Jan - March 2016

Schools get to choose whether to teach land wars
Schools can teach students about the New Zealand land wars, the Ministry of Education says - but it will not force them to include it in their curriculums.

Ministry officials have appeared before the Māori Affairs Select Committee, which is considering a 12,000 strong petition calling for a day to mark the land wars and for the history of those events to be taught at schools.

Almost 3000 people, most of whom were Māori, died in the conflicts between government forces and Māori.

The petition argues that there is not enough awareness about New Zealand wars and that the events should be part of the school curriculum.

Ministry associate deputy secretary Karl Le Quesne said it supported students learning about the New Zealand wars but it would not attempt to make it compulsory…..

Marae justice panels get strong backing
An expansion of a radical pilot that allows adults to avoid court and criminal convictions for low-level offences has strong backing, including from Police Commissioner Mike Bush.

Three pilot iwi justice panels - also known as marae justice panels - have been running in Manukau, Gisborne and Lower Hutt since July 2014. A similar community justice panel operates in Christchurch.

Police steer some low-level offenders to the panels instead of court. Offenders must be adults, must intimate guilt or admit the offence, and the offence must carry a maximum penalty of six months' imprisonment or less…..

TPP to boost Māori economy by $200m, MPs told
MPs have been told benefits from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will boost the Māori economy by hundreds of millions of dollars.

The country's lead TPP negotiator, David Walker, appeared before the Māori Affairs Select Committee this morning.

Mr Walker told the committee that Māori own between 10 and 40 percent of New Zealand's key primary sector assets.

Meanwhile, Māori claimants remain unconvinced the government has acted in their best interests in negotiating the TPP….

Human remains halt work on Waikato Expressway
Anthropologists are working to find out more about human remains that were uncovered during work on a new section of the Waikato Expressway.

Work has been halted after the discovery of the bones, known as koiwi, near Huntly on Tuesday.

Contractors found a skull while laying a culvert. Digging was immediately called off while local iwi were notified.

Hamilton highway manager Kaye Clark says following a blessing at the site, the koiwi will be sent to researchers in Auckland, and reinterred at Taupiri Urupa by kaumatua after they have been examined.

"We've immediately gone into our protocols we have with Waikato Tainui for what we do when that happens," she says.

“Our protocols include provisions for kaitiaki (guardians) from iwi to work on site, as needed, to monitor earthworks as they unfold. This discovery was made by the kaitiaki and the project archaeologists working alongside each other, which is exactly what should happen."….

Teachers encouraged to lift their game with Māori students
Students may all be created equal, but a new guide is encouraging teachers to be culturally engaged when dealing with Māori students. Te Mata o Te Tau, the Academy for Māori Research and Scholarship has released a good teaching practice guide aimed at increasing Māori student retention and success at Massey University.

You can miss-pronounce someone’s name once or twice and you’ll be forgiven, but after that people begin to feel you don’t actually care about who they are.” She says teachers also have to understand the Māori concept of holistic wellbeing and how this translates into teaching and learning for example developing an environment that allows students to support each other and learn from each other…..

Natural baths closed to public
Whakarewarewa Village locals in Rotorua are fed up with members of the public using their natural mineral baths. The pools are administered by a Māori Trust who only allows members of the trust and local sub-tribes to use the baths.

Descendants of Tūhourangi/ Ngāti Wāhiao have been using this natural resource since the early 1800's.

Local Villager, Wharekahika Clarke says that “It’s about stopping those who aren’t from the village coming in and enjoying our luxuries such as the baths. Stopping all the vandalism and disrespecting our elders.”

Signs have been erected to remind members of the public the baths can only be used by Tūhourangi, Ngāti Wāhiao descendants……

Iwi concerns delay cafe plan for Putaruru's Blue Springs
Plans to build a restaurant and cafe beside a popular South Waikato tourist destination have been delayed for iwi to have their say, angering the woman behind the plan.

Raukawa have expressed concerns over the scale and intensity of the development applicant Cheryl Waite plans to build beside the Te Waihou Blue Springs in Putaruru.

But applicant Cheryl Waite, who owns Waihou Lodge & Blue Springs Farmstay, said it was ridiculous that the local iwi had to have a say on the development given she was trying to better the area…..

Waikato-Tainui partners with Wellington iwi trust
A powerhouse tribal organisation in Waikato is keen to enter commercial partnerships with a struggling Wellington iwi trust.

Waikato-Tainui and the Port Nicholson Settlement Trust signed a new agreement this afternoon.

It enables the trust, which is running at a loss, to call on Waikato-Tainui and its $1.2 billion asset base for future commercial ventures.

Mr Fox said there was enormous potential to benefit the parties' members and beneficiaries through cultural and commercial collaboration.

Waikato-Tainui also has a similar covenant in place with Ngāi Tahu.

Waikato-Tainui chief executive Parekawhia McLean said the agreement cemented the whanaungatanga relationship between Taranaki Whānui Ki Te Upoko o Te Ika and Waikato-Tainui.

She said it would open the way for jointly pursuing social, cultural and commercial opportunities…..

Plan change to enable papakainga developments
Traditional Maori communities could be re-established in Northland, if changes to council rules governing the 5 per cent of Whangarei land held in multiple Maori ownership go through.

The council's planning committee chairman, Greg Innes, described the plan as "on a leading edge". But while the committee's Maori adviser, Juliane Chetham, agreed it was a good first step, she said many barriers remained to the development of the land.

About 14,350ha, 5 per cent of the Whangarei district's total 282,000ha, is ancestral Maori land held in 868 individual parcels, mostly near the western boundary of the district and along the eastern coastline.

Ms Chetham said the plan change could help re-establish traditional Maori communities in Northland.

"The provisions allow for that kind of holistic community that [Maori] used to have. That could include marae, kohanga, elderly housing, health-related facilities and even environmental facilities," she said….

Iwi calls Crown on consultation but backs Kermadecs marine sanctuary
A Northland iwi is calling on the Government to guarantee Maori fishing rights aren't wiped out if the proposed marine sanctuary in the Kermadec Islands goes ahead.

Te Aupouri says the Crown showed a "disappointing" level of consultation over the plan, contacting its chairman Riki Witana just a matter of hours before the sanctuary was announced at the United Nations by Prime Minister John Key last September.

The "level of discussion and involvement was vastly inadequate," Witana said.

However, he supported the sanctuary, saying it was "ground breaking" and that Te Aupouri would be included in the sanctuary's governance.

There was no fish hooks in Te Aupouri's support, but Witana said it did not want Maori fishing rights around the islands to be "extinguished unilaterally".

"The Kermadec Islands are where we fished, repaired our waka and took respite and refuge on our ocean voyages. It is a place where, in contemporary times, we have fished.

"Each and every iwi in Aotearoa have rights to fisheries in the Kermadec region through the Māori Fisheries Settlement."

Tuna fishing leader Charles Hufflett​ of the Solander Group said everyone supported the sanctuary but the lack of consultation set a grave precedent for areas outside territorial waters.

"Inside the 12 miles, the new MPA [Marine Protected Area] bill set before Parliament says it will consult, you've got to talk to everybody but the Government said outside, they'll make up their own mind and not consult.

"So it's far broader than just the Kermadecs. There's a serious matter of principle here….

Hui Ahurei o Tūhoe - Independence can become a reality
Some descendants believe Tūhoe's goal for self-determination will be a major challenge.

Paki Nikora from Ngāti Rongo says, “They say self-determination lies with the tribe. But to me, there are two issues, self-determination of sub-tribes and self-determination of tribes as a whole. Which one takes precedence?”

Te Uru Taumatua (TUT) is the governing body for the tribe and is responsible for managing the tribe's assets. TUT Chairman Tamati Kruger says the tribe wants to take over welfare payments, schools, healthcare and housing within its tribal area from Whakatāne south to Lake Waikaremoana…..

Ngati Porou runanganui frustrated
Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou told NZPAM it was frustrated at the lack of “early and meaningful” engagement with government officials regarding oil and gas issues, and said it should be the decision-makers on activities affecting resources within Ngati Porou territory. The runanganui wanted any area within its rohe to be excluded from Block Offer 2016.

“However, if the Crown proceeds to include this area, TRONPnui requests that they be included in the evaluation and selection for tenders within their rohe and in deciding conditions to be imposed.”

NZPAM rebuffed TRONP’s assertion that “the Treaty of Waitangi must be the centre of Crown-Maori relationship in respect to mineral resources”. It issued the runanganui with a Crown minerals protocol setting out how consultation would occur…..

UN last option for belittled claimants
Waitangi Tribunal claimants have asked the United Nations to look at whether proposed reforms to Maori land law are contrary to the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

In a letter to the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, claimants Marise Lant, David Hawea, Owen Lloyd, Maanu Paul and Rihari Dargaville say they fear the Government will ignore the tribunal’s finding and push ahead with the introduction of Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill.

The claimants says a response from the UN Bodies would assist the Government as it needs to understand its responsibilities under the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples…

Māori complain to UN over land reforms
A complaint has been laid with the United Nations about proposed changes to Māori land laws.

Waitangi Tribunal claimants have sent a letter to the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights.

It accuses the government of breaching the Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People in its review of the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act.

The review aims to make it easier to use Māori land but claimants say the process is flawed and their sovereignty is under threat…..

Iwi essential to future job vision
Labour leader Andrew Little says Maori need to play a major role in disuccsions about where jobs will be in the future.

One idea is partnering with Maori in a post-Treaty settlement era - through the Government facilitating strategic partnerships between iwi, business, and third parties to develop the Maori economy…..

Hawera's historic pa site Turuturu Mokai status changed to Wahi Tapu
A historic Hawera pa site has a new status as an old reserve.

Turuturu Mokai, also the site of an abandoned council dump, has been named Wahi Tapu under the Heritage NZ Pouhere Taonga Act 2014, in recognition of it's national historical significance.

Heritage NZ central general manager Claire Craig said it was upgraded from a previously held category two historic place listing which applied to monuments located within the pa boundaries.

"We would hope that it provides greater recognition of the site and that supports iwi or hapu ambitions for it," she said….

In a practical sense, she said it could open up the site owners, Ngati Tupaia​ hapu, to some national funding which would help with associated costs. She said it would only affect management of the site if owners tried to "drastically change" how it was used.

Ngati Tupaia hapu secretary Aroha Houston said that when she thought Wahi Tapu, she thought of respect for the site where her people lay.

"Wahi Tapu, you treat it with respect, it is sacred to indigenous people, to us as Maori," she said.

"In our minds of our people, it's still ours."….

Resource Teacher Māori Service - upcoming consultation
In May, we will be seeking views about how the Resource Teacher Māori service can best meet the needs of sector. Any changes to the service will happen in 2018.

Currently, the service’s primary purpose is to assist principals and teachers to provide programmes of work for new entrants to year 8 students in Māori immersion schools and settings….

Kermadec ocean sanctuary: a 'dangerous' precedent for Maori rights?
Maori are fighting to keep fishing in the Kermadecs and there are growing concerns they may have further battles with the Government.

Academic and Ngai Tahu elder Sir Tipene O'Regan says the Government's Kermadec ocean sanctuary was in principle "dangerous" to iwi fishing rights.

"Where does it stop?" he said.

"You can see the Auckland Islands fishery, the Southern Ocean fishery, the Ross Sea fishery...you can see all those coming in for the same kind of treatment."

Te Ohu Kaimoana have taken the Government to court. It was a "last resort" for them.

"We want a declaration that what the Government had undertaken is wrong," Tuuta said.

Although the Prime Minister has ruled out compensating iwi, Tuuta thought it could be "highly likely".

The problem was putting a price on "perpetual rights" of a whole indigenous people. Traditional models of compensation look at catch history as a basis, but in this case iwi hadn't developed the area, Tuuta said.

"We'd probably want to get a better understanding of what that compensation package," he said.

But Tuuta said their stance was about ensuring fishing rights, not about cash payments…..

Nurses learn te reo to bond with Māori patients
Nursing students at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Taradale are learning Te Reo Māori in an effort to help connect with more Māori patients. Efforts that will see more Te Reo Māori spoken in the health sector.

Basic greetings are at the core of their learning to help break the ice when engaging with patients…..

Maori mix makes for better building
One of the people behind a project to give engineering, architecture and planning students an appreciation of Maori culture says it can save a lot of trouble and expense.

Dr Kepa Morgan from the University of Auckland says while one aim of Te Whaihanga is to help people in those professions work better with Maori clients and stakeholders, all people in New Zealand will benefit from a built environment that reflects the country’s unique cultural mix.

He says in the past Waitangi Tribunal claims around poorly positioned engineering projects ended up with resources being wasted when projects had to be canned….

Iwi authority worried for Auckland's views
The Tūpuna Maunga Authority says Auckland Council has failed to consult with it over housing intensity proposals that could reduce mountain views across the city.

Authority chairman Paul Majurey said volcanic cones were among the city's most significant features - culturally, archaeologically and geologically.

The lack of consultation was disappointing, he said.

"Auckland Council is at risk of ignoring the deep historical, spiritual and cultural significance of Auckland's volcanic cones - not just to mana whenua, but all parts of our community."

"[But] what is to be remembered is Auckland Council is half of the partnership and co-governance arrangement that gave rise to the Tūpuna Maunga Authority through the Tāmaki Collective Settlement….

Historic landing place marked
The historical significance of one of Dunedin's first landing sites - for Maori and Pakeha - has been acknowledged by Heritage New Zealand.

Otakou kaumatua Edward Ellison told those present the recognition of the site was important to the area's tangata whenua.

‘‘For us, it's an important way of bringing our history back to acknowledge it and to celebrate it,'' he said.

‘‘This is an important ancestral landmark for us.''

While the plaque marked a ‘‘small'' acknowledgement of Otakou's history, it was only the beginning of more reclamation of the runanga's ancestry, he said.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said he was pleased to increase the public's understanding of Toitu.

‘‘Toitu goes back before Dunedin's beginnings and has been here for all that time.‘‘….

Labour MPs backing war vets
Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri says the government has been negligent in their treatment of Māori war veterans. Whaitiri says that treatment has led some soldiers to alcoholism, which had a huge impact on generations in her electorate.

Meka Whaitiri hasn't seen action in war, but she says Māori veterans have been let down by the government, “There’s definitely a case to say many of our returning war veterans after putting their lives on the line they didn't receive the same treatment as pākehā.”

Whaitiri says the stories she has heard from Māori veterans are heart breaking and says the battle scars run deep, “Alcoholism was rife, and we’ve heard that in front of the tribunal. We also heard of family violence because they weren't treated in the same regard as others.”

Māori Labour MPs are backing Māori veterans tabling their grievances in a hearing to the Waitangi Tribunal.

This includes the repatriation of around 60 soldiers who lie buried in countries like Malaysia.

Kelvin Davis says the cost to bring them home is worth it.

“Cost isn't an issue. If the families want their family member back, then they should be repatriated,” says Davis.

The price of citizenship has been huge for Māori, and it's hoped that it hasn't been in vain.

Iwi closely watches govt moves on water ownership
The debate over water rights is heating up as the government takes its plans for reform around the country.

The government maintains the line that "no one owns the water", which is something iwi leaders are watching carefully as a consultation process on water reforms takes place.

To the west of Whangarei is Porotī Springs; its waters flow down the Waipao Stream from Whatitiri Mountain.

For the past 500 years, three hapū have lived there - an occupation recognised by two government titles.

The legal title to Porotī Springs was given to Māori trustees in the 1890s, and their treaty claim over the resource has been central to Māori claims over freshwater.

While the three hapū own the springs, any say in who uses the water in the spring is left to local and regional councils…..

PM stands firm on Kermadec sanctuary
A giant ocean sanctuary around the Kermadecs is New Zealand's gift to world conservation, says Prime Minister John Key, as his government prepares to fight a challenge to it from Maori fishing interests.

A bill to create an enormous sanctuary in the area northeast of New Zealand passed through parliament unanimously last week but Te Ohu Kaimoana, the Maori Fisheries Trust, says it has now filed papers in the High Court at Wellington to block the plan.

It says it would "extinguish all iwi customary commercial and non-commercial fishing rights" in the area.

But Mr Key says the government will be sticking to its guns over the plan, which has wide political support.

"Parliament is supreme, it can pass whatever law it wants," he told TV3's Paul Henry programme….

A further article on the above here > http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/key-parliaments-wishes-supreme-over-treaty-2016032108

Protest highlights petroleum exploration concerns in NZ
Te Rarawa Chairman Haami Piripi says the iwi is looking to conduct direct negotiations with oil companies.

This follows the government's announcement that it will be offering five off-shore and on-shore blocks for petroleum exploration at the petroleum conference in Auckland today.

Petroleum exploration is a heated topic, with Te Rarawa already having an established relationship with oil company, Statoil. Their Chairman says they will have to resort to that tactic again.

"If the government continues with their plans, it's only right that we continue talking with companies who are successful in obtaining (petroleum exploration) licenses", says Haami Piripi, Chairman of Te Runanga o Te Rarawa…..

Law firm aims to attract more Māori and Pacific Island graduates
Law firm Russell McVeagh wants to attract more Māori and Pacific Island graduates.

For the past two years, law firm Russell McVeagh has been implementing diversity initiatives throughout its business especially focusing on attracting more Māori and Pacific Island graduates….

Māori war vets take claim to tribunal
The Waitangi Tribunal is hearing claims from Northland Māori war veterans and their families at historic Otiria Marae near Kaikohe.

The veterans have said, while war took a terrible toll on all who fought, the consequences for Māori were disastrous.

Evidence to be heard this week was expected to include the stories of men who went to war healthy and sober and returned traumatised - drinking, smoking and violent.

The veterans said many returned to find their ancestral land had been taken by the Crown and given in resettlement schemes to Pākehā soldiers.

Today, one Māori war veteran made an emotional plea for the government to repatriate the remains of soldiers killed overseas in places like Malaysia.

Major Rihari Shepherd, who served in Malaysia and Vietnam, said about 60 soldiers were buried in Asian countries in cemeteries that were in some cases neglected and full of rubbish….

Ngāti Wai concerned over potential impact of Kermadec Sanctuary
Ngāti Wai's economic development base will be badly affected if commercial fishing in the sea surrounding the Kermadec Islands is banned.

That's according to the chair of the Ngāti Wai Trust Board, Haydn Edmonds, who disputes the Crown's decision to turn the area into a sanctuary.

Under their Deed of Settlement, Ngāti Kuri are deemed the tangata whenua of the Kermadecs and strongly support the proposed sanctuary.

Harry Burkhardt says, “My view is we need to be protecting our rights and interests and our obligation space and it doesn’t matter who the government is, I think we'll always be having that conversation.”

But that's not to say they don't support TOKM who have taken the issue to the High Court….

Maori bankers get career help
Some of New Zealand's largest companies are signing on to a programme aimed at helping Maori staff move into the ranks of management.

The Whakaterehia Maori Acceleration Programme started as a partnership between Te Puni Kokiri and ASB Bank, and now includes Fletcher Building, Fonterra, Mainfreight and Vector….

Buildings blessed at upgraded Marlborough marae
More than 500 people attended a dawn blessing ceremony of new buildings at Te Hora Marae in Canvastown on Saturday.

The ceremony celebrated the opening of a new whare kai, or dining hall, and refurbished whare moe, a sleeping house, at the marae, which acts as a base for Top of the South iwi Ngati Kuia.

Te Hora Marae chairman Peter Hemi said many iwi members had put time and effort into the $1.5 million upgrade.

The renovation saw the marae transformed from two tin garages to what Hemi described as a "luxury marae".

The dining hall had the latest appliances, an outdoor cooking area, a walk-in chiller, preparation area and dishwasher.

A sprinkler system had been installed throughout the marae, Hemi said.

New carpet had been put into the sleeping house, which was re-lined and re-carpeted.

The new buildings made it easier to cater for large numbers of people during hui, or meetings, and tangi, funerals, at the marae, Hemi said. ….

Preparing architects, planners and engineers to work with Māori
A two-year project has been launched at the University of Auckland called Te Whaihanga: Preparing students to work with Māori, in collaboration with AKO Aotearoa through a national project award.

Building on seed funding from the University of Auckland’s Te Whare Kura initiative, the project aims to develop a range of teaching resources specifically for students studying professionally accredited programmes in planning, architecture and engineering.

The project will ensure that future generations of built environment professionals are better prepared to work with Māori professionals, iwi representatives and community and papakāinga developers in their day-to-day work…..

Govt taken to court over Kermadec sanctuary
The Government is being taken to court by the Maori Fisheries Trust over plans to create a vast ocean sanctuary around the Kermadecs.

Around 620,000 square kilometres in the north eastern corner of New Zealand's exclusive economic zone is flagged to become the reserve -- but there's a catch: the area is part of a Treaty settlement which gives Maori fishing rights.

The trust, also called Te Ohu Kaimoana, says the proposed marine sanctuary extinguishes all iwi customary commercial and non-commercial fishing rights in the area, secured under a pan-iwi, pan-Maori agreement with the Government in 1992.

Part of the deal guarantees Maori would be involved in Crown decisions regarding the management of fisheries and ecosystems, but Te Ohu Kaimoana alleges this hasn't happened with the sanctuary proposal…..

A further link re Kermadec fiasco here > http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2016/03/maori-party-makes-national-its-bitch-over-kermadecs/

Solid Energy sell-off slap in face
The proposed sell-off of Solid Energy lands in Huntly is a breach of good faith undertakings given to Waikato-Tainui in their Treaty of Waitangi settlement reached 20yrs ago, says Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta.

"There are core principles which inform the right of first refusal mechanisms in the Waikato-Tainui Settlement. The principle of returning land wrongly confiscated in the region was an important matter.

"Waikato-Tainui have sought a Crown injunction on the actions of Solid Energy as the proposed tender will inflate the cost of some of its land parcels that should be offered back to the tribe first.

"It's this type of cavalier behaviour that breaches faith in the Crown’s commitment to its Treaty Settlement obligation.

Goff 'abandons his previous big promises on Super City'
Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer has dug out Labour’s 2011 General Election manifesto when Phil Goff was Labour Party leader which shows the mayoral candidate has clearly walked away from his promises five years ago to significantly change the Super City.

"When he was Opposition leader he talked a really big game on what he and the Labour Party were going to change in the Super City. Now five years on, he has completely abandoned all his past promises of structural reform and stronger democracy.

"As Labour leader he promised to ‘fix the Super City’s democracy’, power up the local boards, dump the Independent Maori Statutory Board and replace them with elected Maori seats, and get rid of the current Auckland Transport CCO described by Labour back then as a ‘corporatised transport agency’. Goff was also going to set up a ‘Common Accountability Platform for Auckland’ to ensure better alignment of central and local government priorities.

"He’s now not prepared to push for any reforms to the democratic structure of Auckland Council. He’s not campaigning on powering up the local boards, nor is he pushing to ditch the IMSB which is set to stay if he gets his way….

Iwi vows to stop 'culturally insensitive' burials at sea
A Northland iwi is vowing to stop any future burials at sea in its area, describing the practice as culturally offensive.

Ocean burials are regulated by the Environmental Protection Authority and restricted to just five locations around the country.

Northland iwi Ngati Kahu says it wasn't aware the practice was going ahead when Roy Gaensicke was buried in an ocean site covered by the tribe in 2014.

"The cultural imperative is that we do not mix tupapaku (body of the deceased) with kai. And the sea, of course, is literally our food pantry," Anahera Herbert, Ngati Kahu spokesperson told ONE News.

The Environmental Protection Authority is considering iwi concerns about burials at sea.

Regardless, Ngati Kahu says the burial of Roy Gaensicke will be the last in its Far North waters.

Next month, the Government will issue a response to a major report on overhauling burial and cremation laws……

Funding squeeze costs Maori support
The Tertiary Education Union says almost half the positions set up by universities and polytechs to support Maori students have gone.

Maori vice-president James Houkamau says since the incoming National Government replaced funding tagged for Maori support with general equity funding, there has been a process of whitestreaming…

Further article on the above here > http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTMxMzg=/View%20on%20whitestreaming%20different%20from%20whiteboard

NorthTec rejects proposed restructure
Northland’s largest tertiary provider, NorthTec has rejected a proposal to restructure its management to enable the establishment of a new Maori advisory role.

But NorthTec will now create a new Advisor Maori role and keep the tertiary provider’s current Senior Management Team.

On behalf of NorthTec's Chief Executive Paul Binney, the statement says, “This position is specifically designed to assist NorthTec to improve educational outcomes for Māori students and to increase further the organisation’s engagement with Māori stakeholders.”

Battle for Maori Land Wars public holiday moves to Parliament
King Tuheitia is gathering a panel to decide a date for the proposed holiday following a petition to recognise the battles that killed thousands in the 19th century.

"It's a country that is in such denial. Pakeha doesn't even know its past, we should be coming together," says New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd.

King Tuheitia plans to call Maori together next month to choose a date to put to the Government, for a public holiday to mark all the New Zealand land wars…..

Iwi still worried about TPP
Māori claimants remain unconvinced the government has acted in their best interests in negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

But lead claimants counsel Annette Sykes said that was not good enough.

"The claimants clearly object to the authority of the Crown to negotiate such an agreement alone ... and the inadequacy of the Treaty of Waitangi exception because it provides a contingent that is incomplete, contestable and hence ineffective protection for Māori interests."

After today, the tribunal would decide whether that provision effectively protected the interests of Māori….

Bank develops Maori leaders
Two years ago, ASB Bank recognised its staff who identified as Maori were under-represented in its workforce and in management roles. This awareness led to a small but strong group of Maori leaders within the bank conceiving a programme to encourage diversity and inclusion.

The Whakaterehia Maori Acceleration Programme, run in partnership with Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Maori Development) and now in its second year, is aimed at supercharging the development of Maori managers and aspiring managers.

Angela Busby, ASB Securities Principal, says they wanted to create a programme that would develop a strong, vibrant and supportive Maori whanau within the bank, and a Maori talent pipeline to generate greater competition for senior roles and attract more Maori to the industry.

Suggested Auckland stadium site surprises Maori landowners
A site behind Auckland's old railway station suggested as a possible location for a waterfront stadium is "fraught", the landowner says.

Local iwi Ngati Whatua Orakei is surprised commentators calling for Auckland to build a new national stadium have pointed to the area east of the historic station and next to Vector Arena.

"There's some difficulties associated with that site," Rob Hutchison, chief executive of the iwi's commercial arm Whai Rawa, said…..

Let's have two flags: One for Maori and one for New Zealand
Another factor has emerged in the flag debate - should the Maori flag have equal status to the New Zealand one?

Supporters of the tino rangatiratanga flag are calling for the symbolic banner to become official and fly right next to the country's flag - whichever one is chosen.

The Maori flag does not have official status currently, and Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox wants that to change.

"This is not about separatism, this is about unifying our nation to accept actually that there is more than one predominant culture who lives here….

Maori shut out of prison rehab
A prison reform advocate says the refusal by Corrections and other government agencies to partner with Maori has resulted in a succession of ineffective rehabilitation programmes.

In June the Waitangi Tribunal will look at high imprisonment and reoffending rates among Maori.

"Government agencies generally have addressed or attempted to close the gap by addressing the need as as they see them but have often cut Maori out of the action and have not allowed Maori organisations or services to be run by Maori for Maori within those entities or organisations," Mr Workman says….

NUMA Opens Doors for Hone Harawira
Former MP Hone Harawira joined forces with the National Urban Maori Authority after being largely ignored by Iwi and local Social Service providers.

The Mana Party leader and Kaitaia-based ANT Trust executive, told Radio Waatea 603am host Dale Husband, he approached NUMA executives Willie Jackson and John Tamihere after a programme he devised to support whanau in Kaitaia fell on deaf ears.

“The truth is they (local providers) weren’t particularly interested so I thought if that’s your attitude good luck to you,” Hone said.

“I ran into Willie and JT and they said to me, ‘how can we help’ which started the relationship between the ANT Trust and NUMA.”…

Govt to consider Kermadec compensation
After ruling out compensation for iwi affected by a proposed Kermadec ocean sanctuary, the Government has buckled to pressure and will now consider it.

The Maori Party has met with Environment Minister Nick Smith, who agreed to talks with iwi on compensation in return for the Maori Party supporting the Bill.

Dr Smith says Maori with rights to fish in the region haven't done so for years, and the total fishing take was only around 20 tonnes a year.

The sanctuary would create an area of 620,000 square kilometres -- almost as large as France -- where fishing and mining would be banned.

"The Kermadec ocean sanctuary is twice the land area of New Zealand and is a significant global commitment to improved protection of the ocean environment," Dr Smith said yesterday….

Maori roles being replaced at unis -- report
Maori roles at universities are being replaced by general ones as schools try to cut costs, the Tertiary Education Union says.

The union's report into the process called "whitestreaming" has found the practice is now widespread at all eight of the country's universities, 13 of the 18 polytechnics and even one wananga.

Whitestreaming is the replacement of Maori roles and services with generalised ones, such as swapping Maori support officers for general support officers.

TEU national president Sandra Grey has called for the government to restore equity funding to bring back the roles.

TEU's Maori vice-president James Houkamau said the report showed a lack of commitment to Maori students.

"Our institutions have failed to invest in their Maori students and they're neglecting their duties under Te Tiriti o Waitangi," he said…..

Three Treaty settlement bills pass first reading
The Te Atiawa Claims Settlement Bill, the Taranaki Iwi Claims Settlement Bill and the Rangitāne o Manawatu Claims Settlement Bill passed their first readings today in Parliament during extended sitting hours, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced.

When enacted, the bills will give effect to the deeds of settlement signed between Te Atiawa and the Crown on 9 August 2014, Taranaki Iwi and the Crown on 5 September 2015, and Rangitāne o Manawatū and the Crown on 14 November 2015.

The three settlements all include an agreed historical account, Crown acknowledgements and apology as well as cultural, financial and commercial redress in recognition of the Crown’s historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi.

“The unanimous support for the bills shows how important the House of Representatives regards these settlements as being for iwi, the Crown and all New Zealanders.

“While the Crown can never fully compensate for the wrongs of the past, these settlements will enable Te Atiawa, Taranaki Iwi and Rangitāne o Manawatū to focus on developing a strong cultural and economic future for their people,” Mr Finlayson said….

Iwi leaders join UN scrutiny
New Zealand’s performance on the treaty of Waitangi, indigenous rights, privatisation of prisons and the Trans Pacific Partnership will be raised this week at the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

It’s part of a regular review to monitor compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Peace Movement Aotearoa says this country’s lack of constitutional and legal protection for civil and political rights will be among the issues raised at Geneva.

The National Iwi Chairs Forum, the Aotearoa Indigenous Rights Trust, the new Zealand Law Society and New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd are also among those raising issues.

The government will be represented by Justice Minister Amy Adams and officials from Justice and Foreign Affairs.

Stranded orca blessed before burial at Patea Beach
About 8am on Monday the Department of Conservation announced the whale had died before a blessing and burial ceremony was held on the beach

Iwi members, Patea residents, DOC staff and police attended the ceremony where Kaumatua Syd Kershaw blessed the mammal before it was dragged up the beach by a digger and into a large hole.

A rahui has been placed on an area of the beach and will last a month, Ngapari Nui, of Ngati Ruanui said.

"Maori see the whale as a person so we have the same mourning process, which is the reason for the rahui."….

Waikato-Tainui want court action over disputed farmland
The break up of ailing state-owned mining company Solid Energy has hit a legal hurdle with iwi saying farms currently offered for sale should be offered to them first.

Waikato-Tainui will file an statement of claim in the High Court in Hamilton ​on Tuesday, to stop debt-laden Solid Energy from proceeding with a tender process on land subject to a right or first refusal (RFR).

The company must meet any obligations like Waikato-Tainui's right of first refusal or the offer-back provisions of the Public Works Act, he said.

Solid Energy has a responsibility to ensure openness, transparency and market-competitiveness in relation to the sale of assets, he said……

Māori public health expert joins Massey

Māori knowledge about healthy living needs to be resuscitated, says Associate Professor Marewa Glover, who recently joined Massey University’s School of Public Health in a newly created role.

Dr Glover, a behavioural scientist, brings 23 years’ experience working in public health. She started in health promotion before moving into policy, then to research on how to reduce smoking rates.

As an Associate Professor in public health, Dr Glover will supervise Master’s and Doctoral students, and deliver lectures within existing public health papers…..

Maori language a treasure for all
The chief executive of Te Mangai Paho, John Bishara, is looking forward to working more closely with iwi and Maori language groups once the new Te Reo Maori Bill becomes law.

The revised bill now before parliament leaves the Maori broadcast funding agency and Maori Language Commission as crown agencies, but it sets up a new body, Te Matawai, to allow Maori to develop their own strategy for revitalising the language.

"Maori language isn’t just iwi's taonga. Maori language is everyone's taonga. If it was fish or forests of course iwi should own it, but Maori language, not necessarily. No one owns the reo, the reo has its own mana, and we should all be in there supporting it and making sure it stays as a pinnacle of Maori culture," he says…..

PM defends 'racist' TVNZ survey
Prime Minister John Key says he does not have a problem with a question in a TVNZ survey which has been labelled racist by Maori MPs.

Mr Key says the question is a legitimate one to ask.

"I mean we're partners together.

"The point of which we signed the treaty - it was the foundation stone of modern New Zealand, but it was the foundation stone of where we were equal and treated equally, and I think my own view is that the government should fund on the basis of need not on the basis of race."

Labour leader Andrew Little said the question did not need to be included in the survey, as it presupposed something that smacked of prejudice.

Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis said the question was designed to incite racial intolerance and he wanted it withdrawn.

"I was left thinking, what's special about having our land stolen from us, higher Māori incarceration rate, worst health outcomes, lower educational outcomes - just what exactly is the special treatment we're getting?"

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei disagreed and said the questions were a disgraceful approach to serious issues facing Māori in Aotearoa.

"What exactly are they asking people about? Are they asking people about having Treaty rights recognised and reparation for land stolen by the Crown, are they talking about the special treatment of not getting access to housing or our parents being kicked out of bars for being Māori?

The Human Rights Commission was also looking into the issue, and said the question about Māori receiving special treatment assumed that was the case…..

Maori Party calls for changes to justice system
The Maori Party is calling for sweeping changes to the justice system, as the Waitangi Tribunal agrees to hear a case against the Department of Corrections.

Maori make up 15 percent of the population, but more than 50 percent of the prison population.

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox says she hopes the tribunal case will lead to a shake-up of how Maori are treated by the justice system.

"We need to ensure that we are addressing the issues in the system that is causing those numbers. We also need to look at the dysfunction it causes in families and the continuous cycle that it embeds in our society."

Since 1981, more Maori have been imprisoned than any other ethnicity.

Government is doing enough for Maori in prisons - Key
The Prime Minister is adamant the Government is doing enough to prevent recidivism amongst Maori.

The United Nations has voiced its concern regarding the over-representation of Maori in prisons and now a group of lawyers is taking the Department of Corrections to the Waitangi Tribunal.

John Key said the case has been brought by a former corrections officer and said the Government tried to get it struck out.

He said the Government is turning every prison in New Zealand into a working prison.

"If you go out to Wiri, you don't just sit around all day. You actually get a skill in terms of a trade of some sort. Every prisoner that wants a drug or alcohol programme now gets that."

Key said the Government doesn't send people to prison, the courts do.

But a criminal justice watchdog says the Department of Corrections is not only unfair to Maori, it's costing other taxpayers as well.

A lawyer says the Crown has an obligation to advance and protect the interests of Maori, and could be in trouble for not doing so.

Chen Palmer public law expert James Dunne said: "When you look at those figures, which do show that Maori are more likely to be arrested, more likely to be charged, more likely to be convicted, whatever the Crown is going in terms of criminal justice, it's not living up to it's obligations to Maori."…

Young Maori offenders helped into hands-on driver licence classes
Authorities sending young Maori offenders to hands-on learner licence classes are hoping to steer their lives back on track.

Probation officers are referring community-based offenders, who are under 25 and identify as Maori, into kinesthetic learning classes run by iHow Limited.

Since July, 50 offenders have obtained their learner licence in the Community Corrections Lower North region including 16 from the Hutt Valley. Just one failed on their first attempt, but returned to pass….

Land law reform hits treaty hurdle
Claimants questioning the fast track reform of Maori land law are celebrating a Waitangi Tribunal report that upholds their concerns.

The tribunal found the decision to rewrite the 1993 Te Ture Whenua Maori Act was made without finding out whether the law is working, so neither treaty partner has been properly informed throughout the process.

It says the crown does not have enough support from Maori for the bill to go ahead.

He says it’s no point changing the law to promote Maori land development without making available the estimated $1billion in funding needed…..

Māori land rates - have your say
Have your say
What is your opinion on reducing the rates collected from Maori land in Auckland to reflect restrictions on its use?

The Annual Budget consultation is open now until 4pm, 24 March.

Make sure you have your say on this, and other aspects of the budget, by heading to shapeauckland.co.nz for the full consultation document and other information to help you make your mind up. …

Archaeological significance hopes to halt special housing
About 300 people joined hands in Mangere today in a bid to stop a housing project on what an archaeologist calls "the paddock next to Stonehenge".

Mr Veart said about 100,000 years ago our distant ancestors set off from Africa to colonise the world, and the last place on the planet they reached was Aotearoa, and one of the first places they reached was Otuataua….

Mayor to mentor young Maori leader
Nelson City Council Mayor Rachel Reese will be mentoring this year’s TUIA candidate, Liam Doherty, throughout the year to come.

TUIA is a nationwide programme designed to develop the leadership capacity of young Mūori (rangatahi) with mentoring by the Mayor of his or her district or city…

DOC and iwi determined to keep world's clearest lake pristine
Lake Rotomairewhenua, or the Blue Lake, is located in the Nelson Lakes National Park, but can only be accessed by two days' walk or by helicopter, provided you have the appropriate permit.

The waters are sacred to Ngati Apa, who traditionally only used it to prepare bodies….

Maori alphabet

Government departments responsible for survival of te reo Maori.
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox says the new Te Reo Maori Bill should put pressure on mainstream government departments to do more to revitalise the Maori language.

Ms Fox says once the board is passed, efforts can be made to increase the budgets of Maori radio and Maori Television.

"For each of those departments, they have responsibility, to maintain the reo across their individual departments, not just education but in justice, in health in all of those areas. The reo is a taonga for all New Zealand and those other government departments need to take up the responsibility, of the survival of the language in their areas and have the budget to do so," says Marama Fox….

Māori officer praised by whānau
The mother of a 27-year-old man, who was arrested in a stand-off with police in Onepu, Kawerau, has come forward pleading that tikanga Māori should be used by police when it comes to dealing with Māori…..

Win for urban Maori in reo bill
Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare says the Maori Language (Te Reo Maori) Bill has polished up well but there is still work to be done at the committee stages.

He’d like to see some clear goals in the bill, such as doubling the number of Maori speakers over the next decade….

Survey's questions about Maori New Zealanders biased
Survey's questions about Maori New Zealanders biased - Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission says Kiwis should think before they link to an online survey launched by the state broadcaster that poses leading and biased questions about Maori New Zealanders.

Created by the team behind 2014’s Vote Compass, in one question Kiwimeter states “Maori should not receive any special treatment” and asks respondents for their opinions on this.

“The Treaty of Waitangi settlements process is a judicial form of truth and reconciliation that acknowledges human rights abuses faced by generations of New Zealanders: to describe it as ‘special treatment’ is disingenuous and wrong.”….

Whakarongotai Marae cultural assessment delays Waikanae car park construction
Waikanae's new railway station car park has been delayed, partly because of a cultural assessment of the work, commissioned by trustees of the neighbouring Whakarongotai Marae.

Work on the planned park-and-ride, on the site of the demolished Waikanae pub, was scheduled to begin in January and finish next month, but has stalled, and may not be concluded until the middle of the year.

Marae trustees commissioned a consultant to complete the project, with Greater Wellington Regional Council covering the costs…...

Iwi dispute re-opening of Puketapu quarry
Waikato and Maniapoto iwi groups are opposing a consent application to re-open the Pukeatua quarry. Sonny Karena (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Haua) says local iwi are concerned about their old Hangahanga Pā site within the quarry.

Pukeatua Quarry land owners want to reopen it, but the local iwi are not having a bar of it.

Landowners C Smith, D Smith and M Stewart have applied for resource consents from the Waikato Regional Council to work the quarry.

Karena says the whanau are united on the issue, “The Hangahanga site is an old Pā site also belonging to the tribe of Hauā. The place where many battles took place. Māori against Māori. As it was in those days, after that, this marae called Te Taumata (Pārāwera) was built. That's their concern.”…

Early stages of State Highway 3 Mt Messenger to Awakino Tunnel project set out
"It will be a major boost for access to Taranaki and the Waikato."

A delegation of representatives from Ngati Tama, one of the iwi affected by the project, was at the meeting.

Spokesman Greg White said the announcement of the project had been a surprise to the iwi, who felt they should have been informed earlier by the Taranaki Regional Council.

Maxwell said the announcement had been a complete surprise to the committee as well, and that consultation with landowners and iwi was a priority.

"We are in support of the project but we need to discuss with NZTA how we best proceed," White said outside the meeting."…..

Passing of second reading of Maori Language Bill celebrated
The Maori Party joins with all reo warriors tonight to celebrate the passing of the second reading of the Māori Language (Te Reo Maori) Bill.

For the second time in Parliament’s history, a dual language bill was introduced in to the House, but for the first time ever, the Maori language version prevails in the event of conflict over interpretation between the two versions.

"This ground-breaking bill will be enacted in both Maori and in English, but te reo will have mana in law over the English translation version. The Bill will also introduce a new way for the Crown, Iwi and Maori to work together on Maori language revitalisation," says Maori Party Co-leader, Te Ururoa Flavell….

Rare whales die on Northland beach
Local iwi has given permission for marine experts to examine three rare whales that stranded and died on a Northland beach.

They stood guard while waiting for local iwi to arrive and bless the site before the whales were transported to a burial site nearby where a necropsy was expected to have been conducted late yesterday…..

'Rotokawau' now part of lake's name
VIRGINIA Lake will now be known as Rotokawau Virginia Lake.

Whanganui district councillors yesterday formally voted in favour of the name change which has been slowly introduced to signage in recent years.

Whanganui District Council and Te Runanga O Tupoho had previously agreed to change the name. Yesterday's council decision also named the surrounding reserve Rotokawau Virginia Lake Reserve….

Mayors hear Government plan to wipe rates debt on unused Maori land
Mayors gathered to hear the Government's plan to wipe rates debt on unused Maori land, in line with other land reforms to be introduced to Parliament.

To qualify, Maori land owners would either have to prove to councils the were committed to developing land, or adversely, that there was little prospect of the land ever being used or occupied.

Gisborne mayor Meng Foon​ said there was $65 million in outstanding rates on Maori land across the country, according the minister's numbers - $4 million of that debt was in his district…..

Taura Whiri losing operational focus
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says leaving Te Taura Whiri and and Te Mangai Paho as crown entities is in the best interests of Maori language revival.

He says the Bill brings iwi and crown together so both sides have a responsibility to do their bit.

Mr Flavell says while at the moment there is no new money for Maori language programmes, in future years he will push for an increase in money for community initiatives as well as change in the way mainstream government departments spend on te reo…..

Ngai Tahu keen to map important sites
Ngai Tahu wants to map important ancestral sites and cultural landscapes in the Queenstown Lakes district to ensure they are better recognised in council planning.

Runanga representatives told commissioners in Queenstown yesterday the maps should form the basis of new provisions in the second stage of the council's proposed district plan (PDP).

They were the first verbal submissions to the hearings panel out of the 1200 lodged with the council late last year.

Kai Tahu ki Otago senior planner Maree Kleinlangevelsloo said "wahi tupuna'' mapping would be linked to objectives, policies and rules in the PDP to ensure features such as trails, mountains and battle sites were recognised.

Another submission by Oraka-Aparima Runanga executive member Jane Kitson called for an amendment to the PDP to include a policy from the National Policy Statement relating to freshwater management.

The policy required local authorities to take "reasonable steps'' to involve iwi and hapu in the management of fresh water and fresh water ecosystems…..

Politicians to hear petition for Land Wars national day
Politicians will hear the case for an official day of recognition for the 19th century New Zealand Land Wars - from high school students.

More than 13,000 people have signed a petition in favour of a Land Wars Day, started by students from Otorohanga College. It will be presented to the Maori Affairs select committee on Wednesday.

"I think we can have more relevant public holidays than some of the ones we have now," Mahuta said.

"We could, for example, celebrate Matariki on the Queen's Birthday which is near the same time."

Mahuta said New Zealand's story and history should take precedent when remembering significant days for the country…..

Council grants boost kaupapa Māori in schools
The Auckland Council's regional sports and recreation grants has been awarded to Sport Waitakere for its He Oranga Poutama ki Tāmaki Makaurau sports programme.

Part of the funding is a welcome boost for Kaupapa Māori programmes which have been introduced into various Auckland Schools, one of which is Mauri Tū. Mauri Tū is based around Māori weaponry, and it's many variables including physical, spiritual and mental well-being.

Sport Waitākere's Chief Executive Lynette Adams says, "We are very pleased Auckland Council sees the value in supporting kaupapa Māori programmes like these."….

No co-management with Maori on Kermadec ocean sanctuary
A new board will be set up to govern the Kermadec ocean sanctuary but will not entail the "co-management" structure iwi had wanted.

However, two seats would be given to representatives from Ngati Kuri and Te Aupouri.

The Government has introduced a bill to establish the world's largest non-fishing ocean sanctuary north east of the country, and a governing board would be responsible for developing the area including the on-land nature reserves.

"Like all discussions with Maoridom, there's give and take," Smith said.

"This is not as much as they would have liked, the would have preferred a co-management structure. They would have preferred to have more representatives on the board."

Witana said the partnership highlighted Maori involvement in protecting and nurturing the environment, and he hoped they would have a stronger role in the governance arrangements over time…..

Iwi want more say on scattered ashes
Iwi say people should have to consult with them about where they scatter ashes of the dead.

A recent review of burial and cremation laws by the Law Commission, led by Dr Wayne Mapp, found more needed to be done to respect cultural concerns about scattering ashes in sacred sites.

"We thought the current situation really was not good enough."

He said iwi wanted more control but many were not keen on a full formal process as it would be onerous on everyone involved…..

Waitangi Tribunal to hear claims over TPPA
The Waitangi Tribunal will hold an urgent hearing into claims made over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

The Tribunal confirmed in December the issues for urgent inquiry.

They are whether or not the provisions in the TPPA relating to the Treaty of Waitangi provide effective protection of Māori interests, and what Māori input is required for the ratification of the TPPA to be compliant with the Crown’s obligations under the Treaty.

Next week the Tribunal will hear from the claimants and the Crown - and the evidence of three expert witnesses commissioned by the claimants, the Crown and the Tribunal respectively….
http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/waitangi-tribunal-to-hear-claims-over-tppa/ Further article on the above >

Iwi leaders tackle marine reserve plan
Iwi leaders are pushing for changes to the government’s proposed new marine protected areas policy.

The plan will turn the inner Hauraki Gulf and the Marlborough Sounds into recreational fishing parks with commercial fishers excluded.

Willie Te Aho from the the conservation iwi leadership group says iwi believe the proposals affect their rights confirmed under the Maori fisheries settlement.

Mr Te Aho says if they can’t get the protections they seek, iwi may initiate court action…

EPA meets with concerned iwi over administration of sea burials
The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) fronted today over growing concerns among iwi at its administration of sea burials off the Northland coast.

The Ngāti Kuta and Te Patu Keha, hapū of the Bay of Islands, will join Far North iwi at a hui in Kaitaia.

Taika Tukariri of Matarahurahu hapū says, “We are angry because what's been decided is foreign to our own customs. I don't really know where that custom comes from.”.....

Kermadec sanctuary to go ahead despite iwi opposition
A marine sanctuary will go ahead in the Kermadec Islands regardless of iwi opposition, Prime Minister John Key says.

Legislation which will establish New Zealand's largest ocean sanctuary 1000km northeast of the North Island will be introduced in Parliament tomorrow.

Mr Key told reporters this afternoon that "everyone is excluded" from the 620,000sq km sanctuary, including Maori whose Treaty settlements granted them fishing quota rights within the proposed boundaries of the reserve.

Iwi had not taken up these rights and the migratory species found at the Kermadecs could be caught elsewhere, he said.

Mr Key said the Government would consider including iwi in the governance of the sanctuary. But compensation for affected Maori was out of the question…..

Road shadow over hapu land
Rotorua iwi are unhappy that their land is still bound by a designation it could be taken for a future highway.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the government will upgrade State Highway 30 and Te Ngae Road going east of the town by the airport at a cost of $24 million, rather than going ahead with the Rotorua Eastern Arterial route nearer to the lake.

But he won't lift the 1964 designation on that route that affects land owned by members of Hurunga te Rangi, To Roro o te Rangi and Ngati Uenukukopako.

Rotorua Lakes Mayor Steve Chadwick says addressing congestion on Te Ngae Rd is a good start but a long term solution is still needed.

But she says the council wants to see the 50-year-old Rotorua eastern arterial designation lifted, because it's an historic injustice to local iwi…..

Te Reo Māori rolled out through court system
The Ministry of Justice is giving new training to its court staff through the use of audio files and flip cards to help with pronunciation.

The flip cards have simple to read English translations underneath Te Reo Māori phrasing, all to help it's staff feel confident in making announcements in Te Reo Māori.

All court sessions now with Justices of the Peace and Community Magistrates will open and close the session using Te Reo Māori phrases and greetings.

This expanded use of the Māori language follows the earlier introduction of Te Reo Māori announcements for Family Court, Youth Court, Māori Land Court, Waitangi Tribunal, Rangatahi Youth Court and Matariki Court.

Prisoners lose legal bid for voting rights
The prisoners also argued the law discriminated against Maori because Maori were over-represented in prison and the act "increases the vulnerability of an already vulnerable Treaty partner in the country's political landscape". ….

Polytech's proposed name revealed
A proposed name for Rotorua's newly merged polytechnic has been revealed but not everyone in the Bay of Plenty is happy with it.

The former Waiariki Institute of Technology and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is likely to be known as Toi Oho Mai Institute of Technology…

Seymour calls on Government to remove iwi tax exemption
ACT Leader David Seymour has congratulated Go Bus for their significant contract win, picking up four South Auckland public transport contracts.

However it is also a demonstration of how lower tax rates make businesses competitive. “As an Iwi-owned trust, Go Bus receives favourable tax treatment,” says Mr Seymour.

“The 28 per cent company tax rate means that New Zealand companies pay one of the highest effective tax rates on capital in the world, even allowing for imputations. Iwi pay the lower Maori Authority rate of 17.5 per cent.

“ACT’s policy is to harmonise the company tax of 28 per cent with the Maori Authority rate of 17.5 per cent over time…

Sonny Tau's court case transferred to Invercargill
Northland iwi leader Sonny Tau has had his case for shooting Kereru transferred to Invercargill.

Mr Tau has admitted charges of shooting five endangered Kereru that were found in his luggage.

According to court documents seen by RNZ News, he had visited family in Invercargill in June.

Before flying to his home in Northland he was searched by a Conservation Department officer who found the frozen Kereru, along with a .22 calibre rifle.

Mr Tau told the authorities the birds were for kaumatua.

He also faces another charge of conspiring to pervert the course of justice, which is connected to the case….

Sir Mason Durie to visit Nelson
New Zealand professor of Māori Studies and research academic at Massey University, Professor Sir Mason Durie (Rangitane, Ngāti Kauwhata) is coming to Nelson this month to address the South Island Occupational Therapists on ‘practising appropriately for bicultural Aotearoa New Zealand’.

Sir Mason has been at the forefront of a transformational approach to Maori health for over 40 years. He has made, and continues to make, an enormous contribution to Māori health in New Zealand….

Auckland Museum opens new Treaty of Waitangi Exhibit
Visitors will be able to see digital copies of the Treaty and read the English and Māori versions of the Treaty text alongside.

Professor Sir Hugh Kawharu’s English translation of the Māori text. This feature will enable visitors to compare the versions.

A touchscreen map illustrates the changes in land ownership since the signing of the Treaty to today, and shows where the Treaty was signed right here in Tāmaki Makaurau.

The display features films that have been especially commissioned by the Museum, to reveal the various perspectives about the Treaty and the process of Treaty Settlement. Among other things, visitors will have an opportunity to understand the history and be able to place the financial settlement in the context of the hurt and wrong that the Crown acknowledges.....

Ngati Porou grow their assets

Ngati Porou are major players in the Tairawhiti economy, especially since their 2010 Treaty settlement. Mark Peters talks to the managers of their business operations and holding company chairman Matanuku Mahuika. ….

Reserve status revoked for land handover
Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) has moved to revoke the reserve status of water supply land at Hamurana Springs and transfer ownership back to Ngati Rangiwewehi.

It would spell the end of a long-held grievance for the iwi which recently celebrated the return of ownership of water supply land at Taniwha Springs.

The Crown's failure to return Hamurana Springs remains an unresolved grievance for Ngati Rangiwewehi.

The iwi has a special relationship with Hamurana and Taniwha springs which were home to two taniwha, Henerua (Hamurana) and Pekehaua (Taniwha)…

Durie called in to shape Auckland data
Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory Board has turned to the social scientist behind the creation of the Whanau Ora policy to help guide its new approach to policy making.

Massey university Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie will lead a panel of eight experts who will identify sources of data the board can use when it advocates on issues that affect Maori.

It will collaborate Statistics New Zealand, Auckland Council’s research unit and other partners.

Sir Mason Durie says it will advise on the best way to capture the voice of Maori in Tamaki Makaurau and formulate data in a way that will help drive advice and advocacy…..

Māori Party supports greater trustee control over Wairarapa whenua
Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox is thrilled that tangata whenua in Wairarapa will be given greater control over the Papawai and Kaikōkirikiri Trusts.

“It’s about Parliament recognising the trustee’s rangatiratanga over their land and scholarship funds”, she says.

Mrs Fox says the trustees, which manage 300 hectares of land and distribute $60,000 in education scholarships each year, will soon see significant changes made to their governing legislation.

Calls for Māori signage at all airports and banks
Umere, a Maori language group, is calling for the government to mandate Maori-English signage in major institutions such as airports and banks.

The group wants Maori and English signposting to be used in these locations to give effect to Maori as an official language…..
Further article here > http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTMwMTg.html

Hōne Heke’s tribal flag comes to Auckland in time for the referendum
As the New Zealand flag debate rages on, the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) is preparing to welcome legendary Hōne Heke’s original tribal flag to Auckland.

This powerful taonga from the Te Matarahurahu hapū, the first Māori clan to sign the Treaty of Waitangi, will travel from Waitangi to be unveiled during a dawn pōwhiri at MOTAT on Thursday 3 March 2016.

The loan was arranged by Ngāpuhi leader David Rankin to emphasise the important role Māori have played in the historical flag debate; from Hōne Heke’s rebellion through to the service of the Māori battalion…..

Treaty of Waitangi moving to new exhibition at National Library
Planning is on track for the new constitutional exhibition to open at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington during early next year.

A design has been selected for the new exhibition which will enable greater access to our three most important constitutional documents: the 1835 Declaration of Independence of the Northern Chiefs/He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni; the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi /Te Tiriti o Waitangi; and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition.

The three documents need the highest level of conservation and each presents unique preservation challenges. The Declaration is written on three sides of two pieces of paper, the Treaty is made up of nine different documents – two on parchment (processed animal skin) and seven on paper, and the Women’s Suffrage Petition is more than 500 sheets of paper, all glued together to form one continuous 274 metre-long roll.

The exhibition has been developed in partnership with iwi Māori.

“I have worked closely with iwi leaders from throughout the country and Wellington manawhenua iwi leaders. A formal Māori Technical Advisory Group has provided valuable guidance for the development of the exhibition and a Women’s Suffrage Petition Advisory Group has also provided advice. “….

Data strategy aims to improve well-being of Māori
The Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB) is employing a new way of working with Māori data through their data strategy.

The strategy involves working with organisations like Statistics New Zealand and Auckland Council’s research unit, and will allow the IMSB to access, share and analyse data relevant to Māori outcomes in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). This approach will provide cost-effective and relevant information to help guide the creation of priorities and policy…..

Gang plan could harm some whanau - Marama Fox
A new multi-pronged attack on gangs and gang culture could leave some families worse off, the Maori Party says.

Two pilot programmes have been put in place in the Bay of Plenty, and the East Coast to break what the government calls the intergenerational family gang cycle.

A new gang intelligence centre is also up and running to collect information on gang activities and family trees.

The initiatives follow the release of a report which says 60 percent of children born to gang parents are abused or neglected and 9 out of ten gang members have received a benefit.

But Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox was worried women and children who were associated with gang members were going to be ostracised.

Police Minister Judith Collins said violence bred violence and the government needed to do what it could to break the family gang cycle.

Ms Collins said the gang intelligence centre would use its information to disrupt and dismantle illegal gang activities and to identify and offer support to the those who want out….
A further related article here > http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11598112

Maori protestors to enter flag debate at museum
Auckland’s MOTAT (the Museum of Transport and Technology) is facing protest threats over plans to exhibit a famous flag from Thursday Morning (3 March).

Ngapuhi leader David Rankin negotiated with MOTAT to put on display the flag designed by his ancestor, the chief Hone Heke. Heke famously cut down the flagpole in Russell in 1844 and now his personal flag will be exhibited at MOTAT, on the day that the country’s flag referendum starts.

Mr Rankin has been warned that there will be protests from Maori groups at the powhiri at MOTAT on Thursday 3 March at 7:00 am because the flag is associated with war and the massacre of other North Island tribes.

“Bringing Heke’s flag to Auckland at this time will re-focus the nation’s thoughts on what flags mean to us,” says Mr Rankin. He says that the threats of violence and protest do not concern him. “I’m ready for them”, he says. “They will be in for an ugly surprise if they thing they can take on Ngapuhi.”….

Te reo Maori revitalisation scholarships open
Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga are calling for applications to their ‘Kia Ita’ Scholarships which opens today.

Five scholarships worth $10,000 each are available to post graduate Masters student’s and focus on building research capacity and capability and increasing the body of knowledge required to inform language revitalisation efforts.

"We are urging those who want to make a difference and who are taking action to ensure te reo Māori thrives in Aotearoa, to apply," said Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori Chief Executive Ngahiwi Apanui….

Iwi Interests at Awaroa (Opinion)
All contributors are to be congratulated on retrieving from private ownership the precious lands at Awaroa. While iwi have supported the campaign, iwi spokespeople recently expressed interest in ownership of the Awaroa land, stemming from Crown actions or inactions.

Local iwi argue that despite the guarantees of Article II of the Treaty of Waitangi that they could retain all their lands until they chose to sell, their ancestors had no choice, and no real negotiations took place. Hence they have an interest in all lands which were part of the Waipounamu Purchases, including Awaroa…..

Nonsense from Radio NZ
Recently I (Willie Jackson) have been severely critical of Radio New Zealand’s Maori programming which came about because National radio cancelled their Maori News Te Manu Korihi last October.

This is an insult to Maori we are 15 percent of the population yet we only get 2 percent of Maori news and stories and that is simply not good enough.

I am the chair of the 21 station Maori radio network. We receive $11million from the Crown for broadcasting primarily in the Maori language. We have to be accountable at all times. Contrast that with National radio who receive $35million of taxpayers’ money, pay token respect to Maori stories, show little accountability and have been getting away with this for years.

The decision last year to cancel the Maori specific news in English means now that despite Maori being the treaty partner we now have no guaranteed voice on our National broadcaster.

We want our stories, our language and our people on National radio…..

Surgeons to use mentoring not quotas to grow Maori surgeon numbers
An action plan to get more Maori doctors training as surgeons is focusing on mentoring rather than quota filling.

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has committed to a Maori Health Action Plan which seeks to increase the number of Maori surgeons and improve cultural competency across the field……

Te Rongoa programme launches in Tauranga
Bay of Plenty Community Corrections has launched a programme which aims to provide participants with the ability to recognise and care for a selection of native plants and gain a basic understanding of their healing properties.

Te Rongoa is the traditional Māori medicinal use of plants.

For six weeks, two groups of 18 offenders will spend four hours each week at Te Rourou, the local community garden at the Tauranga Community Corrections Site, where the programme will run.

The course covers tikanga – the correct protocols for planting and harvesting rongoa, as well as plant identification and properties. The first group are set to graduate during the first week of April 2016….

Huntly hero wins top Waikato scholarship
Keihana is the proud reciepient of a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship – an all-fees paying scholarship that supports students in a chosen discipline, and provides mentoring, personal development and leadership opportunities while they study.

Keihana is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Te Reo Māori and Linguistics, and says the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship means more than just fees support and mentoring……

NZ Herald 2/3/16
"World in the Classroom" New Zealand Herald Pages A12&13. 55 nationalities listed INCLUDING MAORI NATION WITH TINO FLAG AND NZ EUROPEAN NATION the NZ with national flag. Where did this nonsense come from? - SO WE NOW HAVE 2 NATIONS.

Manurewa Māori School overshowed By Charter School
Green MP Marama Davidson says the government's allocation of financial bonuses to four charter schools is an insult to Māori education. This comes after the Ministry refused to move forward with plans to build a new premises for Te Wharekura o Manurewa.

Six years on and Te Wharekura o Manurewa are still waiting to have their new school built. The principal, Māhia Nathan is troubled at the quick establishment of a new charter school in the area.

Mr Nathan says, “In 2014 the Ministry (MoE) halted discussions about our new school. At the same time, they started a new charter school, South Auckland Middle School.”

Greens MP Marama Davidson is concerned that charter schools are getting preference over Māori kura….

New partnership between Auckland Museum and MIT
Taku Tāmaki -Auckland Stories South at MIT Manukau represents an exciting new partnership between Manukau Institute of Technology and Auckland War Memorial Museum……

Maori to review UN's indigenous outreach
Indigenous law expert Claire Charters from Ngati Whakaue, Tuwharetoa, Nga Puhi and Tainui has been appointed to a group looking at the participation of indigenous peoples at the United Nations.

Dr Charters is the Associate Dean for Equity and Maori at the University of Auckland’s law faculty.

Her PhD thesis examined the legitimacy of indigenous peoples’ norms under international law….

Celebrating National Parks
The Department of Conservation and the USA Embassy will celebrate national parks and the benefits of getting out into nature during a visit to Tongariro National Park March this week.

Department of Conservation Director General Lou Sanson says Tongariro, New Zealand’s oldest national park and dual world heritage area is the perfect place for US Ambassador Mark Gilbert to kick off a yearlong celebration of 100 years of USA national parks.

Horonuku Te Heuheu Tukino IV (Paramount Chief) of Ngāti Tūwharetoa one of the tribes with mana whenua (occupational authority) over the land in this region extended kaitiakitanga (custodianship) of the peaks of Tongariro, Ngāuruhoe and part of the peak of Ruapehu to the people of New Zealand September 23 1887. The other iwi with mana whenua are Ngāti Rangi, Uenuku, Ngāti Haaua and the Whanganui iwi.

Tongariro, New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area was created in 1894. It was the fourth national park in the world.

Tongariro has subsequently been the first in the southern hemisphere classified for cultural values. This status recognises the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features…..

'You cannot bury your dead in our food baskets'
Northland iwi want a stronger say about where and when bodies are buried at sea.

The Environment Protection Authority, which has control over burials more than 12 nautical miles from shore, authorised five locations where bodies could be buried when it took over the consent process from Maritime New Zealand in October…...

Māori criticise land law consultation
The government has wrapped up a consultation process over a proposed law aimed at giving Māori more say over what to do with their communally-owned land.

Māori own 5 percent of New Zealand's land mass and much of it is underutilised and in multiple titles.

Māori believe they come from the land and land has always been a big issue, with land sparking the New Zealand Wars and Dame Whina Cooper marching the length of the country for land in 1975.

Over the past two years the Crown has been on a consultation roadshow seeking Māori land owner's views on land laws.

The law administers and protects a little over 1.4 million hectares of Aotearoa. But it's not that simple: that land is sliced up into 27,000 titles with 2.3 million owner interests - that's about 85 owners per title.

At a Whangarei meeting, Rotorua lawyer Annette Sykes called for a number of resolutions.

"I'm asking this hui to put this resolution that any proposal to do with Māori land must entrench the Treaty of Waitangi as the basis from which Māori land will be managed."

Māori Council spokesperson Maanu Paul said the consultation process had been woeful. He said the government was eyeing up Maori land for its own benefit…

RACS commits to more Maori surgeons
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has committed to increasing the number of Māori surgeons in New Zealand and promoting cultural competence as a core professional skill in its Trainees and Fellows as part of its newly developed Māori Health Action Plan.

One of the core aims of the Action Plan is to develop a more culturally appropriate surgical workforce for Māori. This includes redressing the under-representation of Māori surgeons and Trainees, and recognising the value of cultural diversity and cultural competence during the selection of all Trainees into surgery…..

'Imposing' Pukete pou a link to the community
It's been two years in the making, but a carved pou now towers over pupils at Hamilton's Pukete School.

Standing adjacent to the school's flagpole - still sporting the Union Jack and Southern Cross - the pou was much taller than the 7 metres it was supposed to be, said Gavin Oliver, Pukete School principal.

The pou, named Nga Kaitiaki o Pukete [the guardians of Pukete] has helped the school build a stronger relationship with the Maori community.

"It's really an alignment showing education is a shared pathway and hopefully a bright future," Oliver said.

"The area is quite rich in Maori history and it's depicted on the pou, which gives us a link to our community."

Rena: Iwi to appeal
Consent to leave the remains of Rena, its equipment and cargo on the reed where it ran aground has been controversially granted

Bay of Plenty iwi plan to appeal a decision to allow the Rena wreck to be left on Astrolabe Reef.

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council yesterday approved applications by the Astrolabe Community Trust for consent to leave the remains of the MV Rena, its equipment and cargo on the reef….

RNZ challenged on level of Maori content
Radio New Zealand has responded to criticism of the level of Maori content on RNZ National with a statement outlining the broadcaster’s Maori strategy. Mediawatch looks at the criticism and RNZ's response…..

An untouched slice of paradise is being eyed for development by iwi
An hour north of Queen Street lies one of the the last untouched beaches in the greater Auckland area. But developers are eyeing up the golden sands of Pakiri, and not everyone is happy about it.

The incessant creep of development out of Auckland, and the ravenous appetite for beachfront property, has bypassed Pakiri. Until now. Secret plans for a major residential subdivision and regional park have been drafted up.

They include plans for 60 houses to be built on the 754 hectare pine forest, Mangawhai South Forest, a joint venture between the iwi and a Queenstown developer John Darby….

Bill to revitalise te reo Maori through partnership - Maori Party
The Maori Language (Te Reo Maori) Bill, tabled back in Parliament today, introduces a new way of the Crown and Maori working together to revive te reo Maori.

"Our reo is a taonga and we all need to work together to ensure it survives and flourishes", says Mr Flavell.

Mr Flavell says while the bill remains true to his predecessor’s intent, "it also clarifies the roles of the Crown and Maori with respect to the protection and promotion of te reo".
The establishment of Te Matawai - a new independent statutory organisation that will lead the Maori and iwi language strategy - remains central to the Bill. It recognises Maori as kaitiaki (guardians) of the language.

"One of the most important functions of this bill is that it affirms the status of te reo Maori as an official language of our country and as a taonga of te iwi Maori….

Whangarei Hospital opens Te Kotuku, new maternity unit
Pregnant Whangarei women expecting their baby in March could be among the first to experience Whangarei Hospital's new maternity unit, Te Kotuku.

Chamberlain explained the name, which translates to white heron, was chosen as a "symbol of prestige, purity and uniqueness."

"One of the greatest compliments in the Maori world (Te Ao Maori) is to liken someone to the kotuku for it signifies everything rare and beautiful."

He says the facility is purpose-built to provide "culturally and clinically safe maternity care"….

Water battle for Nelson iwi
Nelson-based iwi Ngati Tama ki Te Waipounamu says it’s relieved land at the Awaroa Inlet will remain in New Zealand hands, but other resources in the area are under threat.

Chair Leanne Mason says while the public got behind the effort to save a beach, the Tasman District Council is deciding in secret whether to allow further commercial exploitation of Te Waikoropupu Springs in nearby Golden Bay.

They are the largest cold water springs in the Southern Hemisphere and contain some of the clearest water ever measured.

The resource consents are being decided without public consultation on a non-notified basis.

Ms Mason says Ngati Tama opposes the plan, but the council refuses to recognise the iwi as an affected party despite its historic and cultural connection to Te Waikoropupu…..

New sculpture on Wellington's waterfront
The latest in the 4 Plinths project is a work by Tauranga artist Kereama Taepa. It features four aluminium pieces in pixelated space invaders shapes that depict a Maori meeting house representing Maori habitation; a mitre, representing the missionaries and early European settlement; a crown, representing the Queen and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi; and the Beehive, representing the current government….

$4m investment in Māori-led science & innovation
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell today announced the opening of the 2016 investment round for Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund.

“The Vision Matauranga Capability Fund, is designed to grow the skills and capacity of Māori researchers and organisations in science and innovation and support outcomes that benefit Māori and New Zealand," Mr Joyce says.

Up to $2 million per annum is available for investment in new programmes over the next two years…..

Govt launches Māori land fund
Applications open today for a $13 million government fund intended to improve the use of Māori land.

The Whenua Māori Fund is intended to support owners and trustees of Māori land who want to either start using their whenua, improve their current operations or diversify…

Iwi back beach buy but sound title warning
Local iwi are happy the public campaign to buy Awaroa Beach has been successful.

Wakatū Incorporation chair Paul Morgan said it was good the land was back in public hands.

Awaroa Beach being back in public hands was where it was and should be after it was purchased by the Crown and sold, he said.

"It's gone full circle but it doesn't underpin the critical issue, which is the dubious title to that land in lieu of the land issues in that part of Tasman Bay not being resolved properly right in the beginning."
Mr Morgan said the public had always used the beach despite who owned it and he was waiting with interest to see the conditions of the land transfer.

"Depending on how the land is transferred into public ownership and the legal arrangements around it, the Crown will have an interest separate to those who it's going to be transferred to or from and that leaves an opening for us to discuss their interest."

"So we've got ongoing individual negotiations and they can take 10 to 20 years but we have a significant time on our side to get matters put right."….

Next steps for RNZ's Māori strategy
Jackson has conducted what is described as an audit of RNZ content, which he says shows just 0.1 percent of output is devoted to Māori issues.

There are two things to say about this.

First, the audit is not credible and in no way accurately measures or reflects RNZ's journalism and programming about Māori issues, language and culture.

Second, while the audit methodology is questionable, and some of the criticism arising from it ill-informed, the main thrust of Jackson's argument has merit.

He and others believe RNZ should do a much better job of reporting, analysing, explaining and celebrating topics that concern and are highly relevant to Māori.

I agree. RNZ has a specific obligation under its charter to "reflect New Zealand's cultural diversity, including Māori language and culture".

We do some good things in this arena but we also know we can improve.

We have been working on a new long-term strategy that represents an increased commitment to creating high-quality Māori content, supporting te reo Māori and fostering Māori journalism.

At the core of the plan is a belief that our credible Māori journalism and journalists must be prominent within our primetime news and current affairs shows and bulletins, not side-lined into a short Māori bulletin.

The Legal Opportunity for Maori Leading NZ Into the Future
Historically it is accepted that the expansion of European settlers into the ‘new world’ of the old homes of Indigenous peoples, created consistent legal scenarios of arrogantly assumed European sovereignty and ownership of Indigenous lands.

This seminar, presented by NPM Co-Director and Otago Law Professor Jacinta Ruru, will focus on the innovative Indigenous transitional justice initiatives being developed in countries such as Aoteaora New Zealand, which are increasingly being used to manage the futures of national parks, land holdings and waterways - and which have all until now fallen under standard models of public ownership and administration….

Te Mangai Pāho want iwi radio to increase listenership
Iwi radio stations have been told by Te Māngai Pāho (TMP) to increase their radio audience by 2% over the next year. The directive was made at a National Maori Radio Network meeting in Auckland today.

Te Māngai Pāho says around 300,000 people listen to 21 iwi radio stations around the country. But the agency told this meeting of iwi radio station managers today, they want more people listening.

Radio stations have also been told by Te Māngai Pāho to get digital. Funding for each radio station has increased from $384,000 to $500,000 a year…..

Mercury Bay Area School
Te Reo Māori Years 7 & 8
All students in Y7 & Y8 will have the opportunity to study the basics of Te Reo Māori. This will allow students to study, converse and enjoy Te Reo Māori. Students will have the opportunity to discover and explore aspects around Tikanga Māori which may include learning about their own history and about the ways of life for Māori.

Te Reo Māori Year 9
In Y9 all students will be offered a basic introduction to Māori language and Tikanga which aims to continue their learning from Y7 and Y8 and to build language in a fun, practical and relevant environment. Students will have 3 hours of classes for one term….

Govt Caving in to Iwi Group
The government is caving into a huge shopping list from the Freshwater Iwi Leaders’ Group over the new Resource Management Act bill, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament, Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Minister for the Environment Nick Smith speaks with a forked tongue for while he assures farmers, businesses and homeowners that he has their back, both he and the prime minister are caving in,” Mr Peters said in a speech in Auckland to Agcarm, a national organisation representing plant and animal science industries.

“The shopping list from the freshwater iwi groups includes all Crown-owned river and lakebeds and the water column; title in freshwater consistent with Waitangi Tribunal rulings; a $1 billion fund in to an iwi-approved entity to address capacity and capability.

“National has already altered the RMA to make iwi consenting authorities.

“The Joint Management Agreement between Ngati Porou and Gisborne District Council means that within five years, Ngati Porou will become a full consenting authority.

“Just last week Ngāi Tahu got two guaranteed representatives on Environment Canterbury when it returns to partial democracy later this year….
Winston Peters full speech HERE
Golden Bay Kindergarten bless new 'waka'
Golden Bay Kindergarten children and teachers were excited to return from their summer holidays to the newly built "Waka", or platform.

The 5.8 metre-long structure extends out from the covered veranda and into the outdoor play area.

As the heavy rain fell last Wednesday a blessing for the Waka was held by local iwi and led by John Ward Holmes of Manawhenua ki Mohua and Steve De Fue from the Onetahua Waka Ama Club.

Around 40 children, teachers, iwi members and parents gathered to hear a karakia which was performed in honour of the structure's significance to the Kindergarten.

The Waka is symbolic for the "vehicle that people arrive on," fitting in the Whakapapa, or ancestry of the "big kindergarten family", said Greatrex…..

Oral taonga locked away
"They made it very clear to us that taonga should be available for tertiary studies, for making movies that have a non-profit value, it should be available for Maori radio and Maori television, so Radio New Zealand at the moment is taking a very mean attitude. It is an abslute breach, a betrayal of the treaty of Waitangi," he says. ….

Ngai Tahu guaranteed two seats on Canterbury regional council
South island iwi Ngai Tahu will have guaranteed representation on the Canterbury regional council when it returns to partial democracy later this year.

The Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) bill will introduce seven elected councillors to join six government-appointed commissioners.

In its submission to the committee, Ngai Tahu asked that three commissioners be appointed by the iwi, reflecting an equal partnership with the government.

Nevertheless, Ngai Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett said the iwi was pleased with the new clause.

"Although we would have preferred three appointments to properly reflect the Treaty Partnership, we believe two appointments on the recommendation of the iwi is a good step in the right direction," she said…..

Move towards greater use of te reo Maori in courts applauded
Community Law is commending recent moves by the Ministry Of Justice to support the use of te reo Maori in courtrooms.

Community Law Centre O Aotearoa Chief Executive Elizabeth Tennet says the use of te reo in court not only recognises its status as an official language in Aotearoa, but enables Māori to engage better in the process of justice.

The chapter, ‘Te Reo Māori’ covers the official status of te reo Māori, your right to speak te reo in court, translations of court documents into te reo and other resources. "It’s just another step that will help ensure more New Zealanders understand their rights to speak te reo in Aotearoa."…

Ministry of Education and Hika bring te reo Maori to early education
New Zealand early education services (ECE) are eligible to receive free access to the Hika Lite Maori Language Application, according to an announcement from the Ministry of Education.

The app has been designed to encourage children, their families and staff to use te reo Māori in early learning settings….

Does the new housing bill support rangatiratanga?
When the government passed the Social Housing Reform Bill last week it opened the door to the sell-off of up to 8000 state houses.

The Maori Party supported the government's bill and hailed the move as rangatiratanga, a description opposition MPs say could not be further from sovereignty.

Green Party Housing spokesperson Marama Davidson is concerned the law would only benefit a small group of Maori, rather than those who rely on state housing.

"I'm absolutely sure this is not Tino Rangatiratanga (sovereignty). I've had responses that it's an insulting line and saying we're not falling for this privatisation that is the driver of this legislation."…

Taharoa ironsands on sale block
Future earning for Maori landowners on the Waikato west coast could be in doubt with New Zealand Steel's Australian owner, Bluescope, putting its Taharoa ironsands mining operation on the sale block.

The company has a 70-year-lease with Taharoa C Incorporation to mine the sand, which is used at the Glenbrook steel mill and exported to mills in Asia….

PHARMAC seeking new Māori members for consumer committee
PHARMAC is seeking nominations for two Māori members of its Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC).

The CAC is a statutory committee providing PHARMAC with input from a consumer or patient point of view. The committee can have up to nine members and is currently chaired by Shane Bradbrook, who is one of the Māori members coming to the end of his term.

The other members whose terms end this year are Barbara Greer (Hokitika) and Katerina Pihera (Rotorua).

Chief Executive Steffan Crausaz says PHARMAC is seeking applications from people with experience in representing the interests of Māori communities, with a particular interest in health.

Under its Terms of Reference, the committee is required to have at least two Māori and at least one Pacific peoples’ representative….

The Government is still stalled on how it will allocate water rights.
This is despite the high-profile release over the weekend at the Blue Greens Conference in Tekapo of the consultative document, “Next Steps for Freshwater.”

The document says: “The Government is still finalising the package of allocation proposals that will fully address the range of interests of those wishing to access freshwater resources including iwi/hapu as further work is required to develop options that the Government and stakeholders can resource.”

A source familiar with the work of the Land Water Forum told POLITIK that the reason for the lack of any policy is that the Government has yet to resolve issues with Maori over water……

Signage project tells cultural history
The first in a series of 14 signs telling the cultural history of the Manawatū River catchment was unveiled at the Oroua Bridge near Feilding on Friday 19 February.

The Ngāti Kauwhata sign tells the story of the Iwi’s settlement and connection to the river. It is part of a wider community project that’s been funded under Central Government’s Fresh Start for Freshwater Clean-up Fund through the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord.

Horizons Regional Council freshwater coordinator Lucy Ferguson has been working with Iwi to develop the signs and said the remainder will be erected at sites of significance between Norsewood and Foxton over the next few weeks.

Iwi spokesperson for Ngāti Kauwhata, Dennis Emery, acknowledged the support of Horizons Regional Council for enabling the signage projects amongst hapū and Iwi involved.

He stated that “connecting with our local communities is very important and tantamount to forging enduring Iwi relationships with regional and local territorial councils, our inland waterways, the wider communities and surrounding environs”….

College of Health Teaching Excellence Award winners announced
Congratulations to Dr Sally Lark from the School of Sport and Exercise, and Jenny Green, Professional Clinician from the School of Nursing, for winning College of Health Teaching Excellence Awards.

"The panel also commend Sally on her incorporation of Treaty of Waitangi principles and in ensuring that there are placements specifically aligned to Maori health."

Dr Lark will be awarded $3000 to further develop her teaching practice to build her portfolio further…..

Freshwater debate on Iwi rights 'deserves informed discussion'
The Maori Party welcomes the Government’s Consultation Document on fresh water but it says the opening line on Iwi rights and interests is playing into the hands of the ignorant.

The chapter begins with the statement "No one owns the water".

"Most people don’t understand what Treaty rights to water are or why they exist. It’s an unhelpful starting point for public discussion.

"Iwi have discussed these issues in good faith with the Government for the last seven years. The public should be encouraged to understand the nature of those rights rather than resorting to slogans", says Mr Flavell.

One of the significant contributions the Maori Party and Iwi Leaders have made to the national discussion on fresh water over the years has been the inclusion of Te Mana o Te Wai (the health and well-being of water) as a guiding principle in the National Policy Statement.

Te Mana o Te Wai is about the health and wellbeing of the waterways, the general environment and the people.

"While we’re pleased to see the Consultation Document recognise Te Mana o Te Wai as a guiding principle for freshwater management, we would like to see that principle strengthened further in the RMA", says Mr Flavell….

Next steps for freshwater
New measures to improve the management of New Zealand’s rivers, lakes, aquifers and wetlands have been proposed today at the Bluegreens Forum in Tekapo, with a consultation document released by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

• Improved iwi involvement in council development of water plans and water conservation orders……
A further link on the above here > http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11592953

Minister applauds 'bold Te Reo Maori vision' by Tainui
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has welcomed a new reo Māori strategy launched by Tainui today.

Tikanga Ora Reo Ora - outlines how the tribe will support iwi members to become fluent Māori language speakers. The strategy includes providing online learning tools and programmes to support whānau living outside of the tribal area.

"I look forward to seeing how Tainui progress with their Reo vision and how the Crown can support this and other community-led reo initiatives in the future," Mr Flavell says….

Iwi strengthen bond with United Nations
A delegation is set to meet with representatives from the United Nations in the hope that they receive a unique gift as a symbol of Māoridom's endorsement of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

The Māori Tū delegation is flying out to New York in the hope that the United Nations will agree to receive a special Māori Bronze Storehouse.

"The idea of it is to create a conversation in around the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through the gifting of this to show iwi Māori support for it," says Director of Te Puia NZ Māori Arts and Crafts, John Stone.

"And those minimun standards have been supported and ratified by the NZ Government and the next step for us is for iwi Maori to give our support for UNDRIP in order to start to consider how those articles can be considered back here as we legislate," says Stone….

PHARMAC signs agreements with Auckland Whānau Ora Collective and Te ORA the Māori Doctors Association
Government pharmaceutical funding agency PHARMAC has today signed Memoranda of Agreement with Auckland-based Kōtahitanga Whānau Ora Collective and with Te ORA, the Māori Doctors Association.

The Memoranda of Agreement are the latest that health providers have signed with PHARMAC as part of PHARMAC implementing its Māori responsiveness strategy Te Whaioranga.

PHARMAC already has Memoranda of Agreement with four Whānau Ora collectives in Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, and Te Taitokerau, and with Ngā Kaitiaki o Te Puna Rongoā ō Āotearoa, the Māori Pharmacists Association.

Kōtahitanga Chair, Phil Tāne comments that the “open-ended Memorandum of Agreement means that both Kotahitanga and PHARMAC can work together long-term on improving the health outcomes of the people of South Auckland, especially in the area of medicines advice.”

Te ORA President Dr Rāwiri Jansen says the agreement demonstrates a commitment to a long-term partnership between PHARMAC and Te ORA, which would be of benefit to Māori doctors.

“Te ORA signing a relationship document with PHARMAC reflects our long-term relationship and signals possibilities beyond annual sponsorship, to potential summer studentships for Te Oranga medical students, and closer interaction between Māori doctors and PHARMAC staff and clinicians,” he says.

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

Minister concerned about RNZ Māori content
Concerns about the lack of Māori content by state radio broadcaster Radio New Zealand (RNZ) has seen Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell meeting with Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams. The urgent meeting comes after an audit conducted by Radio Wātea showed that over two weeks, only an hour and a half was Māori content.

Māori radio pioneer Haare Williams says RNZ's lack of Māori content is a continuation of the suppression of Māori culture, “It's just wrong. In plain terms, ‘We have been betrayed”, since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, when the Queen's flag was erected at Point Britomart and Hobson, we have been disrespected and suppressed.”

Head of Content at RNZ Carol Hirschfeld declined an interview on camera.However, this statement was provided to us.
"The figures provided are not a legitimate. "
"It is unclear what the numbers quoted by Mr Jackson mean." "His calculation of 99 minutes seems to be a crude."

Excellent Maori Governance Transforms the World
Our vision is to improve Māori governance generally, whether it concerns Māori trusts and incorporations, asset holding companies, iwi organisations, post-settlement governance entities, marae and hapu committees; and Indigenous peoples' organisations globally….

The Māori flag should fly alongside the New Zealand flag every day of the year (Opinion
Seeing the Māori flag and the New Zealand flag flying together over the harbour bridge is an impressive reminder of who we are as a country and how we came to be. It’s a reminder of our ongoing partnership and our nationhood. It’s a glimpse of what Aotearoa New Zealand’s future could be if we agree to recognise each other as distinct but forever linked despite our sometimes turbulent relationship.

So whatever the outcome of the flag referendum (my preference was for Laser Kiwi), let the Auckland Harbour Bridge stand as a symbol of our nationhood by flying the Māori flag alongside the New Zealand flag every day of the year…

Historic event on Parihaka tomorrow - hundreds expected
On Saturday morning an event of major significance to the hapü and wider population of Whangarei will take place at Parihaka, as the restoration of the correct name of the mountain is publicly affirmed.

It has also provided an opportunity to acknowledge that a historical mistake that for generations saw the mountain referred to as Parahaki, was put right by the New Zealand Geographic Board in 2005, following decades of campaigning by local hapü.

The next year Council asked the New Zealand Geographic Board to reinstate the correct name. On 4 September 2005 the Minister for Land Information restored the name to ‘Mount Parihaka’.

On Saturday at 10am representatives of the 13 main clusters of hapü in Whangarei will each untie a ribbon from the cloak covering this kohatu in a symbolic gesture of unveiling, and Mayor Sheryl Mai will untie the 14th ribbon on behalf of all of the people of the District…..

Seats for Ngai Tahu
South Island iwi Ngai Tahu will have guaranteed representation on the Canterbury regional council when it returns to partial democracy later this year.

The Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) bill will introduce seven elected councillors to join six government-appointed commissioners.

It allows for, but does not guarantee, a return to full democracy in 2019.

A Parliamentary select committee considering public feedback on the bill has reported its findings, leaving it largely untouched.

It upheld the bill’s most controversial aspects, including extending the reign of the commissioners and restricting the right to appeal decisions to the Environment Court. It paves the way for Parliament to pass the bill before elections later this year.
Christchurch Press article 18/2/16

Rotorua Lakes Council wants to return land to Ngāti Rangiwewehi
Rotorua Lake’s council have agreed to return a piece of land surrounding Hamurana Springs to Ngāti Rangiwewehi, but the final decision lies with the Conservation Minister.

Today in a show of good faith by the council with Ngāti Rangiwewehi the ownership of the land will be returned to them.

Former police station protected under District Plan
The facade and front parts of Palmerston North's former police station are to be protected.
The heritage status for the Church St building, excluding a collection of utility buildings and offices toward the rear of the property, will be written into the city's District Plan.
The extent of the heritage protection has been agreed after mediation ordered by the Environment Court.
Initially, Heritage New Zealand sought protection of the whole station, during the review of the Cultural and Natural Heritage section of the plan.
However, the commissioners who heard the plan change submissions were concerned about the deterioration of the building, which is owned and managed by the Office of Treaty Settlements.

The Office of Treaty Settlements said it had no money to spend on preserving the building, nor upgrading it to meet earthquake standards.
It was being held to be available for Treaty of Waitangi settlements…..

Corrections losing Maori inmates
Justice reform group Just Speak is accusing the Department of Corrections of fudging the proportion of Maori in its prison muster.

Strategic advisor Kim Workman says in recent years the department has taken to using its own year-end prison census, coming up with a claim that only 50 percent of all prisoners are Maori.

But Statistics New Zealand says based on the number of Maori sentenced to prison during the course of a year, the figure is 55.7 percent.

Mr Workman says the Salvation Army’s State of the Nation report calculates there are about 1000 more Maori in prison than a decade ago, with the rate rising sharply during 2014/15 to reach an average of 693 prisoners per 100,000 population.

That’s seven times the rate of non-Maori……

Residual racism in Maori news drought
A veteran Maori broadcaster says Radio New Zealand is falling down on the job of reflecting all of New Zealand - including Maori.

An audit of by Maori radio umbrella group Te Whakaruruhau found that since dropping its regular Manu Korihi bulletins, Maori content has dropped to just 0.1 percent of the total news.

Derek Fox says historicallyResidual racism in Maori news drought….

Maori Party supporting state house sell off
The Maori Party is backing legislation allowing the sale of state housing stock because it says it's what iwi want.

The Social Housing Reform (Transaction Mandate) Bill passed last night allows the Minister of Social Housing and the Minister responsible for Housing NZ the power to sell or transfer state housing without consulting with Housing New Zealand….

Awaroa Inlet better in Maori ownership
The chair of the incorporation which administers large Maori landholdings in Nelson and Marlborough, says a beach on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park would be better in Maori hands than given to the crown…..

Tamariki Māori use culture to cope with Earthquakes
A Christchurch counsellor says tamariki Māori are using their own culture to cope with the effects of the 2011 earthquake, and more recently the 5.7 earthquake that hit the city on Sunday.

Sarah Maindonald works as a part-time counsellor at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi in the Spreydon suburb of Christchurch.

A study by Canterbury University showed 60% of 320 children, aged from five to seven, who have been tracked since the start of 2013 are showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to Maindonald, whilst each case is different, non-Māori could adopt Māori concepts to better cope with the stress of earthquakes….

Hand-back of land on agenda
A recommendation to hand ownership of land surrounding Hamurana Springs back to local iwi and the tabling of a petition will be openly discussed at a council committee meeting tomorrow.

According to an agenda report, the title to the Hamurana Springs Recreation Reserve - approximately 47ha - was transferred to Ngati Rangiwewehi as part of its Treaty settlement with the Crown, but this did not cover a small portion - 0.2ha - of land under a water supply easement.

The council plans to hand back the rest of the reserve, and says that will not affect the water supply.
It has a resource consent to take from the spring until 2026…..

Ministry helps staff to speak te reo Māori in all District Courts
The Ministry of Justice is introducing new resources to support the use of te reo Māori in court. All court sessions with Justices of the Peace and Community Magistrates have adopted the District Court approach, which is to open and close in te reo Māori.

The expanded te reo announcements for Justices of the Peace and Community magistrates follow the earlier introduction of te reo Māori announcements for Family Court, Youth Court, Māori Land Court, Waitangi Tribunal, Rangatahi Youth Court and Matariki Court….

Dudley wants more Māori in Clinical Psychology
Dr Makarena Dudley wants more Māori students training to become clinical psychologists.

Dr Makarena Dudley is a specialist in the field of clinical psychology and one of her goals is to incorporate Tikanga Māori into her programme…

Theft results in blocked access to northern end of Lake Tutira
Access to the northern end of Lake Tutira has been blocked until further notice by trustees and families of the B7 and B19 land blocks. These are lands that have only recently been returned to the trust after a 50-year lease expired last year.

They are exercising their mana whenua right and putting up a gate to shut out any public access through their land.

One of the trustess, Josephine Brown told Te Kāea, “It's come to this because really of people trespassing on to private property now and removing our property.”

16.5 hectares of land, including part of Lake Tutira, has just been returned to them.

But it seems not everyone is happy about it after the trust's signage was stolen….

Paul Moon to release new research on Māori language
New Zealand historian, Professor Paul Moon says the government needs to give more money for the Māori Language, to ensure it doesn't disappear like the moa.

The Māori Language commission has received a total of $11.2 million in funding from the Government for the current financial year for language acquisition, language promotion and research.

Mr Moon says there’s not nearly enough funding for the initiatives that exist. There's a lot of initiatives that work, but they don't work well enough…..

Awaroa Beach should be returned to Māori, says iwi
Awaroa Beach in the Abel Tasman National Park should be returned to Māori and the government should make that happen, iwi leaders say

A public campaign has raised more than $2 million for the land.
The area surrounding and including the present Abel Tasman National Park was settled by Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Tama and Te Ati Awa.

"Most of that was cultivated land, there is good records of it, and burial grounds in those areas which are well known to DoC [Department of Conservation] and certainly well known to our communities."

If the campaign's tender is accepted tomorrow, Awaroa Beach will be owned by all New Zealanders.

But that doesn't sit well with a trustee of Ngāti Tama Manawhenua ki Te Tau Ihu Trust, Fred Te Miha.
"Māori families owned 50 acre blocks and the land was taken under the National Parks Act to form the National Park."

He said his research was yet to find a whānau who had been compensated for it.

"The government should buy it off the private owners and hand it back to the whānau, the families that lost that land originally through confiscation."….

Govt urged to stump up for island
Former Maori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels is calling on the Government to buy a controversial Far North island before it is sold to another private owner.

Mr Samuels urged the Government to buy the island and vest it as a reserve until Ngati Kura's Treaty claims were considered. ....

Inquiry Needed on Radio NZ
The Chairman of the Maori Radio Network Te Whakaruruhau, Willie Jackson, called for an inquiry into the embarrassing level of Maori content on Radio NZ on the TVNZ news show Te Karere today.

He says “Maori radio must be accountable for everything we do, it’s time now for National Radio to to be accountable and give us an answer over why they treat Maori so disrespectfully. National Radio receive $35 million dollars a year and the Maori voice is not getting out there.”

Mainstream media continue to ignore this story. Carol Hirschfeld and the RNZ Chairman Richard Griffin need to front up and find a solution so that the Maori voice can be heard….

Waitangi protest speaking to power
An Otago University political scientist and blogger says this year’s chaos at Waitangi is a sign race relations are gearing up at a political level.

Bryce Edwards says the current arrangements at Waitangi are being questioned, but people need to stop trying to think of it as a national day rather than a time when the Treaty of Waitangi is considered…

Treaty veteran takes to the floor
At just 37 years of age Huhana Seve has dedicated nearly half her life to researching family treaty claims.

Tomorrow she'll take the floor to deliver yet another - a family claim for Whangaruru.

Stage One of the claim was heard in 2013 with a landmark finding delivered by the Waitangi Tribunal which found Northland chiefs who signed the Treaty did NOT cede sovereignty to the Crown.

Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson responded at the time by telling Checkpoint's Mary Wilson.

"Well I don't think it changes a thing really, every New Zealanders goes to bed knowing her majesty reigns over us and government rules."

The hearings which continue this week will focus on sovereignty, governance and political engagement….

80% of Waikato-Tainui uri to be fluent in Te Reo by 2050
Rāhui Papa, chairman of Waikato-Tainui tribal executive Te Arataura, believes eighty percent of iwi members will be fluent in Te Reo Māori by 2050.

He says, “Strengthening our tribal reo and tikanga to a high level of fluency is a key area of focus for the tribe.”

Not only will its regular use ensure our tribal reo is preserved for future generations, but our people will develop a stronger sense of self, tribal pride and a deeper understanding of who they are,” Papa says….

Rangitikei District Council to support inventory of district's heritage
The Rangitikei District Council is planning to help set up an inventory of physical and cultural heritage.

Executive officer Carol Downs said the council's draft heritage plan would be an enabling document that signalled the council's support for documenting the area's heritage.

The plan sets out the creation of two heritage inventory lists, one for general heritage and one for Maori heritage.

Downs said the lists would be driven by what community organisations, like the Rangitikei Heritage Group, and iwi and hapu groups wanted to include.

Te Roopu Ahi Kaa Komiti member Chris Stanton said each iwi had different ideas about how to balance privacy and preservation for spiritually or culturally important heritage.

"It's always a conundrum, whether it's dealing with wahi tapu sites or preserving traditions and knowledge," he said.

Even when the structures were gone, Maori heritage could be there and you might not realise it, Stanton said.

"It could be an old pa site or a place of importance for an iwi, it's not always very visually spectacular."..

Significant gift on the agenda for Iwi delegation’s UN visit
Sixty-eight iwi have maintained their staunch support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) at Waitangi on 5 February 2016, with an iwi delegation set to visit the United Nations in New York later this week.

Paramount chief of Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Iwi Leaders Group Chairman for Māori Tū, Sir Tumu te Heuheu says the connection of the two whatarangi is a deliberate measure to generate dialogue and consideration between the articles of the Declaration and the rights of iwi Māori across all political processes and legislative considerations in Aotearoa New Zealand…..

National Radio Failing to Deliver for Māori
New Zealand First is supporting calls for an inquiry into the level of dedicated Māori content being broadcast on state-funded radio.

A 12-week audit of National Radio between November 2015 and January 2016 undertaken by Radio Waatea has revealed only 0.1 per cent of broadcasting time was spent delivering Maori specific content.

“Our fear that Māori would lose a voice on National Radio following the cancellation of Radio New Zealand’s dedicated Māori news programme Te Manu Korihi in October last year has been realised,” says New Zealand First Māori Affairs Spokesperson Pita Paraone.

“Without exposure on the national broadcaster Māori issues are being side-lined in New Zealand broadcasting.
“National Radio receives $35 million annually in state funding and yet it is failing to be a platform for the voice of all New Zealanders…..

Work needed to increase Maori economic development
Auckland Mayor Len Brown says there's still a lot of work needed to increase Maori economic development in the supercity.

The council yesterday held a joint meeting with the Independent Maori Statutory Board to consider the latest board audit of council performance towards Maori outcomes.

Len Brown says the percentage of Maori in the council workforce still doesn't match their share of the city's population…..

Family ties queried in $1.3m grant
A new agency set up to fund Whanau Ora programmes for Pacific people is under fire over a grant to a school whose board is chaired by the husband of the funding agency's chief executive.

The agency, Pasifika Futures, has given $1.39 million to Otahuhu College for a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) academy.

Pasifika Futures chief executive Debbie Sorensen said she did not take part in the decision because it was "well known" that her husband, Peter Cann, chaired the college board.

But NZ First MP and leader Winston Peters said the decision was "seriously questionable" in the light of other donations.

The agency has funded three other programmes with links to its directors. Its chairman, Dr Kiki Maoate, was a founder of Pacific Trust Canterbury, which received core funding; a director, Sandra Alofivae, is a trustee of Fonua Ola, which also received core funding; and another director, Dr Francis Agnew, is a trustee of Vaka Tautua, which was funded for a financial literacy project.

"It's the frequency of that happening which is a concern," Peters said.

He also questioned whether a school academy could be classified as "Whanau Ora", which is defined by Te Puni Kokiri as "an approach to achieving better outcomes for whanau and families in need by empowering whanau as a whole rather than focusing separately on individuals and their problems".

"It's far too tenuous to be in any way compliant with the so-called Whanau Ora," Peters said.

He said the whole Whanau Ora policy, costing $55 million this year, "simply doesn't work" and should be scrapped. Auditor-General Lyn Provost reported last year that it was "not easy to describe what it is or what it has achieved"…..

Maori Pharmicist Association
“To lead Māori responsiveness in the Pharmacy Sector in the development and delivery of services aimed to increase medicines optimisation for Māori and ultimately improve Māori Health outcomes.”

MPA continue to encourage and support young Maori who have an interest in science and health to follow a pathway into pharmacy and becoming qualified as pharmacists….

Documents released ahead of AGM for financially strapped Taranaki iwi
With appointments to the Ngati Tama board due to be finalised next month, members have been able to see the state of its finances for the first time in years.

The iwi's annual general meeting, the first of its kind in a decade, is set to take place at Pukearuhe Marae on February 27 and a range of documents, including financial records dating back to 2007, have been uploaded on-line.

In 2014, the iwi only made $16,259 and had fixed assets worth $2,779. This includes a Mercedes Benz car, which was bought in 2004 for $100,000

The 2015 financial records have yet to be made available but when contacted by Fairfax Media about how much money had been made so far, White was not able to say….

Iwi group pushes government to recognise Maori rights to water
The Fresh Water Iwi Leaders Group is pushing the Government to better recognise Maori rights to water.

At Waitangi last week iwi leaders expressed their frustration at progress on the development of new policies through bodies like the Land and Water Forum.

Advisor Willie Te Aho says the group met today in Wellington with officials from the Environment and Conservation ministries to prepare for the release this month of a major discussion document on water policy.

He says every hapu and iwi have rights to water in their rohe, and they should also have a say in the way discharges affect water quality.

The rights are both cultural and economic.

"To some extent Maori have been denied that opportunity from the 1991 Resource Management Act which is a first in, first served, and a lot of our groups have settled in the last decade or two decades, and we have missed out on the opportunity to access water for our economic purposes, so we need to restore that right," he says.

Mr Te Aho says the iwi leaders are holding the Government to the promise it made to the Surpreme Court that it would address the interests of hapu and iwi in fresh water.

Councillor protests at 'tokenism'
A Whangarei district councillor has gone on strike from a committee in protest over the appointment of a Maori adviser, saying he has no interest in participating in meetings with "race-based appointments".

Councillor Stuart Bell said while he was pro-Maori engagement, he saw the appointment of the adviser to the planning committee, otherwise made up of elected councillors, as "tokenism" and said it was actually offensive to Maori.

"I boycotted [the] meeting, and may boycott more in the future, because in my opinion there is currently very little or no benefit in having race-based appointments of non-elected members on council committees." …..

TDC hits pause on possible sale of Mapua causeway
Meredith and Fountain did outline some concerns about the potential sale including the "lack of enforceable safeguards for [public] access", the significance of the causeway as a dyke and the lack of participation by iwi in developing and advancing the proposal to sell.

"Listen to the people," Meredith said. "Take heed of rising anger at government bodies that don't engage with iwi."….

Rangitaane connects with Manawatu schools to improve Maori education

A partnership between Manawatu schools and iwi is being formed in the hope of improving Maori student achievement.

Next Wednesday the school leaders will gather at the Rangitane Marae in Palmerston North to sign the Maori Education Framework agreement.

The idea behind the agreement is for schools to have a closer working relationship with the iwi.

Eight schools have signed on – two intermediates and six primary schools.

The year-long programme will see iwi members help uncover what schools need to work on to enable the best services to be delivered to pupils….

DoC staff learn Waikato River history first hand
For the first time, Department of Conservation (DoC) staff are learning first hand, the historical significance of the Waikato River through a rowing expedition by the tribe. Waikato-Tainui want their relationship with the government department to be strengthened.

Waikato Raupatu River Trust spokesperson, Moko Tauariki says, "They get to feel the spirit and experience the river. They also get to see its sacred sites from on the river."..

Iwi, high school aim for farming innovation
Five iwi who own the largest single dairy farming unit in Hauraki have joined with the local high school in a new education farming initiative.

Pouarua Farm is a 2200ha dairying operation running 5000 cows spread over eight farm units.

Project Papatuanuku aims to teach students about farming on peat land and associated science and technology, as well as research into increasing productivity….

Royal Oak Intermediate use te reo Maori to combat rising costs of education
One school is battling the rising cost of education and the Maori language is their weapon.

Royal Oak Intermediate is running a school-wide 'Te Reo-athon' to raise money in support of some of their most vulnerable families.

Aside from helping fund education, Webber hopes the initiative goes some way to promoting the use of te reo in schools.

"The Maori language isn't getting justice in schools," he says.

Even the teachers are not exempt at Royal Oak Intermediate….

Maori Constitutional Report Released 2016
A report on constitutional transformation, promoted by the Iwi Chairs’ Forum and supported by other organisations, was released at Waitangi on Friday.

The report is the result of a four-year discussion process facilitated by a working group led by Professor Margaret Mutu and lawyer Moana Jackson. Members, selected by iwi or chosen for their expertise, last year completed the last of 252 engagement hui around the country, while a rangatahi group conducted a parallel engagement strategy of 70 regional wananga.

The terms of reference for the group were originally set at a national hui to consider a different constitution based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi and He Whakaputanga, the 1835 Declaration of Independence. Professor Mutu noted that they did not ask how the Treaty might fit into the current Westminster system, but how a constitution might in fact be based upon it.

“That might seem novel to some, but it has always been the base of Maori understandings about the Treaty relationship,” she said.

Mr Jackson said he was pleased with the response from the hundreds of Maori who participated in the process.

“Although many Maori may not use words like ‘constitution,’ they do know about the constant denial of the Maori right to make Maori decisions, which is really all that a constitution is about. It is in fact the key to the Treaty relationship that has not yet been achieved,” he said.

The report outlines a number of key constitutional values, and suggests some indicative constitutional models, Professor Mutu saying it sets 2040 as an appropriate date to work towards for achieving a proper Tiriti-based constitution that was inclusive of everyone in New Zealand.

Mr Jackson was hopeful that the report would encourage an on-going, broader dialogue, as constitutional transformation was the next step in “settling the Treaty.”

“It is not some pious hope, but in fact a legitimate Treaty expectation,” he said.
The Northland Age 9 Feb 2016
The Report can be read here > The Report of Matiki Mai Aotearoa: Independent Working Group on Constitutional Transformation

District court takers speak more te reo Māori
District court takers will open and close court in te reo Māori with more consistency and confidence, following training with a ‘buddy’ system, audio pronunciation files and a new flip card resource. All district courts started using the new te reo Māori announcements on 1 February.

“It is very important that our Courts are not only seen to uphold commitments under the Treaty of Waitangi, but that they are responsive to the vibrant communities they serve. We are very proud to be supporting our people and working to support the judiciary to honour the most precious of taonga – te reo,” says Karl Cummins, Deputy Secretary, District Courts.

The te reo announcements have been supported by Chief Judge Jan-Marie Doogue, with guidance from Judge Taumanu, following the introduction of te reo Māori announcements in the higher courts. Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue says it is an exciting next step in what has been a historic change in the District Court process. “The new resource is a clever and compact aid for court staff to ensure te reo Māori is used appropriately and consistently in the court setting,” says Judge Doogue.

The flip cards are designed to be used while taking court for judges, Justices of the Peace and community magistrates, with an easy to read English translations underneath te reo Māori phrasing. Te reo Māori court announcements – Patric Hape and team…..

Call for more funds for Te Puni Kōkiri
Government departments are more likely to embellish how well they are serving Māori if no one is keeping tabs on them, Māori MPs warn.

Te Puni Kōkiri (the Ministry of Māori Development) told the Māori Affairs Select Committee it did not have the resources to audit all departments on their achievements for Māori.

Its chief executive, Michelle Hippolite, said years of restructuring at the ministry meant it could no longer do one of its key jobs: keeping an eye on the entire public sector's outcomes for Māori…

Maori Law Solicitors - Junior and Senior 
The Kaupapa inquiry programme introduced by the Tribunal earlier this year means that Maori will now have a voice and an opportunity to be heard on a broad range of historical and contemporary claims on nationally significant issues such as health, housing, education, the treatment of Maori military veterans and the justice system.

It also has work flowing from the five-year Historical Claims programme recently released by the Waitangi Tribunal, which deals with several hundred claims not otherwise being dealt with under the District Inquiries.

The recent Tribunal developments have ushered in a new phase in the Treaty Claims area and this means a strong and steady flow of work for this firm. The future is looking very bright……

Ratings Changes to Encourage Māori Land Development
Cabinet has agreed to provide local Councils with more workable and equitable tools to deal with issues around the rating of unused and unoccupied Māori land.

Local councils already have the ability to remit rates on general and Māori land. However this proposed change clarifies the law around the rating of unoccupied and unused Māori land.

The changes will provide councils the ability to remove rates arrears on unoccupied and unused Māori land where there is:

• a demonstrable commitment to use or occupy land;

• there is little prospect of the land ever being used or occupied.

Other changes include the removal of a two hectare non-rating limit for marae and urupā (burial grounds), and that Māori land subject to Ngā Whenua Rahui covenants will not be rated. This brings the rates for Māori land use of this nature in line with similar uses of general land including the non-rating of churches, cemeteries and QEII covenanted land.

A new approach to the valuation of Māori land for rating purposes will also be developed…..

Māori war veteran gets pension back
Mr Clarke's veterans pension and disability allowance were suspended in November, after he was issued with an arrest warrant.

The kaumatua was part of an occupation of Kaitaia Airport last September and was arrested for trespassing.

The warrant was dropped this week and Work and Income New Zealand said Mr Clarke's payments could resume.

A charitable account was set up last month to help support Mr Clarke, but the veteran has asked for donations to end.

Mr Clarke's agent was working on the paperwork and back pay from WINZ.

New Plymouth councillor Howie Tamati loses challenge for Maori street names
New Plymouth's sole Maori councillor has lost his motion to have the streets of a subdivision named after titles of indigenous cultural significance.

In November, the New Plymouth District Council monitoring committee voted to name the two roads created as part of developer Richard Dreaver's new Waitara subdivision on Armstrong Ave, Dreaver Drive and Masters Lane.

A council report at the time of the decision recommended the streets be named Kaipeke Drive and Ngati Kura Road, in honour of the a pa site and local hapu. However the committee settled on Dreaver Drive and Masters Lane, in recognition of Dreaver's family members who died in World War I.

However at Tuesday's committee meeting Councillor Howie Tamati moved a motion to alter the road naming resolution and revert back to the Maori street names.

The committee voted 7 to 3 against Tamati's motion. Mayor Andrew Judd, Tamati and councillor Keith Allum voted in support of the motion.

Proposal for rates arrears to be cut on unused Māori land
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is calling for councils to exempt Māori land from rates arrears.

In the draft Māori land reform bill, Te Ture Whenua Māori, the minister wants the local council to write off rates if owners come up with a plan for future use.

Mr Flavell also says rates shouldn't be imposed if there's little prospect of the land ever being used.

It’s estimated that 36% of Māori land is unused and the majority of this land is in rural areas in the Far North, central North Island and East Coast regions.

Councils will have the discretion to write off unused and unoccupied land….

Government disregard for Waitangi Tribunal
The disregard shown to the Waitangi Tribunal by the National-led Government and their support party the Maori Party is unacceptable and a warning sign of their desire to push through unpopular changes to laws governing Māori land, says Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

“To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report….

Northern Maori leaders call for new location for Waitangi Day commemorations
Northern Maori leaders are calling for the Prime Minister and Government to attend Waitangi events at a new location in future years.

Waitangi National Trust chairman Pita Paraone, who organised the Waitangi Festival, questioned whether Ti Tii Marae was still the most suitable place to welcome the Crown.

Mr Paraone, who is a New Zealand First MP, said the powhiri could be moved to the Treaty grounds at Waitangi or neighbouring marae, as had been done in the past.

"If we're going to provide uncertainty every year perhaps that ought to be a consideration," he said.

Former Labour MP Shane Jones, who is based in Northland, said Te Tii Marae had become a "fool's paradise" and the welcome ceremony for the Government was being "held hostage" by its trustees…..

Waitangi Tribunal's findings 'bizarre' - minister
The Waitangi Tribunal's draft findings on proposed changes to laws governing Māori land have been dismissed as "bizarre" by Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson.

The Tribunal said it was forced to rush out its findings on claims linked to proposed changes to the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act.

It said that was due to the Crown deciding to embark on a series of information hui only weeks before the tribunal's full report was to be released.

It said more consultation was needed before it released the findings, but Mr Finlayson has rejected that.

"It seems to be riddled with factual errors. It says various people oppose the reform when in fact they don't…..

Mondayisation flaunted by large employer of Maori - union
One of the first companies to flaunt the first ever Mondayising of Waitangi day law is a large employer of Maori in the North Island, says the NZ Meat Workers Union.

Under law changes agreed by Parliament in 2013, where Waitangi Day falls on a Saturday, as it has this year, the holiday is observed on a Monday for those who don’t normally work weekends.

"These actions by AFFCO Talley’s have let down other employers who have worked hard to comply and left a sour note for Maori workers on this important holiday" Ms Fenton says…..

Kindergarten children learn about treaty through tuatara
In the second article of the treaty, Maori were guaranteed they would retain the possession and enjoyment of their treasure under the British.

"Because tuatara are unique to Aotearoa/New Zealand, protection is important," McPherson said.

Charlee Hopkinson-Palmer, 4, said tuatara needed protection from the rats and went on to explain how they came on the tall ships to New Zealand….

Unique powhiri for Geraldine High School
Two Maori students took lead roles in the Geraldine High School powhiri (welcome), for the first time, at the start of the school year last Tuesday.

In Maori culture, the powhiri is used to determine if visitors are friends or enemies…

College makes new kids feel at home
New Year 9 students at Kuranui College received a warm welcome from teachers and their Year 13 counterparts on their first day at the South Wairarapa school.

More than 100 students gathered outside the college auditorium earlier this week and were called in by Te Reo teacher Suzanne Murphy.

They were followed by their parents, members of their whanau and their former primary school principals, according to school spokeswoman Catherine Rossiter-Stead.

The new students were represented by Francis McNally-Te Maari, who gave a rousing speech in Te Reo Maori on the importance of the Kuranui College motto 'tatau tatau' and its meaning of "strength created through working together"…..

Sharing the future

"The Crown's apologies for what happened are hugely important in terms of nation-building ... The economic redress has really helped to change the economic circumstances for a lot of iwi and hapu.

"What people are much less aware of, is that once that's finished there are still a lot of conversations that the nation needs to have which are still important for the Treaty ... Because the economic issues by and large will have been addressed, but there's an awful lot of political issues still to talk about.''

It is as though there are two parallel histories of New Zealand, Prof Hayward says.


Ownership begs the question; whose definition of the word is being applied?

"Maori do not use the English understanding of ownership ... The English concept is usually associated with exclusion, being able to do whatever you like with that land; in other words, full alienation right to the land. Those ideas are derived from common law.''

But the definition, according to Maori custom and law, is different.

"It doesn't necessarily mean exclusiveness. It doesn't necessarily mean full rights to dispose of it in any way that one sees fit."

And here comes the surprising rub: "We've already had a Supreme Court decision, in 2012, recognising that tikanga Maori, or Maori law, is part of our common law''.

"I think this is a real future for New Zealand; to consider our New Zealand law and the place of Maori law within it.

"It would become a New Zealand way of understanding our legal system and history and future.''


The Otakou Runanga continues to seek a mataitai, a customary fishing reserve, in Otago Harbour.

The maitaitai, which it applied for in 2008, would allow the runanga to manage all non-commercial fishing in the harbour.

"We are waiting for the minister to decide on that. We've been told, yes the decision is close at hand, but there's been no clear indication of when.''

Crown lacks Maori support for law change - Tribunal
The Crown does not yet have enough support from Maori to make changes to laws governing Maori land, the Waitangi Tribunal says.

The Tribunal has rushed the release of its draft findings on claims concerning proposed reforms to the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act of 1993.

The Tribunal found the Crown will breach Treaty principles if it does not ensure properly informed and broad-based support for the bill to proceed.

It said Maori interest in land was central to the Treaty partnership and the Crown could not simply follow whatever policy it chose…..

Treaty of Waitangi to be translated into 30 languages
The New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters has announced the launch of the Treaty Times Thirty project. Over 90 translators will work together to translate the English and Māori versions of the Treaty of Waitangi into 30 languages. …..

Te reo Maori protection 'needed more than ever'
"Honouring the Treaty of Waitangi includes doing more to get te reo Māori out of the danger zone," says Māori Language Commission chief executive Ngahiwi Apanui.

"Te reo Māori is in a perilous state and more must be done to ensure it has a future."

"Our country’s founding document was written in both Māori and English - the language had a place at the table of power in 1840 and it must be given similar consideration to support current efforts to revive te reo Māori."

"As the country celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, I sincerely hope that we all reflect on the importance of te reo Māori to this nation, its place in our schools, on our sports fields, in broadcasting, in Parliament, in business and in all aspects of our lives.

One in five Māori people (or 21% of 598,605) speak the language…..

Mana and money - the Maori business evolution
The assets of the top 10 Maori businesses are closing in on $5 billion as they develop from property and primary industries-related Treaty settlements into wider interests including, food and tourism, but one expert says the important issue is how much money they are generating to help the needs of the people.

Protest fears put cork in TPP ministers celebration lunch at winery
A celebration lunch for TPP ministers at Villa Maria winery on Thursday was cancelled at short notice because of concerns protesters could breach security and invade the premises.

Ministers were to have been secretly ferried out to the restaurant in Villa Maria's idyllic country setting near Auckland Airport after signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

But suggestions on social media in the morning that ministers might be heading there forced its cancellation because of security concerns….

Foon to speak for Chinese delegation at Waitangi
GISBORNE Mayor Meng Foon will make an address at this year’s Waitangi celebrations when he leads the New Zealand Chinese Association (NZCA) delegation today and tomorrow.

It is the first time the association has attended the Waitangi Day celebrations at Waitangi since the arrival of Chinese people to New Zealand shores over 150 years ago.

“It’s timely because we have a close relationship with some of the iwi in the far North, particularly Te Rarawa and Te Roroa,” NZCA president Meng Foon said.

“These iwi were kind enough to bury our ancestors in their grave sites following the sinking of the SS Ventnor in 1902. We appreciate very much their kindness and care for our people.”

“This is a genuine privilege and honour for us all to represent Chinese in New Zealand. The NZCA values the Treaty of Waitangi as it has allowed Chinese people to settle in New Zealand, the place which we call home.”….

Improved Maori education shows gap is closing
On the eve of Waitangi Day, Hekia Parata runs a rule over Maori education.

OPINION: In any given year about 13,000 Maori turn 18. In 2008, the year this Government came into office, 6003 Maori 18 year olds had the minimum qualification necessary for further education or training.

In other words, less than half of all Maori teenagers were leaving our education system with NCEA Level 2 or an equivalent qualification. Six years later 8947 of the Maori who turned 18 had the same qualification. That means almost 3000 more young Maori embarked on adulthood with the tools they needed to succeed…..

Steven Joyce, Te Ururoa Flavell unveil economic plan for Northland
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced the 58 initiatives proposed at a meeting of Northland business and political leaders at Marsden Estate winery.

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell said one of the most important things for Northland was for Ngapuhi to resolve its settlement.

"Yes, discussion about sovereignty is nice and it will be a long discussion.

Labour and Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis said any investment in the region was welcome and it was good to see Maori leaders involved.

However, he said there were two major "speed bumps" which had to be managed - water rights and local opposition to mining because of concerns about environmental contamination.

"Each mineral has to be looked at on its own merits and you have to balance the economic value against environmental costs."….

Key pulls out of Waitangi visit
Prime Minister John Key will not be going to Waitangi this year, following a row over whether he should be able to attend and speak at the celebrations.

A letter was sent to Mr Key last night from Te Tii Marae trustees which said he would be allowed to speak in the whare, but his speech must not be political.

Mr Key called those rules a "gagging order" and said he wouldn't attend on Saturday unless the rules were revoked.

A one-line statement from a spokesperson from his office to media this afternoon, it says: "The Prime Minister's Office has had no response to its letter sent to trustees at Te Tii Marae earlier today. Accordingly, the Prime Minister has decided he will not be attending celebrations in Waitangi this year."….

Aotearoa Fisheries appoints new directors to Sealord
Aotearoa Fisheries Limited is making changes to its appointed directors to Sealord Group Limited in order to have a complete alignment of its appointees with its own board. Aotearoa Fisheries owns 50% of Sealord on behalf of all Māori, and as such appoints half of the Sealord board of directors….

Maori land bill tweaked in face of dissent
The crown is pushing ahead with its fast track timetable to rewrite Maori land law, releasing a new version of Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill even as the Waitangi Tribunal is preparing a report on whether the previous draft is in line with treaty principles.

A proposal to allow government officials to appoint kaiwhakarite or external managers for unutilised Maori land has been dropped,

Existing Maori trusts and incorporations will have the option to continue operating as the same entity, rather than having to switch to the new and untested rangatopu governance structure.

Mr Flavell says the safeguards around retaining Maori freehold land have been strengthened…

Maori 'have been here since 14th century'
About 80 people gathered outside the former Manukau council chambers this morning to protest against a Fletcher Construction plan to build 480 houses on land containing ancestral Maori burial caves at Mangere.

A young father carrying his 3-year-old daughter broke into the planning hearing today and warned commissioners that they would "get it" if they approved the new housing project.

The young man, who gave his name only as Popata, said he came down from Kaitaia to support relatives at Mangere opposing the project.

"Hey, hey, hey," he told the five commissioners. "If you want to develop this land, go right ahead and you will see 200 of us occupying our land at Ihumatao.

"How would you like it if these fellows came to your burial ground and built on top of your ancestors?

"How would you like it if they built a house on top of your children? That's not right, eh?"

He added: "Our friends here and our relations here will carry on protesting and yous are going to get it when you come to Ihumatao."….

Waitangi change a 'slap in the face' for Key - Harawira
John Key will attend Waitangi but Hone Harawira says the protocol for the Prime Minister at Te Tii Marae this year is a slap in the face.

Mr Key will be welcome to speak at Waitangi, but any political speech would take place at forum tent away from Te Tii Marae building, said an elder at Waitangi, Rihari Dargaville.

Mr Harawira, facilitator of the political forum venue, told Morning Report Ngāpuhi was sending a clear signal to Mr Key.

"It's definitely a slap in the face for the prime minister and big ups to Ngāpuhi for sending a clear message that they don't accept that he can refuse to consult with Māori, refuse to negotiate with Māori, refuse to brief Māori, refuse to let any Māori even see the TPPA and think that he can just swan on to the marae at Waitangi and promote the TPPA.

"I think it's the best interests in of the whole of Ngāpuhi and Māoridom that the signal has been sent to the Prime Minister in this way."

Mr Dargaville said there would be more protesters this year than ever before - with a group of 15,000 people opposing the signing of the TPP expected from Auckland…..

Golden Bay recreation facility blessed
In the darkness of pre-dawn, Golden Bay residents gathered in a ceremony led by Archdeacon Andy Joseph and iwi representative Barney Thomas to bless the planned recreation facility site.

The ceremony early on Tuesday saw 80 people pass around nine Kohatu (mauri stones) gifted by community and iwi Manawhenua ki Mohua. They were touched by each person before being laid in a hole near where the facility's entrance will be.

The site where the recreation centre is being developed is at the Golden Bay Recreation Ground, commonly known as the Golden Bay A&P showgrounds.

Thomas said the ceremony bestowed a blessing on the land, to "anchor the project" and the building placed there…..

Iwi will perform powhiri, but does not mean support for TPPA
The iwi organisation performing the powhiri at the signing of the TPPA say they are happy to welcome guests but does not mean they support the trade deal......

NZ Māori Council drops court bid to halt TPPA
The New Zealand Māori Council will not be taking the Government to the High Court in a bid to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. That's because it's a no-win situation.

Council co-chair, Maanu Paul told Te Kāea that his lawyers’ advice is contrary to the council's initial wishes.

Paul says, “Lawyer Richard Fowler QC said that we will not be lucky because it is not the right time and we will not win our case.”…

Council calls for clarity on Maori water rights
The Northland Regional Council is calling on the government to pass a law making it clear that nobody owns freshwater.

It is asking for legislation to confirm the Crown as the caretaker of fresh water on behalf of all New Zealanders.

The council held an unscheduled meeting on freshwater last week at the urging of councillor John Bain.

He said he had reason to believe the government was considering a new regime of tradeable water rights with set allocations for iwi.

Northland Regional Council chair Bill Shepherd said he and others were uneasy that democratically-elected regional councils could lose authority to iwi, as the government tried to accommodate Maori interests in water.

He said the government was talking to Maori but not to regional councils…..

TPP deserves praise from Maori, not condemnation (Opinion)
Former MP Hone Harawira has stated some complete falsehoods about Trans Pacific Partnership, Maori and the Treaty of Waitangi.

This coincided with publication of a paper by "experts" Dr Carwyn Jones, Associate Professor Claire Charters, Andrew Eruti and Professor Jane Kelsey on "Maori rights, Te Tiriti O Waitangi and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement".

Days later several Maori elders spoke negatively about the TPP at Ratana and were joined by a bevy of political leaders.

This criticism of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) forced me to reread a big chunk of the TPP and previous free trade agreements and to study every element of the criticisms being levelled against the TPP and Maori.

My conclusions are radically different from the critics'. I believe that rather than being inadequate in its protections for Maori, TPP is if anything a taonga in the way it protects the rights of the New Zealand Government to discriminate in favour of Maori….

FOMA sees TPP signing as start of wider public consultation
"FOMA has always sought to provide its members with relevant information on trade agreements that Maori will be affected by and the TPP is no different. The signing of the agreement next week signals the beginning of a 12month public consultation period which we are looking forward to actively participating in." says Federation of Maori Authorities Chairman Traci Houpapa. "We support the need for independent analysis of the TPP and the benefits for Maori and all New Zealanders"

"We recognise TPP is a complex trade arrangement which requires time to fully digest and understand. Our members support the trade benefits and want assurance that our national sovereignty and Treaty partnership are maintained. We welcome proper engagement with government and our members on this important matter."....

Ngāpuhi Festival estimates attracting over 40,000 to Kaikohe
Ngāpuhi descendants from all over the world have gathered in Kaikohe this weekend to celebrate their Ngāpuhi kinship.

It's an annual event first run by Te Rūnanga-a-iwi o Ngāpuhi in 2004, alternating between Auckland and Kaikohe venues.

This year the event has returned to Kaikohe with crowds expected to be in excess of 40,000 people.

Tau says, "We all need to do is actively pursuing unity within Ngāpuhi. Having the Ngāpuhi Festival here is a good way to begin the year."…

Mana Enhancing Agreement signed
An historic agreement has been signed between the Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council aimed at working together to enhance the Te Wai-o-Hingānga (Esk), Arapawanui, Waipātiki and Te Ngarue catchments using surplus funding sourced from the Tangoio Soil Conservation Reserve.

Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust General Manager Shayne Walker says the agreement sets out how the partnership will operate, based on Māori principles…..

Maori representation within health workforce a 'work in progress'
Maori make up only 3 per cent of the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board's workforce, despite making up 12 per cent of the district's population.

Figures from the New Zealand Medical Workforce survey released last week show the proportion of doctors who identify as Maori is increasing nationally, although Maori are still under-represented in the medical workforce when compared to the proportion of Maori in the general population.

The health board was exploring how it could improve the recruitment and retention of Maori employees, Wereta said.

Steps had also been taken to improve the cultural awareness of all health board staff…..

Maori science academy launched
The first Maori science academy has been launched in Palmerston North.

Supported by Massey University, it's aimed at helping year 11 students do better in science and maths.

About 300 people attended the official opening of the academy, which will help more than 70 Maori high-school students in Manawatu…..

Proposal to change name opposed
A proposal to change the spelling of Tokomairiro has drawn strong opposition from people living in the area.

The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) made a proposal at the end of last year to change the spelling of three unofficially recorded names in South Otago.

It said the spelling of the Tokomairiro River, Tokomairiro River East Branch and Tokomairiro River West Branch were incorrect and should be spelled "Tokomairaro''.

It claimed "Tokomairaro'' appeared in early historical documents.

Milton Historical Society member Nancie Allison did not agree and made a submission to the board against the name change.

"The earliest maps I've found only ever have an ‘i','' she said…..

Ancestor burial belief not enough to hold up oil company's project in Taranaki
A Taranaki hapu's belief that a Te Atiawa ancestor is buried near a proposed well site is not enough to stop its construction, a court has ruled.

Following a hearing in September, Environment Court Judge Brian Dwyer released his finding on Friday in favour of Greymouth Petroleum's appeal against a Heritage New Zealand decision to decline an authority, which would have allowed the oil company to begin earthworks at its Kowhai D site near Tikorangi.

As part of the project,Greymouth wanted to establish a well site, access way and an underground pipeline in the area but Heritage New Zealand said the land involved was of cultural significance to Maori and required protection.

Part of this claim related to information Otaraua hapu member Rawiri Doorbar had provided to the agency about Te Atiawa ancestor Wiremu Kingi Te Rangitaake being buried near the well site. Te Rangitaake was a renowned Te Atiawa chief who peacefully opposed land sales. He was also a signatory to the Treaty of Waitangi.

While the grave itself was not going to be disturbed, the wider cultural values of tangata whenua would have been affected by the project, the agency claimed…..

‘Put Iwi First’ Advisor Tells Failing Charter School
New Zealand First is astonished the Education Minister’s advisor told failed Whangaruru charter school to “put iwi first” and hold on to a taxpayer-funded farm that cost nearly a million dollars, says New Zealand First Education Spokesperson Tracey Martin.

“The incompetence of Education Minister Hekia Parata is astonishing – she even signed the original contract basically ‘gifting’ the farm to the trust running the school.

“We have previously pointed out that the Minister’s lack of business nous led to a failure in the contract to require the school to return taxpayer purchased assets in the event of the school shutting down, as it has.

“Official Information Act documents obtained by New Zealand First show that as the Minister was trying to rescue this failed experiment she recommended an advisor to the school’s Nga Parirau Matauranga Trust board. The advisor told them to keep the land for part of a Ngati Wai treaty settlement.

“The 81 hectares in Northland was purchased out of the original $1.6 million establishment funding. Total funding for the school reached $4.9 million.

“In 2013 in Parliament New Zealand First questioned the ‘gifting’ of the farm to the trust. It was obvious that the Minister had given away millions of dollars of land and assets to a private trust….

National must listen to Maori TPPA concerns
The National Government must listen to the widespread opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) if it is to retain credibility with Māori, says Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis.

“The Iwi Leaders Forum met face to face with Trade Minister Todd McClay and added their voice to the chorus of opposition against the TPPA.

“The Iwi Leaders Forum have sent a loud and clear message to the Government: say ‘No’ to the TPPA until you can provide assurances that Treaty of Waitangi obligations, our environment and the rights of hapū, iwi and Māori will be protected under this deal.

“Māori opposition to the TPPA is growing by the day. Māori leaders, academics, clinicians, the CTU Runanga and the Maori Women’s Welfare League are firmly against the deal. Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāti Te Ata and Ngāti Whanaunga each confirmed they would not perform the pōwhiri for the signing of the TPPA.

“If this Government was to honour its relationship and obligations to Māori it would consult properly and in good faith with iwi before even considering signing….

Māori Party threatens to 'walk away' from RMA
The Māori Party is warning it will withdraw its support for proposed changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) if the government backtracks on its promises.

Last year, the party agreed to support the government's bill if Māori were given more say over how resources were managed.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said on Tuesday the government's concessions to the Māori Party were racist and should be thrown out.

Mr Peters argued the bill in its current form would take the country down a separatism track.

He singled out a clause in the bill that would require councils to hold discussions and form agreements with local iwi on the management of natural resources, including in freshwater management plans.

He said he would move amendments to remove that clause, and any references to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, from the final legislation.

When asked if he would consider that, Prime Minister John Key did not rule it out.....

Winston Peters wants Treaty principles scrapped from RMA
Winston Peters has called for the scrapping of Treaty references in the RMA. The leader of NZ First said last night in his State of the Nation speech, that the laws encourage separatism, but the Māori Party says Peters comments are a joke.

Winston Peters is at it again. He says, "Māori are a part of the community not separate from the community, and when you make that mistake you're segmenting people off on the basis of race."

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Ngati Whatua won't take part in powhiri
Ngati Whatua says it will refuse to take part in any powhiri for international trade ministers when they visit New Zealand to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership on February 4 because it opposes the agreement……

Resource Management Act changes will take NZ down path of separatism
Changes to the Resource Management Act are the result of the Maori Party "brownmailing" National and will take New Zealand down the path of separatism, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says.

The NZ First leader said that under the new RMA bill, every council would be required by law to invite local iwi to participate in the formulation of policy plans, including water management plans.

"This is just the starting point," Mr Peters told the audience. "Iwi really want much, much more."

He said the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group had stated goals including ownership of all Crown-owned river and lake beds and the water column.

"The proposed changes to the RMA are a signal flare to the entire country that the two parties are taking us down the track of separatism. We are no longer one people. We are moving towards two separate groups with separate rights."….  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11580013

Business, Property And Planning Groups Should Support Peters on Rma Reform
The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on business, property and planning industry groups to support Winston Peters’ proposed way forward for Resource Management Act reform. Reacting to Mr Peters’ state of the nation speech delivered last night, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union, says:

In our report on the Auckland Council’s mana whenua provisions, we exposed the extent to which Auckland Council now require costly iwi consultation on matters entirely of Maori spiritual or make-believe factors. It appears that Mr Peters wants to curtail the Maori Party’s radical proposals for separate iwi consenting bodies which would spread similar requirements throughout the country.”

“If there is anyone that can stand up to the trend toward race-based rights under the RMA it is Mr Peters. Groups who have been pushing for sensible reform of the RMA should welcome Mr Peters’ comments and be relieved that John Key now appears to have a sensible way forward without the Maori Party’s rent-seeking concessions.”…
Taxpayers' Union's report here > http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/taniwha_tax

Prime Minister John Key opens door to deal with Winston Peters over RMA
Prime Minister John Key has opened the door to a deal with NZ First leader Winston Peters over reform of the Resource Management Act - even if it means winding back concessions to the Maori Party.

Last year, the Government backed off planned changes to the RMA that would have altered its key definitions, giving the economy greater weight alongside environmental issues.

But it made several concessions to the Maori Party to gain its support - although only to the select committee stage.

Peters said NZ First would move amendments to cut red tape and bring common sense to the RMA.

"We will do so on one condition, that National will drop all provisions in the bill that provide separate rights based on race," he said.

Key said National had always been searching for partners to pass its RMA changes and there was no guarantee that the reforms would get out of the select committee.

Asked if he would be prepared to wind back the concessions to the Maori Party to get that support, Key responded by saying, "what we need is 61-plus votes to get that out of select committee. We are happy to work with any political party to make that happen."…

Ngāpuhi to decide on Govt ban from Waitangi
Divided Ngāpuhi leaders will gather next week to decide if the Government will be blocked from going on to Te Tii Marae on Waitangi Day.

Last week, iwi kaumatua Kingi Taurua threatened to block the Government from Waitangi's only marae if it signed the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

But Mr Taurua says not everyone agrees with his stance.

"The idea is we need to talk to the tribe, bring the tribe together, and see if we can come to some common agreement," he says. "There are some who think the Prime Minister should come on and there are some who say no. The whole idea of the hui is I want to get a consensus."

Mr Taurua says he won't be changing his mind, despite opposition from some iwi leaders.

"I will be there and I will be on the other side if they want the Prime Minister to come on," he says. "There's a possibility that I will be with the protest group who will try and stop them from coming on. I am not going to change my stance…..

Otago Polytechnic establishes Māori Centre
Māori students at Otago Polytechnic will soon have their own place where they can “work and learn as Māori” following the announcement of the establishment of a Māori Centre in the Forth Street campus and the appointment of its Tumuaki (Manager) Rebecca Williams.

Some of the services to be offered at the Māori Centre include:

• Pastoral care for Māori students
• Māori research centre
• Teaching space for Māori electives
• Workspace for Māori staff to access as and when needed
• Support for Māori staff

“Our aim is to go beyond simply a support centre for Māori students and rather to create a holistic environment where a range of activities can take place – from teaching, to support, to research.”…

Māori economy in 'strong' position
The Māori economy is doing well. It's estimated to have a shared wealth of $40 billion, with the biggest investments in the fishing, forestry and farming industries.

"Overall it's pretty good news," said Mr Barry. "Six of the seven iwi are doing really well in terms of their financial investments performance. Ngai Tahu and Ngati Whatua ki Orakei stand out in the last couple of years, but generally it's been a good solid performance."

Ngati Whātua ki Ōrākei - which settled with the government just four years ago for $18 million - now has an asset base worth $767m, after earlier having $500 million in land assets.

Waikato-Tainui, which settled with the Crown in 1995 for $170m, now has an asset base of $1.1bn. Mr Barry said the tribe had traditional investments along with commercial ones such as Hamilton's The Base - New Zealand's largest shopping centre.

According to the Office of Treaty Settlements website, more than 50 groups or iwi have settled their grievances with the Crown. About 14 more have signed a deed and another 15 are in negotiations. The remainder have yet to begin the process….

Rights to fresh water get clouded
Maori leaders have laughed off Northland Regional Council claims that the way water is managed in the region is working well, amid councillor fears iwi will soon be granted special rights to fresh water.

Northland Regional Council held an emergency meeting on Friday, establishing its stance against Maori fresh water rights, in what one councillor termed "the next foreshore and seabed debate".

Councillor John Bain said the worst-case scenario was the "commercialisation of water by any special interest group".

NRC chairman Bill Shepherd said a paper put to Cabinet early last year indicated the Government's position was that no one owned fresh water….

Petition To Stop Māori Land “Confiscations” – Green Party
The Green Party has launched a petition to stop the taking of Māori land under the Public Works Act.

“This is a real opportunity to stop any more unfair confiscations of what is left of whenua Māori,” Green Party Co-leader James Shaw says.

The Bill would amend the Public Works Act and put a stop to Māori land being acquired by a minister or local authority for public works.

The Bill would amend the Public Works Act to specifically protect Māori freehold and Māori customary land from being acquired. This would mean that no Māori land can be taken without consent…..

Massey signs sponsorship deal for Ngapuhi Festival
Massey University has signaled its commitment to the North, signing up as a major sponsor of the Ngāpuhi Festival this weekend. The new deal will see the University sponsoring the main performance stage at the biennial festival…..

Secret decision riles former councillor
A former Western Bay District councillor is demanding answers on why a key decision on the proposal to transfer ownership of Matakana Island's Panepane Point back to Maori was taken in secret.

"Why was the discussion not held in the open meeting so the ideologies of the mayor and councillors could be fully understood by ratepayers," Mike Lally said.

He was referring to the December 17 council meeting which unanimously supported commencing work on a Local Act of Parliament to provide for the transfer of the 200ha block at the southern tip of Matakana back to the island's five hapu…..

Offenders on bracelets to return to prison if no cellphone coverage
Labour MP Kelvin Davis is concerned offenders with electronic bracelets who live outside cellphone coverage areas will be sent to prison. The Department of Corrections says, if an offender proposes an address where there is no cell phone coverage, it will be deemed as unsuitable.

MP Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says, "We will see more Māori going to jail due to these types of laws. I think it needs to be reversed to accommodate for those who only have landlines."

In a statement to Kelvin Davis, Corrections said there remains some areas of the country (such as the far north) where the lack of cell phone coverage continues to be an issue. In these locations it is unable to operate a home detention scheme.

Corrections says it has always been their practice to encourage staff to work with offenders to come up with alternative addresses…..

Maori Party co-leaders support call for justice system review
The Law Society says the cost of legal representation is a primary reason for the rise in self-representation.

The Māori Party says a review would also be an opportunity to consider incorporating tikanga Māori into the way our legal structure operates.

It believes a more restorative process across the justice system, particularly in the family court, is needed. The plan is to introduce Whānau Facilitators who will work closely with hapū and iwi, and will support families throughout the family court system.

Iwi leaders hui
Freshwater, conservation and Te Ture Whenua Maori will be the topics reported on by members of the Iwi Leaders Group at a hui in Tikitiki on Tuesday.

The meeting at Rahui Marae is one of a series around the country.

The freshwater committee will present an update on its engagement with the Crown on addressing iwi hapu rights and interests…..

Clarity Needed on Freshwater Responsibilities; NRC
The Northland Regional Council is calling on central government to reveal more about its plans for any future freshwater reform, including how it proposes to tackle Maori rights and interests.

Chairman Bill Shepherd says a paper put to Cabinet early last year indicated the Government’s position at that time was that no-one owned freshwater, no generic share of freshwater resources would be provided to iwi and there would be no national settlement of iwi/hapu claims to freshwater resources.

However, he says the government’s current position on addressing iwi/hapu rights and interests in the context of any freshwater reform – including any deviation from that outlined to Cabinet last year – is unclear, frustrating his fellow councillors.

Councillor Shepherd says the council’s collective position at today’s meeting was that it wished to see the Crown continue to act as kaitiaki of the nation’s freshwater on behalf of all New Zealanders.

Similarly, councillors reaffirmed their support for the regional council sector’s continued role of managing freshwater under the current statutory processes, which include involving community participation…..

Plan to return island block to Maori
An historic agreement has been reached for the Western Bay of Plenty District Council to begin the process of returning Panepane Point to Matakana Island's five hapu.

It follows years of requests because of the cultural and heritage significance to Maori of the 200-hectare block at the southern tip of the forested part of the island.

If successful, it would mean that both sides of the city entrance to Tauranga Harbour were owned by Maori. The Crown relinquished ownership of the landmark of Mauao in 2008 to Tauranga Moana's three iwi……

Government says TPPA deal won't undermine Treaty of Waitangi rights for Maori
The Government has rebuffed claims the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will undermine the rights of Maori under the Treaty of Waitangi, saying it has secured protections in the controversial deal.

Trade Minister Todd McClay announced the release of a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat) fact sheet about the TPPA and the Treaty, following suggestions the deal breached the Crown's obligations to Maori.

The document says the TPPA agreement includes a specific provision "preserving the pre-eminence of the Treaty of Waitangi".

Te Whaioranga - Māori responsiveness strategies

As a Government agency, PHARMAC has a commitment to upholding the articles and the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. PHARMAC’s Māori Responsiveness Strategy provides a framework for ensuring that PHARMAC responds to the particular need of Māori in relation to medicines.

See the yearly schedule HERE > https://www.pharmac.govt.nz/maori/health-professionals/maori-health-strategies/

Ngapuhi considers Waitangi day protest if TPP signed
A Ngapuhi elder is threatening to block the Government from Te Tii Marae on Waitangi Day if the Trans Pacific Partnership is signed, saying the signing is a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be reportedly signed in New Zealand on February 4. Andres Rebolledo, director general of Chile's International Economic Relations Bureau, reportedly confirmed the date in a meeting with the country's National Human Rights Institute, before officials were ready for the announcement. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed an event will be held in Auckland in early February. Prime Minister John Key was unavailable to comment on Mr Taurua's threat at edition time yesterday.

Kingi Taurua, Ngapuhi kaumatua, said, if the document was signed it would be wrong if the Government turned up to Waitangi Day a few days later, and is considering blocking them from Te Tii Marae……

Contact Energy switches on Maori world
Former Taupo Primary School teacher Awhina Eru has swapped the classroom for the capital, taking up a position at Contact Energy's head office in Wellington

Since November, Eru, of Ngati Tahu descent, has been teaching staff at the head office about marae protocol and "te ao Maori" – the Maori world.

"I'm getting them to understand, when they have a hui with tangata whenua, some of the protocols and processes of how Maori operate."….

Māori lawyer warns belittling of Māori women not on
A Māori lawyer has taken offence after being cursed at by a representative of the Iwi Leaders' Group.

Annette Sykes says Willie Te Aho swore at her while running a consultation meeting with the group last night in Rotorua.

She says, "Willie swore at me, but after he thought about it, he knew it was wrong."

"We were debating, but a word of warning not to discriminate women," she says.

Last week the Iwi Leaders' Group began a series of consultation meetings throughout the country regarding Te Ture Whenua reform and water rights. Sykes says Māori rights are being tested.

"Don't belittle Māori women. We have our thoughts and views on issues. Māori men shouldn't criticise us just because they don't agree with our views," says Sykes…..

Wanganui iwi expect the title of Pakaitore/Moutoa Gardens to come back to them,
Mariana Waitai told a group yesterday.

She expected the title of the land to come back to the tribe, and for it to be managed by the new Nga Tangata Tiaki Trust.

"We are still looking at shutting the road down so that this whole area can be a walking space and show the connection across the road to the river."

The concrete strip in the grass at the gardens was used to check the length of chain measures used to survey land before it was sold.

Ms Waitai said the measure was "the worst symbol of oppression" that she knew.

"The only ones that benefited were tauiwi (non-Maori)."

The "stolen" land destroyed the tribe's infrastructure and its people lost their economic base, creating generations of mamae (pain), she said……

TPPA casts shadow over Waitangi
Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis says the Government has set the scene for a showdown with Ngapuhi at Waitangi over the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Mr Davis says it has failed to inform Maori about the implications of the deal.

“In true Ngapuhi style Kingi Taurua is using the political platform that Waitangi provides to highlight Maori discontent about the Government’s lack of consultation and information…..

Ngapuhi "crying wolf" over Marae Ban
Threats by self-appointed Waitangi Marae caretaker and cleaner Kingi Taurua to ban politicians from the marae on Waitangi Day are empty and a case of Mr Taurua "crying wolf" says Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin.

"Mr Taurua has a long history of hating. This time, he has turned his attention to the TPPA, and without understanding the benefits it will bring to our people, is trying to organise a ban of politicians at the Te Tii Marae at Waitangi," says Mr Rankin.

Mr Rankin, who is a descendant of the famous Ngapuhi chief Hone Heke, says that Taurua criticising the TPPA "because it has become fashionable for left-wing types to do this." He challenges Mr Taurua to identify how Maori interests will be harmed by the agreement.

"All I see," says Mr Rankin, "are opportunities for us to benefit through greater employment education, and intellectual property opportunities. This is what the TPPS will bring to Maori. It's just that a few people don't want us to prosper because they will have less to complain about."

Mr Rankin has praised Mr Taurua for his work as a caretaker and cleaner at Te Tii Marae, but says that does not qualify him as an expert on international trade agreements.

Beachfront restaurant forced to close after Maori bones discovered
Plans for a beachfront restaurant at one of Auckland's most scenic spots have been abandoned indefinitely, following the discovery of Maori bones and artefacts.

After a more than two-year saga the popular restaurant at Long Bay Regional Park north of the city will now not be rebuilt.

The decision to halt all work follows two discoveries of koiwi or pre-European bones and another of bone awls (tools) and shell beads, all of which delayed the planned refurbishment.

Auckland Council, local iwi, Heritage New Zealand and the existing restaurant licensee have reached the agreement out of respect for the cultural significance of the site….

Work already underway to block Mt Eden's summit road to cars before ban in place
Road works at the base of the popular tourist destination were blocking the one-way road to the summit on Saturday morning.

Vehicles will be banned from the top of Mt Eden from January 20, but roadworks cut access four days early.

The ban from the tihi, or summit, applies to all motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters.

Heavy vehicles including buses were banned from the summit of Maungawhau/Mt Eden in 2011 over concerns they were damaging the cone's archaeological heritage.

Paul Majurey, chair of the Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makaurau Authority which looks after Auckland's volcanic cones, said the ban respected the spiritual and cultural significance of the summit to Mana Whenua, as well as the community's aspirations.

"Motor vehicle restriction on the tihi of Maungawhau was signalled many years ago as a key measure to protect this taonga, and to reflect the Mana Whenua and community aspirations of their living connections with this taonga. It is very pleasing to have reached this point."…..

Course will look at environmental issues for hapu
A NEW marae-based course gives students the opportunity to learn about environmental issues relevant to their hapu.

More than half of the 40 spaces have been filled for the free course led by Te Wananga o Aotearoa teacher Tina Ngata.

Areas within the Waiapu catchment will be studied and she hopes students can help Ngati Porou and Gisborne District Council address issues on the land and waterways…..

Maori women viewed as 'inferior' by settlers
The way early settlers documented Māori women is disturbing and has had a damaging impact on how wahine are viewed today, an emerging health researcher says.

Ngahuia Murphy has received $110,000 from the Health Research Council to complete her PhD studies into Māori beliefs of the womb or whare tangata.

"I am looking at some of the pre-colonial ceremonies and ritual knowledge traditions around the whare tangata and I'm going to be tracing those ceremonial practices into the context of today."

"What is really disturbing is what they wrote 150 years ago has been reproduced across history up until contemporary times, creating these really oppressive, really powerful narratives about the inferiority of Māori women in our culture."

A total of $1.8 million was given to 21 emerging Māori health researchers in the Māori Career Development Awards last year.

Over 40 applications for funding were made, which is the largest number received in one year.

Health Research Council project co-ordinator Lady Pokai said there were a lot of research areas that weren't being tapped into especially when it came to Māori.

"It will build more understanding around why things are happening and helping our whanau Māori to overcome what is happening."

Ms Murphy said the council's support affirms the importance of reclaiming Māori women's sacred knowledge…..

Aotearoa Fisheries keen for collaborative approach
New Zealand’s largest Māori-owned fishing group, Aotearoa Fisheries, applauds the government’s focus on sustainably managing and protecting our oceans, but is concerned that recreational fishing parks and marine and seabed reserves and sanctuaries will adversely affect Māori fishing rights.

Aotearoa Fisheries Chief Executive Carl Carrington says it is very clear that the proposition to exclude all commercial and non-commercial customary fishing from parks, reserves and sanctuaries is making Iwi anxious.

"Māori have fought hard to have their fishing rights recognised under the Treaty and, for iwi to have confidence in Treaty Settlements, the Government will need to carefully consider these rights," he said. "It does provide some reassurance that the Government says it will seek greater consultation with Māori and the community to work through the issue."

Climbers told to carry 'poo pots' on New Zealand's famous Mount Taranaki after using its sacred summit as a toilet
Climbers are being encouraged to carry ‘poo pots’ when they scale one of New Zealand’s famous peaks after officials grew tired of its trails and sacred summit being used as toilets.

Human waste has become such a problem on Mount Taranaki that the Department of Conservation and Maori people want a law that forces visitors to bag their own waste and carry it down with them.

Mount Taranaki has cultural significance for Maori people, who regard it as a living ancestor and consider its summit to be sacred, 3News reported.

Group takes a stand against land sale
Iwi members upset at their trust's plans to sell its Wellington waterfront property to developers have occupied the land and plan to spend the night there.

Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust bought the land for $13 million in 2008 after a treaty settlement, but trustees say it has been a drain on the iwi ever since and they want to sell it.

Trust member Andrew Mepham said only 19 percent of the trust's 18,000 members have had the chance to vote and he is angry with the lack of democracy.

He was outraged the trustees had talked about the sale as a 'done-deal'.

Not everyone had had their say and the process had been rushed through the system over the holiday period, he said.

The group erected pouwhenua, or wooden posts, on the land today, which symbolised land, democracy and guardianship…..

South African king forging ties with Maori
An indigenous South African king learning about Maori culture made his first trip to Northland where he was "taken aback" by the region's history.

Basil Coetzee, a king of the Khoisan tribe in South Africa, was invited to New Zealand by a South African music group - The Auckland City Dukes - and has been in the country since November.

On Thursday, Mr Coetzee ended up in Whangarei at Pehiaweri Marae after kaumatua Bill Tangariki invited the king and other indigenous South Africans to Northland.

Iwi give input on road move
The New Zealand Transport Agency has begun engaging local iwi while work pending redesignation of Mangakahia Rd as a state highway is under way.

A powhiri will be held at the Poroti Marae today for NZTA officials and other stakeholders before a meeting to discuss the redesignation, including an open discussion….

Kotahitanga study gets history grant
A project to write a history of the Maori Parliament that met in the late 19th century has got a $12,000 boost from this year’s New Zealand History Trust Fund Awards administered by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Basil Keane worked previously as the director of the ministry’s Maori digital projects and as a senior in-house historian, he is now at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research…..

Objections to Marine Protected Areas Act changes continue to mount
Objections regarding the proposed changes to the Marine Protected Areas Act continue to mount. The Government has identified two areas it hopes to set aside for recreational fishing only.

One is in the Hauraki Gulf. The other is in the Marlborough Sounds.

Local iwi say if the Government's plan goes ahead, they're worried about job cuts and losses to commercial fishing revenue that supports iwi services.

The Govt says it has set aside $20mil to compensate the commercial sector which will be affected. Te Ātiawa says the social impact on the entire iwi must be remembered, given the revenue from its commercial fishing helps support iwi services…..

Mauao closed to the public until investigation complete
Mauao Trustee, Awanuiarangi Black says when he was notified, he was devastated.

Awanuiarangi Black (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pūkenga) said, "I was very sad, our people, sub-tribes from here are hurting and wounded. That's how the people are feeling."

Black says the focus now is to restore the mountain's life force.

Black adds, "Here is our strong rock Mauao, over one million people come to him each year, how do we protect it? But for now, we need to re-establish the life source."

Maori rights ditched for Auckland boaties
Environment Minister Nick Smith’s plan to turn the inner Hauraki Gulf into a recreational fishing park has been slammed as an attack on the Maori fisheries settlement.

It will directly establish large “recreational fishing parks” in the Hauraki Gulf and the Marlborough Sounds.

Mr Tuuta says that will prevent adjacent iwi from exercising customary commercial fishing rights, agreed under the 1992 Deed of Settlement between Māori and the Crown.

He says if ministers want to provide greater levels of protection, they should do so in a manner that is aligned with their duties to actively protect treaty settlements. ….

Iwi want access to waterways on Maori land
A group representing many iwi around the country say Māori must be given the right to freely use the water on their land.

Te Tumu Paeroa chief executive Jamie Tuuta said in the 1970's, rural water schemes in Taranaki were funded by the government and local council rate payers.

He said in the past five years, the government has given the rights of two of those rural water schemes to the occupiers of Māori land, which includes lease land that Parininihi Ki Waitotara owns and other Maori trustee land.

"Those water rights have basically been handed for nothing to the occupier, the tenant, the leasee, and they [the rights] have now been separated from the particular parcel of land."

Rongowhakaata iwi lead negotiator Willie Te Aho said the Crown needed to prioritise tribes concerns.

"We got back a farm outside Manutuke and we didn't get the water that goes with that farm. We just got the farm. The leasee owns the water that services that farm.

Most kids in CYFS care are Maori
Maori youth and children make up 88 per cent of the 317 kids in state care in Northland, and Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis says it's because parents are not doing their job.

The Northern Advocate asked Child Youth and Family for the number of children and youth in CYF care in the region, After a four-month wait, our enquiry revealed, of the 317 in CYF care, a whopping 279 identified as Maori - a number that did not shock Maori leaders.

"It's parents not doing their part," said Mr Davis "They are failing in their roles and there needs to be an intensive intervention in the kids' lives."

Proposed Law Threatens Māori Fishing Rights
Proposed legislation for establishing marine protected areas in territorial waters will undermine Māori fishing rights under the Treaty of Waitangi and erode the value of the Māori Fisheries Settlement.

The Government’s consultation document released yesterday says the proposed legislation will provide a framework for the creation of recreational fishing parks, as well as marine and seabed reserves and species-specific sanctuaries.

“The Māori Fisheries Settlement agreed ongoing access to and participation in all fisheries for iwi and Māori. The Government’s announcement rides roughshod over that agreement by proposing to take away iwi fishing rights and take back the recognition of Māori rights that were made a quarter of a century ago,” Mr Tuuta said….

A further link here > http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/294037/maori-seek-reassurance-on-customary-rights

Funding secured to help restore Lake Tūtira, Hawke's Bay
Maungaharuru-Tangitu Trust (MTT) in Hawke's Bay has secured a total of $600,000 in funding to help restore the quality of one of its most treasured tāonga, Lake Tūtira, a lake that is full of dying fish and eels.

Lake Tūtira is a sacred lake to the hapū under the Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust, but it's sick.

Shayne Walker says, "It's extremely concerning with the mate of our tuna and the trout and we're really keen to understand more of why that is occurring and working closely with regional council to understand that."…

Scholarship for womb studies
University of Waikato PhD student Ngahuia Murphy has been awarded a $109,700 PhD Scholarship from the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

Ngahuia is one of 21 emerging Māori health researchers to receive an HRC Māori Career Development Award in 2015 with a combined total of $1.8 million awarded.

Her PhD is entitled Investigating customary Māori philosophies regarding the whare tangata (womb) and examines censored and marginalised ceremonial traditions related to Māori women through a mana wahine theoretical framework. Theories of mana wahine are concerned with the way Māori women’s knowledge, ceremonies, roles, status, and stories have been corrupted and re-defined through the Victorian interpretative lens of many of the colonial ethnographers…..

Government trades Māori Treaty rights for Auckland votes
The National-led Government’s first major announcement of 2016 is to trade Māori Treaty rights for Auckland votes in its bid to progress a recreational fishing park say the iwi of Tikapa Moana / Hauraki Gulf.

The Auckland fishing park is planned to be established through a fast track process piggy-backing on a fundamental revamp of the marine reserves legislation.

Hauraki Māori Trust Board chairman David Taipari, Ngāti Whātua Rūnanga chairman Russell Kemp and Ngātiwai Trust Board chairman Haydn Edmonds have jointly expressed opposition by all the iwi to the Crown’s proposed forced taking of Treaty rights which were in turn small compensation for the actual losses suffered under Treaty breaches by former Governments….

Housing plans 'on track' despite lack of deals
The Government says it remains on track to build thousands of new homes on surplus land in Auckland despite only 130ha out of a proposed 500ha being identified for potential development.

Auckland iwi have been invited to develop a 9.5ha site in Massey East but they have not yet responded.

Dr Smith said the programme was progressing more slowly than hoped, mainly because of a legal challenge by iwi who had first right of refusal on some land. But he remained confident 500ha of land would be found…..

Iwi hold hui on freshwater and land interests
Iwi interests in freshwater and Maori land will be highlighted in a series of meetings over the next fortnight.

The first of seventeen consultation hui is being held in Wellington today.

Members of the Iwi Leaders Group will report on their work around freshwater, the Resource Management Act (RMA) and Maori land laws.

The hui aim to update iwi and hapu on ways to have their rights recognised in these areas.

A special presentation about Marine Protected Areas will be delivered at nine of the hui…

Scattering human ashes on Mt Taranaki a no-no without consent
People wanting to scatter their loved one's ashes on Mt Taranaki must consult with the Department of Conservation or local iwi before doing so.

Poutu said there were strong guidelines in DOC's management plan about engaging with tangata whenua before scattering any ashes.

"The scattering of ashes conflicts with our cultural values on the mountain.

"For Maori when someone passes away there's a level of tapu placed over them.

"Everything to do with that deceased person has certain cultural practices which need to be adhered to.

"In terms of scattering of ashes, why it would conflict is because you can't be sure where those ashes would turn up.

"They could end up in food sources or waterways which are places we wouldn't expect to have to apply cultural practices for the deceased," Poutu said…..

Māori phrase of the week (Auckland Council)
Each week we bring you some new rerenga (sentences) and kupu (words) so you can practise your kōrero Māori....

RMA: Nothing to fear, Smith says
LAWS on the use of freshwater will be strengthened this year with the Government signalling tighter controls and iwi promised greater oversight on its management.

Proposed changes to the Resource Management Act would give iwi a greater say on resource consent applications and water quality, but Environment Minister Nick Smith also announced the Government would release a discussion document on freshwater management in the first half of this year.

Smith said the document would outline “further steps to improve the environmental management and economic opportunities” of freshwater resources…..

Cultural taboos on Mt Taranaki often ignored
Standing on the mountain's highest point in order to fully conquer it appears to be a frequent occurence among climbers

The act is deeply offensive to Maori, who regard the mountain as a living ancestor, said Department of Conservation senior ranger Dave Rogers.

Rogers said New Zealanders were breaking the rules more frequently than foreigners, despite knowing what was and was not appropriate…..

Oligarch leases Maori land block
The Overseas Investment Commission has approved the lease of Maori land at Helena Bay to Russian billionaire Alexander Abramov.

The 88 hectare block is near Mr Abramov’s luxury $50 million beachside resort, which is due to open later this year.

The OIA says he is paying Paremata Mokau A13 Ahu Whenua Trust $692,010 for a long term lease of the block, which he intends to farm.

On termination of the lease, the land and improvements will be returned to the trust.

Since buying his Northland hideaway Mr Abramov has reached out to the local hapu and iwi, with staff helping the clean up of Mokau Marae after a fire last summer.

He also granted Ngati Wai the easement for coastal access over his land, which includes seven pa sites and several sacred burial grounds…..

Exploring our joint intellectual heritage
A new grant will assist a team of researchers to shine light on the interweaving of Maori and European ideas, institutions and technologies, and how that changed the country.

GISBORNE-raised Professor Dame Anne Salmond will receive funding of $685,000 over the next three years from the Marsden Fund to explore the intellectual history of Maori from 1900 to 1950.

Professor Salmond, of the University of Auckland, will lead a team of researchers who will investigate how the interweaving of Maori and European ideas, institutions and technologies generated ground-breaking programmes in the arts, sciences, law and economy….

Scrap Maori wardens' powers over drunken Maori but keep the wardens themselves
It's easy to laugh at a law that allows Maori wardens to order "quarrelsome" Maori to leave a pub. It seems even dafter that the same law allows wardens to order bars to stop serving "drunk or quarrelsome" Maori, and even permits them to confiscate car keys.

Lawyer Graeme Edgeler says this is the country's "most racist law" and has drafted a law change. The changes are supported by politicians from Labour, the Maori Party and the Greens, and on the face of it reform is a no-brainer.

In fact, this issue is a bit more complex than it looks. The objectionable part of the law has long since fallen out of use, but the wardens perform many valuable services for Maori. It's important not to throw the baby out with the bathwater…..

Old names return to official maps
If you’re driving from Wellington over the hill to the Wairarapa this summer, mind your E.

The unnamed pass that separates the Rimutaka and Tararua Ranges is now officially called Remutaka Pass, in keeping with the heritage and place-naming traditions of local iwi.

Names and spellings have also changed in Marlborough under the terms of the region’s historic treaty settlements…..

Maori Party backs call to change 'racist' law
The 1962 Māori Community Development Act makes it an offence to serve alcohol at a gathering of Māori people, and also gives Māori wardens the right to confiscate car keys or throw Māori out of bars.

Wellington-based lawyer Graeme Edgeler said the provisions were racist and should not exist at all.

"I was particularly concerned that there were criminal offences still in New Zealand that only applied to Maori."

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell agreed the legislation was outdated…..

Lack of diversity in NZ intelligence no surprise to Maori Party
The release of a report into diversity in the intelligence community has found the SIS and GCSB are largely staffed by white males and struggle to attract Maori and Pacific people - but that comes as no surprise to the Maori Party.

Maori and Pacific staff were also found to have faced harassment through excessive and unnecessary racist jokes.

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox says it's no surprise the agencies would struggle to attract Maori and Pacific Islanders due to the unconscious bias those communities receive from our justice system….

Mother loses teeth after man punches her in the head for speaking Te Reo
A single mother says she lost five teeth after she was punched repeatedly in the head by a man who angrily asked why she was speaking Te Reo.

Shona Maiden was heading home after celebrating New Year's Eve with friends at her local bar - 123 Casino Karaoke Bar, in Howick - when she was assaulted, she says….

Maori trust brings in Chinese partners
Waituhi Kuratau Trust, the Turangi-based Maori land trust, has teamed up with Chinese interests to develop its sheep-milking interests as part of a plan to sell into the world's most-populous nation.

The trust sold a leasehold interest in 490 hectares of land in Kuratau to Maui Milk for $1.2 million, which has been slated for development into a sheep dairy farm, according to the Overseas Investment Office summary approving the transaction.

The trust owns 40 percent of Maui Milk, with the remainder held by four Chinese nationals…..