July - Sept

Kermadec plans could see legal action - Labour
Plans to set up one of the largest ocean sanctuaries in the world could be open to legal challenges from iwi, Labour says.

"Te Ohu Kaimoana [the Maori Fisheries Trust] hold significant quota for Maori in an area affected by the sanctuary and yet they weren't consulted. This is a breach of Treaty of Waitangi obligations...

What it takes to reinstate a traditional name
After two years of consultation, Miranda Hot Springs on the shores of Tikapa Moana (the Firth of Thames) is reverting to its original Māori name.

As part of Ngāti Pāoa's treaty settlement, the New Zealand Geographic Board is changing the name of the hot springs and the locality to Pukorokoro-Miranda Hot Springs.

Goal to improve heart health
A Tauranga doctor has been awarded $150,000 from the Heart Foundation for a revolutionary research programme aimed at preventing heart disease in Maori.

Anna Rolleston, based at The Cardiac Clinic in 3rd Ave, will head the 12-week exercise and lifestyle management programme with a kaupapa Maori philosophy.

Maori activists storm Auckland office, force employees out
A group of Maori activists stormed the office of the owners of Auckland's City Works Depot, dragging staff out and barricading themselves inside, according to witnesses.

Senior Sergeant Rees of Auckland Central police said police were working to resolve the problem.

"There was an occupation of a group of aggrieved Maori who believe there was a grievance with the land," he said.....

Native Affairs – State of care - Part 1
On Thursday last week the latest review into Child, Youth and Family revealed more damning statistics on the state of our kids in care, and a lack of consistent capability to work successfully with Māori to improve their lives.

Around 57 per cent of children seen by CYF by the time they are aged five are Māori.

But only 3 out of 10 caregivers are Māori, compared with 5 out of every 10 being Pākehā....

Anne Tolley : Hands off Te Whare Tangata
In 1988 the groundbreaking report, PUAO-TE-ATA-TU, into the Institutional racism of the the Social welfare Department noted “ At the heart of the issue is a profound misunderstanding or ignorance of the place of the child in Maori society and its relationship with whanau, hapu, iwi structures.” This was in response to the deprivation that Maori whanau face and the mass removal of our children from whanau into the ‘care of the state’. (1)

This is offensive and racist social engineering. 35 % of all children taken into the ‘care of the state are Maori. Maori are easy to be forgotten as the rubbish of structural adjustment. Maori still haven’t recovered from the extremist economic “reforms” of the eighties when an entire generation of Maori & Pacific Island children and youth has suffered under those reforms, and to this very day remain stigmatised, marginalised and brutalised by harsh economic conditions.

Māori culture aligns women with the land, because the land gives birth to humankind just as women do. As the world was born from Papatūānuku, so humankind is born from women. A woman’s womb, called te whare tangata (the house of humanity), is seen as the same as the womb of the earth.

Maori women's place in their whanau, culture and society shows the impact of colonisation, assimilation and urbanisation which had resulted in the loss of Maori culture and the low socio-economic position of many of the women and their whanau find themselves in today.....

Iwi collective keen to expand housing
A collective of 13 Auckland iwi that is building 300 houses at Waimahia Inlet in south Auckland, is keen to play a big part in the development of the region's affordable housing.

But the Waimahia Inlet development shows how affordable community housing can be provided.

Situated in suburban Weymouth, half an hour's drive from downtown Auckland, Waimahia will be home for nearly 300 lower income households, tenants and first time buyers.

The former Crown land is now owned by the Tamaki Collective, with the not-for-profit Housing Foundation as the developer.

Some of the nearly 300 houses are for sale on the open market, others are restricted to first-home buyers....

Parts of rangitahi court 'should be used for adults'
An academic in youth justice and criminal law says while the rangatahi court system is a positive development, elements of it need to be rolled out to accommodate adults as well.

The rangatahi courts are an alternative to the youth court, with family group conferences held on marae to decide what will happen to the young person.

The conferences adhere to Māori protocols or tikanga.

Khylee Quince, a lawyer and lecturer in youth justice and criminal law at the University of Auckland, said that element of the rangatahi courts should be extended to the adult court system....

College students petition for a national holiday to recognise Land Wars
More than 10,000 signatures on a petition show New Zealand is ready to set aside a day to remember the Land Wars.

Otorohanga College students have collected the signatures in support of a national holiday to commemorate the 19th-century battles.

They will march on Parliament in early December to present their request, supported by Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta, iwi leaders and fellow students.

Mahuta said she would take the petition to Parliament and would like to see it tabled before the Maori Affairs Select Committee.

She said a national day of recognition would ensure people "continue to tell the story of ancestors who went to war to fight for their land, rather than have it taken by colonial government".

Work begins on removing ancient bones from Auckland building
Work is to start on removing human bones from a restaurant building site at Auckland's Long Bay Regional Park.

Discovery of the ancient bones has twice stopped the rebuild of the formerly popular restaurant on the beachfront, the latest in November 2014.

The site has been sealed while Auckland Council sought approval from Heritage New Zealand, with the support of iwi and hapu, to clear the whole site.

wi and hapu representatives will be on site to provide cultural monitoring of the excavations.

The restaurant was closed in May 2013 after 12 years for refurbishment.....

Deal with iwi criticised
DISTRICT councillor Roger Haisman has launched a strong attack on the proposed joint management agreement with Ngati Porou for the Waiapu Catchment — saying the goal of the iwi is to control everything in their rohe and claiming iwi on the Poverty Bay Flats will follow suit.

Ngati Porou had made it plain at the previous meeting with the council that they wanted control over all of their whole claimed area. They said at this stage they were not ready to do that and would settle for the area of the Waiapu Catchment.

“They made it quite clear at that meeting that was what they were aiming at.

“Do you realise the implications of that?”

If the council went ahead with this agreement, did they think that the iwi on the west of the Waimata River would not want similar agreements?

“I don’t think you realise where this is heading.

“It will mean the iwi will have a major say on what happens all over our district, particularly over the Poverty Bay Flats and the western area where there are large areas of land that is not in iwi ownership.

“We are handing a major say in what happens to a bunch of unelected people.....

Maori trust manager relieved after call
The manager of a Maori trust trying to get people into their first homes is feeling more hopeful of success, after a phone call from Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett.

He Korowai Trust was advised this week it could lose its charitable status, if it sells state houses it has renovated, to needy families.

The Charities Commission has had to review the status of many social housing providers after a court found a Queenstown scheme was not charitable because it conferred private benefit on the homeowners, rather than the community.

Mr Houghton said Ms Bennett assured him she and the government support He Korowai's housing project, and officials were working hard to resolve the question of charitable status.....

Govt announces funding boost to Te Haerenga tours
The government has announced a funding boost of $124,000 to Te Haerenga, a guided journey service on Rangitoto and neighbouring Motutapu island.

It will give Iwi the opportunity to share with visitors the traditional and contemporary stories linked with the islands.

Iwi are also working to train young Māori, and staff, involved with the venture, giving them skills they can take out into the wider workplace....

Ngāpuhi request clarify on sovereignty
Māori claimants from the North have asked the Waitangi Tribunal to spell out its position on sovereignty - and who holds it now.

The tribunal found last year that Ngāpuhi chiefs had not ceded sovereignty to the British Crown, when they signed Te Tiriti in 1840.

But it left open the question of whether the Crown had since acquired it.

A lawyer acting for claimant groups, Darrell Naden, said comments by a tribunal member at a recent hearing implied it had accepted the Crown now holds sovereignty.

And he said, if that is the case, claimants need to know.

"Our clients are presenting evidence that since 1840 sovereignty had not been ceded," he said.

"And, if the tribunal is however of the position that sovereignty has been ceded since 1840 then that affects the kind of evidence that they will present that affects the kinds of arguments that they will want to raise, and there's that kind of significance."....

Medical Council wants partnerships with Māori doctors
The Medical Council is calling on non-Māori and Māori doctors to work together to address issues of inequality tāngata whenua face in the health system.

It has been 10 years since the council published its standards on cultural competency - however, a decade on, Māori still have poorer health statistics compared to non-Māori.

The council's chair, Andrew Connolly, said one significant way the profession could help improve equality was by supporting Māori doctors in their advocacy and leadership roles within the profession and in their tribal communities....

Call for holistic approach to Maori in legal system
Courts could see fewer tāngata whenua in prison and re-offendending if a more holistic model was used, say Māori working in the justice system.

"A therapeutic approach is much more team focused. So all of the personnel that would be helpful to address whatever the cause of offending is, literally sit at the same table and address the case, and help engage that person."

"Pou Oranga which brings a tikanga Māori, kaupapa Māori focus, and peer support which brings a lived, experience approach."

Mr Pene said he hoped the therapeutic principles applied in the AODTC would become normalised in the mainstream justice system....

Interislander ferry Kaiarahi arrives in Wellington Harbour to Maori blessing
The newest addition to Interislander's ferry fleet has arrived in Wellington Harbour after a 13-day journey from Singapore.

The Kaiarahi was formally welcomed at a dawn ceremony with a Maori blessing on Thursday....

Govt not doing enough for poverty, Maori
The New Zealand government is not doing enough for people in poverty a large majority of Maori believe.

Four out of five Maori believe the New Zealand government is not doing enough to combat poverty in the community.

Around 17 per cent of New Zealand's population, or 622,000 people, are assessed to be in poverty with Maori and Pacific Islanders considered to be some of the highest risk groups.

Motu Economic and Public Policy research revealed that 82 per cent of Maori surveyed believe the government is not adequately addressing the issue.

It compares with 51 per cent of non-Maori.

Maori tend to have more "leftist" beliefs than non-Maori, the report released on Wednesday says, with the majority of responses believing that many live in need because society is unfair.....

Maori burial dispute hits court
A dispute over the burial place of Wiremu Kingi Te Rangitaake, who led Maori in the Taranaki Land Wars in the 1860s, is being played out in the Environment Court in New Plymouth.

Greymouth Petroleum wants to overturn a Heritage New Zealand decision denying it permission to begin evacuations for its proposed Kowhai D wellsite in the Waitara Valley.

The application was declined after the Otaraua hapu told Heritage New Zealand a "significant ancestor" was buried in the vicinity of the proposed well.

Greymouth's expert witness historian Buddy Mikaere today disputed whether the grave, whose precise location has not been revealed, was actually near the proposed well site.

Mr Mikaere said there was little evidence King's body had been moved from Kaingaru after his death....

Northland hapū call for treaty negotiation halt
The Northland group that took a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal over Ngāpuhi's flawed mandate is calling on Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson to halt all negotiations.

The movement, which represents 15-20 hapū and met yesterday at Mangamuka, said the tribunal's report supported its primary position - that all hapū have a right to exercise rangatiratanga when deciding how and by whom they will be represented in the tribe's treaty negotiations....

Northland group sacks Regional Council
A Northland group is issuing Māori passports, permits, consents and qualifications, saying it no longer recognises the authority of the Regional Council

The group, whose letterhead displays the flag of the Declaration of Independence, recently sent a letter to the Northland Regional Council sacking it, thanking it for its efforts and saying it had done a miserable job.

Ngā Uri ā Hakiputatōmuri Native Council is an active movement and local regional council Māori Advisory Chairman Dover Samuels fears it has growing support.

Mr Samuels said, "They don't recognise the council juristication, they think the council is tauiwi - it has no powers over them - and they have no responsiblities to respond to any requests by the Northland Regional Council and, I would expect, other authorities."

He said they were distributing their own passports, driving licences and motor vehicle registrations.

Mr Samuels said a Waitangi Tribunal report which looked into the meaning of the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Waitangi had strengthened Ngā Uri ā Hakiputatōmuri's position.

The report found Ngāpuhi Chiefs did not cede sovereignty to Britain.

Mr Samuels said some groups were using the finding as a means to justify their position that existing laws do not apply to them.

He said the Prime Minister needed to clearly state that the sovereign powers of the nation rested with Parliament and that the Waitangi Tribunal report was null and void....

Minister announces investigators of indebted iwi
The government has hired two key people to carry out an investigation and to temporarily manage a Far North iwi.

A ministerial investigation is taking place after the Aupōuri Māori Trust Board advised the minister that it was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt....

Ngāti Awa call for Rena to be removed completely
The Rena should be removed from Astrolabe Reef. That's the view Te Patuwai and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa presented to the panel overseeing the Rena resource consent hearings.

This is a different call from other representatives of the subtribe....

Iwi tax status mess for charity sector
The Government’s mishandling of tax status for charitable community housing providers is jeopardising projects to house some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable families, Labour’s Associate Housing and Community and Voluntary sector spokesperson Poto Williams says.

“National has allowed this confusion to continue for almost two years. Their latest move, rules that mean Far North Iwi He Korowai Trust will lose its charitable status if it allows families to pay off their homes, is simply nuts.....

College ponders name change to broaden appeal
Turakina Maori Girls College is looking to attract more pakeha students and may take the name "Maori" out of its title to increase enrolments.

The 110-year-old Marton school is in danger of closing after Education Minister Hekia Parata announced a consultation process last month.

Iwi and Maori trust sponsorship, more day pupils, whanau living in Australia, students under CYF care, marketing to other ethnic groups and appealing to pakeha families who want their girls to have knowledge of Te Ao Maori are listed as strategies in a report prepared by the school's board of trustees in response to the closure threat.

The report says if the college is to appeal to a broader group, it may need to promote Turakina as "Turakina Girls College."....

Leave Rena wreckage as is, says iwi elder
Astrolabe Reef has suffered enough and the Rena wreck should be left as it is, Motiti resident Nepia Ranapia says.

Mr Ranapia is a senior member of Korowai Kahui o Nga Pakeke o Te Patuwai, an umbrella group of elders that sits within a traditional tribal committee.

"We say that Otaiti [Astrolabe Reef] has suffered enough and that the conditions of the consent proposed by the applicant will be sufficient to ensure that the mauri [life force] of the reef is respected. The elders say that removal of the final remains of the Rena is unnecessary and could cause more spiritual harm than good." .....

Ngati Whatua Orakei mark key historical Akld moment
A special ceremony was held by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust in a central Auckland city reserve to mark the 175th anniversary of its signing over of land to the Crown.

On September 18, 1840, Ngāti Whātua chiefs signed a provisional Deed with the Crown and 3500 acres of land was later handed over to become Auckland....

Iwi accused of inconsistent approach to significance of sinkings at prime sites
It is "inconsistent" to claim the mauri of Astrolabe Reef/Otaiti is harmed by the Rena when iwi have accepted intentional sinkings near significant sites, says a Te Arawa witness.

Ms Bennett said she did not support anything foreign in the moana but after her dive last week, she was happy with the way the reef was recovering.

This had made her question the evidence of those who said mauri could not exist where a ship was.

She raised the intentional sinking of the Seafire in 2008 off the shore of Whakatane with the acceptance of local iwi Ngati Awa.....

Maori sites blessed on Clutha trail
Two sites of significance to Maori on the Clutha Gold Trail were blessed this week ''to let the past be comfortable with us coming through''....
A good article by Brian Rudman re the Maori blessings http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11514699

Freshwater management 'at crucial point'
Water experts have been told ensuring that the governance and management of freshwater recognises Māori interests is a critical challenge for New Zealand

Rahui Papa, the chair of Waikato-Tainui's executive board Te Arataura, made the comment at the Water New Zealand conference currently being held in Hamilton.

An iwi leaders' forum has been in discussion with the government to make sure iwi, hapū and whānau rights and interests in freshwater are not ignored.

Julian Williams, who works for Waikato-Tainui's environment unit, said the move from local to national decision-making on freshwater recognised iwi as a full partner with the Crown.

Mr Williams said, for Waikato-Tainui, the definition of ownership and control of the Waikato River was clear.

"The way we describe it is that, as a responsibility, she is ours, she is mine to look after, she is mine to care for - and she owns us, so ownership, in that sense to us, means that she is ours and we are hers.....

Enter Maori world with confidence
A Northland cultural tutor is offering classes to Northland business people who wish to improve their understanding of Maori culture with a view to doing better business with tangata whenua.

Ellis Bryers, originally from Opononi but now living in Tauranga, said he regularly got requests from non-Maori businesses about how to do work with iwi.

"For Pakeha, it's about approaching business with Maori with the values of a friendship.

"For Maori, it's about forgiveness ... forgiving the sins of the ancestors of the people standing in front of you.

Approval given for geothermal plant on Māori land
A green light has been given for the construction of a geothermal power plant on Māori land near Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty.

Eastland Group is in partnership with landowners Kawerau A8D Ahu Whenua Trust to build a plant 2.3 kilometres northeast of the township.

In the past, Ngati Tuwharetoa ki Kawerau has raised concerns about the site being the birthplace of their ancestor - Tuwharetoa.....

Toby Curtis: Charter schools the key for Maori
At a recent Iwi Chairs Forum hosted by Waikato Tainui at Hopuhopu, iwi leaders resolved to actively support the establishment of partnership schools (kura hourua) in their rohe. We also resolved to advocate that the Government expand this initiative and to advocate the concept publicly, in particular the importance of high-quality teaching, high educational achievement and strong supportive partnerships with iwi, communities and other organisations.....

Auckland ratepayers have no choice over funding Maori appeal
Auckland ratepayers have no choice but to fund a legal appeal over the way Maori advisers to the council are selected, Mayor Len Brown says.

An appeal by the Independent Maori Statutory Board (IMSB) over the way it selects its members was heard by the Court of Appeal on Tuesday.

The IMSB was set up in 2010 to advise the newly merged Auckland Council on issues affecting Maori, after the Government rejected the idea of separate Maori seats.

Broadcaster Willie Jackson successfully took the IMSB's selection panel to the High Court, with the judge ruling its selection process was flawed.

"We can have all sorts of feelings about the rights and wrongs of the case but we're obliged to follow the law," he said.

"The law has been interpreted to say that until such time as the matter is finally determined in court the panel continues to sit.

"And while the panel continues to sit we are obliged under our statute to pay any costs that they incur, including court costs."

The Auditor-General has turned down a request by a group of councillors for an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the appeal funding vote.....

Call for more recognition of Tino Rangatiratanga flag
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox says the Maori sovereignty flag doesn't need to be included in the referendum, but should be flown alongside whichever design wins.

Fox wants to see the Tino Rangatiratanga flag flying from places like Parliament.....

Council set to right century-old land grievance
Rotorua Lakes Council has today moved to remedy a long-standing iwi grievance over confiscated land on the eastern shore of Lake Rotoiti. The strip of land is part of a parcel of land taken from Ngāti Tamateatutahi by the Crown 118 years ago.......

Māori world view leads to greater life satisfaction
New research from Massey University has compared work/life balance and life satisfaction levels across seven cultures – and found that New Zealand Māori scored the highest on both fronts.

Sixty-seven per cent of Māori respondents rated their work/life balance as above average, while only 58 per cent of Pākehā felt the same way. When it came to life satisfaction, the gap was even wider – 81 per cent of Māori rated their life satisfaction as above average, compared to only 59 per cent of Pākehā.

“If your world view is not all about your own personal wellbeing, you are more likely to feel content with your work/life balance, even if it doesn’t mean you’re actually working less hours.” ....

Justice calls for places dedicated to Te Reo
High Court Justice Joe Williams is calling for the creation of places or districts dedicated to speaking Te Reo Maori.

Justice Williams, who served as Chief Judge of the Maori Land Court, and as Chairman of the Waitangi Tribunal, said the focus should shift to Maori language "places".

"They could be places throughout New Zealand where the Maori language is seen as a regular part of community intercourse, community discourse and discussion, so that bilingual signs would be expected, families would be supported to speak in Maori in their homes, and the language would be valued in the districts."

He said if there was such a place, he would move to it and live there.....

Riverhead Forest treaty settlement closer
The Waitangi Treaty settlement will see land at Te Onekiritea Pt (Hobsonville Pt) vested to the iwi to establish a marae, the Crown also contributing $300,000 towards it as well as Bethells beach reserve land as a cemetery and the Kawarau Pa site on Tiritiri Matangi Island.

The settlement, valued at $6.5 million plus interest, includes a Crown apology, the vesting of nine sites totalling 31 hectares, including over 80 per cent of Riverhead Forest, and their accumulated rentals.

For two years after settlement they will also have first option to buy the land of four local schools to be leased back to the Crown.

They will have first right of refusal over Clarke House and Te Onekiritea Pt at Hobsonville, and non-exclusive right of refusal for 173 years for "surplus" Crown owned properties around the Mahurangi coast.

Paremoremo Prison falls in the agreement area with a 170 year non-exclusive right of first refusal, along with non-exclusive deferred selection right to purchase the Paremoremo housing block land.....

Protesters Occupy Former Lake Horowhenua Sailing Club
On his way back from terminating the Maori occupation of Kaitaia Airport, Police Superintendent Wallace Haumaha was diverted to Lake Horowhenua to deal with another Maori occupation.

Last Sunday, more than twenty Mua-Upoko owners took possession of the former Sailing Club building overlooking this privately-owned lake.

Superintendent Haumaha warned these owners he could arrest them and lock them all up in jail, but was prepared to let the status quo remain while he conducted some investigations.

However, former Horowhenua District Councillor Anne Hunt was on hand to show Superintendent Haumaha copies of various court judgements including one from the Supreme Court confirming that the clubs were unlawfully occupying buildings that belong to Mua-Upoko.

She also pointed out that the Crimes Act justifies owners entering their own buildings during the daytime for the purpose of taking possession thereof.....

Report supports Whānau Ora
The chair of the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency commented today on the Productivity Commission’s report on more effective social services.

“The report clearly demonstrates the value and efficacy of Whānau Ora and our commissioning for outcomes approach,” said Merepeka Raukawa-Tait.

Te Pou Matakana (TPM) was launched in July 2014 as part of the government’s decision to move the funding and funding decisions for Whānau Ora closer to the community.

“The inquiry confirms that the Whānau Ora approach is working. But more support from government agencies will be required for Whānau Ora to have the impact that is needed for families to achieve their goals and aspirations,” said Ms Raukawa-Tait.....

Maori access super before 65? Russel Norman's replacement says it's worth a look
New Green MP Marama Davidson wants to improve party’s connection with Maori, saying it traditionally hasn’t had a strong presence in Maori communities.

Asked if Maori should be able to access NZ Super before the age of 65 (the current age of eligibility for all New Zealanders), she replies: “Both of my own grandparents didn't make it past 65, and so we need to look at how to make things more equal for those discriminations.” ...

Matakana settlement dragging on
Descendants of the owners of Panepane Point on Matakana Island are being called to a hui on their ancestral land on September 20 to discuss its fate.

The land, some 400 acres, was taken from Maori ownership in 1922 for port purposes, and never returned.

The land was taken in two parts involving a dozen original owners, who by now would have ‘quite a lot' of descendants, says Taiawa.

“This is the issue – the terms and conditions that the western bay are deciding they are putting on the land before they return it to us,” adds Taiawa. “We will decide what is going to be on there and agree it from there.”....

Squatters with alleged gang connections have Waitara beach community residents living in fear
Fear and intimidation rule at Waitara's East Beach. The Taranaki Daily News investigates claims a group of squatters took over the neighbourhood and left residents scared for their life to complain about it.

Residents of a quiet seaside community say they are living in fear behind locked doors after a group of squatters they claim have gang connections illegally moved into their neighbourhood.

Locals at East Beach, a small community in the town of Waitara near New Plymouth, claim the squatters on the piece of land known as the Rohotu Block, are dealing drugs, building illegally and threatening and intimidating people walking their dogs along the beach.

Some say they have had confrontations with the group but have been too afraid to make complaints to authorities for fear of violent retribution.

Attempts to approach the site this week to talk with the squatters were met with verbal abuse and threats of violence.

The site the alleged squatters are occupying is Maori freehold land managed by the Rohotu Block Trust and their legal advisers, under Te Ture Whenua Maori Land Act 1993.

Trust chairman Vincent Brown declined to comment about the alleged squatters or answer questions about the legality of their occupation, though it is understood the trust does not necessarily want them on their land.

In April police were asked to accompany members of the trust, to ensure peace was maintained, while they spoke to the group about stopping earthworks at the site.

"At the time the people occupying the land claimed rights to occupy as Tangata Whenua," Sergeant Phil Quinn said......

The Tindall Foundation hosts Iwi leaders hui
Earlier this week The Tindall Foundation was honoured to welcome nine Maori Iwi leaders from around New Zealand to a special hui hosted at our offices in Takapuna. The purpose was to share ideas about how The Tindall Foundation can most effectively support Maori now and in the future. Our Trustees and staff are aware of how important it is to have a sound understanding of current issues and opportunities for Maori so the group came together to discuss ways in which we can work collaboratively to support Maori, help tackle some of the issues people face and work out possible solutions that could lead to better outcomes in the future.

It was a very productive and inspiring hui. We were delighted to host the following representatives, Sir Mark Solomon, Ngai Tahu; Dr Pita Sharples, Ngati Kahungunu; Papa Rahui and Parekawhia McLean, Tainui; Martin Wikaira, Ngati Tuwharetoa; Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, Ngati Ruanui; Helen Leahy, Ngai Tahu; Kevin Prime, Ngati Hine and Blair Ngarimu, Ngati Whatua.

John McCarthy, Manager of The Tindall Foundation says, “The Foundation was honoured and privileged to be able to host such a distinguished group of Maori leaders at our hui. We hope this will be the start of an on-going relationship which will help guide our work with Maori into the future”.....

Demand growing for Māori corporate law
Māori lawyers are considering what new skills they will need to develop as the historic claim settlement process winds down.

More than 180 Māori lawyers and 130 law students attended the annual hui of the Māori lawyer’s association in Waitangi over the weekend.

Te Huinga Roia Māori co-chair Rachel Mullins says they are facing new challenges as settlements start to flow.

"Our people are now needing our lawyers to have commerical legal skills to become property lawyers, to have facts law skills so that they can progress to the next stage and they can be the advisors for the iwi and moving forward to grow the asset base."....

Power Play: The Maori Party's Whanau Ora problem
Whanau Ora is the Maori Party's flagship policy, but five years on, even the Government support partner finds it difficult to explain exactly what the programme does, and where the money for the various contracts comes from.

The latest report card on Whanau Ora has been released and it was light on any hard data.

It surveyed hundreds of whanau and concluded many have found the initiative useful, but it did not go into details about how it was funded, particularly the controversial Whanau Innovation and Integration Fund.

This reflects the public relations surrounding the programme since it was launched in 2010.

While many agree in principle it sounds like a good idea, few can explain exactly how it works, or whether it works.....

Put a blowtorch to this bad dream (Opinion)
Councillors cave in to ‘vote our way or be sued’ threat from Maori selection panel ... and ratepayers must pay.

We have John Key and Rodney Hide to thank for the scandal erupting over Maori representation on the Auckland Council.

In designing the super city, they were so busy appeasing their allies and supporters that they forgot to consider the bigger democratic picture. To satisfy his Maori Party allies, the Prime Minister was forced to incorporate some form of separate Maori representation into the governance structure. But Mr Key and the then-Minister of Local Government, Mr Hide, regarded elected "Maori" seats as a step too far.

The compromise is the existing mess of unelected appointees, voting alongside elected councillors and answerable to no one but a mysterious selection panel that like some exotic insect, is supposed to die once its reproductive task is done.....

But what's really needed is to take a blowtorch to this whole un-elected bad dream, and permit Auckland to return to its democratic roots.....

Maori learners 'will get lift' from today's announcement
The Minister of Education’s announcement to fund a full time coordinator and provide ongoing funding to support an initiative for lifting Maori children’s learning was met with enthusiastic applause at the Te Akatea Maori Principals’ conference today.

The initiative, the Maori Achievement Collaboratives, are the result of school principals from both Te Akatea and NZPF working together with Ministry officials to find a better way to approach learning for Maori.

‘The answer lies in creating a school culture that equally respects a Maori and Pakeha world view,’ said Robert Clark, President of Te Akatea. ‘That means reaching out to iwi and to whanau and making the school a place where our Maori parents belong and are welcome to contribute rather than school being a foreign place where they feel no sense of ownership,’ he said.

‘The problem we faced as leaders of schools was in fully appreciating the Maori world view,’ said Denise Torrey, President of NZPF. ‘Most Maori children are in mainstream schools and most have Pakeha principals who struggle to understand how to create truly bicultural school environments’, she said. ‘What our principals needed was the opportunity to understand the elements of biculturalism they were lacking and this requires collaborative groups working together with a facilitator who has the knowledge and skills to bring that understanding to the group,’ she said.

‘The Minister’s commitment to funding this initiative now means that principals across the country will have the opportunity to address learning for Maori children in a way that is meaningful for their particular context, so that tamariki everywhere can truly enjoy success as Maori,’ said Clark.....

East Coast iwi 'not opposed' to protesting oil, gas plans
East Coast Maori are prepared to protest plans to explore for oil and gas off the coast of Gisborne.

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has opened consultation on four proposed exploration blocks.

One of them stretches from East Cape in the north to the lower South Island - a total of 68,661 square kilometres....

Back incarcerated Maori Waitangi claim, says iwi
A Hawke's Bay iwi is urging other tribes to step up and back an urgent claim submitted to the Waitangi Tribunal alleging the Crown is responsible for the high number of Māori in prison.

Retired probation officer Tom Hemopo has made an application to the Tribunal claiming the Crown had done little to address the high rate of Maori imprisonment and reoffending.

Statistics New Zealand figures show the percentage of Māori convicted of offences was at its worst in 2014; for the first time since 1980, Māori made up a greater percentage of all convictions than Europeans, with 38.7 percent Māori compared to 38.3 percent European.....

Russel Norman quits Greens and Parliament to head Greenpeace NZ
Former Green Party co-leader Russel Norman will resign as an MP and from the Green Party to head Greenpeace New Zealand.

Dr Norman's resignation will see Marama Davidson become the party's 14th MP.

Ms Davidson, from Manurewa, Auckland, is a political commentator who has worked at the Human Rights Commission for ten years.

"With every close there is a new opening, and we are incredibly excited about Marama Davidson becoming an MP," Ms Turei said.

"Marama is a modern, progressive voice for Maori political aspiration and will also be a very welcome fourth member of the party's Maori caucus."....

Crown given a telling off over its treaty talks with Ngapuhi
The Waitangi Tribunal has ruled that the Crown made a number of breaches in its negotiations with Ngapuhi.

The Crown appointed Tuhoronuku Independent Mandate Authority to represent Ngapuhi during treaty settlement negotiations.

But hapu including Ngati Hine have argued the group doesn’t have the mandate to oversee the negotiations and in December last year The Waitangi Tribunal held an urgent hearing over the concerns.

Today the tribunal released its report concluding the Crown had failed to protect the ability of hapu to exercise their rangatiratanga in deciding how and by whom they would be represented in settlement negotiations.

It went on to say that the structure and processes of Tuhoronuku deny hapu any effective means of withdrawing from it or exerting control over how it represents them.....

A further article here Tuhoronuku 'not fit' to settle claim - Tribunal http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/283939/tuhoronuku-'not-fit'-to-settle-claim-tribunal

Most Muriwhenua iwi settle with Crown
Legislation giving Far North iwi a strong say over 90 Mile Beach and affecting the largest return of land to Maori has been passed by Parliament.

As part of the deal, the iwi will co-manage conservation land in the region, and 90 Mile Beach, known by Maori as Te Oneroa-a-Tohe.

A board for beach management will be created which will include 50 percent iwi and will be chaired by iwi.

Mr Piripi said swimmers and fishermen would not be disadvantaged....

More Support Needed for Maori Boarding Schools
New Zealand First is concerned Māori are being shut out of government support for education, leading to the closure of Māori boarding schools.

“The Minister of Education has said Turakina Māori Girls’ College will have to close if it doesn’t get more students,” says New Zealand First Māori Affairs Spokesperson Pita Paraone.

“First Hato Petera, now Turakina are fighting for their existence. Changing the Aspire Scholarship criteria is the least the government can do to support Māori boarding schools and give Māori education a much needed boost,” says Mr Paraone....

Iwi and DOC unite to ensure Kāpiti Island treasures are protected
“While the island is managed as Nature Reserve under the Reserves Act 1977, it is important that Ngāti Toa is able to exercise their kaitiakitanga over the island” says DOC Partnerships Manager Paul McArthur....

School students perform protest haka at Parliament
Past pupils sheltered from the rain and wiped away tears as a rousing haka was performed outside of Parliament in an effort to save Turakina Maori Girls' College.

About 150 people, including past and present students of the boarding school, braved steady rain to protest the potential closure of the school, which has been open for 110 years.

The delegation presented a petition to Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox, who told them she was proud they had braved the rain, although it was a disgrace that they had not been allowed into Parliament.

"They don't know the strength that we have, that we have built over years, over centuries, and we will show them our strength today. And you have come, and you have shown them your strength.....

Three new appointees to Waitangi Tribunal
Māori Development Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell, has announced the appointments of three new members to the Waitangi Tribunal.

Dr Hauata Palmer, Derek Lardelli and Bill Wilson QC will join the Tribunal along with 13 other members who have also been reappointed.

New appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal are:

Dr Hauata Palmer is a well-respected kaumātua from Ngāi Te Rangi and he holds a honourary Doctorate in Philosophy. He worked for the Department of Māori Affairs for several years before returning home to work for his hapū and iwi in the Tauranga region.

Derek Lardelli (Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata) is an expert in moko, kapa haka, tribal history and whaikōrero. He has been a cultural advisor for numerous groups including the All Blacks and New Zealand’s Olympic team. He lives in Gisborne and is an Associate Professor at Toihoukura, School of Māori Arts at the EIT Tairāwhiti campus.

Bill Wilson QC has extensive experience in public and private law. He was a Queen’s Council from 1996 to 2007, a Court of Appeal Judge from 2007 before being appointed to the Supreme Court in 2008. He resigned in 2010 to practise as an arbitrator, mediator and legal adviser. He has previously served on the Waitangi Tribunal from 1986 to 1995.

Reappointments to the Waitangi Tribunal are:

Wilson Isaac

Dr Aroha Harris

Basil Morrison

Dr Monty Soutar

Tania Simpson

Tureiti Moxon

Miriama Evans

Professor Rawinia Higgins

Professor Pou Temara

Ronald Crosby

Dr Angela Ballara

David Cochrane

Sir Hirini Moko Mead

Kaitaia Airport protesters trespassed, six arrested
Ngati Kahu occupiers have left Kaitaia Airport.

Six of the occupiers have been arrested and the rest issued with trespass notices, Far North District Council Mayor John Carter said.

"I can confirm the occupation is over," he said.

Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson slammed the "oafish behaviour" of Ngati Kahu iwi members who had occupied the airport.

Finlayson said the airport was being occupied by "a few miscreants" who did not represent Ngati Kahu.

The occupiers had no right to interfere with members of the local community carrying out their lawful activities, he said.

But Mutu said the activists had the full backing of the wider Ngati Kahu iwi . She said Finlayson's comments were "totally unproductive".

Most of the occupiers were members of the Patukoraha and Ngai Tohianga hapu repossessing land that was taken from them by the government in the 1940s, she said.

"They're not protesting, they've repossessed their land."

She said the occupiers did not want to keep the airport closed.

"They just want Finlayson to say, 'Yes, we know it's Ngati Kahu land'," she said....


See this video > http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/govt-criticised-over-kaitaia-land-tensions/

Maori get $3.6 million from Rena

The owners and insurers of the Rena are planning to give $3.6 million to Bay of Plenty Maori interests to help mitigate adverse cultural effects of the wreck of the containership on Astrolabe Reef.

The claimants include Te Runanga o Ngati Whakaue ki Maketu Inc (now sought to be represented through Mr Hemi Bennett), Ngati Whakahemo (Maria Horne), Te Runanga o Ngai Te Rangi Trust, Te Whanau o Tauwhao and Te Runanga O Ngati Awa.

The amounts claimed for the infringement of customary rights, damage to mana, loss of kaitiaki and infringement of cultural rights and interests, ranging from $450,000 to $2.2 million

Several groups who represent a section of Motiti Island interests acknowledged that it would be appropriate to address the adverse effects on the Island as a whole, including people and communities, by making worthwhile provision for projects on the Island.

This is in addition to the approximate $300,000 already paid to benefit the Island community from the $1 million fund established by MSC as a goodwill gesture after the ship ran aground, says Matthew.

As a result of those discussions, the amount was increased by $500,000 to $1.5 million. This is intended as mitigation for the “whole of Island” – including non-Maori - and not for any particular group.

Call to educate migrants about Māori
A new report has identified a need for more education for migrants about Māori, the Treaty of Waitangi and biculturalism.

Multicultural New Zealand executive director Tayo Agunlejika said there was widespread acknowledgement of the need to respect and understand the Treaty of Waitangi, but also concern multiculturalism could erode its position.

Mr Agunlejika said there was a feeling there is a lack of education for migrants about the role they should play in the relationship between the Crown and Māori....

Westgate town square gets Maori name

The centre of the new Westgate Town Centre development will be called Te Pumanawa Square, named by the Henderson-Massey Local Board.

he board carried out historical research of the area and consultation with Hetaraka Tobin, kaumatua and representative of Ngati Whatua o Kaipara, in order to come up with an appropriate name.

Henderson-Massey Local Board chairwoman Vanessa Neeson says the board was honoured to choose the significant name.

Protest at Kaitaia Airport
Activists have moved onto land at Kaitaia Airport today.

Leader Wi Popata, of Ngati Kahu, said the occupation was a protest against a $100 million Treaty of Waitangi settlement, due to be ratified tomorrow.

The Te Hiku Claims Settlement Bill is due for its third and final reading in Parliament on Wednesday and includes the settlements of four of five Muriwhenua iwi - Te Aupouri, Ngai Takoto, Te Rarawa and Ngati Kuri. Ngati Kahu is the only Te Hiku iwi to not yet settle.

About 40 people gathered at the Oturu Marae earlier this morning, before walking to the occupation site with fence posts and corrugated iron to begin constructing a new marae.
The protesters went to the front desk of the airport and informed staff there that they an occupation was taking place.

One of the occupation organisers Hone Popata said they would be occupying land beside the airport terminal, and all operations at the airport would be closed.

"We are in charge now," he said....

'100 pages of self-justification'
A new report into Whānau Ora is 100 pages of self-justification, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says.

Mr Peters, a long-time critic of the social policy initiative, said the review still did not explain how the $140 million programme was performing and how the money had been spent.

Mr Peters said there had been numerous complaints about Whānau Ora's spending and the report did not touch on that.

"Instead it's just pages of self-justification, with no serious examination of how it is performing."...

Month-long hearing for Rena owners to have wreck left on Tauranga reef
The battlelines have been drawn between owners of the cargo ship Rena and local iwi, over plans to allow the wreck to remain off Tauranga's Otaiti (Astrolabe) Reef.

Rena owners Daina Shipping have applied for resource consent which will allow the wreck to stay off the reef while local iwi want it removed.

The Bay of Plenty Regional council received 153 submissions for the month-long hearing which will begin in Mount Maunganui on Monday.

Ngai Te Hapu Incorporated Society spokesman Buddy Mikaere said the hearing will be more of a "David versus Goliath" battle.

"Clearly the resources that the applicant has brought is something which we haven't got a hope of matching. So it's very much David versus Goliath."

Mikaere said the society will be emphasising the cultural aspects of the case.

"Dumping a wreck on a taonga reef in no way enhances our relationship with that reef and if the particular cultural provisions in the [Resource Management Act] have any teeth, then this will be a real test of that," he said.....

Marae could get $1m after Treaty settlement
Looking towards the post Treaty phase, Dr Tipene Leach said Heretaunga-Tamatea wanted to diversify its asset holdings structure.

"We're talking about very large amounts of money going from the settlement to the marae, whereby they'll be able to set up for their future. That future we're hoping will involve business opportunity and investment."

Dr Tipene Leach said the plan was to put $50 million in a central governance body, about $25 million to its marae, of which there are about 23, and the rest would go to a model targeted at regional development.....

$100m Te Hiku Treaty deal near
An imminent $100million Treaty of Waitangi settlement will help four Northland iwi move forward and meet the aspirations of their people, leaders say.

The Te Hiku Claims Settlement Bill is due for its third and final reading in Parliament on Wednesday and includes the settlements of four of five Muriwhenua iwi - Te Aupouri, Ngai Takoto, Te Rarawa and Ngati Kuri.

Ngati Kahu is the only Te Hiku iwi to not yet settle......

Historic apology planned for Parihaka
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson says a planned Crown apology to Parihaka will be a history-making occasion.

Mr Finlayson said previous attempts to apologise for the 1881 sacking of the Taranaki settlement had failed, but he hoped the recommendations of a group headed by Dame Tariana Turia would be acceptable to all parties.

At the signing of the Taranaki iwi's $70 million Treaty settlement yesterday, Mr Finlayson said a deal was being worked out for Parihaka.

Parihaka was the centre of passive resistance to the Crown in the mid-1800s, and after it was attacked and ransacked its leaders were illegally jailed in the South Island and on the Chatham Islands.

Mr Finlayson said he was hopeful of signing an agreement this year and working towards a reconciliation ceremony by the end of 2016.....

NZ Parliament shuts its doors on Māori Girl’s school
The Speaker of the House is refusing to allow a delegation of 150 supporters of Turakina Māori Girls College to attend a parliamentary lunch hosted by Māori Party MP, Marama Fox.

The luncheon event aimed to showcase the schools’ successes over its 110 year history and featured a cultural performance by current students.

Despite repeated attempts to challenge the speaker’s decision, the Turakina delegation of current and former students, staff and Presbyterian Church members have been told their trip to Parliament is “too political.”

“We haven’t even been able to secure seating in the Speaker’s Gallery of the debating chamber so that our current students can watch question time,” says organiser Mrs Eichstaedt...

Delays to $30m Maori ICT Development Fund cause frustration
A $30 million Maori ICT development fund has been delayed amid claims of a governance botch and disagreements over how the funds should be spent.

Maori Internet Society chairman Karaitiana Taiuru said the delay meant money was sitting in a bank account when it could be helping the community.

The fund, which is the joint responsibility of Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell and Communications Minister Amy Adams, was approved by the Government last year.

That was as a consolation prize after the Government rejected a Waitangi Tribunal claim to $270m of radio spectrum that was freed up by the closure of analogue television in 2013.....

Legal threat ahead of council funding vote
The head of a panel that selects Auckland Council's Maori advisers threatened councillors with personal legal action over a vote to release ratepayer money.

Tame Te Rangi, the chairman of the Independent Maori Statutory Board's selection panel, made the threat in a letter to Auckland Council's chief executive, Stephen Town, on July 24.

The Herald on Sunday obtained a copy of the letter, which states if Auckland Council didn't release the funding, he would initiate "legal proceedings against Auckland Council and each member of the Governing Body in their personal capacity".

The vote went ahead and the money — which the selection panel wants to use for a High Court case — was approved.

But some of the councillors have lodged a formal complaint with the Auditor-General calling for an investigation. "In essence this amounted to the individual who had written a letter threatening councillors with legal action against them personally," they wrote.

"No legal advice was forthcoming as to the personal liability of councillors and the vote proceeded."...

ECE children speak many languages
Samoan, Sign Language and Chinese are the most widely-spoken languages in early childhood centres after English and Maori, official figures show.

Education Ministry statistics showed there were 4299 licensed early childhood education (ECE) services last year, and 4101 of them used English to some extent.

Maori was spoken in 3666 centres, although most said they did so only between 1 percent and 11 of the time. In only 468 centres was Maori spoken more than 81 percent of the time.....

Māori nurse educators: sustaining a Māori worldview
The future direction of nursing workforce development is a key area of discussion for College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc board members.

As one of three Māori board members, my worldview always navigates me towards the current state of Māori nursing workforce development. Are we on track to support growth and sustainability for Māori? Current evidence suggests there are major issues impacting Māori nursing workforce growth that need to be addressed1.

We pride ourselves as global leaders in cultural safety and indigenous ways of knowing.

Ensuring students have the opportunity to engage and grow knowledge from within a Māori worldview is essential in the delivery of undergraduate education in our country....

Sonny Tau withdraws hapū leadership bid
Embattled iwi leader Sonny Tau has withdrawn from the competition to be the new hapū kaikōrero (representative) for Ngai Tāwake on the Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority.......

Taranaki iwi sign Treaty deed
A $70 million Treaty Deed of Settlement between the Crown and Taranaki iwi has been signed at Pukeiti on the slopes of Mount Taranaki today.

Today's settlement also includes the rights to 29 culturally significant sites, including the Nga Motu Islands off the New Plymouth coast, and a similar number of Crown properties.

The iwi would also have the right of first refusal to surplus Crown land in its rohe.....

Beaten children 'deserve a sorry'
Former MP Dover Samuels is calling for a formal apology to a generation of children who were beaten - in some cases until they bled - for speaking Maori at school.

No less than an apology from the Prime Minister, on behalf of the government, would suffice.

Mr Samuels said taking away the language was part of a wider disempowerment of whanau and hapu. Later Maori also lost their land, their fisheries, and the rest of their culture.....

No consent for new $10 bill image, Trust claims
A Maori Trust claims the re-designed $10 bank note, due to be released next month, has used their pattern without permission.

The tukutuku panelling features on the background of the note and was taken from the Te Hau ki Turanga meeting house in Te Papa Museum.

But the Rongowhakaata Trust, which legally owns the whare, says it wasn't consulted and has called in the lawyers.

Spokesperson Robyn Rauna says the Reserve Bank didn't ask for permission.

"We think it's an honour to have people want to use our things, but first – just basic courtesy – ask."

She wants an apology and for the Reserve Bank to admit its mistake.....

Marae nationwide feeling their age
The demand for repairs for marae nationwide is growing as many hit the century-old mark.

But there are fears the loss of knowledge of traditional Maori art work means some marae are missing out on their own tribal touch.

But there are fears the loss of knowledge of traditional Maori art work means some marae are missing out on their own tribal touch.....

Great South Basin oil and gas exploration up for grabs
Meanwhile, Bridges has also instructed officials to begin engagement and information-sharing with iwi, hapu and local authorities in Southland so he can then consider including parts of onshore and offshore Southland in future block offers beyond 2016.....

Agreement means Maori can be part of housing solution
An agreement with the Government over developing surplus land in Auckland helps cement the commitment to housing for its people, says the chair of the Tamaki Collective.

Ngati Whatua, which belongs to the collective, has dropped legal action over who gets first right to the land.

Chair of the Collective Paul Majurey said the details of the agreement and process had now been confirmed.

He said amongst other things, it meant private developers will not get better access to land than iwi.....


Why the tino rangatiratanga flag should be our national choice (Opinion)
There's a house not far from here that flies the tino rangatiratanga flag. Every day, rain or shine, its flutters bravely atop its slender flagpole.

A statement? Certainly. But isn't every flag? The tino rangatiratanga flag stands for Maori sovereignty. It's about the proper relationship between those who came to these islands first and those who came later.

In other words, it's a flag that speaks directly to this country's past, present and future. For that reason, alone, it makes the strongest case for being chosen as the present flag's replacement. That it is also a superb design merely strengthens its claim.

It may require a revolution to do it, but, one day, the tino rangatiratanga flag will replace the silver fern, the Southern Cross and the Union Jack.....

Water NZ wants more iwi-council cooperation
Water New Zealand is encouraging local governments to form partnerships with iwi to co-manage natural resources.

It comes as Ngati Porou and the Gisborne District Council form an agreement for joint management of the land and Waiapu River under the Resource Management Act (RMA).

Mr Pfahlert said, in conjunction with officials, the iwi would be involved in applications for taking water and setting limits on pollution or nutrient levels in the river.....

Govt and iwi resolve stand-off over Crown land
The Government and Auckland iwi have resolved their stand-off over developing surplus Crown land for housing.

The agreement gives three main iwi the first right to develop housing on the land.

One of the iwi, Ngati Whatua, filed legal action in June, after the Government unveiled the first sites it would offer for development but said iwi had no right of first refusal.

As part of the agreement, 20 percent of homes in any development would be made available to the community housing sector, and a further 20 percent would be affordable, likely to cost less than $550,000.....

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Welcome New Housing Agreement
“The agreement outlines our shared commitment to 40% of new houses built under the programme being made available for social and affordable housing.

At the same time, it clarifies how the Government and iwi will engage with one another in relation to surplus Crown land.

$5m for Massey University ecological health researchers
Professor Murray Patterson, from the School of People, Environment and Planning, leads a project that focuses on empowering iwi and hapū to be strong partners in the co-management of estuaries in the harbour.

It will involve collecting an oral history of local iwi and hapū knowledge, gathering ecological knowledge including indicators of estuarine ecosystem health, resilience and functioning and developing a new hybrid geographic information systems model that integrates environmental, economic, cultural, land use and estuarine ecology information......

Ngati Rangi starts land claim
Ruapehu iwi Ngati Rangi is the first to begin negotiating its Treaty of Waitangi land claim in the Whanganui District Inquiry.

Ngati Rangi aims to reach an Agreement In Principle (AIP) next year. This will be a broad outline of what will be in the settlement, with fine details negotiated after that. An AIP usually includes an agreed historical account of interaction between the iwi (tribe) and the Crown, Crown acknowledgments and apology, cultural redress and commercial redress, including Crown Forest Licensed land.

Ngati Rangi Trust chairman Kemp Dryden said the iwi's settlement aims align with the four focus areas of its strategic plan - environment, wellbeing, cultural revitalisation and prosperity - as well as reconciliation with the Crown....

Māori Tourism wants government funding boost
Māori Tourism is the fastest growing sector in New Zealand, which is being promoted and lead by New Zealand Māori Tourism, but despite that the industry only gets 1% of the government's annual budget.

A Māori promoter says it's time Government invested more in its biggest attraction.

Māori Culture – it’s the uniqueness that sets New Zealand a part from the rest of the world, and it's one of the main reasons our visitors come here.

New Zealand Māori Tourism was established in 2004, to provide an overarching direction and focus for Māori tourism, and is endorsed by the Minister of Māori Development.

Te Ururoa Flavell says, “Māori Tourism is under my portfolio, they have their own autonomy, and they receive government funding through Te Puni Kōkiri to grow Māori Tourism.”

And it seems their request maybe met, the Māori Development Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell is open to assessing their needs, and finding a way to help them achieve their goals....

South Island Maori close to charter school deal
Land is close to being secured for a proposed charter school project between Ngai Tahu and a wealthy American businessman.

Marc Holtzman planned to lean on acquaintances, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates, to raise $10 million to $15 million for a new charter school.

The development comes as the Maori Party took a swipe at Labour over its unsuccessful attempt to stop two of its Maori MPs attending a charter school fundraiser.....

Judd keen to carve up city for Maori vote
New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd wants his council to adopt city wards as a way to increase the chances of Maori getting on the council.

He's called a hui at Owae Marae in Waitara on Thursday to discuss the current representation review.

A referendum rejected the notion of Maori wards, and the council has resolved to support the status quo, which is 10 councillors elected at large to represent the city and two to cover rural areas.

Mr Judd says there are other options available under the Local Electoral Act.

"Out at Owae I want to speak about one that I favour which is a ward structure in the city itself because it carves up the city so there is greater chance of Maori getting on because there are areas of the city where there are more populations of Maori so if I can carve the city up into those voting mesh blocks then I stand a better chance of getting Maori on council," he says.....

'Everybody else knew about it but us' - Councillors say they were unaware of Panuku name change
Auckland councillors have been kept in the dark about a Maori word being added to the name of a new development agency for the Super City.

The city's 19 iwi were consulted, council chief executive Stephen Town and Mayor Len Brown's office were in the loop - but the city's 20 elected councillors only learned about the Maori element on Monday.

The renaming of Development Auckland to Panuku Development Auckland sparked a debate today about who is running the Super City - the city's elected representatives or the unelected directors of council-controlled organisations(CCOs) and officers.

"This is not about the name or a Maori issue," said councillor Dick Quax, "but an issue of who ultimately runs this city because everybody else knew about it but us."......

Iwi back claim over Maori in prison
Two Hawke's Bay iwi entities are backing a retired probation officer's urgent claim in the Waitangi Tribunal alleging the Crown has failed to cut the high number of Māori in prison and their reoffending.

Mr Hemopo said Māori in prison needed to be able to reconnect with the Māori world and while that happened to some extent, the system fell down when they got out.

"I know that tikanga Māori works because over the years I've worked with many Māori offenders and once they realised who they were, where they came, from the penny dropped, and the reoffending stopped."

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi chair Ngahiwi Tomoana said Māori wanted to reverse the snowballing negative prison statistics.

Corrections' current policies did not recognise Māori rehabilitation processes and there was no trust in engaging with a Māori approach to finding solutions in the justice system, he said.

Mr Tomoana warned bringing in managers from overseas, who had no understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi or tikanga, was harming Māori......

Encourage traditional medicine says researcher
Researchers studying traditional rongoā Māori say there is an urgent need to increase the number of healers to stop the knowledge from being lost forever.

Rongoā Māori is a holistic system of healing derived from Māori philosophy and customs.

Customary claim to whitebait won't restrict access for everyone else
More needs to be done to preserve the whitebait stocks, according to a South Taranaki woman fronting a claim to have customary rights to the native fish officially recognised by the Crown.

In 2005, three Ngaruahine hapu - Kanihi Umutahi, Okahu-Inuawai and Ngati Manuhiakai - filed an application for customary rights orders in the Maori Land Court under the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004. The applications were then transferred to the High Court under the Marine and Coastal (Takutai Moana) Act 2011.

Now the group are about to enter into talks with the Crown to advance the claim, which relates to South Taranaki waterways, including the Waihi Creek to the Ngaere Stream and the mouth of the Waingongoro River.

Noble said whitebait has cultural significance to tangata whenua as it was not only a common food source but it had been part of the Maori economy over the years too.

"Whitebait is something that Maori have traded for generations," she said......

Minister sidelines Kohanga Reo board
In an unprecedented move, Education Minister Hekia Parata has dealt directly with Kohanga learning centres, sidelining the National Trust board.

The Trust board has governed Kohanga Reo since 1983.

Two years ago she called a number of inquiries into spending and financial management at the Trust.

An audit and later a Serious Fraud Office investigation found a series of wrongdoings amounting to gross mismanagement.

Ms Parata said she was dissatisfied with changes at the Trust since then.

Now she has written directly to the 460 Kohanga Reo, saying she expected a new governance that was truly representative and auditable.

Ms Parata said that was a pre-requisite for resuming discussions on the Treaty of Waitangi claim and said there had been a lot of misinformation and half truths.

Northland iwi looks at peat mining proposal
A Northland iwi is looking at a proposal for a new peat extraction industry for former wetlands in the Far North.

Ngai Takoto has been in discussions with private company Resin and Wax Holdings Ltd and economic development agency Northland Inc.....

CYF private sector moves worry social work expert
"From a Māori perspective the risks are enormous. Unless all the Māori children were to be channelled into a service that was developed in partnership with iwi they risk being lost in systems where their whānau, hapū, iwi connections will not be maintained.

"I would be very worried about further alienation."

"Māori are over-presented as CYF clients, more than half the children in care are Māori, if you were to look at the contracting out of care, that potentially increases the risk of them not being in culturally appropriate placements."......

Second iwi threatening court action
A second iwi is threatening court action following the Māori King's announcement that Tainui Waikato has treaty claims in Auckland.

Last week Auckland iwi Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei announced it was heading to court to get clarification of the Crown's policy on overlapping claims.

Ngāti Pāoa negotiator Mo-rehu Wilson said it was disappointing iwi who had already settled were resorting to the High Court to attempt to renegotiate with the Crown......

High Court instructs Tribunal to reconsider Ngāti Kahu claim
The High Court has ruled in favour of Archdeacon Timoti Flavell's judicial review application on behalf of Ngāti Kahu iwi, one of five iwi of the Far North requesting to have their binding recommendations claim heard again by the Waitangi Tribunal who declined their request in 2013.

Ngāti Kahu chair Professor Margaret Mutu says, although their claims are a long way away from reaching a treaty settlement, the decision is promising.

The chair of Ngāti Kahu Rūnanga acknowledges that there is a long process ahead of them......

Dover Samuels on being beaten for speaking te reo Māori at school
Māori political veteran Dover Samuels is expected to give evidence to the Waitangi Tribunal today about a subject he has never spoken of before in public - the brutal punishment of young Māori children in the 1940s for speaking te reo Māori at school.

The tribunal is sitting in Mr Samuels' home community of Matauri Bay in Northland this week to hear the claims of locals and Whangaroa hapu in its long-running inquiry into the historical grievances of Ngāpuhi and other northern iwi.

Mr Samuels - a former Labour minister and the chair of the Northland Regional Council's Māori advisory committee - told Radio New Zealand's Northland reporter, Lois Williams, about the beatings he endured as a small boy who had only ever spoken Māori at home.

"You'd be hauled out in front of the rest of the class, in front of your own whanau, and told to bend over. The teacher would have - he had this container, which had a number of vines of supplejack out of the bush not far from the school... You'd bend over and he'd stand back and give you, what they called it then, six of the best," he said.

Mr Samuels said he would like to see an apology made to the nation, and suggested a scholarship fund could be set up for the descendants of those who were beaten.

"I think that would go some way - along with a really genuine apology - to a generation of Māori children that, really, many people have tried to actually cover up and forget about, simply because it was something of the past."

Water New Zealand applauds council and iwi for first
Water New Zealandis applauding Gisborne District Council and Ngati Porou for working together in forming an agreement, the first of its kind, in relation to the co-management of the Waiapu River under the Resource Management Act.

“This agreement shows a willingness of council to work with the Maori community on river management issues that are of interest to the local community, says Water New Zealand CEO, John Pfahlert.

“Up until now the only other co-management arrangements have been ones based on specific changes – Whanganui and Waikato rivers as part of Treaty settlements.

“The Resource Management Act provides for the establishment of joint management agreements under section 36 – this doesn’t apply just to just rivers but the management of any resources with another party.

The agreement provides for the development of a catchment management plan and joint decision making on how water is used: quality, quantity, limits and targets.

Mr Pfahlert says he hopes to see more collaboration between iwi and councils in the future....


Carpentry course for Maori students comes to Timaru
Budding Maori and Pacific carpenters in the region now have the chance to learn a trade through a Maori trades training programme.

The He Toki ki te Rika programme starts on Wednesday and will be the first of its kind offered in Timaru.

The course takes up to 16 Maori and Pasifika students, who will train in carpentry free of charge.....

Sir Edmund Hillary's daughter applauds 'beautiful' new NZ banknotes
While the notes have similar themes to the existing issue, they are noticeably brighter and will include more Maori design.

They will also have Te Putea Matua - the Maori name for the central bank - printed on them for the first time.

Tribunal Claim: Too Many Māori in Prison And Reoffending
Waitangi Tribunal Claim Filed Against Corrections Alleges Too Many Māori in Prison And Reoffending

Tom Hemopo, a retired probation officer, has today filed an urgent claim to the Waitangi Tribunal on behalf of himself and his iwi alleging Crown failures to reduce the number of Maori in prison and high reoffending rates.

The ‘Corrections Claim’ targets the Department of Corrections which has failed to reduce high rates of reoffending by Māori and has the support of two Hawkes Bay iwi entities - Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated and Ngāti Pāhauwera Development Trust.

Māori comprise 15% of the population, but make up the highest percentage of all convictions. Half of all men and 63% of all women in prison are Māori. Despite Corrections dealing with high numbers of Māori offenders, the reoffending rates for the group are significantly higher than for any other ethnicity. A 2009 Corrections report found that five years after release from prison, 77% of Māori offenders were reconvicted, and 58% were back in prison.

“I am asking the Tribunal to consider this claim urgently because too many Māori are suffering right now while the Crown ignores its failure to reduce the numbers of Māori in prison and reoffending on release,” Tom Hemopo says.

“I hope by hearing this claim urgently, the Tribunal will hold the Crown to account.....

Council removes Maori flag from statue
The Maori sovereignty flag was seen flying high over Victoria St this morning in the bronze hand of Gallipoli soldier and artist Horace "Sapper" Moore-Jones.

Councillor Andrew King was on the scene to monitor the flag's removal, and said he suspected it had gone up overnight.....

Action urged to improve water quality and aquatic life
The Conference in Christchurch Friday 28-Sunday 30 August on Dialogues on Freshwater - Navigating impasses & new approaches was organised by Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand (ECO).

Vowing to join together to tackle declining water quality, and losses of our native animals and life in water ways, conference attendees heard from Maori and Pakeha specialists and reprentatives.

Eminent Maori jurist Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie gave the opening address. He presented new proposals for water allocation. These are founded on the principle of public good and restoration of cultural relationships and knowledge.

That proposal would give priority provision of water for ecosystems, and domestic uses over commercial uses. Commercial users of water should pay for their use and recognise the special customary use rights of hapu or iwi.

Funds from these payments would then be used to protect and restore the water quallity and life in the lakes, rivers and wetlands and to help Maori youth and others to reconnect with their ancestral waters and management and cultural connections.

Dr Linda Te Aho, University of the Waikato, applauded the advances that were occurring through Treaty Settlements with the Waikato and Whanganui River. She said the Whanganui River will have its own legal personality recognised and protected by legally appointed advocates but more needs to be done to redress the legacy of harm and to adopt the principle of responsibility.

More than 100 iwi representatives, specialists, members of the public and ECO member organisation delegates from around New Zealand attended the meeting.

Govt encourages Maori to get involved in IT
The New Zealand Government has launched a Maori Technology Scholarship to encourage more Maori into the Information Technology sector.

Flavell also acknowledged Ngai Tahu, which is the first iwi to invest in the programme, its committed $25,000 towards placing tribal members in the programme.

Owners among opponents of Lake Horowhenua work
Three members of the Lake Horowhenua Trust are among those opposed to the latest steps to improve the health of the lake.

Horizons Regional Council received 27 submissions on resourse consents for a suite of cleanup activities at Lake Horowhenua. Among the 11 submitters in opposition were Lake Horowhenua trustees Eugene Henare, Vivian Taueki and Charles Rudd.

The trust represents the interests of the approximately 1600 Maori owners of the lake and is elected by them. The trust also has three seats on the Lake Domain Board and is a member of the Lake Horowhenua Accord.

The trust was among the 15 submissions in favour of the cleanup work, and the submissions from three members against the work is a sign of the division within the trust over the accord process.

Horisons Regional Council had sought resource consent from itself, and from Horowhenua District Council to operate a weed harvester on the lake, to build a fish pass between the lake and the Hokio Stream and to build a sediment trap where the Arawhata Stream flows into the lake.

Henare, a former chairman of the trust, said in his submission he opposed all parts of consents applied for.

He said the council should "go back to the beginning" and restart the application process by holding a series of hui with lake owners and wider consultation with the community.

Taueki submitted on behalf of the Muaupoko Co-operative Society and said the work planned would have serious impacts on taonga and wahi tapu sites at the lake. She also wrote there had been a lack of consultation.

Rudd said Horizons did not have jurisdiction over the area; this was instead held by the Maori Land Court. He said the application was a form of "alienation of Maori land by stealth" as well as a form of "institutional racism".

The trust submission said the cleanup work planned would meet its aspirations for the lake and would have a positive effect on the environment.....

Former All Black's rugby pub 'an insult to Maori culture'
Former All Black Byron Kelleher has been slammed for cultural insensitivity over the launch of his new pub Haka Corner.

The 57-test star is preparing to open the sports bar in his home city of Toulouse, and there are also plans to extend to other French cities.

But Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and his predecessor Sir Pita Sharples have criticised its linking of the traditional Maori war cry with a booze outlet.

"This is blatant piggy-backing off Maori culture and is out of order," Flavell said.

"To make money from associating drinking alcohol with Maori people is completely unacceptable and shows no credibility or integrity.....

Justice system needs overhaul to reduce Maori crime - expert
Statistics show Maori are more likely to be arrested and get a prison term and less likely to get home detention or a fine.

They also make up more than 50 percent of New Zealand’s prison population.

Auckland University senior law lecturer Khylee Quince told TV ONE’s Q&A programme it's time for a new way of dealing with crime and punishment.

Ms Quince says she’s also advocating for a separate justice system to be introduced for Maori in the long term.

“People tend to act more favourably towards people that look like them and speak the same language and so when you translate that into the decisions of judges, of police officers, of people in the system, than that negatively impacts on people that aren’t represented.” She said.....

Maori Party Accuses Govt of being Slum-Landlord
The co-leader of the Maori Party has delivered a stinging attack on the National-led Government, criticising it as a “slum landlord”.

Marama Fox – whose political party actually props up the Government with a confidence and supply agreement – said Thursday that until the Government brings its state housing stock up to liveable standards it is “the biggest slumlords of this country”.

Bay of Plenty place names corrected
Land Information Minister Louise Upston has today announced her decision to correct the spelling of 12 place and feature names in the Opotiki District.

The names include such places as the Waiotahi River, Waiotahi Forest and Waiotahi Knoll, which will be corrected to the original Māori name ‘Waiotahe.’...

Giving iwi a shared role
A UNANIMOUS vote by Gisborne District Council has given the go-ahead for a joint management agreement between the council and Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou to manage the Waiapu River catchment, a first of its kind in New Zealand.

After listening to a presentation from the runanganui, the council instructed staff to develop the agreement, which will come back to the council’s October meeting for final adoption.

A packed public auditorium heard runanganui presenters Amo Houkamo and Tina Porou describe a historic “win-win” agreement that will allow the iwi to be involved in resource consent applications in the catchment. The sky would not fall because of the agreement, they told the council.....

Ngati Whatua Orakei seek clarity on overlapping claims
Ngati Whatua has today filed papers in the Auckland High Court to seek clarification of the Crown’s process in negotiating Treaty of Waitangi settlements in Auckland.

Ngati Whatua Deputy Chair, Ngarimu Blair, says the hapÅ« aims to get clarity on the Crown’s policy regarding ‘overlapping claims’.

"This is about protecting our settlements, not stopping anyone else’s.

"Ngati Whatua has been very accommodating, constructive and flexible in its approach to achieve a settlement for wider Auckland.

"We want all iwi in Tāmaki to settle with the Crown. However, the Crown has a responsibility to settle grievances honourably, without undermining existing settlements.

"We have attempted to work through this matter face to face, but as a Trust, we have a duty to protect the interests of our members, and our mana. Our disagreement is with the Crown, not other iwi."

Ngati Whatua says litigation was its last option but it believes this action will ultimately benefit all iwi who have settled, or will settle, with the Crown.....

Ngati Whatua will fight King's land-grab
For generations, Ngati Whatua have been forced to defend our mana and people when neighbouring iwi have come to claim our land and separate us from the generations of our ancestors buried here.

The speech by King Tuheitia Paki at the weekend was a fresh attempt to take our lands and another surprising incursion into politics and other matters unbecoming of the paramount chief of Tainui. An event that should have brought Maori together was instead used for a poorly timed land-grab by the poorly advised King.

The distinctive and delicate nature of claims to Tamaki is the result of a thousand years of migration and settlement by myriad hapu and iwi.

Over 400 years of migration, wars and conquest saw hapu and iwi such as Ngaoho, Ngati Huarere, Ngati Awa, Ngaiwi and Ngariki come and go.

Eventually they were displaced by the large tribal group known as Waiohua around the early 1600s. Waiohua, too, would be forced to move to another part of Tamaki as invaders from the Kaipara took control of the main isthmus, including the largest fortress at Maungakiekie, One Tree Hill.

The descendants of those Kaipara invaders, who came to Tamaki to right a wrong, continue to live and flourish upon the lands of their ancestors. Their headquarters are no longer on that prominent summit, where a large obelisk now stands above the remains of Sir John Logan Campbell bearing words of farewell to the Maori race......

Incarceration rate for Maori children a stands out in Children’s Commissioner’s report of CYF
Two Maori child advocates say that the high incarceration rate for Maori children is one of the most shocking aspects of the Children’s Commissioner’s report of Child, Youth and Family released today.

“58% of Child, Youth and Family’s care and protection clients are Maori,” says Child Advocate Anton Blank, “which confirms what we already know about tamariki Maori, who experience more child abuse than other groups.

“Once they are part of the Child, Youth and Family system, however, they are more likely to be taken into care and spend time in Child, Youth and Family institutions. A whopping 68% of children in these institutions are Maori.”

“Maori kids in CYF care talk about the importance of cultural activities. Immersing tamariki Maori in Maori culture generates tangible and positive change.

“This is something we experience with the prevention of SUDI. Our research tells us that young Maori want to experience a Maori narrative of parenting. They want to see Maori imagery and words on our resources because these are things that affirm their identity.”.....

Resource management on agenda
Treaty settlements have led to co-management regimes for all sorts of things, Waikato River, etc. Uncle Api was a pretty tough negotiator, so Ngati Porou have a Treaty deal that guarantees them a fair bit of say in what goes on along the Coast.

Most New Zealanders don’t yet realise that the Government has negotiated away the democratic control of land and resources, but even when they wake up it will be too late. And no good grumbling. When the TMO makes a decision, that’s it, moaning doesn’t help.....

Funding crisis forces Far North iwi to shut down services
A Far North iwi has shut down its social services and ordered a special audit to probe into its "challenging financial circumstances".

The Te Aupouri Trust Board announced this morning that it has laid off 12 staff on the advice of its financial advisers.

The board is funded through property investments and holds government contracts for social work.

Mr Ihaka said he could not comment on reports the board had an unexplained funding shortfall of several hundred thousand dollars until auditors have investigated......

Iwi protest over wastewater plans
The Horowhenua District Council will continue with plans to pump wastewater into land near Poutū Marae, despite iwi opposition.

Members of Ngāti Whakatere have been protesting the plans outside the Shannon Wastewater Treatment plant since Monday.

But Mr Clapperton said the plans would eventually go ahead, saying the Environment Court had given it the all-clear to discharge treated wastewater onto the land.

Local Māori claim the whenua was the scene of an ancestral battle site, kainga (homes) and said there had been an urupā (Māori cemetery) there too....

Claim to rewrite Auckland history
The chief negotiator for Waikato-Tainui, Tukoroirangi Morgan, says the tribe’s claim for Auckland will rewrite the city’s historical narrative.

The tribe’s pursuit of the claim was revealed last Friday by King Tuheitia, who said it was in the name of his ancestor Potatau Te Wherowhero and would address the question of the sovereignty of the kingitanga.

Mr Morgan says what was originally known as the Huakina claim was initially lodged in 1987, shortly after the Waitangi Tribunal’s scope was extended to include historical claims.

It was revised in 1993 to cover issues which would not be captured by the tribe’s Raupatu Claim settlement, which covered the areas confiscated by the Crown after its invasion in 1863.

He says it’s separate to the claims of the Tainui hapu that are being dealt with as part of the Tamaki Makaurau Collective.

Material gathered to back the claim includes Governor Sir George Grey’s reports to the Colonial Office about asking Te Wherowhero to protect Auckland from threatened Ngapuhi raids.

Mr Morgan says Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson has agreed the claim could go to direct negotiation, and terms of negotiation are being prepared....

Tukoroirangi Morgan threatens legal action over Govt's land sell off
Tainui spokesperson Tukoroirangi Morgan has threatened legal action over the government's surplus land sell off in Auckland.

Morgan spoke to Waatea Radio this morning and said the Huakina claim, lodged by Tainui in 1987 regarding their interests in the Auckland region had not been resolved, and any land sell off would trigger court action.

The Prime Minister was surprised to hear that Tainui could be heading to court if land pertaining to their claim in Auckland is sold off...

Tainui told get mandate and spell out claims
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has one message for Waikato-Tainui if it wants to begin negotiating a claim over parts of Auckland - get a mandate and specify your claims.

He said he had given Tukoroirangi Morgan the same message about five times in the past.

"He nods and then nothing happens," Mr Finlayson told the Herald.

"Mandates don't last forever."

Mr Finlayson said he had also formally written to Waikato-Tainui two years ago setting out what needed to be done if it had a claim to parts of Auckland.....

Minister accused of holding up treaty talks
The Hauraki District's mayor says it is hugely disappointing that the Hauraki Collective's treaty settlement negotiations have been stalled since last December.

Mayor John Tregidga is urging Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson to get on with settling the claims in the Hauraki-Coromandel region.

The mayor said the negotiations were around 99 percent complete, but the minister had refused to negotiate since some Hauraki iwi went to the Waitangi Tribunal over a separate issue of representation on a pan-iwi governance forum in Bay of Plenty.

Mr Tregidga said the delay was a missed opportunity for the region, as he understands the Hauraki iwi would have a balance sheet of about $200 million once the settlement was complete.

"That would make them the biggest business people within the Hauraki District, the Hauraki region, so it is significant," he said....

Iwi claim consultation was just 'lip service'
A Shannon iwi plan to picket outside the town's wastewater treatment plant until they feel their concerns have been heard by Horowhenua District Council.

Ngati Whakatere are protesting what they say is a lack of consultation over plans to discharge Shannon's wastewater on to a neighbouring farm, which is owned by the council.

Spokesman Robert Ketu told the Manawatu Standard on Monday morning the iwi felt like it had only received "lip service" from the council and that its concerns over the disturbance of wahi tapu and other sites of significance on the farm were not being taken seriously.

Council chief executive David Clapperton met with iwi members on Monday afternoon and said he was confident their concerns could be resolved.

Clapperton says that over the past two years the consultation with the iwi and all other affected parties had been thorough, transparent and meaningful.

Ketu said any work on implementing the land-based discharge system, which received resource consent from the Environment Court in 2014, should be halted until the iwi and council had met.

"We want them to sit down with us and understand the tikanga and the kawa that connects us to this land," Ketu said.

Clapperton said that the resource consent conditions were developed in consultation with Ngati Whakatere and other parties.....

Universities join forces vying for Northland students

Usually universities are competing to recruit school leavers but the exact opposite will be happening in Northland.

Rather than each university individually visiting schools encouraging students to choose them as a study option, four universities will be visiting 11 Northland schools together as a way of reaching out to Maori students.

Senior future student adviser Maori at The University of Waikato, Alonzo Mason, said it was an approach that best aligned with Maori culture and practice.....

Key: Auckland claim appears to have missed deadline
Prime Minister John Key says it appears the Kingitanga movement did not lodge a claim for parts of Auckland by the 2008 deadline.

Waikato-based Maori King Tuheitia told those gathered at Ngaruawahia's Turangawaewae Marae on Friday, including Mr Key, he has launched a claim for much of the Auckland region.

"To actually make a claim you had to register by 2008 and we can't see anything at this point where they have registered," Mr Key told the Paul Henry programme......

Iwi may buy more state houses
Ngāti Ranginui is considering whether it can purchase a larger cut of the state housing stock earmarked for sale in Tauranga.

Of the 1140 Tauranga state houses to be sold off by the Government, 115 of them have been set aside for Ngāti Ranginui to buy through its Treaty of Waitangi negotiations.

Mr Kawe said as with most iwi, the financial compensation from settlement wasn't enough to cover everything.....

First for Maori in pipeline
A HISTORIC agreement that would give Ngati Porou the power to become involved in the management of the Waiapu catchment — a first for Maori and the local authority in this district — will be considered by Gisborne District Council on Thursday.

Staff are recommending the council prepare a joint management agreement for the Waiapu catchment that would allow iwi to be involved in Resource Management Act processes within the catchment.

The agreement would see the runanganui involved in a number of planning processes.

A delegation from Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou will be present at the meeting. It will also include notification of the freshwater plan for the district, another process on which the runanganui wants to have an active role.....

Taranaki Iwi Trust to finalise $70m settlement with Crown
Taranaki Iwi Trust will formally sign its $70m treaty settlement on September 5.

During July's initialling hearing, Minister for Treaty of Negotiations Chris Finlayson said some of the injustices suffered by the Taranaki Iwi Trust were the most "significant and grave" injustices suffered by tangata whenua in New Zealand.

In particular, the invasion of Parihaka and the unfair imprisonment of prophets Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi were events which had left a legacy of hurt, he said......

Tainui’s Absurd Claim for Auckland
National’s indulgence for Maori separatism is leading to ever more ludicrous claims, this time Tainui for Auckland, which was announced by the Prime Minister himself, says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Imagine how much taxpayer cash Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson will need to stump up the costs for a Crown negotiator for a settlement like this.

“In all seriousness National is keen to put iwi before Kiwi and that’s not something people voted for.

“Only last month Environment Minister Nick Smith confirmed National was negotiating with many iwi over demands for water ownership. This hitherto had been denied by National.

“And when the Auditor-General found absolutely no evidence of value for money from the $140 million spent on Whānau Ora, National didn’t scrap it. Instead they massively increased the budget.

“You know this is not the National Party of old when Whangarei MP, Dr Shane Reti, supposedly a medical doctor, stands up in Parliament to bemoan how little is being spent on ‘Maori spiritual health’.

“As New Zealand First warned, these claims set iwi against iwi and iwi against the rest of New Zealand

“National has indulged Maori separatism and is now attracting patently absurd claims like Tainui’s for Auckland,” says Mr Peters.....

Auckland iwi closely watch Maori King's claim
Ngati Whatua Orakei say any new Treaty of Waitangi settlements in the Auckland region must not undermine existing settlements.

The Auckland-based hapu issued a statement today after Waikato-based Maori King Tuheitia launched a claim for much of the Auckland region.

King Tuheitia told those gathered at Turangawaewae Marae on Friday, including Prime Minister John Key, he wanted to see the claim through.

The king's spokesman Tukoroirangi Morgan acknowledged the claim would challenge with Auckland-based iwi.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson had agreed to hear the claim, he said.

Ngati Whatua Orakei deputy chair, Ngarimu Blair, says the hapu has a long-standing relationship with Tainui and the Kingitanga.

"In fact we gifted land to them within Tamaki in the 1830s," he said.

Ngati Whatua Orakei had lived in central Auckland for centuries and would be watching this claim and others very closely, he said.

Meanwhile Ngapuhi leader David Rankin announced plans are underway for Ngapuhi to make a Treaty claim on the greater Auckland area.

Mr Rankin says there are many sites in Auckland that are sacred, and Ngapuhi's presence there, the single biggest Maori population in Auckland, dates back centuries.

"Historically, and because of current occupation, Auckland is a Ngapuhi city first and foremost."

Ngapuhi will claim a breach of the Treaty occurred because the Crown ignored Ngapuhi when settling the Auckland claim with Ngati Whatua.

Mr Rankin says he decided to make Ngaipuhi's claim public after Tuheitia's announcement, but plans to lay a claim go back five years.

"The King of Huntly is being a bit cheeky. His ancestors didn't even sign the Treaty and now he wants a piece of the action. But Ngapuhi's message to him is clear: keep out of Auckland until we've finished with it!"

Iwi could make joint claim, says historian
The new claim covers the area from the Mahurangi Peninsula in the north down to the Firth of Thames, across to the Manukau Harbour and up to Piha on the west coast.

History professor at Auckland University of Technology Paul Moon said Tainui and Ngāti Whātua jointly opposed the Government's recent move to open up land in Auckland for housing, which showed the iwi have been co-operating closely on the issue.

He said it was likely the two iwi had been negotiating for some time and the new claim was part of a joint effort to get their historical rights recognised.

Professor Moon said while new historical treaty claims are not possible, the iwi could claim the Crown failed to recognise Tainui's historical links to Auckland when it negotiated a settlement with Ngāti Whātua.

Ngapuhi claim on Auckland “now almost certain
The Ngapuhi leader David Rankin has announced that plans are already well under way for Ngaphui to make a Treaty claim on the greater Auckland area. It comes just a day after the Maori King Tuheitia said that Tainui were also planning to make a claim on Auckland.

Mr Rankin says that Ngapuhi’s history in Auckland extends back for several centuries, and that there are numerous sites in the city that are sacred to the iwi. He also points out that Ngapuhi make up the single biggest Maori population in Auckland, “so historically, and because of current occupation, Auckland is a Ngapuhi city first and foremost.”

The basis of the claim will be that because the Crown ignored Ngapuhgi when settling the Auckland claim with Ngati Whatua, a breach of the Treaty occurred.

Mr Rankin says Ngapuhi’s plans for a claim go back five years, and he decided to make them public after Tuheitia’s announcement. “In a way”, he says, “the King of Huntly is being a bit cheeky. His ancestors didn’t even sign the Treaty and now he wants a piece of the action. But Ngapuhi’s message to him is clear: keep out of Auckland until we’ve finished with it!”.....

Climate change warning for marae
A Maori environmental campaigner says Maori need to factor in climate change when considering treaty settlement and development options.

Mike Smith says a new report by former NASA climate scientist saying there is increased likelihood of a three metre sea level rise within 35 years has major consequences for low lying areas like Awanui in the Far North.

It will be made worse by the increasing number of extreme weather events such as tropical cyclones, and storm surges could turn the Aupouri Peninsula into an island.

That has consequences for the way settlement money is spent.....

King Tuheitia delivers his address at Koroneihana 2015
In addressing matters of the nation, King Tuheitia outlined he was pleased with the progress that has been made with Treaty Settlements and congratulated Ngāti Kahungunu on their achievements, while offering them and other iwi the support of Tainui.

He also outlined his strong support for Māori sovereignty while promising to ensure the relevance of the Kīngitanga is maintained.....

Maori King lays claim to Auckland at Ngaruawahia
Maori King Tuheitia has launched a claim for Auckland extending to the Mahurangi Peninsula and down the Firth of Thames and across to the Manukau Harbour and Piha.

He told more than 500 people gathered at Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia, including Prime Minister John Key, he was determined to see the claim through.

"It must be done," Tuheitia said on Friday. "I am determined to do it with the start of the Kingitanga Claim in Tamaki."...

Taniwha Springs returned to Ngāti Rangiwewehi
After almost half a century Ngāti Rangiwewehi can now celebrate the return of Pekehaua Springs, more commonly known as Taniwha Springs.

Last night a unanimous vote from the Rotorua Lakes council was reached for the ownership to be transferred from the council to the iwi.

In 1966 the springs were taken under the Public Works Act for public water supply purposes and vested in the Rotorua County Council at the time.

Ngāti Rangiwewehi has always mourned the loss of their taonga saying the taking was morally wrong.

It holds strong historic cultural significance to Ngāti Rangiwewehi and are regarded as precious taonga. They are regarded as the traditional home of the taniwha Pekehaua - a central figure of local traditions - and the place where the tribe's life springs from.

In 2012 Ngāti Rangiwewehi Settlement couldn't get the land back under current council jurisdiction. But now a new agreement between the iwi and council puts Ngāti Rangiwewehi at the negotiating table.

Tangata whenua chapter approved despite concerns
Concerns raised by an experienced lawyer did not stop Queenstown Lakes councillors from approving a tangata whenua chapter for its district plan yesterday.

The chapter will go out for public consultation.

Some adjustments were made by councillors yesterday, but Anderson Lloyd consultant Warwick Goldsmith, a planning specialist in Queenstown for 20 years, confirmed afterwards he still had concerns.

Before yesterday's extraordinary council meeting to consider the chapter, Mr Goldsmith warned councillors over certain sections.

One part said that when the council was making resource management decisions, it ''gives effect to'' iwi management plans.

Several councillors shared Mr Goldsmith's concerns and those words were changed to ''takes into account''.

Another section on managing wahi tupuna (ancestral landscapes) stipulated it would ''protect them from the adverse effects of subdivision, use and development.''

Mr Goldsmith - who endorsed Ngai Tahu's involvement in the planning process - suggested the council wait until those areas were identified before approval.

''If the wahi tupuna end up being very broad then that policy to protect them from subdivision and development is a lot stronger than the landscape policy.''

While councillors made other adjustments, the wahi tupuna section was unchanged.

Mr Goldsmith said after the meeting he expected it to be challenged.

''We don't know what the wahi tupuna are - yet there's a policy to protect them.''

A council analysis of the chapter said consent applicants may face increased costs because of additional consultation and iwi involvement. .....

Kohanga reo 'still marginalised'
The Kohanga Reo National Trust says the Ministry of Education is still marginalising the movement by promoting other early learning options.

It has been nearly three years since the Waitangi Tribunal found the Crown prejudiced kohanga reo by imposing a funding regime that incentivises centres led by teachers.

Kohanga Reo National Trust co-chair Tina Olsen-Ratana said the funding regime clearly showed the government's intent to marginalise kohanga reo and discount it, and incentivise groups and people to puna reo.

"It was clearly found by the Waitangi Tribunal, and they are still doing it today.".....

Ambulance patients to benefit from new initiative
Ambulance patients in the Nelson Tasman region are the first in the country to benefit from a initiative to better connect people with appropriate health services before they require urgent care.

The pathway included referrals to the maori health provider Te Piki Oranga as St John had identified the disproportionate impact of health issues for Maori and the need to ensure Maori were being referred and linked to appropriate health services.......

Maori screen workers asked to work cheap
Maori screen industry organisation Nga Aho Whakaari says workers are paying for systemic under-funding of Maori broadcasting.

The roopu is surveying members who make up 20 percent of Maori in the sector.

Preliminary results show that two thirds of respondents have been asked to work more than 10-hours a day and they are increasingly being asked to work for less pay or nothing because the kaupapa is Maori.

Acting executive director Hineani Melbourne says the online survey, which closes this week is putting some hard data behind the anecdotes.

She says when National became the Government they froze funding for Maori Television and other broadcasters, but demand continues to grow with more programmes being produced.....

Goal to have everyone in Aotearoa speaking Maori
The recently appointed chief executive of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori Ngahiwi Apanui says its his aim to have everyone in the country speaking Maori.

He says by 2050 the majority of New Zealanders will be Maori, Pasifika and Asian with Pakeha a minority of largely superannuitants.

Ngahiwi Apanui says his job is to put the building blocks in place to ensure te reo Maori is in very good heart not just for Maori but the country.

"Our people will be the engine room of this country and our people will be leading it. So it's important that we at Te Taura Whiri our long term goal is that the whole of the country speaks Maori. We are not going to achieve that probably in my time but I tell you what mate while I'm at Te Taura Whiri I'll going to give it a damn good job trying to make it happen" he says.

Ngahiwi Apanui says Maori language and culture are essential for the leadership the country requires....

TPP opponents head back to Waitangi Tribunal
Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) opponents are set to go back to the Waitangi Tribunal to ask it to consider what the Crown needs to do to meet its Treaty obligations to Māori during trade negotiations.

Ms Ertel said the claimants will also ask the tribunal to consider what input Māori should have had into the TPP negotiations and its final text.

Moana Jackson, one of the claimants, said the Crown had obligations to consult with its Māori Treaty partner, and ensure that Māori views were taken into account.....

Shake-up for Māori language funding
The Māori Language Commission has changed its registration and application process for this year's round of Mā Te Reo funding.

The changes mean that any individual, group, marae, hapū or whānau seeking funding must now use the new online system, Pūnaha Pūtea, which is available on the commission's website.

Mā Te Reo funding opened at the start of Māori language week on July the 27th and is for anyone wanting to deliver Te Reo revitalisation programmes.

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori will be giving out between $1.8 and $2.5 million worth of funding this year......

TPK spending millions on contractors
The Ministry of Maori Development, Te Puni Kokiri, has spent nearly $3 million on contractors already this year.

The numbers have risen sharply despite the chief executive's pledge in 2013 to reduce spending on consultants.

Last month the organisation, which employs about 250 people, spent $669,000 on contractors and in June it was $487,000, bringing the total already this year to nearly $3 million.

Twenty-one staff members have left Te Puni Kokiri during the past 10 months, including one of its deputy chief executives.

Documents handed to Radio New Zealand show that as permanent staff left the bill for contractors rose swiftly......

Māori Party push for WoF for rental homes to help alleviate poverty
The Māori Party is putting Warrant of Fitness (WoF) for rental houses back on their agenda to help alleviate poverty in our communities.

The Child Poverty Action Group is calling on the government to enforce a WoF on rental housing, and the Māori Party are backing them all the way....

Waikato Iwi against Landcorp conversions
A Waikato River iwi says Landcorp's conversion of forestry to dairy farms in its rohe goes against the purpose of its Treaty Settlement.

The state-owned enterprise plans to add more than 29,000 cows to upper Waikato farms it is converting from forestry.

The Green Party wants it to stop, saying the effluent from the cows will pollute the Waikato River.

Ngāti Koroki Kahukura spokesperson Linda Te Aho agreed, and said the plans did not align with the Māori world view......

Raniera Tau pleads guilty to possession of Kererū
Raniera Tau has appeared in the Invercargill District Court this morning charged with unlawful possession of kererū and another charge of hunting kererū.

Te Kāea reporter Harata Brown was in court and says he had with him a support group of around 4 Kaumatua and Kuia.

Mr Tau pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of kererū, however he has pled not guilty to hunting or killing protected wildlife.

The case will again be heard before the Invercargill District Court on the 28th of September for a review hearing.....

Restaurant at Long Bay Regional Park remains closed as human bones found on site
A popular beachfront restaurant at Long Bay Regional Park is facing its third summer of closure as owner Auckland Council tries to meet concerns of iwi and archaeologists over ancient human bones found on the site.

The restaurant closed in May 2013 after 12 years of operation so that the council could refurbish it.

However work has stopped twice when koiwi or pre-European bones were uncovered.

When koiwi are found, the Police contact the iwi to ensure protocol for removal and decisions for reinterment are culturally appropriate.

Long Bay, in the urban north-eastern bays has a million visitors a year and at its peak, the restaurant employed 25 people.

"It's a million-dollar amenity. Very few places equal this one, right on the beach." ....

Rakiura Maori Lands Trust and Real Journeys team up
Kiwi-spotting on Stewart Island could be the first venture between Rakiura Maori Lands Trust and Real Journeys after they signed a partnership agreement this month.

The two parties said they were looking for new tourism opportunities to help grow world-class visitor experiences on Rakiura-Stewart Island.

The trust is the largest private landowner on New Zealand's third largest island, while Real Journeys operates the ferries to the island, Stewart Island Lodge and various tours....

Top Energy bid to use Treaty land 'hugely offensive'
The Parahirahi C1 Trust, which represents local hapū in the rohe, is angry the company wants to expand its activities while its claim over ownership is still before the Waitangi Tribunal.

The company is seeking a Notice of Requirement at a Resource Consent Hearing in Kerikeri to use land called the Four Acres for an access road.

But that land is currently leased to the Parahirahi C1 Trust as an interim settlement while efforts to return it to Māori ownership continue.....

Many Māori feel disenfranchised says Davis
Mr Davis said there was not enough Māori representation in local government given that tāngata whenua were a Treaty partner.

He said the current government system was not ideal.

"Māori just seem disenfranchised and feel disenfranchised by this whole system, we feel to an extent that it is rigged against us....

Te Aka Puaho calls on Māori to support Turakina as 'Taonga'
Te Aka Puaho has called on Māori politicians, Iwi leaders, the New Zealand Māori Council, the Māori Womens Welfare League, Māori organisations, Māori Boarding Schools, School Boards and whanau to advocate for the protection of Māori Boarding Schools as Taonga......

Treaty seen as still apt for diversity
Much could be done to make people of other cultures more comfortable in New Zealand, but the Treaty of Waitangi should still be the basis for it, a new report says.

Participants endorsed the recommendations on the Treaty of Waitangi made by the Constitutional Advisory Panel in December 2013. Some were concerned multiculturalism might overtake biculturalism. They wanted Maori rights and responsibilities under the treaty carried forward.

Iwi consultation will be embedded in law
Iwi input is embedded in environmental planning decisions, with the Hawke's Bay Regional Planning Committee Bill about to become law.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council chairman Fenton Wilson was at the final reading of the bill in Parliament last week, with "a large contingent of our treaty partners".

He said the committee worked well, involving iwi in the early stages of consent applications.

In the past, iwi were an "interested bystander" until proposals were made public.

"Iwi now has a table right at the start."

Hastings mayor and president of Local Government New Zealand Lawrence Yule said the bill explicitly future-proofed the committee should council amalgamation take effect in Hawke's Bay.

Govt to go ahead with state homes sale
The Government is going ahead with the next stage of selling up to 1500 state houses in Tauranga and Invercargill, despite polls showing the policy is deeply unpopular.

"Consultation confirmed Ngati Ranginui has 115 right of first refusal (RFR) properties within the Tauranga proposed transaction area and Ngai Tahu has three RFR properties within the Invercargill proposed transaction area.

"These properties will be excluded from the open and competitive commercial process. We are working directly with Ngati Ranginui and Ngai Tahu on how to include the properties within the SHRP [social housing reform programme]. The discussions will focus on realising both the Government's RFR obligations as well as the objectives of the SHRP.".....

Northland iwi face Statoil over oil drilling plans
Three Māori activists enter a palatial-looking building in Stavanger, Norway. Inside, in a high-tech auditorium, on a broad, sleek stage, sit the chief executives of one of the world's largest oil and gas companies.

Addressing the auditorium, Mike Smith (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu) speaks calmly and clearly. He announces that he has been sent as a representative of Māori tribes, and tells the board in no uncertain terms: "You don't have permission to be in our tribal waters." He warns that the tribes will go to the United Nations to seek protection.

When Sami leaders saw the activists' letters of introduction from Māori tribal leaders, "That caused them to lean forward," Smith recalls. "They told us that in meetings Statoil had told them the opposition was from 'fringe groups.' Statoil had been minimising what was going on."

Sami leaders have voiced their support for Māori rights, and have accepted a Māori invitation to visit New Zealand on a fact-finding mission.

Meanwhile, Statoil managers have responded to Māori resistance with a strong dose of wishful thinking.

In reality, "It's been anything but successful," says Mike Smith. "The first meeting they came to, they were thrown off the marae after 15 minutes and were told to leave. It's very unusual for Māori to do that." Later, in Kaitaia, attendees literally upended the tables where oil executives were sitting.

Smith faults the Norwegians less than he faults the New Zealand government for selling off drilling rights in the first place. "The government's been telling them, 'It's all good; we're welcoming you with open arms,'" he says. Yet local Māori arms are closed......

Veteran guide knocked off Mt Taranaki due to iwi concerns
A veteran guide has been kicked off operating on Mt Taranaki because iwi are unhappy with his disregard of Maori culture.

Ian McAlpine, owner/operator of Mt Taranaki Guided Tours, has been denied a 10 year concession by the Department of Conservation (DOC) which would allow him to take guided tours and tramps in areas such as the Egmont National Park.

In a report supplied to Fairfax Media by McAlpine, the reasons DOC declined his application were related to the Stratford man's lack of support from iwi in the region.

The report stated the strongest opposition came from the Taranaki Iwi Trust but Te Atiawa and Ngati Ruanui also did not approve.

Taranaki Iwi Trust chairman Toka Walden said Mt Taranaki was "extremely sacred and significant" and needed to be treated with respect. More than 70 per cent of the tracks McAlpine intended to use fell within its rohe or tribal area.

Walden said McAlpine's application was not supported by them due to his past criticism of tikanga, or protocol, connected to the mountain, including comments to the media which undermined the importance Maori values played in the guardianship of the maunga.

This was still an option for McAlpine, according to Ngarewa-Packer, but she said he needed to get up to speed with the fact that Maori culture and values played an important part in how business in Taranaki was done.

The only iwi to give support to McAlpine's application was Te Korowai o Ngaruahine Trust, but they only agreed if conditions were issued, including attendance at cultural training and annual hui with iwi and DOC staff......

Thousands paid out for electricity project
A multi-million-dollar electricity project straddling properties in the Far North has already attracted more than $100,000 in compensation payments to owners of Maori land.

The Maori Land Court has ordered lines operator Top Energy to pay $105,000 for easement on four blocks of multiple-owned Maori land on which a 110,000-volt electricity transmission line and power pylons from Kaikohe to Kaitaia will run to improve consistency of power supply in the Far North.

Judge David Ambler said the easements would not be detrimental to the landowners' use of their land. Top Energy has not ruled out further compensation payout to owners of Maori and non-Maori land in future.....

Māori 'need more of a voice in local govt'
Labour MP Kelvin Davis says Māori need more of a voice in local government than just token consultation.

Mr Davis said Māori were sometimes considered a minority, but as a Treaty partner they should be given the representation that they deserve.

He said Māori under-representation was a long-standing issue.

"Māori haven't been listened to. Māori needs haven't been seen to since the Treaty has been signed.

He said there needed to be a genuine discussion around Māori involvement in local government.....

Human Rights Commission congratulates Multicultural NZ
We are immensely proud to see Multicultural New Zealand place the Treaty of Waitangi as the foundation upon which our shared futures will be built upon.....

Local iwi need more say in merger
Local iwi need space to have a say in Waiariki and Bay of Plenty polytechnics’ merger plans before they are approved says TEU’s Te Pou Tuarā Lee Cooper.

Cooper says the merger is not making enough space to hear the views of Te Mana Mātauranga, which represents the eight hapū in Te Arawa together with other neighbouring hapū and iwi – Whakatōhea, Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Whare to mention a few.

Te Mana Mātauranga is a trust which advises the Council and the chief executive of Waiariki, and ensures Waiariki fulfils its treaty obligations.....

Worries over the warrior image
An Otago University academic says the image of Māori as a warrior race is misplaced and a colonial construct.

Richard Jackson says historically tāngata whenua were cast in that role which was then used against them.

Professor Jackson is the acting director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

He is using a $600,000 Marsden Fund grant to study pacifism and non-violence and analyse the way societies tend to look down on non-violent practices.

"One of the pieces of this puzzle is to try and understand how it came to be that, in particular indigenous Maori peace traditions, were sort of suppressed and ignored and treated as if they were ineffectual and didn't really count."

Professor Jackson said Maori culture was instead viewed as being violent and based on the notion of the warrior.

"What I'm interested in here is to try and understand a little bit better not just what the peace traditions were in Aotearoa when the colonialists came along, but the interaction between colonialism and those peace traditions.

"How they were suppressed, but also how they have been revived and brought back to life again in places like Parihaka."

As part of the three-year project Professor Jackson is also funding two doctorate students: one is studying peace traditions at Parihaka while the other is investigating theories of war and pacifism in the field of international relations.

Professor Jackson hopes the project will form the groundwork for a growing field of research into indigenous peace traditions......

Maori, advisory committee have much to offer; Samuels
More than a year after its formation, the chairman of Te Tai Tokerau Maori Advisory Committee (TTMAC) says he’s thrilled at the way Northland Maori have embraced the concept.

It now boasts more than two dozen permanent members from across Northland and as well as formal meetings in Whangarei every two months, has also held hapu hui at a variety of locations around the region. The latter have included Otiria (near Moerewa), Oruawharo (near Wellsford), Ngataki (south of Te Kao) and most recently at Rawhiti (in the eastern Bay of Islands).

Councillor Samuels says Maoridom has leapt at the chance to engage with council in local settings through TTMAC.

The Te Oneroa-a-Tohe Board will jointly manage Ninety Mile Beach as part of a looming Treaty of Waitangi settlement and includes members of several iwi as well as the regional and Far North District Councils.

“It’s now well-acknowledged that Maoridom is poised to become an increasingly major contributor to our regional economy as a result of treaty settlement processes,” Cr Samuels says. “This is well overdue and it’s pleasing to see councils and other organisations increasingly keen to work positively with Maori to advance the economic aspirations of whanau and hapu.”........

New Maori legal resource launched
Victoria University’s Law Faculty marked Māori Language Week (27 July to 2 August) with the launch of a new bilingual legal tool.

The Legal Māori Resource Hub (at www.legalmaori.net) allows online users to browse contemporary and historical Māori language texts, look up word meanings, and test new or old Māori words against an enormous document bank. The hub is home to three main resources:

* an online version of He Papakupu Reo Ture – a Dictionary of Māori Legal Terms;

* the legal Māori corpus comprising thousands of pages of Māori language text dating as far back as the 1830s; and

* a corpus browser which allows the user to conduct in-depth and tailored searches of the corpus texts.

This kind of co-ordinated and comprehensive search tool has not been publicly and easily available in New Zealand before........

Further progress for treaty settlements - Finlayson
The Hawke’s Bay Regional Planning Committee Bill passed its third reading in the House today, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced.

"When enacted, this bill will give effect to the Crown’s commitment, made in the Ngāti Pāhauwera Deed of Settlement and recorded in the Maungaharuru-TangitÅ« Deed of Settlement, to work with iwi and hapu to establish a joint Māori-Council body in the Hawke’s Bay," Mr Finlayson said.

"This legislation will ensure that relevant iwi entities and the Regional Council can appoint representatives to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Planning Committee. This is consistent with the government’s overarching position on natural resource management in the settlement of historical Treaty of Waitangi claims."

"The bill has received unanimous support from iwi and from the Regional Council. It will form the basis of a new, constructive, on-going relationship between the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the iwi of the Hawke’s Bay region," Mr Finlayson said.....

Māori Party welcomes greater iwi input into local councils
The Māori Party is pleased to see that iwi in the Taranaki and Hawkes Bay regions will have greater input in to their local regional councils.

“While Māori representation on local government authorities is still abysmally low, we are pleased to see that some iwi and councils are making a commitment to try different ways of ensuring tangata whenua views are heard,” says Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox.

“It’s heartening to see iwi take up the opportunity during their Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations to ensure they do have a greater say in local government. It’s critical that iwi and Māori have influence both in local and central government if we are going to continue to move forward as Treaty partners.” ....

Northland iwi challenge geothermal expansion
Efforts by Top Energy to expand its geothermal power generation in Northland are being challenged by local iwi.

"We want conditions to be set around changes to the hotspring's chemistry. We want to ensure that we have a full participation role on the peer-review panel. We want improved monitoring. We want a precautionary approach taken to the staging, and we want material community benefits to compensate for Top Energy's use of something we believe belongs to us." ....

Maori Nation and New Zealand Sign Aquaculture Agreements to Give 20% of Approved Area Sites to Maori
THREE new Māori aquaculture agreements have been signed in the New Zealand Parliament which will give the people improved fish farming opportunities.

The Iwi people from the Auckland, Tasman, and Marlborough regions have reached the deal as a result of the Māori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2004. The Iwi form the largest social unit in Māori culture and translated the word means ‘peoples’ or ‘nations’....

Local Māori want Elliot Bay property up for sale land-banked
The Elliot family hope to sell most of their large Elliot Bay property based in the Bay of Islands, which stretches to pristine coastline, and has served as a popular tourist attraction for many years. Local Māori however are urging the Crown to buy back the land in question and to have it land banked as part of a future Treaty Settlement package.

A property that is an oasis worth millions.

Marara Hook (Ngāti Kuta, Ngāpuhi) says, "The proper name for this whenua is Te Akau not Elliot's Farm and those other foreign names."

Willoughby says many factions of land in the area were confiscated by the Crown including Te Akau, also known as Elliot's Bay which is said to be part of a former Māori land block called Te Pahi.

In a written statement, the Minister of Treaty Negotiations Chris Finlayson office said he has asked his officials to consider options relating to the use of the Elliot Bay property in Treaty settlements....

Government must fix Maori obesity: researchers
The legacy of colonisation has predisposed Maori to having much higher rates of obesity than the total New Zealand population and the Government must do much more to address this inequity, a group of Otago University researchers say.

"Since European settlement and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, Maori have been disadvantaged as a consequence of colonisation and repeated breaches of the Treaty ...," the researchers, Drs Reremoana Theodore, Rachael McLean and Lisa Te Morenga, say today in an commentary piece in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

"Loss of land resulted in high levels of poverty and loss of access to traditional food sources for many Maori. The Maori experience, which has been mirrored by many other indigenous groups, has resulted in: wide-scale migration into urban centres; increased consumption of cheap processed foods high in fat and sugar; reduced physical activity levels; and rising rates of obesity and cardiovascular diseases.".....

Maori have natural affinity with math.
Minister of Education Hekia Parata says Maori have a natural affinity with maths which she wants to see encouraged.

Hekia Parata says this being Math Week in schools it is an ideal time to reflect on what is a challenging area not just for Maori children but New Zealand children in general.

She says the way ancestors navigated across the oceans involved a mathematical feat of great proportions....

Minister must engage community in school closure decision
The Education Minister must sincerely engage with the local school community before deciding whether she will close Turakina Māori Girls’ College, Labour’s local MP for Te Tai Hauāuru Adrian Rurawhe says

Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says the decision to look at closing Turakina shows a growing trend for Māori boarding schools.

“Hekia Parata is closing these schools which have a long legacy of generating Māori leaders while she is choosing to keep open her experimental charter schools which get up to five times as much funding as the state schools down the road,” Nanaia Mahuta says...

House sold over unpaid rates bill
Auckland Council has contacted police over claims a Manurewa homeowner whose house was sold by mortgagee sale today has been paying rates to an unregistered Maori authority.

Charlotte Hareta Marsh lost her home in a court-ordered sale after failing to pay rates since August 2006. She has refused to recognise the authority of Auckland Council and claims to have paid her rates instead to the "rightful land owner" - Arikinui o Tuhoe.....

Otago Regional Council welcomes strengthened relationship
Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead has welcomed the signing of a national agreement between local government and iwi which is designed to strengthen and formalise their working relationship.

Mr Woodhead said there were already strong linkages between Kai Tahu in Otago and Southland with councils in both regions which were working well.

ORC also has an established relationship with Kai Tahu based around the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Kai Tahu resource management company KTKO Ltd and ORC collaborate on a regular basis with Otago councils, which helps ensure iwi participation in resource management, and also helps the councils fulfil their statutory obligations to iwi.

Mr Woodhead said the Otago partnerships embody the treaty principles in decision-making and local environmental management, and would be supported by the LGNZ memorandum.....

'Colossal, unjustified' payments to Treaty negotiators
Winston Peters says inexperienced Treaty negotiators are being overpaid.

The Government has spent nearly $8 million on negotiators for Treaty of Waitangi settlements since it took office, which NZ First leader Winston Peters says is "colossal" and unjustified.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson provided a breakdown of the amounts paid to Government-appointed Crown negotiators for each year since 2008, in response to a Parliamentary written question from Peters.

Details released by Finlayson showed $7.8m was given to 13 individual negotiators, with several former ministers and MPs paid large sums for work on Treaty settlements.

Former Labour Cabinet ministers Paul Swain and Rick Barker were on the list, with Swain paid $611,084 and Barker paid $361,277.

Sir Douglas Graham, who negotiated the Ngai Tahu settlement as Treaty Negotiations Minister in the Bolger government, earned $166,135 since 2008.

Fran Wilde, a former Labour minister and mayor of Wellington, collected $87,000 for work in 2009 and 2010.

The top earner on the list was Michael Dreaver who earned more than $2.2m for his work on treaty settlements in the Auckland and Hauraki regions.

The second highest earner was former director of the Office of Treaty Settlements Ross Philipson, who was paid more than $1.6m.

Former Auckland District Health Board chair Pat Snedden, former diplomat John Wood and Dame Patsy Reddy all collected large six-figure sums for their work on Treaty negotiations.

Peters said the payment amounts were "colossal" and "not in any way justified".....

Native Affairs - Lost In Translation
According to the Ministry of Education, Māori students do much better when their education reflects and values their identity, language and culture. Yet in the King Country town of Taumarunui Te Reo Māori is only offered as a six-week optional subject at the High School.

Local kaumātua and whānau are calling for Māori language to be offered again as a core subject at Taumarunui High School. But as Iulia Leilua reports, the school's priority is on numeracy and literacy.

Mr Rautenbach replied:

"Our core curriculum at Years 9 and 10 focuses on literacy and numeracy, which are the national priorities."

"Students were offered a really wide range of interesting study options by staff…. two of the six-week Te Reo Māori courses found favour with students, as did the year-long Japanese project."

He also said: "Over recent years we have noticed fewer students opting to study Te Reo Māori." ....

Māori nurses 'paid significantly less'
A nurses' conference has heard how the pay gap suffered by Māori nurses is forcing them to take on second jobs to make ends meet.

The Nurses Organisation said nurses who worked for Whānau Ora agencies may earn up to 25 percent less than their district health board colleagues.

The organisation's kaiwhakahaere, Kerri Nuku, said the issue was raised repeatedly throughout the conference.

"What we have at the moment is a lot of nurses, Māori nurses working within Māori and iwi providers that get paid significantly less and those nurses definitely go that extra mile, support and work within the communities but don't get recognised for that extra work they do.

"Not necessarily getting a bonus or anything but getting paid comparative rates with their same colleagues within district health boards."...

East Coast hapū oppose Forestry NES
Hapū groups with kaiteki responsibilities under the RMA covering more than 60,000 hectares of land on the East Coast are joining Gisborne District Council in opposing proposed changes to national rules for plantation forestry, and suggesting Treaty of Waitangi breaches could result if the proposed National Environmental Standard (NES) is adopted by the government.

“We are advising the Crown that should the NES progress and these issues not be addressed, we reserve the right to seek remedy and protect ecological taonga (treasures) and wahi tapu (culturally significant sites) through the range of legal instruments available to us as Treaty of Waitangi partners with the Crown.” .....

Driver licence invalid ID for iwi elections
Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou (TRONPnui) is no longer accepting iwi members' driver licences for personal identification purposes for the upcoming rūnanga elections.

Nominations for the 14 elected representative positions on Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou opened on 15 July and close on Wednesday 12 August.

The TRONPnui's decision came to light when it informed Te Taurahere o Ngāti Porou ki Pōneke chairman, Sir Tamati Reedy.

It prompted him to write a letter of concern to Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou chair Selwyn Parata, to rethink the decision.....

What to do with Rena wreck? Iwi in favour of leaving cargo ship on Astrolabe Reef
However, Te Arawa is in favour of the removal following advice by one of their own, Joe Te Kowhai.

Mr Te Kowhai, an experienced diver, had first agreed with the iwi about removing the Rena from the seabed, but after numerous dives to the wreck has changed his mind.

"The remnants of the wreck have integrated themselves really well into the structure of the reef because there is a lot of fauna," Mr Te Kowhai told ONE News.

He says bringing in huge structures and machinery to lift the ship out of the water would "literall tear away at the reef".

Presenting his research to Te Arawa, Mr Te Kowhai has convinced them to support the owners bid to leave the remnants of the Rena where it lies.

But, the change of direction and Te Arawa's million dollar settlement has upset other iwi who say they don't want to leave the legacy of the wreck to their grandchildren.

The fight over the wreck will be heard at a resource consent hearing next month.

Young Nats: Maori folk should pay for their own coins
The Māori Party have called for more Te Reo Māori to be used on our currency. So the young Nats decided to ask their supporters opinion on this suggestion. In a smorgasbord of racism referring to their fellow countrymen as “Towel head, Maori Folk”. ....

Water next cash grab for iwi?
At a Rotorua Lakes Council subcommittee meeting last week, the council broke convention in taking an item from the confidential section of its agenda to formally announce it had agreed to return Taniwha Springs at Awahou to Ngati Rangiwewehi, suggesting ratepayers will be charged for water use to which the council has had access for some 30 years. A senior Rotorua councillor Mike McVicker anticipates ratepayers may be hit again......

Prominent New Zealanders launch "Talk Treaty" exhibition
Going forward, Gareth Morgan hopes to draft a constitution by looking at what New Zealanders value, while honouring the Treaty at the same time.....

Council moves on Coromandel Harbour Facilities Project
"At the Sugarloaf we need to resolve land ownership title for reclaimed land and that will need iwi input and consultation," says Council Chief Executive David Hammond, who is also the project sponsor.

In terms of ownership interests, both our Council and iwi have stated positions to the reclaimed land which is currently vested in the Crown as a result of the passing of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act in 2011. Our Council owns infrastructure upon the reclamation while iwi have signalled their proprietary interests in the foreshore and seabed, and therein the footprint upon which the reclamation sits, via various Treaty settlement-related processes including the current Hauraki Claims......

PM John Key supports Maori Kiwifruit Growers in Singapore
Key says he fully supports Maori in growing business opportunities in the Asian region and believes Maori culture can contribute highly to future success.....

Group offers support for Maori pupils
The latest meeting of the South Wairarapa Whanau Advisory Group (SWAG) was held at Greytown School on Tuesday.

The group comprises principals, teachers, school trustees and family members of pupils at Kuranui College and South Wairarapa school and early childhood centres.

Educator Lynette Bradnam is co-ordinating the group after a career teaching in the school and tertiary sectors and working as an assistant principal.

Mrs Bradnam spent five years developing university programmes and lecturing at the Wellington College of Education, where she became head of school, Te Kura Maori, when the college merged with Victoria University.

Greytown School has developed a Maori Support Group through the SWAG initiative and principal Ken Mackay said the meetings had yielded "something positive" for his school and its Maori pupils.

SWAG was established through the Kahungnunu ki Wairarapa Education Strategy, He Heke Tuna, He Heke Rangatira, which launched in the region a year ago.

The $788,000 scheme was funded by the Ministry of Education and sets out to boost Maori achievement from early childhood to tertiary level.....

Defusing the demographic time bomb
Treaty settlements in Taranaki have been described as a potential game changer in the battle to defuse a demographic time bomb ticking in the province.

Speaking at a New Zealand Forum in New Plymouth last week, Professor Spoonley said Māori, who make up 17.4 percent of the Taranaki population, could play a significant role in stemming the tide.

"If you look at the median ages of the population, for the New Zealand Pākehā the average age is in their 40s - for Maori, it is just a little over 20.

"That tells me when you look at the younger cohort more and more of them are going to be Māori, and it is going to be very very important that they be engaged, particularly in education and that they are successful in education."..

Taking the temperature of Te Reo Māori
The health of the Māori language is about to be put under the microscope.

The Māori Language Commission has contracted the New Zealand Council for Educational Research to carry out a major project.

Twenty-three researchers will be sent to eight different rohe across Aotearoa to measure the health of te reo Māori in homes and communities.

The project, 'Te Ahu o te Reo', is being led by Te Wāhanga from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, which is working for Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.

The last time the council carried out the study was in the 1970s, when researchers revealed the language was in a perilous state and at risk of dying out....

Iwi Leaders and Local Government New Zealand sign MoU
Today, the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group, on behalf of the Iwi Chairs Forum, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) to support and encourage strong relationships and collaboration between councils and iwi.

Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group chair, Tā Tumu Te Heuheu said, “this signals our intent to work with all communities on areas of common strategic significance including economic development, environment and infrastructure. We believe that these areas, interests and responsibilities are important for all New Zealanders, not just iwi.”

Local Government New Zealand President, Lawrence Yule, said “we are pleased to formalise today the relationship between the organisations. The Memorandum of Understanding establishes an engaged and constructive way of working together on areas of mutual interest into the future.”....

Water NZ supports agreements between Iwi Leaders and LGNZ
“As central government puts increasing responsibility on local and regional councils for managing regional assets like freshwater, it makes perfect sense for councils to be working more closely with important stakeholders like the Freshwater Iwi Leaders,” says John Pfahlert, CEO of Water New Zealand.

Iwi Rights and Interests in Water will be featured at Water New Zealand’s upcoming annual conference on 16 September in Hamilton with presentations by representatives from Ngai Tahu and Tainui.....

Auckland Maori joint responsibility - Taipari
Both iwi and central Government have a responsibility to help improve the economic situation of Maori in Auckland, a Maori leader says.

Board chair David Taipari said iwi had worked hard to grow their asset base through Treaty settlements and other mechanisms so they now had the income to help turn those figures around.

"I'd like to think there will be a stronger investment of our own capital and our own resources to improve the quality of life of our people. That doesn't take away the fact that the Treaty partner through the central Government has a responsibility to do that as well."....

Iwi still concerned about Rena wreck
The mauri of the area around the wreck of the Rena will never be fully restored while the remnants of the wreck remain, an iwi representative says.

A $2.4 million government-funded plan to restore the environment damaged by the ship's grounding in October 2011 has now been completed.

The Rena Recovery Plan Group's final meeting heard that no new oil wash-ups related to the Rena have been reported since March 2014.

Local dotterel and penguin numbers are now stable or increasing, and shellfish contamination is no longer at levels of concern for public health.

Ngāti Ranginui representative and co-chair Carlton Bidois said great progress had been made.

But he said iwi and hapū still had concerns about long-term effects and felt the mauri (life force) would never be fully restored while the wreck's remnants remain on Ōtaiti......

A recent dive on the Rena video shows plenty of fish and the regeneration of sea vegetation > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9AEbaJKJjs

Importance of Māori views highlighted in review of family violence laws
Whānau, hapū and iwi are being encouraged to have their say on the review of family violence laws.

The review "Strengthening New Zealand's Legislative Response to Family Violence" launched yesterday by Justice Minister Amy Adams aims to reduce New Zealand's horrific family violence track record.

The Minister has outlined that in order to achieve this goal the Government must reach out to all sectors of the community. She also outlined that far too many Māori families were experiencing family violence and the important role iwi could play in this process.

Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox says, “We know family violence has a devastating impact on our tamariki and whānau so it’s critical that we ensure our views are heard.”.....

Taniwha Springs set to return to iwi
At a meeting of the council's Strategy, Policy and Finance Committee this morning (5 August) councillors voted unanimously to support a recommendation that ownership of the springs be returned to Ngati Rangiwewehi. The recommendation is expected to be formally endorsed at a council meeting on 26 August.

Taniwha Springs are of major cultural significance to Ngati Rangiwewehi and are regarded as precious taonga. They are believed to be the traditional home of the taniwha Pekehaua - a central figure of local traditions - and the place where the tribe's life springs from.

The springs were taken under the Public Works Act in 1966 for public water purposes, and vested in the then-Rotorua County Council. However Ngati Rangiwewehi have always mourned their loss and regard their taking as morally wrong....

Decisions on consent changes delayed
Attempts to put the principles of a new partnership agreement between Rotorua Lakes Council and Te Arawa into action for the first time have stalled.

Yesterday, district councillors voted to delay any decision on sweeping changes to how resource applications are treated....

Northland marae energised by geothermal deal
A Northland marae says an agreement it has signed with an electricity generator will provide positive benefits for the whole community and see Ngāwhā become the geothermal hub of the north.

The Ngāwhā marae komiti has signed a deal with Top Energy that it hopes will lead to development at and around the geothermal field near Kaikohe.

The company is applying for consent to expand its geothermal power plant at Ngāwhā and the agreement addresses concerns the komiti had about the project....

Māori entities make up 5 per cent of Auckland's economy
Māori entities and businesses have an asset base of $23 billion in Auckland, or about 5 per cent of the city's total economy, according to a report released this morning.

It found 55 per cent of the national Māori asset base was in Auckland, 27 per cent of the Māori economy operates in Auckland and Māori contribute $4 billion to the city's GDP.

Māori authority assets are concentrated in real estate, financial and insurance services and IT. Ownership is less in retail, construction, wholesale, hospitality, manufacturing, logistics and other services.

Māori make up 10 per cent of Auckland's population, comprising 2 per cent Auckland iwi, 6 per cent who affiliate with iwi outside the region and 2 per cent who do not know their iwi.

Nearly half of Māori live in the Manurewa, Henderson-Massey,Papakura, Otara-Papatoetoe and Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board areas.

Auckland has a large Māori youth population - 34 per cent are aged under 15 - which is disengaged, the report said.

Māori are more likely to be unemployed at nearly 13 per cent of the workforce - nearly twice the rate of the Auckland total of 7 per cent. Māori incomes are 17 per cent lower than the Auckland average.....

Māori culture of high value in Asian market
A delegation of Māori kiwifruit growers say Māori culture has put them in good stead in the Asian market as cultural commerce is highly valued.

Anthony Ruakere of Te Awanui Huka Pak says Māori are often hesitant to put a measurable value on their culture.....

Legal challenge to TPPA secrecy lodged today
Papers were filed in the High Court in Wellington today seeking an urgent judicial review of Trade Minister Tim Groser’s blanket refusal to release any documents sought in a comprehensive Official Information Act request made by University of Auckland law Professor Jane Kelsey in January this year.

Those bringing the case are Consumer NZ, Ngati Kahungunu, the Tertiary Education Union, Oxfam, Greenpeace, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), as well as Professor Kelsey.

Ngati Kahungunu are the third largest iwi and are also claimants in the Waitangi Tribunal challenge to the TPPA. The iwi were original claimants on the WAI262 “flora, fauna and intellectual property” claim to the Waitangi Tribunal which, amongst other things, was about providing for involvement of Maori in the development of New Zealand's positions on international instruments affecting indigenous rights. Ngati Kahungunu continues that work in their continuing advocacy for substantive engagement with Maori in relation to the TPPA.....

Rāhui in place at Tora, South Wairarapa
Ngāti Kahungungu ki Wairarapa has announced a rāhui (traditional restriction) which has been put in place in the vicinity of Tora, South Wairarapa.

The location for the rāhui is a 1km square area taking in the Awhea River mouth, Seal Point and the Southern End of Stony Bay. The rāhui is in response to a recent death in the water at Tora.

The rāhui pertains to swimming and the taking of shellfish in the vicinity and will be in place from 3-7 August 2015.....

A Maori prison being looked into
The Maori party has got the go ahead from Correction Minister Peseta Lotu-Iiga to explore what is needed to set up a full Maori prison in New Zealand.

Party co-leader Marama Fox says the idea is to apply the concept of the highly successful Maori focus units which already operate in some prisons to a full prison with Maori staff and Maori inmates.

Marama Fox say while the Minister hasn't made a committment at this stage she has got approval to get a group together to get things moving towards a Maori prison which may be 5 years away.

Council leads in new job creation bid
Masterton District Council's bid to create 500 new jobs in the district during the next 12 months has enjoyed a successful start, with employers registering 19 new positions across a range of industries.

The council has played its part, with the employment of Hoani Paku as Maori liaison adviser (Kaitakawaenga) and Nerissa Aramakutu as policy adviser Maori & General (Kaiwhakarite mahere)....

Call to 'nurture' te reo Maori
Prime Minister John Key should be ready to "nurture" te reo Maori instead of dismissing it as "boring", a language watchdog says.

The Maori Language Commission, or Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori, said today New Zealand's indigenous language needed more support - particularly from the Prime Minister.

"For te reo Maori to survive it must be nurtured at the highest levels. New Zealand has shown it is ready to nurture te reo Maori and so too should the Prime Minister."

Dr Ngata said it was time Maori language was promoted more intensively and for longer periods of time - exactly what the Waiuku student reportedly put to the Prime Minister at a school assembly last week....

Student praised for Māori Language Week proposal
The Māori Language Commission is commending a secondary school student for raising the possibility of extending Māori language week with the Prime Minister.

Dr Ngata said in order to preserve the language it needed the support of all New Zealanders, not just Māori. ....

NZ on Air funds 5 new Maori programmes next year
New Zealand on Air is funding five new Maori programmes next year at a cost of $2 million.....

Auckland park blessed after shooting
Maori elders will bless the Auckland park where a young Slovakian man wanted over liquor store robberies was shot dead by police.

The scene will be blessed on Tuesday by kaumatua and kuia from Auckland District Health Board and Auckland Council at an ceremony attended by senior police officers.....

A call for prisons to be managed by Govt, not by Serco or Iwi
As protesters gathered outside Mount Eden Prison in Auckland to call out to the Government to end prisons being managed by private companies like Serco, the debate whether iwi should manage prisons just went up another notch as Labour's Corrections Spokesman and others came out strongly opposing the idea.

"Serco's contract needs to be ripped up and they need to be kick out of New Zealand. They have no place here in NZ to run our prisons", said Davis.

The organiser of the protest John Palethorpe says that prisons need to be returned to the public so that prisons are accountable and transparent.

Reporter Harata Brown spoke to many Māori who were present and said that many believe that prisons should not be administrated or managed by iwi.

Davis said, "It's the Crown that prosecutes the offenders and send them to prison, it's the Crown's role to ensure their safety and look after them".

"The iwi's responsibilities do not lie with managing prisons, the role of iwi is to provide restorative justice programs, to empower the communities and health initiatives", said Davidson.....

John Key leaves girl in tears after calling Maori language month 'boring'
A teenage girl was "upset and embarrassed" when the Prime Minister said her suggestion of a Maori language month would be boring.

The 16-year-old asked John Key whether he would extend Maori language week, when he visited a school assembly at Waiuku College, on Friday.

Key said he preferred keeping it to a week of Maori language celebrations and that people would get "bored" by a month.

Prime Minister John Key speaks to a Waiuku College assembly about Maori language week, saying people would be "bored" if it was extended to a month.

A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said Key's meaning was that the celebrations may be diluted over a longer period....

Tensions boil over at troubled boarding school
Tensions at Auckland's troubled Maori boarding school have spilled over, with the principal suspended and three managers handing in their resignations.

Principal at Northcote's Hato Petera College, John Matthews, was suspended from his role as chief executive of the school's hostel, Radio New Zealand reported. He remains principal of the 100-pupil school.

Mr Taylor said there were too many personalities involved. "There is not a day without argument," he said.

A treaty of Waitangi claim made against the church and Crown by members of the wider school community have led to further tension......

Māori Party call for coins to be bilingual
The Māori Party wants New Zealand coins to have both Māori and English on them.

New $5 and $10 bank notes are expected to be distributed in October this year that will have more Te Reo Māori on them, with $20, $50 and $100 notes to follow suit next year.

Party co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell want Māori language to be shared with others, and have reflected this during Maori Language Week.

They encourage The Reserve Bank to print more Te Reo Māori on upcoming coins, since the bank has already committed to making changes on bank notes.

"What we're saying is when the current coins expire, it would be great for the new batch to have the Māori language on them not just images," says Mr Flavell.

The Māori Party hopes to meet with The Reserve Bank to discuss the idea.....

Greens want more funding for Te Reo
The Green Party says if the Government is serious about keeping Te Reo Māori alive then it should allocate more money into researching how it is used in schools.

"If we're really, really serious about it then the Government and the Budget every year should put up more money for strengthening Te Reo and the best use of those resources needs to be clearly identified. That is why the inquiry is needed."

Iwi Leaders push for marae to have access to clean drinking water
With water quality being a serious topic across the country, the Iwi Leaders Group is pushing for a solution to ensure that all marae across the country have access to fresh, clean drinking water.

Fresh water is of the utmost importance to iwi leaders nation-wide.

Adele Whyte says, “One of the major objectives of the iwi leaders chair group forum is to ensure that all marae have access to good quality drinking water and we know this is a problem for all marae.”

Ngahiwi Tomana says, “The peripheral land use by people like farmers, vineyards and orchardists, they are the ones sucking up all the water from marae.”

Tomoana says, “To enable them to use pure water that is fresh and healthy to nourish whānau and hapū.”

Māori language expert disagrees with statistics showing dwindling numbers of Māori speakers
The statistics that show dwindling numbers of Māori speakers are misleading. This from leading te reo Māori proponent Tīmoti Kāretu ahead of his State of Te Reo Māori address at Te Papa tonight.

A concern that was acknowledged by the Minister of Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell and the Māori Language Commission. But this expert says those statistics don't show the full picture.

Kāretu says, "According to the statistics, the numbers are going down, but that is misleading because it doesn't take into account the increase in numbers of the up and coming generation.”...

TPP: Hone Harawira's letter to Barack Obama
"We're Maori, the indigenous people of a little country down here in the South Pacific called Aotearoa - you probably know it as New Zealand - and we want you to know that we don't support the TPPA; in fact we hate the bloody thing."

The letter goes on to explain how Maori have been trying to win back their rights under the Treaty of Waitangi since it was signed in 1840, but explains "it hasn't been easy".

"In fact, today our people suffer the same levels of deprivation in housing, justice, employment, education and health as Native Americans.

"Yeah bro' ? it's that bad. There's a long, long way to go before we get up to where we should be, and key to all of that is our Treaty, and our treaty rights.

"We want to be able to look after our lands, our forests, our rivers and our seas just like the Treaty said we could, not just for Maori but for everyone in this country, and we're really scared that the TPPA is going to make our fight an impossible one.".....

Opportunities for Māori in Manawatū-Whanganui
“The report says there are around 190,000 hectares of Māori freehold land in the Manawatū-Whanganui region. Finding ways to increase the productivity of this land will bring significant benefits – the report identifies mānuka honey, sheep and beef farming and tourism as ways to do this.

“The current reforms to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act will empower Māori land owners to take more control of the use of Māori land.

“In addition, the new Te Ture Whenua Māori Network that I announced recently will assist in finding ways for Māori land owners to improve the productivity of their land. The network will be supported by a $12.8 million fund to explore, among other things, options for dealing with ratings and landlocked land issues” says Mr Flavell.....

School opens door to te reo early
Year 2 students at Glenfield's Mānuka Primary School are still learning to read and write in English - but they are already learning te reo Māori too. They learn with actions rather than writing.

"Whaea says ki runga [Aunty says up]," the teacher says. Hands go up in the air.

"Whaea says ki raro." Hands go down.

Counting is done on fingers. Arms stretch to named parts of the body. The children are constantly stood up and sat down.

Schools like Mānuka, where only 12 per cent of students are Māori and the rest hail from around the globe, are making a real effort to give every child a basic knowledge of te reo.

The school uses a programme called Te Reo Tuatahi (First Language).

Te Reo Tuatahi has now spread to 25 North Shore schools and to Blockhouse Bay Intermediate, Kōhia Terrace (Epsom) and Point View (Dannemora), reaching almost 10,000 pupils. But co-ordinator Raewyn Harrison worries that it remains precarious because it depends on the schools' operations grants. At Mānuka, principal Linda Munkowits can afford the programme for only nine of her 13 classes.

Dr Graham Stoop, the Education Ministry's head of student achievement, said the programme was "just the sort of initiative that school operational grants are designed to cover".

"All schools are expected to provide their students with opportunities to learn to reo Māori," he said. "Schools are required to take all reasonable steps to provide instruction in te reo Māori for students whose parents ask for it."

Māori Language Commission acting chief Tuehu Harris said it had limited funds for community initiatives but school programmes should be funded by the Education Ministry......

Crown rejects proposal for independent review of Treaty of Waitangi exception clause in TPPA
On 23 July, the Waitangi Tribunal held a hearing on whether to grant urgency to Māori claimants seeking to challenge the Crown's entrance into the TPPA. As discussed in our previous article, Māori have raised several concerns in relation to the proposed TPPA, including a claim that it will adversely affect Māori intellectual property rights.

In the course of last week's hearing, claimants proposed that an independent barrister review the Treaty of Waitangi exception clause.

The Treaty of Waitangi exception clause is a clause in free trade agreements that allows New Zealand to provide preferential treatment to Māori, where required to fulfil its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi. The other parties to the free trade agreement cannot challenge this preferential treatment to Māori.

The Tribunal, while not making an order, was in favour of an independent barrister being appointed to review the clause. However, the Crown sought instructions from ministers, and has declined to accede to the request......

More than Ministry Encouragement Needed for Te Reo
New Zealand First says Education Minister Hekia Parata needs to do more to ensure te reo Māori is supported throughout Secondary education so the language is not lost to all New Zealanders.

“Official information released to New Zealand First shows that the number of learners participating in Māori language courses drops from 26 per cent of primary students to only 7.5 per cent for students within Secondary education,” says New Zealand First Spokesperson for Māori Affairs Pita Paraone....

Howie Tamati speaks out about 'embarrassing' Maori ward debate
New Plymouth councillor Howie Tamati says the furore that erupted over the Maori ward debate was embarrassing.

The former league star spoke out this week about the process the New Plymouth District Council went through to try and get a Maori ward approved for the 2016 local body elections.

Although the councillors narrowly voted for the ward to be established, a citizen initiated binding referendum saw that decision overturned.

"We still have no direction in terms of how we are going to move forward and meet our statutory obligations. And I'd like to see something done by this council."

In May it was announced that eighty three per cent of voters in the binding referendum voted against the creation of the ward, with only 17 per cent of people in favour of the idea.

From the 45 per cent voter turnout and the 25,338 returned votes, 21,053 people were against the creation of the ward, with only 4285 in favour of it....

Local government rules discriminate against Maori
Maori local government politicians from around the country who met in Rotorua recently have expressed concern at discriminatory rules at the local council level.

Rotorua Lakes councillor Merepeka Raukawa - Tait who chaired the meeting held prior to the Local Government Conference says the only time a local body needs to hold a referendum to set up a new ward is when it's for Maori representation.

She says if the farming community, for example, wants a new ward to represent their interests the council can simply set it up without polling the people.

Mrs Raukawa - Tait who was the highest polling candidate in Rotorua and who heads the Council's powerful planning committee says her council's recent move to have Maori elect their own representatives to sit on key council committees is a step in the right direction but doesn't go far enough.....

No legal action against marae over kereru
The Department of Conservation is not taking legal action against the marae that served kereru to Crown ministers.

The protected wood pigeons were served at a hui of iwi leaders and government ministers at Ohakune's Maungarongo Marae in 2013.

DoC says what happened was possibly a misunderstanding, and it had found no evidence any offence took place.

The department says it has no record of authorising dead kereru for consumption, and is continuing to talk with the local iwi Ngati Rangi about the use of kereru for cultural purposes....

Funding boost for Māori digital media
The Māori media funding agency Te Māngai Pāho is boosting funding for digital media to 1.5 million dollars in this financial year.

That is up from between $400,000 to 600,000, which it has provided for digital media in each of the last three to four years.

This year funding will go towards the production of webseries, pilot series by new producers, and apps....

Low number of students using te reo at Manawatu tertiary institutes
The low number of Manawatu tertiary students choosing to submit assignments in te reo Maori has some experts saying more needs to be done to encourage students to use the language.

Massey University, on average, receives about six assignments in te reo each year.

UCOL has had two assignments submitted in te reo during the past two years.

Only 10 Massey students have completed Masters or PhDs in te reo Maori since 1991....

Face of new NZ Post ad shares her Te Reo Māori Journey
To celebrate Māori Language Week, New Zealand Post have released a commercial stating the fact that you can address packages in Te Reo Māori nationwide....

City Library adopts te reo for check-out experience
Palmerston North City Library's latest technology means a higher profile for te reo Maori.

The new radio frequency identification system is equipped with smart serve desks capable of operating in a variety of languages, and in time for Maori Language Week, Maori is the first language option to be fully checked and translated so users can navigate the full menu in Maori.

"The new smart serve desks will enable lenders with fluency in the Maori language to quickly take out books, view their account details, and pay any library fines," explains city council principal Maori adviser Todd Taiepa.

Week dedicated to Māori language not long enough
One week is too short, it should be a whole month to celebrate te reo Māori. Those were the sentiments expressed by the new chairman of the Māori Language Commission, Wayne Ngata at the launch of Māori Language Week at Waiwhetū Marae this afternoon.

This is the 40th year of Māori Language Week, which was increased to a week after previously being a day.

But for the new chairman of the Māori Language Commission, one week isn't sufficient.....

Parenting programme turns focus on Maori
A Northland iwi working towards introducing Maori culture to a global parenting programme hope the mahi will shine a light on the importance of whanau and tamariki.

The Ngati Hine Health Trust, in partnership with parenting researchers of the University of Auckland and developers of the Triple-P Positive Parenting Programme at the University of Queensland, is working towards bringing aspects of Maori culture to the renowned parenting programme.

The aim is to take the adapted scheme nationwide.

Titled Te Whanau Pou Toru, named in consultation with Ngati Hine kaumatua and kuia, the programme will look at the development of a child, whanau roles, and behaviour while introducing aspects of Maori culture including tikanga and language.

"Some things include talking about the importance of karakia, the importance of kai time - what do you want kai time to look like?...

"Creating that environment that allows korero."

Ms Tepania-Palmer said a parenting programme with a Maori focus would be beneficial for Maori.

Maori business optimism higher than rest
Maori businesses are more optimistic and recording stronger profit growth than non-Maori firms, ANZ Bank's 2015 Maori business report says.

The ANZ Privately-Owned Business Barometer found 72 percent of Maori businesses surveyed were upbeat about the next three years, up from a reading of 70 percent last year, and ahead of 51 percent for non-Maori business.

Over the past 12 months, 54 percent of Maori businesses in the survey recorded an increase in profit. That compares to 46 percent for non-Maori firms.

A Te Puni Kokiri report estimates the Maori economy was worth $42.6 billion in 2013. About $23.4b of that was made up by Maori employers, while Maori trusts, incorporations and other entities contributed $12.5b.

Of the 3500 businesses surveyed for the ANZ barometer series, 336 respondents self-identified as Maori in business and represented organisations with a combined annual turnover of more than $1b.

The ANZ report showed that a third of the Maori respondents were invovled in agriculture, forestry and fishing.

Greens and NZ First pander to Maori when Maori themselves clearly don’t care enough
If you want to learn Maori, you can.

The slump in fluent Maori speakers is simply due to a lack of interest by… Maori.

Pushing “Te Reo” onto non-Maori via legislation hasn’t worked. I mean, all the tamariki eat kai at the kai table in kindies, and they’re told ka pai. They sing ka kite before going home. And know their whero from their kahurangi, but none of that ever gets to even the most basic conversational Maori. It never was going to.

But that doesn’t stop the idiots of the opposition in demanding an inquiry that will help no one, much less people wanting to learn Maori......

So we get Maori in to bless something so the Taniwha won’t get us, but if an Indian does something, they get deported?

But here is the thing. We get Maori in to bless something so the Taniwha won’t get us, in a sense our own indigenous witchcraft, but if an Indian does something along these lines, they get deported and all manner of media hit jobs attack them.

Perhaps we should look into Maori witch-doctors sprinkling a bit of “holy water” around, wailing a few lines and shaking a branch of a tree for cash at the same time. I mean if we are going to get upset about witch-doctors then it should be against all witch-doctors…..

Wattle tree removal brings pride to iwi
Mr Raureti said that for Ngāti Rangitihi, if their maunga is ailing so too are its people, but that the project has created a renewed self-respect.

"Their sense of pride, they walk upright. People are asking them 'how is it going up on the mountain?'...

Te reo Maori is a very special taonga that must be treasured
I am very proud to be Maori and so te reo Maori is a very special taonga that must be treasured.

For me, it helps strengthen my identity and validates who I am. For example I am takatāpui - a word in our language for Māori who are non-heterosexual, gay, lesbian, transgender or gender diverse.

Our terminology, in our language, helps to give me a solid base of identity, immersed in our indigenous language which supports my existence both in the past, today and in the future.

My Māori language story is very similar to many other families’. My father was born in the mid 1940s and grew up in the 50s and 60s when assimilation policies were the norm. It was a time when they were caned in school for speaking Māori – the language was beaten out of them.

I was born in 1972 and am the eldest of four children in our family. Understandably, based on his experiences, my father was very focused on us getting an education through the pakeha system and being successful in the pakeha world.......

Iwi angered by lack of consultation over Westhaven mineral permit
The two Westhaven blocks were vested with Ngati Tama, Te Ati Awa and Ngati Rarua in April last year as part of their full and final Treaty of Waitangi settlement after years of negotiation..

The tribes held the land for an agreed seven days before handing it back to the people of New Zealand as a mark of goodwill - as agreed under the settlement.

Iwi spokesman John Mitchell said last September Ngati Tama were informed by letter from NZ Petroleum and Minerals that Strategic Elements, a subsidiary of Australian-based Strategic Minerals, had applied for a new prospecting permit (56791).

When iwi handed back land to the people of New Zealand it was up to the Crown to respect the tenure of the settlement and look after the land, he said.....

Push for iwi administration of public prisons
Hemana Waaka, a Former Cultural Advisor of Mount Eden Prison says that iwi have the ability to administer public prisons and iwi like Ngāpuhi, as well as the collective iwi of the Auckland District and Ngāti Kahungunu, can provide managerial control over prisons within their districts.

Waaka says that the government now need to consider expression of interests from Iwi Authorities to administer public prisons.

“What is the difference between being able to care for our children in Kohanga, and being able to care for our people in prisons? The administrational control of prisons throughout New Zealand need to be returned to iwi,” says Waaka.

Māori Party Co Leader Marama Fox says she will also table the proposal before the Correction Minister.

“I think that the people of Kahungunu can do this, because there are many of them within the prison here, that's a start,” says Fox.
Waaka says that iwi can apply tikanga Māori to both Māori and non-Māori prisoners and the concept doesn't necessarily need to be initially implemented nationally.

“It can be left up to iwi to care for the prisoners under their own customs that also align with the law.”

While the idea is still in its infancy, the Māori Party say that they are pushing the concept even further and have already met with Māori who are actively working within prisons....

Charter school decision dismays Māori principals
Northland Māori principals say they are amazed Education Minister Hekia Parata has chosen to prop up a charter school that they say has been a failure from the start.

Education Minister Hekia Parata said today that she was allowing the school to stay open out of concern for its students.

She said the Government would give the school an extra $129,000 this year to help with its improvement plan, adding that the school would be audited again in October.

The school already receives $1.5 million per year as part of its contract.

Critics have questioned local support for the school, its isolated location, a lack of iwi involvement and the abilities of those running it.....

Tribe powers ahead as assets grow to $1.2 billion
Waikato-Tainui’s fortunes are steadily increasing as a series of investments diversifies its interests.

Waikato-Tainui's fortunes are steadily increasing, its asset base rising by $123.6 million in the past year to reach $1.2 billion.

The Hamilton-headquartered tribe's annual report, issued by Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust for the March 31, 2015, year and including the result of subsidiary Tainui Group Holdings, was out this week and showed wealth rising from a $1 billion asset base to $1.2 billion.

Financial distributions were also up from last year's $6.1 million to $22.3 million in the latest year....

Historian: Cultural take could help kererū
The kererū might have a better chance of survival if Māori were permitted a cultural take of the protected bird, says historian Paul Moon.

Professor Moon, who specialises in treaty matters, said the present law which bans any killing of the bird is at odds with article two of the treaty - which promises Māori undisturbed possession of their taonga.

He said kererū were indisputably a taonga and have always been used in association with specific traditions and cultural practices.

The AUT professor said the law as it stands has proven impossible to enforce and, although there was a wealth of anecdotal evidence that kererū were being hunted, there had been few prosecutions.

He said if hapū had a co-governance role with the Department of Conservation (DOC), and could legally take the odd kererū, they would likely do a better job of protecting their patch and using their networks than DOC could manage on its own....

Muslim policewoman now living the dream
Te Wananga o Aotearoa (TWoA), which runs the 18-week certificate course, is signing a new memorandum of understanding with police to expand the programme. Ms Khan said the increasing ethnic diversity of Auckland's resident population means the city needs an equally diverse police force.

Of the 12,000 sworn police officers in New Zealand, 11.6 per cent are Maori, about 5 per cent are Pacific Islanders and 2.5 per cent are Asian or "others".

Another article on it  HERE > http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1507/S00220/police-continue-to-focus-on-increasing-diversity.htm

Tribal Youth Gatherings leave Māori students inspired
A group of Māori students have just returned home from America where they attended Tribal Youth Gatherings.

The likes of Michelle Obama stood and presented inspiring speeches and reminded these youngsters that it's important to continue nurturing their culture.

They're back on home soil, with a renewed sense of passion for their culture.....

MPs asked to make effort with Māori pronunciation
The Māori Development Minister is challenging Members of Parliament to brush up on their Māori language pronunciation in the House next week to support Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

The annual campaign to promote the language starts on Monday.

Te Ururoa Flavell said he would like to see MP's making more of an effort at getting their tongue around Māori words.

He said he would like to see members who can speak Māori helping others out....

New Māori aquaculture agreements signed
Three regional agreements have been signed with iwi from the Auckland, Tasman, and Marlborough regions following successful negotiations between the Crown and regional Iwi aquaculture organisations.

The agreements are the result of the Māori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2004, which requires the Crown to provide Iwi aquaculture organisations with 20% of new commercial aquaculture space consented since October 2011, or anticipated to occur into the future.

“The agreements in Auckland, Tasman and Marlborough will deliver four hectares of authorisations for oyster space in addition to $46 million as cash equivalent for the remainder of the Crown’s obligations.

Work on agreements in Northland, Hauraki Waikato-East, Canterbury, and Southland regional agreements is ongoing.

Kererū quota clause for iwi supported
A Ngāti Awa cultural advisor in Whakatāne said there could be individual cases where iwi can include a small kererū quota clause in their Treaty settlements.

He said his iwi included a clause in its Treaty settlement in 2005 so it could harvest tītī, or muttonbirds, from offshore islands in its rohe.

"It's also about preserving our methodologies, our ways in terms of our kai....

The Cream of Wahine Māori Business Leaders Set to Meet
Māori women business leaders and decision makers from throughout Aotearoa are set to meet in Auckland onFriday July 24 for the annual Huihuinga Wahine Māori Women’s Leadership Summit.

The summit, which is in its fourth year, is hosted by the Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA).

FOMA chairman Traci Houpapa said the one day conference brought the country’s top Māori women chairs, deputy chairs, CEs, GMs, directors, trustees and governors together to discuss economic and commercial issues important to them and the entities they represent....

Initiative leads to Maori playgroup
The initiative of a new resident has led to the rapid formation of a te reo Maori playgroup for Queenstown children.

A core group of about 20 families got behind the formation of an incorporated society to be the playgroup's governing body.

Its mission is to deliver quality early childhood education that encourages children to be active learners of Maori language and culture, using collaborative rather than teacher-centred learning, she says.

It is open to Queenstown families with children aged up to 5, and operates on weekdays from noon to 2pm.

''But there's a lot of people who want to know more about Maori, and not necessarily just the language, but customs, traditions and history.

''It's open to anyone - we've got some Japanese and Thai whanau that come along.''

The playgroup is following the Ministry of Education Te Whariki early childhood curriculum, and a ministry official will visit next week to offer advice on its operation.

''Our ultimate goal is reached when we're open as a fulltime early childhood centre specialising in te reo and tikanga Maori,'' Ms Paringatai says.

''Where do our children go when they leave there? We've been having korero with teachers about potential options for our tamariki after Te Puna.'' ..

Viral speech calls for Māori to be compulsory in NZ primary schools
A YouTube clip posted by a non-Māori student at Kāpiti College has had over 40,000 views since going up at 10pm on Monday. It features Finnian Galbraith delivering a speech he wrote, emphasising to New Zealand the importance of correctly pronouncing Māori words.

“So I propose this, it is compulsory for kids to have at least an hour of learning te reo Māori per week, and all teachers have a basic knowledge of the language as well. To be honest this isn’t much, but it could just give people enough knowledge if the language to help preserve it.”....

Minister defends Auckland charter school
Bad blood with another school is behind complaints about an Auckland charter school, Education Minister Hekia Parata says.

Angry parents have accused Middle School West Auckland of doing their children more harm than good.

A leaked letter shows some parents - whose children moved from a private Maori Christian school, Nga Kakano, to Middle School West Auckland this year - were not happy.

They said the school had failed to recognise their children's Maori and Pasifika culture and their behaviour was suffering.

The Education Ministry said the school now had a plan in place to address whanau concerns and it was helping the school improve its cultural awareness.

Ms Parata said complaints about the school appeared to be the result of a souring relationship between it and Nga Kakano, with which it shares a site....

Controversial Maori drivers policy rewritten to include all races
Police have finally released the new wording for the "Turning the Tides" policy, which controversially gave Maori drivers preferential treatment in South Auckland.

A rewrite will now apply the same rules to all drivers on South Auckland streets, after last month's leaked document stated that Maori drivers without a license were to be given the chance to avoid a ticket for driving lessons.

The official wording of the amended guideline now reads that Maori drivers are to be "considered for" driver training, wording which police said clearly reflects that any driver who mets the criteria can be offered those options, regardless of race....

Urgent TPPA hearing critical to honouring Treaty
It is critical that the Waitangi Tribunal agrees to an urgent hearing into allegations the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) breaches the Treaty of Waitangi, says Council of Trade Unions Vice-President Māori Syd Keepa.

“Instead the Crown has said it is too late in the TPPA negotiation process for a Waitangi Tribunal hearing. This puts a trade treaty ahead of our founding Treaty.”

“The government cannot be allowed to sign away our tino rangatiratanga,” says Keepa....

Kereru ban violates Treaty rights: academic
Professor Paul Moon believes the native wood pigeon were regarded as a delicacy and eaten at formal occasions - such as feasts hosting visitors and tangi.

"Ironically, before the legislation came in to protect the bird, Maori communities by and large protected those birds anyway through their own cultural processes," Moon said.

"In a sense they've always had some protected status, they've never been a bird that anyone can hunt at any time for any purpose."

Moon believes Dame Tariana's view is widely held and very fair - as the birds have great cultural importance.

"To turn the tap off completely say 'No these can't be touched at all' seems a bit unfair. It also potentially is a violation of article two of the Treaty which guarantees hapu and iwi the full, exclusive, and undisturbed possession of their assets.".......

Teachers need to pronounce students' names correctly - Hekia Parata
Questions have been raised over why maths and science teachers need to be competent in Te Reo Maori and whether it's closing the door to quality overseas teachers.

According to the Ministry of Education all teachers were expected to have an "understanding of the bi-cultural heritage of New Zealand", but National MP Judith Collins was baffled it extended to maths and science teachers working in English-speaking schools.

Her National party colleague Melissa Lee was equally concerned that overseas teachers were expected to be competent in Te Reo Maori.

Overseas teachers coming to work in New Zealand schools should have the same grasp of Maori culture that Kiwi teachers are expected to, said NZ First education spokeswoman Tracey Martin.

Labour education spokesman Chris Hipkins said asking all teachers to be aware of Maori culture was "perfectly reasonable".

"It's a legitimate debate to be having and we need to ensure all teachers in the classroom have a good understanding of Maori."

Delahunty and Martin initiated the ministry report on Te Reo Maori to find out how much resourcing and support was provided to English-medium schools to meet Te Reo Maori requirements.

Even MPs can't get Maori place names right - Flavell
The Maori Affairs Minister is calling for extra recognition of Te Reo ahead of Maori Language Week.

Te Ururoa Flavell says while it's good to see public figures make an effort, it should be a year-round commitment, not just an annual event.

He wants to see all young people in New Zealand learning the language at school.

"A move to compulsory Maori in schools would be a great move towards ensuring its survival forever."...

Police: Data shows no race-based ticketing policy
Most unlicensed south Auckland drivers who initially had their tickets waived in a controversial policy which appeared to favour Maori eventually had to pay the fine, police say.

Police today released the latest annual figures for the number of drivers who had their $400 tickets waived in exchange for completing a compliance programme.

In 2014-15 the national figure was 12 percent and in Counties Manukau it was 7.3 percent.

The figures cannot not be broken down by race, says district commander Superintendent John Tims.

"Police do not offer compliance based on race... but what it does indicate is that given the small proportion of people put through compliance overall, police officers are generally using their discretion appropriately when offering compliance to those who meet the criteria.....

Down dairy cycle an opportunity for booming Waikato-Tainui iwi
The dairy downturn may have opened the door for tribal giant Waikato-Tainui to broaden their investment portfolio and continue to build their empire.

They announced their annual result today, reporting a $123 million increase in the last financial year to $1.2 billion at a time when dairy struggled.

Tainui Group Holdings chairman Sir Henry van der Heyden said it was a "solid result" and any opportunity in the dairy sector would be looked at.

"When it comes to the agricultural sector today, we think that we're in a cycle, so what it does for us is actually create opportunity," said van der Heyden....

Playcentre making Te Reo Maori part of everyday life
Playcentres across the Wellington region are challenging themselves to create an environment rich in the use of te reo Māori as part of everyday life. Whānau tupu ngātahi – families learning together – is the Playcentre kaupapa, and that means growing our reo together too.....

Lack of Māori staff at Mt Eden Prison
A former prisoner who has run tikanga programmes for offenders said there's a lack of Māori staff at Mt Eden Prison.

The privately-run prison has been in the spotlight since footage of inmates fighting, smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol was shared on social media.

"Staff who have no real connection to the people in there. I hope this doesn't come across as in anyway racial but there's very few Māori staff in there and most of the inmates are Māori.

"So, you know, the lack of connection and valuing of what those people value, the way that families are treated when they visit, this all adds to the stress."

Mr White said the Corrections budget was huge and more resources should go to Māori organisations to run programmes for Māori offenders.

"There's a huge chance to intervene but the majority of programmes that are run in jail take a clinical Western approach, even though some of them have Māori names."...

Dunne defends $3m Treaty display project spend
Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has defended the $3 million spent discussing where the original Treaty of Waitangi documents should be displayed.

The Government announced four years ago it was moving the country's founding document from its current home in the National Archive to a new space in the National Library just 200 metres up the road.

"It's not just some documents. It's the Treaty of Waitangi. It's the 1835 declaration. It's some documents that are critical to the history of New Zealand."

But New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said it was outrageous Internal Affairs had spent four years and $3 million doing effectively nothing......

Elders should be allowed kereru - Turia
Kaumatua should be allowed to to eat small amounts of kereru at special occasions, says former Maori Party co-leader Dame Tariana Turia.

The Department of Conservation is looking into how the protected wood pigeon came to be served at a hui of iwi leaders and government ministers.

Dame Tariana was one of three ministers who attended the hui at an Ohakune marae in 2013 where the bird was served though she was not at the dinner itself.

She told Morning Report that while she believes depleted resources such as kereru should be left alone, she was not opposed to allowing elders access to certain foods that were traditionally part of their diet.

"The fact that it's now become a depleted resource is not the fault of tangata whenua, it is the fact that most of our resources have been destroyed.....

Jury issues in North worry lawyers
Insufficient number of potential jurors and the failure by Northland courts to punish those who fail to show for jury service has come to a point where significant injustice could occur, a leading criminal lawyer has warned.

Mr Blaikie said many people in the Far North were not registered on the electoral roll from which the jury pool is selected. Another problem, he said, was the difficulty in getting information from the Justice Ministry on how jury panels were allocated in both Maori and general rolls which resulted in a significant lack of Maori jurors.....

More Māori at high decile schools
A study of inequality in education has found the percentage of Māori children attending higher decile schools has increased as the socio-economic status of Māori has improved.

It found the percentage of Māori students attending decile six to 10 schools has gone up from 21 to 34 percent during that time.

Ms Gordon said the movement of Māori into high decile schools could signal the start of a change away from segregation that will open up opportunities for a more bicultural society....

No Justification for Whānau Ora Spend
The decision to give $50 million worth of extra funding to Whānau Ora navigators in Budget 2015 was made by the Government without the Minister of Whānau Ora, Te Ururoa Flavell, having any information to justify the extra spending, says New Zealand First.

“Without documentation outlining a shortage of navigators, how did Minister Flavell justify the extra $50 million spend on navigators?

“It appears that at a time when all other departments are stretched to breaking, the government remains content on squandering taxpayer money on the Māori Party’s vanity project without necessity or reason,” says Mr Paraone....

Ministers served kererū at iwi leaders' hui
The kererū is considered a food of the chiefs, and it was served and consumed by chiefs at an iwi leaders' hui in the central North Island two years ago.

Sitting alongside the iwi leaders were Crown ministers Amy Adams, Nathan Guy and Tariana Turia.

A spokesperson for the marae in Ohakune said between three and five birds had been handed to them by the Department of Conservation.

Marae spokesperson Che Wilson said the feathers were used for weaving, while the bodies were saved for a special occasion.

He said the kererū were mixed with chicken and miromiro berries and served as part of the hakari (feast).

Ngāti Maniapoto leader Tom Roa said he gladly took part in eating the kererū and said he did it knowing that his relations at the marae would also be cognisant of their responsibilities regarding the sustainability of the resource...

Treaty bid to halt flag change
Northland Maori have asked the Waitangi Tribunal to hold an urgent hearing to stop the flag change process, claiming iwi have not been properly consulted over the contentious issue.

The claimants say they are suffering, and will continue to suffer, significant and irreversible prejudice by the Crown's failure to appropriately engage with Maori when deciding to initiate the flag change process.

In their application, they say the Crown has failed to recognise their mana, tino rangatiratanga and the Aotearoa/New Zealand flag as their taonga; failed to actively protect their taonga, namely their tino rangatiratanga and the Aotearoa/New Zealand flag; failed to uphold the principles of good-faith partnership when initiating the flag change process that could eventuate in a change of the Aotearoa/New Zealand flag; and failed to appropriately engage with Maori, including them, in the decision to initiate the flag change process in relation to the Aotearoa/New Zealand flag.

They submit that, given their legal status as tangata whenua and partner of the British Crown, any flag of New Zealand is a taonga, as found in Article 2 of the Maori version of the Treaty.....

Council supports bid to name Lake Ferry
At a council meeting on Wednesday, councillors unanimously agreed Lake Ferry township should be formally recognised but conversation was sparked over what the official name should actually be.

He said a lot of people mistook the lake itself for being called Lake Ferry instead of its correct name, Lake Onoke, and that the naming of the town should differentiate the two.

"But that needs to be made quite clear that Lake Ferry settlement or township, or what ever it gets called ... that Lake Onoke doesn't lose its identity.

"The point I want to get across is that Lake Onoke is not the Maori name for Lake Ferry like many people think is the case.

"The local iwi are keen to make that distinction between the two."

Mayor Adrienne Staples said council supported Mr Cameron's proposal and would refer it to the Maori Standing Committee.

Mr Cameron said that Lake Wairarapa and Lake Onoke were also not officially-recognised names and, as he understood it, local iwi were in consultations addressing this....

Scary monster fear in Paritai zoning
The chair of Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory Authority says owners of properties on exclusive Paritai Drive don’t need to fear the recognition being proposed for a pa site under their land.

Some of the residents have hired lawyers to oppose the Onepu Whakatakataka site at the city end of the ridge getting a cultural heritage overlay in the Unitary Plan.

David Taipari says it’s one of 2800 sites around the city where some level of heritage protection will be sought.

David Taipari says the row show the massive gap in understanding between Maori values and the rest of society....

Iwi ask for input about water
Sir Mark Solomon wants iwi representatives to have input when decisions are made about water.

Sir Mark, a leader of Ngai Tahu, says iwi want "equitable access" to water. Iwi are not talking about tradeable property rights for water, though others are, he says.

Allocation is a right to use water and is not permanent ownership.

"We are not asking for a permanent ownership, but we are asking for a permanent input into the governance, the management and the monitoring of the water systems."

Ngai Tahu will also look at buying state houses the government is planning to sell, Sir Mark Solomon says.

The government wants to sell as many as 8000 state houses to community housing providers in the coming years for ongoing use as social housing.

Te Runanga o Te Rarawa chairman Haami Piripi says iwi groups want the state houses "at no cost" but Finance Minister Bill English has ruled this out and says there's interest from Australia.

Sir Mark said some state houses have not been maintained well and they're not insulated.

"I think some of them would be an economic millstone around your neck if you bought them. But we will do a full due diligence on what is on offer, and if it stacks up and if our people wish to go into it, maybe," he said...

Council cops flak for dumping waste company
An iwi in Northland is warning that a council decision to dump its contract with a waste management company will have dire consequences for the rohe.

The Far North District Council has terminated its contract with Cleanstream in favour of a cheaper service provider.

Cleanstream is jointly owned by iwi organisation Te Rūnanga O Te Rārawa and the Community Business and Environment Centre.

National govt outed on secret water negotiations - Peters
The National Government has been outed with Environment Minister, Nick Smith, confirming negotiations with many Iwi on demands for water ownership. This of course has been in the past denied by National.

"Sir Mark Soloman on The Nation this morning also admitted as much without saying it outright," Mr Peters said.

"This explains Ngai Tahu lodging an appeal last year over its inability to convert 7000 hectares of Hurunui forest into dairy farms. For those with existing water consents and rights, it is clear National has a new policy of ‘last in, best dressed.’

"Nothing National does should surprise anyone anymore. Kiwi not Iwi has been reversed. In Parliament, National’s Dr Shane Reti expressed concern over the lack of spending on "Maori spiritual health," meanwhile, Minister Nick Smith is clearly looking after big Iwi’s "financial health" by catering for new water demands.

"In addition, new unelected Maori representation is being negotiated on to water control authorities all over the country. The issue is why has the National Party not got the honesty to admit that?....

Crown says no to delaying TPPA
On Tuesday lawyers for the claimants seeking an urgent inquiry into the Crown’s actions in negotiating the TPPA by the Waitangi Tribunal asked the Crown for an undertaking that no action would be taken towards making final commitments on behalf of New Zealand in negotiations until the claims have been resolved.

Today the Crown responded, declining to give the undertaking sought.....

Iwi leaders want to share control of water - Sir Mark Solomon
Solomon says iwi leaders want to share control of New Zealand water with regional councils, deciding who gets to use freshwater

Freshwater Iwi Leaders’ Group co-chair says Maori have the right to co-govern water and will "keep pushing the issue"....

Paritai Drive residents fighting Maori heritage designation moves
Neighbours in Auckland's most prestigious street are fighting moves to tag their properties with a Maori heritage designation.

The Auckland Council supports a bid by Ngati Whatua Orakei to extend a "mana whenua cultural heritage overlay" over about 25 properties at the city end of Paritai Drive in the Auckland unitary plan.

Under current rules, property owners within a 200m "buffer zone" of these sites may need to obtain a cultural impact assessment from iwi for additions or redevelopment.

Ngati Whatua say the properties have a cultural and spiritual association with a former pa, Onepu Whakatakataka.

The site is one of nearly 3000 across Auckland earmarked for scheduling in the unitary plan as "sites of value to mana whenua".

Information provided by Ngati Whatua was insufficient to justify the designation, Mr Nolan argued. The cultural overlay "would impose costs, possible loss of value and significant constraints on the owners".

The headland pa was recorded as "destroyed" more than half a century ago but iwi argue that "intangible" cultural and spiritual values should be recognised when development occurs near valued or sacred ancestral sites......

Paritai Drive: Cultural collision
Efforts to accommodate Maori spiritual and cultural values in planning decisions have residents of Auckland’s most moneyed street manning the barricades.

The form letter posted to numbers "68 to 110a Paritai Drive" was not well-received by Gilda Kirkpatrick at No. 90, nor most of her well-heeled neighbours.

The April 9 letter from Ngati Whatua Orakei advised some of Auckland's most envied property owners they were sitting on a "Site of Significance to Mana Whenua", to be listed in the unitary plan. The plan "requires consultation with affected iwi to ensure any development respects the cultural values and associations with that site". What rankled Kirkpatrick, and others, was that they'd missed the opportunity to lodge opposing submissions - that deadline had passed 14 months earlier. Any neighbours (or their lawyers) who'd studied the daunting draft of the unitary plan had not recognised the name: Onepu Whakatakataka. No maps pinpointed the site.

Around 3600 sites, from Kawau Island to Papakura, were on the initial list when the plan was notified in September 2013, sparking an outcry. The proposed sites of value were preliminary and affected properties within a 200m "buffer zone", pending further assessment by the 17 iwi who claim mana whenua (customary authority) status over parts of Auckland.

Under latest proposals, earthworks fitting certain categories of resource consent will trigger consultation with iwi and, depending on the issues, a cultural impact assessment.

The proposed list has been whittled down to 2900 sites after iwi input and, following developer submissions, the council has proposed reducing the buffer zone to a 50m radius. Though some sites have been deleted, many more are expected to be added in future. The council has budgeted $7.7 million over 10 years to further investigate sites - some may be upgraded to "sites of significance", requiring consultation for most types of development. Other iwi who want sites added to the schedules include Ngati Paoa and the Tamaki collective, representing 13 mana whenua groups.

Such reaction, says Independent Maori Statutory Board chairman David Taipari, exposes the gulf in understanding that still exists between "western" and Maori concepts of planning and property development issues.

"Archaeological values are not a substitute for cultural values. Mana whenua values and relationships with ancestral lands, waters, sites, wahi tapu and taonga include both tangible and intangible values ... that need to be assessed and provided for.

"The importance and value to mana whenua is not focused on the 'archaeological remnants' themselves but is manifest in the place and locality as wahi tupuna [ancestral places such as maunga], wahi tapu [restricted/sacred sites] or wahi whakahirahira [prized areas]."

"It is the effects on the mana, tapu and mauri [life-force] of physical resources that are important.

Only 61 mana whenua sites were identified as "sites of significance" (the highest protection level) in the notified unitary plan, most rolled over from pre-amalgamation plans. Then in September 2013, when 3600 "sites of value to mana whenua" appeared as purple-shaded circles on the unitary plan maps - with an associated consultation regime - reaction from Kawau Island to Papakura ranged from blatant racism to genuine developer frustration over added costs and delays. The rules could require applicants for certain resource consents within the 200m-wide circles to consult with iwi and, in some cases, obtain a cultural impact assessment (CIA).

Horror stories ensued of drawn-out negotiations with multiple iwi, some following different protocols and processes. Developers and homeowners complained of muddled processes and long delays and charges ranging from "less than $1000 to $20,000".

Developers remain sceptical. Todd Properties, currently building at Long Bay, Mt Wellington and Ormiston, says it has enjoyed constructive engagement with iwi over the years but since the plan was notified "less positive relations have increased."

Treaty trap
When John Key was Leader of the Opposition, he said that when he became Prime Minister, all historic Treaty of Waitangi claims would be settled by 2014. When 2014 came and went, that became an "aspirational goal" and the date was pushed back to 2017.

Nowadays, Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson doesn't talk about settling all claims by 2017, but is "keen" to have all deeds of mandate and terms of negotiation signed by then.

It may seem a cheap shot to criticise the pace of settlements considering the progress that has been made - including the Tuhoe deal, which many thought would be impossible to resolve - but the slippage does illustrate the danger of setting deadlines.

Maori face housing discrimination, MPs say
Maori face discrimination when they want to rent or buy a home, the Maori Party says.

Its co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox say the row over Chinese buying homes in Auckland highlights what's been happening to their people for decades.

"In Rotorua alone, I've seen racism towards Maori," Mr Flavell said.

Ms Fox says she has research which suggests there's bias and "widespread institutional racism" in the housing market.....

Māori IT experts critical of digital divide
The Government is spending $2 billion on improving broadband internet access throughout New Zealand, but some tāngata whenua have said rolling out cables is not enough.

During an internet conference, NetHui, last week in Auckland, experts - including members of Māori internet working group Ngā Pū Waea - said making broadband infrastructure available was just the start.

Ms Te Hau said an affordability study carried out on behalf of Ngā Pū Waea last year showed some households were willing to pool resources to help their local marae connect - if they were offered the right package deal.

"They would be prepared to bundle all their connections together, and the products and services that are offered around their connections, to support the local marae.

"The marae is the same - similar - to a school. It's a place of engagement, it's a place where we gather, it's a place for learning and local knowledge."....

Excluded Māori veterans consider legal action
Some Māori military veterans and their whānau are being excluded from the first Waitangi Tribunal kaupapa inquiry because their iwi's treaty claims have already been settled.

Lawyers for some claimants say they may seek a judicial review of the tribunal's decision, which they received on Wednesday.

He said the only realistic option for excluded claimants was to seek a judicial review...

Treaty of Waitangi
Waitemata DHB supports the government policy of reducing inequalities. Working in partnership with Māori at all levels and in all parts of the district health sector helps Waitemata DHB ensure participation occurs, resulting in better health outcomes for Māori people who experience inequitable outcomes.

Waitemata DHB’s partnership programme is consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi and adheres to the framework outlined by the NZPHD Act 2000.

Prepare Māori for leadership or 'society in trouble
Educationalists are warning that the current education system must change so that Māori students are more stimulated in the classroom, which could inspire them to enrol in tertiary courses.

At the recent annual Māori education hui, speakers warned that in future Māori will outnumber Pākehā, and new strategies must be used to inspire them to become leaders in their chosen field.

"Preparing for 2050, the demographics of our country will change and 52 percent of the population will include Māori, Pacific Island and Asians," Mr Apanui said.

"So Pākehā will be in the minority by that time, but they will also be largely old people. We as Māori tertiary educators need to start looking to see if we're developing leaders, how do we develop them and what sort of resources do we need to put behind them."

"Māori and others will soon be in the majority and that raises important questions because the 'white' population is aging, and will be more dependent on the - what is now the minority population - to support them.

"And so unless we do something different to prepare Māori and others for leadership roles, through good education, the society is in trouble, the future is in trouble."

Dr Noguera said in order for children to achieve at school there must be support for their parents as well....

Tertiary partners to merge
Bay of Plenty could have a new tertiary institution as soon as next year with Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Waiariki Institute of Technology agreeing to a full merger, subject to consultation.

By partnering more effectively with iwi, and providing greater access for dispersed communities, the proposed new institution could help to ensure better education and employment outcomes for young Maori....

Waitangi Tribunal to consider TPP inquiry
The Waitangi Tribunal has asked to hear further argument on whether it should hold an urgent inquiry into the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

It has five claims this month from a range of prominent Māori individuals, and organisations, who say the trade deal could breach their treaty rights.

The tribunal said the claims raised matters of importance not just to Māori, but to New Zealand as a whole.

He has also asked the Crown for more information - including whether the TPP would include a clause protecting Māori rights under the Treaty of Waitangi...

Consents a sore point for Northland Māori
Māori from around Te Taitokerau have told the Northland Regional Council it must find better ways to involve tāngata whenua in vetting resource consents.

The council's consents manager, Colin Dall, briefed the new Regional Māori Advisory Committee about the consenting process last week.

Mr Dall said the council provided marae and iwi with a copy of almost all applications for resource consents in their rohe - and the council must process them within 20 days.

The committee seized the chance to offer feedback with one member telling Mr Dall to get the language right - the Resource Management Act says councils must consult Māori, not iwi - and in the north, hapū are the go-to groups....

Rocket company in talks with iwi
A space company is in talks with South Island iwi over its plans to build a launch site for rockets.

Rocket Lab has applied for resource consents to build a site on Kaitōrete Spit in Canterbury.

The organisation has been in contact with three iwi groups, including Ngāi Tahu, about the proposal.

The Kaitōrete Spit is considered a site of cultural importance to Māori and was once a crucial thoroughfare for those travelling from Horomaka to settlements such as Kaiapoi and Kaikōura....

Council to inform Maori over oil spills
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council says it has "cleaned up its act" after a lack of communication with Māori following an oil spill in April earlier this year.

The regional council said it had introduced policies to ensure local iwi would be properly informed and consulted.

Local iwi say they had to rely on second-hand reports to find out about the 1500 litres of oil that poured into Tauranga Harbour in April.

Tāngata whenua were angry when they were alerted via the media instead of being the council's 'first responder'.

The regional council and oil giant Mobil have both apologised to the Tauranga Moana Iwi Chairs Forum, the group representing the three iwi in the rohe.....

Māori left in limbo after Labour claims high number of foreign homebuyer trends in Auckland
Although many houses up for sale in Auckland say "Sold", who are they being sold to?

The Labour Party claims that about 40% of houses on the Auckland market have been sold to buyers with Chinese surnames.

Labour’s Peeni Henare who is also the Member of Parliament for Tamaki Makaurau, says that it is not a new thing that Māori are not largely involved in buying homes.

Henare says, “The main concern for me is that there needs to be more clarity around how iwi and the Government work towards making that option available to Māori.”....

Call for wider use of te reo Maori
Te reo Maori is the most popular second language among Wanganui secondary school students but a local advocate wants everyone to become more familiar with the language, culture and history.

Awhina Twomey, who works at the Whanganui Regional Museum as kaitiaki taonga Maori, said the Maori language was a taonga (treasure).

It was encouraging to know students were studying Maori but she questioned teachers' level of ability in te reo. She wants adults at schools to learn the language, so they can converse in it and show it is normal.....

Māori, Aboriginal businesses look to team up
Australia's Māori Business Network is looking at the idea of partnering up with different Aboriginal enterprises.

Māori Business Network co-ordinator Brent Reihana said Māori organisations were keen to work with indigenous enterprises because there were a lot of cultural similarities.

"For Supply Nation, they need to have 51 percent Aboriginal ownership and what I was looking at was how Māori could partner up with those Aboriginal businesses," Mr Reihana said.

"The reason why those Aboriginal [businesses] are also keen to collaborate with Māori is because they have the same work mentality, and they'd rather work alongside other indigenous groups....

NZ Maori Council joins TPPA claim
The New Zealand Maori Council has joined the attempt to have New Zealand’s participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement reviewed by the Waitangi Tribunal.

The tribunal is considering whether to grant an urgent hearing to a claim by a group of prominent Maori including Dr Papaarangi Reid, Moana Maniapoto and Hone Harawira who say the multilateral trade and services deal would compromise the Crown’s ability to protect Maori interests under the Treaty of Waitangi...

Iwi front and centre in ports review
Auckland mayor Len Brown is meeting with Tamaki Makaurau iwi today to discuss the review of the city’s port.

He says it’s important iwi have input into the Future Port Study, which will run over the next year and look at environmental effects of further development, the costs and benefits of expanding the port or leaving it at its present size, and what alternatives the city has.

"A key part of that is to put the port company in a better space in terms of how it relates to its community and to iwi, get a much better rapport and trust, and I think that will be the big work over the next year and so iwi will sit front and centre in that process," he says....

Accountants ponder culture and cashbooks
Maori accountants are looking for ways to bridge the financial needs and economic concerns of Maori people while working in a corporate environment.

Speakers include New Zealand Superannuation Fund chief executive Adrian Orr, ASB senior economist Jane Turner and motivational speaker Ngahihi Bidois, who will talk about using ancient Maori wisdom for modern day solutions.....

Sonny Tau and the kereru affair
What's the difference between a mistake and a brazen, calculated crime? Ask Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau. A slip-up, a blooper, a blunder, a gaffe is how Mr Tau has characterised his attempt to smuggle on to a plane five dead kereru stuffed up his jumper.

To designate such a morally dissolute act as a "mistake" (he apparently declared that he deeply regretted his miscalculation) makes one immediately think that he was simply sorry he got caught and should have hidden them in his suitcase. Bugger!

To add to the moral duplicity of the whole sordid affair, the chairman of the Northland-based iwi said it was important to note that no charges against Mr Tau had been laid. What is being implied by such a statement? Is it being suggested that no crime has been committed? Actually, since then, charges have been laid. We do not need in this country one rule for some and a different one for others.....

Te Mako vs Walter Nash in spat over new name for Taita centre
Tempers flared at a Hutt City Council meeting as politicians struggled to agree on a name for the $12 million Taita Sports and Community Centre.

The city council has considered a number of names, including Te Mako and Walter Nash Te Mako, for the building which includes a revamped Walter Nash Stadium.

The Northern Ward Committee, which appeared to have the delegated authority to make the decision, favoured Walter Nash Te Mako.

Sir Walter Nash was one of New Zealand's most prominent politicians. He lived in Lower Hutt and was a significant figure in the history of the Labour Party and the development of the welfare state.

Te Mako was the name of a pa in Naenae with links to Wi Tako Ngatata Te Taitai, after whom Taita was named.

City development chair David Bassett said it was a very important issue but getting everyone to agree will be impossible.

The best way forward would be to poll the public, he said

Cr Tui Lewis said the "sad" reality is that the education system ignores the contribution made by Maori to New Zealand.

Maori will be outnumbered in a public vote and the result would be meaningless, she said.

Asking the public what they think is the right approach to take and he was not interested in the personal views of council officers, Shierlaw said....

Landowner warns over thousands of dollars in bills for local homeowners
Pollok's Gary Smith says anyone doing any building work on the Awhitu Peninsula could find themselves open to thousands of dollars in costs and threatened with prosecution over the impact of a new law relating to historical finds.

Mr Smith purchased the property some years ago, and, intending to put a house on it, commenced excavations to remove the topsoil last month. He says he invited George and Karl Flavell from local iwi Ngati Te Ata to the site to observe the work, thinking that if they found something of interest to the iwi they would document or remove the items at their expense.

Instead, he says, "the site was shut down when two food storage pits, two fire remains and a garbage pit with some shells was discovered." Mr Smith says Auckland Council told him he had to stop work, then told to get in touch with Heritage New Zealand who, he says, threatened prosecution for 'damaging a historical site'.

The site has now been shut down for the next two months, and Mr Smith says he has had to pay $2800 for an archeological report, and been told his site now has to be put under the authority of Heritage New Zealand. He adds he faces a further $6000 in fees for the site to be examined, and has been told he has to pay $145 per hour for someone to monitor any work he does on the site. On top of this, Mr Smith says if anything else is found, the whole process (and costs) start all over again. "It's like giving them your bank account and telling them to help themselves," he says.

Of additional concern is that he has been told his neighbour's property, where some of the diggings were tipped by arrangement, should now also be put under the authority of Heritage New Zealand. Mr Smith says the problem is that Heritage New Zealand is taking the approach that any site at all on the Awhitu Peninsula is deemed likely to have some form of 'historic' site. This means that any disturbance of that site opens the landowner up to prosecution, on the basis that they should have expected to find something, and should have notified Heritage New Zealand prior to doing any work.

"This is all possible through the new Act that was passed late 2014," Mr Smith says. "Be prepared for huge expenses should you decide to uncover your topsoil." Mr Smith says, if governing bodies are going to maintain this approach, any landowner on the Awhitu Peninsula could face the same issue.
The Post Waiuku 7 July 2015

Hawke's Bay iwi initials its deed of settlement
A Hawke's Bay iwi is one step away from signing its full and final Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the Crown.

Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga-Tamatea suffered significant and widespread loss of land under the Crown, and will eventually receive $100 million in compensation.

Some of the areas the money will be spent on include setting up a restoration fund for waterways and investing in marae as well as education programmes for tribal members.

Mr Finlayson said the package would also include a special lease agreement of Te Aute College.

"To do something with Te Aute College through this settlement is tremendous and it's not the be-all-and-end-all because we've got further matters we need to talk about there, but I'm very interested in the issue and very keen to help you.

"As I've said, we're looking at things like Glasgow leases and the like in the future," said Mr Finlayson.

A member of the mandated iwi negotiating group, He Toa Takitini, spoke about the relationship Ngāti Kahungunu has with the Crown and its ambition to move forward.

"We have always respected the Crown and we have always seen ourselves as equals. That position has not changed and that journey now resumes. Strategic and politically astute - that is Heretaunga-Tamatea."

The iwi and hapū will be given powers to appoint two members to the Hawke's Bay regional planning committee.

Bids will be made for the original Māori place names to be recognised: Waipureku for Clive and Heretaunga for Hastings.

The deed will now be taken back to Hawke's Bay for iwi members to approve over the next few weeks, before a full and final settlement takes place before the end of the year....

Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Committee looks forward to working with iwi
The recently-formed Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Committee has appointed community conservationist and ecological engineer Stu Farrant as chair.

The purpose of Te Awarua o Porirua Whaitua Committee is to facilitate community and stakeholder engagement in the development of a Whaitua Implementation Programme (WIP). They operate in partnership with tangata whenua and develop recommendations.

Farrant is looking forward to working with the community to develop a set of rules around how we manage land and water in Te Awarua-o-Porirua catchment.

Cycle trails could bring cash to marae
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is encouraging rural marae to think of ways they can benefit from the network of cycle trails being built around the country.

Mr Flavell says tourism is important to the Maori economy, but Maori operators need to think beyond poi and haka.

"Those cycle trails are really starting to get some momentum, bringing people here who need accommodations. Especially some of those rural marae out in the countryside that might want an income stream off some of those cycleways, they’ve got to start thinking about that because other people are cashing in, like some of these little bed and breakfast places," he says.

Mr Flavell says there could be debate about whether tourist accommodation is an appropriate use for marae, but the bills have to be paid....

Past claims undone by TPPA
One of the people behind a claim against New Zealand signing up the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement says the so called trade deal will undo any progress Maori hope to make from the WAI 262 flor and fauna and intellectual property claim.

"The arguments raised in the WAI 262 claim about the need for Maori to be kaitiaki of our taonga and so on was necessarily subject to an earlier agreement, the TRIPS or Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights agreement, and that is being included in the TPPA, so that will render any protections our people hope for under WAI 262 to be null and void," Mr Jackson says.

The Waitangi Tribunal is still considering whether to give the claim an urgent hearng....

Parihaka set aside for Taranaki settlement
Taranaki Tuturu has this morning initialled a deed of settlement for its raupatu treaty claim after splitting out issues relating to the 1882 sacking of Parihaka.

Taranaki Iwi Trust chair Tokatumoana Walden says the iwi is happy with the $70 million deal, which includes a large cash element, 28 properties including a number of historic pa sites, waahi tapu and some commercial opportunities.

He says a separate group has been set up including former prime minister Jim Bolger, Dame Tariana Turia, and Parihaka representatives Mahara Okeroa, Ruakere Hond and Amokura Panoho to make recommendations to the Crown on the redress for the Parihaka claim.

"They’re looking for a whole of government approach to Parihaka, what happened at Parihaka, but also looking at a fund to help build the capacity for Parihaka as well so we are very confident that (Treaty Negotiations Minister) Chris Finlayson and the team will provide meaningful redress back to Parihaka, hence us moving forward with our initialling," Mr Walden says.

Waahi tapu give iwi place on landscape
The return of significant customary sites will give Taranaki iwi a presence back on the landscape under the terms of a settlement initialled in New Plymouth today.

The $70 million deal includes 29 sites of cultural significance, including joint ownership of Nga Motu/ Sugar Loaf Islands with Te Atiawa, and a two-year deferred right of selection over 29 commercial properties.

Taranki Iwi Trust chair Toka Tu Moana Kevin Walden says there is not much crown land in the rohe, which runs around the western side of the mountain from New Plymouth to Opunake.

That makes getting back reserves from the Department of Conservation so important.

What we are wanting to do is to reinstate our mana back onto the landscape and we are wanting the title of those lands back under Taranaki iwi," says Tokatumoana Walden....

ACT slant on maunga plan fails truth test
But Mr Majurey says the traffic ban was canvassed in 2007 process to develop a management plan for Maungawhau, and it has wide public support.

He says the authority, which is a co-governance arrangement between mana whenua and Auckland Council, is also required to take into account the connections iwi and local communities have with the mountains.

"We know with these important ancestral places that there is a spiritual and cultural connection, a metaphysical if you like. And thats an equally important and valid part of the world view that go with these ancestral taonga" he says....

Finlayson's patience running out on Treaty settlement
Ngapuhi's Treaty of Waitangi settlement has cost taxpayers more than $3 million so far, and the Government is losing patience.

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson says that's more than twice the normal spend, and it's largely because of a spat between two groups within the iwi.

Mandate holders Tuhoronuku are at odds with a group of hapu based in Hokianga, and Mr Finlayson says the money could be spent to help their people.

"It's a lot of money. People need to get off their high horses, get personalities to one side and act in the interests of the iwi for once."

Mr Finlayson says Ngapuhi's negotiators need to keep communicating with the whole iwi, and if they don't, their mandate could be taken away.

"If I'm sounding frustrated, it's because I'm thinking of the people of Ngapuhi and what they're missing out on by not having a settlement."

Mr Finlayson says neither the budget, nor his patience, are limitless....

Crown fights TPPA Maori hearing
The crown has told the Waitangi Tribunal there is no point holding an urgent inquiry into claims against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

The tribunal is considering what it should do with a claim by Papaarangi Reid, Moana Jackson and others that signing up the massive trade deal would compromise the crown’s ability to uphold the Treaty of Waitangi.

Claimants have not demonstrated that significant and irreversible prejudice will be caused, and New Zealand has insisted that a robust Treay of Waitangi exceptions clause be included in the document.

Crown Law says many of the concerns of claimants are unfounded, as can be seen by the successful implementation of existing free trade agreements with no prejudice to Maori, and the fact that New Zealand has not yet needed to invoke the Treaty of Waitangi exceptions provision....

NZTA accused of forest breaches
The Waipoua Forest Trust (WFT) has accused New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) of putting kauri and other species under threat due to the mismanagement of the roadside on State Highway 12.
NZTA has admitted some maintenance practices along the road corridor have not been up to scratch.

WFT member Stephen King monitored roadside work until a year ago when NZTA switched the contract to an iwi body. Mr King said one native orchid, the tutukiwi, had since been "wiped out". It was one of several naturalised orchids on that stretch of SH12.

While rare native plants were being sprayed with weedkiller, invasive and noxious plants were not being targeted, WFT claimed.....

Marine reserves may go begging under Sea Change
People want more marine reserves in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park under proposed marine spatial planning, but are unlikely to get them.

That's the view of marine reserve expert and biodiversity and biosecurity round table member Dr Roger Grace.

Forum members Christine Fletcher and Mike Lee said the steering committee, wouldn't put the park first. Democracy Action group spokesman Lee Short said Auckland's 1.5 million residents would be under represented with the high number of unelected Maori members.

There is widespread unhappiness among Maori with the Marine Reserves Act, which they say locks them out of certain areas and interferes with customary gathering rights.

"The Marine Reserves Act has the power to extinguish the rights of mana whenua in their customary practices, and effectively confiscate resources that have been traditionally, and successfully, managed by iwi and hapu for many generations," Maori Party MP for Waiariki Te Ururoa Flavell said in 2013 when opposing the establishment of a marine reserve at Akaroa Harbour.

Local iwi have also opposed creating marine reserves, including in the Bay of Islands, Great Barrier Island, and Wellington.

Northland Ngati Wai opposed National's proposed recreational fishing park in the Hauraki Gulf, saying it would affect Maori fishing rights under the Treaty of Waitangi, ......

Date set for iwi's land rights claim
A judicial review of the government's plan to use surplus land for housing will be heard in the High Court at Auckland on October 12....

Taranaki to do initial $70m treaty deal with Crown
Taranaki Iwi Trust's $70 million treaty deal will be formally initialled during a ceremony in New Plymouth on Tuesday morning.

From 10am, Trust and iwi members will gather at Puke Ariki Museum to prepare for the arrival of Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson and other government officials who are due to attend the formalities.....

Another iwi joins fishing collective
Another iwi has joined the largest Māori-owned lobster processing business in the country, further expanding its quota.

Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, based at the top of the South Island, is the latest tribe to sign an agreement to lease its crayfish quota to Port Nicholson Fisheries.

The move means an additional 400 tonnes of crayfish will be sent overseas by the collective....

Iwi offered airport share
The claimant group that lobbied for the region's airport to be renamed Ahuriri Airport Hawke's Bay could become a half-owner of the facility through its treaty settlement.

Mana Ahuriri Incorporated has been offered "right of first refusal" for the government's 50 per cent shareholding in Hawke's Bay Airport Limited as part of its ongoing $20 million-plus Treaty of Waitangi claim settlement negotiations with the Crown.

Asked if the group was interested in taking up the airport share offer, Mana Ahuriri deputy chairman Piri Prentice said yesterday it was too early to say because negotiations were continuing....

Māori commercial aquaculture claims settlement
The Māori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2004 provides for a full and final settlement of Māori commercial aquaculture claims since 21 September 1992. The Act delivers this settlement through providing settlement assets to Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited (the Trustee) for distribution to Iwi Aquaculture Organisations. The settlement assets must be representative of 20% of aquaculture space, where that space is generally either: ....

Iwi agrees to participate in Auckland council's Special Housing Area initiative
At the Glenbook site in Franklin, the development company Kahawai Point Ltd, which includes Ngāti Te Ata iwi members, hopes to make 80 housing sites available specifically for Ngāti Te Ata.....

Trees dispute stalls pipeline work
Construction has stalled on Tauranga's $102 million Southern Pipeline because of a dispute over 12 avocado trees.

A Matapihi Maori land trust locked the orchard access gates about three weeks ago - preventing contractor HEB Construction from laying the sewer main down an unformed road on the last leg of the pipeline's route along the peninsula.

The trees on the edge of the orchard owned by the trust could end up being felled if the city council can prove they intrude on the unformed (paper) road.

Work on the Bayfair end of the pipeline stopped when the Ohuki 1 G2 Trust closed the orchard access gates near Matapihi Rd. The gates also straddle the paper road.

"The council wasn't talking compensation, only cutting them down."

He said the trust was waiting to see what compensation would be offered by the council for the loss of the mature trees.

Proposed Newstead cemetery lounge cut from draft plan
Peter Forman, a consultant and former cemeteries manager, said the proposed facility did not comply with the Burial and Cremation Act and was contrary to Maori custom.

The preparation and consumption of food within the confines of the cemetery grounds went against Maori custom.....

Iwi leader charged over kereru
Ngapuhi runanga chairman Sonny Tau has been charged with killing and possessing native wood pigeons after he was allegedly caught with five kereru in his possession at Invercargill Airport last week.

The Department of Conservation today laid charges in the Invercargill District Court against a 61-year-old Northland man for the alleged hunting/killing and possession of a protected species under the Wildlife Act.

Raniera Teitinga (Sonny) Tau has been summoned to appear in the Invercargill District Court on July 24, DoC said in a release....

Practising Māori law
Working at the Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre isn’t just a job for Haines Ellison, it’s a way to help others.

Tikanga is important at the Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre and as well as applying the right legal principles, Māori customs are always considered when dealing with a case and a client.

“We are a community law centre specialising in Māori freehold land matters. We also offer assistance in kaupapa Māori matters and thirdly we have a kaupapa Māori mediation service. We are qualified mediators and our service is very much in the infant stages but when we have to mediate, we do it in a kaupapa Māori setting where we can acknowledge tikanga.”....

Federated Farmers National Conference 2015
Peter Douglas, CEO Te Ohu Kaimoana, predicted that Maori hold the key to the primary sector’s future resilience.

Mr Douglas said Maori were younger, energetic and achieving better grades while staying healthier than previous generations. Above all, in the last 40 years, the Maori population had doubled and a future agricultural workforce would be reliant on this demographic....

More time over Rena sought
Bay of Plenty iwi and hapu have lodged a request for more time to gather evidence in opposition to leaving Rena on Astrolabe Reef, citing a lack of funding and notice.

Motiti Rohe Moana Trust, Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust, Te Runanga i Ngati Awa, and Te Patuwai Tribal submitted a joint memorandum to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council on Wednesday for an extension to the lodgement of evidence.

Tama Hovell, counsel for Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust, said the key point for the request was that resourcing for the iwi submission had only just been confirmed....

Probe into Sonny Tau's alleged kereru smuggling 'complex'
The Conservation Minister is defending the time taken to decide whether to lay charges over Sonny Tau's alleged Kereru smuggling, saying the investigation is "very complex".

But she said the investigation was a "matter of priority" for DOC.

"Any kind of predation on endangered species is illegal under the Wildlife Act and is not to be tolerated. And if somebody, anybody, is found to have transgressed the law, they will face the full consequences of breaking the law."

Barry rejected the argument from some iwi leaders that it was the right of Maori under the Treaty of Waitangi.

The matter has not been referred to the police.

New Māori alphabet app launched to help all ages
A new digital app which focuses on the Māori alphabet has been launched today.

Kapohia Ltd has released their app, "Arapū", as Māori Language Week approaches and with school holidays just around the corner.

Originally produced for Māori-medium schools, Maraea Hunia says the app is free for everyone to download.

Maori taking steps to stop the TPPA
Urgency Applications to the Waitangi Tribunal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

On 23 June 2015, two Waitangi Tribunal claims were filed alleging that the Crown’s negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement were in breach of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Our lawyers have asked that both claims be heard urgently, before events take place that overtake the necessity of the claims.

Once the Tribunal has received the Crown’s response the Judge will set us a deadline to reply.

The Tribunal will then make a decision on whether to hold a fixture to hear the claims urgently.

Ninety Mile Beach bill through to next stage
A bill that would give control of Ninety Mile Beach in the Far North to iwi has moved a step closer to becoming law.

Parliament sat under extended hours this morning for MPs to consider the Te Hiku Claims Settlement Bill.

The legislation would ratify a long-awaited Treaty settlement between four far North iwi and the Crown.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson told the House the bill would see one of the largest returns of land to Maori ownership..

Maori centre gets funding for stage one
Whangarei mayor Sheryl Mai says a new Maori cultural centre planned for the city will be a major asset.

The council has granted $500,000 to the Hihiaua Cultural Centre Trust to launch the first stage of its project at the Town Basin precinct.

Ms Mai said with the Hundertwasser Wairau Maori arts centre at one end and the cultural centre at the other, the area will be a magnet for visitors and locals.

The council grant will go towards a carving centre and waka shelter beside Whangarei harbour and enable the trust to apply to major charities to advance the project....

Tuhoronuku confirm Tau stood down
Ngapuhi claim settlement negotiating body Tuhoronuku has confirmed it has rolled its chair Sonny Tau.

The board called an extraordinary meeting last night to discuss Mr Tau's admission he had been questioned by Department of Conservation officers after being found with five dead kereru at Invercargill airport.

In what seems indicative of confusion in the organisation, it took until mid-afternoon for a media release to emerge confirming Mr Tau's deputy Sam Napia had been appointed acting chair, with lawyer Moana Tuwhare taking the number two spot....

Fostering Maori contribution to the decision-making process
We acknowledge Māori as people with whom there is a special relationship. We are committed to giving effect to the principles and intent of the Treaty of Waitangi, and to engaging in genuine and appropriate consultation with Māori.

We have in place protocols for ensuring Tangata Whenua are consulted in regard to decisions made under the Resource Management Act 1991, Local Government Act 2002, and in 2012 received and adopted a Memorandum of Understanding with Te Runanga o Moeraki to guide the ongoing relationship between Council and the Runanga. We also have a Relationship Agreement with Waitaha Taiwhenua O Waitaki Trust Board...