Saturday, July 23, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 17.7.22

Saturday July 23, 2022 

Ngāti Toa launches Te Tiriti-based citizens assembly to discuss Porirua issues

Porirua community leaders have supported the idea of talanoa and a Te Tiriti-based wānanga (citizens assembly) by local iwi Ngāti Toa for the community to talk about issues facing the city.

More than 100 people from 80 Porirua organisations, including mana whenua, resident associations and local and central government politicians, attended an online meeting last week to discuss how to make the concept work effectively.

The framework would include talanoa in the form of a regular standing forum for Porirua’s community leadership to engage each other on issues at grassroots level and a Te Tiriti-based wānanga for the wider community to deliberate and make recommendations......
See full article HERE

Transformation planned for city waterfront park
Eke Panuku, Auckland Council’s urban regeneration agency, wants to know what you think about its proposal to upgrade Harbour Bridge Park in Westhaven.

The redesign, led by Eke Panuku in partnership with mana whenua, recognises the wāhi tapu site (site of significance) of Te Routu o Ureia (reef of Ureia). The renowned taniwha Ureia scratched its back on the protected area of reef that juts out from the headland. The site’s cultural significance will be represented within the landscape design, native planting, Māori mahi toi (Māori art), and signage in both te reo Māori and English......
See full article HERE

Mahuta defends Three Waters push
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says funding water infrastructure is not something most councils can do on their own.

Her proposal is not only financially sustainable but fits the New Zealand context, which is why it asks councils to work differently and alongside iwi mana whenua........
See full article HERE

Stand back, Māori coming through
A member of the new ministerial advisory group on the Te Aorerekura family violence and sexual violence strategy says she’d like to see the crown resource Māori and then step back.

“We need to fully resource those of our people, our whānau, hapū and iwi who are already doing the work and let them get on with the job, and then we need to be able to support government agencies to stand back and give our people the space to do the mahi they are doing,” she says.....
See full article HERE

New Taranaki iwi partnership on the horizon
A new partnership between WITT and Te Korowai o Ngāruahine Trust Iwi (Ngāruahine) is signalling the start of a new commitment between WITT and local Taranaki iwi. On 7 July WITT Chief Executive John Snook and Te Korowai o Ngāruahine Trust CEO Te Aorangi Dillion signed a strategic partnership to work together to create community-designed education and training solutions.

Allie Hemara-Wahanui, Deputy Chief Executive, acknowledged that the strategic partnership is the beginning of a new and exciting commitment.

“It has always been an aspiration to have a formal relationship with Taranaki Iwi. This recent signing demonstrates a genuine commitment from WITT to support the Ngāruahine Iwi......
See full article HERE

Three new professors announced
University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor, Professor Neil Quigley today shared the appointment of some distinguished academic staff to the role of Professor.

"As we continue work to weave mātauranga Māori into the heart of our research and teaching, I am confident our new Professors will help provide the vision and leadership we need to maintain momentum," Professor Quigley says.

"Please join me in congratulating them all."

Professor Tom Roa
(Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato) is the University of Waikato’s Te Mata Ahurangi (Tikanga Advisor)

Professor Sandra (Sandy) Morrison
(Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Rarua, Te Arawa) centres her research on climate change, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, adult education and Indigenous development.

Professor Kura Paul-Burke
(Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whakahemo) has been appointed to a role as Professor in Mātai Moana (Marine Research) in Te Aka Mātuatua School of Science and Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao......
See full article HERE

Miramar Peninsula: Development can’t come before Aotearoa’s history 

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Friday July 22, 2022 

Infrastructure will enable Ōtaki Māori housing 
The Government is putting more than $29 million towards infrastructure for Ōtaki in response to a joint application between Māori landowners, Kapiti District Council and private developers.

The spending to upgrade water supply and roading will enable the development of over 1,000 papakāinga, affordable and market homes.....
See full article HERE

Maōri design integral to largest playground in southern hemisphere
An enormous $5.5 million playground to be built on a culturally significant and historic location on New Plymouth's foreshore, will be one of the largest in the southern hemisphere – and it caters for ages young and old.

“The playground has been upgraded through the times with the odd pirate ship, those sorts of things, but nothing Māori. So this is a good opportunity for Ngāti Te Whiti to have designs woven into this playground.”.....
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Superphos plant consent irks iwi
A Ngāti Kahungunu environmental scientist says Ravensdown’s giant superphosphate manufacturing plant in Napier is an ongoing threat to the people and environment of Ahuriri.

The company is seeking further 35-year resource consent for the plant on the north side of the culturally and environmentally significant Waitangi Regional Park.

Shade Smith says it was a gathering site for chiefs and an important food source......
See full article HERE

A University Professor denounces our wicked ways – as he sees them! - Bruce Moon

Natasha Poole: Why I will not be supporting the Water Services Entities Bill

Thursday July 21, 2022 

Iwi tell Crown hands off Great Barrier 
Ngātiwai Trust Board and Ngāti Rehua-Ngātiwai ki Aotea Hapū Trust have told Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little to remove properties on Aotea Great Barrier from the settlement offered to Hauraki iwi.

Ngātiwai chair Aperahama Kerepeti-Edwards says the only people who conduct tikanga, place rāhui and live on the Barrier are Ngātiwai and Ngāti Rehua whanau.....
See full article HERE

Waitangi Tribunal accused of being unfair to Māori
The Waitangi Tribunal, set up to address injustices against tangata whenua, has been accused of being unfair to Māori in the way it operates.

The Tribunal has heard that a lack of access for claimants and vast inequalities in resources between the Crown and Maori are perpetuating injustice.....
See full article HERE

More on the above here > Justice inquiry told equitable access to legal aid needed 

Environmentalists, mana whenua criticise PM's 'appalling' gift to US president
Mana whenua are also frustrated they were kept out of the loop.

In a statement, the iwi's development group general manager Snow Tane said: "Te Roroa had no knowledge that a bowl from our rohe had been gifted to the POTUS."

"The Prime Minister's office should have considered acknowledging mana whenua."

He said Te Roroa had witnessed "desecration" of swamplands for valuable timber.

"I [Nelson Parker] can pretty well describe these people to you, they probably don't do anything. They're parasites. As far as I'm concerned, if they want to meddle in what we do, well, then it's not a wise thing to do.".......
See full article HERE

Māori leader takes legal action over copycat artwork
High-profile Māori leader Rangi McLean has taken legal action over a piece of art that featured a “direct and unauthorised copy” of an existing photograph of him.

McLean’s letter requested that Strizel withdraw the artwork for sale permanently and refrain from using any intellectual property, imagery or other material related to McLean. The letter noted McLean’s status as a “highly respected Māori figure” and outlined the cultural significance of tā moko as “a result of a long, spiritual journey” which requires “the blessing of elders and those in the community with a high degree of standing.”

Although Strizel has now removed the image from Etsy, it currently still appears on his website......
See full article HERE

Wealth share challenge for ahu whenua
Federation of Māori Authorities chair Traci Houpapa wants members to consider how they can share their wealth more evenly.

She says it’s not just a problem for Māori authorities but for government and industry as well.....
See full article HERE

Māori Biosecurity Symposium First Of Its Kind
Named ‘Te Wānanga Whakamātaki’, this symposium will provide a unique opportunity for communities, industry and agencies to come together in a kaupapa Māori environment to consider how Māori and their mātauranga can contribute to the restoration of our natural world.

Supported by Biosecurity New Zealand, the programme encourages participants to delve deeply into te ao Māori - to understand the depth of indigenous knowledge available to conservation practitioners, and to discover how a blended approach to biosecurity practices in Aotearoa New Zealand can benefit all........
See full article HERE

Minister of Māori Development launches Te Matapaeroa 2020 to celebrate Māori business
Jackson said the information was valuable in helping Te Puni Kōkiri and other government agencies to develop policies based on evidence to help whānau thrive.

"This work shows the contribution of Māori to the wider economy. It will inform future policy work to build the Māori economy," Jackson said.....
See full article HERE

1News weekend weather presenter promoting te reo Māori
Brown revealed that she’s allowed to speak as much Māori as she wants during her weather segment, so long as she follows up with the English translation.

“Not only are you getting the weather but it’s a great learning opportunity to learn about some of these kupu related to the weather.".....
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Denis Hall: The utter futility of nation-wide wall to wall maori language indoctrination?

Tim Dower: Our water needs attention, but Three Waters is not the way to do it

John MacDonald: The Government is just like the All Blacks with its Three Waters reforms

Dave Witherow: Confederacy of Dunces

“We're moving Stuff from being a media company that represents New Zealand to a media company that represents Aotearoa New Zealand. At some point, it will be a media company that represents Aotearoa.”

Top Māori cop Wally Haumaha says whānau, hapū and iwi - not police - hold the key to halting crime  

Wednesday July 20, 2022 

All newly elected Māori councillors to get mentor 
In a bid to make councils more culturally safe, Local Government NZ will provide all newly elected Māori councillors with a mentor, someone they can lean on for guidance and support.

The initiative, called Te Āhuru Mōwai, comes as Māori councillors continue to encounter racism by members of the public and by fellow colleagues.

"Whenever we do something for Māori, like try be a bilingual city through our Te Tauihu Policy or restore the traditional names of Māori places, we get inundated with racism and abuse from just racist losers out there, with nothing better to do than to try and take us back 200 years."......
See full article HERE

Construction begins on new Waipoua River bridge
Construction on a new bridge over Waipoua River will begin this week, providing pedestrian and cycle access to Oxford St Reserve from the south side of the river.

Masterton District Council [MDC] approved the construction of the bridge in a meeting in August 2020 and gave the project a budget of $485,000.

The bridge would be lined by 50 pou commissioned by six local Maori artists that would tell stories representing the past, present and future of the Waipoua River.......
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'It's ridiculous' - Anger over Māori children being zoned out of iwi or hapū land
Some Māori educators want an overhaul of school zoning rules, saying the system ignored local iwi connections to the land that schools were built on.

They say Māori children should have free access to all the schools within the rohe of their iwi or hapū and the Education Ministry must prioritise mana whenua when it consults communities about zone changes.

Te Akatea Māori Principals Association president Bruce Jepsen said the system ignored local iwi connections to the land that schools were built on.....
See full article HERE

Supporting our communities, building taxation knowledge in Maori Education
Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission’s Te whai hua - kia ora, Sorted in Schools has launched a taxation module in te reo Maori for Maori Medium Education. It gives rangatahi the opportunity to learn about how tax works, whether they are a future employee, entrepreneur, or contractor. .....
See full article HERE

More on the above here > Retirement Commission teaches children taxes from a “Māori perspective adapting Māori thinking, narratives and frameworks” 

Poutini iwi oppose national parks extension through stewardship land review
West Coast iwi will be opposing extension of national parks in the region through the stewardship land review process, the West Coast Regional Council has heard.

Councillor Debra Magner said she thought there was going to be some recommendation that grazing licence areas, for example, were going to be vested in Ngāi Tahu.....
See full article HERE

Bruce Moon: On historic confiscation of Maori Land 

Tuesday July 19, 2022 

Talks continue around Taranaki Maunga settlement deal 
Talks between iwi and the Crown over the Taranaki Maunga treaty settlement continue behind closed doors, with finer details of the deal likely to be made public later this year.

This group will develop management plans for Te Papakura o Taranaki (formerly known as Egmont National Park), with final sign-off needed from the Minister of Conservation and another entity, made up of eight representatives of ngā iwi o Taranaki.....
See full article HERE

Bay Of Plenty Regional Councillor To Stand With Māori Party
Incumbent Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor, Toi Kai Rākau Iti, will campaign for re-election to his Kohi Constituency seat under the Māori Party ticket.

“As the name suggests Local Government is local. It's government, with all its functions and colonial constructs, directly in your rohe. It is where the policy, that is set down in Wellington, is rolled out in your back yard, your awa, your moana, your whenua. Māori need to work together in order to meet the challenge of interacting with this particular manifestation of the crown. For me, Te Pāti Māori is a good vehicle with which to achieve that.”....
See full article HERE

Trust takes up reins of Kaimai Mamaku Restoration Project
The Manaaki Kaimai Mamaku Trust has entered into a multi-year agreement to manage efforts to restore the mauri of the Kaimai Mamaku Ranges through iwi, hapū, whanau and community-led conservation action.

The trust will handle the administration of iwi and hapū led conservation projects across the Kaimai Mamaku, ranging from pest animal and plant control to kauri protection.....
See full article HERE

Mana whenua urged to 'go for it and apply' for funding to share kaupapa in Matamata-Piako District
Kapa haka and commemorative pou beside a walkway are among the kaupapa Māori in the Matamata-Piako District would like to see get council cash.

It comes as two tranches of community funding have been put on offer by Matamata-Piako District Council......
See full article HERE

Delivering for Māori - ACC
"One of the most insightful things I heard was that we’ve (ACC) come too far, not to go further.”

“We also had the opportunity to demonstrate our genuine commitment to being good Treaty partners and upholding our responsibilities.”

There has been good progress in how ACC is increasing equitable outcomes for Māori including:......
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Inquiry into justice system's impact on Māori begins at Waitangi Tribunal
The Te Rau o te Tika: Justice Inquiry will cover everything from institutional racism and bias, to discrimination against Māori in the justice system.

But claimants presenting evidence this week said access to funding is one of the biggest barriers to even taking part in this enquiry.....
See full article HERE

3Waters – too good to be true – Frank Newman.

Policy Failure – Dr Muriel Newman.

Māori have an edge when engaging with Asia, and NZ can't risk losing that

Traditional Māori practices breathe afresh in new mental health service 

Monday July 18, 2022 

Para Kore receives Waste Minimisation funding for Te Waipounamu 
Para Kore Marae Incorporated are excited to announce support from the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund to expand their services to Te Waipounamu. Para Kore will now have a regional presence in and around Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill providing their Oranga Taiao Programme to at least 45 rūnaka - marae and rōpū (kōhanga, kura, organisations and kaupapa Māori events). It is estimated this three-year project will reduce 67.5 tonnes of waste being generated.

Jacqui Forbes, Kaihautū Matua shared “We are delighted that the WMF and partners are supporting tiaki taiao action led by Māori in Te Waipounamu. Caring for our taiao, is much broader than reducing emissions and waste, first we must understand the systemic causes of the harm to Papatūānuku. What we need are solutions based on Tiriti partnership and relationship with te taiao. Para Kore is delighted to be partnering with the WMF, rūnaka, councils and Res.Awesome to provide te ao Māori education and support to Te Waipounamu. Indigenous peoples have always been leaders in caring for our natural world.”......
See full article HERE

Agreement signed to improve Māori eye health
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and Kāpo Māori Aotearoa New Zealand have partnered to address the stark inequities Māori face when it comes to eye health.

It plans to implement a range of measures including acting on health recommendations from the Waitangi Tribunal, bringing more Māori into ophthalmology, and increasing the number of Māori optometrists.....
See full article HERE

Māori Purpose Zone
The Māori purpose zone provides for the social, cultural, environmental and economic needs of mana whenua and seeks to enable reconnection with sites of ancestral importance to mana whenua. The intention of the zone is to allow the development and use of marae complexes and papakāinga to a level of intensity/range of activities greater than would be permissible in the general rural zone.....
See full article HERE

Te reo Māori and NZ Sign Language in court
Can I speak te reo Māori in court?.....

Can I ask that my entire hearing be conducted in te reo Māori?.....
See answers HERE 

The biggest influencers in NZ's legal profession for 2022
Increasing cultural competency has been a prevalent theme throughout this year’s submissions, with many of the winners championing initiatives to increase understanding of te ao Māori and incorporate Māori values into their firm’s decision making.....
See full article HERE

Ihumātao: What's next for the contested whenua?

Māori vulnerable to US-China fallout in the Pacific, warns Shane Jones

Police, iwi Māori justice initiative fueled by a drive to 'decriminalise'

Facing up to the reality of our colonialist, racist past

‘Dial a Māori’ and other mistakes Pākehā make 

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Robert Arthur said...

I wonder if every Cosmopolitan club, social club, hobby club, political cluster, sports club, music group, martial arts centre, will get assistance to dispose of their waste including building materials and any items trucked in from member's homes.

And as for the maori purposes zoning, includes a typical example of modern obscure language. What exactly is a reversed sensitivity issue? I wonder if George Bernard Shaw, Churchill, or Muldoon could have explained. All seems calculated to enable the untidy sprawling, land inefficient rural development which most planners seek to avoid, and especially so in overseas countries. A great mechanism to facilitate an idyllic low cost welfare life style among similarly inclined and far removed from the risk of tedious employment. Presence will cause farmers in the areas to feel less secure. And I wonder what sort of fearless, cancellation immune, council staff member will dare try to enforce any of the specific conditions.

And the paid interpreter scheme a great racket. Noone with a coussie interpreter will choose to speak plain English. Besides te reo gives time for a considered response and the opportunity for the translator to tailor it.

Robert Arthur said...

Re councillor advisors. Many suspect that maori representatives are extensively puppets with their strings pulled by the external clique of coordinated academic, corporate kingpin, tribal, and other activists. A paid advisor will provide yet more opportunity for sustained intervention by unelected external manipulators. Maori representatives effectively will pack an obstructionist punch even more disproportionate than their already disproportionate allotted number.
It is absurd that objection to time wasting, obfuscating, grand standing use of te reo is branded as racist. The concession of declaring te reo an official language is being grossly abused. It is time the status is withdrawn.

And re maori access to all schools in their alleged rohe (whatever that is.) Will be the stone end of Auckland Grammer.

Robert Arthur said...

Re Fri 22 and the report of maori opposal of Napier superphosphate factory licene renewal.The near automatic obstruction of anything which contributes materially to the wealth which trickles down to all is typical of maori involvement. It all contributes toward gaining mana among peers. With dedicated maori positions will form a major obstruction to efficient Council operations in future. Of course if the plant was owned by a local maori authority, or a huge regular koha paid, objection would likely vanish.