Saturday, January 21, 2023

Breaking Views Update: Week of 15.01.23

Saturday January 21, 2023 

Jacinda Ardern quits: Māori want a Māori as next Prime Minister

Māori want Labour’s strong Māori caucus to select one of their own to take over the reins from outgoing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Te Pāti Māori president John Tamihere said it was now time for Labour’s Maori caucus to take the opportunity to promote one of their own.

Māori MPs bandied as potential Prime Ministers include Justice Minister Kiritapu Allan, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta, Labour Party Deputy Leader Kelvin Davis and Defence Minister Peeni Henare.....
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More agency and authority needed to grow Kaupapa Maori Education - Te Pae Roa
"Te Pae Roa’s second report continues to support the Associate Minister of Education's goal of increasing the number of tamariki in Kaupapa Maori education but recommends that to achieve that goal, Maori must be given more agency and authority over its future", Chair of Te Pae Roa, Dr Wayne Ngata said today.....
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Friday January 20, 2023 

Far North Council supports Russell-Kororāreka name change, but with conditions 
The Mayor for the Far North supports changing the name Russell back to Kororāreka, but the public needs to have a proper say.

It comes after Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa/the New Zealand Geographic Board (the Board) asked the public for feedback yesterday on its proposal to change a few place names around the motu.

Tepania is positive about the cultural journey Aotearoa New Zealand has been on, and seeing "the restoration of our traditional names is part of that," he told Newshub.....
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After a long campaign, Māori tribe celebrates legislation protecting essential seafood
Following a long period of advocacy and guardianship from Māori iwi (tribe) leaders, a culturally significant food source has received legal protection off Taranaki on the west coast of Aotearoa’s north island.

From mid-December, a new sub-section of New Zealand’s Fisheries Act prohibits the harvest of almost all shellfish for up to 70 kilometres off the coast along the region’s entire 260 kilometre coastline.

The legislation is set in place for two years and does not apply to ordinary fin-fish.....
See full article HERE

Waste firm promises iwi $10m if its landfill poisons Auckland waterway
A contentious proposal to build a “mega” 26 million cubic metre landfill north of Auckland has made a significant step forward, securing the support of local mana whenua Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust.

In a memorandum released to Stuff, Waste Management has agreed to pay $10 million if the landfill should “threaten the integrity” of the nearby Hoteo River.

Ngāti Manuhiri has also been promised jobs for its people, input into kaitiaki projects and a role providing cultural induction for workforce in the construction of the landfill.....
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Te Pāti Māori Acknowledges Jacinda Ardern's Service And Calls For Tangata Whenua Prime Minister 

Thursday January 19, 2023 

Russell or Kororāreka? Historic Bay of Islands town could return to its original Māori name 
One of Northland’s most historic towns could revert to its original Māori name if a proposal being considered by the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa goes ahead.

Public consultation started today on returning Russell to its pre-1842 name of Kororāreka, which translates literally as “sweet penguin”......
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Young Māori Leaders Sought For National Mentoring Programme
The search is on for one local rangatahi (young person) to join a national mentoring programme designed to develop the leadership capability of young Māori across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Founded by the Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ), the annual Tuia programme provides opportunities for successful applicants to meet regularly with their local mayor, participate in civic events, grow their networks and connect with fellow rangatahi throughout the year.....
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No guarantee Māori-stacked cabinet will continue – Ardern
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won’t commit to maintaining her record number of Māori MPs in her cabinet during her impending reshuffle but says she is committed to representational diversity.

Ardern told it was crucial Parliament is "representative of our communities".

“Half our Parliament are female; we've got increased Māori representation, Pasifika and ethnic communities because Parliament needs to look like New Zealand,” Ardern said.....
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Te Tiriti framework

Here's what our news media have been told about their Treaty obligations 

Wednesday January 18, 2023 

Aim to use life stories to aid opioid tapering 
Dr Hemakumar Devan recently received a grant of almost $1.4 million in the latest Health Research Council funding round to co-produce a whanau-focused opioid-tapering intervention for people with chronic non-cancer pain.

However, Maori had a disproportionate burden of chronic pain and there may be inequities in opioid prescription for Maori, he said.

Supported by kaumatua, the Maori-centered research would capture, create and share the stories of Maori patients, whanau and clinicians, he said....
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Ngāpuhi studies the wider implications of Waitangi Tribunal report
Māori-Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis says the Crown welcomes the report.

“Time will now be taken to carefully consider and review the tribunal’s findings; this is incredibly important mahi and we have to make sure we get things right,” he says.

“From here, it will be important for the Crown to have a discussion with all Māori represented in the findings about how tino rangatiratanga might be expressed practically in the 21st century and how breaches of the Treaty might be remedied.”.....
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Senior nurses appointed to Starship to address Māori health inequity
Two new nurse directors at Starship Child health will help address health inequity for Māori by championing Māori health and leading Te Tiriti across nursing, as the paediatric health provider ushers in a new nursing model.

Starship says the Te Tiriti-based co-directorship is a first in nursing history and leads the way for mokopuna-centric, whānau-focused and whānau-led healthcare.....
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Tuesday January 17, 2023 

Mana whenua occupiers denounce proposed $350m housing plan 
A six-month deadline looms as Taranaki Whānui and the Wellington Company aim to build up to 700 homes on top of Miramar peninsula as allegations fly from those occupying the site.

Mana whenua group Ngā Uri o Taranaki Whānui​ (descendants of Taranaki Whānui) are occupying land near the former Mt Crawford prison on Miramar peninsula, in protest at a proposal to build 650 to 700 houses on the eight hectare space. The occupation, which started in July 2021, has about 12 people taking turns at occupying the site.....
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Posh golf club and iwi combine, hoping to find the next Ko, Fox or Campbell
One of Auckland’s oldest golf clubs has partnered with a local iwi to encourage their youngsters onto its hallowed fairways, greens, and driving range.

Remuera Golf Club and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei are working together to deliver a holiday education programme which could see New Zealand’s next Lydia Ko, Ryan Fox or Michael Campbell having their first taste of golf.....
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Waitangi Tribunal invited to Northland to hand over ‘history-defining’ report
A hui attended by as many as 400 representatives of the hapū of Ngāpuhi has invited the Waitangi Tribunal to travel to Waitangi to formally hand over its momentous Northland report.

Saturday’s gathering, at Tahuaroa Conference Centre at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, was called in the wake of the December 23 release of Stage Two of Te Paparahi o Te Raki, also known as the Northland Inquiry.

The almost 2000-page report details the findings of the Tribunal’s years-long inquiry into Treaty breaches, land loss and military action suffered by Ngāpuhi between 1840 and 1900.

The report also urges the Government to return all Crown-owned land in Ngāpuhi’s tribal area — and to start talks with Māori about reworking New Zealand’s constitutional framework in the light of an earlier finding that Ngāpuhi chiefs did not cede sovereignty when they signed Te Tiriti [The Treaty of Waitangi] in 1840.....
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Starship welcomes new Te Tiriti-based co-directorship
This morning Starship Child Health welcomed its first Te Tiriti based co-directorship in nursing history with staff telling Maika Akroyd they’re relieved to have kaimahi Māori at the helm.....
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The pirihimana, or policeman, learning te reo 

Sunday January 15, 2023 

Kaitaia community hoping to have Māori wardens patrolling again after hui 
A hui last Saturday at Kaitaia Marae was attended by eight people interested in warden roles, with a further three, who were unable to attend, expressing interest on social media, marae secretary Margaret Thomas-Amani said.

Wardens traditionally operate out of a marae, Thomas-Amani said, and Kaitaia Marae - formerly the Kōhanga Reo whare on Pukepoto Rd - was used as a base.

There are about 900 Māori wardens around the country. They are supported by Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development) and police, who provide training and uniforms.

Wardens have some legal powers and responsibilities under the Māori Community Development Act 1962. They provide security, support, traffic and crowd control, and first aid.

Māori wardens are established in other parts of Northland, including Kaikohe and Whangārei.....
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Hospital art ‘calming, soothing’
The creatives behind a new indigenous art collection at Wairarapa Hospital hope its universal themes and “inspiring stories” will bring peace and solace to people of all cultures.

Last month, Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa unveiled its Kia Piki Te Ora Art Collection: 34 digitally printed artworks by a small collective of local Māori artists, displayed throughout the hospital corridors.

Kia Piki Te Ora was commissioned by the outgoing Wairarapa District Health Board to mark the transition from DHBs to Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora [Māori Health Authority], and to recognise the hospital’s commitment to Māori health......
See full article HERE 

This Breaking Views Update monitors race relations in the media on a weekly basis. New material is added regularly. If you would like to send Letters to the Editor in response to any of these articles, most media addresses can be found HERE


Robert Arthur said...

re the 17th
Whilst I am as envious as most of the very wealthy I would have to concede that the Mt Crawford site is suited ideally to such use. But Leasehold, and especially maori leasehold, will deter most prudent persons, and lead to less astute occupants. And as for the other option sought, whilst a relatively isolated site is in many ways ideal for basic housing for maori, the site would be difficult for those children who opt to attend school.

No doubt the Waitangi Tribunal will trek to Waitangi to wallow in the celebrations of their pandering report. As good an excuse as any to indulge in a day or few of excesses and idleness on the taxpayer.

re the 15th, if I was in hospital with an excess of maori art they would need to subtract 10 points from my blood pressure readings. More if it publicly funded.

Anonymous said...

The new persecution of white/european people in nz by govt agencies is unbelievable. If we are no longer welcome in nz and are being openly being called colonial oppessors, then why can't they arrange for the crown to give those of us who want them british passports? This rhetoruc
reminds me of nazi germany.

Robert Arthur said...

re 19th. I actually agree with the proposal to change Russel to Kororareka, even though, as with so many maori names, I cannot spell it from memory. The town is a backwater and not referenced in everyday commerce. Russel has little relevant basis and everyone educated in NZ has heard of Kororareka. That the name celebrates eating of penguins is perhaps dubious. But the statement that the change could be swayed by public opinion is ludicrous. The only possibility is that the local under tribe will seek mana and propose a much longer convoluted name reflective of maori power. ie "the place where Hone triumphed over the flagpole and the wicked colonialists." In te reo of course.

Maori are always looking for leaders. On the brink of controlling the country, there could be lucrative positions for many. Similarly they are always seeking to school the young for the myriad (paid) consultation tasks now contrived. (The Auckland Council climate change proposals sought to consult rangatahi. Not because they have more intelligent ideas than say high IQ Asians, but as training ground for future consultants.)

From their total influence, I was surprised to read how few trace maori are actually in the Labour cabinet. The power of threatened cancellation is clearly even far greater than I thought.

Anonymous said...

RE Place name changes
As in other instances, there is no full consultation on preferred options ( e.g. dual names) with the people - simply an imposition by a minority.

This indicates clearly how co-governance would operate - by decree.

As a NZer with no British ancestry, I will consider a complaint to the Race Relations Commissioner about offensive language used to denigrate all non-Maori citizens.

Ray S said...

Re 20th
A legally enforceable rahui has been placed on a section of Taranaki coastline.
No shellfish to be taken by anybody for two years.


If you are maori, you are exempt from this law and can carry on as before.

Another racists decision.

robert Arthur said...

re 21st. A maori PM would guarantee Labour lose. Apart from the Maori seats and perhaps those in the very trace maori areas, maori candidates would be doomed. The likes of Tamahere spend their lives surrounded by unquestioning sycophants hence the arrogant speeches. He rarely mixes with questioners and imagined or real risk of violence precludes comment by any.

With declining education standards the effort put into the maori language and te ao way is a criminal side track. Very able teachers are occupied not improving English of students generally, but in trying to coach kura victims into the real world. No politician seems to have the guts to question the absurd pursuit of stone age language and life attitude..