Saturday, August 27, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 21.8.22

Saturday August 27, 2022 

Auckland Uni pilots rongoā programme to help Māori recover faster from injury

A new programme designed to help Māori recover faster from injury is being piloted at the University of Auckland.

Named Ngākau Oho, the university and ACC programme aims to implement rongoā Māori (traditional healing practices) in mainstream healthcare systems in Aotearoa.

“We would argue that healthcare inequities will persist unless there is also a move towards attributing equal value to customary Māori forms of healing.”....
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End the Tribunal! Keep the Treaty out of legislation - Shane Jones
Former New Zealand First MP Shane Jones has again launched a scathing attack on the Waitangi Tribunal, saying it needs to "return to settling historical claims".

Jones has long held this view on the tribunal dating back to 2018. He told today the tribunal was "pointless and being a nuisance". He also said the government needed to stop dragging the Treaty of Waitangi into controversial legislation such as health and water reforms.....
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Auckland mayoralty: Viv Beck's position shifts against co-governance
Auckland centre-right mayoral candidate Viv Beck has publicly shifted her view on co-governance from comfortable “as a general principle” to a Twitter post in which she declares herself “Against”.....
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South Waikato guaranteed a Māori mayor
When the local government polls close in October residents of the South Waikato District will have elected their first Māori mayor.....
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Māori Spectrum Commission tests new ways to broadcast with 5G technology
Māori have rights to 20% of the spectrum, the airwaves that power wireless communication in this country.

Now, the emergence of 5G technology will expand what Māori can do with mobile technology on a global scale. It will also provide more commercial opportunities for Māori.....
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Derek Mackie: Democracy's Overrated 

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Friday August 26, 2022 

Collaboration with Canadian indigenous peoples sets tone for He Puapua 
One of the authors of the controversial He Puapua report says the indigenous collaboration arrangement signed this week between Aotearoa and Canada offers an opportunity for Aotearoa to learn how to realise tino rangatiratanga.

Dr Claire Charters, (nō Ngāti Whakaue, Ngā Puhi, Tūwharetoa, Tainui) from the University of Auckland's Faculty of Law said He Puapua had been commissioned by the government to look for ideas to implement the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Rights, which a previous government had signed New Zealand up to.

A few of the ideas put forward in He Puapua were separate Māori courts and an upper house of Parliament but the likelihood of these ideas being taken seriously enough to be implemented is unknown at this stage.

“There is also an understanding that Te Tiriti o Waitangi hasn’t been honoured and there is that sense that something needs to be done.”

Charters said there had been studies from Harvard University that concluded indigenous people did better when there was some form of self-government or authority over things Māori.

– the ongoing impacts of colonisation.”.....
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Evolution of Racism and Anti-racism Literature Review & Summary Document – Whiria Te Muka Tangata
Within Aotearoa New Zealand, the presence of racism in the health and disability system has been well evidenced and researched. Understanding racism and racial inequity in its current context requires us to understand the inherited traits and characteristics of the health system and how it creates, maintains, and perpetuates racism and racial inequity at multiple levels....
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Indigenous Strategy Leader Anthony Ruakere Adds To The Depth Of Deloitte’s Māori Services Offering
Deloitte is pleased to announce the appointment of respected indigenous strategy leader Anthony Ruakere (Taranaki, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki) as a partner in the Consulting and Hourua Pae Rau practices

Having the opportunity to combine the local and global capabilities of Deloitte with my passion for indigenous empowerment places me well to positively impact the lives of my children, and those that follow.”......
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People may be new focus for marae fund
New Plymouth’s fund to assist marae may shift focus towards developing people, rather than only buildings.

Each year New Plymouth District Council allocates $200,000 to its Marae Development Fund, with just over half of that used to insure the district’s marae......
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New initiative to support Māori research at Whitireia and WelTec
Whitireia and WelTec have appointed a dedicated Kaiwhakahaere Rangahau to lead a new initiative supporting and developing academic research and rangahau by and for Māori – Te Kawenata Rangahau.

Jamie Ihimaera Smiler (Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Te Whānau a Kai) has taken up the position, which will ensure that Māori researchers and Māori research topics are resourced and supported......
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Obstacles stymie use of New Plymouth urupā fund
New Plymouth's fund to maintain Māori burial grounds is underspent for a second year and council officers say a multi-pronged approach is needed to fulfil its potential.

Fifty-thousand dollars was budgeted each year, but in 2021-22 just $33,677 would be spent, said the council's iwi relationship kaiāwhina Anaru Wilkie.

Wilkie told the Te Huinga Taumatua committee the fund's first year was also undersubscribed, with just $41,000 granted.....
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Māori knowledge helping with Moana heat study
Researchers looking at marine temperatures around the New Zealand coast are trying to get a matauranga Māori perspective on their findings.

Moana Project director João de Souza says marine heatwaves can have dire consequences for aquaculture and fishing.

The five-year project funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment uses data from MetService as well as its own probes to generate weekly sea temperature forecasts.

It’s also working with Maui Hudson from the University of Waikato and his Whakatohea iwi, which has a major mussel farming operation in the eastern Bay of Plenty, to build bridges with Maori......
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Newshub's Oriini Kaipara's response to viewer's complaint about her 'offensive' moko kauae 

Thursday August 25, 2022 

Māori Ward expenditure limits ‘frustrating’ for candidates 
Nelson's two Māori Ward candidates have found their much lower election expenditure limit - when compared with other candidates – frustrating.

Nelson's Māori Ward candidates have an election limit of just $3500 to spend on their campaign while mayoral and at-large council candidates, who campaign across the same geographical area, have a limit of $30,000 - almost ten times the amount.

Nelson's two Māori Ward candidates were not happy with that dichotomy.....
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Paepae place for politics says Reti
National’s health spokesperson has taken issue with King Tuheitia’s call for political leaders to stop using Māori and race issues for political gain.

Shane Reti, who attended the Koroneihana Hui at Turangawaewae on Saturday with party leader Christopher Luxon, says it’s normal for politicians to use facts and data for political effect.

He says Māori issues are political.....
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Why this simple TV weather report has divided New Zealand and sparked heavy backlash: 'Sick of having this shoved down my throat'
New Zealand's state broadcaster has sparked a national debate after a TV presenter read out the weather bulletin in te reo Māori.

Te Rauhiringa Brown appeared on TVNZ to deliver the weather and used both English and te reo Māori as she read out the forecast.

Viewers took to social media to praise the move - but some critics blasted her for being 'irresponsible'......
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A qulliq is lit in Parliament, as ministers sign new agreement with Canada

Māori academic Dr Ella Henry congratulates TVNZ presenter for te reo weather report

Tame Iti’s ‘I Will Not Speak Māori’ installation happening in Odlin's Plaza

We Are Not Just Woke: We Are Wide Awake - Māori Language Commissioner, Professor Rawinia Higgins

Facing fears and refocusing on rangatiratanga Māori

High Māori prison rates are linked directly to state care abuse, new research reveals 

Wednesday August 24, 2022 

Holistic approach to apologies integrating Te Ao Māori 
The Ombudsman Kaitiaki Mana Tangata has created a new apologies guide for agencies.

The guide, published on the Ombudsman website today, promotes a holistic approach to apologies that integrates Te Ao Māori to ensure agencies are meeting their obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi.

The Public Service Act 2020 requires Crown agencies to support the Crown in its obligation under Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi. This includes developing capabilities in engaging with Māori and understanding Māori perspectives.....
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Taranaki activist and leader in te reo to be celebrated in mural form
A five-storey mural, a street party, and multiple exhibitions will take place in New Plymouth this September to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Māori language petition to parliament....
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New nest priority as Ngāti Rangi takes flight
The new pou arahi for Ruapehu-based Ngāti Rangi says she’s there to make sure what was promised in its treaty settlement is delivered.

Treaty settlements have to be living documents, and that means an ongoing relationship with the crown to address things like education, health and social services......
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New speaker of the House is going to be more wired for sound and vision to MPs
Rurawhe said he hopes his Te Ao Māori Māori view of the world will help understanding of upcoming constitutional changes that New Zealanders will be confronted with in the years ahead.

"Kaupapa Māori is an absolutely valid was as determining things as much as legal precedence like natural justice," he said.....
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Roger Childs: More and more Jacinda government racial division, separatism and favouritism

'Proud': TVNZ responds to viewers' complaints over te reo Māori weather report

Anne Salmond: Injustice is like a whale 

Tuesday August 23, 2022 

Who’s telling the truth on mandatory te reo Māori for teachers? 
“The Government needs to front up and tell the people of New Zealand the truth on a very simple question: do they want to make speaking Māori compulsory for holding a practicing certificate as a teacher, or not?” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“This morning, two spokespeople contradicted each other and themselves over the question. Last week Teaching Council CEO Lesley Hoskin told the inquiry into abuse in state care that “The reality is that at some point, we're going to have to say no longer can you have a certificate to teach in Aotearoa New Zealand without that competence.”.....
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Internal Affairs to introduce new Civil Registration system in 2024
He said building a new civil registration system also offered an opportunity for the government to strengthen its role as a Treaty partner. The Crown stopped recording iwi affiliation information in 1961. Consequently, people have no easy mechanism to identify themselves as Maori to the government, nor to identify themselves as affiliated with an iwi or hapu group....
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Hawke's Bay hapū requests further ban on taking pāua, as others in the rohe 'take a hammering'
A Hawke’s Bay iwi hopes to extend a ban on the collection of pāua to further restoration efforts already underway. But a neighbouring coastal community fears this will lead to their stocks being plundered.

Ngāi Hapū o Waimārama has requested a further two-year rāhui on the collection of blackfoot pāua at Waimārama, after the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries agreed to a community-backed two-year ban in December 2020.....
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Reassurances literacy and numeracy won't suffer if teachers learn more about matauranga and Te Reo Maori

Opinion: Literacy in NZ doesn't stop at the Queen's English 

Monday August 22, 2022 

Competence in te reo will eventually be mandatory for teachers - council 
The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care has been told competence in te reo and culture will eventually be mandatory for teachers.

Teaching Council chief executive Lesley Hoskin told the hearing principals already must verify that teachers were improving their knowledge of te reo and mātauranga Māori.

She said the council was focusing on the requirement, and would toughen its stance over time.

"The reality is that at some point, we're going to have to say no longer can you have a certificate to teach in Aotearoa New Zealand without that competence.".....
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Bilingual science kits could be the big winners from Celebrity Treasure Island NZ
It’s off to a good start – of the 80 schools in the south Auckland region, 17 are already registered to receive fortnightly kits in their classrooms, teaching everything from forensics to electronics, climate change and the ecosystem of the ocean.

The kits are delivered to schools in easy-to-unpack and meticulously-labelled plastic tubs, with resources for every child in the classroom, and exercise guides for the teachers in both English and te reo Māori, making them easy for kura kaupapa to use too.....
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Luxon receives co-governance lesson at Tūrangawaewae
“When you take the pākehā paradigm of politics, decisions are hinged around who has the numbers and decisions that are made in that way will never endure.

“Consensus decision-making means you talk until you reach unanimity.”
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Kaiako Māori - Urgent Role
We are hiring a brilliant Kaiako Māori to join our high calibre team at Dunedin City Council in Dunedin, Otago.

In this newly created role, you'll be responsible for kaupapa Māori programme development and the implementation of bespoke education programmes across our facilities within a mātauranga Māori framework.

The teams across the Dunedin City Council Museums and Galleries are on a navigational journey to integrate Te Tiriti o Waitangi into our institutional practices and values.....
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Te Tauihu iwi place rāhui across entire northern coastline of top of South Island
Te Tauihu iwi have placed a rāhui across the entire northern coastline of Te Tauihu o Te Waka-a-Māui (the top of the South Island), as floodwaters continue to pose significant disruptions across the rohe.

The rāhui, which took effect at noon on Saturday, covers the area from Te Parinui o Whiti (the White Bluffs) in the east, west to Kahurangi Point, including Aorere and Tai Tapu. It covers all coastlines, river mouths, and floodwaters, and prevents the gathering of seafood and kai in these areas as well as swimming and entering the water, Te Tauihu iwi said in a statement Sunday.....
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King Tuheitia new patron of Starship Hospital
King Tuheitia has accepted an invitation to become patron of Starship Child Health – Aotearoa’s largest child healthcare organisation.

His patronage will ensure a mokopuna-centric child health focus under the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) reforms launched during Matariki in June.

This new approach will combine bio-medical science and mātauranga Māori to deliver and maintain child health and wellbeing.....
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Broadcasting Minister Willie Jackson says TVNZ and RNZ have not given sufficient priority to the voices of Māori, Pasifika, Asians
“We're not seeing the New Zealand stories that we want to see on radio, on TV,” he said.

“This is about Māori being seen in the mainstream,......
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Planning for Māori Values: Introduction
It is important that planners understand tangata whenua values in the current environment and how to recognise and provide for these values within their planner roles.

This workshop is designed to provide planners with necessary knowledge and understanding of Te Ao Māori to be able to effectively undertake their roles under the RMA and LGA. Along with understanding values, this workshop covers the legislative framework, including the role of Treaty Settlements, and will provide attendees with a better understanding of the role of the relevant tools in the tangata whenua RMA kete (Iwi Management Plans, Cultural Impact Assessments).....
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Raglan airfield land to be returned to Māori owners after almost 90 years
Māori land in Raglan that was taken decades ago for use as an airfield is to be returned to its rightful owners.

Waikato District Councillors have unanimously agreed for council staff to start working with Government agencies to eventually return the land to Māori....
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Sunday August 21, 2022 

No more insulting Te Reo signage 
Auckland mayoral candidate John Lehmann says, he would ask that no more signs be written in two languages.

Lehmann says being part Māori himself finds it a total nonsense having both languages written on signs.

He asks how many Māori don’t speak English?

He said none.

He also asked how many speak made up fluent Māori?

He said less than 1%.

All kiwis speak English, and it’s just PC nonsense gone mad and its expensive.

It’s expensive, insulting tokenism and those behind this tokenism should be ashamed of themselves......
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PM at Kīngitanga Turangawaewae: We must embrace working together
The prime minister says co-governance arrangements are not something to be feared, and described them as key to upholding Treaty of Waitangi obligations.

Jacinda Ardern led the leaders of all political parties except Act onto the Māori Kingi Movement's Turangawaewae marae in Waikato this morning.

Ardern said she was most proud of introducing the compulsory teaching of New Zealand history in schools and the new Matariki public holiday.

Meanwhile, the National Party leader said he wanted to work closely with iwi and that involved some devolution.

But Luxon said National had worked well with Māori in the past and he was keen to talk.....
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Mātauranga Māori, 'an important DNA strand', underrepresented in tech 

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Robert Arthur said...

Re the Kingitanga carry on...if anyone, Luxon included, thinks that co governance/partnership will ensure that the common good will be served efficiently and without conflict they have not observed the operation of the Tupuna Maunga Authority in Auckland. Co governance is maori control. At the higher levels maori act as a coordinated bloc. Nowadays for fear of cancellation, and bearing in mind the tikanga of utu, almost no one within the system dares challenge maori proposals. Only a few totally independent mostly retired persons see themselves in a position to question. And, very likely, very many voters.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with John Lehmann. Why do we all have to pretend to be Maori? Biculturism is fine as long as it is not force fed as it is being done. For example at Hawke's Bay hospital the signage is in Maori first, in larger font and bold type. The English is so small it is hard to read. Just a total piss-off. I like Maori culture and have done two Te Reo courses but now I am anti. I am not a Maori so don't need to pretend to be one. Just so I can speak a language that is not mine to some other PC Pakeha at work or to try to be PC.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, this is hilarious.

Teachers must be competent in Te Reo. How about competent in real stuff that actually helps kids, English, Maths, reading and writing would be a start.

My sides are still hurting from reading this, it's the best joke I've heard from the Teachers Union in ages.

And what will the Teachers Union do if the teachers are not learning Te Reo quickly enough, sack em? put them on a accelerated learning program with pom poms and face painting.

Robert Arthur said...

Re Aug 22, as with so many public agencies, departments and institutions, the Teaching Council seems to have been totally captured by the artful conniving coordinated pro maori movement. Their large staff seems to devote the bulk of their energies to the cause. Even the govt seemed displeased as it recently did not top up their budget shortfall. Teachers were canvassed for new fees, but of course few or none were so foolhardy as to question the extravagant pro maori spend and so incur cancellation, or even de registration. It does not seem to occur to the Council that the major downtown in NZ student achievements correlates with the obsessive preoccupation, at the urging of the Council, with the obsolete stone age language and matters and traditional attitudes maori.

Anonymous said...

My gosh, how long before msm media start calling the english language a racist language and that all nzers who choose to learn english are racist colonisers also? I would not even be surprised right now. It is just getting beyond ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

That nz herald article saying your grandchild will need to speak te reo in order to get a good job? Oh really? Why would any young person with a brain choose to stay here? They will be off at 20. Plus how do you attract immigrant workers if they have to speak te reo?

choose to live and work here oncw tgey are an adult?

Robert Arthur said...

Aug23. If ACT wishes to romp in at the next election, on the subject of te reo they will have to be more forcefully against than believe "maths, science and English are equally important". in the modern world, the post stone age subjects are far more important than that.

Robert Arthur said...

Aug 25. If the shrewd not untalented Tame Iti had abandoned stone age language early he might now be up there with Stephen O'Reagan and the like. Maori do not r mention that the policy of discouragement of te reo was at the insistance of senior maori.
Expenditure on such a non constructive crude mural is absurd. Others should be financed to express logical counter sentiments.
For modern world realists, a Dun Mihaka salute would be an appropriate response to the mural.

Anonymous said...

Re tvnz weather: i have noticed that they seem to be combining 2 languages into one, forming a new kind of pigeon english/maori language, inserting a maori word into an english sentence etc which is surely an insult. This is not something you see in other countries with more than one official language. In sth africa for example they have english, afrikaans and zulu. They don't have news people over there mixing all 3 languages into one. Why are tvnz doing this? Weird