Saturday, September 30, 2023

Breaking Views Update: Week of 24.09.23

Saturday September 30, 2023 

It’s time for Māori to do the leading, and for governments to walk alongside.

In the Far North, Labour leader Chris Hipkins told his audience that division had no place in New Zealand’s politics.

He pledged his continued support for Te Tiriti o Waitangi. “Any Government I lead will uphold it.”

And he told the audience at the Ngati Hine Health Trust that he backed the Māori Health Authority.

“I’m here to say it’s time for governments stop thinking they know best when it comes to Māori. It’s time for Māori to do the leading, and for governments to walk alongside.....
See full article HERE

Ngāi Tahu mark 25 years since Crown settlement, and look to the future
In 1998, Ngāi Tahu received an apology from the Crown, cultural and tribal redress, and $170 million compensation – the culmination of a quest for justice over seven generations.

In the 25 years since, the iwi has built a solid asset base and invested more than $930m in tribal development, including education grants, environmental initiatives, language revitalisation, marae projects, and other schemes that advance the wellbeing of the iwi.....
See full article HERE

New Māori community energy projects to be funded
Seven innovative new community-scale energy projects are set to receive government funding through the Māori and Public Housing Renewable Energy Fundd, Energy and Resources Minister, Megan Woods announced today.

The Minister said the latest investment will bring more affordable, locally generated clean energy to more than 800 Māori households.....
See full article HERE

Co-governance a human right says UNDRIP expert
The Human Rights Commission’s indigenous rights partner says rights to co-governance and self determination are guaranteed to Māori in the Treaty of Waitangi and affirmed in the United Nations Bill of Rights and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Some politicians have attacked co-governance and the declaration as favouring one race over another, but Claire Charters, who’s also a law professor at the University of Auckland, says co-governance goes to the core of concepts of equality and non-discrimination.....
See full article HERE

$8.1m investment in te ao Māori solutions for whānau with long-term conditions
Te Aka Whai Ora is investing $8.1m over two years in 20 Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) and 78 hauora Māori partners to implement te ao Māori solutions supporting whānau to prevent, detect, and manage their long-term conditions.

“Through this funding, we will increase the footprint of solutions that work for Māori within the health system. Each PHO and hauora Māori partner will develop their own plan for how the funding will be used in their community to respond to their specific needs.

“To achieve health equity, Māori voices need to be heard, and embedded in plans and solutions. Initiatives and services will, where possible, embed mātauranga me ngā tikanga Māori that is relevant to the local area, and contribute to improved hauora outcomes for all whānau,” .....
See full article HERE

Matauranga Māori leader announced Prime Minister’s Educator of the Year
Dr Ēnoka Murphy was named the Prime Minister’s Educator of the Year at Te Whatu Kairangi - Aotearoa Tertiary Educator Awards, held at Parliament on Tuesday. Te Whatu Kairangi are the most recognised awards within the New Zealand tertiary education and training sector, with the Prime Minister’s Educator of the Year Award being the highest accolade.

Dr Murphy (Ngāti Manawa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti Kahungunu), a Senior Lecturer at Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao - the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato, was also awarded a Kaupapa Māori Award for his leadership in teaching and devotion to the reclamation of te reo Māori......
See full article HERE

Caleb Anderson: Anti-racist, Anti-democratic dogma dressed as virtue

Opinion: Māori leaders’ open letter to politicians

The ink hadn't dried on New Zealand's treaty before the government reneged. Here's Maoris message to Australia

Hipkins commits to calling out racism and defending Te Tiriti  

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Friday September 29, 2023 

Air NZ shareholder complains about 'politically correct' Kia Ora greeting on flights 
Araraurangi Air New Zealand has been accused of being “politically correct” for greeting travellers with “kia ora”, but has pushed back, saying the national airline is honouring the indigenous language te reo Māori.

A shareholder at the company’s annual meeting in Wellington on Tuesday asked why the airline was taking up the politically correct stance of ethnicisation in its advertising.

“It does nothing for those across the ditch to get a ‘kia ora’, or for those in the majority in New Zealand, as well. The presence of it on board your flights ignores that the majority of its passengers are not Māori,” according to the shareholder, who was not identified.....
See full article HERE

Tasman creates Māori ward to provide new opportunity
Tasman District Council has approved the creation of a Māori ward in a decision that was supported unanimously by elected members.

“Democracy in New Zealand has generated the status quo decade after decade after decade. Apart from the ethical and moral matter, we’re required to have iwi Māori involved in decision making in council,” councillor Chris Hill says.

“Having a Māori ward is one way of doing that.”.....
See full article HERE

Ashburton council to review its Māori representation
The voice of mana whenua will be tackled in Ashburton District’s upcoming representation review.

“This reviews representation arrangements for the council, including the makeup of the council, Māori representation, boundaries, the number of elected members and community boards, and how they are elected,” democracy and engagement general manager Toni Durham said.....
See full article HERE

Rāhui placed across Waitematā Harbour by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei after raw sewage flows in harbour
Local iwi Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei have placed a rāhui across the Waitematā Harbour after a 13-metre sinkhole appeared in Parnell that allowed raw wastewater to flow directly into the harbour.

This morning, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, with the support of the Taumata Kaumātua, conducted a ceremony across the Waitematā to address the environmental impacts of the unprecedented deluge of waste caused by a blocked Ōrākei main sewer that’s causing overflows into the Waitematā. The ceremony included the placement of a rāhui.

A rāhui is a cultural and formal placement of restrictions upon a place for reasons of safety or preservation.....
See full article HERE

Māori Nats to redefine co-governance
National’s Christchurch Central candidate, Dale Stephens, says the party’s senior Māori members will try to preserve elements of co-governance.

National and ACT have used co-governance as a wedge issue over the past three years, using it to attack Labour’s water infrastructure and health reforms.

But Mr Stephens say Tama Potaka, Shane Reti and himself have experience of working with Maori which they will bring to the coalition.....
See full article HERE

Speaking our language – Far North DC
Far North District Council is aiming to boost the use of Te Reo Māori within the organisation by 2025.

At its council meeting on Thursday (21 September), elected members agreed to the recommendations from the Te Kuaka – Te Ao Māori committee to introduce a Te Reo and Tikanga policy.

One key aim is to have 60 per cent of council staff achieving the basic level one course in Te Reo Māori by 2025.....
See full article HERE

‘He Poutama’ a hopeful step in the right direction for tikanga and the law
Te Aka Matua o te Ture| the Law Commission has published a paper it says will provide ‘invaluable’ guidance to lawyers, lawmakers and anybody interested in understanding the engagement between tikanga and the law.

Led by former law commissioner, Justice Christian Whata (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Tamateatūtahi), the paper is designed to help people understand what tikanga is and clarify its legal characteristics.

“Because tikanga is tikanga, it’s not just law, it’s a much wider philosophical intellectual construct. It’s much wider than that.....
See full article HERE

Te reo Maori focus of child centre study
A new University of Otago study has emphasised how important early childhood educators are in preserving and promoting te reo Māori in English-medium centres.

Although early childhood settings have already been recognised as integral for transmission of the language, there is limited research about its implementation in English-medium centres......
See full article HERE

Chris Hipkins ‘angry’ at National’s ‘race-baiting’ - says Māori have most to lose

For Māori ‘everything’s at stake’, Kelvin Davis warns

‘I found myself drowning’ — the challenges for Māori working in the health system  

Thursday September 28, 2023 

Māori Health Should Not Be A Political Football 
We maintain that our health inequities are a product of colonisation and its associated traumas, which, when coupled with lower socio-economic status and institutional racism, mean Māori are worse off on almost all health and social markers than non-Māori.

While we are thrilled at these radical health reforms that seek to disrupt and rebuild a system to improve health outcomes, we are set up to fail unless the other parts of the whole environment - the socio-economic, judicial, and educational systems which feed into it are also addressed.....
See full article HERE

Dunedin City Council adopts Māori strategic framework
Enabling Ōtepoti whānau to thrive and incorporating a Māori world view into Dunedin City Council operations are key concepts in an agreed strategic base.

The council yesterday adopted Te Taki Haruru, a Māori strategic framework.

It "intentionally supports the enabling conditions for Māori intergenerational cultural, social, economic and environmental wellbeing", a council report said.

The document itself described a partnership between the council and mana whenua that would benefit the wellbeing of the whole community.

It provided a structure for mana whenua, Māori and the council to work cohesively to support the vision of "a thriving home, a thriving village" for the next generation.....
See full article HERE

Joint Māori approach to health and wellbeing in Horowhenua launched
Local iwi and health providers have recently formed the Horowhenua Takiwā Alliance. Its first public activity will be a health and wellbeing expo, called ”Whakarongo Mai”, which celebrates community voices and aspirations, to be held on October 4-7, at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Taitoko/Levin.

The alliance wants to gather all local expertise and create a consistent voice on health needs within the Horowhenua community.

“The Kaupapa of Horowhenua Hauora Alliance is grounded in an iwi provider-led approach that recognises mana whenua status. Grounded in the tikanga and kawa of iwi leadership, is the fundamental practice of manaakitanga, requiring a whole-of-community perspective in health and iwi leadership and engagement with Te Pae Oranga o Ruahine o Tararua (IMPB) wellbeing for the takiwā.”....
See full article HERE

South Taranaki council takes on local te reo styles
A Taranaki council is revamping its te reo Māori policy to embrace variations of the language from across the district.

South Taranaki District Council will favour Taranaki mita, or dialect, and also use different writing styles favoured by each of the district’s four iwi.

Taranaki reo includes words that differ from standard Māori, such as pāhake or tauheke instead of kaumātua.

Different iwi also favour various writing standards, such as Ngaa Rauru using double vowels rather than macrons and Ngāti Ruanui using an apostrophe to represent the region’s “dropped h”.....
See full article HERE

Kahu Taurima contracts to improve maternity and early years services confirmed
Contracts have been issued to 40 community-based hauora Māori partners as part of the Kahu Taurima programme to deliver Te Ao Māori Models of Care and other initiatives that will improve maternity and early years services for māma, pēpi and whānau.

In July, the Government announced $74 million of funding over the next two years for Kahu Taurima

As part of this funding, hauora Māori partners across the country will develop Te Ao Māori Models of Care for maternity,.....
See full article HERE

John Robinson: On Kapiti Coast DC’s ideas for having a Maori ward 

Wednesday September 27, 2023 

Second cohort of Te Matakahi o Ngāti Whātua graduate 
Efforts by Ngāti Whātua to revive the Māori language and customary practices among iwi members are paying off in Auckland and Kaipara.

Students are sent on haerenga throughout the geographical boundaries of Ngāti Whātua, from Maunganui to Tāmaki, where they are taught knowledge, history, whakapapa and tikanga that apply to the iwi.....
See full article HERE

Te Whānau A Apanui And The Crown Initial Deed Of Settlement
The Deed includes a Crown apology, an agreed historical account as well as financial and cultural redress for historical breaches of te Tiriti that caused harm to Te Whānau a Apanui.

The redress package includes

* The reservation of 5,000 hectares of marine space for aquaculture

* More than $30 million financial, cultural, and commercial redress

* Twelve sites of cultural significance

* Bespoke Te Ao Tūroa natural resource and conservation arrangements over the Raukūmara Range, including a joint Conservation Management Strategy

* Takutai Moana rights which deliver on aspects of the 2008 Heads of Agreement signed under the former Foreshore and Seabed Act

* A joint relationship agreement with core Crown agencies...
See full article HERE

Reti keen on partnership boards without authority
National’s health spokesperson Shane Reti says while National is committed to scrapping the Maori health authority, he wants to keep the iwi partnership boards set up as part of Labour’s health reform.

He says they need to be funded appropriately and given local decision making powers.....
See full article HERE

Mike Hosking: We've proven we like democracy  

Tuesday September 26, 2023 

ACT says treaty is a source of anger 
ACT justice spokesperson Nicole McKee says a referendum on the Treaty of Waitangi is needed to address the anger she is hearing on the campaign trail.

She says ACT disagrees with the way treaty principles are being interpreted.

“Let’s develop a Bill, the Treaty Principles Bill, which will put it out there for full consultation, get everybody’s feedback and make it what the people want it to be, how they want it to read and how they want it to be implements and once we have agreement on that, we put it out for referendum so everyone has a final say,” Ms McKee says.

She denies ACT’s foregrounding of the treaty is dog-whistling against Māori but an attempt to move forward as a country.....
See full article HERE

Fire and Emergency’s Kaupapa Māori deputy chief appointment set to lift the cultural capability of Fenz
“I lead the organisation’s commitment to working with Māori as tangata whenua in that we continue recognising iwi and Māori as community leaders with an important role to play in preventing fires and other emergencies,” Thomas said.

“As a Crown Entity, we also have a responsibility to honour and give effect to the Crown’s te Tiriti o Waitangi responsibilities. Including building strong relationships with tāngata whenua to improve outcomes for Māori communities.....
See full article HERE

Māori polling firm cure to vote taint
Māori Party president John Tamihere says he says it’s time for a Māori-focused political polling company – and such a company will be registered soon.

He says existing polling companies are tied to political parties, and many of their polls taint the views of swing voters....
See full article HERE

Peter Hemmingson: Maori Socio-Economic Disadvantage

Championing equal representation and equal opportunities

The political parties’ porkies behind the recession, prison and gangs  

Monday September 25, 2023  

Court hears Nelson Tenths case could undermine all Treaty settlements 
Treaty settlements have been made with Iwi in the top of the south with the Crown arguing that's the proper process.

Former treaty negotiator Jane Fletcher said the descendants are all members of the iwi, so would have benefited from the treaty settlements.

Te Arawhiti, the Office of Crown Māori Relations, Chief Executive Lil Anderson said the treaty settlements were designed to be final.

"I am also concerned that this litigation could more broadly now effect the durability of the now more than 100 settlements so far negotiated across the motu".

The descendants want the land from the original agreement - and still held by the Crown - returned to them. They also want compensation saying they've lost more than $1 billion.....
See full article HERE

Support for Māori wards in Tāmaki Makaurau low as Auckland Council submissions close
Submissions have officially closed on Auckland Council's plan to establish Māori wards for the 2025 local body elections - and support for them was low, say council officials.

Just shy of 10,000 people (9997) submitted their thoughts.

Lee Short, chair of Democracy Action, told Newshub the group is opposed to Māori wards.

He said the IMSB is "unelected and accountable to no-one."

"It destroys the proportionality of democracy. There's more influence by them that they should really have. They are racist."

"We don't like the divisive speech they bring about."....
See full article HERE

Mike Butler: Two Governments under tribal control

Racism and democracy 

Sunday September 24, 2023 

Auckland councillor complains about pro-Māori posters encouraging use of Te Reo in the workplace 
Veteran politician Maurice Williamson has made a complaint at Auckland Council over staff putting up posters in communal areas which promote “decolonisation” actions for non-Māori Kiwis – including the correct use of Te Reo and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi).

Staff kitchens inside Auckland Council’s Albert St headquarters have been deemed “politically neutral” after Williamson repeatedly took down Te Reo posters and then complained to officials.

“I have torn several iterations down, but they keep being put straight back up again,” Williamson wrote in an email to council management in June.....
See full article HERE

Waka Kotahi reprints Whakatāne signs after macron error
Two new signs at the entrance of Whakatāne were quickly removed when people on social media pointed out a macron error.

The signs, on opposite signs of the road at the entrance of the town, read “Welcome to Whakātane”.

People on social media pointed out the macron was in the wrong place and the town’s name should have read “Whakatāne”.....
See full article HERE

Māori seats for Auckland Council
Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Council will decide in October 2023 whether to introduce Māori seats for the 2025 local elections.

A decision on Māori seats for the council is a significant one. It is about how Māori are represented in Auckland, and how Aucklanders are represented by their Governing Body.

Before deciding, the council would like to hear and consider the views and preferences of Māori and the wider public of Auckland......
See full article HERE

Christopher Luxon...vows to meet climate targets, respect Treaty claims in renewable energy projects
National has been warned its plans to double renewable energy across the country must respect the rights of mana whenua with electricity companies profiteering off taonga - resources - originally taken off Māori by the Crown.

During a visit to Contact Energy’s geothermal Te Mihi Power Station near Taupō, party leader Christopher Luxon said doing so would be a “bottom line”.

“Hapu, iwi feel this was a resource, a taonga, taken off them some time ago which the Crown then offloaded to private enterprise.

“There is a mamae, deep-seated issue with that.....
See full article HERE

Jerry Coyne: A good summary of the mess that is science education in New Zealand

Mike Hosking: Labour can't understand they've divided this country

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Robert Arthur said...

A few years ago we got rid of strange elements in English and now macrons are inflicted. The Whakatane incident typical of the inefficencies associated te reo. I wonder what th whole episode cost. And aprt from maori studies students who cares?

Auckland Council incredibly announced that it had received few maori submissions on the proposed race based council seats, effectively inviting mass swamping from organised maori and consequent gross distorttion of the statistics. One duplicate entry counts as mine, which took two days of deliberation and repeat drafting to produce.

Allan said...

Maybe the Roman alphabet based English language is no longer a suitable media for written Maori. Perhaps as a move in the direction of decolonization, consideration should be given to adopting a script of their choosing, not one that has been imposed on them. I'm sure that moving away from probably the most understood language on the planet will be of great benefit.

Robert Arthur said...

re 24 It is not surprising a low response to the question of maori seats in Auckland Council. Without extensive coverage in msm most of the public are barely aware of. A few chance to receive the printed Council newsletter but it is full of pretty coloured pictures of ethnic and other events and ignored. Less formal polls elsewhere have almost all opposed maori ward seats on Council. Most of these polls had the advantage of reasonable secrecy and hence were less prone to the cancellation threat. (Once put to Councillors, the risk of being branded racist and cancelled invariably ensures support for maori seats). Incredibly part way through the submissions Council announced that few submissions had been received from maori (submitters being required to racially identify, as in old SA, so that submissions can be assessed not on mere merit but on a racial basis). This could reasonably be expected to have triggered a flood of coordinated maori submissions so the final count will be skewed. The existing Independent Maori Statutory Body is an incredible institution. Able activist maori are externally selected by activist maori and sit and vote on most or all council committees. Thus, fed with coordinated material from activists outside and guided by, backed by the power of the cancellation threat, at least as able as most councillors, and better supported, they are in a super position to shape policy. Not in the interest of all, presumably the ethic driving most councillors, but in favour of "their people", maori. Incredibly, in addition to the race based and favoured IMSB, maori wards and councillors are proposed. In one option one of the extra councillors is proposed to be externally selected and appointed by activist maori (and will be supported and assisted by). No need for a quaint democratic vote. Presumably although they largely overlooked the voting campaign, the msm will trawl through the submissions (and not just the summary collated by staff, most now brainwashed in the current pervading obligatory pro maori attitude.)

Ray S said...

Nelson Tenths
$1,000,000,000 lost, how is that possible? Any loss should be calculated at 1840 value. Absolute rubbish.
As suggested, if this goes through it will open up all settled claims to further claims and years of litigation paid for by long suffering taxpayers.
We are in enough financial poo without further billions paid to questionable disadvantaged Maori

Give selected crown land back and tell them of go away quickly.

Anonymous said...

@Ray S, and here we go again on the old 'fiscal envelope' and Ngai Tahu & Tanui with there hands out once again. It will never be enough!

Anonymous said...

Nicole says ACT disagrees with the way treaty principles are being interpreted.

Nicole, there are NO Te Tirity o Waitangi principles FULL STOP.

Nicole, there is NO Te Tirity o Waitangi Partnership FULL STOP.

Stop clouding the issue, you should know better. If you don't, you can't help we the people.

Robert Arthur said...

re 28th.The rant by E Tipu E Rea, whatever she, he, it may be, commences with the standard maori folklore assertion "We maintain that our health inequities are the product of colonisation...." As usual the word equity is used where probably the writer and near all readers envisage equality. Pre colonisation, as there was no presence to compare with, no inequity on a race basis was determinable. Although the health treatment of slaves was presumably less diligent than for rangatira.( Provided their flesh had not wasted away I suspect treatment would often have involved a hangi.)

And having an interest in Levin I carefully read and re read the Horowhenua health article. Despite a very determined search I can find no (recorded) trace of maori blood in my ancestry and hence am interested in the Horowhenua situation as would apply to me, a mere "other". From the article I have not the foggiest idea. The te reo would take me half an hour to unravel, and as it is sure to be metaphorical I would be no further ahead. And quite apart from that, the writing is very convoluted. Such is now near the norm. I was brought up on Churchill but he presumably does not feature in Maori Studies courses.

To the wartime and just post war generation the suggestion that health care should follow a maori world view would have triggered universal apoplexy.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed the apparent absence of Maori caucus electioneering at a national level as we head to October 14. Deliberate to tone down their aspirations or afraid to put their foot in it? A strategy perhaps by the Labour Party to keep them out of the limelight? You can guarantee if this government is returned for a third and last term they will come out with all guns blazing. Scary thought.

robert Arthur said...

Re 29th. When met with a gratuitous maori greeting or words respond with "pardon" (repeated) and/or "please translate" or just "translate"
The various Council moves to maori seats, language etc is indicative of the naivety of many relatively youthful councillors and of the power of cancellation. After a few years of Act/NZ First hopefully the cancellation spell will be broken and unthreatened democracy again prevail.
On Sat on RNZ Julian Wicox and two intellectual law industry cronies purported to explain tikanga as it applies to Law. Select cases known in detail to all three were discussed but with no background explanation for the ordinary listener. As usual the show was used as an excuse to show off te reo ability all interspersed with the customary very irritant hyena like maori laughter. For the ordinary person, maori or not, hoping to learn anything about the application of tikanga to the law, it was a complete waste of 45 minutes.

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't air nz who are clearly woker than woke change their name to air aoteatoa? Surely that would fit better with their new image given that "new zealand' is a white colonist name.

Anonymous said...

Air NZ keep sending me promotional emails starting with "Kia ora"
I politely asked them to address me in English.
They replied " if you don't like it, fly with another airline"
Woke to the point of self destructing !
My next flight may be one way on another airline to a sane country.
Are you listening AirNZ ?

Robert Arthur said...

re 30th. It is rich for Hipkins to state that division has no place in NZ politics when his govt has created more division within NZ than ever before. And set the scene for far more.
Any legislation against gang patches will be countered by maori logos which no one will dare challenge.
And as for Taniora, if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck etc....
The current opposition parties should openly commit to withdrawing from UNDRIP, or at least to the possibility.
With so many organisations now part of maori health I am puzzled what happens if some non maori seeks treatment. Will they have exclusion signs (bi lingual) as in old South Africa

Anonymous said...

It’s time for Māori to do the leading, and for governments to walk alongside said our PM?

What a treasonous thing to state publicly.

Anyone who can't see where the Maori mafia have been allowed to lead this country over the last 6 years is an indoctrinated woke drone.

Robert Arthur said...

Totally agree with Anonymous. The same sort of response should appear in the msm but it almost certainly will not. many of hipkins recent utterance's are quite absurd. Only Winston with his experience and legal mind seems to pick up on.
After years of unquestioned pro amori anti colonist rhetoric, maori are now copping counter as the looming election defeat has prompted some to relax their fear of cancellation and comment on maori racism.