Saturday, January 28, 2023

Breaking Views Update: Week of 22.01.23

Saturday January 28, 2023 

Call to prioritise Pacific and Māori health as hospital waiting times increase

In discussing ways to clear hospital beds before winter, Lowe suggested starting with Māori and Pacific patients who have been waiting for more than 12 months, but this was met with hesitation from some of those at the meeing.

“There’s people who are going to die, you can’t just say ‘Well, you're not Māori or Pacific and you’re not top of the list’”, says Adams.

“It’s not as simple as ethnicity trumps clinical presentation.”

Lowe agreed that geographic equity was also important, but countered that Pacific and Māori patients waiting more than a year could be dealt with fairly quickly.

“If we’re going to make a dent, and we need to start somewhere and we need to prioritise. I would suggest that’s not a bad place to start.”....
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“Place Of Belonging” - Opening Of New Māori Theatre
About 200 people were early risers and weathered the rain this morning to support the traditional dawn ceremony celebrating the opening of a new $3 million purpose built Māori performing arts venue in West Auckland.

The new Te Pou Theatre, the home of Māori theatre in Auckland, is a kaupapa Māori driven initiative that will provide a performance and rehearsal space for indigenous theatre practitioners and creative artists. It’s one of the first independent professional performing arts venues in the world.

It took three years to raise funds for the $3 million renovations. More than 13 organisations donated funds and resources towards the theatre, including principal sponsors, Ngā Mātārae, Auckland Council. Foundation North, Lottery Community Facilities, The Trusts Community Foundation, and Manatū Taonga Regional Cultural and Heritage Fund.....
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Ancient name for new Mosgiel pool
Construction of Dunedin City Council’s Mosgiel Pool is nearing completion and the modern new facility has been given a brand new name – carved from ancient waterways.

Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou has gifted the name Te Puna o Whakaehu, which acknowledges the original name of Silverstream. Te Puna translates to ‘the pool’, while Whakaehu is the Kāi Tahu name for the Silverstream that flows next to the building.....
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ACT not invited to Ratana
ACT MP Nicole McKee says the party skipped this year’s Ratana celebrations because it wasn’t invited.

“We’ve always wanted to support the church and what they do but they do align with Labour so we’ve seen it as the start of Labour’s political year rather than everybody’s political year, but in saying that we’ve never been invited to Ratana, so we don’t go where we’re not invited,” she says.....
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Maori voices set to join council committees
Maori Standing Committee [MSC] representatives could soon have voting rights on a selection of South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] committees.

This change aligns with similar initiatives by other Wairarapa councils, which have appointed representatives with voting rights on council committees from iwi [Masterton] and Marae [Carterton].....
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Skate park, pools to be removed from Thames urupā before return to local Māori
After decades of unrest for local Māori, an ancient Thames urupā (burial site) will be given back to the descendants of those laid to rest there.

The Waikato town’s Centennial Pool has sat on site since 1975 and a skate park was added to Taipari Park years later.

Members of Ngāti Maru Rūnanga had always desired that one day the concrete foundations above the koiwi (bones) of their ancestors would be removed....
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Controversial Feb 6 Settlers Day celebration postponed
Organisers of Kimbolton's Settlers Day celebration have chosen to postpone the day due to potential disruption.

He said the unfolding events were a "challenging time", with threats directed at the iwi becoming "full on."

"The next generation of young people know about the partnership from Ngāti Kauwhata perspective. It's been a challenging time for Ngāti Kauwhata.....
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Māori leaders look to re-imagine alcohol policies
Iwi and community leaders are calling for a reform of alcohol laws after what they say is centuries of failed policies which have predominantly affected Maori.

A hui was held in Auckland calling for a reimagining of alcohol policy in Aotearoa informed by Te Āo Māori and honouring the Treaty.....
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Moana Eruera: We must stop the number of our tamariki going into the system 

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Friday January 27, 2023 

Newly branded ambulances roll out for summer 
Hato Hone St John is proud to roll out its new Waka Manaaki branded ambulances this summer, further aligning its connection and commitment to serving the people of New Zealand.

“The new Waka Manaaki design connects well with our previous livery, while also connecting with our communities in a way which is uniquely kiwi," he says.

“'Waka’ means transport method and ‘Manaaki’ means to take care of. If we break 'Manaaki' down 'Mana' is one’s power and 'aki' means to encourage or empower – which is essential for our patients.”

“The new Waka Manaaki design also acknowledges tangata whenua (people of the land) and connects us all to te ao Māori (the Māori world). Furthermore, this design represents us a distinctive ambulance service within Aotearoa and reflects our journey to achieving better health outcomes for all, especially where health inequity is most prevalent.”....
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New independent Māori education entity needed - report
Māori must have more agency and authority over its future if the government wants to increase the number of tamariki in kaupapa Māori education, a new report says.

Last year, Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis said he wanted 30 percent of Māori learners participating in kura kaupapa or other Māori medium education by 2040.....
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New research: Māori children suffering most from health inequality at all levels
The college’s Māori representative group Te Akoranga a Māui says the findings are neither new nor surprising and that is the problem.

Chair Dr Rachel Mackie, (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua, Patuharakeke) says equity is a major health concern and Māori are worse off because not enough is being done.....
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Group claims Sport Northland breached NZ Bill of Rights

Co-governance is less controversial than Christopher Luxon makes out 

Thursday January 26, 2023 

'Strong willingness' from Kimbolton Settlers Day celebration organisers to work with iwi 
Mana whenua initially ignored about a European Settlers Day event on Waitangi Day will now play a part in the celebrations.

“The challenge in front of us all now is to find that pathway that enables us to work together and give meaningful expression to that notion of partnership.”

“The organisers shared with us the sense they hadn’t got things right with the timing and the environment, but also iwi engagement.”

Durie said this invite was an important gesture and it was timely to be able to talk about partnerships with Waitangi Day approaching......
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Rātana: Luxon's co-governance comments dishonour Treaty - Greens
Speaking to 1News at Rātana today, Davidson said from what she understood of Luxon's earlier speech, he had "trampled all over the articles of te Tiriti".

She said co-governance was about tino rangatiratanga.

“When Māori are able to control our people and our land, it’s good for everyone.

He [Luxon] said the National Party was focused on outcomes for Māori.....
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Christopher Luxon commits to scrapping Māori Health Authority, reallocating $170 million funding to iwi
National leader Christopher Luxon has committed to scrapping the Māori Health Authority and giving its $170 million funding to iwi instead.......
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National Party leader Christopher Luxon says Māori seats don’t ‘make a lot of sense’
Fresh off using his platform at this week’s Rātana celebrations to criticise the Government’s approach to co-governance with Māori, National Party leader Christopher Luxon is taking aim at Parliament’s Māori seats.

But despite saying their existence “doesn’t make a lot of sense”, National will still be looking at standing candidates in “at least one or two of them”.....
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Luxon devolution opens door for co-governance-lite
Waikato Tainui elder and prominent Iwi Leaders Forum member Rahui Papa says Māori are ready to work with a National Governement if one is elected this year.

Speaking at Ratana Pa after National leader Chris Luxon ruled out co-governance of public services, Mr Papa said there was enough in the speech to start the conversation.....
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Māori voters will be critical for political parties
A former Māori Party co-president says the final three months before the election will be critical to grab Māori swing voters.

He says while Māori have benefited from policies of both Labour and National government, neither party can be confident of the Māori vote......
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Wednesday January 25, 2023 

Rātana: Luxon says co-governance debate 'divisive and immature' 
Christopher Luxon says the debate over co-governance has become "divisive and immature" 
but reaffirmed his party's firm opposition on the issue at his first appearance at Rātana.

On co-governance, he said National's opposition "doesn't mean that we don't want Māori involved in decision-making and partnering with Māori".

"We have a principal objection because New Zealand has one government," Luxon said.....
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Indigneous shorts to hit cinemas
New Zealand cinema-goers will get the chance next week to see We are Still Here, a celebration of indigenous resilience that has been wowing film festival audiences around the world.....
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Signs marking Whanganui town's Māori name change vandalised
Newly-installed signs for Pākaraka north of Whanganui were vandalised just hours after being installed.

The community, formally known as Maxwell, saw the signs installed on Saturday, which was then followed by a blessing ceremony.

Whanganui Mayor Andrew Tripe said the district council sees the actions as "disrespectful to the Ngāti Maika hapū and the wider community," as well as a, "waste of money and resources".....
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Cultural impact hole stops waste plan
Zero Waste Network Aotearoa says the decision by Environment Canterbury and Waimate District Council to refuse resource consent for a massive waste incinerator is a message to companies they can’t dodge treaty obligations.

Spokesperson Dorte Wray says the application by South Island Resource Recovery Limited, a joint venture between locals Renew Energy and China Tianying, failed to include the necessary cultural impact assessment.....
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How Hipkins Can Easily Scrap Three Waters

Care for Māori sparks white backlash

Did Taranaki get it right? 

Tuesday January 24, 2023 

Iwi seek customary title to Hoteo River 
Ngāti Manuhiri and Ngāti Whātūa have made a joint application to the Māori Land Court to have the bed of the Hōteo River declared Māori customary land.

Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust chair Mook Hohneck says it’s the biggest river north of Bombay and the third most polluted in the Auckland region.

People have until February 17 to lodge objections with the court in Whangarei......

Monday January 23, 2023 

New Labour leader Chris Hipkins on co-governance: ‘No-one understands what that means’ 
Hipkins said “no one understands what [co-governance] means because we’re talking about quite different things”.

He added that it “hasn’t always been clear” what the Government has meant when it talked about co-governance proposals in the past, and offered to be clearer in the future.

“We’re talking about quite often quite different things. If I look at some of the Treaty settlements that have been reached over the last 20 years they often have co-governance arrangements in them,” Hipkins said.

The Government has instituted co-governance at the top of the new Three Waters entities, with the four new water entities responsible to co-governed boards.

The Government has also put an element of co-governance into the health reforms, creating a devolved Māori Health authority, which is responsible for elements of Māori health but is also has a responsibility to co-design health plans for the wider population.

Hipkins noted that under National, many treaty settlements included co-governance provisions for places like the Whanganui River and Te Urewera.

“The National Government probably signed up to more co-governance arrangements through the Treaty process than any other government did. It means a different thing in a different context,” he said......
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Ngāti Kauwhata to meet with 'Settlers Day' event organisers
Tangata whenua in the small Manawatū town of Kimbolton hope a meeting this weekend will help bring the community together.

Controversy was kicked up when posters appeared around the town for a Settlers Day event to be held on Waitangi Day - but no mana whenua were invited.

The organisers of the event will meet with local iwi, Ngāti Kauwhata, on Monday to discuss the history of settlement in the Oroua Valley.....
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Over Co-governance Being Forced On You? We Hear Ya!

Māori definitely snubbed by the Labour Party leadership reshuffle

Chris Hipkins unable to name all three Treaty of Waitangi articles while Christopher Luxon can 

Sunday January 22, 2023 

Te Kaihōpara boosts Ngāti Manuhiri's efforts to revive Hauraki Gulf 
Ngāti Manuhiri's efforts to revive the troubled marine environment of the Hauraki Gulf have received a boost with the launch this week of a multi-million-dollar marine research vessel, Te Kaihōpara (The Explorer).

The 15.9-metre vessel will support environmental repair work and expand the research capabilities of Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland......
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Wanganui village wipes name of Scottish military leader who led massacre of Māori rangatahi
Replacing the road sign and replacing a name associated with one of the little-known dark chapters in our history, officially returning the name of this small settlement near Whanganui.

"The signage is now out on the road and it's now time for all of us to start referring to that and using it," Ngāti Maika spokesperson Bob Brownlie said.....
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Sales by Māori authorities down $86m, Stats NZ data shows 

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Robert Arthur said...

Re the 22nd, as with Rangiaowhia, the true account of Maxwell is much less heinous than maori and pro maori consistently and repeatedly proclaim.

Robert Arthur said...

re 23rd. Hipkins is wrong when he says nobody understands co-governance. I do. It means effective maori control. In any 50/50 set up the maori bloc have power of veto. But worse, invariably someone from the other party sees fit to side with maori for a variety of self interest reasons, fear of cancellation being foremost.
From Letters to Editor and other sources it seems many view co governance as a relatively benign arrangement. Whilst the govt will not, it is up to the present opposition parties to publicise the total maori control certainty. An example of the flaw of co governance is the Tupuna Maunga Authority in Auckland. (The Urewera situation is quoted but it is not co governance. Instead a direct handover to maori. As recently explained by Finalyson on RNZ, in that case the public just has to get over the loss of a formerly magnificent National Park)

It seems maori are determined to muscle in on the Kimbolton settler's day. In maori eyes all counter colonist publicity is good publicity. On the basis that a few may have lived in the area some time within the last 500 years , and occasionally travelled via the nearby river, presumably outsiders will be brought in to run about half naked and do the oh so appropriate cannibal war dance haka. And there will be some tedious address, mostly in te reo and in maori time. I hope it earns sloe hand clap.

Robert Arthur said...

re 24th Very very few other than academic maori activists would have a clear grasp of what this means and where it might eventually lead, and most of the informed would be in the legal profession and often employed by maori or expecting to be. Unlike the Tupuna Maunga Authority, some maori are sufficiently astute to not yet wield much muscle in fields where their control nation wide is still only partial, so what has applied to date elsewhere is no indication of future restrictions. Unlike the Wanganui, few are much involved with the Hoteo river. So opposition is likely to be minimal, especially in the short time frame. Only the future will reveal what non trace maori and possibly non local tribe tangata whenua have lost

Anonymous said...

RE . Hipkins and Co-governance

It has been suggested that Hipkins might dial down CG to calm voter concerns Labour knows these are serious.

But he could expand regular consultation with Iwi on virtually all matters - this would be CG by another name. No vote and no veto involved. National would likely support this - not ACT or NZ First.

After some time , voters would be used to this model and view it as benign- then the veto element could be re-introduced and the full He Puapua agenda could proceed. So, " retreat to advance".

Hipkins could be more dangerous than Ardern.

Robert Arthur said...

re 25th.Luxon's description of the co governance debate as "immature" is obscure. I presume he is referring to the current spoilt child type maori response to near everything.

Fancy the Pakaraka signs being vandalised. Who would have foreseen that? Hard working descendants of harder working colonists do not wish to forever have to explain that they do not live in the native village of Parihaka, or anywhere similar. The mayor was correct when he says the exercise was/is a waste of money. The Board that approved the name should be fired.

The Waste station protagonists certainly seem to be out of touch with modern NZ reality. With expenditure of such order involved maori naturally will require very extensive paid consultation plus ongong provisons of some sort and not just mere jobs where recipients are required to work

Robert Arthur said...

Re 26th. Seems the organisers of the Kimbolton Settlers day have, as with the maori wards on Councils debate and much else, succumbed to the threat of cancellation and so intend to recognise a maori presence on their Settler's Day. Maybe maori contribution to the establishment of an industrious community with permanent houses was significant. But if not my suggestion is to turn backs on any cannibal war dance, any speech in te reo, or any contentious ramble extending into maori time. Or start a slow hand clap. or sing Rule Brittania. As the Treaty was a factor in development 6 Feb seems an entirely appropriate day for the Settler's celebration.
If local tribe organised a Pre Settler Indigenous Presence Day, would they support extended settler interference? With God Save the King sung?

Luxon's observations on co governance are far from all reassuring. He sees no problem with cg of local body matters. Presumably he has not followed the Tupuna Maunga saga (or enquired of the running costs cf previous). Co arrangements have effectively passed control of Auckland Regional Parks to maori. The strife and inefficiency is yet to become apparent.
It is not just the meaning of co governance which has been mis appropriated. Far more so the meaning of tino rangatiratanga

Robert Arthur said...

re 27th.The translation of the maorified ambulances could more appropriately be applied to a boy racer hot rod. I wonder how much was frittered on the design consultation. And what the frilly 19th century like ornamentation adds to the painting cost. St Hone is/was considerably assisted by donations and legacies. I have a very industrious (non trace maori) colleague worth several millions. No descendant continuity. Has utilised St John on a few critical occasions and has stated his intent to leave much of to. But with the service maorified maybe not now. With the traditional easy going te ao tikanga attitude and the prevalent modern poisonous attitude toward colonists my fear is not so much that the ambulance may be in maori guise, but that the crew may be trace maori with modern attitude.

Unless it can be shown that student IQ for IQ, maori kura produce superior outcome results in conventional non maori education standards, then the programmes should be wound back not extended. I trust the time wasted by very able teachers adapting kura maori products to the real world is charged to the kura maori system.
The maori twaddle industry is a huge burden on the efficiency of the country, and a serious personal handicap to assimilation and progress in the real (not contrived maorified) modern world.

I think a close association will be found between health of children and the number of brothers and sisters. The remedy does not lie with me or my taxes.

DeeM said...

re 27th
How much did St John spend renaming themselves and coming up with their Waka Manaaki design?
What a waste of both taxpayers money and charitable donations. They're constantly bleating about not having enough to run their ambulances! Duh, perhaps they should have stuck with what everyone knows instead of jumping on the woke wave.

I'm sure the average patient suffering a stroke or heart attack couldn't give a shit what the design on the ambulance is. They just want one to show up before they kark it.

Yet another good organisation gone woke.

Robert Arthur said...

Re 28th. So the Kimbolton Settler's Day has been postponed. Yet another mana boosting disruption success for maori. With co governance, this negative cancellation approach to all vestiges of colonist intiative will pervade all all aspects of life in NZ, not just volunteer organised events.
The confrontaion of many fit young red blooded local farmhands and ring in maori "imagining decolonisation"and so behaving as a pre colonialist era war party, could have exceeded the spectacle at Waitangi.

Doug Longmire said...

I am actually appalled at St John deliberately wasting (donated) money on racist, discriminatory and totally unnecessary artwork.
Donors - such as me - are donating money to St John to fund their emergency service to critically ill or injured citizens. To witness St John openly and deliberately diverting funding to this woke capitulation to some racist ideology is outrageous.
I wonder how many sick or injured people will not get the full service because of this.
I also wonder how many thousand (previous) donors, like me will not donate in future.

Robert Arthur said...

Re Kimbolton, by selecting a date other than 6 Feb all the TV crews will be available and many sure to be in attendance. Maori can be gauranteed to truck in loads of sctivsts to wreck the day and commandeer the news. RNZ sure to be tere too, with a pro maori reporter (not that they have any other)