Saturday, April 29, 2023

Breaking Views Update: Week of 23.04.23

Saturday April 29, 2023 

Grievance taken to world stage

Wairarapa Moana has called on the United Nations to hold the government to account for “breaching [its] human rights”.

In a statement to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples on April 18, Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani Incorporation director Anne Carter said the group has been denied access to justice by the New Zealand government.

Carter told the forum that the New Zealand government took their land under the Public Works Act and now the group wants it back.....
See full article HERE

Māori medium education pushes case for rangatiratanga
Māori education bodies say an urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing in Auckland this week, is vital for the future of Māori educational success.

Cathy Dewes from Māori secondary schools’ body Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori say the Government ignored its own Tomorrow’s Schools working party recommendation there should be an autonomous Māori education authority....
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Australian politician Jacinta Price claims Waitangi Tribunal holds 'veto power' over New Zealand Government
“She understands on the ground in New Zealand as to the outcomes of, certainly the Waitangi Tribunal, which is now in place and the way in which they have veto power over the New Zealand Government…”

Barrister and former Treaty negotiations minister Chris Finalyson said Price was wrong as the Waitangi Tribunal did not have any form of veto over the Government.

He said the Waitangi Tribunal could make non-binding recommendations with limited mandatory jurisdiction in relation to forestry and state-owned land.....
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Māori leaders hightlight key issues at UN forum
Māori leaders were among dozens of global communities speaking at the UN Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, in the hope of influencing the government to revive stalled policies for indigenous rights.

For two weeks, the world's indigenous peoples have taken the floor, sharing experiences of their treatment at the hands of the world's governments....
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Recipients of the Māori Cancer Researcher Awards aim to improve cancer therapies
Two researchers committed to maximising Māori health gains are receiving funding for their research into improving cancer treatment. Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa (the Cancer Society of New Zealand) and Hei Āhuru Mōwai (Māori Cancer Research Leadership Aotearoa) partnered to award Māori cancer researchers to address health inequities....
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Ruapehu iwi wants say on ski fields
Ruapehu iwi Ngāti Rangi says it needs to have a say in the future of the ski fields.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s regional economic development unit Kanoa is reviewing four bids to buy the assets of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts, which ran the Whakapapa and Turoa skifields.....
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Fund opens to advance Māori-led research
New Government fund He Tipu Ka Hua is now open for proposals from Māori organisations to advance Māori-led research programmes or platforms.

He Tipu Ka Hua is one of two new MBIE-administered funds, announced in February 2023, designed to invest in Māori science and research aspirations.

Through its inaugural funding round, it will invest up to $6 million in total per year in around three Māori-led programmes or platforms with terms of up to five years......
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Friday April 28, 2023 

Crown intent on absorbing kura kaupapa into mainstream system, Waitangi Tribunal told 
A Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into inequities alleged by kaupapa Māori schools has opened in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Lead claimant Dr Cathy Dewes said the claim was about who had the authority over how te reo was taught.

The Crown did not have the understanding necessary to oversee Māori language education, she said.....
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Ngāti Whātua next as Ombudsman continues hui with Iwi and community leaders
After meeting kanohi ki te kanohi or face-to-face with iwi and community leaders in Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay, the man who can investigate whether whānau are being treated "fairly and with honour" by central and local government in the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle is turning his attention to Tāmaki Makaurau.

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is this week visiting the country's largest city, as he continues a series of targeted engagements in some of the regions hardest hit by recent extreme weather events. Among those he will meet with in Auckland is Ngāti Whātua.....
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Whakaata Māori promises the Coronation through a Māori lens
Whakaata Māori will livestream the Coronation and is also sending a news crew to the event, travelling with King Tūheitia. King Tūheitia is the eldest son of the late Māori Queen, Dame Te Atairangikaahu, the first woman to be chosen to lead Kīngitanga, or the Māori King movement.

“For the first time, a member of the Kīngitanga will attend the Coronation of a British monarch. So I’m looking forward to seeing how our Māori King interacts with his fellow King and the conversations that might take place in the future.”

Wright says the Coronation will also reunite the two sons of the two Queens who completed the Tainui settlement in 1995.

“This was the first time a British Monarch had ever apologised to Māori and is still the only piece of legislation signed here and in public by the late Queen Elizabeth. So, despite some anti-royal sentiment and calls for a NZ republic, the evolving Māori -Crown relationship means King Charles remains as a powerful symbol of our history as the Treaty partner of Māori.”

He also hopes that crowning a new monarch will also bring a, “New commitment to honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi and strengthening the relationship between te iwi Māori and the Crown.”....
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Putea to boost Māori primary health services
The Government is putting $44 million over the next two years into primary care providers to deliver high-quality services focused on benefitting Māori and Pacific populations....
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Gisborne District Council reviewing Maori land rates
A review into how rates are applied to Māori freehold land is under way at Gisborne District Council, with policy changes set to be included in the next long-term plan.

Around 20-30 percent of the district is classified as whenua Māori land.

The council had carried out a strategic review of Māori freehold land in 2014 but since then, key changes for rating that land had come about as a result of the Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Act 2021 being incorporated into the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002.

The latter gave the council the ability to support the use and development of Māori freehold land in a number of ways.

Those included giving the chief executive the power to remove rate arrears, making most Māori freehold land non-rateable and providing a statutory rates remission process for Māori land under-development.....
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Māori forestry: Government to co-invest in onshore wood processing
Forestry minister Peeni Henare has announced a government plan to co-invest in onshore wood processing capacity - which has potential positive flow-on effects for Māori.

The relevance for Māori - as highlighted by Crown research institute Scion - is that Māori own 48 per cent of commercially planted forest land in Aotearoa and have signalled a desire to participate more actively with forest growing and wood processing to achieve greater economic returns and social benefits.

Speaking at the Wood Processers and Manufacturers Association conference in Rotorua on Thursday, Henare said a $57 million fund will be established to partner with wood processors to co-invest in capacity to create products like sawn structural timber and engineered wood......
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Concern co-governance debate helping spread anti-Māori views
There's growing concern the debate on co-governance is fuelling racism, and politicians are being accused of contributing to the problem.

Carwyn Jones, a Māori law and philosophy lecturer, said politicians needed to take some responsibility.

"I think politicians have contributed to the anti-Māori feelings we have seen online and other places around that issue of co-governance," he said.

"They have done that by creating fear and concern around what co-governance might look like without talking to any specifics around what has been proposed in the Three Water reforms."

ACT Party Leader David Seymour, a vocal opponent of co-governance, rejected that.

"ACT has consistently said is that each person is entitled to universal human rights," he said.

"We have been very specific. We say that if there's going to be the governance of Three Waters assets, all of which have been created post-treaty in democratic communities, they should continue to be democratically governed."....
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Bruce Moon: Meanwhile in Our Funny Little Country

Taking medicine out of the clinic and into the community to connect with whānau 

Thursday April 27, 2023 

Iwi partnership aims to reduce cases of tamariki uplifts 
An East Coast iwi is partnering with the government to give iwi and local groups more say in decisions about uplifting children.

The move is part of a wider plan to make Oranga Tamariki more community-led, and aims to get iwi and local organisations more involved in interventions from the outset.

Te Ara Mātua is a partnership between the iwi Ngāti Kahungunu, Oranga Tamariki and local health advocacy group Te Tumu Whakahaere o Te Wero......
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Funding boost to strengthen primary, community and rural care
Primary care providers will receive a $44 million funding boost to deliver high quality services for focussed on benefitting Māori and Pacific populations. The funding, which will roll out over two years, will directly impact those with the highest needs in New Zealand, Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall and Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare announced today.....
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Gisborne iwi granted ownership of Wharf Shed for $1
A Gisborne iwi is to be officially granted ownership of a historic shed for the price of a dollar, after it was mistakenly placed on someone else's land.

The heritage-listed Wharf Shed was moved from Gisborne's port in 2018, and put down on nearby Hirini Street.....
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Extension Granted For Fund To Ensure Tamariki & Rangatahi Māori In Te Waipounamu Have Access To Sport & Recreation
A pilot project to help remove financial barriers to participation in sport and recreation for tamariki and rangatahi Māori in the South Island has been extended.

Te Kīwai was launched in 2021 to support tamariki and rangatahi Māori aged 5 – 18 years who were missing out on activities due to financial hardship. Hundreds of children and teens have benefited from the one-off $300 payment to help cover items like annual subs, club uniforms, new boots, gear, or transport.

“It is particularly significant that Te Kiwai includes investment into traditional Māori activities like taonga tākaro and kapa haka....
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Hauora Taiwhenua searching for rural equity in the primary care and rural funding boost announcements
Today, Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora announced how funding, that was made available almost a year ago in last year’s budget, will be allocated.

Under the announcement, Māori and Pasifika-owned providers will receive an extra $80 per enrolled Māori or Pasifika patient. Non-Māori owned providers will only receive $40 per enrolled Māori or Pasifika patient and would only be eligible for that lower payment if they surpassed a threshold of 50% Māori and Pasifika total enrolment.....
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Whānau Ora sign ground-breaking deal with Whāriki to boost Māori economy
A ground-breaking first was signed between Whānau Ora Tāmaki collective, Te Pae Herenga o Tāmaki and Māori business network, Whāriki to improve the Māori Auckland economy.

The partnership agreement signed by Te Pae Herenga and Whāriki provides the opportunity to advance the development of Māori economic success and provide a platform for Māori entrepreneurial excellence; enabling Māori to flourish as Māori and realise their potential with mana.....
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Confusion over future of Kaitāia Airport leaves region on edge
The future of Kaitāia Airport is in doubt following community speculation the airport will shut if its current lease is not renewed.

A debate over who is the rightful owner of the land is understood to be behind the standstill.

According to the Far North District Council, the Crown owns the land where the airport is located and Toitū Te Whenua (Linz) is responsible for managing it.

According to Ngāti Kahu, it is a local whānau who owns the land and is yet to have the land returned......
See full article HERE 

Wednesday April 26, 2023 

New Plymouth District Council iwi committee wants more Māori public art 
New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) officers have suggested urgent changes to its Art in Public Places Strategy, to keep viable the independent trust that buys the artworks.

But the committee, Te Huinga Taumatua, last week seized the process to push for more local Māori artists and narratives, and for iwi and hapū to get a say on the trust.

Those calls will now go to a full council meeting to be voted on.....
See full article HERE

John Porter: Lest We Forget 

Tuesday April 25, 2023 

Danny Keenan awarded $100,000 Michael King Writer's Fellowship to write on Māori health 
Dr Danny Keenan has received a Michael King Writer’s Fellowship of $100,000 to write about Māori health.

Keenan, (Ngāti Te Whiti ki Te Ātiawa) is a researcher and writer, and his proposed new work is called 'In Sickness and In Health' a Cultural History of Three Māori Pandemics 1895-2021.

It's a historical analysis of three pandemics that have affected Māori. The study will show Māori response to these events, including how they mobilised communities, grounded by mātauranga Māori frameworks.....
See full article HERE

Mana whenua gifts name to St Peter’s Cambridge/3Ms joint venture subdivision
Nearly two years ago, St Peter’s Cambridge entered into a joint venture with property developer, 3Ms of Cambridge. The partnership will see 32 of the school’s 170-hectare farmland transformed into a residential subdivision over the next four years.

In a dawn ceremony this morning, Mana whenua - being Ngati Koroki Kahukura and Ngati Haua - gifted a name to the subdivision: Arikirua.....
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Questions over who's in charge of building at Ihumatao - and why nothing has been developed
The Housing Ministry says the Ropu Whakahaere's responsible for decisions on the land, but National says the governance is unclear.

Associate housing spokesman Tama Potaka says some Ropu members won't want any housing.

He says the fundamental problem is there's a housing crisis - we've spent 30-million-dollars buying land - and nearly three years on, there's no plan....
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Titipounamu Return To Ancient Homeland Thanks To Generosity Of Taranaki Maunga Hapū

Wellington Marae Stay - A Resounding Success For Hindu-Māori Relations

Pākehā and the fear of co-governance 

Monday April 24, 2023 

Prime ministers Chris Hipkins and Anthony Albanese speak in Brisbane: 'True friends have equal relations' 
Hipkins is in Brisbane to mark that anniversary as well as to acknowledge the immigration changes by the Australian government.

He was joined by a business delegation for the trip, as well as senior Māori representatives.....
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New Waikato ACC Centre: First 800 staff ready to move into regional HQ
On Saturday, Kiingi Tuheitia presided at a karakia and official opening for the offices and unveiled the name of the new building. It will be known as Amohia Ake. The name takes its significance from a Waikato-Tainui tongikura (saying), “Amohia ake te ora o te iwi, ka puta ki te whei ao - the wellbeing of the people is paramount.”....
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Could changes to proposed law give Māori oversight of traditional healing space?

Carwyn Jones: The value of sharing the decision-making

Why Māori is like Latin

Endangered Māori Construction Methods Pass Modern Seismic Testing Demands 

Sunday April 23, 2023 

TGH delivers striking new Waikato home for ACC 
Kiingi Tuheitia today presided at a karakia and official opening for striking new regional offices developed by Tainui Group Holdings for the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).

Kiingi Tuheitia also unveiled the new name for the building - it will be known as Amohia Ake. The name takes its significance from a Waikato-Tainui tongikura (saying), "Amohia ake te ora o te iwi, ka puta ki te whei ao - the wellbeing of the people is paramount."

The 8,500 square metre offices, in three distinctive pavilions bearing Waikato-Tainui tribal designs, will initially accommodate around 800 ACC staff, bringing together two existing Hamilton offices for ACC.....
See full article HERE

Jason Momoa’s Chief of War series had to pull filming at Northland’s Kauri Mountain
A fight scene for Jason Momoa’s new series Chief of War was set to be filmed at Kauri Mountain this month, but the plug has been pulled, much to the dismay of many in the Whangārei Heads community.

The Northern Advocate understands confusion around consultation between local iwi and hapū groups resulted in the eventual cancellation of filming at the location.....(NZ Herald paywall)
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Ngāti Awa wins right to appeal billion-bottles-per-year water plant expansion
Ngāti Awa has won the right to appeal a water bottling plant’s plans to extract nearly a billion litres of water a year from an aquifer near Whakatāne, an NZ Herald report says.

In particular, it has argued that the bottling of water from the aquifer in Otākiri would have irrevocable effects on the mauri or life force of the water and render Ngāti Awa unable to be kaitiaki.....
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 23rd. That the profits from a solely exploitive industry should all go off shore seems absurd. I can understand maori being miffed that this sinecure slipped through their fingers. But law is law. With tikanga now recognised and maori in the Supreme Court their ludicrous claims may very likely be recognised, depending largely on which side of the election the case is heard. A billion litres sounds impressive, but it is a million cubic metres. If consider a steam a metre wide and deep and flowing at a metre a second, it would take a million seconds to flow by; just 12 days. I have just read The Musket Wars and the sense of utu was deeply disturbing. (With it still in the background, little wonder cancellation is so effective). After maori lose the court case I trust a regime of very regular water testing will be implemented.

Ray S said...

"will initially accommodate around 800 staff"

Initially, does that mean more staff will be employed? to do what?
Probably conspire on how to reject claims and hunt where to invest contributor levies.

Does the sign "ACC" appear anywhere on the building, if it does it will be in very small print.

Anonymous said...

25th re article Pakeha and co-governance.
I am amused by the authors comment that pakeha has uncertain definition whereas Maori know who they are.

I bet I know more about my heritage than most of them do. I know I am not Māori. And I don’t identify as pakeha so that helps the definitions.

And many of them are so resolutely determined to deny part of their non Maori heritage. It is they who are mixed up.

No wonder non Maori are concerned by co-governance claims by a group of people who are hybrids but identify on their Maori genetic background only.

Maybe there should be a breeding program to better define who are entitled to political power? Nice alternate to one person one vote.

robert Arthur said...

re 25th, I wonder if the $100,000 will cover examination of just where the money went and efficacy of every portion.
Ihumatao is within easy safe cycling distance of the airport and vast neighbouring industrial/warehouse complex. It is an ideal site for housing. Presuambly if zomed for housing it will be rated accordingly. Will one of the tax free maori charities pick up the tab? it should be used to house workers, not becomem a maori retirement/dole beneficiary camp.

Robert Arthur said...

re 26th. By maori art they mean contrivances by maori bought as art. I wonder what the pixillated tiki cost, including placement? Apart from those who chance to walk into, I wonder how many ever notice it. At leat even in this age traditonal maori art with its giant penis' attracts interest from school children if few else. Yet another effort to create a money stream for maori lacking the energy or sustained application to drive a bus. At a local demolition site a giant mound of removed randomly broken hexagonal pavers was more intriging than the drab "tiki"".

Robert Arthur said...

Re 27th. Yet another catalogue of subsidies on a race basis. The extensive use of te reo strikes me as deliberate obfuscation to hide race based favouritism. Tamariki is now used to refer to all children. Are all children to be facilitated by the named organisation in the East coast setup? Similarly maori names for both exclusively maori and mostly maori funded organisations identified them from entirely state funded bodies. Now even after laborious translation and a Google search the status of organisations is frequently obscure. Many seem to be in effect add on extensions of the recently much expanded maori gravy train.
If, particularly, many of the less well off sport participants and students knew the extent of race based subsidy there would be extensive discontent. But with so few now reading newspapers, and such not covered anyway, the unmixed colonist descendants do not realise the extent of the race based discrimination.

Robert Arthur said...

Re 28th. kura Kaupapa provides few benfits except for those who will make a career of teaching the obsolete stone age language, or are headed for one of the myriad state funded maori run pro maori organisations for which it is an entry requirement. (Reminds me of university days when the lecturer in coordinate geometry told the class that the only use of was that a miniscule percentage of students might go on to teach it). Kura teaching needs to be integrated. Some control over the degree of English instilled can then be exercised and the ludicrous present situation avoided. Very able conventional teachers are preoccupied teaching English as a Second Language to kura kaupapa victims so they might acquire the ability to cope in the real world.

I trust the costs of sending the maori king to the coronation will be borne entirely by maori. Hopefully his entourage will shield him from the British media. Although he might explain to them that his enthusiam is based on associated retention of the reinterpreted Treaty. Maybe he will be loaded with gifts as Hongi Hika and will be able to trade them for useful items on the way back.

Rates on maori land have always been contentious. Past seizure for non payment is now regarded as blatant conquest. One thing is certain; maori are sure to evade their fair share.

It is not discussion of co governance which is spreading racism. It is maori insistence on co governance, effectively minority race dominance. Public discussion has been very muted. The private roadshow was shut down by the threat of violence, tikang/te ao style.There have been two faintly critical articles in the Herald but entirely moderate and rational opposing Letters to Editor on the topic seem impossible to have published.
If Carwyn Jones (surely not maori!) wants an example of the typical disaster awaiting he should familiarise with the antics of the Tupuna Manga Authority in Auckland.

robert Arthur said...

Re 29th.As the same quantity of water leaves a power sation as enters, will maori try to charge for the water?

Robert Arthur said...

re 30th. When maori see the monied cavorting all over Ruapehu and with structures everywhere they must rue the day Te Heu Heu gave it away. They should have mere'd him before he did. I actually have some symapthy with them. Perhaps they could be gifted some of the debt as consolation. However colonist management does draw the crowd away from other places still faintly natural.