April - June

Whānau Ora not living up to promise - Labour
The Māori Party's flagship Whānau Ora programme is under pressure to tell the public what it's achieving with millions of dollars of funding.

Opposition MPs say it is not good enough that six years after its launch it hasn't released a progress report.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been allocated to Whānau Ora since it was launched in 2010, but Labour's Whānau Ora spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta said there was no mechanism in place to measure the outcomes.

Asked whether Whānau Ora was living up to the promise Mr Davis said it was not.

"The short answer is no I don't think it's living up to its promise, we're yet to really see success in the numbers for the volumes of money that have gone into it are justified."…

Apology for failure over sludge pond
A formal apology has been issued by the Tauranga City Council for failing to decommission the sludge pond at the Te Maunga sewerage treatment works.

Bitterness over the failure to decommission the pond by September 2012 has spilled over in a letter supported by the city's Maori tribes to yesterday's meeting of the wastewater management committee.

Tangata whenua representatives on the committee criticised the lack of action to address their various concerns….

Dawn ceremony marks return of Appleby School land to Ngati Kuia
Elders from the Ngati Kuia iwi arrive and Dave Johnson performs a karakia.

The iwi group, pupils, parents and staff then move to the school entrance and gather around a pakohe stone (argillite) is covered by a korowai (cloak) that has been hand-made by all of the children at the school.

As the audience listens attentively, Ngati Kuia's Billy Wilson blesses the ground, and two pupils unveil the stone that symbolises the school's connection to its Maori heritage.

In 2015, a Treaty of Waitangi settlement recognised the land Appleby School is on as culturally significant to the Ngati Kuia tribe.

The land the school stands on, originally a garden for travelling Maori, has now been returned to the iwi…..

$900,000 earmarked for Māori financial capability
As part of the government’s priority to build financial capability in New Zealand, $900,000 is being allocated to improving levels of financial capability among Māori, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith announced today.

“During the past year the government has delivered a number of pilot programmes aimed at increasing financial capability among Māori.

“The allocation of additional funding will help deliver more financial education programmes for Māori and recognises the success of the pilot initiatives….

Waterways project wins environment funding
Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox have announced more than $376,000 of funding to improve water quality in seven waterways in the Manawatū-Whanganui and Taranaki regions.

Local iwi Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi will lead the Te Kāhui o Rauru Trust’s Waterways Restoration Project, working with both local and central government.

“We are pleased to be able to support iwi, as kaitiaki of freshwater in their regions, with the restoration of significant local waterways.”

The $376,000 funding comes from the Te Mana o Te Wai Fund, which was announced as part of Budget 2014 in partnership with the Māori Party. It provides $5 million over two years to support iwi and hapū-led initiatives to improve the quality of local freshwater systems…..

Council unanimously vote to buy historic Taranaki pa site behind closed doors
The decision to buy a historic Maori pa near Waitara for nearly three quarters of a million dollars was a unanimous move by New Plymouth district councillors, mayor Andrew Judd says.

He also said all councillors had unanimously voted in favour of buying the land, aside from the two councillors who were absent from the meeting.

Judd said the council would now work with Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa and the community on the future of the land.

He said whatever was developed may be eligible for central Government funding…..

Give Iwi access to CYF database - Curtis
Sir Toby Curtis is calling on iwi to stand up and take responsibility to stop child abuse in our communities. This follows the sentencing of those responsible for his death of three-year-old boy Moko Rangitoheriri in Taupō last year.

Curtis says he is outraged that child abuse is still prevalent in NZ.

“Iwi need to be more vocal when saying child abuse will not be tolerated.”

Curtis says that iwi need to have access to CYF. He adds if government agencies are serious about stopping child abuse they need to walk the talk.

“CYF should contract Māori women representatives to mediate between their offices and iwi.”…

Iwi win Kapiti expressway jobs
Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai’s battle to protect its ancestral whenua during the building of the Kapiti Coast expressway has been rewarded with jobs on the project.

The iwi had raised its concern about its effect on wahi tapu and urupa, and got some concessions.

Iwi administrator Kristie Parata says it’s now embracing the economic opportunities, including getting nine placements with subcontractor Natural Habitats, which is planting alongside the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway.

"They were really open to working with us Te Atiawa-style. All, the interviews were conducted with whanau and on our space…..

Tauranga ATMs get makeovers for Matariki
In the spirit of Matariki ATMs around Tauranga have gotten a special Maori makeover.

A few select ANZ ATMs would feature distinctive Matariki-themed surrounds.

ANZ head of Maori relationships David Harrison said the Matariki ATMs were an example of the opportunities created for staff and customers to learn more about Maori culture.

"We are extremely fortunate to have a strong Maori and Pasifika staff group that leads our cultural initiatives. As well as celebrating Matariki through our ATMs and staff events, we're also encouraging staff to use te reo Maori as much as possible throughout July, especially during Maori Language Week from July 4 – 10.

"With each year we're building greater momentum and it's great to hear people's confidence grow as they use and hear more te reo Māori on a regular basis," he said….

Maori economy cannot be ignored
Just as importantly, I should also have asked: where is Maori representation on our largest agricultural export companies, when the Maori economy is worth $42billion and growing?

The discussion should not be about Maori representation within predominantly Pakeha boards and councils, but recognition that the Maori economy has the wherewithal to lead us out of our export commodity trap…..

Home ownership would close inequality gap - Labour
The Labour Party wants the government to help Maori and Pacific people become home-owners after the latest household wealth figures show a large gap between ethnicities in New Zealand.

The new statistics showed New Zealanders of European descent were the wealthiest, with an individual median net worth of $114,000, while for Maori it was $23,000 and just $12,000 for Pacific people.

Labour finance spokesperson Grant Robertson said one of the reasons for the gap was the lack of homeownership among Maori and Pacific people.

"One of the things that helps give people more security and confidence to start building their lives in the community is knowing they've got a home to own. And I think there is a huge opportunity for a partnership with iwi. I know a lot of iwi are looking at house building programmes, I think the government can get alongside those as well."….

Identifying Māori populations using administrative data: A comparison with the census
The feasibility of collecting high-quality iwi information from government agencies or Māori organisations remains uncertain and will require government to work in partnership with iwi……

Golden run for Māori business - Stats NZ
Business is booming for Māori, with assets owned by Māori authorities topping $15 billion and small- to medium-sized business also doing well, new data shows.

It is the most extensive survey looking at the economic strength of 1050 Māori authorities.

Collectively, their assets grew 15.5 percent in 2014 compared to 2013, taking their worth to $15 billion. It was the second strong year of asset growth, with an increase of 13.7 percent on the previous year….

Hineuru settlement legislation passed
The House of Representatives sat through extended sitting hours this morning to pass the Hineuru Claims Settlement Bill through its third reading.

“The Hineuru Claims Settlement Act will give effect to the full and final settlement of Hineuru’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims,” Mr Finlayson said…..

Wai bottom lines raise doubt on good faith
Maori researchers are up in arms over a push by government officials to establish negotiating positions denying Treaty of Waitangi rights in water.

A cabinet paper on the Environment Ministry’s website shows it and the Ministry for Primary Industries are proposing bottom lines that nobody owns freshwater and there should be no national settlement favouring iwi or hapu over other users.

Law professor Jacinta Ruru from Nga O Pae o Te Maramatanga, the Maori centre for research excellence, says that would mean ignoring hundred of years of law around native title.

She says the Supreme Court, the Waitangi Tribunal, and the national policy statement on fresh water all acknowledge Maori rights and interests, but their nature and extent are still to be agreed….

NZ OGP and the Tiriti o Waitangi
Statement of purpose
All OGP (Open Government Partnership) commitments will reaffirm government’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles . This will be a corner stone of New Zealand OGP principles across all OGP commitments and will ensure there is consideration of what impacts any OGP action or plan has on the Treaty and to Maori. All efforts will be made to ensure positive outcomes and information are included…

Forest and Bird: Govt well within its rights to establish Kermadec Sanctuary
Forest and Bird is joining the crown's battle to establish the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary.

It has announced its joining the crown in defending the sanctuary against Te Ohu Kaimoana, the Maori Fisheries Trust, which filed High Court proceedings against the Government in March.

The Trust says the sanctuary would clash with Maori fishing rights under the Crown's 1992 Sealord fisheries settlement.

But Forest and Bird's marine advocate Anton van Helden said the Government is well within its rights to establish the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary.

He said they will make sure that fact's known in court…..

Maori men suffering in disability statistics
An official report has uncovered starkly unequal lives for New Zealand's main ethnic groups, with Maori men living an average of only 54 years before developing a disability requiring assistance from others.

The Social Report, a 300-page "state of the nation" survey by the Ministry of Social Development, also shows New Zealanders rate their own health higher than anywhere else in the OECD and that fewer people are victims of crime - but that te reo Maori speakers are declining rapidly, especially in older age groups as native Maori speakers die off…..

Maori councillor announces next political move at annual Maui Pomare festivities
During Saturday's Maui Pomare Day celebrations at Waitara's Owae Marae, Howie Tamati formally announced his intention to seek the candidacy to represent the Maori Party at next year's general election.

The first step in the process is for Tamati to be selected by the party to be the person who will contest the Te Tai Hauauru seat, a decision which is not likely until the end of the year. At this stage it is unknown how many other candidates he will go up against…..

New Zealand minister touts Maori enterprise
New Zealand Minister for Maori Development Te Ururoa Flavell came to Korea last week to raise the profile of Maori businesses and promote their time-honored traditions.

In an interview with The Korea Herald, New Zealand Ambassador Clare Fearnley said her country’s founding document -- the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 -- was based on a “recognized partnership” between the two peoples -- the indigenous Maori and European settlers. The Maoris, who came from China, Taiwan and Polynesian islands at some point between 1250 and 1300, signed the treaty with the British Crown.

According to Fearnley, the treaty was distinct in that there was a “mature acknowledgement” of their property, culture and position in society, which was unique among colonies. Maori culture is acknowledged in New Zealand as “tangata whenua,” a native term meaning “people of the land.”

Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi
Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust has secured $644,000 funding for a two-year project to help improve the mauri (life force) and water quality of Lake Tūtira, its wider catchment of lakes and waterways. The Trust (a post-Treaty settlement governance entity) represents the Hapū of Tangoio Marae, including Ngāti Kurumōkihi who are tāngata whenua of Tūtira.

Tūtira is very important to the Hapū, who have a whakatauākī (tribal proverb) about the lake being “ko te waiu o o tatau tipuna - the milk of our ancestors”. This refers to an abundance of kai (food) and spiritual sustenance. Unfortunately, over a hundred years of sedimentation and pollution has affected the mauri and water quality of the taonga (treasured) lake…..

Ngāi Tahu Tourism opens new Franz Josef visitor hub
A major new visitor hub housing the Department of Conservation, Franz Josef Glacier Guides (owned by Ngai Tahu Tourism and part-owned by Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio) , Glacier Hot Pools, i-SITE Franz Josef and a café has opened in the village of Franz Josef.

Built and owned by Ngāi Tahu Tourism, the building - Te Ao Marama - was officially opened on Saturday, 25 June with a large crowd of local supporters in attendance.

“We place a strong emphasis on the guardianship and sustainability of the national taonga

The opening also marks another step forward in the growing relationship between Ngāi Tahu and the Department of Conservation.

Director-General of the Department of Conservation, Lou Sanson also commented on the partnership.

“The partnership with Ngāi Tahu reflects the Department of Conservation’s strong desire to work with the iwi, as a Treaty partner, in South Westland and to have visitors experience the natural and cultural wonders of one of the most wonderful nature experiences anywhere in the world,” he said….

Fulbright NZ And NPM: An Enduring Partnership
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM), New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence and Fulbright New Zealand have established an enduring and successful partnership in recent years.

This relationship has created ongoing opportunities for Māori academics and students to study and experience life in the United States, not only building excellence in Māori research and development but also ensuring that Māori recipients can share their culture with their US contemporaries and contribute to the Fulbright programme’s vision of promoting mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchanges….

The number of public servants learning Te Reo has surged.
Newly released figures show the ministries of Health and Education have doubled their annual spend on Māori language and cultural training in the last two years.

Ministry of Health spent more than $80,000 on cultural advice and training for its 1100 staff in the last financial year (2014-2015), compared with less than $40,000 the previous year.

Ministry of Education spent more than $60,000 on its 2500 staff last year, compared to $30,000 the year before. while Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has tripled its annual spend for cultural advice and training - from $4000 to $12,000.

And it paid another $50,000 for more than 200 staff to attend workshops to better understand the Māori economy and the evolving Crown-Māori relationship.

The country's largest government department, the Ministry of Social Development, says it has spent up to $30,000 on Treaty workshops and marae visits…..

Officials seek landlocked land solution
Officials and landowners are looking for ways to open up landlocked Maori land for development.

"So we’ve seen in the Wairarapa, they have significant coastal areas where there people have been denied access to their land. In the Mokai Patea area we have private landowners stopping access of Maori to 5000 hectare blocks so this is a key concern created by the Native Land Court System and the Maori Land Court system that has been inherited that we want to try and find solutions for," he says…..

Pa at centre of Taranaki Wars bought by New Plymouth District Council for $715,000
An historic pa site at the centre of the Taranaki wars has been bought by the New Plymouth District Council for $715,000.

Known as the L-pa, due to its shape, Te Kohia Pa near Waitara was where the first shots were fired in the first Taranaki War in 1860.

Council intends working with Te Atiawa governance entity Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa on a development plan for the site that could include memorials, heritage and cultural tourism and educational developments.

Judd said he saw the site as an extension of New Plymouth's Puke Ariki library and museum.

"My vision is for this to be a place for Maori and Pakeha to come together to learn and better understand each other, and to heal." ….

Oaths and Declarations (Endorsing the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi) Amendment Bill 2015 (Member’s Bill – Marama Fox)
The aim of this Bill is to:

*  “provide for any person taking a statutory oath, in addition to repeating the words of the oath, to elect to state that they will perform their duties in accordance with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi; and

*  “specify the wording to be used by any person stating that they will perform their duties in accordance with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi when taking a statutory oath” (Clause 4 of the Bill, the “purpose clause”).

The Bill’s explanatory note states;
“The purpose of this bill is to ensure that a person taking any oath set out in statute may, in addition to the words of the oath, elect to state that they will perform their duties in accordance with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. This recognises that the Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand’s founding document and the Government is committed to fulfilling its obligations as a Treaty partner.”…

Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill
The purpose of this bill is to amend the Public Works Act 1981 to protect Māori freehold and Māori customary land from being acquired by a Minister or local authority for public works. This would mean that no Māori land can be taken without consent…..

Cabinet paper proposes Treaty of Waitangi breaches say Victoria University academics
A paper prepared for Cabinet proposing the introduction of a freshwater allocation work programme would breach the Treaty of Waitangi and ignores recent Waitangi Tribunal and Supreme Court decisions in relation to Māori rights to freshwater, say two academics from Victoria University of Wellington.

The Cabinet paper, dated May, 2016, includes Terms of Reference for a freshwater allocation work programme that propose three “bottom lines”: 1) “nobody owns freshwater”, 2) “no national settlement favouring iwi/hapu over other uses” and 3) “Allocation determined catchment by catchment based on resource availability, efficiency of use, good industry practice and a positive contribution to regional economic development”.

All three of these bottom lines would lead to Treaty of Waitangi breaches say Dr Maria Bargh, a senior lecturer in Te Kawa a Māui—School of Māori Studies at Victoria University, and Dr Carwyn Jones, a senior lecturer in Victoria’s School of Law.

“First of all, water is ‘owned’ in Aotearoa,” says Dr Bargh. “It is owned by Māori according to tikanga Māori, although this ownership is ignored by the Crown at the same time that the Crown allows other groups, including international companies, to make an economic profit from trading water….

Waikaremoana rahui to cleanse hara of history
Descendants of the original owners of Lake Waikaremoana are asking people to stay away for the four days from Saturday as they prepare for a court challenge to get the awa returned to them.

"It’s very important for us to use this time to reflect on what has happened to our lake and we can only really do that when we have some peace. We think our lake is being polluted in many different ways. We want to use this time to cleanse if you like the hara that has been around for a long time," Mr Winitana says.

The rahui applies to all activities on the lake itself including fishing and boating as well as access across all adjacent Maori land form…..

Karakia threatened?
Maori prayers could be banned from the classroom if campaigners succeed in their bid to remove religious instruction from state schools, an academic says.

AUT history professor Dr Paul Moon’s comments came after a High Court judge last month threw out a test case because the parent challenging the legality of the Bible in Schools programme failed to file documents in time.

Dr Moon said although that court action had failed, it would not be the last attempt to remove Bible teaching from state schools. “Banning religious practices in schools may inevitably extend to removing karakia from schools as well,” Dr Moon said.

“Should any court action be successful in achieving this ruling, an important part of the culture of our schools will effectively be banned.”

Karakia are a set form of Maori words, or prayers, used ritually at significant events such as hui, tangi and unveilings.

Dr Moon said any attempt to remove karakia from schools would be a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Ngāi Tahu assists with new coding initiative in te reo
National charity organisation Code Club Aotearoa along with Ngāi Tahu have created a variety of coding projects to teach in schools, incorporating the Māori language.

Code Club Aotearoa creates projects for volunteers to teach at after-school coding clubs around the country. Some are based at primary and intermediate schools, others at public venues such as libraries or community centres…..

Partnership leads to new maths programme
Education Minister Hekia Parata has paid tribute to a generous bequest and a special partnership between Shirley School, Ngāi Tahu, Massey University and the Ministry of Education.

Ms Parata says the partnership is behind the implementation of ­Hangaia Te Urupounamu Pāngarau Mō Tātou­, a new culturally responsive maths programme for Shirley School.

“The teaching approach, which is based on the ‘Bobbie Maths’ programme devised by Professor Roberta (Bobbie) Hunter of Massey University, is culturally responsive and supports students to work together to solve maths problems, accelerating achievement for the students involved…..

Maori trust to control Tongan forests
A Maori trust from New Zealand has been granted land leases and at least 50 years control over the former public enterprise Tonga Forest Products Limited.

The Tongan government said the unnamed trust, represents two iwi and had agreed to pay just over US$4.4 million in return for management of the company for 50 years, with the option to renew for a further 25 years…

Māori focus of smoking study
A new University of Auckland study taking place this year is aimed at the goal of reducing smoking amongst New Zealanders to five per cent or less by 2025.

More than 2000 Māori participants from the Lakes District Health Board region will be involved in the study that compares the effectiveness of two quit smoking aids, Cytisine and Varenicline.

Both studies were funded for a total of just under $2.8 million by the Health Research Council NZ…..

Palmerston North Schools funded to trial innovative teaching approaches
National List MP Jono Naylor says he is excited to see the results of Milson School’s project into whānau, hapÅ« and iwi working with Palmerston North schools to better understand Rangitane Iwi’s place and importance in the local community.

"$184,755 has been funded for the two year, Milson School led, project which involves a range of Palmerston North schools….

Kiwi dentists told to 'take a good hard look at themselves'
New Zealand dentists are being asked to "take a good hard look at themselves" following the latest survey to come out of Otago University.

Lead researcher Jonathan Broadbent said low income patients and Maori and Pacific patients were more likely to have treatment such as tooth extraction rather than more complex treatment.

He believed dental care needs to be publicly funded.

The researchers said New Zealand dentists need better cultural training, while the industry needs more Maori and Pacific Island dentists….

Te Ātiawa 'blood money' accusation
Taranaki iwi Te Ātiawa has been accused of accepting "blood money" for not securing the release of land stolen from Waitara hapū in the 1860s.

Ōtaraua hapū chairman Rawiri Doorbar there was little reason for his people to celebrate the New Plymouth District Council's unanimous adoption of the Waitara Lands Bill today.

"Our ancestral lands in Waitara that were taken from us when the government brought war on us needed to be returned in order to lay to rest a particular part of our Waitara history and that opportunity was missed."

In 2014, the council offered to transfer the Waitara leases to Te Ātiawa for $23 million as part of its $87 million Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

The iwi refused to take them and instead entered into an agreement with the council to take a local bill to Parliament….

Waikato Plan reaches major milestone
The first full draft of a ground-breaking plan for the entire Waikato is aimed at creating a powerful new “voice” for the region and establishing a solid base to boost its well-being.

Four priorities are outlined in the draft plan: planning for population change, getting investment right, partnering with iwi Maori, and addressing issues around the allocation and quality of fresh water.

Feedback from them and the joint committee, as well as iwi partners to the plan process, will be used to prepare a final draft of the plan for sign off by the committee in August. Public consultation on this is due in early 2017….

Store sells 'profoundly hurtful' Maori shower curtains depicting tribal leaders
An online store has been selling culturally offensive shower curtains depicting historic images of Maori.

The shower curtains include depictions of a Maori fort under attack by colonial forces, copies of portraits by Goldie, a face mask and images of tribal leaders.

Art historian Ngahuia Te Awekotuku​ told RNZ the Maori culture was being exploited and the misappropriation of imagery was appalling.

Maori imagery on teatowels was bad enough, she said.

"To actually see Wiremu Kingi as a shower person is absolutely extraordinary and profoundly hurtful.

"In traditional cultural terms, in the context of tikanga Maori of Maori values around the sanctity of the body and the intimacy of the bathroom, to have an ancestor as a shower curtain is profoundly insulting."

But the system did not offer protection and the Government had done nothing to advance cultural protection, he said…..

Inner Harbour Redevelopment project keen to unlock cultural elements
The Inner Harbour Redevelopment Project continues to push through the concept design work, with meetings held recently on site to discuss identified heritage sites with archaeologist Lynda Walter and iwi representatives.

Nick Tupara of Ngati Oneone spoke with senior management and urban designers Landlab about the significance of various sites within and around the Inner Harbour precinct.

The Navigations project is set to have historic interpretations of significant historic and cultural events spread over locations throughout the inner harbour, Turanganui River and Titirangi Reserve….

Youth justice age change would benefit Maori
The chair of justice reform lobby group Just Speak says the overhaul of Child Youth and Family means it’s a good time to also raise the age at which offenders enter the adult justice system from 17 to 18.

Just Speak is part of a coalition of 20 community and Maori organisations which have come together to push for the change.

Julia Whaipooti says as part of the CYFS overhaul the Government has agreed vulnerable children will remain in care until they are at least 18, and Cabinet is now considering whether to raise the youth justice age to match.

"We hope National does do this because it will have an immediate impact and it is one of the most tangible changes we can make in our criminal justice system that will immediately address the number of Maori we have going through our system," she says….

Susan Devoy: NZ politicians need to be as brave as migrant children
When politicians demand that refugees salute our flag and culture, their cries make me angry. They've obviously never been to the Mangere Refugee Centre where our newest Kiwis cry their eyes out when they proudly sing the national anthem in te reo and in English or when their youngsters burst on to the stage to perform a waiata and a haka…

Tuia Te Ao Marama: Māori Nursing History Online
The first Oral History website of Māori nurses who practiced in mental health services between 1950 to 1990 was launched at Whatu Kaimarie, Māori Health Services in Auckland. The website is a resource that will ensure the history, knowledge and experiences of Māori Nurses is preserved for future generations….

No Labour deal, but Harawira could work with Maori Party
However, while no official alliance is on the cards between Mana and the Maori Party, both sides say they could work together.

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox said their voters don't want the parties to merge, but the parties have similar goals.

"We've proven I think by working with National that we can pretty much work with anybody."….

Christchurch landmarks and history inspire new laneway names
This week the Christchurch City Council will vote on names for six of the 14 new laneways in the central city's south frame.

The proposed names incorporate Maori terms and geographical and historical references.

Maori wellbeing terms – Waiora Lane, Hauora Lane and Mauri Ora Lane – are mooted for the health precinct.

Mauri Ora describes a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.

The names for the laneways in the south frame itself are designed to reflect the views of the Port Hills and include Lava Lane, Sugarloaf Lane and Te Pohue, the Maori word for the Sugarloaf Scenic Reserve to the south of the city.

Te Pohue means the "the place of the creeping plant", which is commonly found at the peak, known for the transmission mast stationed on it…..

Te reo Māori champions urged to get ready for $3.2 te reo fund
Māori language champions passionate about getting their communities to learn and love te reo Māori are being urged to ready themselves for a $3.2 million contestable fund from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori…..

Harawira sets sights on political return
Former MP Hone Harawira is getting back into politics and will stand for Māori electorate seat Te Tai Tokerau again in next year's election, he says.

He told RNZ's Mihingarangi Forbes on TV3's The Hui he was re-entering the political fray because Māori lacked a strong voice in Parliament.

Mr Harawira said he was unlikely to work with the Labour Party, which he thought was too centrist.

Mr Harawira said his former Mana Movement colleagues, Sue Bradford and John Minto, could be involved in the party, but in less prominent roles than in 2014....

Ngāi Tahu announce formal partnership with NZOC
Ngāi Tahu leaders and NZ Olympic committee announced their formal partnership. Ngāi Tahu have been supporting NZOC for over ten years by gifting NZ athlete’s pounamu.

What better than the gifting of pounamu to signal a historical occasion.

Mike Stanley – New Zealand Olympic Committee says, “It is a real honour that Ngāi Tahu allow us to use your taonga for our team.”…

Mastermind' cashing in on fake warrants
Counterfeit warrants of fitness that being are issued to cars with bald tyres could be a deathtrap for motorists, a garage owner says.

Car repair shops in Northland are reporting seeing cars issued with bogus warrants under the "Native Waka District Motor Vehicle Act 2005" .

Mandy Hauraki, from the Rawene Service Station in Hokianga, Northland, said cars with the counterfeit stickers were showing up with bald tyres and in need of hundreds of dollars worth of work.

She said drivers were forking out $260 for the fake WOFs and registrations.

The invalid stickers are emblazoned with the words "Whakamana Waka" (Whakamana roughly translates as "to authorise") and resemble a New Zealand Transport Agency-issued sticker, complete with an official seal of Aotearoa and expiry date….

Role sought for wardens in child protection
The New Zealand Maori Council is looking at ways Maori wardens could become involved in child protection work.

Chair Sir Taihakurei Durie says they need to get more support from the council than they have received in recent years.

He says the council is talking with a wananga about setting up training that will be more extensive than what they get from the police….

End of the line for Nigh-oh and Para-pa-rumu
The pronunciation of Māori place names announced on Wellington trains hasn't always been accurate, but the Greater Wellington Regional Council is on track to change all that.

Stations such as Ngaio will now be said correctly in te reo Māori, as the council puts in place new recordings for all automated announcements on the region's trains.

For the last few years, Auckland Transport has used a Māori actor to make sure the names in its station announcements are said correctly.

The change would help Greater Wellington Regional Council move towards better relationships with local Māori, Mr Olsen-Reeder said….

Maori healer fights for right to use chiropractic techniques
Maori have been using the healing techniques of mirimiri and romiromi for centuries. So who gets to determine the rules and regulations around the traditional practices?

Jolie Davis, a qualified nurse, has been practicing Maori healing for 15 years. She specialises in Maori massage and run her own successful clinic in Rotorua.

But Ms Davis is now the centre of a Ministry of Health investigation following a complaint which focuses on her performing a technique reserved for chiropractors.

Ms Davis told TV3's Maori current affairs show The Hui she disputes the manoeuvre is illegal for her to perform and she believes, as a Maori healer, she's qualified.

"The work I do is the romiromi and mirimiri where spinal alignment is done in the process," she says. "It can be done because we look at the body as a total unit, we don't take out pieces or isolate things as part of the total work that we do. So what I'm trying to explain to the Ministry [is] that as a kaimirimiri or kairomiromi sometimes the spinal alignment work is done as part of the treatment.”

In a written statement, the Ministry of Health told The Hui that "certain activities are restricted to particular health practitioners, because of the risk of serious or permanent harm to members of the public if those activities are carried out by other persons."…

Pākehā needed to lead hikoi – councillor
New Plymouth's only Māori councillor says only a Pākehā could have led the peace hikoi which ended at Parihaka yesterday.

Howie Tamati said the fact the hikoi was lead by a Pākehā mayor who admitted he was ignorant of things Māori and wanted to change made a huge difference.

"To have something that was led by Andrew is a great thing because we [Māori] have been saying the same thing as Andrew for many, many years but no one's listening because it's just Māori voices saying the same things."….

Kaitaia homeowners to move into Papakinga homes
Home ownership independence for Māori is the focus of He Korowai Trust. For the past four years, they have tried to create a model in Kaitaia that will achieve their mission.

These were state-owned homes from Glen Innes in Auckland that was destined for demolition. The land here in Kaitaia was converted into communal Māori ownership. They're among the cheapest in the country at $130,000.

He Korowai Trust received a $720,000 grant from the government's social housing programme toward buying land where they installed homes for families with at least two children and living in "substandard, unhealthy or unreliable living conditions"......

Minister calls for more Māori in tech sector
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has told a hui in Gisborne that more Māori need to be exploring careers in technology.

Resource consents and consultation with Tangata Whenua (Rotorua)
An average of ten percent of resource consents granted in the Lakes A Zone involved Iwi consultation. Rule 41.1 of the Lakes A Zone requires tangata whenua to be consulted for all applications in the Lakes A Zone prior to application.

The Iwi Consultative Committee is made up of three kaumatua who represent Tuhourangi Ngāti Wahiao, Tumatawera, Ngāti Tarawhai and Ngāti Pikiao. There is also one representative from the Te Arawa Lakes Trust. If this committee advises consultation then the applicant is to consult with the stated tangata whenua before the application can be considered....

PHARMAC signs agreements with Te Rūnanga o Āotearoa, New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Government pharmaceutical funding agency PHARMAC has today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

This MoA is the latest that health professional organisations have signed with PHARMAC as part of PHARMAC implementing its Māori Responsiveness Strategy, Te Whaioranga.

PHARMAC already has MoA with Ngā Kaitiaki o Te Puna Rongoā (Māori Pharmacists Assoc, Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Māori Medical Practitioners Assn and with five Whānau Ora collectives in Rotorua, Tauranga, Papakura, Ōpōtiki and Kaikohe.

Ātene Andrews says PHARMAC’s intention is to be a long-term partner with Whānau Ora Collectives and whānau delivering health and medicines use programmes to Māori.

PHARMAC’s current memoranda of agreement are with:

Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective (Rotorua)

Te Pu o te Wheke Whānau Ora Collective (Te Taitokerau)

Ngā Mataapuna Oranga Whānau Ora Collective (Tauranga)

Te Ao Mārama Trust Whānau Ora Collective (Opotiki)

Ngā Kaitiaki o Te Puna Rongoā ō Āotearoa, the Māori Pharmacists Association

Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa-Māori Medical Doctors Association

Kōtahitanga-Papakura, Auckland

Pakeha need to understand they're privileged – New Plymouth Mayor
Mr Judd believes Pakeha have an inherent privilege and need to understand that if Aotearoa is to become a more harmonious society.

"Consider what I put forward on the journey that I've taken as a New Zealander whose ideas of the past were clouded by having a colonial upbringing."

The hikoi will finish up at the historical community of Parihaka later today which Mr Judd says is fitting due to its historical significance as a place of peace in the face of gross injustices by early European settlers…..

Devoy joins Parihaka peace march
Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy has joined New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd and hundreds of walkers on the final leg of the Parihaka peace hikoi in Taranaki…..

Auckland scheme Ka Eke Poutama calls for young Maori leaders
he education group Te Whare Hukahuka is calling for applications for its free governance development programme, 'Ka Eke Poutama'.

The scheme aims to fast-track Maori aged 23-25 into governance roles.

It was proposed by a number of Auckland iwi groups and is backed by organisations including Auckland Council's Southern Initiative, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development.

"Auckland is on the brink of Treaty [of Waitangi] settlements. Iwi in Auckland are wanting to ensure that they are planning ahead and growing their next generation of leaders who can confidently lead both business and community organisations," he says.

"True success is looking out [three to five] years and having a cohort of smart and capable young Maori who can take up governance roles across Auckland."…

No 'happy ever after' for Treaty settlements - Minister Chris Finlayson
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson hopes the Crown will perform to preserve all its agreements with Maori, but said there will be "ups and downs".

While Finlayson didn't have concerns about the security of Treaty settlements into the future, he certainly thought about the longevity of Crown commitments.

"I sit there on settlement occasions and hear the expressions of good will, and say to myself 'Hell, the Crown better perform in the years to come otherwise we'll be back to base one again'."

"It's not like that. There will be ups and downs. There will be issues but it's to make sure that the Crown, which in my experience has very little institutional memory, is aware that these are not mere contracts. They are ongoing obligations."

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox said the Government had already "forgotten" about the Fisheries Settlement.

"If you can do that here (in the Kermadecs case), then the validity and veracity of every Treaty settlement surely comes into question."

She also called for the Right of First Refusal policy on land sales to be reviewed….

Land bank denial fresh grievance
A leading member of the Iwi Chairs Forum says a decision to get Land Information New Zealand to manage the Office of Treaty Settlements’ land bank is a missed opportunity.

The iwi leaders have been pushing for more than two years to be allowed to manage the land bank, which consists of about 950 properties in areas where settlements are still to be concluded.

Haami Piripi from Te Rarawa says they wanted to allow iwi to access the properties before the settlement, rather than have them lie idle and deteriorating.

"The fact that the government has now said it doesn't want to do that indicates to us as iwi leaders that it is inflexible around that issue and it is not as concerned as we are about our claimant communities prior to achieving a settlement, and in many ways it continues the grievance," he says.

Plans for first Marae in Australia underway
A group of Māori leaders from Australia are in NZ to further develop a strategy to build an urban marae in Melbourne, a first in Australia. They hope the marae, once built, will provide a hub for Māori living across the ditch to reconnect with their culture, address social issues and build a community for those away from home.

Māori leaders in Melbourne have a vision to build a marae.

“This is about bringing the local, indigenous and Māori communities together. That's what's important and why we want to build a marae,” says Matiu Taia from the Marae Melbourne group.

They met with Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust knowing that it had worked alongside urban marae Hoani Waititi…..

Iwi objects to settlement proposal
The government has been accused of pitting Māori against each other during a select committee hearing.

The committee today heard from members of Ngāti Aukiwa who said a proposed Treaty of Waitangi settlement lumped their claims in with the Far North iwi, Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa.

Janice Smith, of Ngāti Aukiwa, said the hapū had been ignored repeatedly during the negotiations……

Action Plan poorly written but not discriminatory - IPCA
The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Counties Manukau CIB Action Plan relating to unlicenced drivers did not intend that Maori drivers be given preferential treatment.

On 16 June 2015, ONE News reported that South Auckland Police officers had been briefed not to ticket unlicenced Maori drivers, and to instead refer them to local Iwi and a community support panel.

After receiving a number of complaints that this Police document was “racist” and “discriminatory”, the Authority conducted an independent investigation.

Housing crucial for health of Māori
Otago University associate professor Beverley Lawton is the lead researcher for the Whānau Manaaki project, which is focused on the health of young pregnant Māori women and their children.

The project has just received a research grant of $4.7 million from the Health Research Council of New Zealand that will be used for research over five years…..

Lake case sparks Waikaremoana rahui
Waikaremoana iwi Ngati Ruapani has placed a rahui over the lake at the centre of Te Urewera.

Kaumatua chair Tumanako Waiwai says the banapplies to all activities on the lake itself and access across all adjacent Maori land from June 25 to 29.

It's in support of the hearing in the Maori Land Court at Wairoa on June 28 of application lodged by applicants representing all descendants of the original owners.

Mr Waiwai says the rahui is to protect people and property during a particularly tumultuous political and socially disruptive time for Ngati Ruapani, Ngai Tuhoe and Kahungunu descendants of the original owners…..

Maori lack internet access - report
Only 68 percent of Maori households have internet access compared with the national average of 83 percent, new data shows.

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has released the report on Maori in the ICT Sector, saying it reveals issues that need to be addressed.

Despite the relatively low number of Maori households with internet access, the report says 15 to 24-year-olds are high users of mobile technology which they use to access it.

Mr Flavell says Maori should be helped into ICT career pathways……

New Zealand Māori Council meeting ruled unlawful
The High Court has found that a meeting arranged by a small group within the New Zealand Māori Council in February was not lawful and decisions made at that meeting are void.

Sir Edward Taihākurei Durie, the current chair of the council, says this clears any doubts about his appointment in the latest April elections.

He says it confirms the majority commitment to the council and its constitution, and pulls the rug from under those who have tried to take over the council by unlawful means….

Island launch for Auckland Matariki
Auckland Council is teaming up with Ngati Paoa to launch Matariki on Waiheke Island, where distance from the city should allow a better view of the seven stars coming over the pre-dawn horizon.

Mayor Len Brown says he first became aware of the importance of the midwinter event to Maori from his primmer four teacher Sonny Taari, but has taken a while for the rest of the country to catch up.

"Matariki is becoming the event of the middle part of our year, the time of the new plantings, the new dawn, the time Pleiades shows its seven-sistered face in the east, and it is really a month of celebration, of acknowledgement of all things Maori," he says….

Marae stitches deal with social housing ministry
The chair of Te Puea Marae says he’s happy with the support he’s getting from the social housing minister for the marae’s homeless programme.

Mr Dennis told Radio Waatea host Willie Jackson that the marae agreed to work in partnership with Ms Bennett’s office.

The marae doesn’t need cash from the ministry at the moment because of the donations coming in, but the whanau in its kitchen could do with some time off if replacement volunteers can be found…..

Maori begin to accept cremation
Nowadays more and more people are considering cremation as opposed to burial. It raises the question of where we are headed to now.

Approximately 70 per cent of people who die in New Zealand are cremated. More Maori are choosing cremation too…..

Walking for peace after racial tension
New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd has told hundreds of people at the beginning of a Peace Walk that a proud New Zealand is a nation that knows the rightful place of tangata whenua…..

$4.4m for Massey health research
Five Massey University College of Health research projects have been awarded more than $4 million in funding from the Health Research Council to tackle issues including screening for cervical cancer, cancer survival rates in Māori, improving smoking cessation rates and managing nurses' fatigue.

College Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul McDonald says the investments are crucial for improving the health and wellbeing of New Zealand residents.

“The projects will lead to breakthroughs in the prevention and improved treatment of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes," Professor McDonald says. "They will provide insight into how we can improve Māori and workplace health. I’m proud that health research funding at Massey University continues to grow. It’s an indication of the large and expanding number of creative and world-class academics and students we have in various health fields at Massey.”….

Total immersion centre wins PM's award
Awards recognise the best of the best in early childhood to secondary education throughout the country.

GISBORNE total immersion early childhood education centre Te Puna Reo o Puhi Kaiti has received a coveted Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Award.

The awards recognise the very best of the best in early childhood through to secondary education throughout the country and are a prestigious national accolade.

There are four categories; Excellence in Engaging — the Atahapara Award, Excellence in Leading — the Atakura Award, Excellence in Teaching and Learning — the Atatu Award and Excellence in Governing — the Awatea Award.

Te Puna Reo received the Excellence in Teaching and Learning Atatu Award, which celebrates teaching that transforms the learning of all children and young people, and achieves improved and sustained outcomes for them all.

“We have strived to deliver an authentic curriculum for our tamariki so they can stand tall as Maori leaders of the future.”

East Coast MP Anne Tolley said Te Puna Reo strived to develop rangatiratanga…..

A bid by the Iwi Leaders Forum to manage the treaty settlement land bank for the crown has been rebuffed.
Ms Upston says LINZ are experts in dealing with Crown property, and have the people, systems and processes needed to make sure the land bank properties continue to be well looked after for the iwi who may eventually receive them…..

Maori health programme for pregnant women gets $4.7m grant
A programme to help young, pregnant Maori woman has been given a $4.7 million grant from the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand in its latestA programme to help young, pregnant Maori woman….

Iwi to push ahead with land claim
The Supreme Court has found the Office of the Treaty Settlement made a material mistake when it said Bay of Plenty iwi Ngāti Whakahemo's treaty claims have been fully resolved.

That decision led to Whārere Farms being sold without Ngāti Whakahemo having the opportunity to bid for it.

Despite this there are no plans for the Crown to reconsider the farm sale.

Iwi advisor Willie Te Aho said the iwi will push ahead with a claim regardless…..

DNA testing of Marlborough iwi Rangitane to establish links to Wairau Bar tupuna
A swab from inside the cheek will be used to establish links between a Marlborough iwi and their tupuna, some of the first people to settle in New Zealand.

Rangitane members will have the chance to get their DNA tested during the New Zealand Archeological Association Conference, which the iwi is hosting this month…..

Council helps iwi prepare for Matatini influx
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is stumping up $200,000 to help Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated prepare for next year’s Te Matatini kapa haka festival in Hastings.

Kahungunu has also had help from Hastings District Council to upgrade marae in the area in preparation for the influx of teams and manuhiri….

Maori Party wants kingmaker role
First it was New Zealand First, and now it's the Maori Party eyeing itself up as a potential 'kingmaker' in next year's election.

The Māori Party is hoping a new formal alliance between the Labour and Green Parties could send more voters its way.

She said only an independent Māori Party can command a balance of power after the next election, and counter New Zealand First in any future government.

"Māori must recognise that they need to come home, they need to come back to being Māori in the Māori Party which is the independent Māori voice in government," she claimed….

Scholarship established for Maori students
That has paid off. AUT and its sponsors, McDonald’s NZ, have agreed to fund an annual $12,500 scholarship for Maori students from one of five secondary schools — Gisborne Boys’ High, Gisborne Girls’ High, Lytton High, Campion College and Wairoa College…..

Court clears Bay of Plenty farm sale despite iwi bid
The country's highest court has cleared the path for Landcorp to sell a block of land in Bay of Plenty despite an iwi being denied a chance to bid on it.

The Crown-owned farmer can now proceed with the sale of the 404 hectare Wharere Farm dairy property to Micro Farms after the ruling by the Supreme Court.

The sale had been put on hold after a legal challenge from Ngati Whakahemo.

The Office of Treaty Settlements had incorrectly told Landcorp there was no claim on the land as it believed Ngati Whakahemo's historical claims had been settled.

The iwi told Landcorp in late 2013 it had a claim on the land but it, relying on advice from the office, said that was not the case and it got the same response from the Minister of Finance's office….

Govt gives emergency cash to Te Puea marae to help homeless
The Government has given $10,000 to Auckland's Te Puea marae to help it cope with the homeless it is sheltering, and more taxpayer's money could be on the way.

Social housing Minister Paula Bennett says the $10,000 grant came from the Ministry of Maori Development.

Officials are working on whether more taxpayer funding from the Ministry of Social Development should be made available for the marae, and Ms Bennett says a decision would be made shortly…..

Tauranga Moana Iwi Entities to support social housing proposal
A partnership of Tauranga Moana Iwi Entities has signed an agreement to support a proposal to be the preferred bidder for the purchase and management of the Housing NZ portfolio in Tauranga.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ranginui Chairman Tawharangi Nuku said access to safe, healthy and affordable housing is a fundamental expectation for all within Aotearoa.

"As Treaty partners it is important iwi are involved in decision making and in supporting processes which look to provide housing solutions to those in need in our communities…..

HBRC Annual Plan decisions
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has provided $200,000 to Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated to help in its preparation for Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival being held in Hawke’s Bay next year.

Around 30,000 people are expected to descend on the region for the event, which involves around 48 Kapa Haka teams.

The decision to assist with funding comes after two days of hearings and consideration of Council’s draft Annual Plan 2016-17 and the proposed 2015-2025 Long Term Plan amendment.

Council also assisted with $5,000 to Nga Tukemata o Kahungunu Charitable Trust for assistance with Waitangi Day Celebrations….

Single big event planned for Land Wars commemoration
Iwi leaders are working towards a date for a land wars commemoration, but they’re not pushing for it to be made a holiday.

The Budget included $4 million over four years to mark the wars of the 19th century.

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says an initial meeting last Friday decided iwi should still be free to mark battles and significant events in their own rohe, but the money should be spent on some national statement…..

$3m investment in Taranaki and Whanganui schools
Around $3 million will be invested under Budget 2016 to expand the capacity of schools in Taranaki and Whanganui, say Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye.

Minister Kaye made the announcement today during a visit to Mangorei School in New Plymouth.

The schools receiving new classrooms are:

Mangorei School in New Plymouth (around $700,000 for two new classrooms)

Te Pi'ipi'inga Kakano Mai Rangiatea in New Plymouth (around $1.5 million for four new classrooms)

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tupoho in Whanganui (around $700,000 for two new classrooms).

Ms Parata says the investment also acknowledges the important role that kura play in our community, and underlines the Government’s commitment to supporting Māori students to achieve educational success.

“Expanding the capacity of kura in New Plymouth and Whanganui increases the opportunity for families and whānau in these regions to choose Māori medium education for their students,” says Ms Parata….

National short-changing Maori performing arts - NZ First
The government is short-changing Māori performing arts and not doing enough to promote Kapa Haka to the world, says New Zealand First.

"Te Matatini has received funding of $1.9 million for the coming year from the government which is less than what the Royal New Zealand Ballet ($5.4 million) and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra ($14.6 million) have received," says Māori Affairs Spokesperson Pita Paraone.

"With more funding, Te Matatini could support Kapa Haka to be the cornerstone of our national performing arts and culture - promoted and celebrated not only in New Zealand but internationally.

"Why can’t Kapa Haka be exported to the world as a celebration of New Zealand’s culture, just as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been for Scotland?" Mr Paraone asks….

Māori home ownership falling behind
The report from Statistics New Zealand said, since 1986, the average drop in the ownership rate was 20 percent for Māori, compared with 15 percent for the total population.

The figures showed the fall in home ownership since 1986 had been even greater for Pacific people in New Zealand - nearly 35 percent.

The Māori rate fell from 58 percent in 1991 to 42 percent in 2013. The biggest drop was between 1991 and 2001…..

A further article on home ownership here > http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=227830

Prefab classrooms no solution
Havelock North, you have been short-changed by the Minister of Education, Ministry of Education and your local member of Parliament Craig Foss.

Back in April 2015, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced that there was no longer a need for a new primary school as the figures never stacked up.

Because of this, the Arataki Motor Camp that was designated for your new primary school would now be used for a Total Immersion Maori Educational Facility.

The Ministry of Education website "Education Counts" shows - and it is worth pointing out at this stage - approximately 2 per cent of our Maori parents throughout New Zealand actually choose a Total Immersion Maori education for their mokopuna.

Eight per cent choose a bilingual education and 90 per cent prefer their children to have a mainstream education, like most other students who are educated in New Zealand.

This means that the $10 million-plus spend for this new facility was dedicated to meet the wishes of only 2 per cent of our Maori parents and their children…..

Auditor-General's report published: Education for Māori
This report focuses on the use of information across the education sector to support Māori educational success. Although Māori educational achievement is improving overall, results for Māori students from roughly similar communities, being educated in roughly similar settings and circumstances, are very different. Schools must collect, analyse, and use information about Māori students to ensure that they are doing everything they can to give Māori students the best chance at a great education……

Maori trust wants to buy council car park for development
Palmerston North mayor Grant Smith and city councillors have been taken unawares by an eight-month-old, $500,000 offer to buy the Ngata St car park.

The written sale and purchase offer was submitted by the Palmerston North Maori Reserve Trust in September, 2015.

But elected members knew nothing about it until the trust and its property managers Westerman Property Solutions made submissions on the proposed parking management plan on Tuesday.

The car park is located down a service lane parallel to Nash St, largely surrounded by land already owned by the trust, backing on to Warehouse Stationery, Supercheap Autos and Breakers off Rangitikei St…..

Whatever happened to the kiwi dream ?
And if the truth be investigated ‘homelessness’ has been insidiously preying on this nation for decades. It’s been aided by successive Government’s lack of active policies and legislation to ensure our right in law, and abetted by foreign economic influencers manipulating domestic interest rates and the like.

Whether New Zealand acknowledges it or not, the genesis in homelessness to our national shame is in Maori land confiscations……

Natural maori health clinic to open in Mangakino
Opening an alternative Maori Health clinic in Mangakinois on track to open in a few months.

Coordinator Anahera Pedersenhas been busy working through the final details with kaumatua before the official launch.

As a Maori health advocate for the community and Ngati Tuuwharetoa​ Pedersen said something had to be done to close the huge gap for Maori.

"I see it here all the time that they are not well and I'm here when we have our dead people on the marae and ninety percent of these illnesses are preventable."

"It's a tragedy. It's time we looked outside the square and incorporate all indigenous traditional healing."….


Official signage for Remutaka Pass
The divide between the Rimutaka and Tararua ranges has been officially named Remutaka Pass "in keeping with the heritage and place-naming traditions of local iwi", according to Land Information New Zealand.

Land Information Minister Louise Upston on Friday confirmed the new name, which was considered by the New Zealand Geographic Board Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) after being proposed by former Masterton Mayor Frank Cody….

A Labour-Green alliance met with cautious optimism at Green Party annual conference
Party Simon Keenan said he thought the pact would form a strong voice for Maori.

"I think it's very important in 2017, to change the Government. I think from a Maori point of view, Labour-Green is the best way to achieve better outcomes for Maori and honour the Treaty of Waitangi.

"My sense is that Maori caucus within both Labour and the Greens are quite strong," he said…..

Wealth in indigenous thinking
“It is a really lovely honour,” she says, humbly accepting the award while acknowledging the work of whanau, hapu and iwi she has worked with in protecting and managing resources. ​

“Maori have distinct relationships with resources, and it is about making sure they are getting a seat at the table and having something to say.”

She believes New Zealand has much to gain from embracing the Maori way of thinking, especially in areas like resource management.

“There is enormous wealth in indigenous ways of thinking. It is about empathy and having time to engage with people.

“Instead of marginalising the Maori voice and seeing it as a threat, New Zealand would really benefit from embracing it.” ……

Willie Te Aho - Pest fence refresh for manu maunga
Waikato iwi Ngati Koroki Kahukura is looking for help to refresh the pest free fence around Maungatautari.

Advisor Willie Te Aho says the 47 kilometre fence, which incorporates wire dug into the ground and a line of corrugated iron at the top has been effective for the past two decades, but it’s showing its age.

It has achieved its aim of turning the maunga, which now belongs to the iwi, into an ecological island where the dawn chorus could be heard again,…

NZ Rugby embrace tikanga Māori for Lions Tour
Today, NZ Rugby made a commitment to increase support for things Māori. Seven taiaha (traditional weapons) were gifted today to the public to mark one year from the beginning of the British and Irish Lions tour.

Beez Ngārino Te Wāti from Hawaiki Tū Haka Theatre says, “Only now has thought been given to the battlefields where the All Blacks and regional sides of NZ play.”

Mayors from five cities around the country converged on Eden Park today to receive the taiaha.

It's an initiative by NZ Rugby to promote next year's British and Irish Lions tour, but more importantly, the Māori culture….

Kermadec plan undermines treaty
A parliamentary committee looking at the government's proposal to create a 62,000 square kilometre ocean sanctuary around the Kermadecs undermines the integrity of Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

Jamie Tuuta, the chair of the Maori fisheries settlement trust Te Ohu Kaimoana, says the sanctuary plan revealed by Prime Minister John Key at the United Nations General Assembly last year was in complete disregard to the 1992 fisheries settlement.

He says if the Government had consulted with Maori, instead of springing the plan on his predecessor Matiu Rei just hours before the speech, they could have negotiated a deal which would have allowed iwi to support the sanctuary….

NZCER restructure upsets Maori researchers
Maori education researchers are raising the alarm at what they see as an attempt to whitestream the New Zealand Council of Education Research.

Despite NZCER’s stated commitment to being a treaty-based organisation, the restructuring was not discussed with Te Ropu.

Te Ropu believes the changes will reduce the capacity of the centre to promote kaupapa Maori research.

It says replacing the research manager position with a new role of general manager Maori is consistent with the trend of whitestreaming which is reducing the number of hard fought-for kaupapa Maori spaces within Crown and other educational institutions.

Winston Peters says the National Party's handling of water rights and RMA is 'racist'
NZ First leader Winston Peters has labelled the National Party "racists" over their drafting and support of controversial Resource Management Act reform.

"They're supporting racist legislation and I'm proving it by the number of references in this legislation," he said.

Peters made a submission to a Parliament select committee on Thursday, telling MPs his party would fully support RMA reforms on the condition "separatist and race-based proposed laws, starting with the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill" were removed.

Can any MP tell the public where the 13 iwi have come from?" Peters said.

"National has already altered the RMA to transform iwi into consenting authorities." …...

Maori TV: $10.6m, RNZ: Zero
It is a tale of two broadcasters. Finance Minister Bill English gave Maori Television a $10.6 million boost in the Budget, although it has a $12.9 million nest egg built up over years of taxpayer funding.

Meanwhile, Radio New Zealand is floundering in the eighth year of a funding freeze.

Maori TV gets about $33 million a year from the Crown and from the funding agency Te Mangai Paho combined. Radio NZ gets about $35 million of state funding. For both broadcasters, those sums have not changed for eight years.

But this year Maori TV got another $10.6 million over four years.

Politics plays a role in the public broadcasters' funding. The Government is obliged to reward the Maori Party because of its support….

Minister 'disappointed' in law suit, Maori lay out concerns on Kermadec ocean sanctuary bill
A select committee listened to arguments from iwi against the establishment of the marine protected area. Iwi have said the sanctuary would extinguish Maori fishing rights.

"I'm disappointed that these matters are appearing before the courts and my door remains wide open to discussions," Smith said.

However, he would not divulge what solutions he would offer, preferring to tell iwi "face to face".

Although Smith said he was open to finding "a way through some of the challenges", he was committed to the sanctuary. ….

Tertiary education governance roles for Maori
Federation of Maori Authorities chair Traci Houpapa has been appointed to the council of Victoria University.

Ms Houpapa has become a go-to person for the government, holding other posts such as chairing Landcorp, being on the Waikato River Authority, as well as holding other commercial directorships.

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says all 14 people he has just appointed to six tertiary and wananga councils brought valuable knowledge and experience.

Maori-friendly policies from Labour-Green tie-up
Labour leader Andrew Little says closer cooperation with the Greens could result in policies that address many of the concerns of Maori voters.

The two parties signed a memorandum this week to work together to change the Government in 2017.

"If you look at the number of Maori who are being shut out of owning their own home or even renting a decent home, it's Maori the education system is still struggling to serve the needs of - we've got the special character provision in the Education Act but we don't seem to get it to work as significantly or in the numbers we should. It's all those sorts of things that Labour and the Greens are cooperating over, coming together, putting platforms together, can make a huge difference to Maori," Mr Little says…..

Room for Maori Party in Labour-Green alliance
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox can see room for her party in the space created by a new agreement between Labour and the Greens.

The two opposition parties have agreed to formalise what is already a close working relationship in the lead up to the election.

Ms Fox says her party’s stance is that it will work with the Government of the day of whatever political stripe.

"In the past Maori would be sitting on the sidelines waiting for a favourable government to come back in, not able to advance their causes. They have seen the benefit of sititng at the table and if it is a Labour Green coalition in the future, we would only be too happy to be invited into that arrangement should they be successful at the next election." she says……

The power of the media and everyday New Zealanders
Māori New Zealanders especially have endured biased treatment by the media in this country since the time the first newspapers were printed. Māori are viewed as “different” whereas Pakeha things are viewed as “normal”.

This treatment was evidenced during the last General Election, where TVNZ’s Vote Compass asked respondents: “How much control should Maori have over their own affairs?”…..

Cultural concerns affect farm future
Otago Peninsula sheep farmer Bob Morris says he wants to pass his farm on to his son, unencumbered by any further district plan changes.

Mr Morris was one of several people who made submissions on manawhenua matters to a hearing on the Dunedin City Council's second general district plan (2GP) yesterday.

Manawhenua refers to Maori people who have local tribal or sub-tribal authority in an area.

Mr Morris told the Dunedin hearing that the farm at Sandymount, near Sandfly Bay, had been in his family's hands for five generations, since 1863, and he wished to pass the 220ha property on to his son Timothy.

He noted that a recently proposed planning map referred to a new wahi tupuna buffer zone on part of the family property, and he suggested this map be redrawn so it did not cross the property boundary.

Wahi tupuna are places important to Maori for their ancestral significance and associated cultural and traditional values.

He had never found any Maori cultural artefacts at the farm.

Iwi gets together with schools
A kawenata (covenant) was signed between the schools and the iwi in April this year to formally recognise the project. The initiative aims to increase fluency in te reo, create employment pathways, foster a connection to whakapapa and connect members to their maraes.

Funding for kapa halts, arts, crafts, music and sport are other areas where students will benefit Around 27 per cent of students at the school affiliate with Waikato-Tainui and in order to take part in the programme they need to sign up on the tribal register.

PARTNERSHIP Other schools in the partnership are Fairfield College. Hamilton Girls' High School, Melville High School, Ngaruawahia High School, Patricia Avenue School, Raglan Area School, Huntly College, Tai Wananga, St Paul's Collegiate, Matamata college, Pukekohe High, Fraser High School and Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu....

Minister Tolley agrees system has failed children
"The system has failed, Māori particularly tamariki and rangatahi Māori, so we need to be much smarter at how we work with hapū and whānau and iwi to meet the needs of those whānau."

The Minister of Social Development agrees and says the issues are being addressed through the Child Youth and Family reforms that come into effect next March.

"The Children's Commissioner has described it as visionary,” she says.

“That has a specific focus on Māori children because six out of the children in state care are Māori so we agree the system is broken and we are setting out on a major overhaul."

Tolley says there are already programmes underway leading up to the overhaul.

"My understanding is that the new system is being designed to work for Māori as an integral part of the system…..

Tense debate at Masterton council over appointing iwi representatives
A sometimes tense council meeting in Masterton has rejected a motion to delay the appointment of unelected iwi representatives.

The decision avoided an acrimonious, race-based council election in October, one councillor said.

But Patterson said dealing with the chronic under-representation of Maori in local government was urgent.

The motion was defeated 8-2, with only Caffell and Goodwin for. David Holmes abstained.

Marama Fox son discriminated against at school

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox has spoken about discrimination her son suffered at school - saying she demanded a change in teacher after one called him a “predator”.

The mother of nine said one of her sons had been labelled by a long-term reliever teacher when he was in Year 11. The teacher had wrongly assumed he had stolen from another student’s bag.

“I asked how he was doing. I get told...’your son is a predator’. I’m like, excuse me? ‘The young little boy who sits next to him in class is so scared of your son he will not even look at him. I watched your son steal things from his bag.’”

Ms Fox sought an explanation from her son.

“[He] said to me, ‘Mum, we were playing touch at lunch time, I put my stuff in my mate’s bag, he’s on his way to class.

“I came in late from playing touch...instead of disturbing the class that’s already working, I just grab my books, sit down’.”

When her son sat down next to his friend, the other teenager did not look up. Seeing this, the teacher assumed he had been intimidated, Ms Fox said….

Waitemata DHB advises against Trust's advice to West Auckland whānau
The Waitemata DHB says people who are seriously ill or injured at the Waitakere Hospital Emergency Department could be impacted if residents follow the advice of John Tamihere.

Tamihere, the CEO of Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust is urging West Aucklanders to go directly to the Waitakere Hospital A and E if they require after-hours medical attention.

The Trust will issue advertisements in the local Western Leader Newspaper tomorrow encouraging whanau to visit Waitakere Hospital after hours.

He says the $92 cost for a medical visit to an after-hours clinic is "outrageous" and is a hindrance to whānau.

However, Director Funding Waitemata DHB Dr Debbie Holdsworth says, "Waitakere residents should only present to the Waitakere Hospital Emergency Department if they have a medical emergency or are seriously ill.

Unnecessary presentations to ED will have a significant impact on the care we can provide to people who are seriously ill or injured." ….

TV3 Story report into Maori sites of cultural significance lacked sensitivity
A report by Mediaworks presenter Heather du Plessis-Allan that likened Maori sites of cultural significance to "rubbish dumps" has been deemed insensitive.

During the piece du Plessis-Allan reported from an empty field.

"So this is what an area of cultural significance looks like. This is called a midden," she said.

"It's where back in the old days Maori used to throw the shells when they'd finished eating their seafood. So it's pretty much a rubbish dump.

"We looked it up - 'midden' is an old Danish word for 'domestic rubbish dump'."

Following the piece a member of the public, Ross Carter, complained to the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) that it was racist and denigrating of Maori culture.

Iwi leaders call for river trust investigation
Leaders of a major iwi have taken the unusual step of calling for an investigation into a trust responsible for protecting the Waikato River.

Te Arawa kaumātua are concerned about the financial management of the Te Arawa River Iwi Trust which will get millions of dollars of taxpayer funding over the next 20 years.

In 2010, Parliament passed historic Treaty settlements with Waikato River iwi establishing a framework for co-governance of the river.

As part of the settlement, the government gave the trust $10 million with a promise of $20m more.

The trust is charged with restoring the river's health but in recent months questions have begun to surface about the way it operates……

Planning puts whanau on reo path
One of the people behind a new approach to language planning says it will allow whanau and communities to set goals and access resources to learn te reo Maori.

Last week's Budget included an allocation of $12 million over four years for Maori language whanau and community planning.

Only 2 percent of Maori families now speak te reo Maori to their children and other whanau need to be shown how they can start doing it….

Maori Party defend cigarette tax from racism claims
The Māori Party is defending their decision to support the tax hike on cigarettes following criticism from one of Māoridom’s leading tobacco health researchers. Dr Marewa Glover says the tax hasn't made significant changes on smoking rates, instead the policy has become a racist one.

Marama Fox is adamant the Māori Party's choice to hike the smoking tax hasn't created a racist policy.

Fox says, “This is not a racist policy. Smoking is racist as most of the deaths are Māori.”….

Maori Party president 'sees chance for her people'
Maori voters have just been given a chance to have a big say in who will form the next government of New Zealand after the 2017 General Election, according to the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish. "And not just a big say, but also a big play in that next government as a coalition partner if we use the power of our collective votes wisely."

Ms Glavish was commenting on the announcement by Labour and the Greens that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to campaign together in next year’s election.

"The choice for Maori is simple: do we want to continue to depend on either of the two major Pakeha-dominated parties for scraps from the table, or do we combine our voting strength to sweep enough of the seven Maori seats to give us the balance of power. Ideally, we’d like all seven, but five are a realistic and achievable target, and would likely yield an extra two or three Party list seats…..

White out: Why was this Maori mural erased?
A widely praised mural of a Maori woman's face on the wall of a school in Whangarei has been erased over Maori protocol issues.

Artist Earnest Bradley was allegedly asked by the board of trustees at Tikipunga High School to cover the mural he had been commissioned to paint.

Mr Solomon said another similar mural by Mr Bradley would replace it, adding that Mr Bradley would be paid for his time…..

Tertiary Education Institution Council Appointments
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced 14 appointments to six tertiary education institution councils, which include appointments to the newly-reconstituted councils of TeWānanga o Raukawa and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

“I welcome the valuable knowledge and experience that these appointees will bring to these important leadership roles,” Mr Joyce says. “I also wish to recognise and thank the outgoing council members for their service and valuable contribution to tertiary education.”

The appointments and reappointments of council members are:…..

Child poverty's 'elephant in room'
The report links the rise of separated parents to the growing acceptance of living together outside formal marriage. Children born to legally married couples plunged from 95 per cent of births in 1961 to 51.3 per cent in 2010, before recovering in each year since then to 53.5 per cent in the latest March year.

For Maori, children born to legally married parents collapsed even more spectacularly from 72 per cent of Maori births in 1968 to just 20.9 per cent in 2011, recovering to 21.6 per cent in the latest year….

Willie Jackson appointed to Te Mātāwai
An urban Māori leader is the first to be appointed to Te Mātāwai, the new legislative body that will be responsible for the revitalisation of te reo Māori on behalf of iwi and Māori.

Willie Jackson admits his reo isn't the best, but he says his latest appointment isn't about that.

Jackson, Urban Māori Member, Te Mātāwai says, "Don't judge me, I am not the most fluent speaker but what's the important thing for this role. It is to support and advocate for our people, as well as challenge the Government.”….

Maori have a right to be represented
It's an even better concept when you have been landed with a Treaty signed between your Queen, (Queen Victoria), and the local indigenous people that, rather inconveniently it seems, requires that you treat us as equal partners.

To compare the rights of Maori, on the basis that our ancestors were some of the first people in New Zealand, with the rights of Europeans who emigrated here in those first ships totally ignores the fact that those Europeans (a) arrived in a country already occupied by others and (b) recognised the rights of those indigenous people in a treaty.

When you claim "what is actually at stake is the relationship between the public's widespread and longstanding acceptance of one person one vote and the erosion of that principle by appointed representatives based on ethnicity'', you conveniently lump Maori, the partner in the Treaty we have with the Crown, with all ethnic groups.

Maori have a right to be represented and, if it means that the best way to ensure that representation is to guarantee a place for a Maori on a local body, largely elected by middle New Zealand, then that is the right thing to do….

'All I did was gathered kai'
A man who was sentenced to a year in prison for stealing trout is unrepentant and says he won't apologise for trying to feed his family.

Thomas Tawha was convicted of stealing 59 trout over two occasions from a protected fishing area near Lake Rotoiti in the Bay of Plenty, while his friend David Leef was convicted of stealing 10 trout.

Tawha said he was collecting fish for a tangi and had a permit from kaumatua under their Māori governance system…..

‘Platitudes’ erased from agreement
The Waitaki District Council has renewed its relationship agreement with local iwi Waitaha; both sides signed the agreement on Friday.

Dr Cloete said there had been no substantive changes to the agreement but that some of the language had changed and a glossary of Maori words had been added to make the document more transparent.

While the entire South Island was considered to be the iwi's rohe (territory), he said from Aoraki/Mt Cook to the Waitaki River mouth was "sacred'' land for Waitaha…..

Award For Judges of the Rangatahi Courts Celebrated
International recognition for the work of Judges of the New Zealand District Court and the contribution of kaumātua from 14 marae in developing Ngā Kōti Rangatahi o Aotearoa, the Rangatahi Courts and the Pasifika Courts, will be conferred at Auckland’s Orakei Marae today.

The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration has awarded these innovative marae-based Youth Courts its 2015 Award for Excellence in Judicial Administration…..

Health prof: Tobacco tax rise racist
New Zealand's leading Maori tobacco researcher says further tax increases on smokers have become a racist policy that is discriminating against Maori, mental health patients and others.

She said Maori, and especially Maori women, had the highest smoking rates "because of the cumulative stress of the environment"……

Maori Party President Hails Benefits of Being “at the Table”
Benefits for te iwi Maori from having its own political party “at the table” of New Zealand’s governing coalition have been hailed by the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish.

“Thanks to our being in coalition with the National Party in government, and the constant intercession on our behalf by our two Members of Parliament, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, Minister for Maori Development, and Marama Fox MP, our people will benefit to the tune of over $100 million in the 2016 Budget announced today,” said Ms Glavish.

Specific Budget allowances for Maori were:

Social services: Extra funding for Whanau Ora: $40 million, and microfinance for whanau and their enterprises: $4 million.

Land: New Maori Land Service: $14.2 million, and assistance to Te Tumu Paeroa landowners: $3.7 million.

Te reo: Establishment of Te Matawai and revitalisation of Maori language: $24 million.

TV: extra funding for Maori Television: $10.6 million.

Electoral: increasing Maori participation: $5 million.

General: New Zealand war commemorations: $4 million.

“Our Minister for Maori Development, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell is releasing full details of these budget allocations specifically for our people…

Education to back up NZ Wars commemoration
Maori Development Minister te Ururoa Flavell says he will talk to iwi leaders about how they want to mark the Maori Land Wars.

The Budget included $1 million a year for the next four years for commemorations.

He says it’s a response to the calls coming from iwi from Taranaki, Taitokerau, Waikato Tainui, Tauranga Moana, Mataatua and the East Coast who have been organising their own grass roots events on significant anniversaries.

He wants iwi leaders to give him a suitable day for a commemoration.

"Once we’ve confirmed the day, is it a holiday? I don't hear too much of a push for a holiday but what must come is an element of support for the kaupapa, by way of having the resource to support education in schools and the community about those wars because not too many people know about them, and in that regard we think we have responded to the call from iwi and we hope to make a firm announcement prior to Koroneihana this year," Mr Flavell says…..

Big issues ignored in budget
Labour’s Maori spokesperson Kelvin Davis says he’s not seeing a return for ordinary Maori in this year’s Budget.

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is holding the budget up as a significant infusion of funds into help with housing, better use of Maori land, Maori language revival, and Whanau Ora to help more struggling families.

Mr Davis says he’s stretching a little bit of money over a lot of ground, and it falls well short of the real needs of whanau…..

'Emotiki' to give texting a Māori flavour
Emojis are used in electronic messages all over the world, but a new range of 'emotiki' will give the concept a distinctly Māori flavour.

The world's first Māori emoji keyboard for iPhone and Android is being launched by the Rotorua visitor attraction Te Puia, with 150 characters, including tiki pukana expressions, taiaha, hangi, waka ama and kete….

$100k to return Koiwi to NZ
The remains of sixty Māori and Moriori individuals have been returned from the Smithsonian Institution to Te Papa Tongarewa in an emotional ceremony today. But what is the cost to the taxpayer, and is it worth the dollars?

Around $100,000 was spent on repatriating the remains contained in these boxes.

Dr Arapeta Hakiwai says it was worth every cent, “We don't pay for our ancestors.

Maui Solomon believes the cost is justified, “We spent 26mil on flag referendum we didn't get a result so $100k to bring back 60 tupuna seems pretty economical to me.”…..

English name of South Taranaki sports lounge is irrelevant, says councillor
A South Taranaki councillor has compared her council naming a sports lounge after an English village to the explorer James Cook giving Taranaki's maunga the name Mt Egmont.

The name has the support of the mayor Ross Dunlop who said it was chosen by a committee. However Bigham said Ngati Ruanui should have been consulted over the name as they were the original owners of the land…..

Budget 2016- Whānau Ora to receive $40 million
Whānau Ora will receive a $40 million boost over the next four years, allowing it to substantially increase the number of whānau it can support.

Budget 2016 also includes $4 million to provide microfinance to whānau and $5 million to go toward increasing Māori electoral participation.

The $4 million over the next four years to provide microfinance to whānau aims to improve financial independence for whānau, including whānau-led small and medium enterprises.

Increasing Māori electoral participation is also a feature of Budget 2016, with $5 million provided in operating funding over the next four years….

Budget 2016 - More pūtea for Kapa Haka
The biggest kapa haka festival in the world Te Matatini is set to get an extra $700,000 from this year's Budget, a boost of more than 50% from last year's funding.

Today's Budget announcement means the Te Matatini Society will get a total of $1.9mil in funding.

Last year, Te Matatini received $1.2mil a year from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and yet it pumps around $20mil into local economies.

Minister of Arts Culture & Heritage, Maggie Barry says, “It will enable the kapahaka organisations around NZ of which there are about 130 or so at the moment to grow by 50 groups per year.”

The Royal New Zealand will get $5.4mil. Although only a 23% increase, it's still more than double that of Te Matatini…..

Unique model for Whanganui settlement
A sense of relief as Whanganui River claims its on its final stretch.

Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill passed its first reading in parliament yesterday and should be law by the end of the year.

It recognises the river as an indivisible whole from the mountains to the sea with its own legal identity and all the rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person.

There is also an $80 million redress package…

Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund boost welcomed
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has welcomed the additional funding allocated to Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund announced in yesterday’s Budget.

Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund will be expanded from $2 million to $3 million per year.

“This will help more Māori enterprises to gain the skills, knowledge and networks they need to get new ventures off the ground and grow existing businesses and asset bases,” Mr Flavell says…..

$40 Million for Unproven Whānau Ora
The Māori Party is once again throwing good taxpayers’ money after bad at the still unproven Whānau Ora programme, says New Zealand First.

“Last year’s Budget gifted $50 million to Whānau Ora, and now this year another $40 million is being thrown away,” says Māori Affairs Spokesperson Pita Paraone.

“No proof has been provided to show Whānau Ora is achieving significantly more than last year, when the Auditor-General found absolutely no value for money coming from the programme.

“Real evidence is needed to justify this spending on Whānau Ora beyond the commissioning agencies being able to increase the ‘Total Page Likes’ on their Facebook pages,” says Mr Paraone…..

Invercargill group pulls out of Govt housing scheme
But the PACT group, which had applied to buy and manage 348 Housing New Zealand homes in Invercargill, has decided not to continue with the process.

The Government is also considering a proposal from the Horowhenua District Council to look at a joint transfer of council flats and Housing NZ properties to a community provider.

If it goes through, it'll affect 115 pensioner flats and 250 Housing NZ homes and tenancies in Levin, Foxton and Shannon.

But before any decision is made, consultation will be done with local iwi on their Treaty of Waitangi rights and interests. The process will run until July 1….

Canterbury stream's racist name could change
A north Canterbury stream's highly offensive name could soon be history.

The New Zealand Geographic Board is looking to rename N***** Stream, which flows south from Mt Turnbull in the foothills of Southern Alps.

The board is now proposing a new name - Pukio Stream.

Te Aka Maori-English dictionary describes Pukio as a type of sedge - called "n*****head" by early English colonists - which grows in swampy areas around New Zealand.

Submissions in support of the name, or suggestions for a different name, can be mailed to the board or submitted to the Land Information New Zealand website by August 26…..

Wairoa District Council to vote on Māori Ward position
The Wairoa District Council has voted in favour of including the question at this year's local body elections of whether a Māori ward should be established. If it goes ahead, it will be a first for the region.

The township of Wairoa will be asked this year to vote on whether or not they want a new Māori ward.

According to Kiwa Hammond from the Wairoa Māori Standing Committee, “The Wairoa Council came to us asking what we thought of including the question at the local body elections about whether they wanted a Māori ward or not.”

Wairoa Mayor, Craig Little said, “That's why we put it out to the community that's the best way of a democracy, let them decide for us rather than 6 or 7 people around a table thinking they know what the community wants.”

Two questions will be asked, for or against, all part of a poll for the community to answer.

60% of the 8000 people who live in Wairoa are Māori, the third highest population of Māori nationwide.

“At the moment, I think the Māori are sitting in the European seats and so obeying the European laws. To me if you have a separate Māori council they can implement Māori customs,” says Rill Meihana from Ngāti Kahungunu…..

$34.6m to support te reo Māori revival
Three funds in this year’s Budget 2016 will contribute towards increasing the number of proficient Māori language speakers.

$12 million over four years has been set aside to establish and fund the operations of Te Mātāwai, a new Crown independent entity established under the Māori Language Act 2016.

An additional $12 million over four years has been allocated for Te Reo Māori Whānau and Community language planning.

The Māori Television Service (MTS) will also receive $10.6 million over the next four years to reach a wider audience to ultimately fulfil its objective of increasing the use of our reo rangatira amongst whānau and communities…..

$17.8m to create Māori Land Service
Budget 2016 provides $14.2 million to support the establishment of the new Māori Land Service, which is a key element of the current reform of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993.

Te Tumu Paeroa will receive $3.7 million of operating funding over the next four years to assist Māori landowners to strengthen their governance arrangements. This will help to improve land utilisation and asset management, and to increase landowners’ financial returns….

$4m to commemorate New Zealand Wars
The Māori Party is proud to have secured new funding in Budget 2016 to support New Zealand Land Wars commemorations.

The $1 million per annum operating fund over four years will provide financial support to mark commemorative events. It may also support education-related activities for schools, kura and communities about the Land Wars……

Kaumatua insist on Maori representation plans for New Plymouth to be outlined before election
Te Atiawa kaumatua Grant Knuckey did not mince his words as he again asked the New Plymouth District Council to consider how it planned to involve Maori views and voices.

Knuckey, along with fellow Te Atiawa kaumatua, former police inspector Harry Nicholas, spoke to council on Tuesday night with a clear message - despite the failure of the Maori ward vote, the need to involve Maori on council was not going away.

Regardless of the failure of Maori wards, it was the council's mandate "to serve the community" and comply with the Local Government Act which lists Treaty of Waitangi obligations to include Maori, Knuckey said.

"Let's not dwell on mandates because at the end of the day for us, we're seeking a solution to an issue about representation for Maori," he said.

"It's not about Maori affairs taking over local bodies, it's about our people participating and having a voice, that's all we ask." ….

Te Reo Tuatahi inspiring mainstream
A big tick for a programme that gives tamariki in mainstream schools 30 minutes of exposure to te reo Maori every week.

Education consultants Wyllie & Associates say four out of five teachers at 28 North Shore schools noticed an increase in the level of confidence and self-esteem among Maori tamariki from participating in Te Reo Tuatahi.

The number of tamariki Maori who say they want to learn te reo Maori increased from 33 percent before programme to 81 percent after.

Te Reo Tuatahi founder Raewyn Harrison says the kaupapa is growing, with principals throughout Auckland opening their doors and inquiries from the lower North Island, and it's time it was properly funded.

"There are other programmes happening out there but I don't believe there is one like Te Reo Tuatahi going in to mainstream schools where there is a captive audience of tamariki in the school and where now 95 percent of our Maori whanau are deciding to send their tamariki so this is crucial we have good quality te reo programmes in our schools," she says.

Raewyn Harrison says Te Reo Tuatahi helps Maori students feel valued in their school environment and get a sense of what it means to be Maori…..

Our older names speak of who we are and where we’ve come from
Increasingly our Maori names are used by local organisations interchangeably or instead of Gisborne, which remains for now the only name for our place with wide recognition nationally…..

Wanganui River Claims Settlement Bill First Reading
“This Bill can never replace or undo the decades of repeated degradation to these very special waters, however it is a start,” says Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell during the first reading of the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement Bill) in Parliament today.

He said the iwi had been forced to watch the sustained misuse and exploitation of their ancestral waters over a century.

Fourteen Whanganui chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi in May 1840, and since that time, the Crown has systematically undermined Whanganui iwi rights and interests in the management and use of the Whanganui River.

Breaches include, exclusion from decision-making; concerns submitted through petitions on the impact of river “improvements”, river conservation and protection being largely ignored; and no consultation when the diversion of water from Whanganui into the Tongariro Power Scheme was authorised in 1958.

To this day the iwi maintains this caused extreme harm to the river and its environment…..

Initialling Deed of Settlement brings $100 million one step closer
More than three decades after the initial Wairoa claims were lodged with the Waitangi Tribunal, Te Tira is set to secure financial redress of $100 million for its iwi and hapū beneficiaries.

If ratified by the iwi and hapÅ«, this will be the fifth biggest Treaty of Waitangi Settlement in terms of financial redress…

Ground set for Parihaka talks
Government ministers have signed a compact trust they hope will lead to a settlement for Parihaka.

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says the crown’s 1881 sacking of the village that was the centre of opposition to land confiscation in Taranaki still rankles with the community.

Because of its unique history, negotiators insisted it be treated separately to the rest of the Taranaki settlements.

The compact signed at the weekend by Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson is similar to one that restarted negotiations with Ngai Tuhoe.

"It sets out a platform I hope of how the crown will engage with Parihaka and that means talking about things like infrastructure, getting fresh water sorted, dealing with the sewage for the marae, upgrades for the electricity which tend to go on the blink, all those sorts of things will be moved into Parihaka to give them a hand on the back of what happened and it's aside from a normal treaty settlement process," Mr Flavell says….

New technology to monitor amount of te reo on Māori radio
New technology has been added to all Māori radio stations to monitor the amount of Māori language spoken on air.

Te Reo Irirangi o Te Upoko o te Ika says one of the reasons for the implementation is that Te Māngai Pāhō has raised concerns about some radio stations not delivering the right amount of Māori language content.

The device is called Kōkako and it monitors the amount of Māori spoken on radio stations….

Leading researcher appointed Senior Māori Historian
Leading Māori researcher Dr Monty Soutar has been appointed to the position of Senior Māori Historian at Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Dr Soutar is the inaugural appointment to the role and will lead the Ministry’s activities relating to Māori history, including Te Taiwhakaea, a significant research and education project on Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

“It’s an exciting new challenge,” says Dr Soutar.

“The Treaty settlement stories project in particular is a unique opportunity, because the settlements that have taken place over the last thirty years or so represent one of the most significant watershed moments in New Zealand’s modern history.”….

Marlborough City: pros and cons with winemaker Josh Scott and National Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith
But if we are going to think about a name change, we need to think about a name that reflects our heritage and consideration could be given to a Maori name - such as Blenheim's Maori name, Waiharakeke….

Rates relief for Maori land owners
Opotiki District Council has announced a five year rates relief for Maori land owners looking to lead a kiwifruit development project at Omaio

The project will see up to 150 hectares of Maori-owned land converted from maize to kiwifruit orchards.

Mr Forbes also acknowledged the importance of a united approach and the sort of thinking that allows projects like Omaio to get off the ground.

"We are a small, rural council and we are working to make sure that our economy is growing and keeping up with changing economic realities. And in this instance, it is a fantastic opportunity to support a local initiative. It is 'local' in every sense - it is driven by a local hapu and landowners which will ensure that the benefits flow back to those that have mana whenua," he said.

-The kaupapa will see 30ha developed each year over 5 years (adding to the 150ha total). Opotiki District Council will apply a rates remission for five years on each parcel of 30ha as they are developed, so rates remissions will run for 10 years (although no more than 5 years on any one property).

- Council expects that the rates remissions will average around $60,000 per annum…..

Ngāti Hine agreement a milestone in Far North Māori relations
A formal agreement between the Far North District Council and Te Rῡnanga o Ngāti Hine marks a new era of co-operation and understanding between the Council and Ngāti Hine.

Representatives of the Council and Te Rῡnanga o Ngāti Hine signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Matawaia Marae earlier this month. The Memorandum:

Outlines the willingness of the Council and Ngāti Hine to co-operate with each other at a strategic level.

Commits them to meeting at least four times a year and to developing a work programme that supports shared strategic objectives.

Mayor John Carter says the Council is committed to better understanding the concerns of Māori and to building strategic partnerships with iwi and hapá¿¡. It signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Te Rá¿¡nanga o Te Rarawa last year and plans to enter into similar agreements with other willing iwi/hapá¿¡ in the next three years……

Government signs off deals to build 740 more homes in Auckland
The Government has signed off deals to build 740 homes on spare land in Auckland, some of which must be sold for "affordable" prices.

The Government has signed off deals to build 740 homes on spare land in Auckland, some of which must be sold for "affordable" prices.

Housing Minister Nick Smith confirmed this afternoon that the Government had completed negotiations on three sites in Manukau, Mt Albert, and Waterview.

Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Limited Partnership would be given first right of refusal on the Mt Albert site as part of the iwi's Treaty settlement.

A portion of the houses built on each site must be sold for an “affordable” price – around $600,000.

Ngati Whatua took legal action against the Government in June, saying that the plans to sell off Crown land to private developers appeared to breach its Treaty agreement.

It later agreed to drop its legal challenge after securing an agreement that 40 per cent of construction would be social or affordable housing.

Deadlines for signing development agreements and building the first homes have also been pushed back, partly as a result of the iwi challenge…..

Ninety Mile Beach board workshop, tour 'invaluable'
Members of the new Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē/Ninety Mile Beach Board have had a fascinating first-hand insight into the coastal treasure they are charged with managing.

Chairman Haami Piripi and fellow board members gathered in Kaitaia recently (Friday 20 May) for a workshop to discuss the board’s legally-mandated roles and functions and continue getting-to-know one another.

Mr Piripi says they also took the opportunity to travel up Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē/Ninety Mile Beach to hear the history and some of the wealth of stories associated with it from a cultural perspective.

Established through Treaty of Waitangi settlement legislation for Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, NgatiTakoto and Ngati Kuri, the board will co-develop a management plan for the beach, which has iconic status to both Maori and non-Maori alike…..

Call for more Maori in hospice care
Hospice New Zealand is calling for an increase in the number of Māori working in palliative care, saying there is a great deal of room for improvement.

Ria Earp, chair of Hospice New Zealand's Māori advisory group Te Roopu Whaka Māori, said the organisation was keen to see a rise in the number of Māori medical staff.

She said hospices around the country are trying to address this issue.

"Firstly how they relate to local Māori communities, how they include as part of the standards for Hospice NZ, the way in which that particular hospice works and operates for Māori patients and whānau, working with communities and working with Māori health providers."….

Prayer ban causes cultural unease
Academics Paul Moon and Mamari Stephens are warning the issues raised in a case relating to religious instruction and Red Beach School north of Auckland could affect the ability of schools and kura to include karakia as part of their activities.

Ms Stephens, a senior law lecturer at Victoria University in Wellington, says a prayer or karakia is a standard part of most Maori activities, even when people aren't otherwise religious.

That could clash with the Education Act prescription that religious instruction or observance can only happen when schools are closed.

"There’s a very thinline between what's religious and what's not religious, what's spiritual and what's religious or what's spiritual and cultural and so. Karakia is pretty common. I think the threat is actually more real than I had thought that it was, she says…..

Addressing 'critical shortage' of te reo Maori teachers high priority for Labour
Labour education spokesman Chris Hipkins was in Invercargill on Friday with the Skills and Wages Caucus Committee, discussing education, training and workplace health and safety as part of a series of talks he was having across the country.

Addressing the shortage of fluent te reo teachers in schools in New Zealand was "high on the priority list" for Hipkins, he said during his visit to Southland Girls' High School.

Adrian Rurawhe, MP for Te Tai Hauauru who was visiting with the committee, said there was a "critical shortage" of te reo teachers in schools because speaking not only te reo, but a second language, was attractive to employers.

"It's becoming more and more of an advantage... that's why teachers who are fluent in te reo gets jobs elsewhere [in other occupations]," he said.

Girls' High principal Yvonne Browning said Ngai Tahu was likely to be one of the biggest employers in the South Island in the coming decades and she was encouraging her students to learn te reo….

Māori Party opposes bill to abolish charter schools
The Māori Party plans to oppose the Labour Party's bill seeking to abolish Kura Hourua or charter schools.

Mr Hipkins said charter schools have been a costly experiment and despite receiving up to five times the funding public schools got they had not worked - with one in Whangaruru closing this year.

However, Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox said they have proved successful and the party wanted to see the creation of more charter schools….

Moriori descendants seek Treaty claim for 19th Century atrocities
"I think the most common things New Zealanders believe is that they were by and large wiped out before pakeha settlement," Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson told ONE News.

The islands were invaded by Taranaki Maori in 1835, who slaughtered and enslaved the Moriori. The atrocities continued for 20 years.

"We lost 90 per cent of our population - that's a holocaust really," Mr Solomon said.

Now, Moriori descendants are close to negotiating a Treaty settlement with the Crown, based on breaches including a failure to stop slavery.

Further grievances include when 120 Moriori left the Chatham Islands in 1870 and were granted just three per cent of the land.

Moriori did petition the government to restore land rights 150 years ago, but were unsuccessful.

Despite the Chatham Islands invasion pre-dating the Treaty of Waitangi, the Government concedes the Crown had a responsibility to act sooner.

Historian Dr Michael Bassett said there is also a more obvious reason the Crown should pay.

"I'm sure the real reason why people want the Crown to do something is that they've got the deepest pockets," he said.

The Crown-owned Whaanga Lagoon is likely to return under the settlement, while the Government hopes to have an initial deal completed by the end of this year……

Legal action taken to reclaim ashes
Last Tuesday, Native Affairs reported on another family who spent two years trying to locate their ancestor Hudson Pomare Fergusson from Ngāpuhi. Great-grandson Terry Fergusson discovered Hudson’s remains had been removed twice and finally placed in a mass grave……

Poll shows majority of Kiwis support Kermadec ocean sanctuary
A new poll shows a majority of Kiwis support the Government plan to set up an ocean sanctuary in the Kermadec region.

Of 1,150 New Zealanders that took part in the polling, 89 per cent were in favour of the reserve - with 62 per cent in definite support, while 28 per cent 'probably' supported it (results were rounded).

Those who opposed the sanctuary made up 5 per cent, with the rest saying they were unsure.

Polling also found that for those who identified as Maori, 86 per cent were in support…..

Marlborough iwi make joint submission on recreational fishing park
Marlborough iwi have expressed concerns about a recreational fishing park planned for the Marlborough Sounds.

The creation of a recreational fishing park in the Marlborough Sounds will encroach on customary and commercial fishing rights, a group of three Marlborough iwi say. …

Māori have no greater interest in water - Labour
There is no basis to the claim Māori have a stronger interest in water than any other group, says Labour's environment spokesman David Parker.

He told Nine to Noon he personally rejected the notion that Māori have a greater environmental interest than other groups.

"We reject the idea that Māori have a property interest which trumps everyone else's in all of our fresh water in New Zealand.

"We also reject the notion that Māori don't have an interest in the future of our water.

"But I do accept that Māori involvement in the management of our water, including through the land and water forum, has actually taken New Zealand forward towards addressing some of the water quality issues."

Māori Party will oppose the abolition of Kura Hourua
The Māori Party will oppose Chris Hipkins’ private members’ bill which seeks to abolish Kura Hourua/Partnership Schools, when it comes before Parliament this year.

Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says many of the existing Partnership Schools are Māori-led or have a large proportion of Māori students who achieve more than they would in a state-led school. If Chris Hipkins’ bill called the Education (Charter Schools Abolition) Amendment Bill were to pass, more than 470 Māori students would be forced to go to other schools.

We support in particular the importance of high-quality teaching, high educational achievement and strong supportive partnerships with iwi and communities.”

Mr Flavell says: “We’ve seen the benefits of Kura Hourua and other educational providers that put the needs of Māori students at the heart of everything that they do.

Hundreds attend Maori economic hui
A conference dubbed "Powering up the Maori Economy in Te Tai Tokerau" was "more than a talkfest", presenters and iwi leaders promised.

Mr Dalton said that while Northland's GDP had grown recently, "not a lot of that has occurred in the Maori area".

Of the region's population of 56,613 Maori, 17.4 per cent of them were unemployed compared with the national figure for Maori of 12 per cent; average earnings were $40,670 compared with Maori nationally, $47,385; and, close to the national figure, 52.4 per cent of Tai Tokerau Maori were low-skilled….

Maori healing takes holistic approach
How did you become interested in traditional healing?

Ruatau: I trained under an amazing Maori healer Papa Hopeha Delamere for 10 years and learnt all the traditional philosophies around healing and plant medicines. This was over 20 years ago. We are carrying on his legacy.

Tracey: I was having wairua, spirit, stuff happening within my house which was scaring me, so my neighbour introduced me to Maori healers eight years ago. Through that I started to learn the philosophies. Also, my mother had died of brest cancer. When I found out a lot of it was treating the catalyst not symptoms, it was in that moment when I realised I needed this to be my path.

What are your main practices?
Tracey: We mirimiri, which is counselling and korero - energetic exchange. It's not hands-on. Romiromi is body work like massage, removing cellular memory, trauma and experience through pressure points.

Ruatau: We use elbows, hands, sticks and stones – traditional modalities. For the stuff we can't remove we have a traditional ceremony that happens in the mountains and sea, which is a spiritual cleansing….

Resource revitalises te reo Maori in early childhood centres
The country's youngest children could be the key to ensuring the preservation of te reo Maori.

But early childhood teachers have not had access to effective tools to teach the language.

The New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) has launched a new resource to promote teaching of the Maori language in early childhood centres.

Te reo Maori: He taonga mo a tatou aims to include the language in everyday learning.

"It's important that we share the language in New Zealand with our children so we can further develop and support biculturalism in our centres," she says.

"Children pick up language a lot easier in their early childhood years. If it's spoken here it's a lot more likely to be used in the future."…..

Maori shut-out illegal
A Taranaki Maori leader says the government should be obliged to step in if New Plymouth District Council can’t find a way to represent Maori interests.

Mayor Andrew Judd isn’t standing again because of the backlash to his attempt to create a Maori seat, and the council has gone for almost its full term without a Maori committee or similar structure.

Grant Knuckey from Te Atiawa says there’s a treaty and legal obligation to have one, and he’d like to see the government legislate for a Maori statutory board, similar to the Auckland model…..

"If they were Māori, they'd be going straight to jail," says MP
Four Pākehā teenagers were sentenced to community service and fined for stealing 80k worth of goods in Northland. It has sparked online debate on the fairness of the sentence with some believing the punishment would have been more severe if the perpetrators were Māori.

These four teenagers won't be seeing the inside of a jail cell for burglary.

MP Marama Fox says Māori wouldn't have been so lucky.

“If they were Māori, they'd be going straight to jail. That is the challenge before us.”

Law academic Mamari Stephens says it's different for some Māori, “The judge will ask where the family is? Will they support that person? What's the use of giving them community service when they might go and commit another crime?”

Fox wants everyone to be equal under eyes of the law…..

Yoga in Schools joins forces with te reo Māori
Yoga in Schools Aotearoa is a new school programme teaching students and adults in Christchurch the benefits of yoga. The classes are conducted in te reo Māori. Tutor Letesha Hallett says it's a good way to spread te reo…..

Maori wards back on agenda (Gisborne)
It was generally felt that Maori views were not taken into account by the GDC.

GDC has yet to introduce Maori wards (the local government equivalent of the Parliamentary Maori seats) to ensure and improve Maori representation, although there is legislative provision for such wards (they were adopted by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council).

It is important to acknowledge and celebrate all the good things that come with change. Whether it is big or small, it’s the future direction we need to pursue…..

Possible funding boost for kapa haka in Budget 2016
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Maggie Barry has told Te Kāea that the government will allocate more funding to kapa haka.

She told Te Kāea, she believes kapa haka is unique to New Zealand and more investment is needed.

Maggie Barry says, "I am very much in favour of them getting more funding to do what they have told me they would like to do. So I have been pushing hard to have consideration of more funding for kapa haka.'

Since the establishment of Te Matatini in 2004, the government has invested $1.2 million in kapa haka annually. …..

Opportunity for Maori economy
Mr Flavell, along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Guangzhou Vice Mayor Wang Dong and Auckland Mayor Len Brown, came together at the Tripartite Economic Summit in Auckland which celebrates the relationships between the three sister cities.

Mr Flavell says the summit is a timely and welcome way to build on the relationships Maori-owned businesses are building in Guangzhou and Los Angeles.

“The Summit's theme ‘Making Connections' fits very well with Maori culture,” he says.

“For Maori, relationships are about mana. We are a people whose connections manifest through practices such as hongi where we like to hear your heart, not just slick words.

“Mana enhancing relationships are all about trust, honesty, respect, and dignity, and that is gauged by connections of the heart.

The government strategy is called He kai kei aku ringa, a metaphor for the self-determination of our people which literally means ‘growing food by our own hands',” he says.

The Maori economy is substantial within New Zealand totalling around $42 billion and growing across a range of industries, including a considerable share or the forestry, fishing, farming and horticulture sectors.

Mr Flavell says one in four Maori live and work in Auckland, making the city a crucial economic engine for the Maori economy…..

Heritage NZ ordered to pay oil company 120k
Heritage New Zealand has been ordered to pay almost $120,000 to an oil company after it lost a court battle over the burial place of Treaty of Waitangi signatory Wiremu Kingi.

In 2014 Heritage New Zealand refused Greymouth Petroleum an archaeological authority for its Kowhai D site in the Waitara Valley in Taranaki, on the grounds it would disrupt the "wider cultural landscape".

The company appealed against the decision to the Environment Court in 2015 and in January this year the court found drilling would have no effect on cultural sites in the area….

Pew Rejects Negotiations with Maori over Kermadec Reserve; Denies Role in Breaking the Treaty
Pew is digging itself into a hole which will likely damage its international reputation by refusing an offer to meet with Te Ohu Kaimoana, the Maori Treaty organization that holds fishing rights in trust for all New Zealand Maori.

Jamie Tuuta, chairman of Te Ohu Kaimoana, has written a blistering letter over the refusal of Pew to admit its role in the creation of the Kermadec reserve, and asking for a meeting to negotiate a way forward that would both preserve the pristine environment of the Kermadecs, but also uphold Maori treaty rights.

Pew refused such a meeting and instead tried to wash its hands of the situation by saying any further discussion was the responsibility of the New Zealand Government.

Pew had in fact set aside $10 million to promote the Kermadecs….

Lawyer gains tribal court experience
A Northland man who will be working in a Native American tribal court after he graduates from Harvard Law School believes tribes in the United States have valuable lessons for Maori as they settle with the Crown.

Mr Snelgar said there were many similarities and inequalities that existed for Native American people and Maori across all the socioeconomic indicators, such as health and poverty. The biggest difference is legal sovereignty, said Mr Snelgar.

"Native American tribes have their own separate lands over which they have sovereignty, meaning several have their own parliaments, court systems, for example.

"For us in Aotearoa, this might be a model that iwi might wish to explore - basically having more control over their whenua and people…..

Rates relief from Auckland Council
Auckland Council is changing the way it charges rates on Maori land to reflect the limited potential for development of some land in multiple ownership.

The change to the rates remission and postponement policy in the 2016/2017 budget means rates can be adjusted to what would have been charged had the property been valued excluding any potential use that is unlikely to be achieved within Maori ownership.

The rates can also take into account significant barriers to development such as owners being deceased or not succeeded to.

Rates can also be remitted for marae and urupa land even if it is larger than the current two hectare limit for non-rateability.

Land returned under treaty settlement for commercial redress but then set aside and protected for cultural, historic or natural conservation purposes or because it is waahi tapu can also escape rating….

Major repatriation of Maori and Moriori remains on horizon
Ancestral remains of dozens of Maori and Moriori, including skulls, heads and tattooed skin, are being repatriated to New Zealand.

The return of remains belonging to 60 Maori and Moriori, the indigenous people of the Chatham Islands who were almost wiped out, marks the second-largest repatriation in the history of New Zealand……

What to do if you're suspicious about a 'bright' new banknote
New "bright" $20, $50 and $100 banknotes officially entered circulation on Monday morning.

Besides the refreshed design, the new notes are packed with added security features making them harder to counterfeit.

The bright $5 and $10 banknotes have been in circulation since October last year, with 9.7 million dispensed.

The new notes include the Maori name for New Zealand, Aotearoa, and The Reserve Bank's Maori name, Te Putea Matua……

Iwi and Govt unite to boost school results
Two Northland iwi will be working closely with at-risk children and youth to improve education outcomes to ensure no young person is left behind in the education system.

"Iwi, hapu and marae have an important contribution to make in the learning and achievement goals of our tamariki.
"We want to do our bit to help create an environment for our tamariki to thrive and contribute to their whanau, add value to their iwi and to the economy in Te Tai Tokerau," she said…..

Council seeks clarity on agreement with local iwi
The Waitaki District Council is seeking amendments to its relationship agreement with local Maori.

Council community services group manager Thunes Cloete and Cr Hugh Perkins met members of the Waitaha Taiwhenua o Waitaki Trust board early this year after a previous agreement between the two groups expired.

The board approved the renewed agreement at its annual general meeting on April 30.

However, at council chambers this week, questions were raised about the meaning of the agreement.

Phrases in the document use Maori terminology that was not understood by councillors.

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher asked Dr Cloete for a translation of the phrase "For many generations Waitaha have maintained ahi ka uninterrupted'' and a translation could not be provided immediately.

"I want to get my head around what it is exactly we are signing up to,'' Mr Kircher said.

Further, the "application of the relationship agreement'' addressed what the council would provide to the trust board, but did not mention the trust's obligations to the council….

Local Government Minister supports Māori representation on councils
Local Government Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga told Te Karere that he personally supports Māori representation.

“In my view Māori as tāngata whenua should be involved at all levels of society, whether it be in Parliament where there is strong Māori representation, whether it be on local councils, on boards of schools or on boards of our companies – Māori involvement as tāngata whenua is really important.”

Free Education to prepare Tamariki for School
A former Foodbank in Auckland has been renovated to now feed children's minds. Te Whanau o Waipereira Trust have established the free playgroup Puna Kāinga to prepare 4-year-olds for school who would otherwise miss out on access to early childhood opportunities.

Free food, free education and a free space for whānau.

"It was to make it more accessible for anyone and everyone to come here where the focus is for our four-year-olds to help them get ready for school," Puna Kāinga Teacher Rachael Heimann says…..

Matauranga merges with science in new course
A new course at Auckland University aims to show students how ancestral ways or matauranga Maori can be integrated into modern practice.

It's led by Dan Hikuroa, whose training as a geologist led him to adopt a wider earth systems approach which encompasses a range of inter-connected disciplines.

He says the way early Polynesians and Maori developed their matauranga or knowledge was consistent with the scientific method.

Māori Party saves Race Relations and Equal Opportunities
The Māori Party has successfully argued for the statutory recognition of the roles of Race Relations Commissioner and Equal Opportunities Commissioner within the Human Rights Commission.

The Human Rights Amendment Bill being considered today before Parliament intended to disband the roles of Race Relations and Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioners. The responsibilities of these two roles were intended to be shared among other Commissioners.

The Māori Party urged Justice Minister Amy Adams to continue these roles in the new structure of the Human Rights Commission.

“We only need to look at the comments of Mike Hosking regarding Māori wards in the past week to know that these distinct positions are necessary” says Māori Party Co-Leader Te Ururoa Flavell…..

Consulting with Māori when making a place name proposal
Find out about how you can consult with Māori when investigating place names

This guide will help you consult with Māori when investigating place names to make a proposal. Consulting with them respects their kawa and tikanga (customs and protocols).,,,

Judd trying to make law work
Manurewa MP Louisa Wall says abuse heaped on New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd shows why parliament must step in and ensure Maori are properly represented in local government.

Ms Wall says he was trying to do what laws like the Resource Management Act require, which is ensure Maori views are considered, but the Local government Act creates obstacles to that….

Bill a grab for Maori land - Whaitiri
Labour MP Meka Whaitiri is urging Maori to make submissions of Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill to stop a corporate land grab.

The 400 page rewrite of Maori land law had its first reading this week and was referred to select committee.

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says the bill will protect the rights of Maori owners to retain, control, occupy and develop their land as they see fit.

But Ms Whaitiri says the principle of helping Maori retain their land will be replaced one of ensuring the land becomes available for development, in a way that will shut out many owners…..

Educators’ key concerns in education funding review
• Meeting our obligations to the Treaty of Waitangi to support learning in and through Te Reo Māori.

Te Arawa stories provide genuine tourism experiences
Mr White says Te Arawa’s new partnership with Council, which sees iwi-elected representatives on council committees, ensures local iwi maintain strong relationships across the community and contribute to decision-making which will ensure the continued success of Rotorua’s tourism industry.

His sentiments are echoed by Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick who says Rotorua has always been a community that values tourism. She says continued success relies on local Maori continuing to play a leading role, both as hosts and through economic investment…….

A treaty isn’t enough, NZ’s indigenous reconciliation efforts shows (Opinion)
The relationship between Māori and the British Crown (which delegated its authority to the New Zealand government) has historically been filled with broken promises. Māori reached their nadir at the turn of the 20th century when their population had fallen to half of what it was at first contact.

Ever since the 1840 signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (New Zealand’s founding document), a raft of government initiatives have resulted in Māori losing both resources and power. To tackle grievances stemming from these actions, reconciliation efforts were established in the country 30 years ago.

The Treaty of Waitangi contains three articles which recognise Māori retaining their mana (authority) and allow the British Crown to govern its own people; protect Māori resources and culture; and require Māori to enjoy equal rights with British citizens.

Despite all this, acts by both the British Crown and successive New Zealand governments have had detrimental effects on Māori. These span the loss of lives to the taking of land through various measures, with Māori becoming culturally and economically bereft within their own lands…..

Sovereignty on menu for Tau
An advisor to the Iwi Chairs Forum says Sonny Tau’s status as an iwi leader shouldn’t be diminished by his convictions for shooting protected kereru and then attempting to pass the blame on to a relative.

But Willie Te Aho says Ngapuhi is caught by its acclamation for a Waitangi Tribunal finding that it did not cede sovereignty by signing the Treaty of Waitangi.

"Don’t hold him to account to Pakeha law that you don't acknowledge. No crown official consulted with us in terms of the harvesting or not harvesting of those species, so what I say to my brethren in the north is that you can't champion the laws that don't apply to you and then try and use those same laws to have a go at Raniera Tau," he says…..

Spanish helmet just lost trinket
A leading expert on Maori pre-European history says there’s no evidence to back up a suggestion recently added to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s Te Ara history site that Portugese or Spanish ships may have made it to New Zealand in before Abel Tasman in 1642.

Atholl Anderson says one or two items that have been picked up, such as the so-called Spanish helmet, have fuelled speculation, but if there had been visitors more evidence should have emerged by now.

They’re more likely to have been old items brought travellers or migrants and then lost, much like the finds of pounamu he investigated in Tasmania….

Trust successful in funding application
Roana Bennett, General Manager for Te Taumata said “Our team will develop eight bi-lingual science kits to be used in local pre-school/kohanga reo, primary, kura kaupapa, intermediate and secondary schools. The content will be based on the successful Matakokiri Science Wananga that the Taumata holds during the first week of every school holidays for tamariki aged from 7 years to 14.” …..

Group condemns Maori council posts
Democracy Action said it was deeply concerned by the proposed appointment of two Maori representatives with full voting rights to Masterton District Council's policy and finance, and audit and risk committees.

The Auckland-based lobby group stands for only "elected and accountable" members having voting rights within local authority.

Democracy Action chairman Lee Short said if Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Rangitane o Wairarapa wanted to influence the direction of council, "they should have had their representatives stand for elected office".

"It is imperative our system of government is democratic, and that each of us is equal under the law."…

Auckland’s Māori tourism operators carve out spot
It’s been a big year for the Auckland Māori tourism operators on show at TRENZ 2016 this week – there’s been international awards, visits from famous talk show hosts, new products launched and partnerships formed.

“Over the past few years Auckland’s Māori tourism operators have really started to successfully carve out their own unique cultural offering and put the region on the map as another place to experience Māori culture.

“These new attractions provide a great opportunity for Aucklanders and visitors to learn more about the Māori heritage and contemporary culture that Tāmaki Makaurau offers.”

Maori Migration told in short form
The story of the Maori migration across the Pacific is being retold in a new short book this week.

He also discusses how oral tradition and whakapapa can offer reliable accounts of the past, where a focus on place and person builds a historical narrative that can be passed on from generation to generation……

Budget 2016: $12.6m increase for Maori Housing
The Māori Housing Network is to receive a $12.6 million boost over the next four years, helping more whānau to realise their housing aspirations, Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says.

Since last October the Network has helped build 42 affordable rental homes and is supporting housing repairs for around 165 whānau. It is also funding infrastructure (power, water, sewerage system, roading, gas, and telecoms) for social and affordable housing and papakāinga housing on Māori land for 113 whānau.

The new operating funding means the Māori Housing Network, operated by Te Puni Kōkiri, will have a total of $17.6 million a year for Māori housing projects…..

Changes expected in Taranaki business sector as Maori population grows
A rise in the number of Maori in the workforce is expected to change the way business is done in Taranaki.

Parininihi ki Waitotara CEO Dion Tuuta said more Maori involvement in the business sector could lead to some changes.

"As I expect Maori to play a larger role in the economic development of Taranaki as a region, it will have an effect on how business is done," Tuuta said.....

Formal complaint laid against Mike Hosking after editorial spiel cause offence
Opinionated TVNZ host Mike Hosking is under the state broadcaster's spotlight after an editorial spiel caused offence.

Seven Sharp last week ran an item about the abuse meted out to New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd, after he proposed a Maori ward on the local council.

A TVNZ spokesperson said in a statement today a formal complaint had been laid against Hosking and it would be reviewed by a committee.

Hosking's comments have been criticised by colleagues Miriama Kamo and Scotty Morrison….

New Plymouth's only Maori district councillor announces he won't stand for re-election
New Plymouth District Council's only Maori councillor will not stand in October's local election.

Howie Tamati, of Te Atiawa, Ngati Mutunga and Ngai Tahu, has announced that this term will be his last, 15 years after he was first elected on to council…..

Being Maori more than words
Maori Party co-founder Dame Tariana Turia is rejecting suggestions fluency in te reo Maori should be seen as a mark of being Maori.

But Dame Tariana Turia told Radio Waatea host Willie Jackson none of her contemporaries in her hapu spoke the language because their parents and grandparents had it beaten out of them at school…

Dial a Tohunga in it to heal
A newspaper advertisement Dial a Tohunga has attracted much attention on social media. The elder responsible for the advert says, he wants to heal people, not chase money.

Meet Orsgona Tawhara. He says his mission is to help people.

Orsgona Tawhara - Ngati Ira, Te Whakatohea says, “My advert in the newspaper was to provide services for family homes that contain bad sprits, so that I can move them on. That kind of stuff.”

Tawhara says. “There were many who rang me. Some needed their homes blessed while others were just being nosey. Some also rang from Auckland, the South Island and Australia.”

Mr Tawhara says he will continue undertaking his work to bless many people’s homes and lands….

First of five new learning support hubs opens
Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the opening of the first of five new learning support hubs to help 16- to 18-year-old Māori achieve NCEA Level 2.

The hubs to be run by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Kaikohe, Mangere, Hamilton, Kawerau and Gisborne will provide a mix of activities designed to assist young people with their studies…..

Maori doctors coming through in numbers
"We’ve got 15 percent of the populations Maori and 15 percent of kids going into med school are Maori so these next few years, we're starting to see 20, 30, 40, 50 Maori graduates per year so really exciting times. The next step is obvious as well which is working with the colleges so the Maori Medical Practitioners Association - Te ORA are really pleased to be working with the College of Surgeons about building the Maori surgical workforce," says Dr Rawiri Janse ....

Local Government - Iwi in positive discussion
The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says Maori involvement with local government is being actively discussed by iwi leaders and councils.

Minister Lotu-Iiga met with the Iwi Chairs Forum at Whakarewarewa yesterday to present his Better Local Services reforms package.

"The BLS reforms preserve existing arrangements under Treaty settlements and those specifically established under legislation. For example, they protect arrangements such as co-governance or co-management in respect of the Rotorua Lakes and the Waikato River.

"The changes to the Local Government Act mean councils can lead re-organisations across regions by creating Council Controlled Organisations. Those CCOs will deliver shared services particularly for water and transport to achieve better value for ratepayers," Mr Lotu-Iiga says.

The Local Government Commission will also have to consult iwi and local communities when considering re-organisations.

"It is pleasing to see Councils and Iwi working through various consultative arrangements to provide better local services and community engagement for ratepayers and their families," Mr Lotu-Iiga says…..

Govt work with iwi to maximise Māori education results
Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced an investment of just over $7 million over four years to kick start a new way of working with iwi to ensure more young Māori get the qualifications they need to succeed.

Parata says, “Nearly 30 iwi from Kaikohe to Hokonui will work with specific young people, on specific steps, to get specific results. Government has long partnered with iwi on education, but now we have a plan that is more hands-on than ever before.”…

Wairarapa settlement a gift to nation
Masterton-based Maori Party MP Marama Fox says it comes after a 30-year process of research and negotiation, and means work can now start on the fine print of the settlement that will be put before parliament.

She says it's a huge day for the iwi but it's also a reminder of what has been lost.

"No matter what they come to, no matter what land is returned, no matter what assets are realised, they are literally 1 percent of what should be owed, and while we have the treaty backlash around the nation saying Maori have some sort of underserved privilege, what they will be recognising is the great gift we give back to the nation by not demanding 100 percent," Mrs Fox says….

Young lives left behind by justice system
Young lives are not being taken into account by the justice system, says Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox.

Her words come after news the killers of Moko Rangitoheriri avoided a murder charge and instead entered a plea of guilty on a lesser manslaughter charge.

"The outcome of this case has made many of our constituents feel the justice system doesn't care about our mokopuna," she said.

"This needs to change."

Fox said New Zealand has "unacceptable level of violence" and is calling on iwi leaders to get involved with finding solutions.

"We need iwi leaders to take charge of the situation and ensure they don't just have an asset plan but social development plans where children's lives are turned around.

"And the government needs to allow us to do that."…

Scholarship for Maori surgeons
New Zealand has more than 800 surgeons but fewer than 10 identify as Maori - an imbalance which a new $20,000 surgical scholarship aims to address.

The scholarship, provided by Johnson and Johnson Medical along with Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, will provide support to Maori doctors studying to become surgeons…..

Iwi Leaders' Forum gives Maori voice
Iwi leaders from all over Aotearoa were welcomed to Rotorua yesterday for day one of a two-day forum.

Rotorua forum chairman and Te Arawa kaumatua Sir Toby Curtis said the forum attracted the leaders from all iwi in the country plus their support teams with about 200 people attending.

He said the forum gave confidence to Maori that they can have a say in the overall running and development of the nation.

"We believe we have a particular contribution we can make in terms of being tangata whenua ... and how our lives are guided and directed no matter which government is in power.

The main issues are to ensure Maori play a reasonable role in the running of our country through local government, through government departments ... and a Maori view that captures the cultural significance in terms of what is best for our future direction."

Also attending the forum were Maori Party co-leader and Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell, Rotorua MP and Trade Minister Todd McClay, Treaty Settlements Minister Chris Finlayson, Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Professor Margaret Mutu, Sir Tumu Te Heuheu, Sir Mark Solomon and Judge Carolyn Henwood…..

Inquiry to align legislation around postmortems with Māori customs
There is an inquiry currently taking place that hopes to align the current legislation around post-mortems with Māori customs.

“We have seen that how Māori and how Pākehā tend to the deceased is very different”, Davidson says.

TPP doesn't breach Maori rights - Waitangi
Maori interests will be "reasonably" protected in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), according to the Waitangi Tribunal.

New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd rules out re-election
New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd has confirmed he will not be standing for a second term in office - having suffered abuse, including being spat at, over his support for a Maori ward.

Out of 471 people who voted in a Stuff poll last month on whether Judd would get their support if he stood again, 68 per cent said he would not get their vote. …..

Iwi leaders debate having one voice
An iwi leader says the Iwi Chairs Forum should be the primary representative body for all Māori in NZ. Haami Piripi of Te Rarawa says the forum and the NZ Māori Council could have a combined voice for Māori…..

Appointed iwi representatives get voting rights on Masterton council committees
A Wairarapa council has approved the appointment of unelected iwi representatives, with voting rights, to its standing committees.

Masterton District Council voted on Wednesday to appoint representatives from Wairarapa's two iwi, Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Rangitane o Wairarapa, each with speaking and voting rights, to its policy and finance, and audit and risk, committees.

They also have speaking rights at full council meetings, which ratify the recommendations from the two standing committees.

Backing the proposal, deputy mayor Graham McClymont urged councillors not to "fear" the reaction of Pakeha voters.

The vote was carried 7-2, with Caffell and Goodwin opposed.

Iwi will decide on their representatives, and the new arrangement could be in place by July….

Karakia could fall foul of ban on Bible teaching in state schools
Maori prayers could be banned from the classroom if campaigners are successful in their bid to remove religious instruction from state schools, an academic says.

AUT history professor Dr Paul Moon's comments come after a High Court judge last month threw out a test case because the parent challenging the legality of the Bible in Schools programme failed to file documents in time.

Dr Moon said while that court action had failed, it would not be the last attempt to remove Bible teaching from the country's state schools.

"Banning religious practices in schools, may inevitably extend to removing karakia from schools as well," Dr Moon said.

Dr Moon said any attempt to remove karakia from schools would be a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.

"Maori cultural expression is guaranteed in the Treaty," he said…..

Policy sought on rates remission for unproductive land
A Maori legal centre has called on the Dunedin City Council to provide rates remission for Maori ancestral land not producing revenue.

Ms Williams said a ‘‘very minimal'' amount of land was involved, but a block owned by William and Mary Ellison, who accompanied her at the annual plan hearing, was an example.

She said the land involved was freehold land that had been passed down through generations, and was quite different from iwi-owned land.

The couple were not keen to abandon Maori land.‘‘Maori hold the view that they are inexorably connected to the land.

‘‘The catastrophic loss of Maori land which has taken place since colonisation has irreparably damaged the spiritual links of Maori with their whenua,'' Ms Williams said in her submission.

Asked about the scope of freehold land, Ms Williams said in the South Island it made up about half a percent of land mass.

In Dunedin, where there were blocks in Karitane, Waikouaiti and some on the Taieri, it made up less than quarter of a percent of land….

NZ health system ignores Māori tikanga - study
Māori cancer patients feel uncomfortable when they use mainstream healthcare because Māori tikanga - or culture - is ignored, new research has found.

They found tāngata whenua did not feel culturally safe once they stopped seeing Māori health providers and moved into the mainstream health system for treatment…..

Researchers dig in to Maori economy
Politicians trumpet claims that the Maori economy is worth $40 billion, but Maori researchers say it’s hard to understand what that figure means.

He says while a lot is known about some of the larger tribal enterprises, there is a vast amount of activity where there is little data available.

"We are great exporters at the moment, certainly in the tribal system, but the other area of great growth is the hundreds of small enterprises started by Maori families, individuals, taxi drivers, owning shops, all these sorts of things, little businesses up and down the countryside. We don't have a good picture of that." Associate Professor Henare says….

'Undisclosed party' interested in Coromandel fish farming, financial flamboyance required
The Coromandel marine environment has been reopened to tenders after renewed interest in fish farming.

No one wanted to venture into fish farming five years ago, said Coromandel Marine Farmers Association chairman Gilbert James.

It's too expensive and there is no guarantee of success, he said.

In 2011, the Government amended the Waikato Regional Coastal Plan, setting aside two areas for fish farming but interest waned.

​ But a new player has entered the scene with the desire and capacity to make fish farming happen and Waikato Regional Council strategy and policy committee is calling for tenders from all interested parties.

Hauraki iwi might miss out on the tender process because they are still waiting for their treaty claim to be finalised, Mahuta said but Silver said 20 per cent of the area has been reserved for iwi…..

Judd plans hikoi from mayoralty
From the mayoral office to Parihaka.

That’s how New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd hopes to make his swansong from local government in June.

It’s widely expected Mr Judd won’t stand again after the crushing defeat by referendum of his plan to create a Maori ward on the council.

He told Radio Waatea host Willie Jackson he will reveal his plans on June 17, when he will hikoi from New Plymouth to Parihaka, the township on the western edge of Taranaki Maunga that is a symbol of Maori resistance to colonialism and land loss.

"I’m really trying to reference to the country that I'm shocked by what's been going on. We've almost got to reboot and start a fresh and there are so many underpinning conversations with what that message is, not only the basics around honouring what was promised by our ancestors promised but actually truly Pakeha to Pakeha having an honest and authentic conversation with ourselves about our colonial attitude towards our treaty partner, the tangata whenua" Mr Judd says…..

$6.2m settlement for Far North iwi
A $6.2 million Treaty of Waitangi settlement will help a Far North iwi create training opportunities and scholarships for whanau and hapu, the chairman says.

The settlement includes a financial redress of $6.2 million and will give iwi ownership of 15 cultural sites, including 2275ha of the Stony Creek Station, about 10km south of Mangonui.

David Manuel, chairman of Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa's post-settlement governance entity, Kahukuraariki Trust, said the settlement gave the iwi the chance to move forward.

"It's never enough based on how long the land had been in Crown ownership. But it is an opportunity for us to step forward and to move forward for future generations," he said.

The 15 cultural sites which will be vested to Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa total about 3422.3ha and include Kowhairoa Peninsula property (about 282.9ha).

A cultural fund of $300,000 will also be given for the development and implementation of a historic reserve management plan for the property.

The Deed of Settlement also includes a Crown apology for historical grievances and acknowledges Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa were left "virtually landless" and because of this the majority of their people now live outside the rohe (area).

Eleven geographic names will be also be assigned or altered on settlement….

Bitter South Island iwi spat revealed
A leading Ngāi Tahu figure, Sir Tipene O'Regan, has waded into a row between tribal leader Sir Mark Solomon and the iwi's chief executive Arihia Bennett.

For many years the South Island's powerful Ngāi Tahu iwi, which has assets reportedly totalling $1.34 billion, has gone about its business managing its many successful ventures without fanfare.

A confidential memorandum has been leaked containing a raft of allegations by chairman Sir Mark Solomon that the perception of nepotism and corruption were creeping into the way the iwi conducted itself…..

Pressure on water bottlers to pay up
Maori are backing calls for bottlers to be charged and have been fighting the issue since 1985.

Maori Council member Maanu Paul said personal and recreational use of water should be free, but giving it away for a profit is wrong.

"They are ripping off Maori Treaty [of Waitangi] rights. I don't care if it's the water bottling company or the city councils using the water to sell off to people," Paul said.

Paul has been arguing over water since 1985, when action was brought against the sale of State Owned Enterprises…..

Owning water nonsensical, minister says
Dr Smith said Māori had interests as land owners and were major players in horticulture, agriculture and other industries but they would not be given any preferential or financial rights over water. But he agreed Māori should be part of decision making processes.

"How do we ensure that iwi are involved in the decision making process around freshwater that is made by our councils on a catchment on catchment basis?

"What we're saying is that iwi have an absolute legitimate right to have a say in the way in which New Zealand manages its freshwater. Those balanced judgements around setting those quality standards and the system by which we make a decision on allocation.".…

Maniapoto takes aim at curriculum
Education was high on the agenda for Prime Minister John Key's visit to Te Kuiti last week.

Keith Ikin from Ngati Maniapoto says the iwi is keen to look at new and different ways to support the generations coming through to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

While in the past, iwi have tended to invest through tertiary scholarships, he says Maniapoto wants to work with schools in its rohe.

Priorities include use of technology and getting the iwi's view of history more widely understood.

"We've been able to achieve what the education leaders within Maniapoto, a commitment to having input into the curriculum around Maniapoto, history, tikanga o Maniapoto, te reo o Maniapoto, our own European contact history and the land wars and we believe it is really important our young people, all young people in our community have knowledge of who we are, where we have come from, our history, our culture," he says……

Plans underway for first ever Māori language parade
New Zealand’s first ever parade to celebrate the Māori language will get underway in Wellington on July 4.

The Māori Language Commission is currently mobilising hundreds of groups and thousands of people, to take part in the event which will kick off this year’s annual Māori Language Week campaign.

“We are taking te reo Māori to the streets and making it visible in places and spaces where it isn’t,” said commission chief executive Ngahiwi Apanui….

Maui's dolphin protection plan doesn't breach Treaty, tribunal finds
The Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Government's protection plan for the highly endangered Maui's dolphin does not breach the Treaty of Waitangi.

The tribunal said today that the native dolphin was a taonga to two North Island hapu because of its endangered status, and their interests deserved the Crown's protection under the Treaty.

However, there was no evidence that the Crown's threat management plan for the dolphin breached the Treaty.

"While it was obliged to take into account the dolphin's importance as a taonga to Māori, the Crown also owed Treaty duties to Māori with fisheries interests in the Māui's dolphin habitat."…

Te Tai Tokerau MP survey highlights Māori opposition to deep sea oil drilling
The Tai Tokerau electorate has been vocal on deep sea oil drilling. Labour's Kelvin Davis says his very own survey findings show this.

Kelvin Davis' Christmas Card Survey found that 86% of those surveyed opposed deep sea oil drilling. He says the survey is the first of its kind.

Davis says, “Although this isn't a scientific survey, this is the largest survey undertaken of this nature. 6000 people responded as to whether they supported deep sea oil drilling or not. There is no other survey as large as this. “

Kelvin Davis says most of the 6000 people in the survey are opposed to oil drilling. 9% said they needed more information to make a decision on the issue, while only 4% supported deep sea oil drilling.

He says, “I did this survey to find out what the people of Te Tai Tokerau think. The issue I have is that if a national survey is carried out, the concerns of Māori will be lost.”

Although the findings won't make a difference to the Government's plans, Kelvin Davis says the voice of Te Tai Tokerau will never be forgotten……

Doctors embrace traditional Māori medicine
Rongoā Māori, a traditional healing system that's embedded in Māori cultural traditions and beliefs, is becoming increasingly popular and some doctors are urging their peers to embrace it.

A recent study found Māori wanted doctors and traditional healers to work more closely, but doctors' lack of cultural knowledge and acceptance was a barrier…..

Never again, urge Porotī trustees
The Māori trustees of Porotī Springs near Whangarei say the local council should never again issue a consent for a water-bottling plant over the road.

A land-use consent for a factory, granted 12 years ago to the Auckland company Zodiac Holdings, has lapsed with no sign of building on the site, and no application to the council for a building permit.

Zodiac Holdings and its subsidiary, New Zealand Spring Water, have declined to comment on why they allowed the land-use consent to lapse.

The company has a separate resource consent to take water from bores on the land for the next 30 years, but has never used it.

Māori who own Porotī Springs have strongly opposed the bottling project, fearing it would deplete the aquifer that feeds the springs.

Trustees chair Taipari Munro said hapū feared Zodiac was about to sell the site to overseas interests…..

CYF gone by March next year
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says by the end of March next year Child Youth and Family will be gone.

The National Party gathered in Hamilton today for Social Development Minister Anne Tolley's announcement.

“The way that CYFS currently works now, their way of operating is gone. And by the end of March next year, Child Youth and Family as an organisation will be finished.”

Tolley announced a number of new initiatives for better child care.

“The new Model will focus on five core services - Prevention, Intensive Intervention, Care Support, Youth Justice and Transition Support. So instead of responding to a crisis, the agency or the new structure will take a life-long view.”

The majority of children known to CYFs are Māori. The Minister says it latest plan will address this over-representation.

“We have to partner with Iwi, with our Whānau Ora procurement agents, purchasing agents, with Māori academics, and with Māori whānau. And we need to develop and test new initiatives to find new ways to work together to get better outcomes for their tamariki and whanau,” says Tolley……

Name change shock angers councillor
TAURANGA councillor Gail McIntosh has declared herself "super p***** off" at being blindsided by a proposal to change the name of Cambridge Park.

Letters went out to organisations and nearby residents earlier this month announcing that the council "intends to commence the process to change the name of the reserve at the end of May".

But the trouble was that no one had bothered to tell councillors about the suggested name change to Te Waha O Te Marangai, which translates to "the mouth of the storm".

"It makes me wonder who is running the council, staff or elected members," Cr McIntosh said.

The political storm was touched off by a letter to the editor from former city councillor Mike Baker, who was on the mailing list for the name change letter.

He said the council's response to his inquiries made it appear that the opportunity for the community to either object or support the proposal did not exist.

He said there was a risk that name changes from non-Maori to Maori names would become the norm…..

Secrets of the Maori heavens revealed
A curator of Waikato Museum’s Matariki show says it’s a chance to reveal some of the trove of information he has gathered about Maori astronomy.

Waikato University Associate Professor Rangi Matamua has delved into the manuscript written early last century by his great-grandfather which names more 1000 stars and the Tuhoe understanding of them.

He says it’s consistent with what he has discovered from other tribal areas, and shows a sophisticated knowledge of the environment…..

$93m for Wairarapa, Tamaki iwi
A Crown offer of $93 million and almost 20,000ha of land -- including forestry sites at Ngaumu and the bed of Lake Wairarapa -- has been accepted by the people of Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Tamaki Nui-a-Rua in settlement of their historic Treaty of Waitangi claims…..

Kids are leaving Māori medium education between kōhanga reo and kura
Māori medium education loses kids as they get older and move through the education system.

"Large numbers of Māori are leaving Māori medium education at key transition points," the report said.

For example, just over 2600 kids who'd been to kōhanga reo were starting school in 2014.

Only 49 per cent of them (1275) were going to learn in Māori at kura, and the pattern was similar for the move to secondary.

About 1000 of the Year 6 students learning in Māori in 2011 had stopped three years later…

"It's really important to us that those who wish to attend Maori immersion can do so. Māori language is a taonga guaranteed under the Treaty of Waitangi."

About $400,427,000 was spent on supporting te reo in English and Māori medium schools in the 2010/2011 financial year.

How many kids learned in te reo in 2014?
* Early childhood: 9389 - about 22 per cent of all Māori kids enrolled in early childhood
* Primary and secondary: 17,263 - just under 10 per cent of all Māori at that level
Source: Ministry of Education

Waitangi Tribunal water claims continue, Government stands firm
As Waitangi Tribunal water claims move into the next phase, the Government is standing its ground.

The second stage of the Tribunal inquiry has been confirmed, and will look at the scope of Maori water rights and how they apply in a modern context.

Prime Minister John Key described the Government's stance on water rights as "diametrically opposite" to some claimants.

"There's been a very consistent view across a great many previous governments and that is that no one owns water," he said.

"The Government's view is there won't be a national settlement...but we recognise those rights and interests on an ongoing basis."

The Maori Council have submitted on the latest freshwater consultation, referring the Government to the Tribunal finding that Maori have rights amounting to ownership of water.

Government policies and proposals did not provide adequately for "Maori proprietary water interests", it said in its submission.....

Sir Mark Solomon to step down from Ngai Tahu
Sir Mark Solomon's 18-year reign as leader of Ngai Tahu will soon be over.

In a statement released on Thursday afternoon Solomon said he would not seek re-election as the Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu representative for Kaikoura…..

Ocean Sanctuary Threatens Maori Constitutional Rights, Say New Zealand Indigenous Leaders
"Coming in here and pushing us around, and pushing our political leaders around in the manner they have is reprehensible and has to be opposed," said Sir Tipene O'Regan, who was instrumental in negotiating the 1992 settlement…..

Government climate fraud tolerance a toll on Maori
A Maori climate change campaigner says the Government’s failure to stop New Zealand companies including state owned enterprises buying fraudulent carbon credits has cost Maori forest owners hundreds of millions of dollars…….

Mispronunciation of Taranaki te reo Maori words 'not good enough'
A Maori language leader says there are still small pockets of people who mispronounce Maori place names on purpose.

"They say it's because it's the way the have always said it, which isn't really good enough," Trustee of Te Reo o Taranaki Will Edwards said.

Edwards said this was lazy and correct pronunciation was a basic level of respect….

Maori King Tuuheitia gets Hamilton's highest civic honour
The Maori King Tuuheitia​ has been awarded Hamilton's Freedom Holder of the City - the city's highest civic honour.

The Hamilton City Council made the announcement on Friday, with the award to be conferred later in the year.

Tuuheitia's mother, the late Maori Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, was made a Freedom Holder of the City in 1973.

The honour is limited to 12 living people at any one time.

Deputy Mayor Gordon Chesterman said Tuuheitia was a respected leader who had made a significant contribution to Hamilton…..

Water ownership back before Waitangi Tribunal
Who owns New Zealand's water is the million-dollar question.

Despite a 2012 Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Māori have rights and interests in water, the country is no closer to answering that question - which is fast becoming priceless.

When considering the Māori Council's claim three years ago, the tribunal determined Māori had rights equivalent to ownership under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Those rights were to be protected by the treaty with the expectation that the waters would be shared with incoming settlers….

Smith smackdown over fishing rights
Te Arawa leader Sir Toby Curtis says Environment Minister Nick Smith is talking nonsense about the proposed Kermadec ocean sanctuary.

Dr Smith says Maori they are ignoring the need for leadership in marine conservation - that’s despite the fact Maori led the move a decade ago to turn the same area into a benthic protection zone with no trawling or dredging allowed.

He says they are also overstating the impacts in respect of fishery and Treaty settlement obligations, and the fact Maori have not fished the area since the settlement means they have no case.

Sir Toby says it’s a clear breach of the 1992 Maori fisheries settlement and a denial of the Maori development right.

"Because we don’t farm certain land we have doesn't mean they can take it away from us. It's the same argument for the Kermadecs, if you haven't used it for what you can use it for, that doesn't give anyone the right to take it away from you," he says.

Sir Toby says the crown made a full and final settlement with Maori on fishing rights, and the Government can’t change it on a whim…..

Geothermal prize in water battle
A lawyer for the New Zealand Maori Council says while the attention around water claims is now focused on the clear cold water being bottled for export, Maori also have their eyes on the hot water under the earth.

Donna Hall says the Waitangi Tribunal hearing set for September is a chance to establish how Maori ownership of specific water bodies should be recognised.

That needs to be done before the government finalises its policies over allocation and management

She says central North Island tribes like Te Arawa and Tuwharetoa has seen government-owned power companies establish geothermal plants on their land, and they want a right to develop their own resources for the benefit of their people.

"If it is confirmed that Maori have a proprietary interest in the geothermal field itself, it means that whenever anyone applies to draw a bore in a field where there are clear iwi customary users and associations, they are going to have to talk first about who has that right," Ms Hall says….

Focus on fire safety in te reo Maori
The Rotorua Fire Service's new iwi liaison officer is looking forward to helping people by sharing his fire safety skills and says more fluent Maori speakers are needed to help deliver safety messages.

Kereama Katu has been in the Fire Service for 13-and-a-half years and has just been appointed to this role.

"Now that I'm in the Fire Service I can see we need more fluent Maori speakers within the service to help deliver safety messages."

"I have a team who help me as well, I work with them and we go out to the communities and schools and we present the programme in te reo." ….

Iwi filling in housing gaps
An Auckland iwi has bought a block of Crown land at Hobsonville to build 430 homes - but iwi have failed to bid for the next block offered in nearby Massey. ….

Here's my response to your opinion piece on Ture Whenua.
While I wouldn’t (god forbid) presume to speak for the Minister of Treaty Settlements Christopher Finlayson, what I do know after working alongside him as a (former) National Party List MP, is that he consults and takes advice from a broad sector of Maori - predominantly Iwi affiliated. He has confidantes and access to tribal goings-on that the Labour Party Maori caucus is denied and therefore envies. Much of this is due to the 95 Treaty Settlements signed under his six year watch compared to Labours six in nine years. Ngai Tuhoe Settlement is a classic example of Finlayson honouring personal commitments to tribes and individuals…..

But political ideologists need to be reminded Maori are neither left nor right, socialist nor capitalist nor anything in between. These constructs aren’t ours they’re colonialist. What we are is Maori, indigenous, native…..

So Komrad, one last thought for you to ponder. Maori is not a class-system dreamt up by some old white male in Eastern, Western, Central Europe or where-ever-the-prussian Marx came from. We are tangatawhenua, mana whenua, native…..

Tribunal agrees to hear Māori water claim
The Waitangi Tribunal is to hear the second part of the Māori Council's claim advocating Māori ownership rights for water.

The announcement comes at the end of a government consultation round on freshwater.

In 2012, the Waitangi Tribunal found Māori had ownership rights and interests in water - which were protected by the Treaty of Waitangi. However, the government said no one owned water.

In the absence of ownership, local authorities have focused on the allocation of water instead.

In Taranaki, the regional council has given away the bulk of water rights to farmers and energy companies, at no cost.

In other parts of the country, water has also been allocated to commercial ventures - again at no cost.

The second phase of the water claim will focus on changes needed to recognise the tribunal's initial findings that Māori have water interests and rights, and is expected to be heard next year….

Anzac Day reaffirms call for a day to remember NZ Land Wars
Thousands have gathered at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington this morning to mark the anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli.

While many shared their thoughts on the brave who lost their lives in the first World War, some Maori are calling for a national day to commemorate New Zealand’s very own land wars.

Tauranga’s Awanui Black says, “We need one special day. If we don't continue to remember, then those same mistakes might happen again.”

A new public holiday to mark the New Zealand wars has been a popular debate among Māori over the last year and Mr Black believes iwi should administer the event…..

Tribunal ready to hear water claims
The Waitangi Tribunal has lost patience with the Government’s stalling tactics over water and has set a date for hearings on stage two of the water claims.

Stage one was reported on back in 2012 as the New Zealand Maori Council and iwi with an interest in water used for hydro generation challenged the partial privatisation of state owned power generation companies.

The tribunal found Maori could have rights and interests in specific water resources, and the stage two hearings would look at what reforms would be needed to recognise those rights and interests in a way that is consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi.

Since then the government has worked on policy options, talking with the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group rather than the council….

Case strong for water ownership
A member of the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group says the Maori case for ownership of specific water bodies is strong.
Two Northland cases are likely to feature strongly in the Waitangi Tribunal hearings on water starting in September.

Both the lakebed and the water of Lake Omapere near Kaikohe were vested in Maori owners in 1912, and the hapu that owns the land around Poroti Springs near Whangarei have an 1896 Native Land Court judgment upholding ownership….

Maori give Govt go ahead for housing
The government has signed an agreement with Ngāti Whātua which gives the green light for a 400-home development at Hobsonville.

Housing Minister Nick Smith says the subdivision will go ahead next summer with the first homes completed in early 2018.

Dr Smith says 15 percent will cost below $450,000, 7.5 percent below $500,000 and 7.5 percent below $550,000.

At least 50 percent of them will go to first home buyers and the other 50 percent will be sold below Auckland's median house price.

Ngāti Whātua had right of first refusal over the surplus land at Hobsonville and has signed a memorandum of understanding about its use for housing.

Dr Smith says a similar agreement is being explored with Ngāti Whātua involving 18 hectares of land in north-west Auckland owned by NZTA…..

Ownership question must come before allocation policy
A lawyer for the New Zealand Maori Council says the Waitangi Tribunal is the only body that can give Maori a proper hearing over their water claims.

Donna Hall says the crown was asking for another year to develop policy on water allocation, including consulting further with the Freshwater iwi Leaders Group.

the hearing will also look at who has the right to exploit the geothermal fields under Maori-owned land..…

Iwi oppose cafe at Putaruru's Blue Springs
Plans to build a restaurant and cafe beside a popular South Waikato tourist destination have been opposed by local iwi.

Cheryl Waite has applied for resource consent to build cafe/restaurant next to the Te Waihou Blue Springs in Putaruru, plus an accommodation facility for up to 10 people.

But in a written submission on the proposal for consent, Raukawa group manager for environment, Grant Kettle, said they could not give their written approval to the application.

The Blue Springs have proved increasing popular of late, with a record number of 5200 people visiting the springs in December, increasing to 8949 in January.

"This increase has resulted in adverse effects on the surrounding environment including degradation of the river banks, loss of riparian and aquatic vegetation and littering."

Ruakawa was concerned that Waite's proposed development would increase visitor numbers further and lead to further destruction and erosion.

Kettle said, for those reasons, they could not give their written approval to the application.

Waite previously said she was frustrated by the delays being caused by the need for Ruakawa to have their say on the application…..

Engaging with Iwi
We value our role in the community and local iwi as a major stakeholder in the port. Given the place of our seaport in Auckland city, we have developed a special relationship with Ngāti Whātua over time.

​ We consult iwi over port projects and developments, from smaller-scale projects, like work around the location of Te Kawau's Rock (Britomart Point) to make it more accessible for the community, to larger port extension and reclamation works.

Our local iwi, Ngāti Whātua, also facilitates Māori ceremonies and protocols for our port, including; the blessing of vessels as they arrive in Auckland before they start service. The most recent blessing was of our new pilot boat Wakatere, which arrived at the port in November 2015.

As we grow our network of freight hubs, we will grow our engagement with all tangata whenua as we develop relationships with iwi in these regions….

Māori Academic contributes to indigenous global report
A world-first study into the health and wellbeing of more than 154 million Indigenous and tribal peoples globally has been launched today.

One of the authors who provided a New Zealand perspective was Bridget Robson, Associate Dean Māori from the University of Otago, Wellington.

The next steps include developing data systems that support iwi and hapū to monitor health and social outcomes for their own people and rohe, incorporating Māori values and concepts of health and wellbeing.”

Some of the key findings from the study include:

*  Maternal mortality in New Zealand is low compared to that of many countries in this study, but Māori women have twice the risk of non-Māori. Low birth weight rates are higher for Māori but the gap is relatively small (a difference of 1.1 per 1000 live births).

*  Māori are twice as likely as non-Māori to live in low-income households, a key social determinant of health.

*  The study shows evidence of poorer health and social outcomes for many Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, demonstrating the need for governments to develop tailored policy responses to Indigenous health. However, the patterns are not uniform….

Supporting local iwi
Auckland Airport marae
We developed our airport marae (Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa Marae) in partnership with Tainui, and contribute to its running costs. The marae is a cultural resource available to all members of the airport community.

Auckland Airport Gold Medal Awards
Each year the Auckland Airport Gold Medal Awards provide $30,000 in grants to support sport and fitness activities, including at marae. In 2015 marae recipients included Papatuanuku Kokiri Marae plus local schools Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori a Rohe o Mangere.

Observing Māori protocol
We regularly involve iwi in protocol ceremonies around the airport.

Health impacts of climate on Maori underplayed
Te Ora Taiao, the New Zealand Climate and Health Council, says the Royal Society's climate risks report overlooks the real health risks to New Zealanders from climate change.

He says the report does recognise the impact on specific groups, and that applies to health as well.

"Those things are going to impact differently on different groups of people and particularly as Maori, having already some of the worst health outcomes in New Zealand, we stand to be affected much more than other groups because of where we live, socioeconomic conditions, cultural practices, and things like that," Dr Jones says.

He says iwi need to play a greater role in identifying the risks to their people and pushing for action……

Support for iwi-led social housing initiative
An iwi-led housing project in Christchurch has been lauded today by the Minister for Māori Development as another string to the bow of positive initiatives being driven by Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu for whānau in their takiwā.

“The housing projects we’ve supported are in regions that have high Māori housing needs including the East Coast and Northland.

“The Network’s goal is to work with whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori to realise their own housing aspirations.”

The Māori Housing Network was launched after securing $35.3 million in last year’s budget……

Chance to engage Maori voters online lost
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei is disappointed a trial of online voting in this year’s local body elections has been cancelled.

The Government says it’s not convinced the technology was sufficiently secure to be used with confidence.

"And for Maori it's incredibly important. We have very few Maori councillors on city and territorial authorities and we know that major decisions about resources, land and water are made at the council level and so we need to maximise our representation at the council level," Ms Turei says….

Pressure drives down benefit total
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley is celebrating the number of people receiving a main benefit falling below 280,000 for the first time since 2008.

Beneficiary numbers fell by just over 4300 or 1.5 per cent in the year to March 2016.

Most of that came from those getting Sole Parent Support, which dropped 5.7 percent.

The largest annual decrease came from Auckland and Bay of Plenty, where Sole Parent Support numbers dropped 8.2 per cent and the total 8.3 percent.

From April 1 there has been an expectation that sole parents and partners of beneficiaries look for part-time work of 20 hours a week when their youngest child turns 3, instead of 5.

There were 42,091 Maori getting the jobseeker support benefit, or 35 percent of the total, compared with 45,526 Pakeha.

31,461 Maori were getting Sole Parent Support, 47 percent of the total, compared with just over 20,000 Pakeha….

Māori Council scrutinises water ownership
New Zealand Māori Council representative Donna Hall says the management of water resources cannot progress until the issue of ownership has been addressed. This comes following the release of the government's freshwater reforms.

New Zealand Māori Council representative Donna Hall questions the government's allocation of water rights following the release of the government's freshwater reforms.

“Basically for everyone who gets that paper the New Zealand Māori Council sees the position like this. What the Government is doing is working out whose going to be the tenant of the house and what colour the walls are going to be painted and what a fair rental will be. But it hasnt asked itself who owns the house. That is the position that the council takes. There is a fundamental question to be asked about water and it needs to be answered,” says Māori Council lawyer, Donna Hall….

Calls for park to be established to remember both sides of land war conflict
A Taranaki kaumatua wants a separate memorial set up to pay tribute to Maori who died in the 19th century land wars.
Te Atiawa's Grant Knuckey said his idea to establish a memorial park on Waitara's McLean St would address the current historical imbalance, which only reflects the losses suffered by the colonial troops.

Knuckey said the park would incorporate the existing obelisk erected in 1915 to honour 34 British soldiers who died in the 1860 land wars.

There was a lack of public recognition for the losses tangata whenua suffered during this time, he said…..

Bloody beatings enforced language loss
Former MP Dover Samuels says the punishment of children for speaking te reo Maori is a cause for national shame, but the acknowledgement of it in the new Maori Language (Te Reo Maori) Bill is probably as much as can be expected this time.

He says children were expected to drop their identity and culture behind at the gate, and they were caned if they spoke their language.

"Because we didn’t have much padding on, just a pair of trousers, no underpants, anything like that, and when the cane got a bit low on your trousers it drew blood, and I think that issue has been swept under in terms of that generation because it has been so deep. All governments, National or Labour, have tried to bury it because it would be an indictment of our historical past and they did not want even to go there," Mr Samuels says….

Bail changes stack deck against Maori
A leading justice reform advocate says changes to bail laws and legal aid are filling prisons, with Maori bearing the brunt of the changes.

Kim Workman says the Government’s goal of reducing re-offending is based on false premises about how rehabilitation works in a prisons setting, and the goal should be to have fewer people in prison.

Most don’t now qualify for legal aid, so they plead guilty rather than defend often dubious charges.

"Historically Maori will plead guilty more often than non-Maori. Maori are less likely to be bailed, about twice more likely to be remanded in custody for serious offending than non-Maori. Maori are less likely to have good legal representation, so it's not that offending has increased it's that the systems are weighted against the offender and particularly against Maori," Mr Workman says.

He says a systemic review is needed to address institutional racism in the justice system….

Iwi suggests parkland-for-housing deal

An iwi plans to give 175ha of coastal land to Auckland Council in return for the right to create and sell 58 upmarket housing sites.

Ngati Manuhiri announced today its scheme for part of its 700ha Mangawhai South Forest, after it struck a deal with golf course developer and investor John Darby of Queenstown….

CYF 'racist' says Tariana Turia
Child Youth and Family (CYF) is a racist institution and iwi should be given the right to care for children in state care, former Māori Party leader Tariana Turia says.

"Here we have an organisation that has been failing for many, many years, miserably," she told RNZ News.

Dame Tariana believes there is an unconscious bias in CYF system.

"I have to say institutional racism is rife right throughout government agencies including CYF. The whole way in which they view certain groups of people, their attitudes against those groups of people and the way they use their power against those groups of people, is horrendous."

For that reason, she said, iwi should be given statutory rights to care and protect their children where they can…..

New start for wardens
Maori Council chair Sir Taihakurei Durie says the council wants to give Maori wardens greater access to qualifications and boost their contribution to community development.

"We are now putting in place plans where wardens can work in association with other voluntary groups, receive qualifications or tohu that will enable them to work alongside government departments. We are trying to reshape these wardens. I believe we are well on track to doing so. There have been difficulties in the past with the wardens. I believe we are going to see new life breathed into what is a very important organisation for Maori," he says….

Rongoa use kept hidden
A Health Research Council-funded study has found many Maori visit both rongoa Maori healers and conventional doctors, but often won’t tell one they’ve visited the other.

Postdoctoral researcher Dr Glenis Mark from Whakauae Research Services says Maori are keen for traditional healers and doctors to work together on managing their health.

Dr Mark says Maori are more likely to opt for rongoa if their illness is more psycho social or spiritual, but they will do to their doctor for a directly medical issue, such as a broken leg…..

Walk out as Maori Council cleans house
The chair of the New Zealand Maori Council, Sir Taihakurei Durie, says the organisation now has its house in order, after a meeting on Saturday where former co-chair Maanu Paul and his supporters walked out.

Sir Taihakurei was confirmed as the sole chair in an election overseen by Sir Harawira Gardiner.

He says the only way the council can work is by following its own rules, which was confirmed by a High Court hearing last week.

He says the New Zealand Maori Council can now concentrate on addressing national issues of concern to Maori such as water rights, Resource Management Act reforms, the Trans Pacific Partnership claim and changes to the Maori wardens…..

Māori keen for doctors and healers to work together
Study shows Māori keen for doctors and healers to work together

Latest research shows that Māori are keen for traditional rongoā Māori healers and doctors to work together on managing their health, however, many seriously doubt that doctors would be open to such an arrangement.

Dr Mark says that with greater collaboration between healers and doctors, health care delivery could benefit from the inclusion of rongoā Māori as a culturally appropriate form of treatment for all New Zealanders....

'New ideas' needed on Māori health
The Public Health Association wants to change the conversation about why Māori have worse health outcomes than other New Zealanders.

Māori are more likely to get sick and live shorter lives than other New Zealanders and many of the root causes are blamed on the aftermath of colonisation.

Māori are more likely to get sick and live shorter lives than other New Zealanders and many of the root causes are blamed on the aftermath of colonisation.

The Public Health Association, which is holding a Māori health symposium in Wellington next month, does not want to focus on the impact colonisation has had on Māori.

Association spokesman Anton Blank said going on about it would not solve the problems.

"As Māori, we need to move on from being solely focused on colonisation because if we stay in that space we focus on our own victimisation and ... we will miss out on a whole lot of new ideas that are beginning to circulate."…..

Education Minister launches digital resource to strengthen Te Reo Māori
Education Minister Hekia Parata has launched a new digital graphic novel aimed to strengthen recognition of the Māori language, culture and history amongst certain students,

The book, Ngarimu Te Tohu Toa / Victory at Point 209, was launched as part of a ceremony announcing the five winners of the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship.

Ngarimu Te Tohu Toa / Victory at Point 209 is an interactive digital book in comic format, with audio and text in Te Reo Māori (Ngāti Porou dialect) and English.

According to Parata, the application was developed in a unique collaboration between Government, iwi and private sector agencies, and supported by Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage……

Māori Television leading the way with New Zealand content
A new report released by NZ on Air has revealed that Māori Television continues to lead the way as the largest free-to-air provider of local content in prime time for 2015.

The Local Content New Zealand Television report was released this morning and showed NZ content made up 82 per cent of Māori Television’s prime time hours, which was comparative with 51 per cent for TV One and 50 per cent of TV3’s prime time hours.

Chief Executive Paora Maxwell said, “We pride ourselves on producing quality shows that tell stories from a uniquely Aotearoa perspective…..

Youth to play a part in tourism development plan
Northlands’ youth now have an opportunity to play a role in the development of the region's tourism and hospitality sector with the opening of the QRC Taitokerau Resort College in Paihia this week.

Kelly Kahukiwa of NZ Maori Tourism says the college is a start to providing them with the skills to play key roles in the burgeoning tourism industry.

An initiative of the Taitokerau Regional Growth Programme, the college has nineteen foundation students…..

Diversity rising through the ranks
At 17 years old Krista Kite dropped out of school with no idea of what she wanted to with her life.

But by the time she was 20 she was a sworn police officer handcuffing criminals, including gang members twice her age and size, in South Auckland...

Taking NZ history into schools
A University of Auckland researcher is looking to take her New Zealand history teaching resource to the Ministry of Education again after it turned her down for funding.

New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world to teach so little about its own history, and teachers are afraid to educate in something they don't themselves understand, she says…

A lecturer at the University of Auckland, Ms Hanley explained she had written it to cover 200 years of accurate history from both a Pākehā and Māori viewpoint.

"It's like a beginner's guide for dummies, if you like, about Māori and Pākehā history that we didn't know - that I didn't know previously."

The information was collected from official foundation history books, she said, by authors like James Belich and Michael King.

The books, which she called the CPR (Curriculum Programme Resource) could be applied to early childhood education, primary schools, and secondary schools, she said…..

Current drug laws support racial profiling - Lance O'Sullivan
Dr Lance O’Sullivan says New Zealand’s current drug laws, which criminalise the possession of small amounts of cannabis, lead to poor outcomes for young Maori men in particular.

Speaking to Q+A’s Jessica Mutch, the 2014 New Zealander of the Year said when young people, especially Maori, come to the to the attention of the police for low-level crime it’s a “slippery slope”.

“These kids get engaged in the criminal system, and if you treat a person like a criminal, they’ll end up like a criminal,” he said…..

Bill to revitalise te reo Maori passes to cheers and a waiata
A bill to set up a new entity to foster the Maori language has passed into law with support of all parties other than New Zealand First.

The Maori Language Act sets up Te Matawai, a new body charged with working with the Crown to revitalise the Maori language at an iwi and community level, including joint oversight of Maori Television with the Minister of Finance.

It also recognises te reo Maori as a taonga [treasure] and states that Maori and iwi are the guardians of it.

The bill was amended last week to include an acknowledgement from the Crown that it had failed to protect the Maori language through its past policies and put into law a commitment by the Crown to work with Maori to actively promote it for future generations.

That acknowledgement related to evidence given at Waitangi Tribunal hearings in the 1980s that Maori were caned at school for speaking Maori.

The bill has been enacted in Maori and in English and specifies the Maori version has precedence over the English version if there are conflicting interpretations.

Under the bill, the Crown has to establish Maori language strategies in conjunction with Te Matawai. Te Matawai will also have the right to appoint four of the seven members on the Maori Television board…..

Maori language bill passes final hurdle: what does it do?
So could this stop the downward spiral? Let's look at what the bill will do...

It affirms Te Reo Maori as a taonga (treasure).
The bill acknowledges how the Crown has historically "denied and suppressed" the right of Maori to use their own language, said Flavell.

Now the language is formally valued by the nation.

It also highlights iwi and Maori as official kaitaki (guardians) of the language.

It sets up a new independent Maori language entity.
Te Matawai will help the Government develop Maori language strategies to increase uptake. This means focusing on increasing fluency as well as the number of people who speak it.

There will be 13 members on the board: seven from iwi, four from Maori language stakeholder organisations, and two chosen by the Maori Development Minister.

Government ministers of Maori Development, Education, Finance and Culture and Heritage would meet with iwi stakeholders to discuss priorities.

Te Matawai will control some functions of other Maori agencies.
Te Matawai will take over its functions from the Maori Television Electoral College, which manages stakeholder interests in Maori Television.

The Maori Language Commission will still exist to focus on Government initiatives. However, the responsibility for $7.5million funding of community programmes research will eventually move to Te Matawai.

The Maori broadcasting funder, Te Mangai Paho, will have recommendations on three out of five board members to be nominated to the Minister by the new agency. Its functions remain the same.

Stakeholder interests in Maori Television will be managed by the new agency, taking over from Te Putahi Paoho (the Maori Television Electoral College). It will be disestablished…..

NZers should have free entry to Treaty Grounds - Peters
NZ First leader Winston Peters says New Zealanders should not have to pay to visit the Treaty Grounds at Waitangi.

The Waitangi National Trust charges $20 a head for a day pass, which includes a guided tour and cultural performance.

Overseas visitors pay $40.

Mr Peters told a Greypower audience in Kerikeri today that Waitangi was the country's most historic place, and entry for New Zealanders should be free….

'If we don't act now the Māori language will die'
Te reo ki tua, the Ngāti Kahungunu Māori language symposium, is a new initiative to further enhance the tribe's Māori Language strategy.

Ngāti Kahungunu hopes to revitalise the Māori language by 2027.

The number of Māori able to hold a conversation in te reo was down 3.7 percent from 1996 to 2013. Many of those who could speak te reo were older, with 43 percent of Māori aged 75 and over able to speak te reo, compared to 20 percent of those aged 15 to 29……

Tribunal silenced on land law reform
Waitangi claimants have been left fuming after Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell introduced the Ture Whenua Maori Bill shutting down any further opportunity for the Waitangi Tribunal to scrutinise the proposed reforms.

The tribunal started a judicial conference yesterday on whether it should grant urgency into a claim about the government’s response to last month’s tribunal report on the land law reform package.

Deputy Chief Judge Patrick Savage adjourned it for a day when lawyers for the crown said they could not say when the bill would be introduced.

Four hours later Mr Flavell tabled the bill in parliament, meaning the tribunal is barred from considering it…..

John Tamihere, CEO Waipareira Trust, Maori Televison Board member.
John Tamihere says charter schools allow Maori to demonstrate how they want mainstream education to change.

A bill by Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins to abolish the charter school model has been drawn from the ballot but John Tamihere says charter schools allow Maori to demonstrate how they want mainstream education to change….

Pukeatua quarry applicant's resource consent rejected
A resource consent applicant is stunned his proposal to reopen a historic quarry was rejected on the strength of oral history.

Palmerston North's Dr Don Stewart was scathing regarding the decision by independent commissioners for the Waikato Regional Council to decline his proposal to mine for blue metal aggregate at the Pukeatua quarry south of Cambridge.

"I am stunned and shattered that it was made on that basis . . . that in spite of archeological and other evidence that we've gathered from experts and some documentary evidence, oral history from Maori with mana must take precedence over any other evidence," Stewart said.

But oral history is an important part of Maori knowledge transmission, said Ngati Koroki Kahukura spokesman Rahui Papa…..

Waikato-Tainui release their first iwi education strategy
In a first, Waikato-Tainui have signed an education covenant with some mainstream secondary schools within its wider region. Te Arataura chair says today marks an important step towards fulfilling the tribe's education strategy, for all its members 15 years and over, to have an education qualification by 2050.

The start of a new partnership between Waikato-Tainui and these 14 mainstream schools.

The schools come from within the wider Waikato-Tainui region, such as Papakura High in the north, down to schools in Hamilton, including Raglan area school in the west and Matamata High School in the east.

“We will supply teaching resources for the schools that align firstly with the New Zealand curriculum, secondly with our iwi curriculum, which we've developed,” says Papa.

A total of 27 schools are here today. The desire from those who are not a part of the covenant, is to join as soon as they can.

In time, the tribe hopes all 35 secondary schools within its boundary, will be a part of the initiative….

HRC welcomes partnership between Waikato Tainui and local schools > http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/5/248876

Board role best way to influence curriculum
Education Minister Hekia Parata says if Maori want their history to be taught in schools, they should stand in next month's school board elections.

Ms Parata says many people don't understand New Zealand's self-managing approach to education, where the curriculum identifies basic values and learning areas, and schools make their own decisions about how to achieve the desired outcomes.

"One of the ways that local whanau, hapu, iwi can be more directive in the sorts of topics that might be taught at their kids' schools is to run for the board. It happens every three years. I have now twice encouraged Maori to get involved in their local board election, get on the board, to be get involved in the discussion about what is taught, what they want to see happening and how they can help that occur," she says….

Maori are least likely to get professional post-natal support
Maori are less likely to receive the post-natal support they are entitled to than other groups of New Zealanders, a seminar at Parliament hosted by Green MP Marama Davidson will be told today.

“The report Maori Narratives of Poverty and Resilience, which we will release at Parliament, tells us that while Maori struggle with poverty, Maori cultural values are very central to their sense of wellbeing. When relationships in the whanau are harmonious, when they focus on Maori culture and language, then they have a sense of wellbeing.

“Our hope is that heath services will take the findings of the report to help them shape their services, so that they are more responsive to Maori.”

Dr Carla Houkamau from the University of Auckland is one of the authors of the report. She says that unconsciously health services make assumptions about what is best for Maori.

“The concept of Unconscious Bias is starting to circulate in New Zealand following admissions by the New Zealand Police that they demonstrate an unconscious bias towards Maori,” Dr Houkamau said today.

“We need to expand discussions of Unconscious Bias into the health sector. Unconscious Bias occurs when a health care provider automatically or unconsciously classifies a patient as a member of a group, applies stereotypes to the patient based on their group membership, and makes decisions based on those biases.”

Dr Houkamau told the seminar that the government needs to invest in Unconscious Bias training for health providers so that health workers can develop new strategies to work with Maori and a range of other cultural groups….

Labour backtracks on marine sanctuary
The Labour Party has joined the Maori Party in reconsidering its support for a law change which will establish a massive marine sanctuary in the Kermadec Islands.

Labour leader Andrew Little said his party was "very concerned" about a legal challenge by Maori fisheries group Te Ohu Kaimoana, which said the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary breached a historic fisheries agreement between iwi and the Crown.

"We haven't got to the point of withdrawing our support but we certainly ... share those concerns," Mr Little said at Parliament today.

Co-leader Marama Fox reiterated today that its support for the bill was not guaranteed. The party was talking to iwi with interests in the Kermadecs before it determined its position.

"We supported the idea of a sanctuary," she said. "But the Government has been negligent in getting consent and getting consultation with all of the iwi involved."

The Act Party has also said that it could vote against the bill, on the grounds that the no-take reserve infringes on fishing rights without offering compensation.

If Labour, the Maori Party, and Act withdrew their support, National could still pass the bill with support from the Greens, United Future, and New Zealand First.

Prime Minister John Key yesterday said that the Government intended to press on despite the court action. The sanctuary was expected to be in place by November…..

Status quo working, Maori say
Local Maori and Dunedin's mayor believe the council's present arrangement works better than the Maori Party's proposal to establish mandatory Maori wards on every district and city council.

However, Te Runanga o Otakou kaumatua Edward Ellison said the establishment of a mandatory Maori ward on the Dunedin City Council could have unintended negative side-effects.

‘‘One person within whatever size of that council isn't very effective,'' he said.

‘‘That doesn't do much, in my view. You would need more than one.''

The establishment of such a ward could also meet with a negative public response and compromise the working arrangement between Maori and the council.

‘‘The principles behind it are right, but the practicalities of these things are a much different matter,'' he said.

‘‘Currently, we are favouring the working relationship.'' …

Maori ward polls racist
"Why is it Government that when a council resolves to establish a Maori ward, that decision goes to a binding petition and a poll. Other wards that councils resolve to establish don't. That is what has taken me through to the United Nations to challenge because it is not only divisive and unfair, it can be racist," Mr Judd says……

NZ First pulls Kermadec sanctuary support
New Zealand First says it will no longer support a law change to create an ocean sanctuary around the Kermadec Islands.

The New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the sanctuary breaches a 1992 Māori Fisheries Settlement and he does not support the Government breaking its word…..

Iwi want first right of refusal on land sales
Tauranga Maori iwi and hapu groups are seeking the right of first refusal whenever the city council wants to dispose of surplus land.

The rewording of a council policy making it clear there would be no right of first refusal granted to tangata whenua met with resistance from prominent Maori yesterday.

Four representatives put their views to councillors during the hearing of submissions on the draft policy that sets out how the council would handle tangata whenua approaches for its surplus land.

The policy was triggered by Maori seeking ownership of the reserve at the base of Mauao holding the Mount Hot Pools, the Beachside Holiday Park and the Mount Surf Live Saving Club's pavilion.

Puhirake Ihaka of Tauranga's Tangata Whenua Collective said it was their understanding that tangata whenua would be given the right of first refusal on land that was special to Maori and land that was not so significant……

Government to consider petition for Maori seats on all district councils
Should there be a Maori seat on each district council?

The Maori Party will present a petition that calls for laws to be reviewed in an effort to have better Maori representation in local government.

The party's co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell supported the petition brought by New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd….

Ad asking whether one race should control fresh water labelled as 'nonsense'
Should one race control New Zealand's freshwater? That was the question asked by an ad in Saturday's Weekend Herald.

It goes on to say that it's only a matter of time before iwi demand a royalty every time a tap is turned on.

The advertisement asks whether one race should control New Zealand's freshwater.

So what does the co-chair of the Freshwater Iwi Leaders group make of the ad?

Sir Mark Solomon says, "It's nonsense, there has never been a proposal put on the table by either side that iwi have the total right of veto against all water."

Authorised by the New Zealand Centre for Political Research (NZCPR), the ad is the most recent of 21 that have been published throughout the country since November last year.

At the helm of the advertisement is former ACT Leader Don Brash who attacked Māori in a provocative speech at Orewa in 2004.

Don Brash says, "It's not racist at all, on the contrary what we're saying is the Government itself is proposing a policy which is racist by giving a particular group based on race a right to allocate water. We think that's totally contrary to what everything New Zealand Stands for."

However according to Brash, "It is not misinformed and it is not nonsense. I mean the Government has made it quite clear that they want to involve iwi in the decision making about the allocation of freshwater."

Flavell's Petition: Serious Departure From Democracy
In response to Maori Party Co-Leader Te Ururoa Flavell’s call for mandatory Maori wards on every district council in New Zealand, Democracy Action Chair Lee Short says:

“Mr Flavell’s petition calls for a serious and unwelcome departure from New Zealand’s democratic and egalitarian principles.”

“Such arrangements, whereby our elected representatives, who are accountable to the public, share rights and powers with a group of non-elected citizens, undermines the foundations of elective democracy and equality between members of society,” Mr. Short says.

“This proposal would further entrench separatism whereby different ethnicities, based on heredity, enjoy unearned privileges which are not available to all New Zealanders."

"Mr Flavell is reported in this morning's NZ Herald as saying 5% of the voting public can challenge any decision related to Maori representation. That is simply not true. The 5% he is referring to is what was necessary to get the opportunity to have a referendum to vote on Maori wards."

"When the citizens of New Plymouth last year voted on the council's decision to introduce a Maori ward, this was overturned in a landslide vote, with 83% of voters voting against the creation of the ward. There is a stark difference between 5% and 83%. It would be appreciated if Mr Flavell would stop manipulating statistics."

"Mr Flavell’s petition suggests a bypass of democracy’s prospect of ejection of the powerful by those subject to the power, for non-performance or abuse of that power.”

“One of the most precious gifts entrusted to our elected representatives is that they respect our democracy, and the equality of citizenship on which it’s based.”

“Issues of significance to Iwi deserve all due respect, but they must not be used as a vehicle to gain undemocratic privilege over other citizens.”

MP adds voice to call for dual language signage
Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell backs a call for the Government to introduce mandatory Maori and English signage at places such as banks and airports.

Te reo Maori group Umere wants Maori and English signposting to be used in locations to give effect to Maori as an official language.

Inquiry to review tūpāpaku processes
A Parliamentary inquiry is to look into how dead members of Māori families are handled.

It comes after many whānau said they are not getting timely access to their tūpāpaku, or dead, before burial.

The Māori Affairs Select Committee will conduct an inquiry into whānau access to, and treatment of, tūpāpaku under the current laws…..

Ngāpuhi elders discuss potential changes at Waitangi celebrations next year
Ngāpuhi elder Kingi Taurua says he's willing to step down from his roles at Te Tii Marae so Waitangi Day welcomes can run smoothly.

The decision follows a recent meeting of Ngāpuhi leaders.

Kingi Taurua admits he caused a huge stir at Waitangi this year…

Maori pattern on new $100 note significant to Nelson iwi
The pattern, or kowhaiwhai, on the side of the note is featured inside the wharenui and represents the unity and consensus of the six iwi of the marae in Nelson.

Former Wakatu Marae chief executive Trevor Wilson said it was a "real privilege" for local iwi to be represented on the note and he had been involved in the redesign process which began six years ago…..

Kaitiakitanga - leaving something for future generations
“Te Ohu Kaimoana’s fight to stop a marine sanctuary in the Kermadec waters fails to understand this is about preserving something for future generations,” says former Minister of Conservation and Associate Maori Affairs, Sandra Lee.

"Te Ohu Kaimoana have a poor conservation record. They openly supported illegal Japanese whale hunting in the United Nations Southern Ocean sanctuary when I was Minister and probably still do. Perhaps they could focus their energy on helping our own unemployed rangatahi to get on the water fishing their own quota instead.” ….


White water guardians receive blessing
It's a mammoth task for South Auckland's mana whenua to karakia to bless 48 pou whenua and an office block, at the new Vector Wero White Water Park in Manukau.

The pou whenua are situated on both sides of the two rafting courses and will act as guardians for all who use it.

The water that runs throughout the white water facility is from the Waikato river.

The official opening will take place on April the 26th, where the Prime Minister John Key and the Māori King, Kīngi Tuheitia will unveil a plaque….

Māori Party Leading Its People Astray
The Māori Party’s latest call to establish Māori wards on every district council is simply further leading its people astray, says New Zealand First Leader and MP for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell is to present a petition to Parliament from New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd to create a Māori ward in New Plymouth.

“This petition is not supported by the New Plymouth people and found no favour in a big public meeting debate last year in which Mr Flavell’s colleague Marama Fox argued for it.

“There are numerous councils around New Zealand, with Māori, Pacific, Chinese and other ethnic backgrounds serving as councillors and mayors, who got there democratically and without tokenistic assistance.

“What the Māori Party advocate is separatism, second class citizenship, tokenism, pigeon holing, and privilege for a Māori elite whilst the mass majority of Māori get nothing from the party’s perverted view of how representation should work….

Ngāti Paoa plan to build marae in East Auckland
Ngāti Paoa are planning to build a new marae at Pt England, East Auckland. The tribe’s treaty negotiator, Hauāuru Eugene told Te Kāea exclusively, this will be part of the redress under their claim, which is close to being finalised.

This is where Ngāti Paoa plan to build a new marae as part of their tribal strategy.

Two hectares of land will be ear marked as a part of the tribes treaty claim.

“Firstly, we want to have the land returned to us. Secondly are working with the community, council, government and all sectors surrounding the marae,” says Rawiri.

Ngāti Paoa have three marae. Wharekawa Marae in Kaiaua, Waiti Marae in Tahuna, and Makomako Marae in Pukorokoro near Miranda. This will be the first based in Auckland.

Rawiri says, “Our ancestors resided there. Our ancestor Paoa envisioned that his descendants would return to live there. We also know that people from different cultures live there, that's okay. What can we do to help them achieve their aspirations and businesses, all those things.”

Hauāuru estimates the cost to build will be more than half a million dollars - that will also be a legacy for future generations…..

Funding boost for Omaka Marae in Marlborough
A funding boost will help Omaka Marae, in Blenheim, investigate options for setting up a school at the marae.

Seven new roles have been established at the marae with seed funding from Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu, the South Island Whanau Ora commissioning agency.

The new jobs are all on a part-time or contract basis and include two new roles established to look at the possibility of setting up a Maori school at Omaka Marae….

Maori come together against Kermadec sanctuary
A group of high profile Maori elders are fighting back against the Government's plan for an ocean sanctuary in the Kermadec islands -- and are taking the issue to court.

Led by Sir Tipene O'Regan, the group says the sanctuary removes fishing rights promised under a Treaty settlement in 1992.

That settlement allows Maori to fish in the 620,000sqkm area -- a right the elders say will be removed under the proposed sanctuary….

Tainui writes history lessons
The government may not be interested in making sure young New Zealanders know their history, but one tribe is determined schoolchildren in its rohe learn about the events that have shaped their social and cultural landscape.

Waikato Tainui chief executive Parekawhia McLean says the iwi will this month sign a partnership agreement with 14 secondary schools in Waikato and South Auckland setting mutual education objectives.

The Education Ministry has ruled out making the New Zealand wars of the 19th century part of the curriculum, because they say schools must be free to choose what they teach.

Ms McLean says the iwi will make that choice easier.

" We’re developing a resource which we hope to launch in partnership with our Kawenata Schools, which will be used for curricula, so it will be our own Waikato Tainui raupatu, Kingitanga korero which those schools will then use in their own history curricula, social studies and so on, so we're not waiting for the government, we're getting on with it," she says.

Parekawhia McLean says more than 80 percent of Waikato Tainui children will go through mainstream secondary schools, so that’s where the effort needs to go to lift achievement.

Maori Party wants law change
The Maori Party is calling for a "long overdue" law change to establish Maori wards on every district council in New Zealand.

Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell will present a petition to Parliament at the urging of New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd, who championed the creation of a Maori ward in his city - a move blocked by a public vote last year.

Under existing legislation, councils can choose to establish Maori wards. However, if 5 per cent of voters sign a petition opposed to such a move, the decision then goes to a binding referendum.

Maori representation on local government has been a heated issue at times, with parties divided at the last general election.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said Maori wards were separatist - a stance backed by the Act and Conservative parties - while National and Labour were not opposed to councils establishing Maori wards if they wished……

Māori urban design expert joins the council
This week Auckland Council welcomed new staff member Phil Wihongi. Phil joins the council as the Māori Design Leader for the Auckland Design Office

Phil's role will include working with the Auckland Design Office, council-controlled organisation collagues, mana whenua and Māori design industry professionals to incorporate Māori design into the heart of the organisation and the fabric of Auckland.

This role has been advocated for quite some time by mana whenua and the Māori
design community. Having someone in this role will provide a face and contact within Auckland Council for these groups and will establish a Māori design champion within the Auckland Design Office

This role is the first of its kind in this country, and is an exciting moment for Māori….

NZ Land Wars not compulsory learning - Minister
It should not be compulsory for the history of the land wars to be taught in schools, Education Minister Hekia Parata says, because "it is not the New Zealand way".

The petition attracted 12,000 signatures, but the Ministry of Education responded by said that schools already had the tools they needed.

Today Education Minister Hekia Parata, speaking to RNZ's Maori issues correspondent Mihingarangi Forbes on TV3's The Hui - maintained that position….

Taranaki woman appointed as student editor of 2016 Maori Law Review
A Taranaki law student has been appointed to a role to help put together a monthly Maori legal publication.

Indiana Shewen, of Te Atiawa and Ngati Mutunga, is the 2016 student editor of the Maori Law Review, which looks at how legal issues affect tangata whenua.

Shewen said the role meant a lot to her and was a chance to use her knowledge to develop a deeper understanding of the legal issues which impacted on her culture…..

Pa-wrecking quarry shut down
Independent commissioners acting for Waikato Regional Council have turned down an application for consents to re-open a quarry local iwi say is on an historic pa site.

Commissioners Peter Crawford and Shane Solomon said it was highly probable Hangahanga Pa was located within the Pukeatua quarry site just south of Maungatautari.

Raukawa Charitable Trust, Parawera Marae, Ngati Koroki Kahukura and Ngati Haua opposed the consents….

Urgent hearing sought before Waitangi Tribunal
Urgent hearing sought before Waitangi Tribunal on Government’s response to report on Crown Maori land reform

An urgent hearing has been sought before the Waitangi Tribunal by 15 individuals on behalf of their hapū and whanau in response to the Crown’s lack of response to the Tribunal’s report on the government’s controversial proposed repeal and replacement of the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993.

The report, released on 11 March 2016, found that the Crown’s proposed bill did not comply with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi both as to the process the Crown used to develop it and its substance. The Tribunal found that the Crown had not engaged in adequate consultation with Maori. It specifically found that on something as important to Maori as land, it should not be pressing forward without widespread support of Maori.

The claimants say that landlocked land, public works takings, unreasonable rates and poor quality land are the barriers to improved Maori land production and these issues are not addressed by the Crown’s Bill….

Hawke's Bay Airport name to remain the same until 2018
The contentious name change planned for Hawke’s Bay Airport has been delayed, along with the redevelopment of the airport’s terminal.

The airport’s official name change to Ahuriri Airport Hawke’s Bay – approved after a request from claimant group, Mana Ahuriri – had been scheduled to occur when the $6m-$8million terminal redevelopment was completed, originally scheduled for early next year….

Kiwibank important to Maori economy
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox hopes Kiwibank's new part-owners won't change its approach to Maori banking.

The Accident Compensation Corporation and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund are taking a 45 percent stake in the bank for $495 million.

Ms Fox says in 14 years since it was set up the Kiwibank has become important to the Maori economy.

"Kiwibank is the only bank where Maori can get loans for communally-owned land. It is our only state-owned bank. It is one of the last kiwi-owned banks," she says….

Tainui sells half of The Base
A New Zealand property company has bought half of the country's largest retail centre - Hamilton's The Base - for $192.5 million.

The chairman of the tribe's executive committee, Rahui Papa, said Waikato-Tainui would continue to own the underlying land, and the agreement is that the centre will be returned to the iwi at the end of the 120-year ground lease.

He said it is important that iwi members know that there will be no alienation of tribal land, as the deal was talking about the management of the buildings of the base.

"The whenua or the land is not touched, that remains in Pootatau Te Wherowhero title and as such is owned by Waikato-Tainui….

DHB head upbeat on changes for mental health unit
An external review of Northland's mental health services has found Whangarei Hospital's Tumanako Inpatient Unit is crisis-driven, practises a medication-driven model of care and staff feel overworked, undervalued and unsafe.

When it came to Maori mental health the DHB should consider having a Maori development leader and for the mental health and addiction team to undertake Maori/cultural responsiveness training…..

Unlikely alliance over Maori and RMA
Don Brash and Winston Peters formed an unlikely alliance today in protest against what they believe is "preferential treatment" for Maori in new planning laws.

The pair - once sworn enemies - united in criticism of proposals to change the way iwi are consulted in the resource consent process.

He said radical reforms of the RMA would do more than any other single measure to improve New Zealanders' standard of living.

However, the National-led Government's proposals were "pitifully limited" and "barely scratched the surface of what was needed".

The "cost" of progressing these "modest changes" was a significant expansion of iwi rights, he claimed. The bill would "vastly extend" Maori involvement in the planning process by requiring councils to invite Maori to enter into what are known as "iwi participation agreements".

"This is surely a recipe for further delay, for corruption and for anger on the part of the rest of the community," Dr Brash said.

His old party had persisted with the changes despite being offered a "vastly better alternative" by Mr Peters.

The New Zealand First leader has offered to support broader RMA reforms in exchange for removing any iwi-specific provisions. It was "incomprehensible" that Mr Peters' offer was not taken up, Dr Brash said…..

No iwi involvement in new Special Housing Areas (SHAs)
Housing Minister, Nick Smith has announced 36 new Special Housing Areas within Auckland. Treaty Negotiator for Ngāti Paoa, Hauāuru Rawiri says they will look at the government's latest housing developments and any areas that affect their claim.

The latest 36 Special Housing Areas (SHAs) and last allocation under the Auckland Housing Accord has no iwi involvement.

Minister for Building and Housing Nick Smith says, “In the decision making around Special Housing Area, the ownership is irrelevant, it's a decision about the planning rules that should rightly be blind to the ownership structure.”

But Ngāti Paoa Treaty Negotiator, Hauāuru Rawiri disagrees.

“First of all, the government needs to talk to us, all mana whenua.”…..

Iwi wants Goldie painting to stay in NZ
Descendants of a Maori chief whose portrait by Goldie was sold for $1.175 million fear the painting will be taken outside of New Zealand.

Ngāti Manawa elder Pem Bird said he received a number of calls yesterday from descendants of Wharekauri Tahuna.

There was a feeling of shock, horror and hurt, he said.

"This is all about money and investment and the question is, do our paintings, do our images, do they belong in that world? Not for us."

The koroua was a special man, a tohunga or expert in karakia and was one of the last in the area to bear a full facial tāmoko, Mr Bird said.

There were fears amongst the whānau that the portrait would be taken overseas.

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage said it would only be involved after the sale because it was a private sale to a private buyer.

But spokesperson Tony Wallace said the piece fell under the Protected Objects Act, which meant a buyer would have to apply to the ministry and receive permission before it could take the work out of the country….

Don Brash attacks 'preferential treatment' for Maori in RMA reforms
Plans to streamline the Resource Management Act (RMA) are "pathetically limited" and would come at the expense of extending preferential treatment for Maori, former National Party leader Don Brash claims.

NZ First leader Winston Peters again offered to work with the Government on proposed RMA reforms instead of the Maori Party, after Brash addressed Parliament's local government and environment committee on Thursday.

Concessions made by the Government to win Maori Party support for the reforms include giving iwi the right to be consulted "at the front end" of resource management and council planning through Iwi Participation Agreements.

Brash, best known for his controversial Orewa speech in 2004 arguing against special status for Maori, told the committee that the National Party had always accepted fundamental reforms to the RMA were needed.

"If I was asked what single measure the Government could take to raise living standards in New Zealand, I would without hesitation answer, 'Reform the RMA'."

Brash said Peters, who has attacked the Government's compromise with the Maori Party and made overtures to back separate RMA reforms, offered a "vastly better alternative". ….

Blue Springs supporters apprehensive about café plans
An application to build a cafe on private land near Putaruru's Blue Springs has caused conflict in the small community. Raukawa Settlement Trust has been considering Cheryl Waite's proposal for six-months, but with the increase in visitor numbers, it says it is concerned about the bigger picture and the impact on the environment.

The pure waters of the Blue Springs. Its waters are the reason why the iwi has delayed its response to a cafe application.

The Chair of the Raukawa Settlement Trust, Vanessa Eparaima says, "We absolutely will come back in terms of a response to that application, but let me say, that's part of the bigger picture. The bigger picture is the damage being done to this beautiful pristine area."

Cheryl Waite wants to build a cafe on her private land, a 15-minute walk from the Blue Springs.

"A lot of people would say, let’s go for a swim at the Blue Springs and hopefully have something to eat before we drove home, that was mainly what it was all about. I hope that it provides jobs and that people enjoy it, nice atmosphere."

Last week, a petition against the cafe was started on change.org and has received more than 2500 signatures.

Te Kāea interviewed visitors from the Blue Springs who said they were fifty-fifty about the proposal, while some say a café is a great idea, they also agreed it was nice to have a secluded spot….

More protection for young in CYF overhaul
Sixty per cent of the 5139 children in state care at the end of 2015 were Maori. More than one in every three (35 per cent) of Maori children born from 2005 to 2007 were reported to CYF before reaching school age, compared with 11 per cent of non-Maori children…..

Art for clean water at Whangarei
The artist Tawera Tahuri joined nine young people between seven and 16, and others from Gisborne, in the hikoi to the Beehive late last month.

They met environmental activist Mike Smith, who is known for chopping down a protected pine tree on One Tree Hill in Auckland in protest at government limitations on Maori treaty settlements.

He shared his experiences and spoke to them about tikanga and its importance in Maori activism, she said….

Land offer after iwi deal labelled racist
A proposed local bill designed to allow leasees to freehold the land under their homes is racist, a leaseholders' representative says.

Waitara Leaseholders Association secretary Eric Williams said the deal the New Plymouth District Council offered to Te Atiawa for the 700 sections in 2014 was far more attractive than the one now being offered to leasees.

"They are talking about unimproved value, which talking to them is government valuation, and that means it will cost me $100,000 [to freehold] and that's the same land they offered to iwi at under $30,000.

"And as far as I'm concerned that is just a racist thing."….

Bill change recognises Crown's damage to Te Reo
There's support for a change to a Government Bill to acknowledge the damage of past Crown policies and stance around the speaking of Te Reo Māori.

Mr Flavell says it will show the Crown recognises it "contributed to the decline in Māori language and its previous actions have had a negative impact on our language and culture".

"Māori are familiar with the painful memories recalled by our grandparents' and parents' generations who were discouraged, and in some cases physically abused, for speaking Te Reo Māori at school or in public places.

"I hope the statement goes some way to acknowledging the pain and loss suffered as a result of successive Crown policies that have denied and suppressed our right to use Te Reo Māori," Mr Flavell says.

Attorney General and Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi negotiations Chris Finlayson says he's happy with the proposal, but thinks a blanket apology undermines the individual ones he's delivered to iwi when they reach settlement.

"You don't need a generic apology in the Māori Language Act because the apologies are drawn from particular historical events I've covered in deeds of settlement and in particular settlement legislation.

"I'm pleased with the acknowledgement and with the forward-looking statement in the Māori Party amendment."

He believes the best way is to apologise on an individual basis.

Prime Minister John Key says the amendment is recognition the Crown hadn't met its obligation in terms of preserving the language.

The amendment has also been welcomed from Labour's Māori development spokesman Kelvin Davis, who said there should be an apology for the way Māori were punished for speaking their language.

"I don't think necessarily the iwi-by-iwi approach actually apologises directly for what's happened in terms of Te Reo and that's what this Bill is about."

He says the policies contributed to a "forgotten generation" of Te Reo speakers, and says being able to speak the language is vital to Māori.

"If we don't have Māori as a language then we really aren't Māori. I think it's essential; it's just the life-force of being Māori. If the language dies then the world has lost a taonga, a treasure."

He maintains the proposed change isn't a way to address all historic grievances around Te Reo Māori, but is more "forward-looking"….

Maori language on 'life support'
"If you compared the language now to a patient you would have to say it is still on life support," says Prof Moon.

While Prof Moon told the Paul Henry programme a national effort is needed to get it back on its feet, he warns making it compulsory to learn the language won't work.

"Compulsion never works. If you're relying on that you are saying we are giving up on any other hope that anything else is working," he says.

"It needs to be a coordinated approach and also it needs to be based on a desire to learn the language rather than people being forced into it."…

Fresh water issue of the year
Labour MP Kelvin Davis is picking fresh water ownership as having the potential to turn into this government’s foreshore and seabed debacle.

He says the emails are starting to come into his office declaring no one owns water or they don’t want race-based ownership.

He says the way water is given away for free to bottling companies and others who then commodotise it shows it is already treated as a property right.

"Obviously at some stage people can own water. People just don't want Maori's to own water. I really think this is the big discussion of this year and possibly next year. It needs to be sorted out and I think as Maori we have rights. Councils are allocating water, just not allocating it to Maori, and other people are getting rich from it," Mr Davis says……

App to change the way employees engage with Māori economy
A new bi-lingual mobile app developed by Callaghan Innovation and Auckland technology company Kiwa Digital is set to change the way employees learn te reo Māori and interact with the Māori economy.

Callaghan Innovation has launched a new app, Te Pou Herenga, that includes key Māori values, concepts and protocols that allow users to improve their knowledge and understanding of Te Ao Māori (The Māori world). Interactive features include pronunciation, maps with Māori names and tribal groups, values and principles, mihimihi / pepeha, whakataukī / proverbs, greetings, farewells, waiata, and the organisation’s own haka….


School kids help to sell North
A Whangarei charter school has brought its knowledge of Northland and Maori culture to a tourism project that will be seen around the world.

"They wanted an authentic feel to Aotearoa and to give people a glimpse of our way of living," Miss Mokaraka said.

"We got to do things like make harakeke putiputi (flax flowers) with weavers, we didn't have to try too hard," Miss Mokaraka said….

Crown acknowledges its role in te reo Māori struggle
The Māori Development Minister will move an amendment to the Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill today to acknowledge that the Crown’s past policies and practices concerning the Māori language have had a detrimental effect on generations of iwi and Māori.

“The Crown acknowledges it has contributed to the decline in Māori language and its previous actions have had a negative impact on our language and culture”, says Te Ururoa Flavell.

“Māori are familiar with the painful memories recalled by our grandparents’ and parents’ generations who were discouraged, and in some cases physically abused, for speaking te reo Māori at school or in public places.

“I hope the statement goes some way to acknowledging the pain and loss suffered as a result of successive Crown policies that have denied and suppressed our right to use te reo Māori”, he says.

“Those Treaty settlement deeds include powerful accounts about how Crown policies and practices have eroded a tribe’s ability to keep our language and culture alive.”

Mr Flavell says this amendment is not an attempt to address all historic grievances around te reo Māori.

“Importantly, the amendment to the bill is also forward-looking. It expressly states the Crown’s commitment to work in partnership with iwi and Māori to actively protect and promote te reo Māori.

“We need a collective effort from the Crown, iwi, Māori and the general public if te reo Māori is to thrive in the future.” .....

UN concern at Maori in prison
The United Nations Human Rights Committee has criticised New Zealand’s record on Maori unemployment, imprisonment, the foreshore and seabed and the Trans Pacific Partnership….

Power plants get green light
A $300-million geothermal power station expansion near Kaikohe that could provide all the Far North's electricity needs will go ahead after an appeal to the Environment court over the plan was dropped.

However, yesterday the two parties announced they had reached an agreement and the appeal had been dropped to allow the scheme to go ahead. The project will make the Far North a power exporter and, thanks to surplus heat and steam, could attract industries such as milk and timber processing to an area starved of jobs.

Top Energy has made concessions to the group and agreed not to cause or contribute to any adverse effects on the pools and the company will provide funding support for the development of Nga Waiariki pools area which are a popular tourist destination and a valuable local resource for the community.

Parahirahi C1 Trust chairman, Te Tuhi Robust described the agreement as an excellent outcome which provides more gains around technical issues within the consent. "There is nothing within the agreement that sits at odds with the law or cultural integrity for us

As part of the agreement, Top Energy has agreed not to cause or contribute to any adverse effects on the pools, which will require an independent monitoring programme to monitor fluids reinjected into the reservoir, including controls on the contents of that fluid to eliminate waste, and to ensure reinjection procedures reflect best practice.

Another condition is the appointment of a kaitiaki advisor who will advise an independent peer review panel and who will be consulted as part of Top Energy's cultural indicators monitoring programme. In addition, Top Energy will also support the trust in undertaking an annual independent scientific audit….

A hundred years on, Rua Kenana raid marked
A commemoration to mark 100 years since armed police raided Rua Kēnana's settlement in the heart of Te Urewera has sparked calls for the prophet to be pardoned.

On 2 April 1916, the pacifist prophet Rua Kēnana was arrested and his son Toko and Toko's uncle Te Maipi were shot dead during the police operation at Maungapōhatu

It's not clear who fired the first shot but the late historian Judith Binney said the evidence suggested it was the police.

Rua was later cleared of sedition charges but found morally guilty of resisting arrest. The jurors failed to reach a decision on charges of counselling others to murder….

Hopes harbour plan will revive eastern BOP economy
A project it is hoped will transform one of the country's most deprived regions is moving closer to becoming a reality.

Expressions of interest for a design and construction partner to build a year-round navigable harbour entrance in Ōpōtiki close today.

The $50 million project is seen as crucial to developing an aquaculture industry in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, that could help generate hundreds of jobs and about $33 million per year for the local economy.

Ms Farrar said the iwi's goals for the developments were the creation of more than 400 jobs, that would help bring its people home and restore the iwi to the position it enjoyed in the early days of colonisation, when it operated 13 trading ships.

"We've always traded, we were quite a wealthy tribe, a very wealthy tribe pre-1800. We want that again for our people. We want to contribute meaningfully to this community. We don't want to be a statistic."…

University and Kura experiment with science in te reo Māori
Experiments that extract DNA from saliva and use disclosing tablets to look at plaque on teeth may not be new, but the University of Otago, Wellington, (UOW) and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna are doing these experiments in te reo Māori.

Staff from the Department of Pathology at UOW recently worked with a group of 13 and14-year-old students from the Kura for a day of science, exploring how bacteria grow in your mouth.

The day was held primarily in te reo Māori, and the wānanga is part of the ongoing partnership between the Kura and the University of Otago, Wellington. Students gain NZQA credits, while UOW staff gain an appreciation of how science can be taught with te reo…..

Council wary of planned Māori freshwater role
The Northland Regional Council is uneasy at plans to give Māori more authority over freshwater.

The government is consulting on plans to amend the Resource Management Act to allow iwi and councils to work together on bylaws, consents and other statutory responsibilities.

Northland council chair Bill Shepherd said his councillors were not averse to Māori involvement but they were adamant decision-making was the job of elected councillors.

He said the council had created a Māori Advisory Committee, and took advice from it as a part of the community.

But there were many other members of the community and the ultimate authority must remain with elected members, he said.

Mr Shepherd said the government's use of the word 'iwi' in consultation documents was also problematic for Northland, where the landowners were primarily hapū - and there were 190 of them.

Maori Party commemorate 100 years since the invasion of Maungapohatu
Maori Party Co-leader, Te Ururoa Flavell, who is attending the commemoration ceremony at Maungapahatu Marae says "I am here to join with Tamakaimoana and Tahoe to remember the events that unfolded and the impact it has had on the people economically and socially."

"The re-enactment of the events of the invasion have exposed spectators to the realities Rua Kenana’s people faced a century ago and gave them a personal connection to the mistreatment, deceit and destruction that took place. As a country, we turn a blind eye on our history and that needs to stop," he says.

Maori Party Co-leader, Marama Fox, says it is important New Zealanders know the history Aotearoa is founded on.

"We celebrate things such as Halloween and Guy Fawkes, which are huge money makers for retailers, yet our tamariki do not have the option of learning about the historic events that shaped Aotearoa. It saddens me that not all New Zealanders know about our past, both good and bad," she says.

The Maori Party supports the Land Wars petition presented to Parliament by students from Otorohanga College.

"We are committed to seeing Maori history and Te Tiriti o Waitangi taught in schools. As part of our policies moving forward, we are devoted to supporting civics education and Maori history being made compulsory subjects," says Mrs Fox….

Iwi Unanimous in Supporting Legal Action Against Crown
Iwi organisations named in the Māori Fisheries Act have pledged their unanimous support for legal action being taken by Te Ohu Kaimoana (Māori Fisheries Trust) against the Government’s proposed Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary.

At the 2016 Hui a Tau (Annual General Meeting) of the Māori Fisheries Trust yesterday, iwi unanimously agreed a resolution supporting the legal action against the Sanctuary and for Te Ohu Kaimoana to continue protecting Māori fishing rights in the region.

“The role and meaning of the Fisheries Settlement between Māori and Crown is not lost on iwi. The Settlement is full and final, not only for iwi members today, but for generations to come. If they allow the government to unilaterally take away their access to fisheries piece by piece, it’s only a matter of time before the value of the Settlement is completely gone,” Te Ohu Kaimoana Chairman Jamie Tuuta said.

All iwi – not only those located in Northland – have fishing rights in FMA10, specifically including development rights to particular fisheries. These rights – like all quota rights – endure and are not limited in time irrespective of whether iwi have or have not fished in the area…

Got a job working with children? Time to learn Te Reo and diagnose rheumatic fever
Being fluent in Maori, well-versed on the Privacy Act and diagnosing rheumatic fever are just some of the things those working with children would be expected to know under a new Government proposal.

For example, those with the least child contact are expected to recognise New Zealand's bicultural partnership, those in the next tier (including teachers, nurses and doctors) would be expected to be "able to use significant kupu Maori throughout their interactions with Maori".

The next level, for those who are in senior practice positions such as school deans, the expectation is that they will be "able to use Te Reo Maori throughout interactions with Maori in a respectful, brave and deliberate way"…..

Ngai Tahu buys half of South Island rural transporter Hilton Haulage
Ngai Tahu has bought a half share of the South Island transport firm Hilton Haulage.

The company is Ngai Tahu's second investment in the transport industry after combining with central North Island iwi Tainui to buy Go Bus for $170 million two years ago….

Ministry of Justice supports greater use of te reo Maori in courts
Te reo Maori is stepping up to the bar in community law.

The Ministry of Justice has announced it will support the greater use of te reo in courtrooms.

Training and resources will be accessible to staff to help with pronunciation and understanding of te reo Maori in the opening and closing of court sessions. That includes district courts and Justice of the Peace and Community Magistrate sessions.

Ministry general manager Tony Fisher says supporting te reo makes sense.

"Using te reo Maori in court proceedings is a practical way of acknowledging that it is one of the official languages of New Zealand and it helps staff connect with New Zealand's cultural heritage."

"District courts' opening and closing sessions are already announced in te reo Maori and have been for some time. We have, however, improved the announcements sothey are more extensive and are also consistent with the announcements made in the Higher Courts."

New Zealand courts have included te reo Maori as well as English in opening and closing court announcements since August 2012.

Training for staff includes online modules, workshops and tutorials…..

NZ Land Wars need to be taught
Calls are growing for more to be taught in schools about the New Zealand Land Wars.

Last year a petition was taken to Parliament to call for a day of recognition and for the events to be part of the school curriculum, but historians say it's a part of our history that's been brushed over.

It was the darkest time in New Zealand's history, around 3000 people -- mostly Maori -- were killed in the land wars of the 1860s and 70s.

Historians say not enough New Zealanders know about this period of our past.

"The Land Wars absolutely are not being taught enough in our schools it's one of the foundations on which these countries are built," says Massey University history professor Malcolm Mulholland….

Foreign fishers benefit from Maori settlement
The Maori fisheries sector is holding its annual conference in Auckland this week, but New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is questioning how Maori it is.

Mr Peters says when the settlement was signed, head negotiator Matiu Rata said Maori could now go fishing.

To a large extent that’s not what happened.

"I have been gravely disquiet about how the process has gone from there and how much is caught by foreign crews and downstream processed by foreigners. That is not in the Maori interest and definitely not in the national interest and whilst they were warned of it, it nevertheless has happened," says Winston Peters….

Shirley Boys' and Avonside Girls' won't be changing their names
"With a school like ours, which began in 1957, if we say the past is all gone and we are a brand new school then you do that at your peril. You throw all that history away", Shirley Boys' High School principal John Laurenson said.

Laurenson was not opposed to the idea of acknowledging the school's new site using "Shirley Boys' High School at Oruapaeroa", the Maori name for the land, as an example.

Old boys, current pupils and the community would be consulted if that was proposed….

Union Jack linked to Crown by Maori
"All through Waitangi Tribunal hearings and things like that, Maori have a real affinity with the relationship with the Crown and as a result, while the symbol of the Union Jack is seen as a manifestation of colonisation, Maori people see it as a connection with the Queen as they did with Queen Victoria in 1840 when the Treaty of Waitangi was signed."…

Last iwi to settle claims in Taranaki gets mandate to start treaty talks
The last iwi group in Taranaki to settle its treaty grievances now has the mandate to begin negotiations with the Crown.

Te Runanga o Ngati Maru received 91 per cent support from its members to be the group which represents them and chairman Holden Hohaia said the Crown signed off the mandate earlier this week.

The next step is to form a team of negotiators and Hohaia said an invitation had been sent out to the entire iwi to encourage people to get involved.

Currently, there are 1777 registered members of Ngati Maru.