Saturday, June 3, 2023

Breaking Views Update: Week of 28.05.23

Saturday June 3, 2023 

Govt supporting more rangatahi into training and employment opportunities

“We’re backing 30 new by Māori for Māori Kaupapa employment and training programmes, which will help iwi into sustainable employment or progress within their chosen careers” says Minister Jackson

$73.2m has been invested in Māori Trades and Training programmes supporting almost 3,000 Māori across Aotearoa, with 80% of current participants already in employment, and 85% of those people have been in employment longer than six months.....
See full article HERE

More on the above here > Ōtākou Māori Trades And Training Programme Gets Green Light

Ministry of Education – School Board objectives
the school gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, including by–

(i) working to ensure that its plans, policies, and local curriculum reflect local tikanga Māori, mātauranga Māori, and te ao Māori; and

(ii) taking all reasonable steps to make instruction available in tikanga Māori and te reo Māori; and

(iii) achieving equitable outcomes for Māori students.....
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Creative hub commissions four Matariki artworks
Tuatahi Creatives based in Christchurch is one of four artist hubs commissioned to create artwork in honour of Matariki this year.

“We're going to do an artwork with AI projection, fusing Māori traditional art forms with innovative technology and merging them together.

Creative Hub Toi Hourua has commissioned four different artists/creatives to the tune of $75,000 to create their artistic interpretation in time for Matariki this year.

“We realised there was a gap in educating Aotearoa about Matariki, so we saw this as an opportunity to educate Aotearoa through art,” Toi Hourua chief executive Dawson Marama-Feagai (Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa).....
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Massive $15m Murihiku Marae reopens in Invercargill
A newly built $15 million Murihiku Marae in Invercargill is reopening on Friday following a massive redevelopment project.

Before building began the estimated cost of the largely Government-funded marae was $11.8m, but the cost ballooned out to just over $15m.

The marae project was funded through the Government’s Covid-19 response and recovery fund......
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Public Sector reporting found lacking in Māori initiatives
A new report from the Auditor-General on four initiatives to improve outcomes for Māori has highlighted a lack of progress reporting on the part of the public sector agencies involved.

Auditor-General, John Ryan said the Government had committed significant funding to initiatives focused specifically on improving outcomes for Māori.

Mr Ryan said his Office wanted to understand how four such initiatives were delivering against expectations, what has been achieved, and what lessons could be learned....
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City Mission food hub moves south
Auckland City Missioner Helen Robinson says moving the mission’s food distribution hub to Nga Whare Waatea Marae in Mangere brings it closer to the areas of greatest need.

Te Tāpui Atawhai was welcomed onto the marae yesterday to mark the start of its new partnership with Manukau Urban Maori Authority.

Ms Robinson says it needed a new hub after its central city distribution centre was destroyed by flooding.

“So this is an incredibly important day and it marks the shelter the marae is providing to the mission and formalises in another level, another depth the partnership between our two organisations, and out of this centre literally thousands and thousands of whanau across Auckland will be fed,” she says.....
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Iwi committee spurns Maniapoto deal in fervent debate
A Ngāti Maniapoto bid for a relationship deal with New Plymouth District Council has been rebuffed by the council’s iwi advisory committee.

Neighbouring Ngāti Tama was adamant NPDC shouldn’t join the agreement, saying Ngāti Maniapoto is wrongly claiming status over much of its territory.....
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Former Māori Party leader supporting National candidate in Māori electorate
Turia maintains she still supports Te Pāti Māori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, tipped as the frontrunner in the seat, but the former minister is confident National’s Harete Hipango would be a good advocate for whānau in Te Tai Hauāuru.....
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Bruce Moon: What a bugger's muddle!

Graham Adams: “Co-governance for your deck!”

Peter Hemmingson: Thoughts on the Treaty Grudge Industry

Nearly 6700 voters go to Māori roll, how are things looking toward election time? 

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Friday June 2, 2023 

DOC co-governance an inland foreshore and seabed 
“The Government has some serious explaining to do about a co-governance proposal for the DOC Estate,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“DOC has set up a group called the ‘Options Development Group,’ claiming the group is desigend to better recognise treaty principles in conservation through modifications to the Conservation General Policy. The group was facilitated by one of the author’s the recent He Puapua report.

“The group recommended a devolution of DOC functions to Māori, and a redefinition of the meaning of conservation. Essentially this is Foreshore and Seabed 2.0, but inland.....
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Attesting in te reo Māori
Recruits arriving at Base Woodbourne at the beginning of their Air Force career now have a choice on whether they take their oath and affirmation in English or te reo Māori.....
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Ngāti Rangi sets partnership terms with Ruapehu Council
Ohakune-based iwi Ngāti Rangi hopes a formal relationship with Ruapehu District Council will foster a sense of honesty and trust.

Chair Whetu Moataane says it hasn’t been an easy road to get the council to treat it as a treaty partner, but things have improved under new mayor Weston Kirton.

He says the fact the council now has Māori wards does not mean it can replace Ngāti Rangi as mana whenua, and the iwi needs to be in the loop on any major developments....
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Iwi leaders push election sign up
The National Iwi Chairs Forum is encouraging Māori to take advantage of the Māori electoral option to get themselves ready for October’s election.

“It doesn’t really matter which roll we’re on but it does matter that we vote because most elections are won by a one or a two percent margin, and when you think Maori make up 14 to 15 to 16 percent of the population, we’ve got that influence if we whakakotahi, if we work together,” he says.....
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Normalising Te Ao Māori in the workplace key to dispelling whakamā

Tauranga weighs in on bilingual road signs

Reorua road signs 'exciting, make sense', say Te Arawa entities 

Thursday June 1, 2023 

Tamihere to Jackson: Go for the party vote bro and concede seats to Te Pāti Māori 
Te Pāti Māori president John Tamihere has some political korero for his ex-talkback co-host and Labour Māori campaign strategist Willie Jackson - concede some of the Māori seats and go hard for the party vote.

Tamihere, on his Monday morning slot on Iwi radio Waatea 603AM, said Labour does not have the Covid-fueled red tide of the last election and Māori must be more strategic with their voting.

Te Pāti Māori wants Labour to lead the next government with its support, because the alternative would be a catastrophe for Māori.....
See full article HERE

Disney's Encanto to be revoiced in te reo Māori
It will be the fifth Disney movie to be reimagined into te reo, after Coco, Frozen, The Lion King and Moana, Matewa Media and The Walt Disney Company have announced.

Encanto, which won Best Animated Feature at the 2022 Academy Awards, follows the story of the Madrigal family, who lives in a magical house hidden deep in the mountains of Colombia.

The film is centred around themes of whānau and intergenerational relationships, which will be sure to resonate with the te ao Māori.....
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School has the power to deter rangatahi Māori from crime, research finds
Education has the power to prevent rangatahi Māori from turning to crime, but it is not often talked about in the staffroom, Fullbright scholar Dr Will Flavell says.

The former secondary school teacher and Henderson-Massey Local Board member has just released the findings of his research into the connection between the schooling experiences of rangatahi Māori and their involvement in the criminal justice system.....
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Willie Jackson a reluctant candidate for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti?
Willie Jackson has confirmed Labour Party supporters have approached him to stand in the Māori electorate of Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.

The seat is currently held by Meka Whaitiri who resigned from Labour earlier this month to become an independent. She will contest Ikaroa-Rāwhiti for Te Pāti Māori at the October elections.....
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Trust seeks support for Māori inequity in Queenstown
A Queenstown charity is seeking funding to address racial inequities in the region, which the group's chief executive says impairs mana whenua progress.

The Mana Tāhuna Charitable Trust works to remove barriers to essential services, jobs and food security. It's now seeking an annual grant of $50,000 from the Queenstown council to cover its operating costs.....
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StatsNZ goes into overdrive to lift Māori participation for the final Census mile
Warriors tickets and kai vouchers are just two of the carrots Stats NZ has employed to entice the final group of people who have not yet filled out their Census 2023....
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Waikato council unveils twin king portraits
Waikato District Council has unveiled new side-by-side portraits of the Maaori King, Kiingi Tūheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII and the British King, King Charles III to pay respect to both leaders.

In a ceremony held on Friday, Councillors revealed the new portraits to celebrate the reign of both kings.

Waikato District Council has unveiled new side-by-side portraits of the Maaori King, Kiingi Tūheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII and the British King, King Charles III to pay respect to both leaders.

In a ceremony held on Friday, Councillors revealed the new portraits to celebrate the reign of both kings.

“…Aotearoa’s own Kiingi Tūheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII who presides over tangata whenua, the indigenous people of Aotearoa, and King Charles III who presides over 14 sovereign countries,” said Waikato District Mayor, Jacqui Church.....
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Pouākani interest in Mercury hydro dams acknowledged
The Pouākani Claims Trust is celebrating a High Court judgement that Section 27 B memorials be added to the titles on easements held by Mercury Energy for the hydro lakes at Maraetai and Whakamaru on the Waikato River.

Justice Churchman found the memorials acknowledging the customary interests of claimants were part of the transfer of the transfer of electricity generation assets under the State Owned Enterprises Act 1986.....
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Tikanga argument run in deportation case
Immigration consultant John Delamere says he receives many inquiries from Indian men who have started families with Maori women and then face deportation for overstaying.

He has told an Immigration & Protection Tribunal those deportations are now unlawful because the Immigration Act and immigration policy doesn’t taken tikanga Māori into account....
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Act fires up over Labour refusal to define mātauranga Māori in RMA replacement legislation
Government MPs have voted down an Act plan to define mātauranga Māori in upcoming legislation, during a fiery exchange at the environment select committee.

MPs from Labour and the Greens voted against a proposal by Act MP Simon Court, which aimed to incorporate a definition of mātauranga Māori in the Natural and Built Environment Bill (NBE bill), one of the key bills designed to replace the Resource Management Act (RMA).

“Mātauranga Māori is a central element of the NBE bill. It is something councils must take account of when considering development proposals but how do you take account of something when you don’t know what it means?” Court, the party’s environment spokesperson, said on Tuesday.....
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Luxon's familiar issue: Another awkward week struggling with Māori politics

National's Tama Potaka takes Simeon Brown for korero over Te Reo road signs as Māori MPs break party line

Investment into Māori apprentices has turned around Maori unemployment  

Wednesday May 31, 2023 

Hamilton City Council Māngai Māori positions approved for another term 
Hamilton City Council (HCC) will continue to have appointed Māngai Māori (voice of Māori) representatives with speaking and voting rights on council committees.

The council introduced five Māngai Māori in 2018 to represent iwi and mātā waka (Māori living in Hamilton affiliated with iwi outside of Waikato-Tainui’s rohe) on all council committees.

Following a review of this model, the council has voted to reduce the number of Māngai Māori to three. They will also only sit and vote on three council committees.

The 2022 election saw two Māori Ward councillors, Melaina Huaki and Moko Tauariki, elected for the first time to Hamilton City Council bringing the number of the city’s elected members to a new total of 15.

The election of Huaki and Tauariki means that even though the number of appointed Māngai Māori has been reduced, there will still be five Māori voices around the table....
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Voting opens in Waipa Māori Ward by-election
Waipā governance manager Jo Gread said Council needed to act quickly to fill the vacant seat, ensuring better representation was achieved around the table for Waipā.

“This councillor will be the voice for Māori in our community and with that brings a great responsibility and opportunity to shape our district. The establishment of the Māori ward ensures Māori will have a voice, leading to fairer representation around our Council table.....
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Wahine Māori appointed chief executive of Te Kura correspondence school
Te Rina Leonard​ has been appointed as the new chief executive of the country’s largest school, Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, formerly The Correspondence School.

Leonard (Ngāi Te Rangi​, Ngāti Ranginui​, Ngāti Rangiwewehi​, Ngāti Whakaue​, Ngāti Raukawa​) is the first Māori woman to be appointed as chief executive at Te Kura, which celebrated its centenary last year.

“Te Kura is uniquely placed to be a powerful catalyst for change in our education system,” she said....
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Young voters key to Māori Party strategy
The Māori Party is counting on a strong turnout from young voters in the October election.

Party president John Tamihere says it’s lining up further candidates, including one in Tukituki to support the run of former Labur MP Meka Whaitiri in Ikaroa Rawhiti.

It’s also lining up its campaign platforms – mana Māori motuhake, military neutrality, closing the inequality and equity gap by taxing the wealthy, protecting the taiao and ensuring money for Māori outcomes is spent through Māori firms and organisations.....
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Auckland Council backs down on Māori Outcomes role demotion
A controversial proposal made by Auckland Council that would have seen the only role dedicated to Māori outcomes demoted, has been revoked.

The nuts and bolts of the proposal included the disestablishment of Tumuaki Huanga Māori (director of Māori outcomes) and new reporting lines for the Ngā Mātārae team to a new general manager of Māori outcomes.

“As a result of feedback, Ngā Mātārae will remain as a stand-alone directorate with the Tumuaki Huanga Māori reporting to the Chief Executive,” Auckland Council Chief Executive Jim Stabback said.

“We received compelling feedback that recommended our obligations as partners under Te Tiriti o Waitangi are better served if we retain Ngā Mātārae as a directorate, within the organisational structure.”....
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Normalisation of te reo Māori pushed across the board
The government's Māori language strategy, Maihi Karauna, is normalising the use of te reo across 200 ministries and agencies overseen by the Māori Language Commission.

The Māori language is encouraged in some workplaces, with the IRD, Corrections and Education ministries paying their staff more if they speak Māori, and a majority of the government bodies looking to embrace the language.

Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori chief executive Ngahiwi Apanui says the Crown has a duty to uphold the status of the Treaty......
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Tūkorehe Marae hosts NZTE trade delegation of staff from around the world
Tūkorehe Marae has hosted an international delegation of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) staff, based around the world, who are helping raise the profile of New Zealand and especially that of Māori businesses.

They are introduced to the country and its peoples and shown how they can help improve business for New Zealand businesses around the world. They learn about the Treaty of Waitangi and the historical grievances and how that has affected various iwi, they talk about Māori investment and the Māori economy and are shown the value of the Māori asset base, which is primarily in primary industries, including forestry and fisheries.....
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Decision To Extend Screen Production Grant Eligibility "win, Win, Win"
NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho are thrilled with the change to the NZ Screen Production Grant (NZSPG) settings, which will now make domestic projects with international ambitions able to apply for the NZSPG alongside NZ On Air or Te Māngai Pāho funding.

“Extending the scope of the Screen Production Grant to allow projects that have Te Māngai Pāho funding to participate will provide greater opportunities for Māori content creators and Māori content,” says Parr.....
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What New Zealand's proposed bilingual signs look like
Public consultation has opened for the proposed bilingual traffic signs that could be on Aotearoa New Zealand's roads soon.

They said there is evidence that bilingual signs, bilingual traffic signs, and similar initiatives have wide-ranging benefits, including safety enhancement, tourism promotion, language protection, cultural enhancement, and enhanced social cohesion.

Te Mātāwai board co-chair Reikura Kahi said last week that using te reo Māori on traffic signs will help ensure the language is visible at a community level where whānau live and play and its mana is affirmed and recognised.

"Affirming the status of te reo and enabling community engagement are critical drivers of language revitalisation so we celebrate this moment," Kahi said.

"Bilingual signage is an important step towards affirming the indigenous status of te reo Māori in Aotearoa.....
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Five Māori high school students soar high with academic scholarship
The academic dreams of five Māori high school students from across the country are one step closer to reality thanks to the Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship.

The winners of the 2023 scholarship will each gain access to personalised support and education services worth up to $25,000.

The Te Ara a Kupe Beaton Scholarship was founded by Crimson Education, and aimed to support Māori high school students to gain admission to top ranked universities.....
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Mike Hosking: We don't need Māori road signs


Land loss 'shattered the Māori way of life' for Horowhenua hapū

Slow down Simeon Brown – bilingual traffic signs aren’t an accident waiting to happen

National says they now do back bilingual road signs; PM accuses party of 'dog whistle'

Groundswell support for Māori governance in water sector - engineer 

Tuesday May 30, 2023 

Ngāti Toa school deal a winner 
A deal that allowed Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Incorporated to buy 40 schools in the Porirua and wider Wellington catchment has won the debt deal of the year award at this year’s Institute of Finance Professionals awards.

The deal involved about 144 hectares, making the iwi the largest landlord of the Ministry of Education.

The judges say the winning transaction solved a capital market holy grail in monetising government cash flows, while also mitigating interest rate risk.

It also provided an intergenerational solution that may serve as a precedent for similar treaty settlement outcomes......
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Water industry backs Māori input
A Māori water sector engineer says last week’s Stormwater Conference in Auckland revealed broad support for the Government’s rejigged Affordable Waters reforms – including the continuing presence of Māori at the governance level.

“Throughout the conference, there was a very strong need and want from those in attendance around te mana to te wai, making sure we value matauranga Maori in the stormwater space and water space, also a lot of korero around co-design, co-governance – in fact even talking more widely around how co-governance shouldn’t be co-governance but really should be just good governance based on Te Tiriti,” he says.....
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Ruapehu District Council and Ngāti Rangi enter new chapter with signing of relationship agreement
A new chapter in the relationship between the Ruapehu District Council and iwi Ngāti Rangi has begun with the signing of a new relationship agreement.

The agreement established a framework for a co-operative and collaborative future between the two groups, they said.

Ruapehu Mayor Weston Kirton said the signing solidified a joint commitment to work together for the betterment of the community.....
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Bilingual road signs long overdue
Te reo Māori advocacy body Te Mātāwai says bilingual road signs will continue the drive towards normalising the Māori language in this country.

Waka Kotahi is consulting on 94 proposed signs, but National’s transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says they will be confusing, and National would ditch them.

Te Mātāwai co-chair Reikura Kahi says the new signs, which would be installed when existing signs are damaged or wear out, include tūnga pahi or bus stop, and Te Ara Puaki for Expressway.

She says Aotearoa is long overdue for bilingual signage....
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Tamihere unveils seat first strategy
Māori Party president John Tamihere says Labour would be better off ceding some of the Māori seats and going hard for the party vote.

He says there won’t be the Covid-fueled red tide of the last election, so Maori voters can be more strategic.

The Maori Party wants Labour to lead the next Government with its support, because the alternative would be a catastrophe for Maori.....
See full article HERE

Te Pou and pūoro get arts revitalisation putea

The Centre for New Zealand Music Trust it to get up to $1.2 million from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund for a range of Māori and Pacific projects......
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Refusal To Define Mātauranga Māori Will Create Red Tape And Delay
At today’s Environment Select Committee, Labour and Green Party members voted down a proposal from ACT MP Simon Court to include a definition of mātauranga Māori in the Natural and Built Environment Bill (NBE Bill), one of the two Bills which replace the RMA.

“Mātauranga Māori is a central element of the NBE Bill. It is something that Councils must take account of when considering development proposals, but how do you take account of something when you don’t know what it means?” Asks ACT Environment Spokesperson, Simon Court.....
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Corrections 'urgently' pulling prison officer ad after racism complaints
A recruitment ad for prison officers is being pulled off buses after it was labelled racist and offensive.

The ad, which was on buses in Waikato and Bay of Plenty, asked candidates to “become the change for our Waikato whānau”.

It features a Māori woman in prison officer uniform with the words, “Join today, change tomorrow”.

Corrections said the ad was “urgently being removed” after a complaint, and the organisation has apologised to Waikato-Tainui.....
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National claims no issue with Te Reo on road signs, but says they should be 'nice-to-have'
National claims it has no issue with te reo Māori on traffic signs, but believes they should be in the "nice-to-have category" with the focus instead on "fixing potholes and upgradings our roads".

Bishop later said National had "no issue with bilingualism", but didn't believe it should be a priority for the NZTA or where resources are going when the agency should instead be focused on fixing potholes and upgrading roads.

"I would put the bilingualism into the nice-to-have category rather than a must-do-immediately category," Bishop said......
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Time Is Up

Monday May 29, 2023 

Iwi calls for more funding to retrofit cold, damp homes 
A significant number of whānau from a Taranaki iwi are struggling to heat their homes and living in the cold, says Ngāti Maru's chief executive.

Anaru Marshall told a Reducing Energy Hardship conference in New Plymouth this week the iwi ran a housing retro-fit programme and staff saw whānau on a daily basis using as little energy as possible.

"We're coming across whānau using the bare minimum of energy, simply because the cost of it is too high, and if they are not going to divert funds from feeding their families, they're gonna go cold, so that's what happens," Marshall said.....
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Stuart Smith: NZ Law Society and the ToW

Māori data is a taonga

50 reasons there are no Māori in your science department 

Sunday May 28, 2023 

Whakatōhea And The Crown Sign Deed Of Settlement 
A Deed of Settlement has been signed between Whakatōhea and the Crown, 183 years to the day since Whakatōhea rangatira signed the Treaty of Waitangi, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced.

“The signing of this Deed of Settlement follows three decades of negotiations between Whakatōhea and the Crown and marks the beginning of a new relationship based on trust, co-operation and partnership as was intended 183 years ago,” Andrew Little said.

The Deed includes a Crown apology, agreed historical account, and financial and cultural redress for historical breaches of the Treaty that caused harm to Whakatōhea.

The redress package includes

* The reservation of 5,000 hectares of marine space for aquaculture - a first in Treaty settlements to date

* More than $100-million financial, cultural, and commercial redress

* The transfer of 33 sites of cultural significance, bespoke natural resource and conservation arrangements

* Relationship agreements with core Crown agencies...
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Release Of Te Kāhui Raraunga/Data Iwi Leaders Group Māori Data Governance Model
Stats NZ welcomes the release of the Māori Data Governance Model, which has been endorsed by the Iwi Chairs Forum. The model makes a significant contribution - setting a vision for the future of the data system.

Data is integral to good decision-making and planning, resource allocation, and improvements to services that lead to better outcomes for Māori, Iwi and Hapū

“We are increasingly seeing iwi and Māori organisations take the lead in providing services like education, health, social services and housing, and responding to crises and events. There is a need to ensure that iwi and Māori have the data they need to play this role, as well as ensuring that data can inform iwi and Māori based initiatives, empower iwi and Māori organisations in their decision making, and enable self-determination and development.....
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Lindsay Mitchell: Article Four Activism

National need to ‘go back to school’ over bilingual sign criticism says Māori Party 

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Robert Arthur said...

Prseumably/hopefully the Maori Data Governca Model will accurately record just where the money goes/went. no mean aspiration.

Anonymous said...

Maori Road signs and protecting Maori language????? Maori had neither roads nor signs. Any language around such things is made up. It is fake Maori.
Knowledgeable estimates are that Maori had around 700 - 800 words all that was necessary for a Stone Age people. The words would have reflected their way of life - including transport which was by foot or by canoe.
Yes , languages change and develop but there is a big difference to organic development eg the word television to describe a new technology; as opposed to contrived development eg mimicking English such as kawhe for coffee or using odd imagery such as pouaka whakaata for television ie mirror box. It of course begs the question of whether Maori had mirrors - they did not have the technology to make metal or glass mirrors.
So saving the language?

Robert Arthur said...

Re 29th.I am very sceptical of the warm dry house thing. I suspect it has been formulated by lobbyists to support a huge industry in insulation, heat pumps, new houses etc etc. Generations have been brought up in without the chronic problems claimed today. And it was colder then. Of houses I have owned and lived in two were cold and damp but only when tenanted. Their habits were the problem. I would like to see the budget breakdowns of those who always cry poor. I suspect I spend less than most of them. There is little emphasis on ventilating homes, choice of clothing etc. The open plan housing of last many decades is much of the problem. And sedentary home life. We are dumping at a great rate state houses with small easy to heat rooms. For a race brought up in earth floor whares it is surprising that maori desire to depart so far from te ao and tikanga and live in super heated luxury.

Anonymous said...

Apropos the heatpumps, there was a recent obituary of one Douglas Mudgway, who, as a very notable aerospace engineer, worked with the late, great, William Pickering, of JPL/NASA fame.

Coming from poverty, it was recalled that Douglas's parents shifted to Upper Hutt (after losing their Auckland home during the Great Depression) so as to give him the best possible chance of education at Wellington College. Their new home had no toilet, bathroom or hotwater. And yet, by dint of hard work and innate intelligence he ended up managing Moon, Mars and Jupiter space missions. So, yes, a warm healthy home is a nice to have, but it doesn't prevent people from achieving extraordinary things or living decent lives and one can't help feeling some hardship assists in building character and a desire to do better.

Robert Arthur said...

re 30th. I trust the rents for the school propertirs sold to maori will be determined by some formula beyond maori control. Otherwise any attempt to say moderate stone age maori twddle teaching will be met with a rental penalty .

It seems that as with so many meetings nowadays, the Stormwater Conference spent much of its time not pondering floodwater control but discussing maori involvement. As if they have something vital to offer which ordinary thinking folk and engineers do not. One difference is that much maori involvement is paid for, encouraging the urge to be in.

ACT's Simon Court is on the button in criticising inclusion of undefined matauranga in the Natural Built Environment Bill. Matauranga has devolved from traditional established maori knowledge to latest maori views, and to ahve these open ended in any legislation is courting chaos. it is incredible that others doid not vote against. Yet another bit of careless legislation which will bedevil NZ in the future.

Anonymous said...

In re the Ngati Toa School deal winner - this was an unmitigated rort, and if the deal had been offered to the public, one would have been killed in the rush! It's truly a disgraceful backroom deal. Ngati Toa have done the deal of the century at the taxpayer's expense. We will truly be paying for this one forever more.

Ray S said...

Re 29th
Why is it that all problems can be solved by having government step up and deal to them.
Case in point, Tainui are the second wealthiest tribe in the country. Their "charities" pay no tax and are rolling in cash reserves. Yet apart from a few at the top, their people get little or no help from the tribe.

While I have no wish to see anybody suffer through poor housing, I decry my taxes being used to better tribal members when the tribe has the resources to remedy the problems within.

Robert Arthur said...

Re 31st. I am staggered that the Hamilton Council has apparently succeeded in reducing its number of race based advisers without a stoush. Possibly prospects are so burdened with paid external consultation that the tedium of council involvement is not worth the effort.
The opposite of Auckand Council wheer an apparent attempt to reduce the autonomy of the in house pro maori advocacy group has failed.
Remarkably, on The Platform, Chris Finlayson opined that as the Crown signed the Treaty, the obligations to meet the principles (whatever these might be) is confined to the Crown and does not extend to councils, firms etc....

A maori in charge of the Correspondence school as now inevitable does not bode well for all those home schoolers who are doing so largely to escape the tyranny of te reo and maori twaddle generally.

Of the students who received generous race based a money awards it would be interesting to know what subjects they excelled in. Hopefully not mostly te reo and Maori Studies, although doubtless US universities can provide woke subjects befitting.

Robert Arthur said...

I overlooked that IRD, Corrections and Education Ministries pay staff more if they speak te reo. Unbelievable. Certainly a case for in Corrections so staff can understand plotters, although a te reo ban with penalties would do. Also facilitates an unfortunately cosy raltionship with inmates. As fro IRD it is now near impossible to speak to them in any language. (The onus is entirely on the taxpayer to understand the system. IRD apparently see no obligation to assist; not even with publications.)

Robert Arthur said...

Re 1st. It is inconceiveable that anyone other than doggedly self interested maori would vot for recogntion of un defined matauranga in any legislation. May as well pass a clause stating that all must do as maori dictate. The vague Priniples have created huge problems; recogntion of matauranga (and te ao, and tikanga etc ) vastly extends the problem. Non maori MPs seem incapable of learning from slovenly careless legislation from th past.

Anonymous said...

re 1st. The study by Will Flavell of a mere 5 students re the connection between school experience and life outcome is absurd. These youngsters have learned to recite standard responses. I did reasonably well at school but looking back my trades background parents were not placed to give very relevant advice. A few simple comments by teachers at appropriate times would likely have inproved my performance immensely. But I would have been receptive. Not brainwashed to reject all as colonist influence. The teacher might have acquird soem satisfaction, not rejected as a colonist meddleror missioanary . Unless streamed How are teachers with large clases of a myriad abilities expected to handle individuals as time consuming unique cases?

Robert Arthur said...

re 3rd. It is incredible how layer upon layer of maori pandering is heaped on the public with next to no counter argument. For ordinary not totally independent working age folks and business owners, such is the fear of cancellation. A fact fully grasped and exploited to the full by maori. The guidelines for school boards the latest. They supposed to promote local tikanga maori, matauranga maori and te ao maori. None of which defined or, as maori take care to ensure, definable. Adding the word local means that some few obscure limited ability maori, who often take no constructive role in school affairs, can call the shots. If I joined a school board it would be largely to ensure emphasis on time wasting maori twaddle was reducedwith a view to improving real world outcomes for all. Would I now be debarred? If the task requires having to listen to endless protracted maori twaddle, sprinkled with te reo and tedious custom procedure, much in maori time, from some obscure local maori of no notable accomplishment, then very many able time poor candidates will pass the task. Thus maori will gain yet more control and NZ will sink yet further back into the stone age.

$15 million of mostly state money for a race based, subversive, maori political propaganda hub, feasting venue, social club, "music" group (kapahaka), aggressive violence training centre (haka) is preposterous. There are innumerable clubs and organisations providing real constructive non political services and making a significant contribution to general well being and mental health for a wide range of persons on a non race basis. Most of these are very heavily reliant on membership fees. Marae were used by Moana Jackson and fellow conspirators to spread the "imagining decolonisation" mantra which I maintain has much to do with the current maori contempt for conventional colonist derived education, law, and civilised behavioural norms. (embracing ram raiders)

The Auditor General bewails the lack of reporting of outcomes from a batch of public funded maori aid organisations. Get used to it AG. Few of the persons involved possess the ability to spend the money efficiently or to figure how to assess outcome. (If maori at the lower levels generally were well interspersed with capable persons, they would not need the endless support.) And they have no desire to develop the skill, as with poor or no return reliably authenticated, the gravy train might stop.