Saturday, July 29, 2023

Breaking Views Update: Week of 23.07.23

Saturday July 29, 2023 

Te Māngai Pāho And NZ On Air Announce $3m In Co-funding Support Of Māori Regional News Hubs

Irirangi Te Motu | NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho (TMP) have confirmed four recipients of funding as part of a co-fund to provide continued support to Māori Regional News Hubs, an initiative providing collaborative news services across 11 Iwi radio stations.

NZ On Air’s Public Interest Journalism Fund (PIJF), which finished allocating funds at the end of June this year, had previously earmarked $3million to support this initiative – to be administered by TMP in the 2023/24 financial year.

In 2020, Te Māngai Pāho was allocated new funding for regional stories and based on the success of the regional collaborations created with that initial seed funding, in Budget 2022 Te Māngai Pāho was allocated a further $10 million over two years to continue and expanded its regional Māori news initiative.

The PIJF contribution builds on approximately $19.5m it has already allocated to support Māori public interest journalism outcomes......
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Eight Māori seat unlikely
But instead, most of the total 506-thousand-and-99 Maori voters chose to stick with their existing choices – with the Maori Roll enjoying a slim lead of about 13-thousand voters.

You know we’re probably going to end up with the same number of Maori seats in parliament – when the boundaries are next re-drawn. There’s maybe a slight chance we’ll get an 8th seat, but we’re not going to get to the 15 or 16 we’d get if every Maori voter chose to go on the Maori roll.....
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The taste of Māori food reaches new heights
Air New Zealand is introducing what it calls ‘flavours of Aotearoa’ in its new on-board menu and includes foods Māori have traditionally used for centuries.

Air NZ chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty says this introduction of Māori food onto the menu is one that will help Air New Zealand stand out in in-flight cuisine.....
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Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi as defined by the Waitangi Tribunal  

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Friday July 28, 2023 

High Court rules 3-year-old Northland child is Māori, but dad disagrees 
The High Court has ruled a 3-year-old girl is Māori, while her father says she isn’t.

Oranga Tamariki (OT) sought legal resolution to a dispute with the girl’s parent after there was a disagreement over who should care for her.

Aperahama Kerepeti-Edwards told the hearing that whakapapa is not a question of choice.

“When a child is born they are part of a kinship system that has been in place mai rānō [since long ago],” he said.

“The authority to decide the whakapapa of a person does not sit with parents. We do not think in those terms in tikanga Māori......
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Taranaki Whanui bring pou to seat of power
MPs and Ministers joined with Taranaki Whanui before dawn for the unveiling of two pou erected in front of Parliament’s steps.

Minister Nanaia Mahuta says the pou and symbolic waharoa acknowledges the desire by Te Atiawa to restore the mauri of the area after last year’s violent anti-government protests......
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Taranaki iwi band together to help uri gain contracts and jobs
Three of Taranaki’s smaller iwi have banded together in a contracting consortium to tender for commercial and government work on behalf of members.

Te Tāmoremorenui is a commercial entity set up by Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Mutunga and Ngāti Tama with an initial focus on planting, forestry and conservation.....
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Māori-led Group Applies For Interim Injunction To Stop Tūpuna Maunga Authority From Felling Trees At Ōtāhuhu Mt Richmond
The Authority has indicated it will continue with the felling regardless, so further protect action is planned at the maunga tomorrow morning.....
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Napier City Council Māori wards decision process starts in September
The Napier City Council is set to start the process of deciding how many Māori ward members it will have after the 2025 Local Elections and whether it will need a rare increase in the total number at the council table.....
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Te Party Māori Propose Radical Tax Reforms
“Our tax system is doing exactly what it was designed to do: take money from the poor and give it to the rich” said Te Pāti Māori co-leader Rawiri Waititi.

“The richest 10% now own half the wealth in this country, while the poorest half owns a mere 2%. On top of that, average people in Aotearoa are paying 20.2% in tax while the wealthy are only pay 9.4%. It's time we rectified this imbalance” said Waititi......
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More on the above here > Te Pāti Māori Tax Policy Would Ruin New Zealand

Advice not worth spit to Corrections
Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says Corrections -Ara Poutama is only paying lip service to his recommendations, and it’s failing in its Te Tiriti obligations to recognise the dignity and mana of Māori.

In his latest monitoring report Judge Boshier is calling for the immediate ban of the use of spit hoods – especially on younger and more vulnerable inmates.

Judge Boshier says he’s seen little evidence Corrections is trying to do better for Maori, and its leadership and culture need to be overhauled.....
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Cultural reports expose system gaps
Justice reform advocate Sir Kim Workman says cultural reports are a way for judges to know of important factors when sentencing Māori, including mental health issues.

ACT’s David Seymour claims the section 27 reports are an expensive waste of money that do nothing to reduce crime or help victims, and National’s justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says a National Government would cut their funding....
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Thursday July 27, 2023 

Climate Connect Aotearoa Launches Initiative To Embed te Ao Māori In Climate Innovation 
Today, Climate Connect Aotearoa, a hub for collaborative climate innovation, is launching He Kete Mātauranga, a new knowledge space dedicated to embedding te ao Māori within climate discussions.

Translating as ‘basket of knowledge’, He Kete Mātauranga is a new hub within the Climate Connect Aotearoa website containing information on Māori knowledge systems and frameworks in relation to climate change. It connects businesses, communities and organisations with Māori-led climate resources to build capability, share insights and support climate action in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, as well as across Aotearoa New Zealand.

He Kete Mātauranga will also assist non-Māori businesses and organisations to explore and understand the value and importance of the perspective of te ao Māori, the Māori worldview, in their climate change response.....
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ACC introduces kaupapa Māori navigation services
ACC has launched a new free kaupapa Māori support service, aimed at assisting Māori clients in managing their service claims with ACC.

ACC’s deputy chief executive, Amanda Malu, says working with Māori organisations to jointly design the Kaupapa Māori Navigation Service, is a strategy which recognises Māori expertise and guarantees Māori clients will receive support in a culturally appropriate way.....
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Iwi leader wants hate speech action
Kahungunu chair Bayden Barber wants police to shut down Julian Batchelor’s Stop Co-Governance roadshow.

Police ordered Monday’s meeting in Havelock North to close early when the number of protesters outside topped the number in the hall.

Mr Barber says his runanga encouraged the protest.

“We don’t want this korero coming out into our community. We see it as totally divisive, racist, bordering on hate speech to our people, our culture.....
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Māori at high risk of hospital harm
Māori over 50 are significantly more likely to be hospitalised for treatment injuries or other health care complications.

Dr Joanna Hikaka says in that time there were 300 treatment injury patients and almost 14,000 people admitted with other complications.

Dr Hikaka says Maori were a third more likely than non-Maori to be admitted to with treatment injuries… and 43 percent more likely to be admitted because of healthcare complications.....
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University pass rates lowest since 2014
Ministry of Education figures showed universities' course completion rates dropped from a high of 89 percent in 2020 to 86 percent last year, the lowest rate since 2014.

For Pacific students the figure was 69 percent, but annual reports showed it fell by as much as nine or 10 percentage points at some universities to sit as low as 61 percent.

Māori students' pass rate was 80 percent and annual reports indicated it had fallen at about double the rate of non-Māori, non-Pacific students since 2020.....
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Mike Hosking: The Govt's race relations have left us more divided

Gary Judd KC: Tikanga is not law

Māori MPs rally behind Kiri Allan, say pressure is more intense for Māori in power

Labour Party remains committed to supporting wāhine Māori into leadership, Nanaia Mahuta says 

Wednesday July 26, 2023 

Thousands jump rolls ahead of October election 
Thousands of people have taken up the opportunity to change electoral rolls in the lead-up to October’s general election.

The moves follow a tweak to the Electoral Legislation Bill in November last year, which let’s Māori change rolls at any time, and as many times as necessary, except in the three month period prior to a general election.

14,587 changed rolls, with some 8,109 moving from the general roll to the Māori roll, and 6,478 from the Māori roll to the general roll.

There were 2,133 new enrolments on the Māori roll and 1,108 new enrolments on the general roll, according to the commission.

“We’re now in that 3-month period when you can’t change between the Māori and general rolls before the election,” says Karl Le Quesne, Chief Electoral Officer.....
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Fiery scenes, arrests at Heretaunga anti co-governance meeting
The situation escalated when the number of protesters on Heretaunga St West swelled to over 100, prompting police to form a barricade.

Inspector Dean Clifford expressed concerns about the gathering becoming unsafe, leading to the early termination of the meeting.

“Police were monitoring the event due to expected protest activity. A number of people were trespassed from the premises and two people were arrested.” Inspector Clifford said.

“Charges have not been laid at this stage and police inquiries into the matter are continuing,”

Eyewitnesses reported that the meeting was disrupted from the outset, with a minority of protesters entering the venue.

One claimed that a woman at the meeting had thrown Batchelor’s laptop, triggering an altercation where the woman was allegedly assaulted.

A video on social media showed the moment the laptop was thrown to the ground, and Batchelor shoving the woman away, saying, “Don’t touch my equipment.”....
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Government push to pass three waters law before election; LGNZ bemoans rush
As Parliament enters the last few weeks before the election the local government lobby group is criticising the amount of time allowed to submit feedback on upcoming water reform legislation, with the agency saying it was ‘disappointed’.

Local Government Minister and MP for Wairarapa Kieran McAnulty said the timeframe reflected the government’s intention to pass all legislation related to water reform before Parliament rose at the end of August.....
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Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to hold karakia and blessing at site of Auckland fatal shooting
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei will hold a karakia and blessing on Thursday morning, at the site of the fatal shooting in Auckland's CBD.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei deputy chair Ngarimu Blair said the karakia would clear and reset the space for normal use, while also providing an opportunity for those close to the tragedy to grieve their loss, and for those who live and work in the CBD a chance to reflect on what has happened.

Blair said it was the continuation of a role that the iwi had held for centuries.....
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Wāhine Māori unite in questioning Parliament culture, support
Concerns have been raised over whether enough support is being given to wāhine Māori in Parliament following Kiritapu Allan's downfall.

Te Pāti Māori co-leader Debbie-Ngarewa Packer spoke out on this, saying this isn't the first time wāhine Māori have not been looked after in Parliament.

"We've got a whole history… of wāhine Māori that have come into this place and haven't been looked after."....
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Mike Hosking: This Government has lost the room

My message to Māori: We're allowed to be collectively, individually imperfect

The Māori in Me: What’s it like to be Māori and mixed-race?

Tangata Whenua Response To “stop Co-governance Tour” In The Hawke’s Bay 

Tuesday July 25, 2023 

Historic property case could have wide ripples 
Kerensa Johnston is due to be heading to court shortly to battle for the country's oldest property claim – the Nelson Tenths – but she’d rather the Crown came to the table.

The Nelson Tenths reserves refer to the 10% of land, some 15,100 acres, that the New Zealand Company agreed to reserve in the Nelson region for the Māori customary landowners in the 1840s, an agreement that was never upheld.

In addition, their papakāinga (homes and villages), wāhi tapu (sacred areas) and cultivation lands were to be excluded from settlement.

But instead, less than 3,000 acres were reserved and protected.

In 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that the Crown had a legal duty to reserve the customary Tenths, and directed the parties back to the High Court to determine the extent of the Crown’s breaches, remedies and any Crown defences....
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Critical role of school boards highlighted
Today, members voted in favor of a name change for NZSTA, to reflect both its commitment to te reo Māori, and the terminology of the Education and Training Act 2020, which changed the term ‘school trustee’ to ‘board member’. NZSTA will rebrand to Te Whakarо̄putanga Kaitiaki Kura O Aotearoa - the New Zealand School Boards Association (NZSBA)!.....
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Govt's 'Appropriate Review Costing Māori Millions: Te Taumata
The Government appears to be standing behind a botched Emission Trading Scheme review, despite the process contributing to millions of dollars of losses for local Iwi.

“Forestry is one of the most significant economic assets for Māori, which the Government fully understood before embarking on this process,” says Chris Insley. “In particular, participation in the carbon economy through the ETS – established as the key platform for Aotearoa’s climate action – represents a $16 billion economic opportunity for Māori.”....
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Maramataka 2023 Celebrates Rongoā Māori Wisdom And Cultural Heritage
Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti, in collaboration with the Rongoā Collective of the Ā.R.T. Confederation, is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated launch of Maramataka 2023.

Maramataka is a comprehensive system of time that introduces the principles of the Māori lunar calendar, providing invaluable insights into living in accordance with the traditional wisdom and practices of the taiao – nature.

Pou Rongoā Sharlene Maoate-Davis says the Maramataka aims to empower individuals, whānau and communities with a unique Rongoā Māori approach to life and wellbeing.....
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Commission Reports On Progress Toward Tino Rangatiratanga
Te Kāhui Tika Tangata Human Rights Commission has filed a mixed report card to the United Nations on Aotearoa New Zealand’s commitment to the realisation of Indigenous rights.

The Commission also highlighted to the UN its concerns over the actions of the New Zealand Parliament in December last year, when it passed legislation to remove Wairarapa Moana Incorporation’s rights to seek the return of their lands, territories, and resources.

However, as Māori have consistently maintained, and as was concluded by the Waitangi Tribunal, Māori sovereignty was never ceded under Te Tiriti.

Rather, Māori leaders agreed to a constitutional relationship where they and the Crown would have equal, but independent spheres of influence.....
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More on the above here > Human Rights Commission gives NZ mixed report card on indigenous rights at UN

Māori face higher treatment injuries, hospital care complications- study
Māori in New Zealand are a third more likely to be admitted to hospitals with healthcare treatment injuries and 43 per cent more likely to be admitted due to healthcare complications than non-Māori, according to recent research.....
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Waitangi Tribunal not working for Māori says Winston
He says the four major things of New Zealand First’s campaign are what Māori want but are being ignored on – affordable housing, access to healthcare, education and first world wages.

The Party want’s the Waitangi Tribunal abolished with Winston Peters saying it’s not working properly as it revisits past unresolved issues....
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Transformational changes needed in youth justice
Lady Moxon says “Māori need the ability, the resources and the power to look after our own, work with our own and in our own way. That’s what we need, by Māori for Māori solutions. That’s what we’ve been calling for, for a very long time. No one is listening because the state has had all this control for so long, and it’s a mess”....
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Section 27 cultural reports are rotten says ACT leader
The ACT Party leader David Seymour has attacked Section 27 cultural reports as creating “a fast-growing cottage industry in getting criminals softer sentences”, but has done nothing to reduce crime or help victims.

Section 27 reports provide judges with extra background reports on offenders prior to sentencing – with justice experts saying that social, cultural or economic deprivation should be taken into account – without absolving them of wrongdoing or the actual commission of an offence.

But David Seymour says the whole system of section 27 cultural reports is rotten, and ACT will end it. He says their cost, in the 12 months to June 30 this year, jumped from $5.91m to $7.56m – and that money could be better used elsewhere.....
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Bruce Moon: Alas, Simone…

Graham Adams: Hipkins betrays Three Waters promise

Peter Williams: Is there no end to the waste?

Shaneel Lal: English and te reo Māori bilingual signs are here to stay,

Matariki ‘star knowledge’ is for all who call New Zealand home

Maori lived harmoniously, they hadcollective kaitiakitanga for the whenua in their territory and everyone worked together to protectand sustain whenua for future generations;....  

Sunday July 23, 2023 

Waikato-Tainui and Crown sign major new housing development deal 
Representatives of the Waikato-Tainui and the Government have signed an agreement to build an affordable rental housing complex that includes 250 houses.

The initiative is part of the Hopuhopu Innovation Hub and a direct response to the housing crisis, says Waikato-Tainui’s general manager of oranga and housing, Marae Tukere.

Tukere says the iwi wants to provide homes to tribal members who need housing stability while fostering a positive community environment.

“This is significant because this is a really big investment between the Crown and us as the iwi in response to the housing crisis.”....
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DoC paying bonus of up to $3500 a year for civil servants’ Māori language proficiency
The Department of Conservation (DoC) has agreed to pay its staff a novel bonus of up to $3500 a year for Māori language skills, starting next year.....(Herald paywall)
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More on the above here > Broke Department Of Conservation Must Scrap Māori Language Bonuses

Dipping into Matariki celebrations
On the blustery early morning of July 14 in Paetūmōkai Featherston, a special ceremony was held for this year’s Matariki – the unveiling of a pou, which in te reo Māori means a post used to define a boundary.

This particular pou honours a 19th century Māori chief and, appropriately, one of his descendants, artist Edward Riwai, was instrumental in its contemporary design....
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NZ First conference: Party members vote to scrap Waitangi Tribunal, build gang-only prison
Scrapping the Waitangi Tribunal and building a prison just for gang members are among some of the policy proposals New Zealand First members have voted in favour of.

It comes as the spokeswoman of lobby group Hobson’s Pledge, Casey Costello, confirms she will run as NZ First’s candidate in the Port Waikato electorate.....
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John Robinson: The principle of the Treaty 

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Robert Arthur said...

23rd Re the housing proposal, I suppose it beats pepper potting of the 1960s which ruined whole vast suburbs like Te Atutu North (recovered at last) or spreading over a vast area on 800 m sq sections as Flaxmere. But unless they intend to open booze outlets the property owners on perimeter are in for a bleak time. Will not need to worry about a capital gains tax. Who will enforce standards? No direct colonist descended will feel safe or be accepted. And by maori for maori is unlikely to maintain a standard likely to satisfy neighbours. Recent examples in Auckland, despite the high standard of structure, are not reassuring.

Robert Arthur said...

re 27th. There is too much to comment on. But if large violent groups had been organisd to protest outside marae buildings when Motu and Jackson were touringb the country spreading the "imagine decolonisation" mantra, many of the lawlessness problems and general anti established civilised society attitudes of today could have been thwarted. But whilst the Motu/Jackson message was/is devisisve and meant to be, opposing co governance is aimed at reducing division. Unfortunately mere non trace maori do not have a network of highly subsidised social centres avilable to spread their propoganda.

Robert Arthur said...

re 26th. The karakia took place on 27th. No one has explained why. The victims were not hallowed maori. The culprit was; presumably the karakia was for him. Attended by Mayor Brown. A sure sign that despite his background and normally rational approach, the pro maori staff have gained control of him too. I presume the Council met the bill for the professional mourning party. Should I reword my will to stipulate no karakia should I be murdered downtown by some maori "imagining decolonisation".

Robert Arthur said...

Re 29th. Hopefully, but unlikley, the legacy msm will pick up on the fact that the repugnant, expensive,actions of the Tupuna Maunga Authority are the direct result of 50/50 co governace in action. A maori faction effectively has control. At the Nov 2019 hui it was directly stated that sticking it to the colonists was a motivation. Now they have upset maori as well and this time they have not been intimidated by self styled mana whenua.

Robert Arthur said...

Re 28th. Hopefully, but unlikely, the msm will pick up on the fact that the latest problems with the Tupuna Maunga Authority are the typical outcome of 50/50 co governance and the associated inevitable maori domination. Whilst at the 2019 hui it was openly stated that sticking it to the colonists was part of the motivation for controversial and very expensive actions, this time other maori, presumably not hallowed mana whenua, are miffed as the TMA, regardless of the preferences of the user public, wages war on colonist trees.

Robert Arthur said...

Re maori food, modern fare may be basically the same ingredients but I cannot imagin the earthy mere boiled taste of a hangi being the ideal treatment to attract customers at today's prices. Without metal or ceramic containers, butter, sugar, or imported oils and herbs, maori cooking methods were very limited, and the flavour ditto.