Saturday, November 26, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 20.11.22

Saturday November 26, 2022 

Māori academics compare notes on constitution change

The organiser of Constitutional Korero 2022 says constitutional change for Māori won’t happen overnight.

Auckland associate law professor Claire Charters says she’d like to see a formal constitution based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, but it may take some time to get the support of the rest of Aotearoa.

“We’re getting there, particularly I work a lot with youth, with rangatahi, I think we’re getting there but that’s going to take a bit more time,” she says.....
See full article HERE

Northland council calendar to adopt maramataka
At Midday Report we start the show with the date and also the day of the Maramataka or the Māori Lunar Calendar.

And in the Far North council - they will be taking the maramataka to another level, aligning its formal meeting schedule with the calendar, after a presentation by tohunga, Rereata Makiha, earlier this week who is an expert in Maramataka......
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Chatham Islands iwi sign treaty settlement agreement
It marks a significant milestone toward the settlement of their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims.

The agreement outlines a settlement package including $13 million in redress, the option to transfer culturally significant lands to Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri as cultural redress, and shared redress between the iwi and Moriori.

Much of the $13 million in financial redress and $3 million toward cultural investment was planned to go toward a new pa site on the archipelago......
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Rob Paterson: Regaining a nation; equality and democracy

Despite 'not real science' jibe, mātauranga conference at Auckland Uni 

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Friday November 25, 2022 

Regional Council creates a Treaty of Waitangi Committee 
The Greater Wellington Regional Council introduced a new Te Tiriti o Waitangi Komiti as part of its committee structure and chair announcements at a Council meeting today.

Councillor Daran Ponter, Chair of the council, said Te Tiriti o Waitangi Komiti will help build genuine and enduring relationships focused on results for the region and mana whenua.

“In the last triennium we signed new partnership agreements with our iwi partners, that was the first step on the Poutama. Putting this Komiti in place is about taking the next step and ensuring we get good outcomes for mana whenua as we prepare the region for the legislative, climate and economic change on our doorstep.....
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Bay of Plenty iwi Ngāi Te Rangi invests in Gull as it welcomes new Māori shareholders
“We see strong strategic alignment of values and interests between Allegro, Gull and our Māori partners. Allegro prides itself on a partnership approach, and since taking ownership of the business in July this year, it has been a priority to partner with the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which Gull’s operations are located.’'

‘‘We look forward to working with Ngāi Te Rangi and their leaders to explore opportunities to deepen the partnership, support the local environment and community, and together grow the business.”....
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University looks for Māori inventors
Auckland University’s commercialisation arm UniServices wants more Māori on board to take advantage of its Inventors Fund.

The fund, which is for investment in start-ups and research with commercial potential coming out of the university, has been increased to $40 million.

Tui Kaumoana, UniServices’ kaiarahi Māori, says she’d like to see 20 percent of the fund going towards kaupapa Maori-driven projects......
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Catholic Church in NZ striving to be fully bi-cultural
Dunedin diocesan staff, priests and members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council have heard Dr Michael Stevens, a local Kai Tahu historian and former student of St Theresa’s in Bluff, give a presentation of the early history of settlement by Māori in the South Island, the history of Aotearoa leading up to the treaty, and British and European history of that same period and how the two histories interacted.

“We also discussed how we have a special role as a people of faith in acknowledging past injustices, and challenging the status quo. The DPC and Priests Council will continue to reflect on how te ao Catholic and te ao Māori are integrated.”

Cardinal Dew’s evidence to the hearing set out his thoughts on how to enhance the bicultural Church, including through the inclusion of the Māori voice at governance level, the inclusion of Māori perspectives, and Māori participation at all levels of Church life.....
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Late rush to get reform programme passed
MPs are sitting until midnight each day this week, and urgency could be extended to midnight Saturday if necessary.

There are over 20 bills at various stages, including legislation implementing the three waters infrastructure reforms, change to the Māori electoral option and two parts of the rewritten Resource Management Act.....
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Māori Journalists Association sets sights on future of broadcasting
“I believe the newly elected executive has the right formula to ensure Māori journalism continues to thrive. Kawea Te Rongo is the voice for Māori journalists and now is the time for Broadcasting Minister Willie Jackson to welcome Kawea Te Rongo to the table to discuss the future of Māori media.”

"We are witnessing a seachange in the media landscape and Māori journalists are taking their places across multiple platforms offering unique perspectives and voices. The growth in Māori journalism is undeniable as demonstrated by this new board.”....
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Young people’s wellbeing much worse than older generations - report
"Te Tai Waiora considers Māori wellbeing from a Māori perspective. Māori wellbeing has been improving in many ways, but gaps between Māori and the broader population remain."

The Treasury's report found many of our young Māori and Pacific peoples are not in employment, education or training, with Māori most commonly facing discrimination at school and work. Both groups tend to experience disproportionately more psychologically distress......
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Indigenous push for world trade voice
The director of Māori partnerships at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise says Māori and other indigenous groups are pushing the World Trade Organisation to support indigenous business globally.

He says next year’s conference will look at indigenous business development globally, intellectual property rights and fishing rights......
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Māori ward remains on agenda in Kaikōura
Kaikōura District Council chief executive Will Doughty says the council will consider a Māori ward as part of its representation review during the 2023/24 financial year.

Discussion on a Māori ward is not new to Kaikōura.The council voted in 2018 to establish a Māori ward for the 2019 and 2022 local government elections.

But it faced a backlash after lobby group Hobson’s Pledge distributed pamphlets, which led to a referendum where the proposal was defeated......
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Peter Winsley: Colonisation is now to blame for genocide, ecocide and climatechange

Talk needed on co-governance - Hillary Calvert

Māori psychologists pen an open letter to Luxon over boot camp policy 

Thursday November 24, 2022 

Iwi file Treaty claim over proposed Hamilton housing project 
Ngaati Wairere have filed a Treaty of Waitangi claim over a proposed housing project in Hamilton, saying they were never consulted despite strong historical ties to the site.

The site is currently the Sonning car park, which is owned by Hamilton City Council and is being considered for development.

But it is built on top of Opoia Paa whose rangatira, Poukawa, signed the Treaty of Waitangi......
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Upholding the mana of te reo: Graduate completes entire degree in Māori
For most people, completing their first degree is hard enough as it is, but Suraya Goss, Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, took on the added challenge of completing the entire qualification in te reo Māori.

The 21-year-old graduated this week in Manawatū with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Mātauranga Māori (Māori Knowledge).....
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Dame Naida Glavish doesn’t mince words about Erebus Memorial
Dame Naida Glavish did not mince her words when she addressed the newly elected Waitematā Local Board yesterday about the location of the National Erebus Memorial.

Before a packed meeting, the fiery Dame said she supports a National Erebus Memorial - but just not in proposed site of the Parnell Gardens, as it means destroying a Pohutukawa that has longer standing than the Treaty of Waitangi.....
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Jobs for Nature enabling Mātāuranga Māori
Mātāuranga Māori is at the heart of the latest tranche of Jobs for Nature projects set to promote biodiversity and reduce impacts of climate change on Māori land, Minister of Conservation Poto Williams says.

Project work will include the creation of an ecological corridor in Tairāwhiti, protecting 60 hectares of indigenous forest near Nelson, and developing open water habitat at Waituna Lagoon in Southland.

$11 million of Jobs for Nature funding will go towards supporting Māori landowners to employ at least 45 people across Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Tairawhiti, Nelson, and Southland to undertake pest control, weeding, planting, and track maintenance.

"The funding will support Māori landowners to protect and restore their whenua, while providing iwi, hapū and whanau with long-term nature-based employment," said Poto Williams.....
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Iwi on hunt for blue carbon dollars
Te Rarawa chair Haami Piripi says a Māori delegation which attended this month’s COP 27 conference in Eqypt hopes to tap into new funding for climate change mitigation.

Iwi are seeking $100-million dollars to implement the Hinemoana Halo Ocean Initiative – which is aimed at self-determined and indigenous-led ocean climate leadership.

He says iwi are also reminding the government their treaty rights cover both Aotearoa’s inland and ocean waters.....
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Internet NZ apologises to Māori after fallout over racist video
InternetNZ has made an apology for the harm its institutional racism has caused Māori.

In mid-2021, a YouTube video containing discriminatory and racist threats, including threats of mass violence against Māori, was circulating online, and it took nearly 24 hours to be taken down by the Aotearoa internet guardian.....
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Māori farmers can spread emissions costs
Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri says the Government has taken Māori land ownership structures into account with its proposal to charge farmers for agricultural emissions.

Ms Whaitiri says Māori own about 40 percent of the beef and lamb sector, mostly though collective ownership structures.

“That is another form of protection for our Māori farmers is that once we set on the pricing, you can leverage off your multiple businesses across your land to help meet your emission costs and I think this a ground breaking initiative to recognise the collective way we own our assets and I think that is a positive thing,” she says.....
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John Robinson: Where are we going? This is our country, our future to decide

Lack of support and discrimination blamed for homelessness among Rangatahi Māori

Waipapa Taumata Rau hosts first Mātauranga Māori Symposium 

Wednesday November 23, 2022 

Ngāti Uenukukōkapo and Rotorua Airport reach significant agreement 
The two parties formalised their relationship with the official signing of a memorandum of understanding on Monday that will see them work closely together to recognise the past, while building a strong future that "provides positive outcomes for everyone involved, including the immediate surrounding community".

Ngāti Uenukukōpako Iwi Trust chairman Nireaha Pirika says the agreement is an important acknowledgement for the iwi and will help to open doors for Ngāti Uenukukōpako whānau.

“Ngāti Uenukukōpako has deep ancestral connections to Rotokawa and the land underlying Rotorua Airport,” she says.....
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Te Pāti Māori won't support RMA reforms
Te Pāti Māori co-leader and environment spokesperson Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says the proposed RMA reform legislation undermines whānau, hapū and iwi.

“Te Pāti Māori cannot support the RMA reforms until changes are made to protect and restore our environment and guarantee the rights of interests of tangata whenua,” Ngarewa-Packer said....
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RMA reforms skip decolonisation
A Māori constitutional scholar is skeptical of promises Māori interests will be better served through the proposed replacements for the Resource Management Act.

Victoria University of Wellington senior law lecturer Carwyn Jones says Māori are likely to see the economic and development interests of others given higher priority than their own.

He says any protection for Māori interests relies on government-established bodies rather than the mana of hapū-iwi – as promised by Te Tiriti o Waitangi.....
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Give mountain a chance to recover, say Ruapehu iwi

Three iwi are decisive in the future of the North Island's skifields. First settle the claim over Tongariro National Park, they say, and then talk about skiing on the sacred maunga.

The Government went to skiers with its bail-out proposal for the Whakapapa and Turoa skifields, without first talking to some major iwi creditors.....
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National hui to deliver report to the Govt seeking more input in decision-making
More than 250 Māori providers, support groups and leaders of iwi from around the country who specialise in health, justice, education, social wellbeing and prosperity are taking part in a two-day Iwi Chairs Forum national hui in Kirikiriroa named Te Ora o Te Whānau.

They will take a report to the Government seeking more input by Māori.....
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Iwi water boards anti-democratic says NZ First
Former MP Shane Jones says if New Zealand First has anything to do with the next Government, the most noxious elements of the three waters reforms will be gone before the hangi is out of the ground.

He says what should have been a simple fix for how the country’s fresh water and sewerage infrastructure is funded has been used as a cover for a constitutional revolution.

It will give tribes in an area more authority than elected councillors, including elected councillors in the new Māori wards.....
See full article HERE 

Tuesday November 22, 2022 

The 'big maybe' over Māori seats in Parliament due to census undercount 
An undercount of Māori by almost 50,000 in the census has raised questions if they should already have another seat in Parliament.

The census organiser Stats NZ is saying "maybe".

That is not good enough for Māori data experts, who say it is a fundamental question.

"To say 'maybe' for something that is constitutionally important, especially when the election's looking pretty tight, is not good enough," associate professor of statistics at Auckland University, Andrew Sporle said.....
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Hui raises hopes for greater equity in Māori health funding, including Waikato
Hopes are high that the Government is closer to addressing underfunding of Māori health providers in Waikato and nationally.

It comes as developers of a new Māori-run health centre in the Hamilton suburb of Enderley are struggling to get state help to bridge a $6.5 million funding gap.....
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League final shows gap in Māori option
Former Māori Rugby League chair John Tamihere says the success of Toa Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup shows why he’s suing the code’s administrators here.

He has asked the High Court to rule that New Zealand Māori Rugby League has acted unconstitutionally and breached the Treaty of Waitangi in its failure to develop pathways for talented Māori and Pasifika youth.

He says Samoans playing in other countries can get selected for that country or go back to play for Toa Samoa, while their Māori team mates don’t have a Māori team in the competition.....
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Hamilton's Sonning car park saga being escalated to Waitangi Tribunal
Hamilton’s Sonning car park re-development saga will be escalated to the Waitangi Tribunal, says a historian from local mana whenua Ngāti Wairere.

Wiremu Puke said Friday a claim was being made by Ngāti Wairere about the former Opoia Pā site because there had been no city council consultation with his iwi about its future and “due to its historic importance”.....
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Advocating for a Tiriti-based dual governance and management system for Waimāori (fresh water) – Landcare Research
As a Māori-Pākehā-Dutch woman passionate about Indigenous and environmental justice and well-being, Lara is advocating for a Te Tiriti o Waitangi framework for water use, based on Te Tiriti (the Māori text) rather than watered-down Treaty principles. She says that means tangata Tiriti remembering that rangatiratanga was guaranteed in Article II of Te Tiriti, and that sovereignty was never ceded, and couldn’t be, under tikanga Māori.

“The Tiriti talks about rangatiratanga or sovereignty over taonga (or resources) which includes freshwater. Rangatiratanga requires control and decision-making power over water use and allocation. However the focus on on water quality distracts us from water access and allocation. There is a lot of nervousness about addressing use rights and who owns water, but water use, allocation, access, and quality all need to be considered together – holistically, which for Māori is consistent with our worldview and values and is what we would consider ‘common sense’.”

“We actually need to go right back to this and redesign our institutions and frameworks so they reflect dual sovereignty.”.....
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Bruce Moon: Reflections of a Native

Five ways to feel empowered, strong, and ready to take on a system that wasn’t designed for Māori

Margaret Mutu: Why we need constitutional transformation

Moana Jackson: What it means to be at home in this land 

Sunday November 20, 2022 

Members voice alarm at proposal to disestablish Maori educator roles - NZEI 
NZEI Te Riu Roa members across Aotearoa have expressed their ‘extreme disappointment’ at a Ministry of Education proposal to disestablish 53 Resource Teacher of Maori (RTM) positions.

Ms Hotereni said RTM teachers provided a valuable resource to their fellow teachers.

"Our role is based on a teaching pedagogy that provides the support that teachers need to teach in a Maori medium," she added.

"It is also strange that a Government that says it is committed to increasing the number of tamariki Maori learning te reo to 30% would even consider this."....
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The RMA reforms propose a new Treaty rights monitor - what else do they mean for Māori?
Reforms to the Resource Management Act will establish a nationwide monitor for Treaty rights and instruct planning committees and courts to consider tikanga in their decisions.

Professor Carwyn​ Jones (Ngāi Te Apatu, Ngāti Kahungunu), a tikanga and legal expert of Te Wānanga o Raukawa​, said the entity was “a positive step” towards incorporating mātauranga Māori into environmental management......
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New Zealand Golf wants more Māori on the greens 

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Anonymous said...

This whole thing just gets more and more ridiculous. It is quite frankly offensive to everyone in nz. Most intelligent people know that we are all individuals and and that try as they might to divide us, we don't fit into stereotypes. Many of us have multiple ethnicities in modern nz. It.ix a cover being used, a con. We must vote this destructive, divisive govt out in the next election if we want to save our country named new zealand and our way of life.

*** said...

These race-based measures of the NZ government elevating Maori as the superior caste, match the speed of the Taliban elevating men above women in Afganistan.

Robert Arthur said...

re Nov 20. No reference to educction is now complete without the word pedagogy, bandied about in public meetings to impress. Another example of modern tertiary education coded "language". Forty years ago I doubt if one person in 10,000 outside the profession would have known what it means and probably little changed taday unless an attendant of parent teacher meetings. Presumably instead of so much emphasis on stone age hobby language te reo they will replace with persons able to instruct in old style effective pedagogy for the 3Rs.

Anonymous said...

if you force non-maori teachers to learn maori, that is the equivalent of a self-goal :)

Robert Arthur said...

A remarkable newspaper article not appearing above is that by Shane Jones in the Herald 21 Nov.
In his curious inimitable style Jones makes the point that co governance is maori control and cites the Urewera huts goings on and the Auckland Tupuna Maunga Authority antics. In maori being part of management he observes "The iwi approaches these matters with a clear agenda; the expansion of influence and future leverage for political and economic purposes". Incredibly few seem to see things as clearly as uncommonly astute Jones. Presumably the editor that passed this is not the minion who handles Letters to Editor as anything similar would not stand a chance there. Or did not to date. Maybe the newspaper tide is turning. With Labour doomed in the next elections taking a bet both ways is prudent.

Robert Arthur said...

re the 22nd. iwi are obviously keen to exploit the skiing problems on Ruapehu. Their ideal will be something like the mana seeking Waitakeres where trampers are effectively excluded, and the Ureweras where the scene is obviously being set for paid entry. In the case of Ruapehu when I see the hordes of luxury vehicles and crowds in designer gear I do feel some compassion for the chief who gave the mountain away. But then I sold properties years ago which I now regret. As with the Auckland maunga all that colonialist ski infrastructure will have to go. The place will then be more attractive to trampers; at least those who can afford the entry fee. Hopefully accompaniment by some legend spinning iwi rep will not be essential, as apparently intended in the Ureweras.

Robert Arthur said...

Re 24th. that anyone could acquire a BA in anything as vague and undocumented as matauranga maori is unbelievable.
And as for the Euebus memorial instead of cluttering, disfiguring, and solemnising a popular park it should be placed at the airport to remind workers every day of the consequence of lax work practices.

Robert Arthur said...

Re the 25th, little wonder few very able persons are attracted to be Councillors.Imagine being stuck on a Treaty of Waitangi Komit,. having to listen to endless obscure spun out to reo riddled diatribes from maori. And from fear of cancellation totally prevented from any rational response.

Robert Arthur said...

re the 26th.Re 26th, Charters was on RNZ with Julian Wilcox. She seems to be yet another intelligent trace maori who has recognised the opportunity of a well paid secure niche occupation pushing for maori domination, with the prospect of even greater riches when the task is more complete. She considers under the rangatiratanga provision that maori should be free to do as they please on maori land, (and Conservation land). No compliance with tedious Council regulations necessary. (I suspect a major aim of 3/5 Waters is to bring city financed water services to such work evading, benefit funded retreats.) The fact that maori society is vastly different from the small very separate, concentrated, chief ruled tribes addressed by the ToW is disregarded. Wilcox was unusual in that for once there were few show off spiels in te lingo.
And as for the maori calendar, how absurd can one get in this age? I have read that in the 1880s local Auckland Councils met on full moon evenings so attenders could find their way in the night. But to jiggle dates for similar today is ludicrous. Council, councillor, and staff time spent on these childish matters are all a huge charge to ratepayers and take up time and effort which should be devoted to real issues.