Saturday, November 25, 2023

Breaking Views Update: Week of 19.11.23

Saturday November 25, 2023 

What the new government may mean for Māori, Te Tiriti

The new government will support a Treaty Principles Bill based on existing ACT policy through to select committee, it was revealed today.

Race relations in Aotearoa loomed large during the election campaign, with the Treaty of Waitangi and co-governance hot topics.

That is reflected in the agreements that were signed today, with the parties deciding to pull back on a number of policies relating to Māori introduced by the Labour government.

Co-governance in the delivery of public services will go under the new government.

The parties agreed to restore the right to referendums should a council want to introduce Māori wards – including a referendum on any wards established at the next local body elections.

In ACT and National’s agreement, they agreed to “ensure government contracts are awarded based on value, without racial discrimination”.

One of ACT’s lead policies during the election was to hold a referendum on the Treaty of Waitangi principles. As part of their agreement with National, the next government will “introduce a Treaty Principles Bill based on existing ACT policy and support it to a Select Committee as soon as practicable".

The Māori Health Authority, Te Aka Whai Ora, will be disestablished.

All public service departments will have their "primary name" in English - unless it’s specifically related to Māori.

All public services will be required to primarily communicate in English – unless it’s specifically related to Māori - and the NZ First agreement highlights legislating to make English an official language of New Zealand.

The Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS) at Otago University will go under the microscope.

The incoming government will “confirm that the Coalition Government does not recognise the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as having any binding legal effect on New Zealand”.

New Zealand First wants to amend the Waitangi Tribunal legislation to “refocus the scope, purpose, and nature of its inquiries back to the original intent of that legislation”.

They will also: “Conduct a comprehensive review of all legislation (except when it is related to, or substantive to, existing full and final Treaty settlements) that includes ‘The Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi’ and replace all such references with specific words relating to the relevance and application of the Treaty, or repeal the references."

All work on He Puapua will be stopped.....
See full article HERE

More on the above here > Treaty issues among policy compromises for new government

Kawerau District Council’s Māori ward decision greeted with strong emotion
At an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday, Kawerau was the third district council in the Eastern Bay to adopt a Māori ward.

Of the 165 submissions made, 56 per cent were opposed and 38 per cent were in support of Māori wards. Just under 5 per cent were undecided.....
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Coalition agreements can expect māori disagreement
There’s enough in National’s just announced separate coalition deals with New Zealand First and ACT to predict some widespread unhappiness from Māori.

While Chris Luxon isn’t giving ACT’s bid for a referenda on the Treaty full backing National will let it have a first reading.

That would mean a select committee would be asked to take submissions about the bill, which aims to redefine the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.....
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Luxon’s Government Will Whitewash Aotearoa
Christopher Luxon’s legacy will be leading the most anti-Māori, anti-Tiriti government Aotearoa has seen in generations.

Our message to this Government is clear: We will not allow Pākehā to determine our rights as tangata whenua. This new Government must prepare for a Māori revolution if a referendum ever does go ahead.

Te Pāti Māori will fight on all fronts to protect our people from policies that seek to erase our whakapapa and whitewash our history. Policies that privilege the wealthy and punish the poor.....
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Prestigious Rutherford Medal awarded to Distinguished Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith
Distinguished Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou) was awarded the Rutherford Medal at an awards ceremony at Government House in Whanganui-a-tara Wellington last night but she admitted to feeling a bit conflicted.

She was recognised by the Royal Society Te Apārangi with its top honour for what it called her preeminent role in advancing education and research for Te Ao Māori, her groundbreaking scholarship in decolonisation of research methodologies, and her pioneering contribution to transforming research for indigenous peoples globally.....
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Incoming-Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters blasts te reo Māori names for government departments
Incoming-Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has slammed te reo Māori names for government departments, saying “communications is about comprehension and understanding”.

Speaking to Newstalk ZB’s Heather du Plessis Allan this afternoon, following the signing of a coalition agreement with National and Act signalling the formation of a new government, Peters called te reo Māori names for departments tokenism.

The agreement struck between New Zealand First and National included requiring public service departments “have their primary name in English, except for those specifically related to Māori”.

It also included a requirement that “public service departments and Crown Entities ... communicate primarily in English”......
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Change in government heralds referendum on Māori wards
Gisborne District Council voters will have a referendum at the 2025 local body election to decide whether to retain the Māori wards.

That is the result of a policy announcement made yesterday by the newly sworn-in coalition Government.....
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Friday November 24, 2023 

Newshub's Oriini Kaipara joins NZ Olympic Committee as Māori culture lead 
Newshub journalist Oriini Kaipara has been appointed new Pouwhiringa Māori culture lead for the NZ Olympic Committee.

Kaipara, who hails from Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Rangitihi, will be charged with overseeing Māori cultural competencey and initiatives across the the organisation, as it prepares for next year's Paris Olympics.

"This role will greatly assist us in our Te Ao Māori journey and the development of Te Whare o Pou Tangata for the New Zealand team and our organisation," said NZOC chief executive Nicki Nicol......
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Future of former Rangiora police station still unclear
The future of Rangiora’s former police station remains in limbo as negotiations between Ngai Tahu Property and New Zealand Police continue.

After it was deemed the land was not needed for any other public works, and Land Information New Zealand confirmed the property was exempt from a buy-back requirement, the property was offered to Ngai Tahu under the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process, Right of First Refusal.....
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Te reo names to return
Four historic Māori names for parks and reserves have been approved by Waipā’s Service Delivery committee – and more naming decisions await.

Whare marama Reserve in Leamington, Pirongia’s Mātakitaki, Tūrata in Kihikihi and Waipuke, on the edge of the Waikato River at Maungatautari, have all been adopted as part of the first tranche of signage changes by the council.

A second wave of existing parks and reserves in Cambridge are now going through a formal process with Ngā Iwi Tōpu ō Waipā, a collective representing iwi and hapū in the Waipā area, is underway with Ngāti Koroki Kahukura and Ngāti Hauā.....
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Treaty tinkering recipe for constitutional mayhem
Former Mana Motuhake leader and diplomat Sandra Lee-Vercoe says the incoming Government needs to dial back attacks on the Treaty of Waitangi.

She says open season was declared on Māori at every level of society from the start of the election campaign, and that has encouraged parties like ACT to think they can push through stunts like rewriting the treaty and undermining Māori-focused agencies like Te Puni Kokiri.

She says the outcome is likely to be challenges in the courts and in international bodies like the United Nations and the International Court of Justice.....
See full article HERE

Treaty attack threat to stability for country
Ms Davidson says parties like ACT see te tiriti as a negative rather than a positive.

“For example the place of tiriti is the right, is the privilege by which tauiwi, non-Maori and pakeha have a home here in Aotearoa. All politicial parties trying to undermine and threaten that are actually threatening the stability and cohesion of our country for everyone, not just Maori,” she says.....
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New Research Examines Structural Disadvantage In Rangatahi Māori Mental Wellbeing
According to Growing Up in New Zealand’s Research Director, Associate Professor Sarah-Jane Paine (Tūhoe), there is ample evidence to suggest that rangatahi Māori experience higher levels of structural disadvantage than other young people.

Structural disadvantage refers to the disadvantage experienced by some individuals or groups as a result of the way society is organised and how resources are distributed. In this research structural disadvantage was measured by looking at information provided by the young person’s mother, including the level of household material hardship, neighbourhood socioeconomic deprivation; maternal employment status and residential mobility (number of house moves).....
See full article HERE

Ele Ludemann: Language doesn’t work like that

Dame Anne Salmond takes Act leader David Seymour to task over his claims that her work supports his Treaty call 

Thursday November 23, 2023 

Split vote delivers ‘yes’ to Māori ward for Central Hawke’s Bay 
There were raised voices in the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council chambers last Wednesday.

It was the day the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council voted in favour of introducing Māori wards for the 2025 and 2028 elections. The decision was also made to invite hapū to select up to two representatives for Māori representation in an advisory role.

In the final vote, the decision was four votes to five in favour of establishing a Māori ward as well as two appointed advisory roles.....
See full article HERE

South Wairarapa votes to establish a Māori ward
South Wairarapa District Council has voted to establish a Māori ward in the district.

The motion passed with seven votes for and three against at the council meeting on Wednesday.....
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Ōpōtiki District Council votes to implement Māori wards
Ōpōtiki District Council has voted in favour of Māori wards for the 2025 and 2028 local body elections at an Extraordinary Meeting yesterday [subs 20 November 2023].

However, the Mayor said that Māori wards wouldn’t replace the many other ways that council engages with Ōpōtiki’s three iwi organisations and that was an area for growth and improvement as well.....
See full article HERE

Canterbury Regional Council Opts Not To Include Māori Constituency
Environment Canterbury Council has decided not to include a Māori constituency in the next local elections in 2025.

Current representation is through 16 councillors - 14 elected from 7 constituencies plus the two Ngāi Tahu councillors enabled through the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Act 2022....
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Ara-Te Pūkenga reinstates high-level reo Māori courses after backlash from Christchurch students
Students at Te Pūkenga’s Christchurch campus are one step closer to having high-level reo Māori learning pathways reinstated after laying down a wero (challenge) to management.

Ara-Te Pūkenga Te Puna Wānaka students – who are often asked to haka pōwhiri at graduation ceremonies they themselves cannot access – demanded better from the institution in September to abide by its Tiriti obligations of a "relentless pursuit of equity"....
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Revealing poll shows people see Te Tiriti o Waitangi as partnership – HRC
Seventy per cent of New Zealanders believe it is important for Māori and non-Māori to decide together on an equal footing how te Tiriti o Waitangi is honoured.

This is one of the crucial findings for Aotearoa of a Horizon Research survey conducted for Te Kāhui Tika Tangata Human Rights Commission earlier this month. It also found 80% of New Zealanders think respectful discussion of racial issues is important.

“Te Tiriti o Waitangi is well recognised as a partnership between Māori and non-Māori, and both parties should be making decisions about the future together, on an equal playing field,” says Charters.

“In that sense, it’s not the government alone nor Māori alone who have the final say, but it’s both working together,” says Charters.

Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt says “while the government of the day could propose something like a referendum on how te Tiriti is applied, such a move needs to be with the agreement of its treaty partner, Māori.”....
See full article HERE

Māori need in climate adaption planning
The author of a new report on climate change adaptation report says Māori must be an integral part of planning because they are among the hardest hit by extreme weather.

Kali Mercier, the deputy director of the Helen Clark Foundation, says regions with high Māori populations like Taitokerau and Tairawhiti are seeing more floods and cyclones.....
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Williams ready to push Māori seat protection
The Labour MP for Manurewa, Arena WIlliams, says she’s keen to get progress on her private members bill protecting the status of the Māori seats.

Variants of the bill have come up in several parliaments, with the last effort spearheaded by then Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene.

The bill was pulled from the ballot just before the election, and Ms Williams says she will lobby individual MPs to support it.

“A Government can’t come along with a simple majority and take away the general seats but they can do that for the Maori seats. They don’t have that 75 percent majority protection the general seats do. I think that is unfair because I don’t think New Zealanders want to see that kind of change to the electoral system by a Government that could do it at any time,” Ms Williams says.....
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Kaipara District Council karakia opens Ruawai meeting
Kaipara’s karakia controversy faded into the background in Ruawai as a councillor opened a meeting with the words: “Kia hora te marino”.

Kaipara District councillor Mark Vincent opened the jointly ratepayer/council co-governed Raupo drainage committee meeting last week with a karakia, after being asked to by committee chairman Ian Beattie who led the meeting.

The drainage committee meeting was also closed with a karakia by committee member Naumai Marae’s Grace Le Gros.....
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Caleb Anderson: We need to be more truthful about our history

Principal’s eligibility shouldn’t depend on ideological litmus test – Free Speech Union

Mike Butler: Sovereignty not ceded – Really?

Hapū Māmā Wānanga Wahakura: Traditional Māori way of parenting returns

Album to commemorate invasion of Rangiaowhia to be released

History Stored Within Ingoa Māori  

Wednesday November 22, 2023 

Uni researchers receive over half a million towards advancing health outcomes for Maori and Pacific peoples 
The Health Research Council (HRC) has awarded $512,000 to University of Waikato researchers for five projects that aim to bolster health outcomes for Māori and Pacific peoples. The five successful projects focus on solutions-based research, building on the knowledge and expertise of Māori and Pacific communities.

Tino rangatiratanga through kaupapa Māori pregnancy and parenting solutions

Dr Nikki Barrett (Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Porou) has been awarded the Māori Health Research Erihapeti Rehu-Murchie Postdoctoral Fellowship worth $391,877 to enhance the wellbeing of Māori mothers and babies. She’ll undertake the fellowship with Te Ngira: Institute for Population Research at the University of Waikato, working alongside Māori community provider Kirikiriroa Family Start Trust.....
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Worry new plan rules will capture traditional Ngāi Tahu camping
Poutini Ngāi Tahu have argued that cultural values in the proposed Te Tai o Poutini plan should be explicitly expressed, citing concerns that freedom camping rules will impact traditional Māori camping.

Lynch said they wanted it to be clear that Poutini Ngāi Tahu cultural values should be clearly represented for the future users of the plan, with clarity around what cultural heritage meant for Ngāi Tahu.

Poutini Ngāi Tahu were requesting cultural heritage be better expressed and more explicit....
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Supie's collapse could help secret Māori supermarket initiative, supporters say
A Māori project to establish a new supermarket group to take on Countdown and Foodstuffs could get a leg-up from the demise of online grocery retailer Supie, supporters of the initiative believe.

The iwi venture has been shrouded in secrecy, but The Post learnt in October that it was being led by Waikato Tainui and former PwC partner Tina Kilmister-Blue and her partner.

They have been lining up British food giant Iceland as a key supplier to the chain, which could have an initial tally of 20 to 30 stores.

Waikato Tainui received a $2.85 million loan from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to “enable the Māori economy and food and beverage industry” that it may be using to investigate the opportunity.....
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Muaupoko protests against Lake Horowhenua’s exemption from national water standards
Horowhenua Lake Trust and Muaupoko Tribal Authority members are still fighting to protect and clean up Lake Horowhenua/Punahau near Levin.

They staged a protest at the Court of Appeal in Wellington against a 10-year exemption of Lake Horowhenua/Punahau from the national freshwater standards, which regulate the health and ecosystems of freshwater.....
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Whangārei iwi threaten occupation if housing development goes ahead
Ngāti Kahu o Torongare in Whangārei is opposing a housing project on a wāhi tapu and says that if the resource consent is upheld, the iwi will occupy the whenua. The proposal is to build a 93-house development on Ōnoke Hill, a well-known site in Kamo.

Local iwi have met Whangārei District Council staff to show their opposition to the proposed development.....
See full article HERE

Hutt City Council votes to revert Petone's name back to Pito-one
The Hutt City Council has voted in support of a proposal to return the area to its original name - and it's gone down well with locals.

It was brought to the council by a number of iwi groups, who want to restore the original name of the area.

"I declare the motion carried," the council chair said, during the vote......
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Hutt City Council To Establish Māori Ward
Hutt City Councillors have voted to create a Mori Ward for the 2025 local government elections. The intent of Mori Wards is to ensure Mori are represented and can participate in local government decision-making. Electors enrolled on the Mori …

“Over recent years we have been focused on deepening our relationship with our Mana Whenua partners and Māori across our city. Establishing a Māori Ward is the right next step to deepen and build on what we’ve done so far.

“I look forward to seeing a Māori Ward councillor around the council table from 2025, and to work with them and our Mana Whenua partners to advance the wellbeing of Māori and all those who live in our city.”......
See full article HERE

Peter Williams: End Judicial Activism

Cam Slater: Let’s Hope So

Graham Adams: Look who wants to debate Treaty issues now

JC: Willie Needs His Gob Smacked

Ngati Manuhiri – Education/Te Kura

Acknowledging the history of Pūkorokoro  

Tuesday November 21, 2023 

No dialing back on spread of te reo Māori 
Ngahiwi Apanui says it’s hypocritical to use Māori culture for trade deals while limiting its use internally.

He says a 2021 survey by the commission showed 3 out of 4 public servants care about te reo Māori and its use in their workplace.

“These are the things that can’t be dialed back. And when you start dialing them back, that’s when you start getting staff rebelling, the 300 or so staff from MFAT who railed against the fact that te reo Māori had been stripped from that cabinet paper, or from that ministerial paper,” he says.....
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Bias keeping mad Māori from care
Racial discrimination and clinician bias are hampering efforts by Māori with mental health and substance use problems to get care for physical medical problems.

University of Otago researchers surveyed over 300 people including 60 Māori on their experience in the health system with what is called disagnostic overshadowing.

Lead author Ruth Cunningham says mental health or substance use conditions are known to be a factor in unequal health outcomes.

It’s a problem for many people in those groups but especially for Maori.....
See full article HERE

Bureaucrats put handbrake on Māori spending says Tamihere
Māori Party president John Tamihere says the hand brake is going on Māori spending across the whole of the public sector in anticipation of the new Government.

The Waipareira Trust chief executive says the problem is not just with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs dropping te reo Māori.

He says non Māori providers are still being funded but Māori provider groups and partnerships are put on the back foot.....
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Te Pāti Māori Call For Resignation Of MFAT CEO Over Te Reo Māori Erasure
Te Pāti Māori have called for the resignation of the Ministry of Foreign and Trade chief executive Chris Seed following his decision to erase te reo Māori from government communications.

“We are putting every government department on notice” said Waititi.

“We will not allow this type of behaviour and attitude to go unchallenged” Waititi said....
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Taranaki relationships long and deep
A Taranaki tribal leader says the weekend’s visit to Parihaka by King Tuheitia was hugely significant for all iwi in Taranaki.

Ruakere Hond says the hui was about strengthening the historic relationship stretching back to the peace between Taranaki and Waikato tribes forged in 1834 after the battle at Orangi Tuapeka by the man who became the first king, Potatau Te Wherowhero.....
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Hutt City Council considers bid to change iconic Valley suburb's name
Iwi groups are proposing renaming the Hutt Valley suburb Petone as Pito-one.

The bid to change the spelling and pronunciation is going before the City Council tomorrow, before eventually being seen by the Geographic Board.

Pito-one is the original name, which was switched by colonial settlers.....
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Red Cross
Our aim to have all Red Cross people complete this foundational training. We believe that our collective capability development in Te Ao Māori is critical to serving our collective mission – to improve the lives of vulnerable people, including whānau, hapū, and iwi.

Growing our understanding and confidence in Te Ao Māori helps us develop the tools we need to navigate our work alongside iwi Māori and better connects us to the histories, cultural heritage, and language of Aotearoa.....
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Is incoming Prime Minister Christopher Luxon likely to scrub te reo Māori from official government use?

Wendy Geus: ACT Wants to Clarify, Not Rewrite

Taonga tuku iho: How a new curriculum brings Māori history to the fore

Who would have thought I would again be pinning my hopes on Winston Peters?  

Monday November 20, 2023 

NZ Māori Council warns MFAT it’s ready for ‘fight’ over te reo Māori scrubbing 
After revelations this week in a leaked memo that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) scrubbed te reo Māori from some official use in anticipation of the new National-led government, Te Kaunihera Māori o Aoteaora (The New Zealand Māori Council) has put the ministry on notice that it “stands ready” to “fight” to protect the language, if required.

Furthermore, it wants the ministry to formally disavow itself of any measures to erase te reo Māori from its communications.

The council in a release said it was “concerned” by news reports suggesting that a government ministry may have been removing te reo Māori from government communications.

“Te Reo Māori is a highly prized taonga of Māori. As such, there is a positive obligation on the Crown to take steps to preserve Te Reo and protect the right of Māori to continue to use it as their principal language......
See full article HERE

'Kapiti Council Ignores Public Opposition To Maori Ward
Hobson’s Pledge is calling on the incoming Government to require all Maori wards to be confirmed by referenda, even those where Councils have recently passed a resolution imposing them. Councils all over New Zealand have rushed to beat any legislative change by the incoming Government and should not be rewarded for rushing through changes without a community mandate.

Despite 548 submissions, 69% of which were in opposition, Kapiti Coast District Council has voted to create a Maori ward in the district.

"There’s little point in undertaking consultation if the consultation is ignored," Hobson's Pledge spokesperson Don Brash says.

When a Council discounts feedback from some ratepayers and not others, it isn’t democracy, and Mayor Holborow knows it,” Don Brash says.....
See full article HERE

A new era of treaty politics looms under new government

Mike Butler: Land sold, not ‘lost’

Lady Tureiti Moxon says ACT's referendum on Treaty of Waitangi misguided

Facing a new day  

This Breaking Views Update monitors race relations in the media on a weekly basis. New material is added regularly. If you would like to send Letters to the Editor in response to any of these articles, most media addresses can be found HERE


Kiwialan said...

The majority of New Zealanders can't understand the stone age hobby language and really don't want to so why force it onto our entire Country. Children are leaving school unable to read or write and pathetic at mathematics plus sciences but do an excellent haka. How stupid. Te Reo is mumbo-jumbo to the rest of the whole world and totally useless in International trade and finance. I know NZ is loosing many hundreds of Chinese students because their parents don't want to waste their money on their children being indoctrinated with Maori cultural nonsense. Kiwialan.

Robert Arthur said...

The Maori Council bully boy response so typically maori. All concessions to maori are hard to contain and harder still to reverse. "Hoatu he koromatua tango te waewae". The notion that contrived names are "preserving" the language is farcical as very many of the words are contrived and would be meaningless to a pre European maori. Whereas Cook could have made sense of most English today, including the nams of govt departments.

Robert Arthur said...

re 21st. Of course the CEO of the Maori Lingo Commission is opposed to the dialling back of stone age te reo. His lucrative position is at risk. Much as lamplighters with the coming of electricity. If it leads to resignation of many maori uber alles activists embedded throughout govt departments, nursing, education etc, great. NZ may again compete in productivity with the real world.

And Peti-oni for Petone will create yet more needless confusion and spelling muddle. But at least it is not some umpteen syllable metaphorical confection.

Robert Arthur said...

If I could fathom all the maori words I would likely comment on the research grants to maori for health matters. I wonder who assesses the outcomes of these obtuse research subjects. Some truly independent objective non maori? I gather variants of the expression are common to baby talk of many races, but was "mama" for mother used by original maori? (Ditto "pepe" for baby?)

robert Arthur said...

Councils will live to regret maori wards. Like maori parliamentary seats they will prove near impossible to get rid of. When maori wake up that with all candidates with the same objective, maori only need a few hundred on the maori roll so can effectively exercise dual influence through general candidates,the maori roll will dwindle. If so will the local body maori wards also reduce?

Maori are concerned that Freedom Camping rules may conflict with their habits. I recall touring the East Cape in the 1950s. As a small schoolboy in those more modest times, the number of locals observed blatantly relieving themselves by the roadside intrigued. I presume as established tikanga the right to continue to do so is not challengeable.

Anonymous said...

Split vote delivers ‘yes’ to Māori ward for Central Hawke’s Bay.

Good to see yet another 'democratically' elected council falling over themselves to adopt APARTHEID and RACISM.

The Maori mafia He Puapua manifesto coming together nicely eh!!

Anonymous said...

Charters using the Goebbels principle again:

“Te Tiriti o Waitangi is well recognised as a partnership between Māori and non-Māori, and both parties should be making decisions about the future together, on an equal playing field,” says Charters.

For the avoidance of doubt I do NOT agree with Charters well known fact. Maori ceded their powers to the Crown. That is the fact.

Incidentally an equal playing field is represented by democracy not by manipulation and weighting of numbers which is then deemed to make an even playing field.

Robert Arthur said...

Auckland councillors seem to be about the only ones who have realised that cancellation has likely lost its punch with the elections, and so voted for no maori wards meanwhile. Of course Auckland had the object lesson of the dangers of excess maori influence via the Tupuna Maunga Authority, too remote for otehr councils to note.

Robert Arthur said...

Re 24th. A great virtue of showing tribal links after name is that it clearly indicates persons with colonist names as being almost certainly non objective and highly pro maori biassed. In the study above the structural disadvantage experienced by maori is attributed to the way society is organised, not to maori life style choices. Curiously 3 different degrees of apparent maori disadvantage led to the same mental outcomes, which would seem to throw great doubt on disadvantage as a major factor. It seems to me immersing a child in te reo and easy going te ao and then expecting them to then catch up and fit into the 21st century world must add considerable mental stress to any from other factors.

Anonymous said...

Good riddance to te pati party and hamas green party. The only power they will ever have again is if anyone is stupid enough to vote for them. And if they threaten violence or break our westminster laws which are fantastic by the way, then throw them all in the slammer.

Anonymous said...

There is a lot of indoctrinated stupid out there, mostly to do with easy access to Marxist controlled universities, which was all by design.

Anonymous said...

On rodney hide's podcast on reality radio he states that nz first amd act supporters should be very happy.with the coalition deal. Another reason to never listen to.msm wokester spin such as the article written above.