Saturday, April 9, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 3.4.22

Saturday April 9, 2022 

Rotorua representation review decision overturned – three Māori ward seats, one rural ward

Rotorua will have three Māori ward seats at the 2022 local election.

It could also have a rural ward but that might disappear almost as quickly as it has arrived, as Rotorua Lakes Council's pursuit of a law change could supersede it.

On Friday afternoon, the Local Government Commission revealed it had overturned the council's November decision to implement a model with one Māori ward seat, one general ward seat and eight at-large seats.

Instead, the commission has decided the council will consist of one Māori ward with three seats, one general ward with six seats and one rural ward......
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Rotorua Council's Māori ward restructure sparks co-governance debate
"This is partnership. This is what we want. This is what Māori have always wanted," Rotorua-based Labour MP Tāmati Coffey said in Parliament this week as the legislation went through its first reading.

"It's part of a larger conversation, because there are councils all around the country right now that are talking about the idea of co-governance. It's a very important kaupapa."

ACT MP Simon Court, in contrast, said the legislation "will do nothing to solve the problems that Rotorua faces".

"Co-governance does nothing to solve the problems that Rotorua and deprived communities in places like parts of Rotorua face," Court said......
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Rural wards axed
Rural ward councillors, of which there are currently four, will be dissolved entirely.

Ultimately, the commission decided the council’s original proposal — eight general ward councillors and five Māori ward councillors — was a better fit for the region.....
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Decison to have just one Māori seat for Taranaki Regional Council 'a loss' for tangata whenua
Taranaki Māori have been left disappointed and frustrated at a decision that will see only one Māori seat around the regional council table after this year's election.

This comes after the Local Government Commission (LGC) upheld a Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) decision to have an 11-member council, with 10 general constituency members and one Māori constituency member.

In doing so, the commission decided against calls to increase councillor numbers to 13, which would have seen two Māori seats and three seats maintained in the South Taranaki ward.....
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Establishment of Māori Health Authority stirs controversy ahead of election year
The new Māori Health Authority to be in place from July could radically improve life expectancy for Māori - but two political leaders want it scrapped.

National leader Christopher Luxon and ACT's David Seymour say they would get rid of it if they win next year's election.

But that stance has drawn criticism from some groups on the health front lines, with a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs)penning an open letter urging the leaders to rethink their plans......
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Māori bring long view to water debate
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says Māori are bringing a much-needed inter-generational perspective to the conversation about the Three Waters Reform.

A lot of the backlash on the proposal is about the co-governance model that will be applied to the four regional entities which will run drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. Still, Ms Mahuta says the underlying reason is councils don’t want to lose control of assets they failed to keep fit for purpose.

She says ratepayers want clean drinking water and a clean environment, and that’s what they’ll get if a Māori perspective is heeded......
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Cabinet to consider next co-governance steps
The next steps in the Government’s plan for meeting obligations under the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples are expected to be discussed at Cabinet on Monday

Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson expects to take a paper to his Cabinet colleagues on Monday asking for sign-off to start drafting a declaration plan.

The political debate over co-governance and how the Government plans to meet responsibilities under the United Nations’ declaration has been ramping up in Parliament once again in recent weeks......
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Largest ever investment into Māori housing appears to be on track
The largest investment ever made into Māori housing appears to be on track to deliver 1000 new homes by 2025.

The $4.7 million project has mostly been funded by the Government, with the Mahue-Pera Ahu Whenua Trust contributing just $800,000.

Its come out of the $730 million Māori housing budget......
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Rotorua Lakes Council pushing for Māori co-governance

New land and water regional plan for Otago Regional Council

The agenda for transforming our constitution – John Bishop

Barry Brill: Co-governance is not affirmative action

Māori co-governance deserves better than a bitter and divisive public debate – Peter Dunne

More than one in six Māori can now speak basic te reo, highest since early 1900s

Mike Williams: Adopting the 'Māori Way' works 

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Friday April 8, 2022 

Sliver of land sparks confiscation debate 
A sliver of land just a metre wide has sparked a call for recognition of historic land confiscation when council land is sold in New Plymouth.

A resident of Gilbert Street wants to buy the strip in front of their house to build a garage, which was made part of the road reserve in 1901.

Only one other neighbour on the street still has the one-metre road ‘set-back’ and New Plymouth District Council said the 13 square metre strip would never be needed for road widening.

But Ngāti te Whiti hapū wrote to the council opposing the selling of their “ancestral land.”.....
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Statistics on Māori businesses: December 2021 quarter
Māori authorities are defined as businesses that receive, manage, and/or administer assets held in common ownership by iwi and Māori.

All figures are actual values and are not adjusted for seasonal effects. The relatively small population of businesses in this release means changes published here may not reflect entire industry movements......
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Health sector NGOs support Māori Health Authority in open letter to National/Act – Cancer Society
Kia ora Christopher Luxon and David Seymour

We stand in solidarity with Māori leadership and are united behind the establishment of the Māori Health Authority / Te Mana Hauora Māori.

The establishment of the Māori Health Authority / Te Mana Hauora Māori is central to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and will help ensure everyone has the same access to good health outcomes.

We call on you to re-think your approach.

Ngā mihi.....
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More on the above here > National, Act urged to reconsider Māori Health Authority stance

Foggy thinking not plane solution
Tohunga and tikanga expert Rereata Makiha says a plan to clear fog from Wellington Airport is short sighted.

Mr Mahika says kohu or fog acts as an important mediator between Rangi and Papa at this time of year, with an Uenuku, a rainbow being a sign of harmony.

Rereata Makiha is this year’s KiwiBank Senior New Zealander of the Year for his contributions to mātauranga Māori.....
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Two Māori seats for Taupō Council
The Local Government Commission has determined Taupō District Council will have a single Māori ward with two councillors for the 2022 and 2025 elections.

The total number of councillors will be 12, with the Tūrangi/Tongariro Ward losing a councillor.

There is no provision for local boards, but the council is developing a Mana Whakahono ā Rohe partnership agreement with Ngāti Tuwharetoa hapū Ngāti Tūrangitukua to create what is effectively a co-governance community board for the Tūrangi township and its immediate surrounds.
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Council approves Calliope Crescent name change to Matahourua Crescent
Porirua City Council has officially approved the name change of Calliope Crescent in Cannons Creek to Matahourua Crescent, to reflect that the name was culturally offensive to Ngati Toa.

The decision was made at a meeting of Council’s Te Puna Korero committee today.

The proposal to change the name of Calliope Crescent was first put to Council during Maori Language Week in 2021, and since then there have been ongoing discussions with Ngati Toa about the proposed change.

Calliope is considered culturally offensive because of the history of the vessel it is named after......
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Matariki public holiday passes into law
The law setting up a Matariki public holiday - set for 24 June this year - has passed in Parliament.

The law adds a 12th day of public holiday to New Zealand's working year, recognising the Māori body of knowledge around the period on the Māori lunar calendar.

The Te Pire mō te Hararei Tūmatanui o te Kāhui o Matariki/Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Bill passed its third reading without the support of National or Act......
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Commission rejects bid for extra Māori seat on TRC
The Local Government Commission has rejected a last-ditch push for Taranaki Regional Council to have two Māori seats at this year's elections.

TRC voted last September to stick with 11 councillors, which meant one Māori constituency under election rules.

But an appeal to the Local Government Commission called for an increase to 13 councillors, so two seats would be decided by Māori electoral roll voters.

The commissioners have decided to stick with 11 councillors, including a single Māori constituency.....
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No timeframes for Māori Health Authority to improve Māori life expectancy, but Andrew Little wants gap reduced 'completely'

What is Matariki, the Māori new year?

Finally, te ao Māori gains respect through the celebration of Matariki 

Thursday April 7, 2022 

Rotorua Māori ward local bill law change bid to face MPs' votes 
A bill that could enable an equal number of Māori ward and general ward seats in Rotorua's council if passed into law will encounter its first significant hurdle today – its first reading in Parliament.

The Rotorua District Council (Representation Arrangements) Bill was drafted by the council to enable the model, which is currently unlawful under the Local Electoral Act.

The Local Electoral Act has formula that limits the number of Māori ward seats based on population sizes.

The bill seeks an exemption for the Rotorua district from that rule......
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Christopher Luxon: NZ wants one system, not two
National leader Christopher Luxon says the idea of co-governance might be something Māori can understand but it's not something the average New Zealander can wrap their head around.

”It’s the responsibility of the government to point out this is what co-governance is or isn’t and take it to New Zealand and sell it to them”.

“it’s not clear what [this government] is talking about”......
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Māori superannuation needs review because Māori die younger
Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi has called for the Māori superannuation age to be lowered as Māori are likely to have shorter lifespans.

The suggested age that Waititi would like the age lowered to is 57 for Māori, making it eight years lower than the current requirement for superannuation as it needs to take into consideration of "the very real Māori mortality rates".

Stats NZ data says that Pākehā men and women can live to 80.9 and 84.4 years old respectively whereas Māori can only expect to live to 73.4 and 77.1 years old.....
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Hastings Māori ward confirmed
The Local Government Commission has today confirmed Hastings’ representation arrangements for this year’s local body elections, with the inclusion of the Takitimu Māori ward....
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Graham Adams: Co-governance debate descends into a slugfest

John Franklin: “The Magic Equity Wand”

Ani O'Brien: Manifesting the racial divide 

Wednesday April 6, 2022 

Christopher Luxon believes Māori Health Authority 'isn't the way' to best deliver outcomes in New Zealand 
National Party leader Christopher Luxon says he would get rid of the Māori Health Authority if he becomes Prime Minister in next year's election because a single system can still deliver results.

The authority was implemented after the Health and Disability System Review found that Māori health outcomes were significantly worse than those of other New Zealanders and represented a failure of the health and disability system that didn't reflect Treaty of Waitangi commitments......
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Tauranga's Curate Church giving $3m worth of real estate to local iwi says it's just the beginning of reconciliation
The Tauranga church giving $3 million worth of real estate to local iwi believes it is just the start of reconciliation with Māori.

The pentecostal Curate Church has decided to hand over a commercial building in the city's CBD to local iwi Ngāti Ranginui and its hapu Ngai Tamarawaho.....
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Botched measles programme cost $1900 per person
The botched $20 million measles vaccine catch-up programme is worse than it appears, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

“The other week it was revealed that $8 million of measles vaccines were left unused and had expired.

“However, information shows that only 11,206 people of the targeted 300,000 received the vaccine – representing a cost of nearly $1900 per person and reaching only 3 per cent of the targeted population.

“It was also revealed that Labour spent $1.8 million on public relations to frame a campaign ‘with a particular focus on Māori and Pacific people’, yet only 1181 Māori received the vaccine – a PR cost of $1,500 per person.

“Worse still, to date the programme costs show that $2.2 million has been spent on public relations while only $1.61 million was spent on actually delivering the vaccine to Māori.....
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Christchurch mayor apologises for iwi snub on three waters group decision
Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel has apologised to mana whenua for not consulting them before her council joined a group lobbying against nationwide reform to the management of water supplies.

Dalziel said the rūnanga chairs have “firmly expressed” their concerns.

“They questioned our council’s commitment to our relationship with each other,” she said.

Dalziel wants to get the rūnanga representatives and all councillors together for a face-to-face workshop to “put all of the issues on the table” and find a way forward......
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Culturally significant site to be transferred to iwi ownership
Over 60 hectares of land, including culturally significant sites, are being transferred into iwi ownership.

Kākā Hill is being transferred to Ngāti Koata ownership via an agreement between shareholders involved in the Maitahi Village development.......
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Māori home loan scheme revamped
Kiwibank has upgraded its Kāinga Whenua loan scheme after a review into whether it was fit for the purpose for helping Māori into home ownership.

Te Ahooterangi Pihama says the bank is now allowing loans on smaller dwellings, dropping the minimum from 70 to 50 square metres, and there is no deposit for smaller loans and only a 5 per cent deposit for loans over $200,000......
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Te Arawa raises the question: Who owns the land?
Who owns the land in the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, from Te Roto-a-Tamaheke to Te Puia and Arikikapakapa?

The arbitration panel is chaired by former judge Robert Fisher. The other panellists are Dr Robyn Anderson of the Waitangi Tribunal and Maori academic Dr Robert Joseph. They will listen, deliberate, and come to a conclusion about who has mana over these lands......
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Scholarship for ambitious Māori secondary school students open
An education company that specialises in the preparation and application of students to join high-level universities has just opened up this year's scholarship for Māori students.

Crimson Education has given more than $500,000 over the past five years to fund the Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship, which aims to support young Māori representation on the international stage.

These scholarships encourage local students to follow their passions and pursue their most ambitious aspirations, whether it's law at the University of Auckland or computer science at Stanford.

The winning students will get up to $25,000 in individualised mentorship and education services to assist them in applying for and being accepted into their preferred university.

One student, Anais Magner, is attending Mount Holyoke College in the US, with over US$250,000 of on-campus study costs covered......
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Ministry of Health defends legal cost of battle over Māori vaccination data
The Ministry of Health says its controversial legal battle with the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency over the release of data on unvaccinated Māori had to be tested in court to address the important privacy issues it raised.

And despite the fact it ended up costing $264,284, it was worth it according to the government department......
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Henry Armstrong: Ardern’s Co-Governance Strategy Revealed!

Point of Order: Mahuta invites local bodies to queue up for a portion of Three Waters funding

Time for 'honest' dialogue about resolving our 'confused constitutional roots

Property Express: Meeting the Challenges of ‘Working Alongside Iwi’ 

Tuesday April 5, 2022 

Christopher Luxon says he supports Māori name for Matariki holiday despite National's Simon O'Connor wanting something 'neutral' 
In his first interview with The Hui, Luxon said his party would scrap the Māori Health Authority if they won the next election.

When asked by host Mihingarangi Forbes what Te Tiriti meant to him, he answered "equality" but then agreed that Māori suffer significantly poorer health outcomes and that was not equal.

On co-governance, Luxon said his party would support arrangements that came from Treaty settlements but not those that created two systems. He would support Kohanga Reo, Māori seats, and Māori broadcasting, but not Māori wards or the Māori Health Authority......
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ACT MP Simon Court labels $2 billion fund for councils a 'bribe' to win them over
ACT MP Simon Court has labelled the financial support a "bribe", considering the Government has struggled to appease councils who last year expressed concerns about losing control of their water assets and potential privatisation.

"When people are squeezed from every direction, Labour is using taxes to bribe councils and ratepayers," Court, ACT's local government spokesperson, said.

"If this was really about Three Waters, the money would be earmarked for water infrastructure upgrades. Instead, it can be used for anything councils like.".....
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Implementing Mātauranga Māori In The Restoration And Care Of Our Taiao Becomes Reality For Ngāti Toa
The long-held dream to implement mātauranga Māori and indigenous biodiversity into environmental restoration and care is rapidly becoming a reality for Ngāti Toa.

Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira, Pou Matarau, Naomi Solomon says that Ngāti Toa has partnered with The Department of Conservation to deliver ‘Te Kāinga Ururua’, a Porirua wide indigineous biodiversity restroration project that commenced in October 202, with funding worth $1.56 million.

“A key aspiration for Ngāti Toa is to see the use of our own traditional knowledge and practices in the restoration and care of our environment,” Naomi said.....
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No three waters in 1840 says ACT MP
An ACT MP says the whole community should have a say on co-governance.

ACT is calling for a referendum on the proposed governance arrangements for water infrastructure and some parts of the health reforms.......
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Māori Housing: Large Papakāinga Underway In Motueka

The Government has invested nearly $10 million into the $12.3 million housing project, to ensure local whānau can continue to live in the area and support the marae.

“Motueka is a beautiful part of the country, but with its beauty comes housing security challenges for whānau,” Willie Jackson said......
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One in five new cops Māori since 2017
A total of 484 Māori recruits have graduated from the Royal New Zealand Police College since October 2017, or 16.1% of all recruits.

They were some of the 3000 new police Police Minister Poto Williams says have graduated during the Labour/NZ First/Greens coalition and the subsequent Labour government to date......
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Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories
This website is home to the Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories curriculum content, guidance, and resources.

Aotearoa New Zealand is on a journey to ensure that all ākonga in our schools and kura learn how our histories have shaped our present day lives......
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Couple at centre of Māori land occupation desperate for solution
A couple at the centre of a Māori land occupation in the Far North have met with those occupying their land in a bid to reach a solution.

The sight has been occupied for six months, but for the first time the occupiers have met the owners.

The property’s owner Dr Cecil Williams said: “I understand where you guys are coming from. I want the same thing, I want this land to go back to the people. But I cannot lose this kind of money that I paid for this.

Environmental activist Reuben Taipari said: “Money is of no interest to me, half a million 10 to 50 million I don't care, all I care is that my culture is protected.”

1News understands the occupiers will be served with a trespass notice by the end of the week but police won’t confirm this, although they have spoken to the occupiers and said they’re considering their options.......
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Reynold Macpherson: Argument against co-governance replacing democracy 

Monday April 4, 2022 

Call for transparency over Māori data 
THE dairy industry wants the Government to come clean over its plans to demand special protections for Māori data in trade agreements.

Insiders say the Government had been jolted into action following criticisms from the Waitangi Tribunal last year of a trade agreement negotiated by the previous National-led Government.

The body’s report last November criticised the e-commerce provisions of the Comprehensive and Progressive TransPacific Partnership (CPTPP) for breaching the principals of the Treaty of Waitangi by failing to ensure adequate protection of Māori data, especially data deemed matauranga Māori, or relating to traditional Māori knowledge......
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Rotorua Lakes Council’s representation review, ward models and law change push explained
The make-up of who will sit on Rotorua's next council is in the hands of Parliament as the district's current council pushes for a law change for the district’s electoral rules.

But the composition the council is pushing for has been on a long journey from the governance model it first proposed, what it prefers and the stopgap model it agreed to.....
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Roger Childs: An appropriate name for the Transmission Gully Motorway?

Don Brash: Our democracy is at risk

Graham Adams: The intimidation of the Fellows

Co-governance - a phrase that may challenge our notions of citizenship, law, even power

Meng Foon reflects on life as the Race Relations Commissioner

Ngarimu Blair: We’ll never lose our mana 

Sunday April 3, 2022 

Exotic carbon ban angers iwi 
A far north iwi asset manager is warning proposed changes to the emissions trading scheme will penalise Māori landowners.

Forestry Minister Stuart Nash and Climate Change Minister James Shaw are seeking feedback on a plan to exclude exotic species from the permanent forest category when it comes to earning carbon credits.

Penetaui Klescovic says if the Government persists with the policy, it can expect a hikoi on its doorstep......
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Three waters co-governance debate diverts into privatisation
The government has hit back at arguments against co-governance in the three waters reforms, saying ACT's attack is a smokescreen for its privatisation agenda.

ACT has not hidden its privatisation plans however - it proposes public-private partnerships in its three waters policy "to attract investment from financial entities such as KiwiSaver funds and ACC"......
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Mural celebrates Maori connection with land
A mural celebrating Maori connections with the land will serve to connect its creators with their school long after they graduate.

The mural’s design explores the Maori practices and values of kaitiakitanga, or the collective responsibility of living things to nurture and protect the earth......
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Increasing percentage identifying as Maori
The Gisborne Tairāwhiti region is projected to experience an increasing share of the population identifying with Māori ethnicity.

Data released this week by Stats NZ shows the percentage of Māori in the Tairāwhiti Gisborne population could grow to 69 percent by 2043.

The data comes from the Subnational ethnic population projections: 2018(base)-2043 report.

According to Stats NZ, in 2018 the percentage of Gisborne people who identify as Māori was 54 percent.

The national percentage in 2018 was 17 percent and could grow to 21 percent by 2043.....
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Patrick Gower reveals the question David Seymour needs to answer on Māori co-governance
Patrick Gower has challenged David Seymour to explain the disparity in life expectancy between Māori and Pakeha as the ACT Party leader continues his campaign opposing co-governance with Māori.

"The question that David Seymour needs to answer is this: why if a Māori child is born, like in the house next door to me, do they live for seven years less than the child born in this [Pakeha] house?" he asked Newshub Nation host Oriini Kaipara.....
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Commission rules on Horizons Regional Council elections proposal
The Local Government Commission has upheld Horizons Regional Council’s proposal for representation arrangements for local body elections in October.

Following the regional council’s representation review last year, the Commission has backed Horizons’ final proposal for a 14-seat council, including two new Māori seats.
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Bruce Moon: Hobson and fair dealing in New Zealand land

Co-governance offers best water asset protection because Māori will never sell

Putting te Tiriti at the centre of Aotearoa New Zealand’s public policy can strengthen democracy – here’s how

How co-governance is already working

Good faith in repairing race relations is the way forward 

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