Saturday, April 30, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 24.4.22

Saturday April 30, 2022 

Police shut down follower criticising use of te reo Māori in Facebook post

A Facebook comment by NZ Police shutting down a person criticising their use of te reo in a post has gone viral.

One Facebook user, however, took exception to the fact that police included a Māori word in the post.

"Great to see, but how about sticking to english. The Wahine was a ship," the Facebook user wrote......
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Second iwi would see kaimoana ban stretch to 100 kilometres
Ngāruahine iwi is considering adding its coastline to a rāhui on collecting shellfish, which would see a customary ban from New Plymouth to Hāwera.

Along with Taranaki iwi, Ngāruahine also is looking to the Minister of Fisheries to legally ban kaimoana gathering for at least two years, to reinforce the rāhui.

Hapū of Taranaki iwi have already placed a rāhui from Paritutu in New Plymouth to just south of Ōpunakē, except for a small gap north of Wārea where Ngā Mahanga are still finalising their response.

If Ngāruahine join them the rāhui would stretch along 100 kilometres of the coast to protect pāua and other kaimoana from excessive harvesting, largely by visitors to the region.....
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Three waters: Councils to be shareholders as government accepts recommendations
The government has accepted 44 of the three waters working group's 47 recommendations for changes to its water infrastructure reform programme, with minor changes.

The co-governance provisions proposed - to have mana whenua and councils given equal number of seats on a representation group which sets the entites' strategic direction but has no say in operational matters - would remain, with the additional option of having co-chairs.

She said the enduring relationship between councils and mana whenua will set in place a more fertile and productive space for making decisions reflecting the wellbeing of communities and the environment into the future.

"Māori have a long-term interest in the sustainability and mauri of water....
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Three Waters Will Be Gone Under ACT
“Any Government ACT is a part of will reverse Labour’s wildly unpopular Three Water reforms,” says ACT’s Local Government spokesperson Simon Court.

"The worst aspect of the reforms is divisive co-governance. It's totally inappropriate to give iwi a seat at the table just because of who their ancestors were. All New Zealanders want clean and safe water, not just iwi.

“There is also no rationale for continuing to have co-governance at the centre of the reforms. Nanaia Mahuta herself has admitted that “Māori have not expressed rights and interests in three waters assets over and above those as ratepayers within their respective communities of interest.”...
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Three Waters Announcement The Sow’s Ear Of A Separatist Agenda
“Labour’s Three Waters announcement today is nothing but a ‘faux backdown’ which has only occurred due to massive public backlash and the calculated loss of political capital they would endure,” says Rt Hon Winston Peters Leader of New Zealand First.

“It is not a coincidence that this announcement comes just days after the embarrassment of Rotorua District Council dropping the Labour-backed Māori Ward Bill – which clearly they have learnt very little from.”

“Make no mistake, Three Waters is the manifestation of Labour’s race-based co-governance agenda which is only leading to New Zealand becoming a separatist state.”....
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Canning Discriminatory Rotorua Bill The Right Move
Labour has predictably started backpedalling on the discriminatory Rotorua District Council Bill but rather than just pressing pause, they need to can the whole thing now, National’s Justice Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

“Labour should also abandon the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Bill, which alters voting rights in a different way.....
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Scholarship steers Māori and Pacific students towards academic success
Takere, which began with a five-week live-in academy for 50 ākonga (students) at the start of this year, aims to develop skills and confidence helping Māori and Pacific students navigate university life and achieve academic success.

Funded in part by the Tertiary Education Commission, the scholarship is part of the University of Canterbury’s Kia Angitu Student Success Programme......
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Bicultural Education in a Multiethnic Aotearoa New Zealand: Sustaining Te Ao Māori
Since the 1980s Aotearoa New Zealand has officially positioned itself as a ‘bicultural’ nation. The national narrative is of an equal partnership between Indigenous iwi Māori (Māori tribes) and the British Crown, mediated by the founding document te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi). The centrality of biculturalism and te Tiriti is perhaps nowhere more evident than in education. The provision of a ‘bicultural’ education, one which acknowledges the central place of te ao Māori (the Māori world), has become one of the defining features of schooling in Aotearoa New Zealand. All students are expected to have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the Māori language and customs, and all teachers are expected to demonstrate a commitment to the ‘bicultural’ partnership......
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Government partners with Ka Uruora to deliver up to 172 new homes for whānau
Minister of Housing Hon Dr Megan Woods and Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing) Peeni Henare have today announced a new investment partnership with Ka Uruora to build up to 172 new homes for whānau who need them most.

“Our place-based and kaupapa Māori strategy is proving the foundation for the Government’s work in housing. We know we cannot take a one-size-fits-all approach and we will continue to work alongside Iwi and Māori to advance housing projects that support whānau needs.

“This investment is an excellent example of our continued commitment to address the housing crisis for Māori. I’m delighted at the progress we are making,” Megan Woods said.

“This Government made a record investment in Māori Housing. In last year’s Budget we committed $730 million to Māori housing supply and Infrastructure,” Peeni Henare said.

“I am also committed to ensuring that this investment is made in partnership with Māori, taking a by Māori for Māori approach.

Funding has been approved for:

* A maximum of $37.6m in supply funding to deliver up to 172 affordable rentals;

* A maximum of $17.5m to contribute to the infrastructure requirements for up to 172 affordable rentals, plus a further 31 progressive home ownership (PHO) sites.....
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Report focuses on bigger role for Māori in conservation estate
A blueprint proposing that Māori have greater control of the Conservation estate – a third of New Zealand - has alarmed some, but Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan indicates it is not likely to translate directly....(NZ Herald paywall)
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Street name changes to Maori ‘don’t mean we can forget wrongs done’
The decision to rename Von Tempsky Street to Putikitiki Street and the nearby Dawson Park to Te Wehenga Park, is supported by the Kiingitanga and Waikato-Tainui.

Despite the decision, Simmonds says the removal of other names does not mean we can forget the wrongs committed to iwi Māori in the Waikato......
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HDPA: The longer it goes on, the more it looks like it isn't really about cleaning up water

Now that I’ve got your attention...

Iwi optimistic Government acceptance of Three Waters recommendations put taonga on the right track 

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Friday April 29, 2022 

Rotorua Lakes Council to 'pause' controversial Māori wards bill 
Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick says the council will "pause" its pursuit of a controversial local bill to change electoral rules for the district.

In a statement released this afternoon , Chadwick said the council's decision to pause the Māori Affairs select committee process was a "sensible one".

"This will allow council officers to work with legal advisers, as well as parliamentary and government advisers, on strengthening the policy work of the local bill.".....
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Māori ward fallout: Councillor Peter Bentley resigns during stormy meeting
Rotorua district councillor Peter Bentley has resigned from the council effective immediately in a fiery exchange with mayor Steve Chadwick.

At a full council meeting today, Chadwick moved to include a discussion about the Rotorua District Council (Representation Arrangements) Bill into a confidential section of the meeting.

Chadwick's motion drew a point of order from councillor Reynold Macpherson to ask if the motion could be discussed.

Chadwick said no, it was the chair's ruling. "I have ruled."

Bentley then raised an urgent item not on the agenda.....
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Back to drawing board for Rotorua council
Local Government Minister Nanaia expects a new version soon of a Bill creating Māori representatives on Rotorua Lakes Council.

Ms Mahuta says what’s positive is the council is trying to move towards treaty-based representation from Te Arawa, building on its existing arrangement with the iwi......
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Leap forward between Maori and council
A significant milestone in the Central Otago District Council (CODC) partnership with Maori regarding input in council decision-making was reached yesterday.

At a full meeting of the council, community development adviser Rebecca Williams presented her report to consider a draft partnership protocol between the council and mana whenua (Maori who have historic and territorial rights over the land).

Relationships between the council and mana whenua had taken a number of forms and ka runaka submitted to the CODC’s 2021-31 long-term plan, seeking funding for engagement in the council’s work under a Treaty of Waitangi partnership arrangement......
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Agreement marks new collective approach to Wellington council partnership with Māori
Wellington City Council and mana whenua will sign an agreement that sets out how the groups will work together on Friday, 182 years after Te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed in Wellington.

The agreement will be signed at Pipitea marae by representatives from the council, Te Ātiawa, Taranaki Whānua, and Ngāti Toa.

Kura Moeahu from Te Ātiawa said signing the new agreement on the anniversary of the local signing of the Treaty was “a reminder that we did not cede our chiefly authority”.....
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Ngai Tahu pushes forward with application to add 'h' to Wakatipu
Ngai Tahu will push on with an application to officially add the "h" to Wakatipu.

The iwi will begin to work through the process under the New Zealand Geographic Board in coming months.

Otakou Runaka representative Paulette Tamati-Elliffe, who is working on the name change, said the aim was to have the name recognised by wider New Zealand and restore mana to the original name, which "has always" been Whakatipu Waimaori.

Ngai Tahu dictionary Ka Huru Manu, recognised by the New Zealand Geographic Board, states on its website, "Whakatipu Waimaori is the correct spelling for Lake Wakatipu"......
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Porirua street renamed from warship to waka
A Wellington street named after a 19th century Royal Navy warship has been changed to a waka believed to have first discovered Aotearoa.

The Porirua City Council voted unanimously on Thursday morning to rename Calliope Crescent in Cannons Creek to Matahourua Crescent.......
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New report challenges health services to make whakawhanaungatanga central to the care of Māori after major trauma
A new report is calling for health services to ensure whakawhanaungatanga is central to the care and rehabilitation of Māori suffering traumatic injury.

Whakawhanaungatanga is about making connections and relating to people in culturally appropriate ways......
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Iwi encouraged to resolve Auckland land claim issues on marae
In a landmark case, the High Court has encouraged iwi with overlapping claims on whenua in central Auckland to resolve their issues together and away from the court.

It's the latest in a seven-year battle that began after the Crown proposed a transfer of the land to the Marutūahu Collective in 2014, two years after Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei settled its Treaty claims.....
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Lindsay Mitchell: On Maori inter-marriage and future implications

Thursday April 28, 2022 

Commissioners make case for Ngāi Tahu council role 
Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene says a Bill that would allow Ngāi Tahu to appoint two members to Canterbury Regional Council will enhance the representation of mana whenua and lead to better decision-making.

National’s justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith has slammed the Bill as being inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act.

But Mr Tirikatene says it continues the arrangement established when National sacked the council in 2010 and appointed commissioners.

“We’re talking about land, water, natural resources, coasts. It’s very important we have that treaty viewpoint in a decision-making role. It’s proven successful. They’ve had very capable Ngāi Tahu councillors in the past, well respected,” he says.....
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Street name in Hamilton changed from Von Tempsky to Putikitiki
A Hamilton East street and park have been gifted new names to better reflect the city’s heritage.

Von Tempsky St will become Putikitiki St and the nearby Dawson Park will be Te Wehenga Park in line with a Hamilton City Council community committee vote on Tuesday night.

It comes after growing debate over recent years for the city to revisit street names honouring colonial figures such as Gustavus Ferdinand von Tempsky, Sir George Grey and John Bryce.

The new te reo Māori names are expected to revive original place names that have a closer relationship to the whenua (land) and reflect the area’s history. They are also significant to mana whenua......
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Te Arawa leaders vow fight for equal representation
Rotorua and Te Arawa leaders are vowing to continue pursuing equal representation on the council even if a bill in Parliament is defeated.

Rotorua Lakes District councillor Merepeka Raukawa-Tait told ensuring an equal voice for Te Arawa on the council was what counted.....
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Māori statue list undergoing iwi consultation; announcement pending
Te Arawhiti, the Office for Māori-Crown Relations, has developed a preferred list of Māori who'll be memorialized as statues.

But their identity is still under wraps.

The government announced $1 million for Māori statues in June last year but Covid-19 had delayed the project.......
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Labour support falters as Rotorua electoral bill 'fallen foul' of Bill of Rights
Labour’s support of Rotorua council’s bill to change electoral rules for the district could be floundering, after the Attorney General found it was not consistent with the Bill of Rights Act.

However, Waiariki MP Rawiri Waititi says he backs the “brave and progressive” bill and wants to make it easier for Māori to change electoral rolls.

A public law expert says he does not believe the bill will pass in time for the 2022 local election......
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Richard Prebble: Labour’s new kind of democracy

John Porter: Jacinda Ardern and New World Order

Mixed views on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, support for Aotearoa new NowNext survey finds 

Wednesday April 27, 2022 

Labour intends reassessing Rotorua electoral bill 
The government will consider a report saying a proposed law to introduce Māori seats on the Rotorua council is discriminatory.

A report by the attorney general found it limits the right to be free from discrimination and cannot be justified.

Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson told Morning Report that while he voted for it in the first round of the parliamentary process, serious issues had now emerged and it would have to be paused and reassessed.....
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Co-governance helping deliver better results for Māori - Deputy PM
The government is adapting core democratic principles to ensure better outcomes for Māori, the deputy prime minister says.

Grant Robertson said New Zealanders should be proud of new arrangements for Māori co-governance.

Robertson, who was standing in for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, told Morning Report he agreed that the nature of democracy has changed and said the country could be proud of how it had evolved.

He said it had allowed the Māori voice to be heard and their voices and aspirations can be taken into account......
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Bill for Māori seats in Rotorua could go back to square one, minister Willie Jackson says
A proposed law to introduce Māori seats to the Rotorua District Council may have to go back to square one but is salvageable, Minister of Māori Development Willie Jackson says.

"We've got to get this right going forward, so if it's back to square one ... that doesn't mean it's the end of it, it means there's got to be a bit of work in terms of drafting it."......
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Changes likely for Rotorua's election bill amid concern it's undemocratic
A controversial bill which introduces specialist seats to the Rotorua District Council, with a focus on increasing Māori representation, is likely to face changes after the attorney-general​ said it presented an unjustified disadvantage to non-Māori.

Tāmati Coffey, the Labour MP who sponsored Rotorua District Council’s bill, said the council was considering the attorney-general’s concerns and was speaking to the Ministry of Justice about potential fixes......
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Auckland conservation project trio backed to tune of $6.1m
More than 50 jobs are set to be created across Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland with the launch of three new Government-backed initiatives, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan said today.

The projects:

* The Department of Conservation will invest $3 million in Te Mauri Hauropi o Ngā Tūpuna Maunga/Tūpuna Maunga Biodiversity strategy led by the Tūpuna Maunga Authority.

* Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust’s Tū Mai Taonga will receive $2.1 million to create a local conservation workforce over a three-year period to undertake pest eradication work in the Aotea Conservation Park and Northern Aotea.......
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New pātaka Māori supermarket to open in Kaitaia
The opening of a new pātaka (supermarket) in the Far North next month can't come soon enough, as people struggle to make ends meet due to inflation, lack of grocery competition and the rising cost of living.

The new Social Supermarket Te Hiku Pātaka will open in Kaitaia in late May and is backed by a partnership between Foodstuffs and Te Kahu Oranga Whānau- a collective of Te Hiku iwi and Māori organisations including Waitomo Papakāinga Development Trust, Te Whare Ruruhau O Meri, Te Rūnanga o te Rarawa and Tuhiata Mahi Ora......
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A ground-breaking Mana Whakahono partnership agreement between Taupō District Council and Ngāti Tūrangitukua was approved at this afternoon’s council meeting.
“This historic move will allow the existing partnership between the council and Ngāti Tūrangitukua to flourish. It will build on the great initiatives for the Tūrangi community we have been working on together over the past couple of years, including a new sports facility and a destination playground.”

Ngāti Tūrangitukua Maori Committee Chair Hinerauamoa Mohi said she and her whānau were pleased they could come together as partners with council on matters that are essential to the growth and potential of Tūrangi.......
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Nash carbon forest rule change to cost Māori $7b
Māori landowners say they stand to lose $7 billion in future earnings if permanent exotic forests are taken out of the emissions trading scheme.

Forestry Minister Stuart Nash has given just six weeks for consultation on a proposed change to rules set just 12 months ago encouraging carbon farming of exotics.

Te Kapunga Dewes from Ngā Pou ā Tāne, the National Māori Forestry Association, says that’s not enough time for what is a major attack on the Māori economy and treaty settlements.....
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Elizabeth Rata: The Decolonisation of Education in New Zealand

Point of Order: Let’s recall how NZ was surprised by signing of indigenous rights declaration – and how Mahuta criticised the Key govt’s secrecy

Graham Adams: Attorney-General belatedly steps up to defend democracy

Point of Order: Was it Winston Peters who last mentioned “democracy” in an Anzac Day speech?

Anzac Day: The Māori who refused to fight in World War I

Remembering our past, warts and all, is not about making New Zealanders feel guilty

Great minds: Mental Health statistics worsen for Māori

Anne Salmond: Te Tiriti and democracy Part 4 - Unite and Rule 

Monday April 25, 2022 

Willie Jackson says democracy has changed, co-governance is good, Act leader is a 'hypocrite' 
Seymour responded almost immediately this morning.

He said Jackson showed all the reasons why a proper debate on co-governance was needed.

"Willie Jackson has claimed repeatedly that he'd like to have a debate with me about this. I welcome this," Seymour said.

"The reason we haven't is because the Prime Minister's office won't let him. After this morning's interview I'm not surprised."

In a statement, the Act leader added: "It's a sad state of affairs when our constitutional settings are changing and the Government can't put forward a coherent argument.

"At best they don't understand what they're saying, at worst they're deliberately muddying the water with misinformation."

Seymour said Act believed in liberal democracy and "superficial" characteristics like race, sex, sexuality and religion were not relevant to voting rights.

"I'm standing by ready to debate Willie Jackson and I'll be armed with facts instead of personal insults. The ball is in his court.".....
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U-turn Coming For Discriminatory Rotorua Local Bill?
Willie Jackson’s comments today on the discriminatory Rotorua District Council bill suggest Labour is rightly considering a U-turn, National’s Justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

“On TVNZ’s Q+A this morning Jackson was back-peddling, saying there had been ‘a few mistakes’ and that it wasn’t their bill. And he now agrees with the Attorney-General, who said on Friday that the bill was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act.

“But, hang on – Labour voted for the bill with gusto at its first reading earlier this month.

“Labour MP Arena Williams said the ‘bill is necessary because it creates meaningful partnership’.

“No wonder most people can’t work out what the Government is trying to do with co-governance – it’s all over the place.

“Willie Jackson’s bizarre statement this morning that ‘the nature of democracy has changed’ will come as a surprise to most New Zealanders, who haven’t been aware of a new constitutional convention or any proper debate to which they’ve been invited.....
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Iwi appeal decision to grant consent for giant wind turbines in South Taranaki
A Taranaki iwi is taking its opposition to the proposed construction of four massive wind turbines in its rohe to the High Court.

Hiringa Energy Limited and Ballance Agri-Nutrients Limited applied under a new fast-tracked consenting process to build four, 206-metre tall wind turbines on Kokiri Rd farmland, about five kilometres north east of Manaia.

The farmland is owned by Māori agri-business Parininihi ki Waitotara....
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Dr Shane Reti: Government needs to get its priorities right
The National Party says the government needs to get its priorities right.

National's Māori-Crown Relations Spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says Three Waters and the Māori Health Authority are destined to fail.

He told the Weekend Collective the government doesn't know what Māori are actually concerned about......
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Backdown On Maori Veto – Richard Harmon.

Manipulating the Truth – by Dr Muriel Newman.

Mike Butler: ‘Co-governance’ coup confirmed

The shaky claims and untested ideology underpinning Three Waters

In New Zealand, Māori co-governance is already underway – referendum or not

Lower Hutt's Anzac street names a chance to reflect on history

New Anzac service at Waitangi Treaty Grounds remembers Māori sacrifice

The Salesman Beast

Lifting the veil on anti-blackness

Monuments that uphold the status quo

Why teaching NZ history in Aotearoa is difficult 

This Breaking Views Update monitors race relations in the media on a weekly basis. New material is added regularly. If you would like to send Letters to the Editor in response to any of these articles, most media addresses can be found HERE

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