Saturday, September 23, 2023

Breaking Views Update: Week of 17.09.23

Saturday September 23, 2023 

Māori ward 'doesn't deal with racism', but a step forward

When councillors voted unanimously to establish a Māori ward, staff in the council chamber burst into waiata.

In the next local government election in 2025, those enrolled on the Māori electoral roll will be able to vote for candidates standing for the Māori ward.

While the vote was unanimous, several councillors raised questions about engagement and polling....
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Whānau Ora investment in South Island Māori more than doubles cost-benefit
Many whānau Māori in Te Waipounamu have shifted from state dependency to thriving thanks to Whānau Ora funding their business ideas, the commissioning agent says.

The South Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency – a collective of eight iwi delivering social and health services – invested $2.7 million spread across 83 Māori-led initiatives, or 5000 individuals from Nelson to Bluff.

Even the minimum impact implied an economic benefit of $2.40 for every $1 of investment, with the value of increased life satisfaction combined found to be at least $7.2m, the latest statistics show.....
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Mahuta annoyed but unfazed by Peters’ ankle tap
Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta has rejected criticism from New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters that she should be back home campaigning rather than attending the United National General Assembly.

Speaking from New York, Ms Mahuta says at Mr Peters promise to renege on this country’s commitment to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – and his position that Māori aren’t Indigenous.

“For all those reasons I reject the fact that Winston has used Māori as a political football and is now a Trojan horse for some really insipid thinking that has been fermenting out in our communities that it not conducive to creating a cohesive nation – it is creating greater division,” she says......
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More Northlanders turning to rongoā Maori to heal ACC-related injuries
Demand for traditional rongoā Maori treatments has grown in Northland following a trend of resurgence across the country.

Rongoā sessions incorporate karakia [prayer], mirimiri [body work] and rākau rongoā [natural herbal preparations] and have been offered as a rehabilitation service by ACC since June 2020.

As of August, ACC has partnered with more than 160 rongoā practitioners in New Zealand to deliver more than 49,000 sessions for 6400 clients.....
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The solution to institutional racism is 163 years old

Neill Gordon: What is co-governance? I organised a meeting to try to figure it out  

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Friday September 22, 2023 

Tikanga and the courts - Law Commission proposes changes in dealing with Maori issues 
The Law Commission is proposing an expanded role for the Maori Land Court to become a specialist court dealing with broader matters involving Maori customs, values and practices, tikanga.

It is one of the suggestions in a report, He Poutama, commissioned by the Minister of Justice in 2021, on how tikanga relates to what it calls state law – laws passed by Parliament and the common law which is principally judge-made law.

Other suggestions include:

- The High Court appointing a lay tikanga expert (pukenga) to sit alongside the judges when determining issues involving tikanga.

- Requiring generalist courts to consider seeking an opinion from the Maori Appellate Court (the appeal court of the Maori Land Court) when an issue of tikanga at law arose.

- Creating specialist tikanga panels of judges within the High Court to hear tikanga-related disputes, as happened with commercial panels.

It also proposed setting up a group of tikanga experts who could work with government agencies when developing new policy and adding a requirement for Cabinet papers to have an assessment of any impact they might have on tikanga.....
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Māori health authority too good to lose
The former chair of Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand, Rob Campbell, says the continuous failure of the system to meet the health needs of Māori should be core to this election.

“I can’t imagine any outcome for the health system that anyone would regard as satisfactory or fair which did not involve a really substantive lift in not only Māori health outcomes but Māori access and Māori control of their own health services,” he says....
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Act says the retirement age shouldn't differ for Maori, who have a lower life expectancy
The Party's alternative budget, includes proposing lifting the Super age over eight years, to 67.

Te Pati Maori has previously said it should be lower for Maori, who die seven to 10 years earlier.

Leader David Seymour says his Party's line is retirement shouldn't be about race.

He says so long as people live to different ages, a retirement age is inherently unfair, yet every country has one.....
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Gerry Eckhoff: Elite

Why I voted ‘no’ - Clyde Graf

Light Shines On Co-governance

From ‘pebble in the shoe’ to future power broker – the rise and rise of te Pāti Māori  

Thursday September 21, 2023 

Tauranga iwi gift local te ao Māori curriculum to schools and kura 
Tauranga Moana iwi have gifted the taonga of a new te ao Māori curriculum to schools and kura in the region, allowing Māori history to be “living and breathing” in classrooms and preserving Māori mātauranga (knowledge).

The digital curriculum, which encompasses te reo Māori, local history and tikanga, was developed by Ngāti Ranginui Iwi, Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi and Ngāti Pukenga Iwi in partnership with Tauranga Moana schools.....
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Iwi fight for Lake Horowhenua to be included in freshwater standards
The fight to overturn a ruling that exempts Lake Horowhenua from freshwater standards has reached the Court of Appeal.

Horowhenua Lake Trust and Muaūpoko Tribal Authority’s case will be heard on Wednesday after they challenged the Government’s decision to exempt notoriously polluted waterways from The National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management 2020 for 10 years.....
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$10M Project Combines Indigenous Knowledge And Practices And Science To Safeguard Food Supply
A new research project to future proof and protect Aotearoa New Zealand’s food systems and the environment has attracted more than $10 million in funding this week.

The joint venture between the Sustainable Nutrition Initiative® (SNi®) of the Riddet Institute, hosted at Massey University, and iwi group Wakatū Incorporation was selected by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as a recipient for their 2024 Endeavour Fund round on Friday (September 15).

“The project will facilitate tikanga-led, land use opportunities and Mātauranga to develop opportunities in sustainably produced nutrition, health and wellbeing of people and our environment according to our traditions and knowledge.”....
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Thirty-one people charged with murder are on electronic bail in New Zealand
Thirty-one people charged with murder are on electronic bail and Māori make up almost half of that group, according to figures released by the Corrections Department.

Of the 31, 15 are Māori, 9 European, 4 Pacific Islanders, 1 Asian and 2 did not have their ethnicity recorded.....
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Court: Quarter of youth given adult sentence
Nearly a quarter of all young people who were given court orders received adult sentences in the last year.

Statistics from the Ministry of Justice released on Tuesday for the year ending June 2023, show that 23 per cent of youth who were given orders faced imprisonment or home detention.

The majority of them were 17-year-olds, it found.

Figures also showed that 27 per cent of young people with orders had robbery as their most serious offence.

There were a total of 1545 youth aged 10 to 17-years-old who went through the court system - 15 per cent more than the previous period.

Of those, more than 980 of them were Māori. That was 15 per cent more than the previous period....
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Peter Hemmingson: White Settler ‘Wickedness’?

We were never good at reading and counting when it came to racism  

Wednesday September 20, 2023 

Kaupapa Māori polling places to counter voter discrimination 
The rollout of 15 kaupapa Māori polling places is one of the steps the Electoral Commission has taken to ensure Māori voters will be treated equally in this year’s general election.

This comes after academic research found some Māori voters have faced barriers to participation in previous elections.

Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa Massey University associate professor Veronica Tawhai (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Uepohatu) conducted research on Māori experiences during the 2020 general election.

She said this was in response to complaints made by Māori in the 2017 election that they experienced unfair treatment and institutional racism at polling booths....
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Kaiarahi Matua
Iwi are key players and drivers in conservation. DOC is reliant on having a person with excellent knowledge of the Treaty landscape to effectively deliver on our settlement commitments and support work to embed DOC's integrated strategy to become an honourable Treaty partner......
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National needs Māori MPs says Hipango
National’s Te Tai Hauāuru candidate is urging Māori to vote strategically to ensure Māori representation in a National-led Government.

Harete Hipango says National has a history of leading initiatives for Māori, including revitalization of the language, kura kaupapa, Māori broadcasting, Whānau Oraand the settlement of treaty claims.

She says a change of Government is now highly likely.

She says National will work towards running candidates in all seven Māori seats at the next election, up from two this time......
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Hipkins on Co-Governance
Asked if Labour would look to take co-governance further, or slow the party's approach after criticism from the likes of ACT, Hipkins demurred.

"Co-governance has been an integral part of the Treaty settlement process and is likely to continue to be as we work our way through more contemporary Treaty issues," he said.

"That has been the case under both Labour and National governments and I don't propose to have a referendum to go back on commitments that governments past have already entered into."....
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Hipkins Gaslights On Co-government
“On Radio NZ this morning he said: “Co-governance doesn’t just relate to Māori issues. It’s basically shared decision-making … in some areas we work together with farmers. I wouldn’t rule out doing more of that … Māori issues are only one area that might happen.”

“The idea that giving different legal rights to Māori in health, water infrastructure, local government and resource management is somehow the same as consulting farmers on farming policy is a pathetic attempt to gaslight voters.

“New Zealanders aren’t stupid – they know Labour has attempted radical constitutional change by giving different groups different rights.

“Hipkins’ comments are also diametrically opposed to what his Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson said earlier this month. Jackson used his final speech of the Parliamentary term to declare that ‘Māori do have a separate set of rights.’

“Is Hipkins now saying Māori do not have separate rights?....
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IMSB distraction in Auckland Māori seat debate
Auckland councillor Kerrin Leoni says there’s an organised push back to a proposal to have Māori wards on the council.

Submissions on the proposed options need to close this week to make the deadline for getting seats in time for the next local government election in 2025, and the council is keen that more Māori have their say.

She’s concerned some councillors may use the Independent Māori Statutory Board, which has members on some committees but not the governing body, as an excuse to vote against direct democracy for Māori.

“There’s other countries across the country that have something similar to the IMSB plus the Māori wards which are actually working really well so mana whenua having a voice at the table is totally different legislation to the Māori wards and we should really have bothy,” Ms Leoni says.

A law change lifting the cap on councillors from 20 to 29 means the council can create Māori wards without having to rejig the whole table....
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Runanga, council opt for no ward
The Gore District Council and Hokonui Runanga have agreed not to establish a Maori ward in the district for the 2025 local body elections.

Instead, a working group will be formed and representatives from both groups will meet monthly....
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We've been illiterate for generations when it comes to educational racism  

Tuesday September 19, 2023 

Quarry highlights failings for Māori and the environment 
The operation and expansion of the quarry at Te Weraiti has not only disfigured an ancestor, but also detrimentally affected natural features of high significance. Ngā hapū have long objected to the quarry discharging sediment into local rivers, rendering customary uses associated with these rivers obsolete.

Our research on the quarry’s effects has been incorporated into a recently filed Waitangi Tribunal claim, which alleges numerous Tiriti o Waitangi breaches in resource management decision making, quarrying activity on conservation land, breaches of consent conditions that were not investigated, and, in one instance, a complete absence of required resource consent....
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Māori leaders propose protecting whales in international waters at UN general assembly
King Tūheitia, together with other leaders of Aotearoa and the Pacific, have supported a resolution for the adoption of the whale as ocean ambassador to the United Nations.

This resolution aims to garner support for a global agreement that protects the legal personhood of whales in international waters.....
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Māori ecologist calls for halt to concreting of Te Atatū Peninsula creek
Plans to concrete in one of the last creeks in Auckland’s Te Atatū Peninsula to turn it into a stormwater pipe are being questioned by a community group.

Ageing infrastructure and storms has exposed the urgent need to upgrade the city’s pipes. And Auckland Council was planning the work at a creek on the western side of the peninsula, where it runs beside Matipo Road, pops under the ground and comes back up into Henderson Creek, also known as Te Wai-o-Pareira.

Rivercare community group ecologist Dion Pou said that last little creek had social and cultural importance.....
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Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei commemorate 183 years since Auckland land gifting
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei leaders congregated in four significant sites around the city centre on Monday morning, reciting karanga, karakia, whaikōrero and mōteatea, to commemorate 183 years since their ancestor Apihai Te Kawau gifted 3000 acres of land along the Auckland isthmus to establish the city’s original settlement.

Iwi leader Joe Pihema said the origins of the city could be traced to a meeting between Te Kawau and New Zealand’s first governor, William Hobson, in 1840 after envisioning a township that brought with it trading opportunities between new settlers and Māori.

“Apihai actually sent a delegation to the Bay of Islands to fetch Hobson, and there we have the beginnings of a friendship, a partnership, an arrangement that Hobson would come here, erect his fledgling government and you’ve got the birth of Auckland,” said Pihema....
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Sunday September 17, 2023 

New fishing rules for Northland 
New no-take fishing areas have been formally adopted by Northland Regional Council following an Environment Court decision that confirmed all fishing – including recreational – is no longer permitted from Maunganui Bay (Deep Water Cove) to Oporua (Oke Bay) in the Bay of Islands as well as around the Mimiwhangata peninsula.

Exceptions to the no-take rules include kina harvest and activities mostly associated with restoration, research and tikanga such as customary fishing.....
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SWDC Māori ward back on table
South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] is having conversations about establishing a Māori ward in the district.

In 2021 the council decided against establishing Māori wards for the 2022 local body elections. It was a contentious decision at the time, with Wairarapa iwi issuing a public statement expressing disappointment, and dozens of activists briefly occupied SWDC offices in Martinborough, which then-chief executive Harry Wilson responded to by singing them a waiata.

Now the issue is back on the table....
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Cancer care coordination services receive $6.2m boost
Twenty hauora Māori partners have been funded $6.2 million to deliver locally designed cancer care coordination services that aim to improve Māori access to screening and specialist services and to improve cancer survival rates.

Te Aka Whai Ora Maiaka Tau Piringa, Deputy Chief Executive, Service Development Jade Sewell says cancer care inequities exist in multiple cancer services throughout Aotearoa, for example, Māori are less likely than non-Māori to receive curative cancer surgery....
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Mahuru Māori: Month for speaking te reo returns for 2023
Mahuru Māori, the month-long kaupapa aiming at normalising te reo in everyday situations, is back for 2023.

Participants are asked to consciously use as much te reo as they can during the Māori lunar calendar’s month of Mahuru, which this year runs from 15 September to 14 October.

Regardless of whom people speak to, where and when they are speaking, participants should speak only in te reo Māori.....
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Māori experts frustrated with delay over bilingual road signs decision
As we near the end of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Māori experts are questioning why a decision still hasn't been made on implementing bilingual road signs all over the country.

Associate Transport Minister Damien O'Connor was expected to make a call on it late last month but Waka Kotahi is still waiting for a sign-off.

Aotearoa New Zealand's first bilingual road sign was installed at Aoraki Mt Cook, unveiled way back in 2000......
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John Robinson: A statement that negates itself - the meaningless and contradictory UNDRIP

Bruce Moon: Charlie Martin and the Bigger Issues

Alex Holland: Race Based Division  

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robert Arthur said...

re 16th What are the maori "experts" concerned about bilingual signs expert in? Raod safety? Cognitive behaviour? Infrasrtructure costs? Or just advancement of maorification? Of course NZTA are very appropriately not progressing bilingual signs. Maori should read the submissions. Some of these would have been copied to Luxon, Seymour and Winston. My understanding is that Luxon will not adopt. The topic is of great interest to many and within their grasp but the msm being under Labour capture have barely addressed. They should have hunted through the submissions and reported, bearing in mind that united, organised maori, often with little useful to do, can easily weight numbers. The proposal is for the (post Treaty, recently contrived) maori wording to appear at the top and in the most readable colour, with mere English below. A hopeless muddle, especially for all those tourists and new immigrants using oversea's licences.
NZ is reckoned not to be very productive or efficient. Embracing of te reo is the very enemy of both.
Looks like Wairarapa will also succumb to maori wards. Democracy breaks down when any group can disrupt and stifle discussion and pose threat of cancellation to any who do not work toward their goal of effective domination. Seems nowadays no one can moderate the antics of any crowd or meeting. "Imaging decolonisation" means that orderly meetings being in the style of colonist civilisation are targets for disruption. It is a pity there is no non nutter non maori organisation able to attend and match and counter waita and haka.

Anonymous said...

Re Ngati Whatua gifting land - Most if not all land was sold by NW >

Some sales recorded here >

Robert Arthur said...

Re 20th. Excellent speech by Seymour. If only Luxon could be so straight. The disasters of co governance, such as the Tupuna Maunga Authority, need constant emphasis. Along with a reminder that maori, not yet in position of total power, are mostly exercisng prudent but unnatural, temporary restraint. That 50/50 co governance is effectively maori control needs to be constantly emphasised to the public. The message might eventually then get through the msm screen.

Robert Arthur said...

. Re 21st. To be a true gift the maori curriculum would need to be prepared entirely from independent not govt sourced maori funding. It will be rather like receiving a hand lawnmower for Christmas; the time and energy does not come with. I wonder if the throng of teachers were advised what to drop whilst they waste time listening to and repeating "remembered" embellished recounts of local maori family history etc.

And the Indigenous Practices and Science to Safeguard Food Safety will likely not improve the blood pressure of the Auditor General, or non maori national health authorities. It is difficult to imagine any traditional maori practice not already well known which could materially contribute. Seems like yet another unmeasurable very inefficient, contrived gravy train.

Robert Arthur said...

Re 22nd. I am always sceptical of recommendations fro professional leagl bodies. the underlying motive always seem sto be more work for the 9hugely paid) profession.
And it reads like Rob Campbell is angling for his job backsaying all the PC pro maori things.After the election will hopefully be the wrong tack.

Robert Arthur said...

More 22nd. If I was a maori I would be after a pukenga job. What a lark. At 1/2 judge pay would be very cosy. Every one else has to submit challengeable expert opinion but the pukenga can dream it all up. Instead of being a moveable feat free to be reimagined as suits, tikanga should by now be documented rather like the Court Rules. Winston and Shane will see through these contrivances and will hopefully be in position to influence.

robert Arthur said...

re 23 When I was in the workforce I doubt if 2% of staff could recite a waiata. the fact that staff could at a Council meeting is indicative of the maori/pro maori selection now so generally applied to Council and govt employment and the compliance forced by the fear of cancellation.

The rate of return for Whanau Ora investment is unbelievable. If true it would be the hottest investment going. Presumably with such success a high proportion of the dollar investments is paid back. I wonder if the Auditor General supports the claim.

That ACC has been conned into supporting rongoa treatment is unbelievable. Yet another make work maori industry created. If I were maori, between my consultation fees, pukenga job, and rongoa sideline I would qualify for 39c tax rate (except that much would be undeclared koha cash)