Friday, April 15, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 10.4.22

Friday April 15, 2022 

Community calling for return to Clive River’s true name

Now the people of Kohupātiki Marae are calling on the New Zealand Geographic Board to restore the original name of the river and ensure proper consultation with mana whenua. Paipper sees it as the first step in reclaiming a connection with the land she feels has been lost.

“We are suffering from a cultural disconnect from our environment in a sense,” she said. “At the same time, our mauri has been usurped by giving names that are meaningless and have no connection to us.”

She knew the name of the river as Ngaruroro, from the longer name Ngaruroro Moko-tū-ā-raro-ki-Rangatira, which means waves or ripples created by upokororo - a type of endemic freshwater fish that has since gone extinct.....
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Customs doesn't know what tikanga principles it breached in sacking worker
The Employment Court has turned down an application by New Zealand Customs for information the court says would "unreasonably burden" a worker challenging his dismissal.

Part of the former employee's claim was that Customs failed to act in accordance with tikanga principles relevant to the employment relationship, including its own whanonga pono (values)......
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Ōtepoti Dunedin main street to reflect Kāi Tahu culture, values and stories
Southern Māori heritage and culture will inspire the revamp of the main street of Ōtepoti Dunedin.

The Dunedin City Council unveiled the designs for the $28.2 million George Street Retail Quarter today.

"This is a chance for the descendants of Kāi Tahu to reinstate themselves back in the city and be visible in our community," she said.

"Recognising ourselves and seeing our culture, values and stories visibly in the City Centre, whether it be through art, kupu Māori (Māori words) and whakatauki (Māori proverbs) is long overdue, and we are excited to bring our history and whakapapa back to the fore.....
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Three Massey projects awarded MBIE Vision Mātauranga Capability funding
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has awarded three Massey University research projects nearly $640,000 from the Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas says it’s a fantastic result for the university, and a reflection of Massey’s focus on Mātauranga Māori research, as we aspire to be a Tiriti-led institution......
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Greens want whenua fight fund
The Green Party wants the Government to fund legal action to return crown land to iwi and hapū.

She says there is also a desire by many to get land back from the Department of Conservation.

She sees no reason why ownership of conservation land could not be returned to Māori while the department continues to look after public access, weed and pest control and other functions......
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Multi-million-dollar project helps build Maori commercial construction capability
An ambitious multi-million-dollar project to improve the accessibility and safety of marae across Auckland-Tāmaki Makaurau, while helping to build Māori connectivity and capability in the construction sector, is the work of Auckland Transport, in conjunction with Auckland Council, iwi and Māori businesses.

The marae upgrade project has been conducted across the Auckland isthmus and over the Waitematā to Motairehe Marae, in Katherine Bay on Aotea-Great Barrier Island, where works are due to be completed by the end of March. Also upcoming are works on Haranui Marae at the base of the South Head of the Kaipara Harbour, around Ōtakanini......
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Karl du Fresne: New Zealand’s cultural upheaval

Don Brash: How would I vote in the Tauranga by-election?

Graham Adams: Can the Māori Health Authority really boost Māori life expectancy?

Moving back towards matriarchy 

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Thursday April 14, 2022 

DOC treaty view out of step with courts 
An independent review has slammed the way the Department of Conservation interprets the Treaty of Waitangi.

Group member Dion Tuuta says Section 4 of the Conservation Act is one of the strongest treaty clauses on the books, requiring the department to give effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, but that was lost in its day to day application.

The policies were written to give a crown-centric view of the treaty, highlighting the principles of government, self-management and reasonable cooperation.

He says it’s time to build kawa and tikanga Māori into the system to give a balanced view on what conservation means for Aotearoa New Zealand.....
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$250k to investigate carbon farm effects
A Tairāwhiti research group has secured funding of $250,000 to educate and work with Māori who are most likely to be impacted by permanent carbon farming in the region.

The group is funded through the Deep South Challenge which is one of the Government’s national science challenges that aim to tackle the country’s biggest science-based issues and provide job opportunities.

The Tairawhiti group is one of 14 research projects which has found support from the Deep South Challenge to investigate climate impacts and shine a light on indigenous leadership in response to the serious and urgent challenges of the climate crisis.....
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Pay gap widens for nurses working for Māori health providers
As District Health Board nurses celebrate reaching a settlement in pay equity, Māori nurses who choose to work for a Māori health provider are still being paid 25 per cent less.

Māori nurses are at the frontline in the fight against Covid-19 in communities across the country but are still paid less than DHB nurses. New Zealand Nurses organisation Kaiwhakahaere Māori Kerri Nuku says that is unfair.

Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare says pay parity will be addressed under the new Maori Health Authority.....
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Two Māori wards added for 2022 Rangitīkei local body elections
Two Māori wards have been included in Rangitīkei District Council's representation arrangement for this year's local body elections.

The Local Government Commission confirmed one councillor each from Tiikeitia ki Uta (inland) and Tiikeitia ki Tai (coastal) will join a mayor and nine other councillors.

There will be two elected from the northern general ward, five from the central general ward and two from the southern general ward.....
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Bid to introduce Hamilton community boards knocked back
The city council committed in May to establish two Māori wards and will switch to the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system this election, replacing the First Past the Post (FPP) system.

The decision to create two Kirikiriroa Māori wards triggered a wider representation review, with the council voting not to establish community boards. Instead, elected members resolved to look at trialling two community committees following the 2022 election.....
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Local Govt Commission’s wards decision criticised
"What a bloody mess. The new rural ward, that will also take in some of the Lakes community, get only one vote out of 10 for councillors.

"Those on the Māori roll get three votes for the Māori ward out of 10 for councillors, and those on the general electoral roll get six votes for the [general] ward out of 10.

"The rural voters are flushing nine potential votes down the toilet, Māori voters seven, and those on the general roll four votes......
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Co-governance a must for national research entity
New Zealand is racist. That's according to Gena Moses-Te Kani the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge Tangata Whenua co-chair.

"Fundamentally we are a racist nation, so it's very hard to do anything without acknowledging that first."

Leaders of the national research entity operating under a Treaty-based co-governance structure say it’s an important step towards establishing genuine equality for Māori.....
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School resources make history personal
A former far north school principal says if Māori teachers want resources to teach about Maori things they have to make them.

Hilda Halkyard-Harawira from Te Wānanga o Te Rangi Āniwaniwa has put that principal into action by working with artist Richard Murray to make resources that give tamariki knowledge they can identify with.

The first was He Whakapūtanga, the 1835 declaration that Niu Tireni was an independent country under the mana of its rangatira.

She’s also done a poster on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, focusing on the Māori version, because that’s the one signed by the chiefs and Captain William Hobson .....
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Hope new Invercargill street naming policy leads to more Te Reo
The Invercargill City Council will introduce a street naming policy as it pushes for more Te Reo streets names.

In November Cr Rebecca Amundsen called for the introduction of a policy that would lead to more Māori street names in the city.....
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Don Brash: Absolutely no logic in a separate Maori Health Authority

Negotiating greater Māori participation in Antarctic and Southern Ocean research, policy, and governance 

Wednesday April 13, 2022 

DHB workforce to vote on strike action 
At a two-hour union meeting this afternoon, Allied health workers decided to ballot members on whether to take strike action to progress their claim for a decent offer from District Health Boards (DHB).

From tomorrow the 10,000 members of the nation’s essential DHB health workforce will vote on a fortnight of ‘work to rule’ industrial action to run from 9 – 20 May and a 24-hour strike on 16 May.

The results of the vote will be announced on 20 April.

Hauora Māori kaimahi, Allan said, “The DHBs are partners with Tangata Whenua under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. But Māori staff, including those working in cultural roles like me, are at the bottom of the pile when it comes to fair pay and treatment”.

“Every day we are called upon to perform important cultural labour that goes completely unrecognised in our pay. We have almost no opportunity for wage progression, and we are constantly impacted by staff shortages.

“It is exploitation like this that makes me feel that when it comes to health, the DHBs are doing little more than paying lip service to Te Tiriti. If we are to be true partners, we need an offer that ensures Māori Cultural Workers can stand alongside our colleagues.”.....
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Milestone Matariki marks NZ as a modern Pacific nation
In just over two months Aotearoa New Zealand will, for the first time, officially commemorate Matariki with a public holiday.

“This is a historic moment for all of us,” Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan said. “It will be the first national holiday to specifically recognise and celebrate mātauranga Māori......
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Former Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson urges Government to 'coherently' define Māori co-governance
Former Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is urging the Government to "coherently" define Māori co-governance so that "healthy" debate can happen.

"It's the Government's responsibility. One must first determine, is this co-governance or is it a different form of delivering service to Māori?

"So, you know, I really do think that much of what people are talking about today as co-governance may not be co-governance. A proper definition is going to be very important, but that's the responsibility of the Government.".....
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Local Government Commission overturns Ruapehu wards decisions
The Local Government Commission has overturned the Ruapehu District Council's decisions on representation arrangements, reducing the council by two members and bringing in a single general ward.

The Ruapehu district will now have six members elected from a single district-wide Ruapehu General Ward and three members elected from a new Māori ward......
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Bus Stop Or Final Destination?
“With Cabinet today considering the controversial and divisive He Puapua document and what’s next for New Zealand after signing the UNDRIP – it’s time for the Prime Minister to be clear about her government’s intentions around co-governance,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The co-writer of He Puapua, Jacinta Ruru told Q+A at the weekend that He Puapua is a ‘bus stop’ to ‘compliance.’ New Zealanders will be keen to know if the Government sees it that way, which stop are we at and how compliant do we need to be?......
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Proud to be backing mātauranga Māori scientific research
Sixteen projects including a horticultural and food enterprise, a study into intergenerational iwi knowledge, and ways of bringing traditional and modern engineering streams together will receive funding through the latest round of the Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund, RSI Minister Megan Woods and Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson announced today.

“This Fund is all about supporting the many opportunities that come from strengthening mātauranga Māori and the science and innovation system in a way that embraces both bodies of knowledge as complementary,” says Megan Woods......
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Parallel track sought for Māori education
Kaupapa Māori education advocates want an urgent hearing on their claims for mana motuhake within the education system.

“We’re all adamant we need something like a Māori education authority so that we have sovereignty over our uniquely Māori, mana Māori, rangatira Māori education options,” Ms Dewes says.

The claimants are meeting Waitangi tribunal Judge Sarah Reeves today to discuss their urgent application and the possibility of mediation......
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Select committee peek bad news for Māori Authority
National’s health spokesperson Shane Reti says the Māori Health Authority is being set up to fail.

“What they’ll see is what I see, that Māori are effectively being set up to fail with the Māori Health Authority. I can’t give any details because that is still held within committee, but I suggest people keep a close eye on the second reading, and then they will know what I know,” he says.

Dr Reti says National’s answer to inequities in the health system will be to absorb the Māori Health Authority into a strengthened Māori health directorate within the Ministry of Health......
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Kaupapa education providers set on own path
Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says its the right of every Māori child to learn in te reo Māori – but not necessarily through the main kaupapa Māori providers.

It’s got to be about all children. I want to grow the number of children in kaupapa Māori education from the figure it is now to 30 per cent by 2040.

He says because of the stand-off 18 months of work has been lost.....
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Restart co-governance conversation

Embracing our cultural history and te reo Māori

Gerrard Albert: Why Whanganui River tribes have moved beyond co-governance to a new model for better democracy

An iwi shows how we can adjust and thrive in a changing climate

‘Quite an eye-opener’: Workers absorb iwi values guiding $50m port upgrade

Waikato River Authority good model for co-governance since it shows multiple agencies can work together - iwi leader 

Tuesday April 12, 2022 

Taupō District Council finalises draft Mana Whakahono partnership agreement with Ngāti Tūrangitukua 
After several years of working closely together, Taupō District Council has finalised a draft Mana Whakahono partnership agreement with Ngāti Tūrangitukua, who are a hapū of Ngāti Tuwharetoa and who hold mana whenua of the Tūrangi township and its surrounds.

The new co-governance framework will enable Ngāti Tūrangitukua to make joint decisions alongside council on various matters that affect their land and whanau for the benefit of the wider community.

An equal co-governance committee made up of both Ngāti Tūrangitukua and council appointees will be set up as the governing body to build on the fruits of the existing positive working partnership that are being reaped between the two in community planning and co-design of community projects, facilities and sustainable community outcomes.....
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Wellington polytechnics boost Māori and Pacific services for students to 'break down barriers' to achievement
Two Wellington polytechnics are backing an iwi and Pasifika-led approach to support services in an effort to break down barriers and keep more students in higher education.

Whitireia and WelTec will boost staffing numbers to deliver new and expanded pastoral care programmes for Māori and Pacific students.

Six new staff will be employed in total, with four being reallocated. Ngāti Toa will lead the new programme at Whitireia, while the current Tamaiti Whāngai​ programme at WelTec, led by Te Āti Awa​, will be expanded. Pacific leaders will be leading support for Pacific students, too......
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ProCare Announces Appointment Of Tangata Whenua Representative To Its Health Limited Board
Leading healthcare provider ProCare is delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah (Hera) Kinred (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei) as the Tangata Whenua representative on the ProCare Health Limited Board. Her appointment was effective from 1 April 2022.

Commenting on her appointment, Sarah says: “I am extremely passionate about the hauora of my people and community. I am committed to ensuring that Mātauranga Māori is intentionally present and is a part of all decisions made at a governance level. I am unapologetic about being Māori, about the wellbeing of Māori and about reconnecting Māori to who we are and where we come from. In that connection lies the answers to our own wellbeing and our tino rangatiratanga.”.......
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Three Waters: Maria Nepia - the wahine adding the Māori magic
Maria Nepia is the wahine who will ensure Māori voices will be seen and heard when the Three Waters reforms are completed and the legislation becomes law.

Nepia (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Rākaipaaka), has been appointed executive director, Three Waters Iwi/Māori at the Department of Internal Affairs.

The new position signals the significant role Māori will play in the Three Waters programme, including pathways for enhanced participation by whānau and hapū as these services relate directly to their Treaty rights and interests.....
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Housing progress on Ihumātao land hits the wall
Progress at the disputed land, Ihumātao, remains stalled as the Crown waits for the final members of the governance group to be appointed, writes political editor Jo Moir

Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson had hoped the governance group, Roopu Whakahaere, would be up and running in February but it could now be late May before that happens.

It’s been 16 months since the Government announced the controversial land - home to a long-running occupation - had been purchased by the Crown from Fletcher Building for $30 million......
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Local Government Commission warns remuneration concerns not best representation review driver
Capping councillor numbers to ensure adequate remuneration is not the best way to approach a representation review the Local Government Commission has told Northland Regional Council.

NRC will have its first Māori constituency following the representation review, initiated after the council voted to bring in Māori seats in October 2020. This triggered the review, before the local government election in October this year.

The nine councillors will be elected from eight constituencies. Seven of the nine will be elected to represent the seven general constituencies (one from each) with two from the single region-wide Māori constituency......
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Work begins on how Aotearoa can realise UNDRIP and Māori self-determination
Cabinet has heard advice from groups such as the Iwi Chairs Forum about how the United Nations Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) should be implemented.

Jackson then contracted Covid-19 over the weekend, but Ardern confirmed Cabinet met and discussed the UNDRIP progress on Monday. Jackson is expected to speak about the next steps on work towards recognising the declaration commitments when he returns from sick leave.

The UNDRIP, which was signed in 2010 under Prime Minister John Key and Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples, pledged that signatories would recognise indigenous self-determination.......
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Mike Hosking: Will the govt listen to the people over co-governance? 

Monday April 11, 2022 

Co-governance: Tūhoe on what is and isn't working in Te Urewera 
He says co-governance is not the goal.

“Co-governance is not our term. Mana Motuhake is our term. So we are committed to washing away dependency on the Crown, and raising maximum authority for Tuhoe people," he said.

“I don’t see it as the final destination. I don’t see co-governance as the answer. But I think it’s the next bus stop in a journey that has to be made. It’s everyone’s journey. It’s like gravity, you can’t defy it. It’s on its way.”.....
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Iwi Governance – Lakes District Health Board
Lakes DHB has had formal relationships with Te Arawa and Ngāti Tūwharetoa since 2002.

The basis for the relationships is:....
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Point of Order: You thought voting rights and representation was a governance matter? Get to grips with the Treaty and sophistication

What Dame Claudia Orange is reading

Stick this in the time capsule: A letter to 2122

High-profile lawyer and disability advocate Dr Huhana Hickey shares story of stolen identity

Anne Salmond: Te Tiriti and Democracy, Part 3 

Sunday April 10, 2022

Report shows Department of Conservation has not been meeting Te Tiriti obligations, recommends sweeping changes

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has failed to consistently fulfil its Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations and a major overhaul is needed, an independent review has found.

For the past 35 years, the department has “fundamentally misapplied” a section of its core legislation, the report says, so it recommends “a fundamental rethinking of the entire conservation system".

The report is by the Options Development Group, which was appointed in 2020 to consider the implications of a Supreme Court case that challenged aspects of the department’s decision-making – particularly its obligations to give effect to the Treaty of Waitangi principles......
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Papakāinga response to call from home
The Associate Minister for Māori Housing, Peeni Henare, and Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson this morning attended the blessing of the first three homes in a 10-home papakāinga at Pukeaute just south of Hastings.

The Government invested $3.9 million into the feasibility, infrastructure, and development of the Pukeaute papakāinga......
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Government funding supports iwi-led affordable housing on whenua Māori
“It’s fantastic to be here in Te Karaka alongside Toitū Tairāwhiti to see another iwi-led new build home opened to a deserving whānau. Seeing another whānau move into a warm dry home is another step forward for the Government’s Māori Housing strategy” Peeni Henare said.

Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is collaborating with iwi to deliver more homes to local whānau. This is the fourth of twenty five homes that will be delivered in the Tairāwhiti area, helping whānau into quality, affordable housing......
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Six kaumātua housing units open near Bluff to establish intergenerational housing community around marae
The official opening of six kaumātua units in Awarua, near Bluff, has signalled the first step towards building an intergenerational housing community.

The project has had various funding with iwi and the Government working in partnership.

"It's not only created jobs but that $1.9 million investment has resulted in the fact that we have six permanent warm, safe, dry, housing."....
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Waitangi Tribunal hears urgent claim on injustices to kura kaupapa Māori
The Waitangi Tribunal is hearing claims from Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori and will determine if they will be granted an urgent inquiry to put the Crown's breaches of its Treaty obligations on record.

The claim concerns acts and omissions by the Crown in relation to the exercise of tino rangatiratanga by whānau of kura kaupapa Māori and Te Rūnanga Nui.

"Kura kaupapa Māori have had to adopt governance and management practices and policies which reflect mainstream Western educational ethos, not that of kura kaupapa Māori," Dewes said......
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Death knell for democracy with racist Rotorua representation Bill

Point of Order: The co-governance debate – why Singapore would eschew such a model (and look how well the people of that nation are doing)

Followed, threatened and abused — being a Māori advocate in the pandemic 

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1 comment:

Ray S said...

Separate this, separate that, the momentum at which all these separate agendas are gathering I think are a result of fear among Maori that they will be overrun by Europeans and Asians of all races.
If they were to sit back and have a close look at the country as a whole, they would see that things are generally not too bad for everybody.
Separate systems would probably not change anything for Maori, tribal systems do not include everybody in benefits. Intertribal warfare is the only thing that does that.