Saturday, May 14, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 8.5.22

Saturday May 14, 2022 

Tūwharetoa agrees to multi-million dollar lease with Taupō's council

The Taupō District Council has agreed to pay $1.27 million a year for 25 years to lease its new administration building off a Ngāti Tūwharetoa commercial partnership.

Under the agreement, Te Whare Hono o Tūwharetoa Ltd Partnership will buy the former Taupō RSA site at 67 Horomatangi St off the council and build and own a three-storey building on the site, leasing 3000sq/m to the council.

Officials from both organisations said the agreement was “nationally significant” in terms of co-governance between mana whenua and local government......
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Te Pāti Māori won't stand a candidate in Tauranga by-election
Te Pāti Māori says it will not stand a candidate in the upcoming Tauranga by-election because of the threat from white supremacists.

Te Pāti Māori president Che Wilson said its co-leaders had been the recipient of threats and hate speech by Tauranga residents.

"The first hate-speech conviction and the belittling of te reo Māori at a public event took place in Tauranga......
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ACC policy blocks Māori innovation
A claimant in the Waitangi Tribunal’s Hauora claim says the Accident Compensation Commission stops Māori health providers from caring for their own – and that’s systemic racism.

Lady Tureiti Moxon from Kirikiriroa’s Te Kōhao Health says the ACCs only giving contracts to national organisations that marginalise Māori providers.

It also means whānau are denied culturally appropriate services.....
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New cultural centre blessed at Paraparaumu College
A dawn ceremony blessing Paraparaumu College's newest building has taken place, officially welcoming the school community and iwi together into Te Whare Ahurea.

"It will be a real home for our rangatahi, our te reo teaching space and the main large open space will be a home for our Māori performing arts students and kapa haka group.".....
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Maori Party Is ‘The Pot Calling The Kettle White’
“In 1984 Tauranga elected just the fifth ever Māori MP into a general seat and have had an MP of Māori ancestry for thirty-five out of the last thirty-eight years. Perhaps they could explain how that could possibly be true in a ‘dangerous’, ‘racist’ electorate.”

“Kiwis are growing sick and tired of the constant race-baiting from the likes of the Māori Party and their fellow cultural cronies to get superficial click-bait headlines.”....
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Tauranga by-election: 'Absolutely no evidence' to back up Te Pāti Māori decision
Tauranga by-election candidates are upset and feel insulted about Te Pāti Māori's decision not to stand a candidate for safety reasons.

"Racism is thrown about too frequently by extremist views of a small number of people who do not often speak on behalf of those they claim are victims of racism."...
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Talking Point: It's easy to distort historical and political truths

Point of Order: Finlayson calls for a robust debate on co-governance – but then he disparages naysayers as “the sour right” and “losers”

Point of Order: The weight of numbers (and opinions) on the bench in Roe v Wade is instructive when we consider the meaning of “treaty partnership”

Commitments to equality in Te Tiriti mean co-governance

Traditional Māori knowledge set to play part in picking Mt Ruapehu's next eruption 

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Friday May 13, 2022 

Housing ministers commission half of the 1000 homes promised for Māori
The Government has approved funding for 528 of the 1000 homes it promised for iwi Māori.

In Budget 2021, the Government committed $730 million for Māori housing developments – including a $380 million promise to build 1000 homes. The rest of the money was to be used to repair 700 existing homes, and build infrastructures to support 2700 houses.

A Government spokesperson said the $380 million housing construction project was scheduled to run across five years......
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Māori Party says emissions budget 'disappointingly weak'
Te Pāti Māori has called out the Government over its "disappointingly weak" carbon emissions budgets and says it is giving predominantly Pākehā farmers a free pass while punishing Māori landowners.

They and Act were the only two parties to vote against the budgets, which set limits on how much carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gases the country can emit over three periods up to 2035, as part of a long-term target of net zero emissions by 2050 and limiting global warming to under 1.5C.

ACT took an entirely different approach, saying the budgets and Zero Carbon Act they came from need to be thrown out entirely......
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Treaty settlement deal a step closer for Ngāti Kahungunu
A bill that would formalise a treaty settlement with Wairarapa iwi has passed its first reading in Parliament.

But the settlement agreed includes an apology to Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki nui-ā-Rua, $115 million in redress, as well as the opportunity to buy Crown properties, including 70 percent of the Ngāumu Crown Forest......
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Thursday May 12, 2022 

Government partners with Toitū Tairāwhiti to deliver 150 new homes 
The Government has today signed a deal to deliver up to 150 new homes for whānau in partnership with Toitū Tairāwhiti.

Minister of Housing, Megan Woods and Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing), Peeni Henare met with Toitū Tairāwhiti in Wellington this morning to sign the partnership, which follows one with Ka Uruora signed last month to deliver up to 172 new homes.

“Our commitment to working with partners like Toitū Tairāwhiti on the critical issue of improving housing for Māori is stronger than ever. It has to be, because while housing remains a challenge for many communities in Aotearoa New Zealand, it is particularly so for whānau Māori.”.......
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Te Ahu o te Reo Māori — a pathway for te reo Māori
The Government-funded initiative aims to inspire and support teachers, leaders, kaiako and support staff, from early learning centres to secondary schools, to grow their capability and confidence in using and integrating te reo Māori into the learning of all ākonga......
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Māori leaders warn of legal action over emissions trading scheme forestry changes
Māori landowners are mulling legal action in an effort to stop proposed changes to the emissions trading scheme, which would see plantation forests no longer eligible for carbon credits.

But that could have a heavy impact on some iwi, who rely heavily on forestry to get income from their last remaining lands.......
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'Stop the talk and get on with the job' - Tūhoe activist Tame Iti
Youth crime is making headlines almost every night. Youth across Auckland are being caught up in theft, aggravated robbery and assault.

“Let's not just talk about the issues, we have to do something about them,” veteran Tūhoe activist Tame Iti says.

Iti says rangatahi are feeling pressure, and it’s leading them astray.

“Do away with Pākehā food systems,” Iti says......
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Nationally Significant Mahi Results In Funding Win
Ngāti Hauiti-owned Whakauae Research Services has been named as a recipient of major funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) in recognition of the pioneering work they have undertaken to support health equity for Māori.

Whakauae Research holds a unique position as the only research centre in Aotearoa that is directly owned and accountable to an Iwi entity.

The Rangitīkei based research service is one of four organisations to receive a share of the HRC’s $38.3 million Independent Research Organisation Capability Fund which recognises nationally significant work conducted by organisations outside of the mainstream government and university sector......
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Labour's Kelvin Davis accuses Opposition of privilege based on misery of his own family
Labour deputy leader Kelvin Davis has launched a stinging attack on Parliament's Opposition parties, saying their privilege had been built on the misery of others, including his own hapū.

He talked about an ancestor of his, Whetoi Pomare, who had signed the Treaty of Waitangi in the belief that his valued possessions and resources would be his forever.

"But that was a lie.

"The Opposition fail to acknowledge that their prosperity was made off the back of my whānau's misery.".....
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Three Waters Dead In The Water?
“Reports that Labour’s caucus has voted to abandon the co-governance aspect of Three Waters is a sign that New Zealand has seen right through their anti-democratic agenda,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Three Waters was never about solving infrastructure problems, it’s about co-governance. New Zealanders realised this and they have wholly rejected the Government’s plan......
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Presbyterian Church to offer future land sales to iwi first
The Presbyterian Church has reached a milestone decision to offer any future church-owned land for sale to local iwi before anyone else.

The first right of refusal policy was voted with an overwhelming majority in support, with 121 votes for and just 12 against.

It comes as the church reckons with its colonial past and seeks to build even stronger relationships with tangata whenua......
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Wednesday May 11, 2022 

Prince Harry launches global campaign inspired by kaitiakitanga 
Prince Harry says a new campaign he's just launched was inspired by kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga he learned about during trips to New Zealand.

"I've been to Aotearoa a number of times throughout my life and I've always felt a deep connection and respect toward the Māori people who make me feel so welcome every time," Prince Harry said on Te Ao with Moana, the show on which he chose to launch the campaign tonight.

"Māori culture inherently understands sustainable practices and taking better care of our life-giving land, which are critical lessons we can all learn and that is why I'm here with you on Te Ao [with] Moana to share a new kaupapa."....
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Life expectancy for Māori has improved since 1840, National's Dr Shane Reti claims
The National Party's health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti claims the life expectancy for Māori has improved over time.

Appearing on The Hui on Monday night, Dr Reti challenged the idea that health outcomes for Māori had been abysmal and said Māori life expectancy had improved. He said in 1840, Māori life expectancy was 30 years of age and today it's 73.4 years, so it had in fact improved......
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Willie Jackson slams David Seymour as a 'useless Māori'
In response, Seymour said Jackson had not been able to defend his own ministry.

"The fact Willie chose to personally attack me instead of explaining what value Te Puni Kōkiri adds just shows why we should get rid of it and save the taxpayer $71 million.

"I feel sorry for TPK staff, even the responsible minister can't explain what value they add, less kind people would say that's a useless minister."

Jackson called on National to be clear about where it stood in relation to Act's alternative budget.

National leader Christopher Luxon would not rule out individual parts of the budget but said abolishing ministries was not his party's policy.....
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Māori health pilot brings ‘never seen’ opportunities
Implementation of a West Coast pilot for the new health reforms and the arrival of the Māori Health Authority, will provide further opportunity to partner with manawhenua on health outcomes to an extent "never seen".

West Coast District Health Board Hauora Māori general manager, Kylie Parkin, made the comment in her report to the board meeting on Friday, saying it should lead a transformational change "with equity for Māori at the very core" of the system.....
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David Cohen: New Zealand's Maori language obsession is baffling Kiwis

ACT scratches white fear 

Tuesday May 10, 2022 

Council to introduce te reo strategy 
The Invercargill City Council is taking another step to increase the mana, and normalise the use, of te reo Maori within the organisation.

Councillors will receive the council’s Maori Language Strategy Plan during tomorrow’s performance, policy and partnerships committee meeting.

The plan provides information on what action the council aims to take to support the revitalisation of te reo Maori.

Last month, it also approved a new road-naming policy which would lead to more Maori street names in the city......
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'Targeting Māori': The police firearm figures worrying leaders
Police pulled their guns on people nearly 120 times in two years in the Bay of Plenty with two-thirds of all incidents involving Māori.

Ten children, one as young as 13, had firearms presented to.....(NZ Herald paywall)
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Better outcomes for young Māori at heart of leadership gathering
Māori leaders have expressed concern for tamariki searching for a sense of belonging “on the streets” and say the key to their success lies in the story of past generations.

About 100 people from around New Zealand attended a hui at Te Rangimārie Marae in Rangiotū near Palmerston North on Saturday to find ways of establishing better outcomes for Māori.....
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Council sells buildings to trust for $1
Stage two of Whangārei’s Hihiaua Cultural Centre is set to begin with the trust behind the award-winning centre buying two buildings from the Whangārei District Council to enable its expansion plans to progress.

The trust, which has already developed stage one of the cultural centre on Whangārei’s Hihiaua Peninsula and the Town Basin, last week bought 56 Herekino St and 197 Lower Dent St (the old A’Fare building) for a price of $1. As well, the trust was given a lease of the land the buildings are on for peppercorn rental after a resolution by the council.

The two buildings have a combined valuation of $410,039 and the council voted that the book value of the buildings be treated in essence as an additional grant to the trust.

The Māori education and exhibition centre occupies a converted boatshed alongside the Hātea River, and comprises the Whare Toi, accommodating arts and craft activities, and Whare Waka, home to a collection of waka.

Welsh said the centre is designed to be an inclusive place for all while highlighting Māori arts and culture.....(NZ Herald paywall)
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Gold licence regime locks our new Māori entrants
Māori asset managers want help switching kiwifruit production to gold.

He says iwi leaders are also considering whether a claim for growing rights could come under the WAI 262 intellectual property claim because what Zespri is selling was developed in Aotearoa by crown research body Crop and Food.....
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Ngati Toa creates 'strong platform' for mokopuna and future generations
Mokopuna and future generations of Ngati Toa Rangatira will inherit a significant income in perpetuity thanks to a long-term and strategic investment secured by the iwi.

A settlement between Ngati Toa Rangatira and the Ministry of Education completed last Friday 6 May secures Ngati Toa Rangatira’s purchase and lease back of the land of 40 public schools across the Porirua and Wellington regions.

Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira CEO Helmut Modlik says the purchase of the properties was made possible through the iwi’s Deferred Selection Properties which forms part of the broader Ngati Toa Rangatira Claims Settlement Act 2014.

"The Ngati Toa Rangatira Claims Settlement Act 2014 afforded us the opportunity to purchase the land of 68 public schools in Te Whanganui a Tara and Te Tauihu in recognition of Crown breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the illegal confiscation of Ngāti Toa land," Helmut said.

"Our initial purchase sees Ngati Toa Rangatira reaquire land ownership of 40 public schools within Porirua, Plimmerton and Pauatahanui, as well as the wider Wellington catchment area.".....
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ACT would dump Te Puni Kōkiri and ‘kill’ inflation if it were government
Abolishing Te Puni Kōkiri/the Ministry of Māori Development and the Human Rights Commission including the Race Relations Commissioner role are among many radical cuts ACT is proposing in its alternative government budget.....
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Waikato Regional Council chairperson Russ Rimmington ousted in vote
Russ Rimmington has been rolled as Waikato Regional Council chair.

Eight councillors out of 14 voted for his removal at a meeting on Monday afternoon.

Rimmington said the result was disappointing but “democracy has spoken”.

The meeting is set to decide who will replace him.....
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Poutini Ngāi Tahu areas excluded from ‘outstanding natural areas’
Most private land as well as Poutini Ngāi Tahu reserve land identified as having outstanding natural landscape values will not be covered in the proposed one district plan for the West Coast.

The committee voted unanimously to receive the outstanding natural landscape report and to exclude identified areas of Poutini Ngāi Tahu reserve......
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Data helps drive iwi housing plans
A community data hub being piloted in Whangārei could help with decisions like building new Māori housing.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua is working with Stats NZ as part of the Mana Orite agreement between the department and the National Iwi Chairs Forum.....
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Aspiring engineers shine at Māori Graduation Day
Haukapuanui and Sonny Vercoe are two brothers who were among many Māori who received their degrees at Auckland University's annual Māori graduation held over the weekend.....
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Māori likely to be disproportionately affected by increase in police officers, justice advocates say
Justice advocates say plans to pour money into extra police will do little to address the main cause of crime, with Māori likely to be disproportionately affected.

Justice advocates say plans to pour money into extra police will do little to address the main cause of crime, with Māori likely to be disproportionately affected.

Police genericPhoto: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

It follows the government's pre-budget announcement of $560 million over four years to police.

Of that, $94 million will go towards tackling gangs and organised crime.

People Against Prisons Aotearoa spokesperson Emilie Rākete said Māori would be heavily impacted by the move.....
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Gary Judd QC: Lawyers must reject co-governance and coercion

The dripping tap of indigenous rights

For five years, Kāpiti council refused to choose Māori names for a section of road 

Monday May 9, 2022 

Māori interests 'seriously neglected' in camera rollout on commerical fishing vessels - Moana NZ 
NZ's largest Māori-owned fishing company Moana New Zealand is claiming the government has "seriously neglected" Māori interests in plans to install cameras on up to 300 inshore fishing vessels by 2024.

"We support the initiative and see it as positive, but we are concerned about the inadequate inclusion of Māori, both in terms of people and perspective, in the consultation process," Moana New Zealand CEO Steve Tarrant said in a statement Friday.

There is also a risk that costs to roll out and operate the cameras will have the effect of undermining the treaty settlement, Moana New Zealand says......
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Three Waters spend-up: $21m on consultants and contractors
Since mid-2020, the Government’s departmental spending on Three Waters has topped $34m, well over half of which has flowed to consultants. Total expenditure for the reform programme over the period was $416m, however that includes some $382m in grants for water infrastructure and delivery......(NZ Herald paywall)
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The Toxic Co-Governance Agenda – Dr Muriel Newman.

Willie’s Tricky Maori Engagement – Mike Butler

Mike Butler: Burnt church atrocity refuted

Urgent judicial review of discriminatory Rotorua Council Bill

Co-governance does far more than ‘tweak’ democracy

John Bishop: Three Waters is still a shameless asset grab

Henry Armstrong: Ardern’s Undrip Plan – The Co-Government “Softening Up” Process Begins


Five years, $100,000 cash, district still afraid to pick Māori road names

Anne Salmond - Tiriti and Democracy, Part 6: Property

What's the price to pay for trampling marae tikanga during anti-mandate protests?

Māori cultural sites among most vulnerable to climate change, rising sea levels 

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