the change?

Reti told Te Ao Tapatahi National had made a commitment to positively change the relationship between the Māori and the Crown.

At a special general meeting, National inserted a Treaty of Waitangi clause into its constitution last year “reflecting the fact that we understand that we need to do a better job with our relationship in the Crown/Māori space”......
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Ōwairaka judgement test for treaty settlements
The chair of Auckland’s Tūpuna Maunga Authority says a Court of Appeal decision blocking, for now, the removal of exotic trees from Owairaka Mount Albert may need to go to the Supreme Court for a final say.

Paul Majurey says the judgement upheld the authority’s right to manage the maunga, including removing the trees and replanting with native species.

But it said the authority had not carried out the consultation required by the Reserves Act, and its intentions should have been more clearly spelt out in its 2016 Integrated Management Plan......
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Point of Order: We try again to get the measure of mauri and how to determine when $4.95 million of public funding has restored it

Transforming our ideas of justice

A state of denial and the ongoing impact of generations of damage 

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Fred H said...

Regarding calls for a Sleepyhead boycott, I think that whoever wrote that letter was completely correct. I notice that those calling for a boycott aren't named: WHY?

There is nothing racist about the letter but everything that is done for Maori just because they are Maori is completely RACIST. And it is true that only the Maori elite benefit from these "Maori only programmes": ask any ordinary Maori when they last received a distribution from a Trust set up to manage the Settlements payouts. The answer will always be "Never".

gregd said...

I hope luxon was on the list for a copy, and better still all the shadow ministers, and national parlimentarians,they need a does of this in their vains and get rid of the lovey dovey woke stuff.