Saturday, August 20, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 14.8.22

Saturday August 20, 2022 

Abuse in Care: Ministry of Education not prepared to admit systemic racism

The Education Ministry’s murky answers to questions about systemic racism and Treaty of Waitangi obligations left the Royal Commission puzzled on Thursday.

Between 1950 and 1999, which is the scope of the inquiry, Holsted said the education system failed to protect children, in particular Māori, Pasifika, deaf and disabled children, from abuse and failed to reduce barriers for inclusion.

“I acknowledge that the Department of Education failed to actively protect te reo and encourage its use by iwi and Māori and that was in breach of Te Tiriti.....
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Govt funding provides boost to remaining Māori boarding schools
The government has allocated almost 15 million dollars towards upgrading the country's last four remaining Māori boarding schools.

Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson announced the final allocation of the $20 million investment into the schools from last year's Budget.

Hato Pāora College is a Māori boys boarding school near Fielding with a roll of about 100 students.

It's got almost $3m from the funding pool.....
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Culturally-offensive Porirua park gets iwi-gifted name change
The name of Porirua’s Calliope Park deemed culturally-offensive by local iwi Ngāti Toa Rangatira has been officially changed to Matahourua Park.....
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Manaaki team calling Māori and Pasifika patients to support attending hospital appointments
WellSouth Primary Health Network and Te Whatu Ora Southern (Māori Health Directorate and Surgical Services & Radiology) are teaming up to help ensure Māori and Pacific Island patients and whānau get the support they need to attend outpatient hospital appointments across the district.

Seven days prior to a scheduled specialist appointment, the WellSouth Manaaki call centre team are ringing Māori and Pacific Island patients as a reminder of their appointment and to ask what support is needed to attend. The Manaaki call centre team can offer additional support to whānau through Dunedin and Southland Hospital Services - Te Ara Hauora and Te Huinga Tahi, where this team will be available to meet and support the patients at the appointment and may also check to see if any other health, social, or well-being support is needed.....
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Māori sports authority chance to grow codes
The chair of the new national Māori sports authority Te Huinga Tākaro o Aotearoa, Mark Tito, says kotahitanga should help separate codes access the funding they need to grow their sports.

Seed funding for the new body comes out of Covid relief funding channelled through Sport NZ- Ihi Aoteroa.

Mr Tito says the $1.2 million is a drop in the bucket and Te Huinga Tākaro will need to find other sources of long-term funding......
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Derek Mackie: World leaders in Au'te reo'motive Engineering! 

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Friday August 19, 2022 

Falling Māori home ownership sign of Tiriti breach 
The Human Rights Commission believe failure to fix the rental housing market is a Treaty of Waitangi issue.

The commission’s inquiry into housing has found rents have almost half of renters now spend 30 percent or more of their after-tax income on housing.

“Many more people are renting than used to rent and the decline in Maori home ownership is particularly concerning for us. That indicates a potential breach of te Tiriti o Waitangi and the crown’s partnership obligation there to ensure Maori are equitably able to access home ownership,” she says.....
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Curious Minds: Mai te Awa ki te Moana to help with Ōhawe restoration
A Curious Minds project will be the first step to restoring rockpools and reefs around Ōhawe in South Taranaki.

The programme is led by Venture Taranaki and funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

"I spoke to my hapū chair John Hooker and we knew we needed the mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) aspect."

For the project, the hapū will work with mātauranga Māori science expert Professor Kura Paul-Burke of the University of Waikato to build a methodology for monitoring significant coastal sites.....
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Investing in Māori success in the research, science and innovation system
The Government is providing $6.5 million to a programme that will grow and retain the numbers of Māori in the research, science and innovation workforce.

“Growing a research workforce where the perspectives and expertise of Māori are well represented is a key part of ensuring we have a thriving and talented workforce to meet the opportunities and challenges of today and the future,” Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall said.....
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Beneficiary bashing wrong way to fix Māori
A Māori employment expert says he has his doubts about the National’s “carrot and stick” approach to unemployment.

Dr Haar says the most effective solution would be to properly resource and support Māori into careers they want – rather than force them into low-income and low-satisfaction jobs, which never last.....
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Let's welcome more formal partnerships between iwi and local government
Under the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Bill, which passed its third and final reading this month, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu enjoy the power to select and appoint two mana whenua representatives to the Canterbury Regional Council.

This is a landmark occasion for the uri of Ngāi Tahu too who, as collective, can exercise their stake in selecting their representatives.

As you can imagine, this didn’t come without some regressive and sometimes racist opposition.....
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Big celebrations as Te Iwi Māori are welcomed back to the Kingitanga at Turangawaewae
oliticians and Māoridom will be welcomed over the next few days on to Turangawaewae Marae to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the reign of Māori King Tuheitia Pootatau Te Wherowhero VII.

Final preparations for King Tuheitia's 16th Koroneihana celebrations are complete. After 24 months of planning, the big show is back on.....
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Māori medicines take root in school's 'living classroom'
Students at a Manawatū high school are learning about traditional Māori medicinal plants by growing them first hand.

Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of about 20 students of Feilding High School who put on their gumboots, took up shovels and braved the wet on Wednesday to plant rare native medicinal plants in their school reserve.....
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Thursday August 18, 2022 

Return of Raglan airfield to ‘right a wrong’ says Mayor 
Waikato District Councillors have unanimously agreed to approve engagement with the Office for Crown Relations (Te Arawhiti) and other agencies to facilitate the return of Raglan Airfield land to its rightful owners.

In February 1936, following reported conversations with elders from a local Māori group, the area now known as Raglan Airfield was selected as a suitable location for an emergency airfield by an Airforce Officer and obtained for this purpose, Council said in a statement.

From 1971 the question of the land going back to the original Māori owners was pursued by Mrs Tuaiwa (Eva) Rickard and the Matakite-O-Aotearoa Movement.....
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Whakatōhea fights to keep Te Upokorehe in settlement
The Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust is pushing back against a breakaway hapu.

The Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi is holding a vote on whether Te Ūpokorehe is removed from the Whakatōhea settlement, based on a petition claiming Te Ūpokorehe is an Iwi and has never been a hapū of Whakatōhea.....
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'Cultural clash' of views about whether farmland is wāhi taonga
A dispute that pits Christian beliefs against wāhi taonga values has been described by a High Court judge as a “direct cultural clash about religious views”.

Justice Christine Grice​ made the comment during an appeal heard in the High Court at Wellington on Monday.

The case involves a 70-hectare site on Titiōkura Station​ in northern Hawke’s Bay, owned by Peter and Caroline Raikes.....
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Bluebird employee under 'investigation' following anti-Māori language comments
A Bluebird NZ employee is under investigation after their online comments left a bad taste in the mouth of one TikToker user.

The chippie company, which produces some of Aotearoa’s staple party classics, has been quick to remove one of its managers from the job while it investigates comments they left online.

“It’s bad enough that schools, hospitals & tv stations ram this minority language down our throats, you guys don’t need too [sic] as well. [:rage: emoji]”....
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Half Of Māori Business Leaders Feeling Less Mentally Healthy Than Normal - COVID-19 Continuing To Cause Strain
A first-of-its-kind BDO study investigating the link between business performance and mental wellbeing has found that business owners and leaders who identify as Māori are still feeling the strain caused by COVID-19.....
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Northland iwi collective regains decision-making powers over Māori children's care
The children's minister has launched a kaupapa in Kaitāia today - handing decision-making powers back to iwi.

Minister for Children Kelvin Davis (Ngāti Manu) said the Te Atatū strategy put Māori (Te Kahu Oranga Whānau collective) at the centre, and Oranga Tamariki in a support role, in the Te Hiku area, and similar approaches would soon be taken nationwide.

"We want to prevent children having to go into care in the first place. But if children do need to be uplifted and put into the care of another whānau, then iwi and the providers, they'll be the ones making those decisions and Oranga Tamariki's role is just to support those decisions.".....
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Canterbury Museum removes 'offensive and inaccurate' Māori mannequins
Canterbury Museum has removed “offensive and inaccurate” Māori mannequins from its dioramas, more than two years after complaints were first made.

Canterbury Museum director Anthony Wright said people had told the museum the mannequins were the most offensive part of the dioramas.....
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Dual path needed for rongoā Māori
A Tai Tokerau rongoā Maori practitioner says there is still resistance to traditional health practices within mainstream New Zealand.

Therapeutic Products and Medicines Bill which is working its way through parliament still does not enable dual pathways that would allow both western and Māori practices to exist side-by-side.

“If there was true partnership we would be running dual everything because it’s about us in our own space, our own mana whakahaere to be able to carry out these practices without some of these legislative restrictions,” she says.....
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Graeme Reeves: Hon Willie Jackson - 8 August 2022 – One Person One Vote

Analysis: New research sheds more light on link between Māori and Taiwan

Opinion: Dr Daniel Hikuroa says as a maturing nation, we're ready to consider changing our name

State law is failing tamariki Māori 

Wednesday August 17, 2022 

Nib NZ introduces 'cultural leave' for employees to participate in kaupapa Māori 
Employees of Nib New Zealand are reaping the benefits of a flexible new benefits scheme by the health insurance provider.

The company has created a range of new range of entitlements including paid cultural leave, designed to support Māori employees to take time away from work to attend traditional rituals and customs and dates of significance.....
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Māori leaders call for NZ health system to put people at centre of care
Māori health campaigners are upset but not surprised by the woefully inadequate treatment of a Māori patient at Whanganui Hospital which ultimately led to his death

A doctor at the hospital thought the man was intoxicated, when he was, in fact, suffering from an ear infection that eventually killed him.

A Health and Disability Commission report into the man's death in 2019 found a doctor assumed he was high on meth.....
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Whittaker's is supporting te wiki o te reo Māori 2022 with a limited edition choccy block
Whittaker's, New Zealand's famed chocolate company, is honouring Māori Language Week by renaming one of its most popular flavours.

As part of the company's Te Wiki o te Reo Māori celebrations, the Creamy Milk chocolate flavour will be renamed Miraka Kirīmi and sold nationwide.....
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Koroneihana hui chance to talk co-governance
Turangawaewae Marae is throwing open its doors this week for the first in-person Koroneihana hui since 2019.

This evening a ceremony will be held to mark the anniversary of the death of Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu 16 years ago.

The hui proper starts on Thursday with the kawe mate for Tainui waka, when those who have died in the course of the year are remembered.

Those from the rest of the motu will bring their kawe mate on Friday, and on Saturday the Prime Minister and members of parliament will attend.

Kiingitanga spokesperson Rahui Papa says while the Kiingitanga tries to stay apolitical, he expects spirited discussions on issues like the local elections, water infrastructure reform and the benefits of co-governance......
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$14.9m allocated to Māori boarding school upgrades
Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson today announced the allocation of the remaining $14.9 million of the $20 million Budget 2021 investment into the Māori Boarding Schools initiative.

The four Māori boarding schools play a significant role in the development of future Māori leaders. They have been long-standing, staunch advocates of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori, kapa haka, and other aspects of te ao Māori.....
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More than 140 candidates vying for Māori ward seats
Competition for Māori ward seats have seen a high turnout this year, with more than 140 candidates vying for positions across 34 councils.

Thirty-two councils introduced Māori ward seats for the first time this year.....
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Government backs Māori horticulture project
The government is investing $975,000 in an large-scale horticulture project led by Northland’s Tupuānuku Collective.

Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor said Northland’s potential to grow food is substantial.

“Our investment will enable landowners to get on-the-ground support to identify the best crops to grow in their district and to assess the availability of water for irrigation,” he said.....
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Māori sports gets formal recognition in historic partnership
Māori sport is to reap the benefits of a new partnership with Ihi Aotearoa-Sport NZ formalised today.

The Mana Ōrite agreement between the newly formed National Māori Sport Authority, Te Huinga Tākaro, and Ihi Aotearoa will also see $1.225m in investments over two years from the Kaupapa Māori Response Plan, which was created in response to Covid-19 put into the authority.....
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Literacy pilot should boost Māori learning
Associate minister of Education Kelvin Davis says a new education plan will help those wanting to teach in a Māori way.

“It’s about shifting, as we say in the teaching thing, the pedagogy which is the way people teach, to be more inclusive and more Māori-focused for their Maori taitamariki,” Mr Davis
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Whanganui river's personhood status offers hope to Māori

Māori business women on why their culture is their superpower

Kiwis pledge to buy Whittakers to annoy people angered by te reo rebranding

Fight for Māori world view here but stay out of Ukraine - Waititi

Health survey finds Māori social networks 

Tuesday August 16, 2022 

Mental health millions not reaching Māori providers 
The head of a Porirua-based mental health and addiction service says massive increases in funding into the sector aren’t being used effectively because disparities in Māori and Pasifika funding aren’t being addressed.

She says Māori and Pasifika providers have greater experience and cultural ties with their clients but they see the funding instead landing with mainstream providers.

“I don’t believe we don’t have enough money for mental health or addictions. I think it’s inappropriately divvied out and we’ve got too many of the same providers, organisations delivering the same services,” Ms Koha says.....
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Iwi and Māori health providers form partnership
A new partnership through telehealth between iwi and Māori health providers aims to deliver more equitable outcomes for whānau in Te Arawa, Heretaunga and Ngāpuhi.

The partnership, Taki o Autahi, was formalised on Friday at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.....
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Māori wards set to break tyranny of majority
Māori Party president John Tamihere says this year’s local body election is a chance for Māori to break out of the tyranny of the majority.

Mr Tamihere says with 39 councils set to have Māori ward or constituent members, 35 of them for the first time, there is an awakening among Māori.

He says democracy has to include the Māori rights to participation promised by the Treaty of Waitangi.....
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A plan to shape central suburbs for future growth
We are particularly grateful for the rich and generous input from mana whenua, in particular the cultural landscape component of the plan.”

The introduction of te ao Māori (the Māori worldview) into the working group meetings by mana whenua has been a significant focus during the development of the plan.

These principles have enriched the plan by identifying why something is perceived as taonga (treasured possession) or is tapu (sacred) to the mana whenua.....
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West Coast draft plan maps to be fixed
West Coast landowners wrongly advised they had 'sites and areas of significance to Māori' on their properties will shortly get confirmation they are not affected.

The Te Tai o Poutini Plan (TTPP) Committee today voted to amend incorrect maps in the draft, and affected ratepayers will get new letters advising them of the revision.....
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Commission welcomes te reo chocolate wrappers - Maori Language Commission
The Maori Language Commission welcomed the release of a block of chocolate translated into te reo Maori, Miraka Kirimi (Creamy Milk) announced by Whittaker’s today.

"A few years ago Whittaker’s approached us about some ideas for Maori Language Week and our advice was to keep it simple and to focus on the language: and they did. This month for the first time New Zealanders can buy a Whittaker's product literally wrapped entirely in te reo," said Maori Language Commissioner, Professor Rawinia Higgins.

"For those who have complained that this is a step too far for our country: the reality is that the rest of New Zealand has already taken that step. We know that 8 in 10 of us see te reo as part of our identity as a Kiwi while 1 in 3 of us can speak more than a few words of Maori."

"Young New Zealanders are helping to drive change; they are not threatened when they see or hear te reo, they see te reo as absolutely normal."

Whittaker’s is also celebrating with a number of initiatives for their staff, normalising the language across their digital platforms and engaging with local mana whenua in their community.
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Monday August 15, 2022 

Concern as trust prepares to close access to public conservation estate near Desert Rd 
A trust that administers private land blocks between the Desert Rd and Kaimanawa Forest Park has put up gates across two roads used for decades by the public to access the park.

The land blocks on either side of the roads – known as Rangipo North 6C and Rangipo North 7C – are two of 85 blocks in the central North Island administered by the Lake Rotoaira​ Forest Trust (LRFT) on behalf of more than 12,000 Māori owners.

The trust has put in the gates, but is not saying why, or when they will be closed.

The situation has echoes of the closure of Lake Waikaremoana and its Great Walk by the Tūhoe iwi authority, reported by Stuff last year.....
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Rongoā: Māori healing working alongside modern medicine
Te Papanui, a general medical practice clinic recently opened by Kīng Tuheitia, features rongoā practitioners, who offer advice and treatments to visiting patients, alongside doctors and other medical professionals.

“We have found that there has been a higher demand for our rongoā services than our GPs, which is delightful.”

“Rongoā is a science that is just as robust and legitimate as western medicine and we know that it actually works and we have very good practitioners in this country, so very supportive of rongoā Māori.”....
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Denis Hall: Making up Maori names and words is a growth industry

Graham Adams: Will Māori have the whip hand for key Three Waters jobs?

Point of Order: Getting super growth into those tree seedlings is simple

Geoff Chapple: Reset on the maunga

Derek Mackie: This is NOT Democracy!

Te Hīkoi Toi: Māori art no longer hidden in Parliament

Opinion: Ngāi Tahu tackle climate change head on to protect whānau

Prue Kapua: Why would you not embrace Māori representation? 

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Anonymous said...

Tamihere's views on the tyranny of the majority.sound just like other dictators around the world such as the nth korean and chinese leaders. Also reminds me of sth africa when apartheid was set up to protect a minority group ftom the majority, based on race. I think equality for all nzers regardless of race, gender or religion is the system we should keep.

Robert Arthur said...

Re Aug 17 cultural leave. I understood maori already had recogniton of tangi and those involved in running same. The traditonal Monday and/or Friday m.d.o will be recognised next. Although the quoted example is not a legal requirment, the huge obligations on employers accounts for much of the maori unemployment. Employers avoid thos they perceieve as likely to most utilise or exploit. And as for the grant to maori boarding schools, is anyone keeping a tally of all the race based grants? Already millions have gone for marae. Other social, martial arts, language, folklore, drinking, music, political, rebellion training clubs have to finance their own way.

Robert Arthur said...

And as for rongoa maori presumably this is and will be totally separated from public subsidised science based treatment. I am astonished any can afford. In analyis of maori health outcomes those treated by rongoa will have to be statistically separatd. Otherwise maori wil never catch up. Tohunga were considered among the worst aspects of traditional maoridom. The Ratana chuch especailly recognised this. Becoming a tohunga seems likely to become a new career option.

Robert Arthur said...

Re Raglan airfield, I wish someone had taken over the various properties owned by ancestors, improved them, used for benefit of the community, paid the rates, then given back at original price so I can farm manuka. I trust the lands will incur rates based on a vluation as if available on the market to all.

Anonymous said...

Apropos falling Māori home ownership sign of Tiriti breach - what an utter load of old tosh. If this is what our Human Rights Commission truly think, then it's time that they either undertook some earnest study of the Treaty, or found a new job - preferably the latter. Housing availability and rental to income levels have nothing whatsoever to do with the Treaty. If their opinion had even a shred of merit, why then stop at housing, why not incomes, the price of petrol, power, food, insurance... the lists goes on? Any justifiable gripe along these lines they have lies with the Government, not the Treaty. I'm disgusted that my taxes are paying for these clowns to claim such nonsense.