Saturday, May 28, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 22.5.22

Saturday May 28, 2022 

Kaumātua calls for return of Hickford Park land

Peter Moeahu says part of Hickford Park was wrongly taken from Puketapu hapū and should be returned by New Plymouth District Council.

NPDC predecessor the Taranaki County Council took the Bell Block land, known as the Mangati E Māori Reserve, in 1968 under the Public Works Act.

Moeahu told the council's Te Huinga Taumatua committee the block was taken for a sewage works - the now disused oxidation ponds. But only part of it was needed and in 1978 a secondary use, for recreation, was authorised under the act......
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Pasifika and Māori input on Waikato water health sought
A number of waterways around the Waikato are in poor health and officials are seeking input from Pasifika and Māori on water restoration.

Morgan said Mātauranga Māori played a critical role in water restoration.....
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Carterton aims to fix the Maori electoral ‘barrier’
The Maori Electoral Option is a “barrier to participation”, tangata whenua say.

In response, Carterton District Council [CDC] is pushing for an amendment to the option at this year’s Local Government New Zealand [LGNZ] general meeting.....
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Rāhui placed on Kaikohe township in bid to end gang violence
Community leaders in Kaikohe led a hikoi through the town centre this morning calling for peace amid rising gang violence.

A collective of Kaikohe hapū (Ngāti Ueoneone, Ngāti Tautahi, Ngāti Whakaeke, Te Matarahurahu, Te Uri o Hua) placed a rāhui on the Northland town in response to the spate of shootings across Te Ika-a-Māui.....
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New funding for protecting and enabling matauranga Maori - Nanaia Mahuta
Investing in protecting matauranga Maori and taonga will unlock significant economic and cultural benefits for Aotearoa, Associate Minister for Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta announced today.

Te Pae Tawhiti programme which supports research and innovation in the Maori economy is getting a further $27.6 million investment over the next four years.

"Budget 2022 funding will contribute to helping create economic security now and into the future by enabling Maori businesses to use matauranga Maori to diversify Aotearoa’s exports through targeted investment in the Maori economy," Nanaia Mahuta said.....
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A Māori Matamata-Piako mayor 'would be a win', says Waikato iwi
Last month current mayor Ash Tanner, announced his decision to not seek re-election this year. Since then, councillor Adrienne Wilcock has put her hat in the ring for the top job.....
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Boost For Māori Landowners: Te Ringa Hāpai Whenua Fund
The Government is investing $10 million to boost Māori landowners to realise their aspirations for their whenua.

“This investment in whenua Māori delivers on a Labour commitment to better support whānau Māori enterprise, and is part of a wider Budget strategy to give economic security in good times and bad......
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Chris Luxon's Māori tribute to Joe Hawke under attack
A Facebook tribute from Chris Luxon mostly in Māori and dedicated to the late Joe Hawke, has earned the National leader a backlash from disgruntled social media users, resulting in a tirade of anti-Maori, anti-Te Reo and full-blown conspiracy theorist racist remarks.

Luxon’s post started with a Māori tribute to Hawke and then an English part, which showed an appreciation for Hawke's life and his work.....
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TupuToa and Microsoft partner to boost Māori and Pacific diversity in cybersecurity
Microsoft and TupuToa, a social enterprise focussed on growing Māori and Pacific leaders in Aotearoa, have announced a new partnership that aims to create more diversity in the country's cybersecurity sector.

The deals will see TupuToa and the US technology giant working together to co-develop a cybersecurity employment program aiming to build new career pathways.....
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Graham Adams: Mahuta’s serious credibility problem

Warren Sanderson: City Rail Link Stations - or Mythical Symbolism to Excess

Caleb Anderson: The Emergence of a State Religion 

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Friday May 27, 2022 

Human Rights Commission launches school uniform guidelines aimed at making policy more 'inclusive' 
The guidelines compiled by the Human Rights Commission include that Māori should be able to wear pounamu instead of a tie and people shouldn't be able to wear offensive symbols like the confederate flag and a swastika.

"The guidelines are there to support the human rights of people and also the right to education, the right to culture, the right to religion and faith, and also acknowledge the Treaty of Waitangi in action," he told AM.

"Generally… pounamu are for Māori - they are a cultural identity of Māori - and so under the Treaty they should actually be allowed to adorn those at school.".....
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Māori cadetship scheme extended
Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson says Government will invest $25 million into the Cadetships programme, delivered by Te Puni Kōkiri.

He says providing New Zealand businesses with the skilled workers they need is an essential component to a secure economy......
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Funding jab for Māori and Pacific health workforce
Budget 2022 will deliver 1,900 new health workers and support 2,700 more students into training programmes through a $76 million investment to continue to grow the health workforce for our Māori and Pacific communities, Associate Ministers of Health Peeni Henare and Aupito William Sio announced today.

“This Budget specifically invests in resetting our health system and gives economic security in good times and in bad. For Māori, this means reforming our health system so whānau are able to consistently meet their health needs,” Mr Henare said.....
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Three of minister's family members paid $90K for role in 'expert ropu'
More questions are raised after two payments come to light from Ministry for the Environment to companies owned by Nanaia Mahuta's family members for their roles in expert group.....
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Stars align for Matariki ki Pōneke in capital this year

The capital will celebrate the Māori New Year with Matariki ki Pōneke – a series of events, projections and experiences for the whole family to enjoy.

Councillor Jill Day (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) says Matariki being recognised as a public holiday is another significant advance for equality in Aotearoa.

“We now have a Māori Ward in Pōneke, the Tākai Here partnership agreement between mana whenua groups and Council, we’ve recently adopted the Tūpiki Ora Māori Strategy, and now we have a recognised public holiday celebrating the Māori New Year.

“There is a lot to be proud of, but still a long way to go.....
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New bilingual 'Kura School' sign unveiled in move aimed at sharing 'taonga of te reo in our signage
Transport Minister Michael Wood unveiled a new bilingual school sign in Rotorua on Wednesday, a move he said would “share the taonga of te reo in our signage”.

Wood also said the answer to anyone questioning whether bilingual signage was safe was “unambiguously yes”......
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Council And Ngāti Tūrangitukua Win National Award For Excellence In Māori Partnership
Taupō District Council and Ngāti Tūrangitukua have won this year’s Te Tohu Waka Hourua - The Buddle Findlay Award for Māori-Council Partnerships for their ground-breaking Mana Whakahono agreement......
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Thursday May 26, 2022 

Boosting The Māori Economy Through Progressive Procurement 
A successful Progressive Procurement initiative to diversify government spend on goods and services and increase Māori business engagement with government procurement is getting a further $26 million investment over the next two years.

Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson said the investment enables a scale up of the action underway since 2020, to further build Māori business capability and shift government agency buying practices to be more inclusive.

The $26 million funding announced today will be used to:.....
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Dunedin was awash with ministers of the Crown yesterday, as the Labour Maori caucus continued a national tour to sell Budget 2022 to iwi and hapu.
Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis spent his morning at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Otepoti in Fairfield, where he highlighted record Budget support for scholarships, te reo development, and funding for land purchases and development of kura schools.

"We’ve set an ambitious target to grow Maori-medium and kaupapa Maori education over the next two decades and have set the foundations through record investment in the past three years," Mr Davis said.

The roadshow then moved on to Te Kaika in Caversham, where Maori Development Minister Willie Jackson promoted $28.5 million in funding for whanau resilience and Whanau Ora Minister Peeni Henare spoke about the four-year, $166.5 million appropriation for the schemes programmes to help Maori families recover following Covid-19......
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Māori students earn opportunity of a lifetime with overseas scholarships
Five top achieving Māori high school students aim to give back to their people as they venture to some of their dream universities overseas.

They have been awarded Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship, which aims to support tauira Māori to gain entrance into the world's most competitive tertiary education providers.

Each student receives mentoring and education services up to $20,000 to help them gain entrance into their dream course at their dream university - helping them pave the way for more Māori representation within tertiary education on the word stage.....
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Step forward for Māori success in tertiary education
Education Minister, Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister, Kelvin Davis have welcomed the release of a paper from independent advisory group, Taumata Aronui, outlining the group’s vision for Māori success in the tertiary education system.

“Manu Kōkiri – Māori Success and Tertiary Education: Towards a Comprehensive Vision – is the culmination of many months of work by Taumata Aronui to look at what we need to do to shape our tertiary education system into – in the words of the rōpū – the best indigenously inspired tertiary education system in the world,” Minister Hipkins said.....
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Symposium looks at tikanga-led governance
A trust set up as part of the Māori Fisheries Settlement to promote education, training and research wants to bring on a new generation of tikanga-led and future-focused leaders.

Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust executive director Te Puoho Katene says it has found a growing need to improve the skills of those sitting around the board tables of iwi and Māori organisations.....
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Joe Hawke was the face and mana behind the resurgence of Māori culture and pride

Before she began spending her days breastfeeding and changing nappies, she was most commonly found teaching English, Social Studies and Māori Activism at a local high school.

Budget made a timely investment in whānau Māori 

Wednesday May 25, 2022 

Ngāi Tahu takes Treaty of Waitangi settlement breach claim to High Court 
Ngāi Tahu has taken the New Zealand Government to court over an alleged breach of the Treaty of Waitangi settlement signed between both parties in the mid-1990s.

The iwi claims it missed out on financial opportunities as a result of late payments made by the government, as well as a failure by the Crown to make interest payments to Ngāi Tahu based on payments made to other iwi as part of a relativity clause in the settlement.

Ngāi Tahu’s counsel, Alan Galbraith, QC, submitted that interest payments were still required to be made by the Crown as per the “relativity mechanism” of the settlement agreement signed by both parties in 1998....
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Government Continues Record Māori Education Investment
The Government’s commitment to the growth and development of te reo Māori has continued in Budget 2022, including the largest ever investment in kura property

A significant investment of $125.12m in capital and operating funding will also be made in Māori Medium Property to improve the condition of classrooms, redevelop several Wānanga and character schools as well as purchasing land for up to six kura who are currently teaching out of temporary sites.
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Luxon says he won't be the best at te reo but he is giving it a serious try
Luxon insisted his learning te reo was not being done for political reasons or that it was about looking good in the eyes of Māori voters.

Asked, as a Pākehā New Zealander, what drove his passion for and interest in the language, Luxon said: “To me it is the way in which you understand te ao Māori [the Māori world] much better.

And, he added, “Māori culture helps us in New Zealand big time”.

Referring to the concept of kaitiakitanga (guardianship), Luxon described it as New Zealand's “unique gift to the world”.....
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Whānau resilience focuses on wāhine and rangatahi – Jackson
The best way to have economic security in New Zealand is by investing in wāhine and our rangatahi says Minister for Māori Development.

Budget 2022, is allocating $28.5 million over the next two years to strengthen whānau resilience through developing leadership within key cohorts of whānau leaders, wāhine and rangatahi Māori......
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The go-to uncle who ‘shook the face’ of the nation

The Māori historian providing a critique of controversial New Zealand governor George Grey

The 1977 Bastion Point occupation: What happened?  

Tuesday May 24, 2022 

'Offensive' tourist attraction 'still there, still hurtful' 
It has attracted complaints for mispronouncing kupu Māori and celebrating colonisation.

Anahera Clarkson (Kāi Tahu, Ngā Ruahinerangi) said she found the ride distasteful and embarrassing when she rode it in 2020.

"It felt as though the colonisation of my people was being glorified."....
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Name change for Hamilton's Bryce St on the cards after Von Tempsky St decision
A street name commemorating a cavalry leader whose unit attacked a group of young Māori children could be set to change, as Hamilton wrestles with its colonialist past.

Bryce St in the central city may be the next target for renaming after the council voted to change Von Tempsky St.

Waikato-Tainui intends to take a proposal to the city council to change the Bryce St name, says Tukoroirangi Morgan, chair of the iwi’s executive committee Te Arataura.....
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Street banners to mark Matariki in Hawke's Bay
New street banners will fly in all towns and centres in Hawke's Bay during the month of June to mark the arrival of Matariki Pleiades in our skies. Matariki signals the start of the Māori New Year.

The first public holiday to celebrate Matariki will be on Friday, June 24. The Government has committed to ensuring mātauranga Maori is at the heart of celebrations of the Matariki public holiday, and it will be a time for:.....
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The dawn of a new era: Maori Television unveil new name - Whakaata Maori
Maori Television have announced today that we will officially change our trading name to our reo Maori name, Whakaata Maori.

Whakaata means ‘to mirror’, ‘to reflect’ or ‘to display’; an appropriate exhibit of the role Whakaata Maori play in revitalising te reo Maori, our culture, and telling our stories.....
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Ngāti Whātua iwi: harnessing better Māori data
Associate Minister of Statistics Meka Whaitiri, today announced the pilot initiative establishing a community data hub with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua.

This pilot will connect users of data with producers of data, in this case Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua and Stats NZ.....
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Bruce Moon: Our universities were centres of excellence - once upon a time!

$55m for your troubles: the problem with journalism

Can they cope with ‘more than the odd kia ora’?

'Deluge' of opposition to Hauraki Gulf co-governace, say forum co-chairs 

Sunday May 22, 2022 

Grant Robertson defends investment in Māori health 
Finance Minister Grant Robertson has defended the amount of money allocated to Māori health in this year's budget, saying the Labour Party is on a journey "to deliver significantly better health services and outcomes for Māori."

A major part of the Budget was a package for the new Health NZ set up and the Māori Health Authority worth $11 Billion.

Of that money $579.9 millon was Maori health initiatives, with $168 millon allocated to the MHA to directly commission services.

“Māori deserve to live longer and healthier lives, and that is why this Government is reforming our healthcare system, and why we established a new Māori Health Authority as part of the reform."

However the funding has come under criticism for not being enough, including from Act who say the Government needs to be spending $3.5 billion a year on Māori......
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Relationship with Maori central to design guidelines
At a time when the University of Otago is going through the biggest development phase of its 150-year history, a new set of university project design guidelines has been established to better connect iwi with the campus.

The new set of guidelines, called He Aratohu, was formalised earlier this month and underlines the university’s ongoing working relationship with Maori in the project design space — especially in Dunedin, to make the campus more welcoming and inclusive of Maori staff and students.......
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Hamilton City Council: Heavy lift helps bridge the gap to new city suburb
"It's the first new bridge for the city since the Pukete Bridge was completed in 1996 and will be the only traffic bridge in Hamilton to have no central support structures in the Waikato River – an important feature for our iwi partners," he said.

"The rust-coloured supports aren't just visually stunning, they are a tangible outcome of council's long-term partnerships with iwi and tangata whenua since the start of the project," Parsons said.

The steel structures were designed as woven lattices to represent te ao Māori (Māori worldview) and the interconnectivity of people, places and our history. In their "V" shape, the supports are anchored by the central bridge pier that is on the southern bank – not in the river......
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

'offensive' tourist attraction - really? it is a private company and you are free to avoid it. if you didn't get value for your money, i'm sure you are entitled to ask for a refund (most customer-facing businesses would gladly oblige). ms clarkson is free to build a competing ride that tells the story she wants the way she wants it - what's really stopping her?

i can't recall who said it (some libertarian in USA) that 'free market' is the best antidote to racism. if your customers don't like your racist menu, they are free to shop elsewhere and bring you back to your senses.

the problem with crying 'wolf' is that it distracts from real acts of racism embedded in institutions. just look at all the omicron-based bus cancellations in Auckland and you can see which communities are most affected - i can assure you it is not the northern busway routes :)