Saturday, April 13, 2024

Breaking Views Update: Week of 7.4.24

Saturday April 13, 2024 

Government warned against repealing Oranga Tamariki's Treaty commitments

An urgent Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into the repeal of Treaty of Waitangi commitments within Oranga Tamariki is under way.

Evidence submitted to the tribunal on Friday showed repealing Section 7AA, which outlines requirements for agency to improve outcomes for tamariki Māori would elicit strong reaction from Māori.

Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act introduced legislative obligations and explicit duties on the chief executive to demonstrate a practical commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi....
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Pressure on teachers to get UE prep right for Māori
Māori and Pasifika students at 12 Auckland high schools may have a better shot at tertiary study thanks to a new partnership between their schools and the University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau.

Schools and community engagement associate director Liletina Vaka says the aim is parity in university entrance results by 2030.

Just 34 percent Māori and Pacific candidates passed UE in 2022 compared with a national average of 50 percent.

She says when the university looked into the problem, Pasifika and Māori high school students told them they felt their teachers had mismanaged their curriculum and not give them the best chance for higher study.

“What we’re seeing is teachers inconsistently knowing how to achieve UE....
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Iwi-court process gets McKee tick
Courts Minister Nicole McKee says she’s taking an outcomes-driven approach to programmes run within the courts, including those adding a Māori dimension to the process.

She says there is a standard review process for all programmes, including rangatahi courts and the Te Ao Mārama programme to partner with iwi and communities to reduce reoffending and the disproportionate number of Māori in the justice system.

Ms McKee says she has attended rangatahi court hearings on marae and been impressed with what she saw.....
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Māori workforce pivotal in driving economic growth
“Māori often bring a strong work ethic influenced by whānau values,” said panellist Kosta James, Managing Director of On Demand Logistics. “This commitment to hard work and dedication to their whānau and their lives can translate into a supportive and cohesive team culture in the workplace.”....
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Act leader David Seymour would vote against Māori wards for Auckland
Act leader David Seymour says he would vote against Māori wards if his home council were to hold a referendum on them.

The party opposed Māori wards, but Seymour “accepts that it should be up to local people by referendum to decide if they want them”.

”If there was a vote in Auckland where I reside, I’d be voting no.”.....
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The Treaty or te Tiriti: call it what you will, the obligations remain 

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Friday April 12, 2024 

New rooms, new beginnings for Shannon School 
Shannon School held an official opening on Wednesday for a new kitchen and a new te reo Māori immersion classroom. It has also given new names to seven spaces.

Julian said they wanted it to work in partnership with local iwi Ngāti Whakatere and what the iwi wanted was for every child to have the right to learn their language, their history, tikanga and kawa (rights and customs).

The immersion classroom is called Te Whare Kākano: New Beginnings.

The main school hall, which is used for various things including assemblies and school graduations, is called Te Whare Whiringa: Interweaving Hubs of Knowledge.

Julian said it was where all the knowledge in the school was based.

There was also Te Ara a Tawhaki: The Pathway of knowledge, which was to symbolise people walking down that pathway as they entered the school.....
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Northland Māori students can apply for $5000 scholarship to study technology
Northland Māori students with an interest in studying technology can apply for a scholarship set up in the name of late technology expert Daniel Karehana.

Eligible applicants must whakapapa Māori and aged between 15 and 22. The scholarship, valued at $5000, will support recipients in advancing their studies or work in technology.....
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New Approach To Increase Māori And Pacific University Success
Bold initiative to improve Māori and Pacific University Entrance pass rates and increase success, has been launched by Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland.

Associate Director, Schools and Community Engagement, Liletina Vaka, says the University is excited to announce a new partnership with secondary schools. The goal is to achieve UE parity for Māori and Pacific learners by 2030....
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‘I feel particularly aggrieved for Māori’ - McRoberts and Kamo on media cuts
Given the hui-ā-motu, the explosive Waitangi Day and the Treaty Principles Bill, Mike McRoberts believes Māori need media representation more than ever.....
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Sorry Wellington, but local Māori wards process was steeped in democracy - Deputy Mayor
Horowhenua’s Deputy Mayor David Allan did not mince words when asked for his view on this.

“No referendum can overturn a council decision on what wards we have,” said Allan.

“Nor can a referendum overturn the number of representatives we have, as long as we stay within the statistical limits.”

He said Māori Wards can only be overturned if you make it about race. “As a council we were 100 per cent in support of Māori wards and the public submissions on this decision were overwhelmingly in favour.”....
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Government redress for Te Korowai o Wainuiārua
The Government is continuing the bipartisan effort to restore its relationship with iwi as the Te Korowai o Wainuiārua Claims Settlement Bill passed its first reading in Parliament today, says Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith.

“Historical grievances of Te Korowai o Wainuiārua relate to 19th century warfare, land purchased or taken for public works. This has led to Te Korowai o Wainuiārua becoming virtually landless.

“Today, large parts of their rohe comprise the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks, precious places in which the iwi of Te Korowai o Wainuiārua have long sought a meaningful kaitiaki role.

“This legislation will see Te Korowai o Wainuiārua receive financial and commercial redress of $21.7 million, as well as a cultural revitalisation fund of $6.850 million and 19 sites of traditional, historical and cultural significance.....
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Geoff Parker: Race-based land laws.

Māori ki Waikato

You’re hired: Māori apprentice Rickii-Lee Parekura to empower her iwi with new data skills

Australia will welcome any axed Govt Māori and Pasifika staff ‘with open arms’

History curriculum pleasing parents

Mandatory polls on Māori wards ‘hypocritical’  

Thursday April 11, 2024 

Government Honours Taranaki Maunga Deal 
The Government is honouring commitments made to Taranaki iwi with the Te Pire Whakatupua mō Te Kāhui Tupua/Taranaki Maunga Collective Redress Bill passing its first reading Parliament today, Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith says.

“This Bill addresses the commitment the Crown made to the eight iwi of Taranaki to negotiate collective cultural redress over the Maunga once all individual settlements were complete.

“The arrangements include the National Park being renamed Te Papa-Kura-o-Taranaki, and the highest peak having its name changed to Taranaki Maunga.

“Arrangements also include the recognition of a legal person, the vesting of the Egmont National Park land in Te Kāhui Tupua, recognition of a set of values to guide decision-making within the national park, and the establishment of a statutory body to act as the human face and voice of the legal personality.....
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Full Complement Of Iwi Representatives On Council Committees - Marlborough DC
The appointment of iwi representatives to all the Marlborough District Council’s standing committees continues a long-standing Council commitment to have local iwi at the table.

Welcoming the Iwi Representative appointees prior to today’s full Council meeting, Mayor Nadine Taylor said iwi positions on Council committees had been in place for more than 30 years, however the positions had not always been filled.

“For many years, the mahi was ably undertaken by Richard Hunter and Raymond Smith but their departure after years of dedicated service left us without iwi representation. I am very pleased we now have all three voting positions filled on our Assets and Services, Environment and Planning, and Economic, Finance and Community committees,” Mayor Taylor said.....
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Minister Wants A Different Set Of Kids To Solve His Problems! - Pat Newman  

Wednesday April 10, 2024 

UN Human Rights Expert To Shine Global Spotlight On Nelson Tenths 
On Tuesday, April 9, 2024, Mr Francisco Calí Tzay, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, will visit Nelson to learn about the Nelson Tenths and the ongoing litigation against the Crown.

Professor Claire Charters, Manutaki | Director, Te Puna Rangahau o te Wai Ariki| Aotearoa Centre for Indigenous Peoples and the Law at the University of Auckland, will attend alongside Mr Calí Tzay.

Seven years have now passed since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision that the Crown owes a fiduciary duty to the customary Māori owners of the Nelson Tenths. Despite this no land has been returned and no compensation has been paid.....
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BSA finds Kate Hawkesby comments on Māori and Pasifika ‘misleading and discriminatory’
The Broadcasting Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against broadcaster Kate Hawkesby, ruling remarks she made about Māori and Pasifika surgical patients breached multiple standards.

A June 2023 broadcast of Newstalk ZB’s Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby saw the radio host make an inaccurate statement about Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand’s then-new Equity Adjuster Score in the Auckland region.

The system places patients on the non-urgent surgical wait list based on five categories, including clinical priority, time spent waiting, location, deprivation level and ethnicity.

The BSA said Hawkesby made comments suggesting Māori and Pacific peoples “moved to the top of surgery waitlists”, giving the impression that ethnicity was the deciding factor for surgical wait times.

If this were true, all Māori and Pacific patients would be given “immediate precedence on the surgical waitlist”, the BSA said....
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New Zealand’s First Iwi Fisheries Forum Celebrates 25 Years
Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries Jenny Marcroft has congratulated the country’s longest-standing iwi fisheries forum for its ongoing commitment to the sustainability of New Zealand’s fisheries.

“Ngaa Hapuu o Te Uru o Tainui Fisheries Forum (NHoTU), which celebrated the 25th anniversary on 6 April, was the first of its kind established and has been meeting regularly since the late 1990s. Over this time it has been joined by nine other such forums,” Ms Marcroft says.

“This forum is an exemplar of a government agency and tangata whenua creating and maintaining a successful working relationship. It paved the way for the model of engagement we see today, with Fisheries New Zealand now working alongside a national network of iwi fisheries forums”, Ms Marcroft says....
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Understanding the exposure of climate hazards to Māori-owned businesses
We are pleased to deliver our insights report on understanding the exposure of climate hazards on Māori-owned businesses. It highlights regions and sectors that will be particularly exposed now and, in the future, (mid-century, 2031-2050). It explores in more detail the top three sectors where most Māori-owned businesses operate. This study is essential for ensuring Māori businesses are resilient and viable. It forms part of a broader series of studies understanding the contribution of Māori businesses to the New Zealand economy, alongside Te Matapaeroa reports......
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Taranaki Maunga Bill test for new parliament
Taranaki uri are heading to parliament today to witness the first reading of a Bill to settle claims to their maunga.

The settlement deed was signed on September 1 last year in Waitara by the crown and the eight iwi of the Taranaki Maunga collective.

Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Pouwhakarae (Chair) Liana Poutu says Te Pire Whakatupua mō Te Kāhui Tupua/Taranaki Maunga Collective Redress Bill will give a legal personality to Te Kāhui Tupua similar to other settlements covering Te Urewera and the Whanganui River.

She says while the Government has changed since the settlement deed was signed at Waitara in September last year by the eight iwi of the Taranaki Maunga collective, she expects the bill will pass.....
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Māori ward vote price of coalition
New Zealand First MP Shane Jones says the prior Labour Government overstepped the mark by removing the ratepayer veto on Māori wards.

Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has moved to restore the referendums that can overturn council decisions on Māori local representation.

Mr Jones says former prime minister Jacinda Ardern and minister Nanaia Mahuta should have campaigned on the issue instead of passing the amendment to the Local Electora Act in the dead of night.

Mr Jones says he’s not against Māori wards, but coalition agreements make unity a priority to tackle bigger issues.....
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Is enough being done to protect New Zealand's Māori history?

Shifting Focus From Race To Culture: Preserving Trust With Indigenous Communities

Māori not cowed by Government’s racist policies

Māori representation is democratic

Māori ward referenda licence for racism  

Tuesday April 9, 2024 

Tracking Government's Drive For English-First Naming 
Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has declared a shift from talk to action in New Zealand, unveiling his Q2 'Action Plan' with 36 key initiatives. Notably absent from the plan is the coalition's 'English-first' directive, which requires government departments and Crown entities to use English primarily, except in cases related to Māori affairs.

The coalition agreement between the National and NZ First parties stipulates that government communication should be predominantly in English, with exceptions for Māori-related departments. However, several entities could fall under this directive, with 11 clear examples identified by Stuff.

Among these, Waka Kotahi ‒ NZ Transport Agency, Te Whatu Ora ‒ Health NZ, and Rau Paenga ‒ Crown Infrastructure Delivery have taken steps to prioritize English over their te reo Māori names. Notably, Kāinga Ora poses a challenge as its Māori-first name is entrenched in legislation, potentially requiring a law change for a full transition to its English name, "Homes and Communities."....
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Māori groups to build affordable housing and a one-stop healthcare centre close to Middlemore
A new state-of-the-art medical facilities precinct that will also provide affordable housing and healthcare will be built opposite Middlemore Hospital by an urban Māori organisation and a local Iwi.

Two major property blocks purchased by west Auckland’s Whānau Waipareira and local iwi Ngai Tai Ki Tāmaki Whenua of around 36,500sq m of land adjacent to Middlemore Hospital will provide homes for kaumātua, kuia and whānau with disabilities, as well as a Whānau Ora/Health and Wellness Centre.

The land will be split into 25,000sq m for the Whanau Ora Centre and 10,500sq m for 124 dwelling units (see image below) targeted primarily for elder social housing.....
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Real estate’s first te reo Māori signs: Agents blown away by the response
Some of New Zealand’s first bilingual real estate signs have been rolled out across the country this month and it has left a lot of people asking why it hadn’t happened sooner.

Homeowners selling with Tall Poppy now have the choice of For Sale signs in te reo Māori and English.....
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Māori ward value proved in practice says Mahuta
Former local government minister Naiaia Mahuta says the Government’s intention to bring back binding referenda for Māori wards is a backwards step.

She says the aim of local government should be to give people a say in what’s happening in their community.

In many parts of Aotearoa, such as the far North, Bay of Plenty and other pockets around the country, Māori make up the majority of the population but have not been represented in a way that reflect their contribution to community well-being, regional growth and economic development.....
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Monday April 8, 2024 

Natural hydrogen resource should be free of Treaty claims entanglement 
Natural hydrogen could be a game-changing new source of energy for New Zealand but it is essential it is treated as a critical development that benefits all New Zealanders, Resources Minister Shane Jones says.

Mr Jones is seeking to give regulatory certainty for those keen to develop natural, or geological, hydrogen in New Zealand as a potential additional tool to ensure energy resilience.

“I am disappointed to hear special iwi pleading from Te Pāti Māori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer. Hydrogen is a resource that must not be embroiled in a new bout of Waitangi Tribunal ownership claims. Climate change challenges have no respect for ethnic divides,” Mr Jones says.

“The Coalition Government committed to ensuring energy settings allow for the exploration of natural hydrogen to maximise New Zealand’s future energy resilience.

“The question of the ownership of any natural hydrogen in New Zealand must first be settled and I am seeking legal advice on whether natural hydrogen is considered Crown property under the Crown Minerals Act (CMA).”.....
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Wairarapa Moana tells UN Special Rapporteur of Crown’s ‘trail of broken promises’
Wairarapa Moana Incorporation has told the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples about the Crown’s “trail of broken promises” during a two-day visit with them.

“The Special Rapporteur visited our Wairarapa Lakes and was told the story of their gifting to the Crown in 1896 in return for land reserves in the Wairarapa, and the trail of broken promises by the Crown that followed.”

“Our whānau spoke out today and told the Special Rapporteur that the Crown’s actions in stopping the Waitangi Tribunal return our Pouākani lands was a breach of our human rights, and the Treaty of Waitangi, and the significant impact on our whānau over the last 160 years.”

Smiler says iwi are backing their plea for international assistance.....
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‘Beautifully restored’ Mātaatua Marae reopens in Rotorua
It is one of 10 marae in the cluster associated with Ngāi Tūhoe, which received $4.9m in grant funding from the provincial growth fund for renovations.

In total, 349 marae across the country have been renovated through the $96.6m marae renovation programme under the provincial growth fund.

Jones said the initiative has been a “win-win” for all concerned.....
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Rātana followers commemorate 100 yrs since petition taken around world
Followers of the Rātana faith have today commemorated 100 years since their founder Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana took a landmark petition around the world.

The document, signed by 30,000 people, called for the Crown to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and demanded redress for land confiscations.

Wiremu Rātana and a group of about 50 kaumātua, children and performers visited more than 60 countries.

He also hoped to present the petition to King George V but the meeting never went ahead.....
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Finally, a history of Māori journalism is on our shelves

‘We did something amazing’: The story of Whakaata Māori

Claire Charters: Let's imagine a new constitution - E-Tangata

Tina Ngata: Why we walked away  

Sunday April 7, 2024

Pure Tūroa gets 10-year concession to run skifield
"The concession means the public can continue to enjoy the recreational benefits available in the Tongariro National Park — one of the most majestic places in the country — for years to come," Conservation Minister Tama Potaka said in a statement on Saturday.

"The 10-year concession allows for outstanding Treaty settlement negotiations to unfold and gives greater protection to iwi and hapū interests and responsibilities, including the future park negotiations, whilst ensuring the continued operation of the ski-field."....
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Activist Capture - Dr Muriel Newman.

Kerre Woodham: If you want to keep Māori wards, vote for them

Graham Adams: Coastal court action flies under the radar

Peter Williams: Democracy always - please

Mike's Minute: This Government has restored democracy

Ele Ludemann: Left’s disdain for democracy

Heather du Plessis-Allan: The Government has restored democracy to councils around Māori wards

Unsettling the New Zealand flag

Fuel reserve claim fails sniff test

GDC resolute on Maori wards

Former politician calls out referendums on latest batch of Māori wards as ‘undemocratic’

Māori wards and the real face of division

Labour on referenda on local govt Māori wards  

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Robert Arthur said...

If anyone can explain the ski field set up I would be very grateful. Seems likely will bemome as remote as Waimarama, the Ureweras and Mt Tarawera (and the foreshore). I suppose there will soon be a caravan at the base of the road with some local iwi in a football jersey selling road access tickets at %50 a pop or more.

Robert Arthur said...

Re 8. I had not realised the full staggering extent of the marae renovation fund. This blatant race based political bribe passed without a hint of criticism from the msm. Many of us are or have been involved with organisationa (ie Scouts) and clubs, none race based, with huge contribution to the general good and well being, but money does not flood in for these. Subsidy of other political premises or many church establishments would be fully as justifiable. $96m dollars to boost a network of rebel insurrection propaganda coordination and advancement centres is preposterous. I wonder how much of the money the Auditor General tracked. Presumably maori contractors were favoured, if not used exclusively. The scope for te ao/tikanga money handling endless. Some spent the money on carvings; effectively payment to some hobbyists to indulge their whims. Not what I pay tax for.

Anonymous said...

My books are audited to make sure that I pay the correct amount of tax.
However, I understand that when funds are handed over for dubious projects, including marae "renovations", there are no checks or audits to provide that my tax dollars were spent correctly.
Why not ?

Robert Arthur said...

Real estate signs in maori could be of great assistance to buyers. Give a broad hint of the local culture and saves having to observe local school turn out, local voting patterns etc to determine the prevailing local population.

Tony M said...

If Te Whatu Ora poses a problem due to it being in legislation the reverse must be true as well. That is New Zealand is the only legal name for our country: there simply is no other word in the Constitution Act, and Aotearoa is not mentioned in ToW. That is also the case with nearly all of our ministries the enabling legislation only provides their official name and therefore those names should be the only ones on official correspondence

ihcpcoro said...

Claire Charters = He Puapua. Acadenic on a mission.

Robert Arthur said...

Re 19th. The pedantic BSA nterpretation of Kate Hawkesby's comments would seem to offer scope for a torrent of complaints about the myriad far more explicit comments made by maori/pro maori commentators.
As have others before the Ministry of Maori Development has laboured to catalogue maori industry likely to be affected, as all others, by climate change. An Auckland Council report on climate change a few years ago was maori captured and devoted about half its direction to the same theme. It seems to me maori are less likely to be affected than any others. It is not so much climate change which will affect industries but the counter measures adopted. Maori are less likely to be affected by huge penalties on manufactured imports, air and surface freight, overseas travel etc. And maori are better equipped for hot conditions than those of northern European descent. The study seems to be just one of a myriad expensive make work exercises for maori/pro maori academics.

Robert arthur said...

re 11th We oldies awould all have understood what Mount Egmont National Park probably involved, and many including tourists would have clicked to Mount Taranaki N.P ditto. But who will immediately fathom what Te Papa Kura o Taranaki means? Anothe successful mana gaining leg pull. Is papa in the Willaims dictionary or is it another modern confection? What is the relavance of kura?

Ray S said...

So if Mt. Egmont / Taranaki / Taranaki Maunga, as a "legal Person", were to erupt and cause widespread damage and death, where will responsibility lay?

Like wise the Wanganui river, also a "legal person".
Think flooding and drowning.

We swollow this crap hook, line and sinker every day.
Wake up NZ.

Robert Arthur said...

Re 13th. It is fine to attempt to raise maori UE acheivement to match mere others, but the comparison has to be in like useful topics. Kapahaka and maori studies do not compare with classical science, maths, physics, engineering or even real documented history or long established English.

Some maori may exhibit a good work ethic when working with bros for whanau directly. But the typical business operator wants work ethic for his colonist derived aspirations; whether or not this can be consistently got without very close supervision from persons brainwashed to imagine decolonisation is questionable.

Maori are very opposed to neglected children passing out of maori clutches because the resultant comparative statistics are invariably embarrassing.

Anonymous said...

An urgent Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into the repeal of Treaty of Waitangi commitments within Oranga Tamariki is under way.

Really Waitangi Tribunal?

This apartheid taxpayer leeching outfit should have been shut down by now if our coalition government was serious about race relations in New Zealand, don’t you think?