Oct - Dec

Maori Land Court barred from treaty mandate case
Iwi wanting to use the Maori Land Court for leverage in Treaty of Waitangi negotiations may think again after the court refused to intervene in a case involving landlocked blocks inland from Napier.

Trustees of Te Matai No. 1 and No. 2 blocks wanted the court to say were are a large natural grouping and the crown should negotiate a settlement with them.

The issues, which involve confiscation in 1869, partial return, and the sale by the crown of an adjoining block which provided access, have been the subject of a number of actions before the court and the Waitangi Tribunal over many years.

In the 2004 Mohaka ki Ahuriri Report, the tribunal found the Crown breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi by failing to ensure satisfactory access to the block.

However, it could not make a recommendation because the land needed for access was in private hands…..

Top Energy to pay $105k
More Maori landowners in Northland will receive compensation for the use of their land by a lines company.

The Maori Land Court in June ordered lines operator Top Energy to pay $105,000 for easement on four blocks of multiple-owned Maori land over 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.

Top Energy applied to the court for easements over the blocks, known as Whakataha Z1C, Paparimurimu B, Paparimurimu A3 and Part Tapapanui B4D2.

Last week, the court ordered a further $30,000 be paid for capital works on just over 31 hectares of land known as Taheke 2 situated on Peria Rd, east of Kaitaia. The land is owned by multiple owners…..

“A wonderful education of a public man" says Finlayson
Travelling the widths and breadths of New Zealand has been an eye-opening experience for Minister of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Chris Finlayson. A position that has seen the boy originally from Wellington step foot deep into the heart of Māoridom.

He is the face of the government that has delivered numerous apologies on behalf of the Crown for the historical grievances against Māori right across the country…..

New tribal body inherits huge debt
The debt left behind by a Far North Maori trust could be as high as $3 million - including more than $500,000 in unpaid taxes - and will affect the iwi for years to come, its new governing body says.

Kaitaia-based Te Aupouri Maori Trust Board closed in August with the loss of about a dozen jobs and a raft of social services because of "challenging financial circumstances"…..

Mana whenua disputes Matakana island treaty claims
Ngāi Te Rangi is disputing a treaty claim by Hauraki iwi which includes Matakana island.

Hauata Palmer of Ngāi Te Rangi says they are the mana whenua of the island and Hauraki iwi have no right to claim any part of it.

He says, “They say that their region extends from Matakana to Matakana, but to me that is not right, it's rubbish, so this Matakana is not region.”

However, the Hauraki.iwi.nz website clearly states, Mai Matakana ki Matakana. From Matakana in the south to Matakana in the north......

'Auspicious start' for new beach board
The new Te Oneroa a Tohe (90 Mile Beach) Board got off to what Te Rarawa representative Haami Piripi described as an auspicious start on Tuesday morning, with a special gathering and karakia on the beach at Ahipara.

Mr Piripi said the application of tikanga Maori alongside the statutory functions of the local councils would provide a new approach to understanding the beach in an authentic way, while incorporating Maori history and knowledge into practical environmental management.....

Marlborough's rivers, mountains, bays change to Maori names
The names of nearly 30 natural geographical features in Marlborough have been changed to their Maori name.

But do not expect the new spellings to appear on signs or maps any time soon.
As part of the Treaty of Waitangi Settlement, iwi in Marlborough sought cultural redress to areas of special significance.

Blenheim historian John Orchard said natural features including mountains, peaks, valleys, rivers and lakes had their names changed under the treaty settlement. Some would have dual names, using both European and Maori.

"Maori attitude is the last tribe to win a territory have the first right to name a place. The British, German and French behaved the same way when they won a battle."

Final Part of Waitangi Tribunal’s Te Urewera Report Released
The shocking poverty experienced by Te Urewera Māori was in large part caused by the Crown’s many breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Waitangi Tribunal has found in the sixth and final volume of its Te Urewera district inquiry report.

In the environmental chapter, the Tribunal concluded that the Crown’s Treaty promise to protect Māori forests included all the forest flora and fauna. They found that it failed in this duty, in particular by allowing the bird life of Te Urewera to be ravaged by introduced species. The Crown also failed to recognise the tino rangatiratanga of Te Urewera hapu in relation to conservation management, and failed to adequately protect the wahi tapu (sacred places) in the Whirinaki Forest.

The environmental chapter also highlighted the confusion surrounding river ownership in Te Urewera. For many decades the Crown has behaved as if it owned all or most of the Te Urewera rivers, when in fact its own law officers could not establish who legally owned which waterways.

The second chapter in the report deals with ‘specific claims’ which could not be addressed elsewhere in the chapter. These involved public works, rating, taonga tuturu (artefacts), and school lands. In relation to rating, the Tribunal found that Māori land in Te Urewera should only have been rated if it was profitable, or if the owners received services in return for their rate money.

The report concludes with a chapter on socio-economic issues. It shows the shocking poverty experienced in most Te Urewera communities throughout the 20th century. Evidence is presented of children dependent of charity for food and clothing, families living in shacks and caves, and communities forced to eat rotten potatoes for want of other food.

The chapter explores the extent to which the Crown was responsible for these conditions. The Tribunal found that causes of poverty included massive land loss and failure to provide adequate assistance. More recently, the privatisation of the timber industry in the late 1980s led to massive job losses and severe poverty in the west of the inquiry district, which had previously been relatively prosperous.

The Tribunal acknowledges that the Crown did provide some aid and services to Te Urewera communities. However, it found that these were never near enough to counter the massive disadvantages holding back those communities. Sometimes they were actually harmful. State schools punished Māori children for speaking their own language, and made them feel that their culture was inferior and worthless. Crown officials believed that they knew what was best for Māori, and would not let hapu and iwi determine the form or content of social services.

Many Māori from Te Urewera were compelled to leave the area in search of jobs, education, healthcare and better standards of living. Today only a minority of Te Urewera tangata whenua live in the area. Many witnesses in the inquiry spoke about the pain of being separated from their ancestral lands, and how they could not return because there were no jobs and no housing.
The Tribunal found that the poor socio-economic standing of the peoples of Te Urewera, in health, education, housing, and wealth, was in large part a prejudice arising from the Crown’s many breaches of the Treaty.......

The full report can be downloaded here: https://forms.justice.govt.nz/search/WT/reports/reportSummary.html?reportId=wt_DOC_99761543

Aotearoa Fisheries posts $16m profit
Iwi-owned fishing company Aotearoa Fisheries Limited has reported a net profit after tax of $16 million for the year ended 30 September 2015.

Aotearoa Fisheries Limited manages commercial seafood assets that include a 50 percent ownership of Sealord Group Limited. The company wholly owns Moana Pacific Fisheries, OPC Fish and Lobster, Prepared Foods Limited, Pacific Marine Farms and Kia Ora Seafoods. ......

Lack of research into high rates of Māori drownings sparks a new study
A new study will investigate why Māori are over-represented in the national drowning statistics despite having a strong cultural connection to the water.

Physical education graduate Chanel Phillips (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine) from the University of Otago says that although Māori make up about 15 per cent of New Zealand’s population, they account for 22 per cent of our national drowning statistics. She plans to get to the bottom of this anomaly with the support of a Health Research Council of New Zealand Māori PhD Scholarship worth $120,000.

One of the few reports on this topic suggests that the high number of Māori drowning fatalities may be because Māori no longer have access to traditional knowledge and tikanga associated with water safety. Another suggests it may reflect the greater exposure of Māori to lakes, rivers and seas, particularly as revered sources of food.

Health Research Council Chief Executive Professor Kath McPherson says Miss Phillips is one of 21 emerging Māori health researchers to receive an HRC Māori career development award this year, with a combined total of $1.8 million awarded.

“Our sustained investment in Māori health researchers over the past 25 years means that New Zealand now leads the world in indigenous health research. It’s only by supporting high-quality research, which uses and advances Māori knowledge, resources and people, that we can significantly improve Māori health outcomes,” says Professor McPherson.

Crown–Māori engagement and statistical information needs
This chapter considers what we might do as a result of learning more about how government agencies are engaging with Māori, and the nature of the Māori entities and organisations they are engaging with.....

Dispute over access to Parimahu
Today the hapū of Ngāti Kere in Porangahau Central Hawke's Bay, has taken action to regain access to their customary food source. Access that has been cut off by one Porangahau farmer who has tried to keep them locked out for the last 20 years.

A concrete blockade put here by farmer Frank Gordon stopping Ngāti Kere from going through his farm to Parimahu (Blackhead Point).

According to local resident Don Huata “ Ngāti Kere's stance today is to achieve what we always want and that is to gain access to Parimahu, an ancient site of our ancestors, and also reinforce the efforts and grief of those passed on.

After many years of trying to find a resolution but to no avail, the hapū began building the original paper road through his farm, a road that takes them directly to Parimahu.

“We've had several attempts to broker an arrangement whereby the farmer will give us access through a road, in exchange the council would give him the paper road” says Jim Hitcheson, chairman for the Parimahu Access Group.

However, it's a difficult task ahead with the hapū building a pontoon as a temporary way to cross the Waikaraka Stream before a permanent bridge is signed off by council.

Mr Houkamau told Te Kāea, all the materials will be donated by hapū members from around the country, there is a bill for the council to build it at $300,000 but they don't need it.

Today marks a historic day for Ngāti Kere as they take back the customary food rights as mana whenua that their ancestors had accessed for hundreds of years....

Science academy to open for Maori students
A science academy focusing on Maori secondary school students is set to launch next year.....

Iwi remain firm over Rena wreck removal
Ngai Te Rangi have always held the position that the RENA wreck must be removed from Otaiti. But Ngai Te Rangi Chairman, Charlie Tawhiao warns the BOP Regional Council may not rule in their favour.

He says, “It looks as though they will agree to leave it there, that's because some Iwi have also agreed to that.”

“If they agree to leave it there Ngai Te Rangi will have to meet to discuss the way forward.”

A decision from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council is expected on the 26th of February next year.....

Rotorua council deal a model for others
Waiariki MP and Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell hopes other centres will emulate the partnership agreement signed between Rotorua Lakes Council and Te Arawa.

In the New Year the newly elected Te Arawa partnership board, Te Tatau o Te Arawa, will appoint two iwi representatives to two of the main council committees.

Mr Flavell says the debate over the agreement has been heated, but it sets the scene for tangata whenua to have more of a say in the region.

He says it’s in contrast to places like New Plymouth, Tauranga and Whangarei, which have resisted Maori involvement in forming policy.

Auckland housing changes need iwi's nod
If you are in Auckland and thinking of buying a house, you will want to watch this story or if you are somewhere else in New Zealand and like to indulge in a bit of schadenfreude in regards to the Auckland housing market, you will also want to know this.

New rules mean thousands of houses in Auckland City will need permission from an iwi to make big changes.

One house for sale with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two garages would have to consult up to thirteen different iwi.

Anything which requires a resource consent would have to go through the council and then to iwi.

This is because the house next door is culturally significant and may include a burial site.

Due to this burial site, any house within 100m needs iwi approval for structural changes which affects around 40 properties.

Story went to investigate these new rules which may affect more than 13,000 properties around the city.

Watch the video (on link) for the full Story report by Heather du Plessis-Allan HERE

Charter school experiment costing Maori in mainstream
New Zealand First’s education spokesperson says Maori and Pasifika children are missing out because charter schools are being held up as the sole solution to educational under-achievement.

Tracey Martin says the decision to close Te Pumanawa o te Wairua at Whangaruru was entirely predictable, as the minister was advised in 2013 it wasn’t ready and it should never have opened.

She says it means a vulnerable group of students have had their education disrupted for two years....

Council approves Te Arawa partnership agreement
Councillors have approved a partnership agreement between Rotorua Lakes Council and Te Arawa.

The agreement is expected to be signed tomorrow [Friday 18 December] at the inauguration of the recently elected Te Arawa partnership board - Te Tatau o Te Arawa.

Approved at today’s [Thursday 17 December] full Council meeting, it will be signed on behalf of Rotorua Lakes Council by Mayor Steve Chadwick and Councillor Merepeka Raukawa-Tait.

'Remutaka Pass' now official
The unnamed pass that separates the Rimutaka and Tararua Ranges will today be officially named 'Remutaka Pass', in keeping with the heritage and place-naming traditions of local iwi. .....

Move to ban powerboats from Kai Iwi Lakes
A ban on powerboats on all of the Taharoa Domain lakes by 2018 has been mooted in recommendations for the area's draft reserve management plan.

Other recommendations by the Taharoa Domain governance committee include ceasing to restock the lakes with trout, closing Promenade Point to campers, increasing pest and weed control and including Northland Regional Council on the governance committee.

The introduced rainbow trout are not native to the lake and the protection of wahi tapu is cited as the reason for closing the campground at Promenade Point.

The Taharoa Domain is legally held as Crown land with its administration vested to Kaipara District Council. The exception is Lake Kai Iwi which has been returned to Te Roroa as part of the iwi's treaty settlement.

A popular recreation destination, these "outstanding" lakes are home to some nationally rare ecosystems and also hold cultural values.....

President looks to Maori Party’s ‘energised leap’ in 2016
For the Maori Party, 2015 has been a year of careful consolidation, in preparation for an “energised leap” in 2016, says President Rangimarie Naida Glavish. “I am delighted with the new spirit of kotahitanga and the renewed resolve to re-establish our party as the one, true political voice for te iwi Maori, as well as our contribution to maintaining stable, progressive government of Aotearoa.”

Ms Glavish said her focus as President in 2016 will include:

- More effective communication to both Maori and non-Maori to greatly improve our Party List vote.

- Supporting the position taken by our MPs to ensure that environmental protections are not overshadowed by economic development imperatives in the RMA Amendment Bill.

- Assisting Marama Fox MP’s focus, and indeed the Party’s focus, to reducing poverty and putting ora back into whanau, starting in Ikaroa Rawhiti.

- And out reach through social media platforms to rangatahi Maori and young people across the country.....

Don’t We All Own The Rivers? (Opinion)
the future of fishing in our country in the light of impending handover of rivers to Iwi.

It is handing over exclusive rights to public assets in the form of the nation’s coasts to a new nobility – a race-based hierarchy that serves only its own narrow interests.

This is not the end of it.

There are now moves to hand over freshwater to Maori. Already, Gisborne Council has signed a formal agreement with Ngati Porou which will ultimately give them control of water and the catchment of the Waiapu.

Iwi are very powerful in Maori society

Though we have all, Maori and European, lived together on this land for more than 200 years, many New Zealanders do not seem to realise that Maori society is intensely hierarchical

There are the Iwi elders with their affiliates – the Maori nobility, and the rest. Of the whole massive transfer of wealth from treaty settlements to Maori, there has been little or no trickle down to the Maori masses of South Auckland, Northland, the East Coast and elsewhere. We are giving our nation’s wealth and commons to a racially-selected nobility.

By Bill Benfield, Co-Chair, Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of New Zealand

Youthful Tainui population looking for economic leg up
Parekawhia McLean is also deputy chair of Waikato Means Business, a steering group of business, education, community and civic leaders that is looking at ways to increase living standards across the region.

The group has put $30,000 into exploring Maori development options.

Ms McLean says there is more than $6 billion in Maori assets in the region, which stretches from Taupo to Port Waikato and across the Hauraki.

"Our population, we're about 22 percent of the Waikato region and of that population almost 60 percent here are under of the age of 30 so it's certainly in the interests of the region to support the initiatives that are happening," she says....

Extensive work needed to achieve health equity for Māori
Action must be taken to address the factors contributing to an unhealthy Māori population, the NZ College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) urges Government.

The NZCPHM have just released their Māori Health Policy, which states the health inequities between Māori and non-Māori New Zealanders are large, pervasive, and persist across the lifespan and over time.

“We recognise that Māori have lesser access to the vital resources that support health and wellbeing, and that this occurs because of how these resources are distributed in the first place.”

Dr King also says professional development programmes in the health system must have a focus on cultural competence and health literacy.

“This is about people receiving high quality healthcare no matter what their culture,” she says.

Health professionals must be responsive to the health needs and aspirations of their patients. This requires understanding and knowledge about their patients, their culture and about the things that matter to them....

Funding for Maori current affairs show
A new current affairs show on TV3 billing itself as a "bold voice in Maori current affairs" has received funding from NZ on Air.

The producers have promised "current affairs investigations, arts and culture stories seen through an indigenous lens".

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti calls for regional approach
Following the introduction of a new contestable funding structure for Regional Sports Trusts, Sport NZ announced it would provide $1.62 million to this region’s RST over a four-year period.

Sport NZ will provide $405,000 a year in funding, $30,000 of which will be used for initiatives that specifically target Maori participation in sport.

“This includes specific investment in coaching, talent development, targeted Auckland initiatives and Maori participation.”.....

Landcorp inks agreement with iwi for Sweetwater farm in Northland
Landcorp Farming, New Zealand's largest corporate farmer, will continue to be involved in the management of Northland farm Sweetwater after iwi take ownership of the property under a Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

Northland iwi Te Rarawa and Ngai Takoto will take ownership of the 2,480 hectare property near Kaitaia tomorrow, as part of a 2010 settlement. Landcorp, which has been managing Sweetwater in consultation with the iwi, will continue to provide farm management expertise, livestock and technology under a new joint-management and profit-sharing arrangement, the Wellington-based state-owned enterprise said in a statement.

“This agreement deepens what has already been an excellent relationship between Landcorp and both iwi," said Landcorp chair Traci Houpapa. "Through it, we’ve created some very well-performing dairy farms and created more training and employment opportunities for Maori."

"It’s a model for a successful business partnership and we’re actively exploring more of these sorts of productive partnerships with iwi.".....

Compliance to the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi for BFCI
The Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi for protection, partnership and participation must be included in a Breastfeeding Policy offered by an accredited Baby Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI) health service. How these principles are incorporated should be clearly identifiable.

Level 3 Workers in the service must complete the module Breastfeeding for Maori Women, as stipulated in Point Two of The Seven Point Plan and this education should incorporate the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Access to a Maori health worker, kaumatua support or culturally appropriate support (if required) must be provided by a service worker or client of the service to create an environment that is supportive and culturally appropriate.

The Breastfeeding Policy (or an abridged version) must be available in Maori, and the Maori translation of the abridged Policy must be on display in all areas accessible by pregnant women, mothers and their whanau......

Sharples to advise ATEED on Maori strategy
Former Maori Affairs Minister Sir Pita Sharples joined Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development to advise the board on strategies for economic transformation.

ATEED chair David McConnell says the organization is stepping up its response to the unique needs of Tamaki Makaurau mana whenua and mataawaka - including programmes which address youth employment issues, and encourage innovation and Maori business ventures....

IHC's potential state housing deal sparks protest
A group opposing the sale of state houses in Tauranga says iwi should stay away from purchasing the government stock.

“They are planning on buying around 1000 state houses in Tauranga so that’s almost the entire stock in Tauranga, we are saying that we don't want them to collude in Nationals policies, there's a national housing crisis at the moment,” said Paretutanganui-Tamati.

Paretutanganui-Tamati says, “Aren't we the best people though to take care of our own people? Well yes and that’s why the government should go into partnership with Iwi to build more houses.” ..

River buy sweetens profit for Tuwharetoa trust
At its annual meeting in Taupo on the weekend, the trust reported a net after tax profit of $11.6 million to June 30, $10 million up on the previous year.

Rakeipoho Taiaroa says the highlight was buying the last of the deferred settlement properties, including the 8500 hectare Hautu Rangipo block with the Rangipo prison and forest on it.

"Tuwharetoa Settlement Trust didn't have the cash to purchase everything so through advice, through good management and collaboration with other Tuwharetoa economic authorities we were able to get the major milestone over the line and not only the prison land which is historically our property, we were also able to return 8km of the Tongariro River, one of the most iconic rivers in Aotearoa," he says.....

Maori voice weakened in RMA reforms
When the Maori Party struck a deal allowing the Government to introduce the RMA amendment bill, it claimed it would not damage the rights of iwi and hapu and should enhance them.

But Mr Henare says the detail indicates otherwise.

"How do iwi facilitate the opportunity to speak out on things to protect significant waahi tapu or places of significance when actually, what the council and RMA will do too is to lessen the number of sites of significance and that's a concern for me," says Mr Henare.....

Waitangi Tribunal asked to review Auckland SHA
An application for an urgent inquiry into the Special Housing Area (SHA) at Ihumātao, Māngere and into the Special Housing Area Act itself was filed with the Waitangi Tribunal week.

SOUL’s Counsel Cameron Hockly advised today that the Tribunal have registered the claim as Wai 2547 and the Crown now has until 11 January 2016 to respond.....
A further link on the above here > http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11561266

Marae plans move forward
Residents trying to secure land for a marae say the suburb they love is missing one thing – a place to be Maori.

Attempts over 50 years by Beach Haven Maori to have a marae have reached a stalemate, which means tangihanga (funerals) have to be held in their own homes.

With a newly formed marae committee, Uruamo Maranga Ake, their mission is more organised.

Uruamo Maranga Ake say they speak for "the whanau in Beach Haven" – 50 of which huddled into the Kaipatiki Local Board community forum meeting in Glenfield on November 25.

Members Frances Waaka and Murray Painting presented their marae dreams and location for the first time at the forum

Shepherds Park is the desired site, which houses the Beach Haven Bowling Club, Birkenhead United AFC and the Beach Haven Tennis Club.

"We want this to start the normalisation of Maori. ...

Iwi ready to move forward with Crown after 150 years
But the tribe is now ready to move forward and settle its Treaty of Waitangi claims, having signed an Agreement in Principal with the Crown on Saturday.

Dubbed bush warfare, in 1867 Crown forces pursued Ngati Hinerangi descendants through the Kaimai Ranges, and iwi negotiator Morehu McDonald said it has had lasting effects.

"Our people were subjected to the scorched earth tactics of being chased through our whenua and expelled from our lands at the barrell of the gun."

He said villages and crops were destroyed along with the tribes means to support itself.

"It had a devastating effect on our people and our psyche which has taken all this time, 150 odd years, to recover from," he said.....

'Ground-breaking' resource to offer support to Takatāpui
The Mental Health Foundation has released what they are calling a 'ground-breaking' resource that will offer information about suicide prevention, identity and well-being for takatāpui.

Takatāpui: Part of the Whānau is a collaboration between the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and Wellington based organisation, Tīwhanawhana. It is written by Trust Chair, Elizabeth Kerekere and funded through the Waka Hourua Fund.

Kerekere says, “Takatāpui is a traditional Māori word meaning ‘intimate companion of the same sex.’ It has been adapted to embrace all Māori with diverse genders and sexualities. Claiming takatāpui shows our pride in being Māori; connects us to our whakapapa and culture; and to our rainbow counterparts.”

The resource aims to reduce the myths about takatāpui and prevent their experience of discrimination through increased understanding.....

Public satisfaction with Police remains high
“We also acknowledge that trust and confidence in Māori is lower than we would like it to be.

However, it is interesting to note that Māori in general trust the police and health system more than other institutions according to Statistics New Zealand research.....

Maori TV boss spends $40,000 refurbishing office
Maori Television chief executive Paora Maxwell spent $40,000 this year refurbishing his office, according to documents received under the Official Information Act.

Labour's Maori Broadcasting spokesman Peeni Henare labelled the cost of the renovation "bloody ridiculous and obscene".

"There was nothing wrong with the office the way it was."

Henare, who worked at the station before becoming an MP, put in eight Official Information Act requests about different aspects of the public broadcaster's finances but received just one response back. It said Maxwell had spent $40,000 on an office refurbishment but gave no details on how the money had been spent.....

Crown agrees in principle to settle Treaty claim
The Crown has agreed to settle its historical Treaty of Waitangi claims with a Tainui iwi, in principle.

The Ngaati Hinerangi's interests extend from Matamata to the Western Bay of Plenty.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson said the agreement included the transfer of sites in the Kaimai Range, as well as an apology from the Crown.

He said the public would continue to have access to all sites being transferred, bar one of high cultural significance to the iwi......

Petty crime offenders get to front Maori panel and potentially avoid conviction
Small-time offenders are dodging the courtroom in favour of being judged by a panel of Maori elders at a South Auckland marae.

And, if the offenders do what they're told they avoid conviction.

The process so far has a 90 per cent success rate, and Maori are keen to have it rolled out across the country.

The community justice panel sits twice a month at Te Whare Waatea Marae in Mangere and gives offenders a chance to address the panel about what has happened.

The aim is to reach an agreement which is then sent to authorities for the charge to be removed from the national database.

About 150 people have faced the panel in the past 18 months and only one person has been referred back to the courts.....

Misunderstanding leads to $100,000 being paid out in compensation
A misunderstanding between the Maori Trustee and a court led to a Whangarei law firm being directed to hold more than $100,000 in compensation payment by Top Energy to landowners in the Far North.

The Maori Land Court in June ordered lines operator Top Energy to pay $105,000 for easement on four blocks of multiple-owned Maori land over 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....

Wānanga cry foul over lack of level playing field
Māori tertiary education providers are frustrated their performance is measured in the same way as universities and polytechs.

The wānanga say that the system does not take into account the fact they teach a completely different group of people.

A new Ministry of Education report shows wānanga students are mostly female and Māori, are middle aged, have families, study part-time and live in some of the most deprived neighbourhoods.

Between TWOR and TWOA, 8000 students are studying, mostly part-time. As many as 32,000 students are enrolled with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

"Unless some solutions are found for the poor situation educationally that Maori have found themselves in for some time and that gap that's been talked about for some time...then the future for our general populace as it browns up should be a big worry to us." ...

Christchurch council considers greater Maori representation
Hot on the heels of a call for Auckland Council's Maori Advisory Board to be scrapped, Christchurch City Council is considering setting up a committee to boost Maori representation.

Christchurch City Council will today vote on whether to set up its own committee, made up of the chairs of six local rununga, the mayor and the chairs of five council committees.

Council director of community and democracy services Mary Richardson said the purpose of the committee was to strengthen the council's relationship with local Maori.

Ms Richardson said matters such as whether runanga representatives on the Christchurch City Council committee would have voting rights or whether they would be paid had yet to be decided.....

Te Kuiti kura gets $6m rebuild, Te Awamutu's seeks new site
The Government has announced funding for a revamp of Te Wharekura o Maniapoto, near Te Kuiti, which will take it from 1920s buildings and prefabs to the latest designs.

It has about 100 students but hoped to get up to 150 after the rebuild, Te Rire said.

The major change would be a two-storey building replacing the wharekura's current buildings, she said in a statement.

"A new multipurpose space, containing specialist learning spaces and a covered, all-weather outdoor playing area will also be built," she said.

"There will also be an improved site layout, with an upgraded car park and drop-off area, paved play areas and improved drainage and playing fields."

Strong iwi support for Partnership Schools expansion
Today Sir Toby Curtis reiterated the Iwi Chairs Forum’s support for the continued expansion of the Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua policy.

“Sir Toby confirmed to me, the Minister of Education, and the Minister of Finance this morning that iwi leaders continue to support Partnership Schools,” Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour says.....

Programme cut-back latest blow for Māori Television
News that beleaguered current affairs programme, Native Affairs, will only get a half hour slot next year is another slap in the face for the staff at Māori Television, says Labour’s Māori Broadcasting spokesperson, Peeni Henare.

“It sad to see the unravelling of such an important taonga, and it is time the Minster responsible for the broadcaster, Te Ururoa Flavell, began doing just that - taking some responsibility for protecting our language and people,” says Peeni Henare. .....

Federated Farmers: Fresh water proposal has alarm bells ringing
Federated Farmers remains actively involved in the Land and Water Forum (LaWF), being a signatory to the most recent report from the Government. This declaration however is conditional and under review as the Federation considers the implications for farmers writes CATHY BEGLEY

Federated Farmers also have reservations relating to iwi rights and interests - not that they were included but how they might be interpreted by local councils.

The draft report suggests potential options around this but would rather they were not interpreted as giving specific direction to the Government.

There is concern that some local regions may 'pre-empt negotiations' between iwi and central government by unreasonably locking up water creating a gridlock on its management.

Meanwhile, the vast majority of councils nationwide have or will be embarking upon water management plans.....

Government record "worst ever" - Davis
Labour's new Maori Development spokesperson says the Government has failed to deliver for Maori where it counts.

On Radio Waatea this morning, host and former National MP Claudette Hauiti told Kelvin Davis he would struggle to find ways to attack Minister Te Ururoa Flavell, given the Government's progress in settling treaty claims and the continued growth of the Maori economy.

But Mr Davis says he has plenty to work on.

"Well let's start with Maori unemployment, it's the worst it has ever been. Let's start with Maori housing, it's the worst it has ever been. Let's start with Maori education, that's pretty poor. Maori health, that's pretty poor. Claudette, you can sit there and say this Government has done more than any Government for Maori, I'm saying it's the opposite. The things that really matter, are still as bad and in fact have got worse under this Government," he says......

Power boat ban on Lake Ngatu
Banning power boats from the water and vehicles from the margins are two immediate steps that have been taken in a bid to save the best known of the very Far North's dune lakes.

The first step would be to ban power boats and install bollards at current public access points, and in areas where people had created their own access to keep vehicles away from the margins.

Mr Marsden said elimination of motorised craft would reduce prop wash, which would stir up the nutrients locked into the thick layer of sediment on the bottom of a very shallow lake, with disastrous results. With the expected strong El Nino summer further reducing the currently low water levels, those nutrients would feed algae, potentially causing a bloom.

Te Runanga o Ngai Takoto had convened a meeting with representatives from the Department of Conservation, the Far North District and Northland Regional councils, seeking support for the immediate measures while the longer-term strategy was rolled out in two more planned stages.

The vesting of the lake bed in Ngai Takoto as part of the cultural redress within the iwi's Treaty settlement process now gave it the ability to lead and participate with others in determining the future welfare of the lake, as opposed to the lesser role it had played in the past, effectively "watching from the sidelines."...

Waipareira Trust board elections show enthusiam for future
Both Harawira and Rocky Tahuri have been re-elected back onto the board for another three year term.

Tahuri has sat on the board for the past two terms and has been treasurer for five years.

She is particularly excited for the future of the Wai-Research programmes and what she describes as "us looking at us" .

"It allows us, as Maori, to research our own – about Maori, for Maori, by Maori."

The risk of a pakeha lens to research is minimised through this approach, she says.

"We are a million dollar organisation," Harawira says. ....

College site in private hands
The site of the controversial proposed Thurston Place College in Bucklands Beach has passed into Maori ownership, but plans for its future use are still unknown.

It was offered to Whenua Haumi Roroa o Tamaki Makaurau Limited Partnership earlier this year under the Right of First Refusal (RFR) provisions of the Nga Mana Whenua o Tamaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014, he says. The partnership purchased the property last August 26.

Moving the second reading of the redress bill, Chris Finlayson, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, said it differed from other Treaty bills, in that it did not settle historical claims or provide financial redress.

“Rather it takes an innovative approach by providing to the iwi and the hapu in the Tamaki region collective redress that recognises their complex interconnected interests.”...

Not one more Maori college must be allowed to close
“There should be no need for political or iwi intervention into what is essentially, and should continue to be, korero between a church and its followers, but if it comes to a need for action to support those of our Maori people who wish for their children to attend Maori boarding schools, then we cannot and will not stand aside, said Ms Glavish.....

Collins wants 'monster' Maori board dumped
National Party MP Judith Collins has called the Auckland Council's Maori advisory board an "unaccountable monster" that thinks it's "outside the law".

Ms Collins made the remarks in a speech to the ACT Party's Auckland South annual regional conference on Saturday afternoon.

In her address as guest speaker at the conference, the Papakura MP said the Independent Maori Statutory Board (IMSB) was neither elected nor accountable, and should be dumped.

"The Maori statutory board is an unaccountable monster. It believes it is outside the law," she said in her speech.

"I recall my experience trying to get some basic information about its members. The IMSB ignored the request and ultimately I had to get the Office of the Ombudsman involved."

Even under instruction from the Ombudsman, the board still refused to comply, she said.....

Maori TV receptionists to file grievances after being laid off for not speaking Maori
Two Maori TV receptionists sacked for not speaking te reo have been asked to stay on until their replacements are found.

Both women have since sought legal advice and are expected to file employment grievances. They are expected to argue the publicly-funded broadcaster has double standards, and that up to half of Maori Television's executive team do not speak Maori.

Maori Television chief executive Paora Maxwell said the new requirement for receptionists to be bi-lingual was part of a structural change in the organisation

But it is understood neither of the women's employment contracts specified a requirement to speak te reo.

Henare said only three of the network's six executives spoke te reo themselves which made the situation more outrageous. "They're a bunch of bloody hypocrites." ....

Maori show mooted for TV3
Taxpayers would provide all the funding for a "unique" new Maori current affairs programme to screen on TV3.

TV3 confirmed that, subject to NZ On Air's decision, the show would be 100 per cent taxpayer funded.

Attached to the project are two former leading lights from the Maori TV programme Native Affairs: Annabelle Lee and presenter Mihi Forbes, who is now with Radio New Zealand....

New Rangatahi Court for Taupō
Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the launch of New Zealand’s fourteenth Rangatahi Court in Taupō today.

Te Kooti Rangatahi ki Tūwharetoa was launched at Rauhoto Marae, Taupō.

Ms Adams says the Rangatahi Courts are focused on addressing offending by young Māori by involving communities in the youth justice process and encouraging strong cultural links.

“The courts do this by taking the cases away from the adversarial environment of the traditional court setting, and creates one where, with the support of whānau, kuia and kaumātua, a young person can take ownership of their offending.”.....

Another Flip Flop by a National Minister – Smith Bows to ‘Brownmail’’
Environment Minister Nick Smith has bowed to “brownmail” over council planning decisions under the RMA.

“In 2004 Dr Smith warned that giving iwi greater powers under the RMA was ‘a revolutionary constitutional change’,” says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

He warned that Maori were holding the country to ransom and effectively asking for ‘brownmail’ (his term) in order for projects to proceed, says Mr Peters.

“Now, in a desperate bid to get RMA changes through, Dr Smith has conveniently changed his tune.

“He has bowed to the demands of the government’s partner, the Maori Party, in giving Maori privileges in planning decisions denied to everyone else.

“This is not what most New Zealanders want but the government is too focused on token progress in the ‘reform’ of the RMA to care.

“Instead of reforming the RMA the government has now saddled councils and communities with a future of acrimonious planning decisions.”

Māori heavily concerned about climate change
Protests and encouragement to reduce the effects of climate change is being heavily urged by Māori.

Teanau Tuiono says, "If we don't sort out climate change, our coastal communities and our island communities, they are going to be under water."....

Green Party Bill to stop Māori land confiscations under the Public Works Act
Parliament will get the opportunity to make the Treaty of Waitangi a stronger part of our nation’s laws with a Members’ Bill drawn today, the Green Party said today.

“This is a real opportunity to stop any more unfair confiscations of what is left of whenua Māori,” Green Party Te Tiriti o Waitangi spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said.

“Compulsory acquisition in the Public Works Act has cut across Article Two of the Treaty of Waitangi, which guarantees rangatiratanga.....

Māori Party looks forward to ongoing negotiations on RMA reforms
“We’re happy with progress we’ve made to date including the provisions for better engagement between iwi and all local councils,” she says.

“As manawhenua and kaitiaki of natural resources in their local regions, hapū and iwi have a vital role to play in keeping the balance between the protection and development of the environment.”

The Bill will require all local authorities around the country to enter into iwi partnership agreements.

“These new provisions will have iwi involved at the front-end of the planning process rather than reacting at the end. They will not override existing arrangements as outline in Treaty settlements or iwi management plans,” says Mrs Fox....

ACT will not support National-Maori RMA tinkering
ACT will not be voting for National’s weakened RMA reform legislation.

“New Zealanders were promised RMA reform. What National has worked out with the Maori Party is tinkering,” says ACT Leader David Seymour....

Little aims to build Labour Party relationship with Rātana
Andrew Little is hoping his party can grow stronger ties to the followers of Rātana.....

Government fails to address high rates of Maori SUDI
“The good news is that over the last five years there has been a 30 percent reduction in New Zealand’s SUDI rates, and the reduction has been almost entirely amongst Maori infants,” Dr Tipene-Leach says.

“This recently released Ministry of Health report shows that a whopping 40 percent of Maori newborns are not seen by health professionals within the first few weeks of birth – and this is something they are entitled to. Whanau Maori are also least likely of any group to be briefed about safe sleep practices.”

“Maori SUDI rates are still very concerning. Research is showing that the safe sleep devices are in fact safe, that families use them appropriately and there is obvious support from DHBs. With increased national and regional support to implement safe sleep programmes we should see an even greater reduction in Maori SUDI rates.

“I am concerned, however, that there is no guarantee that the provision of safe sleep devices will continue under current funding regimes.”...

Nelson Street Cycleway opened to the public for first time
Auckland’s newest and highly anticipated piece of cycling infrastructure, the Nelson Street Cycleway, is now open to the public for the first time after a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this morning.

The project team worked with Maori artist Katz Maihi and Iwi throughout the urban design stages to include Maori designs and ensure the path has a distinctly New Zealand identity. The design includes a large koru pattern. Following a recommendation from iwi the section of the cycleway which incorporates the Canada Street Bridge as well as the old Nelson Street motorway off-ramp will be called “Te Ara I Whiti”, which translates as the Lightpath.

Maori Santa comes by waka, not sleigh
In Northern Europe he arrives on a sleigh drawn by reindeer.

But in Northland snow, reindeer and sleighs are in short supply, so Hana Koko - that's Santa Claus in Maori - has come up with a present distribution system better suited to local conditions.

That's why he arrived at Ti Beach in Waitangi yesterday in a waka paddled by young kaihoe (paddlers) amid cries of Meri Kirihimete! (Merry Christmas!) and Ho Ho Ho! (that's the same in Maori and te reo Pakeha).....

Māori newspaper Māngai Nui moves to digital platform
Launched late last year, the Te Arawa based Māori newspaper, Māngai Nui- Voices of Te Arawa has now made the move to a fully digital platform.

The monthly newspaper, which was a part of the Rotorua Daily Post, aimed to give whānau, hapū and iwi the opportunity to tell their stories.

Recently, it was announced that the newspaper has now developed into a brand new website, which will enable Te Arawa kaupapa to reach out even further to descendants living in Aotearoa and abroad....

More new Māori doctors graduating
The number of Māori doctors entering the workforce is continuing to grow.

Otago University said results were starting show from Ministry of Health initiatives, started in 2008, to get more Māori studying medicine.

On Saturday, 25 Māori students will graduate from the Dunedin Medical School.

That alone is a huge increase since the early 1990s when between four and eight new Māori doctors entered the workforce each year.

The class of 2016 is expecting 45 Māori to graduate.

Dunedin Medical School says its goal is for at least one in five of its new doctors to be Māori.....

Maori trust million dollar legal blow out
Labour is calling for an immediate review of the trustee appointment process at the Crown Forestry Rental Trust, says Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis.

“The recently released Court of Appeal judgement shows CFRT has reimbursed more than $2 million of legal costs to both the New Zealand Maori Council and the Federation of Maori Authorities who are embroiled in a legal battle that’s festered for more than five years.

“The Minister of Maori Development needs to review this situation as questions must be asked about the trustee appointment process and the ongoing costs which could be more than $5 million.

“CFRT funds are supposed to support claims processes rather than legal costs so a review must happen as soon as possible.....

Raukawa buy half stake in major farming operation
South Waikato based Iwi, Raukawa have purchased a 47.5 per cent stake in 2,500ha Ranginui Station.

Ranginui Station is a major farming operation made up of three dairy farms, forestry and dry stock located on Ranginui Rd in the Otorohanga District, around 15kms West of Mangakino...

NZ Wars petition ready for delivery
Students from Otorohanga College hope to present a petition to parliament next week calling for a national day to remember those who lost their lives in the New Zealand Wars of the 19th Century.

The petition was sparked by a school trip to battle sites at Orakau and Rangiaowhia, where some of the students' tupuna fought and died.

The petition now has more than 10,000 signatures.....

Who will own NZ's water?
Pure sparkling fresh water – turn on the tap and there it is. It's our God given right, the lifeblood, the new oil it seems, even here in New Zealand.

But who owns the water, and are the government about to surrender control of the nation's fresh water to Maori?

But David Round of the NZCPR says we should be concerned, very concerned.

“Maori, who at other times go on about how no-one can own the water, would accept privatisation if they knew the private hands into which it was going to fall, were theirs.”

But David insists Maori will want water for themselves. “If they are involved in managing water, they will make decisions that are going to favour them,” he says.

“If it involves granting water rights to other people, it will involve Maori clipping the ticket.

“Pardon my cynicism, but it seems to be a very real possibility.”

David says at present, water is not owned by anyone and is administered by democratically-elected councils responsible to the public and administered for the public benefit.

“But what is being proposed here, inevitably, is that Maori are going to have a greater share in the administration of water than their population and interests entitles them to.”....

Little rings in changes for Labour
Labour MP Kelvin Davis is set to replace Nanaia Mahuta as Labour's Maori Affairs spokesperson and move up the rankings in Labour leader Andrew Little's reshuffle......

Giving Te Reo the social media kick it needs
Maori youth are not speaking in Te Reo Maori because it lacks the "cool" factor and expressions for social media, a Massey University study has found.....

A second Northland treaty authority challenged
An urgent Waitangi Tribunal Claim has been lodged, challenging yet another Northland mandated treaty authority and calling for a halt in negotiations.

Hot on the heels of the Tūhoronuku mandate woes, yet another Northland iwi is facing a similar challenge.

A family claimant group, Ngā Uri o Whangaruru, has taken an urgent claim challenging the Ngātiwai mandate.

Ngā Uri o Whangaruru spokesperson Huhana Seve is asking for the process to be halted immediately.....

Trust gets marae cash bonus
A wise investment made by a Rotorua Maori trust is having huge spinoffs for local marae that will soon enjoy significant cash injections.

Te Kotahitanga o Ngati Whakaue Assets Trust has made $3.2 million in just four years on a single investment. The trust recently cashed out of the investment and will now pay each of its six marae a bonus payment of $100,000.....
With National, Maori Party defining iwi participation
Bill English gave an important speech at Parliament this week about Maori, the state and self-determination.

But he should know because while Prime Minister John Key is the figurehead, Mr English manages it through its various strands, be it social service delivery through Whanau Ora, constitutional aspirations, parameters of Treaty of Waitangi settlements or Maori participation in freshwater management.

One of the reasons Mr English has been willing to embrace managed extensions of rangatiratanga is because he sees the alternative as being worse - a sense of victimhood and reliance on the state.

The Maori Party, which sees itself as the representative of the Treaty partner in Parliament, has been working closely with the Iwi Leaders Group on the Bill and made a joint submission to National on what it wanted.....

Govt told to stamp out police racism
The Government's being told to stamp out racism in the Police force, following an admission of bias against Maori.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted some Maori have faced discrimination at the hands of Police.

Labour Police spokesman Kelvin Davis said it's something many Maori have known for years.

He's calling for the the Waitangi Tribunal to consider Police bias in its investigation of Maori offending rates.....

Separatism Raises Its Head in RMA Cave In
“However, it is blatantly apparent that they are taking a giant step towards separatist government by caving in to the Maori Party, which has minimal support, even in the Maori world.

“It is clear that behind closed doors they are negotiating away fundamental rights that should be the same for all New Zealanders.

“National’s separatist approach will do nothing for Maori, and even less for the country.

“It’s a tragedy how far John Key has taken public policy in that direction in seven years...

Water is not for profit
That makes putting water into Iwi hands just another step towards selling off New Zealand's assets. Iwi would be able to sell our water to the highest, foreign bidder and, under the TPPA, the Government would be unable to intervene.

We cannot allow water to become a tradeable commodity. There are countless horrific stories of exploitation where countries have privatised water. When Bolivia privatised their water, the corporate owners fined residents who collected rain water. Water prices became exorbitantly high. Access to water was no longer within the reach of many. And many died in the struggle to renationalise their water.

Government is best placed to steward our water, because government is where all New Zealanders have a say. And it is certainly time for us to have a say, now and again in the next election, against the privatisation of water. It's time for a government that understands stewardship.

New Zealand First understands that water is our most precious resource. Water is a common good that cannot be owned.

Priorities for granting water rights must place public benefits before private benefits.

And while the Treaty of Waitangi does not confer rights to fresh water upon Māori which are greater or lesser than the rights of any other New Zealander,.....

Fourth Report on Water Management
“We strongly urge the Government to implement all of our recommendations without delay. Consensus will hold only if what is recommended is substantially put in place.

“The resolution of iwi rights and interests in fresh water is essential to an enduring system of freshwater management in New Zealand,” Mr Bisley added.

“The responsibility for resolving iwi rights resides with the Crown and iwi as Treaty partners. In this report, we have suggested some ways in which this could be done. We have also been clear that the Crown should protect existing rights and ensure costs are not to be transferred to other parties.....

Strategy to get Aucklanders speaking three languages launched
A ratepayer-funded agency wants all Aucklanders to speak both English and Maori, plus one other language.

This is the ambitious aim of education think-tank COMET, as it launches the Auckland Languages Strategy.

COMET gets two-thirds of its funding from Auckland Council – around $580,000 a year – and has been instrumental in developing the strategy, which is being presented at a languages conference in Auckland on Friday.

COMET's position was that all Kiwis should speak the two national languages, English and Te Reo Maori, Warren said.

Speaking Te Reo would give New Zealanders a better picture of the relationship between Maori and non-Maori under the Treaty, Warren said.

"Te Reo is actually our language and our heritage, and we can't truly know ourselves as Kiwis until we know the language."....

Govt reaches agreement on RMA overhaul
The Government will introduce significant changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) following "intensive" negotiations with the Maori Party.

The Bill will be introduced for its first reading next Thursday and has the numbers to pass following an agreement reached with the Maori Party, who had been against the proposals.

The Maori Party had also wanted to ensure early involvement of iwi in council planning development so they can come to an agreement on how they can be included.

Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says it was important to keep the environmental protection in the RMA.

"Kaitiakitanga or the protection and enhancement of our environment must remain central to the RMA. We will remain vigilant during the progress of this Bill to ensure it remains so."

Co-leader Marama Fox says while the party was staunchly opposed to changes, it had worked with the Government for nine months on the issue.

"The Bill is a compromise," Dr Smith says.....

Muttonbird islands 'essential' to Maori life, High Court told
One of Southland's most respected Maori leaders has described the importance of the muttonbird islands and the water around them at a High Court hearing.

Jane Davis, a descendant of Rakiura Maori, has been a muttonbirder all her life, involved with the Waitangi Tribunal, a member of the Ngai Tahu Maori Trust board, a member of the Southland Conservation board, is a kaumatua for Oraka Aparima Runanga, and advocated for the return of crown muttonbird islands to Rakiura Maori.

Davis gave evidence during the third day of the hearing for Denis Tipene's application for a coastal marine title to cover an area near two muttonbird islands on behalf of Rakiura Maori, before Justice Jillian Mallon in the High Court at Invercargill on Wednesday.

The title would apply to a 200-metre area around a rock between Tamaitemioka and Pohowaitai islands, and includes the landing area for the islands...

New Waitara roads to take colonial names
Waitara's newest streets will be named after a developer's family instead of Maori heritage.

The streets which are part of developer Richard Dreaver's subdivision in Waitara, will be named after his relatives who died in World War I.

However, last month local hapu made a recommendation that the street names should reflect the area's Maori history....

Full Environment Canterbury democracy 'a step backwards' - Ngai Tahu
Restoring full democratic elections would be a "step backwards" for Canterbury, Ngai Tahu says.

Eight MPs heard public submissions on the Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Bill, which would introduce a mixture of elected councillors and government appointed commissioners from 2016.

The proposed bill provides for, but does not guarantee, a return to full democratic elections in 2019 – six years later than originally expected.

"The proposal to return to a fully democratically elected model does not provide sufficient recognition towards the Treaty partnership," its submission says....

Maori girls school to close after 110 years
A secondary school for Maori girls will be closed after 110 years because of concerns about its debt and governance.

Education Minister Hekia Parata confirmed this morning that Turakina Maori Girls College in Marton, 40km north-west of Palmerston North, would close in January.

Ms Parata said there was "a great deal of goodwill" towards the Decile 3, state-integrated Presbyterian boarding school and she was saddened to have to close it down.

"However, the financial information provided ... doesn't give me confidence that the proprietor is able to clear its debt and become financially viable," she said....

$3m fish factory major Chatham investment
A brand new fish factory in the Chatham Islands is easing local frustrations about a lack of investment in the remote community.

The islands' largest employer, Māori-owned Aotearoa Fisheries, is putting the final touches on its new $3 million factory in the main centre of Waitangi.....

Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group welcomes introduction of Bill
The Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group (ILG) today welcomes the introduction of the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill.

“The introduction of the Bill is a positive first step in advancing our objectives of better environmental outcomes and improving Māori participation in resource management processes,” said Freshwater ILG spokesperson, Rahui Papa.

The Freshwater ILG has been engaged with the Crown since 2009 on the issue of freshwater reforms and these RMA amendments have an important relationship with that wider reform process. The ILG has also worked closely with the Māori Party over the last two years to progress the issue of iwi and hapū rights and interests in this area. Throughout these discussions, the ILG has made it clear that the role of iwi and hapū as kaitiaki and also as responsible developers of our land, waters and other resources is of the utmost importance.....

Northland trio found guilty of not paying tax
Three Northlanders have been found guilty by a jury of failing to pay more than $800,000 in taxes.

All five traded under the name Nga Uri o Tupoto which, according to the Inland Revenue Department, received just over $3.6 million in its bank account during the period they did not pay taxes.

IRD investigator Ian McLisky told the court the defendants did not pay one cent in tax and his checks with the Maori Land Court and other government departments revealed the society was not registered.

Karl mentioned the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Waitangi and said they simply followed the rules and regulations of the society....

Call to bring back Maori soldiers buried in Malaysia
Ms Glavish said that failure to heed calls for repatriation were deeply disappointing to whanau of fallen Maori servicemen. “It may be difficult for non-Maori to understand and appreciate, but for our people there is a keen and intense spiritual connection between the tupapaku (remains) of our dead and those of us who are left behind. It is why we invariably return our dead for burial in their home urupa (cemeteries) and why we place so much emphasis on the ceremony of unveiling headstones on the first anniversary of burial.

“Maori attachment to our land, and particularly our personal turangawaewae, is surely well known, and is something that endures beyond this life. We take not just comfort, but inspiration and strength from having our dead close to us. For us to be able to stand at their graves gives us a deep feeling of connectedness with their spirits from whom we still hear messages of encouragement and advice.

“We don’t expect non-Maori to share this wairua of ours, but we would hope that they would appreciate its significance to us. It is in that spirit that I make this personal appeal to the Prime Minister and his government to reconsider the heartfelt calls from whanau for the repatriation of the remains of those of our Maori men who fell in wars South East Asia after January 1948....

Forget the Christmas straw man, Dame Susan Devoy. Tackle a real problem
It would be great to see Human Rights Commissioner Susan Devoy take on a real problem, instead of wasting time on hoary old sillinesses like dropping the word Christmas from our summer vocabulary.

I began by suggesting Dame Susan take on a real problem. Here's one I've raised in the past, one that her predecessors and politicians alike have studiously ignored.

It's the weird Christian custom of "karakia at dawn" that has been adopted by Auckland Council - and government departments - to precede the opening or launch of just about anything. Books, art galleries, wharf extensions, nothing is safe.

A couple of months ago, council worthies were traipsing around Wynyard Quarter development sites at 6am, while Maori kaumatua intoned Christian blessings for an hour and a half.

We live in a secular society, proudly supporting the right for everyone to follow their own religion - or have none. At the last census, the majority religion was "No Religion". But instead of standing up for our secularism, government officials are busy thrusting religion down our throats.

They wrap it in a Maori cloak, and if anyone complains, they mutter biculturalism and Treaty of Waitangi. Yet in reality, they're just imposing one religion on the rest of us by stealth. Forget the Christmas straw man, Dame Susan, and tackle a real problem...
Full opinion piece by Brian Rudman here > http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11550665

Share sales boost Te Huarahi Trust result
The auditors of the Maori spectrum trust say Te Huarahi Tika is only a going concern if its sells more of its shares in third mobile operator Two Degrees.

The trust held its annual meeting in Wellington yesterday, reporting an increase in capital from $6 million to $9.5 million.

But it was not able to say when it expected it investment to make a profit.

The deal was done after more than 70 Maori entities turned down an offer to buy in.

The debt was taken on in an effort to stop the Maori stake being diluted while the company was expanding its capital to build its network.....

Lincoln University crucial to meeting Māori aspirations
Newly appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) Māori and Communities, Dr Charlotte Severne, says Lincoln has a crucial role in meeting Māori development aspirations.

Her role at Lincoln involves overall responsibility for advancing the Māori development interests of the University, and optimising outputs for Māori achievement and success.

She will also seek opportunities to further grow and develop Lincoln, through partnering with Iwi and Māori on commercial and research opportunities.

She sees one of her priorities as being to operationalise the Whenua Strategy, the University’s overall Māori strategy informing Lincoln’s internal and external strategies for education, research and relationships with Māori communities.

Dr Severne has also authored a number of reports dealing with the impact on iwi and cultural values of environmental projects, as well as looking at Māori research strategies....

More Maori in tech a $30m priority
Maori involved in information and communications technology are looking for ways to bring more Maori into the sector.

That was the main priority emerging from a series of hui over the past week about how a new $30 million ICT development fund should be spent.

The fund was set aside almost three years ago as a sweetener after Communications Minister Amy Adams refused to set aside for Maori any of the spectrum freed up by the shift to digital television....

Water rights a breach of Treaty: think tank
The Centre for Political Research says the move to place water usage rights with local government hands the ownership of water over to iwi.

The group has placed an emotive ad in major newspapers opposing the move.

Spokesman Don Brash, says there's clear evidence the Government's been in discussions with The Fresh Water Iwi Leaders Group, and he says if the plan goes ahead, it'll be a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.

He says the Treaty doesn't give any racial priority to any group and this move would depart from that.
Listen to Leighton Smith's full interview with Dr Don Brash HERE

Muttonbird island application hearing begins in High Court at Invercargill
n application to protect paua fishing beds near two muttonbird islands is being heard at the High Court in Invercargill.

Denis Wiremu Tipene, of Christchurch, has applied for a customary marine title on behalf of Rakiura Maori.

The hearing for his application before Justice Jillian Mallon began Monday and is expected to continue for most of the week.

The title would apply to a 200-metre area around a rock near Tamaitemioka and Pohowaitai Islands, which covers the landing area for the islands.

A customary marine title recognises property rights of indigenous people that have continued since or before acquisition of Crown sovereignty to the present day....

Kura to be built in area of low Maori population
The construction of the kura kaupapa planned for Havelock North may start as early as next year.

The kura has received its official "wharekura status" from the Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, which means the kura can expand from a primary school to a high school.

Some believe that with such a small Maori population, Havelock North is not a suitable location.

Statistically the village has a far less diverse population than other areas of the Bay.

A whopping 84.2 per cent of Havelock North's population are European.

Just 3.5 per cent of Havelock North residents are Maori....

Iwi and councils work towards settlement
Four councils are looking to formalise their relationship in preparation for Treaty negotiations between the Crown and Ngati Whatua which will have a strong impact on the Kaipara Harbour.

The Kaipara Harbour and its catchments are currently part of a Ngati Whatua Treaty settlement. While most of the iwi's historical claims have been settled, the remaining claims and redress over Kaipara Moana are yet to be finalised.

The MOU has not yet been signed by the council but Mr Ramsey said it was likely the Northland Regional Council would sign it. The MOU would include establishing a Kaipara Moana Negotiations Working Party comprising at least one elected representative from each council.....

'Who runs the council?'
THE latest development in Gisborne District Council’s handling of the resource consent for the large Hawaiki Turanga sculpture proposed for near the Waikanae Stream mouth is “a disgrace and unprofessional” says Harbourview body corporate chairman Ian Graham.

The Gisborne Herald reported in 2013 the estimated cost of the sculpture was $355,000 and the council would contribute $100,000.....

Sanford leaves partnership with Iwi collective
New Zealand's largest fishing quota holder, Sanford, has split from a cooperation which saw it fishing quota belonging to companies owned by Iwi peoples.

In its recent annual report it revealed that the Iwi Collective Partnership (ICP), representing 14 tribes and 16,000 metric tons of catch annually, had walked away from the deal after five years of working together.

"The Iwi Collective Partnership was an important relationship for Sanford," the company wrote. "For the last five years we fished their deepwater catching rights while supporting them to grow industry capability and capacity."...

Fast track tribunals threat to iwi interests
Tamaki Makaurau MP says the interests of Maori and the public in Auckland in protecting their physical and cultural landscape are threatened by legislation rammed through under urgency this week.

Amendments to the supercity legislation include dropping the number of commissioners on environmental hearings from three to two.

Mr Henare says the intention is to speed up development consents, and it’s at the expense of local input....

Tuhoe social plan gets Fox backing
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox says Tuhoe would have the party’s support if it pursues a bid to take over government services for its people within its rohe.

"I have no doubt they could do a better job. Our people have always said we would rather be the determinants of our own destiny, the managers of our people, that by Maori for Maori has been the call for a long time including health organisations, I applaud Tuhoe for taking that initiative," she says....

Kruger speaks out on Tūhoe's dependency on Govt policies
Tūhoe negotiator Tamati Kruger predicts that by 2045, Tūhoe will no longer be dependent on government policies. This is part of the 40-year plan promised in the Tūhoe Settlement.

Around 5000 Tūhoe who live in their region engage in services of government agencies.

It's a statistic that Kruger hopes to change. He says, “It's an enormous task but we believe we will see the fruits in 40 years.”

Tūhoe wants control of their welfare, schools, health care and housing within Te Urewera which covers Ruatoki, Waimana, Waiohau, Ruatāhuna and Waikaremoana.

Kruger says, “There may be some Tūhoe who don't believe we can achieve this. There may also be a generation who has grown up and doesn't know their tribe and that the hapū have the power.”

Kruger says it's the start of the decolonisation of his people. “We can grow a generation who knows the strength of their tribe that is now taking ownership of the well-being of its people, taking it away from the Crown and the government,” explains Kruger....

Call for national day to mark land wars
Māori leaders are calling for a national day to commemorate New Zealand's land wars - and say if it's good enough to pause for Anzac Day, those killed during wars in New Zealand should be paid the same respect.

At the peak of the wars in the late 1800s, British troops - outnumbered but heavily-armed - battled Māori including women and children, who were often just defending their pā sites.

Waikato-Tainui spokesman Tukoroirangi Morgan said his iwi lived with the earlier settlers quite comfortably.

"In the Waikato itself, we had thousands of acres of produce which our people grew, we had our own trading ships - in fact we had 27 sailing ships that supplied the waters between here Australia, Asia and the Americas selling produce, flax and flour," he said.

"The commemorative day is about changing the narrative, our understanding as a nation of our earliest history when our people were murdered by the colonials and our lands were taken."

"We need to start embracing our New Zealand history as a whole, warts and all. It will be a great opportunity to bring people together and I'd love to lead that in Parliament," she said.

Mr Morgan said Māori leaders would push ahead with the idea, and try and find a date of significance for all Māori....

Defendant in tax case collapses outside court
The trial of three Northlanders charged with failing to pay more than $800,000 in taxes had to be adjourned yet again after one of the defendants collapsed outside the courtroom.

All five traded under the name Nga Uri o Tupoto which, according to the Inland Revenue Department, received just over $3.6 million in its bank account during the period they allegedly did not pay their taxes. The five had, in earlier court appearances, challenged the district court's jurisdiction to hear their case and claimed they have been acquitted of wrongdoing by the Ngai Tupoto Native Council in Hokianga. The council's mana superseded that of a court of law.....

Tuhoe: Let us run schools, healthcare, welfare, housing
One of New Zealand's most famous Maori tribes, Tuhoe, is negotiating to take over social services for its people in an ambitious bid to end welfare "dependency".

The iwi wants to take over welfare payments, schools, healthcare and housing within its Urewera tribal area from Whakatane south to Lake Waikaremoana.

Mr Kruger said Tuhoe had put a proposition to the Government to make better use of the $55 million a year that taxpayers spend on welfare benefits for 4934 Maori beneficiaries around the Tuhoe tribal area.

At the last Census, the tribe had 35,000 members.

Consultants have told the Government that Maori who received benefits in Tuhoe's area in 2012-13 would cost it $735.4 million in their lifetimes under current policies.

The tribe employs 36 of the 40 Conservation Department staff who formerly worked in the old Urewera National Park.

The iwi has set up its own doctors' clinic in Taneatua, without state funding. More than 500 of its 884 enrolled patients were not previously enrolled at any clinic in the Bay of Plenty.

Tuhoe is now negotiating with the Education Ministry to share control of the 15 schools in its area and use them as hubs to develop health services, skills training and jobs.

A spokeswoman for Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson said officials were "working with Tuhoe representatives on the practical implementation of these aspirations ... Research has been undertaken to assist in the development of potential initiatives.".....

A further link here > Tuhoe takes its own path http://www.nzherald.co.nz/maori/news/article.cfm?c_id=252&objectid=11546915

Treaty settlement refreshes Auckland place names
In the bill's first reading, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson acknowledged mana whenua and the importance of Maori place names.

"The historical place names that are still shared in traditional Maori schools of learning are finally coming to the light of public knowledge," Finlayson said.

Changes also include the addition of the Maori name Te Toka-Tapu-a-Kupe to Ninepin Rock at the mouth of the Manukau Harbour.

Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford confirmed the name changes in Parliament as many affected geographical points in his electorate.In the bill's first reading, Twyford called the Maori names "an important daily reminder of Te Kawerau a Maki's mana whenua and as guardians of our place", New or changed geographic names:

Karangahape Peninsula - previously unnamed

Te Ihu-a-Mataoho Beach - previously unnamed

Te Onekiritea Point - previously unnamed

Kauri Point Birkenhead / Te Mata-rae-o-Mana - previous Kauri Point

Manutewhau Creek - previously Lawsons Creek and Manutewhau Stream

Motumanawa / Pollen Island - previously Pollen Island

Ngongetepara Creek - previously Ngongetepara Stream

Paratahi Island - previously Panatahi Island

Tahingamanu Bay - previously Bomb Bay

Tahoro / Union Bay - previously Union Bay

Te Ka-a-Maki / Jackie Hill - previously Jackie Hill

Te Rau-o-te-Huia / Mount Donald McLean - previously Mount Donald McLean

Te Toka-Tapu-a-Kupe / Ninepin Rock - previous Ninepin Rock

Te Unuhanga-a-Rangitoto / Mercer Bay - previously Mercer Bay

Te Wai-o-Pareira / Henderson Creek - previously Henderson Creek

Wai-o-Parekura Stream - previously Te Aute Stream

Watchman Island / Te Kakawhakaara - previously Watchman Island

Mayor unhappy with committee confusion
Auckland Mayor Len Brown sees a council committee’s recommendation on Maori heritage sites as a step backwards, and he wants the full council to make a better show of the question.

The Auckland Development Committee last week attempted to shrink a list of 3600 places of value to tangata whenua on private land where a cultural assessment is needed before any development.

Mr Brown says the debate was untidy, and he has since asked councilors to reflect on the city’s history and their obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

"The history of Tamaki Makaurau goes back 900 years. It is critical for us to embrace all tat history, the archaeology of the land, the cultural and historical significance of some of those old residential sites and to embrace those as strongly as we do some of those sites that are 100 years old in Auckland," he says.....

Ngaruahine settlement legislation heads to select committee
Another to lodge its opposition is Democracy Action, a not-for-profit group which advocates for equal citizenship.

Founder Lee Short said it had particular concerns about the clause in the legislation which would see Ngaruahine, along with representatives from two other iwi groups Te Atiawa and Taranaki, given representation on Taranaki Regional Council committees.

Short said this intention bypassed the rights of ratepayers to choose the people they want to represent them, as the iwi representatives would not be elected but appointed instead....

Ngati Whatua transforms loss to profit
Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa turned around from a loss last year of $304,773 to $2.2 million profit in the latest period.

Accounts out for the year to June 30 show that although revenue was relatively static, pre-tax pre-revaluation profit dropped from $5.5 million last year to $2.7 million this year but total net assets rose from $390 million to $458 million....

Three partnership schools proposed for Hamilton
Te reo Maori is a focus for three groups who want to set up partnership schools in the Waikato.

Te Kohao Health and Whakawatea Kaporeihana are making their third bids, while Kia Ata Mai Educational Trust is trying for the first time.....

Māori doctors want answers over TPP
It is not too late to take a stand against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Māori doctors say.

The government had said Māori rights would be protected under the TPP signed in September, but many Māori doctors and medical students were not convinced.

He said the other main concern was bigger than health but encompassed health - and that was the Treaty of Waitangi.

"To be able to keep the Treaty of Waitangi to the fore of documents like this."....

Māori war veterans still seeking justice
Eric Albert says, "In Matauri Bay, 27 Māori from that area went to war. One got a returned serviceman’s farm and then conscientious objectors tauiwi got the returned serviceman’s farms and it’s those anomalies that I'm disappointed with the government and with successive governments."

It’s alleged that Government made serious transgressions against the Treaty rights of Māori in the armed forces while they were in action overseas.

Pita Tipene says, "The soldiers knew they were fighting for King and Country, but while in action overseas their own lands at home were being swindled."

"Some returned from war to find their lands had be sold or given to non-Māori soldiers while in comparison Māori soldiers received next to nothing, so we're probing these issues," Tipene added....

‘H’ to be added to Wanganui District name
The spelling of Wanganui District will be corrected to ‘Whanganui District’ – reflecting the views of the Wanganui District Council (WDC), local iwi and public submitters, Land Information Minister Louise Upston said today.

“Having reviewed the WDC’s proposal, all public submissions and other materials I’ve agreed that the spelling of the local authority district name should be corrected,” Ms Upston says.

“The Governor-General has now made an Order in Council to change the local authority name under the Local Government Act 2002 so that the change to the district name can occur.”

The move to amend the district name is supported by local and neighbouring iwi, and the Minister’s decision confirms the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa’s recommendation.

“This decision recognises that ‘Wanganui’ has no meaning in te reo Māori, and that ‘Whanganui’ has a number of traditions in Māori oral history. It will also ensure the district name is consistent with the official names of the river and town.....

Concerns of community to be heard at Fletchers AGM
SOUL members will make their presence felt outside the entry to the Sky City Convention Centre, where Fletcher Building is holding its AGM from 10:00 am this Tuesday 17 November.

The peaceful and highly-visible presence of SOUL outside the Fletcher Building AGM has only one purpose: to encourage Fletchers not to build 500 houses on one of New Zealand’s most significant landscapes and to protect Ihumātao and the Ōtuataua Stonefields for future generations.

The local iwi have also been treated unfairly with regards to the proposed development land. It was confiscated in 1863 in the land wars and shortly afterwards gifted by The Crown to its current owners.

SOUL insists that the spiritual and heritage values of this particular land at Ihumātao, which includes wāhi tapu burial caves and the sacred maunga Te Puketaapapatanga a Hape/Pukeiti, need not be destroyed to meet the city’s housing shortfall....

Tribunal to be told of veterans' pain
Maori war veterans and their whanau were called to Northland to talk about mistreatment they faced when they came home from war in preparation for a Waitangi Tribunal hearing.

Some veterans were not allowed into the RSA and some returned to find their family land had been taken, said Northland war veteran Hirini Henare.

Mr Henare said Maori who went to war also had to deal with returning home to find their land had been taken by the Government.

"When I came back it was all gone," he said. Mr Henare said yesterday's hui was open to both Maori and non-Maori veterans and their families, as they fought together in war and both suffered returning home.....

Leading Maori join Superdiversity Council
Ngai Tahu elder Sir Tipene O’Regan, Waikato Tainui chief executive Parekawhia McLean and Atihau Whanganui Incorporation chair Mavis Mullins are among the high flyers on the board of the new Superdiversity Leadership Council.

Superdiversity Centre chair Mai Chen says the 12 members embody the future face of business leadership in ethnically superdiverse New Zealand.

The council is expected to guide the work of the Superdiversity Centre and serve as a forum through which members can provide leadership on ethnic superdiversity issues.

Other members include real estate innovator Mike Pero, insurance industry veteran Naomi Ballantyne, professional directors Mark Tume and Graeme Wong, New Zealand Superannuation Fund chief executive Adrian Orr, China Travel Service cief executive Lisa Li, Bank of India founding director Tarun Kanji, technology entrepreneur Mitchell Pham, and Pacifica national president Caren Rangi....

Spring to be returned to iwi
After almost 60 years of local authority ownership Taniwha Springs will be returned to Te Arawa hapu Ngati Rangiwewehi.

The springs were taken without negotiation under the Public Works Act in 1966 for public water purposes and were vested in the then Rotorua County Council. In August this year Rotorua councillors voted unanimously to return ownership of Taniwha Springs to hapu.

The springs feeding the Awahou Stream are considered by Ngati Rangiwewehi to be a life source and are the home of the taniwha Pekehaua, stories of whom are central to the iwi's traditions and identity.

The return of the springs is subject to an easement which will allow council to continue taking water until the current resource consent expires in 2018.

The council and Ngati Rangiwewehi – who earlier this year signed a Memorandum of Understanding setting out a protocol for collaboration – are now working together to assess the possibility of continuing to use the springs as a water supply, in a way that aligns with cultural and spiritual values and the aspirations of the iwi. Alternative water supply options are also being explored.....

Waahi tapu list whittled down
Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare says yesterday’s Auckland Council decision to drop several hundred sites off a register of sites of significance to mana whenua iwi and hapu is a step backwards.

Officials suggested the proposed unitary plan drop almost 1400 of the 3600 sites where a cultural assessment was needed before development.

The Development Committee yesterday passed a recommendation to remove the sites and places of value overlay on private land until all sites and places have been accurately identified and mapped.

That includes 552 sites that did not have a confirmed location and 73 sites which were non­-Maori or duplicates, as well as 10 sites where there was uncertainty whether the object of value was a natural or archaeological feature.

Mr Henare says the council should avoid a monocultural approach to history.....

Deed of settlement signed
The Crown has signed a deed of settlement with Rangitane o Manawatu settling the iwi's outstanding historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

Rangitane o Manawatu receives financial redress of $13.5 million as well as the transfer of and right of first refusal over specified Crown properties and land. Cultural redress includes the vesting of 11 Crown-owned sites, statutory acknowledgements and protocols with Crown agencies....

No Treaty for Ak Pride yet, but it's coming
Although the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi have yet to be re-introduced into the Auckland Pride Festival Inc. constitution as signaled in June the matter will be addressed when the forthcoming 2016 Festival is over.

"The Treaty will go back into the constitution as part of our determination to reach out and support minorities more," she said, describing its disappearance as being "lost in translation" between the two organisations....

Pipeline hui at Matapihi
Matapihi land owners are meeting with city council staff over the weekend to discuss resuming the construction of the Southern Pipeline project across Maori land.

Garry denies the accusation made to SunLive the council is going to be negotiating by chequebook.

“No. We don't need to take a cheque book. We need to sort out where the pipes are going and what is the impact of the pipes, and talk to the adjoining property owners, etcetera,” says Garry.

Maori land owners locked their orchard gates against the $102 million project in July, after learning the council intended cutting 12 avocado trees from the easement of the disputed paper road....

$75 mil for Western Springs College redevelopment
Western Springs College based in Auckland has received the biggest cash injection given by the government to a secondary school. The school's principal believes this will allow them to shape their building facilities to their academic needs.

Paraone Tai Tin, (Head of Te Reo Māori Department, Ngā Puna o Waiorea Immersion Unit) says, “It will have many benefits. The announcement will enable us to create better Māori spaces and facilities.”

$75mil will be used to redevelop Western Springs College's building facilities which stand on a former land fill area. The Māori immersion unit, Ngā Puna o Waiōrea based at the Ngā Oho meeting house will also be revamped.

What is unique about the school is that it operates in accordance with the Treaty of Waitangi.....

Stats show Maori unfairly treated
Ministry of Health statistics show Maori are almost three times as likely as non-Maori to have experienced unfair treatment on the basis of ethnicity.

The Ministry of Health has released its 2015 Maori Health Chartbook, Tatau Kahukura, which shows 12.4 per cent of Maori reported unfair treatment in the areas of health care, housing or work between 2011 and 2012, compared to 4.2 per cent of non-Maori.

The Chartbook used data from the Ministry of Health's 2011/12 New Zealand Health Survey.....

New bill lets oath-takers affirm belief in Treaty of Waitangi
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox has had her first bill drawn from the ballot, and she rates its chances.

The Oaths and Declarations (Endorsing the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi) Amendment bill gives people taking official oaths - MPs, lawyers, police, new citizens, and others - the option to add a statement affirming their commitment to the principles of the Treaty of the Waitangi.

"People are already required as parts of different government roles to acknowledge different parts of the Treaty - this is just an extension of what is already there," Fox said.

"It also provides a place for new New Zealanders who would like to recognise the treaty as fundamental to the foundations of this country the opportunity to uphold that."

The affirmant would be entirely optional, and would consist of the phrase "I will perform my duties in accordance with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi" or "E ai ki nga matapono o Te Tiriti o Waitangi ka whakatutuki ahau i oku mahi." ......

Staff rally around sacked Māori TV receptionists
More than 100 people have gathered to show their support for two Māori Television receptionists who are being sacked because they can't speak fluent Te Reo Māori.

Staff members have held a karakia at the station's reception area, standing alongside their two colleagues, who are both still answering the phones there.

"These are kuia who have been part of a generation of New Zealanders and Māori who had their language stolen from them so they're been unfairly prejudiced against, something that has happened to all Māori," said Ms Fox....

Performing arts college ordered to repay $2.6 million taxpayer funding
Less than two years after an NZQA review praised it for achieving "excellent educational outcomes" and "consistently exceeding expectations", a Rotorua-based performing arts college has been stripped of its registration and ordered to repay $2.6 million in taxpayer funding it wasn't entitled to.

Manaakitanga Aotearoa Charitable Trust (MACT) - a private training establishment that offers courses in Maori performing arts - delivered less than half of the teaching hours for which it was funded in 2013/14 and significantly over-reported student achievement, investigations by forensic accountants Deloitte and NZQA found....

Shotover Jet golden investment for iwi
A Shotover Jet executive says ownership by Ngai Tahu has been a win for both the company and the iwi.

The iconic tourism company is celebrating 50 years since brothers Harold and Alan Melhop and Herm Palmer first started taking commercial sightseers up Queenstown's Shotover River in a Hamilton Jet 30 boat.

"Over that time the tribe has owned Shotover Jet, it's been the linchpin to their whole tourism portfolio and it's a really good brand to bring out wherever you are in the world it ignites. You can open a lot of doors with the Shotover Jet to let all your other products go through," he says...

Ancient settlement uncovered at overpass roadworks in Normanby
A major road project has once again uncovered an archaeological site in Taranaki.

A pa or marae have been found during earthworks on the Normanby overpass realignment project north of Hawera.

The find has not stopped work on the whole realignment project but no construction is taking place around the archaeological site.

"All parties are working through the processes required for that to happen," she said. "This can be a little time consuming."...

Council removes fewer Mana Whenua sites than planned
Auckland Council has removed around 600 sites from its long list of places of value to Maori, but has fallen short of removing the 1300 originally proposed.

The list of 3600 locations around the region registered as holding value for Mana Whenua has been controversial, with landowners forced to apply for resource consent to do anything within 50 metres of the sites..

Officials advised the council that it should remove 1373 sites from Auckland's proposed unitary plan, because they were either duplicates, not of Maori origin, not of value to mana whenua or without an accurate location.

Even Maori groups had said the current mana whenua process was too heavy-handed.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust said the process of Cultural Impact Assessments needed to be made clear for property owners and iwi. In some cases up to 15 iwi had to be consulted before work could be carried out near Mana Whenua sites.

"This is not right, in both a planning and tikanga Māori sense. The relevant iwi to be consulted in each part of Tāmaki Makaurau needs to be clearly identified," a Trust spokesman said.

Democracy Action Group chairman Lee Short said the group was calling for all of the 3600 sites to be removed until they had been verified.

The way the council went about verifying sites was not up to par, he said.

"I think that the council has shown incompetence in this area."...

Māori TV in Breach of Treaty Over Firing Receptionists
Māori Television’s decision to fire two receptionists for not speaking te reo is a violation of the Treaty of Waitangi, says New Zealand First.

“To be fired for not speaking te reo fluently when no other staff face the same language requirements is unequal treatment and a clear abuse of the principles of the Treaty,” says Spokesperson for Māori Affairs and Treaty of Waitangi Issues Pita Paraone,

“Encouraging all staff to be bilingual is an admirable goal but not at the expense of the rights of all New Zealanders to equal treatment - no matter their te reo fluency.....

Taniwha tax an essential protection
Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare is concerned at any moves by the Auckland council to reduce protection of Maori heritage sites.

The council is moving to purge a list of 3600 sites where a cultural assessment is needed from iwi before development is approved.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown says it’s being done after consultation with iwi, and is tidying up lists inherited from the previous councils.

Mr Henare says he hopes the council is not influenced by critics who call the protection mechanism a taniwha tax.

"It’s not just about taniwha or deity, it's about the impact on the environment which many of our iwi and hapu are kaitiaki for, and it's important they get the cultural buy in and the cultural agreement when they do these developments and I think it's really flagging the intention of not only this Government but local government in just forcing through housing developments and I don't think that's a good move," he says.....

A claim alleging the Crown has failed to do enough to reduce the number of Maori in prison will be heard next year by the Waitangi Tribunal.
The Waitangi Tribunal will hear with urgency a claim alleging the Crown has failed to do enough to reduce the number of Maori in prison and slash high reoffending rates.

Retired probation officer Tom Hemopo is taking the claim on behalf of himself and his iwi.

"I asked the tribunal to consider this claim urgently because too many Maori are suffering right now while the Crown ignores its failure to reduce the numbers of Maori in prison and reoffending on release.....

Hui tomorrow on Maori digital
The hui is a result of a Budget 2014 announcement that the Government would allocate $30 million to support Maori economic development by encouraging Maori participation in the ICT sector and accessing Maori language and culture through ICT and digital literacy initiatives.

Gisborne has now become one of four places nationwide to shape how the Government will spend its $30 million Maori ICT Development Fund....

Funding for Lake Horowhenua clean-up
The Government is to provide $980,000 in funding from the Te Mana o Te Wai Fund to restore the health of Lake Horowhenua, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox announced today.

“The Government is committed to turning around the poor water quality of Lake Horowhenua. This funding will go towards a $1.2 million project that will involve a scientific assessment of the lakebed sedimentation and native fish populations, community planting days, an education programme, development of a plant nursery, completion of stormwater treatment upgrades and the repairing of fish barriers,” Dr Smith says.

“The balance of the funding for the project will come from Horizons Regional Council and Horowhenua District Council, with support from the Department of Conservation and the Lake Domain Board. This joint commitment to restoring the health of Lake Horowhenua will complement the Lake Accord restoration work currently underway.”

“The Government believes iwi and hapū have an important role to play as active partners in improving our country’s freshwater, and that partnership and collaboration is key in ensuring positive and lasting gains,” Dr Smith says...

Former National MP Tau Henare has picked up a new job at Housing NZ
Former National MP Tau Henare has picked up a Government-appointed job at Housing New Zealand.

The former Maori Affairs Minister would join the corporation's board of directors, it was confirmed this morning.

Housing New Zealand Minister Bill English said Mr Henare would bring a community-based perspective to the board.

"His understanding of iwi, hapu, and whanau dynamics will be of particular value," Mr English said....

Sonny Tau pleads guilty to hunting protected bird
Ngapuhi elder Sonny Tau has pleaded guilty to a charge of hunting a protected bird.

It comes after he had earlier admitted possession of five Kereru.

He was today convicted in the Auckland District Court on both charges.

A new charge, of conspiring to perverting the course of justice, was also brought by the police....

Onehunga foreshore set to open
The Onehunga foreshore is set to open on Saturday morning after years of work on the $30 million development.

The reserve will be opened by the local board, Auckland Mayor Len Brown and the New Zealand Transport Agency at 11am with a ceremony from Mana Whenua.

Mana Whenua, who have had an ongoing interest in the governance and management of the park, will reveal a new name for the foreshore, and Māori artworks such as carving and bridge panelling....

New fellowship awarded to top Maori health researchers: Dr Leonie Pihama Dr Mihi Ratima
Two of New Zealand’s leading Māori health researchers have been awarded the inaugural Ngā Pou Senior Fellowship worth $300,000 each from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC).

Fellowship recipients Dr Leonie Pihama (Te Ātiawa, Ngā Māhanga a Tairi, Ngāti Māhanga), Director of the Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato, and Dr Mihi Ratima (Whakatōhea, Ngāti Awa) from Te Pou Tiringa Incorporated in New Plymouth, both have 20-plus years’ experience in Māori health research.

“Indigenous research highlights emotional well-being as essential to well-being and healthy relationships. As high levels of family violence are experienced within our communities, research on cultural expressions of emotions provides much needed baseline knowledge for those working to transform those experiences,” says Dr Pihama.

“Both researchers have clearly demonstrated a commitment to kaupapa Māori and its important contribution to the health and well-being of whānau, hapū, and iwi. Their programmes will build a knowledge base that will have a significant influence on health and social service delivery to Māori,” says Ms Wehipeihana....
See full article HERE

Cultural sites could lose their protection
Auckland Council is moving to cut red tape around developments near culturally protected areas, but local Maori warn there could be repercussions.

There are 3600 Sites of Value to Mana Whenua in the unitary plan, and the council wants to get rid of 1373 of them.

Work within 50m of the sites needs resource consent, and potentially consultation with local iwi.

The council said cutting the number of sites was urgently needed to ease the burden of resource consent on landowners and developers.

Independent Maori Statutory Board chair David Taipari said it could cause future planning problems instead.

In making the recommendation, the council said its own audit had found the 1373 sites were duplicates, at an unconfirmed location or had not been assigned value by Mana Whenua......

150 years of the Māori Land Court recognised
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell and Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams have marked 150 years of Te Kooti Whenua Māori, the Māori Land Court.

Established in 1865 as the Native Land Court, the name was later changed in 1947 under the Māori Purposes Act 1947. It was set up to translate customary Māori land claims into legal land titles recognisable under English Law.

Minister Adams says "The Māori Land Court is New Zealand’s oldest and longest established specialist court. It holds a special place in New Zealand and is one of a few courts of its kind in the world so it’s important we recognise this significant milestone."

She adds that the Māori Land Court has played an important role in New Zealand's justice system.

“Around five per cent of all land in New Zealand is Maori freehold land which is about 1.42 million hectares – thirteen times the size of Auckland. On average, the Court processes around 3000 ownership applications a year which is a significant amount of work.”.....

Speaking out against dodgy Auckland Council and their Maori pandering
David Rankin speaks out against the council’s mana whenua sites policies:
Aucklander and Ngapuhi cultural expert, David Rankin, who will be standing for the Auckland Council in 2016 election, has lashed out at the latest Council moves affecting ‘sites of cultural value’ in the city.

Mr Rankin says that the Council’s recent decision to remove 1373 locations from the list of supposedly culturally significant sites shows that the process has been what he describes as “a farce from the outset”.....

Big boost for Māori exports
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has announced New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is committing an extra $1.6 million to support Māori businesses wanting to grow internationally.

As a result of NZTE’s increased commitment, five new positions dedicated to Māori business will be created across the NZTE network over the next 6-12 months, increasing the number of New Zealand based customer managers from three to five and creating a new Business Development Manager in China focused on growing Māori businesses.

“Māori economic development is a key theme of the Government’s Growth Agenda which will help boost the Māori economy that is valued at over $40 billion,” he says....

Hirschfeld challenged on Maori bulletin cuts
Radio New Zealand’s head of content has rejected any suggestion the public broadcaster is cutting down on reporting of Maori issues.

Carol Hirschfeld went head to head today on Radio Waatea’s Paakiwaha programme with host Willie Jackson, who chairs Maori radio umbrella group Whakaruruhau.

Mr Jackson said Radio New Zealand traditionally has not reflected the Maori perspective well.

Ms Hirschfeld said she is also looking at ways to make Maori content more accessible on the Radio New Zealand website, and to create more opportunities for Maori staff......

Too little to avoid liability, but enough to delay Court action?
We have advised a public spirited group called Democracy Action on the unlawfulness of Auckland Council’s ‘Mana Whenua’ provisions.

We have lately been investigating the prospects for a class action against the Council. In our opinion there are strong grounds for liability, but so far there may not have been enough evidence of realised loss to justify the costs of action. Today’s Herald reports that the Council will shortly vote on a proposal to remove 1,373 of the 3,600 ‘sites of significance’: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11542422

That removal could delay the time when it would be economic to launch a class action.....

Union leader calls for AFFCO boycott
The Vice-President Māori of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU) is asking iwi farming corporations and other Māori farmers to consider withholding stock from AFFCO meat processing plants until the company returns to bargaining and settles a collective agreement with the Meat Workers’ Union.

“The lockout is causing immense hardship for many Māori, their whānau and their communities. People have the right to earn enough to cover the rent, pay the power bill and put food on the table.”

“As an act of solidarity and manaakitanga I’m asking iwi farming corporations and all other Māori farmers to consider withholding stock from AFFCO plants until the company agrees to treat the workers with dignity and respect and returns to the bargaining table,” says Keepa....

Maori TV making staff who don't speak Te Reo redundant - report
Maori Television is reportedly making two staff members redundant after changing the scope of their roles to include Te Reo fluency.

According to reports, the move was one based on a "structural change in the organisation".

"The Finance and Administration team are undergoing some structural changes," said Simmons-Donaldson. "Part of this change will see a requirement for the two receptionist roles, which are one of our most important public-facing positions, to be fluent in both te reo Maori and English."

When asked if further staff changes were to be expected, Simmons-Donaldson said the current changes underway were "a reflection of Māori Television's commitment to increasing the status and visibility of te reo Maori"....

Iwi eyes council freeloaders
The Auckland Council is in the sights of Ngai Tai ki Tamaki now the iwi has settled its historic claims with the crown.

The deed of settlement signed by Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson at Umupuia Marae on Saturday gives the iwi 16 sites of cultural redress, including reserves on several Hauraki Gulf Islands and Hunua Falls, as well as almost $13 million in commercial redress.

Negotiator James Brown says it was a long fight for the iwi to achieve recognition, and the battle continues.

The former Auckland Independent Maori Statutory Board member says the council can’t prove it owns Hunua.

"Now those sites today are the home and the economies of the ilk of folk like Watercare. So Saturday was to reconcile our issues we have with the crown but effective as of business this morning we are now after Len Brown and his mates about the stolen property that they continue to live on and profit from" says James Brown from Ngai Tai ki Tamaki....

Council to reduce iwi approval rules
Auckland Council looks set to reduce the number of sites requiring owners to seek iwi approval for work on their land.

Councillors will vote on Thursday to remove 1373 of the 3600 sites of value from the proposed Unitary Plan, or new planning rulebook for the Super City.

The requirement to obtain a "cultural impact assessment" has been controversial, with an organisation, Democracy Action, formed last year to oppose the new rule.

Property magnate Sir Bob Jones slammed the rule after his company had to contact 13 iwi before it could remove an 11m concrete block wall and a window and replace it with a glass frontage for a ground-floor restaurant.

One iwi, Ngai Tai Ki Tamaki, said permission was not required for the work, but asked Robt Jones Holdings to consider it because their ancestors, centuries ago, gathered in the vicinity in the area, Sir Bob said.

A report for Thursday's Auckland development committee said a desktop archaeology data audit and an assessment by mana whenua found that 1373 sites of value had insufficient information to support their retention.

The report said there was some urgency on council's part to consider removing the sites from the proposed Unitary Plan given the rules came into effect in September 2013.

Democracy Action spokesman Lee Short said the 3600 sites of value had not gone through a rigid process, nor did they have the support of the Archaeological Association.

He welcomed the recommendation by officers to remove 1373 sites, but said more work was needed to assess the remaining 2227 sites.

Maori returning to collective land management

More and more whanau are trying to fix the inequities of Maori land ownership by creating collectives to manage it, Waitangi Tribunal claimant Piripi Moore says.

The Tribunal has heard that Ngapuhi women who held land were sidelined in favour of their husbands when the Crown first issued titles to Maori land in the 1860s.

It's the first time the issue has been raised in the Tribunal's long-running inquiry into the historic grievances of Ngapuhi and other northern iwi.

Mr Moore, a Hokianga claimant, said junior branches of whanau and people who did not make it to the land court hearings also missed out on being named as shareholders.

However, he said court archives contained a lot information about those people, making it possible to include their descendants in new structures that would reflect the original customary interests.

The Crown system of creating individual shares in Maori land had made the process dysfunctional for generations, but Mr Moore said the proposed review of Te Ture Whenua Act might make it easier.....

Significant changes made to draft Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says changes made to the draft Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill are a result of extensive consultation with Māori land owners and affected stakeholders.

Cabinet signed off on a number of changes to the draft Bill today which will make it easier for Māori land owners to better utilise their land while protecting the retention of Māori land in Māori ownership

The key changes to the draft Bill are:

* The managing kaiwhakarite proposal has been removed;

* The purpose and principles sections have been revised to more clearly reflect features of the preamble of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993;

* Whānau will have the option for individuals to obtain succession to land instead of having to form a whānau trust on intestate succession;

* The Māori Land Court will be given greater discretion when considering applications to remove the status of Māori freehold land...

Maori workforce boosting conservation effort
It’s also the 25th anniversary of Nga Whenua Rahui, a scheme to help Maori owners protect land with high conservation values and keep it pest free.

Joe Harawira, DOC’s kaihautu or manager of strategic partnerships, says the value of the work can be seen in places like Motatau Forest in Northland, which is now largely predator free because of a collaboration with its Ngati Hine owners.

He says about 15 percent of DOC’s workforce is now Maori, and there are also opportunities in Nga Whenua Rahui

"The Nga Whenua Rahui kaupapa have their own set of Maori rangers that they are training up in all fields of biodiversity and conservation, they're the ringa raupa, I suppose that go out onto the Maori land rather than the DOC administered land to support those Maori land owners," says Joe Harawira....

Iwi to receive nearly $13m in Treaty settlement
An Auckland iwi will receive close to $13 million from the Crown as part of a Treaty settlement.

The Crown has signed a deed of settlement with Ngai Tai ki Tamaki at Umupuia Marae today.

Mr Finlayson said Ngai Tai ki Tamaki was being given a Crown apology, financial redress of $12.7 million and cultural redress of $50,000 together with the vesting of 16 properties of cultural and historical significance.

He said the iwi would also get two commercial properties and joint ownership of another.

Principal helps kura get back its mana
Minister of Education Hekia Parata said kuras were whanau-focused and were an important part of Maori education.

''It is clear to me that when children and young people are in an environment that helps them be confident in their identity, language and culture, they have a much better chance of success. For many Maori [children], that environment is a kura.''...

'Ghost' drives students out of private girls' school
Two boarders at the troubled Turakina Maori Girls' College have left the school saying they have been threatened by a resident ghost.

Parents of the girls are angry that the Rangitikei school - which faces closure by Education Minister Hekia Parata - has accused them of exaggerating or fabricating the ghost story.

The ghost, or kehua, is said to take the shape of a man in a black cape and hat and has been seen in the boarders' hostel.

"The site needs to be blessed and it also needs consistent follow-up to ensure the girls are kept spiritually safe."

Asked about the kehua, Parata said: "Students' cultural values are important. How schools acknowledge them is a matter for schools and parents." ....]

Council and runanganui sign historic agreement
THE signing of a historic Joint Management Agreement (JMA) between Gisborne District Council and Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou took place at Tikapa Marae today.

“Ngati Porou have always sought an active role in the management of natural resources within their rohe,” said Mr Foon.

“With this agreement and effective implementation of it, that’s a reality now.”

The JMA is the first of its kind in New Zealand. It is the first use of section 36B of the Resource Management Act 1991, giving regional councils the ability to jointly manage natural resources with an iwi authority.

The JMA includes all land and water resources within or affecting the Waiapu catchment.

“We are privileged to now be able to jointly share the functions, powers and duties under the RMA with Ngati Porou as kaitiaki of the Waiapu,” the Mayor said.

A Waiapu catchment plan for managing freshwater will be co-developed under this agreement. A copy of the signed Joint Management Agreement will be available on the council’s website from Wednesday.....

Ministry of Education rejects zone redraft
Another concern around suitability came from the ERO reports of the three alternate schools and the strong emphasis on te reo Maori, which they said may not be a good fit for non-Maori children.

“Tikanga Maori is great, we need that in a community like Gisborne,” said a parent.

“It is not that I do not want that for my child. Exposure is good. But in terms of it being in context for my children’s overall educational needs, I have to do what is right for my family.”....

Maori economy 'big driver'
The Maori economy will be a big driver of work changes and must be in a strong position to reap the benefits of new opportunities, says Labour's Chair of the Future of Work Commission Grant Robertson.

Grant and Maori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta today released three papers written by independent experts on the Maori Economy, Waikato-Tainui's skill development partnerships and a South Auckland case study, as part of the Future of Work programme.

“The Maori economy is now worth $39 billion. It has a young workforce and a long-term inter-generational approach. Access to Treaty settlements capital puts Maori in an excellent position to benefit from the changes to the workforce over coming years,” says Grant....

Mark Parihaka Day not Guy Fawkes, say Maori Party
The Maori Party has renewed its call for 5 November to be recognised as Parihaka Day to commemorate the sacking of the pacifist settlement in Taranaki by government troops and militia in 1881.

Caritas, the Catholic Church's agency for justice, peace and development has also been exploring the idea of Parihaka Day with the settlement.

"We know that plenty of people in our community will be remembering the invasion of Parihaka on the fifth of November. We support the commemoration of this day as an example of a Maori community that led the way in non-violent resistance and continues to represent efforts at reconciliation between Maori and pakeha."....

New Zealand's Maori fishery firms seeking China partners
New Zealand's Maori-owned seafood companies are looking for more collaboration with Chinese partners to enter the Chinese market, Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell said Wednesday.

Maori Party Silent on Māori Broadcasting Issues
The Māori Party as a partner in government is doing nothing to protect Māori broadcasting and they are failing the Māori language, says New Zealand First.

“The Māori Party boasts about being at the table of government yet funding for Māori broadcasting has been frozen for seven years, working conditions for Māori in the broadcasting industry have worsened significantly, and last month Radio New Zealand announced it was getting rid of dedicated Māori content.

“With the number of speakers of te reo continuing to decline it is time for Māori to ask some hard questions about who in Parliament really supports Māori language,” says Mr Paraone....

Council Maori advisory wrangle costs Auckland ratepayers $110k
Legal action over the selection of Maori advisers to Auckland Council has cost the city's ratepayers $110,000.

The wrangle over how representatives to Auckland's Independent Maori Statutory Board (IMSB) are appointed went to the High Court and then the Court of Appeal, racking up a legal bill of $93,000 plus costs.

Mayor Len Brown said Aucklanders had no choice but to fund the court action, as the council was legally obliged to meet the cost of selecting IMSB members.

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.

The nine-member board is appointed by a selection panel chosen by iwi groups.

The costs would have been higher but law firm Buddle Findlay represented the selection body at the High Court on a pro bono (free) basis.....

Future for reo in core government funding
The new chief executive of the Maori Language Commission wants to see te reo Maori made a core subject in primary school.

"Should Maori be a core subject in primary schools? If I had the opportunity to promote that I believe it could have a bigger impact on te reo Maori than any other thing we could do with the $7.3 million we have for community funding," Mr Apanui says.

He’s also looking to build partnerships with the private sector to promote Maori language initiatives....

Iwi board make-up revealed
The son of late Te Arawa leader Mauriora Kingi has been voted onto the Te Arawa Partnership Board, which will work alongside the Rotorua Lakes Council.

The results of the election were announced yesterday, revealing the 14 people who will make up the board......

$1 million marae upgrade programme for Te Matatini launched in Hastings
More than $1million will be spent upgrading 16 marae in Hastings to ensure they are ready for when the region hosts the 2017 Te Matatini kapa haka festival in 18 months' time.

Funding for the project has come from marae ($244,000 collectively), Hastings District Council ($325,000) and the Hawke’s Bay Funders’ Forum, ($591,000). Members of the funders' forum are Eastern & Central Community Trust, Lottery Grants Board, Flaxmere Licensing Trust, Endeavour Community Foundation, Hastings District Council, and Hawke’s Bay Foundation....

Auckland a priority for reo efforts
The new chief executive of Te Taura Whiri would like to see more resources for Maori language regeneration going into Auckland.

Ngahiwi Apanui says a lot of the funds for community projects have gone to iwi around the regions.

Auckland, which is the largest centre of Maori population, seems to have missed out.....

Trust wants Waipiro Bay school returned
WAIPIRO Bay Whanau Charitable Trust and Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou are working together to have the land and four classes of their former school returned to the community.

The trust believes the land was given to the Government for educational purposes and now wants the property returned at no charge.....

Ngati Whatua assets up 22 percent in year
Galloping Auckland property values have boosted the wealth of the city’s mana whenua iwi, with Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust reporting a 22 percent increase in the value of its assets to $767 million.....

Maori community board 'not possible' - Judd
Calls for a Maori community board to be set up have been quashed as legally impossible by New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd.

Ratepayers have taken the New Plymouth District Council's representation review on Wednesday as a chance to question what the council is doing to represent Maori.

You can have a working group or committee, which is what we had with komiti Maori, but it was rejected, in a sense, from Maori as not being serious.

"You can have representation on our standing committees. That's with voting rights and this was rejected by our councillors.

"Or the only other option is Maori wards, which of course was rejected by the community." ...

Cash injection helps Maori school stay afloat
One of the few remaining Maori boarding schools, Te Aute College in Hawkes' Bay, is making plans for a multi-million dollar cash injection by the local iwi.

Mr Hiha said he and some Board of Trustees members wanted the Ministry of Education and the Anglican Church to also invest $5m each, to grow the funding pool....

New Green MP welcomed to Parliament
The Green Party has sworn in its newest MP, Marama Davidson, who will take on the Māori development portfolio and sit as the fourth member of the party's Māori caucus.

Ms Davidson, who worked for the Human Rights Commission for 10 years, is known as a progressive voice for Māori aspirations.

Ms Davidson is from Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa and Ngāti Porou and her arrival in Parliament means at least 25 of Parliament's 121 MPs are Māori. (nearly 21%)

Australia officials accused of targeting Maori
The Maori Party says border control officers in Australia are victimising Maori people and deporting them on flimsy reasons.

People who looked like they were Maori were being picked out by border control officers in Australia, she said.

"Border control forces [are] currently standing on the street corners in Melbourne and they are targeting brown looking people, people with ta moko, Kiwis, they are taking them off for questioning.

"If they consider you to have questionable character, you can be deported - you don't even have to have committed a crime."....

Tribunal rejects gag on judges
The Waitangi Tribunal has rejected the Crown’s attempt to suppress the Maori Land Court judges’ submission on a new Maori land law, and it’s ordered it to hand over the 163 page document by noon.

The tribunal will hold a hearing next week on claims some of the proposed reforms could breach the principles of the treaty of Waitangi.

Crown Law argued the release of the submission on the so called exposure draft of te Ture Whenua Maori Bill would breach constitutional conventions about relations between the judiciary and the executive.

Tribunal panel chair Ron Crosby says the submission was made at the request of the Ministerial Advisory Group overseeing the rewrite of the bill, which was set up to be independent of the executive....

Matariki Court defers chase driver's sentencing
Sentencing of a Whangarei man who led police on a 54km high-speed chase has been put off while he completes a detox programme and "addresses his demons".

He was charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving while forbidden. He also faces two charges of male assaults female relating to a domestic incident last December.

Kopa earlier pleaded guilty to all charges and had been due to be sentenced in the Matariki Court at Kaikohe earlier this month.

Kopa was sentenced to five years' jail for aggravated robbery in 2008 - and sending him back to jail would do little to help him, his family or society in the long term.

"We are better off as a society with you addressing the drivers of your behaviour and addressing your demons ... We've chucked you in jail every other time you've got in trouble and it hasn't worked," Judge Davis said.....

Iwi given mandate for claim
After three years dedicated to preparing for treaty settlement, Ngatiwai are finally on track after their mandate was given the thumbs-up from the Crown.

Sacred lands and forest blocks are just some things Ngatiwai Trust Board chairman Haydn Edmonds says will hopefully be returned to iwi upon settlement....

Iwi hits out at Treaty minister
Ngati Kahu are pointing fingers at the Minister of Treaty Negotiations, saying he is the reason the iwi have not yet settled Treaty claims.

The comments come after minister Chris Finlayson told media Ngati Kahu needed to take a look at their current leadership if they wanted to progress their claims.

Timoti Flavell, head claimant for Ngati Kahu, was doubtful the iwi would receive a fair settlement.

"Ngati Kahu will never receive a fair offer to settle claims under the current Government and not with the current minister for Treaty negotiations."....

Decline in fluent speakers could impact Māori Language Strategy
The Minister for Māori Development warns that if the number of Māori language users continues to decline he will be making key changes to the current Māori Language Strategy.

According to Te Te Ururoa Flavell, “If the statistics relating to language speakers are declining, I plan to look into the Māori Language Strategy for the next coming years as well as all operational language sectors.”

Labour Party Spokesperson for Te Reo Māori, Peeni Henare says, “We will soon be reviewing and analysing aspects of the bill. I think that's just a waste of time and money.”

“In my capacity as a minister I don't want to be of no use if the statistics of language users continue to decline,” added Flavell.

While the Māori Language Commission is facing a $7mil cut in funding that will go to Te Mātāwai, Flavell insists he will still make key changes if need be....

Hui Ngapuhi sends sturdy message of condemnation to government
Rihari Dargaville of the Kahui Taumata o Waitangi, says that yesterday’s 28th Oct 2015 hui of 750-800 Ngapuhi held at Te Tii Waitangi to Commemorate the 180th year of the signing of the He Whakaputanga / Declaration of Independence 1835, were unanimous in their condemnation of the Crown and their imposed policies on Ngapuhi, the biggest nation of subtribes in New Zealand 126,000 as at the 2013 census.

It is without doubt that this is the biggest ever turnout of Ngapuhi and other tribes affiliated to He Whakaputanga 1835 in recent years. The spirit of unity was imminently obvious.

Many sceptics would have expected this to be an internal brawl of words. The key resolution towards the end of the day was:

THAT the mana of Ngapuhi would not bend to the will of the Crown.

The whole whare stood in support of this resolution.

This clears the way for Ngapuhi to acknowledge the findings of the Tribunal Report November 2014, stating:

THAT Ngapuhi did not cede sovereignty.

No longer can the Minister make statements like government is sovereign, especially when dealing with Ngapuhi.

Rihari Dargaville says it is obvious that the direct Negotiations model with the Crown, is not working in the best interests of the Crown, therefore the Government will inject more funding to get the model it is seeking, over the line.

Until such time as this question of rangatiratanga is addressed between the Government and Ngapuhi there will be no enduring settlement....

Northland hapū seek mandate to settle their own treaty claims
A group of hapū from Northland are hoping to get the mandate to undertake their own treaty claims. Te Kotahitanga o Ngā Hapū o Ngāpuhi met with the Minister of Treaty Negotiations, Chris Finlayson to move forward in having their claims settled....

Finding a solution for mortuary water
GISBORNE District Council has started work on the culturally sensitive problem of disposing of mortuary water, and is exploring a land-based system as a possible solution.

There are two drivers for this work. The iwi view is that it is culturally insensitive for mortuary water to be disposed into the bay because bodily parts are viewed as tapu.

In 2009 the independent commissioners granted the resource consents to continue discharging wastewater into the bay, making it clear that the effects of the system on tangata whenua had been a paramount consideration. It was made clear at all times that the continued discharge violated Maori tikanga and had a major effect on the cultural and spiritual sensitivities of tangata whenua....

Govt funding to resolve Ngapuhi settlement
The government has offered funding to hapu opposed to the Tuhoronuku mandate in a bid to resolve conflict over the Ngapuhi Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

A number of substantial hapu have long disputed the right of the board, known as Tuhoronuku to negotiate on their behalf, and their objections were recently endorsed by the Waitangi Tribunal.

Hapu alliance Te Kotahitanga has suggested to Minister for Treaty Negotiations Chris Finlayson that they hold a series of intensive hui over the next two months with Tuhoronuku and the Crown, with the aim of sorting out their differences by next Waitangi Day.

Mr Finlayson said in a letter to the hapu alliance the hapu approach was helpful and constructive, and the Crown was willing to make $106,000 available to fund the engagement work....

Te Kotahitanga 'overjoyed' at Crown offer
Mr Finlayson has praised the offer as helpful and constructive, and offered the group $106,000 to fund the work - small kumara compared to the several million it has pumped into Tūhoronuku.

But a Ngāti Hine leader, Willow-Jean Prime, said it was a good start.

She said the minister was also open to the tribunal's suggestion there could be several settlements within Ngāpuhi rather than one for the whole iwi......

Cost counted of failed claim negotiations
A Ngati Kahu elder says the far north tribe’s runanga should get back to the negotiating table or step aside and give the job to someone else in the iwi.

But Haititaimarangai Marae kaumatua Atihana Johns, who has been involved with the claim since it was lodged 30 years ago, says the runanga has shown it is just not good at negotiating.

He says Professor Mutu’s demand for a $200 million plus settlement is totally unrealistic, and she should have stayed with the other Muriwhenua iwi to secure a settlement covering the whole region.....

Ngatiwai keen to have say on coastal management
The relationship between Ngatiwai and the sea will loom large as the Norhtland iwi enters negotiations on its historic claims.

The crown on Friday recognised the mandate of the Ngatiwai Trust Board to move straight to negotiations, bypassing a Waitangi Tribunal inquiry.

He says the mana of Ngatiwai comes from the sea, which sustains its marae from Rakaumangamanga Cape Brett in the north to Tawharanui Peninsula and out to Aotea Great Barrier.

"Our hapu are looking for autonomy to act and to make responsible choices in their tribal base. We have a long coastline. It has not been left by our people so that continuous ownership of the coast is something we feel is an opportunity for us to settle with the crown," Mr Edmonds says....

Petition to oppose dredging
A petition has been launched opposing the Port of Tauranga's $150 million-plan to position the port for a new generation of mega container ships.

The online petition, which has gained more than 400 signatures, was started three weeks ago by Tauranga man Drew Tata, who said the "impact on the tangata whenua [people of the land] and residents of Tauranga will be detrimental not only to our customary rights to gather food, but the displacement of our pipi, paddle crabs, paua, mussel, cockle and ika (fish)".

Justice Priestley said the Environment Court had carefully and correctly weighed the adverse cultural effects and balanced them against the national and regional significance of the Port of Tauranga...

Marae link important to Māori in advanced age
Māori in advanced age living in areas of higher socio-economic deprivation were significantly more likely to attend a marae, according to new research from the University of Auckland.

This research looked at participation in Māori society in advanced age including attendance at marae and understanding tikanga (correct procedure or protocol within a Māori cultural context).....

Maori Land Court rules it has no jurisdiction over RMA
An application for injunction on Lake Horowhenua consents has been dismissed due to the Maori Land Court not holding jurisdiction over the Resource Management Act.

A resource consent hearing on the lake is due to be held on Tuesday, October 27, in Levin.

Horizons Regional Council and Horowhenua District Council have applied for three consents for the lake to do with a sediment trap, fish pass and weed harvester.

Hokio A Land trustee Eugene Henare filed an application with the Maori Land Court for an interlocking injunction on the councils.

Henare has also filed a submission opposing the consent applications.

However, the Maori Land Court ruled it does not have jurisdiction to prevent local authorities undertaking due process.

In his ruling Judge Michael Doogan found the court's jurisdiction did not extend "so far as to prevent a local authority undertaking due process pursuant to the RMA, or acting pursuant to a consent lawfully obtained".

Doogan said the RMA covered regulation on "all land within New Zealand whether or not it has status as Maori land"....

Bullets Fired At Disputed Lake Horowhenua Rowing Club
Bullets have been fired at a Lake Horowhenua building less than 24 hours after several police officers were forced to restrain a rowing club member who was threatening to kill a Lake owner and female supporter. One of the bullets penetrated a heavy-gauge roller door.

Members of the Horowhenua Rowing Club were yesterday given seven days to remove their equipment from the northern Domain building they neither own nor lease.

The club has continued to occupy this building despite being given notice to vacate the building by the Lake Domain Board Chairman in 2012. That year, the Court of Appeal established that the Domain Board had no power to effectively roll over a lease that had expired in 2007. The following year, the Supreme Court agreed the club does not have any legal right to occupy the building.

Since taking over the empty southern building last month, these owners have been subjected to death threats and vandalism.

Philip Taueki, an owner who lives at the lake was forced to barricade himself in his home when a rower and two accomplices were outside threatening to kill him. The offenders have not yet been arrested......

'Stark inequality' seen in Maori health
Hawke's Bay Maori are more than two and a half times more likely than non-Maori to die of treatable illnesses, according to a comprehensive new report.

"So you might have one person in the house who is very sick but it [household] has a history.

"Therefore treating the individual doesn't actually address the issue, you have got to treat the wider family.

"And the system isn't set up to deal with the dad, the grandchildren ... we have got a very individualistic approach to healthcare.".....

Treaty of Waitangi and new organisms
In 2002, the Government amended the HSNO Act to better reflect the Treaty relationship following a recommendation of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification. A Māori Reference Group was set up to assist with this.

The HSNO Act provides for a Māori Advisory Committee, Nga Kaihautu Taiao, to advise the Environmental Protection Authority on decisions about new organisms. Māori are also represented on the Institutional Biological Safety Committees. The Environmental Protection Authority delegates decisions on applications involving certain low-risk GMOs in containment to these committees....

Kiwis given all clear for throat-slitting haka
New Zealand have received permission from Maori elders to perform the controversial throat-slitting gesture during the haka on their tour of Britain, according to co-captain Issac Luke.

The Kiwis unveiled the haka before a 34-16 win over Leeds at Headingley in which co-captain Adam Blair (calf) and centre Jordan Kahu (groin) were injured and new halves Peta Hiku and Tui Lolohea opened their tenures tentatively.

The thumb-to-the throat gesture at the end of the haka was abandoned by the All Blacks in recent years after attracting international criticism.

"That's the All Blacks, that's different from us," Luke told NRL.com.

"The elders got into it (then) but we were able to explain it to them. And too right, they have every right (to have a say).

"You have to run a lot of things by them, especially being able to explain people's ethnicities. We had someone come across and we sat down and explained it.....

Spelling correction sought for Otago rivers
The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) wants to hear people’s views on proposals to correct the spelling of three unofficial recorded geographic names in South Otago.

The correction would see the features named ‘Tokomairiro’ revert back to the original, and correctly spelled, ‘Tokomairaro’ – ‘Tokomairaro River’, ‘Tokomairaro River East Branch’, and ‘Tokomairaro River West Branch’.

“While both spellings were used from the mid-1800s, the NZGB accepts that ‘Tokomairaro’ is correct and describes the method of pushing waka (canoes) or mōkihi (rafts) along the river with a pole,” says NZGB Secretary Wendy Shaw.

“The NZGB made the proposal after investigation by its Māori Names Committee. Through the proposal NZGB aims to fulfil its role to correct spelling, and collect and encourage the use, of original Māori place names.”....

Native plant near extinction to be returned to iwi
A native plant brought back from the brink of extinction at Scion is being returned to iwi at an official ceremony today in Rotorua.

A rare white-flowered version of the usually red ngutukākā was last seen growing in the wild in the 1950s at Tiniroto cliffs near Wairoa on the East Coast of the North Island and was considered extinct.

General Manager Forest Science, Scion, Brian Richardson, says, “A chance discovery of a bag of seeds stored in a member of the public’s garden shed, has led to the recovery of the native plant.

Karen Te Kani who led the project says “The white ngutuk ākā is considered precious taonga to East Coast iwi. About one hundred plants are being gifted back to Ngati Kohatu and Ngati Hinehika iwi to be planted back on their ancestral land......

Offensive place names could soon be replaced
Proposals being considered by the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa could mean three offensive names in North Canterbury may soon be replaced.

Public views are being sought on these proposals to replace the current unofficial recorded names 'Nigger Hill' and 'Nigger Stream'.

NZGB Secretary Wendy Shaw says, “The proposals – from a member of the public – are based on these names being in poor taste, offensive, discriminatory and derogatory,”

“Under the proposals, ‘Niggerhead’ and ‘Nigger Hill’ would become ‘Tawhai Hill’ and ‘Kānuka Hills’ respectively – named after native trees – and ‘Nigger Stream’ would become ‘Steelhead Stream’ after the local trout species."....

Cabinet approves Maori Language Bill amendments
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says today, "Cabinet has approved amendments be made to the Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill."

"I am pleased that Cabinet has agreed to the landmark decision to enact the Bill in dual languages and that will mean the reo Māori text will prevail in law", he says.

The key proposals approved by Cabinet include:

- giving legislative status to two Māori Language Strategies, one the responsibility of the Crown, which will focus on national-level issues and the other strategy the responsibility of tāngata whenua that will focus on matters at an iwi and community level;

- that the primary responsibilities of Te Mātāwai is to support whānau, hapū, iwi and communities, but also enabling it to influence central government efforts.

- adjusting the membership of Te Mātāwai to ensure representation for Urban Māori and providing for Te Puni Kōkiri to facilitate the selection process;

- maintaining Te Taura Whiri and Te Māngai Pāho as Crown Entities and;

- establishing two governance and engagement forums between Te Mātāwai and the Crown

"These Cabinet decisions will be incorporated into the departmental report for consideration by the Māori Affairs Committee. These proposals further support the goal of strengthening a strong Crown and Māori partnership for coordinating efforts to revitalise te reo Māori," says Minister Flavell.....

Minister can't manipulate me - Mutu
Ngati Kahu chair Margaret Mutu has hit back at the Treaty Negotiations Minister ‘s questioning of her runanga’s mandate to settle treaty claims.

Christopher Finlayson says the far north iwi needs to look at changing its leadership so fresh eyes can be brought to its stalled negotiations.

Professor Mutu has chaired the runanga since 2001.

She says Minister Finlayson thinks wrongly that she is the problem, but she is just doing what she is told to by whanau, hapu and marae.

"What Chris Finlayson hates is that he cannot manipulate me in order to dictate to Ngati Kahu what Finlayson wants, in other words he cannot coopt me into being a crown servant or a crown lackey, he has found it impossible and he wants to get rid of me so he can to find a crown lackey who will do what he wants in Ngati Kahu," Professor Mutu says.....

Māori Broadcaster calls for iwi radio to air on RNZ
Veteran Māori broadcaster Willie Jackson says Iwi radio stations should be considered to air Māori programming at Radio New Zealand.

Jackson made the call after changes to Māori programming at Radio NZ were announced.

He says, “We’ve spoken to them in the past about the possibility of iwi radio stations broadcasting on Radio NZ, but they didn’t agree.”

Jackson is also the chairman of Te Whakaruruhau o ngā Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa, and suggests the government step in to question Radio NZ.

“This is a big issue for Māori. $36 million dollars of taxpayer’s money goes towards Radio NZ, so the government should step in and see what they’re doing.”.....

The Waitangi Tribunal has called for a Treaty settlement with Whanganui iwi which makes the H compulsory and returns the national park to local Maori.
Whanganui Maori want the area's name to be spelt exclusively with an H, among calls for Treaty settlements made in a damning report into the Crown's history with local iwi.

A Waitangi Tribunal report released on Thursday into the area's 83 Treaty claims has found Whanganui Maori historically suffered from lack of input into politics and were still held back by a lack of control over their own affairs.....

Iwi due redress for Crown abuse: Tribunal report
A damning report today has addressed the Crown's mistreatment of Whanganui Maori since the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Waitangi Tribunal report explains the Crown has caused local Maori substantial harm.

It points to extensive land purchases where the Crown deliberately deceived Tangata Whenua over how much land it was purchasing.

The report also refers to current issues, with the tribunal stating local Maori continue to live in a deprived state, have little control over issues that matter them, and that Maori should have a more appropriate role in local government.....

Students get second chance at education
An alternative education centre is giving troubled youth another chance at education. Its students have been affected by all types of social issues, but director Shane Coleman says his students are resilient.

Despite those concerning factors, 3 out of 4 students received their levels 1 and 2 NCEA last year. Coleman believes the Māori aspect of learning plays a big part.

“We use whare tapawhā as a model, even though it's a health model it fits very nicely into education and its actually good for all kids, the majority of our kids are Pākeha,” said Coleman....

Researcher says cancer inequalities in Māori must be addressed
Dr Lis Ellison-Loschmann, from Massey University's Centre for Public Health Research says underlying factors that drive cancer inequalities in Māori, such as poverty, must be addressed immediately.

An international study highlights the gap in cancer incidence between Māori and other New Zealanders is a lot higher than for other indigenous populations.

Key findings from the study:

- Lung cancer rates were four times higher among Māori woman and 2.5 times higher among Māori men

- Stomach and liver cancer rates were more than double among Māori

- Smoking was the biggest determinant of lung cancer

- Smoking rates among Māori women were the highest in the study

- Overall Māori die eight years earlier than non- Māori

- Childhood poverty increased the likelihood of cancer in adult Māori....

Shopkeeper living in fear
A group of teenagers have struck fear into a 23-year-old shopkeeper after a targeted attack on his shop.

Gaurav Dewitt was set upon by the youths late on Tuesday evening at his takeaway shop, Taste of the Island.

The three offenders abused the shopkeeper, tried to provoke him into a fight and finally threw a bike at him.

"It was closing time so I was just mopping the floors. I tried to scare them off with the mop but they kept wanting to fight me," Mr Dewitt said.

He managed to shield himself with the mop and was uninjured during the altercation.

Maraenui ward councillor Maxine Boag said she agreed there is a youth problem in the suburb.

She said there was a high population of Maori and Pacific Island youth who were not in employment, education or training.

"It's an indictment of the central government's ability to support our youth.

"This latest incident is typical of a systemic problem across New Zealand."

The councillor will facilitate a meeting today between Mr Dewitt and the local Maori warden to ensure he feels safe in his shop.....

Museum denied chance to display Treaty of Waitangi
Maori in Northland are threatening to protest after Archives New Zealand refused to allow the Waitangi Museum to display the original copy of the Treaty of Waitangi on February 6 next year.

"I am going to bring this up as a Waitangi issue and if they don't listen I'm going to close – I'm going to do my best to close the Waitangi doors to the Crown," Kingi Taurua, a local chief for Waitangi's lower marae Te Tii told the radio station.

Chairman of the Waitangi National Trust Pita Paraone said Archives New Zealand had refused the request because of how fragile the document was....

Churches, government fight over funding
The churches said they wanted to have a meeting with the government to discuss the schools' future.

Ministry of Education's deputy secretary for education system performance Andrea Schollman said state-integrated schools received funding that closely matched that received by state schools, and most state-integrated schools managed well on their budgets.

She said Te Aute and Turakina College's financial difficulties were due to the small number of students each school had.

"Both schools are appropriately funded. In the case of Te Aute and Turakina college, in 2014 the schools were funded at a rate of approximately $18,000 per student.

"In comparison, the average across across all state and state integrated secondary schools for operational funding and payment of teacher salaries was $7,600 per student.

"The key difference in the funding arrangements is that the Proprietors of integrated schools are responsible for the provision of school property and own the property."....

Hawke's Bay Airport pushes ahead with name change despite council dissent
Malcolm Dixon was one of two Hastings councillors to criticise the board's decision at Tuesday's meeting, saying it went against the wishes of a shareholder.

Simon Nixon went further, calling the planned name "inappropriate" and describing it as "pandering" to Mana Ahuriri.

Former AB pushes for more sports academies for tamariki Māori
Former All Black forward Billy Bush has come out saying that iwi in general should invest in establishing an institution for Māori children in all sports.

Bush says, “I think a lot of iwi have been paid out their settlement so I think it’s up to the iwi to start academies. Not only in rugby but right across the board."..

Our stories add depth to learning
Last week, I visited Lakeview Kindergarten at Waipukurau to listen to and talk to 20 or so kindergarten teachers about the history of the area and the telling of our stories.

The three stories told about ancient ancestors, their works of manaaki, of hunting and gathering, of fishing, of preservation, of jealousy, of combat and of murder.

Told through a pre-5-year-old lens, in simple language, the stories were riveting, even to my trained ear, having been brought up on such stories.

So although some communities are trying to keep Maori teaching and learning mediums out of communities, other communities, such as Lakeview Kindergarten and its sister kindergartens, are actively encouraging and promoting Maori history, Maori language and Maori thinking as part of their everyday mahi. Congratulations to those groups. The iwi will support this drive wherever there is an appetite. ....

Support service warns Māori education under threat if it's closed
A whānau support group at Victoria University says it's under threat.

The mentoring programme, Te Rōpū Āwhina, started in 1999 and aims to raise academic achievement of Māori and Pasifika students studying science, engineering, architecture and design.....

Candidate for mayor takes aim at Queen
Rotorua voters now have four possible candidates for mayor with 2013 mayoral challenger RangiMarie Bosma-Robson announcing she intends to stand in next year's council elections.

Ms Bosma-Robson joins incumbent mayor Steve Chadwick, Dr Reynold Macpherson and district councillor Rob Kent as candidates for Rotorua mayor.

Ms Bosma-Robson told the Rotorua Daily Post she intended to replace Queen Elizabeth II as New Zealand's official head of state and set up a local Maori tribal council in Rotorua to replace the Rotorua Lakes Council.

She said she wanted to see a true democracy for New Zealand, and to encourage more people to vote, wanted to see the voting age lowered to include children from the age of 5....

Iwi groups combine for social housing bid
Three Tauranga iwi authorities are coming together to bid for the transfer of social housing in the Tauranga area.

A formal Heads of Agreement was signed today between the Tauranga Moana and Te Puke Housing Consortium and the Masterton Trust House Community Enterprise.

The Tauranga Consortium is made of three Bay of Plenty Treaty settlement tribes - Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust, Tapuika Iwi Authority and Nga Hapu o Ngati Ranginui Settlement Trust - established to bid for the transfer of social housing in the Tauranga area.....

Willie Jackson successfully challenged Maori board selection
Broadcaster Willie Jackson has successfully challenged the selection process of an Auckland Maori board he sought to join - alongside his old talkback radio partner.

Mr Jackson mounted legal action in 2013 when he was not chosen as one of the Auckland Independent Maori Statutory Board's two mataawaka (urban) representatives....

Further link here > http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/287476/board-loses-latest-battle-with-jackson

Urban Maori want to pick own reps
The chair of the National Urban Maori Authority, Willie Jackson says a Court of Appeal decision on appointments to Auckland's Independent Maori Statutory Board is a victory for urban Maori.

The court upheld a High Court decision the Papakura Marae chief executive Tony Kake could not stay on the board because the appointment panel failed to properly consider all applications, including that of Mr Jackson.

He says the case wasn't a personal attack on Mr Kake.

Rather it was a challenge to a system where representatives of Auckland iwi, who make up just 11 percent of Maori in the super city, get to choose who will represent mataawaka or Maori from iwi outside Auckland.

The region's airport will be officially renamed Ahuriri Airport Hawke’s Bay by 2017.
The Hawke's Bay Airport company board says it is looking forward to "embracing" the name change, requested by Treaty of Waitangi claimant group Mana Ahuriri, which represents seven hapu.

This year the group has successfully applied to have prominent landmark Napier Hill renamed Mataruahou under a Treaty of Waitangi claim nearing completion, but failed to have Perfume Point in Napier renamed Te Karaka, after a Maori chief.....

Deal aims to break Ngapuhi deadlock
There's hope the country's biggest Treaty deal can move ahead quickly now a three-way settlement is being proposed to break the Ngapuhi deadlock.

The Waitangi Tribunal recommended the Crown should stop negotiations amid concerns about mandate holders Tuhoronuku.

Tuhoronuku have been shaken by questions about their finances and a Waitangi Tribunal finding about how the mandate was given.

Many hapu claimed they had been left out of the process and formed a rival group, Kotahitanga.

Co-chair Rudy Taylor has met Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson and says if they work hard, things can move forward.

"I think now this minister is really taking in what we've been saying. It's a three-way engagement, and he's the first to look at that in a positive way.".....

Power station's extension appealed
A Maori trust is appealing against plans to expand Ngawha power station.

Far North power company Top Energy was last month granted a raft of consents allowing it to build two more geothermal power plants near Ngawha Springs, east of Kaikohe, boosting the power station's total output from 25 to 75MW. That would be enough to turn the Far North into an exporter of electricity.

The Parahirahi C1 Trust, however, has since lodged an appeal in the Environment Court against the Northland Regional and Far North District council consents.

The trust is the kaitiaki (guardian) of the nearby Waiariki hot springs and manages a hot pool complex on trust-owned land and Crown land the Waitangi Tribunal has recommended be returned to Maori.

During the hearings in Kerikeri in August, trustee Amokura Kawharu said the expansion could threaten hot springs which had been used for their curative powers, cooking and heating since the 16th century. No natural resource had greater significance to Ngapuhi, she said.

If the consents were granted the trust wanted full membership of the peer review panel overseeing the project and a five-year gap between the expansion's two stages to allow monitoring of any effects on the springs. The trust also wanted "material cultural benefits" to balance the negative effects of exploiting the geothermal field, suggesting Top Energy pay for a $2.5 million upgrade of the Waiariki hot pools.....

Maori party's stance on party merges
The idea of whether the party could merge with another has been floated today at its Annual General Meeting in Huntly, and at a hui at Ohaaki marae.

Māori Party President Naida Glavish states that they have made their decision.

Ms Glavish has said the Maori party is willing to work with any political movement, but will not be merging with any other party.....

Schism within Presbyterian church over funding of school
The Presbyterian Church's Māori division has rounded on its General Assembly, accusing it of walking away from its partnership to fund and support Turakina Māori Girls' College.

A schism has formed in the church with the Reverend Wayne Te Kaawa saying that since appealing to the church for more funds the silence has been deafening.

"The Pākehā side of the church sort of became quiet... silent, non-involved and we were basically left holding the can, and so we've done the best we can knowing that in the Māori part of the church we simply do not have the funds."

The school's Board of Trustees is also challenging the Presbyterian Church and said it could not help wonder how it was that the church held approximately $180 million in the Presbyterian Investment Fund and yet had allowed the school to deteriorate.....

Youth Court no 'Kumbaya-singing, Milo-drinking affair,' says judge
And thirdly, while Maori offending is dropping, crucially, it’s not dropping at nearly the same rate as non-Maori youth offending. So the disproportionality of Maori in the Youth Court has gone from about 45% to 65%. In about 20 courts, more than 75% of those appearing are Maori. So that’s the caution in the otherwise very good news that we never hear in the media.....

Rena salvage hearings conclude
The hearing of an application for the wreck of box ship Rena to be left on New Zealand's Astrolabe Reef off the port of Tauranga concluded on 9 October, with lawyers for the Crown and shipowner at odds.

The New Zealand Government has opposed the application by the Astrolabe Community Trust, representing Daina Shipping and its insurer, to leave the bulk of the 47,000-tonne container vessel, which ran aground, split in two, and sank in 2011, on the reef.

The Crown, however, has argued for Rena's bow, which lies just over a metre below the surface, to be removed and insists that no wreckage above 30 m remains. It also wants more rigorous monitoring measures and the removal of contaminants at debris hot spots.

Compensation to local Maori communities and residents amounted to NZD3 million, and a contribution of NZD440,000 to the surf lifesaving clubs within the Bay of Plenty area whose members helped with the oil spill clean-up.

Maori Party AGM to focus on rebuilding
The Maori Party will hold its annual conference on Saturday in a time Maori Party President Naida Glavish says it is crucial for it to rebuild after its poorest polling result ever.

The party will also consider standing candidates in local body elections and a remit to make Maori representation on local councils a bottom line for any future coalition arrangements....

Māori Party looking at standing in council elections
The Maori Party is pushing forward former co-leader, Sir Pita Sharples, as a possible candidate for the Auckland Mayoralty.

Members of the party met at Te Ohāki Marae in Huntly for their Annual General Meeting.

Māori Party President Naida Glavish has said she would back the former party co-leader if he decided to run....

More post-graduate qualifications for teachers
For the first time trainee teachers are to be offered the opportunity to earn post-graduate qualifications in Māori medium and Early Childhood Education (ECE) teaching, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

From next year up to 85 post-graduate positions will be available for Māori medium teachers and 90 positions for ECE teachers in initial teacher education programmes.

The post-graduate diplomas and master’s degrees will be for teachers intending to work in Māori medium schooling, or in early learning in either English, English/Māori medium or full immersion Maori medium settings.

“These new qualifications will have a positive impact on the quality of new teachers entering the workforce and will raise achievement for our children and young people in early learning and Māori medium settings,” says Ms Parata.....

Anglican church rejects school funding criticism
The Anglican Church said it is doing enough to ensure the survival of the kura it runs, contrary to criticisms made by the Minister of Maori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell.

Mr Flavell said that the churches running Māori boarding schools were not fulfilling their obligations by upgrading them and making a bigger financial contribution.

But the Anglican church's Te Aute Trust Board chairperson Stephen Jacobi said while there have been problems in the past, those had now been resolved.

"Over the last two years the Anglican church through the Te Aute Trust Board and the St John's College Trust Board, has put in considerable resources coming close to $15 million to secure the future of Te Aute and Hukarere, the two iconic Māori Anglican boarding schools in the Hawke's Bay, and thanks to the investment and involvement by the church the future of those schools has been secured," he said.

Chair of the Presbyterian Church's Māori Synod and the school's Board of Proprietors is Reverend Wayne Te Kaawa.

He agrees with both her and Mr Flavell, but he said the Pākehā side of the church has not been supportive enough.

"In the case of Turakina two of the partners walked away over the last couple of years and left the Māori side of the church holding the school and of course we simply just don't have the funds."...

Stats show Maori still facing discrimination
Ministry of Health statistics show Māori are almost three times as likely as non-Māori to have experienced unfair treatment on the basis of ethnicity.

The Race Relations Commissioner says statistics revealing Māori are almost three times as likely as non-Māori to have experienced unfair treatment on the basis of ethnicity show agencies need to do more to respond to racial discrimination.

"Sometimes it's not even done intentionally, you know the care and treatment that's offered to Māori is different to non-Māori.

Statistics in the Chartbook also showed that Māori were more than 1.5 times more likely to have ever experienced ethnically motivated physical or verbal attacks, with more than a quarter of Māori men, or 26.9 percent, having experienced such attacks.

Dame Susan said she congratulated Māori who had reported discrimination and urged more people to come forward as the Human Rights Commission could not take action if people did not complain.....

Churches blamed for demise of Māori boarding schools
The Minister of Māori Development has come out swinging at the churches that run Māori boarding schools, following the Minister of Education's interim decision to close Turakina Māori Girls' College.

Ms Parata's announcement prompted Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell to accuse the churches of not fulfilling their obligations to the kura.

"They have not supported and fulfilled their obligation to those schools by not upgrading the facilities that are sorely needed and created a good, positive working environment with the board of trustees," Mr Flavell said.

Mr Flavell said, if the churches wanted the schools to flourish, they had to make more of a financial contribution - and the best case scenario was that the churches would get far more heavily involved.

"If they really want those schools to flourish they've got to kick in with some financial contribution, can't leave it to the state because the state is actually providing the resource to allow the teaching of education to happen.....

Higher rates of Maori deaths on NZ roads
Māori make up just under 15 percent of the population, yet accounted for about half the number of road fatalities in the past 10 years where alcohol or speed were involved.

About 840 Māori were killed in crashes between 2004 and 2014, where alcohol or speed were a factor. In that same period 1673 non-Māori died.

The authority's chairman Willie Jackson said the statistics came at no surprise to him, and the government should take action.

"It almost goes into the too hard basket for the government and governments are getting more and more nervous about providing specialised funding, or having specific targeting around Māori for fear of being called racist and separatists," he said.

"The reality is that too many of our people are dying on the roads. We've known this now for over a decade. What's the government response to that?"

He acknowledged the socio-economic conditions may also play a part in the statistics. "The reality is that the majority of those poor are Māori."

"I've seen, particularly in South Auckland, literally hundreds of Māori drivers who won't go and get their licence because its always too expensive," he said.

Mr Jackson said to address the Māori road toll, the government must roll out consistent education messages targeting Māori.

National road policing operations manager Peter McKennie said the factors contributing to serious crashes were common to all people in society.

The Transport Agency has no official Māori road toll, and the statistics available were based on police assumptions on race.

Māori men four times more likely to die from violence
The rate of hospitalisation as a result of assault or attempted homicide was nearly six times higher for Māori women than non-Māori women over the past three years.

Hospitalisation rates for Māori men as a result of assault or attempted homicide were nearly three times higher than non-Māori men between 2012 and 2014.

Death rates from assault or homicide, meanwhile, were nearly four times as high for Māori men as non-Māori men between 2010 and 2012, while death rates from assault or homicide for Māori women were 1.6 times higher than non-Māori women.

National Network of Stopping Violence kaiarahi Trevor Wilson said the figures should be seen in the context of a lack of access to housing, income, education, and a fair and just legal system.

"However when you look at the response from government agencies in regards to that, it tells a much bigger story about the needs of Māori not being met."....

Members appointed to Maori ICT Advisory Group
Communications Minister Amy Adams and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell have announced eight appointees to the Māori ICT Development Fund Expert Advisory Group.

In Budget 2014, the Government allocated $30 million for a Māori ICT Development Fund to support Māori economic development and support access to Māori language and culture through digital literacy initiatives.

The group will provide advice about how the fund will work including its objectives and the design of an operational framework. It will also make recommendations to the Ministers’ about how the grant should be spent.....

The five Māori ICT and Business members are:

- Antony Royal (Chair)

- George Reedy

- Vanessa Clark

- Ian Taylor

- Warren Williams

Three ex-officio members are:

- Di Grennell - Te Puni Kōkiri

- Paul Alexander - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

- Georgina Whata - Callaghan Innovation...

Crown tries to silence Maori judges
The crown doesn’t want the Waitangi Tribunal to read what Maori Land Court judges have to say about a major rewrite of Maori land law.

The tribunal asked to formally see the judges’ 163-page demolition of the draft Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill after a copy posted on the Waatenews.com website was discussed at pre-hearing conference.

As part of the preparations for next month’s urgent hearing of a claim against the reform process, Crown Law has given the tribunal copies of the other submissions on the so called exposure draft.

But it wants more time to argue against the judges’ submission becoming part of the official record.

It says there are issues conflict of interest and bias, in that the tribunal panel would need to weight the evidence of judges who would preside over other inquiries that members are part of.

It also claims it could be inappropriate for claimant lawyers to cross-examine judges....

Call from Ngāpuhi matriarch for Māori to fight current issues that affect Māori rights
Cyril Chapman carried the flag from Te Hapua. He believes Māori today face bigger challenges.

Chapman says, "Is it truly the words of our ancestors who said not one more acre. You know, where are we now? I know that thousands of acres of land have been lost since then through legislation and through rates and lots of other means so it's a time to reflect and time to think about, okay, what are our strategies ahead?"

This renowned elder says the government continues to trample on the Treaty of Waitangi.

Titewhai says, "Now they gone away and signed the TPPA another agreement that's not only going to do away with our Treaty rights, it's going to do away with us as Māori. We need to wake up and stand up and get back on the road and make our feelings heard and seen to be heard."

She says Māori should continue to fight for their rights....

'Kids round here have nothing to do' - Iwi leader hits out after boy, 12, tried to rob dairy with gun
An iwi leader says the armed robbery of a Kaitaia dairy on Sunday by two teenagers was a direct result of the "limited windows of opportunity" young people have in the Far North.

North Road Dairy owner Dipika Patel was in the store when an armed 12-year-old boy, who police believe was on methamphetamine, entered demanding money at 8.35pm on Sunday.

But Te Rarawa iwi leader Haami Piripi told Newstalk ZB, while the images were "shocking", people shouldn't be too quick to demonise the teenagers.

He said it was an "economic phenomenon" that was being seen around the world and stemmed from a lack of basic needs such as healthcare, education and housing.

Language key to health approach
A leading Auckland nursing educator says the language used in healthcare needs to change if there are to be improvement in Maori health.

Auckland University school of nursing Barbara Docherty says mainstream health professionals tend not to listen to their patients, especially Maori, so don’t have the conversations needed to work out what is the most important to them.

"Participation, partnership, protection. If we just kept those three principles in our mind in general practice primary healthcare, we would be doing the right thing by everybody. Not participation inviting Maori to a meeting and saying ‘We are here to help you.’ Allowing them to tell us what they want. Partnership, working together, but Maori telling us how we can assist them rather than us putting it on them. And then protection, they need protection from us," she says.....

Consultation key to Huntly expressway project
The route of the expressway will see a 60 metre deep pass through the Taupiri Range and will require more than 1 million cubic metres of soil to be moved.

NZ Transport Agency contractors Fulton Hogan HEB can use the soil as fill along other parts of the section but are not allowed to truck the material away from the project site.

Raymond (Moko) Kumar, Waikato Tainui project manager, said the consent condition was common for any site identified as waahi tapu.

A waahi tapu site is identified by iwi/hapu as a place that is spiritually and culturally important.

Taupiri urupa (cemetery) is located on Taupiri Mountain at the southern end of the range.

"In any waahi tapu site where the landscape of that particular site is destined to be changed forever, one of the key practices that iwi like developers to follow as part of their work is that the soil is retained in that area for cultural reasons," Kumar said.

"Taupiri urupa is Waikato Tainui's most significant landmark, it defines who we are as a tribe."....

Waipareira Trust wins major research grant
An Urban Maori Authority has won a major research grant that will allow it to talk directly with whānau to find out what has helped them improve their health.

Te Whānau O Waipareira Trust says it wants to look backwards and talk to kuia and kaumatua and find out what's worked for them and use that information to improve its health services to the community.

The funding from the Health Research Council provides the trust's research arm, Wai-Research, with $200,000.....

Wakatu Maori to argue for property rights
Wakatu Maori are heading to the Supreme Court to argue they have the same property rights as other New Zealanders and should not be prevented from protecting them in the courts.

The Nelson-based group of five hapu became an incorporated family in 1977, and for the past 30 years it has unsuccessfully sought compensation for alienation from its land.

Chairman Paul Morgan said it would cite an 1841 agreement in which Pakeha settlers promised to put 10 percent of Nelson lands aside for local Maori...

League ready to yell louder
The Maori Women’s Welfare League has agreed it needs to get more vocal about advocating for Maori women and whanau.

President Prue Kapua says a new open forum at the league’s annual conference in Whangarei went well, with the wahine expressing a strong desire to be involved in issues such as the reform of Child, Youth and Family.

She says for some it meant getting over a fear of looking political, as most political decisions will affect whanau Maori.....

Federation of Maori Affairs to discuss diversification of $9 billion in assets
Maori authorities are gathering in Wellington to discuss their investments, with diversifying beyond primary industries high on the agenda.

Leaders from throughout the country will meet on Saturday at the Federation Of Maori Affairs (FOMA) conference to discuss their collective asset base of $9 billion - the majority of the overall $12b Maori asset base.

FOMA chairwoman Traci Houpapa said its 150 members held assets in commercial property, energy, and tourism but many were heavily invested in commodity driven primary industries, and were looking to diversify.....

Tuhoronuku on notice from Crown
The Minister of Treaty Negotiations has warned the troubled body negotiating Ngapuhi's treaty settlement that it might lose its authority to talk to the Crown.

In a letter obtained under the Official Information Act the Minister Chris Finlayson told Tuhoronuku's new chairman, Hone Sadler his board must gain the support of hapu who have rejected his organisation's authority.

Unless that is done the Crown could decide not to recognise the board's authority....

Cultural exchange between Saudis and Māori
A contingent of dignitaries and diplomats representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were welcomed on to a Waikato marae this weekend, in the hopes of creating ties between the Māori and Saudi people.

The home people of Paaraawera Marae in Te Awamutu were treated to a display of sword dancing and fine cotton dress in a cultural exchange that began on Saturday.

The NZ-based group of Saudi were welcomed by famous sea voyager Hoturoa Kerr, who said the similarities between the two cultures were remarkable, “They picked up the hongi easily because it's a custom of their own and so is standing to do a whai kōrero, singing, socialising, it's was second nature to them.”....

Māori encouraged into the digital world to benefit Maōri economy
The digital world is changing the traditional business landscape, but now it's enticing Māori innovators. "DigMyIdea" is a contest that encourages Māori entrepreneur to share their digital ideas to benefit Māori....

Whanau Ora fails Maori
Whanau Ora isn’t working and nor is it saving lives judging by tragic statistics released today by the Ministry of Health, says Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.

“Whanau Ora is the Maori Party’s flagship health programme, yet these newly released statics show Maori are still suffering the most in almost every health category.

“It’s time for the Maori Party to admit Whanau Ora isn’t anchored on solid foundations and has failed to bring fresh health opportunities for Maori,” says Nanaia Mahuta.....

Napier Hill to be renamed Mataruahou under Mana Ahuriri treaty settlement
Prominent Hawke's Bay landmark Napier Hill will be officially renamed Mataruahou under a Treaty of Waitangi claim that is nearing completion.

Mataruahou is the historic Maori name for the hill, one of Napier's higher-value residential areas, which sits between the city's port and CBD shopping district.

It was named Scinde Island by European settlers and was mostly surrounded by water before the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake raised additional land on Napier's shoreline.

The planned official geographic name change is included in a deed of settlement agreed between the Crown and Mana Ahuriri, a claimant group representing seven Napier hapu.....

Nod for joint agreement
THE historic joint management agreement for the Waiapu River catchment between Gisborne District Council and Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou won clear support when it came before Gisborne District Council yesterday.

The recommendation that the council sign the agreement was carried by 11 votes to one with the only vocal opponent, Roger Haisman, recording a vote against the motion when a division was called.

Votes in favour were recorded by Meredith Akuhata-Brown, Bill Burdett, Andy Cranston, Amber Dunn, Alan Davidson, Mayor Meng Foon, Larry Foster, Brian Wilson, Pat Seymour, Rehette Stoltz and Josh Wharehinga. Graeme Thomson abstained and Craig Bauld was not present....

Ngati Porou welcome council’s agreement
The council’s decision is historic in that this JMA is a first for the country.

The Ngati Porou - Gisborne District Council JMA differs from other JMAs, in that it applies to all the freshwater and land within the Waiapu catchment.

This JMA will provide a model for the recognition of iwi rights and interests in freshwater, as well as provide a practical ‘collaboration vehicle’ to enable effective, inclusive and robust management of freshwater and land resources within the Waiapu catchment.

“To quote Councillor Wilson, ‘true democracy isn’t just about 14 people sitting around a table making decisions, true democracy is when you involve the people that are directly affected by those decisions in the decision-making process’,” Mr Parata said....

Rowing club vows to stay put
A rowing club in Levin is refusing to be "bullied" out of its building next to Lake Horowhenua by local Māori who want the club to leave.

The rowing club building is padlocked up, its windows covered with corrugated iron.

"When we come down here, especially when we have the kids around, we've been getting abused and threatened. Several members of our club have been assaulted," he said.

But Mr Bealing said even though its lease had ended the council had not told the club to leave.

"We were paying lease up till a couple of years ago. We've paid everything that we've been invoiced, as such. Everything has been up in the air the last couple of years so nothing has come through. But we're paying rates on the building. We're paying the upkeep."

Another building next to the lake, belonging to the old sailing club, was claimed by local Māori a month ago. Most of its windows are smashed and one garage door has a huge dent in it...

Crown accused of sidelining Māori in TPP
The announcement of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) shows a complete lack of understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi's principles, a lawyer says.

The Waitangi Tribunal has granted a group of claimants challenging the deal an urgent hearing, which is expected to take place in January.

The claimants had asked the Crown not to take any steps that would undermine the claim before it could be heard by the tribunal but it declined, without giving any reasons.

The Federation of Māori Authorities has praised the agreement. But the lawyer representing the claimants, Kathy Ertell, said it was regrettable that the Crown had gone ahead without the support of its treaty partner.

"It shows a complete lack of understanding of what the principles of the treaty are, which are about the development of a relationship going into the future together between the Crown and Māori - not the Crown just rushing off and doing whatever it wants when it comes to making agreements which may compromise the sovereignty of New Zealand.

"It becomes even more important that the Crown takes its treaty partner into its confidence."...

Lack of consultation over marine reserve - Ngāti Porou
The Ngāti Porou tribal board and its seafood company are disappointed with the decision to create a marine reserve around the Kermedec Islands because of a lack of consultation.

Chairman Selwyn Parata said the way the Crown had acted was inconsistent with its obligations to Iwi under the Treaty of Waitangi and its 1992 settlement between the Iwi and the Crown.

He said although conservation measures added value and were important, so too were Treaty rights....

Work begins on $3.7m Greta Point housing development
A $3.7 million housing development is underway in Wellington for descendants of Te Aro Pa iwi - more than 140 years after their ancestors were forced off the land.

Te Aro Pa Trust, which represents about 1000 people who traced their lineage to the original pa inhabitants, began work on a housing development in June at Greta Point in Evans Bay. The 1.6-hectare site was previously occupied by the Sheepskin Warehouse.

The apartments will include a shared garden and communal courtyards and have been designed to support affordable living for local Maori on low and modest incomes.

The development is being funded with a mix of bank funding and grants from the newly-established Maori Housing Network....

League wants to hold governments to account
The president of the Maori Women’s Welfare League says she’s looking forward to its annual conference starting in Whangarei today to debate issues like the review of Child, Youth and Family.

Prue Kapua says there have been changes to the usual format so members have more time to discuss kaupapa and develop a league position.

She says getting its views out in public and being seen to be effective will be the way to draw in younger members and keep the organisation relevant to whanau Maori.

"We have to start making governments accountable, to the issues that affect us. We have to start doing and saying the things that are really important that we're doing not just because one or two of us are saying it but because we've actually got the processes in place to be able to get the views of all of our members" she says.....

Call for $10m boost for Māori boys' college
The principal of Te Aute Māori boys' college near Napier wants the Ministry of Education and the Anglican Church to follow the lead of iwi to move the school into the future.

The boarding school will receive $5 million from the Heretaunga-Tamatea treaty settlement, which was signed last month.

Mr Hiha wants to see the Ministry and Church both contribute $5m so there is a $15m fund for the school's sustainability....

Auckland woman alleges workplace bullying against her 'European values system'
A woman sacked from her teaching position at a South Auckland school has alleged she was racially bullied for her "European values system".

Marx has complained to the Employment Relations Authority that she was discriminated against on racial grounds "unlike Maori and Pacifica ... and one Indian" colleagues.

"She was treated differently (on unidentified grounds) by ... not getting use of a working computer for her studies, and being criticised for not attending a powhiri for a new [staff member].

"And ... [the fact she was] 'a woman with European values system of freedom and democracy' was 'held against' her by the two Board [of Trustees] members who investigated the disciplinary matters that led to her dismissal."

She was fired for what was deemed "serious misconduct"....

MWWL says Māori women play central role in addressing whānau needs
The Māori Women's Welfare League says Māori women must play a central role in helping address the needs of Māori children and their families.

Any solution for Māori families and children must include Māori women at its centre. The League has always reached into our communities in a way that departments and other organisations can never do.”

Kapua adds “Of the 5000 children in state care, almost 3,000 are mokopuna Māori. It is time now for the Government to listen to the solutions we can offer as League women involved in our communities and passionate about better outcomes for our whanau."....

Maori-led housing initiative launches
A network to support Maori-led house building projects has been launched at the opening of a housing development by a Ngaruawahia whanau.

The network has been set up under government agency Te Puni Kokiri to support Maori-led housing initiatives and develop greater Maori capability in the sector

In the last four years Maori-led projects have funded the building of 95 new homes and infrastructure has also been put in place to new and existing homes.

The Ranga-Bidois whanau developed a plan with Whanau Ora support, and successfully applied for funding from Te Puni Kokiri to help develop the project.

They then got funding for infrastructure and to build the homes from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as part of the wider housing investments by the government through the Social Housing Fund.

Papakainga is a form of housing development which occurs on multiply-owned Maori or ancestral land....

China business boosts Ngai Tahu profit
Ngai Tahu has made a net profit for the year ended June of $109 million.

That’s 25 percent down from last year’s record $145 million, which was boosted by insurance payments for earthquake damage.

Revenue was up at $346 million, and the iwi also picked up $11 million from the Aquaculture Settlement and $17 million from the relativity clause in its land settlement.

It paid out $26 million in tribal, runanga and whanau distributions.....

Crown concedes it failed to protect Lake Horowhenua from pollution
The Crown has conceded it failed to protect Lake Horowhenua from pollution, breached the Treaty of Waitangi on multiple occassions and left the Muaupoko iwi virtually landless.

The Waitangi Tribunal hearing opened at the Horowhenua Events Centre in Levin on Monday, with 22 claims looking at Lake Horowhenua, Hokio Stream and the Horowhenua land block.

"We believe this will be one of the most profound hearings we will have in this district," Judge Caren Fox said on the opening morning of the tribunal.

In its written submission, released before the hearing, the Crown acknowledged that the Muaupoko iwi had "well-founded grievances".

It breached the Treaty of Waitangi and this allowed Lake Horowhenua to become polluted.....

Process miffs iwi over sanctuary
A Far North iwi is welcoming plans for a Kermadec Island sanctuary, but says a phone call about the plan ahead of it being announced is not consultation as claimed by the Government.

Te Aupouri says the first time it heard about plans for a sanctuary was during a phone call from Environment Minister Nick Smith the night before the announcement.

Mr Stevens said he was not sure how Dr Smith came to the conclusion the iwi strongly supported the sanctuary, saying proper consultation would have required the two parties sitting down to discuss sanctuary.

"There's a difference between supporting the sanctuary and opposing the way it was put in place. We're saying we disagree with the processes," he said.

The Kermadec Islands have had a marine reserve around them since 1990, but this decision will extend it from 12 nautical miles to the 200 nautical miles. The protected area will be twice the size of New Zealand's land mass and 50 times the size of the country's largest national park....

Only Maori can save their kids
Mr Peters said the government's response as New Zealand's social circumstances worsened as a result of the current economy was to privatise welfare and to sell state houses.

"Nowhere in the waffle pouring out of the Beehive has there been any reference to the core issues that are creating social breakdown and the reasons behind children ending up in state care," he said.

"Unless we in the Maori world accept that there is an unacceptable level of parental irresponsibility that only we can fix we will go on wasting taxpayers' money.....

Kermadec sanctuary breaches rights - Maori Fisheries Trust
Plans to set up one of the largest ocean sanctuaries in the world breach Treaty of Waitangi obligations and extremely late-notice consultation was cynical, the Maori Fisheries Trust says.

The strong criticism comes after Labour said the Government's "care free" approach to establishing the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary could lead to legal challenges from iwi.

"Iwi rights go beyond other participants in the fisheries sector and include quota share interests in fisheries based on QMA10 - the Kermadec zone. The nature of those rights means all iwi have a commercial interest in this area."

Asked if legal action was on the cards, a spokesman for TOK said: "it might be something that iwi consider if the Government continues to shirk its responsibilities and obligations".....

No safety net for Maori in Oz
A specialist in Maori and legal systems says Maori are disproportionately likely to be affected by Australia's harsh new visa laws.

Ms Stephens says the new rules affect New Zealanders more than migrants from other countries because the so called special relationship with Australia means they are less likely to take out citizenship.

"Thirty seven percent of New Zealanders have taken out Australian citizenship compared to other ethnicities and Maori again are even less likely to take up citizenship. Now because we do not have that tendency to have that safety net of citizenship, Maori are disproportionately more likely to be on the hard end of this kind of policy," she says.....

New Zealand Maori leaders embrace charter schools (Opinion)
Charter schools are an attack on the educational rights and unity of the entire working class. For the Maori nationalists, the charter system is to be used to secure public funds to set up what are, in effect, racially segregated Maori-only schools, on the model that already exists with “language nests” at pre-school and primary levels.

The push for charter schools by the Maori elite exposes all the purveyors of racial identity politics and the program of “Tino Rangatiratanga,” or Maori self-determination. According to this agenda, Maori should be in charge of running their “own” affairs within the framework of the profit system. There is nothing progressive in this. Maori are not “one people,” but are divided by class.

“Self-determination” is the perspective of a small privileged layer that has been created through the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process on the basis of multi-million dollar payouts to tribal businesses. Deeply hostile to the working class, they have moved far to the right in defence of capitalism and are now openly imposing austerity measures on working people of all races.....

Government invites developers to build houses on Crown land in Auckland
Under the Treaty of Waitangi, iwi group Nga Mana Whenua o Tamaki Makaurau had to be offered the first opportunity to develop vacant or underutilised Crown land in Auckland, and would be able to select an approved developer should it decide to take up its opportunity to develop any of the sites, Smith said in a statement.....

'You want to get a job, don't bowl up speaking Maori,' says Mike Williams
Former Labour Party president Mike Williams has suggested there is no need for Te Reo in prisons because it does not help inmates get a job once they are released.

Mr Williams was speaking for the New Zealand Howard League in an official capacity when he made the comments at a public discussion about prisons this week.

Māori make up more than half the country's prison population.

Mr Williams was asked by an audience member if there should be encouragement for more Māori culture and Te Reo use in New Zealand jails.

"My response is that New Zealand runs on English - and that's the reality of it - we speak English," Mr Williams replied.

"[If] you want to go and get a job, don't bowl up speaking Māori.

"This is the reality we have to deal with... I can speak French and German but I don't try to buy a bus ticket with either of those languages."....

Naked greed of all Auckland land claim laughable (Opinion)
Maori king Tuheitia has been ill-advised, I believe. We can all see that the man behind - and in front of - the scenes is Tuku Morgan, apparently the king's closest counsel. I think this is a mistake - and one Tuheitia keeps making.....

Ngai Tahu has built its $170 million settlement to a similar billion-dollar asset.

Good on both of them. The only rider is, as charitable entities they have a business advantage over their competitors in paying no tax. Still, their efforts are to be admired....

Not so the lack of interest in flax-roots Maori from some Maori leaders. Leaders who make but rare statements on education, with apparently no ideas on how to improve the lot of Maori, who seem equally bereft of suggestions on how to fix Maoridom's many social ills, and who have not put a single plan into action that can be seen to be addressing Maori problems, in my opinion. It seems all we hear from them is another claim. Twenty-plus years ago, I predicted the claims would never stop. It's Champagne that comes from that tap, so why would they walk away? ....

Many of our Maori leaders have to invest in this potential and step away from the Champagne tap.....

Tribunal to hear Maori land law challenge
The Waitangi Tribunal has agreed to hear an urgent claim against the proposed repeal of Te Ture Whenua Maori Act and its replacement with a radically different framework for Maori land law.

The reform is being championed by Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell as a much-needed response to under-development of Maori land.

That's challenged by claimants including Marise Lant and the New Zealand Maori Council, who says the bill's purpose of optimum utilisation of Maori land degrades the treaty guarantee that Maori have tino rangatiratanga to use their lands in whatever manner they see fit....

Maori groups wanted more Kermadec consultation
Chief executive Peter Douglas said they are not angry they weren't consulted, but they hope they will be in future.

"We'd like to establish ourselves as worthwhile contributing to the design of aspects of the fisheries, including sanctuaries."

Fisheries spokesman Rino Tirikatene said some iwi hold quota rights in the area, and both iwi and fisheries companies should have had more of a say.

"In particular, Maori especially, because they have a Treaty settlement which is enshrined in legislation."...

$240k to assess needs of isolated marae
Two Taranaki organisations have been granted funding for community projects in New Plymouth

Tu Tama Wahine O Taranaki and Taranaki Iwi Trust will receive $80,000 in funding, for the next three years, a total of $240,000 each, as part of the government's Community Development Scheme 2015.

Taranaki Iwi Trust has seven marae/pa that are rurally isolated and whanau struggle to access necessary services. Initial work will be done to assess their needs.....

Maori women support tour by Chris Brown
Maori dames have spoken out in favour of Chris Brown's visit to New Zealand in spite of his assault convictions.

Dame June Mariu, Dame June Jackson, Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi, Lady Tureiti-Moxon, and former New Zealand's Woman's Refuge chief executive Merepeka Raukawa-Tait said it was important Brown was allowed to perform in New Zealand.

The leaders were supported by other women who work in domestic violence and Whanau ora.

NUMA, the National Urban Maori Authority, has gone as far as inviting the R&B singer to its south Auckland marae to meet some of the youth in the community and share his experiences.....