Saturday, September 24, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 18.9.22

Saturday September 24, 2022 

Māori leaders celebrate Sealord Deal 30 years on, warn of complacency

Thirty years to the day of one of the first major treaty settlements, those involved have gathered to take stock of what has become a billion dollar industry, but also the challenges ahead.

The Treaty of Waitangi fisheries settlement, popularly known as the Sealord Deal, was signed between Māori leaders and the Crown on 23 September 1992.

The settlement gave Māori a 50 percent stake in the Sealord fishing company, which was due to be sold, and protected Māori fishing rights and interests in perpetuity......
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New strategy unifies all-of-Government approach to help Pacific languages thrive
A united approach across all-of-Government underpins the new Pacific Language Strategy, announced by the Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio at Parliament today.

The Government’s Pacific Languages Strategy 2022 – 2032 was launched at Parliament today in a cultural ceremony which included Minister Sio gifting the strategy to youth leaders.

It is founded on three key objectives:

* To recognise the value of Pacific languages in Aotearoa

* To strengthen pathways and resources for learning, and learning in, Pacific languages

* To see Pacific languages used more often and, in more spaces.....
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What is Māori land?
Māori freehold land came into being in two ways:

Firstly, the Crown set aside land for Māori from the Māori customary land that it purchased for the settlement of New Zealand. Specific Māori individuals were granted Crown Grants for joint ownership of such land

Secondly, the Māori Land Court investigated ownership of Māori customary land that had not been alienated and appointed (up to) ten Māori individuals into joint ownership. Ownership of the land was confirmed by the Māori Land Court and title was granted by the Crown......
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Papatoetoe Central School opens Māori language café for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
“It's a chance for our students to come in and speak as much te reo Māori as possible in the context of ordering some kai at the café.”

Papatoetoe Central School hopes to promote the reo not only for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and not only for Mahuru Māori but going into the future.....
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More support for Māori researchers
The Government is putting $6.5 million to a programme developed by Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga, the Centre for Māori Research Excellence, to grow the number of Māori in the research, science and innovation workforce.

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Ayesha Verrall says Kanupu, which means ‘lightning’ or ‘instantaneous glow’, will create programmes that connect Māori researchers across research institutions, including those in iwi and hapū communities.....
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New te reo Māori app supports Wellington's bilingual city goals
A new Māori language app hopes to welcome Wellington locals and visitors alike to te reo Māori.​

The free app is called Mahau and was developed by Wellington City Council alongside Taranaki Whānui and Ngāti Toa.

Wellington City Council Tātai Heke Māori Karepa Wall​ called the app a warm introduction to te reo Māori.​.....
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Bilingual roadworks and town welcome signs being considered by Waka Kotahi
Bilingual road signs are coming to the West Coast, hot on the heels of school signs that are already being replaced to include the word 'kura'.

Next, the agency would be starting consultation ahead of a roll-out of the first tranche of bilingual road signs.

Caygill said the agency would look at 'wayfinding' and roadworks signs, or even welcome signs......
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Friday September 23, 2022 

Government guidance set to encourage te reo Māori in schools 
For the first time, the Government's launched specific guidance for mainstream schools to increase te reo Māori use.

The Education Review Office’s Poutama Reo is a resource the Government is encouraging English medium schools to use to review their te reo capabilities and receive evidence-informed guidance on how to improve the incorporation of te reo Māori, one of the country’s official languages.

“Te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed 182 years ago and only now we’re starting to address in real meaningful ways the loss of language which leads to the loss of culture so this framework Poutama Reo is essential – it’s a wonderful tool for teachers in mainstream schools to be able to lift the language abilities, te reo language ability of the children in their care,” Associate Education Minster Māori Education Kelvin Davis said.
See full article HERE

“It’s essential to the identity of us all as New Zealanders.”.....
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Ngāti Maniapoto secures Crown apology for Treaty of Waitangi breaches, $165m financial redress for 'sleeping giant'
Ngāti Maniapoto, dubbed the central North Island's "sleeping giant", has received its long-awaited Crown apology and financial redress for breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi that included "indiscriminate" killings and land alienation.

The settlement includes a Crown apology and redress of $165 million - the fifth-largest so far. The settlement also returns 36 sites of cultural significance and provides for relationship instruments with key Crown agencies. Maniapoto has an estimated 45,930 members, according to the 2018 census.

Roa said the settlement would give a "hell of a hand up" but they were most interested in the details around guaranteeing partnerships, co-governance and co-management.

Roa said former Treaty negotiations minister Chris Finlayson had been instrumental in starting the process on the Crown side, and continued through current minister Andrew Little......
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MIHI awarded Ministry grant to assess Māori Covid vaccine clinic work
A mobile vaccination clinic initiative to improve Māori rates of protection from COVID-19 in Canterbury has been awarded a major Te Whatu Ora grant to assess its future viability.

The $400,000 Grant will allow Dr Patu and her team to undertake an assessment of how effective the kaupapa Māori MIHI COVID-19 Mobile Vaccine Clinics were, and whether the same approach could be useful for future vaccine rollouts......
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Rotorua reverses puna grab
Under the agreement signed on Saturday, the council will return to Ngāti Kearoa-Ngāti Tuara the land around the Karamu Takina springs, which supply the bulk of the city’s drinking water, and they will manage it in partnership.

The council also agreed to return land in and around the Tarewa tennis courts, and to refund $125,000 in water rates charged between 2002 and 2014 in breach of the sale conditions......
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Efeso Collins to take iwi with him as super city mayor
Collins was first elected to Auckland Council as a councillor in 2016. Now, in his pursuit of the top job, he says the council must understand its obligations to iwi completely. He says, "let's Māorify Auckland".

"Under my mayoral leadership, we will be calling it Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. Because it's our Māori identity that really does set us apart from the rest of the world."

"The role of the council is to ensure we are working with iwi, that we understand who we should be speaking to.....
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Names put under spotlight
Their six-part series on TV3, Get The Name Right, looks at the origins of names both Māori and Pākehā.

That involved travelling as far as Zeeland to find why the country is named after a Dutch province rather than something like … Aotearoa.....
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Making te reo Māori a means of health and wellbeing
The Māori health sector, Māori media and Māori language experts want to increase the use of the Māori language in health.

“It’s the health sector, education, housing, all these areas. The revitalisation of the language in all these areas is what we at Hāpai te Hauora are progressing toward, to give space for te reo Māori to be acknowledged, received, and distributed in all areas and sectors so that our language is thriving everywhere and at all times,” kaumatua and Hāpai te Hauora supporter Rangi McLean said.....
See full article HERE 

Thursday September 22, 2022 

Poutama Reo Provides Unity Of Purpose In Te Reo Māori Revitalisation 
Schools, boards, whānau, hapū iwi and learners working alongside education agencies

* Te reo Māori Improvement journey for all learners in English-medium schools.

* Building communities that helps strengthen te reo Māori across every English-medium school in Aotearoa.

* Encourages everyone to build capability with a focus on participation and progression in te reo Māori regardless of individual starting points.

* Poutama Reo was developed by Te Pou Mataaho, Evaluation and Research, Māori, the * Education Review Office. Informed by: - a body of research, from a range of collaborative opportunities across the Education Sector, and with whānau, hapū and Iwi - external experts, with language acquisition knowledge, teaching and te reo Māori expertise....
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60 percent of youth prosecutions target Māori, amid reform commitments
Despite the recent spotlight on ram raids and smash-and-grab robberies, the number of young people ending up in court is dropping.

While the numbers reflect a downwards tend in recent years Māori remain disproportionately over-represented in the statistics – 63 per cent of those under 17 coming before the courts in the last year identified as Māori, compared with 26 per cent European, 7 per cent Pasifika and 1 per cent Asian.....
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Te Rautaki Maori Maori Advancement Plan 2022-2026 – Waikato University
● Work with Waikato-Tainui to develop and make available resources for all staff and students on Kīngitanga, understanding of the history of Waikato-Tainui and the unique relationship with the University Hillcrest campus being situated on Pōtatau Te Wherowhero title.

● Support the implementation of the staff professional development programme for the Tauranga campus outlined in the Tauranga Campus Plan.

● Work with ODR to ensure onboarding programmes for new staff have embedded within them the history of and our relationships with the Kīngitanga, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāi Tamarāwaho and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

● Continue to celebrate distinct occasions such as new student pōwhiri, marae graduation and the University’s Kīngitanga Day.

● Support staff and student attendance at annual Poukai and Koroneihana.

● Ensure The Pā and new wharenui embed the University’s connections to Kīngitanga, WaikatoTainui and mana whenua.

● Develop a te reo Māori strategy for the University......
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Te Ngutu o te Manu first of many lands coming back to Ngāruahine
Ngāruahine iwi say the historic pā Te Ngutu o te Manu is the first of many properties that will be returned to their original hapū owners.

The 4-hectare historic reserve was returned to Ngāruahine under its 2016 Treaty settlement.

Now the adjoining 16 hectares block – with a rating value of $1 million – has been bought by the iwi from South Taranaki District Council for $1, after a unanimous decision by councillors.....
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Probe launched into processes around awarding of contracts to Nanaia Mahuta's family members
Public service commissioner Peter Hughes is looking into the awarding of contracts to businesses associated with family members of Cabinet minister Nanaia Mahuta.

National Party spokesman for Public Services Simeon Brown first requested the commission investigate the matter in August.....
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No trade-offs in treaty debate
Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson doesn’t see the Treaty of Waitangi as been a deal breaker in any eventual shift to a republic.

Crown Maori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis says if replacing the British monarch as head of state threatens Te Tiriti, he’d rather stick with what we’ve got now.

Mr Jackson says constitutional experts such as former Labour prime minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer have argued strongly that the treaty could be part of a republican constitution.....
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Graham Adams: Did Pakeha really crush traditional Maori medicine? 

Wednesday September 21, 2022 

Academics chart course for constitution change 
Organisers of a conference on New Zealand’s constitution hope it will move the debate forward after years of limited progress.

The Constitutional Kōrero in Auckland in November is billed as a once-in-a decade national wānanga to present options for constitutional transformation to realise Māori rights in te Tiriti o Waitangi, He Whakaputanga and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Claire Charters from the University of Auckland law school says radical change is needed to address fundamental shortcomings in Aotearoa’s constitutional structure.....
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Calls for Māori ACC entity after man loses both arms in 'horrific' work accident, leaving him severely burnt
An ACC and employment lawyer is calling for an ACC entity designed by Māori, for Māori to help address structural biases in the compensation system.

"I'm applauding what they're going to do for health and I think that that should be replicated in ACC as well," Wellington lawyer Hazel Armstrong said.

Māori and Pasifika are more likely to get injured but are less likely to make ACC claims, and therefore get fewer entitlements.

Added to this, Armstrong said ACC processes structurally disadvantage Māori and Pasifika applicants with their mainly paper-based bureaucracy......
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Fujitsu Aotearoa NZ offers Te Reo Māori translation on ServiceNow
Fujitsu Aotearoa New Zealand has taken a step forward to help reduce the barriers for Māori and Pacific New Zealanders by introducing the Te Reo Māori language on digital workflow platform ServiceNow.

Used by some of Aotearoa New Zealand's largest government and private sector organisations, Fujitsu will offer ServiceNow customers the option to choose the official indigenous language of Aotearoa New Zealand as their language of choice within the ServiceNow Platform......
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Te Kawa o Whānau Ora framework launched at Te Puia
A kaupapa Māori framework that puts whānau at the "centre" of their journeys when seeking support was launched in Rotorua, with the aim to continue the work started during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The framework - Te Kawa o Whānau Ora - was launched yesterday by its architect Dr Kiri Tamihere-Waititi at the Whānau Ora conference at Te Puia.

She described it as an indigenous model of Māori working with one another and how it expected the Crown to engage with Māori moving forward.....
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New wharekura continues commitment to Māori education
A new Year 1-13 designated character wharekura will be established in Feilding, Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis announced today.

To be known as Te Kura o Kauwhata, the wharekura will cater for the expected growth in Feilding for years to come.

“The Government has a goal of strengthening Māori Medium Education and growing the number of learners to 30% by 2040,” Kelvin Davis said.

“To do that we are investing heavily in many areas such as teacher training and current infrastructure, but we will also need new classrooms to meet demand.”

Mātauranga taketake and Te Ao Māori will be embedded in the teaching and learning at all levels of the wharekura, and Te Reo Māori will be the primary language of instruction. The proposed curriculum will be grounded in taonga tuku ihohanga (cultural inheritance) of Ngāti Kauwhata ancestry......
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Tuesday September 20, 2022 

Te Arawa demand action on emergency housing crisis 
Te Arawa leaders say it’s time to end the emergency housing crisis in Rotorua.

Monty Morrison says they have concerns about the safety of whānau and their tamariki staying in emergency housing and about the impact emergency housing has had on neighbouring homes and businesses.

Crime and anti-social behavior has increased and the global reputation of Te Arawa and Rotorua as a tourism destination is under threat.....
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Whānau Ora celebrates Māori magic
“Each region has got its own magic and its own mana and its own tikanga. We’re not driven by Wellington-based or regional-based pakeha modelling any more, and what’s working extraordinarily well for us is our own self-design, self development and therefore self-management of our own people by ourselves, to ourselves and ultimately our whanau become carriers of their own integrity and don’t require to be co-dependent on anyone,” Mr Tamihere says......
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Queen Elizabeth death: Sir Tipene O'Regan throws support behind monarchy amid cultural evolution
New Zealander of the Year and esteemed Māori leader Tā (Sir) Tipene O'Regan would prefer to see the relationship between Aotearoa and the monarchy continue instead of electing a "party politician" as head of state.

It's a position echoed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has repeated her commitment not to pursue New Zealand becoming a republic under her leadership.

He believed evolution of Māori and New Zealand culture was still necessary before deciding to move away from the Crown, citing what he considered a smaller but more intense white racist minority that existed......
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Picton, Waitohi or both? Mixed views on renaming port town
Long-serving Picton councillor David Oddie said some people “just stopped talking” to him when he proposed a change to the area’s original Māori name Waitohi in 2020.

“It’s always been Te Weranga o Waitohi, it’s always been known as the Waitohi Valley, and it still is.

“He (Picton) used to slaughter women and kids, he’s never stepped foot in the country. It’s not only Māori who want it changed, it’s people from the whole community.....
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Monday September 19, 2022 

The country's largest education union says it needs support to promote Te Reo Maori in schools 
NZEI says it wants to give Maori students the opportunity to learn, in an environment where their language is valued and reinforced.

President Liam Rutherford says funding and time out for teachers to learn it, will be especially important if we want to create a bilingual system.

Rutherford says we need to teach existing teachers Te Reo and encourage those fluent in it, to take up the profession......
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Hamilton's Māori ward kaupapa set to 'go live' at this year's elections
There are six candidates for the two seats which will be voted on by electors on the Māori roll – that’s two seats out of 15, including the mayor.

They are additional to māngai Māori representatives which have sat on council committees since 2018, providing advice from a te ao Māori perspective. A decision on whether the māngai will stay on after the election will be made by the new council.
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'Momentous day' for hapū securing return of land from Rotorua Council
The hapū signed a heads of agreement with the council at Tarewa Pounamu Marae on Saturday that seeks to address past grievances.

This includes the return of land associated with Karamu Takina springs - which supplies drinking water to Rotorua city - and two other pieces of land (Pururu North Reserve (tennis courts) and land at Tihi-o-tonga).....
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Research shows kapa haka is a vital learning tool for Māori language revitalisation
Kapa haka - it's the vehicle for Māori culture, tribal narratives, intergenerational knowledge and identity.

He said over 2500 kapa haka groups are now in mainstream schools but more support is needed, more than ever.

"The government already knows this pathway can increase the language and understanding of the Māori worldviews which have better outcomes for our Māori kids but it's also better outcomes for our non-Māori, Asian, for everyone.".....
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Lies with our breakfast

New Zealand no longer a Westernised society with 'Māori cladding

Queen's death highlights wrongs suffered by indigenous people 

Sunday September 18, 2022 

Veteran activists urge Māori to tackle councils

Members of Ngā Tamatoa have urged Māori to get active in local government to tackle racism and get land back.

In the 1970s Ngā Tamatoa (the Young Warriors) championed high-profile campaigns like the 1972 Māori language petition, the start of annual protests at Waitangi, and the 1975 land march and 'tent embassy' at Parliament.

At a panel discussion in Ngāmotu, Morehu McDonald said Ngā Tamatoa had focused on central government, but now a "racist Pākehā power political structure" in local government needed to be dismantled.

"Because a lot of [our] lands are tied up in the local government and the regional governments… We really need to start moving our focus on getting our people in there, while we've got the Māori ward systems.".....
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Government minister Peeni Henare doesn't want compulsory te reo Māori in schools
Speaking to Kaipara, Henare said Māori needed to safeguard te reo.

"If we give it to everyone and anyone, what will become of it? I have said to my colleagues that I do not support making te reo Māori compulsory in schools.".....
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Support for Māori wards stronger in provinces than cities - survey
Just over half of councils (34) are including them as an option in October, many for the first time.

But one thing is for sure - the number of Māori standing this year is already up thanks to the introduction of the wards, with 140 vying for 60 positions on councils around the country.

"It's abundantly clear that the introduction of Māori wards has empowered more Māori to stand.".....
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Don Brash: On the passing of the Queen

Reo nation part 1: Teachers, students and the identity of sacrifice 

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CXH said...

I am happy to go along with Peeni and have nothing to do with te reo. I wish he would talk to the media and get them to stop throwing bits of the language around like some feel good talisman.

Robert Arthur said...

There have been maori on RNZ bemoaning the teaching of te reo to coloniast descendants. Apparently they often top the classes, appropriate the language, and embarass those to whom it is supposed to be a natural treasure. It disproves that maori are fully the equal of all others in everything. And CXH aint heard nuthin yet. When wylie Willie finishes with RNZ it will be all maori (or pacific island).The Aotea New Zealand Public Media Bill is an easy and frightening read.

Anonymous said...

mr peeni henare's interview was an enlightening view into a twisted mind. language is not like money that decreases if you share it with others. i have not idea how the spirit of the language gets destroyed if more people speak it. i wonder if that is what happened to english over these centuries!

of course, it would be great if the powers that be listen to his advice and stops shoving this language down others' throats.

Anonymous said...

When i lived in london and caught the tube, i would constantly hear people talking to each other in all sorts of different languages. So it made sense for english speakers to learn french or german or spanish as there would be ample opportunities to.use it. In fact many english people are bi-lingual. As a kiwi who only spoke english, you did feel quite under educated. But here in nz it is just plain weird right now. You never hear maori spoken in the streets , except on akl transport announcements or when some maori words are inserted into english sentences on tv1 and the like..You don't hear the bbc
insert a french greeting for example, into their news bulletins even though millions of brits speak fluent french. Forcing everyone to learn a language never works. It has to happen organically and if people themselves want to.

Robert Arthur said...

Re the 19th, the attitude of the NZEI explains the demise of education standards generally. It is incredible they do not identify the link between concentration on maori twaddle and failure generally, and especially of teacher ability.

Ray S said...

"Momentous day' for hapū securing return of land from Rotorua Council"
Included in the settlement is the freshwater springs supplying water to Rotorua.

Can anyone guess the next move with this, particularly the price to be paid for water?

Robert Arthur said...

Re the 20th, if the figures could be analysed the total money spent per maori vaccination, directly and indirectly, including advertising, would greatly exceed the average of the "others", many of whom, like the Asians, exercised considerable self motivation to get things done. Maori audiences have the characteristic of being unquestioningly and enthusiastically receptive of what they want to hear. Any sceptics present are far too scared to question.

Anonymous said...

a separate ACC for maori/pasifika because 'paper-based bureaucracy' is bad - does this mean this lawyer claims that these ethnic groups cannot read/write? isn't that considered racist???

just wondering how this new ACC would function... you can't make appointments on phone or app as that doesn't reflect tikanga. you can't keep records except oral histories narrated from one professional to another. you can't accept money for surgeries - only kumaras and muskets.

Robert Arthur said...

Re 23rd. This column each morning is bad for my blood pressure. BV does a marvellous job of revealing so much subversive material. With the parlous state of education, to devote even more teacher and school time to te reo is ludicrous. Will further seriously discourage the sort of objective candidates desperately needed to teach the 3 Rs, real science and English competency, and will waste the truly productive time of those employed.
The clamour seems to be to restore maori culture as pre Treaty. I can only presume the protagonists rely on romantic marae visions of early culture, and have not read any objective early accounts.

Doug Longmire said...

It would be a much more positive move to introduce English Speaking classes in schools !!

Robert Arthur said...

Re the 24th good coverage of the Sealord deal on RNZ midday Saturday except so much in untranslated te lingo I did not grasp much of. A forestaste of things to come when Wily Willie gets the ANZPMBill through.