Saturday, June 25, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 19.6.22

Saturday June 25, 2022 

PM hails 'first authentically Māori public holiday

The prime minister said the public holiday should not divide us by Maori ancestry or other, rather "it unites us under the stars of Aotearoa".

In a separate statement she said: "This is a special day not only for Aotearoa but globally as we celebrate our first authentically Māori public holiday, which has been met with overwhelming support.

Minister for Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Kelvin Davis, who also spoke at the hautapu, said Matariki was a proud illustration of mātauranga Māori or Māori knowledge that has been passed down generationally.

"Traditionally Matariki was a time where Māori would give thanks for all the blessings of the past year and reconnect with one another," Davis said.....

The government has announced an injection of $15 million into Matariki projects......
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Derek Mackie: Making the most of Matariki

Matt O’Reeky – The Capitalist

Co-governance: give nothing to racism and give it a go

Matariki Day is a welcome step on the road to our nationhood

A city of two names - brand experts, leaders consider Kirikiriroa Hamilton

Farming to maramataka, the Māori calendar

Māori, council co-management gets praise ahead of park revamp 

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.  

Friday June 24, 2022 

Māori-led Research Team To Undertake Real-time Research On Key Māori Health Policy 
An independent Māori-led research team has been awarded $1.5M by the Ministry of Health and Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) to track the implementation and progress of the government’s Whakamaua Māori Health Action Plan 2020–2025.

This highly skilled research team has the potential to make a direct and significant impact on government policy and help shape a healthier future for Māori.”.....
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New Māori carving welcomes trampers on popular track
Abel Tasman National Park’s Mārahau entry now features a carved waharoa (entrance way) in time for the Māori celebration of Matariki.

Visitors approaching from the south will be greeted by the carving's story of migration of the tūpuna (ancestors) of the people who live here today as tangata whenua in Te Tauihu (top of the south).......
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Agreement will restore pristine waters of Puhinui Stream in Auckland
To turn back the hands of time and restore this tupuna awa (river ancestor), the Te Whakaoranga o Te Puhinui charter was signed between Te Waiohua iwi (Ngāti Tamaoho Waiohua, Ngāti Te Ata and Te Ākitai Waiohua), and Auckland Council.

The charter was also signed by Kāinga Ora, Eke Panuku Development Auckland, and Ōtara-Papatoetoe and Manurewa local boards, and sets out a new collaborative way of working, led by indigenous knowledge.

"The health and wellbeing of the people will be revitalised through the revitalisation of the natural environment. To be in balance and harmony with the natural and Māori spiritual world while navigating life in an urban city will be powerful.".....
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Kaupapa Māori science centre announced for Otago University
The Centre of Indigenous Studies – a first of its kind – will support and develop scholarship based on ngā kaupapa Māori, Associate Professor Anne-Marie Jackson (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu o Whangaroa, Ngāti Wai) says.

In a statement to media, Jackson said for the rest of the year, she and colleagues would speak with iwi and wider networks to settle on a shared understanding of what indigenous science looked like.

“As a country we need to value and apply more mātauranga to help address the biodiversity and climate crises. This is a huge moment for Otago and tertiary education worldwide.”....
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Nanaia Mahuta family member appointments: Officials launch review into working group positions
The Ministry for the Environment is looking over the process that saw Minister Nanaia Mahuta's husband and two members of her extended family appointed to a five-member working group.

The family members were appointed to a Māori advisory rōpū on waste management, which researched a mātaraunga Māori framework on waste. This meant researching using traditional Māori knowledge and its applications to waste management......
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Iwi and DHB a “power couple” for health services
A new health hub in Tauranga will deliver accessible immunisation services, information and social services.

This is what Ngāti Ranginui chief executive office Mel Tata told Local Democracy Reporting when the hub, Rangiora, opened this week.

The immunisation hub, a partnership between Ngāti Ranginui Iwi and the Bay of Plenty District Health Board, opened at Fraser Cove Shopping Centre in Tauranga on Wednesday.....
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Māori midwifery practice reintegrates traditions
She believes the present system is failing whānau.

"The system doesn't fit. Rightfully or wrongfully, Māori are trying to work in a system that wasn't designed for us. One of our goals is to reclaim traditional practices during pregnancy and labour."

The wahine use mirimiri, karakia and rongoa and actively work hard to legitimise their use. Kiley believes an acceptance of Māori traditional ways of medicine, whether spiritual or physical, is evolving.....
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Māori signs make lived environment welcoming
He’s also keen to see signs of Māori occupation of cities.

“Are there visible signs of your identity in the city that reaffirm you belong here, you are welcome here, and for a long time a lot of our signals, our statues, a lot of signs in the city have been Eurocentric, Now we are starting to see more reflections of Maori identity in the city as well and that all adds to that sense of belonging, that you have a place here,” Dr Berghan says......
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RNZ-TVNZ mega-entity named 'Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media' in draft legislation
Draft legislation which would see state broadcasters RNZ and TVNZ subsumed into a new entity has been published ahead of its introduction to Parliament.

Board members must collectively have the financial and sector-specific skills and experience to meet the charter. At least two of them must also have good knowledge of te ao Māori and tikanga Māori, appointed in consultation with the Minister for Māori Development, and engage with Māori where relevant.

Ensuring te reo Māori and tikanga Māori are valued, visible and flourishing....
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Thursday June 23, 2022 

Tauranga Maori voters need MP 
Crown Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis is reminding new Tauranga MP Sam Uffindell to remember his Māori constituents.

“Fifty percent of Māori are on general rolls so I hope when he’s helping out his mates and he remembers there are Māori in his electorate as well and that he does his best to represent them. I don’t hold out much hope but good luck to him......
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A New Era In Healthcare Begins
“We have laid down a solid base for the future and place the wero (challenge) for our successors at the Māori Health Authority and Health New Zealand. We also warmly welcome the new Iwi Partnership Board, which will have a direct advisory, performance monitoring and service design role with both Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority.”....
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Changes to Performance-Based Research Fund agreed in principle
The commission says the revised rules for quality evaluation are “more inclusive” and “honour the TEC’s obligations to uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori-Crown partnership”. Te Tiriti o Waitangi, or the Treaty of Waitangi, was first signed in 1840 and contains principles for the protection of Māori culture......
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Book review: ‘Hoani’s Last Stand: the Real Story of Rangiaowhia’

Bruce Moon: Why We Should All Celebrate Guy Fawkes’ Day

Point of Order: Flexing the state’s muscle - Māori ministers are admiring as the media are mobilised to inform the masses about Matariki

The importance of embracing te reo Māori in the workplace in the right way

Passing mātauranga Māori on to the next generation in Southland 

Wednesday June 22, 2022 

Council to appoint Māori reps to committees 
Far North District Council has four exciting opportunities for people with Te Ao Māori expertise who want to help the council boost Māori representation on its committees.

It is now asking for expressions of interest in the roles from people with suitable Te Reo Māori, knowledge of tikanga, and links to Māori communities of Te Tai Tokerau.

In May, the council amended its policy to allow appointment of non-elected committee members. The policy says that appointing members will be an effective way to provide additional skills and expertise to support decision-making.

The new committee members will have the same voting rights as other members and can also be reimbursed for expenses associated with their roles......
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Indigenous answers to modern ecological problems topic of three-day forum in New Plymouth
A first of its kind forum in New Plymouth this week will see Taranaki Māori discuss indigenous solutions to modern environmental problems.

PKW general manager of shareholder engagement Puna Wano-Bryant said Taranaki Māori who worked for public institutions such as the New Plymouth District Council and the Taranaki Regional Council, and focussed on the environment, were set to join the event.

“The world is looking to indigenous people for solutions,” she said......
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Specialist Māori educator role could get significant pay increase

Around 80 staff hold the role, which could receive pay increases ranging from 77% to 83% if the proposed settlement is accepted.

Kaiārahi i te reo work in a support role for the development and preservation of te reo Māori, tikanga Māori and mātauranga Māori within kura and schools.

Someone working in that role who is currently earning $23.03 per hour would get an increase to $41.31 per hour under the proposed settlement......
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Tuesday June 21, 2022 

Incoming Speaker Rurawhe wants his office to be bilingual 
Incoming Speaker Adrian Rurawhe says he wants his office to be bilingual, and that his experiences chairing iwi hui will help him referee Parliament's debates.

In his maiden speech in 2014, Rurawhe said: "When I took the Oath of Allegiance, I was pleased to place one hand on the Bible and in my other hand to hold a copy of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. I did this as an expression of my commitment to upholding my faith and Te Tiriti o Waitangi during my time here in Parliament, ture wairua, ture tangata."

"It is definitely my intention that the Office of the Speaker will be a bilingual office," Rurawhe said......
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'Health and wellbeing of people' at core of marae water upgrades
Thirteen marae benefited from the Three Waters stimulus package, with Horowhenua District Council allocating $520,000 of funding to improve waste and stormwater and drinking water facilities.

Thirty-thousand litre water tanks were installed at different sites across the rohe, as well as nine drinking water and UV filtration systems....
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Trail-Blazing Mahi By Māori Health Pioneers Forges A Path For Equity
Occupying a unique place in our health system, the Rūnanga is the only multi-iwi Māori organisation working alongside a Crown health entity as an equal Te Tiriti partner.

“This has been a first in Aotearoa and may the vision, values and treaty-based principles firmly established by this rōpū, lay the foundation for Iwi-Māori partnerships going forward.”....
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Tribal ambition can’t undermine Whānau Ora
The chief executive of the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency says the Ngāi Tahu Rūnanga’s decision to pull out of its South Island counterpart raises questions about equity within Maoridom.

But they need to acknowledge the majority of Māori in their rohe are from other iwi, and that their own people are scattered around the motu and are more likely to get services from non-iwi bodies like his own Te Whānau o Waipareira in West Auckland.

“They’re targeting solely their own beneficiary base – at one level you and I must get that but at another level don’t make a grab for everything and be greedy because you don’t want to start acting like pākeha – we’ve got a different tikanga. They say ‘we manaaki everyone,’ that’s simply not true. They must manaaki first and foremost their own whakapapa,” Mr Tamihere says.

He says Māori don’t want a situation like in North America where people living in reservations get preferential treatment to those living away.....
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Monday June 20, 2022 

Ngāi Tahu seeking $18m from Govt over alleged Treaty of Waitangi settlement breach 
Stuff reported at the end of May that Ngāi Tahu had taken the Government to court over an alleged breach of the Treaty of Waitangi settlement signed between both parties in the mid-1990s.

Now, Stuff can report that the total amount sought is $18.78 million.

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.....
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Tamihere: Māori Health Authority will help all Kiwis
The new president of Te Pāti Māori John Tamihere says the establishment of the Māori Health Authority will improve things for all New Zealanders.

But the problem is, if I could give you one example, when you vote $11.1 billion into the health system and then $540 million of that is tagged for Māori you’re actually building in the inequaltiy that we already had in the previous system.”

“If Pākehā people are allowed to deliver services to Pākehā people, there’s this apprehension that if Māori are delivering to Māori there’s something wrong with that, and that’s just not right."....
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New Ngāti Kahungunu iwi Māori health board appointed ahead of national health reform
A new Tihei Tākitimu Partnership Board has been appointed in Hawke's Bay in partnership with the new national Māori Health Authority as part of upcoming national health reforms.

"It's the first time we've had a Māori Health Authority so the opportunities to shape how we fund and how we partner with our Māori health providers and Māori communities is really important yet exciting going forward".

A Ngāti Kahungunu statement said the health system reforms including the new board will enhance Māori rangatiratanga for Māori over hauora Māori and ensure greater influence throughout the entire health system......
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Aboriginal flag set to fly permanently on Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Aboriginal flag will fly permanently on the Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of a "healing process" and reconciliation efforts with Australia's indigenous community, New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Sunday......
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Frank Newman: Three Waters – Many Lies

Time to Oppose Three Waters – Dr Muriel Newman.

Europeans didn't colonise Maori - the stuff did. Colonisation!

How government funding is used to muzzle mainstream media


Could learning about Matariki help us address the climate crisis?

Māori astronomer says first Matariki public holiday marks a new era for Aotearoa 

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

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

can we have a 'crown non-maori relations minister' remind the entire parliament to remember their non-maori constituents?