Saturday, June 1, 2024

Breaking Views Update: Week of 26.5.24

Saturday June 1, 2024 

Budget 2024 doesn't reflect Māori needs, Human Rights Commission co-leader says

But Human Rights Commission tatau urutahi/shared leader Julia Whaipooti said the Budget did not reflect Māori needs.

She was also critical of increased funding for 500 additional police officers and for expanding Waikeria Prison, saying that would only result in an increase in the Māori prison population.....
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Iwi leaders disappointed mayor didn't sign Māori wards letter
Te Tauihu iwi leaders have been left “disappointed” after Nelson mayor Nick Smith didn’t sign a letter opposing a law change for Māori wards.

Smith said he chose not to sign because he wanted to remain neutral ahead of chairing a new local government electoral reform working group - a role due to be announced next week.

But that reason has been labelled a “red herring” by Nelson’s Māori ward councillor Kahu Paki Paki, who warned Smith’s silence could have a lasting impact on the council’s relationship with iwi.....
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Mauri sets tone for constitution hui
Organisers of today’s hui taumata in Hastings are now expecting up to 5000 manuhiri.

Waatea News reporter Pōhaturoa Waenga says 1000 people were at Omāhu Marae by 8 am, and the numbers continue to grow.

Kiingi Tuheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII brought the mauri of the first hui held at Tūrangawaewae, emphasising the continuity of the kōrero among Māori this year about what future constitutional arrangements they would like to see.....
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Māori parliament workings discussed at Hui Ā Motu second phase
Hundreds of Māori gathered at Ōmāhu Marae near Hastings for the second national hui this year following one at Ngāruawāhia.

Among those in attendance are Kiingi Tuuheitia, Rātana Church tumuaki Manuao Te Kohamutunga Tamou and Sir Robert 'Bom' Gillies, the last surviving soldier of the 28th Māori Battalion.

Strategies for how to put the kaupapa of kotahitanga (unity) into action are being discussed at the hui.

Te Pāti Māori MP Tākuta Ferris spoke at the pōwhiri and presented the party's declaration of Māori independence to establish a Māori parliament.

Ngāti Kahungunu chair Bayden Barber said Māori held their own future.

The parliament would include an upper and lower house with traditional leaders - like Kiingi Tuuheitia sitting above acting as spiritual guidance, Barber said.

The government still had an important part to play in Māori affairs, as seen with the Budget, he said....
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Māori make up 56pc of Gisborne population
Gisborne Tairāwhiti has the highest proportion of residents of Māori descent in all of Aotearoa New Zealand, according to data from the 2023 Census.

Fifty-six per cent of the Gisborne population are of Māori whakapapa, and 70.4 per cent of those under 25 in the region are Māori.....
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Local solutions for gnarly problems says Potaka
Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka wants to see less government involvement in the delivery of solutions for Māori.

“We don’t think government delivery of services all the time is the right thing. We actually believe that communities, businesses and organisations out in the rohe have greater reach into hard to get whānau, whether they are whānau Māori or whānau Pākehā or whatever whānau, that they have community-based solutions, locally-led, whānau-led solutions for some of the gnarly social challenges we have as a country,” Mr Potaka says.

He says the Māori economy is moving faster than the mainstream economy and there is a lot of untapped potential......
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Bruce Moon: Twisting the Treaty has never stopped

Chris Newman: Treaty Principles Come Before Rhetoric

Te Pāti Māori calls for a Māori Parliament, as Budget cuts Māori funding  

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Friday May 31, 2024 

Te Pāti Māori declares it is setting up its own Parliament
Te Pāti Māori has issued a Declaration of Political Independence, Te Ngākau o Te Iwi Māori, beginning the process to establish its own Māori Parliament.

The announcement was made as thousands of people across the country joined a hīkoi for a National Māori Action Day to coincide with the Budget announcements.

"We now begin the process of establishing our own Parliament. Our people will design what this looks like for us, nobody else."....
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Karen Chhour Responds To Te Pāti Māori
“Rawiri Waititi and the Māori Party’s regular divisive outbursts are incredibly disappointing – they’ve permanently lowered the standards of debate in our Parliament, and I feel sorry for them”, says ACT MP Karen Chhour.

“It is deeply disappointing is how little they have been held to account for this disgraceful behaviour. Instead, some media seem to think it’s a good idea to give them a platform to spout their abhorrent and divisive messages.

“Waititi said yesterday, ‘It’s now time for us to step comfortably into our rangatiratanga and to not give too much to this Pakeha Government with their Pakeha Budget for their Pakeha economy.’

“First, this Government has more Ministers with Māori ancestry than the Māori Party have MPs.

“Second, there’s no such thing as a Pakeha budget. This is a budget for all New Zealanders......
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Tureiti Moxon says: “Māori want to live as Māori.”
“We do not want the Government to tell us what is right - what we want is Tino Rangatiratanga over our lives.....
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Census 2023: One-third in BOP have Māori descent
One in three people in the Bay of Plenty were of Māori descent in 2023, and one in five nationwide, Census data released this week reveals.

It also shows Rotorua’s total population grew 3 per cent between 2018 and 2023 for a new total of 74,058 people, while Tauranga grew 11.5 per cent to 152,844 and Western Bay 10.4 per cent to 56,184.....
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Taupo District Council Submission Opposes Maori Wards Amendment Bill
Taupo District Mayor David Trewavas said the bill was anti-democratic and, if passed, would undo the advances council has made to support aspirations of Mori across the Taup rohe.....
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Waipā says a strong ‘no’ to binding polls on Māori Wards
Waipā District Council is calling on the Government to halt the progression of the bill that would see a binding poll required to maintain its Māori Ward.

It has also heavily criticised the short time allowed for submissions to be made and for ‘initiating a truncated process’ for an important matter that ‘cuts to the heart of our constitutional framework’.....
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Government’s Maori Wards Bill Opposed By Nelson City Council
Nelson City Council Deputy Mayor Rohan O’Neill-Stevens and Chief Executive Nigel Philpott have co-signed a submission to the Local Government (Electoral Legislation and Māori Wards and Constituencies) Amendment Bill asking the Government to reconsider its position regarding Māori Wards.

O’Neill-Stevens says there are a range of views about how local government's electoral arrangements should be determined, but legislation should be consistently applied, and there is no question of the need to ensure Māori participation within local government....
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Budget 2024: National kapa haka festival Te Matatini gets three more years of funding
National kapa haka festival Te Matatini has almost $50 million in funding in Budget 2024.

Te Matatini had not been funded beyond this year. Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka said the significance of kapa haka to Te Ao Māori was something “we value deeply” and Te Matatini contributed positively to “intergenerational learning” among whānau.

“Financial certainty for Te Matatini over the coming years is one thing, however it will also ensure that through kapa haka, te reo Māori and Māori culture can be enjoyed throughout Aotearoa.”...
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Te Māngai Pāho grateful for continuation of te reo Māori funding
Te Māngai Pāho will receive $66.259 million for the promotion of te reo Māori and Māori culture in 2024/25, the same allocation it received in Budget 2023. The continuity of funding will enable us to continue our existing support for diverse content, radio, music and industry capacity building to ensure te reo Māori is living and thriving in Aotearoa.....
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The Māori missing Budget: Almost no new Māori development funding announced
Te Matatini and Whānau Ora are the only two recipients of new funding in the Māori affairs sector, as Te Pūni Kōkiri/the Māori Development Ministry also faces $18 million of expenses cut for the 2024/25 fiscal year.

But the Whānau Ora increase – intended for non-government commissioning agencies - is about the same as the reduction in departmental expenses.....
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Final Waitangi Tribunal hearings start at Raukawa in Ōtaki
Ngāti Korokī, the last hapū to be heard by the Waitangi Tribunal, says the three Ngāti Raukawa hapū around Ōtaki township are among the most landless in the Manawatū to Porirua district.

The week 16 hearings at Raukawa Marae, Ōtaki will run from June 4-7. It includes claims affecting all five Ōtaki hapū such as on rights relating to the Ōtaki River, a claim on the Crown’s Marine Parade beachfront land, papakāinga housing and the management of multiple ownership of Māori land.....
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Tom O'Connor: Minds made up on Māori wards bill before it was written?

Budget 2024 does not fulfil te Tiriti obligations  

Thursday May 30, 2024 

Te Rūnanga ā-Iwi o Ngāpuhi to make tough decisions on staff
Te Rūnanga ā-Iwi o Ngāpuhi still intends to take drastic measures to lower its overheads and, according to its chairman, Mane Tahere; it’s the reality of the current financial situation.

“The reality of the situation is that in previous years, I think the highest dividend that we would have been paid was around $3-3.5 million, and that has really dwindled down to $1.4 million this financial year.”

A consultation document leaked to Te Ao Māori News suggests Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi has been running at a loss of, on average, $500,000 a year. To cover future losses, the rūnanga is proposing a complete reduction of staff numbers, from the current 19 positions to only six....
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Day of disruption: Police want commuters to go to work early and avoid Māori carkois
A protest organiser Eru Kapa-Kingi, from Toitū Te Tiriti, said “delaying a few people’s trips to work was nothing compared to the daily disruption this Government had on Māori”.

“We are the rangatira of this whenua and will act as we always have. We will act with the grace of our tikanga and sternness embedded in our mana,” Kapa-Kingi told the Herald.

“Heoi anō, just as we looked after Pākehā when they first arrived here in Aotearoa, and every day since, we will do the same this Thursday, whilst standing for the truth that we never ceded sovereignty, and keeping the wellbeing of our mokopuna at the front of our minds.”....
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Taranaki contractor fined $80k for illegal seawall at urupā site
A Taranaki-based contracting company has been convicted and fined $80,500 for the unlawful construction of a rock seawall across the front of a Māori burial ground.

Peter Sole Transport Limited was sentenced in the Huntly District Court on Monday by Judge Melinda Dickey, on two charges under the Resource Management Act.

The prosecution was taken by Waikato Regional Council for the illegal works were carried out at Mōkau in December 2021.....
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'We would be unstoppable' - call for more Māori and Pacific unity
"Originally when I first saw that as a Māori, I was like why you can’t do that for our political parties and marches.

"If we were to do that together, we’d be unstoppable, “ says Kapakingi.....
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Census Release On Te Whata Important Milestone For Iwi Data
This is the first time census data has been released on a non-government-owned platform as part of a census release.

The milestone has been made possible under the Mana Ōrite Relationship agreement between the Data Iwi Leaders Group and Stats NZ.

“Sharing the release of 2023 Census data is an important step in the implementation of the Māori data governance model and highlights the positive outcomes that can be achieved through iwi-Crown partnerships. This marks a significant move forward in Māori data governance and management,” Te Kāhui Raraunga Chair, Rahui Papa says.....
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Nearly one million identify as being of Māori descent – Census 2023
New Zealand’s population is more ethnically diverse with Māori and Asian ethnic groups having the largest increases in the past five years, according to the first release of data from the 2023 Census.

The census data shows a 12.5% increase in the number of people who identify as being of Māori descent. Nearly one in five or 978,246 of the population said they were of Māori descent.

The number of people who identify as Māori is 887,493 or 17.8% of the population, up 14.4% since 2018.....
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More on the above here > Māori data in 2023 Census worth $2.4 billion in investments

Waiheke iwi Ngāti Paoa seeks to extend fishing ban for next six years
Waiheke iwi Ngāti Paoa seeks to protect Waiheke Island marine resources by proposing an extension to the fishing ban of mussels, crayfish and paua on the island's coastline.

A Māori restriction known as a rāhui restricting fishing on the island was placed in January 2021, Ngāti Paoa, wants further action to restore these species.

Under the 186A Fisheries Act, Ngāti Paoa proposes an extended ban of six years, covering a one-mile radius around Waiheke Island which has 133 kilometres of coastline....
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Bayden Barber proposes Māori Parliament to forge unity
A Māori Parliament or some type of formal structure would be a good way to unite te iwi Māori, says Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated Chair Bayden Barber.

Barber was speaking to Hawke’s Bay App ahead of a national gathering ‘Hui Taumata’ at Omāhu Marae on Friday to talk about kotahitanga or the unification of te iwi Māori.

Barber has invited ‘Māori Thought Leaders’ including Māori King Tuheitia, to share their whakaaro/ideas on how Māori can be most effective in “our united approach”....
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Geoff Parker: What are you afraid of?

Bryce Edwards: Parliament’s increasingly toxic ethnic identity wars

Proposed law change discriminates against Māori wards

NPDC backs submission opposing changes to Māori wards

Coalition Government Treaty Transgressions Trigger Nationwide Rush Hour Hikoī

Wednesday May 29, 2024

Enduring relationships between Southland rūnanga and council

Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku and Environment Southland’s relationship has stayed strong over the past four years, the auditor-general says.

The auditor-general’s office released a report on Tuesday reflecting on regional councils’ relationships with iwi and hapū for freshwater management since 2019, with largely positive findings for Aotearoa’s southernmost regional council.

Environment Southland’s chairperson Nicol Horrell said it was great to have the council’s progress recognised in the auditor-general’s report.

“Our relationship with iwi Māori makes a positive difference to achieving the community’s outcomes in Murihiku Southland.....
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Census 2023: Kirikowhai Mikaere explains why having Māori descent data in the first release matters
A Rotorua-based leading Māori data and information specialist says it will be the first time Māori descent data is included in the first release, signalling the importance of “iwi-Māori data in iwi-Māori hands”.

“This time around … there will also be the Māori descent population, geographically broken down by regions and territorial authorities. Also, we’ll have age breakdowns.

“This data will be able to tell us how many Māori there are in Rotorua and Tauranga, the make-up of, in particular, our Māori descent population, the age distribution [and] the geographical distribution.”

Mikaere said it signalled the importance of “iwi-Māori data in iwi-Māori hands - how that helps contribute to the right services at the right time to the right people”.

“I think it also will be really powerful for our people to see themselves in the data.”....
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Wairoa in Focus: First council in NZ to introduce Māori ward readies for representation review
The Wairoa District Council, which was the first council in Hawke’s Bay to include a Māori ward, has begun its obligatory representation review which will decide how the currently six-member council will look at the next two local elections.

Napier and Central Hawke’s Bay have decided on incorporation of Māori wards at the next elections and are currently going through of how they will appear in their representation, but a bill now before Parliament could bring back referenda if required.....
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Lived experience key ot Ngāi Tahu mining response
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu says hapū and rūnanga on the ground will dictate how the iwi responds to the government’s new minerals strategy.

Resources Minister Shane Jones has announced a stocktake of the country’s minerals and new regulatory settings and investment to encourage mining companies to extract them.

Te Waipoumau could be a source for rare earth minerals, hydrogen, potash, antimony and heavy mineral sands like garnet, titanium and zircon.

Ngāi Tahu chair Justin Tipa says mining has underpinned the economy of the West Coast Te Tai Poutini for generations, so the iwi will listen to the mana whenua.....
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Māori outgunned in government rampage
A Northland Māori leader hopes Friday’s Kotahitanga hui in Heretaunga will allow Māori to speak with one voice .

Hami Piripi from Te Rarawa says the Government has swept away decades of progress for Maori.

He says it’s using emergency fast track legislation to push its political agenda, rather than the normal constitutional processes of consultation and debate....
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Big day for Te Whakatōhea spoilt by parliamentary protocol;
At the conclusion of the final reading, Te Whakatōhea was invited by Assistant Speaker Maureen Pugh to close off official proceedings with a waiata, which is a common practice in Parliament.

As part of the waiata, Iwi leader Te Kāhautu Maxwell rose to deliver an acknowledgement but was quickly cut off by the Assistant Speaker who said that permission was granted to sing a waiata and not to make a speech from the public gallery.

Te Pāti Māori co-leader Rawiri Waititi raised a point of order to express his frustration, saying the move to interrupt Maxwell was “extremely insulting” and demanded that the acting Speaker apologise to Te Whakatōhea.....
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Horizons defends Māori wards and constituencies
If local councils are forced to hold referenda that could lead to the abolition of Māori wards and constituencies, there will be harm, says Horizons Regional Council chairperson Rachel Keedwell.

The council on Tuesday endorsed a draft submission opposing the Government’s proposed changes to electoral legislation, just a day before submissions were to close.

Keedwell has already signed a letter from 54 mayors and regional chairpeople around New Zealand condemning the proposed changes as an overreach on local decision-making.....
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PM says Budget Day protesters should wait for the weekend
Prime Minister Christopher Luxon is warning protesters against striking on Thursday - the day the Government releases its Budget - saying walking off the job would be a breach of employment law.

While Te Pāti Māori and its supporters are ”completely within their rights to protest“, walking off the job would be illegal. "I think that's wrong. I think that's entirely wrong. I think, feel free to protest - now, that probably is a weekend sport."...
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One law for all? Or assimilation policies for Māori?
ACT leader David Seymour has proudly advocated “one law for all”, proffering ideals of unity and an end to race-based policies.

But indigenous rights advocate Tina Ngata says the coalition government is not seeking unity and instead is passing bills of assimilation.

Seymour has said Te Aka Whai Ora is an example of racial discrimination and NZ First leader Winston Peters has said it needed to be abolished to end separatism....
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Crown and iwi settle three decades of negotiations
Three decades of negotiations between iwi and the Crown have been settled today as the Whakatōhea Claims Settlement Bill passes its third reading in Parliament, Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith says.

“While no settlement can fully compensate for the Crown’s past injustices, this settlement will support the aspirations and prosperity of Whakatōhea for many generations to come.

“It includes the reservation of 5,000 hectares of marine space for aquaculture, $100-million financial, cultural, and commercial redress, the transfer of 33 sites of cultural significance, bespoke natural resource and conservation arrangements, and relationship agreements with core Crown agencies....
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Clive Bibby: Prosperity for Maori not dependant on false interpretation of Treaty

Peter Hemmingson: Deconstructing the ‘Noble Savage’ Myth

Introduction of Legislation in Respect of the Treaty of Waitangi. Matthew Tukaki

Tuesday May 28, 2024  

Govt moves to replace or repeal Treaty principles clauses from laws
The Government's plan to repeal or replace all references to the Treaty principles in legislation is now underway.

Documents released to 1News show dozens of laws will be up for review, including at least 40 acts with Treaty principles clauses. It is unclear if a further 22 pieces of legislation, which refer specifically to the Treaty of Waitangi, could also change.

Law lecturer Luke Fitzmaurice-Brown said the process would be a massive undertaking.

"A worry that a number of people have is that this proposed review of Treaty provisions is happening in the wider context of a government which is showing a willingness to ignore Te Tiriti," he said.....
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Research may show iwi how to commercialise native plant products using tikanga Māori
New research at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha focuses on the impacts for iwi- and hapū-owned native plant nurseries in protecting taonga plants and mātauranga Māori.

The project, led by legal anthropologist Dr David Jefferson, explores the Plant Variety Rights Act 2022 and other legal frameworks.

“As of early 2024 new protections for taonga species and mātauranga Māori that were created in 2022 have not yet been implemented, so many questions remain about how these changes will function in practice,” Jefferson said.....
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Spark Foundation Funding
Spark Foundation allocates around $1.6m per year to organisations and projects that accelerate Digital Equity, with a focus on the next generation of digitech thinkers and creators.

Our equity focus means we prioritise support for organisations and projects serving rangatahi Māori and other youth disproportionally impacted by inequity.

We demonstrate our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi through our funding approach.

We have an ambition for at least 50% of our total funding to support Kaupapa Māori and Māori led organisations and projects.....
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Rangitīkei District Council calls for government rethink on Māori wards
Rangitīkei District Council is calling for the government to reconsider its proposed reversal of the law that allows Councils to determine if they have Māori wards......
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Jones calls for minerals’ plan
Resources minister Shane Jones says rare earth minerals will be critical to New Zealand’s economic future.

He has released a draft minerals sector strategy including clearing away what he calls regulatory red tape and clarifying where mining can occur.

He wants to see mining making a positive difference to iwi and hapū across the country, enabling better access to cultural minerals, creating more jobs and ensuring long-term benefits flow to communities.....
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Mayor opposes bill on Māori wards - Gisborne
Gisborne Mayor Rehette Stoltz says her region is an outlier and therefore should be exempt from the Government’s proposed changes to Māori wards.

Stoltz was among more than 50 council mayors and chairs throughout the country who signed a letter criticising the Government’s proposed bill on Māori wards.

She said she signed the letter on behalf of Gisborne District Council because they followed the proper democratic process to create the Māori ward.....
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New Zealand First Minister Shane Jones slams Budget Day protest action as 'militia of scallywags'
New Zealand First Minister Shane Jones says Te Pāti Māori organising a Budget Day call to action protest was "mobilising a militia of scallywags" and pushing people towards the "lunatic fringe".

Firstly, he told Newshub the imagery used in the campaign was dangerous.

"The symbol of the musket and colonial pistol - I think it reflects fossilised thinking. At one level it is quite dangerous to normalise guns but at another level it's reflective in my view of outdated and moribund political analysis," he said.

Jones said the imagery was "designed to provoke".

"But given the easy access that the gangs have to guns, I just think that it offends New Zealand culture. It's unnecessary," he said.

Jones also said everyone was entitled to demonstrate their democratic right to protest but because of "ineptitude within Parliament", naming Te Pāti Māori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer specifically, this action was leading people "further towards the lunatic fringe".....
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Māori set to gather in Hastings for next National Hui
Māori from across Aotearoa will gather in Hastings this Friday for the next Hui Taumata.

The hui is the next in a series which began at the start of the year when Kiingi Tuheitia called for a National Hui for Unity.

The mauri of that hui was then taken to Rātana Pā, Waitangi Day commemorations and continued to the National Iwi Chairs Forum (NICF) a month later.

Ngāti Kahungunu chairperson Bayden Barber, who is hosting in association with NICF and other tribal authorities, said the hui at Omāhu Marae would seek to identify ways Māori could unify......
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NZCPR Submission: Local Government Maori Ward Bill

John Tamihere: The big winners of this week’s Budget are not Māori

The false logic of the ‘need vs race’ debate

Ruth Wong: Kotahitanga and what it means to me  

Monday May 27, 2024  

Major Govt agency fails to pay bills, faces huge funding shortfall
The Office of Māori Crown Relations, also known as Te Arawhiti, oversees and supports Māori seeking customary rights over the foreshore and seabed.

Under the Marine and Coastal Area Act, Māori can apply for Customary Marine Title or Protected Customary Rights through the High Court or directly to the Crown.

They can access funding to do this through the agency's Takutai Moana Financial Assistance Scheme.

But in an urgent letter obtained by 1News, Te Arawhiti has told applicants its $12 million budget for the next financial year won't be enough to meet the demand.

Lawyers have told 1News that means multiple upcoming hearings in the High Court will likely need to be cancelled.

"There's one hearing over the Whangārei harbour that's costing over $16 million," said Lawyer Darrell Naden.

"So the the budget wouldn't even cover one hearing. And yet there are six to eight hearings scheduled for the next financial year."

Te Arawhiti has told claimants it can't commit to funding any of them.......
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Second ‘Toitū Te Tiriti’ national activation called
The political significance of Thursday, May 30, has just doubled, with the announcement of a second national day of activation to coincide with the announcement of the government’s budget.

In an Instagram post published by @toitu_te_triti and reshared by Te Pāti Māori, viewers are asked to “Save the Date” for a “nationwide activation” this coming Thursday.

“Aotearoa, maranga mai! Enough is enough. The rangatira revolution is here,” the post’s caption read.....
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Frank Newman: The Letter from Mayors & Chairs

Caught up in New Caledonia’s unrest, I saw first-hand the same white privilege that caused it

‘Not one more child’

‘There’s joy in the struggle’

Pip Adam: It’s too easy for Pākehā to do nothing

Sunday May 26, 2024  

'We should be exempt': Could three councils get out of the new poll provisions for Māori wards?Three councils say they should be exempt from the new provisional poll requirements for Māori Wards as theirs were established prior to legislative change.

But South Taranaki, Ruapehu, and Gisborne district councils have called for an exemption from the polls because at the time they instituted the wards, there was the ability to force a poll.

They wrote: “Our Councils introduced Māori Wards and fully completed the established legislative process before the [then] Labour Government changed the legislation, removing the ability of the community to have a poll.”....
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Whakatāne council prepares submission to Māori Wards Bill
Whakatāne District Council has announced it is preparing a submission on the Local Government (Electoral Legislation and Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill, in anticipation that public submissions will be called for on the Bill.

“Councillors fully support making a submission to the (Electoral Legislation and Māori Wards and Constituencies) Amendment Bill and we made a head start on drafting that, based on the direction the coalition Government had signalled and after we sought further information from our Election Services specialist,” said Mayor, Dr Victor Luca....
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Minister ‘disagrees’ with 66% of local leadership that provisional polls an ‘overreach’
Two thirds of the country’s mayors and council bosses are wrong that the Government is taking away local decision-making, the Local Government Minster says.

Mayors and chairpersons from across the motu came together to sign a letter penned by Local Government New Zealand that urged the Coalition Government to “reconsider its position” on proposed changes to enforce mandatory Māori ward and constituency poll provisions.

“I have received the letter from LGNZ, and I disagree with the mayors’ and chairpersons’ assertions,” he said.

He said the Coalition Government believed communities should determine whether to introduce Māori Wards, and that those councils that have introduced Māori Wards following referendums will be unaffected by these changes, but everyone else would need to hold one.

“This Government believes in localism and in letting local people decide their constitutional arrangements,” he said.....
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Māori Wards and all the things not to be afraid of

Five years and still no committee to decide on Waitara Lands Act millions

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Anonymous said...

South Taranaki, Ruapehu, and Gisborne district councils have cried out but 'We should be exempt!

Three arrogant Councils who without due process slipped in under the radar and forced “Maori wards” onto their respective districts having a wee meltdown.

Are they trying to worm their way out of a ‘proper democratic process’ because they know what the outcome would be if they did?

Exempt – Hell No!

Chris said...

In reply to Anon above, The Manawatu and Palmerston North Councils both HELD a referendum on this issue and in both councils the ratepayer vote was well above the 50% saying no to Maori wards, so they should go back now and remove those wards!!

Robert Arthur said...

Re 27th. Presumably May 30 will become known as Insurgency Day. And as for Council responses to maori wards there is no way Councillorers can individually object without it being known or deducible. Cancellation is vey effective, especially in public office. So attitudes are artificially pro maori. The great advantage of a pubci vote is the degree of confidentiality and hence reasaonable freedom from the terror of cancellation so artfully exploted by maori

Anonymous said...

Do you think that the uk parliament would allow a minority party of isis to form and participate in the uk parliament? So why are te pati allowed in ours? Waititi's wife kiri made a tiktok saying that they want to overthrow the nz govt.

Ray S said...

Re 28th
A register of Maori descent showing lineage sounds OK, BUT, will such a register also include european or other input to the current make up of the majority of "Maori" blood lines.

The way Maori see themselves it's unlikely.

Robert Arthur said...

re 30th. I trust any extended fishing ban at Waiheke will extend to customary catch.
From the pictures the meeting to drum pacifika supportfor maori appears to have been somewhat sparsely attended. As pacifika generally have similar needs so draw on the same resources as maori, their support for the latter would seem to be not entirely in pacifika interest. And as pacifika have no especial Treaty based pull, and to maori eyes presumably less than European descendants from early settlers, their interfering on that front would seem to benefit neither group.

Robert Arthur said...

Re 31st Luxon should commandeer Chhour and/or her speech writer for his.
Tureiti Moxon (lady!!) states "maori want to live as maori". This is the great fear of very many non maori with maori neighbours.
It is unbelievable that $50 million is granted for hapa haka; a nationwide propaganda distributing gathering to unite and incite insurgency plotters. A myriad non maori, non subversive clubs and interest groups manage annual get togethers. But being non maori they fund themselves.
And a staggering $66m to Te Mangai Pao to discourage majority from msm and to assist pro maori and te reo content and bias, including political aspirations. All a $66 million contribution to complicate communication generally and thus sabotage functional efficency of soiet.t

Anonymous said...

What does it mean ' maori want to live as maori'?
A time warp and a grubby pre colonial stoneage existence?
A post colonial ghetto existence?
Some sort of independent state carved out of NZ?
Anyone with non maori DNA to leave NZ?
Hole up on a marae and bleed the taxpayer?
Cause trouble and dissension with/without murder rape and pillage and a bite of cannibalism?

Please advise.

Robert Arthur said...

Re 1st.The blatantly non objective maori component of the HRC seems to believe that not extending Waikeria will improve law obeyance by maori.
The response of the Nelson maori ward councillor to mayor Smith's reluctance to support illustrates the degree of cancellation pressure applied by maori, and hence the distortion of the consequent vote of councillors, all very aware of the public exposure of their vote. The response illustrates the need for a confidential public vote which will spare Councillors exposure to blatant ruthless maori cancellation.

Anonymous said...

Why is Pataka a government minister? Is it a strategic sop to Maori in anticipation he will be axed when the hard yards need to be run?