July - Sept

Applications open for Iwi Governance Scholarship
The 22-year-old University of Auckland law student applied for the scholarship – which provides one student with a grant of up to $5000 – after hearing about it through Te Rākau Ture Maori Law Students Association last year.

“Chapman Tripp established the scholarship in 2012 to identify and help students with a particular interest in iwi management and governance – an area our firm has a strong presence in,” Nick said.....

Rereahu prefer own settlement
King Country iwi Ngati Rereahu is pushing for its own settlement, rather than coming under the umbrella of a wider Maniapoto claim.

Glen Katu says the crown has already acknowledged Rereahu in the 2012 settlement of the Maraeroa A and B Block claims, but it is unwilling to extend that to the wider historic claims.

Trauma from colonialism mapped
The Ngai Tahu Research Centre will share results of a five year research programme on the impact of colonisation on Maori through a series of lectures next week at the University of Canterbury.

He Kokonga Whare is an attempt to document the high rates of trauma Maori people experience and correlated it with a range of health and social problems, from heart disease to imprisonment.

Each of the Roadshow Lectures explores a different topic related to the themes of trauma and healing, including: Maori traditional approaches to trauma; alienation from land; imprisonment; and sexual violence....

Brash attack on treaty restitution
An academic who has studied so-called Maori privilege says Don Brash’s new lobby group is spouting the same ideas used 175 years ago to justify grabbing Maori land.

The former National Party leader says the party he once led is pandering to separatism, and Hobson’s Pledge will fight Maori seats on councils any special consultation with Maori in laws like the Resource Management Act.

Dr Peter Meihana, a lecturer in Maori history at Massey University, says Dr Brash’s ideas about the Treaty of Waitangi are stuck in a 19th century time warp, when arguments about Maori privilege always preceded some new attempt by settlers to take land.

"Now when the crown is trying to correct the mistakes and its omissions of the past through treaty settlements, people like Brash once again invoke these ideas of Maori privilege to try to circumscribe crown attempts at restitution," he says.....

Further consultation before decision made on Foxton Cenotaph area design
Further consultation between Horowhenua District Council, iwi and other stakeholders including the RSA, businesses and community members will be held over the next few weeks before a decision is made about the relocation of the Foxton Cenotaph and final design of the area.

Iwi spokesman Robert Ketu is pleased that Council has agreed to continue consultation on the location of the Foxton Cenotaph and the design of the area, which has significant ancestral history for Maori and members of the RSA and community......

$22m design for New Plymouth airport is councillors' 'plane' favourite
However, those who spoke at the meeting agreed the value added by a design which incorporated a cultural narrative and provided a worthy gateway to the region was worth the extra cost.

Internationally-renowned New Zealand sculptor and artist Rangi Kipa was involved in the design process to include the narrative of Puketapu hapu and the importance of the land the airport is built on

Councillor Howie Tamati said the iconic design would give the building life, depth and spirituality.....

Waitangi ceremonial plans up for discussion
Where will the Prime Minister be welcomed for Waitangi Day celebrations? It's one of the important questions to be addressed at a meeting at the Te Tii Waitangi Marae this Friday. It follows numerous calls to move the welcoming of dignitaries to the treaty grounds after the Prime Minister was told he was not welcome on the marae this year.

The elder spokesman for Kingi Taurua says, “What I did this year wasn't activism or belittlement but my role is to care for Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the 1835 Declaration as governments have continuously trampled these covenants into the dust so they become lost like the moa.” ....

Maori Women's Welfare League leader slams 'embedded Pakeha privilege'
"The position that we find ourselves in today is as a result of the dominant Pakeha culture, they embed Pakeha privilege and the Government doesn't care, again reflective in the absence of Government ministers here today," Ms Kapua told the conference in Auckland. ....

New Governor General vows to honour treaty relationship
The new Governor-General of New Zealand has vowed to honour the relationship between the Crown and Māori through the Treaty of Waitangi. Dame Patsy Reddy gave the vow in her first address after being sworn in today to the position left vacant by Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Dame Patsy Reddy enters Parliament for the first time as Governor-General. Māori was the first language she spoke. Māori were also at the forefront of her thoughts.

“I will respect and honour the unique relationship between the crown and Māori, enshrined in our founding document, Te Tiriti o Waitangi.”

Massey racism provokes call for university name change
A racially-charged debate is igniting over research that has revealed "white supremacist" comments made by the prime minister Massey University is named after.

Now, almost a century on, a top academic is calling for the university to consider a name change.

The controversial call comes from Massey lecturer and recent PhD scholar Steve Elers, who was startled to uncover blatantly racist comments made by William Ferguson Massey.....

Maori Remain Marginalized in New Zealand Society and Government
A recent report showed that white New Zealanders were more likely to be given a warning by police officers for minor crimes than indigenous Maori, who are more likely to be charged. Advocates say the report confirms the bias of the justice system in New Zealand. In an email interview, Margaret Mutu, a professor of Maori studies at the University of Auckland, discusses Maori rights in New Zealand.....

Te Reo Māori on ‘life support’, says Sharples
Former Māori party co-leader Sir Pita Sharples described te reo Māori as being on “life support” at a Human Rights Commission forum this month.

He said he would lead an initiative of revitalising the Māori language and would hope to encourage the Government in supporting the notion, as a fundamental right in the United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

“I am determined this year to lead a charge with the Declaration and with the Treaty of Waitangi and for Government to be meaningfully supportive of the growth of te reo Māori in New Zealand.”

He told the Pacific Media Centre an environment that would support the learning of the language and its use in everyday conversation needs to be established in New Zealand.

Sharples also emphasised that New Zealand media have to be trained in Māori pronunciation in order to foster an environment that encourages and respects te reo....

Separatism by nats looms as election issue
Ms Costello who, with former National Party leader Don Brash, represents a new national campaign named Hobson’s Pledge, launched today, said that successive Governments have taken New Zealand further and further away from the kind of country that most New Zealanders want – one where everybody is equal before the law.

“As each chief signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, Governor Hobson said ‘He iwi tahi tatou. We are now one people.’ He did not talk about partnership, or about principles”, she said.

“He did not say that unelected tribal appointees would have voting rights on local government councils nearly two centuries later.....

Marlborough iwi want more involvement ahead of council elections
An "old school" attitude towards iwi in Marlborough is preventing the region from capitalising on the huge economic opportunities that iwi can bring, a Rangitane member says.

Rangitane communications advisor Keelan Walker said it was disappointing no council candidates had approached Rangitane in the lead-up to the election to get their take on the issues.

"Iwi can contribute in several different areas, not just culturally and historically but economically as well," Walker said.

He said the traditional idea of what Maori could offer the district had changed.

"We do contribute in a big way to the economy of the area," he said.....

Progress slows on joint replacements, variation across DHBs suggests inequity
After adjusting for age, Maori had the highest rate of procedures – 303 per 100,000, compared with 258 for “other”. This may be because fewer Maori had private surgery, the researchers say.....

Turia blasts 'racist' children's law
Maori Party co-founder Dame Tariana Turia has blasted the Government for "institutional racism" in its proposed reform of child protection laws.

She said a proposal to abolish a principle requiring child protection staff to consider the effects of decisions on whanau and iwi, as well as on the child's well-being, was "a big step backwards".......

MP wants inquiry into judicial 'bias' against Maori
Northland Maori are twice as likely to go to jail than Pakeha when convicted of assault, sparking calls from Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis for a Government inquiry into the ``biased'' criminal justice system.

But a leading criminologist says a ``class bias'' rather than prejudice against Maori is behind the figures.....

Bank drags feet on Maori loan scheme
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is blaming banks for the poor performance of a scheme to allow Maori to build houses on their own land.

Labour's Kelvin Davis says Kainga Whenua is a failure because fewer than five loans a year have been made.....

Be careful ascribing racism to the fact fewer Maori are let off with a warning
But the headline figures didn't tell the whole story. Far from it, in fact. The IPCA drew on an audit of those given pre charge warnings and that found 51 per cent of non-Maori had no previous convictions but only 26 per cent of Maori enjoyed a clean record.

Among a number of disqualifying factors for pre-charge warnings, a person's form is certainly considered. This was near universally ignored in reporting and commentary around the report, even though the IPCA stated: "The Authority has not come across any evidence that clearly demonstrates differential treatment on the basis of ethnicity."...

Fishing reserve approved
In 2008 the runanga applied to the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to establish a maitaitai reserve to manage non-commercial fishing in the harbour.

Under the mataitai, recreational fishing could not be banned, but no fishing for customary food gathering purposes could take place without approval from a Tangata Tiaki (a group which can authorise fishing in accordance with tikanga Maori), Ms Matahaere-Atariki said.

Three people had been chosen to be Tangata Tiaki, but they could not be named until they were approved by MPI Minister Nathan Guy.

The mataitai, which transferred management of the fishery from MPI to the runanga, had been welcomed by most recreational fishers, she said....

Revealed: What's beneath rising NCEA pass rates
While wealthy Pakeha and Asian students study science and Shakespeare, their poorer Maori and Pasifika peers are more likely to be learning to make coffee or operate a grill.

A Herald investigation has found deep disparities hidden beneath rising high-school pass rates tied to students' socio-economic status and ethnicity.

Data shows that despite record numbers of students gaining the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) last year, at every step Maori, Pasifika and low-decile students are getting a different kind of NCEA to students from more affluent, Pakeha and Asian backgrounds.....

Talks to turn Tarawera into tourism venture
Plans to turn Mt Tarawera and the surrounding land and lake area into a world-class tourism venture are on the cards with a new partnership being formed between local Maori and government agencies.

Land owners in the area have confirmed to the Rotorua Daily Post they are currently in Treaty of Waitangi negotiations with the Crown and once land is returned, they hope to make better use of the area to return it as a premier tourist destination.

The partnership is a joint venture between Ngati Rangitihi, Tuhourangi, the Department of Conservation, the Rotorua Lakes Council and the Crown.......

Ngapuhi break-away group would rather no settlement than have the current board negotiate it
Moana Tuwhare, one of those who resigned on the back of Friday's vote, said the conditions Tuhoronuku was asking for would mean things wouldn't change and hapu would continue to have no representation in the process.

Asked if she was concerned Finlayson might take the settlement off the agenda, Tuwhare said "it would be more of a concern if he didn't take it off".

"There's no trust or faith in Tuhoronuku anymore," she said.

"In the week in between the last vote, which was won by Tuhoronuku 11 votes to 10, we've lost three votes. I'm not sure who changed sides," Tuwhare said.

It's understood part of the conditions Tuhoronuku has given to Finlayson include a unified Ngapuhi settlement and representation on the new board for kuia, kaumatua and urban Maori.

Tuwhare said "in politics anything is possible" and she has no idea what decision Finlayson will take to Cabinet.

"It's been eight years and millions and millions of dollars has been put into Tuhoronuku to get to a point where the mandate is even worse than it's ever been.".....

A further article on the above here > Tuhoronuku agrees to Ngapuhi settlement proposal - with conditions attached 

Minister ignores recommendation on Maori partnerships
The Minister appears to have ignored the multiple recommendations to establish strategic partnerships with iwi and Maori organisations by instead privileging organisations like Barnados and Open Home Foundation. Her cabinet papers are underwhelming, indicating "over a long time period", iwi and Maori organisations can "provide input"

"What we needed to see was Puao-te-ata-tū put into policy and practice. Instead the latest announcement just feels like a big step backwards"......

Mayoral candidates back dedicated Māori seats
Three leading mayoral candidates have backed the idea of dedicated seats for Māori on the Auckland Council, but one of them, Phil Goff, would leave it to the government to decide.

Mr Goff - along with John Palino and Chloe Swarbrick - said he would support Māori seats but, in today's Radio Waatea debate, both Mark Thomas and Vic Crone opposed them....

Upsurge of abuse on mental health workers at Waikato DHB
Violence against mental health workers by patients and their families is on the rise and nursing staff bear the brunt of it.

There were 162 physical assaults on staff working for the Waikato District Health Board's mental health and addictions service last year, compared with 140 in 2014.

"We deal with a lot of Māori clients, for instance, so it's about asking whether we have the right mix between Māori and non-Māori because often, someone can de-escalate a situation because of a cultural connection that maybe [a non-Māori] could not.

Wright blames a more violent and aggressive society...

A new precedent for hapū settlements?
A spat over treaty settlements has seen insults hurled in Parliament, but points at a wider issue around the role of hapū in settlements.

The issue at the core of the dispute surrounds a settlement with Ngāti Aukiwa, a small hapū of the Whangaroa Harbour in Northland.

The hapū, which has always attempted to run its own claim, has instead been swallowed up by the larger iwi claim, Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa....

Maori progress thrills outgoing mayor
Outgoing Auckland mayor Len Brown is bullish about the future Maori in the super city.

He says he’s seen great progress not just in the past six years but also in the work being done when he was Manukau’s mayor.

He says while there is still a great deal to do, the foundations have been laid....

Student fights for Gisborne schools to teach land war history
A Gisborne teenager has pitched a proposal to the Ministry of Education to include the Turanganui-a-Kiwa Land Wars into the region's school curriculums. Sixteen-year-old Tahua Pihema was given the chance to present, after four Gisborne tribes gave up their spaces in support of her cause.

Pihema is challenging the Ministry of Education to include Gisborne's land wars in the region's school curriculum.....

Peters defends stance on treaty bills
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox has taken another crack at Winston Peters, accusing him of deliberately wrecking Parliament's plan to pass five treaty settlement bills on Friday.

And as he came under renewed attack on Thursday, the NZ First leader revealed his reasons for forcing the bills to be put to a full vote.

"The Taranaki Iwi Claims Settlement Bill hands power to iwi by giving them six decision-making roles on a local authority without being elected," he said.

"This law will force the Taranaki Regional Council to appoint six iwi members ... this is electoral apartheid."

Mr Peters also has issues with the Ngatikahu Ki Whangaroa Claims Settlement Bill over the way it returns Stony Creek Station to iwi.

"This has to be resolved before any bill is passed, otherwise a court case is inevitable," he said.

Mr Peters says his party has the democratic right to oppose the two bills it doesn't agree with.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is in charge of the bills, and he's just as angry as Ms Fox.

"I expect there's going to be a lot more of this," he said.

"Every time I take a treaty bill to the House between now and the close of parliament some time next year you can expect him to say I'm a bleeding heart liberal who has sold out to Maori.....

Maori Pa boat ramp access won't be restricted, says council
On Thursday, a council spokesperson said that signs were simply being installed to remind people that the area is ecologically or culturally sensitive. ....

Protesters pack up after Foxton cenotaph gains a reprieve
A sit-in at a Foxton cenotaph to prevent its removal has been called off this morning after protesters won a reprieve for the landmark.

Yesterday afternoon, Horowhenua District Council chief executive David Clapperton made a promise not to touch the cenotaph until a hui had taken place.

As a result, the small group of protesters were are packing up and heading home this morning.....

Campaign to protect Māori land from Public Works Act not over
On Wednesday night my Members’ Bill to stop the Public Works Act taking any more Māori land was voted down by the National Government. This is not the end of the campaign to raise awareness that the Public Works Act can still take Māori land.

he First Reading speeches from the Government were generally pretty ghastly, calling My Bill “separatist’ and ‘tokenistic’. But the opportunity now exists to persuade the Māori Affairs Select Committee to look at the issues behind the Bill and the petition and hear the voices of tangata whenua. ...

Ngapuhi imploding as iwi meet to vote on the future of their treaty settlement
The country's largest iwi is imploding as it meets in Northland to cast a vote on how it will negotiate a treaty settlement with the Crown.

Emails between Ngapuhi iwi members and letter exchanges with Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson reveal resignations, division over who should have power to negotiate claims and an insistence from the Minister that a decision must be made or the offer will be taken off the table.

Finlayson wants the treaty settlements done and dusted by 2020 but Ngapuhi is currently split over a plan to share power in claim negotiations.

While Finlayson says he's waiting to hear back from Ngapuhi before taking a recommendation to Cabinet on Monday, it's understood he's fed up with the handling of the negotiations and considers Tuhoronuku - the board set up to settle claims - a failure.....

Race-Based Appointments Inserted in Taranaki Bill
New Zealand First does not want race-based appointments taking hold in this country, New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters said today.

“New Zealanders should be very concerned about the Taranaki Iwi Claims Settlement Bill – it hands power to iwi by giving them six decision-making roles on a local authority without being elected.

“This law will force the Taranaki Regional Council to appoint six iwi members, three on the Policy and Planning committee, and three on the Regulatory Functions Committee.

“They will not be elected, but nominated by iwi, need not be subject to an iwi vote, and they will be paid for by the ratepayers.

“This is electoral apartheid.

“All this is in Clause 31 of the Bill.

“The clause in part comes from the Local Government Act 2002, but this government has changed a critical word which allows for racial preference without an election.

“Instead of stating a local authority “may” appoint people from the outside, it states that the council “must” appoint members nominated by the iwi. This has been done by stealth.

“The country is being steered by National toward race-based appointments......

Taxpayers to cover travelling iwi after cancelled signing
Taxpayers will cover costs for hundreds of iwi members who have had to cancel plans to travel to Wellington to witness Treaty settlements.

The signing was put on hold after an objection from New Zealand First......

Acquisition of Māori Land Bill Fails
Catherine Delahunty’s Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill has failed to pass its first reading.

Ayes 73 (National 59, NZ First 12, ACT 1, United Future 1)

Noes 48 (Labour 32, Greens 14, Maori Party 2)

Northwestern motorway a shining light for iwi artwork
Artistic lighting has been switched on this week across the new Te Atatu Road pedestrian overbridge.

The bridge has been upgraded as part of the Transport Agency’s improvements to the State Highway 16 Interchange.

"This is the first time lighting has been used in this way on the Auckland motorway network," says Brett Gliddon the Transport Agency’s Auckland Highway Manager.

The NZ Transport Agency asked Te Kawerau a Maki iwi designer Reuben Kirkwood to incorporate a cultural perspective into the look of the new interchange.....

Mana, power, prestige and millions await Ngāpuhi negotiators
As one iwi leader put it, the prize of settling a big Treaty settlement such as Ngāpuhi brings more than just mana - along with it comes power, prestige and millions.

So it's no surprise the politics behind the scenes of the settlement for the country's largest iwi is fierce and fragile.

Mr Finlayson has agreed and given the group a few more days' grace.

Meanwhile, Ngāpuhi is on hold. What transpires over the next week will determine the future direction of the settlement.

If it stays with Tūhoronuku, it will be settled as a single agreement, but if it's settled under the new framework, there could well be several settlements.

Te Kōtahitanga co-chair Pita Tipene, who's also part of the Maranga Mai working group said the settlement would be negotiated as one, but have six different components representing the six sub-regions......

Māori Party housing plan complete failure
The Māori Party’s housing plan to put more Māori into more homes has been a complete failure with fewer than five loans granted per year, says Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis....

Bill Offers No Resolution to Long-Running Dispute
Until a long running dispute is resolved, passing the Ngatikahu Ki Whangaroa Claims Settlement Bill is a serious mistake and will end up in a High Court case or back in Parliament, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Ngāti Aukiwa say Stony Creek Station should be returned to their hapū, not the whole iwi as the settlement bill requires.....

Regional council backs iwi conservation
Iwi projects in Tai Tokerau have been boosted by small grants from Northland Regional Council’s $1.25 million environment fund.

The fund typically covers up to half a project’s cost, with landowners covering the rest through labour, other funding sources, or in kind contributions such as materials.

An iwi-led project to control introduced pest and weeds on the Kowhairoa peninsula in Whangaroa, with the aim of eventually reintroducing kiwi, was given $14,000.

Te Roroa got $10,000 to control wil ginger over about 900 hectares of iwi land next to the Waipoua Forest.....

Anger at NZ First after change of heart scuttles big day of Treaty settlement bills
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox has let rip at NZ First after it pulled its support for two Treaty settlements just days before a special sitting of Parliament to pass them into law.

NZ First's opposition means a formal 'party vote' has to be taken rather than a unanimous voice vote, so more MPs are required in Parliament.

NZ First had changed its position on the settlements for Whangaroa or Taranaki because of concerns about a land allocation in Whangaroa's and provision for non-elected representatives in Taranaki's. ...

A further article on the above here > Fox, Brownlee, Finlayson – Unsightly Trio of Drama Queens

Chris Finlayson meeting Opposition MPs with Ngapuhi influence to get settlement across the line
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is on the verge of stripping authority from the board set up to settle Ngapuhi's treaty claims and is getting Opposition MPs to help him do it.

Finlayson will meet with MPs with influence in Northland, where the country's biggest iwi hails from, on Tuesday night - the meeting will be the second in the last month.

MPs being called to help get Ngapuhi on one page over settlement negotiations, which Finlayson wants done and dusted by 2020, include Labour's Kelvin Davis and Peeni Henare, NZ First MP Pita Paraone, National's Shane Reti and Green MP David Clendon.

Foxton residents stage sit-in over cenotaph move
A "Parihaka style protest" is taking place in Foxton's CBD to prevent a council plan to move the cenotaph.

It is believed by many locals that the cenotaph lies directly above a urupa (burial ground).

Foxton resident Barba Twomey is protesting to keep her tupuna (ancestors) undisturbed.

Feyen feels that if the philosophy of the Treaty of Waitangi had been applied situations like the protest could be averted.

"The treaty is based on trust and partnership and we need to start implementing that philosophy as soon as possible."...

Shelly Bay sale 'illegal', iwi trust member says
Members of Port Nicholson Settlement Trust are taking a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal over what they say is the illegal sale of ancestral land at Wellington's Shelly Bay. ....

Kermadecs negotiations affect govt stability, English admits
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English admits negotiations around the proposed Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary are also about the stability of the government.

Legislation enabling the marine reserve has been delayed, because the Māori Party and Māori fisheries body Te Ohu Kaimoana say it tramples on Treaty rights.

Mr English said it would be a few weeks before arrangements for further discussions were finalised, including who would be holding talks with whom.

"It's a bit of a different negotiation," he said.

"Like we're not negotiating with Te Ohu Kaimoana, we're negotiating with the Māori Party - and as they've indicated, there are confidence and supply issues involved here so it probably makes sense for me to be involved with it.....

Govt can ensure Māori land is protected for future generations
The Green Party is calling on the Government to support Green MP Catherine Delahunty’s Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill, to protect the small amount of land still in Māori ownership for future generations.

“The Government has a responsibility under Te Tiriti o Waitangi to protect Māori land from alienation for the benefit of future generations, and they can do that by voting for my Bill in the House today,” said Ms Delahunty.....

Rahui a possible way out of Kermadec impasse
Maori Party Co-Leader Marama Fox said the Government needs to understand the weight of the matter.

Asked if a rahui (self imposed fishing restriction) is a likely area where an agreement can be reached, Fox said "absolutely".

She said iwi do see a sanctuary as important, but don't want to ridden over the top of by the Government without due process.

"In fact, some understanding of Maori conservation and Kaitiakitanga which we already have in place in the Kermadec area, and this new legislation gives no recognition to that."

The Prime Minister's view is there would have been a dispute with iwi over the Kermadec Marine Sanctuary even if it had been consulted on.

He said at the heart of the issue is that Te Ohu Kaimoana doesn't believe in ocean sanctuaries, it believes the right way to manage fisheries is through the quota management system.

"If we had gone and spoken to them, and in hindsight we should have done that, but if we had done that it wouldn't have changed anything - because they still would have said we don't believe in it.".....

Govt consults iwi over oil and gas exploration offer
The Government has started consulting iwi over proposed oil and gas exploration areas covering more than 500,000 square kilometres.

Energy Minister Simon Bridges says he's consulting iwi over four offshore areas, one offshore/onshore area and two onshore areas.

They cover a total area of 508,691 square kilometres.

Consultation with local authorities will start on October 17.

"Protected areas including National parks, marine reserves and world heritage sites are excluded."....

Study affirms Māori economic potential on West Coast
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell today welcomed the release of a study outlining opportunities to strengthen and grow the Tai Poutini West Coast economy, where Māori businesses are already key players.....

Legal aid closures put Māori 'at a disadvantage'
Ms O'Connor - the managing solicitor of Community Law Otago - said the closures would only aggravate a lack of support and guidance for Māori, especially those in rural or isolated communities.

Ms Bold-Wilson said the online process would alienate Māori even more, when they made up 15 percent of the population and yet were 50 percent of people who went through the justice system.

Mr Warren said tāngata whenua valued kanohi ki te kanohi communication and that was being lost.

Access to justice for Māori was of paramount importance and any decisions made by central government that could impact on tāngata whenua was of great concern, Mr Warren said....

NZ First makes 'bizarre u-turn' on supporting Treaty settlement legislation
Hundreds of iwi members may be left thousands of dollars out of pocket after New Zealand First changed its mind over supporting Treaty settlement legislation.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson says New Zealand First had supported it - but changed their minds today.

He says the behaviour is appalling.

"This bizarre u-turn delays the benefit settlements bring to iwi, communities, regional New Zealand and the country as a whole."...

New initiative designed to grow culturally competent workforce
A programme led by a Taranaki health provider is aiming to get its strategic principles off plaques on the wall and into practice.

Tui Ora, a kaupapa Maori health service, has launched its own cultural competency programme for its 300-strong workforce around the region.

Over the course of 18 months, a series of workshops will be held around the concepts of manaakitanga, kotahitanga, whanaungatanga, tino rangatiratanga, wairuatanga and tikanga o Tui Ora. The initiative is also designed to teach the basic concepts of Maori culture, language and customs.

Wano said of Tui Ora's workforce, 55 per cent were Pakeka, 40 per cent Maori and the other 5 per cent were from overseas. The client base was a 50/50 split of Maori and Pakeha......

Maori Miss Out On Jobs With ‘Brown Table’ Iwi-Owned Company
Ngāi Tahu and Tainui-owned company Go Bus is recruiting driver and trainee drivers from overseas, instead of training and hiring Maori looking for work, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“These two iwi received, decades ago, Treaty of Waitangi settlements of $170 million each. In their demands for settlement both iwi used the numbers and names of individual iwi members, so why are Maori the last ones considered when bus driving jobs are available.

“This is the classic ‘Brown table’ behaviour we warned against. It is sad that with some Maori corporates the colour might have changed but the behaviour remains the same,” Mr Peters said in a speech in Titahi Bay, Porirua, today....

Maori fishing rights must be at forefront of Kermadec renegotiations - Little
There are no ifs, buts, or maybes from Labour leader Andrew Little when it comes to Maori fishing rights around the Kermadec Islands....

Justice system classist, not racist - expert
One of New Zealand's top legal minds says New Zealand's legal system isn't so much racist as it is classist.

It just so happens many more Māori and Pacific Islanders fall into lower social and economic classes than Pākehā, says Massey University law professor Chris Gallivan.

"Every justice system in the world suffers from subconscious bias. Racism has a wilful aspect to it… it's not wilfully racist, but in the way it's structured," he told Paul Henry on Monday morning.

"If you've got more money, every aspect of society, if you've got more money you get a better service. The justice system's not immune to that."...

More than 100 appeal against Unitary Plan
More than 100 legal appeals have been lodged against parts of Auckland's Unitary Plan.

One of the High Court appeals was from the Independent Māori Statutory Board, which has members on Auckland Council Committee.

The board said the Independent Hearings Panel, which drew up the final version of the council's plan, was wrong to reject provisions that provided some protection to sites deemed to have value and significance to Māori....

Maori wards still needed in Tamaki Makaurau
Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare is backing a call from Auckland mayoral candidate Phil Goff for fresh consideration of Maori wards for the city.

With voting papers for local government elections going out today, Mr Henare says it’s important Maori vote so they can try to influence what happens.

In Auckland the Independent Maori Statutory Board is appointed, not elected.

"What we need is a voice in the chamber, and while I appreciate what the IMSB has done because they have voting rights on all the committees, the fact is if the council wants to change something in the chamber, they can do it without either ISMB or wider representation for Maori," Mr Henare says....

Kaumatua speaks Māori, threatened with arrest
Parliament's Senior Māori Advisor is angry he was threatened with arrest when pulled over by Wellington police because he chose to respond to the officer's questions in te reo Māori. Kura Moeahu says he did nothing wrong and was only exercising his legal right to speak his national language.

This elder says he was treated unfairly by police for speaking Māori and he wants an apology.

“[The officer said] ‘Don't talk like that, I won't have that talk to me', so I continue to respond in Māori and then he said, 'you do that again I'm going to arrest you'."....

Paparangi Kindergarten teachers live Treaty of Waitangi with kids
Collecting rubbish is helping Paparangi Kindergarten kids live the Treaty of Waitangi because it connects with Article 2 of the treaty, says head teacher Isabel Boyd.

Article 2 refers to protection and possession of land for Maori.

The kindergarten has been teaching through the eyes of Te Reo Maori and Te Tiriti in recent years.

“We’ve tried to make our practise reflective of the Treaty of Waitangi’s 4 articles,” Isabel says.

Other Article 2 activities include maintaining a garden and making bricks out of paper that is given to friends and family as a more environmentally friendly alternative to firewood.

This covers Article 1 of the Treaty involving governance and self-determination......

Top of the South iwi unainamously oppose recreational fishing park in the Marlborough Sounds
Iwi across the top of the South Island have unanimously rejected a proposal to create a recreational fishing park in the Marlborough Sounds.

The group of eight Te Tau Ihu iwi have released a paper with recommendations for the government, establishing baseline requirements that would need to be met for them to support the proposal....

Govt seeks safe harbour over Kermadecs controversy
The Māori Party has now been brought in as a broker at the request of the Prime Minister, which in itself shows National recognises the political risk in letting this spiral out of control.....

Further article on the above here > Māori Party shouldn’t leave partnership over Kermadecs - Turia

Kermadec dispute: Govt asks for 'no-take' guarantee
Environment Minister Nick Smith says he's willing to consider alternatives to the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill but would have to be satisfied no one could fish the area.

Māori fisheries commission Te Ohu Kaimoana is objecting to the proposed legislation, saying it breaches the 1992 Treaty of Waitangi fisheries settlement.

Mr Smith said if a deal was based on a "no-take" agreement by Te Ohu Kaimoana, that would have to be written into the law.

Its co-leader, Marama Fox, said Te Ohu Kaimoana had already made a commitment not to fish, but not in perpetuity . ......

A further article here > Kermadec dispute: Maori Party cites 'examples where indigenous groups have fishing rights inside sanctuary areas'

Police let off non-Maori offenders more often
Police are more likely to let non-Maori offenders off with pre-charge warnings than Maori offenders, a report has found.

The report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) found "a number of issues" with pre-charge warnings policy and practice, including that the system was used "inconsistently and sometimes inappropriately". ....

Scholarship recipients on a mission to normalise Maōri
Mindful of this month's Mahuru Māori challenge to speak Māori all the time, the young recipients are keen to normalise the language in both Māori-medium and mainstream schools.

Jordan Kaie is keen to one day use his skills to normalise the language in mainstream schools.

“When we are in mainstream schools, the majority of the children there have little knowledge of the language, so, we want the Māori language to be heard everywhere.”.....

Port Waikato Holiday Park returns to ancestral owners Ngati Karewa and Ngati Tahinga
The holiday park was part of 50 hectares around the Maraetai Creek in Port Waikato sold by 17 Ngati Tahinga chiefs on July 3, 1839 to reverend Robert Maunsell and Benjamin Ashwell for the purpose of establishing a mission station and school for the benefit of the tribe.

The New Zealand Mission Trust Board (Port Waikato Maraetai) Empowering Act 1986 enabled the return of certain lands and monies from the New Zealand Mission Trust Board to the trust.

However, the holiday park still came under the ownership of council and was then privatised in 2002 by the Franklin District Council.....

Govt approves sale of Auckland land for iwi housing deal
The Government has pounced on 13 hectares of surplus hospital land in South Auckland to steer it towards a housing deal with iwi.

"We will be exploring with Auckland iwi the opportunity to partner with them on the proposal to develop the area for housing," he said. ....

Senior Policy Analyst
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Closing Date: 11.00 pm Thursday 29 September 2016

This permanent full-time position is located in Wellington in the Inshore Marine Policy team.

Are you keen to develop advice on how iwi and hapū rights and interests can be provided for through the natural resource management system?....

Call for institutional racism investigation
Former government minister Dame Tariana Turia is calling for an investigation into institutional racism in the public sector.

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy agrees with Dame Tariana, said there was a "plethora of research" on this and both Māori and Pakeha researchers, particularly in health, had been studying the topic for years.

"If you've got predominantly Pakeha, generally all male, sitting around making decisions for the rest of the population which includes Māori and Pacific and our growing ethnic community, then it's really hard to see how they can be making decisions when those voices aren't represented at the table. ....

Iwi congratulate Council for bold move to support Healthy Rivers
Waikato and Waipa River iwi say they support Waikato Regional Council’s decision today to publicly notify changes to the Regional Plan, which will help restore and protect the health of the Waikato and Waipa Rivers.

Chair of the River Iwi Governors group, Kataraina Hodge, says that while the iwi group has some concerns about specific points in the Plan, overall they are comfortable with the proposed changes......

Kermadec sanctuary is "this Government's foreshore and seabed", iwi say, as battle over massive marine reserve heads to court
A battle between iwi and the Government over the proposed Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary is set for court after attempts to find a compromise failed.

Te Ohu said the breach of iwi fishing rights was so serious that the the Maori Party should now consider severing its ties with the National-led Government.

Chairman Jamie Tuuta said today it was "extremely disappointing" that the two parties had been unable to resolve "major" Treaty differences.

He said iwi had worked hard to find a compromise that allowed the sanctuary to go ahead but did not extinguish Treaty rights....

Landcorp to sell nine sheep and beef farms spread over 14,000 hectares
Landcorp is about to sell nine of its 140 farms as part of "reconfiguring its portfolio", but the sales are not a sign the state-owned enterprise is under financial stress says chief executive Steven Carden.

Six of the properties are in the South Island and three in the North. They are all sheep, beef and deer farms, and iwi will be offered first right of refusal on the properties

Ngai Tahu stand to be the biggest beneficiary if it indicates an interest in any of the six South Island farms. The iwi already manages 52,000 ha of rural land in Canterbury, the West Coast and Otago.

IMSB still growing into role
Outgoing Auckland Mayor Len Brown says it could be another couple of terms before the city's Independent Maori Statutory Board reaches its full potential.

Mr Brown says most Maori would concede it's a good alternative to elected Maori seats, which the Government refused to allow.

"It gives us a very consistent and effective seat at the table and is a good way go forward and certainly something to build on. I don't hear a lot of quibbling or whinging among Maori for either the role the board plays of that they should't be there or there should be something different," he says......

Indigenous Rights Declaration proving useful
It’s nine years today since the passing of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Human Rights Commission Maori manager Hemi Pirihi says the declaration stated existing rights rather than created new ones, but it sets a useful benchmark.

"A lot of people that are putting through claims to the Treaty of Waitangi process are leveraging off the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People. They use it as a tool to help strengthen their arguments. We're seeing it being used in terms of application to policy, changes in the local and regional government, so it's about bringing together that body of knowledge and seeing how we can pull together an implementation plan," Mr Pirihi says.....

Delegat's sentence about 'race and class'
Race and class played a role in the community service sentence given to a wine magnate's son for assault, says a Māori academic.

Leonie Pihama, director of Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato, said the sentence given to the 19-year-old was reflective of what was wrong with the justice system.

A very wealthy pakeha man had received a community sentence for an offence that would have seen any other person, particularly a Māori or Pacific person, incarcerated.

"It's a reflection of a wider systemic issue," she said....

Iwi pulls out of Kermadec support trip
The government may have lost a key iwi supporter for their proposal to create a marine sanctuary near the Kermadec Islands.

The Crown and Te Ohu Kaimoana have been negotiating since March.

Until yesterday two iwi backed the government's proposal, Te Aupouri and Ngāti Kuri.

However, within hours of Ms Barry's office putting out a press release stating both iwi were going, Te Aupouri pulled out.

Mr Key emphasised there would be no financial compensation and was adamant the government had no intention of backing away from creating a marine sanctuary.

He said iwi believed they should be entitled to fish there, even though they hadn't previously done so.

The proposed deal between the Crown and Te Ohu Kaimoana would see the affected iwi agree voluntarily not to fish within the sanctuary area, and the government to draft the sanctuary legislation so it does not expressly extinguish iwi fishing rights.

RNZ understands the sticking point is the length of time that iwi would voluntarily put aside their fishing rights.

The government wants between 20 and 25 years, but iwi want the time set at five to 10 years followed by a review of the agreement....

Tau criticism jousting for position
Haami Piripi, who was part of the team that negotiated a settlement for Te Rarawa, says it was inappropriate for Mr Finlayson to say who should be on the other team.

He says the crown has often had to deal with negotiators it doesn’t want.

"It’s jousting on Chris Finlayson’s part but for every joust you can expect one back. There may come a day Chris Finlayson is sitting across the table from Sonny Tau negotiating a very important plank of the Ngapuhi settlement. Those are the times that things like these will count," Mr Piripi says....

New Zealand education accused of subtle racism and told it needs to 'brown up'
An academic from Auckland University says the eduction system is filled with "subtle racism" and the curriculum needs to "brown up."

Sociology department senior lecturer David Mayeda is also taking on a much criticised TVNZ survey of what it means to be Kiwi which included statements that Maori benefit from "special privilege

Mayeda created two videos in a campaign to tackle the racism he sees.

Mountain by any other name
Kahungunu ki Wairarapa boss PJ Devonshire says Carterton’s new names for rooms at its events centre “are a good start”.

Mr Devonshire said he enjoyed the history lesson available in naming the auditorium Taratahi and the main meeting room used by the council for its meetings Hurunuiorangi.

Mayor John Booth had said Taratahi was the only name for the district’s mountain, or maunga, when his council voted on the names recently....

West Coast Māori Health Plan approved
The West Coast health system is doing well in its planning and implementation for Māori health, the Ministry of Health has said in approving the area’s Māori Health Plan.....

Accusations of racism in health funding
Māori health providers are subjected to more rigourous criteria than DHBs according to Māori health advocates.

Chief executive of Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust John Tamihere said his organisation was more closely scrutinised than DHBs and other health entities.

"There's different rules for different folks in this country and if you're a Māori provider you're never trusted. I have five full-time staff here working on audits from health, welfare, everybody running right across us. I keep a heap of regulators employed here to pore over whether our detail is correct or not. The same does not occur for non-Māori providers."....

Prof Ruru shedding her 'unease'
Prof Jacinta Ruru yesterday recalled finding the study of law ``both shocking and fascinating''.

Growing up walking the national park trails with her mother and ``scrambling along neighbouring mountain tracks with Dad, who mined for scheelite and hunted possums'', she knew these places were of significance to Ngai Tahu, but the general public saw them only through the ``overlaid English names and the Department of Conservation''.

The Ngai Tahu Claims Settlement Act in 1998 captured her attention, and she wanted to understand why lands ``so obviously important to Maori were locked up in national parks'' with a legal ethos premised ``entirely on mono-cultural Pakeha values for protecting land''.

But completely absent was ``the Maori relationship with these lands''....

Māori should utilise the UNDRIP - Professor Mutu
Professor Margaret Mutu, Chair of the Monitoring Mechanism, an Independent working group of the National Iwi Chairs Forum says, Māori need to utilise the Declaration of Rights.

From what I've observed, this government will not listen, but, if Māori stand on their rights to say to say this is my land, I have historical accounts, I will speak on behalf of my human rights. The government can't speak for Māori,” said Mutu....

Northland iwi seek govt concessions for beekeeping land
Large international honey companies are making a play for Northland's rugged and untouched terrain, offering Maori large financial incentives to beekeep on their land, but iwi leaders want more opportunities for local Maori beekeepers.

"The big honey companies are trying to move in and offer all sorts of opportunities to landowners so that they can tie up that resource," said Mr Robinson.

Te Rarawa iwi is now seeking concessions from the government to give Maori the first go at beekeeping on Crown land.

"It's got the potential to take people of benefits and get them into a meaningful small business of their own," added Mr Robinson.

Investing in a hundred hives can earn a whanau up to $60,000.

"For a 20 to 25+ UMF grade manuka honey, you're almost looking at a dollar a gram.

"For a 500 gram bottle, you’re looking at $500," said Ms Murray....

A rāhui, or ritual prohibition, is more than a fishing ban - it is about respect
Several weeks ago a call was made to establish a rāhui (ritual prohibition) over the Taranaki coast.

This was in response to the disappearance, and suspected drowning, of a fisherman in rough seas off the coast of Port Taranaki.

Regardless of those who automatically dismissed the idea of the rāhui as an attempt to limit their freedom to fish or collect seafood, the rāhui has many practical applications.

Moreover the rāhui implements tikanga Māori to respect the dead and the whānau (family) who are grieving over their lost son.....

Māori representation treated with caution
Māori representation has become a virtual no-go area for those vying for public office in New Plymouth.

First-term councillor Richard Handley, who favoured a Māori ward but missed the vote, is one of the frontrunners for the mayoral chains this time around.

His main rival for the top job, deputy mayor Heather Dodunski, voted for a Māori ward, but believes people have now moved on.

Mr Simpson did not support the formation of a Māori ward but said the issue had not gone away.

Chairman of the Taranaki iwi's post settlement, Toka Walden, said it was a worry that candidates were not discussing the issue of Māori representation more openly.....

Crown perpetuates violence against Maori over Waitara land
The Taranaki Maori Women’s Network is holding a hikoi in the Taranaki township next week to call for the Pekapeka Block to its rightful owners.

A contested sale of the block triggered the First Taranaki War in 1860, but it was not included in the Te Atiawa Settlement because the purchase price would have taken too much of the settlement quantum.

Instead the post settlement governance body struck a deal with the New Plymouth District Council which will give the iwi some council reserves while allowing existing lessees to freehold their sections.

"One of the things i have talked to other around the treaty settlement process, particularly in respect to Waitara, because I have a strong connection to that whenua, is that the crown is acting like a violent partner in a domestic violence relationship, that they are very abusive to our people, they are very abusive in their process and they deny us some fundamental rights to live as Maori on our own land," Dr Pihama says.....

Iwi agree not to fish in Kermadec region if Treaty rights are preserved
Iwi are seeking a compromise over the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary in which they will agree not to fish in the region if their Treaty rights are preserved.

But the Maori Fisheries Commission, Te Ohu Kaimoana, says that is not an excuse to establish a no-take zone.

The proposed sanctuary is a breach of the landmark Fisheries Settlement, Te Ohu says.

It has taken the Government to court over the matter.

Environment Minister Nick Smith and Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson have been in talks with Te Ohu over several months to find a resolution.....

The negotiations are taking place with some urgency.

The Government wants the issue to be resolved by next week, when Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is set to speak about the sanctuary at a global conference in Washington....

Tribe footing the bill for Maori Party?
Waikato-Tainui deserve committed representation, yet the President of the Maori Party is muddying the waters by confusing the core business of the tribe with party politics, says Labour’s Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta.

“The only way to fix this growing negative perception is for Tuku Morgan to disclose the honorariums and fees paid for the work he purports to undertake on the tribe’s behalf.

“Someone’s footing the bill and it shouldn’t be the tribe...

Assets offer opportunities
Beginning with the allocation of fisheries quotas in 1992-93, the Waitangi Tribunal treaty-settlement process has started to redress some of the harm caused by the confiscation of Maori land by the Crown.

Westpac industry economist David Norman said since the 1990s, individual iwi, and sometimes iwi collectives, had entered negotiations with the Crown, seeking cultural and financial redress.

Settlement values (in nominal dollars) total about $1.9 billion, according to the Office of Treaty Settlements.

The figure excluded the $170 million in fishing quotas apportioned before the Waikato-Tainui Raupatu settlement of 1994-95.Some of the largest financial settlements had been with Waikato-Tainui ($170 million), Ngai Tahu ($170 million), Ngai Tuhoe ($169 million), Ngati Porou ($90 million) and Te Ati Awa ($87 million).

In recent years, the scale and regularity of settlements had increased as the Crown aimed to complete the process, he said.

Two-thirds of settlement value was agreed in the five years from 2010 to 2015.

In 2013, Te Puni Kokiri (TPK), or the Ministry of Maori Development, estimated the size of the Maori economy at $42.6 billion, or 6.1% of the New Zealand total.....

Māori politicians support Standing Rock Sioux indigenous rights
The Standing Rock Sioux tribes have the support of the United Nations. Here in New Zealand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the issue is a domestic matter for the US authorities.But that hasn't stopped Māori MPs from giving their support to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

New Zealand First MP Pita Paraone isn't turning his back on the Sioux nation of Standing Rock.

“If I didn't support this, then what planet am I on?”

Green Party MP Marama Davidson says, “This is a dirty pipeline. It will be carrying dirty oil. Indigenous tribes for a long time have always made sure to protect the environment and land. So here is our support from all the way here in New Zealand.”

Labour MP Kelvin Davis says, “The government needs to come up with energy sources and economic benefits that agree with the indigenous people. Perhaps there are other ways but their government shouldn't be looking at just one option.”

Harawira defends Ngapuhi right to choose leader
"Minister Finlayson should drop out of making comments about whether certain people have the right to be leaders. He doesn't have the right to make that choice. He's trying to say that about Sonny Tau but if Sonny Tau puts his hat in the ring and everyone votes for him, then that's a straight kick in the arse for the minister and for anyone else who thinks they have a right to make a decisions about what happens in Ngapuhi," he says.

Mr Harawira says the critical thing in the settlement is to get an acknowledgement that Ngapuhi did not cede its soverignty by signing the Treaty of Waitangi......

Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary deal on the horizon
The Government is on the verge of striking a deal with Māori over the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary as it negotiates with the Māori Fisheries Trust - Te Ohu Kaimoana.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has now been called in to help broker a deal with Māori out of court.....

Efforts to Bring Maori Youth Road Toll Down Welcomed
New Zealand Firsts recent announcement on road safety and an investment in youth road safety education in particular is welcomed by Road Safety Education. (2)

While the Rt. Hon Winston Peter’s motivation is to reduce first offences for Maori - 6 are for driving without a license.

“What’s worse than receiving a conviction is that this lack of road safety education often times has fatal consequences” says NZ Road Safety Programme Manager, Maria Lovelock.

Māori have one of the highest rates of road deaths and this is particularly high amongst 16 to 24-year-olds. (1).....

Iwi wants Karori campus land back
The trust representing iwi in Wellington says it wants to negotiate with Victoria University to see if it can have Karori campus land returned to it, despite the university being keen to sell it.

The university said it had sought permission from the Crown to sell the Karori campus and, if that was granted, the university would then enter into formal discussions with the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust and the many other interested parties.

There were no outstanding treaty settlements that could require the Karori campus land to be retained for treaty settlement purposes, and the land was not subject to right of first refusal under existing treaty settlement legislation, the university said...

Mayoral candidates acknowledged the SuperCity legislation which requires an Independent Maori Statutory Board but were prepared to limit the unelected members’ powers.
Penny Bright: “I don’t support unelected people having a vote. It’s not democratic.”

Victoria Crone: “The board has been legislated for. But I do not believe they have to have representation on any of the committees.”

Phil Goff: “If a person has a vote they need to be an elected councillor. But part of the challenge is to ensure that we are representing the whole of the community. What was imposed on Auckland with the board was wrong.”

David Hay: “I believe Maori have the right to a seat at the table. But the framework can be improved by legislation. Being represented by a non-voting system is wrong. There should be Maori wards.”

Mark Thomas: “It’s wrong to mix elected members role with non-elected. I’ll have the two Maori representatives on one committee. They don’t need to vote [with the governing body].” ...

Mayoral candidates' views on iwi board
Maori Party co-leader and Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell said it had always been the party's policy to defend and promote indigenous representation in local, regional, national and international decision-making bodies.

"Our party actively supported the establishment of Te Arawa partnership model and we will continue to support efforts by Te Arawa to ensure they have a voting right and therefore a real say at the table of Rotorua Lakes Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

"More and more iwi are realising that they can no longer afford or leave crucial decisions that affect their way of life, in the hands of others. We applaud their pursuit of tino rangatiratanga at a political level in their areas.

"The time for sitting back and watching others make decisions that affect their whanau, marae, hapu, iwi, land, waterways, other natural resources and overall, their future, has ended so it makes our party really proud when we see Maori put their hand up in local body elections," he said.

Major milestone reached on Waikato River management
A landmark co-management agreement will see Ngati Tuwharetoa and Waikato Regional Council work closely together to restore and protect the health of the Waikato River.

The Taupo-based iwi and the council have announced today in a statement the finalising of a joint management agreement (JMA) that outlines the detail of the working relationship.

A co-governance committee to oversee implementation of the JMA has been established with equal numbers of council and Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board representatives. ....

Maori shut out of conservation discussion
The General Manager of the 14-strong Iwi Collective Partnership says indigenous voices are being shut out of a forum that looks set to demand that countries shut off 30 percent of their exclusive economic zones to commercial fishing.

Those iwi own 31 percent of the quota around the Kermadecs, which will be extinguished by the proposed ocean sanctuary.

Mr Samuels says there will be more such confiscations if the IUCN proposal is adopted.

He says Maori fought hard to regain their fishing rights, and it’s disappointing a generation later the crown turns around and takes them away again......

Addiction among Māori on the rise
Addiction practitioners are calling for more government support as the growing methamphetamine and alcohol epidemics reach unmanageable levels. 120 drug and rehab Māori practitioners met in Rotorua today to identify areas that need an urgent address.

NZ Drug Foundation Māori advisor says, “We need to grow this sector so we can better reposed to those Māori that are in need particular with those that are suffering from issues around methamphetamine and amphetamines but of course the addiction issues goes right across a whole range of other drug types as well.”

Mr. Taurua of the NZ Drug Foundation believes that Māori helping Māori is vital to reducing addiction. Another suggestion was for iwi to take part in creating drug policies....

Key unconvinced Maori seats will work
PM John Key has rejected Phil Goff's push for Maori seats on the Auckland Council of he's elected as mayor.

Key says, " I think it's probably better to leave it as it is, no situation is absolutely perfect, you certainly need engagement, but on balance the advice we got when we put together the super city legislation is that the statutory boards were more effective."

The Maori Statutory is independent of the Auckland Council. The board ensures the council takes the views of Maori into account when making decisions....

Land rights potentially stripped under Housing law
Hundreds and thousands of people will be affected by the Housing Legislation Amendment Bill being rushed through parliament. Green Party leader Metiria Turei says those who have rights to lands being taken under the Public Works may not have those rights anymore.

Under the bill, there are no obligations to offer-back land to former owners under the Public Works Act when it comes to the disposal of state housing land.

Green MP Marama Davidson says, "This is a huge impact including for Māori because the government are rushing this bill through so that they don't have to give that land back anymore which is the current status quo."..

Mana of Maori Land Court judges defended
Manurewa MP Louisa Wall wants to keep the selection of Maori Land Court judges in the hands of the Minister for Maori Development.

The Judicature Modernisation Bill now going through parliament will give the Attorney General the job of choosing judges for all courts.

Ms Wall says that overturns a long standing convention that Maori Land Court judges are appointed on the advice or recommendation of the Maori minister.

"It’s all about the mana of that position and the mana of our land and empowering our Maori land court judges to ensure that the administration of our land upholds the sacredness of whenua to us as Maori," says Louisa Wall......

Honorary doctorate for King Tuheitia
Waikato University has given King Tuheitia an honorary doctorate as part of its annual Kingitanga Day celebration.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says the doctorate acknowledges King Tuheitia's leadership in the decade since he ascended to the throne.

The seventh Maori monarch has continued the tradition of his forebears, dedicating his life to the service of others and to the continuation of the Kingitanga.....

Treaty Minister calls for Raniera Tau to step down
Calls from Treaty Negotiations Minister and Attorney General Chris Finlayson for Raniera Tau to step down from his leadership positions in Ngapuhi have come in the same week runanga trustees put out a report saying they do not trust the former chairman and will not support his return to the role.

Mr Finlayson said Raniera (Sonny) Tau should stay away from Ngapuhi's Treaty claim process, saying his time was "over"....

Manuka name worth the fight
Iwi chairs will meet Trade Minister Todd McClay this week to push the case for protection of the name manuka.

Ngati Kahungunu chair Ngahiwi Tomoana says if the Government had moved in 2011 to protect Maori names, as recommended by Waitangi Tribunal’s WAI 262 fauna and flora report, current problems in the manuka honey business could have been avoided.

"We’ve just got to stand on our tikanga and our whakapapa and ensure those rights stay here with us - the intellectual property, the ingoa, nga kupu, and nga matauranga Maori, ta te Maori e pupuri, we've got to hold onto it ourselves," he says....

Not One More Acre Catherine Delahunty presents petition on Public Works Act confiscations
Green MP Catherine Delahunty has presented a petition with almost 5000 signatures calling on Government to support her Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill, which is due to be debated in Parliament next week.

“The Public Works Act has been used time and time again to alienate Māori from their land, leading to the struggles for Bastion Point, the Raglan golf course and to Patricia Grace’s fight to protect her land from the Kāpiti Expressway, which inspired my Bill,” said Ms Delahunty....

Inaccuracies fail Maori commitment
Child abuse rates are disproportionately higher among colonised indigenous in settler societies and among other peoples who suffered loss of land, culture, language and identity, transportation of populations for work either by slavery or urbanisation, concomitant breakdowns in extended family networks, isolation such as indigenous reservations or government housing projects and on-going racism from dominant groups. .....

NZ businesses need to overcome bias about Maori – Westpac
A bias that Maori workers are seen as not a 'good fit' remains in New Zealand workplaces and needs to change, Westpac says.

Maori currently make up 15 per cent of the country's population and that was expected to grow to almost 20 per cent by 2038 because the Maori population was far younger than the New Zealand population overall....

Statutory board wants action on words
Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory Board has welcomed Auckland Council’s adoption of a te reo Maori policy, but says the implementation plan is light on detail.

Deputy chair Glenn Wilcox says the board identified the need for a Maori language Policy in its first Te Tiriti o Waitangi Audit, but it has taken four years to be developed.

The language policy is critical if the council is to deliver on the outcome it promises in the new Auckland Plan, that a Maori identity is Auckland’s point of difference in the world.....

Marlborough iwi slam 'intolerant' email to gauge candidates' views on council iwi representatives
Council hopefuls across the country have been quizzed on their stance on non-elected iwi representatives having voting powers on councils.

The New Zealand Centre for Political Research, a think-tank started by former Act MP Muriel Newman, emailed the questions out to newsletter subscribers so they could be circulated among local body candidates nationally.

Marlborough iwi have slammed the questions, including if candidates would move to have the positions disestablished, as "intolerant" and "old world thinking".

It is understood most of the respondents in Marlborough were in favour of the status quo, where iwi representatives with voting rights were able to sit on council committees....

Māori candidates claim local bodies lack cultural diversity
Low Māori representation in local government means that they lack cultural diversity. It’s the perspective of the two Maori women competing for seats on the Whangarei District Council in the upcoming local body elections. ....

NZ Rally against American $3.8bil pipeline
New Zealand rallies are being held where Racial Equity Aotearoa challenges all New Zealand organisations to join Standing Rock Sioux tribe's battle to stop a $3.8 billion oil pipeline being run under the Missouri River, in America.

Racial Equity Aotearoa’s Ricardo Menendez March says, "It's about getting the leaders of Aotearoa on board and seeing the on-going colonialism in the US, but it's also about acknowledging people in Aotearoa that there is also an on-going struggle against colonial institutions here." ....

Tuhoe leaves lasting impression on Canada's Justice Minister
Bay of Plenty iwi, Tuhoe have left a lasting impression on Canada's first female, indigenous Justice Minister and Attorney General.

Tamati Kruger outlined the tribes journey saying, “There are times when things are trying and difficult”

It's a path the tribe's been carving for the last four years, since settling their Treaty claims, which is why our Attorney General Chris Finlayson was keen to bring his Canadian counterpart, Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, to Tuhoe today.

Chris Finlayson says, “it’s such an important settlement in the life of the country, and because of the innovative approach in the life of Te Urewera, which has actually got a lot of interest overseas.”

Kruger says, “her key question was, how can the law and lore work cohesively? That's what she and her Ministers want to learn from us because we're the first in the world to achieve that.”...

Iwi agrees to 1080 drops - with conditions
After eight months' consultation Ruapehu iwi Ngāti Rangi has agreed to aerial 1080 operations in its area - with many conditions....

$700,000 for Rangitīkei Awa clean-up
The Rangitīkei Awa is the latest waterway to get a funding boost from the Government to improve its water quality, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox announced today

Mr Flavell says he is pleased to see the collaborative efforts between iwi, local and central government in making the funding possible.

“This funding will help tāngata whenua realise their aspirations of a healthy environment and enable better utilisation of their awa for all our people. The fund will also help local hapū and iwi to safeguard a beautiful resources for generations to come,” Mr Flavell says...

Radio Hauraki ready to pronounce name correctly
Pare Hauraki iwi and NZME are now working together to ensure broadcasters at Radio Hauraki pronounce the show's name correctly.

Iwi spokesperson Korohere Ngapo says the incorrect pronunciation of the name Radio Hauraki could soon be a thing of the past.

“Yes, the station's name is Radio Hauraki, but we will not back down from this discussion. I saw a strong desire by management to want to get it right.”

“I told them that it's not just about the name, and for them to understand that we welcome them learning a bit more about our history and culture,” says Ngapo.

A date for NZME staff to learn about Ngā Pare o Hauraki at a workshop has yet to be set.....

Kohanga Reo looks to future
Kohanga reo staff from around the country have been at the national trust in Wellington this week looking at what they need to do to take the organisation forward.

The movement has been locked in a battle with Education Minister Hekia Parata for three years over its structure and governance that has meant efforts to resolve its Treaty of Waitangi claim have stalled.

She says at it’s heart kohanga must always be about increasing use of te reo Maori....

Ngai Tahu history relevant to debate (Opinion)
There can be no traditional Maori cultural values that impact on freehold land now in private Maori ownership because Maori had no tradition of private land ownership before the introduction of the rule of law by the British Crown.

Under Article 3 of the Treaty of Waitangi, Maori gained the rights and privileges of British citizens, including the right to private ownership of land on exactly the same terms as everyone else.

That right comes with an obligation to pay rates and to keep land free of noxious weeds, irrespective of whose ancestors brought the weeds here in the first place.

Failure to meet that obligation is an invitation to any local authority to declare the land abandoned and to treat it accordingly, regardless of the ethnicity of the owner.

Any rates remission concession to individual or multiple landowners on grounds of their being of Maori descent will discriminate against everyone else and so be in breach of Human Rights legislation.

At a time when many have commemorated disruption of a rugby tour 35 years ago, in protest against a regime of race-based entitlement in South Africa, it seems bizarre that the DCC should entertain any proposal for a policy that would introduce race-based entitlement here......

Auckland Airport awards $100,000 in regional tourism grants
TIME Unlimited’s cultural City to Cape Collection will integrate Northland and Auckland experiences into itineraries under Māori seasonal themes. Co-founder and director Ceillhe Sperath, of Ngapuhi descent, says the award of the grant will assist them to showcase New Zealand’s compelling point of difference.

“Our proposal is to share our unique knowledge of being Māori and enhance the visitor experience with our strong values of kinship, hospitality and mutual exchange of cultural understanding,” says Ms Sperath......

System keeps Maori out of govt: Flavell
Designated Maori seats are the best way to ensure councils are more representative, says the Maori Development Minister.

"There's only one way of improving Maori representation, [through] the relationship enshrined in the Treaty. Until that manifests in central and local Government, Maori will not be happy."....

Memorandum of Understanding between RNZ and Māori Network
An historic partnership agreement was signed today between RNZ and Te Whakaruruhau O Ngā Reo Irirangi Māori, the network of Māori radio stations.

The Memorandum of Understanding will see both organisations working together for the benefit of the different audiences they serve.

The 21 Māori radio stations which make up Te Whakaruruhau will get access to RNZ's trusted and high quality programming and journalism, as well as working with the RNZ news team to cover Māori stories in a more collaborative way. The result will be better for all audiences.

In addition, the iwi stations will be tapping into RNZ’s expertise at transforming itself from a radio broadcaster into a multimedia content creator.....

Morgan eyes Auckland position
The names of Mana Whenua representatives on Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory board will be out today, but it’s not enough for a Waikato Tainui treaty negotiator.

Tukoroirangi Morgan says the iwi is still pursuing its claims in Auckland, independent of the settlements reached by affiliated iwi and hapu which are part of the Tamaki collective of tribes.

He told Radio Waatea host Willie Jackson representation in the governance of the super city is one of the claims.

"As one of the mana whenua iwi in this rohe we should have a seat at the top table. Stuff this being 10 steps removed from the action. We should be part of the action," Mr Morgan says.

He also believes there should be more seats on the Independent Maori Maori Board for matawaka or Maori from iwi outside Tamaki Makaurau.

A further article on the above:  Independent Maori Statutory Board Appointments   

And here: Changearound at Maori Statutory Board   

Charter school for Maori boys
Only two new charter schools, one in Napier and one in Hamilton, have been approved to open in 2017, adding to the eight already operating.

Education Under-Secretary and Act leader David Seymour said only two were chosen from 26 applicants, both of which would have a special Maori character.

Flavell eyes Māori initiatives in Whangarei
Māori initiatives are the focus of the Minister of Māori Development as he travels through Northland this week. Today Te Ururoa Flavell and his contingent visited a number of projects of interest in Whangarei.

Who better than Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai to lead the Minister of Māori Development around local projects aimed at creating future benefit and livelihood for the region?

“I'm here to look at projects that Te Puni Kōkiri are involved in up here relating to Whānau Ora, Moving the Māori Nation, housing and a range of initiatives,” says Flavell, “And in time, we would expect to see a strategy for this development in Whangarei whereby the government could provide support....

New marae health check initiative
An initiative has been launched to help Maori think about health checks differently.

The first free health-check clinic took place yesterday at the Taurua marae in Rotoiti.

"This is the very beginning. We are trying to get Maori in particular to think about health differently. We are hoping that as we go from marae to marae our reputation will spread." ...

Creative Tauranga changes its name
Creative Tauranga has changed its name to Creative Bay of Plenty, Te Moana a Toi.

“The name is more inclusive of our whole catchment and Te Moana a Toi recognises both the Maori name for the coastal Bay of Plenty region as the oceans that were navigated and settled by the ancestral figure Toi,” says trustee Awhina Thatcher. ...

Iwi eye fisheries settlement profit
Iwi have voted take some of the money set aside to run Te Ohu Kaimoana in future ... but then set up a new conflict on how the money will be divided.

The trust had proposed the $74 million it has built up in savings and accumulated profits over the past 20 years form an endowment.

But the hui then voted 28 iwi to 23 that the distribution be not on the basis of coastline or population but with each iwi getting an equal share - great for the likes of Ngai Tamanuhiri but not so for Ngapuhi or Ngai Tahu.

Napier, Hamilton get new charter schools
The Government has announced the latest additions to its charter schools line-up, with two new secondary schools opening their doors in Hamilton and Napier next year.

Both schools are targeting Māori students and students from low socio-economic backgrounds....

Ngāpuhi prepared to go to the United Nations
Ngāpuhi are prepared to take their treaty claims to the United Nations if they're not properly addressed here at home. This from the hapū of Hokianga following the final week of Waitangi Tribunal hearings of Ngapuhi claims in Northland.

Professor Pat Hohepa says it’s a process they've followed due to the Crowns' failure to address issues relating to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the 1835 Declaration of Independence.

"The Crown must come face up to discuss where and when our sovereignty will be returned to Ngāpuhi because we've never ceded it but the Crown stole it. They must acknowledge this and return it."

Professor Pat Hohepa says, "We can once again govern ourselves like in Samoa and Tonga and Fiji. There's no problem for us if the councils in Northland are devolved and governance returned to a Ngāpuhi Government." ....

Iwi Engagement Ranger
As a Ranger, Iwi Engagement you will be part of a highly motivated team, focused on building relationships with iwi and hapu in the Western Bay of Plenty

You will be responsible for

* Fostering positive relationships between iwi, hapu and the Department

* Supporting implementation of Treaty Settlement outcomes

* Supporting other team members in building new partnership opportunities with tangata whenua

* Promoting and supporting iwi and hapu aspirations ...

Maori trust calls for a fishing ban out of respect for the missing man's family
A ban on fishing along a section of Taranaki's coastline has been called for by a Maori trust as a sign of respect for a missing man's family.

On Thursday Robbie Taylor, of the Ngatiawa ki Taranaki Trust, said a rahui had been put in place from the Herekawe Stream to the Mokau River preventing people from fishing and collecting shellfish from the area.

"Out of respect for the young man's family," Taylor said.

The rahui could remain in place for up to four months but Taylor said he would wait to see what feedback the trust received before making a decision.....

Pou stands for Maori discontent
Ngatiwai whanau gathered as a pou was erected at Mimiwhangata to protest proposed marine legislation.

The kaupapa, led by the hapu of Ngatiwai, saw a pou, named Manaia after the founding ancestor of Te Iwi o Ngatiwai, erected on Saturday to make it clear whanau are reclaiming their "homeland".

"This is a clear signal to Government that as a treaty partner Maori are not happy with the process that they have gone through in the past," said Ngatiwai Trust Board chairman Haydn Edmonds.

He said Ngatiwai is also dissatisfied with the proposed marine legislation for the Hauraki Gulf and plans for an ocean sanctuary around the Kermadec Islands.

"These types of legislation will extinguish and expropriate Maori customary and commercial fishing rights, and sever our relationship with Tangaroa [the ocean]."....

Attempt to entrench Maori seats from Brash threat
"They are vulnerable and they can be abolished by a simple parliamentary majority. People might say 'that will never happen' but we have heard the likes of Don Brash come out, we've heard New Zealand First come out and say their policy is to abolish Maori seats, That is why I am putting this bill forward," Mr Tirikatene says......

Māori seats entrenched by Tirikatene Bill
National and the Māori Party need to support my member’s Bill which is designed to entrench the Māori electorate seats in Parliament, Labour’s Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene says.

“Under the Electoral Act the provisions establishing the general electorates are entrenched – meaning only a 75% majority can overturn them – but the provisions establishing the Māori electorates are not - meaning it only takes a simple majority to abolish them.

“My Bill is about fixing the constitution. There’s no reason to treat general electorate seats better than we treat Māori electorate seats.....

Marlborough iwi Ngati Apa ki te Ra To launches education starter packs
An iwi has launched a new project to make sure children starting primary school have the right stationery on their first day.

Top of the South iwi Ngati Apa ki te Ra To has funded free education starter packs for their 5-year-olds, and gave away the first three on Wednesday

The education starter packs included a back pack, a book folder, school books, pens and pencils, but varied depending on the stationery list issued by the pupil's school.

Iwi trustee and education committee member Margaret Bond said the packs were a great way to show the children their iwi supported them in their education.

Iwi communication and engagement manager Kirk MacGibbon said he hoped the branded back packs would give the children a way to recognise each other at school.

"They'll see the bags, and they'll know they're both from Ngati Apa, and they'll connect."....

Maori Miss Out on Jobs with ‘Brown Table’ Iwi-Owned Company
Ngāi Tahu and Tainui-owned company Go Bus is recruiting driver and trainee drivers from overseas, instead of training and hiring Maori looking for work, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“These two iwi received, decades ago, Treaty of Waitangi settlements of $170 million each. In their demands for settlement both iwi used the numbers and names of individual iwi members, so why are Maori the last ones considered when bus driving jobs are available.

“This resembles so much of the Maori fishing quota. The fish is being caught and processed by overseas owned boats and crews with minimal work and wealth for Maori.

“Whatever happened to young Maori being a special taonga?”....
Corrections a 'repeat offender' on Maori rehabilitation
The Department of Corrections is being called a repeat offender when it comes to the way it deals with Maori prisoner rehabilitation.

A Waitangi Tribunal hearing's just concluded, focused on the Department of Corrections' ability to lower reoffending in Maori, at the same rate as non-Maori.....

Auckland Maori board unfair
There’s support from an influential tribal leader for change in the make up of the Auckland Maori Statutory Board.

Mr Morgan would also like to see a Waikato Tainui seat on the Independent Maori Statutory Board, rather than just having a few of its Auckland-based hapu sitting around the table.....

Waikato University maintains relationship with Kiingitanga
Now in its eighth year, Kīngitanga Day is an annual event that recognises the University of Waikato’s unique identity, distinctive culture and special relationships with Waikato-Tainui and especially the Kīngitanga. ....

IMSB considers taking Unitary Plan to court
A warning from Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory Board that the Unitary Plan for the super city includes unfinished business.

Chair David Taipari says now the Auckland Council has signed off on the 6000 page document, the board is considering what legal options it has to get a schedule of Sites of Value to Maori put back in the plan.

The council accepted a recommendation of the Independent Hearings Panel that the schedule be dropped because there wasn’t enough evidence available about the sites.

But Mr Taipari says councillors should have listened to their officials, who told them that while the hearings process was going on council staff worked with mana whenua to confirm the location and significance of more than 2000 sites.

He says the importance of these sites to the history and identity of mana whenua and all Aucklanders cannot be ignored.

Māori Party and Kiingitanga to work together
Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori.

Mr Flavell says the Māori Party and the Kiingitanga share the same key goals for Māori which include battling homelessness, alleviating poverty, creating jobs, and increasing Māori electoral participation

Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori.

Mr Flavell says the Māori Party and the Kiingitanga share the same key goals for Māori which include battling homelessness, alleviating poverty, creating jobs, and increasing Māori electoral participation....

Site of former Auckland school of horrors sold for $12 million to iwi group
Land Information New Zealand group manager of crown property John Hook said Whenua Haumi Roroa o Tamaki Makaurau Limited Partnership purchased the property under the right of first refusal provisions of the Nga Mana Whenua o Tamaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014.

No public holiday for New Zealand Land Wars
The Government has made it very clear: The Land Wars commemoration day will not be a public holiday.

A commemorative day was announced last week after pressure from local communities and a school-led petition asked for a day of recognition....

Nothing to fear from Maori sovereignty share
The Māori Party believes there's nothing to fear from Māori being given a formal share in New Zealand sovereignty

Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox argues that it's both a good idea, and possible.

"There is nothing to fear from Māori having a greater say across the decision-making," Fox said. "What it does is add value to our nation, it doesn't diminish it."

"The reality is that Māori in councils, on regional councils, through the RMA process, have worked side-by-side for the betterment of communities."....

Māori King gives nod to Mana/Māori parties
The Māori King has signed off his 10th commemoration with a whimsical political speech that gave a royal affirmation to the Māori and Mana parties but delivered a blow to the Labour Party.

"It really hurt me when the leader of the Labour Party said he couldn't work with the Māori Party, you know I'm not voting for them any more, " said Kiingi Tuheita.

He offered his thoughts on the perfect political union, and made no secret of his support for Mana Party leader Hone Harawira.....

A furher article on the above here >  Maori King should stay neutral: Peters

Maori King wants Maori share in sovereignty
The Maori king has called for a Maori share in New Zealand's sovereignty by 2025.

King Tuheitia used a landmark speech commemorating his 10th anniversary on the throne today to propose a formal role for Maori in the country's leadership.

He did not spell out what he meant by "sovereignty", but seemed to imply a role for Maori tribes or iwi.

"I see a country that we as Maori will have a shared role in its sovereignty and this I see happening by 2025," he said.

"I see a voting constituency of Maori across the country that will exceed 65 per cent of the general population who identify as Maori.

"My vision realises the return of all of the battle sites from the Maori Land Wars by 2020, to all affected Iwi. This has begun and I received the title to Rangiriri here last Friday.

"This vision continues with the development of national memorials for the commemoration of the Maori Land Wars on all battle sites, by 2025."

He said shared sovereignty was part of a "political manifesto" for the Kiingitangi movement which he asked his 12-member council Tekau-ma-rua to draw up three years ago....

Govt should back Bill to stop compulsory land confiscations
The Government can end compulsory land confiscations of whenua Māori by voting for a Green Party Members’ Bill that will come before the House next week, the Green Party said today.....

Government announces Land Wars Day at Turangawaewae
The return of the Rangiriri battlesite to Maori has been marked by news a national day commemorating the New Zealand Land Wars is just months away.

Work has been under way between iwi representatives and ministers of the Crown to see the more than 150-year-old battles between British forces and Maori formally acknowledged.

Four million dollars was set aside in the 2016 budget for commemorations and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, speaking at Turangawaewae Marae on Friday at the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Maori King Tuheitia's reign, said it was time to formally recognise the country's bloody past.

"A day of commemoration for these New Zealand Wars will come. It is long overdue," Barry said. "We are engaged in this process and we will find a day that will suit every one."

"It is important to us as a nation, at least as important as our World War I commemorations, if not, more so."

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell said the Government wants to pinpoint a date that works before the end of 2017.

Rahui Papa, chairman of the Waikato-Tainui executive Te Arataura, said future talks will see a date solidified.

A Land Wars day will help build harmony across the country, he said.....

Further article on the above here Govt backs national day to mark NZ Wars

Unitary Plan adoption - call to reinstate Sites of Value
The Independent Māori Statutory Board acknowledges the Auckland Council for adopting the Auckland Unitary Plan today saying it’s an important step in ensuring Auckland's housing development keeps pace with the needs of Māori living in Tāmaki Makaurau. However, the Board does not support the decision by Auckland Council to remove the schedule of Sites of Value from the Unitary Plan.

"Now that the Plan is formally adopted by Auckland Council the Board will consider what legal proceedings are available to have the schedule reinstated,” Independent Māori Statutory Board Chair, David Taipari, says.

“The importance of these sites to our history and identity cannot be ignored,” says David Taipari....

Rangiriri hand back should set precedent
There’s hope today’s return of Rangiriri Pa and Te Wheoro Redoubt to Waikato Tainui and the Kingitanga is the start of more repatriations.

Title to the sites where Waikato Tainui first stood up to the invasion of their lands in1863 were returned to the iwi and the Kingitanga at Turangawaewae Marae today by Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry.

The ceremonies started well before dawn, when taua were welcomed on to Rangiriri Pa to bathe in the Waikato River and to light seven fires on the site.

Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare, who has been attending this week’s Koroneihana Tua Ngahuru o Kingi Tuheitia, says tribes should be able to work alongside the crown to manage their sites of significance.

" And I think it will serve as an example for other places around the motu, not just Pukehinahina or Orakau but less familiar battle sites in Te Tarata, Waerenga a Hika and for the ones in the north like Ruapekapeka, Puketutu and places like that," says Peeni Henare.

Use Maori name, Commissioner urges
Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft says he will not use the English name of the newly announced Ministry for Vulnerable Children and hopes the name will "wither on the vine".

Becroft says he will only use the Maori name of the new ministry, Oranga Tamariki, which means the health and wellbeing of children.

He says the Maori name is "aspirational" and positive, whereas the English name is negative, emphasising children's vulnerability rather than their wellbeing.

Becroft has argued against the English name since he became Children's Commissioner last month, but the name was confirmed today by Social Development Minister Anne Tolley who will also become the first Minister for Vulnerable Children.

"I won't call it anything other than Oranga Tamariki, and that is a challenge for all in the field," Becroft said......

Iwi & Taranaki Council
Iwi are consulted closely in resource consenting and planning processes,

The Council strongly encourages resource consent applicants to ensure Iwi and/or Hapū are consulted where necessary, and that actual or potential effects on them are clearly spelled out.

For the 2015-2016 year, applicants for resource consents made 117 separate consultations with Iwi/Hapū.

If appropriate, the Council also considers involving Iwi or Hapū in the design and operation of consent compliance monitoring programmes. Iwi and Hapū have also had input in investigations and prosecutions.

Similarly, the Council strives to give Iwi and Hapu opportunities for full and genuine involvement in its own planning processes,

Under Treaty of Waitangi settlements currently being legislated for by Parliament, three Iwi representatives would be appointed to each of the Council’s two main standing committees,

The appointees would be expected to act in the interests of the Committee they are part of, while bringing an Iwi perspective to the table.

The Council and its officers meet regularly with Iwi and Hapū on a range of issues of mutual interest,

Maori parents not getting cot death advice
Maori parents may be missing out on advice about cot death because of health practitioners' unconscious biases, University of Auckland researchers say.

"Research with Maori and Pakeha GPs shows some Pakeha GPs find it harder to communicate with Maori patients and Maori are less comfortable, trusting and forthcoming in their interactions with Pakeha GPs," Carla Houkamau's report found.....

Iwi-led low-cost health centre for South Dunedin
It is being called Te Kāika, te reo Māori for "the village".

The centre's co-founder, the chair of the Ōtākou rūnanga, Donna Matahaere-Atariki, said the project was a big deal for Dunedin and for Ngāi Tahu.

"We're pretty much the shareholder, but it's actually open to everyone.

"So this is about 'how does Ngāi Tahu put its footprint back on our landscape here', and how Ngāi Tahu responds to the needs of their broader community," Ms Matahaere-Atariki said.

The project was started with a $500,000 grant from the government's Whānau Ora's programme.

Another partner is Otago University, which is investing in the project.....

Spy bill risk for Maori
A long time watchdog of government activities is warning Maori who speak out that they are likely to be targeted for surveillance under a new bill covering the New Zealand spy agencies.

"The law change being proposed now by (John) Key and supported by Labour, it should be noted, would actually allow spying on " Maori radicals" and who defines what those words mean. There's a long history of hysteria about so called Maori radicals. Im thinking now going back to the 80's when there was all this talk about Maori radicals having these connections with Libya," he says.....

Bad information swayed waahi tapu vote
Auckland deputy mayor Penny Hulse says council is going to have to look again at how to protect waahi tapu.

The Unitary Plan passed this week dropped an overlay listing more than 2000 sites of value to Maori, after a government-appointed review panel said there was not enough evidence about the sites.

Ms Hulse believes the panel was wrong, and says council officials will need to work with mana whenua to get a protection mechanism into the plan.

She says councillors may have been swayed by outside lobby groups.

"You know to be honest i don't think they had their facts straight. They were saying you'd have to talk to 20 different iwi to put a spade in the ground on your land and there was a lot of racist twaddle talk about all of this and I think it made some people a lot more nervous about this than they should be. So we've got a little bit of healing to do really, she says.

Penny Hulse says the sites of values should be seen as everyone’s history, not something only of value to Maori.

Urban Maori rankle at under-representation
The National Urban Maori Authority says Maori from iwi outside of Tamaki Makaurau are under-represented on Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory Board.

The nine-member board includes just two places for so called mataawaka, compared with seven for mana whenua iwi and hapu.

NUMA chief executive Lance Norman says with more than 80 percent of Auckland’s Maori population being mataawaka, a 50-50 split would be closer to fair.

Mr Norman compared the process where only mana whenua choose the mataawaka representatives as being worthy of Apartheid-era South Africa.

He says the board wasn’t even a good advocate for mana whenua, stepping aside from the debate on the Auckland Unitary Plan and in the process losing protection for wahi tapu.....

NZ republic inevitable says Governor-General
Speaking to Māori Television’s Native Affairs, Sir Jerry said while it may not occur in the foreseeable future, it would happen.

But Sir Jerry admitted it would challenge the present Treaty relationship between Māori and the Crown.

“I believe for Māori it will be a little more difficult.”...

Maori still twice jobless rate
The unemployment rate has dropped to 5.1 per cent after a change to the way the figure is calculated.

Maori unemployment fell to 11 per cent, down from 12.2 per cent a year ago.....

University of Otago teacher wins Prime Minister’s prize
For the fifth year running, the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence has gone to a University of Otago academic.

Otago Faculty of Law Professor Jacinta Ruru was presented with the accolade by Rt Hon John Key at a function at Parliament last night. She receives $10,000 through the Supreme Award as well as a further $20,000 as one of 12 tertiary teachers to be recognised through this year’s Sustained Excellence Awards.

Professor Ruru’s award acknowledges her sustained excellence in tertiary teaching to create a place for Māori to stand and be heard within New Zealand’s legal system.....

New 'Ministry for Vulnerable Children' boss to lead culture change, Tolley says
Soon-to-be Minister for Vulnerable Children Anne Tolley admits the chief executive of the Government's new ministry will have a difficult task, but says the former aged-care boss has what it takes - because she has kidsMu.

Grainne Moss has been appointed chief executive to start next month at the new agency 'Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki'. It will begin operating by April 2017.

The new name has been criticised as "stigmatising and labelling" by the Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft.

In response to the announcement on Thursday, Becroft said he was "electing" to only use the Maori name "Oranga Tamariki" which meant the wellbeing of our children. He urged all New Zealanders do the same, as it was a much more hopeful and visionary.....

Students gaining NCEA while playing rugby the aim of New Plymouth academy
A new academy is aiming to use rugby as a way for under-achieving maori and pasifika students to gain important qualifications.

The program is the culmination of a year's work between Feats, privately-owned learning centres based in Taranaki, and the Taranaki Rugby Football Union (TRFU).

It will teach students rugby skills while helping them understand maori tikanga and gain National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) qualifications.

Cheree Menzies, the CEO of the learning centres, which are based in Hawera, Stratford and New Plymouth, said they were using rugby to get the students on the course, which would allow them to gain NCEA level 1 and 2.....

Sustainable harvest solution to kereru conflict
The kereru is a native New Zealand species protected under legislation, but despite this protection it has continued to decline in abundance since European colonisation. As an iconic native species, it is treasured by many Maori and Pakeha as something that must be preserved at all costs.

However as a taonga (cultural treasure), tangata whenua are guaranteed full possession of kereru under the Treaty of Waitangi. Full possession implies ongoing rights of harvest, and so many assert that the Treaty imparts a right to harvest the bird in spite of legislation to the contrary.

Sustainable harvesting could provide the solution to the conflict that we have recently seen highlighted by the prosecution of Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau for killing five birds and by last year's revelation that kereru had been served to three ministers of the Crown and 40 iwi leaders at a marae in 2013.....

Andrew Judd nominated for 2017 New Zealander of the Year
New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd's strong stance on race relations has seen him nominated for the 2017 New Zealander of the Year award.

Judd, who championed Maori wards and spoke out about racism in Taranaki, was nominated by two separate people for the award.

Glyn Taylor, awards office manager, said the two nominations praised Judd's efforts to build bridges between Maori and pakeha and noted his peace hikoi to Parihaka.

Plan overlay better than court action
The Minister for Maori Development is warning the Auckland Council may have created ongoing problems for itself by dropping an overlay of sites of value to Maori from the Unitary Plan.

The overlay had been subject to a concerted attack by opponents who dubbed it the taniwha tax, even though a tiny minority of developments had required customary impact assessments because they impinged on sites.

Te Ururoa Flavell says the requirement to protect Maori heritage doesn’t go away but the council has abandoned a mechanism to make it relatively straightforward.

"If you have our people involved at the beginning you get away from the whole notion of litigation. Nobody wants to go to litigation. It just costs money. There is a winner and a loser. If you are able to engage with our people, I think our people are pretty fair and are willing to work through issues when they know it is in the public good or the good of the country, but they don't like individual people profiting off the back of losses that may be incurred by Maori," he says.

Mr Flavell says changes to the Resource Management Act could create a window for better consultation with Maori.....

Why flax coffins are a dead good idea
A plant material used by Maori to traditionally prepare their dead for burial is also being touted as a greener, more eco-friendly option for the funeral industry.

Artist Rawinia Puna has launched a hand-finished casket made from Harakeke flax paper, which sells for less than half the average cost of a coffin.

The caskets are made from organic cardboard, lined inside and on the outside with the flax paper. Organic ink is used for the printing on the lid, and the inside padding and pillow is filled with dry stripped flax......

Talent sought for Maori Statutory Board
With local elections fast coming up, it’s time again to pick Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory Board.

A selection panel drawn from Auckland’s mana whenua iwi will appoint the members - including two representatives of mata waka, the majority of Maori who live in the super city but come from iwi outside Tamaki Makaurau.

Last time the High Court threw out one of the panel’s selections because it hadn’t given proper consideration to the applications, so mana whenua will have some clear guidelines to work on this year.

Panel chair Tame Te Rangi from Ngati Whatua says Tamaki Makaurau is now the largest centre of Maori population in the world, and it’s important there is strong advocacy for all Maori, not just mana whenua.

"There are only two positions for the statutory board but how is it that we can ensure there is connection, there is context around how decisions are made that includes the direction the aspirations, the future thinking of generaitons to come, irrespective of where they are located," he says.....

Healthcare must reflect gene differences between ethnicities
Over the past 25 years, Chambers has identified genetic markers that trace the origin of Austronesian people - Polynesian, Maori, Melanesian, Micronesian and people from parts of Southeast Asia - tens of thousands of years back to Taiwan.....

Rangiriri high on Koroneihana agenda
Past and future will meet at Ngaruawahia this week when the Government will spell out how the New Zealand Wars of 150 years ago will be marked.

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell still talking with iwi around the country about how the $1 million a year that has been budgeted for commemorations over the next four years will be spent.

But he says Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry will be at the Koroneihana Hui to discuss places where Waikato Tainui ancestors fought to defend their homeland.

"In terms of Rangiriri and Orakau it is about a desire by iwi to get those pieces of land back so there may be an announcement bout that in the next couple of days at Turangawaewae," Mr Flavell says....

Three pursue top position
Wairoa is faced with yet another interesting local election, with the mayor and his six councillors all seeking re-election, amid a vote on whether the council should have a Maori electoral ward.

Although Wairoa has resisted the temptation to separate urban and rural candidates and voters, it has however grappled with an issue of Maori representation, leading to a decision in May to hold a poll at election time on whether the council should have a Maori electoral ward.

But there was further division over whether the poll should be held in conjunction with the election or as a separate vote at another time....

$6.9m for Northland kura school
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Taumarere, a Māori language immersion school catering for primary and secondary pupils in Northland, is being redeveloped at the cost of $6.9 million.

The gymnasium will be designed to enable it to be extended, and the teaching spaces will allow for roll growth from the current roll of 112 to a capacity of 130 students.

A remote learning suite will allow students to connect with teachers based off-site and in other parts of New Zealand via video-conferencing, the ministers said.....

Colonisation linked to child abuse
A researcher into Maori whanau says the Government’s plans for a new vulnerable children’s service are another form of colonialism.

Rihi Te Nana, the national Maori development manager at Relationships Aotearoa, says the reform of child, youth and family services hasn’t given enough weight to the desire of iwi to take back their children.....

Treaty principles more important than oath
Labour’s Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare says parliament’s failure to pass the Oaths and Declarations Bill may have been a disappointment for its sponsor but it shouldn’t stop MPs from upholding treaty principles....

Revolutionary curriculum partnership between iwi and schools under way
A revolutionary partnership between an iwi and a cluster of schools aims to inject richness into mainstream teaching by providing more relevant Maori content.

By combining tikanga (understanding, knowledge and culture) content from iwi, and teachers' expertise in delivery, the team aim to create new curriculum material to provide a locally relevant, more full and inclusive learning experience, said Vanessa Pitt, who is principal of Milson School, the school leading the project.

In February, eight Manawatu primary schools signed a memorandum of understanding with Rangitane o Manawatu to work together on the project.

Since then the project was granted $184,755 of funding from the national Teacher-Led-Innovation Fund, and last month work started toward content development....


Iwi chairs support new framework for reducing youth offending
A Law Foundation-backed project is helping the National Iwi Chairs Forum develop a new basis for interacting with the state to achieve better outcomes for young Māori offenders.

The “engagement framework” will be developed by iwi, with assistance from Judge Carolyn Henwood and Jennifer George of the Henwood Trust.

Judge Henwood says the support by iwi chairs to develop the framework shows their strong desire to reduce the high numbers of young Māori in the justice system.

“I believe that only Māori can change the landscape by acting to stop the flow of their children into state care, whether it is care and protection or prisons. This is about iwi chairs taking on their own strategy,” she says....

Te Atiawa hires scientist Bruno Brosnan to talk resource management with Marlborough council
Marine scientist Bruno Brosnan spent 12 years working at the Marlborough District Council before taking up an unexpected offer from iwi earlier this year.

Te Atiawa o te Tau Ihu hired Brosnan in March following growing concerns for Marlborough Sounds fisheries and an increased responsibility to work with the council.

Their kaitiakitanga for the Queen Charlotte Sound was ratified in Te Atiawa's Treaty settlement, which made clear the councils' and Government's responsibilities to work with the iwi.

Paine said hiring Brosnan had strengthened the iwi's arguments at council. With Brosnan, Te Atiawa "can not only argue from a cultural but also technical standpoint," Paine said....

Orakei hapu backs end to taniwha tax
Ngati Whatua Orakei is welcoming the Auckland Council’s decision to take cultural impact assessments out of the Unitary Plan.

The assessments, which would have applied to developments near more than 2000 sites scattered across the super city, had been dubbed the taniwha tax by opponents.

The Independent Hearings Panel rejected them as a protection mechanism, and despite a last minute defence by council officials, the full council this week endorsed the panel’s recommendation.

Ngati Whatua spokesperson Ngarimu Blair says there needs to be more research to define the location of sites and their value to Iwi today.

The hapu was also concerned up to 15 tribes could demand an assessment be commissioned, causing costs and delays to projects and also breaching tikanga.

Mr Blair says some iwi have already over-reached their boundaries, such as when Ngati Whatua Orakei had to consult seven other iwi when building papakainga houses on its own land in Orakei.

He says the botched process gave groups who are against supporting Maori heritage the opportunity to push their negative agenda.

Ngati Whatua wants to work with Auckland Council to develop a better process.

Further link on the above here > Little respect in Auckland waahi tapu vote 

Maori Party 'must reconsider its relationship with National'
The Maori Party must reconsider its relationship with National after they failed to support Marama Fox’s Treaty of Waitangi Oath bill, Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Kelvin Davis says.

"Marama Fox failed to get National support for her member’s Bill which was defeated on its first reading by 71 votes to 50.

"The Māori Party is always banging on about the benefits of being at the table with National but clearly it isn’t working and it’s detrimental to Maori....

Akl Council votes against Māori site protection
Councillors have voted to go with the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan and remove protection for sites of value to Māori.

The panel recommended removing provisions for places mana whenua valued, but council staff argued protection of more than 2000 such places should be reinstated.

Today, councillors voted to ignore that six votes to 12 and go with the panel's recommendation.

The founder of lobby group Democracy Action, Lee Short, said the council had previously protected insignificant sites including an old rubbish dump, and sites would now need to be properly verified.

"We welcome preserving our heritage, but you just can't go along saying 'this one here, this one there' without providing proof of why it is a site of value.

"And I think the hearings panel and the council have made a wise decision today. Go away and show us the proof and then we'll incorporate it into a site of significance or value."....

A further article on the above here > Aucklands future is being decided but Maori aren't at the table

Here > Council confirm removal of mana whenua overlay

Here > Democratic decision-making welcomed

And here > Ngati Paoa accuse council disregarding evidence

Maori King to receive top city honour
The Maori King Tuuheitia will receive Hamilton's Freedom Holder of the City at a ceremony on Monday.

The city's highest civic honour is limited to 12 living people at any one time....

Tūhoe dialect focus of research
Some Tuhoe are reclaiming their dialect by dropping the 'g' in the word 'ng' when writing and speaking māori. Te Uru Taumatua Chairman Tamati Kruger says if your language is your identity, it is dialect which identifies who you are and where you come from......

Repatriation: the Māori perspective
Ms Aranui is completing her Doctorate in Māori Studies on what repatriation—the act of returning something to its homeland or origin—means to Māori communities and iwi. This includes how repatriated remains from international museums should be treated when returned to New Zealand.

“I started out by saying: ‘From a Māori perspective, our ancestors were stolen.’ There were a few shocked faces in the audience. I wanted them to understand the way Māori view the history of collecting in New Zealand.

“I also spoke about how important the dead are to the living in Māori culture, .....

'I stand here with a heavy heart' - Maori Party co-leader's oath bill defeated
The Maori Party has lost its bid to allow people taking oaths to state that they will perform their duties in accordance with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Party co-leader Marama Fox drafted the member's bill, which was defeated on its first reading by 71 votes to 50 in Parliament last night.

Ms Fox said her bill recognised the treaty as New Zealand's founding document, and people taking oaths should have the opportunity to state their support for it....

Ngapuhi leader to pay $24,500 for illegally hunting kereru
Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau has been sentenced to community detention, fined $12,000 and ordered to pay $12,500 reparation for charges relating to illegally hunting protected birds.

Tau was sentenced by Judge Mark Callaghan in the Invercargill District Court on Thursday for killing or hunting a protected species, unlawfully possessing protected wildlife and conspiring to pervert the course of justice....

Maori businesses trademarked out of chinese market - NZ First
Maori words and names are being trademarked in China hampering New Zealand businesses from trading freely, says New Zealand First.

"Miraka, a Maori dairy processing company, has had to alter its name in order to trade in China because ‘Miraka’ has already been trademarked," says Maori Affairs Spokesperson Pita Paraone.

"References to a range of Maori words and phrases including Aotearoa, Tamaki, whenua, hapū, iwi and moana are also trademarked in China.

"The government recently passed Te Ture mo Te Reo Maori recognising the Maori language as a taonga of iwi and Maori but the government is not protecting this taonga within New Zealand’s free trade deals.

"It brings into question the relevance of the government including references to the Treaty of Waitangi in trade deals if the Maori language is not going to be respected by our trading partners," says Mr Paraone.

Auckland councillors reject bid to accept Unitary Plan as it is
Earlier the 23-member Auckland Development Committee, which includes two appointed Independent Maori Statutory Board members, voted unanimously to move all Unitary Plan debate to the Governing Body.

That means statutory board members, who are not elected by the public, will no longer be involved in the process leading to the final decisions on the plan.....

Collaborative group to improve nature protection
A new collaborative group involving environmental and landowner organisations has come together to improve national policy on protecting nature on private land, Environment Minister Nick Smith announced today at the Environmental Defence Society’s ‘Wild Places’ conference in Auckland.

The core group leading the development of a National Policy Statement (NPS) on Biodiversity includes representatives from Forest & Bird, Federated Farmers, the Environmental Defence Society and the Forest Owners’ Association. Iwi will be included as Treaty partners.

Taranaki iwi expected to apply for customary rights over their coastal areas
A move to have their customary rights officially recognised could soon see Taranaki iwi groups with the power of veto over certain coastal and marine developments.

South Taranaki iwi Ngaruahine is already in the process of applying to have their customary coastal and marine interests recognised by the Crown.

If approved, it will give iwi a greater say in terms of the activity which takes place along its coastline or in marine areas located within their rohe.

If successful, Ngaruahine's protected customary rights and customary marine title between the Waihi Stream and the Taungatara Stream and along its coastline will be legally recognised by the Crown.

A recognised customary marine title gives tangata whenua a veto right in terms of certain resource consent applications or conservation activities which are applied for within their tribal boundaries.....

Auckland Council planners argue Māori sites should be protected
One of the most contentious areas signalled in a 618-page report by council planners is to revive protection for sites of value to Māori, which an independent hearings panel had rejected.

They say protection afforded 2213 places of value to Māori should be reinstated in the plan, arguing the panel was wrong to say insufficient evidence was provided.

That move has already angered a lobby group, formed to oppose giving Māori the right to be consulted on development works close to the sites.

Democracy Action founder Lee Short said he could not see any council evidence to support the listings.

"What we'd like the council to do is publish everything they have, and the support of people they have like the Architectural Association, that says 'Yes, these sites are of value'," he said.....

Eastern District welcomes new Maori Responsiveness Manager and seven new staff
Building relationships and working together with the community will be a focus for new Eastern District Maori Responsiveness Manager Inspector Damin Ormsby along with seven new staff to the district.

“In this position I will be focused on building partnerships with local iwi and the community so that together we can reduce the number of Maori who become victims of crime or are committing crime.

“Building on the strong and responsive relationship we currently enjoy with iwi....

Parents open to te reo Māori in schools, but most kids not being taught
Parents are open to Māori language being a core subject in primary schools, a survey suggests, though at present most students are not being taught the language.

Māori Language Commission chief executive Ngahiwi Apanui said an Auckland University survey showed 40 percent of parents supported Māori being taught in primary schools, 46 percent were neutral while the remaining 14 percent were opposed.

"Every child in Aoteoroa New Zealand has the right to learn te reo Māori. Not just Māori children, every child. I think the conditions are becoming right now for all schools to start asking for Māori as a subject in their classrooms." ....

Māori veteran calls for more toilet stops on medical transport
Māori War Veteran Selwyn Clarke wants the hospital transport system to change their policies around going to the toilet.

Clark is being supported by Oneroa Pihema who also wants elderly patients to be treated better when it comes to being transported from Northland hospitals to Auckland.

Pihema says, “I want to change the current mainstream transport system and make it easier for Māori.”....

Maori pupils set to miss govt targets
Official targets for Maori primary pupils are likely to be missed by as much as 20 per cent in some cases.

The Ministry of Education has published its four-year plan, including five indicators that it says provide a "litmus test" of its progress in lifting student achievement.

At the primary school level, the official target is to have 85 per cent of Maori students at or above the national standard in reading, writing and mathematics next year.

The most recent Maori results available from 2014 show that will be missed by a considerable margin.

In reading, 69 per cent are at or above the standard. That drops to 65 per cent in maths, and 61 in writing.....

Effect of Māori in prisons similar to WWII losses
A former prison worker says the generation of Māori men lost to prisons is similar to the losses Māori experienced during WW2.

Paora Stanley, who now works for Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi as its Operations manager, says the largest age group in NZ prisons is between 20 – 40 years, the age of many Māori who went to war.

“It destroyed and it took away the epitome of Māori leadership, Māori male leadership in particular at that time,” he said.

But he believes the ‘enemy’ is a law and order system that is making Māori men and women the most arrested, convicted and imprisoned race in NZ.

In June 2016, nearly 5,000 Māori made up the total NZ prison population of 9,495 inmates...

Māori MP receives traditional chin moko
Mahuta was part of a contingent of Tainui women who received their traditional moko kauae at Waahi Pā in Huntly at the weekend.

Nanaia Mahuta will be the only MP in the present House of Representatives to carry the distinguished moko kauae...

Tonga forestry deal with North Island iwi causes growing concern
Concern is mounting over a multi-million dollar forest deal in Tonga between the Kingdom's Government and a central North Island iwi.

Tonga's state-owned forestry business has been debt ridden for years until Tahu Whaoa signed a deal to bail it out last month.

It has already covered the Government's debts of over $NZ2.6 million and has agreed to pay a further $NZ3.5 million in return for the control and management of the forest company for 50 years.

But Mr Pikia, who is instrumental in the deal, is himself under the spotlight.

Three years ago, a High Court judge found he had taken his grandmother's land in actions that could be described as a fraudulent breach of trust.

Now he faces pressure from unhappy iwi leaders pushing for an investigation into financial management of a Te Arawa Trust he chairs.

Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva, currently in New Zealand, says he is disappointed more due diligence wasn't done by his Government before the deal was signed.

He will be discussing the matter with his cabinet when he returns home....

History made at council meeting
A milestone meeting of Masterton District Council broke new ground yesterday when two iwi representatives took their place at the council table.

Mihirangi Hollings and Ra Smith were welcomed to a full meeting of the council three months after councillors voted in favour of appointing representatives of both Rangitane o Wairarapa and Kahungunu ki Wairarapa.

Both will have full speaking and voting rights when attending Policy and Finance and Audit and Risk committee meetings, but will be restricted to speaking rights only at full council meetings.

Mayor Lyn Patterson said the occasion was a “very proud day for me”.
She said she was also proud of her councillors who had voted back in May to “take a step forward into the future”. ....

Motueka High School officially opens new $1.2 million cultural centre
Motueka High School's new $1.2 million cultural centre will be a home for "many voices" over generations and enhance the learning of all the school's students, the school says.

The centre was formally opened on Friday starting with a pre-dawn blessing before a powerful mid-morning powhiri which began with the official visitors welcomed by a spine-tingling Maori greeting.

Designed in the style of a wharenui, with a peaked roof and wide front veranda, the centre will be a gathering place for the school's youth, a place of welcome for visitors, a focus for developing kaupapa Maori within the school and a link to the school's iwi partners.....

Māori athletes competing at the Rio Olympics 2016
Over 200 athletes and officials have been selected to represent Aotearoa at this year’s Olympic Games, of those athletes, 50 of which are Māori descent.

The flag bearers nominated to lead our New Zealand team in the opening ceremony this morning are co-captains Peter Burling and Blair Tuke from the sailing team. Both have been adorned with traditional korowai for the ceremony....

Iwi sign vow of respect for 'nation's kids'
Maori tribal leaders will today sign a "covenant" with the nation's children, promising to treasure and respect them and make childhood a time of "joy and light".

The signing, at a 68-member Iwi Chairs Forum at Hopuhopu near Ngaruawahia, will launch a campaign to adopt the covenant as a constitutional document.

Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft said that, though the document was only words, he hoped it would inspire all New Zealanders to take the issue seriously.

Ngati Whatua leader Naida Glavish said she hoped the iwi endorsement would spark a nationwide commitment to protecting children.

"It's a whole country thing, it's a social thing, it's something we all have to take into account. It's not an issue that belongs to any one culture.".....

Maori challenge to Kermadec sanctuary treads water while Parliament paddles
A Maori challenge in court to the law to set up the Kermadec ocean sanctuary cannot proceed in the meantime, a judge has ruled.

The sanctuary's potential impact on the future use of the quota, and reduction of the value of the treaty settlement, lie behind the trust's challenge to the sanctuary.

The trust has asked the court to make declarations that the sanctuary was being set up without consultation, consent, or fair compensation.

The proposed law to set up the sanctuary is already before parliament.

The Attorney-General, Chris Finlayson, asked the High Court in Wellington to temporarily stop the trust's challenge to plans for the sanctuary because a court decision would interfere with the privileges of parliament and overstep the separation of powers between the courts and parliament.

In his decision the judge said the courts could not stop the introduction of a bill to parliament.

But the issue in the trust's case was whether the courts could make declarations that commented on proposed laws and their affect on people, while the the laws were still before parliament.

Lawyers for Finlayson said the proper time to challenge the new law was after it had been passed. The Attorney-General wanted a "temporary lull" for parliament to complete its processes.

No further steps were to be taken until the legislative process was complete, he said....

Te Ohu ads step up fight on sanctuary
The Maori Fisheries Commission is upping the ante in its fight against the Government's marine sanctuary around the Kermadec Islands.

Te Ohu Kaimoana today kicks off a public campaign, taking out full-page advertisements in the Herald and the Waikato Times which attack the Government for "confiscating the rights of Maori" to fish in the region.

The ad features the Jim Bolger-led National Government signing the "Sealord Deal" in 1992.

"It demonstrates a real gulf between the leadership demonstrated by the Bolger-led Government and the current one," Tuuta said.

The Government says Te Ohu is not entitled to compensation because it has not used its fishing quota in the region. It also said it consulted with relevant iwi about the sanctuary.....

Māori Kermadec rights may be cut
The Fisheries Commission says the government's move to establish a massive ocean sanctuary around the Kermadec Islands is more contentious than the Foreshore and Seabed legislation. The Fisheries Commission and iwi leaders met in Hopuhopu today to further discuss legal action against the government's move.

If the proposed ocean sanctuary around the Kermadecs goes ahead, the Fisheries Commission says the Government would be stripping existing rights Māori already have.

Te Ohu Kaimoana CEO Dion Tuuta said, “What the government's proposing here in many ways is worse than what they did with the 2004 Foreshore and Seabed Act."...

Iwi KiwiSaver scheme ends
Iwi Investor, the only iwi-managed KiwiSaver scheme, is being wound up after it failed to gain enough members to make it viable.

The scheme was set by Taupo-based financial advisory group Iwi Investor in April 2011. But its latest annual report shows it had just 213 members as of March 31 last year....

Manawatu River health central to partnership
Protecting and restoring the life force of the Manawatu River is being given high priority in a renewed partnership between Rangitane and the Palmerston North City Council.

Rangitane leader Wiremu Te Awe Awe sat alongside council planner Michael Duindam in the council chamber on Monday as they presented a collaborative proposal on reviewing the Tangata Whenua section of the District Plan.

The whole order of business for the meeting was turned around to enable Maori greetings to be exchanged and for the report to be jointly presented.

He said the Manawatu River was a spiritual place for Maori, it was a source of food, and it was a highway.

Another issue high on Rangitane's list of significant planning issues was the recognition, protection and preservation of wahi tapu and wahi tupuna (sacred or important sites).

Iwi wanted to be alerted to any land use or development that could affect mahinga kai — culturally significant resources used in medicine, weaving, carving, art ornamentation or other customs.

Rangitane wanted to be involved in the development of marae, urupa, papa kainga (housing), kohanga reo, kura kaupapa (pre-schools and schools) and other forms of cultural institutions.....

Iwi advocate for stronger role in water plan
IWI made strong calls for Maori cultural values to be recognised in the District Council’s freshwater plan on the first day of hearings yesterday.

Runanganui chairman Selwyn Parata said they were there as the people of the land, extending from Potikirua to Toka a Taiau.

“We are the people, we are the river, we are the land and the land is us,” he said.

The Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust recommended that a memorandum of understanding be created between the iwi and the council.

It noted that water was an integral part of Rongowhakaata iwi culture. It had spiritual meaning and played an important part in the wellbeing of the iwi.

The Te Arai River was a taonga and should be recognised separately from the Waipaoa.

“Most of the water for the city comes from our lands. It comes across our tribal area to feed all your people. That is the the reason we are here.

“We don’t want to be ignored. We don’t want to be pushed aside like some interest group. Remember we are signatories to the Treaty of Waitangi. We have mana to the lands here and to the waters.”.....

Health minister backtracks to fund sleep pods
The Ministry of Health had previously refused to fund the pods because of a lack of evidence they helped save babies' lives.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has previously supported that stance.

But after a Herald investigation -- which found the Ministry had secretly restricted the reach of the Maori-led safe sleep initiative, contrary to expert opinion and dozens of Coroner recommendations -- and a meeting with New Zealand's leading cot death expert, Mr Coleman's backtracked....

Peters claims credit for foreshore law
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has accused the Maori Party of headline hunting over former prime minister Helen Clark’s bid to become the next secretary general of the United Nations.

The Maori Party says it can’t support the bid because of the Foreshore and Seabed Act, her government’s refusal to sign the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the 1987 raid on Ruatoki by armed police looking for terrorism suspects.

Mr Peters says the foreshore and seabed legislation came from New Zealand First after consultation with coastal iwi.

He says the Maori Party went quiet on the issue because of that support, but after the 2008 election got National to agree to what he calls race based policies....

Gains measured in the millions for South Taranaki iwi since treaty settlement signed
Two years on from signing its Treaty of Waitangi settlement, a South Taranaki iwi is looking to grow services which will benefit its people, including a focus on the development of marae.

Since August 2014, Te Korowai o Ngāruahine has grown its asset base by $10m, some of which has already been tagged to future investment into the iwi's eight marae.

Edwards said in addition to growing Ngāruahine's net assets from the $67.5m settlement quantum to more than $75m, he said there were more opportunities on the horizon for the iwi.

This included progressing its customary rights application under the Takutai Moana (Marine and Coastal Area) Act along with the ongoing negotiations, along with other iwi in the region, around redress related to Mt Taranaki.

The third and final reading for Ngāruahine's settlement legislation, along with that of Te Atiawa and Taranaki, is expected later this year....

Hysterical crap from the Māori Party (Opinion)
Are you seriously putting historical petty politics ahead of Helen Clark's taxpayer-funded bid for the top job at the UN?

Yes, you most certainly are. I find it pathetic.

Clark's bid is NZ's bid. It's backed by the Government and all grown-up political parties - which happens to be all of them, except the Māori Party.

Their opposition looks like treason, especially given all New Zealand taxpayers are helping pay for this Clark tilt at the job.

Co-leader Marama Fox has just signed up to be National's little yelping lapdog forever. A toothless poodle with a mini-bark. And with stuff-all leverage.

Today is a sad day for NZ Inc on the world stage, and the Māori Party has broken all sorts of unwritten and informal agreements that, no matter what the politics are, we fight together on the international stage......

Māori Party stance on Helen Clark is 'political utu'
The Māori Party's refusal to support Helen Clark's bid to head the United Nations is a personal attack on her and an attack on New Zealand's nationhood, a former Minister of Māori Affairs says.

Dover Samuels, who was a minister in that government, said the stance was vindictive.

"In my view this is outrageous, personal and vindictive. And that's where it's come from - it's called political utu. And very clearly the Māori Party has set aside New Zealand's interest and really it's pay back time."

Faces of Innocents: High rates of child abuse among Maori can be traced back to colonisation, academic says
Nearly half of all children in the child victim toll are Maori.

There's a reason for that, says Waikato Associate Professor Leonie Pihama. It's called colonisation.

"Colonisation impacts on our children through the removal of every part of our cultural framework that enabled us to keep our children safe. And I think that model of the nuclear family, the domestic unit, is actually an unhealthy model for a culture of people who are used to having a collective relationship.

"Historical trauma caused by colonisation is the root cause of intergenerational issues, particularly child abuse within Maori families," Pihama said.

She said the forceful removal of Maori from their whenua (land) and from their whanau, plus the implementation of the Native School Act of 1867, which punished children for speaking Maori, had a devastating effect that was still being felt.

The loss of land left Maori without a way to make a living. Loss of culture and language left Maori looking for an escape, she said.

"When you have whole collectives that have been traumatised, they need to have some kind of out. You end up with issues of alcoholism, you end up with issues of drugs, you end up with up with issues of cigarette smoking.

"Abuse, eating bad food, unemployment - all those things accumulate around inter-generational experience of trauma."

Prior to colonisation, Maori children were not abused, she said....

Select committee endorses raupatu
Te Ohu Kaimoana says MPs are wrong to think iwi will be appeased if they give a massive new ocean sanctuary a Maori name.

One of the few changes the local government and environment select committee recommended to the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill was to call it the Kermadec/Rangitahua Ocean Sanctuary to recognise the indigenous name for Raoul Island.

DOC working with iwi and marine specialists on separated orca
Jeff Milham says DOC has been working with iwi, marine mammal specialists from the United States along with local orca experts, including researcher Dr Ingrid Visser, on how to deal with this difficult situation.....

Bid to exclude Maori fails
Right wing councillors have failed in an attempt to exclude Maori from voting on recommendations on Auckland’s Unitary Plan.

The council this morning voted 13-8 to against shifting debate on the Independent Panel’s recommendations from the development committeee to the full council, which does not include members of the Independent Maori Statutory Board.

Board chair David Taipari welcomed the vote and says he and fellow development committee member Liane Ngamane looked forward to the deliberations, which must be completed by August 19.

He says claims the panel may have rolled back proposed protections for Maori sites may be overstated, and he’s keen to hear detail on how cultural impacts will be considered...

Tāmaki iwi provisions dismissed in Unitary Plan
There will be dissension if Māori are left out of Auckland's Unitary Plan. That is the response from local iwi to recommendations to the council suggesting the removal of treaty principles, sovereignty rights and recognition or protection for more than 3000 cultural sites from the plan.

Following the release of the Independent Hearings Panel (IHP) recommendations for Auckland's Unitary Plan, questions are being raised over whether unity with Auckland iwi is a priority for the city moving forward.

Te Kawerau a Maki Chairman Te Warena Taua says “they're in for a major fight. If they don't stick to what's right and align with the iwi's wishes, perhaps they are telling us that Māori don't have a say in council decisions. What's the point of Te Waka Anga Mua if they have no authority?”

The New Zealand Tax Payers Union campaigned against the Sites and Places of value to Mana Whenua section naming it the "Taniwha Tax".

It called it a ridiculous provision based on make-believe issues saying with its death comes a win for democracy and the protection of Auckland's genuine cultural heritage.

The IHP also said Historic Heritage Places provisions should stay but Cultural Assessment Impacts for Māori sites must go.....

NZ police work to bridge cultural divides
There are hopes new ethnic awareness programs in the New Zealand police will help bridge cultural divides between the organisation and local communities.

A Pacific network fono held on Thursday in Auckland was attended by over 200 police officers and featured workshops to improve police interaction with Pacific communities.

"The intention is to get people to be aware of the different cultures that are within the country, how they operate, and become knowledgeable and accepting of it. And to understand how people react, that sort of thing. So it's going to become an important segment of all courses going forward," he said....

Parliament property rights grab echo of history
The chief executive of Te Ohu Kaimoana says the creation of the giant Kermadecs ocean sanctuary shows institutionalised theft of Maori assets is not just a thing of the past.

A select committee has rubber stamped the Government’s plan to extinguish quota in fisheries management area 10 around the islands, including the rights granted 24 years ago in the Maori fisheries settlement.

Mr Tuuta says while the Foreshore and Seabed Act upset Maori because it took away the ability to seek rights that were still uncertain, the new bill takes way an actual property right.....

The Taniwha Tax is dead!
Today with our sister group the Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance, we are celebrating a comprehensive victory in our “Taniwha Tax” campaign, with the Independent Hearings Panel recommending that Cultural Impact Assessment requirements, and the scheduled “sites of value” be deleted from the Unitary Plan.

Our campaign exposed that many of the 3,600 sites deemed of cultural value didn’t even exist and the Council didn’t bother to check. Despite that the up to 18,000 affected landowners would be expected to obtain expensive reports from Mana Whenua groups before improving their properties.

The Panel confirmed everything that we suspected:

* That no robust process of identification and verification of the sites of value existed

* The sites were never evaluated against any criteria

* The rules relating to sites of value were unreasonable

* The rules had immediate effect

* That the rules covered much larger areas than was approved

This is a win for democracy, for protecting Auckland’s genuine cultural heritage, and for science-based planning......

Auckland Unitary Plan unveiled
Ms Turei says while Aucklanders struggle with increasing rents and house prices, Maori interests shouldn’t be sacrificed in response.

"We have sacred sites in Auckland that are being effectively bulldozed for housing developments when it is not necessary to do that so we will see if there is any protection in there for our insights and for Maori design as well around housing." she says....

Māori reoffending too complex to blame on Corrections, Crown says
A Crown lawyer and Corrections staff member have responded to a Waitangi Tribunal claim that the department is failing to rehabilitate Māori inmates.

Crown lawyer Aaron Perkins QC opened the Crown submissions by saying the reasons for Māori reoffending were complex and could not be blamed on Corrections alone.

It was a national issue, he said.

Mr Perkins said Corrections could not be held responsible for Māori reoffending when the reasons were much wider than the department.....

Time to abolish prisons - Moana Jackson
Māori Law academic Moana Jackson is calling for the abolition of prisons in NZ and says Ngāti Kahungunu would set up their own system to deal with tribal members that commit crime. Jackson presented his evidence at an urgent hearing before the Waitangi Tribunal over the alleged failure by the government to address the high Māori prison population.

Jackson wants prisons gone.

“It would not be a prison it would be a kaupapa Māori based place in which the reasons for their wrong-doing would be addressed and the whānau helped to recover and so on.”....

Iwi stations to up Maori content
The chief executive of Te Mangai Paho believes iwi stations are ready for a more than 25 percent increase in te reo Maori content.

The Maori broadcast funding agency has instructed the 21 stations they are now expected to broadcast 10 and a half hours of Maori language content a day rather than eight to retain their funding..

Land grab for power line a last resort
Far North company Top Energy has asked the Government to compulsorily acquire land under the Public Works Act from up to nine landowners who have not negotiated easement rights across their properties for a new power line between Kerikeri and Kaitaia.

Electricity line supply company and geothermal power producer Top Energy has negotiated easement rights with around 80 property owners in the Far North to allow work to start on a new power line between Kerikeri and Kaitaia.

However, nine other property owners have refused to grant permission to allow work to commence, forcing Top Energy to ask the Government to step in and acquire the land under the Public Works Act.....

Legal proceedings challenge Ngāti Rehua mandate
Ngāti Rehua is a stage closer to the treaty negotiation table but legal proceedings filed only days ago challenge the Crown approved mandate.

A meeting has been held to update beneficiaries of Ngati Rehua as they come a stage closer to the Crown's negotiation table....

Māori academic criticises prison policy at urgent hearing
A Māori academic has called past government policies racist and a contributing factor to the high population of Māori in prisons.

Dr Rawiri Waretini-Karena presented evidence in an urgent hearing to the Waitangi Tribunal addressing the Crown's failure to reduce the Māori prison population.

Dr Rawiri Waretini-Karena ha served 11 years in prison. He says past government policies were a contributing factor to his criminal behaviour.

Hemopo says he worked for the Department of Corrections for 30 years and wants justice for Māori.

“My biggest concern is for Māori women,” says Hemopo, “66% of female prisoners are Maori. So who is looking after our babies, our children? That problem is being pushed back to our old people.”

Waretini-Karena says he knows what it’s like in the system and wants change for future generations.

“I moved away from the marae and the marae was the foundation for all tikanga Māori so our marae became the Chartwell pub so our values weren't taught to us, it was a Once were Warriors life,” says Waretini-Karena.

The Māori prison population is now nearing 5000, and it looks as though that number will continue to grow if a solution isn't found....

Kupe scholarships to increase Maori teachers
The second crop of Kupe scholarships for teacher trainees were awarded last night at a ceremony at parliament.

Education Minister Hekia Parata says they've gone to 30 people who have shown they can perform well academically as well as retain close cultural connections with their communities.

They represent a range of ages and stages in terms of career choice, and many of them also speak their heritage language, whether that's Maori or Samoan or Tongan.

The scholarship covers all fees plus a $15,000 study award, professional mentoring during study and help finding a job....

Maori needed at top levels of Corrections to reduce reoffending
Maori need to be involved in decision-making in order to bring down Maori reoffending rates, says an adviser to the Department of Corrections

If the board received that power they could build Maori "capability and capacity" within Corrections, do more research and receive a wider mandate to "stay connected" with iwi.

Tomoana floated some ideas that his iwi wanted to implemented. These included that every prisoner sentenced to more than a year would come out with a driver's licence, and the families of prison members get educated at the same rate of the prisoners who are undertaking rehabilitation programmes.

The iwi would also place mentors at the executive levels of Corrections to "place Maori at the helm" of change initiatives.

Maori Council member Des Ratima said prisons needed to be more like hospitals.

From the outset, criminals should be diagnosed, given a treatment plan, informed of the success rates of those treatments and scheduled follow-ups, he said....

Iwi-run savings scheme pays off
New Zealand's only iwi-run savings scheme has ticked over $50 million and has signed on more than 20,000 members to save for their education, a home or retirement.

Ngai Tahu's Whai Rawa savings scheme was launched in 2006 as a way to help give the money from the iwi's business investments back to its people.

Last year it paid out a distribution of $3.5m to savers in Whai Rawa as well as matching the savings of child members at a rate of four to one and adult savers at a rate of one to one up to $200 a year.

Over the 10 years the scheme has paid out more than $5m to help savers pay towards a tertiary education, house or retirement.

Those who want to take their money out for retirement can do so from 55, unlike KiwiSaver where savers must wait until the age of entitlement for New Zealand Superannuation, currently set at 65.

Tikao said many of the Whai Rawa members were also in KiwiSaver which meant they could also benefit from the Government's annual contribution of 50c for every member dollar saved up to $1042.

The scheme is only open to registered Ngai Tahu iwi members.......

Tauranga Māori issue warning to boaties and skiers
There’s been more angry protest in Tauranga. Earlier this month, housing developers were warned homes for a planned housing subdivision on Matakana Island would be burnt to the ground.

Now residents of Matakana, Rangiwaea and Motuhoa Islands in Tauranga Harbour have boaties and water skiers in their sights.

“People leave fires burning, dump their rubbish, use our islands as toilets, pinch our gas and gear, and have no regard for other boat users,” said Ngaraima Taingahue, who lives on Rangiwaea island.

But this time, islanders are issuing a warning that old vehicles, nets and other barriers could be used to obstruct boaties and skiers if their behaviour doesn’t improve.....

Corrections failing Maori, needs drastic culture change – claim
A retired probation officer has harshly criticised the Department of Corrections for failing to reduce reoffending rates among Maori prisoners.

Tom Hemopo, 71, told the Waitangi Tribunal he had loved his job but Corrections needed a "drastic change of culture".

An urgent hearing kicked off in Wellington on Monday, to investigate Hemopo's claim that the Crown had breached Treaty obligations by allegedly failing to reduce Maori reoffending rates.

However, he claimed Corrections refocused these Maori management roles such as his until they were eventually phased out. The roles were an "aberration from a department that does not value Maori culture".

Current programmes aimed at Maori rehabilitation were just "window-dressing", Hemopo said.

The Crown said there were "dozens and dozens" of programmes which supported Maori reintegration, including initiatives set up in partnership with iwi.....

Wide te reo exposure key to fluency, says researcher
Children must be exposed to te reo Māori outside the home if it is to become their preferred language, a Māori language specialist says.

For three years Victoria University of Wellington researcher, Maraea Hunia, monitored the language acquisition of her baby granddaughter who was brought up surrounded by te reo and another child whose mother was the only one who spoke to her in the language...

More Maori needed on councils
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox wants to see more support for Maori candidates to stand for this year’s local government elections.

Ms Fox says the diversity needed is more Maori candidates, with only three percent of councillors elected last time being tangata whenua.

She says that’s not for lack of trying, but unless Maori candidates have a high public profile from some non-Maori activity, they are unlikely to get elected.

One way to get greater diversity is Maori seats, as her own Wairarapa council is doing.

"Despite who else might put their hand up, we think iwi should have places on local government so they should be part of decision making power and not merely consultation tick box....

Iwi want Crook Cook statue rolled in favour of tipuna Rakaiatane
Ngāti Oneone is calling for the 'Crook Cook' statue on top of Gisborne's Kaiti Hill to be replaced with that of Māori chief Rakaiatane. Iwi spokesperson Nick Tupara says it is appropriate given the current statue is not actually Captain Cook but an unknown Italian admiral and Rakaiatane was chief at the time of Cook's landing.

The Gisborne District Council says it is reviewing the Titirangi Reserve management plan and it did not rule out the possibility of replacing the statue. .....

Almost half of sole parent beneficaries are Maori
47.4 percent of Sole Parent Support beneficiaries are Maori. In the Youth and Young Parent category the proportion rises to 49.4 percent.....

Auckland Brewery pulls its Legend Series off shelves following death threats
The Auckland brewery that received death threats over its craft beer range depicting Maori ancestral legends has pulled its product from the shelves.

Birkenhead Brewing Company, this week, received widespread criticism over the collection which depicted Rotorua lovers Hinemoa and Tutanekai.

The situation escalated yesterday, with the company alleging death threats had been made against it staff - a matter which police are currently investigating.

Today it's issued an apology and has pulled its product from shelves around the country while it rethinks its labelling.

"The rule of thumb is you don't ever use ancestral names, particularly on products that are known to be harmful."

She said the line, for anyone wondering where to draw it, was clear - Maori ancestral images should never be used for profit, in particular when it came to harmful products.

Mead said the ancestral legends weren't just part of the past for their descendants.

"It's still very much part of the living culture."

She advised anyone looking to infuse the Maori culture into their product or business to do their research and consult the appropriate parties....

Turia calls for $1b Whanau Ora
Former Whanau Ora minister Dame Tariana Turia is calling for a billion dollars a year in social spending to go through the model she championed.

A $10 million increased in the latest Budget only brings the Whanau Ora total to $44 million a year, although the Ministry of social Development has agreed to channel a small portion of its multi-billion dollar spend through the commissioning agencies.

Dame Tariana told Radio Waatea host Ngaroimata Reid the Government needs to go a lot further if it wants the model of integrated, whanau -driven service delivery to work.

"Drip feeding us small amounts of money and they are small amounts of money in the scheme of things. You think about the health system, $16bn dollars a year they give to them and have they made a difference for us and the answer is no. So give us a break. Restore our mana and allow us to become the authors of our own destiny" , says Dame Tariana Turia.....

Treaty Minister seen as block to indigenous rights
The author of a report critical of New Zealand’s implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is blaming Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson for blocking progress.

Professor Margaret Mutu delivered the report to the five members of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous People meeting in Geneva last week.

"They do not want to talk about the declaration. In fact Chris Finlayson sent a letter back in 2011 to the Te Hiku iwi chairs telling them he would not allow any mention of the declaration in anything to do with the treaty or our treaty settlement. That is a very very bad mistake on his part in terms of the country's international obligations," she says.

Professor Mutu says the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can be seen as a blueprint for implementing the Treaty of Waitangi....

Kermadec ocean sanctuary gets the go-ahead from committee
One of the biggest ocean sanctuaries in the world has been endorsed by a parliamentary committee, despite submissions opposing it.

Environment Minister Nick Smith welcomed the news, and accepted a recommendation to tweak the name.

The sanctuary would have a dual name of "Kermadec/Rangitahua" at the request of iwi who would be involved in the management of the area.....

Paraparaumu School to start bilingual class, taught in English and te reo Maori
Paraparaumu School are starting a bilingual te reo Maori primary school class, in a bid to revitalise the language in the district.

The class will feature the current New Zealand curriculum taught in English, but with a Maori world view. Currently, no class of its kind is offered between Paekakariki and Otaki.

Gina Sarich, who would teach the class, said it would involve "between 30 and 50 per cent Maori immersion".

Most class interactions outside of the curriculum would be in Maori, with a focus on customs such as karakia (prayers), mihimihi (introductions) and waiata (songs)....

Northland DHB to continue to fund pepi pods
Pepi pods will continue to be funded in Northland, despite Ministry of Health cutting funding due to uncertainty over their effectiveness.

Northland District Health Board will continue to fund wahakura, or pepi-pods, for young babies.

Because SUDI rates are much higher for Māori infants, it prioritises Māori babies from its Special Care Baby Unit.

"Bed-sharing for parents with a young baby is a cultural norm for some Māori whānau.

"As there is such significant inequity between Māori and non-Māori in Northland's SUDI rates, the priority has been to find prevention measures that are culturally appropriate."...

Tuhoe practices drop PHO-free plan, signing with eastern alliance
The Tuhoe iwi’s two medical centres have joined a local PHO, abandoning the original plan to stay PHO free.

The move came on 1 July, with Tuhoe Te Uru Taumatua Trust signing with the Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance.

Tuhoe has invested in its own health system for the past two years, serving about 1200 com­munity members, trust chair Tamati Kruger says in a media release.

The iwi had originally planned not to join a PHO, as it regarded the organisations as being too register-driven.....

Voting opens for $100M Wairoa Treaty Settlement
Voting is open for the Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa to have a say on whether their Treaty of Waitangi Settlement goes ahead.

The voting process is crucial to the completion of the Treaty Settlement journey for the Wairoa Inquiry District, which started more than thirty years ago.

If sufficient support is achieved, mandated negotiating body Te Tira Whakaemi o Te Wairoa (Te Tira) is set to secure redress of $100 million on behalf of the Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa.

This would become the country’s fifth biggest Treaty of Waitangi Settlement in terms of financial redress......

Time for 'Cook' to go?
A STATUE of the Maori chief at the time of Captain Cook’s landing would be the best figure to have on top of Titirangi (Kaiti Hill), say Ngati Oneone.

Repeated vandalism of a statue known as the ‘‘crook Cook” at Cook’s Plaza on Kaiti Hill, installed to commemorate the explorer’s arrival, has raised a question of whether it should be there at all. .....

New report examines the sustainability of very high needs practices
“There is clear evidence that there is a group of practices with large numbers of Māori and Pacific patients that are struggling to remain financially and clinically viable that points to inequities in the current capitated funding arrangements for those practices” says Dame Tariana Turia, the Chair of the NHC Trust......

Doctors weak link in rheumatic fever campaign
A leading campaigner against rheumatic fever is welcoming a new fund for encouraging innovative responses to rheumatic fever in Maori communities, but warns the whole health sector needs to get behind the kaupapa.....

Morgan puts hand out to Harawira
New Maori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan is tackling the party’s Hone Harawira problem.

He says vote splitting between the Maori and Mana parties allowed Labour to win back three Maori seats at the last election.

He wants to turn that around next year....

Maori Party and Mana rule out alliance

Youth MPs' back compulsory Te Reo in schools
Some of the students spoke at a select committee hearing about a proposal to make te reo Māori compulsory in schools.

Josh Gill and Crystal Te Moananui from Thames, and Finnian Galbraith from the Kapiti Coast, all supported the proposal.

Mr Galbraith said Māori language should be compulsory in primary schools and an option at secondary school....

Call to have Maori language housing clusters
The council said Māori housing clusters, with those committed to speaking te reo, should be an important part of the new Māori language strategy.

The NZMC said Māori lived in papakainga in rural areas where te reo was the primary language, but the rural papakainga could not be maintained due to legislation such as the Town and Country Planning Act 1952 and Maori Housing policies.

This legislation requires that Māori move to urban areas in order to build with State Advances or Māori Housing loans.

Those moving to urban areas, said the NZMC, were pepper-potted throughout so that the language had little chance of survival.

New Zealand Māori Council deputy chair Owen Lloyd said the rural concept of a small community in an urban environment would help revitalise te reo.

"When you put it into a community and have a group of Māori speakers and families speaking their language and associating it with the way they live and their language complementing each other, the chances for that language are a lot more stronger."

"The concept itself is an innovative approach because things Māori are interconnected, like housing and the language."....

Maori land rates remission policy to be developed
The Dunedin City Council will develop a rates remission policy taking into account the special connection Maori have with the land.

Councillors at yesterday's finance committee meeting voted in favour of developing a rates remission policy for Maori freehold land not producing revenue after the issue was raised by the Ngai Tahu Maori Law Centre as part of this year's annual plan process.....

Taura Whiri leak reveals $3 million left unspent
Information leaked to Te Kaea shows a $3 million dollar underspend in the Māori Langauge Commission's budget. The funding is allocated to increase te reo Māori in the communities.

The Māori Language Commission's mission is to grow te reo Māori, but funding intended for communities is staying in-house.

Labour MP Peeni Henare says, “To hear that a lot of this funding isn't going out into the communities is a major concern. It begs the question, where is the money going?”

He says while there is a significant underspend, the money won't need to be returned.

“Te Taura Whiri is different, we are able to roll over our funds into the next year,” says Apanui.....

Dr accuses MoH of racism for refusing to fund baby pods
A prominent Māori GP is accusing the Ministry of Health of racism for stopping the funding of special baskets to protect babies sleeping with their parents.

Dr Rawiri Tipene-Leach, who designed the first flax wahakura 10 years ago, said there is a lack of faith by government to back Māori solutions for Māori problems.

The Ministry argues there is not enough scientific evidence to fund the annual cost of $1.5 million for the project, despite no cases of SUDI in a wahakura or pepi pod....

NZ's lack of action on Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Iwi Māori have taken the government to task about their lack of implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Members of the Monitoring Mechanism, an independent working group of the National Iwi Chairs Forum recently tabled their second report

“Our report focused on Māori participation in decision making and looked at three specific case studies - local government, the Treaty claims settlement process and the Trans-Pacific partnership Agreement,” says Professor Margaret Mutu the chair of the Monitoring Mechanism....

Children's Commissioner says bias exists in justice, education
Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft has endorsed a study's findings showing there is bias against Māori in the education system, and says he has also observed it in the youth justice system.

Report co-author Carla Houkamau said racial bias was more subtle in New Zealand but still has a major impact on the success of Māori students....

Government could make $150 million annually from taxing cannabis
Moreover it said reforming drug policies would "save money, ease pressure on the justice sector, and lead to fewer criminal convictions for youth and Maori".

Drug prohibition as it is in New Zealand disproportionately affects males, Maori and youth - in 2001 Maori made up 14.5 per cent of the population but received 43 per cent of the convictions for cannabis use....

Waitangi Tribunal hold urgent inquiry into Crown's alleged failure to reduce Maori reoffending
An urgent hearing has been called to decide whether the Crown has failed to reduce Maori reoffending rates, and breached the Treaty of Waitangi.

Former probation officer Tom Hemopo, 71, lodged a claim with Waitangi Tribunal last year alleging the government has not done enough to help Maori prisoners rehabilitate.

Tikanga Maori (Maori culture and customs) should also be integrated into the "cold" prison system, he said - for example, tikanga training could be given to all parole officers.

Around 300 places in prison were set aside for 'Te Tirohanga', a Maori tikanga based therapeutic community environment, running in five prisons.....

Discouraging co-sleeping criticised as Eurocentric
The Ministry of Health is ignoring cultural needs by not funding sleeping pods, or woven baskets, for the babies of at-risk families, says the Māori Women's Welfare League.

About 50 babies, more than half Māori, die in their sleep each year.

Most are accidentally suffocated by their parents while sleeping in the same bed.

They also recognised the importance to Māori of having babies sleep in the same bed as their whānau.

Ms Kapua said the ministry showed they had a Eurocentric view by promoting the idea of babies sleeping in a separate bed.

"It takes no account of any different cultural practice," she said....

NZTC funded He Taonga embraced during Māori Language Week
It’s not often that a private training establishment independently funds a learning resource and then provides thousands of copies to the education sector free of charge.

To date over 3500 Māori learning resources have been personally delivered to early childhood centres throughout the country.

Over 5000 He Taonga resources will be distributed to the early childhood sector in 2016.....

Low productivity growth rates ruining education system, says top Kiwi entrepreneur
"Our education system is failing people in the bottom two deciles, our education system is failing Maori and Pacific students," Mr Jennings said....

Rates remission policy for Maori land considered
The development of a rates remission policy for Maori ancestral land is to be considered by Dunedin city councillors today.

Ms Williams said a "very minimal'' amount of land was involved, and the owners of blocks being used "should and do'' pay rates.

"Maori hold the view they are inexorably connected to the land.'' .....

Urban Maori fisheries challenge upheld
The High Court has upheld a challenge over the future of a $20 million trust fund set up to ensure urban Maori got a share of the Maori fisheries settlement.

The National Urban Maori Authority and Te Whanau o Waipareira said they weren’t properly consulted over what would happen with Te Putea Whakatupu in the wake of a review of Maori fisheries settlement structures....

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa gets printers in te reo Māori
Samsung has enabled touch display panels on its printers to operate in te reo Māori.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will be the first institution in the world to use the new technology.

"Having the ability to operate the printers in te reo Māori fits perfectly with the values of our organisation, reflecting the fact that we strive to put the user, not the technology, at the heart of everything we do.

"Our Māori language strategy focuses on normalising te reo Māori and using it as a part of our everyday life, both in our work place, and in our learning environment. Having Samsung printers that are operated in te reo Māori encourages our staff and students to use te reo Māori on a daily basis."....

Partnership school deal called off
The Government's charter school model has been branded "an unworkable mirage" by former MP John Tamihere, after he pulled the plug on a proposed bilingual West Auckland school.

The Te Whnau O Waipareira Trust, headed by Tamihere, was on the verge of announcing a new partnership school with the Ministry of Education, with 100 children already signed up to enrol.

The trust was ready to invest $250,000 into the kura which would have opened next year in Henderson.

In final negotiations with the ministry, the trust requested two amendments to the contract, Tamihere said - that the minister's powers be applied reasonably and an acknowledgement that Waipareira Trust has Treaty of Waitangi status when dealing with the Crown.

Partnership School Minister and Act Party leader Seymour said Waipareira Trust was offered the same conditions as all organisations wishing to establish a charter school.

He described as unfortunate that the trust boss had introduced his Treaty status request "at a late stage in the contract negotiations".

The Government had refused his amendments because it risked entering into "a contract with a lot of implications that may not be known".....

Govt lays out scientific 'roadmap'
She welcomed the attention to areas such as climate change, and was pleased to see Mātauranga Maori, or Māori knowledge systems, "highlighted so fully and so carefully".

"It's a great opportunity for us to really engage with Māori a lot more and also work with their different environmental management approaches."....

Paramedic gets top honour for Māori practise education
Mr Carlton's just as passionate about improving health outcomes for Māori.

He says when he first became an ambulance officer 14 years ago he encountered racism. It’s what has driven him to educate St John staff to be more culturally aware.

"We delivered out to our frontline staff so they had an understanding about Te Ao Māori and the Treaty of Waitangi. And what to do particularly with deceased patients so understanding tangihanga and all that stuff," Carlton says....

Tuku Morgan new president of Maori Party
Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell says the new president will help determine the direction the party takes....

Christchurch City Council strikes 'good balance' in ash scattering saga
New rules for scattering ashes will strike a good balance for Maori and Pakeha, city councillors say.

The Christchurch City Council on Thursday adopted changes to the Parks and Reserves bylaw, meaning ashes can now be scattered in designated areas of Barnett Park, Halswell Quarry Park, Victoria Park and Bottle Lake Forest Park.

The issue was first raised in a 2014 submission by Mahaanui Kurataiao Ltd​, a company which acts on behalf of six Christchurch runanga.

Protocol for behaviour in such areas would restrict tangata whenua using the space for recreation.

A complete ban was originally called for, but was considered impractical by council.

The only place where scattering ashes is prohibited is the Botanic Gardens.

The bylaw changes take into account the anticipated increase in cremations, demand for ash scattering options and tikanga Maori.....

Māori Party 'rebuilding' after disappointing election
The Māori Party is confident it will be ready in time for next year's election, despite being in a "re-building phase".

The Māori Party has gone from having five seats in 2008 when it struck a deal with National, to winning just one seat at the last election.

Fury over a stop to funding for wahakura that save babies’ lives
“The Ministry of Health also appears to be taking an institutionally racist view to bed sharing, when it is clear wahakura address the risk while respecting cultural practices.

"To use our traditional Māori view of children as the basis for the vulnerable children's policy and then to ignore our cultural practices and needs by cutting funding for wahakura is sheer hypocrisy,” says Ms Kapua.“The Government needs to overturn this decision and put more cash, not less, into wahakura and protect our precious babies," Ms Kapua said....

Arson threat prompts calls for action
A Pakeha land owner on Matakana Island in Tauranga Harbour has questioned the right of Maori protestors to make threats of arson against land developers.

Earlier this week on Maori Television Nessie Kuka said “We're pretty resolute in what we say here. You're not welcome to build on this island”. Maori Television quoted the protestors as saying “they [the houses] will be burnt down,” referring to any new housing developments on the island.

The land owner and former Tauranga City councillor Bill Faulkner says he didn't personally hear the threats but he is appalled by what has been reported back to him. And he says, if the threat was made, then it's a case of double standards.

“My issue is solely that people can make public threats and get away with it.”

Bill Faulkner says the development is not taking place on Maori land but the protestors are making it a Maori issue.

“And using my example of the bomb at the airport. I would have expected the police to have at least acted on the threat and advised these people this sort of behaviour is unacceptable in New Zealand.”....

New name for City Focus
Rotorua's former City Focus has a new name and will soon have eight new carvings installed.

Its new name is Manawa, which means heart in te reo Maori.

But, the new name and carvings came as a surprise to Rotorua district councillors spoken to by the Rotorua Daily Post today.

But, councillor and chairwoman of the Rotorua District Residents and Ratepayers group Glenys Searancke said the first she had heard of the name change and new carvings was when she was called by the Rotorua Daily Post today.

"There has been no discussion about it at council," she said.....

In New Zealand, Lands and Rivers Can Be People (Legally Speaking)
In New Zealand, they can. A former national park has been granted personhood, and a river system is expected to receive the same soon.

The unusual designations, something like the legal status that corporations possess, came out of agreements between New Zealand’s government and Maori groups. The two sides have argued for years over guardianship of the country’s natural features.

Chris Finlayson, New Zealand’s attorney general, said the issue was resolved by taking the Maori mind-set into account. “In their worldview, ‘I am the river and the river is me,’” he said. “Their geographic region is part and parcel of who they are.”....

Budding Maori writers get expert help
Six budding Maori writers have started on the Maori Literature Trust’s six-month Te Papa Tupu writing incubator.

They’ve been matched up with mentors who will help them set goals and deadlines, provide feedback and communicate weekly with the aim of producing a publishable manuscript.

"Sometimes I think I'd like to write things that have a little bit of magic and mystery in them. Sometimes things that are profound but always, always I 'll be writing from the perspective as a Maori and as a Maori woman," she says.....

New brand Moana to take Maori fish to world
The largest Maori-owned seafood company, Aotearoa Fisheries, has a new name.

It's now Moana New Zealand, and it's hoping the rebrand will help it get more value of out its premium specials....

Lottery $7.5m set aside for marae upgrades
The Lottery Grants Board will spend just over $7.5 million for marae heritage and facilities over the next year, compared with just under $8 million paid out last year....

Māori residents say they will take action
Māori residents of Matakana Island are warning people who want to buy and build on the remote island in the Tauranga harbour. They're opposing plans to build more than 100 houses in forested areas on the island and they say any new homes will be burned down.

The warning from Matakana residents to outsiders who want to buy land and build homes here is loud and clear.

Nessie Kuka (Resident) says, “You're not welcome here. You're not welcome to build on this island.”

Locals are angry about the Environment Court decision allowing 103 homes to be built on Matakana. As a result they're warning if houses do go up, they'll be burnt down.

Kuka says, “We're coming to a head now, so we're pretty resolute in what we say here.

The warning has been issued and the iwi is standing firm.....

Minister's decision on gang member rankles
Judith Collins' decision to suspend Ngapari Nui's voluntary work in Whanganui Prison could have far-reaching consequences, crime and justice spokesman Kim Workman says.

"There is growing anger from iwi leaders about this whole thing and it's likely to escalate well beyond the prisons, I think."

Kaupapa Maori vital for CYFS overhaul
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has told a Whanau Ora conference in Auckland the rebuild of the Child, Youth and Family Service needs to follow a similar kaupapa Maori approach.

Mr Flavell says for there to be real change that suits those who are affected by the children’s service, the new entity must adopt a kaupapa Maori world view and framework that provides for the voices of tamariki, rangatahi and whanau to be heard....

Tribal Māori must help urban Māori - Tamihere
The gap between rich and poor Māori is widening dramatically, and iwi needed to step up and take care of their people, a Whānau Ora chief executive says.

Māori were caught up in a class system which magnified the issue, and while the government was responsible for addressing social issues, it was time for iwi leaders to step up and take care of their people, Mr Tamihere said.

The board's chairperson, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, said it was time the government moved more resources to Whānau Ora where Māori work for Māori......

Make all motorway signs bilingual and drop the English verse of the national anthem
Is it not time, after 41 years of Maori Language Week, to take two significant steps: make all motorway signs bilingual and drop the English verse of the New Zealand National Anthem?

But if Wales, Ireland and Canada can have their main traffic signs in two languages, why can't we?

But here's a really easy suggestion to get everybody in the country singing Te Reo on a regular basis.

If we leave the English verse off the New Zealand Anthem at high profile ceremonial occasions, like rugby tests, we'll encourage ALL New Zealanders to a) learn the Maori words and b) sing them often…..

Unconscious bias against Māori children 'structural'
Teachers' unconscious biases and low expectations are hurting Māori children and teachers need more support to deal with it, educationalists say.

The study, Unconscious Bias and Education, has found the unconscious bias of teachers is affecting the performance of Māori students.

She said most of the Māori students she knows at university are from Kura Kaupapa or Māori boarding schools - which speaks for itself.

"They're quite different entirely because they have been taught that it's great to be Māori and it's great to succeed and this is what success in education looks like.

"They have had positive role modeling. Bias wouldn't exist in an environment where being Māori is the most important."….

Dewes throwing pakeha yoke off reo
Te Arawa’s appointee to Te Matawai says the new Maori language body is a chance to take responsibility for Maori language revitalisation away from the crown.

Cathy Dewes was a member of Te Paepae Motuhake, the independent panel that proposed a new structure for overseeing Maori language efforts.

She has been part of the struggle for te reo Maori since her teens when she supported the petition to make secondary schools offer Maori as a subject.

"My view has always been that we have to throw off the yoke of Pakeha oppression that we have to move out of this oppressed state that we are currently in. I have been in this business 47 years. It was worse then but it still exists now, where Pakeha culture and decision makers have all the power and we have none or very little," she says…..

Iwi push claim to Awaroa as people of NZ take ownership
Awaroa Beach becomes part of the Abel Tasman National Park today after 40,000 Kiwis raised the money to buy it - but local Maori want the Government to hand it on to them.

The beach was privately owned by European families until it was bought for the nation with $2.3 million donated through a Givealittle campaign last summer.

Wakatu Incorporation chairman Paul Morgan, who will speak for local iwi at the handover, said the 7ha beach property should not have been taken from its original Maori owners.

"Our view hasn't changed, the Government is in possession of land that actually belongs to Maori," he said.

Iwi historian John Mitchell said the iwi tried to get the Awaroa land returned in a Waitangi Tribunal claim in 2000-03 but the tribunal refused because it had no jurisdiction over privately owned land.

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner, who will officially receive the land today, said agreements to settle all historical claims in the area were signed between the Crown and eight iwi between 2010 and 2013.

"At this point in time, Awaroa Beach was held in private ownership and therefore not available for use as part of a Treaty settlement."….

Victoria committed to diverse and genuine Māori environment
If universities are the critic and conscience of society, then the new head of Victoria University of Wellington’s Te Kawa a Māui School of Maori Studies says its strength is also in encouraging staff and students to be the critics and conscience—for Māori.

“Te Kawa a Māui wants its students and academics to study Māori alongside other disciplines within the University, to become equipped to look at all aspects of Māori culture, heritage and language within different settings,” Dr Bargh says……

Institutional racism' behind funding decision
The Government's refusal to fund a Maori safe sleep device that has been saving babies lives for the past decade has been labelled "institutional racism" by doctors and politicians.

Every year in New Zealand, 50 babies die from Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), with more than half being accidentally suffocated.

Maori babies are eight times more likely to die from unintentional suffocation, largely because of high smoking rates and the cultural custom of bed-sharing.

"If those were pakeha babies dying the Ministry would be going to extraordinary lengths to find an innovative way of saving them," said Hastings GP Dr David Tipene-Leach, who designed a safe sleep device called the wahakura to prevent these deaths back in 2006.

This criticism was rejected by Dr Pat Tuohy, Ministry of Health chief advisor of child and youth health, who said the Government funded $1.3 million on SUDI prevention every year, with two thirds specifically targeting Maori services.

"While pepi-pods or wahakura may well have protected some babies, the evidence that they are the 'magic bullet' for SUDI prevention is at best circumstantial," Tuohy previously said in a written statement…..

Reo Māori will benefit economy
An ANZ banker says valuing and learning the Māori language could be beneficial to the Māori economy. Hamiora Jackson, who is non-Māori, says his journey to learning te reo Māori has created good business practices and relationships with Māori…..

Marae could be on the move at the University of Waikato
Graduations and major conferences could be held on the University of Waikato campus if a multimillion-dollar proposal gets the go-ahead.

Three concepts are on the table for a new complex with a more prominent marae and event space.

The existing 29-year-old Te Kohinga Mārama marae almost bursts at the seams on occasions like graduation day, director of Māori advancement Joseph Macfarlane said.

The idea of a new marae grew into something more, said director of Maori advancement Joseph Macfarlane, who is lead coordinator for the project.

"Now we're thinking beyond a marae and thinking about a facility that might be able to accommodate graduation ceremonies and other major gatherings like international conferences and award dinners," he said…..

Andrew Little wants compulsory Te Reo in schools
Labour leader Andrew Little want te reo Māori to be compulsory in New Zealand schools.

"I think it should be compulsory in primary school and certainly the first couple of years of secondary school," he says.

The Labour leader says te reo Māori was woven into the fabric of his community in Taranaki during his childhood, and now believes the country is ready to incorporate the language even further.

"I am a strong believer in new generations, Pākehā, Māori, whatever, learning te reo as a way of understanding Māori culture in New Zealand," he says.

"The one thing that distinguishes New Zealand around the world is our Māoritanga and I think those of us living here need to understand it."

The question around te reo Māori being made compulsory in New Zealand has created much debate in the past.

Mr Little says there are no qualms about English being compulsory in schools so the same rule should apply for Māori….

DHB releases regional health profiles in te reo Māori for the first time
Lead researcher Bridget Robson says that it’s important to have this information in te reo Māori.

“The people and communities most affected must have the statistics in their own language. We hope they will assist reo speakers to engage with Māori health data and advocate for the issues affecting their communities,” says Ms Robson…..

Learn te reo and help save Aotearoa $500m a year
Te reo Maori could save the economy almost $500 million a year, according to researcher Hinemoa Elder.

Studies have shown that bilingualism can delay the onset of dementia by four years, drastically reducing the rates of Alzheimer's and other conditions that affect the brain…..

Half of NZ schools do not offer te reo
More than half of New Zealand schools do not offer any te reo Maori language education according to the Maori Language Commission.

Figures showed 1185 schools did have some level of te reo Maori language education while 1353 schools did not…..

Māori journalism recognised in expanded awards
Massey University’s Māori book awards are being expanded this year to celebrate excellence in Māori journalism. The 2016 Ngā Kupu Ora Awards, Celebrating Māori Books and Journalism will include the first national Māori journalism award.

Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori Pasifika, Dr Selwyn Katene, says the move will provide long overdue recognition of the role Māori journalism plays in developing the bi-cultural fabric of New Zealand society.

Massey University Assistant Vice Chancellor, External Relations and Development, Penelope Barr-Sellers says: “One of Massey’s big goals is Te Aronga Manaakitanga – or responsibility – which means we seek to contribute to understanding of cultural and environmental issues, including those that affect tangata whenua….

Teacher bias leads to Maori student failure
A new study from diversity consultancy Oranui, Unconscious Bias in Education, has revealed how teachers’ low expectations have lead to decades of under-achievement by Maori students.

“In this study we have compared Maori and African American students’ experience and found very similar patterns. Teachers in both countries have low expectations of these groups of children. As a result Maori and African American children lag well behind other groups at school.

“Maori children face significant barriers to achievement, which stem from negative stereotypes attached to Maori as a social group. Personal and interpersonal racism, and institutional racism, work together to perpetuate Maori disadvantage in almost all spheres.”

“Recognising how unconscious bias influences teachers’ relationships with Maori students is the key to lifting Maori educational achievement. Tools and programmes to address unconscious bias towards Maori should be developed and applied broadly in the full range of education, health and social service sectors. A whole of systems approach is required.” ….

Next step for river protection effort
Iwi, environment and recreational organisations are welcoming the Environment Minister’s decision to ask a special tribunal to consider their application for a Water Conservation Order over the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers in Hawke’s Bay.

It is backing the application because it strengthens its efforts to restore the waterway’s mana and mauri….

Calls to make te reo compulsory
Te reo Maori should become compulsory in New Zealand, says Maori broadcaster Willie Jackson.

His comment comes after statistics show the proportion of Maori able to hold an everyday conversation in te reo Maori has decreased over the last 17 years.

Willie says the majority of Pakeha didn't support the language.

“That's why we have to enshrine it in the law. It has to be made compulsory… You know you get all these people who say ‘no you can't make it compulsory because there is not enough teachers, not enough resources'.”

“But the reality is, if you make it compulsory and then the Government prioritises it. Then they find the funding and then they find the resources. They [Government] always do. Once it is law everything changes.”…

NZH apologises for offence caused by 'outdated' policy on te reo Maori
The New Zealand Herald has apologised for declining to publish a death notice in te reo Maori.

Te Atarangi Whiu yesterday told Maori Television she wanted to mark the one year anniversary of her mother's death in a te reo Maori only memorial notice in the newspaper, but it was declined on the grounds it could only be published alongside an English translation, she told the broadcaster.

"I disagreed with that because for my family and me, te reo Maori is our first language. It is also the language of this land. It's a nationally recognised language under New Zealand law," she said.

Her notice was published in the Bay of Plenty Times, also owned by Herald parent company, NZME.

The NZ Herald's general commercial manager for Auckland and Northland, Neil Jackson, today said the decision was a "highly regrettable" result of an outdated policy.

"The New Zealand Herald apologises for any offence caused," he said.

"It is an outdated policy related to languages that are not English, which we are reviewing and will rectify immediately in relation to Te Reo."

Mr Jackson said the Herald had spoken to Whiu and apologised to her personally.

"We recognise and respect Te Reo is the language of our people and the Herald is championing Māori Language Week but we have let ourselves down in this instance."….

Maori leaders want gang member reinstated as prison volunteer
Maori leaders are calling for a gang member to be reinstated as a prison volunteer, but the Corrections Minister is standing firm in keeping him out…..

Gang member's removal 'slap in the face'
"A bunch of do-gooders in Sensible Sentencing have used their lobbying position to now affect and tell iwi what to do and tell the Treaty [of Waitangi] partner what to do, and that's where the level of engagement is happening with the Crown and Sensible Sentencing.

"And the minister has been straight-out arrogant in refusing to meet with the treaty partner and iwi."…

Turia calls Collins ignorant
Turia has called the Justice Minister Judith Collins ignorant over the standing down of Ngapari Nui.

“There are some people and Judith is one of them, who choose to be ignorant, who choose to be disrespectful of anything Māori.”

“I'm not going to go down that track,” said Collins, “Dame Tariana is perfectly entitled to her opinion, but I'm the Minister of Justice and my view is very clear we have to be aware of active gang membership in prisons and I fully support Corrections in their review.”…

Māori Television CEO refutes news reports as gossip
The CEO of Māori Television has tonight refuted rumours that Māori Television is removing the word Māori from the station’s name.

Māori Television is in the process of a rebrand which includes engaging with one million viewers per week and remaining relevant in an increasingly competitive environment.

But Mr Maxwell said the rebrand was still in its early stages and no decisions had been made. The word Māori would definitely be staying….

Iwi role flagged in DHB housing land grab
The Government has asked Counties Manukau Health to give up 10 hectares in south Auckland for housing.

Mr Smith says if the land is released, the Government will look to buy it at fair market price, using some of the $100 million set aside in this year’s Budget.

Mr Smith says the Government is exploring the possibility of developing the land in conjunction with local iwi…..

$1 million rheumatic fever fund for Māori communities
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today announced a new $1 million one-off fund aimed at increasing awareness and reducing rheumatic fever in high-risk Māori communities.

“Rheumatic fever is a serious but preventable disease. Children and young people from Māori and Pacific communities are the most vulnerable,” says Dr Coleman.

“The Rheumatic Fever Māori Community Fund targets six DHB regions where most of the Māori rheumatic fever cases occur - Northland, Counties Manukau, Waikato, Lakes, Bay of Plenty and Tairāwhiti.

“These DHBs will distribute funding to Māori community groups for small-scale initiatives to test innovative solutions for increasing awareness and helping to prevent rheumatic fever…..

Te reo Māori the focus of new Master's scholarship
Some Māori students from NZ tertiary institutions will receive $10,000 Kia Ita Scholarships for their Master's degrees which will focus on the revitalisation of the Māori Language…..

NZ Rugby to invest in te reo Māori
The NZ Rugby have today confirmed they are in the process of creating initiatives to further promote te reo Māori in the sport. This comes after senior players raised concerns about the lack of te reo Māori promotion within the professional rugby environment.

It's an issue affecting a large number of Māori rugby players. And NZ Rugby is finally walking-the-talk on encouraging players to speak Māori….

Flights in breach of Doc plan
Internal documents reveal the Department of Conservation received payments for glacier landings which breached its own management plan for Fiordland National Park.

Ngai Tahu said it was concerned about the legality of the process, and that it could set a precedent that commercialised conservation and disregarded Treaty of Waitangi partnerships.

West Coast iwi Makaawhio is also crying foul.

Te Runanga o Makaawhio says the increased flights were not notified to Ngai Tahu, even though Mt Tutoko, the highest mountain in Fiordland and close to the ice plateau, has legal protection as a topuni, or place of special significance.
Makaawhio tumuaki (general manager) Susan Wallace said the mountain had cultural values.

"Often when we reference who we are ... that's our ancestral mountain. It's part of our genealogy. There needs to be some place that remains silent.'' ….

Big gains to be made growing doctors’ cultural competence
In September 2015, the Medical Council released a discussion paper I wrote entitled “Cultur­al competence, partnership and health equity: professional obligations towards Maori health improvement”.

At that time, I said:

“Cultural competence and genuine partnership with Maori are important aspects of achieving excellence in medical practice.'

Perhaps one of the most significant ways we can help improve equity is by supporting Maori doctors in their advocacy and leadership roles within the profession and the health sector.

It was encouraging to see last year a major milestone ticked off – for the first time, demographic propor­tionality has been achieved, with the number of Maori students entering medical school proportionate to the Maori population…..

Redistribution of funding needed for te reo Maori education
A group of Maori language educationalists is calling for a redistribution of funding to support a model of education where pre-schoolers, primary and secondary students and their extended families learn together on one site – from the cradle to the grave.

“Life-long learning ‘cradle to the grave’ would support our communities coming together with a shared interest in language and culture revitalisation in the belief that one should be able to access a high-quality Maori language immersion pathway from birth to old-age. It will however require current funding to be distributed in a new way to allow clusters of communities to flourish, says Dr Dewes.”….

Reo promoted as New Zealand's language
He says promotion of te reo isn't just about Maori, but to survive it needs to become part of the base school curriculum.

That means turning around public attitudes, because at the moment there is limited support for the idea and a much larger percentage strongly opposed.

"There's never really been a concerted effort to promote te reo Maori to the whole country as New Zealand's language,….

Maori parents meeting
Just a reminder about our Maori Parents meeting that we are holding this Wednesday….

Private sector running Auckland port on council-owned land an option, report says
Consideration could be given to funding the land component of the new port separately from the operating company, which might enable equity participation in the "Landco" by council and iwi, it said. The proposed sites are subject to Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations that could result in iwi co-governance and/or co-ownership interests…..

Call to halt retirement home plans until more is known about war graves
The battle took place on the morning of May 16, 1846, after a Maori raiding party attacked a British military outpost. Six British soldiers were killed and two died later from their wounds. The soldiers were buried locally but nobody knows where. There is no reliable account of Maori casualties.

Historian Ewan Morris by the memorial at High St. Botilcott, to those killed during the Battle of Boulcott's Farm. Morris is fighting for the names of Maori victims to be included….

Gang member allegedly working in prison teaching 'wellness' to Maori inmates
There are allegations tonight that gang members are working behind bars, signed off by the Corrections department.

It's prompted a full scale review of our prison system, with Corrections Minister Judith Collins demanding answers.

Ngapari Nui has been volunteering at Whanganui Prison for five years as a 'kaiwhakamana', by which he's allowed in the prison to teach wellness and well-being to Maori inmates.

Now he's been stood down, accused of working for Black Power.

"We have a fully patched gang affiliated member working within prisons," the Sensible Sentencing Trust's Scott Guthrie says….

Maori more likely to be killed by partner - data
Maori are three times more likely to be killed by a partner than non-Maori, according to figures obtained under the Official Information Act.

The figures, released to Newstalk ZB and covering the years between 2009 and 2013, show Maori are almost three times more likely to be killed by their intimate partners than non-Maori or non-Pacific peoples. They're also two and a half times more likely to be offenders in intimate partner homicide cases….

Maori Language Week 2016: Children source of hope for te reo Maori
Ngahiwi Apanui, a founder of the Maori-speaking band Aotearoa back in 1984, will launch his first Maori Language Week since becoming commission chief executive with a parade through Wellington today.

"Our job will be to engage the whole country," he says. "I don't think you can revitalise the Maori language without everybody in the country being involved."

On his LinkedIn page, he declares: "The endgame is to assist Aotearoa New Zealand to be a Maori-speaking nation."

He wants te reo to be "a core subject in early childhood education and primary schools. Within two years as a core subject you could have 200,000 new speakers," he says….

NZ sign language prioritises Te Reo
The deaf community is taking steps to include Te Reo Māori in NZ Sign Language. This year The NZ Sign Language Interpreters' Association will focus on Te Ao Māori to further develop Māori concepts and incorporate them into NZ Sign. They held their annual conference this weekend at Orakei marae…..

Facebook in deal to take native language to modern day
Facebook is on the verge of signing a deal with the Maori Language Commission to develop a tool which will translate posts into te reo Maori…..

Iwi, hapū at odds over urban board seat
Tūhoronuku, the board whose mandate to negotiate a settlement was accepted by the government, has agreed to a number of major changes, after the Waitangi Tribunal found its mandate was flawed.

After months of discussions within the iwi, Tūhoronuku has now accepted that hapū should drive the settlement and choose their own representatives on a new board, reduced from 22 trustees to six.

It also agreed to scrap the dedicated Ngāpuhi rūnanga seat on the board, and a seat reserved for kuia and kaumātua….

Urewera dinosaur hunt is on
A $100,000 dinosaur hunt is about to start within the central North Island's Te Urewera in association with GNS Science and Ngai Tuhoe.

The project, with input from Victoria University of Wellington, involves searching for dinosaur and other prehistoric fossils within Te Urewera…..

Wadeable freshwater not good enough - Fox
The government has been put on notice that a so-called 'wadeable' freshwater standard is not good enough for Māori.

One of its support parties, the Māori Party, says streams and rivers are a lifeblood for Māori and they should be safe to drink and gather food from…..

Family violence costs NZ $4 billion annually - officials
Documents obtained from Justice Minister Amy Adams under the Official Information Act show officials put the annual cost to the country of family violence and child abuse at over $4 billion.

The advice says the country's family violence homicide rate per capita is more than double the rate seen in Australia, Canada, or the UK with 126 family violence homicides recorded between 2009 and 2012.

And Maori feature disproportionately in the figures - they're almost three times more likely to be killed by their intimate partners than non-Maori or non-Pacific peoples….

Iwi Health Board concerned management shakeup will 'marginalise' Maori health
Expanding a key Maori health role to represent refugees and transient vineyard workers will not marginalise Maori health, the region's health boss says.

The Maori health and whanau ora role at the health board was expanded to include other vulnerable groups as part of a major management shakeup at the end of April.

Iwi Health Board chair Dawn McConnell said the Maori governance group and Maori health organisation Te Piki Oranga had reservations about changes to the role.

"The Iwi Health Board shares the concerns raised around the expansion of the general manager Maori role and is particularly concerned that Maori health does not become marginalised."….

Community Law launches te reo Māori resource
Te reo Māori speakers can now read about the legal status of te reo Māori in te reo Māori thanks to a new bilingual chapter in the Community Law Manual.

As part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Community Law is releasing its annual update of the Community Law Manual, an easy-to-read, practical guide to everyday New Zealand law.

Wi Pere Mita, Co-Chair of Ngā Kaiāwhina Hapori Māori o te Ture, Community Law’s Māori Caucus, said last year the manual included a new first chapter, Te reo Māori, which explains the legal status of the Māori language in Aotearoa, sets out New Zealanders rights to speak te reo Māori in courts and tribunals, and offers practical advice for Māori speakers who wish to do so.

“This year, the Te reo Māori chapter has been translated into te reo, making it the first fully bilingual chapter in the Community Law Manual.

“Community Law want to affirm the mana of te reo Māori, and its legal status as an official language of Aotearoa by making sure the words on the page reflect the meaning behind them. As Sir James Hēnare said, ‘Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori!’”…

Whanau Ora Cash-Cow Rumbles On Unchecked
The public of New Zealand have been waiting for one detailed, independent economic analysis on Whanau Ora since July 2014, and they will have to keep waiting, says New Zealand First.

“New Zealand First made an Official Information Act request asking if any such report had been prepared and we were advised none existed,” says Darroch Ball, New Zealand First’s Spokesperson for Social Policy.

“Te Puni Kokiri said, ‘the information requested is not held by the Minister for Whānau Ora (Minister of Māori Affairs, Te Ururoa Flavell), the minister’s office, or Te Puni Kokiri. I have no grounds for believing the information is held by another department, minister or organisation.’

“So we do not know how much taxpayer money this scheme is wasting even though the government’s ‘social investment approach’ demands measurable data and measurable positive outcomes must be found before taxpayers’ money can continue to be spent.

“Also, Minister Flavell could not produce any solid evidence of an economic report in Parliament today.

“It’s time he and the National government realised Whanau Ora is a complete failure and not working for ordinary Māori,” Mr Ball says.

Notes for editors:

• The number of homeless Maori in Auckland has increased 10% alone this year.

• More than half the homeless in Wellington are Māori.

• 40% of all those on the social housing waiting list are Māori.

• The number of Māori youth imprisoned has increased from 58% to 63% since Whanau Ora began.

Rutherford College students honour te reo
Rutherford College 16-year-old Dante Aubrey says he is learning te reo Maori to acknowledge his tupuna.

"This is my history, my bloodline, connecting with them is to remember them. The ones who would run around barefeet and speak te reo."

"Maori is important because it is the language of Aotearoa. Everywhere you go there is a sign in Maori and once you start understanding the words, it's really good."

For 15-year-old Arihia Komene Maori is "everything". She comes from a home where te reo is the primary language.

"I eat, live and breathe Maori. We live in Aotearoa, it is the language of this country."

"My great grandparents weren't allowed to speak Maori at school. They were smacked and had pepper put on their tongues if they did. Now, we are celebrating a week for Maori. Not many cultures have that. If you are not speaking the language you are not living in that culture."….