Oct - Dec

English-Maori street signs suggested for Marlborough
Dual-language street signs have been mooted for Marlborough, as the region prepares to review its street-naming process.

Councillor Cynthia Brooks said she would support signs in both te reo Maori and English.

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett said dual-language signs were not something he had considered before, and he would be interested to see how much community buy-in there was.

"It's certainly an idea to put out there. I think it would definitely have some support," he said.

"These things do come at a cost, and that would have to be considered."

Having more Maori street names was something that needed to be discussed.

"Maori is obviously an official language of New Zealand," Shenfield said.....

Iwi to fight settlement plan
Ngai Te Rangi plans to fight a Deed of Settlement agreement which it says will allow Hauraki iwi rights to Tauranga Harbour.

In a statement issued yesterday the iwi described the Government initialling a Deed of Settlement with a Hauraki iwi collective this week as "a secret deal" and a "step too far" for Tauranga iwi and hapu, who would be disadvantaged by it.

However, Minister of Treaty Settlements Chris Finlayson last night responded that there was no secret deal.

"We are putting Bill English on notice. This is no way for the Crown to be engaging with iwi.

"That is an aggressive stance by the Minister and we will meet it with aggression, perseverance, and collective action. The next two years will be remembered as a time when the landscape of Treaty settlements changed."....

Fletcher Residential buys 'sacred' Maori land at Ihumatao in south Auckland
A "sacred Maori site" in south Auckland has been purchased by Fletcher Residential where it plans to build about 480 houses.

The completion of the purchase comes despite months of protest by activist group SOUL (Save Our Unique Landscape) and other members of the Mangere community.

They said the land was unjustly confiscated from mana whenua in 1863.

The exact location of caves and midden have been identified and Fletcher said they will not be building on any of those areas. Additionally, an old farm house and some significant trees will remain untouched.

Fletcher announced that it has set aside 25 per cent of the development land to provide "a buffer zone for the reserve. We believe Auckland can have both history and houses" ....

Vigilance needed to protect treaty gains
A warning that Maori need to be vigilant to protect the gains of the treaty settlement process.

Dion Tuuta says officials and politicians are coming up with initiatives and high level policy changes which would roll back rights recognised in the fisheries settlement.

He says anyone involved in Treaty of Waitangi settlements needs to remember that governments forget.

"Twenty odd years after signing the Treaty (of Waitangi), governments forgot the promises the treaty contained. If you look at the Kermadecs, the same sort of thing applies. And I think it has the potential to happen too at the iwi level with individual iwi settlements. Maori and iwi need to be vigilant the crown doesn't forget to maintainand honour those obligations," he says.....

High rates of smoking amongst Maori in Canterbury
Rates for smoking have come down across all ethnicities since 2006 but remain much higher among Maori.

In 2006-7 nearly half of all adult Maori (46.6 per cent) were smoking daily. This has fallen to 30.7 per cent. Amongst non-Maori in Canterbury smoking rates have fallen from 16.6 per cent to 13.1 per cent.

Three quit programmes designed for Maori, Pacific and pregnant women received $2.6 million in funding over three years but were terminated and replaced by a new single service, Te Ha Waitaha this year.

Funding of $2.57m has been allocated for the new contract awarded to Canterbury Clinical Network, Ministry of Health director of service commissioning Jill Lane said.

The disproportionately high smoking rates among Maori can be partly explained by history, director of Maori health service He Waka Tapu, Dallas Hibbs says.

"...people who are oppressed and stripped of their cultural norms have less capability to deal with the ordinary circumstances of life, they just do.

"We use drugs and alcohol more than the most other population groups to medicate our own lives, we're not the benefactors of colonisation ordinarily so we don't share in the greatest wealth."....

Iwi members claim Deed of Settlement an act of deceit
Claimants say last week’s initialling of the Ngāti Rehua Deed of Settlement in Wellington was an act of deceit by the Crown and trustees of the Ngāti Rehua o Ngāti Wai ki Aotea Trust.

Spokeperson Aperahama Edwards says they were shocked when they saw pictures of Ngāti Rehua – Ngāti Wai ki Aotea Trustees celebrating their initialling of a Deed of Settlement on Facebook, “This is a hidden act of deceit done behind closed doors without any imput from beneficiaries.....


Iwi wins 'long and drawn out battle' for island marine rights
Rakiura Māori have won a long battle for the exclusive right to harvest kaimoana from two Foveaux Strait islands.

The High Court has granted customary marine title over two of the islands, off the coast of Stewart Island.

The test required Mr Tipene to prove his hapū had used two small islands in the Foveaux Strait to gather kaimoana since te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed in 1840, said his lawyer Christine Batt.

"It's been a long and drawn out battle to bring it to the judgement.

"I think it may provide encouragement to people who are considering filing these claims."

She said the tiny islands were unique. They were in a remote area and only used by the owners to gather kaimoana and muttonbirding.

"If there was anywhere in New Zealand that a custom marine order should be made, it would be these islands."...

Positions now open on council advisory panels
Applications are now being sought for new members on five demographic advisory panels. It’s a unique opportunity for passionate and motivated Aucklanders to play a key role in influencing council policies, plans and initiatives.

Eight positions are now available on the Disability Advisory Panel, Seniors Advisory Panel, Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel and Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel. There are also two Māori member positions available on the Rainbow Communities Advisory Panel....

New charter schools face enrolment challenges
Two new charter schools due to open in 2017 have had mixed fortunes in attracting students.

Te Kopuku High School in Hamilton already has more enrolments than it can take while Te Aratika Academy in Hawke's Bay, so far has one-third of the enrolments it needs.

In recent years other charter schools, which the government calls partnership schools, opened with fewer students than they were aiming for and often with fewer than the government was paying them for.

Te Kopuku was offering an education steeped in Māori culture and language for teens who had not been through the Māori-medium kura kaupapa system

Te Aratika Academy in Hawke's Bay was the other new charter school opening its doors in February.

The school's manager, Casey Tapara, said it had 15 enrolments and five expressions of interest but she was confident it would get to 50 ......

Maori Party disputes caving to public pressure
The Maori Party disputes claims that it bowed to public pressure with its support of the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill.

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox said it had been in negotiation for more than a year with Environment Minister Nick Smith and saying that it "caved" to public pressure was "ridiculous"....

Church a Maori thing says bishop elect
While some people reject the church as a tool of colonisation, he says the ancestors made the faith part of their expression in haka and waiata....

Iwi work with Victoria University to lift Māori academic success
Victoria University has just signed agreements with 12 iwi or other Māori groups as part of its mission to improve the academic success of Māori. The aim of the agreements is to recruit and graduate more Māori students and strengthen engagement between the university and iwi and other Māori communities.

Victoria University has committed $250,000 annually to the programme and is actively seeking more iwi and Māori groups to join the scheme.....

Te Reo Māori Partnership Extended
Applications have been called for the new ‘Tohu Puiaki – Doctoral Completion Scholarships’ which will offer up to $20,000 each to six people completing doctorates either in English on Māori Language Revitalisation, or, who are writing their thesis in Te Reo Māori on any subject.....

Council spends $400k developing rejected bill
The New Plymouth District Council has spent more than $400,000 on consultants drawing up a bill aimed at resolving historical land issues at Waitara, which Te Ātiawa has rejected.

Te Ātiawa's post-settlement trust, Te Kotahitanga o Te Ātiawa, initially backed the Waitara Lands Bill but withdrew its support before Māori Affairs Select Committee hearings last month.....

Right of First Refusal clause should mean what it says - Green Party
The Green Party is calling on the Government to front up to iwi after learning that, going right back to the Ngāi Tahu settlement in 1997, the Right of First Refusal (RFR) clause in Treaty settlements has actually meant right of first refusal for charities, not iwi.

It’s long been assumed that when a Treaty settlement has been reached with an iwi, sections of Crown land may become subject to a Right of First Refusal (RFR) in favour of that iwi. An RFR is a long-term option for iwi to purchase or lease Crown-owned land, and will generally remain in place for 50 to 170 years (in some cases longer).

As part of their submission on their claims settlement bill, Tauranga-based iwi Ngāti PÅ«kenga asked for the ‘RFR - Disposal for charitable purposes’ provision to be removed. In response, the Greens put this on the agenda of the Māori Affairs Select Committee and learnt that this has been a standard provision in all settlement legislation.

"The Government must front up to iwi and offer to retrospectively remove this outrageous provision from the RFR clause in their settlements," Green Party Māori development spokesperson Marama Davidson said.

"Right of first refusal should be for iwi, as most people have assumed is the case - the fact that it isn’t undermines the mana and durability of all Treaty settlements.

"The bottom line is that iwi should have right of first refusal over land in their settlements. This provision is a breach of faith on the part of the Crown; they’ve stuffed up, and so they have a responsibility to fix it.

"This is a perfect example of why the Greens have always said that Treaty settlements cannot be full and final, as unintended consequences and new situations will arise.

"We don’t want Te Tiriti ‘settled’; we want Te Tiriti truly honoured and implemented at every level," Ms Davidson said....

Waitangi Tribunal could use 'full' power for first time
The Waitangi Tribunal could use its power to make binding recommendations for the first time.

The Court of Appeal has ordered it to rehear applications for such recommendations on the treaty settlement claims of Far North iwi Ngāti Kahu and the East Coast Mangatu Incorporation.....

Waikaremoana centre evokes scorched earth history
It features charred cladding on two large panels at either end of the building symbolic of the scorched earth policy against Tuhoe 150 years ago.....

Māori constitutional law lies in stories not statutes
Dr Carwyn Jones, a Senior Lecturer in Victoria’s School of Law, has received one of three new Treaty of Waitangi Research Fellowships awarded as part of the University’s commitment to ‘Enriching national culture’, one of its areas of academic distinctiveness.

“To explore the operation of Māori constitutional practice from inside the Māori legal system itself, so as to understand Māori constitutional traditions on their own terms, requires the constitutional scholar or practitioner to look for statements of constitutional law and principle in places other than written constitutional documents, statutes and court reports,” says Dr Jones.

“Māori constitutional law and principles can be found in a range of cultural expressions, including kōrero pūrākau, waiata (songs), whakairo (carvings) and karakia (prayers/chants). These sources reveal, among other things, particular patterns of authority and decision-making (and constraints on constitutional authority).....

Far North's first kura kaupapa to close for good
The first Māori language immersion school in the Far North is being permanently shut because the Minister of Education says there is no way to resolve its problems.

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Rangiawhia has been closed since 25 July after a commissioner was appointed to oversee it by the ministry.

At a meeting in Taipa today, the school's community was told it would be permanently shut from Friday....

Public pressure forces RMA flip flop
Labour is pleased that the Māori Party have bowed to public pressure and are now reconsidering their support of National’s shambolic Resource Legislation Amendment (RLA) Bill, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.

“This rethink is welcome news for councils around New Zealand who back their local economies and local decision-making. ....

Iwi settlement date disputed
The chairman of Tuhoronuku says he can't see Ngapuhi Treaty claims being settled before 2020, despite the Minister of Treaty Negotiations saying he believed it could be settled next year.

The comments come after both Tuhoronuku, the group with the Crown-recognised mandate to negotiate Ngapuhi's Treaty claims, and Te Kotahitanga, which opposes the Crown recognition of that mandate, had separate meetings with Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson in Auckland on Friday.....

Wairakei teaching their interns
Contact Energy Wairakei have welcomed three new interns as part of their Maori Internship Scheme.

Last week, a total of five interns were at Wairakei Power Station undergoing induction at the start of their eight week placement.

Three of the five interns are placed at Wairakei and will be partnered up with the generation and development team, environment team and also the geothermal resource and development team.

Two others will be in Wellington, focusing on the marketing and wholesale side and there is also one other intern who will be partnered up with Contact Energy's sustainability manager, Kaapua Smith, with the focus being on water and climate changes.......

Ngati Rangi wins appeal against Raetihi hydro-electric power scheme consent
An iwi and a regional council have won an appeal against an Environment Court decision, which mistakenly allowed an energy company to take vast quantities of water from various North Island rivers for a hydro-electric scheme.

The recent High Court ruling now means the Environment Court will have to reconsider the consent it granted New Zealand Energy Ltd for its Raetihi operation....

Bill English's NZ cabinet unveiled
8. Christopher Finlayson

Attorney-General, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Minister in Charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service, Minister Responsible for the GCSB, Associate Minister for Maori Development....

Our first sixty days
When I started this job I gave myself 60 days to settle in and to achieve certain objectives and highlight others.

To embrace the concept of a true working partnership with Tangatu Whenua. We have inherited the Regional planning Committee (RPC) which, albeit doesn't have universal support in Kahungunu, is a good functioning legal platform to work from.

I am also very pleased that despite some opposition we have managed to keep the Maori Committee. The Maori committee gains its mana and mandate from the Taiwhenua which are mandated from the Marae. It is an entirely different kaupapa from the RPC and we need both committees to be fully connected and informed..... 

Maori Party raises concerns over RMA changes which could affect GMO-free rules
A law change which could let the Government overrule local councils' bans on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are under threat, with a key support partner expressing concerns.

The Maori Party, which has faced criticism for supporting Resource Management Act reforms, has written to Environment Minister Nick Smith with a "please explain" about the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill....

National study finds 'staggering' Maori and Pacific problem gambling rates
Maori and Pacific adults are five to eight times more likely to become problem gamblers than other New Zealanders, a new study has found.

The Ministry of Health followed 3000 randomly selected people over a two-year period and recorded how many of them developed clinical gambling problems.

Lead researcher and AUT University Professor Max Abbott said the over-representation of Maori and Pacific problem gamblers was due to their increased exposure to electronic gaming machines and lower standard of living....

Light punishment for damming of stream 'unacceptable'
The light punishment handed out to a landowner who dammed a stream near Porotī Springs and dug out a wetland is unacceptable, the spring's Māori owners say.

The farmer who created an unlawful lake near the springs, near Whangarei, has been fined $500 and asked to apply for a retrospective resource consent for the lake

All wetlands feed into local streams, and if Porotī Māori chose to dam their wetlands, water flows would be reduced by 75 percent, Mr Ruka said.

The council said the unlawful lake would not affect the hydrology at Porotī, because once it was full it would overflow.

Because the wetland was not indigenous, the lake could gain consent under regional planning rules, the council said.....

Fears for urupa delay SH1 slip-clearing work
Work clearing a slip on State Highway 1 north of Kaikōura has been halted due to concerns it may disturb Māori sites.

The slip at Ohau Point is one of many blocking the highway, and have cut off small settlements such as Rakautara and Clarence.

Three helicopters using monsoon buckets were being used to sluice away loose material, but the Ngāti Kuri hapū is concerned the work could dislodge wahi tapu urupa, sacred burial grounds, in the area.

A Transport Agency spokesperson said it was hoped work could resume next week. No artifacts or sites had yet been uncovered, Mr Mutton said. .....

Call for clarity after $700k school trip to Hawaii
The rules around using public money to fund students' overseas travel need to be clarified, says the principal of the Rotorua school that went on a $700,000 trip to Hawaii.

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Ruamata took all its 139 students, 21 teachers and 73 caregivers on the trip last year.

In an audit report, the Office of the Auditor-General said it was unusual for a school to spend so much on a trip like that.

The report was one of almost 2500 routine audits of schools just released. 

It said that those who went to Hawaii contributed just $37,000 to the cost.

They had done such trips before and would do them again, she said.

"We've retraced the footsteps of our ancestors.

"We've been to Rarotonga, we've been to Tahiti, we've been to Rangiātea. Now we can tick off Hawaii and I'm not quite sure where we'll go next."

Dr Dewes, who set up the kura 28 years ago, said the Hawaii trip would provide at least two years' worth of learning.

"We went back to the place that our canoe left from and came to Aotearoa from.

We took caregivers with us because our approach to education is that the whole whānau is involved ... This is one year on, and we're still [studying] the topics."

Ngapuhi settlement back on track - Finlayson
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson says he believes the Ngāpuhi settlement is back on track after meetings today with opposing factions in the stand-off.

The Ngāpuhi claim has a history of stand-offs, resignations and bust-ups, but the Treaty Minister still believes it can be settled by next year if everyone gets on with it. ...

Ministry to hold on to school site
Ministry of Education deputy secretary Jerome Sheppard said the ministry would initially "continue to hold" the former Calton Hill School site for "education purposes".

"Once Carisbrook has vacated the site, we will consider which, if any, educational purposes those might be.

"If it is not required for education, it would be disposed of using the process set out under the Public Works Act. This means offering the property to other government agencies, previous owners or iwi (if required by a Treaty of Waitangi settlement) before it can be sold on the open market."....

Landmark agreement with Rūnanga signed
The Papatipu Rūnanga and Christchurch City Council Relationship Agreement was signed this afternoon by Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Dr Te Mairie Tau, co-chairs of Te Hononga Council- Papatipu Rūnanga Committee, along with representatives from the six Rūnanga within the city and Peninsula boundaries.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the signing of this agreement is a landmark in the evolution of civic and tribal diplomacy.

“The Agreement establishes a firm basis for us to mutually reinforce our commitment to Ōtautahi Christchurch. The Treaty of Waitangi underpins the relationship between the Crown and Iwi.

Agreement in Principle signed with Te Ākitai Waiohua
The Crown has signed an agreement in principle with Te Ākitai Waiohua to settle its historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

Te Ākitai Waiohua is an iwi with an area of interest centred around South Auckland and customary interests claims across greater Auckland....

Maori claims on Motiti Island
An application has been made to the High Court by a Maori group looking to claim customary rights over the area around Motiti Island.

The Motiti Rohe Moana Trust has made the application on behalf of several hapu, although not all hapu named in the application support the bid.

The trust is seeking “the right and responsibility to act as kaitiaki (guardian) of the wahi tapu (sacred places) and taonga tuku iho (ancestral treasures) within the common coastal marine area” of Motiti Island.

They also seek the ability to impose a “rahui”, or ban, “if required for the protection of the site or resource”......

Residents allege Government breached Treaty of Waitangi
Maori residents near a controversial housing project in Mangere have lodged an urgent claim with the Waitangi Tribunal alleging that the Government has breached the Treaty of Waitangi by allowing the development......

Moana NZ posts 22% gain in full-year profit on increased Sealord return
Moana New Zealand, the rebranded Aotearoa Fisheries that holds a half stake in Sealord Group, posted a 22% gain in full-year profit allowing the company to increase its dividend for its iwi owners....

Training will 'change lives'
The Atihau-Whanganui Incorporation's farm training programme is moving up a notch to provide live-in accommodation in 2017.

A large house is being built on Te Pā Station in Oruakukuru Rd near Raetihi, to house the students.

They will learn some te reo (Māori language) and whakapapa (genealogy) and grow their cultural identity - as well as becoming able young shepherds.

"It's based on a marae. All the students are Māori, and the support staff are Māori. We will build a Māori component to the training," Mr Waho said.....

Motueka High School head prefect wins Maori study grant
With a food magazine and a study grant under her belt, Hinemoana Markham-Nicklin is off to conquer a double degree at Victoria University.

The 18-year-old Motueka High School head prefect was one of three Maori students nationally to win a $5000 study grant from the Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust. 

This was the first year Westpac's Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust scholarships were available to Maori school leavers.....

Central North Island iwi Ngāti Tūwharetoa sign settlement with Crown
Central North Island iwi Ngāti Tūwharetoa has signed a deed of settlement at Parliament today.

The settlement includes a Crown apology, as well as cultural and commercial redress and $25 million.....

Time for a breather after Healthy Rivers
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters was in Morrinsville this month; he announced the iwi withdrawal as “breaking news” to the audience.

“The Hauraki tribal rohe covers a land area of up to 750,000ha, which now has a free pass for nutrients, water quality and farming. If you are white, brown or Maori from the wrong iwi, no such privilege exists for you.

“This makes a mockery of one law for all. It is one law for some iwi and another for the rest of us.”.....

Iwi bless Northland's newest state highway
Iwi have officially blessed Northland’s newest state highway, State Highway 15, which runs along a key freight route for the region.

"Mangakahia Road is culturally and historically significant to iwi, which is why it’s so important to have them involved in work to improve the route for local communities as well."....

Crown accepts Maniapoto mandate
The crown has accepted the Maniapoto Maori Trust Board’s mandate to negotiate a treaty settlement for the King Country iwi....

Maori students demand more support from tertiary institutions
Maori tertiary educators and students gathered to discuss, debate and challenge current teaching and learning issues.

The theme for the hui was Te Manu Matauranga: Sharing Successful Maori Teaching Practices and Learning Strategies.....

Māori Party oppose placing at risk kids outside whānau
The Māori Party is opposing the government's latest Child Youth and Family legislation, saying it will be detrimental to Māori.

Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell said that change would make lives for tamariki worse, and it was disappointing his party had to vote against the bill.

"A child loses that connection with family and whakapapa if they are placed outside of the cultural realm," he said.....

Maori life expectancy rises by two years, five years less than Europeans
The researchers found life expectancy for both European and Maori has increased in all DHBs from 2006-2013, however Maori are now expected to live just over two years longer, where those of European descent is just one.

The average Maori will now live until 79.4 years in Auckland, compared with 77.1 in 2006, but the average European in Auckland will now live until 84.5, compared with 83.5 in 2006.....

Youth-driven Te Ha programme awarded $4000
THE 2017 Youth Fund has awarded he Te Ha Trust $4000 for a programme in which young people will lead and develop a series of community events based on first direct contact between Maori and Europeans.

The events are expected to help young people understand their shared history as part of the lead-in to the 2019 sestercentennial event.....

CYF overhaul risks a 'stolen generation' of Maori children
The Maori Party has opposed the latest legislation to overhaul Child Youth and Family as risking creating a "stolen generation" of Maori children.

Legislation that last night passed its first reading will clear the way for the second stage of major state care reforms that will replace CYF with a new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.

The law now prioritises placing a child with a member of their family or wider hapu. If that's not possible, officials must try to place the child with someone of the same tribal, racial or cultural background.....

Should NZ's Great Walks be privately-run?
A new report from four of New Zealand's tourism leaders moots the possibility of privatising the country's Great Walks.

But Dave Hammond, a tourism consultant and the former chief executive of the Thames-Coromandel District Council, was sceptical.

"I think that's a straw man. New Zealand being what it is, we've got quite a strong historic commitment to free open spaces and also Treaty of Waitangi issues.

"I've been dealing with Cathedral Cove for a while, and that's been a partnership between local government, DOC, local iwi and local community - and those are the types of parties you need to put around issues like this."

Federated Mountain Clubs spokesperson Robin McNeill was also dubious.

"Why not charge access to beaches while you're at it? There's no real difference. In fact, if you were to charge for access to national parks, then you would be charging for access to beaches, because all of Lake Te Anau is in the national park."....

GPs' grant to drive Ngati Whatua bus
Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua hopes to improve access to health services for rural and isolated Maori communities in its rohe by fitting out a mobile health van with appropriate clinical equipment to carry out health checks at home and at the marae.

The initiative has been funded by a grant from the ProCare Charitable Foundation, which was set up by the ProCare network of more than 180 general practices across greater Auckland to promote health and well-being of disadvantaged communities.....

Delivering excellent result for iwi
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Limited, the commercial subsidiary of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust, has today released its Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2016 showing:

* A total investment portfolio value of $888.6 million (a 22% increase on FY15).

* Total revenue of $49.3 million.

* Net profit before taxation and revaluation of investment property of $13.2 million (an increase of $10.5 million on FY15).

Since 2013, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Limited has:

* Made cash distributions to the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust and Whai Maia of $15.8 million;

* Increased total assets by 64% from $554 million to $907 million;

* Increased equity by 97% from $315 million to $622 million; and

* Contributed well in excess of $20 million to housing initiatives....

Waikato-Tainui keen to connect Bennett to Māori heritage
Waikato-Tainui are keen to assist new deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett in understanding more about her Māori heritage. Rahui Papa, Iwi chair of Te Ara Taura, says because she is from Waikato, it's only right for the tribe to assist her.

Waikato-Tainui will take up the responsibility to ensure the new deputy Prime Minister knows her culture.....

Concerns after 1080 drop result in rahui extension by Maori trust
Concerns about the impact of the recent 1080 drop on the region's waterways is behind a Maori trust's decision to extend a rahui it declared in August.

The Ngatiawa ki Taranaki Trust originally announced the rahui following the disappearance of Matt Smith. He and a friend were checking on cray pots off Port Taranaki when their boat was hit by a large wave and capsized. While the friend was able to swim to shore and raise the alarm, Smith's body has never been found.

However, on Sunday trust spokesman Robbie Taylor said while the rahui concerning Smith would be lifted on December 23, a concurrent ban related to the 1080 drop would be in place until April next year.

A rahui is based on Maori tikanga and is a customary practice which prohibits access to an area and its resources. It is often put in place when there is a death involved and is performed out of respect for the family.....

How millions of dollars of Treaty money is pouring into Waikato River clean-up projects
On a sunny Wednesday morning in November, people trickle into the Otorohanga Club for the Annual General Meeting of the Waikato River Authority (WRA).

It's job is to allocate $250m of Treaty settlement money to clean up the country's longest river.

The 10-member board is seated at the front, headed by one of the most recognisable and polarising figures in Maoridom, former NZ First MP Tukoroirangi Morgan, he of the expensive underpants.
To Morgan's left is his Crown-appointed co-chair John Luxton, a cabinet minister in Jim Bolger's National government.

To his right is Roger Pikia, an iwi appointee whose investments as chairman of the Te Arawa River Iwi Trust are the subject of a forensic audit.

Martin has some awkward questions. She wants to know why fees paid to Morgan, Luxton and Pikia, chair of the authority's investment committee, have jumped ten-fold.
A couple of years ago they were paid between $3762 and $5600 each but the annual report shows that has risen to between $42,500 and $46,000, she says.

And Martin questions why there is no mention in the annual report of Morgan being a director and shareholder of a company, Tainui Development Authority (TDA), which has been awarded a clean-up contract worth more than $1m......

Record numbers of Maori doctors graduate from med school
A new generation of Maori doctors could be coming to a hospital near you.

The largest number of Māori medical students in New Zealand's history will graduate from the University of Otago on Saturday.

2016 marked the first time at Otago University that Maori representation of medical graduates aligned with the proportion of Maori in New Zealand's population, 15.7 per cent.

That compares with just 6.4 per cent of Maori graduates in 2008, and 7.4per cent three years later....

Iwi appeasement upsets others
A legal battle is shaping up over the future direction of the Healthy Rivers plan following Waikato Regional Council’s decision to pull part of the catchment from the plan until iwi issues are dealt with.

Despite the Hauraki region not being included in the Healthy Rivers plan, Hauraki iwi were claiming rohe (ancestral land) running through north Waikato to the river’s mouth near Tuakau, was captured by the plan.

Payne said iwi had lodged legal proceedings earlier this year but it was too late for the council to stop the plan notification process.

Two questions would be raised by the iwi in consultation with the council.

“The first is, does the plan protect the environment? The proof they have of that is that other iwi support it.

“The second is does it affect iwi development opportunities in their rohe? The opportunities would not be any more than any of the other iwi.....

Paula Bennett has won the battle for deputy Prime Minister and will team up with Bill English
Bridges said he had more than one third of caucus support but "I can count and one third isn't one half".

"What caucus wanted was a contest and they got that."

"Paula Bennett and I are great mates...the truth is now you've got a very strong Maori woman in the role."....

Tikanga missing from treaty settlements
Treaty settlements could represent a new form of colonisation by ignoring Maori tikanga and legal traditions, according to a new book by someone who has been immersed in the process

Victoria University law lecturer Dr Carwyn Jones says New Treaty New Traditions draws on his experience working for the Waitangi Tribunal, the Officie of Treaty Settlements and for his own Wairoa-baed iwi.

He says the process has been shaped by Western legal thought so that Maori communities have to prescribe membership rights, resolve disputes, elect leaders and establish governance bodies in ways Western law can recognise.

"The concern I think in the treaty settlement process is that you have a process where the parameters have already been set by the crown. That it isn't really engaging with Maori lore in any really substantive way, it's really setting a process completely within the crown framework of what they want to do," he says.

Dr Jones says more attention needs to be paid to the objectives of self-determination and reconciliation so that settlements become a new beginning to the Treaty relationship....

Combined iwi wealth reaches $6 billion
A new report shows Ngāti Whātuā ō Ōrākei and Ngāi Tahu are leading the way in financial performance by iwi.

And post-settlement entities are now valued at around $6 billion.

The annual assessment of eight iwi, carried out by economic analysis firm TDB Advisory, shows Ngāti Whātua ō Ōrākei leading the way with a financial performance that is up by 16 percent.

Hot on its heels is Ngāi Tahu, which is now worth $1.5 billion....

Mayor and councillors spell out top 10 focus areas for next term
New Plymouth District’s governance team has produced a top 10 list of focus areas Council will take out to the community in the New Year.

Iwi/Māori input. Working with iwi leaders, continue to consider the options for Māori to participate in governance decision-making..... 

'Nigger' place names will be no more
Racist location names are being scrapped and replaced with Māori names following a complaint to the New Zealand Geographic Board earlier this year.

Three place names in North Canterbury containing the word ‘nigger’ will be changed to reflect the offence caused by that word....

Plans for river a step forward: iwi
THE Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust has called a proposal to recognise the unique values of Te Arai River a “significant step forward”.

Te Arai is a sacred river for the iwi, and throughout the hearings process on the proposed regional freshwater plan iwi representatives have called on the council to make it a separate freshwater management unit (FMU).

“Te Arai is a very important area for us,” said Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust’s Jody Wyllie.

Its full name, Te Arai te Uru, relates to a tipua (spiritual guardian) of the same name who guided the arrival of the Takitimu waka from Hawaiki to Aotearoa, along with Ruamano....

No respect for Māori custodians, tribunal told
The Māori custodians of Porotī Springs near Whangarei have told the Waitangi Tribunal they've been treated with contempt for years, by local councils and the Environment Court.

The Whatitiri trustees were awarded legal title to the springs as a water supply in 1896, but say their role as owners and guardians of the springs has never been respected.

Their grievances over the springs have featured prominently in the claims over freshwater taken by the New Zealand Māori Council.

But the trustees appeared this week before the tribunal holding the Paparahi o Te Raki inquiry into the claims of Ngāpuhi hapu and others.

The Whatitiri trustees have told the tribunal that although the Porotī claim forms part of the wider Māori claims over freshwater, the Porotī guardians want a settlement that is separate, and deals with the tangata whenua over their longstanding and continuing local grievances.

They said they were willing to share their water with the community and had always done so, but they wanted their authority and mana over the springs - and the surrounding aquifers and waterways - recognised and honoured....

Unique cultural initiative to test Northland tourism market
This summer Otuihau (Whangarei) Falls will be the location for a pilot Maori tourism venture which has been eight years in the process.

The whanau of Pehiaweri Marae lead by Joby Hopa will bring alive the narrative of 'Waiora', sharing with visitors the history of the whenua (land) and the awa (Hatea River) with a guided tour and evening cultural performance.

Hopa says the falls provide an authentic visitor experience and reflect the true spirit of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and manaakitanga (hospitality).

Hopa says it can be argued Whangarei will never realise its full tourism potential without truly embracing Maori and their unique culture.....

Second major care reform Bill introduced
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the second stage of major legislative reforms aimed at improving the long-term life outcomes for New Zealand’s most vulnerable children and young people has been introduced into Parliament.

The Bill amends the purposes and principles of the Act to give explicit recognition to key Māori concepts of mana tamaiti / tamariki, whakapapa and whanaungatanga when working with tamariki Māori.

There are specific measures to recognise and reflect a commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, including a requirement for the Ministry to develop strategic partnerships with iwi and Māori organisations, which is already underway......

Fishing native species could be restricted to iwi members
Te Arawa is the first iwi to be allowed to set its own fishing bylaws under its Treaty settlement.

And Te Arawa Lakes Trust wants only iwi members catching a number of treasured species including whitebait, kakahi and eels.

"It's a statement really that we want to conserve this species," said Ian Kusabs, a fisheries scientist.

The trust also wants to outlaw the take of the koaro, a native fish species whose population has collapsed across all of the lakes.

Trout is an introduced fish, so will still be fair game.

Fish and Game won't comment yet on the bylaws, which go out to the public early next year...

Ngāti Hau wants financial backing of Puhipuhi gold mining project pulled
Ngāti Hau kaumātua are leading hapū members and other supporters today in a bid to stop Evolution Mining Ltd’s gold mining exploration programme on Puhipuhi Mountain.

The contingent has arrived at the head office of Citibank in Auckland City which they claim provides financial backing for Evolution Mining Ltd and they plan to ask it to withdraw its monetary support of the project...

NZ infinitely better for Key - Parata
Education Minister Hekia Parata says outgoing Prime Minister John Key has a great record on Maori development.

She says Mr Key brought the Maori Party into government even though he didn’t need to, he has overseen the highest rate of treaty settlements, and he backed reform of Te Ture Whenua Maori to free up Maori assets for Maori growth.

In education there are more Maori in early childhood education, more doing well at secondary school, and more going to university.

I think he has got a great record to be proud of in terms of Maori participation, Maori development, Maori self determination," Ms Parata says.....

Minecraft tutorials now available in Te Reo for ‘Hour of Code’
Microsoft’s annual ‘Hour of Code’ event will have a distinctly Kiwi flavour this year with new Minecraft tutorials on the popular Code.org web site being made available in Te Reo Māori for the first time.

Zoe Timbrell, Founder and General Manager of OMGTech! says, “We want to make sure that we are encouraging Māori participation in digital technology, and to do this it is vital to have quality digital resources in Te Reo Māori.

Anne Taylor, Schools Manager for Microsoft New Zealand, says that Microsoft hopes to support expanding the translation effort though the code.org crowd sourced translation service, so that eventually all the tutorials on Code.org will be available in Te Reo.

Whanganui river to be recognised as a person
It’s an abstract concept but the Whanganui river will soon have two jointly representative, or Pou tupua – one nominated by the crown and one by the iwi and will be legally recognised as both a physical and spiritual being.

“The river has always been central to our identity because it has its own mauri. Establishing it in law as a legal person supports and validates that.”....

Auckland iwi to turn part of reserve into 300 houses
An Auckland-based iwi has announced plans to turn part of a reserve into 300 houses after buying the land from the government.

The privately funded development will include about 20 percent social housing and 20 percent affordable housing.

The rest will be sold at the market price.

As part of a treaty settlement, the government would provide a further two hectares of land for a marae.

League files claim to halt law changes
The Maori Women's Welfare League has filed a claim in the Waitangi Tribunal challenging the policy changes proposed for the care and protection of children and young persons.

Those groups and individuals present at the Hui Whakatipu called by the National President, Prue Kapua, last Monday unanimously agreed to lodge the claim.

"Essentially the claim is brought on the basis that the policy changes to a safe, stable, loving home without the existing priority of placement within whanau, hapu and iwi is a breach of the rangatiratanga and partnership guarantees under the Treaty of Waitangi," Ms Kapua says.....

Māori Party acknowledges John Key
The Māori Party will always be grateful to John Key for making a space at the table of his Government for a kaupapa Māori Party.

“It has been under the leadership of John Key that the Māori Party has been able to secure gains for Maori and advance kaupapa Māori over the past eight years,” said Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

“We’re all about whānau in the Māori Party, so we understand and support Mr Key’s call to return to his family and be with them more.”

Both co-leaders were confident that the new Prime Minister would continue the mana-enhancing relationship between the National Party and the Māori Party.

“It’s up to the National Party to decide who will lead them now. The Māori Party will work with anyone to advance kaupapa Māori.”....

Partial withdrawal of Healthy Rivers Wai Ora notification
Part of the northeast Waikato is to be withdrawn from the currently notified Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 – Waikato and Waipa River Catchments to allow for consultation with Hauraki iwi to occur.

The land area of just over 120,000 hectares to be withdrawn fans out from just north of Morrinsville, northward along the eastern side of Lake Waikare to Tuakau, across to the Hunua Ranges, to the northern regional boundary. The land involved is about 11 per cent of the Waikato and Waipa rivers catchment in total. It has 6135 unique ratepayers (about six per cent of landowners affected by the plan change), including those in small centres like Te Kauwhata.

The area being withdrawn from the plan change for now relates to an area of interest that Hauraki iwi hold in the catchment. The withdrawal comes after Hauraki iwi authorities raised concerns regarding consultation with them during the Healthy Rivers Wai Ora project, which developed the proposed plan change to start achieving the Crown-iwi Vision and Strategy for the Waikato and Waipa rivers.

Girls' school gets first Maori principal
The new principal of Auckland Girl’s Grammar says running Tangaroa College in Otara will be good preparation for the job.

Ngaire Ashmore from Ngati Maru is the first Maori principal at the high profile school, which has a high percentage of Maori and Pasifika girls on the roll.....

Maori pressure puts paid to cowboys and indians float
Organisers of Christchurch’s Santa Parade made a last minute call to leave the Native American costumes in their box, but a float with cowboys and horses still joined yesterday’s procession.

Parade chair Anna Jamieson says they had received nasty emails, and made the decision for the safety of the children who would have been dressed in the Ojibwe tribal costumes.

She earlier said the float had been part of the parade for 20 years.

But Dr Leonie Pihama, the director of Waikato University’s Te Kotahi Research Institute, says Native American people have been fighting against such racist and demeaning representation for the past 20 years....

Māori heritage sites added to Unitary Plan
Te Whatu was a waka mooring site at the present-day intersection of Shortland and Queen Streets.

Te Toangaroa is the place a bloody battle was fought at what is now Parnell Rise, and Te Reuroa – a former pā site – is known to Aucklanders today as Albert Park.

Auckland Council’s Heritage Unit and iwi Ngāti Pāoa are delighted that these are among 14 heritage sites newly added to the Unitary Plan under Schedule 12.

They are now afforded recognition and protection as places that Mana Whenua of Tāmaki Makarau regard as culturally and historically significant.

Ngāti Pāoa’s successful additions mean that there are now 75 Sites and Places of Significance to Mana Whenua protected under the schedule.....

Māori loan words making English more Kiwi
Waikato University Linguistics researchers are hoping to find out more about Māori words that are integrating with New Zealand English.

It's a pet project for senior linguistics lecturer Dr Andreea Calude who says she's fascinated by "this really young and new variety of English" that tells "an amazing story about the people".

She's recently been granted $300,000 from the government's Marsden Fund which supports research in Aotearoa.

Increasingly Te Reo is being used by government organisations and the media and Dr Calude and her team are interested in why certain Māori loan-words, words that are borrowed from other languages, are catching on and being used in everyday English.

Maori Party RMA Deal Breaches Its Own Environment Policy
The Maori Party’s deal with National over reforms to resource management breach the party’s own policy to work towards a GE-Free New Zealand, the Soil & Health Association says.

“The agreement includes giving the Environment Minister new powers to override councils who want to declare their territories GE-Free through local planning rules,” says Soil & Health Association spokesperson Karen Summerhays.

“But this breaches the Maori Party’s Environment and Energy Efficiency Priorities commitment (attached)to ‘work towards achieving a GE-Free New Zealand’.

“The Maori Party’s own factsheet on its deal (attached) boasts it won greater participation for Maori in resource management through iwi participation agreements – or Mana Whakahono ā Rohe agreements – with ‘no trade-offs’.

“However, the factsheet fails to mention it has traded away the democratic right of local communities to stop the introduction of genetically modified crops in their areas.

“Either the Maori Party is naïve or it is trying to hide the fact that mana whenua, ratepayers and local producers will pay the price for their deal....

Float featuring in Christchurch Santa Parade called culturally insensitive'
A Native American float will feature in Christchurch's Santa Parade this weekend, despite a complaint about it.

Christchurch residents Michelle and Derek Flores have asked the float be removed from the parade, saying it's culturally insensitive.

In an email to the organisers, she said the float which featured "white NZ-European children and adults dressed as First Nations, Native Americans" was highly inappropriate and culturally insensitive.

"They have no business being in any public parade, let alone a Santa Parade."

She said many people didn't seem to understand how inappropriate it was for white people to dress up in "redface".

"If white Americans or Canadians dressed up as Māori people with brown paint on their faces and in traditional Māori dress and had a float in a Santa parade doing the haka somewhere in North America, that would be incredibly inappropriate, right?"....

‘Exemplar’ Māori Land Court under siege
The Māori Land Court, hailed as an “exemplar” by the Ministry of Justice chief executive and Secretary, Andrew Bridgman is under siege by the Government through Māori land reforms and a Ministry restructure, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

“The Māori Land Court has served Māori landowners, their whanau and hapu for 150 years, recognising land as taonga tuku iho of special significance to Māori.

“So why is this ‘exemplar’ court now under a two-pronged attack by this Government?

“The highly unpopular Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill, if passed, will achieve little other than the severe reduction in powers of the Māori Land Court.

“This court occupies an important and unique role in our justice system and for many Māori it is considered a true taonga....

Muaupoko push for social housing
A Horowhenua iwi is upset it is being denied a chance to acquire state houses in its rohe.

The Government was looking at transferring almost 250 Housing New Zealand properties in the region to a community housing provider working with iwi.

Last week it said a deal was off, because the two iwi involved are yet to settle their Treaty of Waitangi claims....

CYF restructure may 'breach Treaty' 
One of the country's most prominent Māori groups is urging the government to halt its radical restructuring of child welfare services. 

The Māori Women's Welfare League says reforms outlined in Cabinet papers appear to weaken the role of whanau, hapū and iwi in ensuring children stayed as close to family as possible. 

It is considering lodging an urgent claim with the Waitangi Tribunal in a bid to delay a bill on the restructure of Child Youth and Family. 

They may be in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi, she said. 

"In taking children out of the whanau, hapū involvement - that would be a breach of the Treaty..... 

New focus on Northland historic sites 
Nine significant places in Northland are brought together under the Landmarks Whenua Tohunga banner. 

It’s an initiative of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Department of Conservation, Heritage New Zealand and Northland iwi and hapu. 

The sites are Cape Brett Rakaumangamanga, Clendon House, Kororipo Heritage Park, Mangungu Mission, Pompallier Mission, Rangihoua Heritage Park, Ruapekapeka Pa, Te Waimate Mission and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.... 

Dates set for Maori Council stoush 
Lawyers for New Zealand Maori Council chair Sir Taihakurei Durie want the High Court to strike out an application for judicial review by his former co-chair. 

Maanu Paul, who chairs the Maatatua District Maori Council, claims the April meeting where Sir Taihakurei was elected sole chair was unlawful. 

He also wants the High Court to rule against the council using Sir Taihakurei’s wife Donna Hall as its solicitor....... 

Nga Kura push for reo in all schools 
Maori immersion schools want Maori language and history to be compulsory throughout all schools. 

He says Nga Kura and its kaumatua support group, Te Kahui Reo Taketake, are concerned at the lack of cultural equity in the education system. 

Te reo Maori is still not a core subject in the New Zealand curriculum, and it needs to have the same status as English. 

Nga Kura wants the resources needed to double the numebr of kura reo Maori and kura a iwi over the next five years..... 

Minister Flavell welcomes Southland plan 
Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister for Economic Development Te Ururoa Flavell is welcoming Māori involvement in the Southland Regional Development Strategy Action Plan launched today, which aims to diversify Southland’s economy, grow the population and strengthen local business. 

Southland is an area where Māori are already important players in the local economy, Mr Flavell says. 

“Māori involvement in the Southland economy is growing and continues to grow. It’s been important for local iwi to be at the governance table and part of the development of both the 2015, Southland Regional Development Strategy and the action plan,” Mr Flavell says..... 

Government farmer Landcorp puts 11,650 hectares of NZ land on the market 
Two of the properties are being offered for sale this month with another eight farms from across the country to go before iwi for the first right of refusal. 

Six of those sheep, beef and deer farms were in the South Island and three in the North - totalling just over 14,000ha - with Ngai Tahu expected to be the biggest beneficiary of the southern farms...... 

Councillors in favour of Rangimarie Arts and Crafts Centre moving into Marfell 
There are high hopes for a Maori arts and crafts training centre to become the cultural hub for a New Plymouth community. 

The Rangimarie Arts and Crafts Centre, which teaches traditional weaving and bone and wood carving, is looking to relocate to Marfell Park and community groups in the area have offered their full support. 

"Rangimarie offers an art centre where the community are able to participate in promoting, preserving and reviving traditional maori arts and crafts within Aotearoa." 

Marfell Park was the ideal location for the centre because maori art could work in to create a more supportive and inclusive community spirit, Waru said... 

Mainstream health practitioners turning to indigenous health models 
Māori health experts say history has proven traditional Māori knowledge and practices word towards improving health and say it's time to build it into our national healthcare system..... 

'I defy the authority that made my people a slave' - Maori man at Standing Rock 
Kereama Te Ua did the powerful haka on Friday in freezing conditions 

"I defy the authority that have made my people a slave to the treaty of Waitangi," he wrote. 

"I do not believe my ancestors would have signed the treaty had they known that the treaty will one day be turned against us.".... 

Te Mākao Bowkett becomes Doctor of Education 
Dr Bowkett says, “I think school leadership can’t reside in one sole individual and non-Māori principals have got to show they’re willing to learn about Māori communities and society.” 

The research was based on case studies on an urban kaupapa Māori secondary school. Another part of her research looks at a mainstream school based within a strong Māori community. 

“I think school leadership can’t reside in one sole individual and non-Māori principals have got to show they’re willing to learn about Māori communities and society.”.... 

Māori Party reiterates need for land wars history in schools 
The Māori Party reiterated its call for the history of the New Zealand Land Wars to be taught in schools, while supporting Treaty settlements for three iwi from Taranaki in Parliament today. 

“I want to hear the stories and see the journals about the history of these iwi in our schools because that’s the only way our nation is going to understand why so many Māori in Taranaki, why so many Māori throughout the country, feel the way they do,” said Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell while speaking on the Treaty settlement bills in the House today. 

“I fear that 150 years after the Crown unleashing military warfare on Māori in the Taranaki region, our nation has not learnt much about it, that the majority of non-Māori people in that region, have not learnt much about it, despite that history having unfolded in the very place they call home..... 

Māori prison population 'major tragedy' - Davis 
Kelvin Davis says the fact that our prison population is now close to ten thousand is a national tragedy. The Taitokerau MP says the damning statistics are even more so when over 5,500 of the inmates are Maori. 

“The reality of what we're dealing with is generations of the impact of [prison] on our families,” says Ngahau Davis of TMNKR, “Te Mana o Ngapuhi Kowhao Rau is based around the Māori worldview… we work best with our whanau together with the person that's offended, cause half the time actually the victims are their own whanaunga.” 

“We've heard the police commissioner say that there is an unconscious bias in the police force,” says Kelvin Davis, “And that needs to end in the police force, in our court system and in our penal system because that’s the reason that the majority of our prison population are Maori.”.... 

Māori parties' alliance could push Fox out of Parliament 
An alliance between the Māori and Mana Parties could mean the end of Māori Party co-leader and List MP Marama Fox's days in Parliament if she doesn't win her seat. .... 

Residents of Te Koutu celebrate resource consent decision 
At least 126 objections were submitted at a two day hearing regarding the proposed hotel earlier this month in Rotorua. The majority of the opposition was from local Te Koutu residents. 

Chinese owners Alex Zhaoyang Lu and Xiaobing Yang had purchased the land located on Bennett’s road which was once Māori owned. 

The owners then applied for resource consent under the Rotorua Lakes Council to build a four star hotel on the land which was expected to cater up to 208 guests and employ 20 staff. 

Natalie Richards who led discussions within the community of Te Koutu regarding the hotel says, they were surprised when they first learned of the plans for a hotel. 

She says, "there had been no consultation with Iwi, Māori and Marae of which there are five in and around the site.”... 

By Maori, for Maori the only way forward for our kids 
“The current CYPF service continues to fail our kids, and the government’s proposed changes will make things even worse. The only way forward for our kids, is for Maori – for whanau, hapu, iwi, communities, organisations – to develop and lead the solutions ourselves” said MANA Leader Hone Harawira. “It’s a no-brainer.” 

“CYFS continues to stuff up and the government continues to look for blame elsewhere. Instead of working to bring whanau, hapu, and iwi together to make arrangements for tamariki in need, the government wants to cut us off from our kids altogether.” 

“And worse than the finger-pointing, blame-game, it’s a move driven by the same ugly racist and assimilationist agenda all over again: get our kids off us and make them no longer Maori.”...... 

Sonny Tau back at helm of runanga 
After more than a year of paid leave Sonny Tau has returned to his position as chairman of the Ngapuhi runanga despite several calls for him to stand down after hunting kukupa and lying about it. 

Raniera (Sonny) Tau had been on leave from his role as chairman of Te Runanga-A-Iwi O Ngapuhi since October 2015 after he was charged with hunting and possessing native wood pigeons. 

But that wasn't the only charge the chairman ended up facing. He admitted possessing the birds but said his daughter's partner, Douglas James Sadlier, had shot them. Later, both men admitted concocting that story and were charged with perverting the course of justice...... 

Maori Party to pave way for Harawira's return to Parliament 
The Maori Party – Mana Party pact announced yesterday looks set to pave the way for Hone Harawira to return to Parliament. 

At the same time the deal may threaten two of Labour’s brightest Maori stars --- Kelvin Davis and Peeni Henare. 

The two parties have not detailed how their relationship will work. 

Talking to POLITIK, Morgan said the aim of the two parties was to wrest all of the Maori seats off Labour. 

That would involve each standing aside for the other in some seats. 

But what’s clear already is that the Maori Party see it as a way of increasing their seats in Parliament. 

However what's unique about the Maori- Mana relationship is that it will stop at the doors of Parliament. 

"The issue for us is to ensure that we have a permanent voice at the governing table of this country. 

In an interview with POLITIK IN September, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English said he believed that Morgan's strategy might work and that the Maori party could win another two seats. 

“If they win a couple more seats and we need them, they are going to be a handful,” English said. 

“They will be ambitious.” 

But that might be a price National was willing to pay if it limited the demands from New Zealand First...... 

First Bible for Maori children published 
A new children's Bible is aimed at helping tens of thousands of indigenous youngsters in New Zealand read God's Word in their native language. 

Taku Paipera is the first children's Bible in the Maori language, and intends to use colourful pages and short sentences to offer a more accessible alternative to adult versions..... 

NZ earthquake: Caritas' precious collaboration with Māoris 
Monsignor Gerard Burns, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Wellington and President of Caritas Oceania, spoke with Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni about the aid Caritas Aotearoa is providing and about how it works in collaboration with the indigenous people living in the area. 

Caritas Aotearoa has contact with the indigenous Māori community in the isolated region and a good working relationship with them that adds much extra value to what Caritas is able to offer. 

He says the Māori’sr main industry is tourism, including a thriving whale watching business and explains that the community uses the profits for health programs, and Caritas Aotearoa has been working with them. 

Monsignor Burns explains that one of the particular things Caritas Aotearoa does is establish relationships with local Māori communities “to ensure that it too lives out what we call the Covenant. It’s almost like a religious agreement that was made 150, 170 years ago so that’s why they established this particular working relationship with the indigenous people”. 

“Indigenous people are looking to stand on their own two feet and Caritas is looking to work alongside them and walk alongside them” he says. 

“When indigenous people identify themselves, they don’t start with themselves as an individual, they start with their ancestors and the lands and mountains and rivers and seas which they have come from. They see themselves very much as an integrated part of the created world and that spirituality is very close to what Pope Francis spoke about in his encyclical 'Laudato Sii'. That means that they have a special particular care for the natural world” he says..... 

Mana Party and Māori Party to talk 'unification' 
The Māori Party and the Mana Party will meet again today to talk about the "unification" of Māori political parties for the 2017 election. 

The Māori Party executive will meet Mana Party Leader Hone Harawira, after the two parties put their differences behind them in July. 

Mr Harawira said today's meeting was a follow up to a previous meeting where he and Māori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan talked about the "unification" of the Māori parties. 

Mr Harawira said he was open to a formal merger or alliance with the Māori Party.... 

Recruitment scheme boosts Maori doctors 
A fifth of the 215 doctors to graduate from the University of Auckland this month had Maori or Pacific whakapapa. 

They included 28 graduates who identified as Maori, 14 as Pacific, and four as Maori and Pacific.... 

Landmark partnership formed between Maori and Aboriginal Australians 
The National Maori Authority, Nga Ngaru and one of Australia’s oldest and largest Aboriginal service organisations, Babana Aboriginal, have today embarked on a strategic relationship with the signing of a memorandum of understanding that will lead to a joint venture between Maori and Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders. The partnership will be a landmark arrangement that will see both organisations harness the power of indigenous knowledge and intellectual property, enable the cultural and economic connections as well as working with each other to raise the profile of Indigenous urban peoples wherever they may be...... 

Council wins national Te Reo Maori Award 
The South Waikato District Council's commitment to te reo Maori has been officially recognised with a national award. 

The council has come away with the Kaunihera a-Rohe (Local Government) award at this year's Nga Tohu Reo Maori Awards (National Te Reo Maori Awards). 

The council's chief executive Craig Hobbs said the council was absolutely thrilled with the result and incredibly proud. 

The council is set to continue with its te reo work and is hoping to see the use of the language in the district go from strength to strength through more widespread use and promotion....... 

Pou set up to guard Warrington kai moana 
A traditional carved Maori marker post has been erected on a beach north of Dunedin in a bid to curb illegal fishing in the area. 

The pou is one of four carved by Mr Whittaker and erected on the Otago coastline. 

The other three stand at Waikouaiti, Karitane and Purakaunui..... 

Safety, community calls prompt vehicle bans for more Auckland summits 
More of Auckland's volcanic cones, including One Tree Hill, are set to become vehicle free. 

The Tupuna Maunga Authority announced on Tuesday five volcanic cones (maunga) will be pedestrian only from 2017. 

The top of Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill, Maungarei/Mt Wellington, Owairaka/Mt Albert, Puketapapa/Mt Roskill and Takarunga/Mt Victoria will all become pedestrian and cycle only. 

Maunga Authority chairman Paul Majurey said the pedestrian measures will increase public safety and enhance pedestrian access while respecting the cultural values of the maunga...... 

Iwi partnership sees upgrade for Te Toke Marae's wharekai 
Taupo's Te Toke Marae has officially reopened its wharekai (dining room and kitchen area) following a complete refurbishment and upgrade to its power supply. 

Marae spokeswoman Evelyn Forrest said they were grateful to Unison Networks for providing the renovations. She said the renovations would have been far more complex and the marae trustees wouldn't have been able to complete the project to such a high standard, had Unison not offered its support. 

"The upgrade to the power supply will enhance the functionality of Te Toke Marae, therefore enabling it to better meet the greater needs of our iwi and community. 

Customer relationship manager Danny Gough said Unison was pleased to support the project. 

"Ngati Tahu-Ngati Whaoa iwi have been very supportive of the construction of Te Toke substation, which was commissioned last year. With renovations to the marae already planned, it was an obvious way for us to show our gratitude and offer support in return.".... 

New partnership to connect engineering and Māori business 
The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Auckland is pleased to announce a partnership with the Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA) to foster closer ties between leading engineering researchers and Māori enterprises. 

Deputy Dean of Engineering Professor Margaret Hyland said that the Faculty had much to learn from working with Māori and the knowledge and expertise within the Faculty could also be of significant benefit to FOMA members. 

The partnership was a valuable opportunity to work more closely with Māori business and enterprise. 

“We have much to learn from the Māori world,..... 

Waikato academics join Waitangi Tribunal 
Prominent academics Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Tom Roa have been appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal for a three year term. 

Professor Smith is Pro Vice Chancellor Maori at the University of Waikato, and Professor of Education and Maori development. 

Dr Roa is a senior lecturer at the university’s school of Maori and Pacific development. 

Maori Development Minister for Te Ururoa Flavell says they have the skills necessary to assess the large quantities of historical, traditional and legal evidence that come before the tribunal. 

They replace Sir Doug Kidd,who has been on the tribunal since 2004, and Sir Tamati Reedy, who came on in 2010. 

Dr Aroha Harris, Basil Morrison, Dr Robyn Anderson and Dr Ann Parsonson were reappointed for another term..... 

Auckland Maori population changing 
Tamaki Makarau MP Peeni Henare says the Independent Maori Statutory Board’s new Auckland Report has confirmed the emergence of a growing Maori middle class, and that will affect policy needs. 

It found just 15 percent could hold a conversation in Maori, and Maori had the highest rates of 15 to 24-year-olds not in education, employment or training. 

But it also identified a median household income across Maori households of just over $80,000, and 80 percent of Maori said they were satisfied with their life. 

Mr Henare says the needs and wants of the population are changing. 

He says international research shows a growing middle class can lead to a disconnection with culture..... 

Iwi withdraws support for Taranaki land deal 
Te Ātiawa has withdrawn its support for a bill designed to end one of the longest and most bitter land disputes in New Zealand. 

It said the bill was not in the best interests of Te Ātiawa, and iwi members and Waitara hapū members were overwhelmingly against it. 

Its preference was to have more land returned, but the council determined what land was available for transfer, it said. 

The iwi said there was a still lot of ignorance about what had happened at Waitara. 

"It has become clear to the trustees that the history of the Waitara lands and the injustices suffered by the Te Ātiawa people as a result of the loss of their lands is not well understood by local people living on those lands, the two councils or the New Zealand public."... 

Civil defence funding mooted for marae 
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox wants to see civil defence funding used to help marae prepare for natural disasters. 

Marae have figured prominently in response to this week’s earthquakes and floods, 

Ms Fox says the way Takahanga Marae was able to support more than 1000 people caught up in Kaikoura is a tribute to the ability of marae to deal with whatever comes their way...... 

Chinese executives to learn about Māori business style 
Chinese executives will be sent out on a waka as part of a new course about Māori approaches to leadership and business.
The pathbreaking “Māori /Chinese Culture Management Course – Wayfinding Leadership” promises to equip Chinese executives to engage with Māori businesspeople. 

It will cover Māori business styles and values, entrepreneurship and interconnections between Māori and Chinese values. Participants will learn about the “wayfinding” approach to leadership, based on principles of traditional waka ocean navigation. 

Currently worth $42.6b, the Māori economy is 60 percent export-focussed and growing at a faster rate than the wider New Zealand economy. 

Chen Jing endorsed the programme, saying Māori were significant to China in terms of economic and social development, and in strengthening New Zealand-China relations.... 

Maori health leader speaks about climate change and the right to health at COP22 
World leaders are meeting in Marrakesh to bring to life the promises made to limit climate change in the Paris Agreement. Earlier this week Rhys Jones, a Maori doctor and co-convenor of OraTaiao: The NZ Climate & Health Council, called for climate action that protects human rights, especially indigenous rights, children’s rights and the right to health..... 

Balancing real tensions of $10bn in assets 
It’s becoming an increasingly difficult balancing act for those tasked with managing the $10 billion-plus in assets that form part of the Māori economy in the hands of Iwi and Hapū, Chapman Tripp says. 

“The establishment of large, asset-rich Māori corporates from Treaty of Waitangi settlements means the Māori economy is growing rapidly, with recent reports claiming the niche economy is worth over $40 billion – 30% of which is held by Māori collectives and 70% held by Māori employers and self-employed Māori people,” Chapman Tripp’s Hoa Rangapū Whakarae (Chief Executive Partner) – and Kaihautū o Te Waka Ture, the firm’s Māori Legal Group – Nick Wells said...... 

Geographical indicators bill patronises Maori 
Maori are being given full control over the names of wines and spirits, says New Zealand First. 

“This is utter lunacy. It is race-based decision making that could inhibit New Zealand producers’ ability to use their preferred branding,” says Primary Industries Spokesperson Richard Prosser.

“Maori are being handed special rights under new legislation that will allow them to object to proposed names associated with geographical features. 

“New Zealand First decided to vote against the Geographical Indicators (Wine and Spirits) Amendment Bill because of this clause which required a newly set up Registrar of Geographical Indicators to consult a Maori advisory committee over wine and spirit labels that might cause offence. 

“It is separatist and divisive, it is insultingly patronising and paternalistic to Maori and is a backward step in terms of race relations especially in terms of one law for all in New Zealand...... 

Goff hasn't studied detail of marketing report he criticised 
Auckland's mayor Phil Goff admits he has not had a detailed look at a new investment attraction campaign, which he says a council agency should stop spending money on. 

The fledgling campaign hit the headlines in a weekend newspaper report claiming $517,000 had been spent finding a new marketing slogan for the city - "A Place Desired by Many". 

The report said 115 staff were involved in the new slogan. 

Mr Goff used the "place desired by many" phrase in his maiden speech as mayor. It is a translation of Auckland's Māori name Tamaki Makaurau..... 

Gifted carvings will connect to the mauri of Wairarapa hospital 
Wairarapa Hospital will soon be adorned by a set of carvings gifted by the Ministry of Health and the Wairarapa public is warmly invited to participate in the occasion. 

Current Chair of the Wairarapa District Health Board, Derek Milne, is delighted to be part of the ceremony that again highlights the partnership between the DHB and local iwi. “We are thrilled to receive this gift from the Ministry and acknowledge the role that Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa had in securing their return. These carvings have a strong connection to the Wairarapa and we are proud to welcome them to our hospital for everyone to enjoy.” ..... 

$3.25m in new projects for Ageing Well in Māori and Pacific Peoples 
New funding of $3.25 million for four innovative research projects to be undertaken as part of the Ageing Well National Science Challenge (NSC) was announced today by Acting Chair of the Challenge, Dr Di McCarthy CRSNZ CNZM..... 

Iwi leaders welcome better deal in RMA amendments 
The Freshwater Iwi Leaders' Group has welcomed the Mana Whakahono-a-Rohe amendments secured by the Māori Party to the Resource Management Act (RMA) last week, saying they enhanced mechanisms for tangata whenua participation in the management of natural resources. 

"We strongly support the changes, which create a new opportunity for iwi and hapū to engage with councils in a more equitable way," deputy chairman Sir Mark Solomon said. 

"We believe that resource-sapping Treaty settlements should not be the sole avenue for iwi to obtain meaningful and collaborative relationships with councils, and the proposed changes to the RMA will enable all iwi to develop agreements with the local authorities in their rohe, thereby improving the engagement of local government with tangata whenua.".... 

Further article here > http://www.ruralnewsgroup.co.nz/item/11072-rma-reforms-back-on-government-s-agenda

Te Reo in decline among Auckland-based Māori 
A new report focused on Māori issues shows those living in Auckland have a declining rate in te reo compared to Māori across Aotearoa. The findings come from the Independent Māori Statutory Board as part of their Māori Plan for Tāmaki Makaurau. 

The Independent Māori Statutory Board released a report today providing a snapshot of Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau. 

Statistics show that Auckland has the largest Māori population in the world, one in four Māori in Aotearoa lives in Auckland, and 50% of Māori in Auckland are under 25 years of age. 

“We've had one hundred and fifty years of disenfranchisement [and] alienation making us be someone else,” says IMSB chairman David Taipari, “so it's a big road back for us all.”.... 

Ministry of Education 'dragging the chain' to approve Kelston Girls as bilingual and full secondary school 
A west Auckland secondary school wants to be the first all-girls full secondary and bilingual school in the city of sails, but says the Ministry of Education is "dragging the chain" in processing its application. 

Kelston Girls College wants to incorporate Maori and Samoan bilingual units, and extend its roll to accept students from Year 7 to 13, in a bid to boost achievement among Maori and Pasifika girls. 

"We think that offering bilingual Maori and bilingual Samoan, together with an intensive literacy programme that will be offered through all subjects, is the way to go," Fox said.... 

Maori broadcast funding may need to change 
The new head of Te Mangai Paho believes the Maori broadcast funding agency may need to follow changes at its mainstream counterpart and fund different platforms out of a single putea. 

Larry Parr says the agency needs to encourage more collaborations aimed at getting better results for te reo Maori..... 

More resources needed for COPD sufferers 
Dr Ram is calling for urgent additional resources to be allocated towards Māori, Pacific peoples and those living in lower socio-economic areas. “Hospitalisation rates are highest for Māori, at 3.5 times the non-Māori rate and 2.2 times the rate for death. Pacific people’s hospitalisation rates are 2.8 times higher than those of other New Zealanders. .... 

Hearing underway for proposed hotel in Te Koutu 
A two-day resource consent hearing into a proposed hotel was held in Rotorua recently where 126 written objections were submitted, the majority are from local residents living in Te Koutu. 

Applicants who have applied for resource consent to build a proposed hotel complex in Te Koutu say the complex will cater for over 200 guests and will employ 20 staff. 

“It's in the wrong zone and these been no consultation with Iwi with Māori with the Marae of which there are five in and around the site,” says Natalie Richards (Te Arawa). 

“I say to all the other communities out there you fight it, because this is why we are here, we are fighting for Te Koutu and we are going to put our stake in the ground our pou in the ground to say no, no hotel in residential zones in Rotorua,” says Aroha Hicks (Te Arawa, Te Aitanga o Mahaki)..... 

Maori Party under fire over bill and RMA reforms 
LABOUR’S Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri continues to criticise the Maori Party over the Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill and its support for the Government’s Resource Management Act reforms. 

“Mr Flavell and co-leader Marama Fox like to claim wins for Maori by bragging about being at the table, but they’re just propping up the National Government that sees increasing inequality and decreasing prosperity for our people.”..... 

Huia feather archway to be installed in The Square 
The ground work is underway for Palmerston North's next public sculpture in The Square, which will be erected this week. 

The Public Sculpture Trust commissioned Massey University Professor of Maori Visual Arts Bob Jahnke to create the work which is likely to be erected this week. 

Jahnke's piece is called Nga Huruhuru Rangatira, which translates as the feathers of the chief. 

It will be a 6.4 metre-tall archway of ground stainless steel huia feathers that will frame the view of the Te Peeti Te Awe Awe statue from the Plaza corner of The Square. 

He said it was particularly appropriate to have a Maori artist to work with sensitivity to enhance the Maori cultural and historical values of The Square. 

It would incorporate motifs found on tribal meeting houses significant to Rangitane, with references to the importance of introduced literacy and Western knowledge. 

The work is the second-to-last the trust and Palmerston North City Council have agreed to pay for, with each party contributing $50,000 to each work..... 

Ihumatao, the Parihaka of south Auckland? 
Opponents to a massive housing development have taken their next step in "protecting Ihumatao". 

Residents of the nearby village and members of the mana whenua-led activist group SOUL are now camping alongside the proposed site for a Special Housing Area. 

SOUL is an acronym for the group Save Our Unique Landscape that is opposing development on the property. 

SOUL spokesperson, Pania Newton says what happened at Parihaka "relates to what is happening at Ihumatao ... in terms of the proposed development". .... 

RMA strengthens kaitiakitanga 
The Māori Party says gains they will secure around the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill (RLAB) will strengthen kaitiakitanga for iwi and the protection of the environment, while balancing the nation's economic needs. 

Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox says there are also other proposed amendments that will enhance the participation of iwi as kaitiaki of natural resources within their rohe. 

“Iwi have a role as kaitiaki of our natural resources based on the spiritual and cultural relationship they have always had with the environment,” she says. 

“Māori therefore must be given a crucial role in the management of these resources including our rivers, mountains and national parks. It is our responsibility and right to protect, restore and enhance the environment.” 

The mechanism proposed to achieve kaitiakitanga in the new Bill is through Mana Whakahono ā Rohe Agreements. 

“The principles underpinning mana whakahono agreements will ensure both iwi and councils have a mutually agreed understanding of how iwi will be involved and what is required of iwi and councils,” says Te Ururoa. 

“Mana Whakahono a Rohe agreements go beyond anything that currently exists for Māori outside of a Treaty Settlement. This Bill gives iwi a chance to engage like they haven't been able to do before...... 

Maori language revitalisation 'no longer a dream' 
Maori Language Commission Chair Wayne Ngata says Air New Zealand’s sustained efforts to increase their use of te reo impressed the judges: "Hearing ‘Kia ora’ and ‘Nau mai, haere mai ki Aotearoa’ on board and staff wearing the ‘waha tohu’ showing they can speak Maori are just two of the many ways Air New Zealand is taking te reo to new heights. Air New Zealand’s use of language planning to achieve results is an exemplar for other organisations". 

Dr Ngata says an expression of the partnership is the new Maori Language Act 2016, shepherded through Parliament by Hon Te Ururoa Flavell. "The new law for the first time recognises the complementary roles of the Crown and Maori in revitalisation," he says. 

"2016 will be seen as a pivotal year in which revitalisation stopped being a dream, and became a plan.".... 

Local iwi joins criticism over Auckland's new slogan 
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust says it is disappointed Auckland's new $500,000 slogan wasn't created with proper consultation with iwi, who have been using its Maori translation for centuries..... 

RMA strengthens kaitiakitanga 
The Māori Party says gains they will secure around the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill (RLAB) will strengthen kaitiakitanga for iwi and the protection of the environment, while balancing the nation's economic needs. 

Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox says there are also other proposed amendments that will enhance the participation of iwi as kaitiaki of natural resources within their rohe. 

“Iwi have a role as kaitiaki of our natural resources based on the spiritual and cultural relationship they have always had with the environment,” she says. 

“Māori therefore must be given a crucial role in the management of these resources including our rivers, mountains and national parks. It is our responsibility and right to protect, restore and enhance the environment.” 

The mechanism proposed to achieve kaitiakitanga in the new Bill is through Mana Whakahono ā Rohe Agreements. 

“The principles underpinning mana whakahono agreements will ensure both iwi and councils have a mutually agreed understanding of how iwi will be involved and what is required of iwi and councils,” says Te Ururoa. 

“Mana Whakahono a Rohe agreements go beyond anything that currently exists for Māori outside of a Treaty Settlement. This Bill gives iwi a chance to engage like they haven't been able to do before...... 

Maori language revitalisation 'no longer a dream' 
Māori Language Commission Chair Wayne Ngata says Air New Zealand’s sustained efforts to increase their use of te reo impressed the judges: "Hearing ‘Kia ora’ and ‘Nau mai, haere mai ki Aotearoa’ on board and staff wearing the ‘waha tohu’ showing they can speak Māori are just two of the many ways Air New Zealand is taking te reo to new heights. Air New Zealand’s use of language planning to achieve results is an exemplar for other organisations". 

Dr Ngata says an expression of the partnership is the new Māori Language Act 2016, shepherded through Parliament by Hon Te Ururoa Flavell. "The new law for the first time recognises the complementary roles of the Crown and Māori in revitalisation," he says. 

"2016 will be seen as a pivotal year in which revitalisation stopped being a dream, and became a plan.".... 

Local iwi joins criticism over Auckland's new slogan 
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust says it is disappointed Auckland's new $500,000 slogan wasn't created with proper consultation with iwi, who have been using its Maori translation for centuries..... 

  Māori Party voting record shows true agenda 
The Māori Party’s pretence of being an independent voice for Māori is a sham and it’s clear their agenda is a neoliberal one that aligns with their National Government masters, says Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri. 

“While all eyes were on the US Election, the Māori Party cut a deal with National yesterday to pass the massively unpopular Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms. 

“National’s little helpers also voted against Labour’s smart plan to abolish Charter schools. 

“The Māori Party supports private partnership schools that divert resources away from the vast majority of kids attending public schools and were cooked up as part of a deal between National and ACT. 

“This comes after the Māori Party voted with National earlier this year to pave the way for the sale of up to 8000 Housing New Zealand properties, in the middle of a housing crisis disproportionately affecting Māori. 

“Meanwhile, Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell is pushing ahead with controversial Māori land reforms, which have been widely slammed by the Waitangi Tribunal, Māori Land Court judges and the vast majority of submitters to select committee. 

“Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox like to claim wins for Māori by bragging about being at the table but they’re just propping up the National Government that sees increasing inequality and decreasing prosperity for our people. 

“The Māori Party has a confidence and supply agreement with National and yet there doesn’t seem to be much payback. They have a neoliberal agenda concerned with privatisation and empowering a corporate elite...... 

New Kumeu school to cater to growing population 
The school will be built and maintained under the Ministry of Education's third Public Private Partnership. 

It will be big enough to cater to 560 year one to eight students. A satellite of the Arohanui Special school will also be a part of it. 

The new school will have the option of joining a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako. Based on the proposed location and likely pathway of students it would be well placed to join the Whiria Te Tangata Community of Learning,” Parata adds. 

Whiria Te Tangata Community of Learning consists of eight primary schools and one secondary school with a combined roll of around 3900 students. With the eventual planned roll of 700 students for Kumeu Primary School, this would bring the combined roll of Whiria Te Tangata Community of Learning up to around 4600 learners across ten schools...... 

Vicki Letele case proves justice system is racist - Marama Fox 
Terminally ill prisoner Vicki Letele's difficulty in getting released has been blamed on a "racist" justice system. 

Serving a three-year jail sentence for mortgage fraud with just months to live, Ms Letele was released on Thursday night on compassionate grounds. 

Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox says the mother-of-three has been treated unfairly. 

"The system is inherently racist, we've known it for a long time. In fact, people don't even like to call it 'institutionalised racism', they call it 'unconscious bias' - but what does that mean, that we were asleep when we were being racist?" 

Ms Fox says Ms Letele would not have had to beg to die in peace with her family if she wasn't Māori..... 

City Focus panels find new home 
Two carved panels which made up part of the old City Focus have found a new home at Rotorua Airport. 

The colourful carvings, which tell the story of Te Arawa waka captain Tamatekapua and his whanau and ancestors, were removed from their former location in the City Focus as part of the refresh of the inner city. 

According to the Rotorua Lakes Council website, after consultation with the artists who created them, Manahi Skerrett and Erin Tioke and local iwi, it was decided to relocate them to the airport.... 

Fisheries Act changes could undermine settlement 
The Maori fisheries settlement trust Te Ohu Kaimoana says proposed changes to the Fisheries Act undercut the Maori rights guaranteed in the settlement. 

The Ministry for Primary Industries today released its operational review of the act. 

The document suggests the Crown only has a partnership with tangata whenua in relation to the management of customary (non-commercial) fishing, whereas the settlement acknowledged traditional fisheries included commercial aspects. 

Did govt use US election as cover for RMA changes? 
Opponents of the government's overhaul of resource management law say New Zealanders are about to lose their right to have a say on environmental issues. 

The Māori Party has finally agreed to back National's controversial RMA changes - handing it the numbers it needs to pass the legislation. 

Environment Minister Nick Smith said with Māori Party support, National now had enough to make its changes to the RMA. 

The Māori Party warned this year that it would withdraw its support for proposed changes if Māori were not given more say over how resources were managed. 

Co-leader Marama Fox said its negotiations with National had led to more more iwi participation and the minister having less power to override local councils. 

Labour Party environment spokesperson David Parker said the RMA changes were horrendous and the government had tried to hide them. 

"This is another National government shambles being slipped through under the cover of the United States election," he said. 

"Just about everyone is opposed to it - developers, environmental groups, the Law Society - Geoffrey Palmer's described it as a constitutional outrage because it confers so much power on Ministers to override the local will of councils and people," Mr Parker said. 

Act Party leader David Seymour was similarly unimpressed with the timing of the announcement and said the Māori Party has just shot Māori in the foot. 

"Oh look, I think if this RMA emperor had any clothes they would have announced it any other day, they couldn't have buried this RMA announcement better if they announced it on Christmas Eve." 

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei was also suspicious of the announcement's timing and said the Māori Party has taken away the rights of all New Zealanders. 

"I think they have given away the rights of New Zealanders across the board, including Māori, to have a say over what happens with their environment. 

The bill will be referred back to select committee today, and the government expected it would be passed late this year, or early next..... 

Carbon bill for Kaingaroa Forest owners? 

The Maori owners of land under the Southern Hemisphere’s largest plantation forest face a potential carbon liability of nearly NZ$2.5 billion – yet have received credits for just a fraction of the carbon stored in the trees.

The “Treelords deal" iwi say they should be given more carbon credits, and want the rules limiting the use of their lands relaxed. The 2008 settlement of historic Treaty of Waitangi claims, known as the Treelords deal, saw 176,000 hectares of land returned to eight central North Island iwi – Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Manawa, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Whare, Raukawa, Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa and Ngati Rangitihi.....

Little evidence that charter schools are delivering for Māori 
Save Our Schools finds little evidence to support the claim by the Māori Party that charter schools are “delivering for our people”. 

Closer scrutiny of the schools’ performance against their contracts suggests that none of the three schools with predominantly Māori students is actually meeting their main targets.... 

New Dominion Road School name recognises diversity and te reo 
On November 9 the Mt Roskill school had a ceremony to bless new signage bearing the new name 'Dominion Road School He Maunga Teitei'. 

The name was gifted to the school after consulting with Taiaha Hawke, a kaumatua and pou taki (cultural adviser) from Auckland's Ngāti Whātua Orākei Trust..... 

Guide to make Maori language more visible 
"We must normalise te reo Māori and generating more bilingual signage in public places is one way of achieving that," says Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell said. 

"We want to see bilingual signage in all government and local government offices throughout the country, so I’m encouraging leaders within that sector to embrace this guide and start their te reo Māori journey. 

"Every day, the public visit their offices so they have the eyes and ears of many on them." 

Māori-English Bilingual Signage Guide [hyperlink to guide online] was informed by the experiences of countries, including Ireland, where bilingual signage is also part of language revitalisation to encourage good practice..... 

Government's RMA reforms set to move ahead after Maori Party compromise 
Much-delayed plans to reform the Resource Management Act (RMA) are set to move ahead, with the Government reaching a compromise with the Maori Party in exchange for its backing. 

Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced that the Maori Party will support the controversial Resource Legislation Amendment Bill, intended to speed up planning and consent laws. 

Speaking to media, Smith said an agreement around the details of "iwi participation agreements" - giving Maori greater involvement in the consenting process - to get the numbers needed to pass the legislation. 

The Government could also need to consult with the Maori Party on the detailed drafting of the bill when reported back to Parliament to ensure it was consistent with their agreement. 

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell said the changes they negotiated with the Government ensured the environment would be protected, while fellow co-leader Marama Fox said other amendments would give iwi greater involvement. 

"Iwi have a role as kaitiaki [guardians] of our natural resources based on the spiritual and cultural relationship they have always had with the environment. 

"Maori must therefore be given a crucial role in the management of these resources including our rivers, mountains and national parks." 

The iwi participation agreements "go beyond anything that currently exists for Maori outside of a Treaty settlement", Flavell said. 

The Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group supported the "significant gains" won by the Maori Party, with deputy chairman Mark Solomon saying they would "create a new opportunity for iwi and hapu to engage with councils in a more equitable way"....... 

Further article on the RMA here > http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11744940 
Here > http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1611/S00185/national-try-to-bury-weak-rma-reform.htm 
Here > http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1611/S00183/us-election-cover-wont-save-maori-party.htm 
Here > http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1611/S00125/iwi-leaders-group-supports-maori-party-on-rma.htm 

Locals complain North Shore marae 'hijacked' 
A group of frustrated locals say their community marae has been "hijacked", forcing them to hold tangi in garages and backyards rather on the site. 

Awataha Marae on Auckland's North Shore is built on Crown land and is managed by the Awataha Incorporated Society, which allows managers to decide who is allowed to join up. 

Beach Haven local Hohepa McLean said that was unfair.... 

Maori Party challenges Maori MPs to listen to their 'conscience' and support charter schools 
The Maori Party has laid down a challenge to other Maori MPs to join them in opposing a bill to abolish charter schools. 

Labour's education spokesman Chris Hipkins introduced a member's bill to scrap charter schools and it's due to have its first reading in the House on Wednesday but there's contention over whether all his colleagues support the bill.... 

Call for Maori values to be part of FEPs 
AN IWI group is pushing for tangata whenua values to be included in the development of farm environment plans. Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust made the suggestion during a lengthy submission at the water quality hearing on the district’s freshwater plan. 

Representative Te Rina Whaanga said the iwi wanted to work with the council to create a resource on tangata whenua values to use in developing farm environment plans, or FEPs. The resource would be general, to give an overview, but farmers would need to consult with appropriate tangata whenua when developing specific plans..... 

Iwi upset at Corrections' ban on gang member volunteering at prison 
The Taranaki iwi whose kaumatua has been banned from visiting Whanganui Prison because of his gang connections are looking at taking legal action against the decision...... 

Māori workers call for end to exploitation at iwi-owned bus company 
The boards of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui must put the brakes on the exploitation of workers at iwi-owned Go Bus, says FIRST Union president Syd Keepa. 

“Go Bus is out of control. They’ve been exposed for illegally housing migrant workers in Dunedin and they’ve come under fire after a number of drivers resigned from the job in Auckland,” said Keepa. 

The business arms of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui are the majority shareholders in Go Bus..... 

New Redcliffs School site in Christchurch may be on Maori burial ground 
The new location of Christchurch's Redcliffs School has a "high" chance of being close to, or on top of a Maori burial ground. 

A Ministry of Education feasibility report into Redcliffs Park shows "urupa" (burial grounds) could be located in the immediate vicinity of the park. 

The Christchurch City Council-owned site was selected by Education Minister Hekia Parata despite the school community wanting to return to the school's original site on Main Rd...... 

Kahungunu to present evidence about the poor state of our waterways 
On Monday 7 November, Ngāti Kahungunu will be presenting evidence to the Waitangi Tribunal at Waiwhetu Marae in Lower Hutt, as part of stage 2 into the National Freshwater and Geothermal Resource Inquiry - WAI 2358 claim. 

Ngāti Kahungunu along with many other tribes will seek to hold the Crown accountable for: 

The poor state of our awa (streams); 

The degradation of ngā wai (freshwater) including our outstanding and once pristine muriwaihou (aquifer, groundwater); 

The lack of meaningful outcomes and participation in resource decision making for tangata whenua; and 

The lack of recognition of iwi and hapū rights and interests.... 

SERCO prisoners alledgely punished for haka 
Māori inmates have allegedly been punished for performing a haka in a South Auckland prison. 

Labour corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis was tipped off by an anonymous email informing him that eight Māori prisoners were removed from 'Self Care' for two months following the performance of a farewell haka to one of their kapa haka leaders who was being released from the Auckland South Corrections Facility. 

Davis says prisoners should be encouraged for embracing their culture. 

Director of Kohuora Auckland South Corrections Facility Mike Inglis says the allegation is not accurate and that prisoners were removed from Self Care to House Block accommodation for disobeying prisoner rules.... 

Māori legend to line wall of Waterview Tunnel 
Spectacular concrete panels depicting a Māori legend will welcome drivers when they enter the new northbound Waterview Tunnel. 

The huge artworks, which tell the story of lovers Hinemairangi and Tamaireia, who escaped underground,.... 

Watch NZH Local Focus: Fresh calls to rename Poverty Bay 
It was Captain James Cook who gave Poverty Bay its name in 1769, after finding "no one thing" he wanted and killing nine Maori during his first visit ashore.

But the region already had a name,Turanganui-a-Kiwa. And now, Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon wants to acknowledge that.

"People have a debate in terms of, 'well Poverty Bay was the original name' and I say well, hey that's one name that your ancestors gave but there was an original name from Turanga iwi right here in the Tairawhiti in the Moana-nui-o-kiwa."

Meng Foon is suggesting adding a Maori name, which iwi approve, to Poverty Bay.

But for some, that doesn't go far enough..... 

Cultural snub if land bill hearing not held on marae, says hapu 
It would be a slap in the face for the public hearing regarding a controversial land bill not to be held at Te Atiawa's most prominent marae, a hapu spokeswoman has said. 

After the deadline closed on November 7, the Maori Affairs Select Committee received 37 submissions regarding the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill. 

A public hearing will be held in Taranaki on November 18 but a spokesperson said a venue for this has yet to be confirmed. However, it previously stated options in New Plymouth and Waitara were being considered... 

Te reo Maori posters help with hygiene and tidiness 
Innovative posters in te reo Maori have been hailed as helping to drive home hygiene and tidiness messages to pupils at Rotorua's Selwyn School. 

The colourful posters struck a chord with principal Peter Barker, who said staff would use them as a teaching aid and they would also be displayed prominently around the school.... 

Unwanted Whangaparaoa Peninsula tunnels' part of iwi deal 
The land, which is also a native bird sanctuary, is now part of a Waitangi Settlement between the Crown and the Marutuahu Collective. 

The Ministry of Justice says negotiations are well advanced, the Crown having offered the NZDF land to the collective as part of a "sale and leaseback" arrangement. 

In other words, the armed forces - which now uses Tamaki Leadership Centre for general training and small arms firing - plan to stay put and pay rent to the Marutuahu tribes. 

Nobody is saying that - should the deal go ahead - the property, or parts of it, will get carved up as sections for the very rich, as the stunning coastal views might indicate. 

Here let me digress to stress I'm no supporter of what I call "The Don Brash Doctrine", which I define as the perpetually sour position some Pakeha take, to the effect that Maori are being given "too much of the cake". 

In my view, having suffered great injustices over many years - which has seen them dispossessed of ancestral lands - Maori are entitled to recompense. 

So when, as now expected, the tribes eventually take over ownership of the Whangaparaoa land, it would naturally be their right - should the military ever pull out - to do just as they wish with it.... 

Māori social systems focus of novel research collaboration 
Archaeology and modern network science are combining to investigate the development of Māori social networks over time as part of a new three year $705,000 Marsden-funded project. 

The research draws upon the skills of archaeologist Professor Thegn Ladefoged and network scientists Dr Dion O’Neal and Associate Professor Marcus Frean from Te Pūnaha Matataini, a Centre of Research Excellence in complex systems and networks. 

Professor Ladefoged from the University of Auckland explains that over centuries relatively autonomous village-based Māori groups have transformed into larger territorial hapū lineages, which later formed even larger iwi associations.... 

New Council united in vision 
Mayor Cameron said that the new Council was committed to continuing the process of community consultation and working with Iwi. 

“With Iwi we want to continue working cooperatively when the opportunity presents itself while developing and enhancing our mutual understanding.”.... 

Appointments for Independent Māori Statutory Board 
David Taipari was voted Chair and Glenn Wilcox the Deputy of the Independent Māori Statutory Board at the inaugural meeting of its new three-year term yesterday. Mr Taipari has chaired the Board since its inception in 2010...... 

Tupoho applications open for Maori athletes 
A helping hand for the next generation of promising athletes from Whanganui Iwi is open again with Tupoho Whānau Trust opening nominations for their 2016/2017 sports scholarships..... 

MIT signs pact with Waikato Tainui 
Manukau Institute of Technology and Waikato Tainui have signed a formal covenant to work together in ways that enhance student opportunities. 

MIT kaiarahi Maori Dr Wahineata Smith says today’s ceremony acknowledges the iwi as mana whenua. 

About 14 percent of the polytechec’s students are Maori, with those of Waikato-Tainui descent being the second largest group after Ngapuhi. 

"The main things we want to get out of this is that formal partnership but also to get some alignment with the visions and strategy that iwi Maori have for their uri and what's on offer at Manukau Institute of Technology," Dr Smith says.... 

Iwi welcomed to Council Chamber 
Top of the south iwi representatives were welcomed to the Marlborough District Council chamber ahead of the first meeting of the incoming council. 

Mayor John Leggett said it was time to forge a new relationship between Council and iwi reflecting a willingness to work together while the iwi representatives spoke of the contribution they could make to Marlborough in this post-settlement era and their wish to build a strong collaborative relationship with the Council. 

Iwi votes debated on marae 
A challenge to voting rights for council appointees made for a sad first time hosting a Masterton District Council meeting, according to Kahungunu ki Wairarapa general manager PJ Devonshire.

The debate happened at the first meeting of Masterton District Council, which was held at Te Rangimarie marae in Queen Street, Masterton, on Wednesday.

“It was really significant that the council and the mayor wanted to have the meeting here, but it was really sad that those new councillors showed their true colours,” Mr Devonshire said.

“It was sad to have that done on the marae.”..... 

Hawke's Bay hapū settlement goes ahead 
A group of Hawke's Bay hapū signed a treaty settlement at Parliament today, but three of the seven hapū involved have refused to sign. .... 

'Racial discrimination' mars Auckland councillor's swearing-in 
A newly-elected Auckland councillor says the refusal to allow his Samoan family into pre-arranged VIP seating to watch his swearing-in was racial discrimination. 

The Tuesday evening ceremony was a proud moment for Efeso Collins, who was the first in his family with a university education and was sworn in as one of two representatives in the Manukau Ward in south Auckland. 

He was one of those who read his oath in Māori.... 

Six in court over Kaitaia airport occupation 
Can one be trespassed from their own land? That is the question counsel posed at the Kaitaia District Court today with six members of the Ngati Kahu tribe charged for trespass over their occupation of the Kaitaia airport last year. 

Ngati Kahu disputes the Crowns' claim that it has clear title to the Kaitaia airport. 

“Our people, our hapu and our elders involved in the occupation are aggrieved that the Crown now doesn't acknowledge that it’s our land,” says Wikatana Popata. 

“It was great to hear lawyer Annette (Sykes) supporting an application for Dr Margaret Mutu to be an expert witness for Ngati Kahu on the lands history,” says Harawira. 

Counsel says the case is not an average sovereignty case. Instead, it’s a unique one where the Crown has given significant rights to a joint owner without any discreet provisions being made for their clients...... 

Māori tech companies explore US market 
A group of Māori technology business owners have headed to the US to explore the North American market. 

Eight business owners and five investors left on Sunday on a trip supported by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. 

The trip was focused on Māori-owned technology companies at various stages of operating in the US market.... 

People from all over the world in Whangarei for opening of indigenous centre 
Feet stomped on gravel and chants echoed during a rousing powhiri to welcome 22 United Nations delegates and indigenous people to Whangarei to mark the opening of the only indigenous centre in the Pacific. 

The centre, based in Reyburn House Lane, is one of seven indigenous centres around the world and the only one in the Pacific.... 

Auckland to honour Parihaka Day 
The event put on by Auckland Peace Action (APA) and the Pacific Panthers (PP), will consist of a whole host of speakers,including Green Party's Marama Davidson. 

“The resistance of the people of Parihaka to violent colonialism is the foundation of the modern peace movement. Our conference will be honouring that resistance, and building on it by educating about contemporary peace and justice issues.... 

Historian says land wars day should be held in Taranaki, where the wars began 
A New Zealand historian has said a new national day commemorating the countries bloody land war history should be held in Taranaki, where it all began. 

The day marks the signing of the New Zealand Declaration of Independence in 1835 but Taranaki historian Danny Keenan said May 17, the day in 1860 which he said marked the start of the wars in New Zealand, would be a more appropriate date..... 

Ahuriri settlement signed with $19.5m redress 
A deed of settlement has been reached between a Hawke's Bay hapu and the Crown. 

The Ahuriri hapu will receive $19.5 million for financial and commercial redress from the Crown, after the settlement was announced by the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson today..... 

Deadline looming for submissions on controversial Waitara land bill 
The deadline is looming for people to have their say on a bill designed to settle long-standing issues around tracts of land confiscated off Taranaki Maori more than 150 years ago. 

November 7 is the final day for submissions to be lodged to the Maori Affairs Select Committee about the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill..... 

Date set to commemorate land wars 
A national day to commemorate the New Zealand Land Wars has been set. 

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell welcomed the October 28 date, set by iwi. 

Iwi representatives throughout the country met recently to decide on the date for the nation to remember the 19th century war, following a call from Mr Flavell, who is also Waiariki MP, in June for them to work with the Crown and decide the date. 

The first Raa Maumahara National Day of Commemoration will be next year. 

"I'm looking forward to the commemoration because it will give our nation the opportunity to learn a part of our history that has been silent for too long," Mr Flavell said. 

"Raa Maumahara is a sign of our maturity as a nation that we know our history - good and bad. And I look forward to working with iwi to further support this initiative.".... 

Kahotea Marae opposed to Nova gas-fired power plant over Matariki concerns 
A marae community is opposing plans to build a gas-fired power station in the King Country because it may hamper their ability to celebrate Matariki - the Maori New Year. 

Kahotea Marae and trustee Barney Manaia said in a submission to Otorohanga District Council that the Nova Energy power plant may interfere with their cultural traditions and is unwelcome. 

The marae is about 5 kilometres from the Nova site, but when the council assessed the Nova application and put it under limited notification status, the marae was left off the list of adversely affected parties..... 

Tarawera marae a step closer to reality 
The life long dream of a Tuhourangi kaumatua to see his iwi return to Tarawera is inching closer to reality as they seek funding for their state-of-the-art marae. 

Kaumatua Anaru Rangiheuea revealed plans last year to have a marae built on a ridge overlooking Lake Tarawera and Mt Tarawera. 

The contemporary marae, believed to be the first of its kind, will have solar lighting and large glass panels overlooking the lake and mountain at Tarawera...... 

Maori protesters march along Kaitaia's main road ahead of trial over airport shutdown 
Maori protesters arrested following the occupation of Kaitaia Airport last year are causing major traffic problems as they march along the main road of Kaitaia to the District Court. 

They will stand trial over the shutting down of the airport in September 2015. 

The accused are being represented by lawyer Annette Sykes. The trial is set down for a week..... 

Brothers take compensation battle to Waitangi Tribunal 
Two brothers badly injured while serving in the army more than two decades ago have taken their battle for compensation to the Waitangi Tribunal. 

Damien Nepata told TV3's The Hui the Crown had breached the Treaty of Waitangi by not honouring its duty of care. 

"The Crown puts an obligation on you that at any point in time it can ask you to leave New Zealand and put your physical safety in harm's way. 

"That's where there's some thinking that the Treaty, in that respect, has been breached, that the Crown [is] not living up to its end of the bargain," he said..... 

Maori pupils’ achievements recognised 
The achievements and potential of Maori youth from throughout Otago were recognised at the 16th annual Mana Pounamu Young Achievers Awards in Dunedin on Friday night. 

Secondary school pupils and their families from as far afield as Wakatipu filled the University of Otago College of Education auditorium. 

The awards are a Kai Tahu initiative to celebrate the academic, social and leadership success of junior and senior high school pupils. 

All senior Mana Pounamu recipients were awarded Otago Polytechnic full-fee-payment scholarships.... 

Top Māori cop to review Tūhoe woman's case 
The country's most senior Māori policeman has stepped in to review the case of a woman who says she was rejected as "too nice, knew too many people and was Tūhoe". 

Deputy chief executive Māori, Superintendent Wallace Haumaha, has personally called for a review of Ms Tulloch's case after she raised concerns about the recruitment process. 

Superintendent Haumaha told TV3's The Hui programme there had been major progress in Māori relations with police, particularly with Tūhoe, where he held regular leadership meetings at Te Uru Taumatua in Taneatua..... 

Local jobs key for $6m iwi development 
An innovative, future-focused development overlooking the shores of Lake Rotorua is set to create employment for the region - with a pledge to use locals to build it. 

Te Arawa Lakes Trust will build a $6 million, multi-storey, wood-first building on Lake Rd with aspirations for it to become a shared, central hub for iwi organisations.... 

Long road for Horowhenua mayor 
"Thank you...to everyone here and voting me in as the new mayor of Horowhenua, to all iwi and hapu, tangata whenua and leaders thank you... you have given me the mandate to involve iwi in the district's success..... 

DOC face backlash from Taranaki iwi for backing seabed mining company 
Backlash against the Department of Conservation is mounting after they gave the green light to a seabed mining company. 

One of Taranaki's eight iwi - Ngati Ruanui - have said DOC's decision not to submit may have cost the government a fast resolution to ongoing treaty settlements around Mt Taranaki with Ngati Ruanui and other iwi. 

"There was no engagement, thats the real sadness in all of this, as treaty settlement partners we are supposed to work together," Kaiarataki of Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui, Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said. 

Ōrākei strengthen relationship with new Mayor 
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and his councilors were welcomed onto Orākei marae today by local tribe Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei. It's his first visit as Mayor and marae stalwart Taiaha Hawke says it's an opportunity for the tribe to forge a new relationship with the new Mayor. 

The iwi have tabled their wish list and hope to see some progress under the new leadership.... 

Masterton District Council split on iwi voting rights 
An attempt to strip away voting rights from two iwi representatives on Masterton District Council committees narrowly failed yesterday when the newly elected council met for the first time. 

Only the vote of Mayor Lyn Patterson broke a 5-5 deadlock and ensured iwi reps Ra Smith (Kahungunu ki Wairarapa) and Mihirangi Hollings (Rangitane o Wairarapa) would not only be able to speak but to vote on decisions made at two standing committees, to which they were appointed earlier this year. 

Although both are entitled to speak at full council meetings the law forbids them from being able to cast a vote. 

Māori MPs want Māori whānau court 
Māori MPs from the Māori Party, Labour, and the Greens want to establish a Māori Whānau Court. This follows a call by kaumātua from Te Puea Marae to have the pending court case against their chair Hurimoana Dennis heard on a marae. 

Davidson says, “The Green Party has supported establishing restorative justice models on marae and amongst communities for whānau and youth.” 

In 2008, the first Rangatahi Court was held on a marae, incorporating te reo Māori and Māori protocol, to reduce reoffending by Māori youth. Marama Fox says she has discussed establishing a Māori Whānau Court with the Minister of Justice Amy Adams. 

“The law remains the same, we don't want to change that, but, the way the case is heard will be done under Māori customs. That's what I've discussed with the minister,” says Fox. 

The three MPs say they're keen to work with all Māori MPs and the minister to further discuss a strategy for an alternative Māori Whānau Court..... 

Native marine birds and mammals are threatened with extinction - Report 
Most of New Zealand’s marine bird species are threatened with or at risk of extinction, including species of albatrosses, penguins, and herons. More than one-quarter of marine mammal species are threatened with extinction, including the New Zealand sea lion and species of dolphins and whales. These animals have important roles in marine ecosystems and are tāonga (treasures) to Māori...... 

$2.5b carbon bill hanging over heads of Treelords iwi 
THE MAORI owners of land under the Southern Hemisphere’s largest plantation forest face a potential carbon liability of nearly $2.5 billion – yet have received credits for just a fraction of the carbon stored in the trees. 

The “Treelords deal" iwi say they should be given more carbon credits, and want the rules limiting the use of their lands relaxed. 

$1.5m grant for Whakatāne Museum 
Highlights include two rare items connected to the voyages of James Cook - a Resolution & Adventure Medal and a try pot dating from his second journey to New Zealand in 1773. 

There is also a substantial taonga Māori collection, with items from Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Rangitīhī and Te Whakatōhea, and the internationally significant Te Kōhika Collection of prehistoric archaeological material..... 

New leader for Māori and Pasifika at Massey 
Massey Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey announced Dr Severne's appointment today, saying he was delighted to welcome an academic and Māori leader of her standing to join the University's senior leadership team. 

Dr Severne was born in Ōtautahi (Christchurch).... 

New research shows gaps widening for Māori 
Wai-Research today launches two important publications that look into Māori child wellbeing and the widening gaps in Māori Mental Health, as well as announcing Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie as Pou (Patron) of the research unit..... 

Ancestral lands – let them own themselves 
New Zealand has led the world in giving the Te Urewera park lands their own legal identity..... 

Mobil site deal waits approval 
Tauranga City Council errors have opened the way for Ngai Tamarāwaho hapu to obtain the Mobil gas station site on Chapel Street at no cost. 

The council is currently waiting Department of Conservation approval for the sale, according to documents obtained by Mount Maunganui lawyer Rob Paterson under the Freedom of Information Act. 

The documents show Ngai Tamarāwaho is offering to take ownership of land and pay for it using the $150,000 a year lease payments made on the Property by Mobil Oil NZ. 

The land value is $1.34 million, while improvements are valued at $610,000 giving a capital value $1.95m. 

The current lease expires in May 2022, which would see $1.05m paid off by the time the current lease expires. The hapu is offering to pay $1m, and the council is to meet all legal costs. 

Hapu spokesman Buddy Mikaere says the offer in response to ‘shabby' treatment of the hapu by the Tauranga City Council 

Rob Paterson says the situation is secrecy at its worst, because the public isn't informed and he doubts even elected members have been kept informed. 

“Māori interests have presented no evidence of any cultural significance in respect of the site and other than they for some reason felt aggrieved about perceived Dive Crescent and The Strand extension issues no other cogent case for this nonsense is presented. 

“The proposal floated by Ngai Tamarāwaho at a discounted price to purchase the site at $1m is a creative Clayton's offer, no cash will be found, and ownership simply “deferred” for six years with council meeting all associated legal costs. 

“I cannot believe council would transfer title until payment in full was received. The proposal as it stands is to the complete detriment of TCC Ratepayers – quite unbelievable in fact,” says Rob...... 

Case against chairman should be heard on the marae - Kaumātua 
Police Inspector and Te Puea Marae Chair Hurimoana Dennis is expected to offer to stand down as Chair at a Marae Trust board meeting tonight. This follows revelations he will soon be charged for allegedly kidnapping a 17-year old, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment. 

Marae locals say they remain supportive of the man who fronted their Manaaki Tangata homeless programme. Marae elder Morehu Kara and caretaker Mona Kingi say the pending court case should be settled on the marae. 

Mr Dennis has been under investigation since last year for allegedly locking a teenage boy in an Auckland police station cell, in an attempt to end a sexual relationship with an underage girl. Locals say the issue should be dealt with through Māori protocol. 

“His actions came about to teach the boy to consider his actions. However, the law may see things differently, but for us from a Māori viewpoint, his actions were to help the boy,” says Kara.... 

New sexual violence court should also culturally educate judges - Quince 
The sexual violence court pilot starting this December aims to streamline cases, upskill judges and make the process less traumatic for victims. 

"You can replicate something from another jurisdiction but there aren't Māori in other jurisdictions, so they're going to have to figure out as they have with the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Court, the Rangatahi Courts, the Homeless Court; most of the clientele. The people that will be coming, offenders and victims will be Māori, it's about our cultural identity, and it’s about our response to marginalisation and inequality." 

"One of my concerns is the fact they've talked about the need to have specialist training for judges, but we need to know what the specialist training is. So it should be about dealing with Māori as well as dealing with the specialist nature of sexual violence and how those dynamics work.".... 

Tūhoe woman says iwi affiliation stopped police career 
A Whakatane woman who failed to get into Police College says she was told it was because she was from Tūhoe and knew too many locals - but police say that wasn't why she was turned down. .... 

Cloak formalises Te Arawa accord 
Steve Chadwick has wasted little time in enshrining the Rotorua Lakes Council’s relationship with Te Arawa. A cloak or cape has been ordered by Mrs Chadwick to be worn along with her mayoral chains at “very ceremonial” occasions. 

“I have decided today to … commission Te Puia to make a cloak – a small cape – for me to wear that signals the new relationship with Te Arawa [in the spirit of] tatou tatou,” Mrs Chadwick said. 

And she also signalled the next three years will be a “revolutionary” term...... 

Iwi and Nelson Marlborough Health to strengthen relationship 
Nelson Marlborough Health is failing to meet all but one out of 13 targets for Maori health which has led to a resolution to work closer with iwi. 

The health board is meeting a breast screening target for Maori women in Nelson Marlborough, but failing to meet the other indicators set for Maori health.... 

Give us forestry monitoring role: iwi 
A Kaipara man says forestry operations and waste getting into streams during pine harvesting are destroying waterways. 

Tinopai resident and Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust member Mikaera Miru has accused the Northland Regional Council of turning a blind eye to the problem of waste harvest material, called slash, and forestry earthworks contaminating and blocking streams. 

Mr Miru, also a member of the NRC's Tai Tokerau Maori Advisory Committee, said the council could give iwi organisations a monitoring role. 

"I want Te Uri o Hau to take over the environmental responsibility within their rohe because nothing is happening on the part of the NRC, which does have the statutory obligation."... 

Hosking's controversial Maori comments cleared by BSA 
Branded as racist by some viewers, Mike Hosking's controversial comments about former New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd did not breach broadcasting standards. 

A complaint to the Broadcasting Standard Authority (BSA) came after Hosking commented on Judd's decision not to stand for mayor again because he had been abused following his call for a Maori ward on his council. 

"Sad to say – I’d never personally attack [Mr Judd], obviously – but he’s completely out of touch with middle New Zealand. There’s nothing wrong with Maori representation on councils because any Maori who wants to stand for a council is more than welcome to do so," Hosking said in May...... 

Iwi in court over Tāmaki Collective Deed settlement process 
Ngāti Whātua Orakei and Ngāti Paoa iwi representatives say the treaty settlement process for the Tāmaki Collective Deed has caused a dispute between the two iwi. Concerns over the dispute were heard in Auckland's high court this week. 

A property on Grafton Road and another property on Dominion Road in Central Auckland, are being offered to Ngāti Paoa as part of their business redress. 

“Original tribal lands should remain sacred and undisturbed to each tribe, but, my land should not be claimed by other tribes, also Ngāti Whātua shouldn't claim land belonging to others, said Joe Pihema..... 

Vulnerable Children's Ministry wants 1000 more foster parents 
Last year only 30 per cent of the 3500 foster parents registered with Child, Youth and Family (CYF) were Māori, compared with 60 per cent of the 5000 children in state care. 

Her new Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki will eventually have a much wider, more preventive brief than CYF. An expert panel chaired by Dame Paula Rebstock recommended that it should take responsibility for about 230,000 children - a fifth of all children - who currently have contact with CYF at some stage in their first 18 years. 

The panel said about 60 per cent of that group would be Māori - about 138,000, or 58 per cent of all Māori children.... 

Iwi lead project to improve the mauri of the Manawatu River 
An iwi-led project to help nurse the Manawatu River and its tributaries back to health has received a $534,000 boost from the taxpayer. 

The project would include extensive planting of native species along the river banks, building 50 kilometres of fencing, and installing eight whare or information kiosks along the river. 

Horizons chairman Bruce Gordon said the regional council had committed $220,000 over the next two years to the $814,000 project. 

Money for the project is also being contributed by the Palmerston North City Council, $10,000, Tararua District Council, $10,000, and Rangitane O Tamaki Nui a Rua, $40,000. 

Project executive Hone Morris said the work would strengthen iwi involvement with the river. 

Altogether, eight whare would be built at culturally significant sites..... 

Cute toy or racist relic? Shoppers divided on money box for sale in Wellington 
* The 1962 Maori Community Development Act has been described as "New Zealand's most racist law" and allows Maori wardens to order bars to stop serving "drunk and quarrelsome" Maori. It also makes it illegal to serve alcohol at a gathering of Maori without a permit, while the wardens can take the car keys of any Maori who "by reason of physical or mental condition...[is] incapable of having and exercising proper control". While there has been talk of repealing the law, it remains on the books..... 

Who named the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki? 
The name has caused backlash from the public, industry experts, and even the United Nations - so who's behind the controversial Ministry for Vulnerable Children? 

On July 28, 2016 it was reported a new Ministry for Vulnerable Children would take over from the chequered Child, Youth and Family from April 2017. The following month Social Development Minister Anne Tolley confirmed the name: Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki. 

Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft described it as "cripplingly disappointing" and was one of many who called for a more "aspirational" name..... 

Awarded for services to Maori 
THE Reverend Stainton received the QSM for service to Maori, service that includes work with kohanga reo, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kawakawa Mai Tawhiti and Hinemaurea Marae, as well as work as a minister in the Matakaoa community at East Cape.... 

Māori innovation hub targets modern tech, education 
Science organisation Callaghan Innovation is targeting Māori businesses at its research premises in Petone 

The government-funded agency has been working closely with Māori businesses and today is launching an innovation hub focused on making its services more accessible to Māori. 

"We're partnering with iwi to support initiatives to develop programs to get them connected to robotics, digital, coding type of world. Iwi like Ngāi Tāhu are already doing that...... 

Tū Te Manawa to connect iwi with the Manawatū River 
Tū Te Manawa, a project to enhance iwi and hapū involvement in the Manawatū River and its catchment, are celebrating a $534,000Te Mana o Te Wai grant today at Te Manawa Art, Science, and History Museum today. 

Earlier today, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox announced a $534,000 Te Mana o Te Wai grant for the $814,000 Tū Te Manawa project..... 

Regional conversation on water needed 
It is perhaps an ironic "tragedy of the commons" that water may be taken for free and sent overseas without any royalty benefit being received locally. 

Another significant reality is Article 2 of the Treaty of Waitangi whereby Maori were guaranteed "full exclusive and undisturbed possession" of their lands, estates, forests, fisheries and other properties. The Waitangi Tribunal has ruled (as Mr O'Sullivan's article pointed out, Hawke's Bay Today, October 15) that Maori rights and interests in water are equivalent to ownership. 

Translated into the water context, legislation enabling a royalty to be taken could simply preserve all existing property rights in water, thereby enabling the Crown/Iwi debate around that to proceed untrammelled. A proportion of royalties collected for commercial water use could applied to Treaty settlements, and directed to iwi more generally in the longer term..... 

Iwi reserves helicopter access for own operator 
Ngai Tahu has locked up helicopter access to its high country stations at the head of Lake Wakatipu. 

Iwi-owned companies have cancelled the landing rights of helicopter operators at Elfin Bay, Greenstone and Routeburn Stations in favour of Queenstown-based scenic helicopter business Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters, which Ngai Tahu Tourism bought in August. 

A dozen helicopter companies operating from Queenstown, Wanaka and Te Anau received a letter from Ngai Tahu Farming and Ngai Tahu Tourism three weeks ago advising that Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters would have exclusive landing rights to the stations with "immediate effect"..... 

Mayor wants name change 
THE Mayor will invite iwi to suggest a name to add to the name Poverty Bay. 

Meng Foon said at yesterday’s swearing-in ceremony for the 10th Gisborne District Council that he has had a number of letters on the subject. 

“It is time to add the original name to Poverty Bay,” he said..... 

Legal system hostile to Māori, academic says 
The New Zealand state legal system has for the most part been hostile to Māori, according to Otago University Law Professor Jacinta Ruru. 

“This is why the learning of law for Māori students can be hard, and the practice of law for Māori can be tough,” Professor Ruru said in her inaugural professorial lecture, entitled Toitū te Whenua. Toitū te Mana delivered on 12 September.... 

Happier council predicted with Maori approach 
Wellington’s first Maori deputy mayor is keen to bring a Maori dimension to decision-making. 

"The expectation from Wellingtonians is 'we want you guys to be united, we want you guys to thrash this stuff out' and that is why having that Maori approach, if we can put more time as councillors into thrashing out decisions, get better decisions and we will definitely get a happier council," Mr Eagle says...... 

RMA reform bill to miss its latest parliamentary deadline 
The government's latest attempt to reform the Resource Management Act continues to run into trouble, with the chairman of the select committee conceding today that the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill will miss its third reportback deadline of Nov. 7. 

In part, the delay appears related to the fact that Environment Minister Nick Smith is still negotiating with the Maori Party over aspects of the bill, which is struggling to gain sufficient support from government support partners to pass into law. 

Prime Minister John Key said on Monday he believed agreements had been reached with the two-MP Maori Party, but Smith confirmed in a text message on Wednesday that "discussions with the Maori Party are progressing and constructive but not yet concluded" and were "some time away". 

Getting rich off property a long-standing Kiwi tradition 
Property speculation as a means getting rich quick is a long-standing New Zealand tradition. 

The 1870s was when most European settlers arrived here. They arrived to find most available land bought up by the settlers who arrived in the 1850s. The immigrants of the 1870s had usually come to the other side of the world to escape landed wealth and rented hovels. 

The demand for land in New Zelaland lead to the Land Wars and massive land confiscations in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi. It also lead to King Dick Seddon and his Liberal party breaking up the great estates in the 1890s. Itis worth bearing in mind that ultimately, the wealth of most land-owners in New Zelaland is stolen from Maori..... 

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett said he was keen to look at ways iwi could get more involved on the council during his term. 
Meanwhile, Rangitane development manager Richard Bradley said in the next couple of weeks iwi from around the region would be thinking about how they could interact with council this term. 

Iwi representative on the council's assets and services committee Richard Hunter was one of only two iwi representatives on the committees last term, and said iwi needed to step forward to sit on the committees. 

However, Bradley said there might be other ways iwi wanted to interact with council. 

Hunter was not affiliated to any of the local iwi but was a member of the Maataa Waka trust. 

He received a "small fee" of $150 for every meeting he attended, however sitting on the committee meant doing a "hell of a lot of work" outside of the meetings. 

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett said he was keen to look at ways iwi could get more involved on the council during his term. 

"It's certainly an area that we really need to look at." .... 

Rehab options ignored for more prison space 
The chief executive of the National Urban Maori Authority says no good will come out of the government’s investment in more prisons. 

He says Corrections is incapable of rehabilitating Maori prisoners, but programmes like Out of Gate, which puts released inmates into temporary accommodation and wraps services around them, prove it can be done.... 

Iwi opposes gold mine proposal at historic Marlborough mining town 
A new gold mine in Marlborough faces backlash from iwi who claim it could damage the environment and their cultural history. 

Ngati Kuia has kaitiaki over the Canvastown area where mining company Elect Mining wants to set up a new operation on 120 hectares of land. 

Ngati Kuia chairman Waihaere Mason said there were four pa sites in and around the mine site, either side of State Highway 6 in Canvastown, 50 kilometres northwest of Blenheim. 

"Taonga associated to those sites could be damaged when unearthed during the mining process," he said. 

Ngati Kuia was also concerned about the impact this would have on traditional food gathering areas, including the Te Oranga Tuna Mataitai, the only eel reserve in the Marlborough region..... 

Kiwi suspensions target Maori 
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says it’s abhorrent that some schools are finding underhand and unlawful ways to suspend and expel students. 

A report by YouthLaw Aotearoa says disproportionate numbers of Maori are caught up in so-called kiwi suspensions, where they are covertly encouraged to withdraw from school..... 

National group aims to address inequalities in mental health for Maori 
For both Tui Taurua and Delft Klootwyk,​ being connected to their Maori culture was a crucial part of learning to live with mental illness. 

Taurua and Klootwyk are part of a national group, Huarahi O Te Kete Pounamu, which aims to improve outcomes for Maori with mental health issues..... 

Kidnapping charge 'an insult to Māori community' 
Māori support is being voiced for Te Puea Marae chairman Hurimoana Dennis, who is set to face a charge of kidnapping. 

Manukau Urban Māori Authority chief executive Willie Jackson said charging him was an insult to the Māori community. 

Waikato Tainui is also understood to be supporting Mr Dennis, who has been in the news this year for helping the homeless in Auckland..... 

Māori education policy criticised in report 
The final report from a five-year audit of Māori education says progress is still too slow in improving results for Māori students. 

In the report's introduction, the Auditor General Lyn Provost said too many Māori children were leaving school without qualifications. 

The report goes on to criticise the implementation of the government's Ka Hikitia policy, aimed at improving results for Māori students..... 

Educators tackle negative Maori stereotyping 
Stereotyping Maori children negatively has a negative impact on their learning and assumptions about them need to change. 

That was the message to Timaru early childhood and primary school teachers at workshops held at the Southern Trust Events Centre in Timaru on Friday. 

Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu general manager Hana O'Regan told the more than 100 educators that they could help break down assumptions. 

"Maori were one of the fastest [colonised people] to adopt literacy and many Maori were self taught." 

Their desire for knowledge was halted when, at the turn of the century, all Maori along with Pakeha women were forbidden to study at university. 

Like all colonised people in the world, the legacy from such laws and the subsequent attitudes to them has had consequences for today's generation..... 

MoU signing for University of Otago and Ngāti Toa
he University of Otago will renew an important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira on Monday this week. 

Ngāti Toa Rangatira has always been in the forefront of innovations in whānau ora, primary care and health promotion – developing health and social services that are Māori-led and benefit the whole community. They are well known for their determination and strong track record in improving access to low cost primary health care for residents of Porirua and Wellington..... 

Paul Eagle confirmed as Wellington's first Maori deputy mayor 
Lester said having Eagle as his right-hand-man was a historic moment for the council and the capital city. 

"I am keen to see more Maori in leadership positions at the council, having a stronger influence in decision-making in the future of the capital," he said. 

Trophy a chance for Maori farmers to shine 
Every second year, Maori sheep and beef farmers have an opportunity to shine by competing for the high-profile Ahuwhenua Trophy, the BNZ Maori Excellence in Farming Award. 

The competition's process is where the magic happens. It offers Maori entrants the opportunity to tell their stories; of their people and their land - stories that are intertwined with the day-to-day and year-to-year business of farming.... 

Norwegian oil giant pulls out of Northland 
Norwegian oil giant Statoil has struck out in the Reinga Basin and pulled the pin on exploration, denting the government's resources strategy. 

When put up for tender in 2010, the area was described by government agency, GNS Sciences as one of the most prospective frontier basins in New Zealand. 

Statoil said strong opposition from some iwi and environmental groups to its programme off Northland's west coast had not played a part in its decision to surrender the permit. 

"Some may speculate we are surrendering the permits for various reasons but the only reason is that we see the probability too low to justify continuing our search, " said Statoil New Zealand country manager Brynjulv Klove..... 

UN experts urge NZ to protect children’s rights from climate change 
This week is World Climate Week. In the same United Nations Committee report damning New Zealand’s inaction on child poverty, the committee has also expressed its concern about the harmful impact of climate change on New Zealand children, especially Maori and Pacific children and children living in low-income families. 

"Maori and Pacific children have a higher burden of climate-sensitive illnesses and poorer access to health care. Climate policy in New Zealand needs to do a great deal more to protect children. The disproportionately high number of Maori and Pacific families living on low incomes means that the effects of climate change on food security, housing and infrastructure will be more difficult to prepare for and recover from. This will result in serious impacts on children’s health.".... 

Suspect accused of shooting police in two-day Kawerau siege challenges court's authority 
The man accused of the Onepu police shootings yesterday delivered a fired-up challenge to the court's jurisdiction and a High Court judge's powers to try him. 

Warren, who appeared by audio-visual link, told Justice Tim Brewer that he did not recognise his authority, the court's jurisdiction, nor the authority of his court-appointed lawyer Ron Mansfield. 

Warren said he had nominated three "native assessors" to represent him and speak on his behalf. 

Justice Brewer said unless they were certified practising barristers or solicitors of the High Court he could not allow them to speak for Warren at any court proceedings. 

Warren insisted they should be allowed to do so and said if Justice Brewer refused to allow them to speak he would be in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi. 

"I am bound by the law. I'm not allowed to give them permission," Justice Brewer said. 

Warren repeated his legal challenge to the authority of the court, and said he reserved his right to speak te reo. 

Warren hit back saying he did not "understand any of that". 

"What I do understand is this court has no authority to try me, and any attempt to do so is both unlawful and illegal," he said..... 

King Country iwi take a step towards settlement 
The Ngāti Maniapoto treaty settlement is tipped to be as large as those of Waikato and Ngāi Tahu, but whether it gets past first base will depend on the Maniapoto Māori Trust board securing a mandate. .... 

Coherent strategy needed for Maori education 
Auditor General Lyn Provost wants all schools to implement the Ka Hikitia strategy to lift Maori educational achievement. 

She says some schools are implementing Ka Hikitia’s central concept of Maori succeeding as Maori in ways that make sense to their whanau and their Maori community, and those examples need to be shared more widely.... 

'Special status' iwi seeks direct dialogue on water 
AT yesterday’s hearing on the draft district freshwater plan iwi trustee Jody Wyllie made a plea for Gisborne District Council to dialogue directly with Rongowhakaata. 

Mr Wyllie was speaking with fellow presenters Te Rina Whaanga and Murray Palmer, and said Rongowhakaata’s status as a Treaty partner should be recognised at the hearing. 

They were not like other submitters at the hearing, they had special status and were partners with the Government. 

He did not see why they had to jump through hoops and line up with LeaderBrand and other submitters. .... 

Waipareira Trust calls for coalition of Auckland elders 
The Waipareira Trust is calling for a collective leadership alliance of Maori elders across Auckland. 

It has been a long time vision of Maoridom to reclaim the "traditional leadership" role for their elders, Waipareira Trust's kaumatua Wimutu Te Whiu says...... 

Iwi focus for freshwater institute 
A new freshwater institute bringing together the National Institute for Water and Atmosphere NIWA and the University of Waikato is to have a strong iwi focus. 

Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development is a partner in Te Waiora, which will be based at the Hamilton campus. 

It will encompass sciences, engineering, management, law, economics policy, matauranga Maori and education. 

Mr Joyce says Te Waiora will also identify new insights into Maori traditional rights and responsibilities in relation to water, and enhance public awareness and engagement in freshwater issues..... 

Principals drill into charter school pick 
Hawke’s Bay principals are questioning why a partnership school for Maori boys is being set up in Napier without consultation or warning. 

Te Aratika Academy is backed by a charitable trust set up by drilling and construction company Te Aratika Drilling. 

It’s promising the kura hourua will serve the cultural, academic, physical, social and emotional needs of Maori/Pasifika youth and that it will collaborate with iwi, industry partners and other schools.... 

Key rejects Māori seats 
The Chair of the Independent Māori Statutory Board says they will continue to push the need for Māori voices at the council table as new blood takes office in Auckland. 

David Taipari wants a Māori voice at the council table. 

Newly appointed Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff says it's not he who has the key to the Māori seats. 

“I can't implement them that's the statutory role of central government and the gentleman over there, Mr Key said he's not interested in that area. He's ruled it out categorically actually, I don't think we will get much change in opinion there.” 

Goff says, “I would of course prefer that we have elected representatives of Māoridom on council rather than appointed.” .... 

Auckland kura redevelopment upscaled 
An additional $5.9 million will be invested in the redevelopment of Auckland’s Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. 

“This extra investment will take the total value of the project to over $21 million,” says Ms Parata. 

Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae shares a site with Southern Cross Campus in Mangere, a co-ed school for years 1-13 which is also currently undergoing redevelopment, valued at over $23 million.... 

Tana puts mana whenua high on mayoral agenda 
Porirua's first Maori mayor says while he will be mayor for all the city's people 

"I'm a Maori mayor, I recognise the role as kaitiaki as mana whenua that our people have but in this role as mayor I actually represent all people in Porirua, all the different ethncities, diversity of Porirua. I just think that the protocol is that we should start on the right foot and the right foot is having Ngati Toa right there with their aspiration and their dreams going forward with the council," he says. 

Mike Tana says what's needed is not just consultation with Maori but partnership... 

No Māori councillors, no surprise for Taranaki iwi leader 
New mayor Neil Holdom agreed the election outcome did not reflect the community as a whole, also noting only two of the 15 elected councillors were women. 

He said he hoped to have a process for including Māori in decision-making in place within three months. 

"There are plans afoot and I'm confident within the next two to three months we'll be in a position to demonstrate how we are bringing hapū and iwi perspective to the council table. 

Liana Poutu said it was the council's responsibility to make the first move. 

"We really have to wait and see what the appetite of this council is to establish processes for Māori in this community to participate in decision-making. It's a legislative responsibility and it's really up to this incoming council to make some determinations about that."... 

Freshwater management to benefit from new institute 
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has today announced the creation of a new freshwater institute between NIWA and the University of Waikato. 

Te Waiora, Joint Institute for Freshwater Management (NIWA and the University of Waikato) will be on the university’s Hamilton campus and involve iwi, national and international partners. 

Te Waiora will also identify new insights into Māori traditional rights and responsibilities in relation to water, and enhance public awareness and engagement in freshwater issues. The Institute will have a strong iwi focus, with one of the partners being Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development..... 

Wairoa mayor pleased with increased mandate 
This year’s Wairoa local body elections included a referendum to decide whether the Wairoa community wanted Maori ward representation in council. 

The vote was successful, with 1644 people voting for and 1444 against. The decision will potentially divide the Wairoa district into one or more Maori wards. 

The outcome will be binding on the following two local body elections of Wairoa District Council, in 2019 and 2022..... 

Poll running alongside the election 
There could , however, be significant change at the next election in Wairoa in 2019, with a poll running alongside the election showing strong support for the introduction of a Maori Ward on the council. The vote for the establishment of Maori wards was supported by 1553 votes, with 301 against..... 

Taiwanese indigenous tribes want Maori 'cuzzies' to come 'home' for a holiday 
Taiwanese tribal woman Jouan Pan is in New Zealand with a mission - to get her "long lost cuzzies" to visit "home". 

Taiwan is believed to be where the cultures and languages of the Austronesian tribes began, and that indigenous people of Taiwan and Maori are genetically connected. 

"Our relationship with New Zealand as very special, because we consider Maori as part of our extended family," said Pan, a senior council officer and member of the Amis tribe.... 

Ngāti Hine revive history of its rivers 
Since time immemorial, the sacred river of Taumarere was a main highway of Māori ancestors and hence an important initiative for the progeny of the ancestress Hineāmaru to travel the "River of Chiefs" and learn its history. 

It's been 30 years since Sir James Henare placed a post at Opua to signify the authority of his people to the land and sea in this district. Now the pathway is being set for this generation to carry on his legacy. .... 

Royal New Zealand Air Force open their very first marae 
After almost a decade of hard work and dedication the New Zealand Airforce has officially opened its very first marae, which the Chief of Airforce is calling their own tūrangawaewae at the Ohakea base in Palmerston North. 

Douglas Wallace - Kaiwhakahere Marae says, “We had help from our friends in the NZ Army and the Navy, they already had a meeting house, a marae but we didn't, so it's hugely significant because this is our first tūrangawaewae for the Air Force.” 

Establishing an Air Force Marae has been one of the major objectives of the Airforce to enhance its mana and enrich its culture. ..... 

New Polytech brand launched 
The new name and branding for Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic has been revealed this morning at a special ceremony. 

The new tertiary institute will be known as Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.... 

MP Marama Davidson’s Gaza protest an embarrassment to Maori, says kaumatua 
Green MP Marama Davidson has been heavily criticised by Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin for her involvement in the illegal Gaza flotilla protest. 

Mr Rankin has said that Maori have an affinity with the Jewish people which goes back two centuries: “Our ancestors in the nineteenth century, especially our spiritual leaders, identified with the plight of the Jews and their struggle for an indigenous homeland. By Marama [Davidson] trying to stir up trouble against Israel, she is challenging the indigenous rights of Jews. This is an embarrassment to all Maori.” 

Mr Rankin is highly critical of what he calls Davidson’s “pretence” at being a Maori: “she can’t speak the language, she knows next to nothing about the culture, and she acts like someone who is imbalanced.” 

“The result of her protest action is a kick in the face for Maori who identify with the indigenous Israelis,” says Mr Rankin. “When she returns to New Zealand, I expect that several Maori will make their views very clear to her.” 

Govt may invest more in Housing First - Bennett 
Maori Party leader Marama Fox, whose party has a confidence and supply agreement with National, said Finance Minister Bill English had assured her that he would "seriously consider" any new ideas from the inquiry which the Government had not already implemented. 

Asked what would happen if he did not, Fox said: "We sit alongside the Government and we challenge them on these things. 

"And if they don't, they'll find themselves wanting at the next election. It's as simple as that..... 

Look out as Judd bows out 
It’s Andrew Judd’s last full day on the job as mayor of New Plymouth, and he’s determined to get the last word in. 

Mr Judd didn’t stand again because of the backlash over his efforts to have Maori represented on the council. 

He says he will remind councillors they voted for the change and then didn’t stand by him when the heat came on. 

"Look out because i'll be standing with Maoridom to come back and challenge this council forever around looking at itself, about including Maori and telling our stories in a wider sense of the district and country about what fundamentally my ancestors did, how they did it and the consequences that we still live with today," he says...... 

Water moratorium gains iwi support 
Ngāti Kahungunu iwi supports putting a moratorium on any future water bottling consents in the Hawke's Bay region, a controversial issue that has already seen billions of litres exported overseas. 

But it seems a moratorium may fall on deaf ears after the government already rejected a call from the Greens to put a stop to future water bottling deals earlier this year. .... 

Pākehā justice questioned in Love case 
Several of Sir Ngatata Love's supporters have questioned why his case is being dealt with by the Pākehā court system, rather than by traditional Māori justice. 

Grant Knuckey was one of several who commented on the fact Sir Ngatata had been tried in a court, saying Māori should be judging their own people. 

"We should be judging our own people ourselves. I'm here to support Ngatata. This is a moment in history for us because we will put him aside all of our other chiefs who have for some reason been incarcerated for doing the same things - protecting our people, providing wealth, and a home for people to live."..... 

Iwi consultation on trade policy refresh continues 
Trade Minister Todd McClay today continued engagement with iwi leaders at a Rotorua hui on the refresh of the government's Trade Policy Strategy. 

"This is particularly true in the primary sector where Maori own between 10 and 30 per cent of meat and dairy, and around 40 per cent of both forestry and fisheries,” says Mr McClay. 

"This is my sixth meeting with representatives of the Iwi Leaders Forum on trade issues this year. 

“We have also held numerous hui on specific trade agreements such as TPP," says Mr McClay..... 

Maori Party wouldn't say no to New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd joining ranks 
Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says outgoing New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd would be welcomed as a potential party candidate. 

This week Judd revealed to Maori Television's Native Affairs programme he didn't know what his post-mayoral future looked like, but didn't rule out a chance to stand as a Maori Party candidate in the New Plymouth electorate in the 2017 general elections. 

Flavell confirmed he had had no formal talks with Judd about his future plans, but said he would be an asset if he did choose to put himself forward..... 

Dunedin iwi-led health centre gets green light – Radio New Zealand 
The first iwi-led health centre planned for South Dunedin has won resource consent. 

The project called Te Kaika – or the Village – will be a health hub combining low-cost GP, physiotherapy and pharmacy clinics with a Māori health provider and other service agencies at the former Caversham Primary School.... 

Meaningful dialogue the key to resolving Kermadec impasse 
Given the high public interest in this issue, it's important that our view is understood by New Zealand. Te Ohu Kaimoana applauds and supports sensible marine management and applauds initiatives that protect the seabed and allows for the growth of fish stocks and other biodiversity. 

Which is why, in our role as kaitiaki, we (Maori and industry) instigated extensive measures across the whole Kermadec zone – banning bottom-trawl fishing, and had this regulated by the government in 2007. As a result of this action, there are now no material threats from fishing to the seabed biodiversity in the Kermadec region. These are not the actions of people opposed to conservation..... 

Andrew Judd joins Māori Party 
New Plymouth District Council Mayor Andrew Judd has joined the Māori Party. 

“They’ve been a fantastic supporter of me along this whole journey, a real standout politically. Great team and I applaud them. I support them 100 per cent,” says Judd. 

Māori Party Co-Leader Te Ururoa Flavell says he hasn’t yet talked formally with Judd but will be focussing on the Māori electorate seats first, before deciding on the list or general seat selections. 

Judd calls himself a recovering racist. “We are polite with our racism but racism exists and until New Zealand Pākehā look at themselves we’ll never truly move forward with a partnership model.”..... 

Ngapuhi on road to Treaty claim after reaching agreement over negotiations 
It's understood the change of tune from Tuhoronuku, who had previously twice voted against the report's full recommendations, came after Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell intervened at Cabinet and told Finlayson to show good will. 

It's understood Flavell, who has removed himself from the Cabinet decision, citing a conflict of interest because of his iwi connections, encouraged the Government to not only give Tuhoronuku time to work through issues but to let them do it on their own terms. 

Consequently Tuhoronuku have agreed to move forward with a new structure but are still negotiating with Finlayson how many representatives they have on the new board. 

And for that reason the official line from Finlayson remains that he is "communicating directly with Tuhoronuku and has no further comment at this time".... 

Hundreds of jobs at risk in Ministry of Justice restructure 
Mr Barclay says the changes will disproportionately affect Māori employees, and it’s not clear Treaty partners have been consulted about changes to the Māori Land Court and Waitangi Tribunal. 

"We are particularly concerned at the plans to disestablish many specialist roles in the Māori Land Court, resulting in the loss of hundreds of years of institutional knowledge. 

"The changes also seem bizarre given Te Ture Whenua Māori reforms will drastically alter Court structures as well, and landowners have identified institutional knowledge as crucial. 

I want us to challenge the government': Te Mātāwai holds first hui on Te Reo 
Taking Māori beyond the marae in the age of Facebook and Twitter is one of the aims of a new umbrella organisation set up to support Māori language. ..... 

Disharmony still present between iwi since Rena 
Environment BOP Councillor Awanuiarangi Black says there is still disharmony between iwi who were affected by the grounding of the Rena today than there was when it first hit the reef. Today marks five years since the disaster the impact of the oil spill was most significant in NZ history. .... 

Descendants of the 200 original owners must be informed before return of school is official. 
A “DAVID and Goliath” battle with the Crown is not quite over for Waipiro Bay. 

The Maori Land Court has ruled descendants of the 200 original owners must be informed before the return of Waipiro Bay School for $1 is official. 

For three years, Waipiro Bay Whanau Charitable Trust, with help from Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, has been fighting to have ownership of Waipiro Bay School and its land returned to the people after news spread in early 2013 that following the closure of the school the Ministry of Education would demolish it. 

The land was given to the Crown in the early 1900s. The Crown originally said the land was sold but court documents read by Ikaroa-Rawhiti Labour Party MP Meka Whaitiri showed it was given..... 

Excellence in Māori storytelling celebrated 
The importance of Māori telling their own stories has been celebrated with Massey University’s expanded Ngā Kupu Ora Awards: Celebrating Māori Books and Journalism. 

"As a Minister who is daily besieged by journalists, it’s my observation that we need more people who are proficient in both te reo Māori and journalism; who have some knowledge of the history of this country as context for what they are reporting; who provide balanced and accurate accounts of events; and who are nimble and agile to meet the demands of deadlines across a range of divergent media – print, broadcast, and online," Mr Flavel said..... 

Accusations of racism seek to bury message 
Hobson’s Pledge has, in only two days, achieved an astounding level of interest resulting in mainstream media rallying to vilify Don Brash and hiding behind racist taunts to avoid having a real conversation, spokesperson Casey Costello said today. 

For the record Casey Costello is very specific on the point that she represents Hobson’s Pledge as a New Zealander with, as she reiterates, a proud Ngapuhi and Anglo-Irish heritage. 

“There are important issues that face New Zealand and before more legislation entrenches us into separatism we need to be informed about what is in our future and stop focusing on what occurred in the past” Ms Costello said..... 

Tribal wealth continues to grow whānau wellbeing 
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has achieved another strong financial performance with a profit of $168.73m (post distribution) for the year ended 30 June 2016. 

Te Rūnanga has received a distribution of $44.2m for the year from its commercial arm for tribal development bringing the total since Settlement to $396m. 

Over the past year $11.4m was spent on Oranga (wellbeing) including business and enterprise development and homeownership initiatives, $4.6m on environmental protection and enhancement projects, $3.5m on education and $4.1m on projects to enhance the culture and identity.... 

Māori Party all hui no-doey on housing 
The Māori Party should stop tinkering and start fixing tragic Māori housing statistics in the face of a national housing crisis, says Labour’s Māori Development spokesman Kelvin Davis. 

“The Maori Party is touting the success of the Maori Housing Network, which is blowing $18 million a year just talking about houses instead of building them. 

“Instead of delivering houses, this money has been spent on 32 ‘capability projects’, 42 workshops and ‘housing facilitation support’ for just 79 whanau. With the money left over, they’ve only been able to build 42 houses..... 

Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy visits Nelson's Whakatu Marae 
New Zealand's newest Governor General has made her first official appearance in Nelson. 
Three days after being sworn in as 21st person to hold the role, Dame Patsy Reddy was welcomed on to Whakatu Marae with a forceful powhiri. 

She then thanked everyone for her warm reception and expressed a sincere desire to uphold the Treaty of Waitangi. 

"I'm looking forward to developing an even warmer relationship with the iwi of this region over the next five years.".... 

Maori not accessing mainstream health services: Ngai Tahu 
The Southern District Health Board needs to work more closely with Maori health providers if it is serious about closing the health gap between Maori and non Maori, a Ngai Tahu leader says. 

Ngai Tahu met with SDHB representatives regularly and the SDHB was trying, but the inequalities were deepening. 

Maori were not meeting the mark in access to GP services and had high rates of cardiovascular disease and they died earlier than non Maori. 

She believed Maori were lagging behind because DHBs only had to have a Maori health plan written by the Ministry of Health. They were not written from the perspective of what worked and what did not work in terms of decreasing inequality....