Saturday, August 6, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 31.7.22

Saturday August 6, 2022 

Iwi leaders push resource co-governance

An iwi leader says there’s a prospect of real progress on water and resource management reform if the Government is serious about co-governance.

He says there was support for the three waters reform, but iwi also wants their rights and interests in water defined as part of the process.

“It’s the same with the reform of the RMA. We’re happy with some of the principles but unless we are built into the co-governance aspects we are not going to be able to realise our interests, and that is something we are working hard on. The Government are already heading in the right direction on many of these issues,” Mr Priripi says.....
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Automotive Engineering Course In Te Reo Māori: A First In New Zealand
Ara Institute of Canterbury will provide all learning materials and assessments for a trades course in te reo Māori, a first for any non-Māori tertiary institution. To enable fluent Māori language speakers to learn and be assessed in their native tongue, Ara is currently translating workbooks, marking guides and assessments for its Level 3 Automotive Engineering course, ready for delivery in early 2023.

How to treat the translation of automotive terms like ‘carburettor’ and ‘camshaft’ was an important decision for Ara and part of the kaupapa for the project.

In the end, they decided to use the English terms for any object or activity that does not yet exist in the Māori language. Tūtengaehe noted,.....
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Waikato iwi secures $32 million to stop tamariki going into care
Waikato Tainui has secured $32.1 million from Oranga Tamariki to assist in a successful iwi-led support programme to help empower children and whānau in need.

The funding will be distributed over the next five years towards the Mokopuna Ora programme, an initiative in which Waikato Tainui supports whānau to prevent mokopuna (grandchildren) going into the care of Oranga Tamariki.....
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Rangitāne o Wairarapa says parts of water entities bill will remove its authority
A Wairarapa iwi says parts of the Water Services Entities Bill will remove and diminish their voice and autonomy from water conversations.

In its Bill submission, Rangitāne o Wairarapa said the proposal was "not co-governance" and instead removed its authority regarding water.

They said there were more than 40 iwi in Entity C which would have their voices reduced to six positions.

"This removes our voice from the governance and management space.....
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Seabed Mining Ban bill drawn from ballot a 'tūpuna intervention'
Debbie Ngarewa-Packer was brought to tears today as her private member's bill aiming to ban seabed mining was pulled from Parliament's famous biscuit tin.

If passed, the Prohibition on Seabed Mining Legislation Amendment Bill will ban all seabed mining within the Aotearoa exclusive economic zone and coastal waters, and retrospectively remove existing seabed mining consents.....
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Tamariki Maori education likely to be affected more by climate change - NZEI
Tamariki Maori will be more adversely affected by climate change, with greater proportions attending schools in coastal communities.

Tamariki Maori are 10 percent more likely than other ethnic groups to attend the schools that will be the most affected by rising sea levels, according to data analysis by NZEI Te Riu Roa.....
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Friday August 5, 2022 

Unelected Ngai Tahu on Environment Canterbury 'is a dismantling of democracy' 
"At a time when many Maori, like many other Kiwis, suffer from a crisis in housing, health, first world education, and decent wages, Labour is busy dismantling New Zealand’s democracy," says Rt Hon Winston Peters Leader of New Zealand First.

"A dangerous precedent has been set with legislation being passed in Parliament which sees the appointment of unelected Ngai Tahu members to Environment Canterbury - unelected with full voting powers."

"This is the same piece of seperatist legislation that New Zealand First blocked in 2019 when in government."....
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Māori seat vote triggers spam bot attack
Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene says the passing of his bill creating seats for Ngāi Tahu on Canterbury Regional Council triggered a denial of service attack on parliament’s email servers.

“Although you’d think from the 2 million spam bot emails that we got bombarded with something was afoot but thankfully the defences were in place at parliament and likewise there was plenty of support and our whole line-up of speakers were very compelling in terms of the very outdated and ignorant arguments that were put up by the Opposition,” he says.....
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Our Māori name, He Manga Tauhokohoko
He Manga Tauhokohoko is the Māori name for the Business School, bestowed by Dr Merimeri Penfold CNZM (Ngāti Kurī, Te Aupouri) who lectured in te reo at the University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau for thirty years, and Reverend Dr Takutai Wikiriwhi (Ngāti Whātua).....
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John Porter: Employing a Fox to Guard the Henhouse!

Ngai Tahu are given governance privileges in Canterbury and Willie Jackson gives us a rundown on “the new democracy”

Rongoā Māori proving a success for ACC

How Indigenous Peoples are reshaping modern economies 

Thursday August 4, 2022 

Labour erodes local decision making - Simon Court 
"Labour’s Local Government Electoral Legislation is trying to back councils into a corner where they are forced to consider implementing Maori wards," says ACT’s Local Government spokesperson Simon Court.

"ACT does not believe Maori wards are necessary to achieve representation as we believe people shouldn’t have different rights based on who their great grandparents were. However, it is up to councils and their ratepayers whether they want to consider them and central government should not be involved.

"Power over democratic institutions should rest with the people who pay the rates, not the people who spend it."....
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Māori have no say over data sovereignty
A new report into Māori data sovereignty is challenging the government’s trend to offshore New Zealand data, saying New Zealand should be investing in local data infrastructure instead.

“If that’s our data as Māori, we should be the primary beneficiaries of that data and we should also have some authority over it.”.....
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29th Māori mental health service opens
Associate Minister of Health, Peeni Henare, has officially opened a new mental health and addiction service in Porirua – one of 29 new or recently established services now set up across the country.

It is a heartening experience seeing tailored, culturally competent wellbeing services being delivered by Māori, for Māori and making a real difference in their communities,” Minister Henare said.....
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Pharmac looking to bridge gap between Māori and Pasifika communities
Pharmac is assuring significant changes to its systems and policies following a damning independent review of the agency.

The panel of independent experts, chaired by Sue Chetwin, found Pharmac must secure equitable outcomes for all New Zealanders, especially for Māori, Pacific and disabled people.

The duo said issues such as racial health disparities had been known for a long time and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Pharmac was looking to bridge the gap between Māori and Pasifika communities.....
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Ngāi Tahu Representation Bill Passes Third Reading In Parliament
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu welcomes the passing of new legislation tonight to reinstate Ngāi Tahu councillors to Environment Canterbury, ensuring future decision making will include the voice and votes of mana whenua.

The Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Bill passed its third reading with 77 votes to 43. The Bill empowers mana whenua through Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to appoint two councillors with full voting rights......
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Coup in New Zealand – Dr Muriel Newman.

In Defence of Democracy – Elizabeth Rata.

The Hui duo Mihingarangi Forbes and Annabelle Lee-Mather on the exposé that led to Māori Television exit

Parliament to vote on Ngāi Tahu councillors for Environment Canterbury  

Wednesday August 3, 2022 

Māori to lead kauri protection as national plan launched against dieback 
Iwi, hapū and whānau will play a key role in protecting kauri trees as part of a National Pest Management Plan against kauri dieback, Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor says.

The National Pest Management Plan includes 10 rules to stop the spread of PA and protect sensitive areas, backed by fines of up to $5000 for an individual or $15,000 for a company.

Funding of $32 million over five years was announced in May 2021 and Biosecurity New Zealand has since set up a management agency, Tiakina Kauri.

A key focus of the funding would be to build the capacity and capability of mana whenua to lead local kauri protection, O'Connor said.

“Māori will be supported to lead kauri protection and funding will be provided to build capacity in iwi, hapū and whānau to deliver operationally.”.....
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'Maori has been the official language of New Zealand for 35 years'
Today, the Māori language has been recognized as the legal language in its own country for 35 years, and finally, according to Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, the survival of the Māori language has not been confirmed.

"The rise of te reo Māori in communities across New Zealand, from small towns to all the big cities. In 1987 some warned that New Zealand would be divided by te reo Māori, but , it will be 35 years since the language unites us," said the Commissioner of the Māori Language Centre, Professor Rawinia Higgins.....
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Health authorities try cohabiting
A member of the Māori Health Authority board says co-locating the authority’s headquarters with Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora is a way to avoid solo thinking.

Awerangi Tamihere says Te Aka Whai Ora will maintain its by Māori, for Māori kaupapa, but it also acknowledges that over 90 percent of the funding for services delivered for Māori is held by Te Whatu Ora.

“So you must work closely together. It’s not just closely together to look at relationships but it’s also understanding where the money goes, how that money and services are delivered to our Māori people, whether they are the right service, they are delivered by the right people and are people getting good outcomes from it? If they aren’t, that’s when the monitoring role of the Māori Heath Authority comes in – to say we need to do things differently and we need to look at how things are done differently,” she says......
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Māori party gets biggest poll win in decade
Te Pāti Māori has had its highest poll result in over a decade, making it a potential kingmaker at the next general election, as support erodes for a National/ ACT coalition.

A Roy Morgan poll released on Tuesday has Te Pāti Māori landing four percent of the vote (up from 2.5 percent in June), amid a slump in support for National, down four percentage points (to 35 percent) in July .....
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Name game distraction from Māori development
Former MP Shane Jones giving new Māori names to state agencies and programmes is a waste of effort while larger social and economic concerns for Māori go unaddressed.

Mr Jones says the big challenge for Māori is developing their young men and women.

Too many are trapped on the Jobseeker benefit, while political energy is squandered giving things Māori names that most people can’t pronounce.....
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Directors get support with te ao Māori journey
Directors now have a Māori-designed mobile app to support them on their journey with te ao Māori.

The app provides a range of resources to support members develop confidence in te reo Māori. This includes interactive tools to assist with pronunciation, greetings, learning their pepeha, formally opening and closing meetings, understanding tikanga and other foundation level skills.....
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Rangatahi Māori and Samoan people treated unfairly in justice system, study finds
Young Māori and Samoan people in the justice system often feel othered, and treated unfairly, which could be hindering chances of rehabilitation, according to preliminary results from a long-term study.

On the whole, the initial findings suggested there was a lack of cultural awareness within the justice system, which often hindered access to justice and hampered rehabilitation prospects.....
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Collins keen on mayoral Māori whisperer
Auckland mayoral candidate Fa’anānā Efeso Collins says he will have a senior Māori advisor in his office if he’s elected.

Mr Collins says the super city has already benefited greatly from the work of the Independent Māori Statutory Board, which is not only able to monitor the council but is also able to develop ideas for the council to consider and include in its Māori outcomes framework......
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Graeme Reeves: The Canterbury Regional Council (Ngai Tahu Representation) Bill 

Tuesday August 2, 2022 

Prominent Māori take legal action against New Zealand Māori Rugby League 
A group of prominent Māori, led by John Tamihere, have filed High Court proceedings against New Zealand Māori Rugby League alleging unconstitutional actions, breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi and a failure to develop pathways for talented Māori and Pacific Island youth.

Former Warriors coach-turned-radio host Tony Kemp, ex-MP Hone Harawira, Whānau Ora CEO Tamihere and retired Auckland Māori Rugby League chairman Greg Whaiapu, filed a Statement of Claim in the Hamilton High Court last week.....
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Māori advisor plan strikes election nerve
An Auckland councillor says she’s copped a backlash for her call to embed a Māori advisor in the office of the next mayor.

Manukau-Papakura ward councillor and Māori portfolio holder Angela Dalton says the idea of co-governance in local government is hitting a nerve.

One of those who responded online was mayoral candidate Craig Lord.....
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Thames Museum Te Whare Taonga o te Kauaeranga: Telling our stories
A new chapter has opened for Thames Museum Te Whare Taonga o te Kauaeranga, which it is hoped will mark a move away from the image of a European-centric settlers' museum.

With full consultation of local iwi Ngāti Maru, a new Taonga Māori Gallery has been created, and on July 2 a blessing and official opening ceremony was conducted.....
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Golden age road to poverty for Ngāti Tara Tokanui
Paeroa-based Ngāti Tara Tokanui has become one of the last of the 12 Hauraki iwi to sign a settlement with the crown.

It will receive $6 million in financial redress as well as nine sites of cultural significance including Ngā Ure Tara, Mimitu Pā, Tawhitiaraia and Karangahake.

It will also receive collective redress through the Pare Hauraki Collective Settlement......
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Iwi make a success of return to the land
The farms, totalling 2,100ha, are jointly owned by Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Tara Tokanui and Te Patukirikiri.

Pouarua Farms were returned to the five iwi in 2013 in the largest on-account Treaty settlement ever made by the Crown. The iwi used the money from the settlement to purchase the farms from the Crown.

10 farms in total – eight dairy farms and one drystock farm and a blueberry orchard.

Farm size: 2,100ha in total (1,775ha in dairy and the balance in drystock or the orchard)

Herd size: 4,700 dairy cows with 4,400 calving this spring, 200-400 beef cattle farmed as trade cattle, 500 dairy-Wagyu calves reared and sold at weaning or finished.....
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Doctors' College moves to drop 'Royal' from name
The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has begun steps toward potentially dropping the 'Royal' from its name.

Christchurch GP Dermot Coffey proposed cancelling the royal nomenclature, which he said was a relic of colonialism that could alienate patients and the community, and did not reflect the organisation's stance.....
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John Porter: Nepotism or Corruption in the NZ Government?

Don Brash: One of the worlds most successful democracies at risk

35 years ago te reo Māori became an official language, but experts say its survival still isn't guaranteed

One million speaking Māori by 2040 'within our reach' - Flavell 

Monday August 1, 2022 

Māori landowners want more certainty exotic trees will remain in ETS after govt backdown 
The National Māori Forestry Association says it is not reassured, despite a government u-turn that will keep exotic forests in the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Some iwi rely heavily on forestry to get income from their last remaining lands, and they argued that to change the ETS would kill that income.

Yesterday, the government confirmed a partial backdown, with climate change minister James Shaw and forestry minister Stuart Nash writing to landowners to say the change is now unlikely......
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New partnership to support Ngāti Whakaue business development
Supporting the future success of Ngāti Whakaue-owned businesses (pakihi) and the local Rotorua economy is the driver behind a business development programme between Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust, Toi Ohomai and RotoruaNZ......
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BOP workforce plan calls for equity in workforce
The most important relationship woven into the plan produced by the Bay of Plenty Regional Skills Leadership Group - RSLG - is with Māori as Te Tiriti partner.

“To adhere to our commitment to ensure iwi/Māori can exercise their tino rangatiratanga and maintain their mana motuhake over their own affairs, our plan’s foundation is ‘mā te Māori, mō te Māori’,” says RSLG co-Chair Turi Ngatai.....
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National Will Restore Equal Voting Rights
A National Government will restore the basic principle that all New Zealanders have equal voting rights, National’s Justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

“On Wednesday, Labour and the Greens are set to vote for the third reading of the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Bill. The legislation removes both equal voting rights in that region, as well as the basic principle of democratic accountability.

“The Bill will give Ngāi Tahu the right to appoint two councillors. Since Māori will have had an equal vote in the appointment of the other 14 councillors, this arrangement gives Ngāi Tahu voters extra voting power.

“Once this Bill is passed this week, against strong opposition from National, we can be sure that other regions will try to follow.....
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Mayor Guru’s involvement of iwi friends in new CEO selection upsets Ngātiawa Tai Kapiti iwi
Some details have emerged from (confidential) informants about the way Darren Edwards was appointed by Councilors and the non-mandated Ngātiawa Tai Kapiti* iwi is incensed.

Guru invited friends from either Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa or both to the table while councilors were asking questions of the 4 short-listed applicants. The final choice from two was swayed by these iwi friends in a split vote......
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Bruce Moon: The truth or not the truth - that is the question

Denis Hall: This is serious stuff - but may seem a bit weird! Christopher Luxon?

'White anxiety' and the quest for power-sharing in Aotearoa

Fear and loathing over West Coast Māori heritage sites

Hawke's Bay GP awarded distinguished fellowship for contributions to Māori health - (paywall) 

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Robert Arthur said...

Re the 1 Aug maori response to limits on pine forestation incentive, the reaction was absolutely predictable. After over a hundred years of modest application maori have discovered two ways of exploiting their land without the effort investment which has characterised so much non maori land. Manuka was encouraged to regenerate until the Aussies established their honey as being no different. Then the pine opportunity. It is ironic that maori now champion the usage which will most drastically alter the revered original state, deemed taonga when it suits. Who will refund the CO2 credits when due climate change, smoker pig hunters, faction utu seekers etc set fire to?.

Robert Arthur said...

Re 3 Aug kauri. Another cushy number for maori. One has to wonder if they are genuinely worried about the kauri or simply exploiting yet another opportunity. And, as with the Tupuna Maunga Authority, another opportunity to stick it to the colonists. In my observation as a tramper maori little utilise the bush except for cultivations and pig hunting. And with latter so entrenched I cannot see maori up north taking a firm line with rellies to exterminate the taonga animals and terminate the taonga practice. Kauri can be resdily cultivated in quantity so is not in danger of extinction, contrary to statement by boss of BioSecurity.

Robert Arthur said...

Also from 3 Aug, Shane Jones is one of the rare persons today who tells things straight. NZ is reckoned to not be efficiently productive. Now a huge complicating factor is the difficulty of simple understanding due the adoption of contrived stone age names for everything. The function of govt bodies used to be immediately evident from the title. Now every requirement or mention or attempt to remember requires acquisition of a printed phone book and a hunt through the govt department sub titles to fathom the forgotten obtuse title or which might do what. Combined with the confusion due maori street, town, and locality substitute names, efficiency is hugely affected. All the colossal effort now spent on te reo may create make work employment in NZ for those unsuited to productive work, but contributes nothing to our offerings to the real outside world, the basis of most of our real advances.

Robert Arthur said...

Re 6 Aug,tThe lengths to which maori apologist organisations go to paint maori as disadvantged is extraordinary. Apparently maori schools will be more affected by sea level rise. Will the pupils have to wade to school? Of course it will be remedied at no cost to the pupils. It could equally be claimed that maori disproportionately experience the invigorating atmosphere of a school near the sea. And although decades away, with new replacement schools they will be better off

Robert Arthur said...

Re 6 Aug, it is absurd that a course in automotive engineering in te reo is contemplated. Maybe basis for an enterprise in Ruatoria but the business plan would be a challenge. A far better case exists for a te reo course in debt recovery. Even 50 years ago when cars were relatively simple few maori had the ability or perserverance to complete apprenticeships. Except perhaps for changing tyres and brake components, modern vehicles require way way greater knowledge and intellect to fathom. Despite make work appatrently being their prime motivation, the academics of the word factory Maori Language Commission must have been relieved not to have to dream up stone age based words for synchromesh baulk ring, exhaust gas recirculation valve, accelerator position sensor, camber angle, molybdenum disulphide etc etc etc.
It is time the govt stepped in and curtailed many of these absurd and nationally expensive courses which make work for few other than the (maori) translators and teachers, plus the workers involved with consequent student rehabilitation.