Saturday, February 24, 2024

Breaking Views Update: Week of 18.2.24

Saturday February 24, 2024 

Government could bring forward bill to close Māori Health Authority, avoiding Waitangi Tribunal defence

The Government looks set to jump ahead of legal action challenging its policy of closing Te Aka Whai Ora, the Māori Health Authority, by introducing the bill to do so just two days ahead of an urgent hearing at the Waitangi Tribunal.

Crown lawyers have told the Tribunal that a bill to wind down Te Aka Whai Ora could be introduced as early as Tuesday, the next sitting day of Parliament.

The Tribunal had scheduled an urgent hearing regarding this policy for Thursday and Friday. But it has no authority to consider issues before Parliament, so if the Government does introduce its bill earlier than expected, then it may kybosh this legal challenge.....
See full article HERE

Valuing Te Ao Māori requires staff to understand key Māori concepts and practices ... • Celebrate Māori culture and support te reo Māori to flourish.
The name “Te Pae o Uta”1 derives from a karakia used by Nukutawhiti, the grandson of Kupe upon his arrival into Hokianga on the waka Ngātokimatawhaorua and refers to the “sight of land” upon entering the Hokianga Harbour which gave Nukutawhiti and all aboard Ngātokimatawhaorua a sense of having arrived safely to their destination having navigated the turbulent waters of Te Moana-nui-ā-Kiwa and many trials and tribulations from Hawaiki to Aotearoa.

This incantation sought guidance and safe passage from the spiritual powers to help Nukutawhiti navigate the powerful elements of the Hokianga Harbour known as Te Taitama Tāne, a metaphoric reference to the dangerous and unpredictable waters of the West Coast of Northland....
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Annotations on the Treaty of Waitangi
In late 2022, councillors requested an annotated bibliography on the Treaty of Waitangi as a development resource. We are pleased to present 21 meticulously crafted annotations, thanks to the work of two Tai-ranga-whenua intern students.

This collection explores the evolving nature of the principles of the Treaty and the obligations that creates for local government decision makers. It serves an informational purpose and therefore includes a variety of viewpoints that do not necessarily reflect that of Waikato Regional Council. Although great care has been taken to ensure the annotations provided are relevant, they are not intended to be a full and complete list of the narratives and dissertations on this topic.....
See full article HERE

Woman's possible 5-year exclusion from real estate for protest against Māori values program 'cultural wokeness' - Winston Peters
Winston Peters is irate a woman's career may possibly be temporarily halted after she refused to partake in a Māori values course.

The controversy started after real estate agent Janet Dickson called the course "woke madness" on social media, Open Justice reported.

Having refused to take the Te Kākano course, Dickson was facing a five-year licence cancellation by the Real Estate Authority (REA).

In a post on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters spoke out in defence of Dickson.

"NZ First campaigned warning this was what was going to happen... a dangerous future of cultural wokeness being forced upon people with threats of being cancelled and losing your job or promotions if you didn't comply," he said on X.

"This is the reality now. And we intend to stop it." ....
See full article HERE

Luxon needs to pull ACT Party’s reins in says Mutu
A spokesperson for the National Iwi Chairs Forum says the Prime Minister is failing in his duty to bring ACT Party leader David Seymour into line – while he continues to spread lies and misinformation about the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori rights.

Professor Margaret Mutu, who spent 30 years researching Te Tiriti and colonisation, says the Seymour-led ACT Party is deliberately misinforming New Zealanders about what Te Tiriti o Waitangi actually said – and the differences between Māori and other New Zealanders rights under it.

Ms Mutu says, “If you have a look at the ACT web page that deals with this, it is just so full of… well I can’t say it any other way… lies, absolute lies about Māori and about what Te Tiriti actually says”.

Professor Mutu says ACT wants New Zealanders to believe Māori actually ceded their sovereignty when they never did – and she also says Prime Minister Chris Luxon’s failure to bring David Seymour into line – just encourages him further.....
See full article HERE

Tiriti talk part of district tour
Presenting a talk on Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi at Wānaka Library on February 15 is mātua Darren Rewi.

The talk, which was one of a series Mr Rewi is holding at libraries across the Queenstown Lakes District, focused on the document’s relevance today, and the impact felt in the region.....
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Māori leaders claim lack of consultation on bus service
Tanenuiarangi Manawatū chief executive Danielle Harris said Horizons Regional Council did not sufficiently engage with Rangitāne o Manawatū in planning the new service.

Read said Horizons signed a Memorandum of Partnership with Rangitāne o Manawatū in 2007, and regularly involved iwi and hapū in discussions about managing natural resources.

It had not been common to involve them in the early stages of transport planning, but that was changing, Read said.....
See full article HERE

John Porter: Should Maori Have Sovereignty Over New Zealand?

Graham Adams: Media chiefs struggle to understand democracy.

Māori getting ‘creative’ to become global leaders in kai and fibre

Government Haste Gives Unequal Access To Cultural Reports  

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Friday February 23, 2024 

Realtor Janet Dickson facing five-year ban for refusing Māori values course 
A real estate agent is facing a five-year ban after refusing to complete a compulsory short course on Māori culture and tikanga.

Janet Dickson labelled the course “woke madness” in a Facebook post and said that she was going to fight for her rights “to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else”.

Her refusal is based on concerns that an industry body can force its members to complete training “on a subject that is only peripherally connected to their job under threat of losing their right to work.”

As part of that fight she’s seeking a judicial review of the Real Estate Authority’s power to enforce cultural training for the country’s realtors…..
See full article HERE

School unveils carvings, given Māori place-names
A Dunedin school hopes to reinvigorate original Dunedin places names through its new carvings.

Balmacewen Intermediate School unveiled four new carvings that represented its school houses but also traditional Māori names for places in the city. They were named Whakaari (Wakari), Āraiteuru (the waka that some Ngāi Tahu ancestors arrived in), Kaikārae (Kaikorai stream) and Whānaupaki (Flagstaff).

Principal Andrew Hunter said there was a growing need to keep developing New Zealand’s history…..
See full article HERE

Mental Health Minister says he’s committed to by Māori, for Māori approach
“I firmly believe we need services that are by Māori, for Māori - whether it’s kaupapa, or tikanga Māori services. Because that is the stuff that breaks down the stigma and the discrimination and the barriers for people to access support,” Minister Matt Doocey told Stuff’s Newsable podcast on Thursday.

The minister denied the scrapping of the Māori Health Authority would hamper his plans.

“I think it actually frees up resources.. what we’ve said for Māori delivered services, is we’ll have them inside one system. I’ve already worked and talked to a range of iwi providers, and I’m really keen to work alongside them because they know their community.”….
See full article HERE

Ongoing commitment to reduce health inequities for Māori supported with more HRC funding
The Health Research Council have awarded $1.4 million to the project Technology and Kaiāwhina-Based Support to Optimise Diabetes Management for Māori. The project will commence in October 2024.

Academic lead and Associate Professor of Health, Dr Lynne Chepulis, says healthcare inequity between Māori and non-Māori is significant.

“We need system-level changes to improve outcomes for Māori and Pacific peoples, including for T2D where health outcomes are consistently worse for Māori,” she says…..
See full article HERE

Te reo Māori blossoming with the grapes in Te Tauihu via corrected road signs
The winds of change are blowing through the Marlborough district as the local council and community embrace te reo Māori.

Three years ago, Te Rūnanga ā Rangitāne o Wairau Trust asked the Marlborough District Council to put macrons on a dozen incorrect te reo Māori signs and now its happened.

Rūnanga general manager Corey Hebberd says Marlborough has been known as a hub for South Island reo Māori revival, so the little steps are really great to see.

He says the naming of the Blenheim’s new library, Te Kahu o Waipuna last year, and now the street signs, is showing positive community engagement with te reo.

Corey Hebberd says inside Te Kahu o Waipuna , carries te reo Māori first on all its signage…..
See full article HERE  

Thursday February 22, 2024 

Strengthening Te Ao Māori got new air force cultural advisor 
Flight Lieutenant Thomas “Cookie” Cookson says the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is on a pathway of positive change when it comes to incorporating te ao Māori into its culture.

From a cultural perspective, the Defence Force was heading in a positive direction, he said.

“We’re really looking to adopt a more te ao Māori foundation and there is a good acknowledgement of te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi – and that’s going to flow throughout the whole organisation…..
See full article HERE

Treaty sacrosanct says Luxon
Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says he’s not changing the Treaty of Waitangi, despite the efforts of his ACT coalition partner.

The National Party leader has been hardening up his language on ACT’s Treaty Principles Bill even as ACT leader David Seymour tries to generate wider public support for his interpretation of the document.

The bill will go to first reading so the public can make submissions to a select committee on whether to hold a referendum….
See full article HERE

Far North council wants feedback on how people want to be represented
Far North folk are being asked by the council how they want to be represented, including if they want more Māori wards and if they feel they are effectively served by their local body politicians.

‘’Specifically, we’re interested in your thoughts on the current boundary of the district-wide Māori Ward adopted by the council in 2021. There are four councillors representing this ward. Are you happy with this arrangement? There is an option to have more than one Māori Ward (up to four). How many Māori Wards would provide effective and fair representation for our district?’’

Currently, Māori Ward councillors sitting on community boards lack voting rights. They can provide advice but cannot formally make decisions.

‘’Should Māori Ward councillors be appointed to and vote on community boards?’’….
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Māori To Explore Low Carbon Land Use Thanks To $40,000 Grant
‘Discovery tours’ will be organised for joint Māori landowners in the Bay this year to showcase low carbon land use options and help ignite the Māori economy.

The tours will be organised by Toi Kai Rawa with the support of a $40,000 grant from BayTrust…..
See full article HERE

Digging way to self-reliance
Energy and Resources Minister Shane Jones says he’d like iwi to rethink their attitude to mining.

Mr Jones says many iwi leaders have a dim view of resource extraction, despite the fact many of the biggest beneficiaries are likely to be Māori who are now in high-paying mining jobs in Australia.

While there will be disruption to the natural environment, the industry has developed sophisticated ways to reinstate what was there before…..
See full article HERE

Te Tai Tokerau business agreement fosters eco-system of Māori business excellence

Native American partnership spotlights Maori creatives – Tapuwae Roa

Kura Reo courses sell out in minutes as demand grows  

Wednesday February 21, 2024 

Waitangi Tribunal to launch urgent inquiry into scrapping of Māori Health Authority 
The Waitangi Tribunal will go ahead with an urgent inquiry into the disestablishment of Te Aka Whai Ora, the Māori Health Authority.

Plans to scrap the authority in December 2023 by the coalition government were challenged by Māori health advocates, who requested an urgent hearing into the matter.

A memorandum from the Crown submitted to the tribunal late last month opposed the inquiry, arguing the tribunal should wait until the legislative process was concluded before deciding whether an inquiry was needed.

It also argued the tribunal adhere to a 'non-interference' principle, which states the courts not allow their processes to interfere with the functioning of other branches, like Parliament…..
See full article HERE

Auckland War Memorial Museum plans to shift from ‘colonial museum’ to ‘Te Tiriti-led museum’
The Auckland War Memorial Museum plans to move from what it describes as a “colonial museum” to “a Te Tiriti-led museum” which will operate as a social impact organisation.

“The first shift sees us move from a colonial Museum to a Te Tiriti-led Museum,” the plan reads. ”This builds upon our bicultural foundation, which in our context recognises Māori as Tangata Whenua. The other strand is Tangata Tiriti – the people of the Treaty – which includes all other cultures and communities that now call Aotearoa New Zealand home by virtue of the Treaty. This approach includes everyone.”….
See full article HERE

How Wellington is getting its macron on
It has taken just six years but Wellington streets are about to get a macron — to boost māramatanga in Māori as well as English.

The long-running saga has come to light thanks to a paper this week to a Wellington City Council committee about what to name a new Tawa private right-of-way.

The Tawa Community Board had suggested a name in honour of New Zealand cricket great, grandfather of White Ferns Amelia and Jess Kerr, and former Tawa College principal Bruce Murray. But that was complicated by a Bruce Ave existing in Brooklyn and a Murray St in Island Bay.

But the Tawa board had supported the name Te Ara Kōhūhū, after a tree found in the area, and community board chairperson Jill Day confirmed it was expected to get the board’s official endorsement on Monday night……
See full article HERE

Ngāti Kuri testing Indigenous fire management
Northernmost iwi Ngāti Kuri is looking for Indigenous knowledge from across Tasman to learn traditional cultural practices to prevent or manage wildfires.

A group travelled to north Queensland in August to meet with the Girringun, and a group of Girringun rangers are visiting Muriwhenua in March…..
See full article HERE

Auckland Council agrees to lease land for West Auckland marae
The agreement will see 2.5 hectares of Harbourview-Orangihina Park in Te Atatū Peninsula leased to the Te Atatū Marae Coalition for 14 years, after which they can choose to renew it.

The marae would be developed in stages, including construction of a wharenui, wharekai, whareiti, whare āwhina and kaumātua flats…..
See full article HERE

Dave Witherow: What’s Next?  

Tuesday February 20, 2024 

New minister ready to restart Treaty negotiations with New Zealand’s largest iwi 
The new Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations is keen to progress Ngāpuhi Treaty negotiations, meeting face-to-face with key people as part of Waitangi commemorations.

Paul Goldsmith said he would like to progress Treaty negotiations “without delay” and his meetings across Northland this month were a good step forward.

One Ngāpuhi sub-tribe keen to progress swiftly with its own negotiations is Ngāti Hine, said spokesman Pita Tipene.

Ngāti Hine - an iwi in itself, with 50,000 members and nine sub-tribes - successfully met with Goldsmith at Waitangi, he said.

“We put very clearly that we are seeking a mandate for Ngāti Hine and our nine hapū and will not be part of any large natural grouping that the Government might be trying to put through…..
See full article HERE

Foreign landlords no answer for housing crisis
A Māori housing advocacy group says the idea of opening the door for foreign investors to build for-profit rental accommodation profit, will only worsen housing affordability – especially for Māori.

“Government needs to start valuing the opportunities in partnering with Maori providers… with iwi providers, and look at us as an option to build to scale,” Ms Hamlin-Paenga says.

She says while foreign investors may have the money for mass building projects, they are done only for profit – not wider community needs….
See full article HERE

Gerry Eckhoff: Waitangi - Treaty or Taniwha

Clive Bibby: We won’t achieve what the main players don’t want.

Geoff Parker: The News Media role in advancing Maori interests.

The Treaty of Waitangi – a force for unity or division?

Claims for customary title to Whāngarei Harbour in court

Tikanga in the law – a recipe for chaos?

Paula Penfold: Cultural reports system needs interrogation

Michael versus the Goliaths

Whispers from the whenua

Why give breath to the coalition?

ACT Leader Blurring The Lines

Policies driving Māori into gutter says Tamihere 

Sunday February 18, 2024 

Whangārei Harbour customary titles hearing begins 
Discussions surrounding customary titles, collective agreements and historical dialogues are unfolding in court, shaping the future dynamics between the local Māori community and Whangārei Harbour.

The Marine and Coastal Area Act (MACA) was passed under John Key’s National Government in 2011 in response to Labour’s controversial Foreshore and Seabed Act of 2004, which in turn followed a 2003 Court of Appeal ruling that Māori customary rights to the foreshore and seabed had not been extinguished.

The MACA provided for the recognition of Māori customary rights in parts of the marine and coastal area that aren’t already in private ownership or part of a conservation area.

Under the current law, an iwi or hapū applicant group has to meet two main criteria before customary title is recognised: it has to hold the area in accordance with Māori customs and practices and it has to have been exclusively used and occupied since 1840 without substantial interruption.....
See full article HERE 

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Anonymous said...

New minister (Goldsmith) ready to restart Treaty negotiations with New Zealand’s largest iwi??

Another 'history ignorant' politician who doesn't know that ALL Major Maori Claims had been fully and finally settled by the courts in the 30's and 40's when the New Zealand Government was still under the watchful eye of Great Britain and the Privy council. These 1940's settlements are fully documented in the Justice Departments Richard Hill's report, requested in 1989 by none other than Attorney General of the day Mr David Lange.

Anonymous said...

So the Maori industry is alive and well and supported by the government.

The words of shock and betrayal by the government that come to mind, are not publishable.

Robert Arthur said...

re 21st.So Auckland Museum is going to cease being a "colonial " museum and become a te tiriti museum whatever that is. Presumably even more a propaganda centre than activist staff have achieved so far.
I remember when museums were somewhat dull individual exhibits each labelled, and lots of. When later read about various subjects the items mentioned could be envisaged in context. Now most is in the basement. In Auckland there were several stuffed wild animals. Interesting to study close up but now gone. One consolation, just inside the entrance was an exhibition of shrunken maori heads. Return of these will remind of the joyous pre colonial condition. A great source of intrigue for youngsters. Years ago the fancy meeting house had a label making it clear that interest by Europeans saved it. The modern label implies doting industrious maori preserved it.
I wonder how the Ngati Kuori junket to Oz was ultimately paid for. My understanding is that the considerable deforested areas evident even when the first colonists arrived were the result of maori burn offs. Letting them apply matauranga again may not be prudent.
If land is leased to maori and persons live there, cancellation of the lease will be impossible. As also will be any substantial rent increase (unlike maori action in the City) The prime real estate will inevitably pass to maori, who have already benefitted enormously from state housing on the peninsular (the now polite name for Te Atatu North.) Should help keep peninsular house prices within reason for what had become a desirable suburb.

Anonymous said...

If per state of nation speech the PM is hot on tough live, then start with Waitangi Tribunal.

And cut any government funding to Auckland Museum. I have no issue with re- imaging etc. I have a huge issue with lies masquerading as truth and anything ‘ treaty lead’ as opposed to colonial shrieks propaganda.

Anonymous said...

"Flight Lieutenant Thomas “Cookie” Cookson says the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is on a pathway of positive change when it comes to incorporating te ao Māori into its culture"?
Despite Defence Force attrition problems, it’s discharged about 25 regular and Special Forces in the past 18 months for refusing the vaccine??

Greg Dervan said...

That should solve the problem of having no hardware,they will all poke their tongues out!

Robert Arthur said...

re 22nd It is difficult to imagine anything further removed from the order and discipline of an armed service, especially the less animal savage orientated Air Force, and the easy going ways of te ao. At least when the Chinese come the Air Force will presumably contribute a few more tongue poking trace maori to the haka deterrent force assembled on the beach as the main deterrent. Presumably helicopter war patrols will, in accord with te ao, kill the first person they encounter, foe or friend, in strict accord with te ao.
And the referendum up north will very likely be captured by maori. With their language nests, interconnected state funded propaganda centres (marae), many with time on their hands, extended family networks, and myriad activists a mass coordinated resonse to referena is easily organised. Unlike busy insular others, who are still terrified of Cancellation, and especially in maori dominated communities. Or, with the manic Waitangi inspired crazies up north, afraid of worse than cancellation.

Anonymous said...

So it’s waka rerangi for NZDF. Flying canoes. What a joke.

What is not a joke is the report that Luxon sees ToW as sacrosanct and that Seymour is trying to change it with his bill.

Who the hell is this guy?

Anonymous said...

Well done to janet dickson. Even at my job in an office, they made us do a te reo thing with our compliance quizzes, but i only saw it once. They wanted us to say kia ora and sign our emails nga mihi instead of yours faithfully but no one did it. It was "suggested" only.

Robert Arthur said...

Do the Land Agents have to pass a test or can they spend the course watching blue movies on cellphone? Or pondering ways of hiding from prospective buyers the cultural make up of many suburbs.

Yet another maori crack at colonialism; a set of tongue in cheek carvings inflicted at considerable cost to some mug Trust. Recipients clearly do not grasp the snide maori sense of humour. The school name gloriously non indigenous. I guess that will be next for attention.

Anonymous said...

All of Friday’s clips above are depressing. Manipulation of people’s lives and pandering to apartheid forces.

robert Arthur said...

The first view into the Hokianga is somewhat bleak, but when they spied the power pylons in the distance feeding power to all the state houses in the north, no doubt the voyagers kenew they had arrived in paradise.

Robert Arthur said...

I note the Waikoto Council Treaty bibliography does not include anything from the contributors here. It is anything but a balanced information source. I trustthe interns were not paid with ratepayer money to compile the one sided propoganda piece.

Anonymous said...

Today’s items are again awful for NZ.

Delighted if Waitangi Tribunal gets gazumped by the Government but government gibberish about unique ongoing Maori healthcare is a concern ( not healthcare, but the racial element).

I recommend Mutu go back to her ivory tower ( or should it be tree hut), close the door and contemplate the significance of her navel for the purposes of Maori intellectualism.

As for local Maori not being properly consulted on the bus route, Since when did Maori have unique knowledge about buses? And a real estate agent is being made a fool of for refusing to subscribe to this nonsense?

So it goes on …..