Jan - March 17


31/3/17
Stronger protection for Maori land
Proposed law changes will make it more difficult to acquire Maori land under the Public Works Act.

Mr Flavell can insert new provisions into the bill when it comes up for its committee stage next week.

"The taking of land for public works has had a significant impact on Maori land - in the past, legislation allowed easier acquisition of Maori land with less access to compensation, and Maori land has been reduced to just over five per cent of all land.

"The changes to the Public Works Act 1981 will require authorities to have a strong justification to acquire Maori land, and where possible the amount of land taken should be minimised.".....
https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/stronger-protection-for-maori-land/ar-BBz3Fyj

Kaumātua stake hapū claim to Motiti Island
Kaumātua from Motiti Island in Bay of Plenty have been granted an urgent hearing in the Waitangi Tribunal.

The six elderly claimants are arguing that the small island's hapū are tangata whenua, and should get their own treaty settlement.

Earlier this month, the Waitangi Tribunal approved the application for the urgent hearing for next year.....

King Salmon crown's true partner
South Island iwi say water space the crown wants to offer a multinational fish farming company are sacred to Maori.

He says the Government seems to care more for the interests of a private company than for its treaty partners.....

Tauranga commemorates 150 yr since attack on Māori villages
In 1867, the Tauranga Bush Campaign’s purpose was to drive out ‘rebellious Māori’ who continued to resist the surveying and confiscation of their lands. It’s approach was to send troops to attack villagers, burn their houses and extensive cultivations, as part of a ‘scorched earth’ policy. The campaign has been renamed ‘Te Weranga’ (the burning) by Tauranga Māori, in recognition of the devastation to home and livelihood suffered by their ancestors. ....

Govt U-turn on Māori land confiscations a good first step
The Green Party is welcoming the Government’s announcement that it will now further protect Māori land from forced sale under the Public Works Act, following pressure from Māori and the Green Party.

Catherine Delahunty, Green Party spokesperson for Te Tiriti o Waitangi, has campaigned on this issue since 2015, putting the issue on the political agenda and pressuring Te Ururoa Flavell to acknowledge that this needs to be addressed.

“This announcement is a good first step. It will help ensure that the small amounts of land that remain in Māori ownership are protected for future generations,” said Ms Delahunty.....

30/3/17
Palmerston North considers Maori wards for smart city
Mayor Grant Smith says in a smart modern city, the make-up of the council must reflect all of the community it serves.

Councils are required every two election cycles to address the question of Maori representation, but if they push ahead and opt to create Maori wards, the decision can become subject to a binding referendum.

That happened in New Plymouth, leading to the rejection of the plan and the departure of mayor Andrew Judd.....

Wellington Council reaffims commitment to tangata whenua
Wellington City Council held its first ever council meeting at Pipitea Marae yesterday and renewed formal partnerships with local iwi Taranaki Whanui and Ngati Toa Rangatira.

Mayor Justin Lester says the Memoranda provides the framework for strategic relationships between the iwi and the council, enabling iwi to contribute to council decision making....

Two-thirds of those jailed are Māori
Māori made up almost two-thirds of those sent to prison in the region in 2016 - the highest proportion since records began.

Ministry of Justice figures released last week showed 375 people were imprisoned in the Whanganui and Taranaki court areas in 2016 - 240 of them Māori. That's 64 per cent compared to 124 Europeans, or 33 per cent.

Māori made up 48 per cent of the total sentences handed down, and Europeans 41 per cent.

This is the first time the Māori proportion of annual imprisonment figures has topped 60 per cent, after sitting between 50 per cent and 59 per cent over the past 20 years.

The number of Māori sentenced to prison has outnumbered pakeha every year since 1993, despite Māori only eclipsing the total number of pakeha sentences in the last four years.....

Winton Implementing the Treaty of Waitangi into your School
A practical taster session designed to pass along knowledge and increase understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

You will learn about:

* Principles and History of the Treaty

* The main focus of this workshop will be on how to weave the Treaty into your everyday interactions in your School.......

29/3/17
Iwi and City Council partnering for the future
Today Pipitea Marae was a place full of celebration as Mayor Justin Lester led Wellington City Council in its first ever Council meeting at the marae, and in renewing formal partnerships with local iwi.

"Today we come together to recognise the importance of our Council relationship with local iwi, and to formally re-sign Memoranda of Understanding with Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika and Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Incorporated," says Mayor Justin Lester.

"I believe Wellington City Council has a strong relationship with both iwi groups, and I want to thank them for their continued time and commitment.

The City Council’s Māori Partnerships Portfolio Lead, Councillor Jill Day, says we’re talking about doing things that matter to us all.

"For example, at the Council we want to draw on these partnerships to inform and support Māori economic development....
http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/5/278846

Race bias in police violence challenged
Green MP Marama Davidson wants an inquiry into why the police are more likely to use violence against Maori and Pasifika than other people they encounter.

Ms Davidson says it’s part of a pattern that points to systemic discrimination.

"Maori are more likely to be hit by a baton shot with a taser, blasted with pepper spray and now we know attacked by dogs....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU5Njk=/National/Race%20bias%20in%20police%20violence%20challenged/

Fisheries settlement ongoing fight
The chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana has told iwi they have to keep fighting to ensure the crown doesn't undermine the Maori fisheries settlement.

Speaking to the Maori Fisheries Conference in Auckland today, Jamie Tuuta says the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill and the government’s Future of Our Fisheries proposals shows Maori and iwi have taken their eye off the ball when it comes to fighting for their rights.

Maori backed the quota management system in 1992 because it offered a right to fish in perpetuity dependent only on meeting sustainability.

That fitted with the Maori idea of kaitiaki, that we have a responsibility to past and future generations....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews?story_id=MTU5ODU=

Maori Party hopes to take the fight to Labour by recruiting Pacific, Pakeha candidates
The Maori Party has been shoulder tapping some big names as candidates in the Maori seats, but has resorted to advertising for candidates in general seats and on the party list: and they don't have to be Maori.

Morgan was also hoping for some Pakeha candidates and had been talking to former New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd about standing. Judd, who fought for Maori wards in New Plymouth, has not ruled it out and joined the Maori Party more than a year ago.....
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11827210

28/3/17
Wellington City Council set to sign MOU to establish 'partnership relationship' with iwi
Iwi will work closely with Wellington City Council on Shelly Bay's development as the two move to create stronger ties under a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed this week.

On Wednesday, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and and council chief executive Kevin Lavery will sign the MOU at a council meeting at Pipitea Marae......
http://news.anotao.com/link/nz/20170301146012/www.stuff.co.nz/business/90861608/Wellington-City-Council-set-to-sign-MOU-to-establish-partnership-relationship-with-iwi

Ngāpuhi, council challenged to stump up for Kaikohe teens
A Northland Māori leader and senior public servant is challenging Ngāpuhi and the local council to stump up for a youth centre in Kaikohe.

"On Tuesday I'll be meeting with the Ngāpuhi runanga, and I'll also be talking to the local mayor, John Carter.

"And then, should I be successful in garnering some cash out of those people, I'll then be talking to central government."

If there was local support for a youth centre, central government would consider a grant from regional development funds, Mr Dalton said.....

Family's achievement an inspiration that shatters a generational negative mindset
“All these Government-funded courses teaching Maori culture, Pacific values, higher self-esteem, Tania Webb and her partner could eject in a one-hour presentation telling it like it is. That household budgeting and self-discipline are absolute requirements. That not continuing the cycle creates a virtuous, rewarding new cycle, that not picking up the pitiful, we're victims mantra means do-ies, not huis.

All the conferences in the world on indigenous issues have not put a single one in their own home. (Well, maybe flasher houses for the corpulent elite.) All the handouts, the pandering to the notion that brown people need first and foremost their cultural identity before they need to know how to budget, how to get on the property ladder, achieves nothing.

By all means have a cultural identity.....”

Council to Consult Community on Maori Representation
The Palmerston North City Council is to ask the community about its views on the possibility of establishing a Maori ward or wards for the 2019 local body elections.

The decision was made at a meeting of the full Council today (Monday).

Councillors have asked for a report from officials on the issue of Maori representation.....

Eight years on and 'not a hope' of iwi settlement before the election
There's "not a hope" of the country's largest iwi getting treaty settlement negotiations underway by the election and one Northland MP is blaming "stubborn Ngapuhi pride".

Treaty negotiations originally started back in 2009 but it was 2014 before the Crown recognised a mandate for Tuhoronuku - the board set up to settle claims.

Eight years later and upward of $60 million in lost interest and Ngapuhi - an iwi making up more than 19 per cent of the country's total Maori population - continues to flounder over who should be in charge of negotiations.

Finlayson says you only need to look at the run-down marae and lack of employment opportunities to see settlement is vital.

"It would provide them with a very good economic base in a part of the country that needs jobs and needs opportunities and they're there waiting for people."

Finlayson has blamed some of the negotiation stalling on Ngapuhi leadership.....

Sir Mark Solomon approached by major Political Parties to stand as candidate
After stepping down as head of Ngāi Tahu Sir Mark Solomon says he was approached by four parties to stand as a candidate.

“I have been approached in the past by National, Labour and by the Greens and by the Māori Party. The only one this round is the Māori Party,” Solomon told Māori Television’s Native Affairs....

27/3/17
Dual landmark names part of Te Atiawa redress
Official name changes to six New Plymouth landmarks are a sign Te Atiawa are reasserting their footprints on the Taranaki landscape, an iwi leader says

The landmarks were granted dual name status as a result of the Te Atiawa Treaty settlement.

The name change means they will formally recognised by both their Maori and English names, the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa announced on Saturday.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/90861550/dual-landmark-names-part-of-te-atiawa-redress

Police set dog on 12-year-old hiding in kindergarten
In general, Maori were 12 times as likely to face a dog as Pakeha.

Maori were also more likely to be hit by a baton, shot with a taser or blasted with pepper spray, the statistics showed. Overall, a person who was Maori was seven times more likely to incur the use of police force than Pakeha. Pacific Islanders were also more likely to encounter force, at a rate of 3-1.......
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11825033

Maori Party could strike deal with Labour
The Maori Party's voicing interest in striking a deal with the Labour Party.

Party leader Marama Fox said all her party wanted was to address disparities for Maori.

She told Newstalk ZB's Andrew Dickens if Labour changes the Government in this year's election, the Maori Party would jump sides.

"If they are successful then we will happily work with them," she said.

"It is better to be at the table at the decision-making end, and have as much influence as we're able."....
http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11825833

Poll shows Maori Party up, but hit for PM
The Maori Party has surged in support in the latest poll - which is the second in which Labour's Jacinda Ardern rated higher as preferred Prime Minister than Andrew Little.

A One News Colmar Brunton poll released tonight also shows a drop in support for Bill English as preferred Prime Minister, and a pick-up in support for the Maori Party, up from 1 to 4 per cent.

National remains steady on 46 per cent, as do Labour (30 per cent) and the Green Party (11 per cent).

New Zealand First drops 3 per cent to 8 per cent support.

On the question of preferred Prime Minister, Bill English is on 26 per cent - a drop of 5 per cent since the previous polling in February, and well below John Key's rating of 36 per cent in November.

Next most popular are Winston Peters and Jacinda Ardern on 9 per cent, with Ardern climbing 5 percentage points since being made Labour's deputy leader in March.

Little is steady on 7 per cent....
http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11825906

Community board support more bilingual signs in district
A National Community Board member says it's time for Ruapehu to come into the 21st century and start incorporating bilingual signs in the district.

Peter Pehi knows there's going to be a bit of flak over his proposal but he's ready to answer critics against the move.

​"I think the council is seriously falling behind in terms of where everyone else sits in the country....
http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/ruapehu-press/90662629/community-board-support-more-bilingual-signs-in-district

25/3/17
Winston Reid Foundation aims to build infrastructure for football academies, improve access for Maori players
Prime Minister Bill English still made it out, with representatives of Maori Football NZ and the Wellington Phoenix also in attendance.

English said having a player of Reid's stature behind the idea was terrific.

"It's great to see a guy of that capability and reputation putting time and resources in behind this kind of effort.

"It will activate kids who might not have been interested and it will keep the interest of kids who would drift off, particularly with this focus on Maori football, I hope that succeeds."

Funding for the foundation will come primarily through corporate partners, although English said there is government funding they can apply for......
http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/football/nz-teams/90765961/winston-reid-foundation-aims-to-build-infrastructure-for-football-academies-improve-access-for-maori-players

Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group welcomes the Maori Party support of changes to the RMA
The Freshwater and Natural Resources Iwi Leaders Groups supports the gains that the Maori Party has achieved to amend the Resource Management Act this week. Selwyn Parata, Chair of the Natural Resources Iwi Leaders group says “The Maori Party has negotiated significant concessions on the Resource Management Act that on balance we believe moves tangata whenua a significant step forwards in ensuring the RMA - arguably the Act with the most significant impact on our lands and waterways, begins to enable reflect giving effect to our role as kaitiaki.”......
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU5NDk=/Freshwater%20Iwi%20Leaders%20Group%20welcomes%20the%20Maori%20Party%20support%20of%20changes%20to%20the%20RMA

Combining the knowledge and values of our ancestors, with science
Dr Daniel (Dan) Hikuroa is an Earth Systems Scientists who integrate mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and science. He says, “We've shown that Matauranga Māori is the knowledge that is precise and can be accurate and has been rigorously generated. We can then understand that matauranga might take observations of earthquakes back into thousands of years as opposed to hundreds of years.”

Hikuroa says One of the amazing things about the research that the team at GNS has done is that they’ve found new things and its questioned what we formerly believe about how earthquakes behaved and I think where matauraga Māori can offer new insights is by extending the timeline for which we understand and may have made those observations.

He also says that matauranga Māori doesn’t describe earthquakes in terms of magnitude or depth and instead describes them as taniwha that might have come and impacted a river, or destroyed a village for perceived wrong doings. My research has shown that often purakau are explanations for natural phenomenon given in a way which made sense to our people back then.....
https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/combining-knowledge-and-values-our-ancestors-science

Whānau both help and hinder Māori students - study
A new study has found that what helps Māori students at university also hinders them.

Māori students identified whānau support as the main reason for their success but also said it was their family commitments that made studying more difficult.....
http://103.14.3.1/news/te-manu-korihi/327254/whanau-both-help-and-hinder-maori-students-study

Ruatorea locals harvest secret hemp crop
The 5000 plants were held in a secluded valley, 45 minutes drive from Ruatorea (on the East Coast). About 30 locals travelled to the secret location this morning. The volunteers ranged from children to elders and EIT horticultural students. They spent an hour harvesting the crop by hand before loading it up on a utility truck.

Business Development Manager, Manu Caddie says, "If we turn it in to licensed products of 3 gram doses with 150 milligrams of CBD oil, it would have a retail value of $5mil based on 5000 plants producing 5 oz each. It has a wholesale price of $3000 per pound of bud." ...
http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/ruatorea-locals-harvest-secret-hemp-crop

24/3/17
Rotorua school implements compulsory Māori language classes
Prime Minister Bill English says he doesn't support compulsory te reo Māori in schools. The PM was in Rotorua today visiting the region including Western Heights Primary School who supports te reo as a compulsory subject.

Principal Brent Griffin says, “Our take on it is it's a must, it's an absolute must it's our responsibility as teachers to upskill ourselves to make that happen.”

All the teachers at this school undertake basic te reo Māori training, which includes Māori customs. Today, they welcomed Prime Minister Bill English to their school. However, he doesn't support compulsory te reo in schools......
http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/rotorua-school-implements-compulsory-maori-language-classes

Govt's RMA proposal set to go ahead
The Māori Party has confirmed its support for the Resource Management Act (RMA) legislation, saying it has secured better consultation with iwi.

The government now has enough support to pass the bill.

The Māori Party said it had worked hard to reach an agreement it was satisfied with.

"[We're] confident that the gains we have advocated for will ensure that there is a clearer balance around protecting Papatūānuku," ......
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/327292/govt%27s-rma-proposal-set-to-go-ahead

Keep Te Reo alive
"We are world leaders in language revitalisation. "The next step is for Government to make Te Reo Maori compulsory in primary schools," she said.

According to Statistics New Zealand, 377,073 students were enrolled in New Zealand primary schools in 2016, 72 per cent received no Maori language education, 25 per cent studied Maori as a subject or equivalent and three per cent were involved in Maori language immersion.....
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/horowhenua-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503788&objectid=11824758

23/3/17
Maori Party thanks Key for chance
Former Prime Minister John Key bows out from parliament today with a valedictory speech.

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says the former Wall Street money man had been great to work with.

"Now the Maori Party is in the position we are in on the basis of an invitation he thought about some nine years ago. He didn't need us. He never needed us ... well probably now he does because he's sitting on 61, that's what you need to pass the Budget and we happen to be the backstop for stable government, and he allowed us to vote against them whenever we wanted to and yet still get some gains," he says.....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews?story_id=MTU5Mjk=

Movember money for Maori prostate plan
A new study aims to improving the chances of Maori men diagnosed with prostate cancer of surviving the disease.

The three year Oranga Tu study is being run collaboratively by University of Otago and University of Auckland researchers with communities in Otago and Waikato with funding of more than $500,000 from Movember.

She says that was a chance to raise disparities in treatment and survival rates among Maori men, and look at the whole whanau.....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU5MTg.html

Māori Party reach agreement on RLAB
The Māori Party has reached agreement with the Government to support the remaining stages of the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill (RLAB).

The Māori Party is confident that the gains we have advocated for, will ensure that there is a clearer balance around protecting Papatūānuku,” says Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox.

The Māori Party is confident that the changes advocated for in the RMA amendments better balances development and kaitiakitanga..... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1703/S00402/maori-party-reach-agreement-on-rlab.htm 


23,000 children with parent in prison
Maori justice advocates are looking for a new approach for dealing with the 23,000 New Zealand children with a parent in prison.

Julia Whaipooti from Just Speak says the inaugural conference in Rotorua this week of the International Coalition for Children of Incarcerated Parents made Maori attendees conscious of the need for a Maori approach to the problem........

22/3/17
Call to Value Water for the Taonga it is
World Water Day is celebrated annually on 22 March all around the world. This year Toi Tangata is celebrating World Water Day by urging people to draw on mātauranga Māori to value water as a taonga, recognising that the wellbeing of our water is directly linked to the wellbeing of our people.

Toi Tangata believes that a solution to improving both water quality and whanau health lies in adopting Māori values and views towards the resource.

“Engaging with the whakapapa and mātauranga of wai (water) re-engages and enables people to value their role as effective kaitiaki of wai and consequently, their own wellbeing and that of their whanau.”

“We want Maori approaches to be connected to solutions and that means resourcing and valuing our knowledge of wai. Kaitiakitanga will allow the whakapapa or mauri of wai to continue to have a positive influence on oranga (wellbeing).”
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1703/S00056/call-to-value-water-for-the-taonga-it-is.htm

South Canterbury falls behind national te reo Maori NCEA rate
What Maori is being taught at primary schools may be behind the rate of South Canterbury students studying te reo Māori being significantly below the national rate, it has been claimed.

One per cent of all eligible South Canterbury high school students studied te reo at NCEA level in the last three years, while the national rate was six per cent during the same period.

"In 2015, there were 23,508 more students learning te reo as a separate subject than in 2010 or being taught the curriculum in the Māori language some or all of the time," Le Quesne said.

"Te reo Māori is the most commonly taught language at schools."
http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/90490585/south-canterbury-falls-behind-national-te-reo-maori-ncea-rate

Ngapuhi seeks partnership on Oranga Tamariki

Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi has told parliament's social services committee the Oranga Tamariki (Children, Young, Person and their Families) Bill isn't what Ngapuhi needs or expects.

He says Ngapuhi agrees with Minister Anne Tolley the safety of tamariki is paramount, but as a treaty partner it wants the Crown to work with the iwi as partners for the health and wellbeing of tamariki and whanau...
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews?story_id=MTU5MTk=

Hapu objection halts sale of council land to Plunket
Tauranga City Council has reversed a decision to sell an Otumoetai property after Judea hapu Ngai Tamarawaho said the land's reserve status should remain in place.

The building on the reserve is owned by Plunket, together with another house used by Opeys on the neighbouring property.

Hapu spokesman Buddy Mikaere said in the objection that Ngai Tamarawaho had lost most of its land following the confiscations of the 1860s.

"Any public land that is surplus to Crown or council needs is, therefore, important to us as another potential acquisition towards the restoration of the hapu estate.''....
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11822689

Kaupapa Māori can stop institutional racism
Embedding kaupapa Māori across the public sector, for at least one generation, is the only way institutional racism in Aotearoa will be eliminated.

That’s the message from the Māori Party which is using today, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, to reinforce its plan to rid the country of the institutional racism that has burdened generations of Māori....
http://www.maoriparty.org/kaupapa_m_ori_can_stop_institutional_racism

Refinery wants deeper channel in Whangarei Harbour for big tankers, but iwi aren't sure
Refining NZ wants to deepen the channel into Whangarei Harbour so tankers can bring in larger shipments of crude oil.

Local hapu, concerned about kai moana beds and other harbour issues, are not sure it's a good idea.....
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/transport/news/article.cfm?c_id=97&objectid=11822360

21/3/17
Water export charges considered after public pressure
One of the biggest barriers to charging for the commercial use of water has been the issue of who owns water and whether a commercial price would spark Treaty claims.

But the Maori Council says it would support a charge on the commercial use of water, as long as Maori got a share of the royalties.

"We are saying not who owns water but who has an interest in water. And we are claiming that Maori people do have an interest in the water but we certainly don't say it's an exclusive interest," said Eddie Durie, Maori Council chair.
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/water-export-charges-considered-after-public-pressure

Oranga Tamariki Bill doesn’t do enough for our people
Today, the voices of Ngāpuhi tamariki and whānau were heard in the corridors of parliament, as Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi (the Rūnanga) presented their position to the Social Services Select Committee on the Oranga Tamariki Bill (Children, Young, Person and their Families Bill).

Rūnanga CEO Tony Dowling says “as a Treaty Partner we want the Crown to work with us, as partners, as equals, for the health and wellbeing of tamariki and whānau....
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1703/S00239/oranga-tamariki-bill-doesnt-do-enough-for-our-people.htm

$1.6 mill for new classrooms at New Plymouth Kura Kaupapa
A soil turning ceremony today marked the start of a $1.6 million construction project in New Plymouth at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Pi’ipi’inga Kakano Mai Rangiatea.

The project will include four new classroom blocks which will help the kura accommodate an increase in students as more whānau in the region choose Māori medium education for their children.

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says, “At Te Pi’ipi’inga Kakano Mai Rangiatea the $1.6 million project will deliver four extra classrooms to help meet roll growth."....

Māori words 'helicoptered' into CYF legislation
Iwi leaders have raised concerns about the risks of using Māori words in legislation without proper context.

Mr Papa told MPs at the select committee considering the legislation that Māori words needed to be clearly defined to avoid confusion.

"So you can say mana tamaiti in a bill but if you don't have the context, then actually, it's just a flash Māori word that's put into a bill."

Ngāpuhi leader Sonny Tau echoed those concerns.

"We want clarity around what they actually mean when they helicopter those kupu into the legislation."

He gave an example as to how definitions could differ.

"People think that a whānau is the nucleus of you, your partner, your husband and your kids, and that's the end of it... well, that may be the whānau nucleus of some people, but it isn't for Māori.......

Court rules no Māori immersion school for child
A family court has ruled a seven-year-old girl be removed from her full immersion, reo Māori school because her father doesn't speak Māori and feels excluded.

The ruling has been appealed to the High Court by the child's mother, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, but spoke exclusively to Māori Television's Native Affairs.

"I think that if the shoe was on the other foot, if a non-Māori child was taken out of a mainstream school and put into a full immersion kura kaupapa, I think people would be very upset," she told Native Affairs. "I'm representing my daughter. I'm fighting for her and her rights."

The child attended kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa, a total immersion school for a total of six years.

But the father submitted to the family court his daughter was enrolled without his consent and had concerns about her academic progress. He supported his daughter's culture but wanted to be involved in her education......

20/3/17
Kawhia harbour needs whole solution
Hauraki Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta says it's important to find solutions for Kawhia that focus on the whole harbour.

Ms Mahuta was at Waipapa Marae in Kawhia today for a hui bringing together Waikato, Maniapoto, Ngati Hikairo and Ngati Maniapoto to discuss issues around claims and how the interests of the various hapu and iwi fit in.

She says parts of the harbour are showing the impacts of land use, erosion and climate change.

She says that's of concern to all with connections to it.

"Kawhia has historically been a food bowl for the waka so the health of the harbour matters and also what happens on land because the tributaries leading into the harbour affect the health of the harbour as well so we just want Kawhia to be a future resource to enable the whanau to get kai and to look after the area.," Ms Mahuta says....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU5MTA=/Kawhia-harbour-needs-whole-solution

New cemetery to be named ‘Kaimarama
A new cemetery being built off State Highway 25 in Whitianga will be named ‘Kaimarama Cemetery', subject to iwi approval.

The Mercury Bay Community Board agreed to locals' suggestions to name it ‘Kaimarama' as this was the historic name which iwi and early settlers used for the area surrounding the cemetery site.....
http://sunlive.co.nz/news/149743-new-cemetery-to-be-named-kaimarama.html

Scripts too dear for rural Maori
Te Taitokerau MP Kelvin Davis says prescription charges are a real impediment to healthcare.

Medication not being picked up or treatment courses not completed is regularly cited as a factor in poor Maori health outcomes.

Mr Davis says pharmacists in his electorate tell him they are subsidising patients who can't afford their prescriptions.

That means Maori aren't getting the medicines they need to get well.

"Before everyone jumps on their high horse and says they are probably smoking it and drinking it, that's not the case. we are talking about elderly, parents with young children, working people can't afford the medicines to keep them well.....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU5MDk=/Scripts-too-dear-for-rural-Maori

18/3/17
Mayor signs historic iwi relationship agreement
Mayor Phil Goff has joined with the Chair of Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust Russell Kemp and the Chair of the Rodney Local Board Beth Houlbrooke to sign the first formal relationship agreement between mana whenua iwi or hapu and Auckland Council since the unification of Tāmaki Makaurau in 2010.

The rohe of Te Uri o Hau includes Dargaville, Maungaturoto, Mangawhai, Wellsford and the Kaipara Harbour and the relationship agreement follows the Te Uri o Hau Deed of Settlement enacted in 2002.

That Treaty of Waitangi settlement redress recognised the importance of Te Uri o Hau establishing protocols with government departments and third parties.

The Mayor says the ceremony symbolises the determination of the Governing Body, the Rodney Local Board, and Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust to commit to a relationship of trust and understanding.....

Lack of Pākehā in low-decile schools worries principals
The ongoing concentration of Pākehā students in high-decile schools is bad for society, say educators.

Last year only 24 percent of Pākehā children went to schools in deciles one through five, down from 40 percent in 2000, and very slightly lower than when RNZ first reported on the trend in 2012.....

17/3/17
Chinese trumps Te Reo in school language survey
A group representing Māori economic interests is concerned about a poll showing a preference for schoolchildren to learn Chinese.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation survey, released today (PDF, 5.1MB), found eight out of 10 people thought New Zealand students should learn a language other than English, and more than half of those chose Chinese - ahead of te reo Māori.

Fifty-three percent of those who backed another language said Chinese should be taught. Forty-one percent picked te reo Māori, and about 20 percent selected French, Japanese and Spanish.

The Ministry of Education spent $1.5 million supporting the teaching of Asian languages including Chinese in English-medium schools in 2015.

In comparison, it spent $4.2m to support te reo Māori in English-medium schools that year....

Ngāpuhi landmark officially recognised as wāhi tapu
A significant landmark in the Bay of Islands, held in high regard by Māori, has been officially recognised by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga as a wāhi tapu.

Te Tino a Taiamai is a prominent rock sacred to the hapū of Taiamai of Ngāpuhi. It has now been added to the New Zealand Heritage list.

The Heritage Pouhere Taonga Act defined wāhi tapu as places sacred to Māori in the traditional, spiritual, religious, ritual or mythological sense.....

Maori farmers on track to be world restaurant
The chair of the Federation of Maori Authorities says Maori need to play a central role in efforts to turn New Zealand into the restaurant of the world.

She says applying Maori culture and principles to the Aotearoa Inc story can help towards the Government’s goal to double exports.Maori have the opportunity to tie their land assets to innovative trade and export strategies.

This is just about bringing it all together, us starting to join all the dots and to provide and offering of our kai of our services of our hospitality," ....

Innovation in the courts celebrated
Maori and rangatahi courts and new approaches to dealing with Maori land are outlined in a new publication from the Ministry of Justice.

Minister Amy Adams says the online booklet showcases how fresh thinking by talented people is helping to address complex issues in the justice sector.

Also in Northland, Judge Greg Davis has changed the way his courtroom works so proceedings can be conducted in Maori, and the offender and their whanau, hapu and iwi are engaged in the sentencing process, including the development of and participation in a culturally appropriate rehabilitation programme. ....

16/3/17
Tribunal to hear claims of Crown treaty breaches harming Maori health
Maori doctors are to get their day in the Waitangi Tribunal, nine years after lodging a claim of Crown treaty breaches dam­aging to Maori health.

Many health-related Treaty of Waitangi claims will be advanced this year under one overarching Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry.

In 2013, Te ORA told the tribunal of numerous Crown practices detrimental to Mao­ri health. In a letter, it said the Crown acted with insufficient determination to remedy ineq­uitable Maori health outcomes.

Among other things, it point­ed to the Crown failing to: achieve parity of Maori health workers in relation to the Maori population; establish culturally safe therapeutic environments; address substandard housing; and control tobacco, alcohol and gambling......
http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/news/2017/march-2017/16/tribunal-to-hear-claims-of-crown-treaty-breaches-harming-maori-health.aspx

Kiingitanga and Corrections join forces
Corrections and the Kiingitanga have signed an accord aimed at working together to improve outcomes for Māori offenders, Corrections Minister Louise Upston has announced.

The accord, signed at a ceremony today by Kiingi Tuheitia and Corrections chief executive Ray Smith, commits the Kiingitanga and Corrections to work together to share information and identify and develop initiatives around the cultural, social, physical and economic health and wellbeing of Māori offenders.......
https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/kiingitanga-and-corrections-join-forces

Hauraki to be Defence Force landlord
Pare Hauraki Iwi have released plans for a 49-home development on former defence land at Whenuapai west of Auckland.

The Whenuapai Housing Development Partnership, made up of the iwi and Te Tumu Kainga, a charitable trust administered by Te Tumu Paeroa, has purchased a 6.4 hectare site next to other significant residential and commercial developments.

Partnership chair Paul Majurey says it demonstrates the growing role of iwi in the local economy as they develop a commercial asset base in the post-Treaty settlement phase.

The 49 homes will be leased to the New Zealand Defence Force for staff accommodation.

He says there is nice symbolism in having the Defence Force as tenants, as for many years it occupied land taken from iwi all over New Zealand....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews?story_id=MTU4ODY=


Bill recognises Whanganui River as a living and indivisible entity
Tears were shed at the final reading and passing of a bill in Parliament today that legally recognises the Whanganui River as a living and indivisible entity with its own rights and innate values.

The Te Awa Tupua Bill will give effect to the Deed of Settlement signed in 2014 to establish a new legal framework for the river, Te Pā Auroa nā Te Awa Tupua along with a set of new protocols.

The bill also recognises the inalienable relationship of all river iwi and hapū with Te Awa Tupua and the shared responsibility to work collaboratively for the common purpose of the health and well-being of the river, with the help of government funding....
https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/bill-recognises-whanganui-river-living-and-indivisible-entity

Pakeha politicians come round to Maori point of view
Removing the aggravations of big sections of our communities, Māori and pākehā, has removed the roadblock to progress as unified people and we can only hope that with more and more history of co-governance the fears of 'getting one over the other' will dissipate. The fact that there was a huge scrap over the resolution to Motua/Pakaitore, which has been stable and without issue for nearly 20 years, is almost laughable. Similarly the furore over the renaming recognising Taranaki as a legitimate alternative to Egmont is hard to fathom. Nobody in my circles calls the mountain Egmont any longer, and inclusion of an 'h' in Whanganui is fast fading as an issue.

On Waitangi Day the Prime Minister acknowledged, with thanks, those who had protested at Bastion Point. He made the point that although they challenged some and frightened many by threatening the peaceful calm we all believed we lived under; such occupations were the catharsis for a rethink of race relations. Over time these events have led to a far fairer and more harmonious land for us all.

No formal event starts without a mihi or karakia. The National Anthem will forever be sung with the first verse in te reo. Buildings are opened with a blessing. Meetings and conferences are usually closed again with karakia.

Big concessions have not been made to the way we have traditionally done things in comparison to the understanding we have all gained in this cultural dimension, unique to our shores, and adding to the peace we all enjoy. Though a long way to go, we have come too far to stop here.....

Marae-led initiative to provide affordable housing for whānau
A $1.5 million marae-led social housing development in Christchurch will provide warm, healthy and affordable homes for whānau, Minister for Māori Development and Minister for Whānau Ora Te Ururoa Flavell says.

Mr Flavell applauds the collaboration between Ngā Hau e Whā National Marae, Housing New Zealand, Rata Foundation and the Māori Housing Network led by Te Puni Kōkiri.

“This is the kind of collaboration and partnership the Government encourages – the resources of the Māori Housing Network and Housing New Zealand coupled with the experience and whānau-centred approach of community housing providers,” Mr Flavell says.

The Māori Housing Network was launched in October 2015 and has supported 130 housing proposals that will provide more than $36 million to help whānau live in safe, secure and healthy homes....

Saltwater Lane is wrong, but Waitai is fine, council decides
Wellington City Councillors have ruled Salt Water Lane is an inappropriate street name so they have changed it to the Maori word for the same thing, Waitai Lane.....

15/3/17
Mt Taranaki grievances 'the most severe in the country', iwi says as talks begin

Negotiations have begun on a hugely significant and sensitive Treaty claim for Mount Taranaki, which will include discussion about who is the rightful of owner of the landmark.

Nga Iwi o Taranaki, the umbrella organisation for eight Taranaki iwi, signed terms of negotiation with the Crown over Mt Taranaki (also known as Mt Egmont) yesterday.

Chief negotiator Jamie Tuuta said it was a long-awaited opportunity to settle Taranaki iwis' grievances, which he described as the most severe in the country.

The mountain, which is of profound importance to iwi, was confiscated by the Crown along with other peaks in 1865.

The iwi had not yet considered whether it would make any claim relating to the freshwater within the national park, Tuuta said.......
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11818725

Inquiry needed for state wards to heal
Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa says an inquiry into historic abuse of children and young people in state care is essential, whether it is done by the Waitangi Tribunal or an independent body set up for the job.

Andrew Erueti from Te Mata Law has asked the Waitangi Tribunal for an urgent inquiry into what happened and whether there was systemic bias that led to disproportionate numbers of Maori children being taken from their whanau and put into institutions.

The Government is resisting calls from Race Relations Commissoner Dame Susan Devoy, the Human Rights Commission and opposition parties for an independent inquiry.

Mr Flavell says time and again he has heard stories from people who were institutionalised about the physical, emotional and spiritual harm done to them......
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU4NzY=/Inquiry-needed-for-state-wards-to-heal

Te Ohu Kaimoana fighting from sideline
Te Ohu Kaimoana is working with the Iwi Chairs Forum to fend off a government push to work with the forum on fisheries issues rather than the statutorily recognised fisheries settlement trust.

Chief executive Dion Tuuta says the trust wants to engage with the Government on its proposal for a Kermadec ocean sanctuary, its Future of Fisheries overhaul of regulations, and its plan to create Marine Protected Areas that privilege recreations fishers.

He says Maori have to work together to stand up for the Fisheries Deed of Settlement.....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU4Njk=

Public submissions sought on proposal to change sturcture of Wairarapa councils
The Local Government Commission is calling for public submissions on a proposal to change the structure of councils in the Wairarapa.

The proposed new structure is recommending the introduction of a new Wairarapa District Council which would replace the existing three district councils, South Wairarapa Distrcit Council, Carterton District Council and Masterton District Council.

It would also require a Rural Standing Committee and Māori Standing Committee for its first term to promote effective representation for rural communities and marae, hapū and iwi.....
https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/public-submissions-sought-on-proposal-change-sturcture-wairarapa-councils

Back to the table over controversial 'whanau first' clause, Government to soften stance

The Government is preparing to soften its stance around controversial child protection legislation that would have removed a "whanau first" priority when placing a child in a new home.

But Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says she won't budge on ensuring child safety is the single most important priority.

The move comes after Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft said the Government was "buying a fight" with Maori by not allowing new laws to greater prioritise placement of their abused children with wider whanau, hapu or iwi.

14/3/17
Claim for child abuse inquiry lodged with Waitangi Tribunal
A claim calling for an independent inquiry into state welfare abuse that disproportionately affected Māori has been lodged with the Waitangi Tribunal.

It has been filed on behalf of three claimants by Auckland firm Te Mata Law, assisted by Auckland University law school lecturer Andrew Erueti.

Mr Erueti said the claim asked for an independent inquiry to find out why so many Maori children were put in welfare homes where they suffered abuse.

He wants the claim heard under urgency because the current government response is inadequate, he says, and many victims are now elderly.

The claim is the Crown had failed to provide Māori with an independent means to address abuse of children in state institutions. .... http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/326525/claim-for-child-abuse-inquiry-lodged-with-waitangi-tribunal

13/3/17
Auckland ratepayers paid 5k for Len Brown's leaving gift
It's emerged Auckland ratepayers bought their departing Mayor a 5000 thousand dollar leaving gift.

A traditional carved tokotoko, used among Maori as a symbol of mana, was given to Len Brown in September last year.

An inquiry by the Taxpayers Union has revealed it was bought for 5000 dollars, plus GST.

Maori language focus for Southland
Nearly 200 Southland children gathered in Winton for an afternoon of music and dance with the focus on Maori language.

In a programme coordinated by Southern REAP, North Island publishers and performers Sarah, Alan and Sophie Halt, of Te Reo Singalong, were brought to the province for a week-long tour.

Children's performances were also held in Te Anau, Lumsden, Winton, Mataura, Bluff and Gore, with a teacher workshop held in Invercargill during the weekend.

Part of the success of the programme was reaching children at an early age.

Government funding for te reo had been made available to allow the programme to proceed.

Later this month there would also be two Treaty of Waitangi classes focussing on implementing the treaty into the workplace and implementing it into schools, she said.....

Ngati Tama seek judicial review of council over Te Waikoropupu Springs water sales
A Nelson iwi wants to know why consent to allow a company to bottle water from Te Waikoropupu Springs was extended without consultation.

Ngati Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust is challenging the Tasman District Council in the High Court over its decision to allow Kahurangi Virgin Waters to sell the purest water ever measured in the Southern Hemisphere – and also drill a new bore near the springs.

The case will be heard on Monday in the High Court at Nelson.

The company's original application for consent to take groundwater from Te Waikoropupu Springs for commercial bottling was lodged 13 years ago, although no water has been taken to date.

Ngati Tama ki Te Waipounamu general manager, Frans van Boekhout, said the Ngati Tama Settlement Act 2014 granted the iwi the highest cultural overlay over the springs.

"Basically if anything happens to the springs we should be notified. We were not notified that this extension would be sought, in particular, the drilling of the second bore," he said.

Van Boekhout said the springs were under pressure, not just from increased water allocation, but also from the gold mining in the area and the increased pollution of nitrates from the dairy farm runoff.

"Kahurangi Virgin Waters got together 20 years ago and thought it was a good idea to bottle water from the purest water in the Southern Hemisphere. But things have changed – there is far more pressure on water as a resource than there was back then, and we know far more about the unique characteristics and organisms in the aquifer that keep the water so incredibly clear."

He said the springs were considered wahi tapu (sacred waters) to local Maori, and iwi wanted to ensure they were preserved.......

PM: King's intervention a sign of Maori politics maturing
Prime Minister Bill English says the Maori king's intervention in the election is a sign of the maturing of Maori politics.

Mr English says the Labour Party has regarded Maori as a captive vote, but it's not where Maori are now.

Bill English says Labour's Maori MPs have had no influence on government for the past nine years, but the Maori Party has given Maori significant influence in decision making.

10/3/17
$150k to help grow young Maori leaders
A new $150,000 partnership to help grow future Maori leaders from Northland and Auckland was announced today by Youth Minister Nikki Kaye.

“This investment will support the education organisation and social enterprise Te Whare Hukahuka to deliver their governance programme Ka Eke Poutama,” says Ms Kaye.

“Ka Eke Poutama is about growing the skills of young Maori leaders to prepare them for governance roles on the boards of organisations such as schools, councils, NGOs, iwi and community organisations and businesses.”

The investment announced today will enable 55 young Maori to receive mentoring, develop their leadership skills and learn practical skills about growing an organisation and creating pathways to connect them to governance roles.

“I want more young Maori sitting at board tables so they can help shape decisions that affect schools, businesses and communities,” says Ms Kaye......
https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/150k-help-grow-young-maori-leaders

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to appeal High Court decision
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust says it is disappointed that the High Court has today declined to hear its case seeking to clarify the Crown’s process in negotiating Treaty of Waitangi settlements in Auckland.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei spokesman Ngarimu Blair says the Hapū had hoped Justice Davison would accept the case but was always prepared that, whatever the decision, the matter would likely go to appeal.

“This is the first step in what may be a long and intense process, but we believe it is crucial to clarify the Government’s approach to settling overlapping Treaty claims,” says Mr Blair.....
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1703/S00134/ngati-whatua-orakei-to-appeal-high-court-decision.htm

Maori welcome for new Kiwis
A Maori welcome is set to become a permanent part of Central Otago District Council citizenship ceremonies, following a well-received debut and at the request of Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan.

He said the welcome had been moving and fitting and he requested it become a permanent part of all citizenship ceremonies. Mrs McKenzie and Mrs Diver said they were pleased to deliver the welcomes, which embraced those joining New Zealand as citizens....
https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/central-otago/maori-welcome-new-kiwis

9/3/17
Hastings by-election could double as Maori ward referendum
This year's by-election for a new Hastings mayor could be combined with a referendum on Maori wards, says current mayor Lawrence Yule.

"The council might have to conduct a poll on including Maori wards, and we might want to package it all up - we want to make sure we do the most sensible thing."

Mr Barber said if the referendum does go through it will be interesting to see what people's views are.

"Personally I have always said the best way to have a voice is to get out and vote through the democratic process. It is important Maori have a voice but at the end of the day informing them of the issues and encouraging them to exercise their democratic rights is a challenge."

"Although it would be great to have Maori views represented at the table by design," Mr Barber said.....
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11814564

Greens introduce Bill to make local wards process fair
The Green Party has today entered a Member’s Bill into the ballot that would make local government representation more equitable by ensuring that the establishment of both Māori and general wards on district and regional councils follows the same legal process....
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1703/S00157/greens-introduce-bill-to-make-local-wards-process-fair.htm

Call for memorial on Marlborough track to honour Maori ancestors
A man whose whanau are descended from the original owners of a renowned Marlborough scenic spot is calling for a memorial in their honour.

Philip Sim, who lives in Waikawa Bay outside Picton, would like to see a memorial seat area and a commemorative plaque put in place at the Snout Walkway as a tribute to his grandmother's Te Atiawa forefathers.

He has approached the Marlborough District Council for help to make his plans a reality.....
http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/your-marlborough/89945147/call-for-memorial-on-marlborough-track-to-honour-maori-ancestors

Govt agencies work together to support te reo
Government agencies involved in supporting Māori language are working together so they do not duplicate research.

"Myself, Michelle (Hippolite) from Te Puni Kōkiri, Larry Parr from Te Māngai Pāho, Paora Maxwell from Māori TV, we get together on a regular basis to identify where our work programmes overlap and where we can work together and complement each other and research is a big part of it."....
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/326180/govt-agencies-work-together-to-support-te-reo

Forums useful for Maori
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says he’d like to see the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group remain in the Land and Water Forum, despite the departure of a major environmental group.

"From time to time that information and indeed decisions that impact on our people all the time, so I'm all in favour of being at the table and making sure that we listen in and contribute into the korero because too often the opposite occurs and we don't get included and that's where we have problems. Whether it be on the Kermadecs or anything else," says Te Ururoa Flavell. ....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU4Mjk=/National/Forums-useful-for-Maori

IMSB loses mana whenua site challenge
Auckland's Independent Maori Statutory Board has failed in its challenge to the deletion of a list of sites of value for mana whenua from the Auckland unitary Plan.

The board asked the High Court to rule that the independent hearings panel's recommendation to delete the schedule was wrong, and the council was wrong to accept it against the advice of officials.

But Justice Ed Wylie says the panel was entitled to reach the conclusions and make the recommendations it did.....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU4MzQ=/National/IMSB-loses-mana-whenua-site-challenge

8/3/17
Taranaki iwi opposes mining consent
Taranaki descendant Turama Hawira describes the Trans Tasman Resources company (TTR) as “ngārara kutu kutu” or insects infesting the body of Mother Earth.

TTR has made an application to the Environmental Protection Authority to extract and process billions of dollars’ worth of iron-sand from the South Taranaki seabed.
Taranaki descendants of the Ngā Rauru tribe have opposed the application and Turama Hawira of Te Kaahui o Rauru spoke to Kawe Kōrero Reporters about their concerns.

Hawira criticises TTR’s plans to dig up the ocean floor just off the coast of Pātea and says it will ruin the underwater ecosystem and there will be no more fish in those waters.....
https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/taranaki-iwi-opposes-mining-consent

Chinese website warns against buying in Maori or Pacific Island suburbs
A Chinese property website has come under heavy criticism after telling customers to take into account the proportion of Māori or Pacific Islanders in an area before buying.

Hougarden's article headline translates to 'How many Dao Mao are there in your neighborhood'?....
http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/03/chinese-website-warns-against-buying-in-maori-or-pacific-islander-suburbs.html

Vehicle access to Far North lake to end
Local iwi and the Northland Regional Council are working together to protect one of Northland's most precious lakes.

Lake Waiporohita, off Inland Rd on the Karikari Peninsula, is one of 12 lakes in Northland classed as being in an 'outstanding ecological state'.....

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/northland/90186771/vehicle-access-to-far-north-lake-to-end

7/3/17
Govt secures Māori Party's support for RMA changes
The government has secured the Māori Party's agreement to support the Resource Management Act (RMA) legislation through all remaining stages in Parliament.

Dr Smith said it came after detailed consideration of the policy and the inclusion of Māori Party proposals to strengthen iwi consultation.

"The Mana Whakahono ā Rohe/Iwi Participation Agreement provides a better framework for councils to meet their existing obligations to consult with local iwi. Many councils already have these agreements through treaty settlements or good practice.

"The government supports these provisions because we want iwi involved in how natural resources are managed and because formalising the process will help achieve better outcomes with less delays and costs."

Dr Smith said he would be meeting with the Māori Party in the future to ensure they had the details right......

Health officials and iwi sign landmark partnership agreement
An agreement between health officials and iwi to improve Maori health outcomes has been signed off in a national first.

The partnership between the Central Primary Health Organisation and Te Tihi o Ruahine Whanau Ora Charitable Trust was cemented on Thursday when the two groups signed a memorandum of partnership.

Te Tihi are an alliance of eight iwi, hapu, and Maori organisations who work collectively to deliver whanau-centred services for Maori health....

6/3/17
Māori translators on the rise
With more than 100 licenced Māori interpreters certified by the Māori Language Commission, only 60 of them are active in the field. This year 19 students have jumped on board for the first of the three Māori translator's workshops held over the weekend in Rotorua.

It's a profession that has been around since the 1800's. And it continues to hold relevance.

The demand for Māori/English interpreters is high according to Lee Smith which is why these workshops are important.....
https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/national/maori-translators-on-rise

New strategy to improve Maori health outcomes
On 4 March 2017 the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (the College) is launching a refreshed Māori Strategy 2017-2021 ‘He Ihu Waka, He Ihu Whenua, He Ihu Tangata’.
The strategy’s vision is ‘achieving health equity for Māori’. This vision is supported by three goals: to increase the number of Māori GPs; to enable a culturally and clinically competent GP workforce; and to provide advocacy for Māori health equity.

“The College has 152 Māori GPs, so the vast majority of Māori are seen by non-Māori GPs. We have therefore set ourselves a goal of increasing the Māori cultural competency of our GP workforce. This will help ensure consultations including treatment planning are offered in a way that resonates with Māori patients,” she says.
“We also recognise the need to train more Māori GPs and we will be actively working with medical schools to achieve this. By 2021, it is envisioned that 22 percent of the doctors that enter our General Practice Education Programme will be Māori.”...
http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/un-doctored/2017/march-2017/06/New-strategy-to-improve-Maori-health-outcomes.aspx

Should Māori receive superannuation at a lower age?
The age for superannuation in New Zealand will be going up. The Prime Minister announced the change in the past hour and a half. But the elderly won't be affected in the foreseeable future.

Bill English says, “Cabinet today decided to progressively increase the age of eligibility for New Zealand Super to 67 starting in 20 years’ time.”

Labour supports a call from the Māori Party to have the superannuation age lowered for Māori because their live expectancy is lower the non-Māori.

“If the Government doesn't adjust the superannuation age for Māori then they should invest in health for Māori people and ensure that our life expectancy is on par with non-Māori,” says Henare......
http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/should-maori-receive-superannuation-lower-age

4/3/17
Māori name unveiled for the Justices of Peace association
A new Māori name has been unveiled for the Justices of Peace association in Rotorua. Te Arawa are hosting this year's 89th annual conference. One of the key focuses for the association is to make sure JP's are better skilled in their position.

Te Arawa had the honour of unveiling a new Māori name for the association which will be known as Te Kāhui pou whakatau ture o Aotearoa.

Monty Morrison (Te Arawa) says, “Te Kāhui Pou whakatau ture o Aotearoa, that is the name given, yes, it's rather long but we had incorporated all the aspects of the association in it.”....
http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/maori-name-unveiled-justices-peace-association

Locals asked to have their say on what SH1 in Kapiti should be named
Now the Mackays to Peka Peka expressway has opened, the NZ Transport Agency is asking locals what the old State Highway 1 route should be named.

The Kapiti Coast District Council has asked the community to come up with names for seven different sections of the old main road, or vote on names that have been suggested by local iwi and historians.

Proposed names for the road's seven sections:

Section 1: Hurumutu

Section 2: Hokowhitu

Section 3: Rauoterangi

Section 4: Kākākuru

Section 5: Unaiki

Section 6: Katu

Section 7: Matene Te Whiwhi ....
http://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/news/90049077/locals-asked-to-have-their-say-on-what-sh1-in-kapiti-should-be-named?cid=facebook.post.90049077

High number want Poverty Bay to stay
A WEBPOLL topic that gets a lot of Gisborne people voting is proposed name changes. This week’s Gisborne Herald online poll asked, what are your thoughts on changing the name of Poverty Bay to the dual name Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay?

It received 629 votes with 62 percent (391 votes) from people who said leave it as Poverty Bay. Some commented they felt changing the name was trying to “rewrite history”.

“There is 250 years of history in the name Poverty Bay that should not be ignored,” said one.

This compared to 10 percent who liked a dual name — 6 percent (38 votes) liked Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay, with 4 percent (28 votes) preferring it the other way around, Poverty Bay/Turanganui a Kiwa.

In second place was having the bay renamed Turanganui a Kiwa and dropping Poverty Bay, with 150 people (24 percent) in agreement.....

3/3/17
Wellington Māori with "tenths" arrangement look closely at court judgement
The Wellington Tenths Trust is looking closely at a landmark Supreme Court ruling that the Crown must honour a land deal agreed with Nelson Māori in 1839.

The Wakatū Incorporation, representing the descendants of Nelson Māori, successfully argued that the terms of the land deal, that they should receive a tenth of the land bought by a settler company, was valid. The Supreme Court found the government had acted as trustee in the arrangement and owed fiduciary duties to reserve the land.

A similar "tenths" deal was negotiated with Te Atiawa in Wellington. They too ended up with less than the 10 percent supposed to remain in their ownership.

Morrie Love, chair of the Wellington Tenths Trust, said Te Atiawa received about a third of the land promised, some 36 acres - instead of 110 acres - of the 1100 acres in the deal.

This week's ruling was of "huge interest for us here in Wellington," he said.....
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/top/325701/court-ruling-'of-huge-interest'-to-wellington-maori

New Te Mātawai CEO outlines funding for growing te reo
Te Mātāwai will spend ten million dollars on growing the Māori language and the board’s new CEO Te Atarangi Whiu says the first million dollars will go towards research on how they will revitalise te reo Māori.

Whiu says the other nine million dollars will be spread out to communities across the country to help grow the language in every region.
http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/national/new-te-matawai-ceo-outlines-funding-growing-te-reo

One in 16 schools has government intervention in three years
One in every 16 New Zealand schools has been the subject of a government intervention in the last three years.

Maori-language immersion and low decile schools were disproportionately represented in intervention figures released by the Ministry of Education under the Official Information Act, with one in nine kura kaupapa and nearly 85 per cent of decile one schools affected......
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/89899426/one-in-16-schools-has-government-intervention-in-three-years

Massey University welcomes first ever Maōri Chancellor Michael Ahie
The new Chancellor of Massey University, Michael Ahie (Taranaki, Ngā Ruahine, Ngāti Ruanui) has been welcomed onto the Manawatū campus.

Ahie, who is the university's first ever Māori chancellor, says he has a passion to unleash the potential of the Māori economy and believes Massey University, with its expertise in the agri-food and business sectors, is well placed to empower Māori through education....
https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/massey-university-welcomes-first-ever-maori-chancellor-michael-ahie

Iwi could try again on Rangitoto judgement
Ngai Tai ki Tamaki Trust is considering appealing a High Court judgment it describes as scoring a try but not being able to take the conversion.

The High Curt found the Department of Conservation made an error in law when it granted concessions to run tours in Rangitoto and Motutapu islands in the Hauraki Gulf, but not in a way that meant the concessions should be cancelled.

Ngai Tai wanted a monopoly for its own tours, because of its mana whenua status.

The court said there is no treaty principle obliging the crown to give priority to the economic welfare of Maori in preference to those of non-Maori.....

2/3/17
Details of $9m reconciliation package for Parihaka revealed
A novel $9 million government reconciliation package offered to the people of Parihaka has been widely criticised as being too low.

The Crown offered the multi-million reconciliation package to the Parihaka Papakainga Trust, as a form of recognition for the historical injustices suffered by those living at the site due to the actions of the colonial government, including the 1881 invasion.

The offer differed to a Treaty of Waitangi deal as it was not a negotiated process but followed a unique pathway designed by agreement between the trust and the government.

However, following extensive consultation by the trust with its people, many have said while they support other aspects of the package, the $9m sum was not enough......

Dame Susan Devoy says Maori children more likely to be taken from their families
Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy believes Kiwi kids who are Maori were more likely to be taken from their families and placed in state homes.

The Human Rights Commissioner and other prominent New Zealanders have called on Prime Minister Bill English to agree to an inquiry into the abuse of children and vulnerable adults held in state institutions over 40 years. They also called on the Government to apologise.

Devoy called the period "Aotearoa's lost generation".

She said those children placed in state care deserved justice, while fellow New Zealanders "deserve to know what went on".

"Today Maori New Zealanders make up more than half of our total prison population, a damning indictment on a system that is many times more likely to arrest a young person if he is Maori. Maori girls and women are even more over-represented." ...

Bill Sutton: No denying we have a race relations problem
Does New Zealand have a race relations problem? Many New Zealanders would like to say no. But dig a bit deeper and there's no denying it: we have a problem.....

Tamihere calls on iwi leaders to do more on low Maori home ownership rates
Maori social services provider John Tamihere is calling on iwi leaders to do more to get their people owning their own homes.

Currently 43 per cent of Maori own their own homes, compared with 70 per cent of Pakeha and 33 per cent of Pacific people, according to figures from Statistics New Zealand.

"Because our own leadership is focused elsewhere rather than on their people, we fall to the bottom even further," he said. ....

1/3/17
Far North District contemplates name change
Perhaps it's time to change the name of the Far North District Council. It's an idea that's been floated by the deputy mayor of that district Tania McInnes. Today Te Kāea hit the streets up north to gauge public perspective on her idea.

She's the deputy mayor of the largest district in the North Island and she has floated the idea that perhaps the time is nigh to change the name of the council.

Tania McInnes has been working alongside a group known as Te Manawatōpū, to come up with a name that captures the vision for the future of the district.......
http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/far-north-district-contemplates-name-change

Iwi 'excluded' from input into seabed mining
South Taranaki's Ngā Rauru iwi is feeling excluded from full input into proposed seabed mining offshore from Patea.

Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) is in Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) hearings over its application to mine 50 million tonnes of iron-sand a year over 65 square kilometres of seabed offshore from Patea.

"The risk of catastrophic damage through this underwater version of open cast mining is totally foreign to our concept of kaitiakitanga," Mr Davis said.....
http://m.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=11808446

Microsoft releases maori language software
Microsoft New Zealand launched its reo Māori versions of Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Office at the recent World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WiPCE), held in Hamilton, New Zealand at Waikato University from November 27-December 1. ......
https://www.culturalsurvival.org/es/news/microsoft-releases-maori-language-software

28/2/17
Treaty education still vital
A treaty educator says complacency about explaining the Treaty of Waitangi to New Zealanders could undermine treaty settlements.

Veronica Tawhai studied treaty education here and overseas for her doctoral thesis, and found it stressful work with a high burn out rate.

But she says it’s vital work, especially with settlements that envisage new relationships between iwi and crown and public agencies.

Instead institutions assume that settlements mean the government has fixed everything.

She says if people don’t understand the reason for settlements, they can become hostile to Maori aspirations.....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews?story_id=MTU3MzU=

Workshops revive Maori tradition
Far North Maori weavers and DOC have partnered to educate people on how to pelt kiwi and other birds killed by dogs, cars and possum traps.

The first in a series of manuhuruhuru (pelting) workshops hosted by DOC and led by weavers Tiwai Rawiri and Raewyn Ormsby-Rihari, teach participants how to remove pelt from the carcass, how to clean dry it and weave the feathers into korowai (cloaks).
http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/northland/89886670/workshops-revive-maori-tradition

Supreme Court on Crown’s obligations to Maori landowners
The Supreme Court has determined that the Crown owed fiduciary duties to the owners of Maori customary land in Nelson, Motueka and Golden Bay. It is the first time that the New Zealand Courts have made such a determination. The decision was made by majority; 4 -­1.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1702/S00327/supreme-court-on-crowns-obligations-to-maori-landowners.htm

24/2/17
Settlement putea transferred but claims unfinished
Taranaki Tuturu, Te Atiawa, and Ngaruahine yesterday received the remainder of their financial and cultural redress, bringing to an end this stage of the treaty settlement process.

Despite the formal part of Te Atiawa’s settlement being completed, members have a sense of unfinished business over the Pekapeka Block in Waitara.

Manukorihi hapu chair, Patsy Bodger, who made a submission to last week’s Maori affairs select committee hearing on the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill, says the bill was drafted by the council with no input from iwi or hapu.

She says it needs to be stopped and a new approach taken that involves transferring all the land to the iwi.....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU3MjE=/Settlement-putea-transferred-but-claims-unfinished

Taranaki polytech gets fail grade
Taranaki's largest tertiary education provider has received a fail grade in its latest New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) report card.

After a comprehensive review of the Western Institute of Technology, NZQA said it had lost confidence in the quality of education at the polytech and its internal quality-assurance controls.

NZQA downgraded the institute from a category one provider to category three, making it the lowest rated public tertiary education provider in the county.

A category three provider can be required to partner with another institute to ensure courses are run correctly.

The polytech received $14 million in Tertiary Education Commission funding in 2015. The downgrade could affect its ability to apply for contestable funding.

The latest report found course completion rates had since dropped from 83 percent to 70 percent in 2015. For Māori it dropped from 85 to 57 percent.....
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/325246/taranaki-polytech-gets-fail-grade

‘Cursed’ by our name
A call to have the “cursed” name of Poverty Bay completely removed was made by district councillor Meredith Akuhata-Brown during a debate by Gisborne District Council yesterday. She asked that her opposition be recorded to a resolution carried by the council to consult on changing the name of Poverty Bay to a dual name...... http://gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/2678403-135/cursed-by-our-name

23/2/17
Golden Bay iwi apply for country's first water conservation order for an aquifer
A Golden Bay iwi wants the Government to step in and protect the aquifer that feeds the country's largest freshwater springs.
Ngati Tama ki Te Waipounamu has applied directly to the Environment Minister Nick Smith for an unprecedented water conservation order for the aquifer that feeds Te Waikoropupu Springs in Golden Bay.
The springs are the largest cold water springs in the Southern Hemisphere and contain some of the clearest waters ever measured on earth.......
http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/89717655/Golden-Bay-iwi-apply-for-countrys-first-water-conservation-order-for-an-aquifer

Waiting, with 'baited' breath, for Sounds fishing park
A spokesman for Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy's office said public submissions on both recreational fishing parks in the Marlborough Sounds and Hauraki Gulf had been received and the ministry was working with local iwi on these.

"The Government is committed to the parks and they are definitely going ahead," he said........
http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/aquaculture/89409132/proposed-recreational-fishing-park-definitely-going-ahead-as-legislation-deadline-looms

Driving lessons for young Māori offenders
Corrections Minister Louise Upston says the two-year pilot is aimed at Maori offenders aged 17-24 in the community and in prison.

"Maori have a high proportion of convictions for licence offences," she said on Thursday.

That's what the programme has been designed to address.

The programme is costing $606,000.

21/2/17
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira says a vote for him in the September election will be a vote to return the foreshore and seabed to Maori.
"Importantly, I want people to know that a vote for me is to return the foreshore and seabed into Maori hands," Mr Harawira said......
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/hone-harawira-signals-foreshore-and-seabed-fight-back-he-stands-in-maori-seat

Success for Taniwha Dragon Summit on day one as $50m in Chinese-Maori deals achieved
The two-day Taniwha Dragon Economic Summit was hailed a success before lunch yesterday, achieving half its goal of $100 million worth of deals between Maori and Chinese companies.

Held at Clubs Hastings, the summit was sold out with 250 people attending, many in comfort thanks to 150 white inflatable couches.

The opening speaker, Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule, said the summit was being held at a time when Treaty of Waitangi settlements were coming on-stream.

Large and small companies from both countries outlined successes and opportunities for growth....
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11804279

Name change on table
NEARLY four years after pupils from Kaiti School petitioned for Poverty Bay to be known as Turanganui a Kiwa, local politicians might agree to act, after a new report that suggests the idea be floated publicly.

Responding to a request from Mayor Meng Foon, a council staff report suggested that the council agree to research, consult and apply to the New Zealand Geographic Board to change the name of Poverty Bay to a dual name of Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay.
http://gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/2672581-135/name-change-on-table
A further article on the above here >  Consultation should include making Tairawhiti ‘official’ too

20/2/17
Parihaka solution mooted for Waitara
A completely separate reconciliation process - similar to that being used for Parihaka - has been suggested as a solution for historical grievances at Waitara in Taranaki.

If adopted, the New Plymouth Council-sponsored bill would allow the freeholding of 780 leasehold properties and return some land to Te Ātiawa.

It would also pump $60 million from the potential sale of leases into Waitara via a new entity made up of council and iwi representatives....
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/324809/parihaka-solution-mooted-for-waitara

Breaking down the barriers: Policing Northland-style
AN APPROACH to policing where officers leave their uniforms at home and spend their time talking to people instead of laying down the law has been credited with helping to keep Waitangi Day peaceful.

While the police had a big presence, with more than 100 officers on duty over four days of events, it was the 33 non-uniformed iwi liaison officers (ILOs) who defused any trouble before it happened.

"We make no bones of the fact we work for the police but we don't wear a police uniform which is a barrier for a lot of people," said Senior Sergeant Pat Davis, second in charge of the ILO force.

"We want to break down those barriers, so people see us as Maori who happen to be policemen."...
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11803741

Mental health research for Maori begins
High rates of poor mental health among Maori has prompted a $59,000 study to address the issue.

A 12-month research project supported by Te Whanau o Waipareira began in January aiming to improve Maori mental health in west Auckland.

Wai Research Pou, Sir Mason Durie, will oversee the the study......
http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/western-leader/89479835/mental-health-research-for-maori-begins

Mana and Maori Party agreement details electorate deals
In a bid to win back all seven Maori seats, Mana Movement will contest only the Te Tai Tokerau seat at this year's election while Maori Party will not stand in that electorate.

The announcement was made this morning as the two parties signed an agreement in Whangarei.

Peace moves between the two parties have been going on since last July when Maori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan approached Mana's leader Hone Harawira.

The agreement states any and all contravening clauses/rules contained within existing party rules, constitutions or ture will be suspended and replaced with the terms contained within the agreement and will conclude on September 23, the day of the election.....
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11804012

Million-dollar price tag on Tauranga land sought by council and Maori
Resistance to a million dollar price tag has held up negotiations to vest ownership of a prime stretch of Tauranga's downtown waterfront with the city council and a Maori trust.....
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11802987

Maori place on mainstream broadcasts argued
A member of a group conducting an inquiry into the state of public interest broadcasting and media in New Zealand says she wants to hear Maori voices in the debate.

The inquiry held its first workshop in Wellington yesterday, and it will travel around the country, ending in Auckland in late March....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews?story_id=MTU2ODE=

Treaty settlement conditional on housing project, says iwi
An Auckland iwi says its Treaty settlement won't go ahead if Parliament does not enact a bill allowing it to build houses on a reserve.

Iwi trust chief executive Hauauru Rawiri told the committee it would transform the reserve, which was neglected and polluted in places.

"This bill is part of our Treaty settlement, the opportunity to buy back our own tribal land and develop and enhance it, if Parliament does not enact this bill then Ngāti Paoa Treaty settlement cannot proceed."...
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/324922/treaty-settlement-conditional-on-housing-project,-says-iwi

17/2/17
DOC face backlash from Taranaki iwi for backing seabed mining company
Backlash against the Department of Conservation is mounting after they gave the green light to a seabed mining company.

Trans Tasman Resources (TTR) have applied to mine a 66 square kilometre area in South Taranaki of 50 million tonnes of iron-ore laden sand from the seabed per year. Their first application was rejected in 2014.

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

"Our chair said at our last meeting after a unanimous call, that we will not go back into settlement with a government that endorses this type of activity."
http://news.anotao.com/link/nz/www.stuff.co.nz/national/85832057/DOC-face-backlash-from-Taranaki-iwi-for-backing-seabed-mining-company

Maori owing more than $6.1m of unpaid rates
The Western Bay of Plenty District Council has more than $8.3 million in outstanding rates and Maori landowners owe most of it - with one bill worth $308,000. But the money is unlikely to be recovered and the mayor says it is tied by government legislation that is "dumb" and makes "no sense".

Data showed the council was owed $8.36m from 2013. Maori landowners owed $6.1m while $2.2m related to the current financial year and was mainly due to the result of timing of when people paid their rates.....
http://m.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11802203

Poor policy shuts out Maori nurses
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has attacked an over-reliance on internationally qualified nurses and called for better use of Maori and Pacific nursing graduates....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU2Njc=

Honey giant has Tinopai buzzing
Everything isn’t sweet right now in Tinopai, with the Northland community split by a dispute over the collection of honey.

Resident Mikaere Miru says the problem happened when honey giant Comvita signed a deal to place hives on a block without checking with neighbouring Maori owners along the peninsula and landowners are objection to their land being bulldozed for tracks and platforms.

When Comvita didn’t show up at a hui to discuss these dealings and explain their actions or apologise, the road was blocked.

"I put it squarely at the feet of Comvita. If they had done their research properly I think the onus is upon them to make sure that when they engage with people, what people say is actually legal, it is true, it is on the land they say that they actually own. And they did none of that and hence the raruraru we have in front of us now".

Mikaere Miru says as well as having proper legal advice, honey firms should also have cultural advisors when they go into areas to make deals around Maori land....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews?story_id=MTU2NjY=

Maori parties strike electoral deal
The agreement will be signed on Monday in Whangarei by Mr Harawira, Maori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox and president Tukoroirangi Morgan.

The split is seen as a major barrier to any chance of winning all seven Maori seats....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU2NzE=/Maori%20parties%20strike%20electoral%20deal

Czech company backs down after using Maori symbols in pokie game
A Czech Republic company has taken down its Maori themed gambling game after accusations of cultural appropriation.

The game, titled "Maori", was released late in December and featured Maori imagery and a rendition of the haka Ka Mate....
http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/89536235/czech-company-backs-down-after-using-maori-symbols-in-pokie-game

First Maori Mass in Hamilton cathedral
The occasion was the first ever celebration of a Miha Māori [a Mass in Te Reo Māori] at the cathedral. The main celebrant was Bishop Stephen Lowe and among the concelebrants were Bishop Denis Browne and Hamilton diocesan Vicar for Māori Fr Gerard Paterson.

People not fluent in Te Reo Māori could follow what was being said and sung through English translations shown on a screen.....
https://www.nzcatholic.org.nz/2017/02/17/first-maori-mass-hamilton-cathedral/

16/2/17
Maori and Pasifika Trade trainee project manager Kirk Sargent
More than 900 young Maori and Pasifika are being offered a leg up into a career in the booming Auckland trades industry.

Eligible trainees will have their fees paid and get practical support to find a job in their chosen trade.

Applicants must be aged between 16 and 40 and be of Maori or Pasifika heritage.

Project manager Kirk Sargent says as well as having their fees covered and learning basic trade skills, the trainees get practical help with writing their CV, getting their drivers licence and making sure they have basic safety training.

The organisation also works with industry partners to help them find the right employer and offer a $1000 tools grant once they’re in an apprenticeship.....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU2NTk=/Trainees%20sought%20to%20join%20building%20boom

Small progress in Maori job rates
The latest Maori in the Labour Market report says the Maori employment rate continued to increase but remained below the national rate through 2016.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says employment rates for Maori increased with their level of education, with more Maori employed than five years ago in skilled occupations, particularly in the professional and technician and trade occupation groups.

The majority of Maori are still employed in semi-skilled and low-skilled occupations.

The participation rate for Maori increased by 1.6 percentage points from five years ago when the first such survey was done, to reach 66.8 per cent.

The Maori unemployment rate declined by 1.8 percentage points since 2011 to reach 11.0 percent in 2016....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU2NjM=/Small%20progress%20in%20Maori%20job%20rates

Maori sovereignty claim to police has no place
No one in this country can claim they are immune from the laws of New Zealand on the grounds of Māori sovereignty, says Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Police must come down with the full force of the law on the driver who refused a breath test, backed into a police car, had ‘sovereignty’ number plates, and had five unrestrained children in his car on Kaitaia’s main street, as reported in the Northland Age...... .http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1702/S00229/maori-sovereignty-claim-to-police-has-no-place.htm
15/2/17
Ruapehu District Maori Council provides for united Maori voice
Ruapehu District Māori Council (RDMC) decided to delay the appointed of a Deputy Chairperson at their first meeting of the year last week (Tue 7 Feb) to allow more time for Ngāti Maniapoto and southern Ruapehu Iwi to make decisions on who to appoint as their representatives.

The RDMC was established in 2009 to help encourage greater participation by Iwi Māori in local government decision-making. It is a collective of nine representatives made up of three members from Tuwharetoa, Maniapoto and Iwi in the southern reaches of the District.

"Having all the seats filled will put the RDMC in a lot stronger position when dealing with a wide range of issues that are confronting our whanau and communities," he said.

"Since its inception the RDMC has been involved in a wide range of issues and been able to ensure that Tikanga Māori values and principles are taken into account when these issues are of concern to Māori."

"A current example of this is the township revitalization projects underway across the District where the RDMC has been able to stress the importance of ensuring that projects of this nature acknowledge and recognise the significance of Iwi Māori and their place within the community."....
http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/5/275027

Stand-off between Ngai Tahu and Lyttelton Port over dredging plans
Two of the South Island's largest organisations are at odds over a planned dredging operation in Lyttelton Harbour.

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) has applied to expand its shipping channel, allowing larger ships to enter the port.

The channel expansion would cost up to $120 million and was part of the port's $1 billion redevelopment.

Both dumping sites are within the Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal sanctuary and near the peninsula's fisheries, where paua, crayfish, mussels, and flatfish are harvested.

The fisheries, including several marine farms, are used for mahinga kai (food gathering) by Ngai Tahu Seafood and Port Levy-based Te Rununga o Koukourarata.
The iwi had invested heavily in aquaculture on Banks Peninsula and believed the port's plans could degrade the harbour and impact mahinga kai.

Ngai Tahu said the port's application was "fundamentally flawed," and experts it commissioned found "several deficiencies" which meant it could not support the application as it stood.....
http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/89342132/standoff-between-ngai-tahu-and-lyttelton-port-over-dredging-plans

Brash return a tragic last gasp
Green's co-leader Metiria Turei says Don Brash's latest Orewa speech sounds like the last gasp of an old many trying to relive his glory days.

In his latest speech delivered on behalf of his Hobson's Pledge movement, Mr Brash said the push for privilege persists and politicians still pander to it, creating positions of power for Maori only.

Ms Turei says there was nothing new in the speech.

"It's all been rejected before. It's been politically rejected. It has been socially rejected. He got nowhere with this stuff. He could not make it work when he had political power and he is now trying to make himself relevant again. I find it really tragic," she says.

Rather than looking backwards like Hobson's Pledge, the country needs to look at how it can make the Treaty of Waitangi real in structures like justice, health and education.....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews?story_id=MTU2NTY=

Social system evolves through acknowledging past failures
Social system evolves through acknowledging past failures
Te Pou Matakana, the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for the North Island, is supporting the call by Iwi leaders, Human Rights and Race Relations Commissioners for a Government inquiry - and apology - for historical abuse and neglect in state institutions. .... http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU2NDk=
14/2/17
Researcher challenges sector on Maori education
A Maori education researcher nominated for a New Zealander of the Year award says improving Maori education results is the responsibility of the whole sector.

"What I guess Te Kotahitanga stopping did was it promoted people to think about 'What can I do? What is my agency?' in this whole question of equity for excellence so that Maori students feel they belong in the education system as learners," Dr Berryman says.

Maori shouldn’t be seen as a problem in the system that need changing, because it is the system that needs to change.....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU2MzI=/Researcher%20challenges%20sector%20on%20Maori%20education

New partnership to benefit rangatahi in rural South Island
Youth Minister Nikki Kaye has announced a new partnership between the Government and Kai Tahu that will benefit young people living in rural and isolated areas of the South Island.

“As part of this partnership, around 250 young people will be supported to take part in mentoring and leadership programmes run by Ngai Tahu.

An important aspect of the partnership is that it will reach out to those living in remote areas, where this type of opportunity isn’t normally available,” says Ms Kaye.

The Government and Ngai Tahu Funds will each invest $50,000 to support a range of programmes.....
http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/new-partnership-benefit-rangatahi-rural-south-island

Hapū leader calls for input on new Porotī lake
The public must have a say in the future of a farmer's illegal dam and lake near Porotī Springs, say the Māori leaders who own the springs.

Northland Regional Council fined the farmer $500 and told him to apply for resource consent after he dammed a stream on his property near the springs, creating a half-hectare lake.

"For anyone to be able to take water just like that, to impound it - it's not just a dam it's an impoundment of eleven-and-a-half million litres of water - you just can't be allowed to do that."

The farmer was not taking water from it and said it was a conservation project aiming to enhance local wetlands.....

Councillor asked to apologise for 'racist' te reo post
A New Plymouth district councillor is being asked to apologise for online comments in which he describes te reo Māori as being "kept alive on a respirator".

In a Facebook post discussing compulsory te reo in schools, Murray Chong said $600 million was being spent annually on Māori language initiatives - more than $33,000 for each of the country's 18,000 fluent speakers - and asked if it was time to give the language away for lost.

The original post was private but was shared on Facebook by New Plymouth businessman Dinnie Moeahu, who said it was racist and based on bogus facts. It has since received hundreds of comments and dozens of shares.....

Call for Maori history in all schools
Maori history should be taught in all New Zealand schools, according to a resolution made by Te Takanga o te Wa, the Maori History Working Party.

The working party stated that Maori history was of equal status and of equal standing within New Zealand mainstream history and accordingly should be taught in all the nation's schools, after its most recent hui in Rotorua last Friday.....

Northland to scrap Maori committee
Te Taitokerau MP Kelvin Davis says local authorities in the region need to do more to involve Maori in their processes.

The defeat of veteran politician Dover Samuels in last year's local government election means the Northland Regional Council has no Maori members.

Mr Davis says the council is now moving to scrap the committee Mr Samuels created to encourage Maori consultation.

"There's no Maori representation on the Northland Regional Council whatsoever and for me that's a real concern. Maori are kaitiaki of our environment and you would think the regional council would be putting in place ways to gauge the feelings and opinions of Maori throughout Taitokerau," he says.....

Heritage NZ withdraws charges against Marlborough landowners over heritage dispute
Charges against two Marlborough landowners have been formally withdrawn more than a year after they were accused of disturbing material near the site of a historical massacre.

Heritage New Zealand charged Phillip and Haysley MacDonald in late 2015 after alleging they had carried out work on their land near the Wairau Bar without an archaeological permit.

The MacDonalds were accused of constructing a fenceline and clearing scrub without permission on a site close to a historical settlement, Kowhai Pa, between July and September in 2015.

Peter Radich, who represented the MacDonalds, said they had made a contribution to Heritage New Zealand, but would not confirm if it was the full $15,000......

Health board seeks to lift Maori numbers
The Whanganui District Health Board is looking at ways to increase its Maori staff numbers.

At the board meeting on February 3, board members and management discussed how they could increase the number of Maori staff which currently sits at 11.2 per cent of the 1093 staff employed by the DHB.

A board member expressed concern that this proportion did not reflect the 26.5 per cent Maori population within the Whanganui region....

Prison and family violence linked to historic state abuse
Greens Maori spokesperson Marama Davidson says the state has done irreversible damage to many in its care, and a full inquiry and apology is needed.

"The fact that our prisons are full of people who need support and have been victims of all sorts of abuse is absolutely disgraceful, many of whom are Maori. At the the very very least we need an inquiry. I would want to see a full unconditional apology to those people who were in state care as well," says Marama Davidson.....

Green MP labels a rant from a Maori woman as “Pakeha racism”
A woman in Huntly made a vile rant against some Muslim women who were walking by. One of them recorded it so we could see how vile some people are and how they treat strangers. Catherine Delahunty the Green MP jumps in and concludes that this is an example of Pakeha racism.

The only problem of course is that the women in question appears to be Maori. Would be sensible for a Member of Parliament not to make assumptions before she labels something as Pakeha racism......

11/2/17
App helps health professionals learn medical terms in te reo
A new, innovative App developed at the University of Otago, Christchurch will allow health professionals to learn te reo Māori as well as medical terms.

The free app aki Hauora teaches Te Reo terms commonly used in the health environment by involving participants in an interactive game.

The University's Māori /Indigenous Health Institute director Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama says the App was designed as an interactive way for medical students to learn te reo Māori commonly used in clinical settings.......
http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/app-helps-health-professionals-learn-medical-terms-te-reo

Reo roll out could take 15 years
A veteran Maori educationalist has welcomed the Green's plan to make te reo Maori a core subject, but says it could take up to 15 years to achieve.

Pem Bird, who went back to run a kura kaupapa in Murupara after teaching for many years at the Auckland College of Education, says it's right that the country's indigenous language is given equal status to subjects like English and maths.....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU2MTY=/National/x_story/Reo-roll-out-could-take-15-years

9/2/17
Crown agencies undermine settlements
A former crown negotiator is accusing government agencies of reneging on an agreement he was part of.

Mr Dreaver, who was sacked by Mr Finlayson as chief negotiator for the Tamaki Makaurau claims, says the settlement he negotiated with Te Kawerau a Maki and Ngati Whatua o Kaipara hinged on the iwi getting an option to jointly purchase surplus Paremoremo prison land.

Within weeks of the commitment coming in to force, Corrections said it didn’t want to sell the land at all.

In another case, the Office of Treaty Settlements pulled the plug on negotiations with Ngati Tamaoho after an agreement in principle was signed.

Since then the value of its settlement package has halved because of land price inflation.....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU1OTQ=/National/Crown%20agencies%20undermine%20settlements/

Controversial NCEA maths exam: Pass rates higher than last year
"One of the highlights of the provisional results is the significant increase in Maori achievement of NCEA Level 2, which has lifted by 2.9 percentage points to an impressive 73.5 per cent."

Achievement rates among Maori students had risen "significantly" since 2008, Parata said, and the achievement gap was shrinking.....
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11796623

Journalism Internship Announced
Radio New Zealand has announced the establishment of a significant new training and development programme to support Te Reo Māori and foster Māori journalism.
The programme will create a paid twelve month position at RNZ for a Māori graduate who is passionate about journalism, with strong te reo knowledge, and able to assist in reflecting and reporting issues of significance to te ao Māori. The graduate will work alongside RNZ news staff researching, reporting, writing and presenting news and current affairs stories......
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1702/S00030/henare-te-ua-maori-journalism-internship-announced.htm

Catholic bishops on bicultural path
The Maori advisor to the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference says Maori have a vital role to play in the church’s future, particularly in reaching out to young people and migrants.

Catholics are the largest denomination in New Zealand with nearly half a million members, almost 70,000 of whom are Maori.

Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard says new migrants have kept the numbers up, and through the church they are getting exposure to things Maori.

He says his new part time role came out of a drive by the Maori Catholic Council to persuade the bishops to renew their commitment to a bicultural agenda......
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU2MDU=/Catholic%20bishops%20on%20bicultural%20path

Tolley can't ignore Maori voices
Former associate social development minister Dame Tariana Turia says the current minister Anne Tolley must listen to Maori anger over her reform of state care.

A provision which required Child Youth and Family to look to the extended whanau and hapu to place children in care has been dropped from the legislation setting up the replacement Ministry for Vulnerable Children Tamariki Oranga.

Dame Tariana says the result will be children totally disconnected from their whanau and their culture, and ministers needs to listen to what Maori are saying.......
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU2MTE=/Tolley%20can't%20ignore%20Maori%20voices

Maori approach to diabetes treatment studied

The National Hauora Collective has secured $2.3 million for a three year project to 
assess whether a Whanau Ora approach can improve management and treatment of diabetes among Maori.

Mana Tu was co-designed with whanau, clinicians, health service planners and whanau ora providers to improve the impact of clinical and lifestyle interventions for whanau living with pre-diabetes and people with poorly controlled diabetes.

She says it will deploy skilled and supported kaimanaaki-whanau to work with general practice teams.....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews?story_id=MTU2MTA=

7/2/17
Rāhui in place along the Ōhinemataroa river
Ngāti Hamua of Tūhoe is taking the protection of their traditional hunting grounds along the Ōhinemataroa into its own hands. The tribal group based in Ruatoki has extended a ban on firearms for another three weeks in an effort to protect visiting families.

Firearms use along Ōhinemataroa is banned until 27th of February.

The local subtribe is monitoring the ban which covers the area from Ohinenaenae to Te Pūtere. They are looking at implementing the ban every year, from December to February.

In 2014 Te Urewera and areas within Ōhinemataroa River were returned to Tūhoe. It is no longer a national park but is co-managed by Tūhoe and the Crown. Today Ngāti Hamua are seeing the environmental impact of climate change.

While there has not been a firearms incident in the area since the 1960s, the ban is intended as a safety measure for whānau.....
https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/rahui-place-along-ohinemataroa-river

Mana-Maori Party pact down to detail
Maori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan and Mana leader Hone Harawira say they are close to agreement on how they will work together for this year’s election.....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews?story_id=MTU1ODI=

Community shift seen in reo support
Greens Maori development spokesperson Marama Davidson says making te reo Maori a compulsory part of the school curriculum is overdue.

She’s heartened by the support shown by teacher unions, education think tanks and the wider community to the Green plan to.

It’s catching up with what is already happening in those mainstream schools which are adding basic Maori language lessons to the curriculum.....
http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTU1ODQ=/Community-shift-seen-in-reo-support

6/1/17
Parata: More Maori students getting best start
"I am frequently asked if te reo Maori should be compulsory for all children. I'm certainly for a bilingual nation, but of all the drivers for successful language acquisition, motivation is essential.

Compulsion is the antithesis of motivation. It has long been the case that every school is required to offer the opportunity to learn te reo, and government funding is available because it is demand-driven. THERE IS NO CAP ON FUNDING FOR TE REO, A CLEAR SIGN OF THIS GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO BILINGUALISM. I will take universal availability over compulsion any day....."
http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11795272

PM pays tribute to Bastion Point occupation and Ngati Whatua leadership during Waitangi Day speech.
Prime Minister Bill English has acknowledged Ngāti Whātua and the occupation of Bastion Point at Waitangi Day commemorations in Auckland.

Mr English said government and iwi relations had improved in the last decade and people now realised that success for iwi was success for everyone.

A 506-day protest against a proposed Crown sale of Bastion Point in 1977-78 became symbolic of Māori tribal land loss.....

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/323908/pm-acknowledges-ngati-whatua-tribal-land-loss

Labour Party membership protest Willie Jackson's selection
A discord is growing among Labour Party members following the selection of broadcaster Willie Jackson for the list in this year's general election.

An open letter is circulating among the membership, calling on councillors to reject Mr Jackson's membership and to vote against him.

"I've had good discussions with Māori caucus members," he said. "Everyone can see Willie has something to bring to Labour that we don't currently have."

But the letter written by opponents says Mr Jackson represents the "past, not the future of Labour."....
https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/02/labour-party-membership-protest-willie-jackson-s-selection.html

5/2/17
Willie Jackson confirms Labour Party candidacy
Willie Jackson has been confirmed as a candidate for the Labour Party at this year's general election - but he won't stand in an electorate.

He will be a list-only candidate - and Newshub understands his ranking will be in the single digits.

It's understood Mr Jackson has also been promised the role as Minister for Māori Development if Labour is elected to Government.

Speaking to media at Waitangi, Mr Jackson said he was looking forward to getting back out into the community.....
https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/02/willie-jackson-confirms-labour-party-candidacy.html

Labour MP Kelvin Davis addresses P epidemic at Waitangi
Labour's Kelvin Davis said Maori need to stand up and be leaders on the issues that matter.

The Te Tai Tokerau MP was speaking at the political leaders forum at Te Tii Marae at Waitangi.

He referred to a number of issues, including the high methamphetamine use by Maori.

They were calling for the Government to do more about the P epidemic......
http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/labour-mp-kelvin-davis-addresses-p-epidemic-at-waitangi/

A further article on the above here > Hikoi to Waitangi: Meth 'not just a gang problem'

Media ban source of controversy as MPs arrive at Te Tii Marae at Waitangi
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has refused to walk onto Te Tii Marae after he was told media could not accompany him.

There was a stand-off between Mr Peters, a member of Ngāpuhi himself, and Te Tii Marae officials at Waitangi this morning, after the official threatened to call over the police to move the New Zealand First leader away from the marae entrance where he was talking to reporters.

"It's not that I'm the greatest defender of the media, but the fact is this is not just about this marae, it's about Ngāpuhi and about the whole country," said Mr Peters.....
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/323832/peters-in-marae-stand-off-over-waitangi-media-ban

4/2/17
NZ's biggest tourist resort planned in Far North
A Chinese real estate company is planning to spend close to $1 billion building a huge tourist resort on Northland's Karikari Peninsula.

If the project goes ahead it will be one of the single biggest investments in New Zealand tourism infrastructure, with former prime minister John Key saying the resort would cost $700-800 million and be the biggest in the country.

Te Runanga-a-iwi o Ngati Kahu chief executive Anahera Herbert-Graves said Shanghai Cred inherited litigation started when Mr Kelly was the owner but had signed an out-of-court settlement satisfying the runanga's requirements.

Terms of the settlement included a 999-year caveat barring any construction on top of burial caves and an undertaking to treat all wastewater onsite.

The treatment plant at Whatuwhiwhi could not cope with current volumes, let alone wastewater from an expanded resort, she said.

The runanga's relationship with Shanghai Cred was "way better" than with Mr Kelly.

"What we're seeing is that they are being very slow and careful, and making sure the local marae in particular is happy," Mrs Herbert-Graves said.

The Advocate understands one of the hold-ups is a cultural impact assessment which has to be signed off by local marae......

Select media barred from Te Tii Marae
Willie Jackson has described the banning of media with cameras from Te Tii Marae as "absolutely bloody nonsensical".

He hoped that kaumatua Kingi Taurua could "fix it up".

Delays, a protestor and bans on reporters with cameras inside Te Tii Marae surrounded the first formality of the Waitangi weekend.

Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy was delayed from going onto the marae but has since been shown into the whare for a private welcome with her husband, Sir David Gascoigne.

Chief Justice Sian Elias and other judges including Maori Land Court judge Craig Coxhead and High Court judge Joe Williams were also invited to go on.....

PM and iwi chairs form strong bond
“We’ve got a pretty good relationship it’s constructive, it’s forward looking and it’s responsible, what I mean by that is we have pretty gritty discussions in there. I mean Iwi leaders get up and they tell us what they’re after and they push and shove a bit it’s all done in a spirit of respect and that’s how we make progress," English says......

Maori leaders have told Prime Minister Bill English that they want rules in place that will ensure at-risk children are placed with whanau or iwi as a first option.
Mr English said there wouldn't be any dramatic changes to the legislation.

"It's possible there will be wording changes to it," he said....

3/2/17
Maori rights to freshwater big talking point between iwi and the government at Waitangi
The host of the Iwi Chairs Forum says Prime Minister Bill English is a "safe pair of hands" to deal with.

Harry Burkhardt, chair of Ngati Kuri who hosted the forum in Waitangi on Friday, said English was "a known quantity to iwi" and a long relationship between him and Maori makes engaging with him easier, which was important because "the ability for us to have that conversation is possibly our currency".

Chair of Waikato-Tainui, Rahui Papa, said iwi were discussing possible models of allocation of freshwater and it's hoped a decision would be finalised by Waitangi next year.

"We want the same opportunities for iwi as corporates get now. So bottling companies can take the whole 100 per cent of some of the flows of the tributaries of rivers."

Iwi want enough water to "sustain the flow" and whatever is left can be offered up for allocation, he said......
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/89074115/Maori-rights-to-freshwater-big-talking-point-between-iwi-and-the-government-at-Waitangi

Iwi group digs in over salmon farm allotments
An iwi group has accused the government of acting in bad faith over a new salmon farming space in Marlborough.

Iwi was told there was no further space available for salmon farming in the area, and accepted a cash payment in a treaty settlement.

However, the government recently created space for the relocation of six King Salmon farms.

Te Tau Ihu fisheries forum chair Richard Bradley said the government had gone back on its word.

"So we took cash and then found out the government's quite keen on creating some new space, course the iwi in the top of the south are a bit hacked off about [that] because our preference was always for space, not cash.".....
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/323649/iwi-group-digs-in-over-salmon-farm-allotments

The Big Read: Iwi build a $6b empire of assests
Six billion dollars. That's the scale of assets controlled by iwi which have signed settlements with the Crown. That figure could double in a decade or so, believes one expert who has studied the scope and management of iwi assets.

Phil Barry, a director of corporate finance and economic consultants TDB Advisory in Wellington, sees a big rise in the Maori economy, to the point where the post-settlement iwi will have assets worth $12b.....
http://www.newsjs.com/url.php?p=http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11793569

Rodney readers disagree with compulsory te reo Maori lessons
Nearly 70 per cent of Rodney Times Neighbourly readers disagree with the Green Party suggestion for te reo Maori to be taught in all schools.

In an unscientific poll posted to the Rodney Times Neighbourly page, 69.1 per cent of voters said learning te reo Maori in schools should be optional, not compulsory.

Sue Norwood-Evans from Orewa commented: "Absolutely not, how will learning the Maori language help forward the majority of kids in life unless they're from a Maori family/community or attend an all Maori place of education. Teach them financial skills, manners, respect and the 3 R's, also teach responsibility for when they become drivers on the road. Now that would improve our country and save lives."

Alex Dick from Stanmore Bay said it would be more beneficial for children to learn English properly, before other languages.....

Iwi-Crown economic relationship strengthened
Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell have announced the establishment of an Iwi-Crown Economic Taumata at Waitangi today.

The Taumata will provide an opportunity for high level discussions between economic Ministers and iwi chairs on issues of economic significance to both parties, and will meet twice a year.

Ngahiwi Tomoana, Chairman for Ngāti Kahungunu iwi says, “This represents a significant step up in Crown-Māori relations. Iwi know their whānau, hapū, marae and communities. Our assets are growing fast, and we need to be at the table partnering with the Crown, to ensure our economic progress drives social progress – in a whanau centred, tikanga based way.” ......

Maori-themed poki game upsets
Maori public health organisation Hapai Te Hauora has condemned an online slot game that uses Maori cultural icons including waka, stylised bone carvings, pounamu, and the haka Ka Mate.

The website was created by software company Endorphina Ltd based in the Czech Republic.

It claims the game celebrates the cultural heritage of Maori.

Hapai says it is disgusted by the unauthorised use of Maori cultural icons for profit by a foreign company with no links to our indigenous people.

2/2/17
Tamariki and freshwater prime focus at Iwi Chairs Forum
Prime Minister Bill English and a delegation of Ministers will attend this year's Iwi Chairs Forum in Waitangi, with the prime focus being the ICF's position on the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Legislation Bill and natural resources, in particular, freshwater.

“One of the big kaupapa we will be discussing in February is freshwater. In particular, we will be embarking on an intensive work programme focused on water allocation. We expect the work programme to be agreed at Waitangi and the results of this work will be presented next year. This work will help inform our iwi and Māori land owners on how we can best protect and sustainably manage water for cultural, economic, environmental and social outcomes for the future generations of all New Zealanders,” says Burkhardt.....

Open marae for Waitangi Day
There were two parts to the day, a ''very formal'' ceremony which would begin at 10am with a powhiri followed by speeches from Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, waka specialist Hoturoa Kerr, archaeologist Dilys Johns, Ngai Tahu kaumatua Sir Tipene O'Regan and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson QC.

1/2/17
Māori Minister wants to see refugee quota increased after Trump ban
Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says New Zealand's refugee quota should be increased after concerns about what is happening overseas. This comes after US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to ban countries that are predominately Muslim from entering America.

Minister Flavell doesn't agree with the ban.

“This is turning their back on immigrants in America. From all that I have seen, read and observed over the years, this is not the American way.”

And his thoughts on the man himself?

“The things he says are prime examples of racist behaviour. So you believe they're racist? I would put them in that category absolutely.”....
http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/maori-minister-wants-see-refugee-quota-increased-after-trump-ban

Ratana, Waitangi and making Maori voices heard
OPINION: The attendance of political parties in force at Ratana last week underscores the importance in this year's election of the Maori vote, which now comprises 20 per cent of the electorate.

Maori want more say. Decades of working with Labour have not reversed the issues that blight each new generation. The Maori Party relationship with National may not have delivered all it promised but it is no worse....
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/88929143/ratana-waitangi-and-making-maori-voices-heard

Greens, Labour MPs call for compulsory Maori language in schools
The Greens and some Labour MPs are calling for a national goal of making Māori language compulsory for all children in state schools.

Census counts show that Māori people who can hold a conversation about everyday things in te reo shrank from 25.2 per cent of all Māori in 2001 to 21.3 per cent in 2013.

Post-Primary Teachers Association president Jack Boyle said his union had supported making te reo a "universal subject" for all school students since 2001.

"Being able to learn te reo Māori will benefit every child in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Te reo Māori is part of the fabric of the economic, social and cultural history of all New Zealanders," he said....

Does NZ need a Maori cancer control strategy?
Ahead of World Cancer Day this Saturday, a Massey University public health researcher is calling for government policy focus and action to address the expanding cancer crisis among Māori.

"However, a greater focus on improving survival is critical as evidenced by Māori death rates which are more than one and a half times higher than those of non-Māori. Access to screening is a key issue but access also plays a huge role at all stages of the cancer continuum. With lung cancer, for example, despite the higher risk being well-known, Māori tend to experience longer delays between diagnosis and treatment and are less likely to be referred for curative treatment than non-Māori. This is totally unacceptable. We need policy that explicitly addresses these inequalities if we are to make a difference in cancer outcomes for Māori. Timely access to optimum care improves survival and must be a core priority of any Māori cancer control strategy," Dr Ellison-Loschmann says.....

A costly and controversial land bill facing stiff opposition from Maori
Proposed legislation poised to resolve a long-running land issue has been widely condemned by Maori and come at a significant financial cost to council.

As the second public hearing regarding the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill looms, the future it might have remains unclear.

Since September 2015, New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) has spent $436,000 on legal, survey and valuation costs associated with the bill.

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31/1/17
Water and Waitangi: a constitutional matter
Meanwhile the actual Prime Minister, Bill English, gets down to serious business when he and a raft of ministers meet the iwi leaders forum on Friday. High on the agenda is freshwater.

Drawing on article 2 and tino rangatiratanga, iwi/hapu have insisted the Government and councils do not have an absolute right to allocate water, which commercial and farming interests turn into a property right of use and profit.

Iwi/hapu don't ``own'' water as the general law defines ``own''. Nobody does, not even the Government. But iwi/hapu do have legacy and cultural claims because in Maori law lakes, rivers and streams were and are vital to life and integral to their being and identity, which is akin to a form of ownership.

The Treaty is an growing part of that constitution through court judgements, specific legislation, government decisions and evolving practice.

Some want it tidily in a judge-supervised constitution. But messy constitutions evolve more responsively. Mr Finlayson, for example, is doing some ``tidying'': after a Judicature Modernisation Act last year next comes consolidation into one act of the various bits governing Parliament and ``some work'' on the Constitution Act.

So, it might be said, there is water to flow under the constitutional bridge......
https://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/water-and-waitangi-constitutional-matter

Māori oppose Taranaki sand mining
Māori groups are opposing a second application to mine iron sand off the Taranaki coast because of concerns about environmental damage and breaches of their property rights.

The Sealord treaty settlement had established that Māori had property rights in marine resources and this needed to be taken into account in mining applications, he said.

"With fisheries at least you've got significant resources now vested in tribes.

"This interest has now been recognised through different legislation. This shows this connection to the coastal marine area is ongoing, it's a significant resource to Māori, and the coastal marine area is subject to property rights that are held by Māori.".....
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/323444/maori-oppose-taranaki-sand-mining

Salmon farm proposal causes concern among iwi
The chairman of an iwi fisheries forum has lashed out against a plan to relocate up to six salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds, accusing the Government of dealing in bad faith.

The Ministry for Primary Industries wants to relocate five New Zealand King Salmon farms in Pelorus Sound and one salmon farm in Tory Channel, and claims the changes would bring economic and environmental benefits.

Te Tau Ihu customary fisheries forum chairman Richard Bradley said the plan was "not honourable".
http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/88822407/salmon-farm-proposal-causes-concern-among-iwi

30/1/17
New Partnership Combines Maori Heritage with Cooking Skills
New Partnership Combines Maori Heritage with Cooking Skills Nestle Cook for Life – Ka Tuna Ka Ora, has partnered with Mangere Mountain Education Centre (MMEC) with the aim of delivering a unique, interactive daylong workshop to over 750 secondary …New Partnership Combines Maori Heritage with Cooking Skills

The interactive programme, led by MMEC team members and volunteers,’ educates secondary school students on how heritage crops, derived from the original plants Māori ancestors used 18,000 years ago can be integrated into our lives today.....

Māori music on trend at Auckland's viaduct
Local tribes are stamping their identity on Auckland city showcasing the Māori culture in every shape and form during the city's annual anniversary.

Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival Mana Whenua Steering Group Chairman Hau Rāwiri says, "Despite the politics between the different iwi, we must come together for the sake all Māoridom, following this comes business and our relationships with each other.".....

27/1/17
Sea Change proposals affect everyone
As mentioned recently, the so-called collaborative stakeholders' group has recently released their Sea Change report and the Waikato Regional Council, where it involves them, is now looking at implementing its recommendations.

* There is a proposal to extend the size of the Cathedral Cove marine reserve as a "type one Marine Protected Area" or MPA (the highest level of protection recommended it is claimed), but at the same time allow iwi to take a "cultural harvest" from this and other similarly classified reserves.

Three others would be established, the closest to us at the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula.

However, the question must be asked if the Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve under this proposal would actually be a Marine Reserve at all, or simply the best fishing area in the Coromandel Peninsula being taken over by iwi for their own exclusive use.

* There is a proposal to have Type 3 Special Management Area or SMA around the Alderman Islands. SMAs are similar to MPAs except they allow for "carefully managed and targeted sport fishing of several species under a 'small volume, high value' harvest regime".

I believe that an exclusive cultural harvest of all species will also be allowed in this area effectively excluding all non-Maori from taking all ground fish, paua and crayfish etc. and creating similar issues of fairness to the Cathedral Cove situation.

* There is a proposal to declare all of the East Coast a kilometre out from the coast from just north of Waihi to the tip of the Coromandel a Type 4 Ahu moana - mana whenua and community co-management area which will allow for commercial and recreational fishing subject to "the prohibition of fishing or particular harvest methods, or the temporary closure of areas to allow for species or habitat restoration".

This will be determined by an appointed committee with 50 per cent iwi and 50 per cent community membership.

However, that community membership is likely to be determined completely outside of District Council or genuine Community control and likely to be constituted, to some degree, by members sympathetic to iwi who will start with a 50 per cent block vote.

But in my opinion the 'collaborative' approach in this instance failed because on the pakeha side the participants had scant negotiation skills and were taken for a ride by some very astute Maori thinkers.

Boats, no moor - Okahu Bay
Ngāti Whātua has won the support of Auckland City Council to remove boats from Okahu Bay. The request was granted under the Unitary Plan and within the year, the boats and moors will need to be removed from the area.

Nearly 100 boats between the eastern side of the Okahu Precinct and the marina wall on the other side will need to vacate come September.

Iwi ranger for gulf island
Efforts to replant Takaparawha-Bastion Point and an iwi ranger for pest-free Moturoa Island in the Hauraki Gulf are among nine community-led conservation projects in the Auckland area to receive funding.

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says more than $291,000 from the DOC Community Fund is going into projects to continue the War on Weeds, protect historic Maori sites, complete kiwi transfers and carry out pest control work.

The biggest grant of $50,000 will go to towards the Moturoa iwi ranger, who will help coordinate weed control programmes, promote iwi-led conservation initiatives and maintain the bio-security of the island.

Another $25,000 is going to the Restoring Mauri: Whenua Rangatira project on New Zealand’s first co-governed public park created under the Orakei Act 1991.
Ms Barry says it’s an example of urban conservation that reflects tikanga Maori.....

26/1/17
Mongrel Mob president Rex Timu lodges Waitangi Tribunal claim blaming 'racist' health system for P plague
A senior gang leader has lodged a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal arguing "racist" government policy is the reason so many Maori are addicted to P.

Rex Timu is the president of the Hastings chapter of the Mongrel Mob and banned P among his members. He claims the numbers of those using the drug has fallen from 80 to 10 per cent.

No government department, agency or programme has achieved the same success, according to the 50-year-old, who said the nationwide strategy to combat the "P epidemic plaguing Maori communities" was failing.

"This claim is about the racism (which is rife in New Zealand) including institutional and interpersonal racism, that actively prevents the Hastings Mob and Maori from receiving the resources and funding that they need to achieve the type of results that Rex Timu has achieved, on a national scale," the Waitangi Tribunal claim says.

Timu said the Crown had a duty to address the methamphetamine epidemic among Maori, including the Mongrel Mob.

The claim asks the Waitangi Tribunal for a number of recommendations, including a finding that the New Zealand health system is "inherently racist" and seeks a review of the policy decision-making process.......
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11789259

$90,000 revamp wanted to give Hawke's Bay Regional Council offices more mana
Hawke's Bay Regional Council's new chairman wants to spend $89,000 of ratepayers' money to revamp its offices to better reflect the "mana" of his position.

"I do want to see it project some mana of the role," Rex Graham said of the proposal, which would include adding Maori carvings and portraits of tribal ancestors to the debating chamber, and creating a "chairman's room" in what is currently a councillors' lounge and meeting room.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/88743697/90000-revamp-wanted-to-give-hawkes-bay-regional-council-offices-more-mana

Maori children’s Bible now available in NZ
The Bible Society has launched Tāku Paipera, the only Māori children’s Bible available in New Zealand.

Mr Hakiaha, a kaumatua and on Laidlaw College’s Māori Advisory Council said, “Tāku Paipera is done in a language that belongs to us, it’s a language that reveals our identity and it’s a language that is the heartbeat of our culture.”

“For Māori children, it’s their language put to print, the stories of the Bible from thousands of years are now conveyed in their sacred language. It will help build their self-esteem and pride.

“This Bible will lead to the preservation of Te Reo and the continuity of Te Reo and also the use and continuance of a traditional language to a modern language.”....
https://www.nzcatholic.org.nz/2017/01/26/maori-childrens-bible-now-available-nz/

Fox calls for voting booths on marae
The Maori Party wants polling booths on marae for this year’s election. 

Co-leader Marama Fox says boosting voter turn-out is a major objective for the year.

A number of ideas have been thrown out, including groups organising a hikoi to the voting booths and putting more booths in places that Maori frequent......

25/1/17
Outrage over limited hearing locations for seabed mining decision
"It's a serious insult to not hold hearings on one of Ngati Ruanui or Nga Rauru Kitahi marae or at an absolute minimum, within one of our rohe (territory)," Nga Rauru Kitahi's general manager Anne-Marie Broughton said.

She compared the the decision to "behaviour deployed on Maori in the 1800s when the Native Land Court convened sittings regarding Maori land in distant locations creating barriers of time and cost to owners".

"Consequently, many Maori owners were unable to attend court hearings, resulting in the loss of their lands."

Broughton said it was appalling that this behaviour was continuing in 2017......
http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/business/88351079/Outrage-over-limited-hearing-locations-for-seabed-mining-decision
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Up to $4m available as part of Fifth Mātauranga Capability Fund
Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell have today opened a fifth round of the Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund in which up to $4 million is available for successful projects.
“We are seeking proposals that strengthen connections between Māori and the science and innovation system. This fund will continue to foster a greater understanding of how science and technology can contribute to the aspirations of Māori organisations, for the benefit of New Zealand,” says Mr Goldsmith.
The Vision Mātauranga policy aims to unlock the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people. It focuses on four themes:
• indigenous innovation – contributing to economic growth through distinctive science and innovation
• taiao/environment – achieving environmental sustainability through iwi and hapū relationships with land and sea
• hauora/health – improving health and social wellbeing
• mātauranga – exploring indigenous knowledge and science and innovation.
“We know that Māori success is New Zealand’s success.....
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1701/S00095/up-to-4m-available-as-part-of-matauranga-capability-fund.htm

23/1/17
Ancestral Taranaki land chained off to freedom campers
Fed up with their ancestral lands being trampled and strewn with rubbish, the trustees of a Māori reserve in Taranaki have put a chain across a road at a site popular with freedom campers.

The reserve at the end of Paora Road on State Highway 45 contains sensitive cultural sites and the Puniho Pā Trust and other groups have been trying to restore the area.

After discussions with the South Taranaki District Council last year, the council put up signs warning people not to camp on the reserve, but had told the trust it could not block off vehicle access, Mr Ngawhare said.

That had not worked, so frustrated trust members had now put a chain across the track.....

Gareth Morgan and Winston Peters trade insults at Ratana Pa Marae
Gareth Morgan and Winston Peters have traded insults at Ratana Pa today over whose political party is best for Maori.

Morgan went further, describing Peters as "nothing more than an Uncle Tom" and saying that he "gets away with this anti-Treaty stuff" because he is Maori.

When Peters took his turn to speak at the pa, he only briefed touched on Morgan's comments.

"Excuse me for laughing, but it's a long time since I have been ravaged by a toothless sheep," he said.....

22/1/17
Te Arawa elders gate crash Hauraki meeting
The Hauraki Iwi Collective were at the Club conference room in Thames discussing tribal matters when Te Arawa elders turned up unannounced.

Hauraki iwi members' appeared stunned as Te Arawa elders, who traveled from Rotorua, insisted they meet with Hon Rick Barker, Crown Chief Negotiator for the Hauraki Collective redress claim, who had spoken to Hauraki earlier in the day.

More than 200 Te Arawa made the early morning journey from Rotorua to Whitianga to talk with fellow Te Arawa tribes, Ngāti Hei and Ngāti Rereahu about their stance on the Hauraki Collective fee simple claim over Moehau maunga. ......

Auckland iwi renew peace pact
Two Auckland iwi that have been at loggerheads because of overlapping land claims have renewed their peace pact at Ōrākei marae today.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Ngāti Paoa signed a kawenata, or sacred covenant, this morning where they agreed to work together to define their areas of interest in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).

Raising a stink: What to do with Akaroa's poo?
With Waitangi Day rolling around again, and the Iwi/Kiwi rhetoric ratcheting up nationally, it is perhaps surprising that more isn't being made of the cultural dimension of the Akaroa pipeline decision.

Discussing the legal outcome over a coffee near his home in Governors Bay, Collins explains that for local iwi, the issue is black and white.

Any kind of disposal of human waste to open water is unacceptable, no matter how highly treated. It is not a pragmatic health issue, but one of spiritual values.

Maori customarily exploited the rich food resources of Banks Peninsula's coastal waters. On Akaroa beach, whata were set to dry tuna and shark. Cockle, pipi and crabs were collected.

This would remove any last nutrients, heavy metals and pathogens safely. "But for iwi, it's all or nothing."

But Collins says you can't deal with Maori concerns by focusing on the practical health questions when what is at stake is a matter of tribal tapu. ......

Climate change fear for burial sites
Climate change could be affecting sacred Māori burial sites, iwi and a Department of Conservation historic adviser fear.

Erosion within the Waimea Inlet in Nelson has recently revealed human bones.

Local iwi said a human jawbone found recently in the Nelson inlet, followed soon after by the discovery of a legbone in the tidal zone below a sandbank, most likely belonged to a member of one of the many tribes who once inhabited the area.....

New Maori bishop for the South Island
Leading Anglican Richard Wallace has been ordained as the new Maori bishop for the South Island.

About 400 people visited the tiny Onuku Marae, near Akaroa, on Saturday to see Wallace ordained as Bishop of Waipounamu with spiritual responsibility for Maori Anglicans from Picton to Bluff as well as Rakiura and the Chatham Islands.....

21/1/17
Māori party and Kingitanga unite for Ratana
The Māōri Party will walk alongside the Kingitanga at next week's Ratana celebrations. This kind of alignment is something we haven't seen from the Kingitanga, so the question remains what does this mean and what message does it send?

The Māori Party has made their first move at the start of the election year. It's the first time a political party has been invited to walk on with the Kingitanga at the Rātana celebrations.

“We are going on together at the request of Rātana themselves,” says Flavell.

The move comes after King Tuheitia said in his coronation speech last year that he would no longer support Labour.....
https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/maori-party-and-kingitanga-unite-ratana

Unique course opens medical students’ eyes to other disciplines
MEDICAL students working in Gisborne and at Wairoa Hospital are learning about other health disciplines and Maori tikanga in a unique training programme.

The IPE was set up by the University of Otago and Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in 2012. The programme also focuses on rural health care, chronic conditions management, and principles of Hauora Maori.....
http://gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/2632679-135/unique-course-opens-medical-students-eyes

19/1/17

Land wars site touted as golf resort
A Taranaki farmer who is offering an historic property for sale as a potential golf resort is being warned to tread carefully.

Heritage Taranaki chairman Ivan Bruce said the Jury farm was full of sites of archaeological interest.

"The place is also likely to be riddled with rifle pits and Māori fortifications all of which are completely sub-surface.

Mr Bruce said any development would be fraught with difficulties.

Dr Ngawhare said he was open to the idea of development but that the hapū would expect to be consulted.

"For us we are very concerned about retaining the historic nature of these wāhi tapu or these sacred sites, these ancestral sites.

"If Mr Jury chooses to sell that land then whoever buys that land will have to go through the proper resource consents and if they are going to change any of the landscapes especially around those wāhi tapu sites they will be coming to speak to us as well." .....
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/322636/land-wars-site-touted-as-golf-resort

Trust accepts reserves then gifts them to nation in marae ceremony
Four Hawke's Bay reserves were gifted to the nation yesterday in a ceremony at Tangoio Marae.

Boundary Stream Scenic Reserve, Bellbird Bush Scenic Reserve, part of Opouahi Scenic Reserve in the Maungaharuru Range and the coastal Whakaari Landing Place Reserve.

Maungaharuru-Tangitu Trust received the Department of Conservation reserves on Saturday on behalf of several hapu. The properties are part of a 2013 Treaty of Waitangi settlement and the hapu have spent the week visiting the sites with which they have cultural, spiritual, traditional and historic associations..... http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11784478

NZ ‘relentlessly Pākehā’ newsrooms improving, says researcher
There are still too few Māori in New Zealand’s newsrooms, media researcher Julie Middleton says.

She is investigating how tikanga (culture) Māori is influencing and shaping New Zealand media.

She told Radio New Zealand’s Māori Issues correspondent Mihingarangi Forbes that until 2006, when she left the Herald, the culture in newsrooms and journalism was “relentlessly Pākehā”.

“There have always been very few Māori in mainstream newsrooms and Māori always were seen as ‘the other’,” Middleton says......
http://asiapacificreport.nz/2017/01/19/nz-relentlessly-pakeha-newsrooms-improving-says-researcher/

18/1/17
Taranaki iwi Ngāti Maru begins Crown settlement process
Sir Maui Pomare was the last Crown Minister to be hosted on Te Upoko o Te Whenua marae and the Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson's first interaction with Ngāti Maru today in Taranaki symbolises the initial steps towards a treaty settlement package.

While Ngāti Maru are yet to release details on what their redress might look like, recently three Taranaki iwi; Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki had a financial and commercial redress totalling $224.5m......

Native Affairs Summer Series - DNA of Māori identity
Do you have to whakapapa Māori to be Māori? The answer seems obvious but, according to one academic, that didn’t stop 4,000 people with no Māori ancestry wanting to identify as Māori last Census. Māori have always had their own ways of keeping track of a person’s identity and that’s not about to change anytime soon. Or is it?....

17/1/17
Dame Tariana Turia: We need a better way of dealing with racial issues
In a Government that takes such pride in nationhood as was evidenced by the $26 million campaign to debate the national flag, I thought I'd help ministers and MPs when they return to work with a few good ideas as to how to best examine and promote the importance of the 1867 Māori Representation Act.

1. Announce, on 21 March 2017 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - a comprehensive cross governmental strategy towards addressing personal, cultural and institutional racism.

2. Introduce legislation to establish a requirement for all state sector chief executives to be responsible for monitoring and reporting of progress on cultural competency.

3. Disestablish the Race Relations Commissioner role on the basis that all organs of the state must be accountable for working effectively across all cultures.

4. Commission advice from marae, hapū and iwi about best practice in improving Māori political participation, based on their local level experiences in achieving mandate.

5. Invite all educational institutions to submit proposals for a social media campaign about how to pay tribute to the 1867 Māori Representation Act by suggesting innovative ways to increase Māori political representation across local and national government.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11783215

Marae now accessible on mobile devices via Māori Maps site
Māori Maps, the website portal to the 773 tribal marae of New Zealand, is now easily accessible on phones, tablets and other mobile devices.

The Auckland-based Te Potiki National Trust aims to reconnect young Māori – the ‘potiki’ generation – to their ancestral identities, while helping marae communities to become more visible and self-sustaining.

“Developing a sense of identity is vital to the well-being of young Māori today, and can help with the many challenges they face in urban New Zealand,” Tapsell said.....

16/1/17
Ngāti Ngāraranui revive ancient traditions
A serious lack of speakers and callers on the marae has forced a Te Arawa tribe into damage control. More than ninety members of Ngāti Ngāraranui gathered at Waitetī Marae in Rotorua to revive their ancient tradition.

Ngāti Ngāraranui is a tribe striving for cultural excellence.

Karl Leonard says, “Our buildings have recently been restored, we've got quality resources, but without the language and culture they mean nothing....

New University of Waikato courses to teach Māori instruments
The traditions and performance techniques of taonga pūoro, or traditional Māori musical instruments, will be taught through two courses at the University of Waikato this year

The courses may count towards the Tikanga Māori major or minor within the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Sciences. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music may also take these papers towards the ‘Māori Musical Instruments in Traditional and Contemporary Contexts’ stream.

The courses will be taught in English, with Māori terminology introduced as needed......

13/1/17
Political parties to woo Ratana
At least 10,000 people are expected for the Ratana 25th Celebrations this year, Ratana Church secretary Piriwiritua Rurawhe says.

The Ratana Church has been engaging with political parties in recent months. Mr Rurawhe said it had talked to the Labour Party about TW Ratana's 1932 petition to government, which asked for the Treaty of Waitangi to be entrenched in legislation "under the banner of brotherhood"......
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11781189

Video slamming incorrect Maori pronunciation viewed thousands of times on Facebook
People failing to pronounce Maori place names correctly "boggles the mind" of one Auckland woman, and presumably the thousands of people who viewed her online video about the issue.

Botha listed commonly mispronounced place names such as Tauranga, Rotorua, Matamata, and Taupo.

A Te Reo speaker would not take an English place name and try to pronounce it with Maori vowels, she said.

"So why are Pakeha allowed to get away with making the Maori vowels into English vowels?

"You should know how to pronounce the place names in this country. It is like the most basic level of respect to say them correctly.".....
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11781272

Iwi warn about over lapping settlement process
Three North Island tribes met in Tauranga to discuss the government's approach to settling treaty claims with overlapping interests. Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Ngāti Ranginui believe the Crown's approach is wrong and protocols around Māori customs and land ownership should be included.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei have come to share their experience regarding the government's approach to settling overlapping interests in treaty claims.

“The right thing to do is to let us discuss with other tribes regarding Tauranga. We do not agree for the Crown to facilitate those discussions.”

The iwi here agree the process is flawed and the cross-claims policy is setting up distrust within iwi.

“Without a doubt, this issue has the potential to affect all iwi around the country.”.....
http://raukawafm.co.nz/pag_nw_id_207_p_iwi-warn-about-over-lapping-settlement-process.html

12/1/17

Parekowhai's sculpted state house on Auckland waterfront puzzles visitors
The wrapping has finally come off New Zealand's most expensive sculpture - but some visitors on Auckland's waterfront are puzzled about what to make of it.

Sculptor Michael Parekowhai's $1.5 million work entitled The Lighthouse, designed to look like a classic Kiwi state house, has been plagued by controversy ever since real estate firm Barfoot and Thompson gave $1 million to build it in March 2013 - the country's biggest monetary gift for a single artwork.

The cost blew out to $1.9 million, including a proposed huge chandelier that would have shone from the house like a lighthouse, but was cut back to $1.5 million after Parekowhai replaced the big light with 10 smaller chandeliers representing the stars of Matariki, which guided early Maori navigators.

Parekowhai, 48, declined to be interviewed but has written that the work signals a "safe harbour" at the end of "diverse history of journeys across water", with the state house style "linking the sculpture to the lives of many different New Zealanders".

"The Lighthouse resonates with the Maori concept of ahi ka, telling us that our home fires have long been burning and the lights are still on." ......

Maungaharuru Tangitu to gift back four reserves
Today marks 150 years since the Crown's illegal confiscation of almost all hapū lands of Maungaharuru Tangitū in northern Hawke's Bay. As part of its cultural redress, they are set to receive four significant Department of Conservation reserves, which they will then gift back to New Zealand.

The four sites are Boundary Stream Scenic Reserve, Bellbird Bush Scenic Reserve, and the balance of Opouahi Scenic Reserve in the Maungaharuru Range, as well as the coastal Whakaari Landing Place Reserve.

All of the areas have significant cultural and historical significance to the hapū and integral to the mana and identify of the hapū......

$21m bill to drive Southern Pipeline under Tauranga Harbour
Construction of this section of the Southern Pipeline to the edge of Rangataua Bay stalled last year when trustees from an adjoining Maori land trust locked the orchard access gates, preventing council contractors from accessing the construction corridor along what the council said was an unformed legal [paper] road.

It followed years of opposition from some residents of the largely Maori-owned peninsula to the pipeline being laid through the middle of their lands because of cultural sensitivities surrounding human waste.

Maori trustees challenged the paper road, with one trustee Hayden Henry saying earlier this year it was about Matapihi's cultural relationship to an ancient path which the council said it owned. Trustees from another block took issue with the forced removal of six avocado trees in the path of the pipeline.

A declaratory High Court judgment was sought by the council, resulting in Justice Christian Whata ruling in favour of the council, saying he was satisfied that the strip was intended as a public road.

The sub-marine crossing of Tauranga Harbour was also the least favoured option for Maori who would have preferred the less risky and culturally preferred solution of bridging the pipeline over the harbour.....

9/1/17
Prime Minister Bill English won't attend Waitangi events at Te Tii Marae
Prime Minister Bill English will not attend Waitangi events at Te Tii Marae - saying it wasn't acceptable to him that he could attend but not speak.

English will not attend the annual powhiri, and will celebrate Waitangi Day in Auckland.

"After the issues surrounding the previous Prime Minister's attendance at Te Tii Marae last year, my office sought clarification from marae kaumatua that I would be welcomed and able speak about issues of importance to New Zealand, as is tradition.

"However, my office was advised I could attend the powhiri but not speak - conditions which are not acceptable to me.

English said he had accepted an invitation from the 60 iwi who comprise the Iwi Chair's Forum to lead a delegation of ministers to Waitangi on February 3.....
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11778914

Summer 2017 likely to be final one for Pulse pool
The Raumanga land occupied by community hub The Pulse could pass back into local ownership if the Government recognises a Maori claim on the land.

Whangarei hapu Te Parawhau is aware the site is entering the disposal process and is in talks with lawyers.

Mira Norris of Te Parawhau said the land is subject to a Treaty of Waitangi Claim and should stay in Crown ownership.

"And as far as we're concerned, any land the Government owns is subject to a Treaty claim.," she said....
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11779064

8/1/17
Iwi define national park's boundaries
The boundaries of New Zealand's oldest national park are being marked with pou whenua in what is being described as an historic moment for Maoridom.

The Tongariro National Park in the Central North Island, was given to the people of New Zealand in 1887 by then paramount Ngati Tuwharetoa chief Te Heuheu Tukino IV.

"It was the first world heritage park to be given a dual status, so it is a world heritage and cultural park but we have had no cultural identifier so this is the beginning of the culture that will start happening in the park."

"We know regional areas when we are driving along but we don't know iwi boundaries which is important to Maori because when we go into someone else's area we can be mindful and respectful of their traditions."

"I said it is a small step but the chief said for Maoridom it is a giant step and hopefully now every other iwi in the country will define their boundary. This is an historic moment for Maoridom," he said....

Navy welcomes first sailor with moko
After 20 years of service, Rawiri Barriball became the first person to get clearance from the Navy to wear a full facial Māori tattoo.

The decision wasn't just his to be made, Mr Barriball had to apply under navy law to gain approval, it was granted last month....

6//1/17
Conservation funds boost iwi efforts
Iwi conservation projects around Gisborne and Waikato have been boosted with grants from the Department of Conservation Community Fund.

Rongowhakaata’s Nga Uri o Te Kooti Rikirangi Settlement Trust got $30,000 for weed and predator control at a Matawhero wetland. The aim of the project is to expand the habitat for the critically endangered matuku or bittern.

Te Poho o Rawiri Marae Committee got $20,000 for weed eradication at Titirangi Maunga in Kaiti as part of ongoing restoration work between the Gisborne District Council and Ngati Oneone.

Paikea-Whitireia Trust got $10,000 to revegetate Pukehapopo maunga at Whangara.

And in central Waikato, the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust got $18,000 to expand predator trapping at Maungataniwha. The aim is to protect a wild population of kiwi and enable it to increase......

Kiwis need casual racism education - Maori Party
The Maori Party says Kiwis need to be more aware of casual racism, saying it is still too common in society.

This comes after Sir Peter Leitch's comment to a woman that Waiheke was a "white man's island", and his public relations spokeswoman calling her "barely coffee-coloured".

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says the country has come a long way but still has a lot of lessons to learn.

"Now's the time to say 'right, we recognise it for what it is', and do something about it into the future, by just thinking carefully about the statements that are made," he says....

5/1/17
Wellington City Council covers new signs on Southern Walkway while waiting for OK from local iwi
Wellington residents are being reassured by the city council that bigots are not to blame for the covering up of Te Reo on new signs on the city's Southern Walkway.

The signs that show the way of the walk, which starts at Oriental Bay and follows the ridge line to Houghton Bay, were installed by the council before Christmas.

Walkers with keen eyes spotted the signs had the Maori name of the trail covered carefully in pink tape, and posted on social media, prompting some people to blame racists.

The council was possibly being overcautious in checking with PNBST, but wanted to get it right.

"The people who put [the signs] up didn't see a problem, then there was a discussion because generally speaking we like to involve local iwi in decision making and issues like this.".....

Cease takes and allocation rules proposed for Golden Bay water
The lack of water allocation rules across Takaka catchments has been one of the main issues facing a group of Golden Bay residents working to protect and manage its waterways.

The 11 members of the Takaka Freshwater Land Advisory Group (FLAG) propose a water allocation regime based on cultural, environmental and supply needs and use.

In its summary report, which was open for public comment, the group said it worked on the basis that by protecting ecological values most other values would also be preserved.

The group's values and management objectives for water included principals such as cultural and spiritual values,....

PM scholarship boosts Māori and Latin American links
Sharing and comparing experiences of colonialism, indigenous language revitalisation and art will be the focus for a group of New Zealand and Colombian students and academics, thanks to a Prime Minister’s Scholarship.

A group of Massey University students will forge links with indigenous students of Colombia later this year when they showcase innovative Te Reo Māori language learning methods as well as knowledge about the Treaty of Waitangi and its role in New Zealand’s history.

The $54,000 scholarship was one of two group and 12 individual scholarships to Latin America announced last month.....
and-latin-american-links.htm

4/1/17
Local beach subject to racist naming origins
In the wake of the decision to change three South Island place names containing the word n*****, a Hawke's Bay Marae chairman says that Blackhead Beach also has a racist naming origin.

Despite the familiarity many locals have with Hawke's Bay's Blackhead Beach, Rongomaraeroa Marae chairman Ahuriri Houkamau has said that the beach's legitimate name is Te Pariomahu Beach; a far cry from the name commonly used.....

Iwi and Holiday Park in dispute over land in Perehepi Bay
In the Far North the people of Whatuwhiwhi are questioning the loss of a public reserve under control of the neighbouring holiday park. But Council reports show that it's been an ongoing informal arrangement for many years.....

Mad Butcher Sir Peter Leitch says Waiheke Island comments weren't racist but 'misinterpreted' after woman's video goes viral
Sir Peter Leitch says a woman "misinterpreted some light-hearted banter" after she claimed he made racist remarks yesterday.

Auckland woman Lara Bridger posted a video on social media this afternoon claiming Sir Peter - the Mad Butcher - told her Waiheke Island was a "white man's island".....

3/1/17
National election promise to create recreational fishing-only zones running behind schedule
A new fight may be developing between the Government and iwi over fishing rights, this time in the Marlborough Sounds.

Proposals to reserve parts of the Sounds for recreational fishers has angered Maori based at the top of the South Island, and they are urging the Government to abandon the idea.

It comes after a tense battle between the Government and iwi over a proposed marine sanctuary around the Kermadec Islands, which has now been shelved because of a legal challenge by the Maori Fisheries Trust Te Ohu Kaimoana.

The National-led Government promised during the election campaign to create two recreational fishing parks in the Sounds and the inner Hauraki Gulf.

Iwi have not threatened legal action over the recreational fishing parks, but say the proposals are "fundamentally unacceptable and contradict our expectations of the Fisheries Settlement".
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Iwi to bless whale beached on Rabbit Island off Tasman Bay
Iwi will bless the carcass of a sperm whale that stranded itself and later died on the sands of Rabbit Island on Friday morning.

The whale was spotted swimming in Tasman Bay on Thursday and looked to be in poor health. Sperm whales were normally found in waters of 1000 metres or deeper, suggesting it was looking for a place to strand.....

Unusual whale strandings prompt urgent call
Sea Shepherd requests autopsies be undertaken before DOC buries these whales and gets rid of potential evidence. Iwi have full rights to demand necropsies in order to establish cause of death and gather important scientific conclusions. We offer them all our support.

“Whales are taonga, our treasures. A stranding is a tohu, a sign. We all love whales. It’s important to utilise available science to know what caused their death, so we can prevent more. We owe them this much.” says Gemma McGrath, Independent Consultant and former WhaleWatch Kaikoura Senior Guide. “Sperm whale strandings also need to be co-ordinated fully to see how they match with the Kaikoura photo-ID catalogue”.....