April - June

Māori council member calls for national Māori Water Commission
NZ Māori Council member Maanu Paul is calling for the establishment of a national Māori Freshwater Commission. Maanu Paul made his submission at the National Freshwater & Geothermal Resources Inquiry Waitangi Tribunal hearing taking place at Ohope.

Paul has returned to the Waitangi Tribunal to push his call for a national Māori Water Commission.

"We want the Māori Water Commission to manage the water, establish legislation and costs for the use of the water, as well as cleaning the water," he said.

This is Paul's second submission to strengthen his claim on behalf of all Māori for customary rights to the country's foreshore and seabed. He wants Iwi leader forums and urban authorities to be included on the commission.....

Push to lift number of young Maori voters
A new programme encouraging more Maori to register and cast their vote has been launched.

Maori Development Minister and Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell, who launched the programme today, said it targeted Maori aged 18-29.

"At the last election, only 55 per cent of Maori in this age group voted," he said....

Iwi investment in infrastructure mooted
GISBORNE’ City’s Councillors yesterday voted in favour of inviting iwi to invest in the council's infrastructure wastewater upgrade. The idea came from Mayor Meng Foon.

Mr Foon said there were existing legal restrictions, as the Local Government Act did not allow other organisations to invest in council infrastructure such as wastewater and stormwater. But it was an idea worth investigating.....

Crown found to be complicit in Lake Horowhenua pollution
The Crown's actions contributed to the pollution of Lake Horowhenua and Hōkio Stream, the Waitangi Tribunal has found.

The tribunal has upheld claims by Manawatu iwi Muaūpoko, which focused on their lands and waterways in Horowhenua.

In its report, released today, it found serious breaches of Treaty of Waitangi principles in relation to Crown actions and omissions involving Lake Horowhenua and the Hōkio Stream......

Tainui Group Holdings in deal to transform North Island freight flows
The Waikato-Tainui owned Ruakura inland port development has taken a major step forward with the announcement today of a joint venture partnership with a world-class port operator.

“Waikato-Tainui is an inter-generational investor. What we achieve today will reverberate for generations of our mokopuna.

Waikato-Tainui will continue to own the land on which the Ruakura Inland Port is built, and benefit from ground lease payments for its use.

“Ruakura will be transformational for the New Zealand logistical supply chain.

Ministry of Education announces funding to create kaupapa Maori school in Marlborough
A school with a kaupapa Maori world view as its guiding philosophy will be created in Marlborough after almost a decade without any bilingual options in the region.

Omaka Marare has long held aspirations for a school taught in both te reo Maori and English, now with the help of Renwick School the project is set to become a reality.

Iwi and education leaders have described the move as a significant development that reflects the cultural landscape and need for bilingual education in Marlborough.

The Ministry of Education announced on Tuesday it would provide $1 million in funding to create two classrooms at Omaka Marae, just outside Blenheim, as a satellite of Renwick School.....

Māori culture makes NZ special - TVNZ CEO
Television New Zealand boss Kevin Kenrick wants his network to ensure Māori culture continues to be a part of its programming.

He spoke to Kawe Kōrero Reporters and says Māori culture “is what makes New Zealand special and different”.

Kenrick says TVNZ is commitmented to its Treaty of Waitangi obligations as a state funded broadcaster.

He says, “If anybody had any concerns the fact that it is enshrined in legislation, in the TVNZ Act, we have a legal obligation to reflect Māori perspectives and that’s something we embrace.”....

Number of young Māori in court jumps 9 percent - research
The number of young Māori coming before the courts rose 9 percent last year, according to research carried out by a group of high school students.

The work has been completed by St Thomas' in Christchurch as part of an annual project - the National Youth Custody Index - which uses the Official Information Act to compile a snapshot of how well the justice system is doing in dealing with young people.....

New Pacific political group to back Maori Party
A Pacific political group has aligned itself to the Maori Party ahead of this year's election in New Zealand.

More than 100 people turned up to a launch event in Auckland to witness the signing of their partnership....

More investment for Maori tourism
A MULTIMILLION-dollar nationwide investment in Maori development and tourism will help fund the creation of a Ngati Porou tourism strategy on the east coast, Te Puni Kokiri (TPK) says.

As the Government’s principal adviser on the Crown’s relationship with Maori, TPK yesterday signed agreements with the Maori Women’s Development Inc (MWDI) and NZ Maori Tourism (NZMT) ahead of plans to invest more than $15 million into both agencies over the next three years.....

Fight for better Māori representation in local govt to go on
The Green Party is disappointed that its Member’s Bill to enable better Māori representation in local government was voted down last night, but is vowing to continue its campaign to make it happen.

Marama Davidson’s Bill would have ensured that the establishment of Māori and general wards follow the same legal process. Currently, the establishment of Māori wards in local government can be put to a referendum, whereas general wards can’t be – they are decided by councils alone.......

Auckland's Maori Identity 'will help make the Cup a win for NZ' 
....Think waka on the waterfront as part of a wider maritime experience, stunning Maori digital and installation art in public places, a Maori quarter downtown, bi-lingual signage that brings Auckland in line with many international cities in presenting our bicultural heritage, pou whenua that tells the story of this region. The ideas are endless," David Taipari says......

Entrance fee likely for famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing once local iwi settles with Crown
Local iwi, Ngati Tuwharetoa, will sign its Deed of Settlement with the Crown on Saturday next week and part of the deal gives iwi dual-guardianship over the Tongaririo National Park and decision making power.

The park features the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which in 2015 had more than 125,000 visitors.

Wanikau said although it's a controversial topic, it is likely they will introduce an entrance fee for park users.

"It's not a charge – it's a maintenance fee and at this point in time, the park is in real need of that maintenance," Mr Thomas said.....

Māori presence amiss at America's Cup celebrations
Ngāti Whātua want more Māori involved in the next America's Cup after Emirates Team New Zealand beat America's Oracle in Bermuda.

Māori presence was amiss at the celebrations in Auckland.

Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei spokesperson Taiaha Hawke told Te Kāea, “One of the reasons is because there is little Māori involvement.”

An issue he hopes to see changed if Auckland welcomes home the next America's Cup.

“Ngāti Whātua hopes to talk more with Emirates Team New Zealand about ways in which they can involve Māori in honour of the hopes and aspirations of Sir Peter Black and Sir Hugh Kawharu to see Māori included in the event,” Hawke adds.....

Ngāti Whātua oppose East-West highway plan
Auckland iwi have lodged mixed responses to the proposed East-West Link Highway, a New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) project that would create link the South-Western (SH20) and Southern Motorways (SH1). NZTA says it will improve travel times and make for easy more reliable travel, but Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei disagrees.

A new four-lane road would run on the northern side of the Mangere Inlet, connecting SH20 at Onehunga and SH1 at Mt Wellington. It would run on land and on the coastal marine area of the Manukau Harbour, with around 18-hectares of coastline reclaimed to make dry land for the project.

Blair says "that’s a concern for all Auckland iwi because we have asked the Crown to remedy issues around Foreshore and Seabed claims. Those discussions are on-going yet this Crown group wants the foreshore."

Some iwi support the project, others have conditions for approval and another submitted no view.......

The $50 billion Maori economy poised for growth, diversification
The $50 billion Maori economy can only grow from here as more Treaty of Waitangi settlements mature and more iwi groups get involved in the domestic markets, Chapman Tripp says.

A report from the law firm, called Te Ao Maori, anticipates growth in the Maori economy on the back of what it says has been a tumultuous Treaty settlement process.....

Iwi committee given go ahead for New Plymouth District Council
In the lead up to the debate on a new committee giving iwi a voice around the New Plymouth council table councillors were bombarded by "racist" emails from around the country.

The New Plymouth District Council voted to set up the new Te Huinga Taumatua Committee on Monday night and during the debate many councillors mentioned receiving "racist" emails, most coming from places outside the district, such as Whangarei and Nelson.

The committee will generate items for the council to consider and make recommendations on council issues.

It is also able to make decisions on things like road naming and renaming, naming and renaming council administered reserves and determining marae development grant applications greater than $10,000, without having to go through to the full council.

Councillor Gordon Brown said this was going to be one of the decisions the council was measured on.

"The community did not speak against this. This is one tiny step forward."

"The committee can authorise marae grants over $10,000. Does anyone here have superior knowledge on what marae gets what? Can we put the scaremongering aside? Can we turn towards effective partnership with iwi? Don't get spooked by uninformed ignorant people out there."....

Palmerston North asked to consider Maori ward
Palmerston North could have a Maori ward or wards for the 2019 local body elections.

It is a move Rangitaane Settlement Trust chairwoman Danielle Harris described as "a number of years overdue".

The city council has decided to consult the public on the proposal, despite a last minute bid to consider other ways of improving Maori participation in local decision making.

Cr Karen Naylor wanted to include other ideas in the discussion, such as having a Maori standing committee or form of iwi partnership.

Harris said iwi wanted a ward or wards, and anything else was "a watered–down variation."

"It's a massive change. It's the difference between a voice and a vote, or something else."....

Serious Fraud Office raids iwi river trust headquarters
The Serious Fraud Office has swooped on the headquarters of a trust tasked with cleaning up the Waikato River, as part of its investigation into the organisation's chairman.

An SFO spokesperson confirmed the agency used a warrant to search the offices of the Te Arawa River Iwi Trist (Tarit) in Rotorua on Thursday. No further comment would be made.

The search was linked to an inquiry into the financial activities of Tarit chairman Roger Pikia.

Tarit has received $10 million of taxpayers' money, with the promise of $20m more over 20 years, to care for its section of the Waikato River.....

Young Maori receive $20,000 scholarships to help reach global unis
A Maori teen with dreams of becoming Prime Minister is one of five Maori youth receiving $20,000 scholarships to help them get into prestigious international universities.

Fifteen-year-old Samuel Taylor was down in Wellington this week for the National Party conference, so missed the scholarship ceremony, but told the Herald "it means the absolute world to me".

Taylor, who comes from "a pretty Pakeha immediate family" has recently starting taking an interest in his heritage and learning te reo at school.

He dreams of being the first Maori Prime Minister and to increase Maori representation in government.....

Hokianga claimant's want the Crown to address poverty
Hokianga claimants have called for the Crown to address poverty as of priority in their move towards a settlement.

It's one of a host of remedies being called for by claimants and counsel in their closing submissions to the Waitangi Tribunal.

Professor Pat Hohepa addressed the tribunal in his closing submission, "We the indigenous people are suffering. We are a third world country illegally occupied. Anywhere else in the world that kind of takeover is treason.".....

New face chance to put Maori objectives to fore
The chair of Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory Board, David Taipari, is keen to sit down with the new boss of the Auckland Tourism and Economic Development agency to advance Maori interests up the priority list.

"There needs to be a strengthening of Maori and Maori business entrepreneurship and other opportunities, particularly focusing around our rangatahi....

Hobson's Pledge meeting question time disrupted
Question time at the Rotorua meeting of Don Brash's Hobson's Pledge group tonight turned into a large-scale argument.

The crowd at Hennessy's pub stayed quiet for speeches by Mr Brash and Casey Costello, but turned the opportunity for questions into a chance to have their say on "race-based policies".

The loudest objections from the crowd were to Mr Brash's statements that Maori surrendered their sovereignty by signing the treaty of Waitangi, and did not enter into a partnership.

"There ain't no partnership in the treaty...I'll give you $1000 if you find the word partnership in the treaty."....

'Better received, better treated and a better understanding of Māori'
In Voices this week we asked what immigration might look like if Māori were more involved in the process.

It underpins debates about housing, transport and infrastructure - but also race relations. Māori want more say on immigration policies as they flag concerns about access to houses and jobs as well as the place of the Treaty.

Dr Camille Nakhid, who works at AUT, emigrated here from Trinidad and Tobago. She said if Māori were at the forefront of migrants coming into Aotearoa, "we'd be better received, better treated and we would also have a better understanding of Māori."

"Every migrant that we talk to, expresses interest that they want to build a relationship with Tangata Whenua," he said.

Māori still feel dictated to on immigration, and Dr Rata says when they challenge the government's approach the response is often one of ridicule and vilification.....

Northland's high truancy rate 'not surprising'
Myles Ferris says ensuring whanau are engaged with schools and living in healthy environments are some steps which could tackle Northland's high frequent truant rate.

The Ministry of Education attendance report, released this month, showed Northland had the second highest frequent truant rate (2.6 per cent) with 575 students unjustifiably absent for three days or longer during survey week - June 13 to June 17 - last year.

Of those 575 students, 407, or 70.8 per cent, were Maori.....

New te reo Māori glossary to provide terms specific to health sectors
A new Māori glossary will provide translations for existing words, and has also created many new words specific to Mental health, addiction and disability sectors.

Te Reo Hāpai- The Language of Enrichment launched as part of Matariki and includes over 200 Māori words, terms and whakataukī.

Renowned mental health expert Sir Mason Durie wrote the foreword for Te Reo Hāpai. He believes it represents an important milestone in mental health development and is a significant advance of te reo Māori in all facets of life in Aotearoa.

Research looks to ensure preservation of end-of-life tikanga
A study by the University of Auckland looks at discovering and strengthening Māori traditional end-of-life practices to protect them for the future; this will have benefits for whānau carers, iwi and the health and palliative care sectors.

The study, Pae Herenga: An investigation of Māori whānau end-of-life cultural care customs, will be led by Tess Moeke-Maxwell of the University's School of Nursing and the leading Māori palliative care researcher in New Zealand. .....


Helena Bay Lodge consent for small stream to water lawns
An exclusive Helena Bay retreat wants to suck 60,000 litres a day from a small stream to water its lawns, and local hapu are offended at being considered "not affected".

Three later objections, deemed informal by the NRC, came from Millan Ruka of Environment River Patrol Aotearoa, Mr Haika and Ngatiwai environment manager Hori Parata.

Major earthworks before and during the development of Helena Bay Lodge had changed the stream's habitat but it remained significant to iwi, the objectors said.
There is a registered pa site on a mountain overlooking the stream and archaeological studies show the stream was a well-used path to the sea and gardens.

Mr Ruka said iwi values and history would have been explained had the questions been asked.....

Maori governance course on corporate ladder
The next cohort of young Maori wanting to step up to governance roles will start their training tomorrow in an innovative programme from Auckland-based consultancy Te Whare Hukahuka.

Director Shay Wright says support for the programme shows young Maori are keen to translate their passion for community into action.

New Governance Partnership Between NPDC and Senior Iwi Leaders Created
New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) and iwi leadership have created Te Huinga Taumatua Committee to bring the expertise of iwi leaders to the Council’s decision-making process.
“This is a pleasing step forward and is about iwi leaders having a seat at the governance table,” says Mayor Neil Holdom.
Te Huinga Taumatua Committee will consist of five iwi leaders and five elected Councillors to identify and discuss issues of cultural, economic, environmental and social importance to Maori in the district. Unlike the former Iwi Relationship Subcommittee, Te Huinga Taumatua will generate items for the Council to consider as well as make recommendations on Council issues.
“The committee consists of iwi leaders with strong mana and governance experience. It will focus on issues of importance to Maori and provide strategic guidance to NPDC,” says Cr Gordon Brown.

“It’s a pleasing step forward in our partnership and we’re looking forward to the future of this governance committee,” says Cr Marie Pearce......

Scientist adopts Māori concepts to save penguins
A leading penguin expert says seeing the environment through the eyes of Māori is something more conservationists in Aotearoa need to do.

Professor John Cockrem from Massey University is using his newfound knowledge of kaitiakitanga to protect the little blue penguin or kororā.

He said there are distinct differences in how Māori and Pākehā traditionally view the environment.

"I'm not Māori but my understanding is that it arises from the Māori world view of people being descended from Papatūānuku - people are related to animals and to plants and to the earth.

Mr Cockrem has just received a two-year Vision Mātauranga grant and said he would use the fund to install nest boxes and sound systems to help bring kororā back to the Ngāti Toa community.......

Māori Television and Stuff partner in video deal
Māori Television and Fairfax Media have partnered to showcase the indigenous broadcaster's news video on Stuff from today.

The deal is aimed at reflecting the diverse needs of Stuff's audience, while also meeting the growing demand for online news videos.....

History lost if Waiheke name changed
The Geographic Board is considering an application to remove a name on Waiheke Island linked to some of its earliest Maori visitors.

It’s the second time the board has considered replacing Omihi with Rocky Bay, with an earlier application from the same person being turned down in 2011 based on long term use of the existing names, a lack of evidence, and a lack of consultation or support for the proposals.

The applicant says the name causes confusion, and mail addressed to Omihi does not reach him....

Te Ture Whenua – gone by lunchtime?
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has to front up about yesterday’s mysterious withdrawal of Te Ture Whenua Bill from Parliament’s order paper, says Labour’s Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

“Has he lost his way and has decided to run away from this shambles? He has no mandate from Māori for this legislation and has shunned any intelligent debate.

“The Minister must now tell us what is happening. He has already admitted Māori landowners are confused about this Bill......

Former Urewera raids protester on regional council committee
Former 'Urewera Four' member, and environmental activist Emily Bailey has been appointed to a Taranaki Regional Council standing committee.

Bailey is one of three iwi appointees, with Mitchell Ritai​ and John Hooker, chosen by an appointments panel made up of Taranaki iwi members, to sit on the policy and planning committee at regional council meetings.

Three other iwi appointees, Fay Mulligan, Keith Holswich​, and Hoani Eriwata​, were selected by the same panel to sit on the council's consents and regulatory committee.

Bailey, along with partner Urs Signer, Tama Iti and Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara​ was arrested in 2007 during the Urewera Raids......

New Kaipara College principal 'thrilled'
The Helensville-based school, in north Auckland, announced its new principal on June 23.

McCracken, of Ngai Te Rangi descent, was a "keen sportsman". He holds a postgraduate diploma in educational leadership and management.

The new principal said he was looking forward to furthering the relationships Kaipara College had with local iwi – Ngati Whatua o Kaipara....

Maori prison proposition an oxymoron
How can you run a prison on Maori values when our ancestral tikanga [customs] never used imprisonment as a form of social control? Either the values get watered down or the adherence to any form of tikanga is solely used as a justification to perpetuate the high levels of incarcerated Maori.

The idea of Maori-run prisons as a revolutionary initiative to curb the negative statistics is neither creative nor tika [appropriate].....

Treaty part of new health research plan
Partnership with Maori and support for the Treaty of Waitangi have been identified as priorities in New Zealand’s first Health Research Strategy launched today.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the strategy should increase the quality and impact of government investment in health research......

First hui to approve Te Puia ownership handover
The first hui to discuss the Te Puia and New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute vesting process will take place next week.

A vesting agreement has been initialled that will ultimately transfer ownership of Te Puia and New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute from the Crown to iwi.....

Victoria academics granted funding to boost Māori innovation
Two Victoria University of Wellington academics have received funding of almost $150,000 from the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to support research projects that are building capability and innovation for Māori.

The funding has been granted through MBIE’s 2017 Te Punaha Hihiko Vision Matauranga Capability Fund, which was established to grow skills and capacity for Māori participation in science and innovation.

Dr Maria Bargh, from Victoria’s School of Māori Studies—Te Kawa a Māui, has received almost $100,000 to continue her research on iwi organisation voting. She is working with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa to build knowledge on its current voter trends, with the hope that this information will help Ngāti Awa and other iwi become more connected.

The Maori economy is booming – just not for Ngapuhi
Maori entities “have been able to gather some momentum which has been great”, says Flavell, who is Maori Party co-leader. “Of course they hit a few rocks here and there, but generally they are really starting to ramp it up now and I think the country is starting to feel that there is a change in terms of the representation of Maori in the economy.”...

Durie leadership provided platform for action
Professor Sir Mason Durie was awarded the prestigious tohu for his commitment to making a difference in the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders - and ensuring Maori play a significant part in the future of the country.

His philosophies and and research have influenced a generation of policymakers and politicians across education, health and social sectors.

The 78-year-old says when he started at Massey University in the early 1980s trying to revitalise the provision of health and education, there were only two Maori health providers and fewer than 40 Maori doctors.

There are now almost 100 providers and last year alone 77 Maori graduated as doctors, along with similar increases in pharmacists, psychologists and social workers.....

Iwi flex muscle in stoush with Hauraki
Tauranga iwi have warned local authorities in their area they will take direct action if they engage directly with Pare Hauraki.

The iwi took to the water on Saturday to blockade Tauranga Harbour, preventing at least one ship, from entering the port.

They are protesting what they say are government attempts to restructure the tribal make up of the area by introducing Hauraki tribes into Tauranga political structures when they had no history of being involved in the region.......

Iwi pressure puts paid to Evolution search
Concerted and sustained opposition from tangata whenua and conservationist is being seen as the reason for Evolution Mining give up its seach for gold and silver at Puhipuhi north of Whangarei.

"Their operations people and particularly their investors back in Australia were really upset about the level of tangata whenua and community opposition, so they need to swallow it, they need to be handing in the three exploration permits that they have in Taitokerau," he says.......

Nats all ‘say’ and no ‘do’ on equal rights
A flyer challenging Prime Minister Bill English’s record on a single standard of citizenship went out to 1.6 million households today.

The flyer that calls on everyone to use their vote in this year’s election “to end National’s race-based policies” was distributed by equal rights group Hobson’s Pledge.

By appeasing continuous tribal demands, National Party leaders are surrendering what’s not theirs to give away, purely to cling onto political power, spokesman Don Brash said.....

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei sends support to Tauranga Moana
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust (the Trust) says it supports Tauranga Moana iwi 100% in their stand against the Crown’s proposed Treaty of Waitangi Settlement with the Hauraki Collective.

“It’s deeply concerning that the Government is trying to pull together a deal with Hauraki iwi and not respecting the people who have actually continued to live in the area for centuries.

“Unfortunately, the Crown is taking the same flawed approach in Tāmaki Makaurau, Waikato and North Auckland,” says Mr Blair.

Hauraki iwi have also made claims over parts of Auckland, including in front of Bastion Point and the Central Business District, which is regarded as Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei mana whenua.

“It’s unfortunately that we are seeing iwi like Hauraki taking advantage of the Crown’s approach and overreaching into areas where their interests are not strong.

“We have similar concerns to Tauranga iwi. The Crown needs to understand it can’t continue this approach or more iwi will take a stand,” says Mr Blair.....

Investor drive key to lifting Maori incomes by 20 per cent
The government has published a guide for overseas investors interested in profiting from the fast-growing Maori economy.

The guide gives overseas investors a guide to important Maori cultural values, as well as the statistics which paint a portrait of the Maori economy, which continues to grow at a rate of 5-6 per cent a year, compared to 2-3 per cent for the economy as a whole.....

Linz flogs thousands of surplus Crown properties
Land Information NZ is managing the sale of about 368 surplus Crown properties mostly in regional areas.

A further 953 are properties being kept for treaty settlements, with identification of the properties only accessible to iwi.

The total value of properties on the current disposal list is about $86m million, excluding the reserved iwi properties.....

Do we need a new Maori uprising? (Opinion)
Maori are 380% more likely to be convicted of a crime and 200% more likely to die from heart disease and suicide. Maori are paid 18% less and 34% leave school without a qualification. Maori die earlier and suffer more. It's not fair

No, it's beyond 'not fair' it is a morally reprehensible obscenity in a country that pretends that it is egalitarian.

I believe that the majority of white New Zealanders live in a constant state of wilful ignorance when it comes to racism in this country. The facts of how racist our system really is are glaring in the statistical outcomes, but still we have the Don Brash's of this country screaming Maori privilege.

I believe we need to be confronted by the racism of our country by a new Maori uprising.

The horror of those statistics of failure on the front cover of MANA magazine won't change of we are wait for white NZ to acknowledge them.

Imagine if one day a month, every month, Maori from across New Zealand went on strike and marched in the main streets demanding a response to the racism of our country.

White NZ won't change unless it is forced to change. The fact it took 136 years to apologise for Parihaka is proof positive of that......

Maori rugby has played second fiddle for too long
Maori rugby has played second fiddle for too long. Maori players were shut out of tours to South Africa except in 1976 where they were "honorary whites". The belated New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU) apology to Maori in 2010 came only after the South African government apologised first.....

Haumaha promoted to assistant commissioner
The head of the police Maori, Pacific and ethnic services, Superintendant Wally Haumaha, has been promoted to assistant commissioner status.....

Government signs up to ambitious Maori economic growth targets
The partnership provides vision for a productive, innovative, export-oriented Maori economy, driven by whanau.

New targets were set at this morning's meeting following a five year refresh of the strategy.

As part of He kai kei aku ringa, Mr Flavell and Mr Bridges announced a $1.5 million package of initiatives to boost Maori enterprise growth....

Gold miner backtracks on plans to mine next to Te Waikoropupu Springs
A Takaka dairy farmer who wants to mine gold on farmland adjacent to the treasured Te Waikoropupu Springs has shrunk his proposal after local iwi raised concerns.

Matthew Crawford, 28, said he had backtracked on his original application after consulting with iwi Ngati Tama ki Te Waipounamu trust.

He is expected to apply for resource consent soon and his updated consent application has cut out 33 hectares of pasture that adjoins the renowned springs in the Pupu Valley.

Ngati Tama spokeswoman Sarah Sparks said the iwi had a "no mining stance" near the wahi tapu, so it held obvious concerns with any mining occurring in the vicinity of Te Waikoropupu Springs.

"The Tasman District Council should notify all such consents to Ngati Tama as an affected party," she said.....

Tauranga rejects cultural foothold for Hauraki
Tauranga tribes staged a water-borne protest on the harbour yesterday, and the boats will be out again tomorrow.

The Treaty Negotiations Minister is denying a secret deal with Hauraki is imminent, and the Waitangi Tribunal has already confirmed Hauraki has customary interests in Tauranga Moana.

But Mr Mr Tawhiao says interests are not rights, and the Hauraki rohe stops at Waihi Beach......

Ngati Whakaue and supporters hikoi to Rotorua Hospital in protest over axing of Maori service
More than 100 people have marched to Rotorua Hospital on behalf of Ngati Whakaue to protest the axing of the hospital's Maori support service.

Hunga Manaaki was ended on Friday, with a wider community-focused service set to replace it.

Senior students from Rotorua Primary School, which is beside Rotorua Hospital, also took part in the march......

Maori eye bigger stake in kiwifruit industry
Maori hope to grow their multi-million dollar share in the kiwifruit industry.

Yesterday at the launch of the Maori Kiwifruit Growers Forum chairman Tiaki Hunia said Mori growers aimed to lift their current eight per cent share of Zespri production up to 20 percent.....

Iwi blocking harbour entrance
Iwi blockades are reported to be in place at the Tauranga Harbour Entrance to stop commercial shipping traffic entering and leaving the Port of Tauranga. 

"The protest is not aimed at the Port of Tauranga, but instead aims to assure the Prime Minister and Minister of Treaty Negotiations that Ngai Te Rangi will not accept any Crown deal that gives rights to Tauranga Moana to a Hauraki Collective of iwi and hapu.

"Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is pushing through a secret deal that would give those rights to the Hauraki Collective, in an area where they have not been traditionally located."......

Treaty settlement officials spend more than $57,000 of taxpayers' money travelling to Chatham Islands
More than $57,000 of taxpayers' money has been spent on jet-setting Government officials to the Chatham Islands and back for iwi negotiations.

Figures provided by the Taxpayers' Union reveal $44,214 was spent on flights, $10,911 on hotels and $2,025 on rental cars and fees in the period from August 2015 to March 2017.

The Office of Treaty Settlements (OTS) blamed a "lack of high-speed internet connection" in the Chathams for much of the travel, and that neither of the iwi negotiating with OTS had access to video conferencing equipment.

However Taxpayers' Union executive director Jordan Williams says the local council was contacted about the infrastructure and the response was that the internet works "perfectly fine".

"Serious questions need to be asked about why the Office have not elected to use other means to remain connected with those involved in the negotiations on the Chatham Islands. .....

Landlocked' Marlborough Airport reliant on NZDF space to grow
Business leaders are adamant Marlborough Airport needs to expand for the region to reach its full potential, but finding the land to grow is proving troublesome.

No land has been sold so far, however the 2014 Treaty settlement for the iwi gave them the ability to buy Defence Force land at Woodbourne as commercial redress.
Rangitane o Wairau chairwoman Wendy Hynes issued a statement on behalf of the three Kurahaupo iwi saying they had an option to purchase Woodbourne and the negotiations were ongoing. ....

GNS Science-Maori research projects
Researchers at GNS Science have been awarded funding of $480,000 for four new projects in the 2017 round of Te Pūnaha Hihiko-Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund.
This year, $3.9 million was awarded for 32 projects from the fund, which aims to strengthen relationships between Māori and scientists.

The projects run for two years and are aligned with four themes – indigenous innovation, environmental sustainability, health and social wellbeing, and exploring indigenous knowledge.

• Working with Ngāti Hauā Iwi Trust to develop an interactive user portal that collates and presents freshwater scientific, Mātauranga and policy knowledge of the Piako River catchment.

• Working with Whakarewarewa Village Charitable Trust in Rotorua to better understand health effects of hydrogen sulphide.

• Working with Hauraki iwi Ngāti Hako to integrate scientific information and traditional knowledge to better understand and realise the mineral resources in the iwi’s rohe (tribal region).

• Working with Rotorua iwi Ngāti Rangiwewehi to identify ‘kaitiaki’ flow regimes for Awahou Stream near Rotorua.

GNS Science is also participating in two other iwi-led projects that have won funding totalling $143,000. Both projects involve geologist Simon Cox.

Govt to fund pēpi pods for every family that needs it
The government will spend $2 million on reducing the high number of unexpected deaths in infancy, providing wahakura - baby baskets also known as pēpi pods - and helping pregnant women quit smoking.

Māori babies die from SUDI at twice the rate of non-Māori.

Dr Coleman said the money would go towards a nationwide rollout of the woven flax or plastic pods, which allow babies to safely bed-share with their parents.

Families in the Far North living without running water now have a communal ablution block to use thanks to the inmates of Ngawha Prison.
"There's a definite desire on the part of many iwi Maori to go back to their home base ... back to the kainga that their grandparents lived on ... but of course it sometimes comes with no facilities," Mr Flavell said.

"The government is attempting to find some assistance to allow them to do that.

"The infrastructural base is going to take some time to get there but at least they have some comfortable-enough services to be able to look after their children and their families."......

Claims of unethical treatment of Māori staff and students at Northtec
Māori staff and students are leaving Northtec Taitokerau Wānanga over issues of unethical treatment. A formal complaint is currently before the Northtec council with three similar complaints laid with the Ombudsman in the past year.

Kim Ellice is one of three former students from Kaitaia who laid formal complaints with the Ombudsman in the past year.

There are another two formal complaints by staff currently before the Northtec Council regarding the unethical treatment of Māori staff and students. Civil says other students at the Kaikohe campus are wanting to know how to go about laying formal complaints.

Ellice adds, "I know that they have an international support group and they have a tutor solely for that but there's not one for Māori. So where is that considering this is in the Northland. That's my major question, wheres the support for Māori?" ...

Government funding cuts sees Auckland Women's Centre forced to make cutbacks
Last year an Auckland women's centre was operating with $100,000 in Government funding. This year it will get none.

In June 2016 the Government cut $30,000 in annual funding to the Grey Lynn Auckland Women's Centre.

The centre, which supports more than 4000 women and their families each year, relies on grants and donations to stay afloat.

he centre had received the funding for the past 14 years but the government told centre manager Leonie Morris it was reallocating the money to Whanau Ora because the women's centre wasn't meeting its outcomes.....

Respectfully dispersing ashes of the deceased: A long felt cultural need of NZ Hindus
The long felt cultural need of Hindus living in New Zealand of respectfully dispersing ashes of their loved ones in open water received a major boost last week when a submission made to Maori Select Committee in this regard was accepted for further action.....

Waikato Uni plan to train Maori for GP work is discriminatory
Maori doctors are graduating at a rate greater than ever before. This is quite miraculous. The secondary education system fails to produce a proportionate number of Maori with excellent Level 3 NCEA qualifications in the science subjects required for successful medical study.

The University of Waikato has proposed a third medical school with a focus on producing graduates for provincial New Zealand.

Maori doctors are needed in every speciality. Training Maori doctors only to work in areas where others don't want to work is discrimination.....

Council knocks back Sydney marae bid
Three groups have been working together for three decades to try to build the marae in Hyland Road Reserve in western Sydney, which they say has strong links to local Māori.

However, the Cumberland Council has refused the marae development on the basis that the site has no specific historical links.....

Local focus in new Maori language resources
Education Minister Nikki Kaye has promised more localised curriculum resources to support te reo Maori in both Maori medium and English medium kura and schools.

Budget 2017 included $7.6 million over four years for Maori language in curriculum resources, as well as $1.7 million to continue supporting the boards of trustees of Maori medium schools.

She says that’s on top of the $2 million already spent each year on Maori language resources for schools.

While the focus will be on priority areas such as literacy, numeracy, science and digital technology, there will also be materials using local stories about specific places and events, and materials that depict national and regional events such as the Maori Land Wars, the Treaty of Waitangi commemorations, and recognition of Maori leaders.....

Hapu wants day before tribunal
A Whakatohea claimant says her hapu doesn’t want to talk settlement until all the eastern Bay of Plenty iwi’s claims are heard by the Waitangi tribunal.

Tracey Hillier says Ngai Tamahaua is challenging the appointment of negotiators by the Whakatohea Pre-settlement Trust.

Tracey Hillier says Ngati Tamahaua wants to put some new arguments before the Waitangi Tribunal, including changes over the past 20 years in international recognition of indigenous rights, and the increased importance of hapu to the settlement process as laid out in the Waitangi Tribunal’s Ngapuhi Mandate Report.....

Bringing in lawyers in wastewater treatment resource consent hearing angers iwi representative
Bringing in lawyers helped make for a smoother way forward for the Tararua District Council during its resource consent hearings for wastewater treatment plants for Eketahuna and Pahiatua.

But the decision to call in the lawyers didn't go down well with Morry Black who was representing Ngati Kahungunu at the hearings.

"We were trying to find a solution, then the council brings in a lawyer. We don't want to waste time," Mr Black said.

"There should have been engagement with us earlier, but in regards to Pahiatua, they asked Rangitane to do the cultural impact on the river.

"Previously Kahungunu haven't had a relationship with the council, but now we're heading into our Treaty settlement there might be a change of attitude, especially with new mayor Tracey Collis showing the way.".....

Māori struggling to find land for urupā
The demand for land in Auckland is putting pressure on one of the city's oldest marae, which is desperate to find space to bury its dead.

The urupā, or burial grounds, at Pukaki in South Auckland has reached capacity, and its iwi is worried it will not have space for a potential haul of ancestral remains.....

New approach accelerates literacy in bilingual children
New research from the University of Auckland has shown that pupils in kura kaupapa Māori-language immersion schools who have English introduced to their lessons gain a better grasp of both languages.

Under her theory, instead of kura kaupapa Māori students having English introduced at secondary school level, it should start when the pupils are aged 11 and 12.

“The introduction of English is better placed when the children are in years 7 and 8,” she says.

“This could stop the current pattern of many parents pulling their children out of kura kaupapa Māori schools at year 8 and sending them to mainstream high schools to start learning in English.”....

Authors call for Maori interests to be recognised on immigration
A new book on New Zealand immigration policies claims Maori are suffering disproportionate economic impact.

Fair Borders from the BWB Texts series of books, which includes influential titles like Generation Rent and The Child Poverty Debate, includes a call for Maori voices to be heard in the national immigration debate, which is dominated by business leaders and economists.

Tahu Kukutai and Arama Rata from the National Institute of Demographic Analysis at the University of Waikato also say it is time for the citizenship oath to include a reference to upholding the Treaty of Waitangi.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse indicated there was no intention of incorporating the treaty into the oath, and that Maori enterprises were "beneficiaries of good immigration policies" as they provided access to workers when no locals were available to do the job......

Māori Party open to offers post-election
Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell told Three's The Hui that if Labour is in a position to form a Government and reached out to the Māori Party after the election, he would seek guidance from the Māori Party's membership.

"We would be going back to our people and saying, 'Here's the invitation, it's arrived… You've told us in the past you want us to be influential, therefore let's make a considered decision.'"

However he also didn't rule out working with the National Party to raise funds for the Māori Party's election war chest, as the Māori Party did last election......

Māori Lawyer says treaty claim process flawed for Ngāpuhi
Māori lawyer, Te Kani Williams says the process to settle Ngāpuhi's treaty claim is flawed.

"The Crown wants the tribe of Ngāpuhi to unite, however they're one of the biggest tribes, which makes the process wrong, because the wider tribe of Ngāpuhi is so large."

"The regions are saying the Crown needs to come to them and talk directly with them. Don't form one group to speak for everyone." .....

Auckland landmarks to be lit up to celebrate Matariki
Landmarks across Auckland will be illuminated in a orange halo from tonight to celebrate Matariki, the cluster of stars that marks the Maori New Year.

The Sky Tower will bathe the city in colours reminiscent of the breaking dawn, and will remain lit up from the launch of the Matariki Festival tonight until the Te Korakora on Federal festival on Thursday June 22.

The eastern sea wall of the Viaduct will transform into a wonderland as it casts a golden glow across the harbour.

For the duration of Matariki, at 6pm and 11pm the sea wall lighting will take on the added effect of stars to echo the Matariki constellation rising in the north east.
A special light show will also illuminate the Auckland Town Hall with images from host iwi artists Star, Aroha and Ra Gossage.

Auckland Museum's building and Auckland Transport's Te Ara I Whiti cycleway will also shine in honour of Matariki's star cluster along with another 14 buildings and landmarks to mark the start of Tāmaki Makaurau's three week mid-winter festival.

More than 100 events will be running across the Auckland region during the Matariki Festival celebrating Māori culture, art, entertainment, and food......

Tears at decision to end Maori support service at hospital
Ngati Whakaue is unhappy with a decision to axe Rotorua Hospital's Maori support service - which ended today with the loss of five jobs and emotional scenes.

Health board chief executive Ron Dunham said the board was concerned iwi were unhappy but the decision was made with "the very best of intentions" and as part of the DHB's commitment to improving health equity. A wider community-focused service would replace Hunga Manaaki from today. ...

Greens discuss compulsory reo in schools with NZ Principals Federation
The Green Party have met with the New Zealand Principals Federation regarding their policy to have Te Reo Māori as a core subject in schools.

The party made compulsory reo in schools part of their policy earlier this year and have also met with the Māori Language Commission with many more groups on the agenda....

Budget 2017: Supporting Māori language and kura management
Education Minister Nikki Kaye has provided more detail about Budget 2017 funding for Māori language and kura management.

$7.6 million over four years is being invested in Māori language in education curriculum resources, alongside $1.7 million to continue supporting the Boards of Trustees of Māori medium schools.

“It adds significantly to the $2 million already spent each year on Māori language in education curriculum resources.

“Students in Māori medium and English medium kura and schools are set to benefit from the new resources, which will be created to support students both learning te reo Māori as a subject, and studying other subjects in and through te reo......

Tears as Crown apologises for Parihaka atrocities
The Crown has officially apologised for the atrocities it committed when it sacked the peaceful Taranaki settlement of Parihaka in 1881.

The package includes the apology, a legacy statement and a payment of $9 million, as well as deals for development services from 10 Crown agencies and three local councils.....

There's going to be a Te Reo Maori version of Moana
Disney is looking for a Maori speaking cast for its Polynesian fairytale Moana, which will be the first Disney film translated into Te Reo.

Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi, who wrote the initial Moana screenplay, has put out a casting call for actors and singers to revoice the film in Te Reo....

Hauraki Maori apply for customary rights
At least five iwi, hapu and whanau groups have recently applied for coastal and marine titles and customary rights in the Hauraki area.

Hauraki District Council communications officer Paula Trubshaw says it's possible other groups may have applied without notifying the council.

“The council is keen to stay in the loop on developments, so we have registered an interest by serving notices of appearance on all applications relating to the area,” says Paula

“If granted, a marine title would allow a group to protect wahi tapu, give or decline permission for activities requiring resource consent, and assume ownership of newly found taonga in the area,” says Paula.

“The granting of protected customary rights would ensure legal rights to activities such as gathering kaimoana, launching waka, imposing rahui, the use of resources such as minerals, shingle and peat, and the collection of medicinal and food plants.”....

Iwi back in court over Auckland land
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is fighting for another chance to stop land in central Auckland from being offered to neighbouring tribe Ngāti Paoa.

But the Court of Appeal has been told the courts have no place deciding what can and cannot be included in Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has offered the land to Ngāti Paoa as part of its settlement.

In March, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust tried to challenge the move and clarify the negotiation process but the High Court declined to hear its case.....

Sovereignty debate basis for Ngapuhi reset
Mana leader Hone Harawira says the crown's withdrawal from treaty settlement negotiations with Ngapuhi is a chance for the iwi to take stock of who it is, where it is and where it wants to go.

It still leaves the question of what to do about the Waitangi tribunal finding Ngapuhi did not cede sovereignty when it signed the Treaty of Waitangi.

"I think it's beholden on those of us in the north to use that kaupapa to focus on changing the nature of treaty settlements away from being full and final to being a simple settlement for past grievances and laying out a platform for the way the future should be managed within the Ngapuhi homeland as well as putting in processes as to how Ngapuhi will engage with government at a national level," Mr Harawira says.....

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari changes visitor access to enclosure
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari has changed the way visitors access the Southern Enclosure due to ongoing and unresolved issues with a nearby block of iwi-owned land.

The Maunga, as Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is often known, attracts 15,000 visitors a year to the community inspired sanctuary. It’s home to many of New Zealand’s endangered species, with more being introduced each year, and has the world’s longest pest-proof fence at 47km, enclosing 3,363 hectares.

Visitors to the Maunga cross from the Visitor Centre into the scenic reserve Southern Enclosure through a small block of land called Maungatautari 4G Section IV, which is owned by the Maungatautari 4G4 Block Trust.

Waipa District Council has a lease and easement agreement with the iwi land owners and Sanctuary Mountain staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors all cross this land to access the Southern Enclosure. Each year, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari staff and volunteers must apply for land owner approval from the 4G4 Trust to cross their land.

Since January this year, the 4G4 Trust declined to approve some 42 key staff members, trustees and volunteers, including the general manager, office staff, and guides. No reason has been given for rejecting key staff; about 40 staff and volunteers do have approval from the Trust.....

Maori miss out on legal distinction
Maori lawyers are more likely to become judges than Queens counsel under current conditions.

That’s the response of Victoria University law faculty senior lecturer Mamari Stephens to the absence of many Maori in the latest crop of senior lawyers that made it to that level, which did not include any Maori....

Auckland Council disputes bilingual elevators a waste of ratepayers' money
A not-for-profit group fed-up with wasteful spending by Auckland Council is asking whether bilingual elevators were a fair expense for ratepayers. The pilot was launched at the council's Albert Street premises in March with a price tag of $6200.

Auckland Council is lifting its Te Reo Māori game with bilingual floor announcements in its headquarter's elevators, but some people are complaining about the price tag.

Auckland Ratepayers Alliance spokesperson Jordan Williams says "the feedback from our 16,000 members since we've gone out with this story has been 'this is a total waste of money.".....

Treaty Minister says the Pope couldn't reconcile Ngapuhi leadership divide
The Government has backed out of negotiations with Ngāpuhi for the time being, saying not even the Pope could help reconcile the tribe's leadership divide.

It has already spent around four million dollars on a settlement with the Northland iwi - a price tag which will rise further if the tribe accepts the Prime Minister's latest offer to pay for a mediator to sort the current impasse....

High Court action means Maori must be consulted
The initiation of High Court action by several Maori groups means their views must be sought when Environment Southland receives resource consent applications from the wider public relating to certain marine coastal areas.

Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, Te Whanau o Topi and landowners of the Ruapuke Island Group have applied to the High Court to have protected customary rights and customary marine titles in the Southland coastal marine area recognised under the Marine Coastal Area Act, Environment Southland says.

The High Court applications may take years to be decided on by the courts.
However, until those court decisions are made, the Maori groups will need to be consulted when Environment Southland is considering resource applications which fall into the affected areas identified in the applications, Environment Southland says......

Maori interest in surplus Crown-owned land: Applications for June 2017
Land Information New Zealand works with the Office of Treaty Settlements to manage surplus Crown properties in the Treaty Settlements Landbank.

A schedule is published frequently with new Crown properties declared surplus. Iwi are invited to register their interest in these properties with the Office of Treaty Settlements.....

Roadshows to support Māori small businesses
Small Business Minister Jacqui Dean, and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell are looking forward to meeting with Māori businesses when the Small Business Roadshow travel to Kaitaia and Whakatāne later this month.

“The Small Business Roadshow has been traveling around Aotearoa, connecting small businesses with government services,” Ms Dean says......

Maori growing part of NZ ag - PM
Prime Minister Bill English says in most regions Maori now have the potential to become the largest long-term investors.

People are starting to realise Maori are not fly-by-night investors, he says. They are in business – farms, commercial buildings, investments -- for the long haul.

He praised the awards, saying that 20 years ago few people would not have known much about Maori farming. But now the prominence of the Ahuwhenua Trophy has generated huge interest in Maori farming among agribusiness people and news media.....

If sport is life, we're in this together, regardless of race (Opinion)
“Often things depend on how you see the world. Some cured Maori heads were repatriated about a week ago and a cultural spokesperson accused former colonials of being insensitive to the practice.

They doubtlessly were.

But so were Maori tribes to each other. Warriors came home carrying slain enemies' heads in triumph. We ate each other. We're all okay with cannibalism happening in the past. We shouldn't be okay with people trying to rewrite history or be selectively forgetful.

Hongi Hika came down from the north in 1823 and killed scores of my ancestors, feasted on them for many days and returned to Northland with Te Arawa slaves. Why is this never mentioned? It is no reflection on who and what Maori are today. It's the past on which only fools and the permanently embittered dwell.

The obliteration of the national intellectual culture is far more worrying.....

Challenge to sector to recognise when quality of care adds to disadvantage
Inequitable healthcare is compounding the disparities between the health outcomes of Maori and Pasifika people, and those of New Zealand Europeans

Unmet need is higher for Maori, women and people living in deprived areas, the report says. Surveys show the Maori experience of hospital care is less positive, and Maori, Pasifika and low-income groups are less likely to receive recommended care......

Talks between govt and Ngāpuhi break down - iwi
Negotiations between the government and Ngāpuhi appear to have broken down after a meeting between Prime Minister Bill English and iwi leaders.

In a statement, Te Kotahitanga said the government had 'walked away' from the Ngāpuhi treaty settlement process by removing itself.

Its co-chairs, Rudy Taylor and Pita Tipene, said they were deeply disappointed by the decision and Mr English was naive if he believed he could turn his back on New Zealand's largest iwi.

However, Mr Tipene said Te Kotahitanga was grateful for the efforts and goodwill of Treaty Settlement Minister Chris Finlayson and his team.

The spokesperson also said the government offered to fund a mediator for Ngapuhi if they could decide on who that would be and the process to be followed. .....

Why New Zealand's Maori got a treaty, and Australia's Indigenous peoples didn't
The 1840 Treaty of Waitangi rests proudly in New Zealand's National Archives Constitution Room, close to the celebrated 1893 petition, which gave women the vote, before Australia (which followed in 1902). In Canberra, there are memorials to Captain Cook, and a copy of the Magna Carta in Parliament House.

Last week's Indigenous constitutional convention, which culminated in the Uluru Statement from Heart, called for a Makarrata commission to supervise a process towards a treaty, or treaties, between the nation and its Indigenous people. In New Zealand, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed at the beginning of British settlement, more than 175 years ago. It recognised Maori ownership of their lands, ensured their rights and is considered a founding document of the nation. How did this striking difference come about?....

PM Bill English calls in Ngapuhi leaders in bid to break settlement impasse
Prime Minister Bill English has summoned the factions in the Ngapuhi settlement to a meeting on Saturday night in a bid to salvage settlement talks.

English is due to meet with the representatives of the conflicting factions - Tuhoronuku and Te Kotahitanga - at Auckland Airport when he arrives back from Samoa.

The iwi have been on notice since last September that their settlement could be put on hold if they cannot agree on a group to negotiate for them.....

Peters tells Maori Party to stop tainting policies with race
“Our country needs to be coming closer together, but National’s white-liberal guilt has them kowtowing to the Maori Party’s racist agenda. That is why the electorate needs to send National and the Maori Party a clear message this September, and that message is we are all New Zealanders in the same boat here,” says Mr Peters......

Whanau ora agencies a good fit for economic push
The chair of the new Maori Economic Development Advisory Board wants to encourage more collaboration between Maori entities so the limited resources available are used most effectively.

The board, which advises the Ministers for Maori Development and Economic Development, has set ambitious targets, such as raising the Maori median income by 20 percent.

Robin Hapi says that means making sure Maori get the best education, rangatahi are given the support they need, and there are meaningful interventions to allow Maori to develop their assets....

Powhiri held to welcome CHB council chief executive
"I am committed to leading this organisation and working with elected members, iwi, community and staff to make Central Hawke's Bay thrive."......

Te Puia ownership to be transferred to Ngati Whakaue, Wahiao Tuhourangi iwi
A vesting agreement has been initialled that will ultimately transfer ownership of Te Puia and New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute from the Crown to iwi.

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell and the Whakarewarewa Joint Trust initialled the agreement at a ceremony at Te Puia today......

Big force of Maori farming takes spiritual approach to the land and environment
Maori take a spiritual approach to the land and environment, says Mavis Mullins.

If people cared to listen, the land would tell them what it needed, Mullins told about 100 people in an Unleashing the Maui address at a Rural Business Network (RBN) meeting near Palmerston North.

"For us, she has a name, Papatuanuku and that makes it easier to think of her needs."...

Strengthening the cultural competence of our doctors
Improving cultural competence and creating culturally safe environments for both patients and doctors is the aim of a new joint project between the Medical Council of New Zealand (Council) and Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA), the Māori Medical Practitioners Association.

A national symposium to consider the challenges and opportunities for improvement will be held on 1 June as a first step in the initiative. This is a key element of the Council’s strategic direction to protect the public by supporting doctors to improve their cultural competence, increase partnership with Māori and create greater health equity.....

Young Māori entrepreneurs get workshop help
“It’s all about rangatahi determining their destiny and succeeding as Māori, and their journey to contribute to Aotearoa’s strong and growing economy.” ....

Waitangi Tribunal launches Māori health inquiry
The Waitangi Tribunal is to launch an inquiry into health services and health outcomes for Māori.

It said it is working on the scope of the inquiry but 140 claimant groups have already sought to participate in it.

Over the next three months, work will be done to refine the scope, process and eligibility criteria for claims to be heard.

The inquiry will not consider any health-related grievances that have already been heard by the Tribunal or that have already been settled by the Crown.....

Govt hiring before Māori land bill passes 'arrogant'
The government been called 'totally arrogant' for hiring a director for its proposed Māori Land Service before contentious legislation creating the agency has even passed.

The Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill proposes establishing the Māori Land Service, which would lead to major changes to the governance and administration of the 27,000 titles of Māori land.

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has said the bill would give Māori landowners greater autonomy, better protection under the law and more support to develop land.

In the Budget last week, the government announced $32 million for the Māori Land Service and its new director, Tiaki Hunia, started in the role this week.

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters said appointing someone for the service when the legislation had not even passed showed the government was being "totally arrogant"......

Maori education grants 2017 The Māori Education Grant aims to enhance Māori distinctiveness, illuminate creative potential, and support successful educational pathways. Applicants may be: • Māori students looking for financial assistance to participate in an educational activity 
• Organisations/committees holding events to provide opportunities for Māori students 

• Educators of Māori students in either Māori Medium or English Medium settings ....

Portal helps inform iwi on Crown land options
A free online system makes it easier for iwi to decide whether to invest in Crown properties offered as part of Treaty of Waitangi settlements, says Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell.

“Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has developed the Crown Property Disposals Portal to give iwi access to information about property no longer needed by the government,” says Te Ururoa.

“If a Crown property is offered to an iwi under their Right of First Refusal, they will have more time to carry out research and to decide if they want to buy it.

More than 1200 Crown properties have been added to the Portal database in the past year, including properties set aside for future Treaty settlements. LINZ will continue to develop the Portal so more information is available to iwi who have yet to settle.....

Whanau Ora safe for another three years
The three agencies that run Whānau Ora have had their agreements extended for another three years.

"With an extra $10 million for Whānau Ora in budget 2017, commissioning agencies will have a confirmed budget for 2017/18 of $73.5 million, and it takes to $110m the amount of new money allocated over the last three years," Mr Flavell said....

Budget 2017: $4 million to help equip Māori youth
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says a new $4 million pilot initiative he announced today as part of Budget 2017 will help young Māori obtain essential documents to help set them up for their futures.

“Successful young Māori have a significant impact on the country’s social and economic success and we want to give them all a chance to share in the opportunities that are out there,” says Mr Flavell.

The initiative, Passport to Life – Taiohi Ararau, will assist taiohi aged 15-24 to get all-important credentials for life.....

New Zealand Land Wars commemorations fund panel meets
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is welcoming the inaugural meeting of an advisory panel to oversee a fund to commemorate Ngā Rā Maumahara – New Zealand Land Wars.

The five-member advisory panel met in Wellington on Monday to work on the guidelines for the $4 million fund which will support commemoration events across Aotearoa over the next four years.

The panel is chaired by Sir Wira Gardiner and includes iwi representatives Kāwhia Te Muraahi and Pita Tipene, Te Puni Kōkiri chief executive Michelle Hippolite and Ministry for Culture and Heritage chief executive Paul James....

Nearly $29 million spent on Treaty negotiation costs
Treaty settlement negotiations have cost taxpayers nearly $29 million since 2011, with nearly $400,000 of that going to Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.

The figures, obtained under the Official Information Act (OIA), show private lawyers and law firms have been paid more than $8.7m in negotiations work.

Crown negotiator costs equalled $6.1m between 2011 and January 30, 2017.

The figures obtained from the Office of Treaty Settlements (OTS) were broken down into financial years from 2011/2012 until March 2017. ....

Iwi queries exclusion from $1bn investment offer
Far North mayor John Carter should have consulted Māori before signing the district up to a billion-dollar investment offer by a Chinese company, the leader of a Far North iwi says.

The mayor has signed a memorandum of intent with Tus Holdings, the business arm of a Beijing university, to explore investment opportunities in the Far North.

The Far North District Council narrowly approved the memorandum, by five votes to four.

The company has offered to invest up to $1 billion in the Far North over five years, in projects including geothermal development, tourism and rest-home care.

Te Rarawa chairman Haami Piripi said the first he heard of the deal was from the media, and he was wondering if the mayor had lost his phone number.

Far North deputy mayor Tania McInnes said the region needed investment, but she was also concerned the mayor rushed into signing without consulting councillors and local iwi.

Ms McInnes said now the deal was signed, the council should take a more careful approach and work closely with its Treaty of Waitangi partners in considering Tus Holdings' investment proposals. ....

Northland hapu to strengthen relationships over Hole in the Rock
Hapu in the Bay of Islands are seeking ‘meaningful discussions’ with local tour operators to better protect Motu Kōkako, also known as the Hole in the Rock or Piercy Island.

Ngāti Kuta and Ngāti Patukeha have made a claim for Customary Marine Title under the Marine and Coastal Area Act with the support of the Motu Kōkako Ahuwhenua Trust.

Spokesperson for the claims, Jamie Hakaraia-Hurikino, spoke to Kawe Kōrero and says his hapu want to be able to have a say in the tourism operations around ‘Hole in the Rock’.....

Man out to prove Māori not original settlers under investigation
A Kaipara amateur historian is under investigation for taking human remains, in a bid to prove his theory that Māori were not the original settlers.

Mr Hilliam admits having taken human remains from the Poutō foreshore but said they came from hāngī pits, not Māori burial grounds.

That's caught the attention of Heritage New Zealand, which is now investigating.

Senior archaeologist Frank van der Heijgden said it was a criminal offence to damage an archeological site, and carried a potential penalty of $60,000.

Mr Hilliam said he was forced to take the remains, because no one would issue him a permit.

"I got sick and tired of the system and this is why I went ahead. I wanted to know the origin of these people."

An article on Mr Hiliam's theory, published in the Northern Advocate, has been removed from the paper's website. Editor Craig Cooper issued an apology; he admits they didn't check the source and regrets the story had been a catalyst for some people to infer political or racial motives.

Mr Cooper said in his apology that Northlanders - and New Zealanders - should be open to debate about the past, the present and the future. But he said there was a right way to encourage any such debate, and they did it the wrong way.
Mr Hilliam was disappointed in Mr Cooper's apology, and said there was too much political correctness.......

Judge orders rethink for Springs bottled water plan extension
A plan to bottle and sell thousands of cubic metres of water from the Te Waikoropupu Springs Reserve in the Tasman has been dealt a legal blow.

The local iwi says the High Court decision ordering the Tasman District Council to reconsider a consent extension to the commercial bottling proposal vindicated their stand to protect the world famous coldwater springs, adjacent to where the water take was proposed.......

Leading for the greatest good
The Māori economy is now worth close to $40 billion and is growing faster than the national economy, according to recent MBIE figures.

Iwi-controlled post-settlement assets alone are now worth an estimated $6 billion, with that figure predicted to double in a decade or so.

Dr Wolfgramm is co-leading a project that will turn the microscope on Māori leadership and decision-making as it plays out in modern Aotearoa.

Decisions made on the marae, within iwi corporations and Māori-run businesses affect who gets to enjoy the fruits of this burgeoning economy.

More funding needed for Whānau
Te Pou Matakana chair Merepeka Raukawa-Tait is pleased more funding has been set aside for Whānau Ora but added extra money is needed to make real generational changes for whānau.

Raukawa-Tait said Te Pou Matakana is already providing innovative Māori-led solutions to uplift whānau and identified Whānau Direct and Collective Impact as two programmes delivering positive outcomes.

Yesterday Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell announced $76 million – an extra $10m over the next four years – has been ear marked for Whānau Ora, from a total 2017-2018 budget pool of $80.5 billion.

Te Puni Kōkiri – the Government Ministry who administers Whānau Ora – receives 0.65% of the total budget across Health, Education, Social and Justice. Whānau Ora receives just 0.16% of that budget.

Merepeka acknowledged Prime Minister Bill English’s continued financial support of Whānau Ora, but said this was a drop in the ocean.....

Manurewa Marae seeks for more funding
Rangi McLean is calling on the Government for more funding to house the homeless at Manurewa Marae, who have been at the forefront in the past year for assisting families seeking refuge.

McLean isn't surprised with Manurewa not receiving funding in this year's Budget.

Chairman for Manurewa Marae Board, Rangi McLean says, "I've remained in contact with the Ministry, they've asked whether Manurewa is opening its doors again to the homeless, I said, "well the Government need to invest more money from last year's budget so that our services continue."

The Ministry says they spent in excess of $300,000 last year to assist the homeless who took refuge at Manurewa Marae. But McLean says Manurewa Marae needs more financial assistance. The Ministry told Te Kāea that they continue to work with housing providers, including Māori organisations. Their contribution to Manurewa Marae concluded by mutual agreement at the end of a 12-week pilot programme in 2016, and the marae received around $100,000 in MSD funding.....

Community Police want new recruits to bring 'authentic self'
Community police are looking for diversity in the force. Policewoman Tusha Penny says, when it comes to future recruitment she doesn't want a "cookie cutter" type, but a person who is grounded in their cultural beliefs.

Superintendent District Commander Tusha Penny says across Auckland there is a change in demographics with a need for more Māori, Pasifika in the police force. ....

Hapu claims it doesn't want to stop Hole in the Rock tourism
Hapu which have made claims on Northland coastline popular for tourism say they do not want to stop operations - they want consultation. .....

Applications for six people to represent Maori on Taranaki Regional Council standing committees have open.
Nga Iwi o Taranaki are seeking three individuals to represent Maori on the policy and planning committee and three on the consents and regulatory committee.

As part of their Treaty settlements Te Atiawa, Taranaki and Ngaruahine negotiated for iwi participation in local government decision making through representation on the committees.

The three settlements were finalised in November last year and also included financial and commercial redress totalling $224.5 million and the vesting of cultural sites including Nga Motu / Sugar Loaf Islands.....

$21m boost for Māori language and culture
Budget 2017 will provide an extra $21 million of operating funding for Māori language initiatives to support the continued revitalisation of te reo and Māori culture, Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says.

$5 million of new funding over the next three years will lift whānau participation in Kōhanga Reo.

More Māori stories are set to be told, with $10 million of funding over four years allocated for programmes and content through broadcasting funding agency Te Māngai Pāho.

In addition, over the next two years $3 million of new funding will support Te Mātāwai to lead language revitalisation on behalf of iwi and Māori, and a further $3 million over two years will be provided to Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori to promote te reo Māori.....

Budget 2017: Marae to get access to improvement fund
It may be a coat of paint, some much-needed repairs or providing smoke alarms but a $10 million fund to enhance marae is expected to attract plenty of interest across the motu, says Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.....

More funding needed for Whānau
Yesterday Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell announced $76 million – an extra $10m over the next four years - has been ear marked for Whānau Ora, from a total 2017-2018 budget pool of $80.5 billion.

Te Puni Kōkiri – the Government Ministry who administers Whānau Ora - receives 0.65% of the total budget across Health, Education, Social and Justice. Whānau Ora receives just 0.16% of that budget.

Merepeka acknowledged Prime Minister Bill English’s continued financial support of Whānau Ora, but said this was a drop in the ocean....

Smoke and mirrors boosts Maori spend
Maori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox say they secured $122 million to support whanau aspirations bringing more than $2 billion to the amount the Maori Party has gained for Maori since it joined the National-led Government.

Mr Peters says there is no sign of that money on the streets of Tokoroa or the roads of Hokianga. http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews?story_id=MTY0MTk=

Dr. Rangi Mātāmua hopes to revive Māori astronomy
Astronomer Te Kōkau Himiona Te Pikikōtuku's account of his people's Matariki tradition has been recorded by his great grandson Dr Rangi Mātāmua in his new book Matariki, The Star of the Year.

“The stories are there. Since Tāne travelled to the heavens to hang the stars. The stars are a tribe of chiefs. Knowledge is the sustenance of chiefs. Therefore the knowledge is there amongst the chiefs suspended in the sky.”

“I want to set up a Māori observatory. The idea is that it will be similar to the traditional observatories while incorporating knowledge from the modern world.”....

Three tribes put aims for Treaty Settlement before Minister
The treaty settlement aspirations of the central North Island tribes Uenuku, Tamakana and Tamahaki were heard by Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson in Raetihi last week (May 16).

The Minister was accompanied by a team from the Office of Treaty Settlements, who spent two days in the region hosted by Uenuku Charitable Trust.....

Iwi wants wind farm turbines kept away from cultural sites on river
A Taranaki iwi wants turbines proposed for the region's first multi-million dollar wind farm to be kept at least one kilometre from multiple sites of cultural significance.

Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui is seeking to establish Taranaki's first cultural cautionary zone along the Whenuakura River, which borders the farm site at Waverley where Tararua Wind Power Ltd (formerly Trustpower) wants to put a 48-turbine, $325 million wind farm.

Kaiarataki Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said there were 50 registered sites of significance and many others that had not been registered, along the river......

No iwi representation on Edgecumbe's flood review panel
The three-piece independent panel responsible for the review into last month’s flood of Edgecumbe will be void of iwi representation. Panel Chair Sir Michael Cullen says this is due to a conflict of interest.

Independent Review Panel chairman Sir Michael Cullen says, “If anybody from the river forum was on the panel they’re immediately conflicted because being a committee of the Bay Of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC), we are actually reviewing the actions of the regional council and the recommendations will be to the council. But nevertheless, I am going to make sure we get very very strong input from iwi.".....

New Zealand’s first chartered bilingual Māori/English Toastmasters club.
Tōhī Toastmasters at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is celebrating its newfound status as New Zealand’s first chartered bilingual Te Reo Māori/English Toastmasters club.

Established in March 2016, Tōhī aims to empower its members to speak Te Reo with confidence. The majority of them are enrolled in the free Te Reo Māori courses offered at AUT.....

Te Akatea NZ Maori Principals' Association
Te Akatea NZ Maori Principals adds their voice to the growing number of educational groups that is calling on the government to provide a significant funding increase for school support staff.

“We want to acknowledge the valuable contribution in particular of our Maori support staff to the ongoing challenge of raising Maori student achievement across Aotearoa......

$27 million allocated to marae and Māori housing
As a part of the 2017 Budget, it was announced that $27 million will go towards supporting marae and helping more whānau to find affordable housing. .... http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/27-million-allocated-marae-and-maori-housing 

Govt to Prove Ownership of Foreshore
“Ngati Kahu seem to be always in the news these days, what with their refusal to play ball with government’s rip-off treaty settlement process, and Chris Finlayson trying to blackmail them into getting back into line or have their mandate pulled, but their Marine and Coastal Areas settlement proposal just got a big plug at the MANA AGM” said MANA Leader Hone Harawira.

“Government is running a racist MACA deal where the legislation says government owns the foreshore and seabed and Maori have to prove otherwise, which is straight bulls**t of course.

The foreshore and seabed was always here, and so were Maori, before Pakeha came and before the string of thieving settler governments we had leading up to the current bunch of crooks on the treasury benches” .....

Raewyn Good Study Award for Māori and Pasifika Social Science Research
Study award of $6,000 for Māori and Pasifika postgraduate student undertaking a Master’s which involves social sciences research......

Luxury lodge investor earns iwi support
Auckland university academic Margaret Mutu has hailed a partnership between Chinese investors Shanghai Cred and far north iwi Ngati Kahu as a role model for other tourist operators in New Zealand.

Mutu who chairs the Ngati Kahu iwi board says she has been deeply impressed by the attitude of the investors who took over the Carrington Resort from American owners in 2013 and now has plans for a large scale expansion.

Chinese real-estate giant Shanghai Cred bought Peppers Carrington Estate from US banker Paul Kelly for $28.7 million in 2013....

Google lends a hand to help preserve Maori culture
Tech giant Google is lending a helping hand to East Cape tribe Te Aitanga A Hauiti by lending them some gear usually associated with Street View, so Maori can use data mapping technology as part of a special project.

This past summer the equipment was used by Tai Rawhiti Maori to map trails associated with Tupuna around the East Coast, now the plan is to attach interviews to the imagery and release it on Google's Street View.

New $100k scholarship from Crimson Education to evoke the spirit of Kupe in young Maori
A new $100,000 scholarship to support young Maori to get into top global universities can help young people tap into "unimaginable resources" and make "unbelievable connections" a panellist says.

The aim of the scholarship is to evoke the same spirit in young Maori students and support them to bring their learnings back to improve their communities.

He spoke about Maori's "cultural capital", saying Maori had a history of adventuring, navigating and innovating, "and we need that same spirit to be captured, to be celebrated now, in the 21st century".

Wright said anybody who identified as Maori could apply for the scholarship,....

M​ichael Coote NBR - 'Will water flow to Maori' (Radio 7 minute listen)

Te Urewera management plan future of conservation – Kruger
Te Urewera Board has released its draft principles of management for Te Urewera, formerly Te Urewera National Park, which was recognised as a legal entity three years ago. It's key approach is to focus more on the management of people at Te Urewera instead of management of the land.

Te Kawa o Te Urewera management plan acknowledges people need nature but nature doesn't need people.

Te Kawa will apply to all land formerly of Te Urewera National Park and will also extend to Lake Waikaremoana. Public access will not be affected and concessions like permits will be renamed 'Friendship agreements' in recognition of Te Urewera as a being.

Kruger says “I believe this is a good example of where Pākeha and the law acknowledge the value and strength of Māori methods."

The capacity of which Te Urewera would benefit from this year's $76 million injection into DOC tourism infrastructure was yet to be discussed but signage to deter naked tourists taking snaps could be on the agenda......

Northland historian admits grave-robbing Maori burials
A New Zealand historian has been accused of grave-robbing after admitting to taking Māori skulls from grave sites.

Noel Hilliam told the Northern Advocate he had found skulls that pre-date Māori. He then sent human remains overseas for forensic examination and facial reconstruction.

However Mr Hilliam's research has been condemned as wrong.

"The statement that the young adult woman is from Wales is ludicrous. There is no way to find that information out from the skull size and shape, nor is it possible to tell that a person has blue eyes and blonde hair from skeletal features," University of Otago bio-archaeologist Dr Siân Halcrow told Vice.

Worse, his actions have been condemned as racist and illegal.

"It is the violation of a sacred site. Them raiding urupā and acquiring ancestral heads - they haven't said where from - makes me really concerned," Auckland University senior lecturer Dr Ngarino Gabriel Ellis told Vice....

Marae programme push to decrease incarceration rates for Māori
The solution to the mass incarceration of Māori is teaching inmates their native language and culture. This from the organisers of a marae based programme on behalf of the Department of Corrections to help curb the high rates of Māori offending....

Maori hoping for recognition they deserve
Just like the various small ethnic groups in Sabah, the Maori community in New Zealand hopes to make a name for themselves in hopes of getting the recognition that they deserve.

“Fifteen years ago, during a rugby event in New Zealand, a singer sang the national anthem in the Maori language, which caused a huge uproar in the country.

“However, now, you can see that some people in New Zealand are starting to sing the national anthem in the Maori language.

“We are a small population but we are growing, we are getting there, and we have come a long way,” said New Zealand Minister for Maori Development Te Ururoa Flavell.....

Maori stake in gulf forum resented
Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare is defending the place of mana whenua groups in managing assets like the Hauraki Gulf.

Lobby groups Hobson’s Pledge and Democracy Action are agitating against the Sea Change Marine Spatial Plan, which includes proposals for co-governance of the gulf by mana whenua and crown-appointed representatives......

Maori population growing faster than Pakeha
Maori will make up 18 percent of New Zealand’s population by 2038, according to Statistics New Zealand’s latest projections.

Maori were about 16 percent of the population at the 2013 Census.

The total population is expected to increase by about 1 million in the next 20 years, with all major ethnic groups growing.

The European or other group will drop from 75 percent to about 66 percent of the New Zealand's total population..... http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews?story_id=MTYzNTc=
Mt Messenger to Awakino Tunnel SH3 upgrade gains momentum
Transport Minister Simon Bridges is confident cultural and conservation issues will be overcome in time for a spring decision on the preferred roading option for an upgrade at Mt Messenger.

Iwi are concerned the proposal could see State Highway 3 diverted through an area where endangered kokako are to be released, as well as through significant cultural wahi tapu sites.

Bridges said he was confident discussions between the New Zealand Transport Agency and iwi on the preferred option would result in a favourable solution for both sides for work to begin by late 2017.

New Zealand Post issue commemorative He Tohu stamps
The He Tohu exhibition has been developed in partnership between the Crown and Māori.

The third stamp, Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi, reflects partnership. The colours and style of the stamps echo the He Tohuexhibition.

The young boy and girl are facing the future of Aotearoa New Zealand together in partnership, in the spirit of Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi....

Te Putahi a Toi guards Maori standards at Massey
The new head of Massey University's Te Putahi a Toi says Maori studies is playing a greater role within the wider university system.

"There's a real drive now to have a greater sense of Maori cultural identity within some of the programmes and some of the papers taught outside Maori studies so I think part of the role for Te Putahi a Toi is to ensure whatever is offered outside of the school is authentic and meaningful, not tokenistic, and that has always been a challenge," Dr Durie says.......

No problem for Goff on Maori seats
Auckland mayor Phil Goff is welcoming the debate on Maori wards.

"I see no problem with having Maori seats in central government and if there is no problem with having Maori seats in central government then why should there be a problem with having Maori seats in local government as long as you stand by the principle of one person one vote," he says......

Ngati Whatua wants to buy Ports of Auckland
Ngati Whatua wants to buy the $1.1 billion Ports of Auckland - and is talking of joining other iwi and a financial giant to mount an ambitious approach to Mayor Phil Goff about a deal.

Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust spokesman Ngarimu Blair issued a surprise statement this morning: "Ngati Whatua Orakei has long harboured an ambition to buy back our former land and Waitemata seabed."......

Court rules Rena wreckage off Tauranga is to stay
The Rena wreckage is set to be abandoned off Tauranga, after it ran aground six years ago.

Four local iwi and hapu appealed an initial Council decision to leave the ship's remains - arguing the ship spoils the reef and its cultural significance.

But a number of other iwi disagreed - arguing moving the wreck would cause more harm than good to the reef's spirit and its surrounding environment.

An abundance of sea life has grown around the Rena's remains, which are up to 36 metres underwater.

The Court found leaving the wreckage is in the best interest of the marine environment....

Call for more Māori social services funding
Health Minister Johnathan Coleman has confirmed the budget will include new funding for mental health and addiction services as part of its Social Investment Package.

However, the NZ Drug Foundation says unless funding is doubled it won't scratch the surface in terms of the growing need for support, particularly among Māori.

The NZ Drug Foundation CEO Ross Bell says the current government spend of $150mil on drug and alcohol addiction services is not enough.....

Ceremony reaffirms partnership promoting Māori health
A longstanding partnership promoting Māori health across the Bay of Plenty has been reaffirmed in an official ceremony.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the continuing spirit of the relationship between the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) Board and the Māori Health Rūnanga (representing the Bay’s 18 iwi) was signed yesterday (Wednesday 17 May). The signing ceremony took place at Te Puke’s Hei Marae.....

Waikato District Council signs MOU with Ngati Hauaa Iwi Trust
The Waikato District Council has signed an MOU with Ngati Hauaa Iwi Trust as part of a wider goal to recognise tangata whenua and develop and maintain iwi relationships so it can be responsive to the interests of Maaori in its community.

Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson says the MOU is the second one to be signed with local iwi, the first being with Ngaa Uri o Maahanga in 2012. A third MOU with Mai Uenuku ki te Whenua Trust is in the pipeline.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our partnerships with our community partners” says Mayor Sanson......

Claims Māori are not indigenous is disrespectful – Hone Sadler
Ngāpuhi elder Hone Sadler refutes claims that Māori are not indigenous to New Zealand.

This comes after Northland historian Noel Hilliam claimed findings from a forensic expert at the University of Edingburgh shows people from Wales, the Mediterranean and China were here long before Māori.

These findings are based on reconstructed features of ancient skulls discovered in the Kaipara.....

Kura kaupapa to get new site
Education Minister Nikki Kaye has announced an estimated $12 million more for the relocation of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Wananga Whare Tapere o Takitimu in Hastings.

The student roll has grown so much that the kura is in desperate need of bigger location.

It's been almost a decade since the school applied to relocate, but by the end of 2019 they should be in their new school.

Speaking in Māori, principal Fleur Wainohu said the current location is too small and it is good to now have a goal to work towards.....

Veterans' farm has done its job now return it - iwi
A farm set up to help Māori veterans from World War I has done its job and the land should be given back, a marae in Wairoa says.

But the manager of the multi-million dollar Hereheretau Station said the veterans might have died but the land could still help future generations.

Hereheretau Station was built on Māori land in the early 1950s to support Māori soldiers who had returned home from the World War I.

The income from the sheep and beef farm was used to assist the veterans and to help pay for hui or funerals......

Taranaki title up for negotiation
The future ownership of Mount Taranaki is on the table as the eight tribes of Taranaki enter settlement talks.

Jamie Tuuta, the chair of the Taranaki Maunga Negotiation Team, says now historic settlements in the region are almost done, the eight iwi have come together on the major collective issue.

He says the people have long been unhappy with the Egmont Vesting Act of 1978 when the mountain was given to the tribes and then handed back to the crown and the nation on the same day.

Te Urewera and Te Awa Tupua Whanganui River settlements, where a new form of legal personality was created, point a way ahead.

"We've had a clear message from our people they do not want the crown to own our ancestors and we are discussing legal personality.......

Maori culture a circuit breaker for youth homes
The Children’s Commissioner says reorganising youth justice facilities to bring a more Maori focus could be a circuit breaker.

Judge Andrew Becroft’s latest report on state residential facilities is highly critical of the way they are run and questions whether they are fit for purpose today.

"The youth justice residences are really run on a European model wth some cultural add ons and the challenge is we could completely refocus the way we do it, we being a te ao Maori world view, we work with iwi, iwi leaders are involved, and the delivery is through a different cultural lens. I think we've got to that now. I think that might be the circuit breaker," Judge Becroft says.......

Miraka to send branded milk to Malaysia
Miraka has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its Malaysian distribution partner, Storiiu, that clears the way for the Maori-owned milk processor to start exporting its first own-branded consumer product.....

Labour Leader aspires to raise number of Māori MPs
He also spoke about the aspiration to raise its number of Māori MPs.

Little says, "After the election, at least one in four Labour MP's will be Māori. We are going to have the largest representation of Māori MP's of any party, ever, in New Zealand politics."

Labour was challenged about the perception that Māori are not valued in the party after no Māori were named in the party's top 15; and after Kelvin Davis' 'Māori only prisons' was not supported publicly by the leader. But for Little, Māori were at the forefront of the party.

Little says, "Through all these policies and in every decision, Māori will be at the table. Māori aspiration sits at the core of Labour's vision for New Zealand."...

Ngāpuhi descendants call for commercial fishing ban in Hokianga Harbour
Hokianga descendants are calling for a complete ban on commercial fishing in their harbour.

Dion Akuhata, Ngāti Pākau says, "What we want do is we want to close down our Ngāpuhi waters until the fishing industry can prove to us that their methods of fishing are sustainable for future generations."

This is a result of rising concern around the dumping of fish by commercial vessels in Hokianga waters for reasons such as species or size. This practice goes against traditional and sustainable Māori fishing protocols.....

Bill to change 'racist' electoral law drawn from ballot
A divisive law brought to attention by the attempted creation of a Maori ward in New Plymouth may soon undergo change.

Currently, establishing Maori wards in local government can be put to a referendum while general wards are decided on by council alone, effectively limiting Maori representation.

But on Thursday a Green Party members bill calling for a change to the Local Electoral Act was pulled from the member's ballot which means MPs could now vote to change the law......


New Zealand’s Maori culture takes centre stage at MEETINGS
New Zealand’s unique Maori culture will be front and centre of the country’s leading business events exhibition, CINZ MEETINGS 2017 in Auckland this month.

“Our culture is New Zealand’s point of difference, and it creates a strong sense of place for people attending business events here. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else.

“It’s not a show, or put on – it’s just what we do. It’s about how we make our manuhiri (visitors) feel. We want them to feel welcome here, to feel at home. They may arrive as strangers, but we want them to leave as whanau (family),” he says.

Before MEETINGS 2017 opens on 30 May, CINZ Maori culture advisor Ngahihi o-te-ra Bidois will bless the exhibition space at ASB Showgrounds, and the stands and food served to guests with traditional karakia (prayers). He will do the same at the event’s conclusion on 1 June,....


Human Rights Tribunal rules Fairfax cartoons 'not unlawful'
Provocative cartoons published by Fairfax Media did not breach the Human Rights Act, a tribunal has found.

Labour MP Louisa Wall took the publisher and its papers, The Press and the Marlborough Express, to the Human Rights Tribunal over two cartoons that it published in 2013 about the government's breakfast in schools programme.

Read the full ruling – which includes copies of the cartoons (pp 55-56) here > http://tinyurl.com/l4m8c9j

Ms Wall argued they were insulting and ignorant towards Māori and Pacific peoples.

However, the tribunal ruled that the cartoons were lawful, as they were unlikely to "cause hostility against or bring into contempt" Māori and Pasifika....

Māori leaders challenge requirement for continuous occupation
It is almost impossible for Māori to claim their rights to the coast, say some Māori leaders who are taking their concerns to the Waitangi Tribunal.

To get Customary Marine Title, Māori must prove that they have continuously occupied the area since 1840 without substantial interruption.

Ngāpuhi leader Rihari Dargaville said that was not fair on Māori who were driven off their land by the Crown.

"To say that you must prove that you have been on that block continuously is nonsense."

He said he and other Māori leaders were preparing to go to the Waitangi Tribunal to challenge the continuous occupation requirement.

A total of 380 claims were made to the Crown, and the High Court received a further 170 applications. ....

“We are the Stolen Generation” in New Zealand
A number of claimants have applied to the Waitangi Tribunal for an urgent hearing into Māori children that were placed in state care between the 1950s and 1990s.

“The Crown breached all principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in my view by severing Māori from their whanau, hapu and iwi and therefore we lost all connections to our whakapapa, reo and tikanga and displacing us from our turangawaewae.” ......


Editorial: Relationships are built on mutual respect
Despite being the tangata whenua of Aotearoa New Zealand, it is revealing of how Maori are regarded within their country that they are still having to defend their culture.

To add insult to injury, Cook recently claimed Maori are not the indigenous people of this country. The fact falsehoods like this are still being uttered, no matter how flippant, is shameful.

It is a historical fact Maori rights have been trampled on and their traditional way of life severely disrupted through the process of colonisation, war and government legislation, which robbed iwi, hapu and whanau of their land.

Such actions were in direct breach of the country's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, and they are acts which have been acknowledged by the Crown, who have since made amends through the settlement process.

The Treaty of Waitangi created a partnership between Maori and Pakeha, but it still seems like tangata whenua are the ones getting the short end of the stick....

Forestry future for Wairoa iwi
The Maori Affairs committee is in Wairoa today to look at the fine print on one of the country’s largest historic treaty settlements.
He says forestry will be a major activity as the claimants get back two forests they will share with other iwi.

MPs to vote on Maori ward change
A Green Party members bill proposing a new process for creating maori wards in local government has been drawn from the ballot

Sponsor Marama Davidson says if passed, it will ensure that the establishment of both Maori and general wards and constituencies on district and regional councils follow the same legal process.

The bill was inspired by the work of former New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd, who unsuccessfully tried to establish a Maori ward in his district and has a petition before Parliament calling for this change....

Kapa Haka and te reo Māori may help Māori avoid dementia
The study, conducted by the University of Auckland, received $1.8 million in Government funding and has been touted as the world’s first longitudinal study of an indigenous population in advanced age.

The Health, Independence and Caregiving in Advanced Age report is the first study to consider dementia among Māori.

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner says, “Researchers found cultural activities such as kapa haka and speaking te reo may help preserve cognition for older Māori.”.....

Ngati Kahu runanga mandate suspended, Tuhoronuku lose support
The Crown's decision to suspend its recognition of Ngati Kahu runanga's mandate shows the Treaty Negotiations Minister is willing to make hard decisions, a Ngati Hine leader says.

Chris Finlayson, Minister of Treaty Negotiations, and Te Ururoa Flavell, Minister of Maori Development, have suspended Te Runanga-a-iwi o Ngati Kahu's mandate to negotiate Treaty claims on behalf of the iwi.

Anahera Herbert-Graves, Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngati Kahu chief executive, said Crown recognition of the mandate was not required in the courts or the Waitangi Tribunal.

"Ngati Kahu is not in negotiations with the Crown, and are instead pursuing their legal rights through the courts and the Waitangi Tribunal, as instructed by their hapu and marae [which] rejected the settlement offer made by the Crown, and the tribunal failed to adhere to its legal obligations." .....

Te Tau Ihu iwi seek customary rights over Marlborough Sounds
The iwi was seeking customary marine title over five common marine and coastal areas that collectively covered an area stretching from Westport on the West Coast to the Clarence River on the East Coast.

"The test in this Act is back to front. The common law we inherited from England and the Treaty of Waitangi signed in 1840 both recognised Maori ownership of lands and waters," she said.

"Iwi should not be forced into the courts to battle for recognition of property interests that have never been relinquished to the New Zealand Crown.

"It would be far better for us as a nation to learn the histories of the foreshore and seabed in our own communities, the hopes and aspirations for that land by the local tangata whena.

"And how we as a nation might move forward in respectfully looking after lands permanently or temporarily under salt water.".......

Maori first, English second under Wairoa's new signage policy
Wairoa District Council has put its support behind a Maori-first signage policy as it works towards becoming the country's first bilingual town.

The council voted on Tuesday to implement a "Te Reo Maori policy" that includes gradually replacing its signage with bilingual wording featuring Maori ahead of English.

The policy will be subject to public consultation before it is formally adopted. But the council sees it as a "stepping stone" towards a previous goal – set in 2012 – of Wairoa become a fully bilingual town by 2040.....

Haka Energy drink company apologises to Māori
In their response to Māori Television today, they said,

"It has come to our attention that some of our marketing materials have offended the Maori and New Zealanders more broadly.

We are a small, family-owned business and it was never our intention to offend anyone.
We wish to extend our humble apology. To address these concerns, Hakaenergy will be undertaking a review of our marketing materials and approach."......

'The mauri of our natural world has been diminished'
In the 750 years since humans came to Zealand, at least 76 bird species, three frogs, at least three lizards, one freshwater fish, four plants and an unknown number of invertebrate species have vanished.

"The mauri of our natural world has been diminished," the strategy said.

The department said Māori possess a wealth of knowledge that will help in the recovery of species, and integrating Te Ao Māori (the Māori world view) and mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) into the recovery programmes by 2025 was also a goal. .....

German tourists told they 'must share cigarettes' in Ahipara
Three German tourists were badly frightened but physically unharmed after two men, both known to police as members of the Mongrel Mob, confronted them at Ahipara.

The two men and a woman were told that they were on Maori land, and must pay koha. They were also told that they were required to share their cigarettes, and would need to hire the two men as guides.

The female tourist, who was reduced to tears, sent a text message to a friend who contacted the police in Kaitaia on Monday last week.....

New Plymouth council denies it reaped up to $140m in income from stolen Maori land
Claims it pocketed up to $140 million in income from stolen Maori land have been refuted by the boss of New Plymouth's council.

Under its analysis, Chenery said the group calculated NPDC had reaped between $95m to $140m in earnings.

But NPDC acting chief executive Alan Bird said the calculations were incorrect.

"The figures from Tamaki Treaty Workers are assumptions and the calculations are based on housing inflation rates as opposed to normal inflation rates," Bird said.

Bird said council staff had been able to search its archives back to World War II.

"The data we have from history is incomplete and old fashioned, with different accounting systems," he said.

Bird said since 2007 about $8.4 million had been collected by council in rents.

He said about $4.4m of this had been spent on administration, lease management, legal fees and infrastructure in Waitara....

Maori Affairs Minister backs proposal for bilingual towns
Te reo Māori could soon join te reo Pākehā on traffic signs, ATMs or restaurant menus in several New Zealand towns that are considering going bilingual.

The Māori Party co-leader said the the towns have been presented with guidelines on bilingual signage, but it would be up to them to decide how to become bilingual.

He said the proposal provided huge opportunities to celebrate language.

"Street names, that might be one part of it. Stop, Go, pedestrian crossings. Could be that businesses adopt the whole notion of going bilingual by having all of their signs both in English and Māori, to invoices in Māori, to allowing cheques to being signed in Māori or being printed in both languages, through to signs over the top of ATM machines."......

Foreshore claims not real problem says English
Prime Minister Bill English says he expects very few of the claims for customary ownership of marine and coastal areas will succeed.

More than 500 claims were lodged with the High Court or directly with the government by the deadline at the start of April, spelling out the historical and cultural connections people have to particular stretches of coastline or fisheries.

Outrage over Canadian 'Haka' energy drink
A group of New Zealanders in Canada is furious that an energy drink is being sold under the name Haka with branding similar to Māori moko design.....

Labour MP wants prison run on Maori values
Locking up Maori in existing prisons isn't working says Labour leader Andrew Little who has not backed away from a proposal by Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis for Maori approach to corrections.

Mr Davis says Ngawha Prison in Northland would be a good choice for a prison run entirely on Maori values, but not only for Maori offenders.....

Treaty negotiations Minister suspends runanga mandate
Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has suspended the Crown's recognition of Te Runanga-a-iwi o Ngati Kahu's mandate to pursue settlement of the iwi's treaty claims.

Mr Finlayson said last week that the Crown had last year asked the runanga to address issues raised by Melissa Peters (Te Whanau Moana me te Rorohuri Nga Hapu) and others, by undertaking a process to reconfirm its mandate to negotiate a comprehensive settlement.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503402&objectid=11852087 A further article here > Ngati Kahu: It's the iwi that decides 
Ngāti Whātua says claim concerning Manukau Harbour is not about ownership
Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei has lodged a claim for customary title and protected rights over the Auckland foreshore. Their interests include Kohimarama, and one part of the Manukau Harbour, which one of their leading negotiators says was occupied by their ancestors.

Ngāti Whātua's interest in Manukau Harbour extends from Blockhouse Bay to the Mangere inlet. However they're not looking for ownership.

Pihema says, "At this stage we're not looking at ownership but we're looking for recognition since Ngāti Whatua signing the treaty."

Pihema says, "What is customary rights to us? It mean that our people are able to return to their ancestral lands, to fish and utilise our natural resources."

Ngāti Whātua doesn't want control in their claim but a more consistent, clearer input into decisions that are taken, that are made around those areas. ....

Council congratulates Ruapehu Alpine Lifts
Prime Minister English made special mention of the way relationships and history with Ruapehu iwi was being crafted into a progressive and forward-looking view of what the region and the people of the region could achieve.....

Taranaki Maori make customary rights claim to marine and coastal areas
Taranaki Maori are among those claiming customary rights to parts of the country's coastline.

More than 150 claims have been made under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act by iwi, hapu and whanau across New Zealand.

Earlier this month iwi leader Maanu Paul made a claim for the customary rights of New Zealand's foreshore and sea beds on behalf of all Maori.

If customary rights are recognised, it will give iwi, hapu and whanau a greater say in terms of the activity which takes place along its coastline or in marine areas located within their rohe.

It also provides tangata whenua with a veto right in terms of certain resource consent applications or conservation activities which are applied for within their tribal boundaries....

Budget set to boost Māori housing and marae
Māori housing initiatives and marae will receive $27 million over the next three to four years in the Budget.

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell said the money would fund whānau housing projects, affordable homes for Māori, and supporting marae.

It would include $9m over three years to be spent on trialling new approaches to help whānau into their own homes.....

Maori Party proposal could see Rotorua become a bilingual city
Thirty years on from te reo Maori being made an official language of New Zealand, Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell wants Rotorua recognised as one of the country's first bilingual cities.

Mr Flavell said discussions had been held with Otaki and Rotorua about becoming bilingual, and Wairoa District Council had also expressed interest......

Call for new protocols on sacred sites over nude photo on Taranaki Maunga
Taranaki academic, Dr Ruakere Hond is calling on Māori to outline values and protocols for sacred Māori sites. It follows the recent picture of a glamour model who posted a nude photo of herself at the peak of Mt Taranaki on social media.

Dr Hond says the photo of Jaylene Cook naked on their sacred mountain is an issue for all Māori.

This isn't an issue that Taranaki should discuss and resolve. This is something that all Māori should consider our mountains and sacred places. We need to outline some values and boundaries of what is acceptable and unacceptable.....

Wairoa leads move to bilingual town
WAIROA District Council is on course to become the first council in New Zealand to implement a te reo Maori policy. The policy is a stepping stone towards becoming the country’s first bilingual town, after the launch of Te Wairoa Reorua 2040 in December, 2012.

Te Wairoa Reorua 2040 is the vision of four organisations, Te Kura Motuhake o Te Ataarangi, Nga Kohanga Reo o te rohe o Te Wairoa, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ngati Kahungunu o Te Wairoa and Te Taiwhenua o Te Wairoa.

They have come together with the Human Rights Commission to work on a strategy to set Wairoa on the path to becoming fully bilingual by 2040.....

NZ Law Society widens focus on lawyer diversity
The New Zealand Law Society says it is now asking all applicants for a practising certificate to state their ethnicity.NZ Law Society widens focus on lawyer diversity
The New Zealand Law Society says it is now asking all applicants for a practising certificate to state their ethnicity.

Ms Epati says the best information the Law Society holds is from the 2013 Census when 88% of lawyers described themselves as European, 7% as Asian, 6% as Māori and 2% as Pacific Peoples.

“At the same date 77% of all New Zealanders identifies as European, 11% as Māori, 11% as Asian and 5% as Pacific Peoples: a noticeable difference,” she says.....

Helen Clark: No regrets over Foreshore and Seabed
Former Prime Minister Helen Clark has no regrets over her handling of the Foreshore and Seabed controversy.

Her Labour government ushered in legislation in 2004 which gave ownership of that land to the Crown and stripped the rights of Māori to seek customary title through the courts.

In an interview for RNZ's The 9th Floor, Miss Clark stood by her actions.

She said the right for New Zealanders to be able to walk along the coast was "pretty precious, without somebody saying - get off my land!"

That access would have been threatened, she said, if not for the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

"There were some areas where settlements had returned land where people could no longer go ... Where something is clearly public estate, those issues don't arise."

National later repealed the law as part of a deal with the Māori Party after it came to power in 2009.

It restored the rights of iwi to seek customary rights in court and ruled that no one owned the foreshore and seabed....... 

Iwi withdraws opposition to Taranaki wind farm
A South Taranaki iwi has withdrawn its opposition to a wind farm proposed for coastal land between Waverly and Patea.

Tararua Wind Power wants to build 48 wind turbines, each standing 160 metres tall, on the 980 hectare site.

Ngā Rauru Kītahi Te Pahunga says the company has agreed to a package to mitigate environmental and cultural damage.

It includes input into the restoration of Waipipi Stream and the coastal landscape, protection for migratory birds and the relocation of freshwater fish and plant species.

The iwi will also get permanent access to the Waipipi block which is the site of an historically important village and will act as cultural monitor.....

Someone seeing model pose nude on Mt Taranaki would be 'pretty horrified', says DOC
Seeing a Playmate model naked at the top of Mt Taranaki would have been "horrifying", the Department of Conservation says.

Jaylene Cook posed nude near the summit of Mount Taranaki and shared the photo - taken by her photographer boyfriend Josh Shaw - to Instagram. It attracted more than 16,000 likes was picked up by national and international media including the BBC and USA Today.

DOC Partnerships Manager Darryn Ratana has come down on the side of iwi after the picture went around the world. He said DOC would not condone behaviour that was offensive to iwi - and "it's also pretty offensive to the general public." ......

More than a name: the stories behind Marlborough's rivers and mountains
Tangata whenua have always used them, but it was not until the Te Tau Ihu Treaty of Waitangi settlements of 2014 that many te reo Maori place names in Marlborough were officially recognised. The Marlborough Express is now following suit. Oliver Lewis reports.

On an isolated point of land overlooking the Marlborough Sounds stands Kupe: the mythical tupuna, or ancestor figure, locked in battle with the giant octopus Te Wheke o Muturangi.

The carved wooden pouwhenua at Karaka Point, near Picton, looks out towards features named after the famed explorer and his exploits, names that were officially recognised following Treaty of Waitangi settlements with the eight Te Tau Ihu iwi in 2014......

Council earned $140m from stolen land - Treaty group
The New Plymouth District Council is being urged to be up front about the millions of dollars it has earned from land stolen from Waitara hapu in the 1860s.......

Māori life expectancy has increased at twice the rate of non-Māori in last 10 years
The rapid growth was good news, said Waitematā District Health Board chief executive Dale Bramley. "These results show that Māori health status has improved at a faster rate than non-Māori, thereby closing the gap."...

Iwi chair backs Maori Party run
Ngati Kahungunu leader Ngahiwi Tomoana says he’s chairing Marama Fox’s campaign team because he wants to keep an independent Maori voice in parliament.

"I’ve never seen so much engagement between Maori, Iwi and Crown and cabinet than I have in the last 5 years. I think this is just an evolving model we're just scratching the potential of our country let alone us as Maori as a political economic and social force in this country," he says......

Otaki in the running to be New Zealand's first officially bilingual town
Otaki, where the Maori language was almost dead among young people 40 years ago, could become New Zealand's first officially bilingual town.

The town on the Kapiti Coast, north of Wellington, is leading the running to be given bilingual status, in a move being pushed by the Maori Party.

Official status is likely to include bilingual street signs, and the possibility that businesses could have their invoices or signs printed in both languages....

Legal bill for Maori Board v Auckland Council nearly $300,000
NZ First is warning rate and taxpayers that huge legal bills will be coming their way given National’s racially based changes to the Resource Management Act.

“Lawyers are the only winners from National’s racially divisive RMA changes that will create a separate planning system,” says New Zealand First and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“While Auckland Council’s so-called Independent Maori Statutory Board lost an appeal against Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan, it still left ratepayers nursing a $273,431 legal bill.

“And given Housing NZ was involved taxpayers footed another $19,204 taking the grand total to a staggering $292,635. This racially motivated politically correct poppycock has ripped almost $300,000 out of the pockets of hard working tax and ratepayers and for what?.

“These legal shenanigans all stem from a long list of sites supposedly of significance to Maori. So significant, they reportedly included a rubbish dump, an industrial site and a subdivision......

Coastline claims 'not about ownership' - Māori
Iwi claims on New Zealand's coastline are about recognising ties to the land - not about ownership, leaders say.

More than 380 claims for customary and protective rights have been made under the Marine and Coastal Area Act but the government says only a handful of them will be successful.

The countdown to making claims for customary title of the coastlines had been in place since the Marine and Coastal Areas Act was made law in 2011.

The deadline closed on 3 April and applications were being submitted right up until the final hour.

Māori could chose to either negotiate their claim with the Crown or file it in court.

The Ministry of Justice has received 381 claims, not including applications made to the High Court.

"This is not about ownership, it is about defining customary area," he said.

"Each tribe has a customary area and while they may overlap they are nevertheless important from an iwi perspective that it maintains and sustains its interest in its customary area."

Urgent action needed to address Māori depression - NZAC
A study conducted by an Auckland university measured 15,800 participants' non-specific psychological distress. Results showed Māori were 7.5 per cent more likely to have a high-risk score in the survey than pākehā at 4.5 per cent......

Outrage after naked Playmate scales Mt Taranaki
Playboy playmate Jaylene Cook has scaled Mt Taranaki in a nude photo shoot, but not everyone has taken kindly to the stunt.

The glamour model, who is touring the country with her photographer boyfriend Josh Shaw, posted the photo to Instagram which has attracted more than 8000 likes.

But one Maori academic said the photo was culturally insensitive and disrespected the mountain.

"I also know cousins and relatives who will be quite upset about it. They would consider it as being disrespectful towards the mountain," Maori academic Dennis Ngawhare told Fairfax.....

Massive claim made for Maori foreshore and seabed rights
A massive claim for customary rights of New Zealand's foreshore and sea beds has been lodged in the High Court at Rotorua by a local iwi leader.

The application by New Zealand Maori Council co-chairman Maanu Paul - made on behalf of all Maori - wants recognition of customary marine title and protected customary rights over the New Zealand coast and the entire foreshore and territorial waters of New Zealand.

Under the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011 claims had to be filed within six years - applications closed on Sunday. One-hundred-and-fifty claims for ownership, for thousands of kilometres of New Zealand's coastline were filed in high courts around the country.........

Fletcher, iwi gets nod for Massey East housing project
A proposal for nearly 200 homes in Auckland's Massey has been given the Government's stamp of approval.

The Overseas Investment Office has cleared Fletcher Building and Ngati Whatua Orakei to buy 9.2 hectares of Crown land for the development on Moire Rd, Massey East.

The approval was necessary because only about 27.5 per cent of Fletcher Building's shareholders are New Zealand-based.

Previously owned by the Education Ministry, the land is one of a number of sites identified by a government programme to free up Crown land for more housing....

$2 million research grant on offer for Maori and Pacific youth mental health
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) are seeking applications for a two million dollar Maori and Pacific youth mental health research.

HRC's Chief Executive Kath McPherson says that Maori and Pacific people in Aotearoa have higher rates of mental health issues.

The funding aims to release innovation that will really work for Maori and Pacific youth and their families.

Willie Jackson appointed as Labour’s Māori Campaign Director
“The Labour Party welcomes renowned broadcaster and urban Māori leader Willie Jackson to the role of Māori Campaign Director for the 2017 General Election,” said Māori Senior Vice President Tane Phillips.

“Willie was asked to take on the role due to his ability to connect with a demographic of Māori voters who live in urban areas, are typically younger and part of a new generation.”....

University and Bay iwi partner up
Hawke's Bay iwi are working with University of Otago to learn how to record and protect sites with "crucial cultural and archaeological values". ....

Crown signs apology, redress for Ngati Tamaoho
The Crown has signed a deed settling Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngati Tamaoho, an iwi with interests from Waikato to the Auckland suburbs of Remuera and Ellerslie.

Commercial and financial redress totalling $10.3 million includes the transfer of, and opportunity to purchase, specified Crown property.

There is also a cultural revitalisation fund of $590,000.

The iwi is a member of the Tamaki Collective. Its area of interest area spans from the Manukau Harbour to Franklin District, the Hunua Ranges, Awhitu peninsula, the Waikato wetlands, Firth of Thames and north to central Auckland including Remuera and Ellerslie.....

Plan to give SH1 seven 'unpronounceable' Maori names decried as 'PC gone haywire'
Plans for renaming part of State Highway 1 have been blasted for offering "unpronounceable" Maori words and over-complicating a simple strip of asphalt.

Some have called it "PC gone haywire" while others say it's just part of being a Kiwi.

Kapiti Coast District Council's plan to split the continuous road into seven sections and give it seven Maori names has generated 400 public submissions......

Sharples calls for Māori-only prisons
Former Māori Affairs Minister Sir Pita Sharples wants Māori-only prisons to be established.

"I started work in prisons in Pareremoremo, it had just opened, and I saw how things Māori had no cognisance taken of them.".....

Māori unionists call for iwi-union collaboration
The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) Rūnanga, the body representing 60,000 Māori union members, is marking Workers Memorial Day today with a call for iwi and unions to work together to help end workplace deaths.

“We know from ACC figures that Māori are more likely to be injured on the job than non-Māori. We know that Māori are more likely to work in high risk industries like forestry and farming too. I reckon unions and iwi should work together to find ways to make sure Māori aren’t getting injured or killed on the job. These are our people.”....

Tahau takes on new role at Taupo council
Dylan Tahau is set to become a strategic development manager for Taupo District Council, after just as year and a half managing the iwi.....

NZNO Kaiwhakahaere in New York calls again for a Māori nursing workforce strategy
In New York this morning NZNO Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku addressed the United Nations forum of the United Nations Declaration on the Right of Indigenous People (UNDRIP). Ms Nuku repeated her message that without a Māori nursing workforce strategy, the aim to attract and retain thousands more Māori nurses into nursing would never be realised.

“It is unacceptable that nothing has been done to attract more Māori into nursing in Aotearoa New Zealand since I last addressed the UNDRIP forum two years ago,” Ms Nuku said.....

Historian appointed for Māori Battalion's D Company
Ministers Hekia Parata and Maggie Barry have announced the new historian for the 28th Māori Battalion's D Company, Harawira Craig Pearless.

"When completed, these documents will mark a significant step towards further preserving the legacy of the 28th Māori Battalion. The histories project will also lead to the production of curriculum resources to be used in early childhood education centres, kōhanga reo, kura and schools," says Parata....

Fifty-year iwi-Crown lease falls due in July
THE lease of Lake Waikaremoana’s lake bed and foreshore is up for renewal for the first time in 50 years.

The 50-year iwi-Crown lease falls due in July, with the Government holding a right of renewal.

It is believed preliminary discussions ahead of the lease negotiations have taken place between the stakeholders, including Wairoa Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board and Te Uru Taumatua - Ngai Tuhoe....

Te Ikaroa tells indigenous UN forum oil extraction violation of rights
Hapu and iwi protesting oil exploration along the eastern seaboard of the North Island have taken their case to the United Nations.

Tawera Tahuri from campaign group Te Ikaroa - Defending Our Waters told the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues today that seismic surveying and oil extraction were a violation of indigenous rights.....

David Seymour: Don't force Kiwi kids to learn Te Reo
ACT Party leader David Seymour says Kiwi kids should be able to choose if they want to learn Te Reo Māori amid debate about whether it should be compulsory in schools.

"It's about time all Kiwi kids have a choice to put their time where their passion and enthusiasm is. The Act Party is opposed to compulsion, we're in favour of choice," he told Three's The Project on Thursday night....

Time past for reo debate
Tamaki Makaurau Peeni Henare is challenging the new Education Minister Nikki Kaye to deliver on te reo Maori in schools.

She also wants the country to have the debate over compulsory te reo Maori in the curriculum.

Mr Henare says the time for debate is over, with polls showing the country is coming round to the idea.

"We need to see a plan. What does a plan look like that will introduce compulsory te reo Maori in schools?....

Lower Hutt councillor takes issue with religious karakia at committee meeting
The inclusion of a heavily religious karakia at a Hutt City Council committee meeting has drawn criticism from a councillor.

Chris Milne has raised a point of order over the religious nature of a closing karakia included in the agenda for Wednesday evening's meeting of the district plan committee.

Committee chairwoman Lisa Bridson added both an opening and closing karakia to the meeting's agenda.

Bridson said she had included both karakia as the council had an obligation to adhere to Treaty of Waitangi principles and work in partnership with Maori.

She said the closing prayer was more religious than she would have preferred, but she chose it on the advice of the council's Maori liaison officer.....

Te reo should be compulsory at all school levels - Pita Sharples
Former Māori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says te reo Māori should be compulsory in schools - at all levels.

The language is dying and it "would be devastatingly expensive not to do it", he told Duncan Garner on The AM Show on Thursday.

The comments come after incoming Education Minister Nikki Kaye said she expects a "healthy debate" about making te reo Māori compulsory in schools at the coming election.

Now he says te reo should sit "a little bit in front" of other core subjects such as maths and English, and be learned by all students.....

Treaty Times 30 event at Upper Hutt Library
One hundred and sixteen translators worked together on the translations of the English and Māori versions of the Treaty into 30 languages, including New Zealand Sign Language. This is the result of a project conceived to celebrate the Society's 30th anniversary.

'The translations of the Treaty of Waitangi in the many languages of our country will add significantly to people’s understanding of New Zealand’s founding agreement' said Treaty expert Dame Claudia Orange, a key supporter of the initiative.....

New funding to aid job opportunities in Waikato
Māori Development Minister Te Uruora Flavell has announced a funding partnership between Te Puni Kōkiri and Waikato-Tainui to support employment opportunities in Waikato.

“Māori unemployment statistics continue to be higher than other population groups. Partnering with Waikato-Tainui to address and arrest this trend is how we make the most of our collective resource.

“This funding will have a direct impact on employment opportunities and outcomes for up to 90 Waikato-Tainui tribal members,” says Mr Flavell.

The $100,000 of pilot funding provided by Te Puni Kōkiri will help extend its reach to other interested iwi and providers. Another $150,000 over two years will support a similar programme in Manukau.....

Kaye expects 'healthy debate' over Te Reo in schools
Any extension of teaching Te Reo in schools would depend on whether the resources are available for it, the incoming Education Minister says.

The former Prime Minister, Jim Bolger, has called for the teaching of the Māori language to be compulsory in schools.

Nikki Kaye said there would be a healthy debate on the issue at the coming election.

But Ms Kaye told Morning Report the issue may be whether there were the resources for a considerable expansion in Māori language classes....
Another article on the above hereMinister seeks unity and resolve on reo revival

Planning needed to service aging Maori
University of Auckland researchers say the number of older Maori needing care on a more than daily basis could increase by more than 200 percent over the next decade.

It’s one of the findings of Te Puawaitanga O Nga Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu, the world’s first longitudinal study of aging in an indigenous population.

She says the rate of change is greatest for Maori, which will present challenges for Maori society......

Maori miss out on Internet promise
A new study of digital inclusion has found Maori and Pasifika people, along with those on low incomes, sole parents, rural dweller and people with disabilities are least likely to be connected to the internet....

Coroner's Act missing cultural dimension
A Maori health worker says changes are urgently needed to allow whanau timely access to tupapaku.

Parliament’s Maori affairs committee is looking at the issue, less than a year after the Coroner’s Act was changed.

Naida Glavish says while there were some positive changes such as the new mortuary service, in other areas additional bureaucratic hurdles were thrown up.

She says the cultural dimension is still overlooked...

Mikaere sets sights on Mauao future
The newest member of the Mauao Trust says he’s looking forward to the task of balancing the environmental, cultural and economic aspects of the iconic maunga.

"And then we can look the future, how can we do things, or what kind of things should we do to make sure that it is positioned as a spiritual tohu for iwi in this part of the world,.....

Chartered Accountants ANZ appoints Māori Sector Manager
A key step in organisation’s commitment to lift under representation of Māori in the accounting profession.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand has appointed Kateriina Selwyn as Māori Sector Manager – a first for the country’s largest accounting organisation.

Kateriina’s role will be to foster long-term and meaningful relationships with Iwi (tribes), employers, Chartered Accountants ANZ members and prospective members to increase the number of Māori Chartered Accountants.....

New Zealand Land Wars need to be taught in schools – Wellington historian
Wellington historian and author Vincent O'Malley believes teaching young Kiwi's about the New Zealand Land Wars should be a high priority in our education curriculum.

Speaking to TVNZ's Breakfast today Mr O'Malley said: "It is appropriate on Anzac Day to commemorate those who have served in foreign wars, but we also need to remember the large number of Maori and Pakeha who lost their lives in wars fought here, and I don't think we do that very well at the moment".

He points out that per capita, more Maori died in the New Zealand land wars than in World War I, and in the 1860's there were more British troops in New Zealand than in Britain itself.......

Waahi tapu project wins award for New Plymouth District Council
An on-going project to improve knowledge about cultural heritage sites in New Plymouth District has resulted in a national award.

New Plymouth District Council has won the Innovation in Policy and Regulatory Development Category of the The Society for Local Government Managers (SOLGM) Excellence Awards for its work alongside iwi and hapu in identifying the locations and the importance of waahi tapu sites.

"It's often an issue for councils to firstly build a meaningful relationship with tangata whenua and secondly to back it up with a good, reliable system that iwi and hapu can use for recording the sites' histories and helping with their response to resource consent applications."

The review of waahi tapu and archaeological sites, which started in 2007, was necessary for the council to meet its statutory obligations as the location of many sites were not exact. ....

Palmerston North contemplates setting up a Maori ward
Palmerston North could have a Maori ward or wards at the next local body elections.

The city council on Monday approved a discussion document that will go out for public consultation in August, resisting a staff suggestion that the topic could be controversial.

The draft discussion document said the subject was "a very controversial issue", but councillors asked for the comment to be removed.

It was a reference to the experience of former New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd, who suffered abuse, including being spat at, over his unsuccessful bid to have a Maori ward set up for the 2016 elections.

The council was unanimous in putting the proposal for Maori wards to the public.....

Ihumātao uri dissatisfied with Govt and council response
Protect Ihumātao campaigners, Pania Newton and Delwyn Roberts will fly to New York tomorrow to voice their concerns at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Newton says, “We have decided that the disinterest of the Government and Auckland Council in the injustices at Ihumātao mean we must look for support internationally.”

The United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People is an instrument designed to acknowledge and raise the profile of indigenous injustices....

$2m for Māori and Pacific youth mental health research
The HRC’s first initiative as part of GACD is to partner with the Ministry of Health to provide up to $2 million in research funding to discover better strategies to support Māori and Pacific youth with mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorders....

Five councillors join council-iwi leadership body
FIVE Gisborne District Council councillors have joined mayor Meng Foon as establishing members of the Local Leadership Body (LLB), a new “governance forum’’ to operate between the council and iwi.

There was some debate over potential conflict of interest and the role of Ngati Porou. Mr Foon said such issues were not relevant. Councillors were voted or appointed to represent the council.

The LLB was a lawful leadership body with Turanga iwi, he said.

The purpose of the LLB is described as contributing to the sustainable management of natural and physical resources, while recognising the traditional relationship of iwi to their ancestral lands, water, wahi tapu and other taonga......

Waikato- Tainui reo strategy aiding student achievement
At Hopuhopu, 65 Māori language teachers from Waikato-Tainui are sharpening their skills at the first of two Te Reo Kaapuia language symposiums being held this year. It's the third year the tribe has run Te Reo Kaapuia and some of the teachers say the fruits of the wānanga are being reflected in NCEA achievements. ...

Lawyers in Treaty of Waitangi Litigation
Te Haa Legal has an opportunity for two new lawyers in Treaty of Waitangi litigation and Maori Land Court work. ....

Treaty of Waitangi moved to new Wellington home under cover of darkness
They only had to travel a few hundred metres down the road.

But the secretive operation was plotted for years and took place under cover of darkness, with no members of the public allowed to take part in the journey to protect the important documents' security.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) was moved overnight Friday from Archives New Zealand on Wellington's Mulgrave St a few hundred metres up the road to the National Library on Molesworth St.

The three documents, including the Treaty, were moved at 2.45am with so much caution that archivists had to walk slowly alongside the vehicle to ensure there was no vibration.

Chief archivist Marilyn Little said a waiata was sung as a group shepherded the truck between the buildings. Mulgrave St was still dotted with security guards by 8am on Saturday for the operation.

The final cost of the project came in at $7.2 million, nudging it only slightly over the DIA's budget. .......

$30 million kiwifruit investment for Bay Maori economy
A $30 million kiwifruit investment has been announced for Bay of Plenty Maori.

The project is believed to be the single largest kiwifruit investment on Maori land. It will involve 10 orchards being set up in several locations in the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne area, including Matakana Island.

Maori trust Te Tumu Paeroa, in partnership with Quayside Holdings, today announced the 18-month plan.

More than 90ha of semi- and unproductive land will be converted into grower businesses with the aiming of improving the long-term benefit of its owners and their community. ....
Auckland mana whenua takes housing opposition to UN
A Māori interest group is taking its battle over a south Auckland housing development to the United Nations.

Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) was set up due to community concerns about Special Housing Area 62 at Ihumātao.

Fletcher Residential bought the land and is planning to build 480 homes on the 32 hectares near Māngere.

However, local mana whenua claim the area is culturally significant and archaeologists believe it could contain middens, lava caves and Māori burial sites.

The site is located next to the Ōtuataua Stonefields, a category 2 historic place. Carbon dating puts human settlement in the area around 1160 AD.....

Negotiator Jim Bolger
I think Jim Bolger might be about to spark a debate. Two debates, actually. One on our economic settings and the other on race relations.

He says neo-liberalism has failed and suggests unions should have a stronger voice. He says TREATY OF WAITANGI SETTLEMENTS MAY NOT BE FULL AND FINAL and that Māori language tuition should be compulsory in primary schools....

Hastings council rejects Maori wards as concerns raised
A request for more debate on Maori wards for Hastings was rejected yesterday, when the Hastings District Council decided not to introduce a Maori ward at this time.

Mayor Lawrence Yule said the options for further Maori engagement could include considering what other committees could have Maori representation and whether these people could have voting rights.

This could be discussed in further detail when the chief executive came back with a report, he said.....

The word on the street is Pae Moana
Alfred Peter has been given the boot from a Stanmore Bay street in favour of a name more fitting to it's coastal feel.

Hibiscus Coast Local Board members were asked to approve the name for the new access way to a subdivision at 12 Te Ruru Way, overlooking the Hibiscus Coast Raiders Rugby League Club grounds in Stanmore Bay, at a meeting of the board on Wednesday.

Alfred Way was the original name chosen for 12 Te Ruru Limited's 11-lot subdivision, but was rejected by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), as it was already used in the Auckland area....

Water allocation right for Maori
The Iwi Chairs Forum is offering to work with the owners of Northland’s Poroti Spring on their water claim.

Forum advisor Willie Te Aho says despite a Native Land Court determination that the hapu owned the spring and the land around it, none of 22,000 cubic metres of water that comes out each day is allocated to them.

Instead it is siphoned off by the Whangarei water supply, an irrigation company and a bottling plant....

Otaki ideal for bilingual status
The Maori Party is backing a move to declare Otaki a bilingual town.

Co-leader Marama Fox says it’s taking a pointer from some of the efforts to revitalise the Welsh language.

She says Otaki is a shining example because of the way the creation of Te Wananga o Raukawa created a large mass of Maori speakers in the town of 6000 people.

"Fifty percent of all Maori in Otaki speak fluent te reo Maori so the aspiration of becoming a bilingual town is something Otaki can actually realise andm I think that is exciting for the future of Aotearoa, one town that could realise what it is like to be bilingual," Ms Fox says.....

Wairoa Council could be first to adopt Te Reo Māori Policy
The Wairoa Māori Standing Committee has drafted and developed a Te Reo Māori Policy for its community and if passed, they could be the first local council nationwide with a unique policy for the language.

Wairoa has a population of almost 60 per cent Māori and the council would like to see more of them fluent in the language.....

Samuels says boot camp better than whanau for offenders
Former Minister for Maori Affairs Dover Samuels says don't rely on whanau to help Maori prison inmates turn a corner because often home is where they learned to be criminals.

He said the call for greater whanau involvement in inmates' rehabilitation was "culturally correct claptrap"

Mr Samuels said boot camp would do a better job of straightening up Maori early in the offending cycle rather than "spoonfeeding young people who have been disconnected from family values because sometimes their whanau don't have decent values themselves." ......

Māori medium Educators and Iwi gather in Wellington to celebrate Māori achievement
Māori medium national peak bodies Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust, Te Rūnanganui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori, Ngā Kura ā Iwi, Te Akatea, and iwi representatives have been given a call to action today as Education Minister Hon Hekia Parata launches a strategy to future-proof Māori medium education.

Educators and iwi gathered at a Hui in Wellington for discussions on Te Rāngai Kāhui Ako ā-Iwi, a framework provided to iwi to ensure the future sustainability of Maori-medium education and build on the recent successes of Māori educational achievement.....

Maori Party feels targeted
She says Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens want to knock National off its perch but they know that's a hard task.

That's why they will go for the support parties.

"If you have a look at the Maori Party with their two votes, people go 'we can destroy them' and that's exactly what (New Zealand First deputy leader) Ron Mark said in the house, we're out to destroy the Maori party, that's our number one goal at the election, Labour are doing the same thing and so I have already heard the rumours flying round and it is going to get rough and it is going to get dirty and I'm not interested in any of it," Ms Fox says.....

Kaikoura Anzac ceremony to reflect both Maori and European cultures, as well as horses
This year 13 soldiers on horseback will lead the Kaikoura Anzac Day parade, and two of the riders will be carrying traditional Maori weapons.

The parade will be led by the Mounted Rifles and two local men will carry the taiaha as a reflection of the part both Maori and Pakeha played in the Anzac campaign.....

A small Northland hapu is hoping they will be able to raise enough to money to buy an island which they consider to be part of their identity.
Motukaraka, in the Hokianga Harbour, is close to the marae of Ngai Tupoto and for the first time in 50 years it's up for sale.

It has a capital value of $85,000 and the hapu believe they are in with a chance with the help of their GoFundMe campaign.

The island fell out of Maori ownership before the Treaty of Waitangi was signed....

Karaitiana expertise tapped for Kura Pounamu
Former Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation, Ruma Karaitiana, has been appointed to the board of distance education specialist Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL......

Marlborough iwi plan to raise sea guardian in fight to stop salmon farm relocation
Legend has it that a tribal deity has been holed up in the Marlborough Sounds for centuries, protecting seafarers.

And now the spiritual guardian or taniwha known as Kaikaiawaro could be used to try to block the relocation of six salmon farms.

It's understood Ngati Kuia, who are opposed to the salmon farm on the grounds that it is being driven for "short-term profits", will cite the creature as one reason why the development shouldn't go ahead.

Meihana said he believed Ngati Kuia's objections were predicated on the cultural significance of the site, and the iwi's history and association with Pelorus.

Kaikaiawaro is known as the "kaitiaki" of local iwi Ngati Kuia, appearing to give assistance at times of need.

Kaikaiawaro is said to live in a cave at the entrance to the Pelorus Sound, and has helped travellers cross Cook Strait....

Evidence Maori students suffer from bias
Maori and Pasifika children are unfairly judged by teachers who hold lower expectations of them, a report prepared for Treasury has found.....

Point England development seen as treaty settlement
Auckland iwi Ngati Paoa says the ability to develop housing on Point England Reserve is a critical part of its treaty settlement.....
Prisons must do more to keep Maori out of prisons (Editorial)
Everyone knows that Maori make up half the prison muster but only 15 per cent of the wider population. These facts, repeated over decades, have ceased to astound or even interest us.

That's why the Waitangi Tribunal report on Maori re-offending is so valuable. As the report says, the situation with Maori imprisonment and re-offending rates "appears normal. It is not, and cannot be considered, normal."

But the tribunal concedes that kawanatanga or governorship has its rights in prison, just as Maori rangatiratanga should have. It wants a much more powerful Maori Advisory Board to have a real say in our prisons, for example. But it also concedes that this board can't make binding decisions on the department's chief executive, whose first responsibility is to ensuring public safety.

This should reassure conservatives worried that here as elsewhere, Treaty partnership must mean Maori dominance and power of veto.

A senior Corrections executive told the tribunal that "if we are to succeed overall we must succeed with Maori"

Maori NCEA up but UE rate slips
Maori are missing out on university in increasing numbers because they aren't passing the minimum qualification.

New data shows that while the mnumber of Maori secondary school students achieving NCEA Level 2 has gone up, the number getting university entrance is going down.

Only 31 percent of Maori and 30 percent of Pasifika students get UE, compared with almost 58 percent of Pakeha and 66 percent of Asian students,...

Call for government to fund marae providing emergency housing
The Green Party says that marae should be considered for government contracts to provide emergency housing to the homeless.....

Compulsory Te Reo Māori in schools – two academics, two views
Associate Professor Sharon Harvey and Professor of History Paul Moon share their different perspectives on compulsory Māori in schools.

Māori should be compulsory in schools
By Associate Professor Sharon Harvey
Māori should be compulsory in New Zealand schools. New Zealand has an obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi to protect arguably, Māori’s greatest taonga and the only language that is indigenous to New Zealand, te reo Māori......

Compulsory Te Reo Māori: The final nail in the coffin
By Professor Paul Moon
With Te Reo facing the very real prospect of disappearing as a living language, its fate is too serious to be left to the whim of policy opportunists.

Compulsion in schools has never revived an indigenous language anywhere in the world. It is an inherently failed approach to reversing a language in decline......

Pressure on to up teacher qualifications
"It means that we have to find ways to support young Maori into teaching and we need to see far more of them come in, both in Maori medium and mainstream. Something less than 10 percent of the overall teacher workforce identifies as Maori," Ms Parata says.


Final results confirm rising Maori and Pasifika student achievement
"Across the board, achievement is up! In Year 11 NCEA Level 1 is 75.5 percent, up from 62.5 percent in 2008. Year 12 NCEA Level 2 achievement is 78.4 percent, up 2 percentage points on last year and 12 percentage points since 2008. Year 13 NCEA Level 3 achievement is 64.5 per cent, up from 53.4 percent in 2008, and achievement of the University Entrance Award since its strengthening is up 0.6 percent to 49.2 percent.".....

Call to boost Māori wardens, not police, in Northland
Kaitaia needs more local Māori wardens and Māori Women's Welfare League, not a 24/7 police base, the head of a Northland Trust says......

Native Affairs newsreader Oriini Kaipara identified as 'full-blooded Maori' via DNA test
A DNA test appears to have found a woman with 100 per cent Maori DNA.

An analysis of the DNA of Oriini Kaipara, 33, has shown that - despite her having both Maori and Pakeha ancestry - her genes only contain Maori DNA. That makes her, in her own words, a "full-blooded Maori".

Culturally, people identify as Maori through their whakapapa, while legally a person is defined as Maori if they are of Maori descent, even through one long-distant ancestor.

However the intermingling of different ethnicities in New Zealand over the past 200 years means all Maori people are thought to have some non-Maori ancestry, so would not be expected to have 100 per cent Maori DNA......

Allow gang affiliate volunteers in prisons - Maori Party
Gang affiliates should to be allowed to work with prisoners because they are able to work closely with the hardest to reach whānau, the Māori Party says.

Last year the government banned any volunteers with gang connections working with inmates after the Corrections Minister at the time, Judith Collins, said it was inappropriate.

Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox said the ban on gang affiliates should be reversed because what Corrections was doing now was not working......

Waitangi Report on Disproportionate Re-offending
This normalisation of Māori re-offending and imprisonment rates is a growing threat to Māori culture, and has devastating consequences not only for Māori whānau, hapū and iwi, but for the nation as whole.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) is a Centre of Research Excellence hosted at the University of Auckland comprising 21 research partners and conducting research of relevance to Māori communities. Our vision is Māori leading New Zealand into the future......

Ngai Tahu victory will restrict land disturbance at significant Maori sites
Ngai Tahu has won a High Court victory which will give extra protection to sensitive Maori sites around Christchurch.

The iwi appealed a part of the Christchurch Replacement District Plan, which protects land with sacred, historical or cultural significance to Maori. This includes sites of historical pa, occupation or burial at Banks Peninsula, Te Waihora-Lake Ellesmere, Tuahiwi and Kaiapoi.

The court's decision overturned an exemption in the proposed plan that meant sensitive land less than 60 centimetres deep could be disturbed without consent.....

Maori offending ruled a treaty breach
A failure to address high Maori reoffending rates means the Crown has breached its Treaty of Waitangi obligations, the Waitangi Tribunal has found.

In a report released today, the tribunal said the gap between Maori and non-Maori reoffending rates was "longstanding and substantial", and contribute to the high number of Maori behind bars.

Maori make-up half of New Zealanders in prison, despite accounting for 15 per cent of the national population.....

Forum to Discuss Diversity, Bias And New Children's Ministry
As lead keynote speaker at Oranui’s Indigenous Diversity Forum on 5 May at Te Papa, Mr Blank will open the day by explaining why the Ministry for Vulnerable Children makes no sense from a social policy perspective.

“The Ministry is a poorly planned response to New Zealand’s very high rates of child abuse,” he recently told TV3’s The Project. “Over 70% of young people in the Ministry’s youth justice residences are Māori. This is hugely disproportionate and evidence of unconscious bias in the system.”...

Incentive for Maori to train in in tech industry bootcamp
The Enspiral Dev Academy, which offers an 18-week crash course for people who want to work as web developers, is looking for more Maori candidates.

It has created two diversity scholarships for its next course starting in May, one for Maori and Pasifika applicants and the other to support women and non-binary gender identities..... 

New Maori dairy factory for BoP
A new Maori-owned new dairy factory is being planned for the Kawerau region, modelled on the first Maori dairy company Miraka, near Taupo....

Whanau say cultural needs not met when Maori die
The Maori Affairs Select Committee is currently hearing submissions on its inquiry into how the dead are handled. MPs have heard from some whanau that police and health professions are still failing to cater to tikanga Maori....

Ngati Tuwharetoa vote to send Treaty of Waitangi settlement offer to Parliament
The people of Ngati Tuwharetoa have voted 'yes' to a settlement on the tribe's historic Treaty of Waitangi claims.

The agreement will be the final settlement of all historical Treaty claims resulting from the behaviour of the Crown in the 19th and 20th centuries, up until September 1992.

It includes compensation of $25million, options to buy Government land, the return of key sites and an apology...

Focus on Māori offending
Police Minister Paula Bennett and Justice Minister Amy Adams have today announced $10 million for initiatives to improve Māori justice outcomes.

“It is well known that Māori are overrepresented at every stage in the criminal justice system. We’re not prepared to accept that continuing,” says Mrs Bennett.

“Tackling this issue is a priority for the justice sector which is why we have set aside $10 million of the Justice Sector Fund for initiatives that will improve outcomes for Māori in the justice system,” says Ms Adams.

The first initiative to be funded is a services hub which aims to prevent offending and reoffending. It will receive $4.73 million to deliver four new whānau-centred justice services, co-designed by the justice sector and Christchurch-based urban Māori organisation Ngā Maata Waka....

Navy names largest-ever ship
The Navy has announced its largest-ever ship - a 24,000-tonne vessel which will cost nearly half a billion dollars - will be called Aotearoa.

Construction of the ship will start next year, for delivery in January 2020.

The 173-metre long vessel will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries at a projected cost of $493 million.....

Taking steps to brighten city
Visitors to the St Clair Esplanade can experience sand, sea, sky ... and al fresco poetry, thanks to the efforts of local artists.

So far, Arnison and McCammon have decorated the St Clair Playground steps with the Maori words for their colours and painted a poem by Andre Surridge on steps opposite Dunedin Town Hall.

The Dunedin City Council supported the Post project with a grant of $1000, and Resene sponsored the paint, Arnison said.....

Māori trusts to build unique geothermal milk plant
A group of Māori trusts is spearheading a first-of-its-kind milk processing plant in Kawerau, which will create 30 jobs.

Mr Hunia, who is also the deputy Māori Trustee at Te Tumu Paeroa, said using renewable geothermal energy was a good move.

"The ideal world would be when we are feeding our children and we are feeding the world on milk that has come off our land, our farms, milked by our people, processed through our plant and branded with our name.

"But the benefits of it are benefits for the whole country and the whole industry."

Mr Jones said the Kawerau plant would cost about $33 million and the Māori groups involved so far paying for half of that.

"That is the whole drive behind the project, Māori are involved all the way, in every key aspect of this project.....

Māori Party warning over RMA changes: ignore iwi at your “own peril”
Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox says this is a new New Zealand where we celebrate our diversity and sit at the table together and make collaborative planning moves in our towns, in our regions, our councils and at our central government. Speaking on Q+A this morning to our political editor Corin Dann,.....

Committee digs deep over Maori wards decision
A hearftelt, emotional discussion preceded the Hastings District Council-Maori joint commitee's decision yesterday to recommend that the council not introduce Maori wards for the district at this time.

In the end though it came down to the vote, with the majority of the committee in favour of retaining the status quo, but keen to explore more options to increase Maori involvement in all council business.

The committee's eventual recommendation to not introduce a Maori ward or wards will be considered at the next council meeting.

If the council agrees to this, it would be required to notify the decision and wait to see if five per cent of electors required a poll on the matter before the cut-off date of February 28 next year.

New Associate Dean Māori appointed to Otago Business School
Ngāi Tahu’s Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl has been appointed as the new Associate Dean Māori in the University of Otago Business School. She takes up her role on 26 April.

“Dr Ruckstuhl is involved with Ngāi Tahu in a governance position on the Board representing her local Karitane-based rūnaka, Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki. She has been involved in developing policy and strategy for the iwi and before joining the University was the Education Manager and a project consultant for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

“I am looking forward to supporting the Division to implement the University’s Māori Strategic Framework and, in particular, working with students to encourage them to use their skills and knowledge to contribute to the Māori and broader economy,” Dr Ruckstuhl said......

Tuwharetoa votes yes on settlement
Ngati Tuwharetoa beneficiaries have voted to settle the tribe’s historic Treaty of Waitangi claims.

The total settlement, including the iwi's part of the Central North Island Forests Iwi Collective Settlement, is worth about $180 million.

The comprehensive settlement includes the return of 34 culturally significant sites, five commercial sites, a right of first refusal for Crown-owned land taken from the iwi and co-management with the Department of Conservation of lands within the iwi’s boundaries.....

Maori Party senses good things coming its way
While Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell made noises about talking to Harawira to set his mind at ease, Fox had a much simpler solution: eye for an eye.

She said if Harawira told his voters not to vote for the Maori Party, the Maori Party would tell their voters not to vote for the Mana Party. Na-na-na-na-na.

It was a blunt reminder Harawira might need the Maori Party more than they needed him despite the imbalance in the electorate seat deal.

The Maori Party is a cock-a-hoop at the moment on the back of a One News Colmar Brunton poll putting them at 4 per cent support, up from around 1 per cent.

It would normally be seen as a rogue result - but there had been a lot happening in Maori politics to give it some credence.

Appeaser Nats' iwi clauses 'put tribes above citizens
The National-Maori government - possibly TODAY - are about to pass a bill that amounts to a major surrender of your country to the tribal elites.

The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill will give every tribe and every sub-tribe the power of veto over every resource consent decision in every council in New Zealand.

If you think red tape is a problem, wait till you see what brown tape’s going to do.

And don’t take our word for it. Read what the Maori Party are telling their own Facebook supporters.

They wrote that "negotiations aren't always about what we can get. Sometimes they are about what we can stop"....

Runanga demands crown prove title
Te Runanga a iwi o Ngati Kahu has responded to the deadline for claiming customary rights to the foreshore and seabed by demanding the crown prove its own title.

A public notice says to have any rights in the Ngati Kahu rohe recognised, the crown needs to give evidence it holds title in accordance with Ngati Kahu tikanga, and it has exclusively used and occupied the area.

Chair Margaret Mutu says the Maori Party-backed Marine and Coastal Areas (Takutai Moana) Act, which set a similar test for Maori claimants, was worse than Labour's Foreshore and Seabed Act.

She says her runanga is not going to be bullied by the crown.....

$100k iwi youth development partnership
A new $100,000 partnership will see around 120 young people from or affiliated to Waikato-Tainui, Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Kahungunu supported to attend the Turongo me Maahina-a-rangi – Leaders by Design Summit, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

“This is about supporting more young Maori to become tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs,” says Ms Kaye......

Claim deadline shows takutai moana mirage
The deadline has passed for Maori to put in applications for customary title to marine and coastal areas.

Iwi have been scrambling to get in the paperwork, but Mana leader Hone Harawira doesn’t rate their chances, given the fact only one claim has been concluded so far.

He says the 2011 Takutai Moana Act has proved to be as bad as the Labour Government’s Foreshore and Seabed Act it replaced.

His solution would be to put all the foreshore and seabed into an inalienable Maori title with guarantees of public access......

Māori recover slower from injury: study
Māori typically take longer to recover from major injuries and are at risk of longer term disability, a new study has found.

The University of Otago study found 19 per cent of Māori were still experiencing a disability two years after an injury.

This is because they may have a lower income or face greater difficulty accessing healthcare services, lead researcher Dr Emma Wyeth said....

Parties argue over RMA abyss
The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill is back before parliament this afternoon, with a showdown expected over changes made to secure Maori Party support.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the Maori Party price is a separatist parallel government.

He says the bill will allow iwi to become consenting authorities with local councils or in some cases to become consenting authorities in their own right.

Mr Peters says it will do nothing for what Maori really want, like decent housing, health and education systems, and decent jobs and wages......

Māori education in Northland to get boost with kura upgrades
Two major building projects promise to transform remote kura in Northland, and connect students with greater opportunities.

Māori education in Northland is getting a substantial boost in resources with two large building projects in the latter stages of design.

The upgrades represent a $19 million investment. One is a transfer to a new site and the other is a redevelopment of an existing kura, but each will include flexible teaching spaces to enable teachers and students to work in a modern learning environment, plus 21st Century technology to connect students to the world well beyond their isolated Far North locations....

Professor Makere Mutu, Chair of Ngati Kahu iwi.
Deadline set for Crown to apply for recognition of any rights and interests it claims to hold in Ngati Kahu rohe moana.

The Crown have until 3 May 2017 to apply to Ngati Kahu for recognition under Ngati Kahu tikanga of any rights or interests it claims in the Ngati Kahu rohe moana.

The hapu of Ngati Kahu hold rangatiratanga and mana whenua over their lands, seas, fisheries and other states in the rohe, as derived from the Gods and declared to the Crown.

If the Crown wish to challenge the status quo by claiming a contemporary right over customary interest in the rohe moana of Ngati Kahu, you can apply to Ngati Kahu to have an order granted which recognises your right or interest under Ngati Kahu tikanga.....

Peters warns of 'separatist abyss' in RMA reform
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has appealed to National MPs to step back from a "separatist abyss" as the Resource Management Bill is again debated in parliament.

Last month the government secured the support of the Maori Party to pass the legislation through its remaining stages by offering enhanced iwi participation in the decision-making process.

But Mr Peters says reform should be based on the principle of "one law for all".

"This country is about to go down a racially divisive abyss and the only ones who can do something about it is the National Party caucus," he said on Tuesday.....

Mongrel Mob turns to the law for help
The leader of the Hastings Mongrel Mob Rex Timu has banned methamphetamine from his chapter.

A decision the gang leader admits was unpopular and caused some backlash amongst his members.

Tonight the 50-year-old tells Native Affairs why he has filed a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal on behalf of his chapter calling the New Zealand Health system racist.

Timu says the Crown has failed to provide the care and rehabilitation that people need to get off P, including the Mongrel Mob.

“There is racial prejudice against us....

Seven in 10 Bay prisoners Maori
More than 72 per cent of locals imprisoned last year were Maori.

Ministry of Justice figures show that, of the 600 people imprisoned in the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel last year, 434 were Maori, 143 were European and 23 were other ethnicities.

About 55 per cent of people convicted of crimes were Maori - about 2500 of the 4600 total....

Leighton Smith speaks to Dr Muriel Newman
The NZ Centre for Political Research recently published an open letter about the lack of discussion around the new provisions in the Resource Management Act.

The letter's writer, head of NZCPR and Former ACT MP Muriel Newman, joined Leighton Smith to discuss the two sections of the RMA Amendment Bill she has issue with.

"The arrangements that they've inserted into the bill will essentially allow iwi to co-govern local authorities and the agreements that have been put in place between the iwi or hapu and the local authority can't be changed - they'll be there forever.

"There has been no public consultation at all about it and that's really what's so upsetting about it."....

Leighton Smith speaks to Stephen Franks
Leighton Smith spoke to Stephen Franks, a former ACT MP and lawyer, after he was quoted in a recent open letter by the NZ Centre for Political Research about the lack of discussion around the new provisions in the Resource Management Act....
Listen here > http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/leighton-smith-show/stephen-franks-new-rma-provisions-slipped-in-without-discussion/

Maori ward for Hastings up for discussion
he Hastings District Council-Maori joint committee will consider the issue of whether or not to create Maori wards at a meeting this week.

Councils are required by legislation to review their representation arrangements, including whether to create Maori wards, every six years.

For the Hastings District Council this review was due again this year and if it decided to install a Maori ward or wards for the 2019 local government election, this decision would have to be in place by November this year.....

Māori Party co-leader accuses the Government of 'know-it-all-ness'
Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox has criticised the Government in the wake of new statistics showing that Māori children in state care has increased by 8.1 percent.

There are now 3,354 tamariki Māori currently in state care.

When asked why the Māori Party's policies and presence in Government hadn't turned these statistics around, Fox answered: 'If I'm really honest, part of our Government suffer from 'know-it-all-ness'." ...

Canty council and Maori work together to save lake
Christchurch City Council and Wairewa RÅ«nanga have committed to improving the ailing health of Te Roto o Wairewa (Lake Forsyth, Little River) by the signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this afternoon at Wairewa Marae at Little River.

Mayor Dalziel says, "The lake is the life blood of this community and it is important that we work together to find solutions to the environmental hazards we are facing."

RÅ«nanga chair Rei Simon says, "Eeling has been our way of life here. The rahui on eeling has meant that we cannot follow our whanau traditions that we have practised for hundreds of years.

The MoU will apply for the next 35 years. ....

Child advocate Anton Blank slams new 'hugely flawed' Ministry for Vulnerable Children
Child Youth and Family is gone, and in its place is the Ministry for Vulnerable Children.

The new Ministry was launched on Friday afternoon, but will it do anything to reverse our shameful record on child neglect and abuse?

Social policy expert and child advocate Anton Blank told Three's The Project that while the Government has shown strong leadership in dealing with a difficult issue, "the problem is the overall approach is hugely flawed".

OECD statistics show children and teenagers are 50 percent more likely to die of abuse here than in Australia, and Mr Blank says our death toll is due to the market-led restructuring of the New Zealand economy in the 1980s.

"I think that economic restructuring during the 1980s, that really escalated our child abuse rates. Maori rates are the highest in the country. Prior to the 1980s there was not difference in the rates of death between Maori and other children," he says.....

National caves to iwi power share
No wonder former prime minister John Key quit, albeit the Key era in New Zealand politics has yet to end with the current parliamentary term.

He must have foreseen that in the final year of his administration National would sup deeply from the poisoned chalice of his toxic political bargain with the Maori Party....

Questions and Answers: Te Ture Whenua Reform
What is the purpose of the Bill?

The purpose of the bill is to recognise and provide for the mana and tino rangatiratanga that since time immemorial Māori have exercised and continue to exercise over their lands, resources, and taonga in accordance with tikanga Māori and, consistent with the guarantees given to Māori in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, to protect the right of owners of Māori land to retain, control, occupy, and develop their land as a taonga tuku iho for the benefit of present and future generations of owners, their whānau, and their hapū.

The changes to the Bill announced today will clarify Māori land law; put in place additional protection to safeguard the ownership of Māori land; and deal with inequities which remain in current legislation

What are the Ture Whenua Māori reforms?

There are three pou that inform the reforms about Te Ture Whenua Māori, they are:.....